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Music Interviews : Flush

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hey, we are Flush from Finland. Members are Lasse (vocals, guitars, songs), Janne (guitars), Eero (bass) and Börje (Drums). This is Lasse responding to the questions.


2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

The original core of the band met in the Helsinki suburbs when we were kids. Back then, kids wore cowboy outfits and played with toy guns, so that’s how we got started. After a few band iterations we formed Flush, mostly inspired by punk and various forms of alternative rock. The current line-up was established in 2018 and it is when things really started taking off again.


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We are typically described as either punk rock or some form of alternative rock. These genre categories are quite difficult, as we don’t directly fit into one specific bucket. We like to explore various shapes and sounds. In the near future, I think we might explore slightly heavier and edgier sounds. Time will tell though…


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

As the songwriter I am always fascinated by how the song ideas, riffs and melodies I have, change and take shape once the band starts arranging it. The songs always end up sounding like Flush, regardless of different I sometimes think they are. For me, music is my most important form of therapy and it helps dealing with my struggles and anxieties. Writing music is not a choice but a must for me.


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I write about real things that I see or experience. Some songs are relationships songs, some about fears and anxieties, some about the society and politics… all the real stuff. Recently I have been exploring more third-person story-based writing, where fiction meets reality.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Usually we mention bands like Bad Religion and Pavement, who are great examples of integrity and authenticity. In terms of song writing and creating musical art, the two big names are Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Extremely creative, bold, authentic, and inspirational music.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

We are available on all digital platforms. Easiest way to find is to go to our website https://flush.rocks to find the links, or then search for the band Flush and album name ‘It Began as a Mistake’ (released October 2020).


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

Playing live is the best part of being in a band. It is where all the hard work comes together and we get to share it with people. Studio work and practicing is great, but the real thing is live shows. It’s why we do this.


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Our lyrics deal with the darker side of life, but our point is to give people glimpses of hope in the despair that surround us. When we support each other, we can get through the hardest of times, together.


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?The first and most pressing thing is for the world to return to some form of normalcy so that live music can return again. We haven’t gotten to celebrate and promote our new album, so we hope to be able to play some shows sometime in 2021. We have some new material in the works as well, so maybe we will record something in the new year too. Look us up on Facebook (https://facebook.com/flushmusic) or check our website at https://flush.rocks to stay updated on our plans.

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Music Interviews : Simple Radicals

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

The Simple Radicals is a retro-rock band from Chicago that consists of John Malkin (vocals/guitar), John Griffin (lead guitar), Griff Johnson (drums) and James Page (bass).

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I (John Malkin) developed the concept and wrote the songs last year for the “New Revolution” album and began laying down the construct of the songs in the studio such as the rhythms, lead beds, drums and vocal tracks. I reached out to my fellow Radical John Griffin who I played in a band with a few years ago and asked if he would listen to the tracks and consider laying down the leads. He loved the tracks and laid down some incredible shreds and the rest is history. We brought in Griff and James and The Simple Radicals was formed.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We combine the sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic/alt-rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. If you like any of those bands then I think you’ll like our sound.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

There really is nothing more gratifying than getting a group of musicians together to collaborate on a song or an album, laying the track down and then performing live.

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I hate to sound so cliché, but I really explore the things and issues that are near and dear to my heart or affecting those that are close to me. “New Revolution” is our most personal and poignant project we’ve ever done. These are such deep-hearted issues in my life and for many others that the words and music came to me literally in the form of pictures and images. I just needed to figure out how to best express them and put them down on paper and then on an album.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing. Probably the most talented, electrifying and inspiring band in the last 30 years. Other bands that have influenced include Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Green Day and Cheap Trick.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

You can check us out on:

Spotify:      https://open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/thesimpleradicals

Twitter:    http://twitter.com/simpleradicals

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/simpleradicals.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

We love to perform live and our fans know that. We feed off their energy and passion and try to give it right back to them in the way we play our music. We also try to interact with the audience as much as we can since our songs are so personal to many. There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Ultimately, we’re trying to convey a refreshing change from the clichés that currently permeates rock with music and lyrics that aim to both observe and reimagine the current state of affairs in the world today. We try to capture through our music and convey to our fans what’s really going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?

Our goal is to play live as soon as the apocalypse is over. But until then, we have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, “New Revolution”. We just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjT9RZdpe4) which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 200,000 views and climbing. Our video “New Revolution” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY7cm3-1m7E) has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.  We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show. 

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Music Interviews : Esteban

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

We are Esteban.

You’ll find main man Stephen Wright up front singing his heart out and dancing to every note. Talking of notes, on guitar Liam Ryan plays tonnes of them in his unique finger-style funk. On the other side, and keeping the audience on their feet, it’s big bass man Ricky Houghton. Whilst out back, Samuel Cox will be keeping the atomic time signature ticking.


2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

Officially Derby though we started many moons ago in 1995 when we were school kids in Staffordshire. A friend of ours got speaking to someone at a party who was on the lookout for a support act for his band’s gig. He talked a good one and secured the gig but there was actually no band yet, so he set about creating one. Everyone for miles said they wanted to be in the band but only three of us turned up for practice! We practiced and did our first gig as a three piece about a month later and quickly became a hit on our local scene, supporting the visiting touring bands and basically being the school party band.

Fast forward 10 years to 2004, we met Stephen when Liam was studying Music Technology at Derby University, UK.We quickly got to work writing our first songs together and self-producing our debut album Still in Time and its follow-up Finding Will under the name Onion. Something was ignited back then, which ever since has driven us to continue creating new music.


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

As a band we have never tried to fit in to a particular genre, we coined the term ‘Desert Funk’ to describe our sound and it stuck, it’s the sound that we have always made when the four of us get into a room, funky bass and drums, four-part harmonies with a bit of Latin guitar thrown in. Sometimes we’ll rock out or lay it in the pocket or perform a ballad, but it’s always got this Esteban thing, it’s a groove that makes you move.


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

Just being 4 friends together logged away…. Our quality control is always if a huge cheesy grin comes across our faces when we are writing a new tunes


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music? 

We’re a conscious bunch, we learn, we travel and we live the human experience. This is an essential part of our writing process; we translate these experiences into the music. We talk about the world we live in, taking inspiration from everything; special everyday moments or ancient tales, drawing comparisons to our own lives and that of the people around us.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Queen, let’s just go with these for now otherwise the list will be endless. Bowie was a pioneer of music and fashion, his biggest influence on us was that he always did his own thing, consistently performing at the top, whilst keeping his personal affairs out of the limelight and pushing the boundaries all the way to the very end. Stevie signed to Motown’s Tamla label aged 11 and hit the top aged 13! For any aspiring artist, this is an inspirational beginning but to go on to produce some of the world’s most important electronic, boogie jazz-funk and to be still performing is utterly jaw dropping – a living legend. Queen came along and re-wrote the rule books during the late 70’s and early 80’s. A band that didn’t really fit a genre exactly, but new precisely how to use their individual talents to spur each other on to write perfect stadium anthems time and time again.


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

We’re busy promoting our 16 track Desert Funk album Jackpot Motel https://open.spotify.com/album/5UbZehCLMfVD17klFnIEKg?si=90_4MJy9Rq-keqNrMms8kQ. Like everyone here in the UK, we had to down tools mid-March, though luckily for us, we had just completed the last recording session which meant we could release it on July 31st.

Our fans have been genuinely thrilled to get their hands on the album. They’ve waited very patiently so, when it was announced that it was happening, our www.facebook.com/weareesteban was alive with genuine love and support, we are truly grateful for their response. We have the best fans; we wanted to make this record for them as much as for our record label and ourselves.

We have managed to release some remixes from the album too. Suburban Paradise (The Comfy House Mix) https://open.spotify.com/album/7N0tZQeoiy1dZK6pxRDnTV?si=iN_zPT3ERB6N-4xMAiSvVQ and (The Real Feel Mix) https://open.spotify.com/album/5FEX1m8D1PBjg7kids4JOr?si=5M7kv4E-Qcy_l1XF0tnVHg are something new for us. Mat Leppanen from our label The Animal Farm Music did a great job of taking Suburban Paradise to two musically different places, we are very lucky to be working with such a talent.


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? Can’t split that one. They go hand in hand. Going into the studio is like returning home after a long journey, laughter, good fun, high spirits and a bit of work! Live is when you can see all the hard work pay off and get to enjoy the audience response


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

As musicians we are tapped into all sorts of issues – probably too many to list. We’re a conscious bunch, we learn, we travel and we live the human experience. This is an essential part of our writing process; we translate these experiences into the music. We talk about the world we live in, taking inspiration from everything; special everyday moments or ancient tales, drawing comparisons to our own lives and that of the people around us. In all our songs you’ll find a powerful message – live every moment to its fullest!


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

We have just released our second album Jackpot Motel, a 16-track desert funk odyssey and we’re chomping at the bit to take this new record live! However, like everyone we’ve put the live shows on the back burner for now. COVID has though for us, been a really productive period; we’ve doubled down on writing new material so, we’re heading back into the studio this year to record. Our label The Animal Farm are supporting us on this journey once again. There seems to be no end to their passion for what we do, it’s so unbelievably important to know that your label is on your side as a business, as a family and as friends. We’re in an awesome position and we are very, very grateful.

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Music Interviews : Eternal Closure

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hi! We’re Eternal Closure, a Metalcore band from Montreal, Quebec. Our current lineup is

Maggy: Main Vocalist
Olivier: Guitar and Clean Vocals
Jonathan: Bass Guitar and Scream Vocals
Phil: Drums

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I (Olivier) met our old guitarist Carlos in school. He had this fun project with friends and they needed a bass player. I had never really played bass before, but I needed to play music in a band. As the project became serious, I took over the lead guitar duties. It’s been quite the journey since then but we feel like we’re ready to take the next step.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Music that’s good haha. Seriously though, we try to blend as many influences as we can to keep the songs from getting stale. There’s a healthy mix of old and new. The proggier side of us is more present on our second album, “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered”. It’s even truer for the newest material which I can’t wait to show people.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

Listening to the first full mix of a new album together is always something extremely special. It brings  out the kid in me, I can’t help it. I jump everywhere and have a smile glued to my face.

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

The lyrics on the first two albums tend to be introspective more than anything. Pretty much none of it is too happy or too dark. It mostly deals with the grey areas in all situations. The new material though is a bit meaner. With everything that’s going on in the world right now, there is quite a bit of material to choose from.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

It may not be immediately apparent, but there is a lot of Dream Theater in the music that I write. Our longest songs, “Survive” and “Deserter”, are essentially me trying to blend Dream Theater with a more digestible melodic metalcore sound based on bands such as Killswitch Engage or As I Lay Dying.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere you can think of really. Our material is all over the internet. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, Deezer, Tidal, Bandcamp… The choice is yours! Check out our recent release “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered” when you can. If you like the kind of music we make, I see no reason why you wouldn’t love something on it.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

When you’ve started the first song and you know that there are no technical issues. After that moment something clicks and I can fully get into it. Ofcourse it also helps when the crowd is amazing. It gives me an energy that I don’t really have in everyday life.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Stand up for yourself but don’t confuse that with being a prick. It’s a fine line to manage but it’s really important.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

We have a new chemistry going on at the moment, and we hope that now we can finally breakout into the band I know we can be. We want it to be our job moving forward and are taking all the steps towards that goal. 

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Music Interviews : Dig Two Graves

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Kenny: I play drums and am the only one free to do the interview at the moment
unfortunately :C. I also like cats.
Josh: Guitar
Mike: Vocals
Jesse: Bass

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Kenny: Me and Josh have been friends since elementary school and were both into music
for most of our lives. We formed the band in 2017 after we graduated high school. Josh
found Mike in a college class and he was very interested in the material that we had
started working on. We then needed a bassist and found Jesse on Instagram and reached
out to him and the rest is history.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?/
Kenny: Anything that I can add blast beats and unnecessary fills to really. We haven’t
really set any boundaries for ourselves. We’ll just have to wait and see where our musical
tastes end up.

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Kenny: I like watching the progress of each song as they come along and then seeing
what the final version ends up being like. Most of our songs go through a lot of changes
from the first iterations to what they become.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Kenny: Mostly difficult times and sadness.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your
work?
Make them Suffer, Silent Planet, the gazette, Asking Alexandria, Kanye West

Where can someone looking for your music find it?
We are on all major digital platforms!

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Kenny: I like watching the crowd really get into the music and vibe. Our shows are always
a good time.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Kenny: We don’t usually have any messages we try to get across, we just try to make the
music we want to make and hope people enjoy it. A lot of the lyrics are about hard times and experiences but I wouldn’t say there’s necessarily a message or statement trying to be made. People can take what they would like from our songs.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
Once covid is over and we release our debut full length album we definitely would want to
do some tours. We had shows lined up but then covid cancelled everything :C.

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Music Interviews : Fanni Mayer

Would you please introduce yourself?
My name is Fanni Mayer, singer/songwriter part time actress from Budapest, Hungary, I’m 28 years old and I’m a dog person.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Soulful-femineine power pop

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music?
Everything, from the beginning to the studio through performing, honestly everything!

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Relationships, human nature, being a woman, pussy power, stereotypes, self discovery, love, how to cover sh*t in glitter to make it gold, emotional recycle

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has, had a huge influence on your work?
Two albums had the biggest impact on me as a teenager, Pink’s Missundaztood and Christina Aguilera’s Stripped.Also Fiona Apple, Lykke Li, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Stromae, Florence Welch, Rihanna, Beyonce and late 90’s and early 2000’s soul, pop and r&b music had a big influence on me.Nowadays I listen to a lot of Donna Missal, Grace Carter, Dua Lipa, King Princess, Rosalia, Billie Eilish and Yebba.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?


You can find me and my music on every streaming platform.
My Spotify page: http://bit.ly/FanniMayerSpotify
My Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/FanniMayer

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
I love to connect with people through music, live performances are my faves, online ones couldn’t replace the magic of live music. I love every part of it from gas stations to stages and sweating together (haha), I love telling stories , I feel like the stage is my second home. I miss it too much nowadays..I like moving from place to place. Also I’m a big homebody sometimes. 

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Freedom, self acceptance, self love, importance of honesty, embracing our flaws, bringing different people together and share love, pain, feels to feel less alone


Where do you see yourself in the future, or what are your future plans?

I wanna make more and more music I wanna perform more and more, keep evolving, keep experiencing, staying curious.
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Music Interviews: Alien Feelings on how they formed their band and more.

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Hello, we are Alien Feelings. Our lead singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist is Josh Evans. On Bass
we have Tim “The Sex” Jones. Our lead guitarist is Ryan “Red Eyed Jedi” Harrington. And our animal
behind the kit and bedroom doors is Dale Lloyd.

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
It started out when Josh enlisted Dale’s knowledge of music production to help him on his solo
project. They both met whilst Josh was doing solo performances at one of our local pubs. They both
recorded a demo for “Good Looking” at Dale’s house in a single session, and from there felt it
needed to be taken further Ryan and Josh had knew each other for years having attended the same
primary and secondary schools, but it wasn’t until they were both in sixth form that they learned of
each other’s passion for music of a similar genre, and skipping classes to get stoned. I (Ryan) can
remember leaving Josh with my iPod, which had a Ramones cover of “Sufin’ Bird” on it, around
about the time that family guy episode first aired, while I went for dinner. Needless to say the whole
fucking school could hear it, and when I returned we were locked out of sixth form. Anyway, having
previously worked together in a few bands that never lasted more than a practice or three, Josh
invited me along to do a lead track for a track called “Waiting for Better Days”, we did a video which
may still be on our YouTube, but it’s definitely on Facebook. Happy with the results, we were only
missing a bassist. Tim and Dale were friends in school and regularly meet up for a pint in the week.
Tim had never played before but was eager to learn due to his love of music. Tim and I met whilst
working for the same company, and discovered we share a love of skanking to Reel Big Fish and
getting high. After we did our first demos we started practicing, and it wasn’t long before we were
invited to work with The Animal Farm on our debut EP Bondage & Lipstick

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
People have told us its indie with elements of punk and grunge, I personally think we’re a lot heavier
than most indie stuff musically and subjectively. In the future I’d personally like us to do some ska-
punk stuff, I just love the energy.

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
I personally enjoy the gigging most of all, as I’d imagine most musicians do. But I find it intriguing
watching Josh just sit there with a guitar and have a skeleton ready for the next song in minutes.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
We haven’t done any yet, but I’m a bit of an Iron Maiden fan, and they do a lot on literature and
war, which is something I find very interesting, especially WW2. (I dragged the lads around the
Imperial War Museum on our first visit to London).

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
I grew up a huge Green Day fan, as a 10 year old they were the reason I first picked up a guitar. I
went to the Milton Keynes gig, which went on to become “Bullet in a Bible” and from then on it was
always the dream. If you’ve ever noticed a big fuck off welsh flag during footage of that show, it was
me, my old man and some friends. Nowadays I’m well into NOFX, Rancid and Reel Big Fish

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
You can find our debut EP Bondage & Lipstick on all major music streaming services such as spotify
and deezer, we’re also on YouTube, where you can check out the video for “Scream”, which was
made by our very own Josh Evans Here’s a few links

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Well, if we don’t have a driver, it usually me that does the driving, but the games we play on the
road make the journey alone a highlight. If I’m not driving, then I get to ride the wave of energy we
find ourselves with after our performance and do some drinking. Sometimes too much!

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Never give up, chase those dreams and shit can only get better. 18 months ago, Alien Feeling didn’t
exist!

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
Hopefully we’ll be able to make a living doing what we love, but, in these uncertain times, we don’t
even know when our next gig is. We’ve got plans to do a live set which will be pre-recorded, with
only the band, a sound engineer and a light tech in attendance, but due to Covid restrictions in North
Wales, have no idea when it will be done, hopefully in the next few weeks, restrictions will ease. In
the meantime, we recently recorded some more demos and are looking to get more done shortly,
with hope of having something new out next year.
socials

https://www.facebook.com/Alienfeelins

https://www.instagram.com/alienfeelingsmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQfO471t-GvRWefTmxCmGyw

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Music Interviews: Venus Fly Trap On Being described as “Bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades” & More.

1.Would you guys introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

I am answering the questions for VENUS FLY TRAP, ALEX NOVAK(VOX) spokesperson, organizer, promoter, also in the band is ANDY DENTON(GUITAR/PROGRAMMING).

2.Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I had been in a band called ATTRITION who was based in London at the time, I had done an album and toured Holland with them, my first trip abroad with a band. Decided to move back to my native Northampton famous for BAUHAUS, ALAN MOORE, and the film KINKY BOOTS, hooked up with my brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS, WHERES LISSE) and TONY BOOKER an x art school student,i had also studied at art school. The line up has changed many times over the years, ANDY DENTON joined via a local band CROWMAN, initially as the drummer and ended up playing guitar and has done for many years.

3.What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We have been described as “Bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades”, we create dark sonic cinema for the mind, film noir, sci-fi soundscapes that absorb post-punk, electronic and meld joy division, doors, chemical brothers like melted wax crayon colors.

Here’s a good example taking the CRAMPS horrorbilly and wiring it with electro…

4.What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

The initial coming up with ideas, playing around with different sounds to see if it sparks anything before we start nailing down song structures, then it’s a long process of refining these embryonic songs into something usable. After much mixing and remixing it’s great to have a final result a definitive item and a relief.

5.What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?

Well, the most recent studio album ICON drew a lot from the WARHOL quote” in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes” the idea of being famous for being famous, celebrity, idols, the new religion. Generally, science fiction in the widest sense, TARANTINO movies, would like to have a track on one of his movie soundtracks.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

What got me involved in music in the first place was the punk, new wave explosion it changed my perception on being able to be in a band, it was the getup and give it a go attitude and see where it leads appealed to me. Minimal experience but it didn’t matter it was the ideas that counted, this DIY approach got people involved in music who would not think of it before.

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7.Where can someone looking for your music find it?

https://www.facebook.com/thevenusflytrapuk

https://www.facebook.com/glassrecordsoflondon

https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/music

8. What’s your favorite part of touring, doing live performances?

Getting an immediate adrenaline buzz playing live and the interaction between band and audience which is sadly lacking at the moment, trying to work things out, to see what’s practical for the future.

9.What kind of message would you like to give to your fans through your music?

Don’t like to preach dogma, try to get the listener to participate in the process and read what they think is going on to spark their imaginations, to think for themselves.

10.Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your plans for the band?

Get back to doing some gigs, writing a new single at the moment and sorting some re-issues for later in the year, and plugging the recent release VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN) a career-spanning retrospective that includes the best of VFT and other bands, projects I have been involved with ISAWS, RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE, TEMPEST, NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY, ATTRITION, THE DEN and SPORE, for people to delve into and explore further if they wish, about eighty minutes of music packed into this release.

https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/mercurial-1978-2018

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Music Interviews: Tarah & Coralie From Tarah Who?

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
CH: My name is Coralie and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?TGC: HI! I am Tarah, founder, singer, and guitar player of Tarah Who?

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
CH: I joined the band 3 years ago, Tarah and I were friends on Facebook. I messaged her when I was moving to LA and a few months after she asked me if I wanted to try out for her band Tarah Who?
TGC: I started Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to LA. II went through a lot of musicians over the years until I met and auditioned Coralie. We hit it off right away. Musically she is a really good drummer and on a personal level, we are really close friends. We are on the same wavelength when it comes to working on the project and making things happen.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
CH: The Tarah Who’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/alternative but at the same time we have our own sound. We have a raw and heavy sound.TGC: Yeah… It is really hard for us to put us in one category. I write how I feel and I stay as authentic to the emotions as possible. I am a child from the ’90s so I have those sounds and noises in my blood but I am not trying to sound like anyone. I like what we do right now. I think that we gave Tarah Who? its own sound. I play drums and bass in other projects and it is all in different genres of Rock. 

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
TGC: I write all the songs and send the drum tracks to Coralie. She then adds her own touch and solos for the live performance. I love working with Coralie because she is professional and she knows when to follow the song and when she can add her own fills. I have worked with drummers in the past, their ego was so big, you could not tell them anything or they didn’t take their role as a musician seriously. They would just come to the show unrehearsed, assuming they knew the song because “It’s just RockBoom, Chak Boom Boom Chack” Turns out, if you don’t know the song… you are going to be lost and put all of your bandmates in a really awkward situation. Coralie is always prepared for rehearsal and for the show. She is reliable and that is truly ALL that you need to keep moving forward

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
TGC: I don’t really have a favorite theme per se but I think I go around the same ones unconsciously. People, reflections over life, events etc… It is very autobiographical. 

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
CH: My favorite band is Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, more generally I love classic rock and metal.TGC: I was a big Alanis fan growing up and I am sure that I was influenced by her singing and freedom of writing. Then I discovered Motorhead, Pantera, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Hole, L7, Garbage, TOOL, RATM, etc… I love that 90’s sound and I am totally stuck into it.


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
TGC: The easiest way would be to google TARAH WHO? and pick your favorite media. Basically, we are on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, youtube, etc… We try to be everywhere people seem to be looking for new music.

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
CH: Playing music, having a good time, and giving people some fun.TGC: Connecting with people, meeting new musicians and bands, traveling, discovering new cities, cool venues, the adrenaline and the rush of the show. Experiencing a moment that you can never truly describe. The kind of stories that all you can say is ” you have to be there to understand!” 

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
TGC: I would love for people to relate to our songs, whether it is musically, where people get the fast pace, loud drums and we all headbang together, or if it is through the stories. We can connect and think ” I totally know what you are talking about!” or if it is a more serious song like “Unbalanced” or “Human to be” I hope to inspire kindness towards each other. No matter what race or sexuality, just be kind to each other. It is super cheezy, I know.. but as I see the world we live in right now, I can tell you we are not so kind to each other. I am shocked to see what is happening in the world and how unfair people are against one another. I think that if you have a good amount of followers, it is your DUTY to influence people in the right direction. 


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
CH: Making music and touring all around the world.TGC: Our immediate plans are the releases of our live sessions: https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8Music video: https://youtu.be/4xfeNfJJwAsThen episode 4 of docu-series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vi4OT7QdOI
and after that, we will be headed back to the studios to record a new ep! 
All of our tours and festivals have been canceled so everything will have to be online at the moment. 

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Music Interviews: A Chat With Miles From Miles and The Chain Gang.

Would you please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hi I’m Miles. I sing and write songs, play guitar. The other band members are Billy Hickling (drums), Tim Bruce (bass) and Alan Dawson (guitar).  We also have a few friends that have been helping us with recording. 


Where did you guys meet and how did you form Miles and the Chain Gang?

We met in 2018 through a series of coincidences, playing open mic nights in York. Billy and I were at Ruby Tuesday one night and played together. Then we did a music and poetry gig and Tim was there, and we got chatting in the pub afterwards. Alan walked into The Three Legged Mare one night in York, en route from Scotland to Love Supreme Festival in Brighton. It was weird how it came together. 

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

I guess it’s just rock ‘n’ roll. Singer-songwriter stuff, a bit of soul, a bit of new wave, a bit of pain, a glimpse of sunset. 


What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

The best bands work in a collaborative way. You all bring your skills and talents and you combine them to make something fantastic. The best bands did this – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who. They all brought something to the party. We have been recording recently and it’s a really creative process because Tim helps with the arrangements, plays a bit of keyboards, and Billy always has ideas for percussion and rhythm patterns. My role is to come up with good songs and sing them as well as I can. There’s nothing quite like being in a band. There was a book about The Clash, called Last Gang in Town. It is like that. That’s why we are Miles and The Chain Gang. 

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

Relationships. Sadness. Melancholy. Connection. Reaching out. Memory. Loss. Pain. Brief moments of rapture. A little joy. Those moments when the sky opens and your soul rockets upwards. 

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Bruce Springsteen. Bob Dylan. Van Morrison. Jackson Browne. The Who. Pink Floyd. Thin Lizzy. Del Amitri. Counting Crows. Billy Bragg. Joan Jett. Taylor Swift. The Jam. The Pretenders. The Police. Stone Roses.  ACDC. Rolling Stones. Bruce Cockburn. Stevie Wonder. Sam Cooke. Elvis Presley. Chuck Berry. Taylor Swift. Kim Wilde. UB40. Nirvana. The list goes on… 

Where can someone looking for your music find it?

We have a facebook page. And our video is on youtube. Just search ‘Miles and The Chain Gang’ – we’re around. 

What’s your favourite part about doing live performances?

The chance that sparks might fly. 


What kind of message would you like to give your fans through your music? 

Live now. Death is close at hand. Darkness crouches around us. We are specks in the universe. Be here now. 


Where do you guys see yourselves in the future? What are your future plans for Miles and the Chain Gang? 

I am looking forward to gigs, laughs, guitar solos, soundchecks, radio stations, microphones, merchandise, money,  hotels of varying quality, interesting crazy types in Dutch alleyways, moments of poetry, moments of exhaustion, moments of unalloyed joy, German promoters with big moustaches, hangers on, curry, beer, rip-roaring nights that you want to never end, sweat, showers, guitars and fireworks.  

Thanks for talking guys. Keep in touch. M x ……

Miles and the Chain Gang’s latest single ‘When It Comes To You’ is available on Spotify, GooglePlay, Apple Music and Amazon MP3. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=V43RLsMBdWc

www.facebook.com/Miles-and-The-Chain-Gang