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Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Out of the ashes of previous bands like Independent Idiot, Phallic Medallion, Valiant Effort, and My New Shell…a new project is born.

Amongst the 2020 chaos, these long-time friends still satisfy their need to create by virtue of a shared google drive labeled only…Stone Robot. With influences stemming from various genres like Alt-Rock, post-punk, avant-garde, metal, synth-pop, industrial, and hip-hop, the band likes to categorize themselves as a new brand of music- avant-pop. These seasoned musicians pump out content as if they wouldn’t survive without it. And now, they want to share their work with the world.

Formed out of necessity, this group of earthbound misfits were birthed by fire and an unrelenting passion to create. Even if it means they are forced to record an album remotely, and across three state lines, their insatiable thirst for an artistic outlet proves to be too great to be hindered by such petty obstacles. Their sound blends the best of raucous overdrives, dynamically mellifluous drums, crystalline-cavernous synths, and a rollercoaster of soul-piercing vocal melodies to deliver surprises of all textures in perfect timing. They don’t believe in boundaries when they write their songs. If it sounds cool, they lay it down. Genre be damned. Their debut album (available now on all platfforms), “Planned Obsolescence,” is the ultimate culmination of that very philosophy.

Quick Questions With Stone Robot

Quick Questions with Stone Robot

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

JW (guitars): Dave Murray of Iron Maiden via the influence of my childhood neighbor (and later band mate) Eric Franco. We used to listen to Maiden all the time, and when Eric started playing guitar it became inevitable that I would try to pick it up as well. I never got nearly as good as Dave, or Eric for that matter, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying.

JAMessiah Rockwell: My father left his guitars within reach as a child. And he had also been custom-building a Telecaster-Les Paul hybrid with an American Chestnut body while I was in high school, that I very fortunately received as a gift when I graduated. I felt obligated to learn at that point. And for whatever reason, probably the primitive World Wide Web of MIDI and tabs in 1998, I tuned into Robert Johnson and Carlos Santana first. But in full disclosure, my earliest guitar influences were C.C. Deville of Poison and the late, great Prince Nelson Rogers. Since I struggled to sound remotely like the aforementioned greats, I got into bass guitar a quick year after picking up a six string and fell in love. Then I turned to Flea, Claypool, Bill Gould, Trevor Dunn, and all the funk, blues, jazz and soul bass players for guidance.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

JW: When we were playing out a lot, I probably would have said the strap locks on my Les Paul. But since we did the whole Planned Obsolescence record remotely by trading .wav files across three states, I guess I’ll have to say I couldn’t live without my Izotope plug-ins.

JAM: Lately it’s been my Peavey Classic 20 mini tube amp. I use it for anything with strings, for live jamming and recording. But the equipment I really can’t live without are my ears, fingers, and imagination. That’s all a guitarist or bassist really needs to rock anyway.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

JW: Gojira’s “Fortitude” has got to be my favorite major label release, although Royal Blood’s new one is probably a close second. Then again, since Stone Robot’s “Planned Obsolescence” was released in March of 2021, I’ll shamelessly pick that.

JAM: I shamelessly ditto JW! I fell behind the curve during the pandemic. I just recently listened to the Tomahawk’s latest release, Tonic Immobility, thanks to a reminder from my Stone Robot brethren. I think Dunn and Denison did a particularly fantastic job on this album!

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

JW: I would love to learn from Ken Andrews. Not necessarily about the technical side of playing but about the art of sonic layering and music production.

JAM: It would have to be Robert Johnson for me. The intrigue of his early tragedy, mysterious sabbatical, and confident return as the most skilled blues guitarist on the earth (at the time) fascinates me. I’d like to crib from his technique, but I’d love to know what happened at the crossroads.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

JW: Don’t get discouraged when you try to emulate your favorite players but fall short and plateau. You’ll progress and inevitably plateau again, but if you stick with it, you can find your sound.

JAM: I’d second J-Dub’s tips and add a little something about creation. Never count out a little idea, record your noodling and review it with a friend/musical co-creator. Me and B.Steels (Stone Robot’s lead vocalist) would create new songs together about 3 per week on average just by bouncing lyrical and musical content off each other. I feel like I progressed the most as a bass player by this partnership, but just as importantly by jamming hours on end, mostly improv, with a human drummer. Nothing can develop critical timing and feel like improv with a percussionist, whether you play guitar or bass.

 

You can find all of our collective work on our website at www.stonerobotband.com

Our debut album, “Planned Obsolescence” is available for purchase both physically and digitally on our website or just digitally on apple music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1559502844?ls=1&app=itunes 

Or Stream us everywhere on:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1559502844

https://open.spotify.com/album/54rYQEJQN9j8dI1l64YULT

https://pandora.app.link/DaJHEzeREhb

https://deezer.page.link/kgRVWSsJcPBtheiT8

or any other streaming station!

Also, if you want to see some of our music videos you can check out our youtube channel, which we continue to update, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbihY7Y-cuAdDNO88PL5-Pg

Then look us up on social Media: www.facebook.com/stonerobotband

www.twitter.com/stonerobotband

www.instagram.com/stonerobotband

and on www.tiktok.com/@stonerobotband

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Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single “Death By A Thousand Licks” From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless

Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single “Death By A Thousand Licks” From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless

Album Now Available For Pre-Order Via Rat Pak Records

https://smarturl.it/GeorgeLynch

On the heels of the announcement of his first-ever full-length instrumental album Seamless, guitar icon George Lynch has released the album’s debut single “Death By A Thousand Licks.”  George opens the track with firecracker guitar licks that seem to emanate from another galaxy. With drum and bass then quickly entering the fold, George takes the listener speeding down a sonic highway full of guitar tricks and acrobatics, arguably packing more licks than the song title suggests. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Death By A Thousand Licks.” Listen to George shred on “Death By A Thousand Licks” at the link here: https://youtu.be/RyaHEBlmaEs.
“‘Death By A Thousand Licks’ was the last piece I wrote for Seamless,” George Lynch explains. “I decided to do something that was maniacal and shooting from the hip, completely improvised. It isn’t really intended to be a fully developed composition but more of a vehicle for solo insanity. I think at least half of what I played is in the right key.”
Pre-order Seamless on iTunes here: https://smarturl.it/seamlessiTunes.
Guitar Icon George Lynch Releases Blazing First Single "Death By A Thousand Licks" From First-Ever Instrumental Album Seamless
With over 40 years playing guitar and songwriting as a professional musician, George gets to add yet another highlight to his storied career. Seamless, out on August 20th via Rat Pak Records, features nine brand new tracks and three bonus tracks from Lynch who is backed by drummer Jimmy D’Anda and bassist Eric Loiselle on the album. Seamless is produced by Lynch and is now available for pre-order in various configurations here: https://smarturl.it/GeorgeLynch.
From the driving guitar riff of album opener “Quiver” to the haunting outro of album closer “Falling Apart,” it is clear George Lynch was looking to explore his writing and love for the guitar. Songs like “Cola,” “Sharks With Laser Beams,” and “Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing” explore the various musical styles George likes to play while giving him room to experiment with new sounds alongside his signature tone. Check out the lead single “Death By A Thousand Licks” here: https://youtu.be/RyaHEBlmaEs. The album on all formats includes three bonus tracks that were added to the album after the extra tracks were presented to the label. “Blue Light Effect,” House Of Eternal Return” and “The Weight” also show the musical diversity that only George Lynch as a trio can create.
The track listing for Seamless is:
1.   Quiver
2.   Cola
3.   TJ69
4.   Death By A Thousand Licks
5.   iThink
6.   Sharks With Laser Beams
7.   Octavia
8.   Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing
9.   Falling Apart
BONUS TRACKS
10. Blue Light Effect
11. House Of Eternal Return
12. The Weight
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Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Zach and Ethan Smith join Leo Cox to form a hard-hitting, hard rocking group from the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining the raw energy of 70s punk rock with the shredding solos and thundering bass of Van Halen and Metallica with influences ranging from heavy metal, to grunge to pop, this trio is the adrenaline-fuelled head-banging shot to the serotonin boosters you’ve been looking for.

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

Quick Questions With Stonebrother

1. Who inspired you to start playing? 

(Zach) When I first started really playing my favourite guitar player was Slash, and I still think he’s amazing. I would try to take a bunch of his techniques and incorporate them into my own playing. 

(Leo) Hendrix got me started for guitar. Geddy Lee or Geezer Butler inspired me to play bass though. 

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

(Zach) A tuner pedal. A musician should definitely be able to tune by ear, but if you’re planning on playing live, where there are multiple sources of noise and you can’t hear anything anyways, a tuner is absolutely essential. 

(Leo) None of it, probably surprisingly because I’m the biggest gear-head in the band. As much as I care about the equipment I use, I’m such a huge fan of “getting a sound out of anything” I don’t care about what gear I’m using if it’s in a pinch. 

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

(Zach) Mammoth WVH. What a killer rock album. Wolfgang Van Halen plays all the instruments, and it’s clear he is extremely skilled at all of them. 

(Leo) The new Greta Van Fleet album, The Battle at Garden’s Gate, is pretty awesome. 

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? 

(Zach) Paul Gilbert. One of the best guitarists ever, plus he’s actually a guitar teacher. His solos are always incredible, and I’d love to talk to him about how he comes up with such complicated but awesome riffs like ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind’ or ‘Addicted To That Rush’.

(Leo) Jaco Pastorius. 

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

(Zach) Play with other people, it will help you become a better player in so many ways. You can pick up tips from different people you play with, and apply them to your own playing. 

(Leo) Stay open minded to every genre of music, but don’t ever play music you don’t want to because you think it’ll make you “better.” Play whatever genre inspires you to play, man.

 

Links

https://www.instagram.com/stonebrother_official/

https://www.facebook.com/stonebrotherofficial/

https://open.spotify.com/album/5aH570vdsEPHQuWybIt7bi?si=CRVe93PgRY2XxlSGuW1ZvQ

stonebrother.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/stonebrother 

https://youtube.com/channel/UCvHeSxF3f59dLP_Y9Q2fBxw

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New Single: Pressure – “Fem I Tre” (2:55am)

New Single: Pressure – “Fem I Tre” (2:55am)

As always the new single pertains to pressures of life and for the past year and half we have all felt a lot of Pressures. Most people are ready to go out to a bar or event and have some drinks, some laughs, hang out with friends now that the world is slowly coming back to life.

But when the drinks go down sometime your wisdom flows out. And perhaps you want more out of the evening? The song Fem i Tre is a satirical, a song about the guys (and gals) who are desperately looking for someone to take home from the bar for the night. You have all heard the bad pick up lines, and we all know the type that drinks a bit too much and flirts with everything that moves. Fem i Tre is their anthem!

Pressure - "Fem I Tre" (2:55am)

In English, the Swedish title “Fem i Tre” means the time 2:55am. Many Swedish bars close as 3:00am so the song is just about how desperate certain people get when the bars closes. Please come home with me and be my “Fem I Tre”!

Line-up
Guitars, drums, backing vocals – Simon Forsell
Lead vocals – Olof Jönsson
Guitar – Patrik Buhr
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa

Social
Website
Bandcamp
Facebook
Youtube
Spotify
Instagram
Twitter
Soundcloud

Language
Swedish

Video premiere

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Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

Dan Heathcote is the frontman for Zadkiel, a four-piece Alternative/Progressive Rock band from Nottingham. He’s recently released his new solo acoustic album, Limbic System. I caught up with the singer-songwriter to ask him the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Quick Questions With Dan Heathcote

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
I saw Radiohead live on The Bends tour in 1995 at Nottingham Rock City. That gig was probably the most influential and inspiring gig I’ve ever been to. It was like an outpouring of feeling and a really journey of emotions.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
My computer is pretty vital. I have a Mac Book Pro Lap Top for Home recording with Logic X music software.
Playing the studio it’s a real asset to how the songs sound when recording. In terms of Live it stays at home and I go back to the basics of playing the songs.. with electric guitar and effects.. and sometimes some piano or synth.. I like my effects pedals especially my Strymon reverb pedal The Blue Sky and my Ventris Reverb pedal by Source Audio.. it gives a trippy ambience to the tracks.
My acoustic guitar is probably the most important thing for actually writing the songs. I have a Takemine electro acoustic, which I use for solo acoustic performances.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Steven Wilson’s The Future Bites. In 2021 no one has nailed the zeitgeist of the times like him.
It’s an album about consumerism and our online digital market place, but also a dark exploration of Self.
It’s not necessarily musically his best album. But it’s a fascinating social commentary all the same.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Probably would have to choose Trent Reznor and ask practical things about writing and recording techniques.
He’s a techno-wizard and a great piano player too.. so would appreciate some music theory from him about scales and modes! Thankfully he’s alive and going from strength to strength as a soundtrack composer.
I love his work with Nine Inch Nails in the 90’s.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Practice makes perfect, but nothing is ever perfect, or finished so it’s all a constant evolution. Evolution doesn’t happen without practice though.. so fend off the stagnation and get inspired to reach a technical level where you can do the things you want to performance wise. You don’t need to be a virtuoso player (although there’s nothing wrong with that though) but if you want to be there’s much work ahead.

 

Dan Heathcote’s debut acoustic solo album Limbic System Is out now at danheathcote.bandcamp.com/releases and will be released on CD in August on The Public House Brand label..

The first single Hive Mind Is available on most digital music platforms and the video at – youtube.com/watch?v=5qdr5WaWO-I
New website coming soon.. – www.zadkiel.co.uk
ZADKIEL UK Bandcamp – Music | Zadkiel
Zadkiel UK Twitter – https://twitter.com/ZadkielUK
DAN HEATHCOTE – Hive Mind Youtube video.. – Watch HERE
DAN HEATHCOTE  – LIMBIC SYSTEM album on bandcamp.. – Limbic System, by Dan Heathcote
Dan Heathcote – Hive Mind, iTunes / Apple Music – Hive Mind by Dan Heathcote
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Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

The Simple Radicals combines sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic/alt-rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. Our album is titled “New Revolution” (HERE).

It features the guitar-God Vernon Reid from the band Living Colour playing lead guitar on our track “Medicate” ( HERE).  We also just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” which provides a candid and mocking lampoon at President Trump.

And we just released a podcast series called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a craft beer with an all-star musician. Our first show features world-class drummer Kenny Aronoff who has played with virtually every A-lister including John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. Watch HERE

Quick Questions With The Simple Radicals

These questions were answered by John Griffin, lead guitarist of the Chicago-based rock band The Simple Radicals

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
Jimi Hendrix no doubt. Was one of the most innovative and ingenious guitarists of all time. He inspired so many musicians over the decades including me.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
Honestly, all I need is one guitar!!! That’s it. Just to have the axe in my hands is enough for me.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
You have to check out the album Visions of the Void by Red Fiction. Jason Schimmel is such a brilliant guitarist who can jump from one style to the next including blues, jazz, rock, folk and heavy metal. And it’s so well produced. Seriously check this mother out.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
The Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel…who is still alive thankfully. He has this incredible fingerstyle technique and was named the best acoustic guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine a couple times. Listen to the album “The Day Finger Pickers Took Over The World” that he recorded with his hero Chet Atkins. It’s sick beyond sick.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Keep your ears open to EVERYTHING, don’t get in your own way.

 

You can follow us on:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimpleRadicals/

Twitter: twitter.com/simpleradicals

Instagram: instagram.com/simpleradicals

Website: www.thesimpleradicals.com

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Tesseract – Portals: The Multi Format Release Of The Aural & Visual Cinematic Live Experience

Tesseract – Portals: The Multi Format Release Of The Aural & Visual Cinematic Live Experience

COMING 27 AUGUST 2021 ON KSCOPE 

In December 2020, TesseracT invited fans to join them in P O R T A L S – an ambitious concept created to offer an escape in a time of isolation. The live cinematic experience fused live performance with beautiful lighting and striking effects, brought together by chaptered screenplay. By taking their most daring steps as a creative force, the band offered the viewer a completely new and unique experience. 

TesseracT performed songs spanning their entire catalogue. Highlights included “Nocturne” off their 2010 debut EP, Concealing Fate and continued with “Eden” (One, 2011), “Of Matter” (Altered State, 2013), “Tourniquet” (Polaris, 2015), and “King” (Sonder, 2018), with the whole performance capturing 14 songs over 2+ hours. The show was a phenomenal success and garnered praise from fans and media worldwide 

“The quality of the audio and visuals provide testament to TesseracT’s statement that the performance represents their biggest production to date

Prog/ Louder Sound

“Everything from the stage to the sound to the visuals were killer… a beautiful two-hour venture. TesseracT should be very proud of themselves for delivering such an immense quality of work for their fans during these unfortunate times”

Metal Insider 

Bass player Amos Williams reflects on the show and its forthcoming release It is only with hindsight and some time to appreciate it that we realise what this show meant to us. P O R T A L S as a show was an experiment afforded to us in a time when anything was possible because nothing of our previous life was possible. The overwhelming acceptance of such an approach to our music, and the stories contained within it, has shown us a potential path forward for TesseracT. It was exciting to connect with our fan base in such a difficult time for everyone, and it was powerful to see how it allowed some respite and escapism. These things were the gifts that this show gave to us, a direction and a drive, as we use this show’s example to forge a new path for TesseracT.”  

Now, Kscope are proud to present this unique event to a wider audience for the first time. The film and soundtrack will be issued on an array of formats including Blu-Ray, Triple LP soundtrack and as a limited edition deluxe 4 disc book edition on 27 August 2021. 

P O R T A L S  Tracklisting 

1. Of Matter (P O R T A L S) [13:55] 

2. King (P O R T A L S) [06:28] 

3. Concealing Fate Parts 1, 2 & 3 (P O R T A L S) [18:15] 

4. Tourniquet (P O R T A L S) [04:30] 

5. Beneath My Skin / Mirror Image (P O R T A L S) [05:44] 

6. Orbital (P O R T A L S) [02:06]  

7. Juno (P O R T A L S) [06:11] 

8. Cages (P O R T A L S) [05:28] 

9. Dystopia (P O R T A L S) [06:43] 

10. Phoenix (P O R T A L S) [04:18] 

11. Nocturne (P O R T A L S) [04:21] 

12. Eden (P O R T A L S) [06:30] 

13. Of Energy (P O R T A L S) [11:05] 

14. Seven Names (P O R T A L S) [05:02]  

 P O R T A L S will be released on the following formats with pre-orders available on theTesseracT band  webstore and Kscope label store from 17 June and other retailers from 18 June HERE (https://tesseractkscope.lnk.to/PORTALS)

LIMITED EDITION DELUXE 4 DISC BOOK EDITION includes:

  • Blu-ray & DVD includes: P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary • Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (all BD/DVD audio 48/24 PCM Stereo)
  • 2CD P O R T A L S soundtrack
  • All presented in a lavish set with 40 page book containing exclusive pictures, extensive liner notes from Amos Williams and individually numbered art print

The band webstore will exclusively sell a limited number of this set with the art prints signed by TesseracT – available from 17 June

BLU-RAY EDITION includes: P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary • Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (48/24 PCM Stereo)

3LP Gatefold / 2CD Edition / digital  – the soundtrack to the stunning cinematic live experience P O R T A L S featuring tracks spanning the band’s career to date including Nocturne, Seven Names & King

Along with the release of the livestream event, the band will be playing their first live shows in almost two years this November and December special guests to Trivium in the UK and Europe, as well as returning to North American shores in 2022 (see the band’s website for details).

Follow TesseracT:

Web: tesseractband.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/tesseractband/

Twitter: twitter.com/tesseractband

Instagram: instagram.com/tesseractband

Merch: https://tesseract.bravado.de/

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Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Prime are an explosive, creative and passionate band from East Midlands, UK. Having supported Space, Dodgy and Electric Six at various o2 venues and played Tramlines Sheffield, MAH, Hockley Hustle Nottingham and Phoenix Alternative Festival Wales, amongst others, they were described by Notts TV’s Mark Del as: “A band you must see live”.

Quick Questions With Prime

Their previous singles ‘Bye Bye’ and ‘In Summer’ were featured by Christian Carlisle and Dean Jackson (BBC Sheffield/East Midlands) and were described by the latter as “great music.”
Prime are a band who are exciting and rebellious in equal measures.

 

Quick Questions With Prime (UK Band)

Quick Questions With PrimeChris D Bramley – Guitarist

1. Who inspired you to start playing?
Probably my cousin as he had Guitar Hero so I would always go round to play it!

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
My Hughes and Kettner amp. I’ve had it since I was 13 and I still take it everywhere.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Fat Pop by Paul Weller. It’s a good quality pop album, really well-produced and well thought out. Crafted so well that you can hear the small details in the music.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac. First of all he would probably teach me not to do acid! Seriously though, I think I could learn so much about feel and phrasing which he was the master at.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Stick at it, enjoy what you do, stay open-minded musically and explore different genres and styles, is the best advice I could give.

 

Website – http://www.primeband.co.uk/about-prime-uk-band.html

Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/track/0VdThv06V4OWv91CKXyAFx

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ukprime

Bandcamphttps://prime4.bandcamp.com/

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Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Based out of the Norwegian mountain community Auma, comes the grungy alt-pop duo Ask Carol. Ask Carol is a high energy power-duo with a big sound. Multitasking is their middle name. Two guitars, drums, a synth, a drum machine and an unique splitting system for Carol’s guitar, makes this two-piece sound like a full band. Their sound can be fierce and mean, then suddenly turn soft and comforting.

Their sound could make you think of artists like the Kills, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a Nordic, melancholic twist. Ask Carol has toured in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Scandinavia, SXSW two times and more, and supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Their first EP was released on Grappa Musikkforlag. The band now put out their music on ChoVan Records, their own Indie Label. Given the special circumstances, tours and concerts are postponed. They have a concert scheduled for September 4th in Oslo. This year they will be focusing on new singles, and an upcoming album slated for Fall 2021.

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Ask: I remember reading the biography of The Clash, about when they started out in London, and it really inspired me, so I picked up my mum’s old guitar and started making a little sound. That was where it all started, and it snowballed from there on, and well, now we’re here.

Carol: I’ve been surrounded by music since before birth. My dad put headphones on mum’s belly when she was pregnant. Haha. But my first memory was/is probably of my dad playing “The Stones” or Deep Purple and my mum ABBA or something on vinyl records. I’ve been super interested in music since I was small, but when I saw the movie “Sister act 2” with Lauryn Hill (when I was maybe seven), I knew I wanted to sing, but it took me almost twenty years to actually do it. I fell in love with the sound and the looks of the guitar about the same time, but that was also a long process. I bought my first guitar when I was 15, super inspired by the grunge era. You can say I’m I late bloomer. Haha.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

That must be the guitar. The guitar is the most important thing for both of us.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Ever since Spotify and stream took over, our music listening habits changed. We really don’t follow artists the way we did before. Also, we have been so busy with making our own thing work during the covid situation, that there has been very little time to check out new stuff. These might not necessarily be our favourite albums, but som great albums from this spring are Royal Blood’s «Typhoons», the new Black Keys album «Delta Kream», «Blue Weekend» from Wolf Alice, just to mention a few. There are many more great ones out there, they ofte just drown in the sheer amount of new releases coming out.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Oh, that’s a tricky one. One guitarist we really love is Jimi Hendrix, and it would be awesome to get a lesson for him. His style is unique, and seeing what he does, how he does, and his philosophy on creating guitar parts, that would be super interesting.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just do it! If you sit around doing nothing, nothing will ever happen.

We are currently working on our debut album. It will be released this Fall, with a few singles first, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, you can check out the new music video for our latest single, Darkest Hour

Oh, and btw, if you want you can sign up for our newsletter here, and you’ll get a free download of our song Come Closer: https://askcarolmusic.ck.page/comecloser

Links to Social Media etc.

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