EMQ’s with TORIZON

EMQ’s with TORIZON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Alternative Heavy Rock band Torizon. Huge thanks to vocalist Mish Sharma for taking part.

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

Hi, I am Mish, the lead singer and co-songwriter in Torizon.

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

Brisbane, Australia.

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Devin Townsend and Evanescence – I love their songwriting!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, they are a delicious biscuit.

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

Thank you for having me!

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

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…

I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.

A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.

To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.

Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.

I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall

LINE-UP:
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugue-529079680961495/
https://www.instagram.com/fugue_band/

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EMQ’s with DIRTY RATS

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EMQ’s with DIRTY RATS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Rock ‘N’ Roll band Dirty Rats! Huge thanks to vocalist Wayne 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, Wayne here and I am lead singer for the Dirty Rats. The band has been in existence since the mid 1980’s and released a vinyl EP back in 1987 that achieved a certain cult status, but fame eluded them. Members have come and gone over the years and the current line-up includes an original member, Jamie on the bass, along with Andy on drums, Chooka on guitar and me on vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

That one’s pretty easy. It was the 80’s and Dirty Rats sounded cool, at least to a bunch of teenagers, so it stuck.

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

Dirty Rats were born and fermented in the pub circuit of inner Melbourne, home of the greatest and most active rock scene in Australia. Our sound is loud, raw and gritty, just like Melbourne.

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

Our latest release is called “End In Tears” and is due for release on the 13th December this year. It’s a bit more contemporary than our last album, but doesn’t lose sight of our pub rock roots and influences. We have released this one on CD and digital, but we also decided to think outside the box a bit and released a limited edition credit card style USB. We noticed that a lot of cars these days don’t actually come with a CD player anymore, but they all have a USB port. So since our music is best listened to at full bore driving along the highway, we thought that might be a bit more convenient for our fans.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Strangely enough, although I grew up listening to Kiss and Rose Tattoo, my biggest influence has been Glenn Shorrock from the Little River Band. His songs always had great melodies and had lyrics that told stories that really spoke to me. I met him a couple of years ago and was so overwhelmed by his presence that I couldn’t even speak to him. I think he thought I was a bit slow, so he was very nice to me. I hate to admit it, but I am also extremely influenced by my band mates in the Dirty Rats. They have really taught me what pub rock is all about and there is no way I could write or perform as I do now if not for them.

What first got you into music?

Music in my house growing up was Little River Band, Johnny O’Keefe and Suzie Quatro, so I had a reasonable grounding in blues based rock right from the start. My biggest musical epiphany came when a friend played me “Kiss Alive”, the first live album I had heard and certainly my introduction to a heavier rock sound. From there I progressed to bands like Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, Angels and a lifelong addiction to pub rock was born.

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

Man, there are so many. I would love to play with Cosmic Psychos, the Tatts, Texas Hippie Coalition, any hard rocking outfit really. I just love playing at shows where everyone is heavy and fucking loud. I am actually branching out of my comfort zone at the moment and doing some guest vocals on the next Bofo Kwo album, a symphonic black metal outfit out of Scandinavia, so that is really cool fun as well.

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

We have always wanted to play the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany; I reckon that would absolutely go off. There are a few festivals here in Australia that I would love to be a part of, but we can’t really get any traction in our own country, which is a pity, but Germany is our kind of scene. We are hoping to tour in Europe next year, so fingers crossed.

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

Got some homemade bourbon which only had a slight chance of sending you blind! That was pretty good, but Chooka drank it all.

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

It would be really cool if you purchased our albums and merchandise, but what we really want is for you to come and see us live!!!! I honestly could not give a fuck if we never sold another album, as long as all our future gigs were packed out with people dancing and drinking and singing along with our music.

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

Doc Neeson, one of the greatest frontmen of all times! Great singer, great mover, just a fantastic performer all round and some of the best Aussie music of all time!

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

I love performing live in front of an enthusiastic audience and I love writing songs. I hate doing promotion and booking shows, it drives me mad.

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

More prominence to original music and blow up all the commercial radio stations!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Well, obviously “End In Tears” by the Dirty Rats is the best rock album of all time, but if I had to pick another favourite, it would be hard to choose between “Destroyer” by Kiss or “Rising” by Rainbow.

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

I like digital downloads, it is just so accessible and immediate, and it kicks other formats arse for sound quality.

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

We did a show at the Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane in Melbourne and I loved playing there. It is such an iconic Melbourne rock venue and you always feel the presence of the greats who have played there in the past.

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

I enjoy writing, so probably writing crappy books or poetry I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Palin, John Cleese, Glenn Shorrock, Paul Kelly and Kevin Smith! Great mix of comedy and musical knowledge for me to mine!

What’s next for the band?

Yeah we’re working on tours of Japan, Europe and if we can get the visa stuff sorted we will go to the USA. Our last CD is for sale in Amoeba records in LA. So we really should go there….lol. Got to do dates in Australia as well! We should get onto this…

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

You can find us at all sorts of places, like;
https://dirtyratsband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dirtyratsaustralia/
https://twitter.com/DirtyRatsBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/29Ayo9mD5KlKH2l1SWTmno
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgxx8dzZyhvz_KDduoyKjvA
Or wherever you buy or stream quality music.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google what they are. Described as a cake, but they look like a biscuit to me. Either way, not as good as a wagon wheel.

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

The new album “End In Tears” is due for release on the 13th December and we will be playing with a couple of excellent bands that night, Avalanche and Riff Raiders, so looking forward to that. I loved the last album, but this new one is absolutely brilliant in my opinion, so I reckon all your readers should check it out and buy a copy!
Look after each other and be nice to your mothers.

 

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

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Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf
Self-Released
Release date: 09/04/2019
Running Time: 33:52
Review by: Alun Jones
9.5/10

I’ve never been to Australia. Don’t need to go there really; I know exactly what it’s like. It’s like that David Bowie video where he’s inside a big concrete block in the middle of nowhere. ‘Let’s Dance’ – that’s the one. Or it’s like Mad Max 2: all arid desert, people surviving on dog food and a struggle to exist without civilisation.

So, it’s quite apt that such a barren, isolated place has decided to gift us with an album that is, quite frankly, a masterpiece of desert rock. Or outback rock, if you will.

This is “Giant Dwarf”, by the band Giant Dwarf, who hail from somewhere called Perth in Western Australia.

Right from the start, with opener ‘Golden Walrus’, the album bursts from the speakers like Gandalf after a month-long Charles Atlas course. The songs are tough and uncompromising, yet cerebral. ‘Black Thumb’ and ‘Kepler’ in particular will make you put your foot down on the accelerator and bang your head – whilst absorbing the intricate tapestry of the universe.

It’s all pounding rhythms and hypnotic, repeating riffs. On first encounter, the album seems very – shall we say, inspired by – Kyuss and the first Queens of the Stone Age album. Aaron Soppo (vocals) can even do a pretty convincing Josh Homme impersonation. Which is no bad thing, in my book – in fact, it’s a sure fired recipe for success.

Further investigation reveals far more than this obvious comparison, however. As well as a more fuzzed-up guitar sound – not unlike a particularly fried Fu Manchu – there’s a trippy, psychedelic sheen to the muscular groove. There’s even sitar and didgeridoo on here, in wave after wave of glorious chunky riff and rolling beats.

‘The Deluge’ illustrates this breadth of feeling with a six minute plus track that undulates between exuberant rocker and introspective meander in just one epic song.

If I have one small criticism, I’d like to hear a track like ‘Strange Wool’ – a mind melting instrumental track that’s quite brilliant – dragged out to three times its two-minute length. Even more development and experimentation would really push Giant Dwarf further into a new dimension. But keep the edge-of-the-seat rockers too, OK guys?

“Giant Dwarf” comes within a koala’s cock of perfection. Powerful like the venom of a Death Adder, yet enticing like Natalie Imbruglia. It really is that good: from out of nowhere, an album that will surely be in my end of year Top Five.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Golden Walrus
02. Black Thumb
03. Disco Void
04. Kepler
05. Repeat After Defeat
06. Strange Wool
07. High Tide Blues
08. The Deluge

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Giantdwarfmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/giantdwarf.australia/
https://giantdwarf.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NCOEWQFyTA&t=1901s (Full Album Stream)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTTjfWArtJEGUsrrXuU1ew

 

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Hard Rock band Lamassu! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Fisher for taking part!

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

Hi I’m Chris, I play guitar and sing in Lamassu.

Everyone in Lamassu plays in at least one other band so we were all known to each from the local heavy stoner doom / psych scene here in Melbourne. Matt (Guitar) and I had played a few shows together in our other bands and were fans of each other (the man is a riff wizard!). He suggested we have a jam sometime and about 6 months later we ended up doing just that. It was immediately clear that we worked well together as riffs flowed pretty easily.

From there Matt asked Nick (Drums) who also plays in Motherslug, if he wanted to jam and then Ant (Bass) from Borrachero joined and what would become Lamassu was born.

We wrote around 15-20 tracks over the following 7-8 months, played a show and then went into the studio to record our album with Mike Deslandes (YLVA / High Tension) at the helm.

Ant has subsequently moved to The Netherlands and Al Cooke who plays bass in my other band Field, has joined bringing with him another heavy element to the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt and I spent months trying to find a name, sending lists of potential candidates to each other almost daily. After a few false starts with other names, we all agreed that Lamassu was the right choice.

A Lamassu is a Sumerian protective deity, depicted as having a human head, the body of a lion and eagle wings. We love the imagery of this and the way the word looks when written.

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

We’re from Melbourne, Australia which has an incredible live music scene and a very healthy heavy / stoner / doom / psych scene. We’re pretty spoilt in Melbourne as it’s possible to go and see quality local bands pretty much 7 nights per week.

The heavy scene here is world class, hugely supportive and you’ll always see members of other awesome bands in the crowd supporting the scene. We also have a few local community radio stations that are huge supporters of local independent music.

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

We release our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September on digital download, CD and 12” Vinyl. It’s been described as being everything “from Dopesmoker to Superunknown” and we’re okay with that – pre-sales available via Bandcamp now.
https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-empty

Who have been your greatest influences?

Growing up I was heavily into Pantera, Sepultura, Van Halen blew my mind (DLR all the way!), Hendrix and Skid Row (how good is “Slave To The Grind”?!) to name a few. Later I developed a love of Sabbath, Zeppelin, Ozzy’s “No More Tears” album was killer, and then late one night the video for Soundgarden’s ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ came on TV and I was hooked.

I still find influence in a lot of music I hear; QOTSA, AIC, Sumac, Pallbearer, Soundgarden, Yob, they’ve all played a part in shaping how I play in Lamassu.

Vocally, influences are wide ranging but really it starts and ends with Chris Cornell.

What first got you into music?

My older brother Graeme played guitar and when I was very little I needed to do everything he did. I started on his 3/4 scale acoustic when I was 6 or 7 and went from there…I’m actually left handed yet play guitar right handed because I picked up his right handed guitar so young!

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

I’d have to say Pallbearer or Yob. Both bands are carving out their own sound and making incredible progressive steps forward in heavy music

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

Duna Jam is an absolute bucket list item for me – can anyone hook us up?

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

Whisky, beers or joints are the usual offerings and we’re fine with that!

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

Buy direct from artists instead of streaming, buy merch, share bands you love on FB and come to shows.

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

John Bonham, just for that groove!

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

I love the challenge, pushing myself to sing better, to play better and the privilege of being able to perform in front of people. It’s also a great excuse to buy gear, I love amps and guitars.

What do I hate about it? Having the back of an old man and needing to lift all my gear!

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

Fairer distribution of royalties from streaming providers to the artists!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Badmotorfinger” by Soundgarden.

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

They’re all amazing and what’s best is whatever is best for the listener. Personally I love the process of putting on vinyl at home. I love CD’s in the car and digital files on my phone for the commute to work.

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

Our debut Lamassu show in August last year was killer. Big stage, full stacks, great crowd. I ended up inviting everyone back to my place afterwards and sat around drinking whisky all night.

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

I work full time and play music outside of that. I guess if I weren’t a musician I’d be doing the same but with a less cool hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian (SOAD singer / activist), Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, NZ), Bill Ward (Drums, Black Sabbath), Mike Scheidt (Guitar & Vocals, Yob) and Brian May (Guitar, Queen / Astrophysicist).

What’s next for the band?

We can’t wait for everyone to hear our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September. After that we’re hitting the road here in Australia in support of the album, playing shows through Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Hobart, with more dates to be added.

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

https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LamassuBand/
https://www.instagram.com/lamassumusic/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea, we’re Australian! You need to try a Tim Tam slam though.

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

Praise the riff!

 

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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane based. Stoner Rock band Fumarole! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Kurt Werder for taking part!

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

Hi I’m Kurt, I play guitar and vocals. Dan who plays bass and I work together and had bonded over our love of heavy music. I decided I wanted to start a band, asked if Dan wanted to join and he thankfully agreed. The first band we had was a punk band that failed and after we figured out we didn’t have the same direction with the Drummer and Guitarist we were jamming with on that project we decided that we wanted more riffs. From there Dan and I started writing more riff driven songs and when we jammed with Ryan it all fell into place. 3 months later Mountain was written and recorded in the Jam room we were ready to start gigging and gig we did! We played anything we could get on and must have made an impression because when Sydney based psych legends Comacozer were touring and came into town they asked if we wanted to do a show with them which we did out in regional Queensland which was a great success. We’ve been really involved in the scene trying to get the word out that Australia really is a hotbed for guitar driven music and stoner rock and that music and people are starting to notice because it earned us the opening slot for Wo Fat when they came through Brisbane. That was a great show. Now we’re working on a full length to release into the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something earthy and powerful. Dan came up with it; A Fumarole is a crack in the earth’s crust which spews huge clouds of gas like sulphur. After seeing a few images of how they kind of look almost alien I knew that was the right name for us. It really ties into our lyrical style of alien landscapes and ruined planets.

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

We’re from Australia, The metal scene is amazing right now, there’s so many great bands and clubs and promoters booking killer shows, I can’t think of a time in the last twenty years that it has been this great! You only have to look at festivals like Wo Fest & Dead of Winter and bands like Hobo Magic, Witchskull & Zong to see that the calibre of music coming from our shores. It really is thriving, it’s at the point where now there’s at least 3 good shows a weekend in Brisbane!

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

Our latest single is called ‘Ghost Smoke’ and we recorded it at Love Street Studios on the Gold Coast with Scott French. It follows a group of escaped slaves on a freezing planet as they navigate the harsh landscape in search of food. We recorded the instruments live and it was honestly the best experience, Scotty knew exactly what he was doing and there’s no going back for us. It came out heavy and dark and exactly what we wanted the song to sound like. It’s available on all streaming services and Bandcamp.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally Minor Threat showed me you can do it yourself and it’s more about passion, Every Time I Die showed me you can be different and succeed, Isaiah Mitchell from Earthless is the greatest lead player ever in IMO and Toke have the whole damn package I just see videos of them live and think I wanna be that cool! at the risk of being derivative here I’m gonna also say Matt Pike as he just knows who he is and does what he wants and gives no fucks and that’s the coolest shit ever.

What first got you into music?

When I was 7 I walked into my cousin’s room and he had this huge Pearl Jam Poster on the wall. Now my Cousin Shayne was my hero so instantly I was getting up first thing to watch the music video countdown we had in the morning called Rage, it was there I saw the video for ‘Alive’. You know that part where Eddie climbs the rigging hangs upside down? That was the exact moment I knew I wanted to be in a band.

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

Toke or High Reeper! I can’t stop listening to their stuff, it’s just so pure and sure of itself I love it!

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

Hellfest, just look at the most recent line-up! Incredible! I really love that camping festival vibe, the sculptures! It all looked so spectacular! That is how you do a festival!

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

Probably a pack of roll your own cigarette filters, but hey they came in handy haha!

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

If you have a passion follow it! I still work my 9-5 soul sucking office job but Fumarole makes all that bullshit worth it! It’s never too late and if you do send that shit to us! I wanna see/hear/smell it!

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

Dimebag fucking Darrell, what a legend, what an inspiration, I mean that swing! The dude had groove.

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

There’s a moment when you go off on a tangent and without speaking everyone is vining on the same wave length and just smiling and into it, that right there is the cats pyjamas. I hate that I love big old tube amps and have to carry them upstairs haha.

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

I would make pay to play Illegal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Orange Goblin – “Back From The Abyss”! They are absolute legends in my eyes and this album has it all, start to finish it’s a ripper!

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

Vinyl! Nothing better than getting a new LP and blasting it while smashing a tinnie (can of beer for the non Aussies) and absorbing it with that big artwork!

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

It’s a tie between playing with Wo Fat because they are AMAZING and we got to play our favourite Brisbane club Crowbar & playing at Banshees in Ipswich with Comacozer. Comacozer are so good and we had the best time with the guys, they really are the best kind of people. I said I’d do a shoey which is where you fill your shoe with beer and down the whole thing and Rick from Comacozer said he would too but he only had thongs (flip flops), so he managed to curve the thong into a kind of funnel and true to his word did a shoey with a thong and the Thongy was born. What a night!

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

I’d probably be dead, I’m a man of extremes and if it weren’t for my need to create I would have had one bender too many by now. There was a point in my life where I wasn’t playing guitar and I was an absolute mess. There’s no going back there ever!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt Pike, Henry Rollins, Jamie Jasta, Vinnie Stigma, Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on a full length album as we speak; it’s almost all written and is very sci-fi driven. Has a great story line to it, it’s a bit of a different take on a concept as it’s all mini stories based in a universe that we have created where the rich have discovered the how to become immortal but have had to enslave the poor to mine the material used in the pharmaceuticals that keep them alive.

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

You can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fumaroleband and @fumarolebandaus on Twitter and Instagram. The easiest way is to go to http://www.fumarole.com.au. Other than that we are streaming on all the main offenders Spotify, Apple, Bandcamp.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s like they took a cake and biscuitised it, bizarre!

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

Ozzy Sabbath is the better Sabbath! Thanks heaps legends! OWW OWW!!!!

 

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