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Pop artist RUSSEL JAMES has an all new single out and about called "Comedown". With that said, why not come on down to find out what Russel James himself had to say about it, among other things.


1. Please tell us about the history of yourself.

Russell:  My name is Russell James and I am an Electronic Pop artist. I’ve played in many bands before and I just got tired of things not working out and having to rely on other people for my success. I finally decided to go solo because now, I only have to rely on myself. I’ve been solo for about a year now and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made musically.

2. What’s the origin of your stage name?

Russell: James is actually my first name and Russell is my middle. I wanted to use Russell James to separate my personal life from my artistry.

3. Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could
recommend?

Russell: I’m from Leesburg, GA. we don’t really have an original music scene here. It’s mostly taken over by cover bands. There are however, a few hard working original bands from my area including Unbreakable Bloodline and Days To Come. They both put in a lot of work and have been pursuing music for a while now. I’ve definitely learned a lot from both of those bands. All great people.

4. How would you describe your style?

Russell: Pop. Definitely poppy mixed with some slight rock and hip hop variations of tracks.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Russell: My latest release is my new single "Comedown". I also released a music video for the song which you can check out on YouTube and Facebook. The song is available on all major music outlets online. I really enjoy this song and I feel it really has a sound if it’s own. It has catchy melodies, a nice rhythm that sets the pace for the song, and many people can relate to the context of the lyrics as well. I’m definitely proud of this one.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Russell: Absolutely. I am currently writing, recording, and even collaborating with other artists. I’m also working on releasing multiple music videos this year along with a brand new EP titled "Foundations".

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Russell:  My shows this year will be promoting the release of my EP. If you’d like exclusive access to hear them before they release later this year, now is the chance.

8. What plans do you have for the future?

Russell: I’m constantly writing new material and I’m looking forward to releasing new songs throughout this year. I will be in the studio quite a lot.

9. Where can we listen to your music and buy merch?

Russell: I’m on all major online music outlets and I’m also pretty active on social media. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram. -@russelljamesmusicofficial.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Russell: Catchy melodies and relatable lyrical content. I believe those are the driving force behind my music.


Sludge rockers THE MOUND BUILDERS have got a lot to say, when it comes to themselves, their new album and everything else involving their said music style. Find out the discussion from the whole band below!


1. Let's start off with an icebreaker. If you could describe your band in 4 words, what would they be? 

Doom, Stoner, Metal, Punk.

2. What are your names and what do you do in the band?

Ryan Strawsma - Bass, Jason Brookhart - Drums, Brian Boszor - Guitar, Jim Volez - Vocals.

3. You guys are a newer band so many people might know about your history. Would you be able to delve into it a little?

TMB - The band began to form in late 2008 out of an internet add and mutual friends.  We started playing shows locally in early 2009 and solidified the lineup by the end of the year. That early period of the band culminated in 2011’s debut full-length release, Strangers in a Strange Land.  We have since worked on expanding our audience by playing several newer cities across the Midwest as well as dropping a couple splits and EP’s along the way.  One split we released in 2015 is our first vinyl offering with our good buddies The Pale Horseman from Chicago.  We also released our Wabash War Machine four song EP in 2014 with a re-issue plus 2 additional songs in 2018.

4. Who are some of your influences?

TMB - In terms of musical influences, we draw a lot of inspiration from classics like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica and a number of punk bands. Some contemporary influences would be bands like High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod… honestly there are way too many to name. We’ve also been inspired over the years by the bands we have played with at home and on the road.  As for our non-musical influences, we dabble in everything from old adventure flicks, “Ancient Aliens” kind of shows, and just everyday life here in Midwest.

5. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

TMB - Yes, we write all of our own material.  We might pull out a cover of The Butthole Surfers or The Ramones every now and then, but we prefer to write & perform our own songs.  Our song-writing is a collaborative effort between all members. We primarily stick to developing our own parts, but we also like to work with each other through suggestion and feedback. As for the topics of our songs, there’s really no overarching theme, or anything like that… usually, topics can range from sci-fi and fantasy to real world events.

6. What was the recording process like for this new album of yours?

TMB - The recording process this time around was a little different than times before.  When we started writing the songs we had a concept or goal in mind.  We wanted to write a collection of songs that went together, that complimented each other, that flowed together, almost a throwback to albums from the 60’s & 70’s in that sense.  Ultimately finances dictated more than we would like to admit, and we realized the only way to somewhat achieve our goal of a real album was to record it live in the studio.  We embraced that idea and decided to record live, directly to tape, with Matt Talbot (HUM) at Earth Analog Studios.  During Easter weekend (2018) we recorded 8 songs in about 15 hours over two days.  All drum tracks are one continuous take with no edits.  Most guitar and bass tracks are continuous takes with no edits.  We had to overdub a few guitar solo’s and some of the vocal tracks after the recording session but other than that the album is completely live.

7. Would you say that you have a favorite song off this album and which is it and why?

Jason - The opener.  Torchbearer.  I love how that song is broken up into chunks.  You’ve got the almost desert influenced, stoner rock type intro/build-up, then comes the more up-tempo crushing verse riff, followed by the halftime headbanging hook.  Those parts alone are a great song then boom we change course to a punk/hardcore drum intro and away we go.  We spent at least a year working out all the different parts and changes in Torchbearer, getting it exactly the way we wanted it.  I like all the songs but this one sticks out to me for some reason.  I do however feel that Hair of the Dogma has everything we have to offer as a band.  Fast riffs, killer grooves and breakdowns

8. Why should people go forth and check out this album?

TMB - We are very proud of this album.  We think this is the best representation of what we do together musically.  We feel like we have finally found “our sound” if you will.  At least “our sound” is a little more identifiable to us.  We have spent a long time trying to figure out what direction we were taking this band (or the band was taking us) and we think we have finally figured it out, at least for now.

9. How about this next year, what is next for The Mound Builders?

TMB - Well, we are going to support this new record as best we can.  Get some new merch in stock.  We’ve got some Midwest shows (Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky) lined up from January through May and we are already booking the summer/fall.  Hoping to hit a festival or two in late summer/early fall and we are putting the finishing touches on a collection of songs we hope to record during the summer/fall


Heavy metallers Brazilians HIGH MOONLIGHT give us quite the detail of their coming together, musical style of approach, new music that is in the works, with a lot whole more.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The band High Moonlight began its work in the late 90's. From the beginning it had a first name that was Evil Side for next Elves of boots. The sound was more sturdy in a heavy blues than a metal itself, but soon they would begin to develop more precise and objective ideas.

If at the beginning the idea was to play cover songs from bands such as Sabbath, Dio, Purple and others, the move now is also to focus on songs of their own.

As with almost every band at the beginning of their journey, it was never easy to maintain a solid formation at the beginning, so the hardest thing was to have members committed to serious, focused work.

With Robert Guima on guitar and always in charge of the band, along with bassist Edson Mad and other guest musicians, the band continued rehearsing and playing in small bars for a while. Several members of the band have integrated or contributed in some way with the band over the years, it is worth mentioning the name of the drummer Ricardo Rodrigues.

In 2016 comes the opportunity of a first official recording in the compilation Rodie Metal-volume 8 (Brazilian Heavy Metal bands). In this period, bassist and friend Edson Mad had to leave the band for personal reasons, Robert, the founder, mentor and tireless member, went ahead with High Moonlight and the song chosen to be part of this collection was "Inovaya".

After this period with the band counting on only one fixed member in its formation, Robert decides to focus on new compositions for the band launching (in form of EP) several sounds like "Meteors explode", "Storm", Dark Knight. .. and can be checked on the SoundCloud platform.

Currently the HML underwent reformulation and counts on Robert Guima and Samyr Morguer on guitars, Joabe Nascimento on drums, Felipe on bass and Ifen Magistrum on vocals
The band will be participating in a new official collection (later this year) in addition to having their songs released on the biggest digital platforms like: Spotify, Deezer, ITunes, Google Play, Tidal, Napster, Music.Amazon, Amazon and other more than 40 platforms , some of them international.
As described in the song that bears the band's own name: "Legends Never Die" (High Moonlight).

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

I have always enjoyed mystical, magical, supernatural and related things. That was precisely what I wanted to address in my lyrics. And the moon is a very mystical symbol, both for wizards, enchanted beings, wolves and Lycans, so I chose it as the name of my band and added the word "High" to magnify it even more. High Moonlight is a tribute to this historical and mysterious symbol that is the moon and all the mystical beings that exist or existed and are part of our history.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We, High Moonlight, are a Brazilian band and the music scene here is very expressive when it comes to heavy music. Although it does not seem and the mainstream media does not care, Brazilians are passionate about rock and heavy metal in general and not just for football as many imagine, in fact many praise from South America have this passion for heavy music.... We are still unknown to the outside world, but in underground, in our scene we are already well known. There is a Brazilian band called "Dark Avenger" It is worth checking the sound of the guys, especially their first album.

4. How would you describe your style?

High Moonlight is a Brazilian heavy metal band with influence on Rainbow, Dio, Uriah Heep, Judas Priest, Sabbath and Accept, but with unique personality and characteristics that make it an original and odd band without looking like a copy of the bands cited above. Only after they have heard will they be able to understand what I am talking about.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

So far we have released an EP in demo format, but with a good production that gives us an idea of our musical proposal, our sound. There were seven handpicked songs, one in Portuguese and the other in English. They are currently on the SoundCloud platform, who want to check out just search for the name of the band (High Moonlight) along with the name of one of our songs (High Moonlight Arcturians) for example, and there enters the page of the band and check all the others. It is worth checking before the release of our first official album.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, not just one but several other songs, that we will compose another album.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

At the moment we are rehearsing our songs a lot to go out to concerts, not only in our country but in other places as well. That's what we want most (to play in other countries).

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Record an official album, spread it as much as possible and win the world playing, not to be famous, this does not make my head, but out playing around and meeting other musical projects, people and different cultures ... Anyway, have fun doing which I like and amuse other people.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

For now in SoundCloud you can listen to the EP in full, but whoever wants to get in touch with me, my Instagram is robhighmoonlight or if someone wants to acquire the album in physical format (demo version) contact via email (highmoonlight12@gmail.com) that we combine and I send the CD. On Facebook you have the band page too (High Moonlight band) and on You Tube: High Moonlight Official band.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That Rock will never let your flame go out. Whatever you hear, wherever you are, there will always be someone with something interesting and fun to show through the good old Rock n Roll !!! As Ronnie James Dio sang: "Long Live Rock in Roll, yeah !!!"


Electronic act THE RADIO BROADCAST consists of two members solely believing in nothing BUT the music! That said, they have some content released so far, with plans in mind for some touring and shows to commence soon enough. Check out the chatter of what was said from this duo below.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Hello we are The Radio Broadcast. We are a Live Electronic group. There are two of us in the group. Michael plays keys and loops/samples and Kristin sings and plays keys as well. We met in a tattoo shop in 2005 and started playing music together in 2008 and formed TRB in 2009. Michael grew up playing drums in punk bands and Kristin grew up playing the piano but at the time when the two met neither of them were involved in anything musically. We had both wanted to create our own punk band but realized after purchasing a guitar neither of us knew how to play nor had the time or patience to learn so we stuck with what we knew, drums and keys. Over the years our sound and style has changed along with the overall setup of the equipment we use. Our style is always evolving

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

When We started The Radio Broadcast in 2008/2009 MySpace was the biggest social media site.  Our Primary objective was to come up with a band name that wasn't already on MySpace. We had several names that we came up with that were not names on MySpace and that would have worked out but nothing stuck with us like The Radio Broadcast. Imagine you are flipping through your music lybrary  and you come across The Radio Broadcast. You tune in to listen and at that point We (The Radio Broadcast) become your radio and you are listening to our broadcast and thus The Radio Broadcast.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

The Radio Broadcast is based out of Houston Texas in the United States. For us with our style the music scene is very difficult but it always has been for us. Over the Years we have struggled to get booked on decent shows because our sound was so unique promoters didn't know who to book us with or how to even book an electronic duo. We have struggled to find similar artists to play with as well but within the past couple years more and more electronic artists are slowly starting to emerge.  The Electronic Music Scene in Houston TX isn't the greatest and there really isn't much of a community for it. It is really strange because you see national electronic acts travel through and put on great shows for a large Houston based crowd but then you get booked on a local show and that crowd that was at the national show is nowhere to be seen at the local shows.

Houston has a really good indie scene that they tend to blend with some electronic influence. There is a really strong EDM and DJ culture in Houston that we were involved in for a couple years but realized that wasn't quite our fit. In Houston it is really about getting involved with the right people in order to get booked for certain events or booked at certain venues. Being an electronic artist in Houston can be discouraging and we have seen electronic artists come and go throughout our time. All in All we have played some really cool events in Houston and we are still trying to get on some of the bigger events the City has to offer but Houston is not a place with a well established electronic music scene even though you can see there are people out there that enjoy the music.

We have played with some amazing Houston talent and one of our Favorites is Rex Hudson. The sounds from rex are very Synthwave, Retrowave, Chillwave. We enjoy seeing him perform every time! Another Local favorite of ours is Ten Pixels Tall the head of Lazybit Collective. Lazybit Collective is a group of guys that create and play 8 Bit music. Love the sounds they produce.

4. How would you describe your style?

This is an excellent question and we can only describe what we want to project but in reality it is up to the listener to describe our style. We have always been stumped by this question because we do not feel we are one certain style. We perform a variety of electronic styles of music because we enjoy a variety of music. We have created tracks that are  more synthwave or synthpop sounding and we have created tracks that are more wichhouse, trap, and dub influenced. We do not create with one sound or one style in mind we create by what we feel and not all creations are intended to be released on an album. With electronic music it is very easy to find a groove and a sound that works and just stick with it. We do not work like that. We do not want all of or music to sound the same. We try to stay fresh and current and we are continuously evolving and experimenting with new sounds and ideas. So for us to label our selves as one particular style is quite difficult for us.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We have released several EP's over the years but currently we only have two that are available as we feel that the music we have out now is what defines us. We have an EP titled "TRB" from 2016 with some really groovy Indie Electronic tracks and some really dancy Synthpop tracks. We just released an EP at the beginning of the year titled "ARRIVED" and on this release we have a nice variety of sounds. Arrived starts off with a strong dramatic intro that evolves into some aggressive dance rhythms and ends with a calming dub track.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We currently have a nice handful of New material that we have been working with over the past couple months and we are super excited to release but we have always been creating music on the go so with the next group tracks we would like to spend a little bit more time with them and work with some different effects and techniques for vocal manipulation and just do a little bit more sound exploration before coming up with a final product.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

As of now we have about one show a month in the Houston area. At the moment we have vehicle issues so we aren't doing much traveling but we look to start playing out of Houston in the near future and we are planning a tour for later this year.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Right now we are working on building our online presence. We are also working on some video and photo editing along with the new musical material. A lot of background prep work for the future but the future is unpredictable. You can plan now for what you think is to come or what you think shall happen but you never truly know what to expect until you are in the moment. But as for the future we have many thoughts as to what we would like to happen but nothing solid as of now. We do have a tour planned for the future but we don't have dates yet.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can go to TRBmusic.com for everything The Radio Broadcast. On our site we have music, videos, merch, dates, and social media links. You can find our music on all streaming sites but some sites are slowly processing our material. For sure on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, BandCamp, SoundCloud, and Reverbnation.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Whether you Love it or Hate it remember the time and dedication that was put into this music that you are now listening to. We are all on our own path and what may be fuel for one may not be fuel for the next. Take a step back from your life and try to view the world from a different perspective. We do our best to produce quality material but in the end quality is defined by you. Your thoughts and feelings towards our music is on you but please remember what we have created was from the love of our souls with positive intent to help connect like minded individuals.


Rock band CHOUT have an all new single out "Seasons" that comes off their upcoming new album "Dogwater". This Alice In Chains influential band is said to take off, just as Alice In Chains had done back in the 90's grunge era of the past but the here and now is happening! Find out more about the single and album from this band called Chout!


1. You're source of style brings back the grunge, rock, style of the 90's sounding much like Alice In Chains' styling. Have you gotten fed up with being compared to them or was that the point for Chout?

I wouldn’t say we are fed up with the comparisons. The point of Chout isn’t to be a sound alike band, we’re aiming for a more original sound that will slowly shine through the more we write. I (Brendan) learned to sing and perform by listening and watching Alice videos from the 90's so at this point my vocal tone and writing style are naturally very similar to Layne’s despite my favorite bands and influences being all over the spectrum.

2. Why go with such a name like Chout? Does it have a meaning by itself or just a randomize name in the sake of being as such?

The band name Chout doesn’t really mean anything. We wanted something simple that was easy to say. We named the band with the "Dogwater" album cover in mind because the record sounded really beefy to us and we thought the name was fitting. Also the name sort of resembles the city we’re from Chicago.

3. When being compared to Alice In Chains, do you find that with every time of hearing such a thing, you find it an honor or just go with the flow of "Alright hearing this again".

Well as we don’t want be characterized as a Greta Van Fleet type sound alike band, It definitely gives us a sense of honor when die hard Alice fans enjoy the record and express excitement for our future.

4. So tell me about your new single made video called "Seasons"?

The Seasons music video was written and directed by our good friend Alec Bourke (he’s done all of our videos and album art as well) the song is about an internal battle with mental illness, the chorus line "Seasons cry for no one" is an ironical reference to Seasonal Depression. The script he wrote for the video features a woman waking up in the woods with a creepy porcelain doll which is a physical representation of the depression or mental illness. By the end of the video the woman ends up smashing the doll when the song goes into the sped up heavy solo section, symbolizing a triumph over one’s own mind.

5. This track comes off your upcoming release "Dogwater", which is what an album or an EP?

Despite being only 8 tracks "Dogwater" is our first full length album.

6. Will there be anymore songs off this "Dogwater", release that we should be aware about?

No "Dogwater" was initially released as a finished product.

7. What about playing shows and going out on tour, have anything like that set in stone?

For now we are playing local shows in the Chicago Land area but it’s looking like we may be on the road playing some of the summer rock festivals of 2019. Nothing is set in stone yet. We will post updates on our social media as things are finalized.

8. Have anything else planned out or that you would like to express?

Right now we are just writing, practicing, and working on developing a more original sound that doesn’t delve too far from our first record. Also in the works of getting on the road to tour before the year ends.


Alternative indie rockers GOOD TIMES & COMPANY have been hard at work upon their all new album titled "Cosmonaut", expected this spring time! But before that happens, they do have other releases of content, that is widely available and superb in quality and sound! Discover what the band had to say about everything below!


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

I (Clint Kesinger-Vocals/Guitar) started an acoustic project called "Good Times" in 2013 after several years of extensive gigging and touring in America’s heavy metal scene. After 2 EP's and some touring as a solo act, I decided to take it up and notch and added long time friend Shad Baldes on bass and mutual friend Kyle Wells on drums. After 2 EP's under the name "Good Times & Company", we added Keagan Cross on guitar as the final member. We released "Midwest Sun" in May of 2018 as a four piece, went on tour and continued with the momentum we had been sustaining since we began. Now we are the verge of releasing a brand-new album with an entirely new and unique sound. The new album is called "Cosmonaut".

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Essentially its just a play off my original solo project "Good Times". We added members, so it changed to "Good Times & Company". Which is a descriptor of what you can expect at one of our shows!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based out of Springfield, IL. The scene has had a recent resurgence and its very inspiring to see. Lots of talented original rock bands are coming together here. Springfield has a history of producing some solid bands that make waves. We have some awesome festivals every summer and the whole city is into it and super supportive. There are also some great new live venues that are beginning to host national touring packages, which is always a good thing! Local bands I’d recommend would be The Dixie Narcos, Feel, Wayward Motel, and solo act Devin Williams. All worth a listen!

4. How would you describe your style?

Alternative Indie Rock. Certainly, our sound is unique to us and we thrive on that. Its catchy but dark, honest and driving. Precisely crafted, loosely delivered. You’ll have to listen and decide for yourself!

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

"Different Things" – 2016
"All American Grinder"- 2017
"Midwest Sun"- 2018

Listening to these 23 songs start to finish honestly depicts our journey. You can clearly see how we have changed and adapted our song writing to get where we are now. Expect an interesting, catchy soundscape that can sweep you away. Difficult to compare to any other band and laced with abstract lyricism and dark themes, all the while leaving catchy melodies in your head for safe keeping.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

YES! We finished tracking our new album "Cosmonaut" in January and expect to be releasing some fun new stuff early spring 2019! This new album is our greatest, most well put together effort to date. You’re gonna want to hear this!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We actually are in the process of finding a new suitable drummer. Our drummer, Kyle, stepped down for mutual reasons and as such we don’t have much booked for touring yet. However, we have some very talented candidates and we are planning on playing some lovely big festivals this summer, so an exciting summer lay head!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Adding a new drummer and continue putting out our brand of rock music. We have achieved the goal of making something sound unique to us, now we will be pushing that sound all over the world online and putting on electrifying live shows. We will return to the stage as a new experience, complete with visuals and new sounds! We would also LOVE to go visit our fans in the UK and Australia! We have had countless fans reach out asking us to come play, so that’s a goal of ours in the future as well!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Our music is on all major platforms! Check any of these links or just google "Good Times & Company":

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3SnWA2sLWfH3IprrlzpnLS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/good-times-company/1123272751

Website: www.goodtimesandco.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/GoodTimesandCompany
IG: @goodtimesandco
Videos:
"Dropping Anchor" Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDYkk2Aq8nc
"The Sound" Music video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MrW_4EahVM
"Mr. Rock n Roll"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwrKjYzQVdY
"Hilly Krystal" Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WQY15eK8M

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Listen with no expectations. The only thing that matters is the sound you’re experiencing in that moment. Sit back, crank the volume up, and enjoy the uniquely catchy vibrations of Good Times & Company!


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