EMQ’s with Catalysis

EMQ’s with Catalysis

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dundee, Scotland based Metal band Catalysis. Huge thanks to drummer Calum Rennie 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 Calum, and I play drums in the band Catalysis. We formed in late 2016 as a five-piece band and released our debut EP in December of 2017, following some line-up changes. These changes continued and in 2018 we became a four-piece band with Col, our bassist at the time, stepping up to vocal duties as well. Since then we’ve released another EP, we’ve done a small tour through Europe, recorded our debut album and gone back to being a five-piece band!

How did you come up with your band name?

I remember it being a pain because no one could make a decision on anything that was suggested, I think it took us a couple of months. Drew, one of the bands guitarists, decided that every member should pick one name they like, and then we would make a decision out of the five that were suggested. Catalysis was his suggestion, and it was the least rubbish one.

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

We’re from Dundee in Scotland, and the metal scene here is a strange one in that there’s not that many metal bands left in Dundee, so it means that you’re often playing with the same bands when you’re playing a local show. I think that kind of helps to develop better connections with the people in those bands. It’s quite often the same people that you see showing up to shows as well, which is nice because it shows that even though there’s not many metal gigs happening in Dundee, there are people who still want to go to them and show their support whenever there is.

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

We’re releasing our debut album, Connection Lost, on July 24th, so even though it’s not out yet it probably counts right? It’s the follow up to our two EPs, and I think it’s been great for the band having more songs to be able to show what we’re about, rather than being restricted to just a few songs on an EP.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think the biggest influences on the band have been bands like Machine Head, Chimaira and Sylosis where you’ve got groove, you’ve got big slabs of aggression, but you’ve also got interesting songwriting with a lot more to offer than just being heavy, and that’s what we sort of strive for in our sound as well.

What first got you into music?

I’d always had a massive interest in music, because in my family home everyone loved music of a lot of different styles. My brother played guitar and liked heavy music, so I wanted to play guitar and be in a heavy band, but guitar wasn’t for me. The two albums that really got me interested in drums were “Shogun” by Trivium and “Octavarium” by Dream Theater. I remember hearing both of those albums back in 2008 when I was 12 and just going “Cool, I guess I like drums now”.

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

Well the band recently collaborated with Phil Demmel for a guest guitar solo on our album and he would’ve probably been my number one choice because myself and Drew had spoken before about how great that would be. If a tour with someone would count as collaborating, then I think if we could tour with Dyscarnate then that would be sick, cause I think they’re one of the only bands that everyone in Catalysis actually likes.

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

It would probably be Hellfest, because it would be amazing to play such a huge festival, and it’s also really diverse in what bands play, so I think we’d be welcome there. It’s not just extreme metal, or just folk metal, that kind of thing, there’s something for everyone, no matter that kind of heavy music you’re into.

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

I can’t think of any weird gifts that we’ve ever gotten, weirdest experience I ever had from a fan though was someone wanting one of my drumsticks and wanting me to sign it. By no means is it weird in a bad way, it was just weird for me because of how surreal it was, I felt like a rock star haha!

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

Just a message of the massive amount of appreciation we have for anyone who has been to any of our shows, bought a CD or a t-shirt, streamed any of our music online, or has even just spoken to us at a gig and had a nice wee chinwag. We’re a pretty small band so the fact that people even care about what we do means so much to us, and we’re all very grateful for that.

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

For me it would have to be David Gold from Woods of Ypres. They’re one of my all-time favourite bands, and I only got into them around the time of his passing, so I’d love to bring him back so that they could have continued making more music, and I could’ve seen them.

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

Playing shows will always be my favourite thing about being a musician, cause if you’re on stage and you see even just a few people really enjoying what you’re doing, it feels great and makes you want to put in a better performance. The thing I hate the most is how expensive music gear is, it’s a pain in the arse.

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

I think if I could change one thing, I’d want it to be a kinder industry, I suppose. I mean this band is by no means a way of making a living for any of us, but you hear all the horror stories from folk in bands where that is their sole source of income and it is their living, and how the industry ruined being in a band for some people, which I’ve always thought is a real shame.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Wishmaster” by Nightwish. I could pick any of their albums for this question, but that album will always be special to me because of songs like ‘Dead Boys Poem’, ‘Two For Tragedy’ and ‘Deep Silent Complete’.

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

I’d say CD’s because that’s what I collect the most of at the moment.

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

I think I speak for the whole band in saying either supporting Sacred Reich in Glasgow last year, or our first show in Belgium on our European tour last summer, at MCP Apache in Charleroi. Sacred Reich was amazing because of supporting such a great band, and for me a personal highlight was getting to support Dave McClain, who is my drumming idol. The MCP Apache show though, is where we saw the best reception at any show we’ve ever played. Like I’ve just never felt such a good response from a crowd, and it was such an amazing introduction to shows in mainland Europe.

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

I’ve always loved history, so if I hadn’t taken such a big interest in music then I probably would’ve tried to do something with history instead.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Fry, Tuomas Holopainen, Winona Ryder, Li Ziqi and Sean Reinert, were he still alive. An interesting bunch.

What’s next for the band?

Main thing for us is releasing this album and playing our launch show on July 24th, but after that we’ll probably go back to writing more new songs for whatever the next release may be and trying to get as many gigs as we can, given that at the moment playing gigs isn’t possible.

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

We mostly use Facebook for getting actual interactions with people, and as well as having physical copies of all of our music, we have it all on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, all of the big streaming services so that folk can listen any way they want to.
www.facebook.com/catalysismetal/
www.catalysis.bigcartel.com/
www.instagram.com/catalysisband/
www.youtube.com/catalysisofficial
www.spotify.com/artist/7deNcZfj1U9r6VXJyVijdB

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a cake because it starts off soft but goes hard if it gets aerated.

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

I don’t think so, it’s been great doing this though so thank you to you guys for that!

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

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EMQ’s with MEDUSA TOUCH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh based Heavy Metal/Rock band Medusa Touch! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Gordon Sinclair 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 Gordon Sinclair, although everybody calls me Gogsy. I’m the lead singer and guitarist in Medusa Touch; we’re an 80’s metal rock band from the 80’s. The band was formed in 1982, we lasted till 1991 (ish), then reformed in 2019. We’re are all from in and around Edinburgh, Scotland and love 80’s metal with a passion.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band was named after the film ‘The Medusa Touch’. It starred Richard Burton and Lee Remick. It’s about a writer who has the power of telekinesis who makes disasters happen just by thinking about them. This wasn’t the first choice; all the band members had two choices for a name. We all chose different names as a first choice, but we all chose Medusa Touch as the second choice and that was it.

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

We are from Scotland, metal scene seems to be in good health, but there is a lot of nu-metal, we’re the odd ones because of the 80’s metal vibe we bring.

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

It’s called “Terror Eyes the Anthology”, available from all digital outlets and we have some CD’s left too. These are just available from the band. You can get one from our website (medusatouchofficial.com). 13 tracks of first-pumping, sing-a-long rock epics hehehehe.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine? First up would be Slade who got me interested in rock music. Then as picking up a guitar goes it was Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. I started as a drummer. Then, I blame Iron Maiden for kicking the whole thing off for me in the metal genre. After that there have been so many, too many to name! They all have their own little bit of influence in how I write, play and record.

What first got you into music?

I come from a very musical family. Lots of singers and musicians! My grandfather was a drummer in the Black Watch during the First World War, and he kicked me off as the drummer. I started playing in a pipe band then moved onto a kit. There were guitars lying around so you pick them up and play them. I never looked back. 

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

Good question. Two options! One would be Angus Young from AC/DC. Just to see how he goes about song writing and coming up with great songs time after time. Then it would have to be Iron Maiden, just because they got me started off in the first place.

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

Wacken, it’s the pinnacle for me. The bands that play there every year are massive and that lets you know how important it is.

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

Never been given a gift, usually a Bourbon and coke does hehehehe. Although my mate Ian Davidson did turn round after one gig in 2019 and just say “I have a cassette of you guys playing in 1987”. WHAT? GIMME IT hehehehe

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

Keep enjoying the music and rock hard. There’s only one life, never regret anything. If it makes you sad fix it. If it makes you happy and healthy, load up on it.

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

Gary Moore!

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

The music I play makes me happy, contented and always makes me want more. I don’t have any hates really although my wife says I have a guitar fetish hehehehe!

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

Make it easier for bands to make a living. It is really difficult now unless you get massive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden!

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

Best for what!? Vinyl is the king for something you own and can hold in your hands. I remember buying albums, going home on the bus and reading every single word on the sleeve time and again. It’s big and gives you joy not just for the music that’s on it but it’s yours and you have it in your hands. However, Digital, whether it be downloads or streaming, is just so convenient, it doesn’t scratch or wear out. You can listen to it anywhere.

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

Personally, I have played in CBGB’s in New York and have a live Album from the gig. But that was with my other band.

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

No idea, genuinely no idea!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ade Edmondson, Bruce Dickinson, David Attenborough, Dara Ó Briain, Professor Brian Cox!

What’s next for the band?

Small Tour in Scotland to finish the year, some festivals in 2020 and recording a new album!

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

https://www.facebook.com/medusatouch
https://twitter.com/MedusaTouch1
https://www.instagram.com/medusatouchrocks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I don’t like chocolate so no problem!

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

Look out for us in Scotland in the last part of 2019, hopefully see you soon in 2020. Oh, and buy the album and enjoy singing along at the gigs!

 

Medusa Touch

 

 

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Thrash band Disposable! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Bassist Billy Robertson for taking part!

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

I’m Billy, the bass player and lead vocalist for Disposable. We’re a “hybrid” thrash band from Edinburgh. I’m not sure what that actually means but someone used the phrase once and I thought it was neat. We started in 2009 as children, and have since released two albums and an EP. We’ve only really been gigging properly and taking this “seriously” since our debut album “At The Foot Of The World” came out in 2014. We’ve done a whole bunch of cool tours in the UK and we’ve just finished our first European Tour, so things are going well at the moment!

How did you come up with your band name?

We used to be called “Disposable Heroes”, after the Metallica song. I think a lot of people were turning up to shows expecting a Metallica cover band and being disappointed when we played original stuff. Plus at the time we were little kids and my wardrobe was entirely Metallica Tshirts. We knocked off the ‘heroes’ and stuck with Disposable, which actually kind of works now as a lot of our lyrical content is about the fragility of self. Maybe I’m just clutching at straws there though.

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

We’re from Scotland. At the moment the scene up here is actually pretty good, especially in Edinburgh which is where we are from. There are a lot of like-minded people up here at the moment who are trying to create something from nothing, and A LOT of great bands. So aye, it’s pretty healthy. Shout out to the C.S.T Elite Union Squad – never change.

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

Our latest release is “Suffocator”, which is our second full length album. We’re really proud of it. It is definitely our best material so far and the feedback has been great! It’s a bit of a sub-genre mash up with the roots mainly in thrash. We think it’s pretty cool.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences at the moment are each other, our friends, and the other amazing, hardworking bands in the underground scene right now. Anyone that puts passion into their own creativity or encourages you to put it into yours is an inspiration. Just nice, supportive people really.

What first got you into music?

“Ride The Lightning” was my first metal album. A member of staff at an after school club I went to as a child noticed I was growing my hair and told me I should listen to it. I did, and here we are.

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

Kingpin from Glasgow! Ideally without us, though. And it’d be a full album. Just release a full album, Kingpin.

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

I found out there is a festival in Kenya called Nairobi Metal Festival, which looks cool. I don’t think there is a lot of metal happening over there (maybe that is ignorance, though), but it just seems like it’d be a blast and a culture shock, while still just being a bunch of lads hanging out to listen to riffs.

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

Not really weird, but my friend Hannah just straight up gave us 40 euros for the Euro Tour and we took 10 euros each and put it towards entry to a Theme Park in Germany. I thought it was funny to not buy merch, just give over cash. We also got a drawing of a pig in a Disposable Tshirt one time. I can’t really think of many more gifts we’ve received.

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

Thank you! Keep supporting underground bands!

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

Coco from Defacer!

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

I enjoy pretty much everything about it. Gigging, writing, recording, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, going to new places, arguing about lyrics, using Ikea bags as pillows on tour. The only thing I really hate about it is when someone comes up to the merch stand and says £15 is too expensive for a T-shirt.

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

People wouldn’t look at me like I’m a spoilt brat when I ask for a £100 guarantee.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ve got so many, but I’ll go for something different than my usual response. “Dead Set” by King Parrot is probably my favourite release in the last 5 years. It’s pretty much perfect for me.

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

They’ve all got their place, I suppose. I pretty much listen to music exclusively online now, so downloads, it’s just so easy. I think as a product, vinyl is the best, just because you can hold it in your hands and be like “this exists, it’s not a shitty plastic case and it looks beautiful”.

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

There have been a lot that are really, really good. My personal favourite has to be one of our album launch shows in Edinburgh probably, just because of the sentimental value. We recently played a sold out show in Switzerland which was also amazing for obvious reasons – our first sold out show in mainland Europe!

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

I feel quite comfortable as a performer, so probably still something in that kind of area. I would love to be an actor, but fuck that. I also enjoy painting and stuff, so something creative-arty for sure. I’d quite like to be that bloke that goes on tours with bands and organises social media and merch and stuff, that’d be cool. It seems like I’m pretty much hardwired to want to do something that takes a lot of work but pays fuck all for some reason.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Disposable boys Jack, Oliver and Liam, obviously! Doesn’t really matter who else!

What’s next for the band?

We just finished our Euro Tour and have a fairly quiet summer. Then as of August through to October we have about 13 or 14 shows in the UK and Ireland which is our “UK Tour” for the new album. We’re also looking into Europe again next year and laying the foundations for that. Plus we just started writing album 3 and also have plans for another release, possibly this year, too. So pretty busy!

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp. Search Disposable on Facebook or go to http://www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash. Instagram is @disposablethrash, Twitter is @Dispo_Thrash and the bandcamp link is http://www.disposablethrash.bandcamp.com. We also have a merch store which is http://www.disposablethrash.bigcartel.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re wee cakes. Otherwise they’d be called Jaffa Biscuits. They’re just biscuit sized, which adds a bit of a question mark for some reason. But you wouldn’t just start calling a biscuit that is the size of a cake a cake just because it’s big. You’d be like, “look at that big biscuit!” Here how fucking nuts is it that Americans call scones “biscuits”. That is fucking mental. That is the real question.

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

Thank you Ever Metal for the interview! I really appreciate it. Thanks to all the Disposable followers out there. Long live the CST! Be kind to people!

 

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