2021


Old school pop punks NINEBANKS just released their most recent works, this month, and have newer working's currently underway. The band also says much about some upcoming shows happening later this month into the rest of this fall.


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

Hi we are ninebanks from Sunderland UK! We started up in April 2021.

Jack woods - singer/bassist age 29

Callum Cowie - guitar age 32

Lewis foster - guitar age 30

Jack McGowan - drums age 26 

We are all born and bred in Sunderland and have slight connections from us going to the same school and being in older bands in the past. We all love pop punk so when drummer jack got in touch with callum about starting a band he knew jack from a a previous band and knew he was a great song writer for pop punk. We then added Lewis who has been a long time friend of callum. We had our first practice in April and from then on the band has come together very nicely.

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

We were toying with a few band names one of them was matchsticks but there is a place local to us in Northumberland called Ninebanks so we took the name from there! Suppose some people just think it’s a random word like “nine banks” however it is a place in the north east of England.

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

We are based in Sunderland and the scene is pretty good here especially with the punk scene from the likes of “toy dolls” and the “Angelica upstarts” so a very good old school punk scene back on the 80s There is some great local indie bands going strong like “docksuns” and “the voyd”. Newcastle seems to be where it’s at for pop punk with the likes of “home truths” who are sick! so the pop punk scene is ready to take off with us coming into it now! 

4. How would you describe your style?

Old school pop punk taking you back to the Tony hawk style era and 2000s what we all grew up to love and listen too. Our style is very catchy old school pop punk.

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

We had our first release as a band on Sept. 10th called “innocent” which has had some great feedback. We recorded the drums in a studio the rest was done in lewis spare room with a home studio. We had the help of a very talented injected smile studio based in Germany who did the rest for us and produced our track really well and who we will be working with on future releases.

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

We do.

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

We have our first show Sept. 24th at Middlesbrough at a venue called doctor browns. We have a show lined up hopefully November 8th at new castle venue think tank supporting some great bands which we are just waiting to confirm.

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

We are going to release a new track by the end of the year. We just want to keep writing songs and recording and to try and keep as active as we can as a band to show people we are serious about what we do!

Where can people listen to your band and stuff online?

You can listen and buy our merchandise below:

Spotify: 

https://open.spotify.com/track/2yQaXqWNUzIyPANUMtrnZc?si=MBpCz2eQQJ6-JVKlMk478w&context=spotify%3Atrack%3A2yQaXqWNUzIyPANUMtrnZc&dl_branch=1.

Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/innocent/1585412512?i=1585412513.

Youtube:

https://youtu.be/yzeBkiVnNJ8.

Merch wise we are actually in the middle of doing some DIY tie-dye Tshirt’s which will be available on our online platforms at the end of September!

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

We want listeners to have our songs stuck in there head as we aim to get out some really catchy pop punk tracks .We have a very commercial sound and a think we can market a wide variety of listeners with our old school catchy pop punk. 

Band links

www.Facebook.com/ninebanksband.

www.Instagram.com/ninebanks_poppunk.

www.Twitter.com/ninebanksband.


Emotional band LUNAR WOODS have been together for a while, having an all new album out soon enough.... The band goes into discussion about the current pandemic, music, and the future ahead.


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

Lunar Woods is a band from the depth of Russian woods with not a Russian sound at all. The band was founded by Ilya and Alexey inspired by the sound of western music. The band surely has local color and has absorbed a great number of various influences – this is how a unique cocktail of Lunar Woods sound was born. 

For a long time, the project existed as a studio one. But recently we are four, and we started to play live actively. This year a second guitar, Andrey Kutyavin, joined us, shortly after the new drummer, Ravil Nizametdinov. With new members Lunar Woods recorded a fresh album which will be released in autumn 2021. Of course, most part of the material and the ideas are contribution of our front man, Ilya. But Lunar Woods is a team of authors, so our music is a fruit of teamwork where each member is engaged. 

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

At the time when the band was founded, it consisted of Alexey and me only. We were already composing, recording something, working on new songs, but the band did not have a name then. We were looking for a name for no less than a year. 

It was a real challenge! Nothing suited us. We were building models of associative series based on things we like, then searching for combinations, rejected what we did not like, and so on. Only a year later we got a new name, Lunar Woods. This is a nice wordplay and the right images. And still today the name reflects what we want to associate our material with. 

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

All members of the band currently live in Izhevsk. Music scene in Izhevsk is rather diverse. For a long time, the city was known as one of the capitals of Russian electronic music: trip hop started playing here even earlier than in England. Today there are good projects here playing heavier music (Psychosis, Cephalic Impurity), there is still electronic music, there is music with ethnic roots (Kot Kubitz, Post-Dukes, etc.), punk rock scene. 

Many musicians play in cover bands at various parties and events. It is a sad observation that recently more and more musicians go to cover band industry. It’s not bad by itself, people need this. But I am more about other side. I would like to hear more new material from musicians who definitely have something to say. It just seems to me that if you are not composing, you die as a musician. But unfortunately, music industry in Russia forces to search for alternative ways to earn money, including re-playing someone else’s material. I would like to see more powerful festivals, with top-level organization and developed industry comfortable for the listener and for the musician. 

4. How would you describe your style? 

Hard question for us! It always seemed to us that defining a style is a prerogative of the listener. Seriously speaking, we may say we play something like Post-Grunge with elements of Progressive Metal and Stoner Metal. In general, our style is being transformed album to album, and the sound of last album may be called heavier and more progressive. 

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

One can become acquainted with our discography if listens to a compilation of several albums which is called Across The Lunar Woods. A couple of years ago changes happened in our line-up: our drummer changed. There was a small pause in the life of our band, and then we decided that is was time to work on new album. We recorded and mixed a disc with a total duration of more than 70 minutes called Pain No More which will be released in autumn 2021. 

Work on the album took around 2 years, and approach to composing was rather different from previous one. We worked on draft versions all together until each element of a track satisfied all participants. That is why we were putting some tracks together again and again while changing speed, structure and lyrics. 

By September 2021 we have already released 4 singles from future album, and several videos. The album is not long in coming! 

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

As already mentioned, a new album is about to come, but we always work on new music.  Now we are making a small acoustic album with already released songs of the band re-arranged for acoustic sound (Dead End, Welcome, A Brand New Story), as well as totally new songs that we are making from scratch. Then, I am sure, we will devote ourselves to a new full-scale album. No stopping! 

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

In pandemic time it is rather hard to plan a band tour. However, in 2022 we are targeting to have a small tour around Europe, to make a presentation of a new album and to tour around Russian cities with new material in the nearest future. 

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

We are definitely not planning to stop. We have a whole lot of plans. These are performances, filming video, and, of course, recording new material. Work in the studio for us is a way to develop and to discover other side of ourselves. This process is the most inspiring, yet difficult at times.  We are seriously targeting to film a video to support the album, and we’re now looking for a director. So, we are full of enthusiasm and inspired by upcoming plans. 

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

One can listen to our music on almost all popular platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Yandex.Music and others. You can also buy a disc or other merch on our website https://lunarwoods.band/. By the way, we are planning to make new merch occasioned with the release. That is why it is worth subscribing us in social media to be sure you do not miss novelties. 

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

You never know what track will catch the listener and why exactly. We can only make assumptions. But we usually hear that listeners are caught by our peculiar mysterious atmosphere. Many people highlight melodic solos or unique vocal. There are listeners paying special attention to lyrics: it’s also a result of thoughtful work, there is something to be caught by indeed! 

A lot depends on the mood and presentation. In general people usually like listening to live music at music gigs. The picture is important. This is the way a person gets to know the material better and gets imbued with it. We just hope to hit the mood of the listener, and then a track will surely be to listener’s taste.


Thrashy death n' rollers CACTEK have a debut single out, with more material being written and recorded currently! A debut EP should be following come next summer time too. The band goes into talks about their music and what's up next for them.


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

Cactek is a one-man band created by me in early 2020. Pedro was part of several bands of Rio’s metal scene from 2000 to 2009, then started experimenting with other styles — so Cactek is a return-to-the-origins kind of deal, and the realization of a very particular type of metal I’ve been idealizing for a long while now.

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

The whole concept behind Cactek is graphically represented by the cactus-man in our artwork – he doesn’t have a name yet, but the green dude will be along for the whole ride. It’s basically a made-up word that plays with the idea of joining ‘cactus’ and ‘tech’… I had been trying to come up with a proper name for the project for a couple of weeks back then, and, when ‘Cactek’ occurred to me, it sounded just right, you know? It’s short, I think it’s memorable, and somehow felt just right for the music I’m making.

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

Well, I’m from Brazil. Rio, specifically. Musically, Brazil is very rich and unique – although you probably won’t get that from the big-media stuff out there. Genuine music persists, and we have great artists all over the spectrum. The metal and punk scenes seem to be thriving right now, which makes sense given how screwed up things are over here. I suppose it’s hard not to be inspired by such chaos and injustice if you’re the creative type. As recommendations, I’ll go with Krisiun and Surra.

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s thrashy death’n’roll. Or something else. So far, people seem to associate us with Carcass, which absolutely is one of my favorite bands. I mean, I had to get a second copy of Heartwork just to I would get the bonus track. So, of course, the comparison is very flattering, but there’s more to Cactek, and I also appreciate when people get that.

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

The first single was just released last month. It’s called ‘Spam with a Plan’, and metalheads can expect something quite new but also familiar.

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

Yes, I’m writing and recording an EP which should be ready by June 2022. I keep a recording log of sorts on Instagram, so I encourage people to follow Cactek over there if they’re into that sort of thing.

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

Not really. I do intend to eventually gather some musicians to perform live, but my focus is 100% on writing and recording the best metal I can at the moment.

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

To keep on creating. Cactek is a personal project, the realization of the type of music that comes most naturally to me, and I have no intention of letting go of it now that I finally feel I’ve found the right means to express this music.

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

There is a lyric video for the first single on YouTube, and people can support Cactek by getting ‘Spam with a Plan’ on Bandcamp.

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

The cool riffs, the social observations, whatever… I want people to feel they are listening to genuine music, and I want them to come back for more of that.


Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go” follows Thomas as the hero of his own adventure. Thomas will be center stage and we will see the world through his young eyes. More playful and relatable than ever before, his competitive spirit will be readily apparent as he strives to be the Number One Tank Engine through play, trial and error, and just enjoying being a kid. Each episode will have specifics themes including facing fears, being resourceful, and learning that you don’t always have to solve problems alone.

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go will debut September 13 in the U.S. on Cartoon  

Network’s Cartoonito preschool block Mon-Fri (6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET/PT).  

After the launch week, new episodes will roll out on Mondays. Check out the trailer HERE.


Russian Groove/Thrash Metal band Restless Mind released their new single "Risk King" from the upcoming new album. The release was recorded, mixed and mastered in "Playmaker Sound" and "MINDCRUSHER LABS STUDIO".

Check out the single at the following links:

https://restlessmindband.bandcamp.com/track/risk-king.

https://open.spotify.com/album/27LZBSFFlWQN6KJs7eFbBR.

Restless Mind was formed in 2017 at Moscow, Russia by Anton Gruzinsky (vocals). In 2019 Roman Novichkov (guitars), Dmitry Lutskovsky (bass) and Andrey Ischenko (drums) and the lineup was completed.


Diversity band DAVIS & THE LOVE has been active for sometime, releasing their debut album just last year! New music is already in the works as well too. The band has been playing shows and has much more to do come this next year coming up! The band talks of these plans and more below.


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

Well, it all started when a friend of mine, Jordan Hawley from my hometown in Indianapolis, IN sent me some music that he was producing and it really reflected the type of music that I wanted to make moving forward. It had a throw back soul feel, but with current drum sounds that would still allow it to fit into the modern pop soundscape. We, along with his brother Matt Hawley as our engineer, ended up cutting 8 songs fairly quickly in their basement, and then I reached out to a number of musicians that I respected to put their flavor on it and give it a more "live" sound. Once I had the demos, I shopped the idea out to some musicians in Atlanta and my manager put an ad out in Craigslist and found our keyboard player, Nelson Puello. I really feel like fate stepped in on that one, because finding someone online that you can vibe with and that is as committed as you are is fairly hard to come by. And, especially someone that's not a weirdo lol. From there, I reached out to a drummer friend of mine D'andre Thigpen, who had sat in on some other projects of mine, and then a local booking agent recommended Cory Welch on guitar. We rotate in different musicians on bass (Troi Buchanon and Ken Smith), percussion (Luis Madrid), and horns, etc. I also had some amazing contributions from good friends Jay Jones (keys), and Benito DiBartoli (guitarist who toured with Eddie Money) whoe are based in Indianapolis and contributed some amazing stuff on the album, and who I enjoy playing out live with whenever our schedules allow it. I love the idea of a collaborative effort and I'm always looking to see what different musicians can bring to the table to keep evolving the sound. 

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

Well, I had decided on the name before I actually had any core band members. I really wanted it to be something that felt positive, and something that made people immediately want to feel good. And what's a better feeling than love? I also knew that I didn't want to just make it about me, that it was going to be important to have talented musicians that had similar interests to the sound that I was going for. So instead of Nate Davis, I decided on Davis & The Love because, when it started, it was just me and my love of music and I was hoping that eventually it would become, me and people that loved to PLAY music. I guess I sort of just spoke into existence and luckily it ended up working out. 

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

Atlanta, GA ...there's a great scene here with a lot of different styles. I think a lot of people know Atlanta for it's influence in hip hop, but there are a lot of different genres. You've got hard core bands, country influences, pop, funk, all kinds of cool stuff. I like Jacob Blazer, Funk Cake, Hannah Zale, Nobody's Darlings...too many to name really.

4. How would you describe your style?

It's like a mash up of playlists that would feature Otis Redding, Hall & Oates, and Bruno Mars. I love old soul and funk. I love 80's pop. I love classic rock. I love hip hop. And, I think you can see those influences in my music. I really wanted it to feel like my own lane and sound new and fresh, but one that still brings back familiar feelings. It's hard to put into a category which is kind of a gift and a curse. One song might sound more indie rock, and one more pop, but I think it's consistent in it's passion and themes. And, I hope people dig the diversity and eclectic ness of it.

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

We released our first full length album called "Future Retro Love Story" last year, and I'm really proud of it. It's a great place to start to get an idea of the sound and range of styles. I think you can expect songs that really resonate with your heart and soul, and also something you can jam out to when you're ready to be in a good mood. It's great for a drive, a workout, or a night out.

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

We have a ton of new music in the works! We're really just getting started. Our next single that we are releasing is called "Change the World" and it's really a call for us to be better as people. And, by focusing on being better as individuals, those ripples can eventually change the world and how we treat each other as a whole. We also have a live album that we are finishing up and a bunch of new music in the pipeline for the rest of the year and into 2022.

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

We play shows all the time! Our calendar is on our website www.davisandthelove.com and we are looking forward to doing even more in 2022, so check in and see when we'll be in your city.

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

The main plans are to continue making music that feels great to us and hopefully others. Music that really resonates and inspires people. We also love performing, so we want to perform as much as possible because there is truly no greater feeling in the world than to have people singing along and dancing to your songs and feeling that collective energy.

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

We're on all platforms, so just type in Davis & The Love anywhere you listen to music. And, you can buy gear or learn more about us on our website www.davisandthelove.com.

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

How it made them feel and what the song meant to them. Remember that it came from people who truly love what they do and hopefully we can make them love how they feel, get inspired, let off steam, or give them music for whenever they need to put them back in a good place and to pay that love forward.


Indie go getters THE JET REDS have been together for a short time, but have already put out not one but two single's this year alone. More music is in the works for now, with plans ahead for more content including some gigs! The band chats of this and just wanting all to remember their music and the character charm it brings forth.


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

We got together about 4 years ago, 3 of us were working together at the time in a contact centre but I pretty much had to leave after footage of us performing a song, Red Tape, was anonymously sent into the managers there. The problem was the song basically slags off the place we were working in! I’d been playing in a band for 5 years or so before The Jet Reds and we done some pretty cool things, we supported Noel Gallagher and Kasabian back then. Dan our lead guitarist is the only one properly musically trained and you can tell! He’s a wizard on the guitar! Marty’s got some history in music before the band got together, he was well known in the drum and bass scene in the north east and used to MC at drum and bass nights, a bit different to what we do! But he’s always been bang into his indie music which is how he and I fell in love! Deano the drummer I kind of scouted from the band he was playing with at the time. I went to see him play and saw how handy he was and pinched him!

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

The bands had 3 names I think, initially we were Jet Red, however a random email dropped in my inbox letting me know there was another glam rock band from the 70’s called Jet Red. Despite the fact they’d been inactive for however many years, it was getting tiring people looking us up online and mistaking us for them, particularly as none of us have perms or own tight leather pants. So we changed it briefly to Jetsin Red, which was awful, and now we have settled with The Jet Reds. My two grandads nicknames were Jet and Red, which is where the name comes from.

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

Right now we’re pretty well spread out. Myself and Dean love a street away from each other in a small village in Northumberland called Cramlington. Dan is currently back home in Leeds and Marty is up in Glasgow with his new missus. Originally though we all met here in the north east, and over the years we’ve discovered and played with loads of great bands. The Voyd, Docksuns, The Avalons, Black Acid Mavericks, Palma Louca just to name a few. There’s a good scene up here to be fair, there aren’t loads of venues but enough to get stuck into, and plenty of great bands and musicians around.

4. How would you describe your style? 

I suppose indie is the closest genre to what we do, more recently though there’s been a punkier energy to our music. 

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

We have two singles out this year, Pamela and 27.  We’ve honed in on a sound we’re really happy with now so that raw energy and swagger that we’ve brought to our new tunes is what we want to ride with for now.

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

We have two more in the locker which we’re holding onto for now. We got down to Manchester in between lockdown measure easing and fortunately were able to record 4 new songs in preparation for 2021. Keep your eyes peeled!

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

It’s been tougher than we anticipated getting back into the live scene to be honest! We went from having 4 gigs almost back to back between August - September to none! Lack of support bands, festivals struggling with tickets sales, we were even supporting Shaun Ryders  Black Grape in September but a festival they were at was rearranged for the same date so we lost that gig.  It we’re mewing our spirits up, we are in the process of arranging a headline show here in the north east so hopefully we’ll have an announcement soon.

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

In May we started working with a group called General Oversees Music, who are putting us to labels worldwide in the hope we can sign. There’s been a lot of promise with the feedback we’ve had and enough interest to give us optimism for what the future might hold for us. So hopefully we can get something concrete and with that would come a whole load of exciting things for the band.

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

Our music is on all the usual streaming platforms, Spotify, Apple Music etc. We have a little bit of merch left on our website thejetreds.co.uk.

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

I’d like to think they remember the character that comes across in the music I suppose. These new singles we’ve released this year hopefully demonstrate the energy we’re about with our music, I hope they feel good when they listen to it more than anything!


Modernizers THE GRASPING STRAWS have an all new single out this fall, with much more previous content made readily available. More material is in the works, including plans to perhaps touring and doing shows again! The band talks of all of this below.


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

Struggling to find a satisfying creative outlet, in 2012 I felt compelled to start writing songs and performing them to anyone who would listen- at parks, bars, subway stations, parties. It started with me, Rob and Oliver meeting up to play under the arch at Washington Square park with guitars and a cajon. Then I was immensely inspired by the antifolk scene at Sidewalk Cafe, and by the new music and art I was experiencing around New York City. One night I dreamed my childhood friend Sam was in the band with us playing the bass, and it came true. I remember the first time Jim’s drumming blew my mind in the basement of an NYU building. I started touring and playing a lot more shows, developing, screeching, sleeping on floors, and meeting soulmates. I started to accrue even more collaborators: Jake (bass), Henry (drums/percussion), Edwin (cello), Clair (viola/violin), Marcus (guitars) + more. Each iteration has a variety of sounds we embody and songs we play depending on serendipity and the moment and who is available for a specific show or tour or recording concept (so over much of this past year, just me!). We adapt to the space we're in. Musical collaboration and sharing is a study of humanness. We’ve become like a collective, beyond the idea of a band with specific members and it’s the same every time. 

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

As I started to write more songs and perform, I was talking to a friend about coming up with the right band name, and I said “it’s like grasping at straws! Oh wait!” and The Grasping Straws was born. The idiom ‘grasping at straws’ comes from an old proverb “A drowning person will clutch at straws,” meaning that a drowning person will grab at anything around to try to save themself, even a floating straw. It represents the hope and willingness to keep reaching out even when nothing is there. It evokes a sense of music creation as a survival instinct. 

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 NYC! One of my favorite things about the local music here is that there are so many different overlapping music scenes, each with their own flavor and community. I could go out every night and listen to music I’ve never heard before and meet new people every time. I was first introduced to local music through the Sidewalk Cafe open mic and the antifolk community there. Some local artists I love: Robot Princess, Onesie, Shadow Monster, Jeffrey Lewis, Odd Snakes, Kristin Flammio and the Pretty Bitchin, Brook Pridemore, Echo Moth, Shilpa Ray, Mithunder, Cruel Children, Leone, Rest Ashore, Starcrossed Losers, Frankie Sunswept, Elizabeth Devlin, Jason Trachtenberg, Toby Goodshank, John S. Hall, Sunflower Bean.

4. How would you describe your style?

Grungy, jazzy, expressive, psychedelic, experimental, introspective, dreamy. Like an angry, angsty softness. Enveloped in dichotomies, a scream and a whisper, raw and controlled, dissonant and harmonious, abstract and specific. Each song is a moment in time as we connect ephemerally through sound and emotion.

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

We released our first demo in 2013 which was recorded and produced by Joanna Fang and Nick Zinnanti. These recordings captured us with a jazzy experimental feeling featuring saxophone and some of our first songs. 

Next in 2015, we released our first album, recorded on 8 Track 1/2” tape with Alex P. at Basement Floods Records. We stayed the weekend in Woodstock, NY (before Basement Floods relocated to Catskill), and Alex would make breakfast for us while the tapes rewound in the morning. This album captured us exploring distortion and tape delay effects. We used my dad’s rat pedal from the 80’s and felt inspired by the analog recording process.

We recorded again in 2018 at Ground Control Studio with Murray Trider. That studio has the drums in a windowed isolation room, so we were able to capture very clean and well-recorded drum parts as we played live. I took the stems and I’ve added layered vocal and guitar parts from home, taking my time with it and learning more about the home recording process. I released the first track from this project, “Help” on the winter solstice of 2020, mixed by Somer Bingham, along with a music video created by Erica Schreiner. 

On Halloween 2020, I woke up with an idea of this song in my head. I spent the day playing around with it and thinking about how with the pandemic virus, the high death toll, and the state of our democracy in America, this is by far the scariest Halloween I’ve ever experienced. I wanted to see if I could write, record, and mix the song by myself in one day, and I think performing it as a solo-acoustic track is emblematic of what musician life in isolation is like. There are two voices, and they are both my own. I released it as soon as possible in November 2020, because I wanted it to evoke a specific moment, the same feelings when I wrote it.

Someone listening can expect unexpected leaps, dynamic shifts, introspective lyrics, raw emotion, teleportation, time travel, interplanetary connection. Our recordings are moments in time captured like a sonic time capsule. Our sound is always changing, transforming, evolving and escaping into the universe. 

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

Yes! Always writing and rewriting songs. The most recent song idea came to mind while I was hiking in the mountains of NYC, and it’s about appreciating nature in the midst of all of the intense weather changes and storming around us.

We also have a new single coming out! “Poetry.” Mat from Animal Farm Records mixed and produced the next track from the Ground Control Studio/home recording project. “Poetry” is about text message love letters. The NYC scene. The words. The poetic arousal of imagination. We develop new and insatiable curiosities as we make love with art.

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

Our new single, “Poetry” will be released on Sept 12th 2021 at Mercury Lounge in NYC, and we’ll be screening our music video by Erica Schreiner!!! and Erica will be VJing during our set!! We’re opening for our friends Lorraine Leckie and her Demons!!! It has felt amazing to be able to play shows again, and see friends play shows, and be part of a community. My first show after I got the vaccine was on my friend’s rooftop, and I was overcome with emotion and cried. Crying is cool.

I am in love with touring. With the recent state of music and travel, this is the longest period of time I’ve gone without touring since 2014, and I can’t wait to get back to it. DIY tour booking has led us to many adventures, soulmates, bandmates, and inspiration.

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

I want to start booking our tour dates again, and rejoining the larger DIY touring communities around the US, Canada and Europe, and getting to see and travel with our bandmates in New Orleans again, Edwin and Clair on Cello and Viola!

We have more recorded tracks in the works! I had a concept idea of what could be our first vinyl album release: Dichotomy. One band configuration on side A, and another on side B. I’d like to try and get all of the bandmates and collaboration captured through time. Two opposing forces create each other.

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

Find everything at our website !! http://thegraspingstraws.com/.

Find our merch on bandcamp: https://thegraspingstraws.bandcamp.com/merch.

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

I would want a new listener to remember the way the music made them feel in that moment. Maybe a lyric, the tones of the guitars, an unlikely chord progression, raw emotion, a vocal tremor, something startling.


Having been around for sometime TRANK releasing an EP, bunch of single's, with a debut album coming in the fall. Some newer music is also in the works of staging, with the band wanting to get better at all that they do. They in fact disclose all of this below.


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

We’ve been together since around 2016. All four of us had been in semi-pro bands, making music “on the side” before – but we decided to make TRANK a much more professional project after only a few sessions together, because it was so obvious something we really liked was happening. We’re all from France (sorry…) but we were all raised on all manners of rock and pop from the UK and the US mostly (with a little German thrown in for good measure), and you can hear that in the music we make. 

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

It was a joke, really - but a joke with a purpose. We wanted something simple, easy to pronounce whatever the language, and with a K in it because there’s a certain angular, “teutonic” quality to the sound. We were joking around with names when Johann, our drummer, mashed up “Crank” (the Jason Statham flick) and “Tschak” together (a nod to Kraftwerk) - and even though he meant it as a joke, it just screamed off the screen. So TRANK it was. It has several meanings in German or English but none that applies - it just sounds like us.

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 come from different corners of France, but we live close to Geneva, Switzerland, where some of us have worked before. The local scene is pretty diverse, and some of the bands we like best sound nothing like us - Bears Towers for instance sound like a really good cross between Mumford & Sons and early Coldplay. We were also lucky enough to record in Studio des Forces Motrices, where industrial bands like Treponem Pal or Young Gods made some of their best albums.

4. How would you describe your style?

Confusingly. We’re annoying like that. One of the running jokes in the band is about how there isn’t really a label that fits us, which makes us pretty un-marketable. We’ve all got massively eclectic tastes, but there’s a common sonic ground we seem to naturally gravitate towards – somewhere between Alter Bridge and Depeche Mode, Muse and Soundgarden, Royal Blood and the Cure. It’s alternative rock with elements of metal AND post punk in its DNA – we love contrasts, so we try to keep it both driven and dark-ish, intense and accessible, kinda like we are . Same goes with the lyrics – there’s usually both passion and cynicism or at least some form of a twist to them. A lot of bands – including some of the bands we love – have a sort of monolithic approach to their identity : they’re very strictly defined and anchored in one genre. We love it when there’s a crack in the monolith : music should be like life is, deceivingly simple, with layers and nuances even in the most intense moments. Just because you have personality as a band doesn’t mean you should be too simplistic.

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

We cut our teeth with an EP back in 2016, then spent a couple of years refining our sound and came out with a bunch of singles in 2018 / 2019, that got us the attention of a few huge bands - and opening act slots as well, for Deep Purple, Anthrax, Papa Roach or Disturbed. Like the Anthrax manager said - they picked us up as a support act because although we’re clearly not a metal band, we play music that metal fans can love - just as much as indie rock fans or goth-heads. The support gigs did go down fantastically well  and they inspired us to hone the songs that make up “The Ropes”, our first album : we sort of self-released that during lockdown, but now it’s been picked up by a proper distributor and it’s getting the full deluxe treatment - we’re re-releasing the album in November 2021, with a bonus disc of remixes we really love too. The album has that blend of riff-based, high-powered alternative rock with post-punk atmospheres and metal touches to it, with what we hope is a cathartic, addictive quality to it. And the remix disc shows a different side to the songs - sometimes more ambient, sometimes more industrial. 

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

Sure. There’s a dozen demos at different stages of completion that will make up the second album. We also recorded a “live in the studio” session during lockdown which will see the light of day in 2022 - and has a couple of the new tracks in it.

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

Nothing at the moment, because every stage around us seems packed with rescheduled gigs from the last 18 months. But we’re hoping the album opens up opportunities there. Every concert so far has been a huge success in terms of how well people respond to us, so we can’t wait to go back.

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

To keep getting better, as songwriters, performers and showmen. It’s a short ride - we want to make it as intensely satisfying as possible. We have a “territory” of sorts, a sound that naturally happens when we’re together in a room or on a stage : we want to look back one day and say we extracted the best of it, and gave our audience as big a bunch of unforgettable moments of connection with us as possible.

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

“The Ropes” is available from all the digital platforms you know and love - or loathe, but also as a physical 2CD Deluxe edition you can either buy in France from brick and mortar shops - or from www.trankmusic.com

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

A sense of depth and connection. Somehow we want to make them jump around and think at the same time. It’s been a long time since any band has done that for us, so we thought we might as well do it ourselves. Hopefully that sounded arrogant enough - we’re French, you know. We have a reputation to keep up with.


Vibe funk rockers BAYTREES has been around for a while, releasing a handful of single's thus far, with much more content ready to go! With that, they just want to get themselves out there for all to hear them. Going on to discuss these matters at hand below.


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

The Baytrees consist of myself Mensah lead singer (guitar /keys: producer) my brother Kwame (bass player /bvs/) long time friend Marcus Harris (drums /producer) Coujoe Ryan guitar bvs keys).

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

We grew up in Brixton on Baytree road hence the name the Baytrees. It’s were we began our journey of life and music. When growing up, Brixton was a lot crazier than it is now so we saw a lot at an early age.

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

Brixton has a great music scene with local bands like Alabama 3 who have been like mentors to us since we first started playing. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I'd describe Baytrees style as funky rocky guitar based music lined with synths and lyrics to make you think with hip hop beats to keep you moving. We work solely on vibe if there’s no vibe we can’t make it work.

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

In 2020 we released 7 singles. We then went on to release our first song of 2021 'Sundown' in January, then Kwame and I lost our mother to cancer which was a really hard thing to deal with so we decided to take some time to recharge and heal and we now feel ready to get back to releasing music and gigging again.

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

We currently have two 5 track EP's ready to go and a hard drive full of music.

Our latest release sundown is about the racial injustice black people face everyday around the world.

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

We are just planning a tour now to coincide with our new EP release around November.

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

I just want as many people to hear our music as possible I know our music is healing everything we do I try and make sure it has meaning and purpose and can help someone somewhere escape for three mins thirty, otherwise what’s the point.

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

You can stream our music on Spotify and iTunes. You can also buy directly from our bandcamp page: https://baytrees.bandcamp.com/releases.

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

The chorus, the vibe, the message, our name.


In early June Italian Black/Gothic Metal act CADAVERIA had released the single "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" on all digital platforms. 

Now the band have premiered the video for the same track. The new video can be watched at this link: https://youtu.be/k6z23xC9DLQ.

Made by Morbid Vision and shot around an old village in Piedmont, North Italy, among woods and fields, the video was inspired by a shamanic prediction.

The images evoke the existence of parallel dimensions and of a multifaceted female presence, at times mysterious, who visits our sick planet to give new energy.

The video also shows a preview of some handmade jewels, a necklace and a pendant worn by Cadaveria herself, which are now available to order at this link http://bit.ly/shopcadaveria

The single "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" is available to stream and download here: http://bit.ly/twwfte.

For more info please visit https://linktr.ee/cadaveria.


Japanese metal band BRIDEAR have released a brand new track and music video, ‘Brave New World Revisited’. The release of the song celebrates and commemorates the band’s return to international touring in September and October for their ‘Into The Dark Forever’ UK and European tour, making them the first Japanese band to perform overseas post-pandemic.

 ‘Brave New World Revisited’ is an 8-minute-long showcase displaying the metallic sonic assault and stunning technical prowess that the band are capable of. The longest composition in their catalogue, the track is brimming with all the characteristics that made their debut international release Bloody Bride so alluring, marrying sincere lyrics with blazing guitars and insatiable pop hooks to highlight their feelings about returning to the live circuit.

 Speaking about the single, bassist Haru shared, “We wanted to make a new song and make the tour a success as the first Japanese band to go on a European tour after the Corona crisis. The composition is the most challenging we have done, and the longest song in our history, but it’s fun to listen to all of the detail and the lyrics convey our feelings during this time.”

 Lead vocalist Kimi added, “Entertainment as a whole is being denounced, but the theme of this song is to raise our voices as one and re-enter a brave new world. We will continue to go forward! Please come to see us and support us as we come back overseas and revisit this brave new world!”

Check it out over HERE.


American Death/Doom Metal band Post Luctum released their new EP "Acceptance". The release was recorded in "Clawmaster Studios" and mixed/mastered by Daniel Weldon.

Check it here:

https://postluctum.bandcamp.com/album/acceptance

Post Luctum was formed in early 2019 at California, Maryland as a one-man project by Ian Goetchius who wanted to create a band with a combination of moody melodies and dark atmosphere, with lyrical themes and topics ranging from isolation and depression, to the paranormal and afterlife. In 2019 the band released their debut EP "After Mourning" which gained positive reviews.


Up and coming band EVERYBODY LOVES AN OUTLAW have their newest single out, with an accompanying music video to follow suite. Plus the band has been able to play some shows here and there, with the plans to be more music and shows whenever possible! Find out from one of the band members Bonnie had to say in regards to all of this from below.


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

We met in music college in West Texas (South Plains College), fell in love and started making music together almost immediately. Fast forward 15 years, we now live in Colorado, and had a whole slew of different musical projects under our belt when we met and started writing with our producer and friend Robbie Nevil. He was decades deep in the sync licensing world and since making music together and writing as a group was so fun and fruitful, we decided to formally team up and start recording music in 2017 as Everybody Loves An Outlaw. 

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

I have always questioned authority and I will always challenge societal conventions, so Taylor has called me his little ‘Outlaw’ for a while. After Robbie heard that he said “Everybody Loves an Outlaw!” and it just stuck.  

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 both grew up in Texas but we live in Colorado now, and base ourselves out of the Denver area. The music scene here is incredibly vibrant and diverse in terms of style, we have so many favorite bands and musician friends-- Cass Clayton Band, The Gasoline Lollipops, Megan Burtt, FACEMAN, Whippoorwill, Sound of Honey, Kyle Donovan, Liz Barnez…..and so many more. 

4. How would you describe your style? 

We have a style that’s pretty hard to pin down. Like Lizzo said “GENRE IS DEAD”. Buuuut, if we have to put a label on it we call it Dark Western Pop. Razor edge emotions with style and loud guitars.

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

 https://www.bonnieandtaylor.com/elao.html

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

We just released REBELS & OUTLAWS, our newest single, and have the official music video coming out on 9/1 via UK based CountryLine, the global fan club app for country music. 

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

We aren’t touring at the moment and we don’t have any immediate plans to because of the pandemic but as soon as we can we will. We have been playing outdoor shows and festivals through the summer here in Colorado and hopefully we can start to bring our music all over the world. Here’s our tour history: https://www.bonnieandtaylor.com/tour-history.html.

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

We are excited to keep releasing music, REBELS & OUTLAWS is just the beginning of what we’ve written and recorded this last year so finally getting to release it into the world is the best feeling. We’re planning more of that and in the meantime we love staying in touch with our fans on our socials @everybodylovesanoutlaw.

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

Find us on all the streaming services under Everybody Loves An Outlaw and download the Country Line app to see our official REBELS & OUTLAWS music video first! We also are moving a lot of our behind-the-scenes and exclusive content to our text updates list----if you want to shoot me a text you won’t miss anything coming up! 

txt us +13035292396

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 something real and raw when they listen to our music. An unapologetic soundtrack for sticking it to the man while destroying the old and outdated. 


Edgy pop dark solo project of an act called HOMETIME has taken some time for himself Tony Kavanagh to focus upon this all new aspect of his life. Beforehand writing and fronting other bands for a number of years. Now he has had sometime to write and record what is a number of single's, leading towards what is his debut album. No live shows are set to happen right now due to the pandemic, but that will not stop the music creativity and just anything else that comes to mind. Lots are discussed and can be found below. 


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

Hometime is, essentially, a solo project. The sole member is Tony Kavanagh – singer, songwriter, designer, dreamboat (shut up! I am!). Having spent years fronting and writing for a number of bands, I took some “time off.” However, the creative itch refused to go away and so the Hometime project was born. I’m a singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. I dabbled in other genres throughout my stints with those bands but Hometime brings me back to my first love: pop. I managed to get my first single “Gratitude” out there last year just before the pandemic slammed on the brakes. 

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

In Ireland, the name Tony Kavanagh is as common as, say, John Smith in the UK. So I needed a more distinct identity. I opted for what looks like a band name because, for me music is rarely made in a vacuum. The name comes from the Alison Moyet song and album title, a gloriously dark creation that I would include in a long list of influences. 

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 live in Dublin, Ireland. The music scene here is vibrant. The current trend is predominantly guitar-based and that’s reflected on radio and the live scene – well, the live scene before it was shut down. We’re still fighting for a return to live music. For such a small country, we deliver an astonishing amount of great music – and we always have. For every U2, Cranberries, Dermot Kennedy or Sinéad O’Connor you could namecheck, there’s a ton of brilliant acts in every genre delivering amazing work. I’m surprised that acts like Denise Chaila, Wild Youth and True Tides haven’t yet gained traction abroad. 

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s pop with a dark, grown-up edge. The tracks so far are in an electronic setting. That wasn’t deliberate – it’s just how the songs exerted themselves in the studio. I like melody, hooks and conversational lyrics that come from somewhere real. Also, I can’t sing words that I wouldn’t use in real life. I love that my producer, Seán Hurley – a rock guitarist – has really taken to the whole pop thing with gusto. He’s a major Max Martin fan and we often disappear down pop rabbit holes in the studio, when we should be working.

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

I’ve released just three singles so far. They’re melodic and hooky but they all have a little humanity and darkness about them. One of them is a dance track, one is a pop banger and one is a sad anthem. They’re the first tasters from my album, which will offer a few more shades and moods.

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

My album is nearly ready. It’ll be a set of ten originals – although it’s possible that another song or two might make a late arrival. I’d hoped to release it earlier this year but, inevitably, the pandemic had other ideas. The upside is that the extra time gave me space to live with the songs a little longer and revisit some things. I even managed to get the artwork done and settle on a title. It’s called “Past Imperfect.” We’re back into a regular studio schedule now, so the set should be finished in the next couple of months. 

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

Even though the Irish live scene is currently non-existent because of pandemic restrictions, I have no plans right now for live shows. It’s been a while since I last stood on a stage with a band and the prospect of doing it again is kinda terrifying, if I’m honest. I’m ruling nothing out, but I want to concentrate on getting the album right before I think of those steps.

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

I’m taking each day as it comes. The urge to create is alive and well, and the results of that will determine what happens next. I’m co-writing for other people as well. The new single - It Beats Living Alone – has drawn the attention of another band and now we’re planning a collaboration over the next couple of months. The first single, Gratitude, caught the ear of New York dance maestro/label executive Vinny Vero, who commissioned a Hometime remix for a name act on a big-label release. I’m sworn to secrecy for now, but the track is finished and looks like being released in January. So there’s lots going on. I certainly have material for another album, but I’m taking nothing for granted. Let’s see what the reaction to my album is like.

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

I think that Bandcamp is the easiest source. Check out my work so far on www.hometime.bandcamp.com. Everything I release will end up there. I have a website too – hometimemusic.com – for news and stuff.

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

I trust listeners to have open ears. I can’t ask for anything more. If they like the stuff, fantastic – I hope they tell everyone. And if they don’t? Well, I hope they save their breath to cool their porridge!


Pop punks YOUNG ENOUGH have been around for a while, releasing their debut single, with an EP in the works currently. They hope to head out playing shows in the fall, with more music making to take place too. The band chats of this below.


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

So there’s 5 of us. Julien’s the drummer and an absolute machine behind the kit. Fast, precise and dedicated. He’s the kind of guy who will hear mistakes nobody else hears. Then there’s our rhythm guitarist Nicolas. Probably the busiest because he’s in two other bands (Lucky Trolls and Chump) as well as ours. He’s also been on multiple tours with his bands so we look to him for guidance on those things. Our lead guitarist Jon is the brains behind the operation. He got everyone together and is also a social media wiz. Which is more important than we wish it was, but having someone who know how to properly use it is a huge boon to have in the band! Then there’s Francois (or Fafa for short). He’s the bassist and also an absolute machine. Definitely the hottie of the band. And then there’s Pieter, the singer and latest addition.  So the project started a good 2 years ago. Jon started it as a bit of a passion project. All of us have always been fans op pop punk, and pop punk has had a huge influence on all of us and who we are as musicians and people. So we all thought “fuck it” let’s start playing pop punk in our 30s! 

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

Well exactly because we’re all in our 30s (and one of us in our 40s. We’ll let you guess who) one of the first reactions we get is “aren’t you guys too old to be playing that kind of music” to which we reply “nope. We’re Young Enough”. Hence…..

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

So we’re actually a bit all over the map of Belgium but most of us our located in the SE of the country. Where the industrial heartland of the country used be. Pieter is actually based on the opposite end of the country more towards the NW of Flanders. There’s actually a whole bunch of locals bands! Here’s a few:

Ocean Encounters

Skanda

Unbeliever

Lucky Trolls

Glassland

Chump

And maybe, just maybe, you’ll see some familiar faces in those bands…….

4. How would you describe your style?

We’ve been tossing around the term “pop punk revival” although would it be too presumptuous to call it that? Well Fuck it! It’s pop punk revival!! (we all chuckled). We take everything you love and hold dear from those tunes in the early ‘00s and put it through a modern ringer. Take that old-school pop punk feeling, add in some left-over teenage angst, add some more beefy guitars, a good breakdown, an easycore chugga chugga in there somewhere, maybe some well placed screams and voila! Something new but familiar all wrapped in a toasty lyrical blanket of existential crisis and that’s us!

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

We’ve just released our first single “HumanVirus” and its music video at the beginning of August and the feedback we got was just absolute insanity! We’ve got two more songs and corresponding music videos on the way, and then shows shows shows!!

Combined I think the band has over 75 years of experience. We’ve all been in bands and projects of varying sizes so we’ve racked up a bit of know-how about what it takes to keep putting out material. So you can expect us to keep up a high level of content production from music to videos and vlogs etc.

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

Together with the EP we’ve put together a solid live set of songs as well and in those are the seeds for the next EP and maybe even the start of an album! But first it’s the two next singles and music videos!

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

Hell yeah! We’ve been grinding hard to get our tunes onto a stage and we’re getting close! At the moment of writing this mid-November is shaping up to be slam packed with shows! 5 in a single week. We’re talking Monday-night shows! I hesitate to say the word “good” but if anything “good” came from this pandemic it’s that the next few months the demand for shows is going to be absolutely insane!

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

We’d love to get the album-tour-album-tour-.... machine running. To be able to make a living off of this would be an absolute dream come true. Other than that we just want to make music and play it on stage. We’re in it for the love of the music primarily, anything else is just a bonus!

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

All the usual's! YouTube, Spotify, Deezer (does anybody use Deezer?!) iTunes... Anywhere you can find music online, and we’re in the process of printing the EP onto CDs so all y'all old-school people can buy physical copies of the tunes! We thought about Vinyl but the songs weren’t mastered for vinyl so it wouldn’t do it justice!!

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

You know that feeling you get when you hear a song from so long ago that you don't actively remember the lyrics, but they sort of just tumble out of your mouth? This pocket of bliss and joy explodes in your limbic system that zaps you back to a time where those songs were the only thing that truly understood how you felt? 

That hope for the future that the turn of the millennium brought with it? Well that feeling is our fuel. And if you're thinking "Damn you're right. That shit was 21 years ago!  When the fuck did I get so old?!". We're here to tell you you're NOT old. You're young enough. We're Young Enough.


Unique go getters RUN BROTHER RUN has a blending of styles with their music. Since forming, they have released their debut EP, with a follow-up EP expected up next. The band has a lot more in-store coming up and talks of it below.


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

Run Brother Run at this minute is one man me, Stesh. After years of being in various bands I decided in 2019 to leave my old band and think about what I wanted to do musically. I had played a lot of different styles of bands over the years from pop punk, ska, grunge, metal, punk rock and a bit indie, but always felt that when I wrote songs, they never ended up being the way I had in my head for various reasons. In 2020 I started to write again but as the world went into lock down, I realized that a full band would be impossible I decided that I was going to do it all, Drums, bass, guitars vocals etc. It was much a way to challenge myself musically as it was to finally create songs which were 100% my feeling and thoughts. 

While writing and creating and sending off for feedback to friends in bands I realized that one day I will want to get this music out not just on the internet or cd etc but to a live audience once things start to get back before the world stood still and here we are and things are moving forward with the to make RBR a live band and it will be exciting to be on stage again as that is my second home and where I feel like I can be my true crazy self.  

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

Run Brother Run was not the first name I can up with for this project but I’m an avid reader of true crime and one of the books I had just started reading was a book called “run brother run”. Its about Charles Harrelson a hit man and father of Woody Harrelson the actor, great book and worth a read. I just felt the name RBR matched the feelings I was having went writing, being stuck in a house with the same thing everyday sometimes you just want to run away, so it all kinda fitted together.

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

Newcastle upon type, the music scene in Newcastle in my opinion has always been good, but its had its ups and downs. Some great bands have come from around here and there is some good newer bands like Dunes but I think we have lost quite a few bands due to the pandemic that after such a long time have parted ways. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I’m a punk rocker at heart it was the first music I truly connected with when I was young but through the years I have listened to so much that you can hear the influences of post hardcore, emo, metal, hard rock and even pop and indie in there. Its something unique. 

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

I initially released to demo singles which got some good radio play and feedback but I have just released the debut EP – EP VOL 1: Attack of the Doom Cat. 5 tracks of energetic and powerful songs.

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

Now the EP 1 has been completed I have already got 4 tracks written for the next EP, I usually write between 7 and 9 demos and choose the best 5 from that I feel all work together and finish off the parts before mixing and sending off to master. 

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

Not yet but its coming, oh its coming.

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

The same plan as most bands, play live record and enjoy time with friends and people. It sounds clichéd when people say I’m in this for the music but for me I am, I love playing, writing and performing on stage, if you don’t love those things don’t be in a band. 

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

Well the EP will be released to all the usual streaming places so you can hear it on there and buy it from the usual places like iTunes etc but I also have a bandcamp where you can get a physical CD if you have a CD player haha.

https://rbruk.bandcamp.com  

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

I think I would like people to feel like they want to move whether that would be a head bob or foot tap or jumping around the room like a crazy fool, if you can get people to move to your music your doing something right is my thoughts.


Elemental band SOULS EXTOLLED have a single and two records out there, with another single expected out real soon! Some shows are also expected come the fall and into the next year as well. The band talks of their content and their future ahead.


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

Zach Black, a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Honolulu birthed the idea for Souls Extolled during his sophomore year at the University of Texas in 2014. However, the project didn’t take solid form until early 2019 when Black’s path crossed with that of bassist JP Ortiz and drummer Joe Valadez, both Austin music scene veterans. After only a few jam sessions Black saw the trio’s potential and spontaneously pitched his vision to them for Souls Extolled. And the rest as they say, is history.

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

One of Zach Black’s early mentors in the Austin music scene, Greg Maneikis, had discovered him playing at various open mics and was one of the first believers in the young talent. He not only helped the band in its early stages with everything from booking to appearing with them during performances as a masked hype man, but he also came up with the name of the band. A lyricist and poet himself, Maneikis came across the word ‘Extolled’ and was reminded of Black’s intense existential songwriting style. He resolved shortly thereafter that ‘Souls Extolled’ was the perfect name for Black’s eventual rock band, and Black agreed wholeheartedly.

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

Souls Extolled has the great privilege of calling ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’ their home city. Even despite the gut-punch the scene took this past year, its altogether still expansive and thriving! There’s an abundance of opportunities for bands in Austin from awesome places to play, to great studios and practice spaces, to local publications, shows, and organizations that do a lot to support and promote local artists. Most importantly, Austinites love their local music scene and make up the greatest fan base any artist could as for! As such, there’s an enormous quantity of bands here, and it never ceases to amaze the guys how good everybody else is! You’d be hard pressed to find an Austin band that isn’t worth a recommendation.

4. How would you describe your style?

This is a difficult question for them to answer, as within rock they’re genre smashing like crazy! You could say that they’re blending various elements of classic rock and metal with grunge and ska punk, and some indie rock in there too. The intense existential vibes laced throughout the music and lyrics is certainly a big part of it as well. Altogether their goal is to create the next evolution of rock by incorporating and fusing their favorite sub-genres in a way that is hopefully novel, but also familiar and awesome!

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

They’ve got two records out and a single! The first record ‘Follow the Ghosts’ is more raw, and so doesn’t blend the sub-genres as liberally between songs. As such the songs vary quite a bit, but the band loves the way the album flows and is proud of it as a worthy starting point. Their second record ‘Seraphic War’ is definitely a concise step forward as it blends the sub-genres more consistently throughout the songs and is a clear concept record. With ‘Seraphic War’ they definitely feel like they’re finding their sound! Finally, they have a fun ska-punk single out called ‘Rabbit Hole’, which is really a relief from their usual intensity. Overall though, it’s safe to say you can usually expect high-energy, dark rock n’ roll from Souls Extolled.

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

They sure do! They’re going to release another single, ‘The Crucible’, in October with a music video, and then next year will be dropping one single per month cumulating into their third record!

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

They’ve got some great shows going on in Texas throughout the rest of the year and are in the process of planning tours to the West Coast and Northeast in 2022.

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

Their plan is just to keep going! They do this for one reason and one reason alone: because they love it! They just want to keep having these awesome experiences and having fun, and if they work hard and they’re lucky, they hope it’ll continue to get more and more awesome. With the year they lost to the pandemic they’ve been an active band for less than two years, so there’s a lot they haven’t done yet. Lots of boxes to check, and they’re looking forward to the ride!

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

It’s on all the major platforms, but the guys tend to push Spotify the most. As far as buying Bandcamp is great, and merch through the website. As ‘Seraphic War’ is largely about social justice, the band donates all revenue from its sales and streams to Police Oversight Project in Austin. They try to be on any and all platforms they’re aware of as they deeply appreciate folks listening and supporting, and want them to be able to extoll their souls on their preferred platform.

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

There are still people out there who believe rock music can change the world. That’s Souls Extolled. 


Post rock band SAVES THE WITCH have their debut album this past summer, including a remix off it as well. All new songs are already ready to go for the next album expected soon! But beisdes those, this band just wants to get out there, continuing building a following and see where it leads next. The band discusses all of this below.


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

Well, I started as a drummer many years ago. I was in and out of a few bands before I transitioned to mainly playing guitar and singing. When I played drums I was in heavier bands it seemed like, and over the years I had mellowed out a little and was playing some singer songwriter type stuff. Eventually I fell into the guitar pedal rabbit hole, and this project was born partially out of that. I was experimenting a lot with Post Rock stuff which I've always loved. Originally I was doing it to pass time because I was waiting to connect with some guys I used to play with. We had plans to collaborate remotely during COVID. It never ended up happening, and this project very quickly started feeling like home to me. I just remember recording the first song, “Voices”, and thinking of what a leap it was for me personally and musically. It meant so much to me that I wanted to find the right lyrics, but I couldn't find the right words. I had I guess a realization that sometimes in life words can't describe how you feel really, so I left that one as an instrumental. But it happened with song after song. I didn't set out to be instrumental, but it just happened that way. Far as members, it's just me. 

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

A lot of people comment on the name! I'm glad they like it. It was born out of this idea that we should accept each other for who we are. We shouldn't tear someone down just because they are different. 

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 Southport North Carolina. Beautiful little town. The music scene has a lot of variety because I'm in driving distance of Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach SC. Southport itself has a lot of great artists. There is a lot of cover band at the bar type stuff as well, Nothing wrong with that either. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Post Rock probably describes it best if I had to choose one genre. There are some shoegaze and blues elements too, and some heavier rock. Progressive Post Hard Rock Blues? (laughs)  We could probably talk genres all day. 

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

Released the debut album “Elements of Alchemy” in June, and released one remix from it.

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

Right now a new album is pretty much finished. I have all the songs, all mixed and good to go. It's just a matter of mastering them and getting the art and everything together. 

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

Until I grow some extra hands and feet I can't play many shows right now. I will eventually try to incorporate some acoustic versions maybe that I could meld together but I'm not there yet. 

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

Well the new album I mentioned will be released at some point, other than that there is a lot of living in the moment. I've met a lot of great other artists doing this and I'd like to keep at that. I just want to keep playing, sharing, and celebrating music with all these wonderful people I've come in contact with. 

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

SavestheWitch.com has links to all the streaming, bandcamp, social media, and merch stuff. I'm sincerely thankful for anyone who checks it out. 

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

I truly and genuinely just hope that people like some of the stuff. It all means a great deal to me, and it means something to me; but a cool thing about instrumentals is that it's open totally to interpretation of the listener. It can mean whatever to you. I think that's cool.


Heavy metal punks PISSING RAZORS have loud aggressive ferocious styling groove type of sound, which have lead them to release an array of content, including an all new release out this fall! They want to tour in support of said release, and continue to just create more music and play as much as possible too! The band chats about all of this and more below.


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

Pissing Razors is the brainchild of Eddy Garcia and Mat Lynch formed in 1994, with Danny Garcia (Eddy’s brother) and Dave (Loco Pelon) McNutt infusing groove oriented heavy metal with punk rock. After performing and recording a few demo tapes Loco Pelon would exit the band and Joe Rodriguez would enter the fold in 1996 and recorded Psycho Punko Metal Groove which was released independently. Danny Garcia would leave the band and was replaced by Rick Valles. After touring extensively in support of Psycho Punko Metal Groove, Pissing Razors would eventually get signed to Noise Records and release two records Pissing Razors and Cast Down the Plague with the line-up to include Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch, Joe Rodriguez and Rick Valles and tour extensively in Europe and the US. In 1999 we would see the line-up change with the departure of Mat Lynch and replaced by Cesar Soto. In 2000 would bring another line-up with the departure of Joe Rodriguez replaced by Jason Bragg. We would continue to tour and yet another line-up change would occur in 2002 with the departure of Jason Bragg and Cesar Soto. Both members would be replaced by Andre Acosta and Mat Difabio. In 2004 we would see the eventual hiatus of Pissing Razors after the release of Evolution, the last record released by the band until 2014 when original members Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch and Joe Rodriguez would reunite and team up with Geo Gomez to complete the line-up, Rick Valles was asked to participate in the reunion but declined due to family commitments and remains an integral part of the history of this band. Pissing Razors has since toured in 2018 and released two singles in 2019, and for 2020 we released a cover of Nailbomb’s Wasting Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf44q-Gu5-Y. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full length album in 17 years titled Eulogy Death March. 

Pissing Razors discography:

Psycho Punko Metal Groove-1996 (Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch, Joe Rodriguez, Danny Garcia)

Pissing Razors-1998 (Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch, Joe Rodriguez, Rick Valles)

Cast Down the Plague-1999 (Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch, Joe Rodriguez, Rick Valles)

Fields of Disbelief-2000 (Eddy Garcia, Joe Rodriguez, Rick Valles, Cesar Soto)

Where we come from-2001 (Eddy Garcia, Rick Valles, Cesar Soto, Jason Bragg)

Live in the Devil’s Triangle (live)-2003 (Eddy Garcia, Rick Valles, Cesar Soto, Andre Acosta)

Evolution-2004 (Eddy Garcia, Rick Valles, Andre Acosta, Mat Difabio)

Eulogy Death March-2021 No release date as of yet to include in the line-up (Eddy Garcia, Mat Lynch, Joe Rodriguez, Geo Gomez)

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

The origin of the name of the band was a simple trip to Juarez, Mexico contracting the clap by our infamous first singer Dave Loco Pelon McNutt who in many ways tried to emulate GG Allin and stated that when he tried to urinate it felt like PISSING RAZORS.

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 located in El Paso, Texas. The music scene is very diverse with lots of local bands from Metal, Rock, Pop, Rap, Country, and Mexican music. Definitely a lot to see depending on your musical pallet and very difficult to pinpoint just one of many that are here in our fine city. Every band here in town has something special to offer and deserves to be taken a look at so I recommend them all.

4. How would you describe your style? 

Loud aggressive ferocious heavy in punk and metal groove.

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

Since reuniting in 2014 the band has released two singles (Crushing Grip, Left for Dead) in 2019. In 2020 we released a cover of Nailbomb’s Wasting Away with a video. What we would like for everyone to expect is the creation a groove that is over the top both visually and musically that they can connect with. 

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

We recently finished recording our first record in 17 years titled Eulogy Death March and is currently in the mixing and mastering process with Sterling Winfield, (Pantera, Hellyeah).

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

Currently the band has a CD release party on October 1st, 2021 in our hometown of El Paso, Texas and a possible festival in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Our goal is to tour in support of the new album Eulogy Death March.

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

All of our music is available on all digital media outlets, i.e. Spotify, Deezer, Apple, Google, Amazon etc, our first independent release is the only release available on physical copy available directly thru the band on our official website and bandcamp see https://ffm.bio/aejagdr    and https://linktr.ee/pissingrazors.

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

Besides our name and brand being around for more than 25 years, our dedication to the music that we created and the fans old and new that continue to support us is our driving force that keeps our machine going. 

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