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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EMQ’s with KIRRA

EMQ’s with KIRRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oklahoma City, OK based Hard Rock band, Kirra. Huge thanks to guitarist Daxton Page 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 Daxton Page, and I’m the guitarist for KIRRA. Originally, I left a camp/school in Oklahoma that got young kids together to learn how to play an instrument, and always play with other musicians to form a band. A couple kids came with me but ended up flaking out. Luckily, I met Zach Stafford, our drummer, through mutual friends of our parents. After, we searched through tons of ‘musicians seeking musicians’ websites, and found our luck with Craigslist when Ryne McNeill answered the ad. He had a friend, Jesse, who could sing and play guitar, so we thought it was a perfect match considered we wanted to be a dual guitar 4-piece band. At our first rehearsal, we wrote a song that would turn into ‘Drown’, off our first LP “Run Away”. Then, we knew we had something we should pursue together. In 2018, Jesse unfortunately passed away in a car accident, and in April of 2018 we found Gabriel Parson to be our permanent new singer, and we’ve since released a couple singles ‘Sixteen Suns’ & ‘Decider’, as well as our new full-length album “Redefine”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jesse had suggested the name to us, and we thought it sounded short, simple, and catchy so we said “yeah!”. He eventually told us he had a stockpile of cologne that was called Kirra, and that was where he got the name. Turns out, it’s named after a beach in Queensland, Australia!

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

Locally we are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the US, which is smack dab in the middle of the state. The metal/rock scene there is very underground. There’s lots of metal shows, but I think the breakout bands are underground at the moment, which is exciting! More regionally speaking, bands like Blacktop Mojo, Nothing More, Sons of Texas, and Lullwater are starting to get some traction and we are all in the Southwest part of the country. So, it looks like the South is where it’s at for rock/metal at the moment in my opinion.

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

Our first LP with our new singer Gabriel, called “Redefine”, which is an apt name considering this album is a shift stylistically from the past. It’s 17 “songs” in total, and the reason I put songs in quotations is because some of the songs are more like transitional pieces or intros to other songs. We wanted to be able to take our time with a long piece of music so we could get a message across, but we didn’t want the audience to have to sit through a 2 or 3 minute intro if they just want to get to the songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say the bands biggest influences are artists like: Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Tool, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Personally, my biggest influences are people like Mark Tremonti, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, or Tommy Emmanuel.

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid, I grew up in a music-loving family, no one really played an instrument, except for a cousin who showed me my first couple chords, and an uncle who played as well. However, I really fell in love with guitar when I started to hear guitar solos like the one in ‘Like A Stone’ by Audioslave or ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alter Bridge. I was so drawn to the emotion that could be expressed from a guitar solo; I knew I wanted to do something like that.

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

There are so many it would be difficult to narrow it down to one. If I had to pick one, I’d say work with Nothing More. We toured with them back into 2018, and I really admire their creativity and passion. I’d also like to collaborate with a lot of the bands I listed from our region earlier.

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

Download probably. I’ve seen so many great performances from the festival with awesome crowds it would just be surreal to be a part of.

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

We’ve had lots of great gifts from fans, but we’ve never really been given a weird gift. SO, I guess I don’t have an answer for that one unfortunately! In due time, check back in on that haha!

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

Seek the truth at all costs because the alternative is worse.

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

Probably Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. He was an insane talent that left a mark but had a lot more to share I feel.

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

There are no words to describe the connection you have with an audience that is into your music, and just feeling it with everyone else in the room. It’s timeless, almost transcendent or a religious-like state. I hate the downtime in between those moments, I almost wish we could do multiple full shows a day on tour, but that would wear us pretty thin haha.

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

Get rid of ticket/venue monopolies so artists can sell tickets for the price of THEIR choice.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

“Blackbird” by Alter Bridge. I have lyrics from the title-track on my arm for my grandmother. It’s a stellar hard rock album.

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

Whichever is most accessible, so I would say downloads. If “best” means sound quality, then I think it’s pretty subjective.

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

Probably the night we played our hometown with Sevendust and Tremonti at the Diamond Ballroom. It was packed and full of fans and family, it was a special night to say the least. Plus, we got to see spouses after a month away.

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

Probably teaching. Something like Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics. I’d like to think of myself as an informed-amateur in those fields, currently. I know enough to know I need to know more haha, but if I had time to develop my studies, that’s probably where I’d end up.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably Jonny Hawkins, Brent Smith, Mark Tremonti, Clint Lowery, and Steve Vai. All differing personalities and perspectives, I think interesting discussions would happen during dinner!

What’s next for the band?

More and more music, and hopefully a tour, once all the COVID stuff dies down. We’ve really been writing a lot during this downtime and we hope to get music out as often as possible in the next few years.

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

We have all our releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and every other digital streaming service. If you want to keep up with us, you can check out our Instagram: @kirra_music, Facebook: Kirra Music, and our website KirraMusic.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Though it is cake-like, I would label it a cakey biscuit, as opposed to a biscuity cake haha.

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

Thanks for having us on, hopefully we can do this again! I would just say go check out our new album “Redefine”, and our singles ‘Caving In’ and ‘Free’!

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EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Orlando, Florida based Hard Rock band Kings County. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Rob Dexter 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 Rob Dexter and I am the singer & bassist for the hard rock band Kings County. The core of the band began on Long Island, New York back in the 90’s We all were playing in different local bands both original and covers. New York is a sea of talented players and since we all knew each other we decided to put together our own band playing covers strictly to make money. We quickly developed a strong following performing a variety of rock songs throughout the northeast United States. While performing in Vermont at a ski resort, someone from the Disney corporation saw the band live and asked if we’d be interested in playing for Disney. After a brief audition we were offered the house band spot for Disney’s Pleasure Island. We relocated to Orlando, FL in 2000 and this began our 8-year residency at Disney World.

How did you come up with your band name?

When the band first originated, we were under another name. After a few years of playing in Orlando and going thru a couple member changes we decided to change the band name to Kings County. Since we were all from New York we wanted to keep the New York theme in the band name and Kings County being the county of Brooklyn, NY, we decided to go with that.

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

The band is based in Orlando, Florida, USA. The music scene here is pretty extensive. Lots of venues, plenty of clubs and bars with live entertainment. The weather is pretty much great all year round so there’s plenty of outdoor venues to play. The music across the state is fairly eclectic though. There are a lot of rock/ metal bands, but it depends where you live in Florida which dictates the style of music/ bands that are prevalent.

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

The band released an album back in September of 2019, but we currently have been focusing on 2 single releases. The first song/single released was “7 Reasons”. It is a radio remix we did with engineer/ producer and Grammy award winner Chuck Alkazian. The song also features Ted Nugent drummer Jason Hartless. The song and video were released in March.

We have a new song coming out on May 15th called “Bleed These Tears”. Chuck Alkazian also produced this song and drummer Jason Hartless and Ratt guitarist Jordan Ziff (solo) perform on it.  We’ve been getting some great pre release reviews. It’s definitely a rock n roll rollercoaster of a song, seat belts required. The video for “Bleed These Tears” will follow shortly after.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Honestly, I’d have to say my parents. Nothing is more important then having a strong family structure behind you while growing up supporting and helping you develop your passion. This not only pertains to music, but anything you choose to do in life that you are passionate about.

What first got you into music?

I started a love for music at a very early age. From my father playing albums on this turntable to going to my first “so called” concert at a young age. A lot of musicians say their turning point came when they saw the Beatles on television but mine was completely different. My parents took me to see the band The Carpenters. Not the most rocking band out there but for a young inspiring musician I was drawn in by the lights, smoke and the reaction from the audience. At that moment I knew I wanted to do that, I wanted to be up there performing and from that moment on I never looked back.

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

Hands down it would be with Trent Reznor from the band Nine Inch Nails. He is by far the most innovative rock artist and visually before his time.

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

There’s a bunch of festivals in Europe that would be awesome to be apart of. They’ve created such a huge following over the years with rock fans and rock/metal artists. It’s great how they mix newer rock artists with many of the huge rock/metal staples to make for an epic show, something we’d love to experience one day.

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

This wasn’t a gift per se, but I had a fan write a note to me and tape it to my car windshield with bandaids, creative yet creepy at the same time.

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

A message to our fans would be thanks for the continued and unconditional support throughout the years. Our core fans are amazing at spreading the name of the band and recruiting potential new fans. That’s so important, so to all of them, a simple. Thank You.

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

That would be easy, Freddie Mercury. Not only an amazing voice and songwriter, but I believe he’d be overwhelmed by how his band and music has stood the test of time and quite possibly be more relevant now then when they first became popular.

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

I really enjoy the creative part of being a musician and the interaction with a live audience. Recording music is a great way to express your personal thoughts and feelings to the masses. We tend to write songs about real situations and real-life interactions that the listener can connect to.

I’m not a fan of the business side of music. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “undesirables” in this business who are basically there with their hands out. You have to wear many hats, the more you know the more you can cover your ass from being taken advantage of, but with anything you do in life these things are part of the territory, just take it head on and forge ahead.

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

The one thing I’d change about the music industry is the politics that is associated with it. There’re so many layers of the industry you have to go through to get your music heard. Unfortunately, there are great bands with great music out there that will never be acknowledged due to the politics of the business. Like with most businesses, it comes down to dollars and cents, money drives it all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is from a band from England called UFO. Their album “Obsession” was an incredible collection of great writing, great musicianship and catchy rock songs. Such an underrated band. They have over the years created a strong loyal following but never to the success of other bands from that era.

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

Funny that you ask this question because we constantly talk about this within the band. Personally, I was never a fan of cassettes, they always sounded muffled (to you) and your favourite tape would break, and you’d be out of luck. I’m gonna have to go with the CD. They are fairly indestructible and the sound quality is great and it’s something tangible you can hold and read liner notes. Albums were like that but I always scratched my albums, so my choice is CD’s.

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

By far our best gig to date was opening for Bon Jovi at the Amway Center here in Orlando, Florida in 2018. We had entered a contest thru iHeart radio and Live Nation. They were looking for an opening act by having bands submit original music videos. We submitted our song “Take It or Leave It” and we won the contest. Such an amazing experience to perform for 20,000 people in a sold-out arena.

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

That’s a really hard question. Music has been such an important part of my life since I was a child. Maybe I would have followed in my Father’s footsteps and been a civil engineer. I was always good with math in school, but wow, never really thought about that until now. Great question.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Father
Keith Richards
Clint Eastwood
Herb Alpert
Ozzy Osbourne

What’s next for the band?

The band continues to write and create new music. Developing your sound doesn’t happen over night so we look to bring as many new song ideas to the table while strengthening our writing skills. We also look to jumping on some opening slots for bigger bands and tours throughout the months ahead hopefully drawing in some new fans along the way. The current world situation will dictate how we proceed in the near future, let’s hope for the positive.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.kingscountyofficial.com
www.facebook.com/kingscountyband
www.instagram.com/kingscountyofficial/
www.twitter.com/KingsCounty3

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google Jaffa Cakes, lol. Never heard of them but after some researching, I’m gonna have to go with biscuits. Now I wanna try one.

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

Thank you for inviting Kings County to be apart of this interview for Ever Metal. Hopefully your readers will take the time to check out our music and maybe we’ll pick up some new fans along the way.

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EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Hard Rock/Heavy Metal project, Leatherjacks. Huge thanks to vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Cordeiro

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

Hello Rick and everyone at Ever Metal! I´m Mauro Cordeiro, Singer, Guitarist and Multi-Instrumentalist at Leatherjacks. I would like to say Leatherjacks is (or should be) a band, but up to now, I´ve been and am a one-man band-based project.

I started it all out in 2016, with the idea to revive the AOR, Modern Hard Rock and Metal bands and music from the 80’s, based on all my influences and representing my country: Brazil. Here I am, to say we´re not only about Samba and Bossa Nova! I´ll always FIGHT for Rock And Roll because it´s not only a music genre. It´s a Way Of Living.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came from a brown Leather Jacket I had… I loved and used that jacket so much, it ripped and got decomposed! TRUE STORY! So, it´s a kind of Nickname to Leather Jackets, so I gathered it all as Leatherjacks. It´s NOT about the insect/larva haha!

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

I live in São Paulo, and the Metal/Rock scene here is pretty weak in terms of Original/Authorial bands. Most of the groups here are playing in little venues, little events, and the worst part: Only Cover Bands! So, Rock´s not growing here, mainly because of this reason.

So, São Paulo is pretty tough to dream big about Rock, but I NEVER give up!

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

My latest is the new Album “Extremely Dangerous”, released on April 10th, 2020.

I hope you all enjoy this album! Lots of great 80’s Metal, Hard Rock and AOR, dedicated for you all! It´s fresh, it´s nostalgic and Modern. Search for it in ALL streaming platforms!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I always LOVED two bands: Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi. So, I have this kinda Poppish Hard Rock with that raw Metallish Iron Maiden energy. And since I was 6, I remember listening to an LP my mom had, a soundtrack collection, from American movies, and one of the songs was ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor. It´s my favourite song up to this day in my life. Pure AOR.

Lately in my mature life and music influences, I still listen to the favourite ones: Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Deep Purple, Asia, Toto, Journey, Foreigner, DIO, Judas Priest, Gotthard, and lots of modern ones, such as Halestorm, Battle Beast, Crazy Lixx, H.e.a.t, and so many others! Wow I really mean it… I listen to George Benson, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Pop, EVERYTHING! No frontiers, no barriers…

If the music is GOOD, well composed, and well done, I´M IN!

What first got you into music?

I always remember listening to an LP from Survivor, with “Eye Of The Tiger”. And that song ALWAYS moved my life, and always gave me chills! Then, when I was 8, I asked one of my uncles to teach me acoustic guitar and dome chords and exercises (He plays very well, as does my mom – She also plays Piano, etc) so I’ve always had contact with music.

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

I´d love to do something with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, or Noora Louhimo, from Battle Beast (she´s my muse by the way haha!). Dave Grohl would also be extremely cool! And my main idols of course: Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson would be PERFECT too!

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

I´d love to play in Wacken! It´s simply AMAZING! I watch all the videos, and I feel like: WOW, I need to be playing there someday!

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

Hm… I still haven’t received any weird stuff…But…Who knows, someday?

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

Let´s Rock Together! Let´s enjoy music together. You´re all invited Jackers!

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

Just ONE name: RONNIE JAMES DIO! I´d love to see him alive again, but with the appearance he had in his 40’s, back in the 1980’s… Would Love to be his guitarist and do backing vocals.

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

I think what I most love about being a musician is the return you get from fans, followers, friends, family and people who are really proud of you, and those ones who really believe in you… You know? I think it´s the most special sensation an artist can breathe and feel.

I think there´s nothing I hate in music. From the bottom of my heart… Up to now, there´s nothing I hate about music!

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

I´d really Terminate these things: Raggaton, Brazilian Funk, Brazilian Sertanejo and Pop.

It really irritates me, and in my opinion, it´s a musical loss of time, a real Poison for mankind in terms of music. Brazilian shit like Anitta, Maiara and Maraisa, Gusttavo Lima, Michel Teló.

Or American shit such as Dualipa or Sean Paul… Ah, it´s awful! Waste of time haha!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”. I won this CD as a Birthday gift when I was 13, in 1999. I´m 34 and I still keep this album in my drawer. The booklet paper is Intact! I really LOVE this album.

I listen from start to end. Entirely. It´s a true Masterpiece.

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

Vinyl and Cassettes are forever beautiful. I love them. I have lots of CD’s in my drawer, as told in the previous quote.

But in my opinion, CDs are a failure. So fragile, so poor media, in terms of construction, materials…

Downloads are a cool thing, but it turns music into an ethereal experience!

I like that you can feel music with synesthesia, you know? Opening a Vinyl sleeve, the smells, the booklet, the pictures, listening to the music, reading the lyrics, singing along… It´s a thing! Much better than digital music (My humble opinion).

But the good part is: Digital Music spreads much more easily! For sure haha!

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

I actually only played one gig with Leatherjacks, because my line-up wasn´t the right one.

I´m still searching for a correct line-up. But let´s wait until this pandemic stuff finishes.

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

I´m a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer and 3D | 2D Character Animator, besides that, I also work as a Mixing / Mastering engineer. So Audio-visual is my life, definitely haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hm… That´s a tough one, because I´m a glutton and selfish guy! I’d dinner all alone hahaha!

What’s next for the band?

I hope to hugely promote the new album, somehow doing online streams, at home, etc. Let´s see what fate is reserved for Leatherjacks! Only God knows! Only future knows!

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

I use Facebook and Instagram a lot, but people can also reach Leatherjacks via Linktree!
www.facebook.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.instagram.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCeufhZW3V2aFHp4Syqd85Dg
www.leatherjacksofficial.com/
www.linktr.ee/leatherjacks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wow, never heard about them, but I Googled, and it seems to be DELICIOUS. Reminds me some French Macaroons? Dunno! In my opinion it´s a Cakeuit haha!

Whatever it is… Please, gimme 10!

PS: I dunno how I still can keep myself in shape and thin/slim bodied…!

It´s a True Miracle! haha!

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

I thank you so much, Rick! It was a pleasure, so funny interview! Really loved it! I need to say a huge Thank You, and another huge Thank You to Ever Metal and Readers! Keep all Rockin’ On and On and On and On! Together We’re Strong! Please follow Ever Metal and Leatherjacks on all platforms, for news and awesome stuff from Leatherjacks and other awesome bands worldwide! WE ROCK! All the best from Mauro here and Leatherjacks! \m/

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EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville based Hard Rock band Voltagehawk. 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?

Jarrad James: My name is Jarrad James, I play drums and am the band dad in Voltagehawk. This project actually started as a jam session. I was new to the Nashville rock scene and didn’t have a project, but I had tons of friends that seemed pretty disenchanted with all of the bands they were in. So, it started almost as a therapy session, a place where you could come and get away with stuff, play things out of your genre, break all the rules with no judgements, and no bullshit band infighting. It led to gathering pretty stellar dudes on the same page, and we started just doing what came natural, jamming genres together and writing bangers.

Chase Arocha: I’m Chase, I play lead guitar! Jarrad started it with some people, that lead to jamming with Dan. Then Tyler was asked to start playing with them. I filled in on bass for Tyler at one of their gigs and he told them I played guitar, so they asked me to join!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jarrad: I actually came up with this before starting the band, which was meant to just be a place for all my buddies in other bands to come jam and work on different genred fun things, then ended up being the main project. It started as an homage to some of my favourites that had the “something cool, something animal” name motif: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Wolfmother. I also wanted our records in the same bin with Van Halen. I also wanted to pay homage to the main musical influence, which is the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 soundtrack, which plays AC/DC in the opening credits…so, High Voltage Rock and Roll. Tony Hawk. Voltagehawk. Those games, and the music in them, changed a lot of dudes’ lives and musical journeys.

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

Jarrad: USA. Much like everything else, we import everything and export not a whole lot, haha. We are trying to change that. At least we can be like a coveted American Muscle Car.

Chase: U.S.A. And at one point it was the biggest and best thing in Metal/Rock. Things have slowed down in recent years, but there are still incredible bands putting out music. It’s just more of a search than it used to be.

Dan Fenton: (Vocals/Guitar) ‘Merica, Both scenes need a big ole kick in the ass. I am tired of hearing the same old shit. That said the underground is looking promising. Bands like Howling Giant, Idles…

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

Jarrad: Our latest release is our lyric video for our debut single “Modern Gasoline”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jarrad: Hans Zimmer and Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtracks, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria, Fugazi, Mastodon…and not always sonically.

Chase: Mike Patton, Ray Lynch, John 5, Zakk Wylde, Charles Mingus, just to name a few!

Dan: Movies. I think cinema and childhood trauma have fuelled me to write more than anything else. I love film scores and classical music. Hans Zimmer and Vangelis have been hugely influential on me the last few years.

What first got you into music?

Jarrad: It was either the drum fill for In In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, or the intro to Money For Nothin’ by Dire Straits. Hard tie.

Chase: I had just moved to a super small town in central Florida at 13 and went to the YMCA. These girls were playing in a riot girl punk band on the gym floor screaming their heads off also around my age. I realized I wanted to do that.

Dan: A need to find myself at a very young age, amid a myriad of struggles. Music gave me purpose, drive and an overall desire to feel.

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

Jarrad: Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die on vocals/lyrics would be the pinnacle. He has the most versatile voice in loud rock/metal and his lyrics are beyond anything being done in modern music.

Chase: Reggie Watts and Tyler the Creator

Dan: IDLES, and Killer Mike from Run The Jewels. I love those artists and I love that they speak their minds and talk about real shit that matters.

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

Jarrad: I’m gonna go with the backyard favourite, Bonnaroo. It’s the wildest party, man. And always has great, even if few, metal and loud rock acts. It’s on our bucket list for sure.

Chase: Wacken seems like the coolest thing in rock and metal music right now. Great bands and tons of people!

Dan: I would love to play a festival in Japan. The Japanese seem like they really love rock music. I would gladly play in Europe and the UK again. I love the people of Europe.

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

Jarrad: We get a lot of weird bird themed gifts. Which we love.

Chase: Someone came up with an insanely realistic sketch drawing of me playing that they had drawn while watching the show.

Dan: A wedding proposal. I didn’t accept.

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

Jarrad: Memento Mori.

Chase: Love yourself.

Dan: Love yourself.

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

Jarrad: Lemmy.

Chase: Shawn Lane, one of the greatest players of all time taken too soon and plagued with health problems when he was alive, but he was absolutely incredible.

Dan: Anthony Bourdain.

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

Chase: When I was a kid, I was a loner who was bullied a lot. I always wished to be in a different world away from reality just to not feel so outcast. Music became that, it is a therapy, also a conversation creator, whether it’s jamming with others or just now having a skill to feel like you can share with the world. You can now have something to empower yourself with and realize that you were never an outcast at all.

Dan: Everything. Lost sleep, lousy pay. Just kidding. I love creating overall. Being in a family.

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

Jarrad: I wish we could get people more on board with streaming. A lot of people seem to forget that all of the great label catalog streaming revenue provides great opportunities for upcoming bands. Lots of musicians are biting the hand that feeds and it drives me crazy.

Chase: Taking more chances on what we show to the mainstream. I believe that more people would be into the avant-garde artist or more genres of music in general if we literally just showed it to them more. Put more advertising behind Hiatus Kaiyote and you will get more like them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jarrad: “I Get Wet” by Andrew WK. Party hard, man.

Chase: “California” by Mr. Bungle

Dan: “Nighthawks at the Diner” by Tom Waits. It’s fun and I can see every song and where he is in my mind’s eye. He’s an amazing writer

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

Jarrad: All good in different settings. I try to play vinyl in my truck, but I just can’t get it to work. CD’s make GREAT coasters.

Chase: Who cares as long as people listen to music.

Dan: Doesn’t matter. If a song is good, it’s good on all platforms. I prefer vinyl myself but that’s, just personal preference.

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

Jarrad: Opening for Beasto Blanco featuring Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper’s band, and Alice’s daughter Calico. He is an absolute bad ass and she is an incredible stage performer!

Chase: Probably the Exit/In. It’s just a place with such history and it feels great to be a part of that.

Dan: I would say my favourite gig was at The Basement in Nashville with our friends Goodbye June. It was a special night.

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

Jarrad: I’d go back to driving Zamboni.

Chase: I’d be a psychiatrist.

Dan: Gypsy Space Pirate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jarrad: Keith Buckley, Jimmy Iovine, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Joe Rogan, and Joe Exotic aka The Tiger King.

Chase: Rob Zombie, Patrice O’Neil, Frank Zappa, Wayne Static, Sarah Silverman.

Dan: Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Bourdain, Carl Sagan.

What’s next for the band?

Jarrad: We are all very, very ready to release our first full length album. We are headed to mastering with a new 13 song epic titled “Electric Thunder” We are very much looking forward to playing these songs for people live on tour in the Spring.

We already have another EP on deck, a group of songs that just work together, potentially called Hard Work. That one may feel best as a live recording, more raw power. And we have two singles that are going to be released together, probably as a 45. We are excited to track those because we are going to let those live in a more synthy new wave world. We are also about 7 songs into writing Record 3…which has some bangers already, but we are still getting to know her…we’ll keep you posted. Come see us live. We have no patience and will probably slip those songs into the set too.

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

Jarrad: Follow us on Instagram, we are on there the most. We released our first album globally thru The Orchard, so it’s everywhere!
www.instagram.com/voltagehawk/
www.facebook.com/voltagehawk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3VdXgLcML6VUqMJ8dmD1or
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsM9UFWIG9mrBXAKYg33sbQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jarrad: Wikipedia says it’s a cake-like biscuit.

Chase: A tiny, tiny cake!!!

Dan: A biscy!

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EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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 Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’
Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Running Time: 34:35
Reviewed By Paul Monkhouse
8/10

The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible new albums emerge this year. This trend looks to continue well into 2020 with the release firstly of the Anchor Lane debut album and this, the first full length offering by Kent four-piece Collateral in February. Already making a big impression on UK and global audiences with slots at Camden Rocks, Ramblin’ Man and an appearance alongside Jon Bon Jovi, these South East rockers are amongst the most hotly tipped bands for future superstardom and this self-titled release shows exactly why they’re getting so much attention.

The songs on the album are huge and have such lofty ambitions to be played in stadiums but, unlike many who have come before, their strongest weapon in the fight is their talent and drive to succeed. Despite all the big, singalong anthems and flamboyant image, it’s not all empty glamour and glitz as beneath the noise and gleaming chrome of the surface lies a real blue-collar heart and recaptures the spirit of when Bon Jovi and their ilk were at their peak.

The album kicks off with the single ‘Mr. Big Shot’ and it’s a giant slab of commercial hard rock that mixes in some really 80’s elements ranging from classic American AOR to some almost New Romantic undertones and a pinch of ELO. Full of great guitar work from Todd Winger and epic vocals by Angelo Tristan, the track drips with tongue in cheek innuendos and a huge sense of a band having a ball in the studio. More monster riffing and vast melodies power along paeon to the modern music industry ‘Promiseland’, it sounds like the sleazy lovechild of AC/DC and, should have been huge, USA rock legends Giant as it snarls and purrs, leading to a superb solo by Winger. The band dust off their cowboy boots as the Southern Rock feel of ‘Merry Go Round’ brings images of swirling dust devils and shimmering desert heat to mind as they effortlessly turn their home county ‘Garden of England’ into the American Midwest. Close your eyes and you can feel the sun beating down and the dry mouthed feel that is desperate to be administered an ice-cold beer. Without doubt, one of the greatest strengths of the band is to conjure up that sense of time and place in a very tangible way, transporting you to a time when hair was big, and choruses were even bigger. This is no aping of the classic bands of that era but a contemporary take on the type of rock music that made Bon Jovi et al kings of stadiums, the production by Sean M Kenny bringing out the best in the material whilst giving it a thoroughly modern sheen.

‘In it for Love’ exemplifies this approach as it perfectly balances the pounding rock driven by rhythm section Ben Atkinson on drums and Jack Bentley-Smith’s bass alongside such a great, dynamic song that will have you singing along in no time. With its instantly catchy “woooh oooh oooh” gang vocals during the chorus and another fret blazing solo ‘Lullaby’ has already become a live favourite and should be blaring out of every car radio across the Atlantic, such is its perfect suitability for the American market.

Also finding its main inspiration the other side of the ‘pond’ is ‘Midnight Queen’, the band tilting their Stetsons to a more AOR meets Country Rock feel that sounds like it might have been written by Richard Marx and Vince Gill, the opening line the name of a huge hit that Marx wrote for Vixen and it shares that same sense of space, the focus on the songwriting, not the flash.

Those waiting for the heartfelt power ballad won’t be disappointed as ‘Get Back to You’ ticks all the right boxes, Tristan pouring his heart out as he longs to return home whilst the song proves it’s more about quality and quiet than drama school overemphasis.

Having stated their love for the aforementioned Mr. Jovi, the band expressed their intent to write something that captured the spirit of tracks like ‘Always’ and this certainly will see a sea of mobile phone lights (nobody is allowed lighters at gigs these days) held aloft in tribute. The pace picks up once again in the spot on, commercial pop rock of ‘Won’t Stop Me Dreaming’, a song that contains a tough streak of steely determination laced through its supremely candy coated and instantly addictive shell. The album ends with ‘About this Boy’, another country tinged track that once more heads more to the massive and lucrative Nashville scene than the heavier end of their material. Whilst a meatier number may have been more fitting, the song is still imbued with that Transatlantic feel that may well find the band gaining ground both in their home country and in the United States given the growing market here and the already titanic base there. Always doing things their way, Collateral continue to push forward, and this album shows just how far they’ve grown and where they’re heading. The stadiums of the world are beckoning.

Track Listing:
1 Mr Big Shot
2 Promised Land
3 Merry Go Round
4 In It For Love
5 Lullaby
6 Midnight Queen
7 Get Back To You
8 Won’t Stop Me Dreaming
9 About This Boy

Links:
https://www.collateralofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/collateralrocks/

https://www.instagram.com/collateralrocks/

 

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Anchor Lane – Casino

Casino Cover

Anchor Lane – Casino
R7 Music
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 33:23
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Very few new bands come into the public eye with a fully formed and unique identity but it seems like Anchor Lane have just managed this very feat on “Casino”, their debut album. With a solid commitment to being road dogs, having supported the stellar likes of Cheap Trick, Tremonti and Eagles of Death Metal, alongside appearances at some very major festivals it’s obvious that these four young guys from Glasgow have the drive and work ethic to be in the big leagues. It also speaks volumes that, having worked with some of the best in the business, Wayward Sons/Little Angels/Gun/Waysted frontman and super producer Toby Jepson chose to make ‘Casino’ his next project and, with his brilliant ear for sonic enhancement and the bands songwriting skills, it’s a perfect match.

Kicking off with the fuzzed up, lurching beat of ‘Blood & Irony’ Anchor Lane certainly distance themselves from the million and one other new hard rock outfits out there and this slightly unhinged opener promises something different. Listening to the track is akin to being in the ring with Muhammed Ali at his prime; the jabs come thick and fast with the occasional flooring blow to the solar plexus. They follow this with single ‘Fame Shame’, shifting the emphasis to a snotty glam metal vibe that is a wild eyed and lurid stomp through Sunset Strip, careening though the speakers like an out of control motorbike in a china shop and laughing like crazy whilst doing it.

Another twist with the Louisiana swamp blues of ‘Voodoo’, a track as bewitching as its title, the track deftly mixing light touches with a chorus as thick as molasses. The titular ‘Casino’ is a heavy duty rocker that swings, making it impossible not to sway and move to, singer Conor Gaffney putting in a truly gritty and powerful vocal as guitarist Lawrence O’Brien lays down some truly funky licks and the rhythm section of Matthew Quigley and Scott Hanlon lock into a solid groove. The visceral modern blues of ‘Clocks’ once again highlights their great songwriting flair and versatility, marking them out as absorbers of ideas who mould them into something uniquely their own. Very rarely do you get a band this brave to push the envelope on a debut album and, whilst some might want to stick to a rigid formula, it speaks volumes that Anchor Lane show themselves to be true music fans, embracing these multiple influences. A lot of the success of the album is the sky-high production value that Jepson brings and he’s obviously a fan of the bands willingness to take risks, bringing a great guidance and cohesion to the whole.

The bands magpie-like ability to pull in great music from everywhere is seldom better illustrated than on ‘Stone Cold Hearted’ as it opens with a Portishead ‘Glory Box’ style intro but soon transforms into a Led Zep meets Bad Company drama-filled monster of a track, soaking in dynamics. ‘Shell of Me’ is a much more laid-back number, showing their softer, more introspective side perfectly and ‘Flatline’ throbs with an electric current, its singalong chorus underpinned by gut wrenching bass and drums and the howling feedback of the guitar.

Another frontman joins the fray in the shape of Black Star Riders’ Ricky Warwick, his voice giving extra weight to the gang vocals in the pounding ‘Dead Run’. The band really rip things up, led by O’Brien’s wild fretwork and this proves to be one of heaviest tracks on the album as it races towards its conclusion. The album closes on another slice of fresh and potent modern rock as ‘Honey’ glories in a jagged interplay between the vocals and guitar, its stop/start chorus certainly leaving an impression. Anchor Lane are certainly forging their own path and, with a debut as good as this, the sky is most certainly the limit. The arena tours beckon…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Blood & Irony
02. Fame Shame
03. Voodoo
04. Casino
05. Clocks
06. Stone Cold Hearted
07. Shell Of Me
08. Flatline
09. Dead Run
10. Honey

LINKS:
About
https://www.facebook.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3FjgeETYrm0z34eh45RhA

 

 

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