Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest Cover Art

Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
Inside Out Music
Release Date: 26/02/2021
Running Time: 41:51
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

Alright, me old muck spreaders? It is I, your Northern overlord, Dark Juan, here once again to regale you with tales of derring-do and heroism on the field of battle. Not about me, you understand. If there were ever a time I was required to serve in the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom I’d head straight for the RAF’s recruitment office. You see, the RAF are sensible. Unlike the Army, the RAF sends the officers out to fight their war while all the lower ranks stay home and drink cocktails and occasionally tinker with something expensive and probably explosive. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t want old One-Tooth Joe from the Black Bull pub on the corner operating a computer based killing machine worth £100million at supersonic speeds on the frontier of a hostile state. That’s what Wing Commander the Right Honourable Algernon Charles St. John Cholmondeley- Featherstonehaugh is for. One-Tooth Joe can be better employed putting oil in the trucks at the base where the good WingCo will be landing after dropping a thousand pounds of laser-guided explosive death on some miscreants somewhere in the Middle East…

None of which has anything at all to do with what I am supposed to be doing, which is listening to the latest record from the absolutely wonderful Anneke Van Giersbergen. Yes, the estimable and superb vocalist of The Gathering, VUUR, The Devin Townsend Project and many other records has returned with a selection of new music. A warning – if you are expecting the face of Anneke that is the metal queen version, you are going to be gravely disappointed with this album as this is a record that proves the versatility and uniqueness of Anneke Van Giersbergen as an artist in her own right, untrammelled and unconstrained by genre or style. Indeed, the actual music on this record is incredibly sparse, most of the time just some simple percussion, some strings and an acoustic guitar, and the clear and bell like tones of Anneke’s unique voice, sometimes multitracked into some sublime harmonies.

The album is based around the fact that there was a period in Anneke’s life and marriage that involved profound upheaval and heartbreak and this album is her catharsis. To that end, the lyrical content is woundingly personal and honest when discussing feelings and the sense of loss and suffering that she had been experiencing at that time, and the internal discussions she was having with herself. The title itself suggests that in order to get to the sunlit uplands of life you have to go through the black times to appreciate the light. Which, to be fair, during these current times of pestilence and lockdown rules, is a timely reminder that suffering now will bring reward in the future and that you must remain focused on attaining normality again.

Musically, the album reminds me in many places of Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper – not because of the voice (because Anneke is quite unlike any vocalist ever) but because of the sheer disinterest in fitting in with any standard or genre. ‘Hurricane’ is the most Bush like of the songs on here, with choppy, unpredictable harmonies and vocals and a strange sounding acoustic riff. It is musically intrepid even with the simple instrumentation and multitracked harmonies and cheerfully stomps all over any notion of fitting in. Talking of stomping, ‘Survive’ does just that, percussion building into an almost war dance while Anneke builds from a soft, lilting vocal into a powerful contralto shout and drive for the survival of her relationship. This is the theme of the whole record – Raw emotion and agonising honesty over music which is just a vehicle for what Anneke wants to say to her husband. It is not a record that was ever planned to be released, in my opinion, but it is a public affirmation of love and a desire to make everything right again and to never stop fighting for her marriage. In that regard, it is one of the heaviest records of all time because of the naked heartbreak and pain on display, but it is by no means a heavy metal record. Not even a little bit.

If anything, it is the aural equivalent of Kintsugi – The Japanese art of repairing broken things with precious metals, because the value and the beauty of the repaired thing and the continued love and appreciation of it only increases. This album is musical Kintsugi and that is its sole purpose. Taking that as a basis for my critique, then, Anneke Van Giersbergen has repaired her relationship and shot it through with veins of silver and gold and made something stronger than ever before and musically has welded those precious metals into the open wounds of suffering she was displaying and sealed them closed with profundity and honesty and gold and silver and made herself transcendental. Therefore, this record is a colossal success on that front.

But, because I am a hard headed and black hearted bastard, I have to remember that I write for a heavy metal website and this ranks among the least musically heavy records I have ever heard. However, one of my scoring criteria is that the music has to be interesting, and Anneke van Giersbergen delivers interest in spades. The lyrical content couldn’t be any heavier if it tried (I’m not talking about dragons and fucking demons and succubi here, I’m talking about the themes of loneliness and suffering and love dying and there being desolation all around you – that shit is heavy as FUCK and if you disagree you’re frankly wrong, mate) and although the music is gentle and sweet, it still holds you in some form of rapture. The sheer beauty and versatility of Van Giersbergen’s voice is amply displayed and flits from soft, almost inarticulate (the kind of sounds an upset child might use to comfort themselves) crooning through to full powered, vibrato fuelled rebellion, and her delivery is never less than utterly flawless. This is not a record to listen to. This is a record to feel, and frankly Dark Juan is fucking disgusted with himself for actually having been affected by this album and discovering that he hasn’t actually purged all human emotion from his twisted black soul. Although that could be because I have adored Anneke Van Giersbergen’s voice since The Gathering released ”Mandylion” in 1995.

I’m extremely conflicted. This album is a work of emotional subtlety and exemplary songwriting prowess and musicianship and deserves a huge score because it is a tumultuous rollercoaster of emotion and pain and redemption, but it is not a heavy metal record. Fuck it, I’ve decided…

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Anneke Van Giersbergen 9/10 for a record that doesn’t just tug on the heartstrings, it rips them out and beats you to death with the wet ends. Moving, affecting and utterly captivating, this record is worth the expense simply for the cathartic effect it provides when you want heavy emotion but not heavy sounds. However, I have deducted a mark because it isn’t a heavy metal record and I write for Ever-METAL.com. This should not be taken as a demerit, it’s just that Anneke’s album ain’t a metal one although it is heavy as fuck.

Agape (Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Agape
02. Hurricane
03. My Promise
04. I Saw A Car
05. The Soul Knows
06. The End
07. Keep It Simple
08. Lo And Behold
09. Losing You
10. Survive
11. Love You Like I Love You

LINKS:

Anneke Van Giersbergen Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with RONIN

Ronin Logo

EMQ’s with RONIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Long Island, New York based Rock band, Ronin. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist Chris Feldmann, 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 Chris Feldmann and I provide the rhythm guitar and vocals of Ronin. The band, initially, was just jam sessions between me and Andrew Vitale (bassist for Ronin) starting in late summer 2016. We’re a little bit late to the music/band party, starting in our mid 20’s. After a bachelor party weekend in Atlantic City, the jams started. I rode with Vitale, and we talked about music the entire ride and how I had been playing guitar for a couple of years, and wanted to take it further than just me alone in my room. He dropped me off at my house and went straight to Guitar Center and bought a bass. It stayed just us for most of 2017, until his buddy Jack Lenihan jumped on drums. Lenihan wanted to pursue more of his graphic design and art career, so he dropped out when we got more serious about forming an actual band. We got Justin Maas to jam with us a few times in early 2018 on drums and he got hooked in quite quickly. Vitale and I had a bunch of songs we were working/jamming on and Maas helped us flesh them out somewhat into a 6 track self-recorded demo and to finally get our band name in December of 2018. In Early 2019, shortly after we put the demo out, we enlisted our immensely musically talented friend Jack Mauro for lead guitar work, and we’ve been trucking along like that since. So, Ronin was officially founded in early 2019, but stems back to mid/late 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

At first, it came from necessity. As in we just needed a band name after weeks and weeks of throwing ideas around, we had to just choose a name. This need came from the fact that we were going to a show for a band that we were potentially going to open for, and at that time, we didn’t have our name. We didn’t want to look like a bunch of idiots at the show, because undoubtedly, we’d be asked, “so, what’s your band name?” or “what band are you in?”. We decided to hunker down and choose a name. We wanted something short and to the point; nothing over the top or too much of a cliché. Ronin, by the definition, kind of fit our overall sound as well; not adhering to anyone else’s criteria or idea of what we should play, I.E., not having a master. Our overall approach is to not being too genre/subgenre specific and cornering ourselves musically.

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

We are from Long Island, New York. Long Island, before Covid, had a pretty solid local music scene with a number of very cool venues. We hooked up with a number of cool people that showed us love and support through gig offers and what not. We were really rolling too before the lockdown. Had about 9 or 10 gigs lined up through May that all got cancelled, so that was a big bummer. Our sound is always funny at the shows too. Some of the rock shows we played at, we were a little too heavy for the collection of performers, and then at some of the harder metal shows, we were probably on the lighter side. So, we always seemed to get caught somewhere just off-brand of that particular event, but that helped us stand out, for better or for worse. I hope Long Island’s scene comes back stronger than ever but unfortunately a few of our favourite spots to play closed their doors, but we have hope they can reopen, even at a new spot if possible. Gotta support the local scene. We always make it a point to arrive early and stay late, even if only one of us can do so. We really pride ourselves in showing the other acts and promoters the proper respect, because we are still very new to this. Not that it’ll change the more seasoned we get, but just a point of importance for us.

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

This is actually our self-titled, debut album. We put out a 6 song demo a couple of years back, but this is an actual full-length release that was professionally recorded. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished on this debut, and people should listen to it to hear some good old-fashioned rock music. We recorded it at VuDu studios in Port Jefferson, New York. We self-produced the album along with Frank Mitaritonna. He engineered, recorded, and mastered the album. He also helped mix the album with Mike Watts.

‘Spider And Fly’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say Metallica for sure is the most obvious from our sound. They’ve influenced me immensely from a very young age and they still do to this day. Hetfield is king in my book. Big part of my more aggressive vocal approach and playing style. Alice in Chains is also up there, I think. That sort of gritty, dirty rock sound mixed with the beautiful harmonies Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell created; I think there are definite shades of those elements in our sound. I also have to say Avenged Sevenfold. Maybe not the most noticeable right away, but I know that I can recognize it for sure. In some of the different experimental type-sections we throw into songs, like the tonal shifts in ‘Temptress’ and ‘Down’. Also, some of my vocal approaches at times are similar to that of M. Shadows; certain vowel sounds and expressions. Definitely one of my vocal/musical heroes.

What first got you into music?

My family has always been very musical and we always had music on when I was a kid. I sang in chorus and even Symphonic Choir in high school, but like an idiot, I never picked up a guitar until my mid-20’s. Ya live and learn though, and always better late than never, whatever cliches help me sleep at night. But it was really the bands like Creed and Metallica who were super important in my younger years in the mid/late 90’s. I always call them my first loves, because they introduced me to rock music and the heavier stuff. Really blew me away when I first heard those bands and would shape my life for years to come. Hetfield specifically. The absolute main reason behind the decision to finally pick up the guitar is, was, and always will be James Hetfield. He captured me from a young age when I first heard ‘Until It Sleeps’ as an 8-year-old gangly kid in elementary school. That fascination turned into obsession as the years rolled on and only took my dumb ass another 17 years to follow through.

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

It would be Metallica for sure. Just to hear the roar of the crowd of probably tens/hundreds of thousands singing every single word and note of every single song they’d play in their set. To watch the masters at work alongside them. Can’t imagine how that must feel, but perhaps some-day I will.

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

Probably either of Rock am Ring or Rock im Park over in Europe. They always have such incredible line-ups with bands like Volbeat, Korn, Disturbed, Green Day, Gojira and tons of other great rock/metal bands. The crowds are always enormous and those people really appreciate rock music and are there to participate. So, I’d definitely go with either of those.

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

I don’t know if it classifies as a gift, but our band’s FB and IG occasionally gets some interesting and obviously super “legitimate” DM’s soliciting sexual favours and invites to “exclusive” chat rooms. Stuff like that.

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

To the ones we have currently, our deepest and most sincere thank you for connecting with what we’re doing. To any potential fans: Aren’t you tired of hearing everyone say that rock is dead? Well, so are we! We’ve got some very different vibes and feelings across our 8-track debut and we strongly believe it’ll resonate with you and make a connection that you so desperately crave! So, come aboard and ride with Ronin!

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

Man, that’s tough. It’s between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Cliff Burton. I’ll go with Cliff because he was only 24 when he tragically died in that bus accident. He barely showed the world what he was made of and yet he’s influenced innumerable musicians for almost 40 years now. The real kicker is that his death wasn’t anything of his own doing and legitimately an accident. Was of no fault of his own. So, I’d bring him back if I could.

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

Playing live is everything to me. It fills me with so much joy and excitement that it’s hard to contain. Doesn’t matter if the place is packed to the gills, or there are 10 people scattered out. Being up on a stage and performing original music is unlike anything else. The part I hate is doing all the other stuff outside of actually making or playing the music. Like marketing, promoting, endlessly and painstakingly submitting to playlists and other people. I also hate the fact that I’m not just a musician, but that’s unavoidable at the moment.

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

Gatekeeper of streaming and playlisting. Drives me nuts. Sucks for artists’ wallets but helps with exposure if you can get on. It’s so hard to get on meaningful playlists where that exposure will amount to real change and you feel like a chump while doing so. Again, it’s really one of the only games in town, so you kinda have to just keep chugging along and work within the system, regardless of how frustrated you get. I wish there was less importance placed on what a few “influencers” think or promote to the world. Do I have a solution, no, but I’ll complain, nonetheless.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I feel like talking about Avenged Sevenfold. So, I’d choose “City of Evil” by them. Is it my favourite? Probably not, but it’s in the top conversations for sure. Whether it’s the subjective personal impact or objective technical musical greatness, this album checks all the boxes. I had only discovered them about 10 months or so prior to this album being unleashed to the world and launching the band into the stratosphere, and when that happened, I was absolutely hooked. The riffs, the shredding, the vocals. I loved this album top to bottom. I lean more toward singing, instead of screaming, although I’m a fan of, and respect both, so Shadows changing up his style and approach was a plus in my book. All the different sounds and styles they covered on this album still astounds me and shaped my taste and own writing to this day.

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

CD’s. I love CDs’ to death and it could be just a product of my generation. Riding to junior high school in 2001 with my Walkman in hand, Metallica’s “Load” being worn out like nobody’s business inside. ‘Until It Sleeps’ bombarding my ear drums in all its sonic glory. Call it nostalgia, but physical media like CD’s will always be more appealing to me than digital. Feels like you actually own something and you know you gave something back to the band by making the purchase.

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

Without a doubt, January 31st, 2020 at, depressingly, the now closed down Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville, New York. That was such a great night, and one that we hold even more dear because it would become our 2nd to last show of that whole year because of the pandemic. The place was pretty packed out. We brought a decent amount of those people and so did a few of the other bands that played alongside us, so when we played our 30-minute set, the place really was full up. Not only was the place packed, but the crowd was also really responsive and active as well. We had a great time off the stage too with a few of the other bands before and after our sets. Met a lot of cool people and really just fired on all cylinders the whole night. All 4 of us were so locked in and the band was really rolling. Real damn shame that we only had 1 more gig after that and the other 10 or so gigs we had lined up got cancelled. Makes this gig that much more special, also considering that the venue had to close its doors.

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

Hopefully creating in some other way, shape or form. I work at a junior high school in the special ed department currently full time, so I’m sure I’d still be doing that too. The hope is for this band to eventually take over my occupational time completely however and with our debut release, I’m confident that could happen sooner rather than later.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’ll answer this one assuming you mean alive. Let’s go with Dave Chappelle, Jim Carrey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stone Cold Steve Austin and James Hetfield. It’s an interesting crew of people, but we’d have a lot of laughs, deep and interesting conversations and hear a load of wonderful stories. Not to mention I’d have the chance to meet my childhood heroes in person. If only. Perhaps some-day.

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’re remaining optimistic about the state of gigs for the coming year. So, hopefully a slew of live shows and gigs for us. We really feel that our music will connect and resonate with a lot of people, so we want to get our debut album into the hands of as many people as we possibly can. Whether it’s through live shows or streaming, we just want people to hear what we have to offer. Will that lead to gathering a larger, sustainable fanbase? Getting a regional tour going? Getting a manager, and perhaps even getting signed by a label? It’s all within the realm of possibility for Ronin. The only certainty we have is that we’re here to play music that we love and have a damn good time while doing it. So, come aboard and get nutty with us!

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

www.ronin-band.com
www.facebook.com/ronin.rockband
www.instagram.com/ronin.rockband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0t8cC2y5UtxhwXNiWZ-mBA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0iRW3CW7iTqZKXPQyzpNSN
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/ronin/1449806541

Those are the main ones we use and you can access all of those and more through our main website.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d classify them as a cookie if anything. And yes, I had to look these up.

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

Just want to give a sincere thanks for giving me and our band the chance to chat and get the word out about our debut album. I’ll just add, another time that you should all listen to our album! And turn it up LOUD! Cheers to you and yours! Here’s to many more years and successes for all of us! Much love and appreciation from the boys in Ronin! We are Ronin, and don’t you forget it!

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP

Mother Of The Sun EP Cover

Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 21/8/2020
Running Time: 32:07
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On what is a freezing day in a fresh new year (it is the UK, so technically a normal day!), after what was a hell of a 2020, I find myself sitting at my desk while trying to stay warm (which isn’t really happening)! But, even though the outside of me is feeling the cold, the inside of my body’s warming up nicely, listening to “Mother Of The Sun”, the most recent EP by legendary Rock and Roll band “Jefferson Starship”. I actually received this EP a few months back, but with everything I had going on, as well as COVID-19, I have only recently been able to get my head straight enough to write again. And listening to “Mother Of The Sun” has actually been really helpful to listen to, as it has nice soothing/relaxing songs that have picked me up little by little.

Jefferson Starship are an American Rock band, that were initially formed in the 1960’s as ‘Jefferson Airplane’. Under this name, they produced hits including both ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love’. In the 1970’s they became ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released 11 studio albums. But then it was all change again, and when I first encountered them, they were under the name ‘Starship’. I was born in 1988, and as I grew up, I enjoyed listening to their songs ‘Sara’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’ (a personal favourite of mine). They stayed under this name until 1992, when they changed to ‘Starship feat. Mickey Thomas’. But now they’ve returned to ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released their first EP “Mother Of The Sun” 18 years after their last studio album was released.

I have been listening to this EP for a few months now as, during that time, life decided to kick my behind, and I’ve only recently been able to get my head down to review it. And, if there’s one thing I can say about “Mother Of The Sun”, it is that it gives off the feel of the band history, and with songs like ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘What Are We Waiting For’ it takes me back to being that little kid again, listening to their familiar sound on the radio! With the experience of David Freiberg who joined during the last year of ‘Jefferson Airplane’, Donny Baldwin who joined when the band was previously named ‘Jefferson Starship’, more recently Cathy Richardson, (who re-joined in 2016 after being with the band from 2008-2015), and Jude Gold in 2012, you have the best of the ‘old rock’, with beautiful instrumentals and guitar solos that remind me of yesteryear, blended with the new. This makes for a record that would fit right in with anyone’s playlist.

After listening to “Mother Of The Sun” as much as I have, I’ve concluded that my standout song from this amazing EP has to be, none other, than ‘What Are We Waiting For’. From the short guitar solo at the start, the really delicate, soft, vocals to the chorus of the song, it stands out so much, and is such a relaxing song to listen to. Whether it be at a time of happiness, or when feeling down, this song just hits the soul.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s About Time
02. What Are We Waiting For
03. Setting Sun
04. Runaway Again
05. Embryonic Journey
06. Don’t Be Sad Anymore
07. What Are We Waiting For (Extended)

LINE-UP:
David Freiberg – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Donny Baldwin – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Chris Smith – Keyboards & Bass Guitar
Cathy Richardson – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jude Gold – Lead Guitar

LINKS:

Jefferson Starship

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EMQ’s with THE SIMPLE RADICALS

EMQ’s with THE SIMPLE RADICALS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois based Retro-Rock band, The Simple Radicals. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, John Malkin, 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 John Malkin, lead vocalist/guitarist for the band The Simple Radicals. We’re a retro-rock band that combines sounds and styles from some of our favourite classic/alt-rock bands, like Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Pink Floyd, and Cheap Trick. I developed the concept and wrote the songs for the “New Revolution” album (www.open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU) and began laying down the construct of the songs in the studio. I reached out to John Griffin, who I played in a band with a few years ago, to ask if he would listen to the tracks and consider laying down the leads. He loved the tracks, and laid down some incredible shreds, and the rest is history. We brought in James on bass, and Griff on drums, and The Simple Radicals were formed.

How did you come up with your band name?

The Simple Radicals more or less came out of the way my lead guitarist John Griffin, and I, look at life and music. We’re both non-conformists and non-conventional. We like to look at things differently. Stay simple. But think radical. Hence The Simple Radicals.

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

We’re based out of the United States in Chicago, Illinois. We’re so blessed to live in such a rich and vibrant city, with an incredible music scene. Rock, blues, reggae, metal, punk. The city is so versatile and filled with amazing musicians. Chicago produced rock icons like Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan, and blues legends such as Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters. In fact, Chicago blues is what bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin modelled themselves on.

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

Our album, “New Revolution”! It has the guitar-God, Vernon Reid, from the band Living Colour, playing lead on the track ‘Medicate’. The album is about the extremes of what people are going through today, and their efforts to instil a revolution of change. It’s about using the power of their voice to create the catalyst for change, to better their lives, and society as a whole.

Medicate (Official Video) – Featuring Lead Guitar by Vernon Reid

Who have been your greatest influences?

Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Green Day and Cheap Trick.

What first got you into music?

As soon as I heard the power chords of bands like AC/DC, Pearl Jam, and UFO, I knew I wanted to play music. I was just blown away by the simplicity and complexity of their music, and how it brought me to another world. I actually started out as a drummer, and played in several bands, before moving to guitar.

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

Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion, and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing.

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

Coachella in California. It’s a great big melting pot of A-list music, art, and some of the coolest people in the world.

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

A guy wanted me to sign a black pick with a black marker.

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

The Simple Radicals can’t thank you enough for all of your continued support of our band. We hope to see you playing live as soon as the apocalypse is over.

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

So many! But if I had to choose one, I’d bring back Kurt Cobain. Just to thank him for all he did to help shape rock music.

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

Playing live. I feed off the energy and passion of the audience, and try to give it right back to them, in the way we play our music… There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating. And honestly, I haven’t found anything that I hate about being a musician…yet.

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

I wish there were more terrestrial and satellite radio stations that played music from new and up and coming rock bands. Stations used to have programs that were dedicated to discovering and providing exposure to new bands. Seems like that is few and far between these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam “Ten”.

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

Vinyl by far. I love hearing the crackling of the stylus on an album. Plus holding the album and reading the liner notes. Nothing better.

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

We were so fortunate to play the iconic Cutting Room in New York City last December, which is owned by the actor Chris Noth. What an amazing place, with incredible sound, stage, and vibe. Other bands that have played there include John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Sting, Sheryl Crow, and David Bowie. And we rocked the house!

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

If I didn’t have music, I’d probably be selling hats with Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All of Pearl Jam. And I’d cook…nah…I’d order in.

What’s next for the band?

We have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, “New Revolution”. We just released a song and video called ‘Rich Man Wanna Be King’ which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 200,000 views and climbing.

Our video “New Revolution” has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.

We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”, where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew”, where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling, from the Howard Stern Show.

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

You can check us out on Spotify:
www.open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

and YouTube:
www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

and follow us on:
www.facebook.com/thesimpleradicals
www.twitter.com/simpleradicals
www.instagram.com/simpleradicals

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Um…what’s a Jaffa Cake?

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

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Radical.

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EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karweiler, Germany based Rock band, Red County Jail. Huge thanks to Lukas and Steve 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?

We are Lukas (Bass) and Steve (Vocals) from Red County Jail. The band has been around since 2015 and we have been playing together in this constellation since 2018. After being on tour for a while we started recording new material that has been tested on the road. Our first EP “Fuzzy Sally” came out in February this year and was re-released with our new label Bug Valley Records in October.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the name of a Prison in a famous video game, that some of the band members like to play. That’s not very poetic but we thought it would fit the music. 😉

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

We are based in South West Germany. There is a solid underground metal and rock scene here. All the bandmembers have been a part of this scene for a long time now and we knew each other before we started the band.

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

On November 20th we released our new single ‘Never Look Back’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lukas: For me it’s definitely old Hard Rock bands like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. But there are also Bands like Shinedown or Palaye Royale that belong to a younger era of Rock Music.

Steve: I love bands from the 90’s like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Nowadays I listen to Biffy Clyro and Thrice. It’s the singer not the song. 😉

What first got you into music?

Steve: My god rides a skateboard. So, my friends asked me to join their band during a skate session.

Lukas: For me it was my first band with our guitarist Sebastian that got me into the bass. I’m still thankful that he asked me to join though. 😊

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

One day we would love to hear what Rick Rubin has to say about our records. 😉

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

A dream of ours is to play at Download Festival. And Wacken of course.

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

Someone made a cake that looked like the cover of our EP. That was nice!

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

If there is something that bothers you, leave it behind you. Never Look Back.

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

Lukas: Of course, Bon Scott.

Steve: Jeff Buckley because he was just awesome.

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

We love playing live and we are so disappointed that it’s not possible right now. Through live shows, and our music, we are able to express things that can’t be expressed through anything else.

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

Steve: I think there needs to be a change in how we handle music today. The good thing about the digital era is that everybody has the ability to record their own music. Therefore, we need to find a system to sort out the music that is right for us. Especially for me it’s hard to find new and inspiring bands.

Lukas: I would like people to listen to full albums again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lukas: Last one that came out was “Attention Attention” by Shinedown.

Steve: Mine would be Dead Kennedys – “Bed Time For Democracy”.

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

For us it’s the mixture of Downloads and Vinyl.

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

We played the Reload Festival in Germany and shared the stage with In Flames and Kreator. That was a huge one and we are still thinking back to it! Other than that, we played a co-headliner slot in our region and many of our fans got the possibility to see us. That was huge on another level.

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

Steve: I think I would be managing things in some kind. Maybe for a company or something.

Lukas: My first plan was to become a teacher, so I guess that would be the way to go.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lukas: My Guest list would include Brian Johnson, the Young brothers Angus and Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. So basically, it would be AC/DC. 😊

Steve: I would like to meet Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev. And I would invite Rick Rubin, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

What’s next for the band?

Next is our upcoming single release. We are also recording songs for our first long player which will hopefully be out in 2021. And maybe we will be able to play some shows again, that would be awesome.

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

We are active on Instagram and Facebook.
www.facebook.com/red.county.jail/
www.instagram.com/red.county.jail/

www.redcountyjail.de/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lukas: Since they are made in my hometown, I would say biscuit. Steve thinks they are just shit. 😊

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

Thanks, Ever Metal for having us. Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping Rock’n’Roll music alive. In times like these it’s important to look at the good things that happen and music is just one of them!

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EMQ’s with ORDER 69

EMQ’s with ORDER 69

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Münster, Germany based Rock/Blues trio, Order 69. 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?

We are ‘Order 69’ from Münster, Germany. We are a Rock & Roll trio, doing what we love. Ramin Safarabadi is our lead singer, guitar player and commander in chief. Levent Özdemir, on the drums and Kenan Özdemir, on the bass are handling the heartbeat. We met at a local blues jam and it was love at first feel.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a drunk Star Wars-joke. We started the band for fun…turned out we don’t suck, started a career and now the name has stuck…

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

The music scene in Münster is (or used to be pre-pandemic) in a pretty good shape. Jam sessions and a lively club-scene for all genres and audiences make this a great place to live, work and visit!

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

Our album “Order 69” came out about a year ago. This October we published our music video for the song ‘Fire & Fuel’ featuring the amazing Sina Brunner doing acrobatics. Do yourself a favour and check it out on YouTube!

‘Fire & Fuel’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles! Mix in some punk, some Rock & Roll and Blues!

What first got you into music?

There is no way around it, where we live.

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

A jam with Doyle Bramhall II sounds like a blessing!

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

If we had a time machine? Monsters Of Rock in Moscow! Just looks sick.

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

Love and compassion…in other words: 50 bucks.

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

Dont fuck Mother Earth, kids!

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

Keith Moon!

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

The community and the friendships that come with it. It’s a magical thing that brings people together… we don’t like backstabbers, though! Also, the social media work kinda sucks…

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

Labels and artists should have more of a democratic relationship. Thanks to the internet and the opening possibilities of self-publishing we’re on a good way there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – AC/DC.

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

Vinyl – with a download code 😊

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

B-Side Festival in our beloved Münster. We had a wild night with 800 friends and fans.

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

Maybe graphic designers…or night porters…or pizza delivery boys…It’s funny, because its true!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our parents and Ricky Gervais.

What’s next for the band?

Our next album is in the making. All songs are done, we’re just waiting for a lift on travel restrictions to head to Copenhagen and record them at Heyman Studios!

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

www.order69.com/
www.facebook.com/order69official/
www.instagram.com/order.69/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have those in Germany… ☹ Send us a pack, we’ll figure it out!

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

Thank you too! If you’re an old-school kinda person, order our physical album (CD or Vinyl) and enjoy the artwork!

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King Bull – What Happened Here? EP

King Bull – What Happened Here? EP
Riot Records
Release Date: 30/10/2020
Running Time: 18:11
Review by Martin Bennewith
8/10

Sometimes it is nice to sit down and listen to a good bit of rock music – music that has a familiar ring to it and that doesn’t try to be anything out of the ordinary. I kind of get that feeling with King Bull. King Bull are a young Canadian rock band, playing music with a style that is long before their time, and they pull it off well enough. I would describe it as rock with a touch of punk, with a swirling vocal style against dirty guitars and a driving rock beat. ‘What Happened Here?’ is a 5 track EP that demonstrates well what King Bull are about, that is, no nonsense, energetic rock.

The first track ‘Pay Attention’ has a fitting title – it is a short number, with distorted guitar, energetic vocals, and some neat simple fills. It has a positive vibe to it, and is a nice way to start.

The second helping, ‘Secret Sauce’ follows the same formula but is slightly less rough around the edges than the first – and is stretched out with more rhythmic builds and guitar fills. Once again, the vocal work is full of energy, and the stirring vocal style works really well here.

Track three ‘Dontcha Know’ has a different feel to the first two – it is not quite a rock ballad, and the best way to describe it is like a cross between Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Guns N’ Roses knocking on heaven’s door – so again it is pure rock with uneasy vocals, sometimes fluttering, sometimes screaming, but always true.

Next comes ‘The Defender’ – and this one is very raw – it is probably the most punk sounding track on the EP, it is just raw dirty guitar energy and screaming vocals. The beat is driving and carries the track forward at a nice pace.

We finish with ‘B-side Baby’ – this track has a more serious storytelling feel to it, it has more defined sections, and holds back in parts to emphasise the vocals. There are some nice guitar feels once again and an epic guitar and scream fuelled finish to wrap things up.

Because of the unpretentious and simple nature of this EP there is not too much to say about it, so this was quite an easy review to do  – it is rock music as it should be, and it really speaks for itself. 8/10.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Pay Attention
02. Secret Sauce
03. Dontcha Know
04. The Depender
05. B-Side Baby

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fosen, Norway based Rock/Metal band The Federation. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen 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?

We are a rock/metal band (not very sure what we are really) called The Federation. We come from the middle of Norway where the most exiting spice available is salt.

The band started out in late 2018. Started out as a cover band with the intention of maybe writing some original songs. Now we have released our debut album, released our first music video and are currently writing for the next album.

The band consists of 5 guys with receding hairlines and a great fondness of gravy.

Magnus Helmersen – Vocals
Ørjan Vingen – Bass
Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen – Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Strand – Lead Guitar
John Roger (KingJr) Leseth – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

We were throwing different names on the table and we were working with a designer at the time testing out ideas. Then he came up with the logo we are currently using. We thought it was cool, so we needed to figure out something with the letter T and F. We almost went for Troubled Few, but since we are Norwegian it was a little difficult to say, so we chose The Federation.

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

We are from the middle of Norway in a region called Trøndelag. The area has several big bands, but the biggest international band is probably TNT (10 000 Lovers). I think also Bokassa had their start in this area. Other than that, we have several big national acts. The local rock/metal scene is very healthy. There are plenty of bands in the area and we all get along great. However, as in most other places in the world there are a lack of live scenes to play. So it’s always difficult to get gigs.

Fortunately, we are hitting a certain level, popularity wise, so we usually get the gigs we want.

Other bands worth checking out in the area are Prospect, Soaris, Divided Multitude, Axe Toss and Blodsmak.

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

Our latest release is ‘Flesh Gazer’, a single recorded and filmed in the rehearsal room. Mixed, mastered and released by us. We are a DIY band and at the moment, as many others, doing everything ourselves.

Our debut album, “Hungry Sleep”, we also did ourselves. We rented an old school and recorded almost everything there. Then we went to my home studio and recorded overdubs etc.

‘Flesh Gazer’ (Live from TF HQ)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There´s so much different stuff that each and everybody likes in the band so hard to really say something specific. We got; Pål, who is the main songwriter, is a metal head, Thomas likes Guns N’ Roses and that sort of thing, KingJr has a love for Stained, Ørjan loves funk, Magnus has a love for a more power metal sort of thing. The combination gets really weird.😊

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music, didn´t play any instrument before I was 18 when I first picked up the guitar. Metallica – ‘Black Album’ was a turning point for me personally, the distorted sound of the guitar was a life changer. After that I was all rock/metal.

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

Oh, that’s a difficult one. But I think we would choose the guys in Kvelertak. The way they produce and the setting of the mood in their songs is brilliant. I’m a riff guy, basing everything on “the money riff”, but Kvelertak is doing so much more.

Other than that, it must be Tom Rikard Ostad in Blodsmak. His songwriting skill is off the charts.

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

Wacken in Germany, Lollapalooza in the States and 70,000 Tons of Metal at sea.

Wacken and Lollapalooza for the sheer number of people attending, 70,000 Tons for the experience and meeting up with likeminded.😊

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

We haven´t received any gifts as of yet. The vocalist has had several offers in the physical kind of way, but that kind of doesn’t count.😊

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

Thank you for sticking with us and all the crazy stuff we are doing, Thank you for the support, looking forward to seeing everybody again.😊

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

Dimebag Darrel, without a doubt. He wasn´t done yet, he had so many more face ripping riffs left in him and went WAY to soon.

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

The thing I like the most is the freedom to create whatever I want. To just sit there for hours struggling to come up with a riff or a melody, and the intense sense of proudness when you find something that just nails it. It’s a rare feeling, but oh so worth the struggle. When you find something that hits the spot with an audience who have never heard the song as well is absolutely awesome. The highs are so high, the lows can´t compare.

The thing I hate the most is after the show, when we have to rig our gear down. We usually take 30 minutes after the show to talk to the fans and just live a little in the awesome feeling you have after a show. But after about 30 minutes we start wrapping cables and carrying amps. That’s the most boring thing we do.

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

Another difficult one, cause there are so many problems. On our level we aren’t really deep inside the industry yet, but we are getting a taste of it, and it’s a little sour. One thing is the industry itself, the constant struggle of payment, ownership, distribution etc etc. This has been explained so much by people who are more into the business than us, so we leave it at that.

One thing that we are seeing on our level is bands who “cheat” themselves to popularity. Buying likes, views and what not. You can´t blame the industry for being crooked when you don’t play honestly yourselves. Because this is a struggle. Struggle to get gigs, struggle to figure out social media to get your music out there, struggle to understand the financials etc etc. It’s a part of it. It’s like getting a six pack, if you want it, you need to hit the gym hard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”. That album was an absolute EAR opener!

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

Vinyl, any day!

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

I have two for different reasons.

First was with my old band where we got to play with the biggest symphony orchestra in Norway, KORK. And it was broadcasted on the biggest TV channel in Norway, NRK. The production of that gig was immense, and the feeling when you have a symphony orchestra backing up the riffs is a “holy shit” feeling!

The other is a festival in Norway called Totsåsrock. We were one of the first bands to play so we didn´t think there would be as many people, and there weren’t. But after playing the first song the place was packed and everybody was digging the music and having a good time.

It’s so much fun when you are the outsider, and just kill it on stage 😊

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

I’m a sound technician as well as musician so I would probably just do that more. Now I don´t get to do it that often.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister –-Cause he got stories to tell.!
Big Mick – Cause of the stories from a technician point of view!
Stephen Hawking – Cause it´s Stephan Hawking!
Christopher Hitchens – Interesting bloke!
Joe Balaguer – He´s guitars are gorgeous!

What’s next for the band?

Next up are several festival gigs in 2021, then we focus on the new album. It´s going to be heavier and more technical. And then, hopefully, we get to tour abroad a bit. God damn Corona destroyed any hope of travelling in 2020.

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

We try the best we can to use Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. But we are old bastards (31-40 years old), so we are struggling to keep up with the technology. 😊

www.facebook.com/TheFederationMusic/
www.instagram.com/thefederationband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdqkSjbuUJb-geyY8Tsh5yg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits god dammit!

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

Thank you again for having me, and please check us out if you wish!

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EMQ’s with JAMES GELBER

EMQ’s with JAMES GELBER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida based Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer, James Gelber. Huge thanks to James for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about your history?

My name is James Gelber, and I am a singer-songwriter and producer based out of North Redington Beach, Florida. I’ve been making music for over 20 years and I play guitar, bass, drums, keys, and sing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my names 😊

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

I hail from Texas originally. I grew up listening to Metal, so it wasn’t uncommon to hear Pantera blaring out the window of a moving car

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

My latest release was the ‘Right Here Waiting’ cover tune from Richard Marx.

‘Right Here Waiting’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, and most of all my 2 older brothers, Will and Ven.

What first got you into music?

My brothers. They both are amazing musicians, and I was definitely raised to enjoy music for a living.

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

I’m really into this up and coming artist Jay Diggs. He’s done a few single and cover tunes, but his synth-wave sound is amazing, and his mixes are excellent.

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

Wacken Fest for sure! So Metal

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

A voodoo doll with my hair in it. Thankfully, I don’t think it worked

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

Don’t be divisive. Not everybody thinks the same and not everyone is going to agree with everything. Try to always find something to agree on and go from there. You’d be surprised how your values remain intact and you gain respect for someone at the same time.

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

I love being able to make someone’s days by music alone. I hate the industry part of it though, I believe artists deserve more pay-out from streams considering physical medium is extinct.

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

Streaming services need to pay artists what they deserve. The Music Modernization act needs to be revised. It’s a nice step in the right direction but needs to address more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side Of The Moon” – Pink Floyd
“Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
“Master Of Puppets” – Metallica
And many many more!

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

Vinyl will always be my favourite form of physical media.

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

Got to play Knotfest many years ago and got to make many friends. Also saw Korn for the first time and they were awesome!

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

Computing and technologies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Prince, Lemmy, Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, Peter Steel.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently mixing a few records and also working on an original to drop soon.

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

You name it, I’m on it! All streaming platforms.

www.facebook.com/jamesgelbermusic/
www.instagram.com/jamesgelbermusic/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3DxECfUqr9ynbeH6KZwAWq

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Burritos.

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

Stay safe and support your favourite artists!

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EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US based Rock/Metal band War Drum Syndicate. 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?

We (lead vocalist Chieftain Hawks & guitarist Mike Laws) originated War Drum Syndicate in 2016 as a duo songwriting team with intentions to complete a full line-up adding a bassist and drummer, in which we succeeded. We have completed our debut EP “Premise of the Enlightened” – due to drop this Fall and have broken ice with a few awesome shows. We are a fresh new band and ready to keep growing.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mike and I wanted to use something pertaining to rhythm, war and tribe. Mike threw out War Drum and I said good, but it needs another word, and I threw out Syndicate, we agreed and the rest is becoming history.

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

We are from United States of America, the metal scene is awesome here.

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

‘Seasons Fall’ single. It’s a laid-back rocker with a huge catchy chorus. It’s about when people make up lies to burn you down, but you always rise above the ashes like the Phoenix.

‘Seasons Fall’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a tough one, so many. Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Tool, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, Shinedown, Deftones, Stone Sour, Staind, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine and so many many more!

What first got you into music?

We all have been into music since we were in the womb.

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

So many greats to choose from here. Sevendust, Staind, Stone Sour, Mike Patton, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Aaron Lewis and so many more…

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

Rock in Rio comes to mind. The reason is because it’s one of the largest and in such a cool, beautiful, amazing location. We are not picky, any huge festivals with people ready to rock would be great!

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

Vegemite. A fan from Australia sent it.

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

Never give up, appreciate what you have and work hard to achieve your goals/dreams.

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

That’s a tough one too. Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Lane Staley, Chris Cornell, Vinnie Paul, Chester Bennington, Dimebag, Prince and the list goes on!

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

It’s enjoyable to create something to connect with masses amounts of people around the world and possibly help them and their lives and make them feel better, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.

Never hate it but it’s difficult to get the right people together, to achieve musical goals.

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

We would make it more possible for bands to have more control over making more  money etc!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Real Thing” – Faith No More. It’s such a diverse album but could pick many more…

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

They are all the best because any way to listen to music is great!! It’s great to have the choices, every listener has their own feel.

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

The best gig so far has been with bands ‘A Light Divided’ & ‘Call It Home’ from the North Carolina area. It was at one of our favourite venues here at home in Huntsville, Alabama called Shagnasty’s.

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

It would be cool to be a doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joe Rogan, Eddie Hall, Tommy Chong, Jennifer Aniston and Mike Tyson.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently releasing our debut album and have already begun writing the follow up. We are also gearing up for performing some festivals in 2021 and also some music video production starting soon.

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

YouTube, Facebook, Instagram!
www.facebook.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.instagram.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIfigSSM8SCJEgBYLQhPH4Q

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Not familiar with them but they sound tasty…

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

Thank you for your time!! We appreciate all the help we can get and wish our fans the best.

Please visit our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to stay tuned for releases, concert/festival dates etc.

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