EMQ’s with ATTIC THEORY

EMQ’s with ATTIC THEORY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, England based Alternative Sexy Groove Rock band Attic Theory. Huge thanks to vocalist Lewis Wright 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 Lewis Wright, I am the frontman of Liverpool Groove rockers Attic Theory. The band features previous members of Matchstickmen, Rain May Fall and LimeHawk. All of these bands had come to their natural end and Peter Donnelly (Guitarist) and myself decided it was time to start something fresh and new, something different to what we had all previously been doing…and here we are.

How did you come up with your band name?

The inspiration behind the name Attic Theory was taken from an episode of Elementary – a CBS television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories with contemporary twists. In the second episode of the show, Sherlock talks about ‘Attic Theory’ and states that the human brain is like an attic. A storage space for facts. But because that space is finite, it must be filled only with the things you need to be the best version of yourself. We thought this was a fitting name with everything that was going on at the time.

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

We are based in Liverpool. Kenny McArthur (Bass) is from South Africa, Matt Lawler (Guitar) is from Stoke, I’m originally from London and Peter, Tim Cunningham (Guitar) and Matt Simon (Drums) are from Liverpool. Liverpool has had a thriving music scene for a long time now, but it has been very limited on rock/metal bands…until now. I’m proud to live in a city where there are so many great up and coming rock/metal bands, all with their own unique signature.

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

Our debut EP “The Sign Of An Active Mind” will be released on Friday 27th November via our own label ThunderGun Records. You can pre-order it now from our website www.attictheory.co.uk/store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I am a huge fan of grunge music so my greatest influences growing up would have to be all of the bands from the 90’s Seattle scene. Bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, Candlebox, Mudhoney…the list goes on. We’ve actually made it into the Shazam top 20 chart in Seattle, with our single ‘Your Light’ so teenage me would have probably fainted by now. Another grunge band, not from Seattle, that has been a massive influence on me is Stone Temple Pilots. Their 90’s albums still stand the test of time.

What first got you into music?

When I was a child and my sister wasn’t home, I used to sneak into her room and listen to her rock collection of vinyl records. I would listen to Def Leppard, Megadeth and Faith No More. This definitely started my musical journey down the path of rock. “Hysteria” was the first rock album I ever owned, and it was mind blowing when Def Leppard’s frontman Joe Elliot complimented our track ‘My Own Design’ on the radio.

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

I would love to collaborate with Kevin Martin from Candlebox. His tone and vocal range are amazing. To say this would be a bucket list moment for me is an understatement, I would probably fall to my knees and weep if this actually happened.

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

As a band, we would love to play every festival humanly possible around the world. One of the festivals I would personally love to play at is Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza. The vibe and atmosphere always looks so electric and everyone looks so friendly. I recently stopped drinking alcohol but I’m sure that festival would get me in the party mood and I would treat myself to a couple of white wine spritzers.

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

I’ve been given a lot of fan-made merchandise over the years which I love as it shows people have taken the time out to actually bother to make it for me. Nothing has been made of human hair just yet. I know that Tim, in one of his old bands, was given a picture in a frame by a fan of him and said fan. The picture was taken when they met at a previous show. I bet he still has it on his mantelpiece…to be honest…it’s probably next to his bed haha.

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

That we love them for helping pay for our music, which we make for their enjoyment and we can’t wait to gig for them again…and Pete’s single.

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

There are so many talented late musicians that have influenced me and the rest of the band so it would be difficult to choose. Could there be some sort of timeshare put into place so their time is divided equally? That way they all get to grace the world with their talents once more… and if not, why not?!

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

I pretty much enjoy every part of being a musician. I love playing live, writing and recording the songs but one thing I do hate is when people expect you to play for exposure. I bet if the tables were turned, they would be massively offended… “Hello British Gas, I’d like to pay my bill this month with exposure… what do you mean you don’t accept exposure?”

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

Correctly paying artists across all major streaming services. It’s a huge deal and needs to be addressed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Purple” by Stone Temple Pilots. It’s grunge music without the super miserable side of the genre. I remember buying the limited-edition CD and having it on repeat on my discman for months.

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

We have to move with the times, but artists receive a higher return on physical formats. If artists were paid correctly from streaming and downloads, I would probably say that as it is environmentally friendly…but you can’t sign a download.

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

Just before lockdown, we supported the awesome Terrorvision in Grand Central Hall in Liverpool. The venue is a magnificent Victorian Theatre and the crowd loved our opening set. We walked on to Conga by Gloria Estefan, which definitely set the mood for the evening. One of my other favourite gigs was when we supported the Soap Girls and they got Kenny up on stage wearing a chocolate pudding filled nappy. I still wake up screaming to this day hahahaha!!

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

Crying. Music keeps me together. It’s my release. It’s good for my mental health.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I was going to say the rest of the band. We spend that much time together, we are like family, Like brothers but I’m going to have to say Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. Marge puts on a good spread, intelligent conversation from Lisa, Maggie is just cute, and you don’t know what crazy antics will happen between Homer and Bart. Dinner AND a show.

What’s next for the band?

We are releasing our debut EP ‘THE SIGN OF AN ACTIVE MIND’ on Friday 27th November which you can pre-save on your preferred music service – www.orcd.co/gbzgjym or purchase the CD at our website store – www.attictheory.co.uk/store. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. We will also be returning to the studio in the new year to continue work on our debut album. As for gigs, due to the current situation, we are taking it a day at a time so hopefully we will get to play for all in 2021. We are scheduled to play Planet Rockstock in December 2021 so keep your fingers crossed that things become a bit more normal by then.

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

www.instagram.com/attictheory
www.facebook.com/AtticTheory
www.twitter.com/attictheory
www.attictheory.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

This question is similar to ‘what came first? The Chicken or the egg?’. This is one of life’s mysteries. They are called a ‘Jaffa Cake’ and clearly have cake in the title BUT are always found on the biscuit aisle. I believe a ‘Jaffa Cake’ is created when a biscuit and cake make love as it is a soft biscuit. I did have scientific evidence to prove this…but our drummer ate it.

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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:
http://www.keepitonthelows.com
Other popular places you can find us:
http://www.facebook.com/keepitonthelows
http://www.twitter.com/thelowsmusic
http://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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