EMQ’s With R3VO

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EMQ’s With R3VO

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with European Alternative Rock/ Progressive Metal band, R3VO. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Leo, 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?

Hi everyone! My name is Leo and I am R3VO’s vocalist. We are based in Berlin, where the four of us live (Altair at the drums, Victor at the bass and Jan at the guitar) since 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

Victor created the project and gave it the name ‘Revo’ which apparently doesn’t mean anything, it just sounded cool to him. This year we rebranded into ‘R3VO’ to add to the coolness factor.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

Victor and Altair are from France, I am Italian, and Jan was born in Dresden, Germany. The music scene in Berlin is extremely diverse and welcoming, in our experience. We started to make connections in the Rock and Metal scene only this year, given that COVID shut down the live scene for a while. We are having a blast.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is the single ‘Artificial Pleasure’ and its music video. This is actually my favourite song out of all of our productions so far.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The boys will tell you Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Opeth, and RATM. I personally learned how to sing and scream by trying to imitate Kurt Cobain’s vocals.

What first got you into music?

Personally music has been my loyal companion in the lonely and confusing times of my teenage years. At a certain point, I became interested in being a musician as well as a listener.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Given that we live in Germany I think that we all have a thing for Wacken.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Our friend and supporter Jules invited us to his jam space, Katarkombe, and when we got there we saw that he had painted a 3m by 4m graffiti of our band’s name on the jam wall. It looks amazing.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We would thank them for making time in their busy lives to support us. That’s really special.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

A great moment is the performance, the interactions with the audience. Less enjoyable is the way back to our rehearsal space at 3 am with all that gear.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Putting aside all of the positive aspects of being a musician and playing in a band, I gotta say that doing all of this, at least at our stage in our music career, is pretty expensive. I would change that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite album is “Science Fiction” by Brand New.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I would say Privat Club Berlin with Royalist and Anima Above. We came back on the same day from a show in Troisdorf and I was running on 2 hours of sleep. For some reason I had major fun during that show.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would probably be working in a record label as assistant A&R. If someone was to hire me as such.

What’s next for the band?

On 19.10.22 our single “Fireflies” and its music video was released. The single is a Prog Rock snowflake with a surprise outro. The music video has a sci-fi vibe and some crazy dance moves. On 16.11.22 our debut EP “Fireflies” (Prog Rock/Metal) will be released and we are stoked about it.

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We are mostly active on Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/r3vo.official/ 
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw8_rIQ0xLk 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/01uoYsje54OTFNQSatrC49
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/r3voofficial 
Bandcamp: https://r3voofficial.bandcamp.com 

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct

name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a

Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I feel like using Google to answer this question would be cheating, so I will say ‘Bun’(?).

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you guys for the questions. R3VO wishes you a beautiful day!

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EMQ’s With Centershift

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EMQ’s With Centershift

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with American Alternative Rock band, Centershift. Huge thanks to Guitarist, Ryan, 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?

Hello, my name is Ryan l play guitar in Centershift. The Band has ties between all members that span over a couple decades, and a couple of us have been in previous bands together over the years as well. 

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with the name, Centershift around the time the pandemic started, which definitely put the world on its side. In essence, we are all the same, but we are allowed to think differently and think for ourselves, and ultimately, we are all in this together. 

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We are based out of Los Angeles, CA. The scene here is thriving to get back to what it was before the pandemic, where a lot of venues shut down temporarily and shows were limited. But also in that time, a lot of bands continued to write and record new music, and a lot of new bands formed as well. There are a lot of cool bands working hard to get back out there, and new ones making their way to do the same. There is a solid community of bands working together to make great shows and exposure happen locally.  

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest EP, called “Of” just came out in late August, and we also released a music video and single, for the song ‘From Where We Are’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have a giant myriad of influences ranging from Punk, to Jazz, R&B, Metal, and Classical. But l would say we are greatly influenced by all bands and music that are doing something interesting and fresh, and those that can persevere through the ever-changing musical climate. 

What first got you into music?

Being drawn to guitar at a very young age, l would say hearing Jimi Hendrix on the radio as a kid, and also growing up with MTV at that time, there was a lot of guitar oriented bands in the main rotation of what was played or seen. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

For me personally, someone like Jacob Collier, who is constantly pushing boundaries and re-writing the way things are done. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Any and all European festivals! Back in the early 2000’s l was in a band called, Shuvel, who toured Europe and we were fortunate to play a lot of festivals, and those were some of the best shows l’ve ever played.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I would say when someone brings food, once an Indian fan, brought his mother’s version of curry meatballs, they were amazing.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Have fun, enjoy life, be good to each other, and support live music, so the bands they like can keep coming to their towns. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Well, for me it would be Jimi Hendrix, l would love to jam and take lessons from him! Ha ha!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

My favourite thing about playing is that it is timeless, l get those same feelings as a 12 year old kid staring at my posters on the wall trying to emulate my heroes, and if we touch people with our music, or we have a positive influence on someone, that to me is everything. The only thing l hate is that l cannot play music all day long and tour nonstop like l would love to do. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I wish there was more of a mindset to help bring younger bands up with more known bands, to get proper exposure, and also to nurture their careers, help shape them and develop then into great songwriters and performers. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Master of Puppets”. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

I think all are the best as long as you’re able to hear the music whenever and wherever you want to. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

One of my favourites was playing festivals in front of 60,000 plus people, truly surreal.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

My other passions are cooking, and gardening.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack Kerouac, Charles Bulowski, Jim Carrey, Paul McCartney and Ram Dass.

What’s next for the band?

We are gearing up for our full length release closer to the end of the year, along with releasing more singles… writing new music for the next one, and continuously playing shows, and upcoming tours this upcoming year. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? Please include any links

https://linktr.ee/RadfordMedia

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I would guess a Roll. 

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would just like to say thank you for the interview, and we thank everyone for listening and checking out the band and the music. Please share with a friend, and we hope to see you in your town playing a show soon!

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Esprit D’Air (with support from Nebulesse) – Rebellion, Manchester

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Esprit D’Air (with support from Nebulesse)
Rebellion, Manchester
03/08/22
Live Review by Laura Barnes

Now, prior to this night I hadn’t been to a gig in what feels like an agonizingly long time, so allow me to self-indugently set the scene here. It is a scorching Tuesday evening in Manchester. The streets are busy with jolly day-drinkers making the most of lingering sun. Outside of the Rebellion bar stands a small queue, in which people of all ages, genders and subcultures mingle excitedly as they wait for the doors to open. Rebellion is exactly the kind of venue I was craving: all wood-chipped and sticky-floored with just a tad of peeling fluorescent paint. It is also an intimate venue: perfect for a night like this one. 

Manchester locals Nebulesse were the first and only support act, and boy-oh-boy do they do their job with gusto. Nebulesse play what can best be described as noughties style alt-rock, but my more creative description is this: emo with a deliciously spicy kick. Being a support act can be challenging, especially when playing to a fanbase as dedicated as Esprit D’Air’s – more on this later – but Nebulesse handled this challenge with ease, winning the crowd over in what felt like an instant. If there were any doubters, they were soon silenced by Nebulesse’s rousing cover of My Chemical Romance’s ‘House of Wolves’. A special mention must be made here to Nebulesse’s absolutely electric frontwoman Pix, who commanded the crowd in an authentic and characteristically Northern way. By the end of their set, people were enthusiastically singing along to the anthemic ‘No More Waiting’. Nebulesse aren’t just a band that give you a good bloody show, but are also one you would happily grab a pint with at the end of the night. I recommend you check them out sooner than later; they are one to watch.

https://www.facebook.com/NEBULESSE

With the band all fired up, it was time for Esprit D’Air themselves. Esprit D’Air, it seems, are suckers for a dramatic entrance – one by one the band members enter the stage to rapturous applause, accompanied by the cinematic ‘Into The Oceans’ intro track. The biggest cheer arose when frontman Kai arrived. Dressed in loose black robes and silver jewelry, he looked like a very joyous grim reaper. And that joy was infectious! Although Esprit D’Air’s music is emotive and has a strong focus on personal struggles, there was something euphoric about the whole night. It is rare for a band to enjoy performing as much as the crowd enjoys watching, but this gig saw the band and the crowd feeding each other’s excitement until it filled the entire room.  Esprit D’Air played a very no-nonsense set; the focus was very clearly on the music, with only brief introductions to their hits. Such a focus really allowed for their musicianship to shine. The killer drum solo in the first half of the set was the perfect way to keep the crowd on their toes, and set the live Esprit D’Air experience apart from the studio album experience. Likewise, within the dark walls of Rebellion, the guitar solos were much larger and more powerful than on the albums. Free from glossy production, Esprit D’Air unleashed their full potential. It was delightful.

Another special mention here must go out to the fans. Gigs are always places of camaraderie and friendship, but Esprit D’Air have fostered a whole community of fans. People who had only ever spoken on the dedicated fan Discord server met each other for the first time, exchanging gifts and hugs aplenty. Half the crowd already seemed to know each other, and the other half all made friends over the course of the show. Gigs are life-affirming events, and as frontman Kai serenaded the crowd with ‘Guiding Light’ I remembered why I had missed them so much. 

https://www.facebook.com/espritdair

LINKS:
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Gruntruck – Push (Re-issue)

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Gruntruck – Push (Re-issue)
Cherry Red Records
Release Date: 08/07/22
Running time: 53:32
Review by Laura Barnes
9/10

Even though I was born in 2000, I really love the 90s. 

You know how some people get all weird about the 80s? They religiously collect Talking Heads vinyls and insist that Donnie Darko is the greatest movie ever made? I’m like that with the 90s. I think that nu-metal rules, CDs are an excellent and practical way to listen to music, and Scream 2 is the greatest movie ever made. So, when the opportunity to revisit 1990s Seattle came a-knockin, who was I to say no?

Gruntruck exist on the heavier side of grunge, and are certainly more Alice In Chains than Nirvana. Their version of grunge favours fury over apathy and speed over atmosphere; their catchy hooks have fangs. That said, the late Ben McMillan remains a quintessential grunge frontman, and his gruff vocals act as a sonic time capsule that catapults you right back to 1990s Seattle. “Push” was Gruntrucks second album, and saw them shift slightly away from their psychedelic influences in lieu of a more compact and thrashier sound. The result was an album that could have (and by all means should have) tattooed Gruntruck into the cultural consciousness and transformed them into a household name. Instead, legal disputes and a strained relationship with their record label meant that “Push” didn’t quite get the attention it deserved. Still, dedicated music fans soon discovered “Push”, and granted the album a most honourable status: a cult classic. And it’s easy to see why: with “Push” Gruntruck have delivered an album that is exemplary of its genre, whilst simultaneously sounding fresh and unique. ‘Tribe’ kicks off the album with a goose-bump inducing riff that worms its way into your head; ‘Machine Action’ is a twisting python of a song that slithers and turns around you, capable of suffocating you at any second; ‘Above Me’ is a thoughtful and heavy track that explores the allure of codependency. On a personal level, my favourite track on the album is ‘Slow Scorch’. As a woman who’s early music education was received courtesy of the Kerrang! music channel, I am horrified that this track never once graced my TV screen. It has everything that makes rock rock, from the gloomiest bass guitar to anti-establishment fury. 

Of course, if you are already a grunge aficionado, then you already know all this. So what does this reissue have to offer to those already familiar with “Push”? Alongside the original album, this reissue includes 3 bonus tracks – ‘Crucifunkin’’ and ‘Flesh Fever’ from Gruntrucks debut album “Inside Yours”, and a Demo version of ‘Machine Action’. Whilst ‘Crucifunkin’ and ‘Flesh Fever’ are welcome inclusions, the Demo track feels like a anticlimatic conclusion to the album, especially since we already heard a more ‘full’ and satisfying version of the song earlier. The physical copy of this reissue also provides an album booklet that revisits the story of Gruntruck, from their casual formation out of proto-grunge band Skin Yard and thrash band The Accüsed, to gaining Beavis and Butthead’s much sought approval, to the sombre live show that signalled the end. The booklet also features old photographs and setlists from Gruntruck’s glory days, providing an interesting glimpse into the Seattle scene. Overall, this reissue has something to offer to both potential Gruntruck fans and die-hard rock fans alike. 

TRACKLISTING: 
01. Tribe 
02. Machine Action
03. Racked
04. Crazy Love
05. Above Me
06. Gotta Believe
07. Break
08. Slow Scorch
09. Follow
10. Body Farm
11. Lose
12. Push
13. Crucifunkin’ 
14. Flesh Fever
15. Machine Action

LINE-UP:
Ben McMillan – Vocals, Guitar
Tom Niemeyer – Guitar
Tim Paul – Bass
Norman Scott – Drums

LINKS: 

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EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

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EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Alternative Rock band, Delphi Ravens. Huge thanks to their founder/ bassist /songwriter, Papa B, 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?

The band is called Delphi Ravens.  I am Papa B.™, I founded the band in late 2019 after a year of searching for and auditioning dozens of people. I was even wondering if I would ever get the right group together, but it happened. Then – COVID. UGH! So, we decided to totally focus on writing and recording original songs. By mid-2020 we had our first few songs written and recorded and started to release them in late 2020/early 2021.

Since then, we have written 15 tracks, the unreleased ones will be coming out each month starting in June 2022, through to the year end.

How did you come up with your band name?

I liked the raven image since I knew we would be writing a lot of ‘dark’ songs. Kira (vocalist) and I write all the songs. We both write lyrics and I write all the music, and Kira writes the melodies. We get input from the band as well when we present them a song.

Back to the name. I wanted to combine the idea of the 3-eyed raven who could see possible future events, like in Game of Thrones, with another idea of boundless knowledge. I thought the Greek Oracle at Delphi was the perfect fit. This was who all the great philosophers and scientists would go to for any kind of answer or knowledge they did not know. Delphi Ravens!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the west coast of the U.S. – the area called the Pacific Northwest, home of Grunge, with groups like Nirvana. Many great bands are from this area. Our area is not as large as the big cities like Seattle so there are few original music bands, tons of cover bands. But we travel if needed for the right venues.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest single is ‘Last Memories’ released a few weeks ago on Spotify. People can hear the unreleased song ‘Take My Hand’ on our ReverbNation account.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listen to so many different genres that I can’t pick any one person or band. I listen to styles I don’t really like. Why? Because I believe you can get an idea or technique from all kinds of music. Sometimes I listen to classical pipe organ music from Bach or Handel for example. I can get an idea and translate it to our Alternative Rock style and make it work.

What first got you into music?

Always loved music but couldn’t sing so I was just a fan for a long time. Then I decided to just go for it (not the singing but playing). I was hooked and got even more hungry to write songs after I got my playing in decent shape.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I have never been able to answer that question. Too many great ones to choose from, I guess. But Silversun Pickups comes to mind. Unique song structures and ideas always intrigue me. Finneas would be another.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Coachella for sure. Incredible venue with super artists and rabid fans. Gotta love it!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Pair of underwear. So, you ask yourself, I hope this was planned and not a spur of the moment kinda thing?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listen. Listen to the whole song. That’s it. People miss so much when they don’t focus and listen. There are so many nuances in songs of ours (and many artists) and usually only other artists acknowledge them.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

For me that is easy, bring back Freddie Mercury. Truly one of the best front persons ever and a brilliant song writer as well. One of a kind!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love it all, writing – recording – playing live but if I had to pick it would be playing live. Nothing like having people to share your music with. I hate that so many fabulous artists can’t make a living doing what they love and what they are great at. Especially when there are far less talented people making big money.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The lack of payment for streaming. Artists work very hard to create good music and all the money goes elsewhere.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side of the Moon” – Pink Floyd. One of the most creative albums ever made. Ask me next week and I would probably pick another…many great albums.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Depends on when you were born. I like the rebirth of vinyl, but downloads are where it is at with most people today. Only problem is you don’t get paid for downloads …really. $40 for 10,000 streams is not pay, it’s grand theft.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

A private one actually. People were so involved and not one person left even when we ended… they all wanted to meet us and talk about our music.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably nothing. Sounds strange but I did a lot of things I wanted when I was young and came to music later. Now it’s all I want to do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s crazy tough to answer. I will pick amongst the living artists and avoid anyone outside of music. So, one legend, Elton John (great performer & great songwriter), Drake, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots). Very diverse group but all at the top of their game.

What’s next for the band?

Continue to write and record. Live gigs starting end of summer and on. EP out later this year and first album in 2023…. Who knows after that?

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We use Facebook, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter (a little).

Our website is our name – DelphiRavens.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake as proven in court. Little cakes that people mistake for biscuits…and chocolate on them, yummmmm! People in the states would call them cookies.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Everyone should check out a couple of our songs…at least. If you like them then connect with us on your favourite social media.

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GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine

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GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine
Artoffact Records
Release Date: 31/03/22
Running Time: 43:00
Review by Rory Bentley
9/10

In 2019 I had a pretty rough year where I went to a really dark place in my head. It was an incredibly painful time that felt like being buried alive by the weight of seismic changes in my life. I was crushed under the rubble of everything falling apart, for months every little thing was difficult and every traumatic event and bad decision I ever made was constantly replayed on the vast projector screen of my broken mind. During this time, aside from the efforts of my amazing friends and family to pull me from the void, I found great solace in the music of that year. Devin Townsend’s “Empath” provided me with the motivation to hang in there and fight through the enveloping coils of depression and back into the light, the good things about life, the reasons to toil through the seemingly perpetual gloom and emerge stronger with a renewed passion for the gift of existence. 

But when I needed to sit with the agony and work through the pain that I’d spent too long forcing down, “Caligula” by Lingua Ignota was my go-to soundtrack to stare down the void, to rage and gnash my teeth and feel every drop of anguish, shame and boundless wrath that had lay dormant under the cracked mask I’d plastered over myself to project the image to others and mainly myself, that everything was that wretched word- fine. Kristin Hayter had, and subsequently continues, to capture a level of visceral agony that I’d never experienced from any art form. Her own horrifying story of abuse and trauma, far greater than anything I can truly comprehend, was weaponised in a way that was defiant, triumphant and unfathomably disturbing. Although coming from a place very different from my own existential despair, it resonated with me like a searing blade plunged directly into my shattered heart. This is the power that great art can have, and what I’m discussing today is another example of that.

On “This Shame Should Not Be Mine” GGGOLDDD, and more specifically singer Milena Eva, swim those same dark waters of unresolved abuse in a cathartic magnum opus that often takes me back to that shadowy realm. Though far less abrasive and sonically challenging than “Caligula”, the album crafts something equally powerful and unique. It is a work that evokes so many artists that are the foundations of my musical core. The uniquely feminine wrath of Lingua Ignota and Chelsea Wolfe, the austere Industrial coldness of NIN and the sinister, throbbing melodies of the darkest elements of Depeche Mode. From a rhythmic point of view it has the hypnotic, tribal drumming of Neurosis and on the atmospheric side it reminds me of the terrifying Horrorcore soundscapes of seminal Hip Hop outfit clipping. 

The clear standout performer here is understandably Milena Eva, who uses the album to exorcise the trauma of a horrific incident of sexual assault she went through as a teen. Her lyrics are poetic yet often shockingly blunt as exemplified by single ‘Spring’ where, over pulsing Trip Hop beats and sinister baselines she sings ‘I want to shower until my skin falls off’. There is a numb acceptance to her delivery here, sounding exhausted, broken and almost monotone as if she has been hollowed out by the whole experience. Elsewhere she drips with bitter sarcasm at the underlying cultural biases that allow abusers to go unpunished with ‘Strawberry Supper’s’ chilling refrain of “boys will be boys” crooned over stabbing guitars, before exploding into a Black Metal attack as the tension escalates unbearably. 

Despite being sledgehammer heavy in so many respects, GGGOLDDD predominantly shy away from using the well-worn tools of the trade typically associated with ‘extreme’ music. The guitars use only minimal distortion, the keys and bass are the driving instruments and songs are often cavernous in their use of space. This provides the perfect arena for the haunting vocals and gut wrenching lyrics to work their dark magic, rarely leaping above a restrained softness despite delivering lyrics that feel like they should be screamed until blood comes up.

In fact, rather than completely mirroring the weight of its subject matter, the album provides multiple moments of catchy accessibility that make the whole experience surprisingly palatable. Whilst calling it an ‘enjoyable’ listen is something of a stretch, it’s hard to resist the shimmering yet robotically tight guitar lines of ‘Invisible’ or the hypnotically sinister beats of ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ as Milena’s vocals swirl around your ears like a serpent charming its prey into a trance. If you like the danceable lurking fear that is found deep into “The Downward Spiral’s” later tracks, then you’ll find a lot to like here. 

From the chilling vocoder delivery on the barren ‘On You’ with its mantra of ‘You put your filth on me, I will shake off that dirt, whatever you throw at me is on you’ to the driving closer ‘Beat by Beat’ , there is hope for a better day dotted throughout “This Shame..” which just about shines through the oppressive clouds. In fact, the final track almost ends everything on an upbeat note. Still dark and uncomfortable yet up-tempo and brimming with belief, it’s a subtle yet powerful shift from despair to defiance.

‘This Shame Should Not Be Mine’ is a rare instance where pure naked artistic expression and tight, compositional nous are able to exist side by side without diluting or overwhelming each other. It comes with a huge trigger warning, but those that can withstand its sharpest edges will find some truly magnificent, genre splicing Alternative Rock to reward every tear shed. It never sugar-coats but it is also never drowned by the rolling tides of anguish that threaten to capsize its excellent songs. This one’s an essential listen guys, it will hurt but it will also heal.

‘This Shame Should Not Be Mine’ Official Video

TRACKLISTING:
01. I Wish I Was a Wild Thing with a Simple Heart
02. Strawberry Supper
03. Like Magic
04. Spring
05. Invisible
06. I Won’t Let You Down
07. Notes on How to Trust
08. This Shame Should Not Be Mine
09. On You
10. Beat by Beat

LINE-UP:
Milena Eva – Vocals
Thomas Sciarone – Guitar
Jaka Bolic – Guitar
Vincent Shore – Guitar
Danielle Warners – Bass
Igor Wouters – Drums

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point

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Fear Of Falling – Turning Point
Self – Released
Release Date: 03/12/2021
Running Time: 35:44
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

A few months ago, I had the chance to review a great EP from South African Hard Rock/ Alternative band, Fear Of Falling. I really enjoyed it for it’s catchiness, and was very pleased to discover that they were going to be releasing an album later in the year! Well, that time has now arrived, and here I am reviewing said album, “Turning Point”. There’s a nice little link there, considering the EP was called “Breaking Point”, and was an exploration of mental health problems. “Turning point” now suggests that from within the despair, a new chapter has arisen, be it in music, or life. 

Pleasingly, because I really rather like their sound, musically this album is more of the same from Fear Of Falling. That unmistakably modern sound of Alt Rock, that combines elements of the 90s, with modern samples and technology, and employs everything genre from Grunge to Pop-Punk. One of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let Go’ (which incidentally appeared on the EP too) illustrates this perfectly. I could see it performed by the likes of Greenday back in the 90s, or Neck Deep now. It’s hellishly catchy and upbeat, and I can’t stop myself singing along to it. 

But these guys have much more crunch about them than the teenyboppers of the last three decades, and they know how to turn on the heavy. ‘Hate’ is a track that shows this off. It’s down tuned and scuzzy, and the vocals raw and punchy. Actually, from ‘Sunrise’ onwards, this really sums up the album. It’s a kind of mixture of The Foo Fighters, and The Chilli Peppers, just a little more pissed off and jaded than both, with an added dusting of Evergrey. 

The album closes with somewhat of a curve ball, in the shape of the stripped back, mostly acoustic track, ‘Home’. This is actually my favourite track on the album. It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and features some wonderful vocal harmonies, and a depth of feeling that you only really get with acoustic numbers. 

“Turning Point” is the perfect soundtrack for anyone who’s having a bit of a tough time. Lyrically, it’s really relatable. Musically it’s heavy enough to get a groove on to, and echo and express feelings, but it’s not overly fussy or complex. It’s also mixed and mastered exceptionally. I really hope these guys become a big name globally, because they’re quietly exciting. They’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re just doing what they do, and doing it well. A great album.   

Fear Of Falling – End Of Days (Official Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Drive 
02. Faded 
03. Falling 
04. Won’t Let Go 
05. Sunrise 
06. Breaking Me Down 
07. Hate 
08. Fake It 
09. End Of Days 
10. Home 

LINE-UP:
Brendon McCaig – Bass 
Dale Schnettler – Drums 
Jack Atlantic – Vocals 
Lloyd Timke – Guitar 

LINKS:

Fear Of Falling Promo Pic - Photo by Jerome van Zyl
Photo by Jerome van Zyl

“Breaking Point” EP Review:

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EMQ’s with ST. AURORA

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EMQ’s with ST. AURORA

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQ’s interview with Finnish Alternative Rock band, St. Aurora. Huge thanks to their front man, Nile, 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?

I am Nile, and I’m the frontman and lyricist of St. Aurora. Our bassist Eemi and our drummer Vallu founded our band just as the pandemic was starting to get a grip of society. They then rounded up the rest of the crew by finding out freaks who would be willing to go nuts on stage. We recorded our first EP during the end of 2020 and released it in spring. We are at the beginning of a huge journey!

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name has a somewhat spiritual meaning to Eemi and Vallu, and I feel like I’m not the one who should tell you that story, but what I can say is that there is a psychologic hospital in Helsinki named Aurora, and I’d be lying if I said it’s got nothing to do with our bands name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from Finland, a rather small country in Northern Europe. You could say we have a pretty massive Metal and Rock scene here, considering the size of our country and population. I still think we’re onto something different from what’s been going on in the scene. Maybe not something completely new, but something wild.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released our “They All Remember” EP during the spring. Also, our song ‘Falling (Just another way to fly)’ has a music video in youtube, go check it out!

St. Aurora – Falling (Just Another Way to Fly) – Official Music Video  

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence is probably Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour), for his attitude and range, not only vocally, but musically in general. I also take a lot of stuff from M Shadows, and the Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), when it comes to singing and writing lyrics and melodies. Travis Barker is a big dude for me as well, for the way he combines different genres, and just does his own thing behind the drums. Also, as new idols, Remington Leith (Palaye Royale), and Yungblud have given me courage to be who I am without holding myself back, style wise.

What first got you into music?

I started out by playing the drums in a Punk Rock band when I was a about 15 years old. After a while I got into singing, and the thought of being a frontman. My passion towards music gets its roots from my older brother, who is a die hard Iron Maiden fan, and was playing riffs from their songs all the time to me when I was a kid.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

It would be huge to open for bands like My Chemical Romance, or Palaye Royale, in Finland! But I think Finnish rock bands like The Rasmus would be super cool to collaborate with!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Definitely Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium! Super cool festival and it would be a dream come true to be up there!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Well hahaha, I haven’t been receiving any gifts from fans, so if somebody’s got the idea of giving me a gift, I do need a pair of blindfolds for sleeping, thanks so much.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay bored, for nothing is ever created if we don’t.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I bet it’d be Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell. A true loss to the music industry, the both of em.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the fact I can express myself and create something that might inspire somebody else to do it too. To infect people with my art. And if I had to say a thing I hate about music, I’d had to say art block. The way sometimes it’s just impossible to create anything for a while.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d love to change how people see records. Nowadays, people see new records as a list of new possibly good songs, and not as a whole record. I’d like to think every record is like a movie or a book that wants to be watched or read from start to finish. Only then can you truly say what you think about the record.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My all-time favourite album, hands down Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album. It also has the best song in the world; ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’. Couple of other great albums are Lamb of God’s “Ashes Of The Wake” (And “Wrath”), Palaye Royale’s “Bastards”, and Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone”. For a wild card I’ll drop Yelawolf’s “Love story”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

If by “downloads” you mean streaming, I think streaming is the best. Just to explain myself, I mean I’ve gotten to know a shitload of my nowadays favorite bands by the possibility of streaming. Music should be easy to acquire, and nowadays when everything is digital, I’m glad we have services like Spotify and iTunes. I still do collect records as CDs though.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We have played only one gig with St. Aurora, so I’m gonna go ahead and name that one.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m studying to be a professional actor, and that’s what I do when I’m not playing or making music. I also do graphic designing and other visual arts in my spare time. So possibly something else that would include art in general. Like designing characters for videogames, that’d be super cool.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wow, what a question, hmm. Maybe Corey Taylor, M Shadows, Jack Black, John Mayer, and Travis Barker. What a wacky little afternoon would that be. Probably wouldn’t be able to talk at all.

What’s next for the band?

Well right now we’re recording our next EP, and it’s gonna come out next year. And we’re getting ready for a couple of gigs we have before the end of the year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/saintauroraband/
www.instagram.com/saintauroraband/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3XNz0XuBEJMMnMIrGoYbRY

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a biscuit bruv, they’re my fucking weakness! Put them on the coffee table and you have seen the last of them, period.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Be who you are and let everybody see how fun you’re having with it. Be careless and I’ll repeat myself; get bored, for nothing is ever created if we don’t. Cheers! 💜

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

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EMQ’s with SPURGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, Georgia based Alternative/Psych Rock band, Spurge. Huge thanks to composer/multi-instrumentalist, Jen Hodges, 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?

My name is Jen. I compose, arrange, track, and play bass, drums, keys, guitar, percussion, and a few other instruments. I started Spurge in Nashville about 10 years ago as a way for me to record my music. It wasn’t and isn’t limited to one genre. It was just whatever I felt like writing. Through that freedom I allowed myself, I found my voice. After I found it I decided I wanted to start playing live shows again and got a group of musicians together from around town. A gospel drummer, a jazz guitarist, and a metal guitarist. We had fun and gigged a bit until I got a promotion and had to move to Atlanta. I found musicians in Atlanta of the same format and we continued to play. We’ve been gigging and I’ve been recording ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

The first iteration of the band was called Jen Hodges and Friends. Our first drummer, Laylow wanted to change it and I was game. Band names wasn’t something I considered; I was focused on the music. He suggested Spurge. He liked it because it is a weed reference. I was cool with it and the name stuck.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from America and that is THRIVING here \m/

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

The “Crown” EP was released in December 2020!

www.open.spotify.com/album/2t6kHp7aywdEEMhV63jcBg

Single/Video for ‘57’ was released in September,

‘57’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Flea. Definitely Flea. Then Mindless Self Indulgence, Buckethead, David Bowie, Alice In Chains and probably Pink Floyd as well.

What first got you into music?

I took piano lessons in first grade and cared about it a lot for some reason. After I heard Flea in 5th grade I switched to bass though and really started to get serious about it. I’d gig local coffee shops with my instructor. Got hooked on live shows early.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Maybe Danny Elfman. I’m learning a boingo bassline right now and it’s super goofy. I like weird vibes because it keeps me from being bored.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Lollapalooza! That festival had such mystique when I was younger. All my favourite bands played. I’m no exception to the millennial fixation on nostalgia.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’ve never received a gift from a fan I don’t believe. After shows a get I lot of people come up to me and say they are looking for a bassist in their band and ask if I’d join haha. We have been called “a musician’s band.” Most of the people who come to see our shows are musicians themselves.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Hi how are you?

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

For the purpose of releasing new music? Hmmm, Jimi got cut short and never heard all the craziness we do electronically now. I think he’d really get into it. Although I might say Dimebag Darryl because he didn’t deserve that man.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love waking up in the morning and getting excited for work that day. I love finding new challenges in music that upon first glance seemed simple. I love being stuck on a transition and breaking out a calculator to help me figure out where to go. I love that I always have something to talk about with people. I love that I’ll never master music and everyday I’m going to learn something different. I hate…hmmm…I hate carrying my bass cab!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d find a new way to consume music so that money would start flowing in the industry again. How do you make two million dollars in the music industry? Invest one million.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Mother’s Milk”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

It depends on the album. Heavy bass sounds best on high quality downloads or CD’s I think. Music that was made with analog in the 20th century sounds better on vinyl. Music evolves with technology I think.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Thank You Scientist was pretty baller. So was Tony MacAlpine.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d probably be a talent buyer. I did that for a few years in Nashville and it was a lot of fun.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Zeus, Santa Claus, Han Solo, Teddy Roosevelt and Cindy Crawford. I’d watch them all stumble over themselves flirting with Cindy.

What’s next for the band?

Secret show in Atlanta!!!!!!! Can’t do a big show cause of COVID, so secret album release party 😊

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Youtube, FB, IG, Spotify, Soundcloud
www.spurgeband.com/
www.spurgeband.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thespurgeband
www.instagram.com/spurge_band/
www.soundcloud.com/spurgeband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/22XhYu7Xm9ZoUaCq5mzxeU
www.youtube.com/channel/UC8btIAdf5fnXSKi0ZJvkKFQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for listening! Please share the music 😊

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EMQ’s with HOT SUNDAY BLOOD

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EMQ’s with HOT SUNDAY BLOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Turin, Italy based Alternative Rock band, Hot Sunday Blood. 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?

Hi, we are Hot Sunday Blood, we were born in 2013 in the city of Turin. We play alternative rock with various influences from metal and grunge to stoner. After recording two albums, released for the American label Mervilton Records, “Someone Left Behind” (2015) and “New Omega” (2017) and finally finding a stable line-up we recorded “Kein Licht” (2019) released for the independent label Snooky Records

How did you come up with your band name?

The name came by itself…we wanted it to convey a mood that represented us. On Sunday you should relax yourself but your inner troubles hold you back and you keep having bad thoughts. Having ‘hot blood’ is the literal translation of an Italian expression which means feeling angry, out of place, and in a generally bad mood.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We come from Turin, a city in northern Italy, and unfortunately today the metal/rock scene is practically non-existent. Years ago, until the end of the 90’s, there was a fantastic music scene especially hardcore. The 2000’s swept everything away, only the ash remained. Very few clubs where you can play live and a non-existent scene. Live music here is completely dead for any musical genre and this reality is identical for the whole Italian territory. A great sadness.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest album is “Kein Licht” released in 2019 which consists of six tracks. Take a look at the three videos on social channels:

‘The Long Winter’s Embrace’ (Official Video)

‘Time Machine’ (Official Video)

‘No Way Out’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Here the choice is very difficult but I will tell you five names (as many as the members of our band)!
Alice in Chains
Pantera
Type O Negative
Smashing Pumpkins
Soundgarden

What first got you into music?

The ability to feel free…express what words alone will never be able to say.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

A dream would be collaborating with Steven Wilson!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Even if it is a bit far from our musical genre, I would choose Wacken because it has remained true and credible in all its years of activity.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Surely the best gift was when a couple travelled more than 150 kilometres to come and see us at one of our concerts. It won’t be very strange as a gift for a super famous band but for us it was huge.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Listening to any musical genre without having too many clichés about it. I now see too many definitions of musical genres… Too often people do not explore beyond their own musical boundaries…but you know, sometimes they could make pleasant discoveries.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

This question is really too difficult.

I really don’t know…probably Beethoven. I’d be curious to hear what he could compose in 2021.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The thing I like the most is trying to convey emotions and moods to people that are difficult to explain with other forms of art. Sometimes it’s almost getting naked, few other artistic manifestations succeed. The thing I hate the most is seeing how music is stuck right now. Especially in my country. It really makes me very sad.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The fact that you no longer invest in emerging bands or artists. We found this to be a terrible mistake. You can’t just bet on talent show artists where they constantly reproduce covers, makes no sense. Nobody has anything more to say? I just find it absurd.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Soundgarden – “Superunknown” for life!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’m too young for vinyls and old enough for downloads, so…

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Surely having opened for Doyle in 2018 for the Turin date of his European tour.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably a fisherman. I really like the idea of loneliness that revolves around it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Definitely Lemmy, he would have so many stories to tell! Then Phil Anselmo and Charles Bukowski, two of my youth heroes. Then I would be curious to have dinner with Hunter S. Thompson, I would really have many questions to ask him and then I think Fabrizio De Andrè.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on the fourth album of which the first single, ‘HERE AND NOW’, will be released soon featuring Trevor from Sadist. We are still deciding when to release the remaining songs, it depends on how things go. And then we hope to be able to start again playing live, this is the thing we miss the most.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

These are our links:
www.facebook.com/hotsundayblood
www.instagram.com/hotsundayblood/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2TLQD6EqQ15aNOaRqiyLm6
www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeiqyUE9OfGsiLo9D62yiw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m sorry but I don’t know…I’d go for biscuits.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you! I would like to thank Marzio Francone of Snooky Records for his precious help and Angels PR music Promotion for their wonderful work.

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