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Save The Clock Tower: Post Hardcore from Tasmania

Photo Credit: Haydn Robertson

Photo Credit: Haydn Robertson

Raging out of the remote country of Tasmania, it is only matter of time until Save The Clock Tower takes the entire world by storm.  Their debut full length Wasteland has been unleashed through Bullet Tooth Records here in the States – an absolutely colossal selection of exhilarating tunes that will garner the collective a good deal of notice.  We recently interviewed front man Luke Vaessen to find out more about this band on the rise and their fantastic new album.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Save The Clock Tower, and how long the band has been together?
Hi, my name’s Luke and I sing! We have been around for a little over 4 years now.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We come from Tasmania, which is located just off the southern tip of Australia. The scene has its ups and downs in regards to original music, but at the moment it is having a nice little upswing! There are a few bands who are starting to step up and are worthy of checking out: Interview With An Escape Artist, Zeolite & Luca Brasi.

How did you wind up being signed to Bullet Tooth?
It was a pretty long winded process, but as far as I know, we were actually found on the ‘Sign Me To Roadrunner’ website by an A&R guy there, who then showed Josh (Bullet Tooth) and the rest is history!

clocktowerwasteland1Is there any story or concept behind the album title Wasteland?
There is a few different meanings to the album title for me. It refers to the place we live, it being such an isolated place which makes it harder for us tour and get our music out, but it also refers to the wasteland that we as a race are creating, the wasteland that can be left inside a human after a relationship ends, during / after substance abuse, and just a general feeling of emptiness that people today seem to get.

Select two songs from Wasteland and what inspired the lyrics.
I don’t really like explaining the lyrics and their meanings as I like people to be able to create their own connections to the songs. But what I will tell you is that ‘A Pale Horse’ is about the death of a family member and ‘At The Bottom Of A Bottle’ is about alcohol & drug fueled promiscuity.

Who did the cover art on Wasteland and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork was created by Travis Roberts, who does a lot of work for Bullet Tooth. We had the initial idea of what we wanted, something that would definitely stand out in a shop against other cover art. We literally only had to have one proof sent through, which we suggested changes to and this is the second draft that came back!

How has the tour with Betraying The Martyrs been going and what have been some of the highlights?
The BTM tour was really good. Great turn outs, especially considering it was their first time in the country. Its just awesome to get to meet new people everywhere you go and hang out with people who have the same ideals and goals as you. Adelaide was definitely a highlight. We love that city and have made lots of friends there too. It was also amazing to get to watch BTM every night and the way they perform is incredible!

What could one expect from a live Save The Clock Tower show?
Raw energy coupled with a tight and precise sound. We try and get our sound as close as we can to album quality.

Has Save The Clock Tower ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
No, we haven’t been over there yet. But we are hoping to get over there in the near future for sure.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
The only thing that comes to mind was being involved in a car crash in Tasmania. We were travelling back from a show in Burnie (about 2 hours from our hometown Launceston), and a lady pulled out in front of us without even looking on the highway and ended up t-boning her car. None of us had ever really been involved in an accident like that, it was pretty crazy. Everyone involved in the crash is ok now though.

If Save The Clock Tower could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Personally, it would have to be either Glassjaw or Deftones. Both those bands are incredibly influential for me, and Im sure lots of other people as well.

Have you ever pet or ran over a kangaroo?
Both! hahaha

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Hopefully the energy and sense of urgency that we try to deliver our songs in. Each song we have written has different things that i hope can appeal to people in different ways.

Any final words of wisdom?
Not really hahahaha! If you are in a band, write music that is true to yourself and music that you would want to hear. Don’t jump on a trend just because you think it is cool or think it will make you the next big thing. Cause that fucking sucks and everyone knows when people try and do that shit.

And if you’ve checked us out, thanks so much :)

Save The Clock Tower is Joel Hallam on guitar, Luke Vaessen on vocals, Owen Broad on drums, and Alex Mcnulty on bass.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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Cimino: Raging Hard Rock from Kansas City!

Cimino_promo1_lo_res1c6fd65d39c2Cimino is sure to hard rock your world in a vast and epic way, especially if their exhilarating album Angels & Animals is indicative of greater glories ahead. Featuring instantly memorable anthems as well as some wondrously effective power ballads that will make you stand up and take notice, Cimino is destined to rock it out above and beyond their Kansas City, MO hometown. All this, and drummer Sebastian Anderson was recruited by Nigel Dupree, the son of Jackyl frontman, Jesse James Dupree and toured with Nigel throughout 2012! We recently interviewed the Cimino drummer to find out more about the raging entity from Kansas City, their dynamic live shows, Sebastian’s time spent working with Nigel Dupree, and other rip roaring topics of interest. Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Cimino, and how long the band has been together?
Sebastian Anderson, drummer. CIMINO has been together since 2007

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are based out of Kansas City, MO. The local scene here is moderate, there are a handful of talented bands. If anything, Kansas City lacks “Live Rock Venues” and radio support. There are a few typical venues, but nothing too extravagant as far as a rock club. As far as radio, we have one main rock station that is 100% corporate. Essentially what that means is unless you’re Shinedown, Three Days Grace or Five Finger Death Punch, you’re not getting any love. We’re not bitching, it’s just business. When you have a huge rock station it’s going to be that way. There are cities larger than KC where we’ve received airplay, but that’s because they have a handful of smaller stations instead of one big giant. Sucks for the up and coming bands, but is great for the bands who are on top.

Cimino_Angels_Animals_coverart56c7d2Is there any story or concept behind the album title Angels & Animals?
Definitely. To me, “Angels & Animals” is our analogy of the concept of Good vs Evil. Everything about it is contrasting. It’s as simple as the cover being black and white, half of the face being angelic, half of the face being demonic, they are both on opposite ends of the spectrum. I believe that some tunes would classify as “Angel” tunes, some would be “Animal” tunes. Figuratively speaking, songs like Alive, Never, Someday and possibly Shine would be the uplifting, “Angel” songs. Songs like Anarchy, Animal, Fame, Sick etc would be the “Animal” tunes. We also had a song off the last record called Angel, and we’ve got one on this record called Animal. We’re clever like that…

Select two songs from Angels & Animals and what inspired the lyrics.
Start All Over – is a song about relapsing. It’s the desire that lingers in your heart for whatever your poison may be, despite what others say or think.
Alive – Is about finding the light in each day and being thankful for the life you have. It doesn’t matter where you are or where you end up, as long as you’re with the ones you love.

What could one expect from a live Cimino show?
Our live performance is balls to the wall, completely raw, no tracks, no loops, fake backgrounds, nothing. It is all real. We like to put on an entertaining show, our performance is very energetic. We give it all we’ve got night in and night out

Have you ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
We have yet to venture too far out west. I love LA, Hollywood particularly. 99% of what inspired us came from there. We’d love to play any of the legendary clubs, it’s just such a trek from KC. I would expect that within the next year or so we will do a handful of routing dates towards the west coast and make our way to Hollywood.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
Unfortunately. From trailers breaking down in the middle of nowhere, and almost half of the places we get shacked up in supposedly being “haunted,” I’d say that we’ve had our fair share of nonsense. One time Kyle’s pedal board miraculously ended up in “Shinedown Guitar World” and we couldn’t locate it in time to start the show. Tha was very uncool. Being good dudes, they let us go on a few minutes late after it finally turned up.

If Cimino could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would say Van Halen, with Diamond Dave. We all have an enormous love for Van Halen and they’re probably collectively our biggest idols if we had to choose.

What has the experience been like for you to play in the Nigel Dupree band?
I started playing with Nigel back in 2012, he’s a great guy and one of my good friends. When I auditioned I was only 18, whether or not he knew I’m unsure haha. He allowed me to get my first taste of the “big stage.” A lot of huge summer festivals, the Throttle Fests, Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, as well as the reality series on TruTV. In 2013, Kyle Cimino came out with us and played lead guitar for all of the dates which was a lot of fun.

Have any of the members of Jackyl heard and commented on your music?
I’m not sure about the latest album. We went and cut a record down at Jesse’s studio for Nigel, a handful of the songs were tunes that Kyle and I wrote that were technically CIMINO songs. Jesse is by no means an ass kisser, and would never tell you how awesome you were; however, through the grapevine I’ve heard that he thought the stuff was “killer.”

What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
I’ve been known to drink whatever beer is placed in front of me. I typically find myself drinking Bud Light for whatever reason. I drank it a majority of the time and everywhere has Bud Light, I guess it’s just my thing.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I would like them to remember that we are the real deal. We put our heart and soul into each of these songs and the band as a whole. Every dime we’ve got goes into this product. There’s nothing cheesy about it, anything you hear within a song is based off of a personal experience or a thought that we’ve had at one time. That is what separates the good from the bad in my book.

Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you for taking the time to support us. CIMINO is like family. If you welcome us, we welcome you. The feeling is mutual, you support us, we support you, in whatever way that may be. We just ask that you give us a chance.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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Sleep In: Wide Awake and Not Sorry

Sleep-In-photo1-hi-resSleep In is a dynamic alternative rock band whose exhilarating songs will surely garner them attention above and beyond their South Jersey locale. Their current full length is entitled Settling, now available from Hide Away Records, and it’s destined to become a favorite of fans who like supremely catchy, heartfelt tunes that will rock your world. One listen to the jangly opening track I Do Know And I’m Not Sorry, and you’ll be unapologetically hooked to what this collective has to offer! Here is a recent interview we conducted a few of the members to find out more about Sleep In and their wide awake melodies! Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Sleep In, and how long the band has been together.
Joe: I ‘m Joe and I play guitar.
Mike: I’m Mike and I play drums.

Joe: We came together a little over a year ago. Everyone else in this band was playing in another band at the time called Collisions and their guitarist had decided to leave the band and move to Texas. He was a friend of mine and suggested I try out so I did. It actually didn’t go that great initially haha but we ended up jamming on some riffs I had at the end of the day and things started to take shape. From there we eventually decided to change the name and start over. Also our friend now plays in a pretty rad band down in Texas called Nominee.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Joe: We all live in southern NJ in the Haddon Heights / Collingswood area but Philly is only 10 minutes away and we are very active over there as well. The Philly community is really thriving right now but there is also a great community brewing here in South Jersey as well. Music in this area is definitely better than it has been in years and we are proud to be a small part of it. Some bands I would recommend checking out from around here: Belgrade,  Aspiga, & Dryjacket.
Mike: Sleepers Lie & Podacter.

settling1Is there any story or concept behind the album title Settling?
Joe: I don’t think there is any real overarching story to the record although a lot of the individual song lyrics paint a picture of Keith’s (our singer) stream of conscious in each instance. I think the concept has to do more with how the record feels when you listen to it. We had the song titled Settling already and the more we thought about it, the more we liked it for the album title.

The way that song came together was basically just out on an impromptu jam and everyone pretty much wrote their parts on the spot. It was the culmination of us getting comfortable writing together and settling in for whatever lies ahead. Its much more about that then settling for something your unhappy with. We’re excited with where things are going with this, and this record is like us digging our feet in, getting ready to start running. Well.. or walking. We’re not big on running. We eat a lot of fast food.

Select two songs from Settling and what inspired the lyrics.
Keith: Starting Over was the first song we had completely finished. The song was about starting the band and figuring out how I wanted to approach music. Sleep Sound was written around the time of the Boston bombing. It wasn’t about the event specifically, but rather an attempt to ease the tension many were feeling at the time.

What could one expect from a live Sleep In show?
Joe: I think when we play shows we bring a lot of energy. We get really into the songs and have a lot of fun. I’ve always felt if your having fun when your playing the songs, its easy for the audience to have fun watching you.

Has Sleep In ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
Unfortunately not yet! We have only been playing together for a short amount of time and although we do have tour plans in our future, its hard to say exactly when we be able to hit the west coast with our busy schedules. We don’t want to force it either, some bands make the mistake of jumping right into full U.S. tours when they haven’t even developed a following in their regional area. Right now we are focusing on east coast stuff but we hope to make it out there soon.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Sleep In show?
Joe: One time we were staying at a hotel in Virginia Beach with our buddies in Co|ors (r.i.p.) and a couple of us went down to the first floor to have a smoke out front. We were standing around talking at like 3am and suddenly this drunk guy comes bursting through the hotel doors and sparks up a joint. He started going on about how he was a former navy guy and the government is spying on us with submarines that have superman vision. Then we looked down the street and there was 4 or 5 black cats on the street meowing and hissing. We just looked at each other and one by one walked back up to the room and went to bed. It was a strange night.

If Sleep In could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Mike: Cap’n Geech and The Shrimp Shack Shooters.
Joe: …cause Steve Zahn is our homeboy.

If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Joe: I guess a Dunkin’ Donut because there is a DD right next to our practice space and we pretty much eat there before every practice or show. We are all real health nuts. Also Keith likes to flirt with the employees.
Mike: Cheesy Gordita Crunch.

What’s up next for Sleep In?
Joe: Right now we are focusing on a tour in September to push the LP and writing for a split 7inch. We try to stay busy in between shows and plan to release an EP down the road.

Any final words of wisdom?
Mike: Be Excellent to each other.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see you guys play out here in L.A. sometime soon!
Joe: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us Ken!

Sleep In is: Eric McNelis, Keith Badtorff, Mike Dameo, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Fitz), and Joe Franks.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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The Ready Set: Kicking Off A Warped Summer

thereadyset062514The Ready Set has returned to the Vans Warped Tour this year, with a brand new album entitled The Bad & The Better. Now signed to Razor & Tie Records, The Ready Set continues delivering the super infections pop rock goodness. Best known for songs such as Love Like Woe and Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever), mastermind Jordan Witzigreuter and band has been heating up the Warheads Stage and will continue to do so throughout the long hot summer. On a particularly mild day in San Diego, we caught up with Jordan to find out more about The Ready Set’s grooving songs, advice he would give unsigned bands looking for a record deal, playing Warped vs. club shows, screaming girls, and other pop-tastic topics of interest. Read on…

readysetjl3We’re here with Jordan of The Ready Set. How’s Warped Tour been going? What have been some of the highlights?
So far, it’s been amazing. I think my favorite show has been San Antonio. Just because, we played really early and I didn’t expect that many people to show up. It was tons of people, 3-4 thousand people. It was sick.

The Bad & The Better, where did that title come from?
It means just perspective on everything. I think there’s good in every bit of bad and bad in every bit of good. So it’s like, what is real is what you decide to focus on and see. That’s my headspace when I was writing it.

Do you feel bad, or better?
Better, predominantly.

readysetjl4How much pressure was it to be on a major label? What advice would you give a band seeking a deal?
It wasn’t that much pressure, I had a really good team. The only problem with it, a lot of people who are higher up that aren’t really necessary working with you can call the shots on things that they might not have any idea about, which sucks. But, if you’re trying to get a record deal, try to do as much as you can without one for as long as possible. If you can’t bring something to the table, they’re not going to look at you as a priority and if you’re not succeeding right off the bat, you’re just going to be stuck for a long time. You have to make sure – create your value far before you ever get involved with labels.

readysetjl5Do you ever get used to the girls screaming during your set?
We looked at it as a good indication that things were going well. If it wasn’t happening, I’d be a little more – ah that kind of sucks. It’s cool, ultimately it’s because of music and they like what I’ve written. It’s a cool feeling. You can see things on social media, people being your fan. You can see numbers, but it drives it home when you see it in person. When you see someone really passionate about your performance right in front of them.

If you could open up for any band, from now or the past, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson. It would be massive. If you look at someone now, I’m gonna go with Prince. Prince would be sweet to open for. I imagine they’d be massive shows, and I guess it’s all pop music. Somehow I justify it as that. That it would make sense because I make pop songs.

Wouldn’t you be nervous going on before Prince?
J: Oh yeah, I’d be terrified. I’d probably – there’s no way we’d be anywhere near as good. So it would be like, I’d be terrified

readyset9When you look back on your album Tantrum Castle, what do you think of it now?
I was trying to figure out how to write songs during that time. I was going with my first thought on everything. I didn’t really have any grasp of structure and how to actually write a cohesive song. It was like a kid sitting in his basement trying to figure out what he’s doing and it’s really lucky and cool that it became the launching point of everything. There’s a lot of things I like about that album. I find that people tell me they like that one a lot too, which is surprising. It’s like a moment in time, that was me being 18 years old just writing songs. Getting out of high school.

Is there any chance you’d revisit it or re-release it or anything?
I did a re-mastered version of it that came out a few years ago, but I don’t think I would ever necessarily re-write any of those songs. If I did it now, I think I’d probably end up trashing the cool things about it, like the lack of structure. All the weirdness about it that made it cool for people. I think it would kind of cheapen it, I’d probably just leave it and let it exist.

readyset8What did you think about Linkin Park playing Ventura Warped Tour? Did you get to see them?
It was awesome. I got to see a little bit of it, but the crowd was so crazy, I didn’t want to watch from back stage. I knew that would be just as intense and there would be just as many people trying to get on side stage. I tried to watch way far back in the crowd, but I didn’t really have that good of luck. I’m not very tall so I couldn’t see over everybody. It was sick, it sounded great. It was cool they did that thing with all the other singers from different bands.

Is it important for bands to be positive role models for their fans?
I think it depends on a band. You shouldn’t treat your fans like anything less than they are. I don’t think a lot of people are going necessarily to musicians to be their role models as far as day to day life. So I think it depends on what you want to do. There’s a lot of people I think that take a lot of pride in being super role model-ish. Then there’s a lot of people that don’t really think about it. It just happens as it happens. I try to be conscious of that kind of thing. I’m aware that my fan base is kind of all over the spectrum. There are kids who listen to me that are pretty young. I try not to be, an idiot or anything. I try to be chill, do stuff that my mom wouldn’t be mad about me doing publicly.

readyset7Complete this sentence. If I have to play Love Like Woe again live, I’ll…
Probably not be that bummed out. It never got old playing that song, it’s still fun. I have no negative feelings, everyone asks that. I don’t. I think the coolest thing to me is that isn’t the song that gets the biggest reaction anymore. That’s the song that gave me the opportunity to do all of this.

What’s up next for you after Warped?
A headlining tour in the fall. We haven’t announced it yet, we’re still putting it together. But it’s full U.S. and it’s going to be really cool, it’s the first time I’ve done a headlining tour in a few years. I’m excited to get back to the dark, indoor shows where you can have cool lights.

Do you prefer those to the craziness of Warped Tour?
There’s something cool about this type of thing, it’s so rapid fire and you only have thirty minutes to set all of your stuff up and do a real brief soundcheck. It’s almost like you’re winging it every day. I think that’s cool and I think out here, its a total experience for people to come here. It’s not like someone is coming to watch a band kill it and sound amazing. The sound quality of an outdoor show is so crazy and there are so many variables that I think out here, it’s all about having a good time and going crazy. Whereas, in a club show it has to be intricate and run like clockwork. There’s a lot more room for natural things to happen on outdoor shows I think.

Do you have any messages for your fans who are reading this?
Yes, thank you for being my fans. I much appreciate that, and if you haven’t checked out my album The Bad & The Better, please do. It’s on iTunes and Best Buy. I’ll be on tour all summer on Warped Tour, then all fall and probably beyond that. I’ll be around.

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Warped Tour Photos Live by Jack Lue)

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Myka, Relocate: Raging at White Oak Music

michaelmyka062114_1200x900Myka, Relocate recently raged into town as part of The Shapeshiftour with The Dead Rabbitts, making a stop at White Oak Music and Arts in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.  Prior to their set, we spoke with vocalist Michael Swank to find out more about their dynamic album Lies To Light The Way on Artery Recordings, the many Myka, Relocate covers fans have posted on Youtube, advice in signing to record labels, Michael Jackson songs, and other enlightening topics.  Read on…

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Myka, Relocate.
My name is Michael and I sing for the band.

IMG_7018How has this tour with the Dead Rabbits been going so far and what have been some of the highlights?
Well, today is actually day two. So it’s like a fresh tour. But it’s been really cool, it’s been a lot of fun so far. Everybody is really neat. It’s probably the first tour where I’ve actually met everybody the same day, and everybody is, you know like, bonded, and got to hang out. So everybody on the tour is really awesome. I feel like it’s going to go really smooth for sure.

Where were you guys last night?
We were at Soma. It was cool. I really like San Diego a lot.

IMG_6995What is the title, ‘Lies To Light The Way,’ what does that mean to you?
To me, it’s just, for us it was kind of like as a band, growing up and like, with managers and writing music and everything, just our experience in music, we felt like sometimes – it’s about what we’ve been told in the past.  We’ve been promised certain things that would happen, like getting picked up or whatever, by certain people, getting on a certain tour, is like saying we’d been this big by this time, and then none of that happened. And we kind of just bought into it.  It was a dark time in our lives, but honestly we learned so much from, you know, being somewhat kind of lied to, and dragged on, that kind of made us who we are now, and kind of opened up our inspiration for writing the CD, and you know just, pushing forward and now we can have a better understanding of the music industry and how it works, as far as working with people.  We know to be careful now, so, that’s kind of what it means to me, is just being dragged through, you know, some shit basically. To get where we are now.

IMG_6988Pick two songs off of the album and what inspired the lyrics for you?
Let’s see… Doublespeak has a lot to do with being dragged through the dirt, and having people that said that they believed in us, and said that we could you know, do certain things, that just never really worked for us. Goes along with ‘Lies To Light the Way‘ the title of the album, it like, just, being dragged through the dirt, and having people tell us certain things were going to happen, and nothing would happen. It’s like… you say you believed in us, but you’re not making things happen, why can’t you see what’s going, you know, like, we’re not giving up, but it seems like you are, you know? That’s kind of what inspired those lyrics.

LIESTOLIGHTLet’s see, another song. John is the big lyric writer, so it’s kind of difficult. Another song for me, there’s two songs that I had a good influence in, I would say ‘Playing it Safe‘ is about, far too often we see people kind of play it safe, and go into it like, maybe you have a dream that you want to accomplish, and you’re just a little too scared to follow it, so you take the safe route, and you’re not exactly happy with what you’re doing. Well, that’s what ‘Playing it Safe’s‘ all about. We think it’s not the right thing to do. If you have something that you’re passionate about, and you want to make it work, give it your all. Just do whatever you need to do to make that work. That’s what everybody in this band has done. We’ve stuck with it through the rough times, and we’re having the time of our lives now.  I would say those two songs speak to me the most on the album.

IMG_7030What was it like working with two distinct personalities like Jonny Craig and Telle from the Word Alive?
Both dudes are awesome. We weren’t in the studios when they tracked vocals, but I’ve met Telle, we hung out at South by So What?, not this past one, but I think the time before? He;s a really nice dude. He’s really cool. Really down to earth guy. Jonny we’ve known for a bit, and he’s also a really cool dude. Both very talented vocalists, we’re very excited that they got to be a part of the album. It’d be cool for them to do vocals on a song like live one day.

There’s all kinds of people on YouTube doing Myka, Relocate covers. What do you think of them?
It’s awesome. I love watching them, and I love seeing the talent that some of these kids have. Like, it’s really cool too, especially for me to see people that want to sing songs that me and the rest of the band wrote, you know? It’s cool to see people that are like, oh, I want to try to do this, I want to like, show the world that I can sing these songs. And I think it’s a really cool concept, and we all love watching them! Seeing what these kids can do, it’s really cool to see the talent out there.

What advice would you give an up and coming band seeking a record deal, since you’ve been like pretty much through the mud.
Yea, we have been. I would say don’t give up. Just find the right deal that comes to you. Don’t rush into anything. If you get something that comes your way, definitely take the time to look over it… and, because you don’t want to be stuck in a contract that’s just, you’re being dragged through more stuff.   I would just say, just be careful what you’re getting into, and just really make sure that you’re getting the deals that you want before signing. As far as the rest of it goes, just work hard and let the music speak for itself.  Tour, get out there, conquer some regions, gain some fans, and labels will notice that.

IMG_7035It took forever for the first Myka, Relocate album to come out. How long are we going to wait for a second one?
There’s talks of us going into the studio late this year, early next year, so, I would say next year. Probably next summer. But it’s all in the talks, we don’t know for sure yet. So I would hope summer of next year. But expect us to be in the studio late this year, or early 2015.

Are you planning on recording covers or anything like that?
We’ve talked about it, we just haven’t really done it yet. We talked about doing some acoustic covers of stuff, we actually just did an acoustic video for ‘Something to Dream About,’ and that will be out later this year as well.  I think it’d be really cool to do a pop cover, or something like that. Like full band, you know? I think that’d be really neat. So, maybe, that’s a possibility in the future.

Do like a Michael Jackson or something?
That would be awesome. I love Michael Jackson, I grew up listening to that, so.

If you guys were going to do a Michael Jackson cover, what would you do?
I think my favorite song is ‘Billie Jean.’ I like ‘Billie Jean‘ a lot. I think Breathe Carolina did a ‘Billie Jean‘ cover.  I would say that song. I like ‘Beat It‘ a lot, too. Those are both really good songs.

Do you have any messages for your fans out here in the Los Angeles area?
Oh, man! Fans in the Los Angeles area, I just want to say that the fans in LA are amazing, we always have a good time when we come out to California. Always see kids that know our lyrics, and they’ve always been really faithful fans, so, we thank them so much. And be on the look out for us in the future, we’ll be back later this year, so, should be cool.

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Edward Brandon)

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Lorna Shore: Sonic Destruction at The Whisky

lornashoredaze1Lorna Shore was causing sonic destruction and mayhem at the world famous Whisky on the Sunset Strip – opening for the mighty Carnifex on the Die Without Hope Tour!  Already receiving quite a buzz due to their thunderous Maleficium EP on Density Records, the New Jersey-based collective sent the mosh pit into overdrive throughout the duration of their set.  Just prior to their memorable performance at the Whisky, we caught up with guitarist Adam De Micco to find out more about Lorna Shore and their devastating brand of heavy metal!  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Lorna Shore, and what’s the most embarassing song you have on your iPod?
My name is Adam De Micco, I play guitar in Lorna Shore, and my most embarrassing song… I wouldn’t even honestly know.  I do like a lot of female pop singers like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and any other female pop stars. Most people would be embarrassed by it, but I embrace it. So, I wouldn’t really know off the top of my head what’s the most embarrassing so. that would be embarrassing for others, though, for me, I’m okay with it.

lornashorelive1_1200x900How’s this tour been going so far, and what have been some of the highlights?
Tour’s been great, you know. We’re finally out, outside of Jersey, outside of the northeast. So it’s kind of cool to be in areas that we never get to play in. It’s cool being out with bands that we’ve kind of always listened to.  And been to markets, and cities, and places we haven’t seen, so that part is kind of cool. And obviously it’s quite cool to see the people that we didn’t know existed out of our area, (who are) into our band, been following the band for a long period of time.  That is actually one of the cooler experiences – meeting fans that have been following us for awhile.

Where are you based out of and what’s your music scene like there?
We’re based out of New Jersey. Our music scene I guess is becoming more diverse but I think it’s more heavily based around hardcore, than anything else. Less than the metal, but we’ve kind of won people over, in some degree, so I guess we’re doing an alright job.

maleficiium1Let’s talk about the EP, which was just re-released. Is there any story or concept behind the title?
The title is Maleficium, it is latin for “evil doing.” It was a type of sorcery that witches did to the knights templar. All the songs aren’t the same concept, but they all have the same idea of just either people being evil, or any sort of idea being sort of dark, and that kind of grasps at the whole concept of the album. So, that’s really what the album means.

Select two songs from it, and what inspired the lyrics.
The two songs I guess would be ‘Accumulatory Genophage‘ and ‘Godmaker.’  ‘Accumulatory Genophage,’ just essentially is about the destruction of human ideals, morals, values, people in general – that we’re pretty much doomed for failure (with) the way we’re treating everything.  And ‘Godmaker‘ is essentially about the deconstruction of higher faith I believe, is kind of our, at least our perception of it. I feel that it has a crutch, and it has a negative outlook on it, and I think that people rely too much on it, and kind of believe something that we feel that might be kind of false.

So with the EP being a reissue, how close are you to writing another EP, or…
Another album? We’re probably about four, five songs deep into writing a full length right now. We’ve been writing another album since we got out of the studio, so, we’ve been kind of working on it ever since we got out of the studio, so we’ve been still working heavily on it.

How will this new album compare to the EP?
I think a lot of this, it progressed a lot longer, like these songs that I’ve had, on our EP, have been going on this summer, are two or three years old. All the stuff we’re writing now is fresh, new, we’ve progressed technically, song writing ability, just overall idea what we want the music to sound like, so it’s definitely going to be notches above this EP.

lornashoretour1Any strange or scary happenings while on the road?
I mean, besides our van breaking down four times, besides everything, I mean, that was pretty strange. But nothing super strange as far as like, horrific, scary, or you know being robbed at gunpoint, thankfully. Other than just breaking down in the middle of nowhere, that’s probably been the only scary thing I guess we had to deal with. And crazy uhhh… tow truck drivers I guess. That’s what we had to deal with.

Oh, those are the best. And you broke down four times?
Four times, yea. With our van and trailer, and then our van is pretty much done, so we had to get rid of it, so now we’re on a rental van to finish the tour and get back home. We thought we were stranded in Nevada, so luckily we’re out here, in beautiful Hollywood…

If Lorna Shore could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Alright, well everyone says Metallica or any of those big metal bands. I mean, obviously, it’s a given, but realistically either a band like Behemoth or Between the Buried and Me; I think those are bands we respect and idolize more than most, that we do enjoy.

Good choices!
Realisticlally, you know? But yea, so… obviously like Poison, or like Motley Crue or Metallica would be sweet as well, but yea…

If Lorna Shore’s music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Boston Creme, because I enjoy Boston creme donuts.

And what’s the first thing you’re going to do when you get home from this tour?
Eat Jersey pizza. I’ve been dying for it. I never realized how much I miss it, because I figured I’m out at all these other places, I can get some cool food but I miss Jersey pizza more than anything else. So that’s the first thing I’m doing is going home and having a slice of, probably a pie, of pizza. To myself.

Last question, do you have any message for people reading this who might want to check your music out?
Thank you, if you did buy our EP. If not, go check it out, if you do like it, buy it. If not, I apologize. For those who’ve been sticking with us from the beginning, thank you so much. Come out to a show, buy merch, say hello, if you don’t want to buy our merch, still say hello. Come, have a good time. We’re a bunch of regular old dudes who have nothing better to do than play music and hang out with you people.

Lorna Shore is:
Tom Barber- Vocals
Adam De Micco- Guitar
Gary Herrera- Bass
Austin Archey- Drums

(Interview and Photos from the Whisky by Ken Morton)

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Man Made Machine: The Sounds of Perseverance

mm,2014_2Man Made Machine is collective from Phoenix, Arizona ready to place some serious hard rock and roll into your world.  After a debut release on Razor & Tie last year entitled Become, Man Made Machine found themselves on the road with such noted bands as Godsmack, Staind, and Halestorm. Now a free agent and ready to take on the world. a vibrant new EP entitled Undeniable has been issued.  Produced by Matt Good of From First To Last, contained within are rock solid tunes destined to exhilarate the senses of all who give a listen.  Read on as we catch up with vocalist Joe Cotela to find out more about their new self-released EP, their inspiring lyrics,  life on the road, and other topics of interest…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Man Made Machine, and how long the band has been together?
I’m Joe Cotela the singer for Man Made Machine. We’ve been together since 2010 so about 4 years now, we were all in other bands together before this as well so we have a lot of years playing and creating together.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are from Phoenix, AZ. It’s a killer music scene that has seen a lot of ups and downs around here but we have a bunch of homies doing their thing from this area. Bless the Fall, The Word Alive, Craig Mabbit from Escape the Fate, as well as people based out of AZ like our brother Chad Gray from HELLYEAH and our boy Elias Mallin who drums for Filter and Ke$ha. There is a more recent prominent indie scene around here too that’s fitted around a venue called The Crescent Ballroom in downtown, which is booming right now. All music is cool in my book as long as it’s good.

undeniablemmm1Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Undeniable?
The title comes from the title track on the EP, it’s a song about being an artist / musician. You have to have tough skin and be bullet proof to make it through somedays when you’re touring or trying to “make it” whatever that means. It’s about the things I/we have gone through in this band from the highest highs to the lowest lows, you have to keep the mindset that no matter what happens I’ll be undeniable to this world.

Select two songs from Undeniable and what inspired the lyrics.
Another track off the EP, “X-rated” is about how PC and safe things in music, media, most facets of creativity and just life expression are nowadays. It’s not a porn reference, which you might think at face value, it’s a call to everyone to start thinking like realists and to be nakedly honest.

Another important track for me on this album is the softest song on the EP “Fight For You” which I wrote in the aftermath of an anxiety attack. It’s something I know millions of people deal with and it can be beyond scary,taxing and frustrating. I wrote it as brutally honest as I could about accepting that this is something I am going to have to deal with for the rest of my life and it’s gonna be a bitch. In a bad panic attack you feel helpless, alone and sick, like you’re about keel over and so I jotted down “Am I the only one dying here? Show me how to live.” I want to share these feelings as I’m sure many other people can empathize and hopefully find comfort in knowing it’s not just them.

What was it like working with Matt Good of From First To Last and what did he contribute to the overall recording process?
He was amazing to work with. He moved here about a year before we ever worked together on this. We became friends through mutual friends and just going to the bar and hanging and eventually the time came to record again so it just worked out great. We did the last album with Chad and Greg from Mudvayne / HellYeah and got a very raw rock vibe in the production end of things. Which was great, it was what we were trying to do when starting this band. This time around we wanted to utilize Matt’s capabilities with programming and effects and really modernize the sound. We really ran with it and let him push the songs pretty far. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

What could one expect from a live Man Made Machine show?
High energy. We all come from a very heavy, hardcore and metal background. We like to have a few drinks and push ourselves to the limit on stage. We make it into a party no matter where we are.

Has Man Made Machine ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
You know what? Man Made Machine has toured with Godsmack, Staind, Halestorm, Pop Evil, Chevelle, 10 Years, Nonpoint, Fuel ect and every tour we have done has always stuck to the Midwest, south and east… We have played all over California in other bands and we do love L.A. and can’t wait to get back.

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a show?
Haha if we can remember them. There’s been a lot of things, like our heater breaking in our RV in Nebraska when it was -10 outside, I remember thinking I was going to go to sleep and not wake up. Weather conditions on tour are crazy man, really puts you through the ringer.

What was the experience like opening for Godsmack and did you get to hang out with them at all?
It was killer, the Staind guys actually fought to get us on that tour, they have been nothing short of amazing to us ever since we opened for them on a different tour at House of Blues in Chicago. It took a little bit to get the Godsmack guys to open up to us, which is understandable because we’re newer, we definitely ended up bro’ing down with them at bbq’s and parties and by the end were cool. Shannon the drummer in particular for me is one of my drum heroes, the drumming he did on Glassjaw’s ‘Worship and Tribute’ is at the top of the mountain for me. Got to hear all about it from him and that was one of the coolest things I took with me on that tour. I’m for sure a music enthusiast and borderline nerd for the stuff I’m passionate about.

If Man Made Machine could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Well we’ve gotten to share festivals with Three Days Grace, Deftones, Incubus, 30stm, Alice in Chains, Rise Against, though I don’t know if that counts… and toured with the aforementioned bands, which are all rad. It would probably be the original line up of Pantera or Slipknot. Neither need an explanation, two of the most influential metal bands of our youth when we were growing up.

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Remember that we’re just 5 dudes that try to make good music and we’re humans and to identify that electricity and energy of human life in the songs. Crank it the fuck up too!

Any final words of wisdom?
If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours.But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be. – Wayne Campbell

Man Made Machine is:
Joe Cotela – Vocals
Justin Sena – Bass
Matt Reinhard – Drums
David Ludlow – Guitar
Steve Siminski – Guitar

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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Lionize: Hard Rocking Your World at Warped Tour 2014

lionize062514The Vans Warped Tour has become known for being a remarkable field of music diversity – with one prime example being the mighty Lionize from Silver Springs, Maryland.  These are seasoned performers ready to hard rock and roll your world in a grand and glorious way!  Their latest magnum opus Jetpack Soundtrack has been unleashed through Weathermaker Records – a staggering collection of songs that are wondrous to behold.  To know the true spirit of Lionize is to witness the band live, because in that setting, they truly ROAR like kings!  Here is an interview we conducted with Lionize member Nathan Bergman in the press area at Warped Tour San Diego.  Topics of interest include their working with Clutch, being the odd band out on Warped Tour for a second time, their epic new album and a whole lot more!  Read on…

lionizelive1Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Lionize. What’s the most embarrassing song you have on your iPod?
I’m Nathan Bergman, I play guitar and I sing in Lionize. I don’t have any music that I’m embarrassed of on my iPod. If it’s on there it’s because I like it and I listen to it. Something you might not expect that’s on my iPod is Sade. I’m a huge Sade fan.

How has Warped Tour been going so far this year? What have been some of the highlights?
The highlights this year, for us, a bunch of the shows have been way more rad than they were the last time we played it, in 2011. Ventura was incredible, Alburquerque was incredible. Some of the kind of less expected ones were incredible for us, a really good response from the crowd. I definitely think a treat this year has been able to watch k.flay perform everyday. She’s an amazing artist that’s on the tour.

So how is it been in 2011 and now, being the odd band out on the tour?
You know what? That’s where we thrive. We’re the odd band out on every tour that we go on, unless it’s with Clutch. Just, I kind of think it’s sad in a way that rock and roll in general, like straight ahead rock and roll is just kind of lost. It’s kind of… but I feel like there’s a pretty, there’s a lot of strength in bands like The Sword, and Red Fang, and American Sharks, and Mastodon, and Clutch. I mean I still definitely think there’s like good, heavy rock and roll out there. For us it’s always a pleasure to be ourselves and be different. We’re going to get noticed either way. If you like it, and if you don’t, you still saw us play. So…

lionizelive2What are some of the weirder reactions you gotten at Warped Tour?
You know what? People have either been completely bored, completely apathetic about it, or they been over the moon excited about it. And I think that’s always been like that for us. It’s never, no one’s reactions really weird. I saw a girl fall asleep with her head on the barricade the other day, like right in front. I think she ran out of Red Bulls. She had a long night. But that’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen so far, is someone falling asleep.

How did you meet Clutch, and how did they become involved in working with you?
We met Clutch through a mutual friends and music kind of people throughout the Maryland, DC area. And actually a long time ago in very very very early 90s, and late 80s, Neil Fallon the singer worked for my fathers seafood store. Where I was, you know, 6 years old kind of running around, and spending summers there, spending time after school there. So that’s how we kind of initially met. All through a drum teacher in Maryland called Walter Sal, who our drummer Chase knows, and Jake Jon Paul, was taking lessons from him, so there’s a whole kind of Maryland communal music, musician thing happening.

lionizelive3How does this new album Jetpack Soundtrack compare to the previous albums that you’ve done?
I think the newest record that we did is just bigger, and faster, and more more polished, and it’s just a bigger product. It’s way more Deep Purple influenced than anything we’ve done, there’s always been riffs, and there’s always been reggae and funk, and now I think it’s in this sausage maker that’s kind of put everything into one piece. So I think it’s definitely like everything we’ve done before, an amalgamation of that, but on steroids, you know, it’s just bigger and faster, heavier. It’s awesome.

Do you prefer something like the Warped Tour, or club shows, and why?
Club shows, hands down. You know, I think the routine of a club show allows you to be in a way more, having a routine on tour I think is what keeps you mentally and physically kind of on point, and I think Warped Tour can be very chaotic. And I don’t think that’s always the best for consistent performance.

lionizelive4You mentioned k.flay, who are some of the other bands that you like here on Warped Tour?
Bad Rabbits are cool. K.flay, Watsky, Wax, fantastic. A lot of good hip hip. DJ Scout’s real cool. A really cool band on our stage is Bayside, they’re fantastic. Anberlin on the other stage is great. There are a lot of good bands this year, you know? You have to sift, but… that’s everywhere now.

What do you think of all the like metal and screamo bands that are on the tour? Do you like any of them?
I don’t particularly care for it, it’s not my cup of tea.  I love heavy music. I love metal. I miss bands being really good at their instruments without relying on anything digital and anything. You know, no tracks. I miss like, you know, a band like Slayer, or a band like High on Fire, or a band like Mastodon. To me that’s what’s exciting about those bands, and maybe that’s why those bands are huge. Because they’re not relying on the digital formats. They’re just, at the core of it, they’re still a band, you know?  Very, tight bands.

If Lionize could open for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I think if we were going to play the reality game, I think opening for the Black Crowes would probably be the best band for us to open for. You know, the problem with that question is we’ve opened for a lot of our heroes already, we’ve been on tour with Clutch, we’ve played with the Bad Brains… you know, we played with Steel Pulse, we’ve played with so many awesome bands that we’re fans of. It would have to be the Black Crowes, or Government Mule… you know, just heavy, something heavy, and blues and rock, and rock and roll, and classic, I think that would be great. and if we could go on tour with Robert Plant’s Space Shifters,  You know, if Zeppelin ever did a reunion, I’m sure that would, you know? And look, if Sabbath does another record, I think that might be a good line up, too. But you know. We’ll see how the tour goes this year. Let’s get through this one, then we’ll see, then we’ll submit for the Black Sabbath tour.

jetpacksoundtrackWhat’s up next for you guys after Warped Tours all over, any plans?
We have two very big unannounced tours coming up in the States. I can’t really say where they are yet, because they haven’t been announced, there’s a radius clause, all this stuff. After that, then we go to, we return to the UK and that, I can’t announce that yet either, but, things have been amazing over there, so we’re kind of hopping back and fourth.

What is that you would like the listener to remember after hearing your music, or seeing you live here at the Warped Tour for the first time?
The hope, really, is that they fall in love with what we’re doing in the same way that we’re in love with it. You know?

Do you have any messages for your fans? Believe me, they’re here, I saw them, and Ventura.
Thank you for coming out, and supporting us. I know maybe this is not the normal place for Lionize, you know, to perform, and to come see us, but we’re very grateful that anyone’s coming out and supporting us, we’ll continue to play our asses off, and we’ll see you soon.

Lionize is:
Chris Brooks – Keys
Henry Upton – Bass
Chase Lapp - Drums
Nate Bergman – Guitar

(Interview and Candid Photo by Ken Morton – Live Photos by Jack Lue)

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Limits: Overcoming the Adversity

limits2014Limits is an exhilarating post hardcore band from Kansas ready to take the world by storm, especially if their latest release Rebirth is indicative of greater glories ahead.  Recently unleashed from At Your Command Records, Rebirth is a powerful collection of tunes that will make you want to take on the world.  Featuring inspiring tunes about overcoming adversity and other compelling subjects, Limits is sure to possess a good amount of mass appeal.  Here is a recent interview we conducted to find out more about Limits, their dynamic music, live shows, local music scene, and many other topics of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Limits, and how long the band has been together.
We’re Limits consisting of Nick Hale: vocals, Arthur Rivas: Guitar, Max Abood: Drums, Jesse Villegas: bass, and L.r. Gant: Guitar/ Vocals. Limits started as a random basement jam band between Jesse and L.R. after late nights of Magic: The Gathering. After a few songs and iPhone demos sent around, we decided to try and give Limits a real shot a year later w/ a few line-up changes we decided to hit the ground running.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Limits is based out of Wichita, Kansas. With the lack of venues our music scene really makes it up in dedication from our bands and show-goers. We have a lot of solid bands of different genres. Pop punk to math core. Untapped Market, Forget About Tomorrow, Drawn Onward, At First Glance are some bands you should keep an eye out for from our neck of the woods.

How did you wind up signing with At Your Command Records?
After we recorded Cheap Talk and An Endless Struggle we made an EPK of all of our material and sent it to every label we could think of! At Your Command was one of the first our list. Our brothers in Transcendency (another solid local) had signed with them prior and did them some solid work and caught our eye. Luckily, we caught theirs too! We liked what they had and soon released our re-issue of Rebirth under the AYC family.

limitsrebirth1Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Rebirth?
Rebirth has a general theme of adversities that we all go through and overcoming them: let it be personal, beliefs, feeling alone, feeling like you don’t matter but moreover, how that is never true. We all have lived lives of up’s and down’s and wanted to share that w/ whoever would listen. An Endless Struggle is a cap off to the idea “I know somewhere out there, there is a place where we belong.”

Select two songs from Rebirth and what inspired the lyrics.
An Endless Struggle is one of our personal favorites lyrically. The whole idea behind the song is that all the crap that we go through, all of the pain, let downs and heartaches; they end. Another personal favorite of mine is Collapse. Collapse captures corruption in the world around us; government, the music industry, capitalization on religion and so on. We wanted to really say something with this song from start to finish. In the end it’s an empowerment to the people to stand up, to fight for what we believe and what we love, together.

What could one expect from a live Limits show?
You can expect a show. We are musicians but we are also performers. We make sure to leave an impression and to have you leaving wondering “Who the f**k is Limits??”

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Limits show?
Every show we seem to run into a headache. Car troubles, weather, a foot getting smashed by a trailer. Honestly at this point we wouldn’t be surprised if we were kidnapped by a group of leprechauns and sold into a mystical slave trade. It’s lovely. Keeps us on our toes haha

If Limits could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson. He’s the king. Do we need another reason?

Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for and what was the experience like?
A Skylit Drive, For All Those Sleeping, Within The Ruins, Nightmares, Dark Sermon, Betrayal, Incredible Me, Conflicts, Oceano, Counterparts and other cool bands I’m forgetting. There’s nothing quite like meeting a band you like and then them telling you how they enjoyed your set. The fun part is keeping in the high squealing fan girl scream when you first meet them. Some tries are better than others. My bad, For All Those Sleeping -L.R. Gant

What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Rebirth for the first time?
Honestly, that we’re just some dudes who decided to play music together and the fact that anyone decides to listen to our music is amazing. We are so privileged to do what we do. When a random person comes up to you to tell you how they love your band and want you to sign this or that, asks for a picture together or even just want to meet us because of our music ; its crazy and we love all of it.

With Rebirth being a re-release, how close is Limits to writing and recording all new material?
Our new material is finished and it makes Rebirth look like child’s play. We have all grown as musician/friends/people and it shows in every aspect of our writing. We’ll be releasing more information about it mid-August.

What’s up next for Limits?
Another record very soon.

Any final words of wisdom?
We are LIMITS and we’re out to write some catchy tunes and play some shows. Come hang with us.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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The Rapturous Artistry of Betty Moon

bettymoon2Betty Moon certainly knows what it’s like to persevere and maintain your creative integrity within the ruthless machine known as the music industry. Once signed to A&M Records with a Self-titled album issued in 1991, Betty Moon would truly develop her art long after the major label deal would spin to an end. And now in 2014, Amourphous has been unleashed through Evolver Music Inc. An enigmatic work that is certain to leave a lasting impression, Amourphous is sure to tingle the senses of all adventurous musical types. Betty Moon was featured at the Sunset Strip Music Festival last year, sharing the stage with Marilyn Manson, Quiet Riot, Black Label Society, and The Offspring – and she has opened for none other than the iconic Pink Floyd. Let’s take the time to meet Betty Moon and discover her rapturous artistry.  Read on…

What was the name of the very first song you wrote, how old were you, and what was the song about?
I was fourteen. It was called “Mechanical Thinker“. Sort of Devo-sounding I suppose. Picture robotic movements and thoughts… it was brilliant. lol

Where are you based out of, what is the music scene like there, and how do you fit into the scheme of things?
I’m stationed in Los Angeles. The music scene is definitely picking up here. I don’t know if I fit in. I’ve never really felt I’ve fit in anywhere. Yes I’m an outcast. I’ve come to terms with that long ago.

Is there any story or concept behind the album title Amourphous?
It’s nondescript by definition but there is an underlying story. Its fairly introspective based upon experiences in my life and others around me. There’s fiction truth and quirkiness happening throughout, but there is a story if you read the album like a book.

bettymoon1Select two songs from Amourphous and what inspired the lyrics.
I just started singing Valentine and then it became more of a period piece from a time past. Honeytrap was inspired by watching a James Bond movie and deciding to write something for one. Its about the femme fatale persona and leading the victim to his death in the most sensual and luring way.

What could one expect from a live Betty Moon show?
Thats for each one of you to find out. You will certainly be entertained, I can assure you of that.

What was the experience like being signed to A&M Records and how much pressure was there to be signed to a big label?
I was extremely excited one minute and then became dreadfully bummed out the next. Life goes on, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on. You don’t have to be signed to feel pressure though.

What advice would you give a band or recording artist seeking out a record deal?
I would tell them getting a deal is not what its cracked out to be. Its harder without a machine behind you, but you have way more freedom when you are indie and you don’t feel like you’re being controlled. There are perks with both. Ultimately you just want to make good music that you are proud of that you can listen to without any cringe factor. Staying true to yourself and your art is always a good approach I suppose.

What was the experience like playing the Sunset Strip Festival, and were you able to meet or hang out with any if the other performers?
Marilyn Manson’s drummers Jason Sutter was in my band when he got the call about doing the Marilyn Manson tour. It was a strong festival. I think one of the best ever. The Offspring guys were fun. There was a good kind of chaos in the air and everyone was out an about at the clubs on Sunset. We had a blast. I hope we get another opportunity to play another.

What was it like opening for the legendary Pink Floyd and did they comment on your music at all?
Yes they were very complimentary nice guys. I was really nervous but we had a strong following and lots of great feedback and support from everyone.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would love to open for The Rolling Stones. That would be a dream come true.

What¹s up next for Betty Moon?
Stay tuned for my best album ever. It is going to kill. I’m in the process of making it and we are already getting very very excited to share it would you and the world.

Any final words of wisdom?
Enjoy your life, work hard, play hard, be nice and be happy. Love one another.

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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