Standing Like Statues – Reality Checkpoint EP

Standing Like Statues – Reality Checkpoint EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Running Time: 14:28
Review by Tammy Lomax
10/10

I cannot explain in actual words how much I needed this day off. I have been breaking my back for months with barely any time to congress. Today is different, the house is tidy and very quiet, and I am submerging myself into my happy place, my musical bubble.

Today’s selection are Cambridge alt-rockers Standing Like Statues. They self-released their second EP “Reality Checkpoint” on 13/11/2020, which is produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon).

Formed in 2015, Standing Like Statues have supported bands such as We Are The Ocean, Fort Hope and Courage My Love. They have also experienced being featured on BBC Look East and BBC Introducing Cambridge, ‘Reality Checkpoint’ is the follow up to 2015’s “Makeup And Mind Games” and their inspirations come from bands like 30 Seconds To Mars and Biffy Clyro.

My favourite track on the EP is opener ‘Skylines’, it hit me like a brick. I had it on loop for a while and discovered I resembled the lyrics. There is an elevating light when you listen, even more so when the lyrics hit home. It is energetic and the electronic elements have much texture and weight, Vocalist Jamie Wiltshire explains that this track is about feeling claustrophobic, by not being true to oneself because of fear of not being accepted. Are you known to keep apologising to the person you love because you can’t control the anxiety that eats away at you? If you do, then this track is for you, suggested as a cry for help but with an answer! The vocal ranges are good, they don’t sound over bearing when the high notes are reached, and they are projected in a crystal-clear manner. There is stability flowing between the lyrics and the instruments, nothing overwhelms each other. I absolutely love it!

The following tracks ‘Stupid Love’ and ‘Confidence’ align together nicely, They are definitely a bit bouncier. When ‘The Best Kind of Anxiety’ plays, there is more creativity regarding the technical side and it ends the EP on a high, the same high you get with ‘Skylines’. I can safely say, beyond any doubt that Standing Like Statues are going to bring a huge breath of fresh air to the music industry.

This EP is superlative, especially during these times, you literally feel a surge of inspiration after listening. Also, I literally cannot put across how sweet the production is, it is fabulous darling!

Just under 15 minutes long and I honestly love what Standing Like Statues have created. At the moment, there are an enormous amount of people who are suffering, Standing Like Statues have reached out and excelled themselves! Feeling a bit shit? Listen to this, on repeat…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Skylines
02. Stupid Love
03. Confidence
04. The Best Kind Of Anxiety

LINE-UP:
Jamie – Vocals
Effy – Drums
Exidion – Guitar
Chris – Bass
Meitar – Guitar

LINKS:

Photo by Daniel Akerley

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EMQ’s with ATTIC THEORY

EMQ’s with ATTIC THEORY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, England based Alternative Sexy Groove Rock band Attic Theory. Huge thanks to vocalist Lewis Wright 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, I’m Lewis Wright, I am the frontman of Liverpool Groove rockers Attic Theory. The band features previous members of Matchstickmen, Rain May Fall and LimeHawk. All of these bands had come to their natural end and Peter Donnelly (Guitarist) and myself decided it was time to start something fresh and new, something different to what we had all previously been doing…and here we are.

How did you come up with your band name?

The inspiration behind the name Attic Theory was taken from an episode of Elementary – a CBS television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories with contemporary twists. In the second episode of the show, Sherlock talks about ‘Attic Theory’ and states that the human brain is like an attic. A storage space for facts. But because that space is finite, it must be filled only with the things you need to be the best version of yourself. We thought this was a fitting name with everything that was going on at the time.

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

We are based in Liverpool. Kenny McArthur (Bass) is from South Africa, Matt Lawler (Guitar) is from Stoke, I’m originally from London and Peter, Tim Cunningham (Guitar) and Matt Simon (Drums) are from Liverpool. Liverpool has had a thriving music scene for a long time now, but it has been very limited on rock/metal bands…until now. I’m proud to live in a city where there are so many great up and coming rock/metal bands, all with their own unique signature.

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

Our debut EP “The Sign Of An Active Mind” will be released on Friday 27th November via our own label ThunderGun Records. You can pre-order it now from our website www.attictheory.co.uk/store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I am a huge fan of grunge music so my greatest influences growing up would have to be all of the bands from the 90’s Seattle scene. Bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, Candlebox, Mudhoney…the list goes on. We’ve actually made it into the Shazam top 20 chart in Seattle, with our single ‘Your Light’ so teenage me would have probably fainted by now. Another grunge band, not from Seattle, that has been a massive influence on me is Stone Temple Pilots. Their 90’s albums still stand the test of time.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child and my sister wasn’t home, I used to sneak into her room and listen to her rock collection of vinyl records. I would listen to Def Leppard, Megadeth and Faith No More. This definitely started my musical journey down the path of rock. “Hysteria” was the first rock album I ever owned, and it was mind blowing when Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliot complimented our track ‘My Own Design’ on the radio.

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

I would love to collaborate with Kevin Martin from Candlebox. His tone and vocal range are amazing. To say this would be a bucket list moment for me is an understatement, I would probably fall to my knees and weep if this actually happened.

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

As a band, we would love to play every festival humanly possible around the world. One of the festivals I would personally love to play at is Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza. The vibe and atmosphere always looks so electric and everyone looks so friendly. I recently stopped drinking alcohol but I’m sure that festival would get me in the party mood and I would treat myself to a couple of white wine spritzers.

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

I’ve been given a lot of fan-made merchandise over the years which I love as it shows people have taken the time out to actually bother to make it for me. Nothing has been made of human hair just yet. I know that Tim, in one of his old bands, was given a picture in a frame by a fan of him and said fan. The picture was taken when they met at a previous show. I bet he still has it on his mantelpiece…to be honest…it’s probably next to his bed haha.

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

That we love them for helping pay for our music, which we make for their enjoyment and we can’t wait to gig for them again…and Pete’s single.

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

There are so many talented late musicians that have influenced me and the rest of the band so it would be difficult to choose. Could there be some sort of timeshare put into place so their time is divided equally? That way they all get to grace the world with their talents once more… and if not, why not?!

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

I pretty much enjoy every part of being a musician. I love playing live, writing and recording the songs but one thing I do hate is when people expect you to play for exposure. I bet if the tables were turned, they would be massively offended… “Hello British Gas, I’d like to pay my bill this month with exposure… what do you mean you don’t accept exposure?”

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

Correctly paying artists across all major streaming services. It’s a huge deal and needs to be addressed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Purple” by Stone Temple Pilots. It’s grunge music without the super miserable side of the genre. I remember buying the limited-edition CD and having it on repeat on my discman for months.

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

We have to move with the times, but artists receive a higher return on physical formats. If artists were paid correctly from streaming and downloads, I would probably say that as it is environmentally friendly…but you can’t sign a download.

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

Just before lockdown, we supported the awesome Terrorvision in Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. The venue is a magnificent Victorian Theatre and the crowd loved our opening set. We walked on to Conga by Gloria Estefan, which definitely set the mood for the evening. One of my other favourite gigs was when we supported the Soap Girls and they got Kenny up on stage wearing a chocolate pudding filled nappy. I still wake up screaming to this day hahahaha!!

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

Crying. Music keeps me together. It’s my release. It’s good for my mental health.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I was going to say the rest of the band. We spend that much time together, we are like family, Like brothers but I’m going to have to say Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. Marge puts on a good spread, intelligent conversation from Lisa, Maggie is just cute, and you don’t know what crazy antics will happen between Homer and Bart. Dinner AND a show.

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing our debut EP ‘THE SIGN OF AN ACTIVE MIND’ on Friday 27th November which you can pre-save on your preferred music service – www.orcd.co/gbzgjym or purchase the CD at our website store – www.attictheory.co.uk/store. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. We will also be returning to the studio in the new year to continue work on our debut album. As for gigs, due to the current situation, we are taking it a day at a time so hopefully we will get to play for all in 2021. We are scheduled to play Planet Rockstock in December 2021 so keep your fingers crossed that things become a bit more normal by then.

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

www.instagram.com/attictheory
www.facebook.com/AtticTheory
www.twitter.com/attictheory
www.attictheory.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

This question is similar to ‘what came first? The Chicken or the egg?’. This is one of life’s mysteries. They are called a ‘Jaffa Cake’ and clearly have cake in the title BUT are always found on the biscuit aisle. I believe a ‘Jaffa Cake’ is created when a biscuit and cake make love as it is a soft biscuit. I did have scientific evidence to prove this…but our drummer ate it.

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Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP

Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP
Self – Released
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 17:10
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good evening, my dear ladies and gentlemen. I am lounging upon my chaise longue, sipping from a delicately jewelled chalice and sporting my Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight) after a busy couple of days involving proselytising, being endlessly shouted at by the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, smashing up indestructible sofas and having Mrs. Dark Juan experience medical emergencies requiring trips to the apothecary and then the hospital. This is of course not in order of importance and rather more to do with my permanently derailed train of thought. I should have been wrangling young gentlemen as per my normal employment, but Mrs. Dark Juan comes first. At least that’s what I promised her when we first started seeing each other. Wink wink. I’ll let you judge how trustworthy I am on that score.

Also, for Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight), read beat up old (yet supremely comfortable) Batman onesie. I’m all about full disclosure, me.

I’m also all about writing about the music I’m listening to. What a segue. Tonight’s offering is an intriguing and beguiling band of Texan misfits called Quinn The Brain. Now, if you are of a certain age (and can recall MTV actually playing music videos and having Vanessa BLOODY Warwick ruining Donington for everybody) you may remember a poorly animated and distinctly sarcastic programme on MTV called Daria, about a young alternative lady called Daria Morgendorfer and her adventures with Jane and Trent.  And her endless watching of Sick, Sad World. Digressing? Me? Never… Anyway, there was an episode of Daria called Quinn The Brain That’s where Quinn The Brain got their name from. They have therefore earned a bonus point for having a cool name from a TV show beloved of Dark Juan in his youth. I’m easily bought.

As this is a four track EP, I am going to do a track by track critique. Let us begin…

The record opener is also the title track. Beginning with a simple, chiming guitar lick, it rapidly goes down a rage-filled rabbit hole of fury and reminds this reviewer greatly of ‘Bruise Violet’ by Babes In Toyland in the delivery of the vocal by Arta Salehi in parts. This is not a criticism as Kat Bjelland is a fine, fine basis to take your performance from. Musically, the song rampages from riot girl rage and kickass riffs to alt-rock twanging before hitting off kilter vocals and rapid loud-quiet-loud dynamics. I like this very much so far. Hopefully track two lives up to the promise of this stomper of an opener…

Track two is ‘Step On Me’. My, this is grungy. All lo-fi guitar and angst-ridden lyrics with a tough punk edge to take the grunge undertones up a notch and out of the navel gazing bollocks that most grunge was. Special mention goes to bass player Steve Blackheart on this one, who serves up some of the filthiest, sexiest bass I have had heard for a long time. Lyrically, this one is about working in an industry where no-one cares about you and the futility of your trying to achieve something when no-one will ever notice. Welcome to the world that most of us inhabit. Although this is the weakest offering it’s still a fucking slamming song and well worth your time.

Lucky three then – entitled ‘Comes In 3s’ and about bad luck coming in threes and dreading the next piece of shitty bastard luck to empty its capacious, disease-ridden arse in your unsuspecting lap. Again we enjoy some sexy, sexy fucking bass from Mr. Blackheart and some very tasty guitar work from Arta as well as a vocal that oozes snotty, fuck you attitude without having to resort to the kind of inane, ball squeezing squealing that large, hirsute, bearded men frequently employ when they are playing heavy metal. This is one of the more unusual songs as it straddles the fence between grunge, punk and metal (is that more than one fence? Fuck knows.) Oh, and it’s a full moon at the end of the song too, so all fucking bets are off…  Another top, top song.

Onto the record’s closing tune now, and it’s called ‘Dark Skies’ and it is by far the most metal of the songs on this EP. It’s got an absolutely doomtastic central riff and just drips melody and menace at the same time. Vocally, Arta treads a finely judged line referencing strong female vocal leads like Brody Dalle, Kat Bjelland, Die So Fluid’s Grog and even a bit of faux-cute Courtney Love and the words reference the loss of innocence, while skilfully leaving it to the listener’s imagination just what innocence has been lost. Such subtlety in songwriting is a rare and precious thing, especially in metal and other extreme music which tends to just bludgeon you over the head with the message the band wants you to understand. This is also a fucking kickass tune.

So, this is only a 17-minute EP but as a body of work it is extraordinarily complete. It’s a short but comprehensive journey down an absolutely rage filled tunnel of violence, edged weapons and negative emotions, and the musicians back this up by being able to emote this on their instruments as well as being able to rely on Arta’s witheringly intense vocal delivery going voraciously straight for your soft, white throat. I CANNOT WAIT for a full album, boys and girl! This really is one of my favourite records of 2020 so far, and I have listened to some high-quality alternative music this year. Quinn The fucking Brain are fucking magnificent!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (y’all) awards Quinn The Brain a colossal 10/10. Treasure this, Quinn The Brain. It is a rare and precious thing. Dark Juan officially loves you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Open Wide
02. Step On Me
03. Comes In 3s
04. Dark Skies

LINE-UP
Arta Salehi – Vocals and Guitar
Billy Kimmel – Drums
Steve Blackheart – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT

EMQ’s with MILK WHITE THROAT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, England Alternative Progressive Rock band, Milk White Throat. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Brian Thomas 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 Brian, I am the bass guitarist and vocalist for Milk White Throat.

Tom (Guitar) & Guillaume (drums) have known each other for a long time and originally played in a band called Lithurgy over 10 years ago, after their bass player left, they asked me to join as we had played together in the past when I was playing  in my other band at the time.

We used to have 6 members and over the years Milk White Throat has gone through various changes and eventually landed on the classic power trio setup. It was super fun playing with more people and certainly a lot cheaper, but we have found the writing to be a more streamlined affair.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name is a lyric from  a Nick Cave song ‘Black Hair’, no particular meaning behind, we just thought it sounded cool.

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

We are from Brighton, England. The scene for metal and rock is fantastic in Brighton. Brighton has spawned lots of very successful bands such as Architects, Toska, Black Peaks and many more. It has a thriving scene with very dedicated promoters and venues, with the benefit of being really close to London which means we get a ton of great bands passing by!

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

Our latest is a 3 track EP entitled “Hierarchy”. We have released a single ‘Sleepless’ and an accompanying video filmed at the Underworld in London. The EP was recorded with Mark Roberts, a fantastic Engineer/Producer based in Brighton.

‘Sleepless’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I cant speak for the rest of the guys, but for me personally, Pain Of Salvation have inspired me more than anything else, they are an endlessly creative prog band from Sweden. Tom and I are huge consumers of music and we pretty much listen to anything that is underground, leftfield or generally genre bending. Think of bands like KayoDot, Oranssi Pazuzu or Deathspell Omega among many others.

What first got you into music?

Being the only musician that’s ever been in my family, I think it was more defiance than anything else.

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

Venetian Snares.

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

Probably one of the Curated ATP festivals. They usually have the most eclectic mix of music in any one festival.

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

Alas, we have never received a gift from a fan. Our mailbox remains open and wanting.

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

Never give up on live music! The world is changing fast, but nothing is quite like watching some people sweat it out on stage.

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

Frank Zappa, no question. If I had the option for another resurrection, it would be Vitek, the Decapitated drummer, very tragic death. He was an immense musician and a true original.

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

Writing is the best and worst thing in equal measure. It’s a truly soul-destroying process that is also hugely gratifying.

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

The constant need for CONTENT. Sometimes it feels like the music is not enough anymore, and the magnifying glass gets closer and closer every year. I really respect bands that still have some mystery about them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Remedy Lane” by Pain Of Salvation

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

As a consumer, downloads are amazing. Whilst Spotify is a terrible deal for artists, it’s literally a miracle. If you told me back in the 90’s that there would be a device that had ALL OF THE MUSIC EVER, fits in my pocket, and costs £10 a month, I would have called you a heretic and burned you at the stake for witchcraft.

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

We played with Dillinger Escape Plan a while back in Brighton and that was pretty cool. Those guys are animals.

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

I would probably be wandering aimlessly in a post nuclear wasteland, fighting off irradiated dogs for scraps of tinned foods and dried meats. Photography also.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Cave, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Carlin and Frank Zappa.

What’s next for the band?

Considering that Covid-19 has captured the hearts and minds of the globe and has made touring a more difficult proposition, we will be writing for our next album. We currently have about 2/3 albums worth of material to work with, so we’ll be busy over the winter months into the next. We might get into the studio before that to record a single sometime next year.

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

You can find us on Spotify and Bandcamp! Instagram at www.instagram.com/milkwhitethroat/and you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/milkwhitethroat/. You can also visit www.milkwhitethroat.com/. Through that you can find all of the relevant social media shenanigans.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The clue is in the title.

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

Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.

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EMQ’s with BS BONE

EMQ’s with BS BONE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Italy based Alternative Hard Rock/Stoner band, BS BONE. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Vyper 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?

I’m Vyper from BS BONE, a three-members line-up. We started to play together in the summer 2017. We play an Alternative Hard Rock with several other influences. I play bass guitar and I’m also the vocalist of the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

First of all, “BS” stands for Bandsaw…So we decided to choose Bone Bandsaw, a tool that gives the idea about anything we want….But then we switched words and we opted for “BS Bone”…so anyway it’s something nice!

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

We’re based in Italy The situation is not the best. The live music venues that allow you to play unreleased songs are less and less, especially genres like hard rock and metal. Not to mention the fact that we live in the centre-south of Italy (Molise)…And it is useless to add that this global pandemic made things worse. But in spite of everything there are so many valid bands.

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

In October 2019 we released our self-produced Demo, called “Inside Insanity”. There are four killin’ tracks who talk about madness, anger, insanity, slice of life; for example, ‘Dysfunctional Souls’ (#3) speaks about the pain of feeling inadequate, useless; speaks about the presumption and the failure.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx and Rachel Bolan, three bassists and songwriters with some consistency of their sound. They mostly play bass with a pick, a style/technique that comes from punk rock bands. I love this sound, ‘cause pick gives you the tone that fits the style. In my opinion there’s no “right way” to play the bass. As long as you are getting the sound you honestly want and it’s not out of stubbornness or laziness, you’ve chosen the “right” method: Choose the sound not the technique.

What first got you into music?

Well, after watching on DVD (borrowed from a friend) a concert of Guns called “Live from The Ritz (1988)”: I Think this is what they call “spark”.

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

A collaboration with Hardcore Superstar that would be great! I love ’em to bits and if that could happen, that would be a dream come true!

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

I can say without hesitation Hellfest in France, Rock am Ring and Wacken in Germany, Download in UK and Sweden Rock Festival. Each of them have their own peculiarities but are attended by people who live and breathe rock every single second!

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

The choice is hard, but I’d take back Chris Cornell, a very complete artist and a very big source of inspiration.

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

I hate the slogan “everything at once”, where music is meant like a fuckin’ grinder; single is preferred over album. No, this cannot stand!

There are few record labels willing to believe and produce compared to what happened in the past. It is useless to deny that the record market is going in another direction … rap, hip-hop, trap music …. but the Rocker gives a sh*t and goes straight on his way, despite everything…I hope so.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” (1987) – Guns N’ Roses

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

I’m already a structural engineer with rock running through my veins.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would like to invite Ozzy Osbourne, Duff McKagan, Nikki Sixx, Matthew Shadows and Lita Ford.

What’s next for the band?

We’re putting together some stuff for our first full album. We have composed more than twelve songs up to now. We’d like to begin pre-production as soon as possible. We wanna play live hoping that the Covid situation it gets better.

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

www.facebook.com/bsboneband/
www.instagram.com/bsboneband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIKF_-DAXcvOg-mscWCtHw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Rm16JwBRyoqnpOYLCnQAi
www.bsbone.bandcamp.com/album/inside-insanity

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A name I’ve never heard before hahahahaha…they have to be good!

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

What we call “Rock” is not simple music: it’s salvation, breakout…’cause after all:

We’re nothing more than 99 Lions in a cage!

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EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Youngstown, Ohio based Alternative Rock/Post-Grunge band Glass Alice. Huge thanks to Mike Hermensky & Eric Albenze 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?

Mike Hermensky (MH): I’m Mike Hermensky. I play guitar and vocals.

Eric Albenze (EA): Lead Guitar/Producer/Mixer/Digital Art/Video/Animation/Co-Founder Glass Alice. Our history – We started in 2000 under the name Facepunch, which lasted about five years. I then quit music entirely. Six years went by and I hated every minute of it, so I built a home recording studio, learned Cubase and called Mike. I was in Tampa, Florida and he was in Youngstown, Ohio, so we would both write songs on our own and then email the songs to each other, and then continue to work on them. I would fly into Youngstown for a week at a time and we would record all the tracks we could, and I’d take them back home to Tampa and mix them. We uploaded our first round of songs to iTunes, Spotify and all that and about three months later I got a call from producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) out of Cleveland, Ohio. He said he’d heard us on Spotify and really liked the sound asked to produce our first LP. So, we found Howie (Burns – Drums) and Anthony (Village – Bass) – Mike and Howie had worked together before. In our first session with Jim we recorded “Gravity, Oh Boy and Bitten”. We’ve now just wrapped up another recording session with Jim and we are excited to be signed with Super Delicious Records and everything they are doing as we get ready to drop our first international album “Bitten” on Sept. 14th

How did you come up with your band name?

EA: Mike got this one, and we both hate trying to think of a band name. It’s literally impossible for me to decide, so I’m good when someone else does that. I have a hard-enough time keeping the logo the same, for branding and all that jazz.

MH: We were thinking of changing our band name because we got away from the type of music we previously played under that name (Facepunch). We had a few ideas we kicked around for a while. I was driving and thinking about the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. I was thinking about the scene with the porcelain doll and Glass Alice popped into my head. I liked the way it sounded and so did the rest of the band members, so it stuck.

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

EA: Youngstown, Ohio, in North-eastern, Ohio. There’s a ton of metal bands up here, almost too many. Not a lot of Rock Bands, and seems a lot of alternative bands, so a good variety, but definitely a ton of metal bands, but seems like that everywhere.

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

MH: Our album “Bitten” drops September 14th and our first single of the same name will be released the same date.

EA: It’s our first time working with a label, so it’s been interesting to see that side of the business.

Who have been your greatest influences?

MH: Silverchair, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, you can probably hear that in our songwriting!

EA: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Metallica, Soundgarden. There was some really great music that came out of the 90’s and I feel that’s definitely been an influence.

What first got you into music?

EA: I heard Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” album and it changed me, I was obsessed with fast riffs and fast solos, I would play every day before and after school. I was really taken with that loud emotional sound, and I was always going to the smoke shop to get guitar tab magazines. I loved that, trying to learn the songs before my friends did!

MH: I was about 16 and my buddy Brian gave me a bass. I started messing around with it and taught myself how to play. My other buddy Tommy would help me practice by playing drums on the couch cushions. Eventually I traded my bass in for a guitar, Tommy bought a drum set, and we started our first band.

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

MH: I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. He seems like a real down to earth kind of guy, a great musician, and someone I could learn from.

EA: Jerry Cantrell – the dude’s a great songwriter! I’m actually really excited to work on some of the new songs that Mike, and I are working on; some of them are really heavy. I’m excited to get back to work on them.

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

EA: I was a big fan of the Warped Tour when that was around. Reading and/or Leeds would be amazing.

MH: Lollapalooza – I went to the 92’ show and it had a kick ass line-up – Ministry, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to in my life.

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

EA: Homemade stuffed olives, LOL! I don’t like olives, but I heard they were really good!

MH: What!? You got a gift? I’m still waiting for that one to happen!

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

MH: We really appreciate their support and when they listen to our music, we hope they walk away with an emotion, a connection, and a feeling to the songs that they can relate to their own lives.

EA: I would just say thank you for listening and I hope it brings you some form of comfort and happiness.

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

EA: I would want to see what else Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley would have done. I guarantee either of these guys would have made a ton more songs, and man, I would love to hear that!

MH: That’s a tough one, because there are way too many, but for me personally it would probably be Kurt Cobain. He had a big influence on me musically.

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

EA: I love the creating process and hearing it take form and come to life. I also really like the recording process and going back to fundamentals and the long hours of recording and mixing. I love that stuff, it’s the best feeling in the world! I don’t hate anything about being a musician, but I would say it’s HARD! It’s so easy to give up, or say “nah, I can’t do it, or I’m too old, or too… whatever”, but music has no boundaries, a good song speaks for itself. But trying to beat the fear in your head is not easy.

MH: I most enjoy creating something from nothing which is always a satisfying feeling. I hate the pressure and stress I put upon myself.

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

MH: I wish the music industry would take more chances on new bands. It seemed like in the 90’s there were tons of bands being signed, even if they only had one hit, at least they got a chance.

EA: I would get rid of streaming media. Artists work hard we all know that, and it’s insane how effortless it is to get music now. It’s so easy, and so inexpensive, that it gets taken for granted.  Worse yet, it enables people to skip from one song to the next without giving the song a chance to develop. I’d like to see album sales return, not just a single song. A lot of artists I know are barely hanging on and some have already quit. If all the real artists disappear everyone’s going to wonder why all the new music sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

EA: Metallica’s “Ride The Lightening”, fast and heavy!

MH: There’s just so many! Mötley Crüe – “Shout At The Devil”, Skid Row’s – “Skid Row£, and Def Leppard – “Hysteria”.

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

MH: Vinyl – there’s a sound that you can get from vinyl that you can’t get from any other platform.

EA: I like Vinyl, I see it’s making somewhat of a comeback but seems really expensive to do right now, it was for us anyway.

What’s the best gig you played to date?

EA: The OutPost in Kent, Ohio. It was a great show!

MH: Stella’s in Downtown Cleveland – it was a good atmosphere, great crowd, and lots of friends and family were able to come.

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

MH: Probably tattooing – When I took a hiatus from music, I took a tattoo apprenticeship and did that for a couple years, but it didn’t give me the fulfilment that music does.

EA: I have a degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia. So, I’m still doing a lot of that for Glass Alice. The artist has to do so much more than just make music. You also have to be a graphic artist, web, social media, YouTube, video. I’ve been lucky to have a background in all of this, and it’s still not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

EA: Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet, Lars, Axl, Slash

MH: Jesus, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain (if they were alive), Post Malone, and Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

EA: We just signed with Super Delicious Records, and “Bitten” drops September 14th. And then touring, once that’s a thing again.

MH: Promoting our new album, touring, writing and getting back in the studio to record.

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

www.glassalicemusic.com/
www.facebook.com/glassaliceband/
www.twitter.com/glassalicemusic
www.instagram.com/glassalicemusic/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AmSGIpbdGR7v57xWCSIQg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or biscuit?

MH: I had to look it up, but I would say it is a cake.

EA: Cake!

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EMQ’s with UNDER THE TONGUE

EMQ’s with UNDER THE TONGUE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Alternative Rock duo Under The Tongue. Huge thanks to Mark Eden 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?

Hey Ever Metal, thanks so much for having Under The Tongue here and thanks for your support.

My name is Mark Eden, I sing, play guitar, drums and drum programming. Julia Eden sings, plays bass and piano.

How did you come up with your band name?

I remember walking out of our courtyard here in Berlin and we were talking about different ways that people heal themselves and what they use to do so. One of the ways that came up was Homeopathy and quite often you have to take drops as part of the remedy that has been prescribed. Under the tongue was the main way and Booom!!! There it was, that was the name, it was screaming to be used. We love the ambiguity as other substances are also taken under the tongue for a different desired effect…that wasn’t lost on us.

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

I am from Australia, but I live in Berlin and the scene is quite healthy here with many clubs to play and many festivals also. After all Germany has Wacken which is huge.

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

Our latest single is ‘Waterfall’ and you can watch the video on youtube. It was filmed in Berlin and is dark, fun and filmed like an action movie, it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. We are totally DIY and did everything ourselves.

Our new song ’I Can’t Breathe’ is now released, as of August the 21st, with a video to follow.

Waterfall (Official Video)

I Can’t Breathe (Spotify)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles to be honest…not very Metal …sorry 😉 (The Beatles are just fine with us – Rick)

What first got you into music?

Actually, my Dad used to play guitar at home when we had house parties in Australia. They are the kind of parties where people would actually come to your house to party. People would get up spontaneously and dance, scream and go nuts and the atmosphere was pretty wild for a 7-year-old I can tell you. That is what made me get into music I am sure of it now but wasn’t thinking about it at the time.

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

Puscifer would be cool.

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

Oooh!!! That’s a hard one. Wacken would be cool but there are so many other cool ones.

The audience is 100% into it, go nuts and that’s my kind of festival where the participation from the audience is as important as the band that is playing.

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

I have had a few weird ones. It was not a gift but an experience that comes to mind.

I was actually standing getting ready to pee at a urinal in Australia and a fan came up and started to sing one of my songs as loud as he could in my face while I was standing there…that was very weird but at the same time it was kinda cool.

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

Go for it, life is not a rehearsal, live, love do crazy stuff, dance like a maniac, travel, enjoy, trust yourself, listen to new music whenever you get the chance and whatever you do, do it with your whole heart.

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

Kurt Cobain & John Lennon, sorry that was 2!!

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

I love the process of writing songs and doing videos also, playing live is awesome and the feeling of playing tight as a band is wicked. I don’t really hate any aspect, but some things really get on my nerves 😉 ‘Music Promoters who get paid thousands of Euros and don’t do a thing to promote your music…actually yes, I fuckin’ really hate that.

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

Refer to the above 😉 Also that we would have many more places where independent bands can play.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sgt Peppers!

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

Gotta be Vinyl!

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

That’s a hard one as some of the small intimate gigs have been awesome. Playing at a festival in Austria where people went crazy and also playing in the middle of Australia at an Indigenous festival was definitely a highlight.

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

I would be doing more painting and sculpting and probably robbing banks 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Osho, John Lennon, Nietzsche, Basquiat and Janis Joplin.

What’s next for the band?

Our new single ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is now released with a video to follow. Also, we will be releasing new music every 6-7 weeks with a video then the album after 8 singles. Touring next year is in the planning stages as this year is not happening for everyone.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/0ODOqiRiyO1YnumWEX1EUs
www.instagram.com/under_the_tongue/
www.facebook.com/UnderTheTongue
www.youtube.com/user/UnderTheTongueBand
www.twitter.com/UnderTheTongue

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sorry for my ignorance but I have never had one.

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

I would like to thank you on behalf of Under The Tongue for the cool questions and for having us here. It really means a lot to us.

Cheers
Under The Tongue

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based Alternative Rock band The Stone Eye. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Stephen Burdick 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 Stephen Burdick and I play guitar and sing lead vocals. The Stone Eye was formed back in 2014, after Jeremiah and I met and jammed in a previous band of mine. The Stone Eye came about as we set out on expanding our sound and taking it in new directions which we hadn’t explored before. Five studio LP’s, a handful of EPs, and a handful of Live Session later, and we are back in the saddle preparing for our next few releases.

How did you come up with your band name?

Honestly, it was mostly a play on words. It sounded cool to me at the time (well, still does) and it wasn’t (as far as I can tell) being used by anyone, so I was just like ‘bingo!’ I just wanted something that stood out as being unique – something that was easy to remember and something people could scribble down in a notebook when they’re bored.

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

Philadelphia, PA. East coast USA. The Metal/Rock scene is tremendous over here – Philadelphia especially. There is no shortage of great, occasionally heavy (but not always) Philly bands coming out, and whenever you get bored just drive a couple hours up 95 and you’re in NYC- another Rock n’ Roll hotspot.

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

Our latest LP is “Ventura”, which came out back in February 2020. Our latest proper release was back in May when we released ‘The Quarantine Sessions: Volume 1’, a 27 song live in-studio project we did following the live music industries shutdown from Corona. Volume 2 also just came out July 17th!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Without a doubt both Alice in Chains and Jimi Hendrix were the reason I picked up the guitar and started taking it seriously. There are a lot of others, but those are the primary two.

What first got you into music?

That’s a tough one. One distinct memory I have was when I was a kid. I remember watching Hendrix’s performance of ‘Hey Joe’ at the Monterey Pop Festival, and it blew my mind and I had to pick up guitar after that. So yeah, Probably that.

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

A hard tie between both Jerry Cantrell and Josh Homme. Very hard tie.

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

Glastonbury. So many great acts whom I admire have gone through there.

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

Ha, gifts? We don’t receive gifts! A year ago, we were playing in Pittsburgh and a man walked in with a bunch of custom wood-carved magnets with our name on them and gave them to us. That was really cool.

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

Thank you for the support, and for keeping the dream alive. We’ll be out on the road once all this Corona nonsense is over, guaranteed!

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

Probably Kurt Cobain. To be on top of your game like he was when he passed, both musically and fame wise, leaves a lot of wonder in terms of where he would have gone next musically. His last few demo tapes were fantastic.

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

I love playing shows, the wonderful people you meet, and the joy of writing, when something finally clicks and you’re like “Wow, did I really write that?”. Things I hate- the long hours with little pay, the non-creative side of music in terms of planning and scheduling, and the momentary lapses of writer’s block which you think will last a lifetime.

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

Probably the “big business” nature of the business. It’s not as much about what you put out, as much as it is who you know.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

Honestly, probably downloads. You just can’t beat how accessible things are with the internet.

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

We’ve played a lot of fun gigs – but one that sticks out to me is the New England Doomed & Stoned Fest. We played it back in 2019.

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

I have no idea. Probably fucking around with computers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rock, Napkin, Chip, Air, and Michael Buble. In that order.

What’s next for the band?

Given the lack of anything live, we currently are primarily focusing on completing the follow-up to “Ventura”, which is deep in the mixing stages at this moment.

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

Bookmark em:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thestoneeye
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/
Bandcamp: www.thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t even know what a Jaffa Cake is!

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

Thank you for taking time out of your day for the interview. Cheers!

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Moonlight Desires – At The Movies EP

Moonlight Desires – At The Movies EP
Infamous Butcher Records
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Running Time: 15:01
Review by Martin Bennewith
7/10

Sometimes it is good to go back in time. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and it brings back lots of memories, and when the cue that triggers you to drift back in time is positive and energetic, then you will often find that the memories are laced with joy. What I like most about this EP is that it gives me a double dose of nostalgia. The most obvious one being the 80’s, where hair was big, music was made out of cheese, and 45’s were a thing, but it also sent me back to just after the turn of the millennium, when I still had hair, and bands such as Green Day, Wheatus and the Foo Fighters were somewhere in my CD pile.

In a Nutshell, Moonlight Desires are an alternative rock band boasting a style that fits in well with my noughties CD collection, but they apply this sound to turn well known 80’s hits on their head. “At The Movies” goes one further as it is a collection of 4 tracks from classic 80’s movies, so it really is great food if you have got an appetite for reliving moments from the past.

It kicks off (no pun intended!) with ‘Glory Of Love’ – Peter Cetera’s original version can be found in the film ‘The Karate Kid’, and this song certainly packs a punch. This is not the first time that this song has been given a rock makeover, as New Found Glory fans will tell you. As such, Moonlight Desires’ take on this song is more like the New Found Glory Version, albeit with more of a hard rock edge. It starts off with obligatory power chords which sets the tone for the whole track, along with a cutting lead guitar producing the melody, and as you hear the vocals and lead melodies develop, you can see where it is heading. When the chorus kicks in, I have to remind myself that I am not listening to Teenage Dirtbag, but this is not a criticism! The track, given the style, is itching for a lead solo, and it does not disappoint. I do find that the vocals slightly lack a cutting edge and are almost drowned out by the guitars. I think given the powerful feel-good lyrics the song possesses, I would have liked to hear the singing cut through a tad more. Apart from this, I think it is well produced, dare I say slightly overproduced.

Next on the list is a track from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’ – ‘Hungry Eyes’. It is certainly an interesting take on the song, with guitars a plenty. It has a lot of energy, and is certainly not as predictable as the first track. Imagine heavy vocals, overdriven rhythm guitars, and lots of lead breaks, alternating from energy, to calm, and back again. One thing I will say, is the opening did not capture my attention at first, and the feel I got was slightly lazy, however the journey from beginning to end was certainly one to grab attention overall. The pace of the track varies so much, that you sometimes forget you are listening to the same song. It goes from a Green Day type rhythm guitar with complimenting melodies to perhaps overly indulgent guitar noodling more like Motorhead. I was not a fan of the original song, and I certainly do prefer this version. Perhaps the dull nature of the original was why Moonlight Desires spent a lot of work creating something that is quite far apart from what Eric Carmen came up with.

The third instalment is a cover of The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough – My recollection of this song, as well as the Cyndi Lauper original are almost non-existent, so I will take this for what it is without any comparison. I think this, vocally, has the most energy. Think Dave Grohl mixed with the sarcastic tones of Billie Joe Armstrong. The music is also complimentary to this style. It is quite predictable, similar to ‘Glory Of Love’, but this is probably a good thing, as I imagine being in the middle of a mosh pit when the chorus comes on, and it certainly reminds me of those days. Lots of power chords, a great rhythm, and this time, the lead guitar is merely adding to the energy rather than taking over. It has a high feel-good factor, without too much depth or thought provoking to note.

The final outing, ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ is a bit of an anti-climax. I loved the original, so perhaps I am biased and not taking this for what it is, but I don’t think this would have done it for me if it were their song. There are a couple of reasons for this. The vocals do not have the same level of energy and light-hearted sarcasm that come across on the first three tracks, and the style seems out of context. It feels too close to the original for my liking. To be fair, they do manage to funk up the song with some rhythmic lead fills and attempt to create the kind of energy that their music clearly aims to generate, but for this to be more connected to the rest, they could have strayed away a bit from Simple Mind’s version. Perhaps as the original is great, they might not have wanted to destroy it, but in trying not to they have fallen short of what could have been possible.

Overall I enjoyed listening to “At The Movies” and although a lot of this was because of the novelty element, it brought a smile to my face, took me back in time, and brought back some good memories, so for this I would give it a thumbs up.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Glory Of Love (Peter Cetera Cover)
02. Hungry Eyes (Eric Carmen Cover)
03. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough (Cyndi Lauper Cover)~
04. Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds Cover)

LINE-UP:
Juan Helluva – 5 String Bass/Backup Vocals
Ashley Blue – 6 String Guitar/Backup Vocals
Twan Holliday – Vocals/8 String Bass
Christopher James – Drums

LINKS:
www.moonlightdesires.ca/
www.facebook.com/moonlightdesires/
www.twitter.com/MoonlightBand1
www.instagram.com/moonlightdesiresband/

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EMQ’s with THE TRAGIC COMPANY

EMQ’s with THE TRAGIC COMPANY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Estepona, Spain based Alternative Rock band, The Tragic Company. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Juanma Medina, 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 Juanma Medina, and I sing and play the guitar. I also do most of the songwriting, producing and PR. It all started off as my solo project, but the moment came to play live, and I needed a band! That was 12 years ago, so the line-up has changed quite a lot, but now, we have a solid group of committed people, and a good direction.

How did you come up with your band name?

As I was alone, I didn’t want to sound like “Juanma Medina’s Project’, I wanted it to look like a well consolidated band, so I went for that kind of name.

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

We live in Spain, although our bassist is French, and the other guitarist is Argentinian. The scene is terrible. Rock in Spain is still stuck in the old 80’s… it’s old fashioned and embarrassing to listen to some bands. Even ‘new ones’! There are exceptions, of course, but in general, terrible!

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

We have just released a new single called ‘Rotten’. A very proggy track that includes a quarantine video.

Rotten (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Porcupine Tree, the Danish band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Alter Bridge, Tool, Pink Floyd, The Who…

What first got you into music?

All the 90’s scene… grunge and Britpop. My father also had a good collection of records including Beatles, Mike Oldfield and Alan Parsons Project.

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

Dizzy Mizz Lizzy or Steven Wilson.

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

If it’s a festival, Download. It’s big and all the good modern rock bands perform there. If it’s a venue… probably the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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

We really haven’t received anything physical from them… maybe some crazy screaming regarding our underwear during a concert!

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

Buy the album and a T-shirt on your way out!

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

Keith Moon

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

I love creating in my home studio. I love recording and I love playing in front of a good noisy crowd.

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

The cut Spotify takes on every play.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Deadwing” by Porcupine Tree

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

Vinyl, of course!

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

12,000 people in Málaga, Southern Spain.

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

Probably something related to communication, or art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Noel Gallagher, Tim Christensen, Steven Wilson and Keith Moon

What’s next for the band?

To go out on tour around Europe, hopefully, if the new album does well.

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

We normally use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, although the last one was a bit abandoned, but we have refreshed it.
www.facebook.com/thetragiccompany
www.instagram.com/thetragiccompany/
www.twitter.com/tragiccompany

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re tiny little cakes, right? I don’t mind about the name, as long as I can get loads of them!

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

Thanks a lot for your support, we invite everyone to check out our releases and share our music with the world. We promise to behave.

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