EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Rock band Ian Blurton’s Future Now. Huge thanks to Ian 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 Ian Blurton, guitarist/singer for Future Now. We started playing together roughly a year ago. I made a solo record called “Signals Through The Flames” using some of my favourite Toronto musicians and needed a band to play the songs so I called on 2 guests from that record (Anna/Glenn) and added guitarist Aaron Goldstein to help me with the many guitar parts.

How did you come up with your band name?

Future Now is a song by The MC5 (one of my fav bands of all time).

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

I’m from Canada and while I’m not a full-on metalhead (I say that out of respect to my friends who are) I can tell you we have a very vibrant scene here with originators ala Voivod still releasing incredible records and newer bands like Tomb Mold (who blew me away live), Cauldron etc. keeping it alive.

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

We have 2 releases upcoming. Our 1st 7″ (Yeah Right Records) comes out on May 4 and our LP will be released by Pajama Party on June 7.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jimi Hendrix is probably my all-time fav but there have been many. I have always loved Mountain, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Blue Cheer..!

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably seeing The Monkees on TV as a young kid.

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

Motorpsycho for sure. I love how adventurous/prolific they are.

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

Woodstock right before Hendrix so I could see his set. Currently I’d say Roadburn, it seems like such a great community.

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

Nothing super weird, mostly just awesome things including paintings, homemade chocolates etc.

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

Live your life by your own rules.

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

Jimi Hendrix so I could see him live once!

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

Music is my life so I try to enjoy all the aspects of it and let the positive outweigh the negative.
I get to play with incredible musicians and am honoured they are willing to give up their time to do so.
I’m not crazy about loading 4x12s into 3rd floor venues.

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

I think it would be more than one thing but I think streaming not paying enough would be a good start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Damned – “The Black Album”

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

I like them all but prefer vinyl as I grew up with it.

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

I’ve been playing live since 1982 so I’ve been very lucky to play a lot of great shows. Recently I’d say the 2nd Future Now show with Biblical/Whoop-szo. It was good vibes and killer bands and everyone played great.

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

Working with animals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Salvador Dali, Hunter S Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robt Williams

What’s next for the band?

Our 7″ and LP release parties and then we are doing a Canadian tour out to Sled island Festival (one of the best in Canada).and back.

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

https://twitter.com/ianblurton
https://www.facebook.com/ianblurton.futurenow/
https://ianblurton.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with VAYA

Vaya

EMQ’s with VAYA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ameridian Rock band VAYA. 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?

Phil: My name’s Phil, I play the guitar and the band started more than 2 years ago. Vaya created the band then Raph’ joined her and then I joined them too. The band is based on the Indians of North America, so we play Ameridian Rock and it’s influenced by the legend of the white wolf.

VAYA: Hey there. Yes, VAYA is the voice of the elders. I am playing everything that can be an expression of music. Basically I am the lead singer and composer.

How did you come up with your band name?

VAYA: As said before. We just answered to the call of the white wolf and are now dancing around the sacred fire 😉

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Phil: I’m from Switzerland and yes there are a few metal scenes there but I don’t know much about that.

VAYA: Where am I from? You mean in this actual life? 😀 (Laugh) I can’t answer that question; I am still working on it to have the real truth 😉

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

VAYA: A first double album called VAYA. A limited edition of 1,000 copies numbered by hand, so let’s choose your favourite number 😉
You can discover some of our songs on videos and more on wwww.vaya-official.com

Who have been your greatest influences?

Phil: The guitarist of “Extreme” Nuno Bettencourt is my greatest guitar hero and I’m very influenced by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and the guitarists of “Iron Maiden” too!

VAYA: Jim Morrison, Native Indians of North America and classical music!

What first got you into music?

Phil: When I was a kid, my mom played a lot of piano and my dad the guitar. First, I started learning the piano with my mom and then, the guitar with my dad. Later, I started taking guitar lessons with a teacher and that’s where I started playing the guitar seriously!

VAYA: I did not have the choice. Music chose me “officially” since I was 3 years old.

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

VAYA: Jack White.

Phil: I’d choose “Extreme”!

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

VAYA: I love to be on scene so every festival in the world!

Phil: I’d choose Wembley, lol coz it must be so amazing and so awesome too!!!!

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

Phil: Oh, I never received any gift from a fan, lol!

VAYA: a kiss? ;-P

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

VAYA: WE LOVE YOU!

Phil: Have fun, enjoy and keep on rocking!

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

VAYA: my Jim M.

Phil: I’d say Bon Scott, former singer from AC/DC.

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

VAYA: feeling full of life and creativity unlimited.

Phil: I love playing on stage in front of an enthusiastic audience and going on tour! I hate when we have bad conditions in the places where we play and when people aren’t friendly with us!

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

Phil: I don’t know, better promote new bands!

VAYA: More focus on authenticity.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

VAYA: The Doors – ‘Crystal Ships’

Phil: The album of “Extreme” called “Pornograffitti” is really great and I’m very inspired by it!!!!

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

VAYA: Vinyl

Phil: I prefer CD’s!

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

VAYA: still waiting for it 

Phil: It was at “The Dukes” bar last year coz there were so many people and they were so amazing and unbelievable!

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

VAYA: What I am doing today, painting, writing, healing and taking care of my family and friends.

Phil: Oh I really don’t know what else I could be doing honestly, lol!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil: Oh maybe my family or other friends.

VAYA:  My kids, my partner and my pets 😉

What’s next for the band?

VAYA: So actually in Toronto on process for the second album that will be burn on vinyl. It’s a long process. We are finishing the master of one piece of it and I was in Japan to do the video clip. We hope it will be out this Autumn it depends on the festival in Fukuoka (Japan). And in 2020 a new Canadian tour and working on a South America tour + UK (2020).

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

VAYA: www.vaya-official.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

VAYA: I don’t know, do you?

Phil: Oh I really don’t know but I’d say biscuit, lol!

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

Phil: Yeah, just take care, have fun, enjoy and keep on rocking!

VAYA: Thank you for your questions. Have a lovely one and keep the sacred fire everywhere in the world!
VAYA!

 

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Silverstein + Hawthorne Heights & Guests – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 12/01/2019

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Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed; 15 Year Anniversary Tour
Silverstein + Hawthorne Heights & Guests
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
12/01/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

At the end of last year Canadian Rock band Silverstein, from Burlington, Ontario, embarked on their 15th Anniversary tour of their debut album “When Broken Is Easily Fixed” together with special guests Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn and Capstan. On January 12th they made a stop in the state of New Jersey to play a show at the Starland Ballroom where we were able to see them live!

Capstan and As Cities Burn both gave the anxious crowd a good amount of energy with their terrific and loud performances. After them came Dayton, Ohio Rock band Hawthorne Heights. For them this tour is about supporting their new album that was released in 2018 entitled “Bad Frequencies”. Their performance was amazing. Their songs touched all painful elements of our times like addiction, depression and suicide. Their long-time vocalist and bands founding member JT Woodruff took his time to introduce each song and what issues it touched. Their set included songs Just Another Ghost, Bad Frequencies, Bring You Back and Crimson Sand, just to mention few!

When Canadian rockers Silverstein took to the stage the place exploded. Their set was divided in two. The First half included their debut album “When Broken Is Easily Fixed” played in its entirety and the second half was filled with their greatest hits. Their music was heavy and the singing and screaming by the bands vocalist Shane Told coupled by a spectacular light show was thrilling. This was a fine example of the Post-Hardcore genre. On their last song of the debut album set, whilst performing the title track ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ they were joined on stage by Capstan vocalist Anthony DeMario who supplied deafening unclean vocals. After a short break Silverstein returned to play their hits, including ‘The Afterglow’, ‘Lost Positives’, ‘Retrograde’ and ‘Smile in Your Sleep’. They closed out the show by playing ‘My Heroine’.

Links:
Silverstein:
http://www.silversteinmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/silversteinmusic/

Hawthorne Heights:
https://hawthorneheights.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HawthorneHeights/

As Cities Burn:
http://www.ascitiesburn.net/
https://www.facebook.com/ascitiesburn/

Capstan:
http://capstanband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/capstanband/

 

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All photos courtesy of Andy Jansons