FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Not for the faint of heart, the always loud and in-charge P.O.D. is back serving up hits with the track “Soundboy Killa”— premieres August 18th via AltPress.com. Feeding off the Southtown, classic SoCal flavor, this quintessential track leaves you wanting more. Listen here:
“Rock & Roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There’s no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm.” – Sonny Sandoval. “Soundboy Killa” is classic P.O.D. guitar riff power, head banging groove with the lyrical attitude and edge missing in today’s Rock & Roll.”
Known for their hits “Alive”, “Youth of the Nation”, and “Southtown”, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band is giving today’s rock scene a run for their money.
Catch the Soundboy Killaz fall tour with P.O.D. featuring special guests Alien Ant Farm, Powerflo, and Fire From The Gods. Full tour dates available below. ( Press Release via Alternative Press)
Soundboy Killaz Tour Dates: P.O.D. with Alien Ant Farm, Powerful & Fire From The Gods
Sept. 9, 2017 Stanhope, NJ Get Tickets
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South America Tour Dates with Alien Ant Farm
Oct. 11, 2017 Rio De Janeiro, BR Get Tickets
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If you’re looking for something new to get into this long weekend, make sure you take a chance on Don’t Believe In Ghosts. Their newest album “Give It Meaning” features 13 tracks packed with solid hooks, infectious melodies blended together with some great instrumentals. Did I also mention an appearance by Dr.Fink? – Yes the guy who played in Prince’s backing band. Steven Nathan of Don’t Believe In Ghosts speaks with the World Rock Countdown below.
How long did it take to write this record from start to finish?
Well it’s interesting… i wrote over 60 songs for this album. It all started with a 7 day challenge I gave myself where i wrote a song a day for seven days. I was really excited by the results and possibility of expanding on that so i then set a goal to hit 30 songs over the next two months. After hitting that goal I picked like 6 of those for an ep… shortly after releasing that i kept writing. I ended up writing about another 30 songs in all by the time this album was coming to light. So i’d say almost two years of writing went into this whole process… I have to say, that is probably my favourite part of this all!
Your mindset when entering the studio is very old fashioned or very focussed rather, can you explain why you don’t believe in showing people what you’re doing ?
Well I actually did share with a few close friends each time i finished an idea… I felt it really helped keeping me accountable to have to show something to keep hitting my goals. But as far as broadcasting from the studio and posting pics etc. I don’t know… I try to but when I go into a work mode I kind of go into a hyper focus that keeps me from thinking of things like snapchat and Instagram haha. Unfortunately the way things are these days you have to constantly have a presence online… that’s really really distracting to me.
You look to Beethoven for inspiration, why is that? and what else inspires you?
Beethoven was the first thing i heard as a kid that really captured things i felt inside. He definitely wasn’t updating his snapchat when writing the 9th symphony!! haha
Collaborating with Doctor Fink of Prince’s band back before it was called “The New Power Generation” must have been quite the experience, can you explain how the chance to work together came about and what have you learned from that specific event in your career?
I was working on a song some years ago and i was really interested in capturing that Purple Rain era synth sound. In my process of hunting down what he used I happened to stumble on Matts email, so i just emailed him. Totally didn’t expect to hear back but he really dug the track. He played on that album and has played on every album i’ve recorded since. He also performed as a member of Don’t Believe In Ghosts for our first ever live show! I’ve learned so much from him, he’s really become a great friend as well.
Man on Earth was your main band. You guys had some successful runs, but how did this new project come to fruition?
I did the Man On Earth thing for a long time… through many incarnations. Really I put it on hold because it was just time to try some new stuff and get creative again. We had been on the road for a few years and when you’re touring the way we were you just don’t have time to write and be creative… that part of it starts to slide. Man On Earth started with me in my room writing and recording, in fact i spent a few years working on the first album. So in a way starting this new project was going back to where it all began.
Any big plans for Don’t Believe In Ghosts?
I just want to keep a healthy balance between being creative and having to go out and promote what i’m doing. Right now we’re in the process of making a number of music videos for these songs… perhaps i’m doing that to stall going out on tour and playing the same songs over and over? haha I just want to keep things interesting and creative, it’s 2017, we have so many new outlets for music and i’m looking forward to really making the most of them!!
Featuring: Written By Wolves (New Zealand), Resolve (France), Our Last Night (USA), Arcane Roots (England), The Pale White (England), Owel (USA), Western Scene (USA), Metz (Canada) , Tigress (England), Awake at Last (Denmark)
In Motive is a band that successfully blends melody and the right amount of heavy. They have one of the most inviting sounds i’ve heard in years. The music is just perfect. Formed by members of Born of Osiris, and City in the Sea, the band is setting the stage for something huge..so be on the lookout.
Check out the interview below!
At what point did you realize that you guys had something worth producing?
Devin Barrus (vocalist): When I first joined In Motive it wasn’t at the point where the question was being asked if the music was formidable to be produced. It was already established, the songs just needed tweaking at best.
In Motive, Jonathan Davis, and their engineer Allan Hessler
How was Recording with Jonathan Davis? Were you nervous? What are some things you’ve learned from him?
Devin: Jonathan Davis was one of the nicest most “down to earth” type of people I’ve ever met at that status of success. He isn’t full of himself or a “rockstar” type persona which made working with him that much more enjoyable. At first I was a bit nervous to meet JD, I had no idea what to expect, but like I said he was such a nice guy and made us all super comfortable. Jonathan really helped In Motive make the most out of the songs we took in, and as a vocalist he understood what worked and what didn’t for my voice even coming from such a drastically different place stylistically as a singer. He cut out “the fat” in our arrangements and it was great to work with a producer who understood the importance of song structure, hook, and top line.
Some band members come from a relatively heavier musical background ( Born of Osiris) can you explain how hard or easy it was to adapt to this style of music?
Devin: I think everybody in this band besides me comes from a heavier background. Both Born of Osiris and City In The Sea are pretty rooted in the meadow Progressive scene where I’ve come from more of a pop -rock/ alternative background. I definitely think everybody in this band has adapted to all of those Styles in some shape or form. I definitely wouldn’t label In Motive as anything “Heavy/Prog” or anything “Pop Alternative” but it definitely pulls from both styles which makes it interesting.
What motivates you?
Devin: For me that’s a simple question my biggest motivator is to influence, Inspire, and to continually grow as an artist and performer. I want to push the boundaries of music itself and create a legacy for myself. I think so many bands and artists get caught up in trying to be quote on quote “The next big thing” but they really miss out on the intricacies of your own unique voice(quite literally in my position). It’s a genuine process full of failure and sometimes success. My journey has just been to find that and I think I am on the right path.
You’ve probably have some good memories on tour, for a band that’s just beginning their touring career what’s some advice you can give them?
Lee Mckinney (guitarist): I’d say that it’s important in the early years of touring to be as professional as possible. Don’t show up late, load in at the correct time, keep your gear confined to a small area, and be ready on a moments notice to get it on stage! Other than that, just enjoy the experience. Try to remember that if you are a group that gets to travel the world playing music, you should be thankful and never take it for granted!
What does the future hold for In Motive?
Devin: We are gearing up to release more music, tour, and grow our fan base. This is just the beginning for us
Featuring: Don Broco (England), Marrok (Austria), Mondo Cozmo (USA), Crossfaith (Japan), Serious Black (Greece,USA,Germany, Austria,Czech Republic), Screaming for Silence (USA), The New Roses (Germany),For All We Know (Holland), Moretta (USA), The Sherlocks (UK) – Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum.
Maor Appelbaum’s success has been earned through decades of hard work and determination. From humble beginnings in Israel, he is now an elite mastering engineer whose first studio job in America was working as part of Sylvia Massey’s (credits include: Tool, System of a Down) production crew. The opportunity to work with Sylvia, reinforced his desire to succeed and laid the groundwork for a truly stellar career.
You’ve become How Important is Mastering to your song/record? The mastering process is the final touch. It’s where you improve the experience of the listener, you can manipulate the sound and tone. It’s like going to a museum and seeing a picture on the wall. The frame of the picture and the lighting thats on the picture – its like the mastering. It will help you present the picture.
Why’d you chose mastering ? It’s about knowing what you’re best at. I believe that Mastering is my forte in the music production process. I have the skills to do mixing and other things, but my calling is mastering.
“If your dream is to work on music, either as a musician or a producer, do the best you can and work hard. There are a lot of sacrifices and if you really want to do it, then go do it because you may like it and be successful too.” – Maor Appelbaum, Mastering Engineer
He’s worked on some big albums from Armored Saint, Rob Halford, Faith No More, Starset and Butcher Babies. Check out his discography here : www.maorappelbaum.com
Featuring: Bobaflex (USA), Vistas (UK), Arrows of Love (UK), Mallory Knox (UK), West Thebarton (Australia), Congression (CANADA), I am Haunted (USA), Awaken The Giant (USA), Ego Kill Talent (Brazil), We are the Empty (USA)
First thing I realized once the first track “Hobson’s Choice” kicked in is that this record is very well mixed. It’s very rare these days to be able to hear all instrumentals in a mix with clarity. Props to Siegfried Meir for producing a solid record. The bands sound is described as very modern, mixed with some reminders of Rage Against the Machine. If I were to give you three bands HSTW relates too its Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and The Deftones. From the guitar tones, mixed with the epic bass tone, driving drums and a very raw sounding vocal from the bands singer Karl, the band will take you an emotional journey right until the end of the 5 song record. Then you have to go back to the beginning and listen again.
What are some other names you came up with before you decided on “Howl Said The Wolves” to be the band name?
The only one that jumps out to me is “Priori” which is latin for ‘what comes before’ as our original drummer Matt, Zac, and I had all been in a band together before. But we decided looking ahead was better than looking behind and came up with Howl Said The Wolves
What does your band name stand for or mean?
Howl Said The Wolves can mean a lot of things and we try to let people think it means whatever they want it to. The way we looked at it when we came up with the name is when a wolf howls its a call to its own kind and also a territorial warning at the same time. We liked the duality of the idea in that it was a call to other like minded people but also a warning to others. We also have all kind of adopted the saying that “The tiger and the lion may be more powerful. But the wolf does not perform in the circus.”
The bands newest release Opproar is a very unique sounding record, can you describe the song writing process?
Thanks George! We wanted our record to sound a little different so im happy to see it worked in some way. Our song writing process is fairly organic compared to a lot of other bands we interact with. I usually come in with a riff or progression and then Zac and Andrew and I flesh out the rest of a song around it and keeping adding and tinkering and sometimes subtracting until we all feel it flows nicely and feels ‘done’. At that point Karl will put his vocals over top of everything and sometimes at that point the song changes again. This keeps going until we’re all happy with how it all sounds. The last things we usually add are Zac’s screaming vocals and interesting little transitions/ stops and starts etc. Sometimes we can knock a song out in few practices. Other times we get stuck on a song for months.
What bands would you compare your sound too?
We all like such different music that we don’t really have that many common influences. Some of the bands we’ve been compared to include; Breaking Benjamin, Deftones, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, and Killswitch Engage. How accurate any of these are is up to you but … other people said it.
Do you find social media gets in the way of things sometimes, when trying to promote yourselves and the new record?
Social media is honestly a pain in our ass. We all understand how important it is but its been gated and put behind so many pay walls that it makes it really hard for small bands like ourselves to reach anyone with paying an ever increasing amount of money. We’ve honestly put a greater emphasis on interacting with people 1 on 1 and getting to know the people that dig our band instead of throwing darts into the dark online. We’re still available for download and streaming everywhere you can imagine and have social media but its just not our #1 thing. The music is.
How has the scene changed for bands that want to play live?
Its gotten really tough honestly. The economy is still in the toilet so people have less disposable income to spend on things like local shows. Also with the decline of rock music in popular culture in the last 10 years or so its gotten pretty tough out there. That being said there are still venues and promoters and bands and fans that give a shit and want to come out. It may be harder to get people out of their homes and to a concert venue but it just means you have to work harder.
Who are some of the bands you’ve shared the stage with?
Some of the bands we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with include: Mushroomhead, Wednesday 13, Something You Whisper, Loyalist, Polarity, and Starved At The Root.
You all seem to be very good friends, do you guys have a go to drink when hanging out?
We are really good friends. It’s something that’s really important to all of us that there is a healthy amount of respect and love for each other. You’re not gonna get rich being in a rock band right now so you better enjoy it and who you’re playing with. We all get together outside of Howl Said The Wolves fairly frequently to hang out whether its a house party or going away to a cottage for a weekend or a music festival. We all have friendships together outside of the band.
What are some of the bands interests outside of music?
Well personally I’m a big gamer and when I don’t have a guitar in my hand I probably have a controller. Karl is big into cars and custom fabrication. Zac and Andrew both have a bunch of other music projects on the go and Zac has recently gotten into recording. We all manage to stay pretty busy.
Featuring: The Gospel Youth (UK), Calling All Captains (Canada), Fizzy Blood (UK), Fighting Sides (USA), Phantom Atlantic (CANADA), Cold Black (Denmark) The Brave ( Australia), Grave Pleasures (Finland), Marina City (USA), Boy Band (USA)