Top 10 bands you need to hear this week : Holy Wars (USA), Hippo Campus( USA), Plastic Picnic (USA), Judas (UK), BLOXX (UK), Are We Static (UK), The Magic Gang (UK), Martin Skar Berger (Norway), Shout Out Louds (Sweden), Attractions (Japan)

The New Single from A Perfect Circle, and a heartfelt tribute to Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip – R.I.P

Plus – What would you do if you came home to find a naked woman on your couch?,  Did Florida Police actually think Krispy Creme glaze was a drug? and more!

 

If you know me personally, you already know that Canuck rock has a special place in my heart. Recently we featured the band on our show with a song called “Pretty Girls on Bikes.” The newest track “Alien” has a catchy blues infused vibe, add some bass distortion and you’ve got a fun song that really grooves well with anyone looking to discover someone who’s new and interested in the bands journey.

dubé is one of the reasons Canada’s talent pool is on fire right now. You won’t be able to get enough!

 

 

Welcome dubé, a young rock trio from Ottawa, Canada with their no-fucks-given attitude.

Consisting of three brothers (Quinn, 16, Jan, 18 and Liam, 20), dubé arrive with a fiery attitude, heavy hitting songs and a live show that oozes talent way beyond their tender years. Pulling inspiration from 90s and 00s hip-hop + pop-punk and from the aggressive, anarchistic outlook of earlier rock records, their new single
‘Alien’ is their most rebellious effort to date.

Speaking of the track, the band explain:

‘’Whether it’s teachers, parents or our friends parents, the song expresses rebellion and rage and is designed to “wake up” and shake up the youth to stand up for themselves and do what they want.

We want people to take action for themselves rather than be told they need to be more like “this” or “that” to be successful in life. We wrote this song because we feel different, like Aliens.

We know there are many of us out there that feel like we don’t fit in.We’ve come to realize we are all different, we are all Aliens.’’

 

With the release of debut single “Pretty Girls on Bikes” in late July, the band were introduced via Spotify’s New Music Friday, hitting 300,000+ streams to date, #9 Canadian Viral Charts, #32 US Viral Charts and further playlist entries in New Noise, Totally Alternative, Rock Your Block and Hot New Alt Tracks.

With over 180 shows under their belt on their Canadian soil, including performances alongside Arcade Fire, an appearance at Bluesfest, Ottawa, and a recent European tour with Sløtface, dubé are sure to make waves in 2018.

 

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These rockers from Salt Lake City, Utah, are creating some of the best music of 2017.  When I stumbled on Citizen Soldier’s song “Buried Alive” it spoke to me and should do the same for you. This single is emotional and has purpose. Its one of those songs that will hit home for many people across this world – Mental illness is not spoken about enough and the band is trying to bring it to the forefront.

“Mental illness is not an excuse. Those who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD or any mental disorder are not pretending to suffer just because they are desperate for attention. * Read more below Raise your voice with us. Speak out against mental health stigma.”  – Citizen Soldier

The band has been in tough times, and constantly tells its listeners and music fans worldwide that they’re there for them no matter what.  Encouraging people to reach out to them for help.

 

 

We live in a society that is quick to condemn those who look, think, and act differently than we do. We must stop demonizing what we do not understand. So, in our new single “15 Minutes of Fame,” we decided to take you inside the mind of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Help us fight mental illness stigma by sharing this video with your family and friends. – Citizen Soldier

If you’re looking for music that stands for something, then this is your new favourite group. Citizen Soldier holds the power to revolutionize the world with its catchy, emotion filled music. For fans of Shinedown, Through Fire, Failure Anthem, and Breaking Benjamin.

 

Here’s the most recent release from Citizen Soldier –

 

Lead Vocalist Jake Segura grew up on albums such as Shinedown’s “Sound of Madness” and Alter Bridge’s “Blackbird.” Segura grew up in a small town where his taste in music was not appreciated, so he never pursued songwriting seriously as a teenager. He became further discouraged from the industry after being kicked out his first band because of his lack of vocal ability. As a college student, he began to struggle with manic depression, anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. After spending days in bed at a time and flunking out of school, he found himself too afraid to ask for help for fear of the judgement of others. In November of 2015, he attempted suicide. Segura penned the lyrics to Let It Burn on a napkin from his hospital bed, a song that would be released on the band’s debut E.P. Caroline. That experience gave him the drive to finally take his pursuit of music seriously with a strong desire to write music that would help combat mental illness stigma and help others struggling to know they are not alone.

After many attempts at getting a band together the final lineup was completed with Jake Segura on vocals, Matt Duffney and Kooper Hanosky on guitar, Wonitta Rivero on Bass, and Tyler Nichols on drums. The band name Citizen Soldier is the band’s attempt to personify the battles waged inside and the band’s goal to shine a light on the everyday struggles of those who feel overlooked and unappreciated. New to the Salt Lake City scene in early 2017, Citizen Soldier is in its infancy but working relentlessly to make a name for themselves. The band’s music has been inspired/influenced by bands such as Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, and Red.

 

 

The legendary frontman is busy right now with The Rolling Stones tour in Europe, but seems that Mick Jagger’s new singles slipped under the radar this past summer.  Which blew me away. For a guy who’s got over 700,000 subscribers on Youtube his new video only has close to 1 million views.  Mick released 2 songs this summer England Lost and Gotta Get A Grip.

Gotta Get A Grip hit the second spot on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart – was in the top 50 on the charts in Mexico and France. 

The second single: England Lost experienced less success, but reached a top 50 spot on Twitters Top Tracks Chart coming in at #44. 

At 74 years of age, Mick still has what it takes to create new music and perform on stage like a guy in his early 20’s.  You can catch England Lost on this weeks episode of the World Rock Countdown.

 

Featuring: Rosedale (Canada), Sons of Texas ( USA), Lost In Stereo (UK), The Fluids (USA), Selfish Things (Canada), The Xcerts (UK), Deaf Havana (UK), Shaka Ponk (Germany), Cloud Control (Australia),  Mick Jagger – (exclusively on Spotify list) *

Also: Showing your sorry with cash and joints could be a good thing.  Collusion? Russia and USA agree to build a space program together.

 


World Rock Countdown: The Verge

Days of Jupiter (Sweden)- New Awakening

 

The band has a very unique name, who came up with it? or where did you get it from?

Magnus: We wanted a name for the band that was quite unique so that the name didn’t sound familiar or like another bands name.

   We like that the name Jupiter is a planet, but also the roman god. Jupiter was the god of all gods, so that is cool.

 You’ve played a ton of big shows, who are some of the bigger bands you’ve played with?

    We have played a lot of festivals in Sweden with bands like Five finger death punch, W.a.s.p, Alter Bridge.

    To play festivals is really nice, you play for an enthusiastic crowd and having a good time. Also you got the chance to check out awesome bands as well!

 New Awakening is your third album, did the band have a different approach to this album?

   Our previous 2 albums was recorded in the same studio, released on the same record label. We felt that the new songs was the best we’ve ever written and was in a slightly new sound. We really wanted the songs to come out great from the studio, so we chose to work with a well-known studio in Sweden called Leon Music studios.

     Since the recording turned out really well we wanted a record label to spread our music in the best way (our previous label was mainly focusing on Scandinavia) and really give us a chance to grow as a band.

    With this new improved sound, new studio and producer, and new label Metalville we feel like it is a New Awakening!

Do you plan on touring this record?

  We are heading out to Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands to play some gigs this summer, and in the fall/winter we will play gigs in Scandinavia and hopefully some more gigs in Europe.

What is the bands ultimate goal?

  It would be really nice to be a “household name”, that the music community and listeners knows who we are. Continue to make great records and play live in as many countries possible.

Who are some of your influences?

   Our band looks for influences on both sides of the Atlantic ocean and we combines the modern American metal with classic hard rock from Europe we moulding it to our own mix and brand of Hardrock/Metal. We in the band listens to all sorts of rock music, from Death Metal to Guns `n Roses, Shinedown, Disturbed and Alter Bridge…

If you were to collaborate with any artist who would it be?

  Haven´t really thought about that.. But we will see what the future brings.

The better beer drinker?

   Magnus The drummer is really interested in beer and even brews beer at his home with mixed result…. haha. Most guys in the band likes to drink beer but we are behaving most of the times..

Whats the weirdest thing thats ever happened to the band?

  We played a gig in a small town in Sweden years ago, in the beginning of our career. There were 2 people in the audience, and one of them was bounced from the venue by the security…Huge success!!!

  

 

The album kicks off with an infectious track called “We Will Never Die.”  This song is a hit, its heavy, melodic, and has killer vocals.  Jan Hilli really hits it home on this record with a remarkable vocal performance for the ages. His vocals definitely remind me of M.Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) blended with the power of an 80’s power metal vocalist.

The guitars really complement the vocals, and the percussion drives it home – to make it a euphoric listening experience like no other.

New Awakening is produced very well, and applauds the bands hard work ethic.  Expect heavy riffs, powerful drumming, and emotion driven vocals that will have you hooked from the beginning.

This record solidifies Days of Jupiter’s place as a heavy hitter in emerging rock n roll.

You guys are about to embark on a tour, can you tell us about the hardships being on the road brings?
A: Some hardships on the road besides being away from immediate family is the possibility of anything bad could happen. Maybe a venue didn’t help promote or they did but don’t want to pay out. Or the Van breaks down in the desert or snow storm. Another bad one is when people steal gear and try to sell it. Those are all pretty bad.

How many tours have you performed on?
The band has done many tours over the years but did have a period of time when we did not tour at all.

This band’s history dates back to before this new band name, has it been hard to keep the band together all these years?
It has been hard all times. People come and go due to creative differences or just want to move on. I ( Chase) am the last remaining founding member of the band. I still have the drive inside to keep pushing because I feel that even after so long that   ” Get Busy Living” has finally found its sound that nobody has heard yet.

What are some important things to remember while promoting your band?

That we all represent the “band” either positive or negative. Sometimes it can be hard to not speak on things or to speak. It can be hard to promote sometimes but try to find a way try make it fun and interesting and engaging for the fans.

Who are some of the bigger acts you’ve had the pleasure to play with?
I Prevail, Knuckle Puck, Glamour Of The Kill, The Ready Set, Avril Lavigne and Backstreet Boys

How important is it to support other bands? Extremely important if we want the scene to thrive.

 

Burn and Repeat, what made you come up with that name for the single? What does it mean to you?

The state of the world is what made me come up with the name haha. To me ,it means to not let yourself be controlled by the wealthy of the world who determine how the rest of us live our lives. Find a way to live a positive life with someone you love.

With all the things happening today in the US, what is the bands views on the madness?

Donald Trump and his family and the people who surround him will go down in history as 1 of the worst things to happen to this country. Speaking nonsense and bringing more hate, discrimination and lies is bringing us down. We as a human race are too young to understand how to coexist. The fact that racism STILL exist in 2017 just tells us we have not evolved enough as a species. We live on a rock flying through space and we are not going anywhere else anytime soon so we better figure out how to live with each other. If they keep making poor and weak minded people fight wars we don’t want and taking away small freedoms and killing unarmed men and women. At some point the tables will turn and the many will rise against the few.

Where is your favourite place to play?

Local places would be The Granada, The Aftershock and The Bottleneck.

The Viper Room in California is amazing.

A crazy tour story? Probably years sago going to the West Coast. Our bassist hit the jackpot in Las Vegas winning a good amount of money. This led to tables full of Irish Car Bombs and Vegas Bombs. Leading to walking out at 6 am with glasses of whiskey and the sun coming up. Realizing how shit we felt after drinking all night we slowly made our way to bed haha. Also in that same run the vans AC broke so 6 sweaty dudes in a van was REAL fun.

 

 

They have taken Australia by storm and are ready to break on the international scene. Take note.

Skies Collide began in 2012

February 2017 saw the band release a new single and video for the track ‘Run Wild’, which debuted on Alex Baker’s ‘Fresh Blood’ program as part of Kerrang! Radio. Skies Collide released a second single ‘Come Alive’, which premiered on Idobi Radio with Mike Fishkin on the 4th of May and was featured in two Alternative Press articles. Skies Collide released their debut album ‘The Dream & The Lie’ on the 21st of July 2017.

 

 

 

The bands newest album “The Dream and The Lie” was recently released, can you describe what it was like working on this album?

It was great! Recording the album was probably the most fulfilling experience we’ve had as a band so far. It was a lot of fun but also extremely challenging at times. It definitely tested our limits but it was amazing to see the transition from where it started when we were writing the first songs to where it ended up and it’s something we’re really proud of overall.


What are some issues that you feel hinder a band from breaking out on the scene these days?

 
That’s a tough one and it’s difficult to say generally because we’re still trying to crack the code ourselves! Having someone in a position of influence who backs your band or who you work hard for is probably the key to being afforded important opportunities.

In your mind, what does a band have to do to be successful?

 

You’ve got to focus on your songwriting first of all. Everything else will come after that. Successful bands also have a really strong work ethic, you can’t be lazy, you’ve always got to keep pushing to achieve your goals.

Many people don’t know this about me, but my biggest musical influence was Van Halen back in the day it made me want to pick up the guitar and start playing. Can you tell me who influences the band? and what are some of your favourite albums ?

Our guitarist Liam was inspired to play guitar by Linkin Park and Story of the Year. Tevin, our bassist, is his little brother so they grew up listening to and being inspired by mostly the same stuff. Britt was inspired to sing by bands like Paramore, Evanescence and The Veronicas. As a group these days we are generally really into pretty heavy music. One of our collective favourite bands is Architects and I think we could all say we’re influenced by Hands Like Houses and Silverstein. So a few of our favourite albums would be:
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us & Lost Forever Lost Together
Hands Like Houses – Unimagine & Dissonants
Saosin – Saosin
Silverstein – Discovering the Water Front

How did you all meet?

 

Liam and Tevin are brothers and Britt and Liam actually met on GumTree when Britt’s old band were looking for a guitarist.

 

Who are some bands up and coming in Australia that the world should know about, besides SKIES COLLIDE?

 There’s so many great bands from our local area of Brisbane! Awaken I am are amazing and they’re such a genuine bunch of guys. Stateside are another female fronted band from Brisbane who are awesome and are about to explode. Shorelines and Joy in Motion are a couple of great newer bands from the area as well 🙂

For the super fans out there, what is your pre gig ritual?

We actually don’t really have a set pre gig ritual. It’s mostly a lot of running around panicking to set up gear, making sure everything is working and Britt freaking out side stage haha

What are the plans to promote this upcoming album?

Lots of social media spamming but we’re also looking at booking a tour of Australia for the end of the year!

Who comes up with the arrangements for the songs on the record?

Liam usually starts with the initial idea for a song, it’ll be a riff or sometimes a drum beat then he’ll flesh it out on guitar pro and sometimes track a basic demo for it then Britt will take it away and have a listen and start writing some melodies/lyrics.
The Dream & The Lie – is a pivotal album for the band. If there’s a time to get into Skies Collide its now. The album has great melodies, heavy guitars; yet is welcoming to anyone who is looking for a new favourite band to tell their friends about.  I would describe their sound as Paramore meets Thrice.


Vince​ ​Santonastaso​ ​​ ​Vocals

Kevin​ ​Cust​ ​​ ​Guitar

Blair​ ​Smith​ ​​ ​Drums

Fernando​ ​Carrera​ ​​ ​Bass

James​ ​Soto​ ​​ ​Guitar

Beautiful,​ ​humble,​ ​balanced​ ​and​ ​intelligent​ ​-​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​dream.​ ​Hailing​ ​from​ ​New​ ​Jersey,​ ​where countless ​ famous​ ​ acts​ ​ have​​ ​been​ ​discovered,​ ​you​ will​​ find​​ ​Symetria.​ ​Pleasing​ ​the​ ​musical ​​taste buds ​ of​​ ​thrash,​ ​power​ ​metal, ​ metal,​ ​ hardcore,​ ​​classic​ ​rock​ ​and ​​straight​  up​ ​ rock​ ​ ‘n’​ ​ roll​​  ​fans ​ alike,​ Symetria’s ​ mission​ ​ is​ ​ to​ ​ connect​ ​ with​​  their​  ​fans​​ and​​ touch​​ ​their​ lives​ ​ as​ ​ music​ ​ has​ ​ touched​ theirs.

 

Vince​ Santonastaso​ ​ ​(vocals)​ ​and​ ​Kevin​ ​Cust​ ​(guitar) ​met​​ ​playing​ ​in​ ​an​ ​Iron​ ​Maiden, ​ Judas​Priest ​ and​ ​ Metallica​ ​ cover​ ​ band.​ ​ But​ ​ Vince​ ​ knew​  ​after​​ ​playing​ ​for​ ​over​ ​15​ ​years,​ ​it​ ​was​​time​ ​for more,​ ​and ​ boy​ ​ was​ ​ Kevin​ ​​ready​ ​too.​ ​In​ ​their​ ​eyes, ​​Symetria ​​wasn’t​ ​even​ ​a​ ​concept ​​yet​  but​ ​ little​ did ​ they​ ​ know​ ​ this​ ​ was​ ​ just​ ​ the​ ​ beginning.​  ​Fernando​ ​ Carrera​ ​​(bass)​ ​was ​​an​​old​ ​friend​ ​of​ ​Kevin’s, came ​ to​ ​ jam​ ​ after​ ​ moving​ ​ back​ ​ from​ ​ California​ ​ and​ ​ blended​ ​ right​ ​ in.​​ ​The​ ​missing ​ piece​ ​ ​was ​ Blair​ Smith ​ (​ drums) ​ who,​ ​ by​ ​ ​luck  ​of​​  the​​  draw,​ ​ they​ ​ found​ ​ on​​ Bandmix.​​  He ​​came ​in​ ​ on​ ​ ​a​  ​rainy,​  muddy​ Sunday ​ afternoon,​ ​ and​ ​ he​ ​ made​ ​ it​ ​ thunder.​ ​ His​ ​ style​ ​ ​and​  ability​ ​ to​​ bounce​ ​ around,​ ​ change​​  time​ and​ ​lay​ ​a​ ​groovy​ ​beat​ ​made​ ​the ​ band​​ bring​ ​ ​him ​ ​back. ​ And ​ so​ ​ Symetria​ ​ ​was ​ born.​

 

Symetria​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​jamming​ ​and​ ​writing.​ ​They​ ​had​ ​7​ ​songs​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​play​ ​but​ ​were​ ​still missing ​ that​ ​ second​ ​ ​guitarist​ ​they​ ​needed ​​to​ ​really ​​solidify ​​the​ ​bands​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​power. ​​But finding ​ “the​ ​ one”​ ​ was​ ​ proving​ ​ to​ ​ be​ ​ more​ ​ difficult​ ​ than​ ​​expected. ​ Regardless,​ ​ ​the ​ band​ ​ took​​  their​ first ​ show​ ​ in​​ ​November​ ​2016,​ ​a​ ​Toys​ ​for​ ​Tots​ ​benefit​ ​in​ ​PA,​ ​and ​ the​​ response​​ ​they​received​​ ​was overwhelming. ​ The​ ​ rest​ ​ was​ ​ history.​

 

The​ ​band​ ​engaged​ ​with​ ​Tim​ ​McMurtrie,​ ​an​ ​old​ ​contact​ ​from​ ​a​ ​previous​ ​band​ and​​ ​also​ ​the original ​ guitarist​ ​ for​ ​ M.O.D.,​ ​​and ​his​​  new​ ​ label​​  Tripsquad​ ​ Records.​ ​ Symetria​ ​ started​​ recording​ their ​ full-length​ ​ album​ ​ at​ ​ Trax​ ​ East,​ ​ produced​  ​​by ​ Eric​​  Rachel​ ​ and​ ​ Tim.​ ​ While​​ all​​  of​ ​ this​​  was​ going​ ​on,​ Symetria​ ​ hopped​ ​ on​ ​ a​ ​ friends​  ​​show ​ ​in ​ Allentown,​ ​ PA​​ ​and​ ​the​​crowd ​ ate​ ​ it​ ​ up​ ​ -​ ​ ​further solidifying ​ they​ ​ were​ ​ really​ ​ onto​ ​ ​something. ​ The​​  recording​ ​ was​​​done​ ​and​ ​sounded​ ​so ​​full,​ ​so powerful ​ and​ ​ so​ ​ intense.​ ​ Now,​ ​ it​​  was​ ​ time​ ​ to​​  ​add ​​the​​second ​​guitarist. ​ Enter​ ​​James​ Soto​ (guitar). ​ While​ ​ James​ ​ isn’t​ ​ on​ ​ the​​  full-length,​ ​ his​ ​ influence​​  ​is. ​ Behind​ ​ the​​  scenes,​ ​ Kevin​​  jammed​ with​ ​James,​ ​teaching ​ him​ ​ all​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ music,​ ​ ​making ​ ​his ​ audition​ ​ ​for ​ Symetria​ ​ gig-level​ ​ acceptable.​

 

What​ ​sets​ ​Symetria​ ​apart ​​from​ ​the​ ​ever-growing ​​metal​ ​scene​ ​is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​their​ ​unique​ sound,​ ​ but​ their ​ humanitarian​ ​ roots.​ ​ As​ ​ a​ ​ band,​ ​ they’ve​ ​ lived.​ ​ They’ve​ ​ ​been​  around​ ​ the​ ​ block​ ​ a​ ​ few​ ​ times​ and​ ​their​ ​goal​ ​isn’t​ ​only​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​out ​ shows​ ​ and​ ​ ​make ​ ​a ​ global​ ​ name​ ​ for​ ​ themselves.​ ​ From ​ animal​ shelters​ ​to​ ​habitat​ ​for​ ​humanity,​ ​Symetria ​ want​ ​ to​ ​ be​​  known​ ​ as​ ​ ambassadors​ ​ for​ ​ helping​ ​ people​ and​ giving​ ​ ​back.

 

Symetria’s​ ​debut​ ​album​ ​is​ ​slated​ ​for​ ​release​ ​September​ ​29,​ ​2017​ ​on​ Tripsquad Records.​ ​The very​ ​same​ ​weekend,​ ​Symetria ​ will​ ​ share​  ​the​ ​ stage​ ​ with​​  idols​ ​ and​ ​ metal​ ​ icons​ ​ OVERKILL.​ ​ With​ two​ ​big​ ​milestones​ ​in​ ​such​ ​a​ ​short​ ​time​ ​for​ ​young​ ​band,​ ​Symetria​ ​has​​proven​ ​they​ ​are​ ​in​ ​it​ ​for the ​ long​ ​ haul.​ ​ Horns​ ​ up!​

 

 

Your music is Judas Priest, meets Avenged Sevenfold, why is it so important as musicians to stay true to your roots?

Blair – Honestly I think we are a bit more than that, we try not to be stuck in the past, while staying true to your roots is a noble endeavor you risk becoming irrelevant. We are all a sum total of our parts and we all have different influences that make us who we are as musicians and help us establish our musical identity. You need to keep fighting to do things a little different, be creative and innovate while alluding to your past and not play just like your influences , that has already been done .

James – I think it’s important because of the next generation that’s gonna be grabbing an instrument and making music. They should know what started it all and where the foundation lies for this music that we love. There’s a reason why many of these early metal bands are still so relevant today even among the younger crowd, it’s just great music, simple as that. At the same time we should be striving to build and expand on those roots, always moving forward without getting stuck in the past.

Vince – Why change the recipe for success, the challenge lies in finding ways to create new music with the old feeling, that’s how you re-connect with old heads, and bring in the young crowd at the same time.

 

Playing in cover bands in the past and now an original band, what are some differences you can decipher ?

Blair – The last cover band I was in was a loooong time ago . The ability to create my own sound and establish my own niche as a musician is something I have always wanted . Cover bands are all about playing and perfecting your skills so you can play someone else’s part. While there is always a place for this in the music world there is a danger as you can lose yourself and all of the things that make you unique; you didn’t take up an instrument and invest all that time to play someone else’s music . If you did have at it , you will make a lot of money and have a full gig schedule and I wish you nothing but success and happiness . That was just not in my cards .

Vince – Covers can be fun, and I’ll always enjoy jumping up with friends that are playing a bar and doing a Metallica song or something like that, but it’s still someone elses music. If you love it, and that’s what your happiest doing that’s great, I want to create, and there’s no creating when your playing covers. I used to think covers were easier, that’s not necessarily true, when everythings clicking you can write a song faster then learning somebody elses. On the flipside the response is always greater doing covers, at least at first, and all your friends will come out and see you every time you play.

 

Your newest album will be available via Tripsquad records, can you explain how all this came to fruition?

Blair – Vince’s relationship with Tim goes back a way , I guess the old adage never burn your bridges is true . It is a bridge we walk across today .

Vince – I’ve know Tim for a number of years, he had just released his bands full length, after an EP a year or so earlier, so I called him to ask about the differences between the 2, knowing that they re-recorded the EP songs for the full length I wanted to know if the EP was a step worth skipping. For us going full length right away made more sense especially considering theres so many different feelings to our sound that picking 3-4 songs for an EP was nearly impossible. That conversation led to him telling me about this label he was starting, a life long dream of his, and it just worked that his dream of a label, and my dream of a professionally released album all clicked together.

What are some of the bands goals?

Blair – To be happy, creative , make a difference in music, in the world and enjoy the journey .

Vince – To cross the lines of the metal community and break the sub-genre lines. I want to be the band that brings it all back to the basics, Heavy Metal Rock & Roll. Horns up in the air, heads banging, hair flailing around, body moving the whole time were playing. No haymakers, and round house kicks, we ain’t about that. Have a good time, feel good, and love eachother. I remember going to huge metal shows, tens of thousands of people all together, smiling, bobbing there heads, waving there arms, fists in the air, and everyone being there to be together. I want to see the brotherhood strengthen again, and I want to be a part of it.

 

You’re playing with Overkill at the end of the month ( September 29th), can you explain what it means to share the stage with these legends?

Blair – It means a ton, Overkill are guys who found the formula , they innovate , create new exciting original great music with every album . Personally now that Jason Bittner is playing with them it takes on an even more important tone . He is a guy I have followed since his Shadows Fall days and is a drummer that few can come close to in the musical world . It will be a humbling, emotional, surreal experience and to say I was not nervous would be a lie lol….

James – To open for such an influential band that is still going strong and putting out consistently good music is amazing. I’ve been counting down the days and I can’t wait!

Vince – For me it’s a dream come true, Bobby was the first guy that made me want to be a singer. To share the stage with legends like them the day after our album releases is amazing.