EMQ’s with FIREWALKWITHME

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EMQ’s with FIREWALKWITHME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, TX Indie Rock band FireWalkWithMe! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ricardo Mendez 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 Ricardo Mendez. My primary instrument and job in my band, FireWalkWithMe is guitars, vocals and writer.

The band started in 2012. Some of the songs on our debut album are songs I’d written as far back as 2012 and some are as recent as December of 2018. There’s been a revolving line-up of musicians in my band which is fine and has never really been an issue since my band has primarily consisted of close friends only and myself. I’m blessed and grateful for having my friends play in my projects. It’s very validating. The people I jam with are totally into my ideas and direction. There’s 100% mutual respect between all the members within my band and the current line-up seems to be as solid as it has ever been and I’m satisfied with everyone’s performance so far. We’ll see what happens.

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally the band was called The History of Future Cities. Then I shortened it to Future Cities. Then I moved back to San Jose, CA briefly in 2014 which turned out to be a living nightmare so I changed the name of the band to FireWalkWithMe to reflect the way I was feeling at the time which was very much like a surreal sci-fi nightmare. My friend Conrad Keely from the band …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead created the font style and created album art for “Eternal Black Rainbow”. Not too soon after it was added it to his art book he released that year. As a result I was sorta stuck with the name FireWalkWithMe and here we are. This is fine with me, I suppose. I’m just waiting for the cease and desist letter from David Lynch since he is known for his fierce and over protective nature regarding his Twin Peaks empire and legacy.

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

I keep forgetting I hired a metal PR dude!!! I love our guy, he’s awesome. Anyways we aren’t really a metal band but I am metal till I die SO… We are from Austin Texas. Austin is located in the middle of the country towards the bottom of the map. The metal scene here in Austin I would say is decent. Not as awesome as it could be or has been. There was a time when the metal scene here DOMINATED. I believe San Antonio has a better metal scene than Austin does (and some might argue always has). I used to have a metal/rock band here in Austin called High-Watt Crucifixers. THAT was a heavy heavy rock band. Nearly Metal at some points. HWC punished the rock scene in Austin. There weren’t very many bands at that time that could fuck with our musicianship or stage presence. The metal scene back then (2008-2011) I’d say was better then than it is now.

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

Our latest album “The Eternal Black Rainbow” will be released August 20th 2019. Our record release show will be August 29th. A friend of ours named Joe Salinas is currently working on a video for us. Joe Salinas is a well-known and extremely talented film maker and videographer who’s worked with such act as Dinosaur Jr, The Big Boys, Alejandro Escovedo and many others. I’m not sure which song he’s going to use since I sorta left it up to him with the direction and ideas. He’s a pro. I’m sure it will be amazing. No singles at the moment but our radio campaign began July 20th and the choice cuts off the album are ‘Before I Disappear’ ‘A Tired God Looks On’ and ‘Song About Death’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Immediate and obvious influences would have to be Trail of Dead. Everything else is basically all me I suppose. I listen to a lot of rap music. Electronic down tempo music is within my regular rotation throughout my daily routine as well as a lot of R n’ B. Drum n’ Bass is a particular favourite of mine as well as 90’s House music. The music I listen to doesn’t necessarily reflect or influence the music I create so I’d have to say I don’t really know where it comes from. The universe speaks through me as it does all of us.

What first got you into music?

Black Sabbath! Black Sabbath was literally the first music I remember listening to. I distinctly remember being obsessed with their song Electric Funeral. I’ve been a Sabbath fan nearly my entire life. My mother was then, as she is now, a devote Christian. My dad was then a bass player in a blues band. He turned me onto Sabbath. When I asked my parents how old I was when this all happened they both verified I was 2 years old. So there you have it.

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

Being in other people’s bands or writing alongside others is not for me. We all need to carve our own path when it comes to creating. I’ve been asked to help others with their albums and music which is fine with me. But if I’m being hired to write with or for a band it’s usually because they want a certain element or mood added to the ensemble of which can only be provided by me. In those situations I’m fine.

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

HA!!! I love this question. I would love to play the Glastonbury Open Air Festival. Mainly because there’s always an amazing line-up of bands I’ve always wanted to see.

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

Someone once drew a picture of me and gave it to me which was very nice.

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

Please be kind to yourself and others. Stop judging people and assuming everyone is an enemy.

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

WOW. So many come to mind! Immediately I thought of Amy Winehouse. Then I thought of Kirk Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. I’d have to go with Jimi Hendrix. I often think of bands Hendrix would be into. I think about Hendrix often actually. He was everything.

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

As a musician I enjoy being able to write music that really speaks to me. Writing music is very therapeutic for me. It helps me get through my thoughts. Music has always been my best friend. Music was always there with me in very dark times. What I hate about being a musician is being able to create problems. When one is blessed with being creative inevitably you can create problems for yourself. Whether its music, painting, poetry or whatever the person blessed with the ability to create beauty easily has the power to destroy it. Creative people are often cursed with the ability to destroy themselves. As artists we must remember that.

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

I don’t know. I hear people complain about the music industry but I’ve never really been involved to that point. And if I ever do I already have a ton of friends who’ve already been through the fire and fucked 6 ways to Sunday. They would be happy to give me advice along the way to avoid any pitfalls.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ride The Lightning” by Metallica. It takes me back to middle school days where I was a complete out of control metal head.

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

Vinyl! I like cassettes as well. CD’s are annoying and downloads are just lazy.

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

We played a gig at a festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia called The Watlangka Golden Street Festival. It was AWESOME.

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

I can’t even imagine. Being sad probably!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I don’t really do dinner parties. Only parties!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to work on a 5 song EP this fall which will be released on my Velvet Coffin label. After that I’m working on another project called Wave Trauma with the drummer from my previous rock outfit High Watt Crucifixers. I’m just staying busy and keeping my options open and looking to challenge myself.

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

At the moment we have:
www.firewalkwithmeband.com
https://soundcloud.com/firewalkwithmebandatx
And of course you can find us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/firewalkwithmetheband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure what those are.

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

Yes. Please be kind to yourself and others.

 

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Indie Rock band Autopilot! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Marlon 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 Marlon. I play guitar and sing in Autopilot. My drummer Jose and I have been playing together for years. We have a revolving line up on bass and sometimes a second guitar. We have 3 Albums out and 2 EP’s. We are constantly touring and playing with some of the best musicians.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a while ago we came up with the name. If I remember correctly, it was describing the sound of when I play the bow on the guitar and the spacey sound I get from that.

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

We are from Canada. The music scene in general is really great. There’s a lot of support for independent artists in Saskatchewan including funding programs to write, record and market new music.

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

Our latest album is called “Afterglow”. We’ve released several videos from this record. Our latest was for our track ‘Undisguised’. We have a few in the works for the songs ‘Modern Age’, the title track ‘Afterglow’, and ‘Domino’. They’ll be released throughout the year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Modest Mouse has been my biggest influence but also Bear Hands’ older stuff and The Killers.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a musician when I was a kid. I saw him write songs. When he released an album, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

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

This changes every time I’m asked but I think it would be awesome to collaborate with Billy Corgan. I think he has a lot to offer still in the current music scene.

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

Coachella or maybe Summer Fest! I’m not too sure. There are hundreds of awesome festivals we’d love to play. Coachella just to experience playing would be crazy. Summer Fest seems to be an under-rated festival for its size. They have lots of independent bands alongside massive mainstream artists. We’re still bugging them to book us.

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

A full thanksgiving dinner! A full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a lot more! We couldn’t eat it all as we were in a hotel for one night and then on to the next city. We also couldn’t refrigerate it. We were in New Jersey somewhere and it was Canadian Thanksgiving. It was a crazy thing to get this on the road.

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

Buy music. Get a record player and spin some records. Also support artists by following them on streaming services. Go see live music and support the bands you love. Spread the word when you hear something you like.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he would have a lot to say and it might not be what you think in this time.

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

I really love to write, record, and hear the final product. Touring new music is always really interesting too. Sometimes we’re surprised to see what songs catch different people. There’s not much I hate about it, but I really don’t like being away from my wife sometimes for months at a time and then only home for a few weeks before going back on the road. Also, being an independent artist consumes most of my time. Even when I’m home, we’re working on the next move as a band.

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

Everything…!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Lonesome Crowed West” by Modest Mouse.

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

Vinyl for sure! We have our album “Afterglow” on all those formats, but vinyl is something that when you take it home you can sit down and spin the record. You have to flip it. It’s not like streaming where the next artist might start playing right after. I also love the way it sounds. For “Afterglow”, we have 5 different colours of records with glow in the dark and artwork that is hand screen printed by Saskatchewan artist, Chris Morin. He even did a limited run of 20 gold printed covers for this tour. We were able to get really creative with it.

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

There have been quite a few great gigs. We had some really rad shows at Mesa Music Festival, Jersey Shore Festival, and in Seattle. The shows where people are really into the music and want to hang out are always the best.

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

I would probably own a record store. Listen to music all day and have bands play all the time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ashlee Hogan
Jesus Christ
Isaac Brock
Bill Murray
Mac DeMarco

What’s next for the band?

We have some videos in the works for some upcoming singles off “Afterglow”, as well as more touring. When we get back from our summer tour, the next album process starts! We are stoked to be releasing more new music next year.

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

http://smarturl.it/k0kpmb
https://www.youtube.com/user/autopilotmusic
https://www.facebook.com/autopilotmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/autopilotband/
https://twitter.com/bandautopilot

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google that. I don’t think we get them in Canada. Google tells me biscuits, but what do I know.

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

Someone send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

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EMQ’s with FRANK PALANGI

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EMQ’s with FRANK PALANGI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hard Rock artist Frank Palangi. Huge thanks to him 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?

Frank Palangi – guitar/vocals & songwriting.
Home grown New York Indie-Rock Recording Artist. Frank Palangi fuels a refreshing positive outlook with his quote “NO PLAN B” that acts as his mission. Serving up a feeding frenzy of edgy heavy guitars, deep n gritty vocals and a modern yet post grunge – old school rock tone. Starting out after leaving high school with a solid support system backing, Frank’s dream of music began a few years later on a path that led to the 2011 debut self-titled “Frank Palangi EP”. Influenced by bands from the 80’s (Metallica, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Megadeth), 90’s (Creed, Godsmack, 3 Doors Down), 2000’s (Daughtry, Three Days Grace, Shinedown), he sculpted his musical motifs in the music mecca Nashville, TN. Leading up after with the “I Am Ready EP’ – “Set Me Free EP” and an upcoming untitled 4th EP, working with various industry producers and national act band members from Day of Fire, Pillar, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry and Saving Abel. Frank isn’t the stereotypical rocker with the Rock’n’Roll lifestyle you may think they are viewed as. From early childhood he learned to adapt to his chronic medical illnesses that impacted his decisions in his everyday life. Turning it all around, he used it to bring his dreams into reality saying “I have no Plan B backing down on my dreams.”

How did you come up with your band name?

I was in a high band and then went solo ever since and used my name.

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

USA and it’s popular – some underground stuff – mainstream bands still touring and rockin it up!

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

“Set Me Free” EP with the music videos on VEVO – also a new cover song ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ (acoustic) coming out May 23rd on iTunes, Amazon and more!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica – Megadeth – Ozzy – Creed – Daughtry

What first got you into music?

The movie ‘The Crow’ actually. A dead rocker coming back to life I thought was really cool and wanted to learn the guitar and play what he did in the film. That’s how it all started.

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

Metallica!

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

Any of the rock ones! I’m not picky with that. Any of them huge ones would be a huge opportunity!

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

It’s weird but Cheerwine soda – cans from the south! My fans are awesome! I live in NY and cant’ get em up here in the north.

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

Never back down on your dreams!

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

Johnny Cash!

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

I love the fan interaction and live show feeling of connecting. I also love the studio work and working with different people in that way.
Honestly social media and promotions can be a huge burden from the artistic time.

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

Labels taking a chance more on indie artists for their talents and not just streams and follower numbers and how popular that you made yourself without their help just to slap a label on it afterwards.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

CD’s I’m a fan!

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

Opening for Alice in Chains and Janes Addiction at the Uproar Festival.

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

Acting or making films, maybe some modelling

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, James Hatfield, John Carpenter and Wes Craven!

What’s next for the band?

I’m working on my 4th EP that I hope to release late 2019 but in the meantime I’m playing acoustic around north east region and doing some side work with recording, producing, guitar lessons for others and some acting. I’m excited to share the new cover ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ also. Big fans of the 80’s!

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

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/frankpalangisoloartist/
https://twitter.com/frankpalangi
https://www.instagram.com/frankpalangimusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahah no idea haah i just eat em!

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

www.frankpalangi.com My Official Website
Anyone can message me through social media and I’d be glad to chat and connect.
All songs are on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more!
Thank you for supporting indie!

 

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Can’t Swim – House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ – 23/03/2019

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Can’t Swim
House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ
23/03/2019
Reviewed by Stephen Moss

This has been the first Headlining Tour for Can’t Swim. They ended the tour at home just a few miles from where it all began. They played at House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ and this was their last show in the States before they embarked on their very first overseas tour playing the UK and Europe.

The atmosphere at the venue was incredible! I spoke to kids who had driven from other US States just to see this show!

This show was also Can’t Swim’s album release party. They played their brand new album “This Too Won’t Pass” in its entirety. During the very last song they brought out hundreds of big red balloons and dumped them all over the crowd.

After all the tracks on the new album had been played, the crowd still wanted more and kept chanting “One More Song!!!” Then Can’t Swim returned and played not one but three more songs and finished the show with their biggest hit ‘Stranger’.

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I can’t stress enough how awesome this band is! All the members are so humble and down to earth. Before and after their set you could find them in the crowd interacting with their fans!

I asked Can’t Swim for a band photo and they one upped me. They had every band come out on stage and I had the privilege of taking a tour photo! Please check out the accompanying photos of the show. You will see that whether it’s the first song or the last Can’t Swim play with the same intense energy and excitement. They give everything they have for each show and fans have taken note. Selling out venues is becoming common place for Can’t Swim!

This was my fourth Can’t Swim gig and each time I find myself saying, “No, this time was my favourite show.” It’s always refreshing to see a show where the band is so genuine and really connects to their fans.

LINKS:
https://www.cantswimmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cantswim/

https://www.instagram.com/cantswim_/
https://cantswimmusic.tumblr.com/

 

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All photographs reproduced with the kind permission of Stephen Moss.