EMQ’s with PRESSURE

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EMQ’s with PRESSURE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Story/Melodic Rock band, Pressure. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/songwriter, Simon Forsell, 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 Simon Forsell, lead guitarist and songwriter of the band Pressure.

Pressure is a Story Metal band hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. With songwriter and lead guitarist Simon “Siirpo” Forsell at the helm, vocalist Olof Jönsson and guitarist Emil Salling we lead everyday people around the world to overcome and embrace the pressures felt from everyday existence. With our lyrics we try to show that there are two sides to every story – the good and the bad. Every song has a double meaning. Pressure wants the music to be used as tools to handle the different kind of pressures that surrounds us.

The lead singer Olof puts his soul into each and every word he performs, and he is backed up by the guitars intriguing melodies and rhythmical sound.

The band began their journey together in 2018, and since then we have worked around the clock to build our unique sound and powerful songs. Pressure is always putting up a great show for you and our aim is to make memories and epic musical moments together with our fans.

A quote that can summarize our lyrics is: “How can you tell a story about life if you haven’t dared to live life to its fullest and taken chances, so you can say you have been there and done that!”. Pressure is all about every story, every moment, every Pressure!

How did you come up with your band name?

It came kind of naturally as we are singing about the pressures around us and write our music based on different kind of pressure, so it was quite an easy choice to make. We really think the name projects what kind of message we want to put out there.

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

We are from Sweden and Sweden has a really good and large metal scene. We love a lot of the bands from here, one band that we really like is the power metal band Sabaton. Their combination of heavy power metal with historical lyrics told with a great voice is really something to listen to. Check them out if you have not.

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

We are releasing a new album on May 7th, 2021. This album is called “Path Of A Shadow” and is a concept album about your own life but told from your shadow’s perspective. You can try to be someone you are not and put on a good act through your life, but you cannot hide from your own shadow, he is with you in every moment, in every place and always watches you. Never judging, just being there. He is always around, protecting you and having your back without any questions. This is his story. Prepare to encounter truths about yourself that you either didn’t know or didn’t want anyone else to find out.

‘What You See (Is What You Get)’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our songs have a lot of different influences. The songs differ in genre and mood and so we have a lot of different people that we get inspired by. For myself, I must say that my greatest influences are the people around me and the stories that they tell me, so I get new inspiration for music. There are so many stories out there that need to be told. So, I want to answer that the common person, who just struggles with life and tries in his or her own way to do the best they can, they are my greatest influences.

What first got you into music?

I got into music really early. I started playing as a kid and since then I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Its more than a hobby or an interest. It’s my lifeblood.

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

I would probably answer this questions in like 100 different ways. Haha, but right now, right here? I want to do a blues album with Eric Clapton!

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

That’s a hard question. I love to play big venues, but I also love to play small clubs. It’s hard to put them against each other. So, give me Wembley and I will give some epic guitar solos, give me a small club and I will connect with the people there and get to know half of them after the show!

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

Hmmm….That will remain a secret! Haha.

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

Stay in the fight. Good things will come but only to those who fight for it. Believe in who and what you are and do not let others dictate who and what you are.

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

Freddie Mercury – that voice is just magical.

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

Being a musician is great because you get to express yourself through your music and to be able to provoke different reactions from those who listen. To be able to help people with the songs that you write. And also, to network and find new and likeminded friends. The bad things must be the working hours, the pay and the endless struggling to get everything to work.

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

It’s hard for me to say, but I want people to be able to get back what they deserve. So, I want to say that I think that streaming services could pay more because the companies are lifting huge profit, but the artist doesn’t see much of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hard to choose. I have many…but ok let’s take a swede! “Rising Force” by Yngwie Malmsteen is a great performance of an excellent guitarist. I love the mixing of styles even if the notes are so fast you have to listen to it three times to understand the genius behind it.

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

Vinyl. That’s pure rock n roll for you! The others are just copies of the greatest!

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

We were playing for a Swedish funeral company. They actually really knew how to party. A great gig that went on for hours!

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

I would probably be doing something creative anyway. I need to be able to express myself. I really think that I would be a teacher or perhaps a writer. I cannot see myself doing a normal 9-5 work as that would slowly kill me, I think!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite some people that need to be at a dinner party. People living at the so called bottom of society. Just to give them new hope and for me to collect their stories. I think there is a big chance for people to give up, but we often pass that up. I guess that when people get the chance to invite people to a party, they just take their friends, loved ones and such. But I think those people, we see those people every day and we often party and do things. Let’s give back to people who have nothing.

What’s next for the band?

Next is the album release. We are so excited for this as we have worked for over 2 years on this release. Let me share with you the Prelude of the story of the album!

“Lost in an ocean of terror and dishonour, you realize you are nothing but alone.
You fall to your knees, whispering along the breeze, but the waves do not even reach you.
You reach out to the stars, but they move further away.
You swim and swim, but you drown until you decide to rise from the waters.

Lit by the moon, you glisten in glory as you see me reflected on the sands you once hated.
Unlike the waves that ignore, my support outpours.
Unlike the stars that turn back, I’ll keep you safe from the pack.
of wolves that desire to devour you and have you gated.

I am your Shadow, and this is my path.
A journey that starts with you and concludes our wraths.
They say ignorance is bliss, but I say to know is better than to dismiss.
Now hear me!”

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

www.pressure.band
www.facebook.com/pressuresweden
www.instagram.com/pressuresweden
www.youtube.com/c/Pressuresweden
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7a9rKp03MYJv4leDN7Mm8k
www.shop.spreadshirt.se/pressure

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, this question should be asked to our lead singer, he is actually also a baker! To me, well cake or biscuit, I will eat them anyway! I love those! Give me now! I just got really hungry!

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

Yeah, thank you for the time and opportunity to be a part of this. And to all of you out there wanting to be heard, reach out to me/us and we will see to make your story into a song!

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Gary Hughes – Waterside

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Gary Hughes – Waterside
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 49:47
Review by Simon Black
5/10

Gary Hughes is a name I’ve not heard much of recently, despite the fact that he has a prodigiously prolific rate of output. I first came across him in the late 1990’s when Ten appeared out of the blue and stubbornly refused to acknowledge any of the current fads in rock music and to carry the torch of Melodic Hard Rock firmly forward for long enough to restart the genre. Ten’s contribution is significant, but the man has put his name to many more projects and is probably single-handedly responsible for reinvigorating Bob Catley from Magnum’s career when that act went on hiatus (check his first solo album “The Tower” on which Hughes’ very distinctive song writing and musical tone is clearly audible if you don’t believe me).

This, however, is the first time I have listened to one of Hughes’ solo recordings, although with at least half of the members of Ten playing on here anyway, it feels more like a side-step than stepping out. I was expecting pure Melodic Hard Rock in the Ten vein, but this is a slightly softer sounding piece of work. Vocally he is quite restrained and mellow, despite the sometimes more rockin’ nature of the tracks. Lyrically is a bit more of a mixed bag though. I was less than impressed with some of the lyrics. ‘Lay Down’ with its S&M references invoking a bygone age of 80’s latex-clad bimbos in music videos felt downright cringe worthy and really not what’s needed in this day and age – despite it being attached to one of the catchier sounding songs on the record. But on the flip side of this are thoughtful, evocative and heart-warming songs that showcase his song-writing abilities perfectly. I’m normally quite wary of Melo-Rock Power ballads, but Hughes has a gift for them and plenty are to be found on here.

As always with Hughes you get well-structured songs that lead the ear through gently and tell you where to start waving the phone lights during the live show. The songs individually are fine, but I am struggling to find too many strong tracks on here – the exception being the title track, which has oodles more energy and pace than the majority of the disk and was a wise choice for the lead track. His voice has naturally aged over the decades and this time he’s playing to that tone rather than trying to push himself and generally this works absolutely fine. It’s a calm bit of Melodic Rock, but doesn’t quite have the energy that I was hoping for.

TRACKLISTING:
01. All At Once It Feels Like I Believe
02. Electra- Glide
03. Lay Down
04. The Runaway Damned
05. Screaming In The Half Light
06. Waterside
07. Video Show
08. Save My Soul
09. Seduce Me
10. When Love Is Done

LINE-UP:
Gary Hughes – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitars
Dann Rosingana – Lead Guitar
David Rosingana – Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards and Drums
Karen Fell – Backing Vocals
Scott Hughes – Lead and Backing Vocals

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Ronnie Atkins – One Shot

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Ronnie Atkins – One Shot
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 44:48
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Do you ever find yourself pondering the finite nature of life. I do. Often. The one certainty is that, at some point, it comes to an end. This isn’t a rehearsal, and you have two choices. Drift through it, approaching everything with undue caution, or grab it by the nuts, and have fun while you can. Pretty Maids frontman, Ronnie Atkins, has certainly lived a full life, bringing sweet Rock ‘n’ Roll music to the masses for 4 decades. Our very own high lord of Ever Metal, Rick, has been a huge Pretty Maids fan since those early heady days of the 80s.

It’s fair to say that Ronnie’s been forced to do a lot of contemplating recently, too, after the devastating news that the ‘big C’ he’d battled so hard against in 2019 had come back, and was incurable. Now, for a lot of people, and certainly for me, news like this would take away any strength I had left. But not Ronnie. He’s determined to keep the nuts of life in a tight tourniquet until the end, and speak to the world, through his new solo album, “One Shot.” Lighter than the usual Pretty Maids style, Ronnie describes this album as ‘melodic rock album with a heavy twist,’ and lyrically, ‘more personal and maybe melancholic at times.’

On first listen, it truly is a great melodic rock album, complete with rock-steady beats, classic style riffs, and great vocal harmonies and guitar solos. But dig a little deeper, and it becomes all about the lyrics. It’s a bittersweet journey into the ponderings of a man’s mortality, beautifully moulded into an emotional journey of finding peace and reconciling all of life’s lessons. It reminds me, lyrically, of Queen’s “Made In Heaven” album, where Freddie explored much the same thing.

The title track of the album pretty much sums up what I’ve just said. The whole, ‘you only get one shot at life’ idea. Putting aside the emotive nature of the lyrics, knowing the backstory behind this album, it’s a stonking anthem that you could see on a stadium stage, being chorused back at the band by tens of thousands of adoring fans.

This is true of the whole album, though. Whether it’s an anthem, or a heartfelt ballad, it’s all brilliantly done, with Ronnie’s vocals taking pride of place atop the masterfully constructed melodies and orchestration of every song. It’s one of those albums that fills your entirety with happiness, and, well, life.

There isn’t anything negative about this album. It’s mixed and mastered perfectly, it’s polished, it’s passionate, it’s mature and expansive. It is what musicians spend their whole lives striving towards. Whatever musical genre you prefer, you’ll find something that connects with your soul in this album. And we all need to listen to the wisdom held within the lyrics. Thank you, Ronnie, for braving your fears and sharing this precious album with the world.

‘One Shot’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Real
02. Scorpio
03. One Shot
04. Subjugated
05. Frequency Of Love
06. Before The Rise Of An Empire
07. Miles Away
08. Picture Yourself
09. I Prophesize
10. One By One
11. When Dreams Are Not Enough

LINE-UP:
Ronnie Atkins – Lead and Backing Vocals
Chris Laney – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Allan Sørensen – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Anders Ringman – Acoustic Guitars

Lead Guitars/Solos
Pontus Norgren, Kee Marcello, Olliver Hartmann, John Berg, Chris Laney

Additional Backing Vocals
Chris Laney, Linnea Vikström Egg, Olliver Hartmann, Bjørn Strid

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Mason Hill – Against The Wall

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Mason Hill – Against The Wall
Self-Released
Release Date: 05/03/2021
Running Time: 46:47
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Ummm so…AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! THE MASON HILL DEBUT ALBUM IS FINALLY HERE!!!

Apologies. I just had to get that out of my system! It’s been, what seems like millennia, that I’ve been waiting for this day, since we first happened upon these 5 lovely chaps from Glasgow, at RockWich 2017. I was mesmerized by them on that occasion, and my first words to Rick at the time were, “They are going to be huge.” Their hard rock sound, and their absolute passion, and sheer joy in performing, really connected to me, and all the gathered crowd in that room. It was a special gig. I checked out my original review, and this is what I wrote:

“When I say they really impressed me, what I really mean is they totally blew my mind with how awesomely good they were. They were very fresh melodic rock, which was so good, so tight, so together, and so electric that I have to admit it actually made me emotional. That has only happened to me twice before in 25 years where music is concerned. The first occasion was on listening to Queen’s “Made In Heaven” album for the first time, and the other was watching Doro Pesch on the main stage at Bloodstock (mainly because I worship the ground she walks on though!)”

Since then, the hottest question on everyone’s lips has been “When’s the album coming?!” So, as you can imagine it gives me an absolute thrill to finally be writing this review! But was it worth the wait? (Let’s face it, if you looked at my score at the top of this review, then you probably already know my answer to that.) Well, let’s find out!

The album opens with ‘Reborn’, and the first thing that hits you is the superb production. Right from the first note, everything is placed perfectly, from the distant guitar, full of reverb, to the thumping bass notes and ambient sounds. This leads seamlessly into the absolute banger, ‘No Regrets’. With a powerful riff, and melodic structure, this is the first of many earworms on this album. Scott Taylor’s vocals are clear, but raw enough to deliver a rock punch. The instrumentals of Marc Montgomery, Matt Ward, and James Bird are technically superb. And the metronomic rhythms of Craig McFetridge on the skins hold everything together in perfect time.

The title track is up next, and anyone who doesn’t get this track stuck in their head almost instantly is either insane, or dead! It’s THAT good! It grows and swells, with the pacey and bassy chorus being the high point in the song. I LOVE THIS TRACK!!

Now, you might think that this album had peaked too soon, with ‘Against The Wall’ as the 3rd track. But you’d be so wrong! The album continues like this, for literally EVERY. SINGLE. SONG!!! This should not be a debut album, because it’s simply too damn good! They’ve set the bar high, then thrown caution to the wind and pushed it a little higher! Here’s a few more of my highlights (I mean, I could quite easily just give you the tracklist, and say “There you go!” but that would be silly):

‘DNA’ for its punchy riffs that make you get up and move, and its ridiculously catchy chorus (again – I seriously challenge you not to be singing along by the second chorus! Be warned, it is completely impossible). ‘Who We Are’ – it’s a great hard rock ballad, and, if you don’t love one of them, then you have no soul. ‘Hold On’ for its machine-like riffs!  And ‘Where I Belong’, because it’s simply a beautiful and heartfelt track, that display’s the versatility and musical understanding that every member of Mason Hill possess.

Without wanting to sound like a complete fangirl here, if there is such a place as heaven, then this is the soundtrack that would be playing there. I Cannot stress enough how much of a superb album this is, and if you even remotely like Rock, you need to be spinning it at your earliest convenience. The young boys from bonny Scotland have done a bonny wee job on this record, and I could not be happier for them. It deserves a very high spot in everyone’s playlist, and long may they continue making these beautiful noises. And, if they carry on like this, they are still my top tip for being huge. The only thing I can say is, guys, please, PLEASE don’t leave it so long until the next album! I don’t think I could cope!!

‘D.N.A. (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Reborn
02. No Regrets
03. Against The Wall
04. Broken Son
05. D.N.A
06. Who We Are
07. Find My Way
08. Hold On
09. Out Of Reach
10. We Pray
11. Where I Belong
12. Reborn (Reprise)

LINE-UP:
Scott Taylor – Vocals
James Bird – Lead Guitar
Marc Montgomery – Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Ward – Bass
Craig McFetridge – Drums

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

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EMQ’s with NORTHERN REDEMPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Hard Rock/Metal band, Northern Redemption. Huge thanks to guitarist Thomas Furustig 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 Thomas Furustig and I play the guitar in Northern Redemption.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I left my former band, I had some anger in side of me and I thought now I’m going to show them hahaha. Redemption was the first name that came up. Then someone said, “hey there is another band in the US with that name”, ok, so now what…Northern Redemption it is!

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

Sweden!

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

‘Spiritwalker’, our debut single.

Watch/Listen Here

Who have been your greatest influences?

KK Downing of Judas Priest.

What first got you into music?

Judas Priest – “British Steel”

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

For me, it would be great to collaborate Dynazty from Sweden or Black & Damned From Germany!

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

Sweden Rock because it’s on Swedish soil 😊.

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

Well, nothing yet…

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

Stay strong ,stay safe and soon we will come to a stage near you.

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

Gary Moore!

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

When you get appreciation for what you write and people actually like what you do. On the other hand, I do not like it when they do not dare to tell the truth about what they think of the music we create. It is apparently easier to come up with a false opinion! Tell the truth to me and we will be friends, lie and we remain enemies!

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

To give back to the bands the opportunity to be involved in determining their music and income, so musicians can live on the whole product and not just on merchandise at concerts etc. Because you cannot make money on record sales!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Screaming For Vengeance” – Judas Priest.

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

CD’s or music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music etc.

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

It was with my previous band when we supported Blaze Bayley in Strängnäs 2018.

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

Truckdriver for sure!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmm, I must say my band hahaha.

What’s next for the band?

We will enter the studio at the beginning of March and record the next single ‘Pandemic’ to be released at the end of March 2021.

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

www.linktr.ee/northern.redemption
www.facebook.com/Northern.Redemption
www.instagram.com/northernredemptionofficial/
www.twitter.com/NorthernRedemp1
www.soundcloud.com/northern-redemption
www.music.apple.com/se/artist/northern-redemption/1547572744
www.deezer.com/en/track/1198085992
www.music.amazon.com/albums/B08S76D2ZQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6UFMF5DYpLH3BFkfcXGe3D
www.youtube.com/channel/UC64W5F4IY7FFdKB7eZxtvzg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa cake  hahahaha hmm biscuit?

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

Well, I hope the world will be free from COVID and that you all out there are going to follow us 😊.

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Palace – Rock And Roll Radio

Palace – Rock And Roll Radio
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 04/12/2020
Running Time: 46:19
Review by Chris Galea
8/10

Just like your typical blockbuster film, “Rock And Roll Radio” is all about the ride not the destination. Musically the songs strongly remind me of Dare, the band of Thin Lizzy’s ex-keyboard player. So, we’re talking about infectious Rock music with lots of harmony vocals and hooks to spare.

Songs such as ‘Castaway’ or ‘She’s So Original’ are great to let off steam at the end of an intense day. ‘Cold Ones’ uses the saxophone to give the song its own identity. Right after the wistful ‘Eleonora’, ‘Hot Steel’ provides a little contrast with some hard rocking riffs.

At other times, the music goes so far away from Metal that what you’re listening to is actually Pop music (one example is ‘When It’s Over’). To be clear I’m not saying this in a derogatory sense because Palace is truly excellent in what it sets out to achieve. After all, the clue for that is in the album title.

Unlike the previous 2 Palace albums, almost all instruments on “Rock And Roll Radio” are played by Michael Palace, the Swedish singer spearheading the ‘band’, but the outcome is still surprisingly good. It’s only the sound of the drums that counters the album’s organic feel.

This is an album that perfectly encapsulates the 1980’s spirit of Melodic Rock.

‘Way Up Here’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rock And Roll Radio
02. Castaway
03. Way Up Here
04. Cold Ones
05. Eleonora
06. Hot Steel
07. My Gray Cloud
08. Origin Of Love
09. She’s So Original
10. Strictly By The Rules
11. When It’s Over
12. Fight

LINE-UP:

Michael Palace – Everything

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EMQ’s with CAPULUS

EMQ’s with CAPULUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bournemouth, England based high-octane Melodic Rock band Capulus. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Josh Vaughan 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 Joshua Vaughan – I am the front man of the band. The band was started officially in 2013 by myself and Thomas Riley the lead Guitarist. After a few line-up changes, even more city moves, we found ourselves living in Bournemouth which is where we met Giacamo Vacca (Drums) and Alex Incani (Bass). They are originally from Sardinia.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tom and I were looking for a name for the band for years. We took a trip to a coffee shop one day in the middle of Exeter and saw written on the wall ‘Capulus’ which we realised meant coffee in Latin. We both love coffee so we thought it would be a cool name for a band.

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

We are now living in Bournemouth, Dorset. The rock and metal scene here is great. There is a great metal bar called Anvil that holds gigs as well as a place called The Madding Crowd which is a bigger venue and again holds lots of rock and metal gigs. We have Southampton on our doorstep also, which has an even bigger rock and metal scene.

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

Our new single ‘All That I Am’ was released on the 2nd of December 2020 and features Leighton Allen the bassist for the highly successful band ‘The Hoosiers’. This track is a softer song that shows a different side to Capulus whilst still possessing the driving guitars and soring vocals that Capulus fans have come to love.

‘All That I Am’ Feat. Leighton Allen (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My great influences range from solo artists such as Bowie, Hendrix, Slash, Yung Blud. To bands like, Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, My Chemical Romance, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera etc.

What first got you into music?

I was originally part of a barbershop chorus when I was 8, we toured all around the world which got me used to performing on stage. As I got older my father introduced me to Alice Cooper and Meatloaf. From there I seemed to just fall down the rabbit hole of rock and metal music.

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

Right now, if I could collaborate with any band or artist it would either be Bring Me The Horizon or Yung Blud as I feel like they are bringing harder rock and metal music back into the mainstream media which can only be a good thing for bands such as ours.

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

Download without a question! I have been there a number of times and I believe it is the pinnacle of any rock or metal artists career, to be able to say that you played at Download Festival.

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

We don’t really receive many weird gifts, but I once had a fan try and steal my guitar out of my hand during a show which was…interesting.

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

Stream our god damn song, we put so much effort in the least you can do is stream it! 😉

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

I think I would bring back Prince because he was someone that I wish I could have seen live.

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

I love performing, the buzz you get when you look out into a crowd that are singing along to your music is like no other. Shows are what I love, packing down and setting up for shows is what I hate.

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

I think I would want artist to be treated more fairly by the industry. Unless you are a major world-renowned artist there is no money left in the industry after all the sharks have had their feed, nothing but scraps for the people doing the work. Places like Spotify should pay artists better.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite For Destruction” changed my life and made me want to learn the guitar so will always have a special place in my heart.

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

Vinyl! The crackling sound adds to the feel.

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

We played a festival back in our home town called ‘Monster Mash’ which was incredible as we saw all our old friends and buddies from the music scene there.

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

I would mainly be doing what I do for a day job currently, being a property developer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ricky Gervais, Yung Blud, Slash, Ozzy and The Rock!

What’s next for the band?

We are heading to the studio, from 7th December, to record our brand-new EP which will be coming out next year.

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

We use our Facebook mainly,
www.facebook.com/capulusband

And also, our website,
www.capulusofficial.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Defo a cake.

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Jeff Scott Soto – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (2CD Edition)

Jeff Scott Soto – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland) (2CD Edition)
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Running Time: 88:30
Review by Chris Galea
7/10

If you’re vaguely familiar with Jeff Scott Soto’s musical career, “Wide Awake” should not surprise or bewilder you. This is quintessential JSS as we have heard in his solo repertoire but also in bands such as Takara, Talisman and, to a lesser degree, Yngwie Malmsteen.

So, what the album offers is melodic, catchy and excessively-polished Rock songs with lots of bombastic choruses and a few tasty guitar licks as embodied in songs such as ‘Paper Wings’ or ‘Lesson of Love’. One stand-out song is the title-track…a brooding and groovy number that provides the album with some musical variegation. Besides some familiar faces, the line-up also features Italian guitarist Fabrizio Sgattoni, who makes a positive impression without detracting from the songs’ spirit.

“Wide Awake…” doesn’t score high on originality but the material is put together and delivered to high standards. Scott Soto’s instantly recognisable voice sounds as strong as ever.

The album comes with a bonus live CD featuring Soto’s performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy in 2019. At that festival he had performed a selection of songs from most of his solo releases. I’m not generally a fan of live albums but I must say this recording provides added value to “Wide Awake…” and the band sounds heavier when performing live. So make sure there’s this bonus CD when purchasing your copy of the album.

‘Without You’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:

CD 1
01. Someone To Love
02. Mystified
03. Love’s Blind
04. Without You
05. Lesson Of Love
06. Paper Wings
07. Love Will Find A Way
08. Between The Lines
09. Living In A Dream
10. Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)
11. Desperate

CD2
01. Drowning (live)
02. 21St Century (live)
03. Believe In Me (live)
04. Look Inside Your Heart (live)
05. Eyes Of Love (live)
06. Band Intros (live)
07. Soul Divine (live)
08. Our Song (live)
09. Holding On (live)
10. I’ll Be Waiting (live)
11. Stand Up feat. Dino Jelusick (live)

LINE-UP:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Fabrizio Sgattoni – Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Bass, Keys, Guitars, Backing Vocals
Edu Cominato – Drums
August Zadra – Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar on ‘Between The Lines’

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with LITTLE KING

EMQ’s with LITTLE KING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US based Melodic Progressive Rock band, Little King. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist and founder Ryan Rosoff for taking part.

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

Hey there…Ryan here. I am the founder of Little King, a band that was born in El Paso, Texas in 1996. We have since produced 6 albums and are working on a 7th as we speak which will be titled “Amuse De Q”. The band also features Manny Tejeda on bass (he’s a Dominican Republic native who now lives in Delaware) and Eddy Garcia on drums (he’s also our engineer; and El Paso native, pretty much.)

I have been through a lot of different line-ups, so this is the first time I have ever kept the band intact from one release to the next. We released “Occam’s Foil” late in 2019, and the same unit is back for “Amuse De Q”.

How did you come up with your band name?

My first name means “Little King” in Gaelic. It seemed appropriate since I was sort of taking control of my own career. LK has always been a method for me to just play and produce music with my friends…and here we are, 23 years later!

Also…don’t let the Little King do the thinking for the Big King. Sage Advice.

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

USA! It’s good, when it’s live, especially. Everywhere we go, I find a ton of metal fans. Little King is like “almost Metal,” but I find Metal fans to be the most open to other styles of just about any genre. We are generally accepted by them, even if I don’t always bang my head. In the southwest, where I live now, it’s particularly strong. But it really is everywhere…

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

“Occam’s Foil” was our EP that came out in late 2019, and it really took off. Charted in the top 150 on college-radio, generated over 100,000 streams and downloads, and generally put us on a road to…expectations. Ha! I’m not used to that.

‘Forgotten Mile’

We were planning a long and disastrous-but sure-to-be-fun tour, and then everything collapsed. So, instead of resting on our laurels and commiserating, I got back into the lab and wrote a new album! We are about 80% done, and the title is “Amuse De Q”. The subject matter is all things Quarantine, including isolation, sobriety, relationships or lack thereof, domestic violence, idiots’ rule, social media, and more. I think people will love it and relate well. I am super proud of what we have accomplished thus far…stay tuned for more. Release should be early 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In no particular order: Rush, Steely Dan, Zeppelin, Floyd, Talking Heads, The Who, Grateful Dead, Mozart, Tupac, Peter Tosh, Midnight Oil, Hendrix, Van Halen, Mellencamp, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, and so so so much more…

What first got you into music?

For most of my childhood, I was all sports all the time. Obsessed, really…and I still follow Football and Basketball religiously. But I was a really good athlete, and that competitive fire burned pretty hot. I stopped growing early, though, and a future in the NBA was bleak. I had to find another productive passion, and music was it.

My older brother steered me away from my mom and dad’s music and into Zeppelin, Maiden, Rush, Floyd, and more. I appreciate that to this day! So, having an older brother and some guitar players who made me wanna shred instead of dunk a basketball was big for me.

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

London Philharmonic, Snoop, or my friend Debbie Hafferman, who is a Berkeley-educated pianist and scores films. She and I met when we were 3 years old in preschool…we are still friends, and I just connected with her yesterday for the first time in many years. I put some lyrics out there on social media that resonated with her, and so she reached out and we had a pretty long conversation. She is awesome…smart, funny, and super-talented. Gotta make that happen soon.

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

There are SO MANY. But at this point, Firefly in Dover, Delaware would be great. I was living there for the last 7 years, and I just recently moved back to Arizona. But in all that time, I released a couple albums and built up a lot of friend/fans in southern Delaware who’ve never heard me play a live show. I think they’d be…supportive. Surprised. Firefly is a big deal down there, and while there are a ton of bigger festivals around the globe, that one would be a triumphant homecoming and a chance to show my homies what was up.

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

Saliva. End of story.

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

This next Little King record will be the best yet! I am so excited to share it with you all. The train is rolling, and we have really hit our stride with “Amuse de Q”. And if you’re in Europe, reach out to our management or to your local venue and let them know that you want Little King in your hometown. We’ve never played a show in Europe, but we do quite well there. I want to make that happen and build our fanbase in the EU and UK.

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

Oh, without question it would be Neil Peart. He just died in January of 2020, and I am still crushed. He was my musical and philosophical and literary hero, and it was a shit start to an ultra-shit year.  The man was a giant, and even though we never met (I did make a record with Rush’s producer called “Virus Divine”, though, back in 2003), he altered the course of my life. Lyrically, musically, and spiritually, Neil will always be my hero.

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

The chicks, for sure. They’re everywhere! It’s so gratifying to get laid whenever I want. Wait…is this question about being an egg farmer or a musician? My bad.

I don’t let hate creep into my life very often. Maybe certain occupants of certain public offices in the USA come close, but that’s a rough word. I do hate begging people to listen to my music lol. Just play the fucking song and THEN ignore us!

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

Royalties from streaming, FOR SURE. I don’t know how the macro-economics break down with subscriptions to Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc. No idea. But I DO KNOW that our last album has well over 100,000 spins on Spotify alone. And I DO KNOW that I just got a check from our distributor for $104 and change. That is fucked up.

It’s not cheap to make a record. And we try really hard to produce a quality product that we can be proud of and that can bring some happiness to our fans. It should be worth more than $.0006 or whatever. I mean, even radio paid 6-12 cents per spin. What the actual fuck is $100 for 100,000 spins?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wow. One? Okay…let’s go with TODAY’s fave, shall we?

I love “Countdown to Ecstasy” by Steely Dan. My brother tried to get me into them as a kid, and I resisted. Growing up in the late 70’s and into the 80’s the Dan was EVERYWHERE. Before I was a musician and a voracious consumer of lyrics, they just didn’t appeal to me. Donald Fagan’s voice was odd, and I was into METAL. Steely Dan ain’t metal.

Matt sent me that CD in about 1990 when I got to college, and in some sort of altered state wandering around downtown Tucson with a Discman, I GOT IT! Musicianship, clever as hell lyrics, ebb and flow of moods, and production even in the early 1970’s. The guitar solos on ‘Bohdisattva’ and ‘Show Biz Kids’ and definitely on ‘My Old School’, the lyrics throughout. I just fucking love that record and I will never tire of it.

Just wanted to mention that this week’s top albums also come from a Baltimore metal band called Trapped Under Ice, and also listening to “Earth and Sun and Moon” by Midnight Oil. Fantastic production and songs on that one. Love the Oils. Just also finished revisiting some old Megadeth, too. ‘Hangar 18’ and ‘Holy Wars’ kick my ass!

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

Oh, I think Vinyl, for sure. I grew up with it. CD’s are good, too. The compression level on downloads render a lot of careful production entirely moot. It’s brutal. Nuance and dynamics are lost.

When I was growing up, the artwork and the physical act of dropping a needle on the record is instantly nostalgic. My son has a nice vinyl collection now, and I am so proud of the fact that he Gets It. Kid is an old soul.

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

We were on tour in support of our album “Virus Divine” in 2005 and 2006. I had just signed a nice little record deal with a company who shall remain nameless (fuck those guys) in LA, and we had a little money to tour and buy gear, hire a crew. It was small but it was awesome.

So about 2 weeks into a 3-week tour, we had a show at the Viper Room on Sunset in Hollywood. Very exciting…legendary venue, awesome sound system, a good bill, and we had a lot of scouts supposedly lined up to come see us. Just needed a manager and booking agent who knew what they were doing.

Our label flaked. Didn’t call anyone, didn’t even bother to show up themselves. We were KILLING ourselves on the road and were so broke. And those fucks didn’t even come to the venue. So, we knew what the deal was by the time we took the stage in front of maybe 50 people. We had played 8 days in a row and couldn’t have been tighter…

We BURNED THAT PLACE DOWN. It was awesome…channelled a huge amount of anger and fear and practice into the best show Little King ever played. Will never forget it…but I hope to top it, some day.

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

I own a corporate team building company called TeamBuilding ROI based in Silicon Valley. We have pivoted to all-virtual and have actually now facilitated 130 virtual events since April in over 10 countries. It’s been a helluva 6 months. But that’s my career outside my career, and I love it.

When it’s done, I will make movies and operate a charity. Dogs and kids, kids and dogs…those things are near and dear to me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Barack Obama, David Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, my son, and my dad.

What’s next for the band?

Just finishing up “Amuse De Q” in the next couple months. The bass, drums, and rhythm guitars are done…so I am working on finishing the vocal melodies and words (almost done), writing some guitar solos (not almost done…will probably wing it like usual) and also some string arrangements for a couple tunes. Also, my son is playing piano on this record, which is a lifelong dream of mine. He has worked hard at it, and the part is awesome! It’s for a song called ‘Set It Down’ and it relates to my ongoing sobriety. I thought it would be appropriate. It’s an odd little tune…I love it, so far.

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

Our web site at www.littlekingtunes.com is the best place to start. It has links to our social media, streaming and download links (including all of the last five albums ready to stream on YouTube), a long bio and history, and some funny interviews from the last album. Merch, too! Please check it out.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Absolutely a COOKIE lol! But I can’t tolerate ruining chocolate with orange, so it’s irrelevant in my world

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

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EMQ’s with WARMRAIN

EMQ’s with WARMRAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band, Warmrain. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Leon Joel Russell 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 Leon Joel Russell and I am the vocalist and rhythm guitar player of Warmrain. We are a UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band who have released two EP’s and one double concept album (so far). We came back on the radar in 2019 and have been receiving rave reviews and radio plays all over the world for our new material.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our original Drummer saw a song title I had for a track called ‘Warm Rain’ and he said, ‘That’s the name of the band!’I renamed the track and we made warm rain into one word!

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

We are from and based in England, our scene is very healthy – especially since festivals became such an integral part of the calendar year.

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

A lyric video of ‘Running Out Of Time’ which is a track off our debut album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically, probably the Waters/Gilmour era of Pink Floyd! In terms of composition, The Who!

What first got you into music?

Living with my parents got me into music. Neither of them are musical, my dad was (by his own admission) ‘Tone deaf’, but I saw first-hand/ up close and personal how they both interacted with music. I could see how knowing the words and melodies to songs got them involved, and heightened the immersion within the music they experienced as they both sung along. Yes, my dad would attract most of the female cats on heat in the neighbourhood with his wailing, but they were clearly both transported to another spacetime by music! This became the norm for me too, and I always learn the words and melodies to songs I like and sing along too.

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

Pete Townshend

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

Something at ‘Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ so I could see the stars after all the lights went out.

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

Not sure I’d describe it as ‘weird’ but certainly ‘Unique’ – the blueprints for a roller-skating routine that a Warmrain track is being used for!

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

Don’t feel alone.

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

Chris Cornell.

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

Being able to express thoughts and feelings – I don’t hate.

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

Bringing back the importance of fans interacting with physical copies of releases!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Who – “Quadrophenia”.

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

Vinyl beyond question or debate!

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

High Voltage Festival – Victoria Park, London, England!

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

Circumnavigating metaphysical musings!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bill Hicks, Bruce Lee, Keith Moon, Albert Einstein, and Frank Zappa!

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, concerts, concerts, concerts…

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

www.warmrainband.com
www.plastichead.com
www.amazon.co.uk/Warmrain-Digital-Music/s?k=Warmrain&rh=n%3A77197031
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0jBQGYwEQtPzb1QZWEVdXE
www.facebook.com/warmrainofficial/
www.instagram.com/warmrainband/
www.twitter.com/leonjrussell
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0GQPCDJQC1SKcbsFRpMyuw
www.deezer.com/en/artist/1450518/radio
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/warmrain/473790643
www.play.google.com/music/preview/A7igxnccol35aioo4j4drj3s3dy

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A Cakescuit!!!

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

I would like to add a big thank you to Ever Metal for the interview and a big thank you to everyone who is on board with Warmrain.

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