EMQ’s with Lamassu

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EMQ’s with Lamassu

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Hard Rock band Lamassu! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Chris Fisher for taking part!

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

Hi I’m Chris, I play guitar and sing in Lamassu.

Everyone in Lamassu plays in at least one other band so we were all known to each from the local heavy stoner doom / psych scene here in Melbourne. Matt (Guitar) and I had played a few shows together in our other bands and were fans of each other (the man is a riff wizard!). He suggested we have a jam sometime and about 6 months later we ended up doing just that. It was immediately clear that we worked well together as riffs flowed pretty easily.

From there Matt asked Nick (Drums) who also plays in Motherslug, if he wanted to jam and then Ant (Bass) from Borrachero joined and what would become Lamassu was born.

We wrote around 15-20 tracks over the following 7-8 months, played a show and then went into the studio to record our album with Mike Deslandes (YLVA / High Tension) at the helm.

Ant has subsequently moved to The Netherlands and Al Cooke who plays bass in my other band Field, has joined bringing with him another heavy element to the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt and I spent months trying to find a name, sending lists of potential candidates to each other almost daily. After a few false starts with other names, we all agreed that Lamassu was the right choice.

A Lamassu is a Sumerian protective deity, depicted as having a human head, the body of a lion and eagle wings. We love the imagery of this and the way the word looks when written.

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

We’re from Melbourne, Australia which has an incredible live music scene and a very healthy heavy / stoner / doom / psych scene. We’re pretty spoilt in Melbourne as it’s possible to go and see quality local bands pretty much 7 nights per week.

The heavy scene here is world class, hugely supportive and you’ll always see members of other awesome bands in the crowd supporting the scene. We also have a few local community radio stations that are huge supporters of local independent music.

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

We release our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September on digital download, CD and 12” Vinyl. It’s been described as being everything “from Dopesmoker to Superunknown” and we’re okay with that – pre-sales available via Bandcamp now.
https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-empty

Who have been your greatest influences?

Growing up I was heavily into Pantera, Sepultura, Van Halen blew my mind (DLR all the way!), Hendrix and Skid Row (how good is “Slave To The Grind”?!) to name a few. Later I developed a love of Sabbath, Zeppelin, Ozzy’s “No More Tears” album was killer, and then late one night the video for Soundgarden’s ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ came on TV and I was hooked.

I still find influence in a lot of music I hear; QOTSA, AIC, Sumac, Pallbearer, Soundgarden, Yob, they’ve all played a part in shaping how I play in Lamassu.

Vocally, influences are wide ranging but really it starts and ends with Chris Cornell.

What first got you into music?

My older brother Graeme played guitar and when I was very little I needed to do everything he did. I started on his 3/4 scale acoustic when I was 6 or 7 and went from there…I’m actually left handed yet play guitar right handed because I picked up his right handed guitar so young!

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

I’d have to say Pallbearer or Yob. Both bands are carving out their own sound and making incredible progressive steps forward in heavy music

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

Duna Jam is an absolute bucket list item for me – can anyone hook us up?

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

Whisky, beers or joints are the usual offerings and we’re fine with that!

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

Buy direct from artists instead of streaming, buy merch, share bands you love on FB and come to shows.

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

John Bonham, just for that groove!

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

I love the challenge, pushing myself to sing better, to play better and the privilege of being able to perform in front of people. It’s also a great excuse to buy gear, I love amps and guitars.

What do I hate about it? Having the back of an old man and needing to lift all my gear!

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

Fairer distribution of royalties from streaming providers to the artists!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Badmotorfinger” by Soundgarden.

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

They’re all amazing and what’s best is whatever is best for the listener. Personally I love the process of putting on vinyl at home. I love CD’s in the car and digital files on my phone for the commute to work.

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

Our debut Lamassu show in August last year was killer. Big stage, full stacks, great crowd. I ended up inviting everyone back to my place afterwards and sat around drinking whisky all night.

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

I work full time and play music outside of that. I guess if I weren’t a musician I’d be doing the same but with a less cool hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Serj Tankian (SOAD singer / activist), Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, NZ), Bill Ward (Drums, Black Sabbath), Mike Scheidt (Guitar & Vocals, Yob) and Brian May (Guitar, Queen / Astrophysicist).

What’s next for the band?

We can’t wait for everyone to hear our debut album “Into The Empty” on 2nd September. After that we’re hitting the road here in Australia in support of the album, playing shows through Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Hobart, with more dates to be added.

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

https://lamassuband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LamassuBand/
https://www.instagram.com/lamassumusic/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea, we’re Australian! You need to try a Tim Tam slam though.

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

Praise the riff!

 

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NozFest – The 1865, Southampton, UK 10/08/2019

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NozFest
The 1865, Southampton, UK
10/08/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham

The concert hangover is a common thing amongst the rock and metal community; these usually take place after experiencing an excellent live show. Symptoms can often include sore muscles, pounding heads and ringing ears. The most common of the symptoms is a huge desire to go back and experience it all over again.

I definitely experienced this concert hangover the day after NozFest. This fantastic event took place at ‘The 1865’, Southampton on 10th August. Given it was the same weekend as Bloodstock and Boomtown, lots of people came through the door which was great to see. JodieBowie was the promoter of this event; after running successful Rock Nights around the UK, this was her first festival.

It was clear that the high winds were not going to dampen the spirits of festival goers better known as Nozzers. As the venue began to fill, you could instantly see fans securing their spots to watch the bands, buying their first pints, browsing the band’s merchandise and talking excitedly amongst themselves about what bands they were most looking forward to seeing.

27 Days

To kick off the proceedings, Bournemouth based 27 Days were the first band to take to the stage. As the opening act, the pressure is higher than ever to get the crowds warmed up. Especially when it’s early doors and alcohol consumption had barely begun. 27 Days conquered that pressure and showed NozFest what they were made of. Their performance consisted of great guitar solos, brilliant harmonies and infectious energy on stage and their cover of the Darkness classic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ went down a treat with the crowd and got them participating. This is another achievement for an opening band to conquer and 27 Days did just that.

01 27 Dayshttps://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/

The Wicked Jackals

As the day went on, the venue started filling. With a performance from the next band The Wicked Jackals looming, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Their melodies contained some great hooks that kept the crowd alive and engaged. Their charismatic and passionate stage presence also seemed to win fans over, particularly when the booze gun came out. Advice: be sure to catch The Wicked Jackals when they come to your hometown. Where else are you going to see a water-pistol filled with alcohol?!

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The Outlaw Orchestra

For the next act The Outlaw Orchestra this was their first hometown show for a long time and given the warm reception they received; it was evident it was an anticipated one. The first thing I noticed with their stage performance was it was clear they were having a great time. This energy and positivity passed onto the crowd alongside their tight live sound as they performed a selection of material from across their EP’s. After experiencing their live show, I instantly felt much happier. I will call this ‘The Outlaw Orchestra Effect’. If you wish to feel this effect, experience hard rock with a country tinge and watch banjo solos then catch them soon!

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters

There was no beating around the bush when Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters took to the stage. They got straight to the point to play us some no-nonsense Rock and Roll. Their dominant stage presence and excellent live sound meant that audience members were under their control. They performed an eclectic selection of songs from the emotional ‘You & I’ to new drinking anthem ‘Jack & Coke’. With their fire, passion and energy; they could quite easily be the UK’s answer to Halestorm. It’s highly recommended you catch them when they next tour.

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StOp, sToP!

The appearance of StOp, sToP! was baffling at first. It seemed they had dressed as elderly men as they played the first song ‘The Last Call’. As they finished the grey wigs came off and the glam rock outfits were gallantly revealed. The message behind this appearance became clear: rock and roll makes you feel alive, it keeps you young and can turn back the years. A great message told in a fun way. If AC/DC decided to go glam, then StOp, sToP! would fit that category easily. Their live show was fun and energetic, which matches their uplifting music. They are due to play HRH Sleaze in a couple of weeks so if you are attending this, then be sure to catch them and get involved.

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Marco Mendoza

The name Marco Mendoza is a household name in the Classic Rock community. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies are among the portfolio of bands that he has played alongside. This was the first date of the UK Tour and with his previous work with JodieBowie, it couldn’t be a better date to start the tour on. For this performance, he played his solo material alongside Micky Crystal (Tygers Of Pan Tang) and Kyle Hughes (Bumblefoot). From the word go, it was evident who was in control. The mighty opener ‘Viva La Rock’ got the crowd going instantly, this gave the audience a first taste of his excellent showmanship and tight live sound. His set consisted of solo material and cover songs that went down well with the crowds. His passion for the community shone through during his performance, as he sang and spoke you could feel that heartfelt, genuine, spirit that caught on in the crowd. He is currently on tour so be sure to catch him.

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Bigfoot

For Bigfoot, this was one of their last performances before they go their separate ways. Whether you are a long-time fan or a new listener, it was the perfect chance to catch them live before they call it a day. It is more than safe to say that this was a great performance from the band. When listening to them, Alter Bridge and The Answer come to mind. Their harmonies were on point and their stage presence was fierce. There was a high amount of passion and energy on the stage. They provided a more chilled out vibe to the evening and were a great warm up for the two main bands of the night. (Rick Here – I will be just one of many very sorry to see them go)

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Those Damn Crows

As the night drew in, the crowd got bigger and the atmosphere was happy, people excited to catch the two main acts of the night. The main support Those Damn Crows are one of the best new up and coming bands. They were fresh from appearing at Download Festival this year and from their live performance it’s easy to see why they are receiving high praise from fans and critics. Their stage presence was incredibly energetic and it was clear that this passed on to the Nozzers that were still standing, bearing in mind some of them had been standing all day. They provided a modern edge to the evening with their sound reminding me of Shinedown. They performed a great selection of music from both their albums. They ended with the new album track ‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Dead’ which was very apt. Those Damn Crows are easily the future of rock and provided the perfect set to get the crowds ready for headliners Massive Wagons.

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Massive Wagons

Having got off an arena tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Status Quo, NozFest headliners Massive Wagons were a hugely anticipated performance for the evening. From the moment they took to the stage and opened with ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’, it was very easy to see why they were the headliners for the night. They did a fantastic job bringing a stadium like atmosphere to a small venue and they got everyone involved with their performance, even the newer listeners who didn’t know what to expect. This stadium like atmosphere included fans singing along to their anthems such as ‘Ratio’, ‘Billy Balloon Head’ and ‘Red Dress’. Hearing the chants echoing around the venue truly was one of the magical moments of their set. Whether you have two albums or ten albums in your discography, it can be tricky picking the right balance of songs for a setlist.
Massive Wagons got this balance perfectly and showcased songs from each of their albums. This setlist seemed to go down well with the crowd. Their boundless energy on stage was incredibly infectious, so much so that they even got those sitting standing up. They ended with the classic ‘Back To The Stack’ that marked the end of a triumphant set and a successful festival.

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It’s now a week after the event and the positivity for the festival on social media is still rolling in. People are already booking hotels and time off work ready for next year’s date. If this doesn’t show how much people and bands enjoyed the festival, I don’t know what will!

NOZFEST LINKS:

https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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Interview with The Wicked Jackals NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019

The Wicked Jackals

Interview with The Wicked Jackals
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

The festival is under way and the bands have started. There is already an atmosphere of love, happiness and appreciation for the straight-up rock music. Before they were due to start, Lotty Whittingham spoke to The Wicked Jackals about their music, NozFest and what advice they would give for starting a band.

First of all can you just introduce yourselves, what you play?

Martin: I’m Martin Venus, guitar.

James: I’m James, I play drums

Ollie: I’m Ollie I play guitar and lead vocals.

Lex: I’m Lex on bass.

How would you describe your sound for those that haven’t heard The Wicked Jackals before?

Lex: Hard Rock, hard hitting, melodic!

Ollie: It’s nothing too heavy, we try not to be light, soft, just hard rock, plain and simple.

You are here to play NozFest, your first one, so very exciting.

Ollie: It’s the first one Jodie has done, it’s very exciting to be here, it’s going well already.It’s good to support the rock scene, the local scene as its suffering at the moment, whether it’s the rock scene or just local gigs, so anything new that is coming up it’s good to support it. 

You’ve played a Jodie Bowie gig before I believe?

Lex: Yes, we’ve played a few times for Jodie.

Ollie: She’s busy as hell, constantly doing loads of different things, we’re always happy to support.

So far it seems the hard work has paid off, people are turning up and it sold out in advance.

Ollie: Well just two minutes ago we said hello to Marco Mendoza in the stairwell!!

So, what can we expect from your live performance today?

Ollie: Entertainment, I hope! The unpleasantly unexpected! We try and give it our all like most bands. I am trying to keep my drink to a minimum. Try and go one step further…with the performance, not the drinking!!

James: To expect it, but not expect it…enough to coincide with the health and safety regulations.

Lex: Pushing it to the edge!

You recently released an EP, didn’t you?

Ollie: Yes. “About Time” came out last month. Like every band we are trying to push our music. We do have CD’s but that is a dying format so that is for the people who want hard copy. We still have all our music on all the streaming sites, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon etc. If we had the money, we would go proper old school and do the vinyl, but that’s more than we can afford right now, something for the future, maybe have cassette tapes. There are bands that are doing that. Unfortunately, the people that own cassette tape players, they are mainly door stops or paper weights rather than a form of music. We would love to bring out a limited run of cassettes as they are novelty.

One last question, what advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own band?

James: Don’t!!

Ollie: Make sure you get on with the people, you don’t have to be good at it, just get on with your band mates, it helps if you are and don’t rush it. Lots of practice!

James: If you rush, you will fall on your ass.

Ollie: It’s like a normal relationship, just because the sex is good, doesn’t mean the normal bits in between are good. Make sure you get on with them on a personal level, not just a music level.

Lex: Be prepared and have thick skin, there will a lot of disappointments, good gigs are few and far between, expect a lot of crappy ones.

Ollie: At the same time don’t get disheartened because generally that one good gig out of the 10 gigs you played usually make up for the nine that aren’t good, just keep at it!

Huge Thanks to The Wicked Jackals

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/thewickedjackals/ https://www.instagram.com/thewickedjackals/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/3NRQ5BVioTempFxVsNRlGk https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDOaXxR8QMQ-tDLvjVW9awQ

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Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” USA Tour W/Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves – Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ – 09/08/2019

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Papa Roach
Who Do You Trust? USA Tour
W/Asking Alexandria, Bad Wolves
Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
09/08/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

There are a lot of bands that have already lost their relevancy in recent years and cannot live up to their previous glory, but not Papa Roach. Since their meteoric rise to stardom in the early 2000’s they have maintained their popularity and since the release of their ninth album “Crooked Teeth” in May 2017 have regained new life in mainstream rock. They continued to build on Crooked Teeth’s success releasing tenth album “Who Do You Trust?” in January of this year so they are taking this summer to tour across the US with British Hard Rock (formerly Metalcore) band Asking Alexandria and American rising stars Bad Wolves.

On a beautiful summer evening in popular New Jersey shore town Asbury Park, which is known as rock legend Bruce Springsteen’s hometown, the tour came to the Open Air Summer Stage at the legendary Stone Pony venue. After Bad Wolves set a fantastic mood, British rockers Asking Alexandria came on to ignite the crowd. Vocalist Danny Worsnop was dressed in an elegant suit and vest to go along with expensive loafers. His outfit may not exactly have been made for a hot summer night, but it was his performance that made it count!

They opened the set with a brand new song called ‘The Violence’ and followed that up with two songs from their latest self-titled album ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Where Did it Go?’ After those Danny took some time to talk with the audience and asked if there were any fans who have never heard of them. Surprisingly many hands went up. Using the situation he cracked a joke by saying that their next song would be a new one that the band had never played before. Well, it was one of their biggest hits ‘Run Free’ off of third studio album “From Death To Destiny”.

There was no swearing coming from Danny this evening though, as he said, those words were just simmering inside of him to come out. The Stone Pony stage is located by the Ocean boardwalk, where many families were enjoying their vacation with kids, and because only thing that separated them from this rock concert was a simple fence, the venue made a request for artists to mind their language. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. What’s a rock concert without a few F- bombs?

While a majority of their songs came from latest self titled album, none of them came from their 2016 work called “Black”. At the time Danny was not with the band and they had eccentric Dennis Stoff as vocalist. Although the album was popular they haven’t played anything that was not made with Danny in the lineup so the set was wrapped up with their last biggest hit ‘Alone In The Room’.

I’ve seen Asking Alexandria three times already and they never disappoint. Their performance was absolutely electrifying. James Cassells on drums, Sam Bentley on bass and Cameron Liddell with Ben Bruce on guitars were full of energy and all had a great show!

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Papa Roach seem like they have taken the rule book and thrown it in the fire. Every album they do is something new with a fresh approach to their style. Many bands claim this but rarely deliver the goods; on the other hand Papa Roach succeed. Ten studio albums to date and every one of them have something special. “F.E.A.R.” was Traditional Hard Rock “Crooked Teeth” incorporated new electronic sounds and there are even more of those on “Who Do You Trust”? One thing is certain; Papa Roach enjoy making new music and do not shy away from invention!

Their set for the night was mostly made up of their two latest albums with a sprinkle of classics. Opening track was the latest album’s title track ‘Who Do You Trust?’ followed by ‘Help’ and ‘American Dreams’. They then followed this with their fifteen year old mega hit ‘Getting Away With Murder’. They also played ‘She Loves Me Not’, ‘Between Angels And Insects’ and ‘Last Resort’. Notably the band and vocalist Jacoby Shaddix made a tribute to the late British music legend Keith Flint from The Prodigy who took his life earlier this year. They played a Rock version of The Prodigy hit ‘Firestarter’ and, oh boy, did that start the fire with the assembled crowd absolutely loving it. Somewhat fittingly the next song Papa Roach played was Born For Greatness!

Jerry Horton on guitar, Tobin Esperance on bass and Tony Palermo on drums delivered the same greatness that they do every night. Also, an integral part of the band is Anthony Esperance who joins Papa Roach on on tours and does a little bit of everything playing rhythm guitar, keyboards and percussion!

Last time I saw Papa Roach they played a two hour set so for tonight their hour and a half set felt far too short. We all needed more of their music. What an amazing band they are to see live.

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest had just opened its doors and the atmosphere was already buzzing. There was excitement in the air and already punters ready to watch the first lot of bands. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with The Outlaw Orchestra about NozFest, their sound and supporting the scene.

Hi guys, thanks for joining us today. First can you introduce yourselves to the readers in terms of what your sound is all about?

Ryan: Hi, I’m Ryan and I am the drummer/vocalist for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Dave: I’m Dave, I try to sing for The Outlaw Orchestra and try to play guitar.
Pete: I’m Pete and I barely succeed in trying to play the banjo and lap steel for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Ryan: There is also Alex who is the giant violin player who is not here at the moment.
Dave: It’s because he’s looking for his bass somewhere. Seriously, he messaged me then phoned me to say he was on a train and he will be tracking down my double bass, which is somewhere. In fact, we played a gig in Sheffield and it was about 4am. Alex and I were extremely inebriated sat with about five other bands on the bill, we played in the 02 and at about 4am, we looked out the window and we saw Alex’s double bass laying there in the car park. We realised we had been dropped off at the 02 at 11pm, we taken it out of the taxi, laid it down, went into the hotel and forgotten all about it. I looked out the hotel room at 4am and pointed out his double bass. Nobody had pinched it, it’s too big to steal.

It’s quite amazing that you can lose a double bass in the first place.

Dave: You can lose a guitar; you hear that all the time but a double bass is huge. So, there you have it, Alex is on his way hopefully with his double bass.

So, we’re here at NozFest today and you’re part of the original line up.

Dave: I think so, Jodie contacted us a long time ago as a first conception.
Ryan: I think we were the first or second band she asked
Dave: Actually, we were first, I’m joking. At the time, she was toying with different venues and as the local boys, she picked our brains as to what’s a good venue. There was a venue we were gunning for that had a kebab shop at the back in Bedford Place, no not really. We suggested The Engine Rooms, we ended up at The 1865 so here we are and it looks like it’s going to go off today.

It’s sold out in advance, punters coming in early for the first lot of bands so it’s looking promising.

Dave: There are plenty of bands. Now I’m not sure if you have been to the dressing room area, we were there earlier and we had to leave. We don’t use nearly enough hair spray and nail varnish to be there. We are also way too grounded.
Ryan: Our leather pants aren’t tight enough.

What about the leopard print?

Dave: I shit you not, there is a lot of leopard print in that dressing room.
Pete: It’s basically like Lily Savage’s boudoir up there.

If someone hasn’t seen you guys live before, what can people expect from your live show today?

Dave: We play country tinged hard rock. We do everything from hard rock to almost country. Pete brings in a new flavour with playing the lap steel, which is traditionally a country and western instrument. I personally love this as it gives the music a different angle. Pete plays the banjo as well; Ryan’s drums and I play guitar with a lot of country and western tuning. I would describe it as country and western through a Marshall.

Please tell the readers why it’s important to support the scene.

Dave: Or we go hungry. You start in your hometown although having said that, no one in our home town knows about us apart from a bus driver the other day he beeped at and shouted out “I love your record mate.” However, usually you are known in your home town. Def Leppard got huge because Sheffield love them. We are bigger in Sheffield than we are in Southampton. So, Sheffield is our adopted home town. So, support your local music then hopefully good things happen from that. So hopefully after playing here today, more people from Southampton will come check us out when we next play The Coach and Horses.

Huge thanks to The Outlaw Orchestra

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

https://www.instagram.com/theoutlaworchestra/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNrb_8z1NPWRSZ__Dpahs0w

 

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EMQ’s with DARK SERENITY

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EMQ’s with DARK SERENITY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan based Hard Rock band Dark Serenity! 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?

We are Dark Serenity. Kate Emrich is on guitar and vocals, Zachary Barnes is on bass, and Michael Bergamo is on drums. We met back in high school and started writing in Kate’s house’s basement after class. The project grew and we started gigging shortly after.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Dark Serenity means “the driving force for life is death”, so one can find motivation and purpose from having a limited lifespan.

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

America, There are lots of different types of metal throughout the country and every big city has its own new style of metal that is in its live scene. We see more Metalcore in general in Michigan, however, than any other genre, so we are certainly outnumbered in that sense.

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

Our latest release has been our debut album “Memento Mori”. We are currently working on our second album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For Kate, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has been her primary influence. For Mike, Dave Grohl was his initial and biggest influence. For Zach, Geddy Lee of Rush!

What first got you into music?

Each one of us heard a lot of the music that inspired us growing up from our families playing it around us. Then as we got older we explored like bands in the genres we had grown up with, and expanded our own tastes.

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

Our buds out in L.A., Void Vator! Wonderful guys with a stellar sound and energy.

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

We would make our own festival in the Roman coliseum. It would be one of the biggest shows ever, and a fantastic venue.

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

We have yet to receive a weird gift from a fan, but we have received some great ones. Recently we had a fan give Kate a guitar after a show, it was pretty heartfelt.

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

Do what you love and don’t look back.

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

Jim Morrison, because he would have kept on pushing boundaries musically! We think it would have been interesting to see where else he went.

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

We love the enjoyment of playing live shows and recording the most. It’s a great feeling to do both of those things because they validate our intense efforts. One thing that we hate is that people don’t take bands seriously. People love to simultaneously indulge in the arts and shun the people that create them.

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

Change the royalty system. Musicians are working harder than ever with less return than ever and it needs to be fixed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Texas Flood”.

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

Vinyl is by far the best audio quality and is timeless. It’s wonderful to have music in a tangible form so that you can value it more.

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

Playing with the Iron Maidens in Detroit! The venue was practically beyond capacity and the energy was incredible.

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

We would be better musicians.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We’re going for eccentrics. Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, John Lennon, and Lemmy would all make for an eventful occasion.

What’s next for the band?

Finish up our first tour, go home and finish writing our next album so we can move on to the recording process.

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

https://www.facebook.com/darkserenityband/
https://www.instagram.com/darkserenityband/?hl=en
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XmDp9liund2Hd0TUC27bP
https://www.darkserenityofficial.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are dipped Biscuits it looks like.

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

Thanks for having us! Please follow our social media to keep up on new developments.

 

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EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

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EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Hard Rock band Madhouse! 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?

Hello everyone, we are MadHouse and we are a female fronted hard rock band from Pavia, Italy.

MadHouse was founded in 2012 as a cover band even though Filippo Anfossi (rhythm guitar) and I have been collaborating musically since 2005.

In 2015 the meeting with Marco Barusso (who has collaborated with several artists including Lacuna Coil, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Coldplay) allowed me to give life to our unreleased original songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

I chose to call the band MadHouse from an episode I experienced when I was 15 years old. My father took me to an exhibition of paintings created by the guests of a psychiatric nursing home. Some of them were painters, others were not. Through these images they told their reality in a strong, simple and extremely communicative way. I have always maintained that the artist is born with, sort of, “coloured glasses” through which he sees everyday life with shades, colours and shapes often different from those seen by others. The one who creates lives a sensitivity, often misunderstood, that needs a vehicle (art) to be able to express itself at its best. Artists are often called crazy… The encounter of different sensibilities and personalities has created our musical reality, our “asylum”, the MadHouse.

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

We come from Italy and the rock and metal scene is linked more to the underground world or to foreign bands.

In Italy the mentality is more pop.

Italy is old minded, old-fashioned.

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

After the release of the EP “You Want More” in 2015 we published, in March 2019, “MadHouse Hotel” our first full-length produced by DysFUNCTION Productions (Fear Factory, Logan Mader, Dan Korneff, Alteria, Logical Terror, Klogr, Trick or Treat).

The title of the new album consists of two words in opposition to each other: “MadHouse” which, in addition to being the name of the band, means “asylum” and represents a place where you are locked up against your will in antithesis to “Hotel” where you usually choose to stay.

The album is a concept composed of 10 tracks where each track represents a hotel room in which each listener, taking the key to his room, chooses to stay to find or search for their size.

The message of the album is enclosed in the key of the “MadHouse Hotel” that gives access to the rooms.

The key symbolically represents the capacity of choice that each of us has to live our lives to the fullest. It is an invitation to look inside oneself, sometimes fighting one’s own fears and insecurities, to better understand what surrounds us and to really undertake the path of life that most represents us and can make us happy.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our background is very heterogeneous.

Certainly what has influenced us the most are the historical rock and hard rock bands (Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden…)

What first got you into music?

The need to communicate and the need to tell our experiences!

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

Alice Cooper.

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

Rock in Rio is one of the biggest music festivals in the world in which you can find rock legends and pop icons together.

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

We receive a lot of gifts from fans and we are very grateful for that. Gadgets, portraits, letters, handmade gifts. The craziest thing that happened was when one of our fans tattooed the “MadHouse” logo on his arm.

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

No matter what happens in life. Never give up, never surrender because it is always possible to change things and be reborn. Be true, powerful and positive!

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

I guess Ronnie James Dio

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

Being a musician is a wonderful thing. Going on stage is a privilege every time. I can’t find a negative side.

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

Italian Talent shows. They are useless and give a wrong vision to the new generations of what music really is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

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

Today digital music is very useful because it allows you to get anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, however, it leads to a more “fast food” way of listening to music.

Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s are perhaps less fashionable, less smart but it’s the way our generation has always listened to music.

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

It was a beer festival in Northern Italy in front of 2500 people.

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

I personally have always dreamed of making music my profession and after so many years of commitment I have made it. I have worked for several years as an employee in insurance companies. But at a certain point I decided to pursue my dream.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Jon Bon Jovi and Jani Snellman!

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of the album began immediately in conjunction with the release of the album and so the tour began with the showcase and provides live that will touch both Italian and European cities. We have just returned from dates in Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Now we’ll do other dates in Italy and we’ll go abroad again in the autumn. Then the first video of the new album will also be released soon.

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

Our website and our facebook page.
https://www.madhouseband.it/
https://www.facebook.com/madhouseliverockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

There are traditional UK biscuit-sized cakes… Jaffa Cakes are definitely cookies.

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

Thanks to your editorial staff for the support you give to our project and a greeting to all readers! We invite you not only to our live shows but also to listen to our new album “MadHouse Hotel” which is available on all digital stores. Follow us on our website www.madhouseband.it and on social networks as “madhouse rockband”.

 

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Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T

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Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T
MMRecordingworks
Release Date: 31/05/2019
Running Time: 53:22
Review by Paul Monkhouse
10/10

Anyone who has ever seen or heard Pride, Furyon or Colour of Noise knows that Matt Mitchell is one of the finest singers in rock. Now fronting his own band, he has the chance to be centre stage and to really flex his musical muscles, producing what is one of the very best albums you’ll hear this year. Sure, some of it does indeed rock but there’s much more to the MM&tC than that as Mitchell and the band have captured lightning in a bottle by combining elements from some of the finest songwriters of modern times whilst very much being their own men.

As with solidly rocky, swinging groove of the opening track ‘Black Diamonds’ and the rest of the album, the thing that really strikes you is the richness of Mitchells voice, an instrument that can bluster or caress with the best of them. There is a fair mix of both as the band switch effortlessly between hard and heavy and much more introspective fare throughout the running time of the release. Following the dark and twisting first track, ‘Home’ is a much brighter, almost poppy, number that has a light Summery feel whilst still remaining powerful.

The album is sprinkled with echoes of Springsteen, Chris Cornell and the Stones, the songwriting really coming to the fore in the way that recent gig partners The Quireboys have mastered. The woozy Soundgarden-ish soundscape of ‘On and On’ bringing a real early 70’s sound typifies this approach, unafraid of putting the craft first and not just going for an easier all-out attack. This really is an album that keeps on giving and will bear repeat listenings over the years, eschewing any dated attempts at capturing the zeitgeist or riding trends. There is also a real honesty in the lyrics, touching on very personal subjects that are obviously very close the heart of the writer, deep whilst not being maudlin. There are hints of rocking out with your mates, beer in hand, girls, cars and fun but also a quality that is sorely missed from the combined partying output of Kiss, Motley Crue and Steel Panther.

‘Unavailable’ amazes with its zig-zagging riff and rhythm that Mick and Keef would be proud of while acoustic ballad ‘Old Enough & Ugly Enough’ is prime John Fogerty in feel, replete with a soaring but tasteful guitar solo. Rockers ‘Wave Goodbye’ and Everything to You’ are gutsy slabs of glorious guitar and driving drums and bass that really shake things up before the album closes with ‘Keep Me Safe’. This last track is a definite highlight of an already hugely accomplished record, being a slow building atmospheric treat accompanied by some peddle steel and plaintive vocals. If you manage to get your hands on the initial, special edition, copy of the album you’ll be treated to the outstanding acoustic version of ‘Home’ and the equally lovely live piano version of ‘Dare You to Watch’. In a year crammed with so many excellent albums already it would be a crime not to add this gem to your collection. I guarantee it will be something you’ll love for years to come.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Diamonds
02. Home
03. On & On
04. Dare You To Watch
05 Kings & Queens
06. Unavailable
07. Do You Wanna Be My God
08. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
09 Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12 Waiting For The Sun
13. Home (Acoustic Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)
14. Dare You To Watch (Piano Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)

LINKS:
http://www.mattmitchellmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHGNbu5DgyXNTvq3HnPHdeQ

 

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Corroded – Bitter

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Corroded – Bitter
Despotz Records
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 50:15
Review by Tsarina Wilson
10/10

When first listening to this album, I went from track to track thinking “oh this is my favourite track” then the next one came on and it was “no this one is.” Then I got to the end and there wasn’t one single track I could fault or think that wasn’t quite as good.

Swedish hard rock band, Corroded’s debut album “Eleven Shades of Black” was released in 2009 and their track “Time and Again” was used in the Swedish version of ‘Survivor.’
In 2010 the band won the “Breakthrough of The Year” award at Bandit Rock Awards and their next album “Exit to Transfer” went straight to number six in the Swedish Album chart. They then went on the write ‘Age of Rage’ for EA Games, a song that would feature as the theme song for the “Battlefield Play4Free,” and it achieved its gold status with millions of streams being downloaded.

After that “Defcon Zero”, which pushed every limit, and they hit the road with both Pain and on their own successful European headline tour, which made them one of the most prominent Swedish hard rock acts, and fully deserved too.

“Bitter” will leave you with no doubts as to just how good these guys are. There are crushing riffs, and vocals that sound like they come from the bowels of hell. They are powerful and explosive, but you can tell they have a passion for what they do.

Their last album was recorded 6 years ago but, due to a shift of labels it was only released in 2017, so the band spent a lot of time touring to keep the fans happy. Although touring the world was fun to play for the fans, they also knew they had to make another album sooner rather than later as not to lose momentum. This left the guys only one weekend to write material (wow no pressure then!) Once they started, though, lyrics were not hard to sort, as the break with their first record label and the political state of the world, had them all irritated and angry.

“We felt it was time to move on and there’s no better way to do it than to make a hard-hitting metal album.”

The first track ‘Bitter INTRO’ I was thinking ok, I must have got the wrong album, as the 2:21 track is almost Jean-Michel Jarre-like and not what I was expecting at all. But you must expect the unexpected from this album as you’re soon left in no mind what these guys are capable of.

If you need any more proof of it after listening to the album, then check out their videos. They are epic and seeing their lead singer Jens Westin in a silver suit body bopping on the floor in the video to their track ‘Burn’ had me in stitches.

Guys you are something else! Totally brilliant!

Talking of ‘Burn’, the manic tempo, full of anger and the emphasis on the BUUUUUURN in such a deep growl, gets to your soul and then, just as you think the track is ending, you slip into a Spanish guitar interlude. But please don’t worry, the guys haven’t suddenly gone soft, as within a short time, you are back to amazing guitar riffs and heart thumping drumming.

The band consists of Jens Westin on vocals and guitar, Thomas Anderson on guitar and backing vocals, Bjarne Elvsgar on bass and Per Solang on drums, and together give us a dark, melancholic, angry, album that is full of rage. This comes out so much in the track ‘Black’ you can really hear the anger and frustrations these guys have been through and their way of expressing it is literally music to our ears. There is no hiding away from the passion these guys have put into this album and I’m sure the crowds at their shows are crazy, with lots of fist pumping and headbanging going on.

‘Scream’ has a crazy speed, with totally insane drumming and the vocals leave you with a sore throat and those guitar riffs are just from another world.

Yes, the album is dark and angry, but you must listen to it over and over again! It’s just so damn good. It’s an album of what nightmares are made of but, wow what a nightmare!

Just epic!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bitter INTRO
02. Breathing
03. Cross
04. Burn
05. Black
06. Testament
07. Scream
08. Cyanide
09. Destruction
10. Time
11. Drown
12. War

LINKS:

Corroded – The Official Website


http://www.instagram.comcorroded_sweden
https://www.instagram.com/corroded_sweden/
https://despotz.bigcartel.com

 

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Albany, GA based Hard Rock band Days To Come! 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?

Justin:- My name is Justin Goodson and I’m the vocalist for Days To Come. We’ve been around for five years and have gone through a few line-up changes, but feel confident in the team we currently have.

How did you come up with your band name?

Justin: – Years ago, Brandon and I were frustrated that we had all of the pieces to put a band together except for a drummer. I was at my day job one day and just thought that everything would work out and it would be better in the “days to come”.

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

Jalen: – I’m from the U.S.A. The metal scene isn’t as prominent in Georgia (state) but there are those bright spots where it thrives.

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

Brandon: – Our latest single is ‘Wolves’ (June 2019). We’re pumped to tour and promote it. We also released a lyric video for it with footage from different shows we’ve played in 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS839Rzpg-U

Who have been your greatest influences?

Justin: – Alter Bridge is a huge influence for me. I also grew up listening to 80’s pop and a lot of that influenced me melodically and vocally.

What first got you into music?

Jalen: – Hearing ‘We Are The Champions’ when I was three years old. Yup!

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

Brandon: – I would want to do something with Plini. Mainly just to watch him play for free. What a talent.

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

Jalen: – I’d love to play Rock Am Ring one day! So many of my childhood influences play there and it’s one of those few occasions where the rock community comes together and puts all differences aside to enjoy great music.

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

Justin: – I don’t think any gift is “weird”. They all come from a place of love and I appreciate anytime someone goes out of their way to let me know our music has made an impact on their life.

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

Justin: – We’re so thankful for your support along this journey. We absolutely love meeting you and spending time with you and can’t wait for you to hear what we’re working on.

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

Brandon: – Chris Cornell. Just so I could wait another 10 years and hear his smooth olden blues voice.

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

Jalen: – I enjoy the shows and meeting new people the most for sure! There’s nothing I’d say I “hate”, but I really am not of fan of breaking down my drum kit.

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

Justin: – It seems like a lot of information isn’t shared with newer, up and coming artists. They do something because they think that’s the “right” thing to do in the situation and, often times, make a poor choice.It would be great if more information was more available to help grow a young artist’s career.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Brandon: – Tesseract – “Altered State”. To this day, I’m still learning different things from that album. Plus hearing Ashe O’hara is just a dream.

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

Jalen: – I prefer CD’s myself but with the way the world is going now, downloads are easier and more convenient.

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

Justin: – A few years back, we had the opportunity to support Art Of Anarchy at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. Scott Stapp was their vocalist at the time and it was really cool to meet those guys.

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

Brandon: – Saving a lot more money and not having a broken back at 23.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jalen: – Layne Staley, Abraham Lincoln, Ian McKellen, Gal Gadot, and Slash.

What’s next for the band?

Justin: – We’re excited to promote our new single ‘Wolves’ (June 2019) and tour! We’re playing a short tour in June with our friends in Ventruss and 7 Stone Riot and we’re hitting the road again in July to tour up to Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

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

Justin: – We’re on all of the social sites – @daystocomemusic. We’re also on all of the major online outlets – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, etc.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Brandon: – Imagine not calling jaffa cake a cake. What are we? Neanderthals?

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

Justin – Feel free to connect with us on your favourite social media platform – @daystocomemusic and listen to our new single ‘Wolves’!

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