Chasing Dragons – Faction

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Chasing Dragons – Faction
Self-Released
Release Date: 5/10/2018
Running Time: 46:14
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

We are a little late to the party with this review, but better late than never eh! Seeing the formidable figure of Chasing Dragons lead singer, Tank, sitting on the bar of the ‘G’s Bar Stage’, performing a breathtakingly beautiful and emotive song that moved me to tears, was one of my stand out moments of last years Amplified Festival, so having the chance to review debut album “Faction” is making me very happy. Now, there are those who would say I’m an emotional old sausage who cries at everything! Whilst in some contexts that is true, where it comes to music, it takes something special to move me to that point.

Hailing from Leeds and delivering a brilliant cross over of Heavy Metal and Rock with a really fresh feel about it, Chasing Dragons are made up of Tank on lead vocals, Adam on guitar and vocals, Murf on bass and vocals, and Kate on drums. If you haven’t heard of them yet, trust me you need to. This album is their first release since second EP “Faction: Prologue” in 2016. It is so current, but also has such a great mix of classic styles, that will be one of those albums that will come to be classed as timeless. It could quite easily cross over into mainstream with its sound, all be it at the heavier end of mainstream, with something in there for everyone to like.

Musically, it is punchy and crunchy, but not over the top. It is very precise, and fast paced, but Tank’s vocals take it to a whole new level. She has an absolutely astonishing voice, which is immensely powerful and immensely beautiful in equal measures. It soars above the music, but she has the ability to bring it down in an instant and deliver tender passages with poise and elegance. I am so unbelievably jealous! In a couple of songs, ‘Bareknuckle Lover’ and ‘Whitehorse’ in particular, her voice reminds me of one of my idols; Skunk Anansie front lady, Skin. But musically, the whole band sound has more about it than Skunk Anansie ever did, which I find incredibly exciting, considering in the late 90’s they were my go-to band when I needed to get my head straight! It draws influence from bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Nothing More and New Years Day, and melds every element together perfectly. The whole album is emotive and intense, pulling you in to every note, every chord progression, every rhythm, every word. I love it. Simple as that.

Production wise, it is also an absolute triumph. Everything is balanced, and nothing is out of place, even down to the tiniest differences in the amount of reverb or effects used, it is all spot on.

I wanted to pick a ‘favourite track to talk about’, but I couldn’t narrow it down to less than four! Firstly ‘Parasite’. It is a real angry track! Starting with frenetic staccato guitar, it rip-roars through three minutes of venomous lyrics of hatred bourn of a toxic relationship. It is powerful in every way, and relatable for every one of us – a brilliant succinct three-dimensional description of the angry bubbling of hopeless hatred that we have all felt at some point in our lives.

‘Devil In Her Eyes’ is another of my picks, but this time for more musical reasons. It is full of cross rhythms, rhythm changes, interesting chord progressions, and a ridiculously catchy hook in the chorus, and again amazing vocals. It also has a proper guitar solo in the middle of it, as well as lots of little intricate bits from every instrument, making it a great all-round track. It ends abruptly, leading into my next pick – ‘The Connection’.

Starting with a solitary piano note, with a touch of reverb, then a pause (silence speaks so much louder sometimes, don’t you think?) then another solitary note and pause leads into a minor chord, and crystal-clear mournful vocals that reach into your soul. Then in come the drums, not too much, but you can feel it building, and as the vocals sore, everything kicks in and bam, there are the goose bumps. It just makes me want to shout out with the pleasure and pain and joy and sadness and every other emotion that this record instils in me. Ok, so I actually think on reflection, this is my favourite song on the album, but the other three are very close!

My last pick is penultimate track ‘Whitehorse’. It starts with a nice bit of synth, and then the whole thing kicks in, in real headbanging fashion, again with brilliant little riffs and hooks popping up all over the place, and those same damn awesome vocals that just slay me they are so good. I’m sorry, I’m rambling. That’s it, I’m done.

There is one word to describe this album – passion. Complete and utter passion oozes through the whole thing – passion for the music, passion for the craft, passion for the storytelling of the subject matter. By far the most emotive album I have listened to in a long time, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get their heart racing or get lost in a perfect storm. I feel invigorated! I’m going for a lie down!!!

TRACKLISTING:
01. We Are The Wall
02. How The World Went Black
03. Parasite
04. Like Gravity
05. Bareknuckle Lover
06. For Kingdom For Glory
07. This Time Is Ours
08. Devil In Her Eyes
09. The Connection
10. I’m No Devil (I’m Just A Girl)
11. Whitehorse

LINKS:
https://www.chasingdragons.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/chasingdragonsuk

https://www.instagram.com/chasingdragonsuk/
https://chasingdragons.bigcartel.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ChasingDragonsUK

 

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Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T

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Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T
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Release Date: 31/05/2019
Running Time: 53:22
Review by Paul Monkhouse
10/10

Anyone who has ever seen or heard Pride, Furyon or Colour of Noise knows that Matt Mitchell is one of the finest singers in rock. Now fronting his own band, he has the chance to be centre stage and to really flex his musical muscles, producing what is one of the very best albums you’ll hear this year. Sure, some of it does indeed rock but there’s much more to the MM&tC than that as Mitchell and the band have captured lightning in a bottle by combining elements from some of the finest songwriters of modern times whilst very much being their own men.

As with solidly rocky, swinging groove of the opening track ‘Black Diamonds’ and the rest of the album, the thing that really strikes you is the richness of Mitchells voice, an instrument that can bluster or caress with the best of them. There is a fair mix of both as the band switch effortlessly between hard and heavy and much more introspective fare throughout the running time of the release. Following the dark and twisting first track, ‘Home’ is a much brighter, almost poppy, number that has a light Summery feel whilst still remaining powerful.

The album is sprinkled with echoes of Springsteen, Chris Cornell and the Stones, the songwriting really coming to the fore in the way that recent gig partners The Quireboys have mastered. The woozy Soundgarden-ish soundscape of ‘On and On’ bringing a real early 70’s sound typifies this approach, unafraid of putting the craft first and not just going for an easier all-out attack. This really is an album that keeps on giving and will bear repeat listenings over the years, eschewing any dated attempts at capturing the zeitgeist or riding trends. There is also a real honesty in the lyrics, touching on very personal subjects that are obviously very close the heart of the writer, deep whilst not being maudlin. There are hints of rocking out with your mates, beer in hand, girls, cars and fun but also a quality that is sorely missed from the combined partying output of Kiss, Motley Crue and Steel Panther.

‘Unavailable’ amazes with its zig-zagging riff and rhythm that Mick and Keef would be proud of while acoustic ballad ‘Old Enough & Ugly Enough’ is prime John Fogerty in feel, replete with a soaring but tasteful guitar solo. Rockers ‘Wave Goodbye’ and Everything to You’ are gutsy slabs of glorious guitar and driving drums and bass that really shake things up before the album closes with ‘Keep Me Safe’. This last track is a definite highlight of an already hugely accomplished record, being a slow building atmospheric treat accompanied by some peddle steel and plaintive vocals. If you manage to get your hands on the initial, special edition, copy of the album you’ll be treated to the outstanding acoustic version of ‘Home’ and the equally lovely live piano version of ‘Dare You to Watch’. In a year crammed with so many excellent albums already it would be a crime not to add this gem to your collection. I guarantee it will be something you’ll love for years to come.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Diamonds
02. Home
03. On & On
04. Dare You To Watch
05 Kings & Queens
06. Unavailable
07. Do You Wanna Be My God
08. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
09 Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12 Waiting For The Sun
13. Home (Acoustic Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)
14. Dare You To Watch (Piano Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)

LINKS:
http://www.mattmitchellmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHGNbu5DgyXNTvq3HnPHdeQ

 

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Interview with Kim Jennett

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Interview with Kim Jennett
By Paul Monkhouse

Kim Jennett is a force of nature. With a voice that rivals the power and feeling of Lzzy Hale, Glenn Hughes and Robert Plant matched with an utterly magnetic and feral stage presence she has been tipped as a stellar talent and someone destined to be absolutely huge. After blowing away audiences the length and breadth of the country fronting Voodoo Blood she’s about to fully step into the spotlight as a solo artist with a warm-up show at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool before heading to the hallowed ground at the Download Festival the following weekend.

Whilst her work with Voodoo Blood was phenomenal, it has been her musical partnership with former Jagged Edge/Skin/Red White & Blues guitarist Myke Gray that has rocketed her into the stratosphere. A hugely talented guitarist and songwriter along with being one of the hardest working, experienced, driven and most well-respected professionals in the business, Gray spotted the raw talent therein after being sent a couple of video clips of Jennett and contacted her regarding some studio work. With the first of the dates debuting his titular band looming, he also offered Voodoo Blood the opening slot and it was this memorable evening at the Academy, Islington in early June 2018 that the public got to witness the two sharing the stage for the first time during an incendiary duet between Jennett and Phil Conalane, Gray’s vocalist. When Conalane was unable to make a support tour with Black Star Riders, Jennett was the first and clear choice as replacement and any who saw Myke Gray on that tour knows that the band blew the roof off, night after night after night, giving the headliners a real run for their money.

To call the results of the Gray/Jennett mix ‘alchemy’ would be wrong as it is much more akin to gold being purified and shaped into something exquisite by a master craftsman. Bringing to bear his vast skill, experience and depthless passion, Gray has certainly brought the best out of Jennett, refining her incredible vocal talent and stage craft with a real understanding of not only the talent but the person too, mentoring and driving her to heights she continues to exceed with each and every new release. The perfect pairing, committed to making the very best music they can, there seemingly is no limit to what they can achieve together. With the looming potential/probable headline-making appearance at the UK’s biggest and best rock festival, now seemed the ideal time to find out a bit more about the person behind the soon-to-be household name.

What initially got you into music?

From a young age I always enjoyed performing and I was always involved in school plays and drama clubs and things. I struggled to make friends or fit in when I was young (and now haha) so I used performing as my release and found it was the only time I felt myself and truly happy. I realised I could sing when I was involved in larger musicals in my mid-teens and then I picked up a guitar and it just snowballed from there really! I started writing my own songs to help me through some of the troubles I was going through at the time and it’s been my medicine ever since.

Who were your influences and inspirations?

Honestly my mum is my biggest inspiration. She isn’t a singer but she’s a creative and raised me as a single mother while pursuing a career in art, I think that’s really badass. She always just encouraged me to do what makes me happy and music makes me happy.

I have never set out to “be like” anyone else. From a young age I’ve always wanted to stand out as an individual as I think there is something incredibly awesome and inspiring about other people who do this. Stand-alone female artists like Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Beyoncé have that strong female energy that really gets me going and excites me! I also have a deep love for old-school blues artists like Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Howling Wolf and Etta James etc. There is something that just touches my soul with blues music, maybe because the music comes from a true place of pain and from that pain they created something beautiful. I find that era truly inspiring too as it shows that music can literally help change the world with the huge role blues had in the end of segregation. I just love how music brings people together.

There has been a big change from your earliest pub shows/gigs you did as a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar until now…how did that develop?

I’m constantly evolving and changing as an artist, even if you look at the first song I did with Myke (‘Take Me Home’) to ‘Unbroken’ (the latest single) they‘re only a year apart but are completely different and I barely recognise myself in the first video now. There is something inside that drives me to always be better and be on top of my game. I Iove mixing things up and I’m always looking to improve myself and my art. However specifically I think I put the guitar down as I started to sing heavier music but, who knows, I may pick it back up for a few shows at some point again.

You created the Voodoo Woman persona with Voodoo Blood and seem to have really grown more into yourself as an artist away from that image. How does it feel to come out of that strong visual statement and really blossom into Kim Jennett, artist in her own right? Was it slightly scary to leave that mask behind or a testament to your personal growth?

I created the persona in a way because I was scared of being myself. As I grow and shed a lot of the things that were bringing me down, I become less angry and more grateful for where I am and who I am now. I am not afraid of standing on my own two feet as just me, Kim Jennett, and I don’t need to hide behind a mask anymore.

You’re projecting such a positive and strong image as a woman in rock. Do you feel that things are positively changing regarding how women are viewed now in the music industry?

Thank you! My gender isn’t a disadvantage and I am proud to be a woman. I would like to think I’m a strong person, but women are very strong, we go through so much shit and pain (Every month in fact haha). I am just here doing my thing as many other female artists are and there are so many women out there at the moment absolutely killing it, it’s very inspiring to me and I want to inspire other girls too. I want those girls to know they can stand on their own two feet; they don’t have to take shit from anyone and they shouldn’t be afraid of going out there and being themselves. ‘Kim Jennett’ as a standalone artist is the embodiment of me saying “fuck you I’m going to just be myself and that’s all I need to be”. As I said before I really look up to strong female artists in the industry and now I’m here I feel empowered to stand alongside them. Hopefully I will inspire other women (or people who identify as women) that have faced some of the same struggles as I have in this weird time we are in.

You’ve been working with Myke for just over a year now, firstly in the studio and then more and more live. What’s he like to work with and what is the song writing process?

To be honest meeting and working with Myke saved me from going down a very dark path. He’s been super inspiring and I am truly grateful for everything he has done for me. He’s relentlessly driven and completely passionate about what he does. It’s essential for me to work with people who match up to my intensity about things. He’s taught me that my intensity is a positive thing rather than being scared by it like a lot of people may have been in the past and have tried to drag me down for it. With mine and Myke’s work ethic I think we are an unstoppable team.

Myke has produced and written the album, he lives and breathes it and has tailored each song around me, I have never worked with anyone in my life that believes in me as much and works as hard as he does.

How would you describe the last year?

The last year has been like… Getting pushed off a mountain by the people you thought were your best friends but then you land in a giant bowl of ice cream.

How do you feel about the reception you have received, from the times fronting Voodoo Blood and onto the shows you’ve done with Myke? The reviews have been pretty phenomenal.

I play music because I love playing music, I love the power it has to unite people, I live and breathe it. I think that comes across in my performances and when I see rooms of people enjoying themselves as much as I am, that’s the best feeling in the world.

How did you feel when you got the call from Myke to do the Black Star Riders tour as his singer? It must have been a special moment.

As a singer going on tour is an absolute dream so being asked to do a tour with a band like BSR was just crazy. I’ve always been a fan of Thin Lizzy and I remember stealing my dad’s mp3 player and getting told off in school for listening to them in class haha. They were a dream to tour with and really amazing guys. It was an amazing experience going on tour with people who are complete professionals. Ricky Warwick said I had a killer set of pipes and Scott Gorham said to me before we went on “don’t be too good” haha, as you can imagine the school girl in me was screaming and I thank her for listening to Thin Lizzy rather than doing division, it paid off.

You’re currently working on your first solo album. What can people expect from it?

It’s a roller-coaster (a bit like my life) and a real mixed bag so I think there is something for everyone. We have some slower songs that are really emotional, some straight up killer sexy rock songs and even some heavier stuff. The thing I love about working with Myke is that he’s written the songs for me and to show the strengths of my voice, the more he’s gotten to know me the more “me” the songs are becoming and I’m so buzzing for everyone to hear it! Each song shows a different side of my personality.

Your latest release, ‘Unbroken’, seems like an incredibly personal track. Is there a story behind it?

You will have to ask Myke about that one but what I take from it is: finding your true strength and passion from reaching rock bottom, the times when you feel like you are at your lowest point (and I’ve been there, times were you feel like there is no way out) you either let it break you or find your wings.

What’s been the best gig you’ve done thus far in your career?

Every gig is a blessing. I just love performing, from gigs I’ve done in small towns in sweaty clubs to the BSR tour where we were performing in front of two thousand people a night. Obviously the larger the audience the better though.

You’re just about to head towards the biggest gig of your life thus far. How does it feel knowing you’re playing under your own name at Download? It must be mind-blowing seeing your name on the line-up poster, know that it will appear on thousands of event t-shirts and that Andy Copping himself is touting you as one of THE new acts to see this year.

I mean it’s a dream come true. I’ve worked hard for this though, relentlessly for many years and my feet are planted firmly on the ground. As incredible as it all is, I still have a long way to go and a journey ahead of me! Although it’s my name on the poster I couldn’t do any of this without the amazing team I have behind me. Myke especially who has worked so hard to get us to this point. I’m just looking forward to the future now and seeing what’s next for us.

If you could work with anyone in the future (in addition to Myke) who would it be? Any dream tour partners band-wise or duet partners?

I’m happy with who I am working with at the moment but, if had to choose, Halestorm would be amazing! Lzzy Hale is another huge inspiration to me and she’s one of the reasons I got into rock music. At a time in uni where I was struggling a lot with my mental health I discovered Halestorm and hearing how powerful Lzzy was, really made me feel strong again. I taught myself how to scream so I could sing ‘Love Bites’ at a uni end of term gig and then the music I wrote got heavier too. I rambled a bit there haha… basically it would be a dream to duet ‘Love Bites’ with Lzzy Hale. It’s the kind of thing I fantasise about on the bus.

When is the album coming out?

When we have finished recording it! In Myke’s words it needs to be a record people will be listening to in years to come and it can’t be rushed but it is on its way!!

Being two perfectionists who want to create the best album possible, you and Myke are (rightly) taking your time with it and want it to be something that you want to be proud of. Has it seemed a very long process despite that?

Myke gets shit done. It feels like we’re smashing through it really. We only met about a year ago and we already have 4 singles out and an album on the way. It can’t be rushed though and you’re right we’re both massive perfectionists.

What’s next for Kim Jennett?

World domination… hopefully… I’ll probably just make a coffee first though and do some yoga.

 

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

https://www.instagram.com/kimjennettmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4VQrckU7d7DjG8Xe4_hvsA

 

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based, Rock/Alternative Solo Artist Finding Kate! Huge thanks to Kate for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Finding Kate and I am a solo artist based in London. I am Australian/Cypriot and moved to London about 5 years ago. My music is Alternative/Rock with undertones of Pop and in 2016 I released my debut album “If I Fall”. Now I have just released my new single called ‘I Feel Bad’, almost 3 years later! I sing and play the piano.

How did you come up with your stage name?

Well my name is actually Katerina but everyone calls me Kate! When I first started my career, I decided my artist name would just be KATE. Then I realised no-one could find me online – if you searched for Kate there were millions of results about Kate Bush, Kate Winslet, Kate Upton, Kate Middleton and never me :-(. Since no-one could find me, I decided to go with Finding Kate! True story!

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

I am from Australia and Cyprus. I grew up in Cyprus and I think there’s a pretty good metal scene there for the size of the country. I’ve discovered that there are a lot of metalheads scattered all around Cyprus! In general though, the music scene over there is not very big. There are limited venues to play at and almost no festivals around. We don’t have promoters or agents, it’s pretty much direct contact with venues which is both good and bad. It’s very different to the UK.

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

My latest single is called ‘I Feel Bad’ and it is available on all platforms! Also the video is out on my Youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppguXD6k9GU

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are all within the Rock/Alternative world! Avril Lavigne, Flyleaf, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Paramore – there are a lot of females that really inspire me. Also some of my newer discoveries like Deftones, Nothing But Thieves, Highly Suspect, PVRIS. I grew up listening to amazing bands like Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and more thanks to my dad’s musical tastes. I guess all of these artists/bands have influenced me in some way. 🙂

What first got you into music?

I remember seeing a piano tutor’s flyer on my parents’ car when I was about 11 and we decided I would try out piano lessons. Then I took vocal lessons and here I am today! I also think listening to all these different artists/bands I mentioned previously on a daily basis at home helped me really get into music.

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

Avril Lavigne!

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

Download or Rock Am Ring. I’m not sure which I’d choose. They both are huge in the Rock world and I love the fact that they are both quite diverse with their line-ups.

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

I haven’t received a gift yet. What am I doing wrong?!

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

Believe in yourself & keep going.

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

Chris Cornell. Chris has a special place in my heart.

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

I enjoy singing and playing the piano – I love creating music and letting go of little parts of me. I feel like with every note I sing or play I release things from inside me.
I hate how expensive certain gear is…hahaha.

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

That’s a tough one, I don’t know where to begin. I’ve been thinking about this question for the last few days but I don’t have a solid answer! I think overall the music industry causes a lot of pressure & stress to a lot of us. You have to put in a lot of work and most of the times you may not be seeing any results (well, visible results anyway). I wish the industry was easier to tackle from many different aspects. From a finance point of view all the way to social media and promotion. So, the one thing I’d change is how complicated the industry is! Haha.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Let Go” – Avril Lavigne.

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

I’ve never had vinyl before but I am interested in getting some in the future!
I personally love CD’s and CD artwork though. I much prefer them over downloads.

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

Probably back home in Cyprus at Ravens in 2015. I loved the atmosphere so much!

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

I think I would still be involved in the music industry, maybe within a label doing marketing, social media, promotions etc. Or maybe a make-up artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Amy Lee, P!nk, Lacey Sturm, Lizzy Hale and Taylor Momsen. They all seem like they’d be really cool to hang out with.
Sorry Avril, I don’t have space to invite you this time…

What’s next for you?

I have a series of singles ready to be released over the next few months. Eventually, they will go on an album, but there’s no rush for an album yet. The singles will hopefully set the ground for what is to follow from me! I am planning some more shows as well!

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

My website www.findingkatemusic.com has all my music, videos, tour dates etc. I am also on all the usual digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer etc.
I use Instagram & Facebook the most out of all my social media – but wherever you search for me, you should be able to find me. Just type in ‘Finding Kate’ into Google!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuits and I am obsessed with them. I can eat so many of them in one go. I just stuff them whole in my mouth. Haha.

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

Thank you for the questions & for supporting independent artists such as myself.
Hope you like the new track. 🙂

 

Finding Kate

 

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! 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?

Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!

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

We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.

What first got you into music?

Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!

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

Beastö Blancö!

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

Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!

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

None

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

Guys, you rock!

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

Lemmy Kilmister!

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

Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!

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

Nothing, it is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

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

In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!

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

Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival

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

A fighter pilot!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee

What’s next for the band?

Songwriting for the first Album!

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
https://lords-of-salem.jimdo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofsalemmusic/
https://lordsofsalemmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XGCOxZ4ivPlohLtOErsUV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t like ’em at all.

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

Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.

 

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Rebecca Downes – The Met Lounge, Peterborough – 29/03/2019

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Rebecca Downes
The Met Lounge, Peterborough
29/03/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Many bands have turned to acoustic sets in the past but very few as well as the Quireboys, a band with the charisma and material to make it really work for them. When this is perfectly teamed with an opening slot by the brilliant Rebecca Downes it proves to be an evening when all you can do is be swept away by the music.

Having toured regularly up and down the length and breadth of the country with her full band playing support to bands such as Magnum, tonight sees her shorn of her full band but joined by partner in crime guitarist and vocalist Steve Birkett. The duo fill the sound with ease and you can’t help but warm instantly to Downes, her great humour and down to earth personality shine, displaying not a shred of over inflated ego. ‘Take Me Higher’ is an excellent showcase for her soulful vocals and really got the attention of all there. As has been proven many times before, huge talent isn’t always enough but needs to be matched with great quality material to really highlight the artist. The songwriting team of Downes and Birkett have that by the bucketload. Next song ‘It’s Not Easy’ is a prime example of this as it twists and turns in unexpected directions whilst the stripped-down acoustic arrangement really lets the vocals shine.

Refreshingly, Birkett doesn’t just play second fiddle to the singer as the two are evenly matched in musical chops and it comes over as a perfect partnership. There is a genuine warmth exuding from them and when showcased in such great fare as the sparkling ‘Waving Goodbye’ it’s pretty unbeatable. The richness of the voices glides perfectly over a hooky chorus, as the track has a classic, almost pop, soulful tone. It would have been difficult to follow that gem but the Radio 2 playlisted ‘Sailing on a Pool of Tears’ ups the ante even more. A big, spellbinding ballad, it contains elements of chilled flamenco and is both instantly catchy and heartrending.

The pace changes with ‘1000 Years’, an upbeat blues number with a truly cocky strut that easily dispels the narrow view that the blues is solely downbeat tales of suffering. The short set finishes with the title track from last album ‘Believe’, another forceful wake up call that is both defiant and life affirming. Featuring an acoustic breakdown, its sense of dynamics proving it was the perfect number to finish on. Returning later for an incendiary duet with Spike for the Quireboys encore, Downes was the ideal choice as touring companion for these dates and was clearly having a ball on the road with a band she’s long been an admirer of. With her expressive Midlands accent she doesn’t sound like one of the Windsors in conversation but, make no mistake, when she sings Rebecca Downes is UK Blues royalty. If you want to know the roots of hard rock and metal, get yourself into the blues. You really can’t go wrong with the lethal combination that this partnership offers of filthy barroom rock ‘n’ roll and soul. Catch them when you can.

LINKS:
https://www.rebeccadownes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaDownes/

https://www.instagram.com/rebeccadownesuk/

 

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EMQ’s with SCANNER

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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pennsylvania based, Punk inspired, Hard Rock band Scanner. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

My name is Joe Brady, and I play bass and am lead vocalist for Scanner, a roots and punk inspired hard rock band from Pennsylvania, USA. Scanner was formed by me and Junnie Fortney (guitars) in 1979, and later joined by Ray Hawkins (drums).
Scanner’s influences encompass a wide range of styles, including the pioneers of 50’s rock and roll, 60’s hard rock and surf and 70’s hard rock glam and punk.
To date, Scanner has released “Exploding Heads in Harrisburg – Live Recordings From 1982”, “One foot in the grave, and more pissed than ever”, “Splat”, “Under The Devil’s Tail”, and “In Your Head”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name “Scanner” came into being when I read an article in a monster magazine in 1980 about a new movie coming out called “Scanners” and liked the imagery of heads exploding, and imagined it being the effect of hearing Scanner music!

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

USA. I am amazed at the multitude of splinter sub-genres of not only metal, but of all rock and underground music. I’m sure that’s the case globally too, but the USA is so large and has an incredible range of cultural influences, the music really reflects practically every belief system, philosophy, religion, and political leaning. I think it’s a great snapshot into almost every aspect of humanity.

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

We released a five-song EP in the summer of 2018 called “In Your Head”, and have performance music videos out for the songs, “Frankenstein’s Flivver” and “TV Light”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLpaWGvd2nI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLVvpzVsYys

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our main music influences cover a wide and eclectic range of styles: Dead Boys, Ramones, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Flamin’ Groovies, Plasmatics, Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer, Nazareth, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Misfits, Devo, Link Wray, Stray Cats, Deep Purple, Motörhead, and on and on…

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid (at 7 years old in 1966), I tagged along with some of my older brother’s friends to a concert held at the bandstand of our state fair. I didn’t know anything about the band, or what I was listening to, but my little self was blown away. The band was Eric Burdon and the Animals, and I was never the same since!

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

Iggy Pop or Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.

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

Riot Fest, because I attended the Chicago Riot Fest in 2014, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric!

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

Both weird and wonderful was when a fan sent me a 1960’s toy Membrane Man dressed up as Santa for Christmas. We have a song called “Membrane Men” based on that toy, so I was extremely happy and grateful for that.

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

Thanks to everybody who has bought and listened to our music for all of these years, and thanks to our growing base of young fans from all over the world who don’t care if we are three times their ages, but just dig our noise!

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

David Bowie

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

I love the creative process of coming up with new song ideas, then putting it all together, and playing and recording with the band. I really don’t hate anything about it.

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

Oh, I don’t know. It’s evolving and devolving so fast anymore, I can’t keep up with all of it. In an ideal world, there would be more equity in revenue sharing with the artists who actually make the music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”; Alice Cooper’s – “Love it to Death”, “Killer”, and “Billion Dollar Babies”; Dead Boys – “Young, Loud, and Snotty”; and David Bowie – “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”.

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

I grew up with Vinyl in the 60’s and 70’s. In addition to the music itself, the art, liner notes, and extras in many LPs, bringing a new record home was an event and sometimes a party with friends.

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

I’d have to say one of our early gigs in 1981-82 in Harrisburg, PA, when at one point in a song, the entire crowd on the dance floor dropped and did the worm. Everybody wiggling on the floor just looked incredible! I wish we had video of that.

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

In addition of my full-time job, I’d be doing more art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Assuming we can utilize a time machine, George Carlin, Ray Bradbury, Wendy O. Williams, Bruno Sammartino, and Alice Cooper!

What’s next for the band?

We are headed for the studio in a few weeks to record our next five-song EP entitled, “Living, Breathing Monstrosities”.

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

https://www.facebook.com/Scanner1979/
https://www.reverbnation.com/scanner
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPkPGl8HtNFdn5C6UHPtSXQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!

 

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Bus The Unknown Secretary – Never Decide

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Bus The Unknown Secretary – Never Decide
Riding Easy Records
Release Date: 01-03-2019
Running Time:-48:57
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Bus The Unknown Secretary (aka B.U.S) are a quartet from Greece with a unique sound. Are they rock? Yes! Are they deep? Yes! Are they dark? Yes! But are they typical? Hell no!
Having a bird chirping in the back ground of the opening song, then “one, two, three” as if they are being counted in is not your typical start, so straight away your ears prick up and you wonder what’s next? Well, that would be silence, and then the guitar riff of ‘You Better Come In, You Better Calm Down’ comes straight at you, followed by the vocal’s, with a hint of growl to them, the tone almost psychedelic but with a chant in the background.

Bill Politis (vocalist/guitar) explains there is no happy ending here, but the question remains “Door A or Door B, time to change or time to die, never decide…” Now, that’s what I call a deep dark question!

This leads me to ‘Lucifer’. This is a very dark song, sounding very much like Ozzy at the beginning, yet haunting with amazing backing vocals which harmonize so brilliantly.

The whole album “Never Decide” is rock hypnotic, it packs a punch yet sends you off into so many different directions. It has rock, gruff vocals and great guitar riffs, with almost a poppy edge to some of the tracks and is almost one big head spin. You just get to think you have sussed the album then it goes in a totally different direction again. Some of the tracks are short, but very intense and punchy, and all the way through there is a definite 70’s rock vibe. Thin Lizzy, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Rotten and Alice Copper all spring to mind which is why I think the album is so crazy. One thing it definitely isn’t is boring.

B.U.S. were formed in 2011, releasing two EP’s “The Impious Tapes” followed by the “Cross EP” (2014) and a full-length album “The Unknown Secretary LP” in 2016. During that time, they have toured extensively throughout Greece and neighbouring nations.

Second album “Never Decide” was recorded in just five days in February 2018, and what a crazy five days those must have been, with multi-talented engineer and band beloved friend John Vulgaris at Electric Highway Studios in Athens, Greece. The entire band, drummer Aris Fasoulis, bassist Spiros Papadatos, guitarist Fotis Kolokithas and, of course, Bill Politis recorded the instrumental tracks live in three days and the last two were for vocals. Over the two months that followed Vulgaris and the band fine-tuned the mix into the masterful album we have been given.

If you want something different and exciting then give B.U.S a listen!

TRACKLISTING:
01 You Better Come In, You Better Calm Down
02 The Hunt
03 I Buried Paul
04 Lucifer
05 First Life Suicide
06 Moonchild
07 Into the Night
08 Evil Eyes
09 Dying
10 This King

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/bustheunknownsecretary/
https://www.instagram.com/bustheunknownsecretary/
https://bustheunknownsecretary.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoWabDirkvGWB7BWhAlPaAA
https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords/

 

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EMQ’s with TARAH WHO?

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EMQ’s with TARAH WHO?

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French/US Rock band Tarah Who? 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?

Tarah G. Carpenter (TGC): Vocals, Guitar
Joey Southern (JS): Bass, Backing Vocals
Coralie Hervé (CH): Drums, Backing Vocals

CH: My name is Coralie and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who? I joined the band in the summer 2017. I received a message from Tarah saying that she was looking for a drummer for her band.

TGC: I am Tarah, founder of Tarah Who? I started playing drums and bass in bands when I was 14 years old. When I moved to Kentucky to be an exchange student, I could not play the drums so I bought myself an electric guitar and an Alanis Morissette songbook and taught myself how to play the guitar!

When I came back to France to finish my high school, I started new bands playing the drums or bass. Then maybe at the age of 17 or 18 I wrote my first song. I didn’t consider myself a writer or even a singer. I was looking for a singer but I did not like the way they sang. It was not their voice, it was the interpretation. I realized that I was too attached to the songs because they were my stories. Over the years, I got a little more confident to produce myself as a singer songwriter, and at the age of 21 I moved to LA. Initially to play music as a drummer or bass player in bands, but then I made a demo of my songs, playing all of the instruments and posted those on Myspace. I got a few gigs like that until someone hit me up (actually a few people) but I started working with a sound engineer named Matthias Lange, who helped me record my first album. I called in a few musician friends and we recorded the debut album. That is when it all got serious and crazy at the same time. I was really shy and believed what everyone said about my music and how it should sound like. Even when I was not happy with the result but I thought that they knew better because they had the experience, degree or maturity. A few years and musicians later, I finally am more confident about the sound I am looking for and the directions I want for the band. In 2017, Coralie joined the band and last year Joey showed up to go on our first West Coast tour. I am into Rock music; I like to play fast paced, up beat loud music.

JS: Joey Southern, bassist and backing vocals. I have been in the band for a year and already have played more gigs with these two then any other previous bands combined!!!

How did you come up with your band name?

TGC: Back in 2010 or something, I was playing with other musicians, friends who wanted to help out with the solo project. At the time, there was another artist with the same first name, who played rap. We would either get the gig because they thought I was her, or we would not get the gig because they thought. ‘Why would a Rapper come to a punk venue’? Anyway, I came up with new band name ideas in an email and the subject was “TARAH WHO????” and out of all of the band names I came up with, everyone said “the subject is the best”, kind of implying everything sucked lol! We had a few shows lined up and I didn’t want to think about it too much, we went for it, got more shows, kept the temporary name … we are in 2019… We might as well just keep it now!

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

CH: I’m French and there is a good metal scene in France. I took lessons with Nicolas Bastos, drummer of Dagoba. I learnt a lot!!

TGC: I was born and raised in Paris, France. There is a big metal scene there 🙂 Like Coralie has just mentioned there is Dagoba, but I know the scene is bigger than this. French people definitely like metal and unlike punk, it sounds like the metal that you can hear in different countries. It is not like French Punk vs UK punk vs US punk etc…! Metal seems to be pretty universal outside of the language, I think?

JS: I’m from the Midwest of America, a couple hours west of Chicago. The metal scene in Aurora and DeKalb are a lot of fun from what I remember.

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

TGC: Our latest EP is called “64 Women”, released on March 8th 2019. The latest single from that EP that came out is called ‘Hurt’ it is our slowest song on the EP and in general. We dared to do something new and different. We have just finished shooting the music video directed by Javier Arcelus and Benny the Jet Urquidez, who co-directed and choreographed the video. The song is about a friendship and betrayal, the music video illustrates that conflict within yourself when you feel hurt and abused, and how you should react towards those emotions. It is kind of like a victory, fight against your thoughts or negative emotions, when you accept the situation and move forward with your life.

Those situations making you stronger and more aware in the future.

Who have been your greatest influences?

CH: I’m a big fan of Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, so I’ll say them, but more generally classic rock and metal.

TGC: I am sure that I was influenced by the bands I used to listen to growing up (The Distillers, RATM, Pantera, Motörhead etc…) I don’t listen to much music lately. I don’t really have time to be honest but also, if I am not playing, I enjoy silence. Everything and everyone inspires me to write. I am not looking up to anyone in particular and I am not trying to sound like anyone either. I write because I have something to say and emotions to express and share. I used to listen to Alanis Morissette growing up and then discovered, the 90’s punk grunge era and totally fell in love with the sounds and energy. I am pretty sure I was influenced by all of it, since my taste in sounds is similar. I like what is raw, authentic, and not perfected. I love accidents in music. I like rage; I like feeling my muscles, and sweating. I like re-living the songs and emotions. It is not about playing loud because you turn the volume up, it is about that anger you feel when you perform. Live shows happen so fast and we have no idea what we will do. It depends on the vibe of the venue, the response from the audience etc. It is an exchange really so I was influenced by a lot of sounds and bands. No one in particular, I was more into a song that resonated within me rather than people or a band. It had to mean something to me at the time. Not by an attitude or a character.

JS: Tool, Primus, 311, Radiohead, Motörhead to name a few.

What first got you into music?

CH: I don’t remember but my mom took some guitar lessons in the music school of our town and I followed with drums.

TGC: I have no idea. I just remember wanting to play the drums and the bass. Later I felt the urge to write, so i did, and started playing the guitar just to accompany myself, but I don’t see myself like a singer or a guitar player. Those are just tools I use to express myself. I actually have no idea what I am doing to be completely honest. If someone asked me what I play I would have no idea what to respond.

I started playing in bands since the age of 14 and I just never stopped. It is my balance, and what I need to feel good and happy about myself. When I don’t play I feel miserable. So I keep playing. 🙂

JS: My parents are music lovers and they exposed me to music at a young age. They took me to see ZZ Top when I was 12 and Metallica the next week!

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

CH: I would like to collaborate with Nightwish of course, it would be a dream!!!

TGC: At this time, I don’t want to collaborate with anyone for Tarah Who? It is a very personal project. Coralie does amazing on the drums and Joey does everything that needs to be done as a bass player. Eventually we will add a second guitar player but only if it doesn’t affect our trio. The reason why it works currently with this line-up is because Coralie and Joey trust me, and let me be creative, as much as I trust them and their ability to play pretty much anything I have in mind or, they surprise me with great new ideas and suggestions. We work really well together, and they don’t try to add anything extra to show off. We all understand that it is about the music and not about ourselves and this is very rare these days. Working on our record with Jason Orme, is also a big factor. Jason, as a producer, does not try to change the songs; he understands the artist’s perspective.

On other projects, I would be happy to collaborate with other musicians. Brody Dalle would be definitely on this list? I don’t mind inviting people on stage to sing along or to perform our song ‘Pay to Play’, for instance, because it is fun and also because ‘Pay to Play’ is really shitty. For our song ‘Linger’ we are actually working on contacting a few drummer friends who would play their version of the song, but when it comes to lyrics and actually writing, it would need to be on a separate project.

JS: Tool!!! It would be amazing to work with these living legends.

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

CH: I would like to play the Hellfest in France because I always wanted to go but didn’t and the bands that play there are amazing, it will be such an experience!!!

TGC: Festivals are fun all around. I would be happy to play any festival in the world as long as the crowd is cool and the organization is good. The name of the festival is just a brand. It could sound really cool to play somewhere, but once you are actually dealing with the festival, is when you realize that it might not be as cool as people seem to think it is. So, happy to play anywhere in the world, as long as everything is cool and fair 🙂

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

TGC: I have received really nice gifts actually. Nothing weird, just really sweet gestures, letters. I appreciate it when our fans take the time to get in touch, or think of us, and send us things. I have not received anything weird yet. If anything, the weirdest comments were from drunk punks who wanted to do “things” after the show… but I politely declined. 🙂

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

CH: Thank you for listening to our songs and coming out to our shows, it’s awesome!! Always a pleasure to meet you guys!!

TGC: Definitely, Thank you for your support, your messages, requests, and good vibes at the shows. It is the best feeling to play and then meet people who confess to relate to your stories. Sometimes it is just rewarding to look at the crowd and see people have good time, or smiling. You can also tell sometimes in people’s eyes that something is happening in their mind right now. They are being inspired or something. It is really cool, so keep doing it, and definitely come talk to us and get in touch. It motivates us to do more 🙂

JS: Be yourself and enjoy it!!!

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

CH: I think it will be Freddie Mercury.

TGC: Lemmy, I really wanted to collaborate with him one day 😉 hahahah, on another project of course! Anyway… that’s out!

JS: It would be interesting to hear what Kurt Cobain would be playing these days.

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

CH: Playing and discovering new places is always awesome!! There is nothing I hate but as an independent band, we are doing everything by ourselves and it can be really hard sometimes but we are doing it anyway because we love it and it’s our job!!

TGC: I love it all to be honest. I love everything about it, from the writing to the recording (where all of the magic happens) to sharing with the audience and seeing the reactions or seeing people mosh, singing along, being inspired or having a good time. I love it when people can relate to the songs and we can inspire them. I do not like accidentally stopping at a dirty gas station with stinky bathrooms; finding bed bugs in hotel rooms (ask Joey). The money part is hard yes, but I ‘d rather have it hard and not owe anything to anyone rather than having the illusion that we have a lot and finding out later that we owe $XX for things we have not chosen or needed. I hate going to shows with good sounding bands and realizing that they are not as cool as they seem to be. I believe in a community and support going both ways. I can’t stand meeting bands who think they are better, or have it all, but good songs! Lol, anyway I don’t hate it, it is what it is! Any career has their fakes and good share of insecure people. Something I passionately hate though is meeting people who supposedly want or can help you, but they are total scammers. I hate pay to play, and I hate so called producers, promoters or bookers.

JS: I enjoy the connection between the musicians and friends I am grateful to play with. I hate phony people.

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

TGC: What I hate! Lol! I would definitely make sure that pay to play shows don’t exist anymore. Let people know what pay to play shows are and how wrong they are to everyone. For the rest… all of the answers will be soon available online: Watch our upcoming documentary series. 🙂

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

CH: It’s really hard because all Nightwish’s albums are amazing!! But I’m gonna choose “Once” because my favourite song is in it ‘Ghost Love Score’.

TGC: Coral Fang – Distillers. I don’t like favourites but I guess I am not tired of this album yet so… it must be one of my favs!

JS: Grassroots – 311. This album is nostalgic.

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

CH: I love to have the physical material with me so I’ll say CD’s but I really like vinyl too.

TGC: Depends where you are and what you do. I think they are all great music sharing tools. Vinyl can be really romantic and a decorative! CD’s are very useful to me still. I drive a very old car so I definitely use CD’s 🙂 I also like holding CD’s and going through everything, reading everything there is to read etc.! Cassettes: They are useful if you want to have a specific sound but it is getting harder to use. Downloads are just convenient when you travel and want to listen to a variety of artists if you are getting tired of your favourite album 😉 So I think they are all great tools!

JS: I love sound of vinyl!!!

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

CH: I really like the one that we did at the Satellite in December; it was a really good one!! But every show is great, I like playing with Joey and Tarah.

TGC: My favourite with this line up is one of our latest shows at the Sugar Mill in Tarzana. Packed house, all of the bands were good, everyone stayed and supported each other, Your mum from the UK was there, we hung out, we made money, the staff was great, sound was good, and cocktails were tasty. There was not one thing that was not working out that night. 🙂

JS: I agree with Tarah and Coralie! I’m torn between both these gigs.

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

CH: I don’t think I could do something else but if I have to choose I’ll say archaeologist.

TGC: I am someone who does what she wants and love. So if there was something else that I wanted to do I would be doing that. Trust me, when I had all of my family trying desperately to get me to find another career or path, I looked into a lot of other jobs or options. I just don’t have the passion or joy to do anything else. Being an independent musician is not JUST playing music. Outside of the rehearsals and owning your craft, and getting better on a daily basis, it is also a business. No one is going to work on the business aspect if we don’t. So I work a lot on that. Booking, managing, promoting, coming up with new ideas and branding. Writing, recording, producing, performing… I have a lot of other hobbies, and subjects that I am interested in, but I do what I love. There is nothing else I would rather be doing. If I did, I would be doing and focusing on that. 🙂

JS: I would most likely be working with the family business. My family has a construction business back home in Illinois.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JS: Maynard James Keenan, Justin Chancellor, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten.

TGC: Brody Dalle, Meryl Streep, Anika Nilles, Michelle and Barak Obama

CH: Nightwish!!! (They are 6 hahahaha)

What’s next for the band?

JS: I’ve been learning the massive catalog of Tarah Who? songs for the upcoming European Tour in September!!!

TGC: I am working on new songs for a new EP. We are also releasing a music video for ‘Hurt’ soon and a docu-series about independent bands and women in music.

CH: Same as Joey, I’m working on Tarah Who? songs for the European Tour.

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

http://www.tarahwho.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Tarahwho/
https://twitter.com/tarahwho
https://www.instagram.com/tarahwho/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

JS: Best of both worlds!!

TGC: I have never had one but from the picture it looks like a biscuit or a Pimm’s!

CH: I don’t know what it is so I’m gonna follow Joey on that hahahaha.

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

JS: Thank you and Rock on!!!

TGC: Thank you so much for your support. Hit us up on our social media, and come out to live shows. All bands need it! 🙂

CH: Hope to see some of you on the road!!

 

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Interview with Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy with Andy Jansons

Interview with Know Your Enemy
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ
April 27th, 2019
By Andy Jansons

It’s always nice to see young bands ascending to new heights, more so, when they are from your own state. New Jersey’s local rockers Know Your Enemy have just released their first full length album called “Root Of All Evil”. Their material is fantastic, but to find out more about that you’ll have to read Stephen Moss’ live review.

I was fortunate enough to attend Know Your Enemy’s album release show and sit down with band members (except drummer Ralph Riccardi who was running late) and discuss their music, influences, new album and to introduce themselves to a new audience.

Andy Jansons: So this is your first full length album. Talk about the emotions, how it is to get your first album out?

Fonz Rodriguez (Vocalist): Well, I mean it’s super exciting, I’ve been like really excited, nervous, but in a good way, for a week or two, I’m just…the anticipation has been just crazy. You know, for me as a vocalist, to express how I see the world and how we see each other, from my own perspective. It’s really important for me personally because it’s difficult to get those emotions out verbally, you know? It’s not easy to just speak to people, so when you can you do your best, and the reaction and the feedback that we get, makes me feel like it’s worth it. This is a complete collection of how I truly feel like, really what embodies me as far as like me trying to be part of society. To me this album is like my feeling.

Jay Kent (Guitarist): Yeah. I’m very excited about the album. We put a lot of work into it. It’s a big collection of all of our thoughts on a lot of different subjects. And I think if you listen to it, you know enough, you’ll definitely feel what we’re trying to convey. I think we did a great job expressing our thoughts.

Steve Bishop (Bassist): Great lyrics, good music to it. I think it’s going to be something real exciting for people to listen to. It means so much to me.

Andy: Who wrote the lyrics for the songs?

Fonz: I would say on this album, probably about 80% of them I did. And the songs that I didn’t write fully, it was collaboration, let’s put it that way. You know, Jay wrote some of the lyrics. He wrote the lyrics for ‘Deep Inside’ and ‘Bound’, and there was a time period where I was not playing with the band and, for example, the song ‘Bound’ already existed. But it’s just the way he may have wrote it, the way he puts it, and then the way I deliver his lyrics, perfect and unique. Like he told me, they had a couple other guys try. He even tried himself. I’m not boasting myself or anything; this is just what he told me. So even though, I didn’t write the lyrics for it, I was able to tap in the emotions, the feeling of when he wrote those lyrics down.

Jay: He (Fonz) is a perfectionist, which really shows through, because he got so much of it just like spot on. Like what he’s trying to say. You can understand it fully; he did such a great job in writing the lyrics.

Andy: How would you guys characterize your music and the genre you play?

Steve: That’s a little iffy. Um, we’ve been compared to a bunch of other bands. Most of them were like back in the rap rock genre, like P.O.D. We’ve had that more than a few times and Killswitch and Sevendust. I guess hard rock with like some hip hop and a little bit of blues.

Fonz: I would say alt metal, not alternative itself, because we got something which seems like a mixture of genres. It got a metal base to it, and then we bring in just different genres. It’s really not intentional, it’s just like you hear it and you go, oh this is the part that it needs to be because this is how I feel it needs to go. I would say personally alternative metal, that’s how I feel it. As far as comparisons, recently someone said, Oh, you guys are like, if P.O.D. and Killswitch had a baby. It’s a compliment (laughs). And the other one I got that I liked that we sound like Anthrax and Faith No More. I mean I’m a huge fan of Anthrax. My favourite is the album with John Bush “The Sound of White Noise”. I always think, you know, we kind of like to admire someone and we try to like mimic in some way, something. So to me, and I know it’s hard, because I love hip hop and I love all genres, it’s hard to really like just one. So I think we bring a lot more stuff, which brings me back to the alternative part, so we bring a lot more, more different styles.

Jay: Uh, I am a huge Zack Wylde fan with Black Label Society, Sevendust, the old Metallica, you know the good Metallica? I love blues guys. I love Hendrix and Stevie Ray, all these guys and you can hear that in my playing, you know, from my solos and a little bit of the funky kind of melodies that we bring along to the music as well. So, yeah, that’s me.

Steve: Yeah, I think it’s a healthy mix. I don’t think you can pinpoint it in one way or another. I think we flow with a lot of different bands because of that. We play live shows all the time. And whether we’re playing with a metal band or a hard rock band, or occasionally with a sort of post hardcore, punk kind of band, I feel like we always fit because we don’t play one genre. What binds inspire me? I’ve been playing music since I was a teenager. I was really into Nirvana and Green Day and like all that stuff at the time. But since then I’ve listened to so much stuff. Uh, Gary Clark Jr and The Cure and I just love music. If it’s good, I’ll listen to it.

Fonz: One of my favorite bands is He is Legend; I love The E-Town Concrete, which is a New Jersey band. Honestly, my all time favorite band is Tool. Like, I just love them, I feel like they’re the band of our generation, like the Led Zeppelin of our generation. Their contribution to metal and hard rock is like, it’s unique, It’s different, It’s real rock. It’s like real rock star mentality; we didn’t give a shit about anybody. They don’t care. 10 years we’ve been waiting for their album now, we’ve been waiting forever. To me it’s like, every single member of that band is super important. You can’t replace any of them. So I would say Tool is number one for me. Yeah, definitely but we can’t forget about Rage Against the Machine. Yeah, that band changed my life!

Andy: Cue, the name of your band?

Fonz: That’s right! ‘Know your Enemy’, that song. They are an influential band, and I think for anybody that has this dissatisfaction with the way that things are, they deliver it right. They’re really super smart guys. You know, they were unique at the time and when it comes down to really going against the grain and being brash it’s RATM

Andy: Okay guys, let’s get back just to you. What are your plans now?

Fonz: Well, we definitely want to go touring, we’ve got a bunch of festivals planned for the summer, so that’s mainly what we’re going to do. I think we’re not going to be able to tour until after August, but we want to, definitely. I just want to take it on the road. I would love to go up to New England, you know, maybe down the east coast, and show what we do. That’s ideal. We talked about it a lot. It’s just difficult. You got to pay bills and it’s a little bit more of a balancing act if you’re going to go and hit the road. But that’s definitely going to happen.

Andy: Right now you are unsigned band, are there any movements towards finding a label?

Fonz: I would love to. I would love to, but I think we need to get the tour done first. We actually have already started writing the next album. So ideally if we can make the timeline correct, then we’ll tour, put new record out and then try to show to the label and see what happens. It’s so much work being independent, and trying to do everything. Even for example, the record release show, we did it independently and I feel like we’re lucky that we were able to find a venue and other bands and make it happen. It really takes away from rehearsing and writing and working on the other things to make more progress. And so a label is definite, you know, I mean it only makes sense to do that.

Andy: So obviously this is an important stepping stone with moving forward and how you see the road from here?

Jay: Uh-huh, I think, like Fonz said, we’re going to concentrate on continuing to write new material, get a new album going. The one that we’re just releasing today we will see where it takes us.

Steve: We planned to play a lot of gigs recently to support this album. We’re just going to keep writing, keep doing it. We put a lot of hard work into this particular album where I feel like we all learned what to do, what we do well and how to just keep doing that, and just to get our music out and see what happens from there.

Andy: Lastly, what have you got to say to your fans?

Fonz: If I could say anything, I just want to thank everybody who helped us and believed in us. And I mean there’s our friends, our family, and new friends and people that we’ve gotten to know as, you know, as we make our way through the scene. But I think that would be all the people out there who’ve listened to us. I feel like that is the number one most important thing is to be thankful and grateful for. I want to say that I’m super grateful for these guys (points to band mates). You know, because I’ve so many bands that we played with and we’ve met throughout the last few years. And I would say that a lot of ’em aren’t together anymore and there’s always problems! I could say that this is probably the smoothest relationship. These guys have made it, we just chill!

Jay: Likewise. Yes. We are very lucky to have a talent front this band, it’s been a long time for myself personally looking for somebody like him to come in and do this and he just blows us away every time he goes up there. So we’re just proud to be with him as well as, as any other.

Steve: That’s one of the better compliments we get. People think that we sound really tight. Our chemistry together, especially live is good. I hope it really comes through on this album. We tried to put it that up front and centre!

Andy: Thank you very much guys!

Huge thanks to Know Your Enemy and Andy for the interview!

LINKS:
http://www.enemyband.com
https://www.facebook.com/enemybandnj

https://www.instagram.com/knowyourenemynj/
https://knowyourenemynj.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaSnpDh-wL6oWPfVISQXCw