BARBUDO

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BARBUDO (from l-r): Elliott Salter (drums), Harry Stanworth (vocals/guitar), Ben Stanworth (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by ADAM PROSSER

By fusing together elements of funk, psychedelic rock, and rhythm & blues, Hampshire trio Barbudo have created a distinct, irresistible sound that have both retro and contemporary vibes, which along with a highly successful debut EP, has led many in the music industry to proclaim them a band to watch out for.

The three-piece’s frontman, Harry Stanworth, spoke to me about all this, as well as their recently-released single, ‘Secret Admirer’.

How did the band get together?

Me and Ben had written some songs independently, and decided to get a band together, so we could play them live. To start off with, it was just a bit of fun.

From where did the name Barbudo originate?

It means “bearded person” in Spanish. Ben has a beard, and he came up with it…

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

We think melody is important in all areas of the songs, so we try to make them as interesting as possible when writing.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Anything, really. We’ve got into a habit of writing about technology, but anything we experience also finds its way in.

Last year, you released your debut EP, ‘Pleasures’, to much success. Were you surprised by the response that it got?

We played a couple of release shows, and there were really good turnouts for both. People seemed to really like the EP, which was nice, as we had spent a long time recording and producing it ourselves.

The band recently brought out a new track, ‘Secret Admirer’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

Pretty good. It’s been compared by some to George Michael, which we take as a compliment!

DIY magazine chose you as the winner of their Record Store Day competition for the video for your single, ‘SXC’. How did that feel?

It’s great for them to have heard our music, and to have chosen us over other bands. It gives us hope for the future!

And it must be a good feeling to know your music will be pressed to vinyl and sold physically at stores across the UK.

Yeah, it’s great. We are all vinyl lovers, and have always wanted our tunes pressed to wax. Also, it leaves something for the grandkids.

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

Good fun! We try and make the shows as energetic as possible. Playing live really brings the songs to life, and it’s great to see people’s reactions to them.

What are your plans for the near future?

We have new music coming out soon, and we’re also going to gig as much as possible.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

To make this our career!

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‘SECRET ADMIRER’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM BARBUDO, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD, OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, BANDCAMP, AND SOUNDCLOUD.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/barbudoband

TWITTER: twitter.com/barbudoband

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/barbudoband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

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SHOUT

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Swedish four-piece Shout may have only recently got together, but already, they are making waves in their native country with a pulsating blend of heavy metal, rock n’ roll and punk rock that takes you back to the days when legendary outfits such as AC/DC, Motorhead, and the Ramones were at the peak of their powers.

With an eagerly-anticipated debut album, ‘People Of The Night’, coming out this September, the quartet’s bassist, Kriss Biggs, gave me an insight into the recording process, what to expect from that, as well as more about the band.

How did the band get together?

Shout are a band that started quite recently, and consists of myself, Rob “Raw” Paris (guitar), Danny Diemond (vocals/guitar), and “Ol’ Hurricane” (drums).

We all started up in different bands, but we’ve all known each other from way back, as we come from the same area of Sweden, and our paths crossed at concerts, parties, and much more over the years.

We have all carried the torch of rock music, ever since we got our first taste of the rock n’ roll lifestyle as teenagers, which got us all hooked for life. Me and Danny played in a band called The Scams, and with them, we hit the road all over Sweden and Europe for more than a decade – having a bit too much fun.

“Ol’ Hurricane” started out as a farmer boy, and he learned to play the drums in his basement. He later moved to the city, where he met me, Danny, and Rob.

Rob had been rocking out playing guitar with his band, Danger, touring Sweden and Europe, and had no plans to slow down when he joined what was to become Shout.

How did the band name come about?

It kind of just came to us. We wanted something that reflected our music, and was also straight to the point, and when you listen to heavy metal, all you wanna do is shout!

To somebody who has yet to listen to your music, how would you describe it to them?

I would describe it as traditional heavy metal, the high-energy, ass-kicking kind, with lots of sing-along choruses that everybody can also shout along with. Scream! Shout! That’s what it’s all about!

What are the band’s musical influences?

Our influences range from heavy metal, rock n’ roll, and punk rock, bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Kiss, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Turbonegro, Rose Tattoo, the Ramones, Misfits, Danzig, just to mention a few of our rock n’ roll heroes.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We usually write either at home or in rehearsal, sometimes after a few beers at the pub, just to get the right flow! When we get to the studio, we do make some changes, as well as putting the finishing touches together.

I don’t think we have ever written songs whilst on the road, but it’s something that I would like to start doing, since it’s probably easier to get inspired when you’re out playing, surrounded by it all!

What inspires the band lyrically?

Well, since we mostly write about the rock n’ roll lifestyle itself, I guess it’s the usual stuff like fast cars, girls, and rock n’ roll, but also the freedom that the lifestyles brings, and the bond that the music gives us, which also unites all headbangers out there!

You have a debut album, ‘People Of The Night’, coming out this September. How has the recording process been for that?

It was quite a long process from writing the songs and recording the demos, but once that was done, we recorded the album down in Pama Studios in southern Sweden.

We recorded it with Mankan Sedenberg and John Strindgerg, in ten intense days, a period in which we barely slept, but we got it done just in the nick of time, and we had a blast doing it!

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

Like I said earlier, we all come from a line of different bands, and have all been touring a lot, since we love it, but since Shout started out only recently, we have only managed to play one gig so far, which was actually at Bullet’s release party for their new album, ‘Dust To Gold’, so that was fun!

However, we are looking forward to hitting the road again when we get the ball rolling after the album release.

What have you got lined up for the near future?

At the moment, we are working on getting out our second music video, which is entitled ‘Scream! Shout!’, and after that, there may even be a third one, but we’ll see.

Also, of course, we are preparing for the release of the album, that’s something we’re really looking forward to, as well as getting out on the road again!

Many adventures await!

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

Just to spread our music as wide as possible, to be able to play all over the world, and awaken the party animal and get some heads banging!

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‘PEOPLE OF THE NIGHT’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM SHOUT, WILL BE RELEASED THIS SEPTEMBER.

CHECK OUT THE BAND’S FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/thisisshout FOR FURTHER INFO.

 

 

 

TILL I FALL

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Taking influence mainly from such outfits as Blink-182, Sum 41, and Jimmy Eat World, Californians Till I Fall pride themselves on an independent, creative and expansive alternative pop-rock sound.

Having already brought out three well-received EPs and an acclaimed debut album, the band recently returned to their acoustic roots with a new release, simply entitled ‘Acoustic’.

I spoke to the lynchpins of Till I Fall, Brandon Leland and Zax Avila, about that, as well as their origins, songwriting approach, lyrical influences, and sharing the stage with such highly-regarded collectives as Puddle Of Mudd and Forever Came Calling.

How did the band form?

BRANDON LELAND: I started Till I Fall in 2011 as an acoustic project, heavily influenced by bands like Go Radio, Mayday Parade, and Taking Back Sunday. Zax joined after the release of our first full-length album, ‘Lessons’, and has been working with me on the writing and overall branding of the band ever since.

How did the name Till I Fall come about?

BRANDON: It was in a fortune cookie.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

ZAX AVILA: For both of our most recent releases, Brandon and I would pretty much hang out every day and jam on acoustic guitars together. Once ideas began to flow, Brandon would write lyrics while I bounced structure and riff ideas around until we had something solid we could work with.

What inspires the band lyrically?

BRANDON: Zax takes a lot of musical influence from bands like All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, and Bayside. I take influence from different genres and artists. Our goal is to always write honest music from our perspectives, whatever the subject matter. Right now, I’m writing a lot of music reflecting on our social and political settings, and growing up and having run-ins with anxiety and depression.

There’s a lot of issues that bands aren’t talking about with their music right now, and that’s something we both see and are trying to accompany.

You’ve just brought out your first acoustic EP, simply entitled ‘Acoustic’. What were the reasons behind you doing this?

BRANDON: We’ve never done an acoustic release before, and have been wanting to share some of the new music we’ve been writing. We’re going to spend this summer working on new music and rehearsing for upcoming tours, so this was something we wanted to put out until we have our next major project finished.

We typically write acoustically, and it’s cool for us to see the transition from acoustic sessions to full band recording and shows. We just wanted to give our listeners the perspective we get when things are simpler and stripped down.

And how was the recording process?

It was a blast getting to record acoustically for sure, we liked getting to play with textures and layers, seeing what new sounds we could create with only acoustic songs. My brother Anthony has always had a great ear for music, so having his engineering expertise really elevated our recordings.

For those who have yet to listen to the new release, what can they expect of it?

ZAX: Our acoustic release really gives you a view on the inside of our unplugged sound. For only being a four-song EP, each one, I feel, uniquely tells its own story through Brandon’s lyricism, and shows you a more honest side of Till I Fall.

How is it, for the band, playing live?

ZAX: It’s fun. We love touring, and hope to do more of it in the next few years.

And you have shared the stage with such outfits as Puddle Of Mudd and Forever Came Calling. How were they as experiences?

BRANDON: (laughs) Yeah, we opened for Puddle Of Mudd. It was cool playing a big venue for the first time, and was obviously nostalgic. We got to open for Forever Came Calling two or three times around the time their split with Handguns came out, I think it was in around 2011, 2012.

Those were fun and it was cool playing shows with them, because they were always really respectful to everyone at shows, and set good examples of how to be a band on tour at the independent level.

Now that the EP has come out, what are the band’s plans for the near future?

BRANDON: We’re planning on doing some recording over the course of this summer, as well as play a handful of shows with some friends. We’ll for sure be back out on tour again this fall!

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‘ACOUSTIC’, THE LATEST EP FROM TILL I FALL, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, GOOGLE PLAY, BANDCAMP, AND SOUNDCLOUD.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/tillifall

TWITTER: twitter.com/TILLiFALLSJ

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/tillifallsj

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

YOU KNOW THE DRILL – ‘Selfhood’ TRACK-BY-TRACK

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West Midlands pop-punk quartet You Know The Drill recently announced details of their forthcoming sophomore EP, ‘Selfhood’, which will be released via Scylla Records on June 22.

The band’s vocalist, Benji Yapp, said about it, “Selfhood’ is a word which describes the quality that makes up a person and just being aware and proud of who you are, which really resonated with us as we wrote this EP. We tried not let ourselves be limited by the pop-punk label, and write without worrying what people were going to think, which definitely ended up benefiting the record.

A first taste of the upcoming release was also unveiled recently, in the form of single ‘Snake Eyes’, which premiered on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

Now, the Birmingham four-piece are here to reveal more about the EP, track-by-track…

‘OVERCAST’

‘Overcast’ is a song about realising who you are, your downfalls, and owning the mistakes you’ve made in the past. This song started with the jumpy, hyped-up intro which Damo (bass) and Brad (drums) came up with together in Damo’s living room, and we all worked on it from there.

Ever since the song had that faded-in intro, we knew it was going to be track one off the EP, and although we haven’t played it live yet, we know it’s going to be the opener of our set for a long time to come.

It’s definitely the song we’re most excited to play live, because of the pure energy and the back-and-forth vocals, and we’re hoping it’ll go down really well.

‘HOMESICK’

This first thing I wrote for ‘Homesick’ was the chorus, and it was one of the rare occasions for me where it came so naturally when writing it, to the point where the lyrics I initially penned down ended up being the final lyrics.

Lyrically, it is one of the most revealing songs that I’ve ever written, which is about my doubts in being able to make it in music and wondering whether it is all just a waste of time, but then it’s disguised in this really fun, bouncy pop-punk song, and that’s what I love about it.

We had a show the day after this song was released as the second single, and we weren’t really expecting anyone to sing along to it just yet, but as soon as we started that intro, there were about six or seven people singing it back at us and getting involved, which was absolutely insane, so if that’s the kind of reaction it’s getting already, then I can’t wait to see how well it goes down elsewhere.

‘SUSPECT’

I’m sure that if I looked hard enough, then I could find voice recordings of myself hiding in the toilet at work singing a super rough chorus of ‘Suspect’. ‘Suspect’ is the story of someone who feels their significant other may not be faithful to them and how it is affecting their relationship.

One of my favourite lyrics is taken from this song in the chorus, “We’re separated like the sea between the shores“, which to me, I think, is a really powerful metaphor for feeling distance from someone.

It was this song in particular that made me really desire a summer release for the EP, because it has such an uplifting vibe throughout, despite the contrasting lyrics!

This track also features one of my favourite moments on the EP, which is in the final chorus when it drops into this big, open quarter-time section, which just feels so powerful, and kinda makes you wanna go out and rule the world!

‘BLOSSOM’

In between writing sessions down in Eastbourne, Luke (guitar/vocals) would head outside and sit on a brick wall with an acoustic guitar, whilst a dog called Maddie would come and keep him company.

Within a couple of days, he had written this super pretty acoustic track which we knew we just had to put on the EP, so we worked on that too and put it on the record.

Lyrically, I see it as a continuation of ‘Overcast’, only this time, an apology is being made, as well as promises to be better and to grow from the past.

This is the only track on the EP which was recorded entirely at Nightcrawl Studio in Eastbourne with our good friend, Rich Dack. We recorded all of the acoustic late on a Saturday night, and it was the most chilled-out environment to record in, we’d be playing PS4 and hanging out with his dog, Amy, between takes. It was just so relaxing, and I think that comes across when you listen to the song.

Luke did have to re-record one line for this though, because we realised a couple of months after recording that he had actually sung “I lost control of all my goats” instead of “I lost control of all my ghosts“, which was really funny because none of us had realised that for ages.

‘Blossom’ was tentatively titled ‘Maddie’, named after the dog I mentioned earlier, for a long time, but we felt it needed a more fitting name, and ‘Blossom’ just seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrical themes and overall sound of the song.

‘SNAKE EYES’

‘Snake Eyes’ was the very first song written for the EP, and it all started with a clean guitar riff just before the verse kicks in, which Luke came to practice with, and it just expanded from there.

In terms of composition, it changed a lot throughout the writing process, to the point where we ended up cutting sections we had already recorded vocals for. We were very lucky to have Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words lend his vocal talents to the outro section of ‘Snake Eyes’.

All the way along, we knew we wanted someone to feature on that section, but we weren’t sure who, although we did toy with the idea of Joey for ages before actually asking him, assuming he just wouldn’t have been interested, so it only goes to show, don’t ask, don’t get!

Continuing of from the themes of realising your mistakes and then owning them and making them right, ‘Snake Eyes’ touches on realising your self worth and allowing yourself to want better out of your relationships.

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‘SELFHOOD’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM YOU KNOW THE DRILL, WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH SCYLLA RECORDS ON JUNE 26. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW FROM iTunes OR scyllarecords.myshopify.com

ON JUNE 23, THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING AN EP RELEASE SHOW AT THE OASIS MARKET IN BIRMINGHAM.

MORE INFO ON YOU KNOW THE DRILL CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/YouKnowTheDrillUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/YKTDUK

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/yktduk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/YouKnowTheDrillUK

 

 

DEATH GOALS

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DEATH GOALS (from l-r): Harry Bailey (vocals/guitar), Will Taylor (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by MEL LONDON

Armed with an intense, fast-paced hardcore/mathcore sound that is effective both live and on record, emerging duo Death Goals have been making waves on London’s underground rock and metal scene this past year.

Having brought out a single entitled ‘Stacyletmeseeyourstegosaurus’ last month, the band will be hoping to broaden their reach this July with the release of a self-titled debut EP.

Frontman Harry Bailey recently spoke to me about that, as well as the two-piece’s origins, songwriting approach, and more.

How did the band form?

We formed in April last year, whilst at uni together. My old band was disbanding, and I wanted to form a gross hardcore band, so I jumped on Will, as I knew he was into those vibes, and we’ve been making noise ever since.

How did the name Death Goals come about?

I just got a big old name of potential band names off my phone, and Death Goals was one that I kept coming back to.

For those who have yet to listen to the band’s music, how would you describe it to them?

We like the tagline of “two boys making noise“, because we feel that sums up our sound nicely. Loud, noisy, chaotic madness.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

Most of the songs come from me bringing a riff or an idea to rehearsal, or sometimes a whole song, and then us jamming it, chopping and changing, fairly standard stuff.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Um all kinds of things, most of our upcoming debut EP is about my past relationships, but the lyrics also touch on the mass incidents of inappropriate conduct within the hardcore and alternative scene, as well as things that keep me up at night, like existential dread and stuff.

Speaking of the self-titled debut EP, which will be coming out this July, how has the recording process been for that?

The recording process was brilliant. We recorded the whole thing live in one day at London Road Studios in Baldock, Hertfordshire. We did that because we wanted to capture the frantic energy of our live shows, and I feel we’ve certainly done that.

And what can be expected of the EP?

Short songs, breakdowns, and yelping.

The band have already played such London venues as The Black Heart and The Unicorn, as well as supporting the likes of Gutlocker and As Everything Unfolds. How is the experience, for you both, of playing live?

It’s the whole reason we formed the band. We booked our first show after our second or third rehearsal when we had only three or four songs!

However, playing live is everything for us, seeing the looks of horror on people’s faces as I’m running around or throwing guitars at Will or wrapping microphones around people is so funny.

Shout out to As Everything Unfolds, though, they’re ace!

What else do you have planned for the near future?

Hopefully some super cool music videos for the EP, and we’re working on the ideas for them currently!

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

To make falling over whilst holding a guitar a legitimate form of music.

THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP FROM DEATH GOALS WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 20.

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THE BAND’S RECENT SINGLE, ‘STACYLETMESEEYOURSTEGOSAURUS’, IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD, OR PURCHASE FROM THEIR BANDCAMP PAGE deathgoals.bandcamp.com

FURTHER INFO ON DEATH GOALS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DeathGoals

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/death_goals

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/death-goals

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

SCOTTISH HARD ROCKERS CONCRETE KINGDOMS TO RELEASE DEBUT EP THIS AUGUST

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Concrete Kingdoms are here to stamp their imprint on the UK scene, and the Scottish rockers have the perfect bait in the form of their blistering debut self-titled EP, out Friday 17th August.

Concrete Kingdoms are an electrifying hard rock band from Fife, Scotland.

Taking inspiration from Guns N Roses, Alter Bridge, Audioslave and Led
Zeppelin, the emerging quintet have been winning over audiences since their
formation.

Support slots with the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Diamond Head, Mitch Malloy, and Nazareth, festival appearances at Rockmantic on the Road and Wildfire, and opening the Winter Storm Festival for Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick, and such outfits as FM and Inglorious, has only served to increase the band’s budding reputation.

The five-piece are set to plough forward even further with the release of their debut EP, which will comprise of four cuts of crushing rock, framed by driving guitars, measured song structures and engulfing hooks, and will also be a must- have for all die-hard rock fans.

Their new single, ‘Time To Play’, is ripe for radio, and is sure to grace the airwaves this summer.

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THE SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP FROM CONCRETE KINGDOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM AUGUST 17.

THE BAND WILL ALSO BE PLAYING A FEW UK DATES THIS SUMMER, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

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MORE INFO ON CONCRETE KINGDOMS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.concretekingdoms.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ConcreteKingdomsUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/CK_RockNRoll

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/Concretekingdoms

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/Concrete-Kingdoms-UK

 

 

SLIMBOY

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

If a band or artist had such a thing as a bucket list, then Swiss punks Slimboy have pretty much crossed everything off of theirs.

Signing to a major record label: check.

Touring the world: check.

Supporting huge outfits: check.

Recording albums in Los Angeles: check.

Last year, after a break, the highly-regarded trio made a triumphant return with their fifth album, ‘Sail On Sailor’, which they will be re-releasing in August, and earlier this year, they successfully supported The Ataris on their UK tour.

To talk me through the incredible journey the Basel collective have been on since they first formed at the dawn of this millennium was their vocalist/bassist Joel Bader.

How did the band initially get together?

We met through friends, but over the years, the band has had a lot of line-up changes. This line-up met in 2007 and 2011.

How did the name Slimboy come about?

Well, we needed a name back in 2000. We took Fatboy Slim and turned it around to Slimboy Fat. After a year, we cut the fat, and went on with Slimboy only.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

We always just listen to everybody’s ideas and jam. We record a demo version, listen to that, and then rehearse some more until we’re happy.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Our lives.

Your first two albums, ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘We Hate Slimboy’, were released to much success and acclaim. Was that something you anticipated, especially when you were recording the debut album?

Nah. not at all. It’s always good to see that people like what you do, but to me, it’s more important that we (the band) like it. The first two albums were fun, but we’ve changed a lot since then.

After that, the band signed a record contract with major label EMI/Virgin. How did that come about?

They heard our debut album and asked us. Simple. It was a fun time, but I like to be independent!

And how were your experiences with them? Mainly positive, mainly negative, or a bit of both?

A bit of both. They paid whatever we needed to be paid, but I wouldn’t miss this experience!

The band took a break between the release of the fourth album and beginning work on latest offering ‘Sail On Sailor’. Why was that?

I split up with the others, because I just wanted to do something else. Me and the drummer (Silvio Spadino) had a band for four years, called Cancer. That was fun!

And at any point were you considering putting Slimboy on permanent hiatus?

Yes, when we split up, but not for long!

This August, the band will be re-releasing ‘Sail On Sailor’. What are the reasons behind that?

A lot of people have yet to hear the album, so we thought we would do a re-release, so more people can hear it! Simple.

You recorded the album at Mike Herrera of MxPx’s studio in Seattle. How was that as an experience for you all?

It was fun. We have known Mike for a long time. His studio is great, and we really like the result!

For those who didn’t get to listen to ‘Sail On Sailor’ the first time around, what can they expect from it?

A simple rock/punk/pop album. We have different styles of songs on the record.

And you will be promoting the re-release with a European tour with American pop-punks MEST. How is it, for you all, playing live?

Well, Oasis was a big one. I’m a big fan, so I was nervous, but it was great! We toured with the Ataris several times. They’re nice guys, and always fun!

You have achieved a lot over the years. Did you ever expect it to happen when the band first formed?

Not at all. I’m very happy with what I was able to see and do!

Is there anything that the band would still like to accomplish that they haven’t managed to yet?

There’s always stuff you wanna accomplish. We wanna tour for as long as we can, and whatever happens and comes our way, we’ll take it!

And finally, what advice would you give to emerging bands/artists out there?

Just go for it and don’t stop, even if it gets worse and hard. The music business is a hard one. Keep it up!

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‘SAIL ON SAILOR’, THE LATEST ALBUM FROM SLIMBOY, WILL BE RE-RELEASED ON AUGUST 10.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.