-Interview- Offpeak (7/28/15)

Esh Winning, UK indie rock band Offpeak gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the UK music scene and much more. Read more below.

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From: Esh Winning, UK
Sounds like: Indie Rock



1. How did you guys get your start in music. How did you come up with the name "Offpeak” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well it started off as a joke in 2013 when I (Jamie - Vocals) and my brother (Robbie - Guitarist) were having a laugh on the karaoke machine one Christmas. We enjoyed it and continued to make it happen. One of our friends sent us a video of them playing the drums through the Xbox (on band hero) and was really good so one day we decided to go down local rehearsal studios in County Durham UK and practise. At the studios you had to register your band and we didn’t have a name but we were practising at an ‘Offpeak’ time so we decided that would be the name. Robbie had a few songs he had written in the house and we decided to learn those. We practised religiously and in December 2013 we played our first local gig. In early 2014 after the gig, a childhood friend (Kier-Bass) joined and completed us as a 4 piece band. We then played several gigs throughout the UK and recorded a few demos. Late September 2014 (David – Drummer) left the band to concentrate on his career. He was replaced by (Jackson) who couldn’t off been a better replacement, we recorded a few more demos and a few local gigs. Early 2015 we recorded our debut single ‘Feelings Stay The Same’, which was released in July 2015 alongside our first music video.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We would like to think that listeners could use our music to help them in their circumstances. Because there is a story behind all of our songs.


3. What can people expect from your live show?

A LOT of energy, fast riffs and pure rock and roll.


4. How has the response been to the "Feelings Stay The Same" single? What's your favourite track to play live?

We have had nothing but fantastic feedback from our first single, and it is definitely our favourite song to play live as people cannot retain their dancing for this.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Slaves UK, Royal Blood and Foo Fighters, would be an amazing experience.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Yeah, but I think you need to be there to witness them.


7. What’s your take on the current state of indie rock?

I think at the moment this genre of the music industry is quite weak, as it is predominately very repetitive throughout the artists, where as we have a very unique sound.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

Locally it is not very good as there is limited good music venues, but the further you go south the music scene gets better.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I Think it is unfair as its hard to make money in the music industry when you are unheard.


10. What’s next for Offpeak?

Well we have recently recorded an E.P which we are going to release, hopefully get a Booking agent, and gig as much as we possibly can!

-Interview- Life As Lions (7/27/15)

Los Angeles, CA rock band Life As Lions gets interviewed and talks about crazy show stories, the rock music scene and much more. Read more below.

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www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound?

We all grew up loving rock and roll. We were the kids that picked up an instrument and started running with it, getting in to bands at an early age. We all started playing shows in High School bands or earlier and just never stopped. The sound we have developed has come from all of our backgrounds, previous bands and all of our different taste in music. It all revolves around the central theme of loving rock and roll and that’s really what keeps us motivated.


2. Who thought of the name “Life As Lions” and is there any meaning behind it?

The name Life as Lions came up organically. We were brainstorming names and fell in love with the idea of Life as _____. We decided on Lions because we loved what that represented at the time, but as we’ve grown as a band over the years, it has taken on a truly new meaning. You see a National Geographic depiction of a mature adult lion, with scars on his face and noticeable battle wounds on his body, you realize a lion has to fight for everything it ever wanted and is truly a symbolic creature of determination and pride. It’s a good name to try to live up to.


3. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We want listeners to love rock and roll as much as we do. We titled our 3rd EP “Rock is Back” because we kept hearing from people that ‘rock is dead’ or ‘rock and roll died years ago’. We certainly didn’t think so. We were like, ‘screw that, let’s make people love rock and roll again’, and that’s our goal. We hope to write those songs that inspire people to hang up their glow sticks and neon tank-tops and throw up their horns. \nn/


4. What can you tell us about new music? How will it be different than the material on the "Rock Is Back" EP?

Rock is Back was music we wrote after moving to Los Angeles from Texas. It was a lot more aggressive than anything we had written up until that point. Maybe traffic had something to do with it, we can’t say for certain. However, this next round of music is a mix of some of the writing styles we did in Texas and that aggressive Los Angeles writing that we’ve done lately. We have a lot of material we are working on and we are loving where it is headed.


5. What can people expect from your live show?

You can expect a high energy, polished show with a tight and cohesive sound.


6. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Just 3? Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Andrew WK. We can start there.


7. Any crazy show stories?

Shows are always crazy. We will play anywhere, which sometimes can be hilarious. You could be rolling up to a House of Blues, or you could be outside in the van drinking Whiskey-Monsters and realize you are loading in to a church youth-group theater. Or better yet, you could be showing up to do an ‘in-store’ show at a skate shop and be playing to tax-exempt weekend shoppers who want no part of you. Though those kinds of shows have the potential to become a disaster, they can easily turn out to be the most fun. A while back we got asked to play a house party. We were stoked to play because we LOVE house parties. So we load up and drive like 2 hours away to this house. We get there and call the guy that asked us to play; No answer. The house is dark, looks like no one is home. We remember there was a Facebook event created, so we try reaching out on Facebook. No go. The event had been removed. We are sitting in our van with all of our gear ready to play this house party, but it turns out the kid got grounded for throwing a party at his parents house the night before, had removed the facebook event and failed to call us. We found this out about an hour later as we were driving back. We were so bummed that we didn’t get to play that we made a call, got placed on a bill as a fill-in for a band that couldn’t play that night at a venue in Houston. We invited all the kids that were supposed to come to that house party and raged. It was a really fun show by accident.


8. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

On a large scale, rock doesn’t seem to have much of a mainstream outlet. You don’t see much rock and roll showing up in local scenes these days either. There is obviously a lot of EDM and Hip Hop out there. There are a lot of sub-pop and shoe gazer bands out there too, especially in the LA market. But it doesn’t seem like there is a huge demand for Rock and Roll. You don’t see a lot of leaders for the genre, except for the Dave Grohls of the world. I think in an over-all sense, people are having a hard time identifying with the genre these days. It’d be cool if someone came out and was like, “ok… this is what rock and roll is now”, but that is really an un-rock and roll thing to do.


9. What’s the current music scene like there in California both locally and state wide?

That’s simple. As long as you are paying, you’ll have no problem playing.


10. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Well, we have a habit of giving out our music for free, so the real question isn’t about illegal downloading, it’s more about how we feel about the state of digital content distribution.
We want our music to be accessible to as many people as possible without annoying limitations. If people want to pay outright for a download- awesome. If they just want to stream and listen on a non-committal basis- awesome. We are just glad you liked the music. Maybe, hopefully you shared that link with a friend.
There is so much digital content out there these days that it is very easy to be overlooked. A lot of sites offer ‘unsigned’ sections that help grow locally, or up and coming artists, which is cool. I think the hardest thing is that, since there are so many artists viding for your attention, it takes a lot to stand out. More so than ever before, which makes bands do some outrageous things just to get your attention.


11. What’s next for Life As Lions?

We are in the process of writing our 4th EP. Lots of new material is on its way. We look to be coming to a town near you very soon.

Oppressed Affliction Release "Bloodthirsty" Single

Chicago, IL hard rock/metal band Oppressed Affliction recently released their "Bloodthirsty" single. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/oppressedaffliction
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Hard Rock/Metal




More Than Most Release "Impossible Is Temporary" EP

London, UK electro/rock band More Than Most recently released their "Impossible Is Temporary" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/morethanmostofficial
From: London, UK
Sounds like: Electro/Rock




Red Light Compliance Release "Dead Youth" Album

Chicago, IL punk band Red Light Compliance recently released their "Dead Youth" album. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/redlightcompliance
From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Punk Rock




Life As Lions Release "Life Is Back" EP

Los Angeles, CA rock band Life As Lions recently released their "Rock Is Back" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/lifeaslions
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like: Rock




Letters To A Friend Release "Void" Single

Seminole, OK metalcore band Letters To A Friend recently released their "Void" single. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/LTAFofficial
From: Seminole, OK
Sounds like: Metalcore




Offpeak Release "Feelings Stay The Same" Music Video

Esh Winning, UK indie rock band Offpeak recently released their "Feelings Stay The Same" music video. Watch below.

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www.facebook.com/pages/Offpeak/480790625369715
From: Esh Winning, UK
Sounds like: Indie Rock




-Interview- Cater To The Kids (7/23/15)

Portland, OR indie rock band Cater To The Kids (ex In Retrospect) gets interviewed and talks about their start in music, the indie rock scene and upcoming plans. Read more about them below.

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www.facebook.com/cttkband
From: Portland, OR
Sounds like: Indie Rock

Photo credit: Aiden Evelyn (http://www.aidanevelynphotography.com)

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Cater to the Kids” and is there any meaning behind it?

I started playing guitar when I was 13 after playing Guitar Hero 3 embarrassingly enough. Over the years I picked up drums and bass and in high school I was in the schools choir to learn how to sing. We won 3rd place in state competition in 2013. As for the name: I was hanging out with my friend and talking about this dream band I was thinking about and how I would cater the the kids to the music but in my usual fashion I butchered my words and "cater to the kids" tumbled out of my mouth to which my friend said "hey that's not a bad name" and it stuck, so thanks Spencer!


2. What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?

Personally, I just want the people listening to forget their worries and just have fun. I try to achieve a sense of enjoyment and fun at all times when writing.


3. How is the new music coming along? Any word on a release date?

I am working on a 15 song album in a bedroom studio, hopefully shouldn't be more than 2 months and I'm very excited to share it!


4. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect a lively band with loud music. Shows are meant to be fun for not only the people listening but for us as well.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

I'd love to play with Portugal. The Man, Grouplove and My Morning Jacket.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Not yet but I'm hoping to have plenty very soon.


7. What’s your take on the current state of indie rock?

I think Indie Rock is in a really weird place to be in right now. The genre is constantly shifting between thousands of sounds and single bands can shift between those and usually do. This level of diversity is healthy and creates a very artistic environment for us to write in.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Oregon both locally and state wide?

I honestly think Portland is the next big music scene. We obviously have guys like The Decemberists and Portugal. The Man here but we have Blue Ember and thousands of good metalish bands that all work very hard. But for every good band there are more that are bad. We've played with bands that have shown up stoned out of their minds and were throwing ramen into the crowd and peeing on people's cars. Bands like them give us a bad name.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

While I'm not for pirating I'm not against it. It's a good way for people with no money to experience and share your music. If someone loves your band they will buy merch and records after having the pirated version.


10. What’s next for Cater to the Kids?

Next step for CTTK is finding permanent members haha, also getting the basics out of the way like finalizing the shape of the album and the singular songs. I'm already reaching out to local artists and their two cents. But most of the next things are still first things.


11. Any shoutouts?

Spencer as mentioned above (but for right now I have no bridges built so it's probably good to not burn them by shouting out some person and not another).

-Review- Bring Backup - "Shell Stories" EP

El Reno, OK based pop/punk band Bring Backup gets their "Shell Stories" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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www.facebook.com/bringbackuprock
From: El Reno, OK
Sounds like: Pop/Punk


Pop/punk has had a bit of a resurgence lately. Bring Backup is setting up to carry the pop/punk flag with their debut EP "Shell Stories". "Dropout's Rhetoric" kicks things off with a New Found Glory type track. The track is upbeat and hits all the right notes. "Party In '83" is absolute gold. The catchy, crunchy, melodic sound on the track is perfect for all pop/punk lovers. "Past Times And Lifelines" is a single and perfectly understandable why. The song is catchy and really strikes the right chord. It's a radio friendly track that the listener will fall in love with. The breakdown and guitar solo on the track really make it shine. "Road Trip" keeps things rocking and pulls out all the stops for a classic summer pop/punk track. The track channels some of the sweet sounds of the genres humble beginnings. "Don't Be Sorry, Be Better" closes out the EP in stunning detail. The track is gleaming with catchy pop/punk and will make the listener salivate for much more. There's such a tremendous amount of awesome pop/punk within the five tracks on the EP, you'd be heartbroken that the EP stops when it does.

Verdict:
If you dig pop/punk, do yourself a favor and check out Bring Backup. This EP is five tracks of pop/punk fun that you can rarely find on a debut EP.

The Skyway Release "Judgement Night" Single

Houma, Louisiana progressive/emo rock band The Skyway recently released their "Judgement Night" single. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/theskywayband
From: Houma, LA
Sounds like: Progressive/Emo Rock




From The Wolves Release "A Cold Embrace" EP

Calgary, Alberta, Canada based metalcore band From The Wolves recently released their "A Cold Embrace" EP. Listen below.

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From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sounds like: Metalcore



-Interview- Beauty In The Darkness (7/15/15)

Las Vegas, NV metal band Beauty In The Darkness gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the Nevada music scene and upcoming plans. Read more about them below.

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Sounds like: Metal



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Beauty In The Darkness” and is there any meaning behind it?

Well...basically the band started out in high school except for Ariana we met her through Facebook and auditioned her at Samash. We've been a band since October of 2012 and have been going strong since. One sound is a little awkward I would say... We basically aren't the same musically and combine it to make the kind of music you've heard on our new EP Lost for Words. We just want to stand out as much as possible to our fans and to pan to different music listeners and there taste. For your next question the name Beauty in the Darkness was thought up by Zero it was meant to describe the music for example we may play with melody and always try to find something to catch your ear but we also like showing our heavier side of music but not afraid to explore our musical horizons. Hence the name Beauty in the Darkness.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

We want our listeners to take away the hidden meanings implanted into our songs. We want our songs to stand out and have things that you have to play over and over to hear making it feel like your listening to a new song but you can still sing the lyrics.


3. How has the response been thus far to the "Lost For Words" EP? What's your favorite tracks to play live off of it?

The response to our new EP Lost for Words has been way better than expected. Obviously we've put a lot of hard work, sweat, money, and time into it but the responses have been far more exciting than we could've imagined! From fans asking for autographs, to bands from foreign countries wanting to play with us, and getting discovered by this record label From the Depths Entertainment has been really awesome! And for your question on live shows our songs perfect tragedy and deadly whispers are always fun to play the get the crowd going and wanting to join along with us, but we love playing all of our songs haha.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Pillow pits, moshing, dancing, and so on its all there we have it all there's no certain way to feel out music but all of our songs have a different vibe and make our live shows always fun to experience.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

If we could tour with anyone it would have to be Foo Fighters, our friends from Irie, and The Gazette but I'm not sure if the whole band would agree haha!


6. Any crazy show stories?

I mean there is no single crazy show story we've gone from playing in dresses, playing with the drums backwards, bleeding on our instruments, and dancing with the crowd we always do something fun and unexpected!


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

Our thoughts is it just music a lot of it might get repeated but there are a lot of good ones as well if you just take a chance to listen.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Nevada both locally and state wide?

It's not like any other music scene even though we may have venues that open and close left and right there are a lot of opportunities in Vegas. We have promoters like Jew King, Pulsar, and Josh Figg who keep the music scene alive. We have things like Envy Showcase, House Of Blues, Hard Rock, and tons of other things going on. We also have the underground punk scene with venues including Hellpop and house shows happening frequently. And of course Eagle Aerie Hall, that venue has been around since forever. It's a pretty cool and interesting music scene if you keep up with the bands and their shows!


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

As long as you enjoy the music enough to either steal it or buy it a fan is a fan no matter what and however you can get music get it, but we do suggest buying it to help your bands continue to grow and continue making music.


10. What’s next for Beauty In The Darkness?

A new album, new music, touring, releasing our music worldwide, and getting more of a deeper fan base.


11. Any shoutouts?

We'd like to thank all that have supported us so far that includes family, friends, our studio producers who helped us get our EP done, and of course all our fans who stay with us and keep us alive! Oh yea and of course........ Our Mothers.

-Review- One Day Waiting - "The Key" EP

Hudson Valley, NY based rock/metal band One Day Waiting gets their "The Key" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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www.facebook.com/onedaywaiting
From: Hudson Valley, NY
Sounds like: Rock/Metal



One Day Waiting has just released their EP and they're not messing around. "The Key" starts things off with the title track. The track is a slow build intro track that gives way to Breaking Benjamin/A Perfect Circle type instrumentation which leads into the second track. "Fear Itself" is the latest single from the band. They recently released a music video for the track and it's a track that really elevates the EP. The track is hard rock heaven. It's no wonder why the track is a single, it's THAT good. "Deadly Voices" turns things up. The track is fast and furious. The bass and drums mixed with the melody make this a stand out track. The dash of metal fits perfectly and draws comparisons to the top tier of early nu metal. The breakdown in the track is fit to destroy the pit. It's ferocious. "Break Free" takes things a different direction and brings things into a bit more of a southern metal vibe. There's tons of melody mixed with heaviness. It's a standout track for sure. The guitar solo in the track adds depth and is outstanding. "Rise" opens with acoustic clean singing which then opens up to a wall of hard rock sound that will engulf the listener. The track is the most radio friendly track on the EP with its continuous melody and more hard rock influence. That's not to say that things don't get heavy, because later in the track, it gets nuclear heavy. "Reflections" attacks right away with awesome instrumentation which then transitions into a melodic hard rock chorus. The crunchy vibes on the track has depth with solid guitar riffs and everything just works naturally. "Worse Than Death" along with the entire EP are an absolute juggernaut. The track closes out the EP with a signature One Day Waiting sound. Heavy, melodic, catchy and upper echelon of listening enjoyment.

Verdict:
One Day Waiting is hard rock infused with a dash of metal. Their unique sound is top notch and really separates themselves from the rest of the pack. Don't hesitate if you're a fan of the genre, don't wait one more day. One Day Waiting is a treat waiting for you to enjoy.

One Day Waiting Release "The Key" EP

Hudson Valley, NY based rock/metal band One Day Waiting recently released their "The Key" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/onedaywaiting
From: Hudson Valley, NY
Sounds like: Rock/Metal



Low Battery Release "9 Weeks" EP

Washington, DC rock band Low Battery recently released their "9 Weeks" EP. Listen below.

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www.facebook.com/lowbatterymusic
From: Washington, DC
Sounds like: Rock




-Review- Beauty In The Darkness - "Lost For Words" EP

Las Vegas, NV metal band Beauty In The Darkness gets their "Lost For Words" EP review. Check out our take below.

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Sounds like: Metal



This is the debut EP from Beauty In The Darkness. What is contained within is something that shouldn't be missed. "Fire" opens up the EP with a shot of punk rock. The track is fast and features great guitar work. The female vocals really keep the track on a upbeat pace. It's a solid opening track. "Hollow Smile" opens with an almost System Of A Down opening riff and then heads into a fast metal transition. This track will surely get the circle pit opened up at a live show. The chorus is highly melodic and really makes the track shine that much brighter. The male vocals along with stellar guitar work once again make this track a highly enjoyable track. "Deadly Whispers" brings a metal influence to the forefront. It's a very brutal and fast track that will keep the heads banging and the moshers moshing for over seven minutes. "Perfect Tragedy" kicks things back to the punk vibe. The track really is exceptional as it truly showcases the potential that the band can pull off. From funky bass lines to fast guitars, to the melodic vocals and drums that can shift gears in an instant, this track has it all. "Fading Away" closes things up with a slower more melodic metal sound. The track really stand out as a great closer as the female vocals really are something to hear and the track is a roller coaster of emotion. It's a highly emotional end to a great debut EP.

Verdict:
Beauty In The Darkness brings five tracks clocking in at almost a half an hour. There's a lot to like on this debut EP. Punk, metal, and alternative rock gets created in a melting pot of a unique style that only Beauty In The Darkness can conjure up. It'd be a sin to not to listen to this band from Sin City (Las Vegas, NV). Check out Beauty In The Darkness as fast as you can.

Beauty In The Darkness Release "Lost For Words" EP

Las Vegas, NV metal band Beauty In The Darkness recently released their "Lost For Words" EP. Listen/purchase below.

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Sounds like: Metal




-Interview- Recruits (7/9/15)

Scunthorpe, UK rock band Recruits gets interviewed and talks about their very first tour, using Bring The Horizon's snare from the "Sempiternal" sessions and their upcoming plans. Read more below.

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www.facebook.com/recruitsUK
From: Scunthorpe, UK
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Recruits” and is there any meaning behind it?

The band originally formed in late 2014 without a singer, it formed from a couple members of an older band, including Ben; gathering new members Eddie and ex-bassist Keiran. We learnt covers and eventually got our singer Steve Smith. We kept practicing and then recorded our first single 'Right Words' in May 2015. We decided things weren't working with our drummer so we got rid of him and replaced him with Jonno. From then on things went uphill and we started gigging in July. In November last year our bassist left us and he was replaced by Steve Heather. Our sound has always seemed to come to us naturally from the variety of music that influences us all. We always write what we want to write and let it develop naturally, so we can't say how. There is no meaning for the name "Recruits" really, we literally listed some band names we liked the sound of and picked that - haha.


2. You guys just got back from being on tour. How did it go?

For our first tour it went very well, probably better than we expected. It was a good opportunity for us to get closer and spend time together as a band. It surprised us to see fans that we didn't know we had at some venues and even more surprised by the amount of fans we made and people we met. The downside was half of us fell ill which meant we had to drop out of the Manchester gig and go home early.


3. How has the response been thus far to the "We Are Recruits" EP? What do you want listeners to take away from it?

We haven't had chance as of yet to push the EP as much as we'd like, however the response we have got has been very humbling for us. We haven't really had a bad word mentioned about it or a negative review yet, everyone seems to appreciate the songs and the effort we put into them. Everyone will take different things away from the EP, but generally we want people to listen to the lyrics and be able to relate to them, we want them to enjoy the music, we want people to at least appreciate what we do, and if we make it onto their iTunes library and make a fan out of them then that's a bonus.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

In terms of our live performance, we are a very honest band. Each song has a different emotion and this reflects in our stage presence; some songs we just play and feel the music and hope the audience do the same, some songs are 'bouncy' and have us all over stage going crazy. We're not the type of band to jump around a stage for 35 minutes pretending to have a good time when our lyrics reflect a serious story. Regardless we always put 100% into our shows, we've recently introduced backing tracks and backing vocals into our set and now we're working on some cool visuals to add to make things more interesting. I think you'll also find that if you listen to our EP and then come see us live, we sound a bit more 'raw' and 'Rocky'.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Without a doubt; Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and 30 Seconds to Mars.


6. Any crazy show stories?

There's one crazy story for us which may not seem crazy to anyone else, haha. We had a show in Sheffield one night, and we were meant to be bringing the back line. Our drummer turned up without a snare and we were the only band with a drum kit. We searched all around Sheffield, ringing up people we knew, looking in pubs, trying to contact bands and eventually we got in touch with Phil from Steel City Studios to see if we could borrow one. He was in Australia at the time touring with All Time Low and he messaged us saying we could go to the studio and get a snare from the engineer who was in there. We were so relieved we got one and the journey to Sheffield wasn't wasted. To make things better still Jonno came back with the snare and a smug grin on his face; turns out the engineer gave him one of the snares Bring Me the Horizon used on the recording of "Sempiternal" - we was so chuffed! Went from being the biggest nightmare to "oh my god, we are using the snare BMTH have used to record one of the biggest Rock records to come out in years"!


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Personally, we think its great. Modern Rock bands are really stepping it up a notch, some bands even going on to play Arena sized venues such as Wembley Stadium. The best coming out of the UK right now have to be Bring me the Horizon, Lower than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, You me at Six and Mallory Knox. Even Enter Shikari are going on their first Arena Tour. People may have fallen out of love with these types of bands because their sound isn't as heavy as it was 7 years ago, but they have all developed their sounds into something amazing and unique. These bands have collectively helped to get Rock back onto mainstream radio which is helping to get it more popular again which is great. People may disagree, but its true that all music and genres naturally develop. Today Rock is a new genre, completely different to what it was 20 years ago, and people need to accept this. If you want heavy music then listen to it, but don't stop music from evolving. Its exciting listening to these bands and not knowing what to expect from their next releases!


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the UK both locally and country wide?

The music scene in the UK isn't as big as it was in 20/30 years ago, which relates to the question above. People in the UK don't want live music as much any more, the majority of people want what's on the radio, they will pay £300 to see a load of Pop artists sing over a backing track at a festival, but wont pay £3 to see a talented band at their local pub. It's sad, but rock is slowly making its way back out there again. This also applies to our local scene, and there's too many bands trying to copy what has already been and gone, bands like oasis and the stone roses. Not many bands are taking risks and trying to develop a new sound which is a shame. Thankfully, in our small town there are a lot of amazing promoters and people that stand out to really make Scunthorpe the best place it can be for music. People in our area work very hard to put on great events and bring some big acts to the town, which in turn gives Scunthorpe a better reputation - we respect them a lot.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It's tricky, for now it's not an issue for us, we lose money from the band anyway, if people want to steal our music then we find it cool that its more people listening to the band. It gets to a certain point though when you are with a label and you need to bring the funds in and the band will eventually become the job which brings food to your table. I guess at this point it is very irritating for bands, but the harsh fact is it can't really be avoided, people always work their way around illegally downloading your music and always will. I guess you just have to trust your truest fans to buy your CDs and merchandise.


10. What’s next for Recruits?

The exciting thing is we don't even know! We have just signed to DMF Digital and teamed up with From the Depths Entertainment which is opening a lot of doors for us. We will be using these guys to help us with our re-branding and our next release. We have been demoing songs for another EP so we hope to have started work and be well on with the process by the end of the year. We've got a few shows on here and there too so I guess we're just taking it steady until we have something planned out! Our label are taking our songs to LA in the next couple of weeks to pitch them to get used for television which is very exciting, that could help us out a lot in terms of exposure and funds.


11. Any shoutouts?

Shout out to Phil from Steel City, Mike at FTDE for being awesome to work with, and the guys at DMF Digital for the friendly welcoming to the label!

-Review- Kraill - "More Than What You Know" EP

Perth, Australia rock band Kraill get their "More Than What You Know" EP reviewed. Read our take below.

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From: Perth, Australia
Sounds like: Rock



While Australia may have received recognition lately for its metalcore and pop punk scene, there's a more traditional rock heartbeat within the country that will never stop beating. A band that wants to continue the tradition while making their own path in the rock scene is Kraill. "Kid." starts their debut EP off with a very melancholy grunge sound. The track oozes a grunge vibe as the female vocals clash with the male vocals to mesh perfectly with the excellent instrumentation. "Broken Fairytale" is an upbeat track that really kicks the tempo up a notch. The crunchy guitars mixed with the high energy really makes the track shine throughout. The guitar solo is phenomenal on the track as well. "Your Girlfriend's A Bitch" is a radio friendly track that should be a single. This track is something special. There's a ton of layers within its four minute span and should be hear right away. "Anti Man" closes things up with a track that seems to rely on the opening track on the EP for inspiration. The track wraps things up with a nice bow on top for the EP. The female lead vocals and overall production throughout the EP are top notch.

Verdict:
Kraill's debut EP is a rarity. Not many other debut EP's have come in and kick in the doors of the scene. The only drawback on the EP is that it's only four songs. We can't wait to hear more music from this exciting rock band from Perth. Keep your eyes and ears peeled on Kraill - your next favorite rock band.