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US underground rock upstarts Icon For Hire returns with “Curse Or Cure,” a rallying anthem that draws inspiration from giant names such as Bring Me The Horizon, PVRIS and Linkin Park. “Curse Or Cure” was released on September 18th via Kartel Music Group.

“Curse Or Cure” is Icon For Hire at their most visceral, powerful and robust, with heavy guitars, soaring vocals and a poignant message that begs to be heard. “Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song.  Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Speaking on the tracks’ lyrics and meaning, singer Ariel Bloomer says, “Society often tells people with mental health issues that we are the problem, but then also expects us to be able to fix ourselves. If I am what's broken, how can I also possibly solve myself from the inside?” It’s this ability to mix a striking sound with an equally impactful lyrical message that has seen Icon For Hire build up an expansive & dedicated fan base. 

Since forming in 2007, the duo—Bloomer and guitarist Shawn Jump—have amassed a legion of followers. Currently sitting at almost half a million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 600,000 followers across social platforms, Icon For Hire is the sleeping giant of the modern rock scene. 

Their previous album, You Can’t Kill Us was completely funded by fans through Kickstarter on a campaign that raised $127,200—making it one of the year’s highest-raising music campaigns. This success was achieved thanks to the bands highly dedicated fanbase that support them on Patreon and have been supporting the band though thick, thin, litigation, addiction and more.

Check out the track HERE.


Retro rock n' rollers SIMPLE RADICALS just released their latest song/video titled "Rich Man Wanna Be King", with an album that has already been out for sometime now with all new music in the works as well. The band goes into great detail about their musical journey from the start to the present day!


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

The Simple Radicals officially formed about two years ago when I reconnected with my lead guitarist John Griffin. John and I are the nucleus of the band and control the direction and overall vibe. We were working with different drummers and bass players through the recording of our album “New Revolution” but now are playing with two exceptional musicians – Griff Johnson on drums and James Page on bass.

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

The Simple Radicals more or less came out of the way John and I look and life and music. We’re both non-conformists and non-conventional and we like to look at things differently. Stay simple. But think radical. Hence The Simple Radicals.

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 so blessed to live in such a rich and vibrant city like Chicago where there are so many local bands and venues and clubs that you can go to virtually every night to see live music. Rock, blues, reggae, coffee shop, etc. It’s such a versatile music scene filled with amazing musicians. Chicago produced rock icons like Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan and blues legends such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters. So we love being in such great company. A couple great local bands I highly recommend are Rainbow James and a band called Rookie.

4. How would you describe your style?

From a musical and stylistic standpoint, we describe our music as "retro-rock and roll" that combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. On a lyrical basis, I’m absolutely infatuated with the writing of Eddie Vedder and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success.

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

We’ve actually been quite busy during the pandemic. We just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjT9RZdpe4) which provides a candid and somewhat scathing look at our current president. It was just released on YouTube and it’s racked up around 100,000 views already and climbing. Our album, "New Revolution", has been out for about a year. For those Living Colour fans, you will definitely recognize the sounds of the guitar-God Vernon Reid who shredded it on our track "Medicate".

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

Definitely. We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Starship’s “White Rabbit” where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. It was such an amazing experience to work with them and we’re really excited about the song. It’s a very non-conventional and unique take on this iconic song. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And, we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show.

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

We had an amazing 2020 planned for live show including two showcases at SXSW, playing festivals with Molly Hatchet, Jefferson Starship, Puddle of Mudd, and Blackfoot as well as a great gig in Chicago but all got axed due to Covid. We’re on the lineup for all of those next year when it gets rescheduled. We’re also going to plan to play live as much as we can next year as soon as clubs are ready to book again.

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

We’re very fortunate in that we’re able to stay active and creative during the apocalypse. We’re having a ton of fun working together and thinking outside the box to build our fan base and get our music noticed by as many people as we can. We put on a great live show and we’re anxious to take hit the road as soon as possible. We’re going to keep writing and creating as long as we’re all having fun.

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

You can listen to us on Spotify (The Simple Radicals), YouTube (The Simple Radicals) and connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/thesimpleradicals), Twitter (twitter.com/simpleradicals) and Instagram (instagram.com/simpleradicals.)

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

We’re a retro-rock and roll band that tries to convey a refreshing change from the clichés that currently permeates rock with music and lyrics that aim to both observe and reimagine the current state of affairs in the world today. We try to capture and convey to our fans what’s going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy. Our fans tell us that our music penetrates them on an emotional and visceral level, and they feel that they are not alone in what they are thinking and feeling today. And if it helps spark a new revolution in how we approach society in a smarter way…then so be it!


French nu-metal go getters MINDWAKE just released their new album, and are already hard at work upon an EP release expected in 2021! Shows are in the works and once they can take place the band will be rockin! The band goes into chat about their future plans and more music making too!


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

It was long and painful getting there, we tried to make the original line-up work for too long, 6 years, because we really had really strong bonds to begin with, but in the span of those years most of those bonds deteriorated, and as we were finishing our album, we gradually lost most of the original guys, but in the end now we’ve got a real team, an album out, and the few people who heard it seem to like it, so things ain’t looking so bad now!

Mindwake original Lineup, we wrote a good half of B52 together :

-Emile (guitar), Joffrey (bass), J-B (guitar), Charley (vocals), Lou (drums)

Mindwake current line-up :

-Charley : Vocals

-Dorian : Guitar

-Loic : Guitar

-Samir : Bass (also plays bass in Monuments of Misanthropy)

-Lou : Drums ( also doing the solo project A.I.(d) )

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

Being high in a car after a rehearsal, and searching for a band name, I think that’s the first idea we found, and it sounded good, was funny to us and didn’t give any hints about the music we’re playing so we decided to keep it.

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 live in the south of France, between Nice and Cannes! Our local scene? Over the years, the bands have become rare! If I have to recommend a band in particular with us who has enormous potential and who are our brothers in arms is From Dismay, they make good big fat deathcore, very heavy. Go check them out!

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s funny, at the beginning it would have been hard to answer this question because we mix a lot of different influences and there was no good word to describe what we do, but now, I think that we may fall in the Nu-metalcore niche; in short we’re making our own mix or energic Nu-metal riffs, heavy breakdowns and creepy/nostalgic atmospheres.

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

We’ve just released an album. People can expect heavy, aggressive and moody music.

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

Yes we’re working on an EP we’re planning to release in 2021, writing vocals right now, and at the same time we’re already working on some music for the next album.

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

Obviously the covid situation is not helping, but now that the album is out of the way we’re going to start working on it. Send us a mail at mindwake.booking@gmail.com for serious booking offers.

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

We would like to play as much as possible and everywhere, to release all the material we have in stock, to find a label, a booking agency, we would really like to work with structures that could help us achieve our goals.

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

You can listen to our album on pretty much every streaming platform (Spotify, Deezer, Google Play etc…) OR, if you really wanna support us. You can buy our album at mindwakeofficial.bandcamp.com or you can grab some merch at mindwakeshop.bigcartel.com.

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

Hrrmm, Tough one... Probably it’s either going to be the angry parts or the weird parts, it’s difficult to predict, there are a lot of different parts in our album that could be the highlight of the album for very different kind of ears, so it may vary a lot!


Indie pop rockers FREEDIVERS have a handful of single's out right now, with another single expected soon enough. An upcoming EP is also being worked upon as well as some music acoustic. The band has a discussion about all of this and more.


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

At the end of 2019, I had some riffs and some lyrics, but I needed someone to help me shape them. Then I met Sergi, he liked the project and we started working. I think it would not have been possible without him. Later Xavi joined us and in November of that same year we released our first single "Freerider".

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

Years ago I was very committed to the world of diving and freediving practice. I always thought that diving with just a breath in a world so different and so mysterious, it was something very romantic. That's why "Freedivers"

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 band is based in Barcelona, a very cosmopolitan city full of different music, however, in this scene rock sung in English does not have an important presence. The vast majority of bands sing rock in Spanish.

4. How would you describe your style?  

Our music is Indie / Pop / Rock / Grunge. We tell personal stories, each one different, sometimes optimistic, sometimes pessimistic. We think we fit into an indie rock group with a touch of grunge, I guess because of the influence of the Seattle sound of the 90th

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

We currently have 4 singles on the market. on all the major streaming platforms. and another new single about to be released

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

We are currently working on a 6 song EP and we are thinking of releasing some acoustic.

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

Well, the situation generated by the global pandemic has disrupted all plans. At the moment all our work is being developed in the studio. we hope that later things will change

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

Keep composing, keep recording, keep searching and creating opportunities

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

You can listen to us on all the main streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, I tunes etc. if anyone is interested in buying our merchandising they can visit our website: www.thefreedivers.com.

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

The first, our name. and that they will look for information about the band. We want people to know that we are very grateful to those who take the time to listen to us, and we would love to connect with all of them.

Hard rockers BONEYARD have their debut album out this fall come the Halloween season titled "Oathbreaker". The band hopes to perform the tracks live soon enough, and will write all new material towards their next album! The band goes on to talk lots about their music, wanting to play again and more.


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

Members include lead singer and guitarist Pamtera, bassist Dennis Cooke, and drummer Jeff Cunningham. Boneyard started out as a hard rock cover project in 2015 and have been writing original music for the past 4 years. The members bring a wealth of experience from previous projects thatinclude: Tyrant, Powerslave, and Septimus.

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

In the beginning, while we were learning cover songs, one of our members listened to SIrius satellite radio a lot and noticed the Boneyard channel played most of the songs we did. We decided to use Boneyard as our name mainly for familiarity to the style of material we were covering. Once we we started writing our own material, and head in an all original direction, we kept the same name due to the following we had built up.

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

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.Though the scene here primarily consists of cover bands, we do have some excellent original metal bands (Striker, Arcane Tyrant, etc).

4. How would you describe your style?

With traditional/ classic metal bands like Judas Priest, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Doro being our main influences, we consider ourselves a hard rock/ metal band.

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

Our debut album "Oathbreaker" will be released October 24, 2020. Prior to that, the first single Fates Warning will be released on October 17, 2020. The songs on "Oathbreaker" range from some lighter material to songs with Iron Maiden style gallops and double bass drumming. The constants throughout the album are Pamtera's clean, lush vocals and the melodic, blistering guitar solos.

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

Absolutely! As with most bands affected by the pandemic, we've been writing new material. So far, we have three songs completed.

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

As restrictions from the pandemic are slowly being lifted in Alberta, some live music venues have opened up again, with limited capacity. Our immediate plan is to schedule a live CD release event in the next couple of months. After that, another live show for the vinyl release of "Oathbreaker".

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

Continue writing for our next album and play live as much as the current conditions will allow.

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

We are pleased to announce that Fates Warning will be the first single and will be available on your favorite online music platform Saturday October 17, 2020. The "Oathbreaker" album will drop on Saturday October 24, 2020. Visit our website at www.boneyardrocks.ca for more details.

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

That this is some great hard rock, really different.  Also, that this is a really great sounding album, and they're from Canada!


Pure rockers LIQUID THERAPY are the type of band that will appeal to many people. They have since released a debut album, with new material slowly forming. The band goes on to say much about themselves, where they are from and their music of course!


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

It started with Gino and Davy being friends already and they both felt the timing was right to do something together at last. They completed the band with Bart on Vocals, Luc on drums and Renzo on bass. After a few gigs, Renzo decided to leave the band and Hans Joined us as the new bass player. In the last two years, I can honestly say that we changed from being a band to being a band of friends. We all have our own characters and funny enough it is a match. Recently Luc had to leave the band as well because of medical reasons. Now we found our new drummer Kristof (Timmy) and I can feel the same vibe already with him.

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

I think we found the band’s name while having a few beers. It sounded good and it has a lot of meaning for us. Beer is always a good solution when things aren’t going the way you want  Drinking actually is a good therapy.

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

Our home base is Houthulst in the heart of West-flanders. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I think we are a bit of a mixture of a few different genres at the moment. Some songs are metal, old school hard rock and some of them lean more to grunge, rock and even punk. I think our next album and songs we will record, will be a bit harder, compared to our debut album. Also live, we sound a bit harder than we do on our recorded versions.

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

We just released our debut album ‘Breathe’ and all songs on that album have or lyric videos or complete video clips on YouTube and so.  It is an album that has 10 songs with a lot of variety. We already had some very good feedback and appreciation so hopefully you can enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it. 

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

Not yet, but when our new drummer is settled in completely we will start working on new songs. 

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

Again we want to leave some room for our drummer to settle in. When this is done and the covid situation allows us to be back on stage, we will be there. Of course we want to do this in a safe environment which will be very hard for organizers I guess.

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

We want to play live and make new music. I think we are very ambitious with this band and we hope, that one fine day, we get to play on big stages on one of our favorite festivals all over the world. 

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

Merchandise and our CD can be ordered online on www.liquidtherapy.be and of course you can also find our music on the known streaming platforms as Spotify, iTunes, YouTube etc.

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

If they enjoy the music and the lyrics, it is all good for us. For those who like us, we have a lot more to offer, so I hope you stay tuned and we see you soon on stage. - Hans Liquid Therapy


Rock n' rollers BLACKJACK LOVE have a style all their own, releasing content over time, with all new material in the works as well! The band goes on to say much more about themselves and their music creativity.

 

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

Well, originally it was just me (Azza), & I recorded/produced our debut album 'Bullets & Blues', with a fellow producer/drummer. I met our current drummer Matt Wonder years ago when he was in another band and we clicked from there. One day me and my mate Newbs were going up to a Chelsea game and walked past him sat in a boozer with his old man and they started shouting obscenities at me so we went in a had a drink with them. I was telling him I was looking to put a band together and he jumped at the chance. Our Bass player, Brother Sam, I just found him lying in the street with a bass guitar and an empty bottle of jack, so I took him in. As for our rhythm guitarist, Brother Nick (they're not related) he was there when we got to the practice studio (But really Matt Wonder recruited him)
   
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

I won a load of money on blackjack, then made love all night. Next.

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 band is based out of Woking, to be honest, I wouldn't say there is much of a scene here anymore, there's more of a scene in Guildford which is a few miles down the road. The only band that I really know of currently is Birdsworth, go check them out.

4. How would you describe your style?

Heavy Blues Baby!!!! A mixture of Groove-laden desert rock riffs, heavy bass lines and catchy melodies along with a Tarantino-esque stoner rock vibe.   

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

So far our album 'Bullets & Blues' is available on all good streaming platforms, along with current singles 'Forever Man' and 'Before I leave'. If you listen to 'B&B' from start to finish it is loosely based as a concept album, which we hope is something people can enjoy. We also recently recorded a live acoustic session which your readers can find on our YouTube.    

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

Of course! we have a new single coming out in the coming weeks called 'I Want War' and we have a truck load more in the pipeline for you wonderful people, so be sure to keep up to date with our socials.

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

We had load of gigs lined up throughout the summer and onwards, but due to the current situation we have had to hit the brakes on that, which has been a killer. But as soon as we get the green light it will be full steam ahead.

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

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll. Maybe world domination? Big stages, Big crowds and Big Sounds with the odd cup of tea thrown in.

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

You can listen to us wherever you are in the world, but to be specific iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, YouTube, Soundcloud and most other streaming sites.   

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

We want our tune ingrained in their head, be it the melody, the instruments or just the sound. We want you to sing it for days until it drives you mad! any hook that gets you humming when you don't even realize, and most of all, we want them to enjoy it on a spiritual and emotional level.   

 



Modernized band IN THE A..M. have a few single's with all new content expected between now into the next year! Band member Alex talks about the band, music, and more!


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

Alex: Sure thing! In the A.M. has had a revolving cast of temporary members over the last couple of years. At this point in time, I’m really the only member and currently focused on rebuilding a group that is dedicated to the end goal.

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

Alex: I was looking for a name that was marketable when I came up with In The A.M. But I also wanted it to be something that had a more personal meaning behind it. I also thought it would be sick if the name was a phrase that people say a lot on a conversational basis. So In The A.M. came up in my mind. People definitely say it a lot, and it includes my first and middle initial (A.M.). So I went with it.

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

Alex: In The A.M. is based out of Indianapolis, IN. The rock scene here sucks. Most people here love country, rap, or pop music and don’t really support local artists. Ohio has a much better rock scene.

4. How would you describe your style?

Alex: If you are referring to musical style, I’d say it’s like a blend of Three Days Grace and I Prevail. It’s a modern sound, with a fresh vibe, which is hard to find currently in the rock industry. Most of these bands sound the same.

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

Alex: We’ve released a few singles so far. But I’ve been in the studio working for the last year and I have a ton of new material. This music is really well produced and every new release, you can expect high quality, in-depth music. Something to relate to.

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

Alex: Oh yeah. As mentioned above, there’s a lot of new material coming out between now and 2021. I’m also working on a cover album called, “Renditions”. 



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

Alex: Well, I would love to say yes. But with COVID shaking the world right now, I don’t necessarily have anything planned at the moment. I guess we’ll see what happens in the next two months or so. I’m definitely ready to tour again though.


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

Alex: Grow. That’s the only goal. I’m ready to take this to the next level and make an impact professionally in the music industry. This new music speaks volumes and I think the potential is limitless.

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

Alex: You can find the music on just about every large streaming platform. Youtube, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc. Just be sure to add the dots into the name when searching for our name, In The A.M.

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

Alex: I’d like them to think, damn this is good. And I want them to feel inclined to share it with their friends. I want them to resonate emotionally, not just on a surface level because of a catchy hook.

11. Alex: Lastly, I’d like to thank you all at Nataliez World for taking your time to put this interview together. It means the world to me, and I certainly appreciate the opportunity. Stay true to you. -Alex


Progressive metal band JOVIAC has memorable ideas to satisfy the masses for years to come. In fact, they have released two full-length album's, along with focusing on themselves since forming just not that long ago either. The band goes into much more chatter about all of this and more.


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

I founded Joviac in 2017 after burying my previous band that disbanded due to personal differences about a year earlier. Music has been the most important form of self expression and self actualization for me since I was a teen, so I just needed a new vessel for it. It made sense to start from scratch with a new name and with a new mentality based on everything I had learned up until that point.
Joviac began as more of a project. I did everything except play bass on the debut album. I felt it was easier to get the ball rolling and things moving forward if I had something to show to people.
Antti Varjanne was already with me back then playing bass on the first album, but it was with the addition of Rudy Fabritius (drums) and Janne Korpela (live-guitar 2017-2019) when the project really became a real “band”. Even though there have been changes here and there, and the live-guitar duties are now handled by Joona Niemi, it's really the symbiosis of us three core members that make up Joviac. Everyone brings something unique to the table and I never take for granted that I'm able to do this with such talented people and on top of that we're also extremely close friends. We're kind of like brothers really, or at least that's the way I feel!

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

When I was trying to come up with the name, I wanted something to signify that the band was an honest and personal musical depiction of myself. I'm the songwriter in the band and all the songs come from a very personal place and I wanted the name to be a representation of that, if at least to myself. My full name is Viljami Jupiter Wenttola, and no, it's not an artist name. “Jove” is an age-old English word for the Roman god “Jupiter” and so I just changed the ending of the word. It's just mainly to remind myself to stay true to my own goals when making music, to keep making music for myself.

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

Joviac is based out of Tampere, Finland, with the exception of Rudy who lives in Helsinki. Tampere is known in Finland as a rock'n roll city, and is playfully referred to as “manse” or “Manchester”. It's historically a working man's town and it shows in the music scene here.  While it's true that Finland is totally a metal country (more metal bands per capita than anywhere else in the world), it poses some challenges even though we refer to ourselves as a “progressive metal” band. Finland's a small country and the kind of metal that has broken through or made it big is basically what you hear on the radio on a very small loop. It's tough to stand out. We're doing our best though, and for the small time that we've been a band (about 3 years) we've gone forward so much, it's just tough to stay patient sometimes. There are however some brothers in arms here that share our passion for progressive music! I would totally urge anyone to check out our friends Everwave and External whom we will be sharing the stage with next week!

4. How would you describe your style?

We call ourselves progressive metal, but like I guess 90% of artists out there, I feel like it leaves a lot unsaid. What I'm going for most of the time is a marriage between progressive metal and other styles like pop. I'd like to think that we are a very genuine and honest representation of progressive metal wrapped up in an accessible package. I like to borrow the freedom and complexity from the prog side and try to marry it with memorable hooks and snappy choruses from the pop side. You should tell me if we've succeeded!

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

We've released two full-length albums and as of today 10.9.2020 we've released two stand-alone singles! We just came out with a new one, “Misplaced” today and we're very excited to see how it will be received. It was recorded as part of the “Here And Now” (2nd album) sessions but I felt that it didn't quite fit in with the rest of the material. It's definitely not a B-Side or anything like that, it stands on its own two feet as a soulful and deeply personal song with a simple, in-your-face kind of rock attitude.

As for our full-length albums, for a long time I felt like our debut was more like a glorified demo, a means to an end, but I went back and listened to it after a looooong hiatus recently and I was actually quite proud of it. I guess it's a good thing when an artist feels like his newest works blow the old ones out of the water. We've gone forward with everything we've put out, we've gone deeper, more personal, more expressive, heavier, lighter, softer, harder, we've gotten more complex but without sacrificing the catchy side...

I think if we just remember why we do what we do and keep going on the road we've been walking for about three years, we'll have a brilliant career behind us when we look at it from a rocking chair in a nursery home. If we make it that far that is!

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

I've been trying to use the Corona downtime as efficiently as possible, actually to the point of almost burning out during the summer. I came close to going over the edge in terms of psychological well being, I'm just glad I had the sense to pull the emergency brake when I did. I was hell-bent on writing our new full length album this summer, I gave myself a deadline and stressed myself out trying to live up to my own foolish expectations. Now I've luckily gotten past it and inspiration is starting to flow again. I keep having to relearn the same lesson again and again: I can't manufacture inspiration or command it, I can only give it the best possible circumstances and see where it takes me. In all the chaos of the “Corona Summer 2020” some promising material did surface though, and we're looking at recording some of it this winter. I have no idea what the scale will be yet, singles? EP? Album? All I do know is that we're definitely keeping ourselves busy creatively. I'll let you know once I find out!

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

When the first wave of Corona hit in the spring of 2020, everything in Finland except for grocery stores, pharmacists and essential services like that got shut down. Luckily Finns are really good (up to a fault) at isolating themselves so Corona all but got wiped out of the country for June and July. Numbers started to increase very slowly again during August though, and now in mid September they're still quite low, but definitely on the rise. There's a lot of uncertainty and everybody's talking about the second wave coming so it makes events difficult to plan out. There is a silver lining though! We were able to secure two shows and we are incredibly excited to climb on stage again. Tomorrow 11.9. we're playing Helsinki's Tiivistämö and it will also be our first streamed show, and 18.9. we're FINALLY playing our record release show here in Tampere which was postponed from the spring! We can't wait. On the grand scheme of things though, the one goal that I've always had is to build Joviac into an internationally touring entity and once circumstances are right, we'll definitely be hitting stages in other countries too!

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

Basically just more of the same! To keep writing the best music that we can, recording it, releasing it and playing it for the people that want to see and hear it! I think I answered this question more in detail already in the earlier questions, oops!

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

You can find everything related to Joviac at our website: www.joviac.com. There you can find links to all of our social media accounts, you can buy physical albums, shirts and read the news blog that I try to update when I remember. I'm very absent minded though...

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

You don't have to like us, but if you gave our music a chance, I truly thank you. That's all I can ask for as an artist, for a chance. Thank you so much for this interview! I hope you and your loved ones are safe.

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