EMQ’s with HEARTS & HAND GRENADES

EMQ’s with HEARTS & HAND GRENADES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buffalo, New York based Hard Rock band, Hearts & Hand Grenades. Huge thanks to bassist/lead vocalist Stephanie Wlosinski 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 Stephanie Wlosinski, and I am the lead vocalist and bass player. This band is a combination of four musicians that have been gigging in the Buffalo music scene for a long time. We have all collectively played in the cover music scene in different bands over the years and came together as Hearts & Hand Grenades to dive into the original music scene a little over a year ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were trying to come up with something that captured our image as well as our attitude. So, we finally settled on Hearts & Hand Grenades because we can be all snuggly and cute but can turn right around and pack one hell of a punch!

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

We are all from Buffalo, NY in the USA. The Metal/Rock scene has more of an underground following here. Buffalo is very heavy into the cover music scene so it’s a little more difficult to get the opportunity to play the hard stuff. But when we do, it’s always worth the wait. You get more dedicated fans that are truly fans of rock.

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

We recently released our first single, ‘Nothing Left’, off of our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”, which comes out January 8, 2021. ‘Nothing Left’ is a hard rock song that screams of ending toxic relationships and getting rid of the people that aren’t worth your time! You can check out the video on our YouTube channel or website.

Nothing Left (Official Video)

The In Crowd (Official Video) NEW SINGLE

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we all have different influences and that has played a big role in what we all bring to the table. For me, I find a lot of inspiration from MUSE. They’re a band that has accomplished so much and has managed to be successful across multiple genres of rock. And they put on one hell of a live show!

What first got you into music?

I’ve always been into music and I always loved bass. It’s what I notice first when I listen to any song. In elementary school I was probably the smallest kid in my class. In 4th grade we are asked what instrument we would like to learn, and naturally I said bass. So that meant the standup bass in the orchestra. The instructor basically laughed and said choose a different instrument. So, I chose cello. I again got laughed at (because I was far too small to hold either one of those) and he handed me a violin instead. I held onto that disappointment until I was in college and could afford to buy my first bass guitar. I never looked back since then.

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

Of course, my first choice would be MUSE because they have brought a lot of inspiration and enjoyment for me. Playing on one of their tours is definitely a life goal at this point.

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

I think for any rock fan Wacken is something you want to do once before you die! Lollapalooza always seems like such a diverse blend of artists that I would definitely like to be involved with that as well.

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

I haven’t received any gifts from fans yet, unless my mom counts? Ha!

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

Support your local original music scene! It’s hard enough as a band to get your music out there for the world to hear so when you get the chance to check out something new, please do it! You guys are what makes playing music special so thank you for supporting us!

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

That’s a tough question. I think Freddie Mercury was taken way too soon. He had a lot left to give to the music world, I’d have to say him.

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

I absolutely love performing live. All of the hard work happens behind the scenes when you’re wracking your brain for the right riff, or the right lyrics and melody. But when it all comes together you get that perfect moment on stage where we all sync up and feel the energy. It makes all of the hard work worth it. I absolutely hate setup and teardown. I need to get me a crew!

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

I would definitely change the stigma around hard rock and metal music in the US. It always seems like pop and rap have held on to the spotlight and rock is just slightly in their shadow. And believe me, I can get down to that stuff too but I’m just a little partial to rock!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite album is “Absolution” from MUSE. Every track on there has hit me to the core. I just love it. It’s one of those albums where there are no duds.

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

I’m a sucker for CD’s actually. I have a ton of them, and I still buy them. It’s kind of depressing that more and more vehicles don’t even come with them anymore. One of my favourite things is to just blast a cd in my car when I’m driving by myself. It’s a way of relaxing and meditating almost. That’s my happy place.

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

The coolest gig I’ve played was in Buffalo at a place called The Town Ballroom. It’s a venue that typically houses national acts and the room is like a giant bowl with three levels. We played a large event hosted by a local radio station, and the energy there was awesome. Halfway through our set, the lights flipped up to the crowd and the place was mobbed. It just got the adrenaline pumping and gives you this intoxicating feeling. I knew right then that this was what I was meant for. Give me a stage and a song and let’s go!

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

I’d like to think that I would be a rocket scientist or a genius doctor or something world-changing but if I weren’t a musician, I would probably still be sitting behind a desk somewhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite five fans and give them the most excellent dinner they’ve ever had as a thank you for supporting us! I feel like that’s the least I could do!

What’s next for the band?

We have two more singles coming out in 2020 leading up to our first album, Turning To Ashes, on January 8th, 2021. We are currently in talks about a 2021 tour to promote the new album and hope to have that setup by the end of December. So, stay tuned to our website and socials for more info on that!

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

www.heartsandhandgrenades.com/
www.facebook.com/heartsandhandgrenades
www.twitter.com/hahgrenades
www.instagram.com/hahgrenades/

We can also be found on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music

Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think I would say cake.

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

Give us a like and a follow on our socials and stay tuned for more info on our upcoming album, “Turning To Ashes”!

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INTERVIEW WITH DISCIPLES OF BABYLON

INTERVIEW WITH DISCIPLES OF BABYLON
‘Fighting for LIBERTY!!’
By Stephanie Stevens

DISCIPLES OF BABYLON came together in Los Angeles, CA back in 2012 with their hard rock/alternative sound. The guys, Eric Knight-vocals/guitar, Ramon Blanco-guitar, Gui Bodi-bass and Chris Toeller-drums went to work on making music with urgent storylines and prominent and moving musicscapes that made music fans and critics connect and take a serious interest in the band. Through the years they released the bands introduction EP “Welcome To Babylon” which showcased elegance in vocal ability with the song ‘Arrived’, the guitar rock presence of the hard n melody driven salute of ‘Karma’ and the soaring and emotionally high energy vibe of ‘The Great Pretend.

In 2017 the guys released a full-length disc “The Rise And Fall Of Babylon”, an album that was filled with lyrical content to try to make America aware that our country was in trouble. The album was driving with hard rock elements, bolstering with huge sound, flawless vocal integrity and just a really impressive creation of songs with a powerful meaning to them all.

It has been three years and the band has finally stepped back into the rock scene with a song that is a direct reflection of what is happening in our country today! ‘Liberty. The emotional deliverance is profound especially in the essence of the vocal passages. The band hasn’t detoured from delivering that hard rock sensibility with melodic tones. Disciples Of Babylon is one band with the courage and fight in them to help spread awareness and positivity in the most chaotic world most of us have ever lived in.

I was honoured to speak with the band about current issues, the new single, future music and having one of the members taking the producer hat for the song ‘Liberty’.

Q: First off are you all still living in Los Angeles, California and for you guys how is the atmosphere and vibe as you see it since the start of 2020?

Chris Toeller: Yes, we are all still in Los Angeles. It’s been a pretty crazy year for everyone, to say the least. The fires in Southern California certainly made it even weirder. All of the craziness can be very distracting, and it affected all of us, individually, in different ways. As a collective, however, I think it has been great to continue working on new music because it distracts us from the distractions (momentarily) but also because the intentions behind our music are even more relevant to the things that are happening in our world around us.

Eric Knight: Well, 2020 started off on the right track, new decade, new outlook, but then we floored it straight to a red light. But as everyone else has been doing, we’ve been trying to navigate around it. It’s going to be an interesting few months into 2021. It’s definitely been a challenge, but I feel now more than ever, we’ve been working as a team to keep moving forward and that has been the most exciting part for me.

Q: A few years back you guys wrote an epic album entitled “Rise And Fall Of Babylon”. 7 songs back then speaking of issues about how America is spinning out of control. How does it feel knowing you pretty much wrote a prequel to the year 2020?

Chris Toeller: To be honest, it’s saddening in some ways. The fact that it has been apparent for such a while now that our world is “spinning out of control,” but as a society, we have just continued to let it happen right before our eyes says a lot about just how much we really care. While we are not fully in control of what happens in our own countries or around our world, together still we have the power and responsibility to produce the change we want to see. TRAFOB was a call to action to everyone around the world to own that power.

Gui Bodi: I’m not particularly a political guy, I find it really hard to keep up with everything politics, it’s a different type of scandal every day, plus finding a good and trustworthy source of journalism is nearly impossible nowadays, but it wasn’t that hard to see where world politics and their economic roots were taking us back then.

In my opinion, impunity and lack of accountability are what brought us to this point in human history, because even when we expose corruption we can’t manage to dismantle the system which allowed it in the first place, nor persecute those involved in it. I feel only small fish get accounted for, never the big ones. It would be naive of us to think there’s one simple solution to all this mess, but definitely more meaningful changes to the core of our political and economic systems are needed.

Eric Knight: The signs were there for a long time coming, only it had been accelerated by the pandemic and the current administration or lack thereof. Our music and songs have always tried to be a mirror and reflect on what is happening in the world around us. We try and have a positive outlook within the framework of our music. Unity over division is our goal.

Q: Your newest single is called ‘Liberty’, when you sat down to write this song what was the number one thing concerning you at the time and what do you hope people will get and understand from this song?

Eric Knight: Well the concerning thing was where the country was and is currently heading. We are dangerously close into entering a potential civil war. It’s almost as if the planets have aligned themselves for it. I was inspired by the famous speech from Patrick Henry that he gave from Virginia in 1775, in which he declared, “give me liberty, or give me death”. When I had the original melody for this song in my head, that phrase just came into my head and stuck. Once something like that happens for me, and I can’t get it out of my head, is when I know I have something solid to present to the guys, and it just evolved from there. Ultimately, ‘Liberty’ is something that we’re all after, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall into. The trick is trying to unite people as opposed to dividing them, which unfortunately is what is currently happening now.

Q: Having a platform where you can talk about the issues of the world, how hard is it for you to put a spin of hope and unity into the world when the world is so divided and chaotic?

Chris Toeller: The reality is that there will be a day when most of the issues we’re facing today will no longer exist. Who knows how long it might be until then, but the day will come. As the most powerful species on this planet, it is our responsibility to empathize with and love all so that it becomes our norm to respect ourselves, our planet, and all those who inhabit it. So, while it can be very difficult to have hope in these times, hope and unity are inevitable. We may not be around to enjoy it when it happens, but that should not minimize our responsibility to continue to make progress towards these goals.

Gui Bodi: I believe mentally balanced and healthy people are inherently good, we lose that aspect of our humanity when we are mentally sick or as a response mechanism to an abusive environment. I’m very privileged to have had a good education and a carrying family, so I understand the transformational power education and love put together. That’s our main mission as a band and as people with a platform, to make people realize those things and fight for their rights to have access to both of them.

Eric Knight: It’s a challenge especially when everything looks so bleak, but we always are trying to find that silver lining within our music. There has got to be hope! One of the reasons why I got into this business was because music is the only medium that I am aware of in which you have people that are from every race and religious as well as political background. I find it interesting and ironic that politics and religion divides people, music unites them. That’s why I’m doing this, that is why we’re doing this. We want to try and make that small contribution with our music to help accomplish just that.

Q: If you could fix one injustice in the world what would it be and why?

Gui Bodi: Like I mentioned above, I’d start with education. I mean all levels of education and knowledge, like academic, emotional, spiritual etc. I believe that’s where we should start to have a fighting chance at all other aspects of life in our modern society.

Eric Knight: Poverty and hunger. I know that’s two but there are two that I feel strongly about. There should be no reason in this day and age for anyone to go without food and shelter, not in this interconnected world that we are living in today. This needs to be eradicated.

Q: This is the first time that your drummer Chris Toeller took the producer hat and went with it. How was it working with someone that was also so close to the writing of the song?

Chris Toeller: It was tough to be in the role…I had to take frequent breaks from it to come back with fresh ears. A lot of bias gets introduced when one person is so heavily involved in nearly every step of the process. I needed to frequently ask for feedback from the other band members and close friends.

Gui Bodi: It was great! Chris knows our sound and knows where we want to take it next, so we had an incredible experience with a more modern sound from the get-go. Plus, he’s a great friend of ours and was very accessible and accommodating during the process, it was a great experience for me. I’m not sure he had that great of a time with all the work we gave him though! LOL.

Eric Knight: I am so proud of Chris. He did a phenomenal job on this song. Early on when Chris offered to do this track, I knew in my heart that it would turn out amazing. I had total faith in him to deliver and he did beyond our wildest dreams. We definitely knew that with ‘Liberty’ we wanted the sound of the band to start going into a different direction. There is different instrumentation and elements that we hadn’t used in our music before and that was exciting for us. We didn’t have any kind of constraints, we tried different ideas and different approaches but ultimately with the goal of making the song great. What I am most proud of was that this was truly a team effort from not only each one of us in the band but everyone else that was involved in the project. Alan Sosa, Rup Chattopadhyay and even our bassist Gui Bodi help to engineer these sessions. Joe Bozzi (U2, Van Halen, Imagine Dragons) who is one of the best mastering engineers in the business did an amazing job on this as well too, making this an amazing experience all the way around.

Q: Is LIBERTY leading us to another full-length or EP for the band and if you have written more how does it blend with the music of this first single?

Gui Bodi: We’ve adopted a “singles” approach for the time being, so for now we’ll keep writing “together from afar”, a song at a time. The idea is to write enough material to release a new album later on.

Eric Knight: There is definitely a new release coming, we’re just not sure as to the timing of when that release will happen. With Covid-19 still wreaking havoc around the world we are playing a wait and see kind of game right now. In the meantime, there will be more singles coming. In fact, we are working on completing the next new track as we speak. So, I would expect singles coming out every few months from us into 2021, and it leading us into the next release. We just want to make sure that when it comes out that we will be able to go out and support it.

Q: You guys as band members and musicians are not new to the music industry, going through 2020 and seeing the changes we all had to adapt to, what is your opinion and vision for the future of music and live shows?

Chris Toeller: I don’t think it will ever be QUITE the same. At least for a while. I think we will continue having mandates about audience sizes. I also think it will be a while until more people feel comfortable packing into a room with other people they don’t know. But as we’ve seen, artists and venues will persist and find new, creative ways to perform live and share their music with others. Virtual Reality shows could become a thing. Or more of a thing? Who knows?

Gui Bodi: I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Because of the pandemic things won’t go back to normality so soon, but I’ve been seeing a lot of alternatives popping up around town, like drive-in concerts and bands inside/crowd outside of the venue types of concerts. We will always find a way to adapt and keep music alive until we can enjoy real live music once again.

Eric Knight: Well, I hope that I am completely wrong with what I am about to say, but I don’t think live shows will be coming back in 2021. Yes, you’re seeing drive in shows and “socially-distanced” shows and of course you’re just seeing complete disregard for the virus and people are holding shows that aren’t socially distanced, which is just outrageously misguided. But when it comes to music festivals and concerts in arenas etc. I just don’t see it happening until a safe and reliable vaccine comes into play. We are in the middle of this “second wave” happening and you’re seeing countries that had opened back up in Europe earlier this year going back into a lockdown situation. It’s devastating for our industry. We had a tour that was being planned and booked for Europe and that went straight out the window once the pandemic hit.

Q: For readers just getting informed about the band, can you give us a quick briefing on how the band got together and one highlight of each band member’s past accomplishments?

Gui Bodi: Eric met Ramon while attending an alumni event at the Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood (where me, Ramon and Eric all graduated from). They started writing together and ended up writing our first song ever, ‘Arrived’, during their first writing session together. Next Ramon recruited me to play bass and help them with the writing process. The Disciples of Babylon was now officially a band.

We ended up releasing our first EP ‘Welcome to Babylon’, which was produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer Andres Torres (La Santa Cecilia, Alejandro Sanz, and co-producing the Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee smash hit ‘Despacito’), who also lent a hand playing drums on the EP. Soon after the recording was finished, we agreed that the time had come to add an official drummer to the mix. After working with several drummers and holding numerous auditions, Chris joined the band, and the line-up was now officially complete.

Gui past accomplishment: Played the Warped Tour in 2011, that was a pretty cool experience!

Chris past accomplishment: Producing ‘Liberty’.

Eric past accomplishment: Opening for KISS & Aerosmith.

Ramon past accomplishment: Playing the Aftershock Music Festival

Q: How has music changed your life and have you thought about doing anything different with your life?

Chris Toeller: Music has always allowed me to see well past many complications in life. A lot of the problems we face can seem so big and scary at times. But once you put on a great song, your perspective changes and their significance shrinks because, in the grand scheme of things, a lot of things really don’t matter. In summary, I believe that music can give us the ability to transcend a lot of our own mental limitations.

Gui Bodi: Actually yes, but in my case, it all happened backwards! I have a background in medicine, having graduated from Dentistry school back in my hometown São Paulo – Brazil, and I’ve worked for 1 year as a dentist, then I decided to give music a chance in 2010, attending the Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood, and I never went back to Dentistry ever since. I love music and don’t regret my choice (so far! LOL).

Eric Knight: Music is my religion. Music has helped shape the soundtrack of my life and has gotten me passed some incredibly hard times. I don’t know what else to do but music, it’s in my soul and being.

Q: If you could either speak every language in the world or know how to play every instrument made in the world, what would you choose and why would you choose that?

Gui Bodi: I’d love to learn every language, because playing only 1 instrument is already so time consuming, I can’t imagine how my life would be if I could play all other instruments!

Eric Knight: Again, I’m going to cheat here and say I’d do both! Ironically, we are a multilingual band. We speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and the language of music. So, we are already a part of the way there, LOL! I am actually fascinated by language.

Q: As a musician what do you feel has been your biggest growth from the start of your career to this current day?

Chris Toeller: Moving to Los Angeles when I was 18 was the best decision I ever made in my life. I’ve grown so much as a musician and as an individual. I met a lot of amazing people and had amazing experiences. And while you can do these things anywhere, it would have taken me a lot longer to become the person I am today had I not exposed myself to the diversity and energy that you experience while living in Los Angeles. Not to mention, it’s THE place to be if you want to play music or work in the entertainment industry.

Gui Bodi: I learned to prioritize and focus on my role in an ensemble: groove, feel and tone over everything else! Also, I can sing harmonies better now, but I’m still growing as a musician overall, so there’s still a lot to be learned.

Eric Knight: Connecting here with my brothers, Ramon, Gui & Chris on this project. It’s truly been a dream to work with these guys and level up my game. I am truly blessed and honoured to call them my friends and family.

Q: If Disciples Of Babylon ended today would you be proud of the last song you wrote and why?

Gui Bodi: Totally, ‘Liberty’ showcases our growth as musicians, songwriters and as a band in general, overcoming every obstacle in our way, no matter how big and complicated it seemed at first. I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Q: How can fans support you guys and do you have any last comments to the fans who have supported you from the beginning?

Chris Toeller: Please, continue following what we’re doing and interacting with us! We’re still doing this, Covid or not! We love seeing your faces on social media. Someday soon we’ll be able to see them in person again.

Eric Knight: They can follow us pretty much everywhere on all the usual socials. Our music is streaming everywhere as well too. And to our amazing ‘Disciples’ what can we say, this is the reason why we do this. Their support and amazing passion for us and our music is what keeps us going. We love each and every one of you! #BabylonArmy

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‘Liberty’ (Lyric Video)

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Blue Öyster Cult – 45th Anniversary Live In London

Blue Öyster Cult45th Anniversary Live In London
Frontiers Music srl
Released Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 1:13:54
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good afternoon, you wall eyed, vain and insane creatures. It is I, Dark Juan, addressing you after a particularly physical 48 hour duty shift wrangling recalcitrant young gentlemen. Said young gentlemen have been firmly reminded of just what constitutes acceptable behaviour, and suffice it to say it was not the extensive levels of property damage that was caused yesterday morning. I told them if it were the House of the False God it would have been ok, but not when it is your own bed. Thankfully, the Mighty Gothmobile (my particularly ratty looking, ancient Audi. Even Hellpriests need to travel. But it is black, and the stereo is KICKASS) emerged unscathed, not that you would be able to tell due to the state of it. Anyway, now I’m seated in the lounge of Dark Juan Terrace, Mrs. Dark Juan across from me, as she is drawing a really quite disturbing changeling creature and the Hounds of Smell are distributed about various items of furniture and I am on my fourth cup of tea of the day, listening to the stylings of the mighty and puissant Blue Öyster Cult.

Unsurprisingly, given the title of the album, this is a 45th anniversary performance of the finest of BOC’s music, recorded in London at the O2 Indigo. In fact, it is a show comprising the entirety of BOC’s FUCKING CLASSIC first album with added extras, rare songs and ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’. No, stop that shaking of your heads. I SAID STOP IT! You would only have been disappointed if the band hadn’t played it, and let’s face it, it is a fucking stone cold classic hard rock song and puts a lot of modern bands to shame with the sheer scale of its vision. Anyway, I’m done arguing with you. You’re wrong.

Starting with a typically understated greeting from the veteran New York noiseniks, they waste no time with niceties and crash straight into opening number ‘Transmaniacon MC’. As well as it having oodles of Hammond organ (but sadly no cowbell), you can’t help but be mightily impressed with the quality of the sound production and mix. It is fucking perfect, baby. Every instrument is clearly audible, the bass drum resonates superbly and does NOT sound like someone belting a taut, wet tea towel with an equally wet and very flaccid dead rat, and no one part of the band overshadows the other. The bass guitar is also top notch, easily cutting through and just grooving its way around the music. Blue Öyster Cult’s sound engineer must be some kind of fucking archmage, his work is that good. Now, as you are well aware, I am not normally a fan of live records, but by Jiminy this is fucking amazing – I’m not sure whether it is the innate (insanely high) quality of the songs, the fact that the band just EFFORTLESSLY groove or what. All I know is that I’m fucking LOVING IT LARGE! Blue Öyster Cult’s Eastern tinged, funky, groovy, psychedelic sound is not for everyone, but if you want to hear a live recording played with passion, precision and sheer joy, you can do no better than this record. I mean it. I am seldom so enthusiastic about this sort of stuff, but this atmospheric, spacey kind of exploratory hard rock is right up my fucking street, seeing as I am an Ipsissimus Of The Temple Of The Groove, and I am being transported on great, purple clouds of acid tinged enthusiasm and the high just keeps on getting bigger, man. ‘Then Came The Last Days Of May’ is particularly noteworthy with its amphetamine fuelled speedy middle eight and solo before it changes gear and slams back into the colossal groove it was following. Also of note for the more metal tinged warriors amongst you, my children, is ‘Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll’ as it has one of the most classic sleazy guitar riffs ever committed to celluloid, before the acid trip hits and then there’s honky tonk piano and some kind of bizarro fucking echoey fuzz phasery bit that then crashes into the kind of soloing that just makes you weep with ketamine fuelled joy and false endings and all kinds of shenanigans before slamming back into the groove for a final four bars… Then there is a surprisingly violent version of ‘Workshop Of The Telescopes’. Oh, this is what music should be like.

Listening to Blue Öyster Cult, you are reminded of the roots of this thing we called metal, and how it welded the sounds of jazz, rock and roll, psychedelia and the blues together. BÖC do it expertly and effortlessly. I’ll be honest here – I was expecting a jaded, tired band completing a jaded, tired performance in a blatant cash grab for the anniversary of the release of their first record. Instead I got an obviously committed band, playing classic music with the kind of passion that is lacking from a lot of modern metal, with a surfeit of skill, musicianship and songwriting talent. There isn’t a SINGLE bum note anywhere and I can detect no overdubs covering mistakes.

In short, if this isn’t regarded as a classic live album in the future, I’m going to eat Ever Metal supremo Rick Tilley. He’d barbecue so beautifully and I imagine with shallots and an apple jus he would be most agreeable on the palate. (This is news to me and I’m actually quite perturbed by the thought! – Rick)

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Blue Öyster Cult a shining and sparkling 10/10 for a classic live album – pin sharp, fucking perfect and still heavy as fuck, man. Heavy. As. Fuck. Every song is a classic masterpiece. Every fucking song. And let’s face it, if you don’t love ‘Godzilla’ you have no fucking soul and you’re dead to me.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Transmaniacon MC
02. I’m On The Lamb, But I Ain’t No Sheep  (I do SO appreciate wordplay.)
03. Then Came The Last Days Of May
04. Stairway To The Stars
05. Before The Kiss, A Redcap (Psychedelia for the win!)
06. Screams (Could be written for the sounds Mrs. Dark Juan emits when I’m being enthusiastic about something. Like Blue Öyster Cult currently.)
07. She’s As Beautiful As A Foot (I’m slightly concerned by this.)
08. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
09. Workshop Of The Telescopes
10. Redeemed
11. Buck’s Boogie
12 Godzilla (Stadium BANGER!!!)
13. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
14. Tattoo Vampire (I never noticed that my first teenage band, The Theatre Upstairs, had ripped off the opening drum pattern from this. Please don’t sue me, Blue Öyster Cult. I have nothing worth having besides a number of elderly dogs of uncertain temper. And, judging by the state of their arses, gastric problems.)
15. Hot Rails To Hell

LINE-UP (as if you didn’t fucking know already!)
Eric Bloom – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – Guitar, Vocals
Richie Castellano – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Danny Miranda – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jules Radino – Drums, Percussion

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EMQ’s with ETERNAL FREQUENCY

EMQ’s with ETERNAL FREQUENCY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based Hard Rock/Metal band, Eternal Frequency. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Emelle: My name is Emelle (M.L.) Elizabeth. I am the lead vocalist and I write the lyrics/vocal melodies for our songs. I’ve been with Eternal Frequency since day one, it’s truly my baby haha. I don’t really like focusing on the past because the future is so much more exciting. This team that we have now is absolutely incredible and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Eternal Frequency is the most in sync that it’s ever been and I’m so honoured to get to work with my best friends.

Justin: My name is Justin Walters. I play lead guitar. Emelle hit me up about filling in for a few shows and we ended up meshing really well. We wrote well together, and we are very close. It just seemed like a no brainer.

Dane: My name is Dane Lowell and I play drums for Eternal Frequency. I also like to rip sweet ass Cajon solos.

Tyler: I’m Tyler Fucking Travis. I play bass and run around on stage a lot.

A.J.: I’m A.J. Lopez and I play guitar!

How did you come up with your band name?

Emelle: The name came to me when I was driving in the car one night. I wanted something unique, dark, but also classy to a sense. Something that would make us stick out amongst the rest. Eternal Frequency means that the messages that we put out, the way we move the masses, it is forever. We are forever because we are making our mark on the world.

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

Justin: We are from the United States. Pennsylvania to be exact. The scene is very competitive as most places are. Some incredibly talented artists and particularly, we have some very noteworthy acts that have come out of Pennsylvania. Bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Taylor Swift, Motionless In White, and Halestorm to just name a few. Hopefully, we are next.

A.J.: The metal/rock scene here is tough to break into but the fans in this scene are incredibly loyal.

Tyler: For a while, I think our country was dominated by more of a heavier/metalcore type of scene. But lately, I have been seeing some old school sounding rock bands start to pop up sporadically.

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

Justin: We are currently in the recording studio slowly, but surely tracking our new LP. We just released our new single ‘Parasite’ which is available on all streaming platforms. You can also watch the full-length video for Parasite on our Official YouTube Channel.

A.J.: ‘Parasite’ is easily my favourite release to date. It shows a newer, darker, heavier side of Eternal Frequency.

Emelle: Yeah, ‘Parasite’ is a beast and we are so floored with how incredible the responses have been lately! And like Justin, said we are working on a new L.P. and it’s going to hit hard.

Dane: ‘Parasite’. It’s raw, aggressive, and shows a different side of EF. A new side.

Tyler: It certainly has a grittier side to it, and it shows the direction we are all currently working towards.

‘Parasite’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Emelle: My greatest influences have been the work ethic of Michael Jackson, the vocal magician that is Freddie Mercury, and the beautiful, honest lyricist that is Stevie Nicks.

Justin: As a guitarist I hail to greats. Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag. Some of my all-time favourites however are Joe Satriani, Andy James, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Synyster Gates, and Clint Lowery.

A.J.: My biggest influence on guitar will always be Slash. He was a huge inspiration for me to start playing. Currently my influences range from New Year’s Day to Motionless in White.

Dane: My greatest influence to do what I do is my father. He always made sure I’d practice every day for as long as I could. He’d always show me and teach me about new and different music. He was my mentor.

Tyler: As a bass player, it all started when I started listening to 80’s metal. Namely, Skid Row. The presence and the way Bolan’s bass cut through the mix helped me fall in love with the instrument.

What first got you into music?

Justin: Most of that came from whatever my mom listened to. She introduced me to bands like Peter Gabriel, Rush, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Genesis. Those were artists that really made me fall in love with music.

Emelle: My parents basically force fed me 80’s hair metal and classic rock when I was a young kid. That musical era is in my heart and soul now. That and the fact that I’ve been doing talent shows and musical theatre since I was five years old.

A.J.: Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”. The first song I can remember hearing is ‘Paradise City’ and that song has stuck with me ever since.

Dane: Just everything about it honestly. I grew up listening to various different styles, so music was just always a major factor in who I am.

Tyler: Around the age of 14/15 was when I really got into music. Bass became a real idea when a co-worker I had told me he was looking to start a band and needed a bass player. My father played the instrument as a teenager, so I borrowed his bass guitar and he started me on the path of playing. By 16, I was learning and growing as I became self-taught. Then I began challenging myself in music theory sometime later.

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

Emelle: I would have to say my girl Lizzy Hale. We could freaking crush it on a track together. I truly believe that.

Justin: I said this in a previous interview and hopefully one day it gets to him, but I wanna do an instrumental album with Synyster Gates. He and I could write some fun, creepy shit together.

A.J.: I would love to collaborate with Motionless in White. They got me into heavier music, and I have followed them since they released “Creatures”.

Dane: I would love to do a song with Evanescence! That would be a killer track.

Tyler: If I could collaborate with anyone, I believe I would choose Eric Bass of Shinedown. He was involved a lot with producing and recording prior to joining the band, and has some credits with other bands I really like. So, I would love to hear his input on music by a young, emerging rock band.

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

Justin: DOWNLOAD!!!!!

A.J.: I would love to play Rock AM Ring in Germany. That festival looks amazing and I would love to be a part of it.

Dane: Download! That is the festival I’ve always wanted to attend, and I’d love to play it even more!

Tyler: Out of any festival, I think I would choose Wacken Open Air. I don’t know too much about Germany, but I would love to get the chance to explore the country. Plus, I’d be excited to feed off that energy that I have seen in so many live videos from bands I’ve watched.

Emelle: Yeah, I’m definitely going to have to go with Justin and Dane on this one. Download is the bee’s knees and it would be an absolute dream come true to play that stage.

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

Emelle: There haven’t been any super weird gifts yet, but we are mentally preparing ourselves for that day to come haha. I’ve been asked to sign some weird shit, though.

Dane: I have never received any gift from a fan, but in a band I was in about 8 years ago I was followed by someone after our set, to and from the parking lot, into the venue, and then they just stood right behind me the whole time. I turned around and asked why they were following me and being creepy and they literally just yelled to me “NICE SET!” and ran away. So, if you count fear and paranoia as a gift then I guess that’s it haha.

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

Emelle: Don’t take anybody’s B.S. Don’t let the haters win. Rise above, do your own thing, be unapologetically you. The ones that truly care and have your best interest at heart will always have your back. The fake ones will be jealous of your success. Keep on going and keep on killing the game.

Justin: Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do.

A.J.: Never give up on their dreams. Anything is possible so keep practicing and improving your art.

Dane: Keep pushing. Life sucks, things suck, and you can’t change what has happened. You can, however, keep pushing. Take the hand you’re dealt and either hold, or fold.

Tyler: One message: Be yourself. As individuals, we cannot make everyone happy. It just isn’t possible. But in a way, that’s the beauty of being an individual. Dress how you want, be who you want, and don’t let someone who thinks differently tear you down because of it.

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

Justin: Freddie Mercury

A. J.: This is a tough one for me. So many incredible musicians have passed away. I would probably give this one to Freddie Mercury as well. His voice and music ability were incredible.

Dane: Jimi Hendrix. He was too young.

Tyler: Easy choice; Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. They have been my favourite band ever since I discovered them, and that voice is second to none. He had his own demons he eventually succumbed to, but he was gone way too soon.

Emelle: I wholeheartedly agree with Freddie Mercury. The man is a legend and a beautiful soul. If he were alive today, I’d kill to sing on a track with him. His voice is impeccable and moves the soul like no other.

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

Emelle: I think my favourite part about being a musician is having the opportunity to move people with lyrics and melodies. I’ve said this in past interviews before but there is absolutely NOTHING like looking out into a crowd and seeing people singing your lyrics back to you. The way the music has touched their lives and made an impact. That’s by far the greatest payoff of this job. The worst part is cancelling gigs, not being able to do our thing and disappointing the fans.

Justin: Playing live would be my favourite thing about being a musician, feeding off of people’s energy. The thing I hate is not being able to do it as often as I want.

A.J.: Writing and performing music. I love getting to see the joy that music brings to people every time I am on stage. The worst part is probably having to cancel shows. It is a huge disappointment to me not being able to be on stage with my band family.

Dane: Performing! There is nothing like getting up on that stage and just letting it rip. The thing I hate most is that nervous/Almost nauseating nervousness you get right before you go up. Once you’re up there the feeling is gone and it’s just on from there.

Tyler: I enjoy playing live and meeting new people the most. I enjoy seeing the smiles and knowing that in that moment, my band has helped bring joy to someone. Even if we are just having small talk, I like to hear what people have to say and their opinions. The only think I really dislike is waiting to play. While I like to listen to whichever band is playing at the time, I’m more so chomping at the bit for my turn to be up there.

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

Emelle: I’d say pretentious pricks and the over sexualizing of female artists. There is this weird stigma that women in music are only valuable if they take their clothes off. Well, I certainly beg to differ and plan to change that. You can be a kickass musician, sing your face off and sexy in your own right, but don’t be a slut about it haha. Confidence, talent, and knowing how much you bring to the table is the sexiest thing of all.

Justin: Kanye West….oh yeah, and Billie Eilish

A.J.: If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be to shine a light more on rock music.

Dane: Egos. (Not eggos…Egos)

Tyler: Honestly, I don’t think there is anything I would really change when it comes to the music industry. And the catch 22 of it, is that the industry itself is constantly changing. Whether we like it or not.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Emelle: “Rumours” – Fleetwood Mac

Justin: “A Kind Of Magic” – Queen

A.J.: “Creatures” – Motionless in White

Dane: Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled debut album!

Tyler: Alesana’s “The Emptiness” is easily one of my all-time favourites. The concept and story behind the writing is superb, and I know practically every word from start to back from listening to it so much.

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

Emelle: I’m an old soul and a true rocker chick at heart so I’m going to have to go with vinyl. I love the nostalgia of it and the sound quality is unmatched in my opinion. I have quite an extensive collection at home. Oof, now I have a huge hankering to go to a record shop. Thanks! Haha

Justin: CD’s by far.

A.J.: CD’s are the best although downloads are incredibly convenient. CD purchases help artists more than streams and downloads also.

Dane: One of my best friends really got me into vinyl and the sound quality is absolutely amazing.

Tyler: I personally enjoy CD’s the most still, with vinyl being a close second. Any sort of physical copy of music is worth collecting, in my opinion.

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

Emelle: I would have to go with the time we opened up for Of Mice & Men at the Voltage Lounge in Philly or when we opened up for Vixen! Those were two amazing shows and ones I will never forget.

Justin: Opening up for In This Moment and Nonpoint is hands down the best show I have played thus far.

A.J.: Musik Fest. We got asked to play the festival less than a week before it was supposed to happen. It was just an incredible experience.

Dane: The All Stars Tour 2012 at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA. That show was AWESOME.

Tyler: My personal favourite show to do was opening for All That Remains in a previous band I was a part of. Besides the fact that I’ve been a huge fan of that band for years, I was enamoured with the possibility of meeting their former bass player and having the chance to chat with her. And thankfully, that came true. I played Spector basses for a long time after that conversation because of her recommendation. She also stuck around early to hear my band play, and I was absolutely blown away by her kindness in that regard.

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

Emelle: I’m a huge history buff so I’d say either a history teacher (Specifically Civil War and WWII) or working at a museum. I also dabble in painting and drawing so maybe something with those as well!

Justin: Photography and Videography

A.J.: I would have probably gone to the police academy or the military.

Dane: I was always super into technology and cars so probably either a mechanic or an IT Tech.

Tyler: From a young age, I had the idea and dream to become a teacher. As a student, I was always intrigued by history and math. Plus, I also enjoyed having the chance to help someone learn. Being able to pass along knowledge is a powerful feeling.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Justin: Emelle (Obviously), Ozzy Osbourne, Mike Patton, Kanye West, Billie Eilish (The last two you know why 😉)

Emelle: Justin! Haha, I’d say Ozzy as well, That would be hilarious and amazing! I’d also have to say Marilyn Manson, Brian May, and Sebastian Bach. What a group I know haha.

A.J.: Slash, Jason Richardson, Chris Cerrulli, Ash Costello, Angus Young (Stitched Up Heart)

Dane: The rest of EF hahaha!

Tyler: Simple, my band. We like to hang out as friends and bandmates.

What’s next for the band?

Justin: The sky

A.J.: Next step for the band is to continue writing and producing new songs. We have been utilizing quarantine here to create new music and recording in the studio. We have a lot of stuff coming up in the future.

Dane: Whatever the universe throws our way!

Tyler: Next for the band is more writing and recording. We have plans for another LP and to continue laying the ground work for whatever happens next.

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

Dane: We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play, Our website www.eternalfrequencyband.com/…basically everywhere!! Just look for Eternal Frequency Official!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Justin: …wut?

Dane: I have no idea what it is, so I have no idea. Send us some so we can find out!

Tyler: According to a quick 5 second google search, Jaffa cakes are a biscuit sized cake. So, the answer is yes.

Emelle: A few years back I had the amazing opportunity to travel to my favourite place in the whole world, the U.K., and got to experience the splendour that are Jaffa Cakes. I’m going to have to say that they are 100% a cake and I refuse to have anyone tell me otherwise haha. They are freaking DELICIOUS by the way!

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

Emelle: Thank you so much for interviewing all of us at Eternal Frequency! It’s been a blast. We greatly appreciate all of the wonderful support from our fans and supporters. We couldn’t do this without you guys! Make sure to keep tabs on us. We have plenty more tasty songs and surprises coming your way!

Justin: Looking forward to the future and what my band mates and I can create and destroy. P.S. I don’t like Kanye West….and Billie Eilish.

A.J.: Follow us on Spotify and spread our music all over!

Dane: Thank you so much for letting us answer these awesome questions, and be on the lookout for more amazing things from Eternal Frequency!

Tyler: We appreciate any and all feedback from people. To anyone who has checked us out, I send a big thank you to! And to anyone who hasn’t, I greatly encourage you to give us a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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EMQ’s with GHOSTS OF SUNSET

EMQ’s with GHOSTS OF SUNSET

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with USA based Hard Rockers Ghosts Of Sunset. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist/songwriter John Merchant 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 Merchant, I’m the singer, guitarist and co-songwriter for the rock n roll band Ghosts of Sunset. Ghosts of Sunset was formed by myself and Todd Long. Todd and I have been making music together for 30+ years and formed Ghosts of Sunset to create music that celebrates our mutual love for rock n roll music of all kinds, but specifically the 1980’s hard rock scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

A lot of the music we grew up on sprung up from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles California. The “Ghosts” of Sunset have nothing to with the music being passé’, but is more a homage to everything from the 50’s and 60’s Sunset scene of Dean, Sammy, and Frank, to the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, and the Byrds, up to Ratt, Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, and more. It was a magical place and it shaped the musicians we were to become.

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

We are based in the United States. The country as a whole has always had vibrant music scenes in various locations. We’ve been lucky that a lot of international influence has found its way to our country and we’ve synthesized those influences and returned them back to the world. The young metal scene here owes a lot to the Big Four of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, but those artists harken back to NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and forefathers like Sabbath, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Motorhead and others.

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

Our current single is ‘Miles In-Between’ on Golden Robot Records. An official “quarantine” style video has accompanied it and a second single is due in October. Following that, the full EP should see release in November of 2020.

‘Miles In-Between’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Too many to list. Todd and I both bow down to the song. Great songs transcend genre. For us that can mean Elvis, Chuck Berry, the Stones, the Beatles, to early country music, 70’s pop, 80’s hair metal, punk, etc… Our job as musicians is to take all those influences and reform them into something that’s uniquely Ghosts of Sunset but also sounds familiar to fans of this style of music.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the Beatles, but I honestly don’t remember a time when I wanted to do anything else. I often liken it to being called to the ministry. It was as if my DNA had this imprint and my entire like would be spent trying to absorb as much as possible while creating my own music.

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

Within the rock genre, I think Butch Walker would be amazing to make a record with. We share management with Donnie Vie (Enuff Znuff) who is a world-class songwriter, so maybe someday we could collaborate with him. We’ve been lucky because we’ve had various musicians contribute to our EP (Tracii Guns from LA Guns, Adam Hamilton, Brian Forsythe from KIX, Stacey Blades (LA Guns, Roxx Gang), PJ Farley (Trixter), Johnny Monaco (Enuff Znuff/LA Guns). We love and respect these musicians work so it’s been an honour to have them participate in music that they inadvertently influenced. It belongs to them as much as it does us. We are really paying homage to work they’ve done in various forms.

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

We’ve definitely talked about the M3 festival in the US (which features many top artists from the 1980s “hair metal” explosion) but there’s worldwide festivals like Download, Wacken, and others that would be a great fit for us. We want to go wherever people share the same love for this style of music that we have.

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

Lots of cool stuff over the years. Hats, bracelets, shirts, records, etc. nothing ever too weird. Usually it’s just people who share our passion for music and want to share something special with us.

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

Love what you love unabashedly. Never be tied to a specific style or genre. It’s ok to love King Diamond AND Taylor Swift. What makes some of your favourite artists so great is they have the ability to be open to a wide range of musical styles. So, you may be listening to the heaviest metal of all time, but that thing that hooks you could be the result of the writer having an affinity for Ella Fitzgerald or Cab Calloway or Buck Owens.

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

All the greats of course. Janis, Jimi, Jim. For me, I’d love to see what John Lennon would’ve grown into or Gram Parsons would’ve done. I’d love to bring Jani Lane (from Warrant) back, get him some help, and have him write songs for other artists. He wrote amazing songs but Cherry Pie laid so heavy on his heart it ultimately killed him. He died because he wrote a hit song. That seems absurd until you realize he could never be allowed to celebrate his other work.

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

The music, the people, the sharing with like-minded people. The post show conversations when a stranger turns you onto a good record, or killer book, or something that’s changed their life. Hate? I guess I hate how small-minded and single of vision some artists can be. Hating something doesn’t make your love of something else any more valid.

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

I’d like to see true artists celebrated no matter what genre they work in. It would also be nice if the industry found a way to allow artists to make a comfortable living within the newly digital world of music. I’d like to see artists developed and nurtured. Now days, we let 3-4 famous people vote on what’s going to succeed or not. Often, they’re looking at dance moves, haircuts, and marketability rather than songs, statements, and purpose.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Exile on Mainstreet” by the Rolling Stones.

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

Pristine vinyl on the right system is like wrapping up in a warm blanket, cassettes were amazing because they were so mobile that we ultimately ended up being able to carry our music with us in a Sony Walkman. CD’s promised fidelity we hadn’t had before but with that came a cold-ness that came from accentuating frequencies we weren’t used to hearing. Downloads have made it possible to explore a wider range of music in a nearly instantaneous fashion. If you can think about it, you can almost find it. That means you can explore a style you might not want to commit $15 to, but might find something that you commit the rest of your listening life to.

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

Gigs are like pizza or sex. When they’re good, they’re really, really good, when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.

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

Listening to music, enjoying music, maybe writing about music or developing artists. It’s the only thing that’s ever truly mattered outside of family and friends.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party

Jesus Christ, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Gram Parsons, and Waylon Jennings. I have specific questions for each of them.

What’s next for the band?

Continue promoting the singles in preparation for the full EP release. We’re writing new material now and getting things in place for live shows when the industry resumes post-Covid 19. We’re hoping to have a long, fruitful relationship with Golden Robot Records, and our management at Samurai Artist Management has a game plan in place to assure we keep making music that is high passion and high quality.

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

www.facebook.com/ghostsofsunset
www.twitter.com/ghostsofsunset
www.instagram.com/ghostsofsunset
www.goldenrobotrecords.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Being a Yank, I had to Google them. In the US I think we call them cookies but I’m sure in the international world that would be sadly frowned on. In the states, a biscuit means something totally different, so I’m going to say a cake, since that’s the American equivalent they seem closest to.

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

Just how much we appreciate your time. Being life-long lovers of music, we are so excited to share these songs with the world. We’re just huge fans who have written songs for other fans to enjoy. Even if I had no part of these songs, I’d want people to hear them because I enjoy them. It’s no different than me rolling up to your flat with an arm full of records. It’s about sharing.

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EMQ’s with RAHWAY

EMQ’s with RAHWAY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Jersey, USA based Hard Rock/Metal band Rahway. Huge thanks to guitarist David Cardenas 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?

David Cardenas, Guitars RAHWAY. We are a band that Loves to write, have tons of laughs, and play Live.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were working with famed producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Lennon Fame) and at the time we were known as Sun. He brought us up In conversation with Steven Tyler, who thought the band name was stupid, then asked where we were from, Jack said Rahway, New Jersey. Steven told him that they should name the band Rahway, and so we have been known as Rahway ever since.

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

We are from the East Coast of the USA. New Jersey to be exact. The scene is very cool, condensed but cool. I can throw a rock in any direction and hit a musician by accident lol.

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

We have an EP, “Slumlord of New Jersey”, dropping September 18th of this year and its Killer, very proud of our work on this one.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well that is easy, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Van Halen, Guns n Roses.

What first got you into music?

An old Johnny Cash album my Dad played me when I was a boy. I was hooked.

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

James Michael of Sixx AM would be great to work with. I love his work…so Powerful.

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

Castle Donington…it always seemed that’s where everything happened, and all bands collected.

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

Funny…people send me Bigfoot stuff, I’m a believer.

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

One Trillion Thank you’s, you never let us down!

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

John Henry Bonham.

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

Writing and Preforming are what it’s about for me. Driving and waiting suck, there’s a lot of waiting in R-n-R…!

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

That it was more like the days when if a promoter liked and believed in you, you got the big gig…and built a fan base. Now you pay for it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Physical Graffiti” by the great Led Zeppelin.

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

CD’s…solid, easy, tangible.

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

Opening for Skid Row at The Starland Ballroom, good friends, family, fans. Just a great vibe all around.

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

A Primatologist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The four of us in the band and our Manager, were a fkd up gang. Hahahahahahahaha!

What’s next for the band?

We are heading back into Sonic Stomp Studio with the amazing Mike Orlando to record the follow up EP, should be amazing.

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

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, all of theme, WE ARE EVERYWHERE LOL…
www.rahwayband.com/
www.facebook.com/Rahway/
www.twitter.com/RahwayBand
www.instagram.com/rahwayband/
www.youtube.com/user/RahwayBand

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh, those…they’re a cakey biscuit…hahahahahahahaha…idk…I never heard of them before. We must not have them here in New Jersey.

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

Great spending time with you, thank you so much…please go to our site and check us out, grab some merch and watch some videos…

http://www.RAHWAYBAND.com

Peace!

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EMQ’s with KIRRA

EMQ’s with KIRRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oklahoma City, OK based Hard Rock band, Kirra. Huge thanks to guitarist Daxton Page 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 Daxton Page, and I’m the guitarist for KIRRA. Originally, I left a camp/school in Oklahoma that got young kids together to learn how to play an instrument, and always play with other musicians to form a band. A couple kids came with me but ended up flaking out. Luckily, I met Zach Stafford, our drummer, through mutual friends of our parents. After, we searched through tons of ‘musicians seeking musicians’ websites, and found our luck with Craigslist when Ryne McNeill answered the ad. He had a friend, Jesse, who could sing and play guitar, so we thought it was a perfect match considered we wanted to be a dual guitar 4-piece band. At our first rehearsal, we wrote a song that would turn into ‘Drown’, off our first LP “Run Away”. Then, we knew we had something we should pursue together. In 2018, Jesse unfortunately passed away in a car accident, and in April of 2018 we found Gabriel Parson to be our permanent new singer, and we’ve since released a couple singles ‘Sixteen Suns’ & ‘Decider’, as well as our new full-length album “Redefine”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jesse had suggested the name to us, and we thought it sounded short, simple, and catchy so we said “yeah!”. He eventually told us he had a stockpile of cologne that was called Kirra, and that was where he got the name. Turns out, it’s named after a beach in Queensland, Australia!

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

Locally we are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the US, which is smack dab in the middle of the state. The metal/rock scene there is very underground. There’s lots of metal shows, but I think the breakout bands are underground at the moment, which is exciting! More regionally speaking, bands like Blacktop Mojo, Nothing More, Sons of Texas, and Lullwater are starting to get some traction and we are all in the Southwest part of the country. So, it looks like the South is where it’s at for rock/metal at the moment in my opinion.

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

Our first LP with our new singer Gabriel, called “Redefine”, which is an apt name considering this album is a shift stylistically from the past. It’s 17 “songs” in total, and the reason I put songs in quotations is because some of the songs are more like transitional pieces or intros to other songs. We wanted to be able to take our time with a long piece of music so we could get a message across, but we didn’t want the audience to have to sit through a 2 or 3 minute intro if they just want to get to the songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say the bands biggest influences are artists like: Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Tool, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Personally, my biggest influences are people like Mark Tremonti, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, or Tommy Emmanuel.

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid, I grew up in a music-loving family, no one really played an instrument, except for a cousin who showed me my first couple chords, and an uncle who played as well. However, I really fell in love with guitar when I started to hear guitar solos like the one in ‘Like A Stone’ by Audioslave or ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alter Bridge. I was so drawn to the emotion that could be expressed from a guitar solo; I knew I wanted to do something like that.

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

There are so many it would be difficult to narrow it down to one. If I had to pick one, I’d say work with Nothing More. We toured with them back into 2018, and I really admire their creativity and passion. I’d also like to collaborate with a lot of the bands I listed from our region earlier.

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

Download probably. I’ve seen so many great performances from the festival with awesome crowds it would just be surreal to be a part of.

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

We’ve had lots of great gifts from fans, but we’ve never really been given a weird gift. SO, I guess I don’t have an answer for that one unfortunately! In due time, check back in on that haha!

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

Seek the truth at all costs because the alternative is worse.

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

Probably Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. He was an insane talent that left a mark but had a lot more to share I feel.

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

There are no words to describe the connection you have with an audience that is into your music, and just feeling it with everyone else in the room. It’s timeless, almost transcendent or a religious-like state. I hate the downtime in between those moments, I almost wish we could do multiple full shows a day on tour, but that would wear us pretty thin haha.

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

Get rid of ticket/venue monopolies so artists can sell tickets for the price of THEIR choice.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

“Blackbird” by Alter Bridge. I have lyrics from the title-track on my arm for my grandmother. It’s a stellar hard rock album.

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

Whichever is most accessible, so I would say downloads. If “best” means sound quality, then I think it’s pretty subjective.

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

Probably the night we played our hometown with Sevendust and Tremonti at the Diamond Ballroom. It was packed and full of fans and family, it was a special night to say the least. Plus, we got to see spouses after a month away.

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

Probably teaching. Something like Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics. I’d like to think of myself as an informed-amateur in those fields, currently. I know enough to know I need to know more haha, but if I had time to develop my studies, that’s probably where I’d end up.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably Jonny Hawkins, Brent Smith, Mark Tremonti, Clint Lowery, and Steve Vai. All differing personalities and perspectives, I think interesting discussions would happen during dinner!

What’s next for the band?

More and more music, and hopefully a tour, once all the COVID stuff dies down. We’ve really been writing a lot during this downtime and we hope to get music out as often as possible in the next few years.

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

We have all our releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and every other digital streaming service. If you want to keep up with us, you can check out our Instagram: @kirra_music, Facebook: Kirra Music, and our website KirraMusic.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Though it is cake-like, I would label it a cakey biscuit, as opposed to a biscuity cake haha.

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

Thanks for having us on, hopefully we can do this again! I would just say go check out our new album “Redefine”, and our singles ‘Caving In’ and ‘Free’!

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EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Orlando, Florida based Hard Rock band Kings County. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Rob Dexter 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 Rob Dexter and I am the singer & bassist for the hard rock band Kings County. The core of the band began on Long Island, New York back in the 90’s We all were playing in different local bands both original and covers. New York is a sea of talented players and since we all knew each other we decided to put together our own band playing covers strictly to make money. We quickly developed a strong following performing a variety of rock songs throughout the northeast United States. While performing in Vermont at a ski resort, someone from the Disney corporation saw the band live and asked if we’d be interested in playing for Disney. After a brief audition we were offered the house band spot for Disney’s Pleasure Island. We relocated to Orlando, FL in 2000 and this began our 8-year residency at Disney World.

How did you come up with your band name?

When the band first originated, we were under another name. After a few years of playing in Orlando and going thru a couple member changes we decided to change the band name to Kings County. Since we were all from New York we wanted to keep the New York theme in the band name and Kings County being the county of Brooklyn, NY, we decided to go with that.

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

The band is based in Orlando, Florida, USA. The music scene here is pretty extensive. Lots of venues, plenty of clubs and bars with live entertainment. The weather is pretty much great all year round so there’s plenty of outdoor venues to play. The music across the state is fairly eclectic though. There are a lot of rock/ metal bands, but it depends where you live in Florida which dictates the style of music/ bands that are prevalent.

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

The band released an album back in September of 2019, but we currently have been focusing on 2 single releases. The first song/single released was “7 Reasons”. It is a radio remix we did with engineer/ producer and Grammy award winner Chuck Alkazian. The song also features Ted Nugent drummer Jason Hartless. The song and video were released in March.

We have a new song coming out on May 15th called “Bleed These Tears”. Chuck Alkazian also produced this song and drummer Jason Hartless and Ratt guitarist Jordan Ziff (solo) perform on it.  We’ve been getting some great pre release reviews. It’s definitely a rock n roll rollercoaster of a song, seat belts required. The video for “Bleed These Tears” will follow shortly after.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Honestly, I’d have to say my parents. Nothing is more important then having a strong family structure behind you while growing up supporting and helping you develop your passion. This not only pertains to music, but anything you choose to do in life that you are passionate about.

What first got you into music?

I started a love for music at a very early age. From my father playing albums on this turntable to going to my first “so called” concert at a young age. A lot of musicians say their turning point came when they saw the Beatles on television but mine was completely different. My parents took me to see the band The Carpenters. Not the most rocking band out there but for a young inspiring musician I was drawn in by the lights, smoke and the reaction from the audience. At that moment I knew I wanted to do that, I wanted to be up there performing and from that moment on I never looked back.

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

Hands down it would be with Trent Reznor from the band Nine Inch Nails. He is by far the most innovative rock artist and visually before his time.

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

There’s a bunch of festivals in Europe that would be awesome to be apart of. They’ve created such a huge following over the years with rock fans and rock/metal artists. It’s great how they mix newer rock artists with many of the huge rock/metal staples to make for an epic show, something we’d love to experience one day.

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

This wasn’t a gift per se, but I had a fan write a note to me and tape it to my car windshield with bandaids, creative yet creepy at the same time.

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

A message to our fans would be thanks for the continued and unconditional support throughout the years. Our core fans are amazing at spreading the name of the band and recruiting potential new fans. That’s so important, so to all of them, a simple. Thank You.

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

That would be easy, Freddie Mercury. Not only an amazing voice and songwriter, but I believe he’d be overwhelmed by how his band and music has stood the test of time and quite possibly be more relevant now then when they first became popular.

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

I really enjoy the creative part of being a musician and the interaction with a live audience. Recording music is a great way to express your personal thoughts and feelings to the masses. We tend to write songs about real situations and real-life interactions that the listener can connect to.

I’m not a fan of the business side of music. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “undesirables” in this business who are basically there with their hands out. You have to wear many hats, the more you know the more you can cover your ass from being taken advantage of, but with anything you do in life these things are part of the territory, just take it head on and forge ahead.

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

The one thing I’d change about the music industry is the politics that is associated with it. There’re so many layers of the industry you have to go through to get your music heard. Unfortunately, there are great bands with great music out there that will never be acknowledged due to the politics of the business. Like with most businesses, it comes down to dollars and cents, money drives it all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is from a band from England called UFO. Their album “Obsession” was an incredible collection of great writing, great musicianship and catchy rock songs. Such an underrated band. They have over the years created a strong loyal following but never to the success of other bands from that era.

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

Funny that you ask this question because we constantly talk about this within the band. Personally, I was never a fan of cassettes, they always sounded muffled (to you) and your favourite tape would break, and you’d be out of luck. I’m gonna have to go with the CD. They are fairly indestructible and the sound quality is great and it’s something tangible you can hold and read liner notes. Albums were like that but I always scratched my albums, so my choice is CD’s.

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

By far our best gig to date was opening for Bon Jovi at the Amway Center here in Orlando, Florida in 2018. We had entered a contest thru iHeart radio and Live Nation. They were looking for an opening act by having bands submit original music videos. We submitted our song “Take It or Leave It” and we won the contest. Such an amazing experience to perform for 20,000 people in a sold-out arena.

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

That’s a really hard question. Music has been such an important part of my life since I was a child. Maybe I would have followed in my Father’s footsteps and been a civil engineer. I was always good with math in school, but wow, never really thought about that until now. Great question.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Father
Keith Richards
Clint Eastwood
Herb Alpert
Ozzy Osbourne

What’s next for the band?

The band continues to write and create new music. Developing your sound doesn’t happen over night so we look to bring as many new song ideas to the table while strengthening our writing skills. We also look to jumping on some opening slots for bigger bands and tours throughout the months ahead hopefully drawing in some new fans along the way. The current world situation will dictate how we proceed in the near future, let’s hope for the positive.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.kingscountyofficial.com
www.facebook.com/kingscountyband
www.instagram.com/kingscountyofficial/
www.twitter.com/KingsCounty3

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google Jaffa Cakes, lol. Never heard of them but after some researching, I’m gonna have to go with biscuits. Now I wanna try one.

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

Thank you for inviting Kings County to be apart of this interview for Ever Metal. Hopefully your readers will take the time to check out our music and maybe we’ll pick up some new fans along the way.

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EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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 Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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