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Quick Questions With Plastic Barricades

Quick Questions With Plastic Barricades

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums. Debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 and is available on Spotify. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With The Golden Leaves

Quick Questions With The Golden Leaves

The Golden Leaves is a rock band from Trondheim, Norway. We try our best to make music that you can enjoy listening to and we enjoy playing.

We just released our first album, City of Lights, you can check it out here!
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/thegoldenleaves/city-of-lights

And for updates on concerts and tours, check out our Facebook page or Instagram account.

https://linktr.ee/thegoldenleaves?fbclid=IwAR3bRE5MovdvBGBwsAWBw_uLZdVu1BEOyO_wiA6oprbt6hnnLXTMAEKIEyg Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Robbers On Parole

Quick Questions With Robbers On Parole

Being heavily-influenced by both radio-friendly and niche-specific acts, the four band members decided that trying to blend them would be an interesting experiment, and so Robbers On Parole was created with the intent of making pop-like songs which mix different genres. These include 90s rock and electronica, industrial rock, new wave, trip-hop, drum and bass, electropop and trap. The creative focus is primarily on the lyrics & message of the songs and sometimes the band rearranges entire music sections so they can better serve as a backdrop to the lyrical meaning.

The band’s love for cinema, theatre and experimentation has further led to a desire for music videos, which can be viewed both as short movies with their own specific narrative and as a thematic extension of the music. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Gizz Butt

Quick Questions With Gizz Butt

At 14 Gizz joined The Destructors. Soon Metallica became aware of this band, and they openly became fans of Gizz’s next band English Dogs, which enjoyed worldwide cult status with their 1985 Punk Metal classic “Forward Into Battle”.

The mid 1990s saw Gizz achieve an unprecedented level of exposure when he was personally sought out by The Prodigy, who were looking for a suitable guitarist who could handle the hyperintensity of their incredible live shows, leading to him touring with the band throughout the band’s most successful period spanning 1996-2000. It was during this explosive time that no less than David Bowie himself declared himself a fan of Gizz; The Dame personally congratulating the guitarist after watching Prodigy’s live set from the wings during a major European music festival. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Medusa Touch

Quick Questions With Medusa Touch

Medusa Touch are a heavy rock band from the 1980’s glory days of heavy metal. The band started in 1982 and lasted till 1990 when they stopped playing live. All the lads in the band came from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Their brand of rock varies from song to song showing various influences from Hendrix to Van Halen.

Fast forward 29 years and they are back! Obscure NWOBHM Releases (ONR) records released the band’s first album, Terror-eyes Anthology, in August 19. The album has been greatly received with fantastic reviews. Medusa Touch Hit the road in November 19. Bookings for 2020 are looking fantastic too with 3 festival bookings confirmed and a number of other gigs looking good too. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Quick Questions With Black Bolt

Black Bolt are a punk band from Boise, ID, formed in 2010. Their style encompasses punk, indie rock, garage rock, and other impolite music. So far they’ve released ‘Falls’ (2012), ‘MBD&B/Like the Bear’ (2013), ‘Comfort of the Grave’ (2016), and the ‘2017 EP’ (2017). They are currently working on a new record, tentatively titled ‘The North End.’ Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Before Keep Up, the band was known as ‘Sampere’. The first single, “The Fallen,” was written to inspire those to overcome what they might think is impossible; purely to embrace the fight within. The song was named in Syracuse’s Top 20 Songs of 2016 by rock alternative music station, 95X. For the past 2 years, after absolutely killing their first show together, they have been busy blasting their name across the region and most recently, releasing their debut EP, “World of Illusion.”

Syracuse, NY has set the stage for Keep Up; building their fan base, providing recognition, and instilling motivation with partnering artists. Keep Up will be promoting the release of new music this coming fall, expanding it across the country.

“We want to share our music, play our music, and gain a bigger audience in local and regional markets,” says Matt. Fans from all over the East coast will be able to find venues rocking and jamming with Keep Up.

The band’s inspiration originates from a common thread of reaching a balanced state-of-mind while creating music together, and the desire to diffuse inspiration amongst their fans. Matt describes how the lyrics written are often generated from daily encounters, both positive and negative, while DJ forwardly states, “drumming is everything. Without the beat… life would be flat, bland, and one-dimensional.”

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

(Chris) I remember watching music videos on late night MTV and seeing these musicians jamming out. It always looked so cool so that’s what I knew I wanted to do.

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

(Ian) As far as stage gear goes I love having a footboard/pedal. Being able to switch between different tunings and FX is super handy. But as far as recording gear, I couldn’t live without my custom built PC, allowing me to record high-quality audio.

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

(Chris) For me, that’s so hard to choose only one. There have been so many amazing albums this year that I fell in love with like Let Light Overcome by Our Last Night, Nine by Blink-182, Pressure by Wage War and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone just to make a few. Each has its own taste to me so it honestly depends on my mood.

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

(Ian) I would love to have a guitar lesson from John Petrucci. (Guitar player from “Dream Theater”) that dude has been around for some time and has amazing chops.

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

(DJ) For any new musician looking to play, play a little bit of everything. A different instrument, different styles, different techniques. Building multiple skills can help you appreciate music, like no one else. Find a friend(s) that can join you. It’s working great for Keep Up at the moment, I guess we can tell you more in 20 years. We find it fascinating to learn each other’s instruments, it only helps build as musicians and performance artists as a whole.

Check out our latest album, Up In Flames now on Spotify, Apple Music and our website. We’re very excited to speed out and play our new music.
www.keepuporshutup.com

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Quick Questions With Big River

Quick Questions With Big River

Big River are a U.K. based Blues Rock band from London. They have all the groove & swagger of the great 70’s Rock Bands and hit real hard, with heavy riffs, sheer power and melodic hooks.

They make music because they love music, passionate about what they do and really put their heart and soul into recordings and live shows. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Broken Lines

Quick Questions With Broken Lines

Broken–Lines was formed in 2014. They are a 3 piece band playing unique and original music from Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Their emphasis is to create upbeat and energetic music with punk, rock, psychedelic and just about anything else that influences them.

They play for the love and enjoyment of music and aim to portray that in their songs and performances. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow and serene, but always refreshing and uniquely their own. Strong beats and growling bass punctuated with searing guitar and a vocal performance to match! Delivering an experience that is intense, exciting and emotionally charged. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Days To Come

Quick Questions With Days To Come

Blending pop-styled vocal melodies with heavier, intricate instrumentation, the Georgia based hard rock band Days To Come works tirelessly at taking their brand of positivity as far as it can go. Striving for professionalism & honesty, DTC focuses on solid songwriting & high energy live shows as well as growing & maintaining their fan-base by interacting via social networking.

With the release of Siren (2019) & Wolves (2019), the band began to cement their sound. Drawing inspiration from the cultures they’ve experienced from touring the southeastern United States over the past five years, DTC believes in connecting with people from all walks of life & growing their family.

DTC is currently working on an EP & is scheduled to release it before the end of 2019.

Days To Come Interview

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Brandon – I’ve always had a musical ear since I was little. However, I couldn’t sing so I wanted to instead play an instrument. My family had a long line of guitar players, so it felt natural.

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

Brandon – A string winder. I absolutely hate changing strings and the string winder makes it so much faster. Gets me out of that hell.

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

Brandon – Plini – Handmade Cities. Every song on the album is a complete and beautiful gem. Everything is so pleasant to listen to. Each song has so much thought and precise detail that makes every experience a special moment. It’s just such a joy to be able to be graced by such talent. I’ve been listening to this album every day since it essentially came out in hopes that I can learn how to become a better songwriter and gift giver.

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

Brandon – Plini. His style is so beautiful, I would love to sit down and learn anything I could from him.

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

Brandon – Get persistence. The hardest part of learning anything is getting over hurdles that impede progress. Hurt fingers and hard techniques often belittle newer players, but if you stick with it, it becomes easier and better.

Feel free to check us out at daystocomemusic.com.
We’re also on all of the social sites (@daystocomemusic) and our music is on all of the major online platforms. Stream our new single, Vultures, and be on the lookout for our upcoming EP.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion, Music News