Monday, 12 December 2016

The Kundalini Genie Q&A

Your name:
Robbie Wilson.

Where are you from?
Glasgow/Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Name of band:
The Kundalini Genie.

Who else is in your band?
Julia McTiernan.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Psychedelic blues and experimental electric Indian classical music.

Who are your main influences musically?
We both have many influences in music and too many to name but for this project our main influences are Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, for our psychedelic blues stuff The Sizlacks are a massive influence and so is The Black Keys' album 'Thickfreakness' and a lot of White Stripes stuff and going back to 50's blues and such.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
A complete revolution in the music scene.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
A solo sitar gig where there was maybe 30-50 people and everyone was dead silent and I was playing electric sitar and there was a real magic in the air, every bend and flourish was captivating the audience and there was a deep spiritual connection.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Not a lot really, maybe a stolen microphone.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
It's hard because we have two main styles and both are so different. On one hand you have electric sitar and ambient guitar and the other you have electric fuzz guitar and drums. We have an electric sitar song which is a sarcastic take on Anton Newcombe's 'Pol Pot's Pleasure Penthouse' called 'Raving Ravi's Raging Ravioli' which is a 13-minute sitar piece.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
On Facebook and Twitter under The Kundalini Genie and bandcamp under the same alias

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Dig!

Saint Sapphire Q&A

Band name:
Saint Sapphire.

Where are you from?
Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Who is in your band?
Samuel Morgan - Vocals, Guitar
Jack Walsh - Bass, Vocals
Thomas Ferris - Guitar
Andy Bowden - Drums

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Liam Neeson herding sheep to loud guitars, loud bass, loud vocals and louder drums.

Who are your main influences musically?
Our influences generally range anywhere from the classic punk outfits like The Clash and The Buzzcocks to newer rock outfits like Foo Fighters, Green Day, My Chemical Romance etc.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To make good tunes that people like, and to hopefully make a few quid to buy some new clothes.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Definitely when we were compared to Green Day on a radio station in England, that was really cool for us! To be mentioned in the same breath as one of our main influences alone is surreal!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We once played a gig in Banbridge just outside Belfast where everything was just not going well, we had received a bollocking from the headlining band who honestly weren’t very nice people at all due to misunderstandings with gear etc and everything was just going wrong, but everyone has bad nights! Happens to the best of us!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our newest single ‘Underneath The Sun’ is probably our favourite song (out of the ones we’ve released but more on unreleased songs later).

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
We’re on most social media sites, just find us on Facebook at Saint Sapphire and find us on Twitter and Instagram on @saintsapphireuk

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Just make sure to keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc about new releases! More information regarding our next release should be dropping very soon! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Weesp Q&A

Your name: 
Lex.

Where are you from?
Minsk, Belarus.

Name of band:
Weesp.

Who else is in your band?
Mike (guitar)
Mi (bass)
Gul (drums)
Stak (keys)

How would you describe yourselves?
We make authentic alternative rock, using heavy guitar riffs and fat synth sounds. Although in general it’s rather dark, it’s also very energetic and sincere.

Who are your main influences musically?
Muse, Deftones, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, Black Sabbath, Massive Attack, and many more.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We just want to be heard. We like to travel with concerts, meet new people, share our feelings about everything through music. We like experimenting and I hope that one day we can develop and bring a bit something really new in the world of music.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We have recorded a debut LP album, called ‘The Void’ last year and had three European tours since then. We intend to keep that up and make bigger tours, maybe perform at some big festivals soon enough.  

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oh I can’t remember any for some reason.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
If I have to choose only one - let it be ‘The Void’. A title song from our last album. It’s much less heavy that most of our songs, but, you know, it has one of those atmosphere that are very common for our band's music. It’s easy to feel and hard to describe. It is very unusual song and that is why we love it.

Where can we listen to it?
You can also find it on your favourite streaming service or digital music store.


Where can we find out more about your music?
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/weespband
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BANDWEESP
Follow us on VK: http://vk.com/weespband
Feel free to contact us: weespband[AT]gmail.com
Buy our releases, CDs and merch: https://weesp.bandcamp.com/

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Thank you for your attention, and please feel free to add on Facebook. It’s always great to have any feedback!

Leaving Eden Q&A

Your name: 
Eric Gynan.

Where are you from? 
Boston MA, USA.

Name of band:
Leaving Eden.

Who else is in your band?
Eve (lead vocals), Ryan Manning (drums) and Johnny V (bass).

How would you describe yourselves?
Well, we def like to have fun! We consider ourselves rock, metal, progressive, alternative  - so that there’s really no box to put us in. We even do acoustic unplugged stuff too!

Who are your main influences musically?
Let's see, we all are influenced by so many great artists but Ryan likes Suicidal Tendencies, Johnny likes Kiss, Eve likes Janis Joplin and I like Sabbath, Disturbed, and way too many to list. Love Ritchie Blackmoore though...

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Great question! I’m not in it for the lure of $$, or even fame for that matter. I just humbly write songs that I hope people will enjoy. We do write provocative lyrics which are reality based so that maybe one could be inspired.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
So many, that’s a tough question. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK and Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio, Rob Zombie, 5 Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Marylyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Puddle of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, BuckCherry (Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After, 40th Anniversary Woodstock) Shinedown, Dropkick Murphys, Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Micheals, Halestorm,Theory of a Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Hell Yeah, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel, Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, 7Dust, Sebastian Bach, SoulFly, Days of the New, NonPoint, Drowning Pool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, MushroomHead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions), Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One Eyed Doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge) Lamb of God, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, HOOKERS & BLOW Featuring GUNS N' ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P. Members, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack) & many more..

We were winners at the 2014 New England Music Awards (Best Hard Rock/Hard Core/Metal Act of the Year), winners of The 2015 Pulse Magazine Music Awards (Best Hard Rock/Hard Core/Metal Act of the Year) & (Sexiest Musician "Eve") and submitted for consideration to 15 categories for the Grammys this year. 
With all that said, Sharing the stage with Black Sabbath (Heaven and Hell) with Ronnie James Dio prior to his untimely death was incredible. I think playing Woodstock Anniversary was full circle in terms of where it all started. Got to hang out with Janis Joplin's band Big Bro and the Holding Co, Jefferson Starship, Country Joe, ya man too cool!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Well, hmmm, I very, very seldom get drunk, maybe once every two years, and I remember on an off night on tour, we let our hair down (I have a shaved head lol) but anyways, ya probably want to forget doing cartwheels down the street somewhere in the Dakota’s...

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Another good question. Let's see, we got four Albums released to date:
So I guess on our Pinnacle album released by Rock Ave Records USA, “Feel Alive” where I believe the lyrics and music are inspiring; “Walk on through before the door closes, you have one shot so you better make it right. The door is wide open, why are you waiting to feel alive?”

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?
Sure man, wanna thank ya for chatting with us here and ya, here’s our video for We Are Not Alone, https://youtu.be/lLMINm6TV3Y 
We are touring the USA, Canada and Europe so hopefully we can catch ya when we come thru! Peace!

Bravely Default Q&A

Your name: 
Mark Martindale.

Where are you from: 
Kingston Upon Hull.

Name of band: 
Bravely Default.

Who else is in your band: 
Will Machine - Guitars  
Colin Metcalfe - Cajon

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
Americana. Acoustic rock with a country edge.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Change the world...Just kidding, just to enjoy what we do and continue playing for as long as humanly possible. Also a massive selling album wouldn't go amiss.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Running my own stage at Cottingham Springboard Festival. Putting on 30 acts over the course of one glorious weekend is just as amazing as playing a massive gig. I've done it for the last two years and hope to it do for many more.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
None, you learn from bad experiences and they make us who we are.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent you, what would it be and why?
Tenfoot City. The house I grew up in was surrounded by tenfoots, it describes the city I love and there's a line in it that says ' I can never hold my tongue '...I tend to say what I think, which can get me in trouble sometimes but I find it's better to be honest and forthcoming than two faced, especially in this industry.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
I also run a number of band days/nights and open mics called Humberground, for info on that go to: facebook.com/Hullunderground.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Dark Globes to release debut album

SHOEGAZE outfit Dark Globes will release their debut album Everyone I Know Is Falling Apart in the first quarter of 2017.

To celebrate the release, the Southend-on-sea band has shared the video for their track Never Let Me Down.

Dark Globes first came together in a Victorian boozer in the Essex seaside town, evolving around main songwriters Tom Burgess and Leighton Jennings. They played their first show as a three-piece at a local folk festival with no prior rehearsals.

Soon they took on third guitarist Richard Onslow, bassist Andrew Moore (known for his output as The Tumbledryer Babies) and drummer Chris Richardson, who also makes lo-fi pop as Happy Hooves.

One rehearsal later, the band began playing shows and recorded their debut album.

Guitarist Richard told RealSoundsOK: "Everyone I Know Is Falling Apart is the culmination of all our disparate influences - indie heroes Teenage Fanclub, the reverb-drenched melancholy of Yo La Tengo and Galaxie 500 and the precise jangle of Felt – but with a distinctive voice all its own, a sound that takes inspiration from all over, but could only come from the Essex coast."

The album, which is out on March 17th 2017, is the first to be released on the recently resurrected Half Machine Records – known for the debut singles by Real Estate, Woods, Banjo or Freakout and the critically-acclaimed reissue of Roberto Cacciapaglia’s space pop classic The Ann Steel Album.

You can watch the video for Never Let Me Down below and for more on the band visit darkglobes.com


Shadowqueen Q&A

Your name: 
Alex Deegan.

Where are you from?
Melbourne, Australia.

Name of band:
SHADOWQUEEN.

Who else is in your band?
Robbi Zana - lead vocals - bass guitar
Si Hopman - guitar - backing vocals

How would you describe yourselves?
We are a three-piece rock band that plays music that is diverse, dynamic and melodic.
We love music and we have a good sense of humour.

Who are your main influences musically?
So so many, a few that come to mind are Muse, QOTSA, RATM, Bowie, Prince, Led Zep, Queen, Midnight Oil, Kate Bush, Skunk Anansie, U2, Jack White...heaps more

What do you hope to achieve in music?
A healthy fan base worldwide so that we can write, record albums and tour the world.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Getting to support Shihad (NZ)And getting to support The Butterfly Effect (AU). Why? Because we all love and respect those bands.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Wasting time, period.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That's a tough one because our new album hasn't been released and it's quite diverse, but I'll say our latest single: 'Waiting On You' it's a good representation of where the band is currently at; powerful, melodic, funky, playful and brash.

Where can we listen to it?
https://youtu.be/iXTvkyoIdos




Where can we find out more about your music?
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/sha...
Merch: http://shadowqueenmusic.bandcamp.com/...
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B009M56H4W
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/2J1DmV...
Subscribe to SHADOWQUEEN's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Shadowqu...
Like on Facebook: https://facebook.com/shadowqueenmusic
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHADOWQUEENband
Follow on Instagram: http://instagram.com/SHADOWQUEEN_
Official site: http://www.shadowqueen.com.au

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Our new single and video 'Waiting On You' is out via all good digital distributors, and the video is on our YouTube page, check it out we hope you like it! Our sophomore album is due for release in early 2017! We hope to see you at a show!

The Ruckus Q&A

Your name: 
Tomi Gray (frontman).

Where are you from? 
Sydney, Australia.

Name of band: 
The Ruckus.

Who else is in your band? 
Paul Mason (guitar/icing) Froggy (bass/cake).

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are a socially, politically and spiritually charged group on our own separate life journeys meeting in the middle with our individual experience, influence and knowledge to create music that makes us inspired. 

Who are your main influences musically?
Kendric Lamar, Gill Scott-heron, Pearl Jam, Sting, Jeff Beck, NWA, Limp Bizkit.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To create a vast body of work that reaches out and moves a vast network of people. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
When on tour we hear unfamiliar faces singing along to songs we have created together. That's an indescribable vibe. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every 'bad' experience leaves room to learn and improve. There are a few things that we would probably have done differently now, but unless we'd have messed up in the first place may still not know. A lot of the worst decisions turn out to be the best songs. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Each new piece of work we create we feel as though it's the best thing we've done. I think that's a common trend with musicians/ artists etc. the last thing you've made is the benchmark of where your head is at, even if the next thing sounds completely different, and with us it does tend to. We pool our influences from very wide reach so often when we land in the middle it can be pretty out there. That is why it is important to us to be releasing as much material as we possibly can to paint as detailed a picture of the scope of what we are trying to represent. The latest thing we have put down on record is a song called Fever.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
The best place to get the instant full intention of what we are about is at a live performance. The next best thing to that is the Internet. 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Hopefully we can provide something through our efforts with our music that moves somebody who might get turned onto us through reading this interview. If so then we can close the gap a little. That would be a worthwhile thing.

Vukovar Q&A

Your names.
Rick. Dan. Buddy.

Where are you from?
We are from a decaying industrial town in the North West of England.

Name of band:
Vukovar.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We've been described as 'bleak-pop' and 'dark post-punk' amongst other things, but we like these two.

Who are your main influences musically?
We don't have main influences. Influences are mostly visual or from literature. But musically we take from lots of things and appropriate it. Whether that's from Leonard Cohen to Suicide, Kylie Minogue to Godflesh, D.A.F to The Last Poets, whatever. As a group we like to listen to as many things as possible, always trying to discover new music; nothing beats finding a gem of an acid house track or pop song for example that you've never heard before and playing it to death, absorbing all you can before moving onto the next. 
The guys who produce our records, Phil Reynolds and Dan Ankers, are the same. They put us onto a lot of interesting music too.The stuff they do for our music is phenomenal.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want to be able to keep making records. We want everybody in the world to listen to our music and find something in it. We want to be able to live off our art. We want the world... We want to achieve lots of things. Everything.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Supporting Brix & The Extricated and meeting her was great. We all got along v well, a lot in common. We're big on The Fall, so to see the Hanley brothers, one of the all-time great post-punk rhythm section, whilst being involved with the show, was something else. We supported Blue Orchids recently too which was fantastic. Our friends in Glasgow, Spinning Coin and Breakfast Muff (you should really give them a listen, hint hint hint...), invited us to perform there at the Old Hairdresser's which was a great DIY show. DIY shows tend to be the best anyway, but it was lovely of them to ask us. Also, meeting and recording with Graham Duff for our next record, PURITAN, was one of those experiences whereby it still hasn't really been taken in as everything was perfect. Meeting up with our favourite artist, Andrzej Klimowski, was one of those moments too.
As you can tell, we enjoy what we do and the opportunities that come out of the work that we put in. We enjoy every slight, innocuous detail that comes out of it.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any show we've played for so-called 'professional promoters'. Awful. Being on stage and working together, we'll keep those memories. But the events themselves, the audience (or lack thereof) etc etc etc...

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At the moment, it would be The Blood Garden. It has the pop melody, it has the beauty in its depth + production, it has the dark Badalamenti synths, it has the delicacy and the noise simultaneously and has the shifting dynamics and most importantly, has the influence of the transcendent moment from JG Ballard's High Rise.  

Where can we listen to it?
 And as part of our second LP 'VOYEURISM' which is the best way... https://vukovarsmallbear.bandcamp.com/album/voyeurism



Where can we find out more about your music?
We are on itunes and Spotify but have neither programme so no links. But we can give you social media and places to listen and download and purchase the beautifully produced CD's, which is really the best way to listen...