EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

EMQ’s with FERAL SUN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band, Feral Sun. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Mick Burns 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… I’m Mick Burns from Feral Sun and we play a mixture of Rock / Heavy Rock / Metal. Feral Sun Originates from Pretoria, South Africa but quickly found its way to London, UK. Since the release of our Debut album “Evacuate”, which brought us on to many Headline and support shows around the UK, we have on tour with The Mighty Skindred, were Main support to Puddle Of Muddas well as main support to one of South Africa’s “biggest” Rock bands Prime Circle.

How did you come up with your band name?

My first band in South Africa, which went by the name of “Wild Child”, had started out as a “Pearl Jam meets Incubus” kind of sound. It moved towards a heavier sound and we then felt that the name did not suit the band anymore and needed to change. I managed to find a dictionary, to find other words for “wild”, and found “feral”. Feral Child did not sound right lol! So, thinking back to many fans saying that our music had a lot of energy, I thought …what has more energy than the sun? … boom… Feral Sun was born!

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

Well as mentioned, I am from South Africa and I have now been away for 16 years. The scene back then was decent, and some really good bands were making a lot of noise around the country. One band in particular “Saron Gas” made a huge success by getting signed in the US and went on to change their name to SEETHER. I have been keeping track of the scene in South Africa from here in London, and it still looks pretty much alive over there. One of my dreams is to Bring Feral Sun back to South Africa for a “Back to the Roots” tour…watch this space!

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

‘Blame’ is the first of three Single’s we aim to release over the next few months.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well for me personally, it will have to be Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour and Breaking Benjamin but, adding in a few from the rest of the guys in the band, there is Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, Disturbed and more.

What first got you into music?

I have my brother to thank for that, as he got me listening to a variety of music when I was younger. Pink Floyd, Rodriguez, REM, Queen and more became bands and songs I would sing along to on a daily basis. Once I got into my Teens, Nirvana came on the scene and from that moment I got interested in playing guitar, then song writing, and then finally starting a band.

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

As much as I would like to say Pearl Jam, I think musically now with Feral Sun’s sound, and the fact that I love their music just as much, it would be mind-blowing to collaborate with the awesome Alter Bridge \m/.

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

Wow… there are few to choose from but, I guess like most Rock/Metal bands, it will have to be Download. The festival has a long history of incredible bands that have inspired so many and I guess it’s one to add to the “bucket list” as such, and add your name to the list of bands to have graced the stages at Download.

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

Not sure I’ve received a weird gift as yet, maybe I’m doing something wrong lol! But I did once have a fan bring a Cake to a venue for my birthday, which was an absolute surprise and awesome indeed!

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

Well with all the craziness in the world at the moment, life can be tough! No matter how hard it gets, be sure to know that there is always someone ready to listen. As per the lyrics on ‘Find a Way’ – the first track on our debut album, “When life brings me down, I can’t find my way out…in time… I seem to find a way”

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

That is another tough question as there are a few but, I would say Chris Cornell.

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

To be honest it’s the full package! I love writing, Recording, playing live, meeting new people and the occasional shenanigans.

I hate the nasty side of the Music industry, with some very dodgy people using bands for their personal gain, and in turn quite often destroying their soul and the love of music.

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

To completely ban all Tout sites from ever selling tickets and give fans a fair chance of getting to see their favourite band’s at reasonable prices.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam – “TEN”

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

Downloads made listening easier but I’m a bit old school and prefer CD’s.

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

Supporting Prime Circle at the O2 Academy Islington most definitely! Everything was amazing, from playing a great set in front of a full house, having my family there, including my son who got to come backstage and was in his element, meeting South African Rugby legend Schalk Burger backstage, and of course finally meeting the awesome guys in Prime Circle, who are some of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of sharing a stage with.

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

I would probably be a music photographer and/or designer of artwork for bands and hopefully travel to various parts of the world.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shaun Morgan (Seether), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).

What’s next for the band?

Releasing new Music singles and working towards a possible album, getting back on the road and playing as many shows, tours and festivals and a Possible Festival and mini tour in the USA and more.

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

www.facebook.com/feralsun
www.youtube.com/feralsunrock
www.soundcloud.com/feralsun
www.feralsun.bandcamp.com/album/evacuate
www.instagram.com/feral_sun/
www.twitter.com/feralsun

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake in biscuit form.

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

Really appreciate your support and would like to thank all our fans, friends and families for believing in us and supporting us all the way. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of our new tracks and we look forward to seeing you at one of our shows very soon.

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Matt Jones/Twisted Illusion – Live From The Flat

Matt Jones/Twisted Illusion – Live From The Flat
Somewhere in Manchester
20/03/2020
Review By Beth Jones

So… Its been a week since ‘THE EVENT’ really took hold in the UK. We are listening to Mitchell & Webb’s advice of ‘REMAIN INDOORS’ (if you’re not up on British comedy, google it). The kids are now off school indefinitely, and the only way to stop cabin fever setting in is going to be alcohol and live streams! The first of our live streams was to be the heart, soul, and lifeblood of Twisted Illusion; main man, Matt Jones. As with any other muso at this time, shit is difficult. Gigs cancelled, festivals postponed, merch sales unlikely, the future uncertain, livelihoods in the balance, and the ability to do what musos live for – performing live to a room full of people – curtailed for god knows how long. Times are bleak, but our community is two things – caring and resourceful. And to that end, we’ll pull together and get involved, right? It was also Matt’s birthday, so all the more reason to tune in and show our support.

If anybody has experienced Matt Jones and Twisted Illusion before, you’ll know that he is one talented guy, but this is unchartered waters for all of us. This is up close and personal, with nowhere to hide, just Matt, in his flat, with a guitar, a mic, and the lovely Hannah reading out the comments and requests from the gathered ‘watchers’ on Facebook. To that end, I have to commend Matt on his absolute stalwart tenacity to bring music to the people, by whatever means. This was his soul, right here on our tablets, or smart phones or TV, and it was a great and, if I’m honest, an emotional thing to witness. Yes, it was rough around the edges, yes it wasn’t the same as watching it in a bar or venue, yes it’s all a bit weird for everyone, but adopt, adapt and improve, right? (thanks for the quote John Cleese).

Matt has produced some amazing covers recently, which have been posted on Youtube, and he was taking requests for this performance! My favourite of his covers so far has been Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’. He performed it at my birthday back in December, and obviously I requested it again for this gig. And again, he delivered the goods, and choked me up in the process. It’s been a fairly emotional couple of weeks for everyone to be fair, but this really hit me in the feels. He also covered Ace of Spades superbly and hit us with a bit of the Tenacious D classic, ‘Tribute’, too, which is always a crowd pleaser!

The covers were interspersed with some TI songs too, which really is what Matt does best. His song-writing imagination is huge, and he has come up with some masterpieces that deserve more recognition than they get. I would recommend everybody check them out. If you like proggy hard rock/classic metal sounds, or anything Devin Townsend has ever done, you’ll like Twisted Illusion.

This show was definitely an experiment and ‘dipping toes in the water’ for Matt, yes he’s done live noodling before, but not a live streamed show of any formality. There wasn’t a set list, there was a lot of half songs and banter, it wasn’t the professional production that we’d see from a ‘bigger band’, but that made it endearing and real.

Whilst it wasn’t perfect, it was a great start in this new field of bringing music to the people. He started to look more comfortable as it went along, and this was definitely the biggest crowd he has pulled and sustained in a live stream to date. Who knows how long this way of delivering live music will be for, but I sincerely hope that Matt and Twisted Illusion are a big part of that. You can catch the next live stream from him on Friday 27th March 2020 by clicking on this event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/614868202435132/ Be sure to tune in!

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/OfficialTIband/
www.twitter.com/officialtiband
www.twistedillusion.bigcartel.com/
www.twistedillusion.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCK0IxAnfXG7ibOx4HUyOHQQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2ieaLzCnFgOvKhImBVWp0P

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EMQs with Blame The Sacred

EMQ’s with BLAME THE SACRED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band, Blame The Sacred. Huge thanks to guitarist Kriss Rayner 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?

Kriss Rayner, guitarist of Blame the Sacred. The band, in its current form, is around 10 months old. I’ve known Scott a while and was aware he had this band going, and kind of worked my way in! At that time, I’d been scorned too many times by bands I’ve been in, so I had no intention of anything other than jamming and just having a social thing to do each week. Funny how, when you stop looking for something, it finds you. They instantly liked the idea of having two guitars when me and Andy started adding layers to their existing material. Bassists were a bit of an issue at the time, commitment wise. At that point, Wez’s band were on a bit of a hiatus, and I knew he was missing performing. I had a chat with him on a few occasions and when things were right for him, he came down. Instant chemistry. Wez liked the music, and the direction we wanted to go, so everything came together. Material ideas and concepts just came really quickly and easily.

How did you come up with your band name?

There’s no elaborate story behind it, I’m told Scott, Andy and Danny just sat down and threw some words about and that stuck!

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

We’re from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Donny has always had a decent scene and has always had small venues to support this (The leopard, Hallcross, Vintage rockbar etc), but I always felt like the bands kinda ride the coattails of bands from Sheffield. I look at Sheffield bands and there’s a lot of pioneer bands or innovators from there, and those new genres filter to the surrounding areas like Doncaster. That’s not to say I think we’re pioneers of a new genre.

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

Our latest EP “The Path” is due for release on 27th March on all formats. There will be a new music video to accompany one of the tracks from it. However, you can still find our previous single, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, on all music download platforms, as well as the music video for it either on YouTube or Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up on bands like Queen, Free and Dire Straits, but didn’t really understand or find “rock music” until I was about 12. My tastes over the past 20 years have fluctuated and, although I’ve always leant towards bluesy styles, at the minute I’m more on the heavier side. What draws me to a band is if they’re serious about what they’re playing, and that the music is real and not pretentious in anyway. What influences me in what I do with Blame are artists like Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Alter Bridge and While She Sleeps.

What first got you into music?

It’s always been there from what my parents used to listen to but, when I started skate boarding, it was the music in the videos that made me start exploring bands. My best friend back then would download all these different bands, (as I didn’t have the internet) and we’d just listen to all sorts. I remember hearing ‘All the Small Things’ by Blink 182 on the radio, and it just had that real Americana feel. Then there was Limp Bizkit, who I still love today.

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

Personally, I’d love to do something with Eminem or Jerry Cantrell, they’re the dream. But more realistically I’d love to have the guys in While She Sleeps produce a record. We’ve also briefly mentioned the idea of doing something with the guys in (fellow forged band) Shadow Smile. I’d love to co-write a song with another band that we’d perform together.

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

Tough one! I’m not really a festival person, it’d have to be something in the UK though. I guess Download.

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

I don’t think I’ve ever received a gift from a fan. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fan 😂!

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

Stick with us! The chemistry is established now and the material is coming fast and is great.

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

For one concert it’d be Freddie Mercury, to have his time again it’d be Chris Cornell, that one really sucked when he went. And I’d love to know what Alice in Chains would be like if Layne was still here.

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

I love the creative process, writing and structuring a song. And recording, I love the studio and putting something down that’s forever.

What I hate is packing up after a gig and driving back late at night!

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

That a band has to be already established before any record company will entertain them. I understand it’s all a business machine, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just send them a cd and they judge you solely on your ability to write music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My top go to album is probably the first Audioslave album, for me it’s perfect. It takes me away to somewhere else when I listen to it. It’s like it was written for a film that’s yet to be made.

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

I like CD because you get a quality product as well as getting the sleeve and artwork, and they’re easily transportable.

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

Our opening slot for Blackwater Conspiracy, at Sheffield Corporation last November. I think it was our fourth gig, and it’s the one where we settled the most, and played the best as a band. And the crowd were great, as were the Blackwater boys. Top lads!

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

It’d be something creative and artsy. Some form of design, maybe photography or videography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Barack Obama, Eminem and Dick Strawbridge.

What’s next for the band?

Writing is ongoing, being with four other likeminded people makes it hard to not come up with material. There’s talk on maybe another recording before the year’s out, and then doing more of the right gigs for us and just keep growing.

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

Just all the usual Facebook Instagram iTunes Spotify etc. But I have to say Scott deals with most of this I’m not great with the technology side of things!

https://www.facebook.com/blamethesacred/
https://www.instagram.com/blamethesacredofficial https://twitter.com/blamethesacred https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sPzAQme1p2wiLbuPOx7SQ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw2MLmw2a_llQsRBQQ9UWBQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Me and Danny say, and rightly so, biscuit, because they’re in the biscuit aisle, and for some other legitimate chef reason Danny has. The other lads say cake, but they’re frequently wrong about most things!

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

If you like what we do, please support us by buying our music and merch. Unfortunately for most bands, revenue from merch and music sales is their biggest source of income. Without it, we can’t release more, so it really does go a long way and is massively appreciated ✌🏻

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Bloodstock M2TM North Wales, Heat 1 – 29/20/20

Bloodstock M2TM 2020 – North Wales, Heat 1
Mcleans, Pentre 29/02/2020
Review & Pictures by Beth Jones

I need a serious chat with whoever controls time, because somehow M2TM 2019 was a whole year ago and here we are, at the 2020 heat stages already!

Whilst time may have disappeared, what hasn’t is the amount of new, young talent that is popping up all over the underground scene at the moment, and it’s events like this that gives the cream of those bands the opportunity to make it to the hallowed stages of the larger grassroots festivals. This year’s North Wales heats are shaping up to be an eclectic mix of styles, and I get the feeling that choosing the eventual winner is going to be tougher than ever, given the talent on offer.

With that in mind, we got our big coats out to battle yet another oncoming storm, and headed over to our now ‘local’, Mclean’s pub in Pentre, for Heat 1. Only three bands were set to play, two of which would be going through to the semi-final stage. With the crowd assembled, drinks (or in my case, cameras) in hand, and after a quick recap of the rules from our master of ceremony Ian ‘Beany’ North, we were all set for the first performance.

Cry For Mercy

These guys were one of our hot favourites in last year’s competition, narrowly missing out on a place in the final, and if you’ve read any of our recent live reviews on Ever Metal, you’ll know that we really rather like them! Sadly, the band’s drummer, Steven Taylor, was unable to play after having surgery on his wrist earlier in the week. But they had a stand in on hand, in the shape of Bassist/vocalist Kev Plant’s son, Aled. This however did not detract from their performance. They were, as ever, tight and well-rehearsed, with Aled’s drumming carrying the groove perfectly – he’s an awesome little drummer, and really should consider getting in a band himself! Whilst they’re not ‘Metal’ as such, they’re extremely talented guys who deliver a crunchy, groove based heavy rock sound, and they do it with ease, which makes them very endearing. They’re also incredibly humble, with nothing they do on stage being an ‘act’. What you see is what you get, and that is bloody good, solid hard rock, with this performance being a perfect example.

https://www.facebook.com/cryformercyofficial/

Mad Spanner

We were taken from the ‘sublime to the Cor Blimey’ next, with another firm favourite of ours, Mad Spanner. There are no words that adequately describe the sheer lunacy involved in a Mad Spanner performance. The best I can do is this; imagine the chase scenes from old silent movies, only with more hair, more pulling of silly faces, punk/thrash rhythms and zany observational comedy lyrics, complimented by insanely fast and loud guitar and bass. If a tornado was musical, it would be like this. In fact, I’d like to pigeonhole Mad Spanner in a whole new genre, just for them – Tornado Metal! Bassist and front man, Michael Randall, is mad as a box of frogs, and spent the entire performance with a maniacal look of a man possessed flashing in his eyes. He flew around the stage like a runaway balloon, and how he managed to survive unharmed is a mystery. Coupled with the crazy guitar of Dan Ashley, and the metronomic drums of Ben Codd, it made for a highly entertaining performance. How Ben doesn’t end up with repetitive strain is beyond me, but at least the drum kit does provide some protection from Michael’s craziness! Dan, however, is always in the firing line – a brave choice! They performed their debut album in its entirety here, as it has a running time that slotted nicely into the 30 minutes allowed set time. Crazy, fun, and again very, very good!

https://www.facebook.com/MadSpanner/

White Mammoth

Our final band of the evening were White Mammoth. We’d seen them a couple of years ago in Chester for the Mammothfest ‘battle of the bands’ competition, and if I’m honest, they hadn’t really grabbed me then, but I was interested to see them again, to find out if they’d made progress. The answer to that question is, in a word, YES!! Continuing the showcase of ‘completely different genres’ theme, these guys deliver a huge hit of modern progressive metal, and they now do that very well indeed. Littered with cross rhythms and complicated bass and guitar riffs, they took us through a very intense and involved set, culminating with what is, in my opinion, and absolute masterpiece of a tune, during which I went into some sort of trance, completely fixated on the skills of each member of the band. The song was called ‘Naivety of Perception’ and is going to be released soon as a single, so look out for it if you like heavy prog! They embellished their music with a selection of samples, which I felt worked really well, giving their sound extra depth. My only criticism of them is, due to all the insane musicality they have going on, the vocals have a tendency to get lost in the mix and could do with a bit of a boost. The vocalist has an unusual tone, and it is a shame that it can’t always be heard as well as it should be – his screams came through, but some of the quieter stuff didn’t.

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteMammothBand/

And that, as they say, was that! With all three performances done, it was time to vote. One band would be picked by the audience vote, and one by our judges – John Matthews from Phoenix Rising, Dani Maguire from Powerzone, and Beany. I have to say I found my audience vote a very difficult decision, as I enjoyed all three performances equally. Eventually I went with my gut, voting for the band that I not only found most improved, but also that really reached into my musical soul – White Mammoth (sorry Cry For Mercy and Mad Spanner – I still love you, but I’m a sucker for prog!).

After a short break for the judges to deliberate, it was results time! The gathered crowed, which was a good size given the location, and the horrendous weather, collected by the stage in readiness for Beany’s announcement. After the preamble we have become accustomed with Beany, he gave us the result of the audience vote – Cry For Mercy! The Look of shock and amazement on the face of Kev Plant told the story of the night, and just how tough the competition was, but what makes Cry For Mercy so endearing to us had obviously been felt by the entire crowd. They’re very worthy winners of their place in the Semi-Finals. The second successful act, as voted for by the judges, based not only on musicality and talent, but also on their stage performance and presence, was Mad Spanner. This was met with a lot of jumping about and cheering, not least from Michael Randall!

With that, the first heat was over. A massive congratulations to Cry For Mercy and Mad Spanner – both well deserved. But huge commiserations to White Mammoth, who managed the even bigger feat of leaving me speechless for a good few minutes! What I’d say to them is get that vocal mix sorted in the next month! Ian ‘Fozzy’ Forrester, the legend and head honcho at NEW Metal Productions, gets to pick two ‘wildcard’ entries from the bands that get knocked out in the heats, and I would say, with that little tweak made, White Mammoth should be up for consideration, based on their performance.

A huge thank you again to Ian ‘Beany’ North and Ian ‘Fozzy’ Forrester for their tireless efforts and hard work bringing us spectacular gigs all year round. The scene round here would be dead without them. A massive thanks to all the bands, fans, judges and to the venue too, as without you, music on the whole would be dead. Next up – Heat 2! Bring it on!

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/N.E.WMetalProductions/
https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/m2tmofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/Powerzonemetal/
https://www.facebook.com/phoenixrisingrocks/

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Pentre Fest 2020 – Day 1 21/02/20 – Cry For Mercy

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’

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Collateral – ‘Collateral’
Roulette Media Records / Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 21/02/2020
Running Time: 34:35
Reviewed By Paul Monkhouse
8/10

The rock scene has seemingly never looked healthier and 2019 has seen some absolutely incredible new albums emerge this year. This trend looks to continue well into 2020 with the release firstly of the Anchor Lane debut album and this, the first full length offering by Kent four-piece Collateral in February. Already making a big impression on UK and global audiences with slots at Camden Rocks, Ramblin’ Man and an appearance alongside Jon Bon Jovi, these South East rockers are amongst the most hotly tipped bands for future superstardom and this self-titled release shows exactly why they’re getting so much attention.

The songs on the album are huge and have such lofty ambitions to be played in stadiums but, unlike many who have come before, their strongest weapon in the fight is their talent and drive to succeed. Despite all the big, singalong anthems and flamboyant image, it’s not all empty glamour and glitz as beneath the noise and gleaming chrome of the surface lies a real blue-collar heart and recaptures the spirit of when Bon Jovi and their ilk were at their peak.

The album kicks off with the single ‘Mr. Big Shot’ and it’s a giant slab of commercial hard rock that mixes in some really 80’s elements ranging from classic American AOR to some almost New Romantic undertones and a pinch of ELO. Full of great guitar work from Todd Winger and epic vocals by Angelo Tristan, the track drips with tongue in cheek innuendos and a huge sense of a band having a ball in the studio. More monster riffing and vast melodies power along paeon to the modern music industry ‘Promiseland’, it sounds like the sleazy lovechild of AC/DC and, should have been huge, USA rock legends Giant as it snarls and purrs, leading to a superb solo by Winger. The band dust off their cowboy boots as the Southern Rock feel of ‘Merry Go Round’ brings images of swirling dust devils and shimmering desert heat to mind as they effortlessly turn their home county ‘Garden of England’ into the American Midwest. Close your eyes and you can feel the sun beating down and the dry mouthed feel that is desperate to be administered an ice-cold beer. Without doubt, one of the greatest strengths of the band is to conjure up that sense of time and place in a very tangible way, transporting you to a time when hair was big, and choruses were even bigger. This is no aping of the classic bands of that era but a contemporary take on the type of rock music that made Bon Jovi et al kings of stadiums, the production by Sean M Kenny bringing out the best in the material whilst giving it a thoroughly modern sheen.

‘In it for Love’ exemplifies this approach as it perfectly balances the pounding rock driven by rhythm section Ben Atkinson on drums and Jack Bentley-Smith’s bass alongside such a great, dynamic song that will have you singing along in no time. With its instantly catchy “woooh oooh oooh” gang vocals during the chorus and another fret blazing solo ‘Lullaby’ has already become a live favourite and should be blaring out of every car radio across the Atlantic, such is its perfect suitability for the American market.

Also finding its main inspiration the other side of the ‘pond’ is ‘Midnight Queen’, the band tilting their Stetsons to a more AOR meets Country Rock feel that sounds like it might have been written by Richard Marx and Vince Gill, the opening line the name of a huge hit that Marx wrote for Vixen and it shares that same sense of space, the focus on the songwriting, not the flash.

Those waiting for the heartfelt power ballad won’t be disappointed as ‘Get Back to You’ ticks all the right boxes, Tristan pouring his heart out as he longs to return home whilst the song proves it’s more about quality and quiet than drama school overemphasis.

Having stated their love for the aforementioned Mr. Jovi, the band expressed their intent to write something that captured the spirit of tracks like ‘Always’ and this certainly will see a sea of mobile phone lights (nobody is allowed lighters at gigs these days) held aloft in tribute. The pace picks up once again in the spot on, commercial pop rock of ‘Won’t Stop Me Dreaming’, a song that contains a tough streak of steely determination laced through its supremely candy coated and instantly addictive shell. The album ends with ‘About this Boy’, another country tinged track that once more heads more to the massive and lucrative Nashville scene than the heavier end of their material. Whilst a meatier number may have been more fitting, the song is still imbued with that Transatlantic feel that may well find the band gaining ground both in their home country and in the United States given the growing market here and the already titanic base there. Always doing things their way, Collateral continue to push forward, and this album shows just how far they’ve grown and where they’re heading. The stadiums of the world are beckoning.

Track Listing:
1 Mr Big Shot
2 Promised Land
3 Merry Go Round
4 In It For Love
5 Lullaby
6 Midnight Queen
7 Get Back To You
8 Won’t Stop Me Dreaming
9 About This Boy

Links:
https://www.collateralofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/collateralrocks/

https://www.instagram.com/collateralrocks/

 

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EMQ’s with HER DESPAIR

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EMQ’s with HER DESPAIR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Gothic Rock band Her Despair! Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘J’ 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?

We are HER DESPAIR – a six piece gothic rock band based near London UK, formed 2015. We comprise of myself, J, singing, Dan and Jord playing guitars, Vikki on bass, Lee behind the drums and Toby on keyboards. In 2015 we released our debut album “Hymns For the Hopeless,” followed by 2018’s “Mournography” EP. November 22nd of this year saw our most exciting release yet – “Exorcisms of Eroticism.”

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally it was going to be Tears of Heaven, then As She Drowns in Her Despair, but that felt quite lengthy. It was shortened to HER DESPAIR, and that felt right as an overall title for what I was attempting to achieve.

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

We’re from the UK and there’s a great scene here, with plenty of bands on both an underground and “mainstream” level. We’ve found that people in the North respond to us particularly well, where there’s a very strong Goth scene.

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

“Exorcisms of Eroticism” was released on 22nd November, and we’re really looking forward to sharing it with the assembled congregation. The release is the dark and dramatic collection of six new gothic rock anthems from HER DESPAIR. Designed to unravel the mysteries of the theologic and the erotic, each song is set to a storm of symphonic instrumentation; providing the perfect soundtrack for your sorrows.

There are two songs available online now entitled ‘Pandaemonium’ and ‘The Exorcism’ (which includes a superb accompanying music video directed and filmed by Scott Chalmers), both of which came as instant downloads upon pre-ordering the release from our Bandcamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clqrj6rftJA

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influence are the Sisters of Mercy, with other particularly inspirational artists being Rammstein, HIM, My Dying Bride, Staind and so on.

What first got you into music?

I grew up listening to my parents vinyl collection so I’ve always been surrounded by music. Many of those artists I still listen to frequently today – Elvis, Meat Loaf, Led Zeppelin, Abba and many more. I began to discover my own taste in music from the age of about 12, first getting into 2000’s metal and then branching off into far darker territories after I discovered Goth music.

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

It would have to be Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy. Always the inspiration!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
There are some amazing goth festivals within Europe that we would love the opportunity to play, such as M’era Luna or Wave-Gotik-Treffen. We’re very much looking to branch out in 2020, so performances such as those would be very high on our wish list.

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

We love you eternally – the best is soon to come…

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

Pete Steele from Type O Negative or David Gold from Woods of Ypres!

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

I love the songwriting process, and hearing the idea gradually become the reality in the form of a full song. It’s cathartic, and also very exciting to compose new material and see where the creativity takes you. I can’t necessarily think of much that I hate, but sometimes the long journeys can test my sense of humour.

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

The fairly limited experience I’ve had of it so far hasn’t been so bad. Having said that, the individuals who seem to care nothing of the art but only the money could take themselves elsewhere, and that might be a good change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Floodland” by the Sisters of Mercy

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

Vinyl for the art and crackle, CD’s for a simpler collection, streaming for convenience.

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

Personally, I think our best show was Darker Days Festival earlier this year. A fantastic event all round, and we got an incredible response from the audience.

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

I like to think something creative still, maybe writing a book.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Andrew Eldritch, Jim Morrison, Pierce Brosnan, Bram Stoker, Jesus Christ

What’s next for the band?

Our main focus right now is the release of “Exorcisms of Eroticism.” The plan for 2020 has yet to be revealed, but all will become clear soon. I’ve started putting a few ideas together for some more new songs, so who knows what may come.

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

Our main website is Bandcamp, where we sell our music in both physical and digital formats, plus our merchandise. Socially we use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, plus a few others such as Soundcloud. We love interacting with fans online, their messages of support are always appreciated.
https://herdespair.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/herdespair/
https://twitter.com/herdespairband
https://www.instagram.com/herdespairband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZhKFjVsq1Wpbruy-dryuw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thanks for the questions and the coverage!! “Exorcisms of Eroticism” is out NOW and is our best release yet. We thoroughly hope you enjoy how dramatic it is.

 

 

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EMQ’s with ASHEN REACH

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EMQ’s with ASHEN REACH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool based Hard Rock band, and also ‘Ever Metal band to watch out for’, Ashen Reach ! Huge thanks to Guitarist Paddy Cummins 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 Paddy and I play lead guitar, but more importantly, we are Ashen Reach! We sort of bridge the gap between hard rock and metal most of the time. We play intense, heavy hitting rock and metal but there’s definitely a softness that shines through too occasionally. There’s something for everyone really! We’ve changed and evolved a lot from the very first incarnations of the band really, musically and personnel-wise. Jess, our drummer, is the only original member of the first gigging line-up, which was then under a different name. From starting as a very old school classic 70’s rock vibe, the band evolved going through different members who brought different vibes and influences until you eventually arrive at what is before you!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name was inspired by a video game called Sea of Thieves that Jess and I play. One of the islands you can visit in the game is called ‘Ashen Reaches’. It’s a volcanic island that regularly spews out lava and giant boulders. It’s also littered with geysers that shoot scalding hot water up into the air. It’s a very dark area of the in-game world and the overall atmosphere is very misty, but with lots of glowing yellow/orange/red areas. ‘Ashen Reach’ sounded cool to our ears, had a bit more effectiveness and was a little slightly different, but also captured the punch and aggression we put into our music.

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

We’re all from around Liverpool in North-West England. The rock and metal scene here isn’t as strong as we’d like it to be. There are lots of great rock and metal bands from around here 100%, but when you tour and play in other parts of the country and see the support for this type of music and how much more it’s pushed by people involved in putting on rock shows, there’s a lot more to be done here I think on a wider scale. But there are bands in these genres coming out of the Liverpool area, so while that is still the case, there is hope!

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

Our latest release is our brand new single ‘Tear It Down’! It is available on all the usual online streaming services and stores; Spotify, iTunes, Google Play etc. And our music video can be viewed on YouTube or on our Facebook page.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luS1IcgZadc

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have so many influences as individuals, all varying. However, we share a lot of common ground and often enjoy and appreciate the differences we have in what we love. Our greatest influences, those who we’d say have directly affected how we sound include the likes of; Alter Bridge, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Van Halen, Tesseract and Dorje, to name a few. We draw inspiration from everywhere though. Be it dance, classical, techno, blues, 80’s pop, wherever there is melody really.

What first got you into music?

It’s difficult to say really as music is such a big part of life, all over the world for almost everybody. From when you’re born, you’re pretty much surrounded by it. It’s in your car on the radio, it’s in TV, films, video games, shops. I think you pick up on it from a very young age and the power of melody and beats together can have a profound effect on us as people. It can directly affect your mood, take you back to a place in your mind or a time in your life, it can give you goosebumps. These are things that you can’t fake. It’s very special and an amazing thing that we have as people to share.

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

That’s tough really, there are so many amazing artists out there. It really depends on the nature of the collaboration. It’d be amazing to have someone like Myles Kennedy or Dan Tomkins sing on a track, or to have somebody like Guthrie Govan or John Petrucci play a solo in one of our songs. Although anything these people can produce, we’d struggle to replicate live for sure!

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

Personally, I’d have to say Download really. It’s not only a huge festival but having been so many times, seeing so many great bands and having so many amazing memories from being there, being a part of somebody’s festival experience in that way would be unreal. There are lots of other festivals that would be amazing though. Wacken, Hellfest, Rock am Ring, Graspop, Sweden Rock, to name a few.

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

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think we’ve ever really received a gift from a fan, not that I can recall. Maybe someday we’ll have some interesting stories to tell of strange items we’ve taken ownership of, but not at this very moment unfortunately!

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

Thank you is the biggest thing, for the ongoing support especially in this past year. A year in which we’ve had big ups and downs! It’s really been amazing and please continue to support, share our stuff and show others what we’re bringing to the world. We have a dream to really succeed in this and it won’t be possible without the help and support of people who enjoy what we do and those who believe in us as much as we believe!

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

It’s hard to pick one really. I think the obvious one is Dio. He had such a huge impact on so many artists and is so universally loved and appreciated for what he did for the genre of heavy metal. Jimi Hendrix as well! What he did for guitar players and that whole world was incredible. Not many people can honestly say they’ve impacted something as much as Jimi did with guitar. Prince is another one, one of the most underrated guitar players ever. An honourable mention would be Tom Searle, founding guitar player and songwriter from Architects. Some of the songs he wrote, especially towards the end concerning his stance on coming to terms with death. It’s very powerful stuff, harrowing and raw.

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

I love bringing ideas to life. We recently recorded ‘Tear It Down’ which we’ve just released, but we also recorded another song called ‘Prey’. The music for that song has been around in one form or another for years, long before the advent of this band. Being in the studio with such an amazing group of people, bringing something from my brain to life and building on it and making it as massive and epic as I ever could’ve hoped! It’s incredibly rewarding. I’ve never really been a lyricist, but I’ve never had to be in the projects I’ve been involved with. My focus and passion has always been on riffs, solos, structures, chord progressions, arrangements and all-round guitar-based stuff. Collaborating and being more involved on the lyric writing front has been very interesting and super fun, alongside the other members. Branching out and using the other members as something to lean on whilst exploring a new area of creativity is brilliant and I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to do so.

There isn’t really anything I hate about being a musician. I suppose hoping that one day, people will hear you and a grander scale and appreciate your art and the time you’ve spent honing your craft can be daunting and almost get you down sometimes. Through fear of it potentially never happening, I guess. I think everybody wants to be appreciated in some regard in life, particularly for something they’ve invested and sacrificed so many countless hours, so much money and effort into. However, we are doing everything we possibly can to make our dreams a reality and we are very hopeful!

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

I’m not sure what I’d change really. As with all industries there are many positives and negatives. One thing about the industry that has a positive and a negative side, is the ability to get your music all over the world via the internet. The advent of social media and streaming services mean that it’s easier than it’s ever been to make your music accessible and available to people. Or it should be. The problem, however, is that there are so many bands, so many artists, all doing the same thing. It’s extremely saturated in places like Facebook and Instagram and that makes it a lot harder to stand out. Those sites aren’t necessarily aimed or geared towards musicians or artists either, which means you must find a way to stand out amongst other content too, like clickbait ‘news’ sites, memes or cat videos!

Obviously, the problem with streaming on things like Spotify, is that artist gain fractions of income via listens of Spotify. Of course, as a consumer it’s brilliant! Free, or a £10 monthly subscription for premium, and you can listen to all the music you want by anyone who has music up there, all at your fingertips. Streaming also takes some of the magic away from buying music. Going to the shop, buying a record in a cool enclosure with artwork and info and possibly goodies! Vinyl has made a bit of a comeback recently which is cool, but overall, I think music has less value to people these days, generally. As with anything with such accessibility and surplus, it’s not as intensely sought after. Unless you have a dedicated group of proper fans, people who will defend you and who swear by what you produce, anxiously awaiting new music and tour announcements. There will always be those people who love and appreciate it what goes into it of course, and they are the people who allow bands to do what they do. It does mean however, that artists make most of their income nowadays through things like touring and merch sales. This in turn, means if you’re an up and coming band, recently signed and being pushed by a label, you’re more than likely not going to see much of your home for the better part of 3 or 4 years. Family is the most important thing in the world and being away from them for extended periods is always difficult, but as with anything, to be successful requires some sort of sacrifice in one area or another.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of the standouts of all my favourite albums is, “Fortress” by Alter Bridge. I remember being in high school, and being so insanely excited for the release, more so for any other album before. Every song on it, is amazing. Nowhere does it even hint at the idea of filler. Every song is a strong as the last if not stronger and front to back it’s huge, powerful and had all the movement any great album has. “One Day Remains”, “Blackbird” and “ABIII” were all incredible so they had some work to do following all of those. They went above and beyond all my expectation with it to be honest. For me, the songs are still as amazing now, as they were when that album released and for me, it’s still their strongest overall album they have written.

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

As a consumer, downloads 100%. You can enjoy the glory of your favourite artist, without moving an inch! It’s still fascinating and amazing thinking about how we’ve harnessed and developed technology and the power of the internet.

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

I’ll have to insist on 2 and say that easily, the best gigs I’ve played were the 2 Russian dates with Bullet For My Valentine. I mean, to play alongside such giants of the metal genre, in such a wonderful and interesting country. And to a total of over 12,000 people! It was incredible. The fans were unreal. Warm, welcoming, excited to see us even though they had not come specifically for us. They were everything we could’ve wished for and we went down a storm with them. We met tons of them afterwards, took pictures, signed things. It felt so strange having people ask for photos and signing and things like that, but the whole adventure was amazing. From the gigs, to the sightseeing and exploring St Petersburg and Moscow! I will cherish those memories forever. I can only hope we can experience it again in the future.

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

In terms of a career, I don’t think I’m old enough or busy enough to know really! I’m only 22 and I’m not making a living as a musician yet unfortunately. I’ve been learning about site engineering for several years now. Basically, working on sites as a chain man under a few different engineers! If I didn’t do it all the time, I ended up forgetting little things as losing my confidence. I haven’t been doing it long enough or consistently enough to engrain the information in my head. I knew a lot about it, enough to do the job, and I certainly didn’t think it was beyond me. The issue was definitely with myself and the confidence/trust I had in myself to get it right. The job is very independent and comes with a lot of responsibilities. There is nobody to check your work, in fact you’re doing a lot of the checking and supervising as well as making sure all your calculations are spot on. The work was never consistent enough really to boost my confidence to where I felt I could make the jump up to doing engineering myself. With the introduction of robot instruments and handheld units to operate them, there is less and less need for a chain man. Between that and band commitments I didn’t really have tons of opportunities to work. I’ve recently started a new job with a bit more consistency and stability so hopefully this works better in the meantime! In terms of hobbies I’d be doing if I’d never picked up a guitar, I’ve always wanted to learn to paint. I love Bob Ross and his style and how he creates such amazing pieces so quickly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Another tough one really! I think I’d have to invite; Derren Brown, Frankie Boyle, Myles Kennedy, David Attenborough and Elon Musk. All for completely different reasons of course, but I think they would all be equally amazing to talk to and all have interesting stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

Next for the band is writing for our upcoming album, “Homecoming”. We recently played our single launch show for ‘Tear It Down’, and our first gig back as the new line-up. It was amazing and it felt so good to be back on stage. The crowd were brilliant, and some came from far and wide to see us, which was massively appreciated! Now that is behind us, we’re going to continue writing and preparing for the recording early next year, doing a bit of gigging in the meantime. We are super excited for what’s to come and we hope there are some of you out there as excited as we are!

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

Mostly Facebook for us! That is our main area of effect, there and Instagram. We pushed our new music video the most, through Facebook. Mainly because of the fact people don’t have to follow a link. Our society now is so revolving around the premise of instant gratification and we were worried people wouldn’t be bothered with clicking a link, as opposed to the video already being there to view. Additionally, videos usually auto-play on Facebook, so people don’t even have to click at all. The less steps the better really. It worked though and we got up to and above 21,000 views in a little over a week which is utterly amazing, especially for a band at our level! For anyone interested you can find us at:
https://www.facebook.com/ashenreach
https://www.instagram.com/ashenreach
As for our music, that can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlbbAaHImz5Vuedd6h0EIA
and all big streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes and Google Play etc.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think they are definitely more like a cake, than a biscuit. They have a softness and a squishiness that biscuits, such as digestives, just don’t have. Honestly though, they are their own thing altogether really.

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

Thank you! Thank you for your time and your questions, and to anyone who takes the time to read this. Hopefully I’ve managed to spark some sort of interest in what Ashen Reach are doing and what we’re all about and hopefully we’ll see you soon! \m/

 

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EMQ’s with PLASTIC BARRICADES

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EMQ’s with PLASTIC BARRICADES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Alternative Indie Rock band Plastic Barricades! 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?

My name is Paul Love and I play drums, shakers, spoons, cowbell, tambourine, and the occasional woodblock so you could say I’m a multi-instrumentalist. Most people choose only the last three syllables though…

We are PLASTIC BARRICADES and THAT has been the nom de plume of Dan Kert for a while now. He wrote all the songs on this album and the last album. I helped. He’s also an accomplished race car driver. I make a mean pan of stew. It’s a good team.

How did you come up with your band name?

Voodoo. We kept popping chickens like fortune cookies until one gave us the right answer.

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

I’m from Liverpool and I live in Paris. Dan is Estonian and lives in London. London is London and it has an enviable metal scene. I couldn’t really say about Liverpool, We’re more hard rock and northern soul people and Paris is big on gypsy jazz and accordions. Estonia is Nordic so I can safely presume that they’re born in drop C. Shout out to Opensight (the band, not the eye charity). They’re my favourite London metal band. You rock, Red!

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

Our Latest release is called “Self-Theories”. It’s an album we’ve been writing, recording and mixing in a 2x4m wooden shed in a secret location. It’s pretty chill and has some cool moments, but our big intention was to make something reeeeeally earnest. I don’t mean deliberately lo-fi or anything pretentious like that. We really tried to make the best sounding record we can, but we made it in a shed. Apart from mastering, a BV, one keyboard loop and some handclaps everything was written, played, recorded and mixed by Dan and I. It’s been an incredibly rewarding and refreshing experience. The first single is ‘One For The Road which came out on 1st October 2019 accompanied by a video by our MVP, Elina.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C54IrBXeFHM

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can’t answer for Dan (actually, I will make an attempt in a moment) but I’ll list some of mine: The Beatles, James Brown, Michael, Quincy Jones, Nirvana, Sting, The Mars Volta, The La’s, Radiohead, Slayer, everyone Rick Rubin has worked with, Led Zeppelin and my mentor James Earp. Dan loves Radiohead, Nirvana, Oasis, Death Cab for Cutie, early Muse, early Coldplay and etc. We love songs.

What first got you into music?

When my dad brought home the final Beatles single when I was 6 years old. I fell in love. I’m not that old, it was released in ‘95. Look it up! My dad played drums so I had the opportunity. I was incredibly lucky and continue to be.

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

Either Jacob Collier or Justin Bieber! Yeah. I know. I’m not trying to be controversial I just think they’re both incredibly talented and continuously put out fun, inventive and genuinely moving music. Particularly when it comes to collaborations! Jacob Collier with the Metropole Orchestra, Snarky Puppy, the LPO: all amazing. He’s a legit arrangement genius. My favourite Bieber tracks are all collaborations. He brings out the best in songwriters like Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran and producers like Skrillex. Go listen to ‘Love Yourself’. That song is the biggest fuck you since McCluskey’s ‘Gareth Brown Says’. “My Momma don’t like you and she like everyone.” COLD.

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

I haven’t been to a UK festival in years because they’re poorly run, they stink, they’re expensive, the sound’s crap and most of the bands get a pittance. Some have been genuinely dangerous… but I’m a miserable auld git. I like little festivals in places like the Netherlands and Norway. My top number one the best festival I ever did play was Piknik in Parken in Oslo. Little, friendly, surrounded by tripped out statues of gangs of babies fighting adults. There was a really communal backstage area with great food and all the artists hung out, Dungen played and then we went skinny dipping in Oslo fjord at midnight in the summer solstice. If I ever have to go to Glasto again it’ll be too soon.
I don’t know… Burning Man?

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

Handmade socks depicting scientists. They were really good socks to be fair, and very thoughtful. The fan knew I love me some science. Still have ‘em and still wear ‘em.

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

Don’t idolise people for expressing a shared experience. We’re all the same, musicians just have the ability to express their feelings with soundwaves. They don’t have any special insight. Just enjoy feeling connected another human being through the medium of air vibrations. It doesn’t have to get weird.

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

Awww man! My first thought was Cobain, but he probably march right back out again because he didn’t want to be here. My second thought was Lennon but… I don’t think I’d want to meet him. I think we’d clash because I can be a bit too opinionated too. My next thought was Bonham. I would love to meet him and I think he’d have learnt from his mistake and probably lay of the booze. He seemed like a big sweetheart that really hated being away from home. I’d like to pick his brains on a couple of his licks. Then I’d feel guilty about not picking George Harisson (number one bestest Beatle, he wrote everyone’s favourites and didn’t act like the big I AM) or Prince (My mrs’ favourite) or Bowie (me Mum’s favourite). Final answer? James motherfucking Brown!

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

I love the freedom I have. I love that I can be with free jazz nerds at a squat in Lewisham one night and the next night I’m having dinner with a Billionaire in Mayfair and then I fly out to a gig in Denmark and everyone appreciates the same thing. It’s really beautiful. Everyone from the poorest to the the richest; we’re all the same and we’re all just products of our environments. Nobody’s really that different from each other. Doesn’t matter how much money you got, you’re still gonna love the Gypsy Kings. I hate being afraid to look at my bank account. Yes, I love doing what I love but my family also loves food and shelter.

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

Consolidation of rights and royalty distribution! The amount of different types of rights and royalties and collection agencies is crazy and there’s no centralised place of registration or a way of hard-encoding this information into the audio file itself. The whole system is so anachronistic. I’ve had work stolen from me and released and never received a penny. There’s a lot of crooks and they hide in the cracks. A friend of mine found out he was missing a load of royalties from a publisher and the guy actually claimed he didn’t pay him because he thought he was dead!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Smile” by Brian Wilson. The 2004 version! What a sound. What a band. From the use of bass harmonica to the vocal harmonies and Van Dyke Parks’ lyrics! An absolute masterpiece and a massively overlooked work! Way better than any Beach Boys stuff. That album got me introduced to the love of production and arrangement.

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

Downloads! Easily! A lot of people don’t know this but our hearing is actually digital (sorry audiophile nerds). We have a bunch of different hairs and each vibrates and produces and electric signal and this signal goes through a process of encoding to pass to the other regions of the brain. It is digital. 44.1khz 16 bit encoding is higher fidelity than our own hearing. Vinyl warps, cassettes break and CDs skip and they’re all heavy. Digital all the way!

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

There’s been so many. I’ve been really blessed. Some of them sound like fever dreams and some just sound like lies. Ancient ampitheatres are always enjoyable.

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

Sound Engineer! Does that count? Non music related… I don’t know, I would have studied physics otherwise. I’d probably be designing trading algorithms for unethical bastards with big wallets.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That I don’t personally already, I presume? Trump, Bannon, Scaramucci, Johnson annnnnd Gwyneth Paltrow. Can’t stand the first four, but I’m betting that would make me look really charming and intelligent in comparison.

What’s next for the band?

A Hot Wings interview… I wish (one day I will taste the sweet taste of those spicy spicy fame wings).

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

http://www.plasticbarricades.eu/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4XMzKbdDQLpa36cYrISsO7
https://www.instagram.com/plasticbarricades/
https://www.facebook.com/plasticbarricades
https://soundcloud.com/plasticbarricades

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Biscuits are hard or chewy. Jaffa Cakes are neither and contain the word “cake”.

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

Plastic Barricades’ new single ‘One For The Road’
https://youtu.be/C54IrBXeFHM
Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.
Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums. Debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 and is available on Spotify. Sophomore album “Self-Theories” out early 2020!

 

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EMQ’s with SUBSET

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EMQ’s with SUBSET

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Fuzz Rock band Subset! 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?

Subset, play guitar! We started in 2009 and toured a lot.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something that sounded good, didn’t care much about the meaning.

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

UK, massive and weird.

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

A single called ‘Radenoid’ part of the”Phwoar!” album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Youth, festivals, musicians we admire.

What first got you into music?

Women!

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

Theresa May.

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

Download fest, so that we can show people u don’t need to be angry all the time to roll.

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

Drawings, they do go weird.

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

Never give up

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

The Dog and Bounty Hunter guy

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

Enjoy most: hear bands on phone wanting to support us.
Hate most: cocky bands who have released only 1 EP and done 3 gigs

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

That likes count on social media.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nickelback’s 1st album “I Finally Got Laid”

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

streaming #binge!

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

Paris 2016 100 peeps!

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

Tax adviser at HMRC!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rick
Morty
Pingu the Roll
Dick Cheney
Dick Tafon

What’s next for the band?

10 gifs tour in major UK cities including Dudley

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

Spotify and YouTube
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6H7U0QOkNsE55eRX30R8qV
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mYSTzM7r6QFghka4kdXyg
https://www.facebook.com/subsetband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jellyfishes!

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

Yes, big support to your blog and website, love!

 

 

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