Band Interview Of The Day – Leaving Eden

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

I am Eric Gynan and it is my pleasure to chat with you here, from The Boston Massachusetts area USA.

Leaving Eden & Silver Springs Fleetwood Mac Tribute is: (2 different bands)

Eve: Lead vocals

Alyssa Bailey: White Keys/Vocals

Jake Gynan: Drums

Rich Chouinard: Bass/Vocals

Eric Gynan: Guitar/Vocals

Myself, Eve, and Rick the bass player, we played in a band together before Leaving Eden a long time ago and it was really good.  After the first hundred people came up to me and told me how great Eve was, I knew that I had to do something for her. Then Jake decided to join and Alyssa, we met at a gig, and she wanted in. The rest is history as they say. 

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

Eclectic, rock, melodic

What are your musical influences?

Anything new, rock ‘n’ roll.  Black Sabbath, Richie Blackmore, Disturbed, Shinedown and acoustic stuff like Simon and Garfunkel. 

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

Well we’ve seen a lot. Probably the weirdest thing I’ve seen was a guy with his body painted and his privates just hanging out. 

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

Well we were fortunate. When the restrictions came yes, our whole schedule was canceled and we’re always booked up to a year in advance. However after the first month and a half or so we started re-booking and our schedule got full again so we didn’t lose much time.  All the gigs ended up being outside which was awesome.  We’ve been out there ever since. 

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?

Well I don’t own any records. I usually listen to what I want on YouTube. Believe it or not I like to listen to things like Electric Light Orchestra live, the Bee Gees, and the Beatles again all live performances. Oh and Rod Stewart live. 

Band Interview Of The Day – Virtue In Vain

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

Hey everyone, I’m Hywel and I am the Vocalist of the band Virtue In Vain. We are a metalcore band from Cardiff, Wales 

  1. How did you all meet?

Il started the band in its earliest forms. Soon after Emyr joined the band as the guitarist.Emyr is my brother so obvious how we know each other.  As the band went on we played with other bands that contained both Dan & Mason. Over time changes happened and we all ended up in Virtue In Vain.

  1. How long have you been playing?

Hey everyone, I’m Hywel and I am the Vocalist of the band Virtue In Vain. We are a metalcore band from Cardiff, Wales 

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

Heavy, Passionate and Progressive 

  1. What are your musical influences?

Make Them Suffer, The Devil Wears Prada, Architects, Napoleon, For the Fallen Dreams, Crystal Lake & Currents. Plus many other bands we have played with over the many years.

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

That’s a good question, I can’t say I have seen anything too unusual. The closest is someone headbanging right next to the speaker. But I love that so I wouldn’t say it’s too weird. 

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

I went to see my family when I could. That was something I truly missed the most. After that it was the band and our rehearsal space. I cannot tell you the feeling of that first session back. 

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

I am not really sure as I am quite open about what I like. I don’t own as many CD’s as I used to but probably Ocean Eyes by Owl City. I love Fireflies an unhealthy amount. 

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

Last few weeks it has been Bleed Within, the latest releases by The Devil Wears Prada (Album is out now and I love it) and some Until I Wake.

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

We are working on some new songs and our next EP. We can’t wait for everyone to hear so stay tuned to our socials or sneak peaks and more info.

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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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Band Interview Of The Day – Anthems Of Gomorrah

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

    TK: We are Anthems of Gomorrah. We are a Melodic Black/Death Metal duo from Central Florida, USA.
  2. How did you all meet?

TK:  We grew up involved in the same local music scene.

  1. How long have you been playing?

    TK: We have both been played music for almost 20 years now.
  2. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

    TK: Dark, beautiful, and powerful.
  3. What are your musical influences?

    TK: We tend to put a lot of influence on Old School Death Metal and Melodic Black Metal into our music. Old Man’s Child, Arcturus, Disembowelment, Nile, Morbid Angel, etc etc.
  4. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

    TK: Two grown adults fist fighting over a band being a certain genre. Some people choose the dumbest things to get heated over.
  5. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?

    TK: Been to several! Myself and PS have seen Nile, Cattle Decapitation, Behemoth and several others recently.
  6. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

    TK: If I tell you, that would be an admission! Although to be honest, I’m not ashamed of my music taste. I think the oddest albums in my collection would probably be a few of the Phonk/EDM/Trapwave albums I have. Some people find it odd that I have these tastes but good music is good music to me regardless of the genre.
  7. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

    TK: Now that our third album ‘Aelvica II’ has been released (available on our BandCamp!), we can finally stop listening to ourselves over and over again! My ears have been tuned in to some great stuff lately. Assumption’s ‘Hadean Tides’ album is stellar Death-Doom, Triumvir Foul just released a new album. I am excited for Phobophilic’s debut to release as well, I loved their ‘Undimensioned Identities’ EP. I am also very eager for Disembodiment to announce a debut. ‘Mutated Chaos’ hasn’t left my playlist since it released.
  8. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

    TK: Yes! Next month, we’re putting out a strictly Blackened Death Metal album entitled ‘Debasement’ and in October, we will be releasing a small EP titled ‘More Tales… (Tales From Aelvica II)’ which will be comprised of new and unused material left over from the ‘Aelvica II’ sessions.

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Band Interview Of The Day – The Rift

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

We’re The Rift we’ve been jamming your mom and everyone else we’re here to rock you into oblivion

2. How did you all meet?

I had just destroyed another planet with the lazers that come out of my guitar when I was battling with the fabled Kracken of earth, it was a much more difficult battle then I would have guessed but Ovais came from Mt. Doom and gave me an assist with some brutal beats.  Just kidding we met many years ago at a music store actually started playing music ever since then

3. How long have you been playing?

Together we’ve been officially jamming since 2015, but we had messed around in bands both before then.  

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

Out of this world 

5. What are your musical influences?

Metallica was probably the biggest influence on us as a band then the Foo Fighters, but we grew up loving everything from classic rock, flamenco, reggae, to death metal

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

We played with a punk band whose gimic was throwing sex toys at the crowd…

Pretty funny actually, but definitely weird haha.  

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

lifted?  Ya it’s been hard for everyone I think we definitely had to put everything on hold like everybody else for a while.  Honestly my memory just harkens to us being able to rehearse for the first time after the pandemic, I had Covid when it first hit pretty hard so we weren’t able to jam for several months.  As far as venues though I went right to the most legendary spot I know the Rainbow bar and grill it was good to see it and all the people there were still doing good and I walked right to the Whisky after that. 

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

I can honestly say I got nothing to hide haha I’m a rocker through and through

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

Been jamming some classic rock stuff and thrash Blackened Metallica, some Turnstile, Montrose, System, Big Wreck

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

Yes we’re stoked to be recording our 2nd full length album currently so expect it out sometime next year songs are coming along great and I really think it might turn some heads but who knows.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Novacrow

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

We are Novacrow, a deliciously erotic and hilariously charismatic alternative metal band based in Liverpool, UK.

  1. How did you all meet?

Kitty and Jonyx were already dating when Kitty decided to form the band. It’s quite unclear how they met Freddy, one day he just was sort of…there. Playing bass for the band. And they couldn’t get rid of him ever since.

  1. How long have you been playing?

    The band was formed around September 2013. So since September 2013. Christ, that’s almost 9 years of this nonsense.
  2. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?

    Erotic, Chaotic, Destructive.
  3. What are your musical influences?

    We mostly just copy bird whistles, because they can’t sue us for copyright infringement. Other than that, we’re very much influenced by bands such as Type O Negative, Machine Head, Devin Townsend, Nirvana, mostly other bands that seem to love yelling as much as we do.
  4. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?

    We didn’t actually see this (thankfully), but once we played a show and the venue owner told us afterwards that she loved our set so much that she started touching herself mid-show.
  5. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?

    Ice cream parlours. Oh wait, you meant the first place we performed at? Then, also ice cream parlours.
  6. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

    This question is weird because it implies we’re ashamed of the music we like. Fuck that. We’ll listen to anything that’s good, from Metal to Pop to Funk to Classical to anything in between.

    That said, we often shame Jonyx for liking Journey over Queen. Never thought they’d be in direct competition with each other but there you go.
  7. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

    In preparation for our most recent Bloodstock appearance, we’ve been listening to a lot of the bands that were playing there this year. Namely bands like Gwar, Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir, Jinjer, Lorna Shore, and so on. But since we’ve been doing more travelling together, it’s back to our usual 12 hour long car playlist consisting primarily of Pokemon songs.
  8. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

    Well, I’m glad you asked! Our upcoming debut album ‘Look At Me Now’ is set to be released in late September, and you can pre-order it now on www.novacrowofficial.com/store along with some sexy new merchandise! We got beanies, two brand new t-shirt designs, and so much more! We also just released two singles from said album called ‘Hollow Armour’ and ‘Day Break’, both of which were released along with stunning music videos. SO GET TO PRE-ORDERING NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

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Band Interview Of The Day – Virtue In Vain

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

I’m Hywel, I am the vocalist of Virtue In Vain. We are a metalcore band based in Cardiff/London

2. How did you all meet?

Me and our Guitarist (Emyr) are brothers. Dan (Drums) & Mason (Bass) we both know from other bands that we played in the south wales scene. So at one point we all ended up in the same band together.

3. How long have you been playing?

We have been going about 9 years when this band first started in concept but probably about 6 years we have properly been playing as a band.

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

Heavy, Passionate and Punchy 

5. What are your musical influences?

Make Them Suffer, The Devil Wears Prada, Architects, Napoleon, For the Fallen Dreams, Crystal Lake & Currents. Plus many other bands we have played with over the many years.

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

Probably two guys full on fighting to a song. It was a proper fight and quite worrying. 

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

I just went to visit family and friends. After that it was band prac. It had been so long that the first prac back left us a bit sore the day after. 

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

I don’t really know. I am not ashamed of what I listen to. Post malone maybe? I love him but it’s a bit odd for what I normally listen to. 

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

I have been jamming Bleed Within lately. Really killing the scene right now. 

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

We are currently writing for our next EP. We have also just announced a small run of shows in the Uk later this year and also have some plans in the works to tour early 2023 so keep checking out our socials for updates. 

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Band Interview Of The Day – Processor

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

I am Johan Isaksson also know as the Electronic/Metal producer  called Processor. 

  1. How long have you been playing?

I have been around since 2002 as Processor. 

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

Distorted, drive , electronic 

  1. What are your musical influences?

3teeth, John Carpenter, Depeche Mode

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

Stockholm.

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

Hmm guilty pleasure I guess..I don’t really have any records now but there are some good old 

Frank Sinatra playing sometimes. 

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

Health. Plus a lot of Swedish late 90s indie rock

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

Colossal by Processo and Modesty Beast 

Band Interview Of The Day – Skidders

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

Hi. Can I please first start by saying, rather than a band, I’m solo artist Steve Skidmore aka Skidders – song writer, producer, guitarist and session-guitarist. Born in Smethwick in the centre of England, within an area known as the Black Country due to steelworks, furnaces etc., during the Industrial Revolution.

I produce all my own material and play all instruments, apart from the human voice, which I am eminently rubbish at! So my compositions are 95% guitar instrumentals. On my three albums to date, I have not really limited my compositions to be “gig friendly”, hence me gigging mainly with other projects, as I call them. For example, I gig regularly with my duo Bukechi, with the fabulous Sammi Roberts on vocals. However, I will start working on my fourth album shortly, which will be geared towards taking on the road.

2. How did you all meet?

Well, my dad used to live a few doors down from my mom. She was a war widow and my dad asked her out. Apparently, they went out in my dad’s work’s van and my mom complained the rain was coming through the window. So my dad said “What do you want? A Rolls Royce?”. It was pure love from then on. They married a few years later and out I came. The rest is history, as they say.

3. How long have you been playing?

I started playing drums in a band when I was 14. By 15, I had taught myself to play the guitar with the theory I learned from piano lessons. I then took over as lead guitar from 15 onwards.

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

Guitar; Eclectic; Blues.

5. What are your musical influences?

My first inspiration was The Shadows. Hank Marvin, their lead guitarist, played a red Stratocaster and I fell in love with the look and sound. Years later, around 2010, I saw him perform in a small theatre and was one of the best and most emotional concerts I have been to.

Following them, the Beatles – the best pop group that ever was for sure. In later years, I loved CCR, Led Zeppelin, TYA, Black Sabbath, Hendrix, Santana, Rory Gallagher and so on. These days, I love KT Tunstall, Ella Fitzgerald, John Mayer and throughout, Clapton.

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

Getting drunk on Pernod and knocking my speaker cabinet over, was not one of my finest hours. Another time, my mobile went off in between songs. A friend wanted to know where exactly we were, so I guided him through over the phone and microphone at the same time – as he entered the hall, the audience gave him a great cheer! I’m afraid that’s it – I’ve never bitten any bat’s heads off or anything like that.

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

I am still being very careful. Not wishing to bore you, but we’re in between houses and staying with the mother in law. She’s very frail and we can’t afford to get covid and pass it on to her. So we’ve avoided places where there’s a concentration of people. I have gigged with Bukechi, but that was outdoors. When we’ve moved into our new house, which should be soon, I’ll be checking out who’s on where. Until then, we’re sitting tight unfortunately.

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

T. Rex’s “Jeepster”. I actually bought the 7” single. Drat – I’ve now admitted it. This is really embarrassing.

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

I’ve been listening to Amthyst Kiah’s “Wary + Strange” – it Is a really great album and I’ve been sharing it with my ‘music’ friends. A bit of a gem not to be missed!

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

My fourth album will be geared towards playing live, rather than my previous albums. So it will be less “produced” and more cut down instrument wise. I will start work on “Feckem Hall” later this year. I am also recording some guitar for a writer called Kylolus who is putting together a prog-rock album. It is very cool stuff and he has me doing some nice long guitar solos on quite a few of the tracks.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Wild Horse

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

We are Wild Horse. We are made up of brothers Jack Baldwin (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keys) and Henry Baldwin (bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals), and their longtime friend Ed Barnes (drums, backing vocals, guitar). Our music is essentially a hub for our vast array of influences which incorporates pop, funk, rnb, rock, punk, country, blues, gospel, opera etc. 

How did you all meet?

Well, as mentioned, Jack and Henry are brothers so they’ve known each other quite a long time! And Jack and Ed met in primary school. There’s a funny story about that. One day their class had to do a paired reading and neither Jack or Ed had anyone to read with. Jack went over to Ed and said “I have no one to read with”, Ed said he didn’t either and asked “do you want to pair up?”, Jack said yes. Ed humorously picked Where’s Wally to read and then said “do you want to be friends?” Jack said “yeah alright” and they’ve been close friends ever since. 

  1. How long have you been playing?

We started out really young. Jack was only 11, Ed was 12 and Henry was 14. So we’ve been playing together for 9 years already! 

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

Slick, fun, colorful. 

  1. What are your musical influences?

In terms of our influences, we have an extremely wide range. We listen to all kinds of genres. Anything from Pavarotti to Kanye West. Because of this, it would be impossible to individually name all our influences but we incorporate the sounds of Pop, Soul, Rnb, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance, Disco, House, Trap, Gospel, Country, Blues, Britpop and Funk into our music. So any artists within these genres, we’re probably influenced by them. 

We are extremely inspired by people who have managed to mark their spot amongst the greats and have made a difference to the world. We hope to do the same through our music.

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

Over the years we’ve seen some pretty weird things. We once had this drunk guy dancing up the front with everyone. Our shows are really energetic so everyone dances so it wasn’t out of the ordinary. But then he starts trying to get on stage and steal our microphones to sing. We politely nudged him away when he would do so but at one point he pushed Jack completely out of the way and then started screaming down the mic like a psychopath. The bouncer came and literally dragged him out by his feet. That one was odd. We’ve also been flashed a few times which we have always found quite funny! 

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

I think the first shows we did once restrictions were gone was festivals. We love playing festivals so much as it’s such a lovey vibe and we missed festivals so we booked ourselves onto as many as we could. And since then we’ve just been playing as many shows as we can as we never want to take that for granted again. It’s our favorite thing to do and the two years we couldn’t do it were really difficult for us. 

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

To be honest, we don’t really have any guilty pleasures in terms of music. We don’t really care to hide our tastes out of embarrassment. We like all kinds of music. We love a bit of One Direction, which is probably the closest we’ve ever been to having a guilty pleasure! 

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

The past few weeks we’ve been blasting out old Motown, Funk, soul. That kind of stuff. The Supremes, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5. We’re addicted to it at the moment! 

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

Well, our new single “Joy Ride” is out everywhere now and your readers will love it so you should definitely check it out. We’re absolutely convinced that it’s the song of the summer. It’s an rnb, funky summer banger. We’ve also got our next song ready for release in a couple of months, and we’re about to head into the studio to record some more songs. So lots more to come, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! 

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