EMQ’s with DIAL DENIAL

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EMQ’s with DIAL DENIAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Pop Punk band Dial Denial. Huge thanks to guitarist Owen Borg 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 Owen Borg, I’m the guitarist of Dial Denial! Dial Denial formed in February 2018 and we were aged 12-14 at the time! Connecting at Big Music School & Studios and driven by common music interests and goals, Dial Denial was formed. It was clear from the very beginning of our venture into original songwriting that we all just clicked and had a unique bond and style.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our singer Fergus had a massive list of names he came up with and his original idea was Dial 1300 Denial but we decided to get rid of the 1300 and just be Dial Denial.

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

We are from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. There is a great rock scene here and there are many live music venues in Sydney but seeing as we are under 18, it’s a bit more difficult to get gigs although on the Northern Beaches, there are plenty of opportunities for under 18 artists. Covid – 19 has definitely hurt the music industry a lot but the live music scene will bounce back better than ever once everything returns to normal!

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

Our latest release was our single ‘Anybody But Me’ released November 13th which is also on our new EP “Goodnight” which came out on February 19th.

‘Anybody But Me’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We really like Neck Deep, Yours Truly, Sum 41 and Hockey Dad but we are influenced by so many different genres and artists which really makes Dial Denial unique.

What first got you into music?

I started learning Piano at around 5 and started to guitar at around 7 and I fell in love with guitar.

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

Tough choice! I’d have to say Machine Gun Kelly/Travis Barker. Having those two on a track would be so cool and would make for an absolute banger of a song!

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

There are so many to choose from, but I’d probably say either Download Festival or Warped Tour would be so sick! (RIP Warped Tour) Those two festivals had so many of our heroes play on them.

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

A bashed up acoustic guitar that had a nail keeping the neck onto the body from some Brazilian dude who was flying back home.

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

Go to as many gigs as you can and support local artists.

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

Eddie Van Halen for sure.

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

I love being able to write songs, jump around on stage and interact with people I’ve never met as well as having opportunities and fun experiences. I really don’t hate anything about being a musician.

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

The one thing I would change is making pop punk, rock and metal music the most listened to genres across the world.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Periphery IV: Hail Stan” is my favourite album of all time.

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

Downloads as they are the most accessible! I do wish that Spotify would pay artists more though :/

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

Either opening for Hockey Dad at Dee Why PCYC or opening for Bakers Eddy at Wrangler Studios.

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

I’d probably still be in the music industry. I can’t see myself doing anything outside the music industry.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Machine Gun Kelly, Yungblud, Pierre Bouvier, Travis Barker and Derek DiScanio and just write a bunch of Pop Punk songs 😊.

What’s next for the band?

Our EP “Goodnight” which was released on 19th Feb 2021 and hopefully playing some festivals and gigs.

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

www.dialdenial.com/
www.instagram.com/dial.denial/
www.facebook.com/dialdenialofficial
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6363UHMAhhuaysGZlLuEwF
www.youtube.com/channel/UCL7uEN9LsQK6lTamUe09JfA

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EMQ’s with EGOR LAPPO

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EMQ’s with EGOR LAPPO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Saint Petersburg, Russia based Progressive Metal/Rock project, Egor Lappo. Huge thanks to Egor 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 Egor Lappo, I play a bit of everything, but mostly guitars, vocals and I do all the producing/mixing for my music. I never liked the idea of being in a band, cause it’s a rare thing when you don’t have a leader and everything just works out or you do have a leader and everyone is ok with the fact that their opinion may not be taken into account.

How did you come up with your band name?

I couldn’t come up with any good name that I wouldn’t be ashamed of in perspective. So, I named my project after my own name because most of my favourite musicians do it at some point of their career. Or they name it after their childhood nickname and that one wasn’t an option because it wasn’t cool.

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

Russia, Saint-Petersburg. I don’t know. The part of the reason why I like music is that it’s some form of an escapism for me. This may sound stupid, but I have a hard time finding Russian music that resonates with me and helps me to feel being ‘not there’. There are 2-3 artists from Russia I enjoy listening to. Oh, and I am originally from Kaluga, and the music scene there is the reason why I moved to a bigger city, cause there is none of it.

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

Latest release is “Make The Sun Shine More” EP, it was released in July 2020 and it’s sort of a turning point for me. My first 2 albums and this EP are very prog-metal stuff with some other genres blended in.

But my next album “Trancevoicer” (which is going to be out on March 19th) is a much more focused record. I decided to write a storyline and make it a concept album just to have some distinctive style to it and not to switch between genres and sounds way too much. (It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year – Rick)

‘The Mask of Kindness’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chronologically: Ritchie Blackmore, Tomi Putaansuu, Alex Lifeson, James Hetfield, John Petrucci, Devin Townsend, Neal Morse, Tobias Forge, Tim Smith, Filippo Neviani.

What first got you into music?

Hearing O-Zone, Arash, Plazma on the radio all the time when I was 10. But if we are talking about heavy music – definitely Deep Purple, this was the only band I’ve been listening to since being 11-13.

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

All of the musicians that I adore are able to write/produce their own stuff with many line-up changes in their bands. So, I don’t know how I would help them. But I would like to collaborate with Sleep Party People, John Mitchell, Roine Stolt and Kyros.

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

Cruise to the Edge – there is no doubt about it.

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

They keep sending me money through Bandcamp for some reason, that’s weird…

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

Well…If you listen to my music and it resonates with you in some way – I am happy to provide some background soundtrack to your thoughts or life or whatever you are going through. No, seriously, thank you.

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

I am not sure about it, all of them. But it was very sad when Tim Smith from Cardiacs passed away last July.

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

I hate the lack of choice, because once you subconsciously devote yourself to this way of living – there is no turning back. Maybe there is and I am still in the teenage-rebel phase of my life, who knows. I enjoy feeling great once I finish writing/recording/mixing some song and, in the end, it perfectly represents what I was trying to say, that blueprint that once appeared for some reason.

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

This is a great question and I don’t know. Some people say that Spotify doesn’t pay artists enough. Well…look at how many streams U2, Lewis Capaldi and all these huge bands/artists have. And think about how much Spotify should pay them. I am not an expert, but I think charging more money for monthly subscriptions would help. Because now you pay the same amount of money in a month (and you can listen to any music non-stop for 30 days) that you’ve had to pay in 2005 for a pirated CD of some band’s discography in 128 kbps. There could be 4 songs on that CD, 15 minutes each and you would still pay the same, but now for listening to a 15-minute track you ‘pay’ the artist the same amount as if it was a 30 second track.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nek – “Calore Umano”. The title track is the most heavenly-joyful-sounding thing I’ve ever heard.

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

For me downloads are the best, but no streaming service will replace the good old Sony Walkman for me.

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

We can skip that question; no gigs were played 😊.

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

Woodcarving.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ian Gillan, Bono, Wheeler Walker Jr, Dean Ween, Al Jourgensen.

What’s next for the project?

I am in the process of trying to promote my new album “Trancevoicer” now. I have some ideas about the next album, but I have to second-guess them enough times before making some coherent decisions.

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

Burnt Coffee Reviews is a great website. I highly recommend you check it out.
www.burntcoffeereviews.com/

www.egorlappo.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/EgorLappoMusic
www.instagram.com/egorlappo/
www.vk.com/egor_lappo
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0wLW47tB5wit7vIDggmhkU
www.youtube.com/user/EgorLappo

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mini-cakes and I love them!

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

Yes, lately I gained some weight eating tons of 7Days croissants.

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EMQ’s with KORYPHEUS

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EMQ’s with KORYPHEUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kiev, Ukraine based Progressive/Alternative Metal band, Korypheus. 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 are Korypheus, a progressive metal/alternative metal band hailing from Kiev, est. 2016. Korypheus is a Best Ukrainian Metal Act 2020 nominee. December 2018 saw Korypheus unleash their debut album “Blessed”. The sophomore album “Over The Rainbow” was released on the 20th of November 2020 via French metal label M&O Music. Korypheus combines multiple heavy metal subgenres with a keen ear for melody and epic song structures.

Current Line-Up:
Andy Gushin – Lead Vocals
Jullian Torse – Extreme Vocals
Gennadi Sarukhanyan – Lead Guitar
Ruslan Drozd – Bass
Dmitri Kim – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

Good question, previously we performed under the name The Freens which was the name of the school band of the lead singer. Later we decided that we had to change it and came up with the name Korypheus which means ‘conductor of the choir’ in Greek, but also ‘a person who excels in his art’. Then it just sounds good for a metal head’s ear.

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

We are based in Kiev, Ukraine. The rock scene is quite active (not during quarantine though). Some internationally acclaimed bands come from Ukraine e.g., Jinjer, Stoned Jesus etc. Korypheus have performed regularly, bringing their compositions to the live stage as well as being loved for their live covers of Black Sabbath. Korypheus have performed regularly at various venues and festivals such as MonteRay Summer Rock Fest, Power of Ukraine – 2018, Vol. 2., FriDayMare Fest, Kiev rock fests ‘Metal Bleeding’ 2019 and MonteRay Summer Fest 2019 plus many more, and have shared stages with the likes of famous Ukrainian bands: Sinoptik, Velikhan, Sunrise and Bila Vezha. Their powerful progressive-rock compositions riddled with riffs and piercing melodies in a short time have grabbed the ears and attention of music fans worldwide through relentless self-promotion and determination. Musicians who took part in the recording of the new album has previously performed in famous Ukrainian acts: Dmitri Kim, ex-Jinjer drummer, Max Oshkalo (a guitarist of Joncofy, participant of Euroblast fest), singer Jullian Torse and bass-player Ruslan Drozd – both previously with Fleshgore (participant of Wacken fest).

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

Our second album is “Over the Rainbow” (20th November 2020). We also released three live videos/lyric videos in support of the album!

‘Only Lies’

‘Dyatlov Pass’

‘Over The Rainbow’

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has mentioned many of their influences for their music, including Gojira, Black Sabbath and Mastodon.

What first got you into music?

This five different stories for each participant, for me as lead singer Ian Gillan was the main inspiration since childhood.

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

We are currently under the spell of French monsters Gojira, so it would be our dream to collaborate with them.

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

There are two festivals that we have an eye on – Hellfest (because our label M&O Music collaborates with them) and Wacken (in March 2020 we came second in the national Wacken Metal Battle 2020).

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

No weird gifts that I can think of, sorry. Bottles of beer, whisky, pack of condoms 😊.

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

Come taste the band!

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

Jon Lord.

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

Music is a wonderful tool of human growth healing all wounds. We hate lies as is stated in our last song from the album ‘Only Lies’.

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

The lack of transparency in the ways of major labels and stream services like Spotify.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gojira – “Magma”

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

Well, vinyl for real connoisseurs and downloads as they are handy!

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

Power of Ukraine Fest, Vol.2, 2018.

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

I am a poet; I would be a writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My friends from the band.

What’s next for the band?

We plan a tour in support of a famous European rock artist. I cannot disclose her name yet.

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

www.korypheus.com/
www.facebook.com/Korypheusband
www.korypheus.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/korypheus_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6YemI6edDR5z4upLRdR4Zg
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDtUl1tZQk41kXKS4E9gzMw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit cakes according to wiki 😊.

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EMQ’s with POISON OAK

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EMQ’s with POISON OAK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Queensland, Australia based Alternative Rock band, Poison Oak. Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist James Balthes 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 James I play guitar, piano and sing in the band. The band basically came about through a Saturday morning jam between Ray, Russell and myself and has slowly grown from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a Bright Eyes song, ‘Poison Oak’.

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

We’re from Australia and are more of an Alternative Rock band. The town that we live in, Townsville, doesn’t separate the styles of music into scenes, we seem to just all come together as one.

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

Our last releases have been our singles ‘Waiting’ and ‘Sarah’, both taken. from our upcoming EP “1996”, which is released on 19th March!

‘Waiting’ (Audio)

‘Sarah’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Friends, family and everyone in between.

What first got you into music?

My friends in high school really, we all hung out and played music, and were all an inspiration to each other.

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

Paul Kelly.

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

Big Day Out, because if we’re playing that festival that means Big Day Out had come back to Australia.

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

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

Just chill.

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

John Bonham, I feel Led Zeppelin still had some good albums in them.

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

Well…if I didn’t enjoy it then I wouldn’t be doing it. I have a pretty balanced life I like to think, I work as a school teacher, so many things to keep me busy from dwelling on things.

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

You still had to purchase records on vinyl!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bright Eyes – “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”.

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

Vinyl.

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

Valley Fiesta in 2014…it went off.

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

I’m actually a school teacher, so I guess I would be doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ryan, Tyler, Stephen, Tyson, the only reason I picked them, because they’re mates who I went to a steak house with last night. Just my friends.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to release our upcoming EP “1996” on March 19th!

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

www.linktr.ee/poisonoak

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake for sure!

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EMQ’s with 1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH

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EMQ’s with 1/2 SOUTHERN NORTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kalamata, Greece based Multi-Genre, one-person band, 1/2 Southern North. Huge thanks to IDVex 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?

I am IDVex from the one-person band “1/2 Southern North” (read: Half Southern North).

My compositions are influenced from several music fields such as Black Metal, Doom Metal, Experimental and Avant-Garde music. Also, the themes of the lyrics are inspired by Mythology and Left-Hand Path Philosophy.

I describe my music as black noise of doom.

During the years 2008-2009 I had created my first music project under the name “Lothron” and with the co-operation of other musicians we had recorded only two tracks. Under the lack of finding a standard line-up the project was disbanded. After this, in 2013 I decided to create “1/2 Southern North” as a one-person band.

How did you come up with your band name?

I used to spend my life in the Northern and in the Southern region of Greece, so this is one explanation that fits to the band’s name. The other explanation is a big story.

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

I am from Kalamata, a small town in Greece.

Greece, as you know, has always had a long tradition in metal and rock music, and not only in a specific genre. My opinion is that Greece has one of the best Black Metal scenes in the world. Kalamata used to have a big underground scene almost from the mid 90’s to the early 00’s. After that period there was a decline in metal and rock music here, but in the last years the scene has begun to thrive again.

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

My last release is “Cantabile of Hades (Rivers of the Underworld)” demo.

It was released in 2017 by CVLMINIS Records (Russia) and it was recorded by me at my home studio, so the sound is a little bit rough.

You can listen to it here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have a lot of bands in my mind which are a big influence for me such as Bathory, Windir, Dissection, David Bowie, Ulver, Sunn O))) and many more. But I think that the different music genres that I used to listen to (except Black Metal and Doom Metal) make the biggest influence on me, for example Experimental, Minimal Electronic, Soundscapes, Ambient, Classic Music and many more.

I think that is very important to have an “open ear taste” into different music genres or styles, whatever the right term is.

It is very important to love the sound, to feel and understand the sound, and not only the music sound. Also, it is very important to understand the noise, not only as a physical result which is in the environment in which we live, but also as an artistic material.

What first got you into music?

Ι think the music itself.

I have loved music and sounds since I was a child, but I got into the Rock ’N’ Roll addiction with The Beatles when I was 13 years old.

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

Sunn O))).

I love their improvisations in sound and music. Their sonic result is a remarkable massive blast!

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

As a one-person band it is impossible to support a live concert, but If this was possible, then anywhere! I don’t have any special place in my mind.

I think that the most important think at music festivals is to have an audience who likes the band! Doesn’t matter how big that audience would be! Is also important to have some beers and just enjoy the live!

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

I have never received anything weird!

The only gift I ever had from a person who listens to my music, was an amazing book “The Saviors of God (Salvatores Dei)” by the writer Nikos Kazantzakis and I recommend it to you!

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

Grab an instrument and start to play music! Don’t care about how it sounds at first, it will improve over the time.

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

I will say Terje Bakken, most known as ‘Valfar’ from the band Windir.

I think he would still have a lot more to offer in music if that terrible accident never happened.

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

The time I spend during the composition of a track is what I enjoy the most, after the rehearsals and of course the final time of the recordings!

I hate when I am empty of inspiration!

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

I don’t know, as an unknown one-person band, I never was part of the music industry.

But I would like if the music industry gave a boost again to the “analog sound releases” like vinyl and cassettes/tapes. I am not a “digital release” supporter, I do not prefer only a “digital release”. I am old school to the bone!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reinkaos” by Dissection.

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

I prefer first of all Vinyl, then Cassettes and CD. I never download anything, except if a “digital release” album was the only released format of a band who I would like to support.

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

I have never played any concert with 1/2SN. As a one-person band, this is impossible.

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

I would have been a painter.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well, I will say you, because you gave the idea, Jon Nödtveidt, Carl Jung, David Bowie and Stephen Hawking.

What’s next for the band?

Now, I am in the studio, mixing and mastering my first full-length album with 1/2 Southern North under the name “Narrations of a Fallen Soul”.

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

www.halfsouthernnorth.blogspot.com/
www.12southernnorth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/halfsouthernnorth/
www.soundcloud.com/idvex
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPKayqOIPj6i5lDczL4rBA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have this sweet in Greece, I don’t even know if we have something close to that! I think it is something that combines both of them.

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

Thanks a lot for your support ! I really appreciate it!
Hails from Greece!
IDVex

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band, Northern Redemption. Huge thanks to guitarist Thomas Furustig 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 Thomas Furustig and I play the guitar in Northern Redemption.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I left my former band, I had some anger in side of me and I thought now I’m going to show them hahaha. Redemption was the first name that came up. Then someone said, “hey there is another band in the US with that name”, ok, so now what…Northern Redemption it is!

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

Sweden!

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

‘Spiritwalker’, our debut single.

Watch/Listen Here

Who have been your greatest influences?

KK Downing of Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

Judas Priest – “British Steel”

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

For me, it would be great to collaborate Dynazty from Sweden or Black & Damned From Germany!

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

Sweden Rock because it’s on Swedish soil 😊.

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

Well, nothing yet…

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

Stay strong ,stay safe and soon we will come to a stage near you.

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

Gary Moore!

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

When you get appreciation for what you write and people actually like what you do. On the other hand, I do not like it when they do not dare to tell the truth about what they think of the music we create. It is apparently easier to come up with a false opinion! Tell the truth to me and we will be friends, lie and we remain enemies!

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

To give back to the bands the opportunity to be involved in determining their music and income, so musicians can live on the whole product and not just on merchandise at concerts etc. Because you cannot make money on record sales!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Screaming For Vengeance” – Judas Priest.

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

CD’s or music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music etc.

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

It was with my previous band when we supported Blaze Bayley in Strängnäs 2018.

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

Truckdriver for sure!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmm, I must say my band hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and record the next single ‘Pandemic’ to be released at the end of March 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/northern.redemption
www.facebook.com/Northern.Redemption
www.instagram.com/northernredemptionofficial/
www.twitter.com/NorthernRedemp1
www.soundcloud.com/northern-redemption
www.music.apple.com/se/artist/northern-redemption/1547572744
www.deezer.com/en/track/1198085992
www.music.amazon.com/albums/B08S76D2ZQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6UFMF5DYpLH3BFkfcXGe3D
www.youtube.com/channel/UC64W5F4IY7FFdKB7eZxtvzg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa cake  hahahaha hmm biscuit?

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

Well, I hope the world will be free from COVID and that you all out there are going to follow us 😊.

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

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EMQ’s with SINS OF MAGNUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Stoner/Doom Metal band, Sins Of Magnus. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rich Sutcliffe 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?

Hey!! My name is Rich, I play guitar and sing. We started in 2009 to do something a little different than everyone else. Sean, our drummer, was the drummer in the very first band I did in 1990. Eric, our bass player and singer, has been in 3 other bands with me since 1995. All our bands were either punk or hardcore, and we just wanted to do something different. We didn’t want to be confined to any one genre. Eric and I were looking for a drummer, and right away Sean was our first choice, and he was on board. So, the 3 of us, collectively, have played together on and off for 31 years.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Magnus when we first started. Our first EP is under the Magnus name. Do you know how hard it is to search for a particular album by Magnus? There are so many bands with this name that it nearly impossible. We added ‘Sins of’ to it to make it easier to find, and we all thought Sins of Magnus sounded cool.

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

We are from Philadelphia, PA USA. There is a great scene out here. There are a ton of unsigned bands around here, however, and I think it’s a shame. Check out Black Friday Death Count and Victor Traps and you’ll see what I’m talking about. These 2 bands should be household names.

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

Our latest LP, “The Circus”, came out on 16th February 2021. There’s a limited run CD of 100 copies, as well as all popular streaming platforms.

‘Flux Capacitor’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, Tony Iommi, Alvin Lee, and Fast Eddie Clarke. Eric’s influences are John Entwistle, Steve Harris, and Geezer. Sean’s are Neal Peart and Mike Portnoy. Collectively our influences are Sabbath of course, Motorhead, Slayer, Trouble, Dayglo Abortions, Priest, AC/DC, Danzig, Ramones, old NYHC, Rush, Metallica, Ratt, and Shelter.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a household where I was subjected to either country music or disco. In 1978 my parents bought me “Love Gun” by Kiss. My whole perspective of music changed from that day on. In terms of wanting to play music, all of us wanted to play our instruments because of Metallica. It was what kids in high school rocked to back then. It is how we all started out.

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

No doubt in my mind it would be John Arch from early Fates Warning. He is one of my top 5 vocalists and I always wanted to write material with vocals that only he could handle.

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

The Doomed and Stoned festival. Every band I currently love plays this festival and it would be an honour to be a part of it.

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

In one of my old bands, I received a painting of a tree. I don’t know why they thought I would want that, let alone bring it to a show, but I guess it was a nice gesture.

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

Listen to everything we have to offer. The songs are so different from one another that there is something for everyone, no matter what genre you most identify with.

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

Lemmy. I miss him dearly. We need more rock stars like him in this world.

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

I like that I get to be creative and be able to express myself in the music we write. The only thing I hate is carrying equipment up flights of stairs. I’m too old for that!

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

There are too many cliques. Everyone should support each other.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ignaurus” by Into Another. This album is full of creativity both musically and lyrically.

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

I personally like the sound of vinyl, but only for old recordings. It defeats the purpose to record digitally, then release it on an analog format. I don’t care what format it is in, as long as I get to hear it loud!

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

We opened for Trouble, during their tour supporting The Distortion Field. Really fun night getting to meet one of my favourite bands, and influences, who were really cool, no egos, and down to earth.

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

My day job! Nothing else. Music is the only form of art I’m half decent at.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Halford, Geoff Tate, John Arch, Michael Kiske, and Bruce Dickenson. It would be the best falsetto quintet of all time!

What’s next for the band?

We are beginning to record 5 new songs, at New Sofa Studios, for what looks like will be an EP. Our releases have been 3 or 4 years apart. It’s time to get more out there a little sooner than that. Since there are currently no shows to play, we have really focused on new material, and I think it’s our best to date.

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

www.instagram.com/sinsofmagnus
www.sinsofmagnus.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3NGmWS7VrQ4o7iM37xzQfl

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Our drummer Sean, who lived in England for 4 years said “Biscuit yo”!

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

Please support unsigned bands. They work harder than anyone else and have something to prove.

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EMQ’s with WOLVER

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EMQ’s with WOLVER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karlstad, Sweden based Rock band, Wolver. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist/Bassist, Marcus, 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 Marcus, I’m the singer and riff guitar/bass player in Wolver. When I was younger, there was no one in my circle of friends that had any interest in music except for me. But with an unquenchable thirst for writing music and singing, I kept going, and it wasn’t until I entered university that I found my soulmate, Elias Arvidsson Nordgård (Wolver’s Drummer), who shared my vision and passion. This was back in 2011, but it wasn’t until the spring of 2018 that we finally found the third and final piece of the Wolver Puzzle in Filip Larsson (Wolver’s Lead Guitarist). When he joined everything clicked… The sound, the structure, the live performances…Wolver was complete!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name originated from a dream. I simply woke up and had the name stuck in my head, wrote it down on a piece of paper on my nightstand, and fell back asleep. It might sound made up, but when I woke again, I glanced over the paper and immediately knew that it was the name of our band.

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

We are from Sweden, where there’s a big metal scene at the moment, which makes us stick out like a sore thumb! Our live shows are very appreciated, but our main audience is found abroad.

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

Our latest release is our debut album, “Act I: It Starts With a Bow”. A concept album that consists of 17 tracks, and is a total of 55 minutes long. It is heavily complemented with illustrations by Daniel Nagy, that drives a narrative of our fictitious stage personas, The Protagonist, The Brawler, and The Charmer, on a journey through a spectacular fantasy realm, which portrays and mimics a lot of our world’s problems, and challenges them (e.g., politics, racism, source criticism… etc.).

‘101’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, I must say Muse, but as a band I believe that Queen, Queens of the Stone Age and AC/DC are all strong candidates for that role!

What first got you into music?

Even before I was seriously considering a music career, I had always taken singing lessons. But it wasn’t until I got hooked on Blink 182, sometime in high school, that I started playing guitar and writing songs for hours on end, daily.

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

I’d have to say Muse. Matthew Bellamy’s sense for music is to me out of this world, combining strings, his signature guitar riffs, flawlessly fitting piano arpeggios, raw sawtooth bass sounds, and sprinkling it with outstanding lyrics accompanied by his angelic voice. If I sound like a fanboy… That’s because I am 😉.

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

Rock Am Ring is a given! They always seem to book the very bands that make out my entire personal playlist.

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

It must be a compliment, and nickname, in contrast to my band mates. Firstly, Filip got told that he looked like Bradley Cooper, then Elias was told that he was as cute as Ed Sheeran. Then someone approached me and said that I look like Jiminy Cricket…“Thanks…”

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

In this day and age, it seems like so many people only read and believe what supports their biased opinion. People seem to rather state individual cases, that strengthen their arguments, instead of basing their beliefs on proven facts and statistics. That alone makes it almost impossible to reach common ground with anyone. And as the cracks between people, be it in politics, or racial issues, only seems to get bigger, we want our music, storyline, and message to help reverse the trend and instead bring us all closer together.

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

For me personally I’d have to go with Kurt Cobain. He died way too young, and I believe that his songwriting genius streak had only just begun…

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

Being in the studio must be it for me. To see everything come together and finally sprinkling it with the minor details that raises everything an additional step.

What I hate most must be the constant pressure of social media, when you want to focus your time and creativity on the music, and live performances, but instead have to make new clever content that becomes irrelevant within a day or two, just to keep up with everyone else.

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

It would be to have everyone in the world listen to Wolver all day, every day! That would be pretty awesome…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Then I again need to flick my fanboy switch and say Muse – “Origin of Symmetry”…hands down!

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

I truly appreciate Vinyl, but I’m mostly too lazy to put one on, so I’d have to go with Spotify!

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

Maybe it’s the part of me sick of Covid-19 circumstances talking, but probably one of the smaller gigs. We love when it’s so packed with people that you can feel the audience radiating heat and energy, unstoppably spreading like a wildfire!

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

I actually have a degree in Music and Sound- engineering, so probably something with use of that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably people I know would show up! Like my bandmates, my girlfriend, and my sister… The last seat I always keep open in case I am ever so lucky to have my pal, King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf dropping by!

What’s next for the band?

We have some radio time coming up, some interviews, a streamed live performance, and in short trying to do as much as possible before Covid-19 is over, because then we’re hitting the road!

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

We focus mainly on Facebook for news, Instagram to get our story across and finally Youtube for combining everything!

www.linktr.ee/wolver.official

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes must be a cake! Or, who in their right mind would name a biscuit Jaffa CAKES? That would be stupid…but I guess…stranger things have happened, right?

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

No, I don’t think so! Thank you yourself, for a pleasant interview!

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Photo by Linn Wedin

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Charlottesville, Virginia based Progressive Thrash Metal band, Age Of Fire. Huge thanks to Michael Heck & Laura Viglione 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?

Michael Heck: I play a lot of instruments, but mostly guitar these days, and have covered guitar, bass, and production duties in Age of Fire. Age of Fire is really the brainchild of my friend Greg, sort of the rebirth of his old thrash band. Greg is an old friend of mine. When I first met him, I liked a few metal bands, like Metallica and Pantera, but I think my metal taste at the time was fairly limited to just a few bands. Greg expanded my metal vocabulary pretty drastically, introducing me to bands as diverse as Nevermore, to Queensrÿche, to Helloween, to King Diamond. Later, Greg was working on the Age of Fire music, and I heard some of it and liked it and offered to beef up the production a bit for him. This led to him saying he wanted a female singer on some songs, so we drafted Laura into the project, and the modern Age of Fire was born.

Laura Viglione: I’m the singer in Age of Fire. I’ve known Greg and Mike both for a long time, and when they asked me to be part of the project I jumped at the chance!

How did you come up with your band name?

Mike & Laura: That’s all Greg. He came up with it back in the 80’s, I think. I was surprised it wasn’t already taken!

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

Mike & Laura: We all live in central Virginia, near Charlottesville. The metal scene is pretty small, pretty underground. Richmond, which is about an hour away, has a bit more of a metal scene (Lamb of God and Gwar are from there), but even there it’s fairly dead. We’re trying to carry the torch haha.

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

Mike: We put out our album “Shades Of Shadow” in 2020, right around the time COVID hit. Great timing!

‘Judgement Day’ (Lyric Video)

‘King Of Aquilonia’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mike: I play a ton of instruments and produce, so a ton of people across all those areas. For metal specifically, I’d say my earliest influences were probably Metallica and Pantera, but my biggest influence is probably Nevermore and Jeff Loomis, who I think is one of the best riff writers of all time.

Laura: My influences are a mixture of musical theatre and 90’s music growing up, followed by modern bad-ass female front-women like Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Just like Mike learned a lot at the feet of Greg, Mike has, in turn, educated me.

What first got you into music?

Mike: My dad was in a band when I was very little, sort of a Styx rip off type thing, and he played keys, but I remember being very enamoured with the drums as a toddler. Later, I had a great music teacher in elementary school and loved that class, then continued into band in middle school. I wanted to play drums, but my parents wouldn’t let me, so they sort of forced me into my second choice, which was saxophone, but two years later I finally convinced them to let me switch to drums. I did drums in marching band and jazz band all through high school, was drum captain, and was in a rock/metal band with a couple high school friends, and from them I learned to play guitar just hanging out as a teenager. By my early 20’s I was playing guitar almost exclusively, although I still enjoy drumming.

Laura: My mom listened to music a lot growing up, lots of old R&B and cheesy pop ballads. My older sister was really into a bunch of 90’s bands, so that really got me into rock music. Then, I discovered Rush and fell in love with their early proto-metal sound. Later, this gradually evolved into more hard rock bands and metal bands.

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

Mike: Probably either Jeff Loomis or James Hetfield. Tony Iommi would be killer too.

Laura: Geddy Lee would be amazing to work with!

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

Mike & Laura: one of the big European festivals probably! We love visiting Europe and really want to get over there to play!

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

Mike: I don’t remember too many weird gifts. A lot of times people just want to give you something they made or something like that which I always enjoy. I especially enjoy getting music from fans that they made that was inspired by us.

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

Thank you for all the support and please keep following and sharing our stuff!

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

Mike: This is a really tough question. I’d say it’s a toss-up between Randy Rhoads, one of my all-time favourite guitar players, and a huge lead influence on me, or Dimebag Darrell, whose death was just so unfair. Both of those guys died too early and music would’ve been very different had they had more time on this Earth.

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

Mike: I love writing, recording, and playing music. Hanging out with friends and talking about gear or songs. Listening to music. I hate the business side of the industry. Having to do promotions and shop around for deals/gigs/etc. It can be gruelling. I just want to play lol.

Laura: I love singing and performing. Recording can be draining depending on how it’s going though. Mike can be kind of a perfectionist, so when we’re doing vocals and I’m on the 20th take , trying to get it “just right” and I’m about to murder him that can be taxing sometimes haha.

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

Mike: I’d probably do away with labels all together. I don’t think they have a future, but I would like it to be easier to discover new music. I think the big media companies need to be broken up. Some crazy percentage of US media are owned by a very small number of companies, and this creates problems with radio and TV (and news) where we are all force fed the same 20 songs/artists all month or whatever. With more independent stations this would be less of a problem. I’d like to see more of that, and more bands doing it DIY without major label help. Smaller labels like our label, Sliptrick, can be helpful for taking over some promotional duties, video production, etc, like they have for us though!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mike: Nevermore’s “Dreaming Neon Black”. Probably my #1 all-time favourite metal album and one of my favourite albums of any genre.

Laura: Coheed and Cambria, “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3”. It’s just perfection from the first note to the last. Dynamic, massive orchestration, hard guitars and soaring vocals.

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

Mike: Streaming is the most convenient for sure, but you have to make sure to go into your settings and set it to the highest quality (320kbs if you have it) so the audio doesn’t suck. CD’s are alright, but a lot of stuff that was mastered for CD, especially early on, wasn’t mastered well for the medium and sounds awful. Cassettes were just a pain; I hate them lol. Vinyl is great, and I hope we are able to put out some stuff on vinyl one day. I think the big thing about vinyl is that it sort of forces you to listen to an entire side of an album, because you can’t just skip to the next track like you can for CD’s and streaming. You just put the record on and let it play, and I think this is better/healthier in many ways for our modern short attention spans.

Laura: I’m too lazy for all that, give me streaming all day. Mike is such an audiophile, he’s picky, but I can get down to any quality of sound as long as something is playing.

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

Mike: We’ve played so many shows over the years it’s hard to pick one. I like most any gig where the crowd is into it and moving around. When people are just standing there staring and giving no sign that they’re into what you’re doing, those shows can be hard.

Laura: For sure, I remember a magical night in this dive bar where everything just aligned, and the crowd and I were completely synergistic…I’ll always remember it.

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

Mike: Well, we all have day jobs, so we’d be doing those things haha. Artistically, if I couldn’t play music, I would probably write stories/books. I’m (very slowly) working on a sci-fi book, but who knows if I’ll ever finish it. It’s pretty epic though!

Laura: I’m a giant theatre nerd: I have a regular Shakespeare study group I might have done some community theatre stuff, but would love to do more!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike: Living or Dead? Probably people that like good food. I hear Dave Grohl and Dimebag make/made mean BBQ, so they’re totally in. Probably James Hetfield, cause he seems like a cool guy. Lzzy Hale seems like she could throw down with these guys. And last but not least, let’s throw Zac Wylde in the mix. I think this would be a fun backyard BBQ throw down!

Laura: I’m kinda with Mike, I enjoy hanging with people who can just be low key and real. Some tunes, some brews and good food, come one over!

What’s next for the band?

Mike: We are hard at work on our next album, and working on being more active on social media. We’re deep in the writing process now, with a lot of awesome riffs and ideas, writing lyrics. I’m building a new 7 string multi-scale guitar from scratch, and a new studio production desk in my workshop, which may come in handy on the new record as well. Laura and I also have another band called Supervixen (less metal and more straight up rock) that has its own record nearing the end of production as we transition to working on the next Age of Fire record.

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

Mike: We have all the things haha. Facebook, Youtube, etc. I let Greg handle most of that stuff.

Laura: I gotcha- I’ve recently discovered that many fans think of me as “illusive” so I’m making an effort to be more present on social media – it’s just life is so boring right now during the pandemic 😊.
www.facebook.com/ObsidianDreams9
www.instagram.com/age_of_fire_band/
www.ageoffire.net/
www.ageoffire.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mike: I love British culture and snacks and whatnot, but I don’t think I’ve had one! I need to go get some haha. Wikipedia says they’re “biscuit sized cakes”, so I’ll go with that haha.

Laura: I think it all depends on what you’re eating them with. By themselves, cake. With tea – biscuit.

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Credit Eichner Studios

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EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

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EMQ’s With BRAZEN BULL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK based Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band, Brazen Bull. 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?

Luke: Hi my name is Luke Green, bassist and founding member of Brazen Bull. Myself and Charlie, had formed a few bands throughout secondary school for a bit of fun as we loved listening and performing music. It wasn’t till we finished our GCSE’s that we decided that we wanted to form a proper band and be serious about it, by not just performing at school shows but writing/releasing our music and performing to fellow rock and metal heads. So, we set out to find like minded musicians and on the first of June 2018 we had the first jam session under the name Brazen Bull where we first met Jordan behind the kit who has since then become a crucial member of the band. over the course of a year and half to 2 years we had numerous line up changes as we wanted to make sure that we not only worked musically but had the chemistry to make the band feel like a band of brothers. In 2020 we made the last line-up change and we believe this is the one, with the addition of Hayden on guitar and Alex on vocals this was the first time we felt the band was complete and we then set on to record our debut album!

Hayden: I’m Hayden and I play guitar. I joined a little over a year ago but had been following the bands progress from almost the start and it’s been amazing to see how they’ve changed and grown and evolved into the best it’s been to date; and I can’t wait to continue with this path into the future.

Charlie: I’m Charlie, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of Brazen Bull!

Alex: Alejandro Martinez and I say stuff into a mic.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke: The Brazen Bull name has got the most elaborate origin stories. When coming up with a band name we really struggled, so we looked at bands that have influenced us and looked for inspiration. Our biggest influence is Iron Maiden, so we thought why not name the band after a torture device and at the time Charlie was working on an animal farm and was obsessed with bulls, so we named the band Brazen Bull, and it has stuck ever since.

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

Luke: We are based in East Anglia in England mainly performing in and around Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. In both areas there is a great music scene and big wide range of genres. In Bury the Rock and Metal scene is still growing with Rock/Metal bands being the only local bands that are able to sell out 200-650 cap venues and this then multiplying by 10-fold in Norwich. Both great areas to put on a show and get an amazing audience.

Charlie: We are from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. There is quite a vibrant scene in Bury at the Hunter Club where no matter who’s playing, you’re bound to have a great night. Then up in Norwich where we’ve played most of our shows you have a great little circuit with some great bands. They’re great because it means we have to raise our game to keep up with these bands, plus it also means going to local gigs is fun knowing you’ll see some great music! Also, in Ipswich there’s the work that Darren is doing at Deadsoul Promotions where he’s getting some really great bands in, always puts on a good night no matter what genre!

Hayden: Suffolk, no matter what the world throws at it, it’s hard to kill the music scene in Ipswich because there will always be hungry bands here searching for a venue to let out their creativity and energy.

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

Luke: Our latest singles are ‘Stray Wolf’, this song is one that has a different connection to each member of the band as It’s about setting your self free from a toxic relationship and being able stand on your own two feet by not letting these people take you down and new single ‘Pact In Blood’ . The releases are a build up for our self-titled debut album releasing on the 5th of March 2021.

‘Pact In Blood’ (Audio Visualiser)

‘Stray Wolf’ (Official Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Luke: Personally, for bass playing my influences have to be Brian Marshall (Alter Bridge), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) not only for their talented skills and musicianship but also their personalities and how passionate they are.

Charlie: My biggest influences are players like Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Van Halen and John Sykes but that’s just scratching the surface. I also love the work of players like Tom Misch and bands such as Snarky Puppy or Vulfpeck, I love Jazz and Neo-Soul!

Hayden: Bands like Judas Priest and Dio have been the biggest influences on me but I’ve always looked up and aspired to play like Jason Becker and Michael Romeo.

Alex: Tom Waits, Russell Allen, RJD, Howard Jones, and lots more but not enough time to name them all.

What first got you into music?

Luke: I remember the first time I listened to a Rock song that was when my dad first showed me ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on YouTube and after hearing the iconic intro and beautiful guitar solos I was in love. Then when I turned 13, I got my first guitar and that was also when I first listened to Avenged Sevenfold which bought me into the world of Metal.

Charlie: I always grew up around music with my dad playing guitar, so it’s mainly his influence on that. I then started lessons when I was in middle school and I’ve been obsessed with guitar since then.

Jordan: Seeing the video for Iron Maiden’s version of ‘Women In Uniform’ and everything about it just made me want to peruse music.

Hayden: I was introduced to music as early in my life as I can remember, losing myself to the likes of Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, and Arctic Monkeys whilst jumping around my best friend’s living room in London as a young child.

Alex: My Dad, he has a bunch of CD’s and cassettes of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, and a bunch of other classic rock/metal artists.

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

Luke: I would love to collaborate with Steel Panther as it would be such a laugh.

Charlie: I’d love to play with Iron Maiden as they’re my favourite band, but I’d love to play with Steel Panther, it would be hilarious!

Hayden: Tony Iommi. The pure riffage that comes from that man is always inspiring and he always seems so chill and such a nice guy to work with.

Alex: Mikael Akerfeldt for sure.

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

Luke: In the UK it will have to be Download Festival, It’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the UK and I thick for any aspiring British Rock/Metal musicians it is a dream to be able to play among some of the amazing bands they have there each and every year. Abroad though. the opportunity to play at Wacken would be insane, I hope to actually attend it one year but to perform would be truly something else.

Charlie: I would love to play Download; it would be amazing!

Hayden: I’m not one for festivals in all honesty but something has always drawn me to Wacken Open Air ever since I saw Dimmu Borgir’s live show “Forces of the Northern Night” with a full orchestra and choir playing with them. It just gave me goose bumps.

Alex: Wacken Open Air

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

Luke: I can’t say we are big enough to start receiving weird gifts, but we did do one show for free In Great Yarmouth and at the end of the show we had people just donating money to us which was one the most heart warming gigs we have done to date.

Charlie: We haven’t really had too many weird gifts; I’m setting a challenge now for people to send us the weirdest thing they can think of.

Hayden: Having only been able to play one gig so far with this band due to the pandemic, there’s not been many opportunities to receive gifts from any fans, but their continued support is a gift in itself.

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

Luke: We would love to say thank you to every single person that has been streaming our songs since their release and buying merch over the lockdowns when we can’t gig. We can’t wait to get back on the stage and perform our hearts out to you all.

Charlie: Thank you so much for all your love and support so far, I can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with us!

Hayden: You’re not going to want to miss our first gig back for the first time experiencing our current and best line-up yet, live on stage giving you one hell of a show!

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

Luke: This is such a hard question, but at the end of the day it has to be none other than Ronnie James Dio. He was such a talented vocalist and would love to see him live and see what music he would write today.

Charlie: I think either Van Halen or Randy Rhoads.

Hayden: It’s got to be Ronnie James Dio. A beautiful heart with a beautiful voice that’s gifted so many people with its emotions. He’ll never be forgotten.

Alex: Ronnie James Dio

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

Luke: There is nothing better than performing on the stage. Seeing people mosh and sing to the songs that you put your heart and soul into is a feeling that can’t be beaten. However, the thing I hate the most and I think I can speak for most musicians here is the money. It costs so much to start up and run a band especially during a pandemic.

Charlie: I love being able to do this every day. I study music at uni too so my entire life is music orientated and I wouldn’t have it any other way! However, I hate the competition aspect and toxicity of music. From artists and even fans now it’s just stupid; I don’t get it and frankly it just hides their insecurities. Let music be music, no need for anything else!

Jordan: I love being able to get in a room with my 4 other brothers and make the music and that we make together. What do I hate? – The extreme lack of money.

Hayden: The sense of family among the band members has got to be the most enjoyable part. Everyone fits in so well and there’s not a thing I would change. The thing I hate most though is probably that moment when you come up with a sick riff or lick and then realise you’ve just gone and ripped off one of the most popular songs in the genre.

Alex: I love the rush from playing live, but I hate the perfectionist nature I get when trying to write.

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

Luke: The biggest issue I see within the music industry is recognition for talented musicians. With Rock and Metal getting less and less recognition from the main stream media there are less people of the younger generations being inspired to pick up a guitar, bass, sticks or even belt out some powerful vocals that isn’t a bunch of mumbling.

Charlie: I would change it so streaming services didn’t pay us fractions of pennies.

Hayden: I would make it so there were more small/mid-sized venues in the country to inspire and facilitate more local bands to be able to grow and share their music.

Alex: Talent over image.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Luke: My favourite album of all time has to be “Appetite For Destruction” from GnR there is not a single song on there that I don’t remotely like, and it was one of the first albums I ever bought.

Charlie: I’m going to go for “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” by Iron Maiden. It’s an absolute masterpiece!

Jordan: The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”. Every song is different and interesting as well as a banger, it’s just the perfect punk record if you ask me and it’s such a replayable record.

Hayden: “The Odyssey” by Symphony X, every song takes you on a journey and no matter how technical it gets, it never sacrifices on its melody and composition.

Alex: The Clash – “London Calling”

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

Luke: Downloading songs is so much easier. Being able to have millions of songs on your phone is fantastic, it allows you to explore bands more freely and different genres that you probably wouldn’t even know existed 5/10 years ago.

Charlie: Now I do love vinyl. There’s nothing quite like chilling out to some vinyl through some good speakers, however download is so much easier and has let me discover bands I never would have before.

Hayden: CD’s for the fact that it’s the best of both worlds – you get that gratification of actually owning a physical copy of the music, and you can also put it into digital format so you can take it with you anywhere on a phone etc.

Alex: Downloads.

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

Luke: The best gig we played was the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. It was a battle of the band’s competition on the 6th of March 2020, our very last gig before we all went into lockdown. From the very beginning of our set to our last song the whole audience was moshing and having a great time.

Charlie: It was actually our last before lockdown and it was Bury Sound. The audience were absolutely electric and it’s my favourite gig I’ve personally ever played!

Hayden: Bury Sound at The Hunter’s Club, first gig with these guys and the energy was just amazing thanks to the amazing audience getting so involved.

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

Luke: Well, I’m currently at University of Warwick studying physics so I would probably go down the engineering path or go into software development or even business, but music is where my heart is.

Charlie: Probably be a historian. I’m an absolute nerd for all eras of history but dark ages is my favourite.

Jordan: Probably a photographer of some sort.

Hayden: Most likely something in electronics or maths as that’s the only other thing I’m good at.

Alex: I don’t know a Butcher probably!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Luke: Corey Taylor, and Steel Panther. That would be a pretty sick party.

Charlie: Bruce Dickinson, Bob Ross, Steve Irwin, Danny DeVito and David Mitchell.

Hayden: The other 4 members of this band and Noel Fielding because what dinner party isn’t improved by comedy?

Alex: Paul Rudd, The Game Grumps, Jim Carrey, and Kristen Wiig.

What’s next for the band?

Luke: Well, we have the album coming out on the 5th of March so we can’t wait for that and as soon as we can we’ll be back on that stage and performing as if every show was our last.

Charlie: We also have a gig lined up next year with the legends Tygers of Pan Tang who are one of my favourite bands!

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

All updates, announcements and just general interaction with fans is on Facebook and Instagram. All our music is on all streaming platforms you can get links through our Linktree:
www.linktr.ee/brazenbull
www.facebook.com/brazenbullband
www.instagram.com/brazenbullband_/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Luke: CAKE! (cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soggy. Jaffa’s go hard).

Charlie: They’re a biscuit. They went to court with McVitie’s, Excise and HM Customs where it was deemed to be a biscuit!

Hayden: Cake. It’s in the name.

Alex: Both?

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

Just again Thank you to everyone who are streaming our songs! It means the world to us.

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