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INTERVIEW – CRYPITUS

Check out CRYPITUS as they take on the A-Z interview below…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Pete: When I was a really young kid I loved doo-wop music so probably Rockin’ Robin.

Zach: Metallica’s master of puppies and Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell.

Joe: Frayed ends of Sanity by Metallica.

Doug: 99 Ways to Die – Megadeth

Best Experience While On Tour:

Pete: Crowd surfing at the Psychostick show we played.

Zach: Our airbnb in Baltimore. I felt really pampered

Joe: Canada is cool.

Doug: We had some amazing beach time in Quincy on this last tour!

Cover you would really like to do?

Pete: Good Mourning/Black Friday by Megadeth

Zach: Toto – Africa

Joe: I don’t like covers that much.

Doug: The Ultra-Violence – Death Angel

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Pete: “Now we all live in a world with danger”

Zach: Check out Symphony #1

Doug: “In the dark of the world where they all lay, broken matter, dreams are shatters such disarray.”

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Pete: Symphony #1 because Doug already had it written.

Zach: No such thing

Joe: Doug writes most stuff. Breakdown is easy though.

Doug: Seriously, what are easy songs to write.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Pete: Our demo still kicks some ass.

Zach: Our full length… Not released yet

Joe:  We have a demo and a single that are cool.

Doug: Danger is the best yet!

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Pete: The Psychostick show

Zach: The first time we went to Lewiston Maine. It was fucking nuts.

Joe: I don’t know about greatest but sammys patio in revere beach is cool.

Doug: Im gunna second Zach on this one.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Pete: Getting to make music with my best friends.

Zach: The moment we realized Joe Minard II was in it for the long haul

Joe: Just hanging with friends makes me happy.

Doug: First successful tour!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Pete: I was born in Texas.

Zach: Dougles Friends pronounced dug-els friend, and it’s really his real name.

Joe: Zach has lots of puppies

Doug: Zach is the master of most reality.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Pete: Our song Out of Line is really called Apple Pie

Zach: The cumming of the whale snake… Cumming soon

Doug: Our members hahahah

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Pete: Breakdown or Danger

Zach: Danger

Joe: Danger

Doug: Ash

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

Pete: 5+ hours to Maine or Connecticut

Zach: Richmond VA. It’s a few hours away

Joe: I can’t remember 5+ hours to a few places.

Doug: Richmond was ten hour hours from home atleast.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

Pete: Fear and Loathing

Zach: Don’t mess with the Zohan

Doug: Bill and Ted

New Band You’d Recommend:

Pete: Epicenter

Zach: Obtusum

Joe: An Unction in Braille

Doug: Xenophile.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Pete: Exmortus or Between the Buried and me

Zach: Blotted science

Doug: Vovoid

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Pete: Australia

Zach: Singapore…. Hong Kong…. Seoul Sydney

Doug: Scandinavia

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Pete: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Zach: Always keep a jar of marbles. Don’t lose them

Doug: Be the creator of your own fate.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Pete: Our latest single was just the song name “Danger”

Zach: I have no idea

Doug: Our forthcoming is nameless at the moment.

See Us Live At:

Florence Ma 7-19

Wallingford Ct 7-20

Mechanicville Ny 7-21

Auburn Me 7-22

Revere Me 8-24

Rutland Vt 8-25

Richmond Me 9-1

Wallingford Ct 9-7

Burlington Vt 9-29

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

Pete: Breakdown, I think

Zach: No idea. It was 1 of 5

Joe: I think when I joined we played breakdown first.

Doug: It was one of the songs off the demo.

Unusual Merchandise:

Pete: We have T-shirts, patches, and stickers. Not that unusual.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Pete: We’re always making changes or variations to our songs.

Doug: I’m always down for autobles

Worst Experience On Tour:

Pete: Doug being really hungover.

Zach: Having the owner tell us to leave before the shooting.

Doug: This fucking parking garage in Montreal that were being super shitty to me and ended like taking 30 CAD from me and I never even got a parking spot.

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

Pete: I broke my knee in a mosh pit with Doug and had to get it x-rayed, CT scanned, and drained of 100 ccs of blood. Still played our set that night too.

Doug: I broke Pete’s knee.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Pete: Psychostick.

Zach: Psychostick.

Joe: Too many to name.

Doug: We had a basement show for my 21st Birthday that was pretty wild.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Pete: Chimpanzee

Zach: The duck billed platypus. We’re really unique and we have venomous spurs on our heels

Joe: giraffe.

Doug: Monkeys; better keep an eye out for all the shit we are throwing your way!

INTERVIEW – SHOUT

Swedish rock band SHOUT are the next band ready to take the A-Z interview all about their experiences and upcoming releases.

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: If you want blood with AC/DC

Best Experience While On Tour: A day off in Barcelona hanging on the beach ain´t bad

Cover you would really like to do? Come out and play with Twisted Sister

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: our lyrics ain´t very deep haha! The deepest message is probably to live free!

Easiest Song You Wrote: Scream!Shout!

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: we haven’t released it yet but it will be our upcoming album PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: we have only played one gig with SHOUT so far, we played at BULLETs release party for their new album Dust to gold. And it was a great gig and we had a blast!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: every time you get to hit the stage you´re one happy camper!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: one of us have had a black belt in martial arts 😉

Jokes You Have In The Band: oh I don’t know, we joke about anything we can laugh about in the moment, we are probably pretty bad at jokes haha!

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Scream! Shout!

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:  the longest travelled distance would be from Sweden to Maryland for one show, its 6595 km if you ask siri haha!

Movie That Best Represents The Band: That’s a hard one! Detroit rock city perhaps?

New Band You’d Recommend:

Us! SHOUT! We are a new band just releasing our debut album this fall titeled PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: judas priest

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: USA or Japan

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

If you think you are too old to rock n roll, then you are! “Lemmy Kilmister”

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: The title of our forthcoming release is PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT and it’s a tribute to all the headbanging rockers out there!

See Us Live At: Unknown at the time

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band: 

haha! I have no idea!

Unusual Merchandise: we are thinking of getting black unicorns, we just have to find them first!

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: 

its always fun with live versions and do some sing along parts.

Worst Experience On Tour: well touring with the Scams once our drummer got hit in the head with a guitar amp that fell from the 2nd floor and had to go to the hospital and get stitched up, that was a close one! But surprisingly both his head and the guitar head still worked afterwards! Haha!

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: well that would be the head to head collision I just mentioned!

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

That would be at Sweden rock festival with The Scams

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Black panther maybe? Unless any zoo have captured a unicorn!

INTERVIEW – TORONTO BLESSINGS

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Welcome To The Jungle by Guns n Roses. My mum bought me the cassette when I was eight years old! She had heard the singles and thought it might be something I might like. Little did she know that the rest of the album was full of swearing with songs of drugs and fuckin! When I heard Welcome to the jungle the first track, it blew my head clean off! I was hooked on loud rock music. I’ve never looked back.

Best Experience While On Tour:

Just being on tour is mostly great. This band is yet to tour, but all three of us have been in several bands together. We’ve been lucky enough to play some of the largest and prestigious stages in the UK. The best experience is just getting out there and playing your music to new people, it’s the most enjoyable way.

Cover you would really like to do?

We’re not in any rush to do a cover. But we always seem to mention them every now and again. The bands that have been mentioned are The Smiths, siouxsie and the banshees and depeche mode. Also Erasure has been mentioned! Hopefully one day we might decide on one.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

All my lyrics are pretty deep to me. I am very much a heart on my sleeve, real life observer. Out of the songs we have released I’d say Sorrow Can Swim. It’s about addiction and not realising that you’re trying to fix a problem with another one.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

The easiest song we have written is definitely our latest single Give Nothing. Murray our drummer brought in a couple of cool riffs one rainy Thursday evening at practice. We pretty much pulled it into a song in about 10 minutes. It just felt right from the off. On the back of this song we scrapped a full album of songs and wrote another 6 or 7 in next to no time. It gave us a creative kick up the rear.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Well, we’re a pretty new band so we only have 2 singles out at the moment. Out of the 2 I’d definitely say Give Nothing, as mentioned before it was a game changer for us. We have a new single called Bad Decision coming out soon, so look out for that.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

This band is yet to reach that peak. We are ready though! Our first gig meant a lot though. As this band is the first band I’ve done lead vocals in. I kind of reluctantly took on the mantle, mainly due to self doubt. But after the first gig I proved to myself that I could indeed hold my own. It gave me the confidence to crack on!!

Happiest moment in the band:

Toronto Blessings overall makes me happy! I find this band an amazing release. When you’re having a shitty week, I look forward so much to practice. I get to hang out with my best mates and make a beautiful racket.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Dale our guitarist is an amazing chef! He does alot of the cooking at the festivals for Jaegermeister en all.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Hmm. Maybe when our drummer was on tour and had drunk maybe a little too much. Whilst said drink was being puked back up, he kept screaming TWARB and we were like what? Then he was shouting TWARB COFFEE whilst gut wrenching. We were non the wiser! Turns out he was quoting some obscure late night sketch show he’d seen! We’d never heard of it, but Twarb Coffee has remained in our dialect forever!

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Well this set of songs are so fresh we haven’t played any live yet! So at our next gig which is real soon we’re going into the unknown. We’re starting the set with a song called Hopes & Dreams. It starts with a pulsating Synth which drives the whole song. You can’t help but move with it. It’s very hypnotic on a purpose. Not many riffs or lyrics, it’s like a noise rock dance song. Maybe!

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

For this band our it would have been for our first gig which was in London. So nearly 200 miles. But in previous bands we have toured the all the UK and several spots in Europe.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

Bad News.

New Band You’d Recommend:

They’re not really that new, but we love the band Meat Wave. A very powerful 3 piece. They make a powerful sound but its all very dynamic too. I’d definitely recommend you check em out.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

At the moment we’re all buzzing about the band Idles. They seem to be an unstoppable force at the moment. A ferocious live band, but they still know their way around a song. Perfect.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

I reckon we’d love to do a US tour or Canada. That would be a good laugh! Also a bit closer to home would be Europe. I am sure we can sort that out in the not too distant future!

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Be kind to each other. Consider other peoples feelings. Patronise the arts. Smash the right wing.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Give Nothing. The title and the meaning of the song go hand in hand really. The thought behind the song is no matter who we are or where we are placed on societies ladder we’re all living in a pretty bad place. It’s getting to a point where everyone are getting self centered without even realising.

See Us Live At:

Coalfields Festival – July 14th

Packhorse Leeds – July 21st

Lots more dates to be added.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

It would have been one of our earlier songs that is now scrapped. The one where we first got something we all liked would be Sorrow Can Swim.

Unusual Merchandise:

At the moment we have no merchandise, so that’s pretty unusual huh? Maybe we’ll get a stick of rock with our name on. Tasty and rocking. Oh dear.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

It would be cool to do an electro version of any of our songs. We’re trying to incorporate more Synth into our writing, so I think it would hand itself over to that style really well. A big dirty electro version of Give Nothing would be Amazing. Probably.

Worst Experience On Tour:

Always the worst part of touring is the waiting around. You live for the gig itself, but alot of the other stuff can be a real pain. It’s worth it though.

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

Over the years, we’ve all had a guitar head stock in the face. I actually had one to the back of my neck recently at the end of a set of the other band I play in (The Lock & Keys) Luckily I think we’ve escaped injuries so far. But I have seen people’s noses explode and ears nearly being ripped off from friends in bands, from onstage carnage.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

This band is all relatively new, we’ve been locked up writing and writing. But we’re all seasoned vets of the gigging malarkey. My personal favourite would have to have been with our old band Cavorts. It was at Manchester Academy 1 supporting Dragonforce! It was a Friday night, everyone was up for it. We were first on and we just ripped it up and played a stormer. Good Times.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Snake. As we have a joke side project that has never practiced or written a single riff, but it lives in our hearts and minds called Battle Snake! It’s full on thrash with all the songs to be about various Battle Snake’s throughout the history of war. Ssssssssssss

INTERVIEW – LEAVING EDEN

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:  

Hi I’m Eric from the band Leaving Eden.  It’s my pleasure to chat with you today. We are from Boston Mass area USA.   For me the song would be something from Black Sabbath. Probably War Pigs or something like that.

Best Experience While On Tour:

It’s fun to travel and we have been to 47 States in the USA, Canada and overseas in Europe. So great to meet new people and see things that we could have never seen if it wasn’t for the music. For me really that’s the best experience. Playing with bands like Black Sabbath Disturbed Alice Cooper Shinedown it’s all very surreal. And yet you get to meet some of these people and realize that they’re just people. Yes I’ve met some assholes that we’re just so high on themselves but most of the time people very cool. Continue reading “INTERVIEW – LEAVING EDEN”

INTERVIEW – IN THE CARDS

On the cusp of releasing their new EP ‘Eyes Beyond Reflection’, we had the chance to hear about the bands take on their favourite tracks of the album and their experiences in the Stoke-On-Trent scene!

Hello! Could you please introduce yourself and your role in the band?

Amy: Hi I’m Amy and I’m the lead vocalist.

Dan: Hi I’m Dan and I play guitar and sing backing vocals .

Nath: Hey I’m Nath and I am the bass guitarist.

Conor: Hi I’m Conor and I play drums.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Tonight Alive and 30 Seconds To Mars in the past, do you personally draw inspiration from them in your music?

Nath: Personally I draw inspiration from all music that I listen to but 30 Seconds To Mars come under that bracket of bands I have listened to since I was young, so it’s fair to say they have had an influence on my songwriting without me really knowing about it.

Dan: Tonight Alive are one of the biggest female fronted bands in the world and we definitely see them more as a band we can actually aspire to in regards to status. There aren’t a lot of female fronted bands in the alternative scene so to see a band like them reach the heights they have, it is incredibly inspirational.

Your new EP ‘Eyes Beyond Reflection’ is on the verge of being released, out of the five tracks featured, which is most personal to you and why?

Amy: Although all of us have individual songs that are most personal to us, collectively the song most personal to us as a band would be ‘Mazes’. It discusses   the desire within people to become more than what they are now and ultimately become a better version of their current selves.This is a mentality and sentiment that as aspiring musicians we try to carry through day to day life.

What is your process for writing, do you collaborate or do you each contribute in separate parts?

Amy: Our songs usually stem from one idea brought in by one of us, which is then developed within rehearsals and writing sessions. We have recently built a small recording space which has changed our writing process slightly, as we are able to record/track ideas and craft songs in a slightly different way now. Being able to hear our ideas back in demo form is so helpful when trying to piece a song together.

You’ve also stated you pride yourself in ‘replicating records as accurately as possible live’ but do you ever find the transition from recording to live performances difficult?

Conor: Our songs are always solidified during rehearsals and on stage a long time before we take them into the studio. Of course it is very likely that certain elements of songs will change during the recording process, but we think we manage these changes pretty well, or at least we hope so!

You as a band come from Stoke-on-Trent, a smaller town in the UK. Have you found it difficult to break into the music scene because of your location before?

Dan: We have really enjoyed working our way around the music venues in Stoke and have been given many great opportunities here, however it is a lot more difficult to generate a strong fanbase in our home town due our genre of music not being the most popular. We love getting opportunities to get our music out to other cities around the UK to new audiences in new venues.

Which track are you personally

the proudest of from ‘Eyes Beyond Reflection’ and why?

Nath: I think we would have to say Careful Eyes. We went to a practice session with the aim of creating a completely new song from start to finish and worked for a whole day. Eventually we came out with the completed song from just the one session (something that doesn’t happen often!). It came together very organically which is why it remains one of our all time favourites.

Thanks again,

Nathan

INTERVIEW – CREJUVENT

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

One of the first examples I can think of that made me go “Damn, THAT’S what I want to do!” is Heartwork by Carcass.

Best Experience While On Tour:

I once saw a GIANT slug that just turned out to be two separate slugs. Also skiing in a banana costume and getting hammered in Slovenian mountains.

Cover you would really like to do?

It’s one I’m actually working on right now: Vesti la Giubba, the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera! Otherwise, Skeksis by Strapping Young Lad.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Taken straight from Word Vomit off the debut Time EP:

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Off the debut EP it would definitely be the title track Time. I remember every single part of that song just came out so naturally as I was dicking around with my old housemate’s amp, it really just wrote itself.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

So far it would definitely have to be the debut EP Time! I gave myself so much creative freedom and I tried to really take the time needed to make it as perfect as the vision needed it to be.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Metal Days in Slovenia 2017! And subsequently Winter Days of Metal 2018!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

With this project it would probably have to be playing this year’s Metal To The Masses competition. I was playing with three other full bands (whereas I just play on my own with backing tracks), and considering I only had like 3 friends there I still managed to get in second, losing by only about 4 votes! It showed me that maybe there IS a bit of a market for the stupid shit I’m doing!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

I have a much cooler alter ego called Ben Hannah. He’s totally not a banana disguised as a human.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

The back cover of the debut EP features an extremely faint picture of me wearing a skinned 6 foot inflatable T-Rex as a costume. So far nobody has commented on it.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Fuck This Shit. It prepares you for the rest of the set by punching you straight in the balls and setting the tone for the rest of the nonsense to come.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

I drove from Manchester to Slovenia last year with one of my other bands. It took us about 30 hours to get there and 24 to get back.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

A Clockwork Orange. Funnily enough, the plot of that movie is what I based the lyrics of Code Orange on (hence the title)

New Band You’d Recommend:

Gonna give a shout out to my man Joey from Conscript! He released an EP towards the end of 2016 and is also doing a similar thing as me with the whole “one man band” approach but is doing a way better job at it! Go check out his stuff, it’s awesome!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Strapping Young Lad. Although given the whole history behind that I’ll settle for Anaal Nathrakh.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

One giant European tour would be amazing! I’ve already lived in Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK for most of my life, so all of Europe feels like home to me in a way.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Don’t read quotes from strangers online

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Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

It made a lot of sense to name it after the track I was most proud of. Time is about a small crisis I had a while back whilst I was in a relationship that wasn’t exactly the healthiest. I started projecting all my negativity towards my misuse of time and I sort of felt I couldn’t think or process my thoughts in time with reality, which lead to a profound feeling of helplessness and introspective confusion that I wasn’t (and still am not to be honest) prepared to handle.

See Us Live At:

Liverpool somewhere probably. I don’t tend to perform too often as I like to focus on my releases. I’ll be looking to do a bit more shows as my schedule clears up though.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

The first song I ever wrote for this project can be found in the set of demos I released back in 2015 called Chained in Sleep. Oh how things progress…

Unusual Merchandise:

It’s not advertised or anything, but I’ll pretty much sell whatever disposable body part I have if people want it. Does anybody want to buy a bit of bellybutton fluff or trimmed facial hair?

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

I’d like to add more industrial elements as time goes on and really up the insanity element of the music in some way.

Worst Experience On Tour:

I stayed in a hotel last week with one of my other bands Novacrow in Nottingham. I’m pretty sure the people in front of us were trying to book a room to cook meth (or whatever other drugs) in, instead of beds they just laid out two mattresses on the floors for us, and in the middle of the night somebody unlocked our door and walked right in, saw that we were sleeping there and walked back out. But at least we didn’t get stabbed so that was nice!

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

I’m usually good with injuries, I tend to bash my knee on my bass quite often but that’s pretty much it. I once ever so slightly pricked one of my fingers on my right hand just before a show, and about halfway through the first song I think to myself “I’m sweating way more than usual, my hand feels soaked!” and when I look down I can just see my bass completely covered in blood. Also the drummer for my other band dislocated his shoulder trying to do a handstand underwater and I had to ride the ambulance with him to the next city over to get him treated. That was pretty dumb.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

I played this small festival many years ago with my old band from the Netherlands and whilst there was virtually nobody there, we got all the free booze we could possibly drink afterwards and we ended up crashing in this massive tent full of couches and chairs and we had an absolute blast!

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Hippopotamus. They look all cute and derpy but they will FUCK YOUR SHIT UP. They are the world’s deadliest large land mammal and the kill up to 500 people a year. That’s fucking crazy.

INTERVIEW – WEESP

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Metallica – Fuel, Iron Maiden – Fear of the dark

Best Experience While On Tour: drugs experience

Cover you would really like to do? Cult of luna – A greater call

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Song from new album, that we have released on 5th april 2018. ‘Red nead glow’ – We believe that in each person there are good and evil. This song is about what happens when we fail to keep the balance. It’s about inspiration, excitement, actions, consequences and guilt. It’s about the demons that live inside of us.

Easiest Song You Wrote: I think we don’t have easy written songs, every song is written with with blood and sweat

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: Definitely it’s new album ‘Black Sails’. Personally i also like ‘Our own gale’ single.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: We all love to play annualy festival in Kherson (Ukraine) called ‘Krock’. For sure – this is one of the greatest festivals we’ve played.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Every new song, new video, new release and new show makes us very happy.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: We decided to create a Bro Button mobile app. When you fuck a girl and need some help from your bandmate – just press it. No long talks – press a button.

Jokes You Have In The Band: Everybody sings to each other a song – Yooou are faaagoooot and all your friends are bums – in russian.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: We started all of our recent shows with ‘Read Neon Glow’

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: I think maybe 1500 kilometers.

Movie That Best Represents The Band: Im thinking about superheroic DC Movie. You know – dark one with tough heroes.

New Band You’d Recommend: Light the Torch!!!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Light the torch – why not =)

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Germany. Berlin and Hamburg.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Don’t let the world break you and you will change it some day.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

According to the legend of Theseus – he went along with the doomed young men and girls to the island of Crete to the minotaur in the hope of killing the monster.

And the ship were under black sails, symbolizing grief and mourning. But the return should have been under the white, after the victory. So ‘Black Sails’ embodies all our listeners, like-minded people and all those who stand out, dream, love and believe.

See Us Live At:

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

I think it was Smells like teen Spirit by Nirvana.

Unusual Merchandise: We have big badges like 10cm in diameter,

and two sizes of fridge magnets.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

We have acoustic versions for some of ours songs, and even performed it few times.

Here is video for acoustic version of one of ours song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LvrHZuYKPg

For the new album we will prepare acoustic version too.

Worst Experience On Tour: When we have great venue, with all the staff and technically brilliant, but no one come to see us, because of some reason. This happens with every single band, and i think – it’s definitely the worst experience.

Xrays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: Once we got in traffic crash on tour, but with no Injuries. Lot of hangovers.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: There were huge amount of shows and every show was special, so it’s really hard to answer this one.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: The Lernaean Hydra

YOU KNOW THE DRILL’S TRACK BY TRACK GUIDE TO ‘SELFHOOD’

Pop-Punks You Know The Drill recently announced details of their forthcoming sophomore EP. The 5 tracker ‘Selfhood’ will see release via Scylla Records on 22nd June 2018, with vocalist Benji Yapp saying: “Selfhood is a word which describes the quality that makes up a person and just being aware and proud of who you are, which really resonated with us as we wrote this EP. We tried not let ourselves be limited by the “pop-punk” label and write without worrying what people were going to think, which definitely ended up benefitting the record.”

1. Overcast – Overcast is a song about realisation of who you are, your downfalls and owning the mistakes you’ve made in the past. This song started with the jumpy, hyped up intro which Damo (Bass) and Brad (Drums) came up with together in Damo’s living room and we all worked on it from there. Ever since the song had that faded in intro, we knew it was going to be track one off the E.P and although we have played it live yet we know it’s going to be the opener of our set for a long time. It’s definitely the song we’re most excited to play live because of the pure energy and the back and forth vocals, we’re hoping it’ll go down really well.

2. Homesick – This first thing I wrote for Homesick was the chorus, and it was one of the rare occasions for me where it came so naturally when writing it, to the point where the lyrics I initially penned down, ended up being the final lyrics. Lyrically it is one of the most revealing songs I’ve ever written, which is about my doubts in being able to make it in music and wondering whether it is all just a waste of time, but then it’s disguised in this really fun, bouncy pop punk song, which I love about it.

We had a show the day after this song was released as the second single, and we weren’t really expecting anyone to sing along just yet, but as soon as we started that intro there was about 6 or 7 people singing it back at us and getting involved which was absolutely insane. So if that’s the kind of reaction it’s getting already, then I can’t wait to see how well it goes down elsewhere.

3. Suspect – I’m sure if I looked hard enough I could find voice records of myself hiding in the toilet at work singing a super rough chorus of Suspect. Suspect is the story of someone who feels their significant other may not be faithful to them and how it is affecting their relationship. One of my favourite lyrics is taken from this song in the chorus “We’re separated like the sea between the shores”, which to me I think is a really powerful metaphor for feeling distance from someone.

It was this song in particular that made me really desire a summer release for the E.P because it has such an uplifting vibe throughout, despite the contrasting lyrics! This track also features one of my favourite moments on the E.P which is in the final chorus when it drops into this big, open quarter time section which just feels so powerful and kinda makes you wanna go out and rule the world!

4. Blossom – In between writing sessions down in Eastbourne, Luke would head outside and sit on a brick wall with an acoustic guitar, whilst Alex’s dog, Maddie would come and keep him company. Within a couple of days he had written this super pretty acoustic track which we knew we just HAD to put on the E.P, so we worked on that too and put it on the record. Lyrically, I see it as a continuation of Overcast, only this time an apology is being made as well as promises to be better and to grow from the past.

This is the only track on the E.P. which was recorded entirely at Nightcrawl Studio in Eastbourne with our good friend, Rich Dack. We recorded all of the acoustic late on a Saturday night and it was the most chill environment to record in, we’d be playing PS4 and hanging out with his dog, Amy between takes. It was just real relaxing and I think that comes across when you listen to the song.

Luke did have to re-record one line for this though, when we realised a couple of months after recorded that he sang “I lost control of all my goats” instead of “I lost control of all my ghosts”, which was real funny because none of us realised it for ages.

Blossom was tentatively titled Maddie, named after Alex’s dog, for a long time but we felt it needed a more fitting name, and Blossom just seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrical themes and overall sound of the song.

5. Snake Eyes – Snake Eyes was the very first song written for the E.P and it all started with the clean guitar riff just before the verse kicks in, which Luke came to practice with and it just expanded from there. In terms of composition it changed a lot throughout the writing process, to the point where we ended up cutting sections we had already recorded vocals for. We were very lucky to have Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words lend his vocal talents to the outro section of Snake Eyes. All the way along we knew we wanted someone to feature on that section, but we weren’t sure who, although we did toy with the idea of Joey for ages before actually asking him, assuming he just wouldn’t have been interested, so it only goes to show, don’t ask, don’t get!

Continuing of from the themes of realising your mistakes and then owning them and making them right, Snake Eyes touches on realising your self worth and allowing yourself to want better out of your relationships.

SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL ’18 SURVIVAL GUIDE

The bank holiday weekend festival is set to launch once again in less than three days, hitting the North (LEEDS) on Saturday, South (HATFIELD) on Sunday and Midlands (BIRMINGHAM) on Monday. With the festival running from 1pm-11pm (With afterparties till 3am), these are the things you should keep in mind before and during the festival

Set up a schedule and check out new bands.

50+ bands across 7 stages, there WILL be clashes. Be sure to set a schedule of the times and bands you wish to see. This can easily be done via the Slam Dunk Festival App. Also, don’t be afraid to check out bands you’ve never seen before. If you have free time, why not go to the Breakout Stage to check out some of the latest upcoming bands? Festivals are an easy way to discover new music quickly and easily, so make use of it if you can!

TIP: For bigger bands, give plenty of time to get to the stage before the act starts. Often, if a stage reaches full capacity there will be queues to get in, meaning you may not be let in when the band starts.

Only bring the essentials.

Security on all three venues this year is tight, meaning only one strap bags no bigger than an A4 sheet of paper are permitted into the venue. As this rule excludes backpacks, ensure to bring only the essential items for the day: Suncream, portable charger, money, ID and other essentials you may need for the day.

TIP: If you’re going to buy merch (honestly, who doesn’t) fold up a small cloth tote bag into your regular bag for later in the day

Bring enough money.

While some bars do take card payments, many merch stands and food stalls may only take cash. There are cash machines, however these often have long queues to save time, try and bring cash with you beforehand. Be sure to take enough money to suffice for the day and for travel to and from the festival grounds.

TIP: Bring coins along for quick drinks at the vending machines (venue dependant)

Keep hydrated.

Yes, water or drinks may be a bit more expensive at the festival itself, but it’s important to keep hydrated through the festival to avoid dehydration and other illness. Festivals aren’t as much fun in the medical tents. Also, food is expensive, eat before entering the festival to cut down on hunger in the grounds. Food does accommodate for vegans and non-vegans and while you can leave the festival, food areas outside the grounds (Specifically referring to MIDLANDS) may be just as expensive as inside.

TIP: If you’re desperate for water, some of the inside bars may give you glasses of tap water for free. However, this will vary from venue to venue.

Know your travel arrangements.

Over the bank holiday weekend, there are a few travel disruptions across the three dates which you can find below.

NORTH: Industrial action planned with a strike by Northern Rail train drivers. This will affect some lines in the Yorkshire Region

SOUTH: There will be limited trains leaving Hatfield station after the main festival ends (11pm) so ensure to leave promptly to fill the earlier trains. A queueing system will also be in place to avoid any overcrowding.

MIDLANDS: There will be no train service between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street. Services between the two will be replaced by a bus service.

TIP: Plan your travel arrangements beforehand and make sure you have a backup in case you miss trains.

Maps for all three dates can also be found below:

Have fun and be safe!

Most importantly have fun and be safe. Crowdsurfing/stage diving and moshing are permitted but at the participants risk. “Slam Dunk as an organisation does not condone any of these activities and will not be held accountable for injury/loss of possessions as a direct result of such activities’. If you take part in these activities and are deemed to be causing potential harm to yourself or others, you may face eviction from the festival site.

Be aware that you are banned form bringing these items into the festival and they will be confiscated upon entry.

  • Glass bottles
  • Cans
  • Flasks
  • Cool boxes and hampers
  • Flags and banners
  • Helium balloons
  • Studded belts
  • Spiked bracelets/belts/neck collars/boots or jackets
  • Trouser chains
  • Sharp/large rings
  • Flares and fireworks
  • Smoke grenades
  • Airhorns
  • Large bags
  • Laser pointers/Pens and glow Sticks
  • Sharp objects, any items that could potentially be used as weapon
  • Audio or Video recording devices such as iPads and tablets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Large umbrellas
  • Parasols
  • Tents
  • Gazebos
  • Any chairs including collapsible or any other item of furniture
  • Skate board, roller skates, bicycles, hover boards
  • Balls
  • Frisbees
  • Kites
  • Barbecues
  • Lanterns or anything that can be lit with a naked flame
  • Drones

If you see anything suspicious or need help during the festival, talk to a steward, security or official found around the site.

INTERVEIW – THE SOURHEADS

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Ozzy Osbourne – Shot in the dark. I used to tape the Rock Show from the TV that was on in the middle of the night and the video for that song was really cool at the time. Ozzy looks like a drag queen in it. It was amazing and Jake E lee was on guitar.

Best Experience While On Tour:

Any gig where we get a rider is a plus. A nice pizza always goes down well. Apart from that all the gigs are pretty similar we just try and give everything we can in the performance. It’s always nice to get paid.

Cover you would really like to do?

Not really a big fan of covers live as there are plenty of cover bands and tribute bands around I think it’s important to remain original and produce the best music you can as a band. I think in the studio LA Woman by The Doors would be a good song for us to cover as we are all influenced by The Doors.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

All of our songs have great stories to them the best thing to do would be to listen to the album as Jake writes like a poet. We have songs about demonic possession relationship breakdowns rock and roll swagger and general debauchery. I’m raging mad dog she’s my killer pill. Mad dog is about a relationship where people can’t live with or without each other.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

There is a new song that we have just written called killing machine that’s pretty straightforward it’s a slow stomp type song a bit similar to Adam and the Ants in its rhythm.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Our album Care plan for the soul is a debut release and we are really proud of it. We feel there are plenty of Great lyrics and the music is driving yet subtle in places. We seem to be receiving great reviews so I think we did something right.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Camden Town London at the Unicorn. That was a good one. We played there with Red Spektor and The Healthy Junkies….had a nice size crowd.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

The day we received our limited edition splatter vinyl from our record label. When I was a kid I used to save all my money and buy vinyl from the local record store so to have it go full circle and actually have the Band release a vinyl was pretty impressive. A great feeling of achievement and a middle finger to all the people who doubted us.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Jake our singer won Come dine with me on Channel 4. Everytime it is repeated we get an influx of middle age women adding us on social media. So in that respect it’s a really cool thing for the band. It’s got a bit repetitive for Jake now though.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Not sure about that we are always joking around and playing pranks on each other. We are all pretty funny individuals so there probably too many jokes to mention can’t really think of one in particularly. Two snowmen stood in a field one says to the other can you smell carrots?

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

We start our set with a song called My rock and roll. It builds with a bass and drum groove and the guitars and singer have a question and answer kind of build up. Then all of a sudden it bursts into full on. Jake likes to chant some of his Mojo at the start of the show and set the mood.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

We are still on our UK tour promoting our debut album South Wales is pretty far away that was a five and a half hour drive there and five and a half hours back. But when you have a bunch of drunk rock and rollers in the car time goes pretty quick.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because we are all a bunch of freaky individuals. We do draw the line at cannibalism though but Jake is pretty handy with a chainsaw.

New Band You’d Recommend:

Red Spektor are a great band. We tour a lot with them and we are all really good friends.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Queens of the Stone Age will be pretty cool Clutch maybe Alice Cooper, ZZTop any bands that has a legacy.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

America, it’s huge. California is the same size as the UK and all the states have different weather. I love America I go every year four four weeks if I can.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

You can take the money take the dog but you will never get your hands on the rock and roll of life.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Our drummer lamb is a pretty deep thinker and we thought that the album shows various states of emotion. The news and media is so negative nowadays and the internet has no boundaries of censorship so your soul can get burnt. We just thought take some time out to take a deep breath create a care plan for the soul.

See Us Live At:

A venue near you and if we aren’t there give us their details and we will try to get there.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

The song that is the oldest is Don’t get caught I am the Lotus. The band has been playing that for around 7 years I only joined in 2016 and we got the record deal the same year but that song goes way back. It’s a strong song and one of our best. It gets the greatest response from the fans live

Unusual Merchandise:

We don’t have any unusual merchandise just the standard stuff although I did make a mistake and got some window stickers made. I thought the order said 100cm it was actually 100mm. And I made them black so nobody can see them anyway. Felt like banging my head against a brick wall

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

We already did that. Our song Demon was remixed in a drum and bass style by Ben our bass players brother Simon who was the drummer of Inme. We are open to other people remixing our songs in different genres. We like to think of our band as a multi genre act.

Worst Experience On Tour:

I once played with a band that was supporting Wrinkle. Wrinkle went on to become The Cribs. The whole gig started late and they over played so we ended up not playing at all as there was an early curfew because of sound levels. So pretty much a waste of time as been there at all.

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:

Luckily we haven’t had any broken bones yet we do Jump Around quite a bit though. A nice packet of Alka-Seltzer and antacid tablets is about as medical as we get.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

All our shows are our favorites as long as there are people there and they respond to the music it’s hard to pinpoint any single one. The London ones are always good and Stoke-on-Trent has a cracking scene. Newcastle-under-Lyme has a great little venue called the Free Bird everyone is so friendly and into music.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

A tiger because they are pretty cool. I love the colours and they can pounce at any time. Suppose it’s better to be a tiger than something like a baboon or an anteater.