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’.

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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/

 

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All photographs reproduced with the kind permission of Stephen Moss.

 

 

A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope

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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

 

Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.