EMQ’s With CROSSON

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EMQ’s With CROSSON

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Rock ‘n’ rollers, Crosson. Huge thanks to frontman Jason Crosson 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?

Jason Crosson from the band CROSSON. I’m the lead vocalist, writer, producer & creative designer. 

I started the band 20 years ago with the concept of having 2 girls choreographed up front dressed in tailored costumes. After years of writing, demoing, and playing to small audiences, the first album was released in 2004.  However, it took years of trial and error to get our sound, image and stage show to the level it is today. It really wasn’t until our 2016 album ‘Spreading The Rock ‘N Roll Disease’ when we engaged Duane Baron (Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper etc) as our mixing engineer that we started to get recognized on an international level.

How did you come up with your band name?

CROSSON is actually my surname. If it’s good enough for Van Halen, Dokken, DIO, Keel, Vandenberg etc., then I guess it’s ok if I do it also! Even at school I knew I’d have a band called CROSSON one day and we still use the logo I designed back then.  

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

We come from a land Down Under. Sydney, Australia!! There are some amazing talented bands in Australia. The distance between major cities ( 9 hours) does make it a little difficult  to play regularly.

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

Our latest release was in 2021, which was our concert video / album CROSSON – Live At The Orpheum. We had released 3 albums every 2 years since 2016 (Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease, Invincible and Rock N Roll Love Affair) and wanted to put something out in 2021. A promoter in Australia said “ Hey, you guys need some live footage.” Always taking things to the extreme, instead of filming one or two songs, we decided to film an entire show and release it in a Blu-Ray / CD Box set.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, without KISS, there would definitely be no CROSSON (or a lot of any bands for that matter). The whole image was intriguing and made me realise how important image is. Musically it was first ABBA with their catchy choruses, KISS and then the whole 80s rock genre (Motley Crue, Dokken, Stryper, Poison, Scorpions, WASP, Iron Maiden etc) 

What first got you into music?

My first love was ABBA at a tender young age, however after being stung by the Rock N Roll Disease as a kid after discovering KISS, then a few years later Motley Crue and the whole 80s glam metal scene, topped off with seeing Iron Maiden on the World Slavery Tour, I was hooked and knew this is what I wanted to do.

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

I’d love to write an album with Desmond Child, Erik Martinnson  (Eclipse, W.E.T) , Paul Stanley  and the late great Jim Steinman. Hell, I’ll work with anyone if we can get out great songs!! 

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

Rock In Rio would be amazing. The Brazilians are metal crazy and go off!! That being said, there are amazing festivals all around the world and we’d be happy to play to all audiences and try to win them over with our theatrical stage show. 

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

I don’t know about weird, but I did receive a doll of me which is sitting in my studio. 

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

Thank you,  thank you and  thank you for enabling us to keep Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease…..…. btw… tell your friends!

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

John Lennon and George Harrison, as seeing The Beatles perform would be amazing!!

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

I don’t classify myself as a musician and never felt that I deserve that title as I don’t excel in any one instrument. Yes I play guitar and piano and write music, but I’ve never felt comfortable with the ‘musician’ title. I guess I’m just doing something I love doing and it happens to be music. 

I procrastinate when it’s  time to start writing but I know it’s something that needs to get done.  It’s like ripping off a band aid. Once I actually force myself into the studio, shut the doors and start writing, time flies and I feel that I’ve accomplished something. 

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

Overall I’m happy and just do what I do and overcome any hurdles when they come up. From an artist’s viewpoint I’d like to see an increase in the rate per stream. $0.008 per stream is a friggin joke!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums? 

Motley Crue – “Shout At The Devil”
Dokken – “Under Lock & Key”
Stryper – “To Hell With the Devil”
W.E.T – “Rise Up”
KISS – “Unmasked”
The Darkness – “One Way Ticket to Hall And Back II”
Accept – “Metal Heart”
Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”

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

I grew up with vinyl and then CD, then digital downloads and now streaming. I have to admit, the accessibility and ease of listening and discovering new music through streaming services is amazing…. The fact that I can say to myself something like ” I’d like to listen to ‘Black Sabbath ’ and it’s playing in a matter of seconds is amazing.   However, the quality doesn’t compare with a CD and in some way, I do miss the physical product. 

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

Our first show after the recent Covid breakout in Sydney was crazy . It was our first show in 13 months and the crowd were like a pack of animals that had been caged up for 6 months (Well, that’s sort of true isn’t it ??). Also being asked by Ron Keel to join him onstage for The Right To Rock was a highlight. 

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

If I didn’t hop on the rock and roll train, I’d probably be making films and acting as I was doing that in the past, but needed to put it to one side and focus on CROSSON to make it grow. 

I also have other business interests, but I do need a creative outlet or I’d end up going crazy

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Most of them are dead, but I’m always up for a laugh so I’d say Benny Hill, Rodney Dangerfield, Andrew Dice Clay. Also Sylvester Stallone and Gene Simmons . Hold On !! It can’t only be guys.  I forgot about the women!! Let’s go Catherine Zeta Jones,  Olivia Wilde, Courteney Cox, Michelle Dockery….

What’s next for the band?

We have just completed the recording of the new CROSSON album which is currently being mixed in the USA by Duane Baron. This will be released the latter half of 2022 and is titled ‘Ready, Aim…. ROCK!!. We also shot our music video for the new album last weekend. So, the next few months are going to be filled with editing videos, completing artwork, and doing shows. I am also dabbling in a bit of promoting at the moment, so organising tours is very time consuming and exhausting. 

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

You can visit us at the following:
www.crosson.com.au
www.facebook.com/crossonrock
www.youtube.com/crossonrock
https://www.instagram.com/crossonrock/?hl=en
www.reverbnation.com/crosson 

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.

(We didn’t get an answer back for this one but we all know the it’s a cob so let’s move on – Rory. No, it fucking isn’t. It’s a muffin, you heathen blasphemer – Dark Juan)

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

Thank you for having me, and keep up the great work defending the faith. 

Be sure to give us a follow on Spotify and keep an eye out for the new album later in the year. 

Also feel free to check out our live concert video “ CROSSON Live At The Orpheum” to get the full experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ5C1E5OiMY

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EMQ’S With SEVEN YEAR WITCH

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EMQ’S With SEVEN YEAR WITCH

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Seven Year Witch. Huge thanks to their Bassist, Spencer Burden, 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 Spencer Burden. I’m the Bass Guitarist! My brother Seth Burden is the drummer of the band. We’ve been making music together our whole lives. When we started this band we recruited our highschool classmate Aaron Langford for vocals. Eventually, we stole guitarist Beau Anderson from another band. He’s also been playing music and in bands since childhood!

How did you come up with your band name?

When trying to come up with a band name, I put my iTunes library on shuffle. The first song that came up was “Seven Year Ache” by Roseanne Cash. I thought it would be an excellent band name but obviously her song would come up first on a google search. The next song to play was “Witches’ Dance” by Mercyful Fate. After combining them together, I had “Seven Year Witch.”

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

We are from the U.S.A. and the state of South Carolina. The music scene is great here! We’re close to many major cities that are great for music such as Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, and Asheville. We can’t wait to play on the west coast this summer!

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Cyanide’. It was paired with an awesome music video. Check it out here!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything with Chris Cornell (SoundGarden / AudioSlave etc.), Led Zeppelin, Mercyful Fate just to name a few!

What first got you into music?

As a young child I sang at church. We had a drum set at our house when we were kids. I’d play it all the time. My great uncle started teaching me guitar when I was young. In school I joined band class and marching band. As soon as elementary school I started to grow an obsession with Rock music. In high-school I started playing in my own Rock bands. Around junior or senior year, that’s when this band formed!

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

If we’re thinking on a large scale, collaborating with Jack White would be a dream come true. Other amazing bands we’d love to collaborate with would be Crobot, Nonpoint, The Parlor Mob etc.

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

I’m not too familiar with festivals! But doesn’t Slipknot have a “Knotfest”? I’d love to do that one! I’m a huge Slipknot fan.

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

A stack of fake money!!

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

This sounds so generic but it’s so true; Thank each and every one of you.

For an independent band we would have nothing without each individual fan. We’re not on the radio, we’re not on television, there is no movement or trend that makes you popular to like us. You made a conscious decision to support us despite all that. We don’t take it for granted and we love you all!!!

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

Cliff Burton. He passed away at 24 years old. His life was just getting started, but it wasn’t in vain. He inspired me and so many others for generations to come! Rest in peace!!

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

I love doing this. It gives my life meaning and it makes me happy.

My favourite thing is playing live and touring! The thing I “hate” is probably the politics that go into it. Some bands have an unfair advantage and can skip in line with money. But coming from the bottom will make our success story that much more rewarding!

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

Nationally syndicated radio shouldn’t play the same songs / bands over and over and over. They could find a few minutes each day to give some upcoming bands a play. But they won’t unless it makes them money or benefits them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Don’t Break The Oath” – Mercyful Fate, “BadMotorFinger” – SoundGarden, “Dogs” – The Parlor Mob

(I can’t name just one!!)

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

Vinyl for the true experience and album art. Downloads/Streaming for convenience. CD’s are cool to me because that’s what I had growing up. And Cassettes just cause my van has a cassette player ha ha!.

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

Opening for Pop Evil was cool because it was probably the biggest crowd we’ve played to.

Touring with Adelitas Way was such an amazing memory. They were like the first big band to take us on the road with them and believe in us.

Also touring with The Lonely Ones was an amazing experience. They are one of those bands that have done it all and there was so much to learn from them!

It’s so hard to pick one show!!

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

Probably delivering a pizza and being lost in life to be completely honest ha ha!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jerry Seinfeld, Brann Dailor, Mike Portnoy, Tony Hawk and Danny Antonucci

What’s next for the band?

A West Coast tour with Buckcherry in June!

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

www.facebook.com/sevenyearwitch
www.instagram.com/sevenyearwitch
www.tiktok.com/@sevenyearwitch
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAyAr1Lyq2gSWVDCc2ZXLJw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never heard of those! I just googled them and they look kinda gross to me. Looks like a cake to me though!

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

Thank you as well! Subscribe to our YouTube! We’re focusing extra hard on building it!

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Grrl Circus – Live at The Rickshaw

Grrl Circus – The Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada
20/11/2021
Photography by Arturs Feists

Grrl Circus are a Canadian Rock’n’Roll extravaganza, from Vancouver BC.

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EMQ’s with THE PETTY SAINTS

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EMQ’s with THE PETTY SAINTS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with San Diego, California based Rock N Roll band, The Petty Saints. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Ciaran O’Reilly, 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’m Ciaran, I play guitar and Sing in the Petty Saints. We are a San Diego based band that started up shortly after I moved over to the States from London. We all met pretty organically which is pretty cool. We all just had the same kind of vision for the band in mind so we started going and kept on moving in that direction.

How did you come up with your band name?

Me and Brett came up with it before anyone else was really even on board. It had the feel and aesthetic of a band name that sounded like it would fit where we wanted to take the band. It sounds kind of like a gang, which is what I like to think of a band as.

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

The band is based in San Diego, CA. It’s a pretty tight scene here and everyone is willing to give you an opportunity to play. A lot of scenes are harder to break into but everyone is very welcoming here. I’m originally from London and that is a lot tougher of a city to get going in. It’s a big place with a lot going on so it’s tough to get anyone to stop and listen to what you are doing.

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

Our First Full Length is called, “Long Way Home”, which was released on July 30th. We also have a two videos out for the singles off of the album ‘Clean Hands And Guilt’ and ‘That’s A Lie’.

‘Clean Hands And Guilt’ (Official Video)

‘That’s A Lie’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

All of us in the band have different influences, but mine for this album have varied between stadium rock artists like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers to Americana Artists like James McMurtry.

What first got you into music?

I was never great at sports, or anything else you were supposed to be good at, growing up. When I got to about 15, I really started listening to bands, and I remember when I went to my first concerts seeing those guys on the stage thinking how much I wished I could be them. Then I started hanging around my local guitar store every weekend. I became obsessed with this cheap Les Paul knockoff and would play it every week until eventually I got the money to buy it. I was probably more excited about the feeling that holding a guitar gave you than anything else…because I still couldn’t even play the damn thing. I ended up learning on a cheap Dreadnought guitar from one of my Mums Catalogue’s with action as high as you can imagine. My fingers got really cut up on that thing. But I loved it the second I started playing.

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

I would love to collaborate with Eddie Vedder…his voice is just insane. He collaborates on a lot of smaller bands’ stuff and he always brings them up to another level.

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

Glastonbury, no doubt!! Playing in front of a home crowd in the pissing rain. Sounds glorious!

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

Nothing super weird to be honest, guess we’ve been lucky so far!

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

Come to a show!! That’s where we really come alive, and everyone has been locked in the house for too long so come down, watch us play, join in the singing and have a very tall drink!

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

I’d love for Elvis to have hung around and had his comeback. He brought an album out after the 68’ comeback special called ‘From Elvis in Memphis’. That album is insanely good, and a flash of the brilliance from his early years but with a fresher sound for the times. After that he went and did the Vegas stuff and we know what happened next. I’d like for him to have come back and get a chance at the revival that Johnny Cash got! So, if I could bring back the King that would be it for me.

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

I love songwriting and I love playing shows…I hate how hard you have to work to be any good at both of those things.

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

I’d make it fairer for Artists again and easier for them and Labels to make money. If Labels are making money, they will take time to foster artists and develop them. If labels didn’t take a chance and wait some bands out, we wouldn’t have a lot of the greatest artists and albums around today. Very few bands write their best stuff straight away, it takes time. Time isn’t something many bands have these days!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Johnny Cash – “Live At Folsom”.

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

Vinyl. Download is great for finding lots of bands you might not otherwise have found, but there is nothing like the crackle of a vinyl. Taking the full album in track by track.

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

The next one.

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

Tearing my hair out and going crazy. I need the creative outlet and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matthew McConaughey (I could listen to that man talk all day; there’s a fine line between genius and crazy…he’s right on that line), Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Elvis and my Grandfather.

What’s next for the band?

The Album was released July 30th and then we hit the road playing shows.

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

Mainly Instagram, but our music is available on all platforms!
www.thepettysaints.com/
www.facebook.com/thepettysaints
www.instagram.com/thepettysaints
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5oLyWKZOyAIcarIOxM27aD

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

For me it’s a biscuit, It’s all about the ritual. When do I eat cake? Birthdays, after a dinner as a dessert or something. When do I eat a biscuit? With a cup of tea watching some weird Channel 4 documentary. Clearly the Jaffa falls under the cup of tea category. Hence a biscuit.

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

Just want to say thanks for chatting to us and make sure everyone checks out our new album “Long Way Home” which came out on July 30th on all Platforms!!!

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Tesla Shamans – Electric Storm

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Tesla Shamans – Electric Storm
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/05/2021
Running Time: 46:18
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Every once in a while, you just need a bit of Rock’n’Roll in your life.

My normal diet of Italian Metal acts for review tends strongly towards the Power and Symphonic end of the spectrum, so when something different is sent over for my delectation and delight, it’s always a pleasure. Italy would seem to be having a bit of a Rock’n’Roll renaissance at the moment, if the recent Eurovision win for Måneskin is anything to go by (the infamous did he/didn’t he snorting of broken glass clip online only fuels the fire). So, enter the Tesla Shamans, who are about as traditional Rock’n’Roll as it’s possible to get whilst still sounding relevant, which they absolutely are but who also somehow manage to fuse Symphonic, Blues and Progressive elements seamlessly into the same set of songs.

No, I didn’t quite believe it at first either, but the ears don’t lie.

The band have been around since 2018 and this is their debut, although they’ve shared the stage with some notable names and clearly have something of a following in their native Italy. Whilst this is pure Rock’n’Roll in terms of vibe and attitude, there’s a hell of a lot more going on, whilst not losing track of that essential core. Although the traditional three and half minute energy style of tracks come thick and fast at the beginning of this album, there’s also plenty of more measured, slower and subtle pieces because, let’s face it, a seven minute ballad is not normal for these sorts of bands. It’s called ‘A Way’ and is an absolutely spot on piece of song-writing, with a lengthy and epic quality that builds beautifully. They also mix it up a bit throughout, with ‘The Lady In Black’ standing out in particular as a surprisingly technical piece of music, full of time changes, symphonic keyboard/synth interplay and instrumental breaks whilst still sounding thoroughly R’n’R. Then there’s the instrumental break in ‘Prayer’ which sounds positively Progressive. No, I can’t believe I am writing the words ‘Progressive’ and ‘Rock’n’Roll’ to describe the same band either. It’s quite disconcerting – in a fantastically brilliant way.

The production pulls exactly the same trick spectacularly well too. It retains the richness of sound that the more Symphonic or Progressive genre bands utilise, without losing the rawness and edgy energy of the Rock’n’Roll side. It also has the juxtaposition of one of the most down and dirty guitar sounds, from Paul Gun, that I’ve heard in a while. Combine that with Steve Crows’ gutsy, raw and energetic vocal delivery simultaneously counterpunching with the crisp rhythm delivery, rich synth elements and fat sound all bizarrely mixed together. It’s the kind of musical potpourri that should not work, but absolutely does.

I guess this is what happens when you have really skilful and well trained musicians expressing their love for Rock’n’Roll. The fusions between the two styles works well and is uniquely Italian, since its almost certainly going to cross over into the highly popular and successful dominant Power/Symphonic market in that country. The uniqueness of the sound also means that this is likely to extend way beyond their homeland if they can get out there quickly enough, and I really hope they do. You know what to do…

‘Shamans’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Your Shit
02. Believe
03. Wasted
04. Down On The Road
05. A Way
06. The Lady In Black
07. Prayer
08. Fire
09. Shamans
10. The Lie Of The Mind

LINE-UP:
Steve Crow – Vocals
Paul Gun – Guitars
Tom – Bass
Bellix – Drums

LINKS:

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Thundermother – Heat Wave (Deluxe Edition)

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Thundermother – Heat Wave (Deluxe Edition)
AFM Records
Release Date: 21/05/2021
Running Time: 85:25
Review by Simon Black
8/10

This Swedish four piece have done remarkably well since their “Rock’n’Roll Disaster” album debuted in 2014. Not least since this incarnation of the band has basically been rebuilt from the ground up by guitarist Filippa Nässil after the rest of the band split in 2017. Listening to this album you wouldn’t know it – as it’s fresh, energetic and a real ‘screw you’ to the world. This is traditional denim ‘n’ leather rock’n’roll of the calibre that reaches across the aisles commercially and that’s clearly been recognised as AFM are not what you call a small label. That said, whilst the influences are loud and clear, sometimes homage can stray into appropriation, but hey it works…plus you get the chance to play ‘spot the AC/DC riff’ throughout.

This is an extended re-release of last year’s core album, which didn’t do badly given that as another victim of 2020, it’s had no touring support to get it to the masses and tell them that you’ve come back from the brink of the abyss. In fact ‘rebirth’ would probably be a better description, as apart from the style, they sound nothing like their first three albums. They sound better…

Disc one, for the old farts like me that still like something to hold in our arthritic hands is the original 2020 album, with the second disc comprising of a number of new tracks that missed the album, some acoustic versions of ‘Driving In Style’, ‘Sleep’ and ‘Dog From Hell’; a few live tracks and topped off with a cover of Alan O’Day / Johnny Stevenson’s ‘Rock and Roll Heaven’ as popularised by The Righteous Brothers. As cover songs go, it’s probably the one song that sums up where these girls are coming from.

The highlights are many, but I would personally include ‘Free Ourselves’ – another one where the line between homage and plagiarism is a bit thin and the Young brothers definitely deserve some credit for influencing the ‘Razor’s Edge’ style intro riff for this one, the fantastic ‘Dog From Hell’ or ‘Back in ’76, with its anthemic period glam rock infused style that Joan Jett ought to get a royalty check for, alongside Malcolm Young, but it’s clearly the sort of song screaming out to be played live. To be honest, you could say the same of almost any of the tracks on here, although the better ones are clearly front loaded on the first half of the original album.

‘Sleep’ is a very 80’s centric US Radio Friendly Power Ballad fare, and while brilliantly delivered is not breaking new ground here, and is probably the only track I would skip. It feels like something the label insisted on, rather than what the band wanted to deliver, as it sticks out like a sore thumb and slightly spoils the flow on what is otherwise an absolute belter of a record.

You Can’t Handle Me’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
CD1
01. Loud And Alive
02. Dog From Hell
03. Back In ‘76
04. Into The Mud
05. Heat Wave
06. Sleep
07. Driving In Style
08. Free Ourselves
09. Mexico
10. Purple Sky
11. Ghosts
12. Somebody Love Me
13. Bad Habits

CD2
01. The Road Is Ours
02. Show Me What You Got
03. You Can´t Handle Me
04. Driving In Style (Acoustic)
05. Dog From Hell (Acoustic)
06. Sleep Feat. Jesper Binzer (Acoustic)
07. Give Me Some Lights (Live)
08. Thunderous (Live)
09. Hellevator (Live)
10. Rock’n’Roll Heaven (feat. Dregen & Pontus Snibb)

LINE-UP:
Filippa Nässil – Guitar
Guernica Mancini – Vocals
Emlee Johansson – Drums
Majsan Lindberg – Bass

LINKS:

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Thundermother

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EMQ’s with THE CHRIS ROLLING SQUAD

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EMQ’s with THE CHRIS ROLLING SQUAD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with La Roche-sur-Yon, France based, Angry Rock ‘N’ Roll band, The Chris Rolling Squad. Huge thanks to Chris 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 The Chris Rolling Squad”, we play damn Rock ‘N’ Roll, fast, loud and angry one! We started in 2013, put out an EP in 2016, then “Spitfire” our 1st album in 2019 and here we are with the new one “Cannonball Holocaust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

10 years back I had a website called “Rolling Bastards”, about Rock ‘N’ Roll culture, B-movies and stuff, and I used to sign all the chronicles “Chris Rolling” as a nick name, then I made the band, keep the name and add “Squad” cause’ I hate “band” or “trio”, it sucks 😀

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

We’re from west of France (Atlantic coast, obviously, cause we got no east coast 😀 ), there are many great rock bands all over, from Metal to Punk, Psychobilly and so on, but I don’t know if we can call that a “scene”?

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

“Cannonball Holocaust” (Cimex Records/Tvåtakt Records).

‘Trapped Inside’ (Video)

‘Hate 2000 Blues’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mmmmm…tough one! If we go down to the roots and watching the kind of stuff we play, I’d say the more obvious would be AC/DC (Bon Scott era), Motörhead and the Ramones but there’re so many others! Some people put us in the same box than The Hellacopters, Zeke, Peter Pan Speedrock, Supersuckers and stuff, the kind of band that are not fully Hard Rock neither Punk, but in between, and I’m fine with that.

What first got you into music?

As long as I remember, in summer 1977, Elvis’ funeral on TV got me really impressed (especially some stock shots with screaming girls 😀 ), then I saw the Stray Cats and Van Halen on TV shows and later my mom bought me my 1st LP, AC/DC “Highway To Hell”, damages were done 😀

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

Another tough one 😀 !!! I don’t know, cause I like many bands and musicians but I don’t know them personally, I mean I truly love their music but maybe they’re dicks as people, and I really don’t like dicks 😀 But obviously if someday I get a call or an offer by someone whose I love the music, we’ll have a talk, for sure!

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

“Helldorado” in Eindhoven, the mood seems pretty cool!

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

Once, before a show someone came with a big painting of us, it was damn touching, we hung it in our rehearsal room.

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

Have fun, don’t take things too seriously, and last but not least, thank you, thank you all, whoever and wherever you are, really.

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

Phil Lynott

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

Live shows, playing live is the best thing ever, I love writing songs as well (when I’m inspired), rehearsing with the guys, that stuff, you start with a little riff and end up with a real song. What I hate ? Mmmmm let me think…I don’t know, I guess it’s like anything else, you know, there’s good sides and bad ones, I prefer to focus on good ones, at least I try.

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

Today, I guess I’d burn the whole thing to the ground! I’m a musician, not a businessman neither an “expert” on how that industry really works, so, there would certainly be plenty of things to change but which ones? Honestly, I don’t know! Many musicians are frustrated, especially when they make records and play a lot of gigs, after a while they’re disappointed cause they don’t get the money or the recognition they think they deserve for their work! So, you better do that for good reasons! Like any “art” there’s no guarantee, as good as you are, we all have seen amazing bands that didn’t make it and beside there’s many assholes rich and famous in the music business 😀 It’s never been a fair business…but what’s fair in life, huh? Life itself ain’t fair at all, it’s damn cruel!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mmmmm, I could name a well-known classic but this time I’d rather pick a more obscure one. I’d say “Saturday Night Fever” by The Devil Dogs.

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

Vinyl all the way! CD’s are cool (I got plenty as well) but I prefer the sound of vinyl, big sleeves and stuff, I grew up with vinyl, so!

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

We had many great ones but one that really shaken us was in a little club in a city called “La Rochelle” in 2018, we were opening for “Delirium Tremens”, a Psychobilly band, almost no one had heard about us, the whole crowd was there for them, full of rock ‘n’ roll people, punks, metalheads, rockabilly rebels and stuff, and believe me, It was damn crazy! We had many other great ones but this one was really insane!

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

Scientist or Gangster.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nick Cave, Jaz Coleman, Naomi Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, Charlie Claesson

What’s next for the band?

To get back on stage asap, working on new music, and trying to stay alive as long as we can.

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

www.chrisrolling.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thechrisrollingsquad/
www.instagram.com/thechrisrollingsquad/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ozr1o5rbTHdtOfbI4zgGE

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😀 😀 😀 Guess I’m not enough British to answer this one, but anyway I ain’t a fan of these “Biscakes” 😀 😀 😀

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

Thanks to you!

The Chris Rolling Squad Promo Pic (Credit Jesse Pollet)
Photo by Jesse Pollet

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EMQ’s with SICKWALT

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EMQ’s with SICKWALT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City, USA based Rock ‘n’ Roll band, SickWalt. Huge thanks to vocalist, Walt ‘SickWalt’, 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?

Walt ‘SickWalt’. Im the lead singer of the band SICKWALT…

It has been my nickname since high school – Sick Walt.

Got the name because of my personality as a kid – high energy, fearless, leader, loud, big-mouth, incendiary, organizer.

So as an American football player in high school (18yrs old), 3 of us storming into the locker room after practice. Covered in sweat and mud, we pass the freshman football locker room. 14-year old skinny adolescent kids that haven’t developed yet. My friend jokingly grabs one of them by the arm and says – “do you know who the fuck this guy is?” And the cowering, naked, just-in-a-towel freshman says – “Oh Yeah! That’s Sick Walt!! EVERYONE knows him!”

Well, we did not expect this answer. I never realized how my actions transcended throughout the student body and they NAMED me! Haaa!!

So, FROM THEN ON, my good friends called me Sick Walt.

And then in college, when others heard the name, they felt it totally accurate, and continued to call me Sick Walt.

I’ve always been a very musical person. Love to sing. Have sung in cover bands. But cut to 2013, I got my friends band on a line-up on the greatest stage in NYC, The Bowery Ballroom. And he says to me- “I think it’s time Sick Walt fronts our band”. So, my – FIRST EVER GIG – was singing to about 300 people at Bowery Ballroom. First few bands come on, ho hum…ok, boring. But then we went on…and the place went nuts! The crowd rushes the stage and people dancing about, throwing stuff at me. It was an amazing and fantastic reaction. So, after the show, my close friend in the band, dumbfounded, says – “Did you just see what happened out there? We GOTTA make music!”

So, he handed me 15 songs that he wrote, I went home and wrote lyrics to all of them and then we recorded. That is where SICKWALT began.

A few EPs to begin with and then- First Full Length Album 2021

How did you come up with your band name?

(See above).

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

I’m from in and around the 5 Boroughs of New York City. My roots are in Punk, Hardcore, Metal and Thrash. Growing up there was a fantastic heavy metal/thrash/hardcore scene all over Long Island and the City with clubs like L’Amours, Sundance, or The Ritz. Plus, the bigger clubs like Webster Hall, Palladium, Limelight, Roseland would often have heavier shows. Then in the East Village we had Coney Island High, CBGBs, The Continental. On the westside was the Wetlands. Fantastic, amazing times for music. There really was a scene. You made friends just from going to shows, seeing the same faces all the time. Sharing a beer on the corner before we went in. Or diving and crashing into each other in the pit. Nothing like a friendly Doc Marten in the face from a friend! – ‘Hey! Just landed on your head to say hello!’ hahahaha. It was electric, pure energy. A phenomenal bonding of Spirit.

Today, there is no-where near that spirit for rock n roll man. People are not galvanizing at shows. Of course, there are pockets. And those folks are OVER-excited because – ‘Oh my god! I connected with a stranger! And we had a good time! People don’t share the human experience as much. Nor receive human expression with open arms and non-judgement. Everyone loves to complain and point a finger at the wrong stuff. Everyone has a phone in hand and lives through that fuckin screen. Put it down!!! See what’s happening!!! Ya know how a cell phone picture NEVER translates the feeling of what you see in person? SAME thing at a show. PUT IT DOWN AND LOOK AROUND!! We’re all having a great time…MUSIC IS DIVINE!!

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

Our latest release is our full length debut album “SHOVE N’ LOVE”. Available on all streaming platforms and on vinyl. We have a couple of videos out as well that released with the singles.

‘Demand The Stage’ (Official Video)

‘Million Dollar Man’ (Official Video)

The Punk Almighty (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh man, I love music, and ALL kinds. If it’s GOOD, its good. Im listening to some beautiful jazz right now as I type this.

There are so many bands that were influences in my life.
But the ones that inspired me DIRECTLY to form a band?

OZZY and Black Sabbath – HUGE Sabbath fan. And here is a guy that did not know anything technical about music and is just pure passion and expression with a fantastic dash of crazy. He gave me the inspiration that I could do it too. I did not have to be trained to go for it. I can focus all my unbridled energy into performing. (of course, training should come later to help refine your craft).

IGGY POP and The Stooges – Unbridled Energy! Reckless Abandonment! THAT is where I belong, THAT is where I take my energy. To the stage!! Let’s rip it!!

HENRY ROLLINS/KEITH MORRIS – I love punk. Grew up with Black Flag and Circle Jerks. These guys just let it out. Shout it out loud!! Good messages! In a very pro-active aggressive way. Plus, Rollins’ story of joining Black Flag is fantastic. Quits his job in DC, goes and plays with them once, and they were dumbfounded and knew he was the one. Keith Morris is always about being better. Dont be an asshole.

THE RAMONES – growing up in NY, I know these people. I share a lot in common with them. And to see that four neighbourhood guys like that can create amazing energy and music together and BECOME ABSOLUTE LEGENDS, takes away any fear or insecurities and say…

Fuck it! Let’s do this.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND WHAT WILL BE WILL BE.

What first got you into music?

Having music on in my household growing up was definitive in my musicality. Rock n Roll – (Elvis, Beatles, Beach Boys) Classical, Country (Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash), a little Disco, I was listening to it all through my family. Then I found my ‘punk’ vibration, I’ll never forget it – I was seven years old, jumping on my bed, playing a tennis racket as a guitar, listening to the Beatles – ‘Revolution’. And that opening wicked guitar riff and that vicious scream for Revolution!!! FUCK!!!!! Im getting emotional thinking of that now because it was SO FUCKIN MONUMENTAL in my childhood. It shot me out of a cannon with my fist in the air and ready to fight anything! And question authority and everyone. And BE WHO I AM and with NO FEAR!!

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

I am a singer. And Im pure passion like Ozzy. Not much musical learning. (I’ve gotten it since). So, firstly, GUITARISTS – I would LOVE to collaborate with an Angus Young or Jack White. Guys that will come with great rock n roll guitar riffs. SINGER – Iggy Pop. Because he was known for being so good at writing SO SIMPLY in short phrases and making them work so well. Yes, he was under the influences much of the time, but he was known to be highly intellectual and had that fantastic knack of keeping it short and simple. And he was the KING of punk. Raw, passionate, energy, just unleashing it with reckless abandonment in his performances. And finally, PRODUCER – Rick Rubin. The guy is magic. So much of what he approaches turns to gold. Rick would definitely help expand all my strengths as a singer and explore my range and direct them into song. Man, what a cast!!

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

Hmm…I’ve lost count of all the festivals taking place these days. Sorry. BUT I will say this – Jane’s Addiction is a HUGE influence of mine. (I know I didn’t mention above, sorry). And I was standing right under Perry Farrell at the FIRST Lollapalooza tour. And it was a magical day/night for sure. And that tour went on for years and ALWAYS HAD DIVERSE ACTS. And THAT is what I would want to be part of. From Jane’s to Ministry, to Body Count, to Rollins Band, to Beastie Boys, to Siouxsie Sioux, etc…

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

Hmm…A kiss and a grab…ha!

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

Lead by Example, Talk is Cheap.

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

Bon Scott.

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

Man, music is vibration. It is intrinsically part of our make up as human beings. We ARE vibration. I LOVE it. I love to perform. I love to create and sing with a great group of people. What do I hate? The problems that occur within a band among the bandmates. The head-stuff that causes the conflicts.

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

STOP basing bands on the fucking NUMBERS!!!! BASE IT ON THE MUSIC!!!! THE FEELING!!! IS IT GOOD?? DOES IT CREATE A STIR WITHIN??? Not Likes, Followers, Subscribers… horseshit! It’s SO HARD for a band to break through these days because their success is based on numbers of popularity. All the wrong reasons. It’s so fucking depressing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

STOOGES – “FunHouse”

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

Vinyl. I loved them all for all their reasons. Im not waving a big flag or getting in anyone’s face about it. I can enjoy them all. But man, when you listen to vinyl on an above average system, it’s just warmer, and more present, and you hear the full production of the music. the balance. What you were MEANT to hear. The Truth of that production. Vinyl man…

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

Ah…I dunno. We play prisons and entertain the inmates, which has been amazing and fulfilling. Some great shows. We played a women’s prison to a packed house of 100 women going nuts for every one of our songs and singing along because they memorized the words from looking online at the prison library!! Fantastic…Let me say, that I LOVE performing rock n roll. I LOVE my music. But one of the greatest gigs EVER for me, was SickWalt opened for PUNK ROCK KARAOKE. That band was Stan Lee (The Dickies ((who we have opened for)), Steve Soto (Punk legend RIP. Great guy! Agent Orange, Adolescents), Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion) and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger). Well, we opened to a packed house of punk fans and killed it. Then the Karaoke began, and I got up and sang STOOGES – ‘Search and Destroy’. NOW – this song has been my anthem since 14 years old!! And now I’m singing it with all the punk legends that made it my anthem. Holy shit was it emotional. Didn’t miss a beat. It was like we had been touring for 2 years playing that song. The place went NUTS! And Steve Soto! Greg Hetson! and Stan Lee! Turn to me and nod like – great fuckin job, you killed it. I came off stage. My brother, (my closest music friend all my life) is not big with compliments, and had this drop-dead face of amazement and came up to me and said – ‘I have NEVER seen you like that ever! You were someone else up there.” And I was…SickWalt live shows are special, but something else happened to me that night. It was absolutely DIVINE.

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

Well, we always have to have a side gig. I work in TV Production. I’ve also been an actor for a long time, and had a radio show for 3 years. So, if not music, I’d probably go back to those.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bon Scott, Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash, Muhammed Ali, Willie Nelson.

What’s next for the band?

Well, im writing and creating new music now during this digital Covid age. I’ll produce that and release it online. Then, hopefully Covid will run its course and live music will get back in swing. I hope to set up a tour overseas at some point and play some rock n roll where it’s appreciated and show that part of the world what SickWalt is all about!!!

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

@SICKWALT on all.

www.facebook.com/sickwalt
www.instagram.com/sickwalt/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCHzhISkASbdY1B0NpRHwkfw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ahhh shit! Gonna be honest, not lame and google them or some shit, but I DON’T KNOW!!! I’m sorry. I can’t wait for someone over there to show me the Jaffa Cakes experience!!!

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

Nah, keep it simple. Rock n Roll is an amazing Spirit. Keep nurturing it and keep it alive in your bones and state of mind. It keeps us who we are. Builds Self-Identity, No Fear, Responsibility (DIY). Makes us Pro-Active.

ROCK N ROLL IS VIRTUE. A RELIGION!

Thank you very much for having me. Can’t wait to hit the stage with you soon.
Much love.

Sick Walt

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Photo by Michael Weintrob

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Motorjesus – Hellbreaker

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Motorjesus – Hellbreaker
AFM Records
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 44:32
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Motorjesus have been at this a long time, coming from the Lemmy school of ‘down to earth roll up the sleeves and get on with it’ corner of Rock ’n’ Roll. They date back to the early 1990’s, having changed their names from the slightly less commercially acceptable The Shitheadz and have been producing albums under the Motorjesus moniker since 2004. This is album number six for the German five piece and follows the well-trodden path of high-octane German Rock ’n’ Roll wrapped up in a colourful mascot-emblazoned cover. That long experience is positively tangible, but at the same time it’s wrapped up in a really fresh and crisply energetic delivery of the calibre newer bands often exude.

This is a band who know exactly what they need to deliver and who seem to have no problem cranking out the tunes on demand. The vocal delivery is very gruff and gutsy, but so full of energy and enthusiasm from Chris “Howling” Birx with lyrics that follow the formula of driving music meets fantasy, perhaps summed up best by the nod to Judge Dredd and more specifically his gun, both named ‘Lawgiver’ which alongside pure road music like ‘Drive Through Fire’ and the absolutely belting ‘Car Wars’ is road music at its best and will go down a treat at a bike rally. It’s Rock ’n’ Roll, so I wasn’t expecting complex technical instrumental interplay – this is all about living fast and delivering the goods and I can foresee each and every one of these songs working well in a sweaty club somewhere (assuming there are any left when this fucking virus has been kicked into touch). That said, it may not be overtly technical, but that does not mean that there is some seriously skilful musicianship at work here as these boys can play fast, melodic and heavy as fuck all in one go – with enough boogie in the rhythms and beats to keep feet tapping and heads nodding. They are also running in a new guitarist in Patrick Wassenburg who seems to have subtly changed their sounds in favour of the more Metal tropes of blistering solo work to go with that crunch rhythm based delivery and the opportunity for a bit of harmonised playing. And pretty good with it he is too, so the end result is a Metal tinged R’n’R album that really is going to appeal broadly.

From what I can gather, this album isn’t doing anything conceptually, tonally or lyrically that they haven’t done before but, if like me, you are not familiar with the back catalogue, then with eleven fast and furious, well-delivered tracks to get you going this is an excellent place to start. And this does not sound like a band who’ve been at it forever with a huge back catalogue. This is new, fresh and positively full of energy. Spot on.

‘Firebreather’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Drive Through Fire
02. Battlezone
03. Hellbreaker
04. Beyond The Grave
05. Dead Rising
06. Car Wars
07. Firebreather
08. Lawgiver
09. Black Hole Overload
10. Back To The Bullet
11. The Outrun

LINE-UP:
Chris “Howling” Birx – Vocals
Andy Peters – Guitars
Patrick Wassenberg – Guitars
Dominik Kwasny – Bass
Adam Borosch – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS

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EMQ’s with THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Omaha, Nebraska/Chicago, Illinois based Glam/Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Midnight Devils. Huge thanks to Bassist/Lead Vocalist, Sam Spade, 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 Sam Spade, and I am the bass player and lead singer of the band The Midnight Devils. We are a national touring glam slam, boogie woogie, party rock n roll band from Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. Chris ‘Sniper’ Hineline and I started The Midnight Devils in 2017, and did some regional touring around the Midwest United States. Our drummer Jimmy Mess joined us in the summer of 2017 after our original drummer left us high and dry in the middle of a tour. After the tour we decided that it felt good, and we should continue this, and see how far we can take it. We released our debut album in 2018, and dropped everything to start touring around the country, from coast to coast. We have played from LA to New York State, and New Orleans to Milwaukee. We took a gamble and jumped out into the deep water right from the start, and it totally paid off.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band came from the title of an album Sniper and I put out with our previous band.  The album was just called Midnight Devils, so we added “The” in front, like The Ramones, The Who, The Rolling Stones. The idea behind the term comes from that feeling you get as the sun starts to set on a Friday night. It’s that rush of adrenaline and anticipation for what is about to happen. You know it’s going to be a wild night, and you know that there is going to be one hell of an adventure on the other side.

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

We are from Omaha, Nebraska, USA, and our drummer Jimmy Lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Omaha, Nebraska isn’t a huge city by any stretch, but it’s always been known for having a great artistic community. The local bands are always great, but there is definitely nobody like us, and nobody playing glam rock n roll in Omaha. The cool thing about Omaha is that it is between Denver and Chicago and is always a stop for touring bands. We get some great shows, and most of the time you can catch shows any night of the week. From what I have experienced in Chicago, it’s a wild dirty party town. We’ve played in the city a lot, and it’s tough, but once they accept you the party never stops. There are tons and tons of great bands coming out of the Chicago area.

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

Our debut album, “Something Bigger” was released in 2018. We toured very heavily into early 2019 promoting that record, and the video for the single, ‘Pink Halo.’ It was an incredible experience, and we could see our hard work paying off. Unfortunately, everything was cut short due to the Covid Pandemic. It’s really a shame.

‘Pink Halo’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influence is KISS. I grew up on Elvis and The Beach Boys. That got me into classic rock, but KISS really pushed it over-the-top for me. I got my first guitar when I was 16, and of course it was a cheap sunburst Les Paul like Ace Frehley played. From there I found The New York Dolls, Sweet, and Alice Cooper. I joined a touring punk rock band, and mixed everything I knew together, to create something very unique. I love classic rock like The Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen but I also love The Ramones, The Clash, and The Misfits.

What first got you into music?

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska. When I was younger, I went to a private school, and they showed us this propaganda video called Hells Bells, which preached that rock n roll was evil, and if you listened to it you were a devil worshipper. It totally backfired and made me love the music even more. It wasn’t until my buddy brought in KISS – “Destroyer,” and I heard ‘Detroit Rock City,’ that I put it all together. I felt complete and knew right then what I wanted to do with my life.

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

I would love to create something new and exciting with a bunch of the new bands coming out right now. I’ve tried to put together some tours with other glam bands around the USA and nobody gets the bigger picture. It becomes about egos and “who’s bigger”. I want to put something together with bands that are still playing clubs and put it on the road. I want to give the fans something to talk about and something completely over the top exciting to go see. Arena level bands are great, but eventually their time will come, and they will stop playing. We are the new generation of rock n roll and I want to embrace that on a whole new level.

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

Our biggest goal right now is to put The Midnight Devils overseas. To take this band from the Midwest USA and take it international. I want to bring this glitter-encrusted lipstick-smeared party to the wild animals in Europe and Japan. America is great but they are still going crazy for our style of music outside of the US. We want to put the party in the air.

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

I have had fans get my signature tattooed on their arms. I have had fans tattoo my bass on their backs. Those things I am very honoured and touched by. I will never forget that feeling of seeing those tattoos. The weirdest piece of fan mail I received was a big box of towels and 4 bars of penis soap shaped like donuts. It’s always interesting opening this stuff up.

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

We love our fans, and think of them as our family, spread out across the world. When we tour our fans will come out and bring us food, send us snacks, and let us crash in their basements. There are not enough “Thank You’s” to express our deep love and appreciation for everything they have done for us. During the pandemic, our amazing fans have been buying up all kinds of official merchandise, which helps us beyond anything they can even comprehend. Thank you so very much.

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

I am reading a book right now about Elvis. I think that’s somebody that was taken away too soon. I also think Eddie Van Halen was a huge loss to the music world. Others include Johnny Thunders, from The New York Dolls, and of course all of The Ramones were taken away too soon as well.

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

There are so many things that I love it’s impossible to list. First of all, I am very blessed to be in a band with two other guys that share the same vision and are absolutely my best friends. That gives us the opportunity to travel around the country and meet so many new people. I love being able to create and bring ideas to life. I am very proud of our album, our songs, our videos, and our live show.  I don’t hate much of it, but I get a lot of anxiety from the work that is involved behind the scenes making everything happen. I’s a 24/7, 365, kind of job that never rests, even when the world is locked down. The stress and the ups and downs can really get to you.

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

I completely believe that, in this day and age, we have lost all artist development in the recording industry. It’s not about getting an artist to build a long-lasting career; it’s about making money as fast and as easy as possible. Labels don’t help bands anymore, and especially bands like The Midnight Devils. We are seen as “Too Glam” or “Too wild,” and everybody makes the safe bet on a safe band. That’s not us and that’s completely fine. We have seen the fans and listened to them. We want the same thing they do. So, without any help from the industry, besides an incredible manager, we have done everything ourselves.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is a tough one, and I was just having this conversation with somebody the other day. There are those albums that you just know front to back, every song is a hit in some way. How do you pick?  Guns ‘N Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”, Motley Crüe – “Too Fast For Love”, Boston – “Boston”, The Rolling Stones – “Tattoo You.” There are so many to pick. It’s incredibly hard. AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”.

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

Vinyl, hands down, but I must say that I completely see the need for digital downloads. I don’t like it, but the ease of having millions of albums in the palm of your hand is incredible. I buy a lot of albums, and still listen to songs digitally. The Midnight Devils will be putting out vinyl this year when our new record is done.

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

We have played a ton of shows all over the country and they are all really special no matter where or how many people show up. With The Midnight Devils, everything is an uphill battle, and an adventure. From getting to shows, driving 10 hours in the mountains, buses breaking down, venues cancelling, and owners firing off hand guns, there are always a few hurdles to get over just to play a show. I don’t take any of it for granted. Sentimentally, my favourite show was the one we did at The Viper Room in LA, because I was actually living out those Rock N Roll fantasies you have as a kid. Playing on Sunset Strip, with your name on the marquee, then going down to The Rainbow to party after the show. That’s the dream right there.

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

As weird as this might sound, I actually have a degree in broadcasting, with a focus on radio. I went to school to be a radio DJ at a classic rock station. I had that job, and realized it was all fake, and it wasn’t about the music, it was about the advertising dollars. Now I DJ at clubs and get to put on a different kind of show every night of the week. It’s great and I love what I do outside of the band.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Of course, I would invite Sniper and Jimmy my band mates. Get all three of us together and it’s trouble in the best possible way! I would then invite David Lee Roth from Van Halen. Also, Jack Black from Tenacious D, and finally maybe Will Farrell. It would be a rock n roll laugh fest of epic proportions.

What’s next for the band?

We will be heading to Chicago in early March, to record our sophomore album, with Chip Z’Nuff producing it.  We are thrilled to have him behind the board guiding us on this huge follow-up. We will then release a single and video, and put out some killer coloured vinyl to celebrate. After that, we are planning on hitting the road as soon as humanly possible. Early April we will be doing some shows in Denver, then we are working on plans for a busy summer. We are scheduled to support Loudness on their 2021 US Tour, so fingers crossed we can get this virus under control.

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

www.themidnightdevils.com
www.facebook.com/themidnightdevils
www.instagram.com/the_midnight_devils/
www.twitter.com/midnightdevils
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2Xvt81FOvPCXeSFkNi9qEN
www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-bigger/1401071158
www.youtu.be/9ceCqtQg2fo

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not even sure what Jaffa Cakes are.  We don’t have those in Nebraska.

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

Thank you so much for the great interview, and for keeping rock n roll and heavy metal alive. Keep an eye out for The Midnight Devils in 2021 we will be coming at you harder than hard.

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