Monday, 29 June 2015

HellHikers Q&A

Your name:
Rolf Royce.

Where are you from?
AaleSin City, a.k.a Aalesund, small city on the north-west coast of Norway.

Name of band: 
HellHikers.

Who else is in your band? 
Rex Erection - Drums of Destruction, Devilry & Disorder. 
Roy Redrum - SickString of Sloth, Sleaze & Sinphony
Per Perplex - Bass of Brute, Beer & Boozery. 
I'm doing the Vocals of Vomit, Vile & Vehemence.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Beerwolves Howlin' In Töxic Heat, White Trash Weekend Alcoholic Scum playing HöRRiFic HellPönkRöck. HellHikers Sounds like Burning Wheels, Smoking Guns, Hot Babes and Cheap Drinking in the Twilight Zone. HellHikers Sounds Like HellPönkRöck...And We're Not Afraid to Use Capitol Letters!

Who are your main influences musically?
We started out pretty much as a Misfits-worship band in 2003, with some influences from Ramones, Turboneger and Raga Rockers. Our fascination with old horror movies, cheesy sci-fi and sleazy sexploitation from the 60s and 70s are still there in the lyrics, but musically HellHikers has grown darker, heavier and more complex with the years. 
It's only a natural development, since there's been quite some line-up changes with new members bringing in new inspiration and old members going back their heavy metal/hard rock roots. You'll probably find just as much Sabbath, Stooges and Motorhead as Misfits in our sound today, and I think our next album "Death Rattle & Roll" goes to prove just that.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
None of us are 20 any more, so ambitions of becoming big rock stars are long gone, if we ever had any. All current members have been playing in several bands since their early teens, a lot of cover-bands as well, so I guess we're basically music fans playing for the fun, the beer and the love of music. We still like to develop into something we feel is HellHikers though, that is us, that sounds like us and looks like us, in our beer-soaked horror-universe, and all positive recognition and compliments for that is always nice. 
Playing some gigs outside Norway some day wouldn't hurt us either. We'll take whatever comes our way and do the best with it.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but for me personally it must be supporting Thulsa Doom in 2005 in Sogndal, when they were touring Norway. Not to be confused with the American act, Thulsa Doom from Norway are my favorite Norwegian band next to Raga Rockers, and they're still playing live. That's why! Their third album, "..and then take you to a place were jars are kept" is a masterpiece, and I really hope they release another album soon!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Can't remember, must have made sure to get drunk enough to forget it. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That's a hard one, but I'll pick "Murder & Mayhem" from "Ghoulham Tales"(2011). I think this track represents the old and new HellHikers best. Our first EP "CreEPers From The Rawk Lagoon" (2006) was, as mentioned, very Misfits-like; Short songs, simple chords with lots of hooks and melodies. By the time "Ghoulham Tales" was released, we wanted to put a lot more ROCK into the term "HellPunkRock", both in the riffs and sound, and so we did. I know for sure that some of the old fans were not too happy about this, but to keep ourselves interested and inspired to go on, HellHikers had to take a step further.

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 about?
We hope to release "Death Rattle & Roll" later this year. We got nine tracks in the mixing process, and they already sound killer! HellHikers 2015 sounds really nasty, we hope you'll love it and like our Facebook page!

Sweet Crisis Q&A

Band name:
Sweet Crisis.

Where are you from?
Cambridge/London.

How would you describe yourselves?
As fun-loving rock and roll heads who care about quality no quantity!

Who are your main influences musically?
Floyd, The Stones, Hendrix, Jack White to name a few…

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To sell out stadiums, headline festivals, and a carrier would be nice!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Reforming as Sweet Crisis after some really tough times and selling out our first UK show!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Already forgotten! Have a rubbish memory!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?Fight About Nothing. It's our first single and is an honest statement of the first chapter
in our band.

Where can we listen to it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev-UEPv-ehw



Where can we find out more about your music? 
www.sweetcrisis.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweetcrisisband
Twitter: @sweetcrisisband

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?Just come and see us live, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New EP from Piglet Outlet

SWEDISH avant-garde indie kids Piglet Outlet have released their four-track EP Paradise In Progress via Shallow Shit Records.

And Martin Sjöstrand from the label has been in touch to tell RealSoundsOK about the band.

He said: "This Malmö/Norrköping-based mutation consists of people from experimental dance heroes Slagsmålsklubben and underground indie pop acts Lavemangsmugglarna and Häxor & Porr. 

"Take the manic melodies AND the obscure madness of these acts and you have the sound of Piglet Outlet. This is truly the top of the crop of all that has come out of these maniacs' brains. So kick back and put this record on. Soon you'll be dancing. But you will also have nightmares!"

You can listen to the EP below and for more on the band head to facebook.com/pigletoutlet

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Recruits Q&A

Band name: 
Recruits. 

Where are you from? 
North Lincolnshire, UK.

Who is in your band? 
Steve Smith - singer, Ben Yarrow - lead guitar, Steve Heather - bassist, Jonno Smith - drummer. 

How would you describe yourselves? 

In terms of a genre we call ourselves alternative rock because its a very vague term that we fit under; some people may disagree. I'd say the music is pop/punk rock and the vocals are quite soulful. Our songs are known for being catchy and have good hooks to them, which is what labels us "pop".

Who are your main influences musically?
Musically our influences come from some fairly heavy bands such as Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars and a Day to Remember.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
All we want is to be able to write and play music and to be able to play it in front of people who will appreciate it. We want our music to mean something to people, whether we have 300 fans in one country or 3million fans globally.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
For me my career highlight was winning the rock open last year. We have achieved some bigger things since, however that moment was very special. We were the underdogs in the competition and after being together for six months we didn't expect to get to the final at all. We lost our bassist weeks before the final but we found our current bassist shortly after and worked our socks off to get a perfect set in time. We played the final like a totally new band. It made me very proud winning it in my home town, I like to think we did Scunthorpe proud and for all my friends and family to be watching it made it even better. I think we showed everybody what we were capable of and surprised some!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We had a gig last year. It was one of the best gigs we played. It was shortly before the rock open final, our confidence level was on a high and the place was packed for us. However my gear was at the end of its lifespan and was holding on for one of its last gigs. It got to the end of our set and everyone was screaming for another song, we played all our songs and we couldn't play another one again because Ben's E-string snapped. Somehow we started playing a cover of "Waves" and it went terribly..no one really knew what they were doing and my amp decided to turn on wah for the whole song. It got so bad Steve eventually stopped the song and there was a long awkward pause on stage and in the crowd. We ended up walking off stage to let Steve and Jonno play one of their songs. I just wanted to curl up in a ball and die at the time. It's now a running joke in the band about playing the cover of Waves, however if I could forget that moment it would make me very happy!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I think our track 'Broken' represents us the best - it shows the best bits of us all really. It's the tightest track and the most "single-worthy" off the EP. The lyrics are powerful, the chorus is big and the sections are well thought out musically. I'd like to this that if people heard it it'd tempt them into listening to the EP.

Where can we listen to it? www.youtube.com/watch?v=II3PcAxm8YE


Where can we find out more about your music? 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecruitsUK

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

We played a five-date UK tour this month where we showcased our new set and some brand new tracks from our EP, which you can listen to for free at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHoCy1uBFeDnKS17kQq874_O9nK4O4oA6

Monday, 22 June 2015

Starling Q&A

Your name: 
Dan.

Where are you from? 
From all corners of England actually: London, Edinburgh, Bradford and Somerset. We’re mainly based in London.

Name of band: 
Starling.

Who else is in your band? 

Craig (drums), Sol (bass) and Vanessa (keys).

How would you describe yourselves? 

We’re a four-piece anthemic rock band with an orchestra next door.

Who are your main influences musically? 

We all come from such different backgrounds musically, I come from a rock background but I am greatly influenced by Bob Dylan, Elgar, The Ink Spots, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Jimi Hendrix, Liszt, The Beatles, Nirvana, Dvorak, Rage Against The Machine, U2, Peter Gabriel, Incubus, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Debussy, just to name a few.
Although I also feel that all things inspire your own expression of art from the books that I read to the sculptures that I enjoy all expand the space within to cultivate ideas. In the band we have Vanessa who comes from a film music background and brings the John Hopins and Thomas Newman influences, Craig who also comes from a rock background and Sol who is too big to fit in any bracket.

What do you hope to achieve in music?

My personal dream is to live out my fullest potential as a person and spend my time doing things that I do best which is writing and recording music, as long as I can do that with integrity then I have won.

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

Dan: Just before going on stage to do the album launch of ‘Public Service’ the crowd were chanting our name and we came out and played my favourite ever show.
Vanessa: We all had a shared moment of, “This might just be the best time of our lives” when we were living and recording the album at Parr St Studios. It was fulfilling in every way even before anyone had heard the material.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?

Last year when we were stolen from and lied to by members of the music industry.

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

Lights is a good example that covers most aspects of our sound and it’s all about how when the s**t hits the fan, you know who your friends are.

Where can we listen to it?
www.youtube.com/starlingband




Where can we find out more about your music?
www.starlingband.co.uk
www.facebook.com/starlingband
www.twitter.com/starlingband
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/starling/id909053356

South Estate Q&A

Your name: 
Daniel Grey.

Where are you from? 
Rome, Italy.

Name of band: 
South Estate.

Who else is in your band? 
Marco Pisano (bass), Hervé le Feuvre (lead guitar), Tom Baylem (cello and BVs) and Owen Schofield (Drums).

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
We call ourselves an alternative folk-rock band, but to be honest I am influenced by a whole bunch of different styles and our stuff is very diverse as a result. It's always lyrically-driven and melodic though.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Many! Here's just a few that we love at the moment -  Abigail Washburn, Beta Radio, Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, Dry the River, The Family Crest, First Aid Kit, Freelance Whales, Half Moon Run, Isbells, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Kill it Kid, Little Green Cars, Lucy Rose, Nico Vega, Sarah Jarosz, Swear and Shake, Will Knox.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Of course we are looking to play the big London gigs, but the most important thing for us is to get our music out there. We don't write songs simply because they are catchy - we aim to craft meaningful music that will truly resonate with people.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
We've played some great gigs around London already - such as at the Hippodrome Casino in March and the O2 Academy Islington in May this year. And recording our debut single (released date 25th July) was such fun too.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Probably forgetting the lyrics to Hillbrook Road at our first gig together as a band in 2014! It hasn't happened since, thank goodness.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
It's always such a difficult question - but I think possibly Collect Them in Your Drawers. 

Where can we listen to it? 


Where can we find out more about your music?

Video for Never Quit from Pet Sun

STONER garage band Pet Sun have released a video for their track Never Quit.

The band from Hamilton, Ontario, are also planning to release their debut LP via The Hand Recordings this summer.


They told RealSoundsOK: "Never Quit was the first video we had a plot for, which actually made things pretty easy for us in the studio.

"Our bud Billy Moon was great to work with and bought us ridiculous amounts of pizza for dinner and many cold beers.

"Our costumes were running low so we had to do our best with a black balding wig, a cloak and some old face paint. An electric wizard was born and took over our lives.

"We had an idea about throwing a TV out the window, but the pizza took up too much of the budget. Next one."

You can watch the video below and for more head to facebook.com/petsunrocknroll


Bedroom demos album release from Porridge Radio

MISERY Radio is a collection of solo bedroom demos released by Porridge Radio.

Dana Margolin - the musician behind the sounds - said her music has been described as "lo-fi emotional vomit".

She told RealSoundsOK: "The album is a collection of some of my favourite of the songs I've written in my bedroom over the past couple of years. It has two previously unreleased tracks, ('p2' and 'our love is shrinking down'), the rest have been available on SoundCloud for a while in no particular order."

The album - released by Eyeless Records - comes with a limited edition CD and zine made by Dana and is available on Bandcamp

Visit Porridge Radio on Facebook for more.

Delta Will give us a taste of debut LP

ALT-pop outfit Delta Will have released Manic Pulse - the first single from their upcoming debut album.

Charles from the Toronto band told RealSoundsOK: "It's a song I wrote about a young man's dizzying journey through the triumphant highs and loathsome lows of a manic episode.

"Sonically, the track alternates between dark swelling verses and explosive, sparkling choruses of psych-pop bliss"

You can get the single at Bandcamp - or listen below - and find out more at facebook.com/deltawillmusic


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Download 2015 - Day Three review

SOMETIMES you have a band in your life that you get, but not everyone else does - and that's just fine.

It gives you more of a connection with them and their songs and makes seeing them live - even at 11.50 in the morning - a really rewarding experience.

Brock in action - picture by Richard Johnson/Download 2015
That band for me is 36 Crazyfists, whose first album Bitterness The Star I picked up back in the early 2000s and never looked back. But this was the first time I had seen them perform in the flesh.

They kicked off with a new one - Vanish from Time And Trauma - in an eight-track set that included highlights from throughout their career and ended with their most memorable (and earliest) hit, Slit Wrist Theory.

For me, it was a fantastic performance and a delight to finally see them perform. And to top it off, I met frontman Brock Lindow for a brief chat and a picture backstage in the press area and he was a lovely guy. What an experience.

36CF weren't my first band of the day though, with Pop Evil having the unenviable task of opening the Main stage on "Hangover Sunday", but they did a good job of it and pulled in a decent crowd.

I also very much enjoyed Tremonti on the Main stage a little later as my Sunday began to get going.

But then I suffered another disappointment. I appreciate We Are Harlot are an arms waving, lighters-in-the-air sort of band but it just didn't do it for me on the day - even with their cover of Queen's Tie Your Mother Down.

I departed and caught a bit of Blackberry Smoke on the Main stage and The Darkness pulling in the biggest crowd the Maverick stage tent had seen all weekend. A triumphant return for them.

Billy Idol is also not really a boat floater for me, so after a bit of his set I popped up to see Eagles Of Death Metal on the Zippo Encore stage. Now this I did like. Jesse Hughes and his band of merry men seemed to enjoy their time and that rubbed off on the crowd. It was a lot of fun and a lot of dancing in the mud. Good stuff.


Myles & Slash - picture by Scott Salt/Download 2015
Now back in the groove, it was time for Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) on the Main stage - and what a performance.

I was worried I didn't know enough Slash material to enjoy the set, but he's a guy who knows what the crowd wants and it was rammed full of Guns 'n' Roses classics too and one from his Velvet Revolver days.

For those tracks Myles Kennedy shows his skill as a vocalist and avoids the trap of slipping into an Axl Rose parody. As such, we get to enjoy Nightrain, You Could Be Mine, Sweet Child O' Mine and Paradise City. And, of course, Slash's axemanship is second to none.


In Flames - picture by Giles Smith/Download 2015
And as my festival looks to finish on a high, I take in In Flames on the Encore stage and they also hit the spot. Anders Friden leads the onslaught of hit after hit - including my favourites Where The Dead Ships Dwell and Deliver Us - before finishing on their biggest smash, Take This Life. Incredible.

I take in a little bit of Motley Crue as they say goodbye, but to be honest neither they or Kiss are my kind of thing, it's getting late and I have a three-hour journey ahead. 

My big regret is missing out on what has been reported as a stormer of a performance from Enter Shikari, but my Download Festival is over and what an amazing weekend of music it's been \m/