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Q & A With Martyr Art

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

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

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

Q & A With Duncan Evans

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

Q & A With Oracle

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

Q & A Jason Higson of Yanomamo

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

Q & A With Brandy And The Butcher

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

Q & A With The OddEven

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

Q & A With Battle Born

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

Q & A With Torizon

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

Q & A With Royalty Kult

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

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

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

Q & A With Angelo Coppola From The Lows

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

Q & A With Jake Earley From The Lonely Ones

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

Q & A With Alexander Poe Of The Hate Club

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

Q & A With Ian Dartez Of Hold On Hollywood

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

Q & A With Matt Markle of Angelic Desolation

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

Q & A With Psycho Village

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

Q & A With Bison Face

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

Q & A With Casey Daron Of Afterimage

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

Q & A With Greg Antine From Swim The Current

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

Q & A With Scott Pustilnick From LifeCycle

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

Q & A With Drew Cochrane From Catalysis

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

Q & A With Marius From Aspherium

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

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

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

Q & A With Pete From Ugly Clinic

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

Q & A With Parallel Motion

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

Q & A With Bob Bardou From One Step From Falling

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

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 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 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 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 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...