INTERVIEW WITH RAESHWAN GREENE aka ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’

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INTERVIEW WITH RAESHWAN GREENE aka ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS

Raeshwan Greene is an artist and a drummer I met years ago when he was drumming for a band called YEAR OF THE LOCUST. I was honoured and able to meet this gentleman and his band when they toured with Starset. A rock n roll band that captured and moved you on record and onstage. Greene’s drumming was so fun to watch and his humbleness to his craft was noteworthy when meeting the band.

As our friendship grew throughout the years and I learnt he was more than an artist, he was a father, a goal setter, he ran with his passions and he was so diverse in the music world as the world is finding out in 2021 as he is bringing forth his solo work as ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’. Not just a drummer he is a songwriter, a singer, a spoken word and rap influencer. He is bringing raw truth about himself and the world to the forefront of his new music. So many avenues in the music world that he has a talent in and that, right there, is going to bring a special diversity to his solo work! If I could sum up in one word what this new chapter of his life will bring it would be the word adventure: for the listeners and for himself.

Just go listen to a track like ‘ON THE RUN’ and then skip to a track like ‘THERAPY’ so different but such epicness in their own genres; and that is where he stands out! He is giving you all that is in his heart n soul and he is portraying it in music, in a raw authentic way which leads to him traveling down different genres. That just shows that he is a lover of music, he is not fearful of change and putting himself out there in a variety of elements to do the best he can and right now from what I have heard he is killing it! Right there is RESPECT for anyone that is giving their all for the passion they have!

I finally got to chat with Ray, one on one, to find out more about his chapter in Year Of The Locust, his background in music and what he hopes to do with the music he is making now.

Q: I met you when you were in a band called Year Of the Locust, can you talk about how being in that band made you grow as a musician, how being able to tour changed your life for the better or worse and what being in a band meant to you?

A: I love those guys so much. Being in Year Of The Locust taught me so much. They taught me the true grind and hustle of the music industry especially in the rock world as it relates to being in bands. I learned so much about being on the road; how to work on a bus, and how to make the best out of even the worst of situations. It Definitely made me a better musician and It took me from drumming in the gospel, hip-hop/ R&B world, to the rock world as a drummer. Which was a totally different world then I was accustomed to. So, all in all it really helped sharpen all of my skills musically and as a person in all areas. What it meant to me was a level of brotherhood and friendship, Unlike I’ve ever experienced before. Those fellas are still my brothers and we definitely still keep in touch and still work on music together.

Q: How did you get into drumming and do you still play?

A: I’ve always been a drummer. I started banging on pots and pans around three years old. Then joined bands in elementary school, middle school and then went on to be the drum major of my marching band in high school. I’ve also played for multiple churches and other community entities and functions. I absolutely still play drums. I did the drums on my songs ‘My Way Home’, ‘No Regrets’, and a new song that I’ll be releasing here shortly in about a month.

Q: If you could take one song you wrote with YOTL that means the most to you which one would it be and why?

A: I would definitely have to say ‘Movin On’. It’s such an amazing song and it means so much for so many different reasons. Things are always moving and changing in life. In fact, that’s the only constant, and it’s sad that focus on the song but it is life and it does move on. Be it relationships, friendships, bands or anything else, everything has a season. I also directed and filmed that music video so there’s really a special place there for me with that song. And I absolutely have to give credit to Scot when it comes down to his delivery in the vocals it just touches your soul in such an amazing way.

Q: You have taken vocal duties in a diverse way so when did you decide you wanted to make your voice known and tell the stories you have created?

A: Before Year Of The Locust, I actually rapped for a pop punk band out of Virginia called “Escape The Armada”. So, I had a little bit of experience with being on the microphone and upfront for sure. But honestly, I’ve always been writing songs and producing/writing my own stuff with all the bands I’ve been in. Ultimately, I knew there was going to come a point where I had to do something with it on a solo front. I just had to figure out my identity. It’s always been building in me even since I was a little kid.

Q: Earlier this year you went through a real hard time mentally and emotionally and tracked a song about it, I felt everything you wrote about and your story you told because I have the same thoughts, for people struggling how did you get through it and how do you deal with it on the daily and what would be your best advice?

A: My faith, music, and my daughters. I would definitely advise others to lean on your close inner circle and find your faith if you already don’t have it. There’s no possible way any of us can get through some of the worst times of our life alone. Even though I wanted to be alone, I had to recognize that I was not alone.

Q: Do you feel you found god then? I have come into contact with a lot of people who have had breakdowns and god came to them in the past year, do you feel this was what happened to you or have you been with him for a bit?

A: I wouldn’t say that I’ve been with him. He’s been with me. I’ve always had faith and God in my heart and life, but there are times where we all stray away and I believe during the last year and a half I was made heavily aware of that. I was reminded that he is the ultimate healer, and comforter no matter what we face. And that is the storms as I like to call them, or dark times calm, they don’t last forever and the sun will absolutely shine again.

Q: One of my favourites is ‘NO REGRETS’, did you do all the music and the lyrics etc and how is it being in control of everything these days?

A: I wrote the concept for ‘No Regrets’, and some of the generic guitar sounds then with help from my buddy Scot from Year Of The Locust he took the guitar sound to the next level and I’m so appreciative of his help. He also helped out on the vocals on the choruses and throws on some screams. I did pretty much everything else 😊. It’s a double edge sword being in control of everything as a solo artist because you get to reap all the benefits when things are going great, but when things aren’t going so great and you realize you’re responsible for everything it can be a little bit over bearing but I do love it. I trust the process.

Q: ‘ON THE RUN’ is totally a 180 of other stuff you write. How was putting this track together and did you have any help in getting the right vibe for this track and how do you feel about the overall finished product of this song?

A: ‘On The Run’ came out first. That is the first solo song that I’ve ever done as Awesome Ray Ray. But yes, it is totally different from most of my other stuff. Just like my other tracks, I wrote it and made demos then took it to a studio out in LA and had professionals clean it up for me a little bit. You know things that I’m not too great with, guitars and other production. I also took it down to Nashville and had a very good friend of mine Brian Bonds who is in the video, (formally of Florida Georgia Line and Tantric) help me out with additional production and sweet guitar riffs layered on top. I’m so in love with the final product. That song and video will always have a special place in my heart for more reasons than I have time to explain right now.

Q: What are your plans now with your music and the songs you have been promoting and tracking? do you want to take this on the road?

A: I absolutely want to take those songs on the road for sure. I did an audit the other day, I have 29 unfinished songs. Things are about to get real LOL.

Q: A lot of people are going the route of self-employment in the music world and no labels. Are you one of them also and what are your views about it and the near future?

A: I totally understand that. For right now I’m independent and unsigned and definitely respect all the other underdogs out there. I also understand the function of a label and how it could absolutely be beneficial. For me? We will have to see. I’m not knocking it but I’m not exactly gunning for it. There’s a purpose and a plan for my music career even if I don’t know what all of it entails. I can say whatever happens I’m excited, thankful and blessed to be a part of the ride.

Q: Where do you find inspiration to write, it seems you look inside of yourself but there has to be more to this creativeness then just that?

A: I absolutely do look inward for inspiration. But I also look outward. I have a very overactive imagination, and I also have the ability to be able to listen to somebody else’s story and tell that story. So, I gather a bunch of different things when it comes down to songwriting, production and music videos.

Q: Who inspires you in the spoken word community and why do they, if you have someone that does?

A: There’s a lot of folks that inspire me. I would definitely say a lot of the southern hip-hop artist, and a few from out west. Rappers, singers and bands that I grew up on. To name a few, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, YelaWolf, jelly roll, Lecrae, Timbaland, Common, Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill, Black Thought (from the roots),Drake, Gary Clark Jr. Jill Scott, The entire Dc go-go scene. This list could go on for about another 20 or 30 pages.

Q: Vocally, what do you hope to improve on or learn throughout this new chapter in your life?

A: I hope to get better at my actual singing, and be able to increase my range, and harmonize better. I truly believe this is a journey not a destination, so there’s always room to improve and get better.

Q: Would you consider ever getting a band back into the works if the music called for it?

A: Absolutely. I have a very short tour and a major music festival coming up in the fall, and I definitely have a backing band for it.

Q: I feel like you’re a reader of books, if you are, do you have a go to book that you love if so, what is it and why do you love it?

A: Believe it or not, I’m actually not a big book person. I am intrigued though and would like to dive into some books. I’m more of a writer and watcher.

Q: What or who has inspired you to keep the passion you have for music and for people who give up on their dreams what would you want to tell them to stay the course and if they have given up do you feel they can get back on it and re build and re start?

A: My circle, my kids, my true friends, and the Fanbase that I’m building up. They love me and support me even on my darker days. I absolutely would encourage those who have quit to jump back into it. My biggest thing is following dreams. I whole heartedly believe when you give up on your dreams, you give up on life. it’s definitely not easy, but you got a hang in there. You have to keep pushing and believing. So, I wanna encourage others to follow their dreams, much as I can. Rather it be through my music or anything else that I can contribute.

Q:What does it mean to have people supporting you through all your music career paths and how it feels to know you have a special effect on people’s lives?

A: For me it means the absolute world. It’s the reason why I started, and why I keep going. Rather it be people in my DM‘s, telling me about their day, or people commenting about how cool my mohawk looks, or about how my music help them through a tough time. I’m thankful and grateful that I’m in a position to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I wasn’t always a positive person, and still have some negative moments of days. But I recognize that and I am ever trying to improve to be better today than I was yesterday, and hopefully that spreads.

Q: Anything else you want to add or I missed that you’re currently working on? Also, how people can keep up to date with your music?

A: I think you covered at all. I want to thank you and East Coast Romper so much for taking the time. I’m super thankful and grateful. I’m on all socials, and streaming on all music platforms, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Tidal and, most recently, I am now on iHeartRadio.

STAY CONNECTED:

‘On The Run’ (Official Video)

‘Therapy’ (Lyric Video)

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with London, England based Multimedia Rock band, Death Ingloria. Huge thanks to Galina Rin 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 Galina Rin. Supreme being of the band Death Ingloria creating rock music, comic art and animation about the end of Humanity. Each album is a complete Sci Fi story accompanied by a comic and I’m not saying I’m psychic but my first comic was about a designer virus that was purposefully let loose on the population. Don’t worry I kill us off a lot faster in our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”.😊

I was trying to start a band for more years than I care to admit. I went through 5 bass players and 12 drummers only to decide to go it alone. So, for the first 3 years of this project, I was a one human show. Now I have a band. Co-Conspirators. Space Travellers that accompany me on this journey. It’s nice to have company as this life, it ain’t right for everybody. Everyone would do it now if it was easy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I tell stories about Humanity’s Inglorious Death. So, Death Ingloria seemed the right choice.

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

We’re from London, UK and it’s hard to say what the scene will be like when it opens up. Before Lockdown I would say that there is room for everyone in our scene but you need to be very specific about your audience. Some genres do better than others and middle of the road dies a death here.

We find our tribe within comic cons and other geek based conventions but we also play rock festivals and venues.

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

Our latest release is ‘Battle Stations’, the 2nd single of our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”. Of all of our videos this one means the most to us. It depicts true, lived through events and ones that could very easily be repeated. By normalising public violence, we cause it to seep and stain our collective identity until it becomes so ingrained in who we are that we give it its own annual celebration.

‘Battle Stations’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Coheed and Cambria are pretty much responsible for the creation of Death Ingloria. I’ve seen them 19 times, managed to watch from the side of stage both at Glastonbury and Reading Festival and even owned the handbag at one point. We are similar and yet different enough to make a great support band for C&C. You know…just in case The Universe is one of your readers.

What first got you into music?

My parents are folk and rock musicians. My Dad played drums for a band that supported Jimi Hendrix, back in the day. It’s cliche to say but it’s always been that way.

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

Maybe I’m soft in the head, but I don’t dream of collabs. I wouldn’t turn them down but I don’t have anyone in mind. It’s just not something I think about.

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

Now this is something I dream about! Download, Fuji Rock, San Diego Comic Con! I have to give you three because they are all very different.

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

I did an acoustic show in London and after the show a fan handed me a pen drawn picture, he had drawn of me while performing at that show. It was really cool and looked just like me 😊

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

Everything moves towards its end.

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

My first thought is for Kurt Cobain but would he want to come back? Maybe not so let’s bring back someone who died by accident or illness. Randy Rhoads seems the obvious choice, Chuck Schuldiner also.

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

First off, I don’t hate anything about being a musician. I’ve done all the crap jobs to get here and I can tell from experience there is nothing to complain about.

Being in charge of your own art and how you spend your time is the thing I enjoy the most.

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

If I’ve learned anything on this journey it is this. If you move/change something, something else must move into its space. An equivalent exchange if you like. I’d have a good old look before wishing things away.

Things are generally the way they are for a reason and only through gradual change can they evolve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Machina – “Progenitor”. Just amazing Symphonic Sci Fi Metal greatness. I have no idea how they make half their sounds.

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

Download, Comic and ID Card. The three formats our new album comes in.

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

Opening The Cyberdrone at BoomTown Fair in 2019 was pretty epic. A 15 metre 360 project Dome with a stage in the middle. Anime Epic Overload!

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

Nothing. I’d be dust in the wind, dude. I did all the crap jobs to land here and now I’m not going anywhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a reformed alcoholic l so I don’t like dinner parties as it will make me want to drink. However, I love to go dancing at metal clubs. So, for that, actively I wouldn’t take anyone famous. We’re there to dance not schmooze.

What’s next for the band?

Gig, gig, gig, tour, tour, tour and then write some more! Seriously though, We’re playing a lot of online festivals for the foreseeable, but we will be on the road for a load of dates at Comic Cons through the rest of the year, check out the events on deathingloria.com. We also have our Live Listening Party (IRL & Livestream) on Friday 30th July 19:00 – 21:00 at The Electrowerkz in London. We’ll be playing the new album and animation in full at this show and attendees, either in the room or on stream will be able to get the album 2 weeks before it’s general release. Exciting.

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

www.deathingloria.com/
www.deathingloria.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathingloria/
www.twitter.com/death_ingloria
www.instagram.com/death_ingloria/
www.soundcloud.com/deathingloria
www.twitch.tv/death_ingloria
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mD6khAn5xTH4hUYkAXJZW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtaPIpqYbIFjN4DI7sxsrg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are a cake in bite size form

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

Thank you kindly for having me and we’ll see you all soon.

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Bjarte K. Helland – Maniae EP

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Bjarte K. Helland – Maniae EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 22:51
Review by Simon Black
7/10

It takes all sorts to make a genre and body of music that is the Church of All Things Rock And Metal. That means that for those of us who plough through a couple of hundreds records a year in order to encourage you to support the artists (whether we like them or not), it means you have to be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone and occasionally be pleasantly surprised. This short, but fascinating EP is a solo project of Quadrasonic, FastLoaders and Pitch Black Mentality drummer Bjarte K. Helland. It’s also an entirely instrumental piece, focussing on a complex hybrid of Progressive Rock/Metal and Jazz Fusion. However, you would expect him as a drummer to dominate the sound and the mix, but he doesn’t (although the footwork is phenomenal). If anything, the strings are front and foremost in the mix, particularly Jarle H. Olsen’s rather fantastic and effortlessly fluid guitar work.

This is obviously intended to be a studio project, but despite the choice of style it’s remarkably easy to listen to and although the openers ‘Lyssa’ and ‘Light of Erebus’ are pure Jazz Fusion, the more straight ahead Rock beat of ‘Monolith’ illustrates that there’s plenty in there for the more heavily inclined without losing that subtlety and complexity. Jazz Fusion is often in danger of alienating its listeners by going down an overtly showy road, but because this piece focuses on melody and catchiness first and foremost – rather than appealing only to those who know or care about the difference between a secondary dominant and a tritone substitution, diminished or otherwise. Bottom line is for those with a Prog bent, then this is going to tick a few boxes with its technically dazzling but fundamentally listenable approach to a style of music that isn’t for all but which works like a dream here.

‘Light Of Erebus’ (Official Visualizer)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Lyssa
02. Light Of Erebus
03. Monolith
04. Rabid

LINE-UP:
Jarle H. Olsen – Guitars
Ric Fierabracci – Bass
Bjarte K. Helland – Drums

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH ZEBRAHEAD

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INTERVIEW WITH ZEBRAHEAD
The New Chapter!!
By Stephanie Stevens

I am going to make this introduction a little personal because I feel like I have grown up and watched this Southern California band blossom and create so much insanely fun, quirky and amazing music since the bands start! ZEBRAHEAD started as a band when the explosion in the Orange County punk scene infected the music world. Signing with Columbia Records the band brought the world a piece of heaven with the debut album “WASTE OF MIND”, and the introduction that was given to me into the world that was ZEBRAHEAD. One listen to this album and I was hooked. The energy, the character in the music and just the overall fun & creative atmosphere made this disc an instant classic. It’s been 23 years and this album is still a go to listen when I am having an off day and need a bit of a pick me up. The bands whole discography could be used for that, who am I fooling, these guys just bring a light hearted, happy ambiance to the world of music.

With 2 million records sold to date, Grammy nominated and the survival of label and member changes the force that is ZEBRAHEAD is stronger than ever, which brings me to that next chapter of the band or as they love to call it ZEBRAHEAD 3.0! With new found excitement the guys, just recently, told the world about a new addition to the band in the name of Adrian Estrella. It took the guys not even a minute to realize who they needed when vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis left the band. Estrella is no new comer when it comes to touring and recording and the band have known him for some time. Knowing how passionate and energized he was about music was a no brainer, but the inspiration infused into the atmosphere is what re ignited the band to create some of the best work in their arsenal to date, and that is going to be one gigantic amount of happiness all rolled up in one. Releasing a new single and Video at the end of the month the guys are ready to stimulate the diehard ZEBRAHEAD fans and make a ton of new ones throughout 2021.

I am honoured and so excited to watch these guys take the next chapter into this crazy and fun world they have created. I was able to catch up with Ben Ozz, bass player of the band, to ask him about his take on newest member Adrian, did he ever think in 1998 that the debut album would lead to the life they have, tour plans and if the live show will stay as fun and chaotic as ever?

Q: Tell The Zebrahead fans and the world what chapter 3 of the story of Zebrahead looks like from your vision and ideas that you have been making with the new music?

Ben: So far Chapter 3 has been really exciting. It has been kind of a whirlwind. We were caught a little off guard when Matty left but decided to try and pick ourselves up rather quickly once we had a band meeting about the future. Our first pick and only pick we came up with was Adrian. So, Dan reached out to him, and it is all history…a blurry one.

Q: Introduce us to your newest addition Mr. Adrian Estrella and how did you guys meet?

Ben: I met Adrian about 15 years ago when we were finishing up recording “Broadcast to the World”. At the time he was in a pop punk band and his voice blew me away…So, I introduced him to our management. They already had a manager but, Adrian was the kind of guy you just wanted to help out. Basically, wanted him to know if he ever needed anything we would try to help him out.

Q: What does he bring into the camp that you think had been missing or was never represented as much as it does now?

Ben: His excitement is completely infectious. When he walks into the studio, we could be recording any instrument and Adrian lights up with ideas. You see this excitement and it pulls everyone in…and reminds us how lucky we are to be doing this as a job…beyond lucky. And honestly his ideas are so new and fresh to us…such a different outlook on everything and it feels great.

Q: I’m sure when you are making new music with someone new, you learn things you never knew about each other! What do you feel you learned that surprised you about Adrian and also the rest of the members? What did Adrian learn about you?

Ben: Well, I can’t speak for him…but I know I have learned tons from him in the few short months we have been working together. He reminds me a lot of Dan with his ability to just keep throwing ideas out there. There aren’t many people that can spit out quality ideas that quickly and it is amazing.

Q: Can you describe what the new single is bringing to the latest chapter of Zebrahead and whether you could compare it to an older song in your arsenal? Also, when is it officially dropping and will there be an accompanying video?

Ben: The plan is for the single and the video to both drop on July 30th. We just finished mixing the song, so the next move is to start working on the video. This might be the first song in a really long time that kind of captures all sides of the band. It would be tough to classify it…it kind of goes all over the place and I love that about it.

Q: Who are you working with in regard to the production for the new full-length and when do you think that might be released?

Ben: We have been working with Paul Miner at Buzz Bomb studios for a while now. I have nothing but great things to say about him. He is very talented. His production work just keeps getting better and better.

Q: 23 years making music as Zebrahead (2 million records sold, Grammy nominated, survived label and band member changes)! Take a minute, if you can, to put into words how it feels to have been able to do this for so long?

Ben: Suprising! Honestly when we started it was a chance to see the world for a few years. None of us ever thought we would be lucky enough to still be doing this after all these years.

Q: I was introduced to the band way back in ’98 with your album “Waste Of Mind”, an album that, still to this day, is on regular rotation in my playlist! Looking back on that album, what are your thoughts about it now and, when you first finished it, did you think it would be the start of the special years to come?

Ben: To be honest, we didn’t know what to think. It was our first experience in a huge studio, our first experience with a giant record label. We were a little intimidated to say the least. The hope was people would like the album as much as we did…and we could travel the world for a few years and see what was out there. We were super proud of even making it that far…

Q: Your stage show was always so energetic and fun. Do you feel it will always be that way, even thought we are all getting older and we cannot do all the crazy things like we used to 20 years ago?

Ben: Well, the live show is still the best part of being in a band. So, there is no plan to change the chaos. The idea is to make sure everyone gets to escape a bit from the realities of the world and just smile for a bit. Being part of the show, it definitely works for us…hopefully it translates over to the crowd.

Q: Do you have any tour plans, once the new single drops and if so, is there anything you can tell us now about that?

Ben: Once the single comes out, so far, the plan is to keep writing and keep trying to record new songs. Our real big tour plans start in the summer of 2022. I know we are trying to push a few things along before that, like Slam Dunk this September in England…but so is everyone else…all bands have been home so long, people are frantically trying to book up every available room in every town. We are kind of sitting back and deciding to work on music…the rest will fall into place.

Q: Is there anything else you want to add that I didn’t hit on in this interview or anything you want to tell your fans?

Ben: Thanks for coming along on the ride for Chapter 3. We are excited to see you all out on tour soon and thank you for all your support throughout the years!

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Chapter 3 – Welcome to the MFZB family!’

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Doogie White – As Yet Untitled Reissue (2CD)

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Doogie White – As Yet Untitled Reissue (2CD)
The Store For Music
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Running Time: 106:54
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

“As Yet Untitled” was originally released back in 2011 when Doogie White’s spell singing with Yngwie Malmsteen’s band had ended. The album title is a dig at the practice of magazines pre-empting news of a band’s new album. There are some juicy additions in this re-release but first, what of the ‘regular’ content?

It kicks off in dramatic fashion with ‘Come Taste The Band’, which was also the title of the first Deep Purple album not to feature Ritchie Blackmore. Ritchie reportedly saw the funny side of Doogie’s ‘cheekiness’ and in fact had ended up inviting the Scottish singer to join Rainbow. It’s a really great song that I can’t get enough of.

For music fans who have only heard Doogie singing in albums by Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Tank and others, “As Yet Untitled” might represent a repository of surprises. Indeed, the album showcases Doogie’s versatility as a singer – such as the AC/DC-inspired ‘Time Machine’ or ‘Secret Jesus’ where Doogie seems to use Glenn Hughes’ soulful singing as a beacon. ‘Land Of The Deceiver’ has some thrilling guitar solos and the riffs in ‘Lonely’ are bound to get you headbanging while playing air-guitar.

There’s a long list of guests that help Doogie bring these songs to life. In the promotional album on which this review is based, it’s not always clear which musician contributes to which track but just scroll down to see who there is on the album. Considering the number of guests and the fact that the album was written intermittently over several years, it might be tempting to speculate that “As Yet Untitled” is a mess. This couldn’t be further from the truth, however, for the album feels very cohesive. It doesn’t purport to reinvent the wheel of music, especially for fans of Whitesnake and Deep Purple, but nevertheless it’s a damn fine album.

At the tail end of the regular CD are two bonus tracks: ‘Disturbing The Dirt’, notable for its catchy riffs and strong melodies and the magnificently melancholic ‘Small Town Saturday Night’.

Also, with the re-release of “As Yet Untitled” is a bonus disc containing some of the cover versions that Doogie has recorded over the years. The more interesting ones include an original take on Iron Maiden’s ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’ and a great interpretation of UFO’s ‘Long Gone’.

Honestly, this package represents very good value…worth acquiring even if you had already bought the original release. And if, like me, you hadn’t…well then then adding this release to your collection is a no-brainer.

‘Come Taste The Band’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:

CD1
01. Come Taste The Band
02. Time Machine
03. Dreams Lie Down And Die
04. Lonely
05. Land Of The Deceiver
06. Secret Jesus
07. Sea Of Emotion
08. Catz Got Yer Tongue
09. Living On The Cheap
10. Times Like These
11. Dishing the Dirt (Bonus Track)
12. Small Town Saturday Night (Bonus Track)

CD2
01. The Clairvoyant (Iron Maiden Cover)
02. Too Hot To Handle (UFO Cover)
03. Judgement Day (Whitesnake Cover)
04. Let’s Spend The Night Together (The Rolling Stones Cover)
05. This Flight Tonight (Nazareth Cover)
06. Long Gone (UFO Cover)
07. Emerald (Thin Lizzy Cover)
08. Crying In The Rain (Whitesnake)
09. Love Hurts (Nazareth Cover)
10. Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly Cover)
11. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter (Iron Maiden Cover)
12. Twistin’ The Night Away (Sam Cooke Cover)

LINE-UP
Doogie White – Vocals
Patti Russo (Meat Loaf, Queen) – Vocals
Mick Tucker (Tank) – Guitar
Alex Dickson (Midnight Blue, Gun, Bruce Dickinson) – Guitar
Phil Hilborne (Nicko McBrain, Glenn Hughes) – Guitar
Marcus Jidell (Avatarium) – Guitar
Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse, James LaBrie) – Bass
Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Michael Schenker Group) – Bass
Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Rainbow) – Bass
Tony Carey (Rainbow) – Keyboards
Thomas Broman (Great King Rat, Electric Boys, Humanimal) – Drums
Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, W.A.S.P., Impellitteri, NorthTale) – Drums

LINKS:

(Note: This site hasn’t been updated for many years but does still give you plenty of historical info on some of Doogie’s various projects)

Watch Chris Galea’s video interview with Doogie White here:

https://ever-metal.com/2021/07/16/video-interview-with-doogie-white/

Doogie White Live Photo

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Matt Long And The Revenant Ones – The Other Side

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Matt Long And The Revenant Ones – The Other Side
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/07/2021
Running Time: 50:30
Review by Simon Black
9/10

This is a new project from Catfish frontman Matt Long. It has been held back from release since last summer, because let’s face it you don’t ideally want to launch a new side project when you can’t get out on the road to support it. For a three piece, they pack a lot of punch too, with Long (on vocals and guitar) being joined by fellow Catfish bassist Adam Pyke and Kev Hickman (Raven Eye) on the drum stool. Long’s vocals are gutsy, soulful and powerfully loud in the mix, with his sole guitar providing a wall of growl against which the rhythm section pounds with slab-like efficiency.

This album has a coiled, tensed up energy, just waiting to explode – like one assumes, the band themselves under the circumstances. It’s a debut, but one delivered by highly experienced musos, which means you get nine well-crafted fat and meaty songs, with a darn fine song-writing sensibility behind them, delivered on a platter of piquant musicianship with a rich fat production sauce. It’s also one of those albums that’s a definite grower.

Opening with huge, hard and heavy wave of discordance, this album kicks the door firmly between the planks with the positively Stoner weight of ‘So’. The album stays that down and dirty throughout, with more of a Black Stone Cherry style of riffage appearing and balancing with the Stoner groove fairly from early on, but peppered with a healthy portion of Blues vibe and a whole lot of soulfulness in Long’s charismatic vocal delivery. This is definitely a heavier, more down-tuned and riffier sound than the more Bluesy sound Catfish fans might be expecting, but the variety of styles here makes for a far more interesting sound. It’s also Metal enough for the more traditional rivet heads like me to get off on it too, with a few dollops of an almost Power Metal tempo for good measure in places.

To be fair that’s the consistent tone and feel throughout, although the pace and sound vary enormously, making for a highly rich listening experience. ‘Have My Say’ is a much pacier piece and a great up-tempo Blues infused rocker that would not sound amiss on a Joe Bonamassa album. When the pace does slow down, as with ‘Dark And Lonely Room’ we see an acoustic and soulful side to Long, who leads the song alone with a clean semi-acoustic guitar for the first half before he rips everyone a new one with a full on power ballad close out. It’s positively Neolithic in its heaviness, and one of the unexpected highlights of the record, but not the only track to take this approach. The album is not afraid to take it’s time either, with both ‘With My Own Eyes’ and the absolute highlight, album closer ‘Across The Borderline’ – again semi-acoustic at the outset but each taking over seven minutes to take the listener on a well-crafted journey of heaviness. And check out Long’s superb Bluesy solo at the end of ‘Borderline’, which is worth waiting for as the album crashes out as heavily as it opened. Spot on chaps.

‘Feel Like A Saint’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. So
02. Have My Say
03. Stone Bones
04. Dark And Lonely Room
05. Take It All
06. Wild Animal
07. With My Own Eyes
08. Feel Like A Saint
09. Across The Borderline

LINE-UP:
Matt Long – Guitars & Vocals
Adam Pyke – Bass
Kev Hickman – Drums

LINKS:

Matt Long And The Revenant Ones Promo Pic

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1

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NWOCR – The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1
RPM
Release Date: 23/07/2021
Running Time: 153:11
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

I love a bit of Rock – I mean who doesn’t? But do you ever have those mornings where you just can’t decide which CD to stick on in your car, and you end up running 10 minutes late because you’ve been indecisively pulling out and replacing albums from your CD rack? Okay, I admit if you’re one of the youngsters your answer to that is probably “Err… that’s why Spotify shuffle exists, duh!” But I’m old and I like physical copies. And I am, of course, doing it correctly – none of this new-fangled gadgetry, I don’t care if it is there to make my life easier, I know what I like, and I like what I know. Harumph.

Anyway, back to the point. If like me, your musical indecisiveness makes you late for shit, then I have the answer! You need to pick yourself up a copy of the about to be released “The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1”, a canny, and not so little, compilation featuring the best of the new kids on the block (no, not those ones) in the classic rock field.

The force is strong with this genre right now. There are some absolutely superb bands popping up to rock our socks off, and at 42 tracks long, this double album certainly gives you a veritable smorgasbord to listen to. Now, I’m not going to do a rundown of every song, because, quite frankly, you may all have died of boredom by the time I finished waxing lyrical, and I don’t want to be responsible for starting a new wave of deadly tedium (although, that does have a good ring to it…) so, I’m just going to give you a little overview, and then highlight some of the tracks that I think stand out.

There is nothing fancy or surprising about the album. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s meat and two veg classic rock, done by the new guys, and done bloody well. There are some lapses into Southern and Blues Rock in places. But, on the whole, if you like the classic sounds of good old fashioned, leather clad, hard rocking, then you’ll love this album. That’s basically it for the overview. Just a stonkingly good listen.

So, onto the highlights. Top of the list, and possibly no surprise to people who’ve read my reviews before, are Mason Hill, with rip-roaring track ‘DNA’, from their recently released debut album “Against The Wall”. I adore Mason Hill, and the debut album, with this track being my joint favourite, alongside the title track. It pleased me a lot to see it on here.

The Hot Damn’s ‘Dance Around’ took me back to the 80’s (most of which I missed because I was only a nipper, and shielded from the horrors of the world, like TV advertising and Rock ‘n’Roll… but not Jim’ll Fix It… Terrible misjudgement by my parents there. However, I broke free, *evil laugh* and then had to do a bit of catching up). Great powerful vocals, and a nice groove.

‘Hideaway’ from Tomorrow Is Lost is a little more modern, and heavy, but it’s another banging tune. It’s taken from their 2020 album, “Therapy”, which I was lucky enough to review, and was one of my favourite albums of the weirdest year in all of our lifetimes. Ironically, most of us probably now need therapy, but music will do for the interim, because it is a sort of therapy.

If you want a lesson on how to play some mean, face melting guitar, then listen to ‘The World Is Calling Me’ by Shape Of Water. Man, they have more licks than an ice-cream parlour on a hot summer’s day! Great 70’s sludgy vibe going on too.

Gin Annie round off CD1, with ‘Devil In Me’. I do like a little Gin Annie for the afternoon chill vibes, and this song is great for that. Nice cold beer, in a field with your mates, listening to a rock band and just generally being happy to be alive, kind of feel. God, I miss that…

Kicking off CD2 is possibly one of the last bands I saw live in a field, Phil Cambell and the Bastard Sons, with ‘Son Of A Gun’. Pedal to the metal rock at its best. Simples. It smacks you in the face like a freight train with its thunderously rhythmic ROCKKKK. Hell yes! That’s followed by The Dust Coda, with ‘When The Tide Comes In’, which is the epitome of Classic Rock. Sultry vocals, a steady bass line, a catchy chorus, and some great hooks. Love it.

Another firm favourite here at camp Ever Metal are Bad Touch, and they feature with their track ‘I Get High’. Again, I’m back in the field, although maybe not with just a beer now, given the track name!

King Creature come along to make everything a bit more down tuned and dirty, with ‘Captives’. This one has more of a 90’s feel about it, but not in a bad way! (The 90’s I do remember – the marmite generation, with us youngsters loving this new grungy sound, and all the classic folks hanging their heads, and wishing the facepalm had been invented…)

Doomsday Outlaw’s ‘Turn Me Loose’ has me heading down route 66 in a convertible just for shits and giggles. I mean honestly, there are some sweet Southern sounds happening here. And then directly after them, another of our Ever Metal favourites, Ashen Reach, pop up with ‘Fighting For My Life’, from their 2020 album ‘Homecoming’, which I also had the pleasure of reviewing.

Ryders Creed appear too, with ‘Cut Me Down’. I love this band. The powerful clean vocals and sweeping melodies are superb, and they have such a great groove. Then, to finish off my pick of the best (which admittedly is a pretty long list) we have a bit of Ward XVI, with ‘Broken Toys’. They are in a league of their own in my opinion. What they do is mesmeric, and their brand of ‘Shock Rock’ is perfect for my slightly warped mind. Again, I reviewed their album, “Metamorphosis”, when it graced our ever-growing review list last year, and was blown away by it.

So, yeah. That, in a nutshell, is what this album’s all about. Good, solid, no messing, New Wave Of Classic Rock. You need this in your CD Collection (or Spotify playlist, if you must, but only if you’re under 40, or haven’t yet learnt how sacrosanct the compact disc is)!

New Wave of Classic Rock – Volume One (Official Trailer)

TRACKLISTING:

CD1:
01. Massive Wagons – Tokyo
02. Mason Hill – DNA
03. Hollowstar – All I Gotta Say
04. These Wicked Rivers – Shine On
05. Anchor Lane – Fame Shame
06. Empyre – New Republic
07. Daxx & Roxane – Without You
08. Sons Of Liberty – Fire And Gasoline
09. The Hot Damn! – Dance Around
10. Massive – Rise
11. Everyday Heroes – Find My Way
12. Elles Bailey – Woman Like Me
13. Scarlet Rebels – No One Else To Blame
14. Wolf Jaw – I Ain’t Ready
15. Tomorrow Is Lost – Hideaway
16. Dead Man’s Whiskey – War Machine
17. Dig Lazarus – Tell Me Why
18. The New Roses – Whiskey Nightmare
19. Shape Of Water – The World Is Calling Me
20. Revival Black – So Alive
21. Gin Annie – Devil In Me

CD2:
01. Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Son Of A Gun
02. The Dust Coda – When The Tide Comes In
03. Skam – Iron Cross
04. Collateral – Merry Go Round
05. Bad Touch – I Get High
06. Gorilla Riot – Still Doing Time
07. Thundermother – Driving In Style
08. King Creature – Captives
09. Rews – Today We’re Warriors
10. Twister – Call To Arms
11. South Of Salem – The Hate In Me
12. Jack J Hutchinson – World On Fire
13. Bootyard Bandits – Hoedown Showdown
14. Haxan – Killing Time
15. Doomsday Outlaw – Turn Me Loose
16. Ashen Reach – Fighting For My Life
17. Bastette – Talk About It
18. Ryders Creed – Money
19. Takeaway Thieves – This Is Rock N Roll
20. Ward XVI – Broken Toys
21. Blackwater Conspiracy – Soul Revolutionaries

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with NEXT STOP OLYMPUS

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EMQ’s with NEXT STOP OLYMPUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Salisbury, England based Metalcore/Rock band, Next Stop Olympus. Huge thanks to bassist, Matt and vocalist, Conor, 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 Matt and I play Bass.
I’m Conor and I do vocals.

Matt: Conor and I had spoken about being in a band for years and nothing really came from it but I met Josh through a friend and found out he played drums so we started talking about putting a band together then we found Skips on a musician website and asked Conor to come along and we starting working on songs from there, after trying out a couple of people for a second guitarist and them not working out I remembered Harry was back from University and that he sang and played guitar so asked him to come along and it all fell together from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

We got the band name from Disney’s Hercules! Conor was watching the film one Saturday whilst we were trying to come up with a name and whilst he was having a couple of drinks. It sounded like a good idea, dropped all the guys a message and we all agreed.

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

We are from England and we’d say it’s on the climb again, there are a lot of incredible bands coming up at the moment.

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

Our latest released was our brand new EP “Heart, Mind & Hell” which came out on the 9th of April.

‘To Bite The Hand That Feeds’ (Lyric Video)

‘The Ignorance Of Us’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: We probably have to say The Amity Affliction because we wouldn’t even be a band if it wasn’t for them. It’s what started Conor and I talking about being in a band years ago and everyone in the band is a fan as well as them having huge chorus’ which is a thing we aim for in all of our songs.

What first got you into music?

Conor: I just grew up with a background of music, whether it was Elvis coming from the kitchen or Status Quo in the car.

Matt: I’ve always been a big music fan as long as I can remember, but I think I fell in love with music when I went to my first show.

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

Conor: Harry Styles, because I really like his latest stuff and he seems like he’d be great to have a pint with.

Matt: I’d love to do something with Bury Tomorrow because they just get better with every release and both vocalists are some of the best alive at the moment.

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

Download because we’re all big fans of the festival and most of us go every year.

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

We haven’t really had any weird gifts yet, mainly just people adamantly trying to buy us a drink whether we’re driving or not.

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

Conor: Thatchers Gold not Haze.

Matt: Just have fun, we put a lot from the serious side of life into the lyrics, so when we play shows and stuff, we just want everyone to have a beer and enjoy themselves.

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

Conor: Tyson Stevens from Scary Kids Scaring Kids because apparently there is an album by them recorded without vocals on it because he died.

Matt: Ritchie Valens because he died really young and early in his career so I’d love to see what he’d do.

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

Playing shows and writing music but we’re not fans of having to balance shows with our normal day to day lives because we’ve had to travel back really late after shows ready for work the next day.

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

People who aren’t willing to help! there’s a lot of selfish people in the industry and not many people willing to help each other out, unless you’re in a small clique.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Conor: “Take This To your Grave” by Fall Out Boy.

Matt: “Reckless And Relentless” by Asking Alexandria.

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

Conor: CD’s for me.

Matt: Yeah, I’m the same, I’ve got a fairly decent CD collection at this point.

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

Our best gig to date would probably the last show we did on a tour with Chuggaboom in Huddersfield, the support band were really cool guys and very welcoming and the crowd was incredible and everyone stuck around for all the bands.

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

Well, both of us already have careers so we’d probably still be doing that, just with more money.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Conor: Sean Bean, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr & Gordan Ramsey.

Matt: Danny DeVito, Daniel Sloss, Dani Winter-Bates, Steven Tyler & Shakira.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve just released our brand new EP “Heart, Mind & Hell” so we’ll be promoting that as much as possible and trying to play as many shows as we can out off the back of the Covid Situation.

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

We’ve got a link tree link which has all of the links you could want for our stuff.
www.linktr.ee/NextStopOlympus

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes, it’s in the name.

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak to us, just everyone please go check out our new EP, a lot of time, effort and hard work have gone into it and we’re extremely proud of how it came out.

Next Stop Olympus (Photo Credit Marianne Harris)
Photo by Marianne Harris

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Reach – The Promise Of A Life

The Promise Of A Life Album Cover Art

Reach – The Promise Of A Life
Icons Creating Evil Art
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 38:17
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Hands up who likes Queen?…(NB, if you don’t have your hand up, leave now, because I don’t need that kind of negativity, and for the record, you’re wrong!) Got your hands up? Good, good. Now keep them up if you also like Muse, and can stomach The Scissor Sisters, Mika, and Lady Gaga, and also quite liked the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s, and all the collective musical genres they had to offer. Anyone who put their hands down can now also leave, as this probably won’t be for you – BUT!!!…Don’t go too quickly, because you never know, and opening your mind to possibilities can be highly enlightening.

Today’s musings from my increasingly unhinged middle-aged psyche are about Swedish boundary pushing Rockers, Reach, and their new album “The Promise Of A Life”. And, my fellow lunatics, if you’ve ever wondered what a soup made out of the artists mentioned in my opening paragraph would taste like, then your answer is right here. (That’s a normal train of thought to go through, right…Come on guys, throw me a frikkin bone; it can’t seriously be only me who thinks about these kinds of philosophical, 3am problems…)

Since their inception in 2012, Reach have achieved critical acclaim, building a unique sound that likes to challenge. This new release is every bit of that. Its individuality shows no bounds, and the band’s willingness to experiment is clear from the start, even in the opening track’s title – ‘New Frontier’. This track begins with ‘Wild West’ whistling, and then starts galloping across the desert bareback on a stallion, carrying a Fender Strat and a large swag bag full of insanity, attempting to connect with Ziggy Stardust and James Bond before they drive Elvis to the moon in a big red bus! (None of that happens in the actual song by the way, that’s just the picture it painted in my head when I was listening to it, inspired by the tones and rhythms that were being put in there by this bunch of lunatic geniuses!)

And that gives way seamlessly to Sister Gaga Scissors, for track 2, ‘The Law’. You get the general idea. The theme for Reach’s sound is ‘Theme? Who needs a theme! What even is a theme?! Flibble.’ It takes the anthemic qualities and showmanship of Queen, and throws a host of modern methodology at it, to create something that really can’t be pigeonholed into a genre. Instead, it simply exists, as a presence refusing to follow any logic, but in the best way imaginable. It’s familiar, but insanely different all at the same time. Every single song is unique, and there’s not one that isn’t an absolutely killer track.

We have 80’s-esque rock rhythms, mixed with chunky guitars, solid bass, synth that’s popped straight in from the New Romantics (See the middle 8’s in ‘Satellite’ for reference), soundscapes that make it undeniably modern, and vocal harmonies that will never die while the memories of early Queen are still kept alive. There’s elements of 70’s prog, and the Woodstock generation underpinning everything, too, as well as the occasional moment of funk akin to the likes of Prince, and the fine line of genius/madness is fully trodden when it comes to orchestration. It’s experimental mastery that just makes your brain feel like a lovely mess. It’s prog without pretention or aloof irritation, rock without safe normality, and pop with eons more talent. I mean this is just ridiculously good. I literally cannot fault anything about it. I would even go as far as to throw the word ‘iconic’ into the mix. If Freddy Mercury had still been alive, he’d have been all over these guys like a rash. Love, Love, Love it!!! I need more. Hell, even the front man’s name – Ludvig – suggests that he was born to be a musical prodigy and impresario. I’m now addicted. I need to lie down. Too much excited lunacy for one day. Everyone needs this in their lives.

‘New Frontier’ (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. New Frontier
02. The Law
03. Young Again
04. Satellite
05. Motherland
06. The Seventh Seal
07. Higher Ground
08. Cover Traces
09. The Streets
10. Promise Of A Life
11. The Streets

LINE-UP:
Ludvig Turner – Vocals/ Guitar
Marcus Johansson – Drums
Soufian Ma´Aoui – Bass

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EMQ’s with REACH

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EMQ’s with REACH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Rock band, Reach. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Ludvig Turner, for taking part.

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

Hi! My name is Ludvig Turner and I am the singing guitar player of Reach. Me and Marcus Johansson met during an audition, the band I was in at the moment was looking for a drummer and Marcus came to us. I remember thinking he was the coolest guy and a great drummer. We got along instantly and decided to start our own thing. We left the band he was auditioning for just weeks in, it was a good decision!

How did you come up with your band name?

When we started writing songs and trying to predict the future of Reach, we both wanted this band to be our place of joy. We said that we would always put the best of ourselves into the music and no matter what we would do what feels right. We would always be Reaching for the stars, a bit cheesy perhaps but that’s how it was. Reach felt right then and still feels right for us. The ever changing vibe in our music is something that defines Reach in my opinion. As we get experienced and or influenced by someone or something that is going to show in our music.

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

All three of us (Me, Zouf Ma´Aoui & Marcus Johansson) are all from Stockholm, Sweden. We have a good scene in general I’d say. Music is all over and there are bands and artists making music for most genres. Rock & Metal coming from Sweden, say Scandinavia, is of high quality if I may say so. There are many bands stretching the lines of a genre that’s easy to get stuck within certain frames. I´m proud to be a musician from Sweden and I’m proud of what our little country has given over the years to the listeners of pop & rock in the world.

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

Our new album “The Promise Of A Life” is the third studio album we´ve released. Of Course, it’s our best one as well! The previous album “The Great Divine” was the first album we did as a three piece with me on vocals. I like to think that it was a new beginning of Reach. The first one we released, “Reach Out To Rock” is really nothing of what we are today but we´ve decided to stick with it and keep it in our discography since it is still a part of our history as a band.

‘New Frontier’ (Audio)

‘Promise Of A Life’ (Lyric Video)

‘Higher Ground’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I began playing music as a guitarist my biggest Idol became Gary Moore. I believe he still is. Over the last 10 years I really started appreciating the newer bands such as Muse, Awolnation, Panic at the Disco etc. Bands that experiment and write a bit more controversial music. There is a lot of cool stuff out there and if you dare to step outside the zone of rock n roll you´ll see that there is much more to discover. However, Black Sabbath was the first real band I listened to and the one that made me feel like the meaning of life is to play music.

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

I mentioned Muse earlier! They have been a huge inspiration for me and it would be a dream to tour with them. I’d be way too nervous to do anything right but it is still a dream of mine.

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

A full Wacken would be very cool! Hehe.

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

Love… No, but Marcus gets a lot of fanart when he´s like a knight on a horse n stuff! That is really cool!

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

We love that they love what we do! We always wish you guys the best and we would like you to keep on listening to music and to keep on attending shows! Performing live is what inspires us to write music and many of our friends think the same. Keep going to shows and we promise to do our very best to make them as good shows as possible!

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

Chris Cornell. Gary Moore is on the same list and the same placement. Chris Cornell is such a huge influence to me as a Singer and I’m the kind of fan that thinks every song with him singing is a brilliant song!

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

Performing live is a feeling I only experience doing so. Writing songs is something I get excited about because I love the feeling of recording something and thinking: ”I’ve never heard this before; I’ve created something unique!”. What I hate is when I wrote something that’s shit. I can get stuck in my song writing and not produce a single good song for months. That is terrible because I start thinking that I’ve ”lost it”. I panic for a while but eventually it comes back and all is good. But that time of not being able to write music I think it sucks so much.

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

I believe it is where it’s supposed to be. I could say that streaming services have ruined chances of income for bands but then again without them we probably wouldn’t have been able to distribute our music world wide. It’s a difficult question and I don’t want to rush into the subject with what is good and bad and what should be changed. We don’t focus too much on the industry like that, I’d say we try to adapt and when there’s a chance for us to make a move that could change something in the industry for the better, we’ll take it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The 2nd Law” by Muse is one of mine!

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

I wanna say vinyl to be cool but I stream like 98% of the music i listen to.

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

One of the first gigs we did, when Reach became the trio it was supposed to be, was a festival in Warsaw. A huge one with 4 stages and our time was at 10 in the evening on the stage just at the entrance. We had a few thousand people listening and singing along in the sing along (it’s not always like that). It just felt like ”YES! This is Reach and THIS is what we’re gonna do!”

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

I’d be working on a boat in Stockholm’s archipelago!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

One dictator, because that would be interesting. Gary Moore, I could fan girl over him. Jared Leto, tell him how lucky he is to be a freakin model, awesome Singer & a cool actor. Elon Musk, he’s awesome and I’m a space nerd when I’m not rocking out! Last one is for…Roger Penrose. Another nerd guilt guest. I’d Ask him about conformal cyclic cosmology! Sounds strange? It is! Check him out and you’ll see why he’s my last guest.

What’s next for the band?

Touring after summer if it’s possible. If not then new album. I’d like to release a 20 song album!

What’s next for the band?

We have a tour with H.E.A.T. coming up!

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

www.reachtheband.com/
www.facebook.com/reachofficialsweden/
www.instagram.com/reachband/
www.reachbandofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4PAH2hYK4vEvxLEwCg9zQ2
www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9sW3bIi7oD6mHhbq8rs8w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Love me some Jaffa Biscuits!!

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

Thank you for inviting Reach to this interview. It’s been a pleasure and i enjoyed the questions. These things give a little hope of brighter future so we’re happy to do these interviews.

To our previous listeners, thank you for staying with us for almost 10 years and to all our new followers, welcome to our weird little family. We love you!

Cheers / Ludvig

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