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/
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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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EMQ’s with LIFES

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EMQ’s with LIFES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee, WI Punk / Hardcore / ’Powerviolence’ duo LIFES. 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?

D: I’m Dave. I play bass & sing in LIFES.

Z: I’m Zak. I play drums and also sing in LIFES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name LIFES represents all the different roles we attempt to fulfil every day. We are both husbands and fathers, so we have our family life, work life, music life… it can be exhausting keeping them all going, but each area is important to us, so we do what we can. Plus, LIFES isn’t a real word, so we assumed no one else had used it 😜

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

D: We’re from Milwaukee, WI USA about an hour north of Chicago. For a mid-sized city, the scene here is pretty awesome with lots of bands & venues. It tends to be an older scene with less young kids involved than there used to be, but that’s partially a product of many shows taking place at 21+ venues.

Z: I’d just add that a lot of the all age shows here have been basements and house shows for decades. There certainly is a younger scene of great bands and people but we tend to not get out as much as we’d like to keep up with everything that’s going on in Milwaukee. Thankfully being a smaller city helps because everyone pretty much knows each other here or are connected in some way through mutual friends.

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

Our debut LP “Treading Water” will be released at the end of June on vinyl and digital formats. The band is co-releasing it with some friends that all happen to run record labels, Here and Now Records (Italy), Knochentapes (Germany), Middle Man Records (Indiana, USA) & Triple Eye Industries (Milwaukee, USA).

Who have been your greatest influences?

D: For this band, my family and the fucked up situations around the globe are the greatest influence on our music and lyrics.

Z: I second what Dave said. I tend to read a lot and try to stay up on current events. That’s really where my lyrical influence has always stemmed from. My family is everything and I try to be the best partner and papa I can be.

What first got you into music?

D: I listened to radio pop music when I was a kid and was really into Prince & Michael Jackson, but got into Poison when I was around 10 and that was where I started to form my musical identity that led to my desire to write and play my own music. It also played a role in my preference of pointy guitars.

Z: I grew up listening to mainly what my parents listened to which was 70’s Rock and Heavy Metal and then New Wave. It turned me off from heavy music actually which is why I got into Goth like Depeche Mode and the Cure. Then my friend brought over a couple of his older brother’s cassettes in the summer of 1989 and I learned about punk and hardcore. It opened a door that has never closed. And now I of course appreciate my parents’ amazing record collection of 1000+ LPs after all these years. My family have always supported my musical endeavours and I couldn’t have asked for better influences than them.

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

D: Collaborations just sound like complications to me. Our band works because there are just two of us to deal with and with our schedules, that’s all we can handle. But, if I had to choose someone, we would be more than happy to serve as the rhythm section for Melt Banana or HIRS.

Z: Certainly more people can complicate matters. But I’ve always loved bands and records that have tons of friends contribute to their records. Maybe someday for LIFES!

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

D: I think we’d go back in time and play one of the Fiesta Grandes at Gilman St. The line-ups were amazing and then we could claim to be a “power violence” band without the fear of being called out by the purists. That being said, we love playing new places, so if you are throwing a block party, motorcycle race, baby shower or metal fest, we would love to play. We recently did our first fly in for a few gigs, so now we’ve got the itch to do more.

Z: There seem to be so many fests now. It’s hard to keep up. I’m always happy to play anywhere we can. Write us. It doesn’t hurt to ask us.

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

Thanks for listening and giving us a chance.

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

D: I really don’t care about rock stars. If I could bring people back, it would be family and friends because that’s what’s important.

If it’s gotta be a star, then I’d bring back Michael Jackson so he could finally be punished for the crimes he committed and the lives he ruined.

Z: I miss all my friends and family too who are no longer here. Prince was a pretty great artist. But I’ll just quote Kevin Seconds: “An empty pedestal and all those heroes where’d they go? When I find myself a hero I’ll be sure to let you know!”

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

D: I wish I had the popularity or financial means to self-release everything we record. I am forever grateful to every friend and label that has put their own money on the line to help me get my music out there. I know some of them haven’t always made their money back and I feel horrible about that.

Z: I enjoy meeting new people, seeing new places, and having a connection with complete strangers just because we listen to similar music. I hate how the punk and hardcore and metal scenes can mirror all the gross, awful, complicated bullshit of the world that should have no place in our scenes but nevertheless show up.

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

Z: Part of me misses the pre-internet age when physical music and connections were what mattered. But I also love how much easier it is to connect with people all over the world because of the internet. I also miss when areas of the U.S. and areas of the world had very specific “sounds.” Now anyone can listen to something from anywhere in the world and just copy that sound (me included). There’s a certain uniqueness to regional music that’s lacking sometimes. Lastly, I suck at capitalism so music as an industry makes no sense to me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

D: Poison – “Look What the Cat Dragged In” and Mötley Crüe – “Shout at the Devil” are the reason I play music and still get stoked to hear them.

Z: I have way too many favourites for so many different reasons. Subhumans – “Worlds Apart”, Miles Davis – “Workin’”, Pegboy – “Strong Reaction”, Kinks – “Muswell Hillbillies”, etc. etc. etc. I’m leaving out so many favourites…

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

D: I’ll always love vinyl, but I understand and accept the convenience of digital & streaming.

Z: Vinyl always for sound. Digital for convenience and the environment.

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

D: We just did a weekend in the Northwest US and our show in Portland was probably the best crowd reaction we’ve ever had. We’re not a very danceable band, but that didn’t stop them.

Z: There have been a lot of good gigs for all sorts of different reasons. Some on crowd response; Some on how we sounded; Some on good conversations had; Some on good friends being there.

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

D: Music is in the blood. Even if I wasn’t actively playing in a band, it would still consume my thoughts.

Z: I can’t imagine life without music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

D: With two kids, I treasure any meal with conversation in the place of screaming and whining. Give me a good vegan meal with my wife and some friends and I’m all good.

Z: Family and friends. That’s all that matters.

What’s next for the band?

The LP will be out in June and we’ve got some shows on the horizon. Hopefully we will make it out of the Midwest and see some of our East Coast friends before the year is over.

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

https://lifes.bandcamp.com/
http://lifes.storenvy.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LIFES414/
https://www.instagram.com/lifes_band/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

D: I am ignorant on this topic, but it clearly has cake in the name.

Z: I had to Google search this. Seems to be like a digestive? Looks like a cookie to me.

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

Thanks for taking the time to send us these questions.

 

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EMQ’s with RATKING

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EMQ’s with RATKING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Hardcore/Punk band Ratking. Huge thanks to guitarist AJ Teo 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’s AJ and I play guitar, we’ve been together about five years now, spawning from the ashes of a bunch of other failed bands.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were at a mate’s house throwing lemons at the fence when a giant rat came out. We dubbed him the ‘Ratking’ and the name stuck.

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

We’re from Australia and it’s a shithouse haha.

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

We recently released a single called ‘Cruel Intent’ along with a video clip too!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Influences in total vary hugely, but specifically for Ratking our influences come from bands such as Wavves and Trash Talk.

What first got you into music?

My father, he’s been a music teacher for 30+ years now. He started me on the guitar when I was just five.

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

We always wanted to collaborate with Ratking, the NYC hip hop group, but they’re dead now, so no real chance of that happening.

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

Knotfest! Purely because it means that Slipknot would know who we are.

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

We’ve never been given any weird gifts, but we also get given weed, which is dope!

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

Flat Earth or Globe Earth?

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

Bohemian Rhapsody!

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

Travelling the world! Not having any money!

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

More money, less problems!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ghost – “Infestissumam”

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

Spotify.

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

Our EP release for “Serf” in February 2018!

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

A full-time Ghost fan!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Papa Emeritus the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Cardinal Copia and my cat’s.

What’s next for the band?

New album, new tours and new video clips!

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

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y2g8h6zu

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had a jaffa cake before, but from the sounds of it, probs a biscuit?

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

Thank you!

 

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Scars of Remembrance Wrexfest, Atomic, Wrexham, 28/07/2018

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Scars of Remembrance
Wrexfest, Atomic, Wrexham 28/07/2018
Review by Beth Jones

Having been the original founder of Wrexfest in 2013, then passing the baton to Brendan a few years back due to all sorts of personal garbage, it seemed only fair that we at least caught some of it this year. The festival has grown steadily year on year, and has now spread out to a few venues, so when Brendan said that the Saturday night at Atomic was going to be metal, we swore to drag our broken asses out of the house, mainly to watch one of our stand out bands of the year, CALLUS, but also to check out some local names that we hadn’t seen before.

When we arrived we found that, due to various issues, two of the proposed line up were not able to make it, which was a shame, however it did mean that we had two bands with extended sets to watch before the very diverse headliners, Glove. CALLUS, and a new name to us, local band Scars Of Remembrance.

After buying a drink and mingling for a few minutes, a familiar face – Karl Ditcher, a long-time friend of my brother’s, came up to me and asked if we were coming up to watch his band play. Now I didn’t even know he played, let alone that he was in a band, so this made the prospect all the more interesting! On arriving upstairs, I was met by another familiar face, local super sound man, Mike Edwards (one of the only people I know who can get the sound spot on in Central Station), only this time he wasn’t behind the sound desk, he was sound checking with the band – double whammie surprise!! After a quick chat, we discovered that it was Mike’s first gig with the band, and that he had only been their vocalist for a couple of months!

So, without further ado, to their set. Their Facebook page has their genre as ‘Metal’ – not much to go on there – and knowing that the bill for that night had appeared to be somewhat diverse, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised! For a band that haven’t done much gigging together in this guise, they were extremely tight and extremely talented, and Mike did an excellent job, especially as it was his first gig.

They have a quite hardcore sound – solid, punchy drums from Ben Burke, and treble heavy, overdriven, crunchy rhythm guitar and intricate lead from Mark Harris and Daniel Dawson, enhanced by Mike’s raw scream vocals and some big fat full on bass licks from Karl (who I now know can play a damn fine bit of bass!), but also riff sections that wouldn’t be out of place in any modern thrash outfit; a nicely blended mix of styles, which was good to see. I feel the same about hardcore as I do about thrash – sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it and there is no in between, so for them to turn my head is quite an achievement, and with a bit more practice and gig time with this line-up, I really think they are on to something good here.

Having now watched some video clips of older performances, it is plain to see that they certainly have a lot more energy and confidence on stage now – or they certainly did in this performance anyway, and that Mike has definitely brought a new aspect to the band. It is very pleasing to see a new, or at least new look metal band from Wrexham pop up, because the metal cup has been quite dry round here in recent years. It is even more pleasing to see that they have a really good idea of who they are as a band and seem to be eager to progress with it now. When we spoke with them after the gig, we suggested that they should try and get on the bill for the M2TM heats next year, as I think they would enhance any bill, and have the added bonus of being local!

I will certainly be putting them on the list of bands to follow and am eager to see how they grow and will also definitely be making a concerted effort to go and see them live again as soon as possible, and recommend that everyone else does so too, not only to check out their music, but also to support the local underground scene, which I am hoping is having a rebirth around here. Well done guys – you have a new fan.
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https://www.facebook.com/scarsofremembrance/

https://www.instagram.com/scarsofremembrance/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZTUQ87ynUw92fJ34Z29bhQ
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