EMQ’s with THE BLOOD REPUBLIC

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EMQ’s with THE BLOOD REPUBLIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, England based Grunge/Psychedelic Metal band, The Blood Republic. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist, Zak Muller, 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 Zak Muller, I am primarily a guitarist and singer, but I am also a multi-instrumentalist.

I started The Blood Republic in 2018 as a solo project, but with a band name, as I liked the vibe of the name. I released an album called ‘Into The Earth’ in 2019 and then after that I moved to New York and released a few stand-alone singles as my sound was slowly developing. I was in New York until the pandemic hit. That’s when I came back to the UK and started work on my upcoming album “Archonic”. ‘Unbound’ is the first single from the album!

How did you come up with your band name?

I had been trying to come up with a band name for this project for months. Every day I had been racking my brains, writing down literally hundreds of different ideas. The Blood Republic just came to me though. One morning it was just in my head when I woke up. It was really cool. I had that feeling when you’re like, yes, that’s the name! It was cool, but it also represented what I wanted to be doing musically and visually with the project!

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

I’m basically from London and the scene here is pretty great for Metal/Rock. The UK in general even has quite a few Metal/Rock bands in the charts at the moment.

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

My latest release is a single called ‘Unbound’ which is the first song from my new album “Archonic” which is coming out this year. I’m releasing one song per month. Almost like an episode from a series.

‘Unbound’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I take influences from many places. As a songwriter I’m inspired by artists like Nine Inch Nails, Alter Bridge and Chris Cornell. I love anything that is interesting and thought provoking but also melodic and catchy.

What first got you into music?

I first got into music as a drummer when I was very young. I loved rock music from a young age also, I didn’t know much about it. I just know how it made me feel when it came on the radio. It just made me feel cool! Haha

Then when I was about 11 years old, I started playing guitar and was immediately drawn to song writing. My dad bought me a small USB audio interface so I could record songs into the computer and that is pretty much where everything started for me. I get a lot of praise for my guitar abilities, but I have always identified myself more as a songwriter. That’s where my passion is.

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

I would love to collaborate with Trent Reznor.

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

I have played some incredible festivals over my career so far. All with my previous band ‘Wild Lies’. So, if I was to play any of those festivals again. It would be Download Festival. I have played there 3 times and it’s going to be a dream come true to play there for a 4th time.

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

I couldn’t say that any gift I have received has been weird as it’s always so humbling to be given something from a fan. However, I was given a bracelet from a fan that told me it was the bracelet he was wearing when his daughter was born. It wasn’t weird though. I thought it was kind of beautiful!

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

Thank you so much for supporting my journey and feeding my passion to create music for people to enjoy.

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

Chris Cornell

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

I love always having a mission. Like, there is never a moment where you have to feel bored because there is always something to do. Whether it’s writing a new song, tweaking a mix, making a music video, doing some social media marketing, making a t-shirt design. Being a musician nowadays is so exhilarating and it really develops you as a creative and an artist.

I suppose the thing that can be hard about being a musician is being honest with yourself when you are writing lyrics. Sometimes you can uncover feelings that you didn’t know were even there and suddenly they are staring you right in the eye.

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

To be honest, I know it seems like most musicians hate the music industry today, but I’m honestly so grateful for it. The way the industry is today means that the band in their garage has just as much chance as the big players. Labels used to be the gate keepers of success and that’s just not so much the case now.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The self-titled Audioslave album is a work of pure genius!

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

I grew up in the era of CD’s and I still love them. I loved the booklets, it’s a whole experience.

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

I’m not sure I can pin point one gig but the festival tour I did opening for Iron Maiden was pretty insane.

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

I would probably be an actor. I’m still interested in doing that as well as being a musician though.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Steven Tyler, Joe Rogan, Bill Burr and Lady Gaga!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing the new album and getting back on stage!

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

www.thebloodrepublic.com/
www.facebook.com/thebloodrepublic
www.instagram.com/thebloodrepublic/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2CeLNpnZMuiGKpVPX34BzH
www.youtube.com/channel/UCFnQnL9yWzgG6GKGOoVRcVA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake!! I don’t like them that much though! Haha.

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

Thank you for the interview! To anyone reading, go check out the new single on Spotify! A new music video is now also available on YouTube!

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INTERVIEW WITH DEAD ORIGINAL

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INTERVIEW WITH DEAD ORIGINAL
A chat with Paul Wandtke!
By Stephanie Stevens

Dead Original is from Chicago, IL featuring singer/songwriter Paul Wandtke (ex-Trivium, Rock of Ages) drummer Sean McCole, and bassist Mike Petrasek (Bedlem). Fusing together groove, grunge rock vibes in a straight ahead ‘less is more’ rock destination. Dead Original are on the verge of releasing their debut album on February 26th which contains melodic hooks with lyrics for the tortured soul. The guys are promoting the release of“Bought And Sold” with FREE WORLDWIDE shipping and the album features over 13 tracks written and produced by Dead Original.

https://deadoriginal.com/merch/boughtandsold

The guys have given fans and the music world a sneak peek of some of the tracks on the album with ‘Restrained’, ‘Let It Burn’ and the most recent single ‘Blasted’.

I had a chance to speak with Paul Wandtke about the new record, leaving Trivium and working with fresh musicians in McCole and Petrasek, what they miss about touring and the most fulfilling part of being a musician.

Q: How long did it take you guys to write and record “BOUGHT AND SOLD” and how would you define the overall sound of this new band to fans and the music world just hearing about you?

A: It took about 6 months. It’s pretty straight ahead, you’ll know what Dead Original is about after a verse and chorus of one song. I engineered it at our music studio at The Music Garage in Chicago, IL, using Logic Pro and an Apollo interface. It was literally 3 months after I had left Trivium. I simply didn’t know what else to do, either find another gig or make new music on my own. To be honest I didn’t even know if it was going to work having been a drummer my whole life. But as Dave Grohl says, do it, even if you suck.

Q: You had drummed for Trivium and bassist Mike Petrasek is currently from Bedlem. To fans who don’t know the process of a band member leaving one band to start another, what kind of emotional toll if any goes through you as you start to build and begin with a new foundation of a band?

A: Being in a band is frustrating because one person that isn’t on board 110% can negatively impact a band. You’re literally only as strong as your weakest link.

Q: The album comes out Feb 26th, 2021 and you guys have released a few singles. Did you have certain reasoning why you put out each single when you did and do you feel that the songs build on each other?

A: The release was simply delayed due to the pandemic, so we just kept releasing singles!

Q: I love the harmonies vocally in the newest single ‘BLASTED’. When you guys sit down to write do you find it easier to write lyrics once you have a melody or vice versa and what do you believe is the most important thing about songwriting?

A: As of now, Dead Original was not a collaborative effort for the first album “Bought And Sold”, I literally tracked and wrote it all before finding Mike and Sean. Bedlem however is a collaborative effort, Mike and I exchange vocal melodies and lyrical ideas with Bedlem. That’s more of Mike’s vision lyrically and I support his ideas in Bedlem. Sean is a solo artist he’s a great songwriter on his own too.

Q: ‘LET IT BURN’ was probably the song that made me a fan of the band, I love the grungy gritty aspects with a ton of melody. What for you is the proudest moment of that song and if you could define the meaning of the song in 3 words what would it be?

A: I’m proudest of the fact that it is a slow riff but it’s still kind of energetic. I think we are on the cusp of being a generic band by being so simple, but we somehow pull it off, especially live.

Q: If you could pick the brain of any musician that has left us who would you want to sit down with and just be blessed with their knowledge of the music world?

A: Ray Manzarek from the DOORS because the guy was a genius.

Q: What is the most fulfilling thing for you on a personal level to be able to do this kind of job for a living?

A: Music is freedom whether you’re a fan or an artist of music or both. So, for us, it’s the freedom that we feel we are sharing with people and we love that.

Q: I thought it was sweet your fans were concerned about your video making for some of the singles you did for this album. How did you ease the worries and how did knowing people care that much mean to you?

A: It’s pretty cool. We like being connected like that!

Q: recently a lot of bands and artists are talking about cancel culture and being banned or taken off some media platforms! How do you guys view the likes of some of them taking their career on themselves and your view of the cancelling of some people’s freedom of speech?

A: It’s all just freedom of speech, if you believe in yourself keep on the good fight in whatever you are fighting for.

Q: What is the biggest part of touring that you miss and what do you think is going to be the biggest thing to shake the rust off once you start doing it again?

A: We miss the free vodka backstage, we never realized how expensive alcohol is until this pandemic hit. On a more serious note, we love playing shows and we miss that!

Q Empower other artists and give them a piece of advice?

A: We are living in interesting times. There’s so much knowledge out there! Go study/become a musician!

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Blasted’ (Official Video)

Dead Original Promo Pic

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Operation Hurricane – White Walls EP

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Operation Hurricane – White Walls EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 27/11/2020
Running Time: 17:47
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

Hailing from the largely untapped haven of the Netherlands, three-piece Operation Hurricane offer up a debut release of their particular brand of “pseudo-grunge”, a self-defined genre that mixes grunge, prog, punk and pop. Compare “White Walls” to their previous singles ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘Fly’ and you can see why they opt for a loose definition of their sound, with the former presenting itself as a more stoner rock-ian affair whilst the latter exists somewhere between pop punk and classic car stereo hard rock.

And honestly, why commit yourself to just one genre? The trio are all university students, a place where different cultures, ideas and experiences collide, and Operation Hurricane seem set on a similar journey with their music.

‘WW//BC’ is a short, snappy affair to open proceedings, sitting on classic rock tropes as Max Coenders rhythmically lashes his snare into submission, whilst Jari Stoppelenburg maintains the flow of the song with his noodling bassline. From the straightforward opener, we go into the first big highlight from the EP, ‘-Undefined-‘; a stage-ready alt rock banger that seems to be taking notes from the likes of Foo Fighters and QOTSA. Frontman Jurriaan Kurpershoek possesses a smooth, brooding voice akin to Jock from Puppy that whilst it does stick to a fairly narrow lane, it fits in conjunction so well with the music, the lads clearly acknowledging their strengths and how to work around each other.

‘Bittersweet’ and ‘So It Goes’ bring the pace down to more gloomier affairs, stylising themselves around more grunge royalty, with doomier elements borrowed from Alice in Chains and acoustic, more brooding vibes harking back to Pearl Jam.

Final track ‘Lose Control’ brings back the in-your-face rock seen earlier on the EP with more choruses begging for a live atmosphere. Lyrically exploring mental health issues that are becoming all too apparent for many people, delivered with such energy and gravitas almost in competition with those bad vibes. Again, the combination of Jari and Max producing leering, crawling verses that explode into a rapturous, high-energy chorus may be an easy win or cheap pop (to borrow a wrestling term) but hey, it works for a reason.

“White Walls” is a fun opening gambit for a very young band. Acknowledging early their openness to have a bit of genre fluidity will mean a variety of rock ideas not hampered by imaginary gateposts. I mean it worked great for the likes of Puppy, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Jamie Lenman. Plus, big sounding choruses this early on is a huge positive going forward.

TRACKLISTING:
01. WW//BC
02. -Undefined-
03. Bittersweet
04. So It Goes.
05. Lose Control

LINE-UP:
Jurriaan Kurpershoek – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jari Stoppelenburg – Bass, Backing Vocals
Max Coenders – Drums

LINKS:

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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

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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

 

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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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