EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karweiler, Germany based Rock band, Red County Jail. Huge thanks to Lukas and Steve 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?

We are Lukas (Bass) and Steve (Vocals) from Red County Jail. The band has been around since 2015 and we have been playing together in this constellation since 2018. After being on tour for a while we started recording new material that has been tested on the road. Our first EP “Fuzzy Sally” came out in February this year and was re-released with our new label Bug Valley Records in October.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the name of a Prison in a famous video game, that some of the band members like to play. That’s not very poetic but we thought it would fit the music. 😉

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

We are based in South West Germany. There is a solid underground metal and rock scene here. All the bandmembers have been a part of this scene for a long time now and we knew each other before we started the band.

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

On November 20th we released our new single ‘Never Look Back’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lukas: For me it’s definitely old Hard Rock bands like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. But there are also Bands like Shinedown or Palaye Royale that belong to a younger era of Rock Music.

Steve: I love bands from the 90’s like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Nowadays I listen to Biffy Clyro and Thrice. It’s the singer not the song. 😉

What first got you into music?

Steve: My god rides a skateboard. So, my friends asked me to join their band during a skate session.

Lukas: For me it was my first band with our guitarist Sebastian that got me into the bass. I’m still thankful that he asked me to join though. 😊

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

One day we would love to hear what Rick Rubin has to say about our records. 😉

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

A dream of ours is to play at Download Festival. And Wacken of course.

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

Someone made a cake that looked like the cover of our EP. That was nice!

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

If there is something that bothers you, leave it behind you. Never Look Back.

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

Lukas: Of course, Bon Scott.

Steve: Jeff Buckley because he was just awesome.

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

We love playing live and we are so disappointed that it’s not possible right now. Through live shows, and our music, we are able to express things that can’t be expressed through anything else.

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

Steve: I think there needs to be a change in how we handle music today. The good thing about the digital era is that everybody has the ability to record their own music. Therefore, we need to find a system to sort out the music that is right for us. Especially for me it’s hard to find new and inspiring bands.

Lukas: I would like people to listen to full albums again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lukas: Last one that came out was “Attention Attention” by Shinedown.

Steve: Mine would be Dead Kennedys – “Bed Time For Democracy”.

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

For us it’s the mixture of Downloads and Vinyl.

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

We played the Reload Festival in Germany and shared the stage with In Flames and Kreator. That was a huge one and we are still thinking back to it! Other than that, we played a co-headliner slot in our region and many of our fans got the possibility to see us. That was huge on another level.

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

Steve: I think I would be managing things in some kind. Maybe for a company or something.

Lukas: My first plan was to become a teacher, so I guess that would be the way to go.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lukas: My Guest list would include Brian Johnson, the Young brothers Angus and Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. So basically, it would be AC/DC. 😊

Steve: I would like to meet Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev. And I would invite Rick Rubin, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

What’s next for the band?

Next is our upcoming single release. We are also recording songs for our first long player which will hopefully be out in 2021. And maybe we will be able to play some shows again, that would be awesome.

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

We are active on Instagram and Facebook.
www.facebook.com/red.county.jail/
www.instagram.com/red.county.jail/

www.redcountyjail.de/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lukas: Since they are made in my hometown, I would say biscuit. Steve thinks they are just shit. 😊

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

Thanks, Ever Metal for having us. Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping Rock’n’Roll music alive. In times like these it’s important to look at the good things that happen and music is just one of them!

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EMQ’s with ORDER 69

EMQ’s with ORDER 69

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Münster, Germany based Rock/Blues trio, Order 69. 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?

We are ‘Order 69’ from Münster, Germany. We are a Rock & Roll trio, doing what we love. Ramin Safarabadi is our lead singer, guitar player and commander in chief. Levent Özdemir, on the drums and Kenan Özdemir, on the bass are handling the heartbeat. We met at a local blues jam and it was love at first feel.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a drunk Star Wars-joke. We started the band for fun…turned out we don’t suck, started a career and now the name has stuck…

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

The music scene in Münster is (or used to be pre-pandemic) in a pretty good shape. Jam sessions and a lively club-scene for all genres and audiences make this a great place to live, work and visit!

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

Our album “Order 69” came out about a year ago. This October we published our music video for the song ‘Fire & Fuel’ featuring the amazing Sina Brunner doing acrobatics. Do yourself a favour and check it out on YouTube!

‘Fire & Fuel’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles! Mix in some punk, some Rock & Roll and Blues!

What first got you into music?

There is no way around it, where we live.

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

A jam with Doyle Bramhall II sounds like a blessing!

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

If we had a time machine? Monsters Of Rock in Moscow! Just looks sick.

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

Love and compassion…in other words: 50 bucks.

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

Dont fuck Mother Earth, kids!

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

Keith Moon!

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

The community and the friendships that come with it. It’s a magical thing that brings people together… we don’t like backstabbers, though! Also, the social media work kinda sucks…

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

Labels and artists should have more of a democratic relationship. Thanks to the internet and the opening possibilities of self-publishing we’re on a good way there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – AC/DC.

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

Vinyl – with a download code 😊

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

B-Side Festival in our beloved Münster. We had a wild night with 800 friends and fans.

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

Maybe graphic designers…or night porters…or pizza delivery boys…It’s funny, because its true!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our parents and Ricky Gervais.

What’s next for the band?

Our next album is in the making. All songs are done, we’re just waiting for a lift on travel restrictions to head to Copenhagen and record them at Heyman Studios!

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

www.order69.com/
www.facebook.com/order69official/
www.instagram.com/order.69/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have those in Germany… ☹ Send us a pack, we’ll figure it out!

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

Thank you too! If you’re an old-school kinda person, order our physical album (CD or Vinyl) and enjoy the artwork!

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King Bull – What Happened Here? EP

King Bull – What Happened Here? EP
Riot Records
Release Date: 30/10/2020
Running Time: 18:11
Review by Martin Bennewith
8/10

Sometimes it is nice to sit down and listen to a good bit of rock music – music that has a familiar ring to it and that doesn’t try to be anything out of the ordinary. I kind of get that feeling with King Bull. King Bull are a young Canadian rock band, playing music with a style that is long before their time, and they pull it off well enough. I would describe it as rock with a touch of punk, with a swirling vocal style against dirty guitars and a driving rock beat. ‘What Happened Here?’ is a 5 track EP that demonstrates well what King Bull are about, that is, no nonsense, energetic rock.

The first track ‘Pay Attention’ has a fitting title – it is a short number, with distorted guitar, energetic vocals, and some neat simple fills. It has a positive vibe to it, and is a nice way to start.

The second helping, ‘Secret Sauce’ follows the same formula but is slightly less rough around the edges than the first – and is stretched out with more rhythmic builds and guitar fills. Once again, the vocal work is full of energy, and the stirring vocal style works really well here.

Track three ‘Dontcha Know’ has a different feel to the first two – it is not quite a rock ballad, and the best way to describe it is like a cross between Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Guns N’ Roses knocking on heaven’s door – so again it is pure rock with uneasy vocals, sometimes fluttering, sometimes screaming, but always true.

Next comes ‘The Defender’ – and this one is very raw – it is probably the most punk sounding track on the EP, it is just raw dirty guitar energy and screaming vocals. The beat is driving and carries the track forward at a nice pace.

We finish with ‘B-side Baby’ – this track has a more serious storytelling feel to it, it has more defined sections, and holds back in parts to emphasise the vocals. There are some nice guitar feels once again and an epic guitar and scream fuelled finish to wrap things up.

Because of the unpretentious and simple nature of this EP there is not too much to say about it, so this was quite an easy review to do  – it is rock music as it should be, and it really speaks for itself. 8/10.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Pay Attention
02. Secret Sauce
03. Dontcha Know
04. The Depender
05. B-Side Baby

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

EMQ’s with THE FEDERATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fosen, Norway based Rock/Metal band The Federation. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen 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?

We are a rock/metal band (not very sure what we are really) called The Federation. We come from the middle of Norway where the most exiting spice available is salt.

The band started out in late 2018. Started out as a cover band with the intention of maybe writing some original songs. Now we have released our debut album, released our first music video and are currently writing for the next album.

The band consists of 5 guys with receding hairlines and a great fondness of gravy.

Magnus Helmersen – Vocals
Ørjan Vingen – Bass
Pål Vegar Leth-Olsen – Rhythm Guitar
Thomas Strand – Lead Guitar
John Roger (KingJr) Leseth – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

We were throwing different names on the table and we were working with a designer at the time testing out ideas. Then he came up with the logo we are currently using. We thought it was cool, so we needed to figure out something with the letter T and F. We almost went for Troubled Few, but since we are Norwegian it was a little difficult to say, so we chose The Federation.

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

We are from the middle of Norway in a region called Trøndelag. The area has several big bands, but the biggest international band is probably TNT (10 000 Lovers). I think also Bokassa had their start in this area. Other than that, we have several big national acts. The local rock/metal scene is very healthy. There are plenty of bands in the area and we all get along great. However, as in most other places in the world there are a lack of live scenes to play. So it’s always difficult to get gigs.

Fortunately, we are hitting a certain level, popularity wise, so we usually get the gigs we want.

Other bands worth checking out in the area are Prospect, Soaris, Divided Multitude, Axe Toss and Blodsmak.

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

Our latest release is ‘Flesh Gazer’, a single recorded and filmed in the rehearsal room. Mixed, mastered and released by us. We are a DIY band and at the moment, as many others, doing everything ourselves.

Our debut album, “Hungry Sleep”, we also did ourselves. We rented an old school and recorded almost everything there. Then we went to my home studio and recorded overdubs etc.

‘Flesh Gazer’ (Live from TF HQ)

Who have been your greatest influences?

There´s so much different stuff that each and everybody likes in the band so hard to really say something specific. We got; Pål, who is the main songwriter, is a metal head, Thomas likes Guns N’ Roses and that sort of thing, KingJr has a love for Stained, Ørjan loves funk, Magnus has a love for a more power metal sort of thing. The combination gets really weird.😊

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music, didn´t play any instrument before I was 18 when I first picked up the guitar. Metallica – ‘Black Album’ was a turning point for me personally, the distorted sound of the guitar was a life changer. After that I was all rock/metal.

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

Oh, that’s a difficult one. But I think we would choose the guys in Kvelertak. The way they produce and the setting of the mood in their songs is brilliant. I’m a riff guy, basing everything on “the money riff”, but Kvelertak is doing so much more.

Other than that, it must be Tom Rikard Ostad in Blodsmak. His songwriting skill is off the charts.

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

Wacken in Germany, Lollapalooza in the States and 70,000 Tons of Metal at sea.

Wacken and Lollapalooza for the sheer number of people attending, 70,000 Tons for the experience and meeting up with likeminded.😊

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

We haven´t received any gifts as of yet. The vocalist has had several offers in the physical kind of way, but that kind of doesn’t count.😊

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

Thank you for sticking with us and all the crazy stuff we are doing, Thank you for the support, looking forward to seeing everybody again.😊

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

Dimebag Darrel, without a doubt. He wasn´t done yet, he had so many more face ripping riffs left in him and went WAY to soon.

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

The thing I like the most is the freedom to create whatever I want. To just sit there for hours struggling to come up with a riff or a melody, and the intense sense of proudness when you find something that just nails it. It’s a rare feeling, but oh so worth the struggle. When you find something that hits the spot with an audience who have never heard the song as well is absolutely awesome. The highs are so high, the lows can´t compare.

The thing I hate the most is after the show, when we have to rig our gear down. We usually take 30 minutes after the show to talk to the fans and just live a little in the awesome feeling you have after a show. But after about 30 minutes we start wrapping cables and carrying amps. That’s the most boring thing we do.

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

Another difficult one, cause there are so many problems. On our level we aren’t really deep inside the industry yet, but we are getting a taste of it, and it’s a little sour. One thing is the industry itself, the constant struggle of payment, ownership, distribution etc etc. This has been explained so much by people who are more into the business than us, so we leave it at that.

One thing that we are seeing on our level is bands who “cheat” themselves to popularity. Buying likes, views and what not. You can´t blame the industry for being crooked when you don’t play honestly yourselves. Because this is a struggle. Struggle to get gigs, struggle to figure out social media to get your music out there, struggle to understand the financials etc etc. It’s a part of it. It’s like getting a six pack, if you want it, you need to hit the gym hard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”. That album was an absolute EAR opener!

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

Vinyl, any day!

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

I have two for different reasons.

First was with my old band where we got to play with the biggest symphony orchestra in Norway, KORK. And it was broadcasted on the biggest TV channel in Norway, NRK. The production of that gig was immense, and the feeling when you have a symphony orchestra backing up the riffs is a “holy shit” feeling!

The other is a festival in Norway called Totsåsrock. We were one of the first bands to play so we didn´t think there would be as many people, and there weren’t. But after playing the first song the place was packed and everybody was digging the music and having a good time.

It’s so much fun when you are the outsider, and just kill it on stage 😊

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

I’m a sound technician as well as musician so I would probably just do that more. Now I don´t get to do it that often.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lemmy Kilmister –-Cause he got stories to tell.!
Big Mick – Cause of the stories from a technician point of view!
Stephen Hawking – Cause it´s Stephan Hawking!
Christopher Hitchens – Interesting bloke!
Joe Balaguer – He´s guitars are gorgeous!

What’s next for the band?

Next up are several festival gigs in 2021, then we focus on the new album. It´s going to be heavier and more technical. And then, hopefully, we get to tour abroad a bit. God damn Corona destroyed any hope of travelling in 2020.

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

We try the best we can to use Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. But we are old bastards (31-40 years old), so we are struggling to keep up with the technology. 😊

www.facebook.com/TheFederationMusic/
www.instagram.com/thefederationband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCdqkSjbuUJb-geyY8Tsh5yg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits god dammit!

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

Thank you again for having me, and please check us out if you wish!

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EMQ’s with JAMES GELBER

EMQ’s with JAMES GELBER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida based Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer, James Gelber. Huge thanks to James for taking part!

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

My name is James Gelber, and I am a singer-songwriter and producer based out of North Redington Beach, Florida. I’ve been making music for over 20 years and I play guitar, bass, drums, keys, and sing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my names 😊

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

I hail from Texas originally. I grew up listening to Metal, so it wasn’t uncommon to hear Pantera blaring out the window of a moving car

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

My latest release was the ‘Right Here Waiting’ cover tune from Richard Marx.

‘Right Here Waiting’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, and most of all my 2 older brothers, Will and Ven.

What first got you into music?

My brothers. They both are amazing musicians, and I was definitely raised to enjoy music for a living.

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

I’m really into this up and coming artist Jay Diggs. He’s done a few single and cover tunes, but his synth-wave sound is amazing, and his mixes are excellent.

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

Wacken Fest for sure! So Metal

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

A voodoo doll with my hair in it. Thankfully, I don’t think it worked

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

Don’t be divisive. Not everybody thinks the same and not everyone is going to agree with everything. Try to always find something to agree on and go from there. You’d be surprised how your values remain intact and you gain respect for someone at the same time.

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

I love being able to make someone’s days by music alone. I hate the industry part of it though, I believe artists deserve more pay-out from streams considering physical medium is extinct.

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

Streaming services need to pay artists what they deserve. The Music Modernization act needs to be revised. It’s a nice step in the right direction but needs to address more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side Of The Moon” – Pink Floyd
“Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
“Master Of Puppets” – Metallica
And many many more!

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

Vinyl will always be my favourite form of physical media.

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

Got to play Knotfest many years ago and got to make many friends. Also saw Korn for the first time and they were awesome!

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

Computing and technologies.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Prince, Lemmy, Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, Peter Steel.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently mixing a few records and also working on an original to drop soon.

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

You name it, I’m on it! All streaming platforms.

www.facebook.com/jamesgelbermusic/
www.instagram.com/jamesgelbermusic/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3DxECfUqr9ynbeH6KZwAWq

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Burritos.

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

Stay safe and support your favourite artists!

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EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

EMQ’s with WAR DRUM SYNDICATE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US based Rock/Metal band War Drum Syndicate. 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?

We (lead vocalist Chieftain Hawks & guitarist Mike Laws) originated War Drum Syndicate in 2016 as a duo songwriting team with intentions to complete a full line-up adding a bassist and drummer, in which we succeeded. We have completed our debut EP “Premise of the Enlightened” – due to drop this Fall and have broken ice with a few awesome shows. We are a fresh new band and ready to keep growing.

How did you come up with your band name?

Mike and I wanted to use something pertaining to rhythm, war and tribe. Mike threw out War Drum and I said good, but it needs another word, and I threw out Syndicate, we agreed and the rest is becoming history.

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

We are from United States of America, the metal scene is awesome here.

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

‘Seasons Fall’ single. It’s a laid-back rocker with a huge catchy chorus. It’s about when people make up lies to burn you down, but you always rise above the ashes like the Phoenix.

‘Seasons Fall’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a tough one, so many. Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Tool, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, Shinedown, Deftones, Stone Sour, Staind, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine and so many many more!

What first got you into music?

We all have been into music since we were in the womb.

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

So many greats to choose from here. Sevendust, Staind, Stone Sour, Mike Patton, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Aaron Lewis and so many more…

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

Rock in Rio comes to mind. The reason is because it’s one of the largest and in such a cool, beautiful, amazing location. We are not picky, any huge festivals with people ready to rock would be great!

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

Vegemite. A fan from Australia sent it.

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

Never give up, appreciate what you have and work hard to achieve your goals/dreams.

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

That’s a tough one too. Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Lane Staley, Chris Cornell, Vinnie Paul, Chester Bennington, Dimebag, Prince and the list goes on!

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

It’s enjoyable to create something to connect with masses amounts of people around the world and possibly help them and their lives and make them feel better, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time.

Never hate it but it’s difficult to get the right people together, to achieve musical goals.

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

We would make it more possible for bands to have more control over making more  money etc!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Real Thing” – Faith No More. It’s such a diverse album but could pick many more…

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

They are all the best because any way to listen to music is great!! It’s great to have the choices, every listener has their own feel.

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

The best gig so far has been with bands ‘A Light Divided’ & ‘Call It Home’ from the North Carolina area. It was at one of our favourite venues here at home in Huntsville, Alabama called Shagnasty’s.

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

It would be cool to be a doctor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joe Rogan, Eddie Hall, Tommy Chong, Jennifer Aniston and Mike Tyson.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently releasing our debut album and have already begun writing the follow up. We are also gearing up for performing some festivals in 2021 and also some music video production starting soon.

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

YouTube, Facebook, Instagram!
www.facebook.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.instagram.com/wardrumsyndicate/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIfigSSM8SCJEgBYLQhPH4Q

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Not familiar with them but they sound tasty…

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

Thank you for your time!! We appreciate all the help we can get and wish our fans the best.

Please visit our Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to stay tuned for releases, concert/festival dates etc.

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Liquid Therapy – Breathe

Liquid Therapy – Breathe
Self-Released
Release Date: 12/09/2020
Running Time: 50:04
Review by Martin Bennewith
7/10

“Breathe” is the debut album of Belgian rock band Liquid Therapy. I had not heard any of their music until now, and although this independently produced album does show that they are a band with promise, I couldn’t help noticing that the production lacks some polish. They know how to get a good sound from their guitars, and they seem to have a formula for the vocal style, but it seems a bit rough around the edges, especially the percussion. I am not however going to dwell on this and will concentrate on their music rather than the production. It is after all their first album!

I listened to the whole album from beginning to end the first time to get an idea of their style, and it was quite hard to pin down. I am thinking of a mash up of metal, grunge and nu metal – it will certainly appeal to a broad fanbase, and I would say there is a lot of uniqueness to their style because they clearly have a lot of influences.

The album kicks off with ‘When Love Fools You’ which is quite dark, but with lots of guitar fuelled energy. Bart Costenoble’s vocals cut through well over the overdriven guitar and rhythm section. It is a fair start; however, the track is edging on the bland side and does not really move me so much. There isn’t a great deal of variety and a fair amount of repetition, so for me the track passes quite quickly.

‘Keep On Going’ has an airy feel to it, with more emphasis on melodic arpeggiated guitar lines along with the muted power chords that provide a backdrop to the stirring vocals, which are sung like a story is being told. There is a break where you get some drum action and some lead lines, which allow this track to hold my attention for longer than the first one.

The third track ‘Payback’ returns to the same formula as the first, with the muted overdriven rhythmic guitar filling the space, but with this offering, there is something about the vocal performance that doesn’t work for me. It is almost like the tonal quality suffers as Bart tries to emphasise the energy perhaps a bit too much.

‘Scars’ is actually a good rock song, and at last my head is beginning to shake a bit. I think Bart’s vocals suit the energy of the track – which has some lead riffs that along with the bass and drums create a very nice energy. With the changes of feel during the track this keeps me happy until the end.

We are halfway through the album when ‘Fly Away’ starts off with promise as the grunge metal type guitar intro kicks in, and a very persistent kick drum that carries the track through. It is very up tempo, but the vocal style is more laid back at times compared to the energy of the music. It still possesses raw grainy vocal energy in parts, so overall it does work. The section that breaks from the rhythm guitars, with a laid-back lead against the up-tempo kick towards the end is a nice touch, and overall, this is one of the better songs on the album.

‘Sober’ is dark and airy at the same time – a wall of guitar sound throughout the track, but with good variety of parts. It has a progressive feel, and the vocals take nearly a minute to kick in. There is an interesting bridge section with some melodic guitar and distorted vocals that does add to the piece rather than take away – although I wasn’t blown away by this one, it is structured well enough.

The next track ‘Control’ stands out as rhythmically different, with a triplet feel, and a real serious punch. The vocals work on this one – the combination of anger, strength, energy and vulnerability is all there at the same time, and I can really feel this song. The music travels at the right pace to compliment the subject matter of the lyrics and the vocal performance.

‘I Don’t Care’ is a return to the grunge style – which perhaps is quite fitting given the lyrics and song title. I think it follows the formula of some of the weaker tracks on this album, and the vocal work carries with it a similar imbalance as noted on ‘Payback’. Although it does have a break that features a laid-back lead and some chatter, as well as an odd sounding guitar solo towards the end, but it’s quite repetitive overall.

‘Rat Race’ begins with a lot of tension, and then breaks into an angry rock song, but with lots of kick. The wall of overdriven guitar is complimented with some variety musically and rhythmically, and carries the message across well. I do like the breaks here that create a nice feeling of anticipation. Once again, the vocals are a mixture of anger and vulnerability that are a feature in Bart Costenoble’s style. This one works well.

Now we save the best until the last. The title track ‘Breathe’ is a two-chord journey. It is like nothing else on the album in that it is long, slow, and tells a story. I like rock ballads, so I am glad there was one waiting for me at the end. The track is progressive and has the contrast between beautiful melodic guitar and soft vocals, and overdriven guitar and anger. The lead guitar parts compliment the track, building rhythmically as the song progresses. Despite the track having a simple composition, it makes good use of variety and progression to hold interest for nearly 10 minutes. No doubt for me this is the highlight of the album.

Well that’s it, and although it isn’t a bad album, I wasn’t blown away either. For me it was a mixed bag, and the grunge style tracks didn’t work as well as the ones with a more classic feel. I am not sure if that is just down to personal taste or the band’s chemistry. Despite this, as well as the production issues, there were lots of positives too, so I wouldn’t write “Breathe” off by any means. It’s definitely worth a listen.

TRACKLISTING:

01. When Love Fools You
02. Keep On Going
03. Payback
04. Scars
05. Fly Away
06. Sober
07. Control
08. I Don’t Care
09. Rat Race
10. Breathe

LINE-UP
Vocals: Bart Costenoble
Guitar: Gino Lippens
Guitar: Davy Gheerardyn
Drums: Luc Van Dyck
Bass: Hans Van Den Hende

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with KILL THE BEAST

EMQ’s with KILL THE BEAST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Rock band, Kill The Beast. 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 Wolf

History of the Band.

Wolf, songwriter (music and lyrics), front man and acoustic guitar started around 2011.

I worked with some arrangers starting to learn how to arrange and how to work in a recording studio. At the same time, I studied movie direction, shooting techniques, how to write subjects and film-scripts, editing and post production.

After around 3 years Wolf met The Eye who joined the band taking care of the website and all the graphics of the band: The Eye of what there is behind.

After around another 2 years Wolf met The Wizard who joined the band as arranger and sound technician: The Wizard of the Sound. Wolf and The Wizard studied for around 1 year the sound of the band: not the arrangement of the first song but the sound that Kill The Beast Band had to have.

Kill The Beast Band was launched after around 8 years of tough work and on the market since 2018.

Now we are a Rock Band & Record Label connecting Music and Cinema: for each song there is cover art and a mini-movie style video. Every song is a single, we don’t make any song just to fulfil a CD.

We believe in both Music and Content: 70;s-80’s style Rock (A Wall of Sound!) with lyrics speaking about true life.

On the air of many radio stations and magazines in Italy, California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clarita and others), UK (London, Lancaster, Manchester, Daventry, Portsmouth and others), Wyoming (Sheridan and others), Oklahoma (Norman and others), Illinois (Chicago and others), Florida (Tampa and others), Michigan (Detroit, Owosso and others), Tennessee (Nashville and others), Texas (El Paso), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Canada (Mississauga and Barrie in Ontario, Lethbridge in Alberta and others), Brazil (Natal), Germany (Stuttgart) and Spain (Córdoba).

Kill The Beast Band Motto: Stay With Us, Share Your Soul, You Are Not Alone Anymore

How did you come up with your band name?

Every one of us has a dark side: for some it comes out very easily, for others it is more of a challenge, but it is there, just more hidden. It is important to try to control it because it can bring you to make wrong actions against yourself and to the others, including people who love you.

Kill The Beast means to Kill The Beast you have inside or at least try to control it: we all know that it’s impossible to kill it.

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

We are from Milan, Italy.

Rock here has a strong influence from US and UK.

Rock is not the main music heard in Italy nor in all the world. It’s enough to compare the followers, the clicks and the audience of the most famous rock bands with musicians belonging to different styles to understand the position of the rock in the world. It is not the first in the ranking for popularity.

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

We make singles only; we don’t do songs just to fulfil a CD.

In around 1 ½ years we have launched 8 singles: For each song we have cover art and a video. Here is the list of the songs ordered from the most recent:

  • Uomo di Metallo (first song in Italian and on our website, there is also the translation in English)
  • You Can’t Call My Name Unplugged
  • Devil Behind Your Back
  • You Can’t Call My Name
  • Wise Man, Don’t Tell Me Lies
  • Kill The Beast
  • Walk Alone
  • The Rage (First launched song)

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Stone Temple Pilots, Rolling Stones, Elvis The King, Blues Brothers.

What first got you into music?

At Elementary school I attended a guitar course and the first song I made was a few months later. I think we will publish it (this first song) sooner or later: It’s still appealing.

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

We are open to collaborate with everyone: We can learn from all. For sure if we could choose: AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters.

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

Any Rock Festival would be good for us. It must be about Rock: the contest is the key. 😉

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

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

Stay With Us, Share Your Soul, You Are Not Alone Anymore

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

None can turn back from death. Our glance is on the present and on the future. We respect the past. We are what we are thanks to the past. Influences are inevitable and right.

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

I don’t consider myself a musician. I just am what I am.

I have the need to write songs to free my mind and soul: this is why we make only singles and not albums. I don’t write to fulfil a CD. For sure writing songs has allowed me to save a lot of money avoiding paying a psychiatrist: Music cures. 😉

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

Scouting is not done anymore at all. Maybe it has not ever been done.

Famous record labels that don’t hear new bands, but they just check the numbers of followers linked to social media to understand if they can hire someone on their roster. This is the attitude of the independent and small Record labels too.

Music is not the number of the followers or at least Rock is not the number of the followers. Rock is the energy of the sound and the power of the lyrics: Rock is a way to live, not a style of music.

A Rock Band of value must be pushed and promoted to be able to be appreciated by the people: A rock song must be heard at different times to let it enter the mind. It’s not disco music (for example) that must catch you on first listen. One is not better or worse than the other: They are simply two different things with different audiences and requirements. A Record Label working in rock should deeply know this aspect and cannot judge a rock band just hearing a song for 10 seconds otherwise they have no basis to manage the Rock World!!

The Bands that are Rock legends teach: It’s enough to study their histories and the huge difficulties they had at the beginning. Rock needs a little bit of time to enter the soul but once entered it’s impossible get free. Kill The Beast Band has all the elements to enter in the legends of Rock.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I don’t have preferred albums, I have preferred singles: I’m coherent, right? 😊

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

In my opinion it depends on the level of the equipment you have.

Vinyl is nostalgic and for sure has a great sound, but a lot of money is needed to buy high level equipment to have the wonderful sound from the disc.

Downloads are very good and high level if you take or hear the songs from the right websites and not from the wrong ones: There are many websites that compress the files too much, so the quality of the sound becomes bad even if bands send them high quality mp3.

For this reason, on our website everyone can listen to all our music at high quality without limits: Music is for All and for us the quality is extremely important.

www.killthebeastband.com/songs/

We are also in almost all the stores and we can say that in many of them the quality is high.

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

The next one: We are concentrated to always improve our skills and quality.

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

Being a musician is not a profession, it’s a need. It doesn’t matter if you live off music or you have to do something else to survive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Family so useless to mention the names, none are famous. 😉

What’s next for the band?

Pushing as much as we can the promotion: We are searching for people to reinforce our Social Media & PR function. Innovative People who like to be part of a Rock Band.

Searching for collaborations and partnership with everyone who can make the band known to the world.

Working on new songs and new videos even if we have already a lot of (completed) material waiting for the right moment to be launched: There is a lot of news on the horizon for the Kill The Beast Band.

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

www.killthebeastband.com
www.youtube.com/channel/UCU2GTVAs1o9uqbbbGIvRITg/featured
www.facebook.com/killthebeastband
www.twitter.com/KillTheBeastB
www.instagram.com/killthebeastband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits!

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Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP

Moths/The Stone Eye – Split EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 21/08/2020
Running Time: 25:34
Review by Alun Jones
8/10

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Which is why I like to mix my drinks. And my strippers. Why stick to just one, when you can explore everything life has to offer? This split EP offers two bands and four tracks in total, showcasing a considerable amount of musical diversity and talent.

First up is Puerto Rican band Moths, with their track ‘Intervention’. Beginning deceptively calm, restrained and quite beautiful, it soon builds and descends from a chunky stoner riff. And then, at pretty much the halfway mark, ‘Intervention’ erupts into a full-on aggressive growl fest, though still portraying an adept progressive spirit.

The meandering intrigue of the opening track is followed by a less surprising cover of the Black Sabbath classic ‘Hand of Doom’. A great song, but I was hoping for more original material or an unusual cover. No fear though, Moths inject the Sabs tune with plenty of atmosphere, the powerhouse vocals of Damaris Rodriguez helping to make their own mark on the song. Not easy with a genuine metal standard like this, Moths have the class to pull it off.

Then it’s over to The Stone Eye, for their track ‘Prescence of the Mind’. These guys are from Philadelphia, PA in the USA. A little harder to pin a style on, they journey on a stoner path that adds in psychedelic detours akin to some of the best 90’s alternative rock – but never abandoning a gutsy garage rock swagger.

A cover of the old trad ballad ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is next from The Stone Eye. Delivered in a bluesy style, it contrasts nicely with the other songs. It both delights and begs for another play.

And there you have it: four songs, different in style but each displaying a sound that seems to well define both bands. An excellent endeavour from both Moths and The Stoned Eye, you’d be well rewarded in tracking this down.

And while we’re on the subject of moths: Glenn Danzig – remember him? Singer/visionary with the Misfits, Samhain, and of course, Danzig. Body builder, martial arts master and expert on the occult. Scared to death of moths, I shit you not. Always running around with his hands over his face, hiding under tables if there was one around. Eventually, I learned to calm Glenn down by telling him that moths were simply goth butterflies. Amazingly, it worked.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Moths – Intervention
02. Moths – Hand of Doom
03. The Stone Eye – Prescence of Mind
04. The Stone Eye – Wayfaring Stranger

MOTHS LINE-UP:
Damaris Rodríguez – Vocals
Jonathan Miranda – Guitars
Omar González – Guitars
Weslie Negrón – Bass
Daniel Figueroa – Drums

MOTHS LINKS:

THE STONE EYE LINE-UP:
Stephen Burdick – Guitar, Vocals, Bass (Track 2)
Jeremiah Bertin – Percussion
Christian Mechem – Guitar, Vocals (Track 1)
Wolfgang Noll – Bass (Track 1)

THE STONE EYE LINKS:

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EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

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

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

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

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

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

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

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

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

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Photo by Film Free Photography

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