KILLERS CONFESSION A VERY KILLER CHRISTMAS TOUR DEC 16TH 2017 FETE MUSIC HALL. PROVIDENCE, RI By: Stephanie Stevens
This is the second time seeing the guys in a KILLER’S CONFESSION. The first time was with Nonpoint at the same venue and that is where I officially met and chatted with the guys and once chatting with them I was surprisingly entertained that not only does this band make some killer music but they got some sensible and intelligent thoughts about the world and how you should treat others to name a few. So, I was super stoked to see them again on a headline run due to the fact they only had a short time last time and of course I wanted to hear my song 1080P live again because well the song is killer and it warms my cold little heart. One step into the venue and I was surprised again by the hospitality and care and love they had for the opening bands they brought out AWAKE AT LAST and YOU ARE A TOY. The stories I got from the other bands about how the guys in AKC took it to another level to make sure everyone got to every show safe, had food and shelter and throughout the night Waylon must have said a million times he didn’t care about people buying his merch but look at the other bands and help them and support them because the future is in them; just brought a really heart felt sentiment to me and the crowd that joined in the festivities that evening.K The whole show was killer and the opening two bands I became fans of and you will see things on them in the future. AKC set was pretty low key and almost like they were in your living room playing. They had fun, didn’t take things to seriously and had a huge interaction with the crowd the other bands and it was just a very casual and killer fun night. The night was not complete without the guys doing the fan favorite 1080P, REBIRTH, L.O.L. off of the bands album UNBROKEN. The highlight of the night was the two new tracks the guys just recently released one is called I WISH which with one listen I fell in love with it due to the fact Waylon is using his vocals and singing abilities more and it just makes the track jump off the speaker and into your soul; but don’t think for one moment this band has gotten soft and sappy because there is still elements of pure adrenaline and fierce heaviness in the song. If you want to talk about bringing you lyrics that are coming from the heart and soul then AKC has got that secured just take a listen to the other newest track ANGEL ON THE OUTSIDE; magical with just enough saturated emotion, you will fully understand the mindset of the man who penned the song. Overall a really amazing night and thanks to the AKC guys for bringing out YOU’RE A TOY and AWAKE AT LAST because the guys have some great music and literally are the future of the music world. Here is a small collage of the band performing on this special evening. Watch for them with new surprises, new tours and I am sure new songs in 2018
SUICIDE SILENCE LIVE THE CLEANSING 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR By: Stephanie Stevens
It’s been 10 years since the band released THE CLEANSING an album that stirred energy and passion in the metal community and made a name for the California band SUICIDE SILENCE. The band set out on a tour this past fall/winter to pay tribute to that album and I was able to catch the show when it landed in Providence, RI with the passing of singer Mitch Lucker the band has gone through some not so nice fan opinions and I was really curious to see how this tour would go for them but in my area the crowd came out to get in the bands faces and let me tell you I was pretty impressed with the accuracy and intensity vocalist Eddie Hermida gave us that night. The rest of the band was on point per usual; every time I have seen them the music has been as brutal, energized and in your face as possible. Although the guys didn’t do anything new on this tour I have to say with all the slack they got I have to throw in my opinion and say I do like the change I like the flow and the “different” approach they are taking and I am looking forward to what the guys have to say in 2018. For now, I have to say that the band slayed on this night and if they are coming to a town near you def. don’t miss out on the show because not only them but the rest of the touring bands pretty much slayed that evening also.
Here is a small collage of snippets of the bands set that evening. Enjoy and while you’re at it give the new self-titled album a chance you might be delightfully surprised and enjoy it.
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SUICIDE SILENCE: Facebook: @suicidesilence
The world was introduced to a new solo artist DEUCE, formally the founder and frontman of HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD. After being on his own for seven years, he seems to have a really good following and is not letting fans down with his latest album INVINCIBLE that was released December 1, 2017. He blends hip hop, rap, and rock all into one. He opens the album with a HERE I COME, with his backing band on guitar, keyboards and rocking drums. Vocally he reminds me a bit of EMINEM. BITCH THIS IS IT, has an interesting feel with more synchronizers and kind of makes me think of MARY POPPINS in the chorus, but with a rock vibe, it’s pretty good and a must listen to. Since his solo start, DEUCE decided to be like most rappers and go after his old band with all that happened, but with BITCH THIS IS IT, I think the battle may end. He has some really good beats throughout the album, that make you wanna rock out. GONE TOMORROW HERE TODAY brings me back to his original feel when he first started out as a musician. Him and his team made INVINCIBLE in both LA and his home of Portland, which you can totally tell which songs where made where based on their feel. THANK YOU is more of ballad, starting off with soft keyboards and mostly vocals with a soft backing guitar. Overall pretty good song, with backing vocals of his backing band. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN has more of a rock feel, kind of sounding like a BLINK-182 song. This album has it all, rock, rap, hip hop and intense lyrics that can relate to almost everyone. Check it out peeps!
STAY IN TOUCH WITH DEUCE http://www.deucela.com facebook.: @DeuceLA twitter: @deuce9lives www.gplus.to/Deuce
Gothenburg based Thrash Metal band ICE AGE came out with their latest album "BREAKING THE ICE" this past October 20th. It's a solid work that all Thrash Metal fans will surely love with its abundance of fast riffs, double kick, gritty vocals, and badass guitar solos. It's been quite a long time coming for this album, and they came out swinging with it.
The first track off of "BREAKING THE ICE" entitled "FLEET STREET" has an almost old school Metallica feel to it, with the gradual intro that slowly brings more and more into the song before blasting full boar. That's honestly the best part of the song (in my opinion), how they started with a clean, haunting guitar part, gradually added more to the riff, then came in with drum accents, and eventually the main riff. They throw a badass chorus in there as well that is an excellent mix of fast and catchy. To me, this is the most well written song on the album, with the great musicianship that is required in each of the several intriguing parts that Ice Age throws into this song. Definitely my favorite off the album.
Another solid track is the song "GENERAL ALERT", showing off vocalist Sabrina Kihlstrand's ability to pull off some great singing as well as her signature gritty voice. This is one of the more up beat, balls to the wall songs off of "BREAKING THE ICE". It's got a badass guitar solo, sick pounding double kick, as well as some killer melodic guitar during the chorus.
I'm going to be completely honest, I'm not really much of a Thrash Metal fan, there's maybe one or two that I actually listen to, but I could see the skill, effort, and thought that ICE AGE has put into this latest work of theirs, and that alone is enough to impress me. They are a Thrash Metal band, and they are very good at what they do, there is no disputing that. Go check these gals (and guy) out on Facebook, Youtube, etc., and go pick up a copy of "BREAKING THE ICE", it is certainly worth a listen.
THE RISE AND FALL OF BABYLON TOLD BY DISCIPLES OF BABYLON BY: JACKIE RYAN
DISCIPLES OF BABYLON don’t need much of an introduction, but that are a 4-piece rock band out of Hollywood. They have had a lot to say about our country and its ups and downs, to learn more about them and their newest album THE RISE AND FALL OF BABYLON continue reading.
TELL US WHO IS DISCIPLES OF BABYLON?
Chris Toeller: We are a 4-piece Rock group consisting of Eric Knight on vocals, Ramon Blanco on the guitar, Gui Bodi on the bass, and Chris Toeller on the drums.
Ramon Blanco: Eric is originally from Miami, Gui is from Brazil, Chris from Chicago and I am from Spain. We all live and are based in Los Angeles.
DESCRIBE FOR US WHY YOU DECIDED TO GO WITH A RISE AND FALL THEME FOR THIS ALBUM, DOES IT REALLY REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY?
Eric Knight: I knew I wanted to use that title for a while now. I felt it was direct reflection of where the country was and has been heading I believe for a long time now. Even before our current political climate that we find ourselves in as a country, you can see the signs of things devolving long before. We are very divided as a nation and we are no longer viewed as a major force on the world stage and that is very concerning to myself and millions of others. This is not a concept record although we do touch on subjects within the lyrics of the songs that lends themselves as relatable to the title of the record. Ultimately, ‘THE RISE AND FALL OF BABYLON’ was a title I felt would be thought provoking, coupled with the album cover and it makes for something I think the person who looks at it at first glance would be intrigued enough to want to listen to it.
YOU TALK ABOUT WANTING THE AUDIENCE TO HEAR WHAT THEY WOULD HEAR ON THE ALBUM DURING LIVE SHOWS, HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THIS IN THE STUDIO.
Chris Toeller: I think it's almost always ideal to sound at least as good as the record when you’re performing live because, as an artist, you don’t want to disappoint your fans and other people in the audience who may be hearing you for the first time. So, for us, we are always trying to achieve that, bare minimum. During our writing sessions and in the studio, we were always considering how we would be able to pull everything off live. I mean, I personally love records where there are tons of instrumental elements and lots of production happening, but that type of stuff isn’t really achievable live with a 4-piece group and we don’t want to be one of those bands where half of the instrumentation is playback through the PA system. We do use some backing tracks to support what’s actually happening on stage, but we are very very cautious not to overdo it. I think we all have this mentality of integrity when it comes to our music and our live shows.
Gui Bodi: We had the privilege of recording at the amazing Stagg Street Studio with our rewarded producer Andres Torres, using great gear and instruments, that alone gives the album a great sound from the get go. On top of that, we spent some time with production elements, everything that any major band or artist does in the studio, like doubling the guitars and adding layers of backing vocals, things that enhance and compliment the recording without taking away the focus of the four main elements of the band: Drums, Vocals, Guitars and Bass.
FOLLOW UP, HOW DO YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE ACHIEVING THIS WHILE ON TOUR?
Chris Toeller: Before we get out on the road, we will certainly rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse some more just to be sure that we sound our best every night. Touring can be rough and exhausting, so we’ll need to sound great even under the worst possible conditions.
Gui Bodi: Live we are going to be adding some of those production elements mentioned above, especially things that add texture to our sound, but just like in the album, we will be playing and performing our parts, that are the most important aspect of our music, and we like to make some different arrangement changes for the live versions of our songs, so people can always expect some surprises during our live sets!
HOW HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN WITH YOUR NEWEST ALBUM THE RISE AND FALL OF BABYLON?
Ramon Blanco: The response has been great! We’ve had people from all over the world writing us telling us that they love the album and we have been getting an amazing response with radio all over the world. We are ecstatic about the general response the record has received.
Chris Toeller: We are incredibly happy with the reception of this most recent record. So far, our fans and social media are loving it, and the word is spreading. Right now, it’s all about getting more and more people listening and sharing with their friends.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE PRODUCING WITH ANDRES TORRES?
Ramon Blanco: He is incredible, and he always thinks in terms of the song and the audience. We have been working with him since the very beginning and are very happy to have him on the team.
Eric Knight: Andres is just very gifted in what he does and is just so talented that it’s scary. I’ve learned so much from him in terms of production and arrangement. We are incredibly fortunate and so thankful to have him involved with this project, it's been a great experience.
Chris Toeller: The man is a genius and gifted beyond comprehension. Period.
YOU ARE SOON RELEASING A LIVE VERSION OF LIBERTY, WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THIS SONG?
Ramon Blanco: LIBERTY, is a brand-new song that we just wrote and we played it together for the first time at our recent record release concert at the Viper Room. It came out very cool and we thought why not.
Chris Toeller: Well, we typically like to give the audience something that they’ve absolutely never heard when we play a significant show like our album release. Eric was working on this new song and brought it into one of our rehearsals, so we all worked on it together and decided it would fit in well with the rest of our music for this show. It also fits the theme of the some of the songs on our most recent record, with songs like FREEDOM and WE ARE THE ONES where Eric discusses resisting and overcoming oppression.
AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND LISTENING TO THE RISE AND FALL YOU SEEM REALLY INVESTED IN THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY, DO YOU PLAN TO DO ANY BENEFIT SHOWS AND WHICH ONES WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THE MOST?
Eric Knight: We definitely want to be a band for the people that is for sure. We’d like to get involved in many charitable events and organizations. Our ‘Babylon Society’ movement is one that we are trying to develop into an organization in which it helps people and supports different causes that are near and dear to our hearts. We are also huge supporters of our military and would love to get involved with doing shows for them and just give back in any way we can for their amazing sacrifice and commitment to protect and defend our nation.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS FOR DOB?
Chris Toeller: We will definitely be out on the road promoting this most recent record and getting it out there. That’s our priority right now, in addition to making a music video or two for some of these songs.
Eric Knight: Complete and total global domination!
ANYTHING YOU WANT YOUR FANS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Chris Toeller: We love you guys. We are so appreciative of all of your support, and we hope to continue making music that you can enjoy and blast in your car on your way home from work or while your doing chores around the house. Whatever it may be. Also, don’t forget to add us to your Spotify playlists as well! All of those streams count! Thank you!
Eric Knight: I think we all are blown away by the response we’ve received from around the world. We are so thankful to everyone everyday who are discovering our music or commenting and supporting what we do and we don’t take that lightly. We want to continue writing great songs and delivering an amazing live show and experience for everyone.
Gui Bodi: If you want to support us and be more involved with the Disciples of Babylon, join our ‘Babylon Society’ movement and become an active member, together we are stronger!
STAY IN TOUCH WITH DOB: INSTAGRAM: @DISCIPLEOFBABYLON FACEBOOK: @BABYLONBANDOFFICIAL TWITTER: @DISCIPLESOFBABY WWW.DISCIPLESOFBABYLON.COM
CLASSIC ROCK WITH A MODERN TWIST THIS IS THE MYLARS BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
THE MYLARS are a wake-up call to what the 70’s and 80’s music brought to our lives back in the day. Listening to this band just makes me reminiscence back to movies I saw back then, music I jammed to and well honestly the trouble I got into as a crazy teenager. Good times by far. This NJ band breathes life back into that genre of music with a modern-day twist and are loving every minute of doing so.
Recently the guys released their debut album MELODY RECORDS and released a statement piece in first single FOREVER DONE and now most recently took a classic Cars song LET’S GO and made it a 2nd single and video and really bring that vibe of classic nostalgia back to the music scene.
If you are looking for fun, sassy and classic sounds then THE MYLARS is definitely a band you need to check out. I had a chance to talk with Guitarist and vocalist, Danny Roselle- about the bands formation, video making and the history behind MELODY RECORDS.
OUT OF ALL THE SONGS YOU COULD COVER WHAT MADE LET’S GO A SONG THAT STOOD OUT FOR YOU AND WHAT DID THE CARS BRING TO YOU AS A INFLUENCE?
The guys in THE MYLARS have always been huge Cars fans first and foremost. We truly feel that The Cars embodied everything that was so great about a generation of music we feel is so desperately missing and needed today. Fun, energetic, feel good songs with a great universal message. LET'S GO out and forget about our troubles and have a good time.
WHEN DOING A VIDEO FOR A SONG YOU COVER WHAT DID YOU WANT IT TO POTRAY AND DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE FINAL VERSION WAS CLOSE TO THAT ENVISION YOU HAD?
When we finally decided to make, LET'S GO our second single and video, we all got in a room and thought about what that song meant to us. As ideas starting being thrown around we came up with the initial idea of, how cool would it be to have people of all ages and different walks of life to all come together for one reason and one destination? THE MYLARS show. As we started discussing it more, we realized how much it took on a sort of Wizard of Oz vibe. After that, the ideas just poured out of us. Nothing was deemed too farfetched. We tried it all, whether it worked or not. I'm happy to say, the final version is exactly what we envisioned it would be and even exceeded our own expectations, thanks to our wonderful director Steven Nathan. The whole true message behind the LET'S GO video has to do with our desire as a band to reach across generations and make THE MYLARS one big party.
YOU HAVE WORKED WITH STEVEN NATHAN FOR BOTH OF YOUR LATEST VIDEOS WHAT DOES HIS WORK ETHIC AND CREATIVITY BRING THAT MAKES YOU GUYS WANT TO KEEP WORKING WITH HIM?
Steven and I have been really good friends for many years, even pre-THE MYLARS. I am proud to have him as friend. He is also one of the hardest working people I know and that is so evident in everything he does. We're both complete workaholics too so I think that we keep each other on our toes. His passion pushes me to always try and do better and beat the last thing I've done. I also know that we can go to him with any crazy idea we have and he will literally find a way to make it work. He also has no problem letting me know when something is not cutting it. Our first 2 videos wouldn't have been the same without him.
THE MYLARS IS A UNIQUE NAME WHAT DOES THE NAME MEAN TO YOU?
It's funny, at first, we we're just really trying to come up with a fun, simple catchy name that didn't constantly pose the question, "WHAT IS YOUR NAME'??? Then as we thought about THE MYLARS more and more we realized how much the bands message grew into the name…Mylar is something that is very reflective. Our whole entire message of, "It is what it used to be" is a complete reflection on all of the things that have influenced us.
GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW THE BAND CAME TO BE AND HOW IT IS COMING OUT OF NEW JERSEY?
I'll make it as brief as possible, because I could go on for days haha…Quig and I have been friends literally since high school. We both grew up in a small town of Union, NJ. We love coming from NJ. The music history here runs deep and it is incredible. We're proud to say that we are influenced by it all. Springsteen, Southside, Jovi, Glen Burtnick, Mr. Reality, you name it. Through the years we have weathered many bands together and thru thick and thin, good times and bad, we have stuck it out together. When we decided to put this band together a couple of years ago our only joint motto was that we wanted to do things our way. Not for the labels, not for the industry, not for anyone but ourselves. We knew that the only way we could really roll up our sleeves and do this was we needed to be able to proudly stand behind it with no apologies. When putting the band together we made sure that everyone else truly had that same attitude and perspective. All of the guys in THE MYLARS have come from bands that have tried to change with the times. This is the opposite of that. THE MYLARS are the times. THE MYLARS are our time. For better or worse. And once we accepted who we were and what we loved we honestly began having the best time of our lives.
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO SOMEONE HOW WOULD YOU AND WHAT BAND WOULD U CALL THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE OF THE BAND?
I try not to really describe our music. I let other people do that. What I will say is that our main influences stem from late 70's early 80's Power Pop Rock. Bands like, The Records, The Monroes, The Knack, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Cheap Trick. Great songs, Big, sing a long chorus. Fun times, Great friends. One big party. THE MYLARS mission is to be the band that takes you away from all of the bullshit and stress in your life for a couple of hours. What music used to be about for so many people, before everything became one big political statement. The memories of coming home from school and throwing your headphones on in your room and escaping into your favorite band for a while. Devouring lyrics sheets. All the pure aspects of what music used to be about. We'd like to try and bring some of that back in our own small way.
MELODY RECORDS IS YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM, THE TITLE REFERENCES A CHILDHOOD MEMORY RIGHT? EXPLAIN THE HISTORY? WHAT SONG OFF THE ALBUM (MELODY RECORDS) DO YOU CONNECT WITH MOST AND WHY?
MELODY RECORDS was the small Mom and Pop record store in the center of town that was responsible for all of us kids falling in love with music. It was where we all bought our first records and where we all hung out to talk about our favorite bands. It's where we got in line to buy tickets to our favorite shows. It's our history. The song that I connect with the most off of MELODY RECORDS is probably our first single, FOREVER DONE. That's a song about us. FOREVER DONE is a song about survival. It's about everything that we've all been through in our creative lives. All the drama, all the heartaches, all the near misses and almost successes. It's also about the fact that we are all still standing here ready to do it again. It's the song that defines us as individuals and as a band. It's also the big "screw you" to everyone that counted us out! haha. It's us accepting who we are and what we do. It's realizing that it's way too late for us to just walk away.
THE BAND MEMBERS OTHER THAN BEING IN THIS BAND HAVE DONE SOME INTERESTING THINGS IN THE MUSIC BIZ, IF YOU COULD BREAK DOWN YOUR BEST MOMENTS OTHER THAN BEING IN THE MYLARS WHAT WOULD IT BE?
We have all been pretty fortunate to have worked with some amazing people. For me, I would have to say playing for 20,000 people as the support act for Bon Jovi at NJ's The Meadowlands would be at the top of my list. You have to realize that as a kid growing up in NJ, the place we all went to see our heroes was The Meadowlands. You used to have to walk across a rickety bridge to get to the venue. Some of my greatest memories as a kid involve me walking across that bridge to see my idols. It's also the place that most musicians drive past and dream about. I can't tell you how many times, and would drive by and say, "Someday". To have that happen was a dream come true for me.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL BRINGS UNITY AND BROTHERHOOD INTO A ROCK BAND THESE DAYS AND DO YOU FEEL THIS WAS EASY FOR YOU GUYS AS A BAND OR DO U STILL TRIP N FALL SOMETIMES?
Maturity…For us it's easy as pie…We live and breathe the unity every day. We have all spent many years on the other side, and we hated it…Never again. It's 5 guys that enjoy each other’s company and feel lucky and blessed every time we get the opportunity to walk on stage.
YOU PLAYED WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD A FEW MONTHS BACK HOW WAS THAT AND DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP GOING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON OR NEW YEAR?
We loved playing with Rick. This guy is 60 something years old and he totally pushes the bar every night. He is an amazing performer and singer and I truly believe he hasn't lost a step. It's amazing to watch. Super nice guy too
For THE MYLARS, we are actually right in the middle of recording a Christmas song that we plan on releasing in early December. After that we'll probably take a much-needed couple of weeks off for the holidays, and then hit the ground running in 2018. We're currently in talks with a few agents about possible small winter tours. Maybe somewhere warm? haha.
YOU GUYS SEEM LIKE A HIP AND TRENDY BAND WHAT FASHION SENSE DO YOU GUYS HAVE AND BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE BANDS FOR STAGE CLOTHES?
Haha, Thank you. We try our best…best advice I would give to any band is too make sure that you're always 100% comfortable in anything you wear. Be yourself, but at the same time, if everyone in the band is wearing black jeans, for the love of God, don't go with the acid wash…It looks ridiculous…ha
THIS OR THAT
COKE OR PEPSI? Coke
HALLOWEEN OR CHRISTMAS? Christmas, although Halloween is a close second.
AUDIO INTERVIEWS OR VIDEO INTERVIEWS? Audio for sure.
STUDIO LIFE OR TOURING LIFE? Touring life. Playing music that you created for people that appreciate it is the greatest feeling in the world.
BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL? I am a huge Yankee fan. So, Baseball.
STAY IN CONTACT WITH THE BAND: Facebook: @themylars
NEXT TO NONE has gotten even heavier, crazier and more prominent in the music scene with the new album PHASES. These guys have grown up physically since I last laid my ears on them and musically they have jumped leaps and bounds. They are positioned in the progressive metal core genre but they are so much more on this album. The vocals have come alive on this new album; listening to the singing mobility of the track ALONE its dark, its somber but it’s so enticing and creative with the softness into the aggressive all-out battle of good n evil. BEG was my favorite off the album, the changes, the brutality and the beat down you get from the aggressive vocals is penetrating to the ear. The track even has this death metal feel of insanity layered into it, with crazy keys and trinkets of erratic sounds. CLARITY is the closest to what you heard on the band’s last album, A LIGHT IN THE DARK; so, if the chaos within the album is overpowering your senses you can retreat to this song but the intensity of this new phase of the bands path of sound is still consistent on the track, but I did dig the slower n haunting moments of the song. On a whole I think with every new disc NEXT TO NONE is still finding their sound. This album to some may feel a bit congested with moments but I think on a whole it’s a very forthcoming, adventurous and chaotic beauty of songs.
This four-piece punk/rock group HOME ABOVE from Belton, Texas has a lot to say with their new full-length album INDECISION TO MOVE, which will be release on November 17th. They have been on the scene for a little over a year and are starting to make a name for themselves. They have this pure and innocent music styling that is sure to capture the audience right away. I had the chance to ask a few questions to band member Kevin Quintero about the band and their newest single THE START. Make sure to check it out down below.
I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD START FROM THE BEGINNING, HOW DID YOU ALL COME TO LOVE MUSIC? We grew up with different musical backgrounds. When I was 12 (Kevin), I fell in love with the classic psychedelic rock sound from the late 50's-early 70's-ish artists like Led Zepp, The Doors or Jimmi, etc., which then led to taking some guitar lessons here and there and sprouted from that. Davis, drums, listened to Of Mice & Men, System Of A Down and blink-182. Cameron, our lead guitarist, watched Naruto AMV's which made him stumble across Sum 41's "The Hell Song" and fell in love with music from that. Gaven, rhythm guitar, came to love music through watching Fuse on TV. Helena from MCR changed his life.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE A LITTLE OVER A YEAR NOW, TELL US HOW IT FEELS TO BE RELEASING YOU FIRST FULL LENGTH ALBUM? Oh, it feels great! We all worked so hard and poured our hearts and brains into this album. To us, the way we look at it, no matter how the turnout is for the record, we will always remember this as our first album. We are excited for the reaction from our fans and new listeners.
YOUR NEWEST SINGLE THE START WAS JUST RELEASED, WALK US THROUGH WHAT THE SONG MEANS TO YOU. We wrote the song in the perspective of a young dude who is walking the line between what he wants and what he knows is true. He gave his heart to this girl, they break up, now he's living life trying to figure out why he can't get her out of his life. Even though she's gone, he has a hard time finding closure and needs to accept the truth, but struggles with the process. For what it's worth, you can look at this song at face value, or you can reflect with the character of the song and find in yourself what it is that maybe you haven't yet found closure for. People can relate to that, and that's what's important.
YOUR MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE START HAS SOME INTERESTING ASPECTS TO IT, STARTING OFF IN A WHITE ROOM, THEN HAVING PAINT SPLATTERED EVERYWHERE. WHAT WAS THE CONCEPT AROUND THIS VIDEO’S THEME? So, it's a break up song, ideally. Starting off with a clean slate, we see a white room. As things go on and as there's more and more mixture of each other’s lives between the two characters in the song, not only will the colors start to blend and become something new, but things also get messy in the relationship/white room towards the end of the video. Thus, making what you see at the end of the video. The video ends with a hard stop. We tie the bow of the video with total destruction of the room and our instruments.
YOU HAVE SOME FOLLOWERS ON YOUTUBE WITH THIS SONG AND REST EASY, THERE ARE LOTS OF GOOD FEEDBACK, WHAT WILL YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE COMMENTS FOR YOUR NEXT VIDEO? We expect to gain more constructive feedback. We hope to gain more dialogue in the comments. Honestly, it would be pretty sweet if in the comments we get to see how these videos have impacted our listeners and what they're honest opinions are. We want to know what yawl think or feel about these videos and we expect more of that soon.
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM FOR YOUR VIDEOS? When it comes to making music videos, we don't confess to knowing exactly what we are doing most of the time and because of that, we have a ton of fun, sweat a lot and all that fun stuff. Most of the ideas or inspiration for the videos stem from the vision of who we hire to help produce the video. For "REST EASY", we went with more of a DIY home music video that show us wrecking shop in our small town of Belton, TX. For "THE START", we took a more organized approach but we still had tons of fun making them.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES? Some of our initial influences would have to be blink-182, Weezer, Switchfoot, Relient K, Jimmy Eat World, Say Anything, just to list a few. We all actually have and listen to different influences but for the band it's more 90's-00's influenced tunes.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT YEAR WITH YOUR MUSIC? We hope to build our fan base and create more connections between cities and states across the US. Ideally after we release this album, it's back to the drawing board for us. What have we learned from this release? What can we do better or different when we write the next album? This next year you can expect a few shows here and there, exclusive merch releases, but mainly we'll be observing to learn for the next release.
TELL US SOMETHING THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU. Our band is pretty cool because not a lot of people know this, but our guitarist, Gaven McNaney has been doing magic for 10+ years and is really good at doing tricks! Like, David Blaine good!
CONNECT WITH THE BAND Facebook: @homeabovetx Instagram: @homeabovetx Twitter: @homeabovetx
UK based Rock/Metal outfit SKARLETT RIOT released their first full length album since 2013 this past October 10th, and boy was it worth the wait. With this new release, the band gave us a lot of badass heavy songs, topped off with the powerfully written vocals of frontwoman Skarlett. The vocal hooks are catchy, the lyrics are relatable, and the music is very big, heavy, and epic sounding. Definitely one for all Hard Rock/Metal fans to check out
SKARLETT RIOT starts "REGENERATE" off with one of my personal favorites, "BREAK". This song is heavy, upbeat, powerful, and overall just a fantastic choice to open up the album with. "I won't give up you will not break me" is the first line of the first chorus, which already gives you a pretty solid idea of the theme of the song. I always love songs like that, songs where the lyrics give you a sense of confidence, power, and motivation to fight against all odds, never giving up, never running away.
My other favorite definitely has to be the song "WARRIOR", another solid "fight song" so to speak. This track definitely has you wanting to pump your fist, bang your head, and just never stop tapping your foot. It's another upbeat rocker with a great message in the lyrics. This is what I love about bands like SKARLETT RIOT, they write songs that not only can you relate to, but that inspire confidence in the listener, as well as motivating them to push through hard times in their lives.
Every song on "REGENERATE" is solid, catchy, and badass. SKARLETT RIOT did a solid job of creating a nice, heavy album. Only thing I'd like to say, is that I would like to hear a little bit more of their softer side as well. The song "AFFLICTION" is a little softer and more emotional sounding (which I love), but I would like to hear more of that so it has a more well-roundedness to it. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of this album, and I suggest that any fan of bands like Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, Wovenwar, and Skillet check out SKARLETT RIOT and their latest album "REGENERATE". Way to kill it guys, I can't wait to hear more!
Forming in the late 1980’s, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE has released seven studio albums, the latest of which being “GRIND (Full Album)” released in 2017. All these years later and they still know how to bring it with each new release. They stay true to their roots, while adding a hint of modern flavor in there to attract fans of all ages. You can definitely hear a lot of old school style in their music reminiscent of bands like Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and even some Stone Temple Pilots, but they throw some new school in there with some cool double bass parts, making some of their songs a little edgier. There’s a little bit of something in here for everyone from Classic Rock fans to 90’s rock fans, to modern rock fans. The opening track on “GRIND” is the song “LOCO CRAZY”, in which you can hear a lot of 90’s Rock influence like Stone Temple Pilots and Alice In Chains. It’s a strong, upbeat song that’ll get you stomping your feet to the beat and bopping your head like there’s no tomorrow. If there’s one thing that EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE does great, it’s writing songs that get people up and dancing and grooving. Between the vocals and some of the buildups, I also hear a hint of Buckcherry in there as well. Overall, solid song and a great opening track!
Now Track two, “SNAKE” is really where it’s at, bringing the modern edge into the mix, making it my personal favorite off “GRIND”. The verses kick ass with their rocking riffs and catchy vocal lines, perfectly leading up to the chorus. Bringing in Wayne Swinny (Saliva) gives this song a little extra kick as well, making it a killer modern hard rocker, and the band rolls with it excellently. I love this song also because of the lyrics and how practically everybody can relate with it, because there is at least one person in all our lives that is “just a snake after all”.
EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE does an excellent job of throwing all different kinds of songs in here; upbeat rockers, bluesy southern styled tracks, and lighter songs packed with hard hitting emotion; and that’s what makes them a solid, well rounded band, they hit all bases. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to follow upcoming shows and other news, as well as their frequent posts about how you can get yourself some badass EMN merch!
SPARZANZA--ANNOUNCING THE END Despotz Records BY: JJ King
Swedish powerhouses SPARZANZA have released their latest album “ANNOUNCING THE END” (very fittingly) on Friday the 13th of October, 2017. This band has been around since 1996, and has previously released seven albums, yet they still manage to straight CRUSH it with album number eight. From beginning to end, “ANNOUNCING THE END” is a very badass, ear catching album. It’s a very Hard Rock based album, but also embraces different elements from metal, blues, and even southern styled metal (“THE TRIGGER” in particular), making it a very solid release. Fans of Pantera, Godsmack, and Stone Sour will certainly all get something out of this one.
They start off the album with the title track “ANNOUNCING THE END”, gradually bringing in the song with very epic, even haunting sounding backing tracks before the full band kicks in. This is one of the songs you can definitely hear a touch of Stone Sour influence with the very laid-back verse backed by a nice tribal sounding drum beat, and topped off with very soft but intriguing lead vocals. My favorite part of this song is probably the pre-chorus, where the vocalist screams “Help!” on every other beat of each measure…it just does an excellent job of amping you up for the chorus, which I love.
Track three, “WHATEVER COME MAY BE” is one of my top three favorites off of “ANNOUNCING THE END” for sure. It’s one of the more laid-back tracks, but the chorus is SUPER catchy, and the lyrics are just amazing and relatable while getting you a little pumped. I have to share the lyrics from the chorus, because they’re just so good: “Whatever come may be This is our fate, our destiny Whatever life may bring Just close your eyes and count to ten When the night is coming to stay And death is on its way Whatever come may be This is our destiny” Combined with the incredible whistle intro to the song, the gradual build of the song from the verse to the chorus, and very heart wrenching way that vocalist Fredrik Weileby sings the song, it makes for one Hell of a track.
The fourth song on this album, “VINDICATION” is a straight up rocker, right from the get-go. It’s upbeat, it’s catchy, it has a great mix of clean and screaming vocals; essentially, it’s an excellent fist pumping song with (as usual) great lyrics. SPARZANZA actually has a badass music video out for this one, it’s haunting and just amazing. After the second chorus, the song breaks down for a little bit, then goes into a nice little guitar solo section, then…the song gets real low, and builds its way back up perfectly. That’s one thing I really need to credit SPARZANZA on, they are SO good at getting dynamic with their music. They build the song up, bring it down, and then build back up for the end of the song. And in cases like this particular song, the band ends it with some haunting, almost ambient sounding guitars.
I really can’t talk about “ANNOUNCING THE END” enough, there are so many strong songs on this album, and overall, it’s just so well written. That’s where you can tell that SPARZANZA has quite a few years behind them, because they’ve essentially perfected the writing process. They know how to draw a listener in, and more importantly how to KEEP that listener interested. Every track is so good so it’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite, but my top three are probably going to be “VINDICATION”, “WHATEVER COME MAY BE”, and “THE DARK APPEAL”. Check out SPARZANZA on Facebook, and go listen to their new album on Spotify! Keep your eyes and ears open for more from these guys, I for one am curious to see what comes next.
Contact the band: Instagram: @sparzanza Twitter: @sparzanza Facebook: @sparzanza www.sparzanza.com
All Good Things-- Machines Superpop.Co BY Stephanie Stevens
Stay in touch with ALL GOOD THINGS Facebook: @allgoodthingsrock Instagram: @allgoodthingsrock Website: allgoodthings.la
Before anything begins with this review I just want to say I have not put this album down for a minute. Makes me really upset there is only 9 songs because this girl wants more from this band; ALL GOOD THINGS.
The band name says it all, this album is pretty much all good things for your soul, your heart and your eardrums. The band hails from Los Angeles and started as a studio band recording music for games, movies and trailers under the name “Battle Rock” but soon enough the band ALL GOOD THINGS began!!! This past month, Oct 20th to be exact this album MACHINES came out and is the bands 8th studio album.
The disc opens up with MACHINES the first thing that surfaced was the powerful and commanding vocals; then the mystique of catchy hooks, remember able melodies and hard-hitting elements just takes over the emotions of your soul. NEVER DIE has a very radio rock friendly attitude, with its sexy, alluring rock attitude. The soaring chorus just shines through and makes the song a solid contender of best song on the disc. BEGINNING OF THE END begins with softness and delicateness, combine endearing compassion and beautiful vocal patterns throughout the song makes the lyrical content shine. The highs and lows of the song, the rich layering of emotion through music just really gives this song an adventurous tone and guides you through the feelings the band want the listener to embark on when listening. Then we get to the song that made me go crazy with happiness BORN READY; its feisty, it has attitude and sassiness. It shows another side of the band with a little punk, a little rock and a whole lot of melody driven ambition. BREAK THROUGH THIS WALL brings the heavier side with the vocal melodies and harmonies that I love. Then intertwine that with a little rap/rock element and the song surfaces to a new level. Makes me want to see this song in a live setting. WHAT HAVE I BECOME really resonated to me on a personal level lyrically so I was already a fan first listen but the 2nd time I took a listen of this song you can see the musicianship of this band, the songwriting ability of these artists and is just a well put together track. FOR THE GLORY yet again brings you to a new level with some artistic sound elements, still showing the many sides of the band. Did I mention I love this guy’s voice too!!! WE SHALL OVERCOME is beautiful sounding, the raw emotion the delicate soundscape if you could eat a song this song would be a 5-star course to wet your palette too. The album ends with DECIMATOR shows off a little 30 Seconds To Mars vibe to it. The song starts somber and slow and blows up with huge melodies, prominent vocals that range from deeper, sultry singing to more aggressive punchy ranges. It’s a pretty massive song to end an album to so I guess that is why I wanted more after this song ended but in the wrap of this band ALL GOOD THINGS; I have to say they are living in a very contained area and we need to blow this band way the fuck up because that is how good I believe this album MACHINES is!!!
EMBRACE THE DAWN-- THE EFFIGIST Release date: November 3rd, 2017 BY: JJ KING
Complete with blazing double bass, brutal vocals that rival that of a demon, and melodically shredding guitar parts, EMBRACE THE DAWN’S first full-length album “THE EFFIGIST” (out November 3rd) is something all Progressive Death Metal fans will get something out of. Following their debut EP from two years ago, this new release features a brand-new powerhouse of a lineup from all around the globe. Joining the band’s founder Ben Tinker (Australia) on guitar is; Denis Landry (Canada) on the bass, Kevin Talley (USA) on drums, and Roger Isaksen (Norway) coming in on the vocals. “THE EFFIGIST” is one Hell of a way to bring in the new lineup, showing off everyone’s abilities.
Starting off the album is my personal favorite, “COLD BLACK HOLE”. I love it when bands start off a song with some beautiful clean guitar riff, then gradually bring in the rest of the band with sporadic accents from the drums and rhythm guitar together before throwing in some vocals, then slamming in together with the full group. Once the song really kicks in, it KICKS in, coming right out of the gate with blazing drums and a killer upbeat tempo. Now my two favorite parts of this song are the different melodic guitar riffs thrown in throughout the chorus and bridge parts, and the incredible vocal hook during the chorus. Unfortunately, I’ve heard too many Progressive Death Metal bands lack hook in the vocal parts, but Roget Isaksen really delivers on this one, showing off not only his vocal ability, but his writing ability as well.
I want to talk about another favorite of mine that I believe to be one of the stronger songs off of “THE EFFIGIST”, entitled “THE TIDE”. While it goes about it differently, this track also has a gradual intro, building the anticipation for what’s to come. Unlike “COLD BLACK HOLE” though, the primary parts of “THE TIDE” employ a sick half-time groove that (in my opinion) really helps to bring the power. I’m all for upbeat songs, but there’s just something about those badass half-time parts that really get me banging my head and wanting to throw down, which thankfully this song is full of. Don’t let the phrase “half-time” give you the wrong idea, because guitarist Ben Tinker does all kinds of shredding and impressive melodic riffs over the top of everything, really just tying it all together.
I’m going to get into just one more song before I wrap this up; “LADY SNOWBLOOD”. Right off the bat this track starts off with a tasty little guitar riff that will surely have fellow musicians/guitarists geeking out. To me it’s one of the more progressive/diverse songs, showcasing odd time signatures, funky drum break downs, and even some Symphonic Metal elements (which really brings it together for me). I am personally a big fan of Symphonic bits and pieces thrown into heavier metal songs, it just makes it have such an “epic” sound to it.
If you love Progressive, Technical, Death, Symphonic, or even Black Metal, you should definitely go grab a copy of EMBRACE THE DAWN’s newest release “THE EFFIGIST” when it comes out this Friday November 3rd! It’s available on: -Bandcamp: https://embracethedawn.bandcamp.com/album/the-effigist - iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/album/the-effigist/id1292827858
THE PLAGUE--- HOPE FOR THE F.U.T.U.R.E. Recover Records
By: JJ KING
Rochester based band THE PLAGUE just released their debut album "Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E." October 13, and damn did they come out strong. Not only is the music killer, but the lyrical content reaches out to those in need, those that feel alone, or those that aren't happy with themselves and their flaws, encouraging them to embrace themselves. This whole album is perfect in terms of relatability and getting people pumped and psyched to go out there and face the world. Well, that's what the album did for me anyway, but don't take my word for it!
As soon as I heard the first full track on this cd entitled "NOT THE ONLY ONE", I immediately fell in love with this band. It's got a really solid message, which, well, is fairly evident in the name alone. It embraces a message that everyone needs to hear, and that everyone needs to pay attention to, a message that you are NOT alone and that you are NOT the only one going through something. There is someone out there dealing with the same problems and going through the same shit, and if they can make it through it all, then so can you. Songs like this always capture my attention, never failing to instill a little bit of confidence in me, if only just for the duration of the song.
The next track, "DANGER" (which there is an awesome music video out for) keeps shit rolling perfectly with its catchy chorus and it's sort of disco beat going on in the verses, which really grabs my ear. This song doesn't fail to capture your attention right from the get-go with its gradual backing tracks, over which vocalist David Adam Monroe repeatedly shouts "don't believe a word they say", getting you hyped up for the rest of the song.
I want to skip a few songs later to a song called "FIRE ROAR" for a second. This is essentially the fight song of the album, getting everyone amped up and ready to face anything. First words of the song are "I fight cause I believe", just screamed at the top of his lungs. It's an upbeat, badass tune that gets you pumping your fist while at the same time lyrically hitting you right to your core. "FIRE ROAR" is essentially that song that's trying to get you to fight for what you want, chase down your dreams, and if you want something badly enough...go out there and TAKE it.
Now I'm not going to touch on all of the songs, because we may be here all damn day, but every song on this album manages to catch a different part of mind, hitting all emotions from every angle. It hits you in ways that make you feel confident, angry, like you're not alone, craving love, ready to fight life head on, and more, just depending on the song. "HOPE FOR THE F.U.T.U.R.E." consists of upbeat songs, laid back songs, hard hitters, and very ambient songs, providing for an excellent diversity to the album. I can't pick one favorite so I'll give you my top three songs; "NOT THE ONLY ONE", "FALLEN", and "FIRE ROAR". Believe me, that wasn't an easy top three list to make. The band's use of ambiance, and almost futuristic sounding backtracks make them unique amongst other bands of their genre. But like I said, don't take my word for it, go pick up a copy of your own, you won't regret it.
Based out of Jersey, this 4-piece hard rock/ metal band has something to say and wants as many listeners to hear it. Their debut album ASHES DIVIDE starts off with their second single RECKONING, where lead singer and founder DAVE INCOGNITO really uses his voice to capture the audience. It’s not like most rock bands out there, the vocals overpower the instrumentals, but in a good way, it does have an abrupt end to the song that kind of through me off. TROOP on drums, has a melodic feel; him and PRUSSACK on guitar seem to be connected mentally with how in-sync they are together in THIS PRESENT. MY DYING SOUL really gets into the metal aspects with rocking bass, hard hitting drums, electric guitar and scratchy vocals, one of my favorites.
I had the chance to ask Dave Incognito a few questions about their album and future plans, please enjoy.
SO HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE OUT WITH SOME BIGGER NAMED BANDS? We at INCOGNITO THEORY are honored to share the stage with all these great bands. they been paving the way for years for up and coming artists like us. We look forward to sharing the stage with everyone and anyone and we thank you all.
YOUR BIO SAYS THAT YOU WRITE MUSIC FOR YOUR FANS, HOWEVER I HAVE RECENTLY SEEN A LOT OF ROCK BANDS GO TOWARDS THIS AVENUE. WHAT MAKES YOUR MUSIC DIFFERENT? I Feel personally INCOGNITO THEORY, takes a no-frills approach by mixing Hard Rock, with an explosive underline of Metal and a hint of soul that makes for a musical cocktail that goes down smooth like Whiskey. I also feel we offer not only a fresh take on the Hard rock and the Metal scene, but also bring high-energy and unrelenting chaos to the stage.
THIS PRESENT IS A BIT DIFFERENT FROM MOST OF YOUR ALBUM, WHERE DID THIS SONG COME FROM? Why thank you we dare to be different, this song is very dear to my heart it was written for my best friend and guitarists mom who passed away she was an amazing person a big supporter of what her son and I am doing and she was like my second mom not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and miss her dearly. Our song THIS PRESENT is a celebration of her life and who she was to me and her family.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF, AS A BAND, AND AS INDIVIDUALS IN THE FUTURE? Skies the limit. We love music, we love to play, we love to write and where ever this takes us; we will be ready! Music is life.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO FORM THIS PARTICULAR BAND? INCOGNITO THEORY allows us to be versatile and step out of the box. it’s a form of therapy for all of us; no boundaries just a good kick ass time with the Band Of Brothers who care and believe in what we are doing.
TELL US SOMETHING THAT NO ONE HAS THOUGHT TO ASK YOU, THAT YOU WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW? INCOGNITO THEORY is a brotherhood; we stand and unite through music! We love what we do and we will give nothing less than 110% no cutting corners, we will die trying and we always Dream Big and live The Life.
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT DOING CHARITY/BENEFIT SHOWS WITH OTHER LOCAL BANDS? WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO PERFORM WITH AND WHAT ORGANIZATION? We have done many benefits and we will do whatever and go wherever to support any cause. As for local bands there are so many friends we have played with and have mad respect for! We are all in this together.
YOUR ALBUM ASHES DIVIDE HAS BEEN OUT A FEW MONTHS NOW. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE YOUR DEBUT ALBUM OUT? WHAT IS THE FEEDBACK FROM FANS? It is a great feeling after years of creating this cd its finally seeing light. as for the fans we have gotten great feedback even from reviews too. So, it’s been a cool ride. We are very grateful and we will continue to bring you’ll some more Hard-Hitting Rock -n Roll!!
FALLING THROUGH APRIL DISCUSSES NEW ALBUM, NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO MAKING BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
FALLING THROUGH APRIL is a 5-Piece female fronted alternative rock from Charlotte, NC. Making some major noise and moves up rock charts with the single DESPERATE MEASURES these guys are ready to make 2018 the year for them when they release the newest album ZODIAC.
I had the chance to chat with the band about how the music has evolved, music video making and where they find inspiration for lyrics.
OTHER THAN HAVING A FEMALE IN THE BAND HOW HAS YOUR BAND EVOLVED AND CHANGED MUSICIALLY SINCE THE 2015 "RISK & REWARDS" EP?
Dan : I love you for this question! Our sound as a whole has matured into a more commercially friendly and broader reaching product. When we formed in 2011 we came from such different backgrounds that our songs ended up as more of a Picasso than a Rembrandt. By 2014 we had really become comfortable with each other and really knew what to expect so Risks & Rewards was the beginning of that transformation to a unified well-oiled machine. Even though that was a great record, it still felt like it was missing something for us. Dave, Taylor, and I have wanted a female lead for a long time but it wasn’t until we met Mikaela that we really knew this was the sound we’ve been after for a long time.
WHO ARE EACH BAND MEMBERS TOP ROLE MODELS, AND WHAT GOT YOU INTO MUSIC?
Mikaela: I love Gwen Stefani for her style in music and fashion. Hayley Williams inspires me in many ways as well, I love her for her creativity and spirit. She’s transparent and passionate which makes an amazing artist in my opinion. Then there are bands like Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and Underoath who influenced me in the way I write my music and sing. Everybody in my family is musical so naturally I fell in love with creating my own music. You could always find instruments and a karaoke machine in our house so I was always encouraged to participate. From there I went on to writing my own songs on my acoustic and playing at open mics. But it wasn’t enough, I needed a full band. Eventually after years of searching for the right people, I came across FTA’s ad on craigslist. Now here we are!
Dan : I always wanted to play guitar, I asked my parents for one every year from the time I was 6! I have a really diverse background in music but my Dad pushed me to listen to bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, etc. Every time I would learn a song he would say “You’re not a REAL guitar player until you can play [insert next song here]”. It was a creative way to get me to keep expanding my musical palette. I always just wanted to impress him so I kept trying. My older brother was really big into heavier bands like Metallica and Pantera. I got really into the guitar work on older Metallica records and taught myself how to play to their catalog. If I had to pick just one (or two) top role models in music though I would say Michael Jackson and Dave Grohl Taylor : Jose from Incubus and my Dad are my biggest role models. My dad plays drums so I had a natural interest growing up with him playing in bands.
Dave : Honestly my mom is the reason I really got into music. She kept pushing for one of her children to be musically gifted and I was the one that followed the path. Fell in love with it and never looked back. As for Role models, I would have to say it would be my Parents. Sounds corny but I really don’t look up to anyone else. They have always supported what I do and that’s huge. Jim : Alice Cooper, Music was magic to me. It tapped into feelings I could not experience anywhere. It was an outlet to create and explore.
GUYS SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF POSITIVE AND EMPOWERMENT LYRICS GOING ON IN THE "DESPERATE MEASURES" SONG YOU JUST RELEASED. HOW DID THIS SONG COME TOGETHER LYRICALLY?
Mikaela: ‘DESPERATE MEASURES’ is a song that I wrote after I was fed up with being brought down by everything life was throwing my way. But in the pain, I found strength and realized we were meant to live more than an average life and I need to take back control. If you’re feeling trapped and hopeless then I’d hope this song would come to mind as an inspiration to keep fighting for the life you desire. Don’t let anybody dictate your dreams. We are strong and destined for something great. At the end of the day we need each other, whether we are against ourselves or the world. Divided we fall & together we conquer. DM is our anthem leading us to a better life.
SONGWRITING WISE - HOW DOES THE BAND WRITE? IS IT A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT?
Mikaela: Sometimes when I’m driving or just alone I think of lyrics describing the moment I’m in. I write them in one of the many notebooks I have so that I can continue the song some late night when I have picked the perfect track that the guys have written already. Then we get together to make any adjustments. So yes, we all have put our hearts and mind into every track.
Dave : It really depends, each song is its own unique process but we tend to start off with someone coming in with an idea and just jamming to it to see if something sticks. Usually if it doesn’t feel right pretty quickly we move on. This record we wrote over 40 songs though and some of them literally started with just a bare bones as simple as possible guitar riff and we would try to layer on top of it. Everyone contributes to everything though if we hear something that could be fine tuned or changed around.
DO YOU HAVE MORE OF A PASSION TO BE IN THE STUDIO AND RECORDING - OR WOULD YOU RATHER BE PLAYING THE SONGS LIVE AND TOURING?
Mikaela: There’s so much pressure in the studio to do it as close to perfect as you can. I feel like I can bring out more of my personality and have fun on stage. I would much rather scream my heart out in front of a crowd.
Dan : Live Live Live!!! There is a very different feeling between studio and live. In the studio I feel like I have more of an emotional connection but the feeling and adrenaline of playing live is nothing I think I’ve experienced anywhere else. Feeding off of the crowd I get reminded of going to festivals and discovering new bands or seeing my favorite ones live and it’s a bit nostalgic in a way
WHEN YOU GUYS WRITE IS IT MORE OF WHAT YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO LYRICALLY GET OUT OR HAVE YOU TAKEN ELEMENTS OF WHAT YOU HEARD FROM FANS TO WRITE SONGS TO INSPIRE AND HELP THEM? Mikaela: Most of my songs come from personal experience, and when I’m running dry I put myself in other people’s shoes. I want all my music to be relatable and encourage our fans.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER SONGS YOU CAN TALK ABOUT ON THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM THAT YOU ARE REALLY EXCITED FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE TITLE "ZODIAC"?
Mikaela: I don’t know if I can pick just one! I’d have to choose ‘WITH YOU IN MIND’ because I think it will be motivational for the younger generation to step out of the social norm and to experience the real world. I’ve noticed myself becoming less connected and social when I’m trapped jumping from app to app rather than looking out the window and walking out the door to see the world for myself. I’ve met so many wonderful people and have had countless unforgettable experiences after I stepped out of my comfort zone and I hope ‘WITH YOU IN MIND’ will influence the same to anyone who hides behind their screens.
Dan : I’ll almost completely copy what Mikaela said. This record is such a big step for us musically and we truly believe there is something for just about everybody on it. “WITH YOU IN MIND” was a song I wrote when I was in a really dark place in my own head. Depressed, angry, confused, remorseful, disingenuous, and just about every other ‘dark’ emotion you can think of. I was so thankful this song made the cut and I think the final version of it portrays everything I envisioned when I put together the original version.
HOW WAS THE VIDEO SHOOT FOR "DESPERATE MEASURES" - ANY FUNNY STORIES OR UNUSUAL THINGS YOU WANT TO SHARE ABOUT THE SHOOT? Mikaela: It was an incredible team bonding experience. We built the whole set ourselves by foraging for just about everything you see in the video and we had about 4 days to make it happen. It took us 2 days to set it up, one full day of shooting, like no joke we were up for 20 hours 5 days in a row, then a full day to break down and put everything back where we found it. Dan stepped on a rusty nail that was sticking out of one of the boards we had found the very first day we started building, so that was unfortunate! We were short-handed while Dan and Jim took a trip to the hospital but we kept pushing forward at full speed. The hardest part was filming the story line before the sun set because of natural lighting we had limited time. Then once the sun set we were shooting the performance scenes in complete darkness. I can look back at laugh about it now feeling very proud of the outcome, but this video had us shedding literal blood, sweat and tears!
DO YOU FEEL ANOTHER SINGLE WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE THE ALBUM RELEASE? IF YOU DO, WHAT WILL BE THE 2ND SINGLE? Jim : We have the next single lined up for release but not releasing until after the holidays. We ended up doing an acoustic version that we also did a music video for and included that on this album as well. The song is called “BETTER OFF ALONE”.
YOUR PLAYING A FEW UPCOMING SHOWS IN NORTH CAROLINA - HAVE YOU SET UP A FULL TOUR YET OR WAITING FOR THE ALBUM TO COME OUT? Mikaela : We are actually in the planning phase of our next tour to support the album release. We are adding new shows regularly in the meantime and filling up our schedules to be in a city near (you) sooner than later!
YOU'VE TOURED WITH SOME GOOD BANDS - WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE BAND TO TOUR WITH AND FAVORITE CITY OR STATE TO PLAY AND WHY? Dan : The best part about touring for an extended period of time is that you turn into more of a family on the road. For me personally, touring with Adelitas Way with The Pretty Reckless was my favorite. We got really close with those guys and love them. We also got to hop on board the Axes & Anchors international cruise with them and Breaking Benjamin last year. Every now and then I’ll shoot Rick a text to catch up with him and see what’s new. Favorite state to play is ANYWHERE TEXAS. Texas knows how to bring it when we tour through there. We’ve played 5 sold out shows all in different cities and on different tours. They come ready for a rock show and throw down like it’s frat party!
WHAT'S THE BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO THE MUSIC COMMUNITY?
Mikaela: Don’t blend in. Layers and Accessories really make you stand out. I wouldn’t be concerned with what others think because deep down everybody admires people who have the confidence to be themselves. I don’t know if I had bad taste as a teen but I had a friend who said I can pull off the ugliest shoes/outfits. I guess it’s all about how you carry yourself, just have fun with it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO WEAR ON STAGE AND WHY? Mikaela: It gets really hot on stage so I try to dress lightly. But shoes will make or break an outfit and with all the jumping and spinning I’m doing on stage, I need to have cool and comfortable shoes. Dan : My favorite two outfits were during both of our Halloween shows. I was Wonder Woman this year (video/photos to prove it!) and the year we were the Village People. Entertainment is more than just getting on stage and playing music. People love to laugh and we aim to please, haha!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT TO SHOUT OUT ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN MUSIC COMMUNITY AND ONE LOCAL BAND YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TOO?
Mikaela: I currently live in Columbia, SC so I just want to tell all of them to turn off the radio and explore the underground scene on Spotify! I know of so many great artists on there that deserve some recognition. One in particular being Glass Mansions, who are also from Columbia, SC. It’s just 3 Members, 2 of them are newlyweds (so freaking sweet, congrats!) who share the desire and passion to make their own style of music. Their tracks are flawless!
HOW CAN FANS STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND ANY WORDS YOU WANNA LEAVE YOUR FANS WITH?
Jim : We are very active on our social media accounts. Our accounts are run by us, the band, no one else so feel free to reach out and interact with us. We love it!
Upcoming Tour dates:
11/23/2017 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade (Live on-air performance on WBTV, CBS Channel 3 in Charlotte, NC)
11/26/2017 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
12/3/17 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
12/9/17 – Keg & Cue – Charlotte, NC
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Official Website: http://www.fallingthroughapril.com
HARD ROCK ALIVE N KICKING IN BOSTON SILENT SEASON BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
Boston based Hard rock band SILENT SEASON began when the music world was going through some major changes but the passion, love and positive attitude the guys had for the music they were creating positioned them to be the leaders to regenerate the rock world with the music the world was missing.
Through the years the band has released a debut album; BREAKING ME DOWN, played with numerous national acts and have worked some solid music industry people to really define and implement a solid sound and music that not only the members love but fans throughout the states are praising.
SILENT SEASON, who is Jeremy Rae – Vocals, David Pappalardo – Drums, Brendan Sheehan – Guitar, Anthony Puliafico Jr. – Guitar and Jay Driscoll - Bass is back with a new single entitled THE NEGATIVE and ready to imprint their sound yet again onto the rock community with a new EP coming out soon. I had a chance to find out a little more about the band from Jeremy and David so check out what the guys had to say about working with numerous producers, what the new single is all about and the future of the band.
THE BAND PRETTY MUCH FORMED WHEN THE ROCK SCENE WAS KIND OF ON DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND KIND OF STAGNANT WHAT WAS YOUR MIND SET GOING INTO PUTTING THE BAND TOGETHER AND WRITING NEW MATERIAL TO GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THE SCENE AGAIN? Jeremy & David: We wanted to create the kind of music that we always loved. Melodic music with a heavy edge. The easy part was creating something new, because in previous bands we weren’t always able to put in as much creative input. This time it was all about our creative vision.
DAVE AND JEREMY HONED IN ON THE SOUND FOR A GOOD YEAR I READ BEFORE PUTTING THE FINAL PIECES TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS. WHAT MADE YOU SECURE THE REST OF THE BAND MEMBERS WHAT DID THEY HAVE THAT YOU THOUGHT WOULD FIT SILENT SEASON AND TWO, WAS IT HARD TO JUST SIT BACK FOR A FULL YEAR DEVISING A PLAN AND NOT GETTING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS AND MUSIC YOU WERE WRITING? Jeremy: We went through an interesting process of finding members. Musicians that know how to collaborate and not just do their own thing the whole time is harder to find than most think. Either that or finding sane members, which is also a challenge. We didn’t know if we were going to secure the first lineup or if we’d be a two piece forever. Finally, we found Brendan who has been with us since the start, and the rest of the lineup to get going. It was a relief!
2012 WAY BACK THEN YOU GUYS WORKED WITH SOME PRETTY NAMED PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY FOR YOUR DEBUT ALBUM BREAKING ME DOWN. HOW DID YOU ALL GET TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE THAT WAS A PART OF IT AND WHY SO MANY PRODUCERS FOR ONE ALBUM? Jeremy: It was a drawn-out process due to the number of managers we went through on that album. Everyone wanted to hear something different from us, which made it hard to stick with someone to get it done. If we had just stopped and done what we wanted in the first place, I think it would had gone by faster. However, having different people put their touch on it also gave it diversity which is never a bad thing.
HOW HAS THE BAND EVOLVED SINCE BACK IN 2012 AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR HIGHEST HIGHLIGHT OF THE BANDS CAREER THIS FAR? Jeremy: We are finally writing and playing the kind of music that we want to, without being pushed in any direction. I’d say the biggest highlight of the band so far was touring with some great bands such as Sevendust, 10 years, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Gemini Syndrome. Right now, we are trying to make new music that connects on all fronts. We aren't just trying to go for one sound, but capitalizing on doing songs that will resonate with more than one audience.
MUSICALLY IN 2017 WHAT ARE YOU GUYS TRYING TO DO IN THE ROCK SCENE TO MAKE THE MUSIC BE FRESHER AND NEWER THEN THE SAME OL SAME OL? David: We’ve been experimenting with different time signatures and samples, but crafting songs that still tell a story and appeal to different audiences. We like to mix songs up with heavy verses and bridges, including memorable choruses that stick with our listeners. You may have heard the short rap during the bridge within THE NEGATIVE (This was a first and different for us).
HAS THE BANDS MEMBERS STAYED THE SAME SINCE THE INCEPTION AND IF SO HOW DO YOU GUYS HOLD ON TO THAT BROTHERHOOD WHEN SO MANY BANDS SEEM TO CHANGE UP MEMBERS LIKE UNDERWEAR?
Jeremy & David: It’s a lot harder to find members that will stick then most think. I think we can attest to that since we have been guilty of having different members over the years. The good news about us now is that we have finally found a lineup, in which everyone gets along. We all like each other and that is super important in a band.
THE NEGATIVE IS THE NEWEST SONG IN YOUR ARSENAL TELL ME HOW THAT SONG CAME ABOUT AND LYRICALLY WHERE WAS YOUR MINDSET GOING INTO THE WRITING?
Jeremy: Everyone suffers from having negative thoughts and anxiety at times. I (Jeremy) deal with anxiety all the time. With the suicide level getting higher and higher we felt like it was a subject that needed to be addressed. Everyone should know that others go through this and that it is something that can be overcome.
WILL YOU GUYS BE RELEASING ANOTHER FULL LENGTH AND HOW IS THE REST OF THE CD COMPARING TO THE NEW TRACK THE NEGATIVE?
Jeremy: We are coming out with new music very soon. May release another single before we come out with the EP. The rest of the songs have their own feel to them, ranging from slower to heavy. I think that each of them has their own feel to it.
SEEMS LIKE SOME RADIO STATIONS HAVE JUMPED ON THE SINGLE AS OF LATE. HOW DO YOU GUYS VIEW RADIO SPINS NOW VS HOW IMPORTANT RADIO WAS YEARS AGO?
David: Terrestrial, Satellite and Internet Radio stations are more important mediums than ever. With a massive amount of online competition through social media platforms, radio gives upcoming artists a true spotlight helping to garner the fans they’re looking for. If a band is touring through certain areas and has radio support, their fanbase is more likely to come out verses running around trying to sell tickets.
FOR ME YOU GUYS HAVE A HUGE SEVENDUST KIND OF FEEL TO YOU. WHERE DO YOU GUYS FIND YOUR INSPIRATIONS BAND WISE? AND OUT OF THOSE BANDS WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO CO WRITE A SONG WITH AND WHY? David: We ABSOLUTELY love Sevendust and had a blast touring with those guys. We’re heavily influenced and inspired by bands that can write great songs with catchy hooks, but can still rock out heavy breakdowns and intricate parts. It would be an honor to co-write a song with Sevendust, because they know how to write hit songs with amazing parts and emotion that you can feel in every song.
DO YOU GUYS DO ANY NATIONAL TOURING OR DO YOU KEEP IT MORE REGIONAL AND ANY SHOWS COMING UP YOU WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT ABOUT? David: SILENT SEASON has been on a few national and regional tours over the years, but lately we have been writing and focusing on finishing the EP. With radio being on the forefront for us, we’re trying different tactics to gain mass exposure and reach as many fans as possible. Right now, we’re heads down in releasing this EP and writing new material for future releases as well. Fans will definitely know when SILENT SEASON is playing a show, through our social media platforms 😊
HOW CAN FANS KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANT TO LET YOUR FANS KNOW THAT YOU HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO TELL THEM? David: Fans can find SILENT SEASON on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc… SILENT SEASON would like to thank all of our fans that have supported us over the years, and remained patient for our releases. Being an unsigned band is not an easy feat, but it’s rewarding when our fans finally get to hear the music and they can relate to the songs. FB: @silentseasonmusic IG: @silentseasonband LN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/5250068/ TW: @silentseason YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/silentseasonmusic
THE SILENCER A CHAT WITH FOUNDER-- CHARLIE CORLETTA BY: Stephanie Stevens
Charlie Corletta a musician from NY is no newbie to the metal and rock music scene as he has played in former bands Julius Seizure (singing) and Will Killmore (drumming). Corletta is a one man wrecking machine, a producer and an artist who can pretty much play any instrument given and demands attention on the microphone.
THE SILENCER is something he started after leaving his older bands and being the man and founder of this project, he decided that there were no boundaries on genres, or styles or topics to explore in this chapter of his career. He wanted to make music that inspired him, he wanted to work with people who had been a role model to him and wanted to write music from the heart. He has dug deep with lyrical content and he has put his heart n soul into the context of each and every single he has released since the projects formation.
His newest single ATONEMENT is what made me wake up and want to know more about this artist and what this song was all about. Plus he is a big 36 Crazyfists fan so of course I loved him already!!!
If you want to know more about an artist, and a person who gives his all in all he does then read on about Charlie and THE SILENCER. Find out why he put this together, his other passions other than music, his insights on where he pulls inspiration for lyrics and more.
HOW DID THE SILENCER COME TO BE AS A BAND? Charlie: In 2012 after leaving the band I drummed for Will Killmore, I found myself stir crazy so I had started doing session work as a drummer. Soon after I came up with an idea to create a solo project where I wrote all the songs, arrangements and asked peers from the local and national metal scene that I had become friends with over the years to guest appear on their respected instruments. Originally this was the premise for the project but after seeing how difficult it was to get musicians together and on the same page I had decided to just simply write, perform and record all instruments and vocals myself. I wanted to show that I was an accomplished guitarist, vocalist and song writer. I felt confined and underutilized musically for many years being seen as just a drummer. To date there is only one single where there are multiple musicians who appear on the track and that is the 2012 debut single DISCOVERY OF THE LOST CAUSE.
THIS PROJECT IS ALSO NOT YOUR TYPICAL PROJECT AND YOU GUYS PRETTY MUCH RELEASE SINGLES INSTEAD OF FULL LENGTH OR EP'S. TELL ME YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS ON DOING IT THE WAY YOU, DO IT?
Charlie: I had originally intended on THE SILENCER being a solo project that I devoted my spare time to. Since I was the only one writing, performing and arranging the material in the studio I wanted to focus all my energy on one song at a time. Instead of worrying about "filler" material or songs that don't hold up against the rest of an album or EP, I focused on trying to write memorable songs with hooks and arrangements that resonated with my audience. I had no intention of it ever becoming a live band so releasing a single a year seemed like something cool and different.
WHEN PUTTING TOGETHER ARTISTS TO WORK WITH FOR SONGS YOU COME UP WITH YOU PICK AND CHOOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE INSPIRED YOU HOW DOES THAT HELP YOU WITH CONNECTING TO THAT PERSON AND WHO IS ONE PERSON YOU HAVE WORKED WITH THUS FAR THAT HAS REALLY INSPIRED YOU EVEN MORE AFTER THE PROCESS WAS OVER?
Charlie: Although I only released one single under THE SILENCER with multiple players on it I have written, recorded, and performed with so many various artists over the years in other projects as well as live guest appearances. At the beginning of this project back in 2012 I just looked to players that I thought were really good at what they did and who really stood out when our bands would be billed together on the same show. I knows that whatever the material was that I had in mind, they would be able to put their flavor on it and showcase some of who they were as musicians. In regards to who has inspired me. It's hard to answer because I honestly feel like I learn and take away from every single musician I ever work with in whatever capacity. If I have to narrow it down I will say that my friend and former In Flames guitarist and current Cyhra guitarist Jesper Strömblad is up there. We featured on a single together back in 2016 called "Fallen Heroes" - Alex Becker along with fellow In Flames guitarist Björn Gelotte, Dark Tranquility bassist Anders Iwers, Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy guitarist Mark Rizzo just to name a few. It was a super group of sorts but we just performed the material that a friend Alex Becker had written. I grew up idolizing the Gothenburg sound that became so influential to most of the metal and metalcore bands of the early to mid-2000's. Jesper is considered a Godfather of that sound and I believe you can hear much of that influence in my music. Another musician I am very inspired by is my former Will Killmore/Julius Seizure bandmate Steve Toth. He actually has been the engineer on my last three singles and has recently signed on as a backing guitarist for my live show and music videos. His work ethic and attention to detail are unlike anyone I've ever met. I always model my work after the idea of...WWSD? "What Would Steve Do?" Even though his writing style is not exactly like mine, it's the attitude, the attention to composition, and overall work habit that I take from him.
YOU RECENTLY PLAYED A SHOW WITH 36 CRAZYFISTS AND I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN A BIG INSPIRATION FOR YOU SO DID YOU ASK BROCK TO BE A PART OF A NEW PROJECT AND WOULD THAT BE A BUCKET LIST CHECK OFF?
Charlie: 36CF have been a favorite band of mine for a long time. It all started with "A Snow Capped Romance." The combination of groove, melody and raw emotion was exactly what I need at that point in my life. I have heard on many occasions that my screaming style is somewhat reminiscent of Brock's. I have actually dreamed about having him guest appear on a single but after our show together I did not dive into that. I was just so taken back with how well our debut show went, how much the fans knew of the material, sing-alongs, great pits and an impressive showing in attendance for us. Now that you mention it, I might just have to reach out when I'm demoing the new single and see if Brock has any interest in making an appearance.
PLAYING THAT SHOW DOES THAT MEAN YOU HAVE A FULL BAND TOGETHER AND WILL THAT BE SOMETHING THAT THE SILENCER WILL DO IN THE FUTURE?
Charlie: I do have a full band together. The band consists of myself on vocals, Greg Guiler and Steve Toth on guitars, Dave Goyette on Bass and Zaki Ali on drums. We all live in various parts of the tri-state area so it was a slow start getting me to meet with everyone to teach them the material on their respected instruments. Now that we have a blistering live set consisting of 5 singles, I plan on having the band open for more national acts as well as throw some of our own shows. I am so proud and grateful for these guys and their willingness to help bring my dream and vision to the stage. They are all masters of their craft. It is my hope to get them involved with the writing process as well.
WHAT DOES THE NEWEST SONG ATONEMENT MEAN TO YOU?
Charlie: We can be here all day trying to get to the bottom of that one. Lol. It dives into my personal life. My battles with anxiety, and depression that I feel plagued me due to some poor choices I made in a past relationship. I was beating myself up really bad for choices that I see in hindsight needed to happen to get me to where I am today. I believe in karma and I believe I had to "pay for my sins," if you will. You'd really have to go back to my single "IN WAITING." That track along with the follow up "SOLITARIUS LUPUS" are blueprints for the past 5 years of my life. Those singles led to "ATONEMENT" where in so many words I not only recognized my faults or short comings like on the previous tracks but say in certain terms..."Here I am...new, and no longer concerning myself with my past mistakes. I felt I'd done my time living in an emotional prison, and felt that I needed to wash my soul clean of that part of my life. I had put too much blame on myself for things going wrong. I put it all on my shoulders and that just wasn't the reality. There were many more layers to the problems that led to the break up of me and my ex fiancé. It was more complex than I wanted to see at the time. I'm a different person now. I'm stronger and better for having gone through the experience. Most people would have folded or resorted to negative outlets such as drugs or other poor behaviors. I dived into my passions, my writing, started working out again and got in the best shape of my life as well as became a music educator. I see the track like this... On one end I'm begging for spiritual forgiveness and want to have peace of mind. On the flip side it's a big fuck you to the karma that followed me being dishonest with my ex fiancé. That karma had come in the form of dishonesty by partners in two relationships, cheating, and countless fighting. It also was a fuck you to basically anyone who had any part in wronging me, betraying my trust or taking advantage of the vulnerable position, I was in emotionally. It basically cries out saying I want to live and love normally and peacefully. My lyrics have many layers much like my life so it's hard to answer that question without diving into years of history.
YOU’RE ORIGINALLY A DRUMMER BUT WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO PLAY DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT MAKES YOU GROW AS AN ARTIST?
Charlie: although I've been playing drums since I was 9 years old I was always around a guitar and singing. My mother was a vocalist and guitar player so everyday she'd be sitting home singing and playing her acoustic guitar. I'd regularly pick up her guitar and when I was old enough to ask for one as a present from my aunt, I got my first electric. From that point I would regularly try to play with my mom and just play lead melodies over whatever she was playing and singing. Usually trying to match the melodies she was singing on the higher strings of the guitar. This is where I learned how to play. I am self-taught and believe this is why I'm a sucker for good melodies and hooks. I believe being a musician shouldn't mean you're just a drummer or just a guitarist. You should be willing and wanting to learn as much as you can about all forms of music and instruments. That's what I try to do. By doing so I find myself inspired and get more creative the more I dive into different musical styles and instruments.
LET’S GO BACK TO THE FEW SINGLES YOU HAVE RELEASED AND TELL ME WHAT THE SONG IS ABOUT, WHO PLAYED ON IT AND WHAT IT MEANT TO YOU TO RELEASE THAT CERTAIN SONG TO THE MASSES
-2016 SOLITARIOUS LUPUS
Charlie: "SOLITARIUS LUPUS" is about finding the strength within myself to be comfortable being alone, and strong enough to build myself better both physically and mentally. Saying fuck fear, fuck excuses, and do work. It was inspired by my time devoted to fitness and the whole "Beastmode" trend that started. I've always seen myself as a "Lone Wolf" Solitairus Lupus is the Latin translation of that. I wanted to say basically..."stop the crying," or "woe is me." Brush myself off and get to building a better and more sustainable me. I never saw myself as a follower and was always proud of who I was. I saw myself losing sight of that at one point so I needed to get back on track.
-2014 IN WAITING
"IN WAITING" was the first real thing I had done musically after taking a year away from music. I felt like I had been looking at the world through the outside just waiting with no certainty of a future or direction. Everything I knew to be my life of the past seven years had been removed from my life in literally 3 days. I was at the top of my professional career and on a great path to success with my former band Julius Seizure. I had left abruptly when shit went south with my ex fiancé. I blamed being "a band guy" and my attention to trying to be in successful metal band for the troubles I was having. Needless to say, that was far from the truth. There was much deeper shit going on under the surface. In an uncharacteristic move, I left the band I was fronting abruptly without fulfilling my obligations that were already on the table. After a year had gone by I felt like a failure. I felt as if I let myself down, my friends, my family and my fans. I felt that I had come so close to everything I was working for and abandoned it all. The anxiety, depression and frustrations that followed were deep. It was only after talking with some amazingly close friends and planned a trip to see some friends in Gothenburg Sweden when I realized I had to get all the shit off my chest. I wrote and recorded "IN WAITING" as a finale and a goodbye to the music business and scene. It was a meant to be a "I'm sorry" and "thank you." Well...as we all know, "IN WAITING" had much more power than I had anticipated and became the driving force for me to continue chomping at the bit musically.
OTHER THAN MUSIC WHAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE?
Charlie: I love professional wrestling and am actually a wrestling personality for The MFPW wrestling promotion. I am a color commentator with the alter ego of Chaz Williams. The MFPW is basically the "farm leagues" for the WWE, Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Impact. I have been working to develop a career in announcing and broadcast journalism. Not many people know, but when I was about 20 years old I began training to be a professional wrestler. I had achieved the goal of actually becoming one for a short time. However, I was very injury prone and wasn't cut out for it on a continuous basis. My love for it never faded so last year I was given a chance almost 13 years later to get back involved and I'm taking full advantage of the opportunity. I even have cross branded THE SILENCER and Chaz Williams. Ring Of Honor superstar "Punishment" Martinez actually comes out to the ring using "ATONEMENT" as his theme song and previously used the track "SOLITARIUS LUPUS." Aside from that, I love to travel, fitness, weight training, tattoos and being a music educator. What makes me who I am I think can be summed up as someone who has a huge heart, I'm compassionate, caring, strong, determined and am someone who achieves every fucking goal I set my eyes on. I don't believe in impossible or unlikely. If you put in all the work and time to what you want to achieve. The only people who create "back up plans" are those who are too afraid to succeed and already have let failure overcome their mind. Also, if you have my heart I'll give you the world and build the brightest future for myself and anyone in my circle.
BEST FASHION ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE MUSICIANS?
Charlie: don't follow any fuckin trends because they never last. Just be yourself and comfortable expressing yourself however you want. People are always going to judge you for what you look like. You'll never be able to please anyone but yourself so just do you. Sometimes you'll see me and I'll look like I walked of the set of Sons of Anarchy, other times I look like I'm in a fuckin Blue Grass band. Other times I'm clean cut and clean shaven, looking like an all-American athlete and other times I look like I've been living in a cave for the last two years. My style and expression are whatever I want it to be that day. I keep people guessing. I love Halloween so every day is something fun for me. Although most of the time I'm in a hoodie and cargo shorts. Lol. Don't dress a certain way just because you see other bands doing it to fit into a scene. Defy the norms and just do what makes you happy.
TOP 3 NEW ALBUMS THAT CAME OUT THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH?
Charlie: you're getting more than three! I'd say some monumental records for me are GnR "Appetite For Destruction." Death "Symbolic" In Flames "The Jester Race," Metallica "Master Of Puppets," Amos Lee "Mission Bell" Tom Petty "Damn The Torpedoes" Nirvana "Nevermind," STP "Core," Carcass "Heartwork," and Silverstein "Discovering The Waterfront."
HOW CAN PEOPLE STAY IN TOUCH, GET YOUR MUSIC AND JUST KEEP UP WITH NEW SHOWS ETC?
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When I think of MOTOGRATER I think of going into war. Show day for these guys is a battle of the instruments and a battle to go as hard and as intense as possible! Create the persona with war paint to help them transform into the MOTOGRATER of the stage; the band and the songs come alive and that magic Transends into the fans hearts n' souls.
It’s always a pleasure to see these guys in a live element and tonight over at Fete Music Hall in Providence, Rhode Island I have to say it was one of the best performances I have seen them do since the album DESOLATION came out. The energy was not lacking tonight even though it was Tuesday and the crowd was a tad bit slim. The energy those people gave the band enlightened and intensified the live show. The guys across the board did a little new and a little old, like fan favorites DOWN & SUFFOCATE plus COLLAPSE.
Seeing a band time after time I can get bored quickly - but with the boys of MOTOGRATER I seem to become more of a fan every time they come around and I have to say the new stuff, DORIAN, PARASITE and DAGGERS on DESOLATION really come alive onstage and sounds even better in a performance setting. If you get a chance definitely check the boys out in a town near you. Tonight, I was able to get a snippet of the boys set. Sit back and enjoy and check out the new album DESOLATION in stores and digital retail outlets.
The boys of JIBE are no strangers to the music scene, they have been around since 2004, took a break in the early 2000’s and are now back with their newest album EPIC TALES OF HUMAN NATURE. This album kind of walks you through a lot of different aspects of life and has a strong heart to it, really talking about things that are either right in your face or something that no one wants to talk about. THE HUMAN CONDITION is exactly that, I think this may be the heart of the album that brings it all together. They have just as much power and punch to their music as before, GRAH’S vocals are a perfect blend with each instrument. Hard hitting drums mixed with melodic and electrifying guitar and bass. Both A SHADOW IN THE GARDEN (all acoustics) and CHANGE have a slower pace, but give you so much to take from each. Take time out of your day to listen to their album and read up and get to know the band JIBE with vocalist Joe Grah.
YOU GUYS HAVE SUCH A GREAT CONNECTION, ESPECIALLY WITH EPIC TALES OF HUMAN NATURE. HOW DID YOU ALL MEET BACK IN 1994?
Thanks. Toby and I were working at a Guitar Center in Dallas. He was in the accessories department and I was in the drum shop. He wanted me to play drums for his band, however, I was already in a vocal frame of mind by this time. One day one of the managers was accosting me about not being a singer, he said "if you're a singer, let's hear you sing." So, I belted out an extremely loud howl. After that, Toby wanted me to sing for his band. I told him "let's start something new together with two other guys from completely different places. We got together and exchanged ideas and really hit it off. Not too long after that we both overheard a bass player trying out a rig in the bass department. We hooked up with him (Sean), then I remembered Ben from Tulsa. I called him, he came down and jammed. In 1998 when Sean left, one of our super fans mentioned Corey. We got tougher once and he joined the band. When Ben left a few months ago, we immediately knew Todd was out guy, the rest is history.
WALK US THROUGH WHY YOU DECIDED TO TOUR CONSTANTLY AND BRING YOUR BAND OUT OF LITTLE OLD TEXAS. When we formed there was a definitive distinction between us and other bands I'd previously been in. This band needed to be schooled on the road, in different places every day, experiencing constant diversity and change. The end result, a one of a kind beast of endless possibility.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS WHILE TOURING.
Man, there's so many that I can and cannot remember. We were in Jackson, MS playing a festival. We had a day off and stayed in the venue, a run-down collection of connected old buildings, some with ceilings, some without. There was graffiti everywhere and lots of dimension and tons of little areas to get lost in. We had played there before and our roadie hid some acid in one of the crevasses in a wall. To our absolute fucking surprise, it was still there. Needless to say, we had an insanely good time.
One time we were in Corpus Christi, TX, we had just rolled into town and drove the van and trailer onto the beach. The sky was completely foggy, you could barely see anything. We formed a drum circle on the beach and began to play. I was chanting and howling as we elevated our energy and found a beautiful place of synchronized hum. The fog above us cut itself open as a small hole formed, as we elevated, the hole grew slowly opening up the entire sky to complete lucidity. A truly heavy and bonding experience for us.
OF COURSE, WE NEED TO GET TO THE NITTY GRITTY, WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO BE BACK IN THE STUDIO TOGETHER AFTER 11 YEARS APART? WHO WAS THE ONE TO INITIATE THE GET TOGETHER?
Corey was the one to call each year, via promoters, with offers to reform, each time I declined. In 2015, the call came in again, this time I was ready. It took three or four months of phone conversations between Ben and myself before we agreed to get in a room together. We met in Denton, TX, at Reeltime Studios, the place we recorded Uprising. The first song we played was NAKED IN THE RAIN off of IN MY HEAD. There was immediately an overwhelming electricity in the air, a vibration that shook us all, and literally tore the sound baffles from the walls. When we finished, we all looked at each other and instantly knew the total sum was greater than our individual parts.
IF YOU COULD WALK US THROUGH YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS OF YOUR NEWEST ALBUM, EPIC TALES OF HUMAN NATURE.
We approached this album unabashedly with a total disregard for limitations and parameters. The most important thing was to capture a time and place, a truly honest and uninhibited reflection of our path and its unique experiences both positive and negative along the way. It's the story of us, how we got here, and where we could one day possibly find ourselves.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THINGS YOU LEARNED WHEN YOU WERE SEPARATED? DID YOU PUT ANY OF THIS INTO YOUR NEWEST ALBUM?
I personally learned how to be patient, listen, and include others, not to mention produce and record from an engineering standpoint. We also learned how to appreciate each other and not take the other for granted. Love what you have and have what you love. We put every morsel of our being and experiences into this album. It is the most sincere and reflective work of my entire career, and the bands best collection of music, hand down. This record is everything!
DO YOU PLAN TO TOUR AS HEAVILY AS YOU DID BEFORE?
JIBE cut its teeth on live shows and touring, it's our redemptive cleansing, a release, and 2018 will be no different. Expect to see us in a city near you very soon.
A SHADOW IN THE GARDEN TOOK ME BY SURPRISE, IN A GOOD WAY (IT SPEAKS TO MANY THINGS WITHOUT HAVING VOCALS), WHERE DID THIS SONG COME FROM?
Thank you. We wanted to have a few little suitors that connected the record together. ASITG is actually a postquel based off of the song GIRL ON A HILL. Corey played the grand piano in Orb Studios in Austin, I brought it back to Los Angeles and composed the rest in my home studio. I actually ended up mixing and producing the track as well.
ANYTHING YOU WAN TO SAY TO YOUR FANS, OLD AND NEW?
We're extremely thankful to have such a loyal and devoted following, we never expected anyone to wait so long for our return. It's very humbling and rewarding to share this experience with everyone as we are all meant for greater things. We absolutely cherish every friend, we make along the way and cannot wait to meet each and every one of you out there. Together, no one can come between us…
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to ask us these thoughtful questions. I appreciate it and look forward to meeting face to face.
GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK SEXY!! ALLURING!! ROCK!! by: steph stevens
Feisty little sex kitten is what I feel when watching and listening to Gina from GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK. The latest video for SIPPIN ON A FORTY has the allure of sex, adventure and booty shots galore. Love a chic who can be herself and let sex and music be her own freedom!!! Check her out!!!
Coming off the heels of a successful 31-city summer tour with In This Moment and Motionless In White that saw vocalist Gina Katon perform the GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK song “SIPPIN’ ON A FORTY“ while fronting her hard-rock burlesque group Little Miss Nasty, the Los Angeles-based alternative rockers are ready to serve up new music to her many newly-minted fans.
Originally formed in 2012 by record producer Marc Jordan (The Cult, Slash, The Mowglis, Stitched Up Heart, Bleached,) GINA AND THE EASTERN BLOCK are known for captivating live shows and sexy, swagger filled songs. Likened to a cross between Iggy Pop and Marilyn Monroe, lead vocalist Gina Katon fronts the band with her unique talent and blazingly sexy persona. Former Marilyn Manson bass player, Fred Sablan, is also part of the lineup.
Catch them live in LA on November 13 – Los Angeles – The Roxy Theater with Steel Panther And in Vegas on December 8 – Las Vegas – Beauty Bar with Bullets And Octane
Their brand new single, “BIG BLACK VAN,” released via Rockitsessions, is the follow-up to the sexy “SIPPIN ON A FORTY.” Both singles were released in 2017, following 2016’s “GET GONE,” a song that legendary BBCRadio1 Rock Show host Daniel Carter calls “sassy and even more sassy”.
keep it sexy with the band: facebook: @ginaandtheeasternblock instragram: @ginaandtheeasternblock twitter: @ginakaton
NEW MUSIC, NEW MEMBERS, NEW CHAPTER BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
I came across BREAKING SOLACE from Syracuse, NY about a year ago when a friend sent me a few songs from the band’s latest EP they released THE STAND. I loved the solid rock sound they had and the singers voice was a little unique but created a lot of passion, strength and diversity. The guys have a sound like Red, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Stone Sour but they definitely put a spin of their own in the mix.
Creating a buzz on local radio stations with the highly loved song YOURDENIAL the guys have played numerous shows, done a video and added to the fanbase of dedicated BREAKING SOLACE fans.
At the time this interview got done with vocalist Dan Burk; the band has gone through a lineup change. As the band gets back into the saddle with some new members and begins writing new songs, I was able to still get some questions answered about the band name, the last EP THE STAND and the future of the band.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH BREAKING SOLACE: Facebook: @BreakingSolace
HAS THIS UNIT BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE INCEPTION? The band has undergone some lineup changes since the beginning but with every change, we grow stronger and tighter.
WHO CAME UP WITH THE BAND NAME BREAKING SOLACE? I wanted to make a band name that really summed up the overall message of the band. After thinking about some of the lyrical content, and having a drive to help people, the name BREAKING SOLACE just came to me. The name represents breaking the comfort bubble or “Solace” we each have so we can face our fears, and our demons, and find the strength to take on the world.
WHAT IS ONE THING FANS MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE BAND? One thing fans may not know about the band is that the name has a significant meaning that walks alongside the overall message of the music.
BACK TRACKING TO 2016 WHEN YOU RELEASED SHATTER THE SILENCE HOW DID YOU GO INTO THE SONGWRITING PROCESS THEN AND HAS IT CHANGED SINCE THEN? Well in 2015 when I founded the band, I let the guys know that I had music that I’d been working on prior to the band. We discussed whether we wanted to start fresh with all new music, or use my pre-written material to fast track the project right into shows while we wrote new stuff. We decided on fast tracking so the guys took my music, and added flavor to it, and we jumped right into recording. It hasn’t changed much in the second album, as I had enough music to cover both EPs, but future albums will definitely be the product of full band collaboration, which we’re all very excited about!
WAS THE SONG THROWN AWAY THE FIRST SONG YOU GUYS WROTE AS A BAND AND WHY DID YOU PICK THAT SONG TO MAKE A PROMINENT SINGLE BACK THEN? THROWN AWAY was actually the main audition song. When we finalized the band, everybody already knew it, so we went to the studio and recorded it.
YOU GAINED A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM LOCAL NY RADIO STATION 95X IN THE PAST AND I’M SURE CURRENTLY HOW HAS THAT HELPED IN MARKETING AND GETTING THE BAND’S NAME OUT THERE? 95x made a world of difference in the growth of the band. They offered opportunities with national acts and air-play, as well as guidance. Honestly the upstart would have been majorly difficult if not for the assistance of 95x and we are extremely grateful.
YOU GUYS ALSO PUT OUT A VIDEO FOR ANOTHER TRACK ON THAT EP YOUR DENIAL, WHERE WAS IT SHOT, WHO PRODUCED IT AND HOW WAS THE WHOLE PROCESS OF DOING A VIDEO SHOOT? We shot it in Utica, New York at the Cayo Industrial Building. The cool thing about this place is that it is home to a sick Horror attraction called the Cayo Industrial Warehouse of Horror. If you’re ever in Utica, NY during Halloween, make sure to check it out! The video was produced by a good friend Steve Losurdo. The process was hot, and I mean HOT. It was the middle of the summer in this half-abandoned warehouse and the temperatures inside had to be pushing 100 degrees. It was a ton of fun but man did we sweat! We basically scouted the building the day before for shot locations, and then came in and did what felt like 1000 takes. It was great!
NOW TO THE PRESENT YOU GUYS JUST RELEASED A NEW EP ENTITLED THE STAND. HOW HAS THE BAND GROWN IN THE LAST YEAR IN SONGWRITING AND YOUR EAR FOR WHAT YOU WANT IN THE STUDIO WHEN RECORDING? The music in THE STAND is still founded on my writing. Basically, we took a second set of songs that I wrote, and the other guys added their flavors and the final product was amazing. The ear is getting much better. We’ve definitely allowed the music to evolve in this album. With the help of our producer Justin Spaulding of course, who really helped in refining our sound and translating ideas to tracks.
WHERE DID YOU GET LYRICAL INSPIRATION THIS TIME AROUND FOR THE SONGS ON THIS EP? This album was definitely different than the first. Every lyric I write has some form of application to my life, and a story behind it. This album I wanted to make a little more personal. The entire EP with the track order and everything, tells the story about my battle with depression. From the low points, the dark points, to rising up and fighting for control, it covers everything. I wanted to write something that people could relate to. They could listen to the story of me overcoming major obstacles, and hopefully walk away feeling inspired to overcome their own.
WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE TRACK THAT CAME OUT OF THESE 6 SONGS THAT MADE THE EP? Surprisingly I think the overall favorite was at first “LAST CHANCE.” We were all so amazed at the evolution of the song in the studio that it blew us away.
DO YOU GUYS HAVE OTHER MUSIC THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE EP WE COULD HEAR IN THE NEAR FUTURE? There are definitely songs that have been in the works, and we have been evolving them to make an impactful third album.
WHEN YOU WRITE MUSICALLY FOR A RECORD DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE VISION OF HOW IT WILL GO OVER LIVE OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU GUYS JUST MAKE HAPPEN ONCE IT’S DONE AND U PLAY IT? A lot of the time we will jam through a song and get; “Guys, you know what would sound killer here?” from one of us. That would set the mood for the live renditions. Sometimes we’d write the original version as the live version and cut down some parts for the recorded version.
VOCAL WISE IT FEELS TO ME THIS GUY HAS MORE THAN HE IS SETTING OUT ON THIS RECORD THAT HE CAN DO MORE IN RANGE DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WILL PUSH THOSE BOUNDARIES MORE ON NEW MUSIC COMING OUT? I have to say, this album taught me a ton about my vocal capabilities. I pushed my voice far beyond what I had originally thought were my limits, and I have realized that with training, there is far more to come. It geeks me out to know that I am far from peaking.
FEAR NO MORE SPOKE TO ME ON MANY LEVELS, LOVED THAT TRACK HOW PERSONAL WAS THIS SONG FOR THE BAND? This song is our fight song. It represents the struggles of everyone all over the world in the pursuit of life. For us, it was the hype song, and really pushed us to continue fighting for what we believed in.
YOU GUYS ARE FROM SYRACUSE, NY AREA HOW IS THE SCENE AROUND THOSE PARTS; IS THERE A BROTHERHOOD IN THE LOCAL SCENE? The brotherhood is amazing. Not many bands around here “compete.” We all go to each other’s’ shows, buy each other’s tickets, and support. It was a great place to come into the music world.
AS A BAND WHAT OTHER BANDS OR MUSICIANS HAVE GIVEN YOU THE PUSH TO DO THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL? Honestly, a lot of the bands we have played with. Some of the nationals we opened for were really supportive and killer dudes. It framed a great picture of what happens when you put in hard work and dedication. Also, a lot of the local bands we started out with. There is nothing more inspirational than surrounding yourself with other people who fight for their dreams.
LAST COMMENTS? We really hope that we can reach out and inspire people with our music. It’s been a dream to do something to make a difference, and we hope that we can reach that someday.
DOPE LIVE SHOW Oct. 21, 2017 Providence, RI @Fete Music Hall
By Stephanie Stevens
Going into tonight’s show I was not really totally pumped up about it. I’ll be honest I saw DOPE back in 1999-2000 when the band’s debut album came out FELONS AND REVOLUTIONARIES and since then never saw them again. SO, I wasn’t sure if they had evolved in their stage presence or if they were going to be the same old DOPE from that era of music. I had given the new album BLOOD MONEY a spin and was fairly impressed with most of the tracks on the disc. So, all in all at least I would enjoy a lot of new stuff if that was all they were going to give.
To my surprise I was highly intrigued through the band’s set. They sounded on point. Edsel sounded really good and the stage show was pretty “Dope” with a bunch of huge screens spewing out crazy affects and lyrics and movie snippets. The guys did a good array of new to old tracks like BLOOD MONEY,DIE MOTHERFUCKER DIE, BITCH and the highly loved cover of Billy Idol’s REBEL YELL; were some of the highlights of the evening. Edsel had a good blend of talking about current events happening in life and kind of was the crowd’s therapist that night (not to sound weird but he told it how it was dealing with depression or anxiety…thumbs up to his thoughts)
The band has taken their elements of industrial-esque, nu metal hard rock and kept it signature; but bringing a harder edgier, dirtier and more substantial sound into 2017. The live show has them with excellent energy, great interaction with the crowd and visually fun to watch. If they are coming to a town near you it’s a definite show to check out!
STAY IN TOUCH WITH DOPE. Facebook: @dopetheband Instagram: @dopetheband Twitter: @dopetheband Website: www.dopetheband.com
A little snippet video of the night that evening in Rhode Island
WE CAME AS ROMANS ; RAGE ON THE STAGE TOUR with I Prevail, The Word Alive and Escape The Fate
Oct 20th, 2017 Worcester, MA Palladium
By: Stephanie Stevens
I haven’t seen WE CAME AS ROMANS since the last time the guys came to the Boston area and I was super excited to see them on this run and on this day because it was the bands record release day!!!
The new album COLD LIKE WAR has so many great tracks that I could just imagine how they would go over in a live setting with all the aggression, energy and fun ambience the new songs bring. When the boys hit the stage it was exactly like I imagined. For one WCAR has always been that band to bring the energy and get the crowd involved in the whole set and last night was no different. The packed Palladium’s energy was set on fire as the house lights went down and the band took the stage and from there on out it was a party!!
The boys opened COLD LIKE WAR; the passion, the spirit and the energy all oozed out of each member showing they were super stoked on this new album and being able to create a bond with the fans face to face with the new music.
They surprised the crowd that night with a live video shooting of the song WASTED AGE and made it known that they were super happy there record release was in this venue and this area because Worcester has always given them the love they appreciate. My favorite moment for new songs was LOST IN THE MOMENT; I keep saying it but they bring the energy and movement to the stage and its always a pleasure to be able to enjoy a band that is all about giving a good live show.
The guys did a good job mixing up old and new songs, going through the catalog of albums and choosing the highest punched, energy driven and crowd-pleasing songs like GHOSTS, the cover of GLAD YOU CAME,TRACING BACK ROOTS, THE WORLD I USE TO KNOW. They ended the night with HOPE which is probably one of my favorite songs and it was indeed a great closing element but it made me want them to play for an hour more to be honest. All in All the new album by these guys is marvelous, the songs are prime meat for live shows and the guys on a whole know how to entertain a crowd and are most professional doing it.
Down below is a snippet of songs from last night hope you enjoy it and if the guys come to a city near you most definitely check them out worth every penny you spend on a ticket.
36 CRAZYFISTS 23 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG by: Stephanie Stevens
I teamed up with Uncivilrevolt.com for this interview with Brock vocalist of 36 CRAZYFISTS
If anyone knows me they know this band has gotten me through some hard times and I have had the honor of calling these guys friends over the years. So, after 23 years together Here I am again getting the chance to sit down with vocalist and friend Brock Lindow when he came to town with the rest of the guys to play Fete Music Hall in Providence, Rhode Island on oct 5th, 2017 for the bands headline show.
Got the chance to chat about the new album LANTERNS, the past 23 years and his memories about this whole crazy journey of 36 CRAZYFISTS. Enjoy this raw and casual chat with a really special human being.