April 2021


Two years have passed since we last spoke with PAUL BARTOLOME who has since released all new music, including an all single titled "Time Bomb". But that's not all, more content is coming up, with so much more that has yet to be announced! Big Paul himself says so much about all the time that has since gone by since we last spoke!


1. So it's been 2 years since we last spoke, what has Paul Bartolome been up too since then?

It's been crazy, I went on a sold out tour across UK & Europe which also happened to be my first tour EVER, I dropped my album "Screaming Through The Radio" that I went to Arizona to do with the man himself Matt Good, The album is closing in on 1 million streams on spotify alone! I started an exclusive Patreon for fans to get some more fun content, some music content, requests etc, Dropped a song and music video with Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), Started writing and recording a brand new album, rented a big house in the middle of nowhere in the countryside set up 2 studios and fully self produced the record, Dropped my most personal single yet with Kellin Quinn (sleeping with sirens) and it just debuted Top 40 on Billboard and loads of other awesome things behind the scenes as well being planned! Shot a new music video and shot a documentary that'll come before the end of the year so to say I've been keeping busy would be an understatement. 

2. What was your reaction to the reality that is covid-19 when it struck in 2020 and is still around today in 2021?

It was crazy, we were on tour when Covid started going around back when everyone thought it would just blow over, I remember we played Paris and went on Facebook in our hotel room and the first post I saw was "Covid Hits Paris" haha. So I felt like it was following us and we thought like everyone else it was being blown out of proportion and in a week's time no one will be speaking about it..... How we were wrong. Luckily we managed to finish the tour just before everything went into lockdown. And it was the worst.. one minute I'm travelling all over the UK and Europe with my band and then next minute I can't even go see them, or go down the pub or the gym I could only facetime them so it was a crazy time that hit extremely hard. 

3. During the time frame that is covid-19 what did you do to pass the time, how much content did you unleash or plan to release?

Being in a strict lockdown with no idea of when it could end definitely inspired me to not only write this album (as I wasn't planning on writing another album for at least a year and just tour the whole of 2020) but also make this album my most personal yet and for the first time I really used music to actually help just get me through! And used it as a personal diary almost. On top of that I also started doing Insta live gigs every Friday, started a patron doing some music content, bts content and just some fun content as well! Within this lockdown we also dropped my album "Screaming through the radio" which was weird as we had a tour planned and then planned on booking more to really tour the hell out of the album and still to this day.. I've yet to tour that album since it was out so that in itself became a struggle trying to really promote without touring it properly. So I tried to stay focused as much as possible on content and writing but was definitely a real struggle to keep positive and focused but luckily I've got a good team around me that helped keep things positive. 

4. You did release a new single titled "Time Bomb" featuring a guest spot from Kellin Quinn, discuss how the two of you came together for this particular track and why did you want him to be a part of it?

Yeah the Song was coming together pretty fast I'd sent it around to the band, management etc and it was clear it had "Single" vibes and was a good representation of the album sound... SO that being said I knew that not only would it benefit having a big name on it if it's the first single but also I knew I wanted someone from  that world on this track.. So Kellins name was thrown in the mix and it really just made sense for the type of song, his voice would really just elevate the track and fit the vibe. So I hit him up, sent him the track, he got back that night, 2 days later sent the vocals back and he'd done more than I'd even asked! Added his own ad libs, tracked harmonies etc.. So a really nice easy guy to work with, extremely talented and he killed it! so nothing but praise for the guy and he's been helping  with the promo of the track as well so can't ask for more really! 

5.  Can you disclose the details behind this single that is "Time Bomb", what makes it so special and what you said on it being a "personal song"?

I actually had the instrumental for a while, and I just never did anything with it, and I was going through sorting all the live tracks out, and sorting stems for mixing and came cross it, So just out of curiosity as I had about 30 songs for this record so couldn't remember what was what so had a listen and all of a sudden I was singing the chorus melody you hear today, then the verse, then lyrics were coming to me, then It was clear this was an important song and I started adapting  the instrumental a little re working it and then sure enough it became the track you hear today. 

The song is the most personal song I've done for sure. Me and my girl got pregnant and were super excited and happy and unfortunately lost the baby a week before the "Criminal" music video. And I just never really dealt with it properly. I closed myself off, didn't talk to the band, stopped doing Patreon videos, Stopped replying to any business related emails or DM's and just took a real step back. I stopped caring about the music video and just told the company to take care of everything, Luckily I have a great relationship and friendship with the video company so I knew it would be in safe hands. I just didn't wanna speak about it with anyone and I also had this overwhelming feeling of guilt that I wasn't doing enough to help my girl. 

As she was the one carrying the baby and really going through it. So there was a lot of guilt that Maybe I wasn't doing enough or being positive and helping and also guilt that there was nothing I could do really to help. SO it was a very difficult time and was the hardest thing I've ever gone through for sure.. So that being said Danny Worsnop actually was a big help and was the one who said to me about writing how I  felt into a song might help and I think writing and recording "Time Bomb" even tho it was the hardest song to write and record it was one of the most important as in a weird way after it was done tracked, mixed and finalized it felt like it actually helped me deal with things best I can. And this whole album was sort of like my way of dealing with lockdown, the miscarriage's, pressures and other topics that are throughout the record. 

6. Do you have any other newer content on the horizon whether that be single's or an upcoming release being an EP or LP?

Yeah "Time Bomb (feat. Kellin Quinn)" is obviously out right now and killing it right now and at the moment of this interview is sitting at #36 on Billboard 

Mainstream Rock Indicator charts, #23 on the Foundations Charts and #4 on the Top 10 Greatest Gainers so we will keep pushing that hard as we can! I just shot a music Video for the next single, Obviously the album (announcement to come soon) and the documentary as well! 

So there is A LOT! on the way and announcements will be coming soon for all that good stuff! As well as some live stuff.... We are on the verge of announcing a HUGE show but don't know when so probably can't say just yet which sucks but it is going to be INSANE AND THIS YEAR!!!

7. Besides music, is Paul Bartolome involved in any other online service like Twitch streaming or YouTube LIVE or anything like that that the fans check you out on?

I am not but we are definitely looking at bringing back the Insta Live gigs as they were super fun in the first lockdown so there's talks to bring that back real soon. Life has just been so crazy, stressful and busy that I haven't actually had the time to do anything else haha! But Working on a lot of exciting things in the background that everyone will see and hear soon. 

8. You have done an array of collabs with numerous musicians, would you say that you have reached your goal with whom you wanted to work with or not just yet?

Yeah it's actually kinda crazy to look back and see that I've worked with nearly everyone in this hard rock or "scene" kinda world at this point haha. Danny Worsnop was obviously a goal since day 1 so the fact I not only had him on the song, but then he flew down to the UK on my bday, bought me dinner, we shot some  fun content, Played some Call of Duty (i suck at it) but Danny carried me to my first ever top 5 instead of my usual first one out spot haha. we shot a 15 hour video  shoot together and then also secured a Tour with Danny for the UK that was meant to be This year but got cancelled due to F*****G COVID!!!!! WHICH BLOWS! But when that gets rescheduled as far as it stands I'm still on it so that will be nuts. But there are definitely still a lot of artists I'd love to work with!! I love collabing and having some of my favorite artists on songs with me is just dope. So there are a few people I'm definitely interested in working with Still big and small! A big one would be someone like Jared Leto or Patrick Stump that would be NUTS... And as crazy as it sounds ONE DAY it'll happen... or will get close and then they will just think "who the F**K is this guy" haha! 

9. What else do you have in-store for 2021 that we can expect?

Lots planned, as said previously my best, most personal, and most cohesive album, singles, documentary, SHOWS, Patreon content and lots, lots more. That you will all find out soon.

10. Would you like to say or add on anything more?

Just a huge thank you, thank you for your time and support and a huge thank you to everyone who stuck with me and supported in these crazy times whether you bought merch or signed up as a patreon, or even just Dm'd me to say you like the music it all means the world and helps me more than you know! And I can't  wait for you all to hear what's in store and get back out on the road and at this point tour my last album and this new one! Shows are gonna be insane and Imma make sure i stay as long as I need to after the show to take pictures, or just chat to all the fans!! it's been too long and can't wait to get back out! And most importantly KEEP REQUESTING TIME BOMB AT YOUR LOCAL RADIO!!!!!! Time Bomb (feat. Kellin Quinn) Out Now! Stream, Share, Watch, Download, Request at radio!!! Thank you guys much love. Stay Tuned.


To celebrate National Superhero Day today, beloved preschool superheroes PJ Masks continue their musical exploits with their fourth album “PJ Power Up” via eOne, Hasbro’s global entertainment studio, and producers Pure West. The album follows an episodic story, and while each single works as a standalone song, kids can tune into the next song to follow along with the adventure.  The album kicks-off with today’s release of the track “Shine on Everyone.” An additional single will be released every consecutive Wednesday, with the single “Shout Hooray,” completing the album with its June 9th conclusion.  The first three PJ Masks albums, “Heroes Forever,” “Here We Come” and “Time to Be a Hero! (Original Cast Recording) (Live)” have amassed over 200 million streams across DSPs globally.

PJ Masks is the ultimate superhero show for pre-school children, following the adventures of Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.  The show airs in 150+ territories on Disney Junior and is available to stream globally on Netflix and Disney+.  The lively and popular PJ Masks apps have 137+ million downloads globally.

PJ Power Up Tracks and Release Dates:

4/28      Shine on Everyone

5/5        Time to be a Hero

5/12      Go Cat Co

5/19      Let’s Fly

5/26      Lizard Machine

6/2        Steal the Night

6/9        Shout Hooray

Listen to “Shine on Everyone” here: https://ffm.to/shineoneveryone.

Pre-Add + Pre-Save “PJ Power Up” album (out June 9) here:  https://ffm.to/power-up.


Polish Black Metal band Dargor released their new Satyricon cover «The Wolfpack». The release was recorded in 2020 at "Regnat Audio Studio" and "Kancho Records studio", mixed/mastered by Adrian Jarosz.

Check out the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlnNPKJVaok.

Dargor was formed in 2017 as a one-man project at Krosno, Poland by Michal Kustra. Having a dream about creating music with inspirations from bands like Samael, Ajattara and Dimmu Borgir. In 2018 the band released the first single "Hellfire", and in 2020 Damian Muszyński (bass/vocal) Michał Socha (rhythm guitar) and Maciej Socha (drums) joined the band and the lineup was completed. The band released their debut EP «Descent Into Chaos» on 01 April 2021.

 


American Symphonic Black Metal band 3 Pieces Of Evil is finishing the work on their debut album "Sorrows". Right now the band is on "Black Mass Studios" where they are getting the last touches for the album that will be released in summer 2021.

Check out their other content here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4CR9LMBshFja21XDJdu0tE.

3 Pieces Of Evil was formed in 2018 as a one-man project by Todd Kelly, and released their debut EP "Weeping Willow" in March 2020.


American Blackened Death Metal band Misanthropik Torment released their new album "Murder Is My Remedy". The new release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Erik Leviathan at "Misanthropik Studios''.

Check out the new album at the following links:

https://misanthropiktorment.bandcamp.com/album/murder-is-my-remedy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/1Eo5SFjFlomXcrsP2NNksf.

Misanthropik Torment was formed in 2018 as a one-man band by Erik Leviathan. In 2020 Josh Freeman from the band "There's only one Elvis", Josh Freeman, James Pasini and Hector The Beast joined the band and the lineup was completed.



Ambient post-rock band FLYINGDEADMAN have some content out, including the latest an EP. An upcoming all new EP is expected sometime later on, along with shows when the time is just right. The band talks of all of this plus more below.


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

The band is quiet old, the musicians changed lots of time, the two former members are Aurélien and  Fabien the two guitarists that are in the band since the beginning about 15 years ago. Firstly we play a kind of neo metal / post rock music with a singer. The vagaries of life meant that some had to leave the group. In 2010 we decided to turn to an atmospheric post rock with two guitars and samples. Then three years ago Damien on drums and Christophe on bass came to enrich the group. 

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

The band name is inspired by the legend of the boat the flying dutchman condemned to inherit on the ocean, I think that it’s a kind of allegory of our life so flyingdeadman was I think a great 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 are from Bressuire a small city in west of France about an hundred kilometers far from Nantes. Our local scene is mostly composed of punk hardcore and metal bands. We are a kind of musical exception where we live. But in France we have such great post rock bands such as Lost in Kiev, Vesperine, Where mermaids drown, Kwoon, Heklaa, and many more. You must have a listen to them.

4. How would you describe your style?

We use to say that we play a cinematic post rock. 

Indeed all our songs from our last EP were inspired by the movie “The night of the living dead” and we’ve added original dialogues taken from it. We want our listeners to feel emotions as they listen to our creations. I think we play a classic post rock made of melodies turning to explosions with kind of huge guitars sometimes. Our only aim is to make listeners travel to a beautiful space where they can feel comfortable.

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

We have released 4 EP since 2011, three as a duet and one as a four piece band. You can expect four trips, let your mind be guided by the music and travel. If you like bands like Explosions in the sky, This will destroy you, Caspian I think you could like our creations.

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

Our last EP “the night” was released on November 2020.

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

Unfortunately due to the Mondial pandemic and especially the different lock out we have nothing planned for the upcoming months we hope that we could play again from September.

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

We plan to release a new EP in two years and we hope to be able to play as much as possible because it’s always a pleasure to share our music live and see the public reactions. If you are a label or a tour manager feel free to contact us.

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

You can free listen and download at name you price our EP's on our bandcamp page : https://flyingdeadman.bandcamp.com/album/the-night. And in all streaming platforms (Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, amazon music…).

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

The emotions he / she has felt while listening it.


Darken waved synth-pop band WINTERBEACH have a single, and an upcoming LP coming up real soon. The band has mostly been keeping up with creating music, and planning ahead for the distant future such as more music and show playing! The band talks about their furthering plans and more.


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

WinterBeach are Tiam on vocals, Baz on drums and Angel on keyboards. All three grew up in Bergen, Norway and met in primary school, when their early musical heroes included Gene Simmons, Blackie Lawless and Morten Harket. The trio forged their separate paths through a progression of black metal bands, Classical music, Theatre, Eurodisco projects and synthesizer wizardry, some of which achieved not inconsiderable international success, before realizing that they ought to combine their disparate influences..

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

Well, it's almost impossible to find band names nowadays, since almost all the obvious cool names already have been taken! But the band always knew that a special and appropriate band name was waiting for them - somewhere, they just had to find it. So a list was made of all sorts of cool potential band names they came across and the list didn’t stop before they had 1077 names on the block! After googling all the candidates, it turned out that only 1 of them was available! The choice was easy. And by a strange coincidence WinterBeach fits perfectly with the mood the music stands for; Cold in a summery way ... Just like the Norwegian summers.

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

WinterBeach hails from Bergen, on the western coast of Norway. A vibrant music city with many great artists: Kygo, Alan Walker, Kings of Convenience, Sigrid, Aurora and not to forget the world famous black metal scene with bands like Burzum, Immortal etc.

4. How would you describe your style?

WinterBeach are a Norwegian darkwave synthpop band whose orchestral songs combine melancholic Nordic EDM with majestic pop refrains about monumental struggles. Their expansive and icily cinematic soundscapes are as extreme as the weather in Bergen.

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

The single «Sky & Stars» is the first single to be released from the upcoming LP; "Playing Dead". This is the debut LP of WinterBeach and will be released by Animal Farm in May. The band has knowledge of several different music styles ranging from classical music, through every kind of pop & rock to black metal. This strange and varied background have resulted in something that sounds like Muse without guitars, Depeche Mode with pop refrains and Keane after electroshock treatment. So even if the music might sound familiar at first glance it also can sound very different at the same time. Hopefully in a good way.

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

We always write music. However, in the last year it has been extra complicated as corona restrictions has closed our rehearsal room. But luckily WinterBeach are a 100% synthetic band and are just as happy to rehearse digitally as physically! In other words, there are many exciting songs going on ...

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

Wise of corona damage, we have not planned anything yet. But it is obvious that as soon as the world becomes normal again WinterBeach will go gigging. We can hardly wait any longer and are really looking forward to meeting real people again.

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

“First we take Manhatten, then we take Saturn”. Haha, but that’s in a very very very very very long time perspective of course ;) The more realistic and imminent plans is to release our first LP and promote it until we get green in our faces. After that, we look forward to working closely with the talented people at Animal Farm to further refine our music style. In the future WinterBeach hope to sound even lighter, even darker, even more pop and even more rock?

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

WinterBeach is distributed by Animal Farm and will be available on all possible digital platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, iTunes etc.

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

We hope that new listeners will find that WinterBeach sounds a little different and unique? Although one can hear references to one or the other. A bit 80s, a bit 90s, a bit Britpop, a bit Nordic pop, a bit EDM, a bit metal, a bit Euro Disco, a bit goth, but at the same time something completely different. The reason is probably because WinterBeach has challenged themselves by stripping their music 100% for guitars, which means that they have to think completely new when it comes to arrangements compared to what is the industry standard.


STONE ROBOT have put together a wide variety of music, when it comes down to their styling. They have released an album, a debut one in fact titled "Planned Obsolescence", with there always being new music in the works. The band bans together as a few of its members chats about the music!


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

B. Steels: Well, we’re what Eric Draven would call, “a whole jolly [band], with jolly pirate nicknames.” *sigh* Please forgive the old man reference, I’ll see myself out. Truth is, the three of us have been writing music together for longer than we would probably like to admit. Dr. JAMessiah (there is a long and inappropriate anecdote that goes with that nickname), and I started playing together when we were practically kids, rocking 6–8-hour practices in our drummer’s basement. Since then, he’s been in every band I’ve ever been a part of. Mr. Johnny Walker, esquire was introduced to us a few years later by a mutual friend. As soon as we started jamming together, we formed a fast and lasting bond. JW felt like the piece that had been missing for JAM and myself all those years. Even as projects dissolved and we started careers and families, the three of us remained in relatively close contact. But, when the pandemic crashed down, JW hit us up with the idea of creating a new project…one without defined roles or boundaries. Needless to say, JAM and I we’re on board, however, since we were on lock down getting together to write was not an option. So, we set up a shared google drive where we could upload individual parts recorded from our home studios. The drive was originally labeled, “Strangers on the Internet,” but that was too long, fairly stupid, and taken anyway. That’s when JW suggested we call the project, “Stone Robot.” 

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

JW: I’d love to tell you that it started as this incredible observation on the limits of technological advancement overcoming man’s natural inclination to devolve to his basest form. The truth is that I was in my boss’s office one time, and I saw the two words next to each other on adjacent pieces of paper, and I thought they looked cool together. Now that we have the name though, let’s go with the metaphor.

Steels: The album name, “Planned Obsolescence,” was aptly chosen as we struggled to get our recording and mixing technology to keep up with the rampant pace in which we were creating. While the intrinsic value of the project alone made it worthwhile, I think we all dug a little deeper into our pockets than we had originally intended to. 

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

Steels: Our origins rest in the greater Springfield area of Western Massachusetts where the local scene was always on fire. We’ve spread out since then. Another reason why the google drive was a great option for us. The album was written and recorded across four state lines (Mass, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and a little bit from Texas). As far as local bands go, I know an old friend of mine from the scene is still playing in a band called, Neon Fauna that I love. They have a bunch of albums out now. People should check them out for sure.   

JAM: The scene in Western MA is pretty diverse, I can say. In general, there’s a healthy respect for music and musical creators, regardless of specific genre. We’ve definitely received a decent online reception for Planned Obsolescence so far.

4. How would you describe your style?

JAM: Our style is the “art of genre, without genre.” All three of us enjoy listening to a pretty eclectic and wide variety of music. I guess wherever these potential influences overlapped became the seeds for our own songs. I’ve always held the belief (or opinion) that ultimately the listener deserves the right to ascribe personal meaning and interpretation for any song they spend their valuable time listening to. And I think the same goes for style. We definitely pull some intensity and attitude from the metal, hard rock, hardcore rap, classic hip-hop and alternative scenes we grew up with. But our process is as organic and fastidious as a starving imbecile in a gourmet kitchen… We just start mixing up spices at will and when something sounds tasty, we build another course on it. In essence, our process is straight punk. One of us might present a killer riff, and in the next wave we are custom shaping sounds from our collective imagination to fit the mood and climate of the world we’re living in. Not that it’s consciously intentional, but I think our style is like holding an unfettered musical mirror up to society; reflecting the good, bad, innocent, and downright horrendous. We just process all of the emotions through our own twisted filters to vocalize them.

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

Steels: Our debut album, “Planned Obsolescence,” hit the digital market on March 22nd of this year and has gotten a bit of pop. Our song, “Subliminal,” has over 1,000 streams on Spotify right now which has us rather elated. We’ve also created a music video for, “After All,” the first track on our album. That was filmed and edited remotely as well amongst the constraints of pandemic living. The fruits of our labour can be found on our YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbihY7Y-cuAdDNO88PL5-Pg.

We have a “call to arms,” on that channel as well for people to be in our NEXT music video! Using the hashtag #techtrashchallenge they can submit a video of themselves or friends creatively destroying their obsolete electronics––matching the theme of our song, “8645.” 

As far as what people can expect, I’d say the album is an, “artistically jarring,” collection of songs that range from alt rock, to synth-pop, to industrial with some hip-hop, as well as a bit of metal and punk influence for good measure. 

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

JW: I think the beauty of this project is that there is always new music in the works. And since no one is really paying us to do it, there are no deadlines to meet. JAM is going to take some time to work on his own material. I am in the process of working on a doom-metal collaboration. Steels is likely going to get roped into working on one or both of those projects in some capacity and will have a chance to dedicate some brain bytes to his writing. Having recorded an album remotely / collaboratively over the course of about 9 months was a learning process. We intend to apply the lessons we learned into a new Stone Robot project in September. 

Steels: Absolutely! Anything to keep the creativity flowing, allowing ideas and concepts to gestate as we promote this current album will be essential. And for the short term, I believe we’re in the process of remixing 91DIVOCation with a solo contribution from our friend Eric Franco, which we should be releasing soon. Keep an ear out for that. 

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

Steels: We may need an actual drummer to do that. And considering we have hardly played a note of these songs in front of each other live, I’d say we’re a little bit away from live gigs. I’m sure that will change as restrictions start to lift and people are systematically inoculated from this nightmare. Stay tuned!

JAM:  Yeah, our chemistry is pretty dope. If you can blast this to find equally dope drummers, then who knows… maybe the Robots will be hitting the pavement.

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

JAM: To have fun co-creating.

JW: Even when we haven’t actually been working as a band, we have always been a band. We just took about a decade off from having a name for the band. That said, the advances in collaboration software / home recording technology over that decade have made remote projects even easier. Prior to March 2020 most people had probably not spent a lot of time on Zoom or Teams, and though I am looking forward to no longer being forced to use either as part of my day-to-day life, I’m sure they’ll come in handy when the next album’s sessions begin. 

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

Steels: Everything available for purchase is on our official website – www.stonerobotband.com

Including physical CDs, if people still buy those things. We didn’t want to leave anyone out. Merch has been talked about, but we’re waiting for a little more demand before we make any orders. So, let’s hear those demands!

In the meantime, people can stream us everywhere.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/54rYQEJQN9j8dI1l64YULT.

Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1559502844.

iTunes for purchase: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1559502844?ls=1&app=itunes.

Pandora: https://pandora.app.link/rojU9C64Afb.

As well as Amazon unlimited, Deezer, I heart radio, etc. 

People can also find us on 

www.facebook.com/stonerobotband.

www.twitter.com/stonerobotband.

www.Instagram.com/stonerobotband.

https://www.tiktok.com/@stonerobotband.

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

Steels: This may sound trite, but I’d really like people to remember how it made them feel. Music at its core is designed to connect emotionally with the listener, allowing them to derive their own meaning from the songs regardless of the songwriter’s intention. That said, I’d be fine if they just remembered how cool it sounded and then wanted to listen again. 

JAM: I second Steels' sentiment, but I don’t think it’s trite. I think too much of mainstream industry music is derived from formulas aimed at emoting old and tired motifs, with the goal of connecting with the masses… instead of genuinely expressing honest feelings and ideas. All to say, I just hope listeners of Planned Obsolescence “connect clues to their own emotions,” and can respect what we’re throwing down enough to spin it and share it.

Steels: I see what you did there, JAM.

JW: I’d like them to remember their credit card numbers, so they can buy our album. Who am I kidding? Nobody buys music like that anymore. Honestly, I just like the idea of someone I’ve never met tracking through the album and finding something that resonates with them. A melody here. A lyric there. A general vibe. I’m not picky. And if after listening to the album someone decides that it is not for them, and they think they could make something better, that’s cool, too. I don’t think there will ever come a time where I will think the world needs less music.


Melodic punk rockers REVOLTONE have a handful of track's out there, with them always constantly working on all new stuff as well. The band discusses how they have a live stream event happening online with much else in-store too.


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

Revoltone was formed late 2018. We are four peace with current and ex-members from bands like Fumble, One Morning Left, Dashbone. All of us have a colorful history with music and different bands. We have tons of experience with playing sweaty gigs, raw tours and recording songs for various albums. All this drove us to give birth to the message and the sound of Revoltone.

Läde (vocals&guitar) and basist Diego have been friends from childhood and play’d together in numerous bands over the years. Onni (guitar) is a Finnish punk rock “pioneer” who started a band called Fumble back in the 90s. The tree of us had playd gigs together and became friends over the years. Niko (drums) joined when our original drummer Sammy had to quit. Niko also plays in the band One Morning Left and with similar interests and musical taste was a perfect fit.

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

When thinking of the name it was clear it needed to somehow reflect the message of the band. We played around with the term revolt cause that’s what we do INOUR OWN WAY and someone just came up with the idea that this is the tone of revolt and we turned it around and it there it was REVOLTONE

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 Helsinki, Finland. There are a ton of great bands in Finland, we are known for metal bands but there are a ton of great punk rock band as well! But just to mention a few you should definitely check out Clark Kent, One Hidden Frame, Flophouse Phonics and of course Niko’s other band One Morning Left and Onni’s original band Fumble.

4. How would you describe your style?

Energetic melodic rock punk. We take a lot from skate punk and punk rock but we try to put everything trough the Revoltone “grinder” to make things sound like us.  

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

We have released 4 songs so far, Get Ahead was the first song. Then we put out a song called “It Hurts”, that is a song tackling the issue of bullying, discrimination etc. That still a regular in out set. Then 3 singles from the upcoming album “For The Silent Voices” that is released 23rd of April!! Singles were “Be Yourself”, Who Do We Think We Are and My Hero. There are also videos out there for Get Ahead, It Hurts, Be Yourself and Who Do We Think! 

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

We are constantly and all the time working on new stuff. When will we next release music, we have no idea, lets get the album out there. =) 

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

We have a Record Release Facebook LiveStream gig coming up on the Friday April 23rd 2021 at 9 pm Finnish time (CET +2). Check it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/478972049907006. Feel free to join us!! 

We had quite a few shows lined up in Finland last summer and fall but they all were cancelled because of the Covid pandemic. We are so hoping things to get better so we can get out there and play live. We are planning to do a tour  in Europe as soon as its possible

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

Like I said before, the album is coming out on April 23rd and hopefully the pandemic will ease up and we can get out there to play live as much as we can! If not we’ll probably do some more livestreams etc.  

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

You can by the record easiest online at Inverse Store:

https://www.inverse.fi/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=928&osCsid=d1bce1437c5c8687a003aa2159219da8.

And at Bandcamp: https://revoltone.bandcamp.com.

As we understand our songs should also be available on all digital platforms. Spotify, for sure: 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MG200JjcRIAG5UVGI8vz1?si=uHnlIuQcTpCdBQ0fqpczxg.

Merch sales we are currently doing ourselves so please contact on our Facebook Page:

  https://www.facebook.com/revoltone/.

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

Energy, melody, passion and that we have something to say.


Melodic metalcore mixed with some post hardcore, good old rock n' roll is NEXT STOP OLYMPUS. Who have released a debut EP along with a follow-up sophomore EP out this spring! They want to write way more music, go out and play shows and do so much more. See what else the band had to say about themselves and their music.


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

Members - 

Conor McEniry - Vocals

Harry Ellis - Guitar and vocals

Jeremy ‘skips’ Scheepers - Guitar

Matt Gray - Bass and vocals

Josh Williams - Drums

Conor and Matt had discussed being in a band years before NSO actually came about and nothing ever really came from it, fast forward a few years and Matt first met Josh and learned that he played drums and that’s when Next Stop first really started going, Matt and josh started working on finding new members. Matt had asked Conor to join the band as well and them also finding Skips on an online site for musicians, after them all hitting it off well and still looking for a second guitarist they started working on becoming our debut single ‘Home’ during this time they tried out some people to join the band and nothing seemed to work they way they’d hoped and then Matt had realized Harry was back from university and asked him to come along for a chat, having known Harry could sing as well as play guitar it was a perfect fit so then we had our official line up. We started working on our debut EP ‘Hit The Ground Running’, once we had the songs written and planned out we started playing as many shows as possible whilst also going into record the EP. Once the music was recorded, music videos were shot and shows were being played as often as possible, we started working on new music, we wrote Hell To Bear and again went to record the song at Unlucky XVII (where we also recorded the debut EP) and shot the music video. We were lucky to get on some bigger shows with bands such as The Raven Age, THECITYISOURS & Chuggaboom. Whilst still trying to play as many shows as possible we also starting writing for the follow up EP and discussing how we wanted to go about doing the next EP, once we started writing the songs and seeing how much progression we’d made from the start of our band, we decided to go all out for the process and booked in to record at Innersound Studio, once recorded and looking at starting the EP process unfortunately the world was hit by Covid so put a stop to carrying out the required actions for the EP. Once we were able to again we started shooting music videos, again going all out with incredible companies like LifeIsArt Visuals and Loki films, once we could start planning on playing shows again we’d planned out the the release of our brand new recently dropped EP Heart, Mind & Hell.

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

The band name was actually just stumbled upon really, we were toying with a few ideas for quite a while as all bands do and just nothing felt right and the on a Saturday night Conor was watching Disney’s Hercules and it’s a quote from the film that just stood out so Conor messaged us and we all loved it instantly so it worked out perfect!

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 are based between Salisbury / Southampton, the scene in Salisbury isn’t particularly big but does get a few bands coming through, however Southampton has a really decent scene, with great venues like The Joiners and Suburbia there’s always some great shows going on and hailing bands like Bury Tomorrow and Our Hollow, Our Home. It’s always sick to see bands from the area that have done really well. As for other locals bands DREAMEATER are fairly local (Andover) and they’re great.

4. How would you describe your style?

Melodic metalcore / post hardcore with old school rock ’n’ roll influences.

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

We released our Debut EP ‘Hit The Ground Running’ mid 2018 and we released our brand new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ on 9th April 2021. You can expect a big catchy chorus, punchy riffs and lyrics we hope most people can relate to in someway or another.

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

We have just dropped our brand new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ on the 9th April 2021 but we’ve already started working on what’s next.

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

We’re in the process of trying to get any many shows as possible now that we will have the opportunity to finally play shows again!!

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

To write more of the music we enjoy playing and to play it to as many people as possible!

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

Our music is available on all streaming services and people can buy our stuff at our Merch store https://nextstopolympus.bigcartel.com.

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

Hopefully a really catchy chorus so the song is stuck in their head for the day! And that they enjoyed it and take away whatever message they need to from it.


Indie pop rockers JUST SUPPOSE have an all new EP out, with an all new single as well. They also like many bands, want to get back out and do some shows, but for now will continue to create and release music! The band chats about all of this plus more.


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

The band kinda started as a small jam between Fraser and Ewan. After that we managed to get a drummer involved in the form of Lewis and we had a bass player for a while (who was coincidentally also called Ollie) who turned out not to be so reliable so we got a different Olli instead.

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

Ewan suggested we be called “Juxtapose” but Fraser said “that’s too metal” so we settled on Just Suppose as a joke, and it just sorta stuck. In all honesty it does accurately represent the band’s ideas. Just Suppose means looking into the future, and that can be done in a hopeful way such as “just suppose I won the lottery” or it can be playing through future scenarios in your head and that can be unhealthy, and a lot of our lyrics explore these scenarios. 

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 all from different parts of the UK: Ewan from Scotland, Lewis from Wales, Olli from the Midlands and Fraser from Hull. We all met at the University of Huddersfield so that's where we call our base. Huddersfield's music scene is criminally underrated, the University of Huddersfield is often regarded within the top 50 worldwide for music so it's definitely important to the town and this means there's an abundance of bands generated from the university itself, so there's always a gig on and most of them are usually full. One benefit as well is that Huddersfield is really close to Manchester and Leeds and we absolutely love playing both cities - the atmosphere is so unique and different in each. Hauling the drum kit on the train though, that isn't fun. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Our catchphrase/ethos for our sound has always been ‘Uplifting melancholy’. I'd say that we fall into the broad genre of guitar based indie, but sit comfortably on the line between indie rock and indie-pop. It's always been a mission for the band to be unique in this sense, for example looking at two of our previous singles ‘Catching Sunlight’ and ‘Shockwaves’ you can see the depth and variety of sounds we can produce.

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

We released an EP, Breathing Space, consisting of four tracks in 2018 (which we have since taken down from streaming platforms as we felt the recordings weren’t up to our current standards, so you’ll need to see us live to hear those!). Three singles followed - Catching Sunlight, Shockwaves in 2019 - and most recently No Cause for Alarm towards the end of last year. Expect soaring highs and contemplative lows as we take you on an emotional journey. (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3WFzfBB7IqWcPK41RPC64d?si=F7h26uQ6SJ2uhvQpyA3cjg).

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

Yeah we do! It’s called Icarus, which is a song about the fear of flying too high, losing it all and having to start over again - keeping a lid on your hopes and dreams to avoid becoming an “Icarus”. We’re really pleased with how this one has turned out and it’s coming to all major streaming platforms on April 23rd 2021! (smarturl.it/jsicarus)

And keep your ears to the ground as there could be more where that came from ;)

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

At the moment we don’t have any shows booked in, (due to current circumstances) but it's definitely something we have a passion for and something we are excited to get back into when it is safe to do so. We are definitely hoping to come back to a healthy list of shows, plus our favorite venue ‘The Parish’ in Huddersfield has just recently relocated so that's high up on our list of places to play. 

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

We plan on really pushing ourselves this year as a band to be the best version of ourselves that we can, work on our live shows, write more music - maybe even with an album in mind. The pandemic has really hit us hard (as it did for everyone) but we think we’re going to come back all the stronger for it. We are all coming back to this band as more developed and established individuals and we all hope we can achieve big things within the coming years, but we know that we will only get out the work we put in. 

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

You can find us on all the major streaming services - Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, TikTok - you name it. We also have a chilled out acoustic cover of our song “Catching Sunlight” on our YouTube channel so make sure to check that out too! https://linktr.ee/justsuppose. We don’t have any merchandise yet, but we hope to change that soon!

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

We’d like the listener to feel as if a story has been told, or an idea has been explored, and it’s somewhat relatable and is an experience that can be shared. We want our music to help you through a down day but as well be there for when you are having a good time with your friends. Our music is meant to embody both feelings and making the listener feel better and having a story to relate to goes a long way in our opinion.


Progressive metal rockers CYNIC CULT have a current single with way more music in the works right now! They plan on just making music, playing shows soon enough with so much more in-store. A couple of the band got together to talk about their music and where to find out more about them!


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

Shay: Cynic cult really only became an official thing last summer. I had been writing and recording a lot of demos over the last couple of years and felt it was the right time to turn it into something more serious. Just a few months after that Tommy came in to give it another boost with his vocals and the both of us have formed a very strong partnership since. 

Before starting Cynic cult I was a founding member and front man for the band Marabou for about seven or eight years and Tommy was a vocalist with I'd fight Gandhi and is also the vocalist in The Grudge, who are a top class Tool tribute band. 

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

Shay: It started off as the title of a song that was based on the kind of people who think just because they run a page on social media (yet have never been in a band or probably can't even hold an instrument) they somehow have a say over what local band is cool and deserves attention and what band does not, same with the odd promoter. Sarcasm led me to use it for the name of the band instead. 

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

Shay: I'm based down in the south of Ireland in Co.Cork and Tommy is higher up the country in Co. Monaghan. The music scene here (covid aside) is really good, there are a shitload of good bands in Ireland, and there are some awesome event organizers and podcasters that give massive support for the bands and fans too. Some bands definitely worth checking out, Restive nation, God Alone, Partholón and Ren Marabou to name a few, but honestly there are loads. 

4. How would you describe your style?

Tommy: Our sound is a nice mix of progressive rock and metal, with a mixture of melodic and harsh vocals. 

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

Shay: Our main release so far is a single called Intimator, and there is also a softer track out there called Return of the son. I'm not really sure what anyone can expect just yet, to be honest we are still not entirely sure ourselves.

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

Shay: We have a lot of music in the works right now. There is a single we will be releasing in a few weeks, and that will be followed up with an EP. I have at least another twenty songs that just need some vocals and other bits to finish them off, so we will be keeping busy releasing them for sure. 

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

Tommy: Once covid restrictions are lifted, gigs would be welcomed! 

Shay: They definitely would! When the set is ready to go, it's on! 

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

Shay: Cheesy as it sounds, we just plan to keep doing what we love, making music.  

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

Tommy: You can find our music on Spotify, bandcamp, Facebook and YouTube. 

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

Tommy: I want the listener to know and remember that we mean every word.


BABYBEARD is the newest creation to come from Ladybeard who has had his share of career antics. Most notably music, being in various groups already, but BABYBEARD is what's in the here and now, and bringing on two other members to the mix KOTOMI and SUZU, this trio says much about how they met, the music that was made and brought back some familiar aspects, down to just being so KAWAII-METAL IT IS DOWNRIGHT WORLD DOMINATING TO IMAGINE!


LADYBEARD Says.....:

1. Introduce yourself, tell me how did Ladybeard come to be as a musician?

LB: My name is Ladybeard. I’m a cross-dressing pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and kawaii idol from Australia, now based in Japan.

2. Where did the idea of cross-dressing come into play and did it infuse with the music or you being a pro-wrestler?

LB: I started cross-dressing when I was 14 years old. A friend held a school uniform party for her birthday, and I thought it might be funny to wear my big sister’s school dress to the party. I did, and was a hit amongst the other 14 year old's. I then became a casual cross-dresser for many years, then finally when I started wrestling and when I  was organizing my first match, I told the company owner that I would wear a pink and black lolita dress in the ring and be called Ladybeard.

3. Now Ladybeard is living in Japan but you're an Australian as well, so were you born down under then came out to Japan or what's the story?

LB: That’s right, I was born in Australia and grew up there, then moved to Hong Kong where I was an actor, voice actor and stuntman, and that’s where I started my Ladybeard career. I then moved to Japan in 2013.

4. You have not only been involved with Ladybaby but Deadlift Lolita as well, are those projects still active or deactivated?

LB: Ladybaby no longer exists. Deadlift Lolita still exists, but Reika (my band-mate in that group) and I are focusing on different things respectively at this moment.

5. Does this all new project have a name to it, it does return to the formula that was Ladybaby's era, having the music made by the same team, so do tell?

LB: That’s right! The songwriters who made Nippon Manju, my first single with my old group, made the first 2 songs for Babybeard! This is very exciting as they are musical geniuses and I have wanted to work with them again ever since Nippon Manju. Expect some VERY catchy tunes from BABYBEARD!

6. How many songs have you written and recorded thus far, you plan to release some at the end of April of this year, please do discuss these songs for us?

LB: We’re releasing our first single “Nippon Kara Konichiwa”, along with  “PIENNIZER” at the end of April! The songs both start streaming on April 28! Everybody.... GET AMONG IT!!! These tracks are gonna make you dance and scream!!!

7. With the variety of projects prior Ladybaby, Deadlift Lolita, and now BabyBeard, would we ever see the trio of acts perform a show or perhaps tour together?

LB: Well, never say never I guess, but no plans for anything like that right now.

8. Being a pro-wrestler will that be incorporated into BabyBeard as far as performances or songs?

LB: Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Just about every time I get onstage to sing, some other wrestler takes issue with me and decides to invade the show and try to beat me up. I always need to dispose of the unexpected interruption, and then finish the show.

I suspect it’s highly likely that wrestlers will continue this trend in the future....

9. Out of the trio of members who would win in a wrestling match?

LB: Kotomi. She’s a KILLER! YOU CAN SEE IT IN HER EYES!!!👀

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

LB: What would they be other than WORLD DOMINATION!!

11. How about the plans for the rest of 2021?

LB: We’re desperate to get onstage, and tour. Being physically together with the fans is the part of this job that’s really, really enjoyable and rewarding. That said, we’re working as hard as we can in these early days of the project to bring Babybeard to as many people as possible around the world through the miracle of the internet. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to access!!

12. Thanks for the interview, please provide us on where our readers can find you and your music online?

https://twitter.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/BABYBEARDjapan

https://www.instagram.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVEtby_5XGCu2zdKEifPUw

https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSJr9LMdo/

www.ladybeard.com

https://twitter.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.instagram.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/ladybeardjapan

https://www.tiktok.com/@ladybeard_japan


KOTOMI + SUZU Says....:

13. So how did KOTOMI and SUZU meet one another then the two come to meet Ladybeard?

The girls met each other for the first time in the first team meeting after the audition.

K: When I met SUZU I was so nervous that I talked to her in a super formal manner. Now we are best friends so it’s not the case anymore!😊  When I met Ladybeard at the audition I was so excited that I could see the person I had seen many times on TV, but also I was so nervous because of the audition.

S: When we met each other, I was so excited by the fact that now we’ll work together as a team despite the fact that everyone has a totally different background. When I met Bea-chan (Ladybeard), I was impressed the amount of energy he had and instantly I became a huge fan of him!

14. What about KOTOMI and SUZU how did they come into the music scene and become pop idols, were you individual artists or formed together as a duo?

K: I was a huge fan of idols originally, but as I saw them performing, I have come to think that I want to perform onstage and make someone happy. I was in another idol group before BABYBEARD, but it unfortunately came to an end.

S: I like idols, but I was interested in acting and I was in another management agency to study acting skills. Then I found out about the audition and I thought I could give it a try, and now I’m here!

15. How will KOTOMI and SUZU bring originality to this group that is Babybeard?

K: Well, Ladybeard said I’m good at dancing, so I think I’m in charge of dance performance! I’ll practice a lot!

S: My role is to be free! I like seeing people delighted by my comments!

16. What makes Babybeard different to all the other pop metal groups in existence out there?

K: We have the strongest and cutest Bea-chan!!

S: I think our structure is unique. Goddes Bea-chan and us babies will bring you the one and only KAWAII-METAL style!

17. SUZU and KOTOMI both have a description for their "character" so is it a personality trait you portray on stage when in BabyBeard, how are you different when not in this character mode?

K: I have no difference in character between onstage and offstage. I tend to be strangely excited all the time actually. 😊

S: I don’t have on-off character persona. My family always say to me I’m surprisingly in my own way. If there was one difference, I would be really quiet when I’m sleepy. I’m so quiet like a different person.

18. You both share various hobbies, likes and dislikes, if you had to switch for the day, who would last the longest in each other's shoes?

K: I think SUZU will lose…I’m fairy patient so I think I can stand longer than her.

S: It would be fun if I could be KOTOMI! I think we can enjoy each other’s persona because we’re very different. But I think I would be the one who gives up first.

19. Let's talk about the attire, did you decide upon the colors and overall design of what you would look like for this project as a whole or share ideas between the trio of you?

K: I chose blue because I like it. The costume was made by a wonderful designer, and it’s very cute! I like it a lot!

S: Personally my favorite color is purple, but I thought green would work with other member’s color. The costume was designed after a cupcake, and I think it’s very adorable. I like it!

20. Can you briefly discuss some of the songs that have been written and recorded for BabyBeard, what can be expected upon listening to the music?

K: Our new song “NIPPON KARA KONNICHIWA” is the song which brings everyone energy from Japan! Especially I like the lyric “I wanna hug you when we meet in person”, because it’s really cute! I want everyone to listen to the song. The other song PIENIZER, is made under the theme of Japanese word “Pien”, which is used when something sad or pity happens. The message is “If you feel sad, tomorrow is another day, so don’t worry!” so it’s a very positive song.  

S: Both songs are catchy and once you hear it you’ll want to hear it again. They are also very feel-good songs with the pop rhythms.

21. What else is in-store from you girls and BabyBeard as a whole for the year 2021 and beyond!

K: We want to bring you a lot of Kawaii and energy through the internet until we can meet in person! Please support us!

S: I want to make as many people happy as possible with our activities! Let’s make a year 2021 smile!


Female's KOTOMI and SUZU had met for the first time at the audition for the newest act within Japan's music scene BABYBEARD. Fronted by vocalist/crossdresser/pro-wrestler Ladybeard! These two girls being quite excited during their auditions, winning in the long run, had come together with Ladybeard forming BABYBEARD, going on to soon release all new music! The duo talks all about the new music coming up, as well as some insight about who they are and what sort of things make them the true KAWAII-METAL stylists that they are!


1. So how did KOTOMI and SUZU meet one another then the two come to meet Ladybeard?

The girls met each other for the first time in the first team meeting after the audition.

K: When I met SUZU I was so nervous that I talked to her in a super formal manner. Now we are best friends so it’s not the case anymore!😊  

When I met Ladybeard at the audition I was so excited that I could see the person I had seen many times on TV, but also I was so nervous because of the audition.

S: When we met each other, I was so excited by the fact that now we’ll work together as a team despite the fact that everyone has a totally different background. When I met Bea-chan(Ladybeard), I was impressed the amount of energy he had and instantly I became a huge fan of him!

2. What about KOTOMI and SUZU how did they come into the music scene and become pop idols, were you individual artists or formed together as a duo?

K: I was a huge fan of idols originally, but as I saw them performing, I have come to think that I want to perform onstage and make someone happy. I was in another idol group before BABYBEARD, but it unfortunately came to an end.

S: I like idols, but I was interested in acting and I was in another management agency to study acting skills. Then I found out about the audition and I thought I could give it a try, and now I’m here!

SUZU

 3. How will KOTOMI and SUZU bring originality to this group that is Babybeard?

 K: Well, Ladybeard said I’m good at dancing, so I think I’m in charge of dance performance! I’ll practice a lot!

 S: My role is to be free! I like seeing people delighted by my comments!

 4. What makes Babybeard different to all the other pop metal groups in existence out there?

  K: We have the strongest and cutest Bea-chan!!

 S: I think our structure is unique. Goddes Bea-chan and us babies will bring you the one and only KAWAII-METAL style!

 5. SUZU and KOTOMI both have a description for their "character" so is it a personality trait you portray on stage when in BabyBeard, how are you different when not in this character mode?

K: I have no difference in character between onstage and offstage. I tend to be strangely excited all the time actually. 😊

S: I don’t have on-off character persona. My family always say to me I’m surprisingly in my own way. If there was one difference, I would be really quiet when I’m sleepy. I’m so quiet like a different person.

6. You both share various hobbies, likes and dislikes, if you had to switch for the day, who would last the longest in each other's shoes?

K: I think SUZU will lose…I’m fairy patient so I think I can stand longer than her.

S: It would be fun if I could be KOTOMI! I think we can enjoy each other’s persona because we’re very different. But I think I would be the one who gives up first.

7. Let's talk about the attire, did you decide upon the colors and overall design of what you would look like for this project as a whole or share ideas between the trio of you?

K: I chose blue because I like it. The costume was made by a wonderful designer, and it’s very cute! I like it a lot!

KOTOMI
S: Personally my favorite color is purple, but I thought green would work with other member’s color. The costume was designed after a cupcake, and I think it’s very adorable. I like it!

8. Can you briefly discuss some of the songs that have been written and recorded for BabyBeard, what can be expected upon listening to the music?

K: Our new song “NIPPON KARA KONNICHIWA” is the song which brings everyone energy from Japan! Especially I like the lyric “I wanna hug you when we meet in person”, because it’s really cute! I want everyone to listen to the song. The other song PIENIZER, is made under the theme of Japanese word “Pien”, which is used when something sad or pity happens. The message is “If you feel sad, tomorrow is another day, so don’t worry!” so it’s a very positive song.  

S: Both songs are catchy and once you hear it you’ll want to hear it again. They are also very feel-good songs with the pop rhythms.

9. What else is in-store from you girls and BabyBeard as a whole for the year 2021 and beyond!

K: We want to bring you a lot of Kawaii and energy through the internet until we can meet in person! Please support us!

S: I want to make as many people happy as possible with our activities! Let’s make a year 2021 smile!


Australian stunt actor, professional wrestler, singer, and YouTuber is LADYBEARD! His persona as the crossdressing bearded self, being the vocalist for his former band Ladybaby along with his other band Deadlift Lolita. Since his move from down under to across the globe though, Ladybeard has been focusing upon different things at the moment, including an all new musical act called BABYBEARD. Here is where Ladybeard discusses this all new act, as well as details about where he got started with his persona, his music career and the goals art thy be WORLD DOMINATION!


1. Introduce yourself, tell me how did Ladybeard come to be as a musician?

LB: My name is Ladybeard. I’m a cross-dressing pro-wrestler, heavy metal singer and kawaii idol from Australia, now based in Japan.

2. Where did the idea of cross-dressing come into play and did it infuse with the music or you being a pro-wrestler?

LB: I started cross-dressing when I was 14 years old. A friend held a school uniform party for her birthday, and I thought it might be funny to wear my big sister’s school dress to the party. I did, and was a hit amongst the other 14 year old's. I then became a casual cross-dresser for many years, then finally when I started wrestling and when I  was organizing my first match, I told the company owner that I would wear a pink and black lolita dress in the ring and be called Ladybeard.

3. Now Ladybeard is living in Japan but you're an Australian as well, so were you born down under then came out to Japan or what's the story?

LB: That’s right, I was born in Australia and grew up there, then moved to Hong Kong where I was an actor, voice actor and stuntman, and that’s where I started my Ladybeard career. I then moved to Japan in 2013.

4. You have not only been involved with Ladybaby but Deadlift Lolita as well, are those projects still active or deactivated?

LB: Ladybaby no longer exists. Deadlift Lolita still exists, but Reika(my band-mate in that group) and I are focusing on different things respectively at this moment.

5. Does this all new project have a name to it, it does return to the formula that was Ladybaby's era, having the music made by the same team, so do tell?

LB: That’s right! The songwriters who made Nippon Manju, my first single with my old group, made the first 2 songs for Babybeard! This is very exciting as they are musical geniuses and I have wanted to work with them again ever since Nippon Manju. Expect some VERY catchy tunes from BABYBEARD!

6. How many songs have you written and recorded thus far, you plan to release some at the end of April of this year, please do discuss these songs for us?

LB: We’re releasing our first single “Nippon Kara Konichiwa”, along with  “PIENNIZER” at the end of April! The songs both start streaming on April 28! Everybody.... GET AMONG IT!!! These tracks are gonna make you dance and scream!!!

7. With the variety of projects prior Ladybaby, Deadlift Lolita, and now BabyBeard, would we ever see the trio of acts perform a show or perhaps tour together?

LB: Well, never say never I guess, but no plans for anything like that right now.

8. Being a pro-wrestler will that be incorporated into BabyBeard as far as performances or songs?

LB: Well, we’ll have to wait and see. Just about every time I get onstage to sing, some other wrestler takes issue with me and decides to invade the show and try to beat me up. I always need to dispose of the unexpected interruption, and then finish the show. I suspect it’s highly likely that wrestlers will continue this trend in the future....

9. Out of the trio of members who would win in a wrestling match?

LB: Kotomi. She’s a KILLER! YOU CAN SEE IT IN HER EYES!!!👀

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

LB: What would they be other than WORLD DOMINATION!!

11. How about the plans for the rest of 2021?

LB: We’re desperate to get onstage, and tour. Being physically together with the fans is the part of this job that’s really, really enjoyable and rewarding. That said, we’re working as hard as we can in these early days of the project to bring Babybeard to as many people as possible around the world through the miracle of the internet. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to access!!

12. Thanks for the interview, please provide us on where our readers can find you and your music online?

https://twitter.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/BABYBEARDjapan

https://www.instagram.com/babybeard_japan

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVEtby_5XGCu2zdKEifPUw

https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSJr9LMdo/

www.ladybeard.com

https://twitter.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.instagram.com/ladybeard_japan

https://www.facebook.com/ladybeardjapan

https://www.tiktok.com/@ladybeard_japan


Napalm Records is beyond proud to join forces with Germany’s hottest and most explosive thrash metal engine, DESTRUCTION! The band has signed a worldwide record deal with the premier rock and metal label and is set to release new music later this year.

Since their debut EP, Sentence Of Death (1984), the German foursome with legendary founding members Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer on vocals/bass and Michael Sifringer on guitars, DESTRUCTION have turned heads and broken necks with their incredibly honest and uncompromising thrash metal power. Starting as a trio and releasing an imposing amount of records in this constellation, for their latest energizing and most successful, chart-breaking output to date, Born To Perish (2019), these pioneering favorites transformed into a quartet to fuel the furious beast with highly energetic riffs and blasting drums even more!

United with insanely talented Randy Black (drums) and Damir Eskić (lead guitars), and teaming up with Napalm Records, DESTRUCTION will embark on the next heavy and always thrashing chapter of a yet impressive career.  New exciting things to come very soon - stay tuned!

DESTRUCTION’s Schmier on the signing: “Well, this decision was a long way coming! We are super excited to join the Napalm family, because I have been a fan of the label and their philosophy for a long time. I’ve followed their impressive history and great work for many years and have recommended Napalm Records to other bands and friends before. So now it was finally time for us to move on and be a part of their roster of fantastic artists. A strong and fresh partner for these crucial years of our career is an important step for us! We were using the time well to prepare new releases for our faithful fans worldwide, more news about that very soon!”

Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench states: “I am absolutely excited to work with such a legendary band as DESTRUCTION! I watched them play live in Frankfurt when I was 14 years old, and now working together as a team on new album releases is a dream come true! Welcome to the Napalm family!”


Today, celebrated, genre-redefining rock band Escape The Fate release their highly anticipated seventh studio album Chemical Warfare via Better Noise Music.

The dynamic offering, produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, The Used) and co-produced by the band’s lead guitarist Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft, sees collaborations with alt-rock icon and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and award-winning violinist Lindsey Stirling, further amplifying the band's inclusive and experimental spirit that has captured the hearts and ears of fans for over 15 years. The 12-song tracklist sees the Las Vegas-bred group creating its most lyrically empowered and sonically adventurous project yet. See full tracklisting below.  Chemical Warfare is now available for purchase and streaming HERE.

"This album marks a new, empowering chapter for us as a band. As artists, it's our responsibility to capture the truth with our music. This project is our most honest and authentic to date: reflective and loud, all-encompassing of the beautiful contradictions that music allows," the band said in a collective statement. "We loved working with our collaborators, including our super producer John, and our talented friends Travis and Lindsey. We can't wait for our fans to experience this body of work in full, and hopefully together with us in person soon when live music can be experienced as it should, safely with our guards down and the volume up."

The band is also celebrating the release of the album with the premiere of the music video for one of the tracks, "Lightning Strike," on which Travis Barker plays the drums. The new visual sees the band in its most natural state — performing, knuckling down on their instruments as though their lives depend on it, and having a good time, capturing true catharsis. 

Check out the video HERE.


Russian Synth Metal band Running Bot released their new single "Step into the Future". The release was recorded at "IVOLGA Studio", mixed/mastered by Andrey Ivanenko and released by Russian "Patriot Label".

Check out the track here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5z4NaWLRe72ZStrF75aKqx.

Or

Check it out here: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=vIjFcE-kpQY&list=OLAK5uy_kx2-d858aH-pvYyuLsmKQayENbNZhtU4A.

No one knows exactly when Running Bot was formed beside that they came from Novosibirsk, Russia. The guys themselves tell that they run away from a top secret biohacking laboratory. The band members are RM1X v 1.3 (vocal) JSI v2.1 (guitar) AL5RF (bass guitar),  IK3 beta (keyboards) and G2BB (drums). The band's debut single "Pandora" was released in January 2021.


Just after celebrating 20 years together and having their album, A Beautiful Place To Drown, receive a JUNO Award-nomination for Rock Album of the Year, legendary post-hardcore outfit Silverstein hit us with a standout, anthemic new single and video – "Bankrupt."

"Bankrupt" is available via UNFD across all digital platforms today along with its official video that was directed by long time friend and collaborator, Wyatt Clough. Watch the visuals on YouTube as Clough captures an explosive performance from the band using mostly 16mm Kodak (Double-X 7222) film.

Check out the new video single right HERE.


 


Dutch Black Metal band Duindwaler released their debut EP "Landloper". The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daan Bleumink at his home studio.

Check it out here: https://duindwaler.bandcamp.com/.

Duindwaler was formed in 2020 at Heerhugowaard , Netherlands as a solo project by Daan Bleumink, the writer of Dutch black metal band Hellevaerder. Duindwaler (dune wanderer) delivers raw no-nonsense black metal and creates a misanthropic soundscape with a punch.


Alternative rock band SUNKIN have a debut single out, with new music currently in the works. The band hopes to get out and play some more shows real soon, releasing more content as well. The band talks about themselves, their name, and the music in-store from them.


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

Hector and I met in 2014, on our first day at the University of Westminster. I'm not exactly sure what it was that instantly drew us together. Maybe it was the Zepplin tattoo on his wrist or the fact he was an older, charismatic guy with a half Scottish, half American accent - A product of Hector having studied drums in New York the year prior. Opposite to me at the time; an awkward eighteen-year-old country bumpkin from rural Dorset. But by the end of that day, we were in Harrow Subway together and the bond was formed. It didn't take us long to form our first band 'Gutshot for Broadway'. Armed with self-belief, and determination we started to find our feet in the London music scene eventually selling out shows at The Borderline and The Bar Fly. As well as being played on Radio X and becoming championed by Libertine, Gary Powell. Around this time we met Declan. He was playing bass in a band called 'Sleep Fire'. We instantly hit it off and felt that one day we would be destined to play music together. Eventually, I left the band, spent some time in New York, worked as a porter at an auction house, then a health care assistant at a care home. Eventually, I felt it was time to move back to London and start another band. And SUNKIN was born. The first thing we did was to busk our way across Europe, driving from London to Dubrovnik. Honing our craft and testing our material to countless audiences in eleven different countries. In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' and throughout the year we've been developing and planning for post-Covid times. 

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

As I'm sure most bands can testify, finding and choosing a name is a hard task. Especially when you have to choose a name that hasn't already saturated the internet. The name SUNKIN was Hector's brainchild. He loved the idea of kin coming from kinship, relating and representing our friendship within the band. And the idea that the sun is integral to all of our existence. Stick-em together and you have SUNKIN. 

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 lucky enough to live in London, what many people would consider being the epicentre of music. We're surrounded by incredibly talented bands such as 'Leap', 'Hollis Lomax' plus many more. Hector and I live in a large Victorian house, as part of a guardianship scheme (legal squatting) with 25 other young creatives so inspiration is never hard to find. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I feel that this is the dreaded question for most bands yet such an important one. In simple terms, I would describe us as alternative rock. At the rate in which we all musically develop I find it hard to be more specific and almost fearful that we'd be confined to a certain box. My song writing and lyrical influences remain more consistent; feeling that the likes of Joni Mitchel, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley have always had a profound influence on my writing. 

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

In May of last year, we released our debut single 'The Pond' 'The Pond' is about a past long-distance relationship of mine, traveling between London and New York. 'The Pond' a reference to the Atlantic. This song was written during the relationship and gives off a sense of longing and hope. We've just released our follow-up single 'Short and Sweet', about the same relationship but written retrospectively after it had ended but keeping the transatlantic theme. It feels like the perfect bookend to that chapter of my life. 'Short and Sweet' describes the emotional trials and tribulations of attempting to hold the relationship together. Originally it was written as a love letter, then reluctantly made into a song. Having found that It connected to our live audiences the decision was made to release it as our second single. My main goal and hopes are to make connections with people through our music. Most of our songs have a strong and heartfelt story. As a fairly introverted person, this is my form of expression. Making myself vulnerable through my lyrics and vocal delivery I find both petrifying and invigorating.

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/6PRkMRGWFybqPCN7QXmfH6?si=cu4rXW8tRSK4ggJ4UjqiFQ.

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

We're always working on new music and I try to write whenever I'm inspired. We've only just released 'Short and Sweet' but we can't wait to get back in the studio and work on something new. 

Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2Hqkua4m7avxOcNAdGjJjZ?si=mL7MA3VBQKGRJkmTZA8oeQ.

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

Given the current circumstances with Covid-19 and the unpredictability of lockdowns and venue restrictions, we don't currently have any dates. However, we hope to be getting back out there playing as soon as restrictions ease. Hopefully in June if all goes to plan. So stay posted. 

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

As we can finally see light at the end of the Covid tunnel we're excited about the future. We're still a new band and due to Covid, we've only been able to play a handful of shows. That's what we love to do! We just want to play music and perform, meet lots of great people and have a good time. 

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

We're on all the major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, and YouTube music. If you want to check out our video for 'The Pond' and a few live performances, our YouTube channel is called 'SUNKIN MUSIC'. For updates, subscribe to our mailing list. Mailing list Link: http://eepurl.com/huC3yv.

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

Hope! Life can be really fucking hard, but hope always exists, and every day is a survivable day - tomorrow might even be a fucking great one. 

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