EMQ’s with FRONTBACK

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EMQ’s with FRONTBACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Catchy Hard Rock band Frontback! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist Anlo Front 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 Anlo Front and I’m the Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist in Frontback!
The band has released two albums “Born With A Secret” and “Heart Of A Lion”. We have been playing some of the biggest Festivals and Venues in Sweden and also been an opening act for bands such as Heat, Bullet & Status Quo.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from my last name “Front”.

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

Sweden, there are great festivals in this country but not so many rock club venues anymore.

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

The album “Heart Of A Lion” (2017).

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of different influences but for the Frontback sound it’s more like Foo Fighters, Royal Republic, Green Day.

What first got you into music?

My brother played in a band and I was shy so it was a great way to get a little bit cooler 😉

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

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters would be awesome!

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

Rock in Rio, a lot of people around the world travel to join the party!

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

Broken shoes!

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

Let’s play rock n roll!

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

Freddie Mercury!

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

To be able to play live, love to sing and to hang out with the fans!
The worst thing is that you’re always tired since it’s always late nights!

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

More venues to play at!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Foo Fighters – “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”

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

Vinyl!

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

Sweden Rock 2018

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

I would be a makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead or alive? I decide 😉
Dave Grohl, Freddie Mercury, Billie Joe Armstrong, Gwen Stefani and Joan Jett!

What’s next for the band?

We have recorded our 3rd album and will release it this fall, we are very excited about it!

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

https://m.facebook.com/frontbacksweden
https://www.instagram.com/frontbacksweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uuYNKIR4DjaMJCerKYcCD
http://frontback.se/
https://www.youtube.com/user/frontbacksweden

Thank you for your time!

Thank you!!

 

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EMQ’s with VNTER

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EMQ’s with VNTER

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with. Swedish Rock band VNTER. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Andy Aura 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 Andy, I play guitar and I’m the lead singer of VNTER. The idea of the band started when my former band called it quits and I felt that I wasn’t done playing huge arena rock. So I took what I thought was the greatest songs from that era, wrote some new songs and put together a bunch of great musicians and we formed VNTER in 2017.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a Swedish word as a band name and we got stuck on the word vinter that means winter in English. But if you google vinter you get over five million hits so I thought if we take away I from the word it will not only look awesome we will be the first thing that comes up when you google it and everyone can say it. I think it’s a pretty unique band name.

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

I’m from Sweden and man the metal scene here is fantastic. We got so many great bands that made it big in not only Sweden but also the world. Just take In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Dead by April, Avatar, the list could go on forever and the city where I live in is known for its metal sound – the Gothenburg sound.

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

We released 2 singles and a video for one of them one year ago. Now we’re waiting to release the first song of 13 in June and it´s going to be fun to constantly keep up to date with new music for over one year straight.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro is a huge influence for me, Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. But I also love people who do their own thing like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and even people who don’t play music.

What first got you into music?

I heard the album “Stay Hungry” from Twisted Sister when I was 6 years old and from that day I just loved music. I started to play the guitar a couple of years later but my guitar teacher kept hitting me on my fingers when I played the wrong notes so I quit and it wasn’t until maybe 10 years after that I started to play for real.

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

I would just love to do a collaboration with Biffy Clyro, which would be a dream come true.

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

I would like to play Lollapalooza in Argentina, the South American fans are crazy and I want to experience that.

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

Hmmmm, nothing really weird so far, I got a cook book because I worked as a chef for many years. That was really thoughtful I think.

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

Don’t stop supporting the bands you love. It means the world to us.

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

Easy, Freddie Mercury. I just love everything about that man but mostly his awesome voice and charisma.

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

Playing live, writing songs, being interviewed and recording an album. I don’t hate anything; some things can be less fun like taking promo pictures, mailing a lot and taking care of the economy.

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

There are a lot of places closing and festivals dying I would make sure that up and coming bands have somewhere to play their shows and help finance festivals. It’s the small bands today that you will see on the huge stage tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Appetite for Destruction” – Guns n Roses. Now that’s an album!

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

When I was a kid I recorded Brian May ´s solo from ‘We Will Rock You’ with Queen 15 times in a row on cassette and I just loved that format to consume music. So my answer is cassette, it’s something really genuine about it that I like.

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

We have an awesome venue here in Gothenburg called Sticky Fingers and it was back in 2014 I think. We opened up for the legendary man called Strings or Strängen in Swedish. He played in The Hellacopters back in the day and he tragically passed away in 2017. It was a huge crowd and the atmosphere was insane.

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

Probably something else creative. I do have a podcast where I talk to musicians, booking companies, record companies and so on, maybe more of that. But on the other hand if I hadn’t been a musician the podcast wouldn’t exist. I think I would go deeper into being a chef, work in a Michelin star restaurant, like really modern and cool food.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Daniel Ek – Founder of Spotify
Tommy Lee – Mötley Crue
Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters
Lady Gaga
Arnold Schwarzenegger

What’s next for the band?

We’re about to release the first of thirteen singles in June. Every month for thirteen months we are releasing a new song and after that the album comes out, but by then everyone already heard the songs. I’m really looking forward to that long process. We’re planning to go on tour as an opening act and to play festivals next year. So that’s what’s in sight for the near future.

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

We use Facebook and Instagram, just search for VNTER and you should see our page coming up. We also use Soundcloud to send our album as a secret link to record companies and booking agencies. And we’re on every major streaming platform.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahaha, what is even a Jaffa cake? If they are called cake, they must be a cake so I totally say that they are biscuits. Just googled it and they look good!

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

Dont stop working on what you believe in. Who should believe in it if you don’t? Let the struggle be real and have fun doing it. Someday, someway if you work hard and long enough you will make it.
Thanks you so much, this was a lot of fun
Andy

Stew – Hot EP

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Stew – Hot EP
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Release Date: 01/06/2018
Running Time: 17:13
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Have you ever had that warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment when you stick a CD on and straight away it reminds you of times gone past? Yes? Well, that’s exactly the feeling I got when I started playing this new EP from Swedish band Stew. I didn’t really know what to expect as, once again, I hadn’t read the notes that came with the EP, but I was (very) pleasantly surprised.

Stew hail from Lindesberg / Ӧrebro in Sweden, forming in early 2017 and are made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Nicklas Jansson on guitar and Nicklas Dahlgren on drums. The music they play is a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, heavily influenced by the late 60’s and 70’s era.

The bands notes state that they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspirations” and they are not wrong! You could almost have been transported back four decades as soon as this EP kicks in with the track ‘Might Be Keeping You’, which, by the way was picked for Classic Rock Magazine’s Best Of The Year in 2018!!

And Classic Rock, themselves, couldn’t have summed it up any better if they had tried; “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder, Stew emerged from Sweden this year with an album so far out that half of us still haven’t come back. This track is a highlight, a deep, rumbling ode to the days when metal was acid-rock and life was consistently wild.”

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (love this guy’s voice!) and swinging drums this is classic yet with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s / 70’s with true musicianship.

With influences stated by the band including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, these guys wouldn’t have been out of place at the great Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Despite only being around for just about two years, this band sounds like it is a seasoned veteran of the 60’s and 70’s and have decided to get back together for a reunion tour, playing all their old hits.

I loved this EP from the very moment it started and the only gripe I have with it is that’s it’s just not long enough! Just as I am really getting into it, it finishes. So, my next comment would be, I am REALLY looking forward to an album when one is done. I think that would be on my play list for a very long time to come!

The only other thing I can comment on about this EP and band is the fact that they are unsigned! Why these guys haven’t been snapped up by a record company is beyond me, but I hope they are very soon. With a little bit of support, Stew could really go places!!

TRACKLISTING:
1 Might Be Keeping You
2 If This Will Be
3 Tongue Tied
4 Dig For Gold

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/
https://stew1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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