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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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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