A SILENT TRUTH TALKS NEW EP, LIVE SHOWS AND MUSIC VIDEOS
BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
Chicago based band A SILENT TRUTH is ready to be a driving force and a Voice that has been missing in the music scene. Coming from all areas of the Chicago music community; the band members who make up this driving force now in 2017 are ready to re-ignite the passion of what A SILENT TRUTH was created to be.
With two new songs that the band has released for your listening pleasure they are continuing to work in the studio to have a solid EP in the near future. The starts of it can be heard on CHARIOT a guitar rooted, hard hitting, aggressive display of the metal and heavy music that is enlightening the Chicago local fanbase. I love the ambience of this song because it shows off the solid guitar playing, the blend of screams and singing abilities and overall high energy the guys are capable of. RAYOVAC to me lays more on the hard rock side. Less metal but still got the pounding powerful intensity and brings more of a melody driven sentiment into this one. Overall both of the songs give you the vast range this band can create. Both songs create a vision of an intense live show and energy induced platform.
The band is gearing up for a pretty rad show in the Illinois area The Revival Party which sounds like a killer 3 days of camping, bands, booze, food and well social interaction with a ton of talent. Always a good time in my eyes. So, if you are in the area defiantly check out the site and look into a ticket http://www.therevivalparty.com/
I had a chance to catch up with the John Partipilo, bass player of the band to talk about the new EP, what’s missing into today’s music industry and some of the music he is jamming to lately
WHAT IS A SILENT TRUTH DOING IN THE CHICAGO SCENE THAT IS DIFFERENT THEN WHAT WE HAVE HEARD COME OUT OF THE AREA BEFORE? We are trying to be a positive force in the music scene. We want everyone to know that the impossible is possible with the help of a community that supports each other.
THE GUY WHO FORMED THIS BAND TOOK A STEP DOWN FROM THE BAND THIS PAST SPRING HOW DID THAT EFFECT THE MORALE OF THE BAND AND WHO DID YOU FIND TO REPLACE HIM? Honestly Dan was a huge part of what A SILENT TRUTH was and his departure affected us at first. When we found John Williams we knew then and there whether we went forward as A SILENT TRUTH or changed the name completely we had the right group of guys for this band.
WHO ELSE IS IN THE BAND AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THEIR CAREER AS A MUSICIAN? John Williams vocals; we grabbed John after I booked his old band and was highly impressed with his vocal ability.
Nathan Moderski Rhythm Guitar and Vocals; Nate has been around music and bands most of his life. I knew of Nate while he played in Ignescent and when I was told he would be playing with AST I got excited.
Steve Larocco Lead Guitar; Steve was also in Ignescent when I met him however he has been in several bands in the Chicago area for about a decade.
Justin Phershy Drums; Justin is a master behind the kit. Coming from a metalcore math rock background he's always impressing us while writing.
John Partipilo (myself) Bass; I've been in a band you interviewed before Ditchwater and I was in some punk bands in the past.
TELL ME ABOUT THE EP THAT YOU RECENTLY SENT ME WHEN DID YOU RECORD IT AND HOW DIFFERENT IS IT FROM OTHER MUSIC YOU GUYS HAVE DONE IN THE PAST? I sent over 2 older AST tracks that were recorded with a completely different line up in 2009 and I sent our 2 brand new songs CHARIOT and RAYOVAC. Those 2 new songs were demo recorded at Apothica Studios with Joe Tiberi of Mechina. We plan on returning to finish the EP with Joe before the end of 2017. It's all completely fresh for us so nothing to compare to really.
THE BAND NAME A SILENT TRUTH. DOES IT HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING BEHIND IT FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND HOW DOES IT INTERTWINE WITH THE LYRICAL CONTENT YOU WRITE ABOUT IF IT DOES IN ANY WAY? The original meaning is unknown to us it left with Dan. My personal feeling of what A Silent Truth means is; when you have something, you need to tell someone but you know that telling them would hurt them so you keep it inside. There is The Silent Truth. Hence the snake skull logo we just came out with.
WHAT IS THE VISUAL AND FEEL OF A SILENT TRUTH LIVE SHOW AND WILL YOU GUYS BE DOING ANY TOURING THROUGHOUT THE STATES SOON OR JUST KEEPING IT LOCAL? The goal for us is to involve the crowd as much as possible. Engage them with our stage personality and get them pumped and excited to be there sharing the experience with us. We love to play live and we love to have a few cocktails when we do so if you’re at a show buy us a few and hang out with us. As far as touring, we do plan on hitting it hard next year but only really on the weekend warrior side of things. Got a lot planned though so keep an eye out. We aren't staying local that's for sure.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON MUSIC VIDEOS AND FOR YOUR BAND DO YOU THINK IT IS BENEFICIAL TO HAVE FOR YOUR BAND? I mean they still have the MTV VMA awards so someone still watching videos. I think a good single should have the full package with a lyric video and storyline video playing important roles.
THREE ALBUMS ON YOUR PLAYLIST AS OF TODAY AND WHY ARE U JAMMING TO THEM? HOW DOES IF ANY THESE BANDS OR ALBUMS INFLUENCE YOU AS A PLAYER ALSO?
Punch Cabbie Myriad EP, these guys are family so I jam as often as possible
Metallica Hardwired. I'm a huge Metallica fan and not ashamed to admit that ever
On My Six The waiting game EP again family. We all waited forever to hear this disc so it's on repeat now.
IF YOU COULD CO WRITE A SONG TOGETHER WITH ANYONE ALIVE OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Phil Collins that dude is a song writing machine. Everything he touches turns to gold. Look how many metal bands cover Phils songs.
IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS MISSING IN THE COMMUNITY AND HOW WOULD YOU FIX THAT IF YOU COULD? Artist Development. You don't see labels working together with a band until the bands have their own following now. Gone are the days of getting “discovered” unless you are on a tv talent show.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET YOUR MUSIC OR KEEP UP WITH THE BAND? facebook.com/asilenttruth ITunes, Spotify, google music, Pandora, IHeart radio, basically anywhere you can find music you will find our new songs CHARIOT and RAYOVAC
ONE ADVICE TO GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO START AS A MUSICIAN? I'll quote CHARIOT. “Anything is possible as long as you never quit” I'm 41 years old I have kids older than some member of the bands we play with. Never surrender keep going, but, always remember to make time for yourself and those who love you.
LAST COMMENTS? I first off want to thank you Stephanie and the East Coast Romper for reaching out to talk to me. I know it took forever to get this to you so I appreciate your patience. Keep an eye out for AST in a town near you and always keep your head up and charge ahead.
A little fun pick or choose game
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Roller coasters or jump out of a plane? I've always had an issue with jumping out of a perfectly functional airplane
Pizza or sushi? Pizza all day
Dogs or cats? Dog. I'm allergic to cats
West coast or east coast? Midwest coast
Audio books or real books? Nothing like holding a real book and turning the pages.
The carnival has arrived It's dark, it's metal and it's filled with sins!! Step into the world of RAVEN BLACK BY: STEPHANIE STEVENS
RAVEN BLACK: A dark Metal Carnival led by the lovely petite and fierce Raven Black herself. The band who hail from California have been on the scene since 2012-2013 and have been able to release in 2014 a EP entitled MIDNIGHT DREARY and in 2016 SEVEN SINS which is the EP that has gotten them more into the public eye.
The Ep in my opinion is pretty stellar from start to finish they have dark elements, harder edgier spooky areas, Melodic, subdued and mysterious ambiances and the vocals of Raven really bring the music to life with her heart bleeding with every word that is released on these 7 songs. Favorite songs in my opinion is THE BLACKENING, STILL HEALING and SEVEN SINS. Now the band is in the works on working on a new full album; letting us more into the world of the dark metal carnival entitled “13” which will be released 2018.
I was able to catch the band when they hit Providence, RI on the bands headlining tour. Not only was the band the most down to earth and humble bunch of musicians but they put on a killer live show with theatrics, crowd participation and overall intensity and energy.
I was honored to be able to chat with RAVEN about how she started in show business, the story behind the band and her fascination with number.
BACK STORY OF THE BAND DID THE CONCEPT OF THE CHARACTERS COME FIRST OR DID YOU START A BAND AND HAVE MUSIC AND THEN THE CONCEPT CAME TO YOU? The visual characters and vision for the Dark Metal Carnival came first. It’s a dark musical carnival show I have played in my head since I was a child.
AND IN A BRIEF DESCRIPTION WHAT IS THE STORY OF RAVEN BLACK? The Doctor was a travelling voodoo black magic doctor and came across a small child who seemed lost and frightened. He used his magic to turn her into a doll, but in her hasty fear, she screamed and disrupted the spell/curse and it left her half human, half doll. She travelled with the Doctor and secretly learned some of his black magic and conjured up a demon, Muppet, to come save her and defeat the Doctor, but she fell in love with the Demon and trapped him in her heart. The Doctor and the Demon became close allies and planned to travel the world seeking other followers who shared their vision for a Dark Metal Carnival World. They then created Stiches, who would be the gatherer and collector or those who wish to visit our Dark Metal Carnival world I the 13th Hour. The foursome continues to travel the world and host a Dark Metal Carnival everywhere they go and invite all those to join their world of fun, mystery and blissful insanity.
DO YOU HAVE MUSICAL THEATRE BACKGROUND AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PERFORMER IN A METAL BAND? I do have a musical theatre background. Training from the age of 4, I began lessons and training in singing and dance (choir, ballet, modern and tap). I trained with the Mark Taper Forum as a young child and also studied acting with Amy Weinstein and Theatrical/Lyrical Dance with Annette Charles in Hollywood, CA during the ages of 11-15. I used to compete in theatrical competitions and showcases during my pre-teens and even auditioned for Hollywood musical productions like Miss Saigon. Metal music is my favorite because of all the music i listen to, sing to and dance to, metal music is one of the most emotional and that makes it #1 to me. I’m definitely an emotional singer and my lyrics and melodies are purposefully delivered to make the listener feel an emotion, whatever it may be to them.
YOU FORMED IN 2012 BUT REVAMPED THE LINEUP IN 2014 HOW HARD IS IT TO FIND MUSICIANS THAT FIT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MUSICALLY AND CHARACTER WISE ? Changing the lineup was one of the most difficult steps we had to endure, as our previous guitarist was a long time best friend and best man to Muppet. We had different creative visions and it took Muppet and I over a year to find The Doctor and another 2 years to find Stitches. The entire experience was a growing development. It was very important to Muppet and I that we brought on new members that had a natural passion for theatre and dark and heavy musical influences whether classical, metal, rock gothic or punk. As we knew we would be combining several of our musical influences to create our unique sound which would ultimately enhance our live performance and my character vocal styles. Each of the members have brought their own unique influences and it has proven to be an amazing collaboration.
YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR NUMBERS I READ SOMEWHERE, HOW HAS THAT HELPED IN THE VISION OF THE SONGS AND VISION BECAUSE SEVEN SINS IS NUMBER BASED AND WAS THERE A REASON ONLY 7 SONGS ON THE EP AND THE SONG 13? I have always been fascinated by numerology and having an Asian background and growing up with Asian folklore and culture, numbers have always played a role throughout my life. The numbers “7” and “1” hold a darker and deeper meaning then is known. They are part of the titles but have a deeper and darker connection to me than most know. I had some very dark experiences when I was 7 and 13 years old. Major turning points in my life growing up and experiences that changed my life forever. The EP purposely has 7 songs because it introduces the doll, Raven, and her journey of Broken Innocence and Redemption from Age 7 to Age 13. The EP ends with the song “13” because she underwent a major life changing event at 13 which sprung her into a new identity of self-independence and began her discovery of her inner strength and no longer being a victim of bullying and overcoming her shyness.
YOU HAVE PLAYED THREE NEW SONGS IN YOUR SET HOW IS THE NEW MUSIC FOR A NEW RECORD COMING ABOUT AND SINCE THE FIRST ONE IS AN INTRO TO YOU THE “DOLL” WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD IN THE FUTURE RECORDS? The next EP will be released in 2018 and the three new songs we have played live on our Hex O’Clock Tour was just a peek into the rowdy, wreck less and heavier side of Raven and her misfits. The next EP will share the story behind each of the other members and how Raven is orchestrating the group’s avenging their own losses and triumphantly regain their self-identities and reigning in their own world together in the 13th hour. The mystery and excitement of being a part of their 13th hour where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be who they truly are both inside and outside. A party and celebration of the dark and light, good and bad and finding a balance in each one’s duality of existence.
YOUR STAGE SHOW HOW WILL IT EVOLVE WITH EVERY RECORD? As we grow as a band, and our fanbase grows with us, each show, in our hopes, will be filled with more stage production, lights and sounds that bring out everyone’s hidden selves. We want people to enjoy and let go and feel free to mosh, jump, dance, stomp, head bang and just feel our music and story and trigger all their senses at every show. We can only promise that we will try and bring something new, even in the smallest way to every show experience and we will be right there with them throughout the 13th hour. MELODIC SINGING OR MORE AGGRESSIVE SINGING WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PREFERENCE AND WHY? Honestly love both equally. Lyrically and musically, each thing and sometimes separately evoke emotions in me which will either be expressed melodically or aggressively. It all depends on the emotion of the lyric and the music and what is being expressed in meaning and subject. YOU ARE FOR FEMALE POWER IN YOUR OWN WORDS DESCRIBE TO ME WHAT YOU FEEL “FEMALE POWER” IS ALL ABOUT IN THIS DAY AND AGE? Female Power to me today means being able to feel strong and beautiful as you are, and there is no defined look or style that would make you anything more than who you are. Being one self and wearing your outside self is just as important as allowing your inside self to be seen. If you have a child inside you, let her free and if you have an old soul within you, let her free. Freedom to not worry about what society tells you is appropriate. You are appropriate because you are and you exist. Female Power to me is being able to love and to hate all at the same time for the right reasons and doing what is right to defend either.
TOUR LIFE FOR A WOMAN WHAT IS THE GOOD? THE BAD? AND THE UGLY? OF IT? It’s ugly ugly ugly, dirty dirty dirty and fun fun fun and worth it worth it worth it. Of course, this can be changed with some support from a label that cares in the artist rather than the Profits. LOL. YOUR VIDEO FOR TWINKEL TWINKLE LITTLE SCAR” IS PRETTY MORBID AND MORPHS YOUR CHARACTERS INTO SOME DEMENTED BEINGS. HOW WAS THE VIDEO PROCESS AND DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR CREATIVE SIDE VISUALLY WILL GO EVEN DEEPER INTO THE MORBID WITH NEW VIDEOS COMING OUT? Actually, we really didn’t mean to get too morbid or emphasize the gore but the nightmare was supposed to describe the scars we have underneath the reality of our daily living. TWINKLE is truly about the self-realization that our innocent lullabies and wishful dreaming is not the truth when we grow up and see that love can be just as painful as it is nurturing. That our waking life may be affected by our nightmares and the scars we have that need healing. The gore and torture was taken too literally and so the message behind the lyrics was not fully captured. The fear we have and the scars we hold onto underneath the surface are in constant healing and adaptation as we experience new scars and new healing just like our nightmares and dreams are interchangeable. Some we remember, some we forget and some stay a part of our reality.
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK THE VIDEOS ARE TO A BAND THAT HAS A CONCEPT LIKE YOU GUYS DO AND DO YOU SEE YOU DOING SOMETHING EVEN MORE LIKE A COMIC BOOK KIND OF THING IN THE FUTURE Videos are important to every band. They are an opportunity for you to place a visual piece of work with your music and performance. Our band is theatrical and we have a story or message to share with every song, so for us, music videos are a must. We enjoy making them and sharing them with our fans and will continue to do so throughout our journey. We anticipate and currently working on our comic book. We want to take our time and write the story and have the right artist illustrate the story for our fans to enjoy and follow and be a part of. We may be doing a fan club subscription online for those who want to be a part of our 13th hour daily. Exclusive content and more personal platform for our fans to become involved in what we are and what we do. We are putting this together and won’t release this until we have an idea of what our fans can experience. Hopefully this can be released soon.
WHAT DOES THE REST OF THE YEAR LOOK LIKE FOR RAVEN BLACK? We will be announcing our Fall Support Tour for November through December across the U.S.We will be supporting a great band and look forward to a killer tour. We will most likely be releasing a music video for “13”, one of our fan favorites. Then it’s Holidays and we enter into 2018 with a pretty busy schedule for January-February. We’ll be in the studio Jan-Feb for the next EP “13”. We may have a surprise bonus track on there, but we will just have to wait and see….
LAST COMMENTS? Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. I can’t tell you how much we all appreciate your time and efforts and sharing who we are and what we do. It means more to us than you can ever know. Raven
Florida's rising stars THE KNOWING WITHIN By: Stephanie Stevens
THE KNOWING WITHIN a 4-piece band out of Orlando, Florida has been on the local music scene for a little over 3 years. The band through that time have released a EP BELIEVE TO SEE in 2015, has won a Oski award in 2017 for best Metal band and is currently working on the finishing touches of a full-length album CIRCUMSTANCES which they hope to hit the market in fall of 2017. From listening to some tracks; they have a rock a pop and some metal vibes surrounding the music they create. Intertwining all genres makes sense after seeing the broad spectrum of musical influences each and every band member has.
One song that got me wanting to know more about THEKNOWING WITHIN was the track THE UNTOLD STORY. The track title intrigued me and the song is an upbeat, energized song. THE PATH OF MY CALLING probably my favorite song kind of gives me a little piece of bands like Thrice, Silverstein and bands back in the day that ruled the rock scene. Plus, the guys have a positive outlook throughout the lyrical content and in this day n age we need more of that in the music scene. HOPE FOR THE DESPAIRED starts out showing the vocal ability of his vast range of vocals he can delve into. The song brings out the melodic attributes with piano but then halfway through the song it gets aggressive and abrasive for a few seconds and really creates a shock value. the bands
I was able to chat with the guys to learn a little bit more of the band, the new record coming and what got them into music.
WHO IS IN THE KNOWING WITHIN AND WHEN DID YOU GUYS FORM? Tim Rardon- Lead Vocals, Mario Tafoya- Guitar/Vocals, James Arran- Drums, Sebastian (Sebby) Villota- Bass (Tim)- I founded the band a few years back, but I don't really feel like we were as complete and strong until this finalized lineup has formed.
WHEN LOOKING FOR BAND MEMBERS WHAT IS THE TOP 3 QUALITIES YOU LOOK FOR AND IS THIS CURRENT LINEUP WHO STARTED THE BAND? (Mario)- When we were shopping for a new member first and foremost we wanted someone that could not only play the part but wanted it as much as we did. Secondly TKW is known for our live performances so stage presence is definitely a must! And lastly, they have to care about music the way that we do, the drive and determination to bring a smile to someone's face despite the circumstances. Though this is not the lineup that started the band... this is definitely the lineup you will grow to love for years to come! Tim initially founded the band, the rest of us helped bring it to life. WHAT DOES THE BAND NAME THE KNOWING WITHIN MEAN TO YOU AND HOW DOES IT SET THE MOOD FOR THE MUSIC YOU WRITE? (Mario)- To me THE KNOWING WITHIN means hope, if you want something bad enough and you know it in your heart, you have to look within to achieve your goals.
HOW DO YOU GUYS WRITE MUSIC IS A COLLECTIVE BAND THING OR DO YOU GUYS HAVE INDIVIDUAL JOBS WHEN A SONG COMES TOGETHER? (James)- When writing music, we just kind of vibe off each other until we hear something we really like. (Tim)- As James said, we lean on each other and really build on each band members ideas. But sometimes I'll have a story I want to write and they create the instrumentals to the idea. Other times the guys will make something really cool that triggers an idea in my head.
ARE YOU GUYS TECHY WHEN IT COMES TO THE STUDIO OR DO YOU USUALLY WORK WITH A PRODUCER ETC WHEN YOU GO TO RECORD? IF YOU ARE ALL TECHNICAL IN THE STUDIO IS THAT SOMETHING DOWN THE LINE YOU AS A BAND WOULD WANT TO LEARN AND DO YOU THINK IT WOULD HELP WITH COSTS OR MAKE THE MUSIC MAKING MORE INTIMATE FOR FOT YOU GUYS? (Sebby)- Having already a degree on music recording and producing will help us communicate and deliver better material to the producer and have a better understanding of what we want our sound to be like. Something new, innovative but that still feels familiar.
YOU'RE WORKING ON A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM AS OF NOW IS IT STILL BEING CALLED CIRCUMSTANCES AND HOW HAS THE MUSIC MATURED SINCE YOUR LAST EP BELIEVE TO SEE? DO YOU HAVE A RELEASE DATE YET? (Tim)- Yes, it is indeed going to be called CIRCUMSTANCES. Let me tell you, these songs are some of my favorite that TKW has ever written and I am so ecstatic to get this music out. We have really bettered ourselves and pushed ourselves individually as musicians and collectively as a band. From the first EP, we have experienced more in our lives as well so we have deeper lyrics. We also have made the new music a little heavier as well. We don't have an exact release date for the album but we do have a single or two coming in the near future to give you a taste.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE MOST PROUD OF WHEN IT COMES TO THE KNOWING WITHIN’S LIVE SHOW? (James)- The explosion of energy. It's like we breathe new life each time we hit the stage! (Tim)- The crowd engagement most definitely. This is the closest you get to connect with the listeners. There's no feeling like it! We like to put on quite the show with our live performance, because we feel the songs.
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY TOUR DATES COMING UP FOR FALL INTO THE WINTER MONTHS? (Tim)- Right now we are playing one-off shows here and there because we are spending a majority of our time fine tuning and crafting each bit of our new material and upcoming release. However, as soon as some of this new material is ready for release, you better bet that we will be doing bigger and better tours than we have done yet.
HOW CAN PEOPLE GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND HOW CAN THEY PURCHASE OLD AND NEW MUSIC? (Tim)- Anyone can get in touch with us and check out music via any of the mainstream social media sites for the most part. Facebook, IG, Twitter, Bandcamp, YouTube, email, etc. We encourage people to contact us. Also feel free to message us on our personal pages. IF YOU COULD WRITE ONE SONG WITH ONE PERSON IN THE CURRENT MUSIC SCENE WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS PERSON? (James)- Matt Skiba. I've always looked up to him. (Tim)- I/we been blessed to be able to have networked with many of mine/our influences thus far. However, I think Mike Shinoda would be someone I've looked up to since a child.
WHAT MADE EACH OF YOU DECIDE TO PLAY THE INSTRUMENTS YOU PLAY AND HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU DECIDED THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO? (James)- I started playing drums as a late teen. It just kind of stuck with me. I originally tried to learn how to play guitar but it was never really that fun for me due to me being left-handed but it's silly because I use both hands for the drums. (Tim)- I began playing guitar off and on as a hobby as a teen. But once I found talented band members I much preferred singing and focusing on being a front man. (Sebby)- I started playing bass when I was 14 maybe 15, what made me jump to play an instrument was mostly to jam with my friends. I’ve always been musically inclined since I can remember so for me was really a no brainer. (Mario)- Around the age of 14 I had my first Warped Tour experience, needless to say I've wanted to be a Rockstar since that very day. So, I bought a guitar, joined a few bands, and here I am, doing what I love with some of the best dudes around!!
WHAT IS THE FIRST RECORD YOU EVER HEARD THAT GOT YOU INTO THE MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO AND WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THAT RECORD THAT MADE YOU FALL IN LOVE? (Tim)- There are far too many influences and amazing artists and albums that have inspired me. I know the early Blink-182 and Linkin Park stuff inspired me as a kid. Then in later teens and early twenties I got more into the heavier music scene. Powerful instrumentals, catchy choruses, and emotional lyrics have always been what I enjoy most. (Sebby)- I can't remember the first record I listened to but I can recall listening to ACDC, Queen, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Chuck Berry with my dad while driving. I remember the first song and music video I ever saw and loved was Californication from the RHCP so I guess I just grew up loving this kind of music. I have always had it around me through my best and worst times. (Mario)- I would have to say Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance, definitely the album that started me down the music path I know and love today.
ANY LAST COMMENTS? On behalf of TKW we want to thank you Stephanie and East Coast Romper for your time and the interview. We want to also thank anybody who's given us a listen or supported us. We want to chat with and meet everyone we can!
IS STARTING A REVOLUTION
By: Stephanie Stevens
Musicians make music for many different reasons, they start bands for many different reasons and they become a success because of those said actions. Well CHRIS CLEMENCE is that one artist who started out as a bass player for bands. HE wrote some really successful music but in the back of his mind he seemed to always want to do something more. He got the chance back in 2015 when I first heard about him and the band he was in SCREAMING FOR DEMONS when they wrote a track called ROCKSTAR which helped and is still an ongoing amazing charity; the Homeless Rockstars; through United Way.
Now CLEMENCE and the all mighty DH PELIGRO of the Dead Kennedys just released an amazing track called REVOLUTION which is about the turmoil that the United States are in right now. What Trump is trying to take away CLEMENCE and DH are fighting for in this new single they just released. Clemence says on his social media page “If he won't lead, we the people will. We need to stand together and benefit Equal Rights Education and Healthcare. Our country depends on it!”.
Along with making differences in the world CLEMENCE has also written songs to impact the sports world back in 2016 he wrote a New York anthem that will be the official song for the NY Rangers, NY Giants, and NY Knicks with Cro Mags founder Harley Flanagan, and Madison Square Garden DJ Ray Castoldi.
As a solo artist, he is able to really focus in on his beliefs and what he wants to put out and I love his sense of urgency, his sense of community and his sense of making music to really make an impact on the world and people’s lives.
If you haven’t already donated to this amazing charity he put together “THE CLEMENCE FOUNDATION” it’s time to get on board you will get an amazing track in REVOLUTION but also a killer t shirt. I had a chance to chat with CHRIS about the new foundation, the new track and how it is having his little girl and his recent engagement to his beautiful wife Tessa Knox.
If you would like to donate today: please cut n paste the link below and help out our future:
When I last spoke to you, you had teamed up with Harley Flanagan of Cro Mags and did “LET’S GO”. Now, you just released “REVOLUTION” on which you worked with DH Peligro of Dead Kennedys. Do you hand pick the artists you’re going to work with on collaborations like this?
Yes, the song “REVOLUTION” just came out! And yes, I do hand pick them. Each artist I work with on a song is because I know they’re the perfect fit for it.
What was the reasoning behind DH being a part of this particular one?
I was always a big Dead Kennedys fan. DH’s has been creating music for his whole career that stands up to power and has a political message. The Dead Kennedys have such a history of that. His voice has that angst to it and I just knew he was the only guy for this.
DID YOU GIVE HIM THE SCENARIO OF THE SONG THEME OR DID YOU WORK ON IT TOGETHER?
I had a bunch of the song written already, lyrics and the concept but of course DH came in and did his thing which took it to the next level. I worked with guitarist and co-producer Ched Tolliver on it as well. Working with these guys was super easy. We are all like-minded and it came together fairly quickly.
THE VIDEO THAT YOU MADE FOR THE SONG …
AHHH the video (hahah)
I DON’T KNOW IF WE WANT TO DIVE INTO THIS (HAHA) BUT WHAT HAS THE REACTION BEEN LIKE SINCE THE RELEASE?
Across the board. I have gotten so many messages. I’ve gotten tons of hate messages from Trump supporters. Those are very entertaining for me to read. But I’ve also gotten great positive messages from fans and those who realize we need to take action and do something to make this world a better place. I worked with a friend of mine, Angelo Hat, to create the video. He is an animator for Titmouse Productions in Los Angeles. He has done a bunch of stuff with Adult Swim and Cartoon Network and I’m a big fan of his animation and style. We sat down and went over the concept and I just let him do his thing. I’m really happy with the result!
I MEAN I AM ALL FOR WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO AND SAY BUT I KNOW OTHERS PROBABLY DON’T SEE IT THAT WAY…
I kind of expected that. Like it says at the end of the video… this isn’t about political parties. It’s about standing up for what’s right. That is what our charity is all about. Benefiting people’s rights, education and healthcare. It has really nothing to do with taking Trump out of office and I don’t see that happening…
IT WOULD BE NICE…
Oh, believe me I would throw a parade! (Haha) But this is about standing up against his despicable actions and his administration’s actions. He is cutting funding to and canceling programs in all of these areas and it’s pissing off a lot of people. Instead of just allowing that to happen we need to take matters into our own hands. We are going to stand up for equal rights with the ACLU. We are going to stand up for education with Save The Children. We are going to stand up for healthcare with Americares free clinics. That is really what “REVOLUTION” is about. It’s not a violent thing. It’s doing what’s right and what’s needed.
I HEARD YOU ALSO JUST GOT ENGAGED…
Yes! Just last night! The lovely Tessa Knox is all mine! (haha) It was our 1-year anniversary and I wanted to make it super special for her. I rented out the whole lower section of our favorite restaurant in Montauk, New York. As we walked down I told Tessa I had hired a film crew and photographer to take a quick anniversary video and pictures for us. As we were taking the pics, I had a band sneak out behind us and play our favorite song on guitar and violin and dropped the knee and proposed. And I had Stephen Tedeschi and his C-Media NY crew there to get it all on film! Can’t wait to watch it all over again. I got her an awesome custom-made ring from Pure Grown Diamonds too. When I was picking out a ring for her it was really important to us that it was conflict free and ecofriendly. I did a lot of research and Pure Grown Diamonds is amazing. They offer Type IIA diamonds, which are the rarest and highest clarity in the world, but are guaranteed conflict free and have no negative environmental impact from harvesting. It was great to work so closely with them and make Tessa’s absolute dream ring from scratch.
I KNOW YOU BOTH JUST HAD A LITTLE GIRL TOO, DO YOU FEEL THIS WAS SOMETHING YOU NEEDED TO DO FOR HER FUTURE ALSO?
Yes, absolutely. The night that Trump got elected, and she was still in utero, my heart sunk. Trump is going to run our country when my little girl comes into this world? It was a scary thought. I want her to be in a world that is not filled with so much hate and I want her to have a great education and great opportunities. It’s not fair to her or any of the other children coming into this world to be stripped of educational programs or healthcare.
THE CLEMENCE FOUNDATION ITS AFFILIATED WITH THE SONG AND IT’S YOUR FOUNDATION?
Yes, The Clemence Foundation is my charity I started. The reason I started it was that with some charities, people blindly throw money at them and you don’t really know where it goes. With my charity, I want to make sure that everyone that donates gets to see tangible results. I’m going to post updates and videos to show the real change and progress we are making. Other charities that we benefit or partner with I’m going to have a very close hand in making sure the money goes to the right place.
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING TO DO SOMETHING THEMSELVES WHAT IS SOME THINGS YOU CAN TELL THEM THEY CAN TO OTHER THEN JUST DONATING?
Call your local representatives or Congressmen. Protest. Make your voice hear. Stand up and demand the change you seek.
DO YOU FEEL PEOPLE ARE JUST COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT’S GOING ON OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE CHANGE IS HAPPENING?
It’s happening. Look at Charlottesville. Sure, there are a lot of people who are comfortable sitting behind their computers and they won’t take action or do anything but we are hoping to encourage them to. You don’t necessarily have to go out and protest or make all these phone calls but its super easy and takes 2 minutes of your time to donate to a charity for something positive.
DO YOU THINK YOU WILL EVER WORK WITH HARLEY OR DH AGAIN ON ANOTHER SONG OR DO YOU WANT TO PROGRESS AND FIND OTHER ARTISTS TO WORK WITH?
Definitely. With both those guys it was a great experience and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I’m also excited to see what the future holds for new collaborations.
ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING WITH THE BANDS YOU USED TO BE IN? SCREAMING AT DEMONS AND RAPSCALLIONS? OR HAVE YOU DRIFTED WAY FROM THE BAND THING?
I’m currently not doing anything with the bands I was in, I’m just working as a solo artist. I’m enjoying working as a solo artist much better.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BEING FROM A BAND ATMOSPHERE TO A SOLO GUY?
It’s great! I love it. I am my own boss. When I was with the band we had to stick to our sound and be in that genre but with being a solo artist I can experiment. It’s exciting for me because I get to switch it up the style whenever I want and it’s so refreshing. With the band, it can get stuffy and you can get pigeon holed and stuck in that vibe and sound. As a solo artist, I can do whatever I want and I’m loving it.
WAS BASS YOUR FIRST INSTRUMENT AND GOT YOU INTO THE MUSIC LIFE?
Yeah, I started playing bass at like 14 and never stopped. I had a little rock band in high school, we thought we were the shit but we really sucked (haha). I kept playing and got better and better and here I am today!
DO YOU MISS ANY PARTS OF THE TOURING LIFE?
I do miss being out on the road but that’s not to say I’m not going to do it again. Putting out singles and doing the licensing thing is great right now, especially having a new daughter. It’s nice to get to spend every night with her. But I definitely will be back out on the road again at some point. I got to rock these new songs live for all you guys!
ARE YOU AND DH DOING ANY APPEARANCES FOR THE SONG “REVOLUTION”?
We have been asked by a few different charities to appear and at a recent festival. As stuff unfolds we will be doing things. Right now, we just got the campaign posted, video and the song are out and the buzz is building. People are just learning about it and getting excited. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO DONATE FOR A WHILE CORRECT?
It’s going to be there now until Trump is gone! (hahaha) But seriously, we just want to make as much positive change as we can. Whether it lasts a few months or it carries on for years, it’s the right thing to do and it’s a positive movement that will help a lot of people.
SO ABOUT DONATING… YOU CAN DONATE AND GET THE SONG AND A SHIRT?
Yes. When you go on our Crowdpac page you’ll have the option to donate $5, which gets you a free download of “REVOLUTION”. Donations of $40 or more gets you an official “REVOLUTION” T Shirt by Fathom Clothing. You can choose between the “Raven” and “Rise Up!” designs. $60 or more you get “The Executive Order”, which is my favorite T Shirt. All donations over $5 get the song, so its included with the shirt orders. I’m also offering hand made one of a kind custom art pieces done by me for $1,000 or more. You can check out samples of my work on my website WWW.CHRISCLEMENCE.COM.
IS FATHOM CLOTHING SOMEONE WHO HAVE WORKED WITH BEFORE?
This is my first time collaborating with Fathom and it has been a great experience. Dexter Dible, the CEO, is an amazing graphic designer and has a real eye for fashion and what’s cool. Every shirt that’s part of the “REVOLUTION COLLECTION” has deep symbolic meaning. The “Raven” T Shirt was actually inspired by a photo I took out on my back deck. A Raven had landed on top of my flag pole which had a tattered and worn American flag. I quickly snapped a picture before he took flight. It just struck me. I thought “This is America right now. In total decay and distress.” But what’s interesting is that in Native American folklore, Ravens symbolize change and transformation. Which is exactly what this country needs right now. That was the first shirt we collaborated on and created the rest of the designs together from there.
CRAZY HOW SOMETHING SO SIMPLE CAN INSPIRE YOU. I LOVE IT!
Yeah it is. But that’s how I look at everything. Signs happen in everyday life and you can choose to either ignore them or be inspired by them.
I THINK WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS AMAZING. I THOUGHT WHEN YOU DID THE HOMELESS CHARITY ALSO THAT WAS KILLER. WOULD YOU GUYS EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT AGAIN?
Yeah, Homeless Rockstars. That was a great campaign we changed a lot of people’s lives and made a lot of positive impact. That charity is still on going to this day and still helping out a lot of people; it’s a great thing. Right now, I am pretty focused on “REVOLUTION” because I think it’s crucial and vital for the times.
SINCE YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH IN YOUR CAREER WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE LOOKING INTO ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS OR PASSIONS BE IT MUSIC OR SOMETHING ELSE?
Whatever you’re working on, you have to have a never quit attitude. Go at it 110% and don’t take “No” for an answer.
ANY LAST WORDS?
We need everyone to band together and support this campaign for positive change. We can’t do this alone and it’s going to take all of us. Go to our Crowdpac right now and donate and get a kick ass song! I promise you’re gonna love it. And if you don’t, well at least you benefitted equal rights, education, and healthcare so it’s all a win!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF CODE NAME: PHOENIX by: Stephanie Stevens
I found this Illinois based band CODE NAME: PHOENIX as I was scrolling through Facebook and on Reverbnation and I was interested in getting to know these guys a little bit better because not only was the music pretty appealing to me but the name of the band and the songs they have released on their first EP was intriguing; that I knew they had to have a back story to how and why they got together.
CODE NAME: PHOENIX mix the heaviness with melodic overtones in the band’s debut EP SEQUENCE 001: INITIATION to enhance the stories they want to get out to the people of the music world. The ease of the vocals going from aggressive screams to clean and melody driven sounds really bring the songs to a new level. The guitar work of the tracks always changing up from crisp and simple to heavy and powerful and the rhythm section giving you the bounce to head bang is definitely profound in the band’s music.
The guys are just getting their feet wet on the debut EP and the live show circuit but I am sure you will be hearing more on them in the months to come. The band is bringing back the theatrics of a stage show intertwined with that strong power of metal music. I had a chance to chat with the whole band about the story behind the band, the band members influences, and how they view of the current Illinois scene
WHO IS IN THE BAND AND WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GUYS FORM? KYREN: The band is comprised of five members which include myself, Kyren (Vocals), Syntax (Bass), Jinn (Lead/Rhythm Guitar), Sirus (Rhythm/Lead Guitar) and Binary (Drums).
SYNTAX: And the band itself is a product of science honestly. We are genetically modified humanoids from the year 2062. We were created to be the quintessential metal band to overthrow the Pop music scene that still plagues and controls the music business. JINN: We were actually locked in battle with the Pop scene when they sent us back in time because they were threatened by us. *laughs*
KYREN: Which explains why we arrived in 2015. We basically had to start from the bottom to get back to where we are today.
YOUR STAGE NAMES, WHAT DO THEY MEAN AND HOW DO THEY APPLY TO THE MUSIC AND BAND YOU CREATED? SYNTAX: Our stages names were assigned to us during and after the experiments. They are more extensions of ourselves as individuals and our playing styles than a direct tie in to the band. For me I am very analytical about my playing. I am very precise when it comes to my arrangements in our songs. Hence the name “Syntax.”
SIRUS: My name is derived from Sirius because I am the loudest or “brightest” out of everyone. I am always being told to turn down my amp when we play. So, mine is more directed towards my playing style.
JINN: Mine is based off of my influence on us as a band. I don't want to say that I am the main song writer, but I feel like I have a lot of influence when it comes to our writing because I make sure that every song we put out is precise and showcases what we are as a band.
BINARY: After the experiments, I was basically half man and half mechanical. So, they gave me the name Binary because I showcased the two systems working in sync with each other. KYREN: My name apparently originated due to my eyes. During the experiments, the scientists said that when they looked into my eyes all they saw was darkness. And Kyren loosely means “dark.” So basically, they were frightened by that so to counter that they implanted iris modifiers into my eyes to give me some liveliness. So, with every objective that we do, my eyes change color to match the mission/album that we are putting out. Currently they are blue, so who knows what they will be during our next sequence. *laughs *
WHO DID THE ARTWORK FOR THE EP? KYREN: We actually are in conjunction with the company Heretic Concepts. They helped us with all of our logos, lyric videos, and as well as the EP artwork. We are actually prepping the scheme for our second EP as we speak.
WHAT DOES THE BAND NAME MEAN TO YOU GUYS? SIRUS: Well the band name was basically assigned to our group by the scientists that created us. Our group has always been called by that name. After all, the experiments, the scientists practically gave us a second chance within the music business so in a way we were reborn like a Phoenix from the flames and ashes. Which caused the name CODE NAME: PHOENIX. The name symbolizes our rebirth as individuals as well as the rebirth of the metal music movement trying to make its way back on top of the business.
YOU RECORDED YOUR EP A WHILE BACK BUT JUST RELEASED IT NOW. WHY SUCH THE LONG WAIT AND WAS ANYTHING REVAMPED BEFORE IT CAME OUT LAST MONTH? KYREN: Well with the whole arriving in 2015 situation, we basically had to adjust ourselves to our new surroundings. We needed to establish our base of operations again and regain the equipment that we lost. It was a life altering experience quite honestly. JINN: And with that we saw a chance to release the music we had in 2062 that much earlier in history because it technically hasn’t been released yet. So, we recorded them again, note for note and then released the album last month.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN INFLUENCE WHEN YOU WRITE LYRICS AND IS THE EP SEQUENCE 001: INITIATION YOU RELEASED HAVE A STORY OR THEME LINKING ALL THE SONGS TOGETHER KYREN: When it comes to lyrics I base them off my own ideologies and life experiences but I try my best to keep them vague so that the listener can interpret the lyrics their own way. That way they can use them to their own advantage. Our two singles “ALWAYS DROWNING” and “I OVERCOME” are the two that tell a story more than the rest of the songs because the story starts with dealing with depression and all of the feelings and thoughts that come from it and then it ends with overcoming those obstacles and progressing in life. The rest of the songs see themes that deal with rebirth (FROM ASH REBORN), the duality of man (MALEFIC URGE), human greed and power (CONSTRUCTING DISSOLUTION) and the journey and struggle in finding one’s self-individualism (PHANTOM PRISON). So, the rest of the songs are stories themselves. Although I have toyed the idea of creating a concept/story based album for quite some time so it may see the light of day.
WHAT GOT YOU GUYS INTO PLAYING YOUR INSTRUMENTS AND ALSO BEING A VOCALIST AND LYRICIST? JINN: Well we were basically programmed to learn those instruments. We were all programmed with ever-evolving AI's so our influences are always being updated. But I remember Iron Maiden being one of the first bands being downloaded for me. So that's where my playing stems from.
BINARY: For me Sevendust, Mudvayne and Slipknot were the bands that were implanted for me. Mainly for the groove that they produced.
SIRUS: Soilwork was the band that was downloaded for me. Mainly for the song structures and how they wrote their guitar riffs. So that's what I put the most emphasis on when I write our material. SYNTAX: Primus was the band that was implanted for me. Their song structures, the left field-ness and just the way Les Claypool plays adds a whole different layer and complexity to our material which keeps people intrigued.
KYREN: For me there was a great selection of vocalists and lyricists that I found stored in my data banks. It consisted of the likes of Lamb of God, Kamelot, Soilwork, HIM, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, and so many more that helped influence my writing, screaming, and singing. How they performed their craft, their drive, what they wrote about are all factors that have helped influence me as a front man.
SINCE THIS EP WAS WRITTEN A WHILE BACK DO YOU GUYS HAVE NEW MUSIC THAT YOU ARE PLAYING AT SHOWS ALSO OR LOOKING INTO MAKING A NEW EP ANYTIME SOON? BINARY: We are in the process of writing our second EP actually. And it is something very different musically from our first EP. So, it's very exciting to see the next phase coming together so quickly. SYNTAX: Agreed. Everything is coming together nicely. We have a lot of ideas that are showing our progress and growth as musicians. We are very proud of what we have so far and we can't wait to release it next year.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE HELPED THE CHICAGO AND IL MUSIC SCENE AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THE SCENE IS IN ITS CURRENT STATE? SIRUS: I feel that we have brought back a sense of theatrics back into the scene, actually the whole metal genre in general. It's something that not a lot of bands want to invest in. And as musicians we don't want to just play for a crowd, we want to entertain the crowd. Give them an experience and their money's worth.
KYREN: We just love to push the envelope on what a metal band can do. But as far as the scene goes, it is alive and well and is continuously growing. There are many bands that are helping push it forward and are helping it grow. From the likes of Sky Machine, Tanzen, El Famous, A Silent Truth, Consume the Divide, and V is for Villains there is no shortage of music and talent coming out of Chicago and we are proud to be a part of scene and to call it home.
WHAT TOP 3 BANDS/MUSICIANS/ARTISTS DO YOU GUYS FEEL AS A BAND INFLUENCE YOUR MUSIC AND WHY? KYREN: As a band I say the three bands that influence our music the most are Lamb Of God, Soilwork especially the last couple of their albums, and Periphery. Mainly because we are a very groove oriented bands like Lamb of God. Soilwork is a heavy influence in my vocals as well as Sirus and Jinn's song composition and playing. And then Periphery because we love the tone that they play in, which is why we play in drop G sharp, and plus they are one of the frontrunners when it comes to modern progressive metal music.
“I OVERCOME” IS A SONG I REALLY DUG WHEN I FIRST LISTENED TO YOU GUYS, HOW DID THAT SONG COME ABOUT AND WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A LYRIC VIDEO FOR IT? JINN: Well it came about like any song that we have created. It always starts with a simple riff that either Sirus or myself create. Once the song was completed there were so many hooks weaving throughout it that it would've been stupid of us to not have it as a single.
SYNTAX: So, like any single nowadays we thought a lyric video would be very beneficial to help showcase the song. Plus, it's a cheaper alternative to filming a music video. This way people will be able to view and see the lyrics up front.
KYREN: Plus, there is a very strong message behind those lyrics. So basically, that song checked off on all of the criteria when it comes to a single.
ANOTHER TRACK THAT REALLY GOT ME WAS THE LAST TRACK “MALEFIC URGE,” LOVE THE INTERTWINING OF MELODIC AND HEAVY WITHIN THAT TRACK. WHEN YOU GUYS WRITE DO YOU TEND TO WRITE HEAVIER AND THEN SOFTEN IT OR VICE VERSA?
JINN: Overall, we try to write music that we would enjoy ourselves. And being a metal band, everything will always be heavy to some extent. But melody has always been at the forefront amongst everything. Whether it's through the instrumentation or through the vocal melodies. But overall, we tend to write heavier and then get more melodic when it comes to the choruses which is standard for any song. But we always try to keep things changing and interesting in each song which is why “PHANTOM [PRISON]” is one of our heavier songs and then “ALWAYS [DROWNING]” is our most melodic. No two songs will ever be the same.
TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN YOU PLAY LIVE HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A LIVE SHOW? SYNTAX: We are basically a painted up, mask wearing, metal freak show that gets everyone up to the front of the stage. So be prepared to be wowed and intrigued.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE CHECK OUT WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING OR YOUR MUSIC? KYREN: The best place would be our Facebook page for updates and show news. But for all of our Twitter users our shows will be posted there as well because it's linked up to our Facebook page. And our music is available on every major digital distributor: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, etc. We also have it available on CD at our live shows.
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU HAVEN’T LET THEM KNOW YET ABOUT YOUR BAND? KYREN: Just to be on the lookout for more news and updates from us. We have a lot of things in store and yes new music is on the horizon and will be released sooner than expected.
BECOMES ASTRAL TALKS ABOUT PALEBLOOD SKY By: Jackie Ryan
Becomes Astral is a progressive death metal band based out of Guelph, Ontario. They are made up of 5 guys: LAYNE RICHARDSON - Lead Guitars, CAM "SHAMBLES" SHARER- Vocals, JAMIE DEBRUIN - Rhythm Guitar, JOSH BENNETT - Drums, and LIAM FRITH - Bass. I had a chance to listen to their newest album PALEBLOOD SKY, which features 6 songs and has a bit of different feel for death metal bands. They feature 2 songs that are longer length, showing off more of the instrumentals. When you first listen to the album you get more of a softer vibe, but then the vocals and heavy drums and guitars hit you. SHARER out does himself with vocals with changes in pitch and screaming. DEATH MOUNTAIN is a great song to just sit down and really listen to, it has good guitar riffs (especially towards the end with solo) it has a more melodic feel and keeps you wanting to listen to more. Again, BENEATH THE SEA OF BLOOD starts off instrumental, however vocals are tamer throughout the song, which kind of gives it a more melodic sense and makes you listen to its meaning. This song has influences of IRON MAIDEN to me and the vocals are just amazing. PRAISE THE SUN sounds like a ballad at first, but then takes a bit of a turn about 15 seconds in. The guitar styling of RICHARDSON is just fantastic throughout the whole album and brings together the other guitar and bass, the drumming is heavy and very in tune with the other members. If you have a chance to check out the album, which was released August 18, you can go through their faceboook page (Www.facebook.com/becomesastral) or find them on Spotify.
I also had the chance to shoot these boys some questions about the album, what made them write longer songs, and what they plan to give back to the world.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR NEWEST ALBUM PALEBLOOD SKY. WHY SUCH A DIFFERENT STYLE IN WRITING THIS TIME AROUND?
LAYNE--This album is a compilation of our old sound and what we’re wanting to develop to. The first 3 songs are much more like our first E.P just because they were written around the time we were recording our last release. But the last 3 songs are what we are progressing towards. I wanted the album to have a buildup of intensity and skill as it goes on.
WHAT INSPIRATIONS DID YOU HAVE WHEN WRITING THIS ALBUM?
LAYNE--The inspiration I had for this album I guess was to make it as much of a progression throughout the album as possible. We call ourselves a progressive death metal band but I guess with our first E.P I found it hard to classify us under that. So, this album I wanted the album to progress throughout because most bands get considered prog by how much they progress throughout their releases, which inspired me to show that progression through just one album.
I KNOW YOU’RE A DEATH METAL BAND, BUT WHY A FOCUS ON BLOODBORNE IN THIS ALBUM? IS THERE SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT YOUR FANS TO GET OUT OF THE MUSIC?
LAYNE--it was more an ode to those games. The title track and the 13-minute epic that ensues after it are trying to embody the games story telling because we were huge fans of the mysterious but unforgiving way the games presents itself and we wanted to do that with these songs. PALEBLOOD SKY is more based off of bloodborne so the song is shorter and more of a flow with its changes in dynamics which is how I felt bloodborne was with its style. Now PRAISE THE SUN is trying to be more like dark souls so we have it as a longer, more drawn out but also a lot more intense song. It has a lot of ups and downs and the changes are a lot more dramatic than PALEBLOOD SKY is, which is kind of how we feel how those games differed. Really, we’re just huge nerds
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THIS TOUR WITH EYE OF HORUS? LIAM--We just want to go have some fun in all honesty. Our only hopes right now are to continuously reach new audiences while building on the fans we already have. So far 2 dates have sold out (Barrie, and Guelph), which is an incredible feeling. We spent 2 years working on this album, so like that saying goes, we work hard, We play hard (que everybody dance now).
WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY A SHOW? ALSO, TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE INTERESTING PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE MET ALONG THE WAY
LIAM--I’ve done a lot of touring in a few bands, so it’s hard to completely narrow down, and in all honesty, I’m Happy playing anywhere and everywhere. If I had to narrow it down, Guelph, Barrie, Ottawa, Quebec City and Edmonton would be my top 5. We have a lot of friends in those cities just from touring with bands from each city. One of my favorite stories from touring would have to be the last time I was in Ottawa, I was sitting in my van drinking with about 6 other people, and this woman walks by us punching a guy in the back of the head and screaming, so automatically we’re on edge. Afterwards she turns to us and says, “I’m really sorry for the violence, but you know, does anyone happen to have an extra lighter?” and at this point I look down at her hands and see her holding a packed crack pipe. We all make awkward eye contact, say no, and start closing up the van, we came back about 5 minutes later and I see her down the street lighting her crack pipe, and she starts walking back towards our van. She walks by, stops, turns to us, at this point she’s holding a Four Loko and she looks me dead in the eyes and says “Yeah, I’m smoking crack and drinking in public”, and I just burst out laughing and said, “yeah I can see that”.
CENTRAL FLORIDA'S NOSELF LAYING OUT THE EMOTION, HEAVINESS AND NUMETAL FLAIR IN THE MUSIC THEY MAKE By: Stephanie Stevens
Pure emotion, catchy melodies, heavy fragments from vocals to music-- throw in some electronic vibes and you get what central Florida’s NOSELF have made in the band’s first EP ‘HUMAN-CYBORG RELATIONS EPISODE 1.
The band’s sound brought me back to the early 2000 circa; where the music scene was alive and rocking but these guys also translate a modern edge to their sound as well. CASTING STONES is heavy and melodic and I was digging the more aggressive vocal elements in this one. FRISCO the band’s first single tangles up all the sounds of the record in one track and really showcases the bands ability to be diverse, heavy and catchy at the same time. The band jumped aboard Zombie Shark Records with a worldwide distribution contract and will be working on a new EP, along with more touring in the near future.
I was able to catch up with the guys just to find out a little bit more on the band. So, sit back and read on about the bands influences, the central Florida music scene and if the band digs the studio vibe or stage vibe.
WHO IS IN THE BAND AND HOW DID YOU GUYS ALL MEET? Dylan Hart Kleinhans - Vocals Justin Dabney - Guitar Drew Miller - Drums Joey Bivo - Bass
Dylan and Justin have been playing and writing together off and on since 2002. Drew and Bivo replaced our previews members about a year ago.
YOU HAVE SOME MAJOR BANDS AS INFLUENCES HOW DID THEIR MUSIC INFLUENCE THIS BAND We’ve taken aspects from several realms of music. NuMetal being the biggest applicant. We’re all about writing heavy and catchy riffs mixed with emotional and relatable content.
IF ONE OF YOUR BAND INFLUENCES HEARD YOUR MUSIC WHICH BAND WOULD YOU WANT IT TO BE AND WHY? The Deftones are probably our biggest influence universally. They’re one of the biggest names in music, and it would be an honor to know that they went out of their way to listen to our music. HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH ZOMBIE SHARK RECORDS AND HOW HAS THAT CONNECTION HELPED YOU GUYS AS A BAND? Noah “Shark” Robertson hit us up on Facebook. He said he really liked what he heard and was eager to help push us. He’s helped tremendously since his involvement, and it’s been a wonderful experience all around.
Being from the central Florida scene how do you feel the scene there is doing and what do you think your band has contributed to the scene? Dylan and Justin have been supporting the central Florida local scene for decades. we’re just fans for years. We went to shows, bought merch, and got to know local dudes. It was a really good time. The scene has been up and down over the years, but a handful of really great bands are putting out some really great material and supporting each other right now. NOSELF has always done their best to show up, on-time, and deliver an intense, energetic performance. 110%, every time. We host shows in our hometown and trade shows with fellow bands. We’ve been working with local promoter Josh Harris, and we’ve been doing a few annual mini-festivals for local talent. Everyone has been super supportive and it’s been an all-around great time for everyone involved!
YOU RELEASED YOUR ALBUM ‘HUMAN-CYBORG RELATIONS EPISODE 1 HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE VIBE OF THE RECORD FOR NEW PEOPLE COMING INTO CONTACT WITH YOU? It rocks, lol. It really does. It’s short, sweet and to the point. It’s heavy and catchy and emotional. There’s some electronics and hooks that you don’t expect. It’s a pretty fun time.
YOU GUYS INCORPORATE DIFFERENT GENRES OF MUSIC INTO YOUR SOUND IS THERE ONE KIND OF STYLE YOU LIKE MAKING MORE THAN OTHERS AND WHY? I guess it’s different for everyone. Everyone gets to bring their influence and creativity to the party. We all get to contribute in our own way. Our producer Matt Johnson writes most of the electronics, and pianos and stuff. It really adds a whole additional element. Nothing really feels final until he’s put his influence on it.
ARE YOU GUYS MORE STUDIO LOVERS OR LIVE SHOW LOVERS AND WHY?
I think we’re all in it for the live show for the most part. We like getting out there and meeting people. Delivering an exciting show that you don’t see all that often. But...we love the studio too. Fine tuning songs, and scrutinizing every part. Making sure everything is as perfect as it can be. And getting to hear that final product after all the mixing and mastering. It’s a nice payoff getting to hear what you created in the highest quality you could make it.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST SHOW THUS FAR YOU HAVE PLAYED AND WHY? Every show is the best show for us. We just like getting out there, and involving ourselves. Showing people what we are capable of. It’d be really hard to choose just one show. We have so many amazing experiences all the time.
WILL WE BE SEEING TOUR COMING OUR WAY THROUGH THE STATES SOON WITH YOU GUYS? We’re really working on establishing ourselves in Florida for the time being. From now till 2018 we are focusing on generating a bigger fanbase locally, and writing our next EP. Early 2018 We are hoping to at least hit the East coast, and possibly a few southern states in the area.
ANY THOUGHTS OF GOING OUT WITH MOTOGRATER? What’s to think about, sign us up ! ;)
I LOVE THE SOUND OF FRISCO AND YOU DID A VIDEO FOR THAT TRACK. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS ONE FOR THE PLATFORM OF INTRODUCING YOUR BAND?
We felt that this was the most well rounded and mutually accepted song. The lyrical content is emotionally evoking, and it’s a super catchy track. We love the whole album and it was a tough decision. But we felt it was the best representation of us as a whole.
WHERE WAS THE VIDEO SHOT AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO A PERFORMING VIDEO OTHER THAN A CONCEPT ONE?
We shot two locations. One at a local bar that we frequent and occasionally perform at, and one inside a warehouse we had access to. For our first video, we wanted people to see us doing what we do best. No filters, no concepts. Just us giving it our all.
CTRL-Z IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE TACK OFF THE DISC WHAT DOES THE SONG MEAN TO YOU AND WHERE LYRICALLY DID YOU GO TO FIND THE THEME OF THE TRACK? The track is a rebuttal to anyone and anything. We like for people to interpret our lyrics on their own. It’s more important to us that you find your own meaning in our words.
IF YOU COULD SIT DOWN WITH TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TO DISCUSS ANY TOPIC WHAT TWO PEOPLE WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD THE TOPIC BE? George Lucas and Harrison Ford. Topic = Who Shot First.
IF YOU COULD PUT ONE OF YOUR CURRENT SONGS IN A TIME CAPSULE TO NOT BE OPEN TILL 2040 WHAT SONG WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
FRISCO for sure. We wrote a thousand songs for you to sing, so just remember us!
LAST COMMENTS? We just want to thank any and every one for listening to our music. For supporting and believing in us and being interested in our feedback. Check out our EP and give us a like on your favorite social media platform!
Play a game: this or that…pick one of the other!! Football or hockey? Football Summer or winter tours? Winter Tacos or pizza? Pizza East coast or west coast? East Coast, New Smyrna is the reason we scream East Side ! Blondes or brunettes? We love em all !
In case you haven’t heard, there is a new band in town and they are making massive waves in the heavy rock and metal community. DED has arrived and their debut album “MIS-AN-THROPE” is a masterpiece: It has received rave reviews from media outlets across the world since coming out on July 21st. The band’s first single “ANTI-EVERYTHING” hit the Top 20 on the Active Rock charts and top 10 for 16 weeks on Spotify’s “Rock Hard” playlist. The guys did a killer video for the single, with Fred Durst directing, that has over a million views and climbing. Currently, they just completed video number two for the band’s second single “REMEMBER THE ENEMY”, which will be released before the end of August.
The guys also are road dogs and have hit most of the Big Rock festivals so far this year - and still have a lot more to come this fall. Along with that they did The Serenity Of Summer tour with Korn, Stone Sour, Skillet and Yelawolf. Ded have been bringing the emotion, the heaviness and their head-banging, sing-a-long choruses to open air arenas throughout the U.S. I had a chance to meet the guys in Connecticut when they played there in July and not only do they make amazing music, they are some of the coolest and most down to earth guys I have ever met.
So, it was my pleasure to get to chat with singer Joe Cotela again over the phone about the new happenings of the band like the video shoot for “REMEMBER THE ENEMY”, their nomination for “Best New Artist” for the Loudwire awards; (which you can vote here http://loudwire.com/vote-best-new-artist-2017-loudwire-music-awards ), his growth as a musician and how he feels that people are moved by the music he and his bandmates have made.
Yo Stephanie its Joe from DED Hey you, how are you? I’m good - a little hungover, but surviving. ;o)
What did you do last night; did you DJ? Yeah - I was DJ’ing at a club here in Phoenix. I don’t know if they do them out your way - but here they do Emo Nights, etc. We did a Nu Metal night.
Is this one your past times? Do you do this on the side? LOL, Oh no no no. They started this emo night where people in bands usually play like music from Yellowcard and My Chemical Romance. So, I started doing those just for fun ‘cause I’m around the music scene. Like Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) does them and band guys all the way up the food chain do them. The Rebel Lounge had Nu metal night and asked if I’d like to come by, so I said “Sure, that sounds like fun”! All it is, is you get there and play some music, get free drinks and have a really good time.
That’s what is it all about, the free drinks!! LOL - oh yeah… But it’s also fun because everyone comes out and towards the end of the night everyone is drunk and they do karaoke because a mic is up and it becomes a free for all.
Ok - so what did you karaoke last night? I think everyone started grabbing the mic for Slipknot’s “Wait N’ Bleed”, and Limp Bizkit’s cover of “Faith”. Had a dude full on get up and sing Sevendust’s “Black”. It was a LOT of good fun!
Well thank you for taking the time to do this on a Sunday then Yes, no problem.
I feel like so much has happened to you guys in the short time since we last spoke. So, I want to say congrats on the Loudwire “Best New Artist” nomination. Are you stoked about that? Thank You and yes, I am. Loudwire is one of those things that I have been following for many years. To have that type of recognition is super cool. I’m stoked to go to the awards show!
And I have been voting so you have my vote Well, Thank You - we appreciate it!
Second thing - is the video for “Remember The Enemy” is all done? It is shot but not quite done yet - it’s being edited as we speak.
It looked like the vibe was pretty kick ass - where did you shoot it? It was awesome. We did it in Griffith Park in the middle of the old LA Zoo. It was open from 1912 to 1965, when they actually had animals there. It was really cool & very creepy because honestly some of it you can just imagine the conditions the animals lived in at that time. I’m sure they didn’t take the same precautions and things like they do today for them. So I got to go inside of the cages and I was performing in there. We utilized a lot of different things in the park. Like I said it was really creepy and had a dark vibe - we were there until 4 a.m. I’ve been told by friends that it’s sketchy and you probably shouldn’t be there at 4 am, LOL - but we were. And I guess there is a mountain lion that lives around there that mauled a koala bear recently, at least that’s what I read. It was an awesome place to film, and we had a good time. I guess they shot the movie “Anchorman” there too, the scene where they fall into the bear pit. Anyway, it was cool being there at night and I think it’s going to be sick when it’s finished. I haven’t seen anything yet. I think Fred likes to do the big unveiling and likes to surprise you with what he does. I’m waiting ‘till he hits me up so we can check it out.
Was the concept a surprise to you? Or did you guys talk to Fred and come up with ideas first? He did it. He kind of did that on the “ANTI-EVERYTHING” video and it worked out well. We left it to him as he has done so many good videos - we just trust him and have faith in him. He is awesome to work with and has become a good friend. We just love him.
Was it easier going into the video shoot this time around, having worked with him before? Exactly! It was a lot more casual... It was more like just hanging out and we knew how each other worked, so it was a lot more chill. The first time it was like “We look up to you and your awesome and everything”. ;o) And now this time we knew each other and all the weirdness was out of the way. We talked about the next video we are going to do potentially as well. We probably will do another one with him, pretty sure we will eventually.
So – we don’t have a release date yet on the RTE video? No release date yet, but it wil be before the end of August.
You guys are home for a bit now, and then back out to do more festivals, right? Until the end of the year? We are - I think we are playing almost every major festival that is for the rest of the year. We’ve got more dates coming soon with KORN at the end of September, and we’re hoping to pick up another good tour as well.
Are you guys planning on doing anything around the New England area – Like a Headline club date, Pretty please?? LOL - I don’t know, but that would be awesome. We are definitely booking some headliner club stuff to fill in around the festivals because they are all weekends. So we are filling them in with us supporting some other bands and some headline club dates. We went up and played in Spokane, Washington at a headline date, it was great. It’s crazy to go to these states and there are like 300 people there and we never played that city before. It was really awesome - we are getting such good reactions from people everywhere.
That’s because you’re amazing …HELLO!!!! LOL! That must be why, LOL.
Was the Spokane show your first headlining gig? As far as Washington state goes, it was - but we have done headline stuff in California, and we always headline in Arizona. It’s exciting when you can go to a new state and headline.
It must be since the album came out just a month ago?! Yea – it’s only been a few weeks.
So, going back a little ways in our conversation – you talked about a 3rd single and video. Are we looking at a slower track, perhaps? We don’t know yet - I think it is going to depend on where we are at with “Remember The Enemy”. We’re just getting started with that. RTE has started out really well, it’s already Top 30 @ Active Rock after only 4 weeks. So yeah - I’m not sure what the next track will be yet and I don’t want to sway anyone in the wrong direction; we’ll have to wait and see.
Well – my vote is for “Beautiful”, if my vote counts, LOL Right on, it counts - it counts!
Speaking of a slower track – You guys have done acoustic versions of songs for Radio performances. Do you just strip it down, or do you try to change it to make it a tad different for those? Like if you did “Remember The Enemy” acoustically? I think for that song we would switch it up a little bit because there is a lot of electronic stuff in the song. I think Dave would have to change up the guitar to give it some rhythm in the verses, for sure. We did that with “Anti-Everything”; Dave refigured chords.
Is that something that you guys like doing? It came out good. Well – to be truthful - I don’t like doing it honestly; we want to be a heavy band. We want to be that band that comes out and just goes nuts. So, truth be told I don’t like doing it… But when we end up doing it, I have fun so it’s not like the end of the world or anything. I don’t hate it - but I don’t prefer to do it.
I saw the “Beautiful” acoustic and I loved it “Beautiful” is unique unto itself and lends itself to acoustic, so I don’t mind doing that song that way. But when I’m doing the heavier stuff, it just wasn’t meant to be done that way. “Beautiful” makes sense because it was actually written on acoustic, so that one is meant to be “kick back” and let the lyrics shine through.
I know in the studio John (Feldmann) challenged you guys in a lot of ways. When you are out on the road, do you have any personal challenges for yourselves? Hmm. Well, we usually have our key people sending us stuff we need to get done like interviews or radio IDs and stuff like that. We do the band Spotify play list, and all kinds of little things… I’m sure I’m missing a lot, but there is plenty of stuff to do all the time. So I don’t know if there is anything we try to accomplish other than trying to have a cooler of beer at each show, LOL! We are always busy and there is always something to do, and things we try to accomplish for sure. If we have a little down time we get the football out and throw it around.
That’s right – you gotta keep the fitness on, even when you’re on the road! Exactly, for sure!
Last time we spoke I told you I loved your old band Man Made Machine. How do you feel you have grown from when you were in that band, to where you are now? I guess everything I did in that band, I learned a lot from.
Was that your first band to get national exposure? Yes - it was it was the first time I was on the radio with a song. What’s interesting about that band is David Ludlow, the guitar player of Ded - recorded all of those songs with us. He was like the 6th member of that band. So, he was there the whole time. He learned a lot in a recording sense with that band. We had a manager named Steve Kidd, and he is a legend in the industry. I think he tour manages Drake now - he was a dude I learned so much from. He managed Rage Against The Machine and Deftones. We toured with Godsmack and Staind and different bands like that and we learned a lot from those guys, too. So, I learned a lot from everyone. I think you always learn when you’re living your life out there on the road and writing songs with people and listening to different styles of music that you wouldn’t normally listen to. Before that band I was way into hardcore with breakdowns and stuff and I kind of did that for so long in a band before Man Made Machine - that I kind of got sick of it. I wanted to become a better writer, so I did Man Made Machine and it was a bit more mellow and more for the radio. I learned a lot about songwriting and my voice and singing, so when that band slowed down I wanted to combine refine my style even more and really just let loose and that’s when we started Ded. So, I think it was just a process, in Ded we just wanted to be free because we weren’t planning on showing this to anyone. I think I say that a lot, but that was the point of it; let’s just have fun and go crazy and do whatever we want because in the other bands there was always this mindset of “Can I be successful with this or will someone like my song”? Looking back on that - it didn’t make me feel good when I was writing songs I did that I wasn’t really into and feeling. I felt empty and wasn’t fulfilling to me. So, all of those things together is what got me here. I think the same thing applies with David, Matt and Kyle - they were in other bands - they learned a lot through touring and writing and meeting people and just listening to different music. It all goes into you and you digest it in a certain way. It makes you stronger and more well rounded.
Do you feel that if no one ever caught on to what you were doing with Ded that you could just be happy playing local shows in Arizona? Yeah - that is the thing: When we first started, we sounded like the first Slipknot album, probably heavier than that album - just balls to the walls. We were just going to play this dive/punk bar in Tempe Saturday nights and just play really heavy stuff and it would be for fun. No pressure - that was the whole goal for us. It wasn’t like “Let’s do this forever” - I just wanted to play a couple of shows as Ded and have fun. So, if no one ever liked it, we would have made the music we liked and we would have played and it would be super fun and we would pat ourselves on the back and say that was awesome. It’s been 2 ½ -3 years since we started - so I have no idea the alternative of it because I probably would of done other music as well. David and I have done other music like Queen Of The Stone Age stuff. We will always be creative and try new things, because we love creating music. We want to write with other people, so to sum it up we are just creative dudes is what it all comes down to. If no one liked it, that would have been fine because it was for us. We’re glad made this music and it’s awesome that others dig it also!!
And look what’s happening! Yeah, I know - life is just crazy sometimes…..
With all the festivals you’ve played and being out on the road – who is the one person you’ve met that you would love to have on your next album if possible? Oh man - I don’t want to single out just one person or not include people. I would love to have so many people on it. I would love to have Jon from Korn or Corey from Stone Sour. Spending the time with those guys was awesome. Just having them come side stage to watch us and coming up to tell me good show and hanging out with them talking music and just being buds while we were out there. Either of them I would love to work with and would be my top choices. I also always say this too: Either LP or Trent Reznor. I would love one of them to produce a track, and get them with Feldmann… That would be incredible. Yelawolf would be sick too, he was a good dude
I know the album just came out and is still new – but any thought on record two? Not yet, but we do have a lot of songs we have written. We write stuff here and there as time allows - but this is still so fresh and new. We aren’t looking to a second one right now, although David and I joke about it and we say it’s going to suck to replicate this again, LOL! We are just kidding, we are just pessimistic about everything in a joking way. But we really haven’t talked about it much. We are going full charge with this. We can talk about what we would like it to be, but by the time we do it who knows what it would sound like…. So I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
Do you write on the road? We probably will eventually, but for right now we are focused on getting our bearings and once we get a little more comfortable on the road with our set up we will probably write a lot more. We are just busy with everything else going on right now.
You guys are just trying to stay awake and make it to the next town!!! Ha ha, yea honestly - we always say “if your too tired wake one of us up and we will take over”. We are just still doing it punk rock style; we love it.
OK – so how has it felt knowing this little Ded Nation has grown so quickly and what do you want to say to the fans? It feels great that people like the music. I’ve never had a CD or any music I’ve done received this well - to the point where so many people are saying its record of the year and just have people like it so much. It makes it even more exciting because we made it for ourselves – so to have other people like it so much it’s even more gratifying. Like I said before - in the past writing something half written for someone else to like or the intention of that, was so not gratifying. This is the coolest thing but we also can’t believe it in a lot of ways because we just wanted to make something we would like, but it feels great and I feel like we know what we are doing. We don’t pat ourselves on the back, but we also say we know we don’t suck (haha!) We will always look at our idols and think we will never be as good as them just like they look at their idols and say the same thing about themselves. We don’t pat ourselves on the back too much.. But it feels great and we are so appreciative that its resonating with people. That is what music is supposed to do – it’s the universal language. To have it affect people and have them get so amped on it is amazing. I love when a band does that for me, so I am really happy I can be a part of that for other people. I’m a music lover so it’s awesome to be a part of that.
Well – I have to say you guys are the most humble and down to earth guys I have met in a long time. It makes us Journalists feel good and happy to work with you. And it makes your fans feel good knowing you guys are like that. Thank you and I appreciate that!
Seriously – You guys are for real – being on Social Media interacting with fans means a lot to people, because it’s really you. Keep doing that – it’s where the fans will gravitate to you. I feel you because I remember being younger and hitting up my favorite bands and if I got a reply from them I would be super stoked. So, I try to do that for sure. The guys go on too and we try to reply or like most everything because that used to make my day. It makes you like the band more. I know I have met some bands and they aren’t cool and it messes up their music a little bit because maybe they are preaching something that they are not living. Actions speak louder than words so it’s important to be who you are supposed to be and who you want to be. But Thank You for acknowledging that - we appreciate it. We try to be conscious of everything and do the best we can in all those situations.
I appreciate it and hope you can come to New England sooner rather than later and do a club tour – that would be stellar. Yeah - I have a ton of people saying that the amphitheaters are too wide open and the stage is far away. We miss that closeness too, we grew up playing in clubs. We started Ded in the clubs so going back to that would be awesome. I know we are going to tour a lot and we will be back there for sure by the end of the year, hopefully.
If not, then Rock Allegiance in New Jersey it is. That’s looking like it’s going to be Killer, for sure.
Then we will have Sushi and Beer, if that is a good combo. Not sure but we can try. That sounds killer to me and yes - that is the best combo!!!!
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PROJECTED is an American supergroup consisting of members from highly successful bands in the rock scene; John Connolly (voice/guitar) and Vinnie Hornsby (bass player) of the well know Sevendust. Scott Phillips drummer of Creed/Alter Bridge and Eric Friedman of Submersed and now in Tremonti playing guitar. Back in 2012 these guys decided to work together and write a record; Connolly said “we're just going to go in here and have fun with this”, having that laid-back attitude created the debut album HUMAN, which was highly accepted in the rock world.
With commitments of the members full time bands a few years passed, but a lot of work went into what would now be the sophomore album of this hard rock band.
IGNITE MY INSANITY came out July 21, 2017 and has produced the first single RELOAD that is pure power and hard rock; and more recently IGNITE the 2nd single that is darker, powerful and hands on full of chaos and pure beauty. This double record is pretty stellar with hills and valleys of rock soundscapes all while blessing us with the amazing talents of these guys. It has a massive amount of rock power, melodic overtones and some hard rock aggression to wet the palette of rock fans young and old. Vocally Connolly is a natural and his range and sound is just purely heaven in my opinion. I had a chance to speak with John Connolly about the new disc, how it feels to be up front singing and if a tour will happen with this line up.
WAS THE ONLY REASON YOU GUYS WAITED SO LONG FOR ANOTHER ALBUM DUE TO THE FACT YOUR OTHER BANDS WERE BUSY OR DID YOU THINK YOUR FIRST ALBUM WAS GOING TO BE JUST A ONE TIME THING? You never know if something is going to be a one-time thing. Predicting the future is not something I'm good at lol, but in all honesty, there are 7 reasons why it took so long. 2 Alter Bridge records, 2 Tremonti records and 3 Sevendust records. Life just kind of happens and PROJECTED is not replacing anything. It’s something we do in addition to everything else. Writing, recording and releasing a 21-song album took every bit of spare time between the other 7 records that were released in those 5 years.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE GOING INTO A SIDE PROJECT LIKE THIS THEN DOING A STUDIO ALBUM WITH YOUR BAND? So many differences really, but the recording process is probably the biggest. This is mostly recorded at home and done on a super tight budget. It's for fun and we never put ourselves in a hole to make it.
IGNITE MY INSANITY HAS A LOT OF MATERIAL ON IT; FIRST OFF HOW FAST DID ALL THESE SONGS COME TOGETHER FOR YOU GUYS? Once the process started, it came together very quickly. After the first few songs, they came together fast. I never sit down and say, this is what the record is going to be about. They come to you and you either accept it or not. Kind of like going fishing. You are never really sure what you're going to catch, but once you start you have a pretty good idea what is going to come.
STORY LINE CONCEPT FOR THIS ALBUM COULD YOU BRIEFLY TELL US WHAT IT IS ABOUT AND WHERE DID YOU PULL FOR INSPIRATION FOR THE LYRICAL CONTENT? It's about realizing you're going insane and sorting through the process of dealing with it. The voices in your head are getting louder and more convincing and you realize they won't ever stop, so you have to find a way to cope and deal with life that has them apart of it. Mostly internal, but sometimes external things that can ignite the insanity.
ONE SONG THAT IS ON REPEAT FOR ME IS FAITH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT SONG CAN YOU TELL ME HOW THAT CAME ABOUT AND DOES IT HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING TO YOU? That's very personal to me because it’s my wife's song. It's the single moment that I put myself personally into the insanity and wanted to write something for her specifically. I almost didn't include it because it sort of didn't fit the concept, but after going back and forth with it, I realized it fit because it was honest and was part of the process whether you are going insane or not.
DID MORGAN CO-WRITE SOME SONGS WITH YOU AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS ALONG WITH YOU HAVING VINNIE IN THE BAND DO YOU GUYS TRY TO WRITE DIFFERENTLY FROM WHEN YOU'RE WRITING FOR A SEVENDUST SONG? Morgan co-wrote “CONCEDE." I don't "try to write" ever to be honest with you. I don't sit down and say, I'm going to write a ballad today or I'm going to write a heavy song today. I pick up the guitar and start playing. Never sure of where I'm going until I get there. I do the same with Sevendust, but Sevendust always has 5 cooks in the kitchen at all times. PROJECTED has 1 to start and once the basic idea is in place, the other 4 are brought in. Same process, but different results based on the involvement of the rest of the band.
WHAT WAS THE REASONING YOU WERE SPEAKING TO THESE CERTAIN GUYS SINCE YOU KNOW SO MANY MUSICIANS; WHAT SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS WAS IT THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WRITE WITH THEM? I asked people that were cool to be a part of the project. All dear friends that I have personal relationships with. I never considered characteristics. I purely went off my friendships for this. No more no less!
HOW DOES IT FEEL BEING THE FRONT MAN AND USING YOUR VOICE IN FULL POTENTIAL? It feels different because it's outside of my comfort zone, but that's part of why I did it. Growth usually comes when you are uncomfortable and doing things you aren't sure about, or at least for me it is. Some people learn new licks, or learn new styles of music. For me, I enjoy learning all the processes within the style of music I create.
IGNITE IS A PRETTY KILLER TRACK AND YOU MADE IT A VIDEO IS THIS YOUR FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO WHAT MADE YOU FEEL THAT WOULD REPRESENT THE ALBUM BEST? AND HOW WAS THE VIDEO MAKING? Thanks so much, but IGNITE wasn't the lead single. RELOAD was as was the video we shot for it. RELOAD is part one and IGNITE is part two of the videos. Video shoot was great but crazy. We shot from 5 pm till around 4 am and we shot them back to back in the same shoot.
I’M SURE YOU GET ASKED ALL THE TIME BUT WILL WE EVER SEE A PROJECTED TOUR IF YOU GUYS ALL HAD DOWN TIME AT THE SAME TIME? OR WOULD YOU TRY TO GET A PACKAGE TOUR WITH YOUR REGULAR BANDS AND HAVE PROJECTED OPEN THE SHOW? We are going to try for sure. We enjoyed this enough to make another record, so touring is something we'd love to do. Biggest issue we face is the push pull of Alter Bridge-Tremonti since we have a member in both bands and finding time in the schedules is a challenge. But, I think we can find a way to make it work at some point.
LAST COMMENTS TO YOUR FANS? Thanks for all the love and support and hope to see ya'll on tour sometime in the not too distant future.
A little game this or that. Horror movies or comedy movies? Horror Winter touring or summer touring? Summer Crossfit workouts or bodybuilding workouts? Bodybulding Melodic singing or aggressive screaming? Melodic Ice cream or brownies? Ice cream Bud light or coors light? Coors Light
This trio hailing from Michigan, has hard-hitting drums, an electrifying guitar, and a rocking bass. The two brothers and longtime friend have put together their passion for music and created something that should not be missed. According to their bio on their webpage, "In 2011, after countless live performances the band took a hiatus. While they stilled played shows occasionally they did not write or record any new material. Instead Spiral Crush took to playing many well-paying gigs as a cover band. Finally, in 2014, after admitting to themselves that they had been swept up in the cover band scene, because it paid so well and getting paid to play music is AWESOME, they once again decided that writing and playing original material is their true passion."
They start off their newest album ELECTRIC LIFE with LET IT GO, which really gets you in the mood to rock out with these boys. MAGNUM hits you hard, with strong bass and guitar riffs that capture the listener right off the bat. SHAUN SMAIL'S vocals are just as electric as his guitar and very inviting. ONE SHOT is about taking your one shot when the opportunity arises, it won't just come. Seize any chance that you can or you'll miss your chance, I feel like this song really defines the band as a whole. They tried to go off and be a part of another band, but then realized that they needed to start their own thing and stick with it. They even recorded their own album and set up shows without help from a label. LOVE YOURMURDER is a flashback to the classics of rock and roll, it's a toe tapping song that has strong riffs and catchy lyrics. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL is another one that kind of throws your back to the 80's, with classic riffs and catchy dancing music. These boys are worth listening to, checkout their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlOTjxoEtyGFOrEc4lZV3A
Motograter Hiatus over: DESOLATION IS UPON US! By: Stephanie Stevens
I remember back in the day being introduced to the guys in MOTOGRATER at the Worcester Palladium. One thing that stood out were the guys were very kind and were cool enough to show me how the MOTOGRATER instrument was used and how to play it. Probably one of the cooler happenings in my life.
It’s been many years since that day but anytime the band name is mentioned that is my first memory of them and how down to earth they were at our interview. For some of you living under a rock MOTOGRATER started out with Ivan Moody and the debut self-titled album was released back in 2003 with the hit SUFFOCATE and DOWN.
This new release DESOLATION is the band’s first full-length album since the 2003 Elektra/No Name self-titled release. Now fronting the band is James Anthony Legion (Deadform/The Breathing Process). With the bands hiatus and some front man changes they are finally a secured and powerful line up with Legion leading and the rest of the band - Matthew "Nuke" Nunes – Guitar, Jesse Stamper – Guitar, Mylon Guy – Bass, Noah "Shark" Robertson – Drums, Dustin "Skunk" Anderson – Motograter, Joey Vice - Smurs/Samples/Vocals giving him the dark metal/rock backdrop he needs for the even mixture of gritty and clean vocals. DESOLATION is a record that bleeds the blood sweat and tears of the band. Fans who have stuck by them will be appeased by the record. The MOTOGRATER sound is still there; dark, heavy, melodic and the sound uniqueness filters through from start to finish.
The band gave you a taste with a single/video of PARASITE (produced by Brian Cox of Flarelight Films (Gemini Syndrome/Hollywood Undead). PARASITE also features guest keys/samples from Justin Fowler (of American Head Charge) long before the album came out and even toured a bit to get you guys ready for DESOLATION. Now that the album has been released, everyone’s ears can hear it - and from the rock/metal charts the fans worldwide are loving what the band created. One track I was a huge fan of was BLEEDING THROUGH, which shows off more of a singing quality and just a simple melody driven track - but yet has a “big sounding” display of dark rock.
The band’s second single DORIAN is climbing the charts and a new video will debut this week. For now, the guys keep plugging away on the road and they won’t be letting up anytime soon. I had a chance to chat with drummer Noah “shark” Robertson about the hiatus, the video for DORIAN and what songs he is most proud of off the album.
You guys have been on quite a hiatus. After finding your new singer, why did it take so long for the album to be written and to come out?
Number of reasons for that... It took a while to gather the finances. Also, our producer is in a touring band himself. We have been touring a lot and we wanted to make sure this album was the best it could be.
The band as a whole has gone through a few different singers. Was it a lack of the commitment that made the band change? Or do you specifically look for something in a singer to front this band?
It definitely takes a special person to front this band... we are constantly changing and evolving. This is the most solid line-up this band has had in a long time.
With new singer James Legion how has the lyrical content changed? How has James enhanced the sound of the band? The lyrics seem deeper and darker on the new album “Desolation”.
Legion is a great lyricist. We all made every effort to keep the classic Moto vibe with a modern twist. The lyrical content isn't too far from the first album, just an evolution and continuation...
Since this band first created the MOTOGRATER (the instrument) how has it evolved over time?
The MOTOGRATER is sacred to this band. We don't give away too much info on it... But the sound has grown and evolved along with the band.
Does the MOTOGRATER factor into the writing of music and overall songwriting in general? Could you start a song idea from a sound from it like a guitar riff?
The MOTOGRATER doesn't factor too much into the song writing these days... But behind the scenes, some really cool Moto jams have occurred.
Which song from “Desolation” are you most proud of? What makes that song so special?
For me it's “DAGGERS” and “LOCUST”. Very cool songs, drum wise. Fun to play - and extremely catchy. The tribal paint is a big part of your stage presence. Why does it have enduring meaning for the band and has it changed, or will it change, with each new album you produce?
The paint is a tradition, like many things in this band. We take it very seriously. We experiment and add things here and there... recently we have been bringing the color red back more prominently.
You guys did a tour (which I saw you on) before the album came out. How was it being back on the road and what new dynamic has James brought to the stage that is new and refreshing that long time MOTOGRATER fans will appreciate?
He is creepy! Very scary on stage. Legion has a very intense stage presence, you never know what he's going to do... I've seen him flipping and flying through the air and crowd surfing... Being on the road is a very rewarding experience. It's insanely tough, but our fans make it worth it.
Your new single “Dorian” has already hit the Billboard Indicator Rock charts after a short period of time. How does it feel knowing that all your hard work is being appreciated by fans and music critics out there, especially with such a long period between albums?
It's the best feeling in the world. We put everything into this. The response so far has been overwhelming, and we are really grateful.
When will we be seeing the video for “DORIAN”? Why did you pick the old prison setting for the video shoot?
The prison was gnarly! So scary and dark, we had to shoot there! We played “Ink In The Clink” recently and we just knew we had to make a video shoot happen while in Mansfield (Ohio). Being in there, you could just feel the history. The video should be out any day now - It will blow your mind! Chris from Human Twelve is a great director!
You’re heading out on tour in September – any cities in particular that you are looking forward to playing?
Kansas City always; Dallas is rad. The Midwest is good to us, so we love playing there.
Any Last comments – something you haven’t shared in other interviews?
Moto lives - Thanks for all the continued love and support! Pick up a copy of 'DESOLATION'!
Let’s end with a game of “This or That”: pick one from each question below, and explain why you picked it.
Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke
Summer or Winter tours? Summer.
Small Clubs or Big Festivals? Love those intimate shows at small clubs.
Pizza or Sushi? Pizza.
Puppies or Kitties? Sharks.
Friday the 13th or Halloween? Mike Myers - Halloween!
Motograter – Desolation Tour 9/19 – Titanfest (Headliner) – Fife, WA 9/27 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA 9/28 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ 9/29 – Top Deck – Farmington, NM 10/3 – Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX 10/4 - Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX 10/6 - Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX 10/8 – Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA 10/10 – The Dungeon Tavern – Panama City, FL 10/12 – O'Malley's – Margate, FL 10/13 – The Haven – Winter Park, FL 10/15 – The Drunk Horse Pub – Fayetteville, NC 10/19 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA 10/20 – Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD 10/21 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ 10/22 – The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY 10/23 – Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY 10/25 – Reverb – Reading, PA 10/28 – Stage On Herr – Harrisburg, PA 10/30 – Trixie's Entertainment Complex – Louisville, KY 11/1 – The Token Lounge – Westland, MI 11/3 – Route 20 – Strurtevant, WI 11/4 – Top Fuel Saloon – Braidwood, IL 11/5 – The Firebird – St. Louis, MO 11/10 – Dr. Jack's Drinkery – Omaha, NEB 11/12 – Herman's Hideaway – Denver, CO 11/18 – Malone's Bar – Santa Ana, CA
BOBAFLEX---ELOQUENT DEMONS Thermal Entertainment LLC Release: 25 August 2017 By: Stephanie Stevens
BOBAFLEX has been around for a while now and with this new release coming out it will be the 8th studio album they have put out and it’s my first time actually sitting down with a whole album of the guys and digesting it. I Have to say I apologize for not getting on the fan wagon of this band sooner. These guys have a good blend of dirty rock style with metal attributes and I’m a sucker for a good vocal harmony and these guys are making it happen throughout the music.
My first introduction to the guys was back in 2014 with IM GLAD YOU’RE DEAD. Tidbits of songs here and there I had heard, so when ELOQUENT DEMONS fell into my inbox I took the time to listen and wow! it’s been a few years and the guys still have the BOBAFLEX sound but with a little more growth and still making songs that may have you saying “did he just say that”, just catch a few lines of the track OFF WITH YOUR HEAD. Musically its low key and has a simple melodic feel but the lyrics will make you say Um OK. Got to love the subtle humor of the guys. I AM A NIGHTMARE got my attention right from the start the harmonies vocally brought me back to a Queen state of mind and the straight forward rock n roll high energy pattern of the music just makes it a killer track; probably one of my favorites off the disc.
The guys released HEY YOU the Pink Floyd cover for the band’s first single and video and I have to say in my opinion I think they did a pretty rad job to it. I think his vocal pattern stays close to the style of Floyd and they stay true to the original sound so good job in that sense. SAY WHAT YOUWILL is another upbeat guitar driven spunky track that really picks up your rock spirit. LONG TIME COMING the bands second single and video lyrically speaks upon god, faith and afterlife but keeps with the rock attitude and a deeper driving vocal pattern intertwined with those harmonies that just drive me crazy with delight. REAL SADNESS grabs you on a serious note speaking of personal despair and suicide and will hit home for a lot of people especially with the dealings the rock world has come to see in the past year. The song has a darker and moodier vibe to the record but fits the story line to a tee and also changes the vibe of the album a bit which is always a good change of pace on a disc. My favorite part of the song is the breakdown; guitar prettiness (can I say pretty for a guitar tone lol) and when the melody driven vocals comes in its just pure heaven.
Overall BOBAFLEX has got some good solid rock music that I am kicking myself for not getting into the groove years ago. For all the old school fans, you are not going to be disappointed of this new album ELOQUENT DEMONS. Be excited for it because it’s pretty bad ass.
let me tell you about the band THE CROWNED; from Austin, Texas. A bunch of hard working guys that have been working on this debut album which seems like forever. But APPARITION is finally here.
After having a successful tour with HELLYEAH the guys came home to Texas to put the finishing touches on the disc and its nothing but driving, melodic, aggressive and metal as fuck. The guitar driven and headbanging sense of HATE to the penetrating growl intro into the song GOD DAMMIT you will know this band is in it to rip your face off and create insanity to your ears. The drumming on this one is metal as fuck and intertwined with the screams and up beat tempo it will just blow you away. WARFARE (featuring Amanda Maddera) is a personal favorite of mine with more driving and heavy hitting soundscapes with some insane aggressive vocals makes this song something that could be horrifying and delightful in the same few seconds. If you haven’t heard NOTHING from this band well I think you need to because this is the bands anthem of the summer and I am sure you are going to have some crazy fuckerss singing lines of this song for years to come; “what makes you a whore makes me a king” “NOBODY fucks you like I fuck you” and got to love “I throw you down, pull your hair, grab your neck, spank your ass, makes you powerless” well Mr. Coronado the sexual beast came out in this one and I am sure is making the girls wonder about the sentiments in this song; but aside from the sexual overtone the song is catchy; but still covered with a heavy mentality. Seems likes a fun song to do live and fits perfectly into the atmosphere of the disc. DEFEAT THEMONSTER another favorite of mine fast, pounding and just love the lows and highs of the tone of the track. APPARITION merges the sense of a cleaner and very melodic driven sentiment in the beginning and the chorus and it shows the singing ability of Coronado (which I love) but also is ready to pummel you with heavier pounding elements; a great way to end the disc. The other tracks like YOUR PROMISE, KILL, MURDER, and THE DEAD which is the band’s first single off the album, you might have heard before since the band made some killer videos for them but through all these songs it shows the harder, more metal sense of the band and incorporates a groove feel, melody niches and lyrics that will take you on the journey inside the mind of a man of mystery and intrigue.
I want to end this back to the beginning of the journey through APPARITION to track one. The song that made me fall in love with this band and made me believe that Marc Coronado was a man of talent and should and will be conquering the world with THE CROWNED and even on other adventures he pursues. FORTHCOMING is the track that made me venture into the world of THE CROWNED. piano driven with a beautiful vocal makes this track haunting, believable and astonishingly captivating. Personal I would love to hear more clean and simple vocals from this guy (and band) anytime in the future. A tortured, lost, sad soul all come to mind when I hear this song but if that is what makes amazing music then keep going into a dark place and make more music for us in the future.
I have not seen this band live yet, but I am sure once the release is out these guys will be jumping on some good tours so if they are in your area don’t miss out because if the album is this good a live show is probably intensely magical. IF you are looking for something to wet your appetite that is heavy and brutal then all I can end with is a quote from the maker himself about the first single THE DEAD. Coronado states, “‘THE DEAD’ is a taste of what our album has to offer. Brutal fast riffs, breakdowns, melodic tones, whaling vocals, deep screams, and powerful chords to accent the disturbing visuals in the video.”
Every day is a new dream; a new reality!!! GEMINI SYNDROME Welcome to ETERNITY!!!! BY: Stephanie Stevens
I remember seeing GEMINI SYNDROME open up for Nonpoint back in the day when they were touring for LUX the band’s debut album that was released back in 2013. The bands single STARDUST was climbing the charts and everyone was talking about them. Once I saw them perform live I was a fan, the band brings this memorizing charisma to the stage and to watch drummer Brian Steele Medina is a show in its self; he has such enjoy and body moves that will make you not want to look away. On a whole GEMINI SYNDROME that night kicked my ass in a live sense and since then I have been jamming to these guys on my playlist ever since.
The work on the band’s new album, MEMENTO MORI that the band is currently still road dogging on is even more advance and depth in character from the music to the lyrical content and blew me away with tracks like ZEALOT, ALIVE INSIDE, SORRY NOT SORRY and ANONYMOUS. The band puts together these harder rock beats with melody driven choruses and atmospheric soundscapes that intertwine everything into this masterpiece of 15 songs. Every time a new album comes from these creative geniuses it gets better and better so I can’t wait to see what the installment of chapter 3 in the bands arsenal will entail. For now, I had a chance to speak with singer Aaron Nordstrom while he was out on the road about new songs, road life and a pet mascot.
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL FOR A NEW ALBUM? IF YOU HAVE HOW HAS THE MUSIC GROWN SINCE MEMENTO MORI WAS WRITTEN? We are always working on new music. Putting ideas down that eventually will turn into full songs for the next album. As far as how it's grown we will just have to see when the final product is done.
ANY TIME FRAME WHEN A NEW ALBUM MIGHT DROP? No time frame yet. We're still in the cycle of Memento Mori
WHEN MEMENTO MORI WAS WRITTEN DID CHARLES AND DAN HAVE A BIG PART IN THE WRITING AND IF THEY DID OR DID NOT HOW HAS THEIR CREATIVENESS HELPED IN THE FUTURE OF SONGWRITING IDEAS FOR YOU GUYS? Charles and Dan weren't involved in the band when we wrote it. The album was primarily written by myself AP and Brian. Since this last tour we have parted ways with them. They're great guys and great players and we wish them the best in whatever they do next. ZEALOT IS ONE OF MY FAV OFF THE DISC HOW DID THAT SONG COME ABOUT AND LYRICALLY WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? We co-wrote some of ZEALOT with David Draiman. He's a great guy and we were honored to have him involved. The lyrics came from an interview on the daily show actually. The author wrote a book called zealot and the interview inspired the rest of the poem.
YOU AS A BAND SEEM TO BE SO MUCH MORE THEN MUSIC GUYS YOU FIND GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION FROM OTHER OUTLETS JUST SEEING HOW YOUR ARTWORK ON ALBUM COVERS AND THE WAY YOU GUYS ARE ONSTAGE. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY OTHER THEN MAKING MUSIC? I study traditional Chinese Kung Fu and in general we study a lot of different ideologies. Including religion, psychology, philosophy, esoteric mysteries, art. The list goes on and on.
ITS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE THE LAST DISC CAME OUT AND ON THE FIRST DISC YOU HAD RELEASED MANY SINGLES TO SUPPORT THE DISC DO YOU HAVE MORE SINGLES COMING OUT TO PROMOTE MEMENTO MORI OR HAS ITS TIME BEEN TICKED AWAY? I think we're planning on one more single from this album.
HOW HAS YOUR LIVE SET GROWN WITH THE NEW SONGS BEING PLAYED AND DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THE NEWER SONGS YOU LOVE PLAYING LIVE AND IF YOU DO WHY? I love playing all the new material. We toured on LUX for a long time so it's a breath of fresh air to play new songs.
IF YOU HAD A PET MASCOT ON YOUR BUS WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? If I could I would bring my Pitbull Stella. She's a little too big for a tour bus though.
IF YOU COULD SIT DOWN WITH ONE LITERATURE GENUIS TO GET A CONCEPT FOR A NEW SONG WHO WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY? I would pick Robert Anton Wilson. One of my favorite authors of all time. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago.
YOU GUYS LOVE TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A DAY OFF ON THE ROAD? Watch movies and sleep. I try and train Kung Fu when I can as well.
WHATS THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER LOOKING LIKE INTO THE FALL? We have a short run in August and we are working out the details for the rest of the year. Details will be announced asap.
Thanks for doing this with me. Take care and hopefully we see you soon.
DEAD GIRLS DON’T SAY NO--KINGDOM OF DECAY Reverbnation Records
What do you think of when you hear someone say death metal/ thrash? The members of DEAD GIRLS DON’T SAY NO know exactly what the sound should be with their new album release of KINGDOM OF DECAY. I had the chance to take a listen to some of their album that hit sound waves in January of this year. They were a four-piece from 2012 till about 2016 when they added vocalist ALYSON HELL. They are very harsh with their music and vocals of JOSH MCLAUGHLIN and JIM ADAMS, on the album, are cut-throat and somewhat mesmerizing.
HATE is hard-hitting and electrifying in sound. The lyrics show some intense direction of what they want their fans to get out of the music. VISIONS OF DEATH start off with intense drumming, which you hear throughout the song. They play and stop and play and stop at just the right moments to bring the listener into the song. KINGDOM OF DEACAY is a slower song for them, but still has that same intenseness as the rest of the songs. They bring in more guitars that rock out through this song and the lyrics are interesting with lines like “your corpse will decorate my kingdom of decay” And “Severed limbs hang from trees.” What I get from this is that they don’t want to be the one of many, but want to stand out and be known to the world.
I had the chance to ask DGDSN some questions about their future how they formed and how they feel about having a full album out with a new vocalist. If you’re in the Providence area, check these guys out! WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DGDSN www.reverbnation.com/deadgirlsdontsayno5
WHO IS IN YOUR BAND AND WHAT DO THEY PLAY AND DESCRIBE THEM IN 3 WORDS? Josh- Funny,Unique,Determind Jay- Perfectionist, Creative, Diligent Sherm- Teacher, Ninja, Republican Ryan- Funny, Horticulturist, Milo Alyson- Talented, Logical, Motivated
YOU ALL COME FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND SOME ARE STILL DOING OTHER PROJECTS. HOW DO YOU MANAGE DGDSN AND THE OTHER PROJECTS? Very carefully with much help from calendars and Facebook chat
WHO CAME UP WITH THE BAND NAME AND SINCE YOU NAMED THE BAND HAS YOUR SENSE OF THE NAME CHANGED IN ANYWAY? Jay and I did, we were drunk and talking about how some guy was so desperate he'd probably rape a dead girl, I said, "I don't think it can be called rape because Dead Girls Don't Say No" Jay then said that would a great band name So I said okay then we have a name. Something like that. For me, there hasn't been and change in the sense of the name as it never had much original meaning to me. People remember it, which is what matters to me. There are some who are offended by it, but they are looking for too much into it to find offense because it's nothing more than a title. Consider us an audio horror movie and that's our title. We are not promoting rape culture or misogyny like we have been accused of by any means.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS FOR DGDSN? My goals for DGDSN are to constantly improve as a band, record, and travel to as many places as we can be playing gigs and hopefully entertain the crowd as we do so.
HOW DID YOU FIND ALYSON HELL IN 2015? WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES SHE BRING TO THE BAND? Jason and Alyson met at Fleet's Festival of Freaks in September of 2015. Both our bands played that festival, and that was Alyson's first time seeing DEAD GIRLS DON'T SAY NO.. I loved them; they put on a very energetic set. It was impressive to me that Josh was singing and playing guitar at the same time. . I have very little prior experience. I was in my first rock band for just over a year . We needed a second vocalist, preferably female for our song KINGDOM OF DECAY. We all saw her sing a song with Kip Winger when he did an acoustic gig in RI. We then saw her perform with her old band, Reign of the Last. In both instances, her voice was great but not something that would work with what we do, but decided to ask her to do Kingdom with us anyway. We gave her a copy of the music and she came to practice and nailed it, her voice was powerful and unexpected. That night she ended up leaving her band for personal reasons and we asked her if she wanted to join asap before someone else scooped her up.
KINGDOM OF DECAY was just released in January; how does that feel to have your first album out in the public for listeners to hear? It feels great, we were on the cusp of releasing it earlier, but we lost a good friend and legend in Joe Moody who passed away suddenly while we were nearly finished with our album. Our recordings were stuck in legal limbo we went elsewhere to New Alliance Studio in Cambridge and recorded there. I am very pleased with KoD, but am really looking forward to recording newer material now that we have grown as a complete band with Alyson.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE SONG OFF THE DISC THAT BEST REPRESENTS THE BAND WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would go with "HATE" None of the songs really describe the band as a whole, but I feel the energy of the song represents the energy we have for playing music.
WHAT KIND OF RESPONSE HAVE YOU GOTTEN FROM FANS/ OTHER MUSIC LOVERS IN THE PROVIDENCE AREA? Mostly positive and encouraging. Though a group of SJW's aren't very fond of our name.
HOW HAS THE PROVIDENCE AND NEW ENGLAND METAL SCENE INSPIRED YOU GUYS AS MUSICIANS? Talent with many of the bands I have seen always inspire us to try to up our game as a band. There are a lot of great bands in our area of all different styles.
WHAT DO YOU WISH IF ANYTHING WOULD CHANGE OR EVEN GET BETTER IN THE SCENE? The competition between promoters and venues. It is a constant issue to where there are multiple shows of similar styles of music on the same night. This makes it difficult to see all bands and also splits the crowd into smaller groups. If the spread the shows out, there would be a show to go to almost every weekend and the crowds would be bigger and would benefit the bands, fans, venues, promoters, pretty much everyone all around.
IN MAY YOU GOT YOUR 1000 LIKE ON FACEBOOK, DO YOU THINK IT EASIER TO CONNECT WITH THE WORLD THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA OR WOULD YOU RATHER CONNECT AT SHOWS? Social Media is a great tool to connect with people, especially outside of our area. Nothing beats meeting new people in person though and having them tell you personally that they love your music and come back repeatedly to see us perform. \
IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SHOW AS A MOVIE TITLE WHAT MOVIE WOULD YOU PICK? Tough one, The Unexpected, but honestly couldn't think of anything for this question.
WHAT DOES THE SUMMER AND INTO FALL LOOK FOR YOU GUYS FOR PLAYING SHOWS ETC? We have nothing else booked till November so we will be working on new material for our next album.
FROM NOTHING GRITTY, SEDUCTIVE, ROCK N ROLL FROM MARYLAND BY: Stephanie Stevens
Thanks to social media I got the chance to fall into the world of FROM NOTHING. A band coming to you from MD and hitting you hard with raspy, bluesy, edgy rock vocals, music that intertwines the sounds of Clutch, Black Stone Cherry to the straight rock of Godsmack. The guys in the band are no first timers when it comes to the band scene but as they came together as a unit in FROM NOTHING the creative juices flowed and they have made EP that is rock n roll notable. I’m a sucker for a good vocal and these guys have it in John, like I said before he has that gritty raspy sound that makes it very distinctive and gives the songs an edgy and powerful ambience. IF you like crisp and sexy guitar tones, and grooves that are hard driving, seductive and in your face then you will love the band FROM NOTHING. The guys have gotten a lot of exposure just from the DIY marketing and networking on social media with the music being played overseas, attention of some big boys in the music biz and once the new music they are working on is done they are hoping to bring this Maryland rock to the stages in every city. For now, I had a chance to throw out some questions to the guys and singer John Amoriello was awesome enough to throw some answers back so the world can get to know the band FROM NOTHING a little more
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet? John Steve have known each other for over 20 years. Rob & Mike have known each other for13 years. Between all parties well over 5 years
A few of you came from a band called SWIRL were the other bands members in other bands also and how different is your sound in FROM NOTHING to your past endeavors? John & Steve were in Swirl together Mike & Rob were in Fight my Fight together Rob was Johns neighbor and when John called Steve up to give it another go we recruited Rob and added Mike 1 year later to make it a 4 pc. We carried over a few Swirl songs since John wrote them tweaked them but FROM NOTHING is much more of an advanced version of Swirl in the writing process and as a writing unit.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process? I, John usually writes a song, and bring to practice the bones of it, and at that point we go over it, and it then evolves from there, lately we have taken time off from playing live to write as a group and the stuff coming out of those sessions is amazing!
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together? I think our music is getting more intense and oozing character, and becoming 4 min journeys, I think we are always evolving, but when you are comfortable with 3 other guys as much as we are, we seem to be on the same page, we have def. evolved equipment wise l G A S gear acquisition syndrome for sure
You released a EP in 2016 what are your most proud moments off that disc and do you all have your personal favorites? John answering: My proudest moment was when they arrived, Mike said it best It was like X mas and I got to open one up and listen to it, It felt awesome to have a finished product, plus watching it from birth to completion….. I’m proud of the whole process! My fav. If I had to pick one is MANIC.. AND THE RACE TO HELL
My favorite is MOTHER’S LOVE & IGNORANCE, what inspired that song and how easy was it write and put together? About 2 years ago Baltimore experienced some horrible riots over a Known drug dealer being killed in the possession of the police. During that time, a young man was shown being dragged away by his mother in the middle of all the mayhem, and It just came to me All I seem to see is nothing but Ignorance and one mother’s love, I just reversed it and came up with the hook “I said you’ll regret someone tell m me when it’s over.” I believe she even made it on Oprah
another song that I dig was HIM what band do you feel inspired you on this track? And why? I wrote HIM a few years back and we just tweaked it a bit as From Nothing I do not think any band inspired me. I was just inspired to write a cool groove to a song I think originally, I wrote it about someone in my life that was just an asshole…. But again the tweaking process… a few lyric changes its more an Anti-bulling song, the chorus and bridge is the view of the ones Bullied and the verses the one bullying . I kind of made it less verse more chorus cause people who Bully are usually small minded people with not much to say “ I am Everything”…..
Are you working on new music and when will that see the light of day? Are you guys experimenting more on your sound on the new songs? we said earlier we took a few months off from playing live and the writing process has been awesome we have 3 new songs COMPLACENT/ GOT TIME TO KILL / WORLD WIDE NOVACANE. I love changes in a song, the ups and downs. I think that’s why I love MANIC. AND THE RACE TO HELL so much, so the new stuff we are focusing on the journey a song takes you and purposely creating these highs and lows to emotionally grab you. We would love to record all of them but still being a DIY band it’s the almighty dollar that prevents that from happening
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/RPK/FROMNOTHING2 And you can down load it on I tunes amazon Google
When I checked you out on reverb it says the band is ranked #2 in MD area. How has the fans, the social media networking helped you guys gain the success you already have and what do you hope to do more in the future to push that envelope to get more people involved? We are going to try and do a digital marketing campaign to reach other countries Mike is researching it now. Facebook has been good to us reaching fans all over as well
Also read you have made it radio wise overseas and Australia how did that come about and what songs have made it over there?
Facebook someone who does radio out there
For people who never seen you in a live setting how do you guys view your stage show and is the energy for the stage something that you looked for when collecting band members to start this new project? I think they will see 4 guys having fun /pouring their hearts out/ and delivering a great performance again it’s about the journey our music takes you on, I feel eventually everyone will want to take it with us!
One band for a live setting you kind of look up too and set your boundaries too when performing I mean if we had the money I’d want to bring the Metallica stage show but I always love seeing Clutch its just 4 guys no fancy fake wall of amps just them rocking the f**k out
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how? Wanting to be a touring act, have a record co. partner up with us and get us thru the doors to play on bigger shows get our music global…we are trying to overcome that as we speak!
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands? Love what you do! Don’t be a dick, don‘t expect things to come to you! Go get it! And don’t think because you can play a few chords or shred you’re the next big thing and the world owes you, there is always someone better BE ORIGINAL. I’ll repeat, love what you’re doing
Any famous last words? Promoters who also play in bands, are not looking out for your best interest!