EMQ’s with SCANNER

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EMQ’s with SCANNER

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pennsylvania based, Punk inspired, Hard Rock band Scanner. 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?

My name is Joe Brady, and I play bass and am lead vocalist for Scanner, a roots and punk inspired hard rock band from Pennsylvania, USA. Scanner was formed by me and Junnie Fortney (guitars) in 1979, and later joined by Ray Hawkins (drums).
Scanner’s influences encompass a wide range of styles, including the pioneers of 50’s rock and roll, 60’s hard rock and surf and 70’s hard rock glam and punk.
To date, Scanner has released “Exploding Heads in Harrisburg – Live Recordings From 1982”, “One foot in the grave, and more pissed than ever”, “Splat”, “Under The Devil’s Tail”, and “In Your Head”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name “Scanner” came into being when I read an article in a monster magazine in 1980 about a new movie coming out called “Scanners” and liked the imagery of heads exploding, and imagined it being the effect of hearing Scanner music!

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

USA. I am amazed at the multitude of splinter sub-genres of not only metal, but of all rock and underground music. I’m sure that’s the case globally too, but the USA is so large and has an incredible range of cultural influences, the music really reflects practically every belief system, philosophy, religion, and political leaning. I think it’s a great snapshot into almost every aspect of humanity.

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

We released a five-song EP in the summer of 2018 called “In Your Head”, and have performance music videos out for the songs, “Frankenstein’s Flivver” and “TV Light”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLpaWGvd2nI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLVvpzVsYys

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our main music influences cover a wide and eclectic range of styles: Dead Boys, Ramones, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Flamin’ Groovies, Plasmatics, Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer, Nazareth, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Misfits, Devo, Link Wray, Stray Cats, Deep Purple, Motörhead, and on and on…

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid (at 7 years old in 1966), I tagged along with some of my older brother’s friends to a concert held at the bandstand of our state fair. I didn’t know anything about the band, or what I was listening to, but my little self was blown away. The band was Eric Burdon and the Animals, and I was never the same since!

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

Iggy Pop or Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.

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

Riot Fest, because I attended the Chicago Riot Fest in 2014, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric!

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

Both weird and wonderful was when a fan sent me a 1960’s toy Membrane Man dressed up as Santa for Christmas. We have a song called “Membrane Men” based on that toy, so I was extremely happy and grateful for that.

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

Thanks to everybody who has bought and listened to our music for all of these years, and thanks to our growing base of young fans from all over the world who don’t care if we are three times their ages, but just dig our noise!

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

David Bowie

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

I love the creative process of coming up with new song ideas, then putting it all together, and playing and recording with the band. I really don’t hate anything about it.

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

Oh, I don’t know. It’s evolving and devolving so fast anymore, I can’t keep up with all of it. In an ideal world, there would be more equity in revenue sharing with the artists who actually make the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”; Alice Cooper’s – “Love it to Death”, “Killer”, and “Billion Dollar Babies”; Dead Boys – “Young, Loud, and Snotty”; and David Bowie – “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”.

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

I grew up with Vinyl in the 60’s and 70’s. In addition to the music itself, the art, liner notes, and extras in many LPs, bringing a new record home was an event and sometimes a party with friends.

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

I’d have to say one of our early gigs in 1981-82 in Harrisburg, PA, when at one point in a song, the entire crowd on the dance floor dropped and did the worm. Everybody wiggling on the floor just looked incredible! I wish we had video of that.

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

In addition of my full-time job, I’d be doing more art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Assuming we can utilize a time machine, George Carlin, Ray Bradbury, Wendy O. Williams, Bruno Sammartino, and Alice Cooper!

What’s next for the band?

We are headed for the studio in a few weeks to record our next five-song EP entitled, “Living, Breathing Monstrosities”.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Scanner1979/
https://www.reverbnation.com/scanner
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPkPGl8HtNFdn5C6UHPtSXQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!

 

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EMQ’s with RATKING

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EMQ’s with RATKING

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Hardcore/Punk band Ratking. Huge thanks to guitarist AJ Teo 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’s AJ and I play guitar, we’ve been together about five years now, spawning from the ashes of a bunch of other failed bands.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were at a mate’s house throwing lemons at the fence when a giant rat came out. We dubbed him the ‘Ratking’ and the name stuck.

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

We’re from Australia and it’s a shithouse haha.

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

We recently released a single called ‘Cruel Intent’ along with a video clip too!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Influences in total vary hugely, but specifically for Ratking our influences come from bands such as Wavves and Trash Talk.

What first got you into music?

My father, he’s been a music teacher for 30+ years now. He started me on the guitar when I was just five.

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

We always wanted to collaborate with Ratking, the NYC hip hop group, but they’re dead now, so no real chance of that happening.

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

Knotfest! Purely because it means that Slipknot would know who we are.

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

We’ve never been given any weird gifts, but we also get given weed, which is dope!

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

Flat Earth or Globe Earth?

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

Bohemian Rhapsody!

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

Travelling the world! Not having any money!

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

More money, less problems!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ghost – “Infestissumam”

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

Spotify.

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

Our EP release for “Serf” in February 2018!

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

A full-time Ghost fan!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Papa Emeritus the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Cardinal Copia and my cat’s.

What’s next for the band?

New album, new tours and new video clips!

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

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y2g8h6zu

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had a jaffa cake before, but from the sounds of it, probs a biscuit?

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

Thank you!

 

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

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EMQ’s Here’s one from The NECROSEXUAL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia based Black/Thrash/Crossover Punk/Metal act the Necrosexual. Huge thanks to him 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?

I’ve performed as a comedian and video correspondent for Metal Injection since 2012. Musically, I released my debut album “GRIM-1” in 2018, and wasted no time delivering my second cumming entitled “The Gory Hole Overture In F#”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I have a dark sense of humour, and I charge my performances with sexual machismo. Big GRIM energy, as I call it. It’s a bit derivative of black metal because there are already so many other bands and musicians who use the Necro- prefix, but that’s the point. It’s a play on all that has come before with my own colourful twist.

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

I’m from the United States. There’s a metal scene, sure, but I see a real lack of showmanship and charisma. A lot of bands look the same and sound the same. No stage presence, no attitude. I’m here to entertain you, seduce you and brutalize you all at once.

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

We have my new EP The Gory Hole Overture In F# coming at you on May 17th. We also just premiered my new single ‘Orgy On Your Burial’ at Kerrang!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8nw1Fev5_Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

From a guitarist’s stand point, definitely Slayer, Metallica, Kreator. They all inspired me to learn my chops and play music that is challenging, but still catchy. My biggest influences for attitude are Venom, Motorhead, Van Halen. Rock N roll baby!

What first got you into music?

I always say “it’s not a phase I’m going through dad!” But really, my dad has opened my eyes and ears from a young age to great rock music. He is a drummer and grew up in the seventies. I distinctly remember listening to “Dark Side Of The Moon” with him when I was six years old, and it blew my mind. Up until that point the only music I knew was from Sesame Street or Disney movies. So to go from that, to this futuristic space music with David Gilmour’s shimmering guitar leads and mind bending keyboard solos, it was quite the eye opening experience for baby Necro.
My dad also got me my first Metallica CD when I was 12. He’s a big Yankees fan, so he dug it when they played “Enter Sandman” every time Mariano Rivera took the mound. In short, my dad unwittingly created this monster. And it’s definitely not a phase I’m going through!

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

I have a longstanding dream to collaborate with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. They are a Philly-based, futuristic synth rock band. It sounds like if Ennio Morricone made a rock band in the Road Warrior universe. We played a show with them in the fall, so who knows what the future holds?

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

The greatest gift I ever received is from artist Daniel Daruda, who painted a portrait of me. I am a flattery activated performer.

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

Keep it grim.

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

The bassist in me says Cliff Burton, naturally.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Venom – “Welcome To Hell”. The ultimate debut from the world’s first black metal band, so far as I’m concerned.

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

The most important part is supporting the band, or your local record store that sells the music.

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

Halloween 2018 with Basilysk and S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D….RIFFS galore baby.

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

Slowly dying from boredom and regret.

What’s next for the band?

We play with the mighty THOR on May 7 in Philadelphia at Philamoca.
I also plan to do a short east coast tour with Basilysk June 12-15 in Baltimore, Richmond and Raleigh. Then, it’s back to recording the next barrage of hits in my lair/.

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

Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
https://www.facebook.com/Grimmestofalltime/
https://twitter.com/TheNecrosexual
https://necrosexual.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBww_Zbw390q6TPUsmnWCMQ

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

Thank you Ever Metal for going one on one with the GRIM1. See you maniacs in hell

Necrosexual by Chris Koontz

 

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Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Chris Koontz

Powderhead – Don’t Let Them Win

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Powderhead – Don’t Let Them Win
Self-Released
Running Time: 40:10
Release Date: 14/04/2018
Review by Paul Monkhouse
7/10

One of the great things about writing for a site like this very one is that we absolutely love supporting the many underground bands in the country alongside the many established bands. It’s seems as though every week a new talent pops up and is ready and raring to compete with the big boys. Far from rock being dead (as some naysayers have it) I believe that the scene has some incredible bands coming through. Sure, things have changed seismically over the past few years but that hasn’t stopped the hungry young guns hitting their local pubs, clubs and festivals forging a name for themselves the hard way. Every town in the country has some incredible new artists absolutely ripping it up on the live scene and vying for that one big breakthrough. Social media might have killed record sales as they were known but it’s such a force for good as by the click of a mouse you can discover amazing talent on your own doorstep. Such is the case with Powderhead…

Formed in Cambridge, Powderhead have just released their first album “Don’t Let Them Win” and it’s a rough-edged gem full of snotty attitude and firey riffs. Reminding me of some of the more D.I.Y. releases of the NWOBHM (but with better production) it snaps and snarls through ten tracks of hard rock that is given a bit of a punk feel by lead singer Helen Johnson. Like the brilliant Pearler, here is another band that has a very ‘street’ feel to it that takes the best elements of primal hard rock and mixes with it with a real swagger.

Opening track ‘Mad Phil’ sets out their intent from the off with its punk feel that changes just before the chorus as it throws into the mix some classic rock guitar that has a touch of Metallica. The sinewy twists in the tracks are a thread that runs through the album as each track throws in the odd tempo change which shows more of a freewheeling style of writing rather than a contrived attempt to do something different. Admittedly some of the little turns don’t pay off in the way they should, particularly in a couple of the chorus’s where it tends to lean heavily of melodies that are meant to catch the ear but rather seem a little out of place but it’s a small criticism. ‘Take It’ starts off with a hook laden chant before ripping into some furious fretwork accompanied by a banshee scream as it charges into a confrontational statement that takes no prisoners.

Much of the album features some terrific hard rock that takes elements from the 80’s and 90’s bands like Saxon, Pantera and Megadeth and injects it with the venom of 70’s punk. It’s not all fury though as one of the outstanding tracks happens half way through the album giving a real change of pace in ‘Forgotten Line’, the album’s sole ballad. Far from being something that is thrown in just for the sake of it, the track is a welcome change from the full-on tempos and adds some real colour to the CD. Not only does it really let Helen’s vocals shine but contains an epic and soaring guitar solo by Jack Lawson.

The album finishes in fine style with the real ‘one two punch’ of ‘Kick and Scream’ and ‘The Butcher’ that are powered by some sterling work on the drums and bass topped by some more vicious fretwork and grab you by the throat vocals. As a debut it’s not perfect but time will mean the band continue to grow in their song writing and arranging skills, adding more razor-sharp edges to their material as indicated by what is an impressive full-length debut.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Mad Phil
02. Take It or Leave It
03. Cut it Loose
04. Super-Sized Stoner
05. Toxicate
06. Forgotten Line
07. Sycophant
08. Wrapped
09. Kick and Scream
10. The Butcher

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/powderheadband

https://www.instagram.com/powderheadband/
https://powderhead.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzKELbhkUMSem1KmsPk6BQ

 

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Wrestling – Ride On Freaks

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Inverse Records
Release Date: 14/09/2018
Time: 47:21
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Wrestling are a Heavy Metal band from Oulu, Finland and “Ride On Freaks” is their debut album. From the very first track ‘Let’s Get Born’ you’re on an epic ride of frantic drumming, the tempo is crazy, and the guitar riffs keep this track as fast at the end as it was from the start.

The band consists of guitarist Risto Nyman, vocalist Tommi Saha, and drummer Janne Kela, the original old school metal band members, who have been joined by bassist Riku Rousu and guitarist Pekka Moilanen, making this a complete, well mixed metal band. All members have played in other bands for years and you can tell, from this album, that their talents blend well together, making them the band they have become, with each having something to “bring to the table.”

There is a definite Ozzy Osbourne hint to the sound, which is great especially in the track ‘Venom Makes Me Stronger’ but there is also a touch of punk and a lot of speed metal. You will definitely not be bored with this album at any point. The vocals, which hit notes I didn’t think possible by a metal singer, are intense and the guitar riffs, especially in the track ‘Kitsch In America’ are insane.

Then comes the track ‘WrestleMania VI.’ Having spent many years forced to watch wrestling on television thanks to a son who was and still is crazy on it, this track takes you right back to those good old days. It’s a power driving, body slamming song which any wrestler would love to have as their walk out track. In fact, it is a salute to the late wresting hero James Brian Hellwig, otherwise known as “The Ultimate Warrior” and, wow, it really does him justice. The lyrics were co-written by Antti “Rota” Junttila from the band FM2000 and is mostly spoken but it easily transports you back to those days of watching the wrestling and all the carnage that went with it.

Some tracks are seriously 80’s metal, but this is not a bad thing and composer Risto did actually write some of the lyrics back then. There is a hint of Motorhead with the gruff voice and fast guitars and, like Motorhead, this sort of metal is timeless and just brilliant.

Wrestling certainly give it all in this album and then a little bit more. “Ride On Freaks” is such a great album and once you think you have it figured out, they completely change the direction of it. The vocals that change from gruff and low to insanely high, the drumming that goes 100 miles an hour and such awesome guitars, really take this album to a whole different level. You are shattered just listening to it, it’s that insane.

The final track is very dark and very deep. Its inspiration was taken from the mass suicide that took place in Guyana in 1978, given the name “Jonestown Massacre.” There have been several songs about this but not from this point of view and this moody, dark track makes you think, but hey that’s what tracks are for, to provoke thoughts so well-done guys.

Overall, I love this album. “Ride On Freaks” is a blend of crazy, dark, fast, brilliant metal. The guys have so much talent and mix it up so there is not a chance that you will not be left wanting more. I seriously love this album.

The album was recorded at Anvil Road Studio and mixed and mastered by Harri Eksyma (Earmore Studios)

TRACKLISTING:
01-Let’s Get Born
02-Surreal Killer
03-Venom Makes Me Stronger
04-Kitsch In America
05-Drunk And Alone
06-Wrestlemania VI
07-Beyond The Limits
08-Feels Like Midnight
09-Driving All Night
10-The Solution To All Your Problems
11-See Delight

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

https://wrestlingheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy40IQ2BGEAt-p1vO8tc-gQ

 

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Interview with Chris LoPorto, Vocalist for Can’t Swim

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

Hi Everyone , Rick Here,

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Moss: “Are you a sports fans?”

Chris LoPorto: “I’m not.”

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

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

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

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

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

Chris LoPorto: “Orlando.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can’t Swim – (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York City – 01/12/2018

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

https://ever-metal.com/2018/12/17/cant-swim-le-poisson-rouge-new-york-city-01-12-2018/

 

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Can’t Swim – (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York City – 01/12/2018

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Can’t Swim
(Le) Poisson Rouge, New York City
01/12/2018
Review and Pictures by Stephen Moss

Can’t Swim is a new band from Keansburg, NJ. Their first studio album was released in 2017 and called “Fail You Again” and they are signed to Pure Noise Records. This is the same record label that signed Four Year Strong, Hawthorne Heights, Senses Fail, State Champs, and The Story So Far. The sound of Can’t Swim’s music is similar to those bands. If Punk and Grunge had a baby, it would be Can’t Swim.

This was my second time seeing Can’t Swim perform live. Just like the first time, it was a sold out crowd! The band is coming off the recent release of their second full length studio album, “This Too Won’t Pass.” The album was released on November 16, 2018! Just 15 days after this release, they performed in Manhattan. As the band play songs off this new record, the passionate, sold-out crowd sing along to the lyrics, not missing a beat.

Can’t Swim weren’t headliners, so they had a short set list. They were one of the bands opening for Seaway, an Emo band from Canada and only played seven songs. Those seven songs were a nice balance of old fan favourites, along with new songs.

The setlist was as followed:

1) Your Clothes
2) Sometimes You Meet The Right People At The Wrong Time
3) What Have We Done
4) My Queen
5) Come Home
6) Congratulations, Christopher Hodge
7) Stranger. (Yes, they ended their set with their biggest single, ‘Stranger’)

The band had incredible energy! They are currently on tour and many nights they play back to back, yet they show no signs of fatigue while performing. Every single member was full of life and passion. As you can tell from my pictures, their performance was powered by emotion.

Before and after the show you could find the band in the crowd listening to the other performing acts. The band were also very willing to talk to their fans. They even agreed to an interview with me that I’ll be posting soon.

Can’t Swim’s music is so good that one of the members of the other opening bands was wearing a Can’t Swim T-Shirt.

I can’t stress enough how awesome this band are live! If you haven’t heard of them, check them out on the links below and definitely make plans to see their show.

If you’re new to the band here is a Can’t Swim starter pack of songs to listen to first:

1) Come Home
2) Stranger
3) Right Choice
4) Way It Was
5) What’s Your Big Idea?
6) Even In Death
7) My Queen
8) Molly’s Desk
9) One Shot
10) Your Clothes

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/cantswim/

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

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-too-wont-pass/1436085762

Can't Swim Live Pic by Stephen Moss

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Deadheads – This One Goes to 11

 

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DEADHEADS – THIS ONE GOES TO 11
High Roller Records
Release date 26/01/2018
Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond
Running time: 38:00
6/10

I confess to having never heard of Swedish four-piece, Deadheads, although “This One Goes to 11” is their third album. Labelling themselves as ‘energetic rock and roll’, this band are all that and more; this album is eleven tracks of frenetically paced, good time rock which was fairly infectious to listen to.

The first track, ‘Black Out’ gallops along with brattish guitars and a thumping pace and although it was light on lyrics with a repetitive chorus, it certainly stuck in my brain for a while after listening.

I found a punkish element to next song, ‘Don’t Mind The Ghost’, which featured a simple hook and echoing vocals; in fact, pretty much all of the songs had a punk feel to them, with some nice keyboard/piano work showing on ‘Manic Mondays’.

The pace slowed a little with ‘Too Lost To Be Found’, which had a real vintage flavour to it and was one of my more favoured tracks on the album. I particularly liked the last track, ‘Status Low’; it wasn’t vastly different to the other songs, but I enjoyed the lyrics and the key changes made it feel a little less mad and ever so slightly more laid back.

I think if you take the time to listen to this album five or six times in a row, you will probably find nuances and changes from song to song; just listening to it twice through, it sounded kind of samey in places.

Quality and production-wise, the sound is a little muffled on some tracks – whether that was intentional, I’m not sure, but it was a bit irritating in places. Deadheads have been touring on and off in Europe, so perhaps they will be popping up on the UK festival circuit next year. I’d make a point of catching them live if I can; the songs are infectious and carry a certain amount of punk groove, so it would be interesting to see how that translates onto a live stage.
TRACK LISTING
● Black Out
● Don’t Mind The Ghost
● Somebody Along The Way
● Manic Mondays
● Too Lost To Be Found
● The Plan
● Instant Control
● 2 Steps Before The Fall
● Lucifer
● My Time
● Status Low

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
● https://www.facebook.com/deadheadsband
● http://www.deadheadsband.com/

 
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