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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Band Interview Of The Day – Stealth

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

My name is Ivan and I am the vocalist of the Italian metal band Stealth.

  1. How did you all meet?

IVAN: Me and Daniele (bassist), we knew each other before forming the band. We were in the same  group of friends and the whole project for the band started from there. 

Just after me and Daniele formed the first line up of Metal Militia during spring 1997, Lorenzo (guitars) and Roberto (drums) joined us at the beginning of the following year. This has been the line up until summer 2000. We changed name into Stealth during spring 2000 while the original line up was still in place. We commonly agreed to change name because at that time we felt like we were to closely associated with Metallica and even though we were at that time performing few Metallica songs, we already released 2 EPs of our own music. So we changed into Stealth to avoid people thinking we were just a cover band. 

  1. How long have you been playing?

IVAN: The 3rd of August 2022 we will celebrate the band 25th anniversary. 

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

IVAN: Metal, Experimental, Innovative.

  1. What are your musical influences?

IVAN: I’d say bands like Fear Factory, Machine Head, Metallica and Iron Maiden influenced our entire musical career. But we are constantly experimenting something new. We are open to all kinds of music styles, both heavy metal and not. Daniele loves hard rock and discovering new prog metal bands together with Lorenzo. Michele, our drummer, is a big fan of Tool and Iced Earth. And finally me, I’m more into industrial and Nu metal in general. 

Also I’d say that we constantly take inspiration from all the underground bands we play with

in festivals and venues.

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

IVAN: It was in one London’s small club some year ago. There was this unusual doom metal trio playing with 2 bass players as frontmen. Weird but absolutely effective. 

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

IVAN: I don’t remember well but I’m sure it was a rock/metal venue nearby.

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

IVAN: It’s a gospel CD that I usually like listening to during Christmas time. I attended a jazz/gospel vocal seminar in a small town of Appenino mountains here in Italy in the early 2000s. That’s why I used to follow and listen to some gospel artists at the time.

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

IVAN: I’m doing a global musical research on how metal music has taken influences from popular music. This is leading me to discover some really interesting underground metal bands.

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

IVAN: We are thinking to release a compilation of our best audio recordings by the 3rd of August 2022, to celebrate the band 25th anniversary. Probably there will be 12 songs, each of them taken from the 12 audio releases of these 25 years.

Band Interview Of The Day – Kyle Chatham

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

I’m Kyle Chatham. I’m an artist/singer songwriter/ musician originally from the West Coast of Scotland now based in South London. 

2. How long have you been playing?

I’ve been playing music in some form or another for most of my life. I started on drums when I was about 5 years old which progressed to guitar and singing around the age of 10 and writing came shortly after. When I got into production in my mid to late teens that’s when my writing really progressed and experimented with different forms to come to where I am now. 

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

Ethereal, Dark and Melancholic

4. What are your musical influences?

I grew up on 90s alt rock mainly like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and other bands of that time. They’re still a big influence on me but now it’s probably more things like Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, James Blake and King Krule that influence me more. Everything I listen to has an effect in some way though. I’m constantly experimenting. 

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

My first show under my own solo music had a crowd of underage uninterested drunk teenagers, one of which was sick all over the middle of the hall floor. It descended into a small riot of thrown tables and chairs as the police showed up to shut the show down. 

6. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?

If you mean musically, I’m up for seeing any live music after it’s been gone for so long. I was lucky enough to catch Ben Howard in London a couple of times last year which was a real privilege to witness the spectacle of it all again. 

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

If I wouldn’t admit to it… surely I wouldn’t tell you? Luckily I’m not ashamed to admit anything like that. I’m not sure what would be the most surprising though. I’ve inherited a few records like Human League’s DARE  and I think an ACDC record or two. Don’t think I’ve spun either of them yet though…

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

I’ve been enjoying the new Black Country, New Road album and dipped back to Endless by Frank Ocean recently too.

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

Yeah, I have a single out at the end of March titled “Once More Round Your Heart”. Keep an eye out for that one!

Before ‘Once More Round Your Heart’ drops check out ‘Valentine’ below.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Sweet Crystal

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

I’m Marq Andrew Speck, lead vocalist and keyboard player for 24-time Detroit Music Award  winning band SWEET CRYSTAL . Along with founding members guitarist  Bill Blatter and drummer Steve Wieser and now joined by newest member and bass player Martin  Kuchar, we have been at the forefront of the Christian rock scene here in Michigan even before  this genre had its own radio and broadcast outlets. 

How did you all meet? 

The three of us that started SWEET CRYSTAL met right out of high school and became fast  friends for life. The newest (and youngest for that matter) is Marty on bass and as of today, has  been with us for nearly 5 years – I guess we passed his audition.  

We’ve all been playing since we were teenagers – actually Bill (guitar) and Steve (drummer) played  together during high school. I came along later, during our college years and we all set out to make  it our fulltime jobs (which we did for many years – 6 ½ tons of gear, 4-man road crew). The three of  

us – the core-founding members – have never stopped playing together since then (although live  touring did stop for a time). 

How long have you been playing? 

Getting ready for our fifth decade together. Does it get old after 40 years together? Absolutely not!  It just gets better with every passing day. 

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

Christian Progressive Rock 

What are your musical influences? 

We started out totally influenced by the progressive rock English music scene of the 60’s and 70’s:  bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep all left their musical marks on  our writing and playing. We also listened to a lot of American bands like Kansas, Journey, Rush  and Spock’s Beard to keep our creative juices flowing.  

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

Every time we play a show on or near Halloween… seeing a dance floor filled with costumed  monsters, witches, Wookies, cartoon characters and big babies always makes you wonder “What  the…?”

Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions  are lifted? 

Even though 2020/21 were a very tough years for us – and everyone for that matter, what with the  closing of most venues and other places to play out – we had the great experience of Live  Streaming a 30-minute performance from our personal studios Nightcrier Music here outside of  Detroit. It’s up on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/AW776sHKAes along with a lot of other  online and live event videos that give a pretty sweet view into all things Crystal. It turns out this was a great way for our fans and new audiences to experience who we are and  what we offer musically while relaxing at home or anywhere they can get the web. We miss the live  audience feedback of a concert appearance but this at least kept us smiling. Once all restrictions  are lifted… the sky’s the limit! 

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

What’s a ‘record”? Kidding – sold our album collection years ago. 

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

The latest Deep Purple release (love classic acts that just keep going), a lot of the solo work from  Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, more) and the new CD from Jordan Rudess (Dream  Theater). Prog Rock Rules!!! 

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

We just released 7th Heaven– which happens to be our 7th CD as well. We previously released 4 singles from “7th  Heaven” during 2020/21 with video support (on our YouTube channel and other social sites) but  thought waiting until this New Year (with the very challenging last two years behind us) might be  just the spark our fans and audiences would appreciate to make 2022 a much happier New Year  indeed. Our complete discography can be heard over at our Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. 

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This latest album ‘7th HEAVEN’ continues where our last release ‘Got Your Six’ left off: songs of  hope and inspiration featuring our signature guitar sounds, synth melodies, straight ahead  drumming with just a few chanting monks thrown in for good measure. 

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Band Interview Of The Day – Rabid Hood

Hello and welcome everybody to the next iteration of the band of the day interview! Today we can to the Hard Rockers Rabid Hood!

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

Well Rabid Hood is a melodious Hard Rock band from Vestland/Norway. The band has extensive experience in the Metal and Rock n Roll stage with members from Helheim, ex-Taake, Trelldom, Nattverd, Aventyr and Spitfire++. This should be a good foundation to produce good quality music for new and old hard rock listeners to enjoy. Produced by Beau Hill music production the hard-hitting drummer with a touch of metal, hard rock and rock at the same time, lead guitarist with heavenly solos, rhythm guitar and bass which creates a solid foundation for success and a vocalist who tops it all. 

  1. How did you all meet?

Some of us have known each other since childhood the rest we have become acquainted with through friends and friends of friends in the music community. 

  1. How long have you been playing?

Well since Rabid Hood is a brand new band we haven’t played so long together. We wanted to start a new hard rock band and me Aven and Martinussen started recording some demo songs a few years ago but it stopped there The songs remained untouched until we got Venås and Igland in the band in the summer of 2021 so now we’re up and running and we are pretty excited about it.

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

Hard hitting, controlled sort of insanity, melodious hard rock.

  1. What are your musical influences?

We were all born in the 70’s so we like what we grew up with … like Motorhead, AC / DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath etc and we always wanted to be like them. So i think it has probably affected us as a band more than we think but thats how it is.

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

Naked man running through the audience.

  1. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?

 It must be Inside live in Bergen great place.

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

  Must be the Norwegian band Vassendgutane absolutely awful must remember to throw it away. just so it’s mentioned I did not buy it LOL.

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

Have listened to a bit of everything. It’s not difficult when it comes to music.

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

Currently working on a new album soon ready for new and old hard rock listeners who appreciates good music.

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Band Of The Day Interview – Elephant Takedown

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

We are Elephant Takedown; a hard rock and punk band from Cambridge ready to tear some doors down and blow up some speakers.

  1. How did you all meet?

It’s been a long road. Phil was a friend and colleague of my (Alex’s) partner, and while out for a meal with mutual friends got talking about how we both wanted to do some music but hadn’t had a band in years. That was when it all began. We had a jam session, but wanted drums. Simon joined us the very next week after we threw an advert out into the murk. For the rest of 2019, it was just the three of us, while vocalists came and went until Ben joined us. His voice really finalised our sound. From then on we’ve been unstoppable.

  1. How long have you been playing?

As a band? Since December 2019. As individuals, between 10 and 15 years each.

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

Musical Human Observation

  1. What are your musical influences?

The main ones are probably Shinedown, Foo Fighters, and Nirvana, but we all have our own tastes that don’t align so well. My love of Periphery doesn’t align with Phil’s love of Black Sabbath, but that’s what makes us sound how we sound.

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

The guitarist of one of the bands we were supporting was in the crowd, and they were with their partner. Given the music that was being played, and that it was not a dense crowd, everyone got a good show of them bumping and grinding. At least they had fun though!

  1. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Andertons Music Store in Guildford. Heaven for us. It’s where we go on road trips. Play guitars all morning, pub lunch, make a purchase in the afternoon, drive home listening to loud music.

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

Can’t say I have one myself, anything worth listening to is worth sharing, right? LIttle Big is something of a guilty pleasure though, and Ben will agree, their music slaps.

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

Ben, Simon, and I all recently discovered a love of Kid Kapichi. If you haven’t heard of them, go and listen to New England, and their album This Time Next Year… at a minimum. Aside from that, Four Year Strong’s deluxe edition of Brain Pain, and Trash Boat’s latest album Don’t You Feel Amazing?

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

Oooooh yes. Keep a close eye on us. We’ve got some very big announcements coming up in terms of new music.

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