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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EMQ’s with HOOBY AND THE YABBIT

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EMQ’s with HOOBY AND THE YABBIT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Yorkshire based Rock/Roots/Blues/Acoustic trio Hooby And The Yabbit! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ian Hawkins 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 Ian Hawkins from Hooby and the Yabbit; I play the guitar and sing/ write songs for Hooby. I was in a cover band but started writing my own songs, ended up building a studio to record them, then I got a band together in 2016 and we did a few gigs and festivals.

How did you come up with your band name?

Hooby and the Yabbit are two of my daughter’s childhood friends. I decided they needed an adventure so now they’re immortalised through this project.

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

UK. To be fair, I can’t speak for the whole country but local to me was the Snooty Fox venue, some of your readers might know it but that’s gone now. I’ll be finding out what it’s like now soon though as I also play drums with some mates of mine, banging out Judas Priest, Sabbath, Motörhead, and the like, We’re looking to play live.

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

It’s a four track ‘taster’ EP available on CD or download through Bandcamp. We have a blues rock/ rock and roll vibe going on.

Who have been your greatest influences?

A mixed bag really. On guitar Gibbons, Hendrix, Gilmour but I love acoustic music as well hence Led Zep/Page. All the old blues guys as well. I could go on all day here. Zappa, not just because of his music, his political stance as well! We could do with him around right now I think.

What first got you into music?

I studied piano as a kid but then binned it. I then discovered the Beatles when Lennon was killed, right after that I heard the Ace of Spades and went to see the ‘Heads at Leeds. That was it; bought my first bass and 35 years later I’m still going.

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

Famous person would be Will.i.Am or somebody. Just to see what crazy stuff came out.

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

God knows! Silverstone Classic race meeting maybe, or the Grand Prix – I’m a major petrol head by the way – or do a solo spot at WOMAD.

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

A pint probably, though my wife would say my children – and they are pretty weird.

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

Stick with us – it’s gonna be good.

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

Me. In about 50 years just to see if the whole shooting match has disappeared under the ocean yet – then I’m off again. Or my friend and many others Stu Page just to see his silly face again

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

Things I like: Drumming, getting free drinks and stuff, and sleeping in on Monday morning. Things I Don’t Like: Drummers, having to buy my own drinks, and getting out of bed. At! All!

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

Move it to a different universe where money doesn’t exist, and nobody gets old.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Blackfoot – “Highway Song”

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

Oh man?! Vinyl and then vinyl! Also vinyl… Think I have some vinyl around that I like as well. It’s shit though because it’s so trendy now it’s really expensive to put it out on that format. I’m gonna get our next one out on wax cylinder instead.

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

Two gigs in Central America with a Pink Floyd tribute I used to run – 2,000 people going absolutely bonkers. When they all sang the choruses they were nearly drowning out the PA.

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

Fuck knows. The only other thing I’m good at is driving and getting drunk – not a good combination.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The whole crew of Red Dwarf including Holly – lagers/sneakers in fridge, the whole lot

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking for gigs in this country, Europe and a new release is due this year.

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

https://hoobyandtheyabbit.com/
https://hoobyandtheyabbit.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/hoobyandtheyabbit/
https://twitter.com/HoobyYab
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MhNUUZ2UPBRkWXw1yEFSJ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNkJZXskU2-zV-TtjQCc9xw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re all gone, that’s what they are – if I start on them, that’s it

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

Rock on, all of you, and the very best of luck! Cheers, Hooby.

 

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP
Starhaven Records
Release Date: 12/08/2019
Running Time: 15:49
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

It’s incredible to believe that Soldier are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and, much like some of their other contemporaries from the NWOBHM era, they still have an awful lot to offer as this three track EP ably shows. Whilst the band have had more line-ups than the Met Police, founding member and original guitarist Ian Dick has found himself a perfect combination of talent to power them on and keep the name and music very much alive. Having somewhat sadly decided not to gig this year (but who knows what the future holds) this new release is a perfect indicator of the force they still harness but also acts as a perfect introduction to newcomers of this seminal band.

The title track ‘Storm Rider’ kicks things off in fine style with its insistent riff, powered by the guitars of Dick and Miles Goodman. This has elements of some of the best of that initial rush of creativity and fire from forty years ago but also gives it a great, modern sound. There was a real song-writing skill that a lot of the bands of that heady era, like Saxon, Praying Mantis, Diamond Head and Samson, had and this is very much the case here as their ear for a melody as well as something that has that visceral excitement comes through on every track. Singer Richard Frost has been a real find and has a voice that’s perfect for the material, his vocals having both power and a honeyed tone to them. The guitar solo at the end of the song is all you could hope for and leads nicely into a fade before the second song, ‘R.N.R.’, kicks in.

Despite the well-worn subject of a guitar slinging hero, the song is utterly irresistible and glories in an instant appeal that sounds just so good whilst treading that line between hard rock toughness and AOR. These guys put other artists of the genre in the shade. The epic ‘Little Big Horn’ is the sort of thing that Iron Maiden used to make when they were at the first, early peak of their career and at just over six minutes in length gives you time to really revel in its delights. It has both the style and subject matter of early Maiden but with a lot more polish as the guitars charge full pelt at you, vocals weaving the tale and the bass and drums (of Steve Barlow and Tim Churchman respectively) pound with precision. It really is a great way to end the E.P. and leaves you not only marvelling at the music therein but desperately craving more. Fortunately, there’s quite a back catalogue to explore and this release is a pure distillation of what makes Soldier’s brand of melodic metal so enduring. Here’s to the next 40..!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Storm Rider
02. R.N.R.
03. Little Big Horn

LINE-UP:
Richard Frost – Vocals
Ian Dick – Guitar
Miles Goodman – Guitar
Steve Barlow – Bass
Tim Churchman – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.soldiernwobhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/soldiernwobhm
https://www.youtube.com/user/SOLDIERNWOBHM1

 

 

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EMQ’s with Toronto Blessings

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EMQ’s with Toronto Blessings

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barnsley, South Yorkshire Noise Rockers Toronto Blessings! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Rik 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?

Hello I am Rik, I sing and play bass in Toronto Blessings. We formed when our previous band Cavorts went on hiatus. The core three members which were left formed Toronto Blessings. We wanted to try something new musically and have tried to move on from our heavier straight forward past. We wanted to make this band have a more unorthodox sound, but still keeping it hooky. We can still sonically smash your face in when needed, it’s just gets there a different way.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dale (guitarist) got the band name when he was reading a live review for the band Sleaford Mods. It said it looked like the singer was having a ‘Toronto Blessing’ he messaged us about using it for our name. It got three thumbs up!

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

We’re from England and to be honest I am not sure what the metal scene is like. I don’t really follow it. Local to us though you have While She Sleeps doing really well, but metal is a world away from what we do now.

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

Our latest single/video is for a track called ‘UvU’. It was written when I was in a dark depression and was struggling to tell people how I was feeling. I put everything into this song. We’ve had such a good response from it and people talking to me about similar feelings they’ve had too.

We have an EP called “Asleep” coming out later in the year. We’re looking forward to getting this out and people to hear tracks such as the title track ‘Asleep’. We’ve got plenty of new songs ready to record, which we can’t wait to track.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think mainly my fellow band mates. We all seem to bring out the best in each musically. Bands we’re inspired by are Metz, The Jesus Lizard, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the banshees, Daughters, The Cure, Sonic Youth.

What first got you into music?

I’d say Guns n Roses. My mum bought me “Appetite For Destruction” when I was 8 years old. It totally changed my life! Before that I was listening to MC Hammer ha! Bands like Nirvana and Sick Of It All made me feel like you didn’t have to be amazing at your instrument to make good music. It became a more reachable goal for me to get into a band.

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

I would love to do a track with Robert Smith (The Cure) I just think he’s got the best voice. I can listen to The Cure all day every day. It would be interesting to hear his voice on one of our tracks!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury, it’s the best festival I’ve ever been to. It’s so diverse and I think we’d go down a treat there.

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

Hmm! Not had a gift yet, let alone anything weird. I say bring it on.

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

Thank you for supporting us. Much love!

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

Lemmy!! Who else?

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

It’s just good to get in a room with your friends and turn up your amp. It’s the best release in the world playing and writing, just being creative. I don’t really hate anything anymore. Life goes so fast so I am just trying to enjoy every moment in this band.

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

It is what it is really. It’s a complete mess in one way, but also music is the most available it’s ever been. I love finding new bands through Spotify etc. Music really is at your fingertips.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I would say “OK Computer” by Radiohead. I was only really into heavy music before this album came out. It really blew my mind. Nothing was the same for me after, it expanded my musical taste and I haven’t stopped trying to listen to everything. I don’t care for genres, if something is good it’s good!

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

Vinyl of course! Well it really depends where you are. If you’re in your car or on the go I’d say downloads. If you’re at home Vinyl win every day for me.

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

The first one was really important for me. It was the first time that I sang a full set of songs. I’ve always just been the bass player! Toronto Blessings is the first band I’ve sung lead vocals in. It was the most nervous I’ve ever been. I am an accidental front man/singer. But after this gig was done it proved that I could do it and I’ve not looked back.

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

Probably exactly the same but not being as creative! I still work 9-5 now, so I’d still be doing just that. I’ve made loads of friends for life playing in bands, so I guess I’d have a lot less friends too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Thom Yorke, RuPaul, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry David and Lemmy!

What’s next for the band?

We’re gearing up to release our first EP “Asleep”. It should hopefully be coming out in October. At this stage it looks like we’ll be self-releasing it. We might put another single out before its release, we’ll see.

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

We use all the usual. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, YouTube.
https://youtu.be/ltU595XUWyI
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoBlessings/
https://twitter.com/getblessed666
https://www.instagram.com/toronto_blessings/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A mini cake

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

If you’re suffering with depression or anxiety, speak out. You have more people who’ll help you than you know. All is Love.

 

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Rebecca Downes – More Sinner Than Saint

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Rebecca Downes – More Sinner Than Saint
Mad Hat Records
Release Date: 24/05/2019
Running time: 59:33
Review by Paul Monkhouse
10/10

The Midlands has always been a hotbed for musical talent. When you consider that the area saw the birth of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Magnum amongst world beating others, you can now add another name to that prestigious list: Wolverhampton based Rebecca Downes. Whilst she has been solidly touring with the likes of The Quireboys and (the aforementioned) Magnum and putting out great albums, this latest should see her most definitely promoted to the big league. “More Sinner Than Saint” mixes her blues rock styling with a hefty dose of AOR and this potent brew of balls and soul is so well written and produced that it stands head and shoulders above most of the releases this year.

‘Take Me Higher’ opens the album and immediately impresses with its huge sound and epic scope. The insistent guitar gives way to Downes rich vocals and swirling keys, leading to an absolutely hook filled chorus that will have you singing it for days. This is all covered in the sort of gloss that the very best of the classic 80’s rock songs boasted and is equally memorable. It should be pointed out though that this is not just an exercise in nostalgia but very much a modern album that will appeal to a wide audience due to the quality of the whole package, not just the echoes of the past. ‘Chains Fall Down’ impresses with its aching vocals, great playing by the assembled musicians and its superb, slowly building structure and ‘Screaming Your Name’ is incredibly passionate, a world-beating track dripping with real soul but eschewing any overwrought guitar soloing that so often plagues other big rock ballads.

Rocker ‘Hurts’ lets loose and is full of ballsy grit, revealing the more primeval rock ‘n’ roll side of Downes and co-writer and guitarist Steve Birkett whilst Magnum main man Tony Clarkin returns the favour of Downes appearing on their recent live album to play some beautifully fluid guest guitar on ‘Breathe Out’. Already a fan favourite live, ‘Wave Them Goodbye’ sees multi-instrumentalist Birkett not only play some great slide guitar but unleash his impressive vocal chops in this, the albums only duet. Whilst it is Downes name on the cover, her musical partnership with him is the key to their success as they complement each other in the same way that Jagger and Richards and Plant and Page mastered, the perfect combination of singer and guitarist and this chemistry is perfectly highlighted on the album.

The titular ‘More Sinner Than Saint’ is all you could want it to be, starting with a church organ this is upbeat song laced with dark lyrics captures something halfway between Fleetwood Mac and Heart in its big sound and delivery. King King’s Alan Nimmo guests on ‘If I Go to Sleep’ and it’s another, harder rocking tune that stomps its size 11’s all over you and mixes sweet female vocals with rougher male ones. Nimmo’s solo sounds huge and the fact that Downes and Birkett can call upon him and Clarkin to guest on this release speaks volumes and new Magnum keys player Rick Benton plays throughout, all adding their own magic to the recordings whilst not putting anyone in the shade. Here, the music is the thing and egos are left at the door.

‘Stand on My Feet’ transports you to the Deep South, swaying in the summer heat whilst the landscape shimmers and chrome glistens under a beating sun. For anyone who fell in love with Alannah Myles first album, there is so much to enjoy here and this track brings to mind that magnificent debut, all southern sensuality, road trips to New Orleans and long, cold beers. ‘Big Sky’ ups the tempo again from the languid pacing of the previous track and has a real bite and groove and the sort of production that Mutt Lange gave Def Leppard, Shania Twain et al. The album continues in such a strong vein and finishes with ‘In Reverse’ which features an absolutely sky-scraping vocal from Downes and the hugely powerful ‘With Me’. This closing track is probably the most affecting one of the album and ends it on an emotional high, a song of promise, hope and protection that is so intensely emotional that you may well find yourself with a tear in your eye at the end of it. All the very best music should move us is one way or another and in ‘With Me’ you have a classic love song that never falls into clichéd moments but genuinely touches the soul and shows that you don’t have to be loud to be powerful, eschewing bluster for genuine heart. In “More Sinner Than Saint” Rebecca Downes has made not just the album of her career so far but one that will stand the test of time as a genuine classic. Without any doubt, one of the finest releases this year.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Take Me Higher
02. Chains Fall Down
03. Screaming Your Name
04. Hurts
05. Breathe Out
06. Wave Them Goodbye
07. More Sinner Than Saint
08. If I Go To Sleep
09. Stand On My Feet
10. Big Sky
11. In Reverse
12. With Me

LINKS:
https://www.rebeccadownes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaDownes/

https://www.instagram.com/rebeccadownesuk/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lTgFnkkf5YMEy9v2p_WFQ

 

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EMQ’s with SICK

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EMQ’s with SICK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, UK Speed Rock band SICK! Huge thanks to Drummer/Vocalist Luke Daley 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?

Luke Daley. I play drums and sing. SICK really have only been around for seven months. We tried to put a band together beforehand, but until last November we had incomplete line-ups and arguments over the band’s direction. Once we had Max join the band everything slotted into place. We’ve played over ten gigs in five months including two O2 Academies, and we have a major record coming up. It’s going great.

How did you come up with your band name?

I just thought it up. We needed something short and sweet.

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

UK, Liverpool. The scene is small in Liverpool. There isn’t a rock scene in a sense of the bands around – not the audience. If you’re like us you have to, as standard, play alongside metal bands just to get gigs. That’s what we’ve had to do until recently.

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

‘Close Call’ (Single). We have an EP in the works.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally The Ramones!

What first got you into music?

I played FIFA 98 on the PS1 when I was about 6 years old, and I loved the soundtrack. Still a Blur fan.

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

I’m not sure to be honest. We write music a certain way and it’s subject to whoever we’d work with. I could say I’d love to work with Saxon, but they might not fit us if that makes sense.

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

Download Festival. We’d do well there.

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

Actual money for a T-shirt!

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

Come see us live please!

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

The Ramones! Without a doubt!

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

Playing mainly and the reward you feel when you write a decent song. I don’t like the travelling to and from gigs, but that’s pretty much a requirement in the music industry.

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

The focus on Rap and Dance music right now! I don’t like the fact that even though we are on the verge of a new subgenre (Speed Rock), SICK can be dismissed as just another rock band.

Name one of your all-me favourite albums?

Xentrix – “Shared Existence”.

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

Downloads! Unless you can get me a phone that can take my 7″ singles, I’ll stick to downloads.

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

Probably one of the dates we did at the Arts Club or M2TM Merseyside. They were short and tight sets. Loved playing them and we seemed to get a good reaction.

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

Doing a teacher training course!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I don’t have dinner parties lol.

What’s next for the band?

Produce the EP and gig all summer. We’ll end up throwing that disc at record labels. Hopefully someone takes us on.

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

Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram etc.!
https://www.facebook.com/SickBandOfficial/
https://twitter.com/Sick_Band_UK
https://www.instagram.com/sick_band_official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re lovely.

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

Thanks for interviewing me!

 

SICK

 

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EMQ’s with BURNT OUT WRECK

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EMQ’s with BURNT OUT WRECK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band Burnt Out Wreck. Huge thanks to Gary Moat 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?

Gary, singer/songwriter for Burnt Out Wreck. We have been together for two and a half years and have been gigging for most of it too.

ow did you come up with your band name?

It’s how I feel when I look in a mirror!

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

We are from the UK, and yes it is still alive and kicking.

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

Our album from 2017 “Swallow”. There are also two videos for ‘Flames’ and ‘Swallow’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Most 70’s/80’s rock and indeed all types of music.

What first got you into music?

Drums!

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

AC/DC lol!

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

Wacken would be Awesome. I think we would go down a storm there.

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

Cornish Pasties.

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

Be Yourself.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

Playing live, and not getting paid.

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

I’d need a time machine to go back in time and stop computers from being invented.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Piledriver” – Status Quo.

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

CD’s.

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

HRH AOR.

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

Building something or other.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lol. No thanks they’re all mental.

What’s next for the band?

We are recording our second album as we speak so look out for that later in the year and we will be out and about gigging again in the UK from May onwards.

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

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/BurntOutWreck/
https://twitter.com/BurntWreck
https://www.instagram.com/burntoutwreck/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If you leave the packet open they’re a cake, if you put them in the fridge they’re a biscuit.

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

Thanks and take care.

 

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