Glad Town Ghosts (Dale Husband) Interview

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Dale Husband is the man behind the upcoming acoustic project Glad Town Ghosts that have only recently released their debut single, including B sides and demos, on Massive Skull Records. Having hired Wraiths, the band whom Dale plays bass and adds backing vocals for, to play a local show in Wakefield – I was given the opportunity to speak to him about his individual project in what proved to be an intimate conversation about the emotion and story behind Glad Town Ghosts and its emotive music.

Thank you very much for your time. Being as you’re currently the bassist in the hardcore/metal band Wraiths, what inspired you to take such a drastic change of musical direction in a solo undertaking?

It’s ok! Thanks for taking time out of your holiday to ask me questions, it’s very admirable. Yeah it’s a weird one, in short I’ve been writing songs for years and also playing in hardcore bands just as long, I played a tonne of shows in 2012 just under my own name playing acoustic music, then joined Wraiths and put it on the back-burner, I was still constantly writing but never releasing anything. The guys in Wraiths and a few of my other friends would be at me all the time to start bringing solo music out again and then Massive Skull records messaged me asking if they could put something out with me, I love that label so I decided to pick it up again with some new songs and a new name.

Would you say your time prior to joining Wraiths, being an acoustic project, was as successful as it is now?

I wouldn’t say so, I didn’t really care for pushing it then. I was still finding my feet figuring out what style of music I wanted to bring out, I only really started playing acoustic shows to force myself into finishing songs because I’m my own worst critic and usually end up shelving 80% of the things I write. People did seem to like my stuff though, but I’m a lot more focused on taking a proper approach this time around and hopefully pushing it as far as it can go. It’s a different thing musically but being in Wraiths has been a crash course in how to be in a band really, there’s a lot of really great guys in and around that band so I’ll be applying what I’ve learned from them in the past year or so to Glad Town Ghosts for sure.

Sounds like they’re very supportive of you!
Seeing as you are your own worst critic and your debut single is to be released shortly; are you proud of how it’s turned out overall?

Yeah man, they’re a bunch of positive bullies. Yeah, I am. It’s probably the most happy I’ve been with anything in a long time. Mike from Massive Skull and Luke from a band called Lessons had a lot of input with harmonies and instrumentation so I just wrote this really simple song that’s a lot more personal and less metaphorical than my older stuff and we met up in a flat by the sea and laid it down over some smokes. It was a totally cool way of recording it, and I think I sound a lot let tense on it than I tend to get in actual studios. I wrote it really quickly as well, and recorded it a couple of days afterwards so I didn’t really have time to pick it apart. So it is what it is I guess, I just hope people dig it.

Sounds like a very unique and chilled out way of getting things done. I know I would definitely appreciate something like that.
As you say you’re the most happy you’ve been with anything in a long time, what sort of mood would you apply to Glad Town Ghost’s music? To me, I get a very rustic sense of longing and almost sadness in parts of some songs.

Yeah it worked pretty well, it’s not the kind of music that should be tight to a click track and be full of bells and whistles I think. Yeah, I’m happy with the music but it’s not really happy music, I agree! I have a kind of ridiculous mind at times and think a lot about scenarios and people around me, probably over think actually. Longing is definitely a recurring theme, the concept of time and what we do with it is something I’m in love with so it probably reflects a lot of that. And the past 12 months have been kind of crazy emotionally, so sadness is probably pretty on the mark. There is a bit of positivity there though, I’m all about hope as well.

Understanding that concept myself, I can see the appeal for the style of music to go hand-in-hand with those themes.
The atmosphere that’s built by the instrumentation allows your vocals and the lyrics to work very well. What would you say inspired the hopeful side of things? Your song ‘Coalmine Song’ acts more like a tale than a lamentation. I love the post rock-eque guitar that sounds so distant as the rest of the song carries on.

Yeah we really wanted to have a nice ‘bed’ or organs and strings etc. Nothing too over-bearing just something to add some atmosphere to the tracks. I’m kind of bias against that song because it was the first solo thing I released in 2012 and my friends still sing it to me now, it’s taken me this long to want to listen to it again, never mind have it on a proper release. It’s probably my most hopeful track to date yeah, probably because it’s just a really simple message and image, it is a tale you’re right. It’s not really personal but my grandfather was a miner and my Dad grew up in a really rural, salt of the earth way. So it’s more a commentary on his extended family and the good, simple living vibe I’ve picked up off him. The only thing I really love about that song is the added instrumentation, it’s all Jamie Donnelly who recorded the track. He’s very much a proper producer and he’s a real student of the art he loves, he totally made that track 100 times more than it was.

I think it’s great, for what that’s worth. It really gives a sense of the time which the lyrics are depicting, which is a rare quality these days. What other artists would you say influenced the release and the sound of Glad Town Ghosts?

Thanks very much man, I’ve kind of over-written my own opinion of it to be fair so it’s nice other people have good things to say about it. I’m the world’s biggest Iron & Wine fan, I think his lyrics are as close to God as I could get. I try and match a bit of that style with more simply arranged stuff like The Low Anthem and Bob Dylan, I’m into a lot of more punk based acoustic stuff like Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Tom Gabel etc. and a tonne of ambient music so I draw influence from everywhere really and try and take stabs at certain styles. People seem to liken my newer stuff to Bon Iver and a male Joni Mitchell which is a very cool comparison, although I’m about .5% as talented as any of those names. My Mam thought a Great Lake Swimmers song was one of mine the other day, which was pretty funny.

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You can most definitely hear a variety of influences in your music.
Seems you’re getting somewhere with that much recognition then!
How have shows been? Positive reaction?

Yeah I’ve only sent it to a number of magazines/radio and some friends but it’s all been great feedback so far so I can’t complain. I haven’t actually played any Acoustic shows since June 2012 haha, I’m just starting to book some up now but I’m trying to be selective I guess. I got tired of playing to loud drunk guys a while ago. I played a song on Piano to one of my closest friend’s boyfriend and sister last weekend, that’s the nearest I’ve got to a show in ages. They liked it though, so it’s a 100% positive reaction out of the 2 people that have heard Glad Town Ghosts live.

No doubt the positive reaction will spread. Although the answer to this question may seem obvious, I’d like to know your explanation – how would you compare shows with your role in Wraiths to Glad Town Ghosts?

It’s pretty much as opposite as 2 projects could be, I love Wraiths because I love playing in bands, I love really heavy music and I love really aggressive live shows which is pretty much the impetus of what we do. I’m not me when Wraiths play because it’s a room full of people been really over the top angry which is awesome fun but I treat it as just that, like I can’t really express my thoughts and feelings about the world and people in Wraiths songs aside from screaming about how much it sucks. They both compliment each other though, I’m lucky enough to be able to put exactly how I feel personally into motion with Ghosts and then cut myself off from life and be a lunatic on stage with Wraiths. It keeps me busy though and both are totally rewarding. There’s a massive level of camaraderie in my band as well, driving around the country in a van playing Metal with a bunch of great dudes is a nice change from sitting on my own writing sad music.

In that case, would you say that Glad Town Ghosts is cathartic?

I’d never thought of that actually but I’d say so yeah, I’m pretty terrible at expressing myself completely to people so it’s a good medium for doing that. It’s not all negative emotion but the majority of my negative emotion is put into songs, most of them aren’t heard by anyone but me, but it’s nice to get thoughts on paper and be able to analyse them in a different sense I suppose.

Yeah, allows for clearer thoughts for yourself.
How about the name Glad Town Ghosts, how did that come about?

Yep exactly! Like solo counselling. It was more or less a cool phrase I just thought up, I think it was a line in a song or an idea for a song. Once I decided to start another acoustic project, the first decision I made was that it definitely wasn’t going to be my name. I recently moved back from Manchester and was walking back from a pretty heavy night with a friend of mine from home and said we should start a band with that name. We weren’t really in a state to viably start a band at all but the name stuck. I think it kind of fits with the sound anyway.

I think you’re right, it fits well as a name.
And so, my final question, what are you going to do after the release of the single? What are your future plans? Will you be unearthing shelved material to release or writing new stuff?

We’re currently rushing around trying to sort some press for the single, so we’re going to push that for a couple of weeks and film some acoustic sessions and updates in some nice places around Cleveland. Probably book a few shows here and there and finish recording the EP which hopefully will be out by September. I’m still writing a lot of it, I have about 30 sketches of songs from the past 8 or 9 months and I’ve started piecing them together and re-drafting a lot of them. So it’ll be probably be a lot of stuff that’s been revisited and given some new ideas. It’ll be new to people that hear it anyway!

Thanks a lot for your time man I appreciate the questions been outside of the stockpile of boring interview questions. No doubt I’ll see you at a Satanist convention soon.

It’s been a pleasure man, thank you for being so open. Really love your music.
Most definitely.

And so, there you have it. Glad Town Ghosts have now released their debut single and Dale is continuing to work hard on his project, something I am most looking forward to.

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/gladtownghosts
BANDCAMP: http://gladtownghosts.bandcamp.com
‘Northwards Over Your Home’ Lyric Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV55ln6_7AQ

Outsider Interview

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Outsider are an upcoming hardcore band from Southampton. Like their peers that have come before them; they operate in a metallic-hardcore sound; offering up some heavy and irresistibly groovy riffs in their songs. 2013 has proved a promising year for the band, releasing their debut demo and playing a series of gigs. I caught up with vocalist Sam Walley to ask him a few questions about the band’s bright future and background.

Thank you for your time, would you like to introduce yourself and the rest of the band?

Hey man, thanks for your time too! There’s 4 of us all together at the moment, me on vocals, Sam Spake on bass, Jack Orba on guitar and Brad Barter on drums. We’re actually looking for a guitarist currently, any one interested should email: outsiderhxc@gmail.com

Sweet! As the frontman of Outsider, what would you say is the style you are likening yourselves to?

I know a lot of band members say this in interviews, but that’s a really difficult question, haha. Our demo was kind of doom meets rock meets hardcore, our next release is going to be a lot heavier though. We’re experimenting a lot with death metal/slam right now. There’s a teaser up on YouTube at the moment of our new track ‘Misery’, check it out!

I certainly have, it kills! Like my previous question, what would you say is your greatest influence on your music? Both collectively and as an individual in the band.

I’m a massive fan of heavy music in general, collectively we all like Black Sabbath, Pantera, Hatebreed, Slayer and The Acacia Strain haha, it’s a mix but that’s the bands that really stand out for us. We’re all fans of local lads Desolated as well.

It’s clear that Outsider are not alone in the Southampton music scene – what’s your opinion on the UYC and the scene in Southampton?

The UYC are rad man, they revived our scene and a lot of people are grateful for that. Before they came down it was just big tour packages every few months and the odd Desolated show, now it’s dope UKHC bands every few weeks. There’s a lot of talent in Southampton at the moment. The ones to watch out for are: Nihility, No Excuse, Infiltrated, Savage Youth and Desolated.

Totally love No Excuse & Nihility, man. Tell me, what do you enjoy most about the music you play?

For me it’s the raw visceral energy or the shows, people jumping into eachother and shouting your lyrics back at you, it’s such a rewarding experience. I also enjoy the lyrical content; hardcore, for me; is a genre where you can really write what you think and feel instead of conforming to an ideal.

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Are you pleased with how your 2013 Demo has turned out and been received?

Yeah for sure. We were really shocked how well it was received. We’re proud of the demo and are really happy that people get a kick out of listening to it, we’re thinking about getting a run of limited tapes done, they’ll be up for pre-order on our big cartel if we do.

Speaking of which, what future releases do you have planned?

We’re in the process of writing an EP at the moment actually, it’s a complete separation from the sound of the demo. We’re incorporating a lot more doom and death metal in this one. Hopefully people enjoy it!

What is the best thing about playing live?

Just being able to share a stage with my friends and play music together is a blessing in itself. And it’s always a winner when you play to a good crowd that gets involved.

Absolutely man. Finally, where are Outsider looking at playing next?

The next show we have confirmed for sure is the Halloween UYC fest, there’s a few house shows in the pipe lines aswell. Promoters need to book us more, haha!

Again, thank you very much for your time man!

So there you have it, promoters get at Outsider! A lot of talent in that band that deserves to be spread to new audiences.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/OutsiderHC
BANDCAMP/DEMO FREE DOWNLOAD: http://outsiderhc.bandcamp.com/
BIG CARTEL: http://outsiderhc.bigcartel.com/

Interview with the Hedras Ramos Band from Christopher Lee’s Charlemange.

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After reviewing Charlemagne: Omens of Death, I had the pleasure of being contacted by the management of Hedras Ramos Band, who asked me if I was up to giving an interview. Being a person with no sense of fear, I took up the gauntlet and interviewed Hedras Ramos Senior and Junior. One hour on Skype later, I had emerged wiser and more full of knowledge. Below are some questions that I put forward, kindly answered by Hedras Ramos.

There were some parts of the conversation that didn’t make it to the interview proper, but are worthy of mention. For example despite working on the album, Hedras Ramos Sr. informed me that the pair didn’t actually manage to meet the legend that is Christopher Lee in the flesh, due to the fact that he was away filming The Hobbit. However they did have the joyful experience of putting a song together after he sang the lyrics over the phone to them. It was an interesting look as to how they put the album together, after Richie Faulkner left the project to join Judas Priest.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you an interview with Hedras Ramos, guitarist for Christopher Lee on his album Charlemagne: Omens of Death. IMG_0034

1) Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Firstly what was it like working with Sir Christopher Lee on his newest record Charlemagne: Omens of Death?

It was very interesting! The music of this album has an old classic metal vibe and sound. I’m more like a weird blend of rock, jazz, fusion and classical musical influences on my metal world, because I do compose metal, but it’s a different total abstract world to the album of Christopher Lee, so it was interesting because of this. I had to really stick to the style and try to play in the style or Iron Maiden, Manowar, which was fun!

2) How much room to maneuver did you have on the record, such as on the tracks ‘The Devil’s Advocate and The Ultimate Sacrifice which were composed by Hedras Ramos?

I did compose these 2 tracks, basically they sent me a track of Christopher Lee’s vocals with no music, just the voice of Saruman singing acapella, and I had to compose a backing music out of nowhere and make it sound good. I was given total freedom to bring my taste to the music and create my own thing, but I always had to stick to the metal sound and spirit of the album. So I programmed drums, played all guitars, my father added the bass and sent the stems to London for them to add live drums + vocals.

3) How did you end up working with Christopher Lee on this record?

Richie Faulkner was originally working on this project, but he left to join Judas Priest, and Christopher Lee’s managers started the hunting for a new player that could record everything all over again, could finish the album and compose 2 or 3 new additional tracks to complete the whole album.

4) What was it like adapting the work from the debut album to this new one? Was it hard trying to change the music whilst keeping the overall style together?

There are a couple of old tunes, but also there are new ones composed by Faulkner and me, I think for the old ones that were symphonic metal I had just to add more distortion, evil riffs and crazy techniques! So it wasn’t any problem, but a lot of fun!!

5) If there was anything you could change on the album, what would it be and why?

We guitar players as a species, we’re always learning new licks, techniques, tricks, etc., and in my personal case I start disliking my recordings very fast after some days or months, so it’s like we guitar players are in constant evolution and development. I always tend to think that I could do better today than yesterday.

6) What is next for the band? Any touring or new albums in the works? Or will you be taking it slow for a while?

I don’t wanna take it slow for now! In August we are having a bunch of clinics in Latin America (Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Guatemala) sponsored by Cort Guitars from Korea, who happens to manufacture more than 1 million guitars a year for their own models and for many other great guitar brands, so if anybody from these countries is reading this, you will see the dates on these clinics on my website and fb very soon! I’m also composing new music, and I hope that for the end of 2013 I’ll have new music for the earholes of people.

7) If Christopher Lee asked you to work on his next album, would you agree to it?

Of course, It’s an honor to play guitar for Saruman, this is a big legacy! As a matter of fact, after finalizing this The Omens of Death album, we were contacted to produce an EP for C. Lee called “A heavy metal Christmas” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVzOve8T39w&list=PL00F821B7F920EF8B&index=62, which I and my dad worked and treated as the previous album.

8) What sort of guitar style were you aiming for on the album, some parts of it feel very 70s and 80s, was this to do with the work of Richie Faulkner or was it your own addition?

I had to take in account the 70s & 80s feel + Richie’s original demos, and play my vintage classic metal licks and pentatonic stuff, which was something fun for me, this brings to my mind an instructional Guitar video package I made for a company from London several years ago, you can check ’em out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL0rt88Bt1E and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osNz0FBimsc. I even read some comments on the internet where people said ‘wow this sounds so British metal’ (specially with the “The Ultimate Sacrifice” tune), but it’s me, a Guatemalan guy, who likes so many styles. I do believe that if you collaborate and play in different styles of music and projects this will help you to find your own music and your own flavour, and accomplish the ultimate goal of a musician, which is to come with something new and fresh.

As a final note, I would like to thank you Matthew, Melting Album Reviews and all those great fans for this great honor of letting me share my experiences in the making of this great album. If I am allowed, I would love to invite the readers to check my videos, albums, etc. at:

http://www.hedrasramos.com

http://www.youtube.com/hedrasramoslive

http://www.facebook.com/hedrasramoslive Cort%20Afiche

Interview with Dead Inside

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MAR: I’m here with Jack Boaden, guitarist extraordinaire of Dead Inside. Jack, could you describe your band’s music for those who haven’t heard it yet?

Jack Boaden: “Guitarist extraordinaire” hahaha! Sure! Well our first EP’s coming out in about a month and I guess you could make comparisons to British hardcore bands like Brutality Will Prevail or Desolated, and maybe even the European beatdown bands like Circle of Death, Nasty and Balboa.
MAR: With bands of similar sound such as the ones you listed, do you feel you draw from only hardcore, or are there other genres that influence the band when writing?
Jack Boaden: I find that in hardcore, it’s too easy to fall into the trap of churning out incredibly generic music. One of my favourite bands in the genre, Desolated, mix some aspects of doom metal to create their pretty unique sound. Desolated are definitely an influence for that reason. Lately too I’ve been digging more and more metal. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve listened to nothing but stoner metal for the last two weeks haha, Electric Wizard are too good. They’re definitely an influence, I’d certainly like to capture some of their riffs on the next release. I’ve also been listening to a lot of downtempo stuff as well – super low tunings and incredibly slow tempos, and I want to try and feed some of that into the next release too.
MAR: I definitely agree; the scene is turning into too many bands sounding the same. With that being said, do you feel that Dead Inside has something unique to say lyrically? Does the band have a socially conscious agenda, or is it brutality for the sake of brutality?
Jack Boaden: To be honest, I’m not really the person to ask about the lyrics. Dave (vocals) takes all lyrical duties. Knowing him personally though I know he loves the lyrics to the Continent record by The Acacia Strain where the major theme was the apocalypse and misanthropy haha. That being said though, while we may not have something unique to say lyrically, we may do in the future when we’ve found our own sound.
MAR: Misanthropy certainly is interesting in and of itself anyway. In terms of writing, what is the band’s formula when it comes to writing songs? Is there a primary songwriting member, or do you all share the duties?
Jack Boaden: I pretty much handle all writing duties, which has positives and negatives on either side. On the one hand, I can get the songs to sound exactly how I want them to sound, and I can bring in whatever influences I want, so long as it sounds heavy, y’know? On the other hand though, I’m not the best riff-writer in the world and it can be quite stressful haha. We’ve just hired a new drummer and a new bass player, so I’m hoping in the future they’ll be able to contribute more, but we’ll see what happens.
MAR: Well, the demos sound incredibly heavy and the guitar tones are great. How long has Dead Inside been a band?
Jack Boaden: Me and Dave discussed the idea of a band heavier than my previous punk band Rational Choice, similar to Trash Talk and Ceremony but a little more melodic November 2012, but we really got our shit together in December and played our first show towards the end of the year. After a line up change, a dramatic change in sound and a tonne of shows (including our first tour!) booked, we’re here, stronger than ever.
MAR: It sounds like you guys have been through the wringer. Do you feel like a more permanent lineup has emerged now?
Jack Boaden: Oh, definitely. We had to drop our old drummer purely because other commitments were keeping him from shows, which may have had to result in us cancelling our first tour. Whatever though, there’s no bad blood. It could have been a lot worse haha!
MAR: Absolutely. Now, you guys have a tour coming up soon, correct? How many shows will Dead Inside be playing, and what kind of area will it cover?
Jack Boaden: Well, the tour was initially supposed to be three days, but then we kept getting more offers, so now we’re playing five shows in five days which I’m beyond stoked for. We’re from Nottingham, UK and we didn’t want to be too ambitious so all the venues are around the East Midlands, which is cool. We’ll be hitting up Worksop, Leicester, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Rotherham and we’ll be playing alongside our friends in No Excuse, Journey’s End, Shot Down Stay Down, Set In the Skies and even two of the biggest upcoming UK metalcore bands Demoraliser and Odessa. That’s like a dream come true for me haha!
MAR: That ‘s quite the tour! Do you feel that this tour will give greater exposure to Dead Inside? Also, does this tour coincide with the release of new material?
Jack Boaden: Oh for sure. I’ve been recording the EP as of late, only got the vocals left to do next week, and then one or two weeks for mixing and mastering and stuff. We might be cutting it quite close but the EP should be out before tour. We’re planning on burning it to 100 blank discs and selling them for £1 while we’re on the road. Hopefully we’ll have enough to start printing shirts haha. But yeah, I mean, we’re gonna share it round like an STD when it comes out, I won’t stop until my Facebook feed is full of it! Hopefully good things will come of it too – it’d be cool to start playing more and more shows outside of Nottingham.
MAR: Will there be a way to listen to the new release online? Should we expect a heavier sound than the demos?
Jack Boaden: The first track on our bandcamp page is the intro track to our EP, just unmixed and unmastered. The guy we’re working with, Ande from Hunting Helen, his production is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to what he can do with our tracks. And yeah, I’m a big fan of the internet, I love the bandcamp site, the interface is so easy to use, so it will definitely be up there for free download.
MAR: That’s great to know, are you guys excited to play these new songs live? How has crowd reception been at past shows?
Jack Boaden: We’ve played three shows so far, before taking a few months off to write this EP. The third show we played in Derby was absolutely insane. We had a friend filling in on vocals for us (Tom Kelly, Betray Your King, check them out) and he was stage diving all over the place. We played some well known covers too including our Desolated cover (twice) and we got so many people throwing down and circle-pitting, it was terrific. Hopefully when the EP comes out people will learn the words and stuff.
MAR: So in terms of songwriting, what band is your number one influence?
Jack Boaden: Difficult to narrow it down! Probably Circle of Death or Desolated. Circle of Death are one of the first beatdown bands I got into, and they’re from Europe which is even better – I find that European beatdown is leagues heavier than their UK/US counterparts. Or Desolated, as mentioned previously. They’ve started gaining success really rapidly since their latest record – 2012’s Verse of Judas – came out, so I guess it’s something to aim for haha.
MAR: And for a goofy sign-off question, what is your spirit animal?
Jack Boaden: *Googles what a spirit animal is* Okay, I just took a quiz and apparently I’m a wolf haha: “”Family comes first” could be a Wolf’s motto. You form deep connections with close friends and family members, and they know you’d do anything to protect them. You’re loyal, devoted, and passionate. Your worst fear is being alone, but be careful not to drown your loved ones in too much emotion.” Deep.
MAR: Deep indeed. Well, thank you so much for your time Jack, and be sure to check out Dead Inside; new material coming soon!

Drowning Interview

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Drowning have been highlighted before on MAR in Jack Boaden’s ‘Chicago Hardcore – None Heavier’ article that he published a month ago – inspired to pursue the source of the growing popularity surrounding the bands in the article; I was granted the opportunity to interview the frontman of Drowning. Bryan is a top guy and it’s sweet to have a chance to gain perspective like this. I asked him a series of questions about his music as well as his hometown.

Thank you very much for your time. Would you mind introducing yourself and the band?

My name is Bryan and I do vocals. Our guitarist’s name is Mike Robz. Our bassist’s name is Brandon Tillet and our drummer’s name is Eduardo Flores.

Drowning has appeared to have received a lot of attention as of late, what would you put this down to personally?

I really don’t know what to say about that one. We have just been trying to travel as much as we can to get the word out. We could thank a lot of our friends for spreading the band name by word of mouth as well. It always helps when you have a supportive foundation!

Absolutely! What would you say inspires the band when you’re writing songs?

It all depends what is going on at the moment in our lives. Personally when I write I can’t enter a fantasy land where I can fake a topic or pretend im in somebody else’s shoes. Everything I write I was once feeling at a moment whether it be happy or sad. As for the music it’s just the band itself and each other. We are a very close group of friends and enjoy playing music. I could jam with these guys for days and not get sick of it.

What’s your opinion on the Chicago hardcore scene? What do you think of it?

We have a awesome Chicago scene. There are some really cool bands from our area that really work hard. It’s cool to go other places and have people say they like Chicago music in general. I love our city and everything about it. Some good bands to check out from the area would be Side Split/No Zodiac/Warhound/Bitter Thoughts/No Regrets/The Killer/Harms Way/Weekend Nachos/The Examples/Ruthless/Valiant/The Ox King/Delta/Valiant…
There’s way too many to name!

Weekend Nachos are my favourite band! No Zodiac, Harm’s Way & Warhound are also in my collection.
So, what’s the best show you’ve ever played and why?

My favourite show was our tour kickoff show in February. It was in our friend Mao’s basement. I say it was the best because it was just a whole bunch of our friends hanging out, having a good time and watching some awesome bands.

DROWNING NO. 2Where would you like to play in the future?

There really is no limit for us. One of my inspirations for life is seeing this world. Being in a new place every night with four of your best friends is an incredible feeling. It’s an even better high when you’re playing the music you love. Personally it makes me embrace life. You appreciate every second because the next day you won’t be in the same location.

That’s an absolutely fantastic message,  I totally see where you’re coming from.
What’s your dream lineup for a show (Either to play or to see)?

My dream lineup would be Dio/Slipknot/Hatebreed/Juicy J/Mest/The Starting Line/Drowning
I’m sure the other guys wouldn’t agree on some of these but these are my top favorite bands/artist of all time. If I got to play with any of them I would be excited.

What inspires you to write your lyrics? The lyrics on ‘Prey For Me’ are some next level stuff!

It’s just whatever I’m feeling at the moment. I try not to write if I am not feeling passionate about something. Whatever I’m feeling, I embrace. Nothing eases the mind like pen to paper.

Definitely. What do you enjoy the most about the genre of music that you play?

My favourite part of the genre is the live aspect. It’s raw, aggressive, violent and just fun to play and watch.

I understand that for sure.
Finally, what does Drowning have in store for the future?

August 8-14th we will be hitting the East coast with our friends in Valiant and Ruthless. August 18th to September 3rd we will be on tour with Domination and Ecophagy. The only other set in stone plans is to finish our full length and to get that out.

We are all certainly excited to hear your full length here in the UK, thank you very much again for your time!

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Drowning ‘Judgement’ Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2SD2YNL2qY

Wise Girl – Interview

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After reviewing their EP last week I had a chance to ask some questions of the group! Their EP Wise Girl is available now and definitely worth checking out!

For Abby – You cite some unique influences for your style (Letters to Cleo, Weezer) and they certainly shine through on the EP. Any other bands from that era (or any others) that you specifically relate to?

Some other influences of mine are The Muffs who are a power pop band from the 90’s and one of my favorite bands EVER! I grew up in Long Island where there was a pretty good punk scene, so I listened to a lot of pop/punk growing up among lots of other stuff. I am also a huge Beatles and Elvis Costello fan. My musical influences range from Billie Holiday to Ramones to Katy Perry (yes, I LOVE her) and more recently I am obsessed with Allison Weiss whose album “Say What You Mean” is amazing.

I also really enjoyed your vocal delivery on the EP, any favorite performers that you looked to for inspiration?

I always loved Kim Shattuck of The Muffs’ voice because it was so unique. When I was young I was really insecure about my voice because it was a little different. When I heard The Muffs for the first time, I was about 13 or so and I was blown away by how awesome and different Kim’s voice was and it made me feel more comfortable knowing there was someone else out there with a “different” type of voice performing. 

For the band – Being from New York, there are some killer club to play in, what is your favorite place to put on a show?

Our favorite venue that we have played so far is the Knitting Factory. We played there in October with The Dollyrots and Prima Donna and it was such an awesome show, definitely our favorite! 

This being 2013 you all really captured the 90’s vibe of the burgeoning singer/songwriter movement, did you use any vintage equipment during your recording process? Also what do you like to play live (gear wise)?

 Lots of vintage microphones, compressors and pre amps. Chris uses a Les Paul and sometimes a Telecaster. Abby plays a Telecaster and sometimes her hot pink glitter Daisy Rock guitar.  Harry plays the drums 🙂

If you had to pick one cover song to add to your upcoming full length release what would it be?

Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”

What is on your MP3 players right now?

Abby- Allison Weiss, The Beatles, Damone, Tegan and Sara, Beach Boys, Sinatra, Melanie Fiona.

Chris- Every Time I Die, Foo Fighters, Owsley, Jelly Fish, Billy Joel, Black Crows.

Harry- The Beatles, The Beatles, The Beatles!

If you could open for any one artist who would it be?

Tegan and Sara (Abby’s choice)

Looking towards the future, what do summer plans for the band look like?

We are currently halfway done mixing the record, getting ready for the release in September and just trying to finish everything up. There is so much work that goes into releasing a full length, thank god for our publicist who is a ROCKSTAR! 

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for hanging out with us! Look out for our new album titled, “You’ll Just Have to Wait” we will be releasing in September on iTunes! Help us bring rock back to life!