Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

Kissin_ Dynamite

Interview with Andi Schnitzer of Kissin’ Dynamite
The Underworld, Camden, London 18/10/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Kissin’ Dynamite are on a mission to bring back stadium rock. They do this through their solid music and sterling live shows. Whilst on their Ecstasy tour, Lotty spoke to drummer Andi Schnitzer moments before their first UK headline show taking place at The Underworld, Camden. They spoke about the tour, their latest single Cadillac Maniac and answered a couple of reader’s questions.

Hello Andy, thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

It’s good to be here, we started our tour three or four days ago. We are slowly getting into a groove and yesterday we were in Paris which was awesome. It’s very cool to be playing in London for the very first time as a headliner. We’re very proud of this because England is a special country for us. A lot of our influences come from here.

You performed with Powerwolf earlier this year. I spoke to Jim (Müller) last year about different audiences and he mentioned German audiences are very polite. How do you find British crowds?

Germans sometimes have a stick in their arse during the song. They really like it but they feel like they cannot show it so much. When you finish the song, they really clap and cheer. In every other country, the audiences are more passionate during the songs and that includes England.

So how has the tour been going so far?

We were in Majorca for Metal Holiday and that was a really cool show. We were then in Germany for one show, then Paris and now in London. It’s been going really good so far and as I said, we have got a good groove and a great sound.

This tour is promoting your latest album “Ecstasy”! Which songs off the album do you enjoy performing live the most?

‘I’ve Got The Fire’ is one of my favourites, not just playing it but in general. ‘You’re Not Alone’ is a very good anthem at the end, people really celebrate it and it looks great when the audience participate.

You have also just released ‘Cadillac Maniac’ with The Baseballs, so how did that collaboration come about?

We didn’t know the guys personally but we knew that one of the guys Sam [Sven Budja] was from the town we come from. Our manager had contacted us about this collaboration, Sam and Hannes [Braun] both wrote the song together. I think it’s really cool mixture of those two styles that functions better than anyone could have imagined. This is also a bit of fun between two albums, it’s a kick ass party song.

Where was the video filmed?

It was filmed in a studio in Cologne with a big Cadillac. I remember we only had three hours; we drank, partied and shot the video.

I take it this is a standalone single for now, is there new material in the making? I mean after this tour has been done.

We tried it once but we realised we don’t write whilst on tour. There are of course new ideas always brewing. We’re not in the song writing process at the moment due to the tour.

A couple of questions from the readers, first one is what inspired you guys to make your own music?

The music of our parents influenced us, I would say their music was much cooler than our friend’s music at school, our generation. We discovered Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Guns N Roses and loved that stuff. We then formed a band ourselves with these ideas of bands and kept on going. At the end of the day we wanted to start our own and write our own songs. We started slowly and it worked out very well.

Another question I got from a reader, have you experienced stage fright or anxiety?

Yes always, a little bit but I always find that to be a good thing as it keeps you focused. It would be strange to go on stage as if you were going to do something like brushing your teeth. Another reason to get on stage is to feel that adrenaline rush. As long as you’re not getting too anxious!

You have the rest of the tour, what’s in store for Kissin’ Dynamite?

We will finish the tour, then we will have a long break. We have been touring a lot; with Powerwolf last Fall and earlier this year. We then had our big headliner tour in Spring then many festival appearances and now this tour.

Thank you Andi for taking the time to talk to Ever Metal today and hope the show goes well tonight.

Rick Here,

From Lotty’s subsequent live review which you can read in full here;

Kissin’ Dynamite w/BlackRain & Serpentyne – The Underworld, Camden, London – 18/10/2019

It very much seems that Kissin’ Dynamite played an absolute blinder on the night.
I would very much like to thank both Lotty and Andi for the interview.

Please check out the following links!
Kissin’Dynamite;
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/

https://www.youtube.com/kissindynamiterocks
Rock Out Stand Out (Lotty’s own Website and Social Media pages)
https://rockoutstandout.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockoutstandout/

 

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Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel – The Firehouse, Southampton – 13-09-2019

Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel

Interview with Rich Rutter of Toledo Steel
The Firehouse, Southampton 13-09-2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Bands like TOLEDO STEEL are ensuring the heavy metal scene still thrives. Before they took to the stage in Southampton; Lotty Whittingham caught up for a quick chat with lead vocalist Rich Rutter about their tour, their latest release and differences between the UK and European Metal scenes.

Hello Rich, thanks for joining us. First off introduce Toledo Steel to the readers?

I’m Richard Rutter from Toledo Steel, I’m the singer and we’re a traditional heavy metal band that’s based in Southampton.

Speaking of Southampton, we are at The Firehouse tonight. A local hotspot for you guys.

How has the tour been going so far?

It’s a short number of dates, it’s three shows in a row. We played the first on in Newcastle and that was a great show. It was a long drive but the scene up there is pretty consistent and we have played there before. It was a great way to start the short tour.

You also have some European tour dates after this short run?

Yeah that’s right, in two weeks’ time we’re going to Belgium again for one show and then we’re following that up with our two first shows in France. So it will be falling on the Friday in Belgium, the Saturday in a city just outside of Paris and then the Sunday in Paris.

You’ve toured Europe quite a lot, do you notice any significant differences in the metal scenes in each of the countries? For example ticket sales, audiences?

Yes there is definitely a big difference, I think the UK is good but it’s quite hit and miss. Whereas Europe on the whole tends to be more reliable with regards to getting a good turnout at shows, people are more likely to travel further to see a band that they like. In the UK, unless it’s right on their doorstep, they don’t necessarily venture out to see bands unless it’s a big name. So it’s different in Europe in a number of ways.

You must have quite a big fan base in Europe?

Yes it’s slowly building up! We just try and play as much as we can. Hopefully each time we go back, there will be a few more people. So we try and build that up slowly.

There’s also a huge heavy metal scene in Europe too?

Yes definitely. Especially in countries like Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

You released your debut album last year, am I right in thinking they are all brand new Toledo Steel tracks and not ones from previous EPs?

Yes that was all fresh material on that album, so it was eight new tracks. Prior to that, we had done two independent EPs. The first one was just a three track to get us started and the second one was slightly longer it was five tracks on that one. Obviously, we had to follow that up with a full length album with all new material.

Would you re-master any of the previous tracks?

Not remaster as such but re-release possibly. I mean we still have a few copies left of each EP and if they all go, our label Dissonance Productions maybe planning to release both EPs as one package at some point.

Do you guys have a particular routine when it comes to writing songs?

It depends from song to song. Everyone contributes in some way. Quite often, it will be Tom our guitarist who comes up with a riff idea and that will inspire a lyrical theme. We then just kind of flush it out from there. Sometimes it might come from a solo or a bass riff, it depends on the song. Sometimes it can be lyrics inspire a melody, a chorus and we work the guitars around that. We build it from there on out.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start a band?

Get out there and give it go. I mean make sure you get the right bunch of people that are in the same head space as you so you have a clear direction. Take it seriously, work hard at crafting some decent songs. Don’t rush to play live and make sure you get it together enough in the rehearsal room before playing shows. Get out there and learn as you go.

Big thanks to Rich for talking to Lotty.

You can read Lotty’s full review of the Southampton gig at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2019/09/16/speed-queen-toledo-steel-skyryder-the-firehouse-southampton-13-09-2019/

Dawn previously interviewed Rich in 2018. You can check that interview at the following link:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/09/03/interview-with-toledo-steel/

Image courtesy of Tomasz Wrobel at TzW Photography
https://www.facebook.com/Tzwphotography/

TOLEDO STEEL LINKS:
http://www.toledosteel.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.instagram.com/toledosteelband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbmPNkl-J9g-og3gP_BmRA/videos

 

 

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Interview with Red Method – Rabidfest 2019 – 17/08/2019

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Interview with Red Method
Rabidfest 2019, 17/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi again everyone, it’s Rick. Here is another Rabidfest interview that the awesome Sheri did for us and it is with Tech/Death/Progressive Metallers Red Method, a band that really hasn’t been around very long but is made up of ex-members of Meta-Statis and The Defiled so they know their chops. They were the Ever Metal band of the weekend at the Festival putting on a scintillating performance that got the whole venue moving like a swarm of angry bees and we cannot wait to see them again, oh and they were lovely as well!

So back to the interview, it’s safe to say that Sheri knows the guys pretty well so it’s really more of a chat and a laugh. Just think of yourself as an insect ambling passed and stumbling upon a brief moment of fun and madness!

Thanks to both the band and Sheri!

Sheri: HELLO GUYS!

Alex: WHAT’S UP!

Jeremy: We love yoooou Sheri!

Sheri: I love you!

Alex: We love you more actually.

Sheri: NOPE, That’s impossible.

Here I am, with Red Method! So you guys have been around – what not even 7 months!?

Jeremy: We unleashed this monstrosity.

Sheri: And you’ve already played most of the major UK festivals and you’ve gone bang!?

Alex: It’s gone really fast I guess we’ve learnt from our past mistakes and we’re doing it now the right way. It’s like a second chance in life.

Jeremy: It’s like having a girlfriend that you’ve messed up too many times and then you just know what to do with them, what drinks to buy them, what food to cook them..!

Sheri: Hahahaha so Red Method is like a constant date?

Alex: Taking the music industry on a constant date haha.

Quin: The way we see it, we’ve got nothing to lose, we are just going for it all in.

Sheri: This is the way to do this! And for people that don’t know about the dandy… let’s elaborate on the Chicken Dandy.

Alex: I’m glad you asked that hahaha.

Jeremy: Chicken Dandy was invented in 2006 on the road with Ted Maul. There we were all hanging out and a girl came out from the crowd and she looked…literally looked like a chicken. Then I came out and said “She looks like a Chicken Dandy!” and since then… everything revolves around Chicken Dandy; music, chicken, restaurants… we are in search of Chicken Dandy always.

Sheri: Always!

Quin: I just had my Chicken Dandy from over the road.

Alex: Best Chicken in town.

Jeremy: Nobody knows really…what’s that song we been listening to?

Alex and Jeremy rap along to ‘Star 69’ lyrics by Fatboy Slim:
“They know what is what but they don’t know what is what, they just strut, what the fuck?”

Jeremy: We been following something but we don’t really know what it is.
Alex: Like the meaning of life! What’s chicken dandy, it’s the same question!

Sheri: No one knows.

Quin: We should maybe replace our lyrics with a piece of some Chicken Dandy.

Alex: Yes!

Sheri: Beautiful! So what are you up to next that you can tell us?

Quin: Oh everyone’s looking at me! I guess we’re not really active on the live front until October. But we are working on a few more visuals that will be coming out, new things that we are gonna be shooting and filming and preparing for the release of the album. It’s more about building momentum after that point and then just see where we can go once we release the album.

Jeremy: Think we also have something being released in September. We arealso shooting something in September for the Album Launch. We’re going to Spain on Holiday to eat some Tapas haha. Go get some Press in Madrid. We already have festivals booked for next year and we’re just getting ready for some big things.

Alex: Our album is coming out, man!

Quin: Yeah, the album will be just in the run up to Christmas.

Sheri: Long awaited, we are looking forward to it!

Quin: It’s been an interesting time, that’s the way I look at it.

Alex: We have laughed a lot and we’ve had an amazing time so far

Jeremy: Yeah it’s been a hell of a journey. A hell of a journey!

Sheri: And this is the last date for this tour?

Jeremy: Yeah it’s the last one and it’s been brutal since Bloodstock!

Sheri: Which was absolutely amazing. That Sophie tent was absolutely rammed!
So lastly… give some of your best advice?

Quin: Don’t do it.

Alex: Get online, go to the Red Method bigcartel site and buy a few t-shirts and support the bands that you’re into. Plant the seeds so the weeds can grow mo’fo’s.
<3

On 21st September 2019 at 10am Red Method will release their version of ‘Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana via Metal Hammer so make sure you tune in!

 

LINKS:
https://redmethod.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RedMethodBand/

https://www.instagram.com/redmethod_/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2qhpR9Fcqguv_l7C_7HqIQ

 

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Video Interview with Vice – Alma Inn, Bolton – 20/07/2019

Video Interview with Vice
Alma Inn, Bolton 20/07/2019
Interview by Beth Jones

Hi All – Rick Here

Back in July Beth and I attended the Alma Inn July Showcase in Bolton and a wonderful time we had. That particular event was headlined by Manchester based Metal band Vice, who, in case you don’t know, are just a bit good!

You can check out our full live review of the event here:
https://ever-metal.com/2019/07/28/the-alma-inn-july-showcase-2019-the-alma-inn-bolton-20-07-2019/

We had actually first interviewed Vice back at Hammerfest in 2018 but when we listened back to the audio, for some reason, there was a nasty hiss and squeal over the whole conversation making it impossible to transcribe. With that in mind we made sure we video interviewed them at this gig to make up for it and then the technical gremlins struck again when we tried to watch back and upload the video. However, we have persevered, and can now bring you the full interview. It is a little dark in places but audio is fine. Just remind me that if we are asked to interview them again then I’m going to do it in shorthand!!

We would like to send huge thanks to Tom, Connor and Aiden for the interview and apologise to them for the delay, although I think one of them must have a weird magnetic force field that disrupts recording equipment!!

Here it is!

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Vicemetaluk/
https://www.instagram.com/vicemetaluk/
https://vicemetaluk.bandcamp.com/rele…
https://vicemetaluk.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsTZ…
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtKp…

 

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Interview with Gutlocker – Rabidfest 2019 – 18/08/2019

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Interview with Gutlocker
Rabidfest 2019, 18/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

At Rabidfest Ever Metal’s ‘roving reporter’ Sheri decided to interview Gutlocker who she knows. What followed wasn’t really an interview more of a free for all…sort of…so here goes!

This interview allegedly took place on Day Three of the Festival and will possibly self-destruct in 10 seconds!!

Sheri: So you are now known affectionately as “Stomach Padlock”…?

Gutlocker: Cool. Says who?

Sheri: Mark! And Mark is boss today (Mark Gibbs – Rabidfest director)

Gutlocker: We can go with that.

(Mark then makes an appearance…)

Dean: Heeeey! And he’s got his patch on! He listened to me last weekend…

(Mark is heard in the distance…: Yeah You’ve spelled it wrong. It should be spelled Stomach Padlock!)

Sheri: See? I told ya!

Dean: Aaaaah! Cork knocker mate! Get back to Peaky Blinders! Hahaha!

Pete: He’s got razors in the back of his hat haha.

Dean: Anyway this interviews going well! Hahahaha!

Mark: Whatever they say about me, be pretty sure it’s a lie.

Craig: Mark’s a really nice guy…

EVERYONE LAUGHS

Sheri: So what have you guys been up to?

Craig: We have been doing relentless gigging…

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Erm, pissed my Mrs off in the process.

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Lots of writing.

Dean: Lots of planning!

Ben: Booking a tour.

Craig: We’ll be starting to record again soon. We’ve been listening towards inspiration so we’ve been listening to Coldplay…

Dean: But like the Beatles, we’re gonna carry on anyway hahaha.

Ben: That’s it, go all Greenday.

Sheri: Any more shows you’ve got coming up?

Dean: Welllllll, tell ‘em, Ben!

Ben: Well…we’ve got today!

Gutlocker: Which is gonna be good!

Sheri: Yaaaay!

Craig: And what is today, for those that aren’t here?

Dean: It’s Rabidfest, didn’t you know?

Pete: And then next month we’ve got a proper tour. We’re gonna do 9 days.

Dean: 1,000 miles in 9 days.

Craig: And Unearthed Festival in October as well.

Sheri: Ah I’m looking forward to that!

Craig: Which is after our tour! We’ll give you the tour dates as well so we can say what else we’ve got after it.

Ben: I thought I was the one explaining this!! Jesus Christ! Hahaha!

Pete: No one asked me to say anything! Hahaha!

Ben: We’re doing a tour. We’re gonna be doing… Dudley, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bolton, Nottingham then that’s it… 9 days on the trot. It’s gonna be good!

Pete: It’s gonna be long.

Craig: 9 days back to back from the start date of 20th September.

Dean: It will be the most time we’ve ever spent together as a band…

Sheri: Don’t be smacking each other in the face hahaha!

Craig: No we’ll just kick each other haha!

Dean: We wanna say a big thanks to Mark Walsh.

Ben: Big up to Mark.

Pete: He’s pretty much booked the entire tour for us. He’s a proper legend.

Ben: So thank you Mark. We started it and then he stepped in and said “you guys need to do a tour! I’ll do a tour with you.”

Pete: And we were like “Can we go…north of Watford?” haha!

Ben: Can we see life outside the M25?

Sheri: A bit up the M1 a bit.

Pete: We’ve not really played beyond sort of Manchester so sorta visiting Leeds, Newcastle, Hull is gonna be epic.

Ben: And then we have Unearthed Festival in October, which is in Birmingham at the Flapper.

Pete: And that’s gonna be good. With Abhorrent Decimation, Dog Tired… a whole bunch of bands. Recall the Remains… Then we got a couple of other shows towards the end of the year.

Ben: We’ve got a Halloween gig that we’re trying to book but we will get back to you on that!

Dean: We have one band and we have a venue. It may just have to be us doing a 3 hour set, with an hour set list three times haha!

Pete: And not necessarily in the right order.

Craig: Yeah we’re gonna play 100 songs where we play them and they’re 10 seconds each.

Sheri: Ah like Mad Spanner? Haha!

All: Yes!!!

Pete: Mad Spanner are playing a gig with us during our tour. They’ll be in Dudley.

Dean: Dudley!!

Craig and Ben: DUDLEY!
(All in a typical Dudley accent)

Pete: It’s gonna be really good.

Ben: The whole idea is just for us to kinda branch out and get our name out a bit!

Craig: Unearthed Festival – Oh, they’ve actually named this after my mum and opened their legs at The Flapper…

(There’s a silence and then burst of laughter from everyone.)

Craig: Hi, Mum!

Dean: Next!

Sheri: Let’s talk about your Jamiroquai cover. That’s really taken off at the moment. Very much loved.

Craig: We did it because we love the song, the song itself is awesome and to listen to it and think that it could be a metal riff would make it sound amazing. So we had a go on it and we did it and the first few times we announced it, people were like “right ok” and then we played it live a few times and people actually really like it.

So we decided to do it as a song, record it and just as a stand along single and then..!

Sheri: Then you got silly with it haha?

Dean: Yeah we got carried away haha.

Craig: We were bouncing ideas for a video and just thought fuck it and got Mike Worsley from Outright Resistance to be the Dinosaur…

Shout out to Leigh as well, we’re so happy with the results for with what he did for Deeper Underground. It’s surpassed our expectations and knew it was going to be good but with the quality he put into it, we’re coming to him to for the start of our album towards the end of this year.

Pete: He also recorded Cry Havoc so shout out to Leigh from Remnant!

Sheri: Can you talk to us about the album yet?

Craig: We have around 7 songs ready and we’re working on the 8th track – there is a good chunk of it that you haven’t heard us play live yet, we’re actually holding back on a lot of the latest stuff. We were pushing to play new stuff in gigs for this year but we thought we would hold back a bit and actually put it towards the album so that it sinks into people’s skulls a bit more and then when the album has been out for a while, we can then bring that stuff to life.

Pete: So we’re holding a lot of material back, we wanna play it all at once.

Ben: Speaking about videos as well, we have a couple of concepts and we’re thinking of going a little bit out there with some of it so…

Dean: Yeah, there will be more videos to come!

Pete: Sorry we’re very vague with the details at the moment but we don’t want to give away too much haha.

Craig: The video’s that we have done have been a bit different obviously and Deeper Underground had a bit more of a story driven concept to it. So, we’ve come up with different ideas to try to make them not as similar to videos that we’ve already done – if these ideas pull they’ll be pretty cool!

Sheri: Give us some advice!

Pete: Turn up on time!

Ben: What’s the thought for the day?

Craig: Thought for the day? If you suffer from a condition called Self-Entitlement, don’t be in a band.

Pete: Also – don’t chuck around like – drum bits and stands and amps that don’t belong to you.

Dean: Whatya looking at me for!?!

Ben: You can never have too many pedals.

Craig: Stick around and watch all the bands. Even if you’re an opener band!

Pete: Spare pants. Be nice to your sound guy – because chances are he won’t make you sound like shit.

Gutlocker Joke: Man walks into a bar with a giraffe. Barman says, sorry mate you can’t leave that lying there. Man says… that’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe.

Sheri: Thank you so much guys!

Well there you go! This is what happens when you interview Gutlocker!!
To find the full upcoming tour dates then head to the links below!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/gutlockeruk/

https://www.instagram.com/gutlocker_official/
https://gutlocker.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbGHsXzxE5y85pGHtabWdg

 

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Interview with Imminent Annihilation – Rabidfest 2019 – 16/08/2019

Imminent Annihilation

Interview with Imminent Annihilation
Rabidfest 2019, 16/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi everyone, Rick Here. I would like to make one thing very clear, Sheri Bicheno is a workaholic! Not only did she deal with all her Marketing duties at Rabidfest, as well as anything else that she was asked to do, she also managed to fit in some interviews for Ever Metal. I secretly think she has managed to find a way of duplicating herself and be in five different places at once! However she does it we are very grateful.

On Day One, at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford, she caught up for a quick chat with Aylesbury based Metallers Imminent Annihilation!

Sheri: Thank you, first off, for that absolutely face melting set!

I.A: Thanks for having us!

Sheri: No, thank you! I actually wanted to ask you about the single you have out called ‘Strong And Stable’. I get a little bit of a middle finger vibe to the politics of this country which are turning everyone upside down a bit at the moment?

I.A: Yes!

Sheri: Does that give us a bit of insight into the concept of your upcoming album?

Jordan: Well not necessarily, I mean, the album is about the idea of us as humanity losing our innocence… because that’s kind of how I feel like, when I lost that I realised that the world’s a big place. I mean I’ve always been into history and when you were a kid and you were watching things like 10 years ago, it seems like 1000 years ago. So that’s our touch upon things that need addressing such as how women are treated, who have to go through abortion through either personal choice or through rape and incest and things like that… so it’s just kinda like us talking about things that pisses us off in the world… and ‘Strong And Stable’ is like my happy place, I love that song so much haha!

Sheri: You bring up a lot of points that need addressing in the world, a lot of people and artists that talk about other things like… drugs, whores and shooting people haha. So this is a contrast where it’s quite important haha!

Connor: There needs to be more discussion of it haha

Sheri: Where did you all start off, what brought you to this point?

Connor: Oh my goodness! It starts off as a cover band; we were called Dolphin Rocket as well haha.

Sheri: Dolphin Rocket? Is there a story behind that? Haha

Connor: I was in art class and we had to do a futurism thing and we had this ukulele and it was like a dolphin ridge. We ended up splitting it up into different pieces and it ended up looking like a dolphin rocket and we were like “That would be a good band name.”… It wasn’t…. Haha!

Sheri: It was at the time though! Haha!

Richard: So yeah we just formed into what it is now, I guess, the evolution of like, Metalcore to… heavier Metalcore haha.

Sheri: That should be a legit genre haha! You’ve got a gig coming up at the end of September with Evil Scarecrow and the guys in Damaged Reich.

Jordan: Yes, Damaged Reich, they’re great guys, they’re playing tomorrow. Joey is such a cuddly person, when we were at the final of Metal 2 The Masses, he just kept on hugging me and I was like “Mate, I love you so much.” Such a lovely dude! He looks so like a stereotypical 1980’s thrasher haha, looks like he’s just got off from being in the crew of Slayer in 1987 – lovely dude, man haha!

Sheri: They’re all always lovely guys. Have you got any other events that are coming up at all?

Jordan: Nothing at the moment actually, we’ve been trying to finish off this goddamn album that we’ve been doing for like the past year haha!

Sheri: I was going to ask if it’s going to make an appearance soon?

Jordan: Well I bloody hope so haha, the single idea came about to give us more time – and we’ve kind of just not used that time. We’re a poorly organised band haha! To the point that – we kind of rocked up as it was time to do change over haha. I mean I called them at 7 o clock and I was like “where are you” as I was coming from work and I actually turned off the google maps and turned onto the exit to the M40 so umm… haha… that was a panic, we are quite badly organised but for the album, we mainly just have vocals left hahaha!

Sheri: It’s an organised pile and that’s what we like! Haha! What are your next plans? Apart from getting the album finished?

Richard: We’re just looking at as many gigs as we can really. We took a quiet year this year. Last time we played was a couple weeks ago and then the last before then was in February.

Sheri: Predominately in the South?

Richard: Yeah but we are trying to branch out a bit.

Sheri: Well finally, tell us a joke?

Jordan: Our music..!

Sheri: That’s harsh! Haha! ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ was amazing! (Imminent Annihilation played a cracking cover of the Sepultura classic at the end of their set).

Jordan: I shit you not; we haven’t played that in about two years, Very much a last minute idea. We were stumped as to what our last song was going to be and I was like HOW ABOUT… How about we do Roots?

Sheri: Well it did the trick! The whole room was heaving with you! Thank you so much for your time.

I.A: Thank you!

 

LINKS:
http://imminentannihilation.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ImminentAnnihilation/

https://www.instagram.com/imminentannihilation/
https://imminentannihilation.bandcamp.com/

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

 

 

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Interview with Beth Blade – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

Beth Blade (Please Credit Renegadewolf Photography)

Interview with Beth Blade
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest is well underway and it turns out people have literally travelled far and wide to experience the festival. Lotty speaks with Beth Blade after performing a successful live set with her band Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters. They speak about the latest album, their live show and the importance of rock music.

So since we last spoke, you have released your new album “Show Me Your Teeth”?

Yes, good. We have just been gigging and plugging away as per usual, it’s been awesome.

The album has gone down really well from what I can see?

It has, which is always nice, because you always worry. You do the first album and then worry that if you do the second one people won’t like it, but people are really responding to it. Personally, I like it better than the first one. Everyone is so supportive and wonderful, we are all very lucky.

You have just played NozFest downstairs; it was a fantastic live show.

Yes, for 5pm in the afternoon there are a lot of people here. I really can’t complain apart from how hot it was on that stage. I was dripping! I came off the stage looking like Alice Cooper, which is not a bad thing.

People have literally come from far and wide to watch you play?

Yes people have come from Scotland, Wales, Manchester and we are incredibly blessed to have such great friends. We have this little group of tight knit fans who are incredibly important to us.

Jodie has put together this incredible line-up which has sold out. For a festival in its first year it is absolutely amazing and deserves recognition for bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the South.

The thing about this community, this new wave of classic rock is that everyone is very supportive of each other. There is no rivalry, everyone is friends and all the people who come and see us are friends. They will go and see Those Damn Crows but the next day they will come and see us and then spend their whole week spending their money and hard earned cash on getting out there and supporting us. The fact is that this community is vital to our existence.

Some people have come from Germany today…Incredible! That’s the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll music! Rock n Roll will never die!

What does the rest of the year hold for you?

We have another show for Über Röck in Wales on 23rd August, with Last Great Dreamers. We had a show in London that was cancelled, the festival was cancelled, but we are still playing on 29th September in London although cannot say line-up and then in October we play ‘The Massive Weekend’ at the Waterloo in Blackpool with Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, Falling Red etc. We are very much looking forward to that.

Then we have the big one! We are opening the main stage at Hard Rock Hell in November, our big end to the year.

Thank you so much Beth for talking with us today!

LINKS:
https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNIjbGEbR1PIU85Bm9XMwQ

 

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Photograph supplied courtesy of Renegade Wolf Photography

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Interview with 27 Days – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

27 Days - Please Credit Renegadewolf Photography

Interview with 27 Days
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

The pressure is often high when opening a festival and 27 Days did well to get the crowds going as they started pouring in for NozFest. Lotty Whittingham spoke to Jordan Watts and Steven Speck about their music, live show and their side project Velvet Rose.

So first off introduce yourselves to the readers?

Jordan: My name is Jordan Watts and I am the front man of the band. I am the spandex wearing wanker.

Steven: I’m Steven, I’m the lead guitarist. Apparently I am the egotistical one, although I can’t top what Jordon has said.

For those who haven’t heard of 27 Days, please describe your sound?

Steven: Hard Rock, Glam, Sleaze, Loud, all of that really.

Jordan: I would also add the words energy and performance based.

Having just watched your show, energy is certainly high on the list. It looked like the live show went down well?

Steven: It was a great crowd for an opening slot. I was quite surprised. It was nice. It felt great onstage but when you’re into the moment, mistakes can often happen without you realising it as you lose the worry of making mistakes.

Jordan: We were fully prepared to play for a man and his dog but it was nice to have people in the audience.

I suppose for opening acts; the pressure is higher for them to get the crowds warmed up. Did you guys feel that pressure?

Jordan: Not really, I felt it was up to us to set the bar.

Steven: That and just have a good time. That’s really important to us.

I liked your cover of The Darkness song, have you performed covers previously?

Steven: We used to.

Jordan: We have a whole back catalogue containing two hours’ worth of covers that we don’t do anymore. We might chuck one in now and again.

Steven: It depends what the crowds want. If it’s for a specific where they’re looking for specific covers!

Jordan: If people don’t know who you are, a cover is a great way to show audiences what you’re about.

What are your personal favourite songs to cover?

Jordan: ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince. That is an absolute favourite of mine.

Steven: I don’t know if I can pick. There’s too many… I really like playing ‘Kickstart My Heart’ by Motley Crue.

From what I understand, you two are currently working on another project as well as 27 Days.

Steven: As well as the band, we do our duo set. We’re called Velvet Rose and that is mainly covers and that’s a money making thing on the side.

Jordan: Originally, we were playing a lot of venues that were smaller. Some of them got in touch and couldn’t fit the band in or didn’t have the budget for the whole band. So we said to them, if they couldn’t fit us in as a whole band we could just come in as a duo. It’s exactly what the band does but with two acoustics.

Do you play events as well like for birthdays etc?

Jordan: Yes, we play a lot of events. We’re doing a wedding tonight. We don’t have a free weekend until January.

Steven: We have some time off over Christmas.

What does the rest of the year hold for 27 Days?

Jordan: If you contact the band’s Facebook page (see below) you can message the page. We have limited edition copies of the album. It has booklets with all the lyrics and a leopard print CD.

Steven: We have our new single Dead Man Walking out at the moment. We played that this afternoon.

Jordan: You can find that on Spotify, iTunes etc.

Steven: We also have our last home turf show on Friday 6th September. We’re moving to Brighton for university courses.

Jordan: The band are re-locating. So one last headline show in Bournemouth. Tickets can be found on Event Brite.

Big Thanks to 27 Days for the interview

LINKS:
Home
https://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/
https://www.instagram.com/27daysofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzz6izxreyL_hsw3y18p7-A

 

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Photo supplied courtesy of Renegade Wolf Photography

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Interview with Chris LoPorto, Vocalist for Can’t Swim

Can_t Swim

Interview with Chris LoPorto, Vocalist for Can’t Swim
Interview by Stephen Moss

Hi Everyone , Rick Here,

On 1st December our, Stateside, guest reviewer Stephen Moss went to see US rock band Can’t Swim play a gig at the (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. Whilst he was there he also managed to do an interview with vocalist Chris LoPorto. I’d like to thank Stephen and Andy Jansons at JM Pressphoto Agency for sending us the interview and, of course to Chris for answering the questions!

 

Stephen Moss: “Your uncle was a famous drummer and you played drums in many bands. When you took the role of lead singer and guitar player, did you find yourself overly critiquing the drum lines because you had so much experience as a drummer, or did you give your drummer the freedom to make their own lines?”

Chris LoPorto: “I recorded the drums on our first release. Now, Danny and I split the drumming duty when we record. But i’m not a control freak in any way, whoever is playing drums for us live, I always tell them to add their own spice to the parts.”

Stephen Moss: “How has your writing style evolved since you first released your Death Deserves a Name – EP?”

Chris LoPorto: “I think I have a better idea of what I want Can’t Swim to be now. I know what we can and cannot do. Also, it’s far more collaborative, we are a band who make records together, not just myself making demos on a laptop anymore.”

Stephen Moss: “It’s been said, “Music can cure things medicine can’t.” For many song writers, writing is therapeutic and it’s a way to help themselves. What’s it been like to hear stories and talk to people who use your music as a therapy treatment to help them cope with their life?”

Chris LoPorto: “It’s lovely and something I never thought would happen. Gives me a sense of purpose and pushes me to work hard at this band. It’s a realization that it’s not just loud rock music, if a person can feel better about their situation hearing about what I’ve been through, that’s a very special thing.”

Stephen Moss: “When you’re playing on stage and you hear the crowd singing your songs, are you able to take a second and soak that in or are you focused on the chords and the next lyrics?”

Chris LoPorto: “My job is very easy on stage, I can totally focus on the crowd and take it in. I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.”

Stephen Moss: “When writing songs, do you write the lyrics first or the music first?”

Chris LoPorto: “Depends. Usually the music and melody come first. Then i’ll write words to fit the melodies. I like for the vibe of the music to inspire the lyrics.”

Stephen Moss: “You had said before that some of your songs are first done on acoustic guitar. Is there any plans on doing an unplugged album?”

Chris LoPorto: “Oh jeez, I hope not hahaha.”

Stephen Moss: “You guys do a great live show, any plans for a live album or a cover album?”

Chris LoPorto: “I don’t think so, no.”

Stephen Moss: “If you could pick one band to tour with past or present, who would it be and why?”

Chris LoPorto: “Drake. I listen to his records a lot and he seems like a friendly guy.”

Stephen Moss: “Are you a sports fans?”

Chris LoPorto: “I’m not.”

Stephen Moss: “As someone from NJ, I have to ask…Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?”

Chris LoPorto: “Go veg, save the planet.”

Stephen Moss: “I spoke to Jesse from 10 Years and he said “I’ve been all around the world but there’s something special about coming to Knoxville because it’s home.” You guys have also toured around the globe. Is it still special coming back to Jersey?”

Chris LoPorto: “It’s funny, we started the band so abruptly, we don’t have much of a hometown feeling when playing NJ. it’s great to see friends and family but, we’ve probably played Nebraska just as much as we’ve played NJ.”

Stephen Moss: “So far, what’s been your favourite city to play a show in?”

Chris LoPorto: “Orlando.”

Stephen Moss: “What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened on the road?”

Chris LoPorto: “I’ve spent 3 years of my life looking at interstates.”

Stephen Moss: “As a band, what are some of your goals?”

Chris LoPorto: “We don’t really get too caught up in that stuff. We love what we are doing now and just want to do it more often. Getting a chance to play shows and make records is something we don’t take for granted.”

Stephen Moss: “Your tour schedule is crazy busy! Many shows are played back to back. How are you able to give 100% each show?”

Chris LoPorto: “Coffee! A lot of coffee!”

Stephen Moss: “I wish I was kidding but, every time I wear your shirt people ask me if I can swim. It’s a clever name because then I have to explain to them that it’s a band and we end up having a conversation about your band. So, I have to ask you, Have you learned to swim yet?”

Chris LoPorto: “Certainly not. Don’t plan on it either cause I can’t think of what else to call the band.”

Stephen Moss: “Will you be putting more of your videos on Apple Music?”

Chris LoPorto: “I have no idea. I don’t even have a smart phone.”

Stephen Moss: “I’m asking for selfish reasons but, there is a beautiful venue in Jersey City called “White Eagle Hall” or “Maxwells” in Hoboken where Nirvana played. Do you guys have plans to play any North Jersey gigs?”

Chris LoPorto: “Do they still do shows at Maxwells? I would love to play there, hook it up.”

Stephen Moss: “Do you guys still keep in touch with Andrea? (ex Can’t Swim drummer and long time friend) If so, any plans on having her be a special appearance and drum on a few tracks or shows?”

Chris LoPorto: “Totally, she played drums on two tracks of our newest record.”

Stephen Moss: “Did you guys have an epiphany moment where you realized, “Hey, we can do this full time.” Like, at what moment did you realize that this band had something special?”

Chris LoPorto: “When we first got signed, tours quickly started rolling in and we didn’t even have a chance to ponder if we could do it or not, we just had to. I think i’m still in that mind set almost like the alarm is going off and i’m rushing to make it to work on time.”

Stephen Moss: “When preparing for this interview, I was talking with a very good friend of mine named Melissa. Her favourite band is Taking Back Sunday. I asked her if she had the opportunity to interview Taking Back Sunday, what would she ask? She said two things, 1) “Can I be your best friend?” And 2) “Can I touch your hair?” Hahahaha. This made me think, what’s some weird things that you’ve been asked during an interview?”

Chris LoPorto: “If someone asks me if I can swim or if pineapple belongs on pizza, I’m probably going to quit the band.”

Stephen Moss: “Thank you for your time. I’ll see you at your next show in Jersey/NYC.”

Chris LoPorto: “Likewise. Be well and thanks for doing this.”

CHECK OUT CAN’T SWIM AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
https://www.cantswimmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cantswim/

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

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