Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines

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Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 19/11/21
Running Time: 40:52
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Hearts & Hand Grenades started life in New York as a covers act and, thanks to the support of Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Tabak, were persuaded to record some of their original material … once they had got around to writing some that is! The ‘Wait’ EP was released independently in 2019 (some tracks from which also appear here) and then their full length debut ‘Turning To Ashes’ earlier this year, so a second full length album following on so quickly implies that they have taken to this original music lark like a duck to the proverbial water, even if some material released on earlier EP’s is being reconstituted and given the benefit of a better studio experience. You get the sense that this is a band with the song-writing bit well and truly between their teeth now and that there’s a lot more where this came from just waiting to happen. Releasing anything new in time for a global pandemic when you can’t get out there and tour every toilet and support slot going means getting a wider audience right now is a challenge, but perhaps some good old-fashioned word of mouth can do the trick here, because these folks really deserve it.

Musically this is full on rawking stuff, with a deep vein of that 70’s East Coast Punk attitude of the part of the world that gave us The Ramones, and won’t let us forget it any time soon. The songs are all slightly longer than that kind of classic stuff, but it’s obviously an influence. Musically, these guys have a lot going on for them, so alongside the down tuning and aggression, there’s some subtle technical twists in there to make the anthemic song-writing just that little more well-rounded, as a good catchy riff with a few twists always guarantees. They tend to be lumped into the broad church becoming known as New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR), which is a catch all for anything more Hard or Melodic Rock orientated, that’s likely to appeal to the Metal market whilst not entirely fitting in with it. Let’s face it, that’s a good, broad audience base that means you may actually sell some records – which is just as well, because those crazy overlong journalist acronyms like NWOBHM are a bit of a turn off for ordinary folk…

And I think Hearts & Hand Grenades most likely will sell a fair few …

This is cracking stuff, with a down tuned but melodic sound, some blasting instrumental performances and a vocalist in Stephanie Wlosinski with attitude, range, and enough gutsiness to grab you by the throat, but who knows how to turn on the softer side and show her range when it’s needed. Check out the heavy ballad ‘Moonlight’ if you are in doubt, which borrows a heavy as hell riff from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, allows Stephanie Wlosinski to show power through a heart-rending, emotive vocal delivery, whilst still bashing your brains out with the heaviness of the overall musical framework. This is fantastic stuff.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scream It Out
02. Black Sunset
03. Between The Lines
04. Secret
05. Tragedy
06. Beautiful Pain
07. Bad Medicine
08. Illogical
09. Wait
10. Moonlight

LINE-UP:
Stephanie Wlosinski – Lead Vocals / Bass
Mike Bress – Guitar / Keyboards
Kenny Blesy – Lead Guitar
Tom Lafferty – Drums

LINKS:

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Video Interview with PRESSURE

Video Interview with PRESSURE
Interviewed and recorded by Sheri Bicheno

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Pressure are an eclectic flavour of Rock that combines the concepts of dealing with everyday pressures and hurdles that go hand in hand with uplifting and positive messages to keep pushing forward!

They are a breath of fresh air and fantastic to talk to. I caught up with them ahead of the release of their new single, ‘Pressure’, to talk about what drives their visions and passions for this new offering and beyond. They give me an insight into the heart of Pressure, and talk about their story that keeps us in constant anticipation to where the next chapter may lead…

Exclusive Video Interview:

LINE-UP:
Guitars, drums, backing vocals–Simon Forsell
Lead vocals–Olof Jönsson
Guitar–Emil Salling
Vocals – Olli Violet
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa

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Pressure – ‘Pressure’ Single Premiere – 03.12.2021

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Pressure – ‘Pressure’ Single Premiere
03.12.2021

Swedish Rock band, Pressure unleash another explosive track, premiering here, on Ever Metal!

This new self-titled single features on the upcoming self-titled album, “Pressure”, which is due out in June 2022.

What is the first thing that hits your mind when you hear the word Pressure?

We all live under different kinds of pressures,  and we all handle it differently! A thing that usually makes us feel beaten or feel that it’s hard to carry is the feeling of loneliness. The soul crushing emotion that you are fighting the world alone, no one gets you, no one has your back!

Well PRESSURE are here to tell you that you’re wrong! In every pressure, in every single hardship. They will help you handle the Pressure! And the song ‘Pressure’ is about just that! A reminder that you are never alone. “Just call out our name, put on a hard and heavy hitting Pressure song and soon you will feel better!”

Who are Pressure I hear you ask? Well, if you had to tag them with a genre, the one that fits best is Melodic Rock, but they are so much more than that. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, and with vocalist Olof Jönsson, you can always guarantee soaring, athletic and committed vocals. And this joins together with a twin guitar sound, coming from songwriter and lead guitarist Simon “Siirpo” Forsell, and Emil Salling. And the addition of vocalist Olli Violet is a definite asset to the band. 

“We at Pressure have welcomed the beautiful and mesmerizing, succumbing and metal voice of Olli Violet, from the Republic of Belarus, to the band and the Pressure family. Have you seen the dark mistress of the Shadows? The one who commands the darkness with her burning eyes and enchanting voice? Olli Violet – the Shadowess of Pressure is our beautiful and strong female vocalist! With her fantastic talent and spellbinding voice, she brings soul and a dimension that are unmatched in the metal scene!”

And the future of Pressure has forever changed. Their work often focuses and embraces the pressures felt from everyday existence. Their lyrics ably demonstrate that there are two sides to every story – the good and the bad. Every song has a double meaning, and they truly see music as a tool to handle the different pressures thrown at us from the modern world.

The band began their journey together in 2018, and since then they’ve worked tirelessly developing their sound and live performance. Their aim? To make memories with their fans and to an epic musical soundtrack. A quote that can summarize their lyrics is: “How can you tell a story about life if you haven’t dared to live life to its fullest! Pressure is all about every story, every moment, every Pressure!”

‘Pressure’ Official Lyric Video

Pressure are:
Guitars, drums, backing vocals–Simon Forsell
Lead vocals–Olof Jönsson
Guitar–Emil Salling
Vocals – Olli Violet
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa

Check Out Pressure on: 
Website: http://www.pressure.band/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pressuresweden/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pressuresweden
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pressuresweden
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/artist/6524461
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pressuresweden
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7a9rKp03MYJv4leDN7Mm8k
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Pressuresweden

PR: Samantha Dodson at SamBonePromossambonepr@yahoo.com

Cover Art by Cigdem Keser
Written and composed by Pressure

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EMQ’s with WINTERBURN

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EMQ’s with WINTERBURN

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview with Dubai based Rock band, Winterburn. Huge thanks to their guitarist/vocalist, Naser, 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’s Naser, I play guitars and sing for the band. The band is basically an offshoot of my solo project. After several years of performing together, we all agreed on just playing under the banner of a band name, rather than being my solo band. The timing worked as I was working on the “Ivory Towers” record at the time.

How did you come up with your band name?

It really just came to me as I was about to have a smoke one winter.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

Our band formed in Dubai and the scene’s decent, but I’ve made the move, and plan to move the band permanently, too, so I’m not keeping up to date much. I think things kind of slowed down after the pandemic. We’ve had loads of metal and rock bands come down thought, everyone from Maiden to Mastodon have performed in Dubai. It’s a strong scene, there are a lot of fans, just wish the bands and musicians got on better.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is the debut LP “Ivory Towers”, which I recorded with Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies & more).

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitarist I’d say Eddie Van Halen, Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, Tony Iommi, Slash, Jimmy Page and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What first got you into music?

My dad introduced me to classic rock bands like The Beatles, and when I was still a kid I got into bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Van Halen. I’ve always been an avid music collector, so I’ve been buying records and tapes as far as I can remember.

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

I’d say Wolfgang Van Halen, I love his new band and think he’s a brilliant musician.

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

Definitely Download – been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

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

Can’t genuinely think of one.

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

Thank you for sticking by us and for the support!

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

Eddie Van Halen for sure. Still can’t get over his passing.

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

I just love playing, I love creating and performing live. I love the connection I feel when playing with other musicians in the band, the camaraderie not just as people, but as musicians, when everything is in sync and we’re grooving. There’s nothing better than feeling.

I hate competition, I hate music being used for that kind of vanity. Everyone’s got something to offer, and it should be about having a good time, not inflating egos.

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

Abolish streaming apps or at least pay musicians properly. I’d also hold promoters accountable for undercutting artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Fair Warning” by Van Halen.

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

For me personally it would be CDs, granted they’re different to vinyl, but they’re compact, and you get the inlay cards or sleeves, and that’s what I love. I hate how everything’s gone digital, I’m one of those dinosaurs that still buys physical LPs.

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

The Middle East ComiCon’ 2018 was a killer show! The band was on fire! But from a crowd response, I’d say the first show we played together in May 2015 was insane. The entire crowd where chanting, singing, and just totally having a good time, which was really awesome.

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

Most likely be an athlete, or go into motorsports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Frank Zappa, Ozzy Osbourne, Russell Brand, Joe Rogan, and Bill Murray.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we’re really keen on getting this record out, then planning to tour sometime next year.

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

Mainly our Instagram and Twitter account, or my personal ones where I post our stuff too. Our new website will be online within the next two weeks as well. (We don’t use Facebook!) https://www.instagram.com/winterburnofficial/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit for sure.

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

Thank you for speaking with us! Just want everyone to look out for our new record, this is real no holds barred fkn rock and roll, and also to look out for us on the road next year!

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EMQ’s with RED ROLL

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EMQ’s with RED ROLL

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview, with Italian Rock band, Red Roll. 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 guys, Red Roll here, a rock band based in Italy! We’ve been playing together for 3 years more or less, but each member of the band has played since… I don’t remember… too many years has passed 😉!
From the beginning, we have been working hard on this project in different ways: We played a lot of cover to be able to start playing live… and to build our band feelings! But we started writing our own songs early on, too! We set up a crowdfunding to be able to buy an old bus (our “Ragnar”), we have a craft beer with our name and logo, we have a clothing line…
Almost one year ago we released our first single and EP: “At The End The Beginning”. Then recently we have been working with an Italian producer for a full album. At the moment we have all the new songs… we will record this album in December 2021, and it will be out in April 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

Red Roll, for us means a red carpet to enter in another world, our world made by all our dreams, fears… Red roll is our way of life… a way to make sense of our being here!

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

We are based in Bologna, Italy. Here the situation is not so good for our music genre… I think people are more interested in other music styles. But, there are still some good clubs and situations where live rock music is appreciated!

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

We released our first EP “At The End The Beginning” a year ago, then in June 2021 we released a new single, ‘Knives’ which will be part of our new upcoming album…

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our musical influences come from the “Rock world”, but each of us have different inclinations. Grunge, Metal, punk rock, and rock… this is our world! We love band like Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, Muse etc…

What first got you into music?

Mmm, it’s a difficult question… but I can say something about how Red Roll was born!
We started for the purpose of opening a concert for a big Italian band… they played in our city and the organisers of the concert asked to some local musician to open that concert. So, we started…

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

Dave Grohl, Matt Bellamy, and Simon Neil!

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

….. Download Festival probably!

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

For sure a bra ….ahahaha!

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

Red Roll is not just a band, it is a way of life!

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

Kurt Kobain.

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

We really enjoy the daily band life! Being a band is like being a family… we pass a lot of hours together, we share long journeys, we share beds and rooms…not only stages. It’s necessary really – strong feelings between the members to share all different kind of emotions!

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

There a lot of wrong things in music industry… The main problem is that too often talent isn’t what it takes to stand out!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ten” – Pearl Jam

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

Vinyls have an unrivalled charm in my opinion!

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

In Bormio, Italy! We played a concert during the World sky championship!

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

A snowboarder!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nikki SixxTommy Lee, Keith Richards, Dave Grohl and Ozzy Osburne… What a f. night!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to release our new full album… at the moment we are strongly working on it, ready for release in May 2022, with a lot of concerts and events to promote it! Hope to see you around 😉

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

https://www.instagram.com/redrollband/?hl=it
https://www.facebook.com/RedRollBand
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0WACdG1cSl57-rF7Lky0Qg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

…..A biscuit?

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

Guys it’s a great pleasure! Thank you for this space and hope to meet you during a live concert!

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The Hu – Live at the Orpheum, Vancouver BC, Canada – 26/10/2021

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EMQ’s with EXXYLE

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EMQ’s with EXXYLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based solo Rock project, Exxyle. Huge thanks to Instrumentalist/Singer/Songwriter, Frank, 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’s Frank. I play guitar, a little bass, and I sing, however I make all of the rest of the instruments work on my laptop. I’m a one man band that doesn’t play three out of five instruments in my songs, so I work around the problem 🙂

I’m a solo act, so I still feel awkward referring to myself as a band. I’ve been dying to make music for a living since I was a kid and never took the chance out of fear that everyone that told me you can’t succeed as a musician were right. So, I proved them right by not trying! I’ve been start and stop with music for like 25 years now, and only when the pandemic hit did I seize the opportunity to dive in completely and let the chips fall where they may.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve always had fairly unpopular opinions and perspectives on the world organisation, society, and the trappings of morality and order, to mention a few. As such, there’s mostly been a shelf life to my participation in most groups or communities. It’s a bit of a socially nomadic way to be, and I usually find myself on the fringes, rather than in the popular knots. Hence, exiled. Exxyle is just a much cooler way to put it on an album cover.

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

Well, born in South Africa, and moved permanently to the UK. Been here for the last decade and half. In all honesty there’s a fair few really good hard rock and metal groups trying to make a name for themselves here that absolutely deserve the attention.

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

I’ve been releasing a single every few weeks since August now, although the latest one isn’t metal at all! It’s my cover of ‘Desperado’ by the Eagles, and is entirely stripped down and acoustic. It’s soulful and melodic, almost a lament. But, if it’s metal you’re looking for, the previous two tracks have enough octane in them to set your ears on fire. Both original tracks by me. In August I released ‘The Cancer Redux’, kinda my flagship song and in September it was ‘Line In The Sand’. ‘Desperado’ released on October 15th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oooh, I always dread this question because I don’t know how to keep it short. Let’s see, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, KISS, Anthrax, Blacktop Mojo, Stone Sour, Alter Bridge, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Tool, Metallica, Godsmack…there are dozens. Each song I write has its musical roots firmly within at least two places of influence, like ‘Line In The Sand’ was a lot of Slash, Guns ’n Roses, Motley Crue whereas ‘The Cancer Redux’ featured a spirit of Adam Jones, Mick Thompson, Mick Gordon guitar style with Slipknot-ish traces. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but to put it down to just a few of the greatest ones for me is impossible. I will say though that the spirit of Lemmy is in everything!

What first got you into music?

My dad. Long car trips listening to Shakin’ Stevens, The Moody Blues, Suzy Quatro, John Mellencamp are some of my favourite times. Spent countless hours with him transferring his old vinyls to cassettes, making road trip mix tapes. Went through a bunch of genres growing up, and when I was around 14 or so I saw Aerosmith’s ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ on TV and I was set for hard rock forever. Learned to play guitar on my dad’s old acoustic he brought out of the army with him and went from there.

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

Corey Taylor and Stone Sour. Slash. Myles Kennedy, Blacktop Mojo. Not that I have any of the skill, talent or experience to share a roomer a stage with these monsters of rock, but it would be rock ’n roll. As. Fuck.

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

Rock Am Ring. To me that is the pinnacle of rock and metal festivals. Or Shiprocked, actually. How fuckin cool would that be, bobbin around in the ocean with wall to wall rock ’n roll!

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

My wife’s my biggest fan and to date the only one that’s ever given me a gift for making music. That being said, her biggest gift is allowing me the opportunity at this stage in our lives to pursue my destiny as a musician, nothing can ever beat that. But also, the band gifts she’s always giving are cool as fuck too.

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

The comfort you buy with conformity is a poisoned pill that keeps you believing that your value is equal to the function you perform in society. Find your true purpose, determine your own value, and reach for that which you’ve been told you can’t achieve. And go straight through anyone that won’t get out of your fuckin way.

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

Lemmy. Of course Lemmy. We’ve been robbed of some legends, especially recently. Chester Bennington, Jeff Hanneman and Dimebag come to mind immediately, but Lemmy is forever the godfather.

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

There’s an intrinsic freedom that comes with being expected to say whatever you want to say, whether it’s appropriate for the company or not. I love that apprehension that falls over people when they find out you’re a metal musician and they’re just waiting for the first bomb to fall out of your mouth. What do I hate? Marketing, advertising and taxes, oh my god, taxes. Very un-rock ’n roll. I’m deeply principled against how the system is designed to have us exploit ourselves and one another for its perpetuation, and all of the above (plus more) make it so that I have to set aside my principles to be able to communicate my principles. The dichotomy makes me sick.

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

I would remove everyone in it whose only vested interest in music is the money it can make. If you don’t have a musical compulsion and you’re only here to make some cash, you can fuck off and leave music and the business of music to musicians and fans. Let a new order breed itself out of the chaos by those with an inalienable passion for, and connection to, the art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nine Inch Nails, “The Downward Spiral”. Listening to that album and finding out everything I could about Trent Reznor set me on a path to become a self-produced musician.

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

Downloads for convenience and clarity, vinyl for depth and immersion. CDs can eat a dick, and I’d love cassettes too, if they weren’t so damn fragile. Can’t even begin to think how many times my heart broke when a tape got ate or played so much it stretched.

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

I’ve never played live.

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

Exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 25 years…whatever is readily available for me to put some food on the table. I was working in security until the pandemic hit when I finally had the opportunity and the balls at the same time to dive into music full time. Hasn’t put any food on the table yet, but hope springs eternal.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m gonna assume the dinner party is at my house, so my wife and daughter are already there and I invite five other people. I’m also gonna assume that by dinner party you mean backyard barbecue with a keg, a couple coolers full of beer, a gentleman’s selection of bourbons and a very large bonfire. Let’s see, my old man for sure, Roger Waters, my bud Francois who I haven’t seen in 15 years and kicked the ass of a cancer that very nearly killed him, the ghost of Lemmy, and Jason Momoa as a favor to the wife. Besides, the guy is cool as fuck!

What’s next for the band?

Well, got two more singles, one original, one cover to be released over the next few months so in the meantime try to get the word out and the music heard. That’s a full time job in itself as I’m sure you’ll agree, but there is more writing underway as we speak, hoping to start recording on those at the soonest possibility. I’m super stoked to see how ‘Head In A Box’ and ‘The Hollow King’ come out in reality after only living in my head, to say the least.

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

I have my website at https://exxyle.com  I’m mainly on Instagram though, I dabble a bit in TikTok and I of course have a YouTube channel. There’s a Facebook page that gets everything I throw on Instagram and also a Twitter page I don’t really use that much. My first two tracks have lyric videos on YouTube and then Desperado has its own actual music video that I made myself. Streaming wise, the music is everywhere…Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon, you name it.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a fucking trap. Orange and chocolate together can kiss my ass!

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

Just to say thanks for your time and attention. I’m stoked as hell to be on your site, and to all your readers, keep it hard, keep it metal!

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

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EMQ’s with TROLL TEETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philly/South Jersey US Metal/Rock band Troll Teeth. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Bassist Moe Eccles, 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 am Moe, Lead singer, bassist, and sometimes I play guitar poorly. Kyle has been our drummer for nearly 7 years now, Pete has been our guitarist for two or three years, and our original guitarist Ben has re-joined the band after moving to and then moving back from West Virginia.

The band has kind of had a ton of ebbs and flows in terms of members but I’m happy that the past two or three years we’ve settled into a line-up and flow of how we write music and record. I think the next five, ten, fifteen years are going to be pretty cool because we all have our lives together and make time for Troll Teeth stuff because we all care about it and care about each other.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally Sluagh but someone trademarked the name and sent us a cease & desist letter. My drummer Kyle and me sat around thinking of names and decided we needed something so stupid no other band would want to use it as their name. Not too many bands had trolls or teeth in their name so we just said screw it and went with “Troll Teeth”.

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

This question is quite the divisive question to ask us because I consider us a New Jersey band because 3/4ths of our current members were born in New Jersey but we sometimes get lumped in to the Philly music scene which is whatever. So, Philly/South Jersey is the compromise we kind of landed on.

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

We have this Split EP coming out called “Blunt” we did with Wax Mekanix but our last full release was called “Goes Nowhere, Does Nothing”. It was half a love letter to Star Trek (My guitarist Pete & me are Trekkies) and half a dismantling of bad leadership. We wrote much of the lyrics before the pandemic but they took on a different meaning when our government kind of just decided to let us die and not care about us.

Wax Mekanix/Troll Teeth “Blunt” (Full Split EP)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Another divisive question because we all come from different backgrounds. I grew up on punk like Bad Religion, NoFX, Agent Orange, etc. Everyone in the band kind of has their favourite stuff they listen to and it comes out pretty well when you’re coming at a song idea from these like diametrically opposed spots. I always joke with people “Troll Teeth songs are really two or three completely separate songs that we duct tape together”

What first got you into music?

I started on Cello in like third grade and it’s kind of always been there. Kyle was a former band kid as well. Pete went to a performing arts high school so he is lightyears ahead of us in terms of line music theory knowledge. Ben probably has the most unique background because he is self-taught but also a natural musician. You can hand him almost anything and within 10 minutes, he is better than most people who spent their whole lives trying to master it. It’s nice that we kind of all have been in music for as long as we have been because we all have enough experience that writing and recording isn’t as stressful as it used to be when we were just starting out.

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

We’ve been talking about doing an acoustic Christmas/Holiday album so anyone who plays a “weird” instrument like a harp, accordion, banjo, etc., anything that adds a different flavour to an acoustic song.

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

That’s genuinely a good question because we haven’t had the chance to do any festivals but would love to do something outdoors with great weather and dope fans. Wacken in Germany and Maryland’s Deathfest always look amazing seeing the videos so either of them would be awesome to do.

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

Edibles. We had a show where someone was nice enough to bring weed brownies.

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

I don’t know why you chose to support us but we love you. You really do make the darkest days a little brighter helping us know people out there dig our style and understand us as a band.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he was a really introspective person and self-aware which the big time rockstars nowadays seem to lack. They worry a little too much about image and he used to do and say things because they were the right thing to say, not the right thing for profit or popularity.

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

I love the feeling of when you nail a song. Like every measure of the song feels in sync and has just a natural, organic feel to it. Live or in a studio, it doesn’t matter to me, when everything comes together, there aren’t too many better feelings. On the flip side, recording vocals. I know I could go with like “loading in” or having gear break but recording vocals is such a lonely, stressful process and I hate it.

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

So, everything is kind of interconnected. I wouldn’t change the industry per se but I’d want a 25-30 hour work week, a higher or basic level of income for everyone, and guaranteed vacation time so more people have an opportunity to explore their artistic sides and move out of the drudgery of being wage slaves. Too many entertainers today are products of growing up rich or benefit from nepotism so I wish society was a little bit more open to social movement and let people who can end up being musicians, comedians, artists, etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bad Religion’s “No Control”. Has a great flow, great tone, solid lyrics, and awesome energy. I could listen to it every day.

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

I’m not preferable to one but I will say, vinyl is super expensive in general. Everyone keeps telling up “PRINT GOES NOWHERE DOES NOTHING ON VIVYL!” and it’s like $2,500 to $3,000 bucks for 150 prints. I get the vinyl obsession but it’s completely nuts how expensive it can be.

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

I genuinely don’t remember the “Good” gigs. The bad ones where we nearly get in fights in the parking lot or our amps explode for whatever reason are the ones I have photographic memory with.

I just will never forget the one in Wildwood. We ended up playing in a very sad pizzeria (never heard of the place before so we were surprised when we showed up), there was a band who spent longer setting up their pedals than actually playing, there was a band who was decked out in like True Religion jeans and Affliction T-shirts doing metalcore covers of Pink Floyd songs, and the promoter ended up getting mad at us and nearly didn’t pay us because we were too loud for their PA system. Hell of a night.

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

Writing. I’ve written two books, self-published (If you can really call it that) but I am an overly philosophical type of person so I have all these dumb ideas I need to get out. Right now, we’re writing our fourth album about Necropolitics so if I didn’t have music, I’d be writing a novel about Necropolitics.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Like any comedian I know and enjoy. I feel dinner parties are super uptight and I would want five people there to loosen everyone up with some jokes and observations about how silly everything can be.

What’s next for the band?

Well October 22nd was EP release day. We’re shooting for a December release of our two albums (We have been extremely bored in the pandemic). We’re also planning out some cool, interesting, different music stuff like a Christmas Acoustic album and some more EP’s with hyper specific themes that wouldn’t fit on an album. We don’t have a ton of stuff planned for live stuff so experimenting in the studio is all we got going on right now.

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

We’re on everything so if you search bar “troll teeth” I’m sure we’ll pop up. I’m most active on Twitter and TikTok because I like being funny and they have the most room to have sarcasm, dark humour in everything you do without people getting too upset. Sometimes trying to be funny on Facebook or Instagram is like posting nudes on LinkedIn, no one really wants them there and gets kind of upset about it.

www.tiktok.com/@troll_teeth
www.trollteeth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/trollteeth
www.instagram.com/troll_teeth/
www.twitter.com/TrollTeeth
www.soundcloud.com/trollteeth
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2jeIa5h7JchUcUds0L3oI1
www.youtube.com/user/NoSexAppealBand

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m an American, we usually like things with higher calories and fat content. Have you seen our restaurants? People serve cheeseburgers here where the buns are donuts. We don’t have time for petty squabbles over “is it a cake or a biscuit?” we’re too busy trying to kill ourselves with fried dough.

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

I would just say we have a pre-order for $40. You get both albums, our EP coming out soon, a t-shirt, 2 stickers, 2 Troll Teeth picks, 3 posters, and I think some other stuff. You get a lot of stuff for $40 and it eats into our overhead so mixing & mastering is cheaper. You can pick one up on our Bandcamp in the merch section. Outside of that, I don’t have anything else. This was a cool, fun little interview.

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barcelona, Spain based Electronic Rock project, A Permanent Shadow. Huge thanks to main man/vocalist CP Fletcher 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 CP Fletcher and I am the singer in A Permanent Shadow. I am actually the only fixture in this project. For recordings and live work, I surround myself with different musicians and producers. A Permanent Shadow came to life in 2016, since then we released one album, “Songs of Loss”, and have a second one ready for release in early 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

I read about permanent shadows on the moon and then found out that the same expression can also refer to a human skin condition as well as the after effects of a nuclear disaster. I thought it’s quite an apt name for a band project, and that aside it sounds really good.

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

I am of Austrian origin but have lived in Barcelona most of my life. It’s fair to say that the Spanish metal scene is very vibrant, though stylistically A Permanent Shadow is very far removed from Metal.

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

We have a new single out on September 24th, it’s called ‘Shining Star’ and you can pre-save the song and register for the video premiere via this link: https://hypeddit.com/link/037tml

‘Radical Change’ (Official Video) (2020)

‘Empty’ (Official Video) (2019)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David Bowie. I got into his music at a very early age and he still is my undisputed musical hero. I wept a lot the day he died, and on our debut album we included a song about his passing, called ‘Sailor’.

What first got you into music?

Again, David Bowie. My sister bought the album “Let’s Dance” when I was little and it was a real eye opener for me. I knew from early on that I wanted to be involved in making music one way or another.

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

I would like to work with The Anchoress. I think her music is very original and she’s an extremely talented vocalist and piano player. Her new album “The Art of Losing” got great reviews and quite rightly so.

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

Primavera Sound in Barcelona because afterwards I could go home by bike. And usually, it’s quite a cool festival with an amazing line-up.

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

I don’t receive gifts usually, mainly abuse. We recorded a cover of a Simple Minds song on our first album and Simple Minds themselves shared our version on their social media. You wouldn’t believe what kind of comments some of their more over-zealous fans are capable of.

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

Give the songs a few spins and let me take you for a ride!

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

That would, without any doubt, be David Bowie, closely followed by Lou Reed.

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

I love the creative process: writing, arranging, recording, even the audio visual aspect of it like photo sessions, video shoots etc. It’s all great fun. What I don’t like so much is the hassle you have to go through for media attention and getting gigs.

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

I don’t know. It is what it is and as a musician you have to adjust to today’s reality. I rarely think about what could’ve been. Was it easier in the past? I don’t think so, it was just different.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Idiot” by Iggy Pop. It’s an astonishing record and in my opinion the blueprint for everything from Goth to Post Punk. I’ll never grow tired of it.

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

For me, downloads these days. I used to buy lots of CD’s until recently, but then I would rip them and play the MP3 on my player or on the PC, so what’s the point. After many years in music, my hearing is not good enough anymore to appreciate the much-cited “warmth” of vinyl.

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

Our album presentation in March 2020 was a great experience. Big crowd, good response, a fun night. Looking back though I have some bitter-sweet memories as a week later we went into lockdown.

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

I trained as a grief counsellor, so I guess I would help people get over traumatic events in their lives. Now I hope our music does the job, at least to a small extent.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Some ex-girlfriends and their current partners. It would make for an awkward social experiment.

What’s next for the band?

After ‘Shining Star’ we plan to release another single and then our second album “Humdrum” in March 2022. We are also working on some live-in-studio stuff and the videos for future singles.

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

Our website is www.apermanentshadow.com

From there you can access all social media channels and digital platforms where we distribute our music.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good one! I used to love them as a child but I’ve never ever wasted a thought on what they actually are. I’ll have to think about it a bit.

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

Don’t expect a song about Jaffa Cakes anytime soon!

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cardiff, Wales based Hard Rock/Metal/Pop project, Toothdrinker. 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?

Hi! We’re Toothdrinker and we play a weird mix of hard rock, metal and pop – got to have a variety when you’re making a rock opera!

At this stage, Toothdrinker is more of a project than a traditional band. I started it at the beginning of 2020 as a side-project, while trying to get my then-main band ready for gigging. I had an idea for a rock opera based around the Resident Evil series and thought it’d be fun to write and demo a few songs as proof of concept.

When the pandemic happened, my main band fell apart due to totally understandable shifts in everybody’s lives. I decided to keep writing beyond my proof of concept, and it shortly spiralled in to me deciding I’d write and record a whole album as a DIY project. Being a backing vocalist at best though, I needed to get some singers on board – fortunately, my partner Elly (of Hubert’s Friend) has an amazing set of pipes and was very up for being involved. Then, over time a range of other great singers joined such as Kyle from Seven Sisters and Helgi from Ring of Gyges. I also managed to enlist the help of a couple of friends to contribute some additional lead guitars and voila, our album “Last Escape” is ready!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is a term for a half-vampire, half-human called a ‘dhampir’. Apparently, this literally translates to ‘toothdrinker’ in Albanian. I’m not sure how accurate that is or if it’s just one of those things bandied around the internet, but I thought ‘toothdrinker’ sounded great and was suitably horror-themed.

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

When I started the album, I was living in London, England where I’ve spent most of my life. Against all odds, London’s metal scene still seems to thrive which is great.

Around 9 months ago, I moved to Cardiff, Wales. Moving in the thick of pandemic, obviously live music has been on a bit of a pause. However, Cardiff has a very strong rock and metal scene with local acts galore – I’m excited to start experiencing it first-hand.

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

On 24th September, we’ll release the first single from the album – ‘Valentine’s Day’. The album itself, “Last Escape”, will come out 19th November.

“Last Escape” Album Teaser

https://www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker/videos/168730205263618

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to list, but with this project specifically, a lot of the concept is informed by my love of Savatage. Their melding of pseudo-Broadway songs and heavy metal on ‘Gutter Ballet’ and ‘Streets’ has always stuck with me. I love all eras of the band, but those two albums have a particular place in my heart.

Stylistically though, I’m not sure Toothdrinker sounds much like Savatage. Song-writing-wise, I’ve always been hugely inspired by Ginger from The Wildhearts – his ability to cram riff after riff after riff in to a song and punctuate it with catchy choruses is definitely what I attempt to do!

What first got you into music?

Probably my mum playing “Led Zeppelin IV” on repeat during childhood car journeys.

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

Oof, there are an absolute ton. Ginger Wildheart would obviously be great, as I know he’d write something incredibly catchy. It’d also be amazing to work with a band like Svalbard and learn how they make their music so incredibly atmospheric.

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

Wacken’s got to be the dream, right?

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

We’ve only just started out, so nothing!

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

Seeing as this is our first release, I doubt we have fans yet – but thank you for listening!

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

I’m not sure I want the power of necromancy, but Peter Steele would definitely suit being undead.

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

Writing songs and writing songs, ha!

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

More diversity, less discrimination.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! “Prince Of The Poverty Line” by Skyclad is always near the top.

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

You do you. I like physical media, but my house is also filled with lots of plastic!

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

None yet.

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

My day job, which I am still doing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It’d be the other contributors to Toothdrinker – I’ve not met all of them in real life, and it’d be amazing to get them all together.

What’s next for the band?

With the first album just about to go out, that’s the big focus for us. I’ve got ideas for other things down the line, but that’ll be a way off.

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

www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker
www.instagram.com/toothdrinker/
www.twitter.com/ToothdrinkerInc

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Now this is the hard-hitting stuff. My view is that they are technically a cake, but function as a biscuit – like a tomato is a fruit you treat like a vegetable.

I’m sure this is deeply controversial, so please send all Jaffa Cake related hate-mail to our socials.

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

We hope you enjoy the album and thank you for taking the time to read this!

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