EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

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EMQ’s with ‘the HŸSS’

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois Stoner / Grunge / Doom band the Hÿss! 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 Patrick Daniel Kennedy the 3rd, but my friends call me PK. I get to play rhythm guitar and a few hot and very sexy leads for our band the Hÿss.
All of the band members have been friends since the 80’s and 90’s. We grew up together listening to the same music, playing in various bands and mostly having fun and laughing and being brothers in life.
In 2011, guitarist Dave Fitzgerald contacted me and wanted to play some music like we did when we were kids. We use to write riffs a lot. We loved Nirvana, Clutch, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Minor Threat, the Misfits, but also loved 70’s rock as well. Dave loved jammin’ on Hendrix, Cream, and Sabbath. Figuring out tunes was fun and “making up” our own combinations of riffs that we were learning was even more fun. We got super into it. Our friendship grew even tighter. Once we started up the Hÿss, I feel like it grew like a fire and we were back to writing cool riffs. Bill Sullivan joined the band and chose to pick up the bass and man oh man, I hadn’t seen the guy in a while and he just hugs me and starts playing like a fucking champ. He has amazing creative riffs and is a smart musician, so we were lucky he joined us. He and Dave learned the blues together in college. Two badass players in my opinion. The drummer, Mike Scales has been our friend for so long I can’t remember when I started hangin’ with the guy. He has an extensive history of playing with cool bands because he has skills. If you give a good listen to “Ghost Army” on the new Hound EP you will be impressed. He joined us immediately once he saw how awesome we looked in our cool stage outfits. My jeans had a rip just above the knee. And that combined with our cool riffs? How could he resist? The singer Matt McDonald is a guy we all grew up with even though he lived all the way up on the North Side of Chicago. He was the lead singer of Chicago punk band Renegade A-Bomb back in the 90’s. He was a legend and he gave the Hÿss a shot and it was like lighting. Matt’s interests are reading about history and apocalyptic situations. That’s his jam, so we like to write some fun sounding but dark material. It works great with the music and I always like where his head’s at on these songs. He’s a great writer and has a creative mind and a voice that’s as powerful as a t-rex on a horny day. Eventually we put together a lot of cool songs and have been giving it our best shot around town for a while and it’s been a ton of fun and people are really digging the sound. It’s exciting!

How did you come up with our band name?

The snake is the international beast of rock n’ roll and stoner rock music alike, and the Hÿss is the first sound you hear before the crack of the snake bite. This name is cool when you spell it with a Y and give it an umlaut, like a little snake bite. We are the Hÿss, you know… that sound.

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

America. There is a ton of new music and genres spinning off of the gods of metal: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, etc. 1980’s America had the best metal. A lot of people are enjoying what’s coming from all over the world now thanks to the internet. It’s a universe of music these days and it’s pretty amazing to watch other cultures and countries create new metal and pay their respect to old metal from where I live at the same time. It’s interesting and amazing and a lot of it is really bad A, these kids aren’t fking around.

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

Our band is very proud to say we are finished with our official debut 5-track EP “Hound”, a few killer songs we have been perfecting and we just love playing them. We really wanted to kick the door open with some high energy doom on this and we feel like it really turned out the way we wanted it to. Pete Grossmann is an awesome sound engineer, and he really helped us bring the whole thing to life and portray our music just as we heard it in our heads when we imagined it. We enjoyed working with him and we are very happy with the way it turned out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m usually inspired by my friends who seem to get better at their instruments than me at a very rapid pace. That, and I’ve been digging Unknown Hinson lately. I know that’s not a metal musician, but the guy’s an amazing player and I like how hilarious he is and how fast he goes. I like shifting through genres to get my fingers to move faster; it keeps me on my toes.

What first got you into music?

When I was little, I would listen to my parent’s Beatles records and my sister’s Queen Tapes. My friend and Hÿss axe slinger Dave had a guitar he found in the trash and we started making up songs, he got good fast and I wanted to do the same. I have to say my friends and family are the people who got me into music. I practiced enough that my parents bought me a nice Washburn acoustic for Christmas. Was the nicest gift ever!

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

Any band or musician that would be nice to me. Haha! Or Clutch, that would rule. They have a real testosterone robot sound and those dudes get mad respect across the land. I love their music and if they wanted us to open for them my heart would pound. Could you imagine? I wish.

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

Lollapalooza so I don’t have to drive far.

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

I have never been given anything. If I were it would be the weirdest gift by default because I couldn’t possibly believe anyone would give me anything Haha!

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

Thanks for liking our music and for supporting live music and for being a cool person on this earth.

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

Kurt Cobain, because I have a feeling he would have gone solo and made a bunch of cool folk songs. That’s my prediction and I want to be right.

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

I love playing out with friends. The human connection of matching sounds up is a strange feeling and I’ve been enjoying that high my entire life.
I hate moving equipment and I don’t like ego maniacs. Lotta those folks out there!

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

I would kill the American Idol thing fast. Kids that sound like they would make badass singers in other types of music are told they “can’t sing” WTF is that? If I sing Happy Birthday, can I sing? And I feel like those millions of dollars travelling all through our lands and have tons of talented kids line up only to be insulted into giving up on music by some washed up celebrities. It’s like a cancer. I hope kids turn that shit off and go scream into a mic anyway!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Incesticide”. I love the pop on those tracks and then the album just gets hard and heavy and the riffs are flawless. I love the way they wrote those songs and the band is just one of my all-time favourites.

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

These days it’s downloads but, if I’m honest, I prefer CD’s. The sound quality was just fine and you usually ended up listening to the entire album rather than skip songs and bands all day like an asshole.

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

The best gig in my opinion was at The Forge in Blue Island. It’s a small bar, but it’s in our neighbourhood on the Southside of Chicago and all our friend’s bands were there. It was outside and lots of people came out and we had a great time that night. I love those nights.

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

Probably a rocket scientist that solves crimes in space. It would be boring though since the crime rate in space is very low.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four other Hÿss members plus Bill Gates and see if he can lend us some money.

What’s next for the band?

We’re looking forward to parading our new “Hound” around town and then maybe start working on another recording. We also have a lot of new material to work on so we definitely have our hands full!

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

You can find the Hÿss on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Instagram!
https://www.facebook.com/thehyss/
https://www.instagram.com/thehyss/
https://thehyss.bandcamp.com/releases
https://soundcloud.com/thehyss

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Anything baked in 1927 is a biscuit by now.

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

Thank you for putting us out there with these fun questions. I hope you will pound the Hound by the Hÿss and enjoy it as much as we do!

 

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EMQ’s with Cold Black River

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EMQ’s with Cold Black River

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madison, WI Swamp Rock/Metal band Cold Black River. 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?

Cold Black River! We play swamp rock; heavy on blues, grunge and doom. We started in ’13, building on straight-forward rock tunes then adding our influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

We started as Wicked Tree, but changed our minds after finding another ‘wicked’ band in Milwaukee. We had to dig to find a band name that hadn’t been used. We threw around a lot of descriptive words that could describe the sound we were going for. We finally settled on Cold Black River – which fits the sound perfectly.

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

The United States! Wisconsin has a vibrant metal scene. Tons of talented bands of varying taste. Very supportive!

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

“Tales Of Death & The Devil” – 2019 CD Release – full length album featuring the songs ‘Keep Rollin’ and ‘Oh My Goddess’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Clutch, Sabbath, Alice In Chains, ZZ Top, Tom Waits!

What first got you into music?

Eric: Listening to outlaw country with my mom growing up in the Ozarks. Eventually you search for your own music which led me to metal and punk.

Aaron: Listening to albums with my Dad as a kid.

Jeremy: My parents record collection and relatives who were also musicians.

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

Eric: Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, John Paul Jones, Clutch.

Aaron: Queens Of The Stone Age, Red Fang, The Sword.

Jeremy: Clutch, Queens Of The Stone Age.

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

Roadburn Festival, NL – always so many good bands, and who wouldn’t want to go (back) to NL?

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

A dear friend recently carved and artistically burned a skull out of a piece of wood with Cold Black River engraved underneath. Pretty cool; also weird.

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

Enjoy every moment of every show. You never know when it’ll be your last.

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

Lenny Bruce. He was a rock star. I would love to hear his take on the world today.

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

A) Spending time with like-minded people; Performing, writing, and recording.
B) People with poor attitudes; haters, “critics”, bands that are disrespectful.

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

Eliminate the “music industry”. By now, we’ve proven we don’t need them. DIY all the way!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: “The End of Silence” – Rollins Band – It just hit me at a particular time in my life. I still listen to it. Second and third are The Heavy Metal soundtrack, and “Live After Death” – Iron Maiden.

Aaron: Tool “Ænima”. I could listen to that Album anytime.

Jeremy: Clutch – “Blast Tyrant”. I’ve been listening to that one again. Great all the way through!

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

Really depends; there’s an audience for all of them. I personally love vinyl; it’s just so expensive to produce for bands like us. Otherwise, CD’s!

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

Those gigs where, before you play, no one knows who the hell you are, but once you’ve played, you’ve really connected with the audience. It’s also great to perform somewhere where you find people actually singing along. That still blows my mind.

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

Creating something. I still draw, write, and do design work. There’s always something going on. That being said, I cannot imagine a life without music. It’s always been around.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David Lynch, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Stephen King, Neil Fallon.

What’s next for the band?

Flesh out the rest of the year with as many gigs as possible performing the new album for as many people as possible. Try to play gigs where we haven’t yet, make new friends and fans.

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

Nearly all of them.
Start with our website www.coldblackriver.com and you can’t go wrong.
Otherwise, head straight to our bandcamp page www.coldblackriver.bandcamp.com

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

Be sure to check us out on all social media, keep up with our schedule, and hopefully we’ll be in a town near you very soon! Thanks for the interview!

 

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EMQ’s with HELL BENT

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EMQ’s with HELL BENT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Crossover Thrash band Hell Bent! 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?

Badger: I’m Badger and I sing. We’ve all known each other for a long time, and played together in various bands over the years.

Sam: I play bass. I joined the band about 2 years ago

Shawn: Guitar. I played bass in a fast hardcore band called Neon Bitches with Brian and John, which ultimately turned into this band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Badger: After weeks of hand wringing and arguing, Hell Bent was the only one we could all agree on.

Sam: Wasn’t around for that!

Shawn: You’re lucky Sam…it was tedious!

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

Badger: We are from the Dis-United States. Metal of all kinds is huge right now in the underground. Some of the bands are amazing, some of them are awful. Just like any other scene I reckon.

Sam: USA. The New England scene is pretty good. There’s a decent amount of good bands but there’s a decent amount of bad ones too.

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

Badger: Our full length called “Apocalyptic Lamentations” is being released soon.

Sam: “Apocalyptic Lamentations”

Shawn: It will be released via Armageddon Label & Atomic Action Records on vinyl, Horror Pain Gore Death on CD, and Metal Swarm on cassette.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Badger: Motörhead, Discharge, Pestilence, Hellhammer, Bathory, Repulsion, Blood Feast, Possessed, and many more. Essentially bands that used to be called “thrash” that were very extreme for their time, and pioneered what would later be called black metal and death metal.

Sam: Motörhead, Black Sabbath, early Slayer, Venom, Celtic Frost

Shawn: Kreator, Destruction, Possessed, Slayer at least for this band.

What first got you into music?

Badger: I grew up in a family full of musicians on my father’s side, who are all very talented but never wrote their own music. I’m not very talented but I’ve always written my own music. They were all quite concerned and disappointed that I gravitated towards heavy metal and punk. Ultimately I’ve done way more there any of them did music wise.

Sam: My dad was a bass player so we had an old bass in the house. I picked it up when I was 12 and just stuck with it.

Shawn. My next door neighbour/metalhead-guitar playing babysitter “Angus” (Paul). He turned me onto metal at a super young age.

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

Badger: I’m excited about the band Lowlife who have members of Cryptic Slaughter and Repulsion.

Sam: Really looking forward to playing with Cryptic Slaughter/Lowlife at MDF (Hell Bent played The Maryland Death Fest on 26th May)

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

Badger: We’re playing Maryland Death Fest and that’s the only fest I’ve ever coveted, although I’m sure there are many more great ones out there I just don’t know about.

Sam: Wacken would be cool. It doesn’t get much bigger than that.

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

Badger: Not a gift but some really drunk woman came up to me and told me she thought I was beautiful.

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

Enjoy yourself as much as you can before industrial civilization as we know it collapses.

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

Badger: None of them. We’ve all got an expiration date.

Sam: Cliff Burton

Shawn: Paul Baloff

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

Badger: I love playing. I don’t like the good old boy scenester “you scratch my back I scratch yours” bullshit, but I don’t think anyone does, including those who engage in that behaviour the most.

Sam: I just enjoy playing and making new music. The only part I hate is moving bass cabs and heavy gear upstairs.

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

Shawn: The competitive nature there is at times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Badger: Post Mortem – “Coroner’s Office”

Sam: Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny”

Shawn: Mercyful Fate – “Don’t Break The Oath”

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

Badger: I hate to say it but downloads for me. I used to have a huge vinyl collection but I don’t have the space to collect artefacts anymore.

Sam: Vinyl

Shawn: Vinyl 100%

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

Badger: I really enjoyed ripping up some weird bar in Manchester, New Hampshire with Haxen and Psycho.

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

Badger: I paint and draw a lot.

Sam: Playing an unhealthy amount of pinball.

Shawn: Riding motorcycles.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Shawn: Uli Jon Roth, Ritchie Blackmore, King Diamond, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton.

What’s next for the band?

Our record is released in all formats on June 14th. We’ll hopefully start playing more shows and doing some runs to support that.

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

Badger: Bandcamp;
https://hellbentri.bandcamp.com/

Sam: Instagram and Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/hellbentri/
https://www.instagram.com/hell_bent_metal/

Shawn: Instagram mostly. Facebook makes it impossible to reach anyone, anymore. Bandcamp is great for hosting, you just have to get people there…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Badger: I’ve never had one of those but you limeys like to use the term “biscuits” a lot more freely than those of us in the US do. Here in the US anything sweet is either a cookie or a cake, biscuits are usually savoury. So even though I’ve never had a Jaffa Cake, I have had most of the varieties of Mcvitie’s digestive biscuits, and like them all very much. I’m normally a salties guy rather than sweets, and I’m not a huge fan of baked goods in general. Despite all of that, I could eat those chocolate-covered digestives until I passed out in a diabetic coma.

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

Badger: Read HP Lovecraft if you want to get where we’re coming from.

Shawn: Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing our fans this summer. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with TANITH

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EMQ’s with TANITH

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York Heavy Rock/Classic Metal band Tanith! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Bassist Cindy Maynard 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?

Cindy Maynard, Bass guitar and vocals. Tanith started in 2017 when Russ Tippins and I decided we wanted to do original music together with a band based out of Brooklyn, NY. We got in touch with our friends Charlie and Keith, and started sorting out a couple of songs which we recorded that November. The music is 100% analogue from recording to mixing to mastering right to the vinyl. We self-financed the release of those songs on a 7”. That went down really well and we got a lot of good feedback, so we just kept going with new material. Pretty soon we had a full length album. That’s when Metal Blade got in touch.

How did you come up with your band name?

Tanith is a character in an old Hammer movie called “The Devil Rides Out”. We liked the sound of her name and also the imagery and symbolism associated with the deity Tanith- the Phoenician Goddess of war and fertility!

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

I am from the US and I live in Brooklyn, NY. We have a small scene here but it has kind of dispersed over the last few years. The shows are a fewer and farther between nowadays. I’m talking about bands that play the old school kind of metal I listen to- there are plenty of metal bands around just not the kind I can speak to. Every now and then there will be a great show that a lot of people will come out to, and most of us know each other. A lot of people in the scene seem to find a way to be involved in some way too, whether it be as musicians, artists, photographers etc. which is really cool.

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

Our latest single is called ‘Under The Stars’ and you can listen online at Metal Blade Records.
https://www.metalblade.com/tanith/

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many great bass players but I really like John Paul Jones, Steve Harris, and Andy Fraser for the ultimate musical inspiration and technique, then Francis Buchholz, Joe Bouchard and Greg Lindstrom for their really cool lines. Carol Kaye was also a big deal as she showed me how to play a big bass with my small hands. For vocals, probably Ann Wilson, Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper, although early on my favourite singers were guys like Paul Rogers and Klaus Meine.

What first got you into music?

The radio; I listened to everything on the radio and would tape record it and then play it back to write down the lyrics to songs until I knew them all. So I was always fascinated with singing. I didn’t start playing an instrument until pretty late however.

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

Uh, I’m already collaborating with Russ Tippins so I’d say that’s pretty amazing! Really it’s a thrill making music with him. As far as other bands, I do think Black Magic is amazing and it would be very cool to do something with them.

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

To be honest, I haven’t been to a ton of festivals and really I just hit the small ones with bands I really want to see, so I don’t know much about the bigger ones in Europe. It’s an honour to play any festival, but I’d say Keep It True is on my bucket list because they have such great fans who love the music, they keep it old school and have great quality bands all round.

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

Well once I got an oversized XL pale blue t-shirt in the mail in an unmarked envelope that said “One of the top 10 best bass players” in a fancy black cursive script. It was definitely an odd thing to get. Like I was going to walk around town wearing this dress of a t-shirt blowing my own horn haha! I never found out who sent it. If anyone else wants to send me a shirt though, I’m a size small by the way. 😉

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

We love our fans! Thanks for all the support, the comments and the messages! We are excited every time someone takes time to write to us and especially fans who come to see us play live.

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

Phil Lynott of course!

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

I like creating music with a group of great people, hearing the fruits of our hard work on a recording, and playing live to our fans. Sometimes the administrative aspect is a real time suck and gets in the way of feeling creative. Oh man and booking shows is something I try to have other people do at all costs!

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

I’m just learning about all this, but I would say artists need more money through the industry to make doing what they love more doable. So better royalties, advances, and tour support.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This question is tough! How can I name just one? There’s so many great records. Ok, “Sad Wings of Destiny” by Judas Priest. Absolute masterpiece, it’s so varied and huge.

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

When my record player is working properly, vinyl. The big artwork and tactile experience of interacting with the record are ideal. Cassettes are also great and really fun on car trips. Downloads are convenient when you don’t have the music or players for the first two methods.

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

The Frost and Fire festival in 2018 was a blast. Great crowd, great fest!

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

Taking better care of my plants…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Uh…I could have a David party I suppose. So David Gilmour; David Bowie; David Wayne and…Larry David haha, with a guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, just because I love Ozzy. That would be an interesting mix of thoughtful, godly, badass, confrontational and off the wall.

What’s next for the band?

We have a full length release called “In Another Tim”’ (which came out on May 24th on Metal Blade Records). And will play a special NY record release show before heading over to Sweden to play the Muskelrock festival in Tyrolen. This Fall, we hope to do a full tour in the US and in Europe. Stay tuned!

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

https://tanithnyc.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TanithNYC/
https://www.instagram.com/tanithnyc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Whoa I just bought some of these for the first time a couple of days ago. A biscuit I’d guess since it looks like a cookie and British people call cookies biscuits. Although it is made of sponge cake…hmm (scratches head)…

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

Thank you so much. This was fun. Cheers!

 

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

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EMQ’s with REAR NAKED CHOKE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Abilene, Texas Groove Metal band Rear Naked Choke! 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?

I’m Chris from the band Rear Naked Choke. I play rhythm guitar and do backing vocals. The other members of the band are Mick Taylor – Vocals, Josh Finch – Lead Guitar, Paul Kidd – Drums, Don Bruton – Bass.

We formed around 2009. It started out just jamming for fun at my cousins’ house. It didn’t take long to decide that this was something we wanted to really form into a band. Early on there were a few member changes but after a few months the line-up solidified and we’ve been going strong since then. Mike “Mookie” Morgan, our original lead guitarist one of the founding members and my cousin, passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. His spirit is still a huge driving force for RNC!

How did you come up with your band name?

We get asked that a lot, especially with some raised eyebrows because it sounds like it could be a lot of things. But the truth is we’re all big MMA (mixed martial arts) fans and in the early days of the band we would get together at Mike’s, our original lead guitarist who passed away, house and watch the UFC fights. In between fights we’d go back and jam in the room he had set up. So we were sitting there watching a fight and Joe Rogan was commentating the fight and said “Oh he’s going for a Uma Plata (which is a submission in MMA)” and Mike and Mick were like “Oh that’s kinda of a cool name” and the Joe Rogan said “Oh he’s transitioning to a Rear Naked Choke, that’s the number one submission move in MMA” and they looked at each other and said “That’s it, Rear Naked Choke!!” and so that’s where the name came from. Once we had it set we haven’t changed it at all. So really Joe Rogan is the reason we’re named Rear Naked Choke, lol.

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

We’re from Abilene, TX USA. These still a good metal scene in Texas and the US. I think like anywhere there are ebbs and surges, but overall it’s still good.

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

In October of 2018 we released our debut, self-titled album, “Rear Naked Choke”, through Sliptrick Records. We’re really proud of this album. We’ve put 2 years of our lives into it and we’re happy we finally have it and can share it with everyone else. In March we released the second single from the album, I Will Rise along with a video for the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OurBkN5i7sM

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have lots of influences between all the members. Metallica, Godsmack, Clutch, All That Remains, Trivium, Lamb of God, Corrosion of Conformity, Pantera, Scorpions, Kiss, Iron Maiden and the list could go on and on. Me personally I would say Metallica is my biggest influence and the band that really ignited my desire to play music.

What first got you into music?

For me personally it was Metallica that really got me into music. Before them I listened to music and I was aware of rock and metal and I listened to some of it, but from the first notes off of the Ride the Lightning album I was hooked.

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

There’s a ton out there that it would be awesome to work with. Metallica, obviously, but also Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity/Pepper Keenen, any of the guys from Lamb of God, I mean the list could go on forever really.

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

I would pick Wacken Open Air Festival. I’ve watched lots of video from different years and it always just seems absolutely amazing. The band line ups, the crowds, it is just one of those that it looks like I would want to get to play at least once in my musical career.

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

I don’t think we’ve ever gotten anything really weird from anyone yet. We’ve had people bring us other bands albums, watches, hats and even their own artwork they have done for us, but that’s about it. Although this question has me worried about what we might see in the future, lol!!!

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

Really that we appreciate each and every one of them more than we can adequately express. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. You know, we would still be playing and making music just because it’s in us, and something that we’re driven to do. But it’s the fans that allow us to do more than just sit in our house or a studio and write and play. The shows are really all because of them. If they weren’t out there then there wouldn’t be a need for shows. And really we love playing shows and getting to perform our music for others. It’s totally selfish but there’s just about no greater feeling than being up there on stage giving out all the energy you can and having the fans return all that energy and more.

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

Without a doubt it would be Mike Morgan. I know that sounds selfish and not many had ever heard of him before this, but Mike was a real Rock Star throughout his whole live, even when he wasn’t up on stage playing. There are a lot of musicians that it would be great to have back, but none deserve to be back more than Mike.

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

The process of making music and playing shows are all awesome. The travel and the business side of things can make it less fun and take a lot of the enjoyment out of it sometimes.

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

Find a way for artists to make real money again. The advent of streaming and the digital age has really hit things hard and the music industry was not even close to prepared for what happened.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

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

Depends on what you mean by best. Best sounding, I’d say Vinyl. Best for bands, CD’s and Downloads.

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

There have been some really good ones so it’s hard to pick just one. We’ve played with several large touring bands so all of those were great. We got to play a fair once, after they hadn’t allowed rock to be played for years, and that was awesome because there was a huge turnout and we had people singing along to our songs and it was awesome. But we accidently dropped a bad word and they decided no more Rock or Heavy music again at the fair, lol. So that was definitely one of the most memorable, if not the best.

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

I’m also a working Professional Comic Book Artist and Graphic Designer, so if I wasn’t doing music I would still be doing art.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other 4 guys in the band and a fan of course :-).

What’s next for the band?

We’re currently working on booking shows for the 2nd half of the year and we are writing music for the next album that we are hoping to release in the first half of 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use the usual suspects, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as Spotify and all other major streaming outlets. You can go to (https://www.rnctheband.com/) and find most info as well as links to all our social media, album, merch and more.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t have any idea what those are…hopefully I can try some at some point and then I can give you an answer.

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

Thank you!! We just want to let everyone know that we are grateful for all the support we’ve been getting and, as I’ve said before, we truly appreciate everyone who has bought the album, streamed the music, attended a show or supported us in any way. We are continuing to book shows and expand our touring areas. Soon we’re hoping to get over to Europe as well and we can’t wait to get to meet many more amazing people from all over!!

 

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EMQ’s with SILVERTONGUEDEVIL

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EMQ’s with SILVERTONGUEDEVIL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dallas, Texas metallers Silvertonguedevil. 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?

Silvertonguedevil & Acoustic Devil. I am the singer. STD started in 2005, and is a metal band that blends old school heavy metal and extreme metal while infusing punk energy. We focus intensely on crafting memorable songs and creating an entertaining live spectacle with lights, fog, and weapons. AD is our acoustic metal side project that started in 2015, and the idea is to play our songs with just as much passion and intensity but on acoustic guitars, giving the songs a stripped down, more raw feel. Most of the time acoustic music is synonymous with toned down versions of songs, but we took the opposite track.

How did you come up with your band name?

Names are tough to come up with. It took several tries before landing on Silvertonguedevil, but in the end we liked it because it sounded cool and we couldn’t find anyone else that had used it. Plus, it does tie thematically into the songwriting, as a silver tongued devil is an exceptional liar and con man.

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

We are from Dallas, TX, in the US. We are fortunate in that we have two cities (Dallas & Ft Worth) that form a sprawling metroplex that contains a healthy scene for punk and metal. Right now we have a surplus of great bands, and it is one of the hotspots in the US for touring bands to stop.

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

We are in the process of releasing album number four for us, which will come out this fall. It is to be called “PAX SATANICA”, and it will have songs both from Silvertonguedevil & Acoustic Devil. Our previous albums include “SECRET DEMONS” (2009), “PORNOGRAPHIC SCRIPTURE” (2012), and “ORTHODOX HERESY” (2015). Our current single from the upcoming album and all of our previous albums are available on all major streaming and download services.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many, but the main ones are BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, KATAKLYSM, IMMORTAL, and DEAD KENNEDYS. But we love and admire many various bands across the heavy spectrum.

What first got you into music?

My earliest memories are of being exposed to and loving music. For me it’s just an innate thing. I grew up in a household were I was exposed to classical music at a very young age, and from there I branched off into heavier pursuits. To this day my main musical interests are classical and metal, though I do love certain movie soundtracks as well.

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

That’s a tough one to answer, but the pinnacle would be to do something with Tony Iommi. But working with any musician or band that we admire would be a huge honour.

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

Wacken Open Air is the goal we’ve set for ourselves, as it is world renowned for being the ultimate metal festival. And there are many others that we’d love to be a part of, such as Hellfest, Graspop, Summer Breeze, and Exit Festival, as well as major festivals in the States like Maryland Deathfest and Aftershock. Playing the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise would be an absolute blast.

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

Probably the best gift I received was the metal staff I use at all of our live shows. Two good friends of mine crafted it themselves, cutting the metal pieces and creating a true artwork that our fans all recognize. And because of that we’ve had other fans gift us weapons like daggers and knives. By now we have quite the collection.

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

For us the music is the message, we’re not into preaching a message of any kind. We sincerely hope people enjoy and get something out of our songs.

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

Zombie Jim Morrison would be interesting to meet, same with undead Jimmy Hendrix.

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

The music and band comradery are the best parts of being in a band. It’s a real pleasure to have a shared goal and pursue it with musicians you respect and enjoy, and we have lots of fun getting out and meeting new people. But the reality is that this takes a lot of endurance and will power. It’s a huge investment of time and money, and sadly the world of music is not a profitable one for heavy bands at this moment in time. But we love what we do despite the hardships.

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

Pop. It should be eradicated.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”, easy, it’s a masterpiece.

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

They all serve a purpose, but it’s hard to beat vinyl.

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

We don’t have just one that is a pinnacle above all others, but we’re lucky in that we’ve played several wonderful shows. Our album release shows are always a highlight because we’re surrounded by our friends and fans.

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

I am also a writer and spend what free time I have away from the band writing fiction. I also love photography, videography, and editing, so I’d be doing more of all of those if I wasn’t doing music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Besides my wife and closest friends? Alive or dead? I don’t really know how to answer that, so I’ll just go off the top of my head. It’d be fun to have a cross section of people I admire, so it’d be a fun time hanging with Alice Cooper, Clive Barker, Dario Argento, Ennio Morricone, and Stephen King.

What’s next for the band?

Album release, new videos, and more shows in places we’ve never played before. Onwards and upwards.

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

All of them. We blast our music out in as many formats as possible.
https://www.facebook.com/silvertonguedevil666/
https://twitter.com/TheOneTrueDevil
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1d7QrUGyt6c3kAEH3lkY0O

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what those are ha, ha.

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

Many thanks for helping us spread our music. Please let all your friends and enemies know about us!

 

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Know Your Enemy Debut Album Release Show – Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ – 27/04/2019

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Know Your Enemy
Debut Album Release Show!
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ
27/04/2019
Review and Photos by Stephen J. Moss

Know Your Enemy is a New Jersey band who just celebrated the release of their very first full length album! Andy Jansons had the opportunity to interview the band after the show. I highly recommend you check it out by going to;

Interview with Know Your Enemy

Prior to this show, I had no knowledge of this band so I didn’t know what to expect from them. After seeing them perform live however, I’m definitely a fan! Not only do these guys make incredible music, they also know how to throw a kick ass album release party.

Let me give you an idea of how the night went:

The venue is called Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, NJ. The atmosphere is like an old circus. There are pictures of sword swallowing artists, they have skeletons wearing pink wings, Greek mythology characters, and other side show pictures on the wall. It’s a really fun and funky place to hold a show.

Vivi Noir
Before the show started and in between each band they had a performance by the beautiful Vivi Noir who is an award winning burlesque dancer in the New Jersey / New York City area

Not only is Vivi beautiful she’s also daring. She had one act where she lay on broken bottles while a man stood on her! Don’t worry, she was unharmed!!

Vivi had multiple acts that night and each time, she killed it. After seeing her live, it’s easy to see why she is one of New Jersey’s favourite burlesque dancers.

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Acid Cactus
The first band to hit the stage was Acid Cactus. They are a young New Jersey band that is a cross between Street Punk and Hardcore Punk. To date, the band only has an EP that can be found on Band Camp by clicking here (https://acidcactus.bandcamp.com/releases). It’s your typical loud, obnoxious, fast, and obscenity filled street punk. If you like bands like “The Casualties” then you should check out Acid Cactus. The song I loved was called ‘Left Lane Drivers’ because here in New Jersey, it’s illegal to drive in the left lane unless you’re passing another car. Sadly, many out of state drivers can’t read the road signs and will drive slowly in the left lane and it drives native New Jerseyans bat shit crazy! You can find out more from visiting Acid Cactus’ Facebook Page

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Fear The Masses
The Second band to hit the stage was called Fear The Masses. They are from New Haven, Connecticut. Fear the Masses does a fantastic job of balancing post-hardcore metal with hip hop influences. They are in a similar boat to bands like One Minute Silence, Rage Against the Machine, and (hed) p.e. Their lyrics are politically and socially driven and they came out and instantly took control of the stage. They had tons of energy and really gave 100% on the night interacting with the fans and even giving a drumstick to one lucky girl.

My favourite song from their set-list was called ‘Make Me Your Leader’. This song is going to be on my top played playlist!

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Know Your Enemy
Next was the main event, Know Your Enemy. They hit the stage with a massive roar from the crowd! This New Jersey band is one you absolutely have to check out! I got a strong “Sevendust” feeling when I was listening to them although, I never felt that Know Your Enemy were simply trying to sound like any certain band. They utilise a blend of metal and hip hop and even though that isn’t anything new, Know Your Enemy do a nice job in taking a blend of music many people are already familiar with and adding their own flair to it!

Know Your Enemy played their debut album “Root Of All Evil” in its entirety. Not only did they kill it playing their original songs, they also did some incredible cover songs taking on Tool’s ‘Hooker With A Penis” along with two Rage Against the Machine tracks.

The energy was top notch! This was their night and they owned it! Despite being a relatively new band, Know Your Enemy acted like they have played a thousand sold out football arenas in the past, they were calm, cool and collected.

This was a very special night for them in more than one way. Not only was this their debut album release party, it was also a night when the band came together with its original bass player, Robert McCann. Due to unforeseen and challenging life circumstances, Robert had to quit the band and move out of state. While Robert was dealing with his challenges, he wrote a song entitled ‘Me Instead’. This song was extremely personal and full of meaning; a very deep song not only to Robert but when Singer Fonz Rodriguez heard the song it also touched a massive nerve with him as well. ‘Me Instead’ reminded Fonz of a time when he and his wife were dealing with their own intense issues. When Know Your Enemy joined Robert on stage the band decided to play Robert’s song.

This was an extremely emotional moment for the band because it was a revisit to one of the most painful times of Fonz and Robert’s life. It was also the last time playing with Robert on stage. Before singing ‘Me Instead’, Fonz stated they would never sing this song again on tour. This was truly a special moment for all in attendance. Somehow, Fonz was able to keep himself composed and made it through the song despite its heavy meaning. He delivered it in an incredibly impressive way. I have mad respect for someone who can put themselves out there in such a vulnerable position. This shows you just how devoted Know Your Enemy is to their fans and to their music. When it comes to their songs and their stage performances, they give it all.

At the end, the band had intended to end the show with a metal cover of “Lose Yourself,” an Eminem song. The crowd, however, had other plans. When Lose Yourself was over and the band went away, the crowd erupted with chants of, “One more song!” Know Your Enemy seemed a bit surprised because when they came back on stage for an encore, lead singer Fonz Rodriguez made the comment that he thought he would end with the cover but they were so good live that people just wanted more! For the encore, they band played homage to their beginnings with some old material.

This, for sure, will be a night to remember for Know Your Enemy, as well as their fans. I personally feel honoured because this was my first time seeing them. I’m glad I was able to be part of such a special night. Currently they are unsigned. After seeing them live and hearing their album, however, I know it won’t be too long before people take notice of them in a big way. So to the band I say, remember Jersey when you’re big and famous hahahah!

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My top six songs are:
01. Me Instead
02. Bound
03. Fooling Ourselves
04. Sway
05. New Energy
06. Victim

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Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse!
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All photographs reproduced here with kind permission from Stephen Moss

EMQ’s with I AM THE LAW.

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EMQ’s with I AM THE LAW.

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee, Groove Metal band I Am The Law. 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?

I’m Brandon, I’m the guitarist and second vocalist, I Am The Law is a southern/groove metal band out of Nashville, TN We’ve been a band for about 4ish years.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came from the movie Judge Dredd, I thought it sounded pretty badass plus Anthrax had a song about it. We played around with other names but this was the one we all agreed on and liked.

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

From Nashville, TN In the Ole US of A, the metal scene is thriving, can be a bit much at times but great there’s so many bands to check out and play shows with.

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

“Dance Of The Southern Witch”, it’s a two song Micro EP coming out on Digital and Cassette May 31st

Who have been your greatest influences?

MATSOD, He Is Legend, The Showdown, Every Time I Die

What first got you into music?

My mom took me to see Def Leppard at our fair and I got a Metallica Black album cassette, that was the start then she had a boyfriend named Steve Austin (no joke) who played guitar and he was the shit, so I strived to surpass him and did lol.

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

Probably The Showdown, I’ve have been a fan of theirs since I got a burned disc at a music festival of them before they got signed.

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

All of them festivals are the best I would love to spend my summers just playing festivals, plus you get to see all the other rad bands on the bill.

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

Not sure on that one! We have some stories but they would have to be censored lol.

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

Have a good time, come hang out with us, let’s rage and kick back.

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

Elvis man, think about Elvis in a metal band eh eh eh? Come on lol

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

I enjoy playing shows, I hate stairs in venues especially if it’s three flights of stairs.

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

Venues need to work better for bands and promoters need to actually promote.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

He Is legend – “I Am Hollywood”

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

I can go anyway on that, digital is easier so I’d say that but I feel like I’ve earned it, from the days of having CD cases full of burned CD’s that you carried around.

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

The one with Super Joint it was a great line up and a good turnout.

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

I try not to think about that hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Myself and five pizzas

What’s next for the band?

We’re releasing 2 micro EP’s and considering doing a full length for next year.

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

BandCamp: http://iamthelawtn.bandcamp.com/
iTunes: https://goo.gl/hTYPhL
Spotify: https://goo.gl/rpb3gV
Google Play: https://goo.gl/WqH8wS
Amazon MP3: http://a.co/j8Ivy1Z
Youtube: https://goo.gl/dRqr20

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly had to look those up, so there is a biscuit form that I’d imagine is good with coffee, but then there’s an actual cake version, but in the USA we would consider it a pie, so my answer is Piebiscake???

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

“Dance Of The Southern Witch” out May 31st on Digital and Cassette

 

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