Interview with Dark Managarm

What´s the name of your band? We named our Band "Dark Managarm" because "Managarm" is a gigantic wolf, powerful, unpredictable and destructor. This name is unambiguous and fits well with our music.

How was the band formed? Leviathan and I had a group that was stopped in 2005 for musical differences. But we wanted to keep doing Black Metal. In August 2005, we contacted three friends who immediately agreed to take part in the project. Dark Managarm was born Oct. 31, 2005!

Can you tell about your band? Dark Managarm is a Black Metal band without concession born in 2005. We have two album "Victorious March" released in 2009 and "Back From Hell" released in 2013. An EP called "Diva" was released at the end of the year 2009 and we did a split CD in 2013 called "Brotherhood for Blasphemy" with two other bands : Nemesis Irae and Goat Perversör. Since 2005, we have done about 50 concerts.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? The line up has changed considerably since 2005. All members who have gone into our ranks, were from the North of France. In the past we were five musicians, but now we are four in the group : Davoth (Drums), Hagel (Guitars), Helbrecht (Bass) and me, Forcas (Vocals).

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Our first objective was to have fun with playing the music that we like, Realizing some productions, CDs, … and especially playing live!

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Not many things to say, except that we play Black Metal inspired by the 90s.

Where was your first gig?/Where was the latest gig? If I remember correctly, our first show was April 1, 2006 in a bar with two other groups. Our last show was the "North Metal Fest" May 31, 2014 with nine groups : A big festival in northern France.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The majority of the music is composed by our guitarist Hagel. But it is not uncommon for other musicians compose parts of song. Then we work this parts during rehearsals to create new titles. The lyrics are written by me. I show them to other group members. If the lyrics are accepted, I put them to music

Who has the best since of humor in the band? In general, there is a good atmosphere in the group because most of us have the same goal and the same way of thinking.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Your question is not easy. If you do this kind of project is that you like it. So you forget the bad things because moments of joy are stronger. For me, the hardest thing is that this project takes a lot of time. It is not easy to make a planing suitable for everyone in the group.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We pick that particular style because we love the mythology, legends ... and this brutal warrior side. Our songs are about legends, history, satanism, occultism, ... 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We have our own songs. But we've ever play covers in concert. For example a title of "Dark Funeral": "Open The Gates"!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We released two albums, "Victorious March" in 2009 and "Back From Hell" in 2013 at the end of 2009, a 4 tracks EP came out and called "Diva". Beginning of 2013, we released a split CD called "Brotherhood For Blasphemy" with two other groups: Nemesis Irae and Goat Perversör.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

We do not have a professional clip but you can find these videos on Youtube:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyPrvXp2grM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sW4jKATEoY

At what age did you start playing?/What got you started in music? We all started playing music around the age of 15.

What year was the band started? Dark Managarm was born in 2005.

Where have you played from then till now? For the moment we have played in France and Belgium. We dream to be able to run more and abroad: the Eastern Europe and why not, the American continent!

Is it always the same songs live? No, we regularly change the set list.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We did a lot of concerts and festivals with bands like Endstille, Negura Bunget, Temple Of Baal, Mortuary, Psychobolia ... really good dates!

How big crowds do you usually play for? We have not yet had the opportunity to play on great scenes or in large halls. Currently, we have never had more than 500 people.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We will celebrate our 10 years in 2015. So, until the end of the year, we are working on titles that will come out in 2015 with several other surprises!

Where do you usually play? We had to open for ENTHRONED in October 2014 but the concert was canceled. So we have no other dates for the moment. Maybe with OTARGOS in February 2015.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We find our inspiration more easily in our musical origins, that is to say the Extreme Metal from the 80s and 90s.

What are your sources of inspiration? We take inspiration from old writings, old books, old legends, but also the history and wars.

What's the first step when making a new song? When we write, we start by working music. Our guitarist or bassist shows ideas. We arrange incorporating drum parts. When the music is arranged, depending on the atmosphere it generates, I write and I place the lyrics.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I do not really have an opinion on that. Personally I do not download music. I have friends who download music, but they still continue to buy CDs or vinyl. Here we find the same debate as Internet and libraries. But it is true that CDs are expensive in Europe. If distributors reduce prices, they would sell more while remaining profitable.

What would be your dreams for the band? Play on a big stage like the WOA, the PSOA or the HellFest!

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I’m listening a lot of Black and Death Metal, Thrash Metal a little, but also the old Hard Rock!

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Regularly we have a bad sound on stage. Our greatest fear is to make a bad show because we do not hear what the others play.

Have you been part of any other projects? Each member of the group is now involved only in Dark Managarm.

Have you been in any other bands? Before Dark Managarm, I sang in a band called "FERA". It was also a Black Metal band. We played from 1995 to 2005!

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We all work and all have a steady job. But we also have other passions: Our drummer is a great athlete, he made the "force-athletic." It is really strong! Our bass-player plays the "role play" but in full-scale with old costumes and medieval weapons. Me, I ride in a group of bikers. We ride Harley Davidson. It’s not a MC, just a group of friends.

What would you do if there was no music? If music did not exist, I would have my ass constantly on my HD. But fortunately, it exists.

How important are your fans? They are extremely important. We want to share with them and we do not exist without them.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Once I was on stage and the audience caught me. They raised me and brought it over them. I still had the microphone in hand and the cable broke. An amazing atmosphere! Another time, the girls showed me their tits. It was good too.

How often do you rehearse? We rehearse almost every week, mostly on weekends.

Where do you rehearse? Besides Arras, a town in northern France. We have our own local converted into a recording studio.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? “Back From Hell” and “Victorious March”!

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? It's not easy to answer your question because a lot of bands are good in concert.  For example, I loved the following concerts : Immortal, Marduk, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide at No Mercy Festival in 2000. Naglfar, Destroyer666 and Setherial at Party San 2006. Impiety, Inquisition and Enthroned at Kings Of Black Metal 2010. Venom, Destruction, Carpathian Forest and Impaled Nazarene at Party San 2013. Iron Maiden at Mainsquare Festival 2014 … .

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 do not know, I do not feel concerned by this question. We play Black Metal because we like it, not to make money. If we wanted to live of our music, we would play pop-rock!

Do you have any webpages?

You can have complete information on our official facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/darkmanagarm

Describe your show, visually and musically Other than our warpaint, we have no scenery or staging. We want to be judged on our music, not on the superfluous. Many groups use visual tricks to hide the poverty and mediocrity of their music. Not us! Our live music is direct, violent and relentlessly for the public. Like a fist in the face!

What advice would you like to give other bands? Be sincere in your music!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Bestial!

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? There are not really quarrelsome times in the group. The atmosphere is generally good and we are all friends.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Generally, 60 to 40 minutes before the concert, we come together and we put away to be alone. We make our warpaint and then we prepare us physically and mentally to get up on stage.

Do you have anything to add? Thank you for the interview and do not hesitate to come seeing us during our concerts.


DARK MANAGARM - BLASPHEMIC HUMILIATION CLIP (-16)


Fick idag tack.


interview with A FAILING DEVOTION

What is the name of your band? A FAILING DEVOTION.

How was the band formed? Originally, we were 3 guys (Rémi, Toph & Alex) and we were looking a bass player “Fred” and after that we met our singer “Max” in a gig.

Where are all band members from? / Who does what in the band? We are all come from north in France ( 59). Max (singer) / Rémi (drummer) / Alex (guitar player) / Fred (bass player/backing vocals) / Toph (guitar player) 
What was the ambition of the band when you started? Bunch of friends who love playing music and modern metal together. We wanted to record a lot of CD and be able to play into international gig and major metal festival.

Could you explain your music to someone that hasn’t heard you? Our music is an inexhaustible energy, a mix between emotion and sincerity,firmly rooted in the metal sphere without compromise label.

Where was the latest gig? SHAKALAKA, Bar, Hazebrouck, France.

Who writes your songs? /Who writes the music who writes lyrics? All of us, we share our idea and record one or two riffs to find out if we like it or not.
Why did you pick that particular style? / What are your songs about? We didn’t really choose our style of music. It’s more about our inspiration, our mood who created our style of music. After that, people decided to add it at a type of metal.

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

Have you made any albums? / If yes what are they? We recorded a LP with 4 songs (2012) and our first album THE FALLEN (come out  Sept. 22th  2014)

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes,we have two clips on our Youtube Channel (AFDOfficial). The first was filmed in our rehearsal room and the song (SUMMER’S GONE) is from the LP. We work on a new clip for the new album.

At what age did you start playing? 13 years oldfor the most of us.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Between 20 and 25 years old.

What year was the band started? 2011, with this line-up.

Best/worst gig you've played? The worst gigs are already forgotten but the best, I think, it was in Arras for an Open air Festival; we’ve played for the first time in a really big stage and the crowd was just amazing. The most Rock n’roll/Trash gig was in Belgium in a small bar. It’s still unforgettable.

What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Our partnerships (Dream on, Nao Noise and M&O Music) are working right now on our next Tour. A few dates are already booked you can check them on our facebook page.

Where have you played from then till now? A lot of in north of France (this is where we come from). Perpignan (Fr), Orléans (Fr), Paris (Fr), Amiens (Fr) and in Belgium too.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Gojira during the terra incognita tour. There were almost unknown but they already got the thing to hypnotize the audience.

Is it always the same songs live? We orchestrated our set to captivate the attention of our audience and drag them in few seconds in our musical universe. We keep the same line-up because our songs are linked together.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We were on tour the last year for one week and we have already a lot of gigs behind us.

How big crowds do you usually play for? It depends on the size of the place where we are playing. We’ve already played in front of 30 and 2000 people.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We will spend the last semester to promote the album. Of course we will promoting it with gigs, making a video clip, interviews ;). 

Where do you usually play? We used to play in bars, festivals…

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We love the modern productions, so we wanted our songs sound to be this way. It’s one of the reasons, we definite our styles like Modern Metal. Our inspiration depends of which bands we listen at the moment to create new stuffs.

What are your sources of inspiration? For the lyrics, it’s life that inspired us. All the troubles, deceptions we can meet on our way.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It could be interesting in the fact to discover the universe of a band. If you love the band and you want to support them the next step is to purchase the album.

What would be your dreams for the band? Play everywhere. It’s the goal of all the bands. We love to be on stage… Mother Fucker !

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen a lot of Metal music at the main time but some guys of the band listen Rock, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Electro by exemple.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? To see the closure of venues. More and more bars close their doors because of noise caused by the concerts. Soundproofing is very expensive and not everyone can afford it. I also hope that in the future grants will not become one of the black sheep of the current crisis. Without these places, culture will struggle to survive.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Forget a part of a song. Really, I don’t know. We try to be the most concentrated as possible so we don’t have the time to think about that. 
What songs and what years were they released? All the songs of the album were released in 5 months so between October 2013 and February 2014. And the recording started on March 2014.

How important are your fans? Without them, what are we? It’s nice to see people coming after a show and congratulate us. We have some fans who are there at all our gigs and make us feel really grateful about our music.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Follow us in gigs and helping us to make our album (by a financial support).

How often do you rehearse? 3 times per week.

Where do you rehearse? In north of France in Dunkerque.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? OPIUM & NO REGRETS.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? GOJIRA, METALLICA, HIMSA, LAMB OF GOD and many more.

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? To fact to love playing music together and always try to see faraway.

Do you have any webpages?
You can follow us on:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Failing-Devotion/166655753376010)

Youtube AFD official

www.afailingdevotion.com

www.M-O-MUSIC.com

www.nao-noise.fr

Dream On Production : https://www.facebook.com/dreamonproduction?fref=ts


A FAILING DEVOTION


interview with Valfreya

What´s the name of your band? Valfreya

How was the band formed? Crook had several compositions and she decided to create a band to play them. 

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

We are all from the Montreal area, Quebec, Canada. 

Crook: Singer

Graz'zt: Guitar and back vocals

Karhu: Guitar and back vocals

PiNcH: bass

Jotunn: Drums

Shark: keyboards and orchestration

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? The ambition is simple: create music we like and playing shows.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It is a mix between black metal and power metal = Symphonic Viking metal. Our compositions are influenced by bands as Equilibrium, Moonsorrow, Dimmu Borgir, Rhapsody, Wintersun, Carach angren... Etc

Where was your first gig?

It was in Montreal, Qc.

2010

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Crook mainly writes the song and lyrics, but Graz'zt helped on several songs.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? This is a hard question...  We are all humoristic in our own way, but are we funny ? Hahaha I would say Karhu, Shark and Crook.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Because it is aggressive and symphonic at the same time. 

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

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

We recorded 3 albums and we are working on the 4th one. ( full length album ) 

1- demo - First Chronicles

2 - full length album - Path to eternity

3 - Ep ValfreyaCoustic - Acoustic Chronicles

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, there are quite a few of them but only one “real” clip for the song “Odin’s Fury”.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? As Valfreya, We were between 20 and 35 years old

What year was the band started? February 2009

What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Rimouski, Quebec city and Val d’Or (in the province of Quebec, Canada)

Where have you played from then till now? Lots of places.  We’ve played from the east to west coast in Canada and now looking to expand that the Europe and the U.S.A. in the future.

Is it always the same songs live? No, we change the setlist all the time, even though we only have 1 album so far.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? The biggest has been touring Canada with Arkona so far.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Finish learning the songs for our 2nd album and starting the recording for it.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? It’s mostly modern because symphonic-style of music wasn’t very common back in the days.  We aim for our own style as much as possible but it’s almost impossible to be 100% original.

What's the first step when making a new song? At first, we had the story concept for the album that was decided.  The story was then divided into “sections” or songs so we knew what the song would talk about.  Afterwards, with that in mind, we started working on the songs.  Crook took care of most of the writing except on “Beyond Illusions”, which was a collaboration between our drummer at the time “Mahwjey”, Crook and me (Graz’zt).

How do you feel about the downloading of Music? We understand why people do it and it helps promote the music, even bands you would never hear about (made me discover amazing bands that I love like Carach Angren and Septicflesh).  On the other hand, if people only made sure to buy from the artist in exchange for the music, that would be better.  I mean, if there is a band you like and you want them to produce more music, they will need your support and money.  So, ideally buy some merch from them or if you like their music, buy the CD after to show your appreciation.  But hey, that’s probably too much to ask


Vehemal | Milky Way


interview with Mountains Under Oceans

What´s the name of your band? Mountains Under Oceans 

How was the band formed? In 2011/2012 I had many ideas for a solo album. In looking for players I contacted my friend Iain Macleod. After listening to the material and jamming some of it out, he very quickly convinced me to turn this into a new band rather than just being a stand alone solo project.

Can you tell about your band? We’re a four piece comprising of two (usually seven string) guitarists, a bass player and a drummer. We use synth components and live backing tracks. We’ve considered setting up a fake keyboard on stage with a cardboard cut out of Rick Wakeman or Kevin Moore to explain where the synths come from.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Robbie Tranter (Guitar) comes from the finest fisherman stock of Dingwall, Dan Stevenson (Beards and guitar) comes from Aberdeen, Steven Dempster (Bass) comes from Hell… I mean… Dundee.
I’m Mark Norris and I play drums for the band. I’m from Falkirk.
All of these cities/towns are in Scotland by the way!

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? The ambitions of the band weren’t always clear. It took a lot of pre-gigging and pre-recording time plus many many demos being sent to and from one-another for us to decide how we wanted not only sound as a band but also to appear and to what kinds of music we wanted to synonymize ourselves with. Ultimately, after various experimentation live and in the studio, we went for the four piece instrumental line up with electronic and synth elements. We wanted to have heavy and technical music, but also for our music to have a great sense of melody and atmosphere that we feel comes naturally from some of the post rock/electronic music artists that we like.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Well, there are some bands that we like to think we sound like and some that don’t want to admit that we sound like.
We generally take influence from so many great types of music.
To list a few of the bands that are most obviously prevalent (and that we absolutely, utterly love and respect) in our music’s inspiration:
Animals As Leaders
OSI
Tesseract
God Is An Astronaut
Russian Circles
MaybeSheWill

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at a bar in Edinburgh(Scotland) called ‘Sneaky Pete’s’. We were lucky enough to get a touring support slot with our now good friends ‘Akord’ who are also from Scotland. They’re recording a new album as we speak. You should definitely check them out. They were incredibly kind, helpful and supportive on the ‘Carry The Mountains’ tour. Carry us they did.

Where was the latest gig? Our most recent show was at King Tuts in Glasgow Scotland. This was our first show with our new bass player Steven Dempster. We opened for ‘Halo Tora’ who we’re going on tour with next week!

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? As it currently stands, myself or Robbie will usually write a whole piece of music or a phrase of what we want to be in a song. When it gets to the stage that we think we’re happy to proceed to learn it, we’ll take it to our rehearsal space and learn each of the sections verbatim as they’re written. Being that I’m the drummer, the other three normally hate me for a good 10 minutes for writing guitar riffs on a keyboard that clearly proves that I have no idea how guitars work in real life. It’s at this point that we can all say how we feel about the song and discuss changes that the other guys think the song needs. Then we re-work it until we’re all happy with it.
Maximum collaboration required.

Who has the best since of humor in the band?

Personally, I’d like to say me. But being that the other three don’t like me very much, I think that’s actually a lie.
Robbie is hilarious. He doesn’t always try to be. He has a great taste in fisherman’s jumpers and wears brogues everywhere. He also looks like Abe Lincoln. You can see his dilemma.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?Progressive Post Metal. That answer probably just scored us a solid 89 out of 10 on the pretentiometer scale.

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

We really just wanted to play the music that we enjoyed and to attempt to blend elements of musical styles that have seldom been blended or not blended at all before. The band is effectively an on-going experiment. I’m sure that we’ll discover more about ourselves as a band as we progress.
Being that our songs are without lyrics, we’ve accepted the fact that our music is mostly open to interpretation. It’s the reason that we attempt to blend both minimalist electronic music and heavy technical music and all areas of the instrumental spectrum in between. We like to hear what people visualize in their minds when they hear our music. Sometimes the answer is exactly what we thought it would be and sometimes the answer is absolutely unexpected. Our bands name ‘Mountains Under Oceans’ tries to reflect that too. It’s what you can’t immediately identify as being apparent that what we want people to listen for. Our song titles are usually minimalist, one word titles. Ultimately the underlying concept is within the word. Or the sample, if you see us play live.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Own material. We played a cover of And So I Watch You From Afar’s ‘Set Guitars To Kill’ for our original bass players last show in our hometown. That was pretty fun. We’d consider doing covers again in future, but right now our focus is expanding our own music.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Currently, our releases include our eponymous EP and our up-coming single ‘We Built Our Castles on Moving Sand’ that will be released on September 30th on our upcoming tour.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? We extensively filmed and edited the recording process of our first EP. There are two live recorded music videos for the songs ‘Memory’ and ‘Salvation’ respectively and there’s some recording footage by way of a promotional video for our new single. There are many clips and teasers of us on our youtube page. Check them out! 

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 21-25!

What year was the band started? Effectively 2013.

Best/worst gig you've played? Our best gig was probably opening for Dead Letter Circus/MONUMENTS in December 2013 or playing at UK TECH-METAL FEST 2014.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Manchester, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Montrose, Perth and Aberdeen! We have a lovely tour poster to that effect!

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? That’s a hard one. We’ve played with so many good up and coming bands and established respected bands.
Intronaut are definitely one of them.

Is it always the same songs live? We now have a total of 7 songs. 1 is brand new to be implemented (and named!) on tour. We always play ‘Memory’, ‘We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand’ and ‘Salvation’ usually. We feel that these three are essential and find that they’re typically very well responded to.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We intend to finish writing our second EP and all concepts for it therein. We’re really excited about it.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Stretching. Lots of stretching. Generally our setting up, in particular regard to our use of backing tracks is enough to get us into the correct frame mind.

What are your goals with your music? To really achieve something. To be able to play with some of our favourite bands. But most importantly to really try and create music that we all enjoy and would want to listen to.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think being able to pay for downloading music is great for people with a busy lifestyle who don’t always have the necessary time to shop, but there’s a certain thrill of being able to purchase a physical product when you see one of your favourite bands. It’s not just a souvenir, it’s a reminder of the night that’ll be forever aesthetically linked to the time that you had a great time.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Failure of our live rig. If the metronome stops or the samples and synths from the laptop stop, then we’re pretty much dead in the water. Luckily we actually have a rehearsed contingency plan in the event that this should happen.

What songs and what years were they released? Our self-titled EP was released in January 2014 and our new single ‘We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand’ will be released on September 30th this year! 
Have you been in any other bands? Dan used to play in a progressive ambient band called ‘Out Of Samsara’ and Robbie recently played with a band known as ‘Last Summer Effect’.

What would you do if there was no music? Invent Music! I have a feeling that I’d get rich rather quickly! Maybe gave my old friend Pythagoras a call and ask him to get his shit together and stop messing around.

How important are your fans? Our fans mean the world to us. Everything we do is for them. The support that they’ve never failed to show us has been truly humbling ever since we started out. Our self-instilled confidence is due largely to their validation, acceptance and enthusiasm for us.  For every EP bought online we like to hand write little notes to them and thank them all personally.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Sent us a picture from India with the merchandise they ordered. That was incredible to see.

How often do you rehearse? Twice a week in our rehearsal space in Glasgow.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? ‘Memory’ and ‘We Built Our Castles On Moving Sand’. I personally feel that these two songs best exemplify what we’re all about musically.

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? If you don’t love it then there wouldn’t be any point in doing it. If you do love it, then you needn’t question it. You endure the hardships and do what you have to and pay what you have to progress and succeed. It’s the same with everything else.

Do you have any webpages? Sure! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress, Tumblr and
http://mountainsunderoceans.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Work hard. But actually work hard. Learn to drive.  Don’t be afraid to admit that something you’ve written isn’t very good, you can learn from it. Sleep less. Grow a beard.

How do you view the musicindurty of today?
Better. Expanding at a pleasantly alarming rate.
Progressive Music in particular isn’t all about 8 minute keyboard solos anymore, but if you want new Progressive music where you can still find the 8 minute keyboard solos, then you’re spoiled for excellent choices. Younger bands are being braver and actually trying hard to be innovative regardless of cliques and without conforming to the majority subjectivist choices. People aren’t afraid to say that they like the music that’s nothing like what their friends like. This has to keep happening. All music has something to offer to somebody.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band?
My good friend Tom Cruise once told me that the answer to 9 out 10 questions is money. I have to agree with him in this instance. You won’t be rich within a month. Forget about it.
While your band is a full time job, you also need a full time job to finance your full time band. Saying that “I can’t work full time and work on my band because if you give yourself something to fall back on you’ll fail”, isn’t relevant anymore. The industry has changed. People don’t throw £10,000 grants at you as an ‘advance’ anymore. At least not to start with. In the interim you need to be able to fund it yourself. Unless you’re insanely wealthy. In which case there’s definitely a position for you in this band. You’re going to lose sleep and hate each other sometimes because you’re so fatigued and broke. It’s worth it though. If you don’t think it is then you shouldn’t be doing it.

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

New Merch, new music, new bass player. I also got liposuction. I need you to validate my paying for it. Only kidding. I’m still fat.
Our Tour has 6 dates and we’re touring with the amazing Halo Tora! These guys are incredible!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Screaming in Digital.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band?
Contrary to what I about him earlier, Dan shaved recently. You’ll inevitably see pictures of this tour and make me look like a liar!
I’ll be having words with him about that…
The other time was when Iain (our previous bass player) and I argued on the way up to a gig in the Highlands about whether we should be an instrumental band or not. He was actually going to hit me. Luckily a distraction by way of a terrifying, hooded figure emerging from the road side apparently from the woods united us. In terror.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Stretching. Seriously, it works wonders! I also rehearse some basic drum rudiments.
Do you have anything to add? Thanks so much for the interview! 


Mountains Under Oceans - 'Memory' (OFFICIAL VIDEO - Live @ Broadcast)


interview with Cactus Hag

What´s the name of your band? Cactus Hag

Can you tell about your band? Cactus Hag is a three piece sludge/doom band from the northeastern USA. Cactus Hag was formed when I started dating my husband Joe Scurto in May of 2012. We met in the recording studio through mutual friends and this was the first musical project we started together. We have had several lineups since then, and as of April 2014 we have solidified our lineup to a three piece.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Joe Scurto, on guitars and vocals; and Tim “Bacon Bone” Theodore on drums, and me Mindy Scurto on bass and vocals. Joe and Tim are from New Hampshire, USA and I am from Maine, USA.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To create a new take on sludge and doom metal. To make something that didn't sound like all of the other bands we keep hearing...

Where was the latest gig? At Sonny's Tavern in Dover, New Hampshire USA.

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Joe writes most of the guitar, we collectively contribute ideas for lyrics, song structure and execution. It is truly a group effort.

What genre do you feel you are? We consider ourselves “sludge” and “doom” but also have many elements of other genres, like black metal and southern metal that are mixed in here and there.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Cactus Hag is all original music.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We just recorded our self titled debut album at Opal Sound Studios in Kingston, New Hampshire USA and are waiting for the tracks to be mastered. This will be self released on CD and cassette tape.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Yes, on our youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7g4unpIfPRw53ra-srE5bw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sStQnUAsKuo “Ghost Dance (The Peyote Song)”

http://youtu.be/PuKSBf1mNb0 “Lady of Lucifer”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XkI7OLDloE “The Grand Lodge of the Mirage”

What year was the band started? May 2012

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We will continue to play the Seacoast area of New England, we have been playing clubs local to us in New Hampshire. We have a house party and a few other engagements lined up as well.

Is it always the same songs live? No, we try to mix up our set. We rehearse a lot and stay tight on many songs. We are currently writing for the second album so there are new songs being written at every practice.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We plan to keep working on more material for our second album and to keep kicking ass with playing shows!

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Our favorite ritual before a show and during recording is to drink mead from our drinking horn and just be grateful for each other and the experience we are sharing together.

What are your goals with your music? Our goals are to get our anger out, and to write about things we feel strongly about, such as our hatred for the human race for example.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Everyone in this band has been a musician since they were a young child. Each of us started at a different point but the end result is that this is a lifelong love for everyone that will never stop. I am the manager of a guitar/instrument store and teach lessons, so music is very much a part of my life at home and at work.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We prefer older bands. The music gear we like to play is all vintage, and the vinyl we listen to is pretty old too. We really enjoy older bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, and many bands from that era.

What are your sources of inspiration? The things that inspire us come from all around. The occult, our hatred for people, mythology and culture...and whatever else we are in the mood for.

What's the first step when making a new song? One of us has an idea, we present it to the band and go from there! If there is a new riff we jam on it and see what develops from it. We then record the practice on tape and listen to it as a band and work out the material.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I don't agree with it, but in this new world of technology we need to adapt and provide different media for different people. We are open to creating physical copies of our music as well as having it available online for download and for streaming. If someone pirates our album, so be it...as long as they want to hear the music that is what matters.

What would be your dreams for the band? Our dreams are to continue playing music until we can't hold our instruments anymore... we want to tour all over the world and collect instruments and enjoy this for the rest of our lives.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We all listen to a wide range of things. From Big Band Jazz to the blackest black metal...

Do you have any webpages? Yes.

We are on Facebook www.facebook.com/cactushag

ReverbNation www.reverbnation.com/cactushag

Twitter @cactushag

Bandcamp bandcamp.cactushag.com

Are you in any other bands? Joe and I have several projects between us, we have two active projects other than Cactus Hag with material available for listening.

The first is The Zounderkite. www.facebook.com/TheZounderkiteNH “Dark Alternative dream rock” or shoegaze is the best way to describe the sound. “I got so angry that I wrote pretty music”...that is the way I'm explaining this band. Joe wrote all of the music and I wrote the lyrics and sing. The demo has been recorded and we are working on releasing that for this Fall. We will be working on more content for this throughout the winter months and hope to begin work on the full length in the studio by early next year.

The second active project we have is Torsmane. www.facebook.com/Torsmane This is our black metal project. We have written a bunch of music for it, but haven't had the chance to really record much. I'm playing guitar and singing in this and Joe will also be playing guitar and singing. Not sure when the demo will be finished but it is being developed.

We both have several projects we work on independently in addition to the music we write together. As far as things that are available to listen to/check out the pages for Joe has a Nintendo cover band called Eggplant'd www.facebook.com/geteggplantd , and I have a solo sludge/noise project called Dope Sister www.facebook.com/dopesisterNH.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be yourself and don't ever let other people dictate your direction. Do what feels right for YOU.

How do you view the music industry of today? The music industry of today is a very mixed up industry. Between the pop music and country that they are pushing on the popular radio stations and the other filth out there it makes it hard to even care what that industry is even doing. The underground is where we belong, and where we have always thrived as fans and musicians.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? The biggest obstacles for us are financial. If we had more money we would just tour around constantly and keep recording. Everything else is great!

What is your favorite crappy instrument? No instrument is crappy! Some do sound better than others however.

Do you have anything to add?Thank you for interviewing us! And thanks for supporting the underground!


Cactus Hag "Ghost Dance (Peyote Song)" Instrumental


interview with Batard Tronique

What´s the name of your band? Batard Tronique

How was the band formed? in 2001 , I had a computer and I had downloaded fruity loops , so I started to do my first songs

Can you tell about your band? I make electronic music , instead of hard electro genre breaks, and all kinds of experimentations dub to house music through the electronic metal or breakcore in the style of Venetian Snares.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? this is a solo project, I 'm all alone ! by cons I have other projects like Psykoxxx ( darkstep ) , Brat (electronic metal) , Giorgioski ( middle eastern electro house )

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? ambition was to have fun to making music , then broadcast that people give their opinions on it, I always have my music distributed free. in fact , I 've never won a dime in making music

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? I make hard techno with breakbeat rhythms, has fast tempos, with samples and my own melodies, but in fact I make all kind of electronic music, not one alone style.

Where was your first gig? Unfortunately, I've never make a gig. The first times, I was afraid so I decline the invitations, later I have accepted to make a mix in england for an event, but the guy said that the show was dropped , I don't know if it was true , maybe he didn't want to pay the fly ticket and food

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? oh yes, I have made many album, you can find them on jamendo, and different netlabels like nks international, coma recordz, sirona records, metal demos (one album of my project Brat), etc...

Do you have any clips on YouTube? not officials, I make clips with videos samples...

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I'm 29, I started officialy in 2006.

At what age did you start playing? I started playing guitar with my father at 9 years old, but I don't perseverate

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? a french band of punk called "25", we were 5 in the public, but the singer had screamed like we were 10 000 !!

What are your goals with your music? having fun

When did you decide to go all in for the music? when I started to work in cleaning toilets in trains, I knew it was not what I wanted to do the rest of my life, so I stopped working and continue making music

What are your sources of inspiration? many ! Venetian Snares, Rotator, Giorgio Moroder, Ed Banger Records, PRSPCT recordings, Metal, punk, hip hop, gypsy music, middle eastern music, tattoos, mafia movies...

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I find this good, because poor peoples can have culture access if they have a computer

What would be your dreams for the band? release a vinyl for djs, and my music played in events

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I love Metallica, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Eminem, Punk music, Trap, Electro/house, turbo-folk, chalga, Gypsycore, Dancehall, french rap, celtic rock and folk...

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I draw, that was my first passion, younger I would be comics drawer

What would you do if there was no music? tattooist

How important are your fans? their opinions on my music is important,

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Metal& Diamonds" on my album "come and hear" under my project "Psykoxxx", and "Disko Disko Mustafa" it's a mashup song on my album "gangsta paradise" under my project of "Batard Tronique"

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 pleasure of music ! I'm lucky, in france you can have social allocations when you don't working...

Do you have any webpages? yeah, http://batardtronique.wix.com/web but actually, I don't put the latest albums on it, "gypsycore" "uzivo balkan" "carpathian jedi" and all my albums of side projects...

How do you view the musicindurty of today? the major industry is ugly, but the little labels are interesting, today, you can find what you want on the web, free or not, musicians can have money with live show, but making a CD today is dead, except if you're make mainstream music

How would you describe your sound in one sentence just electronic music

What is your favorite crappy instrument? the biniou, it's a folk instrument from Bretagne (french celtic land), it makes an horrible sound who brokes ears when it's played near you

Do you have anything to add? it was a pleasure to make this interview, thanks Robex, I hope I was interesting and not boring


Batard Tronique - Disko Disko Mustafa


interview with Motorgun

What´s the name of your band? Motorgun

How was the band formed? We played together for about 10 years, but always working with other bands doing covers of classic rock. In mid-2013 we started to do some jamming with Bebeto's  guitar riffs and soon turned into songs. From there, we decided that we should record it and carry on as a new band.

Can you tell about your band? It is a band of brothers, since Edinho and I are real brothers and Bebeto is a longtime friend.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from Rio de Janeiro and here is where we live. The band is Leo Rodrigues (drums / vocals) Bebeto Daroz (lead vocals / guitar) Edinho (bass).

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Make music that pleases us first, have fun playing, drinking beer and traveling.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is a mix of everything we grew up listening ... classic rock, hard rock, blues, metal, jazz, country ... Some people classify as Stoner Rock.

Where was your first gig? Our first show as Motorgun was at Lapa Irish Pub, here in Rio de Janeiro.

Where was the latest gig? It was at Sebas the Rock Bar in Curitiba, last week.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We try to do everything together, trying to put the most of the ideas of each member. The songs are usually born in jams and lyrics  are mostly written by Bebeto.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The good thing is playing and composing with great friends and great musicians. The bad part is that we can not devote as much time as we would like it.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Not choose the style, the songs are just born the way they are. Our songs often speak of the road, cars, women, booze and rock n 'roll. This is our universe.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We have our own material which means about 40% of our set list. The rest are covers of bands we like as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Soundgarden and others.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, we did an EP called Heading for Tomorrow.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwG3QbFSrsNWOs3TwWFvDVQ/videos

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 37 years old. I think I became interested in music because my father is also a musician and always heard a lot of music at home. When I was a kid I took my father's records and listen and pretending that I was playing guitar or drums. I think it must be a childhood dream.

At what age did you start playing? I started learning guitar at 12 years. With 15 switched to drums.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? The first time I went on stage was at age 15.

What year was the band started? Our first show as Motorgun was in January 2014.

Best/worst gig you've played? In all these years we have had many good and bad experiences. Could not elect a worse and better. But I can say that the best ones are always when the audience participates and become in tune with the band. The worst are organized by amateurs or dishonest people.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We often played in local rock circuit here in Rio de Janeiro. But we certainly have a few more shows in Brazil and perhaps Europe and USA.

Is it always the same songs live? We never repeat a set list. Always moved to keep us interested.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are writing material for a new album, we intend to make a clip and of course, more shows, more travel and more beer.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I think that inspiration can come from anywhere. But most often comes from old bands, because that's what we hear most.

What are your sources of inspiration? Whiskey, women, and a whole lotta blues...

What's the first step when making a new song? A good guitar riff.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think that is the current reality, we can not change that. We have to offer the music the way that people want to receive it.

How do you view the music industry of today? I see it as an area with many opportunities because it seems that is starting over from scratch.


Motorgun - Whiskey, Women n´a Whole Lotta Blues


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