interview with Mortician
How was the band formed? Thomas and Roland took guitar lessons and both were big Kiss fans. After some playback Kiss shows they found out that it is much more exciting to play live and so they started in 1983 to look for some like-minded metal heads.
Can you tell about your band? As mentioned in the beginning it was Thomas and Roland but it took not long to bring Siegfried (vocals) Manfred (drum) and myself (bass) on board. We immediately started to write our own songs and played them for our friends in the rehearsal room. It took as about one year before we had our first gig on March 31st 1984
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Except of Manfred, he come from Frastanz we all lived in Satteins which in in 3km distance. Beside our instruments we all did a lot of drinking, hanging around and traveling to concerts at Zürich and Munich because in our area there were no big bands playing.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? As all of the young band in the 80ies and I think still today we wanted to become famous an tour the world.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? I can tell you the bands we are listening to and then it’s up to you to make up your mind. Judas Priest, Metallica, Saxon, Accept, Exodus, Iced Earth, …
Where was your first gig? In Frastanz (A) on the 31st of March in 1984
Where was the latest gig? In Satteins (A) as support from Flotsam and Jetsam on the 3rd of August 2014
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Thomas is doing most of the guitar riffs and Daniel and myself are writing the lyrics. Together we then arrange the song to bring in the harmony and expression we want to get.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? In terms of humor we are quite on the same level. There is a dry sense of humor we all like to share and which, if one of us is down, is used to bring him up on track!
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? There is nothing at all bad with the band. The band gives us compensation to our daily life, lets us forget about problems for a view hours and makes possible that we can do what we like to do. Playing and listening to Heavy Metal.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Simply because we like it. The songs are about many different topics like horror, music, sex, politics, personal experiences, jobs and even sports, …
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Only own material
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
1987 Street Warrior (demo tape)
1987 No War EP
1989 Break the Rules (demo tape)
2009 No War and More (CD sampler of all our released stuff in the 80ies)
2011 Mortician (first full album)
2014 Shout for Heavy Metal (full album)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes there are some. You have to search for Mortician Austria
How old are you? We are between 30 and 46
At what age did you start playing? We started with 15 years
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 16 to 19 years
Best/worst gig you've played? The two best gigs were Up The Hammers Festival in 2010 in Athens and the Keep it True Festival In Germany at the same year. The worst we do not remember. Too drunken J .
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? Dornbirn (A) and Innsbruck (A)
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? There are so many good bands I’ve seen but one of the most impressive one was Metallica at the 100 Club at London in 1987
Is it always the same songs live? Some songs are fixed on the set list but others vary. It always depend if we are headlining or doing support.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Keep it True and Up the Hammers
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No, not really. Mostly we have single shows but we had a one week tour with Lillian Axe in 2012
How big crowds do you usually play for? A range between 150 and 250
What are the plans for the rest of the year? The rest of 2014 we concentrate to practice with our new drummer Alex and beginning of 2015 we will hit the stage again for some CD release shows
Where do you usually play? Mostly in Austria and Germany.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? There is nothing special we do. Some worm up of our limbs and two, three drinks!
What are your goals with your music? The goal is to do our own songs and style and for sure we want to reach the people which are into the same kind of music.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? In our case for sure we got the inspiration from the old school bands
What are your sources of inspiration? If we talk about lyrics the inspiration comes during daily life. Things pop up in my mind and immediately a movie starts in my head. I make some notes on my mobile and continue when I’ve quiet hour.
What would be your dreams for the band? Playing some big festivals
What would be your greatest fears for the future? War
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Daniels beer shower! He usually gives it to himself but you never know.
Have you been in any other bands? Me not but Thomas played many years in Art of Fear and Daniel played with Dust n’ Bones and Grey Star
How important are your fans? The fans are what it is all about. No fans no drive. No fans no live shows. No fans no party. So it’s the most important part of the business!
How often do you rehearse? Once a week we all meet together to rehearse, talk and have some beers.
Where do you rehearse? At our hometown Satteins. In the basement of an old textile factory.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Inner Self, Promised Land
Do you have any webpages? www.mortician.at And on facebook under MorticianAustria
Describe your show, visually and musically We do not dress very special. Some rivet belts, black clothes but the most important effect is Daniel our singer. His energy on stage and the ambition to involve the audience is one of our biggest trump live. Musically we try to bring a big fat wave of riffs and powerful sound on stage.
How do you view the music industry of today? To be honest we do not care and think too much about the industry. We are glad to be with Pure Underground-Records who are supporting us on the release and taking care of the distribution of our albums. For live shows we take care of our own So far no management is involved.
What advice would you like to give other bands? As long as you have fun. Keep on doing it! And never feel pushed to change your stile if you are not into it.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? To find the right members so that you can say we are “one band” and to get enough possibilities to play live.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The near to the audience and the party afterwards is clearly a plus. A minus is if we have to carry all our stuff by our own to the third floor or the basement of the club.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? The next shows are our CD release shows. So it’s a must to be there to hear the new songs the first time live! The first is on the 16th of January 2015 in Dornbirn and the second is on the 28th of February in Innsbruck.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Old school Heavy Metal
Do you have anything to add? If someone of you who read this interview owns a club or is organizing music events. Go in contact with us and we will find a way that Mortician comes to Sweden to rock your venue! E-mail to: email@example.comAnd if one of you wants to have a signed CD we can give it to you for EUR 15,-- incl. transport. Thank you for taking your time and your interest in Mortician. Metal Forever!
MORTICIAN - NO WAR 25. 6. 11. LIVE
interview with Andrei Zaicev
How was the band formed? “Andrei Zaicev- is my solo project that I started in 2007. Before that I had a lot of bands, from children to adult pop and rock . But once I wanted to try myself in the instrumental electronic music and the result shows that I'm on the right track. So I started working solo.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? All my music I write myself. There are no musicians- I do everything myself . I`m in permanent searching of new styles and ways of sound. One day I want to try myself at psy chill, next day I can write something light , I never know what I want to do next time. First of all I compose melody and then I think how to produce it.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? When in 2007 I started doing instrumental music, I had a strong desire to be heard not only in Russia but also abroad, and decided to release my works at MySpace and a few months later received offers to release of these tracks.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I am not a supporter of any particular style -so I write music as light such heavy enough. As a child I was a big fan of the "ABBA" band. But also I was listening to a symphony by Georgy Sviridov, and in when I was teenager, I really liked "Pink Floyd". But I see great field for realizing my creative ambitions in Chillout, Ambient. I`m the author of the Russian verses songs . I haven`t English songs yet but, I think that music can say more than the words of the song. I think that music is a kind of language that is understood by people all over the world.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Since 2008 I had released two albums:
Andrei Zaicev -“ Spaceship”/2008г/.
Альбом Andrei Zaicev”-Dancing Dolphins”/2014г/. CD
«Dancing Dolphins" was released only offline, the internet version is not ready, the album may be interesting in fact that throughout the sounding music present voice of dolphins, which I recorded myself.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR5fEryE0qc&list=PLveLpF_6PM1Vsord19dkisOn3iIn7Zkp1&index=1
At what age did you start playing? I started playing at 12 years of age. The first instrument that I learned was the guitar. Later I started playing piano.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? First time I tried myself as a part of school band in 1979.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? From 1999 to 2005 there were lots of performances, but I never had tours as celebrities, but I think situation will change soon.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? First of all I want to finish new composition, and then comes new year so I m going to celebrate.
What are your goals with your music? I'm going to create a new musical project, which will be played the English-language songs. No matter how it sounds, but I know that the musical material will have good quality, and at least I will strive towards this.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I like older bands more than new ones.
What are your sources of inspiration? Films and books are my sources of inspiration.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? With great respect I treat physical media / CD / musical material. It`s like the book -one single event, a separate subject, has a soul. I believe that music album should be the same event and have a separate shelf in the house.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Mostly I prefer symphonic music.
What do you hold most dear? The most dear for me is my youngest daughter, she is 9 years old and already singing.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? All my fears are associated only with the current unstable situation in Russia.
Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, there were many other projects. Probably the most successful of these is the pop group "Babylon", formed in 1999 and released the album "Dance in the style of Russian" and several clips in Russia. http://youtu.be/wWEY2dhAzfQ
Do you have any webpages? https://www.facebook.com/andrei.zaicev.969
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? Anyone who dreams of music, never ask such a question. Personally, I always move the process of creation of the work, I do not think that this can happen and how much I still earn money, but I'm in that particular state, when you forget about everything that surrounds you and time ceases to be value. It is worth to be creative, I guess. I think that a lot of good music is unheard, but that it does not become worse, and the status of its creators is poor.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Do not betray the music - she will not forgive you!
Do you have anything to add? I wish all readers and listeners love and patience in a new 2015.
ANDREI ZAICEV MAGIC WOOD
interview with B1nary Cur10us
What´s the name of your band? B1nary Cur10us (and yes that is a sex pun)
How was the band formed? Well, I suppose one could argue that it was a lengthy process of musical dissatisfaction, an excess of free time and a collective disdain for socializing in the traditional manner; but, personally I accredit it to a glut of video games and Craigslist.
Can you tell me about your band? As of this moment (like this moment right…now), B1nary Cur1ous is a two piece featuring Bill (Duke Manning) Sihr on 8 string bass and Kyle (Baby Bird Applebaum) on percussions (more to come when they come). Our style is a frantic jambalaya of progressive and/ or math rock/metal, Eurasian folk and the soothing sounds of the 8 and 16 bit eras which we playfully call Chimer-rock (Chimera + Rock).
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We both reside in New Jersey (South Jersey) . Our general order of operations is Bill spends too much time reading spastic articles on the inter-webs, stumbles upon some nigh-abandoned scale and noodles away. He then plays the tune on an 8-string (octave) bass guitar to Kyle, who then tries to translate his nonsense into audibly coherent works. He then brings down the thunder (drums) and a song is born!
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We both have a desire for creating something wholly original, regardless of whether or not the outcome is desirable, which was the initial impetus for forming B1nary cur10us. Currently, however, we just want as many beer tickets as possible.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? …That’s a tough one. Perhaps is Nobuo Uematsu decided to team up with Robert Fripp and rewrite every Devo song? We consistently hear entirely new comparisons from friends and fans alike; everything from Nightwish, to King Crimson to Cream. B1nary Cur10us is what you make of it I suppose.
Where was your first gig? A very interesting book store in Delaware with our good friends over in Tone and Willow Talk. Bill bought some Ren and Stimpy comics and paid zero dollars in sales tax.
Where was the latest gig? The Other night we played at a magical venue in Manayunk PA called The Side Room. They were very hospitable people and the promoter, Sam, was especially generous to us.
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? The writing process usually begins with Bill writing all the bass parts and the lyrics and then Kyle comes in and lays down the drums and makes sure that Bill didn’t get ridiculously carried away.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Patton Oswalt.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? There really isn’t all that much to complain about outside our natural ability to frighten off potential fellow co-conspirators. That all said, we are both very proud of the product of our labors. As for the genre, the above mentioned chimer-rock seems most applicable.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Someone had to do it eventually. Better us than them.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? It would be very surprising if either of us really knew how to play another band’s material.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Currently no; however, we have lofty plans for the coming months and will certainly be working on a release of some kind. Perhaps an 8 track.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? All of our various medias, be they social, or otherwise, can be found via our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/B1naryCur10us
How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are both one quarter of a century old. As for music, men do crazy things when they don’t have reliable access to the female anatomy. As for Kyle, his family introduced him to a lot of styles of music...and his father used to play the drums.
At what age did you start playing? Bill was 16 when his obsession with Kurt Cobain finally drove him to buy one of those GOD forsaken Estaban guitars and Kyle started playing drums at age 13.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Bill didn’t pop his performance cherry until he was old enough to drink (21) and Kyle popped it at age 14.
What year was the band started? October the twenty-fourth, in the Year of Our Lord two-thousand and thirteen, but it’s been a long time coming.
Best/worst gig you've played? Best was probably when we opened for Counter-Earth over at Champion’s Bar in Trenton, NJ. The worst shan’t be spoken of.
What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Kyle’s basement.
Where have you played from then till now? Primarily libation-centric venues throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but “Winter is Coming!”
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? For Bill the only possible answer is when he and another assailant drove half-way across North America to see the debut pseudo-secret performance of Them Crooked Vultures. With Kyle, it was likely the first time he saw Kayo Dot perform at The Social in Orlando Florida. It was the first time he felt his rib cage rattle due to the sound.
Is it always the same songs live? There are certainly ones that are showcased more than others, but B1nary Cur10us takes great pains to maintain the illusion that we have a robust catalog of music.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Well, at one gig a bunch of lunatic Evangelical performers prayed for everyone and we’re really hopeful that said act will pay off later on, or at least offset the dirtiness.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No, but things change.
How big crowds do you usually play for? Depends on what you define as a crowd.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Homework, regular work, and depression. We’re really hoping to fit alcoholism in there somewhere; also turkey.
Where do you usually play? Stages seem to be a constant. Often times within earshot of a bartender.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Beer.
What are your goals with your music? We have this song called The Spins which is meant to reproduce the experience of having alcohol poisoning. We’re really hopeful that one day we will finally get someone to vomit after listening to it.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When we realized the economy was shot and that there was little hope for gainful employment.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Eh, every era has great bands. It’s not fair to place a particular emphasis on one age while diminishing the importance of another. We’re all snowflakes.
What are your sources of inspiration? Boss battle themes in Japanese role playing games.
What's the first step when making a new song? Waking up.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? That is certainly a hot topic (unlike the store of the same name). It’s really hard to cry theft when the act does not result in any sort of loss of property rights for anyone involved. Maybe one day when our fans number in the double-digits we can go full Ulrich and start waving signs, but until then fire away.
What would be your dreams for the band? Getting to flip-off our hierarchical overlords and not have to wake up early for work.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? At this point our tastes are so very eclectic that it is really only fair to say that we listen to the internet on shuffle.
What do you hold most dear? Crushing our enemies, and revel in the sight of seeing them driven before you and hearing the lamentations of their women…also alcohol.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Full time retain employment.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That the guy who came and screwed up our show at The Dobbs will return to finish the job.
What songs and what years were they released? All of them all the time.
Have you been part of any other projects? Kyle currently maintains an alter ego as the Drummer for Valacar. Bill has been of some other nothing bands and moonlights as a graduate student.
Have you been in any other bands? Look up.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? …a little more.
What would you do if there was no music? Dedicate ourselves, entirely, to ripping off Patton Oswalt jokes.
How important are your fans? Our parents mean the world to us.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? This guy at Champion’s Bar, who barely spoke a lick of the Queen’s English started force feeding us tequila shots and doing this wavy dance. We miss that guy.
How often do you rehearse? When the fortunes allow it.
Where do you rehearse? Kyle’s basement.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Iwiij Jach Jaj and Epochelypse.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? For Bill it always goes back to Josh Homme. Either Queens of the Stone Age or Them Crooked Vultures. For Kyle it’s These Arms Are Snakes. Those guys would always put on one hell of a show.
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? Beer tickets and the prospect of boobs. Also, the thrill of creating/performing.
Do you have any webpages? https://www.facebook.com/B1naryCur10us/info. We also have an Instagram (b1narycur10us) and a Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/b1nary-cur10us).
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Always ask to see ID before you agree to anything.
Describe your show, visually and musically It’s like watching two mildly out-of-shape- white guys play instruments wrong for 45 minutes.
How do you view the music industry of today? It’s a sinking ship.
What advice would you like to give other bands? We’re the ones who need the advice.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best is the experience and worst is not having lackeys to move all of our gear.
Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? Nothing to report yet, but follow us on FB and we’ll let you know ASAP.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence. Confused Jackie Chan Meme.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? All Instruments are of equal standing in the light of GOD’s love…or the kazoo.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Naming it.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Stretching and beer.
B1nary Curious 12182014 North Star
interview with Codes of Ashes
What´s the name of your band? Codes of Ashes
How was the band formed? COA was formed out of a simple desire to start recording and cataloging piano melodies in my down time. Once I realized that some of these melodies may have sounded better coming from a different instrument, I started experimenting with different DAWs and that quickly led on to multi-layered tracks. I started to realize that making music was therapeutic to me, it gave me an outlet, and in the age of electronic composition where you dont have to run out and buy thousands of dollars worth of traditional instruments or equipment, the possibilities were endless. I put a name to this "brand" of mine and started uploading my music to the internet.
Can you tell about your band? I mostly consider COA to be an experimental entity. All of the music is strictly instrumental and very mood-based. I dont like to create something...music especially, put it in a box and present it in a way that gives the listener no room to come up with their own ideas, thoughts, or even visuals. The music is there for anyone to listen to and interpret as they see fit. This is why I dont use lyrics, I strive to create new sounds, and I do not show my face. Lyrics direct the listener to understand what message the artist is trying to send, but I enjoy creating music (with semi-vague titles) that allows the audience to fill in their own personal interpretation.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? I grew in and around Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of my childhood was spent in a town that is now known as Rocky Top, TN. The area is made up mostly of churches, run-down gas stations and mom & pop businesses. I am the only person that creates the music, and for the most part I create all visual media associated with COA, however from time to time I will seek out and utilize other visual artist/videographers to collaborate with.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I did not go about it expecting riches and fame. My only real ambition was to share new music and utilize COA as an emotional outlet. The marketing aspect of it all can become monotonous at times (even if you're giving something away for free) but the most important thing is that I enjoy creating, and I put that fact above all else.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? The music is designed for you to engage it as a soundtrack for anything that you see fit. The sounds are different, the mood will change, but do not expect to be able to easily classify it with a general genre.
Where was your first gig? Nothing official to speak of as of yet. Ive allowed people to use the music with various individual projects, but I could not present COA as a live act until I have the resources needed to do more than simply play music on a stage. It would have to be an immersive visual experience as well. Half-assing will not do.
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? I am the sole member.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? A pro of COA is that it is not controlled by any greedy asshats or by any "artist" that either does not produce their own music or write their own lyrics. (This tends to be a growing trend by major recording artists/bands). I suppose a con of COA would be that because I am only one person and have to keep up with other aspects of life (family, work, etc), I cannot always effectively market the project and introduce it on a mass level. Because of the underground nature, COA is usually discovered through genre-matching services like internet radio and word-of-mouth. First and foremost, COA is instrumental. It is almost entirely electronic with sub-tones of industrial, ambient, and trance.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Well there's no certain style, really, but I tend to stay with a darker tone throughout. I may be more oriented in this direction because I think that these emotional tones are worth exploring more on a personal level. It provides a certain level of conflict that is useful to assess. The tracks are mostly titled in a vague manner to allow the listener to decide for themselves what they are about and what they take from the music on their own personal level.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? So far, everything that has been officially released are original compositions.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Codes of Ashes (2011) Note: The downloadable versions on the internet are extremely distorted due to a transfer error by 301Studios.
Era Origin : Decoded (Remix EP - Various Artists) (2012)
Light (Single) (2013)
The Last Tranquility (2014)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? www.youtube.com/codesofashes
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 28. I got started in music as a child when I used to sneak into the school gymnasium after class and play a few keys on the piano that was kept in the back. I loved the simplicity of the instrument and how just one subtle note could inspire unlimited possibilities.
What year was the band started? 2010
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I believe the greatest band I have seen play live due to the quality of musicianship, the visual experience, and the extreme attention to detail would be Nine Inch Nails.
How big crowds do you usually play for? My fiance, my daughter, and my dog. (they dont tip)
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Nothing much for 2014 except spending time with my new family. As for 2015...possibly a new album along with a hopeful side project with a good friend and a great producer.
What are your goals with your music? To make you angry, to make you sad, to make you calm, and to make you tap your feet.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When I realized how much I enjoyed it
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think it's the same both ways, really. I enjoy a very wide range of artists, but every musician in one way or another is inspired by another artist. David Bowie, for instance, was a pioneer in alot of ways and there have been many artists that have been inspired by him, but yet not all of those artists may belong in the same genre, and that's ok. That's the beauty of inspiration: that it branches out to others in different ways. I get inspiration from alot of artists both old and new and both are just as equally effective.
What are your sources of inspiration? I can tell you that I grew up listening to alot of oldies like Pink Floyd, The Cure, David Bowie, etc, but I had my stages. I had a time where I listened to alot of disco, another time where I listened to rap and hip hop, but I mostly listened to rock in my younger years. Nowadays, my music libraries are a melting pot of electronic/beat-oriented music, Industrial, 1980's new wave, soundtrack scores and even a good serving of Celtic bagpipes and drums. Otherwise, once in a while, I will find inspiration from everyday sounds. One time, I was working at a hospital and walked by an industrial HVAC unit and noticed a peculiar sound as it started up. It was an interesting mix of what sounded like a long groan, and a distorted, strained screaming that gradually raised its pitch. I stopped what I was doing and for the next few minutes while standing there and staring at large air-conditioner, I wondered how I could replicate the sound and what melody could emerge from it.
What's the first step when making a new song? Decide what you want to address for yourself (or others), musically. Do you want to get the point across immediately, or do you want to build up to it? Decide that, then allow your ideas to flow.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think its great to have immediate access to the music you want to listen to, but for me, I have always enjoyed getting the full package. For records and CD's, I love being a collector and building that physical library of all my favorite artists, and I love seeing the artwork of the cover or within the pamphlet in the case. Also, a digital file cant give you that "newly bought smell". Most of the time, I purchase both the digital and the physical album.
What would be your dreams for the band? Id really love to hear COA tracks in feature films.
What do you hold most dear? My daughter.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? That the world continues to be governed by imbeciles.
Have you been part of any other projects? I have contributed some music for a few short films. There are a few remixes I have done for other songs floating around on the net, and there was a haunted hotel attraction I composed music and sound effects for prior to the creation of Codes of Ashes.
Have you been in any other bands? I am currently in a start up phase for a new project with a good friend.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? All I can really say is that I do work for a living.
What would you do if there was no music? More than likely, I would be concentrated in visual arts.
How important are your fans? Because I purposely keep my distance from being known by any one specific genre, I never expect everyone that listens to take to it and just purchase all my music, but I will tell you that any and every time I receive a compliment, it is extremely humbling. An artist is nothing without an audience and their appreciation is worth every single day I spend creating something.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Within the realms of COA, I put myself in the background and make sure the project serves as its own entity. Because of this, not everyone is aware of my name, nor what I look like. A few years back, I happened to realize that a fan was nearly convinced that I was actually another artist (who I happen to admire) hiding his identity behind a new project. That was the most humbling thing I have heard to date.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? At the moment, that would probably be "There is Another Way" and "Dont Open Your Eyes, Dont Make a Sound".
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? Sheer commitment.
Do you have any webpages?
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Even if its unpopular, BE original. Otherwise, you're just another non creative asshole.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? A catch-22. You can get lucky and sign with a major label (lose most of your rights), or you can retain full creative control with an independent label or just as an individual and accept that you will probably not make nearly as much money. (unless you're already a popular and well established artist)
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Music inspired from the emotions of thoughts, ideas, memories, daydreams and nightmares.
Do you have anything to add? Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the music.
interview with GRAVEWURM
How was the band formed? IT WAS FORMED FROM THE HATRED AND DISGUST FOR THE KIND OF MUSIC THAT WAS PASSED TO US AS "METAL" IN THE LATE 80s / EARLY 90s. IT WAS A DEFIANCE TO ALL THAT MAINSTREAM BULLSHIT.
Can you tell about your band? ORIGININAL NAME WAS DOMINION. IT WAS STARTED IN 1990 WITH BLOOD ON BASS AND VOCALS, FUNERAL ON GUITAR. WE HAD THE IDEA OF CREATING DOOM/DEATH METAL, BUT IT TOOK A FEW YEARS AND THE ADDITION OF TYRANT SOLELY ON VOCALS BEFORE WE FELT WE HAD SOME CONCRETE SONGS. THE NAME CHANGED BRIEFLY TO BORN FROM FEAR, BUT SOON THEN AFTER CHANGED TO GRAVEWURM IN 1992 WHEN MORE BLACK METAL INFLUENCES WERE ESTABLISHED.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? WE STARTED IN CLARION, PENNSYLVANIA. NOW THE CURRENT LINE UP RESIDES IN THE AREA OF CLEVELAND, OHIO. LORD MASSILION IS ON DRUMS, VON SLIGON IS ON BASS AND FUNERAL GRAVE IS ON GUITAR AND VOCALS.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? TO CREATE METAL THAT WE WANTED TO HEAR OF WHICH WE ENJOYED.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? IT IS A DARK JOURNEY OF VARIOUS FANTASY TALES USUALLY INVOLVING HEAVEN AND HELL, CREATURES OF BOTH REALMS AND THE STRUGGLE OF MORTALITY CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TWO.
Where was your first gig? CLARION, PENNSYLVANIA 1994
Where was the latest gig? PARMA, OHIO 2014
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I HAVE WRITTEN THE MAJORITY OF THE MUSIC AND LYRICS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE BAND. OTHER MEMBERS HAVE CONTRIUBUTED OCCASIONALLY OVER THE YEARS.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? PROBABLY LORD MASSILION
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? THE LACK OF A STABLE LINE UP HAS ALWAYS PLAGUED THE BAND. WE PLAY PRIMITIVE BLACKENED DOOM.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? WE WERE INITIALLY INFLUENECED BY MANY DOOM BANDS AND BLACK METAL BANDS.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? WE CREATE OUR OWN MUSIC.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? YES WE HAVE 10 FULL LENGTH CD ALBUMS AND A LOT OF SPLIT CDS AND 7" VINYL RELEASES. THE FULL DISCOGRAPHY CAN BE FOUND ON THE METAL-ARCHIVES WEBSITE.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? YES THERE ARE VARIOUS CLIPS FROM LIVE SHOWS AND SOME OFFICIAL CREATED VIDEOS.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I AM 43. EARLY 80s ROCK / METAL STARTED MY INTEREST IN MUSIC.
At what age did you start playing? I STARTED PLAYING GUITAR WHEN I WAS 18.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 21
What year was the band started? 1990
Best/worst gig you've played? BEST WAS TAMPERE FINLAND 2009, WORST WAS SPRINGFIELD VIRGINIA 2004.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? MID WEST / SOUTHERN USA IN 2015
Where have you played from then till now? MOSTLY EAST COAST USA. WE DID 3 SHOWS IN FINLAND AND 1 IN ITALY 2009.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? CELTIC FROST
Is it always the same songs live? THE SET LIST HAS CHANGED SINCE THE EARLY DAYS, BUT OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS, IT HAS REMAINED 90% THE SAME. THE NEW LINE UP WILL LEARN SOME OTHER SONGS FOR NEXT YEAR.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? TAMPERE FINLAND AND BERGAMO ITALY
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? WE TOURED WITH WATAIN, ANGELCORPSE AND NEGATIVE PLANE IN 2007.
How big crowds do you usually play for? SMALL CROWDS UNDER 100.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? TO FINISH WRITING SONGS FOR OUR UPCOMING ALBUM.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? THE ELDER GODS OF METAL CONTINUE TO HOLD INSPIRATION FOR US. MOST MODERN BANDS DON'T INTEREST OR AFFECT US.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? DOWNLOADING IS WEAK. VINYL, TAPES AND CDS ARE STRONG.
What would be your dreams for the band? TO DO A PROPER TOUR OVERSEAS.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I LISTEN TO MOSTLY 80s STYLE METAL AND SOME FROM THE EARLY 90S DEATH AND BLACK METAL SOUNDS.
Have you been part of any other projects? BLOOD AND I WERE IN AN ANAL-CUNT TYPE NOISE / HARDCORE BAND CALLED THE PARANORMAL IN THE EARLY 90s.
How important are your fans? WE CREATE THE MUSIC FOR OURSELVES, BUT WE APPRECIATE OUR FANS VERY MUCH.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? MOST MEMORABLE THINGS ARE WHEN THEY WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE OR GET AN AUTOGRAPH.
Where do you rehearse? WE REHEARSE SEVERAL TIMES A MONTH IN CLEVELAND, OHIO.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? ABYSS SORCERY, NIGHT HAG
Do you have any webpages? WE CAN BE FOUND ON FACEBOOK, REVERBNATION AND THROUGH HELLS HEADBANGERS RECORDS. THE MYSPACE PAGE IS ACTIVE BUT NOT UPDATED.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? CLUBS AND PROMOTERS VARY.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them?NEXT SHOWS WILL BE IN THE SPRING TIME OF 2015. YOU SHOULD BE THERE IF YOU WANT TO WITNESS PRIMITIVE BLACKENED DOOM METAL.
Gravewurm - annihilation declaration - Parma, Ohio
interview with Until We Fall
How was the band formed? The band was originally formed at school by a music teacher. At the time, only Adam (guitar) and James (drums) were in the band and there was a different bassist and singer. The singer left and Laura (current singer) joined. We played like that for a little while and then the bassist we had left and we brought in Matthew (current bassist). We played like that for just over a year until recently when we found Kieran and brought him into play guitar along with Adam.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from Newcastle in north east England. Laura does vocals, Adam and Kieran play guitar and switch between who plays lead and who plays rhythm, Matthew play bass and James plays drums.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? It was mainly just for fun as we all enjoyed playing music, and that still kind of is, but if we could have it is more than that, it would be amazing.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We cover mainly punk rock songs but with a few exceptions, I'm pretty sure our own songs will be like that too when we start writing them
Where was your first gig? At our old high school in a concert there
Where was the latest gig? At Jesmond cricket club, which is a club close to where we all live
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? We all kind of have a similar sense of humour, so im not sure really.
What's good/bad with the band? We are all good friends and have a laugh together, also we enjoy making music together
Why did you pick that particular style? It was a style of music we all enjoyed listening to and it's fun to play, so it seemed the best for us to do
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All covers at the minute, but we are starting to write our own songs now
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Not yet
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes we do, www.youtube.com/untilwefall
How old are you?/What got you started in music? Laura is 17 and got started in music through school mostly and the love grew from there, Adam is 17 and got started in music from his dad who introduced him to it, Matthew is 17 and also got started in music from him dad who introduced him to it. Kieran is 17 and James is 14
At what age did you start playing? Laura 7, Matthew 6, Adam 7
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Adam 8, Matthew 9, Laura 8, Kieran 13
What year was the band started? 2013
Best/worst gig you've played? Best was the most recent one, worst was probably one in June because there wasn't many people there
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We have no where planned at the minute
Where haveyou played from then till now? Old high school, Linskill centre, Jesmond cricket club
Which band is the best you've seen? Laura: Avenged sevenfold or All time low, both were amazing in different ways. Matthew: Busted. Adam: Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses
Is it always the same songs live? We have a few we play every time, but we try to add new ones in when we can
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The last one we played, everyone seemed to enjoy it
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Sadly not, hopefully one day though!
How big crowds do you usually play for? Anything between 20 people and just over a couple hundred people
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Hopefully write some of our own songs and work on our music as much as possible
Where do you usually play? Different places, we don’t really have a usual place
What are your goals with your music? To perform it live and the crowd to sing the lyrics back at us
When did you decide to go all in for the music? At this point in time, we haven’t yet, we know its hard to get into the music industry so right now we are working on getting exams done so we have backup plans if it all fails
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Its easier to get inspiration from modern but that doesn’t mean getting inspiration from both isn’t good, just modern bands know what its like in the industry right now. But getting inspiration from both I think is the best way to go.
What are your sources of inspiration? We all have different sources of inspiration, Laura- bands such as all time low, pierce the veil, tonight alive, we are the in crowd Matthew- from my friends, Adam- gathering ideas from other artists in the same genre
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We all have different opinions on it, some of us think it's okay and it's mainly about the music, others do it because it's free and music costs a lot, so without it we couldn't not listen to a the music which inspires us, others think it's wrong because artists work so hard in their music to just have it taken for free, but thanks to the price of music, there is nothing we can do about it.
What would be your dreams for the band? To have a crowd of fans singing our songs back at us and loving what we do
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen to a range of genres from pop music which is in the charts to drum and base and metal, however we all have our own personal favourite genres
What do you hold most dear? Our instruments probably
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Our greatest fear is probably failing with what we want to do in life
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Messing up the songs and having people laugh at us, also having to speak on stage to introduce the songs is a big one for Laura.
What songs and what years were they released? At the minute we don’t have any
Have you been in any other bands? Only when we were younger, they didn’t really get very far though
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We are all either in high school or sixth form studying at the minute
What would you do if there was no music? I don’t quite know how I would survive
How important are your fans? Very important!
How often do you rehearse? Once a week on average, we probably need to practice more though!
Where do you rehearse? At James house, his parents kindly let us use all the equipment and make a lot of noise every week
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 thought that one day you may be famous, that’s what keeps us going anyway
Do you have any webpages? Yes, our YouTube is www.youtube.com/untilwefall our Facebook is https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=626938560699404
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don't ever give up!
What advice would you like to give other bands? I'm not sure we are really in a place to give any great advice, but I suppose if we have learnt anything it's not to give up and I'm sure we will all get where we want to be eventually.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Getting noticed by people is probably the brightest obstacle at first and it's the main one we are facing right now.
What's your Pre-show ritual? We have never really developed one I don't think.
The Middle Cover
interview with Scanner
How was the band formed? The band was formed out of a school band back in the 80s
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? The singer came from Greece (lives in Germany) the others all from Germany. Axel/Guitar Efthi/Vocals Andreas/Guitar Patrick/Drums Jonathan/Bass
What was the ambitions of the band when you started?
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Scanner plays Power Metal
Where was the latest gig? Moscow
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The most Axel Julius,but also the whole Band
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Only own Songs
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Hypertrace Terminal Earth Mental Reservations Ball of the Damned Scantropolis The Judgement
Do you have any clips on YouTube? "Buy or die" and a new Song is in work at the moment
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I´m (Andreas) are 46 and play since 28 years Guitar
At what age did you start playing? 18
What year was the band started? 1985 as "Lions Breed" and then came the new name Scanner in 1986
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? 24.1.2015 Bochum (Germany)7+8.2.2015Athens/Thessaloniki (Greece) May `15 Madrid (Spain)
Where have you played from then till now? Greece/Italy/England/Russia/Swiss
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Judas Priest, Annihilator
Is it always the same songs live? No
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? England
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Practise for new gigs
Where do you usually play? On Stage
What are your goals with your music? To play for fantastic fans
What's the first step when making a new song? Most a riff
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It´s ok
What would be your dreams for the band? To play many gigs around the world
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Almost Heavy Metal and Rock
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? A blackout
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Geriatric nurse (Andreas)
What would you do if there was no music? Die
How important are your fans? very very very
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Came to our gig
How often do you rehearse? So much we can
Where do you rehearse? In our own Studio
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Warp 7" and a new one called "F.T.B."
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Annihilator
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 passion to the Music and the fans by every gig
Do you have any webpages? Yes :www.scanner4u.de
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Dont lose the passion in Music
Describe your show, visually and musically We plan new things in our show with special clothes and a cool outfit for the stage and a lot of songs from every station of our career
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? A personal problem
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best is to see the fans and worst is to less fans
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We play next in Bochum (Germany), Greece and Spain. You should be there because SCANNER is playing!!!
How would you describe your sound in one sentence You must hear it
Whats your Pre-show ritual? To used the toilet
Scanner - Puppet on a string
interview with Yardstones
What´s the name of your band? The name of our band is Yardstones. I don't really remember how we came to finally decide on this name, but when we were trying to figure out a name for the band our singer (Jim Lantz) was driving from working one day and happened to pass by Gårdsten (a suburb in Gothenburg) which in English translates into Yardstone. So he though "Why don't we name the band Yardstone Drive" and we we're like. Well it's cool but it could be better! So someone said "Hey, why don't we call the band just Yardstone?" and we all agreed on that for a short while. I think in the end I was the one who said "You know, it's kinda weird that we're calling the band Yardstone which is a singular. Wouldn'´t it be better to call us Yardstones since there are five of us?" and everyone agreed on that.
How was the band formed? The band started taking form in Januari 2013. I had been trying to put together a new band for a while, and I had this ad out on bandfinder where I was looking for a singer. This guy, Jim Lantz, send me an email one day and asked if I had any material to show him so I sent him three instrumental demos (which now have lyrics and are called Better Off Alone, Roses Are Wild and On Delay. All songs can be found on our debut album 'White Lies' which will soon be on Spotify). I was asked by Nick Vein (drummer) how everything was going with finding band members and I showed him this live video I had recieved from Jim. He got really excited about and wanted in on the band and I was like "Sure, why not!". So we met up with this blonde guy and I was like "Fuck, he is just this great singer with loads of potential!". And we started rehearsing together and I kept looking for a bass player to join the band. I knew one from earlier collaboration so I sent him a text message and asked him if he wanted to play with us. That guy was Frankie. And yeah, he wanted in, no doubt! And that was it, for a month. But I though it kinda sounded weak with only one guitarist, and I also wanted someone who could fill out the space my powerchords and solos left with cool rhythm playing and balls. But I couldn't think of anyone that I knew, and I asked the other guys. Neither Frankie or Nick knew any rhythm guitarist, the only knew lead players. And I didn't really want to share that position with anyone else (I had a bigger ego back then than I do now, I guess). But Jim knew a guy who he had been playing with a couple of years back. He contacted him and brought him to a rehearsal. This guy was Sankt. The first time he was in a rehearsal with us he hadn't learned a single song and I, Nick and Frankie was like "Okay, maybe this guy isn't the one". But Jim told us to give him one more chance. Big thumbs up to him for telling us to be more patient! Because just one week later Sankt was with us on more rehearsal and he had learned five songs. And he was playing them just like I had imagined the perfect rhythm guitarist to do! That's how the band was started!
Can you tell us more about your band? We’ve been playing together for almost two years now. Not a very long time for a band. We started the recording of our debut album only two months after Sankt was added to the line-up. In the beginning we were working with a guy who has a small record label and he was also a producer who recorded us for a while. But when we realized that we didn’t really like the deal he wanted us to sign, we broke of our work with him and finished the album on our own.
Where are all band members from? We usually say that the band is from Gothenburg, but that is not quite true. Jim and Sankt live in Lindome and Mölndal. Strayer and Nick is from Olofstorp (which is part of Gothenburg) and Frankie lives in Bollebygd.
Who does what in the band? Jim Lantz is our badass lyricist and lead vocalist! Michael Strayer is the lead guitarist and main songwriter. Sankt is the rhythm guitarist and currently my co-songwriting-partner in crime for the next album! Frankie is our bass player, and last but not least we have Nick Vein who is the drummer! He also mixed and mastered 'White Lies'.
What were the ambitions of the band when you started? The ambition of the band was to be kind of a new era of Guns N’ Roses/Aerosmith/Electric Boys/Rolling Stones. We kinda feel that the new rock bands all try to do something new, as if they are scared to sound like the bands I mentioned. Instead we go in the opposite direction. Sure, we maybe aren’t the most original band out there. But we love what we’re doing and we’re having fun with it!
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?
I usually say something in the style of “A combination between Gn’R, Aerosmith and Electric Boys!”. Many people don’t seem to know Electric Boys to well though…
We’ve been described by many like a 2010-era Guns N’ Roses but with a singer who sounds more like Sebastian Bach from Skid Row. Very flattering compliments! We love it!
Where was your first gig?
Our first gig was before the band actually had a name so it was an unofficial show. It was at a youth club called Kålltorps Fritidsgård.
Our first official gig under our name Yardstones was at Partillerocken 2013 we’re we got into the finals but due to our lack of originality (the judges thought that we sounded to much like Guns N’ Roses) we didn’t win anything. But we were fine with that. We got great support from the crowd!
Where was the latest gig? Ironic enough our latest show was at the Partillerocken Final 2014, were history repeated itself. But we got great critism from the judges! The really liked us!
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The main-songwriter would be Strayer and Jim writes all of the lyrics. But we’re trying to co-write more on the new songs for the next record. Currently Strayer and Sankt are the ones writing the music!
Who has the best since of humor in the band? The funniest guy in the band is definitely Sankt. He is a genuine comedian!
What genre do you feel you are? Genre: find it hard to define our genre since all songs differ in style. Some are more bluesy, some are more power ballade and some are a bit heavier. So the easiest way to define us is: Rock N’ Roll.
Why did you pick that particular style? Well, as a songwriter it’s a lot more fun if you can be a little flexible when writing music. It would just be boring if all songs sounded like “Afterlife” or “Show Me Love”. This way everything’s a bit more interesting.
What are your songs about? Well, Jim writes his lyrics about his experiences in life. They can differ from girls he’s been in love with, or complicated thought or insecurities and so on. The subject differs a lot.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We mainly write our own music, but we’ve performed a couple of different covers over time.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have a couple of demos, studio diaries and our new music video “Afterlife” out on YouTube. You can check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Yardstones
How old are you?/What got you started in music?
Strayer, Nick and Frankie are all 19, turning 20 in next year (2015).
Sankt and Jim are both 22. Jim turns 23 in December while Sankt turns 23 in January.
At what age did you start playing? Personally I started playing the one month before I was turning 14 (so in January 2009). Nick started playing drums later that year (I think it was around June or August). Frankie told me once that his dad (who is a bass player as well) had always had basses around the house so it fell in naturally that he started playing. I think he isn’t really sure at what age he started taking his playing more seriously, but he is a great bass player none the less! Sankt started around the age of 14 I think and Jim starting singing around the age of 16 I think.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Again I can’t answer for the other guys but me and Nick has always been playing together in the same bands so he and I first stood on stage in November 2009 with a friend named Simon Möller.
What year was the band started? 2013.
Best/worst gig you've played?
I think our absolute best gig was the last one we did at Sticky Fingers when we had a release party for our music video Afterlife!
The worst gig we’ve done so far was at Henriksberg. Jim’s voice wasn’t working at all so he couldn’t sing very well that time.
What places will you be playing in, in the near future?
We’ve got a show coming up at Hönö’s Sportbar were we are supporting Electric Boys which is a huge honour for us! Date: December 6 (link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/651845238265355/?ref=5)
The other gig coming up is at Henriksberg.
Date: December 27 (link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555483608014974/?ref=5)
Where have you played from then till now?
We’ve only played in Gothenburg. A couple of venues include:
Which band is the best band you´ve seen? Personally the best band I’ve seen live was Slash’s solo band in 2010 at Getaway Rock Festival!
Is it always the same songs live? We have a couple of songs that we always play live, and the rest vary from time to time!
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Our last show at Sticky Fingers. It was a lot of fun!
How big crowds do you usually play for? It differs from venues. These days it’s harder for bands to draw big amounts of people to places that don’t sell alcohol. But our two latest shows at Sticky Fingers have enjoyed crowds with atleast 70-90 people infront of the stage. We’re starting to get more attention which is fun!
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Do the two final shows we’ve booked and write new songs!
Where do you usually play? Our second home is Sticky Fingers, and that’s where we enjoy playing the most.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Personally I listen to music from my favorite bands, talk with the other band members and drink a couple of glasses with Vodka/Redbull.
What are your goals with your music? I guess many have heard the term “Bring back the 80’s”. It’s not really our main goal, but we do want people to enjoy our music and feel kinda nostalgic about a certain era. We’re doing what we like and are fine with that!
When did you decide to go all in for the music? For me, it has always been all in. One of my biggest dreams is to play a sold out show at some big arena! I think the other guys feel the same, we all enjoy playing music.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?
It differs. We enjoy both new and old artists! Not only rock music, but all kinds of music!
What are your sources of inspiration? We get inspiration from everything, not only our favorite bands!
What's the first step when making a new song? Coming up with a riff of some sort. That’s usually the starting point of a new song!
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We’re not fans of it in anyway. It makes it harder for bands to earn money. This is what we do for a living. Why should we have less rights to getting paid than other people and what they do for a living?
What would be your dreams for the band? Playing for crowds that like our music is always a big dream. I don’t think any of us would say no playing big stages or being famous. But that’s for the future to decide, whether we did a good job or if we fucked up somewhere along the road!
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Personally I listen to everything from Jazz to Black Metal (even though hard rock music always has a special place in my heart), I even listen to some of the newer Pop acts. As long as I hear that there is some kind of talent in whatever the artist is doing I will like it and listen to it atleast one time without saying anything bad about it. I think the other guys are kinda the same. We try to not only listen to our favorite bands, but also explore all kinds of genres!
What do you hold most dear? Our fans, our friends and each other in the band.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Any of the five of us quitting the band, any of the band members getting into any kind of accident or dying and so!
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I don’t know. Common things like strings breaking, cymbals breaking and stuff like that?
Have you been in any other bands? All of us have band experiences since before Yardstones.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Frankie and Nick goes to school. Jim works with remodeling and building houses and Sankt works in a fan factory I think.
What would you do if there was no music? I don’t know what the other guys would be doing, but I guess I would try on acting or being a writer.
How important are your fans? They are more important than anything else, if there was no fans there wouldn’t be any successful artists or bands out there. That’s why you should care more for your fans than anything else!
How often do you rehearse? Atleast 2 times per week.
Where do you rehearse? At Frankie’s home with headphones, digital amps and digital drums.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Can’t pick just 2 songs. They are all fun to play :)
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 fans, the good times and the high hopes and dreams of sometime in the future being called
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Make sure you always get paid for gigs! You deserve it after all the time and effort you put into writing your songs and rehearsing them, plus the fact that you probably drove all your gear to the gig, the cost of a backdrop, merchandise and instruments.
And always treat your fans nice, always make time to talk to everyone and sign autographs. They are the road to your success!
Describe your show, visually and musically! Visually we look quite badass. Leather, boots, scarfs and loads of energy. I think the best description would be “a mix in style between Guns N’ Roses, Electric Boys and Hardcore Superstar”. Musically it’s raw, energetic, happiness and quite a punch in the face.
How do you view the music industry of today? Musicians are sadly underpaid… Especially if they aren’t in the mainstream pop charts. The record companies don’t want to promote the rock bands enough to help them make it really big.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The best is being really close to the audience so you can high five them, and take them up on stage and stuff like that.
The worst is probably that the arrangers and owners of the clubs very often are cheap and don’t want to pay you what you’re requesting as payment… Even though you are being reasonable and not asking for too much.
Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? Our upcoming show with Electric Boys is going to be a really rememberable show. They are a band that really made a big impact on how we sound and look. So we’re gonna make that show really special!
How would you describe your sound in one sentence. It’s only rock n’ roll, but we like it!
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Personally it’s an Epiphone Les Paul Standard built in 1990, which was my first electric guitar. It still is one of my absolute favorites of my collection, I would never sell it or give it away.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? This last year have been full of arguments, but we’re getting along quite well anyways. You just got to learn to agree on stuff and overcome your own ego.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Talking with each other and our friends, the fans, tuning our instruments and warming up our fingers and voices.
Do you have anything to add? Make sure you check out Yardstones and see us live! We’re gonna rock your world!