INTERVIEW WITH CAPSTAN

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INTERVIEW WITH CAPSTAN
By Stephanie Stevens

CAPSTAN are coming out hot with their newest album “SEPARATE”! The band is from Orlando, FL and took the last year or so to really focus on their sound and came out of the craziness of  2020 with ten massive tracks that will be turning a lot of heads in the music world. One listen to the first single ‘SHADES OF US’ introduce the growth and refinement; the groove, bold hooks and distorted feel that aligns with playful yet seriousness throughout the track is an ear catcher! But you dont even get the gist of it until you really open the package and see what else is inside “SEPARATE”! The albums diversity is pure magic. Take the aggressive yet melody driven ‘ALONE’ featuring Shane Told or the jazzy, uplifting, buoyant and melody induced ‘TAKE MY BREATHE AWAY//NOOSE’. Two different avenues but that signature CAPSTAN sound is in it all. ‘SWAY’ bleeds with prettiness as does ‘BLURRED AROUND THE EDGES’. Then the band gets loud again with ‘TONGUE-BITER’.

“SEPARATE” is purely electrifying with sound ‘n’ emotion. The band is creating this modern pop edge but can still kick you in the gut with some heavy vibes and moods. So excited to see where this album will take the band in months to come.

I had a chance to ask guitarist Joe a few questions about some of the tracks on the album, working with Machine and how it is being on Fearless Records.

Q: In 2020 what was the biggest growth and learning factor you learnt about your band CAPSTAN?

A: I really think that for me, personally, it was learning how to write a complete song in a cohesive manner. I approached the songwriting for our new record, “SEPARATE”, very differently than I had for past releases. So, while it was quite the learning experience, and could be frustrating at times, I’m very happy with the final product.

Q: Did you all take the time also to look into your musical abilities and work on learning more and growing as musicians while preparing for what would be the newest album “SEPARATE”? If so, what was the biggest thing you learnt from that?

A: Absolutely. Although maybe not musical abilities in terms of performing on an instrument, but certainly as it pertains to writing a song and solving the puzzle of what it needs to become a “banger”.

Q: I want to jump into the album because there is so much goodness coming from it. One of my favourite tracks isTAKE MY BREATH AWAY//NOOSE’ and the line “eat my fucking heart again” is so good. Tell me how that line came to be and the overall theme of the song?

A: Thank you so much! That track is all about a toxic relationship, and I tried to capture that feeling of still being in love with a person who has repeatedly hurt you, and who you know will continue to hurt you. The verse lyrics are all references to bad reactions or stark contrasts between two things that may not necessarily be harmful or lethal on their own. It’s analogous to two people, neither of them specifically bad nor wrong, but who bring out the worst in each other.

Q: Getting to work with Shane Told (Silverstein) must have been amazing. He has always been such a great interview. Describe his work ethic and what you took away from that experience? Also why did you pick the song ‘ALONE’ for him?

A: We unfortunately were unable to have Shane be a part of the studio recording process with us, due to quarantine and him living in Canada. He recorded the parts on his own, and he absolutely killed it for us and delivered super quickly! When we were discussing potential features as a band, Shane’s name had come up a few times, as we have been fortunate enough to tour with Silverstein in the past. We all unanimously agreed that ‘Alone’ best fit his style and voice.

Q: On ‘SWAY’ you had Charlene Joan appear on the song. How do you feel a mood changes when a female artist puts her touches on a song and have you guys ever collaborated with other female musicians?

A: ’Sway’ is the first track we’ve ever done with a guest feature performed by a female artist, and I would like to say that it’s one of my personal favourites on the record. When I wrote the song, it was always with the idea of it being a duet in my mind. It worked out rather perfectly that our good friend Charlene Joan, who is another local Orlando/Central Florida artist, was more than happy to lay vocals down for it. Check her out on Spotify!

Q: ‘BLURRED AROUND THE EDGES’ has a different feel on the record and seems a different type of emotional. Was this a harder song to finish and how was the process on this song and working with Saxl Rose?

A: ‘Blurred Around The Edges’ was actually the last song that I wrote for the record and was in fact quite easy to finish. I was deep in a state of depression at the time, and the words and music for this one was simply a natural release of what I was feeling. I’m very pleased to have had Saxl Rose featured on the track, he plays so expressively and really made the part much better than I had envisioned it. The idea of the saxophone feature was, essentially, just a melodic easter egg, but I wanted it to be played by a different instrument, not a guitar. The melody of the saxophone section there is a reference to the track ‘Shattered Glass’ which deals with similar lyrical subject matter.

Q: What was the major goal in the studio with Machine for this record and do you feel it went more smoothly than past recordings and what song after you finished was a WOW factor for the whole band?

A: We had always been so impressed by Machine’s versatility, and the diversity of his discography. It was absolutely the best recording experience that we have ever had. As we began the process, our primary goal was coming up with a lot of fresh production ideas, little things that make a record more cohesive. Machine is well known for, and prides himself on, his abilities as a producer, and he certainly did not disappoint. I think that one of the tracks that popped off the most after some of Machine’s input was ‘Alone’.

Q: What made you guys decide that your first single would be ‘SHADES OF US’ and how have fans reacted to that track and now the whole album?

A: I think that all of us agreed, pretty much right away, that ‘Shades Of Us’ was the strongest track on

the record, and so we wanted to lead with it. Fan support for it has been amazing so far and I’m so thankful for everyone that’s listened and is still listening!

Q: Fearless Records has been an iconic label for some major bands in the past. How does it feel being with them and who are some of their current or past labelmates you guys’ love?

A: Capstan had always described Fearless Records as our “dream label” so to speak, primarily, because of their amazing roster, but they’ve also been so good to us as a band! We were beyond ecstatic when they first offered us a generous deal in 2018. Sharing a label with some of my favourite bands, such as August Burns Red and Underoath, still feels a little surreal!

Q: Since the album just released do you have any touring plans or are you waiting on road life for a little longer?

A: We finally get back out on the road this November! Come see us in a city (hopefully) near you!

Q: Do you have any words for your fans or new listeners just getting acquainted with your band?

A: Thank you so much listening, I hope you stick with us!

Q: Anything I missed that you are either gearing up to release or do that we didn’t hit upon?

A: Shameless self-plug – any guitarists reading this, we now have complete guitar tab transcriptions available for “SEPARATE”! You can get a copy of it online, and everyone that we sell equals a day that I don’t have to eat Top Ramen (Noodles) for dinner.

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Take My Breath Away//Noose’ (Official Video)

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Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion

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Gravehuffer – NecroEclosion
Black Doomba Records
Release Date: 15/01/2021
Running Time: 46:04
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

My lack of creativity to write introductions is nothing new for all the readers of Ever Metal, but today I have to repeat something that I often mention in this part of my reviews. How amazing it is seeing a band’s evolution when I have the pleasure to follow them, releasing albums, since they formed. Of course, Gravehuffer, from Joplin, Missouri, are not a young band and they have very experienced musicians, but I am the lucky guy who has reviewed all of their albums since 2017, and I have to say that Gravehuffer is one of the most intriguing and challenging bands that I have reviewed so far. Let me try to explain what I am saying.

First! “NecroEclosion” is the band’s best album in my opinion! When I discovered Gravehuffer in 2017, with the “Your Fault” album, I thought they were more a Crust/Hardcore band at that time. After seeing some reviews of them, I realized that they played more than just one or two genres. They have a great mix of Extreme metal allied with their roots in Punk/Crust/Hardcore/ or whatever you want to call them. With this album, the band have explored all blends of those genres at their extreme. From Punk Rock to the non-faceless* (I will explain this later) blast beats of good Death Metal. Yes. You will have fun with it at the end of this review!

Second! This is a pure American album in terms of its concept or context. I talk regularly about the pure things of my country, but this time I tried to enter into the head of an American citizen to understand all the lyrics and all of their criticism. Lyrically this is an ocean of interesting themes. The first song ‘Custom Of The Sea’ is enough to understand Gravehuffer’s music. It is about those who stayed at sea a long time during the colonization. Many people went mad and died. Musically, you can hear all the aggressiveness of the band in this song with all the fast broken tempos from good Grindcore that sometimes slows down with a Doom influence. Everything offers an intense and dark atmosphere.

Third! There is the typical acid humor that Gravehuffer always use in the best way, as you hear in ‘Death Before Disco’. It starts with a funny version of ‘You Should Be Dancing’, from the Bee Gees, that shows the wreck that Disco music made of the music industry decades ago. It also criticizes the cocaine stuff involved with those who were part of it. I love the pure Grindcore and heavy killer intro after this creepy, funny parody intro. It could easily put the entire venue down if Gravehuffer plays it live! Still with good humor, the short ‘Stingray’ is more Punk Rock in style, but full of great, small solos. Yes, we have plenty of excellent and different stuff here, and I am not talking about that stuff from Disco clubs, that could make Robocop (with rusty hinges) dance like hell! (That sounds like me when I’m dancing – Rick)

Fourth (if I haven’t lost count). The Doomy side of the band appears in ‘Smaller Than Death’. ‘Ghost Dance’ also keeps the dark feeling, but it has an important message about the mass killing of the Native American Indians in the USA. Despite this song having more of a Thrash Metal sonority, it carries some backing vocals, like the ghost of the Indians ancestors screaming for help to anyone who could stand and fight. Melodies bring the feeling of a ‘last breath of hope’ amongst all the chaos, that sadly didn’t save them from the cowards killing. There are good historical and political facts explored here!

Fifth! After the pure hardcore song ‘Quarantine Death Machine’, that even reminded me of Sepultura in some parts, you get the dramatic song ‘Causes’ that sounds like someone has already given up on his life. We also have ‘Mad Wolf’ that is about a Japanese movie/manga series ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’. And what about Dan ‘Chewy’ Mongrain (Voivod) doing an epic solo on ‘Sight To The Sky’ or the Curran Murphy (Annihilator, Nevermore) ‘Smaller Than Death’ solo? Do you remember when I said about the ocean of different subjects or plenty of styles that the band play?

Last (almost…)! What I love about Gravehuffer is the total open mindedness of them to explore whatever they want. They could easily be called a “Whatever metal / hardcore” band to describe their music. This raw sonority allied with all the insane changes of rhythm and atmosphere they create is the perfect face of Gravehuffer. “NecroEclosion” is the band at their prime with inspiration and composition. They are secure of what they are doing, being audacious and without any fear to try new sonorities and arrangements. It is pure Thrash! It is pure Hardcore! It is pure Grindcore! It is pure Death Metal! It is pure Crust! It is pure whatever you want to call them and it is great!

This review finishes here, but don’t fool yourselves. The non-official truth about this album comes from the next and ‘true’ last paragraph.

*This last paragraph is a joke about bloody reviewers that are so lazy, they fail to understand some band’s sonority and write stupid things without doing any research. The quoted parts are from a review that should have stayed buried!

The band’s music is not even close to being “terrible”. Maybe the “not so hot production” is because the band intended the album to be dark and cold. Do you want hot things? (I will not suggest what you should try in respect of our readers)! Try not to be a faceless reviewer. First, we have a lot of context here, and you haven’t woken your ass up from your sofa to do any research about it. The blast beats are not a “total joke” they are pure and natural, with a huge amount of power…you don’t have the brain to understand what a triggered drum is or isn’t. “No catchy riffs”? No, no, no! Probably, no catchy ears on your head!… “band brought an empty meal to the table on Thanksgiving”! Do you want a full meal for your Thanksgiving (If your diet is not so restrictive, of course)? Try to learn how to understand a band first, otherwise, you can work on another job or hobby. Our Thanksgiving will be better without lazy “reviewers”! Writing reviews just to publish something, without any research to understand is wrong…I guess any person with an “F” grade on a school graduation/exam can do a better job than you! Have a good 2021!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Custom Of The Sea
02. Hellhound
03. Sights To The Sky
04. Death Before Disco
05. Stingray
06. Smaller Than Death
07. Ghost Dance
08. Quarantine Death Machine
09. Causes
10. Backpack
11. Mad Wolf

LINE-UP:
Travis McKenzie – Vocals
Ritchie Randall – Guitar/Vocals
Mike Jilge – Bass
Jay Willis – Drums/Vocals

LINKS:

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INTERVIEW WITH FACED

INTERVIEW WITH FACED
Coming in strong with II COMING
By Stephanie Stevens

A Solid and strong band coming out of NY has just graced my earholes, FACED is turning up the volume with their newest album entitled “II COMING”.

The band is made up of founding members Jordan Simpson on guitar, Paul Burk on bass, Jay Matthews on drums who came together in 2017 and then quickly made Phil Loupin the energy induced singer of the band.

FACED is creating intense and driving elements with “II COMING” and were able to work with masterminds Howie Weinberg (mastering) and Sterling Winfield (mixing) who brought the vision of the band alive and that not only know their craft but have worked with many heavy hitters like Metallica, Pantera. Damage Plan and King Diamond.

‘POWER AND STRENGTH’ is the platform single off the disc and the guys just did a live performance video to display the hard-hitting synergy and fire the track has.

I had a chance to chat with Jordan about the band’s formation, working with people who have worked with his inspirations and much more.

Q: Tell me how FACED came together back in 2017 and how would you define your sound?

A: Me and Jason the drummer was writing and jamming and recording for years. We needed a front man to hold down vocal duties and that’s when we came across Phil. We met him years ago but at that time he was in another band. We crossed paths again and I showed him some stuff we worked on and he put some vocal tracks on some demo and instantly we knew he was the dude. He recruited his friend Steve to play bass on our first CD. On the 2nd one we recruited Paul for bass duties.

Q: From looking at your influences, it ranges from hardcore and punk to hard rock and metal. Two different lifestyles that also fit together. What have you learnt from each other musically when you have a broad sense of music influences in one band?

A: I learned having a frontman allows you to do more. Not just musically but live as well. Stage presence is huge. With Phil he just commands the audience. He entertains the audience which is amazing. We all have so many different types of music that influence us, so we just create this melting pot of metal. As long as we all like it we go for it. We don’t follow trends or what’s popular. We just play music that makes us feel good.

Q: “II COMING” is your newest release and I see you have posted it in entirety to youtube. Was there a reasoning for this and have you guys made actual discs for purchase or are you sticking with the digital age?

A: We just wanted to get it out there. In the middle of the pandemic people are broke and hurting financially wise. Including us. It’s a tough time because usually we play out a lot and sell merch. We truly miss it. But if it was about the money, we would have hung it up a long time ago. Faced is totally about the love of the music. We just want the music to be heard and fly the flag of metal. Carry the torch so to speak. But if someone wants to help out funding the next album, they can buy the album on any major streaming services.

Q: How do you feel your band has grown from your first release to this one and what surprised you about the growth when you all began writing?

A: I feel we have some more groove hardcore elements to the band. Also, there is a ballad on there as well which is new for us The 2nd album was pretty much already writing by me and Jason. Just as the first record. So, coming into the 3rd album we are getting all the guys to throw it into the mix and really get all 4 cylinders moving and we can already see the results and we are very excited about that.

Q: A cool thing with this album is for mixing and mastering you worked with people who have worked with your metal role models. Was that something that was focused on when looking for people or did it just happen by chance?

A: Well, I record all our band’s music at our studio. I tried to mix and master it but me being the perfectionist I am was never happy with my own mixes. The other guys were like yeah it sounds great but sometimes you have to be the bigger man and admit someone can do better. So, I reached out to Sterling Winfield who we have been friends with for a few years and he decided to take us on because I knew he was the dude who could make it come to life. He’s one of the best in the business. He’s worked with everyone from Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah to King Diamond. I tried not to fan boy too hard about it and just keep it real, ya know. Cause I’m sure everyone out there drives him nuts with that stuff. So, when we got the final mixes in, we needed to find someone to master it. I decided to call Howie Weinberg and I thought he would just blow me off because he has worked with some of the greatest artists in the world. But to my surprise he was very down to earth and so cool to me. We had some great conversation and decided to make it happen. Yes, this whole experience was a dream come true. But I try to stay humble and not let it get to my head. We are very lucky to have the right people at the right time making us sound the best we can be.

Q: Each studio time are you the type of band that really looks at it as another way to learn something to increase growth? If so, this time around, what do you feel you walked away from after “II COMING” was done?

A: Every day we try to grow in the studio and in the jam room. Always trying to push further ahead. This time when II coming mixed and mastered we felt very proud of this album.

Q: I loved the tracks ‘POWER AND STRENGTH’ and ‘CITIZEN ZERO’. Can you give us a small insight on how these songs came to life and what they mean to you?

A: ‘Power And Strength’ is like the anthem song. Kinda like our version of ‘Eye Of The Tiger’. I could see a boxer or even a wrestler using that song as an entry into the ring. LOL!

As for ‘Citizen Zero’ that was a total experimental song that just grew and grew. Me and Jay just jammed the riffs in the studio and Phil slapped some lyrics on it and Paul added bottom sick low end and boom it was alive.

Q: I heard you guys are dropping a new video. For which song and what kind of video can we look for conceptually with live shots etc and who shot the video for you?

A: The new video, being our first one, is for the song ‘Power And Strength’. It’s a live action shot video of us throwing down on the stage. It’s a mirror of what you would see at a live show, is the best description. It will be on our YouTube channel and our band Facebook page on Dec 1st. It was created by our awesome friend and supporter Nick Dicocco. He reached out to us to do a video and we were all onboard. He is very talented and a great guy.

Q: Back in summer you guys did a really cool livestream for CHROME tell us what that is and why it was important to raise money for it?

A: The Chrome is a great venue here in upstate New York that have treated us like family. So, when we heard they were being put up for sale we asked if there was anything we could do to help. So, a few bands started live-streaming there to help raise money to save the venue.

Q: Being from NY and seeing what kind of chaos has ensued in 2020 especially with the music industry and the community, where do you see this crucial piece of life, that is music, headed in your opinion and if fans can do anything, what would you tell them to do for the community?

A: The music industry is hurting so bad here right now. If people dont start donating to these venues to keep them open it will head to less places for everyone to play out. I know it’s a tough time but please donate to your favourite venues. The Government isn’t doing anything to help them.

Q: What made you decide a life of being a musician was what you wanted to do and has your decision on this changed through the years?

A: We all do this for the Love of the music. No regrets at all. We all eat, breathe and sleep music.

Q: When and if live shows come back to play where is the first place you wanna play and what three bands would you want to play with?

A: At this point anywhere. Just to get back out there and do our thing. We really miss it.

Q: What do you hope people walk away with after getting to know your band and your music?

A: We hope that people will enjoy the music and know we work our ass off to bring you fresh new tunes and albums. We hope they will come out and party with us when we come to town and bring their friends to check us out.

Q: Empower another artist and tell us why they inspire you?

A: To many to count. There are so many artists out there that inspire the whole band. The spectrum of music we all listen to is so wide and varies so many genres. I can speak- for myself (JORDAN) My greatest inspiration on guitar was DIMEBAG!!!! He will inspire me forever. (HAIL THE KING).

The End

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

Power And Strength (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with HYPERVOLUME

EMQ’s with HYPERVOLUME

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois based Serf Metal band, Hypervolume . Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist A. Human 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?

A. Human, I play guitar and do vocals. After my last band INTERCONTINENTALBALLISTICMISSILE broke up, I moved to the middle of nowhere to go to grad school for Biology. I spent my leisure time writing songs and messing around with a variety of effects pedals. One summer, my buds in PALE HORSEMAN asked if I wanted to perform at BEARD METAL FEST, a big party they used to throw every year. They told me to just bring my guitar and effects, and that I could use their amps and PA. That was the first time I got to use three full-stacks, two guitar stacks in stereo, and a bass stack. I performed under the name MULTIDIMENSIONALHYPERVOLUME, it was awesome, and ever since I’ve been playing with a three-amp set up. In 2018 I got sick of playing shows with a drum machine, so I asked my long-time friend Fabian to join the band. I knew that he was in 100 bands already, but I needed a professional. So, he joined the band and we dropped the “MULTIDIMENSIONAL” from our name.

How did you come up with your band name?

Like I said, it started as MULTIDIMENSIONALHYPERVOLUME, which is a concept used in Ecology that utilizes mathematics to describe a species ecological niche, the role that they play in their ecosystems. Essentially, the environmental factors that affect an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce can be put onto the axes of a graph (dimensions, x, y, and z), and their range of tolerance for each factor can be plotted on the graph. One axis gives you a range, two axes gives you an area, three axes make a volume, and any more than three we call a hypervolume. Essentially, it’s some nerdy math shit. I learned the term from a teacher in grad school, and when I said, “that’s a great name for a band” he replied “don’t be an idiot.” His dislike of the name only increased its appeal for me. I came up with a bunch of band names then: Stonewort, Prairie Smoke, Adam and the Ass Snorkels… but Hypervolume stuck.

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

We are from Chicago, IL, USA. Chicago’s scene is heaving with bands from every genre: doom, sludge, death metal, thrash metal, black metal, punk, stoner rock, you name it. There are a bunch of great venues for heavy music (hopefully they all survive the Rona lockdowns), some are small and intimate, some are pretty big. There is a real scene in Chicago, a lot of the bands are friends with each other, we help promote each other, go to each other’s shows, throw parties, etc. I produce a series of compilations of local Chicago bands called ANGRY PEASANTS. We have 9 volumes available now, and Volume 10 is in the works! Volume 10 is going to be released in December as a fundraiser for the local venues. So far it’s shaping up to be a double-disc with over 25 bands!

I’d say Chicago’s only drawback is that there are a lot of bands and venues, meaning fans have a lot of choices. If there are a lot of cool gigs booked at different venues on the same night, attendance may be underwhelming if a gig has all locals on the bill. Another issue, most of the big touring bands only play Chicago on weekdays, because they know people will show up on a Tuesday in a city that loves metal! They save the weekend gigs for smaller towns that don’t have a 24/7 scene.

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

We released a song called ‘Orbit’ on “Angry Peasants Volume 9”, and a video for the song is due for release in a few weeks. On Dec. 4th we will be dropping our first album “Conceive”.

‘Orbit’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a tough question, I like to blend a lot of influences. Of course, I like classic metal bands like Black Sabbath, Death, Slayer, and Metallica, but I’m also a fan of heavier grunge bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, and the Melvins. I love old punk bands like the Dead Kennedys, who taught me everything I need to know about politics. I had a European metal fetish after high school, falling in love with bands like Children of Bodom, At the Gates, and Opeth. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started appreciating slower metal more and listening to bands like Crowbar, Witchcraft, and Earthride. My biggest influences are the local bands of Chicago. I love Scientist, Pale Horseman, Deepspacepilots, The Hÿss, and a bunch more. There’s something about knowing the person that’s on a record that makes the music better.

What first got you into music?

In high school I would go to see young punk bands like the Holy Whores and Reckless Youth, kids from my school that were writing their own songs, booking their own gigs, and rocking small rooms at coffee houses and ice rinks. I thought to myself “I could do this. Why don’t I do this?”

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

I don’t want to say something obvious like Ozzy (Ozzy, if you’re reading this, hit me up!). I think it would be cool to collaborate with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. They are a weird 8-piece band from Australia that defy labelling. I fell in love with their weird-ass music videos and their manic tunes. I think that their two drummers and harmonica player could really add something special to our kind of heavy metal.

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

I’d like to play at Burning Man so I could do all the drugs while harshing the mellow of a bunch of hippies.

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

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

Stop buying shit, stop breeding. See our shitty culture for what it is, a monument to greed. We destroy biodiverse ecosystems so that the rich can get richer, so that people can raise more kids that grow into brainwashed consumers addicted to convenience. It’s gross, opt out.

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

I missed Leonard Cohen play in Chicago a few years ago, and I’ve never forgiven myself.

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

I love playing shows! I love rocking a room! I hate spending money and time on press and marketing.

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

I would make cover bands illegal, clearing the way for more original artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’m a big fan of Nirvana’s “Bleach”. It spoke to me as a kid who got beat up a lot in high school.

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

Vinyl, unfortunately for our new album release, that shit is expensive to get produced.

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

Hypervolume played FABULOUS FUCKING FABIAN FEST FOUR at Cobra Lounge in Chicago, a birthday celebration for our illustrious drummer, who played six sets with six different bands. It also featured special performances by AMMUNITION, a burlesque dancer who grinds on a chastity belt with an industrial grinder, showering the crowd in sparks. Cobra is also home to ALL RISE BREWERY, one of my favourite purveyors of high-APV brews. This was the first gig Fabian and I played together, and it was glorious!

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

Well, I am a professor at a community college, a job that I love. I teach environmental biology and evolution classes, and I like interacting with students and going on field trips to do ecological experiments. It also affords me the free time needed to be in a band, which I am grateful for.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sir David Attenborough, Jello Biafra, Dave Chappelle, Wendy Williams, and the Pope.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got our first video Dropping on November 20th, our first album drops December 4th, and another video will be released in late December. Hopefully, we can gig again in 2021.

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

Facebook mostly, but we’ve been expanding a bit onto Instagram too. I love Bandcamp too!
www.hypervolume.us/
www.facebook.com/hypervolume/
www.instagram.com/hypervolume_band/
www.hypervolume.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cookie, right?

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

Don’t forget about your local venues. Covid has fucked them up pretty bad, donate if you can, order food or beer to-go if you can, reach out and let them know you care!

Thanks for the questions,

A. Human

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EMQ’s with MELTED BODIES

EMQ’s with MELTED BODIES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based, impossible to pigeonhole, zany, incredibly clever and superb Melted Bodies. Huge thanks to Scott, Houda and Ben 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?

Scott: Scott – drums. Andy and I went to go see the film “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and during our discussion afterwards, he’d mentioned he’d started recording some demos. Andy asked if I could play thrash-metal drums –– which actually made me nervous because I hadn’t played in years –– but I said fuck it, when can we start rehearsing?

Houda: Houda – Bass and backing screams. I’d known Andy for years, he posted that he needed a bass player to play a show in a month. After one trial run with him and Scott, it felt like we’d been a playing together for years

Ben: Ben – Keyboards, Synths, and Programming. I actually booked Melted Bodies to play the first ever show when it was basically just Andy, Scott, and Houda. I was doing a weird art show and I knew that Andy and Scott had just started a band, so I wanted them to play. Shortly thereafter, I joined as the keyboard player.

How did you come up with your band name?

Scott: I did my part to pressure Andy into keeping it. I forgot why we’d ever considered changing it.

Houda: It was a group effort to make sure Andy didn’t change it

Ben: I can’t believe Andy ever wanted to change it, but he tried, and failed, because I love the name Melted Bodies.

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

Scott: Los Angeles, CA. The scene here is psych/garage/indie rock as far as the eye can see. It took a second for us to find our footing in the local scene. That said, there are some really hard, exciting, genre-bending acts. The DIY scene was a blast before COVID hit.

Houda: LA born and raised! I’d been part of the punk scene since I was a teenager, and always stumbled across metal shows. It’s all DIY and warehouse shows and based on word of mouth.

Ben: We’re from LA, but personally I’m from the South-eastern border of Ohio and West Virginia on the Ohio River. I grew up in a small town, but oddly enough, we absolutely punched above our weight in terms of a local “scene”, though it was mostly fringe Christian hardcore bands. Zao is actually from my hometown, and I briefly used to party with those dudes when I was younger.

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

Scott: Our LP; “Enjoy Yourself”.

Ben: Like Scott said.

‘Ad People’ (Official Video)

‘Eat Cops’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Scott: Being a drummer, I’m oftentimes a slave to the beat. I grew up liking things all over the map. My first love was film scores, actually. From there, the earliest acts I remember liking were Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, Talking Heads. I loved TOOL growing up. Aphex Twin. I wasn’t as much of a metalhead like some of the others in the band. My older brothers got me into hip-hop, techno, trance, drum n bass, stuff like that. I feel everything I’ve listed informs anything new I’ll like to a degree.

Ben: I actually spend a lot of my time listening to experimental electronic music, so I think some of what I really love that’s adjacent to the music we make is stuff like the Aphex Twin, Simian Mobile Disco, and of course it’s hard to not play synths in a “hard” band without giving some credit to NIN and people like Josh Eustice and Alessandro Cortini. Nowadays, I just listen to a lot of Hawaiian music though to be honest.

What first got you into music?

Scott: At first, I liked music as a compliment to films. Moving pictures were my first passion, and I’d spent a lot of my life wanting to direct films. What got me into music was the choice of Home Economics, Shop Class, or Concert Band. I chose band. I had shit for breath control, so I chose percussion. My parents loved the idea of not having to buy me an expensive-ass Saxophone… little did they realize.

Houda: I grew up with music always bumping in the house, being it Persian Pop music or 1960’s/70’s jams that my mom used to listen to growing up. There happened to be a guitar in the house and one day my dad asked if anyone wanted to learn to play it, I raised my hand. I was fortunate enough to experience the cream of 90’s R&B first hand then pivoted to punk then hardcore as I got older.  Growing up bands always needed bass players, so I started translating my guitar skills and have been having a great time.

Ben: My mom was a music teacher, so I started playing piano when I was probably 4-5, and was in choirs etc., basically until I left college. So, I suppose in that regard I was classically trained, though I haven’t retained as much as I’d like. However, in my early teens I started getting music magazines and just started downloading or buying anyone’s record I thought was interesting, which evolved into my current taste and experience with music. As someone in their early 30’s now, Napster and Illegal downloading was honestly a huge part of the way I found so much of the music I love, which is why we’re so psyched that our record is all over the illegal downloading sites now. Hopefully, kids find it and get into us in the same way I did with bands like Megadeth, Norma Jean, Armin Van Buuren, and all the other strange artists I downloaded on accident.

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

Scott: Maybe Bjork or Arca??

Houda: Carly Rae Jepson

Ben: Probably ICP or Steely Dan. ICP would just be wild since they’re such world builders, and I just happen to be listening to Steely Dan right now.

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

Scott: Primavera Sound, probably.

Houda: Honestly all the trendy big-name ones just to confuse the hell out of everyone

Ben: Hellfest, and honestly Coachella. It’s a bit of a thing since we’re in LA of course, but also, it would be fun to introduce a bunch kids trying to see Dua Lipa to our band.

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

Scott: We have fans?

Houda: Them showing up at our shows

Ben: We had a kid come up to us after a show in a tiny bar in Long Beach once and ask for our autographs. We were barely a band at that point, and the show had like 8 people there, but evidently, he’d seen us already like 6-7 times. It was really touching.

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

Scott: We exist!

Houda: Tell all your friends

Ben: Tell your parents to get you Melted Bodies merch for whatever holiday you’re trying to celebrate.

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

Scott: Probably someone more recently deceased. Bodies are a mess when they decompose.

Houda: Bowie

Ben: Obviously, GG Alin.

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

Scott: Love: when you fall into that unspoken flow with your fellow bandmates while jamming. It’s like when everyone takes the same psychedelics and you inexplicably start seeing the same visuals. Well, not really, but drugs are cool anyway. Hate: loading gear.

Houda: The joy of being loud. Being one of the few and far women out here, I get to take all the frustration placed on me by societal and gender norms and completely trash them. Growing up I’ve been told to stay quiet or make myself small, being a musician gives me confidence to call out every-day bullshitery and to have self-worth. Hate: bands that don’t quickly get off the stage after playing. You can talk to your friends afterwards; we have a ton of gear to set up so kindly move.

Ben: I love trying to figure out how to make things emotionally compelling using a limited set of tools, and that distinct feeling of finding the groove or the system that clicks with every other piece of the musical puzzle. Getting in the pocket if you will. I hate playing shows to empty rooms and trying to fake that I like it.

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

Scott: I’d guess I’d change more about humans and how they value art. Because our interests indicate we do, but our actions don’t always reflect that passion or interest. I don’t expect to be a millionaire, but a liveable wage as an artist feels reasonable.

Houda: It sounds cliche but that’s because it’s STILL FUCKING HAPPENING: misogyny. I’m tired of sound guys questioning my knowledge, door guys assume I’m a girlfriend, “you’re actually pretty good!”, “they have a chick in the band cuz that’s trendy”, and so on and so forth. Boys need to grow up. (I am fortunate that my bandmates are men)

Ben: I suppose I’d change the way the algorithm works. The way that the Spotify’s of the world dictate the music ecosystem, but also play gatekeeper in a seemingly very impersonal way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re a part of a music community when you’re discovering or endorsing a band.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Scott: Nine Inch Nails – “Broken”. Or “Ex-Military” by Death Grips.

Houda: Robyn – “Honey”

Ben: Indian – “Guiltless”, 2 8 1 4 – “Birth of a New Day”

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

Scott: Depends. Vinyl for my living room. Cassette for my truck. Downloads for everywhere else and in between.

Houda: Music being available for everyone to access is a win, no matter how you connect with it.

Ben: That’s a tough one. Probably downloads I guess because I can listen to a bunch of totally new music having no idea where it came from or when I got it.

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

Scott: Probably at The Factory alongside Retox and our friends Assquatch. It was hot as hell. The walls were sweating. And inevitably we blew a circuit with all of our gear on stage.

Houda: Scott and Ben called out my favourite shows 😊 The more DIY shows hold a special place in my heart.

Ben: Damn, good question. I think the last show we played before the quarantine was one of our best, with our friends CUNTS, Skullcrack, and Wacko. The cops showed up after our set and they brought helicopters and everything.

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

Scott: Will someone pay me to go camping?

Houda: Comic artist

Ben: I’d probably be an engineer or a social scientist. Or maybe a taxidermist.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Scott: Depends what we’re eating. If you can’t dig-in with reckless abandon by my side, I don’t want you there.

Houda: Desus & Mero, Trixie & Katya, and AOC

Ben: The three guys from Last Podcast on the Left, Sarah Squirm, and Sasha Grey

What’s next for the band?

Scott: More music. More albums. More videos. More weird stunts.

Houda: Locking ourselves in a cabin in the woods and writing new material

Ben: We’re starting to work on the next record, and hopefully plenty of touring and playing shows in places we haven’t played yet.

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

Scott: All of them to some degree?

Ben:

www.instagram.com/meltedbodies/
www.meltedbodies.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3l1Z9XFIBCJXaxfpussnIZ
www.thehyv.shop/collections/melted-bodies

Just for starters.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Scott: There are no absolutes in this world.

Houda: Trick question: it’s pudding (did I get it right?).

Ben: It sounds like they’re a cake. Can’t argue with their own logic.

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

Scott: Buy. Consume. Give us your money.

Houda: Fuck me. Fuck you.

Ben: Tell em that Melted Bodies sent you.

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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 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 RITUAL EARTH

EMQ’s with RITUAL EARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based Space Doom Stoner Metal band Ritual Earth. Huge thanks to drummer Chris Turek and vocalist George Chamberlin 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?

Chris: I am Chris from Ritual Earth and I smash drums. Ritual Earth evolved from the ashes of our previous band Chimpgrinder. As we developed a more progressive style, George joined on vocals to compliment the band, and we needed a new name, but continued and expanded the ethos of our prior writing subjects.

George: I’m George, I sing. I recall listening to Chimpgrinder’s “Simian Space King” and thinking how much I’d love to add melodic vocals over something similar to that. A year later, they wrote me on Facebook based off a recommendation from Erik Caplan of Thunderbird Divine. We’ve been Ritual Earth now since March-ish of 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

Chris: Ritual Earth evokes the tribal and rhythm depths of space and time.

George: Our bass player, Chris Scott had originally come up with it. There was a combination of ideas as to what it represented, tying in previous lyrical themes with the new evolution of music and storytelling we were developing.

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

Chris: We reside in the greater Philadelphia area. Prior to Covid we had a decent local scene, a nice collective of local bands, and touring bands.

George: There are so many great bands in the Philly area as well as venues to choose from. Philly is also a hot spot for touring bands, being between NYC and Baltimore or DC, so a lot of bigger bands come through which helps our local scene out tremendously. There is also a really strong punk rock to metal or doom crossover here as well. It’s not uncommon to meet someone at a doom show only to realize ya met before 10 or 15 years ago at a warehouse punk rock squat.

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

Chris: Our latest is an independently recorded and released full length album titled “MMXX”.  Available September 1, 2020 at

https://ritualearth.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chris: You name it, I am influenced by everything, for drums, Don Brewer from early Grand Funk days, Rich Hoak is a drumming hero, and the obvious choices, Bonham, Ward, Baker, Mitch Mitchel, Krupa, etc…

George: Vocally speaking, Ozzy and Chris Cornell are the two big ones that have stuck with me. When I was younger, regardless of how heavy the music was, I always gravitated towards the more melodic singers of their respected genres; Joey Belladonna, Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, Eric Wagner, John Garcia, Eddie Sutton, hell even Vince Neil to name a few. I am also a huge Voivod fan and occasionally I do hear a Snake influence on my vocals as well if not lyrically.

What first got you into music?

Chris: Back in the day, a ZZ Top tape and a Walkman. It’s just grown from there.

George: Music was in my life at an early age. My mother sang in a country band when I was very young, so I grew up thinking that music is just something that what we did. What really hit me though was listening to the Misfits for the first time and watching that “Why Be Something You’re Not” videotape. All of that energy and tension with the band and crowd, that’s when I realized this is what I really wanted to do.

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

Chris: For this record we collaborated by introducing keys by Mark Boyce, I would love to do that again and record and develop something really crazy.

George: I always wished I could’ve taken part in one of the Desert Sessions, just seems like a great time and a lot of creativity going on. That being said, I’d love to see or do something similar with any of our local musicians or bands here in the Philly area.

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

Chris: Wacken of course. Does it really need explanation?

George: Psycho Las Vegas, it just sounds like an adventure.

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

George: Nothing weird or crazy for me, there was one time someone came to a show and gave me a shirt from my very first band because I had said to a mutual friend that I didn’t have one. I thought that was pretty cool.

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

Chris: Share our music, give it away, spread the word!

George: Music is an art, and a very personal one at that. There is no right or wrong way to go about it.

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

George: I’m not sure I’d want to bring anyone back as I fear it could ruin their legacy, but if I had to choose, I think it’d have to be Randy Rhoades. I’m betting the Ozzy output would have remained consistently stellar and I’d be very curious to see what else Randy could do with a guitar.

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

Chris: When you’re playing music, nothing else exists. There is nothing to hate about being a musician.

George: Most, that feeling you get when the band is performing, and everyone locks in and you start to flow together and become one supernatural unit. There is no drug that can give you that feeling. Hate? I dunno, hate’s a strong word. I think what I dislike the most is when our craft isn’t respected.

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

Chris: Find the next Led Zeppelin! We need some big talented bands heard again.

George: One thing…I just wish the motivation 100% of the time was for the love of music, nothing more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Chris: I can’t speak for the others in the band, and hard to pick favourites, but Brutal Truth’s “Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom” never lets me down.

George: Soundgarden – “Badmotorfinger”

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

Chris: I really like Vinyl, but digital is an obvious choice for ease of consumption.

George: Vinyl sounds the best and it will always remind me of being a kid and going through a layout looking at the pictures, reading the lyrics and notes as the record spins. I feel there is a special connection to a record and band when you have a physical format that a digital download just doesn’t offer. Digital however is easier to travel with, but that’s where it ends for me.

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

Chris: I like any gig where we can be loud and make noise. Playing shows with heroes and legends like Corrosion of Conformity, or Wino is always great.

George: The last Ritual Earth show at Century Bar in Philly. It was where everything clicked before we started to record, everything really felt right, we were tight as shit and confidence was at an all-time high. I felt that our set that night was flawless, everything and everyone was “on”.

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

Chris: I would be an astronaut, space explorer, surfing the waves of mental impulse and floating further away from myself.

George: I’d probably be playing more “dad softball”, haha. I will say though, playing music keeps me feeling young.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chris: No one, I prefer to be a hermit in the mountains or the solitude of outer space.

George: Bret Hart, Randall Cunningham, Henry Rollins, Gary Oldman and Jon Stewart.

What’s next for the band?

Chris: Hunker down and lock into more writing until things open up again.

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

www.ritualearth.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/RitualEarthDoom/
www.instagram.com/ritualearthdoom/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chris: What the hell are Jaffa cakes?

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

Chris: Spread the word, Ritual Fucking Earth!

George: Thank you for all that you do!

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EMQ’s with PALACES

EMQ’s with PALACES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Hardcore Punk/Grind/Death Metal band Palaces. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Bumpy: My name is Bumpy Bronson; I play bass and begrudgingly share vocal duties with Eric.

JB: Jonathan Balsamo, drums. Palaces was formed in 2010 when I met Eric and M Chvasta (Bass) whose band Light Pupil Dilate was breaking up. I was in Atlanta math-rock band Sorry No Ferrari at the time and wanted to do a heavy project again as my background is metal. We all had similar tastes and began writing songs that we would record and release in 2012 on our first album titled “Tarnish”. Chvasta left the band in early 2014 to focus on his other band Dead Register. After a year of being inactive we were contacted by Jeremy Weeks of Atlanta hardcore band Get Damned. He wanted to join Palaces on bass. We had played shows with Get Damned and were fans of theirs, so we said yes of course haha.

Eric: Hey I’m Eric Searle. I’m the guitarist and sometimes vocalist. As JB said, Bumpy called us up after our old bassist left. We jammed a few times and it felt good, so we decided to carry on as Palaces. We rented a few spaces before settling in at Bill Kelliher’s rehearsal spot ‘Ember City’ where we wrote a good bit of the new record.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bumpy: Eric said he liked it because it was vague or some shit. Pretentious ass…

Eric: He’s not wrong. It was basically, “Hey, what about Palaces?” Nobody could find a reason to hate it, so it stuck.

JB: It immediately resonated with me for several reasons. I feel like it’s a name that doesn’t suggest any particular genre or sub-genre of metal as I feel we don’t fit into a particular classification of metal. It doesn’t colour one’s pre-listen opinion of what they are about to hear. Additionally, it has always been a metaphor for our physical existence – we each inhabit a body and mind that is our Palace. Physical structures get weathered, decay and become ruined eventually and at the same time are beautiful.

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

Eric: We’re from Atlanta Georgia USA. The scene here is getting bigger and better all the time. There are a ton of killer bands here. Every type of metal/rock can be found. People are very supportive of the local scene. We have great clubs/venues/art spaces/ warehouses to put on shows. It’s a great place to be as a musician.

Bumpy: It’s full of variety and has had some real crushers in the past, a little bit too much butt rock now, but what are you gonna do.

JB: Before Covid hit there were shows almost every night of the week, sometimes several a night. All the bands, clubs and promoters make this a great city to play music in, a very inclusive and supportive scene.

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

Bumpy: It’s an album titled “Hellas Chasma” and the first single from the album is ‘Swarm’.

Eric: It’s 9 songs, but not too long. The songs are pretty eclectic. We’re not a ‘one note’ band. There’s a lot to chew on, but it isn’t too difficult of a listen.

‘Swarm’ Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bumpy: Personally, everything from Faith to No More to Sumac, but Caleb Scofield (R.I.P.) and Brian Cook are the two most effecting and influential bassists that have saturated my music brain the past 20 years.

JB: I think as a band we have drawn on a pretty diverse range of music and it all ends up in there somewhere. I personally have always been into Death Metal and Technical Stuff, I grew up listening to thrash, punk, and evolved from there. As a group I would say bands like Cult Leader, Converge, Intronaut, Today Is The Day, Ken Mode, Baptists, Keelhaul, Mastodon, Botch, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and The Armed.

Eric: As a guitarist I love King Buzzo, Bill Steer, East Bay Ray, Johnny Marr, Kevin Shields, James Hetfield, Keith Huckins, etc. There are too many bands to name, but a few would be Fugazi, Smiths, Converge, Deadguy, Dissection.

What first got you into music?

JB: My Dad who was a stoner mathematician, growing up listening to Black Sabbath, Zappa, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Santana – that whole 70’s scene.

Eric: I’ve been hooked ever since I was a small person. The first artists I remember liking were Fats Domino, The Beatles, Genesis, Traveling Wilburys, and Michael Jackson. My parents played all that stuff.

Bumpy: It’s always been there. My dad played piano his whole life and as god fearing as he is, he can shred something fierce on the keys like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Billy Joel.

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

Bumpy: Stephen Brodsky. I love everything he touches, and I am one of the biggest Steve-stans I know.

Eric: Probably Michael Gira. He’s great at organizing musicians and pulling things out of them to serve his songs. I’d be honoured.

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

JB: That is a tough one, maybe Hellfest?

Bumpy: Reading/Leeds or Glastonbury. They sound so ancient but are still going and have been a huge part of music history.

Eric: HellFest. The line-up is fucking stacked every single year and it looks like it’d be a blast to play. Definitely would love to play Wacken or Brutal Assault too. Any of the Euro festivals please, thank you!

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

Bumpy: Pretty sure he wasn’t a fan, but a guy gave me his phone number and said we should “text metal.” Yeah, I don’t have his number. Must’ve lost it.

JB: No weird gifts yet but we have gotten some rad hugs.

Eric: Oh yeah, that girl outside 529! Hugs.

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

JB: Thank you for listening to us, thank you for coming out to a show and supporting us in any way.

Bumpy: No one’s gonna wait on you to show yourself. If you wanna do something in music or media, do it. Like now. Don’t ask permission. Bug the shit out of people you don’t know to listen or let you play or whatever.

Eric: When you come to one of our shows, just be ready to throw a chair at somebody!!!

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

Bumpy: Aforementioned, Caleb Scofield.

JB: Isaiah Ikey Owen

Eric: Probably Jeff Buckley, but what if it’s better on the other side? I wouldn’t want to bring him back to this place.

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

Eric: Creating and writing is my favourite thing about being in a band. I love putting the pieces of the puzzle together. That said, turning up loud and bashing shit out is pretty amazing. I don’t really hate anything about it. Sure, it takes a lot of time and doesn’t pay nearly enough, but I’m not mad about it.

Bumpy: Shows. Ever since I was a seventh grader, nothing knocks the self-gratification meter off the charts like playing live. It’s a cliché that’s been worn down to the bone, but I’ve played for 6 people before and I’ve played for 300+, and I felt just as elated as I always have been. Having said that, I think the hate part is what you make of it. If you give more power to hating something, you’ll come to hate shit you used to love, so I try not to feed that bastard any energy.

JB: I love playing live more than anything, I love the energy and volume, playing for people who enjoy relaxing to loud heavy music as a counter to the nature of modern daily life. I guess waiting to play the set is what I hate the most, I’m always impatient to play!

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

Bumpy: Make it go back to how it was. The 90‘s really were the best to me. Nostalgia is the enemy but if I could have been a bit older back then and had the chance to experience the grunge, alternative, punk, metal, etc. of that time at festivals, in Blockbusters, in magazines, in Beavis and Butthead episodes; everything just mattered a little bit more to people back then. Music stuck with you for longer.

Eric: It’s a pretty fucked up industry. I feel like there’s the “Industry” and then there’s the “Underground”. I don’t participate much in “Industry” driven music. My musical family and community seem to be in the “Underground”. That’s not by choice though. If death metal bands were getting millions of YouTube views per song, I’d be cool with that. But then that would get ruined too. It’s a vicious cycle.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Eric: Clutch – “Transnational Speedway League”

JB: Mastodon – “Remission”

Bumpy: The Mars Volta – “De-Loused in the Comatorium”

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

Bumpy: I’m a sucker for cassettes. They remind me of being a kid. My parents didn’t keep records at home, so I never caught the vinyl bug.

JB: I personally love vinyl for sound.

Eric: Vinyl, Downloads, CD’s, Cassettes in that order.

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

Bumpy: December 2018 with Cult Leader, Primitive Weapons and the unfuckwithable God Mother from Stockholm. Never played with a crazier band.

JB: For me it’s a tie between opening for Cult Leader/ Godmother and opening for Atlanta super group Primate back in January 2020 – that was a fun show.

Eric: We’ve played with Ken Mode a bunch. Always nice to knock around the balls with those guys.

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

Eric: Probably my money-making job, but life would suck a little more if I didn’t play music.

JB: I would be playing drums in my garage – essential to maintaining sanity.

Bumpy: Anything in my power to leave this country until it stops eating itself alive.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

JB: King Diamond X 5

Bumpy: You, Eric, JB, the Jesus from Big Lebowski and Bernie Mac.

Eric: Grandmaster Jay, Richard Spencer, Black Thought, Nadine Strossen, and Elon Musk. What a party that’d be.

What’s next for the band?

JB: We hope to get back to playing live when possible, releasing the new album and doing some touring.

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

www.instagram.com/palacesloud/
www.facebook.com/PALACESLOUD/
www.palaces.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bumpy: I have family in the UK, and they think they are biscuits, I guess there’s the answer. They also let their 53-year-old son still live at home, so there’s that too.

Eric: Lost me on that one homie.

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

Bumpy: Listen to Young Beasts, Malevich and Lost Hours.

Eric: Cheers mates.

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EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pittsburgh, PA based Metal/Hard Rock band Changing Tymz. 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?

Tony Rossi: I Play the drums! In 2016, I wanted to work with original music and decided I’m not doing the cover/club scene. It took over 3 years to put this together. Guitarist Timmy Wysong was looking for a drummer and I was looking for musicians, we added vocalist Matt Martin to the group, Matt’s voice and unique style allowed us to dig deeper in the roots of true metal to create a mix of modern and classical metal. All the while, bass player Bryan McQuade was also looking for a change and placed an ad on Craigslist. Seeing the posting, the band reached out and asked him to submit an original bassline for the song ‘Stand Up’. Taking his chances, Bryan sat down to write, submitted a piece…and a bass player was found. To complete the band we finally welcomed Eric Fenton in November of 2019. Five talented musicians, having never met before, all from different backgrounds, cemented by desire and passion for the music is what makes this band work so well.

Matt Martin: Lead Vocals and Keys

Timmy Wysong: I play rhythm and lead guitar, and sing backup vocals. Well, it all kinda started with me looking for a drummer, for the band I had put together (Hate Remains), back in 2016, I believe. Once Tony Rossi and I started writing, everything clicked just right, and we took a different direction altogether, and here we are.

Bryan McQuade: Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals & Mixing Engineer.

Eric Fenton: Guitar. I’ve been with the band 6 months now learning, writing & recording

How did you come up with your band name?

Tony: We all picked a bunch of names and started voting to find the one we could agree on, CHANGING TIMES but thought we could try and spell (times) using letters from our names  T = Tony, Y = Timmy W(Y)song, M was for Matt and the Z…that was for Zack who left shortly after we had our name.

Timmy: We each put in an X amount of name ideas out, and went through the process of elimination, by means of voting. Each time, narrowing it down to eventually one name. We also would look at the name, as to what it reflects. Obviously, we are now in some Changing Tymz!

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

Tony: North East United States. Hard to get out there and a lot of bands trying…tough scene!

Bryan: Columbus, Ohio. It has a very strong metal/rock scene. Unfortunately, it is the city that Dimebag was killed in. The venue has had so many metal bands over the years that it has a very diverse history.

Eric: Pittsburgh, PA. Lots of competition.

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

Tony: Self-titled EP

Timmy: Digital version of our self-titled EP, “Changing Tymz”, which was released Feb. 29th this year, and we are gonna be offering up a special limited edition run, with a hard case and insert, and pre-orders will be available, as well. There will only be 1000 copies available of the limited edition EP. Although still available after that run, they will only come in a soft case. We are currently in pre-production of our full album,

‘Stand Up’ Lockdown Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tony: Buddy Rich, Alan White, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Geoff Tate, Ozzy, Ray Alder

Timmy: I have so many, lol. Well, Carlos Santana, Boston, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Randy Rhoads, David Gilmour, Dimebag Darrell, Shawn Lane, Dan Donegan, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Dave Mustaine, Sepultura, Marty Friedman, Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and even more, lol.

Bryan: I am really a child of 80’s music so it has had a great influence in my style and writing. I must say though. I am a huge fan of Steve Harris and his style among others such as Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan, Donald “Duck” Dunn and of course Geddy Lee.

Eric: Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn…on and on!

What first got you into music?

Tony: My Father, he was a music teacher with his own successful music centre’s.

Matt: My good friend Gary Cogley happened to say “Dude, you should try singing for a band, shortly after I did and the rest is history…Love it!

Timmy: Pretty much my whole family. It runs in my family.

Bryan: I began playing saxophone in grade school and always loved singing. It continued from there whether it was concert band, jazz band or singing in the choir.  The next step was live music in my very first rock band. Shortly after joining as the lead singer I had a bug to begin to play bass guitar so rented an amp, bought a used bass and I was off.

Eric: Broken leg from High School. Football and Listening to Beatles, Stones & Skynyrd at 14 yrs old.

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

Tony: Would love to do one song with Dream Theater.

Matt: I already am!

Timmy: Hmmmm, would have to say Dan Donegan.

Bryan: Myles Kennedy and well, I guess the rest of Alter Bridge. I love his vocals and it would be awesome to work with Mark Tremonti.

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

Tony: OZZFEST, it’s the biggest and best and I would have the chance to meet so many of the musicians i respect based on their accomplishments.

Matt: Any Metal fest…love them all!

Timmy: Monsters Of Rock, Rock On The Range and, at least once, at the Whiskey A Go Go!

Bryan: The main stage of what used to be “Rock on the Range” which is now called Sonic Temple. I have been to the festival so many times and would love the opportunity to play the main stage.

Eric: Ozzfest. Biggest Metal acts.

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

Tony: A blank CD…lol. He asked me to listen to it…probably meant to hand me one of his band to check out.

Matt: I got laid lol…It was out of the blue!

Timmy: Haven’t yet, but I’m sure I’ll have a story to tell in the future, lol!

Bryan: I was in an 80’s cover band and someone gave me a pair of checkered Vans that matched the ones I was wearing although they were well worn.

Eric: Acoustic guitar.

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

Tony: Follow your dreams, Follow God, and dont take bullshit from no-one.

Matt: Never give up no matter how much time goes by or what happens…go with the flow and ride it back to your dreams!

Timmy: There is always someone, or something, that you can turn to for love and hope, when times are tough. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

Bryan: Live life to the fullest and be kind to others.

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

Tony: John Bonham, left us too early and it would have been awesome to see where his style took him as he kept growing in his craft.

Matt: Ronnie James Dio of course!

Timmy: Tough one. I know what I want to say, but I will just say Shawn Lane.

Bryan: Ronnie James Dio. He died way too young.

Eric: Jim Morrison

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

Tony: It’s great to see people smile and know I gave them my all, and having the chance to spread a little positive in a world that needs it… and Hate… that’s pretty strong… but I’ll say I’m glad there are roadies to haul and set up my gear. Lol!

Matt: Creating, writing music and melodies…lyrics are fun tool…maybe even the whole band collaboration! Hmmmm, hard to say really, music being controlled by corporate rock and money!

Timmy: I can express myself much more freely in my music and writing. A reality, within a reality. I can’t say I hate anything in that regard, but something I’m not too crazy about, is manually tabbing out riffs, lol!

Bryan: I love the writing process and especially love playing live. The old days of setting up and tearing down has never been fun.

Eric: Always something to learn…I hate nothing.

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

Tony: I think videos are cool for bands but when the focus becomes the video bands forget that music is an art for listening not watching. Too many bands worry about the look and not the quality of writing and music. I would make videos more about the music and performance rather than what is being seen with a lot of mainstream.

Matt: Giving more control to musicians for writing and producing their own sound and music!

Timmy: These days, I would say mandatory security should be required by the venue owners, and safety regulations strictly enforced. Not to be confused by suppression. So the masses can let loose, rock it out, and feel safe.

Bryan: The difficulty of breaking into the mainstream

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tony: YES – “RELAYER” and RUSH – “2112”

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

Timmy: Only way I can put it is, the first half of my life, it was Boston’s debut, self-titled album. The second half of my life (today), would be Disturbed’s album “Ten Thousand Fist’s”.

Bryan: Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

Eric: Ozzy Osbourne – “Blizzard Of Ozz”, Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”, Van Halen – “Van Halen II”

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

Tony: Vinyl has the warmth that nothing else does, but downloads are easy access to music.

Matt: Downloads cuz CD’s warp, records scratch and tapes stretch!

Timmy: I like the sound of vinyl, but the convenience of a download.

Bryan: I still own a lot of Vinyl. The sound is like no other.

Eric: Downloads.

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

Tony: The benefit gig for my late brother Pete, just meant a lot.

Matt: Thunder In The Valley – Johnston, PA

Timmy: Personally, back in the day, The Battle of the Bands in Nashville, TN.

Bryan: A block party for about 3000 people for Halloween.

Eric: Ripley, Ohio.

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

Tony: Probably catching up on some sleep lol! I would have probably got into making instruments.

Matt: Landscaping

Timmy: I would be involved in the music industry somewhere, regardless, lol.

Bryan: I think I would still be mixing and producing. I love music way too much.

Eric: Engineering/Design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony: Do they have to be alive? lol I would love to see my brother n dad again, I would also say Jesus…wow to hang at dinner with Him…but he’s not people he’s God…so out of those still with us. My Wife, Mother, Alan White, Mike Mangini and Nicko McBrain!

Matt: The band and our Manager.

Timmy: Buckethead, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and Betty White.

Bryan: Jesus, Ronnie James Dio, Geddy Lee, Myles Kennedy & Freddie Mercury.

Eric: Myself, Timmy, Bryan, Matt & Tony.

What’s next for the band?

Tony: An endless list lol…but the big ones would be finishing the full-length album then seeing about some live shows!

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

Timmy: All major streaming platforms, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our official website and stations that air us.
www.changingtymz.com/
www.facebook.com/ChangingTymz/
www.twitter.com/ChangingTymz
www.instagram.com/changingtymz/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFiRA3mviWLulvJFstyPnA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Tony: I’d say a cookie…not too fond of them but scrape the chocolate off cause it’s a shame to let any chocolate go to waste!

Matt: Biscuits!

Timmy: Well, I think the title says it all. I love cake, lol.

Bryan: I guess they would be more like a biscuit of course, if that is what you call a cookie.

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

Tony: Never give up on your dreams and talents for that’s what separates us and always strive to find the good for that brings us together.

Matt: Thanks for the opportunity to be heard, we greatly appreciate it!

Timmy: Thank you, and thanks to all our fans and supporters for everything!!!

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