EMQ’s with ANDY ROCKS

Andy Rocks Logo

EMQ’s with ANDY ROCKS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Bavaria, Germany based Rock band, Andy Rocks. 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?

Andrea: We are Andy Rocks from Germany and we play Rock Music. We started in 2018 and our first EP “Porcelain Heart” was released in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our singer is called Andrea and her nickname is Andy. Since we play rock the name Andy Rocks was chosen. The name of our guitarist is Andre and the one of our bass player is Andreas – so we got three Andy’s.

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

Andrea: We are from the north of Bavaria, Germany. The Metal and Rocks scene is not too big here, but there are many cool bands.

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

Andrea: We have released our first full album this July which has the title “Look At What We’ve Done” and we also released a new video of the song ‘Get Me A Drink’.

‘Get Me A Drink’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Andrea: To name some: Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘n’ Roses, …Scandal Rockband

What first got you into music?

Stoney Dee: Cocaine

Andreas: Guitars, whiskey, women

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

Andrea: Black Stone Cherry would be cool!

Markus: Scandal Rockband

Andreas: Aerosmith

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

Markus: Scandal Musicfest

Andreas: Sweden Rock Festival … If you want to see nearly every current band in hard rock, you have to go there…

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

Stoney Dee: (laughing): A huge dick in the butt – ouch!

Andreas: sex, just sex…

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

Andrea: Go to live shows and support new bands! Keep Rock and Roll alive!

Andreas: Kill Spotify …burn those motherfuckers to the ground!

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

Andrea: Freddie Mercury – there is no one like him!

Andreas: Steve Lee…he still had his legendary voice.

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

Andrea: Playing your songs in front of a great audience and feeling the energy is the best. But we also like the recordings and the creative process of songwriting.

Andreas: What I love: letting my guitar scream…What I hate: tidy up after the gig!

Andrea: What we don’t like is the business part.

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

Andrea: The whole Pay-to-play- thing, that you have to buy yourself in to become a support band for some other band and pay for that. Most bands cannot afford that and so they don’t get chances to play such shows.

Andreas: Capitalism kills the music industry…we need more creativity and supporting major labels.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Andrea: Bon Jovi – “These Days”

Andreas: Guns n’ Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”

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

Andrea: CD’s and Vinyl – you got something in your hand.

Andreas: Vinyl…I can see the advantage of downloads…you have access to everything, but it’s too much and in the end new music is something in the background you don’t really listen to!

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

Andrea: After our first gig with Andy Rocks at Yourstage Festival in Hof the lockdowns in Germany started. So that was the best so far, hahaha!

Andreas: Some of the last Adrenalize shows…

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

Stoney Dee: Doing loads of cocaine off of stripers’ butts – oh wait, that’s what musicians do…What was the question again?

Andreas: maybe drinking too much!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stoney Dee: My Mom, my dealer, and the rest of the band.

Andreas: Mötley Crüe and Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

Andrea: We hope that we can do more live shows again when the corona crisis calms down.

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

Andrea: We have a homepage, of course and we mainly use Facebook and YouTube.
www.andy-rocks.jimdosite.com/
www.facebook.com/AndyRocksBand
www.instagram.com/andyrocks4u/
www.andyrocks.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/user-470300324
www.open.spotify.com/artist/44zC9TzSx7Ihyygl5ahPlG
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNqp9m7EUyzcL7A-BV03zAw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits.

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

Andrea: Thank you for the interview and the Jaffa Cakes!

‘Regret’ (Official Video)

‘Look At What We’ve Done’ (Lyric Video)

Andy Rocks Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karweiler, Germany based Rock band, Red County Jail. Huge thanks to Lukas and Steve 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 Lukas (Bass) and Steve (Vocals) from Red County Jail. The band has been around since 2015 and we have been playing together in this constellation since 2018. After being on tour for a while we started recording new material that has been tested on the road. Our first EP “Fuzzy Sally” came out in February this year and was re-released with our new label Bug Valley Records in October.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the name of a Prison in a famous video game, that some of the band members like to play. That’s not very poetic but we thought it would fit the music. 😉

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

We are based in South West Germany. There is a solid underground metal and rock scene here. All the bandmembers have been a part of this scene for a long time now and we knew each other before we started the band.

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

On November 20th we released our new single ‘Never Look Back’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lukas: For me it’s definitely old Hard Rock bands like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. But there are also Bands like Shinedown or Palaye Royale that belong to a younger era of Rock Music.

Steve: I love bands from the 90’s like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Nowadays I listen to Biffy Clyro and Thrice. It’s the singer not the song. 😉

What first got you into music?

Steve: My god rides a skateboard. So, my friends asked me to join their band during a skate session.

Lukas: For me it was my first band with our guitarist Sebastian that got me into the bass. I’m still thankful that he asked me to join though. 😊

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

One day we would love to hear what Rick Rubin has to say about our records. 😉

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

A dream of ours is to play at Download Festival. And Wacken of course.

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

Someone made a cake that looked like the cover of our EP. That was nice!

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

If there is something that bothers you, leave it behind you. Never Look Back.

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

Lukas: Of course, Bon Scott.

Steve: Jeff Buckley because he was just awesome.

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

We love playing live and we are so disappointed that it’s not possible right now. Through live shows, and our music, we are able to express things that can’t be expressed through anything else.

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

Steve: I think there needs to be a change in how we handle music today. The good thing about the digital era is that everybody has the ability to record their own music. Therefore, we need to find a system to sort out the music that is right for us. Especially for me it’s hard to find new and inspiring bands.

Lukas: I would like people to listen to full albums again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lukas: Last one that came out was “Attention Attention” by Shinedown.

Steve: Mine would be Dead Kennedys – “Bed Time For Democracy”.

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

For us it’s the mixture of Downloads and Vinyl.

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

We played the Reload Festival in Germany and shared the stage with In Flames and Kreator. That was a huge one and we are still thinking back to it! Other than that, we played a co-headliner slot in our region and many of our fans got the possibility to see us. That was huge on another level.

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

Steve: I think I would be managing things in some kind. Maybe for a company or something.

Lukas: My first plan was to become a teacher, so I guess that would be the way to go.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lukas: My Guest list would include Brian Johnson, the Young brothers Angus and Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. So basically, it would be AC/DC. 😊

Steve: I would like to meet Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev. And I would invite Rick Rubin, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

What’s next for the band?

Next is our upcoming single release. We are also recording songs for our first long player which will hopefully be out in 2021. And maybe we will be able to play some shows again, that would be awesome.

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

We are active on Instagram and Facebook.
www.facebook.com/red.county.jail/
www.instagram.com/red.county.jail/

www.redcountyjail.de/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lukas: Since they are made in my hometown, I would say biscuit. Steve thinks they are just shit. 😊

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

Thanks, Ever Metal for having us. Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping Rock’n’Roll music alive. In times like these it’s important to look at the good things that happen and music is just one of them!

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EMQs with Flying Circus

EMQ’s with FLYING CIRCUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Progressive Psychedelic Hard Rock band, Flying Circus. Huge thanks to Michael Dorp 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 called “Flying Circus”, I’m Michael Dorp and I am the singer of the band. I founded the group 30 years ago with our guitarist Michael Rick – at first as a quite straightforward hard rock band in the Led Zeppelin/Deep Purple vein. Over the years, more and more progressive rock elements crept in, and since our debut album “Seasons” in 1997, most critics have described us a mixture between Led Zeppelin and Yes, and we have often been compared to another crossbreed of these two sides, Rush. We released a string of albums and had major line-up changes in 2011/2012. Since then, the band members have been me and Michael Rick, Rüdiger Blömer (keys and violin), Roger Weitz (bass guitar), and Ande Roderigo (drums), and the music has become even more open. The hard rock influences are still there, but the progressive influences have become more varied. Sometimes, we get compared to King Crimson now, but I guess we draw our inspirations from all the late 60s and 70s rock world and make our own mixture of styles out of that.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we founded the band, I studied English at the University of Cologne, and as I was a big fan of the Monty Python movies! I was very glad to find out that you could rent the complete Monty Python TV series on video cassettes at the British Council in Cologne. I binge-watched the whole lot, and always thought that “Flying Circus” was a great name for a band as well, as it has so much energy. So, when we formed the band, it was clear that we would call it that.

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

We are still based around Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany. As you know, this area is in the western part of Germany, and in the music world, the two cities are best known for Can (Cologne) and Kraftwerk (Düsseldorf) – who are both quite arty, of course. Maybe that’s why we picked up that half of our influences. On the other hand, we recorded our latest album in the Cologne hinterland at “Dierks Studios”, which has always had strong hard rock and metal links. The classic Scorpions albums were all recorded there and many works by Accept and U.D.O. The studio has always been host to great recordings from all kinds of genres (Rory Gallagher, Ike and Tina Turner, Eric Burdon…). So, the music scene in general in our area has always been, and is still quite vibrant, but for bands playing their own material, it’s sometimes hard to get gigs among all the tribute and cover bands around. But I guess that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

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

Our latest release is a concept album called “1968”, which will come out on 27th March. All the album’s songs share a unique historic event of this momentous year and are set in different places all around the world. Thus, incidents that happened in Paris, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Derry, My Lai (Vietnam), Memphis/Tennessee and New York in 1968, get set to music in tracks named after the respective cities they are set in. Currently, we have released two singles with videos accompanying the album which you can have a look at on our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/circuscrow

Who have been your greatest influences?

Besides the bands we have already mentioned, our strongest influences probably comprise Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Uriah Heep on the metal/hard rock side, and early Genesis and Pink Floyd on the prog rock side. But really, we listen to everything that falls between these two corner stones of ours: Jethro Tull, Pavlov’s Dog, Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Nektar… folk, metal, psychedelic, blues rock, krautrock, jazz rock – you name it! Bert Jansch, Iron Maiden, Hawkwind, Free, Mahavishnu Orchestra – ANYTHING fitting in with our concept.

What first got you into music?

I was a keen listener from my teenage years onwards, and I really liked Queen at the time, but I guess my interest got much more serious when Deep Purple reformed in 1984, which was a huge event in Germany. In addition to their then new “Perfect Strangers” album, I bought a greatest hits LP set that was advertised on TV at the time. I really got into that, and similar “old” stuff, and asked myself why there weren’t more bands like that around, still. And with Michael Rick, I soon found another guy who wanted to recreate that magic of the 70s.

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

Oh, as far as current bands and musicians are concerned, an obvious choice would certainly be Opeth and Steven Wilson – simply because I think we share the same ethos.

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

That’s quite easy to say as well: Simply because there are not that many festivals for our type of music around, we would love to play the “Night of the Prog” festival over here in Germany. Our albums have all been very well received, especially by the critics, but we certainly need some live exposure on a bigger scale. Plus, that festival takes places at the Loreley arena directly overlooking the Rhine, and it has seen many great concerts in its history.

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

Oh, at one of our concerts in the 1990s we had a dozen or so cuddly toys being thrown at us. That was really odd, especially considering our type of music…

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

Always give new music a try. Don’t just listen to types of music you already know and like. I think that’s very rewarding. And go to small live shows where you can look the musicians in the eye. That’s what it’s all about.

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

That would probably be Jimi Hendrix – I think he would have been the most interesting guy of those who are already gone to see develop further. I am certain he would have given the world so much more incredible music we cannot even imagine.

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

The best thing is being able to express yourself. To turn your innermost feelings into something tangible. What I hate is the administrative side of it. People have no idea of how time consuming all the booking and promotion work is. I like interviews, though… 🙂 It’s the social media stuff nowadays that ties you to some kind of screen or another for hours and hours…

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

I guess that would be rewinding the clock, but I would love to see labels go back to the practice of really LISTENING, and then getting behind a band – sometimes maybe even simply for artistic reasons. Nowadays, they let all the bands do the work themselves up to a certain degree, and then they just pick what’s got the most popular already in order to cash in on that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin – it’s so varied and open that I still consider it a template worth striving for.

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

Vinyl, of course! The wonderful sleeves alone would be enough, but it just feels different to put a needle on a turntable in order to sit down and have a listen. That’s how it’s meant to be!

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

As far as reputations go, that would be playing the Burg Herzberg-Open Air here in Germany alongside some bona fide 70s-stars like Man, Colosseum, Wishbone Ash, Caravan & John Mayall, but musically I think it was our first promotional show we did for our current album “1968”. We really nailed live what we’ve recorded there!

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

Oh, I AM doing something else in addition to being a musician: I am a freelance publicist and editor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Jon Paul Jones, so they can reunite Led Zeppelin and David Gilmour, and Roger Waters in order for them to bury the hatchet as well…

What’s next for the band?

The current album is our first in years that has been published by a label, so we are very curious what difference that will make for us. But we are already thinking of various concepts for a follow-up album and will probably start writing for that very soon.

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

http://flying-circus.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/circuscrow https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ax4rGbXiW2HqYamidXrju
https://www.facebook.com/FLYING-CIRCUS-117944154951115/
https://www.instagram.com/flyingcircus_rockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have them in Germany, but I have always considered them to be a biscuit when I have come across them in Britain.

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

Yes, you British are so lucky with your incredible rock heritage – cherish it!

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The New Roses – Nothing But Wild

The New Roses

The New Roses – Nothing But Wild
Napalm Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Germany’s The New Roses are a bit of a conundrum and, much to their credit, have so much more depth to them than the casual glance at the new album would give the impression. The snarling wolf artwork, the album title and the opening track all give the impression that these guys are the Teutonic version of Airbourne (in itself, not a bad thing) but as the rest of the album unfolds you’re taken on a very rich journey across a shifting landscape that is much more akin to America than their own home country.
The very rough and ready ‘Soundtrack of My Life’ kicks off the album in true rebel rousing style, kicking up dust and powering you headlong into a furnace of hard rock that comes over like the wild child of Aerosmith at their most kinetic. Thinking that this full on assault is the way that the album is heading, ‘Can’t Stop Rock and Roll’ is a real turn for the unexpected as it’s much more commercial Stadium Hard Rock and third track ‘Down By The River’ has a real Tom Petty/Kid Rock feel to it, bringing memories of happy hazy Summer days. ‘Nothing But Wild’ has a real bluesy Southern kick to it and ‘Heartache’, with its great chorus, would be the perfect soundtrack to dusty road trips, stopping off at roadside bars that smell of beer, chilli and violence.
No rock album aiming for the stadiums would be complete without a big rock ballad and ‘The Bullet’ certainly ticks that particular box. This track could have been written and performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd such is its country tinged, wide screen appeal and you can almost imagine the video, all sepia tinted flatbed trucks, blonde haired high school sweethearts, sunsets and campfires. ‘Running Out Of Time’ is anthemic and joyous and the pace increases for the heavy ‘Unknown Territory’ with its elements of classic hard rock and tinges of New Wave. Similarly ass kicking are ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Give And Take’, the former that takes you from highways to arenas and beyond whilst the latter revels in a ten-million-dollar confidence swagger.
Ballad Number 2 crops up in the shape of ‘The Only Thing’ and ‘Meet Me Half Way’ is another great country number that really shows the quality of the songwriting once again, if any reminder is needed. ‘Glory Road’ rounds off things with another slab of stadium rock that Jon Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams would be proud of. Acoustic bonus tracks ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Fight You Leaving Me’ give you another glimpse of the songs and would be a perfect addition as a mid-set unplugged section for future tours. As mentioned, it’s a somewhat oddly paced album style wise and it will be interesting to see if the next album heads more towards the heads down cranking it up of ‘Soundtrack…’ or the ‘track to break into America’ of everything else. It’s nice to say that the album grabs you because of what it is, rather than what it isn’t, The New Roses certainly defying any expectations and in that lays their genius. Great songs, excellent performances and a band that absolutely begs to be seen live! Everyone needs a bit of good time rock ‘n’ roll in their lives and The New Roses deliver that in spades.
TRACKLISTING:
01. Soundtrack Of My Life
02. Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
03. Down By The River
04. Nothing But Wild
05. Heartache
06. The Bullet
07. Running Out Of Hearts
08. Unknown Territory
09. As The Crow Flies
10. Give And Take
11. The Only Thing
12. Meet Me Halfway
13. Glory Road
14. Down By The River (Unplugged Bonus Track)
15. Fight You Leaving Me (Unplugged Bonus Track)
LINE-UP:
Timmy Rough – Vocals/Guitar
Norman Bites – Guitar
Hardy – Bass
Urban Berz – Drums
LINKS:
https://thenewroses.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRoses/

https://www.instagram.com/thenewroses/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAq1qDH8UemNCfWBFFhgXBw
 
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