ANONYMOUS TALK TO US ABOUT THEIR NEW EP

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by ETHAN MORRIS of AVALON PHOTOGRAPHY

A lot has happened to Staffordshire hard rock quartet Anonymous since I interviewed them at the beginning of last year.

Their fan base has grown rapidly, their sound has further developed, and they have grown as a band.

An indication of how far they have come in these past twelve months is with their recently released EP ‘What You Deserve’, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to their self-titled debut.

With the EP so far getting an overwhelmingly positive response, and having just completed a nationwide tour, I caught up with them and they told me about the new release in further detail.

How is your recently released EP ‘What You Deserve’ different from your debut?

The production and general feel of the two releases separates them. We went for more of a modern-day approach with ‘What You Deserve’, adding more triggering in the drums, a few layers of guitar overdubs and, something we’ve worked on a lot recently, more complex vocal harmonies and layering. Whereas with our self-titled EP, the recording process itself was very much live, the four of us in a room playing our instruments and parts to each other as we would on stage.

How did the band get the idea for the EP?

We were always going to start on another EP as soon as we could after the first. The main question was actually what to title it, as we already had an array of tracks written and ready to record, the sharpest of which appear on ‘What You Deserve’. The title came about because each song had a different feel in regards to the lyrical content, but a similar underlying theme. We basically decided to name it after what we considered the most powerful song of the four.

How was the recording process?

In comparison to the first EP, this one felt like we had more control, we weren’t too restricted by a timeframe or looming deadlines, allowing total creative control to change and re-arrange when it came to tracking the parts.

The bulk of the recording was done at The University of Derby in mid 2016. We took a different approach by laying down guitar and vocal guide tracks prior to going into the studio, ready for the drums to be recorded as soon as we were in the studio. On paper, this was a good idea, but in the end we preferred us all being in the room together to lay down the guide tracks.

What do you hope to get from ‘What You Deserve’?

We’re finishing up our tour to promote the EP currently, we’d just like to continue to add more gigs to the calendar and gain more followers by doing so! We’d like to think it will open more avenues in terms of playing bigger shows, larger venues and hopefully touring again.

What can the band’s fans expect as well?

From our latest EP? A clearer, more refined representation of Anonymous in comparison to our last EP; riffs, beats and grooves reaching out and hitting you right in the face like a big, meaty, cleanly produced fist!

From one of our live shows? Four guys pouring all of their energy into the tightest possible sound they can get, and going absolutely nuts whilst doing so.

Was it easier or more difficult this time around to put it all together?

Seeing as we took a more independent approach this time around, we’d say it’s been harder. There have been retrospectively minor complications with the EP, which have made things harder. In short, at times it’s felt as if we’d never get the EP out, but it’s been a learning curve for us all after getting our heads down and ploughing through it.

How has the reaction been to the EP so far?

It’s been very positive, the recent tour has helped push both the band and the EP a great deal. We hope for bigger things in the future, but right now, we’re very happy with how things have panned out, and with all of the support we’ve received from everyone involved with the band, and our fan base, in short, thanks!

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THE SECOND EP FROM ANONYMOUS, ‘WHAT YOU DESERVE’, IS NOW AVAILABLE.

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Anonymous.band.uk/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/_Anonymous_UK

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/anonymous.band.uk/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnonymousOfficialUK

BANDCAMP: https://anonymousofficialuk.bandcamp.com/

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/anonymousband

TRADIIO: https://tradiio.com/anonymous

 

 

 

 

 

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CONSTRUCT – The Underground, Hanley, 18/02/2017

SUPPORT: Inscriptions, Despoiled, 2 Years 2 Late

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTOS by AMY GRIFFITHS

The metalheads of Stoke-on-Trent were out in force at the weekend to see local lads Construct perform in front of a home crowd.

The metal quintet were in town as part of a tour promoting their recently released debut album ‘The Deity’.

Waiting outside for the doors to open, I couldn’t help thinking that there seemed to be a more sizeable queue than usual, most of them in no doubt eager to see how the five-piece could translate the sound of the album into an effective live performance.

However, before all that, there were three local outfits, all varying in experience, to see.

First up were young band 2 Years 2 Late, who were playing their first ever live set.

Despite a rather shaky beginning, which was understandably down to nerves, they quickly began to relax and grew in confidence as the set went on, so much so that towards the end, the guys were showing the crowd what they were truly capable of.

Next on stage were Despoiled, also a fledgling outfit but with more gig experience, and a much louder, heavier sound, which along with the constant screaming vocal delivery of frontman Kurt Kennedy, contributed to the formation of the first moshpit of the night.

Despoiled are a band that evidently improve with each set, and if they carry on the way they have, then it should only be a matter of time before they are headlining a venue like this one.

Inscriptions, the final support, are currently almost at the same level as Construct, and this was evident in their stage performance. They provided a great warm-up, nicely setting the stage for the headliners and making their job of creating a good atmosphere much less difficult.

By the time Construct were ready to begin, the venue was buzzing and there was a sense of genuine excitement in the air.

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The Potteries quintet showed exactly why they are tipped to make a big impact this year, adapting the sound of ‘The Deity’ for a live set with relative ease. They also had confidence in abundance, playing a heavy, loud metal sound with progressive elements, and involving the audience as much as they possibly could, with frontman Callum Howle frequently issuing rallying cries to make as much noise and moshing as possible in a place as compact as The Underground, resulting in the room becoming one massive moshpit.

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Construct are a band that are now getting national exposure, and if every performance on the tour was like the one I witnessed, then it should be very easy for them to leave the same good impressions at venues up and down the country, and their fast-expanding fan base in unanimous agreement that the money they paid for a ticket was an amount well spent.

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HOMEBOUND

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HOMEBOUND (from l-r): Tom Mellon (guitar), Charlie Boughton (vocals), Chris Wheatley (guitar), Joe Aspell-Beaumont (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Homebound are a pop-punk four-piece from Surrey. With two well-received EPs, including recent release ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’, a positive live reputation and a growing fan base, the band are currently experiencing a rapid ascent up the hierarchy of the genre in Britain.

I spoke with vocalist Charlie Boughton about all this and more.

How did the band get together initially?

Myself, Tom and Chris had been playing in bands for years whilst at school. Our interest in the same music is what brought us together. However, after a bit of time away from any projects, we decided to get together and work on some music which later became Homebound. We soon met Joe at uni and he later joined.

How did the name Homebound come about?

There’s no meaningful reason behind the name at all. We’d just been throwing names around and this one happened to stick!

In your own words, how would you describe your sound?

Always a difficult one to answer! I think we try to describe it as pop-punk with post-hardcore kinda vibes? Whether or not it comes across like that, I don’t know, but that’s where a lot of our influences are drawn from.

What are the band’s influences then?

Apart from the obvious like Blink-182 and the older wave of pop-punk as well as new, I know that we look at bands like Paramore and Underoath as big influences when writing. We’re not trying to emulate their sound, but more so to take inspiration from. Hopefully, it reflects in the songs we write.

What is your approach to songwriting?

Primarily, Tom will be working on an idea which he’ll bring to us. The basis and structure of the song will be there, but we then all work on it and pitch in with our input.

Over the last few years, we’ve learnt how we all work best in writing and have learnt to play to our strengths, which I think made the process of our last EP really enjoyable.

The band’s EP ‘The Mould You Build Yourself Around’ came out recently. How was the recording process?

We actually finished recording it last February, so it had been a whole year since we recorded it by the time the EP came out, so to say it was been a long time coming was an understatement!

We worked with Seb Barlow, who we worked with on our previous release too. He’s our go-to guy as he knows exactly what we’re after and gets how we work as a band. I’d go as far to say that the production on this EP has been his best to date.

How would you describe the sound of the EP?

Still fundamentally pop-punk but with a bit more of an edge. It’s darker in places and a lot more grittier but overall, it just sounds a lot bigger than anything we’ve done previously. I think every song offers something different, so I’d like to think that there’s something for everyone on this EP.

How is it playing live and touring?

Being able to play these songs live has felt great, most recently on tour with Four Year Strong. They all went down really well with the crowd and translated well into a live setting. We just wanna play as much as we can with this new setlist, having played our old songs to death!

What do you have planned for the near future?

More touring and more writing, this time for an album which will be a first for all of us. Now that we have an EP out that we’re all really proud of, we just wanna be out there playing it for people as much as we can for the rest of the year.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

To keep growing as a band, we have targets as a band of things we’d like to achieve like countries we’d like to play, festivals we’d like to play and things we’d like to achieve with our music. We’re realistic, but ultimately, we don’t set ourselves limits, the sky is the limit as they say!

HOMEBOUND’S RECENTLY RELEASED EP ‘THE MOULD YOU BUILD YOURSELF AROUND’ IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD FROM iTunes & SPOTIFY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALTER EDEN – ‘Tigers & Lambs’ (4/5)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

‘Tigers & Lambs’ is the second EP from Stoke-on-Trent alternative rock/metal outfit Alter Eden.

Since bursting on to the scene with their well-received 2015 debut ‘Fearless’, the quartet’s follow-up has been much anticipated.

Well now, the wait is over and on listening to this, they have certainly not disappointed.

An indication of how much the band has developed in the last two years is with the sound, which is bigger and better.

Switching with ease between the sub-genres of metal, it is mainly a fast-paced and heavy affair, containing thundering riffs, pounding drum beats and anthemic choruses.

The lyrics are well written, touching on a number of subjects ranging from personal issues on the title track and ‘Colourless’, to a commentary on the state of the current world, which is the theme of closer ‘We’ve Had Enough’.

Strong support for both of these are provided through the eclectic vocal delivery of frontman Nick Pilgrim, which can smoothly go from tender and emotional to intense and aggressive within a click of a finger.

With this EP, it seems that the Potteries outfit have set out to appeal to both a solitary person listening quietly through their headphones and a rock venue crammed full of moshers.

The band already enjoy a good live reputation, and each of the six tracks that make up ‘Tigers and Lambs’, when played at a gig, will ensure this will continue.

In conclusion, Alter Eden’s second offering is solid and well put together, a good showcase for their talents and builds on the strong foundations they laid with ‘Fearless’.

WEAK13 RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO

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British underground post-punk band WEAK13 have released a new music video for their song ‘Obey The Slave’ from their 2016 album ‘They Live’.

The video was filmed in a real English magistrates court and revolves around a theme of law and order. The song raises questions about authority and activism with thought-provoking lyrics and proudly shouts “Don’t start a revolution. Have a revelation and share. Wake up“.

The band is currently preparing to record their second as yet untitled studio album with producer John Stewart at FrEQ in Coventry. Speaking to the website, frontman and guitarist Nick J Townsend revealed: “We were so impressed with the engineering by Stewart on the They Live album; it’s important news that we’ll be able to work with him again and we know already that he’ll do the new material the justice it deserves.”

‘They Live’ contains “Obey The Slave” and is exclusively available from http://weak13official.com/

YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO AT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn1Qq3L9xA0″

BACKSEAT DRIVE

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Backseat Drive are a rock/metal four-piece from Staffordshire, comprising of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Callum Parton, lead guitarist Alex Flannery, bassist Jack Trubshaw and drummer Richie Rogers.

Having formed two years ago as part of a college project, the fledgling quartet have started to make themselves heard on their local music scene, with a sound they describe as “Loud, in your face, and designed to get you moving.

Their just-released debut EP ‘Born to Die’ has had nothing but good reviews so far, and it looks as if they can only grow from now on.

Here’s what they had to say when I chatted to them:

How did the band get together initially?

CALLUM PARTON (vocals/rhythm guitar): The band originally started as a college project in 2015 between myself and Alex Flannery, we were performing cover songs for grades originally, but during the second year of our course, we teamed up with Jack Trubshaw as an engineer for the demo track of ‘Born to Die’.

ALEX FLANNERY (lead guitar): As our final performance at college, we played at the O2 Academy in Birmingham. We needed a bassist last minute for the gig, so we asked Jack to play, which was good as he pretty much saved us.

Then after college finished and everyone was going to uni, our original drummer left and then we were advised by someone to get in touch with Richie Rogers, and we quickly saw how fantastic he was as a drummer.

CALLUM: We have going as a proper band for almost a year now.

How did the name Backseat Drive come about?

ALEX: I’m glad you asked! The name came through me and Cal singing Iron Maiden on the back seats of a bus, this was a regular thing for about a month, and we sometimes had people joining in, so our name is quite close to us.

Which bands/artists influence you all?

JACK TRUBSHAW (bass): Between all of us, we’ve got a pretty eclectic taste in music, so to a certain extent that influences the music that we write. Primarily, we’re influenced the most by bands like Dorje and Metallica, however more recently, we’ve been working more progressive ideas into our material, so I’d also say that bands like Arcane Roots and Karnivool would also be pretty big influences for me personally. I know in terms of drumming, Dream Theater is a pretty massive influence on Richie’s playing style as well.

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

Songwriting can happen in many different ways. Musically, when we set foot into a rehearsal with a few ideas, we can stitch them together, and add new parts. We tend to work much like a machine with writing music, songs such as ‘Lunar’ were put together in next to no time, and it was all a feel thing which was just refined over time.

Lyrically, we always tend to approach a track from an emotional point of view, the track ‘Solis Occasus’ is about watching your last ever sunset and the feelings and appreciation for life you feel may be about to end, whereas ‘Time’ is about all the hard times you may face.

We like to think of our EP as a mini document of life, going from a youth of decadence, where it’s all drinking and fun and games, all the way through to the end of a life, the title track ‘Born to Die’ is a reminder of the fragility of life, and how it should not be taken for granted and lived to the fullest.

Keeping with the subject of the EP, how was the recording process?

JACK: The EP was produced entirely in-house with virtually no budget, so we’re really happy with the results. We recorded the drums at Stafford College, however, all of the rest was done at my house, so as you can imagine, whilst we were all trying to juggle jobs and full time education, it has been a pretty big task for us over the past few months.

I actually acted as the mixing and mastering engineer and the producer for the project, so in terms of the quality of what we’ve managed to produce, we’re all really proud of it.

What’s planned for the rest of 2017?

Well, besides our individual commitments, we’re all eager to get back into the studio and write new material. We already have a handful of ideas, so we’re hoping we can produce another EP by the end of this year.

What’s important for us now as a band is to grow and to find our audience by getting out there and gigging as much as possible and produce as much content as we can. We’re very appreciative of all the support we’ve had so far with the release of the EP, and we just want as many people as possible to hear what we do as a band.

BACKSEAT DRIVE’S DEBUT EP ‘BORN TO DIE’ IS AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW FROM iTunes AND AMAZON MUSIC: https://itunes.apple.com/…/album/born-to-die-ep/id1205817369 & https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06X8ZYRKD/ref=sr_1_1…

FOR FURTHER INFO, CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/BackseatDrive666/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIT ROCKERS WITTERQUICK ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE, UK TOUR & PLANS FOR IMPENDING EP

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Following on from the success of last year’s stunning debut EP ‘Beneath the Spinning Lights’, Witterquick release their blistering new single, ‘Hiding Place’, which is the first in a line of singles to be lifted from the band’s eagerly awaited new EP, out this summer.

‘Hiding Place’ will be revealed via BBC Introducing in Devon on Saturday 11th March, and the video for the track will be premiered the following week. The single lands everywhere on Monday 27th March.

Over the last year, energetic alt-rockers Witterquick have swiftly emerged as one of the UK’s hottest new bands, following from the success of their debut EP, which hit the iTunes alt chart at #9 and the iTunes album chart at #35.

The EP was released following a sold-out UK tour with Nothing But Thieves, and featured numerous Song of the Week titles from Kate Lawler and Alex Baker (Kerrang!/Virgin Radio), BBC Introducing in Devon, plays from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, as well as features in Kerrang! Magazine, Punktastic and TV airplay with Scuzz and Kerrang! TV.

The band were also invited to play the BBC Radio 1 academy showcase alongside the Big Weekend in 2016.

The five-piece replaced two members in the latter half of 2016 and now reappear stronger, more confident, and better than ever. The evidence can be heard on their new single , which was recorded in Wales with revered producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Lower Than Atlantis, Twin Atlantic); the track is truly captivating with its measured deft phrasing and infectious refrain.

Here’s what some of the music press have had to say about Witterquick:

Epic new British rock.full of big Mallory Knox and Young Guns style music” – Rock Sound

Their rousing brand of pop-rock rivals any of their more experienced UK counterparts. Crammed with the sort of dreamy, melodic anthems you’d expect from a band much further into their career” – Kerrang! Magazine

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‘HIDING PLACE’ WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH ALL PLATFORMS ON MARCH 27TH.

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WITTERQUICK WILL ALSO BE SUPPORTING ALTERED SKY & AUTUMN RUIN ON A UK TOUR THIS MARCH.

FOR FURTHER INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.witterquickband.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Witterquickband/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/witterquickband

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/witterquickband/