interview with Knife Killer

What´s the name of your band? The name of the band is Knife Killer

How was the band formed? The band started in early 2005, just one guitar and drums, we just wanted to do some extreme music In old shool style (german thrash metal style mostly). Then we looked for some bass and another guitar. A couple of months after that we felt the band was complete and went to the studio for recording our first demo (thrash is alive) 5 original tracks and our version of destruction’s total desaster

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

We are from Cali, Colombia in south America. Right now we are trying a new lineup

Sergio – Drums

Nelson – Vocals and bass

Felipe – Guitars and backing vocals

What was the ambitions of the band when you started?  At the beginning there were no serious ambitions. We just wanted to play and destroy

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is basically thrash speed metal, you can say our sound is like old Sodom, destruction or kreator. Fast guitar riffs, an unstoppable snare and blasting double bass drum, thrashing voices with some guttural backings. Speed combined with some of those riffs that make you bang your head

Where was your first gig? As is logical, our first gig was in our city, some local bands. Actually it was some kind of playoff for a bigger concert, and we were selected. Sadly the major gig never happened

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Writing the music is a process we make together. I mean, when a new idea comes up all of us  provide the necessary to make it a full new topic. Sometimes it comes from guitars or some lyrics. All the music and lyrics in thrash is alive demo were written by manuel, original member

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Always is nelson (bass). Never is going to be lack of laugh when he is on rehearsal or stage. Stupid jokes or whatever.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Thrash speed metal is the sound we like the most, of course we like so many bands, not only thrash, indeed I like heavy metal so much, and death metal. Thrash speed metal is kind of the right feeling for being on stage.  / our songs are basically made of concepts of war, modern issues, corruption, some fantasy and of course thrashing all aroud. South America is the place that provides you sick ideas from the news every day

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? In our show, 90%  is our own music, we play no more than 2 covers

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xpjc_Qq1mU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpoDqcf7mdA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEX2uD9fEgQ&list=UUB1pXcyN4brU3DEW0FWGjoA

At what age did you start playing? I started playing guitar at age 15, now i´m 30 years old.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are just finishing some new stuff.  For 2015 we hope everything be ready for recording and of course go out and play. Live is everything for us

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think the inspiration is something very different for everyone, we listen to the classic bands, we have spent so much years going to the shows, listening to their music and that’s where the sounds come from, but I like a lot of new bands also.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Downloading music is something you can’t avoid, actually I think there’s something good in it. A lot of bands doesn’t have a label distributing their music, so the only choise they have (including us) is upload their music and selfpromoting. Of course, this won’t work  if you start a band looking for making money or becoming a famous rockstar

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? When we’re on stage is because we are 100% ready for the show, no fear in going up and destroy. But, shit happens, some technical issues or whatever can give you a headache. Attitude is the most important thing when you are about to play. No fear

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Insane ghost, thrash is alive

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? AC/DC

Do you have any webpages? Facebook.com/knifekiller

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Just relaxing, drinking some beers and feel the energy


Knife Killer - Insane Ghost


interview with Mutalist

What´s the name of your band? Mutalist
How was the band formed? The band was formed about 8-9 years ago with our old drummer Jason, our guitarist Shane and our bassist Brian. I (Stefan) shortly after joined the group and filled in on vocals until we parted with our drummer Jason a few years back where I switched onto the drums and we got our vocalist Jeremy 
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area, Shane is the guitar player Brian is the bassist Jeremy the vocalist and myself on the drums. 
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Our ambition was to create heavy devastating music that we all enjoyed and hopefully others would enjoy it as well. 
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? I would say we have a classical death metal influence, combined with politically empowering lyrics mixed in with everyone's own and unique musical influence. 
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at this club called St. Michaels 
Where was the latest gig? At a venue in Uniontown Pennsylvania 
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Everyone contributes openly and freely, upon conceiving ideas we mold them together into what we feel would be the best for us and our style. 
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We are all very goofy and humorous, so we all contribute to the good time we have as a band.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Not to many bad things other than sometimes we fuck around to much, but we try to stay on track at all times. We feel that we are a death metal band. 
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? It's just the music that we all love to hear and play, and mostly our songs are about empowering the individual, asking important questions, and being politically aware of the veil of deception surrounding modern day politics. 
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All of our material is 100 percent our own.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes we have 1 full length album called "Planetary Decimation" that is available for free download from our bandcamp page, and currently we are in the act of making an EP that should be out sometime early next year. 
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have a few. 
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 21 years old, my musical experience started when I lived in Serbia as a child, and played the violin as my first instrument. After moving to the US i stopped my practices around 7 years old and didn't start playing music until I was 12 and seeing my friends in a cover band inspired me to start playing guitar. 
At what age did you start playing? The violin around 3-4 years old, and guitar from about 12, drums from about 14 and bass and piano for a few years on and off
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I was about 14 years old, Brian was 16-17, Shane was 18-19 and Jason at the time was 18-19
What year was the band started? around 2006-07
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Not sure, hopefully very large shows 
Where have you played from then till now? All over our state and a few others 
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? That's a very difficult question. The best performance would be a tie between After the Burial, Conquering Dystopia, The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders and Ovids Withering
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We unfortunately have never toured as a band, but hopefully we can have the opportunity to do so in the future
How big crowds do you usually play for? It depends, largest was about 150 people where the smallest was probably 10 people
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording and playing shows along with investing in merch.
Where do you usually play? The smiling moose in pittsburgh
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Smoke a little weed, tell some jokes haha 
What are your goals with your music? Hopefully to touch some people so they can relate with their struggle and hopefully gain the tools needed to overcome any situation
When did you decide to go all in for the music? Very recently actually, not even 6 months ago
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Definitely modern bands, there's a musical evolution taking place and I am definitely very excited about being a part in it.
What are your sources of inspiration? Music, places, people and experiences 
What's the first step when making a new song? Trial and error 
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I am all for free downloading of music. I understand artists gotta make their money, but album sales are never useful in that. It's always about going out touring/playing shows and selling merch and expanding your marketing and the reach of it 
What would be your dreams for the band? Not really sure
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Anything, as long as it relays the heart
What would be your greatest fears for the future? I would say my greatest fear is that everything would stay exactly the same as it is and no progression will be made.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Nothing, fear is no longer an object of my persona at that point in time.
What songs and what years were they released? Have you been part of any other projects? Multiple ones actually 
Have you been in any other bands? Yes
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Unfortunately my professional career is not something that I enjoy doing, but it pays the bills haha
What would you do if there was no music? I am not sure, nature and life itself is technically music so it would just be the silent type 
How important are your fans? Very, a good relationship with your fans is a must, but that's where a lot of artists lack 
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Nothing so far
How often do you rehearse? Once a week, on a sunday
Where do you rehearse? Our bassist Brian's house
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Cerebral Convolution and Wasteland
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? I can't choose just one
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? Hope and faith in their music and themselves 
Do you have any webpages? yea we have a facebook and a bandcamp, I am not aware of any others 
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Welcome to the hardest field of work on the planet, perseverance and hard work are what will make you succeed 
Describe your show, visually and musically. Usually dark haha
How do you view the musicindurty of today? It is a complete joke and it is a cancer of true and actual talent 
What advice would you like to give other bands? Work hard, play hard 
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Having an overall pleasant relationship with the people you choose to play music with. Forming that brotherhood is very important and crucial in having a band that can function.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Haha I really don't understand this question
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When we were kicking our old drummer out
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Smoke and relax haha 

Mutalist Live Set @ Smiling Moose - Brutal Xmas in July 7-12-14


interview with Nathrath

What´s the name of your band? Nathrath

How was the band formed? Grim and me (Morvan) formed the band 2004 after leaving a other band to go our own way of creativity.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We all live in the same city. Grim and me plays guitar, Knarz destroys the drums. The bass-guitar will be done in future by me and Knarz. About the vocal-position I could'nt say something at the moment. There are different ideas which we talk about and decide when the songs are written.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? There was no. Really. If there was a drive, then to give our feelings and sights a creative voice.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Hehe! Expect everything. Dive into deep darkness, let your soul fly and then get awaked by a hammer.

Where was your first gig? We did only one gig at a small bar called On the Rocks to release our demo.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? It's a teamwork of us three. There is an idea for a riff of one, and then it grow to a song. The lyrics was written by me until now, but if one of the others has a good idea they could also realize the lyrics.

What genre do you feel you are? We play METAL. No exact genre, cause we won't limited ourselfes.

What are your songs about? Human beeing. Mostly the darker sides of living or better: surviving. We use a lot of metaphor to give the listener more space to use theier own brain.So everybody will find something different in our songs, thats also the reason why we will don't publish the lyrics at our releases. Use your brain and you will live.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Only own material. The coversongs are only for the rehearsals to get warm.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We work at the moment at our first album. We released only a demo and a EP, yet. So after 10 years since forming this band it is time for more. Hehe.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? There exists a recording of an unused song of our demo and only the audio-clips of the whole EP.

How old are you? We are all three at the beginning of the 30s. Nearly old mens.

At what age did you start playing? Very late. I think with seventeen.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Our first stage-experince we had close to the founding of the first band. So we were 17. With Nathrath we did our first gig at the age of 25.

Best/worst gig you've played? Either experinces at the same gig. Cause it was the only one. There are always things which have done better and makes you angry, but at the end it is live and that is everytime a incredible feeling.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? There are no plans. We will see what will come, and reduce our main activity at the rehersal-room to write new music.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Hard to choose. And I can only speek for me. Mayhem is the band which have never disappointed me with their rituals, but last year I had the chance to see Black Sabbath, and this performance I will remember forever .

How do you get psyched up for a gig? All we do is keep calm. Drink a beer and talk to some people. The stagefright comes at the moment you plug in the guitar to the amp. After ringing the first note this feeling reduces and you do the same like every week at the rehearsals.

What are your goals with your music? There are no big aims. Only the will to do what we want, and express our feelings with the music.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? There are always influences, indifferent if new or old. Sometimes you have to be like a sponge and have to drain the best for yourself out of all.

What are your sources of inspiration? Books, movies, other music, experiences. All what you let be a part of your life.

What's the first step when making a new song? To write a good riff, which you can't get out of the head.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? As a collector I would hope that all physical sound carriers will survive. But the time moves on, and so I could understand that some people only want one song from a band and buy this as a digital download.

We gave our music as a free download to all who are interested at our homepage.

The illegal way I would say is a wrong one. You steel the freedom to be creative of every musician and what have you then? A lot of files which you won't listen to in one year? Isn't it exciting to get a cassette, CD or LP? Pull it out of the wrap and listen to it through a good hifi-equipment? Look at a great booklet and get a visual idea of the musical concept?

I would buy the records I like, all the time and reduce other expenses in life for it.

What would be your dreams for the band? Go on, like we do at the moment.

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

It's like the creating. No bounderies. To list here all i would need more space.

To get an idea of my opinion: Celtic Frost, Genesis, Kreator, Led Zeppelin, Savage Grace, Judas Priest, Mayhem, Nine Inch Nails, PJ Harvey, Black Sabbath, Mötley Crüe.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? To be deaf.

Have you been part of any other projects? Have you been in any other bands? The last 5 years I played the guitar at Thornesbreed. But I left them in the beginning of this years. Knarz is involved in a band called Poetry Can Wait, which is on hold at the moment.

What would you do if there was no music?  Die? No idea, cause music is a part of human beeing.

How important are your fans? For Nathrath they are'nt necassary. No doubt, it is good to know that someone wants to hear your music, but at first I have to be a fan of our own music, and all others are a cool bonus. This sight has to do a lot with my opnion of creative freedom.

How often do you rehearse?  Mostly once a week, but if there is more time we do also two rehearse at a week..

Where do you rehearse? We own a small rehearsal-room at an old factory. 

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? 'Fall into pitch black' and a new one called 'Pieces'

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? The possibility to do some creative, something new, something different. Breaking out of the normal life and giving a feeling a voice. The idea of earning money with this style was never a part of our band. It's an illusion, or a way of mindcontrol and chains around your whole body.

Do you have any webpages? We have homepage www.nathrath-hell.de.vu and you can find us at facebook.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be yourself and do what you want. No compromises to all non-participants.

How do you view the musicindustry of today? There are a lot of bloodsuckers out there. If you are at the right time, at the right place you have the chance to get someone, but at the next moment you could also be the one who is fucked up. Better you have small wishes and dreams that comes along with reality.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? The own aspiration. All you do is for the moment and within the next step you only can do it better.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Rough sound wall.


NATHRATH - Ghouls of beer + Folter in Vagina


interview with Helmsplitter

What´s the name of your band? Our name is Helmsplitter
How was the band formed? The band started in 2008 when I (Ross, guitar) met drummer Nate Boyd.  We knew instantly that we wanted to form a band
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? All the members in the band live in the Midwest area of the America, more specifically we live in Iowa and Illinois.  Our current lineup is Ross Mallie: guitar Jason Grevas: guitar Mike Hall: vocals Nate Boyd: drums Lyndon Ehlers : bass
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We just wanted to make heavy music that we thought was original sounding.  We wanted to play some good shows and possibly get signed and we have accomplished that.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is mainly a mix of Black and Death metal with some Sludge thrown in as well
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was in a bar called Lumpy’s  in Iowa
Where was the latest gig? The last gig was at a club called The Blackhawk Room in Illinois
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write the majority of the music but it is a team effort.  Especially since we added Jason on 2nd guitar.  Mike writes almost all the lyrics.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? I’m not sure, but our drummer Nate has the most hysterical sounding laugh on the planet
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The good is that we are all talented and dedicated. The bad is we don’t have enough time to work on the band as much as we would like.  I would say we are black and death metal with sludge elements.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We didn’t really pick a style it just sort of came naturally as a result of our influences. Our songs are about the dark side of life.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write all our own songs.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have two albums: “Storms of Genocide” and “Enraptured by Suffering”
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we have some clips on youtube.  Type in Helmsplitter and look for the song “Aura of Suicide”
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I’m 37.  I have been obsessed with music since I was a kid, it runs in my family.
At what age did you start playing? I started playing around the age of 13
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Angelcorpse is the best band I’v ever seen.
Is it always the same songs live? No we mix up the set list quite a bit
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No big tours just a lot of weekend trips.  We are planning on going to the east coast of America soon.
How big crowds do you usually play for? WE have played for as few as 10 people and as many as 200
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are finishing up new material for a split album with The Communion
How do you get psyched up for a gig? I listen to music that inspires me and smoke weed
What are your goals with your music? My goals are to stay true to our influences and ourselves and to try and reach as many people as possible
When did you decide to go all in for the music? A LONG time ago…..I live for music
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Personally I get more inspiration from the older bands
What are your sources of inspiration? My sources of inspiration are bands that I like and the dark side of life
What's the first step when making a new song? Our songs usually start with me coming up with a few riffs
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I’m old, I prefer buying the albums I want
What would be your dreams for the band? My dream would be to be able to live off of the music financially, but that probably wont happen.  I just want to make music that touches people in some way.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen to all kinds of underground metal, the blues, classical, and classic old rock and roll
What do you hold most dear? Music, my family, my wife
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Not being able to play music, bad things happening to the people I care about.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I fear muscle cramps and forgetting how the songs go haha.
Have you been part of any other projects? Yes I am in a sludge/doom band called Obsidian Hammer
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I work with people with disabilities, I am an Occupational Therapist
What would you do if there was no music? If there was no music I would have to find some other outlet for my frustration
How important are your fans? Our fans are very important to us.  We aren’t that well known but we do have some dedicated fans.
How often do you rehearse? As a band we rehearse once a week.  I practice by myself a few times a week at home
Where do you rehearse? In a really crappy building in Davenport IA
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Aura of Suicide  and  Tearing Through Oblivion
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Angelcorpse
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? A love of playing music is what keeps us going.
Do you have any webpages? Yes we have a facebook page and a reverbnation page
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Play from the heart, don’t worry about what others think
Describe your show, visually and musicallyOur shows are just the five of us playing our asses off. Nothing fancy, no gimmicks

Helmsplitter - Aura Of Suicide (Helmsplitter - Enraptured By Suffering)


interview with Horus

What´s the name of your band? Hello!Our name is Horus!We're a 3 man studio project from Romania!

How was the band formed? The band was formed 2 years ago with a friend.I restarted an old project named bloodtide but with the name of Horus.

Can you tell about your band? Listen to our music and tell for yourself!

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from Romania!I'm doing vocals, songwriting, guitar, keayboard, bass, drum programming, my friend Andrei does vocals and songwritting and Laur, guitars and songwritting.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We had ambitions back then!High ambitions!We just liked to dream!

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? No, just let them listen and make on opinion.

Where was your first gig? Unfortunately we are a studio project and don't make gigs!

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Mainly, i write the songs.On the lyrics part i wrote them some time ago but now i have someone else to do it because it's hard to do music and lyrics at the same time!

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?

The good thing is that we are in a pause and we don't make music anymore.The bad thing is that we discovered that a lot of people from the music industry are very shitty people, just

some stupid entertainment for stupid kids!And what genre do we feel we are, like in the description, technical/melodic death metal with oriental influences!

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We didn't pick that we just choose to play something and here we are.Our songs are about spirituality, war, death, mythology!

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Our own material.We don't like covers!If you're good enough make your own music, not play others!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We made an album for now, entitled declaration of war.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have!

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 21, and i don't know how i got started in music, it was something spontaneous!

At what age did you start playing? i think 16 or 17, can't remember.

What year was the band started? Back in 2012 i think in may or april i think!

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? The best band i've seen?Hard question! Septicflesh, Nile, Ex Deo, Katalepsy and many others!

What are the plans for the rest of the year? No plans. We don't make plans we just like to flow like the water!

What are your goals with your music? To reach a lot of people!!

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Music is a passion, something very beautiful.Like i said it was spontaneous!

What are your sources of inspiration? Myself especially.It depends on the mood i have.

What would be your dreams for the band? To evolve!Become better and better.

What do you hold most dear? Life!

What would be your greatest fears for the future? I don't have fears for the future!

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, i did.I also have another 2 projects, Decomposed Flesh that is older than Horus and my solo work!

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I'm a student at sociology, I do mountaineering, read, listen to music, go out with friends, i'm in a science club also!

What would you do if there was no music? A lot of things!

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Making a personalized t-shirt with us!Beautiful moment!

How often do you rehearse? Now, rarely!

Where do you rehearse? At my house!

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Hard question, i like all of them, i can't choose 2.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? I ain't a fan of concerts, so i didn't seen so much bands but the best i've seen is a band from my country, named Taine.

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? You can't make money out of music.I consider this thing childish.Grow up, get yourself a job, music is a passion, hobby.This is my opinion.These days, few bands make money out of music.

Do you have any webpages? We do.Youtube, Facebook, reverbnation, joo.nanometall, soundcloud.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be true to yourself and to others.Love, respect and support the other bands!

How do you view the musicindurty of today? Mostly full of shitty people that need to grow up!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Technical/melodic death metal with oriental influences!

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Don't think there is one.All instruments have their beauty.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We had a lot of those, unfortunately!

Do you have anything to add?No, thank you for your attention.It was a pleasure!


Horus - Revelation


interview with JOE THRASHER

What´s the name of your band? JOE THRASHER
How was the band formed? Former Thrasher Jose and I had quit a previous Death Metal band we were in.  The two of us were way more into Thrash.  We found Jim with the idea of learning some cool Thrash covers having fun with it and seeing where things went.  That was late 2001.  Eventually Gumby joined in on bass for a few years.  Then Jose had to quit to move away, Scott joined in on vocals, and eventually Gumby quit, leaving Scott to pickup the bass.  And here we are, 13 years later.
Can you tell about your band? We are heavily influenced by old school metal.  Original really thrashy, but with Scott it evolved to include a lot more speed metal and NWOBHM influence.  Jim's got a lot of Punk influence.  Lots of cool hard rock influence that sneaks its way in as well.   
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We're from bushes outside of Ottawa, Canada.  Scott does lead vocals and bass; Jim drums and backups; myself guitar and backups.  Our buddy Nic is the unofficial 4th member of the band. Always around at rehearsals and shows, helps us with gear, merch, etc.  He does some backup vocals now and then.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To have fun.  That was about it.  As it grew it became more fun and it's just continued on.  When it stops being fun, it's done.  Out of that goal, I'm really happy with our accomplishments.  2 albums, a few EPs, numerous videos and countless shows.  There's still a lot of things I'd like to do with Joe Thrasher.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Lots of metal-party worship.  Fast and high energy at times.. but we bring in some more mellow moments, and slower grooves too.  Somewhere between Metallica and Slayer but with TONS of Canadian Metal influence (Exciter/Anvil)
Where was your first gig? In a small pool hall/shwarma shop in the east end of Ottawa.
Where was the latest gig? A couple days ago at Maverick's in downtown Ottawa with Blaze Bayley.  Next, Katacombes - Montreal this weekend!
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Scott does about 75% of the writing and I do about the other 25%.  Lyrically Scott does more like 80-90%.  Usually one of us will sit at home and write the music and then share it.  Lately, I prefer sending Scott the music with no lyrics and let him put whatever on top of it.  Sometimes I have some ideas I'll send to him.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? I can't answer.  We all have our moments.  
What's good/bad with the band? It's all good.
What genre do you feel you are? Heavy Metal... if you want to break it down more... Heavy Metal/Speed/Thrash mix.
Why did you pick that particular style? We started off with a love of Thrash.  Scott brought in more influence, that really homed in the Joe Thrasher style.
What are your songs about? Heavy Metal, life, abusive of authority, love, time, secrets of the world, etc, etc
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? 99% Original.  We occasionally mess around with some cool covers.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Last album was Cries of War.  We've just released an EP 'Screaming Scorching Hell'.  Hit us up on facebook.com/joethrasher to get it!  Other merch available at joethrasher.ifmerch.com
Do you have any clips on YouTube? lots!! youtube.com/joethrasher
How old are you? I've been on the earth for 35 years.  Still feel 18 though.  That was nearly 20 years ago!? ouch!
What got you started in music? Watching Marty McFly rip out Johnny B Goode in Back to the Future.
At what age did you start playing? I started messing around on guitar when I was about 12.   I messed around with snare drumming a bit when I was 9-10.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Jim and I are about the same age.. so.. 22, 23 ish.  Scott's a little older.
What year was the band started? 2001
Best/worst gig you've played?  Best gig.. too many to name.  probably one of the times we played with Anvil in Ottawa to an over capacity crowd. Good times!!. .Metal til you puke!!!!!!
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Katacombes in Montreal  Oct 18.. after that, nothing on the books.
Where have you played from then till now? too many places to name between Montreal and Toronto.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Motorhead is up there.
Is it always the same songs live? no, we change it up every time.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? step on stage and go!!
What are your goals with your music? to have fun.. everything else that is meant to be, will be.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? makes no difference.. good music, is good music.  That said I typically prefer older music.
What are your sources of inspiration? life.
What's the first step when making a new song? in my case.. pickup the guitar and start hitting notes.  
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? whatever floats your boat.  It's gonna happen.  My hope is, if you download us, and dig, help us out.. buy a CD or buy a shirt.  show us some love!!
What would be your dreams for the band? To play to 20,000 people.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? old blues, rocknroll, rockabilly,GnR, Floyd, Reverend Horton Heat, Stray Cats, Motorhead, BUDGIE!!!, Anvil, Exciter, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, etc, etc, etc...
What do you hold most dear? Simply life.  
What would be your greatest fears for the future? I don't fixate on fears too much.  It would be a real shame if we (humans) don't pull our shit together and take care of this beautiful planet we've been given the oppurtunity to live on.
Have you been part of any other projects? There's a bunch of other stuff going on around Joe Thrasher.  Jim and Scott and Nic have a punk band "Tomahawk Punch".  Scott and I have been messing around with some acoustic stuff.  I've got my own music, acoustic stuff I mess around with, etc, etc.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Jim works in Construction, Scott in manufacturing of trusses, I do IT work.
Where do you rehearse? Deep in the woods of Lanark County in a small village.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Motorhead is up there!
Do you have any webpages? www.joethrasher.com, www.facebook.com/joethrasher, joethrasher.bandcamp.com, youtube.com/joethrasher
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? First and foremost, do it because you love to play and it's fun.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? A 1962 Silvertone piece of shit!!

Joe Thrasher - Canadian Metal


interview with Weaklings

What´s the name of your band? Weaklings

How was the band formed? Mike and I have been playing music together since we were very young, and eric jumped on board about a year ago.

Can you tell about your band? We like to party!

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are based out of Lowell Massachusetts, I (Nick) play guitar and lead vocals, Mike plays bass and does backing vocals, and Eric plays drums.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Just to create music to record and play live for people to enjoy. 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Catchy Punk Rock

Where was your first gig? We played Crossroads in Garwood NJ, with Johnny B. Morbid, and a bunch of other really cool bands.

Where was the latest gig? Ralphs Diner in Worcester MA with The Devils Twins and Damnation. It was a great show.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write it all, then collaborate with Mike and Eric and bounce ideas off of them and take feedback. It works out well.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? I would say we all have a pretty good sense of humor.

What genre do you feel you are? We like to leave it pretty open and just call it Punk Rock but for those who like to get technical, people have called us, Pop Punk, Alternative Punk, Melodic Punk.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We chose this style of music because its what we listen to and what we enjoy playing. I write songs about life experiences for the most part, things I have been through personaly. I also will write a song here and there if I have seen a movie or read a book I really like and felt inspired by.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We released out demo "Deadweight" about 8 months ago and we will be stepping into the studio next month to record our first EP "Decorations".

Do you have any clips on YouTube? I think theres a actually a full set of ours somehwere on there.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are all in our early 20's. For me its safe to say AFI and the Misfits opened up my eyes on music. 

At what age did you start playing? I was 12 when I got my first bass and started learning whatever I could find tabs for. Mike and Eric were also young but im not posivite on age.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Mike and I were....I want to say 14 or 15 when we played our first show. It was awful.

What year was the band started? Weaklings offically started in December 2013

Best/worst gig you've played? All of our shows are usually really good. The only ones with bad turn outs are the last minute shows that get no promotion.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We have a show coming up about 2 weeks away, at The Worthen House In Lowell Ma, with Casanovas In Heat, Yo Tichoderoga, and Pet Sounds.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? The Cryptkeeper Five from Trenton NJ. Those guys probably have the tightest live sound ive ever heard. Check them out if you get a chance.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We havent had the chance to hit the road yet, We are hoping for an east coast tour by next summer.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Record our EP, and play more shows!

Where do you usually play? New England

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I would say Both.

What are your sources of inspiration? Everyday life

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Well I know when I like a band enough I usually like to buy the phyical copy. I dont really give a shit about downloading music, if you dont have the money, do it. 

What would be your dreams for the band? World Tours

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Street Punk, Horror Punk, 80s Hardcore/punk, Metal

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That there might be a dry panty in the room.

How often do you rehearse? 3 - 4 times a week

Where do you rehearse? We practice at a comic shop.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Decorations and Eludes Me

Do you have any webpages?

www.facebook.com/69weaklings69 

www.soundcloud.com/weaklings 

www.reverbnation.com/weaklings69 

Describe your show, visually and musically. Visually - Sex heaven.  Musically - Sex Heaven.

How do you view the musicindurty of today? I dont, I dont have cable and I dont listen to the radio.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Listen to Weaklings....often.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money and girls that are in relationships.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Beer


Weaklings Deadweight


interview with Jailhouse Poets

What´s the name of your band? Jailhouse Poets

How was the band formed? I was in a punk band called Whiskey Business and was having a hard time finding members, so I sold my half stack and bought an acoustic guitar and starting playing solo sets. After awhile I met up with Mickey who plays bass. Then I ran into Marco at a bar that hosts open mic's and we hit it off fast. Mickey worked at guitar center with Ben and Mickey told him we needed a drummer and.. Yeah. That's how that happened. 

Can you tell about your band? We're like a folky..punky-ish, American-ish type band from Chicago/Northwest Indiana 

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

Me and Marco live in Northwest Indiana. The rest of the band lives in Chicago. The Jailhouse Poets are:

Jeff Shepherd- Vocals/Guitar Marco Sassman- Banjo/Vocals  Mickey T. Craft- Bass/Vocals Ben Standage- Drums/Vocals  Colleen Alvin- Fiddle

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Just to play. Travel. See the country. 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? I get this question a lot, and always have a hard time answering it. But I guess Folk/Punk? I dunno.. Ha. 

Where was your first gig? Depends. When I started this band it was just me and Matt Patt, who was also in Whiskey Business. We played as a duo for awhile. And I honestly couldn't tell you the first place we actually played at under the name Jailhouse Poets. Probably somewhere in Indiana. Then when it was still just me and Mickey our first show was at Reggies in Chicago. But I guess for all intensive purposes our first show would technically be the Underground Lounge in Chicago last October. That was me Mickey and Marco. 

Where was the latest gig? Last night at the Westport Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri. Or technically tonight at The Elbow Room in Wichita, Kansas. 

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write the lyrics. Me and Marco work on melodies together a lot. 

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Probably Marco. He's a good sport. 

What's good/bad with the band? Bad-Money. Gas prices. Beer prices. Cigarette prices. Good- playing music with yo frandz.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I didn't really pick it.. I just kind of fell into I guess. I just write tunes. Our songs are just about life in general I guess. 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All original. We do a couple covers here and there. 

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Kind of. Working on getting the full length out. I recorded one song in 2013 "The Worst Withdrawal". It's on our website and stuff. We did a music video for it last year as well. It's on YouTube or our site, www.jailhousepoets.com

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yeah, there's some stuff up there. Our video and some live clips. 

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 25. I've been into music my whole life. 

At what age did you start playing? I started playing guitar whenever the movie "Fight Club" came out. The first song I ever learned how to play was "Where is my mind" by the Pixies. 

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 15. 

What year was the band started? Depends.. Haha. We'll say October 2013. 

Best/worst gig you've played? Best was this past April in Chicago. We played MoonRunners fest at Reggies and I got to play a song with one of my favorite songwriters ever, Roger Alan Wade. That definitely did not suck. Worst show I ever played was in this band Unsung Heros. We were in Savageville, OH. I was 16. Our drummer was driving our van and we were on some mountain and our van went sliding down this cliff. We were supposed to play some fest in the woods or something, I dunno, we never found it. The linkage in our van broke and we were stranded. I had to walk for miles in the rain and in the dark until I got cellphone service. Smart phones weren't a thing yet so I just had to dial 911 and call for a tow truck. We spent all of our tour money fixing the van and on a hotel room. So we had to cancel the rest of the tour.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? I'm doing a solo tour right now until Nov 10th I believe. Hooking up with one of my favorite humans Matt Woods who's based outta Knoxville, TN on Oct 21. We're playing some shows together down south. Then at the end of the month I'm gonna back out on the road with Rachel Kate, who is an amazing singer/songwriter outta Nashville, for another month or so. Tennessee pumps out good songwriters apparently ha. 

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I'm not really sure. I've seen a lot of good ones. It's hard to pick. 

Is it always the same songs live? No. It's always different. I write a lot and we are always throwing in new stuff. 

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? I just recently quit my job on the railroad to tour and play full time. So the plan is to tour pretty extensively in the near future. 

How big crowds do you usually play for? All varies. Weekdays are haaard.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Finish these tours and get ready to make another record in 2015.

Where do you usually play? Bars. Any bar. Anytime. Haha. 

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Jim Beam. 

What are your goals with your music? Just to play. And travel. Meet humans. Humans kind of rule. 

When did you decide to go all in for the music? July 2014. 

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Either or. I like all kinds of music. 

What are your sources of inspiration? Just people I've met.. Or places I've been to. Or stories I've heard. 

What's the first step when making a new song? All depends. Sometimes I'll just sit down and write a song in 10 minutes, sometimes it'll take me months. 

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think you should do both. Buy the digital and keep the records at home. Bands work their asses off to make those records. Give them all of the money. 

What would be your dreams for the band? Playing the Revival Tour would rule. You got Chuck Ragans number?

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? All kinds. Rock, Punk, Folk, Country, I can get down on anything. Except dub step. Well- maybe if I'm drunk I'll do that too. 

What do you hold most dear? My friends. 

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Being buried alive. 

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Nothing. Well- maybe breaking a string. I do that a lot. 

Have you been part of any other projects? Yeah. I've been playing in bands for about 10 years now. I've done Unsung Heros, Cruiser 57's, Whiskey Business, Wasps Masks, Goin Seady... 

What would you do if there was no music? Make it. 

How important are your fans? Vital.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? This one chick came up to me, grabbed me by the back of my head, kissed me and then smacked me in the face because I wasn't Jeremy. To whoever that was in Michigan, fuck you. 

How often do you rehearse? I play almost everyday. Although we haven't had a full band practice in probably 5 months. 

Where do you rehearse? Mickeys recording studio in Chicago. 

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? My favorite show was ZZ Top, Stray Cats, and the Pretenders in Indianapolis, IN. That ruled. Except my friend Kevin got busted for minor consumption. That didn't rule. 

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? Do what you love. Life's too short not to. If it makes you happy and you're passionate about it, that's what matter. But- that's just me. 

Do you have any webpages? www.jailhousepoets.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Keep on truckin'

Describe your show, visually and musically. All depends. Sometimes it's just me. Sometimes it's me and Marco. Sometimes it's the 4 of us, or 5 of us.. Sometimes it's a friend in another band in me. Sometimes it's me and some dude in Missouri who I met on the street right before the show. 

How do you view the musicindurty of today? There is none. 

What advice would you like to give other bands? Buy something that gets good gas mileage. 

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money. The root of all evil. 

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Check out www.jailhousepoets.com

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We all get along pretty well. 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Jim Beam. 

Do you have anything to add? I'll see ya in Sweden one day! Haha. Maybe next year. Who knows. 


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