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ORBIT CULTURE

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ORBIT CULTURE (from l-r): Richard Hansson (guitar), Niklas Karlsson (vocals/guitar), Markus Bladh (drums), Fredrik Lennartson (bass).

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Hailing from a small town deep in southern Sweden, metal quartet Orbit Culture have been making quite an impact on the rock scene in their native homeland these last couple of years.

With a sound that is heavy but melodic and progressive at the same time, and lyrics dealing with themes of science, mythology and the struggles of humanity, they have attracted a devoted following in their part of the world.

Therefore, coupled with the success of their third album ‘Rasen’, released earlier this year, it surely can only be a matter of time before the four-piece’s popularity spreads across Scandinavia and on to British shores.

I chatted to frontman Niklas Karlsson about their past, present and future.

How did the band get together initially?

Originally, we started out as a small jam group with different people playing different instruments.

It was not until I started to record some demos on my computer that our old guitarist Maximilian and I decided to form a band.

We got two more guys on board, Christoffer and Markus, and that’s when we officially became a band.

How did the name Orbit Culture come about?

We used a band name generator online to come up with the name, so there’s not really a background or message behind it.

To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

If you like Swedish metal from the 90’s combined with a touch of modern metal, modern production and deep growling vocals, I really think you should check it out.

What are your musical influences?

Metallica, Behemoth, Meshuggah, Gojira, Lamb of God and so many more.

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

There never goes a day where we don’t think about creating or playing music in some way and that can both inspire you but also wear you out.

Where does the inspiration come from for your lyrics?

Lyrically, we’re very interested in the topic of anxiety and such and living with those sorts of things.

How is the experience of playing live?

The experience up till now has been good. Let’s hope it stays that way (laughs).

What have you got lined up in the near future?

A bunch of new songs that will be released as an EP and hopefully some live shows around Sweden.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We’ll be hopefully picked up on a steady touring schedule, along with releasing new music for people to enjoy.

CHECK OUT ORBIT CULTURE’S MUSIC ON SPOTIFY, SOUNDCLOUD AND AT: https://orbitculture.bandcamp.com/

MORE INFO AT:

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/orbitculture

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

 

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FERO LUX

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Fero Lux are a post-hardcore/mathcore four-piece from southern Florida.

Since their formation in 2010, they have toured all over the States, building up a loyal fan base with a thrashy sound coupled with politically charged lyrics, which has resulted in them being likened to bands such as Glassjaw and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

With their latest album ‘No Rest’ enjoying rave reviews, and also embarking on a tour of the American west coast with newly reformed mathcore legends The Number Twelve Looks Like You early next year, it was time to have a chat with them about all things Fero Lux.

How did the band get together?

I was lying on the grass on Sunday morning of last week, indulging in my self-defeat.

My mind was thugged, all laced and bugged, all twisted wrong and beat.

A comfortable three feet deep.

How did the name Fero Lux come about?

My friend said I could use it, and she took it from some occult type reference.

Spooky stuff!

How would you describe your sound?

Imagine a delicious vegan mac and cheese. Scary at first, but delicious when you get to know it.

What are the band’s musical influences?

Shitty Deepak Chopra quotes that inherently make no sense, and At The Drive-In, Coalesce, Botch, Glassjaw etc…

What is your approach to songwriting?

What will we enjoy playing live, and how we can express our feelings in a somewhat complex movement that eventually gives way to a raw, more simple bit of rage, doesn’t have to stay, doesn’t have to go, and a lot of arrangement is by feel.

Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?

Primarily, this terrible Earth, which is full of pieces of shit, and also trying to better ourselves by operating on compassion and evidence.

What’s your experience of playing live?

I’d like to think we are as genuine as can be. We’re not concerned with what anyone likes, but being as real and in the moment as possible.

I think it inspires people in a non-musical way, but that’s my opinion.

What has the band got lined up in the near future?

Man oh man oh man, if terries were to come up in here?

We have a new video for our song “Double Ghost” and we will be touring with the Number Twelve Looks Like You for their west coast run of the U.S.!!

What’s your long-term aim?

To wheeze the juice as much as possible, and tour forever.

CHECK OUT FERO LUX’S MUSIC AT: www.fero-lux.bandcamp.com AND VIDEOS AT: www.youtube.com/user/feroluxtube

MORE INFO AT:

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

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/fero_lux

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/ferolux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TARAH WHO?

 

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Tarah Who? are a rock outfit from California.

Led by French-American vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Tarah G. Carpenter, the band have a sound that is loud, energetic and raw, with grunge, indie and punk influences.

With their EP ‘Federal Circle of Shame’, released earlier this year, and live shows generating much acclaim, they have managed to build up a devoted following in the States.

Now, they hope their forthcoming album ‘Half Middle Child Syndrome’ will help them expand their fan base worldwide.

I spoke to them about their success so far, and what people can expect from their next offering.

How did the band get together?

TARAH G. CARPENTER (VOCALS/GUITAR): I met Paul through a friend and Matt had heard we were looking for a bass player.

PAUL COSTANZA (DRUMS): Hot dog eating contest.

MATT PELTCHER (BASS): They needed a bass player and I needed a band. The rest is history.

How did the name Tarah Who? come about?

TARAH: I am really bad in finding band names..

Obviously, Tarah Who? was the subject of an email I had sent to my band mates at the time, and we decided to keep that so that we could book shows and start playing gigs.

PAUL: People not being able to pronounce Tarah’s last name ( it’s Carpenter).

MATT: I heard it was something of an accident.

To somebody discovering your sound for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

PAUL: Angry, heavy, fast.

TARAH: Fun, energetic, raw.

MATT: Energetic and intense.

What would you say were your musical influences?

MATT: The band has pretty diverse influences which brings a lot to the table, but if I had to choose I’d say The Distillers play a big role in influence.

PAUL: All those shitty inspirational posts people put up on Instagram.

TARAH: Emotions. I get bored playing slow stuff. I don’t listen to much music. I try to stay away so I don’t get too influenced. When I don’t play, I enjoy silence.

What is the band’s approach towards songwriting?

TARAH: I write everything. I record demo tracks of the songs and I then introduce them to Paul and Matt.

Sometimes they learn the songs as they are, other times they propose different arrangements and we discuss them.

Where does the inspiration come from for your lyrics?

TARAH: Life. I am not a lyricist, I just write about how i feel. Emotions I usually keep inside, I let out on paper and scream them in concerts.

What’s the experience for the band playing live?

MATT: Our fans absolutely love our live shows. We try nothing less than to kick ass and have fun on stage.

TARAH: Live shows are the best, they are really fun. We love sharing our music and the audience’s response is always amazing.

We also love to see people enjoying our shows and letting go, dancing and screaming!

PAUL: The best part about being in this band is playing live. The crowd definitely enjoys and gets into it. Just a lot of positive energy.

What have you got lined up in the near future?

PAUL: We’re planning on buying a timeshare in Orlando. Matt insisted.

TARAH: Boys…

We are soon to release a new music video. Stay tuned for that one, as i know it is going to be a really cool one!

We are also currently working on our new album. It will come out in early 2017, and we will make sure you hear about it!

MATT: An album is in the works, then definitely gigs, and some other stuff that will be revealed soon. Check out our website tarahwho.com for details!

You mentioned that you have a new album out early next year. How has it been recording it?

TARAH: Our new album, called ‘Half Middle Child Syndrome’, will be twelve songs of really fun, energetic, punky rock, and is a continuation of our last EP ‘Federal Circle of Shame’.

I wrote all the songs about a year ago, and I have self-produced a very low quality demo of the album.

I usually listen to it a few times and make some arrangements on the bass, drums, guitars and re-structure the song.

Over the time, I introduce the songs to Matt and Paul and they either learn the songs as they are or come up with new ideas, and then we re-record a demo album until we are happy with the result and do not want to change anything.

Paul is currently in Boston, so we are sending each other tracks and work over the phone.

Matt and I see each other more often and pre-record together. It is fun to play with Matt, while I play the drums!

We are getting close to the final product. After the last demo album, we will practice the songs over and over again to be ready to record in the studio.

We are also very excited to work with very special people for this next album, soon to be revealed!

How was the reaction to ‘Federal Circle of Shame’, released earlier this year?

TARAH: It was pretty successful!

Our fans were happy, impressed and wanted more! I also found it to be our best recording experience so far, and we recorded the entire EP in just one day!

Our new album will be very similar.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

PAUL: What we’ve been doing the whole time, touring the world, inspire lots of people, and have a great time.

TARAH: Ditto, Paul.

MATT: Nothing but success. By the way, we’re not signed yet.

TARAH WHO’S NEW ALBUM ‘HALF MIDDLE CHILD SYNDROME’ WILL BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEIR EP ‘FEDERAL CIRCLE OF SHAME’ AT: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tarah-who/id933266830

THE VIDEO FOR ONE OF THE EP’S TRACKS, ‘BITCHCRAFT’, CAN BE VIEWED AT: https://youtu.be/tEijrptM2aU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENORMODOME

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ENORMODOME (from l-r): Mike Seitz (vocals/drums), Jeff Lusby-Breault (vocals/guitar).

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Enormodome are an alternative rock duo from the American state of Arizona.

With a sound that is energetic and loud, and has great guitar riffs at its core, the band are currently experiencing universal critical praise and a rapidly expanding following in their home country.

Now, having recently released a self-titled follow-up to their acclaimed debut ‘Big Boy Machines’, they want to achieve the same on this side of the Atlantic.

I had a chat with them about their new album, as well as their sound, lyrics and how they put their live sets together.

How did the band get together?

Our band came from the two of us looking for a way to have some fun playing music in the time off from our other projects.

It was born from us setting up in Jeff’s studio after a session wrapped early. We just started playing riffs really loud and hard. Quickly, we started putting melodies over them and we laid them down in his studio.

Before we knew it, our friends had heard these demos and were asking us to open some shows for them.

How did the name Enormodome come about?

The band name came from watching ‘This is Spinal Tap’.

There is a scene where the manager meets a bigger band in the lobby of a hotel (after Spinal Tap’s gig gets cancelled). He asks where they just played, and their manager says “I don’t know, the big one, the Enormodome or something”.

We laughed our asses off, and said to each other that that would be a great band name, and it stuck.

To somebody discovering your sound for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

Loud, fun, sweaty rock and roll with great guitar riffs and sing-able melodies.

What are your musical influences?

We grew up listening to mostly 90’s rock and grunge like Bush, Our Lady Peace, Weezer and the Foo Fighters. . .

Jeff has huge influences from the blues world, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix etc…, and Mikey has more of a pop and singer-songwriter streak.

Which is the band’s approach to songwriting?

We usually start with the groove and a riff. Like most things in our band, it has to be fun.

We write constantly and only the ideas that keep coming up stick around.  We then put melody over the top, and the lyrics come last.

What inspires your lyrics?

We typically draw from our own experiences, the heavy recurring themes are personal and professional relationships, social  and political issues.

Sometimes it is fun to write a character, but we find the best writing comes from things we believe or have lived through.

What is the experience for the band playing live?

We are a two-piece, but we have been called the “Loudest Band in the World”.

Guinness officially stopped keeping track of that sort of thing to protect people’s ears, but we are just going to keep saying it…

We have some production tricks up our sleeve that make us sound really big and full, and people often comment that we sound bigger than just two people on stage.

There is always plenty of energy, sweat, jumping around and the occasional dash of self-deprecating humour.

We take our music and our performance very seriously, while not taking ourselves too seriously.

What have you got lined up in the near future?

We are planning to play as many dates as we possibly can in 2017.

We are working on booking support slots for A and B national bands in the States, and we always have our eyes out for opportunities to tour Europe.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We would love to break into the European music scene, as we feel our music and style of performance would be so well received overseas.

We will continue to pour our passion into our music and performances in the hope that we can share it with as many people as possible.

It is music that connects us all.

ENORMODOME’S SELF-TITLED SECOND ALBUM IS AVAILABLE NOW FROM THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.enormodome.net/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GURUS

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THE GURUS (from l-r): Jonny Gosling (bass), Jamie Ball (guitar), Jack Stubbs (drums), Jimmy Hackley (vocals/guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

2016 has been quite a year for fledging Stoke-on-Trent indie/alternative rock band The Gurus.

They have enjoyed a rapid ascent, building a solid and loyal following with a diversely influenced sound that is a combination of catchy guitar riffs and well-crafted lyrics.

Also, the four-piece have been playing gigs all over the UK, supporting acts such as Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott and Bez from The Happy Mondays.

With their eagerly anticipated debut single and EP both being released in the next month, I chatted with them to gain some more insight into this, and how they work.

How did the band get together initially?

Me and Jack started the band in his conservatory and started playing, then Jamie joined us at a later date after a drunken conversation between him and myself, and then Jonny joined later because he worked with me.

How did the name The Gurus come about?

We spent months pondering various names. Some were longer and more creative and some were just a bit shit. But our first gig was approaching and I just pitched The Gurus, and we were so bored of deciding on names we just thought “fuck it”, we’ll go with that.

How would you describe your sound?

We’ve been compared to a lot of indie rock bands, so I suppose we’re indie. We’ve had lots of influence from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, The Fratellis.

We just want our music to put you in a mood to go out and have a beer kind of thing.

Your debut single ‘Revel’ comes out on December 2nd. How has recording it been?

It was sound. We recorded at Field Street Studios in Leek with Paul Yarrow. We also recorded all the EP at the same time, so we had a good week of recording.

What can we expect from both the single and the EP then?

Good lyrics, catchy riffs and songs that’ll make you want to sink a few pints and then head out for the evening.

What will be calling the EP? And when are you thinking of releasing it?

We’re calling the EP ‘A Good Idea, At The Time’ and that will be out on the 19th December. ‘Revel’ will be available to view on YouTube on November 28th, and we’re headlining The Sugarmill in Hanley on December 23rd to celebrate.

What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?

Just what happens to us on nights out. Mostly things that happen on a night out that I’ll laugh at a few days later or something.

What is your experience of playing live and touring?

We have played shows up and down the country and have supported acts like Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott and The Sherlocks.

Our favourite live venue to play is definitely The Sugarmill, as we feel it is a homecoming show for us and everyone is up for it there.

What was it like playing with acts like Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott and The Sherlocks?

Quality. Paul and Jacqui was a very different experience to The Sherlocks as you can imagine, but all brought good experience regardless.

Paul was very helpful in giving us advice and took a lot of time to speak to us about the music which we really appreciated.

You’re all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?

Well, at about the same time as we started gigging, about seven other bands started as well, which created a real hubbub, and lots of people were attending lots of gigs.

It has since died down a bit, but there is some top class acts in Stoke, and some not so good acts, like any place I suppose.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Like any band that starts gigging, we want to be massive.

We want to have people come to our gigs and buy our music, and we also want to play at the biggest venues with the biggest acts.

THE GURUS’ DEBUT SINGLE ‘REVEL’ WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 2ND (AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE FROM NOVEMBER 28TH), AND THEIR DEBUT EP ‘A GOOD IDEA, AT THE TIME’ WILL BE RELEASED ON DECEMBER 19TH.

ALSO, THE BAND WILL BE HEADLINING THE SUGARMILL IN HANLEY ON DECEMBER 23RD.

FOR MORE INFO, GO TO THE GURUS’ OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://thegurusband.com/ OR CHECK OUT THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AT:

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thegurusuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAVING EDEN

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Leaving Eden, an experimental rock outfit from the American city of Boston, have made quite a significant impact on both sides of the Atlantic these last couple of years.

They have gained a substantial following with an eclectically influenced sound and live sets that have to be seen to be believed, supporting a who’s-who of rock and metal, including Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Avenged Sevenfold and many more.

Also, their latest album ‘Pinnacle’ has so far been met with universal acclaim.

I chatted to guitarist Eric Gynan about all things Leaving Eden.

How did the band get together?

I was looking for a female vocalist, ran into Eve, Johnny on bass came referred, and he brought in Ryan on the drums.

Quite simple really.

How did the name Leaving Eden come about?

Looking at the planet as Eden, it would be nice to visit somewhere else, thus Leaving Eden…

To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?

An eclectic mix of genres from rock, heavy rock, to metal with some acoustic peppered in.

What are your musical influences?

So many, but we like Black Sabbath, Suicidal Tendencies, KISS, Janis Joplin, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed…

What is the band’s approach to songwriting?

As crazy as it sounds, I utilize meditative techniques, closing my eyes, head down, arms in the air using my fingers as a connection to the universe. It’s all out there, just got to listen.

Once the ideas are in place, then the guys and gal, Johnny on bass, Ryan on drums and Eve on vocals add their unique swing, and press, there’s an album!

What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?

Leaving Eden’s lyrics are the forefront of what the band has to say, therefore, they are primarily based on real life experiences, furthermore having to do with the struggles between good and evil.

What is the experience for the band playing live?

Great question! Leaving Eden is best seen/heard live. Fronted by Eve, she connects to the crowd in a way that is purely universal.

A shared energy combined with some tribal nuances brings Leaving Eden and the crowd closer together, each participating in the experience.

What have you got lined up in the near future?

Touring the USA, Canada and Europe baby! Also recording as usual.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

Touring the world over and over again!!! Also as a voting member for the Grammys, we’ve been submitted to many categories so we got our fingers crossed on that!

Your album ‘Pinnacle’, released through Rock Avenue Records USA, came out earlier this year. How has the reaction been to it?

It has been Garrrreat!!! An overwhelming response worldwide.

Check out all our links and we certainly hope ta see y’all when we come through your area!!! This has been a pleasure and Peace!!!

LEAVING EDEN’S LATEST ALBUM ‘PINNACLE’ IS AVAILABLE NOW.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE THEIR LATEST VIDEO ‘MANIAC’ AT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9xbL98czLM

CHECK OUT THE BAND ON THEIR OFFICIAL WEBSITE http://www.leavingeden.com/ AND ALL OF THESE OTHER SITES:

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Leavingeden

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leaving-eden-39320010

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

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

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/leavingeden

REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/leavingedenmusic

MYSPACE: https://myspace.com/leavingedenband

BANDSINTOWN: http://www.bandsintown.com/LeavingEden

FILTH

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FILTH (from l-r): Lewis Fernyhough (guitar), Jack Melvin (bass/synth), Joe Van Marle (vocals), Adam Heath (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Filth, an emerging four-piece from Stoke-on-Trent, only formed last year, but have already make a mark on their local music scene, impressing with a sound that is a blend of psychedelia with heavy rock.

Guitarist Lewis Fernyhough chatted to us about their journey up to now, and what’s on the horizon next for them.

How did the band get together initially?

Well, me, Jack and Joe originally started as a three-piece about a year ago, and then in June we roped in Adam on the drums.

How did the name Filth come about?

It just came about in a maths lesson one day and it’s stuck ever since.

How would you describe your sound?

Well we’d say hard rock with a psychedelic edge and Joe says ‘Fucking loud’.

Which bands/artists influence you?

Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kasabian, it gets quite varied to be honest, but each of us has sort of their own influence.

Is there a message you are trying to get across via your music at all?

We don’t really have a message, we’re just four lads playing rock and roll.

You’re all from Stoke-on-Trent. What is your opinion of the music scene there currently?

To be honest, it’s good in some aspects but in other ways it’s absolutely shit.

No bugger comes out to see bands, and not enough money is being put into the music scene.

Also, a lot of bands aren’t really that great and it does kind of put a negative view on it and people judge the whole music scene just from a small view.

Stoke is overlooked too much as a great honeypot for talented musicians who put the graft in.

It’s a shame really, but not much can be done about it.

How is it for the band playing live?

It’s mint yeah, we love it, turn up to a gig, get pissed, play for half an hour, get paid £20 each, winner!

Anything coming up in the near future at all? (EP, album etc…)

Yeah, we have an self-titled EP coming out, but that won’t be until quite far into next year.

What can we expect from the EP?

To be honest, we haven’t done a lot with it so far, we only have the title song at the moment.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We don’t have one to be honest, at the moment, we’re just happy to go out and play gigs.