ColdHarbour UK – Live Stream Review

ColdHarbour UK
The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft
Live Stream Presented by Centrepin T.V
26/09/2020
Review by Tammy Lomax

Screw you Coronavirus!!

With all the cancellations it might feel like you’ll never watch your favourite band onstage again, however, we have to adapt to this pandemic, whether we like it or not. So, the next best thing? Live streams baby!! Yeah!!

It’s surely better than nothing right? Be grateful for what we can do virtually, the love of our technology, our saviour but yet our own worst enemy at times.

Beer at hand? Good, now let’s crack on.

On Saturday 26/09/2020 at 8pm I was prepared and ready, sat on my sofa waiting for the live stream performance from ColdHarbour UK. It is a bit odd that I have my fluffy socks on, it’s a very sad affair that my ‘kock out boots’ are collecting dust. Up until now, I have been a Twitch virgin and I must say that it appears to be an excellent platform for occasions like these.

ColdHarbour UK are a three-piece Grunge/Prog/Metal band from Norwich. Tonight, they have a decent 1 hour set and It’s doubly special for us listeners/watchers because they are playing 5 new songs! The stage and setup are really cool. There is enough space between the three members, and they are all facing inwards, ready to open their set! ColdHarbour UK were born ready! I feel some nervousness for them, after all this is still a very new way of presenting a live performance, but that’s exactly what the buzz is about!

By the time fourth track ‘Sonorous’ kicked in, there were a fair few people tuning in to the stream and the fellas were getting some positive feedback on the live chat, this was definitely adding to their performance. At this point, they were all settled in, they sounded tight, the hard work and commitments with rehearsal’s having paid off. More and more energy was coming from all of them, the riffs were flying out hard and the sound of the bass was like a dribbling monster. No lie, one day I want a bass like that. It was a chunky funky BAD ASS!

So, we get to just over half way through and I frantically manage to squeeze a few questions in on the live chat

Tammy: “These times at the moment are absolutely bonkers right?! So, how have you prepared yourselves for tonight’s live stream?”

ColdHarbour UK: “A big shout out to Earth Studio’s, Pete has been fantastic. He has been flexible following social distancing rules and allowed us to use the studio for rehearsal, preparing ourselves for tonight”.

Tammy: “You are playing a lot of new tracks tonight, can you tell us the process of writing these tracks, and what are the inspirations behind your magic?”

ColdHarbour UK: “We build ideas as a group, Alex and Tom work on the main melodies and then we collaborate”. “Our inspirations are varied! Tom and Alex like Prog and Metal and Ian likes Grunge and Metal”.

Tammy: “When Covid-19 is over and some normality resumes, what are your plans and hopes for the future as a unit?”

ColdHarbour UK: “We plan to record and release our stuff, so we can be heard, this does take some time and money though”.

Now, with the questions out of the way, I really need to point out my favourite track from the performance. ‘Silence Is Deafening’ was projected and performed with precision. It was one of the new tracks, but I heard no misfires or awkward notes. Vocals were clean and clear and the bass didn’t overshadow either it was just a perfect mix.

Wow, by this point they were absolutely pumped up. There were positive interactions and even more feedback coming from the crowd. I felt I was attending an actual gig in my FLUFFY SOCKS!!

The rest of the performance was mainly instrumental although there were some vocals and you could really hear their talent. They have a great concoction of ideas and the three of them work together perfectly.

ColdHarbour UK are definitely committed and I personally have a soft spot for these fellas! Regardless of Covid-19, they are still pushing themselves and are full of creativity and new ideas, I really see a bright future for these guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Hour Of The Wolf
02. State Of Mind
03. Dorje’s Wish
04. Sonorous*
05. Subterfuge*
06. Blackest Days
07. Silence Is Deafening*
08. 13 & Four*
09. Somewhere To Call Your Own
10. Fall Away
11. Roots*
12. Battlestar Spactacular

*New Tracks.

LINE UP:
Tom Brown – Vocals and Guitars.
Alex Taylor – Bass
Ian Arnold – Drums

LINKS:
You can watch the full performance here…
www.facebook.com/1306612549359805/posts/3462156187138753/

www.facebook.com/ColdHarbourUK/
www.instagram.com/coldharbour_band_uk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2GLXhpPmCxJc9BIwm1sQ9s
www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBnBwCFdSEJR1nrybWDnsA

www.facebook.com/CentrepinTV/
www.facebook.com/seagulltheatre/
www.facebook.com/WendyHouseRecordingStudio/

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Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP

Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP
Self – Released
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 17:10
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good evening, my dear ladies and gentlemen. I am lounging upon my chaise longue, sipping from a delicately jewelled chalice and sporting my Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight) after a busy couple of days involving proselytising, being endlessly shouted at by the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, smashing up indestructible sofas and having Mrs. Dark Juan experience medical emergencies requiring trips to the apothecary and then the hospital. This is of course not in order of importance and rather more to do with my permanently derailed train of thought. I should have been wrangling young gentlemen as per my normal employment, but Mrs. Dark Juan comes first. At least that’s what I promised her when we first started seeing each other. Wink wink. I’ll let you judge how trustworthy I am on that score.

Also, for Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight), read beat up old (yet supremely comfortable) Batman onesie. I’m all about full disclosure, me.

I’m also all about writing about the music I’m listening to. What a segue. Tonight’s offering is an intriguing and beguiling band of Texan misfits called Quinn The Brain. Now, if you are of a certain age (and can recall MTV actually playing music videos and having Vanessa BLOODY Warwick ruining Donington for everybody) you may remember a poorly animated and distinctly sarcastic programme on MTV called Daria, about a young alternative lady called Daria Morgendorfer and her adventures with Jane and Trent.  And her endless watching of Sick, Sad World. Digressing? Me? Never… Anyway, there was an episode of Daria called Quinn The Brain That’s where Quinn The Brain got their name from. They have therefore earned a bonus point for having a cool name from a TV show beloved of Dark Juan in his youth. I’m easily bought.

As this is a four track EP, I am going to do a track by track critique. Let us begin…

The record opener is also the title track. Beginning with a simple, chiming guitar lick, it rapidly goes down a rage-filled rabbit hole of fury and reminds this reviewer greatly of ‘Bruise Violet’ by Babes In Toyland in the delivery of the vocal by Arta Salehi in parts. This is not a criticism as Kat Bjelland is a fine, fine basis to take your performance from. Musically, the song rampages from riot girl rage and kickass riffs to alt-rock twanging before hitting off kilter vocals and rapid loud-quiet-loud dynamics. I like this very much so far. Hopefully track two lives up to the promise of this stomper of an opener…

Track two is ‘Step On Me’. My, this is grungy. All lo-fi guitar and angst-ridden lyrics with a tough punk edge to take the grunge undertones up a notch and out of the navel gazing bollocks that most grunge was. Special mention goes to bass player Steve Blackheart on this one, who serves up some of the filthiest, sexiest bass I have had heard for a long time. Lyrically, this one is about working in an industry where no-one cares about you and the futility of your trying to achieve something when no-one will ever notice. Welcome to the world that most of us inhabit. Although this is the weakest offering it’s still a fucking slamming song and well worth your time.

Lucky three then – entitled ‘Comes In 3s’ and about bad luck coming in threes and dreading the next piece of shitty bastard luck to empty its capacious, disease-ridden arse in your unsuspecting lap. Again we enjoy some sexy, sexy fucking bass from Mr. Blackheart and some very tasty guitar work from Arta as well as a vocal that oozes snotty, fuck you attitude without having to resort to the kind of inane, ball squeezing squealing that large, hirsute, bearded men frequently employ when they are playing heavy metal. This is one of the more unusual songs as it straddles the fence between grunge, punk and metal (is that more than one fence? Fuck knows.) Oh, and it’s a full moon at the end of the song too, so all fucking bets are off…  Another top, top song.

Onto the record’s closing tune now, and it’s called ‘Dark Skies’ and it is by far the most metal of the songs on this EP. It’s got an absolutely doomtastic central riff and just drips melody and menace at the same time. Vocally, Arta treads a finely judged line referencing strong female vocal leads like Brody Dalle, Kat Bjelland, Die So Fluid’s Grog and even a bit of faux-cute Courtney Love and the words reference the loss of innocence, while skilfully leaving it to the listener’s imagination just what innocence has been lost. Such subtlety in songwriting is a rare and precious thing, especially in metal and other extreme music which tends to just bludgeon you over the head with the message the band wants you to understand. This is also a fucking kickass tune.

So, this is only a 17-minute EP but as a body of work it is extraordinarily complete. It’s a short but comprehensive journey down an absolutely rage filled tunnel of violence, edged weapons and negative emotions, and the musicians back this up by being able to emote this on their instruments as well as being able to rely on Arta’s witheringly intense vocal delivery going voraciously straight for your soft, white throat. I CANNOT WAIT for a full album, boys and girl! This really is one of my favourite records of 2020 so far, and I have listened to some high-quality alternative music this year. Quinn The fucking Brain are fucking magnificent!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (y’all) awards Quinn The Brain a colossal 10/10. Treasure this, Quinn The Brain. It is a rare and precious thing. Dark Juan officially loves you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Open Wide
02. Step On Me
03. Comes In 3s
04. Dark Skies

LINE-UP
Arta Salehi – Vocals and Guitar
Billy Kimmel – Drums
Steve Blackheart – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with BADGUYSWIN

EMQ’s with BADGUYSWIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grand Forks, BC based Grunge Revivalists, BADGUYSWIN. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Shane Sherman 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 Shane Sherman and I’m the vocalist and lead guitarist for BADGUYSWIN. We are a grunge rock band, inspired heavily from the grunge rock of the 90’s. The history of the band is a rather long one. We all grew up together and were brought together by our love of music. Before BADGUYSWIN, we were a progressive tech metal band called Slagduster. We decided we wanted to try something a bit new and different, so BADGUYSWIN was born.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a tongue in cheek joke about how bad guys often seem to come out on top. It was also inspired by a song by an artist we all enjoy.

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

We are from British Columbia, Canada. The Metal/Rock scene is pretty large, though largely concentrated within the larger cities. We have big metal and rock hubs that attract rock and metal bands from all over the globe, and the fans are very enthusiastic, supportive and loyal. I would say the scene in Canada is pretty strong and always growing.

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

We recently released our debut album, “Cowards.” Since COVID affected our tour plans, we instead released three music videos, named ‘Honey Bucket’, ‘Lying to Myself’ and ‘Needle Beach’.

Needle Beach (Official Video

Lying To Myself (Official Video)

Honey Bucket (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kyuss and Nirvana would be a few of the top ones.

What first got you into music?

My older brothers started showing me all the bands that they were currently listening to. They had a large library of music and exposed me to many genres and bands, both popular as well as lesser known at that time. From then on, I was hooked.

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

Queens of the Stone Age and Big Wreck, absolutely.

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

Are we allowed to time travel? If so, I’m Lollapalooza for almost any year.

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

I look forward to the day where I receive a weird gift. Sharing is caring. That’s also not a hint to give me weird gifts. Probably.

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

Pursue your passion. It doesn’t matter your skill level, your age, or anything else. You have one life and it’s important to seek out what makes you happy.

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

Chris Cornell. He had a lot more, great music left in him. He had a lot to offer the world.

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

I enjoy being creative, and I love expressing myself through music. I love being a listener, and the sense of pride to be able to contribute to the community. What I dislike about being a musician is that people tend to be quick to judge and hate things so fast. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. There’s no need to criticize other people’s musical choices.

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

Artists should be compensated more for their work. Artists tend to be expected to work for exposure but unfortunately exposure alone doesn’t pay for the expenses that come along with creating music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a tough one because I can think of 5 immediately. I think I’d have to say “Pleasure And The Greed” by Big Wreck. That was a tough one though.

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

I’ve been collecting CD’s for 20+ years and I won’t stop.

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

The Okanagan Tattoo and Brew fest! We were openers early in the day to an amazing line-up, which meant that we had plenty of time to sample great local beer while watching a phenomenal line-up. To top it off, we got our pick of fantastic local food trucks. It was an awesome day.

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

I would probably focus my energy onto cooking. I love to cook, so I would be spending more time trying new recipes. Beyond that, I would be making it a goal to be on Survivor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ian Thornley, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Probst, Pat Peeve

What’s next for the band?

We are working on our next album and thinking up new ideas for shows and videos. We are hoping to tour once it is safe to do so, and we are increasing our online presence so we can better interact with fans.

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

We announce all of our activities on Facebook. Our album is up for grabs on Bandcamp, but we are also available on almost every music sharing service. Amazon Music, YouTube Premium, Soundcloud, Spotify, etc. We are pretty much everywhere.

www.facebook.com/badguyswinband/
www.badguyswin.bandcamp.com/releases
www.instagram.com/badguyswinband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4MpD508TvAI2K3FPfshhkZ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what a Jaffa cake is, but I’m going to call it a pie.

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

New album “Cowards” is out now. If you’re a fan of grunge or alternative of any kind, give us a listen and let us know what you think! Thank you for having us!

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EMQ’s with SILVERLIGHT SHADOWS

EMQ’s with SILVERLIGHT SHADOWS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Grunge Rock band, Silverlight Shadows. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Nida 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 Nida, I play guitar and sing. We started in September 2015. I had a lot of songs ready to go so I contacted Dan (Bass) as we’d talked about having a jam a while ago at a mutual friend’s party. We got together and jammed with drummer Rick. It was supposed to be a one-off thing, but the jam went pretty well so Dan & I caught up a few more times and got to know the songs. After that we had two more jams with Rick, then headed to the studio to record the first album, “Silverlight Shadows”. It was recorded in two days. Not long after that we headed back to the studio and recorded our second album, “Headspace”. We’ve just released our new single “Black The World” in January 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name while cleaning my kitchen. It just popped into my head. I had a few other ideas, like Apocalypse Shadow, which we decided was too dark, eventually we went with Silverlight Shadows. It represents all things that come out in the moonlight – good and evil.

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

We’re from Melbourne, Australia. The underground scene is really strong here; There are heaps of awesome bands and plenty of cool venues. You can pretty much catch an awesome band here any night of the week. There are some really good relatively unknown bands who, in my opinion, are kick ass! We also have two great community radio stations, PBS and RRR, that showcase and promote the underground music scene. I think the worst thing happening is the lack of support for these awesome live venues. A lot of them are really struggling. It would be great if people got out there and supported the scene a little more.

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

We released a single in January 2020 on 7″ inch vinyl. It’s a split release with our mate’s Monarchus. The launch show for this was at Last Chance Rock n Roll bar in Melbourne on January 18th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listen to a lot of music, lots of different styles so there are influences coming from all directions. The band I have listened to most over the last few years would be King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Both Dan (bass) and I grew up being heavily influenced by Australian bands like Magic Dirt, Tumbleweed, The Meanies & Spiderbait. Definitely a lot of bands with fuzzed out guitars too, like the Melvins & Nirvana etc.

What first got you into music?

From the moment I saw Animal from the Muppets I was fucking sold. To see him go absolutely crazy just made me want to do the same. Mix that with my old man banging his head to Deep Purple in the car there was no way I could escape that fast heavy and frenetic beast that is rock!

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

I would like to get Gene from Monarchus to sing on one of our tracks.

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

SXSW Everyone I know who has been there has loved it. It would be amazing to be amongst so many like-minded music fans and bands.

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

I haven’t received any gifts yet from fans, except for the occasional drink, which I don’t mind!

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

Don’t buy Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Puffs – they’re not very tasty!

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

Hendrix. He was a genius. There was no one like him before or after. He was one in a billion.

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

That’s a hard one, I really enjoy lots of things about being a musician. It’s really awesome when you come up with a riff and see it evolve into a song. Recording is great because you finally get to finish the song and hear how it’s meant to sound for the first time. Playing live is great as well, the energy you can create with the whole band humming along and see and hear the audience react to the music is really rewarding. I don’t really enjoy all the selfless promotion you have to do online these days.

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

Maybe an ice age to wipe out all the dinosaurs!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blood Duster – “Lyden Na (The Now Sound)”

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

Vinyl, CD and then cassette, in that order. Digital stuff is great for in the car or when you are out camping etc.

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

Probably Brewtality Fest’ in Melbourne. It’s a celebration of metal, rock and beer. Blood Duster headlined and they are one of my favourite bands.

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

I would most likely be stuck on a farm out in the middle of nowhere driving some sort of heavy machinery!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Benny, Trav, Saltz, Sponge & Dan. I would serve them chicken schnitzel except for Benny, he’s vegetarian so I would make him some nice chilli pasta.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we’re writing stuff for our next release. We are mixing things up a bit on this one, I will be playing bass on a few tracks and Dan will be playing guitar and singing. It’s a bit of a different sound from what we have been doing but still plenty of fuzzed out guitar tones to enjoy.

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

All the usual one’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp Youtube etc our music is available on all the streaming platforms:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Jaffa cakes! I don’t think we have them in Australia. I actually googled this and found a video on YouTube with a nerdy girl giving a long explanation about how they had done studies on this phenomenon and that technically they are a cake????!

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

Thanks for interviewing us and thanks to anyone who has come to a show or listened to our tunes.

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Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle Cover

Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle
Svart Records
Release Date: 30/08/2019
Running Time: 44:23
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Right, about time I got back to business with these album reviews for my pals at Ever Metal. But how do you define the indefinable? ‘Cos that’s basically the issue I’ve had with this review (not writer’s block, honest)! Comparing Wizard Rifle to other bands in myopic, lazy journo style just doesn’t seem to cut it with these guys.

There’s too much going on with Wizard Rifle’s self-titled album to accurately pin down a clumsy similarity to someone else. It’s a mixture of loud, obnoxious metal, post rock, screamy hardcore punk and grungy sludge; with waves of psychedelic beauty tying it together.

Despite the unholy wall of noise that the band produce there are just two of them – guitarist/vocalist Max Dameron and drummer/vocalist Sam Ford. That’s a hell of a racket for just two people. They’re not short of ideas either, as the genre blending demonstrates. Maybe that’s an advantage of just two minds, rather than several – Dameron and Ford display some ingenious telepathy weaving their creations together.

Loads of energy too – ‘Rocket To Hell’ (great title) is a glorious, shouty opener, and ‘Caveman Waltz’ is a possible contender for Riff of the Year. It chugs like a drug fuelled locomotive trying to jump the Grand Canyon.

There are only five songs on this record, but as none of them are under seven minutes in length, there’s plenty of value for money. The guys have learnt to expand a song and explore its possibilities in a way that keeps the ear engaged. Like on the 12 minute epic ‘Funeral Of The Sun’, which stretches out hypnotically but loses none of its heavy intensity.

Wizard Rifle are from the Portland, Oregon area – which as it’s the Pacific North West, must surely be Big Foot country. So, I’m gonna coin a lazy journo phrase and label this sound Big Foot Rock. Remember, you read it here first. And yes, when this band are huge and Big Foot Rock takes over Western Civilization, I’ll be claiming the royalties for inventing that label.

Big Foot Rock T-shirt, sir? That’ll be £19.99. “Now That’s What I Call Bigfoot Rock, Vol 1” vinyl compilation? Just £27.99! Can I change a fifty? Oh, keep the change? Thank you very much!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rocket To Hell
02. Caveman Waltz
03. Beneath The Spider
04. Funeral Of The Sun
05. V

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/wizardrifle/
https://www.instagram.com/wizardrifle/
https://wizardrifle.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fbN5GpluBevEzrhObR97w

 

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Stone Temple Pilots, North American Fall Tour 2019 – The Met Philly, Philadelphia, PA – 19/09/2019

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Stone Temple Pilots
North American Fall Tour 2019
The Met Philly, Philadelphia, PA
19/09/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

Once upon a time, there was a musical movement, it was called grunge. Somewhat forgotten, it lost many musicians to suicide with bands changing their style. Through all that one band has survived and tirelessly worked their way back to stardom. Their name is Stone Temple Pilots. After finding mega success in the 1990’s the band dissolved due to differences. Upon reuniting they lost eccentric and ultra talented lead singer Scott Weiland to apparent overdose and later his ‘replacement’ Chester Bennington to suicide, both considered generational talents. STP’s current vocalist Jeff Gutt has been great in fitting into those shoes, which has helped them to retain their identity. With Jeff on lead vocals the band last year released a brand new self-titled album, which happens to be the second self-titled album STP have released to date.

Their current tour with Rival Sons is somewhat short, just a little under a month, but touches down in most American Metropolitan areas. After this tour STP will play a festival in Mexico and next spring head out to Australia.

On a pretty nice and warm September day STP came to America’s Independence home Philadelphia and the show took place in the wonderful Metropolitan Opera House or Met Philly for short. After Rival Sons rocked the house, STP came on the stage a few minutes early, prompting some fans to run to their places while spilling beer along the way!
Stone Temple Pilots opened their set with ‘Silvergun Superman’ and ‘Vasoline’ from their second studio album “Purple”, which will have a 25th Anniversary release later in October. They were mixed in with ‘Wicked Garden’ and ‘Crackerman’ from their debut album “Core”. These two albums were the most represented on the set list this night.

STP’s performance was just like the old days. Brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo were so energetic as if it was still the 1990’s. Behind the drums Eric Kretz was spectacular and his hair was flowing in the wind from a fan to the delight of all the ladies in attendance. Jeff Gutt definitely has his own vocal style, but sometimes there were flashes of Scott Weiland which older fans really appreciated. His vocal range complemented well with all of the band’s songs.

From the latest self-titled album STP played just two songs ‘Meadow’ and ‘Roll Me Under’. Of course they played their most decorated hit single ‘Plush’ (that had won MTV, Grammy, Billboard and American Music Awards) and the show was closed with their banger ‘Sex Type Thing’.

It was a good way to finish because, needless to say, it left the fans wanting more..!

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/stpband

https://www.instagram.com/stpband

https://www.youtube.com/user/stptv

 

BOTTOM STP3

 

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Hollow Crown – Garuda EP

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Hollow Crown – Garuda EP
H.C Music Holding Ltd
Release Date: 31/05/2019
Running Time: 25:17
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7.5/10

Ok, so who are Hollow Crown? Well, they are four guys from Bristol (near my hometown), who got together and released a six song EP.

“Garuda” may be short but what the guys pack into it is just pure craziness and energy. The band consists of Iain Eccleston on guitars, Tom Pepper on vocals, Ben Wilshire on bass and, last but definitely not least, Josh Armitage on drums and they are also the creators of the game LFDR coming to an app soon.

Iain and Tom met about 5 years ago while Iain was playing at a disabled people’s home. Eventually they met up to do some writing and wrote a whole album in a month, which included most of the songs for the EP. After developing the sound and doing some recording sessions, they got Josh involved and after putting out an advert for a bassist, Ben became the final member, as he was the perfect choice. They have now been together for just almost a year now and not only are these four guys very talented, they also have fun doing what they do.

This metal grunge band certainly know how to pack a lot into six tracks. The first couple of songs are fast and furious and track two ‘Hate Your Leaders’ which now has a video on YouTube, certainly shows how much talent these guys have. This track goes from total madness to almost hypnotic in the middle section and this certainly gives you a chance to hear Tom’s epic voice. Then no sooner as you start to take a breath, Iain’s impressive guitar riffs blast your eardrums once again.

The music and lyrics are written by Iain and Tom and the artwork was produced by Mateusz “The Executor” Lejman. The band’s logo was what first drew them to my attention and, after hearing the guys, they were a breath of fresh air of a band who seem to have so much talent coming onto the scene.

They won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, having a “parental Advisory explicit content” warning on the cd, but hey not everyone has good taste! Tom’s voice goes from full metal grunge to almost soothing but don’t be fooled, these guys are not for the faint hearted. I can imagine their gigs are non-stop crazy and, with a growing fan base, I think this isn’t all we are going to hear from them. They are loud, they are crazy, they are talented, and I think they have a lot to offer.

One thing I did have a little giggle about was the back of the cd cover has “Unauthorised reproduction of this recording will result in an untimely death!!” printed on it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. 7th Gate
02. Hate Your Leaders
03. Step By Step
04. You Weren’t There Man
05. White Whale
06. Rise Up

LINKS:
https://www.hollowcrown.rocks
http://www.facebook.comhollowcrown.rocks
https://www.imstagram.com/hollowcrown.rocks
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3f0x1hKOYraRK4RXIUoUA

 

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois Stoner / Grunge / Doom band the Hÿss! 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 Patrick Daniel Kennedy the 3rd, but my friends call me PK. I get to play rhythm guitar and a few hot and very sexy leads for our band the Hÿss.
All of the band members have been friends since the 80’s and 90’s. We grew up together listening to the same music, playing in various bands and mostly having fun and laughing and being brothers in life.
In 2011, guitarist Dave Fitzgerald contacted me and wanted to play some music like we did when we were kids. We use to write riffs a lot. We loved Nirvana, Clutch, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Minor Threat, the Misfits, but also loved 70’s rock as well. Dave loved jammin’ on Hendrix, Cream, and Sabbath. Figuring out tunes was fun and “making up” our own combinations of riffs that we were learning was even more fun. We got super into it. Our friendship grew even tighter. Once we started up the Hÿss, I feel like it grew like a fire and we were back to writing cool riffs. Bill Sullivan joined the band and chose to pick up the bass and man oh man, I hadn’t seen the guy in a while and he just hugs me and starts playing like a fucking champ. He has amazing creative riffs and is a smart musician, so we were lucky he joined us. He and Dave learned the blues together in college. Two badass players in my opinion. The drummer, Mike Scales has been our friend for so long I can’t remember when I started hangin’ with the guy. He has an extensive history of playing with cool bands because he has skills. If you give a good listen to “Ghost Army” on the new Hound EP you will be impressed. He joined us immediately once he saw how awesome we looked in our cool stage outfits. My jeans had a rip just above the knee. And that combined with our cool riffs? How could he resist? The singer Matt McDonald is a guy we all grew up with even though he lived all the way up on the North Side of Chicago. He was the lead singer of Chicago punk band Renegade A-Bomb back in the 90’s. He was a legend and he gave the Hÿss a shot and it was like lighting. Matt’s interests are reading about history and apocalyptic situations. That’s his jam, so we like to write some fun sounding but dark material. It works great with the music and I always like where his head’s at on these songs. He’s a great writer and has a creative mind and a voice that’s as powerful as a t-rex on a horny day. Eventually we put together a lot of cool songs and have been giving it our best shot around town for a while and it’s been a ton of fun and people are really digging the sound. It’s exciting!

How did you come up with our band name?

The snake is the international beast of rock n’ roll and stoner rock music alike, and the Hÿss is the first sound you hear before the crack of the snake bite. This name is cool when you spell it with a Y and give it an umlaut, like a little snake bite. We are the Hÿss, you know… that sound.

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

America. There is a ton of new music and genres spinning off of the gods of metal: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, etc. 1980’s America had the best metal. A lot of people are enjoying what’s coming from all over the world now thanks to the internet. It’s a universe of music these days and it’s pretty amazing to watch other cultures and countries create new metal and pay their respect to old metal from where I live at the same time. It’s interesting and amazing and a lot of it is really bad A, these kids aren’t fking around.

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

Our band is very proud to say we are finished with our official debut 5-track EP “Hound”, a few killer songs we have been perfecting and we just love playing them. We really wanted to kick the door open with some high energy doom on this and we feel like it really turned out the way we wanted it to. Pete Grossmann is an awesome sound engineer, and he really helped us bring the whole thing to life and portray our music just as we heard it in our heads when we imagined it. We enjoyed working with him and we are very happy with the way it turned out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m usually inspired by my friends who seem to get better at their instruments than me at a very rapid pace. That, and I’ve been digging Unknown Hinson lately. I know that’s not a metal musician, but the guy’s an amazing player and I like how hilarious he is and how fast he goes. I like shifting through genres to get my fingers to move faster; it keeps me on my toes.

What first got you into music?

When I was little, I would listen to my parent’s Beatles records and my sister’s Queen Tapes. My friend and Hÿss axe slinger Dave had a guitar he found in the trash and we started making up songs, he got good fast and I wanted to do the same. I have to say my friends and family are the people who got me into music. I practiced enough that my parents bought me a nice Washburn acoustic for Christmas. Was the nicest gift ever!

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

Any band or musician that would be nice to me. Haha! Or Clutch, that would rule. They have a real testosterone robot sound and those dudes get mad respect across the land. I love their music and if they wanted us to open for them my heart would pound. Could you imagine? I wish.

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

Lollapalooza so I don’t have to drive far.

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

I have never been given anything. If I were it would be the weirdest gift by default because I couldn’t possibly believe anyone would give me anything Haha!

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

Thanks for liking our music and for supporting live music and for being a cool person on this earth.

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

Kurt Cobain, because I have a feeling he would have gone solo and made a bunch of cool folk songs. That’s my prediction and I want to be right.

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

I love playing out with friends. The human connection of matching sounds up is a strange feeling and I’ve been enjoying that high my entire life.
I hate moving equipment and I don’t like ego maniacs. Lotta those folks out there!

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

I would kill the American Idol thing fast. Kids that sound like they would make badass singers in other types of music are told they “can’t sing” WTF is that? If I sing Happy Birthday, can I sing? And I feel like those millions of dollars travelling all through our lands and have tons of talented kids line up only to be insulted into giving up on music by some washed up celebrities. It’s like a cancer. I hope kids turn that shit off and go scream into a mic anyway!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Incesticide”. I love the pop on those tracks and then the album just gets hard and heavy and the riffs are flawless. I love the way they wrote those songs and the band is just one of my all-time favourites.

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

These days it’s downloads but, if I’m honest, I prefer CD’s. The sound quality was just fine and you usually ended up listening to the entire album rather than skip songs and bands all day like an asshole.

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

The best gig in my opinion was at The Forge in Blue Island. It’s a small bar, but it’s in our neighbourhood on the Southside of Chicago and all our friend’s bands were there. It was outside and lots of people came out and we had a great time that night. I love those nights.

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

Probably a rocket scientist that solves crimes in space. It would be boring though since the crime rate in space is very low.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four other Hÿss members plus Bill Gates and see if he can lend us some money.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking forward to parading our new “Hound” around town and then maybe start working on another recording. We also have a lot of new material to work on so we definitely have our hands full!

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

You can find the Hÿss on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Instagram!
https://www.facebook.com/thehyss/
https://www.instagram.com/thehyss/
https://thehyss.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/thehyss

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Anything baked in 1927 is a biscuit by now.

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

Thank you for putting us out there with these fun questions. I hope you will pound the Hound by the Hÿss and enjoy it as much as we do!

 

the Hÿss

 

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Party Of The Sin – Party Of The Sin

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Party Of The Sin – Party Of The Sin
Independent
Release Date: 2017
Running Time: 49:46
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Before I crack on with the review of this album, I would just like to thank the band for their amazing patience in waiting for this. At Ever Metal, we receive hundreds of albums to review and, still only being quite small, we cannot review everything. That being said, we promised these guys we would take a listen to their album and we always try to deliver on our promises.

I received the album a good few weeks ago but, due to personal circumstances and illness, it took me a while to get around to actually listening to it. And boy, should I have done it sooner!

Party Of The Sin are a Chilean band from Santiago and, to be honest, that is about the extent of my knowledge of them. I spent ages scouring the internet looking for information and there really is not much to find! Is this a band who like to keep themselves to themselves or are they SO new, that even the internet doesn’t know much about them? Whichever is the case, this is a band who should be promoting themselves EVERYWHERE and getting their name out to the many people who have yet to hear about them.

From the very first track, single ‘Explode’ I loved this album, and near on two weeks in my car is testament to that. Their Facebook page states they are “psychedelic Anglo rock” but this is not something I would necessarily agree with. Why we are still in an age where we must categorise and pigeon-hole music I don’t know, but seeing as we are, I really don’t know where they would be placed on the rock / metal spectrum.

At first, they come across as a rock band, in the vein of Def Leppard or Inglorious or Alterbridge. But after a while, you can also hear a hint of grunge creeping in. I was big into the grunge era in the early 90’s, and I can definitely hear influences from bands such as Pearl Jam, who were one of my favourites. Whether this was done deliberately I don’t know but it seems to work.

This is a band who are full of talent and really should be heard by a lot more people, which is where me and my review come in! If I can turn one more person onto their music, then I have done my job!

The band is made up of four guys and they are shown on their Facebook in the following manner: Crazy Drums – Pablo Stagnaro, Groovy Bass Guitar – Zack Arnstein, Magic Lead Guitar – Fernando Cordero and Emotional Vocals – Gabriel Sara, and I can’t personally think of a better way to describe them! Each one has something unique to bring to the table and together they mix extremely well, almost sounding as if they have been playing together for many years.

The album has a bit of a feel-good vibe to it. In terms of originality it doesn‘t bring anything new and much of it has, and to coin an over-used phrase, already “been done before!” BUT how many bands these days actually come up with anything totally original. These guys play great music, and they love what they do! They are passionate, ambitious and, above all, they believe in themselves! In this day and age, with too many bands being shot down before they have even started, to see a band who believe in what they can do, and seemingly not giving a stuff what anyone else thinks, is great.

Right from the offset, I was always going to give this album an 8 out of 10. I love the mix of rock songs with the more ballady types (I’ve always been a sucker for a ballad) and there really is not a bad song on the album (again, I know that is probably another over-used cliché.) Stand out songs for me also happen to be the singles released, ‘Another Sun’, ‘Explode’ and my absolute favourite on the album ‘My Head.’

But, after a few run throughs though, I changed this to a 9 out of 10. I loved it right from the start, but it grew on me a LOT more too, and no doubt, it might have even made its way up to nearly a 10 (and I don’t give those out that often!)

If you have never heard of these guys before, please go out and give this an album a listen. You will not be disappointed!

TRACKLIST:
01 Explode
02 She Stole
03 My Head
04 One Way Love
05 Another Sun (Short Version)
06 Falls
07 Live Forever
08 Celebration
09 Streets Of Man
10 Weaker
11 Another Sun

SOCIAL MEDIA:
http://www.partyofthesin.com/
https://www.facebook.com/partyofthesin

https://www.instagram.com/partyofthesin/

http://invocation.co/show/performer/party-of-the-sin
https://www.youtube.com/PartyOfTheSin

 

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Interview with Chris LoPorto, Vocalist for Can’t Swim

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Interview with Chris LoPorto, Vocalist for Can’t Swim
Interview by Stephen Moss

Hi Everyone , Rick Here,

On 1st December our, Stateside, guest reviewer Stephen Moss went to see US rock band Can’t Swim play a gig at the (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. Whilst he was there he also managed to do an interview with vocalist Chris LoPorto. I’d like to thank Stephen and Andy Jansons at JM Pressphoto Agency for sending us the interview and, of course to Chris for answering the questions!

 

Stephen Moss: “Your uncle was a famous drummer and you played drums in many bands. When you took the role of lead singer and guitar player, did you find yourself overly critiquing the drum lines because you had so much experience as a drummer, or did you give your drummer the freedom to make their own lines?”

Chris LoPorto: “I recorded the drums on our first release. Now, Danny and I split the drumming duty when we record. But i’m not a control freak in any way, whoever is playing drums for us live, I always tell them to add their own spice to the parts.”

Stephen Moss: “How has your writing style evolved since you first released your Death Deserves a Name – EP?”

Chris LoPorto: “I think I have a better idea of what I want Can’t Swim to be now. I know what we can and cannot do. Also, it’s far more collaborative, we are a band who make records together, not just myself making demos on a laptop anymore.”

Stephen Moss: “It’s been said, “Music can cure things medicine can’t.” For many song writers, writing is therapeutic and it’s a way to help themselves. What’s it been like to hear stories and talk to people who use your music as a therapy treatment to help them cope with their life?”

Chris LoPorto: “It’s lovely and something I never thought would happen. Gives me a sense of purpose and pushes me to work hard at this band. It’s a realization that it’s not just loud rock music, if a person can feel better about their situation hearing about what I’ve been through, that’s a very special thing.”

Stephen Moss: “When you’re playing on stage and you hear the crowd singing your songs, are you able to take a second and soak that in or are you focused on the chords and the next lyrics?”

Chris LoPorto: “My job is very easy on stage, I can totally focus on the crowd and take it in. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”

Stephen Moss: “When writing songs, do you write the lyrics first or the music first?”

Chris LoPorto: “Depends. Usually the music and melody come first. Then i’ll write words to fit the melodies. I like for the vibe of the music to inspire the lyrics.”

Stephen Moss: “You had said before that some of your songs are first done on acoustic guitar. Is there any plans on doing an unplugged album?”

Chris LoPorto: “Oh jeez, I hope not hahaha.”

Stephen Moss: “You guys do a great live show, any plans for a live album or a cover album?”

Chris LoPorto: “I don’t think so, no.”

Stephen Moss: “If you could pick one band to tour with past or present, who would it be and why?”

Chris LoPorto: “Drake. I listen to his records a lot and he seems like a friendly guy.”

Stephen Moss: “Are you a sports fans?”

Chris LoPorto: “I’m not.”

Stephen Moss: “As someone from NJ, I have to ask…Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?”

Chris LoPorto: “Go veg, save the planet.”

Stephen Moss: “I spoke to Jesse from 10 Years and he said “I’ve been all around the world but there’s something special about coming to Knoxville because it’s home.” You guys have also toured around the globe. Is it still special coming back to Jersey?”

Chris LoPorto: “It’s funny, we started the band so abruptly, we don’t have much of a hometown feeling when playing NJ. it’s great to see friends and family but, we’ve probably played Nebraska just as much as we’ve played NJ.”

Stephen Moss: “So far, what’s been your favourite city to play a show in?”

Chris LoPorto: “Orlando.”

Stephen Moss: “What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened on the road?”

Chris LoPorto: “I’ve spent 3 years of my life looking at interstates.”

Stephen Moss: “As a band, what are some of your goals?”

Chris LoPorto: “We don’t really get too caught up in that stuff. We love what we are doing now and just want to do it more often. Getting a chance to play shows and make records is something we don’t take for granted.”

Stephen Moss: “Your tour schedule is crazy busy! Many shows are played back to back. How are you able to give 100% each show?”

Chris LoPorto: “Coffee! A lot of coffee!”

Stephen Moss: “I wish I was kidding but, every time I wear your shirt people ask me if I can swim. It’s a clever name because then I have to explain to them that it’s a band and we end up having a conversation about your band. So, I have to ask you, Have you learned to swim yet?”

Chris LoPorto: “Certainly not. Don’t plan on it either cause I can’t think of what else to call the band.”

Stephen Moss: “Will you be putting more of your videos on Apple Music?”

Chris LoPorto: “I have no idea. I don’t even have a smart phone.”

Stephen Moss: “I’m asking for selfish reasons but, there is a beautiful venue in Jersey City called “White Eagle Hall” or “Maxwells” in Hoboken where Nirvana played. Do you guys have plans to play any North Jersey gigs?”

Chris LoPorto: “Do they still do shows at Maxwells? I would love to play there, hook it up.”

Stephen Moss: “Do you guys still keep in touch with Andrea? (ex Can’t Swim drummer and long time friend) If so, any plans on having her be a special appearance and drum on a few tracks or shows?”

Chris LoPorto: “Totally, she played drums on two tracks of our newest record.”

Stephen Moss: “Did you guys have an epiphany moment where you realized, “Hey, we can do this full time.” Like, at what moment did you realize that this band had something special?”

Chris LoPorto: “When we first got signed, tours quickly started rolling in and we didn’t even have a chance to ponder if we could do it or not, we just had to. I think i’m still in that mind set almost like the alarm is going off and i’m rushing to make it to work on time.”

Stephen Moss: “When preparing for this interview, I was talking with a very good friend of mine named Melissa. Her favourite band is Taking Back Sunday. I asked her if she had the opportunity to interview Taking Back Sunday, what would she ask? She said two things, 1) “Can I be your best friend?” And 2) “Can I touch your hair?” Hahahaha. This made me think, what’s some weird things that you’ve been asked during an interview?”

Chris LoPorto: “If someone asks me if I can swim or if pineapple belongs on pizza, I’m probably going to quit the band.”

Stephen Moss: “Thank you for your time. I’ll see you at your next show in Jersey/NYC.”

Chris LoPorto: “Likewise. Be well and thanks for doing this.”

CHECK OUT CAN’T SWIM AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
https://www.cantswimmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cantswim/

https://www.instagram.com/cantswim_/
https://cantswimmusic.tumblr.com/

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