EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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 Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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EMQs with Filmspeed

EMQ’s with FILMSPEED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Rock band Filmspeed. Huge thanks to bassist/backing vocalist Nick Stout 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 Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.’ Always wanted to do that!

(This has gone down extremely well at Ever Metal Headquarters as ‘The Princess Bride’ is one of Beth’s favourite films!!)

My name is Nick Stout, and I play the bass/back-up vox for the band Filmspeed. Filmspeed is: Two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving. The power trio of Filmspeed is comprised of two lifelong friends and a born music machine. From humble beginnings in 2004 outside Detroit, MI and thru the gamut of the independent music industry, unyielding passion always precedes the sound. Combining blood pumping anthems, melodic hooks, and soulful grooves, Filmspeed thrives on the live music experience. Every minute of every album is written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves.

How did you come up with your band name?

The concept of the band names comes from your memories. While recollecting on things that have happened to you throughout your life, you tend to only remember fragments of the whole event. Kind of like how a film only has time to show you key parts of the narrative. You rarely remember what mug you used for your coffee this morning or the number of cups, but you do remember that you had coffee. These fragmented memories feel like you are living life at the speed of film, hence, FILMSPEED!

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

We hail from Murrica’. As far as the Rock scene out here…………that’s a tricky question. The shows are booming, with tons of availability to play with other killer acts. BUT that doesn’t mean that anyone is going to show up. We live in tricky times where kids much rather sit at home, on their iPad, and watch tiny desk concerts of their favourite bands rather than go see them live. So like I said shows are boooooming. Attendance is not. You could always say well you aren’t doing enough, yada yada yada, but I haven’t been to a sold out local show in years.

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

Our latest single release was ‘Need A Rush’ and came out late October. You can find that on any and all platforms. If we aren’t on your favorite platform, send us a DM, and we will get it there. The upcoming release, slated for January 24th, is “Braindead”. You can currently pre-save it on Spotify / Apple Music / Deezer/ TuneIn and/or add it to your playlist right now depending on when this interview comes out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we can all collectively say our parents and significant others. My parents have always pushed me to follow my dreams since I was a child. Whether it be listening to me practicing flute in my basement as a talentless child or calling me while listening to one of our songs at 100 and yelling “I love this track”. They have and always will be my support group.

What first got you into music?

My parents! Since a young age my dad would play guitar while a record was playing or hear a song on a radio and explain to me what the song meant. I remember being 10ish in my dad’s truck and ‘Centerfold’ by The J. Geils Band came on. After listening my dad explained to me what it meant. I had no clue what a nudie mag was, but looking back on that memory all I can do is chuckle. That was so my dad, informational, yet inappropriate.

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

I usually go with Butch Walker. He to me is the gold standard for producers and continually produces songs that I can listen all the way through, even if they aren’t my taste. But if I had to pick someone else I would go with “The Black Crowes”. Anytime their songs come on I feel like putting on headphones, jumping in a giant water fountain, and kicking water at the bystanders.

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

Easy for me………Glastonbury! I want a giant crowd of music loving fans waving flags in front of me. Plus I feel like you could be a no name band in front of that crowd and as long as you put on a killer performance they would be a part of it. America has too many arm crossing weirdos writing blogs while you play in front of them.

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

I think the weirdest gift we have ever received from a fan was a hamster. It was an earlier iteration of Filmspeed but I’m pretty sure some fan just gave us this overweight, half blind, huge testicled hamster. Captain Sergeant Brandon America was his name.

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

Support your local musicians. Add them to your playlists. Come to shows. Pre-save their links. Like their posts. Forrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr fucks sake. People scroll social media endlessly consuming useless memes but can’t like a bands photo or show post.

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

Stevie Ray Vaughn. The man could set a fret board on fire with his hands back then, just imagine what he would be doing today? Maybe setting your fret board on fire while playing his own guitar.

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

I love the music part and hate all the side jobs that come along with being a DIY band. There are probably 7 full time jobs in our band and only 3 of us. For example: We just shot a music video last night. It took us hours to get set up because we are the director, lighting guy, set designer, producer, dp, mp, rp, lp, kp, etc etc. We’d much rather just show up, kill the performance, and leave.

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

Nepotism! I can’t tell you how many shitty musicians get signed just because their cousin is some executive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers”

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

Overall Vinyl sounds the best but it really depends on how the music is recorded. You are going to have a really hard time making something sound great on vinyl if it isn’t recorded for vinyl. But if you record for vinyl it’s going to have a warmth and power that is irreplaceable on any other media.

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

I would probably be the president or something less important than being a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That one’s kind of easy for me Craig, Oliver, Megan, Nickii, and Norman. Those are my ride or dies.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing our latest single “Braindead” January 24th!! Pre-save/add it/buy it/put it in your earsssssssss.

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

http://www.filmspeedband.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/74yONhOvOpeKFJXALWRL6k
https://soundcloud.com/filmspeedmusic
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/filmspeed/305162258
https://www.youtube.com/user/FILMSPEEDMUSIC
https://twitter.com/FilmspeedMusic
https://www.instagram.com/filmspeedmusic/
https://www.facebook.com/Filmspeed/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

This is easy, it is a Cake. The name is “Jaffa Cakes!”, therefore if it was a biscuit it would be called “Jaffa Biscuits”! If you think otherwise…you’re just like…..wrong…..man!

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

Life rips, gang gang!

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Hollywood Undead – The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, New Jersey – 06/03/2019

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Hollywood Undead
The Wellmont Theater, Montclair, New Jersey
06/03/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

Since the release of their fifth studio album “Five”, California Rap Rock giants Hollywood Undead seem to always be on tour. After a worldwide album support tour they have embarked on The West Coast High tour co-headlining with Hip Hop legends Cypress Hill. In the midst of all this they are working on recording a new album slated to be released sometime this year.

Hollywood Undead are one of the cross over bands that are enjoying huge success to both Rock and Rap fans. Their latest album had a hard and heavy hitting track ‘California Dreaming’ and a hip hop style track ‘Black Cadillac’ featuring Cypress Hill front man B-Real. They can easily tour with Hard Rock bands and Rap artists, and enjoy a warm welcome from all music fans.

In the midst of the West Coast High Tour the band performed in the beautiful Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. Hollywood Undead hit the stage after performances from Demrick and Xzibit who will be, most likely, unknown to Rock fans.

The first two songs in their set came from “Five”, ‘Whatever It Takes’ and ‘California Dreaming’. The second of those could make any Metal band jealous, arguably one of their heaviest songs to date. They played three more songs from “Five” during their set ‘Bad Moon’, ‘Broken Record’ and, of course ‘Riot’, an excellent song which got the crowd into a frenzy.

Other notable hits played included ‘Day Of The Dead’, ‘Hear Me Now’, ‘Comin’ in Hot’ and ‘Everywhere I Go’.

On ‘Comin’ in Hot’ Charlie Scene (the guys all have stage names) brought a random fan on stage to play the guitar, Anthony was his name, and he did not disappoint. He impressed band members and fans alike. J-Dog also had his family from Brooklyn in attendance.

Hollywood Undead performed the show without masks, as they have taken to do lately and they gave their all. Johnny 3 Tears, Funny Man and Danny were all amazing. Since 2017 they have been using a touring drummer, Matt Oloffson, for their shows and he did one hell of a job!

Whatever your subgenre preference is in Rock, it would be well worth your time to check out Hollywood Undead if you haven’t already done so. This was a great show!

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Riverdogs – California

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Riverdogs – California
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 07/07/2017

Running Time: 48:00
Review by Vikkie Richmond
8/10

Rock supremos Riverdogs are not a new band, in fact, they have been around since the wild, excessive days of the 1980s.  Featuring Vivian Campbell (Whitesnake, Dio, Def Leppard) on lead guitar, the band originally had a short career that saw the release of their debut, eponymously titled album, plus 1993’s “Bone” and “Absolutely Live” before going their separate ways.  They reformed in 2003, but it was not until much later, in 2011 that previously written material was released in the form of “World Gone Mad”.  Now, six years later, the Riverdogs are together once more and have crafted their fifth studio album, “California”.

The four piece features all of the original members and this eleven track album is an homage to good, old-fashioned, American rock and roll.  From the first note on the opener, “American Dream”, the riffs are infectious, the vocals are understated, the harmonies are sweet and frankly, this is a pretty timeless album.  It has elements of the 1980s / 1990s to it, but in no way does Riverdogs’ material sound tired, like some other reformed bands that are churning out the same old stuff, year after year.  Instead, it has a familiar sound, a comforting presence, like shrugging on a favourite, slightly worn leather jacket.  It feels … right.

Third track “Something Inside” has a dirty, enticing feel to it and the vocals showcase Rob Lamothe’s silky tones to a very pleasant degree.  There is a distinct change of tempo with the upbeat “Searching For A Signal” and the same can be said of “Catalina”, although the vibe on this one is a little more ‘classic’.

Will I still be listening to this in two, five, even ten years time?  It’s firmly on repeat for the short-term and I suspect it will be one of those records that I return to time after time, because it has an enduring appeal.  You can’t ask for much more than that from an album and I would recommend this one wholeheartedly.

Stand out tracks: American Dream; The Revolution Starts Tonight; The Heart Is A Mindless Bird.

TRACKLISTING:
01. American Dream
02. The Revolution Starts Tonight
03. Something Inside
04. Golden Glow
05. You’re Too Rock ‘n’ Roll
06. The Heart Is A Mindless Bird
07. Searching For A Signal
08. Welcome To The New Disaster
09. Ten Thousand Reasons
10. Catalina
11. I Don’t Know Anything

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