interview with Edge of Forever a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd

What´s the name of your band? Edge of Forever a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd

How was the band formed? My brother and I borrowed (ha ha) members from other bands to put this band together.

Can you tell about your band? Skynyrd was one of my brother's and my favorite bands as we were growing up and learning to play music and it was kind of a dream of ours to put a band together with members who would enjoy playing Lynyrd Skynyrd's music as much as we do.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? The band is based out of Kansas City Missouri and Kansas.

I (Eric) have stayed with the band since it's beginning and have had to be the utility guy. To date, I have played guitar doing the Gary Rossington part, the lead vocalist doing the Ronnie Van Zant part and back to the guitar doing the Allen Collins part.

A. Current lineup...

Larry Pearson - As Ronnie Van Zant - Vocals

Eric Gassen - As Allen Collins - Lead Guitar

Willis Christopher - As Gary Rossington - Lead Guitar

Leslie Poston - As Ed King - Lead Guitar

Stephen Mellott - As Leon Wilkeson - Bass Guitar

Ed Chapman - As Billy Powell - All Keyboards

Richard Miller - Drums

Debra Cordero - Backing Vocals

Roberta Riddle - Backing Vocals

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To be the best at doing a respectful tribute to the pre-plane crash, Ronnie Van Zant Lynyrd Skynyrd...the look, the sound, the whole thing as if you were seeing the real band in concert alive and in the flesh.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? The music is a mixture of classic rock & roll, country and blues.

Where was your first gig? We played our first show in a bar called The Eclipse

Where was the latest gig? We just played at a club called The Horny Toad at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? I am the court jester of the band. I have many tricks up my sleeve and none of the band members are ever surprised with anything I do.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? We have many videos on YouTube

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 50 years old and I come from a musical family.

At what age did you start playing? I took an interest in drums when I was 5 yrs old and played them for a few years and then switched to guitar.

How old were you when you first stood on stage? I was 8 yrs old and me and my friend entered a talent contest as a band at our elementary school. We played "Wild Thing" the Jimi Hendrix version and we won.

What year was the band started? 2004 was when my brother and I started getting serious about this project.

Best/worst gig you've played? We play the big stages that all the signed bands play and they are mainly big outdoor events during the summer season. We have played several shows that were dangerous due to strong storms. Our drummer was carried through the air as he tried to save the band's backdrop and we've literally had to pour water out of our musical gear and dry it all out before we could use it again. This has happened several times. We have no complaints about any shows we've done. We always have fun!

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We have 1 show left this year. We will be at the VooDoo Lounge in Harrahs Casino in Kansas City Missouri on December 27th.

Where have you played from then till now? Wow... This would be a long list... We have played all over the United States.

Which band is the best you´ve seen? I would have to say.... I don't know, I like them all!

Is it always the same songs live? We try to switch things around so that our show doesn't get boring. We also have the element of surprise so there's always something new to provide shock and awe. We have come out onstage with 5 guitarists at one point in our show. Our show is different every year to keep it interesting.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Sandstone Amphitheater in our hometown. It's a huge stage and we played for 22,000 people.

How big crowds do you usually play for? They can range from 100 to 22,000. Typically somewhere in between those two numbers.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? To spend quality time with my family and enjoy the holidays.

Where do you usually play? We play all over the United States.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? I usually go into "my shell" to get in my stage personality.

What are your goals with your music? To have fun of course.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? When I was old enough to realize how to create music.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? All music is inspiring to me.

What is the first step when writing a new song? If your inspiration is coming from a lyric, write it down before you forget it. If it comes from a riff in your head, record it before you forget it or lose what you were feeling.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I feel bad for the songwriter losing money but it is good for the listener to be able to access his/her favorite song.

What would be your dreams for the band? To play lots more shows.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen to everything. I'm not big on hip hop or rap.

What do you hold most dear? My family and my friends.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? I am kind of facing that right now. I've had multiple surgeries on my shoulder and it has handicapped my guitar playing abilities. I can still play but it causes me great pain and I sometimes lose the feeling in my left (fingering) hand. Losing my ability to play guitar would be my greatest fear as a musician. As a person, my greatest fear is losing my wife, a family member or a friend.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I'm "at home" when I'm onstage. I just deal with whatever happens, when it happens. I think what scares me though is being shot like what happened to Dimebag Darrell (RIP).

Have you been in any other bands? I have been in many other bands. Mortal Reign being the biggest. I was their lead guitarist. They were heavy thrash metal and were on Metal Blade Records "Metal Massascre Eleven" compilation album. There are several videos of them on YouTube as well.

How important are your fans? They are very important. They are who keep music going!

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? When I was in Mortal Reign, I fell off the stage and some head banging fans caught me before I got hurt and they lifted me back up to the stage

How often do you rehearse? Every week.

Where do you rehearse? In my home studio.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Their love for music.

Do you have any webpages? The only page I currently have open is a Facebook page entitled "Edge of Forever a Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Describe your show, visually and musically A steroid injected, pre-plane crash Lynyrd Skynyrd show. See for yourself on YouTube

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Egos, drama, politics, drugs, alcoholism, small-time promoters who take your hard earned money... etc etc etc.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Clubs are good for musicians early in their career for them to be able to pay their dues and kind of learn how things work in the music business on a small scale first.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? Edge of Forever a Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing on December 27th 2014 at the VooDoo Lounge in Kansas City Missouri. This will be the last show of the 2014 season and it will be video taped for our 2015 Electronic Press Kit. There will be a few videos posted on YouTube.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? A metal trash can lid of course! ;)

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Disgruntled band members creating animosity.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Warm up and tune up guitars, get dressed, relax and a little meditation and a beer if possible.


Edge of Forever - Lyve & Kickyn'!


interview with Manntra

What´s the name of your band? Manntra

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from Croatia

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Just make music we wanted

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Some kind of Mediterranean hard rock mixed with some electronic / industrial influences and the whole heritage of Croatian music

Where was your first gig? In our hometown on December 2012

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Mostly Sekul

Who has the best since of humor in the band? We are a bunch of depressed non humoristic guys

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Just search Manntra

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Record the second album and start planning a release

Where do you usually play? Clubs and festivals

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Older

What are your sources of inspiration? It comes from all around

What's the first step when making a new song? Just take an instrument and start

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I don't own a CD player anymore and all my CDs got scratched so this is what I feel about the quality of the CD as a media

What would you do if there was no music? Probably prostitution

How important are your fans? The most

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Brought presents and cried. Such nice people

Do you have any webpages? www.manntra.hr

How do you view the musicindurty of today? Hold by few corporation that owns the majority of things. If you are not with them you are doomed


MANNTRA - BALKANSKA (Lyric Video)


interview with immoral majority

What is the name of your band? immoral majority.

What does the name "Immoral Majority" stand for? its just a joke about people who try and be all PC all the time. they're really the immoral ones. 

What made you call the band "Immoral Majority"? i didn't wanna think too hard about it, its the first thing i came up with that wasn't worse that that.

How was the band formed? my other band Crime Machine wasn't able to play a show we booked, so i put together some friends from school i already intended on starting a band with, and to make a long story short…we just kept playing. 

Can you briefly introduce your band and who you are? skinnee-guitar/drums/vocals, izzakate-vocals, john lichtenberg-drums/guitar/vocals, lizzie adelsheim-bass, rachel berringer-bass, nick wilson-guitar vocals

Where are all bandmembers from? portland oregon, but all of us were not born here.  

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? to have fun paling fast, loud music, in as many places as possible. 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? fast, loud, short songs. listen for yourself. 

Where was your first gig? slabtown in portland oregon

Where was the latest gig? my house

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? we're all pretty hilarious hahahahaha

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? im not really sure whats bad. we love to play music together. we're kind of "grind-violence/hardcore/punk" or something. 

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? because we love it. most of our songs are about personal issues or things that have happened to us, or other people. a lot of social issues and personal issues. playing music helps us deal with those issues or spread awareness about them. 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? we write our own. sometimes we blatantly steal a riff to pay tribute to another band or even make fun of them…but its obvious enough that we aren't trying to pass it off as ours. 

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? we have two tapes out. "Cut Your Loses" on truth decay tapes, and a self released called "exist to get pissed"

Do you have any clips on YouTube? yes. randomly uploaded by people in the crowd and some we posted. searching our name will take you to most if not all of them.  

How old are you?/What got you started in music? im 35 and my dad started me. I've been playing drums since i was 5 and guitar since i was 7. 

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? in this band, i was 34 but I'm the oldest hahahahhaa

What year was the band started? 2013

How old were you the first time you saw a liveband play? I've been seeing live bands since i was born. 

How old were you at your first gig?/Best/worst gig you've played? my first gig was probably when i was 8 or 9. I've played a lot of fun shows. in this band, we played a good show with acXdc, but the best show so far was probably the connoisseur show. 

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? my house a few times in the next couple of months. 

What songs are in your live set's? we usually play most of our songs.

Is it always the same set's live? not always. we switch up the order. 

Have you had any bigger tours from start till now? we haven't toured yet. 

How big crowds do you usually play for? anywhere from 2 to 200

What are the plans for the rest of the year? a new tape, and a small tour this summer. we have a lot of merch about to come out as well. 

Where do you usually play? in the nw united states.  

How do you get psyched up for a gig? we usually just are anyway hahahah

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? a lot of our influences are older, but there are some newer influential bands coming out in our genre, such as greedy mouth, deadpressure, cave state, snakes, machataso profano…and so many others. 

What are your sources of inspiration? music, life, politics, and all around shitty stuff. 

What's the first step when making a new song? someone usually has a riff or something, then it usually writes itself from there hahahaha

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? take our music, please. fuck people crying about their precious money. 

What would be your dreams for the band? to be rich and famous. hahahahahaha no we just like to play with other rad bands. 

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? almost everything. 

Have you been part of any other projects? yes i have been in a shit ton of bands. Poison Idea, Crime Machine, and Dead Conspiracy are my current bands besides Immoral Majority, but Crime Machine is on a temporary hiatus. Izzakate, Lizzy and i have a doom-jazz project hahahaha and we do all kinds of music from jamming to session work. 

Have you been in any other bands? Butt Trumpet, Lowball, Only Zuul, Old Major, and a bunch of projects that never made it off the ground. 

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? im a student, but I've been producing various styles of music for over 20 years. i also do studio/tour/session work and recording. 

What would you do if there was no music?kill myself. 

How important are your fans? i don't think we really have fans, but the people who watch us play or like our music are everything to us. 

How often do you rehearse? twice a week

Where do you rehearse? my house. 

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? well i really like "off my meds" and "professional assholes"

What do you feel is the best liveband you've seen? thats hard. dropdead, master, toxic narcotic, greedy mouth….soooo many. 

Do you have any webpages? Facebook, reverbnation, and bandcamp. 

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? if you're faking it, everyone who matters, can tell. 

How do you view the musicindurty of today? a joke. 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? we smoke a lot of weed. hahaha

What Won't you spend money on? shitty shows. merch from douchy bands. 

What do you feel a band/muscian should spend their money on? their merch, keeping their members fed and playing instruments that work. hahahahaha also buying merch from bands that are touring through, to help them get to the next city, because there will be a time when you need the same. 

Would you like to add anything else?thanks for interviewing us and taking an interest in bands. 


Immoral Majority - Exist To Get Pissed (2014) [Full Album + Free Download]


interview with Twintera

What´s the name of your band? Twintera

What made you call the band "Twintera"? We're so sorry but we don't remember that...or maybe we know what the real reason was but if we told you...we should kill you!

How was the band formed? We are just a bunch of friends, so we simply started to play when we were younger to have fun together with music.

It's cool to have a bass player, a guitar player a drummer and a singer as friends in the place where you live!

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from Grezzana, a small town close to Verona (Italy). It's a really nice place, if you come here you could have a lot of fun and obviously listen to some rock'n'roll music in our rehearsal room! We are: Massimo Brunelli (vocals, he the new singer right now), Al Pia (lead and rhythm guitars), Simone Zanoni (lead and rhythm guitars), Stefano Fava (bass) and Massimo Bellamoli (drums).

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? When we started to play, we just wanted to have fun together and play some good music. It's what we want nowadays too, because we think this is the first rule to play with passion.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It's hard to explain, we think. We always try to create a mixture of different styles and sounds; so, if we have to define our music, we don't know how to do it in few simple words. Basically it's a melodic heavy metal, but everyone of us has his own musical influences so we try to put everything together and make something new.

Where was your first gig?/Where was the latest gig? The first gig was about ten years ago, in a little club in Grezzana. It was really fantastic to play some heavy metal for the first time in front of many people. We had a lot of fun!

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The lyrics are usually written by the singer, but we previously choose vocal melodies together, without using words. On the other hand the music is composed by everyone from the beginning. Each member of the band gives his personal contribution to that in every single song.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? The horn player!

What's good/bad with the band? We all feel good when we play and compose together, and we have a great feeling with the new singer too. He takes completely part of Twintera now. So, everything is good on the stage and behind the stage.

What are your songs about? Our songs are about what we see around us everyday. They talk about particular facts that impress or shock us, sensations and emotions wefeel, both positive or negative. Most of the time we try to express something like that through some metaphors or analogies.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We compose our own songs, but during a show we play few covers too, just to make the gig more various and catchy.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?

Yes! “Lines” is our first album, released on November 2012, but our first “creation” was an EP called “DEMOtion”, produced in 2009. Actually we are working hard to compose new songs for the new album, and we are very excited for that.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Yes, we have a youtube channel. You can find a lot of videos there, but we haven't an official videoclip yet. We hope to make it soon for the new single of the next album.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are between 23 and 30 years old.

At what age did you start playing? We all began to play when we started going to school or before.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? We were 14 or 15 at the time.

What year was the band started? Maybe on 2002 or something like that.

Best/worst gig you've played? We can say that the gig at Masters of Rock in Czech Republic was one of the best ever, but we can add some other shows as the most memorable, like supporting Evergrey in 2010, or the gig in Munich on October 2013.

Where have you played from then till now? We played in many different club and festivals in the north of Italy, but we had also performed in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? It's so hard to say, maybe it's impossible. Everyone of us has his own opinion about that, sorry.

Is it always the same songs live? No, we usually try to play a different set-list. It all depends on the different kind of audience and situation.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? As we said, the gig at Masters of rock festival in Czech Republic was one of the best, we think.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We played in some fantastic venues and with great bands but we didn't have a big tour yet. We hope to do it asap.

How big crowds do you usually play for? It all depends on the venue, but we are always satisfied of the people who listen and support us.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We want to keep on work hard to compose new songs and make some shows with our new singer.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? It's so simple: some beers, some friends, some loughs, and then...on stage!

What are your goals with your music? We always hope that our music could be listened by many people, so we try to play in much good venues as possible, especially out of the italian border.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both kind of bands are good ways of inspiration.

What are your sources of inspiration? The answer to this question would be very different for everyone of us, but we can say we take our inspiration from many different kind of styles and sounds, also far away from heavy metal.

What's the first step when making a new song? The first step is to find a good riff, a drums groove, some vocals notes or something like that. We always search for a good little part that can be developed, and then everyone try to create a musical evolution based on that one.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? You go to a music shopand buy your own copy of an album, so you'll have this original copy forever. You can leaf through the booklet and you realize you have a real piece of music you love in your hands...this is amazing! But we understand nowadays music is changed, so we all have to comprehend the impossibility of impose the purchasing of an album as the only way to listen to the music. But, anyway, downloading or not...long live rock'n'roll!

What would be your dreams for the band? To headline some big festival, and be part of a great tours, or have a beer with Metallica: we don't know yet.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We really like listening to different kinds of music and always discover something new. Hard rock, blues, funky, alternative rock, pop and many others styles of music from the past to the present...and metal music of course! Good music is everywhere.

What do you hold most dear? Our friendship, we think.Being friends in a band is a great advantage.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? We don't have thought about our greatest fear yet. Maybe it is to fall asleep the day we'll have to catch the plane going to headline Rock in Rio festival...we're joking, of course!

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Anything! We just think to have a good time and make enjoyable our performance to the audience. If you are afraid of somethingon the stage, you can't play as well as you can.

Have you been in any other bands? Most of us are still playing in other bands, even if they don’t necessarily belong to heavy metal. Probably because we really need to explore music from different points of view.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Despite music takes a big part of our life, one of us also plays also soccer, as any good Italian, one other likes rally.

What would you do if there was no music? We would have played curling of course.

How important are your fans? Essential!

Where do you rehearse? We rehearse once a week in a small cozy room set in a small town close to Verona, where we live.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

At the moment we go absolutely crazy for the last two songs written with Massimo, Twintera’s new singer.

They’re unfortunately untitled yet, but they will be certainly edited soon.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Who experienced composition and performance of an own song at least once in his life, know such a great emotion would be. So, that’s all!

Do you have any webpages? Yes, of course. You can visit our daily updated official website, www.twintera.net, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Describe your show, visually and musically Five friends who put all their hearts and spread great grit on the stage. A performance full of energy.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Loss of motivation.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Playing in a small club is cool and funny: people are really close to the stage and you can strongly feel emotions and excitation. So we can’t find any negative notes.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them?

We are going to perform at Officina degli Angeli (that means Angels’ Garage) a cool and renowned club close to Verona on September 27th.

First of all you can’t miss it because we’ll open for Crying Stell, one of the first Italian metal band. Than we’ll perform some new unrecorded songs for the first time. It will be a great night.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Strong and catchy.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Vuvuzela, of course.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? The quarrelsome times come when a band has to make an important decision, but all problems can be solved.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? This is an intimate question…ehm…one of us due to tell a indecent and, at the same time, creepy self (or not) sexual adventure. It’s terrible, we know!


TWINTERA - "Burning Heart" (Survivor Cover - Rocky IV Theme)


interview with Aeonic Impulse

What´s the name of your band? Aeonic Impulse
How was the band formed? Four friends deciding to have fun jamming on a rooftop during the 4th of July 2011. Since then we have gone through a couple of lineup changes. As of today we are a 5 piece consisting of Jordan Salfity, Pete Bucci, Gasper Gray, Fernando (Fernie) Guerrero and myself (Ryan Rappaport).
Can you tell about your band? We're a group of guys who love music. We try to experiment with different styles as much as possible to keep things interesting for people who listen to us as well as ourselves. We've been around and playing concerts for about 3 years now and hope to start work on some studio recordings soon!
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Jordan and myself are both the guitarists, him being lead and myself the rhythm. We both live in Redondo Beach
Our bassist Pete is from San Pedro
Gasper is our singer and he lives over in Hollywood
Last but not least our drummer Fernie hails from Inglewood
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? When we first started we just wanted to see what kind of music we could write/play.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We usually tell people that we are trying to go for a heavier Pink Floyd haha
Where was your first gig? If we are counting house shows then the rooftop jam that we started with otherwise it would be at Suzy's Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach
Where was the latest gig? At Bar Sinister opening up for Lesser Key
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Everybody has had a hand in writing the music. So far I've written all of the lyrics. Sometimes Gasper will editing certain lyrics to make them flow better in the song.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? That's a tough one. We're all goofballs!
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? If there was anything bad about us I would say it's our schedules. Sometimes it can be a pain to get all 5 members together for a practice but we make do. What I really like about us is that we all come from pretty different backgrounds musically and we have been able to make our styles blend together to make our sound rather than have everything clash. I would call us Progressive Rock/Metal because we are always looking for ways to make our songs different from each other.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We are what we are because we like to play everything! Our songs are about different aspects of being human and how certain thoughts, events, and experiences can shape us as a person.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material but like to throw in a cover every now and again.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? So far we have no studio recordings but we hope to change that soon...
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Of course! Since we don't have any studio recordings yet our Youtube page is filled with many live videos.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I'm 23. What got me started was seeing my first concert with my older brother. The band that played was The Living End and after seeing their performance I was blown away and knew that I had to pick up a guitar.
At what age did you start playing? I think I was around 15.
What year was the band started? 2011
Best/worst gig you've played? Thankfully we haven't had too many bad gigs. I think our worst was at Suzy's a few months back. They had gotten a new sound system and it was sending feedback all over the place. It was not fun on everybody's ears haha. They fixed it and the time we played there after that everything sounded great. As for our best gig. I think it's a tie between our latest show opening up for Lesser Key and a show we played back in December when we opened up for Fates Warning at The Whiskey A Go Go. Both sounded fantastic and we got an amazing response from the crowd.
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We'll definitely head back to Suzy's again since it's so close to us and laid back. Other places we are likely to play at soon are The Prospector, The Federal Bar, hopefully Bonnerhaus, and every other place in the LA area. We've got so many here it's hard to tell how soon the next show could be. Who knows, maybe we'll hop on to one for next week!
Where have you played from then till now? We have played on my apartment roof, in Jordan's backyard, at Suzy's, The Prospector, The Federal Underground, The Whiskey A Go Go, Motor Ave Bike Fest, Ashley's, Di Piazza, Harold's Place, and Bar Sinister.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? This is a really tough one.....Hmmmm I'm stuck in a ten way tie hahaha! For this year I would have to give it to The Ocean. They played at this really tiny place called The Soda Bar down in San Diego and it was one of the most intimate shows I have ever been to. They had played their album Pelagial in its entirety and they made the experience so explosive! Offstage they were all great guys and were extremely fun to talk to. I remember having a conversation with Jordan and their singer Loic about aliens!
Is it always the same songs live? We have about 9 songs now (one of which we haven't performed yet). We try to change things up as much as possible each show, especially if there is a certain vibe we are trying to give off for the night.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Again a tie between both the Lesser Key and Fates Warning shows. A lot of people were excited about our performance, some of which want to work with us in the future so we'll see where that goes!
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No tours as of yet. Hopefully next year!
How big crowds do you usually play for? Sometimes it'll be as small as 10-20 people and sometimes it can be anywhere from 70-100.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Start recording and maybe a few shows here and there.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Usually just a little guitar practice and drinking water to stay hydrated. It can get really hot on stage!
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Just knowing that we are about to play psyches me up!
Describe your show, visually and musically Visually we will bring out fog machines and laser lights that we feel accompany our music well. We also did a projector screen with videos once. We're tweaking that a bit so we can do it again. Musically we just go up, play our songs, and goof around a little.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Getting a fan-base that grows and cares about your music. You can't really get anywhere as a band without fans unless all you really want to do is jam with some buddies.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? It really depends on the club. With some a band will have to do a huge ticket presale which could end up costing the band money if they want to play. Some venues will let you charge what you want and either make some or all of the profits, and some will pay you just for performing. Some have a fantastic sound system and with some you'll have to bring your own PA. Out here in Los Angeles there are a ton of clubs so you're going to get a lot of different options as far as financial opportunities/sound systems go.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Whenever we would have to find a new drummer. Fernie is our third one right now and I hope he is here to stay! 
What are your goals with your music? Right now to get it all out there! Hopefully the recording process goes smoothly and we can share our music with the world.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? I think we went all in for the music as soon as we became musicians. Music is a beautiful form of expression and it connects people of all kinds together.
What are your sources of inspiration? Life experiences and of course music.
What's the first step when making a new song? What we have done so far is we will take lyrics that have been written and discuss what sort of sound we want to go with them and list bands that are similar to that sound. We then go off in that direction and see where it takes us. Hasn't failed yet!
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It's a double edged sword. Downloading allows for bands to have an easier platform to release their music which can get their fanbase to grow faster but can lose a lot of money on it if nobody wants to pay for it. I personally would rather buy albums instead of downloading because I like having a physical copy to listen to. It's there and I can hold on to it.
What would be your dreams for the band? To be able to live off of our own music. These days it is getting harder and harder for musicians to do that but hey it's a dream isn't it?
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Prog of course, some rockabilly, punk, metal, classic rock, jazz, and many others. Bands I really like are The Living End, Brian Setzer, Tool, Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, 3, The Ocean, Andy McKee, Blue Oyster Cult, Deftones, Between The Buried and Me, The Dear Hunter, Coheed and Cambria, Opeth, An Endless Sporadic, Shining, Dream Theater, the list goes on and on and on.
What do you hold most dear? My family and friends. Where would I be without them?
What would be your greatest fears for the future? As a band it would be breaking up. I want to keep making music with these guys!
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Two Words: Equipment Failure
Have you been in any other bands? I helped a friend with an acoustic recording once back in high school. Jordan has been in a couple of other bands in high school as well. I think Fernie helped out some friends of his in a battle of the bands, Gasper has his solo acoutic project, and Pete is in/has been in a million different bands haha.
What would you do if there was no music? No idea though I did want to become an ornithologist when I was younger.
How important are your fans? Very Important! The amount of support that we get from them is really humbling.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? I was seeing a show with Jordan at The Slidebar and a couple of people came up to us whom we have never met before and asked if we were in Aeonic Impulse. When we said yes they told us how much they enjoyed our set when we played at The Whiskey a year prior. For people that you have never met to tell you that they like what you are doing is one of the best things in the world.
How often do you rehearse? We try for once a week
Where do you rehearse? In Jordan's garag
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Tie between either the air horn or the vuvuzela 
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? For me it would be "Hidden Truths" and "Walls". They're so much fun to play and always get great reactions from the audience.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Their love of the music they make and their belief in it.
Do you have any webpages?
Yes we have quite a few:
https://www.facebook.com/AeonicImpulse
http://instagram.com/aeonicimpulse
https://www.youtube.com/user/aeonicimpulseband
http://aeonicimpulse.bigcartel.com/
https://twitter.com/aeonicimpulse
http://aeonicimpulse.bandcamp.com/
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?
Love the music you play. It sounds obvious and cheesey but if you're in a band playing music that you don't enjoy then why stick around?
If you get a contract of any kind, read it thoroughly and be sure to ask plenty of questions about things that seem off or that you don't understand.
Try and make each show a different experience especially if you have a tiny local fan-base. They'll be likely to come to the next one because they'll be interested in seeing what you do next. 

Aeonic Impulse @ The Prospector 1/2


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interview with Bow Messiah

What´s the name of your band? Bow Messiah

How was the band formed? Chris and Tim worked together for a short time and loved the same types of metal, we got together for a few drinks and i had a kit at my house so we got drunk and started jamming some tunes

Can you tell about your band? We are a 5 piece from Woodend, New Zealand, we have been together for 7ish years

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Andrew - Vocals, Jason- Guitar, Chris - Guitar, Tim- Drums, Vin - Bass

We are all local guys who were mates before the band started, and Vin was in another band in the scene when we took him on

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To compose the most brutal, in your face metal we could possibly produce

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We have finally found the sub genre we are really happy with, i'd call it progressive deathcore/metal, We are currently writing a lot of Alien based tracks so at this stage i'd call it Alien Metal 

Where was your first gig? Al's Bar, probably early 2008, our Manager and close friend was good mates with Al Park so we were lucky to get some gigs very early on when we were just starting out

Where was the latest gig? Our last gig was supporting Australian metal greats Psycroptic

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Jason writes a lot of the music, he has some amazing ideas and basically brings finished tracks along to rehersal, Chris and Andrew write the lyrics

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Vin i'd say his impressions leave us rolling round on the floor sometimes!

What genre do you feel you are? We've been classed as progressive deathcore but we just call it deathmetal

Why did you pick that particular style? Its the influence from the music we are listening to now, at the start it was lamb of god, slayer into cannibal corpse and now its more Carnifex, Aversions crown, Thy art is murder 

What are your songs about? The latest EP really consisted of a mix of subjects from Perfect virus being about an alien virus to Godless being about the brainwashing of religion

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? all our own material, we don't fuck round with covers

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we have a few live ones from throughout our career and a few tracks from the EP, we are currently working on a lyric video for our upcoming single "Origins of Deception" 

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Chris is like the oldest in the band being 27 when the band started, Jason, Tim and Andrew were 18 

What year was the band started? 2007

Best/worst gig you've played? Best -  Probably New years eve with 8 foot sativa, Worst - 2009 Metalfest when we had our set cut short after like 2 songs!

Where have you played from then till now? last year we did a national tour over 6 shows throughout the country, so most hot spots in NZ apart from Auckland, looking to get overseas in the near future

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Cannibal corpse, hands down

Is it always the same songs live? We go through different stages of what we play live, for the last few months we have been playing mainly the ep songs

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The few shows we did with 8 Foot Sativa last year, great guys and amazing musicians

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are releasing the new lyric video soon then working on new material toward our first full length 

Where do you usually play? Churchill's in the city is where most of the metal gigs are held we've played heaps of shows there

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Have a few drinks, relax and mingle with the crowd

What are your goals with your music? We would be stoked to get some overseas gigs, but the next goal is to get the album done

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? A bit of both i'd say, you have to remember what got you into playing music but definitely the genre we are in now is reflected by the music we are listening to  

What's the first step when making a new song? A theme or direction you want to take and the structure of the music, lyrics are the last to be added 

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Just depends on what the band is offering in the way of free/paid downloads and hard copy music, its usually cheap enough for paid downloads as the costs are lower

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? all sorts really from classic rock to slam and everything in between, digital music has no soul

How important are your fan? Its great seeing new and old faces alike at the gigs, its awesome hearing good comments from those who have seen us for the first time

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Maybe one of our mates with our logo tattooed, i'm pretty sure we had a stalker there for a while lol

How often do you rehearse? at least once a week, keep it tight

Where do you rehearse? at the local youth center, its close and we can jam all night

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? the new track "Origins of Deception" its fresh and new and tricky to play, and an old favorite "Deceived"

Do you have any webpage? We have our own webpage http://bowmessiah.webnode.com/ ,We also have a facebook page, bandcamp, youtube, reverbnation and twitter pages

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Practice hard and as a band when you can, its one thing to jam in ya room but totally different with a band, and regularly 

How do you view the music industry of today? Its a different place in the age of the internet, your spoiled for choice as far as new music and bands go, 20 years ago the only music you could find was in a music store or on the radio, today its at the touch of a button

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? For us it has been losing members, its always hard trying to replace someone

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?

Best - The small venues are great to play in, the acoustics in the small venues we play are great, the

worst - The late weeknight shows when ya sober and have totally drunk fuckers spitting all over ya

How would you describe your sound in one sentence fucking creepy.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When we were on tour, catering to everyone's needs especially when it comes to food

Whats your Pre-show ritual?Andrew always has a vomit before we play, hes been doing it for years lol


Bow Messiah - Deceived - Churchills 14 Aug 2014


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interview with A Fallen Mind

What´s the name of your band? A Fallen Mind (Bryce Kain will be yodeling on behalf of the band)
How was the band formed? A Fallen Mind started around 2008 by thirteen satanic circus midgets who had a thirst for Buddhist anal beads. What are Buddhist anal beads, you ask? The world may never know. However, if you think that A Fallen Mind was started by some white cracker from Orange County, California, writing and recording music in his basement for shits n giggles, I'd probably call you psychic. Kind of a boring story, but it could be worse. I could be Justin Beiber.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Bryce Kain - Vulture screams, pretending to write songs, sequencer programming, propaganda (location: Hemet, Ca)
Jessica Kain - Pushing buttons, showing tits, picking up dropped soap (location: Hemet, Ca)
Heather Henderson - Erotic blasphemy, dancing, distributor of awesomesauce, also singer for Penn Jillette's band (location: Hollywood, Ca)
Grayson Dey - Guitar destruction, singing better than Bryce, dream level 7, dark gray music (location: Atlanta, Ga)
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To play music, ride donkeys, and punch the elderly in the face with kindness.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Take Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Danzig, Static X, and Rammstein. Smash that all together and bake on high for 23 years.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We're all a little fuckin' nuts in our own way. Probably the most twisted sense of humor is Jessica. She is morbid, tells the most fucked up jokes, and has a terrific ass. That last part has nothing to do with humor, but it's why I married her, so I have to slip it in somehow.
What's good/bad with the band? Last Thursday the band held an intervention for Grayson. See, he's been hooked on "the stuff" for a while now and we just got sick and tired of it. So we sat him down, looked him dead in the eye, and said "STOP EATING ALL THE FUCKING BACON!" He's making a speedy recovery.
What genre do you feel you are? Honestly, I have no clue. Beyond saying that we're rock or heavy metal, I couldn't tell you what we are like. Pantera with tits? I don't know. To me A Fallen Mind is music. Is aggression. Is sorrow. Is anger. Is love. All rolled up into a nice little satanic hot pocket.
Why did you pick that particular style? Picking which music you like is like picking which gender you'd like to marry. It's not a choice. It's in your DNA. There was no choosing metal. Metal has always been in my blood and always will be. 
What are your songs about? I have written about everything from gothic strippers to gay rights. Partying to running people over with a car. Sometimes what comes out is serious or it could come out seriously deranged. Examples of serious would be like Second Class, The Animal Song, Illuminate, Leather Heart, etc. Deranged would be God is an Atheist, Burn, Motherfucker, or the intro tracks to our first 2 albums. Hell, on the album that we're working on right now (Oddities and Obscenities) we have a song called Piranhas and Other Poor Choices for Oral Sex
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Both. In fact, when we put out our next album we will be also putting out a free track: a cover of the 80's rap song The Fuck Shop by 2 Live Crew. Only we made it metal as fuck. That track will be available for download on our band website only.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
First album: Pain Addiction
Second Album: The Human Error
Single: A Hell of a Christmas (feat. Ministry)
Single: Wheels on the Bus (heavy metal version)
Our third album, Oddities and Obscenities, will be out in December and available for pre-order on iTunes as early as Halloween.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Shit tons. Our channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/afallenmind
A playlist of our full music videos can be found here.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I can't speak for the rest of the band on this one, but my personal favorite live shows have been 5 Finger Death Punch, Metallica, Type O Negative, and Rob Zombie in that order.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Well right now it's September, so we're finishing up on Oddities. As I said before, that will be available for pre-order on iTunes starting on Halloween day. Worldwide availability hits stores in December. Then we go through all the advertising, promoting, and some live shows. If we have any time left over, we'll spend it feeding our Grand Theft Auto Online habit. If anyone wants to join me in GTAO, my psn is afallenmind23.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? We each have our own way of getting ready. For example, Grayson likes to bang his nuts against an oak tree for good luck. The oak never survives. Poor bastard. Myself, I like to huddle in the corner of the room and try to look kool while secretly wishing I could run away screaming. Jessica likes needle point and anal sex. Heather, well... no one knows what she does. It's a mystery. She disappears for hours and returns covered in nun attire. I think she might be an atheist. 
What are your goals with your music? That's classified, but I promise you they're all purely selfish. 
What are your sources of inspiration? Usually life. Music. Sex. Anger. Gay fish.
What's the first step when making a new song? Usually for me it starts with something stuck in my head for days. Could be a lyric, could be a riff, could be a good thumping bass rhythm, could be a number 2 pencil. Then I sit down at my sequencer, work out the song -- immediately or eventually -- and turn around and sell it for millions of rupiahs. I hear we're big in Guinea. 
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It's the wave of the future, whether you like it or not. This is how the music industry is going to go. Or at least this is the path it will be taking for a while until it morphs into the new thing. Gotta either evolve or die.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen to mostly metal bands like Disturbed, System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, 5FDP, Misfits, Danzig, stuff like that. But as I've gotten older I've found myself listening to other stuff that I never would have liked as a kid. For instance, I probably wouldn't have liked Macklemore or PSY, but they are both on my usual music playlist now. I also like Amazing Horse by Mr Weebl and Big Booty Bitches by A Lost People.
What do you hold most dear?My wife, my kids, my dogs, my cats, and Ricky Gervais.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Someone like George W. Bush or Sarah Palin becoming president of the United States.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Having to take a shit. Rejection sucks, too.
Have you been part of any other projects? I've contributed vocals for a song by the Australian rap group Viscous Minds. I've also written and recorded a few songs for the Australian production company T3N31 and Caid Rhymes. And I've provided music for the United Satanic Apache Front. Beyond that, most of my stuff has been for my bands, but I love collaborating with other artists on their own projects. 
Have you been in any other bands? A few. I was the lead singer for an underground goth rock band called INRI based out of West Virginia. That band has broken up I think. Also was in a band I started when I was 15 or 16 called Acid Reign. I've also done a few other band projects, but they never got off the ground. 
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? When I'm not doing shit for AFM, I write for my blog The Mark of Kain, which consists of mostly opinions, rants, and various other stupid bullshit roaming around in my head. I also create grungy graphic artwork for shits n giggles in a project I call Angels After Dark. In fact, almost all of the graphics done for Oddities was done by me. If people order the Oddities album from Amazon, they will get the full CD layout which features some of my AAD work like Concubine, Theater of Propaganda, and The Auschwitz Experiment (NSFW images)
What would you do if there was no music? I don't know if I know how to answer that. Music is noise that is bent and controlled to cultivate a certain emotion. Everything in the universe makes noise, even black holes. So unless the universe stops spitting out sentient beings, I believe there will always be music in one form or another. But I guess if I were to give it the old college try, I would say that I would probably end up doing movies and film work. I have a love/hate relationship with directing, which I've done for pretty much all our music videos. I hate the process, honestly, but I love the final results. And if that didn't work out, I'd probably be a Muppet pimp. 
How important are your fans? Fans are the most important thing to music and entertainment, aside from trying to satisfy one's own creative vision. Anyone who tells you that they don't care about their fans are either lying or really bad at their chosen field of business.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? I remember one of our fans took to Photoshop and pieced together a graphic picture collage in tribute to A Fallen Mind, myself, and Jessica. I think she made a scene with a roadside diner and billboards for hookers and anal sex and stuff like that. And our name was all over it. It was awesome. 
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I hate every single one of our songs, especially Leather Heart. It is, has been, and always will be the bane of my existence. I take that back. I really dig Tits and Gasoline and Scarlet Letter from Oddities.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Fame makes people think they have a right to know your business. It's overrated. I care about making music, taking care of my family, and working hard. I keep playing because, well, I don't think I could ever quit music. It won't leave me alone. It's always in my head. I've been doing something musical since I could walk. So if I get famous for my music and hard work, kool. If not, kool. I'll still be doing what I do because it's something I can't seem to NOT do.
Do you have any webpages?
Our band's official site is at AFallenMind.com
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/afallenmind
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/afallenmind
Google+ - google.com/+Afallenmind
Twitter - https://twitter.com/afallenmind
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don't fuck Courtney Love.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? It's an evolving shark tank. Right now the industry is changing so much, record execs don't know what the fuck to do with themselves or their artists. And to make things worse, the industry, yet again, looks like a revolving door of pop artists and rock stars. Churning out polished turds every month, with mega compression over all the artist's work, and then kicking them to the curb when their star fades. The positive note is that more artists can go independent now, like A Fallen Mind is doing. People can actually make a decent living doing what they love and they can do it on their own without the help of record companies and fame. I hope this trend continues for all artists.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Butt plugs.
Do you have anything to add? If you're a cheap bastard like I am, you can listen to our shit for free on Spotify all day long. The more you listen, the more we get paid and you don't have to buy anything.
And I mentioned it before, but I would be a terrible musician and business man if I didn't whore myself out one last time. Our new album, Oddities and Obscenities, will be available for pre-order Halloween night on iTunes. Worldwide release of Oddities drops in December. Those who pre-order the album on iTunes will get at least one song from the album immediately to wet their appetites. 
Also visit our website at AFallenMind.comand sign up for our newsletter. It's a lot more reliable than Facefuck.

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