NozFest – The 1865, Southampton, UK 10/08/2019

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NozFest
The 1865, Southampton, UK
10/08/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham

The concert hangover is a common thing amongst the rock and metal community; these usually take place after experiencing an excellent live show. Symptoms can often include sore muscles, pounding heads and ringing ears. The most common of the symptoms is a huge desire to go back and experience it all over again.

I definitely experienced this concert hangover the day after NozFest. This fantastic event took place at ‘The 1865’, Southampton on 10th August. Given it was the same weekend as Bloodstock and Boomtown, lots of people came through the door which was great to see. JodieBowie was the promoter of this event; after running successful Rock Nights around the UK, this was her first festival.

It was clear that the high winds were not going to dampen the spirits of festival goers better known as Nozzers. As the venue began to fill, you could instantly see fans securing their spots to watch the bands, buying their first pints, browsing the band’s merchandise and talking excitedly amongst themselves about what bands they were most looking forward to seeing.

27 Days

To kick off the proceedings, Bournemouth based 27 Days were the first band to take to the stage. As the opening act, the pressure is higher than ever to get the crowds warmed up. Especially when it’s early doors and alcohol consumption had barely begun. 27 Days conquered that pressure and showed NozFest what they were made of. Their performance consisted of great guitar solos, brilliant harmonies and infectious energy on stage and their cover of the Darkness classic ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ went down a treat with the crowd and got them participating. This is another achievement for an opening band to conquer and 27 Days did just that.

01 27 Dayshttps://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/

The Wicked Jackals

As the day went on, the venue started filling. With a performance from the next band The Wicked Jackals looming, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Their melodies contained some great hooks that kept the crowd alive and engaged. Their charismatic and passionate stage presence also seemed to win fans over, particularly when the booze gun came out. Advice: be sure to catch The Wicked Jackals when they come to your hometown. Where else are you going to see a water-pistol filled with alcohol?!

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The Outlaw Orchestra

For the next act The Outlaw Orchestra this was their first hometown show for a long time and given the warm reception they received; it was evident it was an anticipated one. The first thing I noticed with their stage performance was it was clear they were having a great time. This energy and positivity passed onto the crowd alongside their tight live sound as they performed a selection of material from across their EP’s. After experiencing their live show, I instantly felt much happier. I will call this ‘The Outlaw Orchestra Effect’. If you wish to feel this effect, experience hard rock with a country tinge and watch banjo solos then catch them soon!

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters

There was no beating around the bush when Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters took to the stage. They got straight to the point to play us some no-nonsense Rock and Roll. Their dominant stage presence and excellent live sound meant that audience members were under their control. They performed an eclectic selection of songs from the emotional ‘You & I’ to new drinking anthem ‘Jack & Coke’. With their fire, passion and energy; they could quite easily be the UK’s answer to Halestorm. It’s highly recommended you catch them when they next tour.

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StOp, sToP!

The appearance of StOp, sToP! was baffling at first. It seemed they had dressed as elderly men as they played the first song ‘The Last Call’. As they finished the grey wigs came off and the glam rock outfits were gallantly revealed. The message behind this appearance became clear: rock and roll makes you feel alive, it keeps you young and can turn back the years. A great message told in a fun way. If AC/DC decided to go glam, then StOp, sToP! would fit that category easily. Their live show was fun and energetic, which matches their uplifting music. They are due to play HRH Sleaze in a couple of weeks so if you are attending this, then be sure to catch them and get involved.

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Marco Mendoza

The name Marco Mendoza is a household name in the Classic Rock community. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies are among the portfolio of bands that he has played alongside. This was the first date of the UK Tour and with his previous work with JodieBowie, it couldn’t be a better date to start the tour on. For this performance, he played his solo material alongside Micky Crystal (Tygers Of Pan Tang) and Kyle Hughes (Bumblefoot). From the word go, it was evident who was in control. The mighty opener ‘Viva La Rock’ got the crowd going instantly, this gave the audience a first taste of his excellent showmanship and tight live sound. His set consisted of solo material and cover songs that went down well with the crowds. His passion for the community shone through during his performance, as he sang and spoke you could feel that heartfelt, genuine, spirit that caught on in the crowd. He is currently on tour so be sure to catch him.

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Bigfoot

For Bigfoot, this was one of their last performances before they go their separate ways. Whether you are a long-time fan or a new listener, it was the perfect chance to catch them live before they call it a day. It is more than safe to say that this was a great performance from the band. When listening to them, Alter Bridge and The Answer come to mind. Their harmonies were on point and their stage presence was fierce. There was a high amount of passion and energy on the stage. They provided a more chilled out vibe to the evening and were a great warm up for the two main bands of the night. (Rick Here – I will be just one of many very sorry to see them go)

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Those Damn Crows

As the night drew in, the crowd got bigger and the atmosphere was happy, people excited to catch the two main acts of the night. The main support Those Damn Crows are one of the best new up and coming bands. They were fresh from appearing at Download Festival this year and from their live performance it’s easy to see why they are receiving high praise from fans and critics. Their stage presence was incredibly energetic and it was clear that this passed on to the Nozzers that were still standing, bearing in mind some of them had been standing all day. They provided a modern edge to the evening with their sound reminding me of Shinedown. They performed a great selection of music from both their albums. They ended with the new album track ‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Dead’ which was very apt. Those Damn Crows are easily the future of rock and provided the perfect set to get the crowds ready for headliners Massive Wagons.

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Massive Wagons

Having got off an arena tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Status Quo, NozFest headliners Massive Wagons were a hugely anticipated performance for the evening. From the moment they took to the stage and opened with ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’, it was very easy to see why they were the headliners for the night. They did a fantastic job bringing a stadium like atmosphere to a small venue and they got everyone involved with their performance, even the newer listeners who didn’t know what to expect. This stadium like atmosphere included fans singing along to their anthems such as ‘Ratio’, ‘Billy Balloon Head’ and ‘Red Dress’. Hearing the chants echoing around the venue truly was one of the magical moments of their set. Whether you have two albums or ten albums in your discography, it can be tricky picking the right balance of songs for a setlist.
Massive Wagons got this balance perfectly and showcased songs from each of their albums. This setlist seemed to go down well with the crowd. Their boundless energy on stage was incredibly infectious, so much so that they even got those sitting standing up. They ended with the classic ‘Back To The Stack’ that marked the end of a triumphant set and a successful festival.

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It’s now a week after the event and the positivity for the festival on social media is still rolling in. People are already booking hotels and time off work ready for next year’s date. If this doesn’t show how much people and bands enjoyed the festival, I don’t know what will!

NOZFEST LINKS:

https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest had just opened its doors and the atmosphere was already buzzing. There was excitement in the air and already punters ready to watch the first lot of bands. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with The Outlaw Orchestra about NozFest, their sound and supporting the scene.

Hi guys, thanks for joining us today. First can you introduce yourselves to the readers in terms of what your sound is all about?

Ryan: Hi, I’m Ryan and I am the drummer/vocalist for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Dave: I’m Dave, I try to sing for The Outlaw Orchestra and try to play guitar.
Pete: I’m Pete and I barely succeed in trying to play the banjo and lap steel for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Ryan: There is also Alex who is the giant violin player who is not here at the moment.
Dave: It’s because he’s looking for his bass somewhere. Seriously, he messaged me then phoned me to say he was on a train and he will be tracking down my double bass, which is somewhere. In fact, we played a gig in Sheffield and it was about 4am. Alex and I were extremely inebriated sat with about five other bands on the bill, we played in the 02 and at about 4am, we looked out the window and we saw Alex’s double bass laying there in the car park. We realised we had been dropped off at the 02 at 11pm, we taken it out of the taxi, laid it down, went into the hotel and forgotten all about it. I looked out the hotel room at 4am and pointed out his double bass. Nobody had pinched it, it’s too big to steal.

It’s quite amazing that you can lose a double bass in the first place.

Dave: You can lose a guitar; you hear that all the time but a double bass is huge. So, there you have it, Alex is on his way hopefully with his double bass.

So, we’re here at NozFest today and you’re part of the original line up.

Dave: I think so, Jodie contacted us a long time ago as a first conception.
Ryan: I think we were the first or second band she asked
Dave: Actually, we were first, I’m joking. At the time, she was toying with different venues and as the local boys, she picked our brains as to what’s a good venue. There was a venue we were gunning for that had a kebab shop at the back in Bedford Place, no not really. We suggested The Engine Rooms, we ended up at The 1865 so here we are and it looks like it’s going to go off today.

It’s sold out in advance, punters coming in early for the first lot of bands so it’s looking promising.

Dave: There are plenty of bands. Now I’m not sure if you have been to the dressing room area, we were there earlier and we had to leave. We don’t use nearly enough hair spray and nail varnish to be there. We are also way too grounded.
Ryan: Our leather pants aren’t tight enough.

What about the leopard print?

Dave: I shit you not, there is a lot of leopard print in that dressing room.
Pete: It’s basically like Lily Savage’s boudoir up there.

If someone hasn’t seen you guys live before, what can people expect from your live show today?

Dave: We play country tinged hard rock. We do everything from hard rock to almost country. Pete brings in a new flavour with playing the lap steel, which is traditionally a country and western instrument. I personally love this as it gives the music a different angle. Pete plays the banjo as well; Ryan’s drums and I play guitar with a lot of country and western tuning. I would describe it as country and western through a Marshall.

Please tell the readers why it’s important to support the scene.

Dave: Or we go hungry. You start in your hometown although having said that, no one in our home town knows about us apart from a bus driver the other day he beeped at and shouted out “I love your record mate.” However, usually you are known in your home town. Def Leppard got huge because Sheffield love them. We are bigger in Sheffield than we are in Southampton. So, Sheffield is our adopted home town. So, support your local music then hopefully good things happen from that. So hopefully after playing here today, more people from Southampton will come check us out when we next play The Coach and Horses.

Huge thanks to The Outlaw Orchestra

LINKS:
https://www.theoutlaworchestra.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theoutlaworchestra/

https://www.instagram.com/theoutlaworchestra/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNrb_8z1NPWRSZ__Dpahs0w

 

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Helligators – Hell III

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Helligators – Hell III
Sliptrick Records
Release date: 04/06/2019
Running Time: 60:00
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Listening to “Hell III” – the new Helligators release – and you can almost smell the Cajun cookin’ and moonshine brewing. This is greasy, crazy biker rock from the southern states. No doubt Helligators have fine-tuned their art in a roadhouse shack just off some dusty highway, the sounds of the bayou just inches away. The heat and the trees, the swamp and the…

What? They’re from where? Like Rome, Florida or something? What, actual Rome? In Italy? Oh. Well ya could’a fooled me!

Yes, Helligators are from Rome, Italy – though my first listen to this album had me thinking of something far more Corrosion of Conformity in origin. “Hell III” is powerful, dirty hard rock with just a hint of stoner metal, big melodies and southern charm. But not southern USA charm, apparently…

Anyway, this third album from the band blows the doors off with the huge, raucous rampage of ‘Rebellion’ – a great start to the album. It reeks of attitude and speeds out of the gates in a Motörhead fashion.

Following tracks ‘Here To Stay’ and ‘Bleeding’ apply the brakes slightly, but are just as crushingly relentless. This is big chunky guitar territory; guitars courtesy of Kamo and El Santo are head bangingly infectious and also intricate when called for.

There’s a definite change of pace with the almost bluesy ‘Where I Belong’ – but by Jupiter, the chorus is monstrous. The skilled vocals of Simone “Dude” have a versatility that keep everything together and has class enough to avoid a parmesan power ballad stench.

Helligators are certainly stretching their creativity with this album. ‘The Prison (Confession Pt 1)’ and ‘Gone (Confession Pt 2)’ demonstrate an ability to develop an epic suite of music. Meanwhile, the instrumental ‘Bassthard Session’ also shows the rhythm section – Alex (drums) and Pinna (Bass) to full effect.

But it’s the fast, super charged Rock’N’Roll of total bangers like ‘Born Again’ and ‘Pedal To The Metal’ that are the great prize here. Hard rock that’s loud and fun – Helligators came, saw and conquered all.

Did I tell you about the time I was in Italy with Ozzy, on tour in 81? I took him and the band to a restaurant after the gig for some quality Italian grub. Ozzy was off his tits and thought the spaghetti was worms, and tried to snort them. It ended with food everywhere and Ozzy pissing up the walls. I had a right job apologising to the manager and sorting everything out. Ozzy – lovely bloke; absolute liability.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rebellion
02. Here To Stay
03. Bleeding
04. Where I Belong
05. Born Again
06. The Prison (Confession pt.1)
07. Gone (Confession pt.2)
08. Until I Feel No More
09. Bassthard Session III
10. Even From The Grave
11. Pedal To The Metal

LINKS:
http://www.helligators.com/main.htm
https://www.facebook.com/helligators/

https://www.instagram.com/helligators/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIcslQvAD2l-nrvSLFcbZA

HELLIGATORS // IT

 

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Alternative Rock band Dramalove! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

My name is Diego and I play guitar and vocals. This band started out many years ago from an original idea of me and my twin brother Riccardo. We grew up between our older brothers and father musicians, so I’m guessing this was kind of a natural process. Originally we were called No Gravity, then in 2008 we found out another couple of bands had the same name so we decided to change it.

How did you come up with your band name?

We’ve been thinking about it for a whole long night, we came up with a hundred names and then we decided to go with this one that sounds pretty cool in our opinion, it’s also a contrast between two opposite forces, the good and the evil, the light and the dark.

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

Brighton, UK

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Lady Macbeth’, available on every digital store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we’re safe to say Muse, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins and anything that’s rock’n’roll, with a sci-fi attitude towards life.

What first got you into music?

The music video of ‘Bliss’ from Muse!

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

Good question, I’d say Deftones, Foals or Biffy Clyro, very hardworking bands.

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

That would be Glastonbury. I mean it’s a dream coming true for any musicians and we’ve seen our favourite bands playing there!

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

Many years ago a fan created a little doll with my perfect resemblances and that was a bit scary. And very cool at the same time!

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

Never give up on your dreams!

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

Michael Jackson. He was a true genius and his work still resonates in our actual music and life.

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

The best thing is probably going on tour. You get to meet new people and visit new places. Also the recording process is fun but if I was to choose I’d say touring, yeah. The worst thing is the 99 “no” you get before getting a “yes”!

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

I am still not 100% happy about the music streaming system. When Metallica complained at the beginning of the Napster era, no one gave a fuck and now here we are, you have to stream millions to see a few pennies. So yeah in order to answer your question I would probably need a time machine shipped through Amazon tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Muse – “Origin of Symmetry!

Guns N’ Roses – “Use Your Illusion 1”

Placebo – “Without You I’m Nothing”

Metallica – “The Black Album”

Deftones – “Around The Fur”

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

Definitely CD’s! No trace of doubt.

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

At an Italian rock festival called Colonia Sonora, we played in front of a massive sweaty crowd!

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

In an optimistic scenario I think I might be teaching martial arts to kids. Or maybe I would be a very very bad person, stealing cars and doing all that sort of naughty stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Marilyn Manson, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Bono Vox & Donald Trump!

What’s next for the band?

We’re really looking forward to January 2020 when we’ll hit the recording studio with James Sanger in France, he’s the man behind the success of Keane and many many great tracks from Madonna, U2, Dido, Lene Marlin etc.

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

Mainly;

https://www.facebook.com/dramalove/

https://www.instagram.com/instadramalove/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuits

Jaffa cakes are soft and tender biscuits pretending to be cakes. We all strive to be the best version of ourselves so it’s fine.

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

You’re welcome. Follow the light and never look back!

 

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

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EMQ’s with ATOMIC KAVEMEN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Hard Rock/Punk/Metal band Atomic Kavemen! Huge thanks to drummer James Kilpatrick for taking part!

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with Toronto Blessings

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EMQ’s with Toronto Blessings

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barnsley, South Yorkshire Noise Rockers Toronto Blessings! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Rik 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?

Hello I am Rik, I sing and play bass in Toronto Blessings. We formed when our previous band Cavorts went on hiatus. The core three members which were left formed Toronto Blessings. We wanted to try something new musically and have tried to move on from our heavier straight forward past. We wanted to make this band have a more unorthodox sound, but still keeping it hooky. We can still sonically smash your face in when needed, it’s just gets there a different way.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dale (guitarist) got the band name when he was reading a live review for the band Sleaford Mods. It said it looked like the singer was having a ‘Toronto Blessing’ he messaged us about using it for our name. It got three thumbs up!

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

We’re from England and to be honest I am not sure what the metal scene is like. I don’t really follow it. Local to us though you have While She Sleeps doing really well, but metal is a world away from what we do now.

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

Our latest single/video is for a track called ‘UvU’. It was written when I was in a dark depression and was struggling to tell people how I was feeling. I put everything into this song. We’ve had such a good response from it and people talking to me about similar feelings they’ve had too.

We have an EP called “Asleep” coming out later in the year. We’re looking forward to getting this out and people to hear tracks such as the title track ‘Asleep’. We’ve got plenty of new songs ready to record, which we can’t wait to track.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think mainly my fellow band mates. We all seem to bring out the best in each musically. Bands we’re inspired by are Metz, The Jesus Lizard, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the banshees, Daughters, The Cure, Sonic Youth.

What first got you into music?

I’d say Guns n Roses. My mum bought me “Appetite For Destruction” when I was 8 years old. It totally changed my life! Before that I was listening to MC Hammer ha! Bands like Nirvana and Sick Of It All made me feel like you didn’t have to be amazing at your instrument to make good music. It became a more reachable goal for me to get into a band.

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

I would love to do a track with Robert Smith (The Cure) I just think he’s got the best voice. I can listen to The Cure all day every day. It would be interesting to hear his voice on one of our tracks!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury, it’s the best festival I’ve ever been to. It’s so diverse and I think we’d go down a treat there.

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

Hmm! Not had a gift yet, let alone anything weird. I say bring it on.

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

Thank you for supporting us. Much love!

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

Lemmy!! Who else?

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

It’s just good to get in a room with your friends and turn up your amp. It’s the best release in the world playing and writing, just being creative. I don’t really hate anything anymore. Life goes so fast so I am just trying to enjoy every moment in this band.

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

It is what it is really. It’s a complete mess in one way, but also music is the most available it’s ever been. I love finding new bands through Spotify etc. Music really is at your fingertips.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I would say “OK Computer” by Radiohead. I was only really into heavy music before this album came out. It really blew my mind. Nothing was the same for me after, it expanded my musical taste and I haven’t stopped trying to listen to everything. I don’t care for genres, if something is good it’s good!

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

Vinyl of course! Well it really depends where you are. If you’re in your car or on the go I’d say downloads. If you’re at home Vinyl win every day for me.

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

The first one was really important for me. It was the first time that I sang a full set of songs. I’ve always just been the bass player! Toronto Blessings is the first band I’ve sung lead vocals in. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been. I am an accidental front man/singer. But after this gig was done it proved that I could do it and I’ve not looked back.

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

Probably exactly the same but not being as creative! I still work 9-5 now, so I’d still be doing just that. I’ve made loads of friends for life playing in bands, so I guess I’d have a lot less friends too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Thom Yorke, RuPaul, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry David and Lemmy!

What’s next for the band?

We’re gearing up to release our first EP “Asleep”. It should hopefully be coming out in October. At this stage it looks like we’ll be self-releasing it. We might put another single out before its release, we’ll see.

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

We use all the usual. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, YouTube.
https://youtu.be/ltU595XUWyI
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoBlessings/
https://twitter.com/getblessed666
https://www.instagram.com/toronto_blessings/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A mini cake

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

If you’re suffering with depression or anxiety, speak out. You have more people who’ll help you than you know. All is Love.

 

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Interview with Marco Mendoza

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Interview with Marco Mendoza
By Lotty Whittingham

Marco Mendoza is no doubt one of the hardest working and passionate musicians to date. He has played with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and currently The Dead Daisies. He is due to appear at a brand new festival ‘NozFest’ which takes place very soon. Lotty Whittingham spoke to him about this festival appearance, his latest release “Viva La Rock” and his process when it comes to songwriting.

Hello Marco, thanks for joining us this evening. So, you are due to appear at the brand-new festival NozFest soon. Can you tell us more about that?

The UK are famously known for having some of the best festivals around. This one in particular is special to me because it’s been organised by a friend of mine. Jodie and I have worked together previously on other events and she have been a great support of my solo career. Jodie approached me when I was on tour with The Dead Daisies and she said she was putting a festival together. She said there isn’t a lot going on in the south of England at that time of the year. Jodie, her dad and I came to an agreement that we should move this thing forward using my name so we could get the ball rolling.

I was very clear with them that I might be busy with The Dead Daisies at that time and if I needed to pull out, I would have to. She was very cool about it and stated that she was trying to get commitments from some bands. She also said that my solo stuff would make a great fit at the festival. It turned out that The Dead Daisies weren’t doing anything until towards the end of the year and I have been putting a lot of time into promoting my latest album “Viva La Rock”. In order to do that, you have to do any and everything you can to promote your music. I was happy to say yes let’s do this.

I have worked alongside a lot of the bands that are on the bill for NozFest and I am happy to be participating in that. I have some great cats rocking with me; I have Micky Crystal from Tygers Of Pang Tang and Kyle Hughes who has been with me for a while and he’s a great drummer. We have done a lot of touring together when they aren’t busy with their other projects. So, it’s a great fit and I am looking forward to appearing at this festival.

I can’t quite believe how quickly it’s come around.

It has come around so quickly. This year I have been to Japan twice, Europe three times, Russia and it’s only July. So, an extremely busy this year! After August, I will be spending time with my family and do a US run that we are putting together. After that, it’s back to Europe. Unless things change, I will be staying away from the UK for a bit to work on my new album that we’re shooting for next Spring. NozFest will be a chance for me to show people who I am and what my music is about.

Will this be your first time in Southampton?

It won’t be no. I have been part of the Thin Lizzy camp since 1994 or 1995, I am almost sure we played there a few times and I have toured with my solo project there. I can’t think of the exact venues, so I have toured there and the surrounding areas such as Bournemouth. I remember playing this little club called The Anvil. It’s got a lot of history, to me it’s like the whiskey of that area.

Actually, I remember the venue in Southampton was The Talking Heads. The Talking Heads was where I met Jodie and her Dad. They came to one of my solo shows, they approached me and said they would like to do more to support my solo career. She told me she can hook me up with shows in the south of England. She’s been a bit of champion when it comes to supporting my music, they are both fans of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake.

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This tour is promoting your latest release “Viva La Rock”. There is a variety of different sounding songs on there. Who are your main influences?

As you can tell, I grew up in the thirties. I was born in 1935, just kidding. The first CD I got as gift at Christmas was Abbey Road by The Beatles in the early seventies. It had been around for a few years at this point so that was the first album I got and let’s just say it had the Pandora’s Box effect. It ignited something in me and from that point I knew I was going to do music for the rest of my life. Once you start growing, you start seeing music in a different way and you start digging.

Creedance Clearwater Revival were a big band in the mid-sixties to mid-seventies, they had a lot of hits on the radio so for me they were a natural fit. I used to sing and play a lot of their songs. From then I got into to The Stones, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. To this day, I believe some of the best music and songs ever written were by these bands.

I am a big on a lot of these bands. Some of these bands I have been a part of myself. What they managed to accomplish in their time in 1964 or 1965 whenever they came out, they had an influence on the planet. Creatively and musically, the music business had its doors opened to these bands and what they managed to do was history in the making. So, I have a lot of respect for these guys.

When it comes down to song writing, do you have a specific process for it?

Lyrics for me are like the frosting on the cake. I might have a hook or theme or chord progression ready, it’s only because I try to fit in as much as I can when I have the time to do so and write it down. A lot of those ideas might not go anywhere and when it comes to write the album, you have all these ideas and whatever sticks is what develops and what you develop.

At the moment, I am in a really good place where everything is positive, optimistic and uplifting. All the lyrics are about my own experiences in life, relationships and love. There’s a song on the album dedicated to my wife because I was by myself in a studio in Denmark and I was missing my family. I was just like a little kid, if I could have got on the next plane home I would have done. However, we had studio time booked and had to make the commitment, then I had two months of touring straight afterwards. I was going to be gone for a while and had already been gone for six or seven months.

So emotionally I got a little drained and a little trashed. You know how it is when you’re tired, your emotions come to the surface. At the end of the album, we literally had a few hours to finish and we had to terminate it then because we had the tour the next morning. The producer said that we didn’t have a ballad for the album. We agreed on this but we spent so much time on everything else. Long story short he said “I got this chord progression; I really love it and it reminds me of something.” As soon as he started playing it, I realised that was the one. The song was written within two hours.

I’m not embarrassed to say that it was emotional when I was singing it. It’s one thing when the music and lyrics are written, when I started singing the words, I got knots in my throat. We had to stop a few times because I was blown away. I was asked if I wanted to take a break or do it another time but I thought we don’t have another time.

It probably won’t be played at NozFest as festivals are about going crazy and we have about forty-five minutes to an hour so there won’t be time to slow down.

Thanks, Marco, for taking the time out to speak to us today and best of luck with your UK tour.

NozFest takes place on Saturday 10th August at the 1865 in Southampton.

LINKS:
http://www.marcomendoza.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marcomendozaofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/marcomendozaofficial/

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Jared James Nichols – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK – 16/07/2019

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Jared James Nichols
The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
16/07/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Jared James Nichols has built up a solid reputation as one of the leading lights in modern blues rock, his firey gumbo of influences winning the hearts of audiences during tours with Glenn Hughes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, UFO, Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult and ZZ Top amongst others. It speaks a lot about the guitarist that he not only held his own against such legendary artists but gave them all a run for their money and on many nights blew away the headliners. His latest tour of the UK is part of a diverse triple band line-up that also includes Toby Jepson’s 70’s style hard rocking Wayward Sons and the topped-billed game-changers Living Colour. Despite the huge talent on show, Nichols opening set was the one that left the most lasting impression and brought the largest number of converts, all of whom stunned by the power of this three-piece.

Despite the early start time, a sizeable crowd was already pushing against the barrier as a siren rang out and Nichols strolled onto the stage, ripping into opening song ‘Last Chance’. This was rock ‘n’ roll as dirty and loud as you could have wished for, the muscular playing reminiscent of Cream at their most forceful but with an edge that spoke of years spent playing in rough bars all over small towns in the States. There was a real ferocity here that screamed to be let loose, all whilst being totally controlled by a band who knew exactly what they were doing. This juxtaposition of the feral and the crafted in their performance was such a fine balance that it equally thrilled and amazed, the adrenaline rush of being strapped into a turbocharged supercar driven by a Nascar champion.

‘Don’t Be Scared’ was a blistering display of heavy blues and saw Nichols flicking his guitar lead to slam and dance across the strings as he played the solo. This wasn’t the only extraordinary thing that struck about the performance as it was impossible not to marvel at how he played with such dexterity and heaviness without a pick, his right hand wrenching and dancing on the frets bereft of a plectrum to take the strain across the tight wound steel strings of his beloved Les Paul. The funky ‘Honey Forgive Me’ dripped with a raw passion and ‘End of Time’ rode along with a loping rhythm whilst conjuring a sound that brought to mind something akin to Jimi Hendrix jamming with Led Zeppelin.

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The heads-down boogie of ‘Baby Can You Feel It’ really swung as bass player Ronnie Elvis James and drummer Dennis Holms were watertight, James a study in trucker cool whilst Holms was a mass of flying blonde hair. Nichols himself cuts an imposing figure, standing well over six feet tall and all muscles, tattoos and hair and it’s one of these tattoos that catches the eye: a curled snake on his left arm. Whilst a first glance looking like the one Metallica had on the cover of the ‘Black Album’, this was actually part of the Gadsden Flag, depicting a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike and such it was with the jabs and controlled ferocity of his playing on new single ‘Nails in the Coffin’. The track opened to the sound of rolling thunder and rain and continued in this vein, a brooding and atmospheric track full of dread and dark power, providing an appetite whetting taster of things to come.

‘Hardwired’ may have shared a title with the San Francisco thrash giants but this was purely titular as the track came over as the love child of Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, all lascivious guitar work and macho strutting but none the worse for either. Closing the set was a staggering cover of Mountain’s classic ‘Mississippi Queen’, replete with the greatest cowbell playing in rock outside of ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ and a freshness that captured the vitality of the original but turned up several notches. Closing with such a well-known and much-loved song was a gamble but the fact that their own material can stand shoulder to shoulder and not feel out of place with it speaks volumes. The future, seemingly, belongs to him. All hail the new King of Blues Rock.

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols/

https://www.instagram.com/jaredjamesnichols/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzbfeZRfm79klg5WCSlUWXw

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based solo female Rock artist Kaima! Huge thanks to Kaima 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 Kaima – I am a rock/metal vocalist, and I am a female solo rock artist! As a solo artist I have been around for nearly a year, however I was born from my old band, Wild Card. We were around for about a year before we disbanded, and from the ashes I decided to not give up, but face the problems we struggled with – cohesive music direction, the same beliefs, passion and dedication, and come back as a solo artist. This past year has professionally and personally been the hardest in my life, and I’ve been very open about my mental health issues, and experiences with abuse, and so I took that gap to sit down with my guitarist James, and take control of the narrative, instead of letting things defeat me. I wrote, and sang out all of my pain, and turned it into power. It’s the most empowering thing in the world to work through a scarring/negative situation and make something beautiful/positive out of it instead. I also decided to come back as a solo artist because I didn’t want to have to rely on anyone else to get to where I wanted to be – this last year has been full of realisations, and I think my biggest has been this exactly – I don’t need anyone else but myself.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is half of my surname – I am half Cypriot, and my name is very unusual. I am very proud of my heritage, and my family history, and I wanted to keep a part of it with me always, but ‘Kaimakami’ is quite a mouthful, and friends from school used to call me Kaima, so now it is just my preferred name and stage name! My logo, the eye is a variation on the Mediterranean ‘evil eye’ which is tied in heavily with our culture, with crazy eyelashes because I always have makeup or glitter running down my face!

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

I am from England, and the metal/rock scene is… well it depends where you are! Where I grew up in the West Country, you are hard pressed to find any musicians, let alone any rockers, whereas I live closer to London, where the scene is teeming with metalheads.. finding ones that are dedicated, or aren’t already taken is a bit harder though! But never give up. It took me long enough…

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

Liar Liar! My debut single as a solo artist… this song came from a lot of toxic anger toward an individual for infidelity, and lots of other fucked stuff like manipulation and emotional/physical abuse… But instead of letting the toxic anger fester inside me, I used the strength I shared with a close friend of mine who went through this with me, to turn the message into one of solidarity, and made what could have been a potentially quite bitter track, a kick-ass thank-fuck-you-were-the-one-that-got-away anthem! It came out back in February 2019, and I’ve been planning my next single, however I’ve been doing my best to fundraise for this to get into the studio/get it mixed/mastered.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Freddie. Gaga. Lzzy. In that order. They shaped everything I truly love and value about myself. I learned to love singing, appreciate truly special music, and be ok with being a drama queen on stage through Freddie, and Queen… I always knew I was a bit different, but didn’t know why/how, and when I sang their songs I felt ok with it for the first time and pretty fucking fabulous too! I credit Gaga for growing me up and teaching me all the things I should have learned at school/home – to love myself and drop anyone that didn’t by the wayside. She pushed me to push myself, and accept all the parts of me that weren’t ‘normal’ – her popularity just for being her awesome theatrical self when I was a kid was proof that I’d get through all the bullying and horrific experiences, and make it someday, and I could stay true to myself whilst doing it. Halestorm and Lzzy Hale in particular introduced me to slightly heavier music – and it blew my mind. I knew from the moment I heard them that that was what I wanted to do. It was exciting, it was sexy – here was a WOMAN who loved herself, her sex life, and was unapologetic about it.. and my god that VOICE… I was determined to be able to sing like her and it took about a year of training but I got there! All 3 paved the way for other beautiful freaks like them to follow down their paths. Without them, the industry would be a very different place. They didn’t just stand up for their beliefs – they fought like hell for them, and they made you feel like one of their own, whilst also taking you on a beautifully wild ride.

What first got you into music?

(I guess the above statement)

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

All of the above musicians – I would be honoured to collaborate with them, and also a band called The Struts. I really like what they’re doing at the moment – the lead singer Luke has a very Freddie attitude and sound which is incredibly sexy, and I feel like they’re kinda bringing their version of rock the mainstream, which is always awesome. I’ve also just discovered this insane fellow female solo artist – Kim Jennett. She was also in a band, and decided to go solo, is massively inspired by Lzzy, has ridiculous gritty vocals that are so rare in this industry nowadays… sounding familiar?! She’s a massive babe with a massive voice, and there are honestly so few of us rock chicks out there, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Society has a tendency to pit women against each other, but I honestly can’t be arsed with that rubbish – we need to stick together. Pulling someone else down doesn’t raise you higher. I supported Hands Off Gretal (another band I’d love to collab with) last week and I was shitting myself because I love their music, but every time I have played with women there has been nothing but love and support. No one is actually alone – we are all shit scared and thinking we aren’t good enough, so why add more stress and negativity to life – it’s hard enough as it is!! Be a damn cheerleader. So yeah – Kim Jennett, Lauren Tate (H.O.G) and 2 other local artists LUNA and Chinchilla – I adore you, lets team up and show the world how badass we are.

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

Glastonbury! It’s my biggest dream to play the pyramid stage at sunset. It’s my hometown, it was my first festival, and I just want a golden sea of people dancing and jumping to my songs whilst the sun goes down… I dream about it every night.

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

I haven’t received anything weird yet! Everything that’s made with love is important to me, but you never know!

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

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone feels like they are, but they’re not. Reach out. Social media is horrific but it can also be incredible at bringing people together. Facebook forums, Instagram pages, Tumblr, Reddit – there is always someone else that feels the same way you do. Emotions are meant to be felt, but if you struggle with them like I do – find a doctor. It’s free. Ring a helpline. Join a website to start walking dogs. Volunteer at animal shelters. Find something you love, and find a way if pouring your pain into it so there is something constructive to show for it. If your friends aren’t helping – find new ones. ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’ – from the Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it’s true. I’ve stayed in horrific relationships (platonic too) and situations because I haven’t respected myself to go ‘HELL NO.’ There are 7 billion people out there – you will find someone. They might not be n your hometown, but we have social media for a reason.

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

Freddie.

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

As I said earlier, I love being able to take a really shitty situation, turn it into a powerful song, which helps me heal, and then in turn it helps someone else heal. I love when people thank me for my honesty, because it is hard to be vulnerable in such a tough industry, but I think this and admitting flaws is something that is swiftly becoming more applauded. I love being a platform to voice support for those that need it, such as MH, women’s rights, and sex worker rights. And the biggest thing… being able to scream into a microphone and call it my job. Getting sweaty and grimy all half naked on stage, singing about beating my demons?! It’s my dream come true! Fetus Kaima – we did it! I hate rumours. People that shit stir. If you’ve got issues, go and talk it out. You are helping no one here! This industry is hard enough as it is – help each other!

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

Honestly, I would make rock n roll the ‘current’ genre again… a lot of people tell me I won’t get far because it isn’t ‘in’ (but I do it anyway) and I see a lot of amazing musicians get put off or not follow the music they REALLY want to do because it ‘won’t sell’ which sucks, but in this day and age you have to make a killing to be a full time, successful musician. People think they have to go heavier, or rely on tech more. I just think I was born into the wrong era! It’s selfish, but I guess my ultimate wish would be that you could be able to be successful in the genre that you want to pursue. not what society dictates is the new ‘in’ thing. There is so much more rock has to offer, and I hope that movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and the Dirt have brought that kind of music back into a mainstream a bit more, so a wider audience can love and listen to this genre.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queen – “Night At The Opera”. Or any of Halestorm’s albums because they showed me how to rock and Gaga’s “Fame Monster” because it grew me up!

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

I love vinyl because I’m a very visual person but realistically, downloads.

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

Probably the last 2 shows I’ve played – I headlined the Backroom Bar at the Hard Rock Café in London earlier this year, and there pictures of me as a kid at the Hard Rock café in Florida, and I still have hard rock merch up in my old bedroom. It was just a childhood dream fully realised. They all but rolled out red carpet for me, and I had massive imposter syndrome (and tonsillitis!). I was so humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity, let alone treated like fucking royalty! So many people turned up, and the room just heaved with people living and breathing the same good rock n roll energy. I am grateful for that experience every day. My most recent show with Hands Off Gretal was a near topper for that though – despite having tonsil issues again, my voice held out for our nearly hour long set. To be able to support HOG made it an incredible night anyway, but playing to a packed crowd, seeing Lauren Tate in the front loving every second, being confident enough to incorporate a fully realised burlesque element into it, and having people stop me to tell me how much my music meant to them, it was just bliss. You can’t make this shit up. And I fully let go of absolutely everything – all of those fears and anxieties – for the whole set. I always snap out and over analyse and worry, but this time I was just totally lost in the moment. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to do that when I am enjoying myself now – to snapshot that moment in my mind, so I can look back on that, and not the mountains of stress accompanying it.

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

Helping animals, kids, or being a Disney princess. Or makeup artistry!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe

What’s next for the band?

Getting the funds to go into the studio and release these tracks I’ve been saving up for you all! Then gig, gig, gig. Being on stage is my obsession, feeling the reaction from people who have their own personal connection to the songs I’ve written. I just want more! I’d like to work with some mental health charities, support women’s rights, and sex worker rights. As a provocative performer and a burlesque performer, the sex work industry is looked down upon, but there’s nothing shameful about our bodies! We love them, and we get that other people love them too. Being able to incorporate burlesque into my performance is something I haven’t had the confidence to do until recently but I’m over the moon that I did. We are such a large, loving community, and we don’t have time for hate.

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

https://www.facebook.com/kaimaofficial
https://www.instagram.com/kaimaofficial
and ‘Liar Liar’ is available on all streaming platforms to buy and download!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake?! They’re soft and called cakes…

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

… Uhhhh I’m sorry for rambling! I have a lot to say… but I always do! Thank you for having me… and just keep an open mind, and an open heart! It’s much better to add love in a world full of hate.
KAIMA <3 x

 

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Warrior Soul – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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