Friday, 18 April 2014

Violent Divine Q&A

Your name:
My name is Divine - Mike Divine and the band name is Violent Divine. We often get the question how we picked the band name and what we mean by it. I think one of the toughest things about being in a band is to come up with a name that isn't too corny - even though some people have that opinion about Violent Divine, but that's ok. Just as long as they don't ignore us ;) The story behind the name is a bit weird however. We found an online blog written by a British, er, escort professional, named Violet Divine. That band name was however already taken by some rap act, if I remember correctly. So after a few pints we decided to go with Violent Divine. Of course it's also a great name since we can include it in lyrics, referring to Divine things or Violent things and have a bit of play with words. Interestingly, some people take offense by that, while others see the humour. 

Where are you from?
We're from a small Swedish town called Norrköping... well most of us that is. Oscar is from somewhere up north in the great outdoors. Somewhere.

Name of band:
Violent Divine.

Who else is in your band?
Besides me, who do the vocal parts, it's S.J Divine doing all things guitars, Oscar Divine is responsible for the bass and Simon Divine is banging the drums and whatnot. 

How would you describe yourselves?
As a band we try to put all of our energy into the songs and the live performance. It's supposed to leave you gasping for air. As individuals, well I guess we are all insane in four different ways. I am the manic primadonna (but also a nice guy), S.J is the angry guitarist who will stop at nothing to release his bottled up energy, like training some weird form of karate or riding his dirt bike, Oscar is the secretive weirdo of the band. It's like you never know what's on his mind or what will come out of his mouth next. Strangely enough, for a basist, he's the band's ladies-man. Simon has some not yet discovered three letter diagnose. I guess that's why he's behind the drums, doing sports, being a hard working student of things normal people can't possibly understand. 

Who are your main influences musically?
We have lots of individual musical influences. For me personally I pick up stuff from the 70s glam era, 70's punk, 80's glam, 80s British New wave of Heavy Metal as well as modern rock like Mudvayne, Five Finger Death Punch. But I also love Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Garbage and loads of indie/alternative stuff. I know S.J and Simon are into progressive stuff like Dream Theatre and Oscar is the thrash-freak, constantly namedropping bands I never heard of.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Well that's a tough question. Of course we'd love to be able to be on stage as much as possible, release new music when we want to. Luckily the DIY-way to do things makes it all so much easier, at least in my opinion. You no longer have to sit on your ass and wait for a label to do absolutely nothing. OK, I admit a star on Hollywood Boulevard wouldn't hurt, or maybe a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, but that'll have to wait I guess ;) 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I can think of three highlights actually. Doing gigs in the UK with brothers in arms New Generation Superstars, the Roko Naktys Festival in Lithuania was a blast both times we played there, and of course the Mama Trash Fest in Helsinki, Finland, is always great. That's like doing a show for the family. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I (don't) remember a show in Lahti, Finland. I accidentally had too much of some Finnish liquer and just simply couldn't perform at all. Luckily there was only two people in the crowd. Unfortunately I met these two guys on the boat ferry back to Sweden and they carefully explained to me how much I sucked. They were right. The numer of people in the crowd isn't important. I give 100% plus for any size of audience. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Personally I'd pick Blackheart because it's a great mix of heavy guitar riffs, a great melody and catchy chorus - and the lyrics are dark enough. 

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music? 
Official website: http://www.violentdivine.se 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Well, we hope to be able to come and do a gig in a town near all of you who like Violent Divine.
We will release our fourth album Violent Divine Hyperactivity Disorder in 2014.

We're on a Divine mission to do so!

XOVA Q&A

Your name: 
Wayne Lawrence.

Where are you from? 
Birmingham.

Name of band:  
XOVA. Pronounced cross over.

Who else is in your band? 
Stuart 'Hassle' Hoff [Trombone / Bvs] - Mikey Nanton [Keys / bvs], James Renford [Sax / Bvs], Boot [Bass] and Skins [drums].

How would you describe yourselves?  
Genre breaking - XOVA = Rock pop twisted with reggae, it is unique.

Who are your main influences musically? 
We take a bit from the old and from the new from the obscure to the most popular from Marley to The Beatles from Paolo Nutini to Bruno Mars from Beethoven to ELO.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To earn a living first and foremost as that would show us that people are liking our music and live show, then hopefully it become an international experience more often as we have already played in Finland, Holland, Poland and Belgium so would be good to take it all around the World, our feedback of likes and comments on various social media sites is really very international already which is a good sign.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Staying alive this long.....as so of my guys are getting on haha, but they still work at it like a teenager. Oh, so many highlights, but winning a slot on last year's Isle of Wight Festival from over 3,700 new and emerging bands was great and of course a wicked experience, but the real highlight - and not to sound to cheesy - is seeing the reaction of people in the audience who have never heard of us, getting off to our songs....it's what it's all about really.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Personally its easy. I got laryngitis en route to Poland and my voice went totally before I went on stage. Luckily the rest of the band took over, especially Stuart the trombone player on lead vocals and if I recall we even got an encore! But as a band we had to deal with a really tragic event as whilst we were on stage in Holland we were informed our drummer's son had mistakenly been shot dead in a gang war in our home town, so dealing with that and helping Skins through that was pretty awful. But on a positive note, it helped us get closer and this band is like a family for sure, sometimes we want to divorce each other the next we want to party like crazy together.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
9 LIVES, as it highlights musically the reggae and rock fusion with the brass licks that stands us out from the rest, plus its a pretty wicked track that Radio 2 picked up on and Tom Robinson of BBC 6 loved even saying: "This is one of the tightest bands he has heard in years" - which was really cool.

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?
Email us for a free download, come and see us live  and always say hi to us. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lucks Lane Q&A

Your name:
Pete Moore, songwriter/manager.

Where are you from?
We are based in the Peterborough area in the UK.

Name of band:
Lucks Lane.

Who else is in your band?
Vocals: Steve Cairney
Lead Guitar: Steve Potter
Rhythm Guitar / Keyboards: Joe ‘Kenny’ Daglish
Bass Guitar: Dan Stimpson
Drums: Pete King
Sound Engineer: Mikey Gil

How would you describe yourselves?
We are a group of like-minded musicians who have formed Lucks Lane to collaborate on the work of songwriter Pete Moore. We all have a variety of different influences, which works really well within the band. We are just a bunch of guys who love making new music.

Who are your main influences musically?
We have so many influences, ranging from Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi to Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica and everything in between. Each member brings their own influences to the band, which allows us to jump between genres. We are a rock band but we love to surprise people with a ballad or acoustic track every so often.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We just want to reach as many people as we can and have as much fun as possible along the way. We have no delusions of grandeur and are just enjoying ourselves. If our music has an impact on someone then we have achieved our goals, success is not all about making money, making good music is the main aim.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It’s probably the release of our debut album ‘A New Someone’ in Oct 2012. We had the idea to release an album just for fun and to have a body of work that we could be proud of. Lucks Lane was originally only supposed to be a one-off album project. Once we released it, the feedback and the amount of radio play that every track on the album received worldwide blew us away. We were not expecting that at all. An amazing feeling and definitely a highlight.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
To be honest, we have been incredibly lucky and have received awesome support from everyone so far. Every band goes through tough times, but we are friends first and I think that has been the key to avoiding major issues. There are no egos in the band and everyone brings fresh ideas into every session. If it’s not working we change it. I guess the moment we want to forget is still in the future, I’m sure it will happen soon enough though lol!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The song that probably represents us best is ‘Take Me To The Edge’ which was on our debut album. It was chosen to be on a compilation album of indie artists, which was a huge compliment for us. It was one of the first songs we recorded and we still love playing it.

Where can we listen to it?
You can download ‘Take Me To the Edge’ for free at soundcloud.com/lucks-lane/take-me-to-the-edge



Where can we find out more about your music? 
You can find us at the following links

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We are nearly finished recording our second album ‘The Story Of Our Lives’ which we hope to release in May 2014. After which we will start a UK tour, (dates to be confirmed). Also, a massive thanks for giving us the opportunity to be part of your Q&A. We really appreciate it!

Oliver Manning Q&A

Your name: 
Oliver Manning.

Where are you from? 
Sheffield, England.

How would you describe yourself?
I try to avoid it. If a gun were put to my head, I’d claim to be the bastard love-child of Neil Young, Lou Reed and Cat Stevens. But that’d be arrogant. I sound like 1971.

Who are your main influences musically?
The aforementioned trio. But throw in some Beach Boys, Elliott Smith, John Frusciante and Ludwig van Beethoven.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
What I hope to do is find some kind of inner peace. What I will do is publish a massive catalogue of music and a massive collection of writings, works that will be my stamp on the world for the next few generations to feast on. One giant act of charity, if you will, albeit one that I will be handsomely paid for to ensure my physical needs are met whilst here on this Earth.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Countless busking moments where a little kid just starts dancing, or a cute girl smiles at me, or some unwashed, bitter, tracksuit wearer tells me to get a real job. Actually, what I am saying? The highlight of my career so far was playing drums at a gig in a music shop and falling backwards off the stage.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There’s nothing I want to forget. There are, regrettably, several evenings I have forgotten, but memories are precious. Don’t wish the past away. Use it.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
An unreleased, unpublished song that I play at gigs called I Want To Drink Some Rum and Sleep With You, My Blondie.

Where can we listen to it?
You can’t. But listen to Don Draper, instead. That’s a song about meeting a beautiful girl in the mountains and her changing your life and you knowing that it won’t work out but that that’s okay. Don’t cry. https://olivermanning.bandcamp.com/



Where can we find out more about your music?
http://www.olivermanning.co.uk (I keep a regular blog)

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Truth is all that matters. And if you look, you will find it. Don’t decry the fact that the music industry isn’t what it used to be. It is what it is. Use it. Do what you like with it. It’s far more flexible than you realise. Move towards beauty, and away from that which is not beautiful.

Beau Austin Q&A

Your name:
Beau Austin.

Where are you from?
Los Angeles California, USA. Recently relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Who else is in your band?
Mostly just me as a solo act, however depending on the show and town I'm in that night a few may friends may join me.

How would you describe yourselves?
I like saying "poetry with a soundtrack" singer songwriter/ art rock style with punk rock roots.

Who are your main influences musically?
The Clash/Joe Strummer, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, Les Paul, Leonard Cohen, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Thunders.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Just to always be creating. I love painting, writing and playing guitar so I ultimately hope to be able to do so full time while discovering & promoting others in creative fields. I love nothing more than sharing my work or others with the world, there's always something for someone that will be a passion.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Just looking back on all my years touring in punk rock bands and making great records, it's absolutely a highlight seeing my progression as an artists and person, those first few years being dead broke, sleeping on floors, driving 18 hours between shows, etc and always smiling truly made me who I am today.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Of course.. Maybe haha.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Right now it would be "I adore" - it's autobiographical and really reflects I feel on how much the your mind will mess with you when you should just be happy and enjoying the moment, yet something that a lot of us deal with on a continuous basis with a variety of things.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?
Reverbnation.com/BeauAustin           
On Twitter: @Beau_austin and Instagram: @beau_lindsay

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask? 
Just that I truly appreciate the interest and I am truly grateful for the amazing fans and artists out there that keep art alive. I always respond to everyone individually and can't thank ya enough.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Four Skulls Q&A

Your name:  
Mick Bryan.

Where are you from? 
Kentucky, USA.

Name of band: 
Four Skulls.

Who else is in your band? 
Aaron Miller, Tony Pack, Chip McGlone.

How would you describe yourselves?  
We are a melodic hard rock/metal band.

Who are your main influences musically?  
Rush, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Avenged Sevenfold, Led Zeppelin, etc.

What do you hope to achieve in music?  
To make music that we enjoy and hopefully others will like as well.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
Performing at our first gig playing the songs that we wrote ourselves. Nothing more satisfying!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?  
Haven’t had any yet.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
“Not Dead Yet”.  It just has several elements in it that are indicative of our style.

Where can we listen to it?
 There are a few full songs you can listen to at reverbnation.com/fourskulls/songs



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?
The Four Skulls debut concept album "World Of Hurt" is a story of a young man's journey through the hell of warfare. From the perils of leaving home, to being thrust into all-out war thousands of miles away in a foreign land, to having his mind forever changed from all he has witnessed and endured. Each song is a chapter in this excursion, and takes you inside his psyche from innocence, to brutality, to paranoia.

Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band Q&A

Your name:
Mark Stone.

Where are you from? 
I’m from Massachusetts, currently living in Bastrop, Texas, just outside of ATX.

Name of band:
Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band.

Who else is in your band? 
Montana Max, Nelson Bass & Ken Thurman on Drums 

How would you describe yourselves?
What a honky tonk bar brawl between The Eagles, Skynyrd and Alice In Chains sounds like.

Who are your main influences musically? 
All of the above along with Charlie Daniels, Thin Lizzy, Marshall Tucker, Grand Funk Railroad.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I want to write a song that lives beyond me. I’d be totally cool with a one-hit wonder. It’s way better than no hits.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Got to play SXSW2014 X2 that’s pretty cool. Honestly I just dig new radio ads. Luckily a lot of folks are tied into Twitter and some of them let us know when they are playing us and I totally dig that it makes my day.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
We got stiffed by a club that shall remain nameless no need in giving them any attention beyond the idea of not keeping your word in this line of work travels fast and I believe the club is already under new management 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
WOW you didn’t say there would be hard questions. It’s hard to some up this project in one song and that’s what I like about it we go from traditional country sounds to southern rock turned to 11 or gruntry but I suppose “Whiskey Talkin’” http://bit.ly/WhiskeyTalkin is the song that really kick started the whole thing.

Where can we listen to it?
I included a YouTube bit link or you can listen to music right from our Facebook page http://facebook.com/markstonemn and click the big blue play triangle next to the likes counter.



Where can we find out more about your music?
OK. There’s a ton of places because I feel like Facebook could meet the same fate as Myspace at some point and because I think it’s important to engage the internet like it’s communities you tour so I hope I don’t over extend my welcome but it’s a pretty long list  and I’ve even shortened a bit 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mst0ne -My Radio Show Wednesday 5:30-6pmCST
http://markstonemn.com - My Website
http://goo.gl/iXAzoH -1st squid page


Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask? 
My favorite quote about the band actually happened very recently and it goes like this “Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band has everything I love about Rock n Roll and none of the things I dislike about Country.” I love that. I think Country in the name throws a lot of people off including some of the folks that are expecting traditional country sounds and nothing but that.  
We rock a lot harder than most check out  http://bit.ly/MUDDER_TRUCKER and see/hear for yourself this song and 5 others are available as Pre-Order for the new album and the folks that Pre-order now get the 6 songs that are done now as immediate downloads as well as the 4 songs that will be on th album + 2 bonus songs that will not be on the release for free for Pre-Ordering now http://bit.ly/TheSequelPreOrder

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dancing Deadlips Q&A

Your name:
Dancing Deadlips.

Where are you from?
Cieszyn Silesia and also Kraków, Poland.

How would you describe yourself?
Surreal. I mean the music, not me.

Who are your main influences musically?
Far too many to mention all of them here, but – just to give you a general idea - there are classics that I never get tired of, like Blut Aus Nord, Black Sabbath, Lydia Lunch (as for me - the best female performer on the planet), Fela Kuti, Sun Ra and other free jazz heroes, lesser-known psychedelic and prog-rock bands from 1960-80s - like May Blitz, Fear Itself, Clark Hutchinson, Captain Beyond. On the other hand, there are many bands and musicians that I listen to almost obsessively and I wouldn’t say that they are an influence for me – this is a totally different thing, it’s like they exist in my parallel reality, I mean musically, because they play exactly the kind of music that I would like to play, if I could have a possibility to be an extraordinary guitar player, or a drummer or a saxophonist and so on. I also draw and paint surreal stuff, so the great surrealists – such as Zdzisław Beksiński, Salvador Dalí, H.R. Giger, Yves Tanguy - have a vast influence on me, too.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I don’t think there is anything more valuable to achieve in music than the music itself - being able to make it and to collaborate with wonderful people, knowing these people, it’s really a blessing. Of course I am not that stupid to think that things like success, great reviews and other positive feedback don’t matter at all, of course they do, especially if you want to survive as an independent artist – it’s just that you have to know what are your priorities and don’t let yourself get lost in all those side issues.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I must have been five or six years old. One day I found an old compact cassette in my house, a home-made mix of some songs and - as an extremely nosy kid, looking for something interesting to discover all the time – I dragged a cassette player from the garret, plugged it in and… you could easily “translate” my amazement into the words: “Holy shit, what is this?!”. It was a compilation of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones – “Iron Man”, “Whole Lotta Love” and so on. I don’t know who brought along that old cassette, that music was something new for me, because my family was more into classic rock and roll or folk singers that time, and what I mostly knew about music till that moment was that Doris Day, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley vinyls sound funny if you change the speed. So, that was the day I got married to the music – and this is the highlight of my career (laugh).

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Well, there was a time I set aside the music, because I seriously considered being a scientist. I had been studying things like ethnology, Tibetan Buddhism and philosophy for a couple of years, but I dropped it all out a few months ago. Anyway, I don’t want to forget those years spent at the university - it was certainly a worthwhile experience.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I would pick “It Is Pure Jade”, just because this is the direction I’d like to focus on  – more into heavy riffs and dark stuff. Raw and rough sounds, sometimes even out of time and off-key – I like the disturbing effect it gives, it’s like the way the life goes on: distortion, the moments when you’re so lacking in perfection. I’d like to collaborate with a djent band, or technical or experimental metal band someday. I love that kind of stuff - a totally hypnotizing sonic destruction for your ears - but I can’t play it by myself for sure... or maybe I can, but I don’t know about it yet, that remains an option (laugh).

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?
Yes, I’d like to say: thank you for your time! Just a word about the near future - in the Summer the black metal Cień will finally release the new LP, I was making ambient/soundscape samples for this release and I’m also drawing surreal graphics for this album right now. In the Autumn we’re going to release the album with my ambient friend Potworów, we already have most of the material recorded, kind of a dark, dreamy and jazzy thing. In the meantime, some new tracks will appear from the collaboration with Peter Flanagan of Renovatio41 and the other collab with Vozrozhdeniya. 

David Neil Q&A

Your name:
David Neil.

Where are you from?
I'm from Whitby in the North East of England. Currently living in Edinburgh.

Name of band:
David Neil.

Who else is in your band?
Daniel McGarry - Guitar
Andrew Turnbull - Drums
Scott Rafferty - Guitar/Keys
Ben Lobban - Bass/Keys

How would you describe yourselves?
Honest and heartfelt songwriting. I wear my many different influences on my sleeve. My music is brought to life by my fantastic band. 

Who are your main influences musically?
I'd say it's songwriters such as David Gray, John Mayer, Neil Young and Tom that have the most influence on my music. I'm also a huge Matt Corby fan. I love timeless songwriting. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I take things one step at a time but I'm very ambitious and so are the band. At the moment the next target is to tour the UK in the summer and to play a few festivals. We'll see where that takes us. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Releasing an EP and performing it live was a fantastic experience and me and the band and we really enjoyed the show. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I honestly can't think of one. I've definitely made mistakes and I look back at them sometimes but you've just gotta learn from them and move on as with anything.  

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
It's difficult to choose as the E.P contains a range of material but 'Letting you go' would be a good starting point for people who want to check out my music. 

Where can we listen to it?
https://soundcloud.com/davidneilband/sets/castaway-e-p (Link to my debut E.P on Soundcloud)




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?
Me and the band are currently working on a new EP, which will be released later this year. We're also going to be touring in the summer.