Pistols at Dawn – Ascension

Ascension Album Cover Art

Pistols at Dawn – Ascension
Megaforce Records
Release Date: 19/08/22
Running Time: 33:00 
Review by Paul Hutchings
7/10

Formed in Atlanta, Pistols at Dawn are something of an internet sensation. Read any report about them and you’ll see an astonishing number of hits on their songs via streaming services. More than six million apparently. I recalled reviewing their EP “Nocturnal Youth” for another site just over 12 months ago, noting that the band combined a swagger and enthusiasm which made their music enjoyable. 

Their debut full-length continues in the same vein, with big chunky riffs and singalong anthems making it easy to see how they have achieved popularity, despite bringing little new to the table. That’s not to say this isn’t good stuff, for the musical performance is slick and confident, the songs catchy, and the performances all round of the stellar quality. Vocalist Cris Hodges channels his inner Myles Kennedy, at times echoing the Alter Bridge frontman, in a fine performance. 

The songs have their roots in the classic rock vibe, but with a powerful contemporary style that allows them to linger in the mind. ‘Keep Me Guessing’ for example, has a chorus that will refuse to leave when asked, whilst the opening song ‘Under the Surface’ brings a powerful opening to the album. This song  echoes a slightly slowed down Linkin’ Park feel, with emotional lyrics and a slightly nu-metal flavour. These are songs designed for arenas and big tour packages, and it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here.

The songs are short and snappy, instant enough to make an impression first time around, but also worth revisiting several times to enjoy again and again. The closing duo of ‘Get Away’ and ‘The Dictator’ certainly have a jump to them, both varying in tempo and intensity. With plenty of hooks, delicious melodies, and songs that will get people moving, Pistols at Dawn’s debut has plenty to recommend it.

‘Voices’ Official Video 

TRACKLISTING:
01. Under the Surface
02. Fly
03.Keep Me Guessing
04. For You
05. The Truth
06. Gravity
07. Get Away
08. Dictator

LINE-UP:
Adam Jaffe – Drums
Denis White – Guitar
Billy Sullivan – Bass
Tony Richardson – Guitar
Cris Hodges – Vocals

LINKS:

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Exclusive Video Premiere – Playhouse – Dancing At Funerals

Exclusive Video Premiere
Playhouse – Dancing At Funerals
RFL Records
Release Date: 12/08/2022

Today, Playhouse, Canada’s melodic hard rock masters, drop a new video for ‘Dancing At Funerals,’ the title track from their brand new album that released on July 22nd. And here at Ever Metal, we are privileged to have the exclusive video premiere!

The video offers a deep and emotional look into the fine line between life and death. It encompasses everything about this album, and it is best explained by Playhouse vocalist Peter Cat: “The Song Is About Death Celebrating Life.” It is a dark, yet well-conceived video that touches plenty of emotions. 
 
And here it is!

‘Dancing At Funerals’ Official Video

About the band:

Formed in 1987, five high school friends set out to be the biggest rock band to ever come out of Canada. With a reputation for their high-energy shows and big anthems, they quickly began filling every club & theater that they played.  The band was destined for global success, selling thousands of copies of their two EPs; 1988’s “Little Monster” and 1990’s “Tongue, Tied & Twisted.” Just like so many bands in the early ’90s, the success that seemed to be theirs for the taking never fully manifested, and after almost a decade of decadence and steady touring in support of such bands as ExtremeKiller DwarfsLee Aaron and Harem Scarem, the band decided to call it quits. It was an end of an era………but some things never fully come to an end.
 
Fast forward to 2016, and the band reunited and entered the studio with veteran producer and guitarist of Slaves on Dope; Kevin Jardine, to record new songs. In 2017, for the 1st time in 25 years, Playhouse returned to the stage with a sold-out comeback show in Montreal, Canada. Many high-profile shows followed, including opening slots for The Dead Daisies, L.A. Guns, Buckcherry, Dizzy Reed’s Hookers & Blow, Helix, and Warrior Soul. The band also releases their first album “The Rock N’ Roll Circus” to critical acclaim in 2018 and followed that up with a single and video, “Revolution Tonight,” in 2020!
 
The band has joined forces once again with legendary Canadian producer Kevin Jardine(Faith No More, Mastodon, Run DMC, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Korn, Sepultura, Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, Men Without Hats). This album is sure to turn a lot of heads and will open the ears of the core fans as well as new listeners alike.

About the album:

The album “Dancing At Funerals” presents a mature and classic-sounding Playhouse, and a very diverse ride through 13 original, yet different tracks; it’s a musical journey through life.
 
Peter Cat explains: “Dancing At Funerals” is a beautifully-crafted, dark record. Inspired by the dead and written for the living. It’s our best record so far!
 
The album release has been preceded by the release of 3 singles, ‘The Storm,’ ‘Hell’s A Long Way Down’ and ‘Champagne,’ all have which have been receiving critical acclaim from media and fans alike. ‘Hell’s A Long Way Down’ is a great example of a more mature Playhouse and has been a front-runner for the album. 
   
Peter Cat gives some background about the track:  
“Danny sent me chords and music to a beautiful country song. I wrote a melody and lyrics about a sinner in Memphis, Tennessee who confesses on his death bed to a priest who also happens to be his younger brother. “Hell’s a long way down,” the priest says!
 
The track was recorded between September 2020 and May 2021 at Uplift Studios and produced by Kevin Jardine, written and performed by Playhouse. The video was filmed and directed by Jared Pollack of Jared Pollack Media.
 
Peter Cat: “This is a beautiful country rock song and we are really proud that it’s tasty like a Tennessee Whiskey”
 
The video for ‘Hell’s A Long Way Down’ can be viewed here:
https://youtu.be/2mz8dXDW6lc
 
The most recent single from the album, “Champagne,” features rapper Annakin Slade who delivers a cool and subtle piece to the song. The latest single switches gears from the band’s usual hard rock vibe and throws an emotional twist into a cool, summer, classic. The band offers some incite into the single:
   
Bassist, Danny Williams: “Pete came over to my place one night, we had some wine and ended up writing Champagne. Our producer Kevin Jardine suggested we get Annakin Slayd to lay down a rap and when all was said and done, we ended up with a feel-good summer song.”
 
Video for ‘Champagne’ can be viewed here:
https://youtu.be/g646lV53AcE
 
Peter Cat: ‘Champagne’ is a quirky summertime love song inspired by a Greek goddess and written for the lovers and dreamers.”
 
“Dancing At Funerals” is now available in all digital formats at:
 https://playhousedancingatfunerals.lsnto.me/playhouse-dancingatfunerals
 
 Order The CD Now at:
 https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-At-Funerals-Playhouse/dp/B0B4F5X656/ref=sr_1_1

Tour dates are being announced for the “Too Old To Die Young” Tour. Updates for everything that is Playhouse can be found at the links below.

LINE-UP:
Peter Cat – Vocals
Danny Williams – Bass
KK – Guitar
Eric “Freak” Westergard – Guitar
Steve Creep – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

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EMQ’s With WAITING 4 APRIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with South African and USA collaboration project, Waiting 4 April. Huge thanks to Jesse and Colton 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?

Jesse: Hey, I’m Jesse and I play the drums for Waiting 4 April.
We’re actually a pretty new band, having formed in early 2021. I’m from South Africa, and I came across Colton’s (who lives in the United States) YouTube channel. I ended up sending him a message asking if he’d be interested in collaborating, and he was – so we started with a little acoustic project. It went well, and we became good friends throughout the process of video calls etc. and then decided to put Waiting 4 April together, sending files back and forth to each other over the greater part of a year, and ending up with the Photo Memory EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

Colton: Waiting 4 April means so many different things. Someone once told me they thought it was waiting for that true love in your life, another mentioned they thought it meant waiting for the springtime. I’ve always thought it was so cool how many different interpretations there are, but for me the meaning is much deeper. My younger brother Caden was born in the month of April. When he was conceived, they found that he had a terrible heart condition and the doctors estimated that he’d leave our family at an early age. He’s now 18 years old and doing amazingly well. Waiting 4 April basically means waiting for his birthday each year.

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

J: As I mentioned I’m from South Africa, and I have to say even though the community is kind of small in comparison to other countries, the Metal/Rock scene is pretty solid. There aren’t a ton of bands or venues, but where it is, it goes hard. I can’t wait to get back out to the US and start touring over there though.

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

C: Our debut EP “Photo Memory” just came out on July 1st, and we’ve seen a really great response. It’s available on all streaming platforms so definitely go check it out! We’re so stoked with how it turned out and we’ll be getting some videos out in the next couple months after I head over to South Africa to meet up with Jesse in October!

Who have been your greatest influences?

J: There’s too many to name. You’ll hear this EP is pretty dynamic from start to finish, but you can definitely hear influences from bands like Paramore, early Saosin, a bit of I See Stars probably. I think we homed in on the early 2000’s scene and kind of entangled it into the sound.

What first got you into music?

C: Definitely Kurt Cobain.I used to play guitar hero a lot as a kid and loved the song “Heart Shaped Box”. Made me want to learn every Nirvana song haha!

J: For me it was definitely Blink-182. I was obsessed. I wanted to sing like Tom and drum like Travis haha.

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

J: Doing a song with Oli Sykes (BMTH) would be F-ing rad. I’d also love a collab with Devin Oliver (I See Stars) or Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil).

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

C: Oh man, bring back Warped Tour! There’s nothing better. You get to spend 2+ months touring most of the US with like 50 bands. You make tons of friends, connect with musicians, play to epic crowds… it’s just the coolest experience in the world.

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

J: A box of cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch). Weird, but I wasn’t complaining.

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

C: Not to sound cliche, but honestly if you have something you’re passionate about, just F-ing go for it man. Life’s too short to be weighed down by “what if’s”. We threw this band together in the middle of a pandemic, and now we get to make music for people all over the world. It’s been tough, but there are no regrets. So, if you want to do something and you’ve been putting it off… Stop, and just go for it.

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

J: Freddie Mercury.

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

J: I love being able to create. I have so many ideas in my head that I don’t know how to properly express, but the one place I really do know how to is with music.

What do I hate? How hard it is to get into the scene! And how streaming services stuff you on compensation haha. Stop being so stingy, Spotify!

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

C: I think number 1, the industry is a lot of who you know, rather than being able to shine through outright talent, you know? And I think the people who have influence disregard a lot of bands who are really really good because of that. So, I think I’d want everyone to just have a fair shot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

J: The Used – “In Love & Death”
C: Circa Survive – “The Amulet”

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

J: Vinyls are cool, but a bit cumbersome. A bit hard to bring your gramophone in the car with you! Downloads are convenient, but there’s nothing like a CD, right? You get the awesome artworks with the liner notes inside, and you keep that massive folder of your CD collection in the car – super nostalgic.

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

C: Well, due to the pandemic, and the fact Jesse and I live on different continents, we haven’t managed to play a live show as of yet! But, we’ve got some cool shows lined up for South Africa around October, so we’ll get back to you on that haha.

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

J: I’d probably have spent more time learning about crypto and NFT’s and have retired as a billionaire by now… But, who needs money right!? Haha

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

J & C: Michael McIntyre, Freddie Mercury, Morgan Freeman (to narrate the whole thing), Anthony Bourdain, and Margot Robbie.

What’s next for the band?

C: Well we’ve dipped our toes with the release of the EP. The next thing is to start touring and getting our music out to as many ears as possible. We’re getting started with writing the next LP already, and we just want to hit the ground running with whatever momentum we may have!

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

Instagram – @waiting4april    

Tik Tok – @waiting4april

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

J: We’ve both never had one before (*audible gasps)… But we can say this. If they’re soft, they’re a cake. If they have ANY sort of crunch… It’s definitely a biscuit.
Fight me.  

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

Likewise! Thanks so much for the interview. We had a blast answering.
Keep an eye out for updates on W4A, check out the EP on Spotify, Youtube Music or whatever platform you use, and hopefully we’ll be bringing you new stuff soon!

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Montrose – I Got the Fire: Complete Recordings (1973-1976)

I Got the Fire Complete Recordings (1973-1976) Album Cover Art

Montrose – I Got the Fire: Complete Recordings (1973-1976)
Cherry Red Records
Release Date: 29/07/22
Review by Paul Hutchings
8/10

For many of us born in the 70s but not finding our musical roots until the 1980s, Montrose were one of those bands who were heard on rock stations thanks to covers of their music by other bands. Tunes like ‘I Got the Fire’ and ‘Space Station #5’ as well as the classic ‘Bad Motor Scooter’, which is still a favourite on the likes of Planet Rock. But now, this comprehensive collection of the band’s music allows a much deeper dive into the Montrose catalogue, and its an interesting voyage from start to finish. 

Formed in 1973, the original Montrose comprised of guitarist Ronnie Montrose and singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. Montrose had formerly been a member of the Edgar Winter Group, playing on the hit ‘Frankenstein’ as well a being a successful session musician with credits for Van Morrison amongst others. The band’s self-titled debut is a genuine classic, and whilst it didn’t set the world alight on release in 1973, one listen to it in this collection demonstrates exactly why it has now sold over a million copies. Tracks such as ‘Rock Candy’, ‘Rock the Nation’ and of course, ‘Space Station #5’ and ‘Bad Motor Scooter’, are hard rock classics. It’s worth a listen just to hear the fluidity of the band, with Hagar bringing a defining vocal performance that would later land him the role in Van Halen, as well as huge success as a solo artist. Accompanying “Montrose” we have a selection of demo tracks as well as their debut performance for KSAN radio recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California on 21st April 1973. 

The second album, “Paper Money”, saw Alan Fitzgerald replace Church, with producer Ted Templeman again at the helm. The album features similar hard rocking songs such as the riff heavy ‘The Dreamer,’ the sci-fi edge of ‘Starliner’ and of course ‘I Got the Fire,’ whilst ‘Connection’ demonstrated the softer side of the band, and echoes of Led Zeppelin. Interestingly, Montrose were sometimes called the US answer to Zeppelin, and you can see why with some flashes of musical genius and variety that match the UK behemoths at times. With additional stereo and mono singles of the title track and ‘Connection’, this is another excellent copy for the collection. Disc four sees another KSAN radio recording session with some of the debut classics featured alongside newer tracks.

1975 saw Hagar depart, due to building acrimony, and singer Bob James replaced him. Keyboardist Jim Alcivar also joined the band, bringing a wider and broader sound. “Warner Bros. Presents Montrose!” saw Ronnie Montrose taking over production duties. Whilst it may not have the instancy of the first two albums, there’s plenty of rock ‘n’ roll in evidence with the ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ bringing the jive, and James proving to be a more than capable replacement for Hagar. 

The final disc sees album number four, “Jump on It” which boasts one of the most appalling covers of all time (I’ll leave you to search for it). Alcivar brings the bottom end on the album, but only three songs feature an actual bassist with Randy Jo Hobbs filling in. It’s another solid if unspectacular release, but the guitar work is especially pleasing with some sparkling play on opener ‘Let’s Go’ as your starter for ten. ‘Music Man’ may be one of the more recognisable songs here, a slower, melodic piece which verges on ballad at times. 

This is a lovely package which showcases what a superb musician Ronnie Montrose was. He sadly took his own life a decade ago. It’s a worthy tribute to a fine guitarist and if you are curious about this influential US rock band, then this is the ideal place to start your journey. 

‘Bad Motor Scooter’ Video

TRACKLISTING:

Disc One: Montrose (1973) 
01. Rock the Nation
02. Bad Motor Scooter 
03. Space Station #5 
04. I Don’t Want It 
05. Good Rockin’ Tonight 
06. Rock Candy 
07. One Thing on My Mind 
08. Make It Last 

Bonus Tracks: 
09. Rock the Nation (mono) 
10. Rock the Nation (stereo) 
11. Space Station #5 (mono edit) 
12. Space Station #5 (stereo edit) 

Disc Two: Demos (1973) 
01. One Thing on My Mind (Demo) 
02. Shoot Us Down (Demo) 
03. Rock Candy (Demo) 
04. Good Rockin’ Tonight (Demo) 
05. I Don’t Want It (Demo) 
06. Make It Last (Demo) Live KSAN Radio Session. Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA 21st April 1973 
07. Intro 8 Good Rockin’ Tonight 
09. Rock Candy 
10. Bad Motor Scooter 1
11. Shoot Us Down 
12. One Thing on My Mind 
13. Rock the Nation 
14. Make It Last 
15. You’re Out of Time 
16. Roll Over Beethoven 
17. I Don’t Want It 

Disc Three: Paper Money (1974) 
01. Underground 
02. Connection 
03. The Dreamer 
04. Starliner 
05. I Got the Fire 
06. Spaceage Sacrifice 
07. We’re Going Home 
08. Paper Money 

Bonus Tracks: 
09. Paper Money (stereo edit) 
10. Paper Money (mono edit) 
11. Connection (mono edit

Disc Four: Live KSAN Radio Session, Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA 26th December 1974
01. Intro 
02. I Got the Fire 
03. Rock Candy
04. Bad Motor Scooter
05. Spaceage Sacrifice 
06. One and A Half 
07. Roll Over Beethoven 
08. Trouble
09. Space Station #5 

Disc Five: Warner Bros. Presents Montrose! (1975) 
01. Matriarch 
02. All I Need 
03. Twenty Flight Rock 
04. Whaler 
05. Dancin’ Feet 
06. O Lucky Man 
07. One and A Half 
08. Clown Woman 
09. Black Train 

Bonus Track: 
10. Matriarch (mono edit) 

Disc Six: Jump On It (1976) 
01. Let’s Go 
02. What Are You Waiting For? 
03. Tuft-Sedge 
04. Music Man 
05. Jump On It
06. Rich Man 
07. Crazy For You 
08. Merry Go-Round

Bonus Tracks: 
09. Music Man (stereo edit)
10. Music Man (mono edit) 
11. Let’s Go (stereo edit) 
12. Let’s Go (mono edit

LINE-UP:

Montrose
Sammy Hagar – vocals
Ronnie Montrose – Guitar
Bill Church – Bass
Denny Carmassi – Drums

Paper Money
Sammy Hagar – vocals
Ronnie Montrose – Guitar
Alan Fitzgerald – Bass
Denny Carmassi – Drums

Warner Bros. Presents Montrose!
Bob James – Vocals
Ronnie Montrose – Guitar
Alan Fitzgerald – Bass
Denny Carmassi – Drums
Jim Alcivar – Keyboards
Randy Jo Hobbs – bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

Lilith's Revenge Logo

EMQ’s With LILITH’S REVENGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Rock/Metal band, Lilith’s Revenge. 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?

Hello, we’re Lilith’s Revenge!
Our music genre floats between Rock and Metal. We started the project back in the summer of 2020. Our lead singer is Paula Teles, the guitarists are Bruno Sousa and Paulo Silva, the bassist is Edu Silva, and Felipe Baptista has been working with us since April as our drummer, to replace our original drummer Joe, who left the band earlier in the year.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead singer, Paula, is the one behind the name. It’s actually a take on the idea that in some cultures, Lilith was Adam’s first wife in the Garden Of Eden, but was sent to hell for refusing to be submissive. Paula decided to use a lighter approach on the powerful “Lilith” character to represent our band, and our movement of fighting for gender equality, and fighting against oppression, physical, verbal and psychological abuse.

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

We’re from the Porto district in Portugal. Our local music scene floats between traditional Portuguese folklore music, or a really heavy underground. Our country is famous for bands like Moonspell and Attik Demons.

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

Last May we released our latest music video, alongside the album “Children From Eden”. It’s our first studio album featuring 11 original songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are many influencing the five of us, but from the top of our heads we can say Europe, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, HEAT…

What first got you into music?

Our lead singer Paula got into music at an early age, learning to play the piano. She was very shy as a kid, so it was a way for her to open up to the world and become more sociable. Paulo’s dad was a musician in the local symphonic band, he played the clarinet and took little Paulo to rehearsals, and he developed a love for music back then. Bruno’s older brother also took on a big role in influencing Bruno by showing him Metallica when he was a kid, and being a guitarist himself, and Edu fell in love with the rock world as an escape, and when the chance appeared to feature in a band with Paulo and Bruno (a local project they had before Lilith’s, called Strings In Veins) he took it, and filled the empty position in the band as the bassist.

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

Each of us would probably say someone different, but it would be someone along the lines of Europe, Foreigner, Metallica and HEAT.

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

Probably from the top of our heads, it would be Rock Am Ring or Wacken. We grew up watching our favourite artists playing in both of these shows. One of Paulo’s and Edu’s favourite concerts is Dio live at Wacken.

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

We’ve had a fan gifting us a little pin with our logo. It wasn’t exactly weird, but it was unexpected. It was nice to see someone took the time to create a little bit of “merch” to gift to us.

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

It would definitely be a “thank you” kind of message. We’re so grateful. We’re just on the beginning of the road, and we already feel such loyal support from our fanbase. It’s more than we expected, and we couldn’t be happier, and we hope they stick with us all the way.

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

We’re a bit divided between Cliff Burton and Ronnie James Dio, but probably considering we lost Cliff at such a young age and he had such a bright future and the world never got to see more of it, it would probably be him.

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

We enjoy that we get to do this with friends, have fun and feel fulfilled while making some lives a bit better, considering we write songs meant to address issues that are relatable to everyone, and give them strength to fight and carry on. As of now we only hate how expensive it can all get (laughs). From trips to gear, to the studio! It’s a huge financial effort, but always feels worth it, because there’s probably not anything else we rather do.

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

Going back to the financial topic, it’s hard for artists to make money nowadays. There’s so much on offer, and we feel like people don’t take the time to sit down and properly listen to albums anymore, and end up just searching song radios with algorithm-mixed playlists from specific songs. We wished that somehow there was more financial funds to invest in more young artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

We can’t really pick (laughs). Bruno loves “Under a Godless Veil” by Draconian, and Edu loves “Ride The Lighting” by Metallica. Paulo with his classic rock influences would say “Frontiers” by Journey, and Paula would probably name “Rumours” from Fleetwood Mac.

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

We all agree on Vinyl! It’s really classy, and since it’s not as common nowadays, having a vinyl version of an album feels even more special.

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

Probably “Female Front Festival” in Portalegre in the south region of our country. It was the concert we played the furthest from our home, it was a two days trip, we did some sightseeing, visited a waterfall to chill and relaxed before the show, and at the venue we found an awesome backstage, stage, and staff. It was really fun, and the crowd was really into it. It was definitely a great experience.

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

Considering Paula is a singing teacher, Edu teaches Bass, and Bruno teaches guitar, I think we would probably be music teachers (laughs).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tarja, James Hetfield, Joey Tempest, Steve Harris and Corey Taylor.

What’s next for the band?

As of now we’re working on promoting on our latest release “Children From Eden” and we’re looking into signing with a label, and play more shows. We do plan to play abroad as soon as we have the chance. It’s something we all look forward too!

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

We shared our album for free on youtube, on our channel, so that would be one.
We also feature on music platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, etc

youtube channel: (51) lilithsrevengeband – YouTube

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They do go stale in a few days, so probably a cake? We’re not sure (laughs)

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

Yes, we want to thank you for this interview, and we want to thank our fans, for being so supportive and being there all the time. Thank you.

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Toyah – Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (2021 Remaster)

Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! Album Cover Art

Toyah – Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! (2021 Remaster)
Cherry Red Records
Release Date: 13/05/2022
Running Time: 1:01:00
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Now, your first question may well be: “How did Platinum Al manage to slip a Toyah review onto a Rock / Metal website?” Well, dear reader, let me tell you a story. The first time I ever saw Toyah live was at a local club, where the dynamic lady herself was backed by the mighty Girlschool. All of these fearsome females put on an explosive show, comprising of ultra-rocked-up originals from both artists and Classic Rock covers. So yes, Toyah is more Rock ’N’ Roll than you (or I) will ever be.

To be fair, despite her Pop pedigree, Toyah Willcox has always been more Bowie than Kylie. And on this reissue of the 1980 live album, Cherry Red have presented us with a vibrant – even, dare I say it, rocking – bunch of Post Punk songs that show Toyah and her band in full flight. The expanded deluxe CD set is packaged with a DVD featuring a contemporary documentary. For this review though, we’re focussing purely on the music.

Happily, the production is top notch. Remastered by Nick Watson from the original master tapes, the sound is formidable. The instruments come through crisp and clear and the vocals are excellent, as shown on ‘Victims of the Riddle’ where keyboards maintain a steady melody while lead guitar erupts with energy. Likewise, bass and drums shine on ‘Love Me’ – it’s particularly impressive considering we’re dealing with a 40-year-old live album.

Highlights on “Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!” include ‘Bird in Flight’, ‘Danced’ (which reminded me of the Skids) and the occult war chant of ‘Ieya’. Never truly dark enough to be Goth, the songs here are more “Scary Monsters” with a generous helping of Hawkwind Space Rock, especially on ‘Race Through Space’.

Through it all, Toyah’s one-of-a-kind voice soars. Toyah has never stopped writing and performing music, acting, presenting and so on; these days she’s famous for her lockdown YouTube videos performing kitchen-based Rock covers with husband, King Crimson legend, Robert Fripp. It’s great to hear “Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!” remastered and in pristine condition. Even speaking as a vinyl purist, it looks like my ancient vinyl copy has had its day. 

TRACKLISTING:
01. Victims Of The Riddle 
02. Indecision 
03. Love Me 
04. Vision 
05. Bird In Flight 
06. Tribal Look 
07. Danced 
08. Insects 
09. Race Through Space 
10. Ieya Bonus Tracks 
11. Ghosts 
12. Neon Womb (Unedited) 
13. She 
14. Danced (Encore Version)

LINE-UP:
Toyah Willcox – Vocals & Noises
Joel Bogen – Guitar
Peter Bush – Keyboards
Charlie Francis – Bass
Steve Bray – Drums

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EMQ’s with DVL

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EMQ’s with DVL


Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Scotland, UK based Rock/ Heavy Metal band, DVL. Huge thanks to their vocalist, 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?

I’m Ryan and I sing in the band! Alan and I started off in a band called Annihilation when we were about 14/15 years old. When I went to college in 2011 (The Academy of Music and Sound) I met Mark and Kevin and we formed D3VILMAYCRY. Our first album under that name was funded by Creative Scotland in 2013 and we played a ton of shows with bands like In This Moment and Jinjer as well as being nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award. Fast forward to 2022 and we’ve evolved into DVL and are currently promoting our upcoming sophomore record! 

How did you come up with your band name? 

Well when we were originally called  D3VILMAYCRY we were named after the video game. We started getting kinda worried that if we were gaining a lot of popularity that people wouldn’t be able to find us over the game. Also we might get sued! So we shortened it down to DVL. 😈 

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

We’re from Glasgow, Scotland. The Metal scene here is pretty small but it’s die hard. It’s a very strong, loyal Metal scene around here. 

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

We just released the first single from our upcoming album. The song is called Eternity and you can check the music video out on YouTube! It’s also been doing rounds on the radio, including Kerrang!, which was a big milestone for us. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt Heafy from Trivium, M. Shadows and Syn Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. I learned pretty much everything I know from those guys. When I was first starting to get good at guitar at around 14 years old, I learned a lot of the more advanced stuff from those bands. In terms of songwriting it was eye opening, just opening up a guitar magazine and figuring out what they were doing and why they would do certain things. Vocally; Axl Rose, David Lee Roth, Eric Adams and David Coverdale have all hugely influenced my style. That powerful 80’s style of singing has always been my favourite way to go about things. 

What first got you into music?

My dad really started me off on the path. He’s a great musician himself and he would be playing guitar and singing every day when I was a wee boy. A lot of Blues stuff and Classic Rock tunes. He was always listening to bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. 

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

Twelve Foot Ninja. I think we have similar influences and could come up with something really wacky. Also Tatiana Shmailyuk from Jinjer. She’s an unreal vocalist and it’d be unreal to have her on a song with us. 

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

It has to be Download Festival for me. The Donnington one that is! I think it’s widely regarded among bands and fans alike that it’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the world. You’d feel like you’d truly made it if you were invited to play there. I’ve been as a fan a couple times and it’s always been a great atmosphere / vibe.

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

I don’t know that we’ve ever received a weird gift. We’ve been given beers and things like that but never anything weird! Watch this space 😂

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

Thanks for sticking by us while we’ve been quiet for a few years and hopefully this year will be a big one 🙏 

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

Freddie Mercury. I would have a lot of questions about singing techniques and songwriting! I’m sure there were many more great songs yet to come from him that hopefully we’d get to hear. 

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

I enjoy the fact that you never get bored. You always have guitar/vocal things to practice and learn, songs to write etc. etc. I hate that I can never just appreciate my own music. I’m always nit-picking at all the little things in songs I’ve written. It’s a curse in that way! 

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

I would massively increase the amount of money that artists and songwriters earn from streaming services. You’ve got multi-billion dollar companies like Spotify, who literally wouldn’t have a business without the musicians that they exploit. Time to make some changes and do better. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is difficult because I have 3 all-time favourite albums. I’m gonna say “City of Evil” by Avenged Sevenfold. I learned so much from that album. That level of talent should be illegal. 

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

Don’t get me wrong, I love Vinyl, I have a record player in my house and it gets the best sound by far. But it’s got to be downloads. Music on your person 24/7. You can’t beat that! 

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

November 23rd, 2017. We supported Jinjer at a place called Audio in Glasgow. Capacity for the venue is 300. It’s a small venue but they must have crammed about 600 people into it. It was absolutely mental. Packed from front to back. People could hardly move and yet during our set the crowd still managed to make a pit. Seeing people get lost in your music is a very special feeling that you don’t get anywhere else. The Jinjer set was madness. So great live. 

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

I’m mega into gaming so I’d probably be attempting to become a full time streamer! 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party? 

Ozzy, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Cristina Scabbia and Amy Lee. I’m sure there would be a lot of good stories at that dinner party! 

What’s next for the band?

At the start of May we’ll be releasing our second single/music video and then on May 27th our new album, “Hush”, comes out! 

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

YouTube https://youtube.com/c/DVLBandUK 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DVL.BAND.UK 
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/dvlband 
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/vl.band 
TikTokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@dvlband 

We’re especially active on Facebook and Twitter so do keep a close eye on those! 

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh god, are you trying to get me killed? They’re a cake! C’mon, it’s in the name, people! Biscuits have crunch and while you may argue that the chocolate kind of has a crunch when you bite into it, I would argue that you were wrong. Good day, sir. 

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

Thank YOU for having us! Nothing else to add really except please do check out our new album when it drops on May 27th and you can pre-save it here: https://orcd.co/dvlhush 

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EMQ’s With XAVIER BOSCHER

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EMQ’s With Xavier Boscher

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Multi-instrumentalist, Xavier Boscher. Huge thanks to him 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 Xavier Boscher, I play guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. I started working on solo material after my departure from the group Misanthrope in the early 2000’s. Since then I have released many instrumental albums, which are a quite varied mix between Rock and Progressive Metal, with many influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I have a logo on all my albums, a XAV symbol 😉

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

I’m from Nice on the French Riviera, there is a little Metal / Rock scene, but with some extraordinary musicians.

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

My latest album is “Cosmic Variations” and was released on the 7th March 2022. I have released many albums and EP’s. Now I am releasing a 3 EP series of Ambient instrumental music “Nankurunaisa”, with the  first part out on 21st of March, the second part on 4th of April and the last part on 18th of April.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Marty Friedman, Plini, Per Nilsson, John Petrucci & Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Paul Masvidal, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Richard Henshall & Haken, Kiko Loureiro & Angra, Eric Johnson, Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech, Patrick Rondat, Chuck Schuldiner & Death, Andy Larocque, Pierre Bensusan, Neal Schon & many more

What first got you into music?

My mother was a piano teacher, we can say that I bathed in Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven etc. before coming into the world. Then the first contact with the piano very early, then a contact with the guitar at 14 years old with the discovery of the world of Rock and Metal and a fascination for saturated sounds.

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

I would very much like to collaborate with Plini, whom I find particularly brilliant and inspired, he has gone very far.

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

At Hellfest in France, or maybe a guitar festival anywhere.

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

I have a few fans who give me gifts, which in itself is particularly great and rewarding, but nothing in particular.

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

I will tell them that I am so grateful for their support and that I will do my best to bring them new things regularly.

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

Chuck Shuldiner, he was the Death father and his loss was so important for me, he influenced me a lot. And also Prince, he was so awesome and productive, I wonder how many more albums he would have released?

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

I love creating and shaping my universe, I love music itself, a source of well-being and channelling emotions. I hate the music business and the competition. Music is not a competition and I find that many famous musicians lack humility.

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

I’m not against streaming but I would have liked there to be a better redistribution of income, I would have liked the platforms to offer more expensive packages allowing artists to be better remunerated.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Focus” from Cynic, this album changed my life…

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

I like CD’s and of course digital, not a fan of vinyl and Cassettes. Digital is still very practical you can listen to everything easily, it’s a big step forward

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

It was with Misanthrope, in support of Cradle of Filth at Elysée Montmartre in December 1999, an amazing show.

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

I do a lot of other activities like painting or writing, I also have a job besides music, I think I would miss it but I will have plenty to do 😉

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My girlfriend, my best friend and my kids, we’d be a little over five.

What’s next for the band?

I continue to record a lot of albums, I’m so inspired, I have two albums ready to release in May…

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

My official website, and Facebook & Instagram. 
Official Website : www.xavierboscher.com 
Bandcamp : https://xavierboscher.bandcamp.com 
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/xavierboscher 
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/xavierboscher

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit 😉

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

Thank you for opening your webzine to me and for taking an interest in my music, take care of yourself.

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Ronnie Atkins – Make It Count

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Ronnie Atkins – Make It Count
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 18/03/22
Running Time: 54:15
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Ronnie Atkins is one of life’s survivors for sure. A year ago I got to review his last solo release “One Shot”, and was somewhat emotional at what we all thought was the parting shot from one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s strongest veterans. From the extensive back-catalogue of Pretty Maids to his place as part of the recording and touring backbone of the machine that is Avantasia, Atkins has lived life well, recorded some great records and delivered some fantastic live performances – a few if which I’ve been lucky enough to see. So the news that he has incurable cancer and was living on borrowed time made last year’s album really rather poignant, as it felt like a goodbye. It was also pretty damn good too…

Well fuck you cancer, because he’s still here and a year to the day later has only gone and squeezed out another record.

“One Shot” had material that mainly had been around for a while, whereas I suspect this time the material is much more fresh and recent. This gives it two dimensions that play out on the recording this time round loud and clear. The first is the material isn’t as polished on the song-writing side, as when you’ve got demo tapes recorded over the years you get the chance to refine and rearrange with the benefit of hindsight. The second is it’s a lot more immediate in feeling, focussed on his more recent experiences and was created by a bunch of musicians working together in a studio rather than a remote recording exercise. What this means is what it lacks in polished arrangements it gains in spades by having an energy and freshness that the predecessor lacked, even if some of the songs don’t have the same strength of consistency of the former. 

The emotional punch is still there though, with belters like the opener ‘I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You)’ is a song by a man looking back on his life with regrets for the wildness of youth. It’s powerful, honest and well-crafted and a highlight of the record. As indeed is the title track that closes the record, which like the title track of the previous record feels relevant to his current situation as his time on this earth runs through the hourglass adorning the cover.

‘Rising Tide’ is very much of the political moment, and a warning of where we are heading as a species if we continue to allow a culture of denial and fake news, which as I listen to this nearly a month into the Russian invasion of Ukraine seems painfully prescient. It’s also a blisteringly well-crafted slab of Hard Rock of the kind that Atkins does best. And that’s another reason why this record kicks, is that it’s pertinent and relevant, but delivered with Atkins trademark gravelly panache, although he can absolutely scale the higher notes effortlessly as and when required.

Is this his final offering? I hope not, as if this record of fresh and new material says anything it is that he’s far from being done and going to make every moment count.

‘I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You) – Official Audio

TRACKLISTING:
01. I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You)
02. Unsung Heroes
03. Rising Tide
04. Remain To Remind Me
05. The Tracks We Leave Behind
06. All I Ask Of You
07. Grace
08. Let Love Lead The Way
09. Blood Cries Out
10. Easier To Leave (Than Being Left Behind)
11. Fallen
12. Make It Count

LINE-UP:
Ronnie Atkins – Lead and backing vocals
Chris Laney – Rhythm guitar, keyboards
Alla Sørensen – Drums
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Linnea Vikström Egg – Backing vocals
John Berg – Guitars
Olliver Hartmann: -Guitars
Pontus Norgren – Guitars
Anders Ringman – Acoustic guitars

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EMQ’s With FORTUNE CHILD

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EMQ’s With FORTUNE CHILD

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Rockers, Fortune Child. Huge thanks to their bassist, Jon Ward, 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 Jon Ward. I am the bassist of the band. Our drummer Mel and our guitarist Buddy originally got this project started between the two of them. They spent a while jamming and working out riffs together. When they decided to expand to a four piece, they met Christian (vocals) and myself through the Jacksonville, FL music scene and brought us in to round out the group. Things clicked and we went from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Fortune Child started as kind of a joke, poking fun at people who got whatever they wanted without having to work for it. But one day we saw the phrase a bit differently – it seemed to have more of a spiritual meaning to us, and referred to a kind of universal “fortune” that everyone had access to as a soul in the world. After that, the original joke meaning kind of fell away and we don’t think of it like that anymore. It took on that more spiritual meaning and that’s when we decided to use it as the band’s name.

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

We live in Jacksonville, FL. The rock scene is alive and well around here. The southern half of Florida (especially Orlando and Tampa) are somewhat bigger for Metal, while north Florida, being close to Georgia, has a bigger scene for Southern Rock, Blues, and jam music. But throughout Florida there is kind of a cross pollination of those two threads.

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

Our newest single, ‘Tie The Line,’ came out on Feb 18, and is the third single from our album “Close To The Sun,” which came out in full on March 1st. We are very excited to share that the song is available in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music and Tidal, in addition to the standard version, available on all streaming platforms. The first two singles, ‘Far’ and ‘Slow Down’ are available now.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think all of us in Fortune Child grew up with two big musical influences in common – the vintage, classic rock of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free, and so on, and the beloved 90’s and 2000’s rock that was big when we were growing up – Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Tool, The Mars Volta, etc. Those two threads guided all of us coming up, and merge in a unique way in the Fortune Child sound.

What first got you into music?

I can’t speak for the whole group, but as for me personally, I was put in piano lessons at a very young age (four or five) and took up guitar a couple years after that. It was pretty clear to me even since then that music was the only future career I had much interest in. As I grew up and learned more, my dedication to music grew simultaneously.

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

As a group, we are fans of some of the modern-vintage Rock bands out there right now, like Rival Sons or Dirty Honey. We also are big fans of modern Blues artists like Gary Clark, Jr.

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

Welcome To Rockville in Florida. It’s one of the biggest rock festivals in America and happens every year right here in our backyard. We’d love to get an inside perspective on the event and play to a great crowd alongside some of our own favorite bands in the business.

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

Rock fans in Florida tend to be pretty reasonable. Can’t say I’ve received anything too weird. Some cash tips or a round of drinks usually does the trick around here!

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

We want to recapture the spirit of a time when rock and roll (and music in general) was more straightforward and punchy and music wasn’t filled with production, electronics, overdubs and synths. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I personally like to make electronic music as a side hobby), but as a band we really resonate with the simplicity of pure walls of sound coming straight out of the amps and drums. So our message might be to remind people to experience music viscerally in the present moment. To feel the physical sound waves move through them instead of overthinking and over-digitalizing things.

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

To sneak my own individual answer in there – Jerry Garcia! But as a group, we’d have to say maybe Jimi Hendrix or John Bonham.

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

We all really enjoy the expression and catharsis of what we get to do together every day. Playing music for a living ensures you always have a way to express yourself and get in touch with your center. We also love the community we are in and all the friends we get to make through playing and recording. What I do hate sometimes are the long drives and weird hours the job sometimes requires – lots of nights driving between cities between midnight and 4am! But it’s always worth it.

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

I would love to see an environment in which artists received a lot more revenue from streaming. In the current climate, even huge artists with millions of streams still get pretty insignificant amounts of revenue from it. I’m not an economist, and I’m sure it’s complicated. But we feel like there must be a way to balance out the scales a bit – maybe it will happen in the future.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

Two of my personal favorites are “Lateralus” by Tool and Deloused “In The Comatorium” by The Mars Volta. If we had a collective favorite album as a group, it’s hard to pick anything besides “Led Zeppelin IV”.

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

I’m a huge fan of vinyl. I think vinyl offers the most lifelike sound and fullest experience, while downloads offer the most flexibility and convenience. Cassettes and CDs fall somewhere in the middle on that spectrum, but they all have their place.

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

The first time we played in Orlando last year turned into a really magical experience. We opened for Blacktop Mojo at Soundbar (formerly called Backbooth). It’s not an enormous venue, but there was a full crowd and great energy. We’ve all been in a lot of bands and played a lot of enjoyable shows, but this one was the first show with Fortune Child where everything REALLY clicked. We were revved up to show a new out of town crowd what we could do, and caught some kind of wave that gave us a special, electrifying energy. I think ever since that show we’ve known that we could do something special with this band if we work hard and play our cards right.

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

Personally I’d love to be a graphic designer, or maybe a video game developer. I can’t speak for the rest of the group – I think we all see music as our only path!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Chris Cornell, Justin Chancellor.

What’s next for the band?

We have several shows and festivals coming up in the next couple months. Our main goals at this time are growing our following in the southeast and worldwide, performing as much as we can, and getting the album to as many ears as we can. We’d like to work towards doing more extensive tours in the next year or two, and have plans for another album down the road.

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

You can find Fortune Child on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tiktok, Spotify, Apple Music, all other streaming platforms, and at our own official website: 
http://www.fortunechildmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/fortunechildmusic
https://twitter.com/fortunechild
https://www.instagram.com/fortunechildmusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m ashamed to admit that I had to look them up… They look more biscuit-like to me though!

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

We want to mention how excited we are to have the new album mixed and produced by Kevin Elson, former producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Europe, Mr. Big, and a whole host of other amazing bands. Having him on board has been a huge honor and helped us get a great sound on the record. We also had a team of other great engineers working on it – Jim DeVito at Retrophonics Studios in St. Augustine, FL (where we recorded the record), David Frangioni (CEO of Modern Drummer magazine), and Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya all had a hand in bringing the tracks to life, and the record was mastered by the legendary Rodney Mills. We want to say thank you to all of these world class engineers for putting their stamp on the album, and thank you to everyone that has supported us so far along the way! We are just getting started and are excited to create a lot more music going forward into the future. Please follow us on whatever social media platforms you prefer, listen to the singles and the new album, and share it with your friends! Your support means the world to us.

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