February 2019


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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Electronic rock act SHE MADE ME DO IT have an all new EP out titled "Drenched", and with it also comes some other releases, a show and much more in the coming months! Find out what this duo made up of Shaheena Dax (vocals/keyboards) and Will Crewdson (guitar/keyboards) just has to discuss below.


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

Shaheena: Will and I were both part of the rock band Rachel Stamp - we’ve been writing music together since then and She Made Me Do It is the epic result of this collaboration.

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

Will: We couldn’t think of anything decent so our friend Nik Panic came up with it.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?

Will: We’re in North London. There’s a load of good venues still around if you look for them. Probably more than ever if you move slightly away from the West End.

Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Will: Starsha Lee are good and we also like PollyPikPocketz and Flesh Tetris.

4. How would you describe your style?

Shaheena: Darkly melodic with a hint of violence.

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

Two albums and this EP and lots of videos...Interesting lyrics, good tunes and rockin’ riffs.

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

Shaheena: We’re always writing - we’re presently working on new ideas and feel really good about the Drenched EP and the new direction we’re taking.

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

Will: We’re playing The Finsbury on the 25th of Feb and more dates coming in soon.

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

Shaheena: More writing, more videos and more gigs.

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

Will: You can find everything at SheMMDI.com. The new EP looks as good as it sounds so it’s worth ordering the vinyl from us!

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

Shaheena: Play it loud.


Mix-up rockers SHOUT AT THE ROBOTS got into details about their latest content, themselves, and the music they make and how it comes full circle with each release seen through. Find out all of the chatter below.


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

The band as it is now has been together since 2015, but we've all known each other since we were little kids. Obviously this means we all have a twisted weird bond and are like brothers in all the best and worst ways.

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

People don't actually ask this that often for some reason which is great because it's the kind of name we can say “it means whatever you think it means” which is the worst kind of cop out answer. It could be some kind of commentary on the digitization of humanity but we're Netflix binging smart-phone havers just like you. So it means whatever you want it to mean.

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're based in the Southern Tier of upstate New York, between Binghamton and Owego. There is a really cool little punk/alternative/whatever scene in Binghamton that we've been thankfully semi-adopted into. You and your readers should definitely check out; (deep breath) Talk Hard, Cold Sweats, Walking Distance, If Madrid, Archemist, Floodlands, Yard Party, 2nd Suitor, Underground River, Tom Jolu, Ry, Natural Born Kissers. Tons more worth exploring as well.

4. How would you describe your style?

We have a lot in common with bands like The Replacements or Husker Du, Fugazi etc. People have compared us to all kinds of groups. We're kind of a heavy post-punk band with all kinds of little twists thrown in.

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

We self-released an album in December of 2017 called Fail Better which is available for whatever you feel like paying on Bandcamp as well as pretty much anywhere else online. I think in the future people can expect that we'll never put out the same thing twice or get boring, hopefully.

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

Absolutely. We hope to have the first of a few EP's out some time in March.

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

Ideally we would be playing 100+ shows a year but we're waaaaaay below that mark right now. We're still in the very early stages of planning our first tour. But the plan is to keep working at it and chipping away and pretending we know what we're doing as long as we can.

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

Clearly I should have read ahead before answering that last one. But really our plan is to just absorb as much as we can, much like the Blob, and grow bigger and bigger and take over the world.

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

You can listen to everything we've done so far at shoutattherobots.bandcamp.com which also has a link to our merch! We're pretty DIY but we also gotta make a little cash here and there, you know?

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

No one can really tell you what to do. Try not to be a jerk. We can all live like life is okay through music and it's alright to be weird and confused, no matter how old you are or where in life you are. Eat more tacos. We love you.


Russian Groove Metal band Addict have released their new single "Swamp". The single was recorded at "Remark Studio" (drums, vocals) and "Sirius Studios" (guitars, bass, keys). Mixed/mastered by Vladimir Lehtinen.

Check out the single here: https://addictmetal.bandcamp.com/album/swamp-single.

Addict was formed in 2011 by guitarist Daniel in Moscow, but active work was started only in 2017 when a permanent lineup was formed and the band was preparing for the first official record. In December, 2017 the band released their debut EP "The New Sun".


Falling In Reverse has announced a new tour titled "Episode III Tour" with special guests Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes to New, and New Years Day. Coming to a city near you.

TOUR DATES:

Apr 20 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Apr 21 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Apr 23 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
Apr 24 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Apr 26 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues*
Apr 27 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
Apr 28 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Apr 29 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
May 01 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
May 03 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 04 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 05 New York NY @ Gramercy Theatre
May 07 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
May 08 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
May 10 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
May 11 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
May 12 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 14 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 17 Boise, IS @ Revolution
May 18 Portland, OR @ The Hawthorne Theatre
May 19 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
May 21 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
May 22 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
May 24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

*Ice Nine Kills not performing


- THE FIRST U.S. TOUR IN A DECADE -

The last time that goth rock legends The 69 Eyes toured the United States, was in 2009. As the band has been busy conducting business as usual, releasing albums and touring elsewhere, the US has been waiting very long for the return of the Helsinki Vampires.

After recently teaming up with DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara’s and his wife Anahstasia’s The Oracle Management, THE 69 EYES are ready to start a new chapter in their 30-year rock’n’roll saga.

"Before releasing the new album, we’re closing a chapter in our history, by returning to the homeland of ELVIS and THE RAMONES," stated THE 69 EYES singer Jyrki Linnankivi. "We cannot wait to play in Memphis and New York and another 20 cities! It’s been way too long. Feels like we’re really back from the grave!"

Make sure to catch the opportunity to finally see the Helsinki Vampires live in the United States again!

Tickets at: www.69eyes.com/tour
VIP packs at: bit.ly/the69eyesvip

TOUR DATES:

04.17 Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse
04.18 Joliet, IL - The Forge
04.19 Newport, KY - Thompson House
04.20 Memphis, TN - Growlers
04.22 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
04.23 Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater
04.24 Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell
04.26 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
04.27 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
04.28 Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
04.30 San Francisco - DNA Lounge
05.01 Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
05.02 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
05.03 Las Vegas, NY - Count’s Vamp’d
05.04 Mesa, AZ - Club Red *
05.06 Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live
05.07 Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live
05.08 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
05.10 West Palm, FL - Respectables
05.11 Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
05.12 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade (Hell)
05.14 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
05.15 Amityville, NY - Revolution
05.16 Brooklyn, NY - The Kingsland
05.17 Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
05.18 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero **

*no MXMS
** no MXMS and The Nocturnal Affair


Paul Bartolome an up and coming artist went on to release his debut album "Gravity" in 2018. That same year a follow-up EP came forth that late year on December 24th titled "Goodbye To The Quiet Life".

"Goodbye To The Quiet Life" EP OUT NOW!

TRACKLISTING:

1. Goodbye To The Quiet Life
2. Girls
3. Cynical Love
4. Money
5. Renegade Stripper
6. Goodbye To The Quiet Life (Live Studio Session)

A follow-up album release titled "Screaming Through The Radio" is expected for 2019 on September 14th 2019! Check out the artwork's and tracklisting's for both releases, EP and sophomore album follow-up below!

"Screaming Through The Radio" sophomore album details;  album features a few great guests including the following -

Jonny Craig (ex Slaves)
Monte Money (Beyond Unbroken and ex Escape The Fate)
Sophy Streater (My Fiance, Also appeared on my last record on the song "Unbreakable" The single that placed #110 in the iTunes charts)
Philip Strand (Normandie)
RIL (a,k,a, Vidal Riley - Pro Boxer, Ksi's Boxing Coach and also rapper)

"Screaming Through The Radio" coming out this fall on September 14, 2019!

TRACKLISTING:

1. Heaven (feat. Jonny Craig)
2. A Beautiful Lie
3. Devils In The Details (feat. Monte Money)
4. Roll With The Punches
5. Selfish
6. All The Things You Said (feat. Sophy Streater)
7. Just Another Love Song
8. It's Not Okay
9. Holy Water (feat. RIL)
10. Higher
11. Pray For The World
12. Screaming Through The Radio
13. Run To You (feat. Philip Strand)
14. A New York Feeling
15. Moonlight [Bonus Track]
16. Flashing Lights [Bonus Track]


Dallas-based rock quintet Drudge have debuted their new single and music video "Tunnel Vision." The band, featuring Attack Attack! founding member and former lead guitarist Andrew Whiting, partnered with Alternative Press for the premiere.

"The song and video represent Drudge to this point," says vocalist Jay Miller. "We have dedicated ourselves to our passion, not our paychecks. And we are bringing something to rock music that I don’t think anyone else has right now."

Whiting and the British vocal powerhouse Miller are joined in Drudge by brothers Aaron (drums) and Logan (bass) Gavaldon, and Kenneth Garcia (rhythm guitar). "Tunnel Vision" is the band's second single release and was produced by Dan Korneff (Breaking Benjamin, The Word Alive).

Check out the video over HERE.


The sleaze glam rock band Tracy Grave, has today formalized a change of lineup, declaring to take different paths from the guitarist Mark Shovel and that after his abandonment, they are still continuing to work on some artistic novelties. Recall that Mark is coauthor, together with the lead singer Tracy, of the songs of the album "Sleazy Future".

The Tracy Grave wrote in their Facebook page post https://www.facebook.com/tracygraveofficialpage/

"For reasons of various nature, the Tracy Grave band will be without a component for the moment. Unfortunately, the harmony is not enough, the differences in terms of artistic growth and the needs of the band members, have brought us to a standstill, here the decision to take two different paths.
We thank Mark Shovel for his work in these years, and we wish him the best and a big good luck for his new projects. This marks the beginning of a new era forTracy Grave.
Important news sooner"

Tracy Grave and the manager Valeria Campagnale still working hard to create great new projects for the band itself.

Follow Tracy Grave:
https://www.tracygraveofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tracygraveofficialpage
https://twitter.com/tracygraverock
https://www.instagram.com/tracygraveofficial


Metal band MYNAS has been within the underground metal scene for sometime now. Thus, with this they have gone on to release two pieces of work, their first titled "Fear The Slave" (2015) and newest piece with follow-up titled "Dead To The Unknown" (2019). The band goes into talks about themselves and the music that they create.


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

Mynas is: Miles Lanham-Guitar/Vocals Jeff Pritz-Lead Guitar Mark Bazar-Bass Mauricio Silva-Drums

Well, Mynas as it is today, started as a studio project back in the summer of 2013. There were three of us then. Mark Bazar, Dean Greenwood and myself [Miles Lanham].  We had a few Ideas for songs rolling around.

These Ideas were pieces we had attempted to put together in the past and were not 100% to our liking. So, the idea was to solidify the songs and put them out as a "look we finally completed an album" type of thing.

As we worked on the album that would eventually be called "Fear The Slave", Mark and I wanted to take it a bit more serious.  By this time it was December of 2014 and Dean lost interest. So, he left the project

Shortly after we enlisted Jeff Pritz to pick up on writing guitar solos and Mike Fitzgerald of Guttural Secrete to work on drums. The album was released on September 22, 2015.  We played only two dates with that line up. One was in October and the other was in December I believe.

In January of 2016 Mike left the band for personal reasons. At this point we were still pretty stoked on the band and decided that we would give it one more shot at finding the right guy for the job. We put an add out on Craigs list for a "Metal" drummer. After two months of searching we finally found our guy, Mauricio Silva. He came in and immediately fit. Three months later we were playing shows.
We spent most of 2016 playing locally. We did one out of town date in Utah. But that was it.

In the beginning of 2017 we were still trying to figure out if we were going to just be a hobby band, or take this to the next level. By the summer, we found ourselves in Xpoz battle of the fans. That’s where we ended up winning a spot on the Vans Warped tour at the Hard Rock in Vegas. I think that was a defining moment for us as a band. We started taking things a lot more serious after that.

Unfortunately, everything was put on hold shortly after...I was experiencing headaches on a regular basis. Upon having a C.T scan, a tumor was discovered behind my right eye. It was unknown at the time if it was malignant or benign. The only way to find out was through surgery. Uncertain if the band would be around by 2018, we decided to take a break… The surgery was performed in December of 2017 and the pathology was results were benign.

In 2018 we put the axe to the grindstone. It was decided that we would start production on a new album as soon as I had recovered from surgery. Mynas entered the studio on March 10th and continued to work until December 23rd 2018.

We set our release date to January 25th 2019 and that finds us here. I think that's the short version of Mynas’ history thus far. "Miles Lanham".

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

This is kinda goofy. But, True! LOL! Okay… So, we couldn't agree on a band name... It was getting bad. So It was agreed. We would put a bunch of potential band names in a hat and pick the first one that was pulled out. That name sucked! So, we picked Mynas.

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 in Las Vegas, NV. The music scene is very diverse and segregated. Everyone in each genre knows of each other in one way or another. We can recommend Vatican Falling, Anti Trust, Silence Speaks, Oscillation, Asylum of Ashes.

4. How would you describe your style?

The Mynas style consists of fast rhythmic drums with intense double bass, accompanied by melodic heavy guitars, thick roaring bass and vocals that demand the listeners attention.

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

So far we have two releases. The first one in 2015 "Fear The Slave", which is rooted deeper in thrash than our most recent release, "Dead To The Unknown", released on 1/25/2019. This album has a little bit of everything in it. We were striving to not get thrown in a sub-genre of metal.

6. Tell us about the new release.

We spent time on every song. If something didn't feel right or it wasn't working, we would set the idea aside to let it mature. You can really hear that, each song is its own idea and sits in its own place on the album.

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

As of right now there are a few things in the works. Some set in stone. We are kicking the release off with a hometown show on Friday February 1st at the Backstage Bar And Billiards.  We also have a gig in San Diego on march 1st and working some things out for the summer as well. 

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

Currently our plans are to reach out generally and grow. We enjoy playing live and want to continue to find new places to do it.

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

You can find everything Mynas related at www.mynasofficial.com.

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

We want them to remember the intensity. We feel that it should be an uplifting experience. Hopefully our music makes that impression on new listeners.


Phoenix, Arizona’s American Standards have premiered a completely unhinged new single via Metal Injection titled "Phantom Limb". The song mixed by Kevin Antreassian of The Dillinger Escape Plan, continues to push the dynamics of the experimental hardcore band while hearkening back to familiar sounds of early 00’s and late ‘90's metalcore. Frantic melodies and shifting time signatures are paired with expressive, dual vocals. The song is reminiscent of mathcore pioneers such as Converge, The Chariot, Every Time I Die and The Bled.

"We’re always pushing ourselves to do something different. With Phantom Limb, it was taking a traditional song structure and turning it upside down into something that sounds a bit schizophrenic upon first listen."

Says Brandon Kellum, the frontman for American Standards.

"The song is about carving your own path and challenging what it means to belong."

Listen to "Phantom Limb" by American Standards HERE.

TOUR DATES:

2/22 - Albuquerque, NM @ Eclipse Music Venue
2/23 - Denver, CO @ Seventh Circle Music Collective
2/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
2/25 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar


Swedish Thrash Metal band Condemned AD have released their new video clip for "Nothing is Nothing". The video was filmed by Alexander Eriksson and Mikael Karlsson in November 2018 and edited by "YOD Multimedia".

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3rT3BKaWzs.

The band was formed in 1989 at Skoghall, Sweden by Mikael Klecken (vocal/guitar). In 1992 the band released their debut EP "Until death ends it all", but after some years playing together in 1994 the band split up, because Mikael Klecken had a major depressive disorder. In 2015 a good friend of the band asked Mikael "Klecken" if they could temporary rejoin for his 40 birthday and do a gig at a local Rockbar in Karlstad after that gig they decided to keep on going. After some lineup changes and two E.P "Until Death" and "Will i cheat death one more day". In 2018 the band released their new EP "Time Waits for No One" and a video.


My Immortal Enemy has released a new track titled "The Laughing Heart", off the band's debut full-length album "Akuma" expected in 2019! This all new band is the formation from Steven Juliano the frontman and main man behind such previous bands as Requiem for the Dead, Requiem, and I Am Ghost, among others. Check out the teaser new track right HERE.

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