Band Interview Of The Day – Leper Messiah

Hello everybody and welcome back to the band of the day interview. Today joining us in the hot seat is a Norwegian Quartet. I was thinking the other day where are all the great bands from around the world, come at me yeah! Well my wish was granted as Leper Messiah (Such an awesome band name BTW!) join me today! Let’s go!

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

Hey, AAM! Thank you for inviting us on, folks. 

We are LEPER MESSIAH, a 5-guys Norwegian rock band from the city of Bergen. Our music dips into various genres of rock, as we can’t stand albums (or bands) where every track sounds like just a variation on the last one. Primarily, though, we exist somewhere on a scale between glam rock and hard rock, I think. 

As for individual band members, we are:

–Iggy on bass guitar

–Per Henrik behind the drums

–Peri on main guitar

–Øyvind on rhythm guitar

–and myself, Vidar, on vocal cords

Come say hi, y’all, and drop us a like on!: https://www.facebook.com/TheLeperMessiahBand

  1. How did you all meet?

Øyvind and I met up in the fall of 2011 for a test rehearsal – just him on guitar and me on vocals – to see if we had something there we’d like to continue onwards with. The previous summer, I had thrown out an invite on a local Facebook musicians group for people to join me to jam some plastic soul type songs (I was WAY into Bowie’s Young Americans and STATIONTOSTATION at the time), just for the hell of it. Nothing came of that, but Øyvind liked the idea and messaged me a few months later about giving this band thing a try. 

We really hit it off and decided to give it a go. Øyvind brought in Per Henrik as they had played together in another band earlier, and over the next few months we captured Peri off of Facebook to be our bassist… which was great but also a bit unfortunate as Peri is a kickass guitarist who ended up playing bass for us for a few years. Oh well, it was fun, nonetheless. A few years in, though, we decided to move Peri to main guitar and bring in a new guy. Again, Facebook is where we found Iggy, a recently immigrated Pole looking for a band to play bass in; we snatched him up faster than f***! And that’s how we met.

  1. How long have you been playing?

We began as a Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars tribute act, touring a fun, glam rock show in celebration of the then 40th anniversary of that legendary David Bowie extravaganza; this was back in 2012-2013. After that, we went on as our own thing, but kept the name, Leper Messiah (a reference to the Ziggy Stardust song). In 2015, we brought in Iggy on bass, rounding us up nicely into a 5-piece unit. 

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

Strong. Classic. Significant. 

  1. What are your musical influences?

If you asked us all to name our influences, you’d probably get a list of 40-50 artists and acts! But, to list a few, I’d say Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Kiss, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jimi Hendrix, Foo Fighters, and the Rolling Stones are all deeply ingrained into our musical DNA. 

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

Oh my, what a question! I remember seeing a big, burly, bearded guy just bawling his eyes out once, being so into one of our songs (Blood is Black, I think it was… which isn’t like a sad song, really). Another time, there was a mom (probably) chaperoning two young, teenage girls to our show; she wore these incredibly short leather hot pants and the trampiest top you can imagine, and she let loose on the floor with a rendition of Uma Thurman’s swing-dance from Pulp Ficiton… it got quite revealing there for a bit and I think the girls were embarrassed. *laughs* And then there was back in our Ziggy Stardust days, I had my feather boa stolen by a dude in the front row who proceeded to put it down his pants and handing it back to me; fun times! So yeah, you get a good view of all of life from up there on stage! 

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

Right now, we’re very pumped to be hosting one of our annual RockFest mini-festivals in September (2021). Those gigs, to which we invite three select bands to come share a stage with us, are always a whole lot of fun! As for secret dreams, I want to go to Berlin and throw a show at the Nuke Club. Look it up, it’s amazing! 

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

None; I love all my records. But if I have to say something, it would probably be… Metallica’s Black Album; as I understand it, you’re not allowed to like that one, right? As if I care 😉

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

The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome record has gone for a few spins, and I’ve revisited my Tom Waits catalogue quite a bit, too. I haven’t really gotten into any new music in the past couple weeks, which is a shame. I’ll have to remedy that.

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

Well, we’ve JUST released our debut album – FELL CREATURES – and we’ll tour that for some time before heading back into the studio. That said, the work on the next album has begun, in the song writing stage… right now we’re working on a track about Robert Johnson and his deal with the crossroad devil. 

As for our Fell Creatures record, it’s a 10-track glammy hard rock album exploring tough things, bad people, and good people doing bad things. Check it out on Spotify, yeah?:

That’s it from us. Thanks again for the time, AAM. It’s been a blast!

Best wishes,

Vidar & Leper Messiah

Check out Leper Messiah’s record, ‘Feel Creatures’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Alanna Matty

So we’re not technically on for a Band today, more of the Artist interview of the day today! Today we’re talking to the multi-talented Alanna Matty.

So before I jabber on about anything else, let’s dive right into things!

If you could introduce yourself for us, who are you?
Hi! I’m Alanna Matty, I’m a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, doer of too many things and corgi owner from Toronto, Canada

2. Where are you from?
Toronto, Canada!

3. How long have you been playing?
Nearly all my life! I took classical piano for years as a kid, but starting writing music around age 10 and never looked back.

4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Intimate, honest and warm

5. What are your musical influences?
I’m hugely inspired by unique women in the industry like Feist, Regina Spektor and Lana Del Rey, but also lean towards the folk stylings of Vance Joy and the Lumineers

6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Oh gosh! Once there was an older couple dancing right up by the stage, if you could really call it dancing. It seemed so intimate and sensual that it was both difficult to watch and also difficult to look away; think eyes closed with a lot of slow rubbing up against each other.

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

lifted?
A lot of venues here in Toronto have been renovated while COVID happened, so I’m excited to revisit a lot of old haunts like Massey Hall and the Gladstone Hotel and see how they’ve changed.

8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Seems like a trick question because I’d have to admit to it in order to answer your question! I do however own Viva la Vida by Coldplay on Vinyl but I stand by that that album is actually really stellar.

9. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
I’ve had my head down so much working on my own music lately I’ve not listened to much, but Josh Ritter has caught my ear, as well as some smaller musicians from Twitch like Matt Walden and Natalie Holmes.  

10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Yes! I just released Little Dreamer about a month ago, and have another coming out on September 10th called “The Beginning”. It’s slightly more lighthearted and romantic than my normal fare, and tells the story of the beginning of the relationship with my now husband, and how confusing it can be to fall in love so fast.

Be sure to check out Alanna Matty’s latest single, ‘The Beginning’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Cathedral In Flames

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Band Interview of The Day segment! Today we are chatting with Cathedral In Flames!

Let’s dive in!

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

“We are the gods, we are the goths we are the children of the blackest hole”. These days in magical Prague settled band that brings back to the lights goth rock music for 21st century. 

  1. How did you all meet?

Phil Lee Fall and Gatsby were schoolmates so cruising the corridors of their high school they hit each other as two freaks, long hair, dressed in black and realized that they both have the same interest in the dark goth music and postpunk. They have met Ambra during one of the first recording sessions as they addressed her to sing backvocals.

  1. How long have you been playing?

We have started in 1989 and played till 1993. Then we took quite break till 2019.

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

The best goth rock.

  1. What are your musical influences?

Gatsby: Postpunk in general like Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Damned, Joy Division, The Cure but also Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, leonard Cohen and last but not least Ennio Morricone.

Ambra von Bernstein: Dead Can Dance, The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and Leonard Bernstein.

  1. Whats the weirdest thing youve seen during a show?

Gatsby: Phil Lee Fall jumping from the stage in the middle of fight when violence bunch of skinheads attacked our fans (and I jumped right after him).

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

Gatsby: Dunfermline, Scotland

  1. Whats the one record you own but wouldnt ever admit to owning?

Gatsby: Modern Talking: the perverted vinyl gift from friend of mine.

Ambra von Bernstein: Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

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

Gatsby: Orville Pack, The Stranglers, Snow Patrol, New Order.

Ambra: Giacomo Puccini – Turandot

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

Springtime two singles. And be ready for surprise as we already compose new tracks.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Seven Purple Tigers

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

Seven Purple Tigers are Austin Horn from Grand Rapids, Michigan in the US, and Philip Dyszy, Felix Schwer and Sebastian Heieck from Freiburg, Germany. 

2.             How did you all meet?

Austin: Phil and I (Austin) met on an exchange year in Krakow, Poland. We were studying law and international politics, respectively, and met through a student band set up by the Erasmus network. We felt a strong musical chemistry and started writing together outside of that band, forming our own which at the time was called “The P.A. System” (and remained so until 2018). The two of us would meet late at night and write until the wee hours of the morning. 

We overshot our modest goal of writing 6 songs by the end of our exchange, writing over 30 in the process and playing a few gigs, and squarely decided that this was now our life’s mission. 

I had to go back to the states for a year to finish my studies and in that time Phil met Felix while jamming with friends. I moved to Germany to continue with Phil in 2017 and we added Felix and Sebastian to the lineup in November of that year, playing our first German gig together in the spring of 2018.

3.             How long have you been playing?

Austin: Phil and I have been writing and playing together for nearly 6 years now, and we’ve been playing together as a 4-piece in Germany for nearly 4

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

It’s always changing but for now, emotive, beachy, and song-driven.

5.             What are your musical influences?

Phil: Early on in the Krakow era it was largely The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, and John Frusciante’s solo work. Those influences are definitely still very present today, but our recent work has been very inspired by The Strokes, Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys among others. We’ve also taken some cues from acts like Tyler, The Creator, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, as well. 

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

Phil: We’ve got plenty of wild stories, but off the top of my head maybe the time that a few punk rock kids met us back stage and one of them licked Felix’s face. 

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

Phil: Definitely Krakow. The city has a certain magic about it and it would really do us good to drink that in once more. 

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

Austin: For us there’s no such thing as “guilty pleasures.” We’re still working out a rock cover of Rhianna’s “Umbrella” in the practice room. 

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

Austin: The cacophonous orchestra of car horns outside of our windows celebrating various European Championship victories. Aside from that, we’ve been listening to a lot of Tom Waits, Lady Wray, Alex Ebert and Molchat Doma these last weeks. 

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

Our next single, “Ignorance Is Blitz” is coming out July 23rd! It’s more of an indie-rock direction than One Night’s Promises’ indie-pop thing, and we’re super excited to show that side of ourselves, too!

Check out the bands track, ‘One Night’s Promises’ below.

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Band Of the Day Interview – Bison Face

Hello everyone and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Of The Day Interview! Today for you we speak to Bison Face, a Heavy Grunge band from St. Albans, UK!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

Ernie: I’m Ernie Hill, I’m the frontman and songwriter of Bison Face, a 4-piece alternative rock band from St Albans, UK. 

Alex Bowden plays second guitar in the band and at the moment we’ve got an assortment of incredibly talented acquaintances operating a rhythm section revolving door for live shows.

How did you all meet?

Ernie: Alex was the year above me at school and we bonded over guitars and whiskey probably 11 years ago now. We were both in different bands and then we started a band called Fugitive Kind where Al played bass and our friend Laurie was on drums. All the guys we’ve had in the live band are either from the local scene here in Herts/London or from down in Brighton where Al went to music college. We’re lucky to be surrounded by a bunch of talented and decent people.

How long have you been playing?

Ernie: I started teaching myself drums and guitar when I was around 10, so 17ish years now! We’ve all been part of a load of different bands and projects. I started writing for what would become Bison Face in late ’18 and I think officially started the band early ’19. We got a fair bit going for the rest of that year and then the pandemic halted everything. It’s had it’s pros and cons, the isolation and loneliness really drove me to focus on writing and improving creatively, but I nearly lost my mind a few times feeling trapped and cut off.

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

Ernie: Honest, Loud, Riffs

What are your musical influences?

Ernie: On the surface you can hear the 90s guitar band influence shine through heaviest: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Alice in Chains etc. There is a whole melting pot of influences on the album I’ve just written, you can hear Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, Mastodon, Blur, RATM, Bowie, Elvis Costello, Gallows, Pink Floyd and a load of really heavy grunge. Biffy Clyro were massive for me on bettering my song structuring in my teens.

In terms of writing I’ve always enjoyed interesting lyrics that deal with real things, real problems and allow you to connect on a deeper level than most of the lyrics found in pop music today. I try and broaden the vocabulary I use and paint a bit of a picture, tell a story; Alex Turner is one of those lyricists that makes you enjoy language more and you don’t even realise it, and I’ve always loved that.

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

Ernie: I saw The Prodigy at Warrior’s Dance Festival at Milton Keynes Bowl and there was a guy off his face with no shoes on. People inadvertently jumping, moshing and stamping all over them and he just didn’t seem to notice. Either incredibly pain resistant or on a lot drugs. At our shows everyone’s pretty civil to be fair, we’ll have to change that post Covid.

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

Ernie: We’ve got some incredible friends over in Dublin, so it would be amazing to head over there and hang out and maybe even play a show. Post Brexit though, gigging over there would probably cost me about 5 grand or something stupid for a visa. We’ll have to sneak over Great Escape style.

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

Ernie: I’m pretty open about all the music I listen to shamelessly. I don’t think I’ve physically bought ever any but I’m partial to a bit of old Take That. And I’ve got one Coldplay CD somewhere, the one with Trouble on it, whatever that’s called. That’s the only song by them I like. I guess owning a Coldplay CD is the biggest crime, but at least I don’t know where it is.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Ernie: I discovered this band Superbloom from Brooklyn, when their album ‘Pollen’ came out a few weeks back and it’s been on a constant loop ever since. A full 90’s revival in their sound, I absolutely dig it. The new Turnstile EP is cracking too, and our St Albans pals Trash Boat have been dropping huge tunes from their upcoming record as well, so that looks to be a highlight for the rest of the year.

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

Ernie: We’ve got a new single coming out on July 30th. It’s called Private Joke Party and it’s a fast, angry song about being let down and cast aside by someone you trusted implicitly, to the point where you loathe yourself and that feeling completely engulfs your whole life. It’s a bit more grungey than our first two songs, it bridges the gap between Ladybird/Treason and the sound of the EP we’re going to record in the middle of August. Not sure when that’ll be released but we’ll hopefully put out a few more singles in the autumn.

Check out the bands track, ‘Treason’ below.

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Band Of The Day Interview – Little King

Today on the Band Of The Day Interview we talk to Little King. During the chat we talk on the influence of commercials and other influences and what Ryan listens to after a records finished.

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

Hi! My name is Ryan…nice to meet you. I play guitar and sing and write and produce and parent and event plan and play guitar. Sometimes, I like to walk and travel and eat and meditate and screw. Not all at the same time, but sometimes.

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

Dynamic, Thoughtful, Contaminated.

What are your musical influences?

Everything is a song in my head. The tv, chewing my food, the Pomeranian howling at my mom…those are songs to me. I guess maybe the influences just trace back to commercials for the 70’s kid crowds. The ones for cereal and toys during the SuperFriends. I can still sing those by heart and I was like 5 or 6.

Love David Byrne and Neil Peart for sure. Peter Tosh and EVH and poor Layne Staley too. Hendrix. Iron Maiden for sure early on. Jimmy Page is a huge influence always. Same with The Who and some U2. Megadeth.

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

Of the top 5, 4 of them are NOT APPROPRIATE for print.

So I’d say #3 which will have to be #1 for now would be a party of revelers dressed up as salamanders and hissing at the band. Like 25 of them in Socorro, New Mexico. Sofa King Weird.

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

I’d love to play in Italy and Spain and France and Germany and Netherlands and Belgium. I think they like some of our music over there, and those are just places that I want to revisit. If we could play in India I’d love to do that as well.  Our drummer Eddy played there with Overkill or Ministry, can’t remember which. That would be badass!

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

I hold the record for highest blood alcohol content in an arrested bald idiot  in a Corvette in 2019 in Lower Delaware. Not proud, but that is mine.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

You know…nothing. Not really. My ears are kinda fried for a good while when I finish a record.  I’ll start back with some 70’s reggae and maybe some oldies. Like 50’s oldies. Then I can gradually add back the usual suspects. Tupac is great to ease back into music, too

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

Our 7th record is called Amuse De Q and it’s due out September 3 of 2021. I’m really proud of it…the folks on the album wrote great parts and played so well. I’m really lucky. Single is Keyboard Soldier and that’s out now everywhere. YouTube especially at Little King Official, but everything is always on my web site too at www.littlekingtunes.com.

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Band Of The Day Interview – Alterpodes

Hello there everyone and welcome back to another instalment for the Band Of The Day Interview. Today in the hottest to introduce you to what is hopefully your new favourite band Alterpodes, a London based Psych band. They are Alternate Spaces, a vibrant mix of noise and melody, darkness and light, spanning continents and distilling dreams. Today we talk to the bands lead guitarist, Reyson Morales.

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

RM: Hi I am Reyson Morales and I play lead guitar and background keyboards for the recordings.

HA: Hi I’m Harry and I sing and play guitar.

RC: Hi I’M Robinson and I’m the drummer.

2. How did you all meet? 

RM: Me and Harry met during the beginning of the pandemic online and I started sharing some song ideas that I had recorded music for previously back home in Puerto Rico.  Harry came up with new lyrics and melodies for them and the result was just amazing so we decided to carry on.  Later on Robinson joined us on the drums, added some new elements to the exiting recordings and has started contributing to the writing process now too.

3. How long have you been playing?

RM: My mom put me in piano lessons when I was around 10 so that sort of gave me some background in music composition and structure etc… but I didn’t start playing guitar until I was around 12 when my grandma gave me an acoustic guitar for my birthday but later on I feel in love with rock and roll and wanted an electric so I started experimenting with putting a mike in the acoustic and running it thru a little speaker to make it sound all distorted lol and I just loved altering the sound of it and that lead to my pedal collection today which is over 50 I think lol.

HA: We’ve been together as a band for a little over a year.  I’ve been playing guitar since the age of 6.

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

RM: Melancholic, Euphoric, Transcendent

5. What are your musical influences?

RM: There are so many like: David Bowie, Graham Coxon from Blur, the Reid Brothers from JMC and Brian Molko from Placebo amongst many others.

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

RM: The singer of my previous band Lazy Queen used to jump over the drums at the end of the show and one time he just landed his face on one of the cymbal stands and ended up in the hospital… that was too much punk for me sorry lol.

HA: In a warehouse party once the band seemed to come up through the floor during the set.  Haven’t seen that before or since. 

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

RM: Would love to play in San Francisco, CA. I have a special love for that city since I went to college there and besides London it’s my favorite place.

HA: I’d second that – I stayed in SF in 2010 and it was some of the best times.  Once it’s cooled off a bit I’d like to visit the Sierra Nevada too.  Other than that I’d settle for the maldives!

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

RM: Tears for Fears lol.

HA: Tough – there are certain things I’ve bought especially when I first started buying music aged 12 that I don’t listen to much these days.  Maybe the Beautiful South?

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

RM: I have been listening to a lot of this new post-punkish bands from Eastern europe like: Holygram, Molchat Doma, Velvet Condom, etc… and Blood Red Shoes which I have always loved!

HA: I just checked out Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and think they have a really cool “post” classic rock vibe.  I didn’t think you could get away such a clear nod to those references but they are doing it and now I want to too!  Turns out if you do it with integrity, passion and intelligence that transcends any genre – I feel bad I’d maybe forgotten that – Long live rock n roll!

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

RM: Yes we have so many songs now that we are planning to release soon, some are already finished and some we are in the process of recording… so stay tuned!

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Band Of The Day Interview – Bleeding Raven

If could introduce yourself for us…who are you?

                Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  Hello, I’m Dean Mason of BLEEDING RAVEN and GNOSTIC GORILLA.

                How did you get into music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  Bleeding Raven is a one man aggrotech project so, I more or less do everything, including making the muffins. Hahahahaha So, I started off in music as a tiny little boy in school and put out a single with some mates from the hood. It was a cross between Maiden and Tiny Tim…hahahaha JK.  (but I like Tiny Tim…a complete original) The tracks were “Dark Hallway/Golgotha” and it was released simply as “Dean Mason” and it was released on “Lonely Ghost Productions” indie label. In 2012, I revisited the idea of doing music strictly as a hobby, as I have a ‘career’ and thus was born [initially] “The Lonely Ghost Project”. I recorded a few singles and released them, but never really took myself seriously.  (still don’t) In 2016, I decided to release an entire album, but used the name “Gnostic Gorilla” and then that album was rereleased by Cleopatra Records in 2018. I was offered a deal with them (Cleopatra) in January of 2018 and I admit I was immensely surprised. Quite an honour. So…I released a few albums as “Gnostic Gorilla” (with other labels as well) and then finally, in May of 2019, I wanted to do a more aggrotech type project and thus was born “Bleeding Raven”. (also released on Cleopatra Records).

                How long have you been at this?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  I started in earnest with recording (again) in 2012.

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

Dean Mason of Bleeding RavenAbrasive. Dark. Haunting.

                What are your musical influences?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven:  In my early years, as a lad, I’d say that Gary Numan was the artist that most inspired me to just consider doing music. He remains an inspiration in many ways, but throughout the years other bands have had an impact on how I approach music. To name a few — Type O Negative, Ministry, Japan, Korn, Frost Like Ashes, Marilyn Manson, Skinny Puppy, Black Sabbath, Global Citizen, CRIX IIIX, and many others. But I have to give a shout out to The Doors who will forever be for me one of the best bands ever in the history of modern music. Gary Numan and The Doors are in many ways my biggest inspirations, even though my music itself is not like theirs.  Also, I’m very impressed with William Westwater and his many projects, including and especially “Fear Incorporated” and “The Pandemonium Bureau”.

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

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Not a live act yet, but I’m sure there would be nothing but weird things to happen.

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

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Kajagoogoo. Lol. No. I don’t actually have anything I’d be ashamed to own.

                What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: “INTRUDER” which is Gary Numan’s most recent release.

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

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?

In my other project, Gnostic Gorilla there is some neat stuff happening with  a great label…GEISHAB0Y RECORDS UK.

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Band Of The Day Interview – Ohmwork

Hello everyone and welcome back to the band of the day interview, today for you in the hottest we have Ohmwork, a trio emphasising great performance, hard hitting drum grooves, thunderous bass, heavy and energetic guitars and vocal lines with great melodies and hooks. The band is characterized as loud and bombastic with an attitude of ‘take no prisoners’! 

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

We are Ohmwork. A power trio from Norway with four albums, one EP and numerous singles to our name. Our fifth album Pareidolia is in the pipeline, coming out August 27.

  1. How did you all meet?

I wanted to start up a new project with fresh blood. I met up with the drummer and we agreed on what kind of music we wanted to do, talked about hope and dreams and so on. During the conversation the bass player’s my name came up. A week later we all met up for our first rehearsal. It clicked right away. Ohmwork were born. In the end of that year, we went into studio and started on our first album.

  1. How long have you been playing?

Nine years. It all started in 2012. 

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

Metal, prog and (hopefully) uniqueness.  

  1. What are your musical influences?

We are influenced by a bunch of bands, from 70s classic rock and prog to today’s heavy metal. Black Sabbath, Rush and Mastodon come to mind. 

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

Brawls. Idiots fighting and then get tossed out of the venue. 

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

Hard to say. What we really want is to get out to play! Small or big audience doesn’t matter. We are craving for a stage to play on. On a personally level I want to travel and see cities around the globe. That’s something I’ve really missed. London, Prague, Copenhagen, New Orleans, the list goes on.

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

A couple of my old CDs are really an embarrassment to the rest of my collection. Cher probably. 

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

The new Greta van Fleet record and the latest release from Myles Kennedy. Both awesome albums!

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

August 27, we release out new album Pareidolia. We have already released two tracks from it, ‘Liquid Fire’ and ‘Hill of Tara’. Check them out! Visit www.ohmworktromso.com for more fun stuff.

Check out the video for ‘Liquid Fire’ below.

Anders L. Rasmussen, vocalist, and guitarist of Ohmwork

July 21

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Band Of The Day Interview – Johnny Stanec

Hello everyone and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Of The Day Interview. Today for you we have a singer songwriter who focuses on heartfelt lyrical imagery and melodic exploration through layered production, please welcome Johnny Stanec.

If you could introduce yourself for us, who are you?
My name is Johnny Stanec and I’m a singer-songwriter from Youngstown, Ohio. I’ve been releasing music under my own name for much of the last decade. I used to front a band called First In Space and we released five records of Tom Petty-meets-Replacements inspired powerpop. My solo records are more Americana-folk rock mixed with heartland rock and roll and a dash of Britpop thrown in. I’ve toured throughout the midwest and east coast of the United States and also made a few stops in Canada over the years.


How did you get started in music?
I was always around it. My father was a drummer and there were musicians coming and going all the time at our house. So I naturally became interested. In my early teens I taught myself guitar and enjoyed the solitude of learning music by myself. My first inclination was to attempt to write a song. It was terrible, but from there I never stopped. I had the usual high school bands and then during my college years it became more serious. It culminated with my band at the time recording and releasing our first record. Since then I have released a stready stream of music.


How long have you been playing?
Really all my life. From my early childhood I would bang on the drums and then after that I got into the guitar. I have to go back pretty far to get to a time when I wasn’t playing music in some way.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Americana-infused Britpop.


What are your musical influences?
Like most people who end up writing music, I was surrounded by it and was hearing the usual classics like Dylan, Neil Young, Beatles, Tom Petty, etc. My teens years were spent listening to my own tastes in punk, alternative and indie. Nirvana was my first obsession and from there underground punk like Operation Ivy and One Man Army were constantly on my player. I opened up a bit in college and got into bands like Wilco, the Shins and Elliott Smith. But overall my biggest influence has been Oasis. Noel Gallagher is my favorite writer.


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Back a bit my band did a record release show and there was a very inebriated woman dancing in front of the stage. She was really into it, but she was gyrating out of time and erratically. So, the other guitar player in our band decided to dance along with her while he played. He was on stage, but moving and encouraging her to keep going. There is some video somewhere of it. Kind of like Elaine’s dancing on Seinfeld. Pretty strange scene. Plus she was unaware she was acting odd. 


Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
I can never choose one. I miss driving to shows, though. Wherever they are, it is always a good time. Long drives to Chicago or New York. Little spots in West Virginia. Sometimes shows take you to a place you would never have gone otherwise, so I look forward to getting back out there soon.


What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Laundry Service by Shakira. No joke, pretty solid pop record from what I remember. I got a promo copy from my sister who worked in a music store and listened to it out of curiosity. I liked quite a few of those songs, haha.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

There’s a good band out of England called Grade 2. Quality throwback punk rock and roll. They have a few releases and their most recent full-length, Graveyard Island, is fantastic. The kind of band my fifteen year-old self would have loved. 

I also recently dug back into a few of the old Flaming Lips records like ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’. Such a layered and nuanced record. Another good and totally obscure band I have been enjoying is a band called Flop. They put out some records in the mid-90s. A good guitar band with some really melodic songs.


Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
I just released a new single called ‘It Was Easy Now’ on June 18th and I have another new song coming out called ‘Feels Like I’m Fading Away’. Both are some of my best work. After that a few more singles in the fall and hopefully by the winter there will be a new full-length record. I have a lot of new songs I am excited about in the works. 

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