Reach – The Promise Of A Life

The Promise Of A Life Album Cover Art

Reach – The Promise Of A Life
Icons Creating Evil Art
Release Date: 23/04/2021
Running Time: 38:17
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

Hands up who likes Queen?…(NB, if you don’t have your hand up, leave now, because I don’t need that kind of negativity, and for the record, you’re wrong!) Got your hands up? Good, good. Now keep them up if you also like Muse, and can stomach The Scissor Sisters, Mika, and Lady Gaga, and also quite liked the 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s, and all the collective musical genres they had to offer. Anyone who put their hands down can now also leave, as this probably won’t be for you – BUT!!!…Don’t go too quickly, because you never know, and opening your mind to possibilities can be highly enlightening.

Today’s musings from my increasingly unhinged middle-aged psyche are about Swedish boundary pushing Rockers, Reach, and their new album “The Promise Of A Life”. And, my fellow lunatics, if you’ve ever wondered what a soup made out of the artists mentioned in my opening paragraph would taste like, then your answer is right here. (That’s a normal train of thought to go through, right…Come on guys, throw me a frikkin bone; it can’t seriously be only me who thinks about these kinds of philosophical, 3am problems…)

Since their inception in 2012, Reach have achieved critical acclaim, building a unique sound that likes to challenge. This new release is every bit of that. Its individuality shows no bounds, and the band’s willingness to experiment is clear from the start, even in the opening track’s title – ‘New Frontier’. This track begins with ‘Wild West’ whistling, and then starts galloping across the desert bareback on a stallion, carrying a Fender Strat and a large swag bag full of insanity, attempting to connect with Ziggy Stardust and James Bond before they drive Elvis to the moon in a big red bus! (None of that happens in the actual song by the way, that’s just the picture it painted in my head when I was listening to it, inspired by the tones and rhythms that were being put in there by this bunch of lunatic geniuses!)

And that gives way seamlessly to Sister Gaga Scissors, for track 2, ‘The Law’. You get the general idea. The theme for Reach’s sound is ‘Theme? Who needs a theme! What even is a theme?! Flibble.’ It takes the anthemic qualities and showmanship of Queen, and throws a host of modern methodology at it, to create something that really can’t be pigeonholed into a genre. Instead, it simply exists, as a presence refusing to follow any logic, but in the best way imaginable. It’s familiar, but insanely different all at the same time. Every single song is unique, and there’s not one that isn’t an absolutely killer track.

We have 80’s-esque rock rhythms, mixed with chunky guitars, solid bass, synth that’s popped straight in from the New Romantics (See the middle 8’s in ‘Satellite’ for reference), soundscapes that make it undeniably modern, and vocal harmonies that will never die while the memories of early Queen are still kept alive. There’s elements of 70’s prog, and the Woodstock generation underpinning everything, too, as well as the occasional moment of funk akin to the likes of Prince, and the fine line of genius/madness is fully trodden when it comes to orchestration. It’s experimental mastery that just makes your brain feel like a lovely mess. It’s prog without pretention or aloof irritation, rock without safe normality, and pop with eons more talent. I mean this is just ridiculously good. I literally cannot fault anything about it. I would even go as far as to throw the word ‘iconic’ into the mix. If Freddy Mercury had still been alive, he’d have been all over these guys like a rash. Love, Love, Love it!!! I need more. Hell, even the front man’s name – Ludvig – suggests that he was born to be a musical prodigy and impresario. I’m now addicted. I need to lie down. Too much excited lunacy for one day. Everyone needs this in their lives.

‘New Frontier’ (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. New Frontier
02. The Law
03. Young Again
04. Satellite
05. Motherland
06. The Seventh Seal
07. Higher Ground
08. Cover Traces
09. The Streets
10. Promise Of A Life
11. The Streets

LINE-UP:
Ludvig Turner – Vocals/ Guitar
Marcus Johansson – Drums
Soufian Ma´Aoui – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with REACH

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EMQ’s with REACH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Rock band, Reach. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Ludvig Turner, for taking part.

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

Hi! My name is Ludvig Turner and I am the singing guitar player of Reach. Me and Marcus Johansson met during an audition, the band I was in at the moment was looking for a drummer and Marcus came to us. I remember thinking he was the coolest guy and a great drummer. We got along instantly and decided to start our own thing. We left the band he was auditioning for just weeks in, it was a good decision!

How did you come up with your band name?

When we started writing songs and trying to predict the future of Reach, we both wanted this band to be our place of joy. We said that we would always put the best of ourselves into the music and no matter what we would do what feels right. We would always be Reaching for the stars, a bit cheesy perhaps but that’s how it was. Reach felt right then and still feels right for us. The ever changing vibe in our music is something that defines Reach in my opinion. As we get experienced and or influenced by someone or something that is going to show in our music.

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

All three of us (Me, Zouf Ma´Aoui & Marcus Johansson) are all from Stockholm, Sweden. We have a good scene in general I’d say. Music is all over and there are bands and artists making music for most genres. Rock & Metal coming from Sweden, say Scandinavia, is of high quality if I may say so. There are many bands stretching the lines of a genre that’s easy to get stuck within certain frames. I´m proud to be a musician from Sweden and I’m proud of what our little country has given over the years to the listeners of pop & rock in the world.

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

Our new album “The Promise Of A Life” is the third studio album we´ve released. Of Course, it’s our best one as well! The previous album “The Great Divine” was the first album we did as a three piece with me on vocals. I like to think that it was a new beginning of Reach. The first one we released, “Reach Out To Rock” is really nothing of what we are today but we´ve decided to stick with it and keep it in our discography since it is still a part of our history as a band.

‘New Frontier’ (Audio)

‘Promise Of A Life’ (Lyric Video)

‘Higher Ground’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I began playing music as a guitarist my biggest Idol became Gary Moore. I believe he still is. Over the last 10 years I really started appreciating the newer bands such as Muse, Awolnation, Panic at the Disco etc. Bands that experiment and write a bit more controversial music. There is a lot of cool stuff out there and if you dare to step outside the zone of rock n roll you´ll see that there is much more to discover. However, Black Sabbath was the first real band I listened to and the one that made me feel like the meaning of life is to play music.

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

I mentioned Muse earlier! They have been a huge inspiration for me and it would be a dream to tour with them. I’d be way too nervous to do anything right but it is still a dream of mine.

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

A full Wacken would be very cool! Hehe.

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

Love… No, but Marcus gets a lot of fanart when he´s like a knight on a horse n stuff! That is really cool!

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

We love that they love what we do! We always wish you guys the best and we would like you to keep on listening to music and to keep on attending shows! Performing live is what inspires us to write music and many of our friends think the same. Keep going to shows and we promise to do our very best to make them as good shows as possible!

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

Chris Cornell. Gary Moore is on the same list and the same placement. Chris Cornell is such a huge influence to me as a Singer and I’m the kind of fan that thinks every song with him singing is a brilliant song!

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

Performing live is a feeling I only experience doing so. Writing songs is something I get excited about because I love the feeling of recording something and thinking: ”I’ve never heard this before; I’ve created something unique!”. What I hate is when I wrote something that’s shit. I can get stuck in my song writing and not produce a single good song for months. That is terrible because I start thinking that I’ve ”lost it”. I panic for a while but eventually it comes back and all is good. But that time of not being able to write music I think it sucks so much.

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

I believe it is where it’s supposed to be. I could say that streaming services have ruined chances of income for bands but then again without them we probably wouldn’t have been able to distribute our music world wide. It’s a difficult question and I don’t want to rush into the subject with what is good and bad and what should be changed. We don’t focus too much on the industry like that, I’d say we try to adapt and when there’s a chance for us to make a move that could change something in the industry for the better, we’ll take it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The 2nd Law” by Muse is one of mine!

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

I wanna say vinyl to be cool but I stream like 98% of the music i listen to.

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

One of the first gigs we did, when Reach became the trio it was supposed to be, was a festival in Warsaw. A huge one with 4 stages and our time was at 10 in the evening on the stage just at the entrance. We had a few thousand people listening and singing along in the sing along (it’s not always like that). It just felt like ”YES! This is Reach and THIS is what we’re gonna do!”

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

I’d be working on a boat in Stockholm’s archipelago!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

One dictator, because that would be interesting. Gary Moore, I could fan girl over him. Jared Leto, tell him how lucky he is to be a freakin model, awesome Singer & a cool actor. Elon Musk, he’s awesome and I’m a space nerd when I’m not rocking out! Last one is for…Roger Penrose. Another nerd guilt guest. I’d Ask him about conformal cyclic cosmology! Sounds strange? It is! Check him out and you’ll see why he’s my last guest.

What’s next for the band?

Touring after summer if it’s possible. If not then new album. I’d like to release a 20 song album!

What’s next for the band?

We have a tour with H.E.A.T. coming up!

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

www.reachtheband.com/
www.facebook.com/reachofficialsweden/
www.instagram.com/reachband/
www.reachbandofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4PAH2hYK4vEvxLEwCg9zQ2
www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9sW3bIi7oD6mHhbq8rs8w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Love me some Jaffa Biscuits!!

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

Thank you for inviting Reach to this interview. It’s been a pleasure and i enjoyed the questions. These things give a little hope of brighter future so we’re happy to do these interviews.

To our previous listeners, thank you for staying with us for almost 10 years and to all our new followers, welcome to our weird little family. We love you!

Cheers / Ludvig

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EMQ’s with WOLVER

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EMQ’s with WOLVER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karlstad, Sweden based Rock band, Wolver. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist/Bassist, Marcus, 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 Marcus, I’m the singer and riff guitar/bass player in Wolver. When I was younger, there was no one in my circle of friends that had any interest in music except for me. But with an unquenchable thirst for writing music and singing, I kept going, and it wasn’t until I entered university that I found my soulmate, Elias Arvidsson Nordgård (Wolver’s Drummer), who shared my vision and passion. This was back in 2011, but it wasn’t until the spring of 2018 that we finally found the third and final piece of the Wolver Puzzle in Filip Larsson (Wolver’s Lead Guitarist). When he joined everything clicked… The sound, the structure, the live performances…Wolver was complete!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name originated from a dream. I simply woke up and had the name stuck in my head, wrote it down on a piece of paper on my nightstand, and fell back asleep. It might sound made up, but when I woke again, I glanced over the paper and immediately knew that it was the name of our band.

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

We are from Sweden, where there’s a big metal scene at the moment, which makes us stick out like a sore thumb! Our live shows are very appreciated, but our main audience is found abroad.

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

Our latest release is our debut album, “Act I: It Starts With a Bow”. A concept album that consists of 17 tracks, and is a total of 55 minutes long. It is heavily complemented with illustrations by Daniel Nagy, that drives a narrative of our fictitious stage personas, The Protagonist, The Brawler, and The Charmer, on a journey through a spectacular fantasy realm, which portrays and mimics a lot of our world’s problems, and challenges them (e.g., politics, racism, source criticism… etc.).

‘101’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, I must say Muse, but as a band I believe that Queen, Queens of the Stone Age and AC/DC are all strong candidates for that role!

What first got you into music?

Even before I was seriously considering a music career, I had always taken singing lessons. But it wasn’t until I got hooked on Blink 182, sometime in high school, that I started playing guitar and writing songs for hours on end, daily.

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

I’d have to say Muse. Matthew Bellamy’s sense for music is to me out of this world, combining strings, his signature guitar riffs, flawlessly fitting piano arpeggios, raw sawtooth bass sounds, and sprinkling it with outstanding lyrics accompanied by his angelic voice. If I sound like a fanboy… That’s because I am 😉.

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

Rock Am Ring is a given! They always seem to book the very bands that make out my entire personal playlist.

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

It must be a compliment, and nickname, in contrast to my band mates. Firstly, Filip got told that he looked like Bradley Cooper, then Elias was told that he was as cute as Ed Sheeran. Then someone approached me and said that I look like Jiminy Cricket…“Thanks…”

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

In this day and age, it seems like so many people only read and believe what supports their biased opinion. People seem to rather state individual cases, that strengthen their arguments, instead of basing their beliefs on proven facts and statistics. That alone makes it almost impossible to reach common ground with anyone. And as the cracks between people, be it in politics, or racial issues, only seems to get bigger, we want our music, storyline, and message to help reverse the trend and instead bring us all closer together.

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

For me personally I’d have to go with Kurt Cobain. He died way too young, and I believe that his songwriting genius streak had only just begun…

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

Being in the studio must be it for me. To see everything come together and finally sprinkling it with the minor details that raises everything an additional step.

What I hate most must be the constant pressure of social media, when you want to focus your time and creativity on the music, and live performances, but instead have to make new clever content that becomes irrelevant within a day or two, just to keep up with everyone else.

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

It would be to have everyone in the world listen to Wolver all day, every day! That would be pretty awesome…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Then I again need to flick my fanboy switch and say Muse – “Origin of Symmetry”…hands down!

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

I truly appreciate Vinyl, but I’m mostly too lazy to put one on, so I’d have to go with Spotify!

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

Maybe it’s the part of me sick of Covid-19 circumstances talking, but probably one of the smaller gigs. We love when it’s so packed with people that you can feel the audience radiating heat and energy, unstoppably spreading like a wildfire!

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

I actually have a degree in Music and Sound- engineering, so probably something with use of that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably people I know would show up! Like my bandmates, my girlfriend, and my sister… The last seat I always keep open in case I am ever so lucky to have my pal, King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf dropping by!

What’s next for the band?

We have some radio time coming up, some interviews, a streamed live performance, and in short trying to do as much as possible before Covid-19 is over, because then we’re hitting the road!

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

We focus mainly on Facebook for news, Instagram to get our story across and finally Youtube for combining everything!

www.linktr.ee/wolver.official

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes must be a cake! Or, who in their right mind would name a biscuit Jaffa CAKES? That would be stupid…but I guess…stranger things have happened, right?

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

No, I don’t think so! Thank you yourself, for a pleasant interview!

Wolver Promo Pic - Credit Linn Wedin
Photo by Linn Wedin

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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