Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

Q & A With Fear Is Dead

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Skila - We’re working on a few things: new album, singles and videos that will be included as bonus tracks. We're very excited about the new material and look forward to sharing it. Our next show is Jan 25th, Skila's B-day Party, the day after the release of our new single "Assimilation." We'll be celebrating it at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn, where the line up includes Chuggernaut, Winterwolf, Paragnosis, and recently signed Red Right Recording artists Rebelmatic. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Skila - Fear Is Dead has been around for 8 years and luckily we've only gone through two line-up changes. The cool thing is everyone is still very good friends, and we still collaborate from time to time. Usually, if you become an official F.I.D....

Q & A With Robert Corbino Vocalist For Midnight Foolishness

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Robert: Midnight Foolishness has a new single and video out for our song "2017." We are playing with Fastball on February 7th at The Chance and HedPE on March 20th at Dingbatz. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Robert: This particular line-up is fresh, however, the band has been around for a little over five years. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Robert: I always thought that I had some cool songs. XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Robert: I like both! Our new record has been a lot of fun to work on. JOE ARRINGTON From ROYAL CODA /ALOT LIKE BIRDS plays drums on it. XS ROCK: Do you...

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 Dan Nastasi And Larry Nieroda From Kings Never Die

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? (Dan Nastasi) Of Course.. first. we just set up INSTAGRAM which will be the main place to get info..  @KingsNeverDieOfficial  otherwise, NEWS!! "Raise A Glass" EP' released Jan 24th, 2020. UPSTATE Records along with BlocGlobal & Traffic Distribution. All great people and so grateful we are all working together.   EP' Title Track Raise a Glass feat. Vinny Stigma & Mike Gallo from AF on Most of the Vocals.  We love the track and are so grateful we were able to do it with them.. An Honor honestly!!  also, First Single Before My Time.  The other 2 tracks are bangers, Never Know & The Juice. I think the EP' is a great start and shows a taste of what we are capable of and shows the shape of where KND is going.    We have...

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 KB & The Idyllwilde

KB & The Idyllwilde is a soul-rock band based in Nashville, TN, led by high octane vocalist Katie Burke. Her lyrical content deals in the offbeat and the ugly; the extremes of love, sex, death, and pain.  Sonically, the band draws influence from artists ranging from Janis, Jimi, and Zeppelin to Beth Hart, DMB and Jack White. The name ‘Idyllwilde’ is derived from its two root words ‘idyll’ meaning ‘story’, and ‘wild’ meaning anything goes. The two words come together in acknowledgment of the band’s mission: to make music without the limits of genre or content, honoring the idea that ‘anything goes’. To KB, every compelling story is worth telling no matter what it looks or sounds like. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? KB: I have a new album coming out February 14th, I Just Wanna Love You, I...

Q & A With CaliberSands From Lucid Afterlife

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? CaliberSands: we have a new song we are adding as a bonus to the vinyl version of Descendant. Another tour in Latin America early next year. We are headlining the tattoo convention in June of next year.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? CaliberSands: The band was started around 2013 and the vocalist Nat Jack is the only original member. I joined the band in January of 2019 and Thom has been in the band for around 3 years believe.       XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? CaliberSands: My main motivation for being in a band is that it’s just simply what I am most passionate about. It’s a form of expression and something that...

Q & A With Eric Gynan, Guitarist For Leaving Eden

LEAVING EDEN, a Boston-based hard-rock band. The new album titled "Pinnacle" (Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal) dropped on Friday, November 8th. This multi-award-winning,  powerhouse of a band features the incredible spectrum and range of lead vocalist “Eve.”  "Pinnacle" punctuates the multi-layered evolution of composition and focuses your attention upon the unique musical vision that clearly sets Leaving Eden apart from the herd.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Eric: Hi I am Eric Gynan cofounder guitarist/songwriter of the band Leaving Eden from the Boston Mass area USA New England. We will be making a live DVD when we share the stage with Ratt. It should be a fun time. We’ve already got our next album recorded. We’ve got a couple more movies that our music is going to be in. Leaving Eden Current Lineup: Eve lead vocals, Alyssa White keys...

Q & A With Sean From Ascending From Ashes

Great stories take great storytellers. And if you’ve been to an Ascending From Ashes show, you might feel like you’ve heard a few great ones. By fusing strong songwriting sensibility with their energetic metal tact, Ascending From Ashes broadcast an accessible array of musical journeys. Over a ten-year lifespan, AFA has honed their craft with producers like Jesse Cannon and John Moyer. With the release of their full-length concept album “Glory”, the band looks forward to sharing their newest tale with the world. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Sean: Currently we're tracking 2 brand new singles for a 2020 release. For Christmas, we're releasing a Deluxe Edition of our album Glory released early this year. Our weekly YouTube Live Performance Stream will be back in full effect very soon. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?...

Q & A With Wooden Earth

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We're working on our first LP, and our comic book! More touring planned for the new year and our first show of the year with Mothership  01/10/2020 right here in Dallas, Tx.    XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? We started the band back in 2014 but we didn't play a show until 2017.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? We've both been making music since we were kids.   XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.) Releasing our music on vinyl and touring the states as much as possible. We also want to make our way over to Europe!   XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals? We want to be a well renowned band. We want the...

Q & A With Bryan From Feudale

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Bryan Feudale: Well we are very excited about the release of our single "Teenager" With TLG/INgrooves music. We do plan to release more music in 2020, As well as hit the road and do some live shows, All we can say is stay tuned!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Bryan Feudale: We have been playing together for about 15 years, what started as a hobby turned into a full-time passion for writing and playing music.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Bryan Feudale: we just wanted to have fun and write great music, We never really wanted to have just one sound we just wanted to make good music!   XS ROCK: What is your music...

Q & A With V From Violent Idols

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? V: We’ve been releasing a song almost every month since we launched. Our latest single is a cover of ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ originally by The Doors. Our version features the amazing guitar shredder from the UK Andy James with a guest solo. We just finished recording our first EP with producer Kane Churko in Las Vegas and are already beginning work on the next batch of material!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? V: We dropped our first song which was Jon Moxley from All Elite Wrestling’s entrance theme song back in August. That was the official launch of the project even though Violent Idols has been developing behind the scenes for over a year.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation...

Q & A With Quin Koldan From Dark Below

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Quin Koldan: We are currently writing for a new EP coming out early next year, which we are all extremely excited about, as well as working on booking shows for next year to support the EP release as well! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Quin Koldan: I've only been in the band for nearly 3 years, but the band started in 2012-2013. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Quin Koldan: I saw Green Day play 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' on the TV when it first came out, I think I was 10. I was amazed, and started writing on my own and liked it a lot, since then I've been playing music and always wanted to be in a band. XS ROCK: What is your...

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...

Q & A With Crypitus

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? ​​Zach: We just released our first album, "Ill World (That's What You Get)." It's on all the major streaming sites. Check it out. We're currently in the stage of writing a few songs for the next album. We have just a few local-ish shows to wrap up the year. After that, we hibernate and let our album stew on the internet for a while. Then we're going to take it back on the road in the spring. Pete: We just released our album Ill World (That’s What You Get) a few weeks ago. We have a handful of shows left this year but the most exciting one is with Exmortus in December. Doug: We have shows coming up in Connecticut / New York / Vermont before the year ends but I am...

Q & A With Dahlia Ray

XS ROCK. Tell me about your latest band news? Any new projects coming out? Live shows or announcements? DAHLIA RAY. Hi! The latest band news would probably be that we are about to drop our full EP. We finished writing it at the beginning of this year so we have been anticipating this release for a while. Also, going a little old school and releasing physical copies before ANYTHING hits the internet! These will be available on our upcoming tour with Stitched Up Heart and Kaleido in November.   XS ROCK. So how long has the band been together? DAHLIA RAY. I've been performing acoustically as a solo artist for over ten years now but Dahlia Ray was birthed at the beginning of this year. Literally on January 1st, 2019.   XS ROCK. What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? DAHLIA RAY. I have...

Q & A With Days To Come

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Brandon - We just released our new single Vultures and we also have crazy, zany socks. We’re excited to release our EP before the end of the year and we're currently working on the niftiest of songs for 2020.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Justin - I met Brandon in 2013 and the band started in 2014. Jalen joined us in 2018. We’ve gone through a few lineup changes over the years, but we’re confident in our current team.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Justin - I’ve always loved music. Growing up, my dad and brother would always be playing or singing something. It was always around and, when I was seventeen I...

Q & A With Andrea Carletti From Juggernaut

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Andrea: Our latest album, titled “Neuroteque”, came out at just a few days ago on Subsound Records! It was a big project for us: we have been busy first writing and then recording it for the past two and a half years and for this reason, we have played very few and selected shows during this time. The plan now is to do the exact opposite and play live as much as we can, to bring the music from Neuroteque anywhere there’s an audience waiting for us. We already played a few shows in France and northern Italy in September, just before the album release date, but more shows will be announced very soon.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Andrea: The band formed sometime around...

Q & A With John Malkin From The Simple Radicals

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  John: There’s a lot of activity and energy going on with our band that’s really exciting. We played some great shows in the Midwest this summer and were invited to play fests with Stone Temple Pilots and Blue Oyster Cult. We have a fantastic gig coming up at the iconic Cutting Room music club in New York City on December 14th. We’re totally stoked to end the year with that gig. As a follow up to our first track “Medicate” which features Vernon Reid of Living Colour shredding it on lead guitar, we just released the title track to the album, “New Revolution” and video which hit almost 15,000 views on YouTube in just a couple weeks. It was produced by Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, CT and they did an unbelievable...

Q & A With Kurt of Fumarole

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kurt:  We have a new single Valley coming out on October 4th. This and our last single Ghost Smoke will be a part of a full-length album we are currently recording. Valley follows a set of freed slaves torn by the reality that they have to go to war to fight their own kin who are puppets to the remote controllers. Those still enslaved by mind control devices are only freed violently and some die in the process, leaving the freedom fighters emotionally tormented. We’re also really excited about two shows for Greenleaf’s Australian tour! Jack Harlon and the Dead Crows are also on the tour and they’re so great! We can’t wait to be a part of it. Greenleaf is a huge influence and it’s an absolute honor to have the...

Q & A With Beneath the Hollow

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just released a brand new single  “Spellbound” on 9/27/19. For live appearances left this year, we have a 3-day residency set of shows supporting Dog Fashion Disco at The Looney Bin in Bradley, IL November 8,9,10     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jesse: Matt (drums) and I have been playing together since 2003. I was 13 he was 10 when we started. Tyler joined on bass in 2017 when we started getting this thing active again, and Jewell joined on vocals in June this year.      XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Jesse: we just wanted to write some music we wanted to listen to.       XS ROCK: What is your music background? Jesse: Matt...

Q & A With Peter Baliira From The World Without Us

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Peter: We’re excited to release our debut EP ‘Incarnate’ on  October 25th, and we’re already knee-deep into more music and content for everyone. We can hardly contain the ideas flying around our think-tank. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Peter: The World Without Us has been making music since 2016, but our first live performance as a band was in  May 2018. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Peter: I know it sounds cliche, but we just wanted to make music we thought sounded cool. That’s how it started. I’ve only been in the band since April 2018, but it was clear from the jump that it was our aim to push ourselves to be better musicians and to translate our...

Q & A With Brian Platter of The Last Reign

  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Brian: We currently have a 3-song EP entitled 'Prelude' due out Oct 11th. It will feature two originals and a cover. We have plans to play some weekend excursions over the next few months, with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Rochester booked so far. This will all lead up to our sophomore release, 'Evolution,' in July 2020 which we will do a longer tour in support of.      XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Brian: The Last Reign started back in May of 2015, however, there have been many lineup changes with the only consistent member being, Brian Platter, founder, guitarist, and songwriter. The current lineup has been together since the beginning of 2019 and we are stronger than ever.       XS ROCK: What was your main...

Q & A With Lindsay Schoolcraft About New Solo Album And Cradle Of Filth

Lindsay Schoolcraft is a singer, songwriter, harpist, and pianist from the city of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. She was discovered and recruited by the British extreme heavy metal band Cradle of Filth in 2013 and promoted to full-time membership in 2014. Since then she has embarked on many world tours and appears on albums “Hammer of The Witches” (2015) and “Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay” (2017) both released under Nuclear Blast Records. Lindsay has received her musical training from vocal instructors, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and at York University in 2012 where she had to cut her studies short in order to join Cradle of Filth. She continues to study abroad in the fields of business, musical theory, and harp playing. Occasionally she coaches select vocal students, but composing for her projects and making guest appearances remain a top priority. Lindsay’s stage persona caught the attention of Belzebubs’ creator...

Q & A With Lexi Layne

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Lexi Layne: The newest announcement is the first single dropped on 9/09/19 called “The Darkness Of Your Heart”. The official music video also dropped on October 1st. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Lexi Layne: I started performing in musical theatre around age 5, I always loved being on the stage and in the spotlight. Years later I found a love for rock music and started writing my own lyrics etc. I am very hard on myself and always push myself beyond the limit. Being a new rock artist and the new single dropping the sky is the limit! XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Lexi Layne: This answer goes back to what I said above. I have always loved being...

Q & A With Deepfall

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just announced our fall and winter tours. We’ll be touring coast to coast with our Brothers HELLYEAH and Nonpoint for the celebration of the life of Vinnie Paul Tour, and right before that, we’re going to do a 3-4 week run with our dudes from THC (Texas Hippie Coalition)   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? The current line up has been a little over a year, but it’s hard to keep track of the time after a while, you know? The thought of this group dates back over 15 years ago. Everyone was doing their own thing until we all decided, “ okay look, let’s just do this and see what happens”. I guess that’s the short version.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation...

Q & A With Paul Love From Plastic Barricades

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound, and approach. Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Paul Love on drums. Their debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released on September 2017 and is available on Spotify.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Paul: We have our first single from our new album out right now! It’s called “One for the Road” and it was released on October 1st. We’re really keen to hear what people think of it. Dan’s been writing and...

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