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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Band Interview Of The Day – Faded Shades

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

We are alt rock trio Faded Shades! A bubbling kentish stew full of all things jangle pop rock.  1. How did you all meet? 

Joe & Charlie were introduced by their parents since they are brothers, and Liam was a bloke Joe met on  the internet many moons ago, a website called Join My Band to be precise. They joined another band  which eventually went on to split up but remained friends and jam buddies until the formation of Faded  Shades a few years later.  

2. How long have you been playing? 

The band has been established since our debut album was recorded and released in 2018! It Gets Heavy  was a defning time for the band and is available to stream via all major platforms. Its a full spectrum of the bands sound and I believe still demonstrates a lot of song crafting prowess.  

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

God like tunes 

4. What are your musical infuences? 

Our musical tastes range from Australian blues slide guitarists, through to mod era british invasion and all  the way to 90’s heavy rock. We really just love the quintessential guitar band vibes. A jukebox loaded with  Oasis, Small Faces, The Who, Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys and Rolling Stones is our idea of heaven,  especially if theres a pool table and beer involved.  

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

A tequila fuelled mosh pit led by an air guitarist.  

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

Went to see Gerry Cinnamon in Brighton which was amazing. Other than that just the pub at any given  opportunity, we shall never take it for granted again by lord.  

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

I have a soft spot for Avril Lavigne that never seems to leave. Let Go was the frst album I ever bought also, I wear it like a badge of honour to be honest 

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

Liam Gallagher new album and saw him at Knebworth, Dropout Boogie from the Black Keys, Kula Shakers Love In Separation is a beautiful new song also. Plus a healthy dose of Eagles since saw them in Liverpool  recently! A whole array of old skool and new skool.  

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

Yes! We have recently released our song Waiting on Tomorrow and its available to stream everywhere, also on 8th of July our next single “Heartache Calling” is dropping! Cant wait. Be sure to  follow us on our social media channels to keep up to date with the action via the handle @fadedshadeband.

Thanks for having us, Joe. 

Check out the bands latest single ‘Waiting On Tomorrow’ and be sure to stay tuned for their release of ‘Heartache Calling’ coming on the 8th July 2022.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Hootin

  1. If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
    1. I (Hootin, i.e. Nick Houghton) am a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the west coast of Canada.
  2. How did you all meet?
    1. I am a solo artist. But I have a close group of friends I lean on heavily for contributions, advice, rewrites and most importantly, deleting stuff.
  3. How long have you been playing?
    1. I’ve been in the world of music for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories was as a 6 year old playing Cotton Eyed Joe on the violin in a traveling show. In my teens I took up the drums, playing in every jazz band, orchestra and musical in the B.C. area, eventually enrolling at the local conservatory, where I got to work closely with jazz icons like Paul Horn and Misha Piatigorsky. After University I played with the funk rock band The Party On The High Street, performing constantly all over the world for six years, releasing 5 albums, one of which was recorded at Bear Creek studios with Ryan Hadlock, a Grammy nominee for his work with the Lumineers. While with The Party on High Street we partnered with a pair of actors and helped write a musical titled The Saints of British Rock.

      This is my first venture as a solo artist, after 6 years on the road with TPOHS and the subsequent hiatus from music during which I lived in Los Angeles I’ve returned back to my home in Canada, where in 2021 I released my first full length album “Exit Conditions” and followed it up with a single Wake Up Call in January of 2022 and a second in May of 2022 titled The New Queen.
  4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
    1. Hmm, that’s tough. I would go with: Contemplative expressive alternative.
  5. What are your musical influences?
    1. I take inspiration from a lot of different artists. At first the list might seem quite eclectic but it has a theme. What makes a great artist to me is one that I feel is truly expressing an idea, something personal or tangible. There is a lot of music that just picks a catchy phrase and repeats it over and over in hopes of getting it stuck in your head; often there is no greater message to it. Artists that catch my ear are trying to tell me something whether that be with the lyrics, the instrumentation, or both. If I feel like a song is just trying to get my attention I lose interest pretty fast.

      Off the top of my head, for amazing lyrics you really can’t beat Laura Marling or Tom Waits.

      For pure energy, there is a well known underground funk band from Vancouver called Five Alarm Funk that constantly tours across Canada. Their size varies but usually consists of no less than 6 members, their music is primarily instrumental but is some of the hardest hitting, energetic, danceable music I have ever heard. As a drummer by trade, it’s impossible to not be inspired by them. Unlike most ensembles, Five Alarm Funk sets up their live performance with their drummer front and center. Nobody else does that as far as I know.

      There is another Vancouver based artist named Matthew Goode, his raw expression is unbeatable. If you really pay attention to his music, it’s like sitting in on a therapy session.

      I also find expression in the way you perform extremely important, and for that my first stop is Jordan Rakei. The tone of his voice, the soft diction, it creates so much texture to his music… I find it irresistible.

      Here is a little list of others I really enjoy: Franc Moody, Tom Misch, Lianne La Havas, Still Woozy, Erik Sumo, FKJ, Half Moon Run, Pinegrove, Mike Snow, Amber Mark, Neil Frances, Rudy Norman.
  6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
    1. It was while playing at a halloween party in Comox British Columbia… I saw a guy stick a bottle rocket in his butt, light it, bend over, and fire it towards the crowd. That image is burned into my memory for all time. 
  7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
    1. I’m still not back to performing. I am heavily focused on being in the studio at the moment. I am currently releasing a new single every 3-4 months. I figure that in about a year’s time I’ll be back on stage. For now I’m keen to just focus on writing and building up my catalog. 
  8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
    1. Dashboard Confessional’s “A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar”. I used to be embarrassed of the power my angsty teenage phase still has on me but now I embrace it. You wanna come over and cry about that girl that said no in grade 9? I’m in, let’s do it. hahaha
  9. What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
    1. Franc Moody. A disco funk duo from London. If you haven’t checked them out, do yourself a favor. 
  10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
    1. Yes! I’m currently releasing a new single about every 3-4 months. I just released The New Queen in May, so will likely be releasing my next one in September!

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Band Interview Of The Day – Katelyn Benton

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

My name is Katelyn Benton and I’m a singer, pianist, and songwriter in Los Angeles, CA. 

2. How long have you been playing? 

I’ve essentially been playing my whole life! I began playing the piano before I was in kindergarten, and have played throughout my whole life, beginning with classical and then writing my own music starting at around 10-11 years of age. I played my first gig at 12 years old, and began playing professionally as a pianist at 13. By the time I was in high school I had an affidavit to play in 21+ venues, and played out regularly with my band and with other, more established mentors. 

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

Thoughtful, dreamy, cinematic 

4. What are your musical influences? 

As a classical pianist, I’ve been heavily influenced by composers like Chopin and Debussy, and if you listen closely to my songs you’ll hear fairly intricate piano features. Growing up on Disney I’d also say there’s subtle influence there. When I began writing music I was inspired by other singing pianists like Carol King, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. 

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

At the end of one set, the sound guy came up to me and asked if I was a therapist. Then he told me he was glad I wasn’t his girlfriend. I’m not sure what to make of that, but I found it fairly amusing. 

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

Here in Los Angeles, restrictions remained in place for quite a while. But as soon as my friends and I were vaccinated, we met up for a picnic and got to see each other’s faces and give each other hugs for the first time in over a year, and that was really special. I also booked tickets to see my family in Louisiana and Colorado. It was hard being away from them for so long. I’m really tight with my siblings and their kids, so getting to see them was a huge priority. 

7. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? I’m not really sheepish about my musical taste. I like a lot of everything, and haven’t been made fun of for my music taste since I was a kid and loved Hanson. I do own a laser disc though. I bought it on accident thinking it was a record, and to be honest, I still don’t know what a laser disc is. 

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

I’m late to the Maggie Rogers train and am in a full on love affair with her music now. I also recently was introduced to the band The Avalanches at Coachella and have been playing them to anyone who will listen. 

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

I have several more songs in the cannon. Hoping to release more as soon as possible!

Band Interview Of The Day – Deep Talk

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

Jordan: Hi, I’m Jordan. I’m one half of Deep Talk, usually play bass but also play a lot of other stuff for this project.

Christina: I’m Christina – I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I still live) and am the other half of Deep Talk. Singing, lyrics, and everything else.

2. How did you all meet?

Jordan: I’m an old college friend of Christina’s partner. A few summers ago they spent a few days in Portland, and we immediately connected on music. The idea of collaborating came up, and it clicked really fast.

Christina: We met through a mutual friend and hung out for one day in Portland before sending each other song ideas while living thousands of miles apart. It was my first time visiting Portland, and Jordan took us to great food, bars with arcade games, and a local show. We also talked about music the entire time. 

3. How long have you been playing?

Jordan: Deep Talk formed in 2019.

Christina: Yep, 2019. We had only been writing music for a few months before the pandemic hit, which shut down any dreams of shows or collaborating in person. We were forced to focus only on songwriting, which means we entered 2022 with a strong backlog of songs.

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

Jordan: “Intense head bobbing” is the one we always use. Maybe it’s our motto.

Christina: Alt post punk. Pop post punk? Post pop punk?

5. What are your musical influences?

Jordan: Oh, tons. Talking Heads, the Replacements, Oingo Boingo. All that new wave, post-punk, college rock stuff is big for me… But I’m always looking for new things too. 

Christina: Recently? Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Mitski. 

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

Jordan: We played at a farm in San Francisco, and a chicken pooped on the stage right in front of me during our set. I had to be pretty careful where I stepped.

Christina: Definitely the chicken set. It was a cool setup though – the venue was outdoors in this eco farm former punk venue. The chickens would peck at oyster shells, breaking them down for fertilizer.

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

Jordan: I went home to visit my parents! It was a huge relief to be able to go somewhere else and to see family.

Christina: Abroad! I got to visit some friends in London and visit my partner’s family. It was my first time visiting in Spring, so I was stunned by all the gorgeous blooms. I also got to visit our record label Animal Farm, which is based in London.

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

Jordan: I’m pretty sure I’ve got a signed Blue Man Group CD somewhere… I dunno. I’m not really a believer in guilty pleasures. I like pretty much everything I like unabashedly. 

Christina: My mom loves Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, so it’s kind of a guilty pleasure throwback. I don’t know own their records, but I do sometimes listen to them online.

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

Jordan: A lot of new releases. Cola, The Smile, Warpaint, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Let’s Eat Grandma, Melody’s Echo Chamber.

Christina: I’ve gotten into podcasts for the first time ever – so Huberman Lab most recently. I’m trying to get way better at sleeping.

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

Jordan: As of the time of writing this, we’re about to release a new song called “I Drove By” in a few days (June 17th). We recorded it back in December and can’t wait for people to hear it!

Christina: I’m really excited for people to hear “I Drove By.” It’s our first foray into a more traditional rock sound.

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Band Of The Interview – Ask Carol

1. If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you and How did you all meet?? 

This project started when we, Ask and Carol, the two members of Ask Carol, became friends right  after high school. We where studying music in southern Norway. We were always talking about  starting a band, but it would take about 7 years before we finally went through with the idea. The  summer of 2015 we stayed at a cabin in the Norwegian mountains, with no electricity and no water,  far away from people and civilization, only a few sheep outside the windows. That’s where our first  songs were made, and where the seed to what would become Ask Carol started. One more year  went by before we started for real, and Ask Carol was officially born, in 2016. Our first concert ever  was at a small blues club in Seoul, South Korea, called Strange Fruit. At that point, Carol was  already a somewhat known guitarist-for-hire in the Oslo music scene, and had never ever sung in  front of people before, or at all for that matter. That’s why we wanted to try out our music and hold  our first concerts far away from our hometown.  

After thinking hard and long about the band name, with many pretty good suggestions, we ended up  with the simple band name Ask Carol, the first names of our two members, Ask and Carol, put  together. Ask is a real Norwegian name, coming from Norse Mythology, the Viking religion; Ask  was the first human being, created by the God Odin, out of a piece of Ash-wood. You can read all  about that story here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask_and_Embla 

2. How long have you been playing? 

As a band we’ve been playing together for a few years, but as musicians we have been playing since our  teens. We both started at around 14-16 years, but it would take many years before we started the band. You  could call us late bloomers, haha. 

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

Big, dynamic, rock 

4. What are your musical influences? 

We are both inspired by so many different things. A few of our biggest common inspirations are Jimi  Hendrix and Pink Floyd, which I think you can really hear in our music. In addition to that, Ask is very  influenced by The Clash, and Carol draws inspiration from amongst others, Nirvana.  

A place that has inspired us a lot in the past has been Carol’s cabin, high in the Norwegian  mountains. There is no electricity and no water, so it’s a very old school way of life. And no  internet. That means less distraction, and room for inspiration. The inspiration might always be  there, but with all the constant impressions and distractions from the internet there is just no room  for it. That is where we wrote our first songs as Ask Carol, in that cabin. 

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

There’s a lot crazy stuff that has happened on the tours and travels that is not fit for mentioning here, but  we’ll mention a few highlights. We got asked this a year ago as well, and sadly, because of Covid, nothing  has happened since then, haha. Anyway, here are some highlights:  

Valentines day in Open Air Auditorium, Rizal Park, thought we were playing for 100 people, but there was  1500 people there.  

Strange Fruit, Seoul. Our first concert as Ask Carol ever.  

Opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Awesome band, and still some of our coolest concerts.  EuroTV. TV appearance on a Filipino TV channel. Host invited us home for drinks before the show.  LA Times Book Festival. Ended up speaking on one of the stages, which was so much fun. 

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

We still haven’t really done any real traveling yet, but when we travelled to Tromsø to do a concert there in  March, our first plane ride in a long time, that sort of marked the transition out of the Covid-era for us. Even  though it was still a bit of rules, they were in the process of being lifted at that time. 

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

None of us own anything we wouldn’t admit to. Of course, there’s lots of weird stuff from when we were kids in  our collections, but, we were kids, so nothing to be embarrassed about, haha.  

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

Ask: This last week I’ve been listening to a lot of new music, as I’ve been looking for bands to play with, do  support for, or work with somehow, and also to just find other bands who sound kind of similar to us. There’s a  lot of awesome music out there, it is just that it’s almost like it gets hidden away, haha. 

Carol: Led Zeppelin and Little Dragon. Have been working on new designs for our merch, and there’s been a  lot weird music in the background, everything from black metal to psychedelic electronica 😛  

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

Yes, first up is one more single from our upcoming debut album, the last one, before the big album release on  August 26th. We’ve been working on that album during Covid, as we were stuck in the Norwegian  woods anyway, with nothing to do or anyone to talk to for that matter. Can’t wait to show you guys!

Check out the bands latest release, ‘Mountains Of Cash’ below.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Armagelion

If could introduce yourself for us, who are you? 

I am ARMAGELION, the Divine Beast.


2. How did you started?

It began in Los Angeles, California two years ago, even though the idea of ARMAGELION came up 10 years ago. I wanted to find the perfect combination between a larger than life character and pure hard rock with reminiscence about the 80s sound but with my own style.
Armagelion and his mythology come from the fascination for Sci fi, comic books and larger than life characters.


3. How long have you been playing?

Around five years. 

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

Pure Hard Rock. 

To get deep into my sound I’d say Hard rock/ heavy metal. High pitched vocals, catchy and dramatic melodies, shredder guitars and melodic synths. 

5. What are your musical influences?

The big hard rock bands of the 80s. Specially Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Europe and Kiss. 

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

If I told you, I would have to kill you. ARMAGELION rituals are wild.
It’s not a show, but an experience, a ritual. Each venue becomes my temple.

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

It was a tough time. Of course you could still create music, but there was no live audience to share with. 
The first place I visited was Lava Cantina, a venue at Dallas. 

8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Fortunately, I don’t think I have guilty pleasures. Maybe one or two songs, but I wouldn’t buy an album full of guilty pleasures. (laughs)

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

I’ve been listening to Journey a lot lately. I love “Who’s crying now” and “Girl can’t help it”

10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? 
I have a new single to come, which is already done as the next preview to the upcoming album.
The upcoming single is sensual and energetic. It’s called “Playing with Fire”
Also, I’m planning to hit the road this year. 

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