THE DUKES BRINGING ART N ROLL BACK INTO FASHION WITH NEW ALBUM SMOKE AGAINST THE BEAT BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
Hello and welcome to the world of THE DUKES. Visual artists that are bringing the love of Art N Roll to the forefront with the bands sleazy, sexy and upbeat driving sound. The band has been together since 2010 and have worked in other bands before forming THE DUKES. With notable Eps and LPs in the past and successful touring in Europe these French art rockers are ready to unleash the ballsy, danceable and creative sounds with a release to the US on July 28th; SMOKE AGAINST THE BEAT.
Already making waves with some Warped Tour 2017 dates under the bands belt, the guys are just gearing to go for more touring and showing off the visual side of the band when they hit your town. This band not only creates art in sound; they will make your eyeballs dance with scenography, video-clips and machines that only enhances the listening experience.
This is typically not my cup of tea when listening to music but one full listen of the debut album I have to say I put it on repeat because it did make me move, and intrigued me to no end. With its poppy tones, synthy sexiness and rock n roll feel, the album is just an adventure with nothing repetitive in any of the tracks. I love the gritty vocals and passionate display through a lot of the tracks. THE DUKES have a little something for everyone.
Before the guys got too busy with the release date and lots more press and touring I got to chat with this enchanting band about how they came together, new music already written, songs off the disc and how summer touring has been for them
BOTH OF YOU CAME FROM VERY NOTABLE PROJECTS - WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO FORM THE DUKES AND DO YOU STILL DABBLE IN YOUR OTHER BANDS?
SHANKA : We decided to start a new project in 2010 (at the time it did not have a name) because we missed playing together! When I met Greg, he was banging the drums with the French rock band No One Is Innocent, and I had just been recruited as a guitar player. I instantly loved playing with that guy, to me it felt just like a dialogue with my twin brother. Then Greg joined the band Superbus and I stayed in No One is Innocent, but the link between us was too strong, we had to do something about it! So, when Greg called me and asked me if I wanted to start a new band, I couldn’t say no. A couple of months later, we were in the studio in Umea, Sweden with producer Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna), recording our early material!
GREG: Personally, I just really wanted to play with Shanka again. He’s my musical alter ego and I had missed playing with him. And we decided to do a no concession type of project since we did not have to deal with the pressure of a label, agent etc., etc.
YOU GUYS NOT ONLY CREATE MUSIC, BUT A VISIONARY ADVENTURE WITH YOUR LIVE PRESENCE - WHO CAME UP WITH THAT IDEA AND TO SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF WHO HASN’T SEEN IT IN PERSON HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP THE VISUAL?
Shanka : Since we wanted to offer the audience something original on top of our performance as a rock duo, I created an original video setup: I use mapping to project my animations on our gear (drums and amps), synced to the music. The result looks very expensive and usually people love it! The show becomes a full visual and musical experience, even in the smallest clubs. We wanted to be able to use this setup in any conditions. The only thing we can’t beat is the sun! That would mean buying a super-powerful video-projector, and those don’t come cheap… But all in due time. Someday, we’ll beat the sun!
Greg: Shanka did, he has a sick mind!!! :-) He came up to me with his idea and to me it was a Pandora's box.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION WHEN WRITING NEW TRACKS AND IS THERE A THEME FOR THE SONGS ON "SMOKE AGAINST THE BEAT"?
Shanka: My creative process is very simple. I just sit there, close my eyes and ask myself: "What do I hear"? Then the riffs and ideas start pouring into my brain. Then I start humming those ideas. I grab my guitar, fire up my protools, try to reproduce the riffs I’ve been humming on the guitar and start recording a demo. For the lyrics, I just listen to the demo and try to write at least a couple of phrases that are as meaningful as possible. I just build on top of that! There’s no general theme on this album, but if you read between the lines the ultimate message would be "Be smart. Question everything. Find solutions. THINK".
LOVE THE SONG "ALIVE", HOW WAS THAT WRITTEN AND LYRICALLY WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
Shanka : It’s a song about the people you admire and/or envy when you’re a teenager (popular teens, role models etc.), and after a few years without seeing them and walking your own way you realize that they ended up badly. But the empathy I feel in that kind of situation always reminds me that we’re all vulnerable and that anyone can experience a downfall, no matter how gifted or beautiful or rich you are.
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO BE RELEASING YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM IN THE STATES AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THE US WILL VIEW YOUR MUSIC VS WHAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED IN EUROPE?
Shanka : We’re super-stoked, of course. For guys like us, it’s the beginning of a dream come true. Luckily, we’ve had very positive feedback so far, people here in the US seem to love what we do. We’ve built a strong audience in Europe and we love our fans there of course, but we always dreamed of touring the US. Since we both grew up listening to American bands and artists, and since so many of our heroes are from there, it’s mind-blowing to start a career here in the US.
Greg: Agreed! And for me it’s even extra-special since I live here in the US now!! :)
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS MUSIC CAREER IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO?
Shanka : When I was 12 years old, my brother had me listen to AC/DC. When I saw a video of Angus rolling on the floor and shredding like hell, I was like: "THAT’S what I want to do." Before that, I wanted to become a mountain guide because I loved rock climbing and nature, but I guess life is full of surprises!
Greg: It was from the time I was young for me. My dad was a percussionist and my uncles were drummers!! I’m kind of born with it and I quickly decided that I wanted it to be my life.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
Shanka : I think it was AC/DC’s "Jailbreak ’74". I still listen to it sometimes.
Greg: Public Enemy: "Don’t Believe The Hype"
YOU GUYS PLAYED SOME WARPED TOUR DATES, HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE AND WILL YOU BE TOURING MORE IN THE STATES WHEN THE ALBUM COMES OUT?
Shanka : It was an incredible experience. 7 stages and 50 bands on the road, I’ve never seen something like that! Hats off to all the people who make it happen every day, including the bands. It’s the ultimate Rock N’ Roll boot camp, we learned a lot and met wonderful people. Also, it was a good way for us to see if our music could win over an American audience. Everyone really responded to our first single, "BLACK HOLE LOVE": We’ve had amazing feedback and we feel very lucky that we’ve been invited on this tour! The next step for us will be to go back on tour in the fall. Our agent is currently working on that.
Greg: You know in Europe and particularly France the Vans Warped Tour is almost sacred. When I was a teenager I was drooling in front of it and now we’re part of it, it’s amazing and it was out of this world cool!!! And Yes, hopefully our agent will find us a good support slot for us to be on this fall.
YOU ARE ALREADY WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL AND THIS ALBUM IS NOT EVEN OUT YET. WHERE IS YOUR VISION WITH THE MUSIC TAKING YOU AND DO YOU HAVE AN EYE ON ANOTHER RELEASE DATE IN 2018?
Shanka : Our collaboration with producer Kato Khandwala has been both unexpected and very exciting. Our mission is to bring the sleaze back into Rock N' Roll. I think the collaboration with Kato will bring the project to a whole other level. More personal, heavier and sexier. We’ll be releasing new material in 2018 for sure, 5 songs are already produced and we’ll go back into the studio very soon to finish the next album.
Greg: THE DUKES reminds me of Andy Warhol’s factory spirit. There's always something happening. We never stay still creatively.
HOW DO YOU VIEW VIDEOS FOR YOUR SONGS TO MARKET YOUR SINGLES AND DO YOU SELF-PRODUCE THE VIDEOS SINCE YOU ARE SO CREATIVE?
Shanka : Yes, we self-produce all the videos! The first animation video I made (it was for the song "THE GREY PEOPLE") was shot with an Iphone 4. I did 800+ drawings, I counted! I’m currently working on new animation stuff, it takes a lot of time but it’s an incredibly fun way to put images on your music because it allows you to be very creative and create a powerful fantasy world, even on a budget. It’s not easy to learn all the techniques by myself, watching Youtube videos, but I’m making progress!
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET YOUR MUSIC AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD TO LET YOUR FANS OR PEOPLE THAT ARE NEW TO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DUKES?
Shanka : THE "SMOKE AGAINST THE BEAT" album will be available on all platforms on July 28th : iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. If you want to support us, please buy the music! Or check out the items we’ll be offering on our Pledgemusic campaign’s page, trust me you won’t be disappointed. What we offer is quite unique. This page will be also online on July 28th (http://pledgemusic.com)! Anyways, if you want to know more about the band, just go to our website http://www.thedukesmusic.com or follow us on our Socials, I’m keeping then as up-to-date as possible!
Keep in touch with The Dukes:
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LETTERS FROM THE FIRE...... "COOL FOR THE SUMMER" BUT ON FIRE WITH DEBUT ALBUM WORTH THE PAIN AND NEW SINGLE AT WAR
BY: Stephanie Stevens
LETTERS FROM THE FIRE have had their ups n downs through the bands inception but once they found the shining light in vocalist Alexa Kabazie the band was rejuvenated and ready to bring the rock world to their knees. With the band’s debut album WORTH THE PAIN, I think they have made a pretty damn good dent in the world of rock and from the likes of the super tours and constant touring and singles flying through the radio and video community these guys have a bright, bright future.
The band formed in the Bay area consisting of Cameron Stucky (lead guitar), Clayton Wages (bass), Mike Keller (rhythm guitar) and Brian Sumwalt (drums) along with the ambitious and beautiful Alexa. The band have had worthy singles likes GIVE IN TO ME,WORTH THE PAIN and just released their newest single and video of AT WAR. But the album WORTH THE PAIN isn’t just a few songs that are worthy the whole album from start to finish bring out melody, edgier and heavier parts and lots and lots of power. With almost a year under the albums belt I am ready and I am sure the fans of this band are ready for new stuff. So I caught up with founder/guitar player Mike Keller to ask him about the sophomore disc, the new cover song they did and how the summer tour with Seether has been.
FOR YOU PERSONALLY WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START DOING MUSIC AND WHY THE GUITAR?
When I was 16, I saw my first concert. METALLICAAAA. As soon as Kirk came out and raised his guitar, I saw 25,000 people lose their minds. I remember looking at my dad and saying "I want to do that."
IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE BAND YOU WERE A ALL MALE BAND NOW YOU HAVE A FEMALE VOACLIST HOW HAS THAT ENHANCED YOUR SONGWRITING AND ELEMENTS YOU CAN DO MORE WITH A FEMALE VOICE?
Having a female vocalist doesn't necessarily "enhance" the bands ability to write. What enhanced the band in general was her overall talent in singing and writing. We were able to focus our sound a lot more and have a message.
THE VISION YOU HAD TO MOVE FORWARD AND RE INTRODUCE THE BAND TO THE ROCK WORLD WAS IT HARD TO REGAIN ASSURANCE AND CONFIDENCE TO START OVER?
Not really, this was version 4.0 of the band. We had already started over several times before Alexa joined the band. We were very confident in the album we made.
NOW THAT WORTH THE PAIN HAS BEEN OUT FOR A BIT NOW AND YOUHAVE TOURED AND SEEN FANS WITH STORIES OF HOW THE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM HAS AFFECTED THEM DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERNET PERSPECTIVE ON THE SONGS THAT YOU CRAFTED?
I would say that our music is always our music. But the fact that fans have been able to create their own meaning for many of these songs means we did our job. You want to be able to write music that helps others express themselves the way they feel.
MY FAVORITES ARE BRUISE AND MY ANGEL IN A BRIEF SUMMARY IN YOUR OWN WORDS WHAT DO THOSE SONGS MEAN TO YOU AND DO YOUHAVE A GO TO FAV TO LISTEN TO AND PLAY LIVE?
MY ANGEL is the first song Alexa auditioned on. How you hear it is pretty much the first thing she sent back vocally. So, it really represents the start of something new, aka LFTF 4.0 haha. BRUISED is a universal song that I believe so many can relate to. We for some reason are okay to take abuse for love. We are all already bruised whether it's because of a past relationship or the ones we are in.
AT WAR IS THE NEW SINGLE VIDEO….LOVE THE CONCEPT OF THE VIDEO DID YOU GUYS HAVE INPUT ON THE CREATIVE VISUAL AND DO YOU FEEL VIDEO IS A BIG THINGS FOR BANDS THESE DAYS
Thank you! We have had Jacob Voelske do all of our videos so far. So, we had a bigger budget for AT WAR and told him to have fun with it. I think he did a great job. Videos are big for a band initially and if, and only if, they push the boundaries visually as they progress. You can only watch so many performance videos. We plan to push the envelope on the next record music videos.
YOU JUST RELEASED A COVER OF COOL FOR THE SUMMER WAS THAT FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL AND WHY DID YOU PICK THAT SONG?
Honestly it was just a quick thing we did in an hour for fun. We ended up sending it to our radio guy and he started freaking out. We probably picked up because Demi fans have been coming out calling Alexa a darker Demi Lovato.
HAVE YOUGUYS WORKED ON NEW MUSIC AND IF SO WILL THERE BE A NEW RECORD COMING SOON?
We have started writing a bit. We are trying to figure out where we want to take the music. I believe we will start recording this winter.
WILL YOU BE WORKING WITH THE SAME PRODUCER?
Not sure yet, we will certainly be writing with him.
WILL YOU BE EXPERIEMENTING MORE IN A HEAVY ATMOSPHERE OR ANYTHING VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE SOUN ON WORTH THE PAIN?
That’s what we are trying to figure out. People love the heavy...but they also love he melodic. This will be our sophomore album....so the pressure is on! Haha
YOUR STILL GOING STRONG TOURING THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER DOING SOME OFF DATES AND THE SEETHER TOUR. HOW HAS IT BEEN OUT WITH SEETHER AND WHAT MOST INFLUENTIAL LESSON HAVE YOU LEARNT TOURING WITH THAT BAND?
The biggest lesson we have learned is about respect. Seether and their crew have been nothing but amazing to us. They don't treat us like an opener but friends. We hope to have the opportunity to extend that same courtesy to younger bands as we grow.
WE ALL HEARD OF THE PASSING OF CHESTER OF LINKIN PARK HOW DID THAT AFFECT THE BAND AND YOU ON A EMOTIONAL LEVEL?
It was definitely a shock. But I don't think anyone was emotionally destroyed by it. Unfortunately, people die every day. All human life is precious...famous or not. So, to hold one man’s life in a higher regard when there is so much suffering going on in the world is something we don't really do. But our hearts go out to the Bennington family as well as his fans and friends around the world who truly are hurting.
A NEW CHAPTER STARTS FOR SCOTT WILSON BY: Stephanie Stevens
If music flows through any bodies blood it has to be SCOTT WILSON. He’s a bass player, songwriter, singer, producer and engineer. He wears a lot of hats and for everyone he does has when he wears them he shines bright. For some who may not know him by name he has played in the band TANTRIC from 2013 to just recently parting ways to landing a new gig with the men from SAVING ABEL. His new home he loves and they cannot wait to get new music out to the fans. Along with playing bass for some kick ass bands this guy also does work in his studio sunshine studios in Colorado. Where some fun stuff will be happening with the new SAVING ABEL record along with him working with other talented artists on how down time. I had a chance to catch up with SCOTT WILSON to talk about the departure of TANTRIC, his new home in SAVING ABEL and other fun things along the way.
DEPARTING FROM TANTRIC HAS HAPPENED, EVEN THOUGH THE UPS N DOWNS WERE GREAT IN THAT BAND TELL ME ONE THING THAT YOU TOOK AWAY FROM HUGO AS A WRITER AND MUSICIAN THAT HELPED OR GUIDED YOU INTO GROWTH WITH YOUR MUSIC? Hugo is absolutely an amazing musician and composer. Through the writing we did together we came up with some amazing stuff. His focus on Melody was always the opposite of mine so it made our compositions pretty complex and cool.
• BEFORE THE SAVING ABEL ADDITION DID YOU THINK ABOUT POSSIBLY DOING A SOLO THING BECAUSE YOU DO WRITE AND SING? Yes, and let's just see what the future holds. I can definitely see that in my future.
• YOUR OFFICIALLY IN SAVING ABEL HOW IS IT GOING INTO A NEW BAND WITH NEW PERSONALOTIES AND WAS THERE ANY AWKWARD MOMENTS GETTING TO KNOW THE GUYS? Of course, a band is like a brotherhood. I've known these guys for a long time but living together is a totally different situation. These guys are awesome and very like-minded. So, I fit in pretty easily. The only awkward moments. We're ones that I created intentionally just to be silly. Like leaving my underwear in a weird spot on the bus or hiding someone's food. They are awesome dudes and we geld immediately.
• HOW DOES THE SAVING ABEL LIVE SET DIFFER VERSES THE TANTRIC DAYS OF THE STAGE? Of course, the two bands are very different musically. However, both bands put on a hard driving show. SAVING ABEL said he's a little bit longer so it took me a minute to adapt to being on stage sometimes up to two hours.
• YOU BROUGHT YOUR FRIEND BRIAN BONDS INTO TANTRIC, NOW THAT YOU ARE OUT WHAT IS HE DOING? Well before Brian jumped in headfirst with the TANTRIC gig. He was a session player and singer in Nashville. He is now tracking a lot of amazing music and working with some really great Artists. And who knows someday you may see Him and I on the stage together again.
DED—MIS.AN.THROPE SURETONE RECORDS (RELEASE: JULY 21, 2017) WWW.DEDBAND.COM BY: Stephanie Stevens
If you are a rock, metal, hard rock fan then the band DED has probably crossed your eardrums or your eyes because this band has come out of no where and has taken over active rock radio, social media and blasting through the states playing summer festivals and shows left and right. I fell in love with the song ANTI-EVERYTHING the band’s 2nd single off MIS.AN.THROPE when I first heard it just like everyone else; its groove its heaviness and the melody sing a long chorus just gets you hooked into feeling what the band is spewing to you. DED wants you to react and show emotion when you listen to the band’s debut album and well it fucking makes you feel!!!! I have not fell in love with a band this much since 36 Crazyfists came out and now I believe this debut album of DED’S has made me re-live that hyped up emotion I got when I first heard the Crazyfists boys.
So, I welcome you to MIS.AN.THROPE the debut album from the band DED. Let’s begin shall we. The album opens up with ARCHITECT and what a way to open a disc up with energy, energy, energy. Like the bands single ANTI-EVERYTHING this one has a crowd participation chorus and a song that is going to make the Pit in any state get more aggressive and bigger and bigger. The heaviness and aggressive tone is just solid in this track. FMFY is another song you might have heard on Spotify (I did) and this song is headbanging worthy, kind of reminded me of a Slipknot influenced song with lyrics that are real and will have you screaming at the top of your lungs. I EXIST also has a Slipknot feel to me but fully feeds you into the DED sound of aggressive, fast and heavy elements in which these guys are so good at portraying. One thing about DED is when you go down the list of this 11-song disc, the one thing that stands out if the ability these dudes have for writing some amazing hooks to get you totally into the choruses. They will break your face in verses but then cuddle you in the chorus and I was loving everything about this album.
HATE ME blazes with a Bizkit kind of feel with bouncy vocal boundaries; playing with some rap, hip hop vibes then kick it with a sassy chorus. A little lighter than some of the other tracks but just such a display of adventure because each song on this disc really doesn’t repeat “a sound “of the other. DEAD TO ME lyrically will get you moving makes you breathe in and out all the emotion of a bad day on this one with heavy, melody and hooks. REMEMBER THE ENEMY changes energy still hard but more melody and synth-poppy sound (but in a hard rock sense) like I said before these guys know how to write a damn good chorus and on this song yet again you will be singing along. What I totally adore about this track is the vocal voyage he brings you on its just purely delicious! ROPE rips you apart with more heavy thrills and with the tell it like it is lyrics you will be able to blow off some major stream on a bad day with just clicking on this track in your car for the ride home. DISASSOCIATE is another song with brutally honest lyrics, heavy and real. INSIDE follows suit for the record with heavy antics and melodic overtones. Then we get to the end of the album which the weird part was when I got the advance disc I put it in my car player and this track which is the last track played first and let me tell you not knowing this band but knowing they made a quote in one of the bands interviews they wanted to make a record to make you feel something. Well dudes if you wanted that to happen it happened for me on this last track BEAUTIFUL it’s a beautiful haunting ballad yes, a ballad but it’s just eerie, striking, stunning, driving, I was just totally moved by this track I can’t put my finger on why yet but every time I hear it and I play it over and over again because it is just my favorite track off the disc. I get feelings of hatred, sadness, feeling hollow, feeling beautiful and ugly and just overall goosebumps yes, I said goosebumps over a song but from the music to the lyrics to the vocal application it just is a moving song for me. So, I thank you DED for making music that actually can move a little girl from Massachusetts to cherish and adore music all over again.
So yet again if you heard of DED and you love what you heard from them now wait till this disc MIS.AN.THROPE gets released to the masses because DED has something very special captured in this 11-song album and I am happy to be one of the first to hear it.
QUEEN OF SIN RUSSIAN ROCK VOCALIST MOSCOW BRINGS YOU HER LIFE OF SEX, FITNESS AND FASHION ALL IN A ROCK N ROLL ATMOPSHERE. BY: Stephanie Stevens
MOSCOW female rocker from Russia and now taking over the States with her sexual, techy, aggressive, melody driven music. I had never heard about her but once her name was dropped to me I started following her on social media and got the chance to listen to her EP QUEEN OF SIN and I was really into what this girl is doing and plus she is a sexy little bitch so why wouldn’t you want to get to know someone like her. She is multitalented with singing, dancing and acting under her belt and trained in musical Theater she can do and will do anything in this rock infest music world. I had a chance to speak quick with her about her history, her EP and new music, working out and what she loves in fashion.
WHAT IS A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR BEGINNINGS? Russia born, matured at a young age, travelled the world, discovered rock n roll to fulfill her soul and the ability to over party any man to fulfill her body. The rest is history.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU LYRICAL TO WRITE THE SONGS YOU DO? Life. I write about whatever I’m going through at the moment - so it can go from Lao Tzu philosophy to a great one night stand.
DEFINE WHAT BEING A “QUEEN OF SIN” MEANS TO YOU? Being myself really. I never put any mask on - I have who am I and embrace it. A fatal woman. If there are womanizers, why can't there be a MANizer.
YOU LIVED OVERSEAS AND NOW IT SEEMS YOUR MAKING THE STATES YOUR HOME, WHAT KIND OF VIBE DO YOU GET OVER HERE THAT WAS MISSING OVER THERE BACK IN THE DAY? Even within USA I lived in different states. But LA is the place that has my heart and soul now. I can't name a particular reason why. It's like when you fall in love at first sight - and you don't even know why, but you can't be with anyone else, that is how I felt when I first flew in to California.
YOU WERE IN BOSTON FOR A FEW DAYS WERE YOU WORKING ON A NEW EP OR ALBUM? AND IF SO WHEN WILL WE BE HEARING NEW MUSIC FROM YOU? It was the first time we worked on something as a band. It's a very special track, with a very special guest on it. I'm very excited to show what we've came up with, so stay tuned.
BEING IN THE ROCK WORLD AND BEING A WOMAN WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS IN YOUR OPINION ABOUT IT IN THIS DAY N AGE? The only con that has been really getting me is that when you're a male Rockstar you get to sleep with groupies, when you're a female, that doesn't sound as alluring, you know. Also, a no-shower-for-a-week guy looks like a young pirate from the Caribbean, while a girl would probably just look like a homeless junkie, so you have to make sure you take care of appearance, while still be able to keep up with everyone in this mainly men infested business.
YOU SEEM TO BE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, TRAVELING ALL THE TIME HOW DO YOU FIT IN WORKING OUT IN YOUR LIFESTYLE? It's pretty hard, when it comes to traveling, not going to lie. One of the reasons is when you're recording or playing somewhere you usually don't have time to eat until late late at night, and in most places the only thing that would be open after 2am is some pizza restaurant. Also, alcohol is always in the scene. So, every time I have a few days off in la, all I would do is spend time at the gym, doing Pilates or running. I try to balance hard core night outs with healthy pescatarian diet and good cardio.
I ADORE THE TRACK HEARTBEAT BECAUSE OF THE HARDER EDGIER FEEL OF IT, HOW DID THAT SONG COME ABOUT AND WHAT WAS THE STORY LYRICALLY THAT INSPIRED YOU? Obviously, it's a very horny song. At the time, I was sexually involved with a guy who was in relationship with another one. The thrill of this taboo provoked this animalistic lust. You know this person, but for the sake of our friendship I won't drop his name. Maybe one day.
YOU DID THE VIDEO FOR QUEEN OF SIN WITH RAGE, YOU SEEM TO BE A VERY CONFIDENT AND MATURE GIRL FOR BEING SO YOUNG. HOW DO YOU VIEW THIS VIDEO PORTRAYS YOUR PERSONALITY AND THE IMAGE? 'QUEEN OF SIN' is more of a performance music video. We shot it in a way for the audience to experience Moscow is live action. I insisted it to be shot at the infamous whisky a go go - an iconic place I used to read about as a child. Now I can cross it out of my bucket list.
WILL YOU BE DOING ANY TOURING FOR THIS EP? yes, we're currently booking some very special shows. All the information will be available on all social media pages and website (IG Moscow.official, TWITTER official Moscow, FB Official Moscow, www.moscowofficial.com)
ALSO HAVE YOU HAD ANY INTEREST IN LABELS WANTING TO TALK WITH YOU OR YOU DOING EVERYTHING VERY DIY? I'm not against it, and very open to whatever the world has to offer, but at the same time I feel comfortable doing what I do right now. I embrace when likeminded people make things happen better and faster when working together.
BIGGEST FASHION LOVE YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW? Rings have been the latest love for me for some time now (thank you, yelawolf).
OCTALUX CHATS IT UP WITH THE ROMPER ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM AND FUTURE HAPPENINGS BY: Jackie Ryan
When I heard that this band was from Lexington, KY, I got super excited. There aren’t that many good bands that come out of here and I was pumped to listen to the music and come up with questions to ask them. It was a little hard to find information on them, but I could do some digging and found out that they have been around since 1999 and have been rocking out with different members and record labels to get their name out into the scene. OCTALUX has won many awards including “Fearshop band of the month and CD of the year in 2005.
BRANDON HURLEY was nice enough to send over their latest album, ATOMIC, for THE ROMPER to review. They have hard-hitting drums and electric guitars that you don’t hear very often in the formation that they chose. I think the instrumentals are great, but I’m not a big fan on the lyrics and vocals, however some fans of rock would love these guys. ATOMIC starts off with LAY DOWN THE LAW, and it starts off with a kick, rocking it out right off the bat. They bring in different eras of rock music to this song and have a guitar solo in the middle of the song and not too many lyrics to bring it more to life.
SALLOW is my favorite on this album, it is upbeat and very danceable. The song talks about wanting someone to stay by your side and how much that person means to you. There is another guitar solo, but it works for this song and gives it a little something extra with the electric riffs. SILVERZERO is another decent song, rocking it out with the heavy bass and hard-hitting drums that slow down towards the end and pick back up with another guitar solo (but is accompanied by the drums). MY BEAUTIFUL is another danceable song that has more bass presence.
NOTHING HURTS QUITE LIKE GOODBYE starts off like one the BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE songs and it was very nice to hear, because I am a huge fan of theirs. The vocals are pleasing to the ear and bring the song to a whole new place for me. The guitar riffs really bring out the musical talent of HURLEY and TONY. NO ONE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER starts off sounding like something that should come out of the 80’s/90’s era.
WHAT DOES YOUR NEW ALBUM ATOMIC HAVE THAT YOUR OTHERS DON'T? A sense of urgency and a real driving nature while balanced with enough space to catch your breath
YOU HAVE BEEN TOGETHER SINCE 1999 AND COME OUT WITH A BUNCH OF ALBUMS (SOME THAT HAVEN'T BEEN RELEASED) WOULD YOU LIKE TO RELEASE THOSE TO YOUR FANS ANYTIME SOON? In various forms, all our albums have been released, as for streaming services, yes, we'd like all our albums to be available. We are currently working on our own internet radio station to be launched soon streaming all of our music so people who may want to check out our other albums can or for those who have lost their copies
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM FOR YOUR SONGS/ALBUMS? Inspiration comes from seeing too many people afraid to chase their dreams or just quit when the going gets too tough. It also comes from injustice between human interactions, someone exploiting the emotions of another we find very problematic and only adds to the chaos. We try to give the fans a sense of belonging, like they're not alone when down and to show them that bouncing back from heartbreak is 100% possible
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO TOUR WITH AND WHERE LIKE TO GO? KISS, Highly Suspect, Big Jesus, Metallica the list goes on and on, rock'n'roll has been around for so long now and older bands still play tons of shows that any band that would have us we'd love to embrace their fans and see if their fans would take to us. As far as where? Anywhere that high energy rock is appreciated and wanted, be it a huge city or a place that doesn't get a lot of bands. We want our shows to be an experience for all who attend and maybe spark something in a fan that would lead them to say "man, I gotta do THAT!!"
OCTALUX HAS WON A TON OF AWARDS, WHICH ONES ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
We have and they're nice, but honestly, as cool as it is to be recognized for something, we love the fact that ppl dig what we do and appreciate the effort we put in to making great songs and shows that wear us out and the fans out as well, nothing like a good rock'n'roll sweat!
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF OCTALUX?
The future? To get known to the world at large, a household name? That'd be great, but we'd just like to have a good reputation and for people dig us for what we do
HOGAN'S GOAT; MAKING SOUTHERN METAL BUZZ IN THE ROCK WORLD BY: Stephanie Stevens
The buzz for the southern metal outfit HOGAN’S GOAT is growing day by day and it’s not astonishing since the band’s debut self-titled album is everything from groove, headbanging and ass kicking. The guys have a feel of a combination of SoundGarden, Alice In Chains and Mastodon embellished with the unique and fabulous vocal appeal of John Salmon this band is going to be climbing the rock status ladder in no time.
Still an unsigned band the guys got their start playing their first show (at SXSW, on the rooftop of The Blind Pig) was part of an all Nashville (non-country) showcase. Soon after, HOGAN’S GOAT returned to Nashville, competed in BMI's "Road To Bonnaroo" (winning the fan vote) and played many other shows around the Nashville area.
Now the band is gearing up to release the self-titled debut July 18th with ass kicking tracks like the headbanging JOE DOE, the southern metal appeal of RAT BOY, and my favorite groove oriented, hard rocking OVER THE PALISADE these guys have a crisp, infectious sound to them. If you’re interested before the date of the release to check out the buzz on these boys both their singles SHIT KICKER and PENNYMADE and on Spotify, so head over and take a listen. I had a chance to throw out some questions for the release date.
INTRODUCE YOUR BAND AND THE HISTORY OF HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER?
We’re HOGAN’S GOAT, and we’re from all over the place. We are based in Nashville, but 4 of 5 of us are from Montana, Texas, and North Carolina. The band was formed a month before our first show, which was an all Nashville non-country showcase at SXSW. HOW HAS NASHVILLE INFLUENCED OR INSPIRED YOUR BAND? All the bands here are so talented, it holds us to a higher expectation. It can be very cutthroat.
COLLECTIVELY DOES THE BAND HAVE THE SAME MUSICAL INFLUENCES IF SO WHO ARE THEY AND IF NOT, WHO IS EACH ONE OF YOUR MAJOR MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? I’d hate to give the same answer we always give, but it’s all over the board. Everything from Guns N’ Roses to Mastodon. Sprinkle in a little Brooks N’ Dunn, maybe some Jewel, and a little bit of The Cult. Shout out to my man, Stevie Wonder.
YOUR BAND NAME IS INTERESTING WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND IT AND HOW DOES IT ADAPT TO WHAT YOUR BAND IS ABOUT? The story of HOGAN’S GOAT is old folklore. This farmer, Hogan, had a goat that was the worst looking, smelling, deformed creature… You could smell it miles away. Our name is strange, as are we. We are against the grain, and don’t really want to fit in. We just want to make good music, and keep the ball rollin’. We’re about a good time.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND AND WHAT IMAGE DO YOU THINK YOUR MUSIC CONVEYS? I think a lot of our songs are pretty diverse. It depends on what you listen to.
YOU ARE RELEASING VERY SOON YOUR SELF-TITLED DEBUT DISC HOW DO YOU VIEW THE OVERALL FINISHED PRODUCT AND YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT OF THE ALBUM? We’re all really proud of the music we’ve written. We’d like to thank our art designer Garrett Derossett, and original artist Andy Gregg. The finished physical product is sick! Our proudest moment will be July 18th when this sucker is out!
YOU SELF-PRODUCED THE DISC TOO WAS THERE A REASON BEHIND THAT AND WILL THAT BE A CONTINUATION WITH EACH ALBUM YOU RELEASE? There are a few producers that we’d like to work with... That’s not really something we planned. This album just kind of manifested that way. Not sure what will happen, but we won’t shy away from working with other producers.
BEING STILL AN UNSIGNED BAND ARE YOU GUYS LOOKING TO STAY DIY OR ARE U SHOPPING LABELS? I think we’re pretty open as long it makes sense for both parties. We’ll see what happens.
YOUR SINGLE SHIT KICKER HAS A PROMINENT TITLE. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS SONG FOR THE PLATFORM SINGLE FOR THE ALBUM AND WHAT DOES THE SONG MEAN TO YOU? To us it was important to put our best SHIT KICKIN’ foot forward. The song was written as an homage to Billings, MT. Wayne and Donovan are both from there. Something about that city... it has a very stand your ground feel to it.
HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR LIVE SHOW PERFORMANCE ABILITY AND HOW IMPORTANT IS THE VISUAL AND ENERGY OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS FOR YOUR MUSIC AND SET? Our main goal is and will continue to be to get on the road to play. This element is extremely important to us, and we rehearse quite a bit. Our visual will continue to improve, but it’s all about getting out there and fuckin’ doing it. The rest will come. As long as our music translates well from the album to the stage (which we have heavily prioritized) we will be locked and loaded.
TOURS/SHOWS COMING UP YOU WANT TO PROMOTE? Our album release show is coming up on July 18th at The High Watt here in Nashville, TN. Working on putting together our fall/winter tour now.
I don’t usually gloat or get giddy over any bands in my area because usually they don’t have the whole package of excellence because they are either new and growing into themselves or they just don’t have that whole next level sound or visual for me, but I am extremely happy to say I think I found that diamond in the rough.
DOPEGHOST from Springfield, MA area is a band I had never really heard about until I was researching some of the bands playing a local show in Rhode Island and the band’s name popped up on the roster and with one listen to the song WITHER, and watching the video and just loving the dark and moody ambience of the song, the vocals were pure heaven and the build up to the chorus that soars with passion just had me intrigued, but I wasn’t all in yet because you can always write one good song….. but listening to the catalog these guys have done so far, I was highly impressed and kind of loss for words. RESTLESS is the song for these guys that sealed the deal. The intensity, the groove intertwined with the subtle passionate and vicious/aggressive vocal swap outs just make the song charming to the soul and powerful to the ear. Then when you put it to the stage and see the energy and charisma of the band playing the music that is their passion you know these guys are here for the long haul and have something very, very special in them
Since they don’t have too much info on the band, I had to grab aside a few of the bands members just to have a casual chat about the band name, writing patterns for the band, influences and future albums, tours and all the other good stuff. So, I’d like to introduce you to Burke Cullinane and David Pownall who sat with me for this interview along with Alex Phaneuf and Matt Czach, the men that make up DOPEGHOST.
MARK SLAUGHTER IS "DEVOTED" to making 2017 his year! BY: Stephanie Stevens
I remember like it was yesterday I was 16 years old and the album STICK IT TO YA came out by SLAUGHTER, at that age I was all into the Glam bands because well the music was fun and the band members were cute, (yes, I was that girl). I remember watching the Video for FLY TO THE ANGELS and my friends and I use to imagine falling in love with rock stars lol for me it was Blas (the drummer) for them it was all about MARK SLAUGHTER. The front man, the guitar player and the long brown flowing hair with vocals that could sear into the mighty blue skies. Those were the days of fun, and wonders of imagination.
Fast forward 27 years into 2017 and here we are again MARK SLAUGHTER making waves in the rock news and airwaves with his newest solo CD HALFWAY THERE. A collection of songs that range from old flavor of Slaughter sounds to harder heavier edgier soundwaves that to be honest I didn’t think he had in him. But as we all know you learn a lot about people through the years and see how just not one genre of music can captivate the creative juices. MARK SLAUGHTER put a lot of heart, work and soul into the album and it shows with tracks like the heavier DEVOTED the darker and doomier RECKLESS, the heartfelt FOREVERMORE, the moody and groovy CONSPIRACY, the fast and sexy purr of HEY YOU. It’s just an album driven or new adventures and creative patterns from the talented Mr. MARK SLAUGHTER.
I was able to chat it up with MARK about a possible new SLAUGHTER album, the signing with EMP, being a self-sufficient man when it comes to writing and producing and tours in the future.
TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF WHAT YOU PUT ON THE NEWEST ALBUM HALFWAY THERE? I think it’s a great record and I couldn’t be prouder of how it came out. It was a long process of writing, recording, etc., and working with EMP to plan the release, and I am ecstatic fans are reacting and connecting to it the way they are. Seems like everyone has a different favorite song, and really, that just means people are connecting to the entire record, which is an amazing thing. I wrote HALFWAY THERE as an album, meant for vinyl, like the old days, just to sit with headphones on and listen to a great record all the way through. That was really what I set out to do with HALFWAY THERE, and it seems that is the reaction so far from fans.
HOW DID YOU SIGN UP WITH EMP AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THEY HAVE BEEN ON A WHOLE FOR THIS NEW DISC AND YOUR GOALS AS A ARTIST? I’ve known David for a long time, and he’s a great friend, and Thom and I have worked very closely on every facet of Halfway There and built an amazing relationship, on both a business and personal level, which I think is really important. Signing to EMP was absolutely the best choice I could have made for releasing this record, Thom and David both just “get it”, and the label has been very in tune with everything I wanted to do.
WHEN YOU WROTE THIS NEW ALBUM DID YOU PLAY MOST OF THE INSTRUMENTS LIKE YOU DID ON YOUR LAST ALBUM? Yes, I played almost everything on it. Jaymi “Pinkbassman” Millard played bass on a handful of tracks, and I had an amazing drummer Josh Eagan in LA who cut the drums. Aside fro m that, I wrote, played, and produced the entire record. FOR THE ALBUM DID YOU USE ANY SPECIAL BRANDS OR TYPE OF INSTRUMENTS FOR CERTAIN SOUNDS OR DO YO HAVE ANY GO TO YOU HAVE TO USE FOR RECORDINGS? I used 28 guitars on this record, lots of amps – Shaw Audio, Kemper… I used Tim Kelly’s Grape Jelly Robin on “Supernatural”. If a piece of gear inspires a riff or a song, I go with it. A lot of different gear can give you inspiration, you just got to listen.
WILL THERE BE A NEW SLAUGHTER ALBUM COMING OUT SOON? SLAUGHTER does what we do, night after night we go out and play the songs people want to hear. I can’t speak for anyone else in the band, but I know we’re happy going out and blowing the roof off every night for our fans. Never say never, maybe someday the situation or circumstances will be right for that to happen. Regardless, I will continue writing and recording music as long as there are fans that want to hear it. As an artist, as long as I’m getting to make art, that’s what’s important to me. And I’m just happy there’s a great new MARK SLAUGHTER record out there for the fans to enjoy
I KNOW SLAUGHTER IS STILL PLAYING SHOWS SO WHEN YOU DO IS THAT CONCENTRATING OR JUST SLAUGHTER SONGS OR DO YOU GUYS THROW IN OUR SOLO STUFF ALSO? The SLAUGHTER show is the SLAUGHTER show, it’s a pretty defined thing. As of now, there are no plans to incorporate any of the solo stuff into the SLAUGHTER set, but you never know.
YOU RELEASED SOME SONGS OFF THE NEW ALBUM BUT HAVE YOU PINPOINTED ANYONE TO BE A CURRENT SINGLE FOR RADIO AND OR VIDEO AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT PARTICULAR SONG OFF ALL OF THEM ON THE RECORD? The first single was “HEY YOU”, and it hit the top 25 at Classic Rock radio, and so far, has had an amazing response. It’s really just a classic Rock N’ Roll party anthem, with just enough of the classic SLAUGHTER sound that I think people gravitated to. We also just released “DEVOTED” to Active Rock radio, and that’s gotten a great response as well. It’s been really exciting to release a single more in line with the classic SLAUGHTER sound, and see it react, and then release something like “DEVOTED” which is a little bit out of left field. But I think “DEVOTED” has brought some people around that weren’t really expecting something like that from me. But I grew up on Metal and heavier stuff, and that’s always been a part of me. It just kind of came out a little bit more on this record.
HOW DO YOU LIKE PRODUCING YOURSELF, WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS? SLAUGHTER, Dana and I, always produced ourselves, we were one of the first bands that really wrote and produced our own records, and I’ve always been heavily involved in that aspect of SLAUGHTER, so that’s just sort of how it’s always been. I think it’s definitely more real when you can control every facet of your record and how it sounds. It’s a lot more work, and a lot easier to let it drag you down the rabbit hole too, but at the end of the day I think it’s absolutely worth it.
FOREVERMORE IS A FAVORITE OF MINE WHERE WAS YOUR MINDSET WHEN WRITING THE TRACK AND HOW QUICK DID IT COME TOGETHER? “FOREVERMORE” was actually a song I had written with a co-writer in the early 2000s, and I always just had it sort of sitting around. When I was putting together the songs for “HALFWAY THERE”, “FOREVERMORE” was there, it never really got released, or recorded, and it was a great song, so it just ended up on the record. It’s definitely been one of the songs that people have reacted to strongly on the record, and I’m glad you like it.
YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR A LONG TIME WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BIGGEST HIGHTLIGHT THIS FAR IN YOUR CAREER? I’ve been able to make a career playing music for over 30 years, tour the World, sell millions of records, and have been blessed with an army of the best fans anyone could ask for. It’s all been a highlight.
WILL THERE BE A MARK SLAUGHTER SOLO TOUR AND IF SO WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO BRING OUT WITH YOU FOR OPENING BANDS? We did our first solo show in New Jersey at DINGBATZ a couple weeks ago, with Stephen Shareaux from KIK TRACEE opening, and it was great. Bobby Rock from Vinnie Vincent Invasion played drums, Jaymi Millard on bass, and Mike Himmel on guitar. There will definitely be more solo shows, not sure about a tour, but we’ll definitely be doing shows when we can. The SLAUGHTER calendar keeps me pretty busy, but we are fitting them in when we can.
ANY LAST COMMENTS? Thanks to everyone for checking out and supporting the record, and to SLAUGHTER NATION for coming out night after night after all these years and supporting us. I say all the time we have the best fans in the World, and we really do.
After 10 longs years, we finally have a new full-length album from DISHWALLA called JUNIPER ROAD. “In early 2017, DISHWALLA launched a successful Pledge Music campaign in order for their strong diehard fan base to get an early taste of the album and other unique opportunities. The campaign was so successful that the band quickly realized they needed assistance in delivering their new album, JUNIPER ROAD, to meet the demand on a global level. The band inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment and are preparing for the worldwide physical and digital release”. -Pavement Entertainment
They open the album with SIRENS, which sounds like it should come out of the 70’s with their instrumentals, but it works for the song. The edginess of the guitar, bass and drums really gives you that vibes of listening to sirens but in a peaceful way. Their new front man JUSTIN FOX has vocals that really compliment the album, not quite like the original J.R. RICHARDS, but still makes it work. Long time drummer GEORGE PENDERGAST, is still rocking it on the drums for DISHWALLA making them really pop at the beginning of and throughout the whole song, GIVE ME A SIGN. Hard-hitting drums and edgy bass brings you into MAZELIKE GARDEN, making you want to rock out. This song really reminds me of the older songs, with the more mellow melody, but rocking instruments. MILES AWAY may be one of my favorites, it is the ballad of the album and really brings out the vocals and each individual instrument. What I get out of it, is running away and not be able to face the truth, but should be able to do exactly that. HERE FOR YOU is introduced with keyboards as the main instrument, bringing more of a melody vibe throughout the whole song, it’s more of a poppier song. Talking about being there for someone, no matter what happens in life. NOW IKNOW brings out the rock music that I was missing earlier in the album, it has an edgier side to it, hard-hitting drums, and electrifying guitars. SET ME FREE kind of reminds me of something that Fuel would bring out, but it also has aspects that show it is DISHWALLA. For the most part, this album introduces some new ventures for the boys of DISHWALLA, but they have some classic sound that any diehard fan would love. They will attract both new and old fans with this album.
If you have a chance to check them out, they are currently touring with MARCY PLAYGROUND and FUEL. www.dishwalla.com.
ANOTHER SOCIETY; ONE LAST SHOW! BY: Stephanie Stevens
I started the ROMPER in 1994, I started this little magazine on my kitchen floor cutting and pasting together stories. I went from record shop to record shop, show to show giving out copies of this little handmade magazine I made on my kitchen floor every month. It used to just feature local bands from the area or if I was cool enough I would get some locals from other states that would send me stuff. But that is how I started this little magazine. And it was an adventure and a journey and when I think back to the memories (and boy I had a lot) I realize in the last year or so a lot of the people I met through doing this hobby of mine have come back into my life be it just as friends or with other bands or music thanks to social media.
That’s where my newest interview and article comes from ANOTHER SOCIETY a band I heard out back in 1995, the radio station here in Boston area was jamming this bands record LAST STEP like it was the word of god. They pumped this little band from Mississippi up like no other. The band was on an upstart label called PC! Music Company and was one label that was giving the Romper a chance to feature the artists on the label, so when I heard ANOTHER SOCIETY was on their way to play a Radio station show in the area I knew I had to get my hands-on tickets. SO, with full press pass in hand I drive to the venue and that is where I met the one and only Luke John (just in his teens) and had the world at his feet with his long hair and guitar in hand he was ready to show the New England scene what ANOTHER SOCIETY was about. That night was so much fun not only was he a cool humbled guy but the rest of the band Daryl Stephens-drums, Jason” Huck” Huckabyand and Jim Koester-guitars and Brad Grubbs-bass were even more inviting and down to earth. After that night, I was a fan and followed this band.
They had success also with the next album BLOOD WRONG (1997) and was able to catch a show or two on that touring cycle; the band might have had a few lineup changes but Luke John never changed his humble ness and drive to make music for the people, just real rock and relatable to the core.
I lost touch with Luke for a bit but in the past year we were re- connected and I am happy to see these guys are getting together one last time, to bring back the ANOTHER SOCIETY of the nineties to show fans, music lovers how much they thank us for being us and supporting the band since the beginning. So, I am honored and kind of teary eyed to say this is it kids, the final show
ANOTHER SOCIETY rocked stages across the country from 1995-2001 with bands like Faith No More, Staind, Godsmack & many more. Now, the boys are back together and ready to melt faces for ONE LAST SHOW! Join Luke, Rudy, Daryl & Ed as ANOTHER SOCIETY retakes the stage and rocks out all the best jams from all 3 albums. The band is stoked to party with you again, Memphis! Expect a few surprises and special guests. Opening band(s) to be announced. Another Society @ 1884 Lounge in Minglewood Hall Friday, August 25, 2017 Doors at 8pm Tickets: $10 in advance / $15 at door This will be the last Another Society show ever - so get your asses here, Memphis!
I was able to get some questions out to Luke about the upcoming show and how he views the music industry these days, maybe a future for ANOTHER SOCIETY and some solo stuff from him. So, read on
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PUT THIS REUNION SHOW TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER SOCIETY?
I had a lot of people asking about it. Daryl and I got together and talked about it, and decided to do it.
WILL IT BE ALL ORGINAL MEMBERS AND IF IT IS HOW DID THE COVERSATION GO ABOUT DOING THE SHOW IN THE FIRST PLACE? Brad and Jason weren’t able to commit but Ed And Rudy were in the group and played and recorded all of the music after BLOOD WRONG with us.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT EACH ONE YOU HAVE MISSED THE MOST? I missed those guys every day. Touring makes you close to your bandmates. You become a family, and you miss your brothers when you don’t see them.
WHERE, WHEN AND HOW CAN PEOPLE GET TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW COMING UP? All of the info is on the Another Society facebook. August 25th here in Memphis!
SINCE YOU BEEN BACK PRACTICING TO GET READY FOR THE SHOW HAS THERE BEEN TALK OR POSSIBLE WORKINGS FOR MAYBE MORE THEN JUST THE SHOW LIKE A NEW RECORD OR TRACKS?
We don’t have plans for a new record. I’ll never rule it out, but after 20 years it would probably sound a little different than the other records! Lol. We are definitely open to coming and doing a show for you guys on the East Coast. GOING INTO THE ARCHIVES OF ANOTHER SOCIETY MUSIC HOW HAS THAT AFFECTED YOU EMOTIONALLY NOW VS. WHEN YOU FIRST WROTE THEM? A lot of emotions came out in the first few rehearsals. We haven’t played those tunes for a long time. lots of high fives and fist bumps going around! lol
LOST WAS ALWAYS A FAVORITE OF MINE HOW DO YOU RELATE TO THOSE LYRICS NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU WROTE THEM? Wow, Lost. that’s one I never played live. such a personal track for me. The lyrics and the meaning behind that song will always remain true for me. You guys just might hear that one at the show. ;)
LAST STEP BROUGHT YOU SOME GREAT SUCCESS AND PROBABLY THE BEST MEMORIES OF YOUR TOURING CAREER OR MUSIC CAREER WHAT IS YOUR FINDEST MEMORY OF THOSE DAYS?
It did and BLOOD WRONG too. So many memories, Steph. Met you at Axis that first time we were up! I couldn’t pin one memory down as my favorite. We met, played and toured with bands we were fans of and that was amazing. played big shows and lived the life. But meeting the people who were touched by the music was always my favorite. We are Fortunate for every single day we got to do it.
OTHER THEN JUMPING OUT OF PLANES WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TOO AND WILL WE HEAR SOME SOLO STUFF FROM YOU?
Ha! skydiving changed my life! Yes, I’m working on a solo record at the moment. Its acoustic forward but still has some rock in it. You can follow the Luke John Music page for updates and info about that.
HOW DO YOU VIEW THE MUSIC INDUSTRY NOW VS. THEN?
I wish You Tube was around in the 90’s lol It’s not about the sound scan report anymore, it’s all about how many likes you get. technology is great and makes it really easy and inexpensive to record a great sounding record, and you can release it for free. Self-promotion is key now more than ever.
ARE YOU LISTENING TO ANYTHING NEW WE SHOULD KEEP OUR EARS PEEELED FOR? (NEW BANDS, MUSICIANS ETC)
Nothing But Thieves is a great band! Royal Blood too. lots of good music still coming out thankfully!
IF YOU HAD TO DO THE BAND THING ALL OVER AGAIN WOULD YOU DO IT AND WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR PAST?
Of course, I would do it again. I would tweak a few details :)
We are stoked about this Last show. We wanted to give one more thing for the fans who have supported and still support us. The Response has been amazing and humbling. We are going to do it big, so if you can get to the show, get there!!
RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA bring smoldering intensity and hope and inspiration with the new album CURSED BY: Stephanie Stevens
Century Media has a beauty on their hands in the likes of RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA a band hailing from Wyoming. A small-town population maybe 3,000 but that is where this band came from and with some personnel changes through the years the guys have found a brotherhood in 2017 in the likes of Ryan Hayes – Vocals, Justin Olmstead – Guitar, Justin Smith – Guitar, Zack Goggins – Drums and Riley Haynie – Bass.
I actually fell upon this band by a friend on Facebook telling me the music would pump me up at the gym and after getting a glimpse into the bands new record CURSED I was totally hooked especially after hearing the band’s first single off the disc WAR IS KILLING US ALL.
The band can go from gut punching aggression to all out synth embellished tones with huge melody. This band is known for playing with sounds and elements but on this disc the adventure of different tones and sounds and roller coaster effect of music really brings the band to life. CURSED shows off the band more heavier sound and the vocals are just prime especially in the song DAEMONS which is my total favorite off the disc and should be a single at some point because I think music fans are going to lose their shit over it. Its intensity and pumped up feel with that melody driven chorus just penetrates the soul.
I haven’t been this into an album since I heard 36 Crazyfists debut album (and if you know me u you know that band is my heart n soul) but these boys in RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA have made an album that has me locked in and pretty much foaming at the mouth for more music and to see them in a live atmosphere ASAP! I had a chance to chat with vocalist Ryan while they were on tour with HellYeah and he let me know about some of my favorite tracks, touring through the summer, and how important a live show is to them.
TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING FOR THIS ALBUM CURSED. WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG AND WAS IT BECAUSE YOU WERE REHONING YOUR SOUND? I think it was definitely a combination of things but we were definitely honing in on a sound. Throughout the process there were a lot of different minds of songs we were writing so it was more or less deciding which direction we needed to go in!
THE ALBUM TITLE CURSED SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD BE A DARK LYRICAL ALBUM BUT YOU GUYS PUT TOGETHER SOME POSITIVE AND REAL-LIFE REALISMS IN YOUR SONGS. IS THAT YOUR MAIN GOAL IN WRITING IS TO GIVE YOUR FANS A SENSE OF POSITIVITY AND MOTIVATION IN THAT SENSE? Absolutely, I wish a lot of people could hear the songs that didn't make CURSED! Hopefully one day you will. Though CURSED had some very dark lyrical themes we still wanted to be real and positive in some light.
THE ALBUM ON A WHOLE IS LIKE AN ADVENTURE EVERY SONG HAS NEW ELEMENTS SO HEARING THAT WHAT IS THE BANDS MUSICAL INFLUENCES We draw influences from some of the wildest places. I know on this album we took influence from Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Def Leppard and even some out in left field artists like Bloodhound Gang and LMFAO!
DAEMONS IS ONE SONG THAT MADE ME A FULL FLEDGE FAN HOW DID THAT SON COME TOGETHER AND WAS THERE A LOT OF REFINING FOR THIS TRACK? ALSO IN VOCAL TRACKING WAS IT AN EASY PROCESS FOR THIS SONG? I’m so glad you like that song. It is probably my favorite or tied for it as well! I remember writing that song with Justin. It was near the end of the album process and they were looking for another heavy bit Melodic song. Justin send me his instrumental and says hey man just forget that chorus, it's really bad, I'll write something better for you to sing over. By that time, I had already written the chorus (the one you hear on the album) and I sent it to him and said I don't I think it's perfect and that was that. The label liked it and so did the producers. It was almost completely untouched from the original demo we wrote to what you hear in the album!
I READ THAT JAMEY JASTA ACTUALLY TALK TO YOU GUYS ABOUT EXPLORING YOUR MORE MELODIC SIDE OF THE BAND HOW DID THAT CONVERSATION COME UP AND WERE U SURPRISED HE WAS THE ONE TO CATCH THAT ABOUT YOUR BAND? He actually took interest in us when we opened for Hatebreed years ago. He was working for Razor & Tie at the time and loved the Melodic side of the band. We actually write our first radio song called “THIS PAIN” because of Jamie. That song ended up being our biggest single to date and highest charging single we had ever had.
BURN HAS A MORE MELODIC AND CATCHY TONE TO IT WHATS THE SONG ABOUT IN YOUR VIEWPOINT AND WHATS EASY WRITING A MELODIC SONG OR MORE AGGRESSIVE TRACK? BURN is actually a song we Co-wrote with Shawn McGhee. He brought the main idea and it was about kicking a drug habit so through some refining we created something that could be more universally viewed and so we have BURN. I don't know what style I like writing more. I love good melody but I also love songs that crush so it just depends on what we are going for at the time!
YOU AND JUSTIN ALSO WRITE SONGS FOR OTHER BANDS DO YOU GUYS TAKE TRACKS THAT DON’T MAKE YOUR ALBUM AND THINK OF BANDS THAT COULD USE IT OR DO THESE BANDS ASK YOU TO WRITE SPECIFICALLY? We usually don't use songs that we have written for our band because a lot of the time we feel too attached to them but there are cases where we have! It typically isn't bands directly asking its more producers or managers who are looking for a certain type of song that reach out!
YOUR VIDEO FOR WAR IS KILLING US ALL SHOWS OFF YOUR LIVE SENSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE YOU GUYS HAVE A VERY ENERGENTIC HIGH PACED SET. WAS THAT SOMETHING WHEN PUTTING THE BAND TOGETHER YOU NEEDED THE BAND MEMBERS TO HAVE? When anyone has ever joined RIGHTEOUS VENDETTA the first thing you are asked and tested about is live performance. We believe so heavily in a great live show that if that isn't your focus you are better off elsewhere! We put a lot of work into the live show and hope it shows! I remember the feeling I got when I saw an insane live band for the first time. I want people to get that same feeling!
BEING THAT WAR IS KILLING US ALL WAS ONE OF YOUR SINGLES AND IT’S A MORE AGGRESSIVE HEAVIER TRACK WAS THAT SOMETHING YOU WANTED AS A SINGLE TO LET YOUR OLD SCHOOL FANS KNOW YOU ARE BRINGING BACK THE INTENSITY? Not really actually. I don't think it was originally even meant to be a single? I don't really know? But it started picking up steam very, very fast. I think it sort of took everyone by surprise. At that point, I think we all just sort of ran with it!
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN TOURING PRETTY STEADILY. WHAT DOES YOUR SUMMER PLANS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR YOU GUYS PLAYING IN FRONT OF NEW CROWDS THAT NEVER HEARD OF YOU BEFORE? Yes, this summer we are very busy. We are currently out with Hellyeah and will finish out through half July with them and then in between those Hellyeah dates we are doing shows with Otherwise! Once those dates wrap up we will be making our way out east to join up with Adrenaline Mob for a summer/fall run. It looks like we will be staying busy!
HOW CAN FANS STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND GET MERCH AND MUSIC FROM YOU GUYS? You can come to shows and get all the merch you would like! We also have a merch now store where they can get a few things as well!
LAST COMMENTS? Thanks for having me, I look forward to anyone new hearing the new album. I hope it moves you in one way or another! Hope to see you on the road; you can check your dates at: WWW.RIGHTEOUSVENDETTA.COM
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS a metal band from France and are making a great impact in the US and worldwide with their tight, aggressive and melodic soundscape and lyrics that are raw, real and pushing the limits on real life issues. The band just unleashed the 3rd installment to the bands collection entitled THE RESILIENT and it’s a breathtaking, alluring, powerful record. From melodic tones to brutality in a clean and penetrating metal way these guys did not hold back on making something that could be called a masterpiece.
They have toured the states before but this girl never got to see them so when I got the chance and saw that there first State side show was in good old Providence, Rhode Island this girl was all about making it and seeing how a record could be put to the stage and the guys killed it like no other. All I heard as they played was “this band is so damn tight” “these guys are amazing” well fuck yea they are. Although I wish they were headlining and they played longer I will take what I could get and I’ll be seeing them on the Summer Slaughter Tour this summer in less than a month so I’ll take what I can get.
If you have never heard of BETRAYING THE MARTYRS it’s your turn to get tuned in because not only is the new record stellar from front to back but the bands full collection of records has all highlighted moments especially the debut disc BREATHE IN LIFE.
I was honored and privilege to grab singer Aaron Matts hot off the stage after the bands set for just a quick little chat about the trip over here, the bands videos, new music, superheroes. Short but sweet but something I will remember for years to come. So, thank you guys for taking the time.
LET’S TALK VIDEOS; LOST FOR WORDS AND THE GREAT DISILLUSION BOTH AMAZING VIDEOS AND BOTH WITH BIG TOPICS. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON HOW YOU PUT TOGETHER THE VIDEOS TO GO WITH THE TOPICS?
LOST FOR WORDS that was written about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and it was also written about suppression of free speech movement going on in the states and that was basically the idea of the video with the hands over the mouth. We felt the sound of the song pointed towards that direction. The other one THE GREAT DISILLUSION that song was actually originally written for a x girlfriend of mine and we had to change the lyrics last minute because of what was going on with the refugees and everything in France
WELL THAT’S ONE TOPIC TO ANOTHER (LOL) (LOL) yayaya I know. But with that one and the mirrors we just
WAS IT WEIRD PLAYING IN FRONT OF THE MIRRORS Yea it was, it was just a mirror in a green room everything else was added afterwards
DID YOU HAVE FULL IMPUT ON THE VIDEOS AND CONCEPT? Yes, big time the guy who did the videos is a good friend of ours so we sat down together and talked it out.
FIRST TOUR IN THE STATES AFTER HOW LONG? 2 1/2 YEARS or so
I HEARD TOUR AFTER TOUR EACH SET LISTS CHANGES UP SO THE SET LIST FOR YOUR NEXT STATES TOUR SUMMER SLAUGHTER WILL BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT THEN WHAT YOU DID TONIGHT?
A lot different. We are probably like the softest band on the tour. So, we put our most heavier tracks on that set list
ARE YOU NERVOUS FOR THAT TOUR? YES! The people on that tour and fans of theirs are really true metal and I wouldn’t say they are closed minded but might be a little less open minded about us
THAT SHOULD BE A HEALTHY CHALLENGE FOR YOU GUYS! Yes, it is I think that is why we are nervous or more excited for it
SO, AFTER THIS TOUR YOU JUMPING RIGHT INTO THAT TOUR? Yea, there is three days in-between but then we hit the road with Black Dahlia.
SINCE THIS ONE THE FIRST NIGHT OF THIS TOUR AND YOU GUYS JUST GOT TO THE STATES YOUR TRIP HERE WAS SMOOTH AND GOOD? NO!!! NO!!! we went with a shit airline and I want to tell everyone how shit they are. They are called WOW airlines. It was the worst basically you have to pay for everything even water and we had a layover in Iceland. It didn’t make any sense what’s so ever. It was the worst I hated every minute of it.
SO, DON’T FLY WOW (LOL) I GO TO A GYM CALLED WOW Well that works out for you, like wow looking good but wow to fly is a shit time. (LOL)
BACK TO THE ALBUM QUICK YOU HAVE BEEN SITTING ON THE ALBUM AND TRACKS FOR TWO YEARS NOW AND ITS OUT FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL AND ARE YOU SICK OF THE NEW SONGS ALREADY SINCE YOU HAD THEM FOR SO LONG? No, no we played our old songs for years so
ISN’T IT A LONG PERIOD TO BE WAITING ON A ALBUM TO BE RELEASED Yea it is, the album was put off because it was not a good time for the label but that is why its exciting to play them because we sat on them for song long we were building anticipation to play them so when the time finally came around we are excited to play them
YOU HAVE NEW SONGS ALREADY WRITTEN? Yes absolutely
BY THE END OF THE YEAR? Ehhhh probably not we will do it as fast as we can
A DOUBLE ALBUM??? Oh yes 5 albums in one (LOL)
YES!!!! (LOL) IT will be the same length as a normal album but 5x as fast
THAT COULD WORK LOL Yea and then maybe we will win over the Summer Slaughter fans
IS THERE A HEADLINE TOUR COMING FOR EUROPE? Yes, we are, I can’t say when or with who but it’s going to happen
WHAT ABOUT THE STATES HEADLINE? Yea we liked to, we did some headlining dates after last tour here maybe 2014 but we never have done a full tour here we would like too
WHATS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE HERE AND OVERSEAS We are a lot more famous overseas (haha) In Europe they treat bands a lot better. Everything is paid you get morning, noon and night catering drinks everything.
I’M SORRY LOL Oh no its alright lol Its just a different mindset I guess In the us its show biz based everyone is out to do showbiz and not everyone can have a big piece of the cake but its so much fun coming over here.
HOW WAS HELLFEST AMAZING!! We filmed a new music video at it for the track the resilient. We got the first edit and its fucking awesome.
IF YOU COULD BE ANY SUPER HERO WHO WOULD YOU BE? I don’t know I don’t like fantasy, im not a geek
THAT’S OK BUT WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO BE BATMAN I COULD SEE YOU AS BATMAN Yea maybe Batman
THAT CAR; BATMOBILE He really isn’t a super hero he is just rich he doesn’t actually have any super powers he just has lots of money.
Ok THEN MAYBE SPIDERMAN YOU CAN CLIMB WALLS You could climb walls and do all kinds of crazy sex positions (hahah)
WELL YOU CAN DO THOSE IF YOU ARE REALLY FLEXIBLE TOO I am flexible
I HEARD YOU SKATEBOARD TOO Yea I do but I don’t get to skateboard as much as I want
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO TELL THE PEOPLE I want to say thank you to the American Fans for having us out here again and thank you to BORN OF OSIRIS as well
SCREAMING FOR SILENCE UNLEASHES NEW EP HOUSE OF GLASS JULY 28TH WITH TOUR TO FOLLOW BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
SCREAMING FOR SILENCE is a band I heard about after they won the Ernie Ball battle of the bands for Rock On The Range, after that high as life win they continued to stay in the rock worlds face with the band’s first “hit” THE KING IS CROWNED which hit #29 on Billboard Indictor charts and got them on the road with national tours for a solid three years.
The guys were able to take a tad bit of a break to write for new EP that is coming out July 28th entitled HOUSE OF GLASS! The guys have grown and developed the sound they already had but put more layers and textures that enhances the heavy, hard hitting rock sound that made up the band to begin with. They have put more thought and depth into the lyrical content which had me wanting more, and the way the vocal ranges pour out from track to track had me loving this EP from start to finish. HOUSE OF GLASS the song is just the starting point of what you will get out of this band, this track shows the energy the band has! Then you get songs like the modern day melodic rock sense of LONG WAY UP. The penetrating beats, sexy guitar tones drive this track and the darker and moody feel of IN YOUR EYES, had me putting this track at the top of my favorite list. WORTH FIGHTING FOR is an anthem of being strong and powering through, love the avenues the vocals take on this one and then you have the gutsy punch of BEETLEJUICE with truth-bearing lyrics and a rock n roll attitude with aggression n passion.
SCREAMING FOR SILENCE isn’t breaking and new bread in the music world but the enhancement of more intimate and real lyrics and stepping up the songwriting antics on this EP shows that these guys not only grew in the last few years but only get better with age.
I had a chance to chat with vocalist Zeb about the new record, working with Erik Ron and the bands love for Geena Davis movies.
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN BUSY SINCE WE LAST CHATTED WITH GETTING THIS NEW EP OUT, SEEMS LIKE THE SONGS CAME PRETTY QUICK FOR YOU WERE THEY ALL FRESH NEW SONGS OR DID YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE AS OLDER SONGS THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE LAST RECORD?
These were all fresh. A few of them we have had parts of them as an idea in the past but mostly fresh. We went into the studio with about 20 song ideas and started weeding them out when we got there.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE BAND GREW FROM THE POINT OF THE FIRST RECORD TO NOW AND DO YOU THINK TOURING HAD A BIG IMPACT ON THAT?
Yea I think as we tour we mature more and more as band. On the road, we also get to spend a lot of time together talking about what will come next. We also took some time to reflect on the last album and look at what we liked and what we what we would want to change. We just wanted to do something a little different. I think this EP is a little different then what we had done on the last album.
YOU WENT TO NORTH HOLLYWOOD TO RECORD AND WORK WITH ERIK RON, HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE AND WHAT DID ERIK BRING TO THE TABLE WHEN YOU GUYS FIRST SHOWED HIM WHAT YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Erik is the man. Truly one of the most talented people in the business right now. The best part about Erik is he makes you think outside the box and pushes us. If he realizes something isn't as good as it should be he's not scared to call you out and make you push even more. We love that about him.
WHY DID YOU GUYS CHOOSE HOUSE OF GLASS AS THE SINGLE AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT OF THE SONG?
One the first album it was so easy to pick the single. On this album, it was a lot more difficult. In the end, we thought HOUSE OF GLASS had a great story. It's all about people who think everything or everyone is wrong. They aren't taking the time to look at all the perspectives but can sit there and point the finger.
"BURIED ALIVE" IS A SONG THAT REALLY WOKE ME UP WHEN LISTENING TO THE NEW RECORD, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE FINISHED PRODUCT OF THAT SONG AND HOW DID IT COME TOGETHER?
This one turned out awesome. We're excited for everyone to hear it! I feel like the lyrics really carry this one. It's about those people who struggle through life every day with addiction or depression but you can see it in their eyes that there is more there. Just trying to get out of that and sometimes it takes some help. It just takes someone to believe in them.
AS A BAND YOU GUYS WRITE AS A UNIT AND I THINK YOU ALL PLAY DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS HOW DOES THAT HELP WITH ANY STICKING POINTS WRITING FOR YOU AND ANY CONS ABOUT IT?
Its always good when we are coming up with ideas that the guys know a little of everything. It just helps with outside perspectives and ideas. When we write we really have ideas from everyone and that’s what I love about this band is that it isn't just one person writing all of it.
WHEN YOU GUYS HAVE DOWN TIME FROM THE BAND (IF THAT IS EVEN A REALITY) DO YOU HAVE ANY NON MUSICIAL PASSIONS YOU GET TO PERSUE?
When we have down time we all really just love to spend time with our family and friends. Being on the road that is the one negative is being away from them. So, getting time to be with them while home is the best. We're also all really into sports so were always trying to catch a game somewhere.
WAS IT TRUE WHEN WRITING YOU GUYS WANTED SONG TITLES TO BE ALL GEENA DAVIS MOVIE NAMES AND WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE AND WHY DID YOU KEEP BEETLEJUICE?
HAHA. When we go into the studio we don't exactly have all of the titles ready. So, we make working titles which is the name of the song until you actually find the permanent name. One thing we have in common with Erik Ron was that we love movies and we love Geena Davis so we just started naming the songs after our favorite Genna Davis movies. A League of Their Own, Tootsie, Cutthroat Island, Long Kiss Goodnight and of course Beetlejuice. We knew we couldn't keep them all but we obviously had to keep Beetlejuice.
THE RELEASE OF THE RECORD COMES OUT END OF JULY WITH A TOUR WHERE IS THE TOUR SENDING YOU AND ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD?
We can't wait to get back on the road. This is the longest break we have been home and we can't wait to see everyone. I'm not sure where it will take us but we want to see as many people as possible.
WHEN DRIVING LONG WAYS TO GET TO GIGS WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ON THE DRIVES? We usually kind of zone out. When we get to a venue it’s pretty nonstop from load in to doors opening to loading out. So sometimes a drive is our main rest time before we get to the next venue.
IF EACH BAND MEMBER WAS A SUPERHERO WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? Oh man. I'm really excited i get to choose! I would for sure be Batman because it's Batman. I think Casey would be The Hulk because once he gets going you can't stop him you can only contain him. Matt would be Dr. Strange because he's strange. Danny would be Superman because he's always there to save the day and everyone loves Superman. Colin would be Deadpool because I think that he likes to wear a mask secretly.
HOW CAN PEOPLE PURCHASE THE NEW RECORD, GET OLD MUSIC AND KEEP UP TO DATE WITH YOU GUYS? You can find all of our music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Youtube. We also have all of the social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. Also, everything is on our website SCREAMINGFORSILENCE.COM
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE DIDN’T HIT ON? Thank you to our fans, friends and family for all of the support and if you haven't checked us out yet please come out to a show and see us!
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN, NEW YORK BAND YEAR OF THE LOCUST HITS THE ROAD WITH DEVOUR THE DAY THIS SUMMER. BUT FIRST LETS GET TO KNOW THEM A BIT BETTER
BY: Stephanie Stevens
YEAR OF THE LOCUST, a New York based band has been making waves in the local scene and nationwide since they released a EP back in 2014 entitled HOME and then just last year 2016 they released a full length entitled DEVOLVER which brought to life the bands single RISE UP that got notable rankings in the music world with its edgy, rock induced melody driven song that set a touring onslaught for the band with the likes of bands like Saliva, Tantric, Saving Abel and Puddle of Mudd. The one track that stood out for me was the track MOVIN ON probably because it shows off the singing ability of singer McGiveron and the heartfelt lyrics and music, you got a fan in anyone if you can rock out a rock ballad like these guys do and they also put together a great video with tour snippets that shows what fun these guys have on the road. The long roads, the energy packed crowds have made this band grow as musicians and made these guys stay humble and strong within themselves.
Scot McGiveron (Lead Vox & Guitar), Fred Serrell (Bass & Vox), Peter Hellers (Vox & Guitar), and Raeshwan Greene (Drums) make up this powerful rock band and have a lot more to give the fans of the rock community. I was able to ask them more about the band and the future before they hit the road with Devour the Day and Sons of Texas.
YOUR HITTING THE ROAD SOON WITH DEVOUR THE DAY HOW DO YOU GUYS AS A BAND PREPARE FOR TOURS AND WHERE WILL THIS ONE HAVE YOU HEADED? We like to prepare for tour by doing a lot Chinese fire drills, cross fit, and beer drinking... to ensure optimal performance under drunken conditions.
FOR SOMEONE WHO NEVER SAW YOU LIVE GIVE OF A VISUAL OF WHAT WE WILL SEE? We tailor our show to move quickly and without rest. Constant music and energy accompanied by our brand of organic music. We strive to take the listener on a journey.
A LOCUST IS USUALLY SOLITARY, BUT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, BECOME MORE ABUNDANT AND CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR AND HABITS, BECOMING GREGARIOUS. HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO YOUR BAND AND BAND NAME? This has been the point of fact that has driven our popularity till and this point. In numbers, we are strong!
WHO CAME UP WITH THE BAND NAME? Our singer Scot found a Locust in his guitar case.
DELVOLVER CAME OUT IN 2016 HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL AND HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC FROM LAST YEAR GROWN IN YOUR OPINION? We have been toying with ideas. Some full songs have come to fruition based upon the roller coaster the last year has been. The sound has definitely moved to a different place. With a lot of touring comes a lot of new energies from crowds. It definitely has affected us.
WHEN YOU START TO RECORD THE NEW RECORD DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS WHO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH YOU THIS TIME FOR PRODUCING AND MASTERING OR WOULD YOU WORK WITH THE SAME PEOPLE? Well Don Zientera will be at the top of our list for mastering. We like the "openness" of the record and don't necessarily want to be short sighted just for a generation of people who listen to music on inferior devices. As far as production we are looking to Nashville. And we have a few people who have approached us to offer a hand with the next album. One thing is for certain... We will be uncompromising this time as far as getting the sound right.
ONE SONG OFF THE ALBUM THAT I WAS DRAWN TO WAS THE TRACK IMAGINE THE CHILDREN CAN YOU GIVE ME A BACKDROP ON THE INSPIRATION FOR LYRICS AND HOW THE MUSIC CAME TO BE? Well I had just discovered the album "Kill the Flaw" from Sevendust and had been immersing myself in it. I think that's where the acoustic verse came from. And from there the lyrics evolved into a statement about the naïveté of war. Interesting tidbit: That is my personal favorite solo that Peter designed on the record.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE IN A BAND AND WHAT MADE YOU REALIZE THIS WAS THE BAND FOR YOU? When I was 18 I took the mic (rudely) from a friend at a party and sang covers. I guess that's the moment. And is this the band for me?? I sure hope so.
I READ THAT THE LYRICAL CONTENT YOU GUYS WRITE ABOUT IS VERY PERSONAL TO YOU HOW DOES THAT AFFECT A LIVE SHOW NIGHT TO NIGHT AND IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HAVE WRITTEN THAT IS HARD TO RELIVE EACH NIGHT YOU SING IT OR HEAR IT? I actually blogged about this on our website, www. Yearofthelocust.com. Absolutely. I found myself very overwhelmed with emotion, seemingly out of nowhere, about half way through the Come Clean Tour this spring. I concluded that reliving those things experiences night after night was taking its toll. Just have to get a little better at "turning it off" so to speak.
YOU DID COOL VIDEO FOR MOVIN ON (GREAT SONG BTW) HOW MUCH EDITING WENT INTO IT WITH ALL THE CLIPS YOU HAD ON THE ROAD AND WILL WE EVER SEE THE FOOTAGE THAT NEVER MADE THE VIDEO? An outtake video is a GREAT idea! Our drummer Ray Ray chose from about a billion hours of video to compile that. It's an amazing vid.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST AND GREATEST PART ABOUT TOURING? Greatest part? Seeing the "ahha" moment on fan's faces when people realize they love the band. Hardest part: Tyler's foot odor. YOU GUYS DO A LOT OF GRASS ROOTED OLD FASHION WAY OF GETTING THE BAND NAME AND THE MUSIC OUT THERE HOW DO YOU VIEW THE RECORD INDUSTRY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS? The industry is in a transitional period. Streaming services have taken the greatest toll on incomes across the board. Hopefully when streaming services that pay artists .000005 cents per stream are eradicated from the face of the earth then the industry will rebalance itself; until then it's anybody's guess!
WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL AND NONMUSICAL INSPIRATION AND WHY? Musical inspiration: Page Hamilton. An accomplished jazz player who chose to make a horrible noise and well... is great at it. Nonmusical: Donald Trump- proof you don't have to be a genius (ahem) to lead the free world.
WHAT INSPIRATION DO YOU GET FROM FANS AND HAS THERE BEEN ANY FAN MEETING THAT HAS STAYED WITH YOU AND IF SO, HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL KNOWING YOU CAN MOVE SOMEONE WITH YOUR WORDS AND MUSIC? Roanoke, Va. Bouncer grabs me off stage and brings me to meet someone. The man said he had lost all 6 of his company to suicide and that our song "22" inspired him. Possibly the only time my chatty ass has been at a loss for words. Whoa.
Come see us with Devour the Day and Sons of Texas in July. And join our Facebook fan site entitled "the swarm" on Facebook. Yes, it is private. This way haters can't troll. You have to join to see it :)
EXHALE; BOSTON BAND DEBUTING NEW MUSIC IN 2017 BY: Jackie Ryan
EXHALE is a 4-man group that is based out of Boston, MA. They are a hard rock/post grunge band that has an edge to them that is something to check out. The Romper had the chance to ask them a few questions about who they are and what plans they have after their debut album AUDIO DREAMS comes out. They are currently recording and have a few shows set up for the summer in Boston. If you have a chance check out their Facebook page and website www.exhalemusic.com.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MUSIC, WHAT ARE/ IS YOUR INSPIRATION WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC? Well, our music is kind of fun to attempt to describe. We are usually depicted as a hard rock-grunge band, but that description alone doesn't quite cover the whole spectrum of our sound. We pride ourselves on giving each and every one of our songs everything we've got. As opposed to picking 2 or 3 songs to call our 'singles' and placing the majority of our time and effort into those few songs alone. That being said, we understand that at a certain point, final decisions have to be made to call a song 'completely finished'.. and even though we wrote, completed and self-recorded 35 tracks in total, we don't have a single song that we'd consider to be 'album filler' and we are damn proud of that! Also, given our extremely versatile individual tastes in music, our songwriting very much reflects those tastes, which we hope gives us an added uniquity. Many bands work incredibly hard to 'find their sound' and we certainly don't feel like there is anything wrong with that concept. However, we have vowed to each other and to our fans, to try our best to deter from that stigma. We want our listeners to hear our album in its entirety and think, "Man, are all of these tunes from the same band? I want to hear all of their songs!"
HOW DID EXHALE COME TOGETHER AND WHO IS IN THE BAND? Like most bands; we sifted through a couple of different members before we found our perfect lineup. We are very fortunate to have assembled 4 dedicated musicians whom are all humble, like-minded, multi-instrumentalists that will always put the music first when contributing ideas and parts to our songs. We can all openly discuss what each of us is playing during each part of every song, which we feel keeps us all grounded and open minded to the full potential of what we are able to accomplish together musically. Exhale is: Corey McLane - Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Songwriter John Burns - Drums/Backing Vocals/Songwriter Matt Vigeant - Bass/Backing Vocals Mike Fintonis - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE RECORDING YOUR FIRST ALBUM? It feels amazing now that we are almost done with it! It's been a long and taxing process, but we are proud of what we have created and we are beyond excited to show the rock fans of the world what we have for them! We are in the mixing and mastering stage now, so we'll be releasing our full album very soon. If you'd like a jump start on downloading what we've released so far, just click over to our website: www.ExhaleMusic.com and join our Mailing List. We'll be happy to send you our available tunes, completely free. We just want you to listen and hopefully enjoy what we have been working on.
WHERE DO YOU FEEL THE ALBUM IS HEADED ARE YOU GUYS EXPERIMENTING WITH ANYTHING NEW FOR YOUR SOUND AND DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE PRODUCING IT OR YOU DOING IT ALL ON YOUR OWN? We were painstakingly meticulous about our track listing and flow of our first album, which we titled, 'AUDIO DREAMS'. We truly want our fans to go old school on us and listen to our full 13 track album from beginning to end. With that in mind, we knew we would have to earn it. We knew that most people today listen to shuffled playlists or pandora, spotify, etc.. So in order for us to hold their attention, we would need our entire album to not only be captivating and interesting, but it would also have to be uniquely versatile, while still being accessible to most fans of rock 'n' roll music. A difficult feat? Yes, but not something we deem impossible. We will always push ourselves to expand our sound instead of trying to narrow it down, which most production teams and record labels would probably frown upon. This of course, brings to mind our close friend, Jeremy Lee, who not only mixed and mastered our album, but also contributed guitar work, piano parts and quite a few of our string arrangements, while helping us self-produce in a way that allowed us to separate ourselves from our material enough to be objective. Jeremy is an original member of EXHALE and he will always be a part of our sound. We often describe him as our 5th member and even though he may not be part of our live performances, we certainly wouldn't want to work in the studio without him by our side.
HOW DOES IT FEEL BEING IN THE BOSTON (NEW ENGLAND MUSIC SCENE)? Personally, I love it! There are a ton of incredible bands here in New England. The metal scene, in particular, is and has been pretty huge in the Boston area. Even though we aren't exactly a metal band, we do have elements of metal in a number of our songs, but compared to the hard hitting, in your face metal bands in our area, we absolutely fall on the melodic side of the metal spectrum. Despite that fact, I do think that New England based bands do an excellent job of maintaining a communal approach to playing shows and networking, which really is key, especially in regards to today's local music scene. Metal, rock and grunge bands alike, seem to embrace each other’s art and musicianship, encouraging each other’s fans to check out other great bands in the same music scene. I hear far less judgement and criticism than I use to hear 10+ years ago on the scene. Now, that could very well be an age thing, but I like to think it's because more of us are realizing that we need each other to support and nourish our local scene in order to create and maintain a community of musicians and fans that can get together to put on epic shows, because let's face it; we can do our part as musicians, but we need the fans to do their part as well. It'd be great to recreate the Seattle movement and bring quality rock music back into the spotlight. I have no doubt that Boston can make that happen! GO TO SHOWS!
ANY TOUR PLANS OR UPCOMING SHOWS? ANY BANDS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO OUT WITH? Oh man, we have been aching to get out there and make some noise for our fans and hopefully make some new ones along the way. We've been solely focused on recording our album for so long and we can't wait to get back out on the scene! We do have a few shows lined up this summer and we are ironing out some details to hit the road. As of late, we have been spreading the word about our upcoming album release and we've been doing a lot of interviews and radio promotions. A lot of our songs sound great stripped down to acoustic so we've booked a few radio broadcasts and shows for us to perform acoustically. You can check our Facebook page or our shows section of our website to stay up to date on everything we have going on. As far as bands we'd love to tour with; I know we're all in agreement that it'd be an honor to share the stage with the band, 'HURT'.. and A Perfect Circle would definitely be another one on the list... As far as mainstream bands that we'd love to tour with; I'd say Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Tool and I could probably do this all day so we'll go ahead and stop right there.
WHERE IS ONE PLACE THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO PERFORM? I can't really speak for my band mates on this one; but personally, I'd love to play at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. For some reason, every band I have ever seen there sounds their best when they are at that venue. Maybe it's the sound equipment, the shape of the room or maybe there is just something in the air up there, but without fail, every time I see a show there, I head home after the show completely re-inspired and blown away by the desire to play that stage!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT YOUR FANS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND THE BAND? We love what we do and we do it for the right reasons. To put it simply; We want enough of you to appreciate what we do so we can keep making music for you. So please, support your local musicians. Stop looking at Facebook and Youtube and go see a live performance as often as you can! There really is nothing like it.
HOW DID THE DEATH OF CHRIS CORNELL AFFECT YOU AS PEOPLE OR AS A BAND IF IT DID AT ALL? Ugh! Way to bring the room down.. In all seriousness, Chris Cornell was the voice of a generation, as many have put it, but I have always believed that he had the greatest voice in rock 'n' roll. Now, I'm sure many of you may disagree with that statement, but before you go get your torches and pitchforks. it is only my opinion. I grew up idolizing Chris Cornell and since I have his job in my band, (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist), I have a tremendous appreciation for how talented the man was. Not just as a listener, but as a musician. I often endearingly referred to him as a 'freak of nature' because some of the notes, vocal runs and intervals he would sing while playing an odd metered guitar riff simultaneously was simply mind blowing. Not to mention, his lyrics were always beautifully written and honest, which I feel was overlooked due to how distracting his incredible voice was and also due to what the guys and I sometimes lovingly refer to as, 'the grungy mumbles'. You know.. when you are sure you know the lyrics to a grunge song, but then you look them up and you're baffled at how far off you were? For the record, I am admittedly guilty of having a case of the grungy mumbles myself. Hey, no one is perfect!
ANY LAST COMMENTS? On behalf of EXHALE, we really hope you all take the time to listen to our current and upcoming releases and please go out and support your local music scene. You guys are the only way it can exist and we can't even put into words how much your support means to us. Thank you for listening! -COREY MCLANE FROM EXHALE
Get ready for Ohio based band NINE SHRINES to take over the music world with the band's debut EP MISERY! By: Stephanie Stevens
I was told by Robb Rivera drummer of Nonpoint to make sure you see the opening band on this tour package, so I hung out to watch this new band NINE SHRINES open up the bands show when they played in Rhode Island and well god damn I was utterly impressed. Usually a band that I never heard of and never heard a lick of a song from I wouldn’t pay a lot of attention unless they blew me away so I was a critical even though I respect Robb’s opinion. These guys got on stage and just killed the stage!!!! From the energy from every single band member to the songs they had the night of their set. I was filled with happiness and was pretty speechless on how much they had me intrigued by the bands set from start to finish. So right after that night I went and researched the band and got the EP MISERY downloaded, which just came out on April 21,2017. Once I did some research, I realized this band has a member from a band I loved back in the day ATTACK! ATTACK! And other members from bands like LIFE ON REPEAT and DOWNPLAY. These guys are no newbies of the music world, they have toured with world, they have written some killer records in the past and they have lived a life full of ups and downs. SO, one listen to the EP MISERY you can pretty much see these guys have topics that they either have lived, seen or felt through fans and people worldwide. The stage shows from this Ohio men are something that are beyond exhilarating. They give it their all and in this day n age a killer stage presence and amazing songs are something you need to make or break you and NINE SHRINES is here to break the limits in the scene. I am in favor of this band, I am a supporter of this band and I am hoping and praying for another New England show date soon so I can yet again take in this bands amazing presence. If you’re not sold yet then check out MISERY. Peep the video down below of KING OF MERCY, that one song has the energy the aggression, the melody and the grit and passion this band allows onstage and in the writing process. BEND introduces you to a darker, rocking engaging track that allows melody driven vocals, hard hitting music and an addicting quality to it. PARASITE is another hard-hitting song that probably grabbed me with more soothing, sexy vocals and a chorus that will have you singing along for days to come. MISERY is grinding with hard hitting elements, penetrating backdrop, vocals are on point and the chorus is just pumping and exhilarating. Then we have LOST a song that is just my absolute favorite it’s a slower track and it makes a statement on the ep since it’s the slowest of them all but if I had to begin anywhere let’s talk about the vocals that are just delicate, haunting beautiful, really showcasing the topic content of the song. Music that is somber n haunting but ear pleasing with bursting elements of passion, strength and power. I think of them all this song from the music, the lyrics and the full-on ambience had me hooked to this band, their vision and the power and passion of these young men. I got a chance to chat with Andrew Wetzel (drummer and founder) after the band got off the road with Nonpoint. So, come and read on and learn about this amazingly talented Ohio band named NINE SHRINES.
YOU CAME FROM THE BAND ATTACK ATTACK! WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING YOU LEARNT BEING IN THAT BAND THAT YOU HAVE BROUHT FORTH TO THIS BAND AND WHAT IS ONE THING YOU LEARNT YOU WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN? The biggest thing I have learned from being in AA! is to always take the time necessary to properly complete any given task. It seemed I was always in a rush to keep up with Attack and when Baylis and I started NINE SHRINES, we committed to getting the groundwork for the band laid properly, no matter how long it took to get it right.
NINE SHRINES JUST GOT TOGETHER A FEW YEARS BUT I READ WHERE YOU WERENT EVEN INTERESTED IN MAKING NEW MUSIC OR PUT A BAND TOGETHER WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND? Originally, I didn’t really want to keep pursuing music at all after my old band collapsed. After a while, a number of my friends continued to pester me about it and finally Baylis and I started talking about making a new band.
WHAT DOES YOUR OTHER BAND MEMBERS BRING INTO THE BAND IN 1. A BUSINESS SENSE, 2. A MUSICAL SENSE AND 3. OVERALL PERSONALITY SENSE ? Devon is great with numbers and accounting, Baylis is a musical savant, Evan spends his entire life producing bands, and Chris also writes constantly with other artists. Everyone in this band has exceptional talent and utility, to be honest.
THE EP MISERY HAS BEEN ON NONSTOP REPEAT FOR ME SINCE I SAW YOU WITH NONPOINT. WAS WONDERING WHY YOU GUYS CHOSE TO PRODUCE IT YOURSELVES AND HOW DO YOU VIEW DOING IT ON YOUR ON PROS VS CONS.? MISERY was the first trial run of our line-up with Chris. We produced it ourselves because we had no idea where it was going and furthermore, basically all of us have backgrounds in music production. Working on your own totally rocks because you can make the schedule and you can spend as much time as you want to get the sounds you want. The only real con is that when you’re starting out, you don’t have a name to help propel what you’re doing.
ON THE EP YOU HIT ON A LOT OF TOPICS THAT PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO HOW MUCH IS THIS COMING FROM PERSONAL DEMONS, OR LIFE HAPPENINGS AND TO PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE TOPICS WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR THEM? Everything we write is real to us. Our best advice to anyone is to find a constructive outlet to channel your struggles into. It helps in a million different ways.
TO GET INTO THE ALBUM A LITTLE BIT, THE SONG LOST (MY FAVORITE OFF THE EP) I REALLY WANT TO DELVE INTO CAUSE IT HIT HOME FOR ME I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE SOMETHING ON THIS TOPIC AND IF THIS HIT HOME FOR YOU GUYS IN A PERSONAL SENSE? When we were writing the EP, we realized we had all aggressive songs and nothing soft. So, we set out to write something a little slower to round off our current catalog. We’ve had our fair share of loss due to drinking and driving, but this song is bigger in the sense that it is really expanding on the topic of self-destruction as a whole.
SINCE LOST IS A MORE BALLADESQUE SONG, DO YOU FEEL IT IS EASIER TO WRITE A BALLAD TYPE SONG OR A MORE POWERFUL GUTSY RAW ROCK SONG? It’s all 6 / half dozen to us. Most of the time we write aggressive stuff, but the slower stuff comes to us just as easily, even if it isn’t as frequent.
DO YOU GUYS EVER HAVE STRUGGLE WITH HOW TO WRITE ON A CERTAIN TOPIC LIKE YOU DID ON THIS EP? Constantly.
WILL THERE BE A FULL LENGTH IN THE NEXT YEAR FOR YOU GUYS? SINCE THE EP IS FANTATASTIC DO YOU GUYS FEEL PRESSURE PUTTING OUT SOMETHING AFTER IT? We are already writing a full-length LP as we speak. We hope to have it out next year.
KING OF MERCY WAS A TRACK ONCE IT WAS WRITTEN YOU FOUND THE SOUND YOU WANTED NINE SHRINES TO BE. HOW MUCH TWEAKING DID YOU MAKE ON THIS TRACK OR WAS THIS HOW IT FIRST CAME? This was the first song we really felt was “NINE SHRINES.” We didn’t really have to tweak anything on it.
YOU ALSO DID A VIDEO SHOOT FOR KING OF MERCY HOW WAS THAT AND DID YOU AS A BAND HAVE A LOT OF SAY IN THE TREATMENT OF IT? We personally hired the director (Vince Lundi) and we created the whole treatment and concept.
WOULD YOU GUYS CONSIDER PARASITE TO BE ANOTHER TRACK TO FOCUS ON A “SINGLE” OPTION AND WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT HOW THAT SONG CAME TO BE? (MY 2ND FAV TRACK) We all love PARASITE and feel it is a very strong song. That song is pretty self-explanatory as it is about people who leach off of you. For me, it really had a lot to do with people in my previous career.
YOU HIT THE ROAD STRONG WITH SOME GREAT BANDS HOW HAVE YOU SET UP SUCH GOOD RUNS AND HOW HAS THE TOURING BEEN FOR YOU GUYS AND DEALING WITH FANS THAT MIGHT NOT KNOW OF YOU YET? Our agent, Dan Rozenblum, has done a lot to get us onto some sweet shows. The tour we just finished with Hinder/Nonpoint was fantastic for us. We had a really great time and we’re looking forward to going back out very soon. We try to let our show speak to new fans in the audience and it seems to be working.
THE VIDEO ALSO SHOWS THE ENERGY YOU GUYS GIVE OFF IN A LIVE SETTING. WAS THAT SOMETHING WHEN CREATING THIS BAND, YOU WANTED SOLID PLAYERS AND GUYS WHO WOULD GIVE IT 110% ONSTAGE. (BECAUSE YOU GUYS KILLED IT IN RHODE ISLAND)? Having an energetic live show was an absolute must for us. That was something that was always a big priority for my old band, Attack Attack!, and everyone in NINE SHRINES prioritizes bringing everything they have to the stage.
WHAT DOES THE SUMMER INTO FALL LOOK FOR YOU GUYS AS IN TOURS? IF YOU CAN MENTION ANYTHING? We’ve got some stuff in the pipes that is not ready to announce, but we have every intention of staying on the road as much as possible.
HOW CAN PEOPLE BUY YOUR MUSIC OR MERCH? Our music is for sale on all online retail sites as well as Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify. Our merchandise can be found at: NINESHRINES.MERCHNOW.COM
IF YOU COULD WRITE A SONG WITH SOMEONE ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? That is a very tough question to answer. Personally, I would love to write with Dave Grohl for any reason.
LAST COMMENTS? Tell all your friends about us and make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming shows. The more energy you can feed us on stage, the wilder shit we will do!
Catching up with Robb Rivera of NONPOINT By: Stephanie Stevens
Since the ROMPER came into existence I have loved and adored NONPOINT. I met them when they were on one the bands first tour in Boston, MA and Robb Rivera have stayed good friends with me since then. I have more proudness and support for him and this band then I have for a lot of other career musicians. The dedication, work ethic and ability to move people with music and the humbleness these guys have are incredible. I try not to miss them when they come to town and with this show that came into Providence I really couldn't miss them because this might be the last time for a while we will see this energetic and talented live band. Before the show I got to chit chat with Robb about the hiatus they are taking, how he think touring has changed and I got to find out some cool up dates on his life.
Snippets of NONPOINT, providence, RI june 2, 2017
WHY ARE YOU GUYS TAKING FOREVER OFF AFTER THIS TOUR? Why shouldn’t we? CAUSE YOU NEED TO BE OUT ON THE ROAD WE MISS YOU Well, being 20 years on the road having family, having kids and stuff DOES EVERYONE HAVE KIDS NOW IN THE BAND? I do, BC, Elias also have kids and Adam has a step daughter or soon to be step daughter. We thought about it long and hard and we have been touring for so long, tour, record, tour, record, tour, record so it was never ending and before family it was a lot easier even if you just had a girlfriend or wife it was easier because they were busy working and all that. So, we decided to do a two-year hiatus ARE YOU GUY GOING TO BE WORKING ON STUFF? Oh, yea we are. We aren’t taking two years off we are taking two years off of touring ARE YOU GOING TO RELEASE A RECORD IN THOSE TWO YEARS? We may or may not it depends. The label did pick up the option, so we do have another record. I mean we are going to stop touring in the United States. Now put it this way if we get a tour like with a band like Korn, Stone Sour if they offer us a tour we aren’t going to turn it down, obviously its exposure for us but as far as us going out to headline, it’s all we do and it’s time to take a break from it. We started last year we did that tour with Disturbed but we weren’t on a cycle. We just got invited to do this sold out run and we had just finished recording the POISON RED album, so it wasn’t going to be out for another 4 months so we finished the record and 5 days later we were on tour. Then we had two months off and we did a run with Buckcherry and In This Moment.Then Escape The Fate and then Alter Bridge so now we just finished with Hinder and now we are doing these dates with A Killer’s Confession SO, IS THIS THE LAST TOUR? Yes, but after this we have one more show August 19th with Five Finger Death Punch and All That Remains. Then we are done. HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING ON THE ROAD? NO but we have been writing at home. We have a shit load of songs, but on the road, we have worked on some stuff but we actually jammed something today that we came up with. We are always writing that never ends it doesn’t matter. The perception people have of us is when we are home we aren’t doing anything we are constantly working and sending ideas to each other. We are going to be working on new music, there is a lot of awesome projects coming up that we are going to do that involves older music and could be some re recordings there could be re-releases on Vinyl. We are doing different things our merch store will be active. We are still going to post and do what we do we are going to make sure people don’t forget us but as far as getting on a bus and leaving 6 weeks at a time that’s defiantly not happening. There is nothing more we can do right now for this record that we haven’t done. We have covered this entire country. There is possibility of us going to Europe in January HAVE YOU BEEN TO EUROPE Yes, we have. But there is a possibility of doing a tour in January we are just waiting to hear. That is something we will do it’s not the states we just feel like we have done the states so many times and we feel like people are tired of us. We tour so much. We want people to know this is our last tour for a bit and when we come back they will come back out and put a good package together and they will be there. We are taking that break SINCE YOU BEEN OUT NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE STATES TOURING ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT ON THIS TOUR VS. OTHER TOURS I mean we are playing songs off POISON RED because we are still promoting that record. It’s a good mixture of all the records IT MUST GET HARD NOW TO PICK A SET LIST It’s hard to pick. We have a set list. We are playing something from every record except for DEVELOPMENT and nothing from the Self-titled, but a lot of older material and new album WE HAVEN’T REALLY DONE An INTERVIEW SINCE THIS NEW BAND HAS COME TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE HOW IS IT GOING, IS IT EASIER WITH THEM, DO YOU FEEL MORE CREATIVE? The thing is with BC joining he replaced Dave and with BC in the band now it’s like having Andy back. BC was in a band called Switched and he played shows with us in his band and he has been a massive NONPOINT fan since then and he always admired Andy. So, when we are playing all the old songs, he does it as best as he can to get it as close to original. When I close my eyes, I feel like the old band is there. We defiantly get along very well. We are very good friends, when we are off the road we constantly text each other. We stay connected to each other. Previous lineups weren’t as friendly as we are now but I am proud of the lineups before and what we did. It’s easier to interact and write and our stage show is a way better live band. Having two guitar players has helped a lot. It’s a blessing to have them, I have no complaints. YOU AND ELIAS ARE BROTHERS AND LOVE EACH OTHER STILL Yea him and I just had a good talk today CAN YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN TOGETHER THIS LONG? The thing is with Elias is, when I first met him he was so driven and he still is and the passion he has for the band is incredible. He is a very detailed guy, he likes things to go a certain way and professional. Both of our work ethic is above n beyond. I had a great talk with him today about the future and told him my commitment has not changed, I’m 110% committed to NONPOINT until it ends. Who knows when it’s going to end as far as I know it’s never going to end. Quitting has never been an option, it’s been 20 years and hopefully 20 more that would be great. I know we have another record and we will be going out all over the world again HOW DO YOU FEEL THE TOURING LIFE HAS CHANGED? The touring game has changed and the one thing I don’t like about touring is people just want to come see a certain band and they will see the band before the headliner band and they leave. So, I’m like what happen to watching an entire show, but that’s not the case anymore. A lot of people ask me what time do you go on and I always say last so get here when you can. I don’t get how people can’t watch a show but I do understand some people work and have family. I mean these days are fans are getting older there is a lot of planning to see a show I get it. DO YOU FIND ITS HARD TO PUT PACKAGES TOGETHER? Well let’s just say if we went out with Sevendust no one would leave because they are going to put on the best show and it depends on the tour you’re on. When we went out with 36 Crazyfists there fans stuck around to see us same with Hell Yeah our fans stuck around to watch them. It all depends on who you go out with. DO YOU THINK ITS BECAUSE THOSE BANDS HAVE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES ARE YOU SAYING ITS HARDER FOR NEW BANDS TO KEEP THE CROWD? I wish I knew the answer of why people do that. They pay all this money to watch a forty minute set. Like right now we are out with NINE SHRINES one of the best new bands I have seen great live show super energetic and great guys and they have done really good on these tours with gaining new fans. I keep telling our fans come out early and see this band you are going to be a fan of this band (side note: Robb wasn’tbullshitting I am a huge fan of this band now) BUT THAT IS HOW IT USE TO BE YOU USE TO LEARN AND FIND OUT ABOUT NEW BANDS THAT WAY BY TOURS AND SEEING THEM Yea that worked for us. We gained so many fans from early tours and shows we did.
ANYTHING NEW WITH DRUMMING? I still suck OH, STOP YOU STILL PLAYING SIDE WAYS? Yes MAYBE YOU SHOULD TURN IT FRONT WAYS Why then people will see my ugly face OH, SHUT UP AGAIN. YOUR ALWAYS ALL OVER THE PLACE ONSTAGE OR HAS THAT CHANGED CAUSE YOUR OLD NOW (HAHAHAH) Oh no that hasn’t changed STILL HAVE ANIMAL THE MASCOT ON IT? Yes, I do ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT DRUMMING ON ANYONE ELSE’S RECORDS OR ANYTHING? If I get asked I would if I liked the situation. I really haven’t been asked I don’t feel like I’m skilled enough I’m not like Will Hunt or Josh Freese are more session drummers. I’m really not that kind of drummer I’m good with NONPOINT HOW ABOUT CHRIS CORNELL; WERE YOU SHOCKED? It sucked I was very shocked, he was on tour. It was very eye opening him at 52 going through depression. It really hit home you didn’t know what he was going through THAT IS WHY YOU DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE BY THE COVER I put a quote up a couple of weeks ago that said it doesn’t matter who you meet everyone is going through their own personal hell. AND YOUR ALL HEALTHY NOW I’m trying. It’s hard on the road BUT YOU MUST FEEL AMAZING I feel good but it’s hard to find good food. I don’t eat red meat and drinking I only drink water, coffee in the last year. No sugar drinks. I had a smoothie the other day but I don’t eat pizza unless its gluten free. No ice cream no cupcakes. Egg whites, veggies, fruit. Turkey bacon. Turkey burgers, veggie burgers. When I am home I walk 5 miles a day. I don’t do lifting but on this tour we had a place that had a gym and I went to lift and it was a mistake I was so sore and I never really lifted. I don’t want to lift to get big. PLUS, IT MIGHT CHANGE YOUR DRUMMING I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE WHO ARE DRUMMERS SAY THAT I don’t know or if it does but I don’t want to get big I don’t want to be stiff and look stupid just healthier. My back still hurts IT HAS FOR YEARS NOW HAVE WE GOTTEN IT CHECKED OUT? NO, maybe one day MAYBE ON THIS HIATUS I might go to the doctors CLOTHING LINE STILL GOOD? Yes, going to get back into it when I get home. I got a couple of things left I want to sell and I am going to be starting on a book. I got approached to do a book A LIFE BOOK? Yes, about my life basically of what people don’t know about me. ARE YOU EXCITED? I’m not sure it’s going to open a lot of wounds. I started working on it today and it’s a lot harder than its going to be HOW DID YOU GET APPROACHED? I mentioned about it and a buddy of mine I was telling some stories of what happen to be and the next day he shot me a text and said I think your fans would love to hear this stuff and I said what do you mean and he said like an audio and paperback. I started writing one and I scrapped it because a lot of old wounds and scars came up and old memories of my childhood but maybe this could be therapeutic and get it all out and tell me why I am who I am. I’m a huge pain in the ass I accept this I am like that. I’m not perfect I’m rough around the edges I tell you like it is. I feel like honest and candid is the way to go especially about this business. Unless you have something unique to give to this business don’t do it these days you need to have good music and awesome live show like Nothing More and Avatar great bands and live bands. Have you seen them? NO, I HAVEN’T RESPONSIBITY KICKS IN I CAN’T MAKE A LOT OF SHOWS ANYMORE Yea I know when I go home I have to be a dad I’m not a Rockstar musician thing. I’m just dad the guy that gives the horsy rides and that is what they are waiting on. I talked to them today and they said I’m waiting for the horsey rides. Nine sleeps till your home. SO CUTE So, I have to get on my hands and knees like a horse and they will jump on me. THAT WILL HELP YOUR BACK LOL Yea it def. doesn’t help the back but if it makes them happy and smile then I’m doing it ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANNA ADD NONPOINT.COM FOR ALL TOUR DATES NONPOINTSTORE.COM FOR ALL MERCH And there is this awesome Facebook group called 361 all things NONPOINT that has amazing group of people in and check us out on twitter and IG
This quintet made their start in February of 2016 after front man Jason Delismon decided to start a solo project away from his old band A. D. D. Once he started writing, he knew he needed a full fledge band to make his image to come true. I had the opportunity to send questions over to them and see what they had to say about their journey and how they feel about bringing out their new album COLD WAR only after six months in the studio. Their first single FOLLOW, which talks about losing a significant other, has an edge to it and sets up the feel for the rest of the album. BEAUTIFUL has a soft start and really accentuates the musical styling of each instrument, Delismon has a voice that completely compliments the music. You can really hear the symbols and keyboards work together to make the song more than what it could be. They state on their Facebook page about having influences such as Incubus and Lifehouse, which you will totally understand with CALLING. The guitar riffs in CHANGES and DON’T MISUNDERSTAND shows that they have a bit of an edge to them and are not completely soft.
I did my research on them a bit before actually sending questions and listening to them, from all the pictures and the name of the album, I was thinking that I would be listening to something a little harder. Delismon says that the album is about different life events and how one would cope with it. Now really listening to the album, I am pleasantly surprised that we have a softer rock band out there that talks about the cold world that we live in and how different people deal with it. In another interview with Rockrevolt Magazine, Delismon states “We write memorable songs that people can relate to and we have a positive message, which kind of goes with the grain these days.” If you happen to be in the Chicago area, please check FRONTLINE out, it’s worth it!
Had a chance to ask Jason Delismon some stuff about the band past and present, the new record and future plans
YOU STARTED YOUR MUSIC JOURNEY AS A DRUMMER, PREVIOUSLY WITH A.D.D., WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR SWITCHING TO A NEW BAND AND TO UPFRONT WITH VOCALS AND GUITAR? It has always been a passion of mine and I have been playing guitar and singing just as long, just not professionally. Drums are an incredible instrument however I was at a point in my life where I wanted to express myself through singing and playing guitar that gives a different emotion to others I was feeling.
HOW DID YOU FIND EACH OTHER, AUDITIONS, PREVIOUS RELATIONS OR JUST RANDOM CONNECTIONS? I started the band with my longtime friend Mike Nowak, who stepped down due to personal reasons, but was a huge part of the beginning stages of FRONTLINE. I then met Alex Loeber through mutual friends and we hit it off and started collaborating with Diane Tragos, the chemistry was effortless. Jason Jaros was in a band with Alex previously, his drumming added just what we needed. Shortly after Mike stepped down Steve Vuko joined us as our new guitarist making FRONTLINE complete.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT FANS TO GET OUT OF YOUR MUSIC? I want our fans to get a positive message and create a connection with us and our music. We want people to be able to connect with the raw emotion of life.
YOU RECORDED YOUR DEBUT ALBUM COLD WORLD IN ONLY 6 MONTHS, WAS IT JUST EASY TO PUT INTO TRACKS OR WAS THERE A REASON TO GET IT DONE EARLY? It was easy to put into tracks. I wrote about real issues people and myself go through in life every day, so it came out so naturally. It was an amazing 6 months.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE YOUR FIRST ALBUM AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC? I SEE A LOT OF FACEBOOK POSTS ABOUT YOU WANTING FANS TO GET THE ALBUM. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 2ND? It was an incredible feeling that we worked so hard for finally coming to life. We are so thankful for the opportunity and the support of our fans.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2017? ANY SHOWS LINED UP OR MAYBE MORE WRITING? A little bit of both. We already started writing the material and we plan on touring to promote our existing album.
TELL ME YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN YOUR FIRST LEFT A.D.D. My thought was a little different at first seeing as I with the band for several years but I was excited to take on my future endeavors and challenge myself to bring FRONTLINE to life.
BESIDES WANTING FANS AND MUSIC LOVERS GETTING YOUR ALBUM COLD WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO EVERYONE OUT THERE? We look forward to meeting each one of you and interacting through the music. It has been a great journey creating it and we hope it gives others the courage to go for their dreams. Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you soon.
KILLER'S CONFESSION talks about the whirlwind of success they are getting with UNBROKEN. BY: Stephanie Stevens
I first saw KILLER’S CONFESSION when they came to town with the NY boys Kissing Candice and was thoroughly impressed by the bands live set. I knew Waylon from his days in Mushroomhead and knew that band had a stage presence beyond the normal but for these guys to go on stage as themselves and just showcase good music and good talent and playing was refreshing to say the least. As I read up more on the band I saw they were signed to EMP and lately I have been getting to know a lot of bands on that label so when I heard these guys were coming back with the boys in Nonpoint I said why not get to know the KILLER’S CONFESSION guys a little better.
So, more research began and a really good sit down with the bands new record UNBROKEN made me believe these guys are telling the world they are not going anywhere, they have a ton to say and that they are making music that not only is catchy but also deep and penetrating to the soul, your mind and your heartstrings. Waylon is a no holds barred, tell it like it is, humble guy from onstage to just sitting and chatting with you and I love someone who can be that real, plus the rest of the band are just real cool and hey they can play their instruments and kill it onstage night after night. If you haven’t heard UNBROKEN you are in for a treat from heavy, dark moody anthems, melodic tones and adventurous vocal ambience it’s a really intense and real record.
I was honored to chat with these guys before the bands set at Fete music hall in Providence, Rhode Island and we got into the bands favorite tracks off the album, this day n age of music and the life around us and a lot of secrets still being kept but in the long run I think the bands fans and music fans worldwide are going to be in for a treat in the next few months. All n all these guys are killer people, they just want to make music for people and entertain the music world. I appreciate real in the scene these days and this is what a KILLER’S CONFESSION is all about; plus the album isn’t too shabby either.
RIGHT OFF THE BAT I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT 1080P IS MY FAVORITE SONG OFF THE ALBUM. DO YOU GUYS HAVE YOUR FAVORITES? (Waylon) I really like REBIRTH our single on the radio now but I like SPAWN OF SEVEN also. (Trumpy) SYMPATHY because of what it means but If I am going heavy then its L.O.L. (JP) we had this conversation before and I always go back to my initial song that drew me in which is 1080P (Paul) FINAL BREATH (Jon) I spent a long time recording them so it’s all special to me but 1080P was a little prior to this band. I had it sitting around for a while so it’s probably the most meaningful but I can go with that for a favorite. Being live or recording they all have something special and meaningful.
AND I HEARD SOME NEW CREATIVE STUFF IS HAPPENING LIVE CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THIS FOR US? (Waylon) Yes, yes, we do but we can’t really talk about it yet. You will get it its coming its about 6 to 8 months’ down the road
THAT COULD BE A WHOLE NEW ALBUM TOO!!! (Waylon) well yea there is a whole new album coming too things are in the works.
YOU GUYS ARE TOO QUIET WHEN IT COMES TO NEW STUFF (LOL) (Waylon) that’s the best part about it lol. We got to keep you guys guessing
WELL CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE NEW STUFF YOU WENT IN AND RECORDED? (Waylon) Yea we have a ton of stuff we have, works in progress, about 6 new tracks and the album has been out less than a month
HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING ON THE ROAD? (Trumpy) At home in our spare time
HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH EMP? (Waylon) Opus (Dead By Wednesday drummer) it was Opus he made it happen. Good friend of mine and told him about this band right here and asked him if he knew any agents or anything and he introduced me to Thom Hazaert and the rest is history.
SEEMS IT WAS A QUICK THING DID YOU SEND OUT DEMOS? (Waylon) Yea it was quick but no demos we told them what we wanted to do and they gave us the deal
NICE, THEY HAD FAITH IN YOU!! (Waylon) Yes, they did
SO, WE KNOW WAYLONS BACKGROUND BUT WERE YOU GUYS DOING YOUR OWN THING WHEN THIS BAND CAME ABOUT? (Band) We played in bands together but Waylon got in touch with us and slowly we all came together.
WAS IT ONE SONG THAT MADE YOU GUYS WANT TO WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE THIS WORK? (Waylon) it was such a fast process. We had the song KILLER’S CONFESSION and I went in and recorded it but we didn’t really have anything else except for FINAL BREATH. These guys went and made their lives completely suck and wrote the album in 30 days and got it all together and I did the vocals in like a week and that was it.
THIS HAS BEEN LIKE A WORLD WIND (Jon)Yea, I think interesting enough Waylon was inactive for like a year n half and I know I had been 4 years inactive with no bands just recording bands and that’s how I met some of these guys and they wanted to start a band, and I was like I don’t know (I was done with that shit). I knew it had to be the right situation and this band is what took me I don’t want to say out of retirement but sort of like that. (Waylon) they all had super history and JP and I have 25 years with me he was in my first ever band. This is the band there is no changing members.
BUT WHAT MADE YOU GUYS REALIZE THIS WAS IT WAS IT A CONVERSATION (JP) It was kind of a fluke LOL. I called Waylon to talk about a video game and bullshitting or something and he was like I need a bass player and I was like I would be interested and he literally called me back and said come on in you don’t need to try out. (Waylon)The rest of the guys played together before and they know each other’s quirks someone in this band has to know mine and that’s JP. JP fits the dynamic of the band the quirkiness, the attitude and this band has a sick sense of humor and he fits right into it. You have to have a certain mentality to be in this band and it’s not mean or anything you just have to have that something for it to fit. (Jon) We had all talked on the phone before but never met face to face until, our first rehearsal was in the studio then we turned around and went to PA and then out on tour couple of weeks later
This is the weirdest story ever LOL (Waylon) Oh, yea it is and we are doing good and that’s the scary part lol. We should have already dissolved lol. This should have failed hard like a shit sandwich but we have been through so many ups and so many downs that the karma side, I really do have four wonderful guys that I wouldn’t want to replace at all. The karma side of everything that has happened to the guys and myself during this is bubbling to the head and things are coming up and happening and people are realizing that we are for real. I knew when I heard KILLER’S CONFESSION I knew this was the one and this is the guys; and now how do we keep it going
YEA BUT YOU GUYS ARE DOING EVERYTHING SO FAST, YOU FEEL THE SAME (Waylon) At first yea, we did but in today standards you got to stay relevant or your nowhere. The day of writing an album and waiting 3 years is over. Kids want a new song right after you release one
I FEEL LIKE SINCE GETTING BACK INTO THE SCENE THE WHOLE SCENE HAS CHANGED AND DONE A 360 HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT? (Waylon) Oh, hell yea its changed from 5 years ago. I feel like it’s going back to old school where you are going to see bands putting out new material so fast just to stay relevant and I hate to say it but it’s going to weed out the men from the boys. No one is interested in playing the rock star bullshit anymore. We do this because we love it and what we are meant to do. We are talented enough we are able to do it but we also have to look at we are living in the generation of ADD. People will forget as soon as they finish listening to the song. Most important thing to remember is you’re an entertainer and in entertainment
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE WRITING TO FAST (Waylon) What do you mean writing to fast, no such thing, a song is a song
BUT YOU DON’T COMPLETE IT TILL YOU ALL LOVE IT (Waylon) I don’t get anything until they are happy with the music. The song is done when it comes to me I might take a bar out here and there to make it work lyrically but there is no rushing a song. You know in the first 3 days of writing it if you are forcing it or is it just flowing. If you forced it fuck it and move on from it. Do not try to shovel something down, if it’s not working it’s not working. Come back to it later if you want; that’s how you get that factory shit
LYRICALLY DO YOU TALK TO THEM ABOUT THAT? (Waylon) I don’t talk to them about music they don’t talk to me about lyrics. Its respect they know I know what I’m doing and I know they know what they are doing, we don’t cross that boundary
YOU PRODUCED THE ALBUM ALSO RIGHT WAYLON? WAS IT HARD OR EASY FOR YOU? (Waylon) Yes, it was easy I don’t know how people say it’s so hard. Does it sound good or not? I can hear what a song should be. There is nothing special. If you pick a producer they should have some music theory and know how to get the best out of you. Put it together and its done.
IN THE FUTURE WILL YOU BE DOING IT MOSTLY ON YOUR OWN (Waylon) In the future, I have someone in mind ill just leave it at that
ANOTHER SECRET (Waylon) OH YEA a big secret Lol
THE BAND WITH THE SECRETS LOL (Waylon) ALL THE SECRETS
YOU GUYS DOING ANY NEW STUFF TONIGHT (Waylon) No, we have talked about a cover by the end of tour but we haven’t really started working on it
THIS TOUR GOING GOOD. (Waylon) Night one was technical issues but everything is going good.
LET’S TALK BAND NAME…HOW DID IT COME UP? (Waylon) The band name was originally going to be Unbroken and Trumpy got a Killer’s Confession from the documentary and Thom Hazaert was like man there is a million bands named unbroken fuck that lets name the album UNBROKEN and the band KILLER’S CONFESSION. We were so busy we were like ok and that was it, no real thought and now all our fans call us AKC and we are the American Kill Club
I WAS GOING TO SEE IF YOU GUYS ARE INTO SERIAL KILLERS? (Waylon) No, the band has nothing to do with that, the keyword is confession. Just admit when you fuck up and a lot of the lyrics and the album are that. It’s a great name and I love it.
AFTER THIS TOUR MORE TOURING (Waylon) We are touring the rest of the summer. We are going out with Flaw for a few dates and a couple of other thing you should start seeing dates popping up. Just be patient
HEADLINING? (Waylon) Yes,
IS THAT WHEN YOU ARE DOING THE STAGE NEW THING? (Waylon) You will not get the new stage for a good while. There is so much coming to it. When you see it, you will understand why it took so long
YOU ALSO SAID VISUALLY NO ONE HAS DONE THIS BEFORE? (Waylon) They haven’t!!!
MY WHEELS ARE TURNING I’M TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT (Waylon) And you won’t hahahahaha
Well just to backtrack to the album again, I really sat down and listened to it and from start to finish its really good, diverse and just a lot of depth to it so you should be proud. From lyrics to music you guys are just no bullshit. I LOVE IT (Waylon) Yea no bullshit we have a statement in AKC fuck your feelings because fuck mine. They don’t matter you want to know real pain come here let me smack you in the face. This band is all about take a stand for something. Where is freedom at? Speak your mind I would rather be on the edge of controversy pushing my freedom by telling you u this is fucked up rather then hide behind anything.
THE OTHER STAND YOU TOOK WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND PEOPLE JUST BEING DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY (Waylon) That’s what today is about
I JUST HAD THIS WHOLE CONVERSATION TODAY ABOUT OW PEOPLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO TALK TO PEOPLE IN PERSON ANYMORE (Waylon) Oh, yea it’s so common now. It’s pathetic just walk up to people if you are going to hit on them or just say hi and say it like it is. Be a human, don’t let this little machine dictate your feelings and your ability to communicate. Yes, it’s a great way of communication and it’s a good balance but also walk up and have some confidence and sit down and have a conversation with a lady or male and be good with it.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD. I KNOW IT ALL SECRETS SO YOU CAN’T SAY MUCH BUT LET ME KNOW ANYTHING ELSE, NEW VIDEOS, SINGLES BEFORE YOU GUYS HIT THE STAGE?
(Waylon) We are starting a video
FOR 1080P? (Waylon) No that already has the lyric video but by your face you want a real video for it?? Lol we actually have an idea and I’ll let you in on it for 1080P. we want to do a video where we reenact Married With Children
YOU GOING TO HAVE BON BONS IN THERE TOO? (Waylon) We got too!! But the whole point of it is that the Bundy family watching TV and 1080P is flipping through your channels, but Trumpy has to play Peggy and he suggested it LOL
NICE YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST LOL WELL ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD? (Waylon) Thank you for having us
RESONATE from Massachusetts chats it up with the Romper. By: Jackie Ryan
It's been a while since I had the opportunity to research and come up with questions for a band. RESONATE came across my email and I was pleasantly surprised to hear the singles OPEN YOUR EYES and SHADOWTRAP. Hailing from Haverhill, Ma the quintet has a unique sound that isn't quite metal and isn't quite hard rock. Front man Jake Packard has a raspy voice that flows well with the melodic sounds of his band mates. They just started to put out their singles on the airwaves in the US and even in Germany and I asked how they felt about their music being on the airways and how they want fans to view their music.
YOU CAME TOGETHER WITH A MIXTURE THAT ISN'T QUITE METAL, BUT ISN'T HARD ROCK. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HEARD YOU BEFORE? Lyrics that make you think, rhythms that make you move, and hooks that stay with you all day!
HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CHARLIE BURRUSO AT WOODSHOP PRODUCTIONS (GODSMACK) AND NICK DRAGON FROM M-STUDIO (AEROSMITH)? Charlie is kind of the ‘go-to producer’ in our area, and a good friend of ours. He is an extremely talented engineer, and his studio is perfect for us! It gives us all the tools we need, to basically do whatever we want. But, it's comfortable enough to feel like you’re just chilling in a living room somewhere. And working with M-Works, was rad! I mean, that studio mastered Nirvana’s “Bleach” album, and that’s one of my personal favorite records.
WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES FOR SOUND AND ALSO FOR MELODY? We have such a wide array of musical influences, it’s kind of crazy. I mean, everything from metal, punk, blues, pop, rap, just about everything! Even a little country here and there. Actually, here’s a GREAT way to describe what I’m talking about. Here are some of the potential cover songs that have come up in past conversations, but I won’t tell you who voted for which haha. “Bye, Bye, Bye” - N’Sync “Just another Day” - Jon Secada “Mad World” - Tears for Fears “Kiss from a Rose” - Seal “Territorial Pissings” - Nirvana “Gimme the Loot” - Notorious BIG “California Love” - Dre and 2Pac “Danger Zone” - Kenny Loggins
I promise you, every one of those is true.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU WANT YOUR FANS TO GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? We just want to write music that resonates with people.
See what we did there? :)
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO GET YOUR MUSIC OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND KNOWING YOUR ON THE AIRWAYS? It’s crazy!!! Honestly, it’s so humbling. Our friends and fans are 100%, the reason why we’ve been spreading. They have been so supportive, and have been sharing our music wherever they can! After only like a week or so, after we launched the project, we started getting these emails from FM and Online program directors, from all over the world! Germany, Australia, France, Italy, the UK, and a whole bunch of different US markets. It’s nuts!! And as we have been getting spins here, there and everywhere, now we’re starting to see opportunities we NEVER could have expected, 6 weeks ago. We’re working on something now, that I REALLY hope we can announce soon. We’re so excited about all of this.
TELL US ABOUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAYED A SHOW AS RESONATE. Our debut show is coming up!!! We’re playing at Jewel in Manchester NH, on 6/17, with our friends in A Simple Complex, Found Piece, and Kennedy Drive. And, because it’s our official debut, we wanted to do something special, so we have a party bus bringing people from our hometown Haverhill, to the show! It’s going to be wild haha.
But, the night before we officially launched the project, we did play a short acoustic set, and an electric set, at a touch party for our crew and families. It was a really great to get all of the people who had been helping us get this going, all under one roof. It was a great night!
HOW YOU GET AMPED UP FOR A SHOW? Band shots? Band shots!
TOWARDS THE END OF MAY, YOU POSTED ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE MATT'S NEW BASS, YOU HAD FANS NAME IT. WAS THE END RESULT BESTY? AND DO YOU NORMALLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS WITH ALL INSTRUMENTS? That’s a touchy subject. I mean, I’m pulling pretty hard for Sexy Betsy, but Matt’s not really feeling it. I’m not really sure if he’s settled on a name for this one yet, but I know he has names for all of his other ones. The only one I can think of right now though is “Yammy”, the old school Yamaha Bass that he’s had since we were in a punk band together, in High School.
AS A BAND, IF YOU COULD PLAY OR WRITE WITH ANYONE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? If I could play or write with anyone it would be the four guys I get to play and write with every day! I know that might be a lame answer, but it's the truth. I feel so incredibly lucky to be in this band, and I truly believe are best stuff has yet to be written!
And John Lennon would be pretty cool too, I guess :)
KNUCKLEDUSTER local talent from West Virginia By: Stephanie Stevens
The power of the internet and social media, one click of a button and I fell upon a local band out of Morgantown, WV called KNUCKLEDUSTER. after reading the about page on Facebook and seeing this band likes rock, metal and pizza I said why not give them a shot and see what they are all about. after speaking with the bands guitarist Josh Ringer, I was giving the bands album the ART OF REGRESSION. a full packed disc of metal, rock, tantalizing guitar riffs and solid high energy appeal this album did it in for me and I wanted to learn more about the band so I threw out some questions to get the fire started and the guys were gracious enough to answer them. so, sit back and learn about this local talent from West Virginia KNUCKLEDUSTER
YOU GUYS FORMED IN 2015 IS THIS CURRENT LINEUP THE ORIGINAL AND WHO IS IN THE BAND? Yeah, all 4 of us are the original members. When we started it was just myself (Austin), Chase and Chuck for a while. We knew we needed another guitarist just because our music has a lot of harmonies and a lot of guitar work. Once we got solid as a 3 piece, we started looking for the final piece of the puzzle. That’s when I ran into Jared from Worst Kept Secret and he is the one that sent Ringer our way. He showed up and fit in perfectly with the rest of us. It’s been smooth sailing ever since.
IF YOU GUYS COULD PICK ONE PERSON THAT INFLUENCES YOU IN YOUR INSTRUMENT WHICH PERSON WOULD THAT BE AND WHY? Austin – Right now I would have to say Matt Heafy from Trivium. I obviously take a lot from James Hetfield but I have definitely started drifting more towards Matt lately just because he is kind of a renaissance man of metal. He sings, he shreds, and every Trivium album is completely different which I respect a lot.
Ringer- Zakk Wylde. When I first started playing guitar my Uncle gave me a copy of “No More Tears”, and I was blown away. Back then Zakk was way more melodic with his playing but he would throw in the pinch harmonics and chicken pickin’ as well and I thought that was just pure insanity. To narrow it down to one guitar player though is hard. Randy Rhoads, Slash, and Dimebag all influenced the way I play and write guitar parts. Chuck- Lemmy… Cause Lemmy is God.
Chase- I cut my teeth on Neil Peart and John Bonham when I first started playing drums, but I'd have to say one of my biggest influences was my older cousin, Jarret. He taught me not to be a lazy drummer and that a big drum kit doesn't make you a good drummer, you got to know when and how to use it all. He is still one of my biggest influences and a big supporter of our music today.
WHERE DID THE BAND NAME COME FROM AND HOW DOES THAT RELATE TO THE MUSIC YOU MAKE? I don’t think we are actually sure who threw it out there. We had been jamming for a few months and we had a group text going and we were throwing out all kinds of names. We wanted something that just sounded aggressive and we wouldn’t look back on and hate later down the line like how Dave Grohl hates the name The Foo Fighters. One of us threw KNUCKLEDUSTER out there and we all liked it. As for relating to our material, we had the material first so KNUCKLEDUSTER just kind of sounded like it fit well with what was happening in the studio.
KNUCKLEDUSTER was Ringer’s gamer tag on a game called, “Counter Strike” and then later on Playstation. We didn’t know this until after he joined the band!! Fate?
I SAW YOU GUYS WERE INFLUENCED BY THE BAND AUDIOSLAVE. HOW DID YOU REACT WHEN YOU HEARD THE PASSING OF THE AMAZING CHRIS CORNELL AND THOUGHTS ON SUICIDE IN THIS DAY AND AGE? Austin – That one hit me really hard. The reason I found out I was a tenor is because I attempted “Outshined” in front of my vocal teacher when I was 14. So, in a way he shaped how I attacked learning how to sing. I was also in a cover band for a few years before KD started and my favorite song in the set list was “Cochise”. I got to shed my guitar and just give everything I had to singing and belting out that scream after the bridge. It was really fun. He had such an amazing voice and I still can’t believe that we won’t get to hear it again. It really sucks. Eddie Vedder is the only singer from the grunge era that we have left.
Ringer- I was never a Nirvana or Pearl Jam guy. I always thought Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were the two bands that really stood out in the grunge movement. Mainly because I could understand the lyrics and they were cooler. Cornell’s vocal range was just unbelievable. That guy could sing the phone book and blow everyone away. A bootleg solo album of his titled, “Unplugged! Live in Sweden” is in constant rotation and his voice on that is killer. He was an incredible talent that’s gone too soon and it hit me the same way it did when I heard Dimebag got murdered.
I just lost an Uncle last year to suicide, so it really hit home with me. You have the people that say, “Well he took the cowards way out” or “It’s selfish, he left all this behind and only thought about himself, he could have gotten help” and all that jazz. You don’t know what’s going on in someone’s head and once you reach that point where you give up, then I don’t think you can get help. If you’re depressed get help early and don’t try and beat it alone.
Chase- The death of Chris Cornell is one that shook generations of people and hit very close to me. Chris's music has gotten me through a lot of times of trouble. When it comes to influences, in general, there is no artist I hold higher.
THE ART OF REGRESSION IS A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM YOU GUYS JUST RELEASED FOR SOMEONE THAT HASN’T HEARD YOU BEFORE HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE OVERALL TONE OF THE ALBUM AND DID YOU TRY TO GET AN OVERALL FEEL OF YOUR LIVE PERFORMACE IN THE RECORDINGS? The album is pretty thrash oriented but I also think that there are a solid amount of hooks and more radio friendly songs as well. We have so many influences that we kind of try and write a song for every kind of hard rock/metal fan. So, it’s definitely an interesting album. I would say it has the old school Metallica (Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All) vibe going for it. As for trying to capture live performance, I think we did that pretty well during the transition between “No Drive” and “Generation Hollow” What you hear during that transition on the album is exactly what we do live about 90% of the time. We weren’t really going for a “live” sounding album but TAOR is a solid representation of what we sound like live.
I WAS INTERESTED IN KNOWING THE MEANING BEHIND THE LYRICS OF SAVE MYSELF? That song is extremely personal for me. I had a very close friend growing up. I actually would have called him more of a brother than a friend. When we went to college he got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up becoming an addict. I tried to help him a few times and he would go through this roller coaster of getting clean, then relapsing, then getting clean again, then relapsing. The last time I saw him he came to my house completely out of his mind and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. It had finally become too much for me and he wasn’t my brother anymore. He had turned into something completely different and I knew that I wasn’t going to be the person that could help him out of the hell that he had created for himself. I had to do something I never thought that I was capable of and cut him out of my life completely. I ended up treating it as if he died. That was the only way I really knew how to handle the situation. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. From what I have gathered he was finally able to overcome his addiction and has built a great life for himself which is not easy. It sucks that our friendship had to end but unfortunately addiction doesn’t give a shit who your friends are and that’s just the way it played out.
ANOTHER TRACK OFF THE ALBUM THAT WAS A EAR CATCHER TO ME WAS GENERATION HOLLOW. SEEM LIKE AHEAVIER TRACK FOR YOU GUYS DO YOU FEEL YOUR MUSIC IS LEADING TO A MORE AGGRESSIVE FEEL OR DO YOU WANT TO KEEP IT AS MULTI FACETED AS POSSIBLE? We like having a versatile album so who knows what’s going to happen on the next go around. I would like to kind of do what did on TAOR twice. By that I mean have two radio type songs like “SAVE MYSELF” instead of one. Have two really thrashy in your face songs like “GENERATION HOLLOW” instead of one. But in all honesty who knows how it will turn out. When you’re in a band where every single guy is capable of playing every other dude’s instrument, you get a metric shit-ton of material at your disposal. The hard part for us is arranging it into smooth flowing songs.
DO YOU GUYS TRY TO GET OUT ON THE ROAD MUCH OR DO YOU PLAY LOCAL VENUES? It’s actually kind of funny thing. We would love to play more local shows but for some reason we have found it way easier to book shows on the road as opposed to locally. I have no idea why it plays out like that but we have people from out of state contact us pretty frequently and we end up on the road more often than not. We are cool with it though just because it helps spread the word and gives us some pretty sweet opportunities.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET YOUR MUSIC OR LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU GUYS? You can get our stuff just about anywhere. iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, CDBaby, just about anywhere digital content is sold. We also have an online store on Facebook fan page where you can get physical copies of the album as well as a bunch of other merch.
ANY LAST COMMENTS? Austin – anybody reading this, grow your hair out now. It’s probably going to fall out soon. And of course, thanks for interviewing us.
Chase- To any young musicians: Stay focused, perfect your art, don't worry about criticism, you do you and play your damn heart out.
ON YOUR DEATHBED success is brewing for these Massachusetts natives.
By: Stephanie Stevens
ON YOUR DEATHEBED is based out of Taunton, MA and came together back in 2013. I am proud to say I have known some of these guys since we were teenagers in the local scene. I have watched these guys grow into men and progress with their musical careers, especially the one and only Bob Mendell, vocalist and songwriter of ON YOUR DEATHBED. The one thing is that this band is probably the best I have seen them perform along with write probably some of the best shit out of their career and to see the band building a fanbase getting known and respected in the scene just makes me feel like a proud mama in some senses. ON YOUR DEATHBED pretty much is summed up musically as a combination of aggressive metal, hardcore additives and tons of melodic tones that just makes the band a very diverse and attention getting to music fans of all genres. The band released a EP a while back and is one disc that can be listened to from start to finish because he song vibes together but has new elements to really bring you on an adventure and the sound quality is like killer, pretty professional to say the least. The self-titled EP has the hardcore feel with WE GIVE which is also a live show favorite, CAN’T TAKE AWAY brings the melody and catchy sing a long vibe to the band’s sound, EVERYTHING TO ME blends melody and a more rock/harder edge feel to it and UNIFIED just brings the groove to the forefront. This band just creates diversity and in this day and age that’s what you want a band to be, well rounded and killer live and you get the whole package with ON YOUR DEATHBED. I had a chance to throw out some questions to my friend and vocalist Bob Mendell about the band members, up n coming shows, the EP and future music and who inspires him.
YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE FOR A BIT NOW BUT SEEMS LIKE YOU SOLIDIFIED A GOOD TIGHT SQUAD OF BAND MEMBERS NOW. WHO’S IN THE BAND AND WHAT DOES EACH OF THEM BRING TO THE TABLE. INCLUDING YOURSELF?
Well there's Caz Gadles on lead/ rhythm guitar he's one of the main song writers. He has a great intensity live too. James Healy is also on lead/ rhythm he's brought another layer to the music with some great playing. Mike Creature is on bass keeping the low end nice, full and in your face. Mike Geoffrion on drums is a brutal hard-hitting timekeeper that has a great ear for song arrangement. Lastly myself, Bob Mendell, on vocals. I try to keep the lyrics and vocal melodies and patterns as good as these guy's awesome music. We also all bring the live show and try to give the crowd a good show every time. If it's 20 or 20,000 we want them you remember our show.
WHERE DID THE NAME ON YOUR DEATHBED COME FROM?
The name ON YOUR DEATHBED actually is from lyrics to a song by a hardcore band called 108. The song is called Deathbed from the record Song of Separation. If you haven't heard of them they're an amazing band. Very metal influenced Hare Krishna hardcore. Love them.
FOR SOMEONE THAT HASN’T HEARD ON YOUR DEATHBED WHAT CAN YOU TELL THE WORLD ABOUT YOUR SOUND AND YOUR OVERALL GOALS AS A BAND?
Well we're a melodic metal band with hardcore influences. We like to keep evolving and trying new things, but also want to keep within the same niche, if that makes sense. We want to keep growing and keep pushing this band as far as it can go. We also pride ourselves in an entertaining live show with lots of energy. We're definitely a band that loves to perform.
IN A LYRICAL OUTLOOK WHERE DO YOU GUYS GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM AND IS THERE ANY TOPIC YOU WOULD NEVER WRITE ABOUT?
Most of my inspiration is from my life experiences whether good or bad. I try to write from a certain perspective but also keep it open to interpretation. I like people being able to connect with the words and relate to something they feel. I don't think there's really anything I wouldn't write about, I just would have my own side on the subject.
YOUR EP HAS BEEN OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT NOW DO YOU HAVE NEW MUSIC IN THE MAKING AND CAN WE POSSIBLE SEE ANOTHER EP OR A FULL-LENGTH FROM YOU GUYS SOON?
We're very happy with our first EP. Our engineer for the recording, Dave Allen, is a genius and we love how great it sounds. We've gotten a lot of positive reviews and radio play. We couldn't be prouder. We actually have a whole records worth of songs ready to record. We're just weighing our options right now as to how to get them recorded. We'd love to do a full length next but with the way the music is being consumed by the public now it's seems EPs are the way to go. So, we'll see.
WHICH FAMOUS MUSICIANS HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM?
Myself personally I have always looked up to Mike Patton from Faith No More. He's always been an inspiration for me. His versatility is second to none. More recently Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage. He's always been an amazing vocalist and frontman. He's also an awesome person and friend.
IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SOME KILLER SHOWS WHAT IN YOUR MIND HAS BEEN THE BEST AS IN PLAYING WITH CERTAIN BANDS AND WHICH SHOW DO YOU THINK YOU GAINED THE MOST FAN EXPOSURE AT (IN GETTING NEW FANS”)?
Well we just played the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival for the second year in a row. We also have done some other amazing shows supporting some of the biggest bands in some amazing venues all over the area. So honestly, I just feel getting us out there and not being closed minded to what types of bands we play with has definitely helped our audience grow.
HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN LOOKING INTO GETTING LABEL INTEREST OR DO YOU FEEL DOING THE DIY WAY IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR YOU IN THE LONG HAUL?
Well we'd love to find a label that would like to work with us whether it's just starting out with distribution of what we have already or with putting out something new. We have been talking to some so that's definitely a possibility. That being said, we aren't going to expect anything like that. We have no problem working hard to get the music out on our own. We just want people to hear what we have to offer and want to put in the best show we can.
DO YOU THINK THAT ONLINE PRESENCE IS IMPORTANT FOR FANS TO FIND YOU AND CRITICS TO FIND YOUR MUSIC TO WRITE ABOUT?
Absolutely!!! The internet is a major tool for people to find new music, or in turn find a fan base. Through social media, media steaming or purchasing sites. All of that is a huge part of how some artists are even known in the first place.
WHAT SONG BEST DESCRIBES YOUR BANDS WORK ETHIC?
Everything to Me. It's a song about having passion in what you do. In our case that passion is playing and performing music.
IMAGINE YOU’RE WATCHING A CONCERT AND ONE OF THE BAND MEMBERS SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTS. YOU GET CALLED TO THE STAGE TO REPLACE THAT BAND MEMBER. WHO’S THE BAND?
Mike Patton in Faith No More of course.
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET YOUR MUSIC OR HEAR ABOUT SHOWS?
You can always check out our social media pages: Facebook: www.facebook.com/deathbedmetal Instagram: @onyourdeathbed Twitter: @deathbedband You Tube: On Your Deathbed
And you can find our EP on ITunes, Google Play, Amazon, and other media sources
ANYTHING IN THE SUMMER COMING UP YOU WANT TO LET FANS KNOW ABOUT?
Well we have these shows coming up:
May 28th w/ Hed PE, Motograter, Nullset, Dead By Wednesday, and more at BeachStock 2 At the Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI we have tickets for only $20
June 23rd w/ Dread Engine, 8LB Pressure and more at the Jewel Music Venue Manchester NH
June 24th w/ Cruel Miracle, Dread Engine, 8LB Pressure, Inverter, Mammothor, Grizzly Dan Band!!!!, Addicted to Misery, and The Broken at the Goma's Minibike Massacre in Wareham, MA $15
July 28th w/ L.A. Guns, Budderside, Bad Marriage at the Worcester Palladium. We'll have tickets available very soon.
Sept. 9th w/ Unearth, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Pathogenic, Crossing Rubicon, FirstBourne, Kingsmen and more at the The Big Kahuna 3 f/ Unearth at Fete Music Hall IN Providence, RI tickets available soon
Sept. 30th w/ Life Of Agony, Kilgore, LET US PREY, Drained and more at the Providence Metal Fest at Fete Music Hall in Providence, RI tickets available soon
Lots more to come!!!! Keep checking THE ON YOUR DEATHBED page!!!
EXPERIENCE Detroit's very own KALEIDO. rock, pop, punk, funk.....a full adventure in one album
By: Stephanie Stevens
I’ll be real for a minute when u first got introduced to Detroit’s KALEIDO I said well another rehash of no doubt coming to the year 2017 but I was mistaken when i heard the band’s debut disc EXPERIENCE. it has such a huge collage of sounds and cool elements that i was taken back to how much fun, talent and kick ass this band is. i missed them when they came to Boston last week but i was able to speak with the sexy, beautiful vocalist Christina Chriss via email.
so KALEIDO is rounded out by Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) and like I said before are from the Detroit music scene. the band’s sound is something of a cluster of sounds from pop, rock, punk, funk, tons of hooks, melody and wraps it all up with a lyrical display of real stories and words from the heart. the band’s debut album EXPERIENCE just hit the streets may 19, 2017.
not only does this chic have a sexy flair to her but she has some vocal abilities too with songs like ALL TOGETHER and THE END, two songs that are on the slower spectrum and end out the album but really shows her talent has a singer. then we have the sexy, tropical, reggae feel of TROUBLE IN PARADISE that has to be my favorite track off the disc. the band’s new single DIE TRYIN’ is flavorful with upbeat melody with a no doubt feel, a fun filled summer jam for sure. Attitude and sassiness through the roof on the track NO MORE LITTLE MISS NICE BITCH, probably the song title and the feel of this song made me want to give this girl a hi five and hug cause she kicks ass writing a track like this. LOVE & WAR was another song that I fell in love with co-writer and co singing with Dryden from alien ant farm provides are rocking melodic track on this one. A ton of character in this debut from KALEIDO, also well laid out for song tracking makes it for a very easy listen from start to finish
So, like I said before I was able to get some answers from the one and only Christina Chriss after the band played Boston, ma with Seether and after a killer weekend at Rock on the Range. So read on to learn about the band and this kick ass girl and check out tour dates and go hang out at a show when they come to town.
ON THE FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, "EXPERIENCE" WHICH CAME OUT ON MAY 19TH - HOW HAVE YOU GROWN FROM THE EPS OF THE PAST? THE BAND HAS A VERY BLENDED GENRE SOUND ON THIS DISC. We've honed our sound and embraced who we are and what we do. We put on high energy, interactive live shows, and with our new album EXPERIENCE, we made it a priority to reproduce and capture that on the recordings. We'll continue to learn and grow, because I feel like that's what life is all about.
HOW DID KALEIDO COME TOGETHER AS A BAND? WHAT'S THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE LIKE IN DETROIT? We came together in the Detroit music scene. Cody Morales and I were in a band that played on the same bill as the band Joey Fava was in at the time. We hit it off and decided to start writing together. We asked Ronnie Rosolino to play guitar (we went to school together), and KALEIDO manifested. The local scene in Detroit, much like living in Detroit and growing up there, requires hard work and perseverance. No handouts, you have to work hard and earn it.
HOW HAS BEING A FEMALE FRONTED BAND BEEN FOR KALEIDO – DID YOU THINK YOU ARE TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN MALE FRONTED BANDS? AS A FEMALE FRONT PERSON DO YOU FEEL IT HAS GOTTEN EASIER FOR WOMEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS OR NOT? It's been cool. As far as I know I don't think we've been treated any differently based on me being female. Its 2017 & there's too much ass to kick to waste time worrying if I'm being treated differently because I'm a girl. I want to be remembered as a great front PERSON, regardless of gender.
IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO ANY YOUNG GIRLS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO BE A MUSICIAN OR ARE JUST AFRAID TO DO WHAT THEY DREAM OF DOING - WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM? Find what lights you up & light up the world. Acknowledge your gifts and use them to your advantage. Don't listen to anyone who prefers you small and tries to discourage your dreams. You can be and do anything you believe in.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INFLUENCES TO WRITE THE SONGS YOU COME UP WITH AND DO YOU HAVE ANY BOUNDARIES ON HOW PERSONAL YOU WILL DIVE INTO A CERTAIN SUBJECT MATTER OR NOT? My experiences in life are my influences. I've been through a lot of ups and downs, and I've found that both have been incredibly important in making me into the person and artist that I am. The songs and stories told on our new album EXPERIENCE are my most personal yet. There are no boundaries to my songwriting.
WHAT IS YOUR REGIMEN WHEN YOU’RE ON THE ROAD TO KEEP THE VOICE INTACT? Lots of water & vocal warm ups, every day.
"DIE TRYIN'" IS THE NEW SINGLE OFF THE ALBUM. A VERY ROCKER-ISH AND PUNKY,UPBEAT SONG. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS SONG, AND WHAT IS THE SONG ABOUT? It's about hard work and perseverance. It’s our motto. "If I don't win 'em all - then watch me DIE TRYIN'"!
THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG HAS A NO DOUBT KIND OF VIBE, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR LOOK. IS GWEN STEFANI SOMEONE THAT YOU WERE INFLUENCED BY GROWING UP? Gwen Stefani, Axl Rose, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Pat Benetar, Pink, Alanis Morrisette, Davey Havok, Claudio Sanchez, Serj Tankian, Shaun Morgan, Madonna, Eminem, Jim Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, Kid Rock .... I can go on and on....
HOW WAS THE MAKING OF THE VIDEO FOR "TROUBLE IN PARADISE"? WHERE WAS THE VIDEO SHOT AND HOW MUCH DO YOU GUYS PUT INTO THE TREATMENT FOR YOUR VIDEOS? We wrote a song about paradise so we went to paradise to film the video. We shot at our friend Taco's house in Key West, FL and it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had shooting a video.
YOU GUYS ARE ON THE ROAD WITH SEETHER NOW - HOW IS THAT GOING AND DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE PLAYING FOR A NEW CROWD YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED TO BEFORE? The tour has been amazing so far. Seether has awesome fans and it's been a lot of fun performing for them each night. We're playing new markets as well, so lots of new people every day.
DO YOU STILL GET STAGE FRIGHT OR NERVES GOING OUT TO PLAY EACH NIGHT AND IF YOU DO - HOW DO YOU CALM YOUR NERVES? Never. I'm more comfortable on stage than anywhere else!
AFTER THIS TOUR LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A LIVE DATE(S) WITH ROB ZOMBIE (SO JEALOUS!). HOW ARE YOU GUYS GEARING UP FOR THAT AND WILL YOUR SET LIST CHANGE WITH THAT TOUR? We're super excited to play with Rob Zombie! Can't wait to open the show how KALEIDO does - With a bang! We'll be playing songs off of our new album “EXPERIENCE”.
NOW THAT THE ALBUM IS OUT – ARE YOU LOOKING TO POSSIBLY DO A HEADLINING TOUR OR ARE YOU OK WITH STAYING AS OPENERS SINCE YOU’RE STILL A YOUNG BAND? I’m sure we will be doing both. Most importantly we will be playing as often, in as many cities, to as many people as possible. We want to tour forever!
YOU CO-WROTE "LOVE & WAR" WITH DRYDEN FROM ALIEN ANT FARM - HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM WRITING WITH HIM? DID YOU COME UP WITH A SUBJECT MATTER WITH HIM OR DID YOU GUYS JUST WRITE FROM THE BEGINNING AND CAME UP WITH A TOPIC TO WRITE ABOUT? Dryden is one of our really good friends, as is the rest of Alien Ant Farm. We love those dudes. They're like our family. After touring together on and off for a couple years, we decided to write something together. We wrote and recorded it at Mike Cosgrove's house (AAF drummer) and both of our bands were there hanging out and having a good time. The song happened really naturally. Dry and I started bouncing ideas and lyrics then we recorded it on the spot.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE EACH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS IN ONE WORD WHAT WORD WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR EACH? Fuckers. LOL (just kidding - I love them all!)
ANY LAST COMMENTS OR SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SHARE? Please go get our new album “EXPERIENCE” – your support keeps us going and allows us to tour!! Check us out online at KaleidoBand.com and Come see us live!!
Kaleido on tour with Seether/Letters From The Fire/Through Fire: **Rob Zombie dates in July May 22 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live ** May 24 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall ** May 25 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall ** May 26 - Sturtevant, WI - Route 20 ^ May 27 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium ** May 31 - Salt Lake City, UT - Liquid Joe's ^^ Jun. 01 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House ** Jun. 03 - Paradise, CA - White Water Saloon ^^ Jun. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*** Jun. 06 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues*** Jun. 07 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre*** Jun. 10 - Saint Louis, MO -The Pageant*** July 14th – Rob Zombie dates start
* w/ Seether & Letters From The Fire *** w/ Seether & Through Fire ^ w/ Letters From The Fire ^^ Kaleido headline
Rhode Island's very own KINGSMEN, ready to take on the world. By: Stephanie Stevens
A few months back when I was thinking about starting my music blog back up and wanting to get familiarized with the local scene that I had been MIA from for so many years. I was told by a friend to check out a Rhode Island based band called KINGSMEN. Once that name hit my ears for a few weeks, I felt like the band was like wild fire everyone either was talking about them, or knew someone in the band or just was excited about what this project was putting together. Come to find out the members of the band in the past have been in bands in the scene for a bit and I am sure once this set of gentlemen got together word of mouth ran rampant about what they were cooking up for this new band. I decided to take a chance to see what this band had in store for me. Once I researched and looked into the band I saw they had a up n coming show in the area. So, I took myself to a night out in Providence, to check out what the hype was all about. To be brutally honest I was pretty impressed by the fanbase the band had already had since they just formed in 2016 and had no real music out but this EP they were working on that they were going to be exclusively playing songs off of they had been working on this night. SO, the time came they hit the stage and it was a fiery passionate performance on a small ass stage. The band that night didn’t play long enough in my opinion but what they did do was intrigue me enough to keep coming back to shows. The number one thing that caught my attention was lead vocalist Tanner Guimond doesn’t just scream his heart out this guy can actually get some melodic tones in and a sing a fucking note or two. The band’s music is intricate just enough to maintain attention but driven and melodic enough to get you moving too. From the songs, I have heard the lyrics can relate to all walks of life, if you have been angered, loved, hated, or just becoming involved in self-realization. The words this band pens deals with real life situations which drive close to people’s hearts, emotions and souls and well to be honest that is what music is all about isn’t it? So, since that evening with KINGSMEN I put back my attention to the Rhode Island music scene (actually the new England scene) but for me KINGSMEN has been a band that I would have to pick as my top 5 local bands as of now. Speaking of local, that might change soon since the band is on the hunt for a new home at a label and with the newly acquired management group of Extreme Management and strong, intense live shows; driven and appealing songs; a bunch of guys who are motivated and committed they probably won’t have a problem getting a label to stand up and take notice. But for now, I will call them mine since they are still a “local” and desired band. When the time comes for the men of KINGSMEN to take flight I think they are humble enough to never forget where they came from. I had a chance to talk to the very social, and pleasant voice Tanner Guimond about the bands formation, the biggest challenges as a band, how he became a singer and the future of KINGSMEN.
WHEN DID YOU FORM YOUR BAND? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER? The band was formed in February 2016 by Tim Lucier, Tanner Guimond and Dylan Robertson. Our inspiration came from personal struggles and achievements as well as our never-ending drive to become better musicians and performers.
WHO IS IN YOUR CURRENT LINEUP AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL KNOWN EACH OTHER? HOW DID YOU MEET? Our current line up is Tanner Guimond, Tim Lucier, Dylan Robertson, Frank Soltys and Adam Bakelman. We knew each other from playing shows together in previous projects we have all been in such as Solanum, Murdoc, Fortune Favors the Brave, Scriptures and Lies in Motion.
WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR WORK TO BE? WHO ARE YOUR MAJOR INFLUENCES? That's a tough question. We are very different with each song we make which makes us unique in our own way. Without a doubt, we are metal/rock, but to sub categorize it... I don't think we could put a name on it just yet. Some big influences for us would include Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Northlane, Periphery, Metallica, Lamb of God
HOW DID YOU FIGURE OUT YOU COULD SING AND ANYONE MUSICIAN WISE THAT YOU LOOKED UP TO GROWING UP? I can sing?! (Lol)
Well I actually used to be in chorus in middle school, took private singing lessons from a few teachers throughout high school but I took up screaming before the world could see that I can sing. While writing the lyrics for KINGSMEN it just finally felt like the right time to unleash that part of me! Some of my biggest influences were James Labrie from Dream Theater, Randy Blythe from Lamb of God and Warrel Dane from Nevermore.
DO YOU HAVE MAIN SONGWRITERS IN THE BAND OR IS IT A COLLABORATED EFFORT? Singer/songwriter wise, Tim does most of the instruments with the help of the rest of the band but writing lyrics and melodies/rhythms for vocals is up to me for the most part.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR FANBASE AND THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN YOU? Words can't express how grateful and happy we are to have received so much support so far. Since all we really have is our live show to make an impression, it's amazing to see such a fast-growing fan base that can get behind KINGSMEN.
YOU JUST SIGNED WITH EXTREME MANAGEMENT HOW DID THAT COME UP AND HOW DO YOU FEEL BEING ON THE COMPANIES ROSTER? Extreme Management Group was one of the best decisions we've ever made as musicians. Mark and Joanne are fantastic people and we couldn't be any happier to be working with them. We touched base with them after our CD release and things just really fell into place after that. We are all very excited to see what the future holds for us.
HAVE YOU BEEN SEARCHING LABELS NOW AND ANY PROSPECTS YOU CAN DELVE INTO? IF NOT, WHAT LABEL WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE ON AND WHY? No prospects we can speak of yet. However, we would love to work with Sumerian Records, Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner, Century Media or Universal.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A BAND? HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME THAT CHALLENGE? IF SO, HOW? Our biggest challenge as a band has been to promote ourselves without any music online. It's tough to get fans into the idea of KINGSMEN without having them hear our sound. We have certainly overcome that challenge in our region by playing the biggest shows we can find and networking within our local communities to gain support. We are very proud of what we've accomplished so far.
HOW DO YOU VIEW THE RHODE ISLAND LOCAL SCENE AND WANT TO GIVE ANY SHOUT OUTS TO ANYONE THAT HAS REALLY HELPED YOU GUYS WHEN U FIRST STARTED OUT? We love our local music scene. We've been a part of it one way or another for almost a decade. One man who has done a lot for us so far would be Justin Marcotte. He's a phenomenal promoter and good friend to us and has given us everything he can and we love him for that. We also want to shout or our new and good friend Justin Leach at Mass Concerts who has helped us out with The Worcester Palladium and The Webster Underground.
YOU HAVE PLAYED SOME PRETTY RAD SHOWS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS WHICH ONE IN YOUR OPINION WAS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY? I'd have to say either our CD release or our show with Chelsea Grin was our favorite so far. Both packed wall to wall with insane energy. Shows like that make me want to do this for the rest of my years.
BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE ANYONE LOOKING TO ASPIRE A DREAM OF THEIRS? Best advice we can give you is breathe, eat and sleep what you want to do. Cut out the people who are holding you back. Stay focused, driven and excited about the future you're fighting for. HOW CAN PEOPLE BUY MUSIC OR KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HAPPENINGS WITH YOU GUYS? Our music will be on sale within the next few months. Otherwise check out one of our pages. www.kingsmenofficial.net www.facebook.com/kingsmenbandri IG: kingsmenri
ANY KINGSMEN STUFF HAPPENING SOON WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? AND LAST COMMENTS? We've got a large list of shows, new music and merchandise coming your way soon. So, keep in touch with us and check on the links we listed above for any new content that could be coming out soon. Big thanks to anyone who took the time out of their day to read this. Stay positive, stay committed and follow your dreams!