Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

Q & A With Tarah Who?

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? TGC: Under the pandemic conditions, we are releasing a series of Live songs called the Kurukulla Sessions. https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8 There are four songs in total. We are also working on a new ep. We are not booking live shows at the moment because of COVID, however, we do have one show still up at the moment in Moyers, OK for a women rider festival . It is in October 2020 .. it has not been cancelled yet.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? CH : I joined Tarah Who? three years ago.   TGC: Tarah Who? started as a solo project in 2006 and became a band about a year later. I have worked with a lot of musicians until finding Coralie. 🙂   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? CH...

Q & A With Jump The Fall

Jump The Fall comes out swinging with their upcoming debut EP release that makes you want to put the pedal down! While recorded and produced by Dave Eve, Anthony Resta, John Mailloux, Paul David Hager, and mastered at The Lodge by Chris Allgood, Emily Lazar, and Valerie Wolfson, the songs are punchy and instantly memorable. Guitar riffs from Ron Rich are infectious and the melodic vocals of Randy Bettencourt are instantly stuck in your head. Driven by the thunderous rhythm section that is Steve Kilroy and Tim Johnson, JTF could take the stage with any number of modern rock acts like Halestorm or I Prevail but could also fit in with many of the great late 90s acts like Deftones, Korn, etc.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Randy: We are getting ready to release our EP...

Q & A With D.I.G.

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Björn: Hello! Well, the latest news right now is that we are in songwriting mode and preparing for the new record that we hope will be out at the end of the year. Right now we actually have a new single ready and I hope that we might be able to release that single in October/November. It´s probably the most “pop” song we have done so far :p. it still has heavy guitars, solos, and more but it´s a real sing-along song! Hopefully, the world will back to “normal” during 2021 so we can go out and play some shows.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Björn: We been together now for 7 years! Time really flies haha. But this line-up with Jonathan on drums been together...

Q & A With Defy The Tyrant

Dynamic Tallahassee, FL based rock band Defy The Tyrant have, in just a few years, developed a polished fusion of Southern and Classic Rock with Nu-Metal, nodding to such diverse influences as Garth Brooks, Slipknot, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Motley Crue, Fuel, Sevendust, and Creed. Defy The Tyrant was originally formed by bassist David Norton, aka Slim (Inside The Nine, 86th Earth, and Achilles Heel), guitarist Ian Mackenzie (DethDefy, Adamant, and Detour), drummer Dylan Sirmons aka Dilly, and lead guitarist Stuart Ledbetter aka Stu (Respawn and The Young Bucks) for a cover show in April of 2016. The band went through 4 different vocalists, including Ian, before picking up Curt Rogers (Inside the Nine, 86 the Earth, and Achilles Heel). Creating a slow-burning style of heavy rock, with soaring screams tempered by polished lyricism, they released their debut EP, Voices Pt. 1 in February 2018 and lyric video for the title...

Q & A With Miles & The Chain Gang

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? We put out our first single and video, When It Comes To You, at the end of January. The song is a pop song with a new wave vibe. It's punchy. We shot a video for it in December at The Crescent in York. Basically, we wanted to have something to show us to the world. It's an introduction to the band. We've had about 1000 views so far, which is not bad as a start. We are working on an album and more videos, but everything takes time.  XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? We formed in September 2018. We met through playing open mic nights in York. I ran into Billy (Hickling, drums) at Ruby Tuesday which is a night in York. We played a gig together and Tim (Bruce, bass) happened to be there. Alan...

Q & A With Dan Sullivan of Arriver

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  We've got a new single and video, "Holy Glow", a cover by the remarkable 80's bay area band The Ophelias.   How long has the band been together? In this form 15 years, in other forms 25+.   What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? When you're a musician and you've built part of life around making music you find ways to do that.   What is your music background? We've all been playing various instruments since we were wee.   What image do you think your music conveys?  Power, excitement, adventure!   What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.) Finish our next album, release it to the masses, bask in adulation.    What are your long-term career goals? We want to keep making...

Q & A With Ali In The Jungle

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? We’ve just released our music video for ‘I Don’t Even Know You’, a track from our new and debut EP Anyway. Watch ‘I Don’t Even Know You’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YOzpOPxEkg&feature=youtu.be Listen to Anyway - http://hyperurl.co/1t0nl7 XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? 8 years now! We formed at school when we were 14/15/16 (there are 3 years between us all) XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? To have fun with my mates honestly, but then that’s also formed into a crusade to create something meaningful and exciting from our humble middle England town. XS ROCK: What is your music background? Hearing MIKA’s great and lavish pop album Life In Cartoon Motion was where I started taking playing piano seriously (aged 10)…....

Q & A With Andy Barton of Grimgotts

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Back in May, we released 'Tales', the first installment of our 2020 album Tales, Sagas & Legends. Sagas is to be released in August whilst the album will be out in its entirety this winter. The first single of the album, 'For the Power' was released in February The second single, 'Rise Again' is being released 31/07/2020 We've got some 2021 shows confirmed! We've got the Hard Rock Hell fest in March - playing alongside the likes of Dream Evil! We have a second festival on the Isle of Wight soon to be announced! How long has the band been together? We started off as a parody Harry Potter themed metal internet project in 2015 with just 2 members, but in 2018 we recruited a full line up and became a full Power Metal...

Q & A With Josey With From Chasing Apparitions

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Josey: The latest news for Chasing Apparitions is that we are releasing a new single on 8.7.2020 titled “L’appel Du Vide”, which happens to be my favorite song on our upcoming EP, “Am I Worth Saving?”. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Josey: The current lineup for the band has been together for almost a year. It consists of Jacob Ortengren & myself handling the instrumentals, with Justin Stubbs handling the vocal duties. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Josey: Originally I wanted to make a band because I thought they looked super cool. The synchronized headbanging, the screaming, the aesthetic, I loved all of it. As time went on I started to use music as an outlet for...

Q & A With Ocean Encounters

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Quentin: Well we released our debut album smack dab in the middle of a global pandemic, so that's awesome (laughs). Actually the first single off of that album was released the day before everything got shut down here in Belgium. So the tour we were starting to gather dates for, promotional events, interviews.... all of it out the window. Pieter But yeah so we have our first album “Anchored” streaming on all major platforms, we have a few music videos out on our YouTube channel, plus a bi-weekly vlog that gets released on that channel as well, so head on over there for some behind-the-scenes shenanigans!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Nathan: The band in general has been around for a solid 5 years. We started...

Q & A With Shadow People

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Matt Conradi: This pandemic has fucked everyone out of live shows. We're not doing shows because we don't want our fans to get COVID. If you're playing in horribly infected areas, your PRIDE IS SHOWING. CARE about the people who come to see YOU. FUCK YOUR SHOW. Taking a break from shows has been nothing but a good thing for us. We're getting gear, we're writing songs, we're releasing an EP. We're staying busy. There are so many other things a band can do than play shows at this time. We're not doing live streams because we don't want to risk our sound's integrity and intensity.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Matt Conradi: Since 2013, we have been in full swing of living, breathing, dying, and...

Q & A With Borderline Natives

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kevin- We’ve been putting out singles for our debut album which is titled “An Endless Struggle For The Proper State Of Mind and its due out Late August Bobby: We’ve finished recording our first album and are finishing up the mixing and mastering on it. We’re super excited to get this album out there, it’s really been the biggest thing we’ve been focused on during the COVID-19 shutdown. Moving forward we’re really just looking for the best opportunities to tour once everything opens back up.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Kevin: the band has been together for a little over a year this project has been around since 2017. Bobby: In its current form we’ve just hit our first birthday. Kevin started the band a few...

Q & A With Weslie Negrón From Moths

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Weslie Negrón: Well, last June we had the chance to appear in the ‘Stimulus Swim’ mixtape curated by Adult Swim with other artists from around the world and different genres as well, that was really cool. We also have a Split album with our friends from Philly, “The Stone Eye”, which will be out in August 21st. Hopefully after this whole pandemic thing is over, we’ll be able to tour again.   How long has the band been together? WN: The band started in 2016 with Jonathan (Lead Guitar), Omar (Rhythm Guitar), and I (Bass) where we just exploring new sounds and we got our first songs done. After a couple of lineup changes, Damaris (Vocals) and Danny (Drums) joined the band and we got to release our first EP in 2018.   What...

Q & A With Shane Sherman From BADGUYSWIN

Nirvana and Soundgarden may be no more, but the members of Canada’s BADGUYSWIN are here to serve up your guilty pleasure for an era of rock n’ roll that’s knocking on doors and making its comeback. Heavy driven grunge-inspired loud amps, blended with clean vocals, plentiful harmonies and driving rhythms are what fuels this Grand Forks, BC band to keep things stuck in your head for days to come! Featuring 3 out of 4 members from technical metal band Slagduster, BADGUYSWIN shows off their original roots in music, the grunge era of the 90s where they would glue themselves to the stereo for hours. The members of BADGUYSWIN also all grew up together in the same small town and have been playing music together in various ways for 15 years.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our band news is that...

Q & A With Between The Rain

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? BTR: Well, we wish we were announcing tour dates; unfortunately it looks like we won't be gathering in crowds until 2021. That said, we're pumped to be working with Pavement Entertainment these days.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Tim: I started playing with Victoria in 2008. We linked up with Roddy in early 2019.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Victoria: I've always enjoyed activities better in groups -- travel, sports, music. There's a satisfaction in creating music with others that I don't necessarily get on my own.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Roddy: I started playing drums at age 9 in school band. From there I progressed to jamming out classic rock...

Q & A With Kent From Killerhertz

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Hey everybody and thanks for having us here at XS ROCK - Well the year has been very productive so far - back in the rehearsal-room playing new songs and some old stuff too. Made some brand-new t-shirts and patches ... the concert schedule is still in the making, but hopefully we will play a few concerts in Copenhagen later this year, and then will see… And we are still in making for the next music video for Foodchain Victim, which will be released later this year. But in the meantime, we can use the time to promote the band and our new album and hopefully make a ton of interviews ha-ha   https://youtu.be/rsBQ-cIMqYY   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We started back in late 2011 -...

Q & A With Antonio Santos of Places Around the Sun

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We are about to release our self titled album in September. We’ve released the first single for it called “Chasing Tails” and we are about to release the second single in July. It’s probably one the things we are most proud of, it’s an album that will always have a special place in our hearts because of it’s meaning and how it was made.   How long has the band been together? We’ve been together since 2013/2014, although we only really started taking things seriously in 2017. We started with our first album and played a few shows here and there, but when we started recording and then released the second album we really started to make it a real priority because that album showed us what we could accomplish as musicians.   What...

Q & A With Simon Tuozzoli From Vestal Claret

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just self-released our third self titled LP. How long has the band been together? We formed the band in early 2006, so we have been recording for over 14 years. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  I started doing it because I felt that it was what I was made for. What is your music background? I started late, took the violin for a few years as a youngster, but didn’t pick up the bass until I was 17.  I played in bands, studied some music at university and just kept going. What image do you think your music conveys? For Vestal Claret, it’s a pretty dark image.  Our early work is pretty grim. What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.) I...

Q & A With Dan Kert, singer and guitarist of Plastic Barricades

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dan: We’ve just released our third single from the upcoming LP. It is called “Tunnel” and it comes with a very trippy music video, shot entirely with a digital microscope. We’ve tried to imagine how our anxieties might look like under 1000x magnification. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrvXb_g_vBo   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? The name Plastic Barricades first appeared back in 2007, but there were many line-ups across two different countries. Me and Paul are in this boat together since 2018.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Listening to Kurt pouring his heart out and falling in love with his raw energy and brutal honesty and also simplicity of his music, connecting on a deep level....

Q & A With Emily Daccarett

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Right now I’m working on new songs and animated music videos! Still so much to do, but getting close to releasing some new content!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We got together last October 2019. We went to music school together in LA and would occasionally jam on different projects or just for fun.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? I’m a fashion designer and now I’ve added singer/songwriter to that mix. I had not really planned on performing Live unless it was for my next fashion show. I was still trying to figure out how to balance designing, while also working on my music. As I started preparing for the release of my first EP, I...

Q & A With Myosotis

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Hey Bobby, thanks for having us. There´s a lot of stuff happening around the band at the moment and our fans have been soo patient, therefore we´re stoked to announce that most importantly there´ll be new music from us. We´ll release the first new single since 2018 called: WHAT IF… and couldn´t be more excited about it. In 2020 there´s gonna be 3 new Music videos + livestreams + a few shows (fingers crossed) in Germany. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? The band was founded in 2017 and we´re still in our original line-up XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? We all have been musicians before Myosotis and played our part in various projects, but all of us...

Q & A With Mike From Wasting Time

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mike: We’ve got a new single coming out entitled, “My Limited French”, which we’ve just finished recording a few months ago. Check it out on all major streaming services on July 24th! Our second album, “Once More Without Feeling” will be released sometime in the fall too.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Mike: The current lineup of the band has been active since 2017, which was when I first met Vlad and found out that he was looking for a bassist. The band had existed back in the early 2000s, but broke up around 2009 and hadn’t been active since.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Mike: My first motivation being in a band was to...

Q & A With Spacejam

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? First of all, hello everyone here Sebastian PARRIS, I am the founder of the group, songwriter, singer and guitarist of the band Spacejam. The latest news from the band. We changed drummer, it is now Pat Bouet who hits the drums in Spacejam. Pat has been a professional drummer for over 30 years. He has performed with many great rock bands and has toured and recorded around the world. I'm shooting the last video of the band. I built, all the sets, created the storyboard, the characters etc ... The video should be ready during the month of July. Our record label The Animal Farm Music will make a "Radio Edit" of our song "Stay Alive" and it's this version of the song that will be in the video clip. We are...

Q & A With Martyr Art

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? I just dropped the newest Martyr Art ep, ‘Through Soundwaves Vol. 2’. Currently available on Bandcamp, it’ll be on Spotify and everywhere else end-of-June (at the latest)   How long has the band been together? Let’s see… I’ve been drifting along as Martyr Art for about 16 years. What is your music background? I pretty much learn and write everything by ear. My dad initially taught me how to play guitar…eventually I took classical guitar lessons for a few months for better technique and to expand the scope of my creativity. Sang in 7th grade chorus and switched to school band from 8th to 12th grade. My dad also brought me to blues jams, forced me to break out of my comfort zone, which was narrow at that time… especially when it came to...

Q & A With Roméo, Lead Singer-Guitarist For Reaven

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? “We are preparing a new album called “For Tomorrow”, we will release it this year if everything is fine. Also, we are rescheduling our European tour and our US tour for 2021!” XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? “It’s a long story of love, but to cut it short, we started to make music together at school, years ago. It began with concerts in our hometown for Vince (drummer of the band) and I (Lead-singer / Guitarist of the band). ” XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? “Our main motivation was to tour around the world. It has always been our dream. Also, we wanted to make this passion our daily life and job.” XS ROCK: What is your...

Q & A With Duncan Evans

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? DE: Hi. We're trying to get to the stage where we can rehearse again as a full band during the lockdown. I think that time will come pretty soon. I've got a split/collaboration album coming soonish with Wilderness Hymnal. It's going to be quite special I think. I've really enjoyed exploring new sounds and previously untapped feelings on this one. We're at the mix stage and we're just making arrangements for a very cool artist to do the cover. There will be full band live shows and other announcements soon. I'm also collaborating with a lot of people including Jay from Crowhurst, with whom I'm working on an acoustic covers album which we hope might sound something vaguely in the vein of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska record.   How long has the band been together? DE:...

Q & A With Oracle

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? RAY OZINGA: With our latest release, Hindsight is 2020 coming out so recently, there isnít much besides videos and more writing. No live shows or tours because of the pandemic. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? RAY OZINGA: Over 4 years now.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? TREY OZINGA and JASON LONG: we wanted to put together a project where we could be free to write whatever and however we wanted with really like minded people that all work hard.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? RAY: All of us has been in other bands but, no formal training other than Trey. Ironically, he trained as a guitarist and is the drummer. JASON: I played...

Q & A Jason Higson of Yanomamo

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? We have our new EP 'No Sympathy for a Rat' coming out in early August. Following that, we'll be doing a lot of shows in support of the release. How long has the band been together? We formed in late 2011, so almost 10 years! What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? I was introduced to KISS at a very young age & from that point I always wanted to play guitar in a band. Fast forward many years & we formed Yanomamo ... the aim was to create & play awesome riffs with heaviness, swing & groove. What is your music background? I'm totally self-taught as a guitarist ... everything I can do, I taught myself. I don't spend a lot of time learning other bands songs, I...

Q & A With Brandy And The Butcher

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Like everyone else we can't play in person shows. We did a couple of live streaming events. They are on our Youtube and Facebook pages.   How long has the band been together?  Almost 2 years.   What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  Kevin and Jay had been planning to put a new band together upon his retirement from the Army. As they started looking for bandmates they couldn't find any among the local usual suspects  so The found Roger who had played in the army band with Kevin and Liz who was booking a local club and had been in a band many years prior. Kevin Roger and Jay are lifers that seem to be obsessed with playing music no matter what. Liz was a bit of a surprise...

Q & A With The OddEven

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? New record “Space Juice” arrived on earth on 4.20.20. We had hoped to follow that up with a bunch of live shows, but they all had to be canceled or rescheduled because of the pandemic. We shifted some shows from April and May to the fall… we have a group of shows in Florida in late September and we are doing festival shows in Jersey and Maryland (if they go off). Who knew when we started recording that the world would be upside down when the record was done?!? XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Almost one year – The OddEven’s first show was 7/27/19 with Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango. We have had 6 drummers since then believe it or not for various reasons (from depression/substance abuse...

Q & A With Battle Born

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Willy Keer (guitar & keyboard): Our EP is out on 26th June. We're mightily proud of this one so give it a listen. If you can't wait that long, then we have two singles out already! Chris Beattie (bass): We’ve also released live lockdown videos for each of the singles which we really enjoyed doing. Tom O’Dell (guitar & vocals): Of course, live shows are very high up on our agenda for when it’s safe again! We really can’t wait to hit the road.  XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Willy: Writing started in the summer of 2018 but the band line-up wasn't put together until just a few months ago. We really are a very new band! Chris: The full lineup came about by accident! After recently joining...

Q & A With Torizon

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Torizon just released our brand new single "Find My Way Out" which has been gaining a whole lot of national and international coverage. It was recorded amidst the Covid19 lockdown in March, whilst our bass player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Thankfully he has fully recovered! Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) also laid some guest guitars on this song - we are super proud as it showcases our new heavier and darker sound. We are also about to announce our first international tour and a run of national shows! Keep an eye on our social media to be the first to know.   How long has the band been together? We started at the start of 2019 and released our debut EP in June last year   What was your main motivation for starting or being...

Q & A With Royalty Kult

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? JM: We are currently in the process of releasing singles leading up to our Debut album “Enjoying The End”. We just released Stay This Way and Bleeding Possibilities and the reception has been great   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? JM: Since 2016, but we were quietly working hard writing 3 albums worth of material and we just launched to the world this year   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? JM: This truly all I have ever known and all I ever wanted to do. My Father is a Heavy Metal singer. It is just who I am David: My entire life, as far back as I can remember, I’ve been creating in one form or another....

Q & A With Chris Whitby and Aki Shishido From Dystopia A.D.

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?   CW: Our latest album, Rise of the Merciless, will be released in July 2020 and pushes our sound to new limits in terms of technicality, musicianship, and songwriting complexity. The album was partially recorded from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan where Aki was deployed as a Major in the U.S. Army.   How long has the band been together?   CW: I started Dystopia A.D. as a solo project in 2018 and released our debut album Designing Ruin with the help of several guest musicians in the underground metal/progressive rock scene, including Justin Greczyn of Swashbuckle and John Tuohy of Mile Marker Zero. Aki came on board full-time in 2019 as the lead guitarist.   What is your music background?   CW: Both Aki and have deep roots in the underground metal scene. As teenagers, we were both in a melodeath band called Vigrid and played local shows in NJ/NY. Aki continued playing guitar with thrash/death metal...

Q & A With Angelo Coppola From The Lows

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? ANGELO COPPOLA: With the pandemic in the U.S. right now, The Lows had many great shows postponed or canceled including shows with Candlebox. So needless to say, that has put a stronghold on future bookings until we’re allowed to have crowds again. We have a new EP or more worth of material that we are scheduling to record once we are able to, and I look forward to the opportunity to get in front of an audience again soon.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? ANGELO COPPOLA: The band started with the recording and release of The Lows debut self-titled EP in the fall of 2017 which was originally a project started by myself. Through the original recordings of the EP, I was able to entice...

Q & A With Jake Earley From The Lonely Ones

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? We’ve been in hiding and dying to get out. Covid-19 has kind of put our touring to a standstill, but we are jam-packed with new releases, have a new cover of a Queen song coming, and we have dates announced starting in October with more in the works. We are ready to be busy again.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? The band started out as a group called Bobaflex who have been around 10-15 years but since the founding member's departure in 2019 we have formed a group with the existing member so we very seasoned in the game but very new with the name and music.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Honestly, everything else was mind-numbing...

Q & A With Alexander Poe Of The Hate Club

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Alexander Poe: I'd say that right now there's a ton of good stuff happening with THC, a couple of new singles, then an EP, then album by the end of the year. All combined with THC's new direction in sound, makes me really excited for the future if the band. Considering the entire COVID-19 situation, there aren't any upcoming shows until the horizon clears out a bit. Hopefully, something in the end if this year and back in full force in 2021, mate, this virus sucks. XS ROCK:  How long has the band been together? Alexander Poe: It's a relatively new project, I started it 3 years ago and so far so good. Looking to have actual band members to join in to share this journey with someone but for now, THC...

Q & A With Ian Dartez Of Hold On Hollywood

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Well, since everything is pretty much shut down due to COVID-19, we pretty much have come to a halt with anything like live shows, tours, or much of anything publically. However, it’s given us plenty of time to write, recoup, and get our heads together for a game plan of the future! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We’ve been together completely for 5 years strong, since December 28th, 2014. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Well, music is my passion. Always will be. My motivation is to give people something to listen to that they can relate to, let them know they are human, make them feel. That or make people dance. If you aren’t feeling something, you...

Q & A With Matt Markle of Angelic Desolation

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? We'll begin recording with Taylor Hahn of Hahn Audio on June 1st. We'll be recording a 4 track EP titled "Quorum Of Unspeakable Curses". Mastering will be handled by Ted Jensen from Sterling Sound, known for his work with Gojira, Death Angel, and Carnifex. As for live performances, Colorado will begin opening things soon so hopefully, we can return to some semblance of normalcy. As for touring, it seems like that's going to be a while longer before it is a regular thing again. As I think most of us in music are in the same boat, we're hopeful for 2021.   How long has the band been together? Chris, Jay and I (Matt) have been friends since middle school and have been playing music in some form for over 10 years at this...

Q & A With Psycho Village

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Dani: We have been basically on the road since mid-2017 non-stop. I think the longest break we have had was maybe 6-7 weeks, so we have spent most of the last 3 years touring all over Europe and the UK while finishing up the new record UNSTOPPABLE, that is finally out in the US! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Dani: I founded Psycho Village when I was 15 years old, back in 2009. In 2013 we released our first single, which was a big radio and chart success in Austria, reaching top10 on iTunes and the top40 on the Austrian single charts (Austria Top40). Our first EP Selfmade Fairytale – part 1, was released in 2014. We spent a good two years touring that album in Austria,...

Q & A With Bison Face

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Ernie: We’ve got a couple of shows tentatively in the pipeline but nothing is being announced until the lockdown situation becomes clearer. Our debut EP will be released later in the year and we’ll be playing release shows for that, then working on a record. But so far, we’re on hold at the moment, unable to practice. I’ve just been holed up writing and recording demos for the last 2 months. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Ernie: I started writing the first few tracks in late 2018/early 2019. I think our first show was about a year ago now so probably we’ve been a band for like 15 months? The lineup finalized in February this year, so it still feels completely infant. XS ROCK: What was your...

Q & A With Casey Daron Of Afterimage

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We are very excited to release our first studio EP, “Temperance” on Monday, June 1st. It’s a very moody project, with some of our best work to date. This release has been a long time coming, and all of us have been eagerly waiting to get this out there.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We’ve been a band since 2016. We met at Keene State College our freshman year, and have been stuck with each other ever since.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Initially, Afterimage was a one-off band that was competing in an on-campus battle of the bands, just for fun. I’m not sure any of us had much intention of keeping...

Q & A With Greg Antine From Swim The Current

Tri-State NJ - The project Swim the Current headed up by guitarist Greg Antine has released his next single "Temperature Maps". This time the guest on Swim the Current's release is vocalist Greg Christie who has played locally in the area off and on for several years. Greg's vocal contribution has set a tone that continues to showcase what a project like Swim the Current can produce when musicians come together and meld their talents. "Temperature Maps" certainly is a leader in the realm of modern collaborations between well-respected musicians and long time friends. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Greg Antine. I have 3 singles to be released with-in the up and coming months XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Greg Antine. I Formed Swim the Current about a year ago XS ROCK:...

Q & A With Scott Pustilnick From LifeCycle

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Our self-titled debut single "Lifecycle" dropped in January. Our next single "Burnout" drops in the first week of March. March 7th the band is performing @theGrapeRoom in Philadelphia and April 3rd the band performing on the acoustic stage @the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival located at the Atlantic City Convention center.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Less than one year! What a busy 10 months…constant work between playing live, writing, recording, and promoting….and drinking rye….and drinking…..rye.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? The love of all music. For me personally, it was being able to write a song, play it live, and then have people you have never met enjoy your song. What...

Q & A With Drew Cochrane From Catalysis

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? At the moment, it’s hard to keep much momentum going due to the COVID-19 situation. We do, however, have a new album releasing on 24th July (originally scheduled for 1st May but delayed due to the pandemic), with a couple of lyric videos ready to roll, etc. After that, I guess it’s a case of getting back to live shows as and when that’s logistically possible. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? In various forms since the end of 2016. The current lineup has been together since January 2020, (we added bassist Kenny in January, previously our vocalist handled bass duties too). Other than that, the lineup has been solid for a good while. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a...

Q & A With Marius From Aspherium

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Marius: We released a new album in the fall of last year. We are promoting this album now.  We’ve had to take a break from touring because our drummer had to undergo surgery, but we will be back on stage in April. We are also working on some new music. The wait for new music won’t be as long as it usually is. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Marius: Torgeir and I started the band in 2007. We quickly recruited Bjørn Tore on drums, we had played with him previously and he nailed his audition. We did a three-song demo as a three-piece, and after trying out guitarists for a long time, we finally found Morten in 2009. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting...

Q & A With Jolly Six Robert From Old Roger’s Revenge

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Robert: Well. We are coming out with our first Album "Vengeance of Blackbeard", through Pavement music.  For Us is the first release, after years of concerts. We are really proud of this and proud of the opportunity that pavement grants us.  This album is something new that comes from the past.  Metal bluesy riffs on hard drums, with a lot of influences.  Unfortunately, all our plans for touring are gone this year cause COVID.  But as the art of war teaches, we have to model us, how the water models itself to the shapes of the things.  So I think I'll aim all on the web.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Robert: I formed this band in 2014. After 3 months, we started to play live steadily in clubs, festivals, and...

Q & A With Pete From Ugly Clinic

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Hello XSROCKERS, Pete the Riff from Ugly Clinic here answering your questions. I’m afraid that the great plague of 2020 put a stop to all of our live shows, but we will continue to release songs from our first album throughout the rest of the year, and maybe press up some vinyl copies too.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We started the band about a year ago. Bass player Davie X and Rhythm Guitarist Pete the Riff already knew one another from playing in a punk rock covers band. Richard (lead Guitar), Jed (drums) and Chloe (vocals) were recruited specially for Ugly Clinic because they are great musicians and they have the required rock n’roll attitude!     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for...

Q & A With Parallel Motion

Parallel Motion was created in 2017. Since its inception, the band was clear they wanted be a metal band, but more importantly: a band that embraced each member’s influences. Their music surprised the public and was highlighted for its high energy and catchy hooks. The group has been received positively by US independent radio stations and also featured on digital magazines in the UK. Parallel Motion was even named 'The Artist of The Month' by Reverbnation . At the end of 2019, they released their first EP Illogical which raised the bar for their high energy and emotional live performances. Their single "Illogical" was featured on Alternative Press's 'Discover Playlist'. Parallel Motion has been playing live quite extensively, even opening for globally recognized bands like Angel Vivaldi, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Crazy Town, Islander, Shallow Side, and Hed PE just to mention a few.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects...

Q & A With Bob Bardou From One Step From Falling

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Bob - We are extremely excited to be releasing our 1st release under the Pavement Entertainment Label called “STUCK ON THE WAYSIDE” It will be available May 1st, 2020! It's a 15 song album that we can’t wait to get out!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Bob - The band originated in 2011 in Syracuse, NY but really started hitting our stride in 2013 and have been traveling all over the USA playing our music ever since. We also added a 5th member early 2019, Mr.Ty Gleason on the drums! This made it possible for Steve to take full reign as lead singer. Its been a hell of a ride so far and can’t wait to see what’s next!   XS ROCK: What was your main...