EMQ’s with CRS

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EMQ’s with CRS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Mexican Death Metal band CRS (Cirrosis)! 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 CRS a Death Metal band from Sonora, Mexico, formed in 1991 under the name Cirrosis by Francisco “Chucky” Oroz and Sir OZ, being the only original members in the current line-up. Due to its technical capacity in which early incorporated progressive elements and melodic alone, they quickly won notoriety in the local and national underground scene. CRS live performances were characterized by their intensity and fury, becoming soon a cult band. In this early days, songs such as ‘Masacre Infinita’ and ‘Tu última blasfemia’ emerged. In 1996, “Joseph Lev” joined the band and recorded their first demo “The Land of Addiction”, which was distributed in a very limited way. In 1999, CRS recorded their first studio album “Reciclando Desesperación” in Spanish language, which compiled themes composed since the beginning, offering an extensive range of Death Metal styles with good quality mix and production. Song like ‘Fariseos’, ‘Dame tu muerte’ y ‘Negando lo no negado’ stood out. In 2001, CRS decided to stop because its members wished continue with their personal and professional projects. In 2014, Concreto Records reissued the album “Reciclando Desesperación” which is described as “The misfit sound that disturbed a style in Mexico that can currently teach lessons to actual modern “bands. 20 years later, CRS is recording its second album under study, “The Collector of Truths” which will also be edited by Concreto Records. To date, five singles have been released: ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’, where international artist Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira), plays drums, also the songs ‘Asfixia’ ‘Kill My Name’ and ‘The Daydreamer’s Nightmare’ are available.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name that we adopted from fans who were seeing us play at different gigs. We were binge beer drinkers so people started calling us “Cirrosis” (CRS is an abbreviation of that) to identify us. So we took that name.

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

We’re from México! Our country has a somewhat complicated stage, but the important thing is that we have very good bands in all metal genres, too talented. However, better platforms are needed to transcend and offer something of higher quality. We have a bunch of metalheads and many international concerts but Mexicans should support more the national scene.

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

It’s a song called ‘TAN LEJOS DE DIOS’ (Nowhere But Here).
Lyric video:
https://youtu.be/NEi1A85Gex4

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fear Factory, Carcass, Cynic, Pestilence, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Sepultura.

What first got you into music?

Music itself, it’s simply something I feel deeply and its brutal expression is important and urgent for us.

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

Actually, we had a collaboration with Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira) who plays Drums on the songs ‘A Better Place To Hate’ and ‘Tan Lejos de Dios’ and also, with Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid) who plays bass on ‘The Art Of Breathing’.
We’d love to work with some members of Meshuggah.

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

We’d love to play in the HELL AND HEAVEN FEST, because is a great one but the most important is here, in Mexico, we wish people all around the world could learn about Mexico, we can compete with any international fest.

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

I can’t remember anything really weird, but we feel very fortunate that our fans make their own shirts and merch. It feels great when they use the ones we design but when they make their own we feel really honoured.

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

Never stop expressing what you feel, release everything, even the negative and enjoy the music. STAY BRUTAL!

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

PANTERA

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

We enjoy the composition and the recording process of an album. We enjoy seeing the final result of what we have done. We don’t hate anything about music, although we disagree with piracy and abuse in the industry.

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

The unfair way songwriters are treated under current laws.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Destroy, Erase, Improve” by Meshuggah.

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

Difficult question! Sir OZ (vocalist) has a really big collection of Vinyl and CD´s. There is something special in the ritual of putting a record on the turntable, not only a nostalgia thing but a way to listen music in a sacred audio room. However, we´re not against digital formats particularly FLAC or WAV files.

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

There are a lot, we have great memories, but we really loved remembering local gigs in a place called PRD.

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

Actually, all of us have different jobs. We have a multi Grammy nominated producer (not in metal music) and also a lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hahaha great question: Dimebag Darrell, Nikki Sixx, Fredrik Thordendal, Mattias ‘IA’ Eklundh and Devin Townsend.

What’s next for the band?

Finish the album and promote it. Once that is over, we will analyze the possibility of playing live and even recording a show.

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

https://music.apple.com/hn/artist/cirrosis/895619047
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvTfCrbF0rl4KzgoTU2WRQ
https://www.facebook.com/CirrosisBand and https://www.facebook.com/crsmetalband/
https://twitter.com/cirrosisband
https://www.reverbnation.com/crsband
https://soundcloud.com/crs-metal

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha a Cake!!

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

We are very grateful for your interview and congratulations for supporting metal.

 

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EMQ’s with DARK SERENITY

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EMQ’s with DARK SERENITY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan based Hard Rock band Dark Serenity! 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 Dark Serenity. Kate Emrich is on guitar and vocals, Zachary Barnes is on bass, and Michael Bergamo is on drums. We met back in high school and started writing in Kate’s house’s basement after class. The project grew and we started gigging shortly after.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Dark Serenity means “the driving force for life is death”, so one can find motivation and purpose from having a limited lifespan.

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

America, There are lots of different types of metal throughout the country and every big city has its own new style of metal that is in its live scene. We see more Metalcore in general in Michigan, however, than any other genre, so we are certainly outnumbered in that sense.

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

Our latest release has been our debut album “Memento Mori”. We are currently working on our second album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For Kate, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has been her primary influence. For Mike, Dave Grohl was his initial and biggest influence. For Zach, Geddy Lee of Rush!

What first got you into music?

Each one of us heard a lot of the music that inspired us growing up from our families playing it around us. Then as we got older we explored like bands in the genres we had grown up with, and expanded our own tastes.

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

Our buds out in L.A., Void Vator! Wonderful guys with a stellar sound and energy.

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

We would make our own festival in the Roman coliseum. It would be one of the biggest shows ever, and a fantastic venue.

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

We have yet to receive a weird gift from a fan, but we have received some great ones. Recently we had a fan give Kate a guitar after a show, it was pretty heartfelt.

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

Do what you love and don’t look back.

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

Jim Morrison, because he would have kept on pushing boundaries musically! We think it would have been interesting to see where else he went.

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

We love the enjoyment of playing live shows and recording the most. It’s a great feeling to do both of those things because they validate our intense efforts. One thing that we hate is that people don’t take bands seriously. People love to simultaneously indulge in the arts and shun the people that create them.

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

Change the royalty system. Musicians are working harder than ever with less return than ever and it needs to be fixed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Texas Flood”.

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

Vinyl is by far the best audio quality and is timeless. It’s wonderful to have music in a tangible form so that you can value it more.

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

Playing with the Iron Maidens in Detroit! The venue was practically beyond capacity and the energy was incredible.

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

We would be better musicians.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We’re going for eccentrics. Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, John Lennon, and Lemmy would all make for an eventful occasion.

What’s next for the band?

Finish up our first tour, go home and finish writing our next album so we can move on to the recording process.

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

https://www.facebook.com/darkserenityband/
https://www.instagram.com/darkserenityband/?hl=en
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XmDp9liund2Hd0TUC27bP
https://www.darkserenityofficial.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are dipped Biscuits it looks like.

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

Thanks for having us! Please follow our social media to keep up on new developments.

 

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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

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EMQ’s with FUMAROLE

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would make pay to play Illegal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with Glasghote

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EMQ’s with Glasghote

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Portland, Oregon Doom Metal band Glasghote! Huge thanks to bassist Chad Johnson 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?

Chad Johnson, bass. Glasghote started with Jake Shaffer (guitar and vocals) and Jordan Huston (drums) playing in the basement of the house they rented. I worked with Jordan at a restaurant in Portland, OR. After a Labor Day company party with plenty of Black Sabbath, Graveyard, and beer we decided I should go to their house and play bass. We started writing together and haven’t looked back since.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of my closest friends Jon Frias came up with it. Sounded gross and heavy just like the music we were creating.

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

Portland, OR USA. The metal scene in Portland and the states is absolutely amazing. It’s a closet knit community where everyone has each other’s backs.

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

Our latest release is the “Rite of the Siren” full length out on Doom Stew Records. We are getting ready to release our split with Hound the Wolves on August 2nd. (Out Now)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Thou, Sleep, The Clash, and everyone we meet at shows. Sabbath worship!

What first got you into music?

The joy of playing instruments! Even as children we’ve all been music lovers, I can’t speak for the other guys, but I know my parents have a home video somewhere of me singing along to KISS while playing air guitar on a tennis racket.

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

Matt Pike

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

Roadburn or Psycho!

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

…still waiting for the weird gift!

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

We love you all so much.

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

Hendrix!

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

We love all of the amazing people we’ve met while playing music. We’ve met some lifelong friends. We hate unloading and loading gear. Especially in Portland when it’s pissing rain on you.

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

Egos, the damn egos that you encounter! Be humble.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jordan: Jimi Hendrix – “Band Of Gypsys”
Jake: The Clash – “London Calling”
Chad: Metallica – “Kill ‘em All”

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

Vinyl!

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

Our best has by far been our record release show last October at Tonic Lounge (we will miss you!) A close second was Ceremony of Sludge (thank you Justin).

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

Wishing I was playing music. I’d probably be much better at gardening.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt Pike, Tony Iommi, Cliff Burton (can we bring him back too???), Joan Jett and Michael Bay so we can all make fun of him for his terrible movies!

What’s next for the band?

Skies the limit! Tour, tour, tour! Jump on as many festivals as possible. Keep recording with Billy Anderson.

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

Bandcamp! We need to be better at social media.
https://glasghote.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Glasghote/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!

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

Thank you to everyone who has ever downloaded, bought, listened to, or had any type of interaction with Glasghote. We truly appreciate every single person we’ve encountered. You make this so much fun for us.

 

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Alternative Rock band Dramalove! 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?

My name is Diego and I play guitar and vocals. This band started out many years ago from an original idea of me and my twin brother Riccardo. We grew up between our older brothers and father musicians, so I’m guessing this was kind of a natural process. Originally we were called No Gravity, then in 2008 we found out another couple of bands had the same name so we decided to change it.

How did you come up with your band name?

We’ve been thinking about it for a whole long night, we came up with a hundred names and then we decided to go with this one that sounds pretty cool in our opinion, it’s also a contrast between two opposite forces, the good and the evil, the light and the dark.

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

Brighton, UK

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Lady Macbeth’, available on every digital store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we’re safe to say Muse, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins and anything that’s rock’n’roll, with a sci-fi attitude towards life.

What first got you into music?

The music video of ‘Bliss’ from Muse!

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

Good question, I’d say Deftones, Foals or Biffy Clyro, very hardworking bands.

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

That would be Glastonbury. I mean it’s a dream coming true for any musicians and we’ve seen our favourite bands playing there!

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

Many years ago a fan created a little doll with my perfect resemblances and that was a bit scary. And very cool at the same time!

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

Never give up on your dreams!

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

Michael Jackson. He was a true genius and his work still resonates in our actual music and life.

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

The best thing is probably going on tour. You get to meet new people and visit new places. Also the recording process is fun but if I was to choose I’d say touring, yeah. The worst thing is the 99 “no” you get before getting a “yes”!

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

I am still not 100% happy about the music streaming system. When Metallica complained at the beginning of the Napster era, no one gave a fuck and now here we are, you have to stream millions to see a few pennies. So yeah in order to answer your question I would probably need a time machine shipped through Amazon tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Muse – “Origin of Symmetry!

Guns N’ Roses – “Use Your Illusion 1”

Placebo – “Without You I’m Nothing”

Metallica – “The Black Album”

Deftones – “Around The Fur”

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

Definitely CD’s! No trace of doubt.

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

At an Italian rock festival called Colonia Sonora, we played in front of a massive sweaty crowd!

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

In an optimistic scenario I think I might be teaching martial arts to kids. Or maybe I would be a very very bad person, stealing cars and doing all that sort of naughty stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Marilyn Manson, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Bono Vox & Donald Trump!

What’s next for the band?

We’re really looking forward to January 2020 when we’ll hit the recording studio with James Sanger in France, he’s the man behind the success of Keane and many many great tracks from Madonna, U2, Dido, Lene Marlin etc.

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

Mainly;

https://www.facebook.com/dramalove/

https://www.instagram.com/instadramalove/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuits

Jaffa cakes are soft and tender biscuits pretending to be cakes. We all strive to be the best version of ourselves so it’s fine.

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

You’re welcome. Follow the light and never look back!

 

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian based Sludge/Doom/Hardcore band Cruickshank! 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?

Hi! My name is Marc and I play guitar in a band we called “Cruickshank”. One of my bestest chums Mark McGee and I got together and decided to start making an album. I had some songs and he was living in Iqaliut, Nunavut so we pieced them together via internets. We recorded the drums at Boxcar sound in Hamilton with our good buddy Pearson and everything seemed to be going as planned when……

……good suspense build eh? Yeah, uh, nothing crazy happened. Got Graham Christian formerly of Teethmarks to do some lyrics and vocals then asked Scott Miller from Anthesis/Frig Dancer to slap-a-da-bass and that was that. Miller mixed/mastered it and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

How did you come up with your band name?

McGee came up with it. I think he just read it somewhere and thought it sounded awesome.

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

We are all from various parts of Canada. The metal scene is great here. It’s fucking cold right?

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

Our latest, and only, release is a self-titled full length cassette. Dig it?

Who have been your greatest influences?

For this project it was all over the place. We all brought something a little different to the table and it made the thing really shine. I tried to do my best Cobra Noir impersonation on the guitar. If you haven’t heard that band check them out. Classic shit!

What first got you into music?

Being pissed and whatnot! Wanting to be Kirk Corbane or whatever his name is.

Teenaged angst. Misguided visions! Perverted cessation! A desire to overuse adjectives in order to appear more complex than I actually am!

Good times.

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

Zakk Wylde, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder and Seth Putnam! Don’t tell me that isn’t a creative juggernaut! Don’t!

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

Coachella! Seems like a rad time with a ton of cool bands but I think it’s mad expensive.

All jokes aside I would like to go to that fest someday.

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

Huh…..good question. My good friend Jan brought me a Bernie Worrell t-shirt once. I was really touched that he knew I dug the OG Bern. Super sweetie that guy.

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

Thanks a ton for the support! Means a lot that anyone checks out our music let alone enjoys any of it!

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

I love the creative process almost as much as I hate the creative process. It’s maddening at times. I wish I was good at it and didn’t have to put as much effort in. Knowing music and being really good at it wasn’t in the cards for me. Makes it interesting for sure but it can be a black hole of frustration and existential dread sometimes.

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

Can’t say I know enough about it to give an intelligent answer. Maybe just more governmental support for the arts in general! Like Sweden. But I feel as though that funding could be better used to help our indigenous populations. You stumped me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Can’t Buy A Thrill” – Steely Dan. SD are punk as fuck.

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

I will download something and then buy the record if it sticks with me.

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

We have yet to play one so I guess there’s nowhere to go but UP!!

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

Publicly mutilating my genitalia, saving the whales or both!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Thomas, Santana, Chad Kroger, the dude from Staind and Wes Borland.

What’s next for the band?

Going to play some shows in October, that’s pretty much it. Might do another album again someday! It’s been a fun experience.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Cruickshank-566952513709042/
and
https://crckshnk.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Totes a biscuit! Totes!

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

Not really. Thanks a ton for taking the time to support heavy music. Appreciate the fuck out of it!

 

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EMQ’s with OLE ENGLISH

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EMQ’s with OLE ENGLISH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lafayette, Louisiana based Warlock/Stoner Rock band Ole English! 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?

Our band name is Ole English, we are a warlock/stoner rock outfit from Lafayette, Louisiana. It started out by about 3/4 of the band having been in bands that had ceased. Two of us got together and started jamming and figuring out where this project was going to go and when we met our bass player and then soon after drummer it was seemingly an already well-oiled machine! We were ready. And we want(ed) it!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were at a bar and started trailing on about Olde English 40oz and decided to knock of the d and go with Ole English in an almost alcoholic-ode to how many 3/4’s of the band have survived on.

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

We are from the United States of America where the metal scene is steadily growing at a rapid rate. Particularly in the ecosystem we play in, with so many of these sub genres it’s just attracting that many more listeners.

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Paladin’ off of our upcoming self-titled EP, which can be found on our bandcamp and other streaming platforms on August 23rd.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Yob, The Sword.

What first got you into music?

AC/DC man!

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

Refer to question 5.

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

Pretty much most festivals in Europe!

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

Some plastic doll with the eyes carved out and she handed it to me and said “this is for you”!

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

Your dad thinks we fucking rule!

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

Biggie Smalls!

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

Hitting the right note and lifting your gear!

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

Just let me pay the bills man!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Sword – “Age Of Winters”.

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

Vinyl baby!

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

We played a gig at Kickbutt cafe for 420 in August fest this year and we were cramped up on this tee tiny stage but it was the by far the funnest show we’ve done simply because it felt so “in the basement” I guess you could say!

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

Trying to figure out how to become a musician again!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trailer Park Boys cast!

What’s next for the band?

Getting this album out on the 23rd and get some road shows under our belt. Sniff around some festivals and just keep our ear to the ground as we record new material and pump out that merch for that cream (get the money).

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

We use bandcamp and we have a Facebook/Instagram handle under our name. Currently creating a website!
https://oleenglish.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/yeoleenglish/
https://www.instagram.com/yeoleenglish/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what that is, but as the name implies, it’s a cake.

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

Our single ‘Paladin’ is out now on streaming platforms and can be found on our bandcamp as well as a presale for the record coming out on August 23rd!

 

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Hard Rock/Punk/Metal band Atomic Kavemen! Huge thanks to drummer James Kilpatrick 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’m James and I am the drummer and producer of Atomic Kavemen. All of the members in this band are friends of mine; Morey (vocals) from 25 + years ago, Todd (bass) 10 years ago and our newest member Dustin (guitar) from 8-ish years ago…Morey reached out and found me on Facebook through an old band that I was in called Muk. I hadn’t seen Morey in probably 25 years. He was a good friend but somehow we lost contact. Don’t ask me what we did together cuz I don’t remember. I just remember he was a great guy and I always wondered what happened to him. I had some tracks that I had recorded with George (our previous guitar player) and asked if Morey would be interested in working on them and he said yes. That’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name Atomic Kavemen. We’re a bunch of old rockers so the name just kind of evolved from that. Our newest member Dustin is our youngest member I call him Kave Kid.

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

We’re from California in the USA. The metal scene is somewhat underground here but I feel it’s making a comeback. Although we border between rock, metal and punk and other genres, we consider ourselves unique by today’s standards.

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

Our latest EP release is called “Everyone Loves a Dead Man”. We also have a self-titled EP that’s still relatively new.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have been accused of being an arena rock junkie. Outside of that I do like old-school R&B and a lot of the old 70’s rock bands. I would say 90’s rock bands were pretty cool too – like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

What first got you into music?

I guess my brother was the one who got me started in listening to rock and roll and heavy metal starting with Black Sabbath. From there I ventured on to other hard rock and metal bands.

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

I’m just not really star-struck by anybody that’s coming out these days with screamo and other oversaturated music scenes. But it would be pretty cool to hang out with guys like Dave Grohl and other like talents but it seems that some of my favourites have taken their lives. So I won’t be getting a chance to meet them until much later, I hope.

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

I’d like to play at Oz Fest. Is that still happening?

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

I think it would be the fact that they showed up to our gig.

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

I’d like to tell our fans and potential fans to just keep spreading the word and enjoy our music. I hope you appreciate my recording and producing efforts from Fearfield Studio.

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

It would definitely be Chris Cornell. He was an amazing talent and his life was cut short way too soon for a guy that seemed to be still on top of the world and his game..!

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

I enjoy being a musician because I love making music and hearing my creation and being a part of working with friends. I like being in a band however it can become very stressful and you can lose focus very easily on why you’re actually a musician to begin with. It’s about you being an artist and the medium that you create with. When I was young in to music it was all about being famous. Today, it’s about just doing what I love and not caring about what is going to happen as a result of what I do.

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

I guess I don’t like the pressure that the industry puts on artist. It’s tough to try to keep up to the flow of things these days and the internet and the consumption of music seems to be disposed of rather quickly. Also no time to enjoy your efforts before it’s time to move on to the next song, things are moving really fast and for an old guy like myself it’s hard to keep up.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are just so many great albums that I grew up with hearing stuff to pick one out. When it’s jumping out of me would be Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime.

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

I prefer CD’s but there are very few places to get them locally these days.

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

Our best gig that we played was at the Sacramento Convention Center. We have video of that on our Facebook page.

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

I guess if I wasn’t a musician I think that I would be just a slave to society. My escape from the mundane things in life is music. I try to get my 9 year old daughter interested in rock and roll but it’s real tough with the bullshit pop stuff that’s on the internet. How does she like that stuff?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d like to invite Tim Brown from the Raiders, Bill Romanowski from the Raiders, Jerry Rice from the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, and the President of the United States.

What’s next for the band?

We’re just going to keep on rocking and writing and good music and remain friends above all…

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

https://atomickavemen.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/atomickavemen/
https://www.facebook.com/atomickavemen
https://twitter.com/atomickavemen

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa Cake? Sounds like a rock band.

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

I’d just like to add to any of our fans and potential fans to please enjoy our music, reach out to us and tell your friends about us – we love to hear feedback! If you want some free stickers reach out to us on social media, or just come to our shows if you’re near the SF Bay Area!

 

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EMQ’s with UNVEIL THE STRENGTH

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EMQ’s with UNVEIL THE STRENGTH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Unveil The Strength, an International Heavy Metal/Rock band based out of Austin, Texas! Huge thanks to bassist Matt Snell 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?

Matt Snell – Bassist. I have known Mark Wolfe for several years. We have discussed working on music together and our schedules finally matched up. I flew out to Austin Texas to work on our EP at Marks studio. While we were working there we recruited Tim Hassemer on drums and soon thereafter Matt Guillory came on board on keys/synth. Matt G. was speaking with Andy James about the band and he was really into it. Our EP quickly became a full length album with the addition of Andy. We are quite pleased and feel we have a solid record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Unveil the Strength is the mantra of Mark Wolfe’s entire life. It is quite an epic journey and the driving force behind the band. Mark has seen first-hand the horrors of war. He was homeless, and suffered not only physical injury, but PTSD. He has literally risen from the ashes. It is within all of us to find and reveal our inner strength.

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

Myself, Mark, Tim and Matt G are all from the States. Andy James is from England. Here in the States the “scene” is alive and well. It is ever evolving. The club scenes in some towns are maybe down a bit, but when you see a full scale proper show brought to an area it is sold out. People say it’s dead, but that just isn’t true. It’s an exciting time to be in the music business!

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

Our record “FOUNDATIONS” is complete. We have released 2 songs so far. ‘Vengeance and Misery’ has been out a bit and we just released the video for our new single ‘Hells Never Over’.
You can watch it here!
https://youtu.be/xb-cNiEdXZY

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a bassist, I have to go back to my roots. Cliff Burton – Steve Harris – Frank Bello – David Ellefson. When it comes to bands, it is a different question. Are we influenced by success? Are we influenced by Technical proficiency? Are we influenced by Image? For me it would be Opeth. While their style doesn’t translate into Unveil the Strength, they are a testament to an ever evolving “we do what we want to do” attitude and I still to this day after listening for 20 years, stop when I hear them and listen. I can’t say that for many bands.

What first got you into music?

I was raised in a household that supports the arts of all kinds. As a kid I had piano lessons which turned into Saxophone lessons which turned into guitar lessons and then I found Bass at around age 17. For me it was what I was meant to do. Music is in my family. It is a truly amazing gift to be able to do what I do and to have seen all I have seen. I am truly Blessed.

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

That’s a tie hahaha… Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. Everything they do is a home run. They are some of the best people I have known and toured with over the years and it would be a lot of fun to work with them!

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

Again, it’s a tie! A 3 way tie… Download – Rock Am Ring and Rock Am Park. Having played these festivals a few times I can say from experience, they were defining moments in my life. I can only work to get back there again!

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

People send gifts quite often. I never received anything weird that I can recall. I’m guessing the tour manager took all the weird stuff. If you knew him you would understand. Fans taking the time to make gifts, bring food etc. are so far beyond kind! It really shows something about the good world we live in.

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

Always be true to yourself. Have empathy and never be afraid to reach out if you are struggling. Life is a marathon, not a sprint and we don’t always have the answers and that’s ok.

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

One? Really? There’s so many. In the past year alone so many have been lost! Well if it is just one, I would say John Lennon. Aside from the massive catalogue of amazing music, he was bringing a message of love, unity and peace.

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

I love performing. That’s really the whole reason we do this. The time on stage regardless of how big the venue is the gift! I don’t hate. It is a practice I have worked on for several years, and it is gone from my life here on earth. I have no room to hate anything, except mushrooms…they can go directly back to hell!

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

I would love to see a shift in concept where all music should be free. The current generation was raised with so much access to free music that the concept of “buying” music is lost. People will work their lives away to pay for anything they want but seem to feel art has little value. It really isn’t about “money” in my pocket; it is about the sustainability of an industry and the concept that art of all kinds has value in our lives.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Opeth – “Ghost Reveries”

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

All of em! whatever you like…. and you forgot 8 track!!!

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

2010 – Donington Park UK with 5FDP! Was a great day!!

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

I run a Tattoo shop here at home. I flipped houses for a while and was quite good at it. Otherwise recreation for me here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Skiing – Hiking – Mountain Biking and Boating on Lake Tahoe. I searched for a home for most of my life until I found this place.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Wife Shannon, Thich Naht Hahn, George Carlin, Winston Churchill and John F Kennedy!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in pre-production for our next video and are actively working to secure a set of tours to support our album “FOUNDATIONS”.

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hvhKcb8OyJvH96DWU9sxr
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwc6ndVdRv_ca6VYWCwJQQg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unveilthestrength/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unveilthestrength/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re gross that’s what they are – Orange and chocolate ‘DO NOT’ belong together…fight me..!

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

Thank you for chatting with me. Some great questions here!! Please take a second to follow our social media sites to keep up on all the news and check out our videos on YouTube!!! Share em! It’s such a fun easy way to find new music with your friends!!

 

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