CANADIAN ROCKERS CRNKSHFT TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED EP NEXT MONTH

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From the western Canadian city of Vancouver, rockers CRNKSHFT are currently setting their local scene ablaze with their explosive, drop tune aggression with melody at its core. To sum it all up…these guys are ‘hard as fuck‘.

Influenced by bands like Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Pantera and Godsmack, CRNKSHFT have carved out a sound in the vein of Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, and Black Stone Cherry.

Since the band’s formation in 2015, their engine has been firing on all cylinders with their debut EP ‘Hard Fucking Rock’ released in 2015, plus being tapped as local support for such touring bands as Prong, Grim Reaper, Lordi and The Veer Union.
Ready to shift gear to full speed, the wrecking crew will be unleashing their next self-titled EP produced by Daren Grahn, who has worked in the past with the likes of Metallica, Hedley, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, on March 24th.

When it comes to lyrics, vocalist Shane Jolie explains:

This EP is pseudo political, but also has songs about heartache and emotions, it’s not a story from start to finish, and each song has its own message. It’s an EP to show the world who we are and what we’re all about. My writing is dark, ideas came from depression and anger, sometimes when I’m happy, but mostly not and it’s still very true to this day. I want people to take whatever they can from the listening experience of our new EP. Music always helped me out of my funks and I want CRNKSHFT to do the same. Let it be accessible to all people and all feelings.

The band explains the EP track by track:

1. “Systematic is about being a cog in the system and the struggle attached when you finally realize that’s life, but also finding the power to break free from that.
2. “Tears Me Apart is about doubt and fear, putting you out there, being destroyed and just discussing those feelings.
3. “Breaking is similar, but it’s about exposing false truths in the world and saying there are people just like you, don’t let depression win.
4. “Old Habits is about the daily battle in your own mind between being driven or following the same pattern and expecting different results. Wait for it all to change, but old habits die hard. Unfortunately, it’s about fighting with your own mind and standing up to whatever is mentally keeping you back from achieving your true greatness.

CRNKSHFT prides itself on writing raw, emotional music and when they perform with zero fucks given, what you see is what you get…a leave it all on stage attitude that gets fans fists pumping, head banging and singing along to the band’s anthemic melodies.

We’re not a band that’s going to give you stage props and fake blood and shit, we’re going to give you an emotional rollercoaster, it’s not just straight metal or straight rock its a mixer of everything in between, the songs have tonnes of dynamic, and we push for people to get caught up in it.
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Mark it down on your calendars, March 24, 2017; there is no stopping the CRNKSHFT freight train. The self-titled EP will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify and all major online retailers.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CRNKSHFT BY GOING TO THESE SITES:
 
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CORE OF iO

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CORE OF iO (from l-r): Bob Tett (vocals/guitar), Luke Stenlake (guitar), Gareth Sidwell (guitar), Richard Carter (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Core Of iO are a progressive rock/metal four-piece, hailing from southern England.

Since their formation in 2014, the outfit have established themselves on the British underground scene, earning him praise for their layered and technical sound, taken from a diverse range of influences.

With two well-received EPs already, they are about to release a third, which should accelerate their rapid rise even further.

Here’s what the quartet what to say:

How did the band get together initially?

Bob and Luke both went to the same university, and hooked up to write some songs, we found Gareth shortly after who grew up in the same area as Luke, and spent years looking for a drummer who wasn’t a flake, then we found Rich, done!

How did the name Core Of iO come about?

Bob’s a space geek and he was watching a documentary about the planets and learnt about io, the most geologically active body in the known universe. We thought: “That’s a cool name!” and we realised we could brand and design releases around it.

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

We would describe it as an intense kaleidoscope, as opposed to a beautiful sunset.

What influences the band musically?

We’re all influenced differently, with Bob, it ranges from NOFX to Pearl Jam, with Luke, Land of Talk to The Dillinger Escape Plan, with Gareth, Mr Bungle to Converge, and with Richard, Tigran Hamasyan to Car Bomb.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

It doesn’t matter where the initial idea comes from, there’s a lot of back and forth between people, we spend a long time tweaking and refining things both structurally and dynamically.

Some songs come together really quickly, some are more time consuming, there is always a stream of things we are working on.

The band has a new EP, ‘Part III: Ganymede’, out later this month. How has the recording process been?

We worked with Paul Winstanley again, every time we work with him, we get an
excellent job done, and Bob has said he will never record vocals without him there!

What can we expect from the EP?

Three songs, our most complex and concise effort yet.

How is it for you playing live and touring?

It’s a joy for us playing live and touring, our recent tour took us places we’ve never been, we’ve always had the attitude of playing any stage given to us and giving everything to it, because at the end of the day, we are a live band.

What else does the band have planned for 2017?

There will be another EP release this year with ‘Part II: Europa’ planned for November, we’re also playing the Breaking Bands Festival in Worcestershire in May, and a couple of other cheeky bits and pieces in the pipeline!

What is your long-term aim?

Bob would like to specifically play Download at least twice and tour with the Foo Fighters (because someone’s got to)! An obvious answer to this is to have a long career as a band and continually improve and grow with what we are doing.

CORE OF iO’S NEW EP ‘PART III: GANYMEDE’ WILL BE RELEASED LATER IN FEBRUARY.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT OUR RECENT NEWS ARTICLE ON THEM: https://muzakreview.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/core-of-io-drop-new-video/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MANALISHI

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THE MANALISHI (from l-r): Matt Hewitt (drums), Josh Alcock (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jovi Duvnjak (lead guitar), Ross Fallows (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Stoke-on-Trent rock/indie outfit The Manalishi are a band with big plans.

With a successful album already under their belts, the quartet want to do to the Potteries music scene what the Arctic Monkeys did to Sheffield’s.

With an abundance of musical talent within its ranks, and a diverse sound, with influences ranging from early Fleetwood Mac to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, there can’t be any reason why they won’t be able to achieve this in the near future.

I sat down and chatted with them about all of this.

How did the band get together initially?

JOSH ALCOCK (vocals/rhythm guitar): Ross and Jovi were in a band before they split. When that happened, Ross contacted Jovi, asking him if he fancied starting another band up together.

I found them through a website, findaband.com. I was always into music, I did mainly acoustic stuff, but I wanted to be in a band. I sent them a message, Jovi got back to me, and asked if I wanted to come down and do some stuff with them. I went down, and I think we wrote a song on that first day.

ROSS FALLOWS (bass): Once we had Josh on board, we began to look for a drummer. We got one, but they left after only a couple of gigs, and that’s when Matt came in.

How did the name The Manalishi come about?

MATT HEWITT (drums): It was from a Fleetwood Mac song, ‘The Green Manalishi’, from the late Sixties, early Seventies, I think.

JOSH: We’re very much influenced by the music of the Sixties, that’s what I would say, so the name probably did come from there. That was it, we all agreed on the name, happy days.

How would you describe your sound?

JOSH: I would say it was like heavy indie, but it’s not quite indie, not quite rock, it’s kind of between, isn’t it?

MATT: Alternative, but a bit heavy.

JOSH: Yeah, again, there is a Sixties influence as well, but with maximum volume, I would say.

ROSS: A wall of sound!

JOSH: Yeah, a wall of sound, that’s what everyone tells us.

Apart from the music of the Sixties, what else influences the band musically?

JOSH: If you’re talking more recent stuff, I would say Milburn, Arctic Monkeys, who else?

ROSS: Jay-Z!

JOSH: (laughs) No, not Jay-Z. I would also say we were influenced by a lot of the indie bands that were around in the early 2000’s, because for me, it was around that time that indie music was at its most ripest, and that’s pretty much where our sound has evolved from.

ROSS: It seems to me that the best music was around when we were all at high school.

JOSH: The best bands for me around that time were The Cribs…

ROSS: Little Man Tate.

JOSH: Little Man Tate, yeah. There were just loads of mint bands and they were just all a massive influence on us, I would say. Anything they did, I wanted to do, which I suppose was the same for everyone else who’s in a band nowadays.

What is your approach to songwriting?

JOSH: Me and Jovi tend to write the majority of the songs, it’s a short process, nothing too long.

Something that annoys me or something I see that makes me laugh, I’ll suggest we write a song about that. I’ll jot down some lyrics, as a story at first, and then I’ll read through it a couple of times and try and turn it into rhymes.

Then, we’ll put music to it after, try and find something that fits. A lot of people do it the other way around, but I’m not like that, I don’t know why.

It does take time to find the right melody, it’s just a massive thought process. I’ll just jam on my guitar and then all of a sudden, it’ll come to me.

Would you say that your music has a political spin to it?

JOSH: I’d say ‘No, No, No’ is quite political, isn’t it?

MATT: Yeah, yeah.

ROSS: A lot of our fans seem to associate it with Brexit.

JOSH: Actually, we wrote that song well before Brexit.

ROSS: It’s about a frustrated generation, isn’t it?

JOSH: I can’t say that every generation before ours has had it easier, there’s been troubles throughout the decades.

ROSS: Every other generation blames the one before.

JOSH: That was basically what I was going at. It seems that a lot of people nowadays give up too easily and don’t listen to what’s going on. They don’t care, do they?

The song is also on about rich people, them taking from the poor and stuff like that.

ROSS: That’s the moral of the story.

JOSH: It’s really the only song of ours that has a political theme to it.

The band brought out an album ‘Memory Lane’ last summer. How has the reaction been since its release?

JOSH: I’ve never had anything that has had a better reaction in my life. Everyone I’ve shown the album to, even people I don’t know and have never spoken to before, have been like: “Woah! Was that you?“, and I say: “Yeah, it was“. There’s now random people buying the album via Twitter and stuff.

The album has also been nominated for a local music award. How did you feel when it was announced?

JOSH: All I can say is that it felt good.

ROSS: We didn’t expect to be nominated to be honest.

JOSH: Yeah, I never expected to be nominated for anything ever. When I saw it, I swear I could have run around my workplace with my pants off. (all laugh) Only joking.

The band are part of the Stoke-on-Trent music scene. What is your opinion of it currently?

ROSS: It did go stale for a while, but it seems to have picked up recently. However, a lot of the current bands in Stoke tend to sound pretty similar. You’ve got the bands who want to sound like Tame Impala, bands that are still doing the Arctic Monkeys thing, and now you have bands who are trying to be like Slaves and Royal Blood.

JOSH: Definitely a lot of bands around here have been massively influenced by the Arctic Monkeys, but then again, they come from only up the road, don’t they?

ROSS: The problem is that Stoke lacks an identity music-wise. We’re slap bang in the middle, between places like Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield.
I believe that if some of the bands from around here were from there or another big city, then they would be more likely to get signed up.

JOSH: Yeah, definitely. For example, there have always been loads of bands signed from Liverpool, probably because of its long association with music, The Beatles and all that.

ROSS: You don’t normally associate Stoke with music, do you? And I think that makes it a problem for aspiring bands locally.

JOSH: There are quite a few bands from around here who are top lads, we enjoy their music, and I hope they think the same about us.

How is it for the band playing live and touring?

ROSS: It’s like being on a rollercoaster, isn’t it? You get the nerves beforehand, the buzz during and shortly after, and then the next day, you think: “That was wicked!“.

When the crowd are up for it as well, there’s nothing better, is there?

JOSH: The first gig we ever did was at The Sugarmill in Hanley, and talk about jumping in at the deep end!

ROSS: Yeah, you never stopped talking!

JOSH: I was so nervous, I was literally shaking, but when I got off the stage after our set, I felt like I was a totally different person. Every time I get on stage now, I’m totally in the zone, I suppose. I find it fun and really enjoyable.

ROSS: It’s better to be in a band with your mates, because you can feel more relaxed and have a laugh, there’s no better feeling.

Anything lined up for the near future at all?

JOSH: They’ll be a few singles throughout the year, hopefully another album towards the end as well.

At the moment, we’re just concentrating on building up our reputation from ‘Memory Lane’, try and get some more recognition for it.

ROSS: We never stop, do we lads? Even when we’re rehearsing, we’re writing songs.

JOSH: We’ve got enough songs to release another three albums with. We’re aiming for big things this year.

Is that the long-term aim then?

JOSH: The long-term aim is to be first band to break out of Stoke.

ROSS: We want to put the city on the music map.

JOSH: We’re not aiming for that because we want to be big-headed, we actually want to take everyone with us, or somebody to take us with them. I’ve always said this, if one band, just one, breaks from Stoke, then the rest will follow.

ROSS: It can be done. Nobody would have said Sheffield was a music city until the Arctic Monkeys came along, but now, everyone says it is.

THE MANALISHI’S ALBUM ‘MEMORY LANE’ IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD NOW.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE BAND, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://themanalishi5.wix.com/themanalishiuk

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheManalishiUK/?fref=ts

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/themanalishiuk?lang=en

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DEVIL IN FAUST TO RELEASE DEBUT EP IN APRIL

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Brit goth rockers The Devil In Faust deliver their hypnotic debut EP, ‘Come Apart’, through all platforms on Friday 28th April.

Formed in late 2014, The Devil In Faust were originally conceived by old school friends Al Pritchard (vocals/guitar) & Ben Codd (drums). The duo soon began to play a number of shows in their local vicinity before releasing their debut video single, ‘Dark Places’.

Following the online success of the single, TDIF went on to release further singles during 2015: ‘Forsaken’ & ‘So Clever’, with all three singles gaining strong support from BBC Introducing.

In 2016, the band continued to perform a glut of shows. Dates supporting Dani Filth’s Devilment and Sinnergod only added further weight to the band’s growing cause, as well as support from grassroots outlets such as Uberrock, TBFM, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and Blank TV, to name drop a select few.

With their live reputation on the rise, TDIF were invited to record in Aarhus, Denmark with Tue Madsen (Moonspell, Meshuggah, Sick of it All). They demoed twelve tracks and decided on four choice cuts, which were shaped and carefully crafted to create the band’s debut EP.

Since their inception, The Devil In Faust had experienced difficulty in trying to hold down a permanent bassist. However, all this changed when Al was introduced to Jess by Dave Catching at an Eagles of Death Metal show. Jess showed immediate interest in joining TDIF, and after just a couple of rehearsals, the band transpired.

With a solidified line-up, the trio are prepared to release their debut EP ‘Come Apart’, which offers four tracks of intoxicating alt-rock baked with hooky refrains and gothic undertones, from the dirty scuzzy rock phrasing of their opener ‘Cross Your Heart’, to their forthcoming new single ‘Soulmate’, which brims with jack-hammer refrains and
angsty venom.

From top to bottom, this record exudes dexterity and unwavering confidence. The Devil In Faust will break, and you will want to be around when it happens.

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FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.thedevilinfaust.com

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/@Thedevilinfaust

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

 

 

 

 

 

CORE OF iO DROP NEW VIDEO

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Already highly praised for their hugely impressive tech metal sound, Core Of iO delve deeper with their breath-taking new video single ‘Surrounded’, which is lifted from the band’s forthcoming EP ‘Part III: Ganymede’, out later this month. You can watch ‘Surrounded’ right here –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZOd1O96mlU&feature=youtu.be

Core of iO were formed over two years ago, and born out of a shared enjoyment for technical and melodically intriguing music. Ever since 2014, the quartet have established themselves on the underground scene, displaying an honest and unapologetically raw sound with their tech flavoured progressive rock.

With an absolute slew of influences spanning from jazz, metal and prog to rock, Core Of iO are notably layered and diverse. Despite this varied background, there’s a strong tech rock thread running through their music, calling for comparison to anyone from Karnivool and Oceansize to Periphery and Agent Fresco.

No strangers to hard work, the four-piece have already released two EPs to date, as well as a dual single, which landed in 2014. The band have also played the likes of Mammothfest and UK Tech-Fest, whilst touring the UK extensively and racking over 250 shows.

The riff maestros are currently releasing a cycle of four EPs; the next instalment, ‘Part III: Ganymede’, will be released later this month and toured throughout 2017.

Undeniably, Core Of iO’s work ethic is second to none and their rise is infinite.

FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.coreofio.com/

FACEBOOK: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Coreofio/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/coreofio

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

 

GREYHAVEN

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GREYHAVEN (from l-r): Edd Kerton (bass/vocals), Connor Tate (drums), Sam Paterson (vocals), Jim White (guitar), Alex Hills (guitar)

Greyhaven are an alternative rock five-piece from London.

Since forming in 2014, the outfit have released two positively received EPs, played live with the likes of Architects, and have built up a dedicated fan base with a diversely influenced sound that they describe as “a mixture of post-hardcore, pop and anthemic, heavy rock.

With a third EP planned for release in the future, and about to unleash an explosive new music video for one of their recent singles, I chatted with guitarist Alex Hills about what makes them tick.

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

How did the band get together initially?

Initially, the band was just me writing some songs in my room, but I eventually decided to start putting together an actual band. Sam was the vocalist in my old band and Jim was a friend I’d met online quite a few years before. Shortly after that, we found Edd and Connor and the line-up was complete.

How did the name Greyhaven come about?

It’s a reference to The Lord Of The Rings actually! The Grey Havens is the name of the port that the Elves use to leave Middle Earth.

 

What are the band’s musical influences?

We draw influences from all over the place. Older rock bands like Queen, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi definitely were the bands that initially shaped my music taste, though the more obvious influences would be modern bands like Trivium, Alexisonfire, Neck Deep, Mastodon, Emperor, Rise To Remain, Don Broco, Young Guns, The 1975. We definitely have diverse tastes.

What is your approach towards songwriting?

We tend to write all of the instrumentals first and then write the vocal parts afterwards. I’ve always been an advocate of writing what you want to write, rather than worrying about what other people might want you to write.

The band’s second EP ‘State of Mind’ came out last autumn. How has the reaction been since its release?

The reaction has definitely been positive. The first single ‘On & On’ found its way onto various prestigious radio stations, as well as airing on Scuzz TV. The tours we did in support of the release have also been pretty crazy, it’s been very humbling for us to see the support that we can receive all over the country.

How is it playing live and touring?

As I mentioned earlier, it has been pretty crazy. We’ve started to gain more of a dedicated fan base now and they never cease to surprise us when we play live. We’re all looking forward to seeing the fan base grow with us over the coming years.

What’s planned for the near future?

We’re releasing the video for ‘Brother’ later this month, and we’re going to be announcing a few dates in support of that. After that, we’re going to be starting to prepare our next EP for release, while maybe releasing a few acoustic videos and even a cover in the time between now and then.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We just want to have fun really. Hopefully, we can make this into a career and hopefully, we can have the positive effect on some of our fans that a lot of our favourite bands have had on us as well.