EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

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

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

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

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

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

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

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

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Photo by Film Free Photography

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EMQ’s with MOJO ALICE

EMQ’s with MOJO ALICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Wellington, New Zealand based Hard Rock/Heavy Blues band Mojo Alice. Huge thanks to guitarist Bro-d 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?

Hey, I’m Bro-d, Guitar player for “Mojo Alice”. We formed in 2016 started writing original music and in 2018 made the national finals of the NZ Battle of the Bands (which was the last 15 bands out of 80 entrants.) In 2019 we recorded and released our debut album “Liquid Sin”. In June 2020 we signed with USA management company 434. While we’re very focused we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We love sitting around together having a few drinks and a laugh.

How did you come up with your band name?

Basically – Mojo is for the blues influence, the voodoo, beats, balls & guitar riffs you’ll find in our songs. Alice (reflective of Alice in Wonderland ) is for the story telling. Together – it just sounds weird enough to stick in your head and inevitably, that is what we want!

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

We are from New Zealand! The music scene as a whole is really strong here and seems to just keep getting stronger with new great bands coming through all the time.

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

Our debut album came out almost 1 year ago exactly! It’s called “Liquid Sin” and we are really proud of it. Its pure Stomp Rock!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Probably AC/DC is my biggest influence – everything else kinda branched off them. The rock, the blues – they have it all.

What first got you into music?

My Dad was in bands as a drummer growing up and still is. We always had good music on in the cars and around home which must have had an effect on me.

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

Ahhh not too sure about that one. I am pretty keen to stick to our band for the moment.

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

No doubt that would be Ozzfest – The greatest heavy metal festival in the world

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

Drawings of the band are always funny. Some are better than others haha!

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

Spread the Stomp Rock!

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

The greatest metal guitarist of all time – Dimebag from Pantera

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

I like being creative and being in a band is great fun. I hate that if you do not practice – you lose it

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

It should not be “who you know” to get somewhere. It should be the best bands who have great songs that are on the radio etc. There are a lot of politics and untrustworthy people in the music business which is no secret.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” – Guns N’ Roses

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

Vinyl for the old school cool factor.

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

Opening for “The Feelers” last year in Wellington. They are a successful band from New Zealand and it was a lot of fun.

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

Hmmmm, teaching guitar?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead and alive? Angus Young from AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Dimebag from Pantera,

Zakk Wylde and Ozzy…now that would be a good time!

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully playing some shows over the summer and writing a new album which we are excited for!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.mojoaliceband.com/
www.facebook.com/MojoAlice/
www.instagram.com/mojo_alice/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/45GM6LXVzYojhSPNMw3sLD
www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjM-T28pWfK2mhsII-axQw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Fuck knows! Never heard of them haha, sounds like a cake though.

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

Thanks so much for the questions – It was a lot of fun.
Spread the Stomp Rock \m/

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EMQ’s with D.I.G

EMQ’s with D.I.G

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bengtsfors, Sweden based Hard Rock Power Trio D.I.G. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Björn Holmström 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 Björn and I play guitar and sing in D.I.G. The history of the band is that we formed for my 30th birthday party. We played some covers and found that playing together was really fun! Since I had some tunes written we continued to play, and the rest is history so to speak 😉

How did you come up with your band name?

Getting a good band name is one of the hardest things ever! And our name might not be the easiest but it was fun when we decided. We had a little band party and we joked around with names. This was during Christmas time and I said “dopp I grytan” in English that would be “dip in the pot” it´s a Swedish Christmas thing 😊 and then we just put dots between and hey you got D.I.G!

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

We are from Sweden. Sweden has produced a lot of metal bands so the scenes for bands are pretty good! There are a lot of good metal studios and producers. What is not good is the live scene! The rock metal scene is getting smaller every year with clubs closing down or shifting focus. People need to get out off the couch and support live music.

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

We have a pretty new single out called ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’. A pretty straight forward rock song! And we will probably release a new single in October.

‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My parents always loved music, my dad played guitar and my mom played piano. So, I guess they are the ones that got me into music. But I remember KISS was the first big influence. But man, I have soooo many bands I like and that I feel have influenced me a lot.

What first got you into music?

KISS made me get interested in music and the at age 13-14 me and a childhood friend started our first band! We played a bunch of Black Sabbath songs but I don’t think we ever wrote our own material.

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

Since I´m a rocker I would get Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater and more) on drums, Dug Pinnick on bass (King´s X) Mark Tremonti on guitar (Alter Bridge) and Russel Allen on vocals (Symphony X) And I would just hang around and try to act as cool as possible haha.

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

Sweden Rock Festival! Since it´s the biggest rock festival in Sweden it would be so much fun the be able to play there! But also, Hellfest in France would be cool! Just such an amazing festival and the feeling is so cool there.

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

Weeeell, do we have fans haha? Yeah some! But getting a gift hmmm don’t know if that has happened yet? May be some beer and booze haha.

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

Hang on! This corona shit will end and then we will get back on the road and we hope to see you all then!

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

Chris Cornell! Miss that voice so much!

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

The community! Musicians getting together and talking music and gear that’s the best!

I do hate that people don’t take musicians and music seriously. Music today is just something that people take for granted, or at least the masses do. Everybody I know listens to music but they don’t want to contribute to the craft behind it. Just pay Spotify and everything is ok! People need to support music and artists so that they can survive and keep on doing music.

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

I would like bands and artists to have a fair chance of making a living on music! People need to understand music ain’t free. We do put a lot of time into our craft, learning to play, writing music, recording music, releasing music! It´s a long chain and today people go on youtube to watch music and Spotify to listen. I think Spotify should be like 39 dollars per month and they should start paying the artist more per stream! Feels like I could rant on forever hehe.

But yeah there are a lot of things to change!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of, not the most! But one of my favourite albums is “Images And Words” by Dream Theater. Just a classic album!

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

I see it like this! For audio quality CD! If an album is made today it would sound better on CD. Vinyl is great for albums that was originally released on vinyl. A Cassette is just hipster to me haha.

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

Bomber Bar in Motala (Sweden) and Lilla helfvetet in Mora (Sweden) Great gigs with great people! I really hope they can survive during these hard times cause we would love to go back there!

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

Own a BBQ joint! I love to cook and BBQ is the best!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oh man that’s tough! It should be interesting people and fun! Like this I think

1. Quentin Tarantino, cause he can talk a lot. 2. The Johansson brothers (ex Yngwie) because they can get the party going haha. 3. Sofia Vergara, Actress, she seems funny and pretty good looking. 4. Ricky Gervais, no comments needed. 5. Karl Pilkington!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to hit the studio and record music! We plan to release an album by the end of the year.

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

Please follow us on:
www.facebook.com/digband/
www.youtube.com/c/digtheband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6hu6g5p29GPAydztJU7wU1

We are also on Spotify ,Itunes and more! Just search for D.I.G and listen to the songs ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ and ‘Think’ to get an idea of who we are.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What are Jaffa Cakes?????? Please send some 😉

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EMQ’s with TENSION RISING

EMQ’s with TENSION RISING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City based Hard Rock/Alt Metal band Tension Rising. 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?

Nicky: Tension Rising. We’re a hard rock/alt-metal four-piece band. Chris and I met in college back in 2008. We started up a cover band, played a few local gigs for about a year, and we decided to start writing our own material. I knew Alex from high school, and around 2015, we needed a new bass player. He professed strong interest in joining, and I knew he would add a new dimension to what we were trying to accomplish.

How did you come up with your band name?

Chris: I was working as a home attendant for a physically handicapped teen. Like any other school day, I brought him home, and was getting ready to leave for the day. His little brother, Tyler, who was a big fan of music in general, and a fan of the band, came over to me and stopped me at the door and said, “I have an idea for a band name!” I said, “Okay, what do you got?” He said, “What do you think of the name, Tension Rising?” I stood there for a moment, and said “Wow… that’s really good.” Later on, I brought the idea of Tension Rising to the rest of the guys in the band, and they all loved it. Nick had a list of something like 50+ names that he crumpled into a ball and threw away after hearing it. The rest is history! Tyler, if you’re reading this, thank you for the awesome band name idea! You’re awesome!

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

Alex: We’re all from the US, specifically from NYC. Unfortunately, the metal scene is struggling here. There are definitely still loyal fans to be found here, but the choices for venues was already shrinking before COVID-19, and it’s a little scary to think about what it will look like as things start to get back to “normal” – We’re trying to stay as optimistic as possible!

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

Alex: We just put out a new single/lyric video for ‘Doomsayer’ which can be found here:

Our upcoming album “PENUMBRA” is coming out on September 7, 2020. We’re really excited about it! It’s the first Tension Rising album that I’ve been a part of. Aside from being very involved in the writing, and of course playing bass, I also did a lot of backing vocals on this album, which is something I haven’t done much of in the past for any of my other musical endeavours. I’m also proud to say that I was the recording and mixing engineer for this album as well!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nicky: From a guitar player standpoint, I would say Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nuno Bettencourt, and Steve Lukather

Alex: Led Zeppelin is the band that made me want to become a musician. Dream Theater is the band that most influenced my musical trajectory. I also love Neal Morse, Symphony X, Haken, and The Beatles.

What first got you into music?

Nicky: I would have to say it was the day one of my long-time friends called me to come hang at his backyard, because he just bought an electric guitar. He let me try it out, and when I hit my first disgusting, out-of-tune chord, I was hooked. It just felt like such a rush. My birthday was coming around the corner, so I knew what to ask my parents for. I wouldn’t call myself a musician, though. I just still love to play, twenty years later.

Alex: It all started with hearing “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin one day while exploring internet radio stations on AOL in my mid-teens. I heard the guitar riffs in that song, and just knew that I needed to learn how to do that. I had no musical inclinations before this, but from that day forward, I knew I was going to become a musician, and I haven’t looked back since.

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

Nicky: If being alive passes for “current”, Sir Paul McCartney. He’s a Beatle, for crying out loud. Just let me steal a sliver of that songwriting magic.

Alex: I’d have to say it’s a tie between John Petrucci, Neal Morse, and Mike Portnoy. Each of them have played such a huge role in my musical development and tastes, and it would be life-changing to be able to collaborate with any of them.

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

Nicky: Coachella, just to troll and annoy most of the attendees who wouldn’t get what we’re about.

Alex: Frankly, I’d love for Tension Rising to play in any and all festivals that appreciate metal.

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

Nicky: I don’t think we’ve ever received any gifts, in general. Maybe we’ve been on the Naughty List for too long.

Alex: I received a block of cheddar cheese, sealed in its packaging from a fan. That fan ended up becoming my better half, Gail. You heard it here folks: if a fan gives you cheese, it’s a big deal.

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

Nicky: Thank you for sticking with us over the years. We love you, and we can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.

Alex: All I can say is that doing this, writing and performing music, is not at all possible without fans who want you to keep doing it. All of the people supporting our musical endeavours mean the absolute world to us.

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

Nicky: Freddie Mercury.

Alex: Hmm. I would’ve also said Freddie. I’ll go with Dio then.

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

Nicky: I’ll start with the negative. It’s a truly thankless endeavour. I’ve watched numerous other musicians over the years, on the local scene, who deserve so much more than living out of the back seat of a van. Even when I browse around YouTube. I see countless musicians just slaying it. Where’s their recognition? If I had to hate one thing about it, it’s the seeming lack of support that afflict hard-working and talented musicians.

On the positive side, you can express yourself in ways that words may not be able to capture. But there’s something special about looking back and saying “I made that”. Whether you wrote it, recorded it, performed it live, or all of the above. There’s a level of personal satisfaction you experience, and no one can take that from you. I think that’s why millions of people all around the world continue to do it, even if you told them they would barely see any money come out of it. Life is short. Do stuff that makes you feel good. Music makes me feel good.

Alex: Like most creative outlets, being a musician allows one to channel their ideas and talents into some kind of medium that can move people and change their emotions just by experiencing it. I find that to be extremely motivating when I’m writing or performing music. As for the negative, I’ll have to echo Nick’s sentiments.

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

Nicky: Further to what I’m most disappointed about being a musician, I wish there was a way to give performers a bigger cut of the pie. It’s a business. I get it. Things change. It still doesn’t change my opinion that it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nicky: Queen – “A Night at the Opera”.

Alex: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”

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

Nicky: I’m indifferent to the format. Digital is certainly more convenient. I care more about the music itself, at the end of the day. Although, I will say, the vinyl album incorporates the concept of cover art, and any other inserts that would accompany the record. It was part of a listening experience. There was a time when you had to physically sit next to a record player and absorb everything. Nowadays, we’re mostly on the go, and music is just a background noise in our ears. There’s give and take with everything.

Alex: Despite being an audio engineer, I’m pretty indifferent to the medium choice. Vinyl has the best sound quality if you have a good system (and your Vinyl is in good condition). I usually opt for CD and download though. As of recently, I usually just import the CD onto my computer right after I buy it anyway.

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

Nicky: Hard to say. Some have definitely been better than others, but even the worst ones always had something about them that served as a learning experience. I wish I had a better answer.

Alex: There have been a lot of cool gigs. One of my favourites would have to be at Webster Hall. Great crowd, tons of energy.

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

Nicky: I used to enjoy writing when I was in grammar school. I might have pursued that venture if I didn’t feel music was in my cards.

Alex: I’m already a musician and audio engineer, so I would just stick with the audio engineering. I love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nicky: For simplicity, my five favourite guitar players – not even just for myself, but for the fanboying that they would probably be throwing back and forth at each other. It would be awesome to sit back and just watch that happen.

Alex: Nothing beats a hangout with my friends and family. Nothing else needed.

What’s next for the band?

Alex: Well, aside from our new album “PENUMBRA” arriving on September 7, 2020, we are happy to say that we will be releasing a lyric video for every single song on the album over the coming months, along with some playthrough videos of the songs. It’s the best we could do right now with shows not being an option yet. We also have plans to release more new music either at the end of this year, or early next year. More details to come in the next few months!

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

Alex: First and foremost, our website is the main hub for everything Tension Rising:

www.tensionrisingband.com/

You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/TensionRisingBand/
www.instagram.com/tension_rising/
www.tensionrising.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ye9XfGDG0cH6ouEyyibwQ/videos

Our music can be found on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, and pretty much anywhere digital music is available.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Alex: Yes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Alex: Thank you for the interview! We had a blast! Please keep supporting bands/musicians that are trying to get their music out there! Sites like yours are 100% necessary for bands like us.

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EMQ’s with ELECTRIC MOB

EMQ’s with ELECTRIC MOB

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Curitiba, Brazil based Hard Rock band Electric Mob. Huge thanks to vocalist Renan Zonta 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 Renan Zonta, the lead singer. Well, long story short, it all started in late 2015 when I decided to move from my hometown (which is Ben’s too) to Curitiba and Ben (guitar) was my first and only call to start a new band. He already knew André (drums) from college and after a few auditions we found Yuri (bass).

How did you come up with your band name?

Actually, “Electric Mob” was the best among the other shitty names we came up with, so here we are, hahaha!

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

We’re from Curitiba, Brazil. The rock scene here is full of great bands, in most various types of rock and metal. One thing that shows the city’s potential is that all four Brazilian acts on Frontiers Music (Electric Mob, Landfall, Semblant and Sculptor) are from the same city. How awesome is that?

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

We just released our first album, “Discharge”, on Frontiers Music srl.

‘Far Off’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are heavily influenced by A LOT of sounds and eras. I’m more into the 70’s blues rock and early metal, Ben is the 80’s guy in the band, André and Yuri are more into 90’s alternative rock and 00’s indie rock, and we all manage all of that to build our sound.

What first got you into music?

My dad’s vinyl collection. When I first heard Motörhead’s “Bomber” my ears melted, and I was like four years old. After that, I got into Iron Maiden and the rest is history.

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

Talking about new bands (not that fresh but whatever), maybe Rival Sons. I love all the records and Jay’s a beast when it comes to singing and writing.

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

Download, Hellfest and Wacken. I dream about just being there watching since I was a kid and never got the chance to travel to those festivals. Be one of the acts would be mind-blowing.

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

Ben has a painting where he’s dressed like Batman holding a Gibson Les Paul. You can’t get weirder than that, hahahaha!

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

Just continue to support us as you do. We are nothing without you and this is just the beginning.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he had a lot to do artistically.

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

Being on stage is the best thing ever. There’s nothing I hate about my job because I have the greatest one, hahaha!

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

The canned processed type of artist who doesn’t give anything to people but bad music and fake material. And I’m not saying this because I’m in a rock band. Everybody knows we have many shitty rock bands out there too.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Free’s “Fire And Water”.

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

I love them all. I mean, I still get vinyl, cassettes and CD’s, but that is my collection. That stays in my house. The fact that you can listen to EVERYTHING with your cell phone and a couple of apps is awesome! Now we can absorb music everywhere.

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

São Paulo, 2018. The first time we did our thing with the place packed of people singing our songs. Best time ever.

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

Probably nothing. I don’t know how to do anything else.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

When it comes to party, only two, but they would have to come from the dead: Bon Scott and Freddie Mercury.

What’s next for the band?

Now we’re about to release the last single from the album. In the meantime, we’re discussing details to make a live stream with the whole band to play the album. Besides that, we are planning some other great stuff we can’t say right now. Sadly, the only way to be with our fans right now is on the screen, but we’ll make it. Together.

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

Mostly Instagram, Facebook and our website.
www.electricmob.com.br
www.youtube.com/ElectricMob
www.facebook.com/ElectricMob
www.instagram.com/ElectricMob
www.deezer.com/br/artist/12922263
www.open.spotify.com/artist/60UZg1QyBrL9FqDsHWpdEb
www.music.apple.com/br/album/discharge/1498106045

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit man, hahaha!

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

I just wanna thank you guys and our fans for all the support. We’re in the beginning of the journey, but it’s been great so far. We love you!

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EMQ’s with DIRTY POWER

EMQ’s with DIRTY POWER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dublin, Ireland based Alt Hard Rock trio Dirty Power. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Brendan 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?

The band is Dirty Power. We’re a trio that plays modern alternative hard rock. I’m Brendan. I started the band, write the songs, play guitar and sing vocals.

Dirty Power was formed in London (UK) sometime around 2013 under a different (very bad) name… We’ve been Dirty Power since 2015. Now we’re based between London (UK) and Dublin (IRL). I brought together some of the most capable rocking musician buddies in the London scene to play (now coming together from all over Europe). Demos were circulated and years of songwriting, recording sessions and touring followed. Some great venues and more established acts all leant a hand in getting Dirty Power on its feet, for which I’m extremely grateful.

For a few years, we gigged and toured without releasing anything officially, because that’s what our influences did, and I wanted Dirty Power to be built on a strong backbone of performing live and writing solid and meaningful- but still actually fun to play- songs. Now we’re putting stuff out. In the meantime, the band has been an evolving collective of musicians, so the line-up of who’s on drums and bass changes from time to time, depending on the way we want to do things. That’s how it was from the early days, so it’s cool to be able to call on different people for different circumstances, especially as the music seems to benefit.

How did you come up with your band name?

I had been searching for absolutely ages, for a name that somehow reflected the light and dark shades of our influences. Something that combined the simple pleasures and raw, electric energy of AC/DC and Rage Against The Machine, with the profundity and craft of Nirvana and Muse. Plus, if there was anything resembling a joke to the name, it would help me from getting sick of it immediately. At a rehearsal, while trying to fix a nightmare buzzing sound coming from my guitar effects pedal board, one of the band’s bassists shrugged in despair and said, “sometimes you just get some dirty power”. I said, “that’s it – that’s the band name!” It ticked a lot of the boxes I wanted ticked. Especially that there was something redemptive about it… A power that’s been dragged through the mud and somehow still made it out the other side, all the better for the experience. That seemed pretty ‘Rock’ to me. It was also silly enough to not be pretentious, because ‘Dirty’ is slang in Ireland for “fucking great”. As in, “I’d murder a dirty pint of Guinness right now”, or “that riff is absolute dirt”.

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

I’m half Irish, half Belgian. The bigger half is Irish, but the Belgian part is powerful too.

Ireland has got some great rock and metal bands, whatever your taste may be, along with some cool venues. For acoustic, look no further than The Scratch and Headtrip Acoustic Project. For experimental instrumental rock check out Bicurious and Restive Nation for some extraordinary rock soundscapes. For absolute independent punk moshpit glory, it’s Audible Joes. But if all-out, death-defying heaviness is your fancy, have a little listen to Dead Label and Ten Ton Slug.

The central Chapel of Rock and Metal, in Ireland, is without a doubt Fibber Magee’s Rock Bar in Dublin. We have great memories of playing there, along with Cork’s Fred Zeppelin’s and Galway’s Quays and Sally Longs Rock Bar. I love that these places are flying the rock flag in Ireland, and we’ve made it our business to play them all several times each, and other places in between.

Belgium has places like Rock Classic in Brussels, and I have great memories of going to countless rock and metal festivals in Belgium over the years. From Rock Werchter, to Pukkelpop and Graspop Metal Meeting. Whereas Ireland has a longstanding and unrivalled music culture that runs very deep for the Irish people, Belgium is a crossroads for all the big bands touring Europe that would often unfortunately not include Ireland as one their destinations. I’m very grateful to have had the best of both those worlds, and to pour it all into Dirty Power.

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

Our latest single ‘Oh God’ is the most recent addition to our ongoing EP “Notions”.

It’s about the relationship with our most primitive, powerful and pervasive natures, the resulting vulnerabilities and how those keep evolving in ever more sophisticated ways, with such impressive effect. The multiple meanings of- and varying ways that people use the phrase- “oh God” reveals a lot about ourselves and the moments we consider to be significant or not. It can mean anything from “oh yes!” to “oh no!” to “oh here we go again…”. Anything from a joke, all the way to being a genuine plea or prayer for something deeply meaningful. A person might also consider themselves to have grown out of classical religious beliefs and traditions, only to find that other things, people, priorities, or idols begin to occupy that part of our minds, personalities and preoccupations. It’s an interesting part of being human that is there whether you know it or not.

In the Dirty Power spirit, of combining deep stuff with simple pleasures, I decided to make a joke of a music video for it. We went to Hyde Park’s ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in London, where people genuinely get on soap boxes and shout at passers-by about their favourite religious texts, politics, or anything really. We did the same, except we were dressed as monkeys and threw bananas at each other. One ‘musician monkey’ handing out free food and water, one ‘religious monkey’ wearing kinky fetish gear and bullets, and one ‘money and power monkey’ who was getting all the attention with his Dirty Power phone, blue suit and dishevelled blonde hair. It was supposed to be a total joke and I realise that not all the themes are obvious in the joke of a video, but people stopped to pay attention and started filming us with their phones, giving us much more attention than we expected… it was a real rush to pull off and film into a coherent story, before things got messy, or the police hovering nearby got involved.

Normally, we would tour after releasing a single. But, along with everyone else, our touring plans were squashed by the pandemic. We decided to release the track and video anyway, because we didn’t want to sit on it for ages longer. Without detracting from the harshness of many people’s circumstances, I hoped it’d give hungry rock fans something to check out and it seemed timely, with everyone re-evaluating their priorities, especially the ones they maybe didn’t realise they had.

The video and track, along with everything else are available at www.dirty-power.com

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band’s more obvious musical influences include Alternative, Punk, Metal and Hard Rock, combined with Progressive elements. Much of the Dirty Power sound is built on Rage Against The Machine foundations, layered with Nirvana arrangements, and topped with occasional intricate instrumental solo sections out of the Satriani, Vai, or Dream Theater playbook. The independent, artistically punk and D.I.Y. -ness of some of our influences also feeds into the whole approach to making music in the studio and live. I’ve also gone out of my way to make the songs translate to acoustic setups too, because we loved Nirvana’s Unplugged album so much that I wanted the band to work in that setting as well as in a loud foot-stomping rock tent at a festival.

What first got you into music?

My Belgian grandfather was a famous poet, and my Irish clan have a great musical legacy that’s still going. Back in primary school, I remember making mix tapes by recording my favourite songs from CD’s. There was an art to it, kinda similar to making playlists now, I guess. It got me through the bus ride home each day and was also a way to connect with other kids on the playground. That was back in my “questionable pop and Belgian electro” days. It was all I knew. But I would occasionally get given a tape, to be told that “this is your cousin’s band over in the US”. Then in secondary school, I really clicked with people who were musicians on some level. They had the best sense of humour and always seemed to have the best time doing anything. Whether it was a civilised family shindig, or a debaucherous house party, music was always a catalyst in the mix. That was when I discovered Rock, Punk and Metal. I already knew and had appreciated lots of music I’d heard as a kid, at home on the radio or on TV – a lot of classical, Irish, pop, etc. But this was different. It was definitely an acquired taste, and some elements took a while to grow into… nevertheless, the likes of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ blew my mind and kicked open so many doors into experiences, skills and perspectives. It was both down to earth and had its head in the stars at the same time. Nevermind and RATM’s first album sum up what was an era of discovering so much good music for me. That backdrop, along with meeting really inspiring musicians along the way, got me into music with no looking back.

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

Dave Grohl. All day. Equally, Matt Stone & Trey Parker (aka DVDA).

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

In the UK, it would be Download at Donington, because despite having been to many, many other festivals, that’s where I witnessed the perfect storm of a line-up a few years back: Day 1 – AC DC to get the party started, Day 2 – Rage Against The Machine to take us to the deep end, Day 3 – Aerosmith for when you’re too exhausted for anything other than perfect ballads performed masterfully…along with about 20 other bands I really wanted to see (Slash, Airbourne, Deftones, etc.). It was perfection in a rock festival.

In Belgium, it would be any of the festivals I grew up going to. Rock Werchter, Couleur Cafe, GMM, Pukkelpop…because those festivals were formative in my younger years and we went to a few of them every year, so I have amazing memories from all of them. Muse would be playing at one, Iron Maiden at another, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Faithless at yet another…I had to catch them all. Like Pokémon. But better.

The German festivals Rock Am Ring, Rock Am Park and especially Wacken have such an amazing legacy, that it would be an honour to ever get to play them. The same goes for NOFX’s own independent festival – Punk In Drublic, which I caught in Germany and Spain. I just love that they went D.I.Y. with their own punk and beer festival.

Lastly, but certainly not least, in Ireland it would be Slane. But that would be intimidating as all hell and I would legitimately not want to do it, unless it was miraculously, abundantly obvious that we had somehow done something that was actually significantly meaningful to Irish musical culture and heritage. Otherwise, we just wouldn’t get away with it. Nobody would. You’d be shot just for thinking about it…“Oh you’re fantasising about playing Slane someday, is it? We’ll see about that. *Bang!*”

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

A request to sign their tits. She was not pretty. She also “gifted” me a knock on my hotel room door. I did not answer.

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

I’m grateful to be in this for the long haul and consider the inspiring stuff that’s been done by previous generations to be an invitation to do more of the same. So, if you get something out of what we’re doing, cool! Consider it a nudge to start or continue to get good at something you consider to be worthwhile too.

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

It would be a zombie called Cobain-Cornell-Hendrix-Lennon.

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

I get a lot out of learning and discovering more about music and then applying it to playing, songwriting, performing, creating, touring and connecting with people. The theory, the art, the craft, the techniques… It’s a phenomenal endeavour and really varied set of traditions to participate in. It brushes with the highest of intellectual pursuits, all the way down to the deepest instincts and most basic emotions. Every culture has its musicians. I can get really into any aspect of it. Even genres of music I don’t actually like on first try, to find out what the baby in the bathwater is. Or just to see what they’re doing badly that I might be doing badly too. I’m also into exploring musical equipment and the instruments themselves. You’d be surprised how many good chats you can have with musicians about that stuff, over beers. Some people really know their stuff about their function and character within music (as opposed to how they actually work physically or technologically – that’s not my thang, but I love that others are into that, so I don’t have to be). I’m not an ‘endless setting-tweaker’ at all. I’m into ‘plug-and-play’. But the physics of music – the ‘harmonic overtone series’ and how sound relates to- or interacts with- the world really inspires me, because its subjective and objective components go hand in hand in such a way that really seems to bridge what’s physical and what’s experiential. There also seems to be an unspoken, healthy balance of ‘give and take’ to interactions with musos. Musicians all know what musicians are aiming for – it’s that ‘amazing thing that music can do’ – so it’s always cool to see how and why different individuals are going for that, or collaborating towards it. Apart from being a musician in general, it’s beyond cool when people respond to the music we make in Dirty Power, and it turns out that the things they like most are exactly what we were going for – be that the songwriting, the performance, the theme, the energy, the production or the mix of influences etc.

I don’t really ‘hate’ anything about being a musician. Maybe in the beginning it’s not ideal that the easiest money to be made is by playing a narrow set of crowd pleasers all the time, because there’s so much originality out there to be developed. It’s a shame when so many people sadly don’t seem to know the value of it, how to develop it, or how to appreciate it. I’m not really in love with the way some people have their ego too intertwined with music, either in the form of arrogance as a performer or as a critic. Being a good musician is no substitute for being a decent person, regardless of how well you play the sax. And I’m certainly not into how often being a musician is confused with wanting or needing to be a celebrity or even the centre of attention all the time. And the misunderstanding at large, which resulted in ‘artists’ being voted ‘the most expendable occupation’ during the Corona Virus pandemic, by people who turn to films, games, books, and music during such times of intense vulnerability, without realising that all these things were made by artists is… sadly an unsurprising symptom of a pervasive lack of understanding. But I think I understand how all these things arose, and genuinely see them as things to work around. I’m not a total hippie, but hate doesn’t come into it much.

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

No middle men. Artists and fans. Fans and artists. That’s it. I call it the ‘fuck everyone’ business model. All the middlemen would be invited to become musicians and/or fans.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Nevermind”.

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

Streaming*

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

Although I’ve played bigger gigs, I’d have to say a private gig at a friend’s house in the middle of nowhere. Tiny gig, massive energy. Epic session.

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

Drinking and talking nonsense.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead: Jesus, Einstein, Shakespeare, Michael Jackson and Hitler. The icebreaker would be ‘never have I ever’.

Alive: Matt Stone & Trey Parker, Dave Grohl, Billy Connolly and Dave Grohl again.

What’s next for the band?

We still have the release of our latest single ‘Oh God’ to fully celebrate. Normally that would be with a tour… so we’re looking at alternative ways to do that online. We’ve already got another great song recorded – the final instalment of our debut EP ‘Notions’ – along with another instrumental ‘Trailer Track’ and video to accompany it, but the lack of live gigs has given a great window to continue working on other unfinished material. Before the pandemic, touring in parts of Europe had been on the horizon, with whispers of rumours of something happening in the US. But it’s all on hold until it’s a good idea to do anything like that. For now, I’m reconnecting with the Irish roots and traditions. I have a strong feeling that’ll feed into the next chapter, in the form of a second EP full of singles. Or maybe a spree of live streaming hangout sessions.

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

Our own website is our Headquarters. All our best stuff goes there first. We’ll be using our mailing list, to get the infrequent summary of the story out to people at:

www.dirty-power.com/

After that, find us on:
www.facebook.com/dirtypower/
www.instagram.com/dirtypowerband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Probably not. Who knows what’s in those things?

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

Thanks right back at you! Give us a shout online to let us know where you’re at so we can include new places to tour in the future!

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Hungry Daze – Back To My Future

Hungry Daze – Back To My Future
Diamonds Prod
Release Date 21/04/20
Running Time: 39:57
Review by Beth Jones
7.5/10

Afternoon music lovers! It’s a sunny Sunday here at EMHQ, so I’ve cracked open a beer to accompany my musings for my latest listening pleasure, Italian heavy metal rockers, Hungry Daze.

Hailing from Turin, Hungry Daze were born from the ashes of Ivory, and after a few changes in the line-up, have released their debut album, “Back To My Future”.

Before I talk about the music, I just wanted to take a moment to pause, and tell you that I am actually reviewing this via a physical copy of the album! A CD! It’s a rarity these days to get physical CD’s to review, so it’s really great to have one for this! I’m an old fashioned kinda gal, and a new CD, for me, is like getting a new book. Yes, ok, Kindles are convenient for storage, but they don’t smell right. Nothing in the world beats the smell of a new book. And the same applies to CD’s!

So, to the music. Hungry Daze are good old fashioned, no nonsense heavy rock, and this album is like a familiar hug. It has all the riffage and solos reverbed to the hilt that you would want from a classic rock sound, and conjures images of their tousled locks, and tassled denim and leather blowing in the wind, in slow motion, on early days MTV. Some would say ultimate cheese, but I prefer to say sweet nostalgia.

The album kicks off with ‘The Right Way’, heading straight in with some classic rock beats, dirty guitars and clean vocals. Interestingly the guitar sound here is quite grungy – almost 90’s style. This song, for me, sits somewhere between Whitesnake, Guns & Roses, and early, but slightly heavier Manic Street Preachers!

Next up is ‘Kiss of Life’, and this sets the pace for the rest of the album. A leg tapper that you could see being a sing-a-along on a festival stage. The guitar cadences and vocal harmonies lend themselves very well to this track, and it’s easy on the ears. Although, saying that, any track on the album could fit into this category!

I think track 7, ‘Tonight is the Night’, is my favourite track on the album. Again, it’s good and bouncy, and has a really nice flow to it. Happy music! I like that.

Production wise, it’s all pretty good here. Everything sits nicely. The guitar solos ring out nice and loud, and the vocals are sharp. Naughty little fade on track 6 though. I do wish bands would stop doing that!

Musically, it’s nothing ground-breaking either. It’s solid, and technically very good, but if you’re looking for new and adventurous, you’re in the wrong place. However, if you appreciate good solid rock, and are looking for a soundtrack to accompany your road trip or meet-up, then this is it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Right Way
02. Kiss Of Life
03. Rock Paradise
04. Back To My Future
05. Life On Two Wheels
06. Now You can Play
07. Tonight Is The Night
08. Motorcycle Man
09. Wolf’s Den

LINE-UP:
Roberto Bruccoleri – Vocals
Francesco Yackson Russo – Lead and rhythm guitar
Roberto Tiranti – Bass and backing vocals
Marco Biggi – Drums and percussion

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/hungrydazerock
www.hungrydaze.bandcamp.com/

www.diamondsprod.it/web/
www.facebook.com/Diamonds-Prod-218845904961348
www.diamondsprod.bandcamp.com/

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EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Houston, Texas based Hard Rock band, Down For Days. Huge thanks to drummer, Paul ‘Sandy’ Sanderfur, vocalist Jeff Alberti, and bassist Jordan Goldman 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?

Hey guys, my name is Paul ‘Sandy’ Sandefur and I am the Drummer for the rock band Down For Days. We’re based out of Houston, Texas and have been around since late 2015, early 2016. We are currently; Jeff Alberti – vocals, Dustin Newbold – guitars, Jordan Goldman – bass and myself on the drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

Down For Days is a bit of a word play that we see fit for several reasons. Our original lead singer battled bouts of depression and would literally be down/missing/unresponsive for days on end while he regrouped. We also like to think positive on occasion and correlate ‘Days’ with good, ‘Nights’ with darkness and to long for the good, well is a good thing. lol

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

We are based out of Houston Texas! We are blessed to be in such a large city because that offers you more venues, more opportunities, more people and more contacts to interact with. If you look hard enough, you can find whatever you are looking for. However, on the flip side, Houston is so large that there’s always something people can go do, so a rock concert may not be the bright shining moment that catches a new fan’s attention when they’re looking for entertainment. The talent here is phenomenal, and there are venues that cater to whatever type of music you like to listen to, so if people search for it, they will be able to find it.

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

Our latest release was our second EP, “Lost In The Grey”, which we put out in 2019. It’s a very cool EP that we are proud of. We have our material on most of the common social media and digital distribution sites. https://music.apple.com/us/album/lost-in-the-grey-ep/1464218946

Who have been your greatest influences?

Man, I’m gonna have to get some input from the fellas on this one. I’d say for me personally my greatest influence was my Pops. He was a life-long musician who exposed me to the dig of music. The constant revolving door of musicians and band practices he had at our home while growing up seemed normal at the time, but it built that love of creation and individuality that is still with me to this day.

Jeff: Elvis, Guns-N-Roses, Metallica, Staind, Hank Williams Jr. Megadeth & Slayer!

Jordan: Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles & Billy Joel

What first got you into music?

Me personally it was a combination of growing up and a musical environment at home AND discovering KISS as a kid. Was my first band that I gravitated to and fell in love with. But, who my age didn’t. lol

Jeff: Sitting in front of the stereo singing with my dad when I was a kid.

Jordan: As a child The Beatles and Billy Joel were playing constantly in my house. I always had music in my head and heart.

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

That’s a tough one, so many people I could learn from. I have a lot of respect for Dave Grohl and would love to pick his brain. The dude is a master at making simplicity sound epic.

Jeff: 5 Finger Death Punch

Jordan: The Black Crowes

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

Well, playing a festival would mean the most to us if we were eventually festival headliner worthy! Just being there would be an honour, but if we’re dreaming big here then I’m wanting us as headliners! lol That being said, send us to Europe and lets headline the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival over in Germany.

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

Don’t get too many gifts from fans these days, they’re gonna have to up their game a bit. I remember in some prior bands we would get things being thrown up onstage while we played like a bag of weed, or some girls panties. Good times.

Jeff: compliments spit and screamed in my face by a really messed up fan. LOL

Jordan: was paid an extra $600 to play Red Barchetta!!!!

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

We are definitely not the type of band to preach or try to influence the way someone thinks. However, we do want to offer an escape from the everyday. That’s what is great about music. We try to write material that is moving, so that it takes you away from the daily grind even if for just a few minutes, and lets you enjoy your own little world for a bit. So, I guess our message would be to open yourself up to new things, new bands, new people and new ideas. Life is about living, and you can’t find something new if you’re too scared to open up. Hopefully, new people will enjoy our stuff, but we encourage people to test drive as many new bands as possible. The world is full of killer bands just waiting for people to find them.

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

Well, as a drummer my choice would be Neil Peart. The ultimate writer/drummer. So much we could learn from this man.

Jeff: Elvis, because he’s Elvis!

Jordan: Neil Peart for me as well. I’m heartbroken he’s gone, and I wish my young son, also a drummer, would have had the opportunity to meet Neil and jam.

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

We enjoy the camaraderie within this band as well as with other bands. When you’re playing something that you’ve written, and people are digging it, there’s really no better feeling. The gift of give and take between you and the crowd that you are delivering with your bandmates (which is like family) is second to none.

The hate . . . none. I dislike some things, but I don’t think I truly hate anything about music. Difficulties and setbacks are a part of what defines you and you learn how to overcome those obstacles. I think if I ever truly felt some hate within music, then it is probably time to hang it up. It would no longer be giving you the joy that music and all that comes with it is created to do.

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

The business side of it. It is necessary to promote, work with venues, promoters etc but it becomes like a job and takes away from the actual reason you joined a band in the first place. The bad thing is, for us DIY bands, I don’t know of an answer on how the business side could become less chaotic. Open to all ideas! lol

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gonna include all my guys on this one. For me, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

Jeff: Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction”

Jordan: Rush “Moving Pictures”

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

All are good, use what you like, and enjoy as much as possible.

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

All of them, some are better than others, but we simply love to play. It’s what keeps us motivated and improving.

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

I seem to break things around the house pretty easy. Maybe some sort of toy tester or demolition man?! lol

Jeff: Making movies

Jordan: Smashing windows! hehe

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m going with a wish list here of all time so . . .
1. Neil Peart
2. John Paul Jones
3. Axl Rose
4. Jimmy Page
5. John Bonham

What’s next for the band?

We have recently added Jeff Alberti to our DFD family, and he’s got some great pipes! Going to take a few weeks to get our sound how we like it and then it’s back out playing shows, writing new material and eventually getting us back into the studio.

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

We have all of the usual ones.
ReverbNation – www.reverbnaOon.com/downfordays
Facebook – www.facebook.com/DownForDays/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/downfordays/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/DownForDays_DFD

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

??? Have no idea??? But they sound delicious! hehe

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

Thanks for the interview!

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Thematic – Skyrunner

Thematic – Skyrunner
Self-Released
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 68:25
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

Hailing from Indiana, Thematic are four very talented guys; Kevin Samuel, Nate Buesching, Ryan Schmidt and Adam Cesarz. Their last album, “The Endless Light” came out in 2014, and certainly stood them in good stead, making people sit up and take notice of the new(ish) kids (men) on the block! Four good looking guys, all very musically talented, who have taken rock music and given it a twist of their own, this is rare these days as so many just follow trends. But these guys don’t follow the pack, they create their own!

The band spent two years working on “Skyrunner” a concept album, which they self-engineered and was mixed and mastered by award-winning producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Animals as  Leaders, Twelve Foot Ninja, I am Giant). The band say “the album that tells of a hero’s quest to honour a promise. It is a tale of an epic journey through the fall from grace, the battle for redemption and the ultimate glory and tragedy of salvation. It’s a story of honour and valour to a world and soul consumed by darkness. It is a story of a promise kept”.

This album is definitely a blend of a lot of musical styles. ‘Incarnate’ starts off with what sounds like panpipes, very soothing and relaxing, and you think ‘Hmm ok? How does this fit in to what I was thinking the album was going to sound like?’ and then, like a slippery slide, you hurl into the rest of the album with a blend of great vocals, some hardcore drumming, some great harmonising, and some totally brilliant guitar riffs, with a twist of growl! The perfect mix for a great album.

It twists and turns throughout, with some great metal sounds, and great harmonising, as illustrated in ‘Carry The Fire’ for example. This starts off with an almost laid back calmness, but just as you get into the rhythm of it, it slowly gains speed and hardness, then back to calm, then slam dunk harmonies, and as it reaches it’s finale, you can picture everyone singing it at the top of their voices at a gig.

The artwork on the album is also worth mentioning. It’s stunning and is like a picture within pictures, which to be honest fits perfectly with the feel of the music – it’s genres within genres all the way through, a classic pic and mix, put it on, press play and see which sweet song you get.

These guys take music to a whole different level. ‘Solitude’ is another “twist” track, one you’re not expecting on a metal album! It’s almost hypnotic to start, with some gorgeous vocals, so crystal clear, which leave you expecting and waiting for the BOOM. But no! instead it delivers more harmonising and the boom of drums never come. It leaves you wondering what else they can possibly fit on this album. And then you get ‘Universe Bloom’. Wow! so powerful.

It’s so apparent that these guys work brilliantly together, the magical guitar riffs, vocals that are powerful yet so clear… They sure know how to bring new input into the rock and give you your full monies worth! This is an album you will put on and be totally chilled with, and as it goes on you will be air guitaring, air drumming and hairbrush singing along too! It’s an addictive album. The final track, ‘This Golden Day’ is almost 12 minutes long and is definitely my favourite track. It’s like being told a complete story, and all you can do is sit back, close your eyes and go on the journey with them, it’s just so good. With the combination of this fantastic storytelling, the diverse twists and turns, and 14 tracks to get your teeth into, you really can’t go wrong with “Skyrunner”.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Incarnate
02. Skyrunner
03. The Open Arms of Grace
04. Dirt and Chains
05. The Last Boundary
06. Silence in Thought
07. Abyss
08. Malice
09. Carry The Fire
10. Solitude
11. Universe Bloom
12. With Empty Hands
13. Falling Star
14. This Golden Day

LINE-UP:
Kevin Samuel – Guitar
Nate Buesching – Guitar
Ryan Schmidt – Bass/Guitar
Adam Cesarz – Vocals

LINKS:
www.thematic.bandzoogle.com/home
www.facebook.com/thematicofficial/
www.instagram.com/Thematic Official/
www.youtube.com/user/thematicofficial

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EMQ’s with SEPSISS

EMQ’s with SEPSISS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, New Hampshire based Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Sepsiss. Huge thanks to vocalist Melissa Wolfe 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 Melissa Wolfe and I am the lead vocalist for Sepsiss. The band formed back in 2011 when I met William Savant (guitar player/backup vocals). I was searching for a band to form through Craigslist at the time and stumbled upon his ad. So, I met up with him in a small creaky basement in the middle of Manchester, NH. I did a try-out and from there we just clicked. There was supposed to be another girl to try-out that same day (her name was Ashley), but she never showed up. So ultimately, I took on the position.

How did you come up with your band name?

Sepsiss is a word of its own. Contrary to popular belief, we do not base it on the blood disease. We added that extra “s” at the end of the word on purpose. This makes it easy to find and super google-searchable. You can find us anywhere.

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

We are from New England in the good ol’ United States of America. The metal/rock scene is definitely not what it used to be out here. But we are wave-breakers…so we are going to break that wave.

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

We came out with our EP “Badd Blood” last year (2019) and released it independently with 8 songs total. Now those physical copies are sold out, and we are waiting to release our first Full-length album through Pavement Entertainment in 2020. The full-length will be titled “Almost 11” and it will be released this August 21st with a total of 11 songs (this includes the original 8 songs from “Badd Blood” which sound even better now due to mixing and mastering + 3 new songs nobody has ever heard before). If you really can’t wait, and you would like a 4-song demo download in the meantime, you can pick that up here:

www.sepsiss.com/shop

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can speak for myself on this one. My personal influences have been…

Evanescence, Halestorm, Epica, Axxis, Alesana, Asking Alexandria, Michael Jackson, Heart, Bullet For My Valentine, In This Moment, Avenged Sevenfold, and so many more.

What first got you into music?

I’ve grown up around music and musicians my entire life. My father is a guitar player and he had his own band when I was just a kid. So of course, growing up, I wanted to start a project of my own.

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

I’m so focused on my own growth, I still consider this a brand new career and I have a lot of personal goals that I would like to complete before I would be ready. With so many people piggy-backing off of features, I truly wanted to do something different. If and when the time comes, it’s not a matter of top tier or lower tier collaborations. It would truly have to fit my art style.

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

I would love to play the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. I’ve been going to these ever since my teenage years, and it would just be a dream come true to actually have the chance to play it.

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

I truly haven’t received anything “weird” yet. We get a lot of fan art and gift cards, which is pretty cool. Real shit though, William Savant got free dental care just for being in the band…does that count? lol

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

Never give up on your dreams! Negative thoughts only brings about more negativity. Have a positive mental attitude, put in some effort, and you will go far. It is the doing that does.

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

Michael Jackson.

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

Being a musician is a real love/hate relationship. I LOVE that it’s such hard work and when you’re actually successful, there’s no better feeling then that. However, hard work is exactly what it is…hard work!

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

I wish it were possible to change the act of piracy in the music industry… Due to today’s technology, it is far too easy to illegally download music. Acts like this is what is killing the music industry and it makes it hard for your every day artist to make a paycheck.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ve got a few that I could honestly say I will listen to the entire album with no skips.

Alesana – “The Emptiness”

Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream”

Bullet For My Valentine – “The Poison”

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

I absolutely love CD’s! The quality is still better than a download. Some cars today will still allow you to play them. It’s not as big and bulky as vinyl. It’s not yet nearly impossible to find something to play it on, like cassettes or Vinyl. Call me bias, but I will always be a CD collector.

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

I really enjoyed playing for some bigger names last summer such as David Ellefson (Megadeth), Static-X, and Puddle of Mudd.

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

I suppose it would have to be modelling and art. I really enjoy both, and I happen to do both on top of music as it is. I am an alternative model and when it comes to art I do a lot of digital design work (photoshop, clothing designing, and website designing), painting, and drawing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Glen Robinson
Marilyn Manson
Will Smith
Eminem
Dave Chappelle

What’s next for the band?

We are planning to release our first full-length album “Almost 11” this August 21st through Pavement Entertainment. We are also hoping to release our next music video around that time.

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

You can find us absolutely everywhere. But here’s a few to start with…
www.sepsiss.com
www.facebook.com/sepsiss
www.twitter.com/sepsissband
www.instagram.com/sepsissfnband/
www.youtube.com/sepsissband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3AlLSELrqafcIl9Rwf4Xf0
www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sepsiss/1450891726
www.pandora.com/station/4464166609823394489

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had one. I looked it up though and they look delicious! I would love to try it.

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

Thanks so much for reading this interview! Don’t forget to tune in to our live stream “Swarm TV” every Sunday on Facebook through the Sepsiss Facebook page. Please also check out our merch, artwork, and music at:

www.sepsiss.com

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