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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EMQ’s with EMERRA

EMQ’s with EMERRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Alternative Rock band, Emerra. Huge thanks to guitarist/singer Fabian 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! Thanks for the interview. My name is Fabian, I play guitar and sing in Emerra.

We are a fairly new alternative Metal band from Germany, with our first EP being released just last November.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s actually an imaginary name, that we came up with in an internet call late at night. We wanted it to be short and non-taken, so Emerra was a good fit.

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

We are from Germany, and the metal scene here is big. We are from the west part of Germany and, only in our state, I could count a hundred bands that are part of our scene here.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Monochrome”, which you can find on every streaming platform.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We love bands such as Karnivool, Nothing More, Northlane, Architects, Tesseract or Periphery to inspire our music most of the times.

What first got you into music?

I personally was always dancing and singing around to everything and was so involved with music, that my parents decided to send me to music lessons. I’m so thankful for that! I started at the age of 5 testing out different instruments and been stuck with guitar since the age of 6 years.

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

I would love to work with Johnny Hawkins of Nothing More, since I feel like as a singer, I could learn so much from him. He’s the best stage performer I ever saw and his use of effects and singing styles on their recordings is a massively inspiring source of creativity and craftsmanship.

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

We have a small festival here in Germany called Euroblast. We learned to know some amazing bands there and their line up always is so well picked. Artists that play there mostly write music that is well thought through and on a very high level. The headliners nowadays are also kind of a big deal, so it would be an absolute honour to be able to play there.

Max, our drummer, actually played there a few years ago with his old band ‘Eleonore’. The festival has grown each year since then.

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

We are rather new, so we are trying to grow a fanbase right now, haha.

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

Thank you so much for spending your time listening to our music. It means everything to us.

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

I personally would say Tom Searle. He was a mastermind and influenced and shaped my taste and approach of music so much. I was devastated when I heard of his passing, and to this day think about him and his songs.

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

Actually, a lot of musicians are fun. I love being around them, I love working with them. The whole mentality is about creating something great. When you find another musician and bond with him/her on different levels, that’s a special kind of friendship with never-ending conversations, emotion and creativity.

I do hate some kinds of musicians, yeah. Be it the wannabe rock stars that think they deserve it all, the unreliable kind or maybe the people that think being a musician means acting as if you’d have to live by stereotypes.

Since I am making a living as a musician and producer, I am annoyed by those making the music scene look like a bunch of beggars. The reputation in society could be better. But one can manage, haha.

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

I think the music industry has developed like it is today for a reason, and it will continue to do so. The future will hold many decisions that aren’t necessarily decided by labels and money makers, but by fans of certain music/artists/genres.

I would change a few aspects that personally I don’t like, but that could be things that work really well for others.

Maybe one thing everyone could agree on would be, that creators should be fairly paid, and that maybe countries should think about opening their borders for touring bands more easily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

So many. Lately I loved “Alien” by Northlane a lot. Since it offers a unique sound design in a genre that urgently needs some new sounds. “Alien” has amazing songs, great production and the whole approach is just so different to every other band in the genre. Also, the tour was mental. The live production was spot on and perfectly executed. I actually went to see them a second time after the first, just so I could experience that show again.

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

Whatever suits your daily workflow and lets you consume your music so that you can enjoy it.

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

Our debut release show of “Monochrome”, although I was ill that day and singing was agonizing.

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

I like to think that I would have become a pilot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Great question! I think I would love an evening with Nolly Getgood, Dan Lancaster, Tyler Smith, Joey Sturgis and Henrik Udd and talk about music production in all its glory.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently writing our second EP and enter the Studio in September. We can’t wait to play shows again, but at least here in Germany it’s still unclear, when this will be possible.

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

You can find Emerra on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube mostly.
www.emerraband.com/
www.facebook.com/emerraband/
www.instagram.com/emerraband/

Those would be your best portals for our music.
If you want to instantly listen to our music you might start here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqk7ZFcV8_NGYAi27TYDUEQ

Or here:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit!

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

Thank you so much for the interview, it was a lot of fun answering those questions.
I would love to encourage anyone that likes our music to reach out and have a chat. We love to talk to people and are thankful for any kind of feedback.

Greetings from Germany
Fabian
Emerra

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EMQ’s with STONE SEA

EMQ’s with STONE SEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dublin, Ireland based Alternative Rock band, Stone Sea. Huge thanks to Bass player/ backing vocalist, Jonathan Parminter, 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 Jonathan, I’m the bassist and backing vocalist in Stone Sea. The band was started by our vocalist/guitarist, Elvis, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. After recording the first album, “Origins”, Elvis moved to Ireland, where he reformed Stone Sea with a new bassist and drummer. This incarnation of Stone Sea recorded the two EPs ‘Vaporizer’ and ‘Mankind Maze’. After these were recorded, the line-up changed again to see the inclusion of Connor (drummer) and I

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Stone Sea is comprised of two words that oppose each other completely. ‘Stone’ represents steadfast and constant elements in life, and ‘Sea’ represents life’s ever-changing and dynamic nature. The music reflects this idea, blending powerful, overdriven riffs with beautiful, lysergic melodies.

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

We’re based in Dublin, Ireland. The heavy music scene in Ireland is surprisingly vibrant and diverse for such a small country. Every genre from black metal to stoner rock is covered with an abundance of bands enriching our music scene.

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

Our most recent release is the EP “Mankind Maze”, It’s a 5 song EP that showcases a diverse variety of sounds covered by Stone Sea. We released it late last year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath have definitely been a huge inspiration for us. In fact, I don’t think there’s a single rock band out there that isn’t inspired by Sabbath in some way! We’re also hugely influenced by the groovy riffage of Pantera!

What first got you into music?

When I was young, my dad bought me a ‘Best of’ Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album. That was the first band I had a genuine interest in, and I was inspired to start learning guitar. I always had an interest in heavier music too, so when a friend introduced me to metal in high school, I was hooked right away!

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

I think a Stone Sea collaboration with Devin Townsend could result in some seriously strange but wonderful music! He’s been a part of such a variety of sounds over the years, I think another open-minded musician working with us would result in something incredible.

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

Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium has a consistently incredible line-up every year. I think we’d be happy playing GMM!

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

Someone came up to us after a gig and very kindly gave us lots of advice from songwriting tips to gear advice. It was a little strange, but he was just trying to help!

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

If you want to listen to an EP that covers a broad range of sounds, check out our EP “Mankind Maze”!

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

I think there was a lot more Nirvana could have done before Kurt Kobain’s tragic death, so I would bring back Kurt Kobain. There isn’t a person on earth who wouldn’t want to see Nirvana today.

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

I love when a gig is going really well, and we get great energy back from the audience. We put a lot of work into making sure our shows are perfect, so it’s really rewarding when they go well! One thing I personally hate about concerts in general is when people are on their phones, filming the whole show and watching on their screen. Put your phone away and enjoy the moment!

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

Bands just can’t rely on their streaming income alone. Back before streaming services existed, bands could survive from their CD and Vinyl sales, but nowadays with streaming being the number one way people consume their music, bands are forced to spend most of their lives on tour, selling merch and playing to people, travelling for months on end. So, if I could change anything, I would increase the amount of money per stream that artists receive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my personal favourite albums is “Fortress” by Alter Bridge. Mark Tremonti is one of my favourite guitarists and songwriters of all time, but “Fortress” is quite possibly my favourite piece of his work. The opening track, ‘Cry of Achilles’, is an absolute masterpiece, please check out that album!

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

I think my favourite way to listen to music is vinyl. It’s great to just put on a record and listen to it the whole way through on vinyl, it’s a whole other experience. However, I’m on the go a lot between gigs, and vinyl players aren’t the most portable! So, I definitely use streaming services as my main way of listening to music.

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

I’ve played a lot of great gigs with Stone Sea, but I think my favourite so far was the launch of “Mankind Maze”. So many people came to the gig and everything just went perfectly, we still say it was our favourite gig so far!

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

I would love to give building guitars a go! If for some reason I could no longer play in bands, I’d definitely go for a luthier apprenticeship!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steve Vai, Devin Townsend, Mark Tremonti, Ola Englund, and Dave Mustaine!

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently working on a new album which we’re gonna record as soon as it’s okay to go into the studio. I’m personally really excited, I love being in the studio!

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

We’re pretty active on our Facebook and Instagram pages! We’d really appreciate a follow!
www.facebook.com/stoneseamusic/
www.instagram.com/stoneseaband/
www.musicglue.com/stonesea/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Despite the fact they’re located in the biscuit aisle, they’re definitely cakes. If you leave them in the same tin as biscuits, the biscuits go hard, classic cake behaviours. Trust me on this one, I’m quite the Jaffa Cake connoisseur.

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

Please go check out “Mankind Maze”, and give us a follow on socials, we’d really appreciate it!

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EMQ’s with TORIZON

EMQ’s with TORIZON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Alternative Heavy Rock band Torizon. Huge thanks to vocalist Mish Sharma 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 am Mish, the lead singer and co-songwriter in Torizon.

Torizon was born at the start of 2019 as a passion project after taking a couple of years off music due to a vocal-cord injury. It started with friends getting together to write some music and record until we recruited permanent members. We released our debut EP “Singles Collection” in June last year which was produced by Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) and Ian Sefchick (Capitol Records) based in LA. Our single ‘Hey You’ and live cover of ‘Thoughtless’ has gained worldwide interest and international coverage! Robb is our mentor and producer; he has a big influence on our music direction and growth.

Our line-up was finalised at the end of 2019 where we introduced our 7 String-Master- Sarah, Damien on Bass and Aaron on Drums. With the addition of new members and additional skill sets, we were able to invest heavily into our own private professional level recording and rehearsal studios to ensure that our creativity is not stifled by time and money constraints. Damien is our resident Sound Engineer, Sarah is a videographer, photographer and graphic designer, Aaron has a very business focused brain which is extremely helpful, I look after all social media content, bookings and manage all our main platforms for effective communication, collaboration, creating and distributing music ideas, marketing materials etc. That’s basically us in a nutshell!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Torizon is derived from the words ‘torsion’ and ‘event horizon’ in black holes. The coupling between spin and torsion generates a gravitational repulsion responsible for an event horizon and singularity. From a personal point of view, when life is difficult, it can feel like you are being sucked in a black hole, but it is important to remember that there is a horizon at the end of it all. We wanted the name to be unique and also reflect our values as a band without being too wordy or cliché.

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

Brisbane, Australia.

Australia has a solid repertoire of Metal/Rock acts on all different levels from up and coming to Arena Level and everything in between. Great examples are Tonight Alive, Parkway Drive, Cog, Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse etc. I think one of the main differences is that we are on a big island. Unlike musicians in Europe, the distance between venues can be massive with some shows being anywhere between 1 to 12 hours travel just in one state! It means we have to travel more, work harder to deliver a solid product and live shows to win over fans and survive in a very competitive industry, especially for original musicians .That being said, as an Australian musician we have a great support network within our own music community.

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

Our latest single is ‘Find My Way Out’ which was recorded amidst Covid-19 lockdown in March, whilst our bass player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Thankfully, he has fully recovered! The official music video will premiere on June 26th US and June 27th AUS. Robb Torress (Robbery Inc) also laid some guest guitars on this song – we are super proud as it showcases our new heavier and darker sound.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Evanescence, Devin Townsend & Flyleaf have been my biggest influences and a huge part of my teenage and adult life.

What first got you into music?

I’m trying very hard to not sound cliché, but Music was my therapy and survival mechanism during an abusive and tumultuous childhood. It was the only thing I could relate to amongst the chaos so I would use it as an escape. I developed a passion for music around 15 years old and started making songs out of poems I had written. I taught myself how to play basic guitar chords on an old second-hand guitar and here we are many years later!

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

Devin Townsend and Evanescence – I love their songwriting!

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

Wacken, it’s the metal mecca and rite of passage for all Heavy Bands around the world.

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

Not really a gift, but one time a fan asked me to sign his butt after a show….I politely declined haha!

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

Our mission statement is to create a musical meeting place where people of all walks of life can connect, share their lives and be a part of a unified community. We’d also like the fans to know that we are an extremely DIY band. All our marketing, photography, rehearsal, videography, recording studio and sound engineering are in house. Although COVID-19 did put a big spanner in our 2020 plan, we have been utilising this newly acquired free time to write more music and continue working on our music theory education. Much like others, 75% of the band has lost their income for the foreseeable future due to the recent restrictions put in place, so if you can afford to please go to our store and support us www.torizon.bandcamp.com/. And if you can’t afford it, that’s ok you can support us for free by liking, sharing and following us on social media. But most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other!

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

David Bowie & Freddie Mercury – they are Rock stars to me!

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

I love the close connection you build with your band family and our collective creative expression for our fans. I love being challenged to learn new things and to create something positive out of a negative emotion or situation.

I am not the biggest fan of the business aspect of running a band, it can get daunting while holding a full-time job as well. If Music could pay my bills I’d have no issue handling the back end & business side of the project. But we are making it work till that happens 😊

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

That would be to pay the artists appropriately to honour the sheer amount of work that goes into creating music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“When The Pawn…” by Fiona Apple – she is angry, melancholic, self-deprecating, raw…all in one beautiful head bopping package.

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

Cassettes were fun when I was growing up and I haven’t delved into the vinyl world yet…CD’s are definitely my favourite because it’s a tangible piece of art and you don’t need a special device/player to enjoy it.

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

That would be the Jacaranda Festival 2019. We were escorted to our private tent to relax before the show. The road crew set up our equipment, stage monitor mix and front of house mix. I was given my own private tent for my vocal warm up, there were fireworks just before our set and the whole showground was PACKED! It was quite an incredible experience for an up & coming band.

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

A Child Psychologist. As a survivor of extreme child abuse and sexual abuse, I’d love to help children navigate through their trauma, break the cycle of self-blame & destructive coping mechanisms to validate their voice, thoughts and opinions.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would love to be a fly on the wall at a dinner party with Heavy Devy, Conan, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Tori Amos & Dave Mustaine. It would be amazing to talk to them about their passion, their process and learn from them.

What’s next for the band?

Our first international tour which was originally postponed due to CV19 is now being rescheduled and will be announced soon! There is a 20-show national tour also being organised as we speak. You can expect new singles from Torizon every 3/4 months…we are a big fan of the singles game.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/3EGM3RBw3r0dVJHRSL5Udd
www.facebook.com/torizonband/
www.instagram.com/torizonmusic
www.torizon.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCas-4e1s0S9NodGLML8meWQ/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, they are a delicious biscuit.

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

Thank you for having me!

Please follow us on Spotify and our Social Media platforms. Keep an eye out for the ‘Find My Way Out’ Music Video release!

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EMQ’s with ATLAS : EMPIRE

EMQ’s with ATLAS : EMPIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Progressive/Alt Rock band Atlas : Empire. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Steven Gillies 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’s Steven – I sing & play guitar in Atlas : Empire. The band formed in 2011 and has gone through a few evolutions/line-up changes since then. We’ve toured extensively throughout the UK, EU & Canada, played with loads of awesome bands and released three EP’s and one album thus far.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name originated from a song title in a previous band. To us, it signifies a lack of boundaries and the desire to keep exploring new territory, both sonically and geographically.

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

The band is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Two of us are Scottish, both from opposite coasts, but met in Glasgow about 12 years ago, Rob, our bassist, is from Toronto, Canada. I met Rob in 2016 at a music festival in Toronto, he moved to Glasgow in 2017 and joined the band immediately.

The Rock/Metal scene in Glasgow has always been pretty strong. There’s still a dedicated Hardcore fanbase and a handful of Math/Progressive bands doing some cool things.

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

Our most recent musical release was the re-issue of “The Stratosphere Beneath Our Feet”, our debut full length. In the last few weeks, we’ve put out a couple of live videos from our set at Snov Summer Fest in Ukraine, filmed during our tour there last August. You can watch them on our Facebook or Instagram pages, or our label’s YouTube channel.

www.youtube.com/user/WormHoleDeathLabel

Who have been your greatest influences?

Everyone in the band comes from very different musical backgrounds – speaking personally, my biggest musical influences include Oceansize, At The Drive-In, Soundgarden, Thrice, Bjork & Circa Survive.

What first got you into music?

I was exposed to music from an early age, artists like The Police, The Clash, U2 & Michael Jackson were on constant rotation on my Mum’s stereo. At age 11, I heard Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nirvana & Soundgarden for the first time and I never looked back.

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

I’d love to collaborate with Bjork. She’s constantly evolved throughout her career and it’d be amazing to be involved in her creative process.

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

That’s a tough one, there’s so many amazing festivals! Either Lollapalooza in the USA or Primavera Sound in Barcelona. They’re both massive and always have interesting & pretty diverse line-ups.

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

We got to plant a tree in the town square of Smila, Ukraine. That was an awesome experience! Not a weird one, but the coolest gift we’ve ever received has to be a trio of custom-made leather guitar straps. A friend of ours in Hamilton, Canada runs a custom amp company – New Way Amps – and in 2018 he surprised us at a show with them! Thanks Rodrigo!

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

Right now – wash your hands!

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

I’d have to pick Jeff Buckley. Although Chris Cornell is my favourite singer of all time, Jeff was taken too soon.

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

I love playing live, more than anything. I hate when the gig/tour is over and I have to go back to my day job.

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

Trap just wouldn’t exist. That’d be excellent.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Relationship Of Command” by At The Drive-In. It fuses together so many different styles & moods, it’s a truly unique record.

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

I’ve got really into vinyl over the last few years. Although, downloads have totally changed the music industry and services like Spotify & Bandcamp are undoubtedly a great way to discover new artists.

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

It’s a tie between our April 2019 Toronto show at The Bovine Sex Club and our headline set at Snov Summer Fest in Ukraine.

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

Feeling a massive emptiness in my life because I’m NOT a musician! I studied martial arts for over 10 years, so I’d probably be competing/teaching Karate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d get Sean Evans to host an episode of Hot Ones in my kitchen. Guests would be my girlfriend, Joe Rogan, Justin Timberlake & Eddie Murphy.

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently writing our 2nd album, which is going really well. We have 16 songs written at the moment and are working on lyrics & vocals just now. It’d be awesome to tour again before the end of 2020, but who knows when that’ll be possible.

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

We’re on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Twitter. We also have a website…
www.atlasempire.co.uk
www.facebook.com/atlasempire/
www.twitter.com/atlasempireUK
www.youtube.com/atlasempiremusic
www.instagram.com/atlas_empire

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A snack that defies convention. Technically, it is a cake. It gets hard when it goes stale – biscuits soften, cakes harden.

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

Thanks for your interest and stay safe.

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EMQ’s with N.A.S.H

EMQ’s with N.A.S.H

Hi everyone! Welcome to our EMQ’s with American Alternative Rock Band N.a.s.H. 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?

Bryan Nash: I’m lead vocals and rhythm guitar for the band. History is a little long, but the best bits are we’ve been together for 30 plus years (without Dylan…..because the rest of us are brothers). Dylan has been with us for 5ish years. I started the band with my father on drums, Joe on bass, and my mother managing. After that Jim joined me and we played together with different bass players for a few years before Joe graduated college and re-joined. We got Dylan from a band he fronted in about 2014-15 and it’s been a party ever since. We’re the strongest we’ve ever been. We just love playing music together in front of people who love music.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bryan Nash: Oh man this is even shorter than the history! Our surname is the inspiration, but we wanted to do something to make it stand out. Putting the periods in between the letters let’s people speculate as to its meaning. It means nothing by the way!!!… Or does it?!

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: We are from the United States and honestly, the scene in our state is definitely hurting. We live in an on-demand world and shows are harder and harder to put together. It’s also hard to find bands and venues that care about developing a musical scene.

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

Dylan Johnson: Our latest release is our album “Incredible Villains”. We just put out our second single titled ‘D.i.t.c.h’.

Joe Nash: ‘D.i.t.c.h’ is probably the heaviest song we have written to date. It is kind of a fucked-up love story.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bryan Nash: Metallica, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Alice In Chains, KISS

Dylan Johnson: Jimi Hendrix, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Brand New and Slipknot

Jim Bobbi Nash: Freddie Mercury, greatest influence of all time, on stage and off. And Vin Diesel because who wouldn’t want to live their life a quarter mile at a time.

Joe Nash: SlipKnot, Pantera, Metallica

What first got you into music?

Dylan Johnson: The moment I realized I was serious about it was when my guitar instructor taught me how to play Purple Haze and I could actually play it.

Jim Bobbi Nash: Hearing Metallica’s ‘One’ for the first time, and my father.

Joe Nash: If I had to pick a memory of actually feeling a song in my heart, it was when my father played “Daughter” by Pearl Jam. I’ve listened to plenty of music before that, but that’s what stuck in my head.

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

Bryan Nash: Pearl Jam

Dylan Johnson: Bayside

Jim Bobbi Nash: Slipknot

Joe Nash: Metallica

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: I’m not really aware of major festivals, but Slipknot has ‘Knot Fest’ – that would be pretty kick ass.

Dylan Johnson: I would have loved to have played with Nirvana live at Reading. I got that DVD for Christmas in high school and played it so many times. Kurt really inspired me to not give a fuck when performing or, more importantly, writing songs.

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

Bryan Nash: Now that you bring it up, I don’t think we have ever received a gift from a fan! But we have definitely heard some stories of things that people have got, so maybe we should be grateful?!

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: Thank you. Without your devotion to something we believe so strongly about, we feel that music would die out into a digital world.

Joe Nash: Get off the couch and go support shows!

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

Bryan Nash: John Lennon

Dylan Johnson: Kurt Cobain

Jim Bobbi Nash: Freddie Mercury. And I would immediately break up with my current girlfriend for him!

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: There is no hate. I love everything little thing, even lugging my equipment to the coldest of venues. My favourite thing is watching the faces in the crowd.

Dylan Johnson: There’s so much honestly. The achievement you feel as you get better, and the interaction with fans and people you may not have ever met otherwise is a pretty cool thing.

Joe Nash: Hands down the performance part. Also, when a song finally clicks during our writing process!

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: I would run it all!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dylan Johnson: Probably “Appetite For Destruction”. That’s a hard question for sure cause there’s so many I could put here but Appetite is top to bottom such a badass record. Truly no weak songs. Not many bands can pull off an album like that, at a time like that, ESPECIALLY as their debut. Legendary.

Jim Bobbi Nash: “A Night At The Opera” by Queen and “Sheer Heart Attack” by Queen.

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: All, as long as they have good shit on them.

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, but also CBGB’s when it was open in New York City.

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

Bryan Nash: I don’t know. It would definitely still be something related to music in some way.

Dylan Johnson: Grounds crew.

Jim Bobbi Nash: Being a struggling musician!

Joe Nash: Author.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bryan Nash: Eddie Vedder, Paul McCartney, Brent Smith, my wife and my brother Johnny.

Dylan Johnson: Corey Taylor, Anthony Raneri, my girlfriend, my dog and someone who knows how to cook!

Jim Bobbi Nash: Me, myself and I, and my girlfriend and my girlfriends plus 1.

Joe Nash: Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Lajon Witherspoon, my wife and my son.

What’s next for the band?

Bryan Nash: We are heading in 2020 on a real high off playing a sold-out show at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. We want to keep that coming. We just want to continue to push “Incredible Villains” and play shows.

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

Jim Bobbi Nash: You can hit us up on:

www.facebook.com/nashvoice
www.instagram.com/theofficialnashband

And our website:
www.nashrocks.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jim Bobbi Nash: None of us know what the fuck they are!

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

Joe Nash- Buy “Incredible Villains” and thanks for listening to us talk about ourselves for this long.

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