Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

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...

Q & A With The Fill Ins

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? ALEX STIFF: Since COVID-19 shut everyone down, we’re actually still in the pending stages of fully releasing our latest record NEVER HEARD OF ‘EM on Hobo Wolfman Records. The record is out now for people to listen to online, but we have random color vinyl pressed that we haven’t been able to play out and get in people’s hands. We’re also planning a few other small music releases to go along side this release; so we’re really excited for the rest of this year for playing shows and spreading the word.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? ALEX STIFF: The band has been around in name since about 2010 but didn’t start really playing shows actively until 2013. The 3 of us (James, Mikey and myself) have...

Q & A With Once Upon A Flatline

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Alexis Valentine: We are continuing to release music for our upcoming EP 'Theatre Lucy' arriving in 2020- a concept album that is the many ghost stories told in the abandoned musical theatre- Lucy. Each song off the record is inspired by a different Broadway musical, the band already teasing 'Les Miserables,' 'Moulin Rouge' in their first two releases. The latest release 'Hang Hymn High' is infused with jazz stylings as an homage to the musical 'Chicago.' 'Hang Hymn High' was released on 5/1 along with a lyric video and a powerful message for victims of domestic violence to get help if they are trapped at home during the pandemic. 'Theatre Lucy' is the first record by Once Upon a Flatline, and is the beginning of what is hopefully a long history of the band's mission, which...

Q & A With Tradmrkd

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements? Eddie: Hopefully we will have some exciting news on tour projects with a few other local bands in the near future. They are all in the pipeline. Unfortunately, COVID is not helping the situation. Another bit of exciting news is that we now have a new YouTube page.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Eddie: the band has been about since 2014. It was originally just Finlay and myself with our mate in the band. Finlay: We decided that we wanted to try to do something with being in a band. So, in 2018, we became serious about it and found our current line up with Corey Finnie and James Riddoch.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?...

Q & A With Mike Bress From Hearts & Hand Grenades

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Hearts & Hand Grenades has just released our third EP ‘Adrenaline’. It consists of four hard rock tracks that we are extremely happy with and feel this is our best work yet. Pick your copy up today or stream it every major platform.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? This band has been together for just a little over one year. We started the idea of putting this band together in March of 2019. One short year has already yielded three EP’s that we are very proud of.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? We had just performed at a local Telethon right before the Goo Goo Dolls. Robby Takac approached us after our set and asked...

Q & A With Stone Sea

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Elvis - At the moment things are all still due to the coronavirus situation. We are still maintaining our productivity composing new songs, working on our social media and preparing ourselves for the UK tour that is meant to happen in September. Let’s hope things get better by then.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Elvis - Stone Sea first started in São Paulo - Brazil around 2014 where I recorded the debut album “Origins” released in 2015, same year that I moved to Ireland. Now, this line up is active since April 2019.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Elvis - I believe it was something that came naturally for all of us. We always had...

Q & A With One in the Chamber

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or Announcement? Gerrod: We’re stoked to have just released our brand new single and music video for “Blow”! In under a month, the track has actually passed the 10k milestone on Spotify and we couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful for the support and love we’ve received for our work. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Christian: One In The Chamber started in the spring of 2015, so we’ve been a band for about 5 years, now. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Gerrod: When the bartender from last week’s jazz gig calls you up about starting a rock band while you’re at a Christmas party, how could you say no? XS ROCK: What is your music background? Christian: This is...

Q & A With Rob Gaylard From The Nomadic

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? The Nomadic are very excited to follow up on the release of our first single "Drifting" in Sept 2019; with the release of "Waiting" on April 17th, 2020; with the video coming out 24th April. It is a song about waiting for a difficult time to pass, and it's for about waiting for others, to arrive, make a decision, at subways, restaurants, cafés etc. It’s about waiting for your true self to be actualized and realized, to achieve your full potential. It’s about “waiting”, isolated but not alone, at this tough time, waiting to get out back there and live our normal lives. It’s about loyalty, sticking by friends, lovers, partners etc. waiting for yourself to make the right decision, but also being ‘proactive’ about moving your life forward. This song is for all...

Q & A With Conway

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  AIDAN: We’ve got a new album coming out that we’re doing with Pavement Entertainment, it’s called “Something Wicked,” and it’s coming out April 10th, the first single is called “One More Shot!” That’s the big news right now, we’re really excited to get out and tour, but as I’m sure everyone knows, that’s probably going to need to wait.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? RILEY: Aidan and I were in a metal band prior to Conway called Face First. That was from 2015-2016, and after a short hiatus, Aidan was looking to record his poppier ideas that were a real left turn from the metal we were playing before. By 2017, Aidan and I were meeting up several times a week for a couple of months...

Q & A With Living Dead Stars

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? NOX: Well, we just finished our first UK tour and after that, we were about to go on tour with the Canadian legends Anvil, but for obvious reasons we had to postpone the tour till fall 2020. ASH: Also we just released our single “In Pieces” that´s featuring the works of Max Georgiev, the guitarist of Falling in Reverse. ASH: Also our debut album will drop/has dropped on April 3rd, so that’s something to be excited about. Nox: On top of that, we have much more to release within the next months     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? NOX: I founded the band back in summer 2016 in London. Unfortunately, all members left me and then after I got my solo project up and running myself and...

Q & A With AskVader

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? The biggest one would be the release of our debut album which will come out on the 13th of March, feels great! Also, we have two gigs announced in Stockholm and Gothenburg during the spring, more will come and also some European dates during the fall.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? We started up during wintertime in 2017 and recorded our debut EP during the spring of 2018.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? One of the main drivers was that we liked the same bands and the same type of music - we wanted to create and play rock together! Simple as that!   XS ROCK: What is your music background? We have all been playing since...

Q & A With “Her Name Was Fire”

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We are going to release our second album “Decadent movement” on April 3rd, so we are pretty stoked about that, it has been a tough journey to get it ready but I guess that makes it even more valuable. We are really proud of what we accomplished musically with it and eager to share with the world, a stoner rock trip that we hope it will blow your mind. We are releasing 2 songs in advance and filming a video for a 3rd one called “Devil’s Disco”.  Besides that we are preparing the release show for the album on an awesome place called Fábrica Braço de Prata  and preparing a European tour for later this year.   How long has the band been together? We started Her Name Was Fire in 2016, and have been...

Q & A With Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis, Vocalist For Aftermath

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just released our re-imagined version of the Lennon classic “Give Peace a Chance” a few weeks ago.  We decided to record this song as a follow up and more positive message than one that was on our latest album.  We released our concept  album  “There is Something Wrong” last year and the subject matter was about all the shit that is wrong with the world.  It was meant to be a wakeup call.   “Give Peace a Chance” was intended to be a call for peace with traditional wars in mind.  Now we are asking for peace among each other as the potential for this crisis to get a lot fucking worse as the media and politicians lie to us.  We need to stay united and not divided.    We are currently working on new material. https://youtu.be/maSlYQ5W5qI How long has the band been...

Q & A With Cam Bird

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just released a new single called "The Devil's Hands" and brought on a new drummer so its an exciting time at Cam Bird HQ. We're getting ready for a Battle of The Bands here in Melbourne where the winner plays at Wacken Open Air Metal Festival in Germany so that should be a lot of fun.  Last year was an intense year for me with the release of my debut album "Beyond". It was a much heavier and more intense outing for me where I went to a darker place in myself. I also sat in the producer's chair for the first time and self-produced and engineered the record which was a massive undertaking for me. It's nice to drop a single and have a bit more of a smaller commitment but still...

Q & A With Empty Friend

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dave K (vocals) - 100% yes! We've just released our second EP called 'Fatler' a week ago, and we're really proud of how this record turned out. It's a real statement for us, and is now a better reflection of our sound, since the release of our last EP. We've also got a big 'Camden Rocks' show coming up at the Camden Assembly on 21 March, which is gonna be a big show.   How long has the band been together? Dave K - The band has been together since 2015, with a settled line up since 2017. That said, Karl and Ryan have known each other since college (high school in the USA).   What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Dave K - This is an interesting...

Q & A With Gary Stautmeister From Nuclear Winter

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? I've been working on an EP which will be out fairly soon. It's a little different and rougher than Night Shift I think.   How long has the band been together? Well, the 'band' is really just me and the first album I worked on was in 2013 so that’s the year it really started.   What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? I finally decided I needed to start recording my own stuff and work on my own ideas. I felt after all the years of playing guitar, I had nothing to show for it - so Nuclear Winter became my solo project where I could experiment and do my own thing.   What is your music background? I was always into music from a young age. I...

Q & A With Jeff Sandoval From Healing The Fray

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Jeff Sandoval – We have released our 3rd single “Outside Looking In, along with a video, off our album titled “Healing The Fray”. The track is available, along with our other 2 releases “Mercy” and “In God’s Time” on all streaming platforms.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jeff Sandoval – We have been writing record and performing since 2008. We decided to name the Band “Healing The Fray” aka “HTF” in 2019.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Jeff Sandoval – A lifetime of being in love with music. I come from a long line of talented people. I have been writing and performing for most of my life.  It is the one thing that I know...

Q & A With Ralph Buso From Ravenscroft

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  (Ralph Buso/Frontman) We are proud to announce that we have a new EP entitled  “See-Through” being released on March 20th via Pavement Entertainment Records!    XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? (Ralph Buso/Frontman) 6 years.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? (Ralph Buso/Frontman) Music has been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember! I started writing songs when I was 14 years old.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? (Ralph Buso/Frontman) I have been in several Hard Rock bands. I was in a band called Serpent Underground for over 12 years.    XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?  (Ralph Buso/Frontman) I feel like we have a dark almost gothic-like...

Q & A With The Dodies

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We're about to release our first single 'Boiling point', out of our debut album 'It's One Hell of a Ride', which will be out very soon. We made a southern style wacky video for it. Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal flew all the way to Israel to produce the album with us. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? The Dodies have existed for 4 years, but we've been playing together under different band titles (like 'WeSuck') since 2007, when we were 14. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? At the beginning it was pure fun. It was just Yoni screaming into a 10 Shekels (3 bucks) microphone and Ran banging on drums with no other instrument to accompany us. We would cover kid...

Q & A With Zac Maloy From The Nixons

Aggressively entering the rock scene with unquenchable passion, pulsing energy and an electric sound, The Nixons presence in the music industry was unwavering. They were quickly recognized and made their mark on groves of dedicated fans for their legendary live performances. Comprised of Singer, Zac Maloy, Guitarist, Jesse Davis, bassist, Ricky Brooks and drummer, John Humphrey, The Nixons were discovered and eagerly signed with major label, MCA/Universal in 1995. The band did not disappoint with 3 hit songs, “Sister”, “Happy Song” and “Wire” upon the release of their first record, Foma. “Sister” exploded and quickly became a phenomenon in the Midwest. With momentum on high, “Sister” secured the spotlight with a top five radio hit and crossed over into the Hot 100 pop billboard songs. The Nixons were unstoppable, touring worldwide and lighting up the stage over 3000 times in nearly a decade. Their rise to fame set them on...

Q & A With Cam From Dead Man’s Chest

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our new EP, “Dear God,” will be released in February on Upstate Records. We have some things in the works that we will be able to start revealing in the New Year. How long has the band been together? DMC first started in 2006. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Why? Drugs, money and sex- of course! Nah, I think the main reason any of us started a band was just being troubled kids, who needed a legal outlet to release their emotions. Who knew you could ride those coattails for 30 years? What is your music background? I don’t think I have much of a music background. I still play half-assed Slayer riffs, same as I did when I was 10 years old. Except now my current...

Q & A With Dan Kincaid

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dan Kincaid: Yes! I’m proud to announce that on 10/31/2019, I released my first solo album, Persona Non-Grata.  Persona Non-Grata was produced, arranged, mixed, and mastered by Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode and Niko Stoessl.  I wrote all the lyrics and melodies and Christian and Niko took them to the next level.  I’m extremely proud of this album! It is my soul on display in musical form.  I’ve also released a lyric video for the first single off the album called “Living in Circles”. The video was created by Jacob Glover and includes artwork by Jonny Bush and a photo by Brandon Showers. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Dan Kincaid: I’m a solo artist at the moment, but as far as those involved in the creation of this...

Q & A With Huxley

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Huxley: The band has been working tirelessly to bring only the best and purest hard rock to the world. We currently have our EP coming out on December 13th, and if you don't mind me bragging a bit, it's dope. It's to be the first 5 songs, of thousands I'm sure, to place us on the top to world. We have our first Huxley Experience; we like to call our live performances because they will honestly change your life; on January 25th. It's at the Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City NJ. We fully expect to see you all there!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Huxley: This current project, just over a year. But the origins of Huxley began taking root well over a decade ago. Our last project...

Q & A With Keelrider Vocalist Björn Birnir

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We have a single coming out on December 6th which will be premiered on indymetalvault.com on December 4th and we also have a music video for it which will probably be premiered in the beginning of 2020.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  I started the band with one of my closest friends Atli when I was working on a music video back in the spring of 2015 for a song called “Stay” that ended up on our first album. The band has had about 10 members in various positions but the current line up I’d say has been together about a year. Pétur, our drummer joined the band in late 2015 so we’ve been playing together 4 years now.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting...

Q & A With Shakey Sue From The Hellfreaks

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Sue: We are on fire! We’ve just released our first two singles - Red Sky and Men In Grey taken from our upcoming album God On The Run.  The next big bang is just around the corner as we’re going to release another song with a cool music video in the beginning of December. The song is called Witches Heal and it’s a mix of heavy rock,  poppy vocals & metal screams to bring the witchy, voodoo sisterhood vibes alive. It’s made for dancing naked under the moon.  In January 2020 our new album “God On The Run” will come out on CD and a super deluxe Vinyl which will be a dream for any collectors and of course our booking agency is already working on our album release tour for 2020!...

Q & A With Shattered Guitarist, Jay Wells

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jay: we are in the process of writing a new album   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jay: the band has been around for years I've been with the band about 6 months   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Jay: I love heavy music   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Jay: I've been playing guitar since I was 11   XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Jay: dark and brutal   XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? Jay: get out there and play and have as much fun as we can   XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live...

Q & A With Chris Bentley From Night Goat

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We have our debut full-length record "Milk" releasing on Friday December 13th. Our album release party/ show is Saturday December 28th at Buzzbin in Canton, Ohio with special guests Stillborn Prodigy, Sons of Ghidorah, and Swamp Drag.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  approximately 4 years, gone through a few stops and starts due to lineup changes but we have been solid for the past 2 years.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? We have all been in different bands though the years. Personally, I had been chomping at the bit to start a noise rock/ heavy band for a long time. I have long admired the noise rock of the early nineties. Labels like Amphetamine Reptile, Touch and Go, and Reptilian...

Q & A With Byron Hawk From MNRVA

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Byron: We just released our debut EP Black Sky in October on Bandcamp and played a great EP release show in our hometown Columbia, SC, great crowd and fantastic response. This month we played a fun Halloween show with Appalachian Death Trap and played live on the local college radio show The Columbia Beet. In December we’ll start shopping for a label to put out the full record.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Byron: The band formed in 2018 with Gina Ercolini on drums, Kevin Jennings on bass and vocals, and myself on guitar and vocals. We started out wanting to crossover doom metal and stoner rock with more of a sludgy sound. As we started to write songs they came out with bits and pieces of...

Q & A With Dom From Remember The Monsters

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dom: We've recently released our latest single 'Close which has been picking up steam. We're currently working on new music and hopefully getting some pictures up so people know what we look like. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Dom: It's been about 3 years now. Which I guess in band time isn't very long. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Dom: I've been playing guitar since I was 16 and idolized radio rock bands like Linkin Park and Jimmy Eat World. I thought being in a band would be the coolest thing. Turns out it's hard work, still cool though. XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Dom: I personally...

Q & A With Hi/Jack

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Well, we have this compilation EP, Rank and File, coming out December 6th! Other than that we have our yet untitled record label debut coming out in 2020 with Blue Collar Records.    XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  We are about to hit 7 years. Hard to believe sometimes.    XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  Having a successful career as a musician has always been the main drive. We have both been in projects that went nowhere, so to be apart of something that has finally "clicked" is a huge breath of fresh air.   XS ROCK: What is your music background?  It's pretty eclectic. For myself is all variations of rock and roll. Though I have studied Jazz and Classical guitar as well. Ron is a self taught drummer, but he...

Q & A With Jenny Treator

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Jenny Teator: I just released a new song “Daughter of the Devil” on November 8th! I am currently in the studio right now recording another song 🙂     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  Jenny Teator: I’ve had some rotating players, but I’ve been playing with a full band for the last year and a half.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?  Jenny Teator: The more I started playing music and writing the more it made me want to create my own band and sound. I saw what it did to me and I wanted the opportunity to be able to show others what music can do for you.     XS ROCK: What is your music background?  Jenny...

Q & A With Roxxi Dott From The Savior Complex

Based in Las Vegas, The Savior Complex is a stand-out band that will be making waves in the music industry before you know it. Creators Anthony X (also known as the Sinister Minister) and Jay Gordon have shaped The Savior Complex to bring a unique sound with an avant-garde feel to listeners. Gordon is known for his work with well-known bands like Orgy, Korn, Linkin Park, and Crazytown. The creators of The Savior Complex are no strangers to the music industry, and the unique sound will have listeners hooked from the first listen. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Roxxi Dott: We just filmed our 2nd video this past weekend... It's a Depeche Mode Cover song... "People are People." Our DP Muck Sticky and Ricky flew in from Memphis and our behind the scenes video and photographers "Tour Bus Live" from LA kicked serious ass.. We had...

Q & A With Tarah Who?

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? CH : We have a new single coming up soon called "Pantomath", we will do some live video sessions too !!TGC: Lots happening! We are releasing a new single called 'Pantomath'on on November 22, 2019! Our self made docu-series about the band is out on youtube. It is called 'How it all began' you should check it out. 🙂 https://youtu.be/dQ9NKu6ta0E We just got back from a European tour and South tour in the US, playing in cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, etc.. This winter, we will be working on a music video for the new release and a new EP, March we are touring the West Coast... and many more to come! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? CH: I joined Tarah Who? a little bit more than two years...

Q & A With One More Weekend

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Connor- We have a few things going on before we settle down for the year. Our latest music video for “Listen” has just been released and we have a kinda post-release show next Friday (08.11.19) at Stay Gold in Brunswick for it. We’re supporting our old friends Elusive on their album release. After that we head back into our rehearsal space to finalize several of our new tracks, with plans to hit the studio in mid-late December for recording, mixing and mastering. We begin filming for the next set of music videos mid-Jan and then the songs will be released throughout 2020. How long has the band been together? Connor- Shit, Its been 4 beautiful years already lol. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Emma (Leith’s girlfriend)- I’m...

Q & A With Imagika

  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? New CD “Only Dark Hearts Survive” out as of 9/13/19 on Dissonance.  Touring in Spring 2020.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Since 1993. Had a lay off for 10 years. Back stronger than ever.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Music, booze and chicks…   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Inspired by KISS and Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' Steven knew he had to play guitar. His Dad had an electric guitar stashed away for him along with a Harmony tube amp! Off to races and with some tips from a school friend, Steve was rockin’ in the first band by the age of 12. Steven joined his first notable local band Gotham and released a few demos and singles...

Q & A With Norman Skinner From Hellscream

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Norman: Hellscream recently released our second studio album “Hate Machine” through Pure Steel Records on July 26th. No shows are scheduled or announcements at this time. The band is ultimately a studio project so aside from writing and recording we to date have not done much else. We are all pretty busy with our other bands.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Norman: This particular band formed in 2012 I believe so about 7 years.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Norman: I saw being in a band as an adventure. It was by complete accident that I ended up singing with a band in a high school talent show but I caught the performance bug and continued with...

Q & A With Atavastia

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We recently released our new single titled, “Through The Hollow Ravens Eyes” on all digital platforms. We’re also currently on a mini tour across Western Canada with our good friends in Sōlborn. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? As a full lineup, September of 2018 but before that, the band was formed as one manned project founded by Mattias Sippola in 2015. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Mattias: Music has always been a very important aspect of my life as it has helped me express myself in ways I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Dwayne: The exhilaration of playing live is what has drawn me into music. Dalton: After seeing my first local metal show, I was convinced to be...

Q & A With Vanilla Sugar

XS ROCK: So tell me a little about the latest news: Hi! Thank you for having me!! Things are going well; I just wrapped up a Texas tour and I am now back in the studio working on new music! XS ROCK: Growing up, how did music enter your life? My dad is a musician and I always admired him while growing up (still do, Dad! Love you!) he always played in bands as well. I started sitting in during his piano lessons when I was 4 and my love for playing music grew from there. XS ROCK:  How did you come up with your band name? There are two versions…the PG 13 version is that the name “Vanilla Sugar” sounds sweet and innocent when the music is actually raw and in your face. The X rated version (the 100% honest version) is this… I wanted to create an alias...

Q & A With Kurt Riley

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Hi, Bobby! Pleased to make your acquaintance. It has been an incredibly eventful period, to be sure; this year, I signed to New Vine Records, a stellar independent label in New York. And my very first single on New Vine, FTR SHK, was just released in October. It is the very first release in my latest thematic phase, and there has been effusive praise for it across the board.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? I’ve been operating as a solo artist for over a decade, billed simply as Kurt Riley. During this time, I’ve had the good fortune to perform and record with a litany of magnificent musicians, and the current lineup is amongst the finest I’ve ever been blessed with. The current lineup has been together...

Q & A With Toronto Blessings

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Rik: Hi there! We've literally just put our new 7 Track EP out called Asleep. It's available on all Streaming sites or you can download and buy a sexy Digipak from our Bandcamp page. It's six months of hard work we've been building towards with band. We recorded it pretty quickly with the bulk of the recording being over two days. It was produced by renowned producer Jason Sanderson who has worked with bands such as Rolo Tomassi, Brontide, Bodyhound, The Plight, etc.       XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?. Rik: We haven't been together too long, roughly about 2 years. A lot of that time was spent trying to get a sound was happy with as this band was formed from the ashes of our...

Q & A With Ethan Massey From Dispositions

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? we have a headliner on 11/15 in Fort Worth. We hit Cali the next weekend to play a couple of shows. Hitting the studio in February!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Since 2015   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? it was originally started as an internet project.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? We each cane from old DFW local bands.   XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? #spreadthehate   XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? Just play everywhere possible all over the place.   XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? They both have their pros...

Q & A With Scott Martin

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Scott: Well, just today I released a new single, "Bringing Hollywood Back To Life" and will be holding a release show for it this evening at The Bowery Electric in New York City. In another couple of months, I'm looking to follow this single up with an EP release - I'd say most likely around the holidays.  XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Scott: Well, I've been performing as a solo artist officially for the last year or so...before that I was working in a couple of other groups, Storm of the Century and Bulletproof Messenger, which were a little heavier and somewhat different in sound. Bulletproof's drummer, Joe Rubino, is actually my drummer these days as well - we're old friends from New York City, and I guess...

Q & A With The Whirlings

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? The Whirlings: We will be touring around Italy in December and across Europe in spring to promote our new album Earthshine     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? The Whirlings: we've been playing together for over 10 years ...   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? The Whirlings: we play mainly for our pleasure, for the pleasure of jamming together across psychedelic and stoner sounds and also creating something new that may also like to the audience   XS ROCK: What is your music background? The Whirlings: beyond classic psychedelic rock, influences such as stoner rock, space rock, and post-rock have been fundamental to develop our sound   XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?...

Q & A With Mark Briscoe From Broken Lines

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our debut album release is imminent! We have worked on it all year and are now putting the final touches on it before it goes to print. The album is an eclectic mix of all our influences, with something to please everyone. Be sure to play it loud!!!!!!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Broken Lines was formed in 2014. We are a 3 piece band playing unique and original music from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Our emphasis is to create upbeat and energetic music with punk, rock, psychedelic and just about anything else that influences us! We play for the love and enjoyment of music and aim to portray that in our songs and performances. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow and serene, but always refreshing and uniquely our...

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