EMQ’s with COLLEGE RADIO

EMQ’s with COLLEGE RADIO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Seattle, WA based Pop Punk Rock band College Radio. 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?

What’s up we are College Radio from Seattle, WA.

Gordon: I play guitar and sing.

Taylor: I Play guitar and sing.

Evan: I play bass and sing.

Mike: The Drum’s play me.

Gordon: Brief history of the band. I started College Radio just after leaving a band called “Enterprise Earth” I’ve spent the last couple of years playing heavier music aka deathcore. Played in “I Declare War” from 2012-2016 then Enterprise Earth 2016-2017

CR originally started with former drummer Cody and former Bass player Dylan.  Taylor joined shortly after we played all over the PNW with lots of killer acts. Come the fall of 2019 Evan took over bass duties as well as shared lead vocals with myself. And now we have this amazing line up with Myself, Taylor, Evan and new drummer Mike.

Evan: My other band was actually opening for College Radio on Halloween, and we must’ve done a good job, because right after we were done, Gordon came up to me (and this is Halloween, so I am dressed like Scott Pilgrim and he is in full day of the dead make up) And he asked me “hey, do you do any other bands? Do you want to?” And the rest was history

How did you come up with your band name?

Gordon: Originally, I wanted to call the band “Growing Pains” but the style I first started writing in just didn’t fit and sorta just stumbled upon College Radio and it stuck!! We would eventually use Growing Pains as a track title. But that’s for a different time

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

Gordon: We are from the west coast/left coast/ Pacific North West and our music scene is freaking amazing. We have so many talented musicians in Seattle and Portland. Lots of love and lots of musicians who are working very hard.

Acts like “Avoid, Fiore, Into The Flood, Dragged Under, No Home, Amber Pacific, MxPx, Nedder, Green Lake Basement, Less Than Three, Kids On Fire, The Drowns, The Home Team, IDW, Moneta, The Classic Crime, Pretty Awkward, Midnight Movie…. the list is huge and that’s just some off the top of my head!!

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

Gordon: Our latest Release would be our single ‘Shine On’, Dec/Jan music video as well. Still very fresh but we also have a new single ‘Untitled’ dropping this month (July) via Third String Records and more to come 😉

Shine On (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gordon: I will have to say Alkaline Trio, Green Day, Blink 182, NFG, Jawbreaker, The Clash….so many to name lol

Evan: The Bouncing Souls and NoFX for heavy bass and catchy sing-alongs, Big D and the Kid’s Table and Reel Big Fish, Because you can never be too poppy or fun, and Say Anything and Oingo Boingo, because I try to never let genre be a constraint. There’s always room to be weird, for a weird chord, or an orphan measure, or a time change.

What first got you into music?

Gordon: My dad used to quiz me on classic rock bands when I was little.

Taylor: I first got into music at the age of three or four when my parents would play me the Elton John greatest hits album in the car. I still blast that album in my car to this day lol.

Evan: My mom would play classical music in the car when she drove me to school every morning. It was cool how the songs were able to elicit so many feelings and evoke so many abstract concepts, without ever using words, just expressing those ideas through the music.

Mike: Same as Gordon my dad would annoyingly quiz me every time we were in the car with the classic rock station. He would also sit me down in the middle of the living room with surround sound and have me listen to record’s like Styx, Boston, Deep purple, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy and Supertramp etc. So grateful now that he felt the need to instil his love of music to me!

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

Gordon: Most def Matt or Dan from Trio or Travis from Blink!!!

Taylor: Mike Herrera of MxPx for sure

Evan: Fred Armisen

Mike: Tobin Abasi or Tim Henson

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

Gordon: I think for me either Download fest or any big open-air fest in Europe!!!

Taylor: I would love to play Riot Fest in Chicago because the hype is real over there

Evan: FYF (Fuck Yeah Fest). It’s in the middle of Chinatown in downtown LA, the sound is surprisingly amazing, and it’s super eclectic and fun.

Mike: Aftershock festival in my hometown of Sacramento, CA!

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

Gordon: hmmm that’s tough when I was in IDW we would get some really weird things but nothing too weird yet in CR lol

Taylor: Back in the day I played an acoustic set at warped tour and after I was done playing someone gave me an old beaten up hat that looked like it was stopped on after a mosh pit, so I took it and said “thanks dude”.

Evan: I haven’t gotten a lot of gifts, but after a show one time, a fan told me I had “ The best feet in pop punk,” and I’m still trying to figure that one out.

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

Gordon: Go support local music cause without the fans supporting their local scene there would be nothing.

Evan: Thank you so much for listening to us! We would still be doing this, even if no one was listening, but the fact that you are makes it a lot more fun

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

Gordon: Freddy Mercury

Taylor: John Lennon

Evan: John Bonham, the drummer for The Who. Not only was he hugely influential in the formation of heavy music, but he basically made the blueprint for so many staples of rock ‘n’ roll culture, like smashing instruments, trashing hotel rooms, and acting like a complete maniac. He’s a personal hero of mine.

Mike: Bonham played for Zeppelin Evan and the drummer for The Who was Keith Moon.  I would personally bring back a visionary like Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix.

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

Gordon: I enjoy creating the most and a have a love hate relationship with recording lol.

Taylor: I’ve always loved playing shows and meeting new people to hang out with as well as the other bands I would play alongside with. I hate that being a musician doesn’t pay well, but that has never bothered me too much.

Evan: I love that music gives me a chance to communicate my thoughts and feelings to people. I’m terrible at talking about what’s going on with me, but for some reason, if you put a beat behind it, I’m more than willing to tell people all of my deepest darkest secrets. My least favourite part is carrying stuff. Why do so many venues have stairs??

Mike: I love the inexplicable joy I get from progressing at my instrument and hate that I don’t get to do it for a living…yet.

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

Gordon: Maybe more back to the bands.

Taylor: That record labels take better care of their artists.

Evan: I wish what we do was valued a little more. If I made more money doing this, I could focus all of my time on it, and do it more, and better.

Mike: Wish we could revert back to listening to entire album’s as a whole vs living in a “single” driven industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gordon: “Maybe I’ll Catch Fire” – Alkaline Trio.

Taylor: “Pet Sounds” – The Beach Boys.

Evan: “Shed Some Skin” – Slow Gherkin.

Mike: “Out Of The Blue” – E.L.O (Electric Light Orchestra).

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

Gordon: Vinyl all the way!!!!

Taylor: Vinyl’s are good just to have and listen to sometimes but CD’s are good to blast in your car so I would just go with both.

Evan: Vinyl, baby.

Mike: I prefer Vinyl, but they all have their place.

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

Gordon: Sure, we all will say this but sold out Croc show this Jan w/The Classic Crime, Assuming We Survive & Pretty Awkward.

Taylor: Definitely our first sold-out gig with The Classic Crime in February right before the stupid pandemic took place. I would say it was all in good timing.

Evan: The Crocodile show with The Classic Crime and Assuming We Survive. It was sold out, they had Diet Coke in the green room for me, and I saw a dog stage-dive and crowd-surf. You can’t beat that.

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

Gordon: Pro Wrestler:

Taylor: Working as a desk monkey for some big corporation like Microsoft or some shit lol.

Evan: Either a Marine Biologist or a Strip Club DJ. No in between!

Mike: I’ve lost sleep over this question when I doubt my career path and still don’t have an answer so I must be on the right track.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gordon: Chris Farley, Stone Cold, Matt Skiba, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray.

Taylor: Jim Carrey, Kurt Cobain, Brian Wilson, George Harrison, and John Wilkes Booth.

Evan: Noel Fielding, Eric Andre, Andy Falkous (McLusky), Felix Biederman (Chapo Trap House), and Fat Mike.

Mike: The 95/96 Chicago Bull’s starting line-up.

What’s next for the band?

Gordon: We have our single ‘Untitled’ dropping in July and let’s just say a brand-new EP which should be announced sooner than later via Third String Records!!!

Evan: and we’re already a few songs deep into writing our next album!

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

Gordon: We use pretty much all forms of social media, FB, Twitter, IG, Spotify, YouTube etc

Evan: MySpace, LinkedIn, local news comments sections…

www.collegeradiopnw.com/
www.facebook.com/collegeradiopnw/
www.twitter.com/CollegeRadioPNW
www.instagram.com/collegeradiopnw/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gordon: Wait what’s a Jaffa cake?!?? Lol

Evan: I mean, it says cake in the name… but I’ve also never had one or seen one or know what the hell they are, so I guess you tell me.

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EMQ’s with REAVEN

EMQ’s with REAVEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French Pop/Rock band Reaven. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Romeo 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 Romeo, I am the lead singer and guitarist of Reaven. We are a pop/rock band with a touch of electro sounds.

How did you come up with your band name?

After a very long time of research haha!! Reaven is a mix of the French word “rêve” (dream) and the English word “heaven” (a place where most musicians go when they play music, I guess haha). After writing almost 1000 names on the paper, we found it.

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

We are from France. About the metal scene, I guess we have a pretty nice one here, a lot of talented metal bands actually!

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Escape’ (released 13th of May 2020) and our single ‘Hope’ (released 15th of April 2020).

‘Escape’

https://lnkfi.re/reavenescape

‘Hope’

https://lnkfi.re/hopereaven

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me it was The Beatles for sure, I grew up with their music. It is still an inspiration for me today! But also, the whole Woodstock period, and more recently, bands like Kings of Leon, Placebo…”

What first got you into music?

I was really young (5 years old I guess), and we had a piano in my house (my sisters were playing the piano), my family was watching the movie “Elisa”, and there was a soundtrack from Serge Gainsbourg that I heard. I went to the piano, and played the melody by ear. This was my first relationship with an instrument.

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

There are so many!! From Paul McCartney to Muse, Chris Martin, Imagine Dragons…

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

The Sziget Festival maybe because it is the biggest one in Europe.

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

The weirdest was actually the cutest one at the same time. A very young fan gave me a 4-leaf clover stuck on a piece of paper where it was written “I wish you luck”. Absolutely the cutest and unexpected gift I’ve ever had at the end of a show.

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

First of all, that we miss them a lot, and the fact of seeing them at our shows. But be patient, as soon as this difficult time will be over, we will be back on stage!

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

John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury… Ok it was more than one!! haha.

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

I guess, to have a passion for living, and to be free. What I hate the most may be the industry of this work.

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

Everything? haha. To change the old-fashioned ways of doing things in the industry and give more importance to new independent/hard-working people instead of big old majors.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The White Album” by The Beatles.

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

I always really liked CD’s and Vinyl because the item is also a piece of art, and holding it in your hands, discovering the booklet etc… is very cool.

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

The best show for us was maybe during the European tour in 2018 at the Hills of Rock festival in Bulgaria. It is a rock / hard-rock / metal festival and we were kinda the only band playing pop-rock music there. We were headlining the second stage, but we were afraid that the crowd would not appreciate our music. Finally, it turned out to be a great show in front of thousands of people, the audience was incredible.

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

If I wasn’t in the band, I would create companies / start-ups and write books.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Reaven’s crew!!

What’s next for the band?

A new album is about to be released (in 2020 if everything’s ok), we are also rescheduling our European tour & US tour for 2021!!

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

Everything!! Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp, Youtube etc…
www.facebook.com/reavenmusic/
www.twitter.com/REAVENMUSIC
www.instagram.com/reavenmusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A Cakescuit for sure haha!

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

Yes, we hope that you guys are all safe out there, wherever you are!! Take care!!

And if you want to listen to more of our music here you go:

Album “Unbreakable”:

https://kuronekomedia.lnk.to/Unbreakable

Single ‘Electric Love’:

http://lnkfi.re/electriclove

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North of South – New Latitudes

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North Of South – New Latitudes
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running Time: 33:46
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

North Of South, from Spain, was founded by guitarist Chechu Gomez (aka Chechu Nos) and he brings so much to the table musically. This album “New Latitudes” isn’t just pure rock. It is the complete package of metal, with a hint of pop and a dash of Latin influence, all mixed together with great guitar riffs, insane drumming, and both English and Spanish lyrics and so makes for a very powerful album.

The nine tracks on “New Latitudes” cover more than one genre and the changes from one to the other are effortless. There is an almost flamenco hint on some of the tracks, and you really don’t know what’s coming next.

It is truly refreshing to have tracks such as ‘Time Will Tell’, proving Chechu Nos’ voice can range from deep, harsh and gravelly to crystal clear and the incredible drumming makes you wonder how fast the poor guy was actually playing (it sounded exhausting to me). With vocals switching between Spanish and English, you are given a whole new view on “New Latitudes”. It is strangely refreshing that this is not a run of the mill metal album as it just has so much to give. The album has depth yet isn’t overpowering, guitar solos which are just mad, flamenco overtones to the sound, and then changes back to metal all in the same song!! I think it’s safe to say this is truly a different kind of metal.

As a personal preference, I would have loved a few more tracks but we don’t always get what we want and let’s hope, with the intense tracks on this album, there will be plenty more releases in the pipeline. After listening to “New Latitudes” I’m not sure if I should be in a mosh pit or doing flamenco or even trying to create a mix of both! That would make for an interesting dance!

“New Latitudes” was recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s Studios (Marin Spain) which is familiar with the Spanish extreme metal scene, having been involved with bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature.

On the whole, “New Latitudes” is great, with so many different genres covered and yet such a great listen and it’s all wrapped up in one album.

TRACKLIST:
1-The Human Equation
2-Nobody Knows
3-Balance Paradox
4-Before We Die
5-Crystal Waters
6-There’s No Glamour In Death
7-Time Will Tell
8-Faith Is Not A Hope
9-Montreux

Links:
https://northofsouth.es/en/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthOfSouthOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/northofsouthofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQN43eyfE0YZrwM349JZCXw

 
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Airrace – Untold Stories

untold stories cover

Airrace – Untold Stories
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 10/08/2018
Running Time: 44:04
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Although over the years the band has been active intermittently, the roots of Airrace go back quite a while. The band was formed around 1982 by Laurie Mansworth, former guitarist of More (who incidentally are expected to release a comeback album this year). Airrace was also the first recording band of Jason Bonham, son of John…late Led Zeppelin drummer. Although Jason has long since left Airrace, some elements of Led Zeppelin’s music still find their way into this album. For example the riff from ‘Different But The Same’ is strongly reminiscent of Zep’s ‘Black Dog’.

Pop music, Rock and Blues all blend together with excellent results. ‘Summer Rain’ has some choir vocals that work particularly well with the song. ‘Innocent’ struck me as a song Mr Big might have recorded. ‘Here it Comes’ is an infectious mood-brightener. You get the idea. Sharp musicianship all around but all band members are serving the song…and playing those very songs with a vibrant passion.

So don’t expect originality with “Untold Stories” but do expect finely crafted songs with a plentiful supply of hooks. I’m surprised it took me so long to notice this band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Running Out Of Time
2. Innocent
3. Eyes Like Ice
4. Different But The Same
5. New Skin
6. Lost
7. Love Is Love
8. Men From The Boys
9. Summer Rain
10. Come With Us
11. Here It Comes

LINE-UP:
Adam Payne – vocals
Laurie Mansworth – guitar
Rocky Newton – bass
Dhani Mansworth- drums
Linda Kelsey Foster- keys

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

https://www.frontiers.shop/search?sSearch=airrace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqKcEj9w7E (‘Eyes Like Ice’ – Official Lyric Video)

 

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