EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

Death Ingloria Logo

EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with London, England based Multimedia Rock band, Death Ingloria. Huge thanks to Galina Rin for taking part.

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

I’m Galina Rin. Supreme being of the band Death Ingloria creating rock music, comic art and animation about the end of Humanity. Each album is a complete Sci Fi story accompanied by a comic and I’m not saying I’m psychic but my first comic was about a designer virus that was purposefully let loose on the population. Don’t worry I kill us off a lot faster in our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”.😊

I was trying to start a band for more years than I care to admit. I went through 5 bass players and 12 drummers only to decide to go it alone. So, for the first 3 years of this project, I was a one human show. Now I have a band. Co-Conspirators. Space Travellers that accompany me on this journey. It’s nice to have company as this life, it ain’t right for everybody. Everyone would do it now if it was easy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I tell stories about Humanity’s Inglorious Death. So, Death Ingloria seemed the right choice.

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

We’re from London, UK and it’s hard to say what the scene will be like when it opens up. Before Lockdown I would say that there is room for everyone in our scene but you need to be very specific about your audience. Some genres do better than others and middle of the road dies a death here.

We find our tribe within comic cons and other geek based conventions but we also play rock festivals and venues.

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

Our latest release is ‘Battle Stations’, the 2nd single of our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”. Of all of our videos this one means the most to us. It depicts true, lived through events and ones that could very easily be repeated. By normalising public violence, we cause it to seep and stain our collective identity until it becomes so ingrained in who we are that we give it its own annual celebration.

‘Battle Stations’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Coheed and Cambria are pretty much responsible for the creation of Death Ingloria. I’ve seen them 19 times, managed to watch from the side of stage both at Glastonbury and Reading Festival and even owned the handbag at one point. We are similar and yet different enough to make a great support band for C&C. You know…just in case The Universe is one of your readers.

What first got you into music?

My parents are folk and rock musicians. My Dad played drums for a band that supported Jimi Hendrix, back in the day. It’s cliche to say but it’s always been that way.

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

Maybe I’m soft in the head, but I don’t dream of collabs. I wouldn’t turn them down but I don’t have anyone in mind. It’s just not something I think about.

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

Now this is something I dream about! Download, Fuji Rock, San Diego Comic Con! I have to give you three because they are all very different.

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

I did an acoustic show in London and after the show a fan handed me a pen drawn picture, he had drawn of me while performing at that show. It was really cool and looked just like me 😊

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

Everything moves towards its end.

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

My first thought is for Kurt Cobain but would he want to come back? Maybe not so let’s bring back someone who died by accident or illness. Randy Rhoads seems the obvious choice, Chuck Schuldiner also.

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

First off, I don’t hate anything about being a musician. I’ve done all the crap jobs to get here and I can tell from experience there is nothing to complain about.

Being in charge of your own art and how you spend your time is the thing I enjoy the most.

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

If I’ve learned anything on this journey it is this. If you move/change something, something else must move into its space. An equivalent exchange if you like. I’d have a good old look before wishing things away.

Things are generally the way they are for a reason and only through gradual change can they evolve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Machina – “Progenitor”. Just amazing Symphonic Sci Fi Metal greatness. I have no idea how they make half their sounds.

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

Download, Comic and ID Card. The three formats our new album comes in.

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

Opening The Cyberdrone at BoomTown Fair in 2019 was pretty epic. A 15 metre 360 project Dome with a stage in the middle. Anime Epic Overload!

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

Nothing. I’d be dust in the wind, dude. I did all the crap jobs to land here and now I’m not going anywhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a reformed alcoholic l so I don’t like dinner parties as it will make me want to drink. However, I love to go dancing at metal clubs. So, for that, actively I wouldn’t take anyone famous. We’re there to dance not schmooze.

What’s next for the band?

Gig, gig, gig, tour, tour, tour and then write some more! Seriously though, We’re playing a lot of online festivals for the foreseeable, but we will be on the road for a load of dates at Comic Cons through the rest of the year, check out the events on deathingloria.com. We also have our Live Listening Party (IRL & Livestream) on Friday 30th July 19:00 – 21:00 at The Electrowerkz in London. We’ll be playing the new album and animation in full at this show and attendees, either in the room or on stream will be able to get the album 2 weeks before it’s general release. Exciting.

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

www.deathingloria.com/
www.deathingloria.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathingloria/
www.twitter.com/death_ingloria
www.instagram.com/death_ingloria/
www.soundcloud.com/deathingloria
www.twitch.tv/death_ingloria
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mD6khAn5xTH4hUYkAXJZW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtaPIpqYbIFjN4DI7sxsrg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are a cake in bite size form

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

Thank you kindly for having me and we’ll see you all soon.

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Matt Long And The Revenant Ones – The Other Side

The Other Side Album Cover Art

Matt Long And The Revenant Ones – The Other Side
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/07/2021
Running Time: 50:30
Review by Simon Black
9/10

This is a new project from Catfish frontman Matt Long. It has been held back from release since last summer, because let’s face it you don’t ideally want to launch a new side project when you can’t get out on the road to support it. For a three piece, they pack a lot of punch too, with Long (on vocals and guitar) being joined by fellow Catfish bassist Adam Pyke and Kev Hickman (Raven Eye) on the drum stool. Long’s vocals are gutsy, soulful and powerfully loud in the mix, with his sole guitar providing a wall of growl against which the rhythm section pounds with slab-like efficiency.

This album has a coiled, tensed up energy, just waiting to explode – like one assumes, the band themselves under the circumstances. It’s a debut, but one delivered by highly experienced musos, which means you get nine well-crafted fat and meaty songs, with a darn fine song-writing sensibility behind them, delivered on a platter of piquant musicianship with a rich fat production sauce. It’s also one of those albums that’s a definite grower.

Opening with huge, hard and heavy wave of discordance, this album kicks the door firmly between the planks with the positively Stoner weight of ‘So’. The album stays that down and dirty throughout, with more of a Black Stone Cherry style of riffage appearing and balancing with the Stoner groove fairly from early on, but peppered with a healthy portion of Blues vibe and a whole lot of soulfulness in Long’s charismatic vocal delivery. This is definitely a heavier, more down-tuned and riffier sound than the more Bluesy sound Catfish fans might be expecting, but the variety of styles here makes for a far more interesting sound. It’s also Metal enough for the more traditional rivet heads like me to get off on it too, with a few dollops of an almost Power Metal tempo for good measure in places.

To be fair that’s the consistent tone and feel throughout, although the pace and sound vary enormously, making for a highly rich listening experience. ‘Have My Say’ is a much pacier piece and a great up-tempo Blues infused rocker that would not sound amiss on a Joe Bonamassa album. When the pace does slow down, as with ‘Dark And Lonely Room’ we see an acoustic and soulful side to Long, who leads the song alone with a clean semi-acoustic guitar for the first half before he rips everyone a new one with a full on power ballad close out. It’s positively Neolithic in its heaviness, and one of the unexpected highlights of the record, but not the only track to take this approach. The album is not afraid to take it’s time either, with both ‘With My Own Eyes’ and the absolute highlight, album closer ‘Across The Borderline’ – again semi-acoustic at the outset but each taking over seven minutes to take the listener on a well-crafted journey of heaviness. And check out Long’s superb Bluesy solo at the end of ‘Borderline’, which is worth waiting for as the album crashes out as heavily as it opened. Spot on chaps.

‘Feel Like A Saint’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. So
02. Have My Say
03. Stone Bones
04. Dark And Lonely Room
05. Take It All
06. Wild Animal
07. With My Own Eyes
08. Feel Like A Saint
09. Across The Borderline

LINE-UP:
Matt Long – Guitars & Vocals
Adam Pyke – Bass
Kev Hickman – Drums

LINKS:

Matt Long And The Revenant Ones Promo Pic

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Video Interview with EMPYRE

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Video Interview with EMPYRE
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all! Miss Bicheno here! I am back with another interview…and this time I had a really insightful and lengthy video chat with Did Coles (Lead Guitar) and Henrik Steenholdt (Vocals) of Northampton, UK based Rock band Empyre.

After playing in a successful cover band and wanting to expand on creating their own music, Empyre formed in 2016, catapulting into creating a range of ballads with atmospheric and hard rock layers. Due to play Planet Rock’s Rockstock this year and with more gigs being announced all the time (including a support slot on Mason Hill’s upcoming 2021 UK Tour in September) and all subject to Covid restrictions being lifted, Empyre have a string of stages they have frequented around the UK over the years and if you listen to their stunning offerings with added Acoustic versions, you will see why!

After my Skype cut out our introductions (doh!), have a watch of the interview below with these brilliant guys!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

EMPYRE Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Empyre are:
Did Coles – Lead Guitar
Henrik Steenholdt – Vocals
Elliot Bale – Drums
Grant Hockley – Bass

LINKS:

‘Only Way Out’ (Official Video)


Empyre Promo Pic

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Mike West – The Next Life

Mike West – The Next Life
Self-Released
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 33:27
Review by Beth Jones
7/10

We first came across Mike West at our favourite haunt, Mcleans Pentre, and he instantly became a hit with me. His southern style acoustic jams conjure images of chilling round a campfire as the sun sets. And now we can all enjoy the sultry tones of his gravelly pipes from the comfort of our own homes, with “The Next Life” – his debut full length album! You can’t beat a bit of country folk/blues, can you? The tormented, Jack Daniels fuelled ramblings of the jaded, set to music, has long been a favourite of many a music fan, and I’m no exception! When listening to Mike, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was a pure deep south cowboy, come across the pond to serenade us with ramblings penned on his back porch. But he’s not, he’s actually from Rock Ferry up on the Wirral!

“The Next Life” is packed full of all the bluesy goodness that I would expect from Mike, and has a few tracks that were my favourites live, too! It starts with the title track, which is a lilting, folk inspired tune. The addition of slide and violin here really enhances the sound, and the track travels through tempo changes which keep it interesting. And, of course, on top of it all sits Mike’s unmistakable vocals. They’re reminiscent of Tom Waits, and this pleases me greatly!

The album continues in a similar lamenting style, with Mike’s lyrical poetry featuring strongly throughout. This is one of his strongest points – his word smithery creates a wonderful storytelling element, which is both heartfelt and thought provoking. This is displayed perfectly in track 3, ‘What If?’.

With most tracks recorded in a minor key, the melancholy air of this album is tangible, but not in a bad way. It takes me back to my days playing in a folk band, where the best songs were always in a minor key! That said, I think my favourite track on the album is ‘For Them’, which is actually in a major key! However, it doesn’t lose any of it’s storytelling ability, and is full of reflection upon life, which is Mike’s forte.

The production of this album is also very well done. Recorded at Kingwood Studios in Liverpool, it has the effect of a live performance, which somehow adds to the impact of the music. And more importantly, while the addition of other instruments does fill out the sound, nothing overpowers Mike’s guitar and vocals, which are the stars of the show.

Because of Mike’s unique vocal style, “The Next Life” might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s a very well created debut full-length, of which he should be extremely proud. There’s nowhere to hide when playing acoustically and creating a set of songs that are musically sound, deep and thoughtful, but also able to captivate an audience, is a difficult thing to master. With this album, Mike West has done them all for me, and I look forward to seeing where he takes things to next, as I think he has really found himself, and now has a lot more to give.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Next Life
02. Work On
03. What If?
04. Company I Keep
05. Away I Go
06. Father to Son
07. Rock Ferry
08. For Them
09. No Grave

LINE-UP:
Mike West – Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica and Bass
Paul Miceli-Fagrell – Harmonica, Recording and Mixing
Amy Chalmers – Violin
Travis Egnor – Pedal Steel, Slide Guitar

LINKS:
www.mike333west.com/
www.mikewest333.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/mikewest333/
www.instagram.com/mike333west/
www.twitter.com/Mike333West
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4Pd2PAm9bznnxQLxQdQQ5W
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNLsH3duyQg_VH_qlK9kpQ

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Interview with Adam ‘Bowzer’ Bouskill from Massive Wagons

Interview with Adam ‘Bowzer’ Bouskill from Massive Wagons
By Tsarina Wilson

Tsarina recently got the chance to have a really quick chat with, the very busy, Bowzer from Lancaster based Rock band Massive Wagons. Huge thanks to him and Tsarina.

What is your name?

Bowzer!

What do you do?

I am the bassist in Massive Wagons!

Can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Nothing exciting in how I ended up here. The lads required a bass player, I had played guitar in a band with Baz (vocalist) previously and offered to play… how hard could it be eh? Only 4 strings!!

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

I’m from Lancaster, a small city in the North West of England, The rock scene has always had a decent presence here. There are a few pubs that put live music on non-stop. The Yorkie, The Pub, The Bobbin, they all put on new and young bands.

Who have been your greatest influences in music or in life?

Empyre’s most recent release is absolutely amazing. Everything they do is gold.

What first got you into music?

Musically talking specifically bass it has to be Roger Glover!

My whole family is into music. Only a couple have been in bands, but everyone loves a huge variety of music. In my house it was always The Stranglers, Madness, Ian Dury, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones on the stereo. My uncles were in a punk band called Interference and they supported The Clash at Lancaster Uni.

Which current bands would you like to see collaborate on a record?

That’s a hard question, I would like to see Danny Bowes of Thunder replace Adam Lambert fronting Queen, Danny hands down has the greatest rock and roll voice.

If you could go to any festival in the world, which would you chose and why?

Graspop, The line-up is always incredible, and I fancy going to Belgium!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

Erm I don’t think I own any weird musical items!

If you had one message for your Ever Metal reader, what would it be?

Look after yourself! Smile! And defend people around you that can’t defend themselves.

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

Keith Moon!

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

I’d swop the popularity of god-awful pop/chart music that is written by 25 people working with algorithms with the dwindling popularity of the rock, metal and alternative scene.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Blackout” by the Scorpions.

What’s best Vinyl, cassette, CD or downloads?

I have no preference; vinyl looks cool though.

What’s the best gig you have been to and why?

Metallica at the Etihad last year it was awesome.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?

Work, gotta pay the bills.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Moon, Ozzy, Da Vinci, Phil Mogg, Dio!

Thank you so much!

Massive Wagons brand new album “House Of Noise” will be released on 17th July via Earache Records. Order your copy here:
www.webstore.earache.com/A-Z/m/massive-wagons

House of Noise (Official Video)

Band Links:
www.massivewagons.com/
www.facebook.com/MassiveWagons/
www.twitter.com/MassiveWagons
www.instagram.com/massivewagons/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7xytG2E40s4GeukvZCGqGP
www.youtube.com/user/MassiveWagons

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EMQ’s with BLITZ

EMQ’s with BLITZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire, UK based Rock band, BlitZ. Huge thanks to guitarist, Kevin Simpson, 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 Kevin Simpson I play guitar in the band. The band was formed in 2015. A chance meeting with Stuart Corden (Singer and Bass player) at a rehearsal studio where he noticed my Kiss tattoo and we got talking about music etc. He worked with Mathew Davis (Drums and Backing Vocals) and before you knew it, we started to write and play music together the rest is… Blitztory!

How did you come up with your band name?

Stuart just came in one day after weeks of thinking about band names and he came up with BlitZ, taken from Sweets…’Ballroom BlitZ’. As simple as that really!

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

We’re all from the Nottinghamshire area, home of Nottingham Rock City! The scene in Nottingham has always been a great rock community.

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

We are set to release our 2nd Album “Fight To Survive” on August 21st 2020. We are also finishing the video for the 1st single ‘Breaking Out’ to be released early July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me personally musically …. Queen, Kiss , Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Van Halen, Guns and Roses, Slade, David Bowie…etc. But we all have different influences to be honest.

What first got you into music?

Queen and Kiss!

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

That’s a difficult one… I’d say Brian May from Queen, or James Hetfield from Metallica, or Lady Ga Ga!

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

Easy, would have to be Download. I have been going to download (Monsters of Rock) since 1986. It’s a great festival well organised and the crowds are fantastic.

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

A Fan had a tattoo of the cover of the 1st album…

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

Well what with the COVID-19 all our gigs got cancelled as did everyone else. Just hang in there the music scene will be back, and we have a brand-new CD coming out! So just stay safe and we love you all.

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

For me, it would be Freddie Mercury, my hero. Stuart says Prince, and Mat says Dave Williams from Drowning Pool.

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

I love writing and performing simple as that. What I hate – having a late gig and then having to go to work in the morning.

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

Stop Downloading music. I still love buying CD’s and Records.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Queen 2”

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

CD’s

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

Bloodstock!

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

We all have day jobs, but we would love the band to be our only job!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead or Alive? Lemmy, Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Jimmy Hedrix and Eddie Murphy.

What’s next for the band?

Well we’ve been working really hard on the 2nd album, so our main focus is to get it out there and hopefully be back on the road again.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.blitzuk.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/blitzrockbanduk
www.reverbnation.com/blitzrockband

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscake!

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

Thank you so much for asking us.

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Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance is Bliss (25th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition)

Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance is Bliss (25th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Jepsongs Recordings
Release Date: 17/07/20
Running Time: 52:17
Review by Beth Jones
10/10

The 90’s was a Marmite decade, musically. The rise of the manufactured band and the new waves of Britpop, indie, and mainstream rave was making it an eclectic picture, which you either loved or hated. The punk, glam, and classic metal scene was being driven underground by the polar opposites of kids with baggy jeans and curtains, smoking joints and playing bar chords, or kids dripping in Burberry, dropping Es and ‘climbing the rope’ or ‘stacking the shelves’ until dawn. The industry was fickle, and driven by profit more than ever before, to the detriment of many artists and bands. But if you looked hard enough, you could still find glimmers of hope amongst the detritus.

In 1995, I was 15, and in somewhat of a period of discovery as far as music was concerned. My tastes had begun to grow up from the likes of Take That and Let Loose. It started after hearing Queen, “Greatest Hits”, for the first time, and having an epiphany moment! And thank god it did, hey?! It was also the year Toby Jepson, formerly of Little Angels, released his first solo album, “Ignorance is Bliss”. A couple of years previously, Little Angels had been seen as the most successful group of a generation, but thanks to the greedy and destructive place that was the 90’s music industry, that had all ended in somewhat bitter circumstances. Now, after a quarter of a century, the dust has settled a little and, Toby, now the vocalist with Wayward Sons, has decided to re-release it as a special 25th anniversary edition. It has been remastered for this release, and there’s also a Limited ‘Songbook’ edition with CD featuring all 11 original tracks and two unreleased songs. The book features 36 pages of production notes, hand drawn illustrations, lyrics, song explanations and a forward introduction by writer David Gailbraith (Kerrang!)

Musically, this album leaves behind the safety of Little Angels’ classic Hard Rock style, moving into the darker realms of Alternative Rock with a hint of 90’s Grunge. Not surprising really, given the events that led to the demise of Little Angels, and, I suspect the need to ‘fit’ with the scene back then. But this album has a more mature edge than a lot of the music that was in vogue at the time, and that makes it ageless. It doesn’t feel dated in any way, and its themes are still as relevant today as they were quarter of a century ago; betrayal, sadness and existential angst, juxtaposed with hopefulness and new musical discovery, which really do make it a timeless classic.

It’s littered with catchy riffs, and a hefty dose of distorted fuzz, and is underpinned with intricate bass and robust rhythms. On top of all this sit Toby’s vocals, crystal clear and with just the right amount of edginess and grit to meld in the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll overtones, without taking the sound too far back into the comfort zone of times gone by.

It also has a certain acoustic intimacy about it – all the tracks could legitimately be played acoustically and not lose any of their meaning or feeling. I like this a lot. A few of the tracks have purely acoustic lead-ins, giving them a certain reflective melancholy, which nods to the overarching mood in which these songs were penned. One example of this is track 5, ‘The Wind Blows Hard’. It mixes a 90’s Bon Jovi style, with a more grunge inspired guitar and vocal sound, and classic rock rhythms. It ebbs and flows between acoustic sections and full on crunchy choruses. And just to top it off, there’s also a couple of intricate cross rhythm sections that bring you out of any false sense of security you may have been lulled into. Although it’s hard to single out any favourite tracks on this album, this one is right up there for me.

You should all know by now that I’m pretty fussy on production values when it comes to recorded music. Having not heard this album originally, I can’t really comment on the scale of the improvement that remastering has made, but the production on this release is pure quality. It’s very thoughtful in its placement of sounds, making it full and expansive, and dynamically everything is placed perfectly to create a very balanced and rounded sound. And every time I listen to it, I hear something new!

I’m going to shut up now. You can probably tell I quite like this album! All I’ll say is, if you liked elements of the 90’s, but need something a bit more grown up, thoughtful, and edgy, and appreciate talent and superb production, then this is definitely an album you should check out.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Some People Are More Equal Than Others
02. Better Off Without Me
03. Slipping Through Your Fingers
04. Haven’t Got Your Strength
05. The Wind Blows Hard
06. All Heal In Time
07. I Won’t Be With You
08. Save Me From Myself
09. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
10. Harder All The Time
11. Open Your Mind
12. Get Your Feet On (Previously Unreleased)
13. Spiritually Bankrupt (Previously Unreleased)

LINKS:
www.tobyjepsonofficial.com/
www.facebook.com/tobyjepsonofficial/
www.twitter.com/TobyJepson
www.instagram.com/therealtobyjepson/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKYqWet2jpPHLa5bS5eEA6g

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EMQ’s with CREATURE CREATURE

EMQ’s with CREATURE CREATURE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK Rock band, Creature Creature. Huge thanks to vocalist, Daniel Scully, for taking part.

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

My name’s Scully, I play the vocal cords, and am also the lyricist in Creature Creature.

I was doing covers with my guitarist, Zeus, back in 2015. You know, singing Mr Brightside in a pub full of coked up locals with flailing arms and undone shirts. As a songwriter, there’s only so long you can sing other people’s songs before you get itchy feet and we both pretty much said, ‘Fuck this….’ at the same time. Zeus and I had done original songwriting in the past but had never written together before.

I’d recently returned from a trip aboard the Flogging Molly cruise in Miami – basically a few days being wasted in the Caribbean and watching punk rock bands. Folk-punk was really influencing and improving my writing style, so I wanted to root our direction in that. When we formed the band, the early material was very much of the folk-punk sound.

Our violinist had to quit in 2018, and after that we naturally progressed in a much more rock direction. Everything started falling into place in the summer of 2018 when we met Tommy Gleeson who mixed a couple of our songs. He did such a great job that we asked if he would be up for producing our debut album, and he was!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were called 40 Shillings on the Drum between 2015 and 2019, but the loss of much of the folk-punk sound, and because of the huge rock direction our debut album had moved in, at the end of 2019, we decided to rebrand.

Zeus (guitarist), had recently told me a story about how he had watched the 80’s cult-classic ‘Critters’ when he was little and how the creatures had given him nightmares. They used to roll into his room in the dead of night and shoot little spikes at his toes. He swears to this day that he had to pick the spikes out before school most days.

I put the word Creature in with other ideas and when we couldn’t find something to go with it that didn’t sound wank – literally wank as ‘Beat the Creature’ was an option – Seb (keyboard player) suggested just using Creature twice as it’s that cool. Creature Creature was born!

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

We’re all from Brighton and its surrounding areas. Brighton has always had an incredible music scene although it has been sad to see the closure of some of the smaller venues in recent years. There is a good underground rock/metal scene in the city and it’s great to see the genre continuing to shine even in a constantly changing musical landscape.

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

‘The Early Days’ single is up next. We’re keeping a steady flow of songs coming in the build up to the album release – this is the third single. I think it’s going to show another side to us so am excited to see what people think. It dropped on Friday 19th June.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have many amongst the band, and I personally have a very wide taste in music so it will always be difficult to pick a couple. I’d say the descriptive style of bands like The Pogues really taught me to look closer at what I write and do my best to make it as interesting as possible. When I first started writing, I’d just scribble down what was in my head and that was it. Now I look closer at each line and think about how I can make it more interesting, adding words to paint a more detailed picture of what the song is about.

I love word play, and have always been a big fan of Eminem, especially his earlier material. I saw an interview with him once where he said that words were like a puzzle to him. How it was always about looking again and again at what he had written, and seeing if there was any more pieces he could fit into it. I think that always resonated with me and I’m finding myself taking that outlook more and more as my songwriting progresses.

What first got you into music?

Love them or hate them, it was Oasis. I wasn’t really into music growing up but then one day my older sister gave me a lift somewhere in her old banger and she had ‘Definitely Maybe’ on her stereo. I was just in awe. I didn’t even know anything about them but something in the songs just spoke to me. A short period of wanting and failing to be Liam Gallagher followed but I’ve got curly hair so that was just never gonna work.

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

Right now, I’m really liking what Dave is doing. I watched the Brit Awards with low expectancy and pretty much to just rip the piss out of, and then he came on with this amazing piano led version of ‘Black’. It shut me up and got my full attention. It just shows you don’t need a thousand fucking backing dancers and a Disney-sized light show to make an impact. It was simple, visually stunning and emotionally charged. The performance prompted me to look more at his work. I think a fresh rap and rock combo could be great if done right.

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

There are so many great ones, but it’d be Glastonbury for me. I’ve only been once but really enjoyed the vibe and diverse range of artists. It’s a legendary festival and to get up on that stage to show the world what we do is the dream.

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

Mine have all been pretty normal – c’mon people, try harder! – but I know our keyboard player, Seb, received something a bit racey. He got the classic underwear through the post. It was a g-string with piano keys on the front and a post-it note saying ‘Play Me’ on the front. Legend has it, he actually tapped on the keys to see if they made a sound!

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

If there’s anything you want from life, and you think it’d be impossible to get, be that in music, or whatever your passion is, never give up. It may be cliché but the majority of people who don’t get what they want from life are those that have quit trying. It took me a long, long time to get to this point in my musical career, and whilst I think we’ve still got a long journey ahead, to be on the verge of releasing my band’s debut album is the best feeling. We have only got to this point through hard work and never giving up.

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

Kurt Cobain. His ability to speak to a generation through his music was incredible and I’m certain he would have had so much more to give.

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

Love gigs and touring. You can’t beat the live experience and not being able to perform during the pandemic has hit myself, the band, and I’m sure, many others, hard. We wrote these songs in a little studio, and whilst it’s great to hear of people enjoying the recordings, it’s when you’re face to face with that enjoyment, standing on a stage and seeing people having the time of their lives, that’s when it’s all worthwhile.

As for hate, being an independent artist, all the background work that no one gets to see. Filling in forms and registering our music, keeping it all up to date etc. I’m boring myself talking about it already! It’s an essential part for any serious artist but I’m hoping one day we can pass the painstaking boredom of it onto some other poor sod.

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

The way some artists treat people. I’m all for confidence, even thinking you’re the best thing in music – I’ve no problem with that. It’s when artists treat people badly, especially fans. Fans are the reason anyone is where they are, and we should always appreciate and make time for them as much as we can.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I have different favourites in many genres depending on my mood, however, one of my most played would probably be “England Keep My Bones” by Frank Turner. It’s probably the album that had me delve more into folk-punk as a genre and definitely helped set me on the path to the songwriter I am today. Although, we ended up losing the majority of the folk-punk sound when recording the album, I think it still shines through in certain aspects of my lyrics and my songwriting is all the better for the inspiration that album gave me.

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

They all have their place. It’s cool to have the world’s music at your fingertips with digital streaming and purchases. For me, streaming music is an amazing way to discover music by more unsigned and under the radar artists from around the world. With the best of the best though, I’ll always want a physical copy, and because I’m a sucker for great artwork, I think vinyl wins, and you just can’t beat that sound!

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

Beautiful Days festival down in Devon. We were only on a small stage, but it was the first major festival we played. We stayed for the whole weekend, got wasted, saw some fucking awesome bands and just had an amazing time. We didn’t have AAA wristbands but still managed to sneak back of main stage to find free beer. We found that beer and whilst enjoying it, bumped into Tommy Gleeson who went on to become the producer of our debut album. Some things are meant to be and occasionally, you’ve got to break some rules to get to them.

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

I love film so to be an actor would be pretty cool. Having said that, I’m pretty sure my acting would be shite, so I’d probably just end up as an extra being pushed down the stairs by Phil Mitchell in Eastenders or something!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Right now, my band – Zeus, Seb, Dave and Matt. I haven’t seen them face to face for two months due to lockdown and I’m used to hanging out with them all the time. They’re my best mates and there’s no one I’d rather be having a dinner party with right now apart from them. As for the spare seat, maybe Gordon fucking Ramsey so he can totally destroy my soul by dissing all the food I’ve prepared for the band.

Having said that, we would probably skip dinner and go straight to party anyway. Eating is cheating.

What’s next for the band?

Debut album release! It’s been a long journey since we recorded it last June, and we’ve been really thankful that we’ve had the release to look forward to through lockdown. This is a huge deal for us as we have all been in different bands before, but none of them ever got to a point where we were in a position to record and release an album.

Two Finger Tantrum’ drops Friday 10th July. Be ready!

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

Most of the major ones, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. We haven’t ventured into Tik Tok yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Zeus is busting some moves to some shit pop song whilst wearing a bikini. I’m pretty sure he already has an Only Fans account.

You can also visit www.creaturecreature.co.uk for all the latest news and to grab some merch.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Fucking hell, I’m only a mere singer, why don’t you throw one of the ultimate conundrums at me for a final note! Fuck you biscuiteers, it’s a cake. Clue’s in the name!

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

Thank you! Just that if you’ve got the time, check out Creature Creature on your favourite streaming service right now rather than later!

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EMQ’s with THE BIG DIRTY

EMQ’s with THE BIG DIRTY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Northampton, UK based ‘Sex’ Rock band The Big Dirty. Huge thanks to guitarist C Diddy 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 C Diddy and I play guitar in the band. I joined the guys back in 2017 when they were going through something of a change up in their musical style and direction. They were playing Mariah Carey covers in local care homes, but wanted to move into a sexier direction, so they naturally recruited me. I was the sexiest member in the band too, until our Drummer Tib Tob joined, and started secretly injecting lard into my sandwiches to fatten me up.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think it was inspired by something our singer, Jonny, left in the toilet one day. But that could just be bullshit.

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

We are from Northampton in the U.K. There’s some really great music coming out of our town at the moment to be fair. You’ve got the likes of Empyre who are doing really well for themselves and I really like a local band called We Are GIANTS, who have a really big and gnarly sound! The rock fans in Northampton are also very loyal and really supportive. Plus, they love to get crazy drunk and party at gigs!

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

We have just released a new single and music video for the song ‘Dirty Rider’. It’s off our upcoming album, “The Sex”, which will be coming out in July. The video is bonkers and involves us riding a mechanical bull! We were heavily drunk when we filmed it and I was surprised no one threw up! I think Jonny did soil himself though…

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band we’re heavily influenced by the great Sleaze Rock acts from the 80’s, such as Motley Crüe, Twisted Sister and Faster Pussycat, as well as more modern sleaze acts like Steel Panther and Crazy Lixx. We all have our own individual influences too, which has helped mould our sound into a unique mush of flavours. For example, our bassist, J.C, likes a lot of heavier bands, such as He Is Legend and Underoath, whereas I’m quite into modern blues artists like Eric Gales and Kingfish. We’re able to blend these different influences into our song writing and create some really interesting twists and turns in our music.

What first got you into music?

The lure of the Rockstar lifestyle. And also, none of us have the fitness to be footballers.

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

Billie Eilish for sure. I love her dark, edgy song writing. It would be really interesting to see what we could come up with together. Also, she’s like mega famous, which would obviously really help spread The Big Dirty name about!

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

Download festival would be an awesome one! It’s the biggest rock/metal festival here in the UK and it’s pretty iconic! We’d absolutely love to play there one day!

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

We haven’t had any weird gifts as of yet. In fact, we’ve had some pretty awesome gifts so far. We’ve had bottles of Booze, custom made necklaces and bracelets, and even a mould of someone’s penis. Ok, that last one was pretty weird, but it does make a good hat stand.

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

Thank you! You’re all awesome and we love you to pieces!

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

For me personally, Randy Rhoads.

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

I enjoy the buzz of playing live, standing side by side with your best mates and bringing a little joy into people’s lives, just for that brief moment. I hate my bandmates.

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

Streaming is very prevalent at the moment. And it’s a great way for artists to get their music in front of their fans, but I’d like to see higher pay-outs to artists for those streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonny (Vocals): Andrew W.K. – “I Get Wet”

C Diddy: Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears”

Tib Tob: (Drums): Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours”

J.C (Bass): He Is Legend – “White Bat”

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

They all have their own place, and their own pros and cons. Whatever the individual listener prefers. It’s up to them. As artists we just have to cater to all these distribution methods and try to adapt to what’s the most popular at the time.

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

We played a Halloween gig last year at one of Northampton’s most iconic rock venues. It was absolutely bonkers! We do this thing at gigs where we fill up a super soaker with whiskey (we call it The Whiskey Pistol) and spray it into the mouths of anyone in the crowd that wants it. Let’s just say we had a lot of drunk fans that evening…and a very messy floor.

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

I think we’d all probably be working in bars and drinking a few shots of scotch while the manager goes out for an hour-long cigarette break. We’d be the managers of the bar I think.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Beethoven, Marilyn Manson, Eva Green, Tim Burton, Dwayne Johnson!

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got another couple of singles coming out followed by our debut album, which we’re really excited to get out there! We’re gonna do as much as we can during the COVID-19 crisis to keep people’s spirits up and as soon as we’re able to we’ll be getting back to gigging and meeting all our awesome fans, who are known as ‘The Dirty Berties.’

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

We have our music on all the usual streaming sites and we also sell physical copies of our music at gigs and online. We utilise Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for connecting and engaging with our fans. Twitter seems to be the best for us at the moment. So, if you’re on social media feel free to come say hi! We love chatting with everyone and we’ve made some awesome friendships through it! Our handle is @bigdirtyrock on all our social media accounts.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Have you ever tried a Jaffa Cake soaked in Whiskey? Then they’re a bit like a soggy biscuit. Tib Tob loves those.

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

Thanks to you guys for chatting with us! It’s been a blast! I’d also like to say that our number one fan Russ, is awesome! He has a massive…heart…and penis.

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EMQ’s with UGLY CLINIC

EMQ’s with UGLY CLINIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aberdeen, Scotland based Rock/Punk band Ugly Clinic. Huge thanks to guitarist Pete for taking part.

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

I’m Pete the Riff, I play guitar in Ugly Clinic, and we are a rock and roll band. I already knew Bass player Davie X previously; we were both in a punk rock covers band. Richard (lead Guitar), Jed (drums) and Chloe (vocals) were recruited specially for Ugly Clinic because they are great musicians and they have the required rock n’ roll attitude!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Ugly Clinic comes from an old Judge Dredd story in 2000AD comic. It’s the opposite of a beauty parlour, people go there to deliberately get ugly! As we generally despise all forms of bland, manufactured pretty-boy pop music, the name resonated with us.

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

We come from Aberdeenshire in the North of Scotland, which is quite a remote area, far away from London. Aberdeen is a college town with two universities, so there are a lot of young, creative people around. It’s a lovely place in the summer, but it’s cold and gloomy in the winter. I think because we are so far away from everywhere else, we aren’t so influenced by whatever the music industry decides to push as the latest trend, and people tend to pick their own style and stick with it. There’s a long Heavy Metal and Rock tradition in this part of the world, and a few decent bars and clubs to play in. In a lot of respects, it’s a bit like Seattle, but with less people!

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

Our new single is called ‘Hot Knife’ and is available on all major download platforms now. We will be releasing more tunes from our debut album throughout the rest of this year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We don’t copy anybody, or any specific era or genre. As a group of individuals, our personal tastes tend towards the Punk/Metal/Classic Rock/Goth. Our biggest influences are bands like The Damned, The Clash, Motorhead, AC/DC, Blondie, Pink, Buzzcocks, Hanoi Rocks.

What first got you into music?

At around age 15, it was listening to two albums that a friend of mine’s older brother had in his collection. The Ramones ‘’It’s Alive’’ and The Damned ‘’Machine Gun Etiquette’’. One live album, one studio. Both brilliant in their own way. We played them to death, and formed our own band soon after.

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

Captain Sensible from The Damned. Brilliant songwriter and a criminally under-rated guitar player.

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

For me, it has to be Glastonbury. I’ve been before as a fan, and just loved it. The atmosphere is truly unique, and the line-ups are so eclectic there’s something for everyone.

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

A broken wah-wah pedal. I have no idea why.

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

Don’t be a cynic – join the Ugly Clinic!

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

I wouldn’t do that. Coronavirus is bad enough; we don’t want a zombie outbreak on top of it.

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

I enjoy recording in the studio, I find it very rewarding building tracks up from nothing into the finished article. The worst thing is hanging around waiting to play before gigs.

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

I would make boy bands illegal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Television – “Marquee Moon”. I love the way Tom Verlaine plays guitar.

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

Vinyl without a doubt. Best sound reproduction and best format for artwork too. I love the smell of fresh vinyl in the morning!

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

The Market Bar in Inverness. It’s tiny, like playing in someone’s front room. But the crowd are usually well up for it.

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

Prime Minister. I could probably manage that. Boris can do it, so how hard can it be?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Churchill, Keith Moon, Harry Flashman, Socrates (the Brazilian footballer, not the philosopher) and Alexander the Great.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started making demos for Album number 2, and hopefully a whole lot of gigs once we are allowed to venture outside again.

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

We are on Facebook and Instagram, and our music is available on all major download and streaming platforms.
www.facebook.com/uglyclinic/
www.instagram.com/ugly_clinic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake. The manufacturers went to a tax tribunal in 1991 to prove it. Also, the word biscuit comes from the Italian ‘’biscotti’, which in English means ‘’twice-cooked’’. Biscotti are supposed to be hard, and Jaffa cakes aren’t.

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

Beware of false biscuits passing themselves off as cakes!

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