Wednesday, October 4, 2017

High Reeper Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band started as a studio project. Shane (the bass player) had been talking with Andrew (guitar) about doing a stoner rock record. Everyone in the band has been playing together on and off for the last 10 years or so. I don't think that Shane would possibly agree to do any record without Napz so he was a natural choice. Pat (guitar) had moved but kept in touch and he wanted to start paying again. When Andrew told me what was happening I was stoked and made it be known that I (Zach) wanted to sing. So we got together and hammered out three songs in the first rehearsal. We knew right away that this would not just be a studio band and that we really needed to play these songs live.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Our goal in in shaping our sound and recording this record was to keep it simple and organic and not overcomplicate things. We all of course love Sabbath and musically we try and do things that fit the feel of the first two Sabbath records (especially the first) just somewhat updated. Shane took that approach when engineering and mixing the record too for the most part. So we keep the songs pretty straightforward and just go by how they feel to us. We just try to make them rock as hard as possible while still maintaining a groove. (zach, vocals said that)


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We try to keep a general theme of death, surrounded by pagan imagery. Everything generally revolves around the Reeper and his bidding, the nine gates of hell and what is sows, the graves he leaves in his wake and the rituals that conjure him from his slumber, Also leather, weed, boozing and gambling. We also sometimes start with a song title first and then build lyrics around that. (zach)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'High Reeper'?

One of my friends who is a career criminal and is totally insane has a license plate that says "Reeper" because when he went to the DMV he wanted to get "reaper" but it was already taken. Although I am not a fan alternate spellings, I always liked the way that it looked. Kind of like when you see Led Zeppelin written, it just looks good. I work as a tattooist and have some old flash from the '70s and one of the pics is of a reaper smoking an opium pipe. I thought that High Reeper just sounded good together. When we were all tossing around names for the band everyone thought that it was appropriate. (shane)

5.What are some of the best shows that band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

So far every show we've played has been awesome. Our debut was really insane and we had a great gig in Brooklyn at Bar Matchless. Very fun show. What you'll get live is a lot of screaming, a lot of volume, a lot of head banging  and a lot of drinking. Stage left is usually lit. (andrew

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are booking shows for the fall right now and hope to tour in the new year.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We are unsigned and are looking for a label to press a vinyl LP for us.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner rock and doom metal?

So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I think that by writing and recording our record that we've been able to figure out what our sound is right now and we hope to roll with it for a while. We are not making any conscious decisions to sound one way or another, we would just like to continue with what we're doing. (Pat guitar).

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

While we were making the record we were listening to a ton of early Black Sabbath and Motörhead because that's what we bonded over. The Datsuns and Sleep were on rotation as well as Humble Pie and The Faces just to hear Steve Marriott wail. Also have to give a nod to some bands from our area like Heavy Temple and Ruby The Hatchet who are really pushing the envelope.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Drinking

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yeah we just want to say that we've all been playing music for as long as we can remember and we do it because its what we are. We're all really excited about this band and really enjoy playing this music live.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Endless Void Interview

.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
#1. Presently, my musical efforts are filled with self-promotional efforts.  For example I have been submitting the Endless Void/  "Apparitions" album to webzines and FM radio stations throughout the world.  I am attempting to gain recognition for my musical endeavors and achievements as well as subject a new generation of listeners to a more traditional genre of Heavy metal. The new music these days sounds allot alike to me and lacks originality and style. For the people that indulge in that sort of thing please do not be offended as this is just an opinionated statement. I will admit that I am influenced by the N.W.O.B.H.M and has become a guiding direction in my life.  However I do not mimic it but rather show my respect to the forerunners of the movement by letting my influences shine through in my music.  Allot of dead stringing and arrangement can in fact sound similar but as the songs progress personal style and technique begins to shine through.  All artists should strive for an individual and unique sound of their own when it all comes down to it.  This has always been my practice since I was young until the present day.  I am searching for a new and unique sound as well as attempting to combine everything from the classical masters to the present day Heavy metal. Quite simply with all respect I consider myself some sort of modern classical & Heavy metal Leopold of the 21st century searching for a new sound and attempting to influence all others interested. At the moment I am running an add on a website called Speed and Power as well as attempting to put out the word to radio stations, on radio interviews, and written interviews informing interested people & parties about reforming the Endless Void project. I recently contacted a former band mate Mark Alley of the local Erie, Pa band Doc Holiday who may be interested in resuming his place as the 6 string font man. I am also in the process of locating drummers for hire and researching large festivals as well as attempting to land a spot on a large bill as an opening act.  If all goes as anticipated I will attempt to tour the "Apparitions" full-length record album anywhere credible and possible.

2.2.How would you describe the musical sound on the recordings you have released so far?
#2.  Pretty much everything before Pro-Star studio is sub par with an exception of songs recorded here and their over the years.  For example the Cycling Troll Studio experience was average but the only thing I really achieved with any degree of anticipated success was the song titled "New York Girl" which I released with Antithesis Records in 1994 on a compilation disc titled "Airtrax".  Another song I had some success with was titled "Living to Die" also known as "Join The Grave." Both songs were later released with A.I.F Records on the "Final Doom" Demo. but desperately needed editing and remixing. Eventually I realized the importance of attempting to go independent and was actually encouraged to get away from A.I.F. Records but they were just to good to me at a time when I desperately needed affiliation in the music world. Most importantly when an artist becomes an independent he or she becomes their own boss. In other words no one can tell me what to do or how to do it.  This freedom is valued dearly. All in all I do not point the finger at others for my downfalls and misfortunes regarding sound quality.  Rather, I suggest to all interested people to never accept what you do not enjoy listening to unless the theory and sounds are undeniable. Even if a recording is sounding sub-par it still can serve as "evidence of progress."  Another factor one must consider is finances.  It takes allot of money to record music in the studio so make it count when you have the chance to do something that is important to you. You will only get what you pay for so if something sounds to good to be true than don't believe it

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
#3.  My song topics include the themes of death and dying, supernatural activity, the occult, and spectral manifestation as well as the zodiac, nuclear destruction, and psychology/self-worth. These topics are all mixed together with both fact and fiction in order to enlighten listeners and make them think about it. Thus resulting in them coming to their own conclusion regarding such delicate and controversial maters. I am attempting to subject people to a new and radical style of music and song writing and at the same time inform them of something that is new and becoming part of the Proto-Doom metal realm of the 21st century.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Endless Void'?
# 4  Endless means without end and Void means empty. Combined the two words simply convey thoughts of the following: (1)infinity, (2) the gate to the cosmos, (3) eternity, (4) infinite regress (5) no beginning and no end, (6) always was and always will be without boundaries yet a place that exists in time and space.


5.For the most part this project is solo, how would you compare that to working with a full band?
#5  Working as a solo artist compared to a group/ band effort is always an interesting topic. Despite the fact the two are viewed as different in many ways they are in fact also very much alike.  As I have previously mentioned in other interviews I was the bass man for the popular Erie Pa band titled After Forever in the early 1980's.  This effort was one of my first attempts to become a functional group member (parts of the whole). It taught me to respect other peoples opinions and beliefs as well as assist in carrying them out.  We ran the project like a democratic society when it all boiled down to it. Yes the band was the idea of another guitarists who acted as a band director but he eventually quit for personal reasons.  The others left as well.  Therefore the other guitar player and myself (dyadic) considered forming a new band and agreed to call it the Endless Void. At this point we went from 2 musicians to 3 becoming a power trio (group).  Due to the fact we had more say in the project we accomplished goals and objectives faster by practicing and experimenting more often. This included recruiting a younger musician with a double bass drum kit. Eventually we  began to realize that we were better than anticipated and performed the songs we liked: (1) Love On Smack, (2) Friends of Hell, and (3) That's What Dream are Made Of combined with some barely par originals. After much experimentation the other founding guitarist eventually left the trio to pursue personal musical preference and I became a soloist as a result. Similarly I became like a dictator but yet an individual in charge of everything for the first time. Again I recruited local musicians as minions but it became a group thing repeatedly.

However my personal ideals still flourished just as they did when I was younger and would take off with my cousin to temporarily join and assist another band because we grew tired of waiting for ours to pull it together and perform.  The true meaning of becoming a soloist actually dawned on me during this period when I performed my first electric and classical bass solo at the Star Light Club on Parade street in Erie, Pa in 1984.  My cousin (vocals) and I (Bass) opened for the ever respected and well known local act Damien Steele with a band called Aragon.  We played two shows.  I was only 19 at the time and had a pop stamp because I was under age for alcoholic consumption.  Thus being fresh out of the music school with a limited but more than adequate direction, I applied some basic music theory to the modern metal sound and began my classical like music style.   Ideas of solo activity flourished in the Limelight.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
6.  My interest in Occultism is a personal thing and began with my great grandmother becoming manipulated by gypsy fortune tellers with Tarot cards. Later it became the basis of my first full- length record album.  Due to the fact Occultism is such a controversial  and popular topic within the USA these days it eventually became a small part of my life. I guess I just could not let it go at that for all of the rite reasons. Therefore, in order to understand my great grandmother better I studied about it to a very slight degree to see how they had captured her attention and manipulated her out of all her money.  All in all I have to say I learned four very important things about life in general: (1) I reject demonology, (2) learn to explore the unknown (3) learn to accept science and evolution as  the guiding and controlling factors of the human race and its destiny, and (4) respect other peoples' personal religious beliefs & practices throughout the world and in the free country. This has become my personal philosophy to live by but most of all I suggest to anyone interested please do not dabble in occultism as it were a science fiction novel you can pick up and put down at will.  A dark side of life does in fact exists and is very much a reality for some people. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Archons Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We have been only playing select shows in San Diego to give us the time to write new material.
We played a 7 show Northwest US tour in January with High on Fire, select dates in the Southwest in July with Seattle's Wounded Giant and are currently on a 2 week West Coast Tour with Old Iron, also from Seattle.


2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have rleeased in the past?
The new record contains a wide variety of songs - some fast, some slow and layered with extra percussion, effects, and synthesizers, creating a richer and more involved recording, more so than our previous efforts.

“Lords of Light and Thunder” is a concept record. It's a Space Opera that eludes to the classic dichotomies of Good and Evil, Light and Dark etc.


3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
This will actually be our first album since 2011. We took our time during the recording process, making several return trips up to Los Angels for multiple overdubbing and mixing sessions.

4.Over the years your lyrics have covered a lot of occult, science fiction and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Far out concepts like these tend to create very vivid imagery in the listener's mind, and we've all always been big fans of the genre.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Archons'?

In a classical sense, the word 'Archons' refers to a shadowy cadre of regulators or high rulers. Like all good band names, it just grabbed us and sounded cool.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The High on Fire shows on our January 2017 tour were great. There were packed houses and lots of reciprocated energy.
The more people that are at the shows, getting involved and rocking out, the more we feed off of it - the better we play.
Several support slots for acts such as The Obsessed, Premonition 13, Shrinebuilder, Om, Unsane, Savious, Karma to Burn, Thrones, Weedeater, King Parrot and EYEHATEGOD have also all been positive gigging experiences.


7.Do you have any touring or show p;ans once the new album is released?

We are currently on tour with Old Iron supporting the new album.
We could possibly be doing another tour early winter, but nothing confirmed yet.

8.The new album is going to be self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Absolutely, it just has to be the right scenario.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner , sludge and doom metal?

Collectively people appreciate what we do because while we hit on some of the similar sounds and structures in those genres, we feel that  we have a unique take on heavy music.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The sky is the limit, onward and upward.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our bassist Chad is listening to a lot of 70’s rock and soul music. Our guitarist Jeff has been heavily into electronic music and older Boogie-Woogie heavies Masters of Reality and Raging Slab. Joe Jackson has been on his turntable a lot lately as well. The drummer Scott has enjoys the classic and latest releases from Voivod, as well as NYC' the Giraffes and Ghost.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Chad - Painting, Tattooing and rebuilding hot rods
Jeff - Books and Motorcycles
Scott - Painting and watching classic Sci-Fi and Horror movies


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

While touring in support of "Lords of Light and Thunder" we are also working on new material for the next release, so prepare for more Archons in the near future.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Demon Eye Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We performed at the Maryland Doomfest back in May. That was the perfect opportunity to debut songs from the new record. We recently played our release show for the album alongside Captain Beyond. It was an honor to celebrate a big occasion with such a legendary band. It was packed house and a great night of heavy music.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I generally the keep the descriptions simple. It's heavy, dark rock with a good dose of classic heavy metal. In terms of the differences from our previous material, this one has some prog moments, a psychedelic instrumental, and a few of the songs are even a tad poppy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Most of the content on this album focuses on the madness we've seen in recent times, but there is a pretty wide range of themes. "The Waters and the Wild" is about nature reclaiming the earth from the era of man. Songs like "Redeemer" and "Kismet" are about the lonely lives people consumed with hate and anger finding themselves living in the future.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Demon Eye'?

It was nicked from a Deep Purple song, "Demon's Eye." We thought it would be a good way to pay  tribute to the ones who laid the foundations before us. Plus, it just sounded cool.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We've been lucky enough to play with bands like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, C.O.C., The Obsessed,The Skull, King's X, The Sword, and many more. That alone makes what we do worth it, but there is nothing like meeting new bands and making new friends. We never take that for granted. For our live performances, we just try to keep them tight, powerful, and fun. We always want people leaving our shows feeling they weren't cheated. We want to make folks feel like we were worth their time and money.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We're going to be touring throughout the Midwest in November, and will hopefully get around the U.S. a bit more in 2018.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Soulseller is the best and we love working with them. They tend to release a lot black metal and death metal, but we've found a nice home with them regardless of being a little stylistically different than the rest of their roster. Jorn Rap, the label owner/operator, is a friend and an excellent guy to work with. We can't praise the label enough.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy and doom metal?

We are overwhelmed by all the positive feedback. It's good to know that the community that helped spawn our style seems to be embracing us.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Up until recently I was playing a band called, Lightning Born, which features Mike Dean from C.O.C. It was fun, but I had to stop playing with them because my time was limited. Bill and Larry play in a band with Richard Bacchus from D-generation, called Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls. It's great '70s NYC, CBGB's-era rock and roll. Paul plays in a pop band called the Feeds. When we have the time, occasionally Demon Eye performs under an alternate identity, called Corvette Summer. It's '70s rock covers. A lot of fun.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Well, for each album I feel like we've progressed in terms of trying new song writing ideas and have ended up with some good material. Hopefully we will continue on that trajectory.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

My favorite bands out there right now are Holy Grove, Disenchanter, Ruby the Hatchet, and Beastmaker. When I was working on riffs for the album I was listening to a lot of Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzy, and Candlemass. Also a various assortment of '70s prog.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

I'm fascinated with the occult and esoteric history, but I am by no means a practitioner of magick. I can't really say that I'm a believer in anything supernatural, but I am very interested in human consciousness and the mystic mind. Those sorts of themes and aesthetics certainly lend themselves well to our style of music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm a bit of an introvert. I read a lot and generally just enjoy a lot of downtime at home with my wife and my dogs. The other guys in the band all have children. They're all good dads. Bill's a baseball coach for his boys' baseball teams. Paul has three daughters. Larry has a young son who's apparently a huge KISS fan.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for taking the time for us, and a huge thanks to everyone who supports Demon Eye! Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet everyone at a show sometime.

Monday, September 25, 2017

BongCauldron Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



*Biscuit*: We are old mates, got together to originally play doom stuff but just ended up writing songs without any set genre with lyrics that we thought were funny.



*Jay*: The first few months after we started we did regular 7 hour jams, about 2 hours of which were productive before we got too pissed and decided to play one note riffs in darkness while them two screamed their heads off.



2. You have an album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



*Jay*: It sounds pissed off. We all had either songs written or riff ideas and then went into the studio for 3 days over the Christmas period in 2015 to get pissed out of our heads and put the majority of it together. 68 was probably the easiest to write. It was the first thing we did after we found out Lemmy had died. One of those that just seemed to write itself.



*Ben*: It's a bit more focused. We used to just throw different bits of everything together. We still do that, but with a bit more thought behind it.



*Biscuit*: Still follows our usual style of 'anything goes' but it’s definitely more pissed off and aggressive. It’s exactly what you’d expect to get from three Yorkshire lads locked in a studio for 3 days writing an album.



3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



*Biscuit*: Booze and Sasquatch.



*Jay*: Lyrics came after finishing the song writing and we've all contributed on different songs. We had all the demos recorded so we could fuck about with lyrics for a few months before going in to the studio in August 2016. My mental health was fucked and I was boozing a lot at the time. So the lyrics I wrote are nothing but hate and misery.



*Ben*: Most of my lyrics are based on drinking, partying and generally having a laugh with the band and mates. Also phallic spears.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'BongCauldron'?



*Biscuit*: I can’t even remember how I came up with it, just thought it sounded alright. Basically put a band together because I had a stupid name for it. But if people ask just say weed and witches.



*Ben*: It's as stupid as it sounds.



5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



*Biscuit*: Riff Fest 2014 is still my favourite gig. It encapsulated everything our gigs are about; a proper laugh, good piss up, physical injuries and structural damage.



*Jay*: Supporting Eyehategod at the Brudenell in Leeds. Desertfest in London. HRH Doom Vs Stoner in Sheffield. Riff Fest 2014. The Black Heart show on the Filthy 3 tour with Gurt and PIST.



6. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



*Jay*: We have stuff in the works but nothing ready to announce just yet.



7. Currently the band is signed to "APF Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



*Jay*: Fieldy (label owner) stumbled up to our merch table when we played with Iron Witch in Manchester in 2014. He could barely string two words together but we could just about make out he knew Trippy Wicked and Chris West who put out our first EP. 3 years down the line after countless trays full of sambuca shots he told us about starting APF Records and after him attending more of our gigs than anyone else, it made perfect sense to sign with him. He gets what were about and it’s good working with someone that wants to see this album out as much as us.



8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?



*Ben*: It's crazy sending stuff halfway across the world in the post, or having people share stuff online and message us. Basically, it's weird having legit fans that aren't our mates.



*Biscuit*: I currently have an Australian crashing on my sofa who says we are known over there, which is mint but he may be saying it to get more time mooching round here.



9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



*Ben*: I'm on guitar and vocals in Corinth, which is more in the vein of Mastodon, Baroness, The Sword etc



*Jay*: I've just quit my other band Blind Haze.



*Biscuit*: Nah. I can write anything for Bongers and we'll jam it, so there’s no need for me. There was even a country song wrote for this album, may be released later down the line.



10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



*Ben*: In 20 years we'll be putting out that difficult second album.



*Jay*: Fuck knows. Anything we enjoy doing.



11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



*Biscuit*: Wiht are easily the biggest influence that got it all started. Having a local band be one of your favourites was a right kick up the arse to do something. For this album I was mainly listening to some faster stuff like Toxic Holocaust, Anti Cimex and Gets Worse. Nowadays I’m really into roots music like Moonshine Wagon, Reverend Beatman and Legendary Shack Shakers.



*Jay*: Dopefight and Wiht were big influences on us when we started. My two favourite bands are Eyehategod and Motörhead. Recently I've got in to punk bands like The Business and Cock Sparrer. For the UK underground Mastiff and Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters are still topping it for me. I'm also looking forward to hearing what PIST bring out next.



*Ben*: Bands like Sleep, Iron Monkey and Weedeater have influenced most of my writing for Bongers. Outside of sludge and doom I listen to a lot of black metal, folk music and The Smiths. But really I pretty much just listen to TalkSport.



12. What are some of your non-musical interests?



*Ben*: Occasionally instead of getting drunk and swearing at a gig, I'll get drunk and swear at the football. Sometimes I do both in one day.



*Jay*: None. Music only.



*Biscuit*: The band PIST.



13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?



*Biscuit*: 68 OFO



*Jay*: If you listen closely, spiders scream when they burn to death.



*Ben*: Never be in a band.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Mad Doctors Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Keeping busy playing tons of music! This is our second release this year and we went into the studio in April so have a few more in the bag that we're itching to finish up so we can continue to assault your ears. Trying to write some new material in between frequent gigging and we all have our other projects - Seth is the mastermind behind the breakbeat/funk/psych mashup Ghost Funk Orchestra, Josh heads up the dirgy and very heavy Sludge Judy, and Greg plays in garage punk outifts Lumps & Glass Slipper. Lots of projects always!

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material?
Over the years we have become heavier, for sure. Definitely pushing hard on fuzz and loudness to try n rattle as many bones as possible. We are trying to keep things interesting, writing with weirdo chords and linking up for syncopated parts to really hit big. Some of the newest material is a little skronky, which should be really fun.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It ranges - ostensibly, many of our songs are pulpy - Yuengling Malmsteen is about a haunted house for example - but a lot of them have underlying themes that relate more to mental health, stress, overwork, laziness, etc. With our next batch of recordings, some of these themes are more overt - one song to be released is obviously about the stresses of living with anxiety, one is about the state of the world, and then one is about pooping on tour. So you can't take all the levity out of it.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Mad Doctors'?
The idea of the band started as a big theatrical project - originally it was supposed to be like a surf rock Alice Cooper with crazed experiments and a big production. The idea was that we would do mad doctor experiments on stage and the name came from a favorite B-movie - The Mad Doctor of Blood Island. No big meaning, just a couple dudes that like shit movies.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Thankfully there have been a ton of great shows! Our LP release show for 'No Waves, Just Sharks' was easily one of the best. We had a packed out room full of friends and everyone was just going totally bananas. We had blow up sharks and people crowd surfing and the majority of the venue was a pit. And we played with three of our favorite bands here - The Royal They, Stuyedeyed, and Crazy Pills. It was totally amazing.

Our stage show is super high energy. There's a lot of thrashing around and headbanging, screaming and getting beer cans thrown at us. Tons of fun!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Totally - we're doing an east coast tour 11/8-11/18 soon to be announced. Our next Brooklyn shows are 10/6 at Brooklyn Bazaar for the split release with Heavy Traffic and 11/8 at Our Wicked Lady for our tour kickoff.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'King Pizza Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
King Pizza is our label - we started it to release our first LP Snake Oil Superscience when we couldn't find a label interested. Instead of just putting our our record, we decided to try to make it more of a thing. We had a bunch of friends who were making killer music but didn't have a support system so we created one. We really wanted to form a part of the scene here in Brooklyn that we felt was our home. So we work with new and up-and-coming bands to create an atmosphere where bands can play and put out a record and reach a new audience and feel like they have a big community to be apart of.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?
Fantastic! We have definitely had a lot of support in faraway places like Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy. Thankfully people have been really excited about us and diggin it and we're diggin that!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are trying to figure out what the next steps are - trying to constantly figure out new ways to make great tunes. Our tastes change and we are always striving to keep writing interesting stuff. I think for the newest material, we are trying to write more vocal hooks and vocals for all three of us to sing, which is new for us. Definitely staying fuzzy and nasty but playing with some other elements to see how we can take it even further.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We all kind of listen to different stuff so it ranges from modern hardcore to garage punk to sludge to Latin jazz. All of our friends are big influences on us, pushing us to write cooler and interesting stuff. The Royal They, Trampoline Team, Sun Voyager, Vamanos, Absolutely Not, Rat Hammer plus bigger bands like Red Fang, QOTSA, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Tons of stuff.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all love movies for sure. And we tend to eat a lot - seafood, Korean, burgers, wings. Pinball, video games, BBQing, swimming in the ocean. Sitting in a chair and drinking beers with buds.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for talking to us!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Endless Void/Apparitions/2017 Demo Review


  Endless  Void  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  proto  form  of doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  demo  "Apparitions".

  A  very  dark,  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  riffs  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  70's  style  of  metal  but  also  making  it  more  modern  sounding.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  traditional  style  of  doom  metal  while  evil  laughter  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  traditional  metal,  blues  and  hard  rock  and  one  of  the  tracks  is an  instrumental,  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  organs  are  added  onto  the  closing  track

  Endless  Void  plays  a  style  of  proto  doom  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  70's  and  80's,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  supernatural  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endless  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  proto  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiritualistic  Medium"  "Stars  In  The  Sky"  and  "Apparitions  And  the  Undertaker".  8  out  of  10.