The Goners – Good Mourning

The Goners – Good Mourning
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 41:37
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

This little beauty threw off it’s shackles and ran for the hills, almost without me noticing. I’m blaming the societal breakdown caused by Corona virus, obviously not an oversight on my part. No, sir. “Good Mourning” – the debut album from The Goners – was released back in March 2020; just before the world turned into a 1970’s Charlton Heston dystopian sci-fi movie.

The Goners are comprised of Nate Gone – formerly of Salem’s Pot – on vocals, with four dudes from Swedish rock band Yvonne. “Good Mourning” is a throw-back to zoned-out good times and bizarro occult rock, with absolutely no regret the morning after.

First song ‘Are You Gone Yet’ sets the pace nicely: fuzzy 60’s garage rock with a proto metal ferocity. With the next track, ‘High, Low And Never In Between’, the Goners throw in more of their other specialty – 70’s doom with groovy, care-free freak outs.

Wonderfully out of time, this retro feast also sounds totally now. You can throw this on your portable music system and liven up any social gathering (so long as you stay far enough apart). Press play and jump around all crazy-style to ‘Evil (Is Not Enough)’ and ‘The Little Blue’ – this is Black Sabbath if they were a Stones cover band.

Plus – and this seals the deal – a couple of fine, desert bleached songs in ‘Good Ol’ Death’ and ‘Dead In The Saddle’ that rattle with a dread atmosphere. Absolutely essential for your next David Lynch/rockabilly/goth themed horror party.

“Good Mourning” by The Goners, then: if you’re a werewolf biker trapped in a cursed world you never made, but like to let your scraggy hair down with chicks from a Russ Meyer movie – this is for you. Great cover art, too.

I’ve thought I was a goner myself, on a few occasions: most of them involving my old mucker Ozzy Osbourne. One time, we were drinking in a golf club in LA and got thrown out, as you can imagine.  So, Ozzy decided to go for a joyride in a golf buggy, with me on shotgun. He was flooring it, but we were only going at a jogging pace, so the golfers soon caught us up and were ready to brain us with their hitty-stick things.

All of a sudden, Oz drove the buggy over a hill and we toppled into a sand dune (bunker?). We were lucky we were thrown clear and the buggy just managed to avoid crushing the pair of us. The golfers took pity and consoled us with a nice brandy in the clubhouse. Till the cops turned up, and dragged Ozzy and me off to jail. The whole time, we were both wearing Sharon’s dresses.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Are You Gone Yet
02. High, Low and Never In Between
03. World Of Decay
04. Evil (Is Not Enough)
05. Good Ol’ Death
06. The Sickening
07. Down and Out
08. You Better Run
09. The Little Blue
10 Dead In The Saddle (Dead Moon)

LINE-UP:
Nate Gone
Mick Dagger
Vic Odin
Timo Tinto
Grave Dave

LINKS:
www.thegonestgoners.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thegonestgoners/
www.instagram.com/thegonestgoners/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Sm7cJ4MVMohAkynq7uEhS
www.ridingeasyrecs.com/

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EMQ’s with ROULETTE

EMQ’s with ROULETTE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish AOR/Rock band Roulette. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Hansi Fellbrink 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 Hansi and I play bass and sing backing vocals in Roulette. We started this band back in the 80´s, released a couple of singles but no full album. In 2008 we released a ‘best of’ album called “Better Late Than Never”, with 17 old singles/demos, and played a few live gigs. Then in 2015 I wrote the song ‘Secret Room’ and we released it as a single, and after that, two more singles in 2016-17. We got fantastic reviews so decided to record a whole album, and we released “NOW!” In March 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We all played in different local bands, but we all felt we could do better with a new band. So, we got together, rehearsed one time and wrote three new song in two hours. Then we left our bands and started Roulette.

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

We’re living in Sweden, and in our genre, there are so many new bands coming up, but we got voted best new album so far 2019” in Sweden together with Gathering of Kings.

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

Our latest release is the 5th single from the album “NOW!” called “Soldiers Of Love”, and we shot a music video at our live gig in our hometown Sundsvall to promote it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all love music from the 80´s, but our main influences are Def Leppard, Journey, Dan Reed Network and Van Halen.

What first got you into music?

I played guitar when I was in school, because my father played all kinds of instruments at home. I was a singer and guitarist for many years in local bands, until we started Roulette and I took over the bass guitar.

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

Personally, I would love to write a song with Max Martin, the producer. He played in a band called “It´s Alive” before he started producing, and he’s a great singer, musician, songwriter and a cool guy!!

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

I choose every festival that would book us, because we are longing to playing live now, after all these amazing reviews of our new album, to show our fans that we are a great live band. But if I would choose one it would be great to play at Download Festival or maybe Rock in Rio…J!

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

Hahahaha….a pair of stockings from a girl in Poland, by mail…J! They smelled nice…J!

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

Hope to see you soon our tour, we would love to play in Europe, Japan and USA!!!

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

Randy Rhoads

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

To play music live in front of a big crowd full of fans is amazing. It´s nearly impossible to be a musician today and earn money, we all have to have extra jobs and therefore we can´t write songs and play live as much as we want.

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

Spotify and YouTube are great to spread music on, but you can´t earn any money on these sites unless you are really big.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Def Leppard – “Hysteria”

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

Doesn´t matter, as long as you listen to Roulette…J! No, but I like vinyl a lot for my collection

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

Must say our reunion gig in our hometown, in April 2017, with all of our friends, fans and rockers at one place together!

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

Makin´ music videos!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steven Tyler, Max Martin, Christina Aguilera, Steven Gerrard, and Charlize Theron

What’s next for the band?

We just released a new single + video in January 2020.

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit! Too small for a cake..!J

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

We hope Roulette can play live more in Europe in the beginning of 2020. Our album NOW! is still HOT and we really want to meet our fans all over the world.

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EMQs with THE DRIPPERS

EMQs with THE DRIPPERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish ‘Action Rockers’, The Drippers. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist Viktor 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?

The band is called The Drippers and consists of Viktor, William and Niclas. I’m Viktor! I sing and play bass; William sings and plays guitar and Niclas plays drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were playing a round with a lot of ideas, then we had a suggestion of Honeydripper. But Robert Plant had already had a band called The Honeydrippers, so we shortened it down to The Drippers.

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

We’re from Gothenburg, Sweden. We’re really happy to be from Sweden because the rock scene here is amazing. So much talent has literally been pouring out of the country for many years, so it’s a great honour to be part of it. The bar is set really high and people always demand quality from Sweden, so we really push ourselves to deliver high quality stuff.

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

Our latest release is our debut album, “Action Rock”, which was released on the 2nd of August 2019. The music video for the album’s main single ‘Gimme The Shakes’ was released as well, and it can be seen at;

Who have been your greatest influences?

The great bands of the high energy Rock N Roll movement of the 90’s: Gluecifer, New Bomb Turks, The Hellacopters, Turbonegro etc. But also, all the classic bands that inspired that wave in the first place, like MC5, the Stooges, Radio Birdman, KISS, The Nomads etc.

What first got you into music?

I think we all started playing quite early and we found that love for dirty Rock N Roll along with the classic 70’s rock bands like KISS and Status Quo, but also older acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. You saw the stars, you felt the energy, and you just realized that’s what you want to do.

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

So many of those bands who were on the high energy scene in the 90’s are back again, so it’s a really tough question. A collaboration with The Hellacopters would definitely give us the most attention, but you can’t always think like that. It’s either them, Gluecifer or New Bomb Turks. And we would also love to do a split with Demons!

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

It would be at Sjock Festival in Belgium since that’s the main festival for our genre. It would also be a dream to play Sweden Rock Festival.

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

We’re still a new band so there aren’t any spectacular fan stories just yet. Give us a year and we’ll hopefully have a good answer!

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

Rock on people, we love you and hope to come out and see you all on the road as soon as possible!

If you could bring one Metal/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?

Playing live, we do our shows WITH the fans and not just in front of them, so we really love that. The worst part is of course the eternal hours of waiting that goes hand in hand with touring. But it also builds up the anticipation so you can explode on stage.

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

We would ban the production of all records made by people who don’t like Little Richard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The New Bomb Turks – !!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! Debut full length by The New Bomb fucking Turks. Absolutely brilliant album, it just slays from beginning to finish. Everyone should own this album.

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

Downloads suck, CD sucks, cassettes are ok, and vinyl absolutely rocks. We didn’t even want to release our album on CD, but we did it for the Germans! But they’ve actually gotten more into vinyl in later years so go Germany!

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

In November 2019 we played at Pustervik, a large venue in our hometown of Göteborg, Sweden. We had dreamed of playing there since we started, and now we were opening up for Hank Von Hell there. We knew we had to deliver, so we just went absolutely wild on stage and really rode that wave of adrenaline that hit’s you when you hear the roar of the crowd. We only played for 30 minutes, but we left the stage in a pool of sweat and blood. The intensity was just beyond belief, we really went into life or death mode that night. And we won.

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

Let’s pretend we don’t all have 9-5 jobs. Then William would probably be an NHL player. Virvel would be a beer taster at the cheapest brewery and Viktor would probably be working at a pizzeria, getting paid in food!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The five guys in Gluecifer so we could convince them to let us open up for them, the old Fernet Branca way!

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got two songs being mixed by Tomas Skogsberg (the king of distortion) as we speak, those are gonna be on a compilation split vinyl called Demolition Derby Vol II, released by an Italian label called Retro Vox Records.

Then we’ve got a Spanish and a German tour coming up this spring, so stay tuned you action maniacs in Europe!

We’re also writing new material and hopefully we’ll record our next full-length album in the summer of 2020. Gotta stay productive and not just sit around, in these days there’s so much shit going on that you need to put some furious riffs out there so people can get off on something that’s pure.

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

www.facebook.com/TheDrippersgbg/
www.twitter.com/thedrippersgbg
www.instagram.com/thedrippersgbg/
www.spoti.fi/2YppEV9

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Action rockers don’t have time for treats, we’re into horse tranquilizers and torture!! Nah it’s a biscuit. You wouldn’t slice one up, would you?!

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

Yeah, as a matter of fact there is. Check out our album “Action Rock”, that was released in the autumn of 2019. Make sure you spread the word about it and tell your local venue/promoter about The Drippers! You can all make a difference and be an ambassador for good music. The wave of action rock sweeping over the world needs you all to participate, you’re all essential to the movement!

Cheers and thank you!

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Stew – People

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Stew – People
Ripple Music
Release Date: 11/10/2019
Running Time: 37:24
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

At the beginning of this year I had, what can only be described as, the absolute pleasure to review the “Hot” EP by this young band from Sweden. I gave it 9 out of 10 as I was so impressed and even stated in my review how much I was looking forward to reviewing the album once it was done.

Well, the album has now been completed and, as you can already see from the score I have given it, it’s an absolute stonker! But, to be fair, I already knew that would be the case!!

Formed in early 2017, the band hail from Lindesberg / Ӧbero in Sweden and is made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Niklas Jansson on guitar and Niklas Dahlgren on drums. Their own band notes state they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspiration” and this just about sums them up perfectly.

I said in my review of the EP that the music enticed a “warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment” as you were transported back to the past and this album gives you that feeling once again….and more! Playing a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, this band is obviously heavily influenced by the sounds of the late 60’s/70’s era. And that is by no means a bad thing.

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (this guy’s voice is outstanding) and swinging drums, this is classic rock but 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 such as Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, they were always on to a winning formula, but they do it with a class that could easily put them up there with the best of the genre.

A quote from Classic Rock magazine regarding the EP stated that the music was “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder” and these guys would not have been out of place at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. They really are the perfect band to just chill out to.

Just like the EP the whole album was recorded live except for the vocals and solos and recording finished in just nine days! Something of an accomplishment!

When the EP was released Stew was an unsigned band (a sacrilege if you ask me as they should have been snapped up ages ago!) but I was extremely pleased to see that they have now been signed to Ripple Music and I know with the backing of a record label and the hard work they so obviously put into their music, this band will go places. They are still young and have many successful years ahead of them.

Its not very often I give a 10 out of 10, having only dished out a handful during my reviewing career, but this album certainly deserves it. In fact, it actually deserves an 11!

I am sooooo impressed with these guys that I will be following them very closely in the future and monitoring just how successful they are going to be. I am even going to recommend to Rick we add them to our “Bands We Follow” page on our site.

Keep up the good, no great, work guys and I hope to see you at a gig over here sometime! Now, THAT would just be the icing on the cake!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Right On Time
03. People
04. Newborn
05. Endless Journey
06. Play The Fool
07. Goddess
08. Afraid Of Getting Nowhere
09. Sweet And True
10. Fruits
11. Morning Again

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

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

 

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

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EMQ’s with BATTERING RAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Hard Rock band Battering Ram! 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?

Jonas Edmark (Guitar), Johan Hallström (Singer), Jocke Ståhl (Bass), Tony Trust (Drums).

Formed early 2017 with members from former Bullseye and different cover bands!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jocke came up with the band name, it suites our style of music, breaking in doors with a Battering Ram.

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

Sweden, tough to get gigs when you’re not signed! Many small bands fighting for the same venues!

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

‘Chase The Fire’ is our latest single of 6 released! Plus an upcoming record to be released 24th January!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-mTLTzNQ
https://open.spotify.com/album/6x7pd5XNWHqlawVSryyMky

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly Old school hard rock!

What first got you into music?

Playing vinyl records in the bedroom being influenced by your idols!

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

Bands in the same genre!

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

Sweden Rock would be awesome, then we would show Sweden what real hard rock sounds like!

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

Nothing odd just yet, but often a beer or two!

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

Stay true to Battering Ram and Keep rockin out there.

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

Jonas: Randy Rhoads
Johan: R.J. Dio
Jocke: R.J. Dio
Tony: Lemmy

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

Playing live and difficulties getting to gigs!

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

Make it easier for smaller bands to be seen and heard!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonas: “Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
Johan: “Rising” – Rainbow
Jocke: “Heaven And Hell” – Black Sabbath
Tony: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden

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

Vinyl!

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

‘Putte i Parken’ in Karlstad was an awesome summer gig with a big enthusiastic audience!

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

Same as today, as we are not 100% fulltime musicians!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Here is one from each of us and one bonus!
Dio, Lemmy, Ozzy, Dimebag and Blackie!

What’s next for the band?

Release of the record and some gigs planned for the winter!

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

Spotify, Youtube and all the main streaming media out there!
https://www.facebook.com/cutintwo/
https://www.instagram.com/batteringr/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZE8smCT2oR50Kq9yLZ3GW
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHD6v4JTd4XatpjtFBEEbQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but we are not sure, all we know is they don’t mix with beer.

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

Just Keep rockin and hope you find our style great and decide to follow us.

 

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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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