Band Interview Of The Day – Leaving Eden

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

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

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

Eve: Lead vocals

Alyssa Bailey: White Keys/Vocals

Jake Gynan: Drums

Rich Chouinard: Bass/Vocals

Eric Gynan: Guitar/Vocals

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

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

Eclectic, rock, melodic

What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Band Interview Of The Day – Virtue In Vain

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

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

  1. How did you all meet?

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

  1. How long have you been playing?

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

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

Heavy, Passionate and Progressive 

  1. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – 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.

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Band Interview Of The Day – The Rift

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

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

2. How did you all meet?

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

3. How long have you been playing?

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

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

Out of this world 

5. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

Pretty funny actually, but definitely weird haha.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Novacrow

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

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

  1. How did you all meet?

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

  1. How long have you been playing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Virtue In Vain

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

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

2. How did you all meet?

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

3. How long have you been playing?

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

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

Heavy, Passionate and Punchy 

5. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – 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 – 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 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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