EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Deepest, Darkest Essex, UK based Heavy Western band Penanceville. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rusty 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?

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

Preacher Rusty emerged from the wilderness, the scrapped pages of the book of grudges in his bloody right fist. He pointed to the ground, and on that very spot Penanceville came into being.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the place all the rotten people gravitate to.

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

The band is currently championing a genre of 1 band. It’s been dubbed Heavy Western.

It’s stuck and works as a quick explanation of what we do.

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

We’ve released 4 singles. We’re in all the usual online places. Spotify, iTunes, YouTube – blah blah blah.

The latest single is ‘The Body’. It’s written in the tradition of a good old-fashioned murder ballad.

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically? – Raised on stuff like Skynyrd, Stones, A lot of Blues- The Kings. Johnny Winter.

Then got into Metal and found my way into Americana and bluegrass.

What first got you into music?

The Muppets. Top of the Pops. And my parents always had music on. Motown from my mum and rock and blues from dad.

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

Punch Brothers. They are on another level as players and writers.

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

Pink Pop because it’s always embraced so many different bands and genres.

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

That’s a real tough one. Maybe Tom Petty as the world lost him too soon and I feel like he wasn’t done being great.

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

Creating and playing live are the 2 things you can’t beat.

Logistics of getting all the maniacs in the band into the same place at the same time.

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

That it supported new artists better. But that’s a long conversation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! I’ll go with Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Second Helping” as it’s a good sound track for the good weather we’ve been having recently.

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

Vinyl – Looks great and is great, it’s encouraging people to buy music. Cassettes are pretty crappy, but hold a special place in my heart. Mix tapes and my Walkman.

CD’s are a bit boring. And Downloads are convenient, I guess.

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

With this band we played a few cool festivals last year and played a great one at the Railway in Southend. We were just on it that night.

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

(Rick Here – This one wasn’t answered so I don’t know if it was a mistake, refusal or that there just isn’t anyone Rusty would invite!!)

What’s next for the band?

Writing new tunes and waiting for the world to open up.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bAsGBKx890ssmP4pVYqs6
www.facebook.com/penanceville/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOeALlAG_sHpBvAJRWsX0HQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Clue’s in the name. Plus, Stephen Fry told me so.

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

Check us out if you want to hear something a bit different.

Photo by Film Free Photography

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EMQ’s with SØNDAG

EMQ’s with SØNDAG

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Piacenza, Italy based Rock band Søndag. Huge thanks to guitarist Marcello Lega 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’m Marcello from Søndag, and I play guitar in the band.

The band was born from the ashes of an old extreme metal band called Edema in which I, Riccardo Lovotti (drums) and Marco Benedetti (Guitar) were already present.

After a break we wanted to try something more rock than the Edema project, and we first ventured into a duo (me and Riccardo) with only an 8-string guitar and drums, instrumental.

In the following months we incorporated another guitar (Marco) and a bass player/singer (Riccardo Demarosi).

The Søndag Project was thus consolidated, and we began years of touring and records with various labels internationally.

How did you come up with your band name?

I must admit that I am very infatuated with Scandinavian languages, and therefore I took a cue from the Danish vocabulary for the band name: Søndag (Sunday).

The reference to the day of the week wants to create a parallel between the day of the week when the plug is disconnected from everyday life, and our music which (we hope) in its own way disconnects from the routine of the music we are used to listening to.

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

We are from Piacenza (Italy).

Unfortunately, the underground rock scene in Italy, especially in our tiny town, is very small as live clubs are closing one after the other.

Not to mention that the current situation of Covid-19 has made it practically impossible to do concerts so let’s say that it is not a good time for the local scene.

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

Our latest single was “Trendsetter”, but we have a new single coming at the end of August (31st) which will be called “Titans”! (Out now, see below – Rick)

‘Trendsetter’ (Official Video)

Titans (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands of the calibre of Alice In Chains, Deftones, Bring Me The horizon, Meshuggah…etc!

What first got you into music?

A little out of curiosity, a little for fun, I found myself strumming the first notes on the guitar. From there a love was born: a passion that I have been carrying with me for 20 years now!

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

Our dream would be to have the voice of Oliver Sykes on one of our songs, but maybe we dream too big?

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

Having never gone outside Europe playing, we have no real idea of what festivals are like out there, except for what you see on YouTube, but we all know that seeing something on YT or seeing it with your own eyes is a different thing.

So, I would say: Wacken Open Air in Germany!

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

Hahaha, this is a tough question!

During a tour we were given, as payment for one CD album, a piece of torn underpants from a completely drunk character who came to one of our concerts in Germany, is that a valid answer? 😊

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

Well, surely, we love them infinitely and that we have all the respect in the world for them.

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

Chris Cornell (R.I.P.)!

His voice has always inspired us, it would be great to keep hearing about his new artistic creations.

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

Playing in itself is worth the price of being a musician: while you play everything else vanishes. This is worth everything.

What do I hate? The fact that often all the effort and time you take to create music is lost in the wind because it is very difficult to reach new listeners.

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

Streaming (practically) for free.

I must admit, I also listen to streaming music on Spotify. who doesn’t?

The problem is that this system has practically wiped out any kind of earnings for those who put their heart and soul into creating new music on a large scale.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Destroy Erase Improve” – Meshuggah

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

Having grown up with cassettes and CD’s, instinctively I would say those, obviously not for the audio quality, but because they were tangible!

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

Singen – Germany – “Blaues Haus”. Incredible concert with a lot of enthusiastic and crazy people. I remember it very well!

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

No idea mate!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Difficult question, but easy answer: the entire Meshuggah band.

What’s next for the band?

As mentioned before, it is difficult to count on the future during a pandemic.

We will certainly continue to release new music, but we miss a lot playing live…

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

We have used Facebook more than anything in recent years, but we feel it is at the end of its days. Since a couple years we mainly use Instagram.

Here are a couple of links to connect with us:
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5LUD4DPNUeL81zhr9KPO0P
www.youtube.com/channel/UCile-cqMhmBW9BzRPuI92Ww
www.facebook.com/sondag.music/
www.instagram.com/sondag.band/
www.sondag.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the pleasure of having them in our country. I would say “little cakes”?

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

Thanks a lot for the chat!!

Our message is: If you feel you need something different, give us a chance and give a spin to our music!

See you soon and thanks again,

Marcello

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EMQ’s with SONIC CIRCUS

EMQ’s with SONIC CIRCUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Rock band Sonic Circus. Huge thanks to vocalist Jimmy VanZeno 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?

HEY! My name is Jimmy VanZeno and I’m the vocalist in Aussie band Sonic Circus. Band formed after the breakup of our former band in 2016, and have taken our time, honed our craft, done some live shows and now here’s our Album.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

Melbourne Australia. The Metal scene here is GREAT. We have some amazing Bands…The Rock scene…the Aussie Rock Scene through the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s was incredible. But nowadays the mainstream music in Australia ignores all rock music except the 80s and 90s, so despite the fact we have some of the best bands in the world here, they can’t get any support. It’s a hard slog for Rock bands.

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

ALBUM! Release timeframe is November. Before that we will have 3 singles, the first of which is ‘AEROPLANE’ on August 14, available worldwide on all streaming and digital platforms.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, many and varied. For me, people like Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Sebastian Bach, DIO, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford…all the Legends haha!

What first got you into music?

KISS. “Destroyer”. That was it.

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

They would all be local guys n girls, the musical talent we have in Australia is outstanding.

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

Wacken. The Holy Grail!

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

6 beers. It’s the only gift!

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

We hope you like ‘AEROPLANE’, and if you do, please let everyone you think might like our music know about it! We really appreciate it!

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

Freddie. I’d love to know what his voice sounded like now.

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

Enjoy… the creative side. Writing music, lyrics, melodies…

Hate… the lack of mainstream media support.

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

HAHA the thing I’ve said a few times here…mainstream media support to reach more people.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

VAN HALEN 1.

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

Vinyl every day of the week!

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

Sold Out Cherry Bar, Melbourne Australia, 2018 (first Sonic Circus show)

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

Working full time in a Bank 😆

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Van Halen and Lars Ulrich

What’s next for the band?

No shows due to COVID, so releasing our single and the album while writing new songs.

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

All streaming / digital platforms and our social media is @soniccircusrock everywhere.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa Cake? 🤣

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

Thanks heaps for the interview!

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EMQ’s with CYPHER16

EMQ’s with CYPHER16

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band Cypher16. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan 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?

Jack Doolan. I play guitar and sing. Cypher16 first started touring back in 2008, and since then have visited 17 countries, including multiple trips to China, India and the USA. We’ve also filmed music videos in Gloucester Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the Natural History Museum.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think I originally created a myspace page called Cypher, but the URL had already been taken, so the number 16 got added on to make it unique. I never intended it to be permanent, but it has a certain ring to it, so it stuck, haha!

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

The band is based in London, UK. We have an interesting scene over here, and are lucky enough to get every artist of every genre passing through the city all year round (under normal circumstances, anyway). It’s competitive but as usual, the metal bands generally know and support each other.

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

We have just released ‘Push Through The Water’, the third song off our next album. We’re hoping to release it later this year, although everything is up in the air given the current pandemic.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In the rock and metal world, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Not necessarily a surprise, but over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Bruce, Kirk and Lars, so there have been some intimate personal experiences that have really affected me in a positive way. I’m also a big fan of Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Lamb of God. However, the greatest artist of all time is J.S. Bach, in my opinion. Untouchable.

What first got you into music?

Probably my mother – she encouraged me to try a lot of instruments when I was younger, and that eventually led to me picking up the electric guitar when I was 12.

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

Trent Reznor. He’s a genius and one of the most intense people I’ve ever met. I love everything he’s ever done.

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

I’d love to play Rock in Rio, or Poland Woodstock. Have heard great things about both, and the sheer size of them is incredible.

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

We were sent a 3D custom made bust of all four band members from a Chinese fan a few years ago. The detail on it is incredible and it’s very fragile. How they had it made, and then posted to us in London without it being destroyed is what astounds me the most! There’s a picture of it on the band’s Instagram somewhere, I think.

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

Thanks for listening, and supporting what we do. The coolest thing for me personally is when someone changes their daily habit to include us, whether that be listening to us online, or travelling to one of our shows.

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?

I like the travelling, and interacting with fans. I hate waiting to play before a show, and the current state of the music industry.

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

The music industry is systematically geared to crush the artist, when it should be the other way around. Couple with the effects of the shift from physical to digital, the last few years have progressively gotten worse, to the point where it is virtually impossible for most artists to make a living from music. Going forward, watch what happens to artist fees in 2021, as the industry seeks to recover money lost due to the Coronavirus. It’s paradoxical, because if the artist can’t make it work financially, then they can’t tour, and the industry will fall apart from the inside out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile (Left)” – Nine Inch Nails.

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

I was brought up mainly in the tape and then the CD age, so that’s what I’m used to. Downloads were an inevitable progression, but have devalued music to the point where it’s practically impossible to make a career out of it.

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

I enjoyed our first ever Chinese show, at the MIDI Festival in Shanghai. I think it was in 2014, or 2015. We played with Fear Factory, and I believe Wayne Static played the day before, and it turned out to be his last ever show. Would love to have caught it – I’m a big fan of Static-X.

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

Running a mobile bar business. Which I do – check out Alfred the Guinness bar, and flightcasebars.com

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Barack Obama, David Attenborough, Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoy

What’s next for the band?

2020 plans

We’re continuing to release new music, while we wait and see what the effect of the Coronavirus will be on the live music heading into 2021.

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

www.cypher16.net/
www.facebook.com/Cypher16/
www.twitter.com/cypher16
www.instagram.com/cypher16_official/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say a cake! They don’t seem like biscuits to me.

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

Go and check out new songs, ‘Push Through The Water’, and ‘Break’, and let us know what you think!

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EMQ’s with BRANDY AND THE BUTCHER

EMQ’s with BRANDY AND THE BUTCHER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Columbia, South Carolina based Punk/Sleaze Rock band, Brandy And The Butcher. 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?

Brandy and the Butcher. We’re made up of some Columbia, SC scene veterans- Kevin Brewer and Jay Matheson, and two relative newbies, Liz Hale and Roger Shattuck.

How did you come up with your band name?

Liz gets the best ideas when she’s getting pedicures- also, once upon a time, she wanted to be a butcher.

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

Columbia, SC. We have a LOT of really great heavy bands here in town. Abacus, Garrow, Space Coke, Boo Hag, Skullduggery, Deviate and Decadence are just a few.

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

A full length 12″ LP called “Dick Circus” is up for presale on Bandcamp.

https://brandyandthebutcher.bandcamp.com/album/dick-circus

Who have been your greatest influences?

Iggy, Joan, Suzie, Debbie and our moms.

What first got you into music?

American Bandstand. I watched it every Saturday and danced my lil 6-year-old tushy off.

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

We did collaborate with Saul Seibert from Boo Hag on a song called ‘Flim Flam Man’ and are pleased with it.

Liz has a soft spot for Rod Stewart, and she says, “Rod Stewart!!!”

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

Rebellion Festival. All the old school punk bands are there!!

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

Liz has a stalker, he sent her a weird German Christmas bread (called a Stollen) last December.

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

DON’T STALK LIZ, IT MAKES HER CRANKY. (even if you send yummy German pastries).

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

Does Liberace count as a rock star? If not, then definitely Lemmy. He was a cool cat.

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

I LOVE the work hours. I really dislike the road food.

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

Make the physical product an important option again. It will probably never happen, but bands used to sell tons of records, CDs and tapes at shows and in stores. Now with downloads and streaming being the norm musicians actually getting paid is an anomaly.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mott the Hoople – “Live”, Iggy and the Stooges – “Raw Power”. Yeah, I gave you two!!

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

Vinyl

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

We just keep getting better, I think the best is yet to come.

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

Riding a bike all over! Recording bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living or dead? I guess the dead don’t eat much. Friends of ours and Willie Nelson.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully back to live gigs in a few months and promoting our new LP!

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

Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram.
www.brandyandthebutcher.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Brandyandthebutcher/
www.instagram.com/brandy_and_the_butcher/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Beats me. We put gravy on our biscuits down here. Cakes are better with coconut.

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

Wash your hands and listen to your rock.

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EMQ’s with BOB DEE WITH PETRO

EMQ’s with BOB DEE WITH PETRO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York, NY based Rock band Bob Dee With Petro. Huge thanks to singer/songwriter Bob Dee 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 this is “Bob Dee” Singer songwriter with Bob Dee with Petro We are signed through AMG to SONY Records. I had a series of record deals with female singers that didn’t work out and the final straw was when I had all the labels coming to see my band and the singer called in sick, so I lost a thousand dollars, so I decided I was going to sing! No More lead singers! So, I hooked up with a guy named Brian Bauers who saved my career he was the only studio owner that took me on and let me record and try to sing. It took me a year to finally come up with the sound I have now. Trust me, at first, I wanted to play acoustic and sounded like John Mayer then I had the Pearl Jam sound and finally one day there was an acoustic guitar in the studio tuned down and I started singing. We both knew that was the key for my voice and the sound we were looking for! I have released many albums and singles through the years and my biggest selling album so far is “Pretty Things” it has the hit single ‘Socially Awkward’ and an awesome video we made for it plus we toured the UK a few times, after that album we released “Killstar”, toured the West Coast, USA as support for “EnuffZ’Nuff, now our New EP “Stun Gun” just released this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was on tour in the UK and I saw that the gas over their is called Petrol so I took off the “L” and came up with Petro, but then I couldn’t get the rights to Bob Dee or Petro for my company but I was able to get the name and rights to “Bob Dee with Petro”.

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

I am in the USA in New York City. The rock scene is alive and well we are able to have an awesome following, until the virus hit the world and we have all been on lockdown for over 2 months, we are all waiting to see when we can get back out and play again.

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

Our latest release is Bob Dee with Petro “Stun Gun” EP.

6 songs of riff laden singles a piano ballad and a few pop rock singles.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My Favourite guitar player is Gary Moore RIP, always loved his style and I had a Jimi Hendrix poster in my room growing up. I always thought he was the coolest. I read that he poked holes in his speakers to get his distorted sound. I thought that was so cool.

What first got you into music?

I had a rock n roll cousin named Danny Harrigan he played all the shows in my hometown and I used to go see him play. He was a real cool cousin and helped me play guitar.

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

I always loved the band “HIM” If I could write with Ville Valo that would be awesome and his guitar player. I love their drummer Gas too, awesome feel!

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

I always wanted to play “Download” festival but during my UK tour last time we played an outdoor festival down the road from Glastonbury festival. I remember driving home from our show and we saw the whole concert going on. I thought to myself I want to play there someday.

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

Wow, well it’s not the weirdest but it’s the coolest. I had a Japanese fan make me a full comic book Manga in my likeness. It is totally cool, so happy and thankful. As far as weird I do receive some wild fan mail and panties in the mail.

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

Thank you for supporting me and my music all these years! Sending Love and Light.

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

I would say Jimi Hendrix. It would be wild to see him at this day and age! He would be rockin’ now.

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

I enjoy talking with my fans and getting fan mail, they are all so supportive. I mean I wake up every morning and go to my inbox and there is email after email of love and support from fans around the world, it makes me happy. What do I hate? Hmmm I guess I can’t really think of anything because so far, I have been lucky to have amazing friends and support.

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

The one thing I could change is the pay to play tours, it’s a joke that some bands are charging others. There is a famous band in Europe that wanted us to Buy on their tour a large sum of money then wanted part of our sales and merch plus 100 dollars a man for the tour bus a night. It was crazy, so yes, end that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I love the first “HIM” album “Razorblade Romance”, my fav of all time.

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

It’s funny you should say that, we are working on releasing a vinyl this summer, a colour version for the first time. I am excited to make this happen and see what the sales will be. I always loved Vinyl.

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

There are a few that come to mind. Our show in Los Angeles at The Whisky A Go Go was amazing I loved playing that show with Liza, Ronny and Jason they kicked ass. Our show in London was amazing too. It was during a heat wave and we went on at 1 am in the morning, we were rockin so hard sweat was just dripping off my guitar. My UK bandmates Ade, Paul and Norm rocked that show and my NYC band at The Gramercy Theatre, TJ, Scott and Vlad, awesome show memorable.

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

I would be working in the art world painting pictures and taking photos, I have a degree in Art and design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Ville Valo, Ozzy, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley.

What’s next for the band?

Well, we just released our video and had planned to make a new music video and tour but because of the worldwide virus that is all on hold. But we do have songs we have recorded that we will release as singles, vinyl coming out, and in the Fall hoodies!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.bobdeewithpetro.com
www.youtube.com/bobdeewithpetro

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I know those, I eat those. We can say Jaffa Cakes are biscuit sized cakes!!

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

Thank you to all my fans around the world Thank you for supporting me all these years!

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EMQ’s with A RITUAL SPIRIT

EMQ’s with A RITUAL SPIRIT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Heavy Rock band A Ritual Spirit. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Oli 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 Oli and I sing/play guitar in A Ritual Spirit. We formed back in late 2009 after a previous band split and jammed with several drummers until Dave stuck. After writing and self-recording our first demo during 2010 we started gigging in early 2011. Since then we’ve toured up and down the UK several times, released our debut album “Carnival Carnivorous” in 2013, subsequently got taken on by a management company/label which crumbled when the main band on the roster left, taking us a year or so to pick up the pieces… then a headline slot at Wildfire Festival 2017 and winning Metal2TheMasses Glasgow in 2018 spurred us on to where we are today…releasing new music and writing album number two under the watchful eye of Reaction Management.

How did you come up with your band name?

We spent hours throwing different names around but nothing seemed quite right, at one point we all wrote several words on different scraps of paper, threw them into a hat and picked two or three out at a time to see if that would conjure anything… it didn’t! One day out of the blue original guitarist Stevie suggested ‘Ritual Spirit’ and I just had to add the ‘A’ for the comedy value of abbreviating to ARS.

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

We’re based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The scene here is thriving…Edinburgh and the surrounding area houses some fantastic rock and metal bands. We’re lucky to have several venues with dedicated in-house bookers/promoters who give grassroots artists a chance, if you’re well received at a few shows you’ll soon be offered a slot opening for a national or international touring band, instantly increasing your network and audience. Further afield in Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and up to Aberdeen and Inverness there’s some great bands, we share a roster with some of them at Reaction Management.

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

We released “The Antidote” EP last November (2019) produced by Bryan Ramage of Ramage Inc. along with a video for lead single ‘Sacrifice’  – and recently during lockdown we’ve put together a self-made lyric video for next single ‘Broken/Disappear’ featuring live and behind the scenes footage from the past year and a half, which we’ll be releasing on June 26th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles had a massive influence on me from a very young age, then I got into grunge in a big way during the 90’s…the Seattle bands from that time (and some of the ‘non-Seattle’ bands that joined the ride) all influenced me greatly, which I think is pretty evident if you listen to our music.

What first got you into music?

I grew up listening to music, I didn’t get into it… it got into me! By the age of 7 or 8 I knew I wanted to play guitar and be in a band.

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

I’d love to work with Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains.

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

Tough question, I’ve only experienced festivals in UK but I hear a lot of good things about some of the European festivals… playing Wacken or Rock Am would be pretty special. I’ve toured the UK and Ireland fairly extensively, but I’ve never played in mainland Europe so doing that at a festival is high on the priority list!

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

Ha! Not sure I should say this but at a show in Belfast years ago there was a female fan who had ‘I heart Oli’s c**K’ written on her arm. There were panties thrown on stage that night but I’ve no idea if they were hers or not. That was a pretty weird one.

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

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a show whenever we’re allowed out to do that again.

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

That’s a hell of a tough question. Can I bring four or five back please? I never saw Nirvana so I’ll go with Kurt Cobain, just to hear that voice live once would be enough.

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

I love being on tour, there’s nothing else like it. You’re in a new place almost every night playing back to back shows, seeing familiar faces and constantly meeting new folk. The bond between band members usually tightens on tour too so that pours into the on-stage chemistry.

Hate is a strong word but I very much dislike competition between bands, my view is that we’re all in it together and should promote and help each other out as much as possible, sadly that’s not how everyone sees things. There’s time and place for competition, we wouldn’t have played Bloodstock without winning Metal2TheMasses for example, but that’s a healthy rivalry within given boundaries, I’d never think of A Ritual Spirit as better or worse than any other band, just different.

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

It’s almost a romantic ideal nowadays but I’d revert back to before file-sharing and streaming took over. The whole industry is different now and that’s OK, it has its benefits, but analogue recording, cut to vinyl and fans purchasing hundreds of thousands of physical copies would be my dream.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pinning these things down to one is difficult man, I need a top five at least for most of these questions! Tool – “Lateralus” if I have to choose.

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

Vinyl every time. I’ve a shelf full of records, some I’ve been listening to my whole life. All formats have their benefits or quirks and I struggle with the notion of ‘better’ but my personal preference is picking up a gate-fold twelve inch record sleeve with some great artwork on it, putting the disc on my turntable and turning the volume up, crackles and all!

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

My personal favourite is between London Astoria in 2008 or Download Festival 2009, honestly can’t decide between the two… in A Ritual Spirit it’s definitely Bloodstock 2018.

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

Probably travelling the world teaching ESL and fishing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack Endino, Steve Albini and the three members of Them Crooked Vultures who would inevitably end up playing an impromptu set in the garage.

What’s next for the band?

Other than releasing the new video on June 26th we’re currently working on our second album which we’ll do everything we can to release in 2021, but these things take time so I’m not putting a strict timeframe on it.

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

You can find us in all the usual places – Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon etc. Our main merch channel is Bandcamp, plus we have a website and several social media pages.
www.aritualspirit.bandcamp.com
www.aritualspirit.net
www.youtube.com/user/ARITUALSPIRIT
www.facebook.com/aritualspirit
www.instagram.com/aritualspirit
www.twitter.com/aritualspirit
www.reverbnation.com/aritualspirit

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They go hard when stale so they’re a cake. Funnily enough up until very recently our van had a bumper sticker saying, ‘No Jaffa cakes left in this van overnight’!

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

Yeah firstly thank you for supporting the band and taking the time to do this interview, it’s very much appreciated… and last but by no means least, I’d like to thank everyone who provided footage for the Broken/Disappear video, it really wouldn’t be the same video without them – the full list will be tagged on socials when we release on June 26th but for now I’ll shout out to all the bands who’s members make an appearance at some point  – Darkness Divine, Multistorey Lover, Kilonova, Nocturne Wulf & Deadfire.

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EMQ’s with TOMORROW IS LOST

EMQ’s with TOMORROW IS LOST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK based Modern Rock band Tomorrow Is Lost. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Cass King: I’m the vocalist with Tomorrow Is Lost. We formed the band back in early 2017, after a previous project folded. We didn’t set out with any grand master plan, but we’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some incredible opportunities come our way, and mixed in with a bit of hard work – we’re crazy proud of everything we’ve managed to achieve in the last 3 years.

Joe Mac: And I play guitar, so the band was formed in January 2017 in preparation for a music competition at the O2 academy in Newcastle. Cass and I had competed in the heats for the competition in a previous band, which disbanded a month before the final. We then found a bassist and a drummer, and had two weeks to rehearse before the competition, which was very stressful haha. Since then we have had a few line-up changes, gigged up and down the country every weekend, and met some fantastic people. The band is as solid as ever now and we all gel really well together.

Josh Fodden: I play bass AND I do NOT drive the van…I joined the band a year ago now, after waiting for my moment.

Ryan O Hara: I play guitar and joined the band 3 years ago initially to join them on stage to play a cover at a show in Bradford, but it worked well and the 2nd guitar really helped solidify the sound of the songs we had at that time. Cass & Joe asked me to join, best decision I ever made.

Marc Rush: I play drums and joined the band just over 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

Cass: We didn’t have a name to start with…but we had our first gig fast approaching in February 2017 – so we needed one, fast. We started flicking through lyric ideas, and ‘tomorrow’s lost’ kinda jumped out. So, we ran with it (apostrophe included), and it stuck from there. We dropped the apostrophe in the end, still a good shout I reckon.

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

Cass: We’re from the North of England (specifically Newcastle, Durham and York if you’re a native). Corona-aside – it’s usually pretty banging, but around the world the virus is obviously taking a real toll on the live music circuit, so we’ve just gotta hope that it recovers sooner rather than later…

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

Cass: We just released our debut album “Therapy” in March this year. It’s been pretty devastating to lose some great opportunities this year due to the virus which means we haven’t been able to gig the album, but despite all this, the response to the album has been incredible – and it far surpassed our expectations.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cass: Collectively, we have a ridiculously broad range of influences…it shouldn’t work really, but somehow it does. For “Therapy” we referenced a whole range of artists from Slipknot, The Pretty Reckless, Billie Eilish, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, The 1975, Guano Apes, Calvin Harris, Michael Jackson, the list goes on and on and on. It was such a cool experience, and with the most incredible input and mentoring from Dave Boothroyd (Producer) we were really able to open ourselves up to new sounds and directions to create something that definitely holds its own identity, and we can’t wait to build on that some more for the next release.

Ryan: My greatest influences are definitely: The Darkness, Linkin Park and Creed and guitarist wise it has to be Vivian Campbell. Getting to meet and have a chat with him at Winterstorm Festival last year was mind blowing for me.

Joe: Iron Maiden is by far my favourite band. I love all three guitar players and I like to think I incorporate a little bit of each of them in my playing. They were the ones who influenced me to write guitar harmonies into some of our songs. I also love KISS, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, and My Chemical Romance.

Marc: Mine have changed a lot over the years, beginning with heavy metal, Slipknot and Slayer, going through classic stuff like the Beatles, indie stuff like the Arctic Monkeys. Most recently I’m much more into more industrial or electronic types of rock and metal. I’m still yet to be able to sound as much like any of them as I’d want to.

Josh: I always find this to be tough to answer without creating the biggest list in the world, but definitely Jack White, most grunge music and a lot of punk music, bands like Soundgarden, Seether, Anti Flag and Misfits. And definitely Linkin Park.

What first got you into music?

Cass: I’ve always been drawn to anything creative since I was tiny. Music, singing, dancing, art, drama. My grandad was a singer and my great uncle a concert pianist…so I must get it from my mam’s side at least!

Joe: It’s always been in my life, the first song I can ever remember was Morrisey’s ‘First Of The Gang To Die’. My Dad was and still is a big fan of the Smiths/Morrisey and The Jam. He always had music on, and I’ve never known a world without it. What interests me about music and especially guitar players is how everybody can hear and create something different within a song. Like I love Johnny Marr’s lead guitar parts in ‘The Draize Train’ and pretty much all of Bruce Foxtons bass lines are unique, no one else could have done it like that.

Marc: I played music for about 5 years before I actually took any real interest in it. It was heavy metal bands like Metallica and Slipknot that first made me want to learn more.

Josh: A few things over the course of a few years when I was a kid, the biggest one is my Dad, he was a touring musician and was always gigging and playing festivals so I always saw how cool that was and wanted to be like that, another was my being a big gamer, I loved the Rockband games, they were similar to Guitar Hero and that introduced me to a lot of bands.

Ryan: The first thing that got me into rock music was seeing The Darkness ‘Growing On Me’ while watching Kerrang TV with my Dad when I was little.

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

Cass: Erm…I’ve been loving Poppy and her latest release…but I’ve been craving nostalgia like mad lately, so I’ve been hammering Lady Gaga, Pink, Backstreet Boys…with no shame, whatsoever.

Josh: I would love to work with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker or Jack White

Marc: I dunno, probably someone electronic with less guitarists.

Ryan: I would love to do something with Avenged Sevenfold.

Joe: I’d like to collaborate with more producers, I think. So probably Romesh Dodangoda.

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

Cass: I think Download would be pretty cool…that’s like the holy grail of rock festivals over here isn’t it? Playing the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock would be really special as well, the Main Stage can come later…

Ryan: I’d love to play Download or Wacken Festival. Those are two big ones for me…….Oh and Bloodstock again, Sweden Rocks would be amazing as well…I think we should arrange a tour where we play festivals ALL summer long.

Josh: I would love to play Rise Above festival, which was a festival made by Shaun Morgan of Seether, great bands play there and it’s for a good cause.

Joe: Download, that would be the ultimate gig for me, just for it being the biggest rock and metal one in the UK.

Marc: Download is the one or Glastonbury as that is quite a different type of event…Or one in a nice warm country with no mud.

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

Cass: I don’t think anyone’s ever given me anything?! And now you’ve got me thinking I’m mad unpopular?! Probably something I said…haha

Joe: There hasn’t really been any, just really nice and kind ones, there was a customised merch table lamp that Julie from the MT Heads MCC made for us.

Ryan: Does beer count?? That’s not weird but it is kinda awesome.

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

Cass: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! It’s a plateaued saying on the grassroots circuit but still so true – that we really wouldn’t be doing this without you guys. On top of our own desire to succeed and write the best songs we can, put on the best live show possible, it is the fans that get us from A to B, show to show, they are the ones that turn up in front of a stage to sing along with us, without them, we are a Social Worker, a Brickie, a Bar Man, a Strip Joint Manager and a Delivery driver.

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

Cass: Freddie Mercury. The boss man.

Marc: Paul Gray.

Ryan: Chester Bennington, probably my favourite singer off all time.

Joe: Randy Rhoads, I think his musical knowledge and ability was stripped from this world far too soon. By far the best musician there has ever been in my eyes.

Josh: This is a tough but great question, for me I’m stuck between Layne Staley, Chris Cornell or Chester Bennington.

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

Cass: Escapism, writing, creating stuff, exploring new directions and trying new things. I hate travelling. Love being at home.

Joe: I like writing songs and coming up with new ideas, but I hate travelling. 😂

Ryan: I love the travelling and performing in a band, writing songs, recording all of it. One thing I dislike about it all is loading the van, I can never be bothered after a show.

Marc: Performing, and just about everything else, even being in a van with this lot for days at a time is not THAT bad.

Josh: Playing a great show In front of a great audience is the best feeling in the world, no doubt, writing and recording is fun, but the live show is heaven to me. The worst bit for me is the travelling, I love playing shows far away from where I’m from, but the getting there sucks!

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

EVERYONE: The devaluation of music and creators. We don’t have the space to get into that one today.

Marc: Bit of a cliché, but have it more based on talent and writing good songs instead of saying the right things and getting in the right circles.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cass: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.

Joe: My all-time favourite album is “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden 

Ryan: My favourite album, has to be Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled album.

Marc: “Metal Resistance” by Babymetal.

Josh: “Superuknown” by Soundgarden or “Elephant” by The White Stripes, I can’t make decisions like that!

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

Cass: I think there’s something aesthetically pleasing about vinyl – and any physical format to be honest. I also think there’s a much greater investment in music when there’s a physical format involved. Downloads and streaming are great for discovering new artists, for sure…but I believe that it has devalued the emotional and monetary worth music, and has left audiences much harder to engage. Never has the first 5 seconds of a song been more important than they are now, and I’m not sure that’s going to change. But I think ‘convenience culture’ spans far beyond the music industry…

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

Cass: Bloodstock was an insane day. I was really unhappy with my performance that day, but there was nothing the atmosphere and reaction wasn’t going to solve.

Joe: Outside of Bloodstock I love playing at Newcastle O2 Academy, especially that main stage because it’s our hometown.

Ryan: Best gig I have ever played is Bloodstock Festival last year, huge crowd, amazing crowd, and a huge stage.

Marc: Yeah, Bloodstock was very fun.

Josh: We played Bloodstock and that was pretty awesome, and I always like playing a venue called The Vaults in Newton Stewart, Scotland, they always have a great crowd.

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

Cass: I would be, and still am – a social worker by day. Living the dream, paying the bills!

Joe: Laying bricks, stone and blocks. I’m a bricklayer/stonemason by day. I love doing it, I think construction will always be in my life.

Ryan: I probably wouldn’t be anything else as I kind of suck at everything apart from music.

Marc: Getting enough sleep and making money.

Josh: Before I played music, I was really into Track and field athletics, I was great at Discus and 100m…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cass: Joe, Ryan, Marc, Josh and Dave, of course!

What’s next for the band?

Cass: We’re busy trying to use lockdown to work on new music as much as possible, but in the current climate – who knows! We hope we can get out and actually play our album live, we had dates cancelled like everyone else. Hard to believe we moved the original release date from December 12th   2019  (Because it was General Election Results day) to March 13th, slap bang in the middle of the 1st major pandemic since the Spanish flu. Add that on top of that an agent in Germany (who has now disappeared) going “Bankrupt” in 2018 when we should have been going out on a European tour with Diamond Head (Not DH’s fault by the way, they were amazing though all of that)  and you would think we have ZERO luck, but, we are strong, we have fought for everything we have, our fans are incredible and have helped us though everything in some amazing ways. Hard to believe we have only been at this for 3 years really…..We have the support of an amazing label in Eclipse Records, our families help, they have travelled all over the country to man the merch desk for us, so we will keep fighting, keep writing and recording and when we do get back out on a stage near you, MAKE SURE you all come say hello.

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

Cass: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube…we have our own website www.tomorrowislost.com where you can find our merch store and blogs, and we’ve also got our music up on all the major streaming and download platforms.

Josh: Literally everywhere…Some people say that if you pick up one of those seashells and put it to your ear, you can hear Our second single ‘Hideaway’…just sayin’!

Ryan: We even have our own artist pages now where we are posting up some videos of play throughs of our songs along with some covers and other things.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: HA AH HA how to start a fight in an empty room man…FOR SURE it’s a biscuit purely because if it was a friends birthday, you wouldn’t stick a candle in it and give it to them, or would you?

Cass: Definitely cake. If you don’t dunk it in tea – it’s not a biscuit, and if you dunk a Jaffa cake in tea, you’re just wrong. I’m sorry.

Ryan: BISCUIT!!!!!!

Joe: Somewhere in between😂

Marc: It’s a Cake!!!!

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

Cass: Yeah – have you heard the album, and what’s your favourite track? Can we please give a shout out to all those that support us as a band?? SPAUN DRUMS, MOTORHEAD BEER, SCYMTEK CYMBALS, CLOVEN HOOF RUM, ECLIPSE RECORDS, CODE DRUMHEADS, LONDON DRUMSTICK COMPANY, VOCALZONE, INK CLAN NATION, MOONSTONE COSMETICS and BROTHERTON’S MUSIC. Thank you all so much for believing in us and for your continuing support!!! WE WILL see you all on the road as soon as possible.

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EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with 1970’s Rock Icons Gypsy’s Kiss. 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?

David Smith: Vocals, Guitars (For GK I use a Gibson SG Standard, a Gibson Firebird, a Line 6 Variax and a Yamaha APX500 Acoustic) and song writing.

Jonathan Morley: Guitar and backing vocals. Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (which I have owned from new in 1979!)

Fraser Marr: I play guitar. Primarily a Gibson Flying V. Hopefully Gibson.

After leaving school in 1973 and sharing a love of all things rock and West Ham United, David and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) decided to form a band. David even helped Steve choose his first bass and learn to play. They rehearsed and David began writing the songs that are still loved by fans today. They gigged around East London (including the iconic Cart and Horses in Stratford) but the band came to an end in mid-1975. David has been asked many times to reform the band but resisted until a charity performance in 2018. The response from the Iron Maiden family was so good that it kick started a fully blown reboot.

How did you come up with your band name?

David: The band were formed in 1973 as Influence (Line Up Me, Steve Harris, Bob Verschoyle and Paull Sears (Tim Nash was added later)) but we changed the name in 1974 to Gypsy’s Kiss (which is East End rhyming slang for ‘piss’). Steve wanted to change the name to Spare Rib at one point, but we resisted!

Fraser: David came up with it whilst chatting to Dinosaurs

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

Jonathan: Glasgow. And not a lot has come out of there in terms of metal. There was actually a New Wave of British Heavy Metal act called Glasgow. I always liked GUN as well. The best Scottish band you could call ‘heavy’ for me was Nazareth. I have the details of a couple of Scottish venues and Viv at Roulette Media (our management) will no doubt send them our new EP launch details!

Fraser: I am from Yorkshire originally where the Rock scene is good. I am now in Southern England where the rock scene needs a good kick up the arse!

David: I was born and brought up in Leyton (in London’s East End) about a mile away from Steve Harris in Leytonstone but now live in Chessington. Back in the early 70s the East London Pub Rock music scene was vibrant with loads of pubs and clubs having bands on most nights of the week. Sadly, in London now there are fewer and fewer live venues staying open and its really difficult for young bands to get a start.

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

David: We released the EP “Heat Crazed Vole Re-tailed” on 1st May which is a remastered copy of the EP we put out last year but including our debut single ‘Influence’ and our new radio single ‘Don’t Ask the Question’!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fraser: Going roughly through the Years I would say. Clapton, Hendrix, Zappa. Stones, Skynyrd, Aero, Zep, Floyd, Nugent, Caravan, Lizzy, UFO, especially Michael Schenker. Later would be Queensrÿche, Lynch Mob, Guns n Roses, LA Guns etc…

David: I grew up in the 60’s and loved the great bands of the time (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Move etc). and then Purple, Sabbath, Free, Floyd, Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Bowie, Quo, Slade, Roxy – man what an era that was! I started playing in 1971 (yes that long ago) and have since been influenced vocally by Paul Rodgers, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Ozzy and Ian Gillan. Guitar influences would be Chuck Berry, Gilmour, Kossoff, Page, Peter Green and, of course, the greatest Jimi Hendrix.

What first got you into music?

Fraser: My parents. No question. They loved Jazz and it was always playing. Modern not Trad. In my house The Beatles were not regarded hugely. I went pretty much from Jazz to Rock and missed out Pop. First song I remember was Little Red Rooster by The Stones. My older brother turned me on to Sabbath, Zep, Atomic Rooster, Wishbone Ash, Nektar, Neu, Amon Duul. A lot of weird and varied stuff.

David: None of my family are musical but all loved music. We always had the radio on. My elder sister was into Elvis and then the Beatles and that kick started me. Like all teenage lads I wanted to play guitar and finally owned a Woolworths Audition acoustic (for the princely sum of £8) in 1971

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

Jonathan: Rival Sons

Fraser: Aerosmith, Schenker, Queensrÿche

David: There would be so many, Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Neil Young, Pete Townsend come immediately to mind, but the list is huge.

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

Download.

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

Fraser: Praise.

David: I would normally get the standard stuff like booze, pictures, t shirts etc. But there’s still time!!!!!

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

You know our legacy music and the Iron Maiden connection well, but look out for new material and an album in the not too distant future!

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

Jonathan: Bon Scott.

Fraser: Jimi Hendrix

David: Jimi Hendrix

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

Jonathan: I love gigging, recording, rehearsing, everything, even driving to a gig and setting up and getting nervous before playing. I don’t like packing up after. And it’s true what they say about singers never helping!

Fraser: There’s nothing to hate. We are lucky.

David: Pretty much all of it except setting up and packing up!

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

Fraser: Reduce the price of CD’s and increase the payment from streaming sites to artists. A lot.

David: Bring back more live venues and to keep music live

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonathan: Rush – “Exit Stage Left”.

Fraser: Queensrÿche – “Operation Mindcrime”.

David: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

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

We can’t agree. But cassettes? Just no!

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

David: I pretty much love most of the gigs with all the bands I’ve been in but the very first GK gig at the Cart and Horses in 1974 is still in my memory!

Fraser: They are all good. Big or small. Need some right now.

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

Fraser: Photography. Science, Conservation. Maybe gardening…

David: What I use to do being a Civil Servant!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Bond, David Lee Roth, Prince, Bobby Moore & My Mum.

What’s next for the band?

EP release, write more songs and plan gigs.

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

Facebook and Instagram
www.gypsyskiss.net/
www.facebook.com/GK74Band/
www.instagram.com/gypsyskiss1974/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jonathan: They should be allowed to identify as whatever they choose!

Fraser: Haha… They are a cake. They get hard.

David: Isn’t it a cake for tax avoidance purposes? I’m not a fan anyway – give me a digestive or a slab of bread pudding anytime!

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

David: Thank you for the opportunity. It’s good to be back after 46 years as Gypsy’s Kiss!

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EMQ’s with ESPIRAL

EMQ’s with ESPIRAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ceuta, North African based Rock/Metal band Espiral. 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?

Alberto Mateos Miranda: – Singer

Luis Zapater Orti: – I am a guitarist

Antonio Jurado García: – I am the drummer. Espiral started when my friend Pita (Rogelio) and I, after years without playing to consolidate our work, decided to start again. We located Luis Zapater and after several component transformations Espiral was formed.

José Luis Corrales Silva “pepe”: – I play the guitar, I entered shortly after the album “CICATRICES” in the summer of 2014. Before I was a friend of the group.

Rogelio Mateo Pitalua: – I am the bassist. Espiral was born in the summer of 2005 with the entry of what was our previous vocalist, Jorge. At that time, La Taberna de Moe became Espiral and after several line-up changes, we reached this moment in which the band will release their fourth album “Cuando Vuelve El Sol”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was decided at the rehearsal room. Several proposals were considered and none with a special meaning. Just the premise of finding a short and direct name. Espiral emerged.

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

We are from Ceuta, a Spanish city in North Africa. Here in our land there is a lot of movement of bands that practice different styles related to heavy metal and its variants. We have always had very good bands.

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

Our last release will be next June 1, in the form of a disc that contains an unpublished song, a version of Tharna, a former local band and of which Alberto was their vocalist, and eight songs from the previous discs, which were newly recorded and with some adaptations to the new musical orientation of the band. There will also be a video clip of the song that gives the album its title, which will be released in the first week of June.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alberto: Beatles, Iron Maiden, Red Baron, Scorpions.

Luis: Deep Purple, What In, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Scorpions.

Jurado: Twisted Sister, Stryper, Metallica, Scorpions, Guns N’ Roses, Sober

Pepe: My biggest influences are Metallica, Extremoduro, Wasp, In Flames, Slipknot, Tool

Rogelio: Stryper, TNT, White Lion, Savatage, Crimson Glory, Whitesnake

What first got you into music?

Alberto: Listening to and meeting The Beatles

Luis: Listening to Deep Purple’s “Made In Japan”.

Jurado: Surely my Uncle. He played drums and when I was little boy, I would come to his house so he would give me a drumstick, then I would break the detergent cans for my mother imitating timpani, and with brushes like drumsticks

Pepe: I have always liked music from a young age with Bob Marley and shortly after with Aerosmith’s “Get A Grip”. When it came out, that was the moment when it became clear.

Rogelio: I was always attracted to music on the radio, from a very young age I felt a great attraction for it. The orientation towards hard rock came from my group of friends at school with whom I shared the first cassettes of Judas, Scorpions and Baron Rojo.

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

It would be difficult to choose one, we are five musicians and three musical generations, but one that we could agree with would be Scorpions. A collaboration on any of its classic themes would be unforgettable.

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

I would choose the Download Festival in the UK for being today one of the top five in hard rock and heavy metal festivals in the world. There all the best meets…even if we could not play, if I can be an assistant, I would not mind hahahaha!

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

Alberto: A music box.

Luis: I don’t remember.

Jurado: I have not received any especially strange, but one that I really loved, some personalized drumsticks.

Pepe: a skull bracelet, but I do not consider it to be strange, but one of the details that I liked the most.

Rogelio: I have never received, but I must highlight for the part that touches me, the gift of some personal guitar picks with the logo of the band and the flag of our city. It was really amazing.

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

That they enjoy the music, of their favourite bands, but above all that they give themselves to the bands with less media impact, those without big record companies and push them, since the musical life of an underground band will be shorter, but much more intense.

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

Alberto: Freddie Mercury and Ronnie James Dio.

Luis: Ronnie James Dio or Freddy Mercury.

Jurado: Clearly Dio and Freddy Mercury!

Pepe: Surely Cliff Burton?

Rogelio: Without hesitation, for the magic that he transmits to me in his solo work and with Crimson Glory, to John Patrick McDonald, Midnight.

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

Alberto: I enjoy making songs. I hate envy.

Luis: I enjoy the rehearsals and the conversations with the band, as well as the live shows …I hate the time before the concert.

Jurado: Rehearsals and hanging out with my friends. I hate sound that lasts longer and pick up after each concert.

Pepe: Enjoying music with my brothers from Espiral and with the people who come to support us in the live shows, what I hate most is having to pick up the instruments after the live show

Rogelio: The direct ones, the rehearsals are very enriching. Especially beautiful is the compositional coexistence of the new creations of the band. In music that word should not exist and for my part it has been banished forever.

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

It is a natural selection, and little can be done to avoid it. The big bands will continue to generate trends and accumulate followers, and those of us who move on a small scale will continue to climb the slope of anonymity.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alberto: Tharna – “The Invasion”.

Luis: Deep Purple – “Made In Japan”.

Jurado: Scorpions – “Love At First Sting”

Pepe: Extremoduro – “Ágila” and Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”.

Rogelio: TNT – “Intuition”.

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

Alberto: CD’s

Luis: Vinyl

Jurado: Vinyl

Pepe: To me personally the charm that vinyl has…but I also usually consume CD’s.

Rogelio: For durability the CD, for the enjoyment of a great cover, Vinyl. The downloads are a necessary and useful tool for all bands.

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

They are all special, but if we have to choose one, we choose the concert of the last Festival ‘Va por ti Agus’. There was chemistry, very good sound connection and very good attendance.

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

Alberto: Writer.

Luis: Sports hobbies. Soccer and Sports Shooting.

Jurado: Sport.

Pepe: Dedicate myself more to sports (Muay Thai) for example.

Rogelio: I would dedicate more time to sports and my academic training.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alberto: My band and a good friend

Luis: My band and Eddie Van Halen

Jurado: My band

Pepe: My Espiral brothers.

Rogelio: If you want to talk about music, if you want to have a funny time, if you want to smile, don’t hesitate, I am clear: Espiral.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently preparing to send the pre-order packs to coincide with the album’s release date. We have also designed with a company to send a review of the band and the release that will be disseminated to a large number of specialized press. We also work in local radio stations, as well as all those that we have access to broadcast our album. As for the live shows, at the moment the concerts are blocked by the pandemic, but we continue working to be able to present our album at the end of the year and continue in 2021 taking “Cuando Vuelve El Sol” wherever we can.

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

Espiral can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/espiral.ceuta
www.espiralband.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCzkEHof0vWa9e3qyCICfNkQ
www.instagram.com/espiral.ceuta/

VIDEO LINKS:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE9PcSBhCzQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdp5cluEYQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPfIJ3_BkSk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLjfgkjv4tw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!!

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

No but thanks to Ever Metal for this opportunity.

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