EMQ’s with HOLLIN KINGS

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EMQ’s with HOLLIN KINGS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cleveland, Ohio based Rock band, Hollin Kings. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brandon Kendig, 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?

Brandon Kendig, I play guitar in Hollin Kings. The four of us (Max Ostrowski: Lead Singer, Guitar, Nathan Lapuh: Drums , Dave Royer: Bass) grew up in the same town outside Cleveland, Ohio and started playing together as a cover band under a different name in 2017 then we decided to start writing our own material in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had about 40 band names written down, Hollin Kings was the only one we didn’t hate and wasn’t already taken. Band names are the hardest thing to come up with.

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

We’re from Cleveland, Ohio. The rock scene here is fantastic, there are tons of excellent local bands playing shows every weekend.

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

Our latest release is our single “Wicked Love” (September 10th)!

‘Wicked Love’ (Teaser)

‘Hold On’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Scott Holiday, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page.

What first got you into music?

I was 19 when I started playing guitar and I heard ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ by John Mayer for the first time. After that I was hooked on playing guitar.

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

Rival Sons.

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

Bonnaroo would be awesome to play because the line-up is always so diverse and it looks like 4 days of craziness in the best possible way!

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

Can’t say…haha!

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

Thank you for checking out our music and supporting us!

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

Jimi Hendrix.

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

Creating and recording songs with three of my friends. Loading in gear for shows!

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

Streaming services should pay artists more per stream.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queens of the Stone Age – “Songs For The Deaf”.

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

I enjoy Vinyl but downloads are just so convenient.

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

Whiskey Myers’ Firewater Music Festival.

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

Construction.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

Write and record album number two.

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

All of them!
www.hollinkings.com/
www.facebook.com/HollinKings
www.instagram.com/hollinkings/
www.twitter.com/hollin_kings
www.soundcloud.com/hollinkings1
www.open.spotify.com/artist/760oNkGqKbQfbTSJrpQhGt
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGANiQ7eXfnPcye0vu1bOUw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is hahaha. Google says it’s a biscuit sized cake…sooo a mini cake?

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

Thanks for having me and go check out our new record!!

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Sonic Taboo – Sonic Taboo

Sonic Taboo Album Cover Art

Sonic Taboo – Sonic Taboo
Interstellar Smoke Records
Release Date: 18/12/2020
Running Time: 34:30
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7/10

When I write a review, I like to listen to the first few tracks before reading anything about the band. I like not knowing what to expect from the music, and to have no influences to begin with. And the self-titled release from American band, Sonic Taboo, was no exception to this unwritten rule of my reviews. Does this tactic work? Well, that’s a matter of opinion. It does for me, so I’ll stick to it.

So, who are Sonic Taboo? Well, now I’ve read up on them, I can tell you that they’re an instrumental trio who hail from New York, and are influenced by the motorcycle/skateboard culture. This album was originally released in June 2020, on digital platforms. Then in October they teamed up with Interstellar Smoke Records, for it to be released on vinyl in December 2020, along with an exclusive DVD “Live at Lockdown, NY 2020”.

So, back to my blind listen. Here’s how it went, and what I thought. As the first track played, I found myself thinking ‘hmm, ok…slowish intro, but I’m sure it will boom into something any minute.’ But, as anyone who has heard this album may already be aware, that doesn’t happen. It was a bit surprising, but logic told me it would kick in for the next track. Track two was still a little confusing, as it was like several lines of music being played over and over with subtle changes.

By track three I was in the realms of “okay, not at all what I was expecting”! This track was like being at a hippy/blues/rock fuelled gig, and almost puts the whole album into a genre of its own. Hey, who knows, maybe they’ll start a whole new precedent within the music world with a completely new category! But please don’t get me wrong here.

Although I found it weird, I’m not taking anything away from the fact that these three guys are very good musicians. Paulo Cassio on guitar, Fernando Menechelli on bass, and Andre Deko on drums have much talent. From the grungy guitars with gnarled tendencies, down to the deep almost soul hitting bass, they have definitely got it, even if I’m not great at defining what ‘it’ is!

And it would seem I’m not on my own in this opinion. They’ve gained many followers and built themselves a niche all of their own, reaching some fairly impressive heights, with appearances on various youtube channels, and blogs, and a number one spot for sales in the “instrumental rock” category on Bandcamp, in the first month of release. If this doesn’t say something about the trio’s abilities, then I don’t know what does.

They are starting a revolution all of their own, and that really comes through on the album. It’s up to you if you choose to follow them. All I can say is, it’s confusing, but it’s good.

‘Emotional Haze’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mars
02. Valley Of Dolls
03. Emotional Haze
04. Sadistic Twist
05. Planet Terror
06. Fogbow
07. Black Chopper
08. 1 Down 5 Up
09. When Silence
10. Fun Stuff
11. Tight Squeeze

LINE-UP:
Paulo Cassio-Guitar
Fernando Menechelli-Bass
Andre Deko-Drums

LINKS:

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 21/8/2020
Running Time: 32:07
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On what is a freezing day in a fresh new year (it is the UK, so technically a normal day!), after what was a hell of a 2020, I find myself sitting at my desk while trying to stay warm (which isn’t really happening)! But, even though the outside of me is feeling the cold, the inside of my body’s warming up nicely, listening to “Mother Of The Sun”, the most recent EP by legendary Rock and Roll band “Jefferson Starship”. I actually received this EP a few months back, but with everything I had going on, as well as COVID-19, I have only recently been able to get my head straight enough to write again. And listening to “Mother Of The Sun” has actually been really helpful to listen to, as it has nice soothing/relaxing songs that have picked me up little by little.

Jefferson Starship are an American Rock band, that were initially formed in the 1960’s as ‘Jefferson Airplane’. Under this name, they produced hits including both ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love’. In the 1970’s they became ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released 11 studio albums. But then it was all change again, and when I first encountered them, they were under the name ‘Starship’. I was born in 1988, and as I grew up, I enjoyed listening to their songs ‘Sara’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’ (a personal favourite of mine). They stayed under this name until 1992, when they changed to ‘Starship feat. Mickey Thomas’. But now they’ve returned to ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released their first EP “Mother Of The Sun” 18 years after their last studio album was released.

I have been listening to this EP for a few months now as, during that time, life decided to kick my behind, and I’ve only recently been able to get my head down to review it. And, if there’s one thing I can say about “Mother Of The Sun”, it is that it gives off the feel of the band history, and with songs like ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘What Are We Waiting For’ it takes me back to being that little kid again, listening to their familiar sound on the radio! With the experience of David Freiberg who joined during the last year of ‘Jefferson Airplane’, Donny Baldwin who joined when the band was previously named ‘Jefferson Starship’, more recently Cathy Richardson, (who re-joined in 2016 after being with the band from 2008-2015), and Jude Gold in 2012, you have the best of the ‘old rock’, with beautiful instrumentals and guitar solos that remind me of yesteryear, blended with the new. This makes for a record that would fit right in with anyone’s playlist.

After listening to “Mother Of The Sun” as much as I have, I’ve concluded that my standout song from this amazing EP has to be, none other, than ‘What Are We Waiting For’. From the short guitar solo at the start, the really delicate, soft, vocals to the chorus of the song, it stands out so much, and is such a relaxing song to listen to. Whether it be at a time of happiness, or when feeling down, this song just hits the soul.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s About Time
02. What Are We Waiting For
03. Setting Sun
04. Runaway Again
05. Embryonic Journey
06. Don’t Be Sad Anymore
07. What Are We Waiting For (Extended)

LINE-UP:
David Freiberg – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Donny Baldwin – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Chris Smith – Keyboards & Bass Guitar
Cathy Richardson – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jude Gold – Lead Guitar

LINKS:

Jefferson Starship

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EMQ’s with PUSHING VERONICA

EMQ’s with PUSHING VERONICA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, CA based Rock band, Pushing Veronica. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We’re Pushing Veronica. Julien Silvas and Oli Litner play guitar and sing. Noah Rozansky plays bass and sings. Brady Ward plays drums. Pushing Veronica was formed when Oli and Brady decided they’d rather start a band than participate in P.E. Class. The guys united to fuck shit up as PV after a show at Brady’s Bar Mitzvah.

How did you come up with your band name?

We write about the modern teenager and what life is like growing up nowadays. Veronica is the archetype of the high school teenager being pushed around, and we’re representing her with our tunes.

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

We’re from the U.S. and it’s bangin’!

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

We recently released our newest single, “Bullshit”, and the accompanying LSD tinged music video. If you wanna see some crazy stuff go check it out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oli Litner: My biggest influences are early Weezer and My Chemical Romance.

Julien Silvas: My biggest influences at the moment are IDLES, PUP, and Queens of the Stone Age.

Noah Rozansky: I’m heavily influenced by Twenty One Pilots, The Wrecks, and half alive, both lyrically and musically.

Brady Ward: My biggest influences are Blink 182 and Slipknot.

What first got you into music?

All of us felt an immediate brotherhood with music after trying and failing epically at multiple sports and other hobbies. We feel so intertwined with the balls to the wall energy that drives punk music.

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

Betty White. Obviously!

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

Riot Fest sounds bonkers.

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

A dude gave us his sweaty hoodie in exchange for one of ours.

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

Get in the ballpit homie! The ballpit is the name for community, both live and virtual. People come to shows or join us online and get indoctrinated in the ballpit, where you can get lost in the music and have a great time.

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

When Betty White dies it will be her.

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

We fucking love connecting with people at shows. Loading in on a show day is infinitely worse especially in the freezing cold, but y’all make it worth it. We do hate Chad though.

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

We wish there was more money in the industry, so the mainstream didn’t have to play it so safe!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oli Litner: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.

Julien Silvas: “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” by IDLES.

Noah Rozansky: My favourite album of all time is “Now, Not Yet” by half·alive!

Brady Ward: “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket” by Blink 182.

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

We like em all.

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

We can’t pick just one!!!!!!

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

Replacing Charlie’s Angels!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We’d exclusively invite the original 5 Power Rangers.

What’s next for the band?

We’re gonna grow up making music!!!!

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

You can find everything at;

www.pushingveronica.com/

Or at;

www.linktr.ee/pushingveronica

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Please don’t rehash this fight we’ve argued enough!

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

We appreciate you reading about our stupidity and we hope to see you in the ballpit homie!

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Can’t Swim – House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ – 23/03/2019

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Can’t Swim
House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ
23/03/2019
Reviewed by Stephen Moss

This has been the first Headlining Tour for Can’t Swim. They ended the tour at home just a few miles from where it all began. They played at House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ and this was their last show in the States before they embarked on their very first overseas tour playing the UK and Europe.

The atmosphere at the venue was incredible! I spoke to kids who had driven from other US States just to see this show!

This show was also Can’t Swim’s album release party. They played their brand new album “This Too Won’t Pass” in its entirety. During the very last song they brought out hundreds of big red balloons and dumped them all over the crowd.

After all the tracks on the new album had been played, the crowd still wanted more and kept chanting “One More Song!!!” Then Can’t Swim returned and played not one but three more songs and finished the show with their biggest hit ‘Stranger’.

01 Can_t Swim Middle

I can’t stress enough how awesome this band is! All the members are so humble and down to earth. Before and after their set you could find them in the crowd interacting with their fans!

I asked Can’t Swim for a band photo and they one upped me. They had every band come out on stage and I had the privilege of taking a tour photo! Please check out the accompanying photos of the show. You will see that whether it’s the first song or the last Can’t Swim play with the same intense energy and excitement. They give everything they have for each show and fans have taken note. Selling out venues is becoming common place for Can’t Swim!

This was my fourth Can’t Swim gig and each time I find myself saying, “No, this time was my favourite show.” It’s always refreshing to see a show where the band is so genuine and really connects to their fans.

LINKS:
https://www.cantswimmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cantswim/

https://www.instagram.com/cantswim_/
https://cantswimmusic.tumblr.com/

 

02 Can_t Swim Tour Photo Bottom

 

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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.

TRACKLISTING:
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

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