Band Interview Of The Day – Miles Salter (Miles And The Chain Gang)

If you could introduce Miles and the Chain Gang for us, who are you?We are a band based in York, UK. We play original songs. It’s guitar pop stuff – nothing too heavy. We like old school rock n roll – Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones – that sort of thing. 

How did you all meet?

It is a long story but York is also a small town. As long as you’re out there talking to people, playing open mics, you’ll find other musicians. The trick is to find people who are good and local and good natured. The current line up has that – Mat Watt on bass, Steve Purton on drums and Daniel Bowater on keys. A good band, we sound really good. We all live in York.

How long have you ben playing and what are your musical influences? The band started in 2018, so we are four years old this autumn. Influences: your Dad’s record collectcion – everything from Blondie to Pink Floyd, but really we’re about the songs. A bit of soul, a bit of blues, a bit of country, a bit of pop. Good songs – that’s what we are about.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play? Rock and roll.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a Miles and the Chain Gang show? At one gig, I man took his clothes off and poured lager over his chest. Can you believe that? I can’t!

Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted? We’re just playing gigs in the Yorkshire area – York, Doncaster, Harrogate, Helmsley… we want to go further afield when we can, but for now it’s best to keep it local.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? Ah! Well, I could mention it, but unfortunately I won’t admit to owning it.

What have you been listening to in the last few weeks? Sam Cooke – awesome voice. Amy Winehouse – awesome voice. The Springsteen at Hammersmith 1975 album was on in the car the other day – love that. I like listening to vocalists, how they phrase things, how they can charge a song emotionally. The other night ‘Queen at Wembley’ was on TV. Roger Taylor – what a drummer!

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? ‘Love Is Blind’ came out in May and it has had over 400 plays on radio stations, mostly smaller independent places – so that has been a buzz. We are recording a song in September so hopefully that will come out soon.

Check out Miles And The Chain Gang below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Cthulhu Dreamt

  1. If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

I’m Reed, I write, arrange, sing and play guitar. We’ve got Jake in Utah who writes and plays guitar, Ben here in Minnesota who writes and plays keys. Nate who is also in Minnesota and writes, plays guitar and engineers. Last and not least is Chris in the UK who writes and plays keys.

  1. 2. How did you all meet?

I’ve been friends with Nate and Ben for a long time, and been writing professionally with Ben since we were at university together. Jake and Chris I met through social media, which is kinda bonkers to consider, but still rad nonetheless.

  1. How long have you been playing?

Cthulhu Dreamt has been active since Covid began, but each of us has been doing something musically or creatively for most of our lives.

  1. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

Heavy diverse journey

  1. What are your musical influences?

We each have influences that inspire how we think and create, some of which include Gojira, Beethoven, Muse, Lamb of God, Hans Zimmer, and Opeth.

  1. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

Rammstein… haha. Those guys put on a helluva show, but yeah, it can be a bit strange.

  1. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?

The first show I saw once bands started touring regularly again was Tool.

  1. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

I’m not ashamed of any of my albums. Something someone may be surprised to see in my collection might be Judy Garland.

  1. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

The new Clutch songs from Sunrise on Slaughter Beach 

  1. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

We’ve got an EP coming out this fall called Precursor, which will run up into the next major chapter in the Cthulhu Dreamt story: The TTRPG.

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Daily Insanity Announce Split, Reveal Final Touring Plans

Bittersweet news from German old school thrashers DAILY INSANITY. In a statement on their website and social media channels the trio announced the end of the band:

“All things must come to and end. As hard as it is to write these words, we are announcing the end of DAILY INSANITY! A decision that has not been made lightly, but we feel it’s the right move to end the band on a high note. We just started our „The Final Crusade“ Farewell Tour which will bring the band to as many places as possible. We know that this tour doesn’t reach all of you, but we have done our best to fit what we can into this window of time. The full list of 2022 dates is announced and the tour is expected to continue in 2023. It’s going to be one hell of a farewell party at these concerts! Do not miss this chance, because there will be no next time!”

DAILY INSANITY put out what would be their final album “Chronicles Of War” in 2021, followed by a single called “Doomed” in June 2022.

For the people who liked the music of DAILY INSANITY, main songwriter Gene has some good news:
DAILY INSANITY was an absolutely incredible chapter of our lives. But over time perspectives and people change. It’s time to embark to a new chapter. And as many already know, since 2021 Felix and me are working on our new heavy metal project VEIL OF THE SERPENT, with which we will release A LOT of great music in the future. So keep an eye on that!”

In June the band started their „The Final Crusade Tour“ with which the band offers one last chance for fans to experience their crushing live performances. The full list of 2022 dates is below and the tour is expected to continue in 2023.

Check out the tour dates below.

09.09.2022 DE – Berlin, Slaughterhouse
16.09.2022 DE – Hamburg, Logo
17.09.2022 DE – Rostock, Alte Zuckerfabrik
14.10.2022 PL – Zagan, Klub Elektrownia
15.10.2022 DE – Magdeburg, Damned Souls
28.10.2022 DE – Jena, Rosenkeller
29.10.2022 CZ – Mlada Boleslav, Farářova Sluj
03.11.2022 DE – Nordhorn, Rockcafe The Dude
04.11.2022 BE – Eernegem, B52 Music Club
05.11.2022 DE – Cologne, Blue Shell
09.12.2022 DE – Lübeck, Rider’s Cafe
10.12.2022 DE – Wismar, Fellfresse
26.12.2022 PL – Szczecin, Krzywy Gryf
27.12.2022 PL – Slupsk, Motor Rock Pub
28.12.2022 PL – Poznan, Nowe Amore
29.12.2022 DE – Berlin, Slaughterhouse

Vanguardian Release New Track, ‘The Collider’

Metal band Vanguardian hailing from Jyväskylä Finland have dropped their new single “The Collider.

The band says: “What is interesting about this song is that a lot of adjustments were made to this song once lyrics were finished. For example, outro was completely different until we got the lyrics from our vocalist. This song became a true collaboration between the band members.”

The Collider was recorded and produced by Anssi Kippo (known especially for his work with Children of Bodom) with Sakari Soisalo.

Check out ‘The Collider’ via your preferred streaming service.

Excuses Excuses Release New Single, ‘My Nicotine’

Ontario based rockers Excuses Excuses have dropped a new single, ‘My Nicotine’.

The band say:

My Nicotine,” found its roots in our fascination with the human tendency to struggle with toxic behaviour, and the cyclical nature of continuing to suffer even when we consciously know it is slowly killing us.

Check out ‘My Nicotine’ and the rest of the debut record, ‘Listen Up’ via your preferred streaming platform.

Belgian Pop-Punks Charlie Bit My Finger Release New Single, ‘Breaking Out’

Belgian pop-punks Charlie Bit My Finger are releasing their 4th album ‘Back and Fourth’ on October 28th, via Thousand Islands Records/Bearded Punk Records. The first single and music video for ‘Breaking Out’ is out now.

Recorded, coproduced, mixed and mastered by Tim Van Door at Big Dog Recording in Antwerp, Belgium, the track is one of the heaviest on the bands upcoming record.

Check out ‘Breaking Out’ below.

State Of You Release New Single, ‘Bloody Party’

UK rock’n’roll upstarts State Of You have released a final taster of their self-titled debut EP, which is set for release this Friday. “’Blood Party’ came together very quickly and is a straight up party anthem,” says vocalist Steve Sitkowski. “It’s about wanting to get involved in life, to get hurt by it and to just accept the experience. I believe we only live once so now’s the time to listen to yourself and do whatever it is you want to do. Nick and I were working on the lyrics until 3AM on the day we recorded it. We were staying in a house we rented for the band and were both whisper-screaming lyrics to the instrumental demo playing when Max walked in. We both instantly apologised to him thinking we had woken him up but he just wanted some water. I thought we were in trouble at first, like two kids staying up late at a sleepover.” 

This new cut follows the release of State Of You’s massively entertaining music video for ‘The Perfect Storm’ where band members’ old lady alter egos embark upon a tea party with a difference. The song itself does explore a serious issue as Sitkowski explains it’s “about living with undiagnosed ADHD for most of my life and the destructive relationships I’ve been in because of that. I was constantly using drugs to get away from myself and being in a dark place most of the time – That feeling of not belonging, being incapable of functioning in the real world and not being able to figure out why.”

Check out the video for ‘Blood Party’ below.

Black Widows Release New Single, ‘Among The Brave Ones’

Portuguese all-female metal band Black Widows released a second single and music video from their upcoming second studio album Among the Brave Ones which is set to be released on October 21st 2022 via Finnish Inverse Records.

Vocalist/guitarist Rute Fevereiro comments:
“More than ten years ago, during a break with Black Widows and when I decided to think about my musical life, I made several songs. Among the Brave Ones theme comes from that period of creativity. At the time, it didn’t have that name but it awakened in me a sense of resilience and freedom. When I proposed this theme for us to work on as a band, Black Widows liked it and improved it substantially, giving their input as musicians. Among the Brave Ones was the name given to this theme and the album. This song is about our band returning stronger and more powerful than ever . It honours the brave artists and has many musicians guests promoving our video, as you will see. Are you ready for what’s to come?

Check out the video for ‘Among The Brave Ones’ below.

Lost Society Drop New Track, ‘What Have I Done’

LOST SOCIETY are known for being a killer live band – their energetic, neck-breaking shows tickle even the crankiest people into becoming moshpit berserkers. With their third single from upcoming album If The Sky Came Down (out September 30th via Nuclear Blast), they deliver the ultimate banger for festival crowds.

Frontman Samy Elbanna states:
“With festivals finally back in action, we’ve had the pleasure of playing some of the biggest ones this summer, and we wanted to honour this by filming our biggest show to date and making an absolute monster of a music video out of it! Sam Jamsen, the mastermind behind the video, really captured the intensity of an LxSx live show, and the video is a perfect way of continuing the story of the new album.”

Dealing with mental health issues in the lyrics throughout the album, this song addresses addiction.

Samy Elbanna explains: 
“The human mind is one of the most complex things we know, and our curiosity towards the unknown is powerful. ‘What Have I Done’ is a story of what can happen when you push that curiosity to an absolute extreme, and you realise you’ve become addicted to something you know is not right.” 

Check out ‘What Have I Done’ below.

Turnover Share New Single, ‘Aint Love Heavy’

As they build anticipation for their new album, Virginia band Turnover have shared their new single ‘Ain’t Love Heavy’ featuring Bre Morell of Austin band Temple of Angels. ‘Myself in the Way’ is the band’s fifth full-length album out November 4th via Run For Cover Records. The new song is layered with synths, strings, and jangling guitar paired with vocalist Austin Getz’s smooth harmonies and Morell’s crisp vocals.

‘Myself in the Way’ was born out of Turnover’s desire to continue evolving their sound, making each body of work more exploratory than the last, but it’s also a byproduct of the band’s growth both as individuals and collectively. Armed with a flurry of new ways for the band to express themselves creatively, they challenged themselves to make their most ambitious body of work to date. Co-produced by frontman Austin Getz alongside frequent collaborator Will Yip, Myself In The Way sounds more expansive than anything they’ve done, intently honing in on sound design this time around, and yet it’s wholeheartedly more intimate and self-reliant on their vision and execution. Bassist Danny Dempsey painted the cover artwork himself, and longtime touring guitarist Nick Rayfield contributed songs to the album to lend an additional spark.

Check out ‘Ain’t Love Heavy’ below.