EMQ’s with JADED TRUTH

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EMQ’s with JADED TRUTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newfoundland, Canada based Grunge/Alternative Rock band, Jaded Truth. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Kyle Woodland, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, my name is Kyle and I’m the guitarist/vocalist of Jaded Truth. We’re an alternative band that started about 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

In our former bands we had trouble with people not showing up for jams or shows so we became very jaded about having bands. So, we are Jaded Truth.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Newfoundland, Canada. We have a large variety of music here but the metal/rock/punk scene has always been full of great bands. We’re glad to add to the mix.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is our second album “Tsukimono”.

‘Spirit’ (Official Video)

‘Price Of Mind’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Primus, Tom Waits, Pantera, Eminem.

What first got you into music?

I’d have to say bands like R.E.M., Metallica, Nirvana, and Seether really got me into music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Jerry Cantrell, Tom Waits, Les Claypool, or someone in hip hop music like Joyner Lucas.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Reading Festival. It’s always been a dream of mine since seeing videos of Nirvana playing there.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We haven’t really received anything weird from fans yet…haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for supporting us and we hope you continue to enjoy the music.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Layne Staley. He is probably my biggest influence and I’d love to have a drink with him. Such a wonderful soul.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love playing live the most. I probably hate recording the most.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I think there needs to be more help out there for small bands to grow. There’s a lot of great music out there that withers away because it cannot find the audience in needs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mad Season – “Above”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Personally, I grew up with CD’s so that’s what I have most but I do collect all those formats.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably the last show we did where some people who were not feeling the music were converted by the end or the show we did at an outdoor skate park here.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Playing video games.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I probably wouldn’t because im not very social haha

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, a couple more music videos and get out to do a tour across Canada.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Mostly our Facebook or YouTube.
www.facebook.com/Jadedtruthofficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXBMKYt4Xbcc_jvIgsTvHQ
www.jadedtruth.wixsite.com/official
www.instagram.com/JadedTruthOfficial/
www.soundcloud.com/user-68664763
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0FePI8HSmCYiSFlxEfmCH4
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXBMKYt4Xbcc_jvIgsTvHQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

No problem. Thanks for the opportunity.

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide, Australia based Alternative Rock/Metal Project, Blinded By Hope. Huge thanks to main man, Mitch, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name’s Mitch and my band is called Blinded By Hope. This project started in October 2020 when I decided to buy a guitar and start writing some songs. It’s been a steep learning curve since then – learning how to play, how to write, how to use the DAW (audio recording software), learning how to mix and master. Everything on the album is done 100% by me from start to finish.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name I came up with in my early teenage years. I had the dream of one day having my own band and came up with a bunch of different names and that’s one that has just stuck in my head ever since. The idea behind it is that we are all living our life in hope of things being better in the future, so that sort of blinds to the fact that the present might actually be as good as it gets.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from Adelaide, Australia.  The metal/rock scene here has seen better days but is still producing some cool bands. They just don’t get the attention and recognition as much as they should. Progressive metal is probably the strongest rock/metal genre in Australia – bands like Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The debut album called “Chapter 1: Awakening” was released on 21 May 2021. From this album our first “radio” single was a song called Need You Here and we have also released a couple of other songs on YouTube and Soundcloud from the album.

‘Need You Here’ (Lyric Video)

‘I Will Not Go’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands I mentioned previously have been big Australian influences – Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles, The Butterfly Effect.

I grew up listening to bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Tool, Fuel, Staind, Creed (the heavier real Creed, not the radio songs that your average Joe only know Creed for!)

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably my Dad. I was fortunate that he was into Alternative music, so growing up we had very similar tastes and would introduce each other to new bands we discovered. And then after listening to these bands for so long I felt like well why can’t I do that? So, I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what I could come up with.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti. He has been my idol growing up. I’ve always loved his guitar playing and huge sound. I’ve always respected that he would put the song first ahead of showcasing his playing abilities.

A very close second would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust – for the same reasons as above. They think of themselves as songwriters first, guitarists second. I also love his ability to write such groovy, heavy riffs.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Well thanks to Covid there aren’t many left to pick from haha!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t received any! So, if you are reading this, feel free to send me something really strange so I can mention it in future interviews.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Let’s enjoy this journey together and bring rock back to the masses!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chester Bennington. Man, what a loss. A one-of-a-kind vocalist.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the creative freedom. I probably haven’t been doing it long enough to hate any aspect yet – ask me again in 5 years and I’ll have a list for you.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The obsession with image. You listen with your ears so who cares how things look.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sevendust – “Animosity”. Perfect album from start to finish. No fillers. Emotive, melodic and heavy.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CDs and Vinyl – there’s just something special about having a physical product.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Does this have to be a realistic answer haha? If not, probably an F1 driver or a pornstar!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ummm I would invite five people that don’t like each other. I don’t care who they are, as long as they don’t get along or don’t agree with each other. What could be more entertaining than that!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the album is out so that is exciting. It’s been finished for about a month now and since then I have already written the music for 4 songs, so my current plan is to just continue writing. I hope to write 20 to 30 songs and then pick the best of them to really refine and shape into album number 2.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/BlindedByHopeMusic
www.twitter.com/blindedbyhope
www.instagram.com/blindedbyhope/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3wKyPOD4ZewhWKqe5NkaFx
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRewPu7s9CLx12kgEtJrohw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither! They are Jaffa Cakes; we don’t have to put a label on everything. It’s ok to be different and be your own thing.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for this opportunity.

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Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos

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Red Eleven – Handled With Chaos
Secret Entertainment
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 47:51
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

It’s the weekend again, which can mean only one thing! Housework. Goddamn, I wish someone would invent a self-cleaning house! The first job on the list today was clean the oven, as my rather tasty home-made pie had decided to share itself with it. There is no chore more unloving than cleaning the oven, and I refute any suggestion that there is!! I managed to clean the bathroom too. The second most unloving chore. But now I’ve decided that that is quite enough cleaning for one day and everything else can wait, because now I’m going to write about more music. So there!

Next up on my ‘To-Review’ list is Finnish Alternative Rock band, Red Eleven, with their newest release; the long-awaited 4th studio album, “Handled With Chaos”.

The title track opens the album, and we’re instantly hit with 80’s synth sounds, which briefly gives it an industrial feel. But that soon gives way to a hard-hitting groovy riff, with some punch. However, the synth sounds don’t leave, instead playing the role of expanding the sound. Which is great.

Their press release says that Red Eleven have ‘found their own sound, but not forgotten their inspirers, such as Faith No More.’ Well, I love Faith No More, so that’s a good start. But can I hear that influence?

In short, yes! And it’s Epic (pardon the pun)! The whole thing has that sound, but I can hear it particularly on track 3, ‘Universe’, which reminds me so much of ‘Epic’ in the chorus, it could literally be a Faith No More song. But it’s got more of a 90’s Grunge feel to the verses, which adheres to the band’s own style. This is my favourite track on the album, by a smidgin, because there are some absolute bangers!

The one thing that hits you with this album is the lovely rumble of downtuned guitars, and bass, and the punching drums. The riffing is second to none as well. It all makes for a sound that’s fresh, exploratory, and exciting, as well as having that comforting recognition of 80’s Hard Rock. And didgeridoo (featured in the intro and ending of ‘Against My Will’)! I mean, what can’t be made infinitely better by adding Didge to it? I’ll tell you – nothing. Didgeridoo is always a winner in my book.

‘Starry Eyes’ is another awesome tune. This one’s a ballad, and you really get to appreciate the smooth vocals, and impressive range of Tony Kaikkonen here. It’s a simple song, but beautifully executed, which to me indicates an understanding of music in its purest form. It doesn’t have to be flashy and immensely technical to stand out.

‘S.N.O.T.’ takes us in another new direction, with punk elements, and classic heavy metal guitar soloing. But those heavy, punching, downtuned riffs are still ruling the day. It’s an exciting sound.

The closing track of the album, ‘Half A Life, Full Circle’, isn’t only epic in beauty, but it’s epic in length too, at just under 7 and a half minutes. It’s atmospheric, and has elements of doom, progressive rock, and the good old sounds of the 80’s. I can’t be absolutely sure if it’s synth or real, but there’s also what I believe to be a Soprano Sax solo in this. An awesomely well-placed instrument choice, again, as, alongside Didgeridoo, everything can also be improved by adding sax!

There really is a bit of everything in this album. It’s like cherry picking all the best bits of the last 4 decades and mixing them all together into a marvelously tasty creation. If you liked 80’s synth, Faith no More, the heavier Grunge that the 90’s had to offer, and something a little progressive, but still accessible, with heavy riffs, catchy melodies, and luscious vocals, then this is for you. Superb album, and another one to add to the ever-growing list of bands that I need to check out further.

‘S.N.O.T.’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Handled with Chaos
02. Before I Fall
03. Universe
04. Against My Will
05. Starry Eyes
06. S.N.O.T.
07. Nothing Left to Hide
08. Die with Honor
09. My Own Space
10. Dark Water
11. Half a Life, Full Circle

LINE-UP:
Tony Kaikkonen – Vocals
Teemu Liekkala – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Petteri Vaalimaa – Bass
Pasi Pasanen – Drums

LINKS:

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Kuva Anna-Katri Hänninen, RED ELEVEN LAHTI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

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EMQ’s with ALEKSANDER SUSI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish based Industrial, Alternative Rock/Metal Solo Artist, Aleksander Susi. Huge thanks to Aleksander for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Aleksander Susi (a.k.a. Aleksi Susi). I sing, play guitar, bass, keys and program music. Nowadays a solo artist.

Founder of ”ALEXANRED”, ”A:S:Örchestra” and ”a.s.andtheloudorchestra”. Founder and ex-member of ”2 Wolves”. Ex-member of ”Scent of Flesh”. Also associated with various other bands and projects.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my given name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I live in Finland. I do not follow the local scene anymore at all, so I am the wrong person to answer that.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Transformations”, Album, released in March.

‘The Gates With Two Suns’ (Audio)

‘Children Of The 80’s’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Rammstein, Linkin Park, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil.

What first got you into music?

I guess rock music and movies when I was a child. Beatles, Scorpions, Queen. I started with piano school then played classical music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Probably with no one at this point.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Obscene Extreme looks nice and fun and that there’s nice people. Even though my solo artist music would not fit the musical style of the happening.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I don´t have fans.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I don´t have fans.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Peter Steele.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

When my music is heard by people. Moments, when your work is vain.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More real talent. In many cases the industry should stop feeding and normalizing the stupid product that they are forcing people to listen/watch, making people also really dumb.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I love CD’s the most.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Rock to the River, Imatra. Long time ago, over 15 years probably. I was playing in Scent of Flesh back then. There were many cool artists playing there at the same festival, including one of my favourite band, Helloween.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I really do not know now. Hard to say. Maybe a painter or an architect.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting. For long time.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.twitter.com/astp0001
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1OFbUmpchz7IEWCF0ihBU5
www.youtube.com/channel/UCjs7NNZcEhEx8EghN_KjuFA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Definitely.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Stay safe, take care of yourselves and your friends and families.

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

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EMQ’s With MATT FINUCANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK, based Alternative Rock band, Matt Finucane. Huge thanks to main man, Matt, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello there – my name’s Matt, and I sing and play guitar. I met the others doing open mics here in Brighton a few years ago, and gradually drew them into my obsession. Now there’s no escape for any of us.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, it’s just my real name. Maybe we should have a band name, as people tell me it’s hard to pronounce… That’s their problem, though!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

The UK, which…problems aside…still has quite a healthy scene across all genres, for now anyway. There’s lots of psych and doom metal bands in Brighton and surrounding area, for sure, and quite a few hard rock acts.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

An 11-track album called To The Outer World, which came out on Fri 23 April.

‘A Friend From Far Away’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Velvet Underground, The Fall, electronic music.

What first got you into music?

Probably the Velvets. It’s all Lou Reed’s fault.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Someone non-guitar, to shake things up. How about Clipping.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Glastonbury. Just because it has to be done.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’m still at the stage where even getting a message off them saying they enjoyed a gig is a pleasant novelty – if they started sending me gifts, I’d have a heart attack.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

It’s ok, I don’t bite.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Prince. I never liked his music that much, but it seemed such a waste when he died.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy being able to express stuff, in my own time and in my own way, that might otherwise drive me mad. I hate being at the mercy of chancers, con-men, scumbags and hipster wretches.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Less money for the chancers, con-men etc etc, more for the actual musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Raw Power” – Iggy & The Stooges

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I go back and forth on this, all the time. I honestly don’t know – they all have pros and cons (cassettes are probably the weakest link though).

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The last few before lockdown were just getting better and better, more and more intense, and I don’t know if that’s rose-tinted in hindsight because of lockdown, but I’d say it was the very last one: a local gig we did at a small venue called the Prince Albert in late February 2020.  Hope we can pick it up again at the same level.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d be a writer. Which in reality, means I’d be cleaning toilets and getting very frustrated with life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s my idea of hell.  Wouldn’t happen.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I honestly don’t know – venues are only just starting to get back to me about bookings. I have to keep writing new songs, in the meantime, because quitting isn’t an option.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

At the moment I’m whoring myself out on Instagram, and actually enjoying it. There’s something about the format that focuses people’s attention, where their parent Facebook (which I hate), just disperses it. Links:
www.instagram.com/matt.x.finucane/
www.mattfinucane.net/
www.mattfinucane.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0zYQZsVnJXHN7rJ1jdgzzW

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a biscuit. An unpleasantly soft, chewy one, full of poisons. Biscuits are worse than crack, in my not very humble opinion.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Can’t think of anything except to say thanks for your time, I appreciate it.

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Vaccine 7 – Silence

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Vaccine 7 – Silence
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/03/2021
Running Time: 41:39
Review by Beth Jones
6/10

The 90s was an era that divided opinion, much in the way that Marmite still does (awful, hateful stuff that should have laws imposed on it, by the way). Some stood aghast in sorrowful disbelief that the beautiful alternative scene of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s had been decimated by the upsurge of sweaty teenagers with oversized jeans playing bar chords in grunge bands, and swiped at left of field by insipid indie bands by the bucketload. For others, it was a ‘coming of age moment’, where the music of yesterday no longer needed to define their future, because now they had a new sound. I was stuck in a perpetual loop of classical music and Jazz for the majority of the 90’s, so missed out on most of that troublesome decision making and taking sides. I only discovered other music towards the end of the era, and spent a good long time sitting on the fence just to be different. I liked what I liked. I still do. Thankfully, that way of listening to music is now much more acceptable than the trench warfare of the 90’s, and the two worlds have learnt to live side by side. Aah… That’s nice…

Anyway, the reason for this reminiscence is today’s review subject; West Midlands based Alternative Rock band, Vaccine 7, and their debut album, “Silence”. Formed in 2019, this debut album has been a bumpy ride, mainly down to the pandemic, but also through a line-up change.

These guys very definitely sit within the sounds of the 90’s – a smattering of Grunge, and a hint of Indie. But they do bring it into the 21st Century, by using some Classic Rock elements (the paradoxical ‘making things more modern by reverting to classic’. If you’re reading this first thing in the morning, I apologise if you find yourself pondering this issue throughout your day).

Now, before I launch into what may sound like uber critical nit-picking, I wanted to say that I do like this album. It’s easy listening, and musically is structured well. There’s a good mix of songs, from slower, more acoustically influenced, to some that tentatively cross the bridge into Hard Rock. All the players play their instruments well, and Vocalist Marie Purcell has a beautiful tone to her voice. But I found that it didn’t excite me as much as I’d hoped it would. I can see lots of my 90’s favourites playing a part in their sound – Skunk Anansie, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains to name but a few – but it’s not quite there yet. It’s almost lacking in passion. Now, we have to appreciate that this is a new band, and a debut album, and recording it has been a trial of stamina, so I will cut them some slack. At the moment, I would say Vaccine 7 are a more interesting and talented version of 90’s Indie stalwarts Garbage (who, in my opinion, mostly lived up to their name). But they definitely have the musical skill, and potential, to progress their sound a lot further.

I actually prefer the softer, acoustic driven songs on the album. Marie’s vocals are more suited to these than they are to the heavier songs, and her emotion comes through a lot more within them. For that reason, my standout tracks on the album are ‘Poison’, ‘Mind’s Eye Fade’ and the final track ‘Day At A Time’. Maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for an emotional ballad.

This is a pretty album, and if you liked the music of the 90’s, you’ll probably like this. I will be interested to see how they mature as a band going forward though, because I feel they have a lot more to give.

‘Poison’ (Album Version) (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Silence (Album Version)
02. Out Of The Void
03. Poison (Album Version)
04. Don’t Want My Love
05. Mind’s Eye Fades
06. My Rain Will Drown You
07. Cold Blood Of Day
08. Rubberface (Each Time I Lose) (Album Version)
09. We Are (Album Version)
10. Day At A Time

LINE-UP:
Marie Purcell – Vocals
Tone Chambers – Guitar
Leanne Wagstaff – Bass
Phil Minal – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with BRAIN DONATION

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EMQ’s with BRAIN DONATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dublin, Ireland based Alternative Rock band, Brain Donation. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Brain Donation, we play our own brand of super dynamic, noisy alternative rock. We’ve been floating around each other since we were kids. Dan used to go watch Alan’s band play underage shows when we were teenagers and all 3 of us have been in bands with each other at different times over the last 10 years. Brain Donation was the first time that it was just the three of us. We were originally an acoustic band but that didn’t last very long. We recorded our first EP in 2015 after playing together for a few months and we’ve been playing shows and recording music together ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

A lot of our songs are very tongue in cheek, so we decided we wanted a name that was obviously ridiculous, like ‘The Butthole Surfers’ or ‘Flipper’, something goofy. Brain Donation just stuck but it has no meaning other than we thought it was a bit silly.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from Dublin, Ireland. Obviously, with the pandemic, there’s nothing happening offline at the moment but normally the scene fluctuates. Sometimes heavier sounds find their way into the zeitgeist of the city and sometimes they don’t. We play regularly for a crowd called FOAD, who put on gigs for heavier bands both Irish and international. Those guys have a very healthy scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our debut album comes out on June 17th. We recorded the music for it live over 3 days in 2020. Our second single from the album is called ‘Hopeless Shit’ and it was released on March 25th.

‘Hopeless Shit’ (Audio)

A. Graham Bell (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a heavy question. It’s different for all of us. Personally, I’m into a lot of stuff from the ’90s, like Primus, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins etc but we all love a broad range of stuff. I couldn’t pinpoint a particular artist that has influenced our music.

What first got you into music?

I think seeing people playing music in films. Cheesy films like The Blues Brothers and Back to the Future. You hear music when you’re a kid and I don’t think I fully understood that there was a gang of people making that sound together until I saw it in the movies. I became obsessed with that notion and then started playing around the same time as the guys when we were all teenagers.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Something mental. It would be easy to just say Glastonbury, Download or Coachella, but they’re just bigger versions of festivals we’ve already played. Some festival in Japan, full of futuristic madness and culture shocks.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Either a really detailed drawing of us playing on a bar mat or a bowl of goulash. Both were welcomed at the time.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Burn it down.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I have no idea. I’m inclined to say Kurt Cobain, but I wouldn’t want him to have to hear the Foo Fighters.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We differ on this. Dan loves being in the studio, Ollie loves gigging and Al just loves being in the WhatsApp group. Hate is a strong word. None of us are huge fans of the social media element of being in a band. It’s something we’ve neglected quite a bit, probably to our detriment. It’s not that we don’t want to connect with people, it’s just the medium we hate. A zine or a newsletter would be better for us but that’s not the world we’re living in.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

One thing isn’t going to fix it really. One thing that would definitely help is if performing spaces and rehearsal spaces for all art forms, not just music, were considered in city planning. In Dublin, we have lost a lot of cultural spaces to development over the last 5 years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Who can actually answer these questions?

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’d love to have a huge record collection, but I don’t. CD’s are definitely the best sound quality out of all of them, but I only listen to CD’s in the car.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Ah, that’s hard. We did a tour of Central & Eastern Europe about 3 years ago and we played a gig in a place called the T Klub in the Czech Republic. I don’t know if that’s our best gig but it’s one that comes up every now and again.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Something shit. Every good opportunity that ever came to me in my life came through music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d just invite the other 2 lads so we could put our feet up.

What’s next for the band?

We’re releasing our album on June 17th. We also have 8 songs from the same recording sessions that didn’t suit the album that we will put out on a B-side thing. We’re currently a band solely on zoom and new material is stacking up, so when this lockdown ends, we’re looking forward to working on new music and getting some live stream gigs together.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our website is basically just a merch store where we sell CD’s and T-shirts.

www.braindonationmerch.com/

There are social media links on the website, but we mainly use Facebook and Instagram. We post more stories than actual posts.

www.facebook.com/braindonationmusic
www.instagram.com/braindonation/
www.braindonation.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3lFjpubuqYaM6K2QCWQAkL
www.youtube.com/channel/UCbdZS-UiBlAH1e7l93UJ7hA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The supermarket keeps them with the biscuits. That’s enough for me.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

No, I think you’ve covered it. Thanks for covering the single and we’ll be in touch when we have some more news for the album.

BD

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Photo by Alan Swaine

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Blue Hour Ghosts – Due

Due Album Cover Art

Blue Hour Ghosts – Due
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Running Time: 38:59
Review by Dark Juan
8/10

Salut! I trust you are all having the most splendid day imaginable? Yes? Excellent. You find I, Dark Juan, in a most agreeable humour considering I have work tomorrow and I am in fact sober even though Argos (a particular shop in the UK, fans from other climes) were having what could only be described as a twat of a day considering their IT systems were down and no fucker could buy anything. This was annoying because I need to buy a hairdryer. Not for me, you understand, as I am somewhat follically challenged (but this just makes me a more streamlined and sleeker killing machine), but because I am SICK TO DEATH of Mrs Dark Juan’s hair trying to kill me while I sleep by infiltrating my throat. Honestly, her hair leads a semi-independent life all of its own and it is frequently homicidal. One wonders whether it would rank among the more unusual deaths ever recorded by West Yorkshire Police when it finally succeeds in its quest to off me and it will probably have half consumed my corpse by the time the plod get here. It once spat out an entire tortilla chip at me once. I shit you not. Also, I have been subject to some mockery from the leek and dragon enthusiast part of Team Ever Metal and other Welsh friends (MANY, many Welsh friends), due to a load of blokes named variously Jones, Davies or Griffiths chasing a funny shaped ball around a field better than us Saesnegs whilst wearing worryingly tight shorts. But the English do that too.

Three hundred words and I haven’t told you a damned thing about the music. Well, if you insist… Today’s offering comes from the land of Ferraris, Birra Moretti, and Cristina Scabbia (sigh…). Yes, Blue Hour Ghosts are from Modena in Italy, and I am listening to their sophomore offering “Due”, which is “Two” for all you dastardly souls who have never bothered to learn another language. Pay attention, you at the back, there will be a test later.

The record kicks off with ‘Walking Backwards’ and I am immediately smacked in the face with shimmering, very 80’s sounding keyboards and a clean (as in doesn’t sound like the vocalist is straining to have a colossal chilli fuelled shit, or more worryingly sounding like he’s on a very gruff vinegar stroke) singer over a meaty riff. I have returned to the righteous path of metal after a sojourn into the realms of industrial and the frankly whacked out bonkers barmy. However, rather than return to the world of the extreme, I have chosen the more melodic and grandiose path that Blue Hour Ghosts tread. Employing a sound that is a melange of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, more than a little Coheed And Cambria (in the arrangement of the songs) and a soupcon of Paradise Lost, BHG are never going to be a particularly violent band. What they do have are pretty good songwriting chops and a fine grasp of English compared to my woeful knowledge of Italian. I always find it mightily impressive when non-native English speakers create songs in English when I could just about ask for two beers in their language (and can’t even do that in Afrikaans).

Further on into the record there is ‘Lower The Wires’ which marries an epic vocal from Ricky DC and a massive fucking chorus over keyboards inspired by Rammstein in parts, what with the way they swirl and prowl below the dual guitar attack of Diego Angeli and Francesco Poggi. This is actually a record that is somewhat greater than the sum of its parts – When I read the blurb and it said it was melodic metal, I was prepared to be unimpressed, because quite a lot of melodic metal is frankly a bag of shite and needs actual proper talent to make it work. Thankfully, BHG have the talent to make it work and work well. A lot of credit goes to keyboard batterer Simome Pedrazzi for this because his keyboards are never less than stunning, forming Rammstein-esque stabbings and eerie atmosphere before morphing into huge, skyrocketing, coruscating walls of sound that counterpoint the chunky riffing of the guitars superbly, but never overwhelm the band entirely. The vocal harmonies are also fucking brilliant, reminding me of Coheed And Cambria when they are sung in higher registers. ‘Damn Wrong’ is also a good, slowly rocking, melancholy tune that really reminds me of “One Second” era Paradise Lost, having the black misery and nihilism that the Yorkshire miserabilists made famous. I could really picture Nick Holmes singing this song and being as I am a BIT of a fan of Paradise Lost, this is not really a demerit.

Production wise this record is actually pretty damned good. Production and engineering has been ably handled by Giuseppe Bassi, of Fear Factory notability. His handling of the bass guitar of Matteo Malmusi is especially noteworthy as it is easily audible but doesn’t overpower the rest of the band and is a writhing, sinuous underpoint to the music rather than just something there to give the music a bit of a fat arse. However, the drums sound lifeless and artificial (although very competently played) and the china cymbal really can grate somewhat as it appears to have developed a superiority complex over the rest of the percussion and decided that it should be the ONLY cymbal that is heard. Some of the song arrangements can also be a little…choppy on key changes and middle eights but these are really minor gripes compared to the expansive songs and sound that the band enjoy on this record.

So, Italy proves once again to us that the metal scene there is vibrant and wide-ranging. There’s clearly more to the Italian scene than just Lacuna Coil and Corpsefucking Art and I’m looking forward to dipping my toes in further. Forza Italia!!!

Yes, it is fair to say that I am actually more than a little impressed by Blue Hour Ghosts. Solid, experimental, heavy and melodic as well, they cover most bases that excite this perennial enfant terrible and the sex wee quotient is fairly high. While we aren’t going to experience flooding, as Calderdale Council have invested heavily in sex wee flood defences since the last time (that was The Machinist’s fault) the quantity is sufficient to call town planners’ decisions into question about whether they can build houses on the flood plain at the bottom of the hill. This is music that you would play on an epic roadtrip around the warmer climes of Europe with the top down at dusk. I like it.

A lot.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Il sistema brevettato di valutazione degli schizzi di sangue Dark Juan – fuck it. Close enough. I’m sure the gentlemen will correct my Italian if they read what I have written about them) has been pleasantly shocked and awards Blue Hour Ghosts 8/10 for a damned fine melodic metal record with melancholy overtones. Surprising and excellent.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walking Backwards
02. On Black Clouds
03. Dead In August
04. Damn Wrong
05. Shine
06. Fearless
07. Lower The Wires
08. Disheartened
09. Involved/Bored

LINE-UP:
Ricky DC – Vocals
Diego Angeli – Guitars
Francesco Poggi – Guitars
Simome Pedrazzi – Keyboards
Matteo Malmusi – Bass
Andrew Gunner – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with POISON OAK

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EMQ’s with POISON OAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Queensland, Australia based Alternative Rock band, Poison Oak. Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist James Balthes for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is James I play guitar, piano and sing in the band. The band basically came about through a Saturday morning jam between Ray, Russell and myself and has slowly grown from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a Bright Eyes song, ‘Poison Oak’.

What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?

We’re from Australia and are more of an Alternative Rock band. The town that we live in, Townsville, doesn’t separate the styles of music into scenes, we seem to just all come together as one.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our last releases have been our singles ‘Waiting’ and ‘Sarah’, both taken. from our upcoming EP “1996”, which is released on 19th March!

‘Waiting’ (Audio)

‘Sarah’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Friends, family and everyone in between.

What first got you into music?

My friends in high school really, we all hung out and played music, and were all an inspiration to each other.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Paul Kelly.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Big Day Out, because if we’re playing that festival that means Big Day Out had come back to Australia.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Just chill.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

John Bonham, I feel Led Zeppelin still had some good albums in them.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Well…if I didn’t enjoy it then I wouldn’t be doing it. I have a pretty balanced life I like to think, I work as a school teacher, so many things to keep me busy from dwelling on things.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

You still had to purchase records on vinyl!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bright Eyes – “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Valley Fiesta in 2014…it went off.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m actually a school teacher, so I guess I would be doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ryan, Tyler, Stephen, Tyson, the only reason I picked them, because they’re mates who I went to a steak house with last night. Just my friends.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to release our upcoming EP “1996” on March 19th!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.linktr.ee/poisonoak

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake for sure!

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EMQ’s with NINTH DEGREE

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EMQ’s with NINTH DEGREE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based, Alternative Rock band, Ninth Degree. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We’re Ninth Degree and we typically play Alternative Rock. We are a 5-piece Rock band founded in September 2018 out of the ashes of Misselbrook and Watt which was a small project between two of the band members Hamish and Cameron. Hamish (Vocals/Keys) and Cameron (Vocals/Guitars) are two of our three vocalists and have been in bands together for many years having been friends since they were kids. Connor (Vocals/Bass) and Murray (Drums) came in to be Ninth Degree’s rhythm section after Misselbrook and Watt disbanded. They were fans of the band and so it just made sense because they knew the material well already.

How did you come up with your band name?

We spent the first 2 months or so brainstorming ideas that fit the vibe we were going for. We then had a list of around 10 of our favourite names and got our friends and family to vote on them. It ended up being a tie between “Fool’s Paradise” and “Nth Degree” and the band voted for “Nth Degree”. Unfortunately, we realised there was a popular song from the 2000’s called Nth Degree which would make it hard to google us. So, we went for the next best option “Ninth Degree”.

What country/region are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?

We’re from Scotland and the scene is really strong here.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We have just released ‘Fade Away’ which is our second studio single. It was recorded back at the start of 2020 by Nicholas Franck of Mix By Nico and was tracked live in the studio allowing the band to capture the raw energy and emotion of the song. The song was then mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist Cameron Watt in his studio. Ninth Degree knew they wanted to put their best foot forward in 2021 and so enlisted the help of local legend Sam Hayles of Dose Productions to design the artwork for the track. The song was released at midnight on New Year’s Eve with an accompanying music video shot during the recording process.

‘Fade Away’ (Official Performance Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our biggest influences are probably Queen, Green Day, Rush and Franz Ferdinand.

What first got you into music?

Cameron: For me, it was when I first started going to shows as a kid with my parents, I remember seeing AC/DC in 2008 and that’s really what sparked my interest in guitar playing.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

We would’ve loved to collaborate with the original line-up of Queen. They all seemed like great musicians and songwriters and so it would’ve been amazing to see how they worked.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Probably the Reading and Leeds festivals, they always have great line-ups!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We’ve actually not had many gifts, so I guess if you’re reading this, feel free to send us something odd haha.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We can’t thank you enough and we really appreciate every single one of you.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The thrill of playing live is amazing and probably all the waiting around is a pain!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Definitely streamlining the distribution system for getting your music onto streaming sites.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stadium Arcadium” – Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

They all have their place to be honest. I don’t think any one format is perfect!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Definitely, our single launch last year!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Cameron: I’m not entirely sure what I’d be doing if I didn’t do music, but I was really into snowboarding and skiing as a kid, so I probably would’ve gotten into that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Miles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Jack Black and Kyle Gass

What’s next for the band?

In the long run, we are aiming to bring out our debut album once the pandemic is fully over and we’ve built some more momentum. Then hopefully we will go on a small UK and/or EU tour to promote the album. In the next few months though we are looking to start work on an EP to release over the summer (all COVID dependent at the moment).

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

To listen to our new single.
www.linktr.ee/NDFadeAway

To find us on social media
@ninthdegreeuk

Our website
www.ninthdegree.co.uk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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