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 😉

Check out Good Hustles latest EP, ‘Apes’ below.

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Band Of The Day Interview – Santipreecha

Hello everybody and welcome back to the band of the day interview! Today we chat to Santipreecha

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

I’m Santipreecha. I’m a sound artist/experimental musician from Thailand now based in Los  Angeles. 

2. How did you all meet? 

I’m a solo artist but I do love collaborating with other musicians, filmmakers, and artists as well. 3. How long have you been playing? 

I’ve been involved in music for most of my life starting with ballet when I was six followed shortly  by piano when I was seven, later joining an opera choir in Thailand when I was about fifteen,  coming to Los Angeles to work in film music and turning to electronic and experimental music. 

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

Experimental, eclectic, sound. 

5. What are your musical influences? 

I have many musical and artistic influences. Musically, all the following and more: Beethoven,  Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg, Stockhausen, Ornette Coleman, Trent Reznor, Radiohead (including  Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood as solo musicians as well), Deadmau5, Skrillex and Rezz. 

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

I’ve mostly been working in the studio for a while so haven’t been to or performed live very much  in the past while but back when I was performing piano I had the electricity go out completely  once mid-performance. Luckily I somehow was able to continue through the piece to the end  when the lights came back up. That was a pretty crazy one. 

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

Disney Hall or Hotel Café. Both are wonderful venues and have great performances though of  different vibes naturally.  

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

Haha, well I’m not very embarrassed about my taste/preferences anymore. I used to be, depending  on who I was speaking to etc. but I think it’s really unhealthy to feel you have to defend your taste  or what you enjoy to others especially as it pertains to placing oneself in a hierarchy of sorts. I’m  not embarrassed to say I really enjoy Taylor Swift as well depending on my mood. I also love Lana  Del Rey’s first few albums (haven’t listened to her latest one yet) and Billie Eilish’s first album as  well. I think it’s beautiful that we live in such a diverse culture right now where we are exposed to  and have access to so much music and art from so many periods and styles. It makes up who we  are today, how we think and feel and I hope that one day we’ll move to a less genre-defined  sensibility towards contemporary music.

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

I’ve been listening to a lot of things lately: King Princess, Andrzej Korzynski’s score to Zulawski’s  brilliant film Possession, Berg’s orchestral works and his violin concerto in particular, Porter  Robinson, Charli XCX and Thom Yorke. 

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

Yes. I released my second album Round a Roo on the 2nd (February) and will be releasing a score  album for music I wrote for Guy Longstreet’s neo-noir psychological thriller Black Jade later next  month.

Check out Santipreecha’s latest release, ‘Round A Foo’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – Holding Poison

Hello everybody and today we welcome you back to the Band Interview Of The Day Segment! This is where we get a band, have a little chat to them about themselves so they can be introduced to you and hopefully you’ll experience some new music because of this! Today we have the English rock duo Holding Poison.

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

We are Holding Poison, Consisting of Matt Blackwell (Lead vox, Guitar, Bass) & Jack Findell (Lead Guitar) 

2. How did you all meet?

We’ve known each other for years through family friends so years of crossing paths and talking about music eventually lead to us starting this project together! 

3. How long have you been playing?

Matt: as a band 1 year. I picked up the guitar when I was 13 years old so 15 years I’ve been playing for now! 

Jack: I had a little 3/4 size nylon string guitar that I think my dad picked up for next to nothing on a market stall for me when I was about 3, but in terms of actually playing guitar properly it’s about 15 years now 

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

Punchy Rock music

5. What are your musical influences?

Matt: It’s quite a list, Bands like Foo Fighters, Queens of the storage, Biffy to name a few 

Jack: I grew up listening to a lot of my dad’s music, so Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Who, Cream, etc. I’m also big into Biffy, Arctic Monkeys, John Mayer, the list goes on

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

Matt: someone crowd-surf in a blow up boat, they even had a paddle too! 

Jack: I do a bit of sound tech work in a local venue and we had a band come through that I knew had a bit of a reputation for theatrics. Cut to the end of the show and packing down involved cleaning up a lot of milk and feathers that had been thrown around by people dressed as gorillas and bananas…

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

Matt: I think one of the first places I went to once restrictions were eased was a recording studio to record our debut EP. 

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

Matt: That would be telling 

Jack: I’d have to do some digging. Fairly sure I’ve got one of P!nk’s singles on CD from way back when. 

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

Matt: I’ve been digging ‘The Night Cafe’ as well as Sam Fenders new album

Jack: I’ve been loving the new IDLES album, and also been on a Steely Dan binge lately

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

We’ve just released a new single called ‘Destination, Same Old’ – It’s a bit different from our other tracks but it’s got a great feel-good vibe about it and it was nice to do something a bit different!

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Band Interview Of The Day – Trickster Social Club

Hello everybody and today for you we have another edition of the Band Interview Of The Day segment!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Steve Simoncic and Larry Liss–Co-founders of Trickshooter Social Club.

How did you all meet?
We were introduced by a friend, joined a band together. When that band
called it quits, we immediately started writing songs together. That was over
15 years ago. We haven’t slowed down or looked back.

How long have you been playing?
While Steve and I have been together for many years, this iteration of
Trickshooter has been around for about five years. We have drums, violins,
keys, accordions, bass. Vocalists. But on any given night we have rappers,
pedal steel players, cajon players, spoken word artists. So we never meant to
start a band-we wanted to build a community. Where there’s always an open
seat for an instrument or a voice.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Fuzzy. Twang. Dirty.

What are your musical influences?
We love Tom Petty. The simplicity. The ability to every note meaningful. Wilco
for their beautiful chaos. Cheap Trick because they wrote songs with choruses
and hooks and memorable lyrics. We also love Social Distortion for their tales
of urban street life and the ability to push so much air out of a Marshall amp.
Neil Young because he’s always fucking Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. The Rolling
Stones. And, of course, Metallica. Because they’re all riffs–one killer one after
another.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Well, we don’t have any weird stories, but we have an amazing one when we
opened up for Pegi Young and The Survivors. Her backing band consisted of
some of the legendary “Swampers” including Spooner Oldham. Being huge fans,we said hello and bought them drinks. They were wonderful folks who watched our soundcheck, sat us down, chatted, showed us their gear (even asking if we’d like to use it). Just warm, incredible humans. We don’t have any exciting train wreck stage stories or backstage antics. We’ve been fairly lucky to meet so many great bands and club workers.

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

We’ve always had a soft spot in our heart for (Cabaret) Metro in Chicago.
There’s nothing more iconic-with a history that’s seen so many legendary bands
come through. Pearl Jam’s first tour. Nirvana. Rage against The Machine.
Smashing Pumpkins. Bob Mould. Even saw Ice-T (who did his rap and metal act
there in the same night.) And you feel that history walking through the halls,
coming up on stage-and they treat every band like rockstars. It’s a pretty
special place we can’t wait to get back to.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I’m a huge Wes Borland fan. He’s an unbelievable guitarist. A stompbox zen-
master. And, as it happens, a pretty tasteful songwriter. He churns out riff
after riff that is endlessly simple and highly enviable. Which, in turn, led to the
purchase of a Limp Bizkit album. Or two. But, even though it’s in here, still not
admitting to it.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Been rediscovering a few things lately. Had a steady diet of Black Crowes
lately. They are so damn good. The riffs are amazing. Their harmonies almost
give it a gospel feel sometimes. And just the way the songs ebb and flow is
amazing. The breakdown in “My Morning Song” ranks high on the envy meter as I wish I had written that. And I’m hard-pressed to find a more joyful tune than “Soul Singing”. Just great southern rock mixed with unbelievably talented
songwriting.

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Right now, we’re laser-focused on putting out our new single, “Honey I
Believe” and the new EP, “Monte Carlo”. We have a new label, Animal Farm
Music and they have been spectacular and a true partner and look forward to
working with them more. We are always writing and recording. So we’ll
definitely have more to come in the future.

Band Interview Of The Day – Flush

Hello everyone! Today on the Band Interview Of The Day segment we have for you some Finnish rock! Described as the band you would hire to play at your own funeral Flush blends together Punk, Hard and Alternative into something truly spectacular!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

We often ask ourselves that same question. Who are we actually? What does it mean to be a “rock band”? Why do we do it? Are we on a higher mission to provide relief and entertainment to crowds everywhere, or are we just four guys who like to play loud rock songs for living organisms? 

Sorry, I digress. We are Flush, a four-piece rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Our music sounds like when Alternative Rock went for drinks with Punk Rock, met a group of Metal sub-genres at the bar, and had a fun time with way too many shots of the Finnish booze delicacy Jaloviina.

How did you all meet?

Börje (drums) and I (Lasse, vocals & guitars) met when we were kids playing cowboys and indians in our backyards. We met Janne (guitars) as teenagers in an earlier band, and he joined Flush early on, as we needed a second guitar. Eero (bass) joined the band a few years ago after Börje suggested he could be the guy to operate the low frequencies. And Eero turned out to most certainly be that guy. The current Flush is the best incarnation of a band that has been around for a few decades already.

How long have you been playing?

We all found our instruments in the delicate teenage years. I was probably the last to find mine (guitar) at around 16 or so. All of us have played in bands more or less all the time since starting to play. It’s just simply the most fun thing to do.

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

Melancholic, smart, and multidimensional.

What are your musical influences?

Musically, we started by trying to sound like Bad Religion, and every time we have to name one influence only, Bad Religion is that influence. More recently, bands like Biffy Clyro and Deftones have had a big impact on the song-writing. We are children of the 90s alternative scene, so we could just start listing all the nirvanas, mudhoneys, soundgardens, helmets and sonic youths that inspired us, and still be writing the list tomorrow. I am a huge Pavement fan too and don’t think I’d still be writing for and singing in this band without Pavement. Lyrically, I’d like to see us positioned somewhere between Nick Cave and Frank Turner. Don’t ask me why. It’s just a feeling I have.

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

Tough one… This is not so much “seeing” but a good story in any case: Our drummer Börje has a tendency of getting into random accidents every now and then. Once, during a show, the splinter from a drumstick flew into his mouth, got stuck in his palate, and nearly choked him. 

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

You know what, I want to say any place with live music. I’ve got tickets to see The War on Drugs, so that is a concrete place and time to look forward to. For Flush, we have some places and events in the works, but nothing confirmed yet, as nobody knows for sure yet how restrictions will evolve.

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

Scorpions – Best of Rockers and Ballads. I have it on vinyl from my childhood. It’s not actually terrible, I think, but obviously not something you’d promote in the alternative/punk scene.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

I’ve listened to a lot of Spanish Love Songs. They are amazing, just simply great. I’ve also listened a lot to Mogwai’s latest album as well as Deafheaven’s new one, and their older stuff too. I also found this UK based sludge band called Bossk and they are really good. Oh, and Lucy Dacus Oranssi Pazuzu, Full of Hell, and lots and lots of Deftones too. Rage Against the Machine never does not work.

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

Glad you asked! We are releasing a new EP this Fall. It’ll come out in November and is called ‘Conspiracies, Threats and Chaos’. It’s a little heavier than our debut album from 2020 (‘It Began as a Mistake’) and we think people will like. The first single ‘Entertainment’ came out in the end of August and the next single ‘Weak and Wrong’ comes out September 17th. There will be videos too and hopefully we get to do some shows once venues start opening around here. Check out our website at or our socials to stay updated on what’s happening in the Flush camp.

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Band Interview Of The Day – The Lamb

Hello everybody and welcome back to a new episode of the interview of the day series!

Apologies in advance for not getting any out there lately, things have gotten on top of me recently and I’ve had to make a few sacrifices but things are in motion to bring about a few changes to things so stay tuned in the new year for that!

So in case people have forgotten what happens on these series of posts, basically we ask a band or artist a few easy questions and get to know them a little better, lovely quick read for everyone and you get to listen to someone new at the end of things!

Today we have for you the Urban Pop Quintet hailing from Japan, The Lamb!

If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
Hi, I’m Noboru from The Lamb. I’m the one who made plastic bags chargeable in Japan.


2. How did you all meet?
Yushi (drums) and I share the same hometown and have known each other since our teens.Junpei (bass) and I met in 2019 through his introduction.Kyuto (keyboards) and Shinjiro (sax) have only been in the band for a year.


3. How long have you been playing?


It’s been a year since all the current band members have been together.


4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
“Japanese-City-Pop”, or “It’s-not-popular”.


5. What are your musical influences?
Mostly rock music from the 60s or 70s. British and American. I’m 70 years old this year.


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


7. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?I want to perform in countries other than Japan.


8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
t’s an MD I made when I was 13.


9. What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Hmmm, Bob Dylan. 2022 will surely be the year of Bob Dylan.


10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
I have a single coming out in January called “Poolside”. In Japan, this is the time of year when we all go to the pool in the snow. Do you want to join us?

Check out their video for ‘Atlantis’ below.

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Band Interview Of The Day – Flush

Hello there everybody and welcome back to another instalment of the Band Of The Day Interview! Today for you we have the amazing, fun and too good to miss quartet from Helsinki, Finland who only can be known as Flush!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?

We often ask ourselves that same question. Who are we actually? What does it mean to be a “rock band”? Why do we do it? Are we on a higher mission to provide relief and entertainment to crowds everywhere, or are we just four guys who like to play loud rock songs for living organisms? 

Sorry, I digress. We are Flush, a four-piece rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Our music sounds like when Alternative Rock went for drinks with Punk Rock, met a group of Metal sub-genres at the bar, and had a fun time with way too many shots of the Finnish booze delicacy Jaloviina.

How did you all meet?

Börje (drums) and I (Lasse, vocals & guitars) met when we were kids playing cowboys and indians in our backyards. We met Janne (guitars) as teenagers in an earlier band, and he joined Flush early on, as we needed a second guitar. Eero (bass) joined the band a few years ago after Börje suggested he could be the guy to operate the low frequencies. And Eero turned out to most certainly be that guy. The current Flush is the best incarnation of a band that has been around for a few decades already.

How long have you been playing?

We all found our instruments in the delicate teenage years. I was probably the last to find mine (guitar) at around 16 or so. All of us have played in bands more or less all the time since starting to play. It’s just simply the most fun thing to do.

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

Melancholic, smart, and multidimensional.

What are your musical influences?

Musically, we started by trying to sound like Bad Religion, and every time we have to name one influence only, Bad Religion is that influence. More recently, bands like Biffy Clyro and Deftones have had a big impact on the song-writing. We are children of the 90s alternative scene, so we could just start listing all the nirvanas, mudhoneys, soundgardens, helmets and sonic youths that inspired us, and still be writing the list tomorrow. I am a huge Pavement fan too and don’t think I’d still be writing for and singing in this band without Pavement. Lyrically, I’d like to see us positioned somewhere between Nick Cave and Frank Turner. Don’t ask me why. It’s just a feeling I have.

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

Tough one… This is not so much “seeing” but a good story in any case: Our drummer Börje has a tendency of getting into random accidents every now and then. Once, during a show, the splinter from a drumstick flew into his mouth, got stuck in his palate, and nearly choked him. 

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

You know what, I want to say any place with live music. I’ve got tickets to see The War on Drugs, so that is a concrete place and time to look forward to. For Flush, we have some places and events in the works, but nothing confirmed yet, as nobody knows for sure yet how restrictions will evolve.

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

Scorpions – Best of Rockers and Ballads. I have it on vinyl from my childhood. It’s not actually terrible, I think, but obviously not something you’d promote in the alternative/punk scene.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?

I’ve listened to a lot of Spanish Love Songs. They are amazing, just simply great. I’ve also listened a lot to Mogwai’s latest album as well as Deafheaven’s new one, and their older stuff too. I also found this UK based sludge band called Bossk and they are really good. Oh, and Lucy Dacus Oranssi Pazuzu, Full of Hell, and lots and lots of Deftones too. Rage Against the Machine never does not work.

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

Glad you asked! We are releasing a new EP this Fall. It’ll come out in November and is called ‘Conspiracies, Threats and Chaos’. It’s a little heavier than our debut album from 2020 (‘It Began as a Mistake’) and we think people will like. The first single ‘Entertainment’ came out in the end of August and the next single ‘Weak and Wrong’ comes out September 17th. There will be videos too and hopefully we get to do some shows once venues start opening around here. Check out our website our socials:

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Check out Flush’s latest release in the form of the single, ‘Entertainment’ below.

Band Interview Of The Day – A Permanent Shadow

Welcome, welcome one and all back to the Band Interview Of The Day segment! Today joining us for the interview in the introducing hot seat is A Permanent Shadow!

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

My name is CP Fletcher and I am the vocalist in A Permanent Shadow.

  1. How did you all meet?

Well, in the case of A Permanent Shadow we are not really a band. It’s myself plus two producers, Albert and Valentí. I’ve known Valentí for almost 20 years sharing stages and rehearsal spaces. Albert used to be my girlfriend’s piano teacher before he got into composing and arranging full time.

  1. How long have you been playing?

I started working on the project probably in late 2016 with a different collaborator, but that turned out to be a dead end. With Albert we started tweaking my songs in 2017, that’s when A Permanent Shadow really came into existence. 

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

Melancholic Electronic Rock.

  1. What are your musical influences?

I’ve been a huge David Bowie fan since my early childhood. I especially love the Berlin era from around 1977, when he produced four amazing records in less than a year: his own Low and Heroes as well as Iggy’s The Idiot and Lust for Life. These are absolute classics and have had such a huge influence on popular music. You can hear traces of these records in everything ever recorded by Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and even more recent bands like Interpol. LCD Soundsystem or Editors, all of which I really like. 

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

I was involved in a Lou Reed tribute project some years ago with which we toured quite a lot. It attracted rather strange characters. I remember during one show a totally drugged-up guy jumped on stage during the last song and refused to leave once the show was over. He just stood there, gazing into the lights, motionless. He was on another planet in this moment. 

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

I live in Barcelona and we have this great festival here called Primavera Sound. It’s a bit like Glastonbury by the sea without the rain and mud. It’s slated to happen in 2022, but we’ll see. I’d be more than happy to be there as a performer, but also as a punter as the line-up is usually quite impressive.

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

I have a soft spot for early Culture Club. For a while it was rather uncool to like Boy George, but I think that’s changed over the years and he’s better rated now. So I don’t have to hide the fact that I like “Karma Chameleon” anymore.

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

The new Bleachers album, John Grant’s new record “Boy from Michigan” and an INXS playlist. Not the big hits but lesser known songs such as “Stay Young” or “Barbarians”. They were an extraordinary band, and Michael Hutchence’s untimely death all that years ago was a huge loss. 

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

We have a new single out on September 24th which is called “Shining Star”, and another one towards the end of the year. Our second album “Humdrum” will be released in early 2022. 

Check out ‘Songs Of Loss’, A Permanent Shadow’s 2019 record below.

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 – River Knight

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Band Interview Of The Day segment. Today for you viewing pleasure we have River Knight.

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

Darren: My name is Darren Knight, I play guitar and sing. 

Stone: I am Stone River and I do vocals.

  1. How did you all meet?

Darren: HAHAHA he was drunk when I first met him!

Stone: Oh yeah, I was. HA! I remember storming in the rehearsal room and proclaiming “you guys sound like you need a singer!”, and I got the job HAHAHA.

  1. How long have you been playing?

Darren: About 3 years as River Knight

Stone: But we’ve been in bands together previously

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

Darren: Emotional, 

Stone: Beautiful, deceptive, obvious

  1. What are your musical influences?

Darren: The Beatles, Elbow, Craig David, Wham!

Stone: Iron Maiden, Prince, Hot Chocolate, Guns N’ Roses

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

Darren: Well, it wasn’t really weird but we did a gig at a pub local to us and a couple of the girls got their… well, they lifted their tops.

Stone: It was weird, it was in a pub.

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

Darren: I’m looking forward to getting back to The Loft in Southsea, it’s a really lovely venue

Stone: Festivals for me, not just one of them, but all of them. Or as many as possible.

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

Darren: Um, well I don’t mind owning up to anything. I mean I included Craig David as a musical influence.

Stone: And how could I tell you what it is if I wouldn’t ever admit to owning?

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

Darren: We’ve been playing a lot so it feels like I’ve been listening to us constantly!

Stone: Somebody said we reminded them of early Jethro Tull. I wasn’t massively familiar with their music so I’ve been checking them out recently.

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

Darren: We’re hopefully gonna get a brand new video out soon

Stone: And we’re constantly writing, so album 2 is well on it’s way.

Darren: Thanks for having us.

Stone: Great site.

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