EMQ’s with IMMERSE

EMQ’s with IMMERSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bristol, UK based Melodic Hardcore band Immerse. Huge thanks to guitarist Tim 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 it’s Tim here! I play guitar in the band. We’ve previously played together in other projects with different line-ups but decided to start fresh as IMMERSE. We formed in late 2018!

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that reflected our passion and wouldn’t limit us to a specific genre. IMMERSE was the perfect choice.

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

Bristol UK! It’s got a great scene, and everyone knows each other. The city is full of amazing venues and the shows are always wild! I love how diverse Bristol is and how people support all genres.

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

‘Southbound’ is our latest single. Give it a spin in the sunshine! Pre-Save it here

www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/immerse/southbound

Here’s Hoping (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me, it has to be Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Northlane and The Story So Far

What first got you into music?

I started writing music at about 10/11 years old and I knew straight away that I would love to do it as a career. I listened to bands like Good Charlotte and Blink 182, so my songs were very similar to that style. As I got older, I discovered bands like Slipknot/Parkway Drive/Architects and I instantly fell in love with their energy and heavy breakdowns.

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

It would be a dream to work with Mark Hoppus. His melodies are the best and he’s a rock legend!

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

Download Festival! I’ve been going there for years and always dreamt of playing the main stage.

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

Tom Searle. I would have loved to meet him and chat about music/life. He inspired so many people and I’m proud that I got to see him play.

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

I love being creative and having complete freedom with writing music. Also touring different countries in a van with your best mates is unbeatable. The worst thing is playing a poorly ran show (I think every musician will agree with me)

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Story So Far – “Proper Dose”. Love every song on it.

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

CD’s all the way!

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

Playing Macmillan cancer festival in Nottingham! We played to a packed room and the crowd were really energetic! Can’t wait to be back playing shows again.

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

I would have loved to pursue a career in golf but started too late!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mark Corrigan, Johnson, Super Hans, Gerrard and Professor MacLeish.

What’s next for the band?

We are always working on our live show to make it as entertaining as possible. We have an intimate headline tour early next year so make sure you grab a ticket before it sells out!

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/3S3vmLBBxnscJGPLeqVKQN
www.facebook.com/IMMERSEofficialUK/
www.instagram.com/immerse_officialuk/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Yes!

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EMQ’s with PALACES

EMQ’s with PALACES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Hardcore Punk/Grind/Death Metal band Palaces. 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?

Bumpy: My name is Bumpy Bronson; I play bass and begrudgingly share vocal duties with Eric.

JB: Jonathan Balsamo, drums. Palaces was formed in 2010 when I met Eric and M Chvasta (Bass) whose band Light Pupil Dilate was breaking up. I was in Atlanta math-rock band Sorry No Ferrari at the time and wanted to do a heavy project again as my background is metal. We all had similar tastes and began writing songs that we would record and release in 2012 on our first album titled “Tarnish”. Chvasta left the band in early 2014 to focus on his other band Dead Register. After a year of being inactive we were contacted by Jeremy Weeks of Atlanta hardcore band Get Damned. He wanted to join Palaces on bass. We had played shows with Get Damned and were fans of theirs, so we said yes of course haha.

Eric: Hey I’m Eric Searle. I’m the guitarist and sometimes vocalist. As JB said, Bumpy called us up after our old bassist left. We jammed a few times and it felt good, so we decided to carry on as Palaces. We rented a few spaces before settling in at Bill Kelliher’s rehearsal spot ‘Ember City’ where we wrote a good bit of the new record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bumpy: Eric said he liked it because it was vague or some shit. Pretentious ass…

Eric: He’s not wrong. It was basically, “Hey, what about Palaces?” Nobody could find a reason to hate it, so it stuck.

JB: It immediately resonated with me for several reasons. I feel like it’s a name that doesn’t suggest any particular genre or sub-genre of metal as I feel we don’t fit into a particular classification of metal. It doesn’t colour one’s pre-listen opinion of what they are about to hear. Additionally, it has always been a metaphor for our physical existence – we each inhabit a body and mind that is our Palace. Physical structures get weathered, decay and become ruined eventually and at the same time are beautiful.

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

Eric: We’re from Atlanta Georgia USA. The scene here is getting bigger and better all the time. There are a ton of killer bands here. Every type of metal/rock can be found. People are very supportive of the local scene. We have great clubs/venues/art spaces/ warehouses to put on shows. It’s a great place to be as a musician.

Bumpy: It’s full of variety and has had some real crushers in the past, a little bit too much butt rock now, but what are you gonna do.

JB: Before Covid hit there were shows almost every night of the week, sometimes several a night. All the bands, clubs and promoters make this a great city to play music in, a very inclusive and supportive scene.

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

Bumpy: It’s an album titled “Hellas Chasma” and the first single from the album is ‘Swarm’.

Eric: It’s 9 songs, but not too long. The songs are pretty eclectic. We’re not a ‘one note’ band. There’s a lot to chew on, but it isn’t too difficult of a listen.

‘Swarm’ Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bumpy: Personally, everything from Faith to No More to Sumac, but Caleb Scofield (R.I.P.) and Brian Cook are the two most effecting and influential bassists that have saturated my music brain the past 20 years.

JB: I think as a band we have drawn on a pretty diverse range of music and it all ends up in there somewhere. I personally have always been into Death Metal and Technical Stuff, I grew up listening to thrash, punk, and evolved from there. As a group I would say bands like Cult Leader, Converge, Intronaut, Today Is The Day, Ken Mode, Baptists, Keelhaul, Mastodon, Botch, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and The Armed.

Eric: As a guitarist I love King Buzzo, Bill Steer, East Bay Ray, Johnny Marr, Kevin Shields, James Hetfield, Keith Huckins, etc. There are too many bands to name, but a few would be Fugazi, Smiths, Converge, Deadguy, Dissection.

What first got you into music?

JB: My Dad who was a stoner mathematician, growing up listening to Black Sabbath, Zappa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Santana – that whole 70’s scene.

Eric: I’ve been hooked ever since I was a small person. The first artists I remember liking were Fats Domino, The Beatles, Genesis, Traveling Wilburys, and Michael Jackson. My parents played all that stuff.

Bumpy: It’s always been there. My dad played piano his whole life and as god fearing as he is, he can shred something fierce on the keys like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Billy Joel.

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

Bumpy: Stephen Brodsky. I love everything he touches, and I am one of the biggest Steve-stans I know.

Eric: Probably Michael Gira. He’s great at organizing musicians and pulling things out of them to serve his songs. I’d be honoured.

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

JB: That is a tough one, maybe Hellfest?

Bumpy: Reading/Leeds or Glastonbury. They sound so ancient but are still going and have been a huge part of music history.

Eric: HellFest. The line-up is fucking stacked every single year and it looks like it’d be a blast to play. Definitely would love to play Wacken or Brutal Assault too. Any of the Euro festivals please, thank you!

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

Bumpy: Pretty sure he wasn’t a fan, but a guy gave me his phone number and said we should “text metal.” Yeah, I don’t have his number. Must’ve lost it.

JB: No weird gifts yet but we have gotten some rad hugs.

Eric: Oh yeah, that girl outside 529! Hugs.

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

JB: Thank you for listening to us, thank you for coming out to a show and supporting us in any way.

Bumpy: No one’s gonna wait on you to show yourself. If you wanna do something in music or media, do it. Like now. Don’t ask permission. Bug the shit out of people you don’t know to listen or let you play or whatever.

Eric: When you come to one of our shows, just be ready to throw a chair at somebody!!!

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

Bumpy: Aforementioned, Caleb Scofield.

JB: Isaiah Ikey Owen

Eric: Probably Jeff Buckley, but what if it’s better on the other side? I wouldn’t want to bring him back to this place.

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

Eric: Creating and writing is my favourite thing about being in a band. I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together. That said, turning up loud and bashing shit out is pretty amazing. I don’t really hate anything about it. Sure, it takes a lot of time and doesn’t pay nearly enough, but I’m not mad about it.

Bumpy: Shows. Ever since I was a seventh grader, nothing knocks the self-gratification meter off the charts like playing live. It’s a cliché that’s been worn down to the bone, but I’ve played for 6 people before and I’ve played for 300+, and I felt just as elated as I always have been. Having said that, I think the hate part is what you make of it. If you give more power to hating something, you’ll come to hate shit you used to love, so I try not to feed that bastard any energy.

JB: I love playing live more than anything, I love the energy and volume, playing for people who enjoy relaxing to loud heavy music as a counter to the nature of modern daily life. I guess waiting to play the set is what I hate the most, I’m always impatient to play!

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

Bumpy: Make it go back to how it was. The 90‘s really were the best to me. Nostalgia is the enemy but if I could have been a bit older back then and had the chance to experience the grunge, alternative, punk, metal, etc. of that time at festivals, in Blockbusters, in magazines, in Beavis and Butthead episodes; everything just mattered a little bit more to people back then. Music stuck with you for longer.

Eric: It’s a pretty fucked up industry. I feel like there’s the “Industry” and then there’s the “Underground”. I don’t participate much in “Industry” driven music. My musical family and community seem to be in the “Underground”. That’s not by choice though. If death metal bands were getting millions of YouTube views per song, I’d be cool with that. But then that would get ruined too. It’s a vicious cycle.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: Clutch – “Transnational Speedway League”

JB: Mastodon – “Remission”

Bumpy: The Mars Volta – “De-Loused in the Comatorium”

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

Bumpy: I’m a sucker for cassettes. They remind me of being a kid. My parents didn’t keep records at home, so I never caught the vinyl bug.

JB: I personally love vinyl for sound.

Eric: Vinyl, Downloads, CD’s, Cassettes in that order.

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

Bumpy: December 2018 with Cult Leader, Primitive Weapons and the unfuckwithable God Mother from Stockholm. Never played with a crazier band.

JB: For me it’s a tie between opening for Cult Leader/ Godmother and opening for Atlanta super group Primate back in January 2020 – that was a fun show.

Eric: We’ve played with Ken Mode a bunch. Always nice to knock around the balls with those guys.

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

Eric: Probably my money-making job, but life would suck a little more if I didn’t play music.

JB: I would be playing drums in my garage – essential to maintaining sanity.

Bumpy: Anything in my power to leave this country until it stops eating itself alive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JB: King Diamond X 5

Bumpy: You, Eric, JB, the Jesus from Big Lebowski and Bernie Mac.

Eric: Grandmaster Jay, Richard Spencer, Black Thought, Nadine Strossen, and Elon Musk. What a party that’d be.

What’s next for the band?

JB: We hope to get back to playing live when possible, releasing the new album and doing some touring.

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

www.instagram.com/palacesloud/
www.facebook.com/PALACESLOUD/
www.palaces.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bumpy: I have family in the UK, and they think they are biscuits, I guess there’s the answer. They also let their 53-year-old son still live at home, so there’s that too.

Eric: Lost me on that one homie.

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

Bumpy: Listen to Young Beasts, Malevich and Lost Hours.

Eric: Cheers mates.

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Granada – Amarre EP

Granada – Amarre EP
Self-Released
02/01/2020
Running Time: 20:59
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

If someone asks why maybe South American bands have a kind of unique aggressiveness in their way of playing or in how they express themselves in their music, I would say that it is the consequence of all the crap we have to live with in a continent full of cultural richness, but that, at the same time, is also full of misfortunes. All South American countries are “cursed” by poverty, corruption and violence despite all other good things. Obviously, all this suffering reflects in society and, consequently, in the music that emerges from there.

The Argentine band Granada came up with another release and have brought a concept, based on all these problems that we live with in our countries. “Amarre” is composed of five tracks that reports a view of who witnesses and experiences how hard it is to live in a dysfunctional family. It goes further. All the tracks have videos on the band’s YouTube Channel, illustrating what the band says, along with the laws that criminalize the particular abuse that is the subject of each song, as well as the phone numbers to report that crime in Argentina. It is an excellent way to bring consciousness and awareness to people of these problems, through the music, something that even politicians cannot do well.

An interesting thing about the EP title “Amarre” is that it could mean ties, like people tied in a specific hell or abuse that is related to the songs. However, Amarre also means spiritual ties that some local spiritual religions do in two evil kinds of desires. One, is the desire of having a person tied in your life, like in slavery. The other way could be just like bringing disgrace to someone, like a voodoo. The songs talk about suicide, family abuse, violence against woman, etc. You can hear things in the Spanish lyrics like “Shut up, I am your father/mother” which relates to family abuse of power and “Until Death do us apart” related to a woman waiting to die after suffering so much abuse in her marriage but is powerless to act.

Musically, ‘Autoridad’ shows a fast and aggressive Thrash/Hardcore style and ‘Golpes’ shows dizzy riffs, blast beats and breaking rhythms with a lot of heaviness, similar to Agnostic Front. The Hardcore and Punk vein appears more strongly in ‘Sometido’ and it fits well with short moments of double kicks in the drums and a guitar solo in an Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) style. ‘Castracion’ has the Death Metal inspiration diluted in the band’s sound, with strong riffs that reminded me of Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel). The ending song brings a feeling of a person being dragged by the music due to all the broken rhythms. This feeling of agony and suffering has a reason and it helps to summarize what the title track ‘Amarre’ is.

Guille Estevez does a good interpretation of the lyrics, along with his precise guitar work. The drums of Marcos Edwards give a lesson of versatility, going from Punk through Thrash and Death Metal in a blink of an eye. He is the main force of all aggressiveness and excitement that you are going to hear on this release. There is no bass recorded on “Amarre”, but Damian Mayster’s second guitar keeps a good sonority and gives the proper sound that the band needs. To create a more aggressive atmosphere, the recording was made in a live format, at El Attic studio, in an analog way, without editing or adjustments. Everything recorded in one take! The rawness increases the dark atmosphere of the theme, extracting an excellent sound, musically speaking.

What I can assure about the twenty minutes of this listening is that “Amarre” shows perfectly what Granada is capable of doing when they decide to turn all the anger from their lives into music. I felt touched by the concept and by the power of their sonority. For sure, we have one of the best releases of this insane year!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Autoridad
02. Golpes
03. Sometido
04. Castración
05. Amarre

LINE-UP:
Guille Estévez – Vocals and Guitars
Marcos Edwards – Drums
Damian Mayster – Guitars

LINKS:
www.granadametal.com/
www.facebook.com/granadametal/
www.instagram.com/granadametal/
www.twitter.com/granadametal
www.granadametal.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/7HunWHeaJRJ1ThycQD5Ea5
www.deezer.com/br/album/125136772

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EMQ’s with SHADOW PEOPLE

EMQ’s with SHADOW PEOPLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Baton Rouge, Louisiana based Sludge Punk/Hardcore band Shadow People. Huge thanks to bassist Aaron Paul Goings 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?

Aaron Paul Goings. Bass. Trial and error. DNA’s potential and a primate’s shame.

How did you come up with your band name?

I believe it was drug-induced/inspired. I believe it was from long bouts of amphetamine use, more specifically methamphetamine. Have you ever gone so far that you came back around the other side. I could try to describe how drugs feel but if you haven’t done it for yourself, It’d be like describing a symphony to the deaf. Either do it for yourself or take my word that if you ever do there are glimpses of people who were there before you left ,still moving and breathing. To the eye of a brain that’s been pulled that far and pushed that hard the remnants just look like shadows. No more people than the idea of a ghost but that’s the form they take so that’s the name we choose.

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

The country of the United States. The state of Louisiana. The city of Baton Rouge. The scene here is fickle. It’s random bursts of sporadic epiphany living next door to pits of daydreams where great talent vanishes overnight. It’s all heart and no head. With a constant talent bleed. We haemorrhage from the wound of lack of opportunity, apathy & majority rule. It’s like a bad relationship just because we love it doesn’t mean we’re happy or that it’s healthy and I think we could benefit from some distance. long-term, short-term, I don’t know. I think sometimes it takes more than a lifetime to know these things , which means you never do. I hope that’s not the case for us or our peers. The birth rate of passion here is consistent and plentiful and for that we’re thankful.

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

1. Album – “Batom Rouge”

2. Single -‘Every Man A Sot’

3. Video- ‘Every Man A Sot’

Who have been your greatest influences?

The conditions and conclusions of lives lived around me, the constant presence of violence, delusion & poverty. The realization that gnashing my teeth and whitening my knuckles had turned to internal decay and the desire to deflect/inflict that somewhere else. Respectful fear for the deep cut of desperation. Simply put instinctive the desire for self-preservation. That’s my greatest influence. I assume this questions designed to invoke a musical influence, but the bands I like(d) only inspired me to buy albums, T-shirts and posters not to make music. It was the life around me and the readily available examples of how deep hell can go. That’s what caused me to make music. That’s what inspired me and what influenced the type of music I make.

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

No musicians, maybe a visual artist but I currently collaborate with the musicians I’m interested in.

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

I’m truly ignorant as to what festivals exist. We’d play wherever and with whoever would put us in touch with like-minded individuals.

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

I’ve never received anything. I guess I could say approval and tears, embraces and allegiance, because those are gifts ,but nothing material

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

Not to be ominous or rude but I feel like we said/say everything we need to in this songs.

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

I don’t have that power, who told you I did?! They were a liar! I mean levitating a few objects with the energy that remains in fresh goat’s blood and bringing someone back from the dead are two different things. I don’t have that power anymore, I mean I don’t have that power, I’m saying I never did, no one!

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

Justified fulfilment for my ache at night. I’ve burned up years to keep the lights on as the means for someone else’s ends with nothing to show for it but the ash piled up around me so thick you can’t see or move, just choke and panic and music takes that away for me. It’s the inception of reason and the catalyst for possibility. The only thing I hate is that I can’t do it more often. We have to scrape and save for tour (like everybody else) and I’d rather spend that time just playing. I’m sure that’s not a rare desire but that’s my answer.

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

I’m too ignorant of the details to give a worthwhile answer. It is a vast and complex creature. I am a fan of any method that could banish that layer of dishonest barnacle mimicry (creation & production) into some social/digital/dimensional wasteland.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Audio Fidelity’s – “Stereodisc Demonstration And Sound Effects”

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

They all have their pros and cons. The warmth and novelty of analog vs. the clarity and convenience of digital. I guess it depends on who or what I’m listening to. I’d like to make a record because it has a very specific feeling of importance. Plus, the cover arts bigger (obviously) and as a fan of visual arts I like that.

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

The best gig I’ve ever played is like the best sex I’ve ever had . I remember who was there but not when or where

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

I can’t speak for the other guys but for myself probably painting. Creatively not houses.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vlad III the Voivode of Wallachia, Stanley Kubrick, Quincy Jones, Andy Warhol & Garth Ennis.

What’s next for the band?

Record another EP while waiting out quarantine/pandemic ,then try to survive long enough to perform again.

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

I think we’re on actually everything. So, listen as much as humanly possible and drop us a line literally anytime.

www.facebook.com/elpoepwodahs/
www.shadowpeoplebatonrouge.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/shdw_ppl/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCTlf0zGPfwbWGUtBVo_Ocfw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I truly have no clue what that is but send me some and I’ll render a verdict. When it comes to cakes and cookies, I can resist anything but temptation.

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

I guess I’ll leave you with this last thought ,which is completely false. The previous statement is completely true.

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EMQ’s with DEAD MAN’S CHEST

EMQ’s with DEAD MAN’S CHEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hardcore band, Dead Man’s Chest. Huge thanks to guitarist, Kay for taking part.

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

I am Kay and I play guitar. I used to play bass for many years, however due to the band members rotation I had to learn guitar from scratch. It was a difficult process, as I had to change my habits and learn how to use a pick. Now, I think this was the most important decision in my life and changed my band drastically.

How did you come up with your band name?

Despite all of the assumptions, the band’s name did NOT originate from a song’s name or any of those stupid ass pirate movies. Picture this as a casket or coffin ️.

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

I was born in Poland, but spent majority of my youth, here in England. The metal scene in my motherland is very strong! We all know bands like Vader, Decapitated, Behemoth, Hate or Batushka… not only are they all well known in the extreme metal community, but well respected around the globe. When it comes to the English scene, my favourite metal pioneers would be Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Cancer, Memoriam and many more.

What is your latest release?

We released our brand-new EP, “DEAR GOD”, through Upstate Records on 28th February on 7″ Vinyl.

This record is a foretaste for the full length that we are currently working on. “DEAR GOD” is a crucial chapter in our career. Musically and lyrically it takes the direction we always wanted to follow. I am extremely happy & proud of it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Back in the days I would say Steve DiGiorgio or Alex Webster, but nowadays that would be Piotr Wiwczarek (Vader), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Rick Rozz (Death/Massacre) and Kerry King (Slayer). Outstanding rhythm guitar players with their own unique style of soloing. In my opinion, they are underappreciated musicians and I would love to see more guitarists considering them as extraordinary inspirations.

What first got you into music?

That was June 99′, I was eight and I spent my summer holidays in Netherlands at my auntie’s house. My cousin played me The Offspring’s single, ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’, which literally blew me away. Somehow, I managed to get a copy and I couldn’t stop listening to it for weeks!

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

Dead Man’s Chest always love to experiment with unusual combinations, so I would be honoured to have the voice of Paul Masvidal (Cynic) on my newest record right along with Adam Darski (Behemoth) on guitar solo.

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

Hellfest or Wacken/Summer Breeze. My favourite bands play there all the time, why couldn’t I?!

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

So far, I haven’t had a situation like this…and let it stay like that haha.

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

Don’t close yourself to the one music genre, listen to whatever your soul tells you to. Fancy thrash metal or punk rock? Go for it, give it a spin, and listen to Dead Man’s Chest.

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

Chuck Schuldiner from Death. This man changed the death metal we know these days. He does not have any bad album in his discography or career everything became a genre’s classic. Or Jeff Hanneman from Slayer. Nothing, but respect.

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

I like challenging myself with new skills and techniques. I am not an excellent shredder or lead player, but I am happy with what I’ve achieved throughout the years and that I am constantly progressing. I hate…playing the cold venues! The truth is that I don’t really sweat on the shows (sometimes I wear a windbreaker on stage and not a single sweat drop on my face) and my warmup routine (hands and body) requires some effort!

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

I wish bands put more effort and passion into their hobby – most of the times there is too much fun, but not enough hard work…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a tough one….I could probably go for one of the death metal classics, but I will choose the album that gave me the most joy in the high school, and that album is: Caliban – “The Awakening”. For those who don’t know who they’re, let me explain – German metalcore giants that have been shredding since 97′!

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

A couple of years ago I would definitely go for CD’s, however due to the convenience of having everything, like all the albums in mp3 format on your phone, I will go for digital downloads. It’s much easier now. The rest of the band are record collectors!

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

I think that was in 2014-2015 in Wroclaw, Poland. Fully packed, lots of mosh and blood on the floor!

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

I am not a career musician. I still have my full-time job – I am an engineer for an oil company.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mum and Dad, Andy and Hamish from my band, and the dude who recorded our latest EP, Stu Mackay – they just love the stuff I cook!

What’s next for the band?

Practise, practise and practise. And working on the full length.

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

Our new website has all the links you need!

https://www.xdmcx.com
https://www.facebook.com/deadmanschest
https://www.instagram.com/xdeadmanschestx/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTtBTVgX7wmwqXVE0Y1CM7w

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither – they are just ‘jelly cookies’ J

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

Thank you very much for opportunity to be in here, it means a lot. Don’t forget to have a listen to our new 7” EP on Upstate Records. And keep your eyes open for upcoming shows and new full-length album. Thank you.

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EMQ’s with KINGS NEVER DIE

EMQ’s with KINGS NEVER DIE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US Hardcore band, Kings Never Die. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Dan Nastasi for taking part.

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

I’m Dan Nasasti, guitarist and vocalist with Kings Never Die. We’re a pretty new band, we only formed March 2019. Myself & Larry “The Hunter” Nieroda had a phone conversation that led to us get together at his place in Jersey City one night. We traded ideas and talked, I think by the time I left, we were both pretty certain we had something different and that would be special. The last time I was part of starting a band was 1992 (Dog Eat Dog). I always said I would never do it again, unless it was something I knew I truly believed in. Well, Kings Never Die basically started that evening. Larry had played with Jay Kalfin previously for a bit in SubZero, I asked my best Friend John Milnes who I had played with from 1986-1992 in (Mucky Pup) to get us started playing the drums. We basically went into the Studio in April, tracked a bunch of songs, 4 of which are the “RAISE A GLASS” EP. We released ‘Before My Time’, the single & Video in September 2019, and now we’ve released the EP, on Jan 24th 2020 Digitally, and Vinyl on Feb 7th2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

KINGS NEVER DIE was actually my Business slogan. Kings Clothing Company – Kings Never Die.

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

UNITED STATES – New York & New Jersey. The scene as in most areas is really making strides. Hardcore/Punk Rock Music in general is alive & well. Better now than it has been in the past actually.

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

RAISE A GLASS EP

“Raise A Glass” (feat. Vinnie Stigma & Mike Gallo) Single & Video available NOW!!!!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’ve been doing this so long I honestly can’t even answer that. I’m influenced by what I’ve done, what others have done, and of course what I listen to now and through the years.

 What first got you into music?

I’ve always loved music. I Loved the Big Beat and Groove of The Doors. I loved the power and riffs of Sabbath, loved how fuckin crazy Ozzy was. I found the Dead Kennedy’s and was influenced, heard “Born to Expire” (Leeway), and was influenced. So many great bands! I’m also a big ICE CUBE fan…; “America’s Most Wanted” era, “Death Certificate”. I love hardcore music, the power and message. My favourite band in the world is Sick Of It All. Hands down!!! AF, incredible! Wisdom in Chains, great song writing..! So much great music out there now and then.

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

We’ll, we just did… Vinnie Stigma, on ‘Raise A Glass’. That was just an honour and a true life gift. Also, I love what we created. Really proud of it! I also wrote and recorded a couple of songs for Eddie Sutton from Leeway last year, one was ‘I’m Your Pusher’. If I could choose another…, I’d say I’d love to write a song with Jimmy G & Murphy’s Law. Still the greatest frontman ever! Also, I played in Murphy’s Law in 1989-1990 and didn’t get the chance to finish writing any record. That would be awesome.

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

Any Festival would be great. I’ve played a bunch but missed out on playing some as well. My son was just born when Dog Eat Dog played Dynamo 1994. I missed out on that since I was home. If you could recreate that gig, I’d say “IM IN”… Ha Ha!

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

HERMAN THE GERMAN gave me a Dog Eat Dog Baby Shirt for my son! Very thoughtful and I still have it to this day. My son is now 25 years old so I’m dating myself there! But I never forgot that.

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

Be yourself… Love what you Love… Dont let others influence you on what you believe in.

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

Jim Morrison or Randy Rhodes! It would be a tie between those two.

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

I love to write and create music. That’s number 1 to me… Take a thought or an idea and re-create it into song form. I don’t hate anything.

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

Honestly, musical download system. You obviously want people to hear your music but artist getting paid half a penny is a joke. I’m torn on all that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

SOIA- “Just Look Around”
Leeway- “Born To Expire”
The Doors- “Morrison Hotel”
They’re all equal to me.

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

CD/Vinyl

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

Well, certainly not the biggest show I’ve ever played, but the best is definitely THE ACADEMY THEATER, with Biohazard, Onyx, and Dog Eat Dog. Just violent, and by far the best vibe from a crowd!

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

School Teacher

What’s next for the band? 

PLAY LIVE, PLAY LIVE, PLAY LIVE and support the EP Release.

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

www.instagram.com/kingsneverdieofficial/
www.facebook.com/KingsNeverDieBand/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

HUH????!

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

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EMQ’s with DREAMS IN PERIL PART 2

Back in May we did an EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Metal/Hardcore band Dreams In Peril but a few things have changed so they kindly completed a new one. Huge thanks to bassist Dalton Collins 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 Dalton Collins and I play bass for Dreams In Peril.

Dreams In Peril officially became a band In 2018 and we have had a bit of a ride since then. We have played alongside a lot of national bands including, but not limited to, Between The Buried And Me, Veil Of Maya, Born Of Osiris, The Acacia Strain, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, ERRA, The Agony Scene, The Browning, Betraying The Martyrs and Many more!

We won Headband for the Highway shortly after officially becoming a band and went on to play a show on the Summer Slaughter Tour, We have one album out entitled “Mephobia” and have released a Music Video for our Single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ in early 2019. We then went on to sign with Metal Coffee PR and our Management, Extreme Management Group, joining a roster of bands such as Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, and Misery Index.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name is honestly how we were feeling before creating this band. We are all from different bands in the Kansas City Music Scene and we have all felt as if every band we have been in has failed and as if our Dreams were in peril individually. It seemed fitting to name this band just that, in an effort to mock our past musical failures.

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

We are from the United States of America in Kansas City. The music Scene here has its ups and downs. There are times it is really strong and united and other times it’s as if bands are dropping like flies. Though, we are all very tight knit. We all know one another and have all played alongside each other many times in different bands. The fans here are hit and miss as well. Although the scene seems to be more active in the spring and summer time, it’s too cold here in the winter for people to want to get out to a show.

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

Our latest release is our music video for our single ‘Neckties And Nostalgia’ off of our debut album “Mephobia” This Music Video also introduces our new Vocalist Mike Yeager.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Individually it is very diverse and different. Though Collectively, to name a few… Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, The Banner, Veil Of Maya, Oceano, Bury Your Dead, The Deftones.

What first got you into music?

For me specifically, I remember taking a CD from my sister. The CD was a compilation called “The Hard And The Heavy” with bands such as Static X and Coal Chamber.

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

I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘The Deftones’.

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

Probably Download Festival. From seeing it in videos and watching over YouTube. IT’S HUGE! I think it would be an amazing experience being able to play such a huge Festival.

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

Naked photos! Lol!

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

Believe in yourself! Never let your failures and struggles stop you from succeeding.

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

Dimebag from Pantera!

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

I enjoy the atmosphere, being able to create something that people can relate to and enjoy! Music helps people in their day to day lives. It is truly an honour to see people enjoy what I have created.

I hate how hard it is for bands to get recognition and to become successful. Bands have a hard time making any money and struggle with paying their own bills, let alone the expenses that a band requires to succeed.

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

To go off of my last answer from the previous question! I would change it in a way that musicians profit more and are better funded without the blowbacks of having to pay things back. Bands need more financial backing! We need it! We are constantly struggling to make ends meet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Such a hard question to answer! I would say “Around The Fur” by the Deftones or even “The Dead Walk” by The Acacia Strain.

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

In my opinion I like CD’s You get the full album art, the tracks, and you don’t have to rewind it like cassettes and it isn’t as big as Vinyl.

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

The best Gig? That is hard to answer because we have had quite a few really good shows. One of our best shows was a house show. No kidding! The place was packed and the entire crowd went crazy… Then we had our first show with the Acacia Strain which was an amazing show… as well as our second showcase for summer slaughter when we had a packed crowd and what was so awesome is the crowd were singing the words to our songs right along with us. The show was a double show where there was an outdoor gig going on and an indoor show as well. The punk band the Cro-Mags were playing inside and as we got off the stage outside we were told that they loved our set and gave us tremendous complements.

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

Probably art! I was an Art Student in high school. I Just like being creative!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Samuel L. Jackson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Angelina Jolie! LOL I don’t know!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently about to take some down time to write the second album which will be called “The Garden Of Bones”. We are currently half way done writing it and after that we plan to do some more Dates in the US as well as hopefully booking something out of country.

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

https://dreamsinperil.hearyoumusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DreamsInPeril/
https://twitter.com/DreamsInPeril
https://www.instagram.com/dreamsinperil/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7osPUxIGcZ0DnoBIcn5Kuu
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYlEn-y95t8lnZ-h7SzXtoA
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mephobia/1452481863
https://www.amazon.com/Mephobia-Dreams-Peril/dp/B07NLC5YXN
https://www.deezer.com/us/album/87191182
https://us.napster.com/artist/dreams-in-peril/album/mephobia
https://listen.tidal.com/album/103944259
https://www.reverbnation.com/dreamsinperil

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

To be honest with you, I don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is! Haha!

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

We have accomplished a lot within our two years of being a band, We are still on the rise and we look forward to playing in a town of city near you!
Thank you!

 

 

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Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

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EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New London County, Connecticut based Hardcore/Industrial band Decent News! Huge thanks to Eddie LaFlash 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 Eddie LaFlash, I play Guitar, Synth and I do occasional Vocals. Decent News was formed after one of my older projects imploded. I think it was roughly March of 2016; our former drummer Collin and one of his friends wanted to form a metal band and wanted a second guitarist or bassist so I jumped at it, having working with Collin before. I showed up at the E.O Smith building at Uconn a few days later with my shitty Peavey Raven combo amp and BC Rich Bitch 10 to meet up with Collin and the other guitarist and we all had pretty good chemistry. The next week we dragged Laken along to fill in at bass and that became our first line up. I don’t think Laken had ever even touched a bass before his first practice with us. A few months in and everyone started butting heads with the other guitarist because any music that we wanted to submit to the group got shot down and we were stuck playing the same three songs over and over at every practice so we decided that he had to go. We started fresh in 2017 writing our asses off and trying to find a vocalist. We recorded a live demo that summer with me on vocals but I can’t sing and play guitar at the same time so we knew we had to find a permanent vocalist. Enter, Caleb Moore. He might look the type of dude that will steal shit from your house and help you look for it, but he was a natural fit and plus we’ve been friends for 10 years and we always work better playing with our friends. We started working on our First album “Filth” and sent the single “Skin Puddle / Deafland” to Chris at Machine Man Records and got signed in January 2018. Laken left for a little while because he was having a kid and Collin ended up leaving to focus on school. Fast forward to right now, Laken is back and we just released our second album “Monolith”. Fuck that was long winded, I’m sorry!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Freakquency because we thought it was a clever name, but so did a lot of other bands. We made a list of about 100 names and just narrowed it down till we were left with two names ‘Decent News’ and ‘A Few Boys’. Every bit of us wanted to go with ‘A Few Boys’ but Decent News was way easier to design a logo for.

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

We are from the United States. More specifically we’re from Connecticut. The Metal/ Rock scene here is mostly cover bands. There is a Doom/Stoner metal scene here and a pretty good chunk of Metalcore bands in our area.

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

On August 30th we released “[M O N O L I T H]”. It’s a 10 track album that mixes a lot of our unique styles to make a very pretty okay album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are a lot of Industrial and thrash metal bands. KMFDM, <PIG>, Armageddon Dildos, Melvins. Caleb’s more into hardcore and pop punk and Laken is our little scene queen.

What first got you into music?

I got into music because my Mom was a musician. She always had instruments lying around and it was always something I wanted to do. I think Megadeth was the first band I heard that made me want to start writing.

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

Probably Street Sects! I am in awe of how those guys can take something that at its base is so harsh and noisy but actually structure it and make it catchy.

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

Ooo, that’s a tough one. For me I’d either say Rock am Ring in Germany (which is highly unlikely) or Cold Waves. I think we’d fit into Cold Waves very nicely.

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

I think the weirdest gift is actually showing up and seeing us play.

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

We’re sorry we ruined your night out, there’s probably better bands playing whenever we have a show.

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

It’s got to be Chuck Schuldiner. He probably had a lot more music left in him and his death was super untimely.

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

I like the occasional praise that we get. It makes all the hard work we do kinda mean something. One thing I hate is being in a constant state of trying to prove ourselves.

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

It’s probably more of a local thing, but I’m not a fan of the cliqueyness of local scenes. When you’re starting out just about zero people are willing to give you a chance unless you’re going to literally every local show. When we were starting out it was really hard to break into the scene because we all work 2nd shift factory jobs and we couldn’t really make it to a lot of local scene shows. Whenever we did we’d usually get brushed off because we’re Decent News and we don’t really fit into any of the scenes out here.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Melvins – “Houdini”

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

I like vinyl, I really do, but I get really annoyed when they don’t come with a digital download card.

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

33 Golden Street in New London is always a blast. The place is always full and the staff are always really nice to us.

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

I’d probably just cosplay as a factory machine operator working myself to death as is my current alter ego.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Richards, Lightning Hopkins, Lady Gaga, Steve Wilkos and 寶親王

What’s next for the band?

Next year we’ll have a remix album for “[M O N O L I T H]” coming out and eventually we will be working on a third album. For right now we’re just gonna keep playing as many shows as we can.

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

https://decentnews.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/decentnews/
https://machinemanrecords.com/decent-news
https://open.spotify.com/artist/25d1l8Nle2nHekQJOLxEjd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

After googling Jaffy Cakes and learning everything there is to know about them, for taxation purposes, it’s a cake!

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

To anyone reading, please go out and buy “[M O N O L I T H]”, Laken has promised to rip his own head off with his bare hands if you do it. He’s strong as fuck.

 

 

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

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EMQ’s with CRUICKSHANK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian based Sludge/Doom/Hardcore band Cruickshank! 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?

Hi! My name is Marc and I play guitar in a band we called “Cruickshank”. One of my bestest chums Mark McGee and I got together and decided to start making an album. I had some songs and he was living in Iqaliut, Nunavut so we pieced them together via internets. We recorded the drums at Boxcar sound in Hamilton with our good buddy Pearson and everything seemed to be going as planned when……

……good suspense build eh? Yeah, uh, nothing crazy happened. Got Graham Christian formerly of Teethmarks to do some lyrics and vocals then asked Scott Miller from Anthesis/Frig Dancer to slap-a-da-bass and that was that. Miller mixed/mastered it and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

How did you come up with your band name?

McGee came up with it. I think he just read it somewhere and thought it sounded awesome.

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

We are all from various parts of Canada. The metal scene is great here. It’s fucking cold right?

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

Our latest, and only, release is a self-titled full length cassette. Dig it?

Who have been your greatest influences?

For this project it was all over the place. We all brought something a little different to the table and it made the thing really shine. I tried to do my best Cobra Noir impersonation on the guitar. If you haven’t heard that band check them out. Classic shit!

What first got you into music?

Being pissed and whatnot! Wanting to be Kirk Corbane or whatever his name is.

Teenaged angst. Misguided visions! Perverted cessation! A desire to overuse adjectives in order to appear more complex than I actually am!

Good times.

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

Zakk Wylde, Victor Wooten, Stevie Wonder and Seth Putnam! Don’t tell me that isn’t a creative juggernaut! Don’t!

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

Coachella! Seems like a rad time with a ton of cool bands but I think it’s mad expensive.

All jokes aside I would like to go to that fest someday.

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

Huh…..good question. My good friend Jan brought me a Bernie Worrell t-shirt once. I was really touched that he knew I dug the OG Bern. Super sweetie that guy.

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

Thanks a ton for the support! Means a lot that anyone checks out our music let alone enjoys any of it!

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

I love the creative process almost as much as I hate the creative process. It’s maddening at times. I wish I was good at it and didn’t have to put as much effort in. Knowing music and being really good at it wasn’t in the cards for me. Makes it interesting for sure but it can be a black hole of frustration and existential dread sometimes.

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

Can’t say I know enough about it to give an intelligent answer. Maybe just more governmental support for the arts in general! Like Sweden. But I feel as though that funding could be better used to help our indigenous populations. You stumped me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Can’t Buy A Thrill” – Steely Dan. SD are punk as fuck.

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

I will download something and then buy the record if it sticks with me.

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

We have yet to play one so I guess there’s nowhere to go but UP!!

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

Publicly mutilating my genitalia, saving the whales or both!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Thomas, Santana, Chad Kroger, the dude from Staind and Wes Borland.

What’s next for the band?

Going to play some shows in October, that’s pretty much it. Might do another album again someday! It’s been a fun experience.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Cruickshank-566952513709042/
and
https://crckshnk.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Totes a biscuit! Totes!

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

Not really. Thanks a ton for taking the time to support heavy music. Appreciate the fuck out of it!

 

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