Band Interview Of The Day – Otherworldly Entity

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

I’m John Harris, the singer of Otherworldly Entity

Hello, my name is Zlatko Grozl and I’m a human doing.  I’m also a musician in Otherworldly Entity

I’m Shawn Washer and I play the Drums for Otherworldly Entity

2. How did you all meet?

JH: Zlatko and I met about 5 years ago playing open mic nights around Central New York. We’d have drinks and get on stage and have fun. I met Shawn a couple of years later once we became more active in the local metal scene

ZG: I met John while performing at open mics in Syracuse.  Even though our upbringing was very different, we quickly realized that we have a lot in common.  We became good friends, and started the band together.  Shawn joined us about a year ago, and has been an invaluable member of the team

SW: I think we officially met at a show in Rochester, but we’ve known of each other for quite a bit of time

3. How long have you been playing?

JH: I’ve been playing music pretty much my entire life, but I started playing in bands 21 years ago

ZG: My father bought me my first acoustic guitar when we immigrated to the United States.  I was about 17 years old.  I started playing electric guitar few years later.  Over the course of the last few decades, I learned to play multiple instruments.  Each one has its charms, but I tend to gravitate towards guitar and bass

SW: With Otherworldly Entity about 6 months. Overall about 24 years

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

JH: Emotional, genuine, Otherworldly 

ZG: Dynamic, Melodic, Otherworldly

SW: Fun, different, unorthodox

5. What are your musical influences?

JH: I would say Korn, Cold, and Hurt

ZG: I grew up listening to pop and rock from what was once known as Yugoslavia.  Bands like Zabranjeno Pusenje, Crvena Jabuka, Bijelo Dugme and Merlin were a daily part of my early life.  Later I became a fan of progressive rock and heavy metal, in the form of bands like Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Pantera and so on.  I love all sorts of music, and I find inspiration in unusual places like classical and foreign music.

SW: Fit For A King, Currents, System Of A Down

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

JH: I fell off a stage at a festival before we got on stage last year. I fractured my skull, but still played the set. I had blood dripping into my eyes the entire set, so I’d have to say, my own blood

ZG: Our friend Willis once flashed me while we were playing.  Thanks Willis! SW: A random fan that knowbody in the band knew came up on stage and danced in-between our singer and guitarist for like 3/4 of our set.

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

JH: We never really took any kind of break. While venues were closed, we were live-streaming and writing. But I think that the first show back for us was at The Montage in Rochester, NY. There were still plexiglass shields up around the stage, which was odd, but it was great to get back to it

ZG: I think our first show after the fascist lockdown was at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester.  The stage had giant plastic shields in front, attendance was limited to half capacity, everyone had to wear masks and remain seated.  It was odd playing in front of a bunch of polite ninjas, but we had a lot of fun being finally free to live a ‘normal’ life again.  Coincidentally, Montage became one of our favorite venues, and we’re returning there on November 23.

SW: I went to and played a show at Sharkeys Bar and Grill in Liverpool, NY.

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

JH: None. I find no shame in my collection of music

ZG: Someone once gifted me a CD of Gregorian chant music.  I love it, but don’t tell anyone!

SW: I can’t say I own any albums or records now a days. I just play whatever I want from my phone.

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

JH: My father recently passed away, and it caused me to dive back into the band Hurt

ZG: Our latest single Sin!  I’ve been editing the video so the song was constantly on repeat.  I’m very excited about this single and the video that our team produced, and I can’t wait for the video to premiere in a few days.

SW: Literally everything. Coming up with new ideas on new material for Otherworldly Entity’s up coming album. I’ve been trying to think outside of the box.

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

JH: October 14, the music video for our song Sin comes out. Following that, we’ll have an announcement for some new material

ZG: We just put our new single out.  It’s called Sin.  The accompanying video is being released in a few days, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I can’t wait for everyone to see it.  The next step is to finalize and release the full album, which will be available in December. 

SW: We just dropped our music video for our new song SIN

Check out the music video for ‘SIN’ below.

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 – 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.

If folks are interested in this, they can check it out at https://cthulhudreamt.com

Or follow us on our socials:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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 – 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.

    Thank you for your time! Please check us out on social media!
    Bandcamp
    Facebook

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.

Check out The Rift via:

Spotify

Facebook

Band Interview Of The Day – Black It Out

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

I’m Shaun, the main vocalist of Black It Out.

  1. How did you all meet?

I (Shaun) met Bryan through a mutual friend in the Sacramento scene. Both my friend and Bryan were in that band together. I would go to their shows and hang out with them. I got to know the band pretty well. So well, when their bassist’s amp didn’t work, I let them use mine. Later, that bassist moved, and I joined the band as their bassist. Their drummer wanted their old bassist even though he moved away, so he made things difficult, ultimately destroying that band. Bryan and I continued to jam until the other members of Black It Out joined. We were called Scarlet’s Sonata at the time and started as a Hardcore band. In 2009, we changed our name to Black It Out. We went on an 8-year hiatus, played in other bands, and now, we’re back as an internet band. We’re an E-band that focuses on studio recordings. Our sound has changed a lot over the years.

  1. How long have you been playing?

Personally, or as a band? Personally, I’ve been singing for a long time, but I have only taken it seriously in the past two years. Bryan and I have been playing in Black It Out on and off for about 17 years.

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

Emotional, Funny, Energetic. 

  1. What are your musical influences?

Our influences vary. It all depends on the songs we’re working on. We’ve been influenced by Blink-182, Sum 41, A Day to Remember, and Senses Fail. Our latest track, “There’s Not Enough Penicillin in the World to Save You,” featuring All Systems Go, has been compared to Senses Fail by our friend, Coe Hill.

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

Our shows? Things that happened at our shows were pretty standard. However, I always found it weird for people to go to a show and then leave right after we got done playing. I find that odd because they spent money on a ticket, so they might as well see all the bands. But that’s happened many times.
The weirdest thing I’ve seen at a show overall had to have been at a Finch show at the Boardwalk. Their guitarist was wearing a plastic suit and said he was sick. Then he told everyone to spit on him. I thought that was weird and gross.

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

I don’t think I’ve been to a show since the lockdown. Wow, it’s been a long time. I think my wife and I went to the beach. That was nice.

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

Asking that question doesn’t make any sense. Why would I admit it to you if I wouldn’t admit it? With that said, I don’t believe people should be ashamed of listening to music they like. It makes no sense to be ashamed of it. I don’t have any albums that I’m ashamed of. Maybe some people would laugh at my Charlotte Church CD, My Phantom of the Opera CD set, or my Vanessa Carlton CD. I don’t find shame in any of those.

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

Oh man, I just curated our playlist on Spotify, The Pop-Punk Revolution. I’ve been checking out some smaller bands. So, I’ve been listening to Coe Hill, BryGuy, All Systems Go, Anndy Negative, Holly Acres, Promise Game, We Demand Parachutes, Protect Your Heart, Number One Sons, Crisis Culture, Rad Stacey, and Hey Slugger.

I’ve also been listening to Bring Me The Horizon, Strangers To Wolves, Motionless In White, and Ice Nine Kills.

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

Of course, we do! We’re working on a song right now! So, it’ll be out soon! We might be working on a new Christmas song. We also plan on re-releasing an updated version of one of our older songs.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kR1sQwrJeIXBmAPrIAeLD
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blackitoutband/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFp-ll61fU-CSjGI-HZfD3g
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@blackitoutband
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackitout
Twitter: https://twitter.com/blackitoutband
Bandcamp: https://blackitout.bandcamp.com/

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. 

Follow Virtue In Vain Via:

Spotify

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

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.

Many thanks to Almost Anything Music for the opportunity of this interview and for all readers, keep safe!

Web

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

YouTube

Soundcloud

Spotify

Apple Music