EMQ’s with THE GREY

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EMQ’s with THE GREY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cambridge, England based Instrumental Post Rock/Metal band, The Grey. Huge thanks to drummer, Steve, 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 Steve and I play the drums; Charlie plays guitar and James plays bass.

We’ve been a band for around 4 years now and have released 2 records as well as a couple of singles. I first met the others quite a few years prior to when we first started jamming when we played a show together in other bands. I have a feeling I was jokingly dressed up as an 80’s rocker in leopard print spandex and a giant blonde wig, picture Dee Snyder haha!

I’m not entirely sure but I think we were supporting one of Bill Steer from Carcass’ other bands which in of itself is pretty cool. After that Charlie and I kept in touch through Facebook and he asked me a few times to come and jam with them but due to living about an hour away and playing in other bands I always put it off until one day I took them up on the offer and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your band name?

So, we didn’t want anything too obscure or something that sounds cool but really didn’t mean anything and so decided upon The Grey for a specific reason. As a band we like to play with the dynamics between heavy and lighter sounding parts and felt like The Grey represents the juxtaposition between this nicely.

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

We would call ourselves Cambridge based however we all live about 30 minutes to 1 hour away and as a result I don’t really feel like we associate with any one scene however we have been “adopted” by the London Doom Collective (www.facebook.com/londondoomcollective/) who put on loads of great shows and play at the Club 85 in Hitchin with bands like Everest Queen and Ritual a lot who while being musically different to ourselves are still great to watch and hang out with.

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

“Dead Fire” album – Released through Ripcord Records.
www.ripcordrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-fire

‘Petra’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a difficult one to answer as it really depends on the context. As a fan of music and drumming I would have to say John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Roger Taylor and Mick Fleetwood and having parents buying records in the 70-80’s. I was introduced to music through their band’s and they are all drummers who help to define the bands they are members of. Later this would evolve into the punk bands from the mid 90’s to early 00’s from labels Like Fat Wreck and Epitaph such as Pennywise and Bad Religion and later developing into hardcore with bands on Revelations, Good Life and Dead & Gone Records.

What first got you into music?

Neither of my parents are musical however I have fond memories as a child of going through their record collection and pulling out classics like the first Sabbath record, Thriller and Dark Side Of The Moon and the feeling of putting on headphones and sticking the needle on the record still evokes something inside me.

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

For me that’s an easy one, Aaron Turner. I’m a big fan of Isis and just about everything he does. I’m also going to answer on behalf of Charlie the guitarist as I know he’s a Big Alice In Chains fan so I think for him, it would have to be Jerry Cantrell.

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

Easy, Roadburn.

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

There hasn’t been anything really weird however Charlie and Jim get a lot of fans nerding out on gear. I’ve had 2 people say they were brought to tears watching us live, one of who cried a little when he told me so that’s probably the strangest fan interaction, I’ve had.

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

Thank you and we really do appreciate your support.

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

Jesus…He’s pretty rocking right?

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

I love the comradery, whether it’s in the studio, rehearsing or playing shows. I hate disco load outs!

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

The disparity (monetarily) between the artists and those who facilitate them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

First one that comes into my head is “Rumours”.

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

For supporting the band, CD’s. For the experience vinyl, for convenience downloads.

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

We’ve been lucky enough to tour with Will Haven so that will always be the answer to that one.

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

Probably my day job, being an engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Ghandi, Freddie Mercury and the 2 guys I play in a band with…I’m fair like that!

What’s next for the band?

We’ve just released our latest album on CD with Ripcord www.ripcordrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-fire

and will be back on the road touring as soon as we can.

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

All of them…
www.facebook.com/TheGreyUK/
www.instagram.com/thegreyband/
www.thegrey2.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4IOraLrm86hXDzMKNhJEST

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Soft, spongey, orangey delights that are eaten however the hell you like.

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

Nothing other than thanks for listening to me ramble on and please check us out…

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EMQ’s With Geoff Tyson

EMQ’s With Geoff Tyson

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Guitar Maestro Geoff Tyson. Huge thanks to Geoff 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?

Geoff Tyson, I played guitar for T-Ride, Snake River Conspiracy, and Stimulator, and have toured the world with Joe Satriani, Ugly Kidd Joe, Tora Tora, Duran Duran, the Go Go’s, Filter, Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet, and A Perfect Circle.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dad and Mom thought of it for me 😉

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

I grew up in Berkeley California. I went to high school with Alex Skolnick, Charlie Hunter, Tim Armstrong, Kevin Cadogan, Dave Edwardson, and I studied guitar with Joe Satriani. The first time I saw Metallica, I was 13 years old and they were playing at a little dive bar called Ruthie’s Inn. I was too young to get in, but the place was so packed that they couldn’t shut the doors, so I watched from outside on the street. The Bay Area is also the home of Exodus, Megadeth, Death, Slayer, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Green Day, Third Eye Blind, and D.R.I. So, I guess you could say it was a pretty cool scene.

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

“Drinks With Infinity” is my latest release. It’s my first guitar instrumental album. It was recorded in Prague, Czech Republic during 2019 and it’s now being released on Cargo Records worldwide.

‘Strawberry Napalm’ Video

‘Six Weeks Of Tina’ Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmore, Alan Holdsworth, Satriani, and Jeff Beck. As a musician and producer, Marvin Gaye, George Clinton, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Motown, Russian classical music, and Om Kalthoum.

What first got you into music?

My mother dragged me to classical piano lessons from 3 years old and I played until I was 12. I learned all the typical pieces you might expect to be presented to a kid. But then when I first heard Eddie Van Halen, I knew that piano wasn’t for me and that guitar was my calling. I was lucky to find Joe Satriani, who at the time was teaching guitar at a small music store in Berkeley, and he took me in as a student for over 2 years. Then when I was 15, I started tracking for the band that would become T-Ride, which was the first production by Eric Valentine. Eric got me deep into recording, engineering, and production as an art form.

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

I’d like to do a mash up with Radiohead, Deadmau5, and Tom Waits, produced by Jack Puig. That would be wild!

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

I’d love to be popular enough to play Glastonbury, but I’d enjoy playing more at the MTV Varna Bulgaria beach festival for the sun, sea, and scantily clad music fans.

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

Chlamydia. Thanks Krista.

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

Drink lots of water, wear a mask, and quit Facebook. Oops, is that three? Hmm somehow they all seem related.

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

Chris Cornell was an inspiration to me as a singer and composer. He left us too soon.

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

I love that every day is different, nothing is predictable, anything can happen, and you get to meet wonderful people from all over the world. By far my least favourite thing is loading the gear after the show. Has anyone ever told you about post-show swamp ass?

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

Most USA major labels, radio stations, venues, and on-line music portals are owned by 3-4 corporations. I feel that it has ruined what was once a thriving music scene that encouraged originality and risk-takers. I’d break up all these companies and open the opportunities up for artists before shareholders. Let musicians compete on quality, rather than shareholder value, and the music fans win.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side of the Moon” is a classic, beautiful collection of intelligent, well performed and produced songs that take you on an emotional journey. It’s a masterpiece.

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

As long as the music is cool, the format is all about context. I love putting on a vinyl at home, but it gets complicated trying to drag the system to the beach, finding a 300-meter extension cord, getting the sand out of the power amp and so on. Mp3’s are cool and convenient and I love the fact that I can delete a shit song.

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

I’ve played a lot of big festivals and big venues. I played at Madison Square Garden with Duran Duran and that was a great life milestone. But my favourite shows are always the small intimate ones. I was offered to play a few songs after a friend’s band in Barcelona once. With just my acoustic guitar, I went up to play a short set from my new album. But the audience was yelling “One more! One more!!” and they wouldn’t let me leave the stage. I ended up playing for 3 hours, and after running out of songs that I knew, improvised ones that I didn’t know. I had to stop because the club was closing, and after I got off stage, I was dragged to the bar for victory beers and it was brilliant.

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

I’d definitely run a porn-star astronaut circus. That seems like an obvious choice.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite Dave Chappelle, Angela Merkle, David Bowie, Christopher Hitchens, and Madeleine Albright, and we would drink absinth and do MDMA.

What’s next for the band?

I’m trying to figure that out now. COVID ruined all my summer USA tour plans, and it doesn’t look like things will be stable enough to plan anything outside a small selection of countries for a while. I have some music videos in production and a few offers here and there to compose some movie soundtracks, so I guess I’ll try to stay creative and keep creating content.

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

www.geofftyson.com/
www.facebook.com/thegeofftysonband
www.youtube.com/geofftyson
www.instagram.com/geofftyson
www.geofftyson.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are neither living, nor dead. They occupy a space between light and shadow, wanting only satisfy an endless obsession with power, relentlessly nourishing its pure, concentrated evil, so that, when the time is right, it can rain down sorrow and death upon the world, feasting on our bitter tears. It’s also not bad with coffee, but only evil coffee.

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

Yea my new album is great and you should buy it, drag your record player to the beach, and listen to it.

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EMQ’s with COYOTE MAN

EMQ’s with COYOTE MAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, IL based, Instrumental/Progressive Rock/Metal band Coyote Man. Huge thanks to drummer Ian Wheeler, 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 Ian Wheeler and I play drums for Coyote Man. Me and Augie (guitarist) have known each other since high school and played in a few bands together. I would say we’ve been playing together for almost 20 years now. We played some covers and originals with a few different vocalists between 2001 and 2004. I would say around 2005 or so we just started creating instrumental parts to original songs. We took a break after that for a few years. The summer of 2015 we decided to get back together again and Coyote Man was formed.

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with it one day going through some random names. We just want to leave it up to speculation and let the listeners decide what it means. Imagination is the name of the game.

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

We are from the United States. The metal/rock scene is explosive in the US. We have only done a few small tours in the mid-west so far and they have all been fantastic. At the moment, for us, Michigan has been extremely kind to our band. We have played some kick ass shows there. The fans have been really good to us in Michigan. We still haven’t travelled the world yet but from what I hear Europe has the best metal/rock scene.

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

We came out with our single ‘Perilous’ on March 2nd available on all streaming platforms. This single will be on our upcoming sophomore record “Precognition” which drops on April 20th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a lot to choose from over the years. Growing up The Beatles and Pink Floyd were played a lot in my household. In early grade school Nirvana blew my mind. Dave Grohl’s drumming on “Nevermind” made me want to play drums and then Tre’ Cool from Green Day added more inspiration shortly after that. Later on bands like Rage Against the Machine, 311, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Radiohead really opened my eyes on different drumming styles and techniques. I’m inspired and influenced almost every day from different groups which is the beauty behind music.

What first got you into music?

My family has a lot of musicians on my mom’s side and growing up I would always watch my uncle’s jam on guitar and jam out some oldies at family parties. I think my first percussion instrument was the tambourine just because I could hold it at a young age and it was very interesting to me. I think any instrument should be given to a young child so you can start them off right away with music.

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

Matt Embree from Rx Bandits or SA Martinez from 311 would be a dream.

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

If there was another Woodstock that would be incredible. Nothing will beat the first Woodstock concert but to be a part of that again is something beyond special. I can die a happy man if that ever happened. (Laughs)

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

We did receive some beef jerky from a show we did in Wisconsin. I wouldn’t call it weird but more like a weird unexpected delicious treat.

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

“Enhance your calm” or use the three seashell method. (Laughs) Sorry, I just finished watching Demolition Man the other day.

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

Kurt Cobain or John Bonham.

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

I enjoy playing live in front of crowds. Playing and creating music is like no other feeling I can explain. I don’t hate it but loading in and out from shows can be a pain in the ass but that’s part of the job.

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

Streaming platforms need to pay bands more for their art. Small percentages are not enough. The music industry itself I’ll just keep those comments to myself. (Laughs)

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Toadies – “Rubberneck”

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

I would have to say Vinyl and CD’s only because I have a lot of them. (Laughs) I do stream music on my phone constantly, so it does help when you’re working on the road too.

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

Playing with Bit Brigade last year at Reggie’s Rock Club was a great show. Our first sold out show in Chicago we ever played I believe. Bit Brigade are an instrumental video game rock band. They have a guy on stage with them playing the original Mega Man Nintendo game while the band plays the soundtrack for each level. It’s pretty wild. Our last show back in October we got to open for one of our favourite bands Brutus, which was also a great experience. They are probably some of the nicest people we ever got to share the stage with. It was quite an honour playing with them at the Chicago venue Schubas.

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

That’s hard to say. I would probably still be a musician. Working in the Cannabis industry too. (Laughs)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living and dead? I’ll just throw some out there. Jim Carrey, Hunter S. Thompson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rob Zombie and John Carpenter.

What’s next for the band?

At this moment in time we will be releasing our new album “Precognition” on April 20th. A lot of our upcoming shows are going to be postponed due to the Coronavirus. We are just staying safe and working on more new music since we have a lot of time now. I’m already super excited with the new batch of songs that we have. We’ve been working with our new bassist too and it’s going really well!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people
Facebookwww.facebook.com/coyotemanband
Bandcampwww.coyoteman.bandcamp.com
Instagramwww.instagram.com/coyotemanband
Websitewww.coyotemanband.com
Twitterwww.twitter.com/coyotemanband

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have never had one but I see that they are from the UK. I would definitely try one if I ever get the chance. They look like a sugar based biscuit so I will go with biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for this interview. Stay safe out there and make sure to listen to our new single ‘Perilous’ streaming on all platforms. Don’t forget to listen to our new album “Precognition” on 20th April this month. Wash those hands and keep your distance from other people please.

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Oh. – Metallia

Metallia Cover

Oh. – Metallia
Self-Released
Release Date: 28/07/2018
Running Time: 25:13
Review by Dawn King
8/10

I don’t know if this is true for everybody, but there comes a time every now and then that I get bored of listening to the same ol’ music and want to find something “different.” Well, you can’t get much different than Oh.

Oh. is Greek progressive metal multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Olivia Hadjiioannou who arrived onto the international music scene in 2013, with her award-winning debut EP, “Sleeping World”. She has since released a prog-metal album “Synemotion” on vinyl and four avant-garde progressive ballads and her latest project is this album “Metallia” released in July of 2018.

Since her appearance on the music scene, she has accumulated many honours including, but not limited to, three international music video awards, most recently at the London Greek Festival for single ‘Deserted Eyes’, semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriters Competition and she had been added to the Prog Archives in the Crossover Prog Category.

Driven by a passion to musically reveal an “inner-story”, she can play the guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, violin, piano and percussion and her voice has been compared to the likes of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Happy Rhodes, Céline Dion, Melissa auf der Maur, Sharon den Adel and Anneke van Giesbergen (impressive list eh?). She composes, produces, mixes and masters her music in Athens, Greece.

Playing all those instruments, Oh. is a true do-it-yourself artist but she says; “I never felt as if there were a question of whether I can play music or not. Music is always a question of whether you have something to say.”

And she certainly does have something to say. Her music “evokes intense imagery, entices the listener to journey into epic sonic landscapes and finally escape into intense ecstatic oblivion!” She wants to touch the soul with her music, whether that be in “the dark recesses of sorrow or the heights of elation.”

But you need to listen carefully to her music because there is so much more to her than first appears. Combining frenetic, harmonic guitar solos, multi-layered vocals, head-banging riffs, fantastical violins, groovy bass lines and furious drumming, there are many twists and turns to her progressive rock and metal style. And let’s not forget, this lady plays ALL of the instruments herself!

Since its release in 2018, the album has had 32 different reviews from thirteen countries worldwide, was in the top 10 of the 2018 Progressive Metal EP Chart and was listed as one of the best albums of the year in 2018 by Metal Nation Radio!

Described by the lady herself, the album is an “epical prog-metal compilation in 6 parts – a multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums” and she is not far wrong!

Featuring just six tracks and lasting a little over 25 minutes, this album goes against everything that should be considered ‘epic’ but that is the only word I can think of to describe it. It is eccentric (I can see where the Kate Bush and Tori Amos references come in!), atmospheric and really does conjure up all sorts of images in your head while you are listening to it. The guitars whisper of Satriani and Vai and there is a whole host of musical sounds (wails, screams, bongos to name a few) to take you on your journey which Oh. describes as a spiritual one that will “transmute your subliminal mind map.”

‘Experimental’, ‘eclectic’, ‘strong’, ‘packs a punch’ are just a few of the words and phrases I have seen to describe this album and I would agree with every single one of them. Although instrumental (how the album is described by Olivia herself!) prog-metal is not really my thing, I can recognise talent where I see it. And this is one extremely talented woman!

This album won’t appeal to everyone, but anyone with a love of progressive music in general should really check it out!

But be prepared to be gob-smacked, bowled-over and totally amazed all at the same time!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Red Lion
2. Bee
3. Androgyny
4. Resurrection
5. Dragon’s Kiss
6. Triumph

LINKS:
http://www.olitunes.com
http://www.facebook.com/olitunes

https://www.instagram.com/olitunes/
http://music.olitunes.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/olitunesmusic

 

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