Friday, 31 March 2017

Devin Townsend joins latest additions to Download 2017

DOWNLOAD Festival's already bulging bill just got even bulgier with the addition of 20 bands.

Code Orange, Devin Townsend Project, Max and Iggor Cavalera, Sikth, Suicide Silence and Krokodil are among the new acts announced this week.

They will join headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith at Donington on the weekend of June 9-11.

Five Finger Death Punch, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Airbourne and Mastodon are among the other bands playing the festival.

And the organisers have announced that Kerrang! Fresh Blood will be hosting the Avalanche Stage.

Its presenter Alex Baker said: "Right now, there is an undeniable, electric excitement about new music in the air and as soon as we saw the new Avalanche Stage we just had to be involved. 

"Download has always been amazing at supporting new talent and I’ve always admired them for that – so it was a no-brainer to get as involved as much as humanely possible!"

You can find out more about the festival line-up and ticketing details at downloadfestival.co.uk

Monday, 20 February 2017

WEAK13 release video for Obey The Slave

UNDERGROUND post-punk band WEAK13 have released the video for their song Obey The Slave.

The track is taken from their 2016 album They Live and the video was filmed in a magistrates' court. It revolves around the theme of law and order with the song raising questions about authority and activism.

The band is currently preparing to record their second as yet untitled studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry, England. 

Frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend said: "We were so impressed with his engineering on the They Live album; it's important news that we'll be able to work with him again and we know already that he'll do the new material the justice it deserves." 

You can find out more about the band and the album at weak13official.com and watch the video below.

And check out the Q&A the band did with RealSoundsOK here.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Nearly 50 acts added to Download 2017 bill

Photo credit:
 
Ross Silcocks
THE organisers of this year's Download Festival are getting serious - as they announce nearly 50 acts to play the Donington rock bonanza in June.

Steel Panther, A Day To Remember, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicidal Tendencies, In Flames, Hacktivist, Creeper and Moose Blood are among the dozens of bands headed to the East Midlands.

Northlane, The Devil Wears Prada, State Champs and Touché Amoré are also on the list. System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith headline the event.

Download Festival's Andy Copping said: "We're committed to delivering the best in rock and metal year on year for the fans, and this year is no exception. 

"Right through from The Dogtooth Stage, all the way to the top, fans are guaranteed to witness an incredible weekend of music from their trusted favourites, and discover new favourite bands."

The festival takes place over the weekend of June 9-11 and for more information on tickets and the full line-up as it stands, visit downloadfestival.co.uk

Monday, 30 January 2017

Chris Flaskas Q&A

Your name:
Chris Flaskas.

Where are you from?
Born and bred on the famous Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Who else is in your live band?
I have been predominately been a solo multi-instrumentalist for some time now but as of late have finally formed a small band. I use a drummer trained in Middle Eastern percussion, and switch between a bassist and a lead guitarist. I play guitars, didgeridoos, harmonica and do vocals. 

How would you describe your sound?
I have branded my sound as "Earth Rock" which is a colourful mixture of roots, indie, rock, blues and folk. We have been described to be extremely uplifting, upbeat, funky and powerful with a touch of tribal spirit. 

Who are your main influences musically?
My Dad has probably been my biggest hero and inspiration. Since I was a grommet he's been gigging with many different bands. I also dig Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Ash Grunwald - actually theres too many to list. I'm really influenced by many genres and artists. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
My goal is to travel abroad globally playing shows, sharing my music's message and to becoming recognised as a key Australian singer-songwriter talent in the industry for my compositions. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Wow there have been so many highlights. I get a huge buzz off playing to big crowds. Some happy memories: 
1. Fans coming up and expressing how much my music has touched there heart and changed their life. 
2. Playing MainStage at local festivals. 
3. Supporting The Black Sorrows, Ash Grunwald, Wild Marmalade w/ Paul George from Tijuana Cartel, Kooyeh and many other Artists I love. 
4. Recording my first Album (A NEW SUN), my E.P (When The Gold Is Gone) and finally my latest Single release (Kings Of High). 
5. Touring. I love it.  

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
My capo exploding at an intimate show and the parts shooting in people’s faces. Haha funny, but not funny.  

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Ohh Maybe "When The Gold Is Gone". It’s tribal raw roots, what I love and do best. 

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?
Music has become more than an self-expression for me it’s become a way of living and viewing life. Each and every song is so special capturing a snippet of time in the past or future at that very moment it was created. I have come to see the importance for music in our world and am grateful as an emerging artist to understand this truth and share the heart of music with you all. Cheers for the recognition.  


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Apollo Hooks Q&A

Your name:
Dylan Mitchell.

Where are you from?
Sydney, Australia.

Name of band:
Apollo Hooks.

Who else is in your band?
Jules Wucherer - Guitars, Theo Henry - Drums, Jordan Glass – Bass.

How would you describe yourselves?
We’re nice guys, I think. We’re ok at playing music too, so that’s alright. We play a bit of modern rock mixed with the tiniest hint of pop.

Who are your main influences musically?
Tom Petty, Powderfinger, Prince, John Bonham’s right foot, anyone in-tune...

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Just to be able to have it as a full time job would be epic! Hopefully people like it along the way too.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Finishing "Whatever You Do, Don’t", because it took three years and we FINALLY did it.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
When one of Australia’s top radio stations were premiering our single and they ended up playing a Nine Inch Nails song by mistake… And it wasn’t a GOOD Nine Inch Nails song.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Probably Coming Home. It’s an honest rock song tackling the real life issue of PTSD. We came up with it as a band and it’s my personal favourite on the record.

Where can we listen to it?
All good online retailers.

Where can we find out more about your music?
Official - www.apollohooks.com


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Without Wings Q&A

Your name:
Kyle Turner.

Where are you from?
Sydney, Australia.

Name of band:
Without Wings.

Who else is in the band?
Simon and Roger on guitars, Moose on vocals and Shaun on drums

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Musically I would say we are a progressive rock band that love to be loud and punchy but then also melodic in a way that we will stay in your head forever. As a group of guys we are all fun and energetic, always looking for ways to stir one another up for a laugh and maintain our strong camaraderie.    

Who are your main influences musically?
The biggest two are definitely Karnivool and The Butterfly Effect. Whenever we hear or talk about their songs the conversations last for ages and often turn into Shaun bringing up a video of them on YouTube mid rehearsal then realising 20 minutes have passed by.  

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To be honest when we became a full line-up it was without any major goals or agendas. Individually we each just wanted to have some fun playing and collaborating with strangers, and seeing what sort of relationship and sound we would build together. Once we knew we were clicking together and decided to hit the recording studio, it became a bit more results focused. Even still the main desire is to just play music with one another and have fun with it. It would be nice to reinvigorate the prog rock scene in Oz and give a different taste and feel to the genre, but so long as we are having fun and people are digging the sound we don’t mind where it takes us. 

What has been the highlight of you career so far?
Definitely the EP release. Whilst we have all been in other music scenes and bands, I myself never had the chance to take it to a recording studio and experience the actual printing of something with my name on it, so I’m very excited and happy to have done it in a genre that I hadn’t participated in before. And also do it with some great blokes.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Having just shared my excitement at being in a studio for the first time it’s probably also something that caused the most stress, and at times made us experience each other’s limits for the first time as well. Whilst it was an amazing process and 99% of it was incredibly fun, that 1% was enough to make us realise that next time we hit the studio it will be with a different and more organised approach.  

If you had to pick one song to represent your music what would it be and why?
Definitely Fire. When describing the band we say loud and punchy but also soft and melodic. Well, that describes Fire. It’s certainly the song that helped us find our sound and direction for the future.  

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out about your music?

We are on most social avenues of course, you can find us on FacebookSpotifyiTunes and we also have our official website withoutwings.com.au where you can grab a copy of Catharsis.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Heaveneers Q&A

Your name: 
Dylan Fellows.

Where are you from? 
Atlanta, Georgia (Formerly Athens, Georgia).

Name of band: 
Heaveneers.

Who else is in your band? 
Just me right now! But I'm looking for a live band.

How would you describe yourselves? 
I'd describe Heaveneers as rock music that doesn't fall into the usual trap of topics and sounds. I've really started writing about a lot of science fiction topics and experimenting with different tones, so hopefully that's made the music somewhat unique.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I'd like to play a show at the Tabernacle, in Atlanta. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Well Heaveneers is pretty new, so I haven't had too many experiences, but I'd say that recording the songs on my EP was by far the most fun I've had making music in at least 5 years.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Mixing the song Fascination was a pain, but I suppose it turned out alright. Sometimes songs just give you a lot of trouble.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I'd pick the Old Guard. It's definitely my most popular and it is really driving.

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music?
I'm on pretty much every streaming service, but you can also go to my Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Heaveneers/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Heaveneers), or if you ask nice enough I'll give you my phone number and we can text. 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask? 
You covered most of the bases! I'm just getting into the swing of things with Heaveneers, so thanks for listening! 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Angels With Dirty Faces Q&A

Your name:
Stuart Landon.

Where are you from?
Nottingham, UK.

Name of band:
Angels With Dirty Faces.

Who else is in your band?
Neil Cook on Bass Guitar, Chris Bucknall on Keyboards, Jack Donald on lead guitar and Danny Gould on Drums.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are a UK country music band.

Who are your main influences musically?
We are influenced by Zac Brown Band, Lynrd Skynrd, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Band and Reckless Kelly.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We just want to progress as far as we can, make good music and enjoy the lives we have been given. We want to make people dance and enjoy themselves!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
My personal highlights are probably playing Wembley Stadium at the FA Cup Final, opening for Status Quo, winning a BCMA Award (British Country Music) and getting to make an album with one of my heroes Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene/Paul Weller fame.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I think all experiences, good or bad, are what shape you as a performer and musician so there is not really anything I would want to forget – maybe just do a little differently ha ha!!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I’m not sure I can pick just one. They are all written from life experiences and are about different periods of my life but so I’m not being too evasive I would say ‘PS. I Loved You’ as it is a very personal song to me.

Where can we listen to it? 
This song is actually featured on our Acoustic EP which is only available at our gigs at the moment, however, we released our debut single ‘Shatter Like Glass’ last month and this got to number 4 on the iTunes Country Chart.

Where can we find out more about your music?

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Lucid AfterLife Q&A

Your name:
Nat Jack.

Where are you from?
Vancouver, Canada.

Name of band:
Lucid AfterLife.

Who else is in your band?
Thom Turner on guitar, Miles Morrison on bass and Matt Shearlaw on drums.

How would you describe yourselves?
Describing Lucid AfterLife to someone who has not been to see our live show is like describing a five-tab LSD trip to someone using only a stick. We give everything we have in every note. I am half-athlete, half-musician out there.

Who are your main influences musically?
Each member of the band has his own influences and bring them to the table, the styles are all over the place. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Bowie, Porcupine Tree and the The Mars Volta but I would say I played Monster Magnet on repeat when I was a young buck so you’re going to hear a bit of them in some songs

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I really don’t think there is more that I need to achieve, music is here and I can make it and hear it quite well, so I am grateful for that. The business side of things can be a real bore for me but I know it’s just part of being passionate about delivering my message on a wider platform.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Just getting to know my band mates on the road, jamming with them and making tunes. I am really just a mad man with a mic so being surrounded by the guys who bring real talent to the band allows me to explore deeper as a song writer, there is nothing like a spontaneous jam live on stage.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Forgive but don’t forget amigo.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
On the upcoming EP we have a song called “In All That I see”  I would say if I had to just pick one it would be her. The song paints an atmosphere that is perfect for the story that transpires. Lucid AfterLife is not about one style or genre it’s about enveloping a story with the certain vibe that allows you to become enthralled in the song .

Where can we listen to it? 
The song is not released just yet but there is a pre-sale link to the album at bandcamp.com (see below). The best way to hear it first is to sign up for our mailing list at lucidafterlife.ca

Where can we find out more about your music?
Or just email me directly at info@lucidafterlife.ca and we can chat riffs

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
I would like to thank you guys for taking the time to interview us and want to thank all the loyal Lucid fans who have been following and supporting through the years. I hope you guys enjoy our new EP “Occult Mafia Mistress” and we look forward to seeing you in your city.

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!