January 2022

Old but modernized band GREEN WIRE have released a couple of single's with their debut EP this spring! The band talks of their music and what's planned next.

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

Green Wire started initially in the spring of 2021, mid a national pandemic where musicians had been stripped of performance opportunities through venue closure. The band formed from members Simon Stirzaker (Singer/Songwriter), Charlie Morris (Drummer), Jack Massey (Lead Guitarist), Ethan Henry (Bassist) who all met at university in Manchester. Though not all inspired by the same genres the lads have an eclectic range of influences between them which helps shape a very unique sound for the band. With Simon inspired by early Rock’n’Roll, Indie Rock and Indie pop, Jack inspired by Math Rock and Funk, Charlie inspired by Funk, Metal and Classic Rock and Ethan inspired by genres such as pop punk and metal - the band have managed to put their influences into their songs to form a sound the band have become known in their local Manchester scene for. 

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

The bands name came from me (simon)  brainstorming looking at ideas around electricity. Initially the thought was about the bands lively nature so we looked into Livewire and Red Wire, both of which were already heavily used by other bands. 

I began thinking beyond this into something my nanny taught me when i was rather young, which has stuck with me and that was to “always stay grounded and remember where you came from”. I ended up thinking about the Earth/Ground wire within a plug. That ended up bringing me to Green Wire which i found nobody had actually used. 

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 out of Manchester, UK. The music scene is primarily focused around genres such as Indie Rock, Indie Pop as well as other genres like Grime and rap. I personally don’t know much about the rap scene but Indie wise - the scene is buzzing. Manchester has to easily be the best city in the world to live in right now if you’re an upcoming band within the indie or alternative scene. There’s so much diversity and culture here and everyone loves live music.

Bands I'd recommend to you are The Siennas, Escapades, My Pet Fauxes, Boxteles, Lottery Winners, The Sherlocks, Reytons, The Outcharms. 

4. How would you describe your style?

We’re very much a blend of old school Indie Rock from the mid 2000’s and new more modern indie. We try not to compare ourselves too much to other bands either as we’d like to make our own name and style but to give you a few names of who we’ve had comparisons with: The 1975, Circa Waves, Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines. 

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

We’ve released 2 singles so far. The first song “Looking Back” was a song written in lockdown about the anger at the government felt by the whole of the UK. A bouncy indie tune that left The Manc describing us as ones to watch on the Manchester scene as well as Bread Records saying we were ‘a band to keep your eyes on’. The second release which seems more mallow at first is “T-Shirt & Jeans”. This song, released in December 2021, was a move away from that initial anger and a move from home recording to a studio. The song is the first of a few releases lined up before our EP release and tells the all too familiar tale of the memories and feelings of romance at the start of a relationship. The song was written at the start of a relationship that Simon was in and the song mirrors the feelings in the lyrics in that it is constantly building. Lyricism that everyone can relate to and songs to dance along to or do car karaoke to. That is the best description i can give anyone for what to expect haha.

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

We’ve just finished recording our debut EP ‘How’s Your Head This Morning?” which will be released in April. It’s been an absolute dream to record this. Building up to that release however we do have 2 more single releases planned. The first of which is on January 28th and is the bands - as well as our crowds favorite song: Mrs. Artois. The next single after that will be another favorite in Cigarettes on the Dancefloor which will be released at the beginning of March.

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

We have just been booked onto our second ever headline show on March 11th at 33 Oldham St, Manchester (details will be on our social media shortly, anyone reading this is hearing about that before anyone else haha). After that we’ll have our EP launch show at the end of April/start of May and then we’re planning a little support tour around the north/midlands of the UK in the summer!

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

So currently we have planned for our first EP and a few albums after that, we just want to keep releasing music and playing shows really. It’s what we all love and there’s no more rewarding feeling than having your fans dance and sing to your songs while you play them on a stage. For as long as we can do this we will and we have the people who constantly support us to thank for that.

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

I’ll attach links to our music below. We currently don’t have any merch available but we will closer to the time of the EP release. We’re currently still designing it and about to put an order in. 

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HviO4x9zeD0zpo9UsZhtC?si=0xsQsaWTSoavI4_R6OIfEQ

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/green-wire/1576404601

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJFHD0WEyXY

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

Probably the fact that the songs, although written about experiences in our lives and stuff we’ve seen or heard around us, aren’t just written in a one dimensional format for ourselves. The songs are open to interpretation and if anyone can pick their own meaning out and the songs can help someone get through their day, or they brighten someone's day by hearing them. That's the magic of music for us and that’s what we want for our fans. If they aren’t connected to us like a fifth member, we feel like there’s something wrong.

Alternative hard rockers ELEPHANT TAKEDOWN have been around for a short while, with a debut EP titled "Forked Tongues and False Hopes" out now. They are also hard at work planning out all new content which could lead to their first album. The band discusses this and more below.

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

Elephant Takedown started off as a jam session in January 2019 between Phil (Lead Guitar) and Alex (Bass), and after that first session we decided we really wanted to do something a bit more, so Alex put out an advert for a drummer online. Simon answered the call pretty early and the interview was basically “What music do you like? Can you come tomorrow?” We started off by playing covers of Black Stone Cherry and Shinedown, but really wanted to write some original music. From then on we had a number of vocalists and other guitarists come and go with the three of us as the permanent core members, until Christmas 2019, when we lost the only steady vocalist we’d had to family life. We were going to put off an advert until after Christmas, but did it anyway. Ben showed up to practice the next week and had already learned some of our material, and we all just had a really good time. When we then met back up in 2020 we started pumping out music faster than we had all year, there was really good band chemistry, and we booked to record our EP. Then COVID happened and we were forced to delay it a year but eventually with the help of Headline Studios and Headline Records, we were able to release Forked Tongues and False Hopes on July 16th 2021!

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

Phil and Alex were out at a run for charity in summer 2019, and while we were there we started ruminating over new band names. Phil had mentioned that his old band was something like Mustard Tiger, and that he always liked the sound of Elephant Takedown, but an Elephant doing the taking down, rather than being taken down. When our vocalist at the time left, we decided that was the opportunity to change the name. From there we started making jokes about an elephant-headed mascot called Gordon, and he’s now the character that can be seen on the EP today.

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

We’re based in Cambridge, UK. The music scene is really coming alive again, especially since lockdown ended. We played the Portland Arms recently which is a great venue, and we’re dying to play The Junction. There are loads of really solid bands that are actively gigging locally too; Call To The Faithful, Dead Reynolds, Standing Like Statues, and Dear Monday to name a few.

4. How would you describe your style?

That’s a difficult one. We’re probably defined as hard rock or alt rock, but there’s influences from metal, punk, blues rock, and progressive in there too.

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

We’ve currently got a 4-track EP out called Forked Tongues and False Hopes. It captures a little bit of everything we like to play, from punky distorted riffs, to rock ballads. Our lead single “The Boatman” is probably the best representation of us. We love energy in our music, if we can’t dance, sway, headbang, or sing along, it won’t make the cut. The EP captures everything that for us is fun in music. 

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

Always. We’re currently planning for our first studio album, and all the stuff that comes with that. We’re most of the way there, but are still in the writing phase at the moment. It’s surreal because for us this is some serious bucket list territory, and we’re just excited that there are people out there who want to hear it.

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

We’re talking to some people, trying to make some stuff happen. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce some shows very soon.

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

First and foremost is recording our first studio album, but releasing a single with our first proper music video is up there as something we’re really excited to do. It’s something that not everyone gets to take part in, and as a group of people who regard themselves as quite uncool, it’s such a cool thing to do!

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

Everywhere. Our music’s on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Deezer. About the only place you can’t get it is in your local shop.

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

Turn it up loud and have a good time. If the floor isn’t vibrating like there’s a herd of elephants in the room, it’s not loud enough.

Rock band A MIDNIGHT TRAGEDY is a four piece from out on the east coast, having released a handful of content, including a recent single, vocalist/guitarist Dallas Sanchez comes back to talk about what has come about since the last time we spoke sometime ago.

1. It's been quite a while since we last spoke, so what happened between then and now?

Dallas: A lot. Since we last spoke I believe we put out one last E.P and toured a bit before riding off into the sunset.  Life happened for a lot of us and we wanted to take some time off to explore and grow.  We see how long that lasted.

2. You went on to release your debut EP and album "Lost Under Infinite Sorrow". But went out and released a new song and video release titled "You're to Blame", tell me about this?

Dallas: So after we released “Lost” we played everywhere, big shows, small shows, out of state shows.  We went everywhere we could to showcase our big rock opera.  We started writing and decided we wanted to put something fresh out there and You’re to Blame was definitely a good representation of where our sound was heading.

3. Can you tell me about when Dallas was able to perform alongside The Misfits for their song "Forbidden Zone"?

Dallas: Jerry said no at first haha.  He wanted to rehearse and there was no time.  We had opened for them 3 times and I felt confident enough in our relationship to let him know I had been a lifelong fan and could do it.  After a few minutes of deliberation he asked if I knew forbidden zone and the rest was history.

4. Do you have any new music in the works that we can expect to hear or see in the form of a video release?

Dallas: We are actually in the process of writing a new album.  There are a few demos circulating and we have discussed that the only way to present any new music moving forward is with visual media.  So to answer your question, yes.

5. In 2019 the original line-up of A Midnight Tragedy had came together why did you want to get the original bill back together?

Dallas: So around September of 2018 our guitarist had an amazing opportunity present itself and it unfortunately relocated him to Georgia.  We were burnt out and kind of at the end so we never really even had a final show.  Around April of 2019 I started talking with some of the original members of the band about possibly doing one last show with the original lineup, we would play our very first album “Reinventing The End” in its entirety and move on from there.  It was a way to add closure to a 13 year journey and send it off the right way.

6. So is the current line-up as of right now the original or is it all new members altogether?

Dallas: The current lineup is indeed the original lineup.  We are older and wiser and more developed musically so for us to come together with a more mature approach is really cool.

7. After that event took place, another one happened known as covid-19, what ran through your head when you heard the news up until this day and time!

Dallas: Honestly, we had already hung it all up so it was a relief that we got to have that last show before the world took that right away from us.  Once the world shut down and the restrictions took place we all put more focus on ourselves and our families and that was honestly the best thing we could’ve done.

8. Do you or any of the other members have any other projects going on you would like to discuss?

Dallas: Well, I do have a solo project on SoundCloud under the name Dallas DeAlba.  As far as the other guys, we are all parents except for John who has a successful recycling company that he built from the ground up.  Our lead guitarist Ryan has a successful DJ business and is really making a name for himself in that world.  Dan and River are raising families as well as working hard in their respective careers. Dan is an Emmy award winning engineer and always has something going on.  

9. What about plans for the band anything to mention?

Dallas: We do have a show with Crashing Atlas coming up in February which also coincides with my (Dallas) birthday.  We recently had a comeback show Halloween weekend and it was a huge success so we decided it was time to ride the wave and play some shows.

10. Thanks for the catch-up, have any final words of expression?

Dallas: In March of 2020 the world told us we weren’t allowed to live.  We had to confirm to this new way of life and be ok with it.  That was something we just couldn’t do.  After our “last show” October of 2019 we felt good and always intended to do it again.  When we couldn’t, we realized we were taking our own passion for granted and actually spiting ourselves.   We decided to have “one more show” that turned into what it is now.  I’m not saying we are chasing record deals or booking tours, what I am saying is that there is still more life in AMT and we look forward to showing everyone what we have coming.  Thank you Natalie for always keeping AMT relevant.

Swedish black metal pioneers DARK FUNERAL release their first single and video “Let The Devil In”, off their upcoming full-length album, We Are The Apocalypse, out March 18thvia Century Media Records. The unforgiving darkness of this brand-new track perfectly fits the gory and sinister atmosphere of the video, filmed, directed and edited by Grupa13, giving a good foretaste of what you can expect from We Are The Apocalypse.

Guitarist and DARK FUNERAL founder Lord Ahriman states, “It is with great pleasure that we can hereby offer you a first taste of our upcoming album ‘We Are The Apocalypse’ with the track ‘Let The Devil In’. It may be a slightly different song from us, but it still holds the true darkness and spirit that is Dark Funeral. It was obvious to all of us that this would be the song that we set the bar with and premiere first. The song also comes with a video, which we recorded in Wroclaw, Poland together with Grupa13. It really was a great pleasure to work with such a professional team. The result is outstanding and fits this completely dark story that is ‘Let The Devil In’ very well.”

Ahriman further adds, “To me, ‘Let The Devil In’ comes in as a proof of the great deeds you can achieve when you turn to your innermost darkness and in harmony become one with your inner devil. ENJOY the darkness!”

Watch the video for “Let The Devil In” HERE

XOMG POP! are seven talented girls that love to sing and dance! They were picked by popstar JoJo Swia from her new TV series Swia's Dance Pop Revolution" streaming now on Peacock. The pop group have also just released recently their newest and sole single "Candy Hearts" with a tie in music video which can be seen HERE.