EMQ’s with THE LOWS

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EMQ’s with THE LOWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Detroit, Michigan based Supersonic Groove Rock band The Lows! Huge thanks to Vocalist Angelo Coppola 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 Angelo Coppola. I’m the primary songwriter and lead singer of The Lows. The Lows actually started as a solo project when after the break-up of a recent band, I decided to forge ahead into the studio with a slew of songs I had written. On the first EP, I wrote all the songs, played all the drums, sang all vocals, and played rhythm guitar. I needed someone to provide some killer bass tracks so I recruited phenomenal Detroit bassist Wolf, and from those early demo recordings, convinced two amazing guitarists Nick Behnan and Brandon McNall to join. Hard hitting drummer Duane Hewins was brought aboard on drums because I wanted to front this band rather than be the drummer/lead singer like I’d done in the past.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name The Lows came about when I decided I wanted to release the first EP with a band name instead of a solo artist name even though I had done all the songwriting and the majority of the recording. I really wanted a band name to get out and play the songs live. The Lows actually came as a derivative of my first name Ange-lo. I had a few friends that called me Lo. That led to the name The Lows.

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

We’re from the U.S., specifically from Detroit, Michigan. There’s a rich history of music in Detroit and a ton of great talent. You can go see a great musical performance of any genre on any given night and that includes rock & metal.

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

We released a new single ‘Love Xtinction’ about two weeks ago and it’s received incredible response so far. Plans are in the works for a music video for it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a huge variety of artists that influence and inspire us. Everyone in the band is truly a student of the game. I have a particular love for 90’s era grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, STP & Alice In Chains. I think that comes out a bit in our sound.

What first got you into music?

My dad is a musician so we’ve always had all kinds of musical instruments around the house. He used to sit me up on the drums when I was two or three years old and encourage me to play along to music. So it’s been a part of my life ever since I can remember.

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

Would love to collaborate with Dave Grohl! Love his energy and creative drive. Constantly creating! He’s got a great knowledge of the history of pop and rock music, is an experienced filmmaker, and knows about production and the recording process. Extremely well rounded guy!

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

Probably because our brand of rock would fit so well, I’d say Rock On The Range which is now called Sonic Temple here in the U.S.

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

Not so much a weird gift, but a wonderful couple that follows and supports us wherever we go brought each of us our own personalized sweat towels embroidered with the band logo and our individual names. They know we put it all out there on stage and we sweat a lot! It was such a kind gesture and we were so grateful.

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

My message would be to thank them for their love and support. If someone is willing to spend their time & money on us, that’s the greatest compliment we could receive. Without them there is no us.

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

I would love to hear all the great music that Kurt Cobain could’ve brought us, but the one that really gets to me is Chris Cornell. I have serious regrets not having seen him perform in Detroit on that fateful night.

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

Two things I enjoy the most are creating and performing. There’s something about coming up with a song idea in your head and seeing it through to a full-fledged song release. Performing is so rewarding because you get to meet and connect to people with the music being the main force that brings you together.
The one thing that I hate is you spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to get your song to sound the best it can possibly be and most people will listen to it, at least the first time, on a crappy little phone speaker.

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

Even though I myself subscribe to a music streaming service, I feel subscription fees should be higher in order to give a more fair compensation to artists and songwriters. I mean 1 million streams might make you enough money to pay your cell phone bill for one month. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “Binaural” by Pearl Jam. I love it because the whole album gives off such a unique vibe and every single song on the album is great for its own different reasons. It’s also a more underrated album of theirs because it didn’t get mainstream attention, but it definitely should’ve.

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

I love listening to CD’s or vinyl at home. I do stream a lot too though because I’m always on the go. All in all I’d say CD’s are still the very best quality audio experience.

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

That’s tough because we’ve had some great ones but probably opening for Candlebox at a sold out Fillmore, Detroit earlier this year. Such a great venue and the audience was electric.

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

Maybe something to do with video game development because I enjoy them in my free time! Or maybe a sports commentator because I love talking about sports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Steve Carell, and Page Hamilton!

What’s next for the band?

We just released a brand new single ‘Love Xtinction’ available on all streaming services. Plans are being made to do a music video for the new single as well. This month we have some awesome festival shows lined up all around Michigan with The Verve Pipe, and Sponge. We also plan on releasing another single late summer and booking some shows branching out regionally throughout the Midwest U.S.

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

Our website can get you to all our social media and streaming services:
www.keepitonthelows.com
Other popular places you can find us:
www.facebook.com/keepitonthelows
www.twitter.com/thelowsmusic
www.instagram.com/keepitonthelows

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Thankful for Google right now! Haha! Had to look them up! Unfortunately I’ve never had one, but they look like a flattened cupcake to me so I’m going with cake.

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

Thanks for taking interest in what we’re doing! We feel very fortunate to be doing something we love and we appreciate people like you trying to help get our art recognized.

 

 

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! 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 Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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Imperial Jade – On The Rise

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Imperial Jade – On The Rise
Epictronic
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 44:37
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Imperial Jade are five young friends who also happen to be rock and roll lovers from Maresme province in Barcelona. The band was born in 2012 by Francesc Lopez (drums), Alex Panero (guitar), Arau Ventura (vocals), Hugo Nubiola (guitar/keyboard) and Ricardo Turro (bass) with a sound that can be described as 70’s rock with a hint of country rock and a twist of groove rock.

In 2015, the band released their first record “Please Welcome Imperial Jade” which hit several lists of best releases of the year. Throughout 2016 Imperial Jade toured throughout Spain with the album, performing gigs all booked by themselves, they opened for Californian band Rival Sons in Barcelona and for Swedish band EUROPE at two concerts given in Madrid and Barcelona, among other great bands like Ten Years After or Michael Monroe.

In 2017, the band recorded two new singles on analogue tape at Music Lan Studios which was then mixed in Nashville USA by the sound engineer John Netti (Rival Sons, Europe, Black Stone Cherry, Bon Jovi) and mastered at The Room Studios by Gorka Dresbaj. Throughout the year the band played different venues and gigs and appeared live on television for the first time at Los Concierto’s de Radio 3 of RTVE (Spanish TV channel) while also playing the main stage of Rock Fest BCN, sharing with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Airbourne and Alice Cooper.

With crystal clear vocals, this album is rocky, bluesy, enchanting but with a real edge to it and even a hint of country groove with ‘Sad For No Reason’. With a foot tapping beat, it’s a fun song which shouldn’t work but does and then you have ‘Dance’ which is much rockier.

‘The Call’ is yet another completely different track which starts very psychedelic, yet the harmonies take you back to rock so there’s no telling what you will get next! They, almost, want to keep you on your toes and just when you think you have got the album sussed; it turns in a completely different direction again.

These guys have a soulful yet passionate persona about them. There is so much feeling in the album, with epic guitar riffs, changes of pace, and changes of direction it’s almost like they have layered everything and you must get through all the layers to get to the end of the album. And just as you think you understand it; you get the upbeat and rock n roll guitars of ‘Heatwave’ and if you aren’t dancing around to this track then I will be surprised. It’s an epic song for summer days blasting out of the car.

Imperial Jade certainly give you value for money with so many epic songs covering so many different genres all on one album. This is definitely not your usual run of the mill band, which is very refreshing. It’s rock but light and a pleasure to keep listening too. It’s edgy, gritty, enchanting yet strong without being overpowering.

TRACKLISTING:
1- You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
2 -Dance
3- Sad For No Reason
4-The Call
5-Glory Train
6-Lullaby In Blue
7-Keep Me Singing
8-Heat Wave
9-Rough Seas
10-Struck By Lightening

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/ImperialJadeRock/

https://www.instagram.com/imperialjaderock/
https://imperialjade.bandcamp.com/

 

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