Band Interview Of The Day – Faded Shades

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

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

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

2. How long have you been playing? 

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

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

God like tunes 

4. What are your musical infuences? 

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

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

A tequila fuelled mosh pit led by an air guitarist.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for having us, Joe. 

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Deep Talk

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

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

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

2. How did you all meet?

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

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

3. How long have you been playing?

Jordan: Deep Talk formed in 2019.

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

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

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

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

5. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Of The Interview – Ask Carol

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

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

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

2. How long have you been playing? 

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

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

Big, dynamic, rock 

4. What are your musical influences? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Armagelion

If could introduce yourself for us, who are you? 

I am ARMAGELION, the Divine Beast.


2. How did you started?

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


3. How long have you been playing?

Around five years. 

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

Pure Hard Rock. 

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

5. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Stealth

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

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

  1. How did you all meet?

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

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

  1. How long have you been playing?

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

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

IVAN: Metal, Experimental, Innovative.

  1. What are your musical influences?

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

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

in festivals and venues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Band Interview Of The Day – Kyle Chatham

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

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

2. How long have you been playing?

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

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

Ethereal, Dark and Melancholic

4. What are your musical influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Sweet Crystal

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

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

How did you all meet? 

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

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

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

How long have you been playing? 

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

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

Christian Progressive Rock 

What are your musical influences? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band Interview Of The Day – Rabid Hood

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

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

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

  1. How did you all meet?

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

  1. How long have you been playing?

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

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

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

  1. What are your musical influences?

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

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

Naked man running through the audience.

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

 It must be Inside live in Bergen great place.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Band 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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