FLEDGLING ALT-ROCK QUINTET RXPTRS ANNOUNCE DEBUT SINGLE & FIRST UK TOUR

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Genre-warping alternative rock quintet RXPTRS announce themselves with their
debut single, ‘Bound’, out Friday 23rd February.

The Bristol based five-some are poised to be one of the bands to break through this year. Serving up a sound that combines both ferocious grit and melody, and takes from both hardcore punk and theatrical rock, RXPTRS cite everyone from Every Time I Die, Beartooth and My Chemical Romance as influences, and with a fiercely creative heart at their core, the group pushes boundaries and treks beyond the limits of genre.

Although the five-piece only formed at the end of last year, they have a glowing assurance and obvious maturity that is evident to all. Known to each other from previous musical endeavours, the band soon gelled and wasted no time in hitting the studio.

The alternative crew headed to Hidden Track Studios in Kent to work with producer Oz Craggs (Feed the Rhino) on their debut release and came out with a stunning first offering in the shape of their new single, ‘Bound’.

The release ideally exemplifies the band’s infectious and layered sound. Vocalist Simon Roach comments about the subject matter of their track: “‘Bound’ is an account of a passionate relationship that turned incredibly violent and abusive. It’s a semi-autobiographical story of the breakdown of the relationship, a love story with a twist.

With a UK tour lined up for February and further releases in the pipeline, be sure to catch RXPTRS now before they break out to the masses.

RXPTRS Single Cover

‘BOUND’, THE SELF-RELEASED DEBUT SINGLE FROM RXPTRS, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM FEBRUARY 23.

THE BAND WILL ALSO BE GOING ON THEIR FIRST UK TOUR IN FEBRUARY, SUPPORTING DEAD! AND SPEAKING IN SHADOWS. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

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MORE INFO ON RXPTRS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/RXPTRS

TWITTER: twitter.com/rxptrs

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/rxptrs

BANDCAMP: rxptrs.bandcamp.com

 

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EMERGING METAL QUARTET VNDTA UNVEIL NEW TRACK AND ANNOUNCE DEBUT EP RE-RELEASE

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VNDTA serve up a gratifyingly fiery fusion of hard-hitting riffs, gut-wrenching vocals, and raw honesty. In absorbing a slew of influences from Thy Art is Murder, Periphery and Pantera, through to No Doubt, the Hertfordshire metal quartet have
created a sound that is both original and formidable.

The band re-release their explosive debut EP, ‘Pale Glow’, which originally came out last year, on Friday 13th April. Before then, they drop a new track, ‘Martyr’.

Although the outfit were formed in 2015, it’s only been within the last year that their profile has vastly increased. A flurry of recent highly successful shows throughout the country, as well as supports with the likes of Aghast, Vanity, King Leviathan and Confessions of a Traitor have served to raise their stock.

Besides concentrating on touring, the alt-metallers have also worked diligently on their upcoming re-release.

During the recording of ‘Pale Glow’, the band suffered some challenges. Vocalist Megan Targett comments: “Recording the EP was probably the most difficult week of my life. We were broke, spent weeks living in my car, I ended an abusive relationship and lost a family member, but it didn’t stop me. We used the pain to fuel raw passion into the vocals and the music.”

VNDTA are now primed to release the EP once more, and the record instantly smacks you in the face.

Built around Willem Mason-Geraghty’s beats which rattle your bones to the core, combined with Megan Targett’s mightily impressive vocal range, calling to mind everyone from former Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow to Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, and with Callan Hughes’ and Jay Bacon’s pounding riffs that hammer and complement each other in equal measure, the band are an undeniable talent.

The opener and title track is a breath-taking start. One of the strong highlights of the EP is the track, ‘Swine’, which illustrates the sheer power and diversity of Megan’s vocals.

‘Martyr’ is another cut that leaves an imprint as it twists and contorts with bellowing riffery and potent vocal lines, while the hugely intense and engulfing ‘Virus’ closes the band’s debut offering in supreme style.

With extensive touring in place and with more dates to be announced, VNDTA’s ascent is sure to be swift, and their reach could be limitless.

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THE RE-RELEASE OF VNDTA’S DEBUT EP, ‘PALE GLOW’, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY & OTHER PLATFORMS FROM APRIL 13.

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WHAT THE BAND ARE DOING BY CHECKING OUT THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/VNDTA

TWITTER: twitter.com/VNDTA_OFFICIAL

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/vndta_official

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

MELLOR

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MELLOR (from l-r): Josh Woodward (bass), Kristian Bell (guitar), Sam Igoe (drums), Gary Kingham (vocals/guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Having been described by some as “a mash-up between Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks and The Libertines“, emerging four-piece Mellor have already amassed a dedicated following and support from the likes of BBC Introducing with frequent touring up and down the UK, and an indie rock sound bursting at the seams with high energy.

It is little wonder then that the Reading outfit have been tipped to be one of the bands who will make it big in 2018.

With more live dates, a single release and their debut EP all in the pipeline, I chatted with the quartet about all this, as well as gaining further insight into how they work.

How did the band get together?

As all bands do really, mates from school and mutual friends. We had a line-up change about 18 months ago, where we introduced a second guitar. Kristian knew Gary and Josh from their college days, and has added so much since he’s been with us.

How did the name Mellor come about?

From Gary’s long standing love of The Clash! We’ll leave it there and let everyone work it out.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

I don’t think we have any particular approach to writing songs, it varies. Some days you can be in the studio and absolutely nothing is working, other days you could get some really good ideas flowing.

A song could come from a demo Gary writes, a guitar part that Kristian puts together, or a drum beat. Once we’ve worked out the form of a new song, we can then really have a look at making it interesting.

What inspires the band lyrically?

We tend to write about real life situations, and not get too hung up on the classic personal relationship stories. There’s a lot of stuff about what’s going on in the news, stuff about what we see in films, criminals, all sorts of general life’s going-ons!

For example, we’ll have a single out later on in the year which we wrote on the back of watching a Louis Theroux documentary.

You have already amassed a rising dedicated following, and have been championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music and Absolute Radio. Have you been blown away by the reaction your music has had up to now?

It’s obviously a nice indication that we’re doing something right, which is always good. We’re not writing music to be famous, I don’t think anybody is, it just piles added pressure on your shoulders, but if something we do or write resonates with people, then that’s a really nice feeling.

Next month, the band will be bringing out a new single, ‘Arms Length’. How has the recording process been for it?

We actually recorded ‘Arms Length’ back in March 2017. We tend to head into the studio with our producer Mo Hausler and get four or five tracks done at a time to release over the next few months.

‘Arms Length’ is the last of four tracks we recorded to release as individual singles, but also collate onto an EP which will also be available from February 16.

What can be expected from the forthcoming releases?

Well, hopefully people will like it for a start! All in all, you can expect more weird guitar sounds from Kristian.

In regards to the EP, we wanted to collate the last four singles (‘Fire on Fire’, ‘Bone Idle’, ‘You Were Right’, and ‘Arms Length’) into one piece of work. We recorded a few different interludes and links in the studio, so the EP will sound like one long track.

In the last couple of years, you have frequently toured up and down the UK, and you’re going to be playing a few more dates over the next couple of months. How is the experience, for the band, of playing live and touring?

We love playing live and getting round the country. We’re a close bunch of lads who just have a good time doing it, the live shows are very energetic, there’s a lot going on!

What is your long-term aim?

Every band wants to be playing huge shows around the world, and that’s no different with us. Being from Reading, the Reading festival would obviously be pretty high on the agenda.

Asides from Reading though, we still want to keep developing as a band and get to a point where we’re really confident that a debut album fully shows what we’re about and then see where that takes us!

Mellor Single Cover

‘ARMS LENGTH’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM MELLOR, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD, AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD FROM ALL OTHER PLATFORMS ON FEBRUARY 16.

ALSO, THE BAND’S DEBUT EP WILL BE AVAILABLE PHYSICALLY ON THAT DAY.

MELLOR WILL ALSO BE PLAYING SOME LIVE DATES OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/melloruk FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

YOU CAN ALSO GET MORE INFO ON THE BAND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.mellorsounds.com

TWITTER: twitter.com/melloruk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/melloruk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/mellorvision

 

 

 

 

 

VALENSOLE – ‘Make Pace’

(Self-release)

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REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Having received an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s debut release, ‘Where We Should Be’, emerging punk rockers Valensole could have faced a very daunting task trying to top what was a strong offering.

However, I suppose that was something that never crossed their minds if second EP ‘Make Pace’ is anything to go by.

The Southampton trio, led by multi-talented frontman Elliott Jones, who also produced and mixed the new record, have elected to keep at the core of their sound a highly energetic, anthemic mix of punk and grunge, with a few elements of pop-punk thrown in for good measure.

This time, though, the band’s approach to crafting the music, vocals, everything, is a better reflection of the great confidence and maturity that they possess, which is evident in the heavier guitar riffs, bolder bass lines, and more forceful drum beats.

There’s also further diversity in Elliott’s vocal delivery, with smoother, less disjointed transitions between angst-ridden shouts and screams, and fun, happy harmonies.

Overall, ‘Make Pace’ is a more effective piece of work from Valensole, with better songwriting and higher production values, and should put to bed any doubts from those who may think that the band improving on their debut was too big a job for them to accomplish.

TOP TRACK: ‘In Your Head’

(4/5)

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT VALENSOLE, AND HOW THEY PUT THEIR NEW EP TOGETHER, HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAVENEYE

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RAVENEYE (from l-r): Adam Breeze (drums), Oli Brown (vocals/guitar), Aaron Spiers (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Since forming in 2014, three-piece RavenEye have established themselves as a real force on the UK rock scene with a dynamic and highly energetic mixture of power, garage and blues rock abundant in heavy guitar riffs.

The band’s debut album, 2016’s ‘Nova’, got an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics alike, and their explosive live shows has seen them tour the US and Europe with the likes of Slash and Deep Purple.

Currently on the British and Irish leg of an epic tour that will end in Helsinki in mid-March, the trio had much to say to me, prior to a recent headline gig in Hanley, about their experiences as an outfit so far.

How did the band get together?

AARON SPIERS (bass): I think we got together in prison, didn’t we? (Adam laughs)

OLI BROWN (vocals/guitar): We actually met through mutual friends who recommended me to Aaron, and Aaron to me. We then started playing together, and then when it didn’t work out with our previous drummer, Adam got in touch with us, saying he would like to join the band.

He was the first and last person we auditioned, because immediately, he was a perfect fit for us, so from then on, it’s…

AARON: Adam fits all of my clothes! (Adam and Oli laugh)

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

OLI: Firstly, we work on demos. Sometimes, there’s a guitar riff or a little melody that we like, and we just develop it from there. We then write the lyrics, which we always put down on paper, because I hate typing them up on the computer, because you mean to delete a line and then you lose the whole fucking lot!

This happened to us quite often when we were starting out. On one of our trips, we got to play a few new songs, but then we realised that one of them didn’t have any lyrics. We thought, “We should probably do something about that“, so we were driving to this place, I was writing the lyrics and reading them out loud to the other guys.

There was a line we didn’t think worked, so I went to delete it and the whole lyrics to the song went, so I say this, always make sure to write them out on paper first. You’ll thank yourself later. (Aaron laughs)

Speaking of lyrics, what inspires the band lyrically?

OLI: Personal.

AARON: Very personal.

OLI: The lyrics are all an intimate account of our feelings, you know, hating someone, whether someone’s hate is kind of escalating, passion and fire, a powerful example is from one of our songs, “It doesn’t matter how hard you break me, it’s the fuels of the fire that makes me“, and those are the kind of words we tend to go for.

I love musicians who are storytellers, like Tom Waits, I think he is the best for the way he tells stories in his songs. I think doing that, but in a more personal way, it can also be open in that people can listen to our tracks and go, “That’s me“, and that’s the vibe we aim for.

AARON: Lyrics, for me, is kind of like poetry. Because we write the music first and the lyrics second, we sort of have set structures that we need to fit words into, and it’s sometimes really cool to do some wordplay, you can go around in circles and come up with, like, the perfect line or the perfect chorus.

I kind of get a kick out of that stuff, as it’s always really fun to do.

Oli, as well as being the frontman of RavenEye, you are also an esteemed solo blues musician. How, for you, is playing in a band different to creating music by yourself?

OLI: Well, I think with the by yourself thing, you’re…

AARON: Not as boring. (Oli and Adam laugh)

OLI: I think you’ve explained it there, the by yourself thing, you write the songs on your own, and anybody else who does get involved, you’ve hired at the end of the day. There is a different relationship with the people that are hired.

With a band, we’re all invested in it. RavenEye has become more than just the three of us, it’s also the energy of the crowd, the branding, and that’s the most exciting thing about this band, it’s such a different atmosphere in which to write and perform.

The comments we get on social media isn’t centred on me, I mean, primarily, it should be. (Aaron and Adam laugh) The fact that it isn’t centred on me is the best thing, it’s so much more important than any individual, and together, we make a great line-up.

In 2016, you released your debut album, ‘Nova’, to glowing reviews. Did any of you expect the overwhelmingly positive reaction that it got?

AARON: Well, we can’t say that we expected it, because then we sound like wankers, but we were really proud of what we produced in the studio, we wrote something like 25 songs, which we eventually whittled down to eleven.

We worked with an amazing producer, who got it sounding beyond anything that we could have dreamed of, so to have the reviews coming in, and everybody saying what a good album it was, it was awesome. It was so rewarding to think that what we thought was great, everyone else thought that as well.

OLI: It really cemented our belief in the album and everything, because at that time, we were going through a really difficult period.

I think it’s hard for any independent band to get themselves out there, like financially, it’s always a struggle, you’re scratching every post trying to find a way of making ends meet, and yeah, a lot was going on during that period, the album, in a way, represented a giant leap of faith, we had to believe in that and know how it all worked.

The record had to translate to as many people as possible, because it’s something that we’re giving our lives to, and it had to make sense, which thankfully, it did.

We were relieved when we got all the positive feedback, it was nice for people to feel the same way towards it as we did. It was the coolest feeling, one of the best we’ve ever had.

We did a first ‘Nova’ tour, the one we’re currently on is our second, and the first in the UK since just after the album came out, and it’s just amazing to see all of our fans singing along to all of our songs, because at the end of the day, that’s what you do it for.

The year before, you had supported Slash and Myles Kennedy in the US, and Deep Purple in France. How were they as experiences for you all?

AARON: It was amazing. Touring with those bands was just unbelievable. We did two European runs and the US run with Slash, and we did a couple of dates with Deep Purple, but it was like we learned a whole different level of professionalism, I guess.

They all just work on a different level, like, the crew were incredible, we made friends with all of those guys, who we still often talk to often now. The band were incredible every single night, and they really looked after us.

The drummer and guitarist were Canadian, so they’d done the hard graft, driving the van, doing all of the tour managing. They knew what we were doing as they’d been through all of that before, so after gigs, they would pull us aside and go, “Hey guys, come to our room and just rip the rider apart, because you are going to need it. You’ve got a 20-hour drive tomorrow, so grab all of that stuff.”

It was amazing to be looked after so beautifully by the band, Slash himself, I mean, he picked us for the tour just off hearing our debut EP, you know.

By the end of the tour, there was just such a beautiful vibe going on. It’s something we will never forget.

Have you got any interesting tour stories to tell?

AARON: There’s hundreds of stories, but I mean there was one where we were in Romania…

OLI: Oh yeah, that was on the European tour with Slash.

AARON: Yeah, so we drove from a gig in Southampton, and the next one after that was in Romania, it was the start of the tour with Slash, so we had to drive straight through. We drove in two-hour shifts for 40 hours, only stopping for a piss, to fuel…

OLI: And to fix the exhaust, because it fell off the van, so one of us had to go underneath and tie it back to the van with some twine, so it would stay together. The van actually passed an MOT like that! (All laugh)

AARON: So yeah, that was pretty epic, and then from going from that gig to the one after that, we almost got stuck on this amazing mountain with no fuel, because we hadn’t fuelled up.

OLI: We took a wrong turn somewhere, and ended up at this ski range.

AARON: I mean that whole tour was a great experience.

The band are currently on tour in the UK and Ireland, before moving on to continental Europe in mid-February. After the tour has been completed, what are your plans?

AARON: We’re going back into the studio.

OLI: Yep, we’re going to be recording a new album. We’ve already got so many songs ready to go, and the next thing for us is to put the full album together. It’s the same kind of thing, the main difference this time is that Adam’s with us, so all three of us will be recording the album.

It’s going to sound a little different, a little more like a band in a way. We’re also going to making a lot more effort, as our focus with it will be to improve on ‘Nova’.

I think that’s it. Anything else anybody would like to say at all?

AARON: Yeah. We now have our very own app, if you can believe it, so you can download it from our website. On it, you will be able to get videos from us and other stuff, so please do check it out, and spread the love!

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‘NOVA’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM RAVENEYE, IS AVAILABLE, THROUGH FRONTIERS MUSIC, TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, AMAZON MUSIC & THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.raveneyeofficial.com

RAVENEYE ARE CURRENTLY ON A UK & EUROPEAN TOUR. BELOW ARE A FULL LIST OF DATES:

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ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE BAND’S SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ItsRavenEye

TWITTER: twitter.com/ItsRavenEye

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/ItsRavenEye

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/ItsRavenEye

YOU CAN NOW DOWNLOAD RAVENEYE’S OFFICIAL APP AT raveneye.fan.direct

 

 

 

 

 

SKAM

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SKAM (from l-r): Neal Hill (drums/backing vocals), Steve Hill (lead vocals/guitar), Matt Gilmore (bass/backing vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Leicester, three-piece SKAM have become known for a bold and direct style of hard rock that is a contemporary take on classic rock and the new wave of British heavy metal.

Over the last couple of years, the band have steadily built up a strong following with this, as well as their frequent touring across the UK.

They have been championed by the likes of Planet Rock, which made third studio album, ‘The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard’, one of their top twenty of 2017.

Currently supporting RavenEye on the British and Irish leg of the band’s European tour, the trio went in-depth about their recent release, including how it was put together, the challenges they faced, and how the reaction has been to it so far, before their set in Hanley.

How did the band form?

STEVE HILL (lead vocals/guitar): Well, me and Matt actually met at Air Cadets, and I met Neal when he was born, as he’s my little brother.

SKAM formed when we were dead young. I played a bit of guitar in a band in Leicester, we were awful! One Christmas, Matt got a bass, and he rang me, saying, “Do you want to come round and jam?“, and I went, “Yeah, okay“, so that Boxing Day, I went round, we wrote some horrific songs, and then, we came up with this hare-brained idea to form a band together.

We started off as a five-piece, there was a guitarist who was much, much better than I, and a female singer. Over time, they realised how shit we were and left, so in the end, it was me, Matt, and a guy called Kieran on drums.

After him, it was another guy called Ray, but he decided to leave, so then we felt we had no option but to disband SKAM. However, Neal stepped in on drums, that was three years ago now, and here we are.

How did the name SKAM come about?

MATT GILMORE (bass/backing vocals): It was from the initials of the band members at the time, we had a different name, but we decided that we needed to change it, just to try and get a few more gigs and whatnot, so we had a drunken evening round a friend’s house, wrote out a load of different names, and in the end, we came up with SKAM, which stood for Steve, Kieran and Matthew. (Steve and Neal laugh) It’s that glamorous.

It’s just one of those things, we had that name while we were gigging, and as our profile started to rise, we became known by that name. I like it, it’s a one syllable name, it’s easy to remember, but in our early days, people seemed to think we were a ska band.

STEVE: When we first started the band, we were called The A.I.D’s, which wasn’t a great name. We started getting some negativity from people who thought we were some kind of punk protest band, and venues wouldn’t book us on the strength of that name.

I remember talking about the fact that we wanted a name that almost meant nothing, we wanted something where no-one would look at it and go, “Oh, yeah“, because we didn’t even want a name that sounded like a hard rock band name, just something non-descript, so we called ourselves SKAM. It’s just one syllable, that’s all we need.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

NEAL HILL (drums/backing vocals): It’s been changing, really, I would say. I know before I joined the band that Steve would probably write most of the stuff, and Matt has contributed to some of the lyrics in the past.

For our last album, we all sat together and collaborated on the whole thing. Steve comes up with the majority of the riffs, I’ve been trying to contribute some guitar work myself. As this was an album about a person, and it had a storyline, it was a real collaborative effort.

STEVE: It was the first time, really, that we all sat together in a room and penned some lyrics.

MATT: We did a Metallica special. We sat there with a pen and notepad, we knew the content, we knew the back story to each track, so we just wrote some lyrics for them. It’s a masterpiece. (Steve and Neal laugh)

STEVE: Normally, a song will be sculpted in a similar way in that we practice every week, someone will come in with an idea for just a riff or a little lick, we’ll jam it out, and just mess around with it…

MATT: Have an argument.

STEVE (laughing): Yeah, have an argument, and then if it’s got a good hook to it, we’ll do it again the following week, and it kind of evolves into something we feel like, and then the lyrics almost come after.

NEAL: It’s a weird thing, because sometimes, it’ll take a couple of weeks. I know some songs on the album, we must have been playing for something like six, seven months.

One song, we finished a week before we went into the studio, so it’s just a strange process. You have to have the right people in the room to make it happen, you know what I mean?

STEVE: There was one song on the album called ‘Bring The Rain’, and we had this lick, we were playing with it, but it also needed a good chorus. We must have banded it around for probably weeks, months, just trying different stuff out.

At one point, it wasn’t even going to be on the record, but then we just managed to strike gold on one thing and stuck with it, but every week, we were trying different bits out, and it just wasn’t working, we felt like it wasn’t any good, but eventually, we got to the stage where we knew what we wanted to do with it, so that’s what we did.

What inspires the band lyrically?

STEVE: Well, obviously with our last album being a concept album, we had a lot of content to talk about, so Goddard and the whole story behind that, his travels through time, the different things he experiences, so that was a lot easier, I found, because it gave us a real starting point.

In the past, myself writing lyrics, they were all based around what I call “the big three” – beer, birds, and rock n’ roll, and that was pretty much it.

MATT: We had a few tracks that has different meanings and whatnot, so yeah, that was generally it. That was why the concept album was something that we all threw ourselves into. It was a two-year project, and the backstory helped to mould all the tunes together.

STEVE: When you had been sitting there writing all of these different songs for a few years about old girlfriends and playing rock, and then all of a sudden, you can sit down and write a story about a thirty-something test pilot finding himself in Japan, and getting caught in a battle between two rival tribes, that’s a pretty good starting point, don’t you think? (Matt and Neal laugh)

MATT: Yeah.

‘The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard’, that was your third studio album. One thing about it we haven’t talked about yet was the reaction that it got. How do you all think it has been up to now?

MATT: It’s been great. Steve’s just summed it up with the songwriting approach. There are a lot of rock bands out there, it’s coming back into fashion, you know, the long hair, the leather, and singing about beer and girls, and we wanted to approach that in a different way.

I mean, can you remember the last time a rock band brought out a concept album? I can’t.

It was something we really threw ourselves into. It’s not just the music, it’s also the full packaging, the artwork, the story, the vinyl, the merchandise, everything, it’s just gone with this project. We just wanted to take rock back to a time before people wanted to play in bands to get birds.

NEAL: We were worried about the reaction it was going to get, because a lot of the bands at our level are just releasing albums, which is good, and the albums are great, but like Matt’s just said, we wanted to do something that was a bit special, because it was the third one that we’ve put out. The other two were just, “Let’s record an album“, so we put a lot more into it.

STEVE: It’s gone down really well. I think what Matt said about the artwork in particular, you know, the more seasoned rock fans, they remember a time where it wasn’t just a throw-away thing, you know, bands like Iron Maiden were into that sort of image, creating something special, getting hold of the booklet that came with the album, and that’s what we really wanted to do, so I think it’s gone down a treat.

MATT: Yeah.

The band are currently supporting RavenEye on the British and Irish leg of their headline tour. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live and touring?

MATT: That’s what we do it for, that’s why we’re all in a band. Playing live is kind of…It makes you want to pick up a bass, guitar or drum kit in the first place, so it’s something you just want to keep going back to.

The idea with the albums, and obviously having the killer tunes, it’s just to help the progression, so again, over the past few years, we’ve just built up that live profile, and hoping that everyone agrees that we’re a good live band.

We try our best to put on a good show, and that’s also reflected in the bands we’ve played with over the last two years.

STEVE: I say this without any kind of arrogance, but I’m the best guitarist in the world! (All laugh) Not at all, I think I’m the complete opposite, but when I play, I cannot help but have a massive grin on my face, you know? It’s the best part, and I say that to a lot of people, the sets are the best 40 minutes of my day, so why would you not want to do it?

It’s worth the miles, and what you do in between, just to get that time at the end of the day.

NEAL: Matt in the studio, compared to Matt live, it’s like a completely different person! (All laugh) When he plays live, he likes to play a few licks and just go crazy, but in the studio, he’s a right miserable bastard! (All laugh)

MATT: Yep.

What have you got planned for after the tour?

MATT: We are going to play a few headline dates, starting in March. We haven’t announced the full details yet, that won’t be until we have finished this tour, but that should take us all over the UK again.

We’re going to continue pushing the recent album, and then over the summer, it will be festival season, which seems to start earlier and finish later every year, then in October, November, we’ll be playing some more gigs to finish off the year.

We’re hoping to get to that magic total of 100 gigs this year. It’s what we’re pushing for.

Skam Album Cover

‘THE AMAZING MEMOIRS OF GEOFFREY GODDARD’, THE THIRD STUDIO ALBUM FROM SKAM, IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD & DOUBLE VINYL, AND CAN BE STREAMED, DOWNLOADED OR PURCHASED FROM SPOTIFY, AMAZON MUSIC, APPLE MUSIC, DEEZER & THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.skamuk.com

SKAM ARE ALSO CURRENTLY SUPPORTING RAVENEYE ON THE BRITISH AND IRISH LEG OF THEIR HEADLINE TOUR. FURTHER DETAILS ARE BELOW:

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FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND BY CHECKING OUT THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES:

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JET BLACK 3 – ‘The Beating Drum’

Jet Black 3 Single Cover

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Exeter trio Jet Black 3 count themselves among a breed of innovative British bands/artists keeping rock music alive, and they get to show exactly why they consider this with their latest single, ‘The Beating Drum’.

The sound is a real mix of genres, including blues, grunge and punk, and the outfit do it in a way that is distinctive, mesmerising and organic.

The vocals, provided by frontman Rob Papworth, are varied, predominantly melodic, but at times, become more intensive when the music allows.

The same applies to the guitar riffs, bass lines and drum beats, with Phil Borrett getting to show just how versatile he can be, playing both the guitar and bass to a high standard.

It is clear from listening to this that the three-piece can mould genres together effectively to create something that is mature and a good listen.

(3/5)

FURTHER INFO ON JET BLACK 3 CAN BE FOUND HERE.