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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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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Band Interview Of The Day – Chellcy Reitsma

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

We are based on the tiny (but mighty) island nation of Malta, EU. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Rock’ lol! I am Chellcy Reitsma the singer-songwriter and I’m originally Dutch-American from California. I lived in Chicago for a long time and for short stents in Italy, Sweden and Canada before landing in Malta. Now I also have citizenship in Malta so I’m Dutch-American Maltese lol! I might have identity issues lol!  Alan Degabriele is the bass player who’s been with the band the longest and also plays for the popular local band Skarlett with his talented sister Sandrina. Simon Cutajar is lead guitarist also studying graphic arts and marketing. Edward Mifsud is the rhythm guitarist and a science teacher at Junior College. He has been in a number of bands and duos since the 90’s. Adam Cutajar is the drummer studying to be a doctor and obsessed with polyrhythms. All the other band members are Maltese from Malta. 

2. How did you all meet?
I placed a post in a local Facebook page for auditions for those interested in joining a new band. Our bass player has been with me since the beginning but all the other members changed a few times before we got this committed, solid group formed about 2 years ago. So it was a rocky start but now the members all get along well and we have great music writing chemistry together. 

3. How long have you been playing?

I started off as a solo artist with my first single release in 2016. So when I started the band in February 2019, we kept my name because it’s too expensive to start over with re-branding and I already had a decent sized and committed fan base started.  So we are quite new as a band. Personally I got interested in music in Oct 2014 after a series of dance injuries ended my professional dance career. The other guys in the band have all been musicians much, much longer than me. 

4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Inspiring, empowering, eclectic 

5. What are your musical influences?

My biggest influences are Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith because they are also accomplished writers and have such a unique and authenic music style that incorporates thier poetry as well. I also am currently obsessed with Asaf Avidan and LP for the same reasons. Lastly, Kovacs because she is also a visual artist and her music and videos incorporate her visual art background. She even designs and screen prints her own merch by hand.  I really identify with these artists and respect them because I also am a poet and visual artist so I admire other artists that utilize all their talents in their work. A perfect example of this, is my 2020 project titled ‘Desolate Days’. It hit the Top 20 Music Video Charts in Malta. It combines both my music and visual art practices in my first stop motion animation lyric video drawn in charcoal and digital art. ‘Desolate Days’ was part of the InnovAiR: Artist at Home program for the Valletta Cultural Agency. 

6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Honestly, not too many weird things have happened yet to us during a music performance. Just the typical stuff like a power outage, drugged or drunk people getting on stage with us and dancing around, etc. Now if I were to tell you about the crazy things that happened while I was on stage as a professional dancer the list is huge! Lol! I think the absolute craziest thing I experienced was when I was dancing with an Egyptian band at King Tut’s in Chicago. There was a table of Saudi princes and their family and friends. They started getting really rowdy and drunk about 3am and were showering me and the band with $100 bills while I was dancing. Suddenly one of the brothers grabbed the prince throwing money at us and pushed him onto the their table. They started fighting and one of the princes pulled out a handgun and shot his brother and then started shooting into the ceiling and waving the gun around in the air like a cowboy in the Old West. Everyone ran screaming and taking cover. These guys were so drunk and high on cocaine the guy with the gun didn’t even realize that he had just killed his own brother. It was absolutely insane like a scene from a movie! I’m actually happy that I haven’t had weird experiences like this in music yet! Lol! 

7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
Actually, in Malta the restrictions were the tightest during winter months. So in Summer and Fall we performed quite a number of good shows, festivals and concerts within Malta. We haven’t gotten to tour abroad yet though as Malta’s travel restrictions and restrictions in many other countries are still in place or just make the logistics too difficult. Hopefully soon we’ll get to go on tour abroad but we are waiting for restrictions to ease further. 

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

Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ lol! I still love it! But then I just admitted it so maybe I own another even more embarrassing album… you’ll never know. 

9. What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Geeze! So many. My usual favourites of course Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Asaf Avidan, LP,  Kovacs, Leonard Cohen. But then I also try to listen to others too and this week I’m exploring Paylaye Royale, BRMC and Blue October. 

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

We recently released a single called ‘Fleshbot Prison’. An angry rock song with an artistic theory about human existence.

We also are working on a number of new songs in preparation for hopefully producing our first full  LP.  It will also include some poetry as my Black Water EP did. My 4 track concept EP ‘Black Water’ is a narrative of my life, my anger, loss and my love from 1990’s to 2010. It ends with a poem that sums it all up. 

Band Interview Of The Day – A Moments Notice

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Band Of The Day Interview! Today for you we have the American Metalcore quintet based in Sacramento, USA. Everybody introducing A Moments Notice!

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

My name is Greg Molina, 30 years old from Sacramento California. I’ve been doing vocals for about 15 years. I grew up listening to old metalcore after being introduced to it by an old friend, I had only listened to R&B and rap prior to that. I was in a few bands until 2009 at which point I decided to join 

the U.S. ARMY for 6 ½ years. Once my time of service was up I never imagined I would do music again. 

2. How did you all meet? 

I was in a project with an old friend from a band called Sleep/Speak named Carl. Him and I wanted to play music so badly and the country shutting down was one of those moments that really lit our drive to make music up. We had struggled with members and eventually found our drummer Jordan. Carl decided the route we were going wasn’t going to work for him and with work coming back he didn’t have the time to dedicate to it, this left Jordan and I with this project we were not 100% sold on. I had sent a video to Jared (Original Vocalist for Suffokate) of me doing vocals because I had taken up bass guitar in this project I was in. Jared convinced me to talk to Nick Miller (Guitarist of A Skylit Drive) to work with him on a potential solo project since music was becoming a passion for me again. Nick and I wrote our debut single “Silver Lining” more of a post-hardcore style something i wasnt exactly sure on but i was really enjoying it. Jordan and I had talked about the song and he was really digging what I was doing and said he would love to play drums for me. Originally the band was going to be a solo project and it was turned into a duo of him and I making more of an internet band. Jordan and I weren’t exactly convinced that this was going to go anywhere. We released “Endless Waltz” December 10th, 2021. Once we released that song, we had Zaryn Mankins, a friend of mine for 20+ years, ask to join and with him David Taylor our guitarist joined as well. Jonny Avila was a friend I had through mutual friends on facebook and he had wanted to make music again so we brought him in and that was how the band was formed. 3. How long have you been playing? 

I personally have been playing music for 15 years with the other members playing all over a decade or more. 

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

Meaningful, Nostalgic, and Diverse. 

5. What are your musical influences? 

Volumes, The Devil Wears Prada, Alpha Wolf, Dealer, A Skylit Drive, The Ghost Inside, If I Were You and Memphis May Fire. Our influences are all over the place. I think that is why we found such a unique sound because we listen to so many sub-genres of music. 

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

I saw a guy in one of those T-rex suits in the pit and by far was probably one of the funniest moments ever. 

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

Holy Diver in downtown Sacramento was the first show I went to coming back. I was so stoked to be back at shows. We missed out on a huge moment of our lives and recently I just went on a tour with Dwellings who is signed to Tragic Hero Records to run merch for them. I personally need to be as involved with music as much as I could after the restrictions were lifted. 

8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? Honestly I don’t have any records I would not ever admit to owning. Every record I do own means something to me. 

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

Knuckle Puck and the new Make Believe Record from Memphis May Fire. 

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

We are currently working on the record but taking a break mid record to record a music video for one of our songs in Los Angeles, California in March and after that is finished finishing the record.

We will be posting a bunch about what is happening with us. Our socials and all of our music ill be sure to make sure i leave the link. 

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Band Interview Of The Day – Good Hustles

 If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
Harvey on drums, Nathan on lead guitar, Will on bass and Mort on vocals & guitar, we are Good Hustles!


2.               How did you all meet?
We all met through open mics in Nottingham and became friends through playing live music. The band formed later on and we kept nagging Harvey until he finally joined!


3.               How long have you been playing?
We’ve been a band since 2018, but have all been singing or playing music since we were kids.


4.               What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Energetic, irrestible bangers


5.               What are your musical influences?
Our influences are so varied! We take a lot of melodic influence from Motion City Soundtrack and Pup, but a lot of the chord variations are influenced by Radiohead, Tame Impala and Bonobo. Harv would also never forgive me if I didn’t mention The Killers as an influence!


6.               What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Our EP release show had people on each others shoulders, fighting with inflatable monkeys and bananas. That was definitely a bizarre thing to spot from the stage.


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


We got back to the recording studio as soon as possible. The priority was to get that energy back and play together after such a big break.


9.               What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Mort 100% owns that “I’m Horny” song on CD. He won’t admit it, but we all know.


10.               What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Harv – The Sherlocks – World I Understand


Nath – I’ve been listening to a lot of Crywolf recently. Recommend it.
Will – Nine inch nails – multiple albums by them. Also getting back into Tame Impala. Both of them are in my top 3 bands of all time.


Mort – The new album from Mom Jeans is pretty fantastic, that’s been on repeat.


11.            Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
We just released an EP called Apes which we’re incredibly proud of, but we’re always working on the next batch of songs 😉

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Band Interview Of The Day – The Grasping Straws

Welcome back everyone to a brand new episode of the Band Interview Of The Day! Today we chat to the psychedelic art rockers The Grasping Straws!

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

We are The Grasping Straws! Someone listening can expect unexpected leaps, dynamic shifts, introspective lyrics, raw emotion, teleportation, time travel, ephemeral and interplanetary connection. Musical collaboration and sharing is a study of humanness. We’ve become like a collective, more than your traditional idea of a band with 4 people and it’s the same every time, we exist in many iterations. We are: Mallory (singer, songwriter, rhythm guitar, synth), Sam (bass), Jim (drums), Jake (bass), Henry (drums), Marcus (guitar), Seth (guitar), Edwin (cello), Clair (violin/viola). 

Our recordings are moments in time captured like a sonic time capsule. Our sound is always changing, transforming, evolving and escaping into the universe. 

How did you all meet?

I met Sam, our bassist when I was 10 years old! He was friends with my brother, and we used to eat lunch together under a tree. Jim, our drummer, was a friend of a friend. He came to one of our rehearsals and blew our minds immediately. I met Jake (bassist) and Henry (drummer) at the Sidewalk Cafe- they were playing music together that was super funky, jazzy, and unique. I wound up talking to them for a while after, and we became great friends. I met Marcus (guitarist) on the first night of my first tour- we played a show with his band in Philadelphia at The Fire. He cooked us peanut butter noodles, took us on a hike, and let us sleep on his floor. I met Edwin (cellist) the first time I toured through New Orleans! We played two shows with his band at the time, and he showed us all around town and let us sleep on his couches for a few days. We sang David Bowie songs together, and he drew a picture of me that I still have up on my fridge. He introduced me to Clair (violinist/violist). She was visiting a friend in Portland while we were passing through there on another tour, and she came on the road with us! Edwin said she was amazing, and it is true! I met Seth (guitarist), our newest bandmate at the Bar Freda open mic.

How long have you been playing?

Since 2012! Our first show was at the Bowery Electric for the NYC New Music Festival. 

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

Grungy, jazzy, expressive

What are your musical influences?

Our influences include: Jeff Buckley, Björk, Cat Power, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden/Chris Cornell, Alice in Chains, Grace Slick, Heart, Jeffrey Lewis, Phoebe Kreutz, Debe Dalton, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, St. Lenox, Deerhoof, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Stevenson, Led Zeppelin, Screaming Females, the Gits, Courtney Love, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Fiona Apple, Tegan and Sara, The Strokes, Nirvana.

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

I was fortunate enough to see Rushadicus perform at Pete’s Candy Store, and it was simultaneously the weirdest/most creative/inventive/interesting performance in recent memory. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The weirdest part was when they simulated giving birth to the cello. It was amazing.

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

Mercury Lounge! We are so happy that Mercury is still alive, and that we were able to celebrate our single release there in September.

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

This is a tough one as I’ve inherited a very eclectic record collection over the years! The cringiest record I’ve come across was Woody Allen doing standup comedy.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Funkadelic, The Johns, Preston Spurlock, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Rosie Cima, Pip Blom, Robot Princess, Dish Pit. 

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

Yes! Currently we’re working on finishing up some recordings as we continue to experiment with our sound and collaborate with new artists.

Check out The Grasping Straws latest release ‘Poetry’ below.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Jeremiah McKinley

If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you? 
We are Jeremiah Christian Smith and Noah McKinley Smith. Together we make Jeremiah McKinley. Two brothers on a mission to make folk rock music and share it with the world.

How did you all meet? 
I didn’t meet Noah until I was seven years old. He didn’t say much when we first met. He just kind of laid around and drank milk. A year or so later once he had given up his vow of silence and began speaking we started to realize that we had a ton in common. We grew up all of ten feet from each other, most of that time in bunk beds. Being the top bunk is very difficult, especially with my sleepwalking tendencies but we’ve made it work and are still best friends.

How long have you been playing? 
My brother Noah has been playing guitar since he was in middle school. He had lessons and stopped for a while to focus on sports but eventually he picked it back up. I have only been playing for about five years. I had always wanted to learn guitar but had never pulled the trigger until I got out of college. My brother helped me learn some chords and we have been a band ever since.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play? 
Dirty, Honest, Real.

What are your musical influences? 
There are so many. My brother Noah’s guitar playing has certainly been influenced by John Mayer, Hendrix, and some of the more ethereal tones of Lord Huron, Hippo Campus, and Caamp. Growing up we listened to all sorts of music and I have really been influenced by some of the great songwriting and voices of Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, and Bob Dylan.

Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted? 
This band started after seeing The Head and The Heart at The Ritz in Raleigh. So we would love to get back there at some point. We had already been playing but after watching such an electric show we were energized and really started taking our music making more seriously.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning? 
I don’t know. We have a wide range of taste and aren’t embarrassed by what we like. One album that I always have in rotation is Back To Black by Amy Winehouse. She has such a killer voice that cuts right through you, and lyrics that seem so honest and personal. Listening and singing her songs are really what helped me shape how I sing and write.

What have you been listening to in the last few weeks? 
The Bones of JR Jones. He has such a great sound and writes really killer songs. Also some Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, Kings Of Leon, The Heavy, Elton John, Queen, The Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers and Eric Church.

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future? 
We have two singles going live in the coming months. It Ain’t Easy will be out November 26. It is a song my brother Noah wrote in the back of a pickup truck while riding in the mountains in a downpour. It is about feeling cold and alone and having to cope with being on your own. Wedding Toast will be coming out in January. We are also in the middle of recording our second album. There are a lot of cool songs we’re working on and we hope to be putting it out sometime next spring.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Leo Spauls

Hello everyone and welcome back to the band interview of the day! Today for you we talk to the absolutely wonderful Leo Spauls. There’s everything here. 2020, what they are and best of all Vegetables. That’s not a type. Let’s dive in.

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?


It’s actually three bands, one in Sweden, one in Germany and one in the UK. The UK band is Elina Tikkanen on backing vocals, Andy Basiola on guitar, Paolo Succo on bass, Lewis Moody on keyboards, Dan Breaden on drums. And myself, Leo Spauls, on lead vocals. 


How did you all meet?

We met in January 2020 in London. We did a few rehearsals, had some gigs booked, but then came the pandemic. So since then, we have been focusing on songwriting. We enjoy playing live and are hoping to do a UK tour within a year or two. I always wanted to have a London based band and play clubs and venues in the UK, so finally, it’s become true. 


How long have you been playing?

I released my first album in 2016, having written pop songs since the ’90s, so it was a very late debut. We recorded the first album in Swedish in a studio in Stockholm. Since then, I’ve recorded an album with Mike Garson (David Bowie’s pianist) called “Heaven’s Deep Blue Sky” and done gigs with my German band in Berlin and my UK band in London. Since travelling is expensive, I thought it was easier to do it that way. It’s also exciting since the musicians have different backgrounds. We try to do the songs differently in each band, giving the musicians the space to create their sound more freely.


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

It’s pop music, based on synthesizers and piano. When we play live, we go on as a rock-pop band, with drums and guitars. 


What are your musical influences?

David Bowie was and still is the most influential artist to me. I listen to his music frequently, and It’s lovely when I discover an interview or a concert I haven’t seen on Youtube. I had the chance to interview him once when he planned his 50th birthday and did a Madison Square Garden show. I would have loved to work with him. If I had believed a little more in myself back then, maybe that could have happened. However, working with Mike Garson is the next best thing.


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

This one goes back to when I was working in a theatre in Stockholm. We had a play where the audience was allowed to throw vegetables on the stage if they didn’t like what they were seeing. Although the play itself was rather provoking, no one dared to do it. Until one night, we had handed out leeks to the audience, and suddenly someone threw one and hit a couple of wine glasses on stage. They went into a million pieces, and then we were at total war. People started throwing vegetables at the actors, and the actors threw them back. People were screaming, and some got hurt and left. It was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had on stage. And we never dared to try it again.   


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

I am looking forward to Glastonbury next year. I heard Billie Eilish is playing the Pyramid Stage. Rather impressive .


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

I love those bad ones. Those are the most fun to keep, and I’m proud to own them. One of my favourites is Florence Foster Jenkins. I play it whenever I’m in a bad mood, making me smile instantly. 


What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

I very much like Halsey’s new album. It features Mike Garson on one song, and Trent Reznor’s production is excellent. I am hoping to work with Reznor one day. But we need to find a bigger audience first. Or do something extraordinary interesting musically. I’ve always been a pretentious bastard.


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

We are releasing three singles this year on the Animal Farm label: “Show Me Your Love”, “Mehringdamm”, and “Moon Sign”. So that’s the most important thing that happens this year. Also, this time we are focusing on the UK market, so that’s a big step. You can find the songs on all streaming services.

Listen to the new single, “Moon Sign” here: 

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