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While She Sleeps Interview Part 1

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While She Sleeps are set for the biggest year of their career. Not content with simply releasing their upcoming album You Are We on 21st April 2017, the band have decided to do so completely independently throughout the entire UK. With help from their fans the band funded the album through Pledge Music and have freed themselves from the shackles of a record label.

With the fans passion burning throughout the entire album, You Are We is set to be one of, if not, the best albums of 2017. With amazing singles such as Hurricane, Silence Speaks (Feat Oli Sykes) and the latest face-melter that is Feel  already released, the band on on the verge of metal god status..

I recently called up While She Sleeps resident guitar shredder Sean Long to talk all things You Are We. We talk about the upcoming album, going independent and the possibility of a While She Sleeps country album...

Hi Sean, thanks for taking the time to speak with Echion Music. I was told you are in London, how is it going down there?
No mate haha i'm in Sheffield at the minute in a warehouse, its going good mate. We are just practising now before we head off to our show tomorrow in London.

Is that the first show of your headlining tour?
Yes it is mate, we have two in London before the actual full leg of the tour starts on the 21st April in York.

So the tour is kicking off! Back to the UK. You have been on tour recently with Bring Me The Horizon in Europe, is it exciting to be back playing in the UK?
Yeah we TOTALLY are. No one's heard it (We Are You) yet and we haven't seen the UK in a while. The fact that we are coming back home to headline is especially exiting. We                    
keep all of our stuff hidden away for so long that we cant wait to finally get it out to the fans on our own soil.             

You Are We is released on April 21st. The album is being independently released in the UK with help from fans by the use of Pledge Music. How did that come about? Who's idea was it to start a campaign to fund You Are We in this way?
It was kind of a collection of things really. It wasn't like a specific event that made us want to do it. To do this was a collective agreement as time went on. Labels were great for us for a while and then we kind of had a few problems within our old label that didn't sit right with us. It just made sense, when we had the possibility of going independent it just made more sense for the band we are. We looked at how we felt about everything and it was quite surprising that we didn't think about doing this sooner. We aren't saying anything bad about the label system, it was just there was a lot of people in our label that just didn't care about the things that we were doing as much as we did. You could slowly start to see that where we had a team working for us that when things start to fuck up, they don't care because it's not their band and not their problem. It was just another job for them.

Did you feel like just another one on the roster?
Yeah definitely. We started to realise that there was no one in the world that was going to care about our music as much as we do, no matter what they say. We were just like fuck it, lets do it ourselves.

So when you hit your Pledge Music campaign, it must have been an amazing feeling. It must have given you black and white proof that shows how much your fans love your music and want to see you guys progress.
Yeah well that was a bit of a test for us as well. We thought, well now we are finally going to see. I know we are doing well at the minute but you never really know how many people support you. Doing this Pledge campaign was a way in which we could finally get to see who was there for us and it really stood out to us how great our fans our.

As Echion Music receives quite a few international viewers i have a question about the pre-order for You Are We. Is this something that is only available in the UK? 
Yeah mate, so basically we have gone down the independent route in the UK. At the moment we don't really have the power or the strength to go independent globally just yet. So what we have done is license the record to a few select places around the world. We use the infrastructure of the label to help us distribute and print around the world. We wouldn't have the power at this moment in time and we would probably end up losing a lot of money and failing a lot quicker. Maybe in a few years we will go fully independent. We'll go a few countries at a time as we start to grow and develop. It should be available super soon for everyone. I know for a fact that on April 21st the album is available everywhere worldwide.

Is that the dream? To go fully independent?
Well... I dunno man haha. This is all new to us and it isn't something we really planned out. We went with it and now we are here. Maybe in a few years we will try and go fully independent but who knows. I honestly don't know whats going to happen where just going with it at the minute and seeing where it takes us.

So the album itself. The name of the album You Are We, is this relating to the fact that fans helped fund it? Does it represent how you are now closer to the fans and shows how you are all in the journey together?
Yeah totally it is that. We are trying to make it apparent that we cant really do what we do without people enjoying what we do and supporting us the way that they do. We feel that one of the things that we enjoy singing about is our connection with our fans. They are another member in the band and without this group communication there is no us (While She Sleeps.) There is no possible way for us to do what we do, everyone enjoy it and us have as much enthusiasm as we do without these fans that support us so much. Then there is another aspect of the name to show that there is no good without bad. There is a you and there is a we which is kind of another way of saying there is a ying and a yang and a black and white. At the end of the day everything goes together and we are not trying to divide the world up we are trying to let everyone know that the world is all one. On a day to day basis it seems like the world is all divided up, but when you get down to it we are all connected really.

Is that reflected in the artwork for You Are We which has different languages on the cover? Does this tie into the same theme?
Yeah man one hundred percent. We wanted to bring in that You Are We theme and touch everyone in their own native language. We used the four most common languages in the world so that basically anyone in the world can read that cover in their native language and it makes it a little more personal to them.

As this interview is fucking huge i thought it would be best to split it into two. part two coming soon...

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The Fallen state interview.

Super-nova.

The Fallen State are a British alternative rock quintet consisting of Ben Stenning (vocals), Jon Price (lead guitar), Dan Oke (rhythm guitar), Greg Butler (bass) and Rich Walker (drums). The band was formed in 2013 and have been on a wild journey ever since.

Since their inception in 2013 the band have released 5 E.P's, a string of music videos and have toured all over the globe with some of the biggest bands around such as, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and Young Guns.

Having recently released their latest E.P 'The View From Ruin' on the 24th of February, i thought now would be a great time to speak to the band about the release and their music. A couple of days after the release of 'The View From Ruin' i spoke to the bands bass player Greg Butler about the release of the new E.P, their favourite song to play live and just how big The Fallen State can be...

 

Question 1) This interview is taking place just a few days since the release of your latest EP 'The View From Ruin'. How have the last few days been for you? Is it a good feeling to finally get your new music out there?

It's great to finally get 'The View From Ruin' our there. It's seems like ages since we got the first mixes back. We've been very excited to release it to world and we literally can't believe the response we have had so far!

We said right from the beginning that we wanted to be a diverse rock band. In our eyes there's literally no point in writing the same song over and over again.

Question 2) Your newest EP 'The View From Ruin' has worked it way up through the ranks and at the time if writing this is in the top 75 of the iTunes album chart. How does the success of the EP make you feel? Does it in any way help with the nerves that come with releasing new music to the fans?

It actually made its way to #19 which is amazing and 'Nova' went as high as #6 on the singles chart! It honestly is amazing to see it do so well and that so many people wanted to buy it for keeps. You definitely have that initial nervousness with any release but when it's so well received it definitely makes you feel good you made something people want to hear so much!

We are a small town band just trying to reach out as far as we can... hopefully we can go further, who knows? But one thing is for sure, we won't be stopping any time soon! 

Question 3) The latest single 'Nova' taken from 'The View From Ruin' is an absolute powerhouse of a track. It shows how easily you guys experiment  with the alternative rock  genre. 'Nova' includes immensely powerful vocals, insane drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of The Fallen State as a band to always to push the boundaries of the alternative rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

We said right from the beginning that we wanted to be a diverse rock band. In our eyes there's literally no point in writing the same song over and over again. We have so many different ideas and our thoughts are just 'write what we think is best'. It's great having the creative freedom to do so and it means we can put out the very best we can write. 

Question 4) 'The View From Ruin' shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The interlocking sounds, the technicality of each instrumental part and the beautiful vocal work all could lead to stadium sized singalongs! What are the ultimate goals of The Fallen State? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

Haha well we'd like to think so! It's a tough industry out there and we are honestly so amazed at the reaction we have had so far. We are a small town band just trying to reach out as far as we can... hopefully we can go further, who knows? But one thing is for sure, we won't be stopping any time soon! 

if you happen to attend a concert of ours, you'll have a good, fun time. We always do this with a smile on our faces, and you better be prepared for a sing along! 

Question 5) If people have never heard of The Fallen State before how would you describe yourselves to them? How do you hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live? What do you feel sets you apart from the alternative rock crowd?

I think more than anything we try to be genuine. All of our music is written from experiences and inspirations. We want people to connect with our music. We pride ourselves on being a good live band and one that if you happen to attend a concert of ours, you'll have a good, fun time. We always do this with a smile on our faces, and you better be prepared for a sing along! 

Question 6) The Fallen State have played some pretty amazing shows and have supported the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and The Treatment. Where has been your favourite place to play on tour so far?

We have had the pleasure to play to some awesome venues and crowds. It's not always the biggest most prestige venues that are the best shows but it's definitely a badge of honour to say we have played the likes of the Hammersmith Apollo in London or the Ulster Hall in Belfast. 

Question 7) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would The Fallen State's band rider consist of?

Our ultimate festival would definitely be Download Festival. It's the home of rock music and we can't wait to grace the stages at Donington park.  As for our rider.... well we enjoy the simple things and we appreciate that someone is happy to give us any rider. We're not fussy! 

'Sleepless' is fun to rock out to. 'Quickening' certainly gets you sweaty and it's absolutely overwhelming to hear people sing every word of 'Nova' back to us every night....

Question 8) 'The View From Ruin' is a very ambitious EP. Many of the songs are brimming with emotion, both from the instruments as well as the vocals. All of the songs show what amazing craftsmanship The Fallen State has as a band. What is your favourite song to play live off of the EP? and why?

We have literally just got back from a UK headline tour and we played all of the tracks off the new EP live! I honestly can't pick a favourite... 'Sleepless' is fun to rock out to. 'Quickening' certainly gets you sweaty and it's absolutely overwhelming to hear people sing every word of 'Nova' back to us every night....

Question 9) Fans are a huge aspect of The Fallen State as we can see with your regular social media updates and interactions with fans. Do you find regular fan interaction makes the band feel closer to the fans and is there anything you would like to say to them?

I know every band says this but we have some of the most amazing fans in the world. We actually prefer to call them friends. We are all music fans, we have been there in the crowd, on social media with our own favourite bands. So we know the deal we said from the start we wanted to make sure that we were easily accessible and would talk to everyone and hang out etc when we can. So far we have been able to do that both at shows and online. It's fun! It's so good to hear people's thoughts on our music and especially how they relate to our songs.  All we have to say, is if you have the chance then please keep spreading the word about us. We appreciate your support more than we can say...!

Question 10) With the recent release of your latest EP 'The View From Ruin' coming out less than a week ago, it seems a little premature to ask this, but what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from The Fallen State? Can we expect a new music video or a new tour announcement?

We have just got back from a UK headline tour and we'll be recording a new video for a new single very soon.  We're hitting the festivals in the summer and will be back on the road for a little bit. It's going to be exciting mid part of the year! 

You can follow the band on social media here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefallenstate/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefallenstate?lang=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPMS_zdXPuBXW9bj7CS835w

huge thanks to The fallen state and their bassist greg for taking the time to talk with me! go download 'The view from ruin' right now!

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Kanadia Interview.

Oxford's finest.

 

Kanadia are a four piece alternative rock band who are based just outside of Oxford, UK. The band consists of James Bettis (vocals/guitar), 
Tim Lucas (drums), Melissa Marshall (keyboards), and  Jack Ashworth (bass).

Having released their self titled debut EP just over a year ago, Kanadia have gained some serious media attention both in Oxford, and throughout the rest of the UK. I recently spoke with Kanadia's vocalist and guitaist James Bettis to discuss Kanadia's music, thier spot at the Common People festival, blue M&M's and the massive plans the band have for 2017.

Question 1) This interview is taking place just over a year since the release of your debut EP “Kanadia”. How have the last few months been for you? Is it a good feeling to finally get your music out there? How has the reception been to the self titled EP "Kanadia"?

Since releasing the EP a lot has changed. This time a year ago, we were completely unknown in our hometown of Oxford. We used the EP as a business card and quickly came up with the idea to hand them out for free. We gave them out for free to Promoters, Venues and any member of any audience. It really helped get our name out there and in a very short space of time we were playing to large audiences, gaining a very good live reputation and positive reviews. I think the response to our EP has been very positive. It really helped us launch the band and earn a fan base.

 Music should be real, and as cheesy as it sounds, from the heart. I like to think that we are true to that.

Question 2) For a first release you guys experiment massively with the rock genre. “Kanadia - EP" includes immensely powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of Kandia as a band to always to push the boundaries of the rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

As a songwriter, I have always been attracted to bands who have a strong character and bands who have pushed boundaries. I favour bands who evolve and show variation from track to track and album to album. We write and play in a style that interests us and I suppose it’s a big mix up of all the music we have grown up on and surrounded ourselves with. At the same time, you can’t force yourself to write in a style that is untrue to yourself, so It must be a natural process.

Our primary goals are making good music and getting it into people’s hands. It’s great how people are responding to our music and it means a lot to us.

Question 3) “Kanadia - EP” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The interlocking sounds, the slow sections to the EP which build into heavy masterpieces. What are the ultimate goals of Kanadia? Are you looking to be leaders of the alternative rock genre? Because with this EP that could genuinely be achievable. Its that good!

Thank you. We want to take Kanadia as far as we can. People seem to be really into what we are creating. It very exciting watching the band grow and we are at the stage now where people are messaging us from all over the UK requesting shows. We have very much taken things into our own hands with every aspect of the band. Our primary goals are making good music and getting it into people’s hands. It’s great how people are responding to our music and it means a lot to us.

Down the line, it would be amazing if we could gain more of an international audience and play some dates in Europe or the States, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves too soon.

Question 4) Kanadia are playing the well respected Common Peope festival in Oxford in May this year.How did this come about? What is it about the Common People festival that made you want to play the festival?

We managed to get the slot at Common People because of Ronan Munro. He is a great guy and in my opinion deserves more recognition for his work. He has been running a music magazine called "Nightshift" (formerly "Curfew") since around the early 90’s. He was the first person to interview Radiohead, Foals, Supergrass, Glass Animals. He holds the music scene together in Oxford, and I think many other cities lack people like Ronan. Last May he gave us a slot at his annual PUNT festival, to showcase new bands. This year he has given us a great slot at Common People on his stage. It’s a brilliant opportunity for the band to reach a large audience and something we would never turn down. The Festival is very new to Oxford, this is its second year. I think it is very cool that we have something like this going on in the city and we are just happy to be a part of it.

Question 5) If people have never heard of Kanadia before how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live? What do you feel sets you apart from the alternative rock crowd?

That’s quite a difficult question for me. I always have trouble summarising the band. I feel that every track is varied, so there is something for everyone. I often just use enticing words like ‘stadium sized’ and ‘Underground’. I just take those phrases from reviews. I must admit I don’t enjoy selling the band, but I understand it’s something that is essential to our progress. It must be done. I do believe that there is a big gap in music at this moment in time for a band like us. Don’t get me wrong there are some excellent bands out there at the moment, but compared to the early 2000’s or early 90’s it does feel slightly stale on the rock front. There is a lot of ‘fashionable’ music out there at the moment that I think is very 'posey'. Music should be real, and as cheesy as it sounds, from the heart. I like to think that we are true to that.

In a few days, we are performing an acoustic set at a one of our fans homes. I’m really looking forward to it. It should be quite chilled out.

Question 6) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Kandia's band rider consist of?

I’m being very unrealistic but I would have to say Glastonbury. You know that if you are playing on the Pyramid stage you have made it. I have no idea, I hear that some people have ridiculous riders. You never know how success changes a person. Perhaps if we got to that stage we would be asking for a goldfish bowl filled with only blue M&Ms, at least one metre apart from a plate of black jelly babies with all legs removed.

Question 7) "Kanadia" is pretty ambitious for a first EP. Many of the songs are over 4 minutes long and feature amazing craftsmanship and show the true diversity of your music. What is your favourite song to play live off of the EP? and why?

From the EP, we really enjoy playing ‘Into The Flames’. In our opinion it is the most interesting track and slightly more challenging to play live. However, ‘State Of Mind’ is always a song that the audience really enjoy. It is quite fun pulling all the strings off the guitar at the end of the song too.

2017 is going to be a very big year for the band. We have been working on an album...Its much bigger than the EP and has a huge variation in its sound.

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect of Kanadia as we can see with your regular social media updates and interactions with fans. Do you find regular fan interaction makes the band feel closer to the fans and is there anything you would like to say to them?

Fans are a huge aspect of any band, no matter how far they are into their career. We always try our best to show our appreciation to our fans. They have helped us so much and given us confidence in what we do. It’s great when you see people wearing your T-shirts and giving you feedback on your songs at the end of a gig. We would just like to say thank you to everybody for their support. It really means the world to us. In a few days, we are performing an acoustic set at a one of our fans homes. I’m really looking forward to it. It should be quite chilled out.

Question 9) Finally with the release of your debut EP "Kanadia" over a year ago now, what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from Kanadia?

2017 is going to be a very big year for the band. We have been working on an album on and off for the past year. The sound and our approach in the studio has really come a long way. Its much bigger than the EP and has a huge variation in its sound. We are currently shooting a music video for our debut single which will be released in May. We have worked really hard on the video for the past couple of months so it should turn out really well. After that we are going to steadily release videos and singles building up to an album launch as we gain more of an audience in the process. We have just found the perfect person to mix the album too. He is doing a great job. We really hope the videos and singles will take us to bigger stages and gain us more radio play. With the work we are putting in to creating and promoting the music we hope that this time next year Kanadia will be a known band.

You can stay on touch with Kanadia through their website: https://www.kanadia.band/  

You can view their Facebook Page herehttps://www.facebook.com/KanadiaBand/ 

You can buy their self titled EP from iTunes herehttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kanadia-ep/id1082171068?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 

 

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As December falls interview.

don't say a word, just listen.

As December Falls are a female fronted, pop punk powerhouse quartet who hail from Nottingham, UK. The band consists of Bethany Curtis (vocals), Ande Hunter (guitar and vocals), Timmy Francis (bass) and Lukas James (drums).

Formed in 2014, As December Falls have gained some serious media attention, from their first EP "A Home Inside Your Head" picking up attention from the BBC in 2014, to being named one of Scuzz TV's top unsigned bands of 2016 the future looks bright for Nottingham's finest.

I recently spoke with Andre Hunter (guitar and vocals) to talk about the release of their newest single “More To You”, the band's previous work, their fan appreciation as well as what we can expect from As December Falls in the near future.

Question 1) This interview is taking place just over a months since the release of your newest single “More To You”. How has the last month been for you all? Is it a good feeling to finally get your music out to the fans?
"It's been a good month, we played our biggest headline show at Rescue Rooms to a near sold out crowd with people travelling all over the UK which was insane. To be honest we've not stopped in the past month - we've written four new songs, been working on mixing a live album of the full Rescue Rooms set whilst also planning a UK tour for late spring. It's been manic! The response we've received from the new single has been great as well. Every time we release something new it gets a bigger response than the last release which is always encouraging. " 

We're a female fronted, loud and ballsy rock/ pop band for fans of Tonight Alive, Fall Out Boy and You Me At Six.

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. All of your previous work such as “A Home Inside Your Head”and “When You Figure Out You're Wrong, Get Back To Me" includes immensely powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of As December Falls as a band to always to push the boundaries of the alternative rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?
"In all honesty it's not planned. It's not a sound that's been crafted by a label, or aimed at a certain demographic or anything like that. We just write music that we enjoy playing and all our individual sounds are very much crafted from our own musical tastes, it kind of comes together to produce something a bit different and exciting. Beth's vocals are very much built around strong, female singers like Hayley Williams but with some bluesy/ soul influences like Ariana Grande. Add that to Ande's classic rock/ blues lead guitar, Bambi's pop punk rhythm and Luke's experimental drumming and we like to think it's something fresh and new!"


Question 3) “More To You” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The song has a massive anthem feel and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and comes through clearly in the all of your previous work, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?
"That's the plan. We've got a very down to earth work ethic of building this thing up ourselves. We have no manager, no label, no force driving us other than a love for what we do and we're not stopping any time soon. "

In terms of advice to younger bands, just craft your sound, spend hours practicing and find the right members. We're all best friends which really makes the band work. 
 

Question 4) The latest Single "More To You" features a remix of the song by "Hunt & Haabi". The result is an amazing house pop punk fusion which shows the vocals in a more delicate, softer setting and in some cases almost acapella. How did this remix come about? Could you see more of your music getting the remix treatment? If so which song would you like to see be remixed?  
"Haabi is one of Ande's closest friends and they'd discussed collaborating on something for a while. They loved the original and wanted the vocal stems to build something up and it just went from there. We really want to experiment on our B-Sides just to give the fans alternative versions to check out so we'll definitely collaborate with artists from other genres on new material. "
Question 5) If people have never heard of the band (As December Falls) before how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live?
"We're a female fronted, loud and ballsy rock/ pop band for fans of Tonight Alive, Fall Out Boy and You Me At Six. Picture Ariana Grande backed by a balls to the wall, rock band. We have a blast live and focus more on having a good time on stage than anything - it's a very energetic live show. "

 

Question 6) There is much noise made in the music industry about the difficulties of being a female-fronted rock band in a male dominated industry. Is this something that you have encounted yourselves? If so do you have any words of advice for young female singers who are looking to start a rock band?
"To be honest we've found it a great asset. There's the obvious paramore comparison since they were the first huge band in the genre but it really sets us apart from the majority of other UK artists. In terms of advice to younger bands, just craft your sound, spend hours practising and find the right members. We're all best friends which really makes the band work. "

 

We never expected anything from this, just to have fun with the best group of friends. Keeping that humility and love of what we do is something we strive for over everything. 

Question 7) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would As December Falls band rider consist of? 
"A high up spot on Warper Tour in the US is the absolute dream. Once we've done that we'll consider ourselves a legit band! UK wise than the usual Download/ Leeds would be incredible but Warped is where the heart lies. Rider wise? We're easy to please! Feed us some pizza, throw in some whiskey and we'll be the happiest band in the world. "

 

Question 8) You guys have made a pretty decent impact in the UK music scene already, with your first EP "A Home Inside Your Head" picking up attention from the BBC, and being named one of Scuzz TV's top unsigned bands of 2016 and some other amazing achievements for a band still so young. How did you all deal with this rise in fandom? Did you expect to blow up as fast as you did?
"To be honest it still feels minor league compared to where we want to go. I guess we're always focused on the next step and looking at what to do next. It's been an absolute rollercoaster ride so far! Every time something new comes up we're still surprised. We never expected anything from this, just to have fun with the best group of friends. Keeping that humility and love of what we do is something we strive for over everything. "


Question 9) Fans are a huge aspect of As December Falls as we can see with your crowd funded EP "When You Figure Out You're Wrong, Get Back To Me" smashing its target n only 4 days! As well as regular social media updates and interactions with fans. Do you find regular fan interaction makes the band feel closer to the fans and is there anything you would like to say to them?
"We love every single one of them. Literally nothing makes us happier than a fan message whether it be words of encouragement, asking for advice, fan artwork or whatever. We make the conscious effort of replying to every single tweet, email, Facebook message and always will. It's the fans that put us where we are and we'll never forget that. "


Question 10) With a recent single "More To You" still fresh on the airwaves it may be a little early to ask, but what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from As December Falls?
"We literally had a band meeting over Chinese last night. We've got some very cool stuff going off this year but nothing announced publicly yet. Planning a UK tour or two likely in May, a few festivals, a new single and B side before summer, a live album and a new 5 track EP out by the end of the year. We might even throw in a pop-punk cover of something ;) just keep your eyes peeled!"

You can stay in contact with the band via the official As December Falls social media channels:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/asdecemberfalls
Twitter - www.twitter.com/asdecemberfalls
YouTube - www.youtube.com/asdecemberfallsmusic


 

Massive thanks to the band for taking the time to speak with me!

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Bury the Traitor interview.

Unchained.

Bury The Traitor are an hardcore five piece metalcore band who hail from Derby, UK. the band consists of Oli Loewenbach (Vocals),  Martyn Sheridan (Rhythm guitar and vocals), Scott Day (Lead guitar), Martyn Emmett (Bass) and James Cordall (Drums).

After a string of intense live performances and the release of their debut single "Torn Apart", Bury The Traitor are quickly become one of the freshest metalcore bands in the UK. With their debut EP "Anchored" being released on 29/07/2016 the band are on the eve of quickly become a front runner in the UK metalcore scene. 

I  recently spoke Martyn Sheridan from the band about their debut EP "Anchored", their craziest moments and the ambition of the band.

Question 1) After a rebrand of the band “Only Time Will Tell” to becoming “Bury the Traitor” in 2016, You guys wasted no time! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and are on the verge of releasing your debut EP “Anchored”. Was the writing and recording process easier than you expected when you first started up? Or once the band formed did the ideas just begin to flow?

Having been in the band for a long time and having been through numerous member line ups, I can easily and happily say the writing process is the easiest it has ever been. As a group we collectively have many ideas and all play to each other’s strengths within the writing process. Ideas seem to flow successfully and in light of previous years with the band, I’d say writing new material is definitely quicker which is awesome.

for a first time listener... I’d say we are a mash up of Killswitch Engage, While She Sleeps and Of Mice And Men to name a few. But ultimately I think we just want to sound like us and have our own sound.

Question 2) For a band so early in their career you are already close to finishing your first EP “Anchored”. How have you found the experience of being in a recording studio and recording the EP?  Was it everything you were expecting?

Ahhh the recording experience was incredible, it was just a massive boost for us all to be together for a week solid recording Anchored which so much effort has gone into. And to finally hear our work playing back to us was a very proud and almost emotional moment. Just turning to each other not even needing to say anything, the looks on our faces said it all. We knew we had done ourselves proud and every single member of the band had been a credit to their own work in each section. So in reality it was more than we expected because we loved every second and we all had post studio blues for a good couple of weeks after.

Question 3) Your latest single “Torn Apart” previous work shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. “Torn Apart” has a massive anthem feels about it and sounds like it could easily inspire stadium singalongs as well as stadium sized mosh pits! Ambition is no problem for your music, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

Take over the world is very cliché of James bond villainy, and we aren’t evil (joking phrase) but personally I feel ambition is key, granted its best to stay humble and true to your roots, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be well known, potentially even globally (amongst the metal community anyway) I feel that ambition is needed because it helps provide drive to achieve a dream and goal. But for now I think as a band our main focus is to get a UK tour going in early 2017 and then the next step would be to tour Europe, so even completing either of those goals would be a dream come true. Out on the road, with 4 of your best friends, basically living with each other for the duration of the tour and all the antics... there would be nothing better. Torn Apart was never really seen as the single release song until we hit the studio... but it was only upon having it recorded and hearing it back that we realised it had potential to be a pretty anathematic song. I’d say that every track on the EP is huge in its own right, but you will have to wait to hear it all to decide for yourself ;)

Just turning to each other not even needing to say anything, the looks on our faces said it all. We knew we had done ourselves proud and every single member of the band had been a credit to their own work in each section.

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be a MASSIVE year for Bury the Traitor. With your debut EP “Anchored” hopefully being released before the end of the month, if the reader hasn’t heard of Bury the Traitor before how would you describe yourself and your music?

It’s always hard to describe your own music, like if somebody asked you how do Iron Maiden sound, you would say...like Iron Maiden and likewise for so many other bands and modern bands. Personally for myself, I take huge influence from bands like While She Sleeps, Machine Head and Killswitch Engage, but at the same time for lead guitar work I prefer to feel a solo and create emotion with it rather than go balls to the wall shred and be as technical as possible. Everything has a time and a place and when its needed it gets used so it literally depends on how a song makes me feel that reflects the lead. But for a first time listener... I’d say we are a mash up of Killswitch Engage, While She Sleeps and Of Mice And Men to name a few. But ultimately I think we just want to sound like us and have our own sound which will get us noticed hopefully.

Question 5) It’s only a few short weeks before fans can expect to hear your debut EP “Anchored”. How does this make you feel? Are you Nervous? Excited? Or can you simple not wait to get the music out there to the fans?

In Honesty I personally can’t wait for Anchored to drop. Of course I’m nervous, it would be inhuman to say I wasn’t, I think we all are to a degree. It’s basically taking something we have all made and exposing it to the world, which can either be very cruel or very kind. But its ultimately excitement for all of us because it’s the next step and who knows what doors it could open up for us!

Out on the road, with 4 of your best friends, basically living with each other for the duration of the tour and all the antics... there would be nothing better.

Question 6) Are there any details you can tell us about “Anchored”? is the album going to continue in the same vein stylistically as “Torn Apart”? Or are we to expect something completely different? Who are the band main influences when creating music?

I’d say the whole of the EP Anchored stays within the same style to an extent. We have some tracks which are a little more technical and fast paced, and then there’s Downfall... that’s just an angry song from the go and its unrelenting all the way through, it’s the type of song where you just expect carnage and mayhem to take over. As for influences, I think I may have digressed into that within an earlier question, but I’d definitely say While She Sleeps, Killswitch Engage and Of Mice And Men to name a few.

Question 7) “Torn Apart” is an intense, powerhouse, sledgehammer hit of a song. Have you played the song live yet? what is the craziest thing to happen at a Bury the Traitor gig?

Torn Apart always seems to go down well when we play it live, and it doesn’t matter what kind of crowed its played to as long as they enjoy metal. We have had two step, mosh pits and slam dancing crack off when we have played it, especially with our live version where we extend the ending and it just gives people a chance to completely lose their fucking minds. I’d say one of our craziest shows to date would have been at the Sitwell Tavern in derby. It’s a small stage area that is crowed level so you are face to face with the crowed and if they break loose with a pit... you’re basically in there too, I’m sure at one point I lost sight of Oli and he could have only been a maximum of four feet away haha.

Question 8) Let’s be honest if the EP is anything like “Torn Apart” t’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Bury the Traitor’s band rider consist of?

Hitting the big time would be the dream, but for now it’s a case of remaining humble and level headed and letting the hard work and the music do the talking. But for me personally... its Download, if we could be stood up on stage with even 5000 people screaming our lyrics back at us, then that would literally be life and the dream made. Of course there are other huge festivals like the Vans warped tour and Wacken, but having been to download for the past 5 years running, and seeing idols and heroes take to the stage... it does make you hungry to get up there and have your own time on those stages. Hmmm as for the rider.... a fair variety of food because we all enjoy eating but can never really agree on anything unless its KFC, lots and lots of alcohol- especially the Jack Daniels and that’s pretty much it, we really aren’t that fussy.

for lead guitar work I prefer to feel a solo and create emotion with it rather than go balls to the wall shred and be as technical as possible.

Question 9) Finally, what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from Bury the Traitor?

Hmmm over the coming months I’d say look out for new material at gigs, shows further and farther afield, maybe even the odd new single drop here and there. New runs of merch as we are currently selling our first batch of t-shirts we have and they are going fast! But other than that, you will have to keep up to speed with us on Instagram and Facebook. 

You can follow the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/BuryTheTraitorUK/?fref=ts

You can follow the band on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bttofficial/ 

You can purchase their debut EP anchored from iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/anchored-ep/id1141095516

You can listen to their debut EP anchored on spotify here: https://play.spotify.com/artist/1uH6Hf72eyZsc3VDqwEAxh 

 

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Phase Blue Interview.

Out of the blue.

Phase Blue are a five piece alternative rock back hailing from Norwich, UK. The band consists of Ryan Soanes (Vocals), Ellie Fennell (Guitar), Chris Knee (Guitar), Sam Hemp (Bass) and Liam Houston (Drums).

Phase Blue may be a relatively young band, forming in September 2015, but 2016 is shaping up to be massive for them. They have recently released a demo version of their debut track "Save Me" and written and nearly finished recording their debut EP. I recently talked to the band about their debut EP, the writing and recording process, their music and their ambition...

 

Question 1) After forming back in September 2015, You (Phase Blue) wasted no time! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and wrote and recorded your first track “Save Me” within only a few months. As a relatively new band how are you finding the writing and recording process for your debut EP? Is it easier or harder than you expected when you first started up?

We had a different line-up in September, which means different writing styles having an input for Save Me compared to our other songs. We brought Chris in at the start of January and this is when we wrote the majority of our songs. We find it hard to try and write to a style as we still want the songs to seem different, with a coherent sound between them all. We have a mixture of heavy and light songs, with some of us preferring the heavier side and some the lighter. We are able to bounce off each other with different ideas and come at songs with a different perspective from each other. All in all, it's been far easier than we expected as we all work well together which helps compliment each other's writing.

Question 2) How did Phase Blue come into existence and whose idea was it to start the band and start creating music?

Liam and Ellie have known each other since middle school and created a school band together. Since then they have jammed regularly, but were never able to find a singer. Liam put an ad online and Ryan answered it and also brought in a bassist. We met up for a first practice and began to write ‘Save Me’. A few months later we decided to record a demo of it to put out online to see what kind of response we would receive. The feedback was all positive, and so we decided to bring in a new guitarist, Chris to help us create more songs. In the first practice with Chris, we had two more new originals down and we were excited to keep writing more. Our bassist decided to leave to pursue his other band and we were lucky enough that Sam was looking to join a band. With the addition of Sam, we also gained a backing vocalist which helped expand our sound.

Question 3) Phase Blue are currently in the process of recording your debut EP. How are you finding the experience of being in a recording studio and finally getting to record the tracks you have worked so long on?

Recording the songs was a very relieving experience because we’ve had these songs written for a while and now we finally had the chance to make them sound bigger than we could ever expect and get the chance to show them to other people.  

Question 4) Are there any details you can share with us about the debut EP? Are the songs in a similar vein and style to “Save Me”?

We have five songs on the EP, including Save Me. There are three which are alternative rock/heavy rock and two which are more pop-punk style. It’s quite a diverse range of sounds but they all tie in together. There’s something for fans of alternative/heavy rock and pop-punk in one EP.

Question 5) Your previous single shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. “Save Me” has a massive anthem feels about it and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs as well as stadium sized mosh pits! Ambition is clear from the band and from your work but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

We all have an ambition for making music and sharing it, we want to be able to do what we love doing and being able to showcase it to as many people as possible.

Question 6) As Phase Blue are a relatively new band, and If the reader hasn’t heard of Phase Blue before how would you describe yourself and your music? Who are the band's main influences musically?

Phase Blue’s sound is powerful, catchy, energetic and meaning alternative / pop-punk rock. We have a wide range of influences ranging from Paramore, Escape The Fate, Rise Against, Don Broco and Enter Shikari. So if you fancy dancing around and moshing, we’re the band for you!

Question 7) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “Save Me” is a massive 6 minute plus monster of a song with breakdowns, screams and amazing production quality. The track includes powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work for a band at the very beginning of your career. Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

The writing of Save Me was just a natural process that came along, it was made with the idea of suspense while having catchy & powerful chorus’. If you think it sounds good now, we have re-recorded for the EP and it sounds even bigger! Make sure you keep an eye out for it.

Question 8) For a band so early in their career you have already toured across a large part of the country. How are you finding the touring schedule for the band and where has been your favourite place to play so far?

London O2 Islington was absolutely amazing to play. We played with a local band Wicked Faith who were headlining (who absolutely killed it) and they couldn’t have been nicer! The sound engineer was fantastic and the crowd were really responsive and energetic which made it all the more fun!

Question 9) After listening to “Save Me” let’s be honest it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Phase Blue’s band rider consist of?

We would love to headline Reading & Leeds Festival. Liam and Ellie used to go every year to Reading so it would be insane to get to go one day and actually play. The main stage has a huge atmosphere around it and the crowds are always so full of energy and really get into it. Our rider would definitely consist of Boost chocolate bars, and Strongbow dark fruits. Without those we don’t think we would be able to function as a band!

Question 10) Finally, what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from Phase Blue?


We have just finished recording our EP at Crystal Sound Studios and are so excited to hear the final product. What we have heard so far has exceeded our expectations so we really can’t wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime, we will be playing more gigs and getting ourselves out there as much as possible as well as planning for the EP release.

massive thanks for the band for taking the time to answer my questions.

You can follow the band on social media:

@PhaseBlueBand (Twitter)

https://www.facebook.com/PhaseBlueOfficial (Facebook)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK1J6kykGosuklRjVPtU1Dw (YouTube)

https://phaseblue.bandcamp.com (BandCamp)

 

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Bohemian grove interview.

demons.

 

Bohemian Grove are an extremely heavy six piece "death-core" band with electronic influences. They were formed in 2013 and began in York, UK. The band consist of Spencer Costello (Vocals), Rich Robertson (Guitar), Jonny Lang (Guitar), Craig Gordon (Bass), Ryan Thackwray (Drums) and Paul Key (Synth).

Bohemian Grove have recently returned from an intense tour with Silent Screams which took the band all over the country, released a music video for their latest single "Demons" and are now hard at work in the studio working on their debut album "Hollow". I recently talked to their guitarist Rich Robertson about their debut album, their latest music video and their ambition...

Question 1) After forming back in 2013, You (Bohemian Grove) wasted no time! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and wrote and recorded two EP’s within the first year of setting up the band. Both “Eternal Ruin” and “Silence Of Decay” were released in 2014. Was the writing and recording process easier than you expected when you first started up? Or once the band formed did the ideas just begin to flow? 

To be honest, when we got the band together, Ryan (our drummer) and I had already written the majority of the music for Eternal Ruin so it was just a case of having Spencer write and record vocals for it. We recorded the music using our own gear at home and Spencer recorded vocals with the Graves Brothers who he knows well from being in ‘With One Last Breath’ so that process was pretty painless. Because Eternal Ruin was already in the bag before we’d even played a show we got to work with writing Silence of Decay basically straight away, again, recording it at home so no expensive/time restricting studio sessions to work with! 

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. Both “Eternal Ruin” and “Silence Of Decay” include powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work for a band at the very beginning of your career.  Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment so early? Or did that come naturally in the creation process? 

It came naturally in the creation process, absolutely. I’ve personally always written music that I like, rather than what I’d expect others to like. As well, I’ve never really set out any rules when writing for BG. I think we’re fortunate in the sense that we don’t sound a hell of a lot like a lot of other bands from the UK that fall into the same genre. 

Question 3) Elephant in the room are you named after that Bohemian Grove? If so can you explain to the UK readers who might not know the name what Bohemian Grove is and what allegedly happens there?

Haha no, we aren’t "named after" that Bohemian Grove. The concept of the Bohemian Grove highlights pretty much everything that is wrong with the way the world works today and the people in charge of it so, being a metal band, we gave ourselves that name in a metaphorical sense. A sort of f*** you to everything it represents.

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be another HUGE year for Bohemian Grove including the release of your new album “Hollow”. If the reader hasn’t heard of Bohemian Grove before how would you describe yourself and your music? 

We aren’t a typical metal band, that’s for sure. We’re not the type of band you’ll see playing the same bars and venues to the same crowds week in week out and you won’t see another show announcement from us every other day. We spent a lot of time doing that at first and got our name out there a bit but these days we’re all working full time and have other commitments so we go for quality, not quantity if that makes sense. When we do make appearances, we like to make it count!

We most commonly get labelled as ‘Deathcore’ which is fine but there’s definitely a prominent electronic edge to the music too which sets up apart from that genre to a certain extent. We don’t follow the usual ‘metal by numbers’ song-writing structure you’ll hear so many bands use these days but we do still write to be accessible and not too ‘niche’ if you get me.

Question 5) It has been just a few months since the release of the single “Demons”. However, fans don’t have to wait long for new music. Your new album “Hollow” is set for a 2016 release. What can you tell us of the upcoming album? Are there any stylistic changes to the previous E. P’s?

Well the album is gonna be our first full-length record and it represents everything we’ve been through as a band since our last release in September 2014 (which is quite a long time for a band of our size). It’s a much more concentrated dose of BG as we’ve spent a lot of time defining our sound, making the instrumentation more exiting and delivering some of the most crushing vocal performances you’ll have heard for a long time. With it being over ten tracks long we’ve had more room to experiment and put out a record that gives you a taste of everything we’re about. It’s gonna be released Autumn this year.

Question 6) All of your previous work shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. Many of your songs have massive vocals and sounds that could easily inspire stadium sized mosh pits and walls of deaths. Ambition oozes from your work but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

We’re in it for the long haul, yeah. As I mentioned, we’re all about quality rather than quantity. We’ve been lucky enough recently to have become involved with a really great management company and record label (Scarim Management, DuckPhone Records) who are really helping us get our new music out there and are securing amazing opportunities for us. With them behind us we’ll be giving it absolutely everything until we’re selling records into the tens-of-thousands, touring with the big-guns and generally dominating the globe haha!

Question 7) 2016 also saw the release of the music video for your single “Demons”. An amazing video with amazing cinematography. What was the experience of shooting the music video like for you all? Are shooting videos something you all enjoy?

To be honest that video was completely different to any others we’ve ever shot. We’re used to all getting together in a room and performing the song 10+ times in a row while being filmed from different perspectives to capture all the footage. This time, because we wanted a slightly different feel to the video, we shot it on an individual basis whereby we were each filmed separately. Again, because we did it all ourselves, this meant individual filming sessions in a studio spanning over the course of about a week of evenings which is inherently much more time consuming than shooting it all in one day! Overall though, filming is always a great laugh and we’re lucky enough to be able to film & edit them all ourselves via Paul, our own synth guy/all-round technical and creative mastermind. 

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect for Bohemian Grove as your guitar playalong’s on your Youtube channel show. it’s obvious you and your fans have a good connection. Do you feel having a good connection with your fans is a key part of a successful band?

Absolutely, without all the support and recognition of our fans we wouldn’t have done the things we’ve been able to do as a band so far, especially at the beginning. It’s our fans that make every show we play so rewarding and it’s our fans we have to thank for getting us to where we are at the moment so if you’re a fan and you’re reading this, thank you! 

Question 9) You have toured with many big bands in the past such as “Silent Screams” and it’s only a matter of time until you hit the metal big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the Bohemian Grove band rider consist of?

Well I suppose the obvious answer, being from the UK, is a headline slot at Download but personally I’d love to do a US festival like South-by-so-What. I think our style is more similar to a lot of American bands rather than the UK ones in the same scene so it would be great to get out there. Our band rider would have to consist several bottles of Buckfast, a number of Service Station-style English Breakfasts and a hell of a lot of Volterol. 

Question 10) With the release of “Hollow” set for later this year what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from Bohemian Grove?

We’ll be releasing another single/video in the coming month or two (it’s being filmed this weekend) and when we release Hollow we will be giving it everything to promote that record as much as we can. A European tour has our sights firmly set on it at the moment hopefully you’ll be seeing something to that effect being announced on our social media pages sooner rather than later!

Massive thanks to rich from bohemian grove for taking the time to answer my questions.

You can check out their music here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/demons-single/id1110705495 (iTunes)

https://play.spotify.com/album/1gZIrl9IhCHAXrVBu8SUY4?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open (Spotify)

You can follow Bohemian Grove on social media here:

https://www.facebook.com/BohemianGroveUK/ (Facebook)

bohemiangrove_uk (Instagram)

ukbohemiangrove (Twitter)

ukbohemiangrove (Snapchat)

You can check out their music video for “Demons” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bfm4tCTZ_I&feature=youtu.be (Youtube)

You can check out their EP “Silence Of Decay” here:

https://bohemiangroveuk.bandcamp.com/album/silence-of-decay-ep (BandCamp)

You can check out their EP “Eternal Ruin” here:

https://bohemiangroveuk.bandcamp.com/album/eternal-ruinhttps://bohemiangroveuk.bandcamp.com/album/eternal-ruin (BandCamp)

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Banshee Interview.

The Secret's out.

Banshee are an alternative, electronic, rock band hailing from Greenock, Central Scotland. The band consists of Erin Donnachie (vocals), Gavin Williams (Guitar) Gianluca Demelas (Drums) and Liam Walker (Bass). 

After a string of amazing live performances and playing at Download Festival the band recently released their latest E.P "Say My Name" on March 25th 2016. The E.P, which also has a music video for the title track, includes powerful vocals, amazing guitar work, intense drums, and deep bass all with masterful electronic influences.

I recently talked to the band about their newest E.P, playing Download Festival and their amazing music.

Question 1) This interview is taking place just a few months since the release of your newest E.P “Say My Name”. How has the last few months been for you all? Is it a good feeling to finally get your music out to the fans?

The last few months have been great thanks, “Say My Name” grabbed the attention of fans who had perhaps forgotten about us after a quiet few months, and also brought in a lot of new listeners. It took some time to pull the release and changes to the band together, however we’re hoping that it was worth the wait.

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “Say My Name” includes immensely powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of BANSHEE the band to always to push the boundaries of the alternative rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

There was nothing natural about how “Say My Name” (our single) came to us! We started the song over a year before it was even recorded, but none of us could agree on how it should sound. Like you said, we had a change in sound that even we weren’t sure of how to approach. That particular song sat for some time and once we went back to it after months of writing and gigging we had fresh ideas and the finished product is great. Well, we think so. We’ve always found that our style has been a bit different to other bands that we have played shows with or even bands that we love. Pushing boundaries is what everyone in this industry strives for, and if you think we’re doing that then great!

Question 3) Do you find it difficult being a female-fronted rock band in a male dominated industry? Do you have any words of advice for young female singers who are looking to start a rock band?

There have never been any challenges that we have faced having a female singer that have come to mind. The music industry is predominantly male yeah. However, I think in this day and age girls don’t feel threatened by that or really even think about it.

As for words of advice, Erin: “Before I joined the band it was never something that I had thought of doing, and when the offer was put to me I was really unsure. But now looking back on everything that we have achieved as a band, how much fun we have and the lifelong friends I have made I would fully encourage anyone who thinks that they would like to try it, or it’s something that they have dreamed of doing to go for it.”

Question 4) “Say My Name” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. Many of the songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and comes through clearly in the E.P, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

World domination is the dream, but we know is a hard graft. We’re going to keep writing away, playing gigs and with a bit of luck make a living from it. We’re all friends and working with some of your best pals and knowing that this could be something that you could do for a long time drives you to succeed, not only for yourself but for them.

Question 5) Banshee hit the mecca of what it means to be a rock band in the UK by playing Download Festival. How was that experience for you all? I was going to ask if the it rained and how this affected you but... you’re from Scotland so...

Fortunately, the only rain that hit us at Download was the day we were playing, and even more fortunately we were playing in a tent – score! The Download experience was incredible! We were just this little band from a small town who were a part of this massive festival and it completely exceeded our expectations. Erin was the most nervous on the day, and of course as soon as she ran on stage Liam hit her with his bass! To this day we’re unsure if anyone actually noticed but she certainly did. From the minute that the first chord was played we had an absolute blast. The crowd were amazing and after all of the nerves, practice and anticipation it was all over too fast.

Question 6) If people have never heard of the band (Banshee) how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live?

Banshee is the product of 4 friends from a small town outside Glasgow who are hardworking and ambitious, constantly striving to break out from the crowd. Our music is for those who love the likes of Bring me the Horizon, Pvris and Arcane Roots that infuses big vocals, electronic sounds and rock to make the outfit that is Banshee.

Question 7) You guys have played with some massive bands in the past such as Marmozets and the unfortunately recently disbanded Fearless Vampire Killers. Where has been your favourite place you have toured? What is they craziest thing to happen at a Banshee show?

Our recent gig at Brew at the Bog festival in Inverness last month was honestly one of our favourite shows to date. The festival itself is amazing, a great platform for bands like us situated in such a cool venue. We first played last year and this year was even better, busier and louder! At that particular festival later in the evening, Gavin decided (after a few drinks) that crowd surfing was a great idea. It was amazing up until he fell and kicked a girl in the face…oops, and if you’re reading this sorry.

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect of Banshee as we can see with your regular social media updates and interactions with fans. Do you find regular fan interaction makes the band feel closer to the fans and is there anything you would like to say to them?

 We love fan interaction, it’s what keeps you going. There’s no better feeling than the post show notifications of people tagging you in their photos from the night with words along the lines of how they enjoyed the show, the reviews from bloggers bigging up your performance and even trying to make your way to the dressing room but you’re stopped so many times by fans that it takes you an inordinate amount of time to get there. So thank you for ever photo, tweet, download and share of anything that we have ever posted. You all are the reason that we keep going and the reason that we have got to where we are today.

Question 9) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Banshee’s band rider consist of?

We’ve got to say that headlining Reading and Leeds would be incredible as they always have such a strong line up, this year included. On a slightly smaller scale, we’d love to play 2000Trees as it’s such a cool festival which plays all of our favourite bands like Arcane Roots and Black Peaks. Ok, our rider would consist of a lot of booze – we’re Scottish so it’s only natural. Plenty of gin, Jack Daniels, the dangerous drink that is Dragon Soop – if you’re not sure of what that is it’s a vodka energy drink which is delicious but fuels a dreadful hangover! Gianluca said that he would need a bottle of Buckfast – keeping it classy – a barber and tattoo artist to look fresh on stage. Gav would need some fish and chips and the latest episode of Corrie haha! We would add more but we’re currently looking like massive divas.

Question 10) With a recent tour (which is still ongoing) and the release of your EP in the last 12 months, what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from Banshee?

Next for us is the release of our new single which is called “Starts with One” which we’ve just finished! So watch out for our new video and single release that will be with you shortly.

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Milestones Interview.

A Shot in the dark worth taking.

Milestones are an alternative, pop punk band based out of Manchester, England. They consist of Matt Clarke (Vocals), Drew Procter (Guitar), Mark Threlfall (Bass), Andy Makin (Drums) and Eden Leviston (Guitar).

After recently signing with Fearless Records, the band released their debut E.P "Equal Measures" on 08th July 2016. The album was produced by Phil Gornell who has worked with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low and Set Your Goals.

I recently talked to Andy Makin, the drummer from the band, about their debut E.P, their music, and their newfound success.

 

Question 1) This interview is taking place just over a week since the release of your debut E.P “Equal Measures” how have you found the last week?

The reaction to Equal Measures so far has been overwhelming, release week is usually a stressful time but it’s been super positive!

Question 2) “Equal Measures” is an amazing E.P. I reviewed it on the website and gave it a 4.5/5. The sheer amount of energy and emotion in the album is insane. Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment so early in your career? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

Thank you for the kind words! When the E.P was being written, we just wanted to write songs with substance - and naturally in the creative process we always want to make the end product the best it can be, so it definitely was our intention to put out a debut E.P which people haven't heard a million times before. I think it’s important to do something different.

Question 3) It’s No understatement to say you guys are having a HUGE year! First your debut album “Equal Measures” was released just over a week ago and now your headed out on a massive UK tour. Are you excited to play the E.P for the fans? Where are you looking forward to playing?

We are looking forward to every show in one way or another! We appreciate everyone who comes out and pays attention to our band, but the next couple of tours are even more exciting due to the amount of new fans the E.P has brought us.

Question 4) “Equal Measures “was produced by Phil Gornell who has worked with some massive bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low and Set Your Goals. Was it his decision to put the MASSIVE amount of emotion in the E.P? I hope so! Hopefully so much lost love hasn’t happened to you guys.

Ultimately it was our decision on all of the things we wanted to express with our E.P, but I think Phil had a good ear for what worked the best and he pushed that element of our sound. On this release it was about wanting people to relate to what our music is, which is passionate and raw. Phil also brought an outside view which always helps when you're writing music which is very close to you. Sometimes you need a different perspective.

Question 5) “Equal Measures” shows massive ambition for a debut album. Many of the songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium singalongs as well as stadium sized pop punk mosh pits! Ambition emanates from the album but what is the scale of ambition for the band? You guys are already on the path but are you genuinely going to take over the world?

Since day one, our ambition is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. We all have personal goals such as bands we would like to tour with or venues we would love to play; lots of them could be considered ambitious, but I believe in our music enough to say that anything is possible and we will always work hard to make things happen. 

Question 6) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice right now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Milestones band rider consist of? 

My choice on the festivals question would be Glastonbury! It is arguably the biggest and most known festival in the world and it just seems like a very special place. As for the rider, we are all pretty easily pleased! If we were headlining Glastonbury though I think some funny requests would have to be made just to test them. Right now a solid rider would consist of water/beer/wine, humus, fruit, clean towels and a hot shower each.

Question 7) “Equal Measures” has been around for a while now in one shape or form. The E.P was released back in 2014 with a different track list from an was released independently by yourselves. Why the change to the E.P and re-release it?

Some of the tracks on the original form of this E.P were written when we had been trying to find our feet as a band and figure out what we wanted to do, so to give people a true representation of our sound we went away and re-worked the track list, added new songs and remastered it. Equal Measures is almost a completely different record to the one we released independently.

Question 8) Pop punk seems to have faded from the general music mainstream in the last few years and you have been touted as the new flag bearers for the genre. What is the most punk things you have ever done? Or the most pop?

Our bass player Mark always manages to talk his way out of stuff, most notably parking tickets; that’s pretty punk right!?

Question 9) Fans are a huge aspect of Milestones as we can see with your regular Facebook posts and interactions with fans. Do you feel having a good connection with your fans is a key part of your success? Is there anything you would like to say to them?

They are the reason that we exist as a band and we always want to keep a close connection with everyone who supports us, and I do think a good connection with our fan base has been a big part of why we have achieved what we have so far. For anyone who is a fan of ours who is reading this then please keep supporting what we do, keep coming to shows and listening to our music because that’s what this is all about.

Question 10) Finally, after 2016 has been such an amazing year for the band, how do you follow that up? What is next for Milestones and what can we expect over the coming months from the band?

We’re going to follow up 2016 with an even bigger 2017! We always aim to keep progressing. You can expect to see Milestones out on the road for the rest of the year.

 

Massive thanks to the band and their press department for making this interview possible.

 

You can buy tickets for their upcoming tour dates on the band’s official website here:

http://milestonesband.co.uk/ (Milestones Website)

You can follow the band on social media here:

https://www.facebook.com/MilestonesUK/ (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/ukmilestones?lang=en-gb (Twitter)

https://www.instagram.com/ukmilestones/ (Instagram)

You can listen to the band’s amazing debut EP “Equal Measures” here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/equal-measures-ep/id1120426009 (iTunes)

https://play.spotify.com/artist/25AJmme9cOUgoVXKjXMNjV (Spotify)

You can check out my review of the debut EP “Equal Measures” here:

http://www.echionmusic.co.uk/reviews/#/milestones-equal-measures-ep-review-1/ (Echion Music) 

 

 

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Lacey Interview.

Hometown heroes.

Lacey are an alternative rock band hailing from Nottingham UK. The band consists of Graham Turner (lead vocals and bass), Josh Lewin (guitar and vocals), Pete Maksymiw (guitar), David Pearson (drums and vocals).

Lacey were formed in 2011 and have been creating an insane amount of music ever since. I recently talked to their Drummer Dave after their latest E.P release, 'I Don't Owe The World A Thing'  to talk about their music, their schedule, touring with Bowling For Soup and football...

Question 1) After forming back in late 2010, You (Lacey) you wasted no time! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and wrote and recorded two EP’s within the first year of setting up the band. The aptly named “What Use Is Wasting Time” and “Chapters” were both released in 2012. Was the writing and recording process easier than you expected when you first started up? Or once the band formed did the ideas just begin to flow?

Wow you've done your homework! Back when we started we actually made a conscious decision to write for at least a year before we went and recorded anything. We've all been in bands before and it's really easy to get swept up in the excitement of songs coming together, but it takes time to get over the politeness of being in a new band - it's really important to be able to be critical of yourself and each other to get the best out of a song, and in a new band that takes a bit of time, it's all very courteous. So yeah, we really just wanted to knock out the first few 'new band' songs and find our feet so there was consistency. I listened to that first EP for the first time in years the other day, it sounds like old Get Up Kids and Taking Back Sunday demos, like with all the call and response stuff and it being all frantic, which I love, because they're both a collective influence for us and I think even now you can still hear bits of it in our newer work, so we've stuck to our roots as we've grown.

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. Both “What Use Is Wasting Time” and “Chapters” include powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work for a band at the very beginning of you career.  Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

It was all really natural as we were still finding our sound. What I like about those first two EP's is that nothing was 'considered' or 'we should do this or that', and not that our newer stuff is, but there's so much in them that we hear now and say 'that part is so fucking ridiculous, why did we put that in?! Actually, it sounds awesome!' There's a song on Chapters called 'A Question of Etiquette' - I remember jamming that at rehearsal, and just for a laugh I put like 4-bar drum fills all over it, and I remember Graz going 'YES Dave! Put that on everything!' so that song is literally just one continuous drum fill. It's silly really, but I like it because it isn't for anyone other than us, and we thought that was cool (it's not - it's way too many drum fills!) 

Over the years we've been lucky enough to have input and guidance from some really good, influential people, and the jist of all of it has been that when you're writing music you have to serve the song. Everything has to bring something to the song. 4-bar drum fills or guitar solos probably don't do that, so we've reigned it in over the years - but that's more to do with us growing as songwriters. That's not to say that we don't try to be different or take risks, I think we just try to think of more creative ways of making something sound interesting dynamically rather than excessive. 

Question 3) As self-proclaimed “football lovers” what was your take on England’s 2016 Euro campaign? Do you think your old 5-a-side team would have actually beaten Iceland?

Man, it was terrible wasn't it. I think England knew that though, you could tell after that game that they were embarrassed and aware of how bad it was. They just looked like strangers. I think the way Ireland and Wales fought for every result was a fine example to England. The English probably expect results based on their individual ability, and there's so much of that, but they just can't play together. Hopefully it'll be a kick up the arse. There was just no team spirit. Iceland were great though, what a story - I wouldn't begrudge them that win as they showed all the heart in that game. Our 5-a-side team was really, really bad, I doubt we'd have beaten Iceland, but we'd have probably given that England team a bloody good game. 

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be another HUGE year for Lacey including the release of your newest E.P “I Don’t Owe The World A Thing”. If the reader hasn’t heard of Lacey before how would you describe yourself and your music?

2016 has been nuts so far, with the EP, the Bowling for Soup tour in February which was amazing and the up-coming Motion City Soundtrack farewell tour - it's been amazing, it's great to see things progressing. 

In a nutshell we're a four-piece alternative rock band. We're all about big choruses and hooks, and I guess lately - enough melancholy to tug on your heart strings but enough drive to keep you tapping along. 

Question 5) It has been just over five months since the release of the latest ep “I Don’t Owe The World A Thing”. However, fans probably won’t have to wait long for new music. Your musical output is genuinely amazing and commendable. Do you actually have time for anything else? Aren’t you afraid of burning yourselves out?

We don't expect success to come to us by any other means than hard graft, so we are always working on this band, whether it's writing or meeting to outline what we want to do next or booking shows or creating graphics and videos and merch in my case, we all have a role within the band outside of what instrument we play, and we've become a well-oiled machine. You can't stand still. We've always tried to keep momentum up with writing, because we know that we're constantly developing as songwriters and our sound is always evolving. If we take too long off to just rehearse the existing stuff for tours or whatever then we can get a little bit jaded with it, so having new stuff keeps it all interesting and keeps us creative, and more often than not it affects how we approach our existing songs too and we find ourselves making changes to them. We're not sure when we'll have something new out again, but we do know it has to be the best work we've ever done, nothing less will do, so we're prepared to take our time over it to get it right. We're not going to rush it. 

Question 6) All of your previous work shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. Many of your songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition oozes from your work but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

Ah thanks man! Very kind of you to say so. We actually played an arena once, I can't say it felt uncomfortable so we'd happily go back! We are ambitious, I think we all know what we want out of this and knowing our goals helps us work together to get there. All we really want is to be able to sustain ourselves doing this - touring, writing and recording and basically getting our name out there by playing as many places as we can. We love doing this, I am always blown away whenever we play hundreds of miles from home and there are strangers singing our songs back to us, and I'll never get used to it. There's no feeling like it. World domination sounds good to us. 

Question 7) 2016 also saw the release of the music video for your single “Shadow”. A beautiful video with amazing cinematography. What was the experience of shooting the music video like for you all? Are shooting videos something you all enjoy?

It's a real mix shooting videos because it's essentially miming over and over and over again to your own song, so it can be exhausting and a lot of work, but the result is always worth it. Shadow was great, the Burning Chariot crew in Wales really took care of us, they knew exactly what they were doing which makes it easier for us. I love the whole True Detective feel of that video. 

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect of Lacey. From simple regular Facebook updates for the fans to the fact that fans funded your first full album “Under The Brightest Lights” it’s obvious you and your fans have a good connection. Do you feel having a good connection with your fans is a key part of a successful band?

It sounds like a cliché but we would be nothing without our fans, so yeah I'd absolutely say that you need to have a good connection with fans to make things happen because they are the people who make it happen. They give us a platform to keep doing this. Our fans are so tenacious and loyal as well, forever spreading the word about us to their friends and sharing everything we do far and wide. It kind of validates what we do as well, the fact that these people react so strongly to stuff and get behind us, it just confirms to us that we're doing the right thing - it's always amazing to us to see people singing along or wearing a shirt or even getting tattoos of lyrics or Lacey graphics, we never imagined it being like that. The Pledge thing was unreal, we were optimistic with the campaign, but people literally invested in our music and what we're doing. It was really humbling for the four of us. 

Question 9) You have toured with many big bands in the past such as “Bowling For Soup” and it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Lacey’s band rider consist of? 

Haha, well fingers crossed. I think Reading & Leeds is like the Holy Grail for bands like us. We all grew up going to Leeds Festival, so it'd be amazing to do that one day. If you can get on that bill you know you're doing the right thing. 

People always ask us about our rider I don't know if we have a diva-ish look to us or something, we honestly don't ask for much. Just water and a couple of beers for after the show usually - we're just not very rock and roll. Who knows, if things blow up maybe we'll add white lilies and swans to our rider like Mariah Carey does. Or puppies to play with. If we had puppies on our rider we'd never make it on stage. 

Our fans always bring us stuff, we get a lot of Maoam because I said I liked it in an interview once, Pete HATES it, he loves chocolate but he never gets it, which is hilarious. Haribo is always a safe bet!

Question 10) As you sing in the amazing track “The Last Time” off of your debut album, “This won’t be the last time”, so what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from Lacey?

We'll be putting out another video for a track from the last EP pretty soon, then we've got the Motion City Soundtrack Farewell tour in August. We can't wait for that, they're one of my all-time favourite bands so it's a dream come true for me to be part of their big send-off, and some of our favourite UK bands are also on the bill - The Xcerts and Dinosaur Pile Up, who are both absolutely incredible. We can't wait to watch them every night. Those shows are bound to sell out so people should get tickets fast and get down early to catch our set!

After that we've got a show with our pals Bowling For Soup in Dublin which will be amazing, we love those guys. We'll have some other stuff to announce shortly too. Like I said, we're working really hard on writing a lot at the minute, so we'll see what that turns into. Ideally we're talking about a second album. Stay tuned for that. 

Massive thanks for the band for taking the time out of touring to speak with me.

You can check out thier latest E.P "I Don't Owe The World A Thing" here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-dont-owe-the-world-a-thing-ep/id1061352567  (iTunes)

https://play.spotify.com/album/6cA6bgmcO4TncKsOyJG7Ab (Spotify)

You can follow them on social media here:

https://www.facebook.com/Laceyofficialuk/  (Facebook)

@laceyofficialuk,  (Twitter)

@joshmagiclacey, (Twitter)

@DaveLaceyPTS, (Twitter)

@Graz_Lacey, (Twitter)

@Pete__Lacey (Twitter)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqB3xu65NzdZMcwuXbVaaWA (Youtube)

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The Everlaine Interview.

Shooting stars.

The Everlaine are a female-fronted rock band hailing from Norwich. Formed in 2014. The band consists of Ellie - Vocals, Ryan - Guitar, Charlie - Bass, Tom - Drums/ Vocals.

In 2015 The Everlaine recorded and released their first E.P "The Secret's Out" which was recorded at Steel City Studio in Sheffield. With fast, powerful, emotional music and beautiful vocals The Everlaine are on the brink of making it in the big time.. I catch up with them on the eve of the release of their first ever music video for "I Am a Fighter" to talk about the band, their music and what the future holds...

Question 1) After forming back in 2014, You (The Everlaine) exploded onto the UK Indie/Alternative scene in 2015 with your very ambitious first ep “The Secret’s Out”. How did the band come into being and who’s idea was the creation of the band?

Charlie, Tom and I (Ell) used to be in a band before The Everlaine. We were called April’s Ghost and were a similar style to what we do now. Things didn’t work out and we eventually ended up without a guitarist. The three of us weren’t ready to give up the music scene just yet and so we started trying out a few guitarists but none of them really seemed to fit with us. Eventually we found Ryan who wasn’t just a great guitarist with similar music tastes, he also seemed to click with us. We actually ended up writing a song together on our first proper band practice and that’s when The Everlaine was formed.

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “The Secret’s Out” includes powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work for a band so early in your career.  Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

We like to think we are very ambitious people! We weren’t happy with creating just run of the mill music and so there are countless songs that we worked hard to get to a standard ready to record before deciding to drop them and work on something better. The four of us have very different favourite sub-genres of rock and alternative music and so I think the combination of such a variety of influences has helped us to create our own style. Ultimately if we, as a band, don’t like the songs then we won’t play them.

Question 3) Do you find it difficult being a female-fronted rock band in a male dominated industry? And do you have any words of advice for young female singers who are looking to start a rock band?

It’s true that it is a very male-dominated industry and there are obviously pros and cons being a female singer. On the one hand, we are often compared to Paramore and Evanescence purely because we are a female fronted rock band, not because our music is similar. On the other hand, it helps us stand out and use it as a selling point. The main thing is to continue to to be ourselves and maintain our individuality. That would be the main advice I would give to any young female singers looking to get into the music industry.

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be a HUGE year for The Everlaine including the release of your first ever music video for the song “I Am a Fighter” which released on the 1st July 2016. What was the experience of shooting a music video like for you all? Was it as you expected or completely different?

This was the first music video we had all done on a large budget. We put months’ worth of graft into ensuring we had the right guy producing it (Tom at Forward) and the right venue (Savoir Faire) and I think that is had definitely paid off. It was an exceptionally long day and we all put so much hard work into it but the video was beyond what we could have anticipated in terms of style and quality and we are so proud to be able to say “this is our video”.

Question 5) It has been just over a year since the release of the first ep “The Secret’s Out”. However, fans don’t have to wait long for new music. The release of the “I Am a Fighter” single also brings with it a new song called “Mixtape”. What can you tell us of the creation of this song and why the wait for the single to release it?

Mixtape was a song that we wrote fairly early on in our life as The Everlaine. We originally had it penned as a huge, heavy song but it ended up being slightly forgotten as we chose the final 5 songs for our E.P. It was only recently that we decided to revisit the song. We changed it about so much and combined parts of the song with other songs we had abandoned (hence the title of the song). Eventually the song worked so well as an acoustic we decided to release it for free with the video for I am a Fighter.

Question 6) “The Secret’s Out” shows massive ambition for a first ep. Many of the songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition oozes from the ep but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

If we can! Realistically, we will keep doing this until we no longer find it fun. There is no point for us in selling out Wembley we don’t enjoy the band and aren’t proud of the music we are producing. However, if we continue to make music we enjoy to play we will keep pushing upwards until we cannot push anymore!

Question 7) If people have never heard of the band (The Everlaine) how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live?

We are a female-fronted rock band with influences from Biffy Clyro, You Me At Six and Don Broco. If you are looking for heavy but upbeat alternative songs with catchy riffs and melodic vocals you can sing along to like no one’s looking then we might just be the band you’re looking for. Finally, we try our best to keep such a good rapport with our fans. They really are the people who make us.

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect The Everlaine as we can see with your February VLOG thanking them for coming to see you perform. Do you feel having a good connection with your fans is a key part of your success?

We wouldn’t have anything if we didn’t have our fans. The biggest bands in the world would be nothing without their fans. For that reason, we try to give back as much as possible as often as possible. We met some really great fans on tour and we try our best to ensure that we give back to them to thank them for how they have helped us.

Question 9) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the Everlaine’s band rider consist of?

Both Tom and Charlie would love to headline Glastonbury whilst Ryan and I would love to headline Reading and Leeds. I’ve been loads of times to see some of my favourite bands so playing there would be a dream come true. Our rider would consist of beers all around! Tom would want wine gums and white chocolate Magnums, Ryan would want Milky Bar Buttons and copious mugs of tea, Charlie would want Haribo Cherries and Ben & Jerrie’s whilst I’m the savoury one in the band and could do with a few tubs of Pringles! 

Question 10) As you sing in the amazing track “So Much Better” off of your first E.P, “We’ve got a lot to live up to”, rest assured your first E.P lives up to every expectation but what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from The Everlaine?

We want to do some more touring. January’s tour was the most fun we have had as a band together and it was great to meet some really great people - both fans and other bands. We will keep writing songs and try to play as many shows as we can but then, who knows!?

Question 11) Finally, which is each of your favourite songs to play live and why?

Charlie and Tom’s favourite song to play live is I am a Fighter whereas Ryan’s favourite song to play live is Demons. From the E.P. my favourite live song is Embers because it has such powerful vocals but overall, my favourite song is one we haven’t yet recorded and only play live so you will have to come and watch us to find that one out!

 

Thanks to the band for taking the time to talk to me and making this possible.

You can listen to The Everlaine's first E.P "The Secret's Out" at:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/1dqeQqoMpBNJGMwIYRXYk2?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open  (Spotify)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-secrets-out-ep/id998525361  (iTunes)

You can follow them on social media:

@theeverlaine (Twitter)

@theeverlaine (Instagram)

theeverlaine (Tubmlr)

https://www.facebook.com/theeverlaine/  (Facebook)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwSscOEovBtSFnfKLlRFDmw (Youtube)

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Furian interview.

whats up?

Furian are an alternative, rock band established in 2014 hailing from Liverpool. They consist of Dan Martin-Hall - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Joe Strode - Guitar/Vocals, Abhi Tee - Bass/Vocals and Damien Campbell - Drums/Vocals.

After recently appearing on Kerrang! radio 2016 is quickly turning into something special for Liverpool's freshest alternative rockers Furian. With their newest single entitled "What's Up" getting air play on Kerrang! with an accompanying music video to match, i recently talked to the band about the future, their record label and how they could quite possibly be the hardest working rockers in the UK...

Question 1) After forming back in 2014, You (Furian) wasted no time! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and wrote and recorded your first EP within six months of setting up the band. The E.P We Aren’t Who We Are” was released in February 2015. Was the writing and recording process easier than you expected when you first started up? Or once the band formed did the ideas just begin to flow?

I guess it was like any other band who first get together really. We didn’t have any particular expectations. We just started throwing ideas about and got them down as demos. The difference with us was that we don’t really ever think in terms of what we’re supposed to sound like as a rock band so we didn’t feel the need to stray much from our original concepts. We just record what’s in our head and hope people like it as much as we do at the time! We think we’ve come a long way since then in finding out how we generally sound as a group of musicians so we’re just going to keep aiming for bigger and better in future songs and keep learning as much as we can! With that EP we were under no delusions and it was our first attempt writing together so we have kept it firmly under our belt as our first musical effort and are striving to improve with every track. Honestly I’d say we don’t really ever struggle to write (yet!). We’re full of ideas and every member of the band is a writer and a vocalist so that helps. The question is whether people will like them or not (laughs).

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “We Aren’t Who We Are” includes powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work for a band at the very beginning of you career.  Was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of what you could achieve and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

It’s definitely not a forced thing with us. Like I said we just throw ourselves at it. I think in Furian we all prefer music with purity as opposed to really contrived and overthought/overproduced sounds.  Don’t get us wrong we will listen to anything but I think we prefer the music that’s notably natural and so we’ve ‘chosen’ to go with the same process. Anything that’s on any of our records sort of just happens. We’d love if we were regarded as exciting and different! I don’t think any band would be upset to hear that and if we are then great. Thank you for thinking of us that way.

Question 3) For a band so early in their career you have already managed to have your very first headlining UK tour. How did you find that experience? Was it everything you were expecting?

It was hilarious. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that all of us will remember it as one of the best weeks of our lives. People can check out the documentary on Youtube on the Furian channel too. There’s something really great about just jumping in a van, not really knowing where the hell you’re going to sleep and getting to turn up and play to new people and make new friends. We were very lucky in that our first tour was a huge success. On average we only played to crowds of 25 people or so and one show was completely empty apart from the other band. But we played to that dead room like we were at Wembley for the hell of it and made it fun. Being a new UK band these days you definitely have to make the most of everything and remain positive. We consider ourselves very lucky that there was only one empty room on that tour. We made a lot of friends and that was our goal. There’s no point pretending we should be turning up to jam packed shows every night when we’re only 2 years old now so we made the most of it and were very happy throughout. 

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be another HUGE year for Furian, a large UK tour with Dear Sleeper and Canons as well as the music video for your upcoming single “What’s Up”. If the reader hasn’t heard of Furian before how would you describe yourself and your music?

This is always a tricky one to answer. We are definitely some kind of rock/post-hardcore band but we do cross over on a fair few things. It’s hard to describe because the one thing we do try to make a point of is making sure none of our songs sound the same. Our music is basically just wild riffs and melodic vocals with scream sections but not in a metalcore kind of way and then some softer efforts too. We aren’t afraid of going from Mudvayne to Paramore in the space of ten seconds and that’s probably our defining feature I suppose. We can tell you that ‘What’s Up’ is somewhere in the realms between Letlive and early Linkin Park musically. It’s a very dark and emotional song with an uplifting message. Difficult to pin down from inside the band though. An outside listener would probably give a more accurate description.

Question 5) It has been just over a year since your debut E.P “We Aren’t Who We Are”. However, you have hardly been taking a break. Nonstop touring as well as the creation and upkeep of PYAR records. Aren’t you afraid of burning yourselves out?

We don’t have time to be afraid. I think fear is what stops most bands succeeding. That or drama. We’re fortunate not to have either of those problems. Early on in our formation we all agreed that we can’t give up on this because it’s what we all want to do. We are permanently tired and we do face exhaustion on a regular basis but that’s the nature of the beast with being a musician in the modern world. Nobody is going to do this for us and we know that and if we fail we will always be able to look back and say that we gave it our best. That’s really important to us. If we weren’t doing what we were doing, then we’d be stuck in day-jobs forever and wouldn’t have the amazing friendships that we do. We all live in different parts of the UK so it’s very much a literal and metaphorical escape for us to channel our energy into Furian. We said we were going to go for it so this is our best shot. 

Question 6) Speaking of PYAR records I would like to say how refreshing it is to meet a record label that actually has the artist best interests at heart. The artists always come first and Its easy to see how passionate you are about others music as well as your own. How did the creation PYAR records come about? How does it compare to being an artist?

PYAR records is a self-release label that we drafted up to get our own music out there that turned into something bigger. We actually have our own studio and our own touring van and Dan is a music producer so we had a lot of the basics required to start a label. We also have a vast musical industry knowledge between us and we’re up on the other side of things so to speak and so we thought that we could use it to help other bands whilst expanding our own network. It seemed selfish to keep all our resources to ourselves. We wanted to create a win-win situation that would benefit everybody involved that supported a non-manufactured kind of music on a major label level someday. It’s a work in progress but it’s making positive steps. Unfortunately, it’s not something that can be rushed and it requires a lot of foundational graft. Definitely a separate issue from the artistry. That’s why bands have managers. Handling both sides is a bit of an insane move and we are fully aware of that but a change has to happen in UK music. We don’t like to wait for other people to do things for us, in fact, we don’t expect anything off anyone. We just work hard and hope people get on board. The label has the same ethos as the band. Work hard, be honest and look after people. There wasn’t a label there for us so we made one.

Question 7) All of your previous work shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. Many of your songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium singalongs as well as stadium sized mosh pits! Ambition oozes from your work but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

I think the only answer we could give for that is we hope so. Thank you for such supportive words! There has to be a degree of realism in being a UK musical outfit these days. There aren’t as many opportunities and there’s an increasing saturation to cut through because of the internet. Honestly it’s really hard to get people to care and it isn’t their fault. They just have so many things to look at already. We want to take this as far as we can go and as a group we all aim to diminish the things that could get in our way one by one. We really do give music everything we’ve got and we hope it pays off. In the future we hope to be playing festivals like download but we’ll always remain grounded and take things step by step. This isn’t a dig at any band in particular but I think a lot of bands jump the gun and start thinking they’re well known before they are and that can be a mistake which leads to huge disappointment and upset. We’re going to stay focused on hitting one goal at a time and enjoying every small victory. Music is about making connections and changing lives and that’s what our focus is ultimately. We will all feel very blessed on the day we can call this our living if that day ever comes.

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect of Furian. From simple regular Facebook updates for the fans to interactions at gigs and tours. It’s obvious that you and your fans have a good connection. Do you feel having a good connection with your fans is a key part of a successful band? Is there anything you would like to say to them?

Yeah! To everyone who supports us we’d like to say a very big thank you as you’d expect. Fans really are everything to a band. Without our fans we are nothing and we know that. There’s no point leading anything at all if nobody follows. As for connection – we hope every single person who has stood by us knows that they can regard us as friends. We aren’t interested in ego and trying to stand above everyone else. We want to stand next to them. That’s what this whole thing is. When we are on stage playing and people are having a good time we don’t feel like the focal point at all. The people partying are just an extension of what’s on stage and the whole scenario is like family gathering. That’s the real beauty of music. It can bring a group of people who barely know each other together and strengthen bonds between the ones who do know each other. Fans are our blood as a band and they do and always will mean the world to us. When we see people wearing our T-shirts and singing our lyrics back to us it really is the most surreal and unbelievable feeling. Thanks everybody.

Question 9) You have toured with many big bands in the past and it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would Furian’s band rider consist of?

I think it’d definitely be a festival like download or Rock-am ring. Our roots are in rock and metal and those two festivals are definitely the place to be where that’s concerned. Warped tour would be nice too. We wouldn’t mind nudging Mr Lyman to get us on a show. As for rider, we’d be happy with water honestly. But that’s no fun. Let’s get fancy. I’m going to pick one thing each for each band member so. Some spicy buffalo wings for Strodey, a huge jug of Taylor’s coffee for Abhi, a farmers cap for Damo so he doesn’t feel too far from Yorkshire and for me a crate of lipton ice tea to keep my singing in check. I don’t think we’d be very good at being privileged looking at those answers… (laughs)   

Question 10) Finally, what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from Furian?

Next up for us is our re-release for ‘What’s Up’ which is being premiered by our new friends over at Alt Corner. Then we have our second UK tour beginning on the 23rd July. If anyone wants tickets they can grab them via our Furian store which can be accessed via our Facebook menu. We’ve got two more songs in the bank that we’re due to release shortly after we return and recover from touring and from there we’ll just see what happens. Maybe some more music videos on the cards if we can scramble the cash together. Those things aren’t cheap. Thank you so much for taking the time to check our Furian and interviewing us. We really appreciate it.

Huge thanks to the band for taking the time to talk to me in their hectic schedule!

You can follow Furian on social media here:

https://twitter.com/FurianUK/ (Twitter)

https://www.facebook.com/furianmusic/ (Facebook)

https://www.instagram.com/furianuk/ (Instagram)

You can Check out their website here:

http://www.furian.co.uk/ (Official Website)

You can check out their music here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/FurianMusic/videos (YouTube)

https://play.spotify.com/artist/5rHhAs8Rhh2N6p5X3315fW (Spotify)

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/we-arent-who-we-are-ep/id959930798 (iTunes)

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After the departure interview.

Breaking the chains.

After The Departure are a  six piece Leeds based metalcore band. They consist of Phil Dearman: Vocals, Greg Forbes: Screams, Jordan Saggu: Guitar/Vocals, Tom Wiseman: Guitar, Ben Hewitt: Bass Luke Saggu: Drums/Vocals.

After forming in 2009 and exploding onto the local metal scene in 2012, with their first E.P "My Waking Hour" AFTER THE DEPARTURE are preparing to hit the mainstream with their new E.P. In this interview i talk to the band and get an insight into the Yorkshire metal scene, the ambition of their music, details on their upcoming E.P and if they are ready to hit the big time.

Question 1) After forming way back in 2009 you exploded into the Leeds metal scene in 2012 with your very ambitious first ep “My Waking Hour”. How did the band come into being and who’s idea was the creation of the band?

The band was a mutual creation between guitarist Jordan, drummer Luke and vocalist Greg. This started in high school, and eventually evolved into the band that became After The Departure. There were various role changes, such as Greg changing from a guitarist/vocal hybrid, to becoming just a vocalist due to the increasing complexity of the music. There were also member changes leading to this, as well as progressing from pop-punk into metal with the growing musical ability of the band.

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “My Waking Hour” includes a minute-long intro as well as a six and half minute epic album closer, was it the intention of the band to always to push the boundaries of metal music and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

We always wanted to be different and do something outside the status-quo. We all have vastly different tastes in music, ranging from Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins and Elton John, to much heavier bands such as Attila, Trivium and Meshuggah. Somehow, these influences compliment each other, and come together to form our music.

Question 3) The Yorkshire metal scene has gained massive momentum in the last few years with bands such as yourselves carving a way forward for metal music within the industry. What do you feel is the current landscape of the Leeds metal scene? Are you optimistic for the future of metal throughout Yorkshire?

Even with iconic venues shutting down, such as The Cockpit, Carpe Diem and Josephs Well, the Leeds metal scene is still going strong. Supported by venues including Key Club, Oporto and Eiger Studios, fans still have local venues to see their favourite bands. Leeds is also still the home of Slam Dunk Festival and Ghost Festival so we are very optimistic for the future, and very grateful to the venues, promoters and fans that keep the scene alive.

Question 4) “My Waking hour” shows massive ambition for a first ep, with pounding drums, shredding guitars, intense screams and melodic clean vocals. Many of the songs have massive anthems that could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition oozes from the ep but what is the scale of ambition for the band?

There isn’t one. We will take this as far as we can go. Next question.

Question 5) It has been 4 years since the first ep and the band has endured both a line-up changes as well as stylistic musical change. Are you confident going forward with the new style and what can you tell us of the new ep’s sound?  What differences are there from the first ep?

With the addition of Tom (lead guitar), Phil (singer) and Ben (bass) everything changed for the better. New injection of incredible talent can never be a bad thing. Tom, for his age, is one of the best guitarists around and the musical depth he adds to the guitar section is inspired. Phil brings a brilliantly soulful style of singing, with a range that could shatter glass and force bowel movements. Having played almost every instrument imaginable, but mainly focusing on drums, Bens bass is an excellent addition to the rhythm section.

Our sound has matured, and we are able to more accurately convey the intended message of each song. Stylistically, there isn’t an enormous change, however we have all improved immensely in our craft, and this definitely comes across in the new EP.

Question 6) Fans have had a long wait for new After the Depature music, when can they expect the new ep?

We’re currently working on our release strategy with our management. The new EP has been four years in the making, so we’re as eager to release it as you are to hear it! There will be a video released documenting our time in Steel City Studios sooner rather than later, so keep your eyes out for that!

Question 7) Videos you have posted on social media show the use of synth technology in your musical creation process. With any synth aspects appear on the new ep and how do you feel the new musical style will change your music?

We’ve always had an electronic influence in our music, however due to production limitations this was not possible on our first release. New equipment was also required to be able to implement this into our live show. Synths have always been treated as an embellishment on the core of our sound, and so it’s more of an enhancement of the music than a change to the music itself.

Question 8) Fans are a huge aspect for the After the Departure with regular studio updates and fan interaction. Next month you have a gig at Eiger studios opening for the Tech-Fest tour. Will the fans get a chance to hear new music? If so what can they expect?

The new music is well practice, so anything’s possible ;)

Question 9) You have toured all around the UK playing many locations with many bands. What are your favourite songs to play live? What are your craziest live experiences?

We love a song that gets people moving. The drop in ‘Searching’ certainly does that, and nothing beats the feeling of the venue moshing along with you. Also, ‘Pot The Black’ is a total sing-a-long song, and having the crowd scream the lyrics back to you feels pretty incredible.

In terms of crazy experiences, we’d like to plead the 5th.

Question 10) As you say in the intense track “Searching for a Soul” off of your first E.P, “The only way is forward” what is next for the band and what can we expect over the coming months from After the Departure?

With the backing of management, we have a complex release strategy, which involves lots of new experiences for us as a band. All we can say for now is that it’s exciting times ahead and we can’t wait to finally showcase our new material on a much bigger stage.

Massive thanks to the band for the interview!

You can follow them on social media here:

https://www.facebook.com/afterthedeparture/ (Facebook)

afterthed(Twitter)

afterthedeparture(Instagram)

You can listen to the band's music here:

www.soundcloud.com/afterthedeparture (SoundCloud)

www.youtube.com/afterthedeparture (YouTube)

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Grow a beard interview.

Born Again.

Grow A Beard are a metalcore band with Electronic Influences. They were formed in 2014 and they consist of:Evan Stanley – Scream vocals, Brandon Carson – Clean Vocals, Rhythm and lead guitar, Callum foster - Lead guitar and backing screams, Reece frost – Bass, Luke Tatlock – Drums.

2016 is set to be an exiting year for Grow A Beard. Lineup changes, crazy live shows and not to mention the release of their debut album "Incipience" make this the biggest year for the band so far. I recently talked to the band to talk about the album, their previous work, ambition and electronic devices...

Question 1) After forming back in 2014, You (Grow A Beard) wasted no time in writing and creating music! You set straight to work at writing and recording music and wrote and recorded your first E.P “Stand And Fight” within the first year of setting up the band. Was the writing and recording process easier than you expected when you first started up? Or once the band formed did the ideas just begin to flow?

Being a new young band on the scene, we thought it was important to give people a taste of what we were about and just get our music out there. The writing process of the songs and lyrics was relatively straightforward. At that point we had 4-5 songs that we knew had potential and so we spent the first 6 months or so working hard on them, while writing some material for the future as well. When we made the decision we wanted to then record these songs and release it as an EP, we were quite limited with means to record, being school and college students, we did not have the money or resources to record a 5 track EP. We ended up using what we had available at the time which was college equipment and went rather ghetto by using an old guitar hero mic to record the vocals. Things are definitely different this time round when it comes to the recording of our debut album!

Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. “Stand And Fight” includes powerful vocals, meaningful lyrics, deep bass, ambitious guitar work and experimental synth sections for a band at the very beginning of you career. Was it your intention when setting up the band to always to push the boundaries of what people expect from the metalcore scene you could achieve and experiment? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?

Seeing as we were a new band in what was, and still is an incredibly crowded North West Metalcore scene, we felt we needed something to separate ourselves from a lot of the bands on the scene at the time. We wanted to go for something that was new and fresh, something that combined both elements of heavy, aggressive breakdowns and riffs with aspects of European electronic trance music. We saw that a few other electronic metalcore bands at the time where using more American influenced pop synths in their songs, examples of this can be found in Attack Attack’s music, as well as Abandon All Ships etc. There is also some aspects of R’n B in the vocals to be heard. We basically wanted to incorporate a mixture of different influences so we had a lot to offer different people with different types of tastes.

Question 3) Unfortunately dues to costs the drums for “Stand And fight” were sampled and not recorded live? Do you feel this hindered the first album in any way? Are you excited for the new sound that can be achieved by the live drums that are currently being recorded for the new album?

The recording of our first EP was an awkward task as all members of the band were busy with either college or school work at the time, so we did what we could with what was available to us at the time, sadly that did mean we had to use programmed drums through logic. We of course felt it took a slight aspect of “liveness” so to speak, away from the EP but we think it's better to have the drums that we have than to not have any at all haha. However, we are super excited for the release of our upcoming album “Incipience”. It's going to be a huge step up in regards to that we have drums tracked by our drummer, Luke. We will be using A Roland TD15K as a midi trigger to track the drums for “Incipience”.

Question 4) 2016 is shaping up to be a HUGE year for Grow a Beard including the possible release of new music. If the reader hasn’t heard of Grow a Beard before how would you describe yourself and your music?

We are a band of 5 young, dedicated musicians that love making the music we make. We aim to bring back aspects of 2009 electronic metalcore whilst striving to push ourselves and the music we create, changing slightly with every release, as to offer our listeners new interesting material. We have been described as reminiscent of Motionless In White, Blessthefall, I See Stars, Capture The Crown ect.

Question 5) It has been only a few months since the release of your first ep “Stand And Fight”. However, after being generously sent some demos of your new music there has been a radical change to the musical style of grow a beard. Synth effects are now more prominent and the drums feel punchier! The electronical influences are clear throughout your music, if there was a crazy world event and you could only choose one electronical device to keep working what would it be?

Ahaha that’s a tricky one! But as a band we would have to keep our beloved MacBook Air. At the moment it's extremely essential to us. When playing live our drummer gets a feed with a click track and synths running into his in ear monitors from the Mac, keeping us all in time whilst playing. Its also being used as our main tool whilst producing our upcoming album “Incipience”. (As much as we’d like it, we are not being sponsored by apple to say this, haha).

Question 6) Your previous E.P. shows massive ambition for a band so early in their career. Many of your songs have massive anthem feels and sounds that could easily inspire stadium sized mosh pits. Ambition oozes from your work but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

As much as we’d like to take over the world we feel that the UN might have something to say about that haha. We’d like to think we are all ambitious hard working musicians, and at the present moment we don’t have any plans of stopping what we are doing, if anything, with the upcoming release of our album we are even more motivated than we have ever been, so who knows what the future holds for us. Our main aim is to get our music out there and heard by as many people as possible. Our main motivation isn’t money or fame (As nice as that would be) but we are motivated by making music together that we enjoy, traveling, and playing to new faces, meeting great people and if our music has/has had a positive impact on just one person we feel that that would mean more than any amount of fame or money could mean to us.

Question 7) There have been many iterations of Grow a Beard in since its inception in 2014. Are you optimistic that you now have the correct line-up going forward?

It is fair to say it hasn't been easy finding a line-up that fully "clicked" so to speak; but believe us when we say we are in a much better way in regards to band chemistry, with the recent addition of our new scream vocalist Evan, things are better than ever between the band. And with having a line-up that clicks, it has defiantly lead to us feeling a lot tighter when we play and has given us even more drive than we had before, so yes going forward with the current line-up should be extremely exciting and productive.

Question 8) Let’s be honest it’s only a matter of time until you hit the big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the Grow a Beard band rider consist of?

This is a tricky one to say, but out of all of the great festivals going on all around the world; we would probably say "HellFest" in France. It has loads of killer bands on, their line-up never fails to disappoint. Plus, France is a very beautiful part of the world around festival season. As far as a rider would go we would be happy as long as there was copious amounts of Fried Chicken and Pizza involved, it's our fuel for doing what we do. We really are fine figures of health haha.

Question 9) Is there any information you can give us about new Grow a Beard music and the new album?

With this album we really wanted to push ourselves as musicians and as a band as a whole. It's title "Incipience" reflects how we feel that it marks the start of something big for us, it's our first release we have put 100% into in regards to writing, recording and mixing. We don't want to say too much on this, but we are in talks with our good friend Dan Benson over at Hollow Crown records and we shall hope to be working very close with him in the future and in the run up to releasing our first Album. In regards to any future material, we hope to continue to push ourselves even more, making small changes over time to offer our listeners something interesting and new, very exciting times indeed.

Question 10) What is next for Grow a Beard? and what can we expect over the coming months from Grow a Beard?

In these next few months our main focus shall be the upcoming album. Getting every detail polished before its release around mid-September. We do not expect to be gigging live much over the course of self-producing the album, but if we do take on any dates we shall be sure to let people know via our Facebook. We are also currently working on getting our own website up and running to let people know of any future updates, gig dates or events taking place.

Question 11) Finally, who are the major influences for you guys who inspired you to set up the band and make it a possibility?

Each member has contributed equally their influences into the band and the music you hear today. Elements of groove metal to elements reminiscent of old Asking Alexandria can be heard in our tracks. Having members with slightly varying tastes in music has really helped to push each other forward as musicians and create a more diverse sound as a band. A lot of our inspiration to set up the band comes from the tutors at some of the member’s former college. They were always there to support the band and help us to get on our feet, no matter what we go on to do in the future we have always a lot to thank them for.

Massive thanks to the band for the amazing interview!

you can check out thier first E.P "Stand And Fight" Here:

http://growabeard.bandcamp.com (Bandcamp)

You can follow Grow A Beard on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/GrowABeardOfficial/ (Facebook)

https://www.instagram.com/grow_a_beard_official/?hl=en (Instagram)

You can checkout the offial music video for "Ataraxia" here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGiES-sy4WrsvRgu_iW6d9A (Youtube)

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Goodbye graceful interview.

Setting Free.

Goodbye Graceful are a four piece electronic metalcore band hailing from West Yorkshire. Goodbye Graceful consist of: Dave Hunt: Bass/Harsh Vocals. Mike Mellor: Guitar/Synths. Tristan Harris: Drums/Clean Vocals. Otis Jones: Keyboards/Multi-instrumentalist.

2016 is shaping up to be a defining year for Goodbye Graceful. A recent string of intense live shows has gained renown for Goodbye Graceful in the Yorkshire area. However, with their debut E.P on the horizon the band are ready to enter the public image. I recently interviewed the band to find out more about the band, the E.P and taking over the world.

1)      Simply put, who are Goodbye Graceful’s main influences?

(Mike) If I listed all our influences, we would be here quite a while. I’d say we are mainly influenced by a lot of modern metal core bands like Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari, but we also get influences from lots of other stuff. Classics like Guns N Roses and Iron Maiden, electronic artists such as The Prodigy, Pendulum and Knife Party, alternative bands like Shinedown and System Of A Down, nu metal bands like Slipknot and Korn and even some lesser known bands like This Town Needs Guns and Fourth Gate.

2)      From your E.P. taster video, you seem pretty ambitious blending electronics, guitar and orchestral sections. Just how big are the ambitions for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?

(Mike) We hope we can take over the world! We do have very big ambitions for this band, we hope to go far. It’s a dream to play places like Download (festival), Reading and Leeds and abroad. We hope to be a defining band of this generation.

3)      What is the craziest thing you have ever experienced at one of your gigs? This can be a crowd or band member.

(Mike) I'm not really sure about that haha, quite a few. I once jumped off the stage and smacked the back of my head on the floor and somehow kept playing. And also we had someone swing someone around a mosh pit during our set in Doncaster.

4)      When can the fans and general population finally expect the long awaited first E.P?

(Mike) 11th of July is the official release date! Mark it down on your calendar, folks!

5)      The Yorkshire metal scene has gained massive momentum in the last few years with massive bands such as bring me the horizons rising to international stardom. Do you feel that there is something in the Yorkshire-ness that helps the bands set themselves apart?

(Mike) I'm not really sure, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the accent, I think everyone loves a good Yorkshire accent . In all seriousness though, I'd say it's because we all help each other out and support one another. Bands like While She Sleeps are great for this, playing with smaller groups like Grains (who we are also very big fans of )on their last tour.

6)      If people reading this have never heard of goodbye graceful or your music, how do you describe yourself and hook the new listeners to come and see you guys live?

(Mike) Well, we're unique and we have something for everyone no matter what music you like! And we put on quite the insane performance live, so if you want to mosh out and go mental, we're the band to watch!

7)      If you could headline one festival which would it be? And when you get massive and start headlining this festival what would be on Goodbye Graceful’s rIder?

(Mike) Oooooooh that's a difficult question! If I absolutely had to choose one, it would be Download. I've seen so many of my favourite band there, like Linkin Park, Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Muse, Rammstein, Avenged Sevenfold and so many more, so to even play on the same stage as those bands would be an honour. As for the rider we'd have beer, JD, pizza and enough pyro that even Rammstein would look and say, "that's a little bit overkill, guys".

8)      Electronical influences are clear throughout your music, if there was a crazy world event and you could only choose one electronical device to keep working what would it be?

(Tristan) can I answer 8?!

 (Mike) Yeah sure!

(Tristan) THE KEYTAR!!!!

(Mike) I was gonna say that!

(Mike) Our electronic device would have to be the keytar used by our amazing synth expert Otis.

9)      The 11th July is pretty close? Are you nervous for the ep's release and the reception from the fans and the public?

(Mike) Nah mate, we don't get nervous, it sounds so arrogant but we never get stage fright or anything like that. I can't wait to hear what the public has to say! Good or bad, we'll listen and use it to improve!

10)   Finally, is there going to be a tour or any live shows the fans can see you in the coming months?

(Mike) Nothing confirmed as of right now, but keep your eyes and ears open, we could be playing in a city, town, village, or hell, even a back garden if you really want near you! We'll be coming and we'll be ready to tear the place down!

Thanks to the band for taking the time to answer my questions! You can listen to Goodbye Graceful's debut E.P on 11th July.

You can follow the band on their Facebook page and Youtube channel:

https://www.facebook.com/GoodbyeGraceful/  (Facebook)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY_GEpxENPehP8-c_4oiwgA (Youtube)

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