EMQ’s With Cyanide-4
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Glam/ Sleaze Metal band, Cyanide-4. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We are Cyanide 4 from Greece, we are considered to be a Glam / Sleaze Metal band, but we would actually say that we play modern Hard Rock / Metal, influenced by the Glam scene! The band was formed back in 2007 in Athens, Greece and since then has released 3 studio albums, a couple of demos, was featured in various CD compilations as well as played numerous shows as headliners and as support act to many acclaimed artists like Scorpions (x2), W.A.S.P., Bonfire (x2), Crashdiet, Lizzy Borden, Over The Rainbow and Ten.
How did you come up with your band name?
Back then, we were thinking of something “dangerous & venomous”, you know… So, the poison ‘cyanide’ came up to be the ideal venomous idea we’d been looking for, adding the #4 which represents the number of band members.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
The band is based in Athens, Greece but since 2018, we ‘technically’ have members from all parts of the country. The Glam scene in Greece is unfortunately not so popular, though in Athens you can find some bars that play that kind of stuff or where parties take place. But in overall, it’s not that easy being a Hard Rock / Glam Metal band in Greece…
What is your latest release?
Our latest album called “AmaΛgamA”, is out since May 22nd on Perris Records (USA). You can listen to it on all streaming platforms as well as watching our 3 videos off of that record on our YouTube channel.
Who have been your greatest influences?
As mentioned before, of course, we have been heavily influenced by all the great Glam scene bands, like Crue, WASP, Dokken, etc., but we’d say that it is more a ‘lifestyle’ influence. Of course, you can actually find elements of those bands in our music, but we have achieved to craft our kind of sound, we are a Glam band that doesn’t sound so Glam, you know… We’d say, it’s more or less a Hard Rock & Metal mix-up with modern production and sound.
What first got you into music?
Well, I guess for everybody of us, it’s more or less that older brother / cousin that gave us a cassette or CD-compilation and lit up the Heavy Metal flame in us, ha ha!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Tour-wise, it’d be a dream to share the stage with Mötley Crue or Guns & Roses but we’d also love to do a run of shows alongside Hardcore Superstar, one of the greatest bands of our genre!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We’d definitely go for Sweden Rock Festival, because it’s the all-day / all-night rock ‘n’ roll party there, it matches 101% the energy / vibe and style of our music / band!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hmm… well I don’t actually remember receiving any gifts at all, ha ha ha! But we know for sure that the best gift our fans could give us, is their true support!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stay true and rock on! We are looking forward to seeing you all in a club nearby, as soon as possible!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ronnie James Dio…
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The music, in all of its aspects…composing, playing, listening! Well, I guess I’d hate the fact that it sometimes becomes stressful, as well as an addiction from a certain point and on and I think that any kind of addiction wouldn’t be that good, would it…?
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It definitely wouldn’t be just one! I guess, the most important thing is that the new, up-and-coming bands could actually get a chance to ‘grow bigger’ and foremost, play live and enjoy it! Besides, doing live shows is what we all live for!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Well, regarding Heavy Metal, I’d go for Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” and Hard Rock-wise, Whitesnake’s “Come An’ Get It”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Download / Digital format is of course more accessible, but… We’d go for vinyl, because the artwork is always better, bigger size / higher resolution and of course it has a ‘warmer’ sound in comparison to CD…
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Supporting the Scorpions was something great! You know, we were at our very early days as a band, with just a demo out and having the chance to play in front of 8.000+ people, a stadium-show was a dream-coming-true!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We all have our everyday lives and jobs, so, the answer isn’t difficult to imagine, ha ha… In any case, we’d love Rock and Metal music, either as musicians or not!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Well, we guess a night with the Crue would be a dream… a f@ckin’ disaster, ha ha!
What’s next for the band?
We’ve just released our latest videoclip off of the new album, for the song “So In Vain” and now we are focusing on planning a run of shows in Greece, by the start of next year, as well as another run of shows in Europe, later on in 2023. And by the time we’re done with the shows, “Album No. 4” will start shaping-up!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We mainly use Facebook, Instagram and YouTube as well as Spotify for video / audio streaming services. You can find all our profiles below, accordingly:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Well, we are not really familiar with that name, but it seems to be a ‘tricky question’, so cakes would be the really obvious answer, wouldn’t it…? Instead, we’d go against the odds, we’d go for biscuits, ha ha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We are looking forward to hitting the stage and rock our @sses off with all you guys out there! Take care and rock on! See you soon!
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