EMQ’s with VERITAS

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EMQ’s with VERITAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, Missouri based Hard Rock/Metal band, Veritas. Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Wenk, 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?

Greg Wenk, guitarist for Veritas. Veritas was formed in 2012. I had been writing music for a few years after my previous band went on permanent hiatus and decided I wanted to be in a band again. After much searching, I found bassist Geno Alberico, who suggested vocalist Denny Anthony. After our original drummer stepped down Denny suggested we contact Mark Zonder about recording drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came across the name while looking for ideas. I also found the Awen symbol and combined the two together which we still use today in an updated design. Veritas means truth, Awen means creativity.

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

The band is based out of Kansas City but has members in other parts of the US. The music scene was pretty good before the pandemic. We’re still seeing what venues survived since live music is finally returning.

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

We released “Threads of Fatality” on August 28, 2020. It’s fourteen tracks including four updated from our EP released the previous year.

‘Morbid Stale’ (Audio)

‘Far Away’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the guitarists that have had the greatest influence on my playing are Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Criss Oliva, Alex Skolnick, Jon Drenning, Ben Jackson and George Lynch.

What first got you into music?

I have been surrounded by music from an early age and have always had a love for it. I started out playing trumpet and switched to guitar once I discovered heavy metal. Once I heard KISS Alive and heard the guitar and roar of the crowd, I was hooked.

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

There are too many. I would love to sit down with some of the ones that had a huge impact on me and just see how they approach writing songs.

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

In the US, probably Rockfest here in KC. It would be great to be included in a local festival. Also, Progfest in Atlanta. They always have some of the greatest lesser known bands from around the globe. Overseas, I would have to say Donington, Wacken and any other huge gathering. Those are legendary festivals.

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

I would say an offer to visit and be shown around Ukraine. I actually took the offer. It was an eye-opening experience. I even learned a bit of Russian before going.

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

Thanks for taking the time to listen to and support our music and we love hearing from you. You rock!

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

Wow that’s a tough one. I’m going with Criss Oliva. He was such a great and under-rated guitarist and I’d love to see what he would have created.

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

I just love playing and listening to music. I try and play guitar every chance I get. One of the few things I dislike is not being able, so far, to play music as a source of supportable income and some of the dishonest people you run into in the business.

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

If bands and labels would be more genuine with the music they create and sign, not just trying to follow the newest trend.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

How about three. Savatage -s “Hall of the Mountain King”, Crimson Glory – “Transcendence”, and Queensrÿche – “Rage for Order”.

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

CD’s.

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

Unfortunately, Veritas hasn’t had any shows yet because of the shutdown but in a previous band, we had a live broadcast from a local station at one of our shows and they were telling people they had to see our show. The crowd was amazing and got a personal invite from the owner to come back anytime.

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

The only other thing that I enjoy is old classic muscle cars and working on them. So, maybe auto restoration?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume you mean outside of the band members? Jon and Criss Oliva, George Lynch, Nikki Sixx, Ronnie James Dio. I’m sure they’d have some great stories to tell. I’ve already met and talked to two on the list and they were great.

What’s next for the band?

We’re still promoting our current CD and started work on the follow-up. We’re hoping to get out and play some shows in the near future.

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

www.veritas.rocks/
www.veritas.rocks/shop
www.facebook.com/veritasmusickc
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6Vg2D7TA0EWYPszQraoHps

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I’ve never had them.

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

Thanks for taking time for the interview and thanks to all the fans that support the band and our music. You rock!

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INTERVIEW WITH SILENT SEASON

Addiction Album Cover Art

INTERVIEW WITH SILENT SEASON
Boston’s Hard Hitting Rock Band
By Stephanie Stevens

SILENT SEASON Boston’s hard hitting rock/metal band is back with intensity, rage, aggression and a lyrical journey dealing with drug addiction in the band’s new song ‘ADDICTION’. These dudes never cease to amaze me with the emotion and musicianship as they grow every year in their career.

The band was founded by Jeremy Rae (vocals) and David Pappalardo (drums) in 2008 and the full line-up gelled in 2012. Since then, they have released a debut album entitled “BREAKING ME DOWN” and received rave reviews from a ton of radio stations including Sirius-XM Octane with the hit single ‘CHANCE’.

With a growing fan base the guys continued releasing singles through the years that kept levelling up each time! You can tell how passionate, dedicated and driven they are to make SILENT SEASON a household name.

If you truly want to get blown away (like I did)  then you need to take a hearty listen to their 2019 EP release “THE WAR WITHIN, VOL 1”. From the hard hitting blast in ‘THE NEGATIVE’ to the pretty and sensational sound of ‘STARS’, these dudes know how to bring all the elements of a good rock band to the centre stage each time they create a tune.

I had a chance to speak to the band about the new release ‘ADDICTION’, the positive outlook they bring out in their songs, the band name and where they think they have improved the most as musicians.

Q: I love the name of your band can you give me the reason you decided on the name and, through the years, has the name’s meaning changed for you guys?

A: When we first started a lot of the bands that we had  played shows with in previous projects started to fizzle out. The music scene kind of fell silent for a bit and we wanted to fill that void. So, we came up with the name Silent Season. I think though the meaning hasn’t changed we are still here to finish what we started.

Q: Being a Boston based hard rock band what is the biggest struggle and most positive thing being in the area?

A: The biggest struggle is that the rock scene is not as alive as it used to be. Venues that used to be hot spots have closed and it’s a shame. Luckily, there’s a lot of great local acts that support each other at the shows we manage to put together.

Q: You guys have been making music since 2008 and have had a gelled band member line-up since 2012. How do you get inspired to create music and what does it take to keep a line-up solid for so long?

A: Jeremy, Dave and I are the original three. The way we are just so comfortable with each other makes the writing process easier.

Q: Your newest single ‘ADDICTION’ deals with a heavy lyrical standpoint which a lot of bands have covered, when you started writing this song what inspired you to touch on this subject and how did you want to make it different from other rock tunes that talk about this subject matter?

A: We tried to make the song through the eyes of someone watching another person deal with addiction. I think it is more relevant now than ever with people being so depressed about covid and life shutting down. A lot of people chose to use again because of all that. We just wanted to shed some light on that and let people know they can get help and are not alone.

Q: The one thing I love about your music is you bring out the positive and try to help people through struggles. Is that something, on a personal level, you strive to do and also if you do on a personal level how does that differ than putting it to music?

A: I think growing up as a kid there were a lot of bands talking about some pretty dark subject matter. People can relate to that, but they also want to know that they can overcome all the crap that life throws at you. It was important to us to make it known that even though life gets tough there is always something you can do to make it better.

Q: What is the biggest improvement as a musician you think you have had since the beginning of the career as SILENT SEASON?

A: For me, I have gotten into recording and mixing, which helps when you have an idea you have to get down before you forget. And also, I’ve gotten into a lot in the live perspective. For example, when we play live, I handle our rack which handles our mics, in ear monitors, click tracks, samples and light show.

Q: Do you guys have new music as in an EP or full-length coming out in 2021 or do you feel the single releases are the way to go in this current music world? And how do you view both ways of getting music out?

A: With the way things are, being an unsigned band, we are currently just focusing on singles.

Q: What is the biggest thing you guys have missed in a live show atmosphere and why?

A: The crowd/fans. The way they react to the songs and the conversations we have with them after the shows. Many tell stories on how the music helped in some way. It’s really rewarding in a way.

Q: Do you have local shows gearing up or tours coming your way for the end of 2021?

A: We are starting to put together some shows now that things are getting back to normal. TBA!

Q: What does it mean to you that people take the time to listen and connect to your music?

A: Honestly, it means the world to us. I’m pretty sure that if it wasn’t for the listeners this all wouldn’t be worth doing for all these years.

Q: Anything else you want to let people know about your band or new stuff coming soon?

A: We are always making new music so don’t be surprised if you start to hear about the next single sooner than later! We are always on social media so stay tuned on there for any announcements.

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‘Addiction’ (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with ONE OF THE LAST

EMQ’s with ONE OF THE LAST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Hard Rock/Metal band, One Of The Last. Huge thanks to vocalist John O’Connor 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 John O’Connor and I’m the singer of the band One of the Last! We started the band in late 2016. Mario (guitarist), Parker (guitarist) and Tripp (bassist) were in another band at the time and once that was dissolved, they started One of the Last! They found our old drummer Brian and myself online and we recorded a few songs. Unfortunately, Brian left the band back in February and we’ve been searching for a drummer ever since!

How did you come up with your band name?

The origin is unknown, but we tell people it means “this is one of the last times we want to start a new band”! We’re all in our late twenties, early thirties and it’s closing in on now or never to make it as a band. I think this band made the most progress out of any band the four of us have previously been in.

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

We are from Brooklyn, New York, USA. The metal scene is pretty good, but it fell off quite a bit from the 80s/90s. The main problem is NYC doesn’t have a rock/metal station. The closest one is a college radio station called 89.5 WSOU (which belongs to Seton Hall University).

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

We have 3 songs out at the moment so we’re basically promoting all 3 songs. The latest single is ‘Shotgun’, but we have something cool planned for our song ‘Wallflower’!

‘Determined’ (Official Music Video)

‘Wallflower’ (Audio)

‘Shotgun’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, our biggest influences are Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, Trivium and Parkway Drive. Personally, Linkin Park got me into heavier music. They’re my favourite band of all time!

What first got you into music?

Honestly, it was me. Sure, my parents would have the radio on, but it was always music from the 50’s-70’s. I discovered music myself. The first song I remember liking was ‘In The End’ by Linkin Park. That led to getting their album “Meteora”, which led to listening to similar artists like Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Mudvayne and Slipknot. For scene bands, I grew up in NJ. It was the home to bands such as My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Midtown, Armor for Sleep, etc. It was hard to escape those bands in high school!

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

I’d love to do a song with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. He has a lot of interesting ideas and would love to talk music with the guy. Him and I are similar because we’re willing to try any musical genre at least once. I could see him go to Wacken Fest one day and then some EDM rave the next.

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

I think for any hard rock/metal band, Download Fest would be #1 on their lists. There’s a lot of history and a ton of people that attend. Plus, I feel that the best metal bands in the world all come out for that festival. In the US, it’s the best US artists with a handful of non-US artists. Bands like Enter Shikari or Bring Me the Horizon that play main stage in Europe will play a 2nd or 3rd stage here. Only exceptions are legacy bands such as Maiden, Priest, and Ozzy/Sabbath.

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

Knock on wood, I haven’t received anything weird! That’ll change soon just because I said that.

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

Believe in yourself. It’s easy to believe in any person, object or spirit but when it comes to your life, you’re the only one that can choose how to live it. We’re only on this Earth for a small amount of time. Might as well enjoy it and do whatever makes you happy, as long as it doesn’t bring physical, mental or psychological pain to others.

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

Chester Bennington!

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

I enjoy the 30 minutes onstage and hate the 23 hours and 30 minutes offstage. There’s so much more than music that goes into being a musician or a band. A lot of hard work and money for starters. Networking will take up the most of your time but it’s crucial!

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

Just one? Damn! I guess I’d go with labels/management taking more chances on bands. Our biggest thing is trying to get discovered. There’s a lot of great music out there but labels are looking for established acts that have been around for more than a decade. I’m not saying a band that just started should get a shot but if you’ve been around for 5 years and you’ve consistently released music/been an active band, you should at least deserve a chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Meteora” – Linkin Park

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

I’m a streaming guy. I will buy physical releases to get autographed by the artist. I’m quite the collector!

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

We played a Halloween show last year at a bar called Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn. The whole band was on point and we even did a cover of Scotty Doesn’t Know (from the movie Eurotrip) and the place went crazy. It was a lot of fun and we love playing at Lucky’s!

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

I’d say doctor or lawyer. I have a vast knowledge of random music and music facts. If I could replace that with medicine or law, I’d be successful!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alive or dead? I’ll give you a mix: Jim Morrison, Chester Bennington, Anne Hathaway, Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle.

What’s next for the band?

We have something in the works for our song ‘Wallflower’. Other than that, we have to find a drummer and record more music. Hopefully, we get to play shows soon but if not, we’ll keep promoting our music!

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

We have our website www.oneofthelastband.com
Instagram www.instagram.com/oneofthelastband

For all of your One of the Last needs!

(Unfortunately, the band’s Facebook page was recently hacked, and it looks as though FB have been as useful as a chocolate teapot in trying to help them. They will have a new page soon)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google this! We don’t have that in the US. It looks more cake than your version of a biscuit. Well here, we can do this interview again when we play Download Fest! I’ll try them while there and I’ll give you a more accurate answer!

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

Well, in my last interview, I went off about the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Slugworth wasn’t the villain of the movie. It was Grandpa Joe. If you’d like to know my theory, you can ask me on my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/johnboconnor and I’ll blow your mind. I even rewrote the end of the movie!

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