2020


 Alternative grunge hard rockers THE REASONS WHY has been together for 10 years now. Releasing numerous single's but yet to release a full-length album. The first four single's have been released off their upcoming release expected out very soon. Band members Scott Bell (guitar/vocals) and Daniel "Shev" Shevchenko on (drums) go on to discuss how this band got things started, what they have released and what is in-store.


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

Scotty: The band has been together for 10 years. Shev and I met through a terrible power metal band we joined for a laugh and a good time, but nothing really worked well. I had already started The Reasons Why with Brodie Carver, and we needed a drummer, so I asked Shev to come and try out and he was a perfect fit. Brodie would leave the band to try new things, so we needed a new guitarist and Shev would ask Paul to jump in and fill the role which again, worked out well. Our bass player Grant Elliot was replaced by Locky Jackson and that’s todays line up! Brodie would come back to finish the album and left just after to keep pursuing his own sound.

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

Scotty: The band started out as a 90s style acoustic act that was called Scott Bell and The Reasons Why. When the rest of the boys jumped on, we dropped the “Scott Bell” part and just stuck with the reasons why. We like the meaning behind it, and to us, it means, the way we do things and how we got here. We have all had a pretty crazy life and I think our music gives us an outlet for that.

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

Shev: We are based in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne. The music scene is very dismal, there aren’t many venues open to bands. The live music is in Melbourne, its def not out here in the suburbs. So if you want to play a show or see your favorite local band, you’re off to the city.

Scotty: In my opinion, some decent Melbourne bands are Cicadastone and Die in a dream. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Shev: 90's alternative grunge with more of a lean to hard rock.

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

Scotty: Over the years we have released various singles but never got around to releasing an album. We have just released the first four singles off our new album to be released November 10th.

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

Scotty: We have our new album, but we also have heaps of material we are sitting on. As soon as the new album is out, we will prob. start recording a new one!

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

Scotty: With Corona, not at the moment lol! But when that clears up definitely will be hitting the road.

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

Scotty: Releasing a lot more music! Hopefully playing as many shows as possible! We def want to head overseas to America and the UK and play some shows! I would love to head to japan as well!

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

Scotty: YouTube and Spotify are the main ones right now. You can find us at the reasons why official on YouTube. In saying that, in 2 weeks with our album release hopefully it will be everywhere! As for merch we are currently setting this up and have no idea when this will surface.

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

Shev: All of it! We want our music to really resonate with people who enjoy the Grunge/Alternative style!


Singer/songwriter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends acoustic pop, indie folk, along with some ballads and blues to create a style that is classic fusion! With that he has gone on to release five album's, two EP's and a handful of single's! Plenty of new material is in the works as well, as an upcoming single out soon enough. Much more is expected from this guy, and he himself goes into greater detail about what's up next!


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

Here’s the short version of the story… I released Venus & Mars, my first solo EP, back in 2012, before my side-project Climbing Trees ended up becoming pretty much full-time for the next few years, right up until the end of 2017, by which point we’d released a couple of albums, played shows in the UK, Europe and USA and been fortunate enough to make quite a few television, radio and festival appearances.  We’re ‘hibernating’ at the moment, so my solo material has been the focus over the past couple of years.  I went back into the studio in 2019 to record my debut solo studio album Fragments, which came out on CD, tape and digital via Staylittle Music earlier this year.

https://matthewfrederick.bandcamp.com/album/fragments 

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

My backing band for the solo side of things are The Hindsights, who I’m yet to play with, actually!  I put the band together earlier this year – up until this point all of my solo shows have been completely solo, with just myself alternating between the piano and guitar - and started rehearsing ready for the album launch show back in April.  We had to postpone that show (and subsequent tour dates) two or three weeks before, with the Lockdown here in Wales meaning that we haven’t been able to see one another since.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and the name was floating about for years before I finally got around to putting the backing band together.  I can’t wait to finally share the stage with them once this is all over!

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’m in the valleys of South Wales, which has always been a musical part of the world.  Traditionally, male voice choirs were the heart of each community, but there’s also been a big rock scene here for the last thirty or forty years.  Nowadays I think the artists coming out of this area are more diverse than ever – I’ve collated some of my favorite local acts on my ‘Friends Of Frederick’ playlist, which you’ll find over on Spotify here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3lPwQA8QTbFkkLyS4Ez8ts.

4. How would you describe your style?

This is always a difficult one to answer!  The piano has been my instrument of choice since the age of five, and I grew up composing classical pieces well before I decided to write and sing my own songs.  My most recent album is probably a mixture of acoustic, indie-folk, pop, country and good old fashioned singer-songwriter, but there are some quite cinematic and soundtrack-esque elements as well, particularly on the two instrumental pieces, Time lapse and the title track, Fragments.  I’m also a big fan of the blues, so even though that’s not really apparent on the latest album, it’s definitely a feature at my live shows.  I usually finish off with a blues number to go out with a bang!

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

I think, if my math's is correct, I’ve put out five albums, two EPs and about fifteen singles so far across my various projects, so there’s a bit of a range of sounds and styles in the back catalogue.  There are similarities between all of these releases, of course, but each one also retains its own identity and is representative of the individual project at that particular stage in its development.  I’d probably say that it’s best not to expect anything at all when you’re listening to music, though, and just to see which journey it takes you on.  Hopefully mine’s a nice one. 

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

Yep, plenty!  I’ve got a rough idea of the next three records in my head, so will be spending the winter demoing at home, finishing off some bits and bobs and working out which songs sit together nicely as a body of work.  Some artists prefer performing live, others prefer writing or being in the studio.  I’m equally at home creating and showcasing my work, so am really looking forward to developing the ideas that have been floating around in some cases for just a few weeks, in other cases for much longer.  Before that, though, my latest single Leave The Light On is out on October 30th!  https://matthewfrederick.bandcamp.com/track/leave-the-light-on-2.

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

I had plenty of shows and festivals planned this year, particularly around the release of the album, but only managed to play a handful before the pandemic put a stop to everything.  So the last eight months have been quite strange, I must admit!  I’m currently rescheduling a bunch of shows for the third time, so until then it’s just the occasional live stream from my living room to remind people that I still exist…

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

Just to play a show outside of the living room would be nice!  I’ve really missed the festivals this year.  It’s probably my favorite part of the year as an artist, an opportunity to see new places, new faces and reach different audiences (as well as discovering loads of other new artists), so hopefully there’ll be a few festivals on the cards in 2021.  It can be lonely as a solo artist sometimes, so the thought of finally being able to play live again with other musicians in front of a crowd a little further down the line is really exciting, whenever that may be.

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

You’ll find me on Spotify and in all of the usual places online, but Bandcamp is definitely your best bet, and where you can listen to my music as well as picking my CDs, tapes, posters, handwritten lyrics, badges, bottle openers and whatever I think of next!  https://matthewfrederick.bandcamp.com 

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

If they remember the song they’re listening to, I’ll be happy – and if they can remember my name and pass it on to a friend or two as well, even better!  It’s always lovely when you receive messages from fans telling you that your album, or a particular song, has had a big effect on them in some way.  You can’t expect everybody to have the same reaction, of course, but there are plenty of artists and albums that have played a big part in my life in some shape or form, so the idea that my music could do the same, even to just a handful of people, is really rewarding.

Country pop up and coming artist LEON MARSHALL had started playing guitar at the mere age of 6! But since then he has created his own music, including an EP and a handful of single's as well. Leon just wants to keep on writing, bettering his writing and music, getting out there to play in front of crowds once again. See what else he had to say from Leon himself below.


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

I started playing guitar at around 6 and had always wanted to perform, in fact to be honest I think I probably really started playing because I wanted to be on Stars In Their Eyes as Elvis Presley and meet Matthew Kelly! 

I continued to play and started to write, and played my first paid gig when I was around 16, I gigged regularly at local Open Mic Nights and Folk Clubs for a couple of years and then stopped music to focus on Art and Sculpture. I then picked the guitar back up again several years ago and have been gigging and writing ever since…although I never made it on to Stars In Their Eyes!

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

I play under the name Leon Marshall. Marshall is my middle name, my surname Denison doesn’t quite sound as apt!

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 am based in North Yorkshire and the music scene has always been pretty active, there’re lots of venues to play both headlining gigs as well as Open Mic’s, and it’s always a great friendly crowd. There are so many brilliant bands around at the moment, two of my favorites have to be The Paper Waits who are an alt-folk duo, their latest track “Kintsukuroi” is just incredible, and Flatcap Carnival who are a Latin-infused Skanival band, again a brilliant band, you just can’t help but dance as soon as they start!

4. How would you describe your style?

I would say my music has a Country-Pop sort of feel. It’s been described as Dr Hook meets Jamie Lawson, and I’m happy with that!

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

I released an EP a couple of years ago titled “Feel The Rain” (often misheard for being titled “Feel Lorraine”!) and since then have released a series of singles, with the next one “Going Nowhere” due for release on 23rd Oct. I love a catchy hook and something to tap my feet to, I think (I hope!) that comes across in my music.

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

Absolutely! I’m constantly writing, not all of it is good enough to share but I write all the time, and this lockdown period has been the perfect time to get my head down and pen to paper! (In between redecorating the house and learning to make the obligatory banana bread of course!) I’m back in the studio this next week to get a couple of tracks down and hopefully they’ll be ready to share soon!

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

Like many others I’m sure I’m pretty quiet for the rest of the year, I’m uploading regularly to my socials and spending time getting more songs down ready to hit 2021!

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

My plan is to keep writing and keep trying to better my writing, and of course to get back out as soon as I can playing to big crowds again.

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

You can find me on all streaming platforms and head to my website www.leonmarshall.co.uk

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

I want people to remember how the song made them feel the first time they heard it, if they smiled or cried, if it brought back fond memories, moments of pride or moments of sadness…and of course, I want people to remember the hook! With many of my songs, I find that when I’m performing, by the time I get to the last chorus the audience are starting to sing it with me and there’s no greater feeling.


Ethnic elemental rock band INREGALIA have released an array of content since their forming. A couple of single's and 2 EP's so far, as well as all new material expected real soon. The band hopes to build up a strong enough fanbase and connections within the online and offline worlds. The band goes on to do lots more talking about their music and where their from plus more!


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

The band’s roots began in early 2011 when I met the former bass player through a musician who we were rehearsing with at the time.  It went through quite a few line-up changes until March of 2012 when Pete auditioned for the singer’s part and joined the band.  Finding a good and reliable drummer was the biggest obstacle.  I honestly have lost count on the number of drummers we’ve had to audition at around that time.  It wasn’t until April or May of the following year that we found Warren.  But we always felt we needed a keyboard player to complete the sound.  We’ve had a few good keyboard players who played for us during that time but it wasn’t until 2015 that we found Keith. Saurav took over the bass duties after our bass player quit the band.

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

The band’s name was one of the 25 or so names I’d come up with during the time I played with a couple of cover bands when I was in the US.  A lot of the band names resonated with Metal music which was not what I was looking to write.  Later when I moved back to India, I’d pretty much set my mind on InRegalia though I didn’t have a band.  Only when the band took birth did we christen it with the band’s name.  I intended for the music to reflect a bit of ethnicity but yet have it resonate with a mass audience.  So, in retrospect, the name made sense from that point of view.

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 Mumbai, India.  The music scene is quite diverse culturally speaking.  Most people in India consume music that is written for the movies.  The Hindi Film industry (Bollywood) churns out music which is consumed by a majority of them in India and NRI’s abroad.  Apart from that we’ve got music by the regional movie industries associated with most of the states, Indian classical music and also Folk music.  Indie music, on the other hand is a niche genre though its steadily growing in popularity.  As a band, we love Rock music primarily but we also appreciate music of other genres.  It’s really one language to us.  A couple of Indian bands I would recommend checking out are Motherjane and Indus Creed, who’ve also influenced our sound to a certain extent.

4. How would you describe your style?

Our basic style is Rock music which we pepper with ethnic elements.  We use subtle technicalities of classical music and blend it with Rock.  Compared to Fusion music which involves the use of Indian instruments like the sitar or the tabla, we use the typical Rock band setup but with these subtleties thrown in.  Our style also involves the use of mainstream music structures to suit a mass audience.

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

We’ve released 2 singles and 2 EP’s thus far.  The singles have a decent spread between Classic Rock music and ballads.  The songs have been recorded, mixed and mastered with various engineers but on the last EP 3 songs were recorded, mixed and mastered in-house.  The production work for those songs were done by our drummer Warren.  So, he is our resident expert now when it comes to production work (chuckles).  

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

Yes.  We have a single releasing on the 30th of this month.  It’ll be our first instrumental as well.  Also, we’re working on a string of single releases starting early next year leading up to the middle of next year before we release our next EP,

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

We’re always excited about live shows and touring but at the moment given the pandemic we’ll have to wait till life returns back to some normalcy.  All musicians globally are missing the live gigging atmosphere, that’s really where you connect.  That aside, live streaming is a possibility as well in the near future.

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

That’s a very complex question to answer for DIY musicians.  There’s lots of plans but it all boils to one simple thing really – Building a strong fanbase and connecting with them online and offline.  That’s what we’ll be focusing on going ahead.  

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

You can listen to our music on all major digital streaming platforms.  You can also buy our music on Bandcamp.

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

That’s an interesting question which is a little subjective in nature.  Based on the feedback we’ve received so far; I would think a first-time listener would be familiar with the sound but yet find something different in the music. 


Metalcore progressive band ETERNAL CLOSURE blends numerous metal genres together to make their own originality. Since forming they have had an EP and two albums. Including a re-release of their second album titled "Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered". For now, they just want to be themselves and have the discussion describing just that, as well as their music!


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

We have been playing in the Montreal scene since 2012. It started as a group of friends wanting to make some good heavy tunes and play some shows, but nothing extremely serious. We've been through quite a lot of member changes through our history, taking the project more and more seriously as time goes by. Jo and I (Olivier) are the only ones that are here since the beginning. Our latest new member Maggy has brought new possibilities to our music that I can't wait to explore on our next album. It hasn't always been easy, but we feel like the music is worth it, and that one day all the effort we've put into it will get back to us. It's hard work, but it's fun work! 

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

Just a pretty typical brainstorm session really. I remember we also had ''A Year and A Day” and “Empty Faces” as some of the other choices. “Eternal Closure” sounded the best to us and we thought that it could mean different interesting things to different people. We liked the almost-but-not-quite paradoxical idea behind 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 mostly play in the Montreal scene, and I feel like our sound is something that is slightly different than what everyone else is doing here. We blend a more old-school melodic metalcore vibe with modern progressive metal ideas while most bands we play with tend to be in a more. Hardcore/Deathcore vibe. I'd want to recommend everybody, but a few bands that come to my mind are Fractal Cypher, Endvade, Suicide For a King, Becoming The Bully, Sawyer Path, Fall of Stasis... Of course we can't forget the bigger bands like Beyond Creation or The Agonist. Go check some of them out if you haven't already!

4. How would you describe your style?

Like mentioned earlier, we blend Metalcore and Progressive Metal in a way that's pretty unique to us I think. If bands like As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red had a kid with Periphery. There's also a bit of Dream Theater or Haken in there in the longer songs especially. There's a bit of everything but we try to mix it all in a way that is coherent and original. 

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

We've released 3 albums (2 LPs and 1 EP). You can definitely see the evolution in the sound. People should expect something that is familiar but also exciting. Hitting all the right spots while also bringing some unexpected things. Our new release, “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered” is a re-release of our second album with 3 added tracks that feature Maggy on vocals. We thought it was a neat way of showing off the new vocalist while we're working on larger projects!

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

Absolutely. Always writing new material is the best way to get better at it. I hope we can show it off sooner than later, I feel like it's really strong material.

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

We had a good amount of shows planned before it all stopped with the pandemic situation. There was a two-day fest in Ontario that was supposed to happen this summer called the “Farm Fest” and we where extremely disappointed that it was cancelled for this year. Let's cross our fingers that we can eventually get back into it in 2021, we miss it for sure.

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

What most bands want I think haha. We want it to be our life. We had a good amount of momentum before everything stopped which is really disappointing. We'll be ready when everything goes back to normal that's for sure. 

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

Absolutely everywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon... We also have our website www.eternalclosure.com and www.eternalclosure.bandcamp.com if you want to buy physical copies or merch. October 23rd is the release of Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered, so I'd say that's a good moment to start!

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

We want people to feel like we haven't wasted their time. We want to give people music that they can have fun passively listening to, but also get something more out of it if they really take the time to listen. 


Three piece band ATOMIC ROCKET SEEDERS have a handful of single's and their debut album is out this Halloween season! But they are also always writing and already have new material ready for the next album! But for now, the band bans together to talk of this album, how they got started and just wanting to get back out there to play as soon as possible!


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

The music project started 7 years ago and it took 5 years to find the right people and get everything done to start with the gigs and recordings. Thierry “TAP” Porcedda (guitars, vocals) and Mike Ridel (guitars) were the founding members, although Mike unfortunately had to leave a few years ago. That’s also the moment we decided to work as a trio. TAP was then joined by bassist Thierry Hames and drummer Pascal Benci and that’s where it started to move forward. We had the opportunity to play many great gigs, for instance at the famous Metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany and as opening act for LIMP BIZKIT in Luxembourg, and to start the recordings for our debut album, which will be release on October 30th. The band was then later joined by Bryan “Fox” Houe on the drums.

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

One of our former bass players “Jellox” came up with that name. It fits the quite explosive songwriting and mainly socio-critical lyrics. 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?

Luxembourg is obviously an extremely small country. One big advantage we have is the ability to work with many people across the borders, which makes the whole thing pretty international. Although the country’s size, the Luxembourgish music scene is growing more and more, with many artists writing and recording music in a really high level of quality. To only mentions a few: Mutiny on the Bounty, Scarred, Desdemonia, and many more.

4. How would you describe your style?

In short: Alternative Metal. The core of most songs stay Metal but we’re including every Rock and Metal subgenres and also different genres like Blues or Jazzy parts that come to our minds. We try to keep the songwriting as interesting as possible.

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

Four singles are already out on all common streaming platforms for everyone to listen to. Our first music video for “Eternal Ashes” was released on October 16th on YouTube and the debut album will be released on October 30th and also available as CD and limited edition double vinyl. We took our time to make sure that the sound quality on vinyl meets our quality standards as well as the whole package itself. We can’t wait to get it out there!

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

We’re constantly writing new songs and have already the first ones ready for the second album. But right now our focus lies on the upcoming release of our debut album.

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

With the pandemic going on, we didn’t plan any gigs for the album promotion. We thought it would be a good idea to plan out everything  around, so that we’re fully ready to hit the stage as soon as the world’s ready again. Meanwhile we’ll surely have some gigs here and there, which you can follow on our Facebook page.

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

As mentioned before, we’d love to finally begin touring and playing gigs again. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait a bit longer for this to happen on a regular basis. Meanwhile we’re focusing on the album release and writing new songs.

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

Our music is available on all common streaming platforms and BandCamp, videos can be found on YouTube and the album will be available on CD and double vinyl, coming out October 30th.

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

We’d love to create an interesting and engaging experience while listening to our album and seeing us performing live. This should be for the metalheads who enjoy many different subgenres and other styles of music.


ESCAPE THE FATE releases the new song “Invincible” to herald the start of the pre-order campaign for the band’s upcoming album, Chemical Warfare. The new single features critically-acclaimed, fan favorite, American violinist, songwriter, and dancer Lindsey Stirling.  “Invincible” will appear on the soundtrack to THE RETALIATORS, a high-octane horror/thriller due out in 2021. Vocalist Craig Mabbit also makes an appearance as an undercover cop in the film alongside some of rock’s biggest names including the members of Five Finger Death Punch, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Tommy Lee among others.

“Invincible”, is the perfect word to use in describing ESCAPE THE FATE, the band has survived personnel changes and the cancellation of their tours due to the pandemic.  The band has been consistently releasing new music for well over a decade to their audience of over 4 Million dedicated social media followers. Check out the new song and video HERE.


Las Vegas rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY is finally delivering their anticipated sophomore album, Doves In Glass Houses. The 11-track collection will be released worldwide on all digital platforms on October 30th. Today the band debuts the second track from the album, the bone-chilling “Addicted To Your Heart.” Check out the track right HERE.


OC metalcore mainstays ATREYU have shared the video for the new song "Save Us," which was produced by John Feldmann.

"'Save Us' is not only a reflection of where we are musically, but also a mirror to the world in this ominous moment in time," the band says. "We chose to pair the powerful message with one of the heavier songs we've ever written. This song feels like the anthem that we all need right now. To us, it's a call to action to light the fire in ourselves. We can begin to make great change — but only if we look inside first."

With singer Alex Varkatzas recently departing, drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller will move into the frontman role. Guitarist Porter McKnight is now handling the harsh vocals, while Kyle Rosa joins the ranks as drummer.

Atreyu are working on their eighth album, which will be released via Spinefarm Records. "Save Us" will appear on the record.

Watch HERE and Listen HERE.



Rock n' roll band AMY MANTIS AND THE SPACE BETWEEN have been around since 2016. They have released three EP's thus far, with two all new EP's expected out soon. For now though, the band gives us the details about their history, namesake, and what they have next for everyone!


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

You got a minute? Haha. There’s a lot to tell here. Finding the right line-up has been the most challenging aspect of making this band. In a lot of ways, A Place to Land is a celebration of finding the right line-up, even if only momentarily.

I’ve been working toward this, playing guitar and writing songs, for almost 17 years. After seeing School of Rock, I didn’t want a guitar - I needed a guitar. Lo and behold, a sunburst Silvertone Revolver appeared in my living room on Christmas morning, 2003, and once I started I just didn’t stop. That was actually the inspiration for our song “I Don’t Know How To Stop.” Playing music is, in many ways, my natural state.

It took me nearly a year to write a song that I thought had some legs. I called up a friend who also played guitar and I played it for her over the phone. She wasn’t as impressed as I was! But I’d written a song, an actual song with two verses, a chorus, a bridge, and a snappy guitar solo! Once I had one, I knew I could write another, and another, and another.

I went to Berklee (Go Jazz Cats!), where I put together my first gigging band. That was where I learned how to be in a band and how to lead a band. Being in that environment helped me discover my talents and how to best put them to use. The earliest iteration of this project, Canary, named after the fake band name I used to hide my own work in my iTunes, made it all the way to SXSW, but came back without a singer. That’s really where Amy Mantis & the Space Between begins; I didn’t want to end up in that position again.

Not long after, my former songwriting partner and I responded to an ad from a drummer looking to put together a band, and that’s how we met Eric Marshall. Eric had just finished his MFA in fiction at Emerson, and was looking to get back into music after like a decade of not playing. He grew up playing in punk and hardcore and skacore bands in his hometown of New Bedford, MA. He and I are currently the only full-time members of the band.

From there, we tinkered with the line-up quite a bit, including auditioning a bassist who straight-up looked through my trash at the end of his audition. Like my outside trash. He didn’t even try to hide it. We were in the middle of a conversation. It was bizarre. This was when we were looking for bassists for our 2017 EP A Good Hurt, which we recorded with Wells Albritton and Jeff Fogleman. Wells left the band to pursue solo ventures after that EP, and the lineup you hear on A Place To Land is the power-trio version of Amy Mantis & the Space Between: Amy, Jeff, & Eric.

Since recording A Place To Land, Jeff has left the band, and Eric and I will carry on as a songwriting duo with plans to release two EPs of new material over the next year. Once live music resumes, we’ll start looking for members to flesh out our live band.

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

Despite the band’s first release being 100% a solo project, I was averse to using my own name in my work. I became a singer out of necessity and had a hard time wrestling with what that meant as far as taking ownership of my work. I had always been in a band where someone else sang my songs, and my dream was to be like Keith Richards or Pete Townshend - write the songs, lead the band, have someone else sing them.

But my singers kept quitting and so I took up the mantle. And I’m glad I did, even if there have been times where I felt otherwise along this journey. These days you’d have to wrestle the mic out of my hands.

The original name for the band was just “Space Between.” It came to me as I was flying back from LA after recording the Where the Mountain Should Be EP. That was my first time recording as the singer of my own songs. I was thinking about what to name that EP and had come up with the title The Space Between New And Old, as that’s where I felt like my music lived. And then I thought, “Why don’t I call the EP The Space Between? No. Why don’t I call the band The Space Between? It was a revelatory moment.

I also thought it sounded like a band that should already exist, and I liked that. I still don’t know how there wasn’t a band that popped up in like 1974 called The Space Between. It totally should have happened!

Eventually we dropped the “the” and started gigging as “Space Between.” Then after our keyboard player/my songwriting partner moved to LA, I thought, “I’m singing and writing all the songs now, and my name is highly Googleable - I think it should go in front of the band name.” So I proposed this idea to Eric and Jeff. They were supportive, and now here we are.

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 from Boston, Massachusetts where there is no shortage of local artists and bands, we just wish we could see all our friends and fans at the shows! 

Some artists we love are Julia Mark, Lyle Brewer, Slow Dress, Ghost Box Orchestra, Vundabar, Pile, and Mini-Dresses. And our favorite venue in Boston is definitely the Midway. It’s kind of our home base, our stomping ground. We’ve never had a bad night there. We miss that place deeply right now.

4. How would you describe your style?

We’re a rock band. It sounds so simple, but that’s what we are. We draw on a wide range of influences, and I think that shows in the nuance and dynamics of our songs, but I always come back to saying, “We're a rock band.”

I think we also each bring something unique to the band in terms of background, style, or taste. My background is firmly entrenched in the classics, the golden age of rock, but Jeff’s interests are more toward prog and experimental music, while Eric finds ways to inform our sound with his punk and hardcore background.

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

In total, we’ve released three EPs -- Where the Mountain Should Be, A Good Hurt, and No Place To Land -- and two singles -- “You Shouldn’t Have To Ask” and “I Don’t Know How To Stop.”

You can expect lyrics that have questions but not answers, thoughtful and dynamic arrangements, and non-gratuitous guitar solos. 

People call us “the jam band for people who hate jam bands,” because our music gears toward that classic rock, rhythm ‘n blues sound and approach, but we’re very economical and audience-conscious. We also make an effort to push our writing and arrangements into new territory on each record.

On A Place To Land, we really tried to capture the essence of our live show, and while there are overdubs, we use them sparingly compared to most contemporary modern rock records. All the songs were recorded live in the studio with very few comps. We challenged ourselves to have the material down to a T so that we could get the sound we were looking for. 

We’ve also been lucky to work with really great producers at some jaw-dropping studios. Previously, we worked with Brian Packer at Kingsize Soundlabs in LA, which has an incredible old Neve board. Right now, we’re recording with Sean Mclaughlin, who’s worked with everyone from Marilyn Manson to Elliott Smith, at 37’ Productions in Rockland, MA, which is, for our money, the best studio in the region. Sean is a pleasure to work with, too. Just a great vibe. He’ll be playing bass on our upcoming EPs as well.

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

Yes! We’re heading into the studio in October and November to record material for two new EPs. We’re wicked excited about these songs and how they’ve come together so far. It’s the most collaborative effort we’ve done to date as far as songwriting goes, and we think this approach has given us an even more focused and robust sound.

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

Given the times we’re currently going through, touring and live performances are pretty much off the table. We played our last show on March 1st. We’d love to do some live streams, like a lot of other bands are right now, but with no live bassist, an album dropping, and two upcoming recording sessions, we’ve got plenty to do in the meantime.

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

Keep writing, keep recording, keep releasing music. I feel like we’re really hitting our stride with the songs we’ve been working on, and I have no intentions of stopping that momentum. I also find that going into the studio gets the wheels turning for me as far as writing goes. And as soon as it’s safe for us to play shows again, we’ll be making up for lost time. Our live show packs a punch that we miss throwing.

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

Anywhere and everywhere music can be found both now and in the future. But for now, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube - you know, the usual places. For direct purchases, you can find our album on Bandcamp - www.amymantis.bandcamp.com.

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

What a great question. Music shaped my world in more ways than I can count. I remember sitting up bolt upright in bed after hearing “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin for the first time and thinking, “Music can do THIS!?” I’ve cried at more concerts than not, and I think I’d like a listener to remember that they’re not alone, that they have a companion in all this. Life is messy and complex and riddled with ups and downs, and I think if we can be the reason you’re singing along at the top of your lungs or air-guitaring or drumming on your steering wheel on the way home from a hard day at work, then that’s pretty good. If we can make you sit bolt upright in bed and think, “Music can do THIS?” that’s even better.


Alternative rock band SINAI PLANUM have released their first single "Burn The Hideaway" as well as working upon a new EP. This band has no plans on slowing down, the band goes on to discuss these matters and what lays ahead for them.


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

It all started when we used to play with friends in a small studio provided by our school. At this time the band was formed by Jan (guitarist), Alex Cionca (singer) and Loïc (drummer) and other good friends. In High School, we (Jan and Alex Cionca) formed another band as Loïc went to another school, so we went out of touch a little. After we decided to break it up in 2016, we met again to jam with Loïc. We finally needed a bass player, and we thought about Alex Kawecki, whom we met in music class in High School. After some jams and covers, we decided to be more serious and make our own songs. Now it’s been 3 years and we feel fortunate to have great chemistry, even if each member has its own musical taste, which ultimately is a strength, we think.

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

To be honest, we've had a hard time finding the name. As we started to write our own music we realized there was a tendency for "sci-fi and spacey" sounds, as with our interests in cosmic-related stuff. So one day we were talking about Mars and looking at names of a few regions on there and that's when we saw the name of Sinai Planum. And it kind of spoke to us, we could shape our own world around it and we liked that idea.

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 have our studio in Perroy, a small but pretty little village near Lausanne, where most of the music scene happens. We are lucky because this region has a very rich cultural scene and contains an incredibly high density of big festivals like the Montreux Jazz or Paléo. There are many great bands in our area. We highly recommend our friends from Fixit and Peacebone. They are young and fresh. You should check them out!

4. How would you describe your style?

I think you can say that, we're kind of a garage rock, alternative rock band with some weird unorthodox tracks sometimes. We're mostly inspired by a few works of the late 90's like Queens of the Stone Age and some new bands like King Gizzard & the Lizzard Wizard and All Them Witches.

We like high-energy drums with overdriven riffs mixed with catchy lyrics, even if every now and then we create calm, echo-y songs that make you relax after all that vitality. Sometimes we like to write a straight-to-the-point tune that’s in your face, and sometimes we like to take our time and shape our songs in long, strange structures. We also noticed that, in the writing process, we tend to mix these compact « verse-chorus » parts with these extended trippy breaks. On some occasions, that works and we love it, as in Visions. However, at times, we realize that it doesn’t fit the song and we have to start the structure over. It’s all about the balance.

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

For now we have released 3 singles. The first one "Burn the hideaway" came out in 2019. We recently dropped "Rocket Fuel" & "Visions" which are part of our soon-to-be released EP. From the beginning, we set up the challenge to record our songs ourselves as Jan has always loved the production aspect of songwriting. So we invested in lots of recording gear, microphones, preamps, cables, etc… This gave us a lot of flexibility which also made it harder for us to set things for good. As we are perfectionists it can take a lot of time to make a song in its whole.

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

We're about to release our self-produced EP named "Sauvage Café" on November 20th and we're already recording another single called "Circles". We have a lot of songs to record next but recording and mixing takes a lot of time. We hope to have an efficient 2021.

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

We love playing live but unfortunately we've had a few gigs cancelled because of the current pandemic. However, we will have the pleasure to play the release-party of our upcoming EP on both November 20th & 21st, respectively at the Regional Rock, Lausanne & La-Bille, La Sarraz. Moreover we have dates for 2021 to be confirmed.

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

For 2021, we plan to release 5 singles and develop our visual universe by shooting many video clips and we're already working on the one for the next single. We are very fond of the idea of working with musicians outside of the band as we did with Timothée Spörli who played the trumpet in "Visions" and we want to push this concept even more with another special guest on our upcoming single "Circles" !

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

We're on most streaming platforms like Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes. As of today, we have no merch but if you want to help us, you can buy our songs on Bandcamp. Merch will follow soon.

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

The primary thing we want to transmit to the listeners is the energy that we channel in our songs. As the lyrical content is up for interpretation and everyone will find a different meaning, we hope that the vitality we put in will somehow motivate people to keep going forward, dance when they feel like dancing and sing when they feel like singing. This is the beauty of rock music and this is why we love it so much.


Alternative metalheads WINTER HOTEL have a handful of single's out off their release "Vacancies". More music is on the way and in the works currently, with them to hit the stage real soon! The band talks about this content and lots more!


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

The band began when our vocalist, from Michigan USA met myself (Liam), from Lincolnshire, England met at a pub in Bangor, North Wales, 2017 during our time as students at Bangor University. We hit it off almost immediately and as musicians, we discussed music and our widely varying tastes, deciding to jam together and see what came of it. Things started snowballing quicker than we thought and after we’d written a few songs we added some more members to our lineup and played some local shows. We quickly found a home scene in Bangor and its music community and things just seemed to bloom from there. Before we knew it, it seemed as though we had made the transition from ‘local band’ to a full-time, professional project. More recently, we’ve had a bit of a reshuffle in our lineup and Warren and I have brought on board our new drummer, Charlie and bassist, James.

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

The inspiration for our name comes primarily from 2 sources. Firstly it is inspired by Stephen King’s story, The Shining - a book and film we are all huge fans of. Secondly, it was inspired by the poem November Hotel, by Phil Bowen.

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

We met and began in Bangor, North Wales. Its a small city with a lot more to it than meets the eye. The surrounding coast and mountainous terrain was really influential in our early writing process. In terms of local bands that we’d recommend we would absolutely suggest everyone listen to Krank. They’re incredible musicians and great guys. Their live show is something that needs to be experienced. They welcomed us onto the scene with open arms early on which was really appreciated. Check out their debut album on Spotify.

4. How would you describe your style?

We would call it alternative metal. This is the best way to sum up our quite unique sound that encompasses influences all the way from brutal slamming brutal death metal to Midwest emo and post hardcore.

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

So far, we’ve released 3 singles from our 5-song collection, Vacancies. You can find Lovers at Bay, 19 and Waste on YouTube and all major streaming platforms. From our music, people can expect an unusual combination of the disparate genres of metal. Even if you aren’t particularly a fan of ‘heavier’ music, you can find something you like here. Our songs are driven by melodic lead lines, with vocals dynamically snapping between emotional and brutal tones. Lyrically, we pride ourselves on combining real life experience with some narrative edge. What you take away from these songs is unique to you and we hope that you enjoy hearing our art as much as we loved creating it.

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

We still have two Chapters from Vacancies to release soon. Keep an eye out for those. Also, we’re hard at work in the writing process for our next release.

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

We used to be fairly busy with playing shows pre-COVID 19. Unfortunately, that has made live performances very difficult. However we are still working hard on releasing songs so that we can keep providing our fans with music even if we aren’t able to play in front of them any time soon. However, you can bet once this pandemic is over that we’ll be straight back on stage at the earliest opportunity.

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

So much. As I said, expect to see us back on stage on a regular basis when this pandemic is over. We’re writing for our next release and have more songs dropping soon. We’re working on so much more, but we aren’t at the point where I’ll be able to speak about that in any detail just yet.

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

All of our currently released music is available free on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and other streaming platforms. We have a bandcamp account with a pay-what-you-want system, if you’d like to download a track for free on there you are more than welcome to, but if you want to shoot some money our way that is also very much appreciated. We know times are hard and we don’t expect anyone to have to pay for music in this day and age, we’re just infinitely grateful to have people listening to and enjoying our music. We’ll have an online merch store going live soon, if you want to pick up a shirt that's a great way to support us. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Insta for more details on that.

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

I don’t think we have any particular preference here. What you read into our music and take away from it is your experience and is unique to you.


Electronic act THE OCEAN BENEATH is a mix bag of sorts, taking an 80's approach of inspiration, mixing together powerful analogue synthesis, melodic sweeping vocals and huge grooving percussion! Mainman Matt Burnside goes into discussion about this particular styling of music plus more!


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

The Ocean Beneath started life as a shared ideal between Rich Blacker and myself, Matt Burnside. We both wanted to create new music moving away from our previous ventures with an 80’s influence and a modern push on the production. We also wanted to bring in as many other people as possible along the way for collaborations so we did just that. We released our debut EP in 2019 and have worked with loads of great artists including Nath Jackson, Fran Minney, Mik Crone and more. In Feb of 2020 Rich wanted to take some time away from the project so now I’m just pushing things forward and doubling down on the collaborations.

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

The name came really easy to be honest, it was a nod to people not always wearing their true feelings for all to see, thankfully we talk about mental health nowadays a lot more and beneath the surface people can be really struggling. The name just fitted and it sounded great! 

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’m based just outside Leeds in the UK and the music scene here is pretty damn amazing. Although gigs are a bit of a touchy subject right now people should definitely come to Leeds in the future when all this is over. Check out artists like Lost Colours, Hope & Social, Jon Gomm and Purple Thread.

4. How would you describe your style? 

The music we make always has a fully loaded amount of 80’s influence, that’s something that we really don’t shy away from. The 80’s retro scene seems to be having a revival of sorts with hits like Stranger Things and my god the 80’s music, we love it. As well as an 80’s vibe we’re constantly looking at modern production techniques and trying to evolve the sounds we’re making. Real analogue synthesizers take a big roll in our sound so that’s usually where we start.

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

In July 2019 we released our self titled debut EP The Ocean Beneath, it’s a trip through familiar 80’s electronic music but smacks you in the face with hooks, huge vocals and beats you’re definitely going to dance to. We’ve also just released a brand new single SKIN featuring Fran Minney that Fran described as encapsulating the touch starved feeling we’ve all had through lockdown with a beat to dance out the frustration. It’s got a Madonna Frozen kind of vibe mixed with some hard electronica.

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

We’re working towards an EP or potentially a full album  of collaborations right now. We’ve worked with some amazing artists already and we love the idea of showcasing them all in one neat product. 

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

With the pandemic stuff stopping all live shows for now we’ve kind of put that idea on ice. We do have live shows planned, we even have the setup and how it’s all going to work mapped out but as things are our energy is best spent elsewhere.

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

We’re already working on new tracks and even more collaborations so watch this space, we just want to keep making the music that we love and hope everyone is along with us for the ride.

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

The best place is as we all know Bandcamp, right?  You can get us on http://theoceanbeneath.bandcamp.com but you’ll also find us on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all the other usual places.

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

When you’re listening just picture John Carpenters Escape from New York. If you’ve not seen this movie go find it right now and watch it whilst listening you’ll thank me later.


Progressive metal band GEOMETRY OF CHAOS is an all new project from Dabio La Manna, whose position is guitarist, bassist, and the writer of the music, along with drummer Davide Cardella who also does much more! The band has gone on to have made one album thus far, with other working's already set to be made available upon the next release! The band goes into talks about their material and a bit of history as well.


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

Me and Davide are playing together since 2014,we called ourselves Galileo’s Spectacles at that time, with a guy on bass called Fulvio Flavio, an introvert guy very good on his instrument but without compositional contribution. Then I have followed my solo project with my longtime friend and drummer Andy Monge, doing some shows and promoting my two albums, Res Parallel and Ebe, and then I came back playing with Davide again without a bass player, in fact I have chosen to play it cause now I'm playing bass since more than 10aa years. 

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

Geometry of chaos is clearly two terms in contrast with each other. I like the contrast. I believe there is an order in all the things in this universe, also when everything seems so chaotic there is the law. 

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 from Torino, northwest big city in Italy, first capital of the state in the past. An industrial and maybe cold town.  The scene has many good band but very few audience and places to play gigs.  It is really hard to engage people to follow you here, there is also something apathic. In the persons. Everyone wants to do art but only a few wants to attend events from others. 

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s a sort of mix of my musical tastes without trying to be someone else. I love rock and metal in many forms, but I also listen to other stuff. Prog metal is a classic definition but it can be OK, very guitar and drums oriented. 

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

This is the first album we have made, Soldiers of the a new world order, it took about 4 years from writing to recording and mix it. It was a hard work of building something unique with sick drums and riffs, plenty of emotions and atmospheres

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

I am working on some tracks that maybe will be in the next album, I’m planning to do another album in 3 years from now, not yet. 

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

THE Covid situation and the scene I had described IN Torino doesn’t allow me to make any serious prediction on the live aspect, I would like to play something bigger. 

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

Doing music without boundaries and any pressure, just to be ourselves (I talk for Davide too), keep experimenting and try to gain much more people and give all we can in terms of hard working and cure for details. 

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

On YouTube on my official channel www.youtube.com/fabiolamannaofficial on spotify on our official page and in every digital platform around the web. I can say we are everywhere.. 

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

I would remember the emotions the music have transmitted me I think, the mood and the veil of mystery.


Alternative indie rockers EVERYDAY DOGS have 2 EP's out along with 3 single's. Their newest single being titled "Black Fire" out real soon! For now, the band just want to do all they can to grow as a band and with their fans too. The band goes on furthermore to talk about where to find their music and themselves on social media!


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

Everyday Dogs started from four goofy guys that wanted to play rock ‘n’ roll. The band currently consists of Julian Inglima (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Jesse Inglima (lead guitar/backing vocals), and Tyler Griffith (bassist).

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

When we were first starting out as a group, we had a couple different band names we experimented with, but never really liked. A few months in, Julian (lead singer/rhythm guitarist) was working on a song he’d written called “Everyday Dogs”, and we all really liked the idea of having that as our band 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?

We’re based out of Athens, GA. In normal times, Athens has a great and thriving music scene. It’s really open to bands and artists just starting out, and the University of Georgia helps to constantly funnel in new talent into the city. Some of our favorite local bands are Cosmonot, Cloudland, and Well Kept.

4. How would you describe your style?

We like to describe ourselves as “high octane rock ‘n’ roll”. Some of our earlier music has been more on the lighter side, but with our newer songs we’re getting a little bit heavier.

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

So far, we’ve released 2 EPs and 3 singles. At our core, whether it’s with some of our lighter earlier material, or with our more recent songs, we’re a rock band. We like guitar riffs, loud drums, and big guitar solos. 

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

We have a new single, “Black Fire”, that is coming out October 23rd.  We spent the last year recording 6 new songs, and we’ll be slowly putting each of them out as singles in the coming months.

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

With everything that’s going on with COVID right now, our live show plans have been heavily impacted. Venues in Athens are all still closed right now, so we’ll be waiting for things to open back up before we tackle live shows and touring.

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

We really just want to do everything we can to keep growing as a band and growing our fan base.

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

Our music is available on all digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MOP3vbHz2uAoPh0i2Z9Hj 

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/everyday-dogs/1409698779 

Pre-Save our new single here: https://ffm.to/blackfire 

For Merch Inquires, DM us on  instagram.com/everydaydogsmusic/ 

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

Kick back, relax, and enjoy some rock ‘n’ roll.

Five piece band CIRCUS WOLVES have developed their sound of uniqueness for sometime now.... Releasing an EP "This Is Something You Can't Replace", with new music rolling around with exciting new ideas! Nothing but promotion upon this EP release is what is happening here and the band just wants to be themselves and see where it takes them next! The band goes on to say lots more below.



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

Circus Wolves formed while at the University at Leeds in 2013. Originally consisting of band members. Guy on vocals and Cameron on drums, the band moved through a number of different players in the early days, performing as the outfit, ‘Plastic Rabbits’. Jack joined Plastic Rabbits on guitar in 2013 and the group performed throughout the Leeds university scene with varying success. After some further internal changes, Jim took up guitar duties alongside Jack in 2014 and the band began to work on their new sound. 

Post-university, the band returned to their hometown of Manchester and began working on their presence within the vibrant Manchester music scene where they remain to this day. After working through several different bass players, Ben joined the band in 2019 to complete the current outfit and complete the sound for the latest EP offering. 

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

During the Leeds days, we would frequently host practice sessions at the Leeds rehearsal studio, Rock n Roll Circus. It is within Rock n Roll Circus that the first EP was crafted, and the band returned to the Leeds music scene as Circus Wolves. So the name is really a nod to the rehearsal space where we developed as a band. We went through absolutely loads of different names to begin with, some of them are quite cringeworthy to even think of. When we finally came up with the name Circus Wolves, it just fit! 

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 a Manchester band through and through. The Manchester scene has a well-deserved reputation at home to some of the best acts going. The music scene is just as amazing as it always has been. There are so many great artists basing themselves within the city. You’re really spoilt for choice! Bands like  Kashmere, Ist Ist and Saytr Play are definitely ones to watch! There’s also some great venues in Manchester where you can really get caught up in the scene. Night & Day Café, Jimmy’s Bar and Deaf Institute are all favorites of ours.  

4. How would you describe your style?

Brooding, Post-punk, melodic, frenetic, and emotive. Northern heritage meets modern vibrancy.

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

We’ve just released our latest EP, ‘This Is Something You Can’t Replace’, which you can listen to on Spotify and all the other major platforms. We’re super proud of the work that’s gone into it and the response has been overwhelming. You can also listen to our earlier singles such as ‘Judas’ and ‘Dance With Me’ too. 

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

With everything that’s going on at the moment, it’s been tricky to get into the studio. We’ve been playing with some really exciting new ideas though and it will be really exciting to work on these in the future. 

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

Before COVID, everything about Circus Wolves was focused on the live scene. We throw everything we can into our live shows and make them as energetic and exciting as possible. Not being able to play shows at the moment is pretty heart-breaking, especially with the new EP release. Rest assured though, as soon as we can get out there again, we’ll be getting the dates in the diary! 

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

We want to push our new EP further than anything we’ve done before. It’s the best thing we’ve ever produced and our fans are loving it. We’ll be working hard to spread the word about that for a while yet. Long term plans, as soon as we can, we want to get back together and start thrashing out some of the new ideas we all have. We’re a fan of the sound we’ve worked on for the recent EP, but we’re exciting to evolve again and bring some new ingredients into the mix. It’ll be great to experiment again together. 

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

You can find us on all the big platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer etc. 

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

The raw energy and drive of the tracks. We’ve worked hard to make sure you can really get the raw power of the music when you listen. We’ve made each one a brooding powerhouse. 


Good things come in small packages! The Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie – are back with an all-new series featuring brand-new adorable character designs inspired by Japanese Chibi-style animation in MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE, premiering Saturday, November 7 at 11:30/10:30c on Discovery Family. The eOne produced series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app.

Featuring the same iconic voice actors who made the Mane 6 famous in the mega-hit MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, the new MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE series is a departure from the Equestria that viewers were introduced to in 2010. Featuring a more playful tone combined with completely reimagined characters, MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE explores the funny side of friendship set in Sugarcube Corner – the center of the world and home away from home for the ponies. Here, Pinkie Pie serves up frosted cupcakes to the best customers in the world –  her friends! Together, the Mane 6 run into all sorts of cupcake conundrums, delicious disasters, and magical mishaps. And thanks to a mysterious source of magical potions, everyday adventures are about to get really ridiculous!

Each 11-minute bite-sized episode of MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE features playful stories grounded in modern-kid dilemmas with over-the-top humor and tons of magic. Viewers should expect the unexpected with dialed-up personalities, energy and tone. Plus, each pony now has a signature “adorability” power that boosts their personality in an outrageously wacky way! In the series premiere episodes titled “Princess Probz & The Best of the Worst,” the ponies help Pinkie Pie audition for a televised cooking competition called the Royal Jelly Juggernaut. But when the rest of the Mane 6 are caught in a sticky situation, Pinkie Pie has to audition all on her own. Later, Rainbow Dash's competitive spirit is put to the test when a new pony challenges her to a contest unlike any other: being the best of the worst!

MY LITTLE PONY: PONY LIFE is produced by eOne for Discovery Family. Stephen Davis is the Executive Producer. To learn more, go to www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily. For My Little Pony and Pony Life, visit www.mylittlepony.com or find out more on Facebook and Instagram.


One man band SON OF A PIXEL is a progressive metal project of Peter Buju. The sound is aggressive music mixed with electronic and industrial sounds with a nerdy vibe surrounded by wacky humor and creativeness. Peter goes into discussion about his styling of music and the plans ahead.


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

Here I am! It's me! Hahaha..... Might be the most awkward way to start this, but the answer itself is still pretty accurate. Besides, it can only go uphill from here. 

I'm Peter and Son of a Pixel is my passion project, a little "one-man band" thing, since the summer of 2020. The idea is that all my previous experiences in the music scene, for 11 years now, have culminated in this project. I've always been musically creative, being in bands and trying to write my own songs, as I ultimately settled in the lovely city of Copenhagen to help bloom my career. After starting to take mixing & production more seriously in the midst of 2017, I was able to get my chops to an alright level in that regard. 

Since then, I'd work on songs under the alias "Headscratch", which then turned into my studio business (Headscratch Studios) and updated some of those tracks to what is now Son of a Pixel. Finally, in the summer of 2020, I had a concrete sound & concept in mind, as well as a 6-track EP to kick this thing off !

Currently, the status of the project is the search for members in the area. I'm stoked to say that I've found a bassist that loves the music as much as I do and the search for a drummer is still in progress.

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

SON OF A PIXEL is the result of my 2-weeks brainstorming process after having decided, that the previous name I held for this project, "Blue Screen of Jesus" could've been improved on. BSOJ spawned from a conversation I had with a friend, where I was complaining at the time, about random Blue Screens of Death on my newly build PC that I couldn't figure out the solution for, followed by me saying "Jesus Christ !!". My friend's reply was something around the lines of "Blue Screen of Jesus, now that's a band name". Knowing that I intended to make a project that combined metal, 8-bit synths and nerdy concepts. 

After realizing it wasn't the most searchable band name and the brand would have a mandatory religious bond, which I'm genuinely not interested in, I spent 2 weeks brainstorming combination of terms, mostly including "Blue Screen" and "Pixel". That's basically how the name was born.

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

Project is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It's a wonderful place to make music. It's the musical and artistic heart of Denmark and there is a fine amount of venues for upcoming bands to get some experience on stage, as well as a fairly thick layer of nationally established bands. As for the band I'd recommend, it's The Interbeing - prog djenty melo metal, good stuff !

4. How would you describe your style?

I like calling it Nintendo Prog Metal or Gaming Metal. The sound consists of a groove/ progressive metal foundation with math elements for that extra weirdness, with pitch-shifted guitar riffs, mood swings, dynamic bass lines, odd time-signatures and catchy hooks. This foundation blends with electronic elements that add a "digital" mood with synths, modulated chip-tune, video-game themed tones, dubstep and other non-organic sounds.

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

"PA55 7H3 5AL7" is the debut 6-track EP for the project and each song spawns from its own idea and concept. The common thread is the digital computerized theme, whether portrayed by the musical arrangements or lyrical content. Expect creative stories, musical crossovers, intense gaming-themed soundtracks and umm, whatever stuff you take from it, really.

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

ALL THE TIME! What kind of one-man band do you think I am?

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

Nothing for now, but once the band is put together and tight, things will hopefully start moving in that regard.

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

Get a solid line-up together so that we can ultimately collaborate on future releases and perform whatever occasions we can catch. Kind of the typical band growth thing.

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6cw0SaoV4vVp6ayVeI6vni?si=PONWgbtdSUuM1D4XGFrgQw

Bandcamp: https://sonofapixel.bandcamp.com/

Youtube releases: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRk9CFZObM2ZzZ1ZPa10cw

We're trying to make our music available as far and wide as possible, so a search on your favorite platforms should do. :)

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

I would love it if, when in anger or anything else, they would yell "AHH, SON OF A PIXEL !"


Canadian singer/songwriter STRING BONE creates Americana/roots/country tunes that are truly his own. Since his formation has released an EP and two full-length albums with an all new single out this Halloween season! More music is in the works with some gigs happening  only every so often. String Bone himself goes on to talk about much in the chat below.

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

I have been performing with my project String bone since 2008, although I really started writing the songs in 2006. So essentially it’s a solo project with support musicians. The main instruments performed on the records are acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, piano, bass and drums. I often do vocal collabs and have had guests such as Sarah Jane Scouten,

Ginger St. James and Mae Moore sing on my records. Also I’ve had some impromptu performances by people passing through town, some on the spur of the moment, like Manitoba Hal on Ukulele. He can riff on that thing.

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

It was suggested to me by my first bass player Richard Miron in 2008 and it just stuck. I thought it fit the vibe of the music and it just reminded me of the vibrations of a string between the two bones - the nut and bridge - on a guitar. And a lot of my songs are about the vibrations of life, so there was a thread there that worked for me between my instrument and my songs.

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 Stratford, Canada - the one in the province of Ontario, not the Stratford Canada in the province of PEI, which would be a great place to be based out of! It’s a pretty small town and the local scene is very limited, but supportive. The local scene really stretches a wide cast from Toronto to London and Hamilton. It’s all within about a 2 hour radius and includes Stratford and a few other cities and we all know each other. Canada is fairly small in population and the scene is pretty tight. Everyone knows everyone whether we hang out or perform together or not. I assume it’s like a lot of places. The big local exports that have been doing really well in the Americana scene are Orville Peck, Whitehorse, Lindi Ortega and they are based out of Toronto. Then I would suggest Deni Gauthier, Sarah Smith, Dashboard Rattle, My Father’s Son, Ginger St. James, Basia Bulat. I could go on, but , ya, there’s a few for ya.

4. How would you describe your style?

I’m firmly in Americana - a hybrid of Folk, Country, Blues and Rock - storytelling songs, acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle, pedal steel with and without drums. So there is this current of folk/singer-songwriter meets country with a bit of blues-soul and a bit of rock edge on some songs. Some ballads, some faster songs and mostly in the vein of my influences like Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Steve Earle, Blue Rodeo, etc.

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

I have released an EP ‘Killing Town’ (2008), and two full-length records ‘nadir’ (2009) and ‘Love & Highways’ (2016). There are a total of 23 songs. Killing Town EP, which is now out of print had four acoustic versions of songs that are on ‘nadir’. But I haven’t uploaded that record yet. I should do that soon! On ‘nadir’ I was joined by Bob Egan who used to play in Wilco and Blue Rodeo. He has since retired, but it was great having him on that record. There are a lot of collaborations on both records. In addition to those mentioned earlier, both records were produced by my now good friend, Shannon Lyon. He also plays electric guitar brilliantly on both records as well as a number of other instruments on many of the songs. Also, I was joined by Roman Tome who used to drum for New Country Rehab. One of my favorite local bands, but they are no longer together, but they were great. He played on four songs and sang harmonies on one, ‘Somber Eyes’.

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

Yes, the new single ‘Two Stars Collide’ drops on Friday, Oct. 16th, 2020. This is a new collaboration with a young(er) musician/producer by the name of Nathan McKay. He and I come from two very different musical disciplines. He is an electronic musician, who uses Ableton, loops and samples primarily. Of course, I am an acoustic guitar player who has never worked with samples, so it has been a new experience to write and create music with Nathan. He has so many great ideas and we just hit it off. So, while this next single is a bit of a left turn for me, I think it’s a good turn. It’s more uptempo and a little more pop-oriented. The song we wrote was actually written as a dance song. Seriously, I’ve never written a dance song before, but with Nathan putting all these beats and samples in place, it really energized me and I was like this Alt.country guy at a rave. It was really weird. He took me to this different approach and it worked. So, we decided we would release three versions of the song because of that. So this first single will be a Folk-pop mix. Then we will release the dance mix, how we originally wrote the song. And finally I decided to go all in with an Americana mix with electric guitars and pedal steel and real drums!! Haha! I couldn’t help myself. But I’m really looking forward to seeing the reaction.

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

Since lockdown, I’ve only played a couple of outdoor gigs. At this point it’s all studio work and writing new songs.

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

I have another record in the works with a producer in Las Vegas and it will be a real stripped down record of some old nostalgic songs I learned when I was a lot younger. Songs I came across that I loved and a few popular songs by the likes of REM and Lou Reed. They will be released throughout 2021.

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

Here are all my socials and links for streaming and merch.

Streaming/viewing & download:

https://vibe.to/stringbone

https://fanlink.to/cPf4

iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/browse

Bandcamp: https://stringbone.bandcamp.com/

Merch

String Bone Web-site: https://www.stringbone.ca/music

Socials

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/String_Bone/

Facebook: https://www.facebook/StringBone

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/String_Bone

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

I hope they remember the songs. The melodies, the meaning of the lyrics, the vibe and emotion. There are a lot of meaningful songs there to get swallowed into. Thanks for your time and for doing this with me.


Demon Boy or in the newer case of Amazing Demon Boy has managed to set himself a part from the mainstream music scene. Whilst the genre choice is typical his styling revolving around the heavy metal aspect, it is his own uniqueness. He has been described as an Alice Cooper with a mix of David Lee Roth's attitude. Hence forth you get his latest addition to the now Amazing Demon Boy namesake called "This Halloween". It having an accompanying music video to boot, it's CGI effects with even creeper visuals keeps the whole impact rather delightful. The music is heavy yet hard hitting with am edge that brings to mind the similarity to that of Muderdolls and Wednesday 13. The vocals especially capture that same feeling of the acts just mentioned prior in some sense at least. The instruments portions throughout are as said, hard and heavy duty, truly heavy metal with a rock hard attitude adjustment that makes the music scream. Music video is creepy of sorts with lots of visual effects that makes you feel dizzy yet excited. The lyrical content as well as suites the Halloween howliday as well; making this an added addition to the array of other Halloween tracks of material give or take delivered by it's eerie associates. 

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