interview with BlOODSHOT BILL
What´s the name of your band? BlOODSHOT BILL
How was the band formed? AFTER PLAYING DRUMS IN A BAND FOR SEVERAL YEARS, I DECIDED TO TRY GUITAR AND START MY OWN THING, AND VOILA!
Can you tell about your band? MAXIMUM ROCK N' ROLL
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? I AM A SOLO ACT FROM MONTREAL, QC CANADA...SOMETIMES I PLAY WITH OTHERS, BUT MAINLY TRAVEL AS A ONE MAN BAND.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started?
TO PLAY SOME SHOWS AND MAKE SOME NOISE.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?
50'S/60'S ROCK N' ROLL
Where was your first gig? IN MONTREAL, AT A PLACE CALLED "JAILHOUSE ROCK", IT WAS AN OUTDOOR MATINEE SHOW
Where was the latest gig? I JUST FINISHED A TOUR OF THE USA, AND HEAD TO NASHVILLE THIS WEEKEND FOR A FESTIVAL
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I WRITE MY OWN SONGS, MUSIC AND WORDS
Who has the best since of humor in the band? I GUESS I DO, SINCE I AM SOLO
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? BAD IS I DO ALL THE DRIVING, GOOD IS EVERYTHING ELSE../...ROCKABILLY.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? LOVED IT SINCE I WAS A KID...MY SONGS ARE MAINLY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, GIRLS, ETC
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? A BIT OF BOTH
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? YES, I'VE HAD 42 RELEASES, AND MY LATEST ALBUM IS CALLED "SHOOK SHAKE", REALEASED ON NORTON RECORDS.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? YES, LOTS...HERE'S ONE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKPN12bF3Kk
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I AM 39...JUST WANTING TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS GOT ME GOING
At what age did you start playing? 12 OR 13
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 14
What year was the band started? 1998
Best/worst gig you've played? BEST IS WHEN EVERYONE IS GOING NUTS...WORST IS WHEN THE CROWD IS KINDA LAME
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? FESTIVALS IN MONTREAL, NASHVILLE, SWEDEN....SEE DATES AT WWW.BLOODSHOTBILL.COM
Where have you played from then till now? USA, CANADA, EUROPE, MEXICO, JAPAN
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? THE WILDTONES, THE DELUSIONAIRES, KING KHAN AND BBQ SHOW
Is it always the same songs live? NO
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? YES
How big crowds do you usually play for? THEY RANGE FROM SMALL TO BIG
What are the plans for the rest of the year? RECORDING AND TOURING
Where do you usually play? ON A STAGE
How do you get psyched up for a gig? I THINK OF LINK WRAY
What are your goals with your music? TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SOMETHING
When did you decide to go all in for the music? ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I LISTEN MORE TO OLDER ONES, BUT THERE IS INSPIRATION TO BE GRABBED EVERYWHERE
What are your sources of inspiration? GOOD MUSIC, BAD MUSIC...ANYTHING, REALLY
What's the first step when making a new song? EITHER MELODY OR LYRICS
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I'D PREFER IF PEOPLE BOUGHT MINE, BUT I DON'T CARE IF THEY DOWNLOAD IT
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? SAME BANDS AS LISTED ABOVE...FOR GENRES, MY FAVES ARE ROCKABILLY, R'N'B,HILLBILLY, DOO WOP, ETC
What do you hold most dear? MY DAUGHTER
Have you been part of any other projects? TANDOORI KNIGHTS (W/ KING KHAN), AND THE DING-DONGS (W/ MARK SULTAN)...AND MANY OTHERS THAT HAVEN'T HAD A RECORDED RELEASE
What would you do if there was no music? BREAK THINGS
How important are your fans? VERY, THEY KEEP ME GOING
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? MADE ME SPAGHETTI "TO-GO"
How often do you rehearse? NOT OFTEN ENOUGH
Where do you rehearse? ANYWHERE
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? THE GIRL WHO DANCES ALONE, LOVE ME TWICE
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? CORPUSSE
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? SUPPORT FROM FANS
Do you have any webpages? YES, WWW.BLOODSHOTBILL.COM ....AND FACEBOOK, BANDPAGE, ETC..
Describe your show, visually and musically ROCK N' ROLL
What advice would you like to give other bands? YOU KEEP ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS TWICE
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? GETTING TOGETHER
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? BEST - COOL CLUB, STAFF,ETC.......WORST - BAD CLUB, BAD STAFF, ETC
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? GIGS LISTED ON MY SITE, GO CAUSE IT'S FUN
How would you describe your sound in one sentence WILD AND WAY-OUT THERE
What is your favorite crappy instrument? GUITAR
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? GIRLFRIEND IN BAND
Whats your Pre-show ritual? NOTHING
Do you have anything to add? NOPE
Bloodshot Bill: Bloodshot Man
interview with The J.O.B.
What´s the name of your band? The J.O.B.
How was the band formed? The band was started by me, Jim O'Ferrell (rhythm guitar & vocals) and Jason Crawford (lead guitar) after my return from serving in the war in Iraq in 2008. A lifelong singer-songwriter, I had written a lot of songs between missions and the band was initially a vehicle used to arrange and record those songs. The J.O.B. quickly developed into an Alternative Rock band with a strong Americana underbelly.
Can you tell about your band? The J.O.B. is a four piece band. Crawford and I are both full time, committed musicians devoting 100% of our energy to the project. We've had several rhythm players over the years with a few appearing on the 4 albums we've recorded since 2008. Presently, Eric Bandy sits at the drummer's throne and Len DuPilka commands the electric fretless bass. They both are eager for the band to get to a position that will enable them to join Jason and I full time and make an actual living from the music.
Can you explain your music to someone who hasn't heard you before? Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, so too is a song. Put on your best headphones, push
PLAY, and check us out.
Where was your first gig?
Our first gig as a band was on May 10, 2008 in a fast food restaurant parking lot. We were a three
piece then. As cars rolled through the drive-thru lane to get their chicken sandwiches, they passed
between us and our lawn-chair seated audience. It was hilarious.
Where was the latest gig? We perform as many shows on the road as we do locally. We just got back from Fayetteville, North Carolina playing at a cool tavern with a capacity crowd of Harley bikers and paratroopers from Fort Bragg. Everybody had a blast.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music and who writes lyrics? I write all of our songs as acoustic guitar pieces, full structured songs with complete lyrics and phrasing. I then jam the finished song for the band during rehearsal and the guys give it an objective listen. If the nods are up & down rather than side-to-side, everyone begins to craft their own contribution to take it from a solo guitar-singer composition to a band song. Eric & Len create the rhythm, bass runs and drum fills. Jason develops his electric guitar accents and lead sections.
Essentially, I write my own style of folky-Americana-rock music and the guys, with their own areas of expertise, strap rocket engines on it. Everyone collectively turns it into a rock song. Our process is about creating a complete, extraordinary song for all of us. It's not about spotlighting any individual musician in the band. Each of our songs takes weeks of work before we add it to our live set list. The secret to writing is rewriting. You can't fake a good song any more than you can fake a good meal.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We take turns being the class clown.
What genre do you feel you are? We seem to have really good crossover appeal. We have had three songs appear on Top 40 Charts in the USA, all three in the 'adult contemporary' charts. We have fans who predominately listen to Country music, Folk music, Classic rock, Americana, Alternative, and straight Rock music. One reviewer referred to our sound as AltAmericana Rock. Our fan demographic also is about 60/40 men to women and equally spread throughout all age groups with the biggest slice between 24 and 54 years old. Part of that is attributed to our internal make up. The four of us range in age from mid 20s to early 50s and our influences range from prog rock & fusion jazz to death metal to classic rock to folk & traditional country. All of that ends up in our songs.
Why did you pick that particular style? We didn't choose it. We put all of our ingredients in the blender and this is what comes out.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We all started out playing covers just like everybody else. But learning & playing covers is part of a music artist's journey, not the destination. That's the difference between someone who plays music and someone who creates art, between a song player and a songwriter. Everything we do is 100% original. We never play covers. I have max respect for those music icons who came before me, but everyone already knows what 'Freebird' sounds like and I'd puke if I ever had to sing 'Brown Eyed Girl' again.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We are almost finished with the recording process for our 5th studio album. We'll begin mixing and post production within the next two weeks. It will drop this Spring and it will be titled "Portraits". We completed one song from this new album ahead of the rest and pre-released it last December. It entered the FMQB AC Chart at No. 156 and steadily climbed the rankings as more radio stations added it to rotation. Right now, 'Red Eye' is spinning on 146 radio stations nationwide and finished last week in the USA Top 40 at No. 36.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We sure do! 'Red Eye' has an accompanying music video on our YouTube channel, along with about 40 other videos; clips from road trips and concerts, live television appearances, candid studio stuff, and a TV commercial we did for the Virginia Lottery a few years ago. Lots of stuff.
What got you started in music? / At what age did you start playing? In my earliest memories, I have a guitar in my hand. Music has been a natural part of my life as much as walking, eating, or sleeping.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? My first public guitar-singer gig was in a red-neck saloon with sawdust covered floors in Stafford, Virginia when I was 15 years old. I played Johnny Cash and Hank Williams songs into the wee hours with a chorus of drunken, happy voices for pitchers of beer and about 10 dollars in tips. The world was a different place back then.
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We're in Richmond, Virginia this Friday; Greenville, South Carolina next Friday, and bouncing all over after that for the rest of the spring-summer.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We had a great tour last November, three states and a bunch of different venues. We do a lot of road trip clusters; travelling to do 3 or 4 shows in as many nights then coming home for a local gig, that kind of thing. We're planning a big tour to coincide with the new album release this spring-summer.
What are your goals with your music? I am going to take it as far as I can go. This is all I do. I have no other job, I want no other job. I will keep learning, evolving, growing, writing, recording, and performing with my band until someone wheels me off to the old folks home or I drop dead at the Grammys.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? I decided that music was to be my life when I got home from the war alive and in one piece. I replaced my rifle with a guitar the day I left the Army.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both. Anyone who says that there is no good music being made anymore is living in a bubble. There is so much fantastic music being made in all genres all over the place right now that it's hard for me to keep up! I am inspired by all of it.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I buy music in both formats. It's all just apples versus oranges to me as long as the artist is being compensated for his work.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? In the past couple of years, I've gone to see Queens of the Stone Age, Sunn, Swans, Torche, Gordon Lightfoot, A Place to Bury Strangers, Crystal Stilts, Peter Murphy, Tool, and a few others. In my car's CD changer right now I have Juicy J, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta, and The National. I also get out and go to local band's shows as much as I can. It's important to support each other in the local scene.
What do you hold most dear? My sons. I have three boys. There is absolutely nothing I wouldn't do for them.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most? I don't fear anything on stage. I feel completely comfortable strumming my guitar and singing my songs for people. I've been doing this long enough to have encountered my share of issues. It's live music and things happen. If we have a problem, we work the problem, stay focused and push on. We have contingency plans for routine problems; broken strings, bad cables, that kind of thing.
What's the most memorable thing a fan has done for you? There are plenty of genies out there waiting to grant wishes. I've found that the harder I work, the more of them I encounter. We've had some great people do wonderful things to help us along, from writing big checks for recording projects to supplying needed gear to giving us excellent lodging on the road. It's all about good Karma; send positive energy into the world and it generally answers in kind.
How often do you rehearse? Our band rehearses twice every week as a minimum. I personally practice every day.
Where do you rehearse? My home is our band house. Where most people would have a dining table, chairs, and a fine china cabinet, I have a drum kit, guitar cabs and a PA. Where there used to be a downstairs bedroom, I have a recording studio. I forget sometimes that most people don't live like this.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Red Eye from our new album and Will I Know from our last album.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and
to keep playing? The possibility that fame & fortune are still out there somewhere, that validation for all the work and
time and sacrifice may be over the next hill.
Do you have any webpages? We sure do. Our official website is at http://www.thejoband.com; official YouTube Channel is at http://www.youtube.com/thejobandtv; our official Facebook is at http://www.facebook.com/thejoband; official Twitter is at http://www.twitter.com/thejoband (@thejoband); and our official Reverbnation is at http://www.reverbnation.com/thejoband. We are also on all the music services like Spotify, iTunes, Rhapsody, Bandcamp, Amazon, and others.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? I'm not in a position to impart wisdom to anyone. Everyone's journey is an individual thing. I'll still be trying to figure all this out until I strum my last chord.
The J.O.B. - Red Eye
interview with Beneath The Storm
Beneath The Storm - Silent Exhale
interview with Randy Roberts & the Capital Strokes
What´s the name of your band? Randy Roberts & the Capital Strokes
How was the band formed? the band was a cover band formed by the former drummer Gianluca Palmieri
Can you tell about your band? this band is a funk band and, we are entertaining, on porpose, I mean, I’m still thinking that if somebody go to a concert, it means they want to listen to some good music but, mostly, they want to SEE a good concert, There we are!
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Giuseppe “BIG JOE” D’Ortona is the drummer boy, Ippolito Pingitore on percussion, Andrea “Pumba” Sabatino on bass, Jacopo Barbato and Emanuele “Jorma” Gasperi on guitars, Emiliano Pari on keyboards, Matteo “Skukkia” Vagnarelli on trombone, Simone Alessandrini on saxophone, Anna Fondi and Arianna Alvisi backups. oh, and me Randy “the reverend” Roberts as an entertainer! everybody born and raise in Italy but me, I’m american and italian as well!
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? the band was a cover band but, now we have our own repertoire, a CD with our songs is coming out the 23rd of April so, the ambitions are mostly changed!
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? well, it’s funk, it’s played to make you have fun, to make you sweat
Where was your first gig? we started as a cover band the 2nd of June 2012
Where was the latest gig? March 21st 2015
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write for the most. for sure I write all the lyrics and I have a couple of very talented helper in the band as composers Emanuele “Jorma“ Gasperi and Emiliano Pari but, everybody can…express himself!!!
Who has the best since of humor in the band? that’s a tricky one! maybe Simone Alessandrini (sax player)
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? we’re a funk, sometimes soul band
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? we’re funky guys! Funk chose us! it’s our religion! our songs talk about human senses, bad and good feelings, love, sex and everything about the humanfunkingkind.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? first album is out the 23rd of April 2015 “CS”
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
How old are you?/What got you started in music? well, my father was a very famous singer in Europe, France and Italy mostly, and I started to go to his gigs since I was three years old! being on stage is my natural status!
At what age did you start playing? at the age of eighteen
What year was the band started? 2012
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Genova (Italy) in the Palazzo Ducale and it’s gonna be a great gig because this venue is huuuuuge and awesome, one of the oldest and beautiful place in Italy
Where have you played from then till now? clubs in Italy, clubs and festival around the Europe, private events
Is it always the same songs live? we have songs for 2 hours and a half, that means we have the chance to switch them every time in a different way
How big crowds do you usually play for? 400 people
What are the plans for the rest of the year? to improve ourselves and find more gigs
Where do you usually play? Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France
What are your goals with your music? to share our energy and our devotion for music around the world
When did you decide to go all in for the music? when I was 18
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? same thing, band who plays good music is a good band to get inspiration
What are your sources of inspiration? a groovy beat or a catchy melody, a guitar lick that makes me move, a rough bass I can feel it in my bones…as I said, good music.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? well, the answer is easy I mean, no buying albums, no money but, internet helps us to arrive further so, good and bad
What would be your dreams for the band? it’s not a dream, it’s a fact, we’re going to be the most entertaining band of the beginning of the century
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I’d say almost everything except the extreme things, rock, not too heavy, electronic, not too plastic, dance, not too acid etc.etc.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? no fears, we don’t need ’em!
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I personally work with some of the most important authors, composers and artists in Italy
How important are your fans? the most important people, we work for them, we play for them, we compose for them, we get sweat for them!
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? I can’t answer that.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? the next 2!
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 guess it’s a kind of faith! or maybe insanity
Do you have any webpages? www.capitalstrokes.com
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? play every gig like it’s gonna be the last one
Describe your show, visually and musically OMG
How do you view the musicindurty of today? I don’t! we have to be the artist, the producers, the art director and bla, bla, bla! that means there’s gonna be more satisfaction for all of us!
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? the band itself.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? I really can’t tell you why you have to be at our gigs because, if you’re thinking about it, it means you actually don’t know what we’re talking about! you come the first time, you’ll always come.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? funky guys are too smart for that.
Do you have anything to add? Robex, it’s been a pleasure! I hope we’re gonna meet again soon everybody else, just check us out!!!!!!!
CAPITAL STROKES - Do it like the Strokes - Dvd Live 2012
interview with A Fallen Mind
What´s the name of your band? A Fallen Mind
How was the band formed? Sadly our band was burned over the tragedy of the Bush presidency as a way to cope with the pain and horror.
Can you tell about your band? Sure but the first rule of band club is you don't talk about ... DAMN IT! That was a sneaky trick!
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Bryce and Grayson are from Mars.
Heather and Jess are from Venus.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Money, fame and blow.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Angry, blasphemous Christmas music.
Where was your first gig? We played to a crowd of satanists in south central while they threw up in a toilet alter. ( I kid you not)
Where was the latest gig? We did a lesbian video shoot in the desert.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Bryce writes the songs and then screams them. Grayson plays guitar. Heather shakes her ass. I (Jess) criticize everything and mash buttons during live shows. ( I was also the lesbian in the desert)
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We kick serious people out. There's no room for that here, or there.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? We are bedtime stories on acid.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Because we all have anger management issues and this is cheaper than a shrink.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own music for albums and do covers and give them away for free.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, 3. Pain Addiction. The Human Error. Oddities and Obscenities will be out soon.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? DO WE!! We're bored a lot so yea. There's a few.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 34. I can play drums, cymbals, xylophone, and the French horn both the b flat and f types as well as the field horn.
At what age did you start playing? 12
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I was 12 as a group 32 lol
What year was the band started? 2008
Best/worst gig you've played? People puking in the floor is the best/ worst because when will that ever happen again.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Fingers crossed were working to get a gig now. I'm not trying to jinx it.
Where have you played from then till now? The garage.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Five Finger Death Punch.
Is it always the same songs live? Nope. It's tailored to the location.
How big crowds do you usually play for? Bar types
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Album work
Where do you usually play? Our garage
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Xanax
What are your goals with your music? To make people smile
What's the first step when making a new song? Emotion
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I don't care. 99% of people download our stuff via iTunes rather than go to Amazon and purchase a hard copy.
What would be your dreams for the band? To be able to tour.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I love The miracles.
What do you hold most dear? Family
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Nothing. Live for today
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Nothing. Bryce will sing to anything even a cell phone were good.
What would you do if there was no music? There's always music even if it's in my own head.
How important are your fans? To Bryce
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I'm still a fan of The Animal song and Leather Heart
Do you have any webpages? Www.afallenmind.com
Whats your Pre-show ritual? I personally throw up
A Fallen Mind IndieGoGo Pitch for the Third Album "Oddities and Obscenities"
interview with Bleating Apocalypse
How was the band formed? A very structured and organised auditing process with strict employment criteria. There was also a buffet involved somehow.
Where are all band members from? Who does what in the band?
Tetanus Jabb- Vocals and rhythm guitar
Bloody Sunday- Lead guitar and backing vocals
Colin Th’underskull- Bass and backing vocals
Vigorous Foot-Job- Drums and percussion
Wooden Chef- Catering
We’re all now based in Sheffield, UK
What were the ambitions of the band when you started? All we really wanted was to prove to the world that metal isn't just a genre of music, but it's also a hat. Metal can be whatever you want it to be, regardless of head size.
Could you explain your music to someone that hasn’t heard you? Easy-listening-lounge-metal. Go figure.
Where was your first gig? We played a club in Sheffield called South Sea Live. We had gotten a lot of press beforehand from the internet and people sending round Black Metal Interior Design, and so we ended up with around 60 people come to our first gig. Tetanus Jabb forgot a lot of the words and how to play guitar.
Where was the latest gig? We played a string of shows between January and March, some in Sheffield, UK and some in Brighton, UK. We had awesome crowds for all of them, and had a great reception when we weren’t in Sheffield- the last crowd we played to looked a bit confused at it all though. It was a Sunday…
What's good/bad with the band? Good- a live show to be proud of, a cult following of nutjobs, and the underground status which allows us to shout about C-list celebrities without fear of legal ramifications. Bad- Wooden Chef’s crippling solvent addiction. We wrote the song Eat Wood Glue about his struggle.
What are your songs about? Various topics. We love to pay homage to things that are usually not addressed in music and especially metal, such as cancelled TV shows and the British carpet industry, however we mainly muck about with sounds and force genres together that shouldn’t go together, like easy listening and metal.
Have you made any albums? If yes what are they? We made our first album Sheepcore a while back which had the infamous Black Metal Interior Design. It sounds like it was recorded inside a dog. We then made Pestilence II: Nostalgia of the Apocalypse where we re-recorded some of our pre-Sheepcore stuff and that sounds a lot nicer.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I think Bloody Sunday was pushing 78-ish perhaps.
Best/worst gig you've played? Mr. Sunday was vomiting blood for an hour straight one time, but we powered through and finished the set, albeit a little messy.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Our Christmas With Satan gigs that we’ve played at Christmas for the last two years have been amazing- who knew a crowd could mosh to a song about decorating?
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We’ve starting recording again- it’s been a while since we put something new out so we’ve got that coming up. Our overall sound has changed so much since the days of Sheepcore so we figured it’s about time we re-did those, and some new stuff as well.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? A few hours of greyhound racing and a jar of Bovril. We then talk about what we’re going to do for the show and then someone usually vomits. That’s when we know we’re ready.
What are your goals with your music? We want to spread our unique flavour of sound as far around the planet as we can. Then we plan to head to other planets and spread across those as well. Then, once all beings with ears on all planets are exhausted, we will begin making music aimed at micro-organisms.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? A few years ago we thought we should get a time-share in a Swiss Chalet. Turns out it wasn’t as good as we thought it would be and ended up signing our souls away to a time-share firm. We were a little stuck then.
What are your sources of inspiration? We draw inspiration from many places. Sometimes Tetanus Jabb will awaken in the middle of the night with a piece of paper with a musical idea mysteriously stuck in his throat. Other times, Bloody Sunday will go for a five day excursion into the Sahara desert, and return inspired to write a song about curtains. Mostly, the curtain tracks are vetoed, but you get the idea.
What's the first step when making a new song? Usually Bloody Sunday will smother his face in honey before picking up a guitar and lying horizontally atop his house and wait for his face to be covered in bees before he feels comfortable churning out a riff to base a song on.
What would be your dreams for the band? Wooden Chef often reports of horrible Calpol-induced nightmares where he sees Colin chopping him up for firewood, whilst Vigorous Footjob plays a swanny whistle, and Tetanus Jabb and Bloody Sunday play table tennis, laughing maniacally. They’re not comfortable.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Mostly Muzak and easy listening stuff along with acid jazz and field recordings of rural Shropshire.
What do you hold most dear? Deer.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? A great collective fear is that Carol Vorderman will never return to Countdown, and we will live out the rest of our days under the iron fist of Rachel Riley.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That one of us dies. That wouldn’t be good. And is worryingly likely.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Tetanus Jabb herds sheep. Bloody Sunday collects rusty nails and tends to his potato garden. Colin Thunderskull is a children's entertainer. Vigorous Footjob sits in a dark room and recites poetry to himself, mostly. Wooden Chef works in a call centre for BT.
What would you do if there was no music? Look like violent mimes onstage, thrashing our instruments about.
How important are your fans? Extremely! Without them we wouldn't be here, and the 25000+ of them who have watched Black Metal Interior Design kicked our career into gear in the first place!
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Elevaterror was a song off Sheepcore that we wrote a few years ago. Now we’ve got round to re-recording it, the joy of it is flooding back. One of our newest and currently unreleased songs is called A Song For Petnuia, and is a heavy, doom-inspired track, with breaks into lounge interludes. The concept revolves around a man who travels around in a caravan called Petunia, committing horrific murders. However, the twist is that he is also in love with said caravan.
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? We do it for our fans. The experience of seeing people shouting lines like 'sacrifice a goat to Llawrence Llwelyn Bowen!' back at us and meowing on cue makes it all worthwhile.
Describe your show, visually and musically Visually, think black metal meets London Zoo meets a 1970s aerobics video. Musically, think think black metal meets London Zoo meets a 1970s aerobics video.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? We’ve had to get changed in some really small rooms. There was a phase we went through when we were changing in a disabled toilet full of four other band’s gear. Bloody Sunday is just shy of 10ft tall now and so the low mirror and sink really weren’t very practical.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Always metal, except for the times when it's not, at which point it is usually something else.
What is your favourite crappy instrument? Hoover.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? It’s always unfortunately got to be with Wooden Chef. As much as we love him and he’s our brother, we’re all completely different from him musically and his way of life. Our solicitors have said we can’t say any more.
What’s your pre-show ritual? Black candles around a stone table, a good hour of chanting, brief goat sacrifice then a few rounds of Boggle before hitting the stage.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Of course we do! You must’ve heard this one…
Do you have any webpages? We do indeed! We have Facebook (www.facebook.com/bleatingapocalypse), YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/BleatingApocalypse), Twitter (@sheepcore) and BandCamp (bleatingapocalypse.bandcamp.com/)!
Black Metal Interior Design
interview with Solitude Project.
What started you in music? I have listened music since when i was a child: my dad started me to Queen (i still love them), then i discovered hard rock/heavy metal music, like Metallica and Iron Maiden. My musical taste changed when i listened to Dark Ambient music and i discovered black metal in its classical and depressive form.
What made you form the band? I was interested in making music for my own, so i decided to start a project firstly to satisfy myself, secondly for sharing my music with people who like black metal.
Where are all members from? The members of Solitude Project are Lord Sinister and me. We live far form each other, there are lots of kms between our homes. I live in Caserta, southern Italy, he lives in Treviso, northern Italy.
What places will you be playing in? I play my music in my home and in studio, when i have to record something new.
Who plays what? I play guitars and make some programming work with synths or keyboard. Lord Sinister plays drums and is the vocalist of the band.
How old are you? I'm only 18, so as Lord Sinister.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? I never took part to a gig, we don't play lve.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I wanted only to make good music, nothing other. I started the band about 3 years ago, i know that our ambitions are changed (a bit), but the main isstill here: making music made of all TRUE feelings.
Have you made any albums? Yeah, (for now) Solitude Project have released a full album, 'Suicide Psychosis', a demo tape with two old songs and a split with Gemini and Painless Death.
If yes what are they? 'Suicide Psychosis' is a concept album that talks about a woman closed in a menatl asylum. We tell to the listener her thoughts and her feelings, using female clean vocals (cries, too) and Lord Sinister screams, that tells the story. The landscapes created by the music, both black metal and dark ambient introduces and make the listener feeling of oppression.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have a youtube channel, all our songs are available there.
What songs and what years were they released? 'Suicide Psychosis' was released in the beginning of 2012, the demotape 'The Unholy War Is Coming' was recorded in 2011 but released in 2012 by Depressive Illusions Records and the split with Gemini and Painless Death was released in october of the same year. Our last song, Forever Sweet Dreams, was released in the beginning of 2013.
Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, i took part in another DSBM project, Dysphoria, but we never released more than a song. Now i'm working on a personal project, A mors, where i play the all instruments.
Have you been in any other bands? No.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I mainly study, but when i don't have to study or record something i work in a graphic studio.
What would you do if there was no music? I can't believe in a world without music, simply because all the sounds we listens are music.
How important are your fans? My fans are very imprtant, with their opinion i understand if i'm making good things or simply i'm boring them.
What year was the band started? We started the band in the late 2010.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We planned to record something new for a next musical work.
What genre do you feel you are? I don't know.. it depends by my feelings at the moment. I feel a lot DSBM, by the way.
What are your songs about? Our songs talks about depression, mainly..
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material by ourself, we play covers only in particular moments: for example, in Suicide Psychosis there is a cover of Lifelover, because in that period B was found dead. The album is dedicated to him.
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? We write our songs, and the lyrics. Some lyrics are written by other persons, that appears or will appear as guest session.
What's good/bad with the band? I think in Solitude Project goes all good. But.. the main problem is the distance between me and Lord Sinister.
Do you have any WebPages? Yes, we have a FB page.
What are your sources of inspiration? I take ispiration by everyday's lives, and listening to songs i like a lot.. I don't know when ispiration will come, it is a surprise everyday!
Solitude Project - Fuoco Fatuo (Subtítulos en español)
intervju med Backboons
Personliga frågor om bandet och deras medlemmar:
Har ni spelat i något tidigare band? Vi har spelat i olika projekt med i stort sett samma medlemmar.
Hur kommer de sig att ni började komma in på musik området? Musik har alltid var ett stort intresse redan från tidig ålder, en del föräldrar har spelat och inspirerat oss!
Vad heter ni?/ Vem spelar vad?/ Hur gamla är ni? Nick Lindqvist 21år (Trummor) Joel Levin 23år (sång,Gitarr) Nathanael Marcusson 23år (ståbas,Sång) Joel Söderberg 24år (Gitarr).
Har ni haft tidigare medlemmar? Ja vi har haft en del andra medlemmar.
Gjorde ni musik redan när ni var små? Vi har alltid haft musik som intresse och många av oss började spela sitt instrument väldigt tidigt. Det började på ungdomsgårdar och skolprojekt.
Vart kommer ni ifrån? Falun,Dalarna
Vilket år startades bandet? Vi officiella start är 2011
Vad spelar ni för musik stil? Rock ´n roll alternativt Rockabilly
Vad inspireras ni av? Vi har inspirerats väldigt mycket av varandra, vi har alla olika bakgrunder och musiksmak vilket har gjort att inspirationen har varit väldigt stor.
Hur ofta repar ni? Vanligtvis repar vi en gång i veckan, men på senare tid även i turnebussen samt på scenen.
Vart repar ni? I Falun, vi har två rum för rep och förvaring.
Hur har ni utvecklats sedan ni började med musiken? Vi har utvecklats enormt som både musiker och entertainer under åren.
Har ni något annat intressen eller jobb utanför bandet och musiken? Vi kombinerar jobb och musiken oftast ser vi till att lägga spelningarna på helger
Frågor om eran musik och texter:
Hur kommer de sig att ni gör musik? Vi älskar de vi kör av vill sprida vidare det till folket. Rocknroll och roackabilly är på uppmarch och vi är en del i det!
Vad handlar era låtar om i de stora hela? Vi skriver oftast låtar i form av känslor och ståndpunkter. Det är viktigt att ha ett budskap i låtarna.
Vem skriver texterna? Vi fördelar det rätt bra på alla, ibland skriver vi tillsammans och vissa gånger själva.
Vem gör musiken? Det beror på vem som skrivet texten eller melodin, oftast gör vi den tillsammans.
När ni ska göra en låt börjar ni med musiken eller texten? Oftast när vi skriver musik har vi en färdig tanke om hur låten ska gå, vi skriver en text och sedan lägger vi på musiken.
I vilken miljö brukar ni göra era låtar? Inget slår en solig dag och en kall öl då blir det produktivt!
Spelar ni bara egna låtar live eller även covers? Det beror på gig, ett längre set lägger i in några covers.
Vilket språk sjunger ni på? Vi har hittat våran grej och det är på Engelska.
Vad inspirerar er till att göra musik? Passion och känslan av att få spela egengjorde låtar och samt få respons på dem!
Frågor angående era spelningar och liknande uppträdanden:
Hur många har kommit som minst på era konserter? Vi hade ett privat gig för ett antal år sedan, där en hade vunnit på trav utan våran vetskap eller han som hade bokat oss, så det var kanske 4 st under den spelningen.
Hur många har kommit som mest på era konserter? Det är svårt att säga, men under en spelning på Ccw i Rättvik var nog siffran över 1500.
Vilka åldersgrupper dras oftast till era konserter? Det är väldigt blandat, det varierar från 18-65.
Spelar ni alltid samma låtar live eller varierar det? Oftast har i ett spelschema vi kör, men det kan variera från ställe till ställe.
Har ni något stam ställe där ni brukar spela? vi har några stycken som vi brukar kontakta när vi ska på turné, för att underlätta både resa och övernattning.
Vart var erat första gig? I Hedemora som på den tiden hette "Nöjeskrogen"
Vart var erat senaste gig? Grisslehamn på en Bilklubb.
Har ni behövt ställa in nått gig nån gång? Det har hänt några gånger men vi har haft turen att inte har blivit samma dag!
Vart har ni spelat i år? Vi har spelat runt om i Sverige från norr till söder.
Vart har ni planer att spela resten av året? Vi håller på att slutföra en Europaturne, där länder som Tyskland, Polen, Finalnd, och Belgien är tänkta.
Frågor angående era merchandise:
När började ni sälja Merchandise? Vi har börjat gjort det nu på senare tid.
Vad har ni för Merchandise prylar? vi har kepsar, t-shirts, tröjor samt skivor
Vart kan man köpa era Merchanndise? det går att beställa på hemsidan www.backboons.com och samt när vi spelar.
Nyheter och uppdatering:
Har ni nytt material på g? Vi jobbar med en singel som släpps inom kort!
Vad har ni för internet sidor? www.backboons.com , Facebook, youtube, spotify samt en del andra
Hur får man tag på er? Bokning sker via bokningsbolaget irene panik, information finns på hemsidan.
Vad har ni för planer för framtiden? vi är överens om att vi vill leva på musiken.