interview with Mental Issues

What´s the name of your band? Mental Issues

How was the band formed? The band was formed way back in early 2008 when Max, Jack and Tomas wanted to start playing music together

Can you tell about your band? YES!

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?  All of us are from the area in and around Stockholm, Sweden.Max Björkman: Screams/growlsTomas Månsson: SingingJack Bergström: Guitar/Back-up vocalsAdrian Lindell: BassOscar Törnqvist: GuitarMattias Nielsen: Drums

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We started out just wanting to make music together and of course we wanted EVERYONE in the world to hear that

music and we still do.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We have have a lot of variations in our song (everything from really heavy "Core" song to ballads en even som pop punk here and there), we try to not fall into to playing just one genre .We have our foundation in Metalcore and we always keep a melodic theme through out allof our songs.

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at the Bagarmossen Youthculture festival in the summer of 2008.

Where was the latest gig? Our latest gig was at Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We try to collaborate as much as possible, everyone pitches their ideas in and we work together as much as possibleto then make it perfect.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Max

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? the good thing is that we are perfectionists, the bad thing is that we are perfectionistsOur genre is mainly  Metalcore but we like to keep it varried with some pop rock, acoustic among others.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Basically because we like that genre.Our lyrics are often about our observations of society or just life in general.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes we have to full lengths albums"Through The Eyes Of Pandora"and most recently"Cycles"we also have an EP called "Hope Dies Last: Expansion Pack"

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we do, a whole bunch of them. her is the most recent onehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCJhPMXIJw4

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I'm 24(Max), I've alway loved music and I've always loved creatingthings in general so when Tomas and Jack came up with the idea to starta band I was onboard right away.

At what age did you start playing? I (Max) was 18 when I started playing seriously

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 18 for that too, Jack was around 15

What year was the band started? 2008

Best/worst gig you've played?

Best Gig was a recent one called "Black Carpet Showcase" at Göta källare in Stockholm.We got it through our label 666 songs and it was freaking awesome.
Worst gig was probably at wayback in the early days at Björkhagen youthcenter,the stage was small, and there were no people at all there.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? World wide through Youtube, Spotify and iTunes.but in terms of live gigs I we have none booked at the moment.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? if we are speaking strictly about live perfomance here, for me (Max) Personally it has to beA Day To remember, August Burns Red or Slipknot 

Is it always the same songs live? No, we switch it up a bit depending on how "heavy or soft"the other bands at the shows are.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Black Carpet Showcase

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No

How big crowds do you usually play for? It varies from time to time.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? A lot of Music Videos and some new songs

Where do you usually play? Bars, Club, Youthcenters and stuff like that.Some minor festivals

How do you get psyched up for a gig? By trying to WIN the night! hahaNo but seriously, it comes kind of naturally when you arrive at the venue and se the stage.

What are your goals with your music? For as many people around the world to hear our musicand to be able to travel around the world and meet allthe people who support us to tell them "thank you"Who really wants to live their whole life working at an office or something.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? After we wrote the first song

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

We get inspiration from all over the place, old bands, new bands, different genres, moviesbook, games, anywhere you can find it basically.

What are your sources of inspiration? Life, I guess

What's the first step when making a new song? Guitar, or at least that's how it usually starts someone makesI nice riff or melody on guitar and we build from there.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I have nothing against downloading, I mean of course if you want to support artists you like,buy their music so they can afford to make more.But I wouldn't call people who download theives, like major labels like to do, the more peoplewho hears the music the better

What would be your dreams for the band? Touring world wide with the big bands!

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I (Max) listen to everything, Lately it's been a lot of The Devil Wears Prada,A Day To Remember, Protest The Hero Talib Kweli, Dan Bull and some sweet mellow loung music.

What do you hold most dear? Family and freinds

What would be your greatest fears for the future? To be stuck at some 9 to 5 office job forever.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? messing up the performance, forget lyrics or notes,(Most people listening would never notice, but it still on our minds everytime)

What songs and what years were they released? Through the Eyes of Pandora - 2011Hope Dies Last - 2012Cycles -2013

Have you been part of any other projects? No

Have you been in any other bands? No

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Janitor, Café employe, Lifeguard, stuff like that you know.

What would you do if there was no music? Be a professional gameror working with movies.

How important are your fans? The real fans out there in the world.where ever they may be.They mean everything to us!We love you guys

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? A fan who got extremely excited after we added him as a friend on facebook.or a guy way back in 2009 who did the very first "unofficial" upload of a mental issues song on youtube

How often do you rehearse? About once or twice a week, sometimes more sometimes less, it all depends on if we are recordingor having a show coming up.

Where do you rehearse? In our secret underground lair Mowahahahah!

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Cycles and In Time.

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? I can't speak for other band but for us, it's our love of music, to actaully do what YOU want to do in life and not just take the safe route andend up regreting letting go.

Do you have any webpages?

www.facebook.com/mentalswe 

https://www.youtube.com/user/mentalsweden
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Mistakes left unmade are lessons never learned!

Would you like to add anything else? Don't let the bastards bring you down,

Describe your show, visually and musically Much Energy, Such Wow.heavy breakdowns!

How do you view the musicindurty of today? Shitty, To much focus on business and not enough focuson creativity.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Being in a band is a lifestyle, if you want to reach your goals you really need to work for it,it will strain on you mentally but it's all worth when you see the reactions of your fans.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Labels not giving you a chance. or basically gettinga foot in the door of an extremely crowded industry.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?

Best: You can really hang out with the fans and have a good time.

Worst: Small stages.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We have none announced at the moment but stay tuned on facebook for all news about that.Why you should be there? To support the underground scene, and be we would love to meetanyone who enjoys what we do.

How would you describe your sound in one sentenceBrutal but with melodies!

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Vuvuzela.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We have been pretty lucky when it comes to that since we haven't really had any major quarrels at all.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? "Ooooooh MENTAL!!"

Do you have anything to add? "We blame the many for the deeds of a few,ban entertainment for the evil that men do,abolish anything that is different, all out of fear because we're losing our grip" = Humanity in a nutshell


Mental Issues - Cycles (Official Lyricvideo)


interview with SACRED 13

What´s the name of your band? SACRED 13
What made you call the band "SACRED 13"? It symbolizes a new begining to us. Some Ancient cultures calendars were based on 13. So for us it is a sacred number because for most people 13 is unlucky, and while we have had our fair share of bad luck, we keep pushing forward.
How was the band formed? Josh and I are cousins and started taking guitar lessons and it just progressed from there.
Can you tell about your band? SACRED 13 is a 3 piece metal band from Edinboro, Pennsylvania. We have branded our style of music "Beard Metal", a blend of pure metal with an emphasis on musicianship and high energy performances.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
We are all from Edinboro [PA, United States].
Josh Karickhoff- Lead Vocals, Guitar
Gus Ward-Bass, Vocals
John Karickhoff-Drums
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To play the music we wanted our way, to as many people as possible.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? I think metal music is a universal language, but just like language, people have their own accents/styles. Our style is heavy, yet melodic. We try not to let trends, or other outside things influence what we do.
Where was your first gig? At an amphitheater in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was for a festival with a lot of bands. The show had a large crowd, and it was crazy playing our first show to a lot of people! It went well and we were hooked!
Where was the latest gig? At a large regional metal festival called Metal Massacre. It was an incredible show with an amazing crowd!
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Josh and I (Gus) do the writing of the music and lyrics.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? I think we all have a good sense of humor and enjoy a good time.
What are your songs about? Our songs are about all kinds of things. I think we write songs based on our own experiences, and things we see in the world that we want to talk about.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own songs, but at shows we always do a cover of some of our favorite songs as tributes to bands we like.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Yes we have four albums:
Remanence (debut album)
Tattered Memories
Jagged Regrets
Black Days Behind Us (latest release)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes! You can find us by searching for Sacred 13 on youtube! Our page is- sacred13band
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 25. I started taking guitar lessons, and when i switched to bass everything just clicked!
At what age did you start playing? I was 11 when I started.
What year was the band started? Josh and I started playing shows in 2002.
Best/worst gig you've played? I would say our best shows had to be on tour when we were direct support for Alice Cooper! As far as worst, I don't think we have had a "worst" Shows are a blast!
What places will you be playing in in the imitate future? At the moment we are in the studio, but we do have some upcoming shows in about a month. They can be found on our website; www.sacred13.com
Is it always the same songs live? No, we change our sets around every few shows. We have a core group of fan favorites/singles, but we try to mix it up.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Write new songs and play some shows so we don't get tired of being stuck in the studio!
Where do you usually play? All over. We mainly are touring the eastern U.S.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? There is just such a charge you get playing for a crowd. Our fans are amazing and really we just feed of their energy.
What are your goals with your music? To continue to grow and play the music we love.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? I honestly think since day one. We wanted to be good at what we do and you have to commit to it.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think both, it is all in what the individual likes. For me, I listen to all kinds of music so I draw from everything.
What are your sources of inspiration? Life, the experiences we have are the things I draw from when I write.
What's the first step when making a new song? For me, I am usually just messing around on my bass, then I play something I like and try to expand on it. Once I have a general outline I go from there, adding the rest.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Well legal downloading is definitely convenient! However for some people I guess the artwork and the physical copy is really cool to have. I usually just buy albums and download them so I can listen to them on the go.
What would be your dreams for the band? To be able to travel all over the world playing our music for fans.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I really do listen to all kinds of stuff. Mostly metal and rock, but there is stuff from all styles I like.
What do you hold most dear? Being true to one's self.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Not being able to play shows!
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Falling on something! 
Have you been part of any other projects? Josh and I are in an acoustic side project we do for fun called The HighLife.
What would you do if there was no music? I really can't imagine a world without music.
How important are your fans? Fans are everything, period! Without them we are nothing.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? We have had people give us some awesome gifts that they spent a lot of time / money on and it is really awesome!
How often do you rehearse? Depends on our tour schedule. But usually once a week.
Where do you rehearse? We have our own studio where we record our albums and rehearse.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Whisper In The Wind and Black Days.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Metallica, Lamb of God, Dream Theater, and Fear Factory are tied! 
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? I think the fans and the awesome feeling you get on stage.
Do you have any webpages?
www.sacred13.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SACRED-13/208979212825
http://www.reverbnation.com/sacred13
http://www.twitter.com/sacred13band
http://www.youtube.com/sacred13band
http://www.instagram.com/sacred13official
http://www.myspace.com/sacred13band
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sacred-13/48/2b3/359
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be ready to go through a lot of hardships and struggles, but always remain true to who you are.
Describe your show, visually and musically We try to make it a high energy show, and get the crowd involved.
How do you view the music industry of today? It is kind of a mess honestly. I think the best thing a band can do is be its own everything. Create a model that works for you and stick to it.
What advice would you like to give other bands? Play the music you love, because at the end of the day it is all that you have.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? I think the economy right now is not conducive to what we do. Entertainment is not a need so it suffers in hard times. Also, there are so many choices out there, breaking through and standing out can be difficult.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We have our shows listed on our sites, but our next show is at Basement Transmissions in Erie, Pa! You should be at them to have a good time with us!
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Heavy and intense, with melodic parts to add contrast.
Whats your Pre-show ritual?Get into the right headspace. Usually just find my own little corner and take a minute and get mentally ready. Also stretching and warming up.

SACRED 13 - Metal Massacre (FULL-SET) 2014


intervew with A Spell Inside

What´s the name of your band? A Spell Inside

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We’re all from a small city in germany called „Neuss“, close to Düsseldorf

What was the ambitions of the band when you started?

To get famous and rich and of course the ladies’ thing...

O.k. just kidding. We wanted to make the music that we would like to hear.

Where was your first gig? In a school of our hometown

Where was the latest gig? In Karlstad, Sweden

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

Melrow has written most of the songs, but the development of the ideas is teamwork

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about?

About every day life, love and hate and a possible future. 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We mainly do our own songs, but we've also made some cover versions for several sampler albums in the past, e.g. „Marianne“ by The Sisters of Mercy.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have produced six albums. Our latest called „Autopilot“ ist out now in stores/online stores across Europe

Do you have any clips on YouTube? There are several videos on Youtube, mainly fanmade stuff and live clips. You can also find our flamboyant video to „Frei Sein“, the first single accompanying the release of our new longplayer „Autopilot"

At what age did you start playing? PeKirk is from an old musician family and started playing piano as a child. The other two started at the age of 14 to 15. From the beginning we were all fascinated by the extraordinary sounds a synthesizer can generate.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 18.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We’re just fixing some dates for the second half of the year to promote the new album. There will also be some scandinavian gigs, so watch out!

Is it always the same songs live? No. As we we have a great back catalogue due to the long time the band exists, every gig and location has its special song list

How big crowds do you usually play for? Just varying from one to some hundreds. We also played in front of thousands on big festivals

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Promoting the album. Doing some live shows and perhaps producing a video to our second single

How do you get psyched up for a gig? A lot of alcohol.

What's the first step when making a new song? Just varying. It could be a special synth sound, a beat or a musical phrase

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We don't download any music ... we use Spotify for sure. But if we like an album or a song we buy a "real" CD. Because for us music means to also hold something in your hands.

What would be your dreams for the band? Playing the big festivals and touring Scandinavia.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? As a synth Band we depend on a lot of technology. So our greatest fear is that something fails. Or that the man behind the mixing desk is too drunk to create a good sound. Or that one of us is too drunk to press the right button.

Have you been part of any other projects? Melrow is also the singer for „Behind the Scenes“, a more guitar and bass orientated group

How important are your fans? The most important thing for us as musicians.

How often do you rehearse? When we prepare for our live gigs we do rehearsals in our studio and produce some visuals for the stage.

Where do you rehearse? At home. In the studio

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Depeche Mode

Do you have any webpages?

www.apellinside.com

You can also find us on Facebook with some interesting and latest news

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Believe in yourself and keep on going ...

How would you describe your sound in one sentence A summer breeze on a winter day.


A Spell Inside - Here To Stay


Dagens skivor.


interview with Roxxess

What´s the name of your band? "Roxxess".... also called "The Rock & Roll Express"

How was the band formed? The Band was formed in the summer of 2008 by Mathias "Lemmy" Kiener who was looking for Band Members to form a Group who´s going to write their own songs.

Can you tell about your band? "We deliver Rock & Roll" - that’s the best way to describe the feeling the band wants to put across. It´s all about the spirit of Rock Music that appears a lot from Rock Bands from the 70´s and 80´s.

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

We are much alike from the same area in north Bavaria, small cities, not much to go to as Rock & Roll items concern.

The Band is Mathias "Lemmy" Kiener (Vocals, Guitars), Hermann Bierner (Guitars, Vocals), Nick Baumer (Bass, Vocals) and Robert "Gussi" Kick (Drums);

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To get some musicians together and write own material in the Melodic / Hard Rock style of the 70`s and 80`s combined with the spirit of Rock & Roll.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music reflects a lot of the 80s flair -  catchy riffs, melodic vocals, short but to the point solos and here and there a little bit of rock & roll licks and fills. A Combination of Bands like Def Leppard, Scorpions, Van Halen, KISS, ZZ Top;

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was kind of a Schools out Party, we played on a Truck it was outside and it was fun :)

Where was the latest gig? The last gig we played "Deja Vu" also on a Truck, it was a big Summer Party held by a Bar in a City called Waldsassen.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? A lot of the material writes Mathias "Lemmy" as well as the lyrics. As later joined Hermann to the band he also writes material for the band.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? I guess it´s our Drummer Robert "Gussi", he always got something funny going. Crazy dude :)

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I think the genre is more or less Melodic Rock combined with elements from Classic Hard Rock, AOR, a little bit of Pop-Rock and Rock & Roll.

Why did you pick that particular style? /What are your songs about? The style comes from your inside, what you feel and what music you’re interested or keen on in your childhood or still today. Our Songs have on the first sight a really listener friendly message, poppy if you like... but on the other hand it´s a lot of room for everybody´s own interpretation. Themes like the hanging out with your friends and having a good time type of thing, as well as hang on to your dreams and make them real, and of course relationships and Love;

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material as well as we according to where we play also do covers.

Have you made any albums? /If yes what are they? We made two EP´s, SKY HIGH (2010) and SHINING IN THE NIGHT (2013) both are available on Amazon.de and the EP SHINING IN THE NIGHT also on iTunes.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? We are on planning a music clip of our own, but till today there are only some Live Videos on You tube.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Hard to say....there´s a lot to mention:  KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, MAGNUM, IRON MAIDEN, YES, ALICE COPPER and a lot more....

Is it always the same songs live? It depends, we always have our  little bit different Setlist on every concert, of course our own material we play as long as the time is sufficent on every concert.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The most promising gig so far never happend, we was invited to play as a Support Act for Jimi Jamison (SURVIVOR) in Stuttgart. But because of a traffic jam we didn´t get in time there, as we arrived they already played.... later we meet the band and Jimi Backstage, it was awesome... but we couldn´t play.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Wé´re still looking for a Bokking Agency who will work with us, we are hungry to get on tour but so far there is no tour on our scheduled.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Sometimes fifty or sometimes 500 or more.... most of the time we play in small clubs for 100-150 people.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? To play more gigs, we are planning on doing some shows in the Czech Republic.

What are your goals with your music? To get some touring going, make a whole album and release it with a good label on our side.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? More the older ones… there has been so much creativity in the 80`s there’s so many small details you can catch after listening so many times on one particular Album, that’s something I am trying to rediscover in our own songs.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Too much to mention… from Dire Straits to John Campbell there´s a lot!

Have you been in any other bands? For myself, I played in various heavy rock projects and 5 Years in an AC/DC Tribute Band. Then I started to form “Roxxess” in 2008.

How important are your fans? The Fans are the most important people, they keep the Rock & Roll truck rollin`!

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? “All I Wanna Do” because of its Rock & Roll Driving edge and “Can´t Live Without You” it really turns out great on our new EP.

Do you have any webpages? We have our own website www.roxxess.com there are also Links to Amazon, You Tube, and Facebook and so on.
Describe your show, visually and musically Vital high energy Rock & Roll with Melodic Rock meets crazy stage acting – we are a “non-still standing” band  :)

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

To capture the energy of “Roxxess” in think the best way to experience it it´s to see us live.

Check our next shows on www.roxxess.com

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Get some quite…. The calm before the storm if you will.


Roxxess Diamond Ring - 21.12.2013 Weihnachtsmarkt Weiden


interview with Party Animals

What´s the name of your band? Party Animals. It clearly identify the nature of the band!

How was the band formed? About three years ago all of us had previously our own band in the local scene, so one day we met as friends and we decided to form an 80’s hard rock cover band...

Can you tell about your band? We play our original songs: they reflect the wild personality of the band, a rock’n’roll band who like to party and to be always at the top on stage. We are as brothers and many of our songs are about this lifestyle.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are from Udine and surroundings, in the north-east of Italy. The band is formed by Andreina (voice), Max (guitars), Ile (drums), Gian (bass).

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? The main ambition was to bring our own music to all people who loves rock’n’roll and believe in it.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music resumes the 80’s hard rock/glam of bands like Motley Crue or Van Halen with a modern rock style...the most important thing for us is to have fun with the music that we are better: rock’n’roll.

Where was your first gig? It was the end of 2011, in a venue near Udine with Bad Bones (Italian hard rock band). At that time we played mainly covers or some of the original tracks included in our first demo CD.

Where was the latest gig? At the Wild Power Fest, a famous motorcycle rally in the north-east of Italy. It was a great night!

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Usually Max proposes a riff idea with his guitar and then we work on it all together. Andre writes all the lyrics. Sometimes we create a whole song in a single rehearse session!

What genre do you feel you are? We all like rock’n’roll and we play it with the heart.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? The style of the band is “Party like an Animal”, so this is what we talk about in many of our songs. “Whisky Sour” (n.8 track of the new album), for example, talks about our booze-party-nights at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood during our tour in LA on 2012...

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own songs and actually we’re working for new songs for a future new album. But in the early days we started to play as a 80’s hard rock/glam cover band (Motley Crue, Poison, LA Guns, ecc..)

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? On 2012 our first 6 track demo CD “Rock’n’Roll” was released through a self production. Recently we made our debut album “Light A Fan Cool” under the italian label Street Symphonies Records.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have the band channel at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/PartyAnimalsrockband ; here you can find some live clips taken at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles and some promo clips for the new album.

How old are you? Andre is 27, Max is 40, Ile is 35 and Gian is 27 years old.

What year was the band started? Mid 2011

Best gig you've played? One of the best gigs was the Los Angeles tour of course, the Bikerfest Motorcycle Rally 2012 in Lignano-Italy or the Interstate Studio 270 gig (a concert venue near Udine) with Thundermother from Sweden.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We are working for some gigs around Europe to promote our new CD..we hope to realize it!

Where have you played from then till now? During these 3 years of activity we played lots of concerts. Some of them have been very important for us: we played gigs in venues like Rock’n’Roll Arena (Novara), Interstate Studio 270 (Udine), Whisky A Go Go and Rainbow Bar and Grill (Los Angeles) and we shared the stage with important bands like Tuff (80’s hair metal band from LA), Thundermother, Elvenking, Lost Angels (super band with memebers of bands like Cinderella, Alice Cooper, Slash’s Snakepit, White Lion)

Is it always the same songs live? We mainly play the new songs and our “old” songs included in the first demo CD. We actually like to play some covers of bands like Motley Crue or Hardcore Superstar.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? To promote the new album with gigs in some Europe countries and, if possible, to come back in the USA. We are working hard on it! New stuff for a next new album is growing..

Where do you usually play? We usually play in local concert venues or rock pubs and in the spring/summer there are lots of oper air rock music festivals and motorcycle rallies.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Lots of beer before the gig! No, I’m kidding...I think the best way to be psyched up for a gig is to believe in rock’n’roll and to transform this one in music. It’s a way of life.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think it can give you an idea of what genre of music you prefer to play...we prefer to mix some of old with some of new rock music. In other words, we try to be a modern band without forgetting the origins of the big past bands.

What's the first step when making a new song? Usually we don’t have schemes. All songs born spontaneously during a session and after we decide if the new song could be a power rock song or a ballad...

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? In this modern years we see that artists and bands live mainly thanks to concerts, merchandising or sponsors, not with their records sales. Music must be accessible to all people but the effort to record a new album must be repaid for all artists.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Rock and metal bands, of course! Andreina sings also in another band called Ravenouse who plays Modern Metal music.

What do you hold most dear? The main thing we hold most dear are the efforts we have made to get to record our first 10 tracks album. We are very pleased.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Fears? Maybe a guitar or bass string that breaks during a song or an illness of a band member!

Have you been part of any other projects? Actually Andreina is a singer of another metal band called Ravenouse and Max plays in an AC/DC tribute band with Chris Slade (original AC/DC past drummer).

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Max and Ile work in a rock irish pub in Udine called Black Stuff, Andreina works in a mall and Gian is a radiology technician in the hospital in Udine.

How important are your fans? Fans are very important for us and we thank them always because they are our energy recharge with their love and friendship.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? We have a fan/friend called Emil. He created a “Light A Fan Cool” luminous signboard for our concerts and for...drive his personal truck for going to work! During our last gig a the Wild Power Fest all fans wore a “Party Family” t-shirt...it was great.

How often do you rehearse? Due to the work of each one of us sometimes difficulties arise but normally during the week we spend many hours for the band.

Where do you rehearse? In the rehearsal room of our friend Cristian Tavano from FAKE IDOLS, a new good modern metal band  (he played as guest at the title track of “Light A Fan Cool”).

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Damned Road and Whisky Sour.

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? Only two thing: rock’n’roll and passion for music drive us. When we stop believing in them the band will end.

Do you have any webpages?

Yeah, go visit https://www.facebook.com/PartyAnimalsrock or https://twitter.com/PartyAnimalsIT or http://partyanimalsrock.wix.com/party-animals

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? We would not be trivial but it’s the only truth to keep rock’n’roll alive and well: don’t stop believing in music you to play in your band!

Describe your show, visually and musically Energy and fun on stage, with 80’s-like poses of band members with a little bit of irony and high volume during all show time!

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Working out of the band, unfortunately in the first place. The jobs of each one of us is often an obstacle for rehearse and for spend time on the band...

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We will surely play in some local open air music festivals during this summer. Be there and you will have fun to see us on stage and genuine 80’s nostalgia!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Take the wildest 80’s glam metal sound and mix it with a very loud modern rock style, with full of melody refrains.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Probably when the first singer Sabrina left the band: there were many misunderstandings with her and with the band, but now it’s ok with her.

Whats your Pre-show ritual?Some minutes before we stay together in the backstage and we encourage each other. Holy moments.


PARTY ANIMALS Light A Fan Cool with lyrics


interview with No Zodiac

What´s the name of your band? The name of the Band is No Zodiac.

How was the band formed? The band was formed as a project for fun in early 2009 with myself (Erik), and

three other friends that are no longer part of the band.

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

Connor does Vocals and is from Wisconsin.

Erik plays Drums and is From Chicago

Chris plays guitar and is from Wisconsin but currently lives in Illinois

Grubby plays Bass and is from Indiana but currently lives in Chicago.

Felker plays guitar and Is from a suburb of Chicago

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We just wanted to have fun. We were never really serious about it until recently when we had opportunites to start touring and doing something with the band.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is like getting repeatedly hit in the head with a sledge hammer.  HEAVY! Just kidding. We have a lot of influence from old school metal as well as a lot of older and current death metal. We try to keep it as heavy as possible.

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at Cisa studios in Indiana.

Where was the latest gig? Our latest one was at the Showcase in Racine Wisconsin

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The writing of the music is a collaboration between all of us. Someone will come up with a riff, and we all keep building off of that. The lyrics are all up to Connor. We check them when hes done and tweak something if need be.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Best sense of humor....not sure. Weirdest sense of humor definitely goes to Connor. if you ever meet him you will understand.

What genre do you feel you are? We don't really write our songs with a certain genre in mind........but

if we would have to pick, it would be metal/deathmetal with hardcore influence.

Why did you pick that particular style? This particular style is what influences us mainly to play music and is what we love.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All of our own material

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

Yes. We released our debut full length last year on seventh dagger records. It was Called "Population Control".

We also just finished writing our next album that will be out within the next few weeks called "Eternal Misery"

What year was the band started? Early 2009

Best/worst gig you've played?

Best gig we have played was the last time we played at Alladin Jr's in Pomona, CA with our boys in Nasty.

Worst gig was on our first tour. It was in Alabama and there was a total of six people.

What places will you be playing in in the future? We will be all over Europe in August. Check our facebook for more info!!

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Nasty from Germany is the tightest and best band ever. Period.

How big crowds do you usually play for? It can range from 50 to 1000 or more.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Promote this new record as much as possible and get on the road!

What are your goals with your music? To take this band as far as we can and to do as much as possible.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Definitely easier to get inspiration from the older bands.

What's the first step when making a new song? The first step towards making a new song is always an idea from someone. Then we build on that idea as a group to ultimately complete a new song.

What would be your dreams for the band? A dream we all share in the band would be to ultimately sign to a major label and tour as much as possible.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? A huge fear that the band shares, is that one day something happens to where we are no longer capable of doing music.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? No fears on stage, just pure energy and adrenaline. There is no better feeling than being on stage and playing in front of people.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Personally outside of the band i am a licensed barber and cut hair all day.

What would you do if there was no music? Would focus 100 percent on my career

How important are your fans? If there were no more fans, there would be any music. The fans are literally the most important part of music.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? A fan once threw a double sided dildo on stage in Paris. That was hilarious. Other than that, there are many No Zodiac fan tattoos.

How often do you rehearse? Once or twice a week.

Where do you rehearse? We rent out a room in a motorcycle clubhouse.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Two of our new songs "Eternal Misery", and "King of Scorn".

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 biggest drive for younger musicians is that feeling you get when you're on stage. It's addicting like a drug. Finally getting recognition for all you hard work is one of the best feelings in the world, and once you get a taste you just want
more and more. 

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? NEVER! EVER! GET AN EGO!!! If you're rude to your fans you don't deserve thier time. Also keep patient. Things don't happen overnight. You need to start at the bottom.

Would you like to add anything else? Learn how to play your damn instrument!!!!

How do you view the musicindurty of today? The mainstream music industry is completely garbage these days. Nobody writes their own music and everthing is fake. Good musicians have a hard time actually getting notoriety. MTV ruined music haha.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Communication. Trust. Reliability.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Sacrifice a baby goat, bathe in its blood and summon satan.
Do you have anything to add? Do not take any bands for granted. Go to local shows, book bands, and take care of them. Keep your scene alive.


No Zodiac - Rise of Unholy


interview with Until Rain

What is the name of your band? Until Rain

What does the name "Until Rain" stand for and what made you decide on it? Nothing! We just liked the sound of it and the images it might project in your mind. Also, we were looking for a name that wasn’t taken at the time and we succeeded in that!

How was the band formed and what made you form the band? 3 students who wanted to jam on their favorite tunes got together and that was the start of our band!

Can you briefly introduce your band and who you are? We have Yannis Papadopoulos on vocals, Theodore Amaxopoulos on guitars, Lefteris Germenlis on keyboards, Bill Gkagkavouzis on the bass and Alex Hughes on drums!

Where are all band members from? From Greece.

What were the ambitions of the band when you started? Same as today. Compose & perform our own songs!

Could you explain your music to someone that haven' t heard you? Not really. It’s a mixture of Prog Metal and many other elements but it’s quite vague!

Where was your first gig? Thessaloniki, Greece

Where was the latest gig? Thessaloniki, Greece

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Lefteris Germenlis & Theodore Amaxopoulos write the music & the lyrics.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? It depends! We are all funny this way!

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? We’re lets say in the prog genre!

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We liked that it’s challenging and has a sense of freedom while composing. That’s why we took this direction in our music. Our songs deal with many themes but they’re mainly anthropocentric. Our last album was about the connection between Nature and humanity.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We compose and perform only our own material.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have 3 releases so far: The Reign of Dreams (2009), Pandemic EP (2011), Anthem to Creation (2013).

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, many are official (uploaded by the band) and many videos uploaded by fans.

How old are you? What got you started in music? Our ages span from 21 to 27. Most of us have been doing it since we were young.

At what age did you start playing? Some us at an early age but some after 15 years old.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? As a band we were students (16 years old)

What year was the band started? 2004

How old were you the first time you saw a liveband play? We saw live bands perform since we were kids.

Best/worst gig you've played? Best gig was one of our last ones (supporting Psychotic Waltz in Thessaloniki). Worst gig?? I can’t recall the worst (because it was the worst)!

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? All sort of places around Europe (Paris, Barcelon, London, Essen, Uden, Prague, Austria & more)

Where have you played from then till now? We’ve performed all throughout Greece but this is our first Tour outside of our country.

What songs are in your live sets? Usually songs from our last release ( in this case mainly songs from “Anthem to Creation”

Is it always the same set live? We try to change things so people that have seen us before get the opportunity to see more of our songs live.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The whole tour actually that we have ahead of as seems promising!

Have you had any bigger tours from start till now? No, this is our first big tour.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Usually in small venues but we’ve performed in festivals in front of huge crowds as well.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Only the European Tour for now but we have many goodies prepared for 2014.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Others drink a beer, others relax backstage etc.

What are your goals with your music? We just wanna show people what we do and perform in as many cities of the world as possible.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? When we actually released our last release.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both. You can always find remarkable acts if you are open-minded.

What are your sources of inspiration? Many things but mainly music & arts in general and also our loved ones.

What's the first step when making a new song? It’s always different.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? In many ways it helps artists get the promotion they need but in the same time it destroys the music industry.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We like to think that we’re open-minded so we have very diverse influences from many different styles!

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Failure maybe or an apocalypse with zombies??

Have you been part of any other projects? Most of the members took part in other projects and acts throughout the years.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Our drummer is also a software engineer but the rest are full-time musicians.

How important are your fans? Our fans are the most vital part of what we do and their support is priceless.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Before a couple of years a fan made a couple of t-shirts with our logo and shared them with other fans and they all came to our show wearing them. It was a surprise back then because we didn’t have any official merchandise available.

How often do you rehearse? We usually rehearse a lot before a series of shows but we try to rehearse as much as we can.

Where do you rehearse? It depends if we are back in Greece or in London.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Anthem to Creation & My Own Blood.

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? Passion and love for the music.

Do you have any webpages? Our official website is www.untilrain.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Not really cause we’re new to the music industry.

Describe your show, visually and musically

That’s a secret that you’ll have to discover on your own coming to a concert of ours!!

How do you view the music industry of today? It’s corrupted some times and very vicious towards new acts in general but if you believe in your material, work hard and have a little luck you can succeed.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Stay true to your beliefs no matter what comes in your way.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Usually money but also the relationship between the members can sometimes be tricky.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? By being there you support us and you will witness our new songs in a live situation

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Heavy & melodic at the same time.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Maybe a couple of years ago when some members departed from the band.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Nothing in particural.

Would you like to add anything else? Thanx for the support and for interviewing us!


Until Rain - My Own Blood (Official Lyric Video)


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