Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

Q & A With Eoghan MacSheain and Emer McLaughlin From The Midnight Preachers

Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  We have just released our latest single ‘Pusher Woman’, produced by John Henry & Mixed and Mastered by Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal. Regarding live shows, we can’t wait to get out on the road again but for now we’re busy honing our live sound and performing. How long has the band been together? We have been together since 2016. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? We were inspired by the greats… Janis Joplin, Freddie, Jim Morrison.. It works for us as an outlet for creativity. Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Ideally, playing our original music for a live audience. Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in. Hmm… we plead the fifth. What's the strangest request that you've...

Q & A With Dig Two Graves

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kenny: We just dropped a remix of our fan favorite Rock and Roll classic “Wick”. Remixed by edm producer Son of Michel, Check him out. Jaybee: We would be dropping hot sauce bombs and playing dummy shows but the world is closed and illegal.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Kenny: About 3 years technically, but Josh and I had a band from when we were in third grade and some of our influence came from there. So you tell me. Jaybee: True.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Kenny: Music cool, work lame. Jaybee: I want a girlfriend, I’m so lonely.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Kenny: Been playin’ drums for years now....

Q & A With Lee Heir From Prime (UK)

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest Prime (UK Band) news? Any new projects coming out or live shows? Our most recent project has been our new CD / MP3 compilation covering the first four years of Prime called 'Art/Facts' (released in June) which we were due to tour in the Spring, before Covid-19 grabbed it's hold on things. So instead of touring - and it was going to be our last ever series of shows - we had to make do with a bit of attention online, including our lead song from release 'To Be Or Not To Be' getting a ridiculous amount of plays, way more than should have been expected, so that was nice. We are currently recording our last couple of singles. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Five years with different lineups until I ended the band in late 2019 with...

Q & A With Mojo Alice

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jem: Due to Covid, the gig scene has been non existent however the forced downtime has been a blessing in disguise for us as its allowed our axeman Bro-D to take the time to recover from much needed shoulder surgery. We are currently focussed on new tunes and have a new album in the pipeline. There may even be a trip that requires the use of an aeroplane to partake in a tour...when the world is feeling better! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jem: Mojo Alice started out in a garage around 2016ish, but it was about 1 & 1/2 years ago that we actually locked in our final lineup and decided to 'get a little more' serious. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally...

Q & A With Tensions Rising

  Formed in 2008, Tension Rising is a four-piece hard rock band, based in New York City. Frontman and Rhythm Guitarist Chris Garrigan connected with Lead Guitarist Nicky Van Page through a mutual friend, who was the Bassist for the band up until 2015. Nicky commissioned a drummer that he had known from high school, and so the first iteration of the group was born. With the arrival of current Bassist Alex Repetti in 2015, the band felt ready to enter the next phase in its musical endeavor. To seek out a finite way to classify Tension Rising, in today’s smorgasbord of genres, would be a disservice to those very same influences which have played such a prominent role in what the band has formulated since day one. A true work of art rarely leaves its audience with a clear answer. Drawing from a rather wide array of influences, Tension...

Q & A With Haruki From TramstonValley

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Haruki(Vo,Gt)- We gonna release new single "From inside of me (stay home edit.) on July 25th. Available on all streaming and download site on the earth. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Haruki(Vo,Gt)- We playing together over 2 years. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Haruki(Vo,Gt) - Me and Wallaby(Ba.) was playing acousitc style 3,4 years ago. Then we played some songs with Nogi(Dr.), we had very good feelings. So we started this band naturally. XS ROCK: What is your music background? Haruki(Vo,Gt)- It's 90's,2000's U.S rock and blues rock, 70's southern rock. And Acoustic music. XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Haruki(Vo,Gt)- I think simple, nostalgic, power. Because it's a concept to this band. XS ROCK:...

Q & A With Stephen Burdick From Stone Eye

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Yes! Besides this upcoming split we have coming out with Moths in August, the next edition of our Quarantine Session's comes out the 17th of July. In addition to this, we are also deep into the mixing stage of our follow up LP to our latest record, Ventura.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? About 6 years or so.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? When I was a kid I fell in love with the idea of performing your own music in front of people. Since Middle School I have been playing in a band- usually the main songwriting force of said project. It just always has been a dream of mine to play music.   XS ROCK:...

Q & A With River Of Souls

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Koen: Well, live shows are a bit impossible right now, but we did release our second alum “Usurper” in may of this year, and are currently working on material for an EP for 2021, and trying some possibilities for a live stream. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Koen: The band started out in 2014, founded by Paul, Benjamin and Bart, and Mathijs and myself joined them last year when they were looking for new musicians. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Koen: For me that was to play a lot of shows and do all that crazy stuff I saw on video tapes when I was a kid/teenager. Now I’m a little bit older and also want to...

Q & A With Panic State

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We’ve just released our brand new single ‘Turn Around’ - it’s done really well and we’re super proud of it, so anyone reading should definitely check it out if they haven’t done so already. We’ve also recently released some merchandise, including socks, face masks, phone cases and beach towels - more is coming, so keep watch! XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We got together in the heat of summer ‘17. We’ve been on and off since then. Daniel quotes that being with another band “just doesn’t feel as tight”. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Scott and Daniel both started playing their instruments to avoid having to sing in front of their class instead. Had that not happened,...

Q & A With Above Snakes

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out? Live shows or announcements? DAX DABS: We just released our debut single "Adrenaline", and have a pretty badass animated visualizer for the single which is out on youtube!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  DAX DABS: We actually started writing for this project back in 2016 while living in Los Angeles, but the official release came out on July 17th of this year, so definitely a very new band! Johnny and I actually met in 2010 when touring in past bands together, and moved out to LA a couple of years later. Now back in our hometown of Boston, We're very stoked to officially launch Above Snakes!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? DAX DABS: We started this band after being sick of dealing with...

Q & A With Emerra

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Hey! This is Fabian, singer, and guitarist in Emerra. Actually yes, we are a week before entering the studio for drum recordings for our next EP, which we are thrilled about. We put a lot of time and work into these songs during the COVID crisis and are pleased with the new sound we got. The new stuff will hit a bit heavier than before, which might be due to all the frustration and isolation we had over these past months. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Emerra has been a band for about two years now. Before that, with minor lineup changes, we had another project called depart, which didn’t really work for us anymore after a while. Emerra was a new start for us, with the...

Q & A With Tarah Who?

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

Q & A With Jump The Fall

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

Q & A With D.I.G.

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

Q & A With Defy The Tyrant

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

Q & A With Miles & The Chain Gang

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

Q & A With Dan Sullivan of Arriver

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

Q & A With Ali In The Jungle

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

Q & A With Andy Barton of Grimgotts

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

Q & A With Josey With From Chasing Apparitions

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

Q & A With Ocean Encounters

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

Q & A With Shadow People

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

Q & A With Borderline Natives

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

Q & A With Weslie Negrón From Moths

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

Q & A With Shane Sherman From BADGUYSWIN

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

Q & A With Between The Rain

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

Q & A With Kent From Killerhertz

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

Q & A With Antonio Santos of Places Around the Sun

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

Q & A With Simon Tuozzoli From Vestal Claret

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

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

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

Q & A With Emily Daccarett

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

Q & A With Myosotis

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

Q & A With Mike From Wasting Time

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

Q & A With Spacejam

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

Q & A With Martyr Art

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

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

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

Q & A With Duncan Evans

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

Q & A With Oracle

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

Q & A Jason Higson of Yanomamo

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

Q & A With Brandy And The Butcher

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

Q & A With The OddEven

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

Q & A With Battle Born

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

Q & A With Torizon

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

Q & A With Royalty Kult

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

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

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

Q & A With Angelo Coppola From The Lows

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

Q & A With Jake Earley From The Lonely Ones

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

Q & A With Alexander Poe Of The Hate Club

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

Q & A With Ian Dartez Of Hold On Hollywood

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

Q & A With Matt Markle of Angelic Desolation

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