Few have been able to harness the delicate balance between aggression and melody quite like In This Moment. With their third release A Star-Crossed Wasteland the band has truly defined their sound – an emotional assault of the senses mixing the beauty of melodic softness with the grunge and grittiness of metal; no one seems to do it better.
Looking at In This Moment’s leading lady Maria Brink from the outside, few would expect the baby-doll dress adorned, tattooed, blonde haired maven to open up and let out some of her signature growls, but Brink has proved through music that there’s a lot more than meets the eye.
Brink along with founding member and guitarist Chris Howarth, Blake Bunzel on rhythm guitar, Jeff Fabb on drums and Travis Johnson on bass are currently out as part of the Music As A Weapon Tour alongside Korn, Disturbed and Sevendust, ITM’s Maria Brink took some time to fill us in on the tour, their latest album, and her advice to blooming metal goddesses.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette
On September 28th Juke Kartel dropped their first US release titled Levolution. Don’t know what it means? You shouldn’t …yet. It’s a word the band coined themselves to encompass their years together and their rock and roll pilgrimage from their homes in Australia to their new digs in Los Angeles.
Front man Toby Rand first made his mark in the good ole US of A on a little show called Rockstar SuperNova, vying for a chance to become the lead singer of Tommy Lee’s band. While he didn’t win, It gave him just enough leverage to return to Australia and blow the roof off the place with his own band Juke Kartel. With some success under their belts and a lust for a full on global rock and roll takeover the band uprooted their lives and moved to LaLa Land – a gutsy move that has paid dividends.
Levolution is about as solid a collection of rock tunes that one will find, from the anthemic rocker “Throw It Away” poised for sports stadiums across the nation, to the acoustic, live recorded “Soulshaper” to the beautifully rich and deep layers of “Find Out”. It’s definitely a contender for our top ten list of the year. The album mixes a few of the band’s older tracks with several new songs to give the perfect 1-2-3 lights out punch of rock and roll mastery.
I recently had the chance to chat to Toby about his move to California, the new album, and how it all fell into place, and after an hour of listening to that accent, I might just be in love.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette
February 5, 2010
The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Steel Panther’s major label debut album “FEEL THE STEEL” hit the ground running on Rocktober 6th. With critically acclaimed tracks like the heartfelt ballad “Community Property” to the foot stomping, fist pumping battle cry of “Death To All But Metal” to “Fat Girl” – their ode to chubby chicks everywhere, Steel Panther is poised to take over the world, one spandex-clad MILF at a time.
We recently caught up with the band to get their worldly views on some pressing hot topics. They helped us compile Top 5 lists of all of today’s most pressing subjects from “Top Five Hair Bands of All Time” to “The Five Best Wigs in Metal”.
Name the Top Five Hair Bands of All Time?
Name the Top Five Guitar Solos of All Time? (Steel Panther Hair Solo not included!)
Into the Fire – Dokken
I’m the one – Van Halen
Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
Hot for Teacher – Van Halen
Mr Scary – Dokken
Name the top 5 best cities in terms of groupies?
(Uh, that’s six, but thanks for the bonus…Idaho?)
Name five current members in L.A. Guns since there are apparently 16 different incarnations of the band on tour now?
After Lemmy, list the top 5 “gods of heavy metal”?
David Lee Roth
Jon Bon Jovi
Eddie Van Halen
What are five different day jobs that Lexxi Foxxx has had over the past few years since he obviously isn’t getting paid in Steel Panther?
Name five bands that should credit Steel Panther with their success?
Five best wigs in metal?
David Lee Roth
Meet The Band:
Brett – Guitar/Vocals
Dan – Bass
Chad – Drums
Location: Danbury, CT
Let’s start with the basics, you’re based out of CT, how and when did you guys find each other and come together as a band?
In 2007 we found Brett naked and curled up in a balling the middle of a field after a meteor shower. Chad and I rescued him and showed him the ways of the guitar.
What are your backgrounds in music? Formally trained, self-taught, etc? What made you want to be involved with music?
Formally trained except for Dan who had only a hand full of lessons by Craig Fairbaugh of the band (+44)
You’re currently a three piece, is that by design?
No we just couldn’t find any reliable musicians so we did it ourselves and knighted Brett as the singer. By our design – no; by the universe’s design…perhaps.
What section of the record store would we find your album Hollywood filed under?
Describe your sound in three words?
Awesome awesome awesome!
In listening to your music the first comparison that comes to mind is Blink-182, were you influenced by them?
Who isn’t influenced by Blink-182? They are incredible, not for the fact that they are unbelievable at their instruments, but the fact that they are normal guys that make up the catchiest music.
The album is called Hollywood which is also a track on the album, do you feel that that song is the best representation of the band as a whole on the album?
Yeah it’s a fun summary album and Hollywood does sum up our album into that one song, loud fast and fun.
What’s the most difficult part about being an indie band in today’s music industry?
Getting on the effing radio! If you’re not independently wealthy it’s tough, and if you’re not bringing in a ton of money already then no one wants to take a chance on you.
What do you think defines a great song?
It’s all about the hook.
My favorite song on the album is After-Thought, can you tell us a little bit about the song and what inspired it?
It was written after Brett’s close encounter of the 4th kind. The meaning can be taken however the listener seems fit.
What is the writing process like for the band, is everyone involved?
Yes one of us has an idea or a riff and we all just run with it.
I’m sure you get asked this all the time but what’s the significance behind the name of the band?
It’s when you make a move on a girl and get shot down then think, “let me try that again”. Plus we just didn’t want anything long and gay like a fall out boy song title.
For fans who want to know more about you where can they check out your music, find out about upcoming shows?
Not many people know about this site but we are trying to make it a big thing, it’s called myspace.
When considering the future, what are your goals as a band?
Keep moving forward.
In honor of the king of pop, we’ve been asking everyone what their favorite Michael Jackson song of all time is?
Thriller/ Billie Jean
Catch The Second Advance Live:
Sep 17 2009 Hot Topic In-Store Acoustic Set/CD Sale Danbury, Connecticut
Sep 19 2009 he Cutting Edge Theatre@City Ale House Danbury, Connecticut
Sep 19 2009 Brooklyn Fundraiser Brooklyn, New York
Oct 10 2009Big Giant Extravaganza! (w/ BAYSIDE SOCRATIC) Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Oct 13 2009 Hollywood Remixes Available on iTunes Worldwide
Nov 7 2009 Studio Recording Union, New Jersey
Nov 8 2009 Studio Recording Union, New Jersey
It’s been three years since we’ve heard anything new from AFI (Davey Havok on vocals, Jade Puget on guitar, Hunter Burgan on bass and Adam Carson on drums) and the masses are hungry. On September 29th the band debuts their eighth studio album “Crash Love” to the world. While the album will surely be put under the microscope by AFI enthusiasts who will undoubtedly compare it to the AFI albums of old, one thing is certain, AFI didn’t remake Decemberunderground or Sing the Sorrow. What they will find is a collection of songs that prove that AFI is not resting on their laurels or writing a knockoff of one of their old albums, they continue to evolve from album to album. In the “sometimes less is more” vein the band went back to basics in what may be their most guitar oriented album to date which may broaden their appeal to a more mainstream crowd.
Lyrically Davey kept a prevalent theme of hollow Hollywood and the vacuous society it perpetuates but he also ventures into tales of relationships gone good and bad. With the first single Medicate giving fans their first taste of the album stand out tracks like “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” and “Darling I Want To Destroy You” leave the best yet to come.
As with any band that stands the test of time AFI continue to reinvent themselves and challenge themselves musically. Crash Love will undoubtedly usher in a whole new generation of AFI fans to carry on the torch hand in hand with the AFI fans of old.
Guitarist Jade Puget recently took some time to talk to us about the album, the recording process, and of course Michael Anthony Hall!
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | September 2009
All hailing from musical backgrounds it took some time for the foursome to come together and gel as a band but when they did the goal was to create a sound that was larger than life. The band (Nash Overstreet on lead guitar/vocals, Ian Keaggy on bass/vocals, and brothers Ryan Keith Follese on lead vocals/guitar and Jamie Follese on drums) worked with an all star line up of producers including Butch Walker and Eric Valentine who guided them through the process.
The results? A power pop rock album that offers up the perfect soundtrack to anyone who wants to break up with their long distance lover, dance the night away, then fall in love all over again before the sun comes up. The songs are a perfect blend of being catchy without jeopardizing their substance and will undoubtedly leave your ears, heart, and dancing shoes longing for another listen. Solid musicianship throughout for such young guys we predict big things for this band in the future and think they deserve everything they have coming their way.
Guitarist Nash Overstreet took some time out of the bands current promo tour to catch TWRY up on the and and their new album (and you KNOW we had to ask about Mr. Walker…)
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | August 2009