Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Dark Energy Q&A

Your name:
Justin Harwood Moss (guitar/vocals).

Where are you from?
Bristol (but grew up in Hampshire).

Name of band:
Dark Energy.

Who else is in your band? 
Jon Anning (bass), Joe Clayton (drums). We only recently lost our singer, Simon, so he is still in our band photos. I’ve taken back the singing role from him. I wrote most of the songs, so I’m used to that.

How would you describe yourselves?
A classic/progressive/space rock power trio.

Who are your main influences musically?
This is who we like: Neil Young, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Hawkwind. Some of that stuff shows up in our music. It’s what we grew up with! Except Joe,  who likes 80s synthpop.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want a cult following – stardom seems unlikely!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
That day lies in the future.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
A certain gig in Swindon, when my guitar strap became detached at the start of the very first song.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
A272. Because it’s new. Only available in a live version, and still rough around the edges (spot the mistakes!), but it may represent where we’re going.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
With a bit of luck, we should have our first album out early 2015. “Dark Energy, Light Years”, coming soon!

Feral Five Q&A

Your name:
Drew Five.

Where are you from?
Kent, England.

Name of band:
Feral Five.

Who else is in your band?
Kat Five.

How would you describe yourselves?
Raised by wolves to make post-punk electro dance music. Snarling guitars and feral beats.

Who are your main influences musically?
PiL, Bjork, The Clash, Crass, Goldfrapp, Killing Joke, Public Service Broadcasting, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tricky, White Stripes.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Bringing art to the people. Making noise. Transcending stereotypes. Rocking out and having fun.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Getting played by Steve Lamacq... no wait, Keith Levene saying we're cool. Or even Charlotte Church following us on Twitter. No maybe LSO St Luke's with Lu from PIL.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oh I forgot!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Skin. The first release. The reason we started playing live and a rocking track. 3D is the best single in the world so far until our next release.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
What’s our new song 3D about? 3D printing humans. Coming soon. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Cherry Bluestorms Q&A

Your name: 
Glen Laughlin.

Where are you from? 
Los Angeles.

Name of band: 
The Cherry Bluestorms.

Who else is in your band? 
Deborah Gee and Mark Francis White.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We’re what I call a psych-Mod band, which means we’re basically late 1960s British Pop influenced, with the psych element deriving from Syd Barrett rather than Jerry Garcia.

Who are your main influences musically?  
We each have varied influences. The ones that are most relevant to this band are a lot of the classic 1960s bands such as The Beatles and The Small Faces, but also some ‘90s bands such as The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Supergrass and the like.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Our primary aim has always been to make albums that we enjoy and esteem as much as we do our favourite albums by other artists. Once we do our best to achieve that, we hope to turn as many people on to our music as possible, whether via recordings, live shows, videos or other media.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
I think releasing our concept album Bad Penny Opera represents our highest artistic achievement. The reviews of the album have been almost universally phenomenal. We’re especially happy that many of the reviewers really seemed to understand the concept and what we tried to convey. Of course, we’re hoping that our next album will represent a new high water mark for us.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?  
But you're asking me to remember! Okay, I'll play! Really there are two. We played a show in an old hotel in Downtown LA. that was acoustically the worst space any of us had ever played. The promoter was new at booking shows, the club owner was new in the space and the sound engineer was actually mixing from behind the stage! On top of that we nearly got in a fight with one of the other artists! The other was our second trip to England. I got Bell's Palsy just before we left, so half my face was paralyzed and my left ear was really messed up. Then Deborah's back went out. I had to take her to hospital in Liverpool. When we got back to the flat we hired in London after a gig, we couldn't get the door unlocked for two hours while a drunken Frenchwoman harangued us in the street! 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
I think As Above So Below is a reasonably representative song. I frankly think I have better lyrics than that, but the main guitar riff is very emblematic of my style and it features Deborah and me singing parallel harmonies as we often do.

Where can we listen to it?  



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
I'd love to let your readers know that we are working on our first vinyl single, See No Evil. It should be out soon. We'll have another album out next year. Lastly, we'd love to hear directly from fans at our website www.thecherrybluestorms.com. If you sign up on the mailing list, there's a free download of an exclusive track. Or, you can visit us on Facebook.  Cheers!

Logos Q&A

Your name:
Darren Francis.

Where are you from?
London.

Name of band:
Logos.

Who else is in your band?
For the most part Logos has been just me. Of late I've been joined by Jason Oliver; we've been friends for nearly 20 years and have often talked about collaborating. It's good to finally do so.

How would you describe yourselves?
Logos make unconventional music with whatever bits and bobs of sound take our fancy. I've always used the terms 'industrial psychedelia' or 'uneasy listening', to describe it, both of which I invented. Our sound incorporates elements of industrial, ambient, glitch, drone, psychedelia, and avant oddness. We've released four albums so far – our latest sounds very different to our first.

Who are your main influences musically?
Primarily the 'England's Hidden Reverse' axis of 1980s post-industrial music, Coil in particular. Also Swans, Brian Eno, Cabaret Voltaire, The Orb, This Mortal Coil, and too many others.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
You can only make the music you're driven to; don't try to second-guess what you think people might want to hear, or bend your sound to this season's fashion. Do it for yourself and with luck others will like it too.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
A repeated highlight; when the music resonates or connects with someone and they say nice things. Always a good feeling.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Not so much a moment, more a lesson; get on with things, and don't over-analyse. For example with our third album Shamania, all the tracks came together quickly but the mixing stage dragged on over two years.... Get things done, put them out, don't sit on them.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
My current favourite is probably Santa Susana Blues, the title track from our latest album, the way it starts from a nest of samples, and morphs from discordant to a thing of serene beauty.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Our website: www.logosnexus.com
On Bandcamp (stream or download all our albums here): http://logosnexus.bandcamp.com/
On Myspace (if anyone still uses that): http://myspace.com/logosmusick

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
I also write fiction and make art – you can find out more about that on my personal website at www.darrenfrancis.co.uk

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bass Lions prepare for EP launch

Picture by Thomas van der Zaag 
INDIE kids Bass Lions will release their self-titled EP on October 28th via Fortnight Music.

The EP will be pressed to limited edition 12" vinyl and will include a remastered version of the Canadian band's debut record More Than Islands as its B-side.

The band told RealSoundsOK: "We set out to make complex music sound easy, to engage with a broad group of listeners, and continue to combine evocative, mercurial arrangements with soulful lyricism."

You can take a listen to We Got Guts - the lead single from the new EP - below and for more on the band visit their Facebook page.



We Fight Like Kids to release debut EP

HARDCORE punks We Fight Like Kids will release their debut EP Superficial Behaviour on November 3rd.

Falconer was the first single taken from the five-track release and you can have a listen via the lyric video below.

For more on the Midlands UK band visit wefightlikekids.co.uk


New EP coming from Scott Lloyd

FOLK singer-songwriter Scott Lloyd will release his third EP Give Me Something on November 10th.

The EP will be available via iTunes and Manchester-based Scott's official website.

He will play an launch show at Manchester's Eagle Inn on November 17th with support from Liam McClair and Bones, with a short UK tour to follow.

While we wait to hear the new EP, have a listen to some of his past songs below and for more on Scott check out the Q&A he did with RealSoundsOK in June last year here.

And in a shameless attempt to get more clicks on the blog, you can read the Q&A Liam McClair did here. Bones, what are you waiting for?


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Argovia Q&A

Your names: 
Ani Guillén and Carlos Arminio.

Where are you from? 
Caracas, Venezuela.

Name of band: 
Argovia.

Who else is in your band? 
Just the two of us.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We're a rock duo with progressive and symphonic influences in our sound. 

Who are your main influences musically? 
Muse, Lacuna Coil, Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Anathema among others. 

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We just want to share our good vibes and rock tunes around the world so people can enjoy it and we'll see where that takes us. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
We've just released our first EP and we recorded it and produced it ourselves. So having positive feedback from around the world about the sound quality means the effort has paid off. We'll build over that and keep going. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Every moment we've experienced whether good or bad is a lesson we treasure. So there's nothing we would want to forget. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
We'd say My Only Savior. We're not sure if it gets you the whole picture of the sound we're building, but we think the mix between orchestration, rock guitars and synths is powerful and that's our main trait. 




Where can we find out more about your music? 
You can get our EP Lost Letters for free or whatever price you're willing to pay on https://argovia.bandcamp.com/
We're on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Argoviaband
Instagram: @Argoviaband
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/argoviaband
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/argovia

Hunting Game Q&A

Your names: 
Josh Callon, Jake Callon, Marc Burn, Ryan Barnes.

Where are you from?
Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Name of band:
Hunting Game.

How would you describe yourselves?
We are a group of ambitious musicians refusing to settle for the ordinary. Most music scenes don't explore outside of their comfort zone. Our aim is to write an array of songs that will appeal to a more wider audience but can also excite specific music genres. Each one of us have prefered bands and genres to listen too that have influenced the broadening sound of our music. I would describe our sound as ambient, melodic, progressive and alternative. We are heavily influenced by genres such as jazz, math rock, post hardcore punk and alternative rock music.

Who are your main influences musically?
We all agree that certain bands have influenced our music but not intentionally. The music we enjoy to listen to has obviously rubbed off on the sounds we enjoy to create through music. Without specifying a certain selection of bands we try to sound like, we believe that bands such as Deftones, This Town Needs Guns, Balance and Composure, Wot Gorilla and Biffy Clyro. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
International recognition. We all feel that without setting goals this big, we won't be able to achieve anything worthwhile as we are committing a lot of time, money and effort into this bands success.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Hearing our two-track demo back for the first time after it had been fully mixed and mastered. It was a good feeling when we all agreed that the tracks sounded better than we had even expected. This was also good motivation for getting album artwork and working towards releasing the demo for everyone to hear.

And what's the moment you want to forget?
I'd like to forget a period of time for three to four months in which we didn't make much progress with our set. At the time we were looking for a new bass player meaning progress was slow and frustrating. Once we found a bass player, things picked up and we sped up the process.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Sunskin... this song represents most of the aspects of our playing sound and style. It contains quiet, melodic, moody parts and is then followed by a heavy post punk influenced chorus. The middle 8 shows the technical abilities of our musicians with a mathy, fast paced break.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you'd like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We are releasing a two track demo entitled "La Caza" in the next week or so which have the tracks you can listen to on soundlcoud. This will be available as a free download on Bandcamp, Facebook and various other websites.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Static In Verona Q&A

Your name:
Rob Merz.

Where are you from:
Chicago, IL.

Name of band: 
Static in Verona.

Who else is in your band?  
I do everything in the band - from playing all the instruments and singing to producing, mixing and mastering all the recordings. I even do all the album art, web design and promotion. After being in several bands, it’s nice to not have a committee telling you what to do.

How would you describe yourself?
A recent review very eloquently described it as: “Dreamy power pop weaving around an eclectic mixture of experimental, electronic and rock, as sound bursts with creativity and intrigue.” 
The music I strive to make is always based around catchy pop songs, but with elements of experimental, electronic and ambience surrounding them. I love strong harmonies and melodies, but also love a wall of sound.

Who are your main influences musically?
I listen to many types of music (rock, pop, jazz, classical) and I like to think I draw influence from all of it. I love artists like Beck who can really do any genre of music, but ultimately it still sounds like a Beck song.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To get as many people to hear my music as possible by any means necessary. Whether they buy it, stream it, burn it or download it. I just love people listening to it.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
My latest album, Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything took over four years to record and I went through a lot during it (my parents separated, my children were born, I moved to a different town). There were times where I thought I would never finish it. I was suffering from some writer’s block, so I created it in a somewhat unique way where I recorded all the music first and then I’d listen to it over and over again (in the car, at home, etc.) and write lyrics in small doses when something hit me. So basically I wrote 13 songs at the same time (which is about as productive as it sounds). After several years of this, I got really used to hearing the songs as instrumentals and was worried about messing them up with lyrics and vocals. But when I finally sang on that first song, it was very liberating. Kind of like that first time you drive a car by yourself. After that, the rest of the songs took shape and I was really excited about finishing the album. It finally came out earlier this year.
So I would say the highlight so far was not only finishing and releasing the album, but the amazing reception it has received. It’s amazing to know all my hard work paid off in the end.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I really don’t have any regrets about anything musically. I think every bad experience, every bad song or bad show is a learning experience to make you stronger in the end.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I always have a hard time picking one song for people to listen to because to understand my sound you really need to hear several songs so they don’t get labeled as just pop or shoegaze or electronic. So I’m gonna cheat and pick two:
Friendly Fires: This was one of the first songs I finished for the album and I released it a year before the entire album was complete on a free teaser EP called “Some Things You Knew” (which is still available on Bandcamp and staticinverona.com). It was a song that I could hear very vividly in my heard but was worried I wouldn’t be able to get the same sound on record. There are 8 or 9 tracks of vocals that intertwine and it was a complete headache to mix but in the end I think it surpassed my original idea. I think it shows my pop sensibility but also has elements of electronic, mixed with the layers of guitar that I love. The album also contains a bonus track with a striped down remix of this song that really showcases some of the subtle nuances buried within.
Black Windows: This was one of the first songs I started for the record, but one of the last ones I finished. It has some of the most personal lyrics I’ve ever written, but it was a long road to get there, with probably 10-15 different drafts. I think it showcases not only my lyrical ability but the different layers of instruments I like use. At one point I think there’s drums, several tracks of vocals, guitars, piano, organ, Rhodes, horns and synths all playing off each other. I’m really proud of this one.

Where can we listen to it?
You can also hear the Friendly Fires Remix here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARyf8EdGaKk



Where can we find out more about your music?
U.S. iTunes (also on iTunes in several different countries): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everything-you-knew-before/id847888403
Twitter: @staticinverona
Also the Japanese label ThisTime Records just pressed my album on CD (everywhere else is download only) and there is limited stock available on their site: http://thistimerecords.shop-pro.jp/?pid=78580379

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
I am currently working on a follow-up album tentatively titled “Anyone Anymore” and I am really hoping to cut down the recording time drastically. Hopefully it was be ready to be released in Spring 2015. Whether it will be an EP or a full-length, I’m not sure yet, but either way it will probably be free (or at least pay what you want). I have one song completed and six more with music, not to mention another 3 or 4 b-sides from the last album. The song “Heavy Hands” from it is already on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/staticinverona/heavy-hands-rough-mix.