Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

Q & A With Matt Snell of Unveil The Strength

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Matt: We are really excited to have released the second single of our debut record “Foundations” called Hells Never Over. We made a video for it and it has been received really well!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Matt: Mark and I began working on this in September 2017. We have been trying to get freed up to work and it finally happened. Been grinding ever since.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Matt: Being a musician or “being in a band” is really something that chooses you. It is an all-inclusive time-consuming life choice, to be honest. Its an inner drive type of dynamic. XS ROCK: What is your music background? I have studied music...

Q & A With Dustin Rye From Them Fixes

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dustin: We just released our debut EP Electric Prophetic and we are in the midst of trying to get it into everyone's ears haha! In October we are hitting the studio again to do a fun single that will hopefully drop by the end of the year and we have shows throughout the rest of the year so 2020 is looking pretty prime to start moving as far as gigs.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Dustin: November 4th will be exactly 2 years for this project but Shawn and I have been playing together since high school in various projects.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Dustin: Comradery would be the first thing I’d say. You...

Q & A With Eric Jayk From Wildstreet

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Eric Jayk: Hey! Thank you! You ROCK!  Here are our upcoming gigs!   Aug 16th at The Pie Shop in Washington D.C 1339 H Street NE Washington, DC W/ Shagwuf, The Electric Prophets 21+ Tix $12 Adv, $15 DOS   Aug 17th in Brewbakers Bar 168 N Loudoun St Old Town Winchester Virginia  W/ MetalKrew   Eric Jayk: We are stoked!! Our new single Tennessee Cocaine is ready for release! It comes w/ a brand NEW official music. It’s hot, hard-hitting and gonna melt faces I’m sure! https://youtu.be/7ysU6LfQNo8 XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Eric Jayk: 12 years of pounding the pavement, sleeping on floors, drinking with strangers... I’m not complaining, It’s worth it! XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Eric Jayk:...

Q & A With Colin Parrish From Tulip

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Colin: We're touring North America in a couple of weeks with Swedish prog kings Evergrey and our fellow Texans in Shattered Sun. Our first full is length nearly done and we're planning to release it this fall. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Colin: We released our debut EP last September so we're coming up on our first birthday as a band. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Colin: Ashleigh and I have a long history both together and apart in music. TULIP made sense specifically because of her opera background - she has an incredibly powerful and clear voice which is well suited for belting over heavy guitars and bone-crushing drums. XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs...

Q & A With Durry From Coyote Kid

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Durry: Man, we have a lot going on right now. We recently changed our name to Coyote Kid, after going by Marah in the Mainsail for the last 9 years. We have a brand new full-length story album coming out in October called the Skeleton Man. We just released a new music video for our song Femme Fatale that was shot entirely on 16mm film. And we have a few more videos and singles slated for the next few months! It’s a wild time for the band right now.    XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Durry: Trick question. I (Durry) started the band with Wilder in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until about 2015 when we got signed and released our first album. But we...

Q & A With Brian Strean From Our Future Leaders

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?    Brian Strean: We just released our new single “You’re the Void” last week which is available on Spotify and all digital retailers. There’s also a cool lyric video for it on our Facebook page and YouTube. It was a collaboration with a very talented friend @therealjeremus on Instagram. There will likely be some shows announced soon, but nothing scheduled just yet. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  Brian Strean: We’ve had several members come and go over time, but as Our Future Leaders we’ve been together since about 2010-2011 and we released our first EP “Machines” in 2011. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?  Brian Strean: That’s a good question. I used to perform in some acoustic guitar chatrooms back in the day...

Q & A With Cory Scheider, Guitarist For Casket Robbery

Take a deep breath. Your unrelenting nightmare has just begun. Pulse-pounding, unrelenting, heavy, and brutally catchy. Heavy metal evokes deep emotions from elation to introspection to revulsion. Casket Robbery runs the gamut all the while burrowing its titanic sound deep into your psyche. The songs are pulverizing and catchy. The imagery is unique and their live performances invoke a primordial effigy, others can only hope to achieve. If you don't find yourself moving to this you should at least feel dirty for listening. The undeniable grooves and hooks coupled with conceptual vocal brutality make Casket Robbery the next level force of death metal insanity.   Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Yes, we have a new single and music video with an official release date in July! It looks like the video premiere will be on the 18th of June.  We're...

Q & A With Young Other

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Young Other:  We’ll be releasing our next video for our track Love Blind along with the rest of our EP on August 16th. Along with the EP we will be doing a short weekend run through MA, NY, and RI!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Young Other:  Dale and Brandon began Young Other in late 2016, after playing some shows and releasing a DIY recorded demo ep, the band took a short hiatus. The lineup was solidified with the addition of Devin Stetson and Kyle Shays around May of 2018. Shortly after we began to work on new songs and moving forward!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Dale: When I was 14, I started connecting...

Q & A With Jake Ward From Watch Me Breathe

From the very beginning, Watch Me Breathe has been all about honesty and authenticity. Lead singer Jake Aaron Ward formed the band in 2017 purely out of frustration. “As a solo artist, I just got fed up with trying to write music only to please other people. Watch Me Breathe is really an experiment that says: what would I write if nobody else was listening?” The results of that experiment have been surprising. In the short time since the release of their debut LP “The Lighter Side of Darkness” in February 2018, Watch Me Breathe has already accrued well over 150K views on YouTube and over 50K streams on Spotify…and the numbers keep growing. When it comes to making albums, this particular band has an unusual process, not unlike that of Tame Impala or Bon Iver: Ward (a proficient multi-instrumentalist) writes, performs, records, mixes, and masters every song entirely by...

Q & A With Kevin Snell From Chmcl Str8jckt

Chmcl Str8jckt has become known for a strong, engaging live show, with dark imagery and select theatrics to enhance the disturbing themes of their songs. They have been direct support for My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and opened for acts such as Orgy and Christian Death. Chmcl Str8jckt has recently finished recording their new CD "WRTCHD THNGS" with John Bechdel (keyboardist of Ministry, ex-Fear Factory, ex-Killing Joke) producing.... releasing in August 2019 on Cleopatra Records.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kevin: Yes!! Our second proper release is set to drop in a few weeks! It’s called “WRTCHD THNGS” and will be out on Cleopatra Records. It was produced by John Bechdel of Ministry! It’s a sick album of industrial rock/metal/punk. You gotta check it out!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band...

Q & A With Chris Watt From Fire Follows

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Chris: Why yes!!! The debut album and music video are releasing 5/31/19, so that’s pretty cool.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Chris: The band is just me actually, I play all instruments, along with engineering and producing everything.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Chris: My parents are both very talented musicians, so it was just seemed to be pretty natural.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Chris: It’s a crazy story but in a nutshell. I paralyzed a vocal chord approx 10 years ago, completely lost the ability to sing/speak for 5+ years, and have worked relentlessly to get the voice back. I used that time to enhance my skills...

Q & A With Lonely Dakota

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Luke ‘VonDee’ Varndell: So the EP has just dropped and it really is the end of years of hard work. It’s taken a long time for us to get to a point that we are happy completing the songs and releasing them to the world because once that song is recorded you can’t really make a change to it. It’s not the same as a song that you only play live that might change in length or have the lyrics changed over and over. Once it’s recorded that’s it. I think listeners will find a little something for everyone, at least if you like rock music. We have some heavy, driven tracks, like End of Days, but we also have softer and more ballad-like tracks with huge choruses you can sing along...

Q & A With Anne Erickson From Upon Wings

UPON WINGS hails from the U.S. and can be described as female-fronted operatic rock and metal with a classical influence.   UPON WINGS takes listeners down a path of heartfelt introspection, pain, joy and faith.  After creating the idea for UPON WINGS, classically-trained mezzo-soprano Anne Autumn Erickson entered the studio and recorded several critically acclaimed singles for their "Afterlife" EP.  The band is now getting ready to release all new material.  We spoke with vocalist and frontwoman, Anne Erickson who was more than happy to fill us in on the band's current status,  as well her take on the current rock scene and more... XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Anne Erickson: Upon Wings has been writing new music and working in the studio for quite a long time, and our new music is pretty much ready to go. We’ve...

Q & A With Bad Blood

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?    Chad Cherry: Word on the street is that the Bad Blood creeps are about to unleash a debut full-length record. We’re gearing up to do some videos, some interviews, photo shoots and all the fun stuff that goes along with releasing new music.   Chris Clemence: Yes! Our debut record drops on July 26th. We're throwing a big exclusive release party for it with our first public live performance. We're also doing something completely different with this record. For the first time ever, fans will be able to own a piece of the record and share in the profits with us. There's an amazing new music app we partnered with called Vezt. On the 26th fans can go on the app and "buy in" to own part of our song rights. The more...

Q & A With Methodical

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Wil: Right now, we are focusing on writing new music and recording, but do have a few shows in the works. We recently released our single “Not My World” and have another song, “You Want Us” being released on July 4th. The next three songs being recorded are ones we’ve played live: “Nevermind the Hate,” “Silly Voices,” and “Silence is your Signature.” As for shows, we are playing with Powerman 5000, (Hed) P.E., and Adema on October 30th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. And, we are booking other shows, such as a return to Florida, Ohio, and a few other states.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Wil: A variation of the band started back in 2002/2003, but it wasn’t until 2005 where Methodical was really...

Q & A With Emma Garell

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? EG: The latest and greatest news is that I have a new guitarist, Camden Harrahy.  That shit is cool. And new music is coming and another music video. As for upcoming shows, our full band will be performing in Richmond, VA (aka RVA) at --The Dark Room 7/10, --The Camel 7/16 with Coagulate from Florida, other locals Tel and Kill the Druid --Hardywood, RVA 7/26 with Deep Vinyl Groove Unplugged at a few private parties as well as Crossroads 8/1 with Tony Farris on guitar and a special appearance at Richmondstock at The Burnout Pit on  8/17-18 where I will be trying something new with my producer, Rich Stine...honoring Woodstock of course. We hope to start stretching out towards TN (where our guitarist, Camden, will be at college) in the Fall but...

Q & A With Andrew And Sarah From Aurin

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Sarah: We just dropped a brand new music video for our single, “Pause Rewind Repeat.”  With the video release, we have also launched a Kickstarter to help with the production of our new upcoming record, “Serotonin” to be released Summer, 2019 through TLG/Ingrooves Music. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aurin/serotonin-a-new-album-from-aurin/   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Andrew: We have had our current lineup since 2017, but I have been playing under the name “Aurin” since 2010.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Andrew: I always wanted to make music. I used to listen to records with my dad as a young child and knew that I wanted to put out a record someday. Sarah: I loved listening to rock music (and music...

Q & A With Dark Station

In the spring of 2018, five Southern California musicians came together, leaving their respective projects behind, to form a new band. A band with the ability to seamlessly transition from crushingly heavy riffs to unforgettably haunting melodies and lyrics. With inspiration drawing from the top late 90's and early 00's rock bands, there's a certain familiarity to the music that's refreshing and yet evolved into what can only be described as Dark Station. Set to release in 2019, the debut album "Down in The Dark" is poised to cement the band's name as a commendable force in the rock world. With rock on the rise, Dark Station has risen to the challenge of aiding in rock's revival. This is the new age. This is Dark Station.   Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Nathan: We won't be doing shows until...

Q & A With Christian Lawrence From Dead By Wednesday

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Christian: Well, we just released our brand new self-titled Dead By Wednesday album out now worldwide in stores & online via Combat Records. We are currently out on tour with the legendary Flotsam & Jetsam as direct support for a 30 date cross country tour helping promote & push our new release. So far, so good! The band has been great to us & we feel nothing but honored.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Christian: DBW has been together since 2006 but is virtually a brand new outfit at this point. The only two remaining original members are me (Opus on drums) & the bassist Mike Modeste so basically the OG’s are the rhythm section which is very cool because most bands foundation is that. But with...

Q & A With Luke Keating From Blacklist Regulars

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Luke: Our debut record, ‘Through The Blast,’ is coming out on June 14th with Pavement Entertainment and we are super excited for our fans to hear it! We have support dates on Flaw’s U.S. tour coming up on June 11th,12th and 13th which we can’t wait for and our live album release will be in Chicago at Livewire Lounge on June 20th to kick things off. We have more dates in the works and a national tour coming up too, which we hope to be able to share more details about soon.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Luke: The band has been together in this lineup for a little over two years.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or...

Q & A With Tommy From Baker’s Dozen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? TOMMY: We just dropped our debut album "Cake and Chaos" through Pavement Entertainment and we are excited to see what come next, meanwhile we've been staying busy writing new shit and playing shows here locally in Las Vegas.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? TOMMY: Baker's Dozen was formed on a dark and stormy October 31st, 2016. So three years give or take.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? TOMMY: We'd all played in different bands with each other. One afternoon Dave and I were on the phone and I mentioned  to him that Zach and I were looking to start something original, on our own (we were in tribute bands at the time) and would that be something...

Q & A With Damon From Of Virtue

Born and bred in Michigan, Of Virtue has given a new meaning to the word "homegrown". Starting as any band, locally, then touring regionally and eventually nationally within a short two years - Of Virtue most recently began their conquest of spreading their music beyond the United States and has now reached almost 25 countries, just two years after their first time on foreign soil. During the lifetime of the band they have since released two LPs and two EPs ... it wasn't until their single Ghost Town, released in 2017, that the band truly found what they were looking to do. After announcing the addition of two new members, Tyler Ennis (vocals) and Kyle Pruehs (drums, in addition to founding members Damon Tate on (guitar), Michael Valadez (guitar), and Jon Fox (bass) Of Virtue have found themselves stronger than ever and prepared for 2019 as they partner with SharpTone...

Q & A With Jake Adkins From Wake Up Hate

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jake: We just released our debut EP "Deep Sleep"! And we have awesome merch bundles available on our website.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jake: We've been together since December 2018.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Jake: Matt and I have been ghostwriting together for rock and metal bands for a long time. That's kinda where the idea of creating a band came from. We got so good at writing together, we figured we might as well see what kind of music we could make for ourselves.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Jake: Prior to this band our guitarist Matt was in a group called Exotype. Triston and I...

Q & A With Blake Burns From Hell & Hollar

Hell & Hollar draw from their many influences that span the areas of blues and heavy stoner rock, they are developing a brand of rock all their own. Their heavy yet inviting sound is a refreshingly straight forward rock music that anyone can have a good time with. This force to be reckoned with has an old school heavy rock vibe with an open eye on the future. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blake Burns: We are getting ready to head out on our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour. We will be in Johnson City TN on June 26th at The Hideaway, Summerfest in Milwaukee WI on June 28th, Raleigh NC on July 2 at The Pour House, and Atlanta GA on July 4th at Smith's Old Bar. We might be adding a couple of dates...

Q & A With Eric Cobb Of Cold Black River

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Eric: Cold Black River recently released “Tales of Death & The Devil” on CD. It’s a 9 track doom rock scorcher with some fun twists and turns throughout. We’re thrilled to announce we’ve been picked up for “Day of Doom” in Chicago this year as well as “Wisconsin Doomed and Stoned” in November. June 15th we’re playing “Riff Raff Fest” here in Madison with a ton of heavy locals like Droids Attack and subatomic.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Eric: We came together winter 2013 and played our first show at The Wisco May of 2014. It was funny because Jeremy (guitar), Aaron (drums), and I (vox/bass) had been diligently rehearsing in this small studio for months prior to the gig, not having much room to move around....

Q & A With Silver Devil

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Silver Devil: Right now we are rehearsing for release gig on the slaughterhouse in Stockholm on June 5th. We will play with a band called Skraeckoedlan who released his latest album at the same time as us.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Silver Devil: We started in 2005, but with a different setup. Bass player and a guitar player have been replaced during the trip. But with current members since 2011.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Silver Devil: Mostly just for having fun, and taking the opportunity to be creative. In today's society, I find it difficult to find time for oneself and their own interests beyond the everyday work.   XS ROCK: What is your music...

Q & A With Blind From Summoner’s Circle

Summoner's Circle is a six-piece theatrical metal band that blends elements of doom, death, black and progressive metal into what they refer to as simply Epic Metal. For the band, every song in an incantation, every live performance is a Summoning, and everything they do is tied intrinsically to the mythology, or lore, they have created.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? BLIND:  We have just come off the Hexed North American Tour with Children of Bodom, Swallow the Sun, and Wolfheart.  Now we're gearing up for the label release of our debut full-length album, which has been re-named 'Become None'.  The album will be released on Pavement Records, worldwide, on May 17th, 2019.  We have a coinciding album release show on May 24th, at The Concourse in Knoxville, TN, with our good friends in Warclown and...

Q & A With Dan Kinnaley From Burial Party

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our first release, a 7" titled "Please, Electric Move Slow" will be out on July 12. We'll be playing shows around the Midwest through the end of the year to support it.   How long has the band been together? Burial Party started in August of 2017, so it's coming up on two years.    What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? We just wanted to make noise and have a good time.   What is your music background? My parents had an upright piano in the house when I was a kid, and I taught myself how to play a little, nothing special and mostly with one hand. From there I moved on to playing trombone in the school band and picked up a guitar as a teenager....

Q & A With Rich Mendez of FireWalkWithMe

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Rich: Latest band news is that we just finished tracking, mixing and mastering our album "The Eternal Black Rainbow" and we are setting up to campaign the F**K out of it.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Rich: The band has always been myself and the idea and concept for this band came to me while on tour with Trail of Dead (as guitar tech) in October in Europe in 2012. in 2015 I decided to try and bring the band to life with Jason Reece from Trail of Dead. So we did.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Rich: In this particular project I'm involved with now I'd have to say Trail of Dead. Trail of Dead has...

Q & A With Shawn Perry

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Shawn Perry: We just dropped a new and Lawnchair and rad new music video for it and we will be hitting the studio at the end of the summer to cut a few more for y'all. https://youtu.be/v5cXT4X5-Go XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Shawn Perry: Since 2015 although Corey Linden and myself have been playing together since 2010     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Shawn Perry: I am a maniac that likes to wear ridiculous clothes and command seas of humans like Freddy Mercury... Maybe one day I will dye my stash' black and take it to the next level, I already have white pants and lots of capes.     XS ROCK: What is your music...

Q & A With The Hyss

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? The Hyss: Our warm-up gig before the release of our EP Hound is May 19 at Crown Liquors in Logan Square here in Chicago. More gigs TBD locations in Joliet, near north side, west burbs this summer. Hopefully back in the studio in the fall.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? The Hyss: Almost 8 years, since November 2011   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? The Hyss: I have a life goal to remain musically active, always. Also, there’s a deficit in melted faces. I need to do my part.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? The Hyss: I mostly grew up watching Kurt Cobain kill the 80s metal scene by strangling the neck of his guitar....

Q & A With The Northmen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? ⁃At the moment we just have a video we are pushing for our first single ever called “forevermore”. Other than that we are getting all our ducks in a row for a serious move towards the industry. We can say that we’ve started working with Paul Crosby and Derrick Pichon of 434 management. They opened a lot of doors for us and we are doing everything in our power to make this a career. Until then- anything we would promote is getting nice and warm in the oven ⁃for the rest of 2019 we have a string of summer shows. We will be all along the east coast with an awesome Metallica tribute band called “fade to black”. We have a few big local events like the Watertown block party and Black...

Q & A With Forever Autumn

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  As you know, we just released the new album; 'Howls in the Forest at Dusk'.  We are setting up some summer tour dates with Canadian band Deep Dark River, and a plan is coming together to re-imagine, from a contemporary perspective, the very first Forever Autumn release from 2001 with a hopeful release in 2021 as a 20th-anniversary record.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  The band has been together since late 2000, but to be fair it was just me, Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, at that point.  It wasn't until about 2005 when I began to add more people to the band.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  I am...

Q & A With Tom Kelly From Black Dawn

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tom: Our new album “On Blackened Wings” will be released via Pavement Entertainment on Friday, May 3, and the album release party will be at Starland Ballroom on May 4 when we open for Skid Row!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Tom: The band has been in existence since the early 1990s when I started it.  I am one of the members since the inception, along with Matt and Enzo.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Tom: It was something I just knew I always wanted to do.  I have always dreamed of releasing the kind of albums and playing the kind of shows and doing the kind of things that we are now...

Q & A With Gabriel And The Apocalypse

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes the unique blend of Metal/Rock/Industrial that is GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE. The band delivers a fierce yet beautiful array of female fronted aggression that will give their predecessors a run for their money. The brainchild of vocalist Lindy Gabriel, GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE independently put out 2 releases which were backed by numerous national support tours around the United States. Their intense and professional style videos also paved the way for the group to become an underground sensation. The bands upcoming creation “Alpha Bionic” sets a new standard for Gabriel and the Apocalypse. Set to be released in early 2019 this full length album features a new look and sound for the band. To kick off the promotion of “Alpha Bionic” the band will be hitting the road for a full scale U.S. tour. XS ROCK: Tell me...

Q & A With Lukas Vitullo From As Within So Without

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Lukas Vitullo: Well, less than a month ago we dropped our new album Into Oblivion and it has done way better than we had anticipated. We are playing shows all around the north east and currently working on some things right now that we can’t really talk too much about right now. But the wheels are turning and we’re very excited.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Lukas Vitullo: As Within, So Without was formed in 2014 under a different name, eventually there were lineup changes and we rebranded to what we are today. We had a rocky start in the beginning but things have been smooth sailing since 2017.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a...

Q & A With Blind Scryer

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blind Scryer: Album release March 29th, 2019 @ Odeon Louisville with Archarus and Shi.  Lucifer & Spell March 19th @ Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington. Ride the Sun Tour March 26-30th.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Blind Scryer: 3 years   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Blind Scryer:  Love of the riff. To play loud music we like - stoner rock.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Blind Scryer: All members have played in various local music scenes over the years in Louisville and elsewhere. Blair comes from the WV scene.   XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Blind Scryer:  Something in the realm of fortune telling, apocalyptic omens, doom of mankind, dystopian future, etc....

Q & A With Christian Ayala of Avandra

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Christian Ayala: First off, thanks for providing this space for us! As far as band news, we are releasing our sophomore album on April 26 via Blood Music (label). We have a scheduled show for April 13 and have the release show of the second album on the 5th of May. We are currently looking into doing a short 2 week tour through the U.S. and will have more news on that soon, sjo be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Christian Ayala: The band started out as a solo project of mine in around 2011. At that time, it was just an idea with some loose riffs here and there. I was learning how to record from scratch...

Q & A With Ritchie Randall From Gravehuffer

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Ritchie Randall: Nice! Right out of the gate we have all kinds of shit going on! 1st off we have an vinyl EP on pre-order through NoSlip Records here: https://nosliprecords.bandcamp.com/album/demon-face-stalingrads-cross-ep We are also on a double vinyl compilation called Doombanomicon through Black Doomba Records that will be released in May here: https://blackdoombarecords.bandcamp.com/album/doombanomicon Our list of live shows is right here: Mar 09 Blackthorn Pizza & Pub Joplin, MO - our 11 year anniversary. Apr 20 420Fest TJ Leland's Pittsburg, KS - celebrate 420 yo. May 17 Fubar St Louis, MO - our 1st time in St. Louis. Jun 22 Bad Ass Renee's Tulsa, OK - love playing B.A.R. Aug 03 Traumafest Iola, KS - cool outdoor fest. Sep 14 Bullshittin In The Backyard New Albany, KS - BMX competition with us providing the...

Q & A With Sol Williams from Artwork for the Blind

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Sol: New projects wise, we're writing and recording material for a new full length. It's sounding great so far. We're been talking to a director about doing another vid in support of our latest EP A Dying Breed and the Living Proof.  Show wise we've got some home town shows coming. Watch our media outlets for those. We're playing MurderFest in Tampa, Fl. at the Brass Mug, August 17th. We're working on booking an Autumn tour. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Sol: We got together in 2012. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Sol: We wanted to make a band playing heavy music. We wanted to make a forward thinking band that also keeps it true to the roots of...

Q & A With Mikey Lopez, Guitarist For 9Electric

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mikey: Our new record ‘Megalith’ comes out Friday 3/29!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Mikey: This lineup of the band has been together for about a year - we like to think of 9Electric as a new band with the new lineup.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Mikey: My love for music and entertaining!     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Mikey: It conveys a deep love and appreciation of music.     XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? Mikey: Right now, our main focus is getting our new record ‘Megalith’ into as many ear holes as possible!     XS ROCK: Which do you...

Q & A With Antony Quinn From Hosemen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Quinn: Our album is finally going to be released on April 19th along with a do it yourself music video for our song Hollow Man. We have a couple of small gigs coming up, one at Garcias in Port Chester NY on April 18th   XS ROCK:How long has the band been together?  Quinn: has been together for about 2 and a half years now!   XS ROCK:What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Quinn: There's absolutely no better feeling in the world then creating music with other people and actually being good at it! It's just something we have to do!    XS ROCK:What is your music background? Quinn: Brien (bass) has been playing guitar since 6th grade after listening and being inspired by Metallicas Kill...

Q & A With Echo 2 Locate

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Rhiannon Neagle : Me and our drummer (Mike) created the band almost two years ago. We ended up getting our new members Clarke (guitarist) and Will (bassist) about a year ago.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Rhiannon Neagle: I just have always wanted to be able to help people in the way music has always helped me.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Rhiannon Neagle: I started playing piano at a very young age. I ended going through school playing the clarinet and later switching to the bass clarinet. I started learning guitar when I was seven, however it was hard for me to be able to learn from somebody else because I’m left handed so I decided to teach myself. By the time I was twelve,...

Q & A With Tim Swisher From Eyes Of The Living

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tim Swisher: We’re excited that our album “War on Dead – More Dead” will be Released worldwide through Pavement Entertainment on March 15, 2019. We have a bunch of dates line-up through March, April and May across a few states. Our show schedule can be seen here: https://www.eyesoftheliving.com/shows   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Tim Swisher: Eyes of the Living originally started as a past-time studio project between myself and the Bass player Chris Moore back in 2012. We invited Mike Straiton to come in a lay down guitar solos not too long after that, it was intended to be just for fun and lacked focus and was often shelved for months on end. In 2016 as some songs were becoming more complete, we realized...

Q & A With Shaheena Dax From She Made Me Do It

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Shaheena: We’ve just released our new EP ‘Drenched’ and the video for one of the tracks called ‘Bones’. We’ve just filmed a video for another track on the EP called ‘Broken Morning’ and we have some gigs lined up in the U.K. and in Europe over the next few months.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Shaheena: About 5 years - we were both in the rock band Rachel Stamp for many years and Will and I started writing new songs - She Made Me Do It is the epic result of our songwriting collaboration.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Shaheena: We were writing lots of songs then started rehearsing and developing them and it all...

Q & A With Blake Bedsaul From SAUL

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blake: We have some tours in the works. We recently hooked up with an amazing roster at Artery Global. We just released our EP AEONS on March 1st. You can get it on all music platforms. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Blake: and I have been in a band together since we have started playing instruments. Being brothers and best friends made it easy to always jam and write. We had a rebirth when we got William McIlravy on bass and Joe Nichols on drums. Truly brought the whole thing together. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Blake: The music... the music is what inspired us to be in a band. We were heavily influenced by bands like TOOL, Black...

Q & A With Michael Fonseca of Huelga

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Michael: I'm releasing a cassette EP on March 31st and starting out with 200 copies.  I probably won't make anymore because if the demand is there, I will put it out on vinyl.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Michael: I started writing tunes for this project around 2006. A lot of things occurred in between that kept me from finishing the songs.  I joined a bunch of bands that ultimately went nowhere.  I went to grad school which took 2 years to prepare for and 2 years to complete.  I lost a lot of finished music to broken hard drives. I also had someone lined up to play guitar and bass but he ended up moving away. I now feel like I hit my stride and with the advent of solid state drives I feel unstoppable....

Q & A With Kevin Connelly From Iron Age Mystics

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kevin: Our debut CD is coming out right now in four parts until the final release date May 19, 2019.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Kevin: 10 years in various forms.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Kevin: From when I was a kid, I knew that music could reach people in ways that nothing else could. I wanted to reach people in those ways.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Kevin: The lead singer, lyricist, and songwriter for New Regime; Son Of The Sun (solo); Burn (solo double disc); Life On Mars; Mercuretto; and Iron Age Mystics.     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Kevin:...

Q & A With Marty Hill From Roaring Truth

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Marty: We are promoting our current self-titled EP, “Roaring Truth”. It’s ROARING with melodic hooks and scorching riffs. If you like groovin’ metal- we’re a band for you!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Marty: Our current roster came together in May 2018   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Marty: We are all big fans of music. We could all sit around and talk about it for hours. It’s a passion of the heart not only to listen to it, but play it as well.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Marty: None really, I know enough music theory to be dangerous, LOL! Music comes naturally for me and is birthed in my heart. The...

Q & A With ZFG

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?    Josh: We are getting all geared up to go out on our first ever tour together, supporting Adelitas Way across the US. We're stoked, it's going to be a lot of fun!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?   Josh: I think we started writing and recording the odd track here and there in January last year (2018), more or less just for fun, then I think we made it official in August 2018! So we haven’t been a band long, but for me personally, the musicianship in this band and how easy Trev, Sam and Jules make it to play with, it sounds like we’ve been jamming for years. It's a complete pleasure!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in...

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