Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Restroom Karate Q&A

Your name:
Jack Halkabar.

Where are you from?
Budapest, Hungary.

Name of band:
Restroom Karate.

Who else is in your band?
Kasa Zsiraf B (drums and vocals), Kads (guitar) and myself (guitar and vocals).

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are an alternative rock band, musically I think the way we record our music, the vibe of a home studio has a great impact on our sound which is great in my opinion, but at the end of the day we are still just kids trying to figure out who we really are... we are just really good friends...

Who are your main influences musically?
As a kid growing up I listened to many classic rock bands, also some psychedelic rock... As a band we have many post-Rock, alternative and punk influences... 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Personally for me, when we're together rehearsing or recording in the studio, I feel like I'm having the time of my life... Being with friends, doing what we love is exactly what we wanted when we started out 2 years ago...

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We just recently released our second EP witch we are very proud of... I feel like overall the experience is beyond describable...  

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I don't think there are any moments I'd forget... Even from the bad experiences we've learned...

If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Sent Back From Hell it's one of the earlier recordings, but my favorite track from the EP. I think it represents our musical style very well. Hopefully people can relate to as much as I do... 

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music 

Two State Nation Q&A

Band name:
Two State Nation.

Where are you from?
Birmingham, Alabama US.

Who else is in your band?
Shellina Ryals - Lead Singer
Steven Ryals - Guitar (spouse to Shellina)
Jesslyn Parmley - Guitar
Isaac Mixon - Drums
Amanda Miller - Bass

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are a garage rock/indie rock band. Many of us have played music together for years in various other projects. Shellina and Jesslyn began working on a new sound that would take a deeper rock sound than what any of us had previously performed together.
We formed the band in January, worked on songs in Feb-April, went into Studio in May-June, mixed July-Aug, released the debut and began touring.

Who are your main influences musically?
Five people in this band with almost opposing musical tastes but we found our unique sound began to form at times when we covered a little band called...The Dead Weather...or as we like to call it our favorite Jack White side project. Our personal main musical influences are a bit mix matched, our bass player is a huge Manchester Orchestra/Kings of Leon fan, our lead guitar player Johnny Greenwood(Radiohead) /John Frusciante(Red Hot Chili Peppers) our rhythm guitar player Damien Rice/Glen Hansard, our drummer a bit of Dave Matthews Band/Avenge Sevenfold, and our lead singer anyone from Bjork/Ani Difranco/Robert Plant.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
As songwriters and musicians our goal is to play and be heard like anyone else. We had a goal to record, tour, and perform our original songs. We have been honored to get to keep doing that with our fall tour, and are now booking into our spring/summer tour. For us to play and to be able to have a moment in front of  an audience is why we do what we do...it's a wonderful blessing every time we play! We are terrified, we perform, it feels like an electrical boost, and we blink it's over and we want it again.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Our initial album release party was the first time many of our songs had ever been played before anyone. We had our closest family and friends that packed themselves into our favorite little punk dive called The Syndicate Lounge. To hear everyone singing our songs back and jumping up and down to 10 Foot Golden made every moment of work worth it for us! It was a surreal moment to hear people connect to your music. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Hahaha...well I'm not sure we can say as we must protect the innocent..but without those moments of disaster on a tour you don't really have the laughs have after you have survived it all...but a few eager male fans at times that have lead to a few interesting or cringeworthy moments I could desire to forget.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That's hard as each person in the band seems to have their favorite for various moments, however as a band we tend to all agree that "Fool On Fire" is us at our most natural relaxed state. We began a jam in practice with the intro riff and that lead to the entire song coming together almost instantly. 

Where can we listen to it? 


Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We are having  the time of our lives! We hope our music connects that attitude to our fans. We are a very close family and we love to play...the audience is always our focus. We have and always will be a live band! Our goal is to make you laugh, make you sing, make you jump up and down, give you a song when you cry, a song when you are pissed, a song when you don't know your name, and a song to play for mom to show her how evolved you have become...or that band you play when you just need a smile!


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Thy Veils Q&A

Your name:
Daniel Dorobantu.

Where are you from?
Timisoara, Romania.

Name of band:
Thy Veils.

Who else is in your band?
Manuela Marches (voice), Ana Telea (guitar) and Radu Pieloiu (drums, percussion). 

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I am a person with a constant interest and curiosity towards the nature of reality, the Universe and everything, using mainly music, photography and video art as main tools for exploration.

Who are your main influences musically?
Byzantine chants and the sound of church bells because these were the main elements of the sonic environment in the first years of my life. Then, I think the music that impressed me the most in the following years left a solid mark: Dead Can Dance, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, The Cure.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Increase the sense of awe that the process of being inspired generates.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It was Thy Veils’ concert last September in our hometown. The location, our performance, the lights, video projections, collaborator & public, everything worked together, in excellent harmony, fulfilling the sense of “coming full circle” that defined this whole year. A life-changing experience for me.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
If there was something, I don’t remember it.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
It is Thy Veils’ Adâncime (live in the ballet room), and it includes everything I love about what we are doing right now.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
I am always interested in knowing where other people travel in their minds or what they experience when they listen to Thy Veils so I use the opportunity to invite anyone in sharing their excursions with us. Thank you Greg :)

IX Q&A

Your name:
IL
: Iain Laskey.


Where are you from?
IL
: I'm from Great Wakering, a village in Essex. 


Name of band: 

IL: IX (Pronounced "icks").

Who else is in your band?

IL
: Darren Esp - he's from Chelmsford, also Essex.


How would you describe yourselves and your music?

DE: We always struggle with this question. It's a bit of a cliché but we don't really see ourselves sitting solidly in any one category. Is electo-prog-rock a category?

Who are your main influences musically?

IL
: My heart has always been in electronic music. I had a vague interest in music as a teen but when John Foxx's Metamatic came out and that sudden rush of synth music, it just felt special to me. I quickly started backtracking, discovering all the 70's pioneering experimenters. I was resolutely synth only for years but since then I've started to go through phases, Krautrock, 70's funk, 60's psychodelia, anything that sounds interesting really. I'm far more about moods and texture rather than catchy riffs though. I can get quite unfeasibly excited by a sound! 

DE : We're quite eclectic when it comes to influences, some of the great electro pioneers like the early Human League, John Foxx, OMD for sure, but also people like Led Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine, Mozart, Jean Michel Jarre, Underworld, NIN, Earth Wind and Fire... we're a bit all over the place when it comes to influences.

What do you hope to achieve in music?

DE: IX is about building up a body of quality work and a reputation. Our style is going to change from release to release but we hope the people who take the time to listen to us will like what they hear no matter where we go with it. In the long term we plan to get into doing soundtrack work and producing other artists as well as continuing to put out albums as IX.
IL: Whilst riches would be great, we're far more interested in producing something we like and are happy with quality wise. If other people enjoy it too, we're doubly happy.


What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?

IL
: I think the realisation, after years of enjoying other people's music, that we can do it ourselves and produce something with a certain level of polish. I grew up through the years when the music industry was a closed book unless you went through the route of getting a manager, getting signed, expensive studio time and all the manipulation that then follows. Being able to put a release out across all the major outlets, for minimal funding and with just our own efforts was a huge buzz.
 I've also been massively impressed by just how supportive the self publishing indie world is. There's some fantastic web sites, people on Twitter, Soundcloud and so on who are all promoting each other, working together in a totally ego free way, often giving huge amounts of their time, basically for the love of music.
DE: There's been a couple for me. Our first sale on iTunes, yeah that was a good feeling... but for me the best moment was when I'd just finished recording The Machine (parts I - III) and I sat back for the final play through and thought... yeah...  that's proper that is.


And what’s the moment you want to forget?

IL
: So far so good :-)

DE:  For me the massively long mastering sessions for the System VII which resulted in insane amounts of frustration. Finally we ended up dumping all the work and starting over again. We'd decided that were going to take a High Dynamic Range approach to mastering and to hell with the "loudness war" and modern conventions.


If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?

IL
: I would say The Machine (Part I-III) is most representative of our work up until now although newer tracks are off in a different direction to some extent.

DE:  I'd have to pick the track IX from System VII... It's a real mish-mash of influences but for me totally works.  It's got an odd time signature, a kind of rocky edge and some serious electronic noise assaults too.

Where can we listen to it? 

DE
:  https://soundcloud.com/ix_band/ix-1

ILhttps://soundcloud.com/ix_band/the-machine-parts-i-iii

Where can we find out more about your music? 

http://www.ixband.co.uk/
@ixbanduk
https://ixband.bandcamp.com/
http://www.reverbnation.com/ixband
https://soundcloud.com/ix_band
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/system-vii/id930786050
https://www.facebook.com/IXBAND

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

DE:  Our next album called "Grinder" is well under way and should be out in the spring.  Look out for the pre-orders going live on Bandcamp soon.
IL:  Just that we always appreciate any and all feedback, especially via Twitter and Soundcloud. It's the interaction with fans and other bands and indie supporters that has been really rewarding for me.


Monday, 8 December 2014

Matt Muré Q&A

Your name:
Matt Muré.

Where are you from?
Watford.

Who else is in your band? 
Alfie Tamarro(Drums) and Gene Taylor (Bass).

How would you describe yourselves?
Time Out called it 'Anthemic', NME's Mark Beaumont described it as 'Seductively melodic rock'n'roll that tore my club apart' and we've had comparisons drawn to everyone from Phoenix and The Big Pink to Modest Mouse and Interpol.

Who are your main influences musically?
Fortunately much of who we've been compared to. At the same time I try and listen to as much new and old as I possibly can.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
The primary goal is and has always been to keep making music and keep playing bigger shows. I've got my hit list of venues, festivals, radio shows and publications for this year but first and foremost is always the music. Over the next few months I've got a couple more singles I'm pushing to get out followed by an EP later in the year all of which I'm hoping to be key in playing some of these bigger shows and tour supports we're aiming for.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
In terms of performance headlining the 100 Club last year with my band was a huge milestone. Equally getting this début release out has been a long time coming and I'm very excited about the upcoming singles early next year.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There was a moment 15 minutes before the 100 Club headliner where my band had been thrown out over a complete error in communication that escalated entirely out of proportion. I found myself between two bouncers, the bar manager and the promoter trying to calm things down and get my band on stage in time. It was a complete nightmare of what was one of our biggest shows to date. Fortunately everyone swallowed their pride and when we finally did get up on stage the drama and absurdity of it only helped fuel our performance.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The debut release Not Alone! It's been the longest time coming and has had the most thought in terms of the right song to put out first. 

Where can we listen to it?
You can watch the video for it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dpKkQAQyE0 and download it from bandcamp: http://mattmuremusic.bandcamp.com/



Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
I'll be heading out for some warm up shows with my band throughout December and a London and regional tour throughout January and February 2015 so please come check us out!
More details can be found on the website and social media and more date are being confirmed shortly:
DEC 10th - Notting Hill Arts Club, TV Nights
JAN 31st - The Finsbury, Lost In The Manor
FEB 4th - 93 Feet East, BUZZ Mark Beaumont NME
FEB 15th - The Old Queens Head, Islington

Pistolhead Q&A

Your name:
My name is Daniel Bateman and I’m lead singer/songwriter.

Where are you from?
I’m from the south of England, currently living in a small village near Portsmouth.

Name of band: 
Pistolhead.

Who else is in your band?
My partner in Pistolhead is Paul Brighton. He is a DJ and technical musician who apart from many other things is the key creator of the music. It’s his job to send me musical ideas with which I create songs that we then build upon and record. The final creation of the song is a joint effort in the studio.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Our music is a blend of rock, pop and electronica. The music we create in the studio and as a live unit skips from one genre to another as if it had itchy feet. Being labelled is a thing we want to avoid but our influences make that easy being as diverse as David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and Tricky to Ryuchi Sakamto, Aphex Twin, Sex Pistols and Squarepusher. With a bunch of squeeks, beeps and weird instruments in between.

Who are your main influences musically?
Well as the aforementioned my main influences run through music, film and art. You see music is really a visual medium. The listener creates images instantly when they hear music and it’s a band's job to control (as best they can) those images and suggestions. So from David Bowie, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, David Sylvain, Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead and Pink Floyd to movies like The Road, 2001 Space Odyssey, Repulsion, The Hunger, Seven, to art by Salvador Dali, Picasso, Carravagio, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol and Banksy it’s all in there in one way or another. Influences come from the world around you some obvious some less so.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Isn’t creating the music itself enough? Well like any piece of art that required a lot of passion and hard work you naturally want an audience to respond to it. The logic is if we like it then there must be others out there that will too so the task is to ‘get it out there’. But these days it’s hard to be heard over the noise of vacuous empty superficial trash that clogs up the airwaves and the internet. It’s a challenge but you hope the good will out somehow.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
A highlight for any musician or artist is the completion of a song or an album, or a film or a painting followed by a positive reaction from other people. I’ve been fortunate with this band and countless others to have experienced that many times. However my greatest highlight as a memory really was the first time I ever sang on stage with a band. I was 17 and nervous as hell as the venue was huge and packed out (over 200 people). But the gig went brilliantly and got a really positive review in the local paper the next day. I was bitten by the bug that night and never looked back.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
In terms of music? Wanting to sing like Bruce Willis when I was 13.......Jeez!!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At this point, currently my favourite song is Moon. It’s the song that starts up when you go onto our website (www.wearepistolhead.com). I love the mood and tone of that tune and the funky hooky guitar riff towards the end just rocks. It's got a bit of everything in it so is a good representation but like the weather my faves change a lot.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
We are out there on Facebook, Twitter and on our official site of course. You need to be these days.

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Just that if your tastes are broad and you want to discover something new and fresh that hasn’t been served up to you via Simon Cowell and other such killers of popular culture then give Pistolhead a fair hearing....you might like them.

Friday, 5 December 2014

The Old Border Q&A

Your name:
Alex Howson (drummer).

Where are you from?
Epsom, Surrey.

Name of band: 
The Old Border.

Who else is in your band?
Ben Woolford (Lead vocals, guitar)
Jimmy Nicholls (Guitar)
Matt Braid (Bass)

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We're and earnest group of 20-somethings from the London suburbs, totally in love with making noise and writing songs.

Who are your main influences musically?
This would be a long list because as a band we don't have many collective influences, it's a general collaboration of everything we like as individuals. Springsteen has always had a large impact on how the songs are written.That and a collective childhood love of indie and alternative rock. We've certainly bonded over bands like Bloc Party and Biffy Clyro.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
At our current stage we'd love nothing more than to have our songs sung back to us by an audience, can't imagine anything more humbling.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The recording session for the EP has to be up there. Mainly because this project was in the pipeline long before it actually came about, so that particular session was somewhat the climax of many months of anticipation and hard work. That and we came out with something we're really proud of.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any moments spent lugging our gear around on London public transport. You don't normally make many friends carrying a flight case on the Tube at rush hour on a Friday.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
'All Over' probably best shows what our band is about. 

Where can we listen to it? 
It will be available on our soundcloud from the middle of December.
www.soundcloud.com/theoldborder

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We will be releasing 'All Over' in December and our EP 'Rehearsed in the Mirror' in January 2015.

Terrorista Q&A

Your names:
Rich Taylor. I play drums.
Sam Hargrove. Guitar and Vocals.

Where are you from?
We’re from Toronto. We were both born here and lived here our whole lives.

Name of band: 
Terrorista.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Rich: We’re probably best described as post-post-post-punk. Somone said we have “90s vibes” though. Sam will probably say “bubble-gum grunge” whatever that means.
Sam: Bubble-gum grunge for sure.

Who are your main influences musically?
Sam: I don't really have musical influences as much as I have emotional associations with music which alternate over time. Since Terrorista has been writing and recording some of the stronger connections I've had with music have been with Silver Mt. Zion, Death Grips, Bonnie Prince Billy, Guerilla Toss, Absolutely Free, Oshwa, Banned Books, Four Tet and Atoms for Peace. Recently, I've been listening to the "Life is Very Long" tape by Good People with some frequency.
Rich: I guess for this band, At The Drive-In is a huge influence. I always wanted to be in a pop-punk band playing fast drums. We get a lot of Japandroids comparisons because we’re a two-piece…and that’s ok, I like them a lot.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Rich: I want to make people dance at shows and have fun. When they listen at home I want people to have that feeling where they think about their lives and almost start to cry. That’s my favourite part about listening to music, when you start to cry a little bit and hate yourself, or when you get all excited about things. That would be great too.
Sam: I've learned a lot about myself from writing and playing music. It's a time for me to be focused and honest. It's something I would like to keep happening. If music ceased to have a peaceful and meditative element, which went from being writing's benefit to it's imperative, I can't see myself continuing to do it. Also I would like an insane amount of money and a pony, but not a pony that I had to buy with the insane amount of money. That would cheapen the pony.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Rich: Definitely recording these eight songs (that we’re releasing on four cassettes). It was August, and we were at Sam’s parents house. It was such gruelling work to get it all done but we had the best time. They have a pool so at the end of the night we could get stoned and jump off the deck into the pool.
Sam: I like playing pay-what-you-can shows in DIY spaces. While I don't think that music must, or even should, have communication as it's goal, an important part of shows is fostering a positive social environment. When that environment is there it becomes easier to meet new people, open yourself up to new music and to play a better set. I look forward to playing in those environments and the memories of times I have are probably my fondest.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Rich: Playing any venue that’s empty. It ruins the vibe completely.
Sam: All the times I've broken strings. It's so awkward changing a string as fast as you can. Your set loses all it's momentum. I break at least one string almost every time I play an electric guitar. It's a problem.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Rich: Darren vs Bag. It was the first song we wrote when we decided to start this band. It’s fast and fun. We named it after our friend’s cat Darren. He’s great.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Thanks for the questions. If you’re in Toronto, come see us play at Handlebar on December 6th!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Active Set Q&A

Your name:
Matthew Stolarz. I cackle/groan in this band, as well as make noise with the guitar.

Where are you from?
“Los Angeles” is the formal answer, but this place is HUGE and all of us are from different corners, some be beachy, some suburby.

Name of band: 
The Active Set.

Who else is in your band? 
Francis Ramsden on guitar, Gabriel Grinta on drums and Alen Racedo on bass.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Decent people with a deep urge to say something meaningful. Our music is the some total of our varied tastes/abilities/limitations. I once joked “we’re halfway between Death Cab and Duran Duran” but it’s kind of true. There’s and 80s/90s/00s things happening. I usually just say “alternative” to keep it simple.

Who are your main influences musically?
Collectively we’re all over the map, but I would say great bands with great energy like Bloc Party, XTC, Strokes, Replacements, Klaxons, Smashing Pumpkins, Airborne Toxic Event. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Get our message to the people it most resonates with. Tour more, with AMAZING bands. Make lots of friends in the process. Write at least one timeless classic album.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We had the opportunity to tour with Neon Trees and AWOLnation, and it opened up a whole new audience to us. Many of the fans became our fans, and it was really a great way to support the record we has just released. We’ve maintain a great relationship with Neon Trees, and have had several other opportunities to play with them.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any of the times that things didn’t go well with former members, resulting in their/our dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Umm, we’re somewhat eclectic, with broody slower songs as well as uptempo rockers, so a definitive single song is a bit hard to pick. You could listen to “Actual Factual” off of our new EP and experience the more intense side of the Active Set.

Where can we listen to it? 


Where can we find out more about your music?
Our official site will take you all of those places - www.theactiveset.com

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

We are extremely proud of our new EP, it's the best recording we've ever done, thanks to our long-time producer Jason LaRocca. He really helped us dial it in. We hope that people will give it a listen.

TabloidTv Q&A

Band name:
TabloidTv.

Where are you from?
Dublin, Ireland.

Who else is in your band?
Mark Young, Paddy O Donohoe, Senan Dobey, Ultan Murray and Ian Rankin.

How would you describe yourselves?
We're a pretty straight forward, indie rock band - two guitars, a bass, drums and vocals.

Who are your main influences musically?
We all listen to lots of different music, but I guess we sound most like Vampire Weekend, or The Vaccines or early Bombay Bicycle Club, or another Irish band: Raglans. We've been compared to The Smiths, Two Door Cinema Club and The Arctic Monkeys as well, though I'm not really to sure about that one!

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To be able to record an album and play a few festivals would be awesome.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Highlights so far: We got to record our debut EP with Francesco Gatti, who produces for a really good Irish band called All Tvvins, he was brilliant to work with and even just being in studio was so much fun. Other than that I think we would all pick out one particular gig in a place called Crowbar in Dublin which was great fun! We recently played our EP launch in the Grand Social in Dublin which was sweet.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
None.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
If we had to pick one song that represents us it would probably be First Winter, which was the lead single from Mixed Messages (our debut EP). It's upbeat and catchy with a singable chorus and a cool guitar riff, which is the sort of music we mostly end up writing. 

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?