Saturday, 18 April 2015

Feral Mantra Q&A

Band name: 
Feral Mantra.

Where are you from? 

Doncaster/Sheffield.

Who is in your band? 

Danny, Biff, Ash, James.

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 

Music makers/risk takers, making indie- pop-dream rock.

Who are your main influences musically? 

Marc Bolan, Ziggy Stardust with a pinch of UB40.

What do you hope to achieve in music?

World domination.

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

Playing music together every day.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?

The moment we forgot who we were, it was brief.

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

We do a fusion cover of Insomnia and Better Off Alone, two trance classics made into an energetic lucid dream, but you'll have to see us live for that.

Where can we listen to it?

Here's our latest demo It Became Sudden - soundcloud.com/feralmantra



Where can we find out more about your music?

twitter.com/feralmantra
facebook.com/pages/Feral-Mantra/187205627996550

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

That's as much as we'll say... you have to come watch us play.

Elephant Memoirs release debut single Mug

ALT indie rock band Elephant Memoirs have released their single Mug.

It is the Gateshead trio's first release and is available for free on their Soundcloud page.

The band - John Aspinall (guitar, vox), Barry Drew (drums) and Carl Aspinall (bass) have been making a name for themselves in recent times and have enjoyed significant airplay, including on BBC Radio 6 Music.

They are now planning to head into the studio to record an EP, which should be out later in the summer.

You can listen to Mug below and for more on the band visit facebook.com/elephantmemoirs


New video and EP from The Bandicoots

CANADIAN indie rockers The Bandicoots have released a video for their track Mind Your Manors.

They took the time to tell RealSoundsOK about the project, so here's what they said: "Having trouble finding Waldo? [It's actually Wally in the UK - Ed]. Well, we've got you covered in our latest video. 

"When we're not personally serenading you, we're on the prowl for the elusive man in the striped shirt. 

"Through the barrage of a spaghetti western showdown (that would make Clint Eastwood proud), and heated chase scenes (only slightly less exciting than an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter), we catch your guy. Although, something tells us you don't really find Waldo - he finds you... but you'll have to see to find out."

The track is taken from the band's EP This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, which you can listen to below. For more head to facebook.com/TheBandicootsMusic

Five shows in one day for Palm Reader

HARDCORE outfit Palm Reader are attempting a pretty special feat - five shows in one day.

They're taking on the challenge to mark the launch of their second album, Beside The Ones We Love.

The band will kick off on Monday, May 4th, by playing at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, at 12.30pm before playing The Black Heart, in Camden, at 2.30pm.

Next up is The Windmill, in Brixton, at 4.30pm, then the Cricketers in Kingston at 8pm before finishing off at The Star in Guildford at 10pm.

A full line-up of bands will feature at each venue.

Frontman Josh McKeown told RealSoundsOK: "Everything about this band revolves around us pushing ourselves and this insane day will encapsulate our approach.

"It is by far the most ambitious challenge we've ever set ourselves and is undoubtedly one of the hardest things we'll ever try to pull off as a band. That said, it's going to be so much fun, so get your Oyster cards topped up and we'll see you there."

For more info head to facebook.com/wearepalmreader

36CF and Funeral For A Friend join Download bill

36 Crazyfists
A FRESH batch of bands have been added to the bill for this year's Download Festival.

Funeral For A Friend, Corrosion of Conformity, Carcass and RealSoundsOK favourite 36 Crazyfists [Get in! - Ed] are among 27 acts joining an already stellar line-up.

FFAF singer Matthew Davies-Kreye said: "Download is a festival very close to our hearts and we're thrilled to have been invited back this year alongside some amazing bands."

They will be joined by Yellowcard, Suicidal Tendencies, Lacuna Coil, Krokodil, Antemasque, Three Days Grace, Malefice, The Wild Lies, Upon A Burning Body, September Mourning, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Qemists.

Colour of Noise. LTNT, Blue Pills, Fidlar, Get Hot, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, E of E, The Struts, Like A Storm, The Cadillac Three and The Lounge Kittens make up the new additions.

The festival takes place June 12-14 at Donington Park and will be headlined by Slipknot, Muse and Kiss with main support from Judas Priest, Faith No More and Motley Crue with Marilyn Manson, Slash, Enter Shikari, Five Finger Death Punch, Black Stone Cherry and A Day To Remember also on the bill.

For more information - including day splits and ticketing - visit downloadfestival.co.uk

Jess and the Bandits Q&A

Your name: 
Jess Clemmons.

Where are you from? 
Houston, Texas, and London, UK.

Name of band: 
Jess and the Bandits.

Who else is in your band?
Ricci Riccardi, Louis Riccardi, Dave Troke, and Steve Williams.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are a contemporary country band.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dolly Parton.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Our hope is to continue making albums, touring, and taking the world by storm!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
There have been many highlights, but our highlight as a band was probably playing the Country to Country Festival and finding out that we filled the Brooklyn Bowl to capacity on both days and had a huge queue of people waiting to get in!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
It's hard to choose just one but it would probably be the new single 'You Can't Stop Me'. It gives you a really good idea of what the whole album is going to sound like.

Where can we listen to it?
www.jessandthebandits.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1w7EOev
iTunes: http://apple.co/1BKWKuO




Where can we find out more about your music?

www.jessandthebandits.com
www.twitter.com/jessthebandits
www.facebook.com/jessandthebandits
www.youtube.com/jessandthebandits
www.soundcloud.com/jessandthebandits
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1w7EOev
iTunes: http://apple.co/1BKWKuO

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

Our debut album 'Here We Go Again' is out now! Check our website for festivals and tour dates.

The Phantom Sound Q&A

Your name: 
Marisa Schlussel.

Where are you from? 
Los Angeles, California, but I currently live in North London, England.

Name of band: 
The Phantom Sound.

Who else is in your band? 
I am currently looking and putting something together...I would like to do some shows and then tour as much as possible soon...

How would you describe yourself and your music? 
I really like listening to punk and new wave music...music with a bit of truth and angst...and while the music itself isn't necessarily dirty, the lyrics I write are honest and come from a deep place...

Who are your main influences musically? 
I'm influenced by David Bowie, Chrissie Hynde, PJ Harvey, Roxy Music, and The Ramones...but, the list goes on and on...

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I want a large number of people to hear my music, and then come to my shows...then, repeat the process...

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
The highlight has been being able to work with Ken Stringellow of The Posies...he produced the album and played on it, and I learned so much from him about music, and this whole process...I can't really put it into words. I would also have to add that having Clem Burke on board for drums has been a dream, and just all the musicians who played on the album, and put their mark on it...Pierre DeReeder, Frankie Siragusa, Jeffrey Spring...

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
I have no regrets...or moments I would like to forget...just moments I feel I maybe could've done better, but...that's just because I am a perfectionist...

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I would pick the single,"Get to Me"....it's got lots of synth, lots of guitar, cool harmonies, mixed with honest words, and this is what my music is about, and what you can expect from the rest of the album...it's taking a moment in time and saying, "get the fuck up and dance...and maybe have a shout, while you're at it..."

Where can we listen to it? 
You can hear my debut single,"Get to Me", at SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/the-phantom-sound/get-to-me  or, you can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syfLsIlsa3I ...also, on my SoundCloud page there are links to Bandcamp, my website, and other places to find me at as well...!!



Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?  
If you've got another question, I'd be happy to answer it...:)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Mark of 1000 Evils Q&A

Your name:
Dan (Donald).

Where are you from?
Stockport, South Manchester.

Name of band:
Mark of 1000 Evils.

Who else is in your band?
We've got Andy on bass and Ben on drums.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
It's rock music. We don't really has aspirations to be like any particular band or sub-genre. It's whatever comes out. We're all into rocky stuff so most of the time it'll go through that filter.
We're a three-piece to keep the sound tight, keep things simple but we don't always have to be that way. 

Who are your main influences musically?
For myself, I grew up in my Dad's record shop so when I was little I was into more of the stuff going on at the time than my friends were like The Police, The Cure, The Smiths... seemingly bands that started with 'The'. When was in my mid-teens a work friend of my Mum's got me into the stuff coming out of Seattle in the early 90s just in time to see it all blow up so I was into a lot of bands from that explosion, not just the big bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden: Mudhoney, Tad, Screaming Trees as well as others from around that time like Sonic Youth.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Personally, I just want to be able to make music - to vent whatever wants to come out. I only really think one step ahead with what the band should do but playing some kind of festival, improving the quality of what we put out each time is about all I want. Having an audience would be an achievement.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I think were at that point now. For me, having confidence over doing vocals was a big one. I think as a band we're more confident so going in to record was a great experience and we're up for trying videos...maybe work on an album. That makes a big difference.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Not sure there's been one yet. The time we didn't have a drummer for a while is something I want to remember - that feeling that maybe the band won't happen so make the most of it when things are right is important.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At the moment, the last of the three singles we're putting out, 'Hopes & Codes' does that. I think it's big, it's loud and quiet, it's intimate and epic. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Where can we listen to it?
Hopes & Codes won't be out for a couple of months but Immune, our current single is all over digital stores. Listen at SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/markof1000evils/immune) or check out the DIY music video we made for it on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO9t8JCO8o8).


Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Just that we're getting started. We've got 100s of demos to play with which cover a range of sounds. Who knows what'll come next? We're hoping to work on an album later in the year so give us a follow and see what happens!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Griffin Tucker Q&A

Your Name:  
Griffin Tucker.

Where are you from?  
Texas.

Who else is in your band?
I am a solo artist. 

How would you describe yourself and your music? 
Pop with a rock edge.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Beatles, KISS, Queen, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

What do you hope to achieve in music?  
I hope to be able to achieve a successful and life long career in music.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
Playing in England because that is where the Beatles started!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I don’t really have one – I’ve been really lucky to have great experiences playing for my GrifFANs!

If you had to pick one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
Girlfriend because it is a super catchy pop song but it’s also full of classic rock guitar and drum moments. 

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 love being and playing as a solo artist but my dream is to be part of a real rock and roll band and tour the world!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ash Cooper Band Q&A

Your name: 
Ash Cooper.

Where are you from? 
UK - based in and around the Midlands.

Name of band:
Ash Cooper Band.

Who else is in your band? 
Alex Levanthal, Peter Bailey and Neil Martin.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are a modern country band, favouring the rockier stuff.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Eric Church, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi and Elvis!!

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I would love to write a hit song.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Being awarded "one to watch" on the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) monthly round up on three separate occasions!!

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Ha ha....none of them! Even the embarrassing moments are priceless!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
A song called Good For You is my personal favourite. I have borrowed some descriptions of places in the song, but essentially it's a tune about being more at home out in the open countryside than in the big city....and it's also got a great groove to it; it's a lot of fun to play live!

Where can we listen to it?
You'll have to come and watch a show!! Sorry, we've not yet recorded it, but we are working on 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? 
Just that I am always on the look-out for a co-write session. I love to bounce ideas around with people and see where they go.....