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Pop punk band THE DOWNCAST have their debut EP along with a couple of single's and another EP in the works. Much more is talked about, including word about the all new EP and single!


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

The Downcast started in 2018 with a hope, a prayer, and a hell of a lot of elbow grease. We've been lucky enough to work with some amazing people to bring our music to life through recording and live shows. 

We're a 4 piece band:

Matt - guitar/vocals

Leo - guitar

Arthur - bass/vocals

Julien - drums 

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

I wish this was a better story….We just thought of a word we liked and stuck "The" on the front of it. Since "The Nirvanas" sounded a little derivative, we landed on "The Downcast". "The" bands weren't cool for a long time, but we're bringing it back! 

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 out of beautiful (currently cold) Toronto, Canada.  The music scene here is great, especially for our genre. Not that being a new local band isn't tough, but we definitely appreciate the fact that there are a lot of opportunities here compared to other cities in North America. 

Here are some local bands we would recommend:

Rival Town - @rivaltownband

Flight 97 - @flight97official

Gurth - @gurthagram

4. How would you describe your style?

We typically get categorized in the pop punk genre, and we don't disagree! I like to think we add some flare to it with modern metal influences in our guitar work.

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

Our debut EP called "Trouble at The Surfcomber" came out in 2018, we've released 2 singles in 2019, and have our Sophomore EP in the works! The first single from this new release is due in February of this year!

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

Yes! The first single from our Sophomore EP will be released in February of 2021!

This will be our second body of work produced by Alan Day of Four Year Strong. It's the best thing we've ever done and we're super excited to get it out to the world. 

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

With COVID, we can't make any plans. But we miss it dearly. As soon as we can, we will be planning a Canadian tour. 

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

Our plans simply consist of making the best music we possibly can, and playing it to people who want to hear it. That's all we have done thus far and it's been a blast. 

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

Our music is available on every major streaming site! We don't have a merch store but hit us up on Instagram @thedowncastto if you want a shirt. We'll set you up!

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

That there is good music out there that doesn't come from a recognized record label. When I was younger, I loved finding underground bands. I felt like when I found them, they were just for me. We can be just for you. Love you too. 


SPEAK EASY CIRCUS is a band of musicians whose time together, combines a variety of genres, with an EP and single out already. The band goes into discussion about all new music and what other plans are in-store for them.


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

Jack - Guitar/vocals/keys 

Jon - Sax/Keys 

Frazer - Drums 

Chats - Bass

Jack, Jon and Chats met playing in bands in Glasgow, and were introduced to Frazer through a mutual friend. When it came time to put together a band to play the Speak Easy Circus songs live, Jack reached out and the band as we know it was formed.

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

The name came about because we wanted to create a name that wasn’t something that already existed, we wanted to have something that would create a unique image in people’s mind that would reflect the eclectic mix of music we wanted to make. So we picked ‘Speak Easy Circus’ because we thought it was a strange enough combination of words that it might make people think twice. 

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 Glasgow, which has a very strong music scene. Some particular acts that we have been listening to recently are corto.alto, who have a really cool nu-jazz feel and are lead by Liam Shortall. Fat Suit are also an incredible modern jazz band. Also Joesef, who has been blowing up recently. There are honestly so many bands in Glasgow that are great, Beggar in the heights, Charlotte Marshall and the Hot 5, Walt Disco, Baby Taylah to name a few.   

4. How would you describe your style?

Our sound is based on a mix of the individual members influences, all of our members come from very different musical backgrounds, rock, funk, soul, and jazz to name a few. Ultimately we want to be an eclectic group who aren’t defined by one genre, so we have songs that are acoustic ballads and songs that are supposed to make you dance, all tied together with socially conscious lyrics and story-telling. Basically we want to make music we would like to listen to ourselves. 

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

In 2019 we released an EP, ‘Bravo Tango Charlie’, which was recorded as a solo project before the full live band existed, and in 2020 we released our single ‘Neon in Daylight’ with the full band involved. Both projects were recorded and produced entirely ourselves in our flat, something we are very proud of, however we are very excited to have worked with The Animal Farm down in London on our upcoming projects.  

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

Yes! We have new music coming in 2021, the first of which is our single ‘Lions Should Hunt’ which is going to be released on the 22nd of January. 

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

Obviously at the moment we have had our live plans put on hold, like the rest of the world. However we are optimistic that in 2021 we will be able to play some more gigs and festivals in Scotland and hopefully further afield. 

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

We have many plans, some ridiculously ambitious and some more realistic! Really we would like to be able to keep developing as a band, playing bigger shows and hopefully reaching more people. 

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

You can find us on all streaming sites, including Spotify and Apple Music. 

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

When people first listen to our music the initial thing we would like them to think is that this is something different and unique, something that they might not have heard before. We want to make music that we would listen to, and the music that we listen to is eclectic, exciting, meaningful and doesn’t take itself too seriously all at the same time, so if people went away from our music thinking anything like that then we would take that as a win!


Having made this project just two years ago IVORY LAKE where the band would go on to play a ton of shows, leading to them writing a ton of songs! This would all lead to them writing and recording their debut EP out this New Year in 2021! Ivory Lake has so much more to be told, the main person behind it all goes into detail.


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

Ivory Lake is a project I started back in 2019 while touring with Geoff Tate (previously of Queensryche), we played over 100 shows in six months over 26 country’s, so as you can imagine there’s a lot of down time on the tour bus. So I started writing a ton of songs and started putting them together in my own very dyslexic way. After putting out a demo I contacted Ville at the Animal Farm Management . He liked the stuff I had and from there we stared putting together an EP which will be out January 22nd 2021.

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

Ivory Lake is a beautiful lake in New Zealand of which I had never even heard of before, the name came to me whilst I was sitting at a friends house under the influence…when the pool had this white glow to it and the ripples started to look like elephants were stabbing it from underneath with their tusks, hence the name Ivory Lake.

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 in Southern Spain. The music scene here has been suffering for the last few years even before the pandemic hit. Which is why I prefer to get out and tour internationally, meet new people and see new places. Although it is suffering there are still some amazing artists.  I have to recommend  Mani Orrason for all the indie freaks.

4. How would you describe your style?

Idiosyncratic alt/pop -if I had to put it in a box. But I would say we thrive in the space in-between genre’s.

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

My debut EP will be released on all platforms January 22nd 2021  and I’m super exited to share it.

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

I always have new music in the works, creating is a never ending process for me. I have 2 full albums worth of songs all ready to take into the studio at some point this year.

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

I play a lot of local shows in southern Spain and we hope to tour the USA and UK later this year all being well.

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

We hope to record another EP mid 2021  and with some luck a full album towards the end of the year. After that complete world domination. 

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

You can listen to my debut EP on all platforms from the 22nd of January 2021.  

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

I hope that it is an emotional journey. It's real, it makes the listener feel... Like somebody else knows.


Artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist of the electronic, rock, ambient, punk rock, kind is JENNA LEIGH-RAINE, whose most recent works in the form of an album titled "KRAFT" has a lot to say about this and much more.


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

I am a solo artist since 1986 where i parted with my syth duo Lonely Crystal Child. I have recorded up to 13 albums since 1987. I was originally signed to a French management deal inn Paris called Solid X-periment for WEA France. I recorded demos but after two years in and out of Paris we parted ways. I eventually took full control of my writing, sound, and recorded my first solo album’ Sound For Aliens in 94. We did several good gigs and then i returned to Los Angeles where i had been previously. Up to 1998 I had recoded a lot and was invited to perform a track called Nebula Blue at the Sony lot to perform on a tv show. In 2005 I was picked up as one of the artists to be featured on an album produced by one half of 90’s band The Grid Richard Norris who became a good friend to this day. The album called God Made Me Hardcore released under as an independent label as a subsidiary of Island. Myself and then partner toured intensively and then eventually in 2016 I was signed to EML music owned and ran by the original keyboard player for Gary Numan from 79-96. 

In 2019 i was then offered and signed a publishing deal for Ronall Music whom were known for 80s distribution at PRT then Mes music dance label in the 90’s I released in 2018 an all instrumental album called NOMA with good reviews a fully electronic concept. I then released an album in 2019 called AREA which got into mainstream stores adding to Rough Trade, but now HMV Westfield, FOPP, Sound Machine, Amoeba Hollywood.

My current album KRAFT released in late 2020 digitally with a vinyl release planned for May June 2021. Finally I am currently recording my next album with a working title DEIMO (Imbalance Til Mars).

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

I now go under my real name.

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

I have been based in west London when I’m not travelling between Los Angeles which has been a second home. I though wrote half of KRAFT between London LA and France. I have been known around the areas of synth rock etc. But I have written in my career for other artists in rock, and pop, though I also am able to score for sync and film work.

I released an autobiography in 2017 which had a release party in Hollywood and was available at Barnes and Noble LA and online stores, for which a film production company at Pinewood Studios in 2014 signed for the rights to make a movie based on my book, this is under revisit agreement.

I am not to up on many bands but I do follow That’ POPPY and her 2020 album I Disagree was brilliant and I really like Yungblud whom I found his record in Amobea the day mine was signed to stock there. Poppy is based out of LA too is Kim Petras and I think yungblud lived not too far from me. My area is famous for the birth of Punk and Batehoven lived opposite me, not bad company.

4. How would you describe your style?

Alternative Rock, Filmwave. Its half punk rock, half cinematic electronic based tracks with electric guitar. But in essence its rock.

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

I’m currently recording my forth album for my publishers at Ronall Music /Supreme Somgs called DEIMO(working title) Expect to hear a wall of sound a electronic  exciting dark light journey, then come up for straight headed modern punkrock.

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

Yes, I am three tracks into five written towards the next album DEIMO. I am spending much time designing sound and arranging it as music into a track/song, instrumental.



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

Well  have been trying to start conversations with several top acts to be a support act. I can’t divulge though I’d love to support POPP/YUNGBLUD /NUMAN/Avril Lavigne/The Pretty Reckless, I have been offered to showcase the new material at the Whiskey on Sunset Blvd, we’ll see as all my friends are wondering what will happen going forward due to the current situation

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

Get into new territories, such as Japan the far east America. I have publishing into china too so this idea to reach more areas would be great, radios and places in Europe, France, Italy, Berlin, etc.

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

Rough Trade stores UK/NYC

Amobea Los Angeles

FOPP Covent Garden London

HMV Westfield London

Sound Machine Reading UK

Amazon

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTdHPk4WPJKOQ0E331loJQ

https://jennaleigh-raine.bandcamp.com/

Big Cartel

https://jennaleighraine.bigcartel.com/

iTunes

Spotify

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

I’m creating music that is audio and visual a journey.


French industrial metal band FRAU FLEISCHER is an all new band that was formed in 2020. This trio of musicians have come together, to release all new content, stepping away from previous works that are no longer needed. See what the band had to say about the past, present, and future.


1. So would you say that Frau Fleischer is a solo project or just another band in the form of being a project?

Gabriel Daimon: I must say Frau Fleischer is a state of mind! We are working far from each other but having the same vibes and we have just started this journey, this project, so who knows what will the future reserve us!

Franz Schultz: Yes, actually Gabriel lives in Italy, Greg in the east of France and I live in the south, but distance is not a problem when you have the same vibes! We work like that and with technology it's not a problem. 

Frau Fleischer is not only another band but a real project that takes shapes day after day and is not ready to stop.

2. Is there any significance behind your band name?

Gabriel Daimon: Frau Fleischer is a woman, a man, a creature that stands against this shallowness and over all it is a critique to this modern/old way of objectifying bodies without any meaning! I know, people have already done that but the problem is really actual and we want to make our part in this. It seems like we actually are living in a Butcher's Shop, today more than ever. We are not trying to moralize this kind of things, just giving our opinion and trying to make it artistic and stylish.

3. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Gabriel Daimon: Visceral, painful and rude, but always with this liberating intention, because at the end of the day what we want to do is dance, have a drink or more, have great sex and over all have fun! 

Franz Schultz: A crossover of different universes, made by musicians with a different history. We listen to a lot of things and Frau Fleischer is our child, a dirty kid, a hybrid creature, a reflection of a perfect universe as we imagine it.

4. What was your latest release of music and can you talk about that a bit?

Gabriel Daimon: Sacrifice is our first release and it is to me like a prayer to the Lord, an intimate discussion within myself, trying to figure out how I can love myself through the darkness that belongs to every human being. Forgiving ourselves is the first step to a better life!

Franz Schultz: Amen!!!!

5. How would you say that Frau Fleischer and SCHULTZ are different, alike, and the same to one another?

Franz Schultz: For me each project is different. SCHULTZ has been my project for over 15 years, and it was time to move on.  This project was a solo project, then a duo that became a band, but for me it was time to pause it.

The last album released in May 2020 didn't really correspond to what I had in mind at this time for SCHULTZ and I needed to take a break, to do something else. Now I can’t tell you if this break is temporary and that SCHULTZ will return one day.

Frau Fleischer is different for me because it is a new adventure and I rediscover the pleasure of creating, innovating, testing, something that I had not felt for several years with SCHULTZ.

So yes for some this project may seem identical or similar, for sure there’ll be points in common because this music is the music that I like but the approach that I have today is totally different and hoped me free in my mind.

6. What are your goals for the future as a band?

Gabriel Daimon: I would say that I truly want to conquer the world!!! Step by step, performance by performance, song after song!

Franz Schultz: Frau Fleischer is still a baby, he has to grow up, and he's growing up well. We have lots of projects, ideas, we are moving forward step by step but it is still too early to talk about them.

7. What about your plans for this next year in 2021?

Franz Schultz: Continue to develop the band, his universe,  to release new tracks, to work on an album. Playing live if the health situation will get better one day. The project is just born and there is still a lot of work to do.

8. Where can the readers find your music and more info about you?

Franz Schultz: Everywhere on digital stores.

Our first single « Sacrifice » is available for free on bandcamp here:

https://fraufleischerband.bandcamp.com/releases.

You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram or simply visit our page and support us here, we have lovely tee-shirt on sell here :

http://fraufleischerband.fr/.


Unleashing the latest slab of their patented “bastardized” grindcore with their new album "Pleine Noirceur" this past November, Fuck The Facts have a new music video for the track "Dropping Like Flies". The song is a face-punching, fist-pumping smorgasbord of 90’s death metal, crust punk, and weirdness. Lyrically, the track was written by vocalist Mel Mongeon to tackle the reality of drug addiction and the opioid epidemic in certain parts of Canada pre-covid times.

"The infection is spreading

Like a field infested with insects, with pests that multiply

Unable to treat the infection, it’s becoming larger...

...We hear you say you’re concerned, that you understand

But nothing is done

State of emergency; where are the resources?

It’s all talk

Help isn’t on the way

Communities will remain under strain 

Pushed to the breaking point

Everyone is scrambling to save lives

As long as you feel their lives do not matter, they will keep dying"

Fuck The Facts has once again teamed up with director David Hall, who has been making videos for each of their albums since the release of "Stigmata High-Five" back in 2006.

"His unique approach to making videos has always been inspiring to us and we've always given him carte blanche (just watch our video for "Everywhere Yet Nowhere''). For the "Dropping Like Flies" video Dave manages to give the viewer an uncomfortable and satirical look at the devastating opioid epidemic. Highlighting just how much this issue is not taken seriously enough." says FTF's Topon Das.

Director David Hall adds:

"The main inspiration for the video for “Dropping Like Flies” came directly from Mel’s lyrics. She eloquently sings about addiction as an epidemic and society’s response: “help isn’t on the way.” I wanted to present a vision of hopelessness, the brutal ravaging of addiction, the pervasiveness of prescription meds, the economic forces that conspire, and show some faces not commonly presented as addicts: white people, senior citizens, the middle and upper class. Addiction transcends all demographics. God sends flies to wounds he should heal. Pills rain down from heaven."   

The video for "Dropping Like Flies" can be viewed via its premiere on MetalSucks HERE.


Kicking off the 2021 New Year with thrashing style, comes German thrash metallers DESTRUCTION. Whose live stream full-length concert was held on the website Mandolin. The extensive close to 2 hour set list, running 1 hour and 50 minutes, contain a variety of tracks spanning across the band's close to 40 year career. Some of the tracks performed contained such as "Nailed To The Cross", "Mad Butcher”, “Betrayal”, “Life Without Sense”, “Antichrist”, “Under Attack”, and “The Butcher Strikes Back”, among many others. Twenty songs in total were sung, with viewership coming from around the globe from fans. With no real live attendance present, the live viewership was fair game, with the band interacting with the live stream camera angles; wishing all watching a good New Year and time in 2021! The show rather streamed along rather nicely, each of the twenty songs, playing smoothly and thrashing. It was as if you were actually there even if you would not be there in the real. It was a good alternative and one the band may have not been used too but managed to performed well enough. They hope as their fans do, to perform live in front of real faces and getting the chance to tour around the world once things during this epidemic pandemic cease to exist. 



SETLIST:

1. Born To Perish

2. Nailed To The Cross

3. Armageddonizer

4. Tormentor

5. Rotten

6. Mad Butcher

7. Reject Emotions

8. Thrash Til Death (with Drum Solo)

9. Betrayal

10. Sign of Fear (with Guitar Solo)

11. Inspired By Death

12. Release From Agony

13. Life Without Sense

14. Anti-christ

15. Invincible Force

16. Under Attack

17. Bestial Invasion

18. The Butcher Strikes Back

19. Curse The Gods

20. Total Desaster

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