EMQ’s with HER NAME WAS FIRE

EMQ’s with HER NAME WAS FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lisbon, Portugal based Stoner Rock duo, Her Name Was Fire. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist João Campos 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 João, I am the singer and guitarist for the duo Her Name Was Fire. We started in 2016 when I asked Tiago the drummer if he was interested in creating a stoner rock duo, and the chemistry was there from the first jam. So far, we have recorded an EP then our debut LP “Road Antics’” in 2017 that took us to a lot of stages and cool adventures. We are currently working on the release of our second album “Decadent Movement”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for a name that had all the right ingredients, Her Name Was Fire was the one that best conveyed what we are trying to do musically. It has an element of mystery, danger and it’s clearly a rock’n’roll name that alludes to a femme fatale, so it was a winner combo.

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

We are from Portugal, the metal scene here is very active, there are loads of bands, gigs and metal festivals, the most know are Vagos Metal Fest and VOA.

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

We released the single ‘Allure’ two weeks ago.

Our new album “Decadent Movement” was just released on April 3rd and we are pretty stoked with what this album came to be.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically it changed along the time, started with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, then Tool and Jeff Buckley and then came the stoner phase from Kyuss, QOTSA to Electric Wizard among other things like the classics -Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or The Doors.

What first got you into music?

Thankfully my brother always had good taste in music and when I was 12/13, he introduced me to all the grunge bands, punk and even metal. I always had a curiosity about musical instruments and when I was 16 a classmate taught me my first chords as well as showing me the classics – he had old Zeppelin, Sabbath and Doors vinyl from his parents.

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

Well I would love to do something with Trent Reznor, that would be out of this world.

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

Tough choice, we still have a lot in our checklist, but from the top of my head Roadburn Festival is definitely one of the top ones. From all we saw about it, it seems to have the coolest vibe, bands and a lot of art happening besides the concerts.

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

Well nothing too crazy, our fans are pretty chilled, just the occasional shot that you don’t even want to know what is in it!

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

Well since we are living in weird times with this pandemic, just stay home, stay safe, take care of each other and blast the new album from the couch. Soon enough we will be enjoying each other’s company with awesome live music.

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

Probably Jimi Hendrix, he still owes humanity a couple of killer albums.

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

I love creating new songs and playing live. I hate the long waiting hours from the soundcheck to the show.

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

Not change but regain something lost, the music industry changed so much that the Labels are no longer interested in creating careers. You either have a hit from the get-go or you are done. Artistic development takes time and nowadays it’s all about how to make money fast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Superunknown” from Soundgarden, I don’t know how many hundreds of times I have listened to it. It has inspired me throughout my life and musical journey.

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

Downloads and streaming services are without a doubt the most practical, but nothing beats putting on a vinyl and just enjoying it from side to side.

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

Probably the one gig we opened for Vintage Caravan at RCA Club in Lisbon. Awesome venue, line up and crowd, it was one of the best nights we had for sure.

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

Being an illustrator, which is my other passion and source of income.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jim Morrison, Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, Maynard James Keenan and David Bowie. That sounds like a fun night.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing “Decadent Movement” and promoting it as soon as this storm passes. We want to play this album live so bad because these are fun songs to play, we feel they will gain a new depth when we do it live.

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

You can find us here:
www.instagram.com/hernamewasfire/
www.facebook.com/HerNameWasFire
www.hernamewasfire.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The eternal dilemma…Can we just settle for mini cake biscuit?

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

Thanks for the interview! Just stay safe and listen to the album “Decadent Movement” which was released on 3rd April 2020

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EMQ’s with CATHEDRAL IN FLAMES

EMQ’s with CATHEDRAL IN FLAMES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Prague, Czechia based Gothic Rock band Cathedral In Flames. 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?

Cathedral In Flames is the resurrected legend of the 90’s gothic rock band. Formed behind the iron curtain in magical Prague. Two friends Phil Lee Fall and Gatsby in high school fell in love with postpunk and chose their way of creating music.

How did you come up with your band name?

Drunk? Stoned? Who knows! That was ages ago! But for sure not because of the Notre Dame fire. We hate burning churches; we love burning ideas. If you dislike anything fight it with your brains not through your zippo (did you get the message our black metal brothers?)

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

We are from the East. Prague, Czechia. Yes, we do have a lot of great metal bands like Master’s Hammer. Very niche genre but powerful. But we are not fucking metal. We are goths! This is a fucking difference.

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

We released EP “Children Of The Blackest Hole” at the end of last year so let’s say this year. 5 tracks and it’s been released on vinyl and of course all of the streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, YT etc. Provided with a videoclip for single ‘Python’ on YT.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Damned, Fields of the Nephilim!

What first got you into music?

Phil Lee Fall: The moment when Gatsby gave me The Sisters Of Mercy tape.

Gatsby: The moment when I found out that I wanna be a bass player and to do my own music was when I heard ‘Disorder’ by Joy Division and Hooky’s bass riff.

Ambra von Bernstein: Dancing.

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

Gatsby: For sure with Madonna! Can you imagine the fun to have this crazy granny around?!

Phil Lee Fall: no fucking way!

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

We are not into festivals. In fact we hate it. So next question…

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

Dead bat. We know that, especially these days, it sounds creepy but years ago that was a nice submission. And we threw it right to the dustbin so no eating, no spreading viruses. Oh God, we are not freaks like Ozzy!

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

Buy and stream our music! Not only because it is fucking awesome, but we also need to earn some money for black limo!

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

Let them all rest in peace! But we still miss Ian Curtis (Joy Division singer). But we bet if he would wake up these days he’d escape again.

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

It is just a pure pleasure doing music. It’s an escape from reality! And there is nothing to hate. All we do must be fun. If it wasn’t, we’d quit!

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

All those fucking reality shows and contests that produce so much useless crap.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Phil Lee Fall: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Elizium”

Gatsby: Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures”

Ambra von Bernstein: The Sister of Mercy – “Floodland”

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

Vinyl!

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

At the Church of St. Martin in the Wall.

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

Phil Lee Fall: Dealer

Gatsby: Gambler

Ambra von Bernstein: Vet

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Charles Bukowski, Ennio Morricone, Martin Hannett, Iggy Pop, Pablo Picasso.

What’s next for the band?

Intensive work on a new album with the working title “Desperado”. The single is going to be released in June. The entire album at the end of this year. And also work on the live show. This is very much important and demanding. We are maximalists in it so the show must be astonishing and something that every visitor will remember for the rest of his life.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and all the streaming platforms.
https://www.facebook.com/cathedralinflames/
https://www.instagram.com/cathedralinflamesgothicrock/
https://cathedralinflamesprague.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

See Wiki: Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes introduced by McVitie and Price in the UK in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges.

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

Not at all. Thanks for the nice questions and stay in love with the music. It doesn’t matter what it is (as long as it’s not shit).

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Black Swan – Shake The World

Black Swan – Shake The World
Released by Frontiers Music srl
Release date: 14/02/2020
Running Time: 51:08
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
Score: 8/10

Good evening, fellow house arrest prisoners of Boris The Animal! This is Dark Juan and while I am technically off duty from spreading the foul gospel of the Ugly Red Source Of All Evil due to a shock headed wanker in an ill-fitting suit essentially grounding me indefinitely (you’re not my dad, Boris!) because a significant proportion of the British populace cannot be trusted to do as they are fucking told just once on the weekend. My Dark Protector Beelzebub is not amused and is demanding that I do a double shift next week. He’s been told to get to fuck and also has been warned that if he takes that tone with me again I’m going to shave his fucking nipples off, the sulphur smelling twatmonkey. So, now we have the pleasantries out of the way let us crack on with this record review what I’m supposed to be writing, innit fam?

Black Swan appear to be where rock legends from America go and enter this kind of amazing time warp where the Nineties never happened, grunge was drowned at birth and where Skid Row and Whitesnake reign supreme over hordes of long haired, denim clad metal warriors in a field, blasting the kind of good time hard rock that just MAKES you go and try to pull that girl with the big BIG hair and the dress that’s so tight you can read her lips and that short you know what she had for breakfast. It’s a glorious reminder of the youth of old metalheads, warm cider and your brain being destroyed by the levels of amplification normally only employed by North Korean propaganda broadcasts. Dark Juan is transported back to his teenage cell… I mean bedroom and trying desperately to trap off with Emma from college to a soundtrack comprised of MSG, Winger and Ratt. Sensibly, I kept the Morbid Angel and Death records hidden away from her.

Speaking of MSG – the most distinctive and rock and roll pipes of Robin fucking McCauley!!! (remember the sheer joy of the McCauley Schenker Group?) provide the kind of vocal histrionics that made hard rock great on this record – his slightly gravelly, yet soaring and effortless delivery is the perfect focus for the music. You could not imagine a more apt vocalist for this band. And the vocal harmonies on this record just pin you to the wall and hold a knife to your throat and steal all your money and drugs. And then steal your girl as well. If you’re too young to know what he sounds like, imagine a mix of Joe Lynn Turner, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio. What? Pardon? You young striplings don’t know who they are either? YOU HAVE GOOGLE FOR A FUCKING REASON AND DON’T COME BACK TO THIS REVIEW UNTIL YOU HAVE LISTENED TO WINGER, MSG, FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE, DOKKEN, MR. BIG (but not Green Tinted Sixties Mind because that song is utter toilet!) AND SURVIVOR!!! Then you might have an idea about what I am talking to you about! And that is also a fairly comprehensive list of just how much talent this band contains considering it is composed of members of all those bands.

It is fair to say that Dark Juan is undergoing a nostalgia trip of conspicuous size and scope and remembering his days of tight blue denim, bangles, big hair and when he was young and beautiful, before all that unfortunate business with the threshing machine, the farmer’s daughter and the subsequent facial reconstruction, court case and incarceration. This album is not in the slightest bit modern and groundbreaking. It is a timewarp par excellence – imagine the era of David Lee Roth’s “Skyscraper” (‘Just Like Paradise’ would fit perfectly on Black Swan’s album), the skintight spandex, the leopard print scarves, the acidwashed denim and the white trainers all the men wore in the 80’s. It is the sound of good times, Thunderbird wine and partying till its light again. It’s the sound of Friday nights in your bedroom listening to the album you just bought again and again and again.

So, is it fair to say that Black Swan have done a Very Good Thing? The answer, my good defilers of all things holy, is yes! The music, although nostalgic, is pointy, sharp and superbly arranged. The guitar work of Reb fucking Beach!!! (Winger, Whitesnake) is incendiary with classic soloing all over the place – two handed tap ons being a staple on a number of songs and always oozing class. The man is a fine player in the classic mould. The drumming comes courtesy of Matt fucking Starr!!! (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley) and his approach seems to be to try and destroy his drumkit by pummelling it until it forms neutronium, and not to play it as the drums sound absolutely fucking huge and are linked beautifully to the rumbling bass playing of Jeff fucking Pilson!!! (Dokken, Foreigner) who appears to want to steal your girl and drive off into the sunset with her merely by employing his prodigious bass talent and watching her white lace panties fall off. And then there is the vocal which we have already dealt with. Suffice it to say that the singer is at the top of his game on this one.

We have therefore established that this album is a good listen and tremendous fun. It is however very 80’s album formulaic – opens with a couple of slammers (‘Shake The World’, ‘Big Disaster’ – both tunes will take your head off in a welter of arterial spray), ups the rock and roll rather than the hard rock on track three (Johnny Came Marching) and then fucks you violently and unpleasantly up the arse (sans lubricant) by having a fucking godawful power ballad as the fifth song in (Make It There) being composed of slow chugging and wailing mournfully about something or someone I lost interest in after 23 seconds. Pull yourself together, girls. Jesus. It’s one saving grace is that it wasn’t a Poison song. My views and opinions on ballads (anyone who writes one deserves to be sent to a gulag of my choosing and made to write black metal songs or djent riffs until they have fucking learned their lesson!)  are well known and even the LEGEND that is Graham Bonnet has felt the rough edge of Dark Juan’s tongue about ballads. Reportedly he was wryly amused. The record then rapidly gets its shit together and returns to the high quality hard rocking fun it was before the bastards ruined it with the ballad. It’s remarkably fresh sounding too, as it doesn’t sound like people trying to reclaim past glories (unlike Warrior Soul’s last two releases which were the absolute epitome of a has been desperately trying to remain cool and instead just looking like someone’s creepy grandad leering at teenage girls in the beer garden of his local).

Black Swan are worth a punt if you love melody, solos and classic rock vocals by masters of the genre. The tunes are perfect, man. Wave your lighters in the air and drink and be merry, my poor imprisoned acolytes. Recreate Monsters Of Rock in your lounge with this record. Have fun. That’s an order.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has stopped dancing now, much to the relief of Mrs. Dark Juan, who claimed it sounded like a herd of mildly pissed hippos rampaging around the spare bedroom, and awards Black Swan 8/10 for a fucking good rock and roll record. Points were deducted for making me listen to a fucking ballad… Argh. I hate them. They are the musical fucking equivalent of having your eyes gouged out with spoons and then having your penis inverted and then being trampled on by hordes of screaming children and then being fed to pigs. Fucking ballads. Might as well just admit that you wear dresses and call yourself Sandra behind closed doors…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Shake The World
02. Big Disaster
03. Johnny Came Marching
04. Immortal Souls
05. Make It There
06. She’s On To Us
07. The Rock That Rolled Away
08. Long Road To Nowhere
09. Sacred Place
10. Unless We Change
11. Divided/United

LINE-UP:
Robin fucking McCauley – Vocals!
Jeff fucking Pilson – Bass!
Reb fucking Beach – Guitar!
Matt fucking Starr – Drums!

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/BlackSwanRockNRoll/
www.spotify.com/artist/5gmDGdc0wzxJUD10xycfiL

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EMQ’s with SILVERLIGHT SHADOWS

EMQ’s with SILVERLIGHT SHADOWS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Grunge Rock band, Silverlight Shadows. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Nida 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 Nida, I play guitar and sing. We started in September 2015. I had a lot of songs ready to go so I contacted Dan (Bass) as we’d talked about having a jam a while ago at a mutual friend’s party. We got together and jammed with drummer Rick. It was supposed to be a one-off thing, but the jam went pretty well so Dan & I caught up a few more times and got to know the songs. After that we had two more jams with Rick, then headed to the studio to record the first album, “Silverlight Shadows”. It was recorded in two days. Not long after that we headed back to the studio and recorded our second album, “Headspace”. We’ve just released our new single “Black The World” in January 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name while cleaning my kitchen. It just popped into my head. I had a few other ideas, like Apocalypse Shadow, which we decided was too dark, eventually we went with Silverlight Shadows. It represents all things that come out in the moonlight – good and evil.

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

We’re from Melbourne, Australia. The underground scene is really strong here; There are heaps of awesome bands and plenty of cool venues. You can pretty much catch an awesome band here any night of the week. There are some really good relatively unknown bands who, in my opinion, are kick ass! We also have two great community radio stations, PBS and RRR, that showcase and promote the underground music scene. I think the worst thing happening is the lack of support for these awesome live venues. A lot of them are really struggling. It would be great if people got out there and supported the scene a little more.

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

We released a single in January 2020 on 7″ inch vinyl. It’s a split release with our mate’s Monarchus. The launch show for this was at Last Chance Rock n Roll bar in Melbourne on January 18th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listen to a lot of music, lots of different styles so there are influences coming from all directions. The band I have listened to most over the last few years would be King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Both Dan (bass) and I grew up being heavily influenced by Australian bands like Magic Dirt, Tumbleweed, The Meanies & Spiderbait. Definitely a lot of bands with fuzzed out guitars too, like the Melvins & Nirvana etc.

What first got you into music?

From the moment I saw Animal from the Muppets I was fucking sold. To see him go absolutely crazy just made me want to do the same. Mix that with my old man banging his head to Deep Purple in the car there was no way I could escape that fast heavy and frenetic beast that is rock!

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

I would like to get Gene from Monarchus to sing on one of our tracks.

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

SXSW Everyone I know who has been there has loved it. It would be amazing to be amongst so many like-minded music fans and bands.

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

I haven’t received any gifts yet from fans, except for the occasional drink, which I don’t mind!

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

Don’t buy Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Puffs – they’re not very tasty!

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

Hendrix. He was a genius. There was no one like him before or after. He was one in a billion.

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

That’s a hard one, I really enjoy lots of things about being a musician. It’s really awesome when you come up with a riff and see it evolve into a song. Recording is great because you finally get to finish the song and hear how it’s meant to sound for the first time. Playing live is great as well, the energy you can create with the whole band humming along and see and hear the audience react to the music is really rewarding. I don’t really enjoy all the selfless promotion you have to do online these days.

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

Maybe an ice age to wipe out all the dinosaurs!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blood Duster – “Lyden Na (The Now Sound)”

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

Vinyl, CD and then cassette, in that order. Digital stuff is great for in the car or when you are out camping etc.

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

Probably Brewtality Fest’ in Melbourne. It’s a celebration of metal, rock and beer. Blood Duster headlined and they are one of my favourite bands.

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

I would most likely be stuck on a farm out in the middle of nowhere driving some sort of heavy machinery!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Benny, Trav, Saltz, Sponge & Dan. I would serve them chicken schnitzel except for Benny, he’s vegetarian so I would make him some nice chilli pasta.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we’re writing stuff for our next release. We are mixing things up a bit on this one, I will be playing bass on a few tracks and Dan will be playing guitar and singing. It’s a bit of a different sound from what we have been doing but still plenty of fuzzed out guitar tones to enjoy.

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

All the usual one’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp Youtube etc our music is available on all the streaming platforms:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Jaffa cakes! I don’t think we have them in Australia. I actually googled this and found a video on YouTube with a nerdy girl giving a long explanation about how they had done studies on this phenomenon and that technically they are a cake????!

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

Thanks for interviewing us and thanks to anyone who has come to a show or listened to our tunes.

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EMQ’s with ROULETTE

EMQ’s with ROULETTE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish AOR/Rock band Roulette. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Hansi Fellbrink 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 Hansi and I play bass and sing backing vocals in Roulette. We started this band back in the 80´s, released a couple of singles but no full album. In 2008 we released a ‘best of’ album called “Better Late Than Never”, with 17 old singles/demos, and played a few live gigs. Then in 2015 I wrote the song ‘Secret Room’ and we released it as a single, and after that, two more singles in 2016-17. We got fantastic reviews so decided to record a whole album, and we released “NOW!” In March 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We all played in different local bands, but we all felt we could do better with a new band. So, we got together, rehearsed one time and wrote three new song in two hours. Then we left our bands and started Roulette.

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

We’re living in Sweden, and in our genre, there are so many new bands coming up, but we got voted best new album so far 2019” in Sweden together with Gathering of Kings.

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

Our latest release is the 5th single from the album “NOW!” called “Soldiers Of Love”, and we shot a music video at our live gig in our hometown Sundsvall to promote it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all love music from the 80´s, but our main influences are Def Leppard, Journey, Dan Reed Network and Van Halen.

What first got you into music?

I played guitar when I was in school, because my father played all kinds of instruments at home. I was a singer and guitarist for many years in local bands, until we started Roulette and I took over the bass guitar.

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

Personally, I would love to write a song with Max Martin, the producer. He played in a band called “It´s Alive” before he started producing, and he’s a great singer, musician, songwriter and a cool guy!!

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

I choose every festival that would book us, because we are longing to playing live now, after all these amazing reviews of our new album, to show our fans that we are a great live band. But if I would choose one it would be great to play at Download Festival or maybe Rock in Rio…J!

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

Hahahaha….a pair of stockings from a girl in Poland, by mail…J! They smelled nice…J!

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

Hope to see you soon our tour, we would love to play in Europe, Japan and USA!!!

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

Randy Rhoads

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

To play music live in front of a big crowd full of fans is amazing. It´s nearly impossible to be a musician today and earn money, we all have to have extra jobs and therefore we can´t write songs and play live as much as we want.

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

Spotify and YouTube are great to spread music on, but you can´t earn any money on these sites unless you are really big.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Def Leppard – “Hysteria”

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

Doesn´t matter, as long as you listen to Roulette…J! No, but I like vinyl a lot for my collection

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

Must say our reunion gig in our hometown, in April 2017, with all of our friends, fans and rockers at one place together!

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

Makin´ music videos!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steven Tyler, Max Martin, Christina Aguilera, Steven Gerrard, and Charlize Theron

What’s next for the band?

We just released a new single + video in January 2020.

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit! Too small for a cake..!J

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

We hope Roulette can play live more in Europe in the beginning of 2020. Our album NOW! is still HOT and we really want to meet our fans all over the world.

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EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, TX based Stoner Rock/Doom Jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. Huge thanks to Dub and Kitchens 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?

Kitchens: I’m Kitchens, I play drums, keyboard, theremin, and I also sing. We’ve been a band for 10 years now, but Dub and I have been in other bands together throughout the years and have known each other since I was in high school.

Dub: My name is Dub, and I play guitar and vocalize.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were listening to a lot of Electric Wizard and Black Pyramid back then. It was hard trying to find a name that sounded original and wasn’t already used. Stone Machine was taken, so we added the Electric to make it ours. Sounds weird to me sometimes still!

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

We’re in the United States. In Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s a pretty rich metal scene for all different genres. It’s actually a bit saturated with bands, so it’s a bit hard to stand out.

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

We released our last album “Darkness Dimensions Disillusion” last year on Sludgelord Records. We put it out on CD and cassette, as well as on all the digital platforms. It has got all the stoner, doom, and jazzy psychedelic metal sounds you need.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kitchens: My personal influences range a great bit. I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa and the many drummers he’s used over the years. I’m also a big Dave Lombardo fan, even though I pretty much suck at anything fast, ha!

Dub: Whatever I hear is going to influence me in some way, but going back it started with The Allman Brothers and recording them off the radio.

What first got you into music?

Kitchens: I grew up with MTV, and the biggest thing I remember from being a kid is Van Halen’s Jump video. I was so stoked when I was able to get this short sleeve Van Halen shirt from K-Mart. It was all music from that point.

Dub: It’s just in my blood, and it’s always been there since I was a kid.

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

Kitchens: That’s a tough one. We’ve done some collab shows and jams with Wo Fat in the past. I’d love to do something with Here Lies Man or Elder. Would love to get some heavy funky weird psych shit going for hours and put on some weird shows!

Dub: I’d like to do some collaboration with Michael Walter of Wo Fat on some original material not necessarily in the heavy realm of music.

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many, and we’re starting to get some really good ones in the States. I’d have to go with Roadburn just because they always seem to have a good eclectic mix of music that just makes sense together. And I’ve never been; it just always looks epic.

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

Can’t say we’ve ever received anything weird. I guess we’ve failed as musicians.

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

Kitchens: Explore, open your mind, discover as much as you can and enjoy it.

Dub: Thank you so much, we wouldn’t exist without you all supporting us.

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

Kitchens: Frank Zappa, because I want to see him perform his music because I missed out, dammit!

Dub: Agreed! On top of being a musical genius, he’s a smart Mother!

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

Kitchens: I love creating and performing, it is just so satisfying. I want to do it all the time, and it would be cool to make a living doing only that. Moving gear around and the business side aren’t fun, but I wouldn’t say I hate any of it.

Dub: It’s a creative outlet. I hate that bands don’t really get paid anymore. It’s the difference in cost to perform (gear, practice, time, and travel) versus what is provided in return.

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

Kitchens: Not sure it is the industry, but it would be nice if more people liked listening to new music or discovering new music. There’s so much out there that people don’t know about. People and the music industry need to be more adventurous.

Dub: See my last answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kitchens: Firehose – “If’n”. That album has it all for me. I could listen to that non-stop. Mike Watt is awesome, and I recently got to see him live and fall down on stage. Dude got right back up and didn’t stop.

Dub: It’s hard to narrow it down to one album, but I can narrow it down to Led Zeppelin.

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

Kitchens: I don’t think it matters as long as you support what you like. I do all of the above in some form or fashion. Unfortunately I end up downloading a lot of music from bands that are outside of the country because shipping gets expensive!

Dub: I prefer vinyl for the sound and experience, but I do CDs for the convenience. Downloads sound like shit and aren’t convenient for me personally.

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

Kitchens: We recently played the Lost Well in Austin, TX. It was awesome to actually play there on a night that didn’t have a bigger show going on that sucked up the crowd. They had a great crowd and staff. It was also awesome to play with our friends in Temptress from Dallas and our buds in Abject Terror made up of dudes from Destroyer of Light and Monte Luna. Gravitoyd Presents puts on some good heavy shows in Austin.

Dub: I agree. But I also dug our show in 2015 with Wo Fat where we all got on stage together and jammed as Whoa! Fat Machine. It was completely improvised, and that is always cool!

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

Kitchens: By day I’m an architect, but I’d probably be doing art more if I wasn’t playing music. I love messing with watercolours and markers and drawing weird shit.

Dub: I’d probably be dead, or living in a van down by the river. Except for the fact the river is dried up too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kitchens: Sam Adams, Colonel Sanders, Little Debbie, and Ben & Jerry. Every party needs food and drink.

Dub: Uh….. That’s a private affair!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on something special for the 10th anniversary of our first show in March. Other than that, we’re working on booking shows regionally around Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

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

https://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/StoneMachineElectric
https://www.instagram.com/stonemachineelectric/ https://twitter.com/SME_band
https://www.youtube.com/user/StoneMachineElectric

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Kitchens: Can it be a biscuit cake or a cake biscuit? A biscake?

Dub: What’s a Jaffa cake?

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on your platform, we appreciate it very much! We hope you and everyone reading really dig this and our music

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EMQs with Blame The Sacred

EMQ’s with BLAME THE SACRED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band, Blame The Sacred. Huge thanks to guitarist Kriss Rayner 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?

Kriss Rayner, guitarist of Blame the Sacred. The band, in its current form, is around 10 months old. I’ve known Scott a while and was aware he had this band going, and kind of worked my way in! At that time, I’d been scorned too many times by bands I’ve been in, so I had no intention of anything other than jamming and just having a social thing to do each week. Funny how, when you stop looking for something, it finds you. They instantly liked the idea of having two guitars when me and Andy started adding layers to their existing material. Bassists were a bit of an issue at the time, commitment wise. At that point, Wez’s band were on a bit of a hiatus, and I knew he was missing performing. I had a chat with him on a few occasions and when things were right for him, he came down. Instant chemistry. Wez liked the music, and the direction we wanted to go, so everything came together. Material ideas and concepts just came really quickly and easily.

How did you come up with your band name?

There’s no elaborate story behind it, I’m told Scott, Andy and Danny just sat down and threw some words about and that stuck!

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

We’re from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Donny has always had a decent scene and has always had small venues to support this (The leopard, Hallcross, Vintage rockbar etc), but I always felt like the bands kinda ride the coattails of bands from Sheffield. I look at Sheffield bands and there’s a lot of pioneer bands or innovators from there, and those new genres filter to the surrounding areas like Doncaster. That’s not to say I think we’re pioneers of a new genre.

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

Our latest EP “The Path” is due for release on 27th March on all formats. There will be a new music video to accompany one of the tracks from it. However, you can still find our previous single, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, on all music download platforms, as well as the music video for it either on YouTube or Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up on bands like Queen, Free and Dire Straits, but didn’t really understand or find “rock music” until I was about 12. My tastes over the past 20 years have fluctuated and, although I’ve always leant towards bluesy styles, at the minute I’m more on the heavier side. What draws me to a band is if they’re serious about what they’re playing, and that the music is real and not pretentious in anyway. What influences me in what I do with Blame are artists like Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Alter Bridge and While She Sleeps.

What first got you into music?

It’s always been there from what my parents used to listen to but, when I started skate boarding, it was the music in the videos that made me start exploring bands. My best friend back then would download all these different bands, (as I didn’t have the internet) and we’d just listen to all sorts. I remember hearing ‘All the Small Things’ by Blink 182 on the radio, and it just had that real Americana feel. Then there was Limp Bizkit, who I still love today.

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

Personally, I’d love to do something with Eminem or Jerry Cantrell, they’re the dream. But more realistically I’d love to have the guys in While She Sleeps produce a record. We’ve also briefly mentioned the idea of doing something with the guys in (fellow forged band) Shadow Smile. I’d love to co-write a song with another band that we’d perform together.

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

Tough one! I’m not really a festival person, it’d have to be something in the UK though. I guess Download.

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

I don’t think I’ve ever received a gift from a fan. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fan 😂!

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

Stick with us! The chemistry is established now and the material is coming fast and is great.

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

For one concert it’d be Freddie Mercury, to have his time again it’d be Chris Cornell, that one really sucked when he went. And I’d love to know what Alice in Chains would be like if Layne was still here.

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

I love the creative process, writing and structuring a song. And recording, I love the studio and putting something down that’s forever.

What I hate is packing up after a gig and driving back late at night!

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

That a band has to be already established before any record company will entertain them. I understand it’s all a business machine, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just send them a cd and they judge you solely on your ability to write music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My top go to album is probably the first Audioslave album, for me it’s perfect. It takes me away to somewhere else when I listen to it. It’s like it was written for a film that’s yet to be made.

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

I like CD because you get a quality product as well as getting the sleeve and artwork, and they’re easily transportable.

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

Our opening slot for Blackwater Conspiracy, at Sheffield Corporation last November. I think it was our fourth gig, and it’s the one where we settled the most, and played the best as a band. And the crowd were great, as were the Blackwater boys. Top lads!

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

It’d be something creative and artsy. Some form of design, maybe photography or videography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Barack Obama, Eminem and Dick Strawbridge.

What’s next for the band?

Writing is ongoing, being with four other likeminded people makes it hard to not come up with material. There’s talk on maybe another recording before the year’s out, and then doing more of the right gigs for us and just keep growing.

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

Just all the usual Facebook Instagram iTunes Spotify etc. But I have to say Scott deals with most of this I’m not great with the technology side of things!

https://www.facebook.com/blamethesacred/
https://www.instagram.com/blamethesacredofficial https://twitter.com/blamethesacred https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sPzAQme1p2wiLbuPOx7SQ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw2MLmw2a_llQsRBQQ9UWBQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Me and Danny say, and rightly so, biscuit, because they’re in the biscuit aisle, and for some other legitimate chef reason Danny has. The other lads say cake, but they’re frequently wrong about most things!

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

If you like what we do, please support us by buying our music and merch. Unfortunately for most bands, revenue from merch and music sales is their biggest source of income. Without it, we can’t release more, so it really does go a long way and is massively appreciated ✌🏻

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EMQs with Hi/Jack

EMQ’s with HI/JACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee based Punk/Rock/Alternative band Hi/Jack. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist Max Liam for taking part.

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

My name is Max Liam. I am the guitarist and lead vocalist. The band came together as a result of both our bands falling apart, but we had been unknowingly sharing a bassist. We ended up doing a one-off show with said bassist, and Ron (Terrell, Drummer) and I decided to keep in touch after. One thing led to another.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl!

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

Any? I’ll say Glastonbury or maybe Wacken.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQs with Filmspeed

EMQ’s with FILMSPEED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Rock band Filmspeed. Huge thanks to bassist/backing vocalist Nick Stout 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 Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.’ Always wanted to do that!

(This has gone down extremely well at Ever Metal Headquarters as ‘The Princess Bride’ is one of Beth’s favourite films!!)

My name is Nick Stout, and I play the bass/back-up vox for the band Filmspeed. Filmspeed is: Two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving. The power trio of Filmspeed is comprised of two lifelong friends and a born music machine. From humble beginnings in 2004 outside Detroit, MI and thru the gamut of the independent music industry, unyielding passion always precedes the sound. Combining blood pumping anthems, melodic hooks, and soulful grooves, Filmspeed thrives on the live music experience. Every minute of every album is written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves.

How did you come up with your band name?

The concept of the band names comes from your memories. While recollecting on things that have happened to you throughout your life, you tend to only remember fragments of the whole event. Kind of like how a film only has time to show you key parts of the narrative. You rarely remember what mug you used for your coffee this morning or the number of cups, but you do remember that you had coffee. These fragmented memories feel like you are living life at the speed of film, hence, FILMSPEED!

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

We hail from Murrica’. As far as the Rock scene out here…………that’s a tricky question. The shows are booming, with tons of availability to play with other killer acts. BUT that doesn’t mean that anyone is going to show up. We live in tricky times where kids much rather sit at home, on their iPad, and watch tiny desk concerts of their favourite bands rather than go see them live. So like I said shows are boooooming. Attendance is not. You could always say well you aren’t doing enough, yada yada yada, but I haven’t been to a sold out local show in years.

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

Our latest single release was ‘Need A Rush’ and came out late October. You can find that on any and all platforms. If we aren’t on your favorite platform, send us a DM, and we will get it there. The upcoming release, slated for January 24th, is “Braindead”. You can currently pre-save it on Spotify / Apple Music / Deezer/ TuneIn and/or add it to your playlist right now depending on when this interview comes out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we can all collectively say our parents and significant others. My parents have always pushed me to follow my dreams since I was a child. Whether it be listening to me practicing flute in my basement as a talentless child or calling me while listening to one of our songs at 100 and yelling “I love this track”. They have and always will be my support group.

What first got you into music?

My parents! Since a young age my dad would play guitar while a record was playing or hear a song on a radio and explain to me what the song meant. I remember being 10ish in my dad’s truck and ‘Centerfold’ by The J. Geils Band came on. After listening my dad explained to me what it meant. I had no clue what a nudie mag was, but looking back on that memory all I can do is chuckle. That was so my dad, informational, yet inappropriate.

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

I usually go with Butch Walker. He to me is the gold standard for producers and continually produces songs that I can listen all the way through, even if they aren’t my taste. But if I had to pick someone else I would go with “The Black Crowes”. Anytime their songs come on I feel like putting on headphones, jumping in a giant water fountain, and kicking water at the bystanders.

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

Easy for me………Glastonbury! I want a giant crowd of music loving fans waving flags in front of me. Plus I feel like you could be a no name band in front of that crowd and as long as you put on a killer performance they would be a part of it. America has too many arm crossing weirdos writing blogs while you play in front of them.

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

I think the weirdest gift we have ever received from a fan was a hamster. It was an earlier iteration of Filmspeed but I’m pretty sure some fan just gave us this overweight, half blind, huge testicled hamster. Captain Sergeant Brandon America was his name.

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

Support your local musicians. Add them to your playlists. Come to shows. Pre-save their links. Like their posts. Forrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr fucks sake. People scroll social media endlessly consuming useless memes but can’t like a bands photo or show post.

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

Stevie Ray Vaughn. The man could set a fret board on fire with his hands back then, just imagine what he would be doing today? Maybe setting your fret board on fire while playing his own guitar.

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

I love the music part and hate all the side jobs that come along with being a DIY band. There are probably 7 full time jobs in our band and only 3 of us. For example: We just shot a music video last night. It took us hours to get set up because we are the director, lighting guy, set designer, producer, dp, mp, rp, lp, kp, etc etc. We’d much rather just show up, kill the performance, and leave.

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

Nepotism! I can’t tell you how many shitty musicians get signed just because their cousin is some executive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers”

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

Overall Vinyl sounds the best but it really depends on how the music is recorded. You are going to have a really hard time making something sound great on vinyl if it isn’t recorded for vinyl. But if you record for vinyl it’s going to have a warmth and power that is irreplaceable on any other media.

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

I would probably be the president or something less important than being a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That one’s kind of easy for me Craig, Oliver, Megan, Nickii, and Norman. Those are my ride or dies.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing our latest single “Braindead” January 24th!! Pre-save/add it/buy it/put it in your earsssssssss.

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

http://www.filmspeedband.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/74yONhOvOpeKFJXALWRL6k
https://soundcloud.com/filmspeedmusic
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/filmspeed/305162258
https://www.youtube.com/user/FILMSPEEDMUSIC
https://twitter.com/FilmspeedMusic
https://www.instagram.com/filmspeedmusic/
https://www.facebook.com/Filmspeed/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

This is easy, it is a Cake. The name is “Jaffa Cakes!”, therefore if it was a biscuit it would be called “Jaffa Biscuits”! If you think otherwise…you’re just like…..wrong…..man!

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

Life rips, gang gang!

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’
Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Running Time: 34:35
Reviewed By Paul Monkhouse
8/10

The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible new albums emerge this year. This trend looks to continue well into 2020 with the release firstly of the Anchor Lane debut album and this, the first full length offering by Kent four-piece Collateral in February. Already making a big impression on UK and global audiences with slots at Camden Rocks, Ramblin’ Man and an appearance alongside Jon Bon Jovi, these South East rockers are amongst the most hotly tipped bands for future superstardom and this self-titled release shows exactly why they’re getting so much attention.

The songs on the album are huge and have such lofty ambitions to be played in stadiums but, unlike many who have come before, their strongest weapon in the fight is their talent and drive to succeed. Despite all the big, singalong anthems and flamboyant image, it’s not all empty glamour and glitz as beneath the noise and gleaming chrome of the surface lies a real blue-collar heart and recaptures the spirit of when Bon Jovi and their ilk were at their peak.

The album kicks off with the single ‘Mr. Big Shot’ and it’s a giant slab of commercial hard rock that mixes in some really 80’s elements ranging from classic American AOR to some almost New Romantic undertones and a pinch of ELO. Full of great guitar work from Todd Winger and epic vocals by Angelo Tristan, the track drips with tongue in cheek innuendos and a huge sense of a band having a ball in the studio. More monster riffing and vast melodies power along paeon to the modern music industry ‘Promiseland’, it sounds like the sleazy lovechild of AC/DC and, should have been huge, USA rock legends Giant as it snarls and purrs, leading to a superb solo by Winger. The band dust off their cowboy boots as the Southern Rock feel of ‘Merry Go Round’ brings images of swirling dust devils and shimmering desert heat to mind as they effortlessly turn their home county ‘Garden of England’ into the American Midwest. Close your eyes and you can feel the sun beating down and the dry mouthed feel that is desperate to be administered an ice-cold beer. Without doubt, one of the greatest strengths of the band is to conjure up that sense of time and place in a very tangible way, transporting you to a time when hair was big, and choruses were even bigger. This is no aping of the classic bands of that era but a contemporary take on the type of rock music that made Bon Jovi et al kings of stadiums, the production by Sean M Kenny bringing out the best in the material whilst giving it a thoroughly modern sheen.

‘In it for Love’ exemplifies this approach as it perfectly balances the pounding rock driven by rhythm section Ben Atkinson on drums and Jack Bentley-Smith’s bass alongside such a great, dynamic song that will have you singing along in no time. With its instantly catchy “woooh oooh oooh” gang vocals during the chorus and another fret blazing solo ‘Lullaby’ has already become a live favourite and should be blaring out of every car radio across the Atlantic, such is its perfect suitability for the American market.

Also finding its main inspiration the other side of the ‘pond’ is ‘Midnight Queen’, the band tilting their Stetsons to a more AOR meets Country Rock feel that sounds like it might have been written by Richard Marx and Vince Gill, the opening line the name of a huge hit that Marx wrote for Vixen and it shares that same sense of space, the focus on the songwriting, not the flash.

Those waiting for the heartfelt power ballad won’t be disappointed as ‘Get Back to You’ ticks all the right boxes, Tristan pouring his heart out as he longs to return home whilst the song proves it’s more about quality and quiet than drama school overemphasis.

Having stated their love for the aforementioned Mr. Jovi, the band expressed their intent to write something that captured the spirit of tracks like ‘Always’ and this certainly will see a sea of mobile phone lights (nobody is allowed lighters at gigs these days) held aloft in tribute. The pace picks up once again in the spot on, commercial pop rock of ‘Won’t Stop Me Dreaming’, a song that contains a tough streak of steely determination laced through its supremely candy coated and instantly addictive shell. The album ends with ‘About this Boy’, another country tinged track that once more heads more to the massive and lucrative Nashville scene than the heavier end of their material. Whilst a meatier number may have been more fitting, the song is still imbued with that Transatlantic feel that may well find the band gaining ground both in their home country and in the United States given the growing market here and the already titanic base there. Always doing things their way, Collateral continue to push forward, and this album shows just how far they’ve grown and where they’re heading. The stadiums of the world are beckoning.

Track Listing:
1 Mr Big Shot
2 Promised Land
3 Merry Go Round
4 In It For Love
5 Lullaby
6 Midnight Queen
7 Get Back To You
8 Won’t Stop Me Dreaming
9 About This Boy

Links:
https://www.collateralofficial.com/
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https://www.instagram.com/collateralrocks/

 

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