EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville based Hard Rock band Voltagehawk. 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?

Jarrad James: My name is Jarrad James, I play drums and am the band dad in Voltagehawk. This project actually started as a jam session. I was new to the Nashville rock scene and didn’t have a project, but I had tons of friends that seemed pretty disenchanted with all of the bands they were in. So, it started almost as a therapy session, a place where you could come and get away with stuff, play things out of your genre, break all the rules with no judgements, and no bullshit band infighting. It led to gathering pretty stellar dudes on the same page, and we started just doing what came natural, jamming genres together and writing bangers.

Chase Arocha: I’m Chase, I play lead guitar! Jarrad started it with some people, that lead to jamming with Dan. Then Tyler was asked to start playing with them. I filled in on bass for Tyler at one of their gigs and he told them I played guitar, so they asked me to join!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jarrad: I actually came up with this before starting the band, which was meant to just be a place for all my buddies in other bands to come jam and work on different genred fun things, then ended up being the main project. It started as an homage to some of my favourites that had the “something cool, something animal” name motif: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Wolfmother. I also wanted our records in the same bin with Van Halen. I also wanted to pay homage to the main musical influence, which is the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 soundtrack, which plays AC/DC in the opening credits…so, High Voltage Rock and Roll. Tony Hawk. Voltagehawk. Those games, and the music in them, changed a lot of dudes’ lives and musical journeys.

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

Jarrad: USA. Much like everything else, we import everything and export not a whole lot, haha. We are trying to change that. At least we can be like a coveted American Muscle Car.

Chase: U.S.A. And at one point it was the biggest and best thing in Metal/Rock. Things have slowed down in recent years, but there are still incredible bands putting out music. It’s just more of a search than it used to be.

Dan Fenton: (Vocals/Guitar) ‘Merica, Both scenes need a big ole kick in the ass. I am tired of hearing the same old shit. That said the underground is looking promising. Bands like Howling Giant, Idles…

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

Jarrad: Our latest release is our lyric video for our debut single “Modern Gasoline”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jarrad: Hans Zimmer and Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtracks, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria, Fugazi, Mastodon…and not always sonically.

Chase: Mike Patton, Ray Lynch, John 5, Zakk Wylde, Charles Mingus, just to name a few!

Dan: Movies. I think cinema and childhood trauma have fuelled me to write more than anything else. I love film scores and classical music. Hans Zimmer and Vangelis have been hugely influential on me the last few years.

What first got you into music?

Jarrad: It was either the drum fill for In In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, or the intro to Money For Nothin’ by Dire Straits. Hard tie.

Chase: I had just moved to a super small town in central Florida at 13 and went to the YMCA. These girls were playing in a riot girl punk band on the gym floor screaming their heads off also around my age. I realized I wanted to do that.

Dan: A need to find myself at a very young age, amid a myriad of struggles. Music gave me purpose, drive and an overall desire to feel.

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

Jarrad: Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die on vocals/lyrics would be the pinnacle. He has the most versatile voice in loud rock/metal and his lyrics are beyond anything being done in modern music.

Chase: Reggie Watts and Tyler the Creator

Dan: IDLES, and Killer Mike from Run The Jewels. I love those artists and I love that they speak their minds and talk about real shit that matters.

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

Jarrad: I’m gonna go with the backyard favourite, Bonnaroo. It’s the wildest party, man. And always has great, even if few, metal and loud rock acts. It’s on our bucket list for sure.

Chase: Wacken seems like the coolest thing in rock and metal music right now. Great bands and tons of people!

Dan: I would love to play a festival in Japan. The Japanese seem like they really love rock music. I would gladly play in Europe and the UK again. I love the people of Europe.

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

Jarrad: We get a lot of weird bird themed gifts. Which we love.

Chase: Someone came up with an insanely realistic sketch drawing of me playing that they had drawn while watching the show.

Dan: A wedding proposal. I didn’t accept.

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

Jarrad: Memento Mori.

Chase: Love yourself.

Dan: Love yourself.

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

Jarrad: Lemmy.

Chase: Shawn Lane, one of the greatest players of all time taken too soon and plagued with health problems when he was alive, but he was absolutely incredible.

Dan: Anthony Bourdain.

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

Chase: When I was a kid, I was a loner who was bullied a lot. I always wished to be in a different world away from reality just to not feel so outcast. Music became that, it is a therapy, also a conversation creator, whether it’s jamming with others or just now having a skill to feel like you can share with the world. You can now have something to empower yourself with and realize that you were never an outcast at all.

Dan: Everything. Lost sleep, lousy pay. Just kidding. I love creating overall. Being in a family.

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

Jarrad: I wish we could get people more on board with streaming. A lot of people seem to forget that all of the great label catalog streaming revenue provides great opportunities for upcoming bands. Lots of musicians are biting the hand that feeds and it drives me crazy.

Chase: Taking more chances on what we show to the mainstream. I believe that more people would be into the avant-garde artist or more genres of music in general if we literally just showed it to them more. Put more advertising behind Hiatus Kaiyote and you will get more like them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jarrad: “I Get Wet” by Andrew WK. Party hard, man.

Chase: “California” by Mr. Bungle

Dan: “Nighthawks at the Diner” by Tom Waits. It’s fun and I can see every song and where he is in my mind’s eye. He’s an amazing writer

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

Jarrad: All good in different settings. I try to play vinyl in my truck, but I just can’t get it to work. CD’s make GREAT coasters.

Chase: Who cares as long as people listen to music.

Dan: Doesn’t matter. If a song is good, it’s good on all platforms. I prefer vinyl myself but that’s, just personal preference.

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

Jarrad: Opening for Beasto Blanco featuring Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper’s band, and Alice’s daughter Calico. He is an absolute bad ass and she is an incredible stage performer!

Chase: Probably the Exit/In. It’s just a place with such history and it feels great to be a part of that.

Dan: I would say my favourite gig was at The Basement in Nashville with our friends Goodbye June. It was a special night.

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

Jarrad: I’d go back to driving Zamboni.

Chase: I’d be a psychiatrist.

Dan: Gypsy Space Pirate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jarrad: Keith Buckley, Jimmy Iovine, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Joe Rogan, and Joe Exotic aka The Tiger King.

Chase: Rob Zombie, Patrice O’Neil, Frank Zappa, Wayne Static, Sarah Silverman.

Dan: Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Bourdain, Carl Sagan.

What’s next for the band?

Jarrad: We are all very, very ready to release our first full length album. We are headed to mastering with a new 13 song epic titled “Electric Thunder” We are very much looking forward to playing these songs for people live on tour in the Spring.

We already have another EP on deck, a group of songs that just work together, potentially called Hard Work. That one may feel best as a live recording, more raw power. And we have two singles that are going to be released together, probably as a 45. We are excited to track those because we are going to let those live in a more synthy new wave world. We are also about 7 songs into writing Record 3…which has some bangers already, but we are still getting to know her…we’ll keep you posted. Come see us live. We have no patience and will probably slip those songs into the set too.

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

Jarrad: Follow us on Instagram, we are on there the most. We released our first album globally thru The Orchard, so it’s everywhere!
www.instagram.com/voltagehawk/
www.facebook.com/voltagehawk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3VdXgLcML6VUqMJ8dmD1or
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsM9UFWIG9mrBXAKYg33sbQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jarrad: Wikipedia says it’s a cake-like biscuit.

Chase: A tiny, tiny cake!!!

Dan: A biscy!

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Electric Revolution – Burn It Down

Electric Revolution - Burn It Down Cover

Electric Revolution – Burn It Down
Self-Released
Running Time: 35:00
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently I was approached by American based Hard Rock band Electric Revolution about the possibility of reviewing their brand new album “Burn It Down” I went on their Bandcamp page made an account and bought the album and I have listened to it ever since and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity. When I listen to these guys it’s like when you wake up and have that first coffee in the morning and it gives you the feeling that the day can only get better.

In previous weeks I have listened to and reviewed some awesome bands who are heavier than these guys yet with Electric Revolution I don’t have to worry about injuries to my neck from headbanging. Instead I sit back in my computer chair, press play, close my eyes and let the music take me away. For the last three weeks my physical health hasn’t been the best and I have been bed bound for most of it but through all the sneezing, watering eyes and pain throughout my body, this album has taken my mind away from all of that and put me in a state of relaxation where none of that matters and I can just rest and try and recover which has been a huge help! Until I was approached about reviewing the album I hadn’t heard of the band but now I definitely won’t forget them.

Electric Revolution and “Burn It Down” remind me of AC/DC but I will say this! In my personal opinion, and as someone who likes AC/DC, this album is on the same level as them and even though it may sound bad I would pick this album to listen to over AC/DC.

As I’ve said in previous reviews I love discovering new bands that will replace the old guard! Only formed in 2014 Electric Revolution, just from this album, sound like they have been together much longer but just because they haven’t been doesn’t mean they aren’t definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next!

With Billie Pulera on Drums/Vocals, Chad Imler on Bass, Brock Betz on Lead Guitar and Dave Lawson on Vocals it makes for an amazing combination, band and music are so well balanced and such a joy to listen to! After listening to “Burn It Down” as much as I have I do have a favourite song and that is ‘God And The Devil. All the songs are good to listen to but this song is proper old school hard rock song similar to that of the 70’s and 80’s and it gives me chills to listen to.

Now it comes to rating the album and the toughest part of the whole review. “Burn It Down” is such a top album to listen to whether you’re having the best day, or like me, have been really down from being ill and for that reason I rate album 9/10, but the track ‘God And The Devil’ gets a 10/10! It is by far one of the best songs I have listened to as a reviewer.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Billie Pulera, who is also the bands General Manager, for getting in touch about reviewing this awesome album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prelude: Rise Of The Revolution (Part 1)
02. Tempted
03. God And The Devil
04. Burn It Down
05. Surrender
06. Cookie Jar
07. Runnin’ Away
08 No Time For Love (CODA)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/electricrevolution/

https://electricrevolution2.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/revolutionelectric/

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope

One Last Grasp At Hope Cover

A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope
Independently Released
Release Date: 06/04/2018
Running time: 44:00
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

American hard rockers A Gathering Of None are no strangers to the music scene; having been around since 2012, in this transigent day and age, that could class them as veterans. “One Last Grasp At Hope” is their third release and their second full length effort.

I don’t like to pigeonhole bands, because the music a group of people create is unique and should not be put into a box labelled as one thing or another, however my first listen to this album (and my first listen to them as a band, full stop) had them partly in the ‘alt rock’ category and partly in the hard rock camp. It doesn’t really matter, the important point is whether the album is any good.

I confess I wasn’t set on fire by the first track, the speedy ‘What For’; featuring some nice guitar licks and some nifty percussive highlights, with a time signature change or two, but it did have me tapping my toes and nodding my head, so it can’t be all bad. Next up, ‘No Stone Unturned’ started off with a lick that was worthy of Thin Lizzy and continued with some nice vocal harmonies, despite a ‘vintage’ whiff about it. Tracy Byrd’s vocals don’t do a lot for me, but he does have a fair set of pipes on him.

Out of a total of eleven tracks, I didn’t dislike any of the songs, they were all listenable, with those worthy of further mention being the soaring ‘Break My Stride’ and the slightly dirty ‘Dissolution’.

Special mention goes to ‘You Stagnate’, which was worthy of Alice In Chains, or any other band that arose out of the dark ashes of the hair metal age at the start of the 90’s. In fact, I felt like I was listening to different albums at times, such were the style differences between some of the songs.

I liked this album; I feel that A Gathering Of None are competent musicians and having listened to some of their back catalogue, they are honing their craft as they go, album by album. It’s not an album I would listen to on repeat, but that’s just my choice. Take a listen yourself and make your own mind up; I suspect you’ll like it.

TRACK LISTING:
01 What For
02 No Stone Left Unturned
03 Break My Stride
04 Fabulous Mishap
05 You Stagnate
06 Reaching Out
07 Dissolution
08 Something You Should Know
09 Predatory Male
10 I Hope I’m Wrong
11 Move Along

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/AGatheringOfNone/

https://www.instagram.com/agatheringofnone/
https://agatheringofnone.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeIEuZl2EvKKRkMakpH0yJw

 

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