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While She Sleeps Interview part 2

Time to Revolt

To celebrate the release of While She Sleeps biggest album to date You Are We i recently spoke with the bands resident guitar shredder Sean Long. 

This is part 2 of the interview and we talk about their independence, the pledge campaign and the definitive While She Sleeps sound.

So now your independent is it scary? Were you bricking it when you made the decision? Or does the decision allow you to be a little more creative?
Not massively mate. Everyone thinks that the label stopped us from being creative. We have always done the same thing. The thing now is that if something goes wrong then its our own fault which is cool. Before a lot of shit went on and we didn't have the power to stop it as a lot of the power is in a lot of peoples hands. It takes ages and after like 50 email chains of whatever nothing gets done. So yeah there is definitely more work that comes with being independent because we have to stay with our creative side. Like now we are trying to practice and stuff but we've also got loads of press all over the world that we have sorted ourselves. On top of that we have got all the pledge items which means we have a huge workload on our back, but it's what we asked for and wanted. We wanted to take care of everything properly and make sure that it gets the right care that You Are We deserves.


Speaking of the pledge items, some of them are amazing! The guitar rings are an absolute amazing idea! Who came up with that?
They are sick aren't they mate haha. I don't know who came up with them really. I think it was just a group idea. I can't actually fucking remember who came up with haha. Cool though isn't it.


Now we are three albums in we are starting to see you change your sound more than ever before. Do you think you have finally found what While She Sleeps sound like? Or is it something that is constantly changing and evolving? 
I don't think that we have found our sound yet. I feel that we get more and more comfortable with our sound with each record that we do. We feel more free to do what we feel is good music. Every now and then we let go of more and more restrictions with each album we do and we open up more and more. So i think that we will constantly develop but where that development will go i don't know yet. The next album could be the heaviest thing we have ever done or it could be the calmest. Its just a progression of maturing and growing up. As we have grown up obviously everything around us has changed. Its crazy and yeah its awesome and we look forward to seeing what we will create.

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So never say never for a While She Sleeps country album?
Hahaha. No not at all mate we fucking love country music and folk music. Hahaha.

Around a month ago you guys dropped Silence Speaks with Oli Sykes, which is a fucking belter by the way. The Sheffield music scene is quickly becoming a leader in the UK for metal and heavy rock. Do you have any opinions on why this could be?
I know it is, but i dunno why. People ask me that all the time and i honestly have no fucking idea haha. It feel that it must be due to the fact that there a lot of working class people in Sheffield. I think this creates some kind of subconscious creative drive that everyone in Sheffield has. I mean we are all common i guess, we don't have much money and our parents never had much money. We were all used to that way of living and that surely influences some form of creativity.

I completely skipped over this earlier, but why are you in a warehouse?
Its our new warehouse that we built, it has our studio in it it has our practice room in it and its got all of our merch in it. It's our HQ basically. We had a practice room a while back in Sheffield and we outgrew it basically. So we bought this big warehouse and built inside it basically. I'm sat in the studio right now and i can do everything from this one place.

Your tour starts in the in York. Are you ready for the first official gig of the tour?
Yeah mate. I mean that room is fucking tiny is going to be nuts.

Now you are independent. How do you feel like a song is finished? Isn't there always the temptation to go back and change little parts of the tracks?
Honestly this is the one record where i don't want to go back and change anything. That's why this album is so special to me. It's gone so well. We just try and make sure that each song feels right. There a few songs on previous records where we wish we could go back and change bits but none on this record. We usually take a while to write our records and make them the best they can be before we start recording. It has taken us two years to write this coming off the back of Brainwashed. It does take us a long time to write but it's been worth it.
 

Finally, now your headlining another UK tour you must have some crazy shit on your rider? 
Hahaha. What do we have... well on the Brainwashed campaign we got some red socks that we got. Haha we need to update our rider and put some crazy shit on there. That's a good idea i'm going to talk to someone and update it right now...

Hahaha. Thanks for talking to me mate.
No thank you mate, my pleasure its been ace. Keep up the good work on Echion its great.
 

You Are We is available now from all major music retailers and digital stores. go get it.

 

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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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Bullet For My Valentine - All studio albums ranked.

Unless you have been hiding under a Welsh sized rock for the past decade, you know who Bullet For My Valentine are. The Welsh metal outfit were, for a short period, declared the future of metal. However, they fucked up, BIG TIME.

Just two years after their inception, Bullet For My Valentine were supporting Metallica. They had legions of fans and thousands of young metal heads to be were sinking into self loathing and blaring Tears Don't Fall into their angsty teenage friends faces. Bullet then made the mistake of releasing an album no one really liked and went from heroes to zeroes almost overnight. The next couple of years saw bullet desperately return to their roots to bring back some of their alienated fans by returning to their heavier style of music.

Their latest single Don't Need You is a fucking beast which harkens back to their earlier work and gives Bullet For My Valentine fans optimism for the future, for the first time in a LONG time. With the renewed optimism from Don't Need You fresh in the air it seems like a good time to rank all of Bullet For My Valentines Studio albums, from worst to best. So sit back relax and get ready to wake that demon. We start the list with the worst Bullet studio album...

5) Temper Temper.

Obviously.

Temper Temper... where do we start. The fuck up album. The album that alienated their fan base and almost killed the band. Temper Temper takes everything that Bullet For My Valentine were famous for and made it more accessible and soft. So much so that even your mum wouldn't find it heavy. Temper Temper has at least three songs dedicated to Tuck telling us over and over again how "we wouldn't like him when he's angry". Tuck takes a lot of stick for his lyrics, its nothing new and is sometimes deserved, but fucking hell Temper Temper takes it to a new level. Some of the songs are OK but even then that's stretching it a little. A poor album with poor limp songs. The less said about this album the better. The fact that Bullet no longer play a single song from Temper Temper live says all you need to know about the album...

4) Scream Aim Fire.

Now THIS is where the list really starts. By the time of Scream Aim Fire's release Bullet were a powerhouse. The Poison had propelled them to metal stardom and even a slot supporting Metallica in their 2007 tour. Scream Aim Fire is in no way a bad album. There are some amazing songs on here Disappear, Deliver Us From Evil and of course the crowd favourite face melter that is Waking The Demon to name a few. However, there are a few songs which are just a little... meh. For a band who were aiming as high as Bullet For My Valentine this just wasn't the balls to the wall face melter of an album the fans wanted. On the production side the album is outstanding and feels crunchier and heavier than The Poison ever did. The drums kick a little harder and the guitar feels a little thicker and lyrically Scream Aim Fire is an improvement also. A few of the songs let the album down in general, I'm looking at you Say Goodnight, but overall a decent 7/10 and worth a listen. Hey, not all songs can be Waking The Demon I suppose.

 

3) Fever.

On the path towards Fever, Tuck told Rock Sound that Bullet is, "a hard rock band with metal influences, and I've said that from day one." Fever is probably the closest Bullet ever came to making this statement true. The breakneck shredding of The Poison is toned down for the most part and replaced by melody and groove. Don't get me wrong there are some absolute belters on Fever such as Dignity, Pretty On The Outside and Pleasure & Pain which all showcase how bullet had evolved their sound but could still hit as hard as ever. Then there is Alone. The near 6 minute orchestra entwined epic which showcases Bullet at their glittering metal best. Alone is up there with the best Bullet songs released to date and showcases that when Bullet put their mind to it, they can rival any of the metal greats.

 

2) Venom.

Venom had an impossible job, to bring back the fans that Temper Temper had so quickly driven away. Temper Temper placed a massive black mark against Bullet's name, which they are still recovering from years later, but Venom does a fucking good job of erasing the damage. Tuck screams into the ears of anyone willing to listens and reminds us why we fell in love Bullet all those years ago. Venom is the heaviest album Bullet have released since their debut just over a decade ago. Hell even the name of the album Venom harkens back the Poison to try and gives us an idea into how important and defining the band were viewing this album. Songs such as No Way Out and Army Of Noise hit just as heavy now as any song from The Poison did back then, and then some. Venom was the album that SHOULD have followed Fever. There a few missteps with the most noticeable being the title track but on the most part Venom is a beast of an album that deserved way more recognition that it received. Temper Temper may have slowed the band down, but Venom picks the band up, dusts them down and then fires them into the future at the speed of light. Another album like this and Bullet could finally repair the damage of their fourth release.

1) The Poison.

The KING. The album that started it all and created a generation of metal heads. There is a reason Bullet spent the last few month playing The Poison in full all throughout the UK, it is a FUCKING masterpiece. Every song shows the band at their brightest and best. The entire album is a shot of welsh powered adrenaline straight into your fucking veins that NEEDS to be heard. From the slow steady intro which transforms into the 100mph screams of Her Voice Resides all the way to The End, every minute is pure gold. Hell even the ballads on The Poison were brilliant. All These Things I Hate (Revolve around Me) was a classic and could have been a radio mega hit if not for the screamy bits. Bullet may never recover the magic of The Poison and the accolades that came with it, but Venom and Don't Need You are steps in the right direction. After a couple of years of hurt Bullet fans have the right to be optimistic again. Now Lets go listen to The Poison and remember how fucking amazing Bullet For My Valentine can be at their best.

 

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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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Furian announce crowdfunding plan for debut album.

Crowdfund:Approach

  

Furian are an alternative rock/metal band who hail from Liverpool, UK. The band consists of Dan Martin-Hall (Guitar, lead vocals), Joe Strode (Guitar, vocals), Abhi Tee (Bass, Vocals) and Damien Campbell (Drums, Vocals) and they need YOUR help.

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 The band are currently taking part in quite possibly their biggest challenge yet. They are looking for funding for their debut album “Approach:Descend” from their fans and admirers all over the globe. The band are looking for £20,000 from fans to help them create and release their debut album.

Furian are a huge favourite over here at Echion Music and that is for a couple of reasons. Firstly this is because of the amazing music that these guys produce. If you need convincing of this simply watch the video of their latest release “What’s Up?” below. The second reason is that Furian could quite possibly be one of the nicest bands we here at Echion Music have ever had dealings with. They have been kind enough to talk with me on many occasions and have responded to all of my requests in an amazingly polite, positive and enthusiastic way.

Furian have featured on Alex Baker’s Kerrang! Radio show “Fresh Blood” as recently as July 2016. Fans are a huge part of Furian and we can see this as they regularly interact with fans on social media and give fans the chance to win rare demos and signed equipment from the band. If you would like to donate to Furian’s Indiegogo page please click on the link below and help them out.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/furian-debut-full-length-album-music-rock#/

You can also check out their 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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Milestones Release Lyric Video for Shot In the dark.

Another Milestone.

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). Not that regular viewers of the site will need informing of this, as both an interview with the band and a review of their debut EP "Equal Measures" have been posted on the website in the past few months.

Milestones are a favourite of Echion Music. Not only are they a band we expect to be massive in the future, they are also a leading light for the pup punk music genre throughout the UK. They have recently released a music video for their newest single from their debut EP "Equal Measures" entitled "Shot In The Dark" and you can view the video below.

 

The music video carries on with the same art style which was attributed to their EP "Equal Measures" and reminds us why Milestones are such a favourite here at Echion Music.

"Equal Measures" was a stunning debut EP and should not be missed. If you would like to read Echion's review of the EP, in which we give "Equal Measures" an amazing 4.5/5 unmissable score, you can click the view that review here: http://www.echionmusic.co.uk/reviews/#/milestones-equal-measures-ep-review-1/

I also managed to interview the band around a week after their debut EP "Equal Measures" was released. We talk about everything from their debut E.P to their ability to talk their way out of parking tickets. You can read the interview Echion Music did with Milestones here: http://www.echionmusic.co.uk/interviews/#/milestones-interview-2/

 

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The forgotten age "Enough" EP review.

learn the name.

When you think of the words "Wales" and "Metal Music" for most only one band springs mind. Bullet For My Valentine have been the top of that very specific tree for over a decade. However, there is a new band in town who could quite possibly be coming to knock them off of their perch. 


The Forgotten Age are a Metal/Metal-core band who were formed in 2014 and hail from Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales. They consist of Mike Bassington (Vocals/Guitar), Joseph Young (Drums), Alex Wynne (Bass) and Ben Jones (Rhythm Guitar). The band were kind enough to send me a pre release copy of their debut EP "Enough" to review so lets get into it...

Without coming on too strong, HOLY FUCK! This EP is something else. Imagine if Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, Trivium and Avenged Sevenfold all came together, fucked and had a baby that wanted to blow your fucking metal mind. That, i feel, is the best way to describe The Forgotten Age. "Enough" is an insanely beautiful creature that constantly evolves and mutates the metal genre for the approximate 22 minutes of metal heaven that are spread across the four song track list. To say that "Enough" could be the most complete piece of metal musicianship i have heard this year would be no understatement. Which to a website dedicated to rock and metal music is no small feat.

Lets start with what can be a killer for a band's debut EP, production. The effect production has on the impact and success for a debut EP cannot be understated, and thankfully "Enough" has amazing production value. Each song is mixed masterfully and gives each instrument and vocalist room to breathe and show what they can do. Each track is dripping with production quality, you can really FEEL the pounding of the drums, the shredding on the guitars, the deep grumbling of the bass and the emotion in the vocals. Honestly the production here is better than some popular artists albums and allows the album to shine.

Now into the important part, the music. "Enough" is a stunning, aggressive, emotional, complex album which brings back all the emotionally charged memories of first listening to Bullet For My Valentines "The Poison". Not only are there similarities in the music its self the comparison also leads into the similar feeling on how this EP could evolve the genre and take it forwards as "The Poison" did over a decade ago. The EP is constantly exploring for a new direction to take the genre and challenge the listener. Whenever you think you have the song figured out, the drum beat changes and the song shifts into an entirely new monster.

 

The EP opens with "Break Me" an explosive, epic powerhouse of a song. The song starts with a clean, slow guitar riff that reminisces of Avenged Sevenfolds "This Means War" which leads into a powerful, intense riff and drum beat. The vocals in this track are IMMENSE both clean vocals and screams offer something different to the track. The screams bring a gritty, dark feel to the track, whereas the clean vocals shine light on the darkness and bring some breathing room to the track and give it a simply EPIC feel. Both vocals interchange regularly and work together beautifully. There is some serious vocal talent on show in this EP. The bass is ever evolving and changing the track and bringing the song into new directions. Then there is the guitar...seriously this FUCKING guitar. There is some serious shredding on display on "Enough" and "Break Me" offers a perfect glimpse into this. There are vibes of Kirk Hammett and Synyster Gates in the amount of shredding and outstanding guitar work that "Enough" includes and NEEDS to be heard.

Another stand out track from "Enough" is "Undone". The song offers a face melting riff which stirs memories of Avenged Sevenfolds "Unholy Confessions". The Vocal work is again amazing with both vocalists working in tandem and bringing a weight and emotion to the track that is rarely felt in the metal music mainstream that is churned out today. The Drums on this track show intelligence and don't fall into the metal pitfall of "Double bass pedal solves everything". The drums evolve and change with the track and really shine brightest here. You can watch the music video for "Undone" below to truly appreciate what i mean.

 

Lyrically, the EP holds its own weight too. Each track offers different views into love loss and anger. However, they are far from cliche. Each track is varied and shows how these already explored areas can still be as interesting and emotionally charged as ever, whilst also bringing that special something that sets them apart from the regular metal crowd.

To bring this review to an end, this is an EP that should be heard by any metal music fans. Its energetic, impactful, powerful and sticks with the listener long after "Enough" has finished blaring through the speakers. It may be a little too soon to say that Metal has a new hero, but if The Forgotten Age carry on like this Wales could have a new torchbearer in the metal genre. As a debut EP this is truly impressive and i eagerly await to see where this takes The Forgotten Age in the future. 

4/5 - Amazing debut

 

 

 

 

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Tigress announce "Like it is" ep details.

new information on what to expect from the upcoming ep.

Tigress are a female fronted, five piece powerhouse of an alt-rock band who hail from Chelmsford, UK. The band consists of Katy Jackson (Vocals), Tom Harrison (Rhythm guitar), Sean Bishop (Lead guitar), Jack Divey (Bass guitar) and Josh Coombes (Drums).

Their debut EP "Human" was released in 2015 and was co-produced by You Me At Six Guitarist Max Helyer and John Mitchell. A couple of years later and the band are nearing the release of their second EP "Like It Is" which will be released on the 12th May via LAB Records.

The upcoming EP will contain five tracks, which includes their most recent single, ‘Power Lines’ which premiered with Clash magazine late last year. The song landed the band radio play from Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter on BBC Radio 1. This was no strange feeling for the bands as their previous single "Future" has received regular radio airplay from the BBC introducing station in the bands hometown of Essex. "Power Lines" has received national airplay on many stations and  Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker - a big fan of the band, has supported the track heavily on his award-nominated Fresh Blood show. You can listen to the track below.

 

 

Tigress have previously seen coverage from many national stations such as: Kerrang! Magazine, Rock Sound, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Scuzz TV, Kerrang! TV, Kerrang! Radio as well as hundreds of regional stations and web-zines.

"Like It Is" has been described as five tracks of raw and relentless pop-rock infused with strings and high-octane energy. Which, if "Power Lines" is anything to go by looks to be a solid assessment of what "Like it is" has in store.  

"Like It Is" track-list has been confirmed as:

1. Give Me A Chance

2. Power Lines

3. Headaches

4. Shockwave

5. Temper, Temper

The artwork for "Like It Is" has also been revealed and can be seen below.

 

The first single to be released from the Like It Is EP will be ‘Give Me A Chance’ on the 17th March with an accompanying music video. Artwork for the single can be seen below.

The band will be touring the UK with "Counterfeit" (fronted by Twilight’s Jamie Campbell Bower) in April. The first date of the tour is on the 18th in Leeds and concludes in Brighton on the 29th . Tigress will also be joining "Counterfeit" on their mainland Europe tour which starts in March. The band will headline the VocalZone stage at Teddy Rocks Festival on the 28 th April. Tickets are on sale for all shows and details can be found at www.tigressofficial.com.

All of Tigress's live shows are show below:

*Supporting Counterfeit

18th April – Key Club, Leeds *

19th April – Academy 3, Manchester *

20th April – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle *

21st April – Stereo, Glasgow *

22nd April – Rock City Basement, Nottingham *

23rd April – O2 Academy 3, Birmingham *

25th April – Fleece, Bristol *

26th April – The Underworld, London *

28th April – Teddy Rocks Festival, Blandford Forum

29th April – The Haunt, Brighton *

4th June – Camden Rocks Festival, London

23rd July – Work Hard Play Hard Festival, Kent

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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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Chasing Cadence release music video for everyone relax.

Cadence says Relax.

Chasing Cadence are a rock quintet from Hertfordshire. Having forming in 2012 the band have supported pop-punk legends Taking Back Sunday and Bedford’s Don Broco, released a stellar debut EP and played some of the best festivals around.

Chasing Cadence have released the music video to their new single "Everyone Relax". The music video premiered on Kerrang! and has gained overwhelmingly positive reception.

"Everyone Relax" is the first chapter in a trilogy of music videos from Chasing Cadence which they claim will represent a linear concept. The three tracks will be part of Chasing Cadence's brand new EP "Destroy Something Beautiful" which will be released on the 16th September. 

You can pre-order the new EP "Destroy Something Beautiful" here:

http://smarturl.it/CC_DSB_iTunes 

You can follow the band on social media here:

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

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

 http://instagram.com/chasingcadenceuk (Instagram)

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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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Boy Jumps Ship – Wake Up Review.

The Best Is Yet To Come.

After six years of waiting Boy Jumps Ship finally release their debut album “Wake Up”. A time capsule of an album which encapsulates the melodic rock of the early 2000’s in way which unfortunately doesn’t seem quite as relevant today.

Boy Jumps Ship are an alternative band hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne with a unique blend of alternative music which includes influences of both punk and solid rock. The band consist of Si Todd (lead vocals, guitar), Jonathan Douglas (backing vocals, guitar), Jonny Rob (bass, backing vocals) and Gav Gates (drums, backing vocals). Since forming way back in 2010 the band have previously released 2 E. P’s, 2012’s “Be Good. Be Gracious” and 2014’s “Lovers & Fighters” however, “Wake up” is the band’s first full length effort.

“Wake Up” is an album aimed at pulling on the heart strings of fans as early 2000’s bands such as “Jimmy Eat World” and “Allister”. The Album opens with the mixed track “Burn”. A crunching balls to the walls rock song that sets the listener up for the highs and lows of the album. Solid pounding drums and deep crunchy guitars set the tone for the album all with solid production value. However, missteps such as the line “the kids have no respect” make the band feel older and more cynical than they should.

The album is a mixed bag. Tracks like “Night Stories”, which includes the line the album is named after, feels massively out of place on the album. The first half of the song is a slow paced effort which brings all the momentum the album has created to a halt. The band however, must realise this as they shout “Wake Up” into your ears to ensure any listeners bored to sleep in the first half are quickly woken up.

Tracks such as “Hell” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” however, are the band at its best. Solid catchy hooks witch sublime guitar and drum work. These are full on hard hitting rock tracks which showcase the massive potential of the band. These tracks as well as the “foo Fighters” inspired “No Tomorrow” act as much needed shots of adrenaline in an otherwise confused and muddy album.

Although the band have been accused of bringing nothing new to the scene, “Wake Up” shows that when they bring their A-game Boy Jumps Ship are a match for the big boys and do what they do very well. However, there are too many tracks such as “Lost and Found” and “Turn Up the Radio” which are repetitive and unfortunately just make you wish there were more straight forward rock belters such as “Hell” to listen to.

“Wake Up” shows that there is definite potential from Boy Jumps Ship, but there is no doubt the best is yet to come.

2.5/5

You can check out the music video for the song "Burn", the first track off Boy Jumps Ship debut album "Wake Up" below from their YouTube channel.

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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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