Artificial Language, 22/5/17

With the release of their debut record ‘The Observer‘ now being out for a few weeks, we got to have a quick and concise talk with Artificial Language about the release of the record as well as their upcoming plans. Have a read below!


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Artificial Language?

A progressive Rock/Metal band that likes to include aspects of pop music

Your debut album ‘The Observer’ has been out for a few weeks now, how has the reception been as a whole?

We’re honestly very excited with the reaction. Everyone has been so supportive, we couldn’t ask for better fans

Who were your main inspirations for the record?

Steven Wilson, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, and Danny Elfamn.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole?

It was very relaxed. We went at our own pace, and tried to enjoy the whole process because it can get stressful at times.

What are your favourite tracks on the new record?

Turn off the Pictures, Unself portrait, Fortune Teller.

What got you into wanting to be in a band?

We all just enjoyed playing music whether it was classical, metal, Jazz. We decided e wanted to try and make some songs together. Just a bunch of friends having fun, doing what they love.

What was your first ever live show you went to?

Watching Job for a cowboy and the red chord at a local venue called “the exit”

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

Patience, things take time. Its all about getting into a good groove and sticking to it. Being persistent.

What advice would you give to upcoming bands?

Enjoy the music you’re creating and always have an open mind. Everyone can learn something new and that’s what’s fun about music.

Has there been any other bands on your radar you think people should check out?

Native Construct. They’re awesome dudes and very talented.

Is there any projects you would like to work on as well as Artificial Language musically?

We all like do write music on the side and we have each other in our projects. It’s really fun.

What would be a dream tour for your band?

Touring with Btbam anywhere would be amazing!

If you could do a split with any bands, who would you pick and why?

Hmm that’s a tough one. A split with the Dear Hunter would be fun.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Write some more music, and get tour ready. We’re very excited to keep on going

Any final words to your fans?

Thank you for the all of the support, and we hope you enjoy what’s to come in the future!

Thomas Josefsson, Evocation – (18/4/17)

Giving you aggressive death metal from Sweden, Evocation are far from your average band and are looking to make more of a statement with this new record. We got to talk to vocalist Thomas Josefsson about their inspirations, their early shows and favourite tracks.


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Evocation?
A Death Metal collective out of West Coast Sweden, a mix of melodic, technical and brutal DM. We were active 1991-1993, then we split up and were reborn stronger than ever in 05/06. All important stuff at www.evocation.se<http://www.evocation.se>

You have recently released your new album The Shadow Archetype, how has the response been so far?
It has been amazing, we knew we made a great album but we could not believe all the positive feedback we still receive every day from zines, radio stations, fans and other media channels all over the world. People from the craziest parts are giving us thumbs up. We really need it and we are so thankful, every day we wake up there is more positive words to consume. I think that “The Shadow Archetype” is one of the most important albums we’ve done and ever will do. Where we take it from here will be very exciting.

Who were your main inspirations for the record?
I guess Janne and Vesa, when they left the band. I felt that it was a big challenge ahead, but for some reason I love challenges. It could have been the end of Evocation if we would have given up but I also felt it could be a new start and tons of opportunities. Marko was a bit hard to convince but me and Gustaf felt that there were more to do so we talked to Marko a bit and there we were with nothing to lose, since we already almost lost everything anyways. So when Simon came in I just felt that I was right in my thoughts. My dream came through when Per Moller Jensen said yes for doing the drums. I have been a huge fan of him since the early 90’s. Having him in the rhythm section was a true backbone and it inspired me a lot. I knew we could not fail if we took him onboard. So here we were, Simon with his new school technical style, Per with his Thrash Metal background, Gustaf with his fast ideas from Defleshed and Marko and me with our old school Evocation style. I cannot say who in particular inspired me, but perhaps everyone who was involved and the fact that we were on the edge to the abyss.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole?
It was very smooth actually. We made a pre-production with guitars, vocals and some programmed drums and handed it over to Per who is located in Copenhagen/Denmark. He had very free hands and he liked it a lot. When he felt he was ready we booked Crehate Studios in Gothenburg together with engineer Oscar Nilsson. Oscar is a very talented drummer so we wanted to hook him up with Per, they worked really well together. Guitars, Bass and Vocals were recorded in our own studio. Mixing and Mastering were on Daniel Bergstrand/Dugout Productions table and it turned out great as well. Daniel has done really good productions in his life for Behemoth, Meshuggah, Dark Funeral just to name a few. He has been interested in us for some years. We made our cover ep, “Excised and Anatomised” in our own studio and by then Dan Swanö mixed and mastered it, it turned out great as well so we thought maybe it’s better to keep most of the production in-house at home. “Illusions of Grandeur” is a great album but I think it became just a little bit too polished when we turned down our HM2’s and put way too much money in the production. I think we are back on track again and I’m really looking forward to our next album.

Out of all the tracks in your discography, which songs are your favourite and
why?
I can pick one of each album if you’d like.
Early days, demo’s: Veils Were Blown – that song is death metal at its peak, it has got a lot of aggressive vibes mixed with heavy melodies.
Tales from the Tomb: Blessed Upon the Altar – thrashy and very hooky German style.
Dead Calm Chaos: Tomorrow has no Sunrise – we made a video of it and it just kills.
Apocalyptic: Reunion in War – I love to sing it live. It has a very groovy sound and so is my vocals. The audience love it and it is a really heavy and personal song.
Illusions of Grandeur: Metus Odium – it’s the best song on the album and when we play it live people tend to dance to it for some reason.
The Shadow Archetype: Dark Day Sunrise – It has everything and my vocal range is more mixed.

How does the new music fair in comparison to your older material?
Well the new music is more back to our roots but since we now have Simon Exner in the band we get a lot of more technical new school stuff and it’s a great blend to mix. When Janne and Vesa were in the band and wrote music it was a lot more melodic and pretty much built on the same bridges. Now it’s a darker vibe to everything, it’s more unpredictable. I try to do as much difference as possible with my vocals just to keep the music flowing, this time I really had to think but it turned out great.

What got you into wanting to be in a band?
Motley Crue, Live Wire Video, 1981. When I saw that video, heard that crunchy guitar, the double kicks and all that blood and fire… I was reborn. I could not believe what I just experienced. Accept – Restless and Wild has to be the most important album of my life. I listened to that album 24/7 for a whole year, I still love it!

What was your first shows like as the group in comparison to now?
Those old shows were insane, it was total mayhem on stage. We used pig’s blood, crucified girls and were way cooler than most bands back then. We rehearsed a lot back then so we were very tight, not many bands back then could deliver their stuff live. I have to say I love the shows nowadays as well. We are much more technical, focused and have a really good bond with the crowd. Back then it was like you put 5 flies on stage that flew around uncontrolled through the room.

Is there ever an early show that sticks out to you?
Gamlestaden/Gothenburg 1992 with Dismember, Dark Tranquility, Ceremonial Oath, Exempt and Caedes. Hey man we did it all, the whole stage was covered in real pig’s blood, and we crucified and whipped a girl on a big black cross. It was chaos and the audience loved it and we made a really great show over all. It was by the way Marko’s first and ever vocal appearance, he nailed it huge. But I think it was sold out, it was a huge stage and I think we were the best and most appreciated band that night.

What¹s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the
band and personally?
It is a whole lot of emotions, devotion and hate/love. When I joined Evocation in 1991 I was still a band leader, song writer, lead guitarist and vocalist in my first band Forsaken Grief. In Evocation I first took the bassist spot which I actually loved, it was great to play bass and I did it for many years later on and I still love it. But back then it was really hard to make a point in Evocation, the frontline was deaf for ideas so I kept my mouth shut until I handled the lead vocals only. I didn’t write much lyrics back then but my throat made great success. When we rejoined back in 05-06 I had a lot more ideas and my head was full of words. For some reason the pen glowed. I also felt that Evocation was something to count on this time so I made my point early and stood up for my lyrics, it is a wonderful feeling when I get cred for it. I was a bit shy when I was younger and let people around me have free space to speak, nowadays I perhaps speak a little bit too much but I really love this band and its members. If I would have the energy I would love to write more lyrics or perhaps a book, I did not think like this a couple of years ago. But for every album we grow, I grow.

What advice would you give to upcoming bands?
Don’t expect anything from anyone. There is more money and fun in the porn business.

Has there been any other bands on your radar you think people should check
out?
Dead Soul. Well this is not a Death Metal band, it’s a band I found out about some years ago when I was looking up a record company called Razzia Notes. I read somewhere that Anders Friden/In Flames is the main man behind it so I thought what the heck maybe he has great taste at least. The band is from Linköping here in Sweden and I just love them all over. The voice, the lyrics and the music just touches me on that very deep spot. I have many bands to give to you but this band has a really close relationship with me.

Is there any projects you would like to work on as well as Evocation
musically?
I would love to play bass again, it has been 11 years since I did it, but I just love that instrument. It has been a huge part of my musical life since I left Evocation in -93 and until around -97 when I worked with Cemetary. After that I took a break from the whole scene for some years. I picked it up again in 2001 somewhere and when Evocation was reborn in 2005-06 I put my beloved 4 string away again. But for the moment vocals in Evocation is my no1 satisfaction in life. But projects beside that and if the time was on my/our side, it would be great to do something with the Misery Index camp. They have great style, their message is right on my ideology and their music just makes me go nuts. The timing and flow for vocals is perfect. I have a dream to do something with Mille in Kreator, he is a huge inspiration and he writes great songs.

What would be a dream tour for your band?
Swaziland, Jamaica, Peru, Colombia and Holland together with Kreator and Bolt Thrower.

If you could do a split with any bands, who would you pick and why?
Age of Woe from Gothenburg. Great band, great friends and they are on the move. Really interesting band with really crazy ideas, they will come a long way if they develop more. I think a split with them would be pretty cool.

What items would you associate with your genre?
Blood, fire and death.

If all the band members were involved in a wrestling match, who would be the
victor and who would end up eating the pinfall/submission?
I would be the victor and Marko would be eating the pinfall/submission haha… If he reads this I know he will be very upset. The other guys would be a quite easy to fight but me and Marko has always been like two brothers with a love/hate relationship, we know exactly where our hidden buttons lies. He has been losing a lot of weight lately with strict diet and Karate lessons but in a Clash of the Titans fight I would roll him into a pizza bread and eat him for breakfast any day hahaha, good question btw! He will hate me for it 🙂

Would you take 1,000,000KR but every time you heard a dog bark, you pooped
yourself?
Haha any day my friend, I’m a sucker for money if it would help me to stay out of regular day jobs, ANY FUCKING day!!!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
I really don’t know yet, it’s too early to say but I hope we’ll have some nice shows in a near future. I miss all our friends/fans out there a whole lot. It has been some years without them and now I know how important they really are to me.

Any final words to your fans?
Stay out of the CCTV’s and start a revolution…

WITTERQUICK – Interview

This week Fiona grabbed a spare few minutes to chat with WITTERQUICK. Ollie, the bassist and lyricist, was kind enough to give her the answers to the questions she, and the rest of Musicology, were curious about.

 

What inspired your band name, and why is it all in caps?

The name comes from an 80s cartoon that a few of us watched called Visionaries. Witterquick is a character in that. The caps was to make it more than a name, it’s not a name, it’s us.

 

How did you find trying to get started as a serious band in Exeter compared to “music hub” cities like London?

We aren’t finding it that hard at all actually, if you work hard enough and you’re making music people like, you can start anywhere. London is a regular for shows and other things behind the scenes, but you work around it. MUSE are from near us, they did ok.

 

What’s your song-writing process?

The majority of the songs start as demos from Will, either whole songs or melody ideas. He and I develop those into full songs and work on the lyrics together, some are more me, some are more him. We’ve got a good Buckingham Nicks writing thing going on. Once we’re done we bash them out as a full band and everyone picks it apart to give their feel.

 

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever been inspired to write a song by? And the most serious?

The most serious will be one from our upcoming EP, either Hiding Place or I Need a Friend Tonight. They were both written at particularly dark times for us. The lyrics and vibe tell the story in those songs. We wrote a song in our very early days called Leeroy Jenkins, it wasn’t directly about the famous WoW hero, but the demo needed a name.

 

You’ve just come off tour, do you have any interesting/funny stories from it?

All too many. We stayed in a place in Norwich that can only be described as a crack den. The rooms had no power or lights, the bathrooms had no taps and the floor seeped water. The place smelled so bad and the dodgiest characters were hanging around. We took the beds out of a few rooms and barricaded ourselves in a room together and left about 6am. That and staying in an abandoned school are up there on the list from this tour.

 

When did Witterquick really begin for you guys?

We toured with Nothing But Thieves right at the end of 2015, a sold out UK run, sharing a tour bus. We’d played about 4 shows before that so that was a serious jump in the deep end for us. It was mayhem from that point on, but with the internal and external changes we made through 2016 I’d say we’ve really found our feet now and are ready to really begin.

 

What’s next for WITTERQUICK over the next six months?

We’ve just announced a UK Summer tour through July, that will take us into festival season too. We’ve got a few releases coming up as well but my lips are sealed about that.

Chris ‘Fronz’ Fronzak, Attila – 5/4/17

Just as Carcer City finished warming up the Bristol venue, we got the chance to go talk to the well known Chris Fronzak, who is probably more known as Fronz or Fronzilla. We got to talk about their life as a touring band, the new record ‘Chaos‘ and what he would do for $1,000,000.


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Attila?

I would say Attila is a fun, super heavy band, like party rap metal.

You are currently on the beginning of your headline tour, how is the experience going so far?

It’s been amazing. Every time we come out here, it gets better. We really enjoy being in the UK, all the shows are huge with some being sold out so I can’t complain.

Is there a show on this tour that you are looking forward to play?

I’m looking forward to London. Big city, big show.

Your latest album ‘Chaos’ has been out for a few months now, how has the reception been as a whole?

It’s been amazing. I definitely think the reception for our album worldwide has been great but I think that if anything, the UK likes it a little bit more.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole, having moved to a different label and different producer?

It was mostly the same really. We showed up to the studio with tons of material, like way more material than we need and then we just comb through it and figure out what we like the best and kind of change it around and make it flow, that’s pretty much what we do in the studio. Our label Sharptone has been amazing, we love our label

With this being your seventh full length, how do you push your bands boundaries when it comes to writing so it feels like its own beast?

I think that we, at this point, know what our sound is and every album we kind of have a new goal, so our goal with ‘Chaos‘ was to incorporate our sound in the most diverse way possible and have an album that’s all over the place with different styles of songs that are all within the Attila style.

Out of all the tracks in your discography, which songs is your favourite and why?

I love all Attila songs honestly, I think everything we write is fucking brilliant. If I had to pick a few.. I have a new favourite Attila song every week, so right now I really like ‘Horsepig‘, ‘Unbelievable‘.. I mean ‘Unforgivable‘. I think we have a song called ‘Unbelievable‘, we have so many songs its hard to remember. I really like ‘Moshpit‘ off the new record.

Is there ever an early show in your bands career that sticks out to you or has there ever a show that you have played where you feel like your band had made it/you felt like this band had legs to do really well?

Early in our career we played all kinds of crazy places. We played in mexican restaurants and ice cream parlours and garages, so that was pretty humbling to look back at. I think a turning point, or when I realised this band was going to become huge, was when we were a local band in Georgia but we were pulling 600 people to a show. I think that was the moment where we were like ‘This is pretty big’ you know?

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

I think, as Fronz from Attila, the biggest thing I see growing in myself is wanting to explore new realms with my voice. On ‘Chaos‘, it was the first time I ever sang in my life and the general reception from the public was that it was really good and that it was fitting with my style because I didn’t go outside of my limits, I kept it within what my voice does and I think people liked that, so I think for me in Attila, the biggest thing I learned as I get older is to stay true to myself but also grow as a human.

As an individual, I think the biggest thing I learned.. Every day I learn something new, but just as a businessman and an entrepreneur I learned so much about business every year because I have so many failures and so many successes at the same time that its just interesting.

Within the band, your solo rap material, your label and your journalism site, how do you find time to yourself?

I definitely stay extremely busy, but I have a team of very very good people that help me with everything I do. My partner with the label is always very active and helps a lot, my partners with the journalism website are very active, with the band we all work together as a whole, with my clothing line it’s mainly me doing everything. I think that everything just keeps me busy so I don’t have much downtime for myself.

Can you remember the first time you/your band got hit with backlash/controversy and how did you overcome it?

Shit, we’ve been dealing with backlash since we’ve started! I think at this point in our career, we’ve been a band for 13 years and I think that in your first year of being in a band and getting backlash from everyone around you, I think you learn to not give a fuck by now. If it really affected me in any way possible, I would have broken down about 10 years ago you know? It wouldn’t just now be hitting me. We’ve been getting shit our whole lives, so I just learn to turn it into positive stuff, when I see negative stuff, I smile. It makes me happy.

With your monthly subscription service, how do you deal with the claims that what you do is extorting your younger fanbase for money?

I think that is their opinion because most of the people who are on my website are genuinely aspiring entrepreneurs that are benefiting from the service. I don’t think in any way it’s a way to extort fans. I think that people that say that are obvious haters. I think that anyone who is actually a part of the site knows that it is a very legit service aimed to help young entrepreneurs learn from all the experiences i’ve had in my life. I think its very beneficial and I can’t honestly see any negativity behind it whatsoever.

As your band has now been around for over 10 years, is there anything you would like to be able to achieve in the next 10 that you haven’t already?

Yeah, I would definitely like to do an arena tour. I want to have an Attila plane, like how Iron Maiden has a plane I would like that for Attila. I don’t know, theres not really much we haven’t accomplished, were doing pretty well. I would say that we would make shit ten times crazier.

What bands are on your radar that you feel people should check out?

I think people should check out Vesta Collide, they’re really badass. I think people should check out Spite, they’re really badass. I think people should check out AfterLife, they’re like nu metal, they’re badass. There’s a shitload of really good bands out there who are young and really hungry. If you’re into rap metal/rap rock, Backwordz are really sick too. Theres a load of bands out there who are crushing it!

Your band has a mantra of ‘giving no fucks’, but has there, or will there, ever be a moment in your life where you felt like you should give an amount of fucks about?

If I do give a fuck about anything, it’s about my friends and my family, but I think anything outside of that there is no fucks to be given. Friends, family, fans and then outside out that circle, why the fuck do I care? If you’re not within my circle, you’re not within my world. Chances are you’re just trying to bring me down.

If you could create your own cocktail, what ingredients would be involved and what would be the name of it?

I think a Fronz cocktail would just be a big ass cup filled with liquor and nothing else, like a giant cup of Jack Daniels and nothing else, just to get the job done quick and fuck off.

Would you take $1,000,000 in cash, but every time you spent that money you had to lick both sides of the notes?

Shit, like all one dollar bills?

Let’s say $10 bills, so 100,000 notes, but that counts into change as well, so if you get change band from that $1,000,000 and you spend that you have to slosh that around in your mouth as well.

That’s fucking hilarious. Honestly, I have a really strong immune system so if anything it will just make me stronger so I would probably do it. Fuck it, I’ll lick a shitload of money, might as well, who cares?

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

So after this UK/Europe tour, we go home and play a lot of the massive rock festivals in the US such as Welcome to Rockville and Northern Invasion and places like that. After that, we will be doing Warped Tour again which will be our fourth year and Warped Tour is always massive and we’re really excited to be on that again. After that, our book is kinda open. We definitely want to stay active and create more music.

Any final words to your fans?

Thank you so much to anyone that has picked up our new album ‘Chaos‘. I think that front to back its a very solid album that you will be happy with. If you haven’t listened to it already, just download it off the internet or get it up on Spotify or whatever the fuck you do and just listen to it.

Gilmour discusses the message behind ‘Dead In Winter’ and what’s next…

Gilmour, the solo project of Frazer Cassling (FlatlineBathtub) recently released its first EP Dead In Winter (read our review here). We sat down to talk to Frazer about what motivated the new project, how the EP was written and dug into some of the core themes involved.

You’re in some other projects currently, what made you decide to run a solo project too?
A lot of the bands I’m in are mostly hardcore bands like Flatline. I wanted to do something with a bit more soft vocals. Bathtub is still pop punk but it’s on the harsher side of it. The lyrics that I write for Bathtub are more metaphorical. They’re about situations but loosely. The lyrics are a lot more distant, not as personal. I wanted to do something which was a bit more honest and personal, which is what Gilmour is. Also, I watched a lot of my friends doing acoustic stuff and it inspired me to doing something similar. Putting my take on the acoustic genre!

Are you happy with the finished product of Dead In Winter?
Yeah I’m really proud of Dead In Winter, I’ve been listening to it non-stop since I got the files. I love it!

Have you got any plans for putting it out physically?
As it stands at the moment I’m just going to be putting it onto Bandcamp, maybe Spotify and iTunes. I don’t think I’ll release it physically. For future releases I’ll probably try and get them out, but I’ve never really done well with CDs in my other bands. I think I’ll leave it for now, unless somebody wants to make cassettes for me!

How did you go about writing the EP, was it a natural process?
It was all completely natural. I’d come up with a few sets of chords and pretty much instantly I’d think up the melodies for them. Usually I’d get a chorus first, then start working on the verses, how it ended, then start adjusting the guitar parts to make it a bit more interesting to listen to. I pretty much wrote it in a few weeks then changed little parts of the guitar and lyrics.

Did the material for Gilmour change much in the studio or was it set in stone?
It was completely set in stone. I didn’t really change anything once we got there. I’d already written all the lyrics and guitar parts. I changed a bit of the way a few things were sang and obviously Luke [Rainsford] was there helping me out, saying “Try singing this part that way”, and generally swapping a few things around to see how they sounded. The songs on my demos sound very much the same as my final product.

There are lots of themes of location versus holiday location, where did that come from?
The whole EP is about finding a place in your memory you felt content with. A happy place, kind of like a safe space where you go to if things are happening in life you’re not too happy with. I go off in my mind to somewhere I felt happy and content, which is on a holiday I was on. I wrote a juxtaposition between the winter and how I felt not too long ago when it was summery and I was on holiday. Just relaxed. That’s what that theme is.

If you could, is there anything you’d want people to take from Dead In Winter?
Being honest and speaking about things. You don’t necessarily have to be a musician but you should be honest and talk about things. There’s a lot of stuff on there I’ve never really spoken to anyone about. Me being sad about stuff, which is probably a bad thing. The message is you should speak to people about how you’re feeling.

Do you have a personal favourite track on the EP?
My favourite song on there is Pine Over, I love the chorus. It was one of the first things that came to me for the EP, and it’s one of my favourite parts of the EP.

What do you plan for Gilmour in the coming months?
I’ve started writing again, I’ve written a few songs and I’ve got a lot of ideas so I’ll keep working on them. Hopefully recording a split EP in July with someone, I’m not sure I can say who yet! I’ll probably release another EP before then with the amount of songs I’m writing. I want to do a split with everybody, I love split EPs!

Would you have any goals going into writing a new EP?
I don’t want it to be exactly the same as Dead In Winter. I want to keep the catchy vibe of it but hopefully write some more songs which are chorus heavy. I feel like Pine Over and In Your Absence have some of my favourite choruses I’ve ever written, but the other songs don’t really have a chorus. I’d like to write more songs which have quite heavy singalong choruses. Maybe some longer songs as well, as they’re all quite short.

Were you influenced by any specific artists for Gilmour?
Probably the same people that have influenced me for all my other projects. I’ve been listening to a lot of Little Brother and a lot of Trophy Eyes. It’s the same singer [John Floreani], it’s really solid music. I really like Citizen, and I’m really liking acoustic stuff at the moment. Anything that’s chill. Joyce Manor as well, a big influence for the EP.

Are you planning on playing some live dates?
I’m hoping to get some gigs together, though I’ve not been offered too much yet. I’m hopefully going on a weekender in June with my friends in Crime and Punishment. They’re a grime group, but it can work!

Deez Nuts

Interview: Deez Nuts’ JJ Peters

After the end of their tour, we caught up with Deez Nuts‘ JJ Peters to see what’s going down in the Aussie band’s camp.

Firstly, you’ve just finished your tour with Comeback Kid and First Blood, how did it go?
It was amazing! It was the first of what we want to be an annual tour. The “You Are Part of This tour”.

It was an interesting line up, how did it come about?
Well the whole premise is touring with our friends, and not just the bands the booking agents and management are throwing at you.  Luckily for us, a lot of our good friends are in amazing bands. When thinking of the first edition, obviously you want it to be a banger right out the gate, so we needed strong co-headliner. CBK were perfect and first blood too. We’ve literally toured most places in the world with these bands.

You’ve got your new album ‘Binge & Purgatory’ coming out soon, are you looking forward to releasing it?
No. Just kidding, of course! Never been more proud to release something.

When you’re in the studio writing and recording, are there any rituals you have to keep focussed or do you just take it day by day?
No rituals. Just wake up, shower, head to studio, eat breakfast and talk about the plan for the day, maybe change something we were working on the day before then have a few drinks.

So, your two singles of your new album have had a very positive feedback from the public so far, how does this feel and does it make you more excited to release the whole album?
It makes me feel great, it’s all you can ask for really.  It makes me more excited to release the album definitely because even with those two singles. People are not going to expect what we’re putting out.

Are there any obvious influences in this album, like we know that you’ve recorded in NYC so can we expect a hint of NYHC in there?
I feel like Deez Nuts has always had nothing but a NYHC influence. In my eyes we’re a NYHC band. The drummer Alex and I are both born and raised NYC. But, in saying that, there’s a big tech metal influence from me and just bouncy and groovy. Some darker chord progressions, I’ve always been a fan of that too.

Going back to touring, you’re coming back to the UK soon with Suicide Silence and Venom Prison. Obviously you’re going to be excited, but what’s it like being on a tour where you’re notably different to the other bands playing?
We accept the challenge, and were looking forward to getting out of our comfort zone and hopefully grabbing some new fans. To be honest we’ve toured a lot with bands like Suicide Silence, Whitechapel etc and we don’t do as bad as one would think.

How are you going to make yourself stand out on that tour?

We aren’t going to do anything different than we already do. Just gonna go out there and do OUR thing.

For a long time Deez Nuts has been a band that’s promoted drinking, drug taking etc, so how does it feel that a lot of straight edge kids are fans?
It’s sick. I have people I consider family in my life that are straight edge. It really means nothing to us what someone else does, some people need to learn that. What WE eat don’t make YOU shit. Let everyone do whatever they want.

You’ve been a band for quite a while now and toured with countless other acts, what’s it like seeing bands that you used to tour with a lot like Bring Me The Horizon blowing up and changing their sound completely?
Bring Me has helped us tremendously in our career and we are still super tight and close with them. We LOVE seeing our friends do good. If you don’t, are you friends?

What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had as being part of the band? Whether it’s releasing a certain album, touring, meeting someone etc?
Music and touring, it’s all memorable. From the bands we play with, to the bands we chill with this life is better than any dream I’ve had of it. I love the fact that I’m in a band that’s just steady releasing.

How many times have you partied like there’s no tomorrow? How many hotel rooms have you trashed together?
We party too hard a lot, I don’t even want to brag but other bands will tell you. We’ve never trashed hotel rooms… well maybe once.

Name 3 things that are unfuckwithable.

Pussy, money, and weed.

 

Huge thanks to JJ for taking the time out, we wish him and the rest of Deez Nuts the very best for the album release!

Reba Meyers, Code Orange – (18/3/17)

Before they destroyed the O2 Academy in Bristol, we got to sit down with guitarist/vocalist Reba Meyers of Code Orange and talk about the bands career progression, their latest record ‘Forever‘ and what they’d like to see change in the music industry.


For those who aren’t familiar, how would you describe Code Orange?

We are a aard, aggressive band. Whatever we want, pretty much!

You are halfway through this tour with Gojira, how has the experience been for this tour so far?

It’s been great. It’s definitely different with the crowds than we are used to in the US, there are some stoic crowds for sure up north, but its been awesome and Gojira are an amazing band.

What has been the most craziest moment of this tour, whether it be live or behind the scenes?

Probably the London show. A couple of UK shows were definitely some of the craziest moments. The crowd kind of came out of nowhere because we had played in Copenhagen and Oslo and people were respectful but it wasn’t anything like we’ve seen in the UK, like the reaction we’ve gotten is insane.

Your latest album ‘Forever‘ has been out for a few months now, how has the reception been for the record as a whole?

Good as far as I can see. You can never really tell until later down the line but I think the response has been good and people seem to understand it which is the best that we can ask for.

Who were your main inspirations for the record?

Lists of bands! There’s kind of different sections that we take influence from such as hardcore, especially from the Pittsburg area. You’ve also got metal bands and you also have synth based bands like Nine Inch Nails and then you’ve also got more alt type bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Just all over the map.

Do the colour schemes on your records represent anything in particular?

I mean, I wasn’t the one who decided on the colour scheme, that was Jami (drummer), but yeah I would say that red just kind of fit now with the boldness of the colour and the record is even more out there and darker. Like ‘I Am King‘ is dark but this is a whole other level and we felt that fit.

Out of all the tracks in your discography, which ones would you say are your favourites and why?

Like all of our songs? I don’t know, thats really tough but right now we just wrote this record and I feel that all those songs are better than any other song we’ve ever written, so all the songs on ‘Forever

What were your first shows like as a band in comparison to now?

Very different. Like it’s a slow build and there will be random shows here and there that are just crazy but it’s been awesome recently, especially when ‘Forever‘ came out we did our first full US tour in America.

Is there a show that you’ve played where you felt like the band has legs/a show where you felt like you’ve made it as a band?

I mean, its hard to describe. I mean you can have an amazing show and then have a horrible show the next day and we’re so used to the ups and downs of that, that we try and look more at the overall picture and questions like ‘Is our band getting better?‘ and personally ‘are we getting better?‘. You can only really know that yourself, you can’t really tell from the crowd. We’re used to playing shows to people who don’t care or to people we need to make them care, so it’s kind of just on us really.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself growing in the band and personally?

Just trying to be a bigger and more diverse music fan, getting new influences and not not listening to music. You have to have your ears open to things and spend actual time listening to music and finding new cool ideas and new influences as well as just staying with it.

How do you overcome the stigma around your band with the type of violence that happens at your shows?

People are going to say whatever. Sometimes it’s true and things can get out of hand but that happens at all types of shows, we’re not the only band that has that. It’s a whole community and scene that’s been around for years and there’s going to be people who don’t fully understand it and I can’t really fault them for that. It is what it is and you just gotta hope nothing gets out of control.

Has there ever been a moment in your bands career that you have been discriminated because of your gender?

No, I mean there’s stuff in life, being a woman, but it’s not like it is isolated to hardcore or this kind of music. Thats just life, that’s just world we live in. I have friends who will always get my back so I’m not worried about it in any kind of real way. I’m sure there’s people in the world who have to be a lot more worried than I do.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists who have doubts about it due to the type of discrimination that might happen to them?

Just do your thing. There’s reasons to have worries, I understand that, but as long as you’re confident and you put yourself out there as being confident then you’re a lot less open to attacks.

If there is one thing you would like to change in the music scene you’re in, what would it be?

I just wish that there were more real bands and that more real bands were given a chance. There’s a lot of bands that work really hard that don’t get given the light of day and there’s a lot of bands who just slap songs together that are what people want to hear now, supposedly. I definitely wish there was a lot less ‘easy listening’ that was given those resources and those resources were given to bands who work hard.

Is there any bands on your radar that you feel people should check out?

Yeah, this band Eternal Sleep from Pittsburgh, they’re awesome. A lot of Closed Casket Activities bands on that label such as Incendiary. There’s a young band called Vein from Massachusetts. A lot of different kinds of bands, small or big. Full of Hell, they’re an amazing up and coming metal band.

What are the plans for Code Orange in 2017?

Touring. We’re going back to the US to tour with Killswitch Engage and Anthrax which is right after this, then we come back here to do some festivals and shows and I am sure there will be some more tours soon!

Any final words?

Thanks for listening to us!

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Homebound reflect on ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ and future plans

Surrey based pop punkers Homebound released their second EP The Mould You Build Yourself Around early this year, and it has already spurred some of the greatest moments of their career. We caught up with the band to talk about how that EP took shape, their experiences in writing it and how they want to take that forward into the future. It sounds like there’s some big things on the horizon for Homebound

The Mould You Build Yourself Around has been out for just over a month, how happy are you with its reception? 
It’s gone down really, really well so far which is always a relief more than anything. When you work on something for so long, all you can do is hope that people like the finished thing and thankfully people do. We’re still a small and relatively unknown band so we’re excited to get out touring this EP this year and hopefully grow on what has already been a great start to the TMYBYA chapter. 

You recently played a series of dates with Four Year Strong, can you talk about how you found those shows?
The shows were really cool and a fantastic way for us to celebrate the release of TMYBYA. For us to be able to play stages of that size to capacity crowds was a new experience for us and one we could definitely get used to! We learnt a lot about ourselves as a band over those few days and we feel stronger because of the experience. We’ve played a lot of smaller DIY tours in our time as a band so this felt like the test we needed to see if we could hack it on a bigger stage and I felt like we held our own. 

What has been your favourite tour memory to date?
Playing KOKO on the FYS tour for sure. We’re very much of the philosophy to enjoy and savour the good times when you have them because you don’t know how long it’ll last. For us, our set at KOKO was definitely one of those moments. For me too, it was the first time that any of my family had ever seen me perform so it really was a special night.

What is your process for writing new tracks? Do you write on the road or have more dedicated sessions?
We don’t ever stop writing really! It will depend on where we are in the writing process. At first, one of us will have written a host of new ideas which we’ll then, as a group work through in sessions. Once we have a number of songs we’re feeling happy with, we take them away to work on further with a producer before going in to record them. 

What are your biggest influences when writing?
We all listen to a wide variety of music which we try and reflect in our music when we can and some of us draw more on certain influences. Aside from the classics like Blink who we all grew up listening to, I know we collectively can say bands like Paramore, even Underoath, have had a big impact on the way we go about writing music. 

Was there anything about writing TMYBYA that differed from your previous experiences?
It’s so long ago now it’s hard to properly recall but I think apart from just getting better at what we all do individually, I think we didn’t go into the process limiting ourselves to making it sound one way which helped us to explore different sounds and vibes a little bit more than we had done in the past. 

Did you face any particular challenges in the writing process for the EP?
Not particularly, the writing process for it was relatively straight forward. I mean some songs took longer to come about than others but that’s part and parcel of writing for a release; it takes time and patience. We all felt more confident with the songs from the get go which was a telling sign that we’d improved from the last EP.

Had your musical influences changed much in writing the new EP compared to previous releases?
Yeah for sure, but I’d say our overall perception of what we want this band to be has changed more so. In previous releases we tried too hard to fit into a certain category and ultimately, we limited ourselves. 

Did you have any specific goals going in to writing TMYBYA?
Not really, aside from writing a bigger and better EP. We wanted to write an EP that would help make our mark on the scene I guess and give us a platform to go onto bigger and better things. 

TMYBYA further refined a raw, powerful style of pop punk. Was this style a conscious choice?
Maybe? I dunno, I think it was a case of us just wanting to sound bigger and bolder than previous releases and I think the vibe was a lot better suited to us. 

Equally, is there anything you want to work on in future releases?
It’ll be to expand and evolve from what we’ve already done in TMYBYA. The next new music you hear from us will be an album which gives us a lot more room to work with and an opportunity to explore different vibes which we haven’t been able to on a five track EP. 

You’ve been working with Rude Records for this release cycle, how did this relationship come about and how has it been for you?
They had heard the EP and were really into it and very enthusiastic which appealed to us. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and have put in a lot of effort to make this release as successful as it can be. We can’t really ask for anything else really! 

How have you differentiated yourselves in a very busy pop punk scene?
By the very fact we’re not trying to be a pop punk band. I think we’ll always appeal to the mainstay of pop punk fans but our ambition and goals for this band outgrow the constitution of pop punk. 

What are your current goals for the next six months to a year?
Playing as many shows as we can in as many places as possible. We’ve got some cool things coming up over the next number of months so keep an eye on that.   

We’re very excited to hear what’s next from Homebound, and we’ll have the latest news from the band whenever it is available.

Dan Briggs, Nova Collective – 14/3/17

Just hot off the heels of their latest album release, we got to talk to Dan Briggs of Nova Collective about taking the project on tour, what inspires him and whether he would eat food that screamed.


For those who are not familiar, how would you describe Nova Collective?

Free falling through a black hole and being shot through a tunnel that is reminiscent of the psychadelic boat scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction they are going! There’s no knowing where they’re rowing, Or which way they river’s flowing!”

A lot of people are probably wondering, are you planning on taking the band out on tour?

Absolutely, the live potential of playing with the four of us is so exciting. I really think the songs are going to grow and evolve from night to night, in an impovisational sense but also what’s written on paper I think will just expand the more comfortable we become with it. We’re shipping our album around trying to land a support tour in the fall in either the states or Europe. We’ll see what clicks!

What would be your favourite stop to play and why?

I guess if we could play at one of the space stations or I don’t know.. I’m always enamored with small theaters, like taking the idea of a grand space where you’d see a symphony and shrinking it to like a 100 person capacity. I think that would serve this music well.

What other bands would you like to have support you if you were headlining the tour?

Yngwie Malmsteen is of course at the top of our list, but I can only imagine how thoroughly unimpressed he would be with our material. We’ll play anywhere with anyone at this point! We’re not in a position to be picky, we just want to play in general but also in a situation where we can stand to pick up some new listeners. I’d hope anyone who enjoys going on a bit of a musical journey would enjoy what we’re doing.

You have recently released your new album ‘The Further Side’, how has been the response so far?

It seems like it’s been very positive which is nice but not overly important. I turned a deaf ear to reviews years ago when outlets either panned things BTBAM were embraced for by our fans, or when a certain publication said there was “too much saxophone” on a Trioscapes record- where literally there are only three of us haha. I’m just glad the record is out there for everyone to take in now and that people are connecting with it, that’s very exciting and hopeful for us getting out there and doing our thing.

Who were your main inspirations for the record?

I mean these dudes are all so inspiring to play with, every small thing someone came in with seemed to produce so much from everyone else. For everyone involved I think it was exactly what we needed, a group of composers in their own right looking for a new challenge and to hear things that made them think and write differently. I wouldn’t take on a new project unless I thought it really was pushing me somewhere new I hadn’t been before and I’m so thankful to have been able to start a group with these gnarly musicians.

How was the whole recording/production process of the record as a whole?

It was a great bonding experience for us because it was the only time the 4 of us have all been together, as we’re a half American half British group. Seeing that we clicked so well in person and working creatively together was huge and super exciting. Every day we were picking out and sharing choice music to and from the studio, which was about a 15/20 minute ride, and we exposed each other to a lot of new stuff during that time. The Brits were exposed to kombucha for the first time and that was a big part of fueling our sessions, as well as Nintendo 64 of course…and youtubing Yngwie interviews and Sun Ra videos back at the hotel.

What are your favourite tracks on the new record?

I love them all for different reasons, but maybe “Cascades” at the moment. We captured a really driving feel with the song without it ever getting overly distorted or heavy, but the song has the energy and dynamic excitement still. I really enjoy how that arrangement worked out.

What got you into wanting to be in a band?

90s Alt Rock! I feel fortuanate to have grown up during probably what will be the last era of solid rock radio. Hearing Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Sponge, Candlebox…I mean every day, that made me so excited to play. I would draw flyers for bands I wasn’t even in yet, stage plots.. I was in my first band when I was 12 and 20 years later it hasn’t stopped and I just keep taking on more and more.

What moment when writing this record did you feel that you had something amazing?

I think we felt like we had something new and interesting in terms of our repotoire and what we’ve done with our other groups, we had something we couldn’t quite descibe easily in a few words which is always exciting to me, and even from song to song on the record it’s pretty different while retaining the same general idea throughout. It was an exciting writing session and I’m looking forward to more in the future!

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself as a human growing in the band and personally?

I like to think I’m constantly growing as a musician and over time it became more important growing as an arranger than you know, the technical prowess. I grew up running my scales and shredding and that becomes emobdied in you, but it’s not defining. I think we were excited to make a record that was well rounded and had those exciting moments but also exciting moments sonically and at lower dynamics, just in a lot of different ways than just ripping non stop for 40 minutes.

What advice would you give to upcoming bands?

Listen to everything! Music theory is a language and sort of analysis of what you’re doing, so maybe it’s good to have an understanding of why things are happening and why they’re working, but it’s not the be all end all. It helps in conversing about music for sure. I don’t know, just get on allmusic.com<http://allmusic.com> , search for a record you like and start reading through the credits, who worked on it and what else they worked on, what those artists did after and before that. I’m obsessed with doing that, I could spend hours and hours just digging around and it’s what makes the journey as a musician so exciting, whether I’m on my computer or phone or at a record store.

Has there been any other bands on your radar you think people should check out?

Led Bib are an exciting band out of the UK writing some really cool freaky new jazz stuff.. Free Salamander Exhibit is the new Sleepy Time Gorilla Museum group and their debut album lives up to all the expectations and then some.

What has been playing on your iPod/MP3 player recently?

Ambrosia “Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled”, David Torn “Cloud About Mercury”, Marc Ducret “Tower Bridge”, Laurie Anderson “Mister Heartbreak”, Gin Blossoms “New Miserable Experience”.

Is there any projects you would like to work on as well as Nova Collective musically?

I have a record I’ve been working on very gradually over the last 5 years that I may actually be able to start recording this year. It’s the closest thing to a solo record I’ve done so far, but it’s going to be a huge undertaking so I need to start planning it out as it’ll have to be recorded in a few different locations. Of course I can’t do anything easily haha.

What would be a dream tour for your band?

If we could be Yngwie’s backing band, I think we could take him to some pretty demented heights. Hit us up man!

What items would you associate with your genre?

Synth brass, octobans, gongs, double neck guitars, headless basses, capes, moon boots. Didn’t ELP do a show on ice, or Rick Wakeman or someone?

If each band member was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, who would you associate with who?

Matt could live on pizza, so maybe he’d be Michaelangelo. Rich would be Shredder because he loves kung fu movies and is the ultimate ripper. Pete would be Splinter because he’s the zen master and a PhD physicist. I’ll be April O’Neil because she’s got that bad ass yellow jump suit.

Would you take $1,000,000 but every time you ate food, it screamed as you were eating it?

No, that’s weird and scary.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

I’m going to watch a lot of basketball and then a lot of baseball, I’m going to go on hikes and swim in the ocean with my girlfriend, I’m going to chase our dog all over the place, hopefully I’ll get some great records and have some inpsiring writing sessions and shoot I need to buy a grill and get ready for grilling season. Also we need to buy some more indoor plants for our house and get ready to set up our garden, I think we have a plot figured out. I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes. Also I’m seeing Anthony Braxton for free in a couple of days and that’s pretty amazing and I’m sure will be very inspiring. There’s going to be a new Alien movie soon that hopefully won’t suck, and I know Stranger Things season 2 will probably be awesome and oh year Twin Peaks is coming back soon. I have a lot on my schedule!

Any final words to your fans?

Many thanks for checking out the album! Look for us live in 2017, either in America or Europe, and hopefully everywhere in the next year or so!

Decade

DECADE: As Talented As They Are Lovely

On Saturday 4th March, Fiona went to The Cookie in Leicester to watch Decade perform on tour. Before that, she managed to grab a few minutes to sit down with Alex and Connor (by candlelight) to chat to them about their music and lives in general.

Just interviewed Alex and Connor from Decade, by candlelight #romantic

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Connor: Do you have Pokemon Go open on your phone? What’s around?

Fiona: Just a Hoothoot.. and now it’s gone! What team are you guys?

Connor: Team Mystic I think? The blue one.

Alex: Yeah, the blue team.

Fiona: Ah, good lads. Right thenWhat was the inspiration for the title of the new album?

Alex: Well the theme is about the way humans are and the way they – well we – interact with each other, weird things that we do, well that everyone does, how people are perceived vs how they actually are, and just exchanging pleasantries like asking how someone else when you don’t really care.

Connor: We also like ironic titles!

 

Fiona: How do you feel you guys have progressed since the release of Good Luck?

Alex: Sonically, Good Luck was loud and fast and punky, whereas Pleasantries has a lot more loud and quiet as well as happy and sad, which Good Luck had too.

Fiona: So you grabbed people’s attention with Good Luck and now with Pleasantries you have a bit more to say?

Alex: Yeah.

Connor: The songs are also way better [both laugh]

 

Fiona: How do you guys go about writing your tracks?

Alex: I demo the songs on my laptop and then we learn the songs and each part is adapted to each specific player’s style, for example the drummer will change all his parts because he’s a much better drummer than me! But the essence of the songs are still the same.

Connor: Alex has a vision and sees the story that he wants to tell, but we all collaborate in rehearsals and in the studio to tweak ideas that Alex presents first.

 

Fiona: What have you been listening to lately that you’d recommend to our readers?

Alex: I’ve been listening to Stormzy‘s new album, I think it’s really good. I’ve been listening to Code Orange as well.

Connor: I’ve been listening to an artist called Steven Steinberg, he has an album called Anagrams, it’s been a bit of an obsession lately. Independently we don’t really listen to music that is similar to what we write, but when we listen together we listen to similar artists to ourselves.

 

Fiona: Do you have any pre show rituals?

Alex: [points to bottle of Fosters and laughs]

Connor: Not really, apart from the usual warm up and stretch that most people do before a gig.

Alex: We don’t really do anything weird!

Connor: I like to spend a bit of time in the room we’re going to be playing in before the show to get my surroundings. We also like to watch the other bands play and support them.

Alex: Watching other bands play makes you want to perform better than them, so that’s a good way to get hyped up.

 

Fiona: What’s the best show you’ve ever performed?

Alex: Wow that’s really hard to say. A lot of the best shows are where the performance isn’t necessarily the best, it really depends on the atmosphere of the crowd.

Connor: Every time we’ve played Slam Dunk it’s been really good, really fun shows. Last time was when we were writing Pleasantries and a lot of influences came out that weekend.

Alex: A lot of people came specifically to see us which was really cool.

 

Fiona: What was the mindset you had when writing Pleasantries?

Alex: I just wanted to write pop songs and not really work to a structure.

Connor: It was stretched over such a long period of time, some songs were written as far back as 2013. The attitude was really that if anyone had an idea then to speak up and we’d explore it, whether it was musical or experimenting with different microphones and equipment.

Alex: Because of that, the influences were all so different, but we brought them all together to make it sound cohesive and give it our sound.

Fiona: That unique Decade sound?

Both: Yeah.

 

Fiona: What was the decision to release Daisy May so many months before your album announcement?

Alex: We’d left it so long from releasing the last single of Good Luck that we weren’t really sure what was happening in terms of record labels, so we wanted to put something out there for the fans.

Connor: We wanted to following Daisy May up with the album much quicker than we did, but the song actually caught the attention of record labels and it took time to get things turned around. It won’t happen again!

 

Fiona: What does Decade see for the next decade?

Connor: Whoa, that’s a long time!

Alex: You say that, but we’ve been a band for eight years now! Basically we don’t want to write the same record twice, we want to keep writing different tracks but with our own underlying sound and I guess we’ll just keep going!

Connor: At least until real life says ‘you have to get a real job now’! We all love writing and playing together, we’ve never had a line up change or anything like that.

Alex: We were all living with our parents when Good Luck was released, but now we all rent our own places and have to pay for that it’s hard to find the time to plan rehearsals and stuff. But as long as the music is fresh and we’re enjoying it, we’ll keep going!

 

Fiona: One final question, last time you spoke to Musicology you mentioned one of your main goals for the new album was to make it a little longer to give listeners something more to catch hold of. Are you happy with how you managed it?

Alex: It’s only about ten minutes longer [laughs]

Connor: Unfortunately the budget was tighter and we could’ve put in an extra track but sacrifice the quality of the whole album, so we decided not to. We’re happy with the choice we made. Album three will have at least twelve or thirteen tracks on it!

Alex: Ooh, we could write a concept album!

 

Pleasantries is available now, and keep tuned for our review of Decade‘s show!