EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

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EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Normandy, France based Metal/Hardcore band, Primal Age. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Of course, we are PRIMAL AGE, and we play a mix of metal and hardcore since ‘93. PxA is about 800 shows in three countries on three continents. We’ve played with almost all the more famous bands of metal or hardcore.

How did you come up with your band name?

Animal rights and defence of Mother Earth have always been at the centre of our albums, so the name is a kind of reference of a former period in history when the air was more pure and the sea less polluted.

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

We come from Normandy, France, there are of course many bands but it’s hard to exist for most of them.

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

We just put out our last album called “Masked Enemy” and you can watch two video clips for the tracks: ‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ and ‘The Two Heads Monster’.

‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ (Official Video)

‘The Two Heads Monster’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like metal and hardcore, so on the one hand you can find Slayer, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Dew-Scented; S.O.D….and on the other hand Earth Crisis, Minor Threat, Madball, Hatebreed…

What first got you into music?

I was 17 and my best friend got his first guitar, so I had the idea to be on the bass and singing. We were listening to punk music so we tried to play like this, without any drums. It was fun.

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

A European tour with Napalm Death could be cool 😊

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

I’ll choose one we have never played. It could be the Dynamo or the Wacken in Germany. These places seem to be great with so many famous bands and a huge audience.

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

In Japan, one girl gave me a thing made by her grandmother to give me luck. It was a very kind attention and it’s always attached on my bag when we are on the road, cause it’s a great feeling when I remember this area I had dreamed to play in for a long time.

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

We hope to see you soon on the road. It has been a long time without shows because of the shitty times, so we hope to see you as soon as possible to share the passion we have in common.

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

Lemmy Kilmister, he is so iconic and when I was 10, Motörhead was the first band I listened to.

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

We are a non-professional band, so we have the chance to be very free without any pressure from a label or something. We have the opportunity to travel worldwide, that’s the coolest thing for me. What I dislike is when fashion becomes bigger than passion and you see guys or bands changing to follow the trend.

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

Quantity vs quality. We have that chance to be independent and we don’t feel the need to produce a lot. Many bands, when they make an album have just 2 or 3 good singles and the other tracks are filler.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ll give you two, “Aris” by Sepultura and “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, two revelations for me.

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

It depends on the context. At home when I want to hear some music, I prefer vinyls, CD’s when I do other things and MP3’s when I’m driving. Cassettes are only for my collection of old demos.

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

I think the BloodAxe fest in Tokyo will stay in my memory for all my life cause it was a dream to play in Japan, and I couldn’t imagine to see that thing happen when I started to play!

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

Music is a passion but I live with another passion which is sport. I began French boxing 30 years ago and I teach it and still practice every week. My life as a fighter is behind me but it’s always a part of my life, I need it for a good balance.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Yavé, Hahommet (Muhammad), Boudha and…Odin, cause I have needed to have some explanations for a long time, cause so many things aren’t very clear but make people so angry.

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of our new album is on its way and we are now more than ready to make shows. We hope to play in many areas with great bands.

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

We are on Facebook, even if I don’t really like it, but it seems to be practical to stay in touch with our public.
www.facebook.com/PRIMALAGE
www.instagram.com/primal_age/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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

Thanxxx for the support.

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

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EMQ’s with ICARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greater London, England based Hard Rock/Metal band, Icarus. Huge thanks to guitarist, Matt Say, 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 Matt Say, I play guitar in the UK Hard Rock/Metal band Icarus. We’re a 5-piece hard rock band including Ritchie Howlett on vocals, Matt Say and George Elvin on guitar, Will Tyrrell on bass and Ben Porter on drums. We all met on the first day of a music course at our college, and the band was formed on that same day. Our first EP was released back in March 2020, and almost instantly the country went into lockdown. We’ve been promoting our music and remotely writing music from home, and now we’re finally getting back into playing awesome shows again.

How did you come up with your band name?

We rehearsed without a name for months until right before our first ever show. Eventually we decided on calling ourselves ‘Icarus’ and that’s what’s been on our posters ever since. The inspiration came from an Iron Maiden song called ‘Flight of Icarus’.

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

We’re from the UK and we’re based in Greater London, the scene is awesome around here as there’s tons of cool independent venues and a thriving local band scene, with plenty of opportunities going everywhere. Especially when you get into the London scene, there’s countless wicked Metal/Rock bands playing everywhere and everyone knows everyone else, it’s really wholesome.

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

Just over a month ago we released our latest single ‘Castaway At Best’, a dark, brooding song about how those struggling with mental health and personal distress are cast away by everyone else, left to medicate themselves and feel abandoned. The song is about how it doesn’t matter how everyone perceives you, you’re going through your own hell, and no one has the right to judge you for it.

‘Castaway At Best’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band our biggest influences are Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Blink-182 and Juice Wrld.

What first got you into music?

My dad indoctrinated me with classic rock from an early age, bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd were pretty much the soundtrack of my childhood. From the first time I played onstage at the age of 13 I was completely hooked; I knew that’s what I wanted to do forever.

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

Metallica, because they’re Metallica and they’re fucking awesome.

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

Download Festival here in the UK, always such amazing vibes there and has such a legendary history that we’d love to be a part of.

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

A phone number.

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

You clearly have excellent taste, congratulations.

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

Dimebag and Vinnie Paul, I’d sell my kidney to see a Pantera reunion.

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

My favourite part of being a musician is hearing the crowd singing the words back to you at a show. There’s no other feeling like it. The worst part is having to load the gear out the venue afterwards haha.

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

The biggest thing I’d change (or more accurately bring over from pop/rap) is how unwilling a lot of rock/metal fans are to accept new artists. The legacy bands like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe etc that are still going are so freaking great, but there’s a lot of newer bands who are making the genre fresh again that don’t get heard because everyone’s looking out for these bands third farewell tour. Love these artists as much as the next guy, but they attract the attention of the entire scene without doing anything new.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album has to be “All I Was” by Tremonti, it was the first metal album I heard and the riffs + solos still get me pumped to this day.

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

As crappy as they are in terms of making money for the artists, as a fan I love how convenient downloads make it to listen to my favourite songs with just a few clicks.

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

Our best show came quite recently actually, we headlined a venue called the Spice Of Life on 30th August to celebrate the launch of our newest single. It was the first proper show we’d played since the first lockdown and the atmosphere was incredible, and the feeling of playing to a packed room with our fans jumping about with us again was just indescribable.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be very bored and probably have a much healthier bank account.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The cast of Monty Python.

What’s next for the band?

Next up we have an amazing show planned at Camden Assembly on October 30th, right here in London, cannot wait! In the meantime, and after the show, we’ll be writing new music as always and booking as many shows as we can, gotta make up for lost time!

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

All our news is posted on our Instagram page. Links to our music, gigs and everything else can always be found here.
www.instagram.com/icarusukofficial/

Other Links:
www.facebook.com/icarusbandofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3SItfPL6AP4i1AmgbeRis
wwww.youtube.com/channel/UC1sbnlew7cc1oEbdjjZI4Dw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Who cares, either way I’m still gonna eat them all day.

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

Thanks for having us here on Ever Metal! Our latest release ‘Castaway At Best’ can be found on all streaming services, show it some love!

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Various Artists – C Squared Music: Underground Music Special

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Various Artists – C Squared Music: Underground Music Special
C Squared Music
Release Date: 17/09/2021
Running Time: 68:42
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Greetings and salutations, succubi and satyrs! I do so hope you all have been indulging your baser desires in increasingly perverse and chemically fuelled ways and that your various spouses and significant others are now laid gasping and sated upon their chaises longues, sipping fine wines and libations from jewelled goblets. I myself am enjoying a splendid mug of chai, congratulating Mrs Dark Juan upon her recent accession to and acceptance by the Oak and Ash and Thorn Art Collective (mainly because her creations are now scaring the fuck out of the RIGHT people) and trying to ignore the fact that the Dread Lord Sir Igor Egbert Brian Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, recently christened as Beelzepup by my good friend Adam, has dropped a number of toys on my foot as a prelude to a bit of a rumble. He is utilizing the feared Paw of Doom upon my forearm and shouting wildly at me. I shall be back shortly…

Thank you for your patience. Now that the Small Evil Canine One has been sated by having what could only be described as an old-school straightener and has drawn my august blood I can return to my mission, which is to talk to all you poor fuckers who read this about the music I am listening to. Thusly, I am listening to a 14-track sampler from Canadian Rock/Metal PR & Marketing Company C-Squared Music, who are a quite musically promiscuous outfit, considering some of the bands on their roster – the music runs the gamut from the classic female-fronted gothic metal blueprint to some quite interesting and esoteric electronic music. As this is a collection by fourteen different artists, I shall not bore you with extensive descriptions of songs, merely keeping it as brief and factually interesting as possible. Neither will I be finding out the names of the members of fourteen different bands and listing them at the end of this pile of shite you’re reading. If you can wipe your own arses, you can use the power of the internet to do your own research, right?

With your permission I am going to plunge right in…

The Inferno Doll – ‘Ghost Waltz’. Very pleasingly this is in waltz time on the introduction. If it wasn’t I might have become upset and been unpleasant to the band. Ethereal female vocals soar above swirling keyboards, chunky guitars and one of the strangest mixes I have ever heard, where the vocals are waspish and clear and everything else is a muddy mess – the guitar sound is awful, but the song itself is fucking banging. With a producer who knows what they are doing, this could be magnificent.

Lutharo – ‘Will To Survive’. Power metal intro with extraordinarily clear bass line crashes into technical riffage and vocalist trying to vomit up their own lungs, however, she also has a cracking set of pipes for clean and powerful singing and an extraordinary range. The rest of the band are clearly fuelled by amphetamines and play at a breakneck pace. Try moshing to this and you’ll guarantee yourself a stay in hospital. Super clear production adds to the enjoyment of the song. An excellent effort and a good, if not exceptional, heavy metal tune.

Torn Between Two Worlds – ‘All Eyes On Me’. A song I had been waiting for with some anticipation as it is the latest effort from the legendary Sarah Jezebel Deva (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Angtoria) and Chris Rehn. As we know with her work with Angtoria, Sarah has pretty much cornered the market in melancholy gothic metal and Torn Between Two Worlds have not moved particularly far from that successful blueprint. A languid, relaxed vocal is underpinned by slow, poignant riffs and ubergoth keyboards. Think ‘Alone’ by Heart in a heavier, more gothic style and you have the style of this song nailed down. It’s a grower. On my first listen I was sorely disappointed, but on repeated listenings, you begin to pick out delicate little flourishes, the things that turn run of the mill into extraordinary. Not Sarah or Chris’ finest hour (that’s still “God Has A Plan For Us All”), but a fine tune to drive to in the middle of a storm.

Disconnected Souls – ‘Emergence + Divergence’. British genre-benders offer up a beguiling slice of synthwave influenced tech metal with a decided Eastern influence in the break and face melting vocal gymnastics ranging from wispy, enchanting female alto to clean male harmonies and the kind of rasping roar normally reserved for metalcore. The guitars are sharp and brutally accurate, the bass used almost as a third rhythm guitar and the drumming spectacularly demented. Punchy, original and fucking brilliant. To get an idea of the sound of this band, think about a filthy musical orgy between Within Temptation, Master Boot Record and Killswitch Engage. But not Adam D’s shorts. That would be perverse.

Lycanthro – ‘Mark Of The Wolf’. Oh, so fucking Eighties, complete with self-referencing song title, histrionic, high-pitched vocals and the kind of riffs that Accept would have found…acceptable. Fucking nice twin guitar lines throughout the song though. The bass really comes through on the song and it is nice to hear it sinuously wrapping itself around the guitar work. Also includes the kind of galloping guitar and bass playing that Iron Maiden pioneered in the middle of the song, and there’s some tasty soloing if you like that sort of thing. Apparent simplicity in arrangement is disingenuous and the song is rather splendid if you like your metal classic in nature.

Book Of Wyrms – ‘Weatherworker’. A total step change in sound and mood from the previous track. Instead, we have classic influenced (Ten Years After, Wishbone Ash) superfuzz doom, with a classically trained female vocal. Languid, relaxed grooves abound and the song oozes a palpable sense of danger with a fucking groovy middle eight and solo where the pace picks up and the band slot into a slightly higher gear. The drum sound is fucking mightily produced and takes the form of a lead instrument, being the percussive engine of the whole thing. The vocals are set a little too far back in the mix for me, but the bass is front and centre and fucking brilliant. In fact, this song is absolutely fucking excellent.

Herr Nox – ‘Where Shadows Fade’. Spikily technical intro gives way to second rate HIM worship with added industrial and metal bits welded haphazardly and ineptly on. My opinion on Herr Nox is well known, and if you don’t know it, feel free to read my review on Herr Nox’s album on Ever-Metal.com. It wasn’t complimentary. I maintain my opinion that Herr Nox has tried to meld too many influences together and his music is disjointed and jarring, which is a shame because he has a smooth and captivating voice.

In Veil – ‘Lunatic’. Rather more interesting is this Mindless Self Indulgence/Zombie Girl/Human Waste Project/Rob Zombie analogue that describes themselves as gothic industrial synth-pop. Percussive, speedy and pretty unique, keyboards, guitar and sequenced drums smoothly link together and the listening experience is not unlike being at a circus where the performers are all malformed madmen playing with chainsaws and have zero regard for the personal safety of the audience. Never have a front row of people been so trepidacious. Well worth your time and I can’t wait to review their album, which is on my review list. They had better be good though because this has whetted my appetite for In Veil very nicely.

Synesthema – ‘Apollo’s Voyage’. This is where we temporarily leave the realm of heavy metal in all its myriad forms and dive headfirst into electronic music. Synesthema are rather interesting, being a mélange of vapourwave and techno – rather like a combination of Scorn and Pertubator with a bit of Jean Michel Jarre thrown in for good measure. Out and out metal fans will not enjoy this tune. A lack of vocals leaves it to the music to hold your attention to give you an idiosyncratic listening experience that references classic 80’s electropop, VNV Nation and The Anachronist. I rather like it because it’s a step-change to what I normally listen to.

Gaia Guarda (featuring Lindsay Schoolcraft) – ‘I Didn’t Break’. Electronic gothic moodiness enhanced considerably by the august presence of the splendid Canadian multi-instrumentalist and singer, whose ethereal presence adds to the ambience of the quite sparse musicianship of the song. Her simple, lilting delivery allows the music to breathe and the whole piece is a clear case of less is more as simple lines intertwine to devastating effect. Not so much a song as an emotional journey that remarkably doesn’t overstay its welcome and leaves you wanting more.

Chalk Portraits – ‘In Flight’. Very mellow keyboards take their time to get going and it is easy to imagine yourself being suspended in warm water with headphones on and this piece of music allowing you to let go of everything and just float there, relaxed and in a universe composed entirely of you. The sound (with the same simple repeated few notes throughout) is reminiscent of Kraftwerk, but with considerably less Teutonic shiny pop and rather more emotion. For some reason I find this tune both relaxing and ineffably sad at the same time. Its problem is that it meanders about and doesn’t actually seem to go anywhere, musically speaking, which is a shame because I rarely get such an obvious emotional reaction to electronic music. I’d say it was a great record had it had some sort of musical direction.

Spacegoat – ‘Nothing’. Ah, we return to the holy grail of guitar, bass and drums after a brief sojourn elsewhere. Crunchy riffs and a wailing lead line take us to a vocal that owes as much to punk attitude as it does to gothic metal, being as it is clearly not classically trained, but you can hear the effort the vocalist is putting into her delivery. The band sound like they have recorded on classic equipment, having the kind of warmth that only valves can provide and the guitarists even use an e-bow in the middle eight. I haven’t used one of those since the mid-nineties. I do have a problem with the production of the cymbals. The crash cymbal is ever-present and overwhelming in my right ear and it detracts from what is an engaging mélange between gothic metal and math metal and an excellent, emotional vocal performance. Also, an object lesson on why you should name your band carefully. Spacegoat conjures up images of hyperstoned bearded dudes playing the same riff for ten minutes straight, not technical metal.

Art Of Departure – ‘Art Of Departure’. Ooooh, this is interesting and immediately reminds me of a band I reviewed recently called Dead Coyote, being piano and harpsichord led extragothic rock. As I am a sad old goff, I am immediately drawn to this and am enjoying being transported back to The Batcave and The Banshee, where ladies with terrifying make up and even more terrifyingly tight basques would ethereally wave their hands in front of their face after seven pints of snakebite or several Bloody Marys. Crooning male vocals overlay ghostly female backing vocals and the solo is performed by violin and violoncello rather than guitar. Pretty Damned (“Phantasmagoria” era The Damned were an obvious influence on Art Of Departure) good, actually. Not one for the metal purist, though, which is ironic as this is the solo project of the drummer from Tristania.

Duncan Evans – ‘Breathe’. We return to the world of electronic music for the final cut on this compilation of the delights of C-Squared Music, with Leeds-based WaxWorm founder Duncan Evans singing an impassioned vocal over a background of quasi-industrial synthwave. Duncan’s performance here reminds me of a more gothic Ultravox or OMD and proves more than satisfactorily that electronic music CAN have a soul and be dripping raw red emotion and stand easily up to metal for power. A short song, lasting just two minutes and forty-two seconds, ‘Breathe’ easily beguiles and draws you into a world of pain and sadness and is a fine, passionate end to this compilation.

So, there we have it, fourteen tracks ranging from gothic splendour to metal power and bleak electronic perfection. There are a couple of missteps along the way but in general this is a very, very good album indeed and more than adequately showcases a roster bursting with raw talent and promising futures. I’d have a punt on it if I were you, folks.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards C-Squared Music’s Underground Special 9/10. As an exploration of the underground of the extreme music scene, it is worth its weight in gold. As a record it has a mark deducted because I feel it could have been more carefully curated as some of the transitions between metal and electronic are quite jarring. However, that’s just me being a bit of a snobbish cunt. Bonsoir, mes petits enfants terribles!!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Ghost Waltz – The Inferno Doll
02. Will To Survive – Lutharo
03. All Eyes On Me – Torn Between Two Worlds
04. Emergence + Divergence – Disconnected Souls
05. Mark Of The Wolf – Lycanthro
06. Weatherworker – Book Of Wyrms
07. Where Shadows Fade – Herr Nox
08. Lunatic – In Veil featuring Sam Astaroth
09. Apollo’s Voyage – Synesthema
10. I Didn’t Break – Gaia Guarda featuring Lindsay Schoolcraft
11. In Flight – Chalk Portraits
12. Nothing – Spacegoat
13. Art Of Departure – Art Of Departure
14. Breath – Duncan Evans

LINKS:
The Inferno Doll
https://www.facebook.com/theinfernodoll

Lutharo
https://www.facebook.com/LutharoOfficial/

Torn Between Two Worlds
https://www.facebook.com/SarahJezebelDeva

Lycanthro
https://www.facebook.com/Lycanthrokills

Disconnected Souls
https://www.facebook.com/disconnectedsouls

Book Of Wyrms
https://www.facebook.com/Bookofwyrms/

Herr Nox
https://www.facebook.com/Herrnoxofficial/

IN Veil feat. Sam Astaroth
https://www.facebook.com/INVeil92

Synesthema
https://www.facebook.com/synesthema/

Gaia Guarda feat. Lindsay Schoolcraft
https://www.facebook.com/gaiaguardamusic
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/

Chalk Portraits
https://www.facebook.com/ChalkPortraits

Spacegoat
https://www.facebook.com/space.goat.band

Art Of Departure
https://www.facebook.com/artofdeparture/

Duncan Evans
https://www.facebook.com/duncanevansmusic

C Squared Music:

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Wired THC

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Control The Storm

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Shackled

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Beermageddon 2021 – Day 1 – Cuttin’ Edge

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cardiff, Wales based Hard Rock/Metal/Pop project, Toothdrinker. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Hi! We’re Toothdrinker and we play a weird mix of hard rock, metal and pop – got to have a variety when you’re making a rock opera!

At this stage, Toothdrinker is more of a project than a traditional band. I started it at the beginning of 2020 as a side-project, while trying to get my then-main band ready for gigging. I had an idea for a rock opera based around the Resident Evil series and thought it’d be fun to write and demo a few songs as proof of concept.

When the pandemic happened, my main band fell apart due to totally understandable shifts in everybody’s lives. I decided to keep writing beyond my proof of concept, and it shortly spiralled in to me deciding I’d write and record a whole album as a DIY project. Being a backing vocalist at best though, I needed to get some singers on board – fortunately, my partner Elly (of Hubert’s Friend) has an amazing set of pipes and was very up for being involved. Then, over time a range of other great singers joined such as Kyle from Seven Sisters and Helgi from Ring of Gyges. I also managed to enlist the help of a couple of friends to contribute some additional lead guitars and voila, our album “Last Escape” is ready!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is a term for a half-vampire, half-human called a ‘dhampir’. Apparently, this literally translates to ‘toothdrinker’ in Albanian. I’m not sure how accurate that is or if it’s just one of those things bandied around the internet, but I thought ‘toothdrinker’ sounded great and was suitably horror-themed.

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

When I started the album, I was living in London, England where I’ve spent most of my life. Against all odds, London’s metal scene still seems to thrive which is great.

Around 9 months ago, I moved to Cardiff, Wales. Moving in the thick of pandemic, obviously live music has been on a bit of a pause. However, Cardiff has a very strong rock and metal scene with local acts galore – I’m excited to start experiencing it first-hand.

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

On 24th September, we’ll release the first single from the album – ‘Valentine’s Day’. The album itself, “Last Escape”, will come out 19th November.

“Last Escape” Album Teaser

https://www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker/videos/168730205263618

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to list, but with this project specifically, a lot of the concept is informed by my love of Savatage. Their melding of pseudo-Broadway songs and heavy metal on ‘Gutter Ballet’ and ‘Streets’ has always stuck with me. I love all eras of the band, but those two albums have a particular place in my heart.

Stylistically though, I’m not sure Toothdrinker sounds much like Savatage. Song-writing-wise, I’ve always been hugely inspired by Ginger from The Wildhearts – his ability to cram riff after riff after riff in to a song and punctuate it with catchy choruses is definitely what I attempt to do!

What first got you into music?

Probably my mum playing “Led Zeppelin IV” on repeat during childhood car journeys.

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

Oof, there are an absolute ton. Ginger Wildheart would obviously be great, as I know he’d write something incredibly catchy. It’d also be amazing to work with a band like Svalbard and learn how they make their music so incredibly atmospheric.

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

Wacken’s got to be the dream, right?

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

We’ve only just started out, so nothing!

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

Seeing as this is our first release, I doubt we have fans yet – but thank you for listening!

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

I’m not sure I want the power of necromancy, but Peter Steele would definitely suit being undead.

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

Writing songs and writing songs, ha!

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

More diversity, less discrimination.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! “Prince Of The Poverty Line” by Skyclad is always near the top.

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

You do you. I like physical media, but my house is also filled with lots of plastic!

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

None yet.

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

My day job, which I am still doing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It’d be the other contributors to Toothdrinker – I’ve not met all of them in real life, and it’d be amazing to get them all together.

What’s next for the band?

With the first album just about to go out, that’s the big focus for us. I’ve got ideas for other things down the line, but that’ll be a way off.

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

www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker
www.instagram.com/toothdrinker/
www.twitter.com/ToothdrinkerInc

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Now this is the hard-hitting stuff. My view is that they are technically a cake, but function as a biscuit – like a tomato is a fruit you treat like a vegetable.

I’m sure this is deeply controversial, so please send all Jaffa Cake related hate-mail to our socials.

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

We hope you enjoy the album and thank you for taking the time to read this!

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EMQ’s with TELMA

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EMQ’s with TELMA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Larisa, Greece based Metal band, Telma. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Our name is Telma and we play metal! Descriptively, we would say that we are playing a combination of modern groove metal with old school elements. Sharp and fast riffs lined with old-fashioned vocals and guitar leads and solos, making the end result both heavy and emotional.

The band began its formation when the two brothers Markos (guitar) and Filip (bass) met Mike (drums) and started jamming. After three or four-months Mike introduced Anthony(vocals) to the other two, whom he knew from a previous band they had. After that we jammed a little harder and the result of that is our first album. We started the recording process in September 2020 with the help from George Margaritopoulos, who is a very close friend and also the producer of “Eternal”, our upcoming album. The album was finished somewhere around April 2021 and in May 2021 the last member was added to our group, Kostas(guitar)! From May until now we have been rehearsing and promoting our work via social media. We can’t wait to start playing some shows and we hope things with the pandemic get better soon for everybody’s sake! And that’s the story of Telma so far!

How did you come up with your band name?

Telma comes from a Greek word which means something like a dead end and it was an idea of our guitarist Markos. It sounded cool and went well with the topics of our upcoming album, as well as our style of music.

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

We are from Larisa, Greece. The scene in our city is not particularly big but all bands know each other and there is mutual support between us. As for our country, there are awesome metal bands that are showing the way to everyone such as Septicflesh, Rotting Christ and lately some more heavy rock bands like 1000Mods, Planet of Zeus and others that were able to get past Greece’s border and are touring all around the world. Also, there is a big underground scene that many are not aware of but Greece produces a lot of good music. There are many bands that have all the potential to go viral but unfortunately the economic situation in the country has been a real struggle for everyone the last few years and that is not very helpful.

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

We have released two single video clips, Perfect Storm and Bipolar Distress from our upcoming full-length album which was released on the 20th of August.

‘Bipolar Distress’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Perfect Storm’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of our greatest influences from the older to the more recent ones are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Nevermore, Alice in Chains, Slipknot, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Gojira and Tesseract. We all have different tastes in music but these are the most common between all of us and have clearly impacted our music.

What first got you into music?

The specific reason for our members differs but mostly we think it was the era we grew up with where there was a lot of rock and metal music coming out and many bands were forming everywhere.

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

Corey Taylor, hands down! (Sorry Anthony).

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

We really like Wacken Festival, Download and Resurrection. But, of course, we wouldn’t say no to any festival anywhere in the world.

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

3kg of lamb chops by a local tavern

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

Be kind to each other, we aren’t here for long, so better make life easier and peaceful for everyone. And support your local scene!

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

Dimebag Darrell, because he had a lot more to offer and also because of the way he passed away.

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

Writing new songs and creating music and of course playing live in front of people. We hate cables that don’t work and drumsticks that break.

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

Marketing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nevermore – “Dead Heart In A Dead World”.

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

We grew up with cassettes and CD’s but now you can’t ignore the convenience of downloads and the quality of the vinyl. We basically love everything!

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

Unfortunately, we were formed during the pandemic and the scene right now is pretty dead in Greece. We have a secret show coming up and we hope to start playing from September.

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

The truth is that we are not musicians, not professionally at least. Four of us are engineers and Kostas is an agriculturist. We like what we do but people need some escape, and the band is perfect for that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Carl Sagan, Karl Marx, Jesus Christ and Dwight Schrute.

What’s next for the band?

Next for the band is to start playing shows and showing people our work, same as all the bands that are on pause due to the corona situation.

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We mostly use Facebook and Instagram for updates to our work, news and shows coming up. Our music will be available on all major platforms such as Youtube, Spotify, Bandcamp, Tidal etc.
www.telma.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/TelmaBand
www.instagram.com/telma_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/06NS2fnkXepEdHlJtQB9Jn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQuuE3E1r2hpEM8S7vCCvow

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank YOU for the interview! We hope you enjoy our music, and we hope to come and play a show near you sometime! Peace!

Telma

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EMQ’s with WE ARE SOVEREIGN

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EMQ’s with WE ARE SOVEREIGN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with East Midlands, UK based Metal/Synth band, We Are Sovereign. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

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

To start off with thanks for having us Ever Metal!

Laura: My name’s Laura Russell and I’m one of the two vocalists of We Are Sovereign. The scary one who screams and makes devil noises haha.

Ash: I’m Ash Ho and I’m the clean vocalist.

Sebastian: I’m Sebastian Foster and I play guitar for We Are Sovereign.

Sam: I’m Sam Maltby and I play the bass for We Are Sovereign.

Alfie: My name’s Alfie Wickham and I play the drums for We Are Sovereign!

Laura: I started creating the band back in 2019 in a tiny apartment bedroom in Chaddesden, Derby. After being in bands since I was 15 drumming and screaming, along the way, I felt I never got to express my creativity or ideas freely or to their full potential. I also felt I was always around the wrong people or people I couldn’t relate to or felt I was around people who saw it as more of a hobby than a serious potential career. I decided to start from the very beginning and get everything written and ready to go alongside my childhood friend Arran Bee. The next step was finding members to get on board who were as passionate and committed to the vision of the band as I was. That was the start of We Are Sovereign being created.

In April of 2019 I then went on to find Ash through an advert on join my band. We both began working on vocals for a good year with the foundations I had before we then came across Sam, Alfie and Sebastian in 2020. We also found Sam and Alfie through join my band and Sebastian was introduced to us through Alfie’s Dad. We have a lot to thank join my band for haha! It was only really in 2020 that things really started to get moving and we found a majority of the members. We recorded all the instruments in September 2020 and that’s when things started to become real and we knew we finally had movement. The pandemic held us back quite a lot and we had a lot of mad stuff thrown our way to overcome but on a positive we had more time to really put our heads down and make sure the music and vocals were the best they possibly could be for us.

We recorded the vocals for our debut single in April this year and filmed our first official music video in June with Loki Films. We can’t wait for you to see and hear it!

How did you come up with your band name?

In the very early days of forming We Are Sovereign Laura and a potential member at the time sat down and wrote down loads of band name ideas and that one was the final one chosen that stood out and represented the band’s story. The band name idea evolved from the concept of being in loads of bands previously and with us all getting older this realistically is our last shot of making our dreams come true as musicians. We Are Sovereign stands for the representation that this band we feel is the highest we’ve ever felt musically and visually amongst everything we’ve ever been a part of.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

Laura: I was originally born in Blackpool but now I currently live in Derby in the East Midlands and the Metal and Rock scene is not too bad you know. We have The Hairy Dog which is a really good venue and place to chill. There’s a few venues and bars in Nottingham that are decent. It’s nothing compared to London or Manchester but it’s pretty cool for what it is.

Ash: I’m from Derby in the East Midlands, there’s a lot of fans of the scene, just not so many bands, not that I know of anyway, but I hope to see a few more come out the woodwork.

Sebastian: I’m from Nottingham and the Metal & Rock scene is really good, we have a fair few metal and rock bars!

Sam: Nottingham and it’s quite small, we’re hoping to change that.

Alfie: I’m from Nottingham, I don’t really know what the scenes like here, pretty quiet I guess? It won’t be soon though…

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is called ‘Bridges Burnt Lessons Learnt (Betrayal)’ featuring Ryan Tuck O’Leary from Fit For A King.

Depending on when you read this it’s released on the 20th August at 9am (UK) alongside our first official debut video premiering on Youtube.

Pre-save:
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wearesovereign/bridges-burnt-lessons-learnt-betrayal

Here’s the link to come join us for our video premiere:

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band every single member has such broad influences and music taste. If we had to give band influences based on the music being written it’d be Blessthefall, A Day To Remember, Eyes Set To Kill and early Bullet For My Valentine.

Laura: I’d say for me it’s such a broad thing. One minute I’ll be listening to AC/DC ,next it’ll be Motionless In White, My Chemical Romance (“Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” album), Chimaira, A Day To Remember, to 90’s Dance music to Biggie Smalls and then to Chris Stapleton. I absolutely love all kinds of genres of music and feel they all have an influence. Vocally I’d say my massive influences growing up were Oli Sykes, Mitch Lucker and also Brody Dalle. The song that made me want to pick up a microphone and learn how to scream properly was ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ by Bullet For My Valentine the line “LETS GOOOOO” I used to spend hours in the music room at college until my throat was sore trying to get it. I remember going to the Kerrang tour, I think it was 2005 and seeing Bullet live and I knew, at that point, I wanted to really be a vocalist. I’d also say Blink 182 the self-titled album, Panic At The Disco, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and My Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge really influenced me to experiment a lot more writing vocals and instruments as those albums are absolute masterpieces. I also absolutely love my Pop Punk!

Ash: Growing up the first ever band I ever listened to was Linkin Park. I began listening to bands like Blink 182, Sum 41 and softer stuff like Busted. I slowly began to venture out of rock into different genres like rap and grime but always found heavy music to be my true love and truly found love within Metalcore. Bands that potentially influence me vary from different stems of Rock and Metal. I’ll listen to A Day To Remember but flick to All Time Low, I think there’s nothing more sonically pleasing than clean vocals back to back with filthy screams. Cleans and Screams and the vocal harmonies truly cut the soul. I also love to jam out bands like Blessthefall, Too Close To Touch, Sleeping With Sirens, and Coldrain.

Alfie: Bring Me The Horizon were the first heavy band I properly got into and inspired me to get into the whole genre. Slipknot and Joey Jordison are the main influence in making me want to be a drummer and also a massive influence on my style of playing and fills I write and use. I then got into hardcore, which I was instantly attracted to, because of the pain and trauma constantly projected within their songs, not forgetting the simplistic heavy as breakdowns that just make you want to tear the place up. I love to listen to BMTH, Slipknot, Infant Annihilator, Knocked Loose, Asking Alexandria, Code Orange and Silent Generation they’re proper edgy and different. I’d say now my style is a blend of all of the above and I just love to bang drums like a mad man.

Sebastian: My music influences are AC/DC, that’s where my passion for music truly began. My Mum and Dad were always blasting Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Metallica so, of course, I now love all those guys. I’m also a huge Slipknot fan and take a lot of inspiration from them when writing riffs to jam to. Growing up, the bands I felt myself going back to, were Megadeth, Bullet For My Valentine, Metallica, BMTH, Lamb of God, Pantera and many more. I just fell in love with the fast chugging and brutal riffs that make you insanely bang your head and for me all those bands made be a better guitarist.

Sam: My influence that got me into bass was Blink 182, specifically Mark and Tom. I started on guitar then moved to Bass. I learned to play in the style of Blink even down to my pick strumming. Enter Shikari is the biggest influence on my music, always changing and never becoming predictable which is what We Are Sovereign are aiming to achieve. AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin were the bands that made me listen to music as, before that, I dismissed it. I felt without purpose as I don’t like sports and had little in the way of hobbies. Music filled that hole and I started playing it and writing my own.

What first got you into music?

Laura: I was surrounded by music at a very young age, my parents were always playing it in the car, in the house, my older brother was always blaring his music out from his bedroom. It was when I started secondary school that things really started. I remember seeing a drum kit in the music room and I was like I want to play that. I self-taught myself how to play the drums then eventually over the years transitioned to a vocalist as I knew that’s where my heart was at. It was just the feeling it gave me. I was just so fascinated by every song I heard from a very young age. No matter where I was I just always wanted to listen to music.

Ash: Singing in the halls of Primary School I guess, used to sing every Wednesday and I used to love it!

Sebastian: My Mum and Dad listening to bands like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Electric Light Orchestra.

Sam: Initially it was because I really wanted to play the songs I listen to!

Alfie: I started playing the drums in year 5, but my sister got me into heavy metal from as young as I can remember.

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

Laura: For me it would have to be Bring Me The Horizon. I listened to all their albums growing up and Oli Sykes was a huge influence on me vocally. I’d love to sit down with them and write a song. I’d be so fascinated to see what we’d create as it seems Oli’s imagination is as crazy as mine. It’d be a dream come true! Maybe one day, you never know.

Ash: Most likely be Bring Me The Horizon, they’re really diverse so would like to mix the bands together for a jam or something.

Sebastian: If I could collaborate with a musician it would be Slipknot because they are very creative and I really enjoy their music.

Sam: Definitely would have to be Sam Carter!

Alfie: Enter Shikari, they all seem like the soundest geezers and their style of music would work so well with ours!!! We could have some mental dubstep breakdowns.

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

Laura: For me it’d definitely have to be Download Festival. I’ve been a few times and it’d be an absolute dream come true to be up on that stage. It’s literally up the road from me as well!

Ash: Download, it’s close to home and all my friends and family could be there so I could do the show, watch the other bands then go to my own bed. Awesome!

Sebastian: Download Festival because I’ve been going ever since I was a little kid and it has always been a dream of mine.

Sam: Download festival.

Alfie: I would love to play Download festival in my hometown, I love going there and it would be an honour to play for my city, plus it was the first time I ever saw Slipknot live which was insane.

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

Laura: I haven’t actually received anything weird as of yet haha…watch me receive a pube in an envelope next week! When I was in my old band I did receive something that will forever stay with me. I got a message from a girl who said she wanted to write to me because my lyrics really resonated with her and helped her through some tough times. I was then sent a drawing of myself which was absolutely incredible and a really long personal note explaining what she’d been through and how much the lyrics/music helped her get by. It really hit me hard and meant so much. I’ve still got it framed and stored safe. It definitely wasn’t weird but something I received from a fan and will forever cherish.

Ash: Unfortunately, I’ve never had the honour of receiving anything weird.

Sebastian: The weirdest thing I have received from a fan is a hip flask.

Sam: Some flowers because I’ve never asked or been interested in flowers haha.

Alfie: I’ll answer this question again when I have some, does my girlfriend count?

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

Laura: I’d say please stay true to yourself. Be proud of who you are and don’t ever change for anybody! I’m gay and I’m proud I had an operation to have my chest removed because it didn’t feel like me and I’m proud, so you should be proud of who you are no matter what it is. I’d also say don’t ever give up on what you believe in. No matter what life throws at you, you have to keep going. I had to overcome so many obstacles before and in the making of We Are Sovereign and I got there, so can you!

Ash: Love to those who support me, thanks to those that doubt me, each add fuel to the growing fire.

Sebastian: Never give up on yourself!

Sam: Try all music, don’t be close minded to one genre.

Alfie: Don’t change the way you are for anybody, always stay true to what you believe in, regardless of your environment. People are easily influenced.

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

Laura: It’d have to be the legendary Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence. I sadly never got to see him live so I’d do anything to bring him back to witness that.

Ash: Damn straight it would be Chester Bennington.

Sebastian: If I could bring back someone from the dead it would be Dimebag Darrel.

Sam: Chester Bennington without a doubt!

Alfie: Joey Jordison!

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

Laura: Top of the list has to be playing shows and having fans relate to your music. That’s the best feeling on earth. Being able to write lyrics about what you’re feeling inside and what you’ve experienced and to then be able to scream them from the top of your lungs live is a different kind of therapy in itself. I also love seeing everything come to life from the demo process to the big studio. I’ll be brutally honest. I secretly love but also hate filming music videos. I get so nervous because you have to look your best at all times and have cameras so close to your face there’s no hiding anything hahaha. You can’t pick a filter or have complete control over every clip so you have to just kind of accept what comes back.

Ash: Singing obviously, I just love to sing and there’s not much I’ve really grown to hate yet.

Sebastian: I enjoy most the way playing the guitar can change my mood instantly, the thing I hate is stereotypes.

Sam: I love to see fans lose themselves in the music! I hate some of the toxic behaviour in the crowds.

Alfie: Being able to create music in my head and then put it into real life, I love the feel you get when you’re performing with your band mates too, the spiritual connection is mad. I hate getting sweaty, I hit so hard.

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

Laura: It’d definitely be the way female vocalists are perceived. I feel before anybody hears my vocals they automatically presume the worst just because I’m female. From speaking to many people over the years it always comes up in conversation that they have a bad perception of female screamers and that they never expect them to be decent. I want to change this! I feel I can give a lot of guys a run for their money and probably have a bigger pair of (imaginary) balls. There are some incredible female metal vocalists in the industry.

Ash: Buying and reselling tickets. Imagine trying to buy tickets to see your favourite band but you can only find tickets triple the price? You really won’t pay that and it’s not fair on the fans.

Sebastian: If I could change one thing it would be the price of things, e.g., concerts and festivals.

Sam: Make it so bands have equal or more say than labels as they dictate everything a band can do a lot of the time.

Alfie: People should have no judgement, listen to everything without jumping to conclusions, think about the deeper meaning and the genuine creativity that’s gone into it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Laura: One of my favourite albums has to be Bullet For My Valentine – “The Poison”. It’s the reason I started screaming and it goes without saying every track on that album is incredible! I remember hearing ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ for the first time and I spent forever trying to do the legendary line “LETTTS GOOOOOOOO” until my throat was sore, I even puked once I screamed so hard haha (warming up back then was a mystery to me haha I had no idea it existed)! Another one that has to be mentioned is My Chemical Romance – “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge”. Absolute masterpiece. I feel the same listening to it as I did 17 years ago.

Ash: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park is just god tier…

Sebastian: “Dark Side Of The Moon” – Pink Floyd.

Sam: “Common Dreads” by Enter Shikari definitely.

Alfie: “Count Your Blessings” – Bring Me The Horizon.

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

Laura: I’d have to say all three. I’m a sucker for wanting the physical copies. I tend to go more for vinyls as I have a vinyl player in the house but no CD player haha. I’m a huge A Day To Remember fan and have all their albums on limited edition cassettes and just looking at them makes me happy. Is that weird? probably hahahaha!

Ash: Downloads, probably the cheaper way to go but you’ll never have the nostalgia of owning a CD or cassette.

Sebastian: Vinyl for me!

Sam: CD’s all the way for me.

Alfie: CD’s, only because I used to spend all my pocket money on CD’s from as young as I can remember. Still have most of them now and I still listen to the same albums too.

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

Unfortunately, due to us forming and completing the line-up in the midst of the pandemic we haven’t actually played a live show as We Are Sovereign yet. We’re currently working hard in the practice room on our live set to bring you the best performance we can. We can’t wait to see you all on tour!

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

Laura: If I didn’t have We Are Sovereign I’d go back to being a drum teacher for a rock school which was an amazing job I had, or I’d definitely have gone down the path of being a videographer or something in the video/film world. I have so much fascination on how tv programmes, films, music videos are made haha I can’t just watch things normally like everybody else. I’m like…wow, I wonder how they made that look so real or wow, I love how they cleverly edited that. I’m such a geek for it haha.

Ash: An alcoholic because my dreams wouldn’t come true.

Sebastian: If I wasn’t a musician I would be a mechanic.

Sam: I’d be a Police officer.

Alfie: I’d be extremely unhappy, I would be at university still but I wouldn’t have my hobby, and everybody needs to be happy!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Laura: It’d have to be Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, Angus Young from AC/DC, Travis Barker from Blink 182, Jeremy McKinnon from A Day To Remember and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance. I’d also invite Julia Davies (Comedian) she can sit on my knee hahaha.

Ash: Chester Bennington, James Hetfield, M. Shadows, Ozzy Osborne and Oli Sykes. What to feed them is another question.

Sebastian: Ozzy Osborne, Angus Young, Robert Plant, Guy Martin and Corey Taylor.

Sam: Rou Reynolds, Tom Delonge, Keith Richards, Liam Gallagher & Carl Barat.

Alfie: Juice WRLD, Lil Peep, Joey Jordison, Yolandi, Ninja.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we’re currently polishing up our next single which we’re going to be heading into the studio very soon to record vocals for. All the music is done, it’s just vocals that need recorded going forward so we’re really excited to get moving with that! We’re also working behind the scenes creating the plans and foundations for the second music video. We can’t wait for you to hear what we’re coming with next. Let’s just say no We Are Sovereign song is the same!

Behind the scenes we’re also rehearsing hard and working on our live set ready for shows!

We’re going to be releasing as much music as we can and playing as many shows as we can to spread the word and music of We Are Sovereign.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/6YEf6jQQxNp6PWRJGFIh1R
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/we-are-sovereign/1576062406
www.instagram.com/wearesovereignofficial/
www.twitter.com/W3AR3SOV3R3IGN
www.facebook.com/wearesovereignband
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxuPzKDKXkiS-j6iqp18S6Q
www.tiktok.com/@wearesovereignukband

Here’s the link to pre save our debut single if this interview comes out before release on the 20/08:
www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wearesovereign/bridges-burnt-lessons-learnt-betrayal

If you’re reading this after the 20/08 get yourself to youtube and watch our debut video now:
www.youtu.be/or-sYi5EOzM

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Laura: I’m a northern spruce so I’m 100% saying it’s a biscuit hahaha. If you wouldn’t put it in front of somebody on their birthday, with a candle in it, then it’s illegal to be called a cake. Jaffa cakes are something you’d have with a cup of tea. A cake is more like a granny Battenburg or whatever they’re called hahaha If anybody says it’s a cake send them to me. They have to use one as a wedding cake to prove me otherwise.

Ash: Bruuhhh it’s a cake! Chocolate, orange jam/jelly thing then sponge at the bottom, biscuits are hard and crunchy and I hope you give the same reasoning!

Sebastian: Jaffa cake is a biscuit sized cake hahahaha.

Sam: Cake, it’s in the name.

Alfie: It’s a cake in biscuit form.

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

Thanks for having us and thank you to any fans that support our music. We love you!

If you’re reading this after the 20/08 get yourself to youtube and watch our debut video now. If you’re reading it before, hit that subscribe button and set yourself a reminder.

www.youtu.be/or-sYi5EOzM

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