EMQs with Hi/Jack

EMQ’s with HI/JACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee based Punk/Rock/Alternative band Hi/Jack. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist Max Liam 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 Max Liam. I am the guitarist and lead vocalist. The band came together as a result of both our bands falling apart, but we had been unknowingly sharing a bassist. We ended up doing a one-off show with said bassist, and Ron (Terrell, Drummer) and I decided to keep in touch after. One thing led to another.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea was to come up with an attention grabbing name. Hi/Jack seemed to fit the bill and the backslash was my little tip of the hat to AC/DC, who got me into Rock n Roll.

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

We are from the US. Specifically, Milwaukee! The metal scene here is weird. Lots of bands, not a lot of collaboration, and the idea of competition over camaraderie is pretty heavily present.

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

Latest release is our compilation EP “Rank And File” which came out on the 6th December!

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash and Metallica are definitely there. Early Van Halen too!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s Back in Black! It started everything for me.

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

Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl!

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

Any? I’ll say Glastonbury or maybe Wacken.

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

Nothing too weird! We got a big stuffed Batman once. That was cool.

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

Honestly, just the biggest thank you and all the love I can give.

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

That’s a hard question. But today I’ll say Malcolm Young. I know AC/DC seem to have confirmed a new album with tracks Malcolm recorded, but I think having him actually there would be much cooler. No disrespect to Stevie Young!

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

Best thing is getting out there and playing for people. Worst thing, I guess, is when you end up playing to an empty room. But, that’s part of it, man. Gotta pay your dues!

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

I wish labels would go back to signing bands and then “developing” them. Allowing them to grow and mature with a guiding hand. Not just signing bands that make a quick buck and disappear after a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Besides Back in Black? I’ll say Led Zeppelin IV.

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

In my opinion, any of the actual physical options if better than downloads. But, out of the three, I really like how vinyl sounds. There is a difference, just like there’s a difference between a bit-crushed Mp3 and a CD.

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

I think overall the best gig would either be when we opened for Saving Abel a few months ago, or the second time we played with One-Eyed Doll.

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

I have no idea. Before music, I was way into Science, until I discovered I was terrible at Algebra, which can be integral to most sciences!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living: Dave Grohl, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jimmy Page.

Dead: Bon Scott, Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, David Bowie and Muddy Waters.

What’s next for the band?

We will be putting out a full length LP in 2020 via Blue Collar Records. Then, of course, we plan to do a tour and play more shows than we did this past year. Really rev it up!

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

www.hijackmke.com
www.facebook.com/hijackmke
www.twitter.com/hijackmke
www.instagram.com/hijackmke

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m more of a Tunnock’s man myself. But my co-worker insists it’s a biscuit!

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We are super grateful for how much we’ve progressed this year. Also a huge thank you to our wives, Kendel and Kris, for all your love and support these last 6 years! See ya’ll in 2020!

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Hembree And The Satan Sisters – F.Y.F

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Hembree And The Satan Sisters – F.Y.F
Rusty Knuckles Music
Release Date: 20/09/2019
Running Time: 15:00
Reviewed By Dark Juan
2/10

It is Monday evening at Dark Juan Terrace, and I have just finished a one hundred hour working week. My gospel and my litany of hatred won’t preach itself, you know. But here I am writing to you, my good people, because I am nothing if not generous with my time and my energies in sharing the One True Path of extreme music with you, my beloved brethren. This review is being brought to you by Camden Hells lager, a withering and rapidly increasing dislike of the human race at large and a violent reaction to the stupidity of large sections of society. Also, I’m listening to a punk rock record. So, in the timeless fashion of snot-nosed 70s punkers, modern day crust punk and anyone who is still interested in Crass and The Anti – Nowhere League I’m going to condense all this simmering hatred into two politically aware and savvy sentences:

Fuck Boris Johnson and his fucking crew of rapacious rich boy capitalist cunts. If you’re working class and vote Tory, you’re a fucking class traitor, mate.

Because that was what British punk was all about innit? All about raging against the machine, socially aware rage dressed up in fake, barely coherent and frequently explicit three chord, two-minute blasts masquerading as songs.

Hembree And The Satan Sisters are like that, musically at least. This Atlanta, Georgia crew have taken the three chord punk blueprint and have run with it. And then run with it some more. And then kept running until they came to some colossal and immovable obstacle (like Boris motherfucking Johnson) and then turned around and ran all the back. Ground breaking music this ain’t. It’s a well produced 1970s Oi! record. It’s all style and very little original substance, with an even more childish reliance than my own on swearing to make their point. To that end, I was not entertained. In fact, I have been extremely disappointed. Hang on…..

My apologies. Igor the Evil One decided he wanted to fight. I had to best the little beast lest he got an overwhelming sense of his own importance. It was what was necessary to avoid being shouted at for several hours…..

Yes, lowest common denominator three chord punk aimed at rebellious 15 year olds angry at their own parents, with no political or social commentary – the things that made punk RELEVANT in the first place. Instead the entire record is just a general middle finger to basically everyone and everything. Even my hatred is narrow and targeted and just shouting “Fuck you and fuck everyone else as well!” does not a rebellious attitude make. In anything it’s a bit pathetic. Marks lost for making me think you don’t have access to a thesaurus, Hembree…

The band’s sound – have I said that they are a three chord punk band yet? They sound like a less raw Black Flag mixed with the glossy shine of latter day Misfits, both bands that I have a lot of time for. However, it’s dated as fuck, man, and trying to weld some sort of emo-tinged outward hatred of everything to a classic sound done a million times before doesn’t really work. It doesn’t have the teenaged, snot nosed confidence of the Ramones, nor the absolute sonic rage of crust punkers such as Hellbastard or Lazarus Blackstar and it just sounds like a middle-aged man shouting for no good reason. And that’s sad. That’s why this record leaves me utterly cold.

I can’t recommend a single song on the album. From the opening rant (entitled “The Longhaired Weirdo Speaks!”) to the closing spoken word nonsense it’s all generic and a bit dull although “Dancin’ At Your Suicide” has an odd 50s rock ‘n’ roll vibe very reminiscent of the Misfits’ “Saturday Night”.

I’m not writing any more on this band because it’s a waste of your and my time. It has even robbed me of my trademark humour. It’s not truly fucking awful like Warrior Soul’s last two records, but it has no redeeming qualities either. I’m bored.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System just can’t be arsed. 2/10.

 

Track list

The Longhaired Weirdo Speaks! (I wish he wouldn’t. He has nothing to say.)
Fuck Your Religion And Fuck Your Politics (Yeah, man, fuck yours too. Political discourse in action.)
A Devil’s Warning (You boys aren’t devils. I serve the devil. You ain’t him. You don’t have any horns. Or the kind of withering sarcasm Old Nick does so well.)
Say It To My Face (OK, your band is a bit crap, mate.)
Nothing To Prove (Fucking good job really.)
Rape This Land (Generally you need a blitzkrieg or at least a strong armoured thrust to do this. I don’t think the band have a panzer regiment complete with combat pioneers and panzer grenadiers to hand…)
Dancin’ At Your Suicide (Suicide is no fucking joke, lads. No fucking joke at all.)
Who’s Laughin’ Now (Not me. Also, Dancing and laughing have a letter G at the end of them. I hate it when bands do this gettin’ rid of the G at the end of words. It boils my piss nearly as much as a Warrior Soul album. This is not a criticism of Hembree And The Satan Sisters. This is Dark Juan focusing his righteous fury in the direction of idiots.)
The Longhaired Weirdo Speaks Again! (Do shut up, dear boy.)

Hembree And The Satan Sisters are:

Zachery M. Hembree- Lead Vocals
Ash Miltiades- Lead and Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
KD/DC-Rhythm Guitar
Charley Ferlito-Bass/Backing Vocals
Parker Bradshaw-Drums

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/HembreeandTheSatanSisters/

 

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

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EMQ’s with LOLA BLACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Hard Rock/Metal/Punk band Lola Black. Huge thanks to Lola 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 Lola from Lola Black. (VOCALS)!

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s what I go by and also the band name. It was decided by Chris, Paige and myself (founding members). Due to the shifty nature of musicians it’s something that will stand the test of time just as long as I’m ticking the band is and music is something I will always be a part of.

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

America; Denver, Colorado to be exact! Where the word “scene” is apparently frowned upon but if it weren’t I would have to say the “scene” is most excellent.

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

Our latest release was on November 1st, 2019 and is our spin on Concrete Blonde’s “Bloodletting (Vampire Song)” just in the key of Lola Black. The cover was a follow up from our full length album “Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright” which was released late fall of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This question has always been a hard one for me because music in general influences me. I can find gems inside everything I hear.

What first got you into music?

I have always been drawn to music. It is the focal point of all of my memories. I remember at a very young age listening to every word and every note of everything that played around me. It honestly doesn’t matter what type of music is on, my ears are just in tune to it and that’s always the first thing I pick up on.

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

Since I’ve always said Chino Moreno in the past I’ll stick with him because I honestly dig all of his work.

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

Probably The Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK because the Reading Festival is iconic! The talent on the line-ups over the years is insane! It would be an honour!

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

It takes a lot for me to consider something weird. So, nothing out of “my” ordinary…!

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

In the wise words of Bill and Ted “Be excellent to each other”!

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

I don’t know. I’ll just go to them.

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

Love, Playing Music! Hate, social media!

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

Don’t get me started.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I can never decide or narrow it down. All-time favourite is a strong title to hold and I love too many. Plus it also depends on if I genuinely love all tracks on said album or just a few. I can’t commit. Sorry.

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

I like it all. Anyway I can get the music to my ear holes will do.

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

We did a string of festivals called the World’s Loudest Month some years ago and that entire experience was by far the best. We played with almost every band we love and respect at one stop or another that summer!

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

I always wanted to be a homicide detective. I am a detective and justice seeker at heart and Joe Kenda is my hero.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Chappelle, Al Jourgensen, Rob Zombie, David Hasselhoff and Joan Jett!

What’s next for the band?

World domination!

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

Download now-
https://ffm.to/bloodlettingthevampiresong
Social media links-
http://www.lolablackmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/Lolablackmusic
http://www.facebook.com/Lolablackmusic
http://www.instagram.com/Lolablackmusic
http://www.twitter.com/Lolablackmusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no clue what that is but cake and biscuits are delicious.

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

Nope. You are awesome and thank you for your time.

 

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP

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Prison – Come, Annihilation. EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 11:01
Review by Stephen Moss
8/10

Prison are from Seattle, describe themselves as Thrash/Punk/Doom and WOW, I could write an entire article on just how awesome the first track of this EP is. However, I’ll try to contain myself.

“Come, Annihilation.” starts off with a fantastic song! ‘Into The Pit’ and it is one of the best Punk songs I’ve heard in a long time. The very first time I listened to it, about 35 seconds into the song, I had to plug my phone into my drums and play along to the track. I have over 38,000 songs on my phone and ‘Into The Pit’ is now in my top 50 most played songs. Buy this song!

The Second song on the EP is called ‘Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’ This is also a really good Punk song. After that, the songs become more average street punk songs. Nothing really stands out and the rest of the EP isn’t really memorable.

Even though the rest of the “Come, Annihilation.” didn’t hold up to the level of awesomeness of the first two songs, it is still a good EP. Not every release is full of smash hits!

What “Come, Annihilation.” does very well is show off the band’s potential. The band do such an amazing job on their first two tracks that I’m really excited to follow the band as they make new music.

If you’re a fan of street punk and bands like: Hot Snakes, The Casualties, The Unseen, S.T.U.N., and None More Black then you need to check out this EP.

Prison hit all the major points for a good punk band. The songs are short, fast, loud, catchy, angry, and make you want to mosh with your middle fingers raised in the air!

I’m genuinely excited to see what’s next for this band. Kudos to Prison for doing punk right!

Must have songs are ‘Into The Pit’ and Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares’

TRACKLISTING:
01. Into The Pit
02. Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares
03. I Do Not Value Life
04. I Welcome Death
05. We Live In Filth
06. The Smell Of Flesh

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/prisonseattle/
https://prison.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Hard Rock/Punk/Metal band Atomic Kavemen! Huge thanks to drummer James Kilpatrick 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’m James and I am the drummer and producer of Atomic Kavemen. All of the members in this band are friends of mine; Morey (vocals) from 25 + years ago, Todd (bass) 10 years ago and our newest member Dustin (guitar) from 8-ish years ago…Morey reached out and found me on Facebook through an old band that I was in called Muk. I hadn’t seen Morey in probably 25 years. He was a good friend but somehow we lost contact. Don’t ask me what we did together cuz I don’t remember. I just remember he was a great guy and I always wondered what happened to him. I had some tracks that I had recorded with George (our previous guitar player) and asked if Morey would be interested in working on them and he said yes. That’s how the band started.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name Atomic Kavemen. We’re a bunch of old rockers so the name just kind of evolved from that. Our newest member Dustin is our youngest member I call him Kave Kid.

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

We’re from California in the USA. The metal scene is somewhat underground here but I feel it’s making a comeback. Although we border between rock, metal and punk and other genres, we consider ourselves unique by today’s standards.

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

Our latest EP release is called “Everyone Loves a Dead Man”. We also have a self-titled EP that’s still relatively new.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have been accused of being an arena rock junkie. Outside of that I do like old-school R&B and a lot of the old 70’s rock bands. I would say 90’s rock bands were pretty cool too – like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

What first got you into music?

I guess my brother was the one who got me started in listening to rock and roll and heavy metal starting with Black Sabbath. From there I ventured on to other hard rock and metal bands.

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

I’m just not really star-struck by anybody that’s coming out these days with screamo and other oversaturated music scenes. But it would be pretty cool to hang out with guys like Dave Grohl and other like talents but it seems that some of my favourites have taken their lives. So I won’t be getting a chance to meet them until much later, I hope.

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

I’d like to play at Oz Fest. Is that still happening?

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

I think it would be the fact that they showed up to our gig.

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

I’d like to tell our fans and potential fans to just keep spreading the word and enjoy our music. I hope you appreciate my recording and producing efforts from Fearfield Studio.

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

It would definitely be Chris Cornell. He was an amazing talent and his life was cut short way too soon for a guy that seemed to be still on top of the world and his game..!

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

I enjoy being a musician because I love making music and hearing my creation and being a part of working with friends. I like being in a band however it can become very stressful and you can lose focus very easily on why you’re actually a musician to begin with. It’s about you being an artist and the medium that you create with. When I was young in to music it was all about being famous. Today, it’s about just doing what I love and not caring about what is going to happen as a result of what I do.

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

I guess I don’t like the pressure that the industry puts on artist. It’s tough to try to keep up to the flow of things these days and the internet and the consumption of music seems to be disposed of rather quickly. Also no time to enjoy your efforts before it’s time to move on to the next song, things are moving really fast and for an old guy like myself it’s hard to keep up.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are just so many great albums that I grew up with hearing stuff to pick one out. When it’s jumping out of me would be Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime.

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

I prefer CD’s but there are very few places to get them locally these days.

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

Our best gig that we played was at the Sacramento Convention Center. We have video of that on our Facebook page.

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

I guess if I wasn’t a musician I think that I would be just a slave to society. My escape from the mundane things in life is music. I try to get my 9 year old daughter interested in rock and roll but it’s real tough with the bullshit pop stuff that’s on the internet. How does she like that stuff?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d like to invite Tim Brown from the Raiders, Bill Romanowski from the Raiders, Jerry Rice from the San Francisco 49ers and Raiders, and the President of the United States.

What’s next for the band?

We’re just going to keep on rocking and writing and good music and remain friends above all…

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

https://atomickavemen.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/atomickavemen/
https://www.facebook.com/atomickavemen
https://twitter.com/atomickavemen

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the hell is a Jaffa Cake? Sounds like a rock band.

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

I’d just like to add to any of our fans and potential fans to please enjoy our music, reach out to us and tell your friends about us – we love to hear feedback! If you want some free stickers reach out to us on social media, or just come to our shows if you’re near the SF Bay Area!

 

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’
Livewire/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 07/06/2019
Running Time: 30:35
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
0/10 (Minus 100,000,000 According to our reviewer)

Rick Here. I have two reviewers who have massively different views on the band Warrior Soul and both wanted to review their latest album, so I thought why not let them both write one. Here is the Anti Warrior Soul review!

Good evening. This is Dark Juan and I have just returned from my nightly invocations. This is why I am still in my Third Invocation Robes (Summer Weight) and looking mighty fine, if I do say so myself. Anyway, our mighty, puissant and apparently indestructible Rick has invited me to share my thoughts in a review of two halves, this time. This should be interesting…

You should be made aware that I reviewed Warrior Soul’s previous (apparently critically acclaimed, according to the blurb I was sent… Not as far as I was concerned, it wasn’t. It was a steaming pile of diseased elephant turds covered in monkey vomit) album and I did not like it very much. To reduce it to specifics, it was fucking awful and I had to purge myself for several months afterwards. With bleach and sharp knives…

Just looking at the title of this album by Warrior Soul is challenging my intelligence. What is a rock and roll disease? Rampant egotism? Alcohol and drug issues? A dose of the clap? A man so far up his own arse he can lick his own tonsils from the bottom end up? What a load of shite, mate. It’s just banging a word after rock and roll. What was wrong with rock and roll turkey? Rock and roll reasonably priced automobile? I can think of many MANY more rock and roll things than disease. Girls, guitars, friends, hellhounds… These are just a few of the words that go after rock and roll and are acceptable and aren’t fucking boneheadedly stupid. Hopefully, the title of the album will not be a reflection of the music within…

Oh, my god. Oh my good fucking god…

It sounds like it was recorded in a submarine several miles from the nearest microphone whilst it was being torpedoed by the entire US Navy. The bass guitar is far too prominent, lending the listening experience the impression of having one’s head placed in a honey filled helmet and playing the record through speakers on the outside. It’s woolly and deeply unpleasant. The drums fade in and out of the mix in an alarming fashion, apart from the snare drum which sounds like someone has made it themselves out of a bin lid, some guitar strings and their leather trousers and then there is Kory motherfucking Clarke’s godawful, cracked voice. He is fucking incapable of hitting the correct notes in the right order and he still sounds like he has flayed his own vocal cords with a cheese grater. I can’t even call it singing. He’s just doing some bizarre howling at the microphone which has no real relationship to the music behind him. He’s also pretty breathless in delivery a lot of the time. It’s especially noticeable because Kory has made sure you know Warrior Soul is his band by pushing his voice so far up in the mix that it just overpowers every other instrument being played. Which is a shame because the rest of the band are good players. And he simply doesn’t have the chops to make it stick and it’s a clear case of ego outstripping talent, once again. So far, so perpetrating all the mistakes of his last travesty of a record. I haven’t even begun on the lyrics yet… I shall allow you to read a selection of some of the lyrical gems on offer here.

Up the dose, coast to coast, I’m pedal to the metal when I’m on the road. (Probably fleeing his drug dealer.)

Like Hitler on E. Oh, what a movie! (Just what? Have you been on another heroin binge, Kory? Drugs are for losers, kids!)

I gotta feel good and feel nice so I can do to you what I please. (Misogyny 101. Unless he is not into ladies… In which case I applaud his sexuality and openness.)

You get the idea. He’s still (and bear in mind this man is now in his fifties at least) swimming in a turgid sea of drug and booze clichés, retarded sexuality and his own overweening, inflated sense of self importance. Kory Clarke offends me on a cellular level. I hate this record so much I want to drown its kittens in a curiously misplaced act of vengeance. I want to use a CD copy of it as a projectile and cut his head off with it so he will fucking well SHUT UP! The only problem being I’d be afraid of what I might catch from the resulting blood spatter.

There isn’t a single fucking song on this record I can find a redeeming quality on. It perpetrates the worst excesses of heavy rock music, when it was a joke and people used to laugh at rockers with poodle hair and spandex. This record is a fucking bad joke even for back then and nowadays is about as relevant as steam technology and middens.
Kory, JUST FUCKING GIVE UP FOR CHRIST’S SAKE! There’s nothing rebellious about singing about drugs and booze and shagging anymore. Also, the word “rock” is not a euphemism for fucking. Dammit. It makes you sound like a clown, man.

Truly, truly awful, third rate rock and roll for old men with receding hair, but still mulleted, denim waistcoats, and massive beer guts chasing young skirt in the same corner of the same bar they have frequented for 40 years and getting pissed off when said young skirt tells them to fuck right off. You know the type, the people in rock bars who think they are royalty because they were around when Iron Maiden released their debut album in 1980…

I’m going to be sick. I have had to turn it off. This record mutilates everything I hold dear about rock and metal and leaves it violated and bleeding on the floor.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System does not give a flying fuck about Warrior Soul and awards them a truly magnificent MINUS 100,000,000 out of 10. Zero just does not cut it when you listen to the horrors of this record. I am feeling dirty because of Warrior Soul.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Up The Dose (Of antibiotics because you have been sticking your cock where I wouldn’t put the ferrule of an umbrella, Kory?)
02. Rock N Roll Disease (Just shut up, you spectacular bellend. Rock and roll is life, not a disease.)
03. Off My Face (As I will be on Saturday, in order to forget this travesty.)
04. Melt Down (What I suffered about five tracks in. I need therapy.)
05. Rock On (Aye, lad. Go on. Rock on off over there. Preferably over several seas.)
06. War Ride Children (I hate titles that make no sense and this is just word salad.)
07. Going Mental (Yes, I was! And not in a good way by the time I reached this song. I have been deeply traumatised.)
08. After The Show (Kory gets back into his rock and roll koffin, hooks up the Jack Daniels, cocaine and virgin blood drips and falls into deep unconsciousness until the next show, whereupon he is woken by electric shocks and the promise of hot chicks, all of whom are wise enough to stay out of arm’s reach.)

LINE-UP:
Kory Clarke – Vocals/Drums
Adam Arling – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
John Polachek – Guitar
Dennis “El Guapo” Post – Guitar/Vocals
Christian Kimmett – Bass/Vocals
Ivan Tambac – Drums/Vocals
John Besser – Drums

LINKS:
http://www.warriorsoulofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/warriorsoulofficial/

 

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’
Livewire/Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 07/06/2019
Running Time: 30:35
Review by Paul Monkhouse
9/10

Rick Here. I have two reviewers who have massively different views on the band Warrior Soul and both wanted to review their latest album, so I thought why not let them both write one. Here is the Pro Warrior Soul review!

Easily hands down, Warrior Soul were one of the outstanding bands at last year’s Stone Free Festival at the O2 and put on a truly ferocious show that was high on power and total devoid of b/s or posturing. Main man Kory Clarke dominated the stage and is a total original who’s only real contemporary is Iggy Pop, his unhinged persona filled with both a true punk spirit and a social conscience that challenges as much as it entertains during their incendiary gigs. The rest of the band are certainly no slouches though and provide the perfect back for their wild leader.

Given the absolute fire and electricity of their live shows it would seem impossible to capture that in the relatively sterile atmosphere of a recording studio but with this release they have done just that and it’s an album that crackles with life, practically tearing out of the speakers and smashing you round the face whilst making you dance like an idiot. Whilst the previous album ‘Back on the Lash’ was superb, this one is another massive step and should be part of the soundtrack to every metalhead and punks Summer.

‘Up the Dose’ is a rip-roaring opener, full on boogie that brings to mind same dirty rock ‘n’ roll as the early Bon Scott years of AC/DC. Clarkes sore-throated vocals are the perfect accompaniment to the rawness of this beast and have an honesty and (say it quietly) class that many try to fake but never achieve. As well as bringing the boogie of the Young brothers to the table there is a real kinship to Motorhead here in its no nonsense delivery and commitment. This really does deserve to be played very loudly.

The title track is next up and continues the mood with a really live feel that places the listener into the confines of a dark and sweaty punk gig or, conversely, in a battered car going on a road trip absolutely anywhere in the world. This is music to make you feel alive and Warrior Soul are unafraid to refuse to bend to trends or outside influences and remain very much their own men. The aptly titled ‘Off My Face’ scorches and the guitar solo absolutely screams, whilst ‘Melt Down’ is a brutal rant against the system and a slap-in-the-face call to arms. These two tracks perfectly illustrate one of Warrior Soul’s greatest strengths with the balance of music for partying with drunk friends and a much more serious, cerebral edge to the band. Time and again it’s down to the listener to get what they want from it and that’s never a bad thing, but the hope is that it’s the lyrics that provide the strongest emotional response.

‘Rock On’ is musically much more in the mould of a goodtime track with its chant along chorus but most certainly isn’t a throw away cut and displays a real ear for melody. The same is true for ‘War Ride Children’, a song that has real elements of a NWOBHM style than has been scuffed up with a filthy sandblaster. Clarke snarls and sarcasm drips like venom as the guitars of Adam Arling, John Polachek and Dennis Post roll and boil behind him. Whilst totally eschewing any sort of ballad, there is much to enjoy in the album and it’s full of musical highs and lows that give the release textures rather than just being a one pace sprint for its duration. But, again, there is an honesty here that is unlike virtually every band you could name that’s on the circuit today and carries on baton from the much missed Lemmy.

Rounding off the album, ‘Going Mental’ and ‘After the Show’ are two more blasts of punky hard rock that bring up a delicious gumbo of AC/DC, Andrew WK and the Stooges, leaving you unsure whether you should just press play and listen to the album straight through again or go for a much needed recuperative lie down.

If you have ever loved AC/DC, Motorhead or just some truly great visceral rock music you need to get this album. If you don’t love it, you should probably check your pulse.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Up The Dose
02. Rock N Roll Disease
03. Off My Face
04. Melt Down
05. Rock On
06. War Ride Children
07. Going Mental
08. After the Show

LINE-UP:
Kory Clarke – Vocals/Drums
Adam Arling – Guitar/Bass/Vocals
John Polachek – Guitar
Dennis “El Guapo” Post – Guitar/Vocals
Christian Kimmett – Bass/Vocals
Ivan Tambac – Drums/Vocals
John Besser – Drums

LINKS:
http://www.warriorsoulofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/warriorsoulofficial/

 

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

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EMQ’s with Turkey Vulture

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Southern Connecticut based Metal/Punk/Folk duo Turkey Vulture ! Huge thanks to Jessie May 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 Ever Metal, thanks for talking with us! My name is Jessie and I play guitar and sing for Turkey Vulture, and also recorded the bass for our singles. The drummer Jim Clegg and I started this band in the winter of 2018 — but we have played together in different local outfits for more than a decade. So this is the latest project!

How did you come up with your band name?

I love turkey vultures for some reason. You see them all over the place where we’re from. I joked for years about starting a band called “Turkey Vulture” and eventually the joke became a reality.

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

We’re from Connecticut, which is in the northeast region of the United States. There is an active local metal scene here, and some notable metal bands have come out of our small state — like Liege Lord, Fates Warning, and Hatebreed to name a few.

What is your latest release?

We are releasing a two-track single on June 28th, 2019 — an original titled “Boxer” and a cover of the Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene”. We’re then hoping to record an EP this summer.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Both Jim and I enjoy a lot of different genres of music. For this band, folk music has been a conceptual influence on my end. Jim listens to a lot of punk and Metallica, which definitely comes through in his drumming.

What first got you into music?

I don’t know, I’ve been doing some sort of music since elementary school. Hearing the strings teacher play a bluegrass riff on the violin when I was eight made me want to play the violin — which was short lived, but got me into string instruments. I shifted over to cello and bass some time in middle school (a lot less ear-splitting when you’re learning how to play) and the rest is history!

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

Brandi Carlile or the Indigo Girls, and write some kind of fuzz rock song with them.

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

Maryland Doomfest!!!! Or Psycho Las Vegas. Or the bar down the street, what the hell!

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

Haha, we don’t have fans yet. But related to another band I’m in that has like three fans, one time a dude gave me some wampum he made himself — that was pretty cool.

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

“Be our fan.”

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

Robert Johnson. He never got to see his own musical legacy.

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

I love writing songs and connecting with people — music creates a common ground where one wouldn’t otherwise exist. But the older I get, the less I like sending endless emails and texts to arrange local shows. I think the future might be just recording and putting the songs online, and just playing a couple shows a year.

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

I would want to go back to a time when a live band was the standard entertainment. My dad told me that when he was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, every neighbourhood had a couple of garage bands that would play parties and school dances and stuff. Now that idea seems so foreign!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Thin Lizzy – “Live And Dangerous”.

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

I don’t think I’ve had a device with a cassette player in twenty years (ten for my car), so cassettes are out. And vinyl has the best sound and artwork, but I don’t own a record player and don’t see that changing anytime in the near future lol. So I’m a CD and download girl myself — I download a lot of music from bandcamp and burn it onto CDs, which I listen to in the car.

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

Well, I’m not a musician by day — I’m an elementary school librarian. So while I’m not doing music, I’m helping kids check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and telling them to “use walking feet” as opposed to sprinting everywhere they need to go. It’s not a bad gig.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Curtis Dewar and his wife, Matt Bacon (he doesn’t get a plus one), Nate Carson, and my friends Baldwin and Carrie. Jim would be my plus-one, so I guess that’s seven! But I’m a librarian and not a math teacher, so who’s counting….

What’s next for the band?

We’re going to record a couple more songs and play some gigs this summer. Hopefully people will dig what we’re putting out there and we can build a regional audience. I’d also like to put out a split EP at some point — never done that before, and I think it would be fun to collaborate with another band.

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

We are on Facebook, Instagram, and bandcamp right now:
https://www.facebook.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://www.instagram.com/turkeyvultureband/
https://turkeyvulture.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what those are.

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

Thank YOU again for taking the time to include us on your site! We appreciate you for helping a new band get the word out.

 

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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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