Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Mannheim, Germany based Post Grunge band, Autumn Tree. 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?

Hey, we are Autumn Tree from Mannheim, Germany. We are playing Post Grunge and we founded the Band in fall 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Denis (Bopp – Guitarist) got the idea after he saw a special tree during a walk in the autumn. And since that day the name ‘Autumn Tree’ stuck in his head.

But we see the Autumn Tree like a lifeline. Sometimes bad things might happen but after rain there will always be sunshine.

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

We come from the South West of Germany. We have some live locations here for all kinds of metal and rock music fans. From Hard Rock to Death Metal.

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

We released our new single ‘Seducción’ on October 30th. There is also a music video which you can find on YouTube at the following link.

‘Seducción’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alter Bridge, Volbeat and Metallica are our top three 😊

What first got you into music?

Probably the music our parents listened to when we were kids.

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

Alter Bridge, Volbeat, Metallica, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown…there are too many great bands out there.

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

I guess it would be Wacken or Rock am Ring. Legendary Festivals.

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

Bikini 😊 and there was one girl who got a tree tattooed, which looks very similar to our first logo.

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

Thank you for all the support! We will continue our way after this pandemic TOGETHER!

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

Very hard question, but one of the musicians who did not commit suicide and I want to live is Dimebag Darrell ! It‘s just a tragedy that he was shot while he was playing guitar…such a shame.

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

We love to write new songs, the friendship between us four and playing live shows (even if only 3 people are standing in front of the stage) are probably the best things of our lifestyle. Arrogant musicians are a pain in the ass. And there are a lot of them.

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

It is hard to get to the top without appropriate contacts. So, for every newcomer band it‘s a very hard and long way. Also, the work musicians put in their projects should be more appreciated. Not only financially, but at live shows and on streaming portals.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

We’ve got a lot of favourite records like “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood” by Volbeat or “One Day Remains“ by Alter Bridge…but it’s a kind of mood that depends what you prefer to listen to.

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


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

We played a support show for Motorjesus in fall 2018. That was fun! Playing our music in such a professional environment really hooked us.

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

There is not another option! 😉

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Michael Poulson, Bear Grylls and Klaus Kinski

What’s next for the band?

We hope to play a lot of shows in 2021. We would like to do our postponed tour through Germany and play all the festivals that were planned for 2020.

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


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?


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

Thank you for the great interview! And to all the readers out there: stay safe and heavy!

©Enrico Markx

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The Rocket Dolls – DeadHead

DeadHead Cover

The Rocket Dolls – DeadHead
Release Date: 06/04/2018
Running time: 44:00
Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond

The Rocket Dolls are a trio of old rock hands hailing from the thriving seaside town of Brighton; they have been around since 2008 and I can’t believe that I’d never heard of them before I received this album, their second, for review. In a way, that’s always a good thing, as it means there are no preconceptions to constrain a review. “Deadhead” features eleven tracks over nearly 45 minutes of listening time and was produced and mixed by Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Dorje).

Opening gambit, ‘None Of This Is Right’ had some interesting effects with a impudent lick and some nice vocals, with a headbangingly heavy finish. I was cautiously optimistic about the rest of the songs after listening to this one.

‘She’s Starting Something Now’ featured a heavy intro, which whisked the listener into a harmony laden, soaring, repetitive refrain with earworm lyrics and some cheeky screams at the end. It was at this point that I started to relax; this was an album that I could enjoy whilst reviewing, rather than the pain of having to merely endure it. That, in itself, is worthy of a half decent review …

The title track featured booming drums, vocal harmonies worthy of Corey Taylor and a dirty little bridge to the chorus. It was impossible to sit still whilst it was playing, too. ‘She Said’ started with a punky, formulaic riff and continued with a poppy feel. Not one of my favourite tracks, but I appreciated the sentiment behind the lyrics.

I enjoyed the whole album, but the best of the rest were the vaguely orchestral and rather beautiful, ‘The Last Thing on My Mind’, the dark ‘Drowning’ and the pacey ‘Strain’. Anyone who has read any of my previous reviews will know that I like my rock dirty and I particularly enjoyed ‘Rusty Bones’, for the seedy riff.

This album gave a really good insight into what this band are about musically and frontman Nikki Smash really opened up with strong themes around his battle with addiction, depression and mental health issues. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the songs are downers, though. The Rocket Dolls have taken some pretty heavy subjects and created a heavy, dark yet uplifting collection of songs. I found it pretty exciting to listen to; it reminded me of all sorts of influences, from Stonesour to Apocalyptica, from Alice in Chains to Theory Of A Deadman; they may not be breaking boundaries as such, but “Deadhead” stands, if not head and shoulders above the competition, then it’s got to be at least a few inches and that is enough to get you noticed and pulled out of the fast flowing stream of dirge that can sometimes demoralise a reviewer.

I’m gutted I missed the tour, but I will definitely catch TRD next time around.

01 None Of This Is Right
02 She’s Starting Something Now
03 DeadHead
04 She Said
05 The Last Thing On My Mind
06 Stop The Dead Men Crying
07 Drowning
08 The Desperate
09 Strain
10 Rusty Bones
11 Trigger



Photo by Tina Korhonen © 2017, all rights reserved.

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