EMQ’s with TRUE VILLAINS

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EMQ’s with TRUE VILLAINS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee based Hard Rock band, True Villains. 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?

True Villains was founded on a mutual passion for rock. Moving to Nashville from all over the country, the band met and began planting a foothold in the local scene. Quickly coming up in the Nashville scene, we were graced with awesome opportunities like opening for Tyler Bryant, Stryper, Tremonti, and eventually touring with Steel Panther. Through word of mouth, the band soon caught the attention of producer Nick Raskulinecz who has produced our latest three singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

Being based in Nashville, we felt like the black sheep of the scene.

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

We are based out Nashville, Tennessee, US. There is a small rock scene, but most of the music industry in the area is country or pop.

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

As of March 5th, ‘Dig Your Grave’ is our latest single. There are two other singles currently available as well: ‘The Villain’ and ‘Blood In The Water’.

‘Dig Your Grave’ (Official Video)

‘The Villain’ (Official Video)

‘Blood In The Water’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Led Zeppelin, Guns ’N Roses, Aerosmith, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Audioslave, Alice in Chains.

What first got you into music?

Hearing Motley Crüe’s Greatest Hits record, growing up in households with music blasting, getting a guitar for Christmas, getting Guitar Hero for Christmas and thinking it was as easy to play bass.

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

Post Malone or Dave Grohl

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

Rock am Ring because we’ve grown up watching the live videos of our favourite bands playing there for years.

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

Collage of pictures from personal Instagram page. Package of video tapes of home videos mixed with live Led Zeppelin footage.

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

If you had a choice between being a musician or going to law school, we hope you don’t mind six years of college.

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

Chris Cornell

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

The best part is definitely playing live shows. When you’re so called “tour manager” doesn’t get your veggie tray from catering after the shows.

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

The internet created an over saturation of the music industry and as a result has made it more difficult for bands to rise above without backing from labels or high streaming numbers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Bad” – Michael Jackson, “Appetite For Destruction” – Guns ’N Roses, “Pump” – Aerosmith, “Animosity” – Sevendust!

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

Vinyl, but with an awesome system for it.

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

Norfolk, VA at the NorVa opening for Steel Panther 2019.

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

Harley Davidson Sales Rep, Dentist, Military Officer, High School History Teacher, Physical Education Teacher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Jordan, Jim Gaffigan, Benmont Tench, Rob Zombie, Mark Tremonti.

What’s next for the band?

Writing and recording more tracks with Nick. Hitting the road when venues open back up.

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

All major music streaming outlets as well as Facebook, Instagram. Our handle for everything is @truevillainsnashville

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit

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Video Interview with EMPYRE

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Video Interview with EMPYRE
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Miss Bicheno here! I am back with another interview…and this time I had a really insightful and lengthy video chat with Did Coles (Lead Guitar) and Henrik Steenholdt (Vocals) of Northampton, UK based Rock band Empyre.

After playing in a successful cover band and wanting to expand on creating their own music, Empyre formed in 2016, catapulting into creating a range of ballads with atmospheric and hard rock layers. Due to play Planet Rock’s Rockstock this year and with more gigs being announced all the time (including a support slot on Mason Hill’s upcoming 2021 UK Tour in September) and all subject to Covid restrictions being lifted, Empyre have a string of stages they have frequented around the UK over the years and if you listen to their stunning offerings with added Acoustic versions, you will see why!

After my Skype cut out our introductions (doh!), have a watch of the interview below with these brilliant guys!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

EMPYRE Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Empyre are:
Did Coles – Lead Guitar
Henrik Steenholdt – Vocals
Elliot Bale – Drums
Grant Hockley – Bass

LINKS:

‘Only Way Out’ (Official Video)


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Butterfly – Doorways Of Time

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Butterfly – Doorways Of Time
Petrichor
Release Date: 05/03/2021
Running Time: 37:01
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Sometimes bands don’t make it easy for you. It was genuinely the kind of hard work, us journalists in the third decade of the 21st Century intensely dislike, to find out who actually is in this Australian band, as their press release says nothing. That’s about three minutes digging on Google, for those of you who have not had our decades of intensely specialised training and experience – I mean I had to start going to the second page of the search results! And here lies part of the charm, as not only is the music from another decade, so too is their internet presence. Try it – their Facebook page is updated regularly, but is a bit Spartan and apart from a Bandcamp link (which you know you want to follow) there is really nothing else out there. That’s rather wonderful, as it forces us lazy journalists to focus entirely on what we have at our disposal, to whit the nine songs sent for review.

The MP3 version of this has actually been out there since last June and this release is mainly for the benefit of the physical versions, which include a retro 180g audiophile vinyl version, as well as a CD and yes, even a cassette tape version. They weren’t even on Spotify when I first reviewed this (they are now), so I was even starting to think they might have a phobia for any technology post 1980’s, but then considering how most bands usually end up paying more to services like that in listing fees than they ever recoup, I can hardly blame them. The music has its feet very firmly in the very early 1970’s, and to be honest I would say even further back than that with a generous helping of US psychedelic in the guitar sound and the trippy vocal harmonies. The sound is very much of that early Hard Rock ethos, despite the twin guitars and a bit of mild distortion, it all feels very pre-Metal to me, making this a refreshing change and in many ways I’m reminded of the mood and tone of Steppenwolf.

The vocals are an incredibly powerful factor in this band, as each of the four instrumentalists shares the vocal duties, so you get the kind of variety and range across the tracks that evokes early KISS. Clearly having a group of people able bring their own distinct songs to the table whilst still retaining a distinct house sound feels like a lost skill for the generations that grew up obsessing over who was fronting the band. That variety extends to the song-writing – all clearly the same band but each track is clearly and distinctly its own beast, with a production quality and sound that genuinely feels like it was cut on fifty-year-old recording technology and remastered recently and nails the retro feel more accurately than many bands riding that wave currently. Cats In Space, check your rear-view mirror, you aren’t alone…

So, our esteemed editor asked me a key question, which was do I actually like this record? And the answer is a resounding “Yes”. I mean there aren’t many albums that feel like they belong from before I was born, given that I came into this world 11 days before the first Black Sabbath album and that alone needs a celebratory drink raising.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Desert Chase
02. Climbing A Mountain
03. Doorways Of Time
04. The Night Is On Its Way
05. No Body
06. The Sin
07. Heavy Metal Highway
08. Crawling
09. The Scorpion

LINE-UP:
Phil Gresig – Vocals, Bass
Rob Wog – Vocals, Drums
Luke Robertson – Vocals, Guitars
Philip T. King – Vocals, Guitars

LINKS:
Official website – Nah!
Instagram – Do we look like millennials?
Twitter – What the mother-in-law does
Youtube – Do you mind? This is a family web site!

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EMQ’s with THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS

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EMQ’s with THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Omaha, Nebraska/Chicago, Illinois based Glam/Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Midnight Devils. Huge thanks to Bassist/Lead Vocalist, Sam Spade, 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. My name is Sam Spade, and I am the bass player and lead singer of the band The Midnight Devils. We are a national touring glam slam, boogie woogie, party rock n roll band from Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. Chris ‘Sniper’ Hineline and I started The Midnight Devils in 2017, and did some regional touring around the Midwest United States. Our drummer Jimmy Mess joined us in the summer of 2017 after our original drummer left us high and dry in the middle of a tour. After the tour we decided that it felt good, and we should continue this, and see how far we can take it. We released our debut album in 2018, and dropped everything to start touring around the country, from coast to coast. We have played from LA to New York State, and New Orleans to Milwaukee. We took a gamble and jumped out into the deep water right from the start, and it totally paid off.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band came from the title of an album Sniper and I put out with our previous band.  The album was just called Midnight Devils, so we added “The” in front, like The Ramones, The Who, The Rolling Stones. The idea behind the term comes from that feeling you get as the sun starts to set on a Friday night. It’s that rush of adrenaline and anticipation for what is about to happen. You know it’s going to be a wild night, and you know that there is going to be one hell of an adventure on the other side.

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

We are from Omaha, Nebraska, USA, and our drummer Jimmy Lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Omaha, Nebraska isn’t a huge city by any stretch, but it’s always been known for having a great artistic community. The local bands are always great, but there is definitely nobody like us, and nobody playing glam rock n roll in Omaha. The cool thing about Omaha is that it is between Denver and Chicago and is always a stop for touring bands. We get some great shows, and most of the time you can catch shows any night of the week. From what I have experienced in Chicago, it’s a wild dirty party town. We’ve played in the city a lot, and it’s tough, but once they accept you the party never stops. There are tons and tons of great bands coming out of the Chicago area.

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

Our debut album, “Something Bigger” was released in 2018. We toured very heavily into early 2019 promoting that record, and the video for the single, ‘Pink Halo.’ It was an incredible experience, and we could see our hard work paying off. Unfortunately, everything was cut short due to the Covid Pandemic. It’s really a shame.

‘Pink Halo’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influence is KISS. I grew up on Elvis and The Beach Boys. That got me into classic rock, but KISS really pushed it over-the-top for me. I got my first guitar when I was 16, and of course it was a cheap sunburst Les Paul like Ace Frehley played. From there I found The New York Dolls, Sweet, and Alice Cooper. I joined a touring punk rock band, and mixed everything I knew together, to create something very unique. I love classic rock like The Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen but I also love The Ramones, The Clash, and The Misfits.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. When I was younger, I went to a private school, and they showed us this propaganda video called Hells Bells, which preached that rock n roll was evil, and if you listened to it you were a devil worshipper. It totally backfired and made me love the music even more. It wasn’t until my buddy brought in KISS – “Destroyer,” and I heard ‘Detroit Rock City,’ that I put it all together. I felt complete and knew right then what I wanted to do with my life.

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

I would love to create something new and exciting with a bunch of the new bands coming out right now. I’ve tried to put together some tours with other glam bands around the USA and nobody gets the bigger picture. It becomes about egos and “who’s bigger”. I want to put something together with bands that are still playing clubs and put it on the road. I want to give the fans something to talk about and something completely over the top exciting to go see. Arena level bands are great, but eventually their time will come, and they will stop playing. We are the new generation of rock n roll and I want to embrace that on a whole new level.

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

Our biggest goal right now is to put The Midnight Devils overseas. To take this band from the Midwest USA and take it international. I want to bring this glitter-encrusted lipstick-smeared party to the wild animals in Europe and Japan. America is great but they are still going crazy for our style of music outside of the US. We want to put the party in the air.

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

I have had fans get my signature tattooed on their arms. I have had fans tattoo my bass on their backs. Those things I am very honoured and touched by. I will never forget that feeling of seeing those tattoos. The weirdest piece of fan mail I received was a big box of towels and 4 bars of penis soap shaped like donuts. It’s always interesting opening this stuff up.

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

We love our fans, and think of them as our family, spread out across the world. When we tour our fans will come out and bring us food, send us snacks, and let us crash in their basements. There are not enough “Thank You’s” to express our deep love and appreciation for everything they have done for us. During the pandemic, our amazing fans have been buying up all kinds of official merchandise, which helps us beyond anything they can even comprehend. Thank you so very much.

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

I am reading a book right now about Elvis. I think that’s somebody that was taken away too soon. I also think Eddie Van Halen was a huge loss to the music world. Others include Johnny Thunders, from The New York Dolls, and of course all of The Ramones were taken away too soon as well.

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

There are so many things that I love it’s impossible to list. First of all, I am very blessed to be in a band with two other guys that share the same vision and are absolutely my best friends. That gives us the opportunity to travel around the country and meet so many new people. I love being able to create and bring ideas to life. I am very proud of our album, our songs, our videos, and our live show.  I don’t hate much of it, but I get a lot of anxiety from the work that is involved behind the scenes making everything happen. I’s a 24/7, 365, kind of job that never rests, even when the world is locked down. The stress and the ups and downs can really get to you.

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

I completely believe that, in this day and age, we have lost all artist development in the recording industry. It’s not about getting an artist to build a long-lasting career; it’s about making money as fast and as easy as possible. Labels don’t help bands anymore, and especially bands like The Midnight Devils. We are seen as “Too Glam” or “Too wild,” and everybody makes the safe bet on a safe band. That’s not us and that’s completely fine. We have seen the fans and listened to them. We want the same thing they do. So, without any help from the industry, besides an incredible manager, we have done everything ourselves.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is a tough one, and I was just having this conversation with somebody the other day. There are those albums that you just know front to back, every song is a hit in some way. How do you pick?  Guns ‘N Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”, Motley Crüe – “Too Fast For Love”, Boston – “Boston”, The Rolling Stones – “Tattoo You.” There are so many to pick. It’s incredibly hard. AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”.

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

Vinyl, hands down, but I must say that I completely see the need for digital downloads. I don’t like it, but the ease of having millions of albums in the palm of your hand is incredible. I buy a lot of albums, and still listen to songs digitally. The Midnight Devils will be putting out vinyl this year when our new record is done.

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

We have played a ton of shows all over the country and they are all really special no matter where or how many people show up. With The Midnight Devils, everything is an uphill battle, and an adventure. From getting to shows, driving 10 hours in the mountains, buses breaking down, venues cancelling, and owners firing off hand guns, there are always a few hurdles to get over just to play a show. I don’t take any of it for granted. Sentimentally, my favourite show was the one we did at The Viper Room in LA, because I was actually living out those Rock N Roll fantasies you have as a kid. Playing on Sunset Strip, with your name on the marquee, then going down to The Rainbow to party after the show. That’s the dream right there.

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

As weird as this might sound, I actually have a degree in broadcasting, with a focus on radio. I went to school to be a radio DJ at a classic rock station. I had that job, and realized it was all fake, and it wasn’t about the music, it was about the advertising dollars. Now I DJ at clubs and get to put on a different kind of show every night of the week. It’s great and I love what I do outside of the band.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Of course, I would invite Sniper and Jimmy my band mates. Get all three of us together and it’s trouble in the best possible way! I would then invite David Lee Roth from Van Halen. Also, Jack Black from Tenacious D, and finally maybe Will Farrell. It would be a rock n roll laugh fest of epic proportions.

What’s next for the band?

We will be heading to Chicago in early March, to record our sophomore album, with Chip Z’Nuff producing it.  We are thrilled to have him behind the board guiding us on this huge follow-up. We will then release a single and video, and put out some killer coloured vinyl to celebrate. After that, we are planning on hitting the road as soon as humanly possible. Early April we will be doing some shows in Denver, then we are working on plans for a busy summer. We are scheduled to support Loudness on their 2021 US Tour, so fingers crossed we can get this virus under control.

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

www.themidnightdevils.com
www.facebook.com/themidnightdevils
www.instagram.com/the_midnight_devils/
www.twitter.com/midnightdevils
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2Xvt81FOvPCXeSFkNi9qEN
www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-bigger/1401071158
www.youtu.be/9ceCqtQg2fo

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not even sure what Jaffa Cakes are.  We don’t have those in Nebraska.

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

Thank you so much for the great interview, and for keeping rock n roll and heavy metal alive. Keep an eye out for The Midnight Devils in 2021 we will be coming at you harder than hard.

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Mason Hill – Against The Wall

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Mason Hill – Against The Wall
Self-Released
Release Date: 05/03/2021
Running Time: 46:47
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Ummm so…AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!! THE MASON HILL DEBUT ALBUM IS FINALLY HERE!!!

Apologies. I just had to get that out of my system! It’s been, what seems like millennia, that I’ve been waiting for this day, since we first happened upon these 5 lovely chaps from Glasgow, at RockWich 2017. I was mesmerized by them on that occasion, and my first words to Rick at the time were, “They are going to be huge.” Their hard rock sound, and their absolute passion, and sheer joy in performing, really connected to me, and all the gathered crowd in that room. It was a special gig. I checked out my original review, and this is what I wrote:

“When I say they really impressed me, what I really mean is they totally blew my mind with how awesomely good they were. They were very fresh melodic rock, which was so good, so tight, so together, and so electric that I have to admit it actually made me emotional. That has only happened to me twice before in 25 years where music is concerned. The first occasion was on listening to Queen’s “Made In Heaven” album for the first time, and the other was watching Doro Pesch on the main stage at Bloodstock (mainly because I worship the ground she walks on though!)”

Since then, the hottest question on everyone’s lips has been “When’s the album coming?!” So, as you can imagine it gives me an absolute thrill to finally be writing this review! But was it worth the wait? (Let’s face it, if you looked at my score at the top of this review, then you probably already know my answer to that.) Well, let’s find out!

The album opens with ‘Reborn’, and the first thing that hits you is the superb production. Right from the first note, everything is placed perfectly, from the distant guitar, full of reverb, to the thumping bass notes and ambient sounds. This leads seamlessly into the absolute banger, ‘No Regrets’. With a powerful riff, and melodic structure, this is the first of many earworms on this album. Scott Taylor’s vocals are clear, but raw enough to deliver a rock punch. The instrumentals of Marc Montgomery, Matt Ward, and James Bird are technically superb. And the metronomic rhythms of Craig McFetridge on the skins hold everything together in perfect time.

The title track is up next, and anyone who doesn’t get this track stuck in their head almost instantly is either insane, or dead! It’s THAT good! It grows and swells, with the pacey and bassy chorus being the high point in the song. I LOVE THIS TRACK!!

Now, you might think that this album had peaked too soon, with ‘Against The Wall’ as the 3rd track. But you’d be so wrong! The album continues like this, for literally EVERY. SINGLE. SONG!!! This should not be a debut album, because it’s simply too damn good! They’ve set the bar high, then thrown caution to the wind and pushed it a little higher! Here’s a few more of my highlights (I mean, I could quite easily just give you the tracklist, and say “There you go!” but that would be silly):

‘DNA’ for its punchy riffs that make you get up and move, and its ridiculously catchy chorus (again – I seriously challenge you not to be singing along by the second chorus! Be warned, it is completely impossible). ‘Who We Are’ – it’s a great hard rock ballad, and, if you don’t love one of them, then you have no soul. ‘Hold On’ for its machine-like riffs!  And ‘Where I Belong’, because it’s simply a beautiful and heartfelt track, that display’s the versatility and musical understanding that every member of Mason Hill possess.

Without wanting to sound like a complete fangirl here, if there is such a place as heaven, then this is the soundtrack that would be playing there. I Cannot stress enough how much of a superb album this is, and if you even remotely like Rock, you need to be spinning it at your earliest convenience. The young boys from bonny Scotland have done a bonny wee job on this record, and I could not be happier for them. It deserves a very high spot in everyone’s playlist, and long may they continue making these beautiful noises. And, if they carry on like this, they are still my top tip for being huge. The only thing I can say is, guys, please, PLEASE don’t leave it so long until the next album! I don’t think I could cope!!

‘D.N.A. (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Reborn
02. No Regrets
03. Against The Wall
04. Broken Son
05. D.N.A
06. Who We Are
07. Find My Way
08. Hold On
09. Out Of Reach
10. We Pray
11. Where I Belong
12. Reborn (Reprise)

LINE-UP:
Scott Taylor – Vocals
James Bird – Lead Guitar
Marc Montgomery – Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Ward – Bass
Craig McFetridge – Drums

LINKS:

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Amy Angel And The HellRaisers – Do It Again

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Amy Angel And The HellRaisers – Do It Again
Die Laughing Records
Release Date 20/11/2020
Running Time: 29:24
Review by Tsarina Wilson
6.5/10

San Francisco based Amy Angel And The HellRaisers certainly deliver something new to me. A combination of country, and psychobilly, with a hint of punk, they’re definitely not a band to be ignored.

The band’s history stemmed from, of all things, a simple phone call between two friends, Don Lamb, who’s responsible for the lyrics, and Tony Louenco, for the music. Tony and his wife, Amy, then set about getting the band together, which consists of Amy on vocals, Tony (Sinsinatty) on guitar, Don Lamb and Arron Marsden sharing bass, and Mario Arelas on drums. They all have long musical histories, with a range of influences and experiences under their belts! For this new album, as well as vocal duties, Amy also plays guitar and keyboards, and Tony adds in extra vocals.

The first part of “Do It Again” has a cool, crisp country sound, very laid back with Amy’s clear vocals, and that typical old country drum beat to it. It’s almost like being on a train. You could picture, ‘Yesterday’s High’ being sung and played in an old-world saloon bar. Despite its cool country start, you know this isn’t just your run of the mill album, there is something very different about it. It takes a while to get into it as you’re not really sure what’s coming next. Is it going to bang into a rock track or stay country? It does keep you on your toes.

The album starts to come alive a bit more after ‘Yesterday’s High’, with a change of beat and tempo. Amy’s orotund vocals certainly suit the country genre, she sings with a lot of passion and depth. In many of the tracks Amy goes from singing to talking, then back again, which isn’t unusual, but it’s done so regularly that it can be a little off-putting. That said, it does add to the album’s variation from the norm, so there is merit in that.

I think “Do It Again” is certainly refreshing in today’s music world of many identikit bands, although it is definitely a Marmite album, you will either love it or hate it. I would just say, if you’re one of the ones who doesn’t like it, give it a few listens, because you may find it grows on you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walking in the City
02. Who’s That Girl?
03. Yesterday’s High
04. I’d Do It Again
05. Lite One Up
06. She Likes It Fast
07. Party Night Across the USA
08. White Witch
09. Never Too Late
10. That Punk Rocker’s Me

LINE-UP:
Amy Angel – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Tony Sinsinatty – Guitars, Vocals
Danny Dangerous – Drums
Osgood Cain III – Bass
Donny Midnite – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with RIFF ACTION FAMILY

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EMQ’s with RIFF ACTION FAMILY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with St. Petersburg, Russia based Rock band, Riff Action Family. Huge thanks to Bassist, Pavel, 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! My name is Pavel. I play bass. I came to this band a few years ago, when the boys already had 3 LPs in their history, so I had to learn a lot of songs very fast!

How did you come up with your band name?

I have no idea how they did this, but I’ve heard that the ex-guitar player invented it. Such a strange name.

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

I am from Mother-Russia, and there’s a lot of metal: Severstal for example, or Derepasca’s (Russian oligarch) Aluminium factory. There are a lot of rocks in Russia too, for example Ural or Kavkaz! We like it very much.

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

“Chameleon” is the latest LP from Riff Action Family and I’m playing bass there too!

‘Hurricane’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence is Lowriders, of course.

What first got you into music?

Chicks and booze did that for me. I thought that, if I could play bass, every pretty girl will like me.

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

My dream is to play with Oleg Gazmanov and jump with him and with my bass on one stage.

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

Some beer festival, I guess, somewhere in Germany!

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

A wet kiss.

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

Please do not become a bass player ever.

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

John Bonham.

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

Best thing is playing live and changing the energy with the crowd.

Worst thing is the headache you get the morning after!

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

Conservatism of labels. This is a very risky industry, and no one wants to lose out when counting on SMB, out of format.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Eminem Show”

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

Marble machine

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

In kindergarten for my parents when I was little pig in a Christmas party

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

Alcoholic

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lucifer, Jesus Christ, Mohamed, Bevis and Butthead

What’s next for the band?

Next LP, Euro tour through post-covid Europe, some New videos.

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

Every social media that is possible to use from YouTube and Instagram to Weibo.

www.facebook.com/RiffActionFamily
www.linktr.ee/riffactionfamily

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are drugs.

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

Peace.

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Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest Cover Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agape (Lyric Video)

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

LINKS:

Anneke Van Giersbergen Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with RONIN

Ronin Logo

EMQ’s with RONIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Long Island, New York based Rock band, Ronin. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist Chris Feldmann, for taking part.

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Spider And Fly’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP

Mother Of The Sun EP Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LINKS:

Jefferson Starship

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