Fear Of Falling – Breaking Point EP

Breaking Point EP Cover Art

Fear Of Falling – Breaking Point EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 28/05/2021
Running Time: 21:39
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

There’s been some really exciting new music appearing over the fateful year of the 2020 pandemic, and all the chaos that ensued from it. Lockdown has spurred a lot of musicians into a real push to get their music out there and rank up the creativity, which personally I’ve found inspiring, even though the only thing I was spurred into was drinking too much and posting stupid memes on Facebook (my bad, I’m sorry). One of the many wonderments to come out of that terrible period is South African Hard Rock/ Alternative band, Fear Of Falling who have now burst onto the recorded music scene with their debut EP, “Breaking Point”.

Covering themes of depression, anxiety, addiction, and complicated love, this 6 track recording ticks a whole lot of boxes for me, and I can see these guys really making a big impression on the Hard Rock/Alternative scene in the coming months, especially when live shows really kick off again. So much so that I’d be willing to put money on it! They’re already established musicians, with a variety of wins between them in the fields of performance, sound engineering, and production, as individuals. But for me, on the evidence of this EP, their coming together has created that magic alchemy to launch them even further into the stratosphere of global music.

There’s a whole lot of influences going on here which, despite the dark themes, make it a familiar and soothing sound. It’s got smatterings of The Foo Fighters, Seether, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Evergrey, and even a little crossover with mainstream Pop Punk. Now, that kinda shit usually irritates the hell out of me, but here it’s just visible enough to make it really clever. This is an EP that will be equally appreciated across the board, because it will form connections with people who admire a variety of different sounds. That’s something that many just can’t, or don’t want to do, so it’s a big tick from me for having the balls to embrace it.

Musically, it blends really driven guitars, that do dabble in the heavier end occasionally, with tasty rhythms and bass, some lovely synth and sampling work, and vocals that are just gruff enough to be edgy but retain a cleanliness that makes the whole sound crisp and polished. It places anguish in a comfortable blanket, making it relatable. And damn it’s got some catchy choruses. On the second listen, I was singing along, which is always a draw for me. I do love a good singsong, even if it’s melancholy as hell!!

If you like any of the aforementioned bands, or Alternative/Hard Rock that surrounds you with reassurance, despite not being completely the same as that which has gone before, then you need to get all over Fear Of Falling. In a year that’s already held some supremely exciting releases, this is one that I will remember, and I’m already thirsty for more.

‘Fear Of Falling’ (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sex As A Weapon
02. Fear Of Falling
03. Fake It
04. Numb The Pain
05. End Of Days
06. Won’t Let Go

LINE-UP:
Lloyd Timcke – Guitar
Jack Atlantic – Vocals/ Guitar
Brendon McCaig – Bass
Dale Schnettler – Drums

LINKS:

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The Arboretum – Falls The Shadow

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The Arboretum – Falls The Shadow
Luminol Records
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 47:21
Review by Beth Jones
3/10

Reviewing is a funny old game you know. You get to listen to such a wide range of new music that it’s difficult sometimes for it not to all meld into one. Then you get the occasions where an album absolutely knocks you off your feet it’s so damn good, and then you get some occasions where what you’re listening to just leaves you cold and a bit “meh”. I don’t like those occasions, because I’m not really into criticizing bands just because I don’t like their music. There’s a difference (usually) between bands not being to my taste, and bands just not being particularly good. And that’s an important point to remember when you read the rest of this review. So, The Arboretum, and their new album “Falls The Shadow”. What is it? How does it sound? Do I like it? Let’s approach those questions in that order.

“Falls The Shadow” is the second album from UK based The Arboretum. It has (as with most of the stuff we’re getting at the moment) been recorded in lockdown, amid the confines of the pandemic. The band describe their sound as “A sonic wall of sound, featuring loud guitars, deep grimy bass lines, industrial electronic rhythms, all layered over a hard-hitting rock-dance groove.” Hmm… Well, maybe, but I’m mainly getting Kula Shaker with added industrial synth, I have to be honest.

The album starts promisingly, with the opening industrial synth work on ‘Bone-Saw’. But then it just descends into ambience, where you can’t really hear anything with any definition. It would probably be marvelous if you were high as hell, in some sort of secret chill-out lounge in the upper echelons of an elite nightclub in London, snorting cocaine off the back of a naked male model, body painted to look like a table. But when you’re listening to it with a cup of tea, on a slightly overcast Sunday morning somewhere in Wales, it doesn’t have quite the same effect.

And this pretty much sets the tone of the rest of the album. Encouraging industrial intros that quickly turn into overly repetitive ambience. Apparently, according to their press release “this album tries to reflect a spirit of hope and love from within the heart of the storm.” I really can’t comment on this, because you can’t hear any of the lyrics, as they’re lost in the ambience. I also don’t think this truly falls into the bracket of Rock/Alternative. It’s more 90’s inspired Indie Pop/Trance. The fact that BBC 6 Music are all over these guys tends to back that thought up too, as they don’t ever stray too far from what they know, and like to remain ‘artsy’, shall we say…

Whilst I can appreciate what they’re trying to do (maybe), for me all this album does is firmly concrete in a fourth wall between the artists and the audience, which to my simple mind, is a step backwards from where music should really be heading. And I’m going to shut up there because I don’t really have anything constructive to say. It’s probably a great album, if you like that sort of thing, but it’s not for me.

‘Falls The Shadow’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bone-Saw
02. Cortex
03. Parallaxis
04. Falls The Shadow
05. Absence Of Light
06. Liquid Planet
07. Emergence
08. Beyond This Horizon
09. Cold Grey Steel

LINE-UP:

No idea – it’s all very mystical!

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with HERR NOX

EMQ’s with HERR NOX

EMQ’s with HERR NOX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Quebec City, Canada based Alternative artist, Herr Nox. Huge thanks to him 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 Herr Nox and I would define myself as a multi-disciplinary artist. I’m a one-man-band/composer/music producer/mixer/video director and graphic artist. I started seriously doing music in 2007 when I joined a goth-metal band from my neck of the woods. My role was limited to vocals, visuals and live theatrics. Then I took a little hiatus in 2012 because of health issues. I got back into it in 2017 with my solo project and loving the creative freedom ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I guess you could translate my name to Mister Night or Lord of the Night. “Herr” is German for “Sir”/”Lord” and “Nox” is Latin for “Night”. Berlin has always been the Goth capital of the world, so I thought it was a nice nod. And I’ve always loved the symbolism and weirdness attributed to dreams. There’s sometime intangible and incredibly creative about nightfall.

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

I’m from Quebec City, which is a French capital in Canada. The metal scene has always been thriving here. People will know Voivod, Cryptopsy, Kataklsym, Gorguts, Augury and a couple of others. I’d say death-metal is pretty much the biggest metal genre here. But it doesn’t get the media coverage it deserves. However big it is (or could be), it’s still treated like an underground scene.

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

I have just released my second album on February 5th, 2021. It’s called “Where Shadows Fade” and it was pressed on a gorgeous “golden” vinyl record as a limited edition. I also have directed 2 music videos which are already available. The first one was for the title track ‘Where Shadows Fade’ and featured saxophone from Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde band Shining. And my latest music video, which I’m really proud of, is for the song ‘Black Butterfly’ and features vocals from my great friend and fellow Canadian Lindsay Schoolcraft. You may remember her from Cradle of Filth, but I urge you to check out her new supergroup Antiqva, they’re an amazing chamber black metal band.

‘Black Butterfly’ (feat. Lindsay Schoolcraft) (Official Video)

‘Where Shadows Fade’ (feat. Jørgen Munkeby) (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My top influence is without a doubt David Bowie. He couldn’t care less about genres. His artistic expression and integrity were always his top priorities. And that’s my main goal. I don’t need musical boundaries; I’ll just go wherever my music wants to go. As for bands that I listened to a lot during my formative years, I would say My Dying Bride, Type O Negative, Arcturus, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Sisters of Mercy, Ulver and Mozart. I listen to a wide variety of music; I hate close-mindedness just as much as I hate to stick labels on things.

What first got you into music?

I can’t remember honestly. I’d like to have a beautiful story to tell you, but the truth is I dont have a “definitive” moment. I just remember getting myself a really banged-up Yamaha acoustic guitar and trying to play by ear to the songs on the radio. I guess I’ve always wanted to make music and create sounds.

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

I’m still processing the fact that I was able to collaborate with Jørgen Munkeby and Lindsay Schoolcraft on my latest album. They were on top of my list for years and I was lucky enough to get them both at the same time. Who’s next? I don’t know, but I could do with Lindsay and Jørgen again, haha! Otherwise, I’d probably go with someone really unexpected and out of left field.

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

That’s a tough one. Wacken Open Air is the obvious choice because it’s the biggest stage of them all and it’s a well-oiled-up machine. But there’s also M’era Luna and Wave-Gotik-Treffen. Notice a pattern? They’re all in Germany.

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

I’m still waiting for a weird gift. People are generally really nice and polite, so I have nothing to complain about.

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

Keep supporting independent artists. And share music whenever you can on social media and in real life. Because art is meant to heard and seen. It lives and exists only by traveling from one person to another. It’s like ripples on a lake.

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

David Bowie, who else? Maybe we’ll find him again when we get to Mars.

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

What I enjoy the most is the fact that I can express myself in so many different mediums. Composing is great, but I love visual arts as well. And flying solo allows me to dabble in that. It’s the complete freedom. Also, the way I see it, being self-taught in all those fields might lead me to create something unique rather than something formatted. What I hate about it though is how time consuming it can be.

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

If somebody had the sufficient funds to start up a non-profit streaming platform where revenues, after operational costs, go back entirely to artists, that would be a nice start. I think it’s time for artists to come together and create such a thing. If we all stand together, we can elevate each other. For the time being, BandCamp is still the most ethical website though.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Dreadful Hours” by My Dying Bride is one of those perfect albums.

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

I can understand how downloads are nice for portability, but I mostly listen to vinyl. A vinyl record requires you to stop what you’re doing and listen carefully.

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

When I left my former band, we did a farewell gig and had Lindsay Schoolcraft come all the way from Oshawa to Quebec City (a 9-hour drive) to perform her parts from the album. It was an emotional gig and the crowd was so much into it.

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

I guess everything I do today minus music, ha! Which means photography, graphics, videos, painting, etc.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I think it would be quite entertaining to have David Lynch, David Bowie, Peter Steele and Robert Smith over for dinner. Now that’s only four people so who’s the fifth? Probably just a cat because everybody loves them and honestly, I don’t trust anybody who doesn’t.

What’s next for the project?

I’m still entirely immersed in the release of “Where Shadows Fade” at the moment, but writing the third album is next.

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

www.herrnox.com/
www.herrnox.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Herrnoxofficial
www.instagram.com/herrnoxofficial/
www.twitter.com/HerrNoxOfficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1VutJCVLPhyC8ov4a1V5Pz
www.youtube.com/channel/UCL_aVm1gR7Yh_Y0qfeusUxQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re delicious biscuit-sized cakes.

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

Thank you for having me!

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EMQ’s with JENNA LEIGH-RAINE

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EMQ’s with JENNA LEIGH-RAINE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Alternative Multi-instrumentalist/Singer/Songwriter, Jenna Leigh-Raine. Huge thanks to Jenna 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?

Jenna Leigh-Raine. I play electric guitar, keyboards, synths and drums. I began writing songs aged 14, then picked up the guitar while also having drum lessons.

I have been a solo artist since 1986. I have been signed to different music label companies, and management agencies and agents, since 2005.

I have recorded around 13 albums and am currently recording my next album. I write, record, produce and engineer everything. Even the artwork, which I love doing and think it’s right I do it, to get the image and look as I see it.

How did you come up with your band name?

I use my real name.

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

I currently live in Central London, and was born in a place called Lightwater in Surrey.

I actually think metal is evolving and I’m seeing it more recently. I would even add myself in this new sound. It is more the use of a rich, cold, metallic electronic mix of rock, punk, and metal, a touch of guitars with a wall of dark synth. I think this is happening naturally among those who like rock but appreciate alternative sound too. LA is producing some great acts like Ghostmane.

London is always a fire pot of good emerging bands. I also watch to see what is coming out of Berlin and the US. I’m even following the Asian markets.

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

“KRAFT” is my current album release available on all platforms and stores.

‘Eden Black (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gary Numan / David Sylvian / Avril Lavigne / Hans Zimmer. My list is quite long.

What first got you into music?

It felt natural as I became a teenager. While my friends were into what girls get into, I was focusing a lot on writing lyrics then picking up a guitar.

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

Interesting. I think it would be someone current. If I had to pick names on the spot, I’d love to collaborate with Avril Lavigne, Yungblud, or Poppy.

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

It would be somewhere on a beach, at night, on a big stage. I’ll settle for Coachella! In the UK, I’d choose Reading. I have some great memories associated with it. I hosted and entertained a few girlfriends around Central London a few years ago, who were about to go to the festival. I took them to the Crobar (which now Dave Grohl says is his favourite and had put his name, and some cash even, along with others, to save it from impending doom) and the Mean Fiddler, a known rock stomping ground. I walked inside the latter and said to one of the bartenders, “Oh, I’ve got Guns ‘n’ Roses in the car, I want a table with free Jack Daniels.” She came back to the car and looked, as DJ Ashba waved, she almost fainted. It was a heady, crazy night that definitely was Rock n Roll. After their Reading gig they returned and wanted to see more of London.

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

A wedding proposal…

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

Thank you. I appreciate every sale of records you have brought, wherever you have been in the world. I’m trying to get out live as soon as things open up again.

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

Marc Bolan. I wonder what he thinks of music today. Or Elvis.

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

I love creating new music.

Worst is definitely fighting doubt. Being solo you feel it a lot. You have to re-centre your head and say, ‘come on, you’ve done a good job’.

The industry is upside down right now, but I do think a new sound will arrive, which I have.

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

Treat alternative as valuable, commercial music. Make real music the hub and put bad chart music at the back.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oddly, it’s not rock – it’s “Gone To Earth” by David Sylvian, or “Dance” by Gary Numan. I love “I Disagree” by Poppy.

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

Vinyl. Conversation over!

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

Well, I think it’s just ahead of me, in LA, to be announced if things get sorted. Alternatively, I did one at the Garage in Islington, London and I seemed to have played really well that night.

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

A full-time writer. I write whenever I’m not making music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bridget Bardot
Sasha Grey
Natalie Portman
Gary Numan
Taylor Momsen

What’s next for you?

New album. I’m currently recording it. It has a few working titles. It’s about imbalance – a track called ‘DEIMO’ (working title) is a highlight. I’ve mixed very metallic synth walls with dirty, heavy, rock punk guitars.

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

www.facebook.com/jennaleighraineofficial
www.jennaleigh-raine.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/jennaleighraine/
www.jennaleighraine.bigcartel.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1fldhEgumbJ3dEdTYT4FUB

My records are on sale at Amoeba, LA; HMV UK and Rough Trade UK/USA.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. I used to love them, dipped too in coffee, ha.

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

I think rock music in all its forms will evolve as music often does, especially after a world crash, or say, after a war. This epidemic is a reset. I see rock becoming more driven by a new synth order. There isn’t any need to panic about its future. I’m noticing that other rock artists are also feeling that if you introduce an almost wall of synth around rock metal or punk guitars, it sounds like the dark side of the sun.

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

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EMQ’s with MARS ERA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florence, Italy based Stoner/Alternative Metal band Mars Era. Huge thanks to the band 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 guys, here’s speaking Mitch, Dave, Tom and Leo. We are MARS ERA, a stoner alternative metal band born in 2014 in Florence (ITA).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s just that…we like humans…but we definitely love Martians!

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

We’re based in Florence, but we come from different parts…of the universe!

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

In 2017 we released “DHARMANAUT”, our first LP, via Argonauta Records, and now we’re ready to roll with our next release, “ONIRO”, out on 19th February 2021!

‘Brighter Than The Sun (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We can surely say that the alternative metal scene of 2000’s mixed with stoner rock and psychedelic rock music of the 70’s could be a perfect description of our mixed influences.

Anyway, we could tell that there’s one of us who grew up with Pink Floyd, someone with Beatles and Led Zeppelin and someone with the Encyclopedia Metallum in his pocket!

What first got you into music?

The power of the music itself, the magic that melts different souls together just playing it!

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

Aaaaaah, there’s lot of bands we’d like to collaborate with!

Stoned Jesus! We love their sound, it’s evolving release after release in an original way.

Elder…seen live in Bologna two years ago, amazing musicians and songwriter, great psychedelic and progressive rock!

Last but not least, Bud Spencer Blues Explosion. We had the opportunity to share the stage in 2016 on one of our first summer festivals. Live they rock, neutron bomb sound!

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

Pinkpop Festival, for sure. How could you forget Eddie Vedder in 1992 climbing above the crowd?

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

A perizoma…ahem…but we cannot say anything else…

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

Keep rolling stronger and stronger, cause we have to make this world a better place!

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

Chris Cornell. Each of us was born with Soundgarden and then Audioslave. We miss him a lot.

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

Enjoy: the power of playing live in front of the crowd. It’s pure energy. We benefit from it second by second when we are on the stage.

Hate: the deadlines…We used to say “we’ll be ready when we are!”

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

TV Talent shows. They’re not the worst thing that happened…but maybe they could be managed in a more illuminating way. Why just pop? We want to listen to every kind of music genre in talent shows. People’s music taste is too much addressed by music industry nowadays.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: – “Superunknown” – Soundgarden
Leo: – “Ghost Reveries” – Opeth
Mitch: – “10000 Days” – Tool
Tom: – “Around The Fur” – Deftones

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

Vinyl, they last forever.

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

Music W Festival, opening to Chelsea Wolfe. A great show, it was our first festival and we were so excited to play!

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

Probably living on Mars, trying to improve the underground station below Amanthes Planum Region. Have you been there too?!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would have to invite Lemmy of Motorhead ‘cause there’s no party without alcohol! R.I.P.

Rick Rubin, one of the best producer nowadays to ask his advice.

Cristina Scabbia, ‘cause she’s one of the best metal vocalists nowadays and…of course…cause she’s so damn Hot!

Maynard James Keenan & Tool! Cause we want to have a barbecue with them!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are focused now on our upcoming album, “ONIRO”. It will be released via Argonauta Records on 19th February 2021.

“ONIRO” is a warning to an internal awakening: it’s the story of an ordinary man who finds himself facing his innermost fears which, changing through music, become real and tangible dreams. Only by facing these difficulties, our character will overcome the obstacles that arise on his long and imaginary journey. An oniric travel that leads to a final awakening.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram. Come to our page and leave us a like! We need your support!
www.facebook.com/mars.era.live
www.instagram.com/mars_era/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC5gavuhF-W_mGQ9HKctbb3A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa…don’t you remember that the “The cake is a lie”????

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

May the Mars Era be with You!

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EMQs with Hi/Jack

EMQ’s with HI/JACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee based Punk/Rock/Alternative band Hi/Jack. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist Max Liam 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 Max Liam. I am the guitarist and lead vocalist. The band came together as a result of both our bands falling apart, but we had been unknowingly sharing a bassist. We ended up doing a one-off show with said bassist, and Ron (Terrell, Drummer) and I decided to keep in touch after. One thing led to another.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea was to come up with an attention grabbing name. Hi/Jack seemed to fit the bill and the backslash was my little tip of the hat to AC/DC, who got me into Rock n Roll.

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

We are from the US. Specifically, Milwaukee! The metal scene here is weird. Lots of bands, not a lot of collaboration, and the idea of competition over camaraderie is pretty heavily present.

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

Latest release is our compilation EP “Rank And File” which came out on the 6th December!

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash and Metallica are definitely there. Early Van Halen too!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s Back in Black! It started everything for me.

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

Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl!

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

Any? I’ll say Glastonbury or maybe Wacken.

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

Nothing too weird! We got a big stuffed Batman once. That was cool.

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

Honestly, just the biggest thank you and all the love I can give.

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

That’s a hard question. But today I’ll say Malcolm Young. I know AC/DC seem to have confirmed a new album with tracks Malcolm recorded, but I think having him actually there would be much cooler. No disrespect to Stevie Young!

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

Best thing is getting out there and playing for people. Worst thing, I guess, is when you end up playing to an empty room. But, that’s part of it, man. Gotta pay your dues!

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

I wish labels would go back to signing bands and then “developing” them. Allowing them to grow and mature with a guiding hand. Not just signing bands that make a quick buck and disappear after a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Besides Back in Black? I’ll say Led Zeppelin IV.

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

In my opinion, any of the actual physical options if better than downloads. But, out of the three, I really like how vinyl sounds. There is a difference, just like there’s a difference between a bit-crushed Mp3 and a CD.

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

I think overall the best gig would either be when we opened for Saving Abel a few months ago, or the second time we played with One-Eyed Doll.

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

I have no idea. Before music, I was way into Science, until I discovered I was terrible at Algebra, which can be integral to most sciences!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living: Dave Grohl, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jimmy Page.

Dead: Bon Scott, Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, David Bowie and Muddy Waters.

What’s next for the band?

We will be putting out a full length LP in 2020 via Blue Collar Records. Then, of course, we plan to do a tour and play more shows than we did this past year. Really rev it up!

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

www.hijackmke.com
www.facebook.com/hijackmke
www.twitter.com/hijackmke
www.instagram.com/hijackmke

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m more of a Tunnock’s man myself. But my co-worker insists it’s a biscuit!

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We are super grateful for how much we’ve progressed this year. Also a huge thank you to our wives, Kendel and Kris, for all your love and support these last 6 years! See ya’ll in 2020!

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EMQ’s with VANILLA SUGAR

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EMQ’s with VANILLA SUGAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with LA based Alternative artist Vanilla Sugar! Huge thanks to her for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am Vanilla Sugar. I play a combination of Electronic Metal influenced Horror Pop. Instrument wise, I play guitar, synths, and sing. I started the band a few years ago on a midi keyboard and an iMac.

How did you come up with your name?

There are two versions! The PG-13 version is that the name “Vanilla Sugar” sounds sweet and innocent, when the music is actually raw and in your face. The X rated version (the 100% honest version) is this! I wanted to create an alias that was me but not obviously my name. My nickname has always been “JPVanilla”, hence the first part of “Vanilla Sugar”. The second is a play on words for the term “Kitty Sugar”…feel free to google that when you’re not at work. Adding the two together created Vanilla Sugar!

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

I am from the United States of America. The metal scene is thriving. There’s always a lot of support for local metal bands, and diehard fans are always going to touring shows and festivals.

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

I am about to release my debut album, “She” in early 2020. I’ve shot two music videos to go along with the first couple of singles, ‘ThisDarkPlace’ and ‘KeepASecret’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I love The Prodigy, Grimes, Sleigh Bells, and Mindless Self Indulgence. They have all played a part in developing my sound. I like heavier music too, bands like Korn, Lamb of God, and Mudvayne. I get a lot of vocal influence from those singers.

What first got you into music?

My dad is a musician. He enrolled me in piano lessons when I was four years old – that pretty much started everything.

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

I would absolutely love to collaborate with Billie Eilish. I think we could do some cool things together!

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

I would love to play at Download Festival. I have always loved the line-ups ever since I was a kid, and dreamed to be on one!

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

I don’t think I’ve received any weird gifts from fans, but one of my favourite gifts was a hand sculpted ice cream cone made from iron. It was given to me in Alaska, it was sooo heavy! I love it, and have it on display in my living room.

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

Thank you!!!! From the bottom of my heart! I would not be where I am without fans.

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

I would bring back Keith Flint from The Prodigy. I never got to see them live, and had tickets to their show in May of 2019. Unfortunately Keith passed away before that date. I would have loved to meet him and pick his brain about his music.

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

I love being able to express myself through music. If I am going through something emotionally – be it happy, sad, angry – I can release it through the sound. Playing shows are my favourite thing – I love hearing the music so loud and just getting lost in it. It is freeing. I don’t really hate anything about being a musician. I love it!

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

At this time, I don’t think I really would change anything – everything is a process, and I’m learning from it all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The End Of All Things To Come” by Mudvayne. I love listening to that album from start to finish.

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

I honestly prefer downloads! I can listen to the song across multiple products and don’t have to go looking for the CD!

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

My favourite show was Warped Tour in Anchorage Alaska. There were thousands of people there, all of them were so into the music! My merch line was 2 hours long after the set – the longest it’s ever been. It was a pleasure to meet the fans that were there… in all, it was such a great experience!

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

I would probably be focusing solely on photography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If it were celebrities! Billie Eilish, Jonathan Davis, Grimes, Chad Gray, Ari Aster.

What is next for you?

I am releasing my debut album early 2020, and will be continuing to tour the US until the release! I do plan to tour internationally in 2020 as well.

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

https://www.facebook.com/vanillasugarmusic/
https://twitter.com/VanillaSugarHTX
https://www.instagram.com/vanillasugarmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/user/VanillaSugarMusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I would say the chocolate makes it a cake!

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

I host a Facebook and Instagram Live AMA every Thursday night at 8pm PST. I love to get to know my fans! Please join me!

 

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Alternative Rock band Dramalove! 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?

My name is Diego and I play guitar and vocals. This band started out many years ago from an original idea of me and my twin brother Riccardo. We grew up between our older brothers and father musicians, so I’m guessing this was kind of a natural process. Originally we were called No Gravity, then in 2008 we found out another couple of bands had the same name so we decided to change it.

How did you come up with your band name?

We’ve been thinking about it for a whole long night, we came up with a hundred names and then we decided to go with this one that sounds pretty cool in our opinion, it’s also a contrast between two opposite forces, the good and the evil, the light and the dark.

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

Brighton, UK

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Lady Macbeth’, available on every digital store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we’re safe to say Muse, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins and anything that’s rock’n’roll, with a sci-fi attitude towards life.

What first got you into music?

The music video of ‘Bliss’ from Muse!

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

Good question, I’d say Deftones, Foals or Biffy Clyro, very hardworking bands.

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

That would be Glastonbury. I mean it’s a dream coming true for any musicians and we’ve seen our favourite bands playing there!

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

Many years ago a fan created a little doll with my perfect resemblances and that was a bit scary. And very cool at the same time!

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

Never give up on your dreams!

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

Michael Jackson. He was a true genius and his work still resonates in our actual music and life.

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

The best thing is probably going on tour. You get to meet new people and visit new places. Also the recording process is fun but if I was to choose I’d say touring, yeah. The worst thing is the 99 “no” you get before getting a “yes”!

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

I am still not 100% happy about the music streaming system. When Metallica complained at the beginning of the Napster era, no one gave a fuck and now here we are, you have to stream millions to see a few pennies. So yeah in order to answer your question I would probably need a time machine shipped through Amazon tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Muse – “Origin of Symmetry!

Guns N’ Roses – “Use Your Illusion 1”

Placebo – “Without You I’m Nothing”

Metallica – “The Black Album”

Deftones – “Around The Fur”

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

Definitely CD’s! No trace of doubt.

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

At an Italian rock festival called Colonia Sonora, we played in front of a massive sweaty crowd!

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

In an optimistic scenario I think I might be teaching martial arts to kids. Or maybe I would be a very very bad person, stealing cars and doing all that sort of naughty stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Marilyn Manson, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Bono Vox & Donald Trump!

What’s next for the band?

We’re really looking forward to January 2020 when we’ll hit the recording studio with James Sanger in France, he’s the man behind the success of Keane and many many great tracks from Madonna, U2, Dido, Lene Marlin etc.

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

Mainly;

https://www.facebook.com/dramalove/

https://www.instagram.com/instadramalove/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuits

Jaffa cakes are soft and tender biscuits pretending to be cakes. We all strive to be the best version of ourselves so it’s fine.

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

You’re welcome. Follow the light and never look back!

 

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EMQ’s with CARPATHIA

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EMQ’s with CARPATHIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA. Alternative Progressive Metal band Carpathia! 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?

Samantha: vocalist
Jason: Drums
Bobby: Guitars
Andrew: Bass

Bobby and Jason had known each other for a long time because their dad’s grew up as friends. Periodically they would get together and jam until one day they decided to start a band. Bobby and Andrew were playing in another band together at the time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Andrew was doing some research on Captains of ships names, and stumbled across the name “RMS Carpathia”, the ship that saved the remaining survivors from the titanic ship wreck.

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

USA. We live in New England, and there are times when shows are quite lively, and at others not so much. It’s difficult to get people out to local events nowadays, but we try.

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

We just released our very first EP called “1912”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

JASON: Matt Halpern, Thomas Pridgen, Matt Greiner

SAMANTHA: Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Lacey Sturm

ANDREW: Avenged Sevenfold, Parkway Drive

BOBBY: As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater

What first got you into music?

SAMANTHA: “Growing up I used to sing a lot of Mariah Carey and pop like material, and my sister Sheila was always encouraging me to develop my skills. It wasn’t until after she tragically passed away that I started getting into the heavier stuff”

JASON: “I had a bunch of cousins who played guitar as a kid, which made me want to become a musician too. I wanted to do something different than them, so I decided I would try drums. My parents bought me a drum set and I instantly fell in love with it.”

BOBBY: “My grandfather bought me my first drum kit at the age of 10 years old, and I grew from there”

ANDREW: “My stepdad was always in bands growing up and a good bit of my childhood was spent at local shows so it’s always been something I wanted to do. Having a stutter also lead me to pursue ways to express myself without speaking so music naturally filled that void for me.”

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

SAMANTHA: Nothing More

BOBBY: The Joy Formidable

JASON: Periphery

ANDREW: Tech N9ne

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

What’s the biggest festival of all time? That one!

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

SAMANTHA: Well, one time a fan actually gave me a $50 gift certificate to a lingerie store *eye roll*.

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

At every show, we always encourage those who are dealing with any issues, whether they be big or small, to reach out; talk to us, talk to someone, just as long as they are heard and understood. No one should have to be alone in this world.

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

SAMANTHA : Chris Cornell

JASON: Kurt Cobain

ANDREW: Cliff Burton

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

The best parts of being a musician are playing your songs in front of an audience that enjoys it, writing music, expressing yourself, and being unique from most other people in the world. The worst parts of being a musician are the lack of funds, the expensive equipment, and the emotional toll we take upon ourselves.

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

There should be more opportunities for musicians to succeed, whether that be through jobs, or actually touring/signing with labels. Labels should help the band, the band shouldn’t help the label. Also, we wish people would rather like to see a live performance than watch one on their phone.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

SAMANTHA: Gojira – “The Way Of All Flesh”

JASON: Killswitch Engage “As Day Light Dies”

BOBBY: Can’t Decide!

ANDREW: Parkway Drive – “Horizons”

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

We like a good CD.

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

Puddle of Mudd, Main Stage, Worcester Palladium!

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

JASON: I’d want to work with Animals in some way.

BOBBY: I’d either be a chef, or a fucking sniper.

SAMANTHA: I always thought it would be cool to work a job where I’d be able to travel the world.

ANDREW: Own my own landscaping company or go back to school to be a lawyer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Russel Brand, Andrew’s Dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne!

What’s next for the band?

We are literally, as we type, in studio recording our next EP and have discussed touring come October/November.

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

https://www.facebook.com/CarpathiaBandOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/carpathia_official_/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3PMdK4gXIBS4PRHFtHyvxR?si=I3riyW8fQz-AW4of8VOPzw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re Yanks so we’ve never had one before, for some Boston cream pie?

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

Thank you for reaching out, and we hope your followers enjoy our music and get to know us a little better!

 

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based, Rock/Alternative Solo Artist Finding Kate! Huge thanks to Kate for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Finding Kate and I am a solo artist based in London. I am Australian/Cypriot and moved to London about 5 years ago. My music is Alternative/Rock with undertones of Pop and in 2016 I released my debut album “If I Fall”. Now I have just released my new single called ‘I Feel Bad’, almost 3 years later! I sing and play the piano.

How did you come up with your stage name?

Well my name is actually Katerina but everyone calls me Kate! When I first started my career, I decided my artist name would just be KATE. Then I realised no-one could find me online – if you searched for Kate there were millions of results about Kate Bush, Kate Winslet, Kate Upton, Kate Middleton and never me :-(. Since no-one could find me, I decided to go with Finding Kate! True story!

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

I am from Australia and Cyprus. I grew up in Cyprus and I think there’s a pretty good metal scene there for the size of the country. I’ve discovered that there are a lot of metalheads scattered all around Cyprus! In general though, the music scene over there is not very big. There are limited venues to play at and almost no festivals around. We don’t have promoters or agents, it’s pretty much direct contact with venues which is both good and bad. It’s very different to the UK.

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

My latest single is called ‘I Feel Bad’ and it is available on all platforms! Also the video is out on my Youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppguXD6k9GU

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are all within the Rock/Alternative world! Avril Lavigne, Flyleaf, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Paramore – there are a lot of females that really inspire me. Also some of my newer discoveries like Deftones, Nothing But Thieves, Highly Suspect, PVRIS. I grew up listening to amazing bands like Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and more thanks to my dad’s musical tastes. I guess all of these artists/bands have influenced me in some way. 🙂

What first got you into music?

I remember seeing a piano tutor’s flyer on my parents’ car when I was about 11 and we decided I would try out piano lessons. Then I took vocal lessons and here I am today! I also think listening to all these different artists/bands I mentioned previously on a daily basis at home helped me really get into music.

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

Avril Lavigne!

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

Download or Rock Am Ring. I’m not sure which I’d choose. They both are huge in the Rock world and I love the fact that they are both quite diverse with their line-ups.

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

I haven’t received a gift yet. What am I doing wrong?!

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

Believe in yourself & keep going.

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

Chris Cornell. Chris has a special place in my heart.

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

I enjoy singing and playing the piano – I love creating music and letting go of little parts of me. I feel like with every note I sing or play I release things from inside me.
I hate how expensive certain gear is…hahaha.

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

That’s a tough one, I don’t know where to begin. I’ve been thinking about this question for the last few days but I don’t have a solid answer! I think overall the music industry causes a lot of pressure & stress to a lot of us. You have to put in a lot of work and most of the times you may not be seeing any results (well, visible results anyway). I wish the industry was easier to tackle from many different aspects. From a finance point of view all the way to social media and promotion. So, the one thing I’d change is how complicated the industry is! Haha.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Let Go” – Avril Lavigne.

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

I’ve never had vinyl before but I am interested in getting some in the future!
I personally love CD’s and CD artwork though. I much prefer them over downloads.

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

Probably back home in Cyprus at Ravens in 2015. I loved the atmosphere so much!

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

I think I would still be involved in the music industry, maybe within a label doing marketing, social media, promotions etc. Or maybe a make-up artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Amy Lee, P!nk, Lacey Sturm, Lizzy Hale and Taylor Momsen. They all seem like they’d be really cool to hang out with.
Sorry Avril, I don’t have space to invite you this time…

What’s next for you?

I have a series of singles ready to be released over the next few months. Eventually, they will go on an album, but there’s no rush for an album yet. The singles will hopefully set the ground for what is to follow from me! I am planning some more shows as well!

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

My website http://www.findingkatemusic.com has all my music, videos, tour dates etc. I am also on all the usual digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer etc.
I use Instagram & Facebook the most out of all my social media – but wherever you search for me, you should be able to find me. Just type in ‘Finding Kate’ into Google!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuits and I am obsessed with them. I can eat so many of them in one go. I just stuff them whole in my mouth. Haha.

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

Thank you for the questions & for supporting independent artists such as myself.
Hope you like the new track. 🙂

 

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