EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Deepest, Darkest Essex, UK based Heavy Western band Penanceville. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rusty 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?

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

Preacher Rusty emerged from the wilderness, the scrapped pages of the book of grudges in his bloody right fist. He pointed to the ground, and on that very spot Penanceville came into being.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the place all the rotten people gravitate to.

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

The band is currently championing a genre of 1 band. It’s been dubbed Heavy Western.

It’s stuck and works as a quick explanation of what we do.

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

We’ve released 4 singles. We’re in all the usual online places. Spotify, iTunes, YouTube – blah blah blah.

The latest single is ‘The Body’. It’s written in the tradition of a good old-fashioned murder ballad.

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically? – Raised on stuff like Skynyrd, Stones, A lot of Blues- The Kings. Johnny Winter.

Then got into Metal and found my way into Americana and bluegrass.

What first got you into music?

The Muppets. Top of the Pops. And my parents always had music on. Motown from my mum and rock and blues from dad.

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

Punch Brothers. They are on another level as players and writers.

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

Pink Pop because it’s always embraced so many different bands and genres.

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

That’s a real tough one. Maybe Tom Petty as the world lost him too soon and I feel like he wasn’t done being great.

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

Creating and playing live are the 2 things you can’t beat.

Logistics of getting all the maniacs in the band into the same place at the same time.

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

That it supported new artists better. But that’s a long conversation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! I’ll go with Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Second Helping” as it’s a good sound track for the good weather we’ve been having recently.

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

Vinyl – Looks great and is great, it’s encouraging people to buy music. Cassettes are pretty crappy, but hold a special place in my heart. Mix tapes and my Walkman.

CD’s are a bit boring. And Downloads are convenient, I guess.

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

With this band we played a few cool festivals last year and played a great one at the Railway in Southend. We were just on it that night.

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

(Rick Here – This one wasn’t answered so I don’t know if it was a mistake, refusal or that there just isn’t anyone Rusty would invite!!)

What’s next for the band?

Writing new tunes and waiting for the world to open up.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bAsGBKx890ssmP4pVYqs6
www.facebook.com/penanceville/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOeALlAG_sHpBvAJRWsX0HQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Clue’s in the name. Plus, Stephen Fry told me so.

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

Check us out if you want to hear something a bit different.

Photo by Film Free Photography

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Mike West – The Next Life

Mike West – The Next Life
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 33:27
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

We first came across Mike West at our favourite haunt, Mcleans Pentre, and he instantly became a hit with me. His southern style acoustic jams conjure images of chilling round a campfire as the sun sets. And now we can all enjoy the sultry tones of his gravelly pipes from the comfort of our own homes, with “The Next Life” – his debut full length album! You can’t beat a bit of country folk/blues, can you? The tormented, Jack Daniels fuelled ramblings of the jaded, set to music, has long been a favourite of many a music fan, and I’m no exception! When listening to Mike, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was a pure deep south cowboy, come across the pond to serenade us with ramblings penned on his back porch. But he’s not, he’s actually from Rock Ferry up on the Wirral!

“The Next Life” is packed full of all the bluesy goodness that I would expect from Mike, and has a few tracks that were my favourites live, too! It starts with the title track, which is a lilting, folk inspired tune. The addition of slide and violin here really enhances the sound, and the track travels through tempo changes which keep it interesting. And, of course, on top of it all sits Mike’s unmistakable vocals. They’re reminiscent of Tom Waits, and this pleases me greatly!

The album continues in a similar lamenting style, with Mike’s lyrical poetry featuring strongly throughout. This is one of his strongest points – his word smithery creates a wonderful storytelling element, which is both heartfelt and thought provoking. This is displayed perfectly in track 3, ‘What If?’.

With most tracks recorded in a minor key, the melancholy air of this album is tangible, but not in a bad way. It takes me back to my days playing in a folk band, where the best songs were always in a minor key! That said, I think my favourite track on the album is ‘For Them’, which is actually in a major key! However, it doesn’t lose any of it’s storytelling ability, and is full of reflection upon life, which is Mike’s forte.

The production of this album is also very well done. Recorded at Kingwood Studios in Liverpool, it has the effect of a live performance, which somehow adds to the impact of the music. And more importantly, while the addition of other instruments does fill out the sound, nothing overpowers Mike’s guitar and vocals, which are the stars of the show.

Because of Mike’s unique vocal style, “The Next Life” might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s a very well created debut full-length, of which he should be extremely proud. There’s nowhere to hide when playing acoustically and creating a set of songs that are musically sound, deep and thoughtful, but also able to captivate an audience, is a difficult thing to master. With this album, Mike West has done them all for me, and I look forward to seeing where he takes things to next, as I think he has really found himself, and now has a lot more to give.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Next Life
02. Work On
03. What If?
04. Company I Keep
05. Away I Go
06. Father to Son
07. Rock Ferry
08. For Them
09. No Grave

LINE-UP:
Mike West – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica and Bass
Paul Miceli-Fagrell – Harmonica, Recording and Mixing
Amy Chalmers – Violin
Travis Egnor – Pedal Steel, Slide Guitar

LINKS:
www.mike333west.com/
www.mikewest333.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/mikewest333/
www.instagram.com/mike333west/
www.twitter.com/Mike333West
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4Pd2PAm9bznnxQLxQdQQ5W
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNLsH3duyQg_VH_qlK9kpQ

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Southern Connecticut based Metal/Punk/Folk duo Turkey Vulture ! Huge thanks to Jessie May 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 Ever Metal, thanks for talking with us! My name is Jessie and I play guitar and sing for Turkey Vulture, and also recorded the bass for our singles. The drummer Jim Clegg and I started this band in the winter of 2018 — but we have played together in different local outfits for more than a decade. So this is the latest project!

How did you come up with your band name?

I love turkey vultures for some reason. You see them all over the place where we’re from. I joked for years about starting a band called “Turkey Vulture” and eventually the joke became a reality.

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

We’re from Connecticut, which is in the northeast region of the United States. There is an active local metal scene here, and some notable metal bands have come out of our small state — like Liege Lord, Fates Warning, and Hatebreed to name a few.

What is your latest release?

We are releasing a two-track single on June 28th, 2019 — an original titled “Boxer” and a cover of the Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene”. We’re then hoping to record an EP this summer.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Both Jim and I enjoy a lot of different genres of music. For this band, folk music has been a conceptual influence on my end. Jim listens to a lot of punk and Metallica, which definitely comes through in his drumming.

What first got you into music?

I don’t know, I’ve been doing some sort of music since elementary school. Hearing the strings teacher play a bluegrass riff on the violin when I was eight made me want to play the violin — which was short lived, but got me into string instruments. I shifted over to cello and bass some time in middle school (a lot less ear-splitting when you’re learning how to play) and the rest is history!

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

Brandi Carlile or the Indigo Girls, and write some kind of fuzz rock song with them.

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

Maryland Doomfest!!!! Or Psycho Las Vegas. Or the bar down the street, what the hell!

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

Haha, we don’t have fans yet. But related to another band I’m in that has like three fans, one time a dude gave me some wampum he made himself — that was pretty cool.

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

“Be our fan.”

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

Robert Johnson. He never got to see his own musical legacy.

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

I love writing songs and connecting with people — music creates a common ground where one wouldn’t otherwise exist. But the older I get, the less I like sending endless emails and texts to arrange local shows. I think the future might be just recording and putting the songs online, and just playing a couple shows a year.

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

I would want to go back to a time when a live band was the standard entertainment. My dad told me that when he was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, every neighbourhood had a couple of garage bands that would play parties and school dances and stuff. Now that idea seems so foreign!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Live And Dangerous”.

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

I don’t think I’ve had a device with a cassette player in twenty years (ten for my car), so cassettes are out. And vinyl has the best sound and artwork, but I don’t own a record player and don’t see that changing anytime in the near future lol. So I’m a CD and download girl myself — I download a lot of music from bandcamp and burn it onto CDs, which I listen to in the car.

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

Well, I’m not a musician by day — I’m an elementary school librarian. So while I’m not doing music, I’m helping kids check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and telling them to “use walking feet” as opposed to sprinting everywhere they need to go. It’s not a bad gig.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Curtis Dewar and his wife, Matt Bacon (he doesn’t get a plus one), Nate Carson, and my friends Baldwin and Carrie. Jim would be my plus-one, so I guess that’s seven! But I’m a librarian and not a math teacher, so who’s counting….

What’s next for the band?

We’re going to record a couple more songs and play some gigs this summer. Hopefully people will dig what we’re putting out there and we can build a regional audience. I’d also like to put out a split EP at some point — never done that before, and I think it would be fun to collaborate with another band.

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

We are on Facebook, Instagram, and bandcamp right now:
https://www.facebook.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://www.instagram.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://turkeyvulture.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what those are.

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

Thank YOU again for taking the time to include us on your site! We appreciate you for helping a new band get the word out.

 

Turkey Vulture Photo

 

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