Interview

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.

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Quick Questions With Plastic Age

Quick Questions With Plastic Age

After a first EP already hailed by the critics at the national level in 2017, Plastic Age released their first album, Blood Red Roses, in April 2018. Their rock, bursting with multiple intelligently digested influences (from Kinks to Hives to Ramones or Pixies) is a subtle blend of punk energy and finesse of pop. Their music is dignified and their attitude brave.

Quick Questions With Plastic Age

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Apolline : There is no particular person that inspired me. My father has been singing and playing guitar since his teenage years, so I have always been around it. I started playing guitar at 12 wanting to play music. I wanted to put up a band and play Rock. That’s all. I picked up the bass guitar only at the moment when the band came to be. We needed a bass guitar player. I didn’t know how to play it but I had one at home and things just fitted in. I wanted to play bass guitar for a long time and the occasion came to me!

Nicolas : In my high school years I started listening to Rock music, The Beatles to be more precise. I was astonished. After that, I wanted to put up a band so I asked my parents to sign me up to some guitar lessons. So there’s no particular guitar player who made me pick up this instrument but an entire band.

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

Apolline : I don’t know much about gear and equipment. I love my bass guitar – even if it costs a lot to keep it in check and to purchase spare parts. I think it’s beautiful but then, my leopard strap is great too. I care a lot about it because the band gave it to me on my 17th birthday. I wanted one just like this one because the singer of Plastiscines (a French girls band) has the same thing.

Nicolas : I could not live without my gear ( guitar, amp, pedals ). But if there’s one thing I can’t give up is my electric guitar. It’s a red Epiphone Casino. Besides being a great guitar ( lightweight, polyvalent, fitted with the best sound for our band ), I have lots of love for it.

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

Apolline : Not Scientists’ Golden Staples. But that’s cheating. It’s from 2018. They’re a French Punk Rock band. I had a crush on them thanks to this album last summer. Better later than never!

Nicolas : My best of 2019 is Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors. She’s the only artist I am waiting for to release something new. I love her first two opus releases but the third one makes me jubilate. The music videos, her voice, the arrangements are all fantastic.

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

Apolline : The Jam’s bass guitar player Bruce Foxton. It’s the man that gave me the push to pick up the bass. I love his way of playing. He’s all over the fretboard without making it looking like a technique masterclass.

Nicolas : For a lesson, I’d pick Dave Gregory (XTC). But I can’t make up my mind between him and Joey Santiago (Pixies) because of his brutal way of playing that makes him recognisable. But then I prefer Dave Gregory for his wider range of techniques that allows a wider area to be explored.

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

Apolline : Never give up. Learning how to play an instrument is the hardest thing there is. You will rapidly be overwhelmed but it is a step to go through before enjoying it all and before bringing it all into a band. But then, I’m not into learning it all, like music theory, tabs and so on. I’ve learned everything by being a self-taught. It’s important to keep in mind all the progress and to not let it go when having a blank page moment.

Nicolas : The advice I’d give is to work, get out of the comfort zone, be polyvalent and above everything, be interested in everything and not just lay on kind of a box.

 

Links

Fall tour 2019 dates on their Facebook page
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/plasticagemusic/
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/PlasticAgeMusic
Bandcamp : https://plasticagemusic.bandcamp.com/

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Quick Questions With Brewfish

Quick Questions With Brewfish

Brewfish is an Alternative Rock/Reggae band based in Long Beach, California. Established in 2011, they are known for their unique SoCal sound, infusing Dub, Rock, Funky beats, and a touch of Rhythm ‘n Blues. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With These Fast Times

Quick Questions With These Fast Times

These Fast Times started frontman Jeffery Vuorela pulling his former comrade Ryan (Skin Slapper) from the beat down brothels in southern Africa. They realized they didn’t sound like shit enough so they put out an airplane ad stating they needed a lead guitarist and bassist to do the dirty with. Within minutes Jay (Bass) man cocker spaniel sprang from the bushes pulling his broken cardboard wagon with a mentally challenged northern Swedish man named Thomas Acountingsworth (Guitar).
The creatures of the dad bod culture formed a band called These Fast Times because they were going no where fast.. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Alder Lights

Quick Questions With Alder Lights

Alder Lights is an up and coming three-piece alternative-rock band. Formed in the unlikely city of Billings, Montana Alder Lights is overflowing with creativity, intentionality, and energy. In the early years they went through various lineup changes. According to the band, this was due to each person learning not only how to be in a band but also time management within it. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Hellbound Hearts

Quick Questions With Hellbound Hearts

From West Yorkshire and surrounding postcodes, Hellbound Hearts arrived and made an immediate impact on the local music scene. With a string of high profile headline and support shows, they could soon claim a growing fan base of music lovers and industry professionals.

With the continued support and momentum brought by touring it was not long before Hellbound Hearts began to find themselves on larger bills up and down the country including high positions at the Hard Rock Hell and Wildfire festival programs. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Crypitus

Quick Questions With Crypitus

Crypitus is a band originally formed in 2015 and revamped in 2016 with a new line up. The founding member Doug Friend in collaboration with Zach Patch and Peter Snee have reworked the framework for some original 2015 Crypitus tunes as well as an arsenal of their own new songs creating a good array of music. Crypitus is Heavy, Death, Thrash and Black Metal influenced band but reach out to pull from genres such as jazz, punk and even hardcore. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Weesp

Quick Questions With Weesp

Weesp are an alternative post-metal band from Minsk, Belarus. I had the pleasure of interviewing them last year (HERE) after the release of Black Sails. They’re back with a new album, Crystal Clean Waters, so it seemed like the perfect time to catch up with them again. Continue reading →

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