EMQ’s with DAYEATER

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EMQ’s with DAYEATER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Heavy Psychedelic Rock band, Dayeater. Huge thanks to guitarist, Jesse Lee, 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?

Jesse Lee, Best One Handed Guitarist.

DAYEATER formed in 2015 and have been bringing heavy psych riffs and 3 part harmony to Texas ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our drummer Landry thought of the name after Jesse Lee played the riff to ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson together at a jam…

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

DAYEATER is from Austin Texas USA and the metal scene is huge, open and inviting….eager to mix metal with different genres to create something completely new.

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

In early March DAYEATER released our new single titled ‘Sweet Earth’…a powerful commentary on the perception of the damage we, as society, have caused on our precious, sweet earth.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aside from the power house bands like Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix DAYEATER finds influence in our community of local musicians pushing each other to be better than we were.

What first got you into music?

I remember being a little child in the back seat of the family car and my dad was playing “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica everywhere we went…and I thought it was the heaviest, biggest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life…I wanted to be just like Kirk Hammett!

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

We really like what the band Fuzz has been doing these days also we are fans of Jack White and Duel from Atx.

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

Ya know…I feel like there will be another LIVE AID soon seeing as the world might be falling apart sooner than we thought….a gig to help the would keep going would be top of the list.

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

In the early day I received an Epiphone goth SG from someone who saw us play a back yard party…He went home grabbed the guitar and came back to the party to give it me.

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

Thanks for hanging out with us so far and remember always eat your veggies and NEVER believe a word Eric Clapton tells you!

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

Oh, please give me back Dave Brockie. The world needs ODERUS URUNGUS now more than ever!

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

I really love the sense of accomplishment from learning a new piece or even understanding a new skill like marketing for social media advertising…at the same time sometimes all that work can be frustrating and seem like it’s not leading anywhere but in the long run it’s all worth it.

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

Well, that’s an easy one…Fair compensation for the artist, it’s too old of the story how the music industry takes advantage of artists and it needs to change…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time go to albums is “Diary Of A Madman”, I can’t get enough of Randy Rhoads.

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

Ya know each one serves its purpose in a particular setting but for some reason I got to give it up to CD’s. I saw the transition from tapes to CD’s and they kind of stuck with me.

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

I think collectively the three of us agree that Eyores birthday in Austin, Texas summer of 2017 is probably one of our most fun gigs to date…

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

We talked about that amongst the three of us. We really can’t see ourselves doing anything different. Music would probably end up in our lives one way or another!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Let’s get Aleister Crowley, Kurt Vonnegut, King Buzzo, Ronnie James Dio and Abbie Hoffman…seems like we have plenty to talk about!

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’ve released our next single titled ‘Sweet Earth’ and we really hope to come out of this pandemic stronger and smarter… We’re hungrier than we have ever been to get in front of as many people as we can and put on a high energy rock show full of what the people have been wanting for longer than they know…

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

DAYEATER is all over the place. You can find us at.
www.dayeaterband.com/

Or on FB, IG, Twitter and Tick tock by simply searching for “dayeaterband”!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So, I’ve never heard of Jaffa Cakes till now but I’m gonna have to say…after checking them out online it looks like a biscuit… but that might change if I ever try one here in Texas.

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Amy Angel And The HellRaisers – Do It Again

Do It Again Album Cover Art

Amy Angel And The HellRaisers – Do It Again
Die Laughing Records
Release Date 20/11/2020
Running Time: 29:24
Review by Tsarina Wilson
6.5/10

San Francisco based Amy Angel And The HellRaisers certainly deliver something new to me. A combination of country, and psychobilly, with a hint of punk, they’re definitely not a band to be ignored.

The band’s history stemmed from, of all things, a simple phone call between two friends, Don Lamb, who’s responsible for the lyrics, and Tony Louenco, for the music. Tony and his wife, Amy, then set about getting the band together, which consists of Amy on vocals, Tony (Sinsinatty) on guitar, Don Lamb and Arron Marsden sharing bass, and Mario Arelas on drums. They all have long musical histories, with a range of influences and experiences under their belts! For this new album, as well as vocal duties, Amy also plays guitar and keyboards, and Tony adds in extra vocals.

The first part of “Do It Again” has a cool, crisp country sound, very laid back with Amy’s clear vocals, and that typical old country drum beat to it. It’s almost like being on a train. You could picture, ‘Yesterday’s High’ being sung and played in an old-world saloon bar. Despite its cool country start, you know this isn’t just your run of the mill album, there is something very different about it. It takes a while to get into it as you’re not really sure what’s coming next. Is it going to bang into a rock track or stay country? It does keep you on your toes.

The album starts to come alive a bit more after ‘Yesterday’s High’, with a change of beat and tempo. Amy’s orotund vocals certainly suit the country genre, she sings with a lot of passion and depth. In many of the tracks Amy goes from singing to talking, then back again, which isn’t unusual, but it’s done so regularly that it can be a little off-putting. That said, it does add to the album’s variation from the norm, so there is merit in that.

I think “Do It Again” is certainly refreshing in today’s music world of many identikit bands, although it is definitely a Marmite album, you will either love it or hate it. I would just say, if you’re one of the ones who doesn’t like it, give it a few listens, because you may find it grows on you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Walking in the City
02. Who’s That Girl?
03. Yesterday’s High
04. I’d Do It Again
05. Lite One Up
06. She Likes It Fast
07. Party Night Across the USA
08. White Witch
09. Never Too Late
10. That Punk Rocker’s Me

LINE-UP:
Amy Angel – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
Tony Sinsinatty – Guitars, Vocals
Danny Dangerous – Drums
Osgood Cain III – Bass
Donny Midnite – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with RONIN

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EMQ’s with RONIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Long Island, New York based Rock band, Ronin. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist Chris Feldmann, for taking part.

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

My name is Chris Feldmann and I provide the rhythm guitar and vocals of Ronin. The band, initially, was just jam sessions between me and Andrew Vitale (bassist for Ronin) starting in late summer 2016. We’re a little bit late to the music/band party, starting in our mid 20’s. After a bachelor party weekend in Atlantic City, the jams started. I rode with Vitale, and we talked about music the entire ride and how I had been playing guitar for a couple of years, and wanted to take it further than just me alone in my room. He dropped me off at my house and went straight to Guitar Center and bought a bass. It stayed just us for most of 2017, until his buddy Jack Lenihan jumped on drums. Lenihan wanted to pursue more of his graphic design and art career, so he dropped out when we got more serious about forming an actual band. We got Justin Maas to jam with us a few times in early 2018 on drums and he got hooked in quite quickly. Vitale and I had a bunch of songs we were working/jamming on and Maas helped us flesh them out somewhat into a 6 track self-recorded demo and to finally get our band name in December of 2018. In Early 2019, shortly after we put the demo out, we enlisted our immensely musically talented friend Jack Mauro for lead guitar work, and we’ve been trucking along like that since. So, Ronin was officially founded in early 2019, but stems back to mid/late 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

At first, it came from necessity. As in we just needed a band name after weeks and weeks of throwing ideas around, we had to just choose a name. This need came from the fact that we were going to a show for a band that we were potentially going to open for, and at that time, we didn’t have our name. We didn’t want to look like a bunch of idiots at the show, because undoubtedly, we’d be asked, “so, what’s your band name?” or “what band are you in?”. We decided to hunker down and choose a name. We wanted something short and to the point; nothing over the top or too much of a cliché. Ronin, by the definition, kind of fit our overall sound as well; not adhering to anyone else’s criteria or idea of what we should play, I.E., not having a master. Our overall approach is to not being too genre/subgenre specific and cornering ourselves musically.

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

We are from Long Island, New York. Long Island, before Covid, had a pretty solid local music scene with a number of very cool venues. We hooked up with a number of cool people that showed us love and support through gig offers and what not. We were really rolling too before the lockdown. Had about 9 or 10 gigs lined up through May that all got cancelled, so that was a big bummer. Our sound is always funny at the shows too. Some of the rock shows we played at, we were a little too heavy for the collection of performers, and then at some of the harder metal shows, we were probably on the lighter side. So, we always seemed to get caught somewhere just off-brand of that particular event, but that helped us stand out, for better or for worse. I hope Long Island’s scene comes back stronger than ever but unfortunately a few of our favourite spots to play closed their doors, but we have hope they can reopen, even at a new spot if possible. Gotta support the local scene. We always make it a point to arrive early and stay late, even if only one of us can do so. We really pride ourselves in showing the other acts and promoters the proper respect, because we are still very new to this. Not that it’ll change the more seasoned we get, but just a point of importance for us.

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

This is actually our self-titled, debut album. We put out a 6 song demo a couple of years back, but this is an actual full-length release that was professionally recorded. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished on this debut, and people should listen to it to hear some good old-fashioned rock music. We recorded it at VuDu studios in Port Jefferson, New York. We self-produced the album along with Frank Mitaritonna. He engineered, recorded, and mastered the album. He also helped mix the album with Mike Watts.

‘Spider And Fly’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say Metallica for sure is the most obvious from our sound. They’ve influenced me immensely from a very young age and they still do to this day. Hetfield is king in my book. Big part of my more aggressive vocal approach and playing style. Alice in Chains is also up there, I think. That sort of gritty, dirty rock sound mixed with the beautiful harmonies Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell created; I think there are definite shades of those elements in our sound. I also have to say Avenged Sevenfold. Maybe not the most noticeable right away, but I know that I can recognize it for sure. In some of the different experimental type-sections we throw into songs, like the tonal shifts in ‘Temptress’ and ‘Down’. Also, some of my vocal approaches at times are similar to that of M. Shadows; certain vowel sounds and expressions. Definitely one of my vocal/musical heroes.

What first got you into music?

My family has always been very musical and we always had music on when I was a kid. I sang in chorus and even Symphonic Choir in high school, but like an idiot, I never picked up a guitar until my mid-20’s. Ya live and learn though, and always better late than never, whatever cliches help me sleep at night. But it was really the bands like Creed and Metallica who were super important in my younger years in the mid/late 90’s. I always call them my first loves, because they introduced me to rock music and the heavier stuff. Really blew me away when I first heard those bands and would shape my life for years to come. Hetfield specifically. The absolute main reason behind the decision to finally pick up the guitar is, was, and always will be James Hetfield. He captured me from a young age when I first heard ‘Until It Sleeps’ as an 8-year-old gangly kid in elementary school. That fascination turned into obsession as the years rolled on and only took my dumb ass another 17 years to follow through.

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

It would be Metallica for sure. Just to hear the roar of the crowd of probably tens/hundreds of thousands singing every single word and note of every single song they’d play in their set. To watch the masters at work alongside them. Can’t imagine how that must feel, but perhaps some-day I will.

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

Probably either of Rock am Ring or Rock im Park over in Europe. They always have such incredible line-ups with bands like Volbeat, Korn, Disturbed, Green Day, Gojira and tons of other great rock/metal bands. The crowds are always enormous and those people really appreciate rock music and are there to participate. So, I’d definitely go with either of those.

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

I don’t know if it classifies as a gift, but our band’s FB and IG occasionally gets some interesting and obviously super “legitimate” DM’s soliciting sexual favours and invites to “exclusive” chat rooms. Stuff like that.

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

To the ones we have currently, our deepest and most sincere thank you for connecting with what we’re doing. To any potential fans: Aren’t you tired of hearing everyone say that rock is dead? Well, so are we! We’ve got some very different vibes and feelings across our 8-track debut and we strongly believe it’ll resonate with you and make a connection that you so desperately crave! So, come aboard and ride with Ronin!

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

Man, that’s tough. It’s between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Cliff Burton. I’ll go with Cliff because he was only 24 when he tragically died in that bus accident. He barely showed the world what he was made of and yet he’s influenced innumerable musicians for almost 40 years now. The real kicker is that his death wasn’t anything of his own doing and legitimately an accident. Was of no fault of his own. So, I’d bring him back if I could.

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

Playing live is everything to me. It fills me with so much joy and excitement that it’s hard to contain. Doesn’t matter if the place is packed to the gills, or there are 10 people scattered out. Being up on a stage and performing original music is unlike anything else. The part I hate is doing all the other stuff outside of actually making or playing the music. Like marketing, promoting, endlessly and painstakingly submitting to playlists and other people. I also hate the fact that I’m not just a musician, but that’s unavoidable at the moment.

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

Gatekeeper of streaming and playlisting. Drives me nuts. Sucks for artists’ wallets but helps with exposure if you can get on. It’s so hard to get on meaningful playlists where that exposure will amount to real change and you feel like a chump while doing so. Again, it’s really one of the only games in town, so you kinda have to just keep chugging along and work within the system, regardless of how frustrated you get. I wish there was less importance placed on what a few “influencers” think or promote to the world. Do I have a solution, no, but I’ll complain, nonetheless.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I feel like talking about Avenged Sevenfold. So, I’d choose “City of Evil” by them. Is it my favourite? Probably not, but it’s in the top conversations for sure. Whether it’s the subjective personal impact or objective technical musical greatness, this album checks all the boxes. I had only discovered them about 10 months or so prior to this album being unleashed to the world and launching the band into the stratosphere, and when that happened, I was absolutely hooked. The riffs, the shredding, the vocals. I loved this album top to bottom. I lean more toward singing, instead of screaming, although I’m a fan of, and respect both, so Shadows changing up his style and approach was a plus in my book. All the different sounds and styles they covered on this album still astounds me and shaped my taste and own writing to this day.

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

CD’s. I love CDs’ to death and it could be just a product of my generation. Riding to junior high school in 2001 with my Walkman in hand, Metallica’s “Load” being worn out like nobody’s business inside. ‘Until It Sleeps’ bombarding my ear drums in all its sonic glory. Call it nostalgia, but physical media like CD’s will always be more appealing to me than digital. Feels like you actually own something and you know you gave something back to the band by making the purchase.

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

Without a doubt, January 31st, 2020 at, depressingly, the now closed down Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville, New York. That was such a great night, and one that we hold even more dear because it would become our 2nd to last show of that whole year because of the pandemic. The place was pretty packed out. We brought a decent amount of those people and so did a few of the other bands that played alongside us, so when we played our 30-minute set, the place really was full up. Not only was the place packed, but the crowd was also really responsive and active as well. We had a great time off the stage too with a few of the other bands before and after our sets. Met a lot of cool people and really just fired on all cylinders the whole night. All 4 of us were so locked in and the band was really rolling. Real damn shame that we only had 1 more gig after that and the other 10 or so gigs we had lined up got cancelled. Makes this gig that much more special, also considering that the venue had to close its doors.

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

Hopefully creating in some other way, shape or form. I work at a junior high school in the special ed department currently full time, so I’m sure I’d still be doing that too. The hope is for this band to eventually take over my occupational time completely however and with our debut release, I’m confident that could happen sooner rather than later.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’ll answer this one assuming you mean alive. Let’s go with Dave Chappelle, Jim Carrey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stone Cold Steve Austin and James Hetfield. It’s an interesting crew of people, but we’d have a lot of laughs, deep and interesting conversations and hear a load of wonderful stories. Not to mention I’d have the chance to meet my childhood heroes in person. If only. Perhaps some-day.

What’s next for the band?

Well, we’re remaining optimistic about the state of gigs for the coming year. So, hopefully a slew of live shows and gigs for us. We really feel that our music will connect and resonate with a lot of people, so we want to get our debut album into the hands of as many people as we possibly can. Whether it’s through live shows or streaming, we just want people to hear what we have to offer. Will that lead to gathering a larger, sustainable fanbase? Getting a regional tour going? Getting a manager, and perhaps even getting signed by a label? It’s all within the realm of possibility for Ronin. The only certainty we have is that we’re here to play music that we love and have a damn good time while doing it. So, come aboard and get nutty with us!

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

www.ronin-band.com
www.facebook.com/ronin.rockband
www.instagram.com/ronin.rockband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0t8cC2y5UtxhwXNiWZ-mBA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0iRW3CW7iTqZKXPQyzpNSN
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/ronin/1449806541

Those are the main ones we use and you can access all of those and more through our main website.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d classify them as a cookie if anything. And yes, I had to look these up.

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

Just want to give a sincere thanks for giving me and our band the chance to chat and get the word out about our debut album. I’ll just add, another time that you should all listen to our album! And turn it up LOUD! Cheers to you and yours! Here’s to many more years and successes for all of us! Much love and appreciation from the boys in Ronin! We are Ronin, and don’t you forget it!

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Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP

Mother Of The Sun EP Cover

Jefferson Starship – Mother Of The Sun EP
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 21/8/2020
Running Time: 32:07
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

On what is a freezing day in a fresh new year (it is the UK, so technically a normal day!), after what was a hell of a 2020, I find myself sitting at my desk while trying to stay warm (which isn’t really happening)! But, even though the outside of me is feeling the cold, the inside of my body’s warming up nicely, listening to “Mother Of The Sun”, the most recent EP by legendary Rock and Roll band “Jefferson Starship”. I actually received this EP a few months back, but with everything I had going on, as well as COVID-19, I have only recently been able to get my head straight enough to write again. And listening to “Mother Of The Sun” has actually been really helpful to listen to, as it has nice soothing/relaxing songs that have picked me up little by little.

Jefferson Starship are an American Rock band, that were initially formed in the 1960’s as ‘Jefferson Airplane’. Under this name, they produced hits including both ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love’. In the 1970’s they became ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released 11 studio albums. But then it was all change again, and when I first encountered them, they were under the name ‘Starship’. I was born in 1988, and as I grew up, I enjoyed listening to their songs ‘Sara’, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ and ‘We Built This City’ (a personal favourite of mine). They stayed under this name until 1992, when they changed to ‘Starship feat. Mickey Thomas’. But now they’ve returned to ‘Jefferson Starship’ and released their first EP “Mother Of The Sun” 18 years after their last studio album was released.

I have been listening to this EP for a few months now as, during that time, life decided to kick my behind, and I’ve only recently been able to get my head down to review it. And, if there’s one thing I can say about “Mother Of The Sun”, it is that it gives off the feel of the band history, and with songs like ‘It’s About Time’ and ‘What Are We Waiting For’ it takes me back to being that little kid again, listening to their familiar sound on the radio! With the experience of David Freiberg who joined during the last year of ‘Jefferson Airplane’, Donny Baldwin who joined when the band was previously named ‘Jefferson Starship’, more recently Cathy Richardson, (who re-joined in 2016 after being with the band from 2008-2015), and Jude Gold in 2012, you have the best of the ‘old rock’, with beautiful instrumentals and guitar solos that remind me of yesteryear, blended with the new. This makes for a record that would fit right in with anyone’s playlist.

After listening to “Mother Of The Sun” as much as I have, I’ve concluded that my standout song from this amazing EP has to be, none other, than ‘What Are We Waiting For’. From the short guitar solo at the start, the really delicate, soft, vocals to the chorus of the song, it stands out so much, and is such a relaxing song to listen to. Whether it be at a time of happiness, or when feeling down, this song just hits the soul.

TRACKLISTING:
01. It’s About Time
02. What Are We Waiting For
03. Setting Sun
04. Runaway Again
05. Embryonic Journey
06. Don’t Be Sad Anymore
07. What Are We Waiting For (Extended)

LINE-UP:
David Freiberg – Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Donny Baldwin – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Chris Smith – Keyboards & Bass Guitar
Cathy Richardson – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jude Gold – Lead Guitar

LINKS:

Jefferson Starship

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EMQ’s with THE SIMPLE RADICALS

EMQ’s with THE SIMPLE RADICALS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, Illinois based Retro-Rock band, The Simple Radicals. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, John Malkin, for taking part.

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

I’m John Malkin, lead vocalist/guitarist for the band The Simple Radicals. We’re a retro-rock band that combines sounds and styles from some of our favourite classic/alt-rock bands, like Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Pink Floyd, and Cheap Trick. I developed the concept and wrote the songs for the “New Revolution” album (www.open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU) and began laying down the construct of the songs in the studio. I reached out to John Griffin, who I played in a band with a few years ago, to ask if he would listen to the tracks and consider laying down the leads. He loved the tracks, and laid down some incredible shreds, and the rest is history. We brought in James on bass, and Griff on drums, and The Simple Radicals were formed.

How did you come up with your band name?

The Simple Radicals more or less came out of the way my lead guitarist John Griffin, and I, look at life and music. We’re both non-conformists and non-conventional. We like to look at things differently. Stay simple. But think radical. Hence The Simple Radicals.

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

We’re based out of the United States in Chicago, Illinois. We’re so blessed to live in such a rich and vibrant city, with an incredible music scene. Rock, blues, reggae, metal, punk. The city is so versatile and filled with amazing musicians. Chicago produced rock icons like Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan, and blues legends such as Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters. In fact, Chicago blues is what bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin modelled themselves on.

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

Our album, “New Revolution”! It has the guitar-God, Vernon Reid, from the band Living Colour, playing lead on the track ‘Medicate’. The album is about the extremes of what people are going through today, and their efforts to instil a revolution of change. It’s about using the power of their voice to create the catalyst for change, to better their lives, and society as a whole.

Medicate (Official Video) – Featuring Lead Guitar by Vernon Reid

Who have been your greatest influences?

Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Green Day and Cheap Trick.

What first got you into music?

As soon as I heard the power chords of bands like AC/DC, Pearl Jam, and UFO, I knew I wanted to play music. I was just blown away by the simplicity and complexity of their music, and how it brought me to another world. I actually started out as a drummer, and played in several bands, before moving to guitar.

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

Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion, and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing.

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

Coachella in California. It’s a great big melting pot of A-list music, art, and some of the coolest people in the world.

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

A guy wanted me to sign a black pick with a black marker.

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

The Simple Radicals can’t thank you enough for all of your continued support of our band. We hope to see you playing live as soon as the apocalypse is over.

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

So many! But if I had to choose one, I’d bring back Kurt Cobain. Just to thank him for all he did to help shape rock music.

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

Playing live. I feed off the energy and passion of the audience, and try to give it right back to them, in the way we play our music… There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating. And honestly, I haven’t found anything that I hate about being a musician…yet.

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

I wish there were more terrestrial and satellite radio stations that played music from new and up and coming rock bands. Stations used to have programs that were dedicated to discovering and providing exposure to new bands. Seems like that is few and far between these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pearl Jam “Ten”.

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

Vinyl by far. I love hearing the crackling of the stylus on an album. Plus holding the album and reading the liner notes. Nothing better.

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

We were so fortunate to play the iconic Cutting Room in New York City last December, which is owned by the actor Chris Noth. What an amazing place, with incredible sound, stage, and vibe. Other bands that have played there include John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Sting, Sheryl Crow, and David Bowie. And we rocked the house!

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

If I didn’t have music, I’d probably be selling hats with Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All of Pearl Jam. And I’d cook…nah…I’d order in.

What’s next for the band?

We have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, “New Revolution”. We just released a song and video called ‘Rich Man Wanna Be King’ which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 200,000 views and climbing.

Our video “New Revolution” has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.

We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”, where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew”, where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling, from the Howard Stern Show.

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

You can check us out on Spotify:
www.open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

and YouTube:
www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

and follow us on:
www.facebook.com/thesimpleradicals
www.twitter.com/simpleradicals
www.instagram.com/simpleradicals

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Um…what’s a Jaffa Cake?

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

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Radical.

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INTERVIEW WITH AWAKEN

INTERVIEW WITH AWAKEN
Waking up the rock world with MONSTERS & MACHINES
By Stephanie Stevens

The Tennessee band AWAKEN brings you a solid plethora of rock n roll ambiance with the music they have created since the band’s formation. An Alternative/Hard Rock destiny for music fans where powerful melodies intercept with hard hitting moments and emotionally enlighten you with provoking lyrical material.

The band: Chad Griffin – vocals, Dustin Simpson – guitar, Chase “Sludge” Reagan – bass and Jimi Wilkins – drums are gearing to make 2021 their year with the release of the newest album “MONSTERS & MACHINES”. Joining up with INgrooves and TLG Entertainment the band is focusing on music diversity and have made an album that is fresh and manoeuvres you down different paths of Rock n Roll throughout the disc. The singles that have been a platform for this album show the ability the band has to shine with difference but always embracing the signature sound that is AWAKEN.

From my favourites ‘BEHEMOTH’ and ‘STAINED GLASS’ to ‘THE VEIL’ the guys engage you with melody driven power and hard-hitting jolts of guitar driven atmospheres but also slide in modern hits of synthy dark ambiance and beautifully electrifying vocal moments.

AWAKEN is ready to set the rock world on fire with “MONSTERS & MACHINES”.

I had a chance to ask vocalist Chad Griffin a few questions about the new music, self-producing, working with Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch and three fun facts about the band.

Q: AWAKEN has been around for some time now and has really become a staple in the rock community, as I’ll get into in this interview, but when and how did you guys all come together and what is the biggest asset each member brings to the band?

Chad Griffin: Thank you, yes it has been quite a while. Longer for some of us than others. Dustin and I have been writing together for years with different people before running into Jimmy then Chase. Both playing in different bands themselves. We hooked up with Jimmy in 2012 before the recording of our first record and went straight into the studio for “Broken Circle”. The writing for that record was basically a compilation of songs we had written for a previous band. We became Awaken, put out that album, then hit the road. We ended up touring with The Protest many times which Chase was a part of. That’s how we met him. Through a domino effect of things that took place, he ended up parting ways with them to take care of his new baby. We later ended up calling him when we lost our bass player. The connection was instant.

Q: Your new album MONSTERS & MACHINES is coming. Did you push the release to 2021 because of the chaos of 2020 or was this just a set thing and how was it preparing and finishing a product during a year like this?

Chad Griffin: Yes, the record was pushed back due to our new connection with The Label Group and INgrooves. It was a mutual decision with everyone involved to start fresh in the new year after some chaos clears. It also gave us some time to add in a few tweaks and actually add a new track that wouldn’t have made the record in time. It will be a 12-track record. The whole process was quick and fun. Covid closed down a lot of things so it helped us get in the studio and focus on what we wanted to do.

Q: You released ‘STAINED GLASS’ and with this song you found clarity in the band’s sound. What was the turning point that you had, Was it a missing piece in creation?

Chad Griffin: We feel that song is a good reflection of our sound. That is more along the lines of songs that we like to write, that we feel is kind of the foundation of our sound…with the calmer verses and heavy driving choruses and hooks. That was actually a remake of a song we had back with our original group, so it has a sort of sentimental feel to it that brings us back to our roots.

Q: A newer track you dropped was ‘THE VEIL’ can you tell us your lyrical approach to this song and what inspires you as a lyric writer?

Chad Griffin: Honestly, that one is kind of a take on a lot of what is going on today. It’s hard to tell what is real anymore. You can hardly trust anything you hear, and people have trouble being real. It seems sometimes like people walk around living a front or a facade instead of being themselves. I actually have had those lyrics for over a decade, ha. I just took it and modernized it, and changed it up a bit. It was one of the newest songs added to the record, music-wise.

Q: One song off the new album that really brought focus to the band was ‘BEHEMOTH’. I really loved how it was a diverse sound more so than other tracks you guys released. How much do you strive to have complete diversity when going into writing a full-length?

Chad Griffin: That was always the track I wanted to be the first impression of this record. It was one of the first 4 tracks we had in the demo sessions and we knew it was a standout. We do put a lot of focus on the tracks being different than each other. We don’t ever want to put out an album that sounds like one long track. We like to have a little bit of everything. This is actually the most diverse record I think we have done. That’s one reason we are so happy with it. There is a lot of both worlds on this album when it comes to heavy and melodic.

Q: Back in the day, with your debut album, you had the ability to work with Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch on the song ‘FATHOM’. How did you get that collab worked out and what was the biggest thing you walked away with after working with him?

Chad Griffin: We were playing a venue near where he lived, and he came in to check out the bands and just enjoy his time off. We spotted him in the crowd and he came out back when we were loading. We just let him listen to some of our songs and he loved it. Said he’d love to help us out and collaborate. He was honestly an inspiration. Always full of talent and positive energy. He was honestly one of the coolest people still that we have ever run into since doing this.

Q: You guys seem very at home writing music do you ever get roadblocks and what would be your best advice for when that happens?

Chad Griffin: We are so used to each other from writing together for so long. It honestly just comes naturally. I have to say we are pretty blessed with that end of it and can’t complain. I’m sure the blocks have come a few times, just like with anyone, but they really don’t stick around long. We are always able to work through it and make it happen.

Q: Taking songs you have written and bringing them to an acoustic setting. Is it an easy process or is it like re-writing a song? And how much emotional value changes for you to perform it?

Chad Griffin: I’m a huge fan of the chilled out acoustic stuff. It really lets us play around with different arrangements of the songs. I love getting to go in wondering how it will turn out and hearing some of our heavier music have different versions like that. It does naturally feel more passionate at times. I do love rocking out and singing over the louder music, but it is honestly cool to get to sit down and make it something different.

Q: Being from Tennessee I am sure you are always finding people who inspire and help you learn more in the music community. How do you view your community and what do you believe your band has given to others in the community?

Chad Griffin: We are a split band as far as where we are all from. I love my community and we have a really cool regional radio show and awesome DJ that really helps get exposure for bands around the area. We have festivals and a few good venues. It is cool being so close to Nashville as well. I hope to be an inspiration to younger bands in the area and show them if they can stick it out and just keep writing together some cool things can happen. There are many different styles and forms of rock music played around our town, regardless of it being stereotyped as such a country stronghold.

Q: What is the biggest difference between self-producing your work vs finding someone to do it and what do you honestly prefer?

Chad Griffin: We loved our time going to Travis Wyrick for our first record and the experience we had there. We learned a lot and loved how it turned out. We would love to eventually get to work with another producer in the future but honestly, we prefer doing our own thing. We love getting together during our own time and have the freedom we’ve been able to have. We learn new things each record on how to perfect certain elements and have fun with it. We don’t really know what we will do or where we will go for the next, but we’ve enjoyed doing these last 3 ourselves.

Q: If you can get out and tour in 2021 is there one band you would be honoured to go out with?

Chad Griffin: We would love to reconnect with The Protest. It would be like hanging out with our brothers again and let Chase get to hang with old bandmates. There are several bands we wouldn’t mind playing with, but as far as staying around on the road…they stay at the top of the list for us.

Q: What venue do you miss playing at most and why?

Chad Griffin: To keep it short and sweet…any ha. We aren’t picky at this point. We just miss playing. We miss them all.

Q: 3 facts about your band that have nothing to do with music?

Chad Griffin: -We love God, we are far from perfect, but strive to be better for him and closer to him each day, we love discussing current events, politics, and sending memes back and forth on a daily in group message and we love Mexican food!

The End

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‘The Veil’ (Official Lyric Video)

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EMQ’s with FAITH & SCARS

EMQ’s with FAITH & SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, NC based Rock band, Faith & Scars. 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?

We’re Faith & Scars! We’re a modern-day hard-hitting Rock Band based out of North Carolina. We do our best every day to act as a namesake for the code we live by: Faith will see you through, and Scars will make you stronger.

Established in early 2014 by frontman Roger Liverman, the Faith & Scars drive has always been pushed by Faith.

We’ve found that if you hold faith in something, and hold it tight – be it your dreams, Family, a significant other, yourself or God – You’ll find yourself possessing a force that will push you to be the best you possibly can be.

We have a profound love for music, and we find inspiration through many bands & musicians.

We just want to be the best we can be, and have a good time doing it. It’s a lot of hard work, and sometimes heartache to keep a band together, but if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do… Then we’ve done our job. We aim to put on the best show of our lives every time we step onto a stage. Whether it’s 2,000 people, or 2 people and the bartender – we try to play every show like it’s a sold-out stadium.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were heavily influenced by Rock bands of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. Bands that came to mind were Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, & Art of Dying; most of which shared a common theme: 3 words per name. We took note of this, and set out on our journey to find our name.

Digging deeper we soon realised that we were moulded & driven by 2 things. One was dark & heavy. The battles we’ve been through with ourselves, or oftentimes 3rd parties. The failures we’ve experienced, individually & as a group. Collectively, we summed these experiences into one word: Scars.

Our other motivation was quite the contrast. It was & is what gives us the will to get up & push forward when life knocks us down. Like we said above, our drive has always been pushed by Faith.

We took a hard look at both sides of that coin, and created Faith & Scars.

What we became is much more than a name to us. We created a mantra. The code that we live by: Faith will see you through, and the Scars will make you stronger. Learning from our mistakes, and keeping the Faith in our future.

One thing is for sure, I couldn’t imagine us being anything but Faith & Scars.

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

We were all born & raised in the USA. It goes without saying, but things are tough in 2020, and opportunities are rare in the scene. We’re hanging in there, & hoping things will start to straighten out soon.

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

Our latest release was a Single from our upcoming Album, “Revolver”. The Single is titled ‘Long Way Home’, and is available on YouTube! We had a great time with this song & music video!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We find inspiration through many bands & musicians across many generations & genres. We proudly wear our 90’s/00’s rock influence on our sleeves, while trying to keep classic rock sounds alive in our arrangements. A short list of inspirations would have to include:

Shinedown, Guns N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alter Bridge, & Jimi Hendrix.

That being said, inspiration comes from every angle. It’s never ending, and it’s a collective. We strive to find inspiration in everyday life. Whether it’s the sunrise, sunset, the lines of the road blurring by on a cold night, or the roar of the crowd, we find inspiration in it all. It drives us to be better every day.

What first got you into music?

Roger: This isn’t the most ‘Rock & Roll’ story, but it’s true. I remember being 3 or 4 years old & noticing my mother, who was upset on our couch. I remember asking “What’s wrong mommy?” and getting “Nothing baby” in return. I remember running down the hall, throwing on my cowboy hat, cowboy boots, & grabbing my toy guitar from my toy chest. I came sprinting down the hall singing a Tim McGraw song, and watched her mood flip a complete 180°. She was smiling & singing along. It made me feel like I was on top of the world. I’m not sure I understood it that day, but looking back it’s definitely a defining moment for me.

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

We love making music, and would love to collaborate with any bands or musicians that would like to! If we had a choice, we’d be overjoyed at the opportunity to work with Black Stone Cherry, or Shinedown.

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

We’ve always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the greats & playing Download Festival in Donington Park, UK.

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

We’ve received so many cool gifts from our fans, it’s hard to narrow them down to just one. We appreciate all of them! We will say that the greatest gift a fan could give is their continued love & support. That’s what keeps us going!

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

One message we’d like to share with our friends, family, & fans is, even though we’re going through an intense time right now, we can’t afford to lose sight of who we are, and where we plan to be when this is all over. We should rely on each other, & build a support system through social networking to ensure that everyone makes it across the finish line. We were thrown into this situation together and we will finish it together.

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

That’s such a hard question! We’ve lost so many iconic artists over the years. We’d love to bring them all back if we had the power! If we had to narrow it down to one, I’d have to be selfish & say Jimi Hendrix. He was the definition of innovative, an icon, and one of our greatest influences.

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

We all love traveling, meeting new people, and making new friends & memories in the cities where we’re fortunate enough to play. It’s tough being away from our family and friends at home for long periods of time, but as we say in our bio: if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do, then we’ve done our job, and the struggle is worth it.

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

I think we’d all love to wish the Coronavirus away, and get back to playing shows full time!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Roger: I’ve been a huge Guns N’ Roses fan for as long as I can remember! I have to say one of my all-time favourite albums is “Appetite for Destruction”. It’s just so raw & aggressive. It’s hit after hit from start to finish. To me, it’s the best debut record of all time, & the way Rock n’ Roll should sound. Of course, it has just celebrated its 33rd anniversary, and it still continues to inspire to this day!

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

I think they all have their advantages & disadvantages. It’s really a battle of sound quality vs. convenience. For immediate access when you’re on the move, you can’t beat downloads! Of course, when we have the down time, we love listening to vinyl.

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

We’re so grateful for the opportunities we’ve been afforded. In the past few years we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many of our heroes. Bands & Artists like: Badflower, Black Stone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Jasin Todd (Shinedown), LA Guns, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Shaman’s Harvest & more!

We’ve loved every gig, but we’d be remiss not to mention: the best show we intend to play is our next one.

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

Roger: I love all aspects of entertainment. If I wasn’t a musician, I’d love to be involved in the industry one way or another. I’ve always gravitated towards art in many forms. Film, Painting, Professional Wrestling, Writing, Music, it’s all a passion to me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Page, & EVH!

Could you tell? A guitarist answered this question. Haha!

What’s next for the band?

Our next step is to just keep going. It’s an intense time for the world, and things are so uncertain. It’s our job to seek opportunity, and jump on it when we can. We’re going to continue putting out the best music we can, and spreading a positive message along the way.

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

www.faithandscars.com/
www.facebook.com/FaithandScarsOfficial
www.twitter.com/FaithandScars
www.instagram.com/officialfaithandscars/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXEeJ77Ry-OwN1Yo_b9R8A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve actually never had the experience of trying a Jaffa Cake. After a quick google, we found that Jaffa Cakes are biscuit sized, but classified as cakes. Of course, my wife & I are playfully arguing about it now, so I will keep you updated on all developments. Haha!

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

Of course! Thank you so much for the interview! We’ve had a blast with y’all!
Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll! Until the next time we meet, y’all Keep the Faith.

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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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EMQ’s with FIORE

EMQ’s with FIORE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Seattle, Washington based EMO/Alternative Rock band, Fiore. 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?

We’re a band called Fiore from Seattle, Washington. Zach (guitar/vocals), Kelsey (keys/vocals), Mario (guitar), Parker (bass/backup vocals), and Davis (drums). We formed in the summer of 2018, and have been really grinding and making a ton of progress just in the last 9 months.

How did you come up with your band name?

There isn’t a super special story behind our name. It means “flower” in Italian, and we’re a pretty soft group of people who like flowers.

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

We’re from the Pacific Northwest in the United States. We aren’t too involved in the metal scene here directly, but we do have a few friends in some really impressive metal and post-hardcore bands. The metal scene here is solid and pretty good.

What is your latest release?

Our most recent release is our single “It’s Fine, I’m Okay (Spring),” with a music video available on BVTV Music on YouTube. It’s also available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and any other services you may use.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all draw influence from a lot of different sounds, personally and musically. We each find inspiration in My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, The Wonder Years, Animals As Leaders, and Slipknot.

What first got you into music?

We all found our way to music at a pretty young age. For some of us, it was through curiosity. Others were influenced by family members who were into music. It’s more what we found that got us to stay; a medium for the voiceless to be heard and to truly express themselves in a unique and powerful way.

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

We would love to work with Hayley Williams or Brendon Urie, for sure.

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

Of course, we have to say Warped Tour (rest in peace). Current festivals we’d love to play would be Riot Fest and SXSW. Each of these is so important to the scene, especially in the US, and it would be an incredible opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest artists in alternative music, whether known or up and coming.

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

An OnlyFans subscription.

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

Love yourself, forgive others, and keep kindness and empathy in mind.

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

Lil Peep. An icon gone too soon.

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

We absolutely love playing shows. We’re on stage with our best friends playing music we love. The worst part is definitely the lulls between shows, especially during this pandemic we’ve been facing this year.

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

More inclusion! The alternative audience is so diverse.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

We couldn’t all agree on something that was a collective number one, so we each picked our own. “Tell All Your Friends” by Taking Back Sunday (Zach), “Okay”. by As It Is (Parker), “Ego Death” by The Internet (Kelsey), “Selfish Machines” by Pierce The Veil (Mario), and “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” by Dream Theater (Davis).

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

For physical release, vinyl takes the cake. In terms of accessibility, it’s gotta be downloads. Digital media is the future.

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

We played a super intimate floor show in Medford, Oregon, back in November. It was full of amazing energy from the bands and the audience. If every night could feel like that night, we’d be more than content.

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

Zach would definitely be working in film or digital media. Kelsey would be a preschool teacher. Parker would work in theatre tech or social work. Davis and Mario would definitely be professional wrestlers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sylvia Plath, Jesus, Morgan Freeman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Gray.

What’s next for the band?

We have an upcoming EP we’re releasing this summer! We’re super excited for everyone to hear it!

What social media links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us online @fiorepnw on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
www.twitter.com/fiorepnw
www.instagram.com/fiorepnw
www.facebook.com/fiorepnw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Parker is the only member of Fiore who has ever had Jaffa Cakes before, and all he says is that they’re tasty. But, according to Wikipedia, Jaffa Cakes are a biscuit-sized cake, so that’s up to you.

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

Black Lives Matter. Today and every day. Full stop.

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EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Houston, Texas based Hard Rock band, Down For Days. Huge thanks to drummer, Paul ‘Sandy’ Sanderfur, vocalist Jeff Alberti, and bassist Jordan Goldman 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?

Hey guys, my name is Paul ‘Sandy’ Sandefur and I am the Drummer for the rock band Down For Days. We’re based out of Houston, Texas and have been around since late 2015, early 2016. We are currently; Jeff Alberti – vocals, Dustin Newbold – guitars, Jordan Goldman – bass and myself on the drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

Down For Days is a bit of a word play that we see fit for several reasons. Our original lead singer battled bouts of depression and would literally be down/missing/unresponsive for days on end while he regrouped. We also like to think positive on occasion and correlate ‘Days’ with good, ‘Nights’ with darkness and to long for the good, well is a good thing. lol

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

We are based out of Houston Texas! We are blessed to be in such a large city because that offers you more venues, more opportunities, more people and more contacts to interact with. If you look hard enough, you can find whatever you are looking for. However, on the flip side, Houston is so large that there’s always something people can go do, so a rock concert may not be the bright shining moment that catches a new fan’s attention when they’re looking for entertainment. The talent here is phenomenal, and there are venues that cater to whatever type of music you like to listen to, so if people search for it, they will be able to find it.

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

Our latest release was our second EP, “Lost In The Grey”, which we put out in 2019. It’s a very cool EP that we are proud of. We have our material on most of the common social media and digital distribution sites. https://music.apple.com/us/album/lost-in-the-grey-ep/1464218946

Who have been your greatest influences?

Man, I’m gonna have to get some input from the fellas on this one. I’d say for me personally my greatest influence was my Pops. He was a life-long musician who exposed me to the dig of music. The constant revolving door of musicians and band practices he had at our home while growing up seemed normal at the time, but it built that love of creation and individuality that is still with me to this day.

Jeff: Elvis, Guns-N-Roses, Metallica, Staind, Hank Williams Jr. Megadeth & Slayer!

Jordan: Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles & Billy Joel

What first got you into music?

Me personally it was a combination of growing up and a musical environment at home AND discovering KISS as a kid. Was my first band that I gravitated to and fell in love with. But, who my age didn’t. lol

Jeff: Sitting in front of the stereo singing with my dad when I was a kid.

Jordan: As a child The Beatles and Billy Joel were playing constantly in my house. I always had music in my head and heart.

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

That’s a tough one, so many people I could learn from. I have a lot of respect for Dave Grohl and would love to pick his brain. The dude is a master at making simplicity sound epic.

Jeff: 5 Finger Death Punch

Jordan: The Black Crowes

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

Well, playing a festival would mean the most to us if we were eventually festival headliner worthy! Just being there would be an honour, but if we’re dreaming big here then I’m wanting us as headliners! lol That being said, send us to Europe and lets headline the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival over in Germany.

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

Don’t get too many gifts from fans these days, they’re gonna have to up their game a bit. I remember in some prior bands we would get things being thrown up onstage while we played like a bag of weed, or some girls panties. Good times.

Jeff: compliments spit and screamed in my face by a really messed up fan. LOL

Jordan: was paid an extra $600 to play Red Barchetta!!!!

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

We are definitely not the type of band to preach or try to influence the way someone thinks. However, we do want to offer an escape from the everyday. That’s what is great about music. We try to write material that is moving, so that it takes you away from the daily grind even if for just a few minutes, and lets you enjoy your own little world for a bit. So, I guess our message would be to open yourself up to new things, new bands, new people and new ideas. Life is about living, and you can’t find something new if you’re too scared to open up. Hopefully, new people will enjoy our stuff, but we encourage people to test drive as many new bands as possible. The world is full of killer bands just waiting for people to find them.

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

Well, as a drummer my choice would be Neil Peart. The ultimate writer/drummer. So much we could learn from this man.

Jeff: Elvis, because he’s Elvis!

Jordan: Neil Peart for me as well. I’m heartbroken he’s gone, and I wish my young son, also a drummer, would have had the opportunity to meet Neil and jam.

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

We enjoy the camaraderie within this band as well as with other bands. When you’re playing something that you’ve written, and people are digging it, there’s really no better feeling. The gift of give and take between you and the crowd that you are delivering with your bandmates (which is like family) is second to none.

The hate . . . none. I dislike some things, but I don’t think I truly hate anything about music. Difficulties and setbacks are a part of what defines you and you learn how to overcome those obstacles. I think if I ever truly felt some hate within music, then it is probably time to hang it up. It would no longer be giving you the joy that music and all that comes with it is created to do.

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

The business side of it. It is necessary to promote, work with venues, promoters etc but it becomes like a job and takes away from the actual reason you joined a band in the first place. The bad thing is, for us DIY bands, I don’t know of an answer on how the business side could become less chaotic. Open to all ideas! lol

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gonna include all my guys on this one. For me, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

Jeff: Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction”

Jordan: Rush “Moving Pictures”

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

All are good, use what you like, and enjoy as much as possible.

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

All of them, some are better than others, but we simply love to play. It’s what keeps us motivated and improving.

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

I seem to break things around the house pretty easy. Maybe some sort of toy tester or demolition man?! lol

Jeff: Making movies

Jordan: Smashing windows! hehe

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m going with a wish list here of all time so . . .
1. Neil Peart
2. John Paul Jones
3. Axl Rose
4. Jimmy Page
5. John Bonham

What’s next for the band?

We have recently added Jeff Alberti to our DFD family, and he’s got some great pipes! Going to take a few weeks to get our sound how we like it and then it’s back out playing shows, writing new material and eventually getting us back into the studio.

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

We have all of the usual ones.
ReverbNation – www.reverbnaOon.com/downfordays
Facebook – www.facebook.com/DownForDays/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/downfordays/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/DownForDays_DFD

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

??? Have no idea??? But they sound delicious! hehe

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

Thanks for the interview!

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