Fearless Vampire Killers – Access All Areas

4541623526_392x2624541622813_392x241Fearless Vampire Killers is an interesting name. What’s the story behind it?

Laurence: When I was a kid my dad showed me this film called The Fearless Vampire Killers by Roman Polanski. As long as I can remember I was obsessed with the idea of vampires and so naturally the film grabbed me, terrified me, and enthralled me. I watched it all the time as a kid. When we came to naming the band not only did the name fit with our image but it also matched what we wanted to do, we wanted to go out and actually achieve something – essentially the destruction of the metaphorical vampires that plague us and thousands of other people.

 How did Fearless Vampire Killers begin?

Laurence: We’d been playing together in various bands since we were about fifteen back in the Waveney Valley where we come from. When it got to the time where everyone was deciding what their paths in life would be, we all knew we didn’t want to have to work a regular job for the rest of our lives, and we knew for sure that we wanted to affect people somehow. So we moved to London with no money, and barely any knowledge of what it was we’d be faced with. After a year we were super disillusioned with the London music scene and realised we needed to something different, we pulled together as a band and changed our name to something that would inspire certain feelings in a person. We wanted to be a band that people hated, because we knew they’re the bands that people love.

 How long have you been together?

Laurence: As FVK we’ve been doing it full on about two and a half years.

 Do you get a lot of female attention?

Drew: That would have to be a yes, we get a fair amount of female attention nowadays which is still REALLY bizarre. I mean, we don’t have groupies or anything like that, we’re not that sort of band, but recently girls have taken a shine to us let’s say. I particularly have no idea how to deal with it because in school I sucked when it came to getting girls and spent most of my time avoiding awkward social moments. I think my smoothest moment has to be one time when a girl came up to me after a gig , she told me she fancied me and all I could muster was “Thank you” before stumbling to meet the guys downstairs.

Anything you want to mention to the people who may not have heard of you?

Laurence: Leave your prejudices at the door, come along to a show and make up your mind that way, we promise we’ll give everything we have, and we’ll definitely fight for more.

Do you want to change the world?

Laurence: I guess everyone changes the world in some way. Whether you’re a teacher or a mugger. We want to do something good, and yeah definitely make a difference, I think the main thing we want to do is create something magical and vicious, and do our best to inspire people.

 If you could only get one song heard by the whole world, what would it be?

Laurence: It would be a new song no one’s heard yet; “Fetish for the Finite” It’s a song that really showcases what we’re all about. It’s raw, epic, and has a very sincere chorus. I think it’s a song a lot of people can relate to.

 What other bands are you influenced by?

Drew: We all listen to lots of different types of music from Metal to Classical music and every band member has different tastes which help bring something different to every song. Like Laurence is really into hardcore punk at the moment (and is currently obsessed with Comeback Kid), Shane listens to a lot of jazz, metal and off the wall things like Mr Bungle and Buckethead, I’m a 90s addict and love Weezer, Manic Street Preachers and Muse too are a massive inspiration, Kier’s a big pop punk man and Nick loves bands like Jimmy Eat World and Black Sabbath. Big collective influences on the band though are people like David Bowie, Avenged Sevenfold, He Is Legend, Green Day and Queen.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Drew: Tough question, well for me I think it would have to Rivers Cuomo (the lead singer of Weezer). He’s one of my all time heroes and I think he always will be. His style of emotional, honest song writing had such an effect on me because throughout school (up to present day really) I felt so insecure and shy and couldn’t understand how some people could fit in so well. So songs like ‘In The Garage’ and ‘Across The Sea’ gave me some hope as someone could so perfectly describe how I felt and made me want to be in a band and write songs. I think I’d probably say to him ‘You are the greatest man that ever lived’ and if he responds ‘I was born to give’ I would probably vomit with happiness.

Could you sum yourselves up in 3 words?

Laurence: Weirdly geeky Superheroes.

 Where is your favourite place to play?

Drew: We’ve got a few places that we always look forward to playing and get really excited about in the run up to the gig but I think the top has got to be The Mill in Rayleigh. It’s just a brilliant venue, the first time we played there we were astounded by the size of it, and for a second thought we’d come to the wrong place! We love thrashing around on stage too so the big stage is a bonus and results in fewer casualties. But it really stands out for all of us because the first time we played there was the first time that we really clicked with an audience. It was at a time when we’d been incessantly playing in London for about a year to maybe a few of our friends and some uninspired, apathetic on-lookers which could be very demoralising then all of a sudden after the show at The Mill people were coming up asking for pictures and saying what a great show it was. It was so humbling and gave us the confidence we needed to really branch out and accept who we were. We’ll always love coming back there because of those people who still do so much to support us.

Anything you want to mention to the people who may not have heard of you?

Laurence: Leave your prejudices at the door, come along to a show and make up your mind that way, we promise we’ll give everything we have, and we’ll definitely fight for more.

Fearless Vampire Killer’s new EP ‘In Grandomina’ is now available on iTunes, so check it out there or go HERE

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Sonisphere Through the Ages

Okay, ‘Ages’ might be a bit of a stretch, but Sonisphere has an interesting, albeit brief history and it’s a festival I hold close to my heart.

 

Back in the 1990’s when I was a wee baby, the idea for Sonisphere, a touring world festival, was the brainchild of John Jackson. By 2008, he’d signed up with Kilimanjaro and AEG Live. By 2009, Sonisphere was born in the form of a two-day festival in August for the UK and six European one-day festival events.

 

I’m going to focus on Sonisphere UK, because I’m biased like that and I was THERE for those ones. In 2009 it was a two-day festival headlined by Linkin Park and Metallica. It was my first festival at the tender age of fifteen, and I was mostly only allowed to go because it took place at Knebworth House just 10 minutes away from where I lived at the time.

 

But it was glorious. The stage layout means that there’s never a band playing on both main stage and second at the same time, eliminating the agonizing decision over which phenomenal main band to see at a time (a common problem at Download). With it being local, almost everyone I knew was there, and although that’s not a universally relatable perk, it was certainly a perk for me.

 

Not to mention the fact that Sonisphere 2009 facilitated the last UK performance of two exceptional musicians, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold and Ronnie James Dio.

 

Both 2010 and 2011 were smash-hit successes as far as the fans were concerned, although the act choices seemed a little dated at times, a little like the wet-dream lineup of a middle-aged man (which I guess it was). With acts like ‘The Big 4’ (Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer) all playing together in 2011, it marked Sonisphere down in the history books for facilitating legends.

 

Other notable headliners that weren’t the obvious Metallica and Iron Maiden are Biffy Clyro and Slipknot (2011) and Rammstein (2010).

 

In 2012 everything collapsed. With the announcement of Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert and Faith No More as headliners, the festival flopped in the UK. The official reason for cancelling it was that ‘co-ordinating the festival to an appropriate standard this year had proved more difficult than expected’ but I’m pretty sure it was more to do with dismal ticket sales. This was a festival I’d been loyal to since the start, and now I wasn’t buying a ticket and neither were any of my friends.

Though the festival continued on through Europe with success, it was radio silence from the Sonisphere UK camp until 2014, when the festival returned in all it’s glory with the predictable but crowd pleasing headliners Metallica and Iron Maiden. There were some old-school surprises like HIM, and some very, very new-school controversies like Baby Metal, but overall Sonisphere 2014 was a great festival.

 

So far we’ve heard nothing from Sonisphere UK about a return in 2015, which is a little worrying. With a substantial number of acts already announced for competing alternative festivals like Download, Reading and Leeds and Bloodstock, Sonisphere had better pull it together if they’re planning on making a return. I have to wonder though, if they’re not simply struggling to find acts, with all the ‘greats’ being snapped up by competing festivals, who is left to compete on Sonisphere’s behalf?

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Frnk Iero and the Cellebration- Stomachaches

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Frank Iero is a visionary man, This was evident in his contributions to the energetic uniqueness of My Chemical Romance, and in his short-lived side project Leathermouth. He creates a world through music, and this is something he’s continued to do with great success in his new band, Frnk Iero and the Cellebration. The name is difficult to get right on paper, and difficult to pronounce, and the sound is difficult to define. You can’t put this band into a genre category, and that makes some people uncomfortable. But the fact is, Stomachaches is an exceptional successful debut album. Every song is different, Every song is a celebration of the macabre, and the 12 songs together produce a theatrical picture of an angry world filled with a raw, intensely honest view of the world and its inhabitants.

 Songs like ‘.She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party, and She Can Prove It With a Solid Right Hook’ brings out a surprisingly softer, insightful side of the band. The song is clearly personal, with lyrics like ‘But you’re on my mind/And the things that you say hurt me most of the time’.

 

There are a few songs on the album you’ve probably heard already, made famous by their artistic, but comically distrubing music videos. Songs like ‘.Weighted’ and ‘.Joyriding’ are have it all, insightful lyrics, catchy choruse’s an contagious hooks. They’re guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers live.

 It’s not often I find a song so good it makes my personal playlist, but ‘.All I want is Nothing’ made that list on the first play-through. It has everything you coudld want, the ‘check check’ opening to provide vintage authenticity and the speedy radio-esque lyrics of a punk song, but with a rhythmic melodic, catchy chorus that has you singing it all day without getting bored.

 As far as debut albums go, .Stomachaches by Frnk Iero and the Cellebration is a damn good one. I anticipate great things for this band, and wouldn’t be surprised if there was a UK tour on the horizon. For a review of their set at Hit the Deck Festival, head over to the ‘Gig Review’ page at the top.

Suffer No Fools- Songs For The Restless Youth

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Having formed earlier this year, Suffer No Fools are relatively new to the scene. However, they’ve been breaking tradition and exceeding expectations at every turn, and their debut album is a perfect example of this attitude. Instead of releasing songs in dribs and drabs, slowly, the five-piece from Ealing opted to release a whole EP at once, showcasing the extent of their professional, technical skills and raw talent. The combination of Ali Khan’s vocals, Jack Kirby and Jamie Newdeck’s guitar work, Alex Bain’s basslines and Mike Taylor’s drumming, Suffer No Fools have created something truly special.

 The EP opens with a short instrumental, starting slow and building gradually to perfectly flow into the first track of the album ‘The Bombing Campaign’. Khan’s clean vocals against the gritty heaviness of the instrumental provides the perfect combination of genres and styles, resulting in a track you can bang your head and pump your fist to, but one you can also sing along with.

 Throughout the album there are moments of truly exceptional musical ability. The harmonies on ‘Prey in particular stuck out for me. ‘Forgiven or Forgotten’, the third track, stands out lyrically, with lines like ‘if we forget we are doomed to repeat, watch as they all do nothing, can’t take the heat’.

 ‘Abyss’, the fourth track of the album, opens with a catchy riff that you’re sure to be humming for days after listening, but in a good way. ‘Dirge of the Old Gods’ lays out a lyrical odyssey to dispel  the legends of Viking Lore, foretelling the dirge of the ‘Old Gods’. If you’re looking for a song that riles you up to ride to the gates of Valhalla, this is the track for you.

 The final track on the EP, ‘Into the Breach’ brings everything to a close, showcasing the best of the best lyrically and musically with heart-pounding basslines, a drumbeat you can’t help but nod your head to, and expert guitar work.

 Suffer No Fools are not afraid of experimenting, with songs ranging in style and length. There may only be 7 tracks on the EP, but with this adding up to almost 30 minutes of music, you’re getting more for your money than with many full-length albums.  There is no doubt in my mind that Suffer No Fools is headed for greatness, they just need that one, pivotal ‘big break’ moment to announce to the world. You can check them out on Facebook, or purchase their EP at Bandcamp. I promise you won’t regret it.

Skeleton Kid- Access All Areas

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What would you say has been the defining moment in your career so far?
The defining moment is definitely releasing ‘It’s A Funeral…’. After line-up changes, being bullshitted by various people, 1 year of writing and hard work in the studio, it’s now time for us to take a stand and show the world who we are and what we do. Our whole career has been building up to the album and we’ve spent so long working on it and put so much of ourselves into it that it has naturally become a marker and a platform for us to push on from here.

What made you think ‘this is what I want to do’?

Ever since I was a kid and danced around to Michael Jackson songs in my bedroom, I never wanted to be anything other than a massive pop star. Growing up the only things that’s changed is the style of music. I’ve worked in various jobs for years but have never been happier than when I’m playing music. (FRANKIE) When we started out we said we were gonna do our own thing and do it our own way and we’ve stuck to it. We don’t fit in and we love it!

Have you got any interesting tour stories?
Tour vans breaking down every 15 miles, heavy drinking sessions, promoters doing a runner from the venue and trying to lumber us with paying for the gig, playing with bands who have been complete dicks, drug orgies in the tour van…

You’re about to release a new album. How does it feel to be reaching this key milestone?
Quite simply, amazing. The response has been so positive which is totally overwhelming because it’s been a long time coming. Doing it independently has been great because we’ve had total freedom writing and recording it.

What’s the best thing about Skeleton Kid?
That we don’t give a fuck! We’ve only ever wanted to be ourselves, we get mocked for how we look or sound because we don’t fit in which is great. We’d rather turn heads because we’re different than blend in and be just another unnoticed rock band.

If you could tour with any band, which would you choose?
Mötley Crüe! Mötley Crüe! Mötley Crüe! Mötley Crüe!

Are any of your songs based on personal experiences?

Haha. They say the key to writing is write what you know. So our songs are about sex and heartbreak…

If you could only have one of your songs heard by the whole world, what would it be and why?
Bones Beyond, maybe. It has so much in it, musically and emotionally. Punchy verses, sweeping, melodic choruses, breakdowns, a poppy bridge, tempo changes. It was the last song we wrote and it was completely written in the studio which is really cool. It’s also great fun to play live.

What artists are you influenced by?
Nirvana were the first rock band I ever got into. I loved how different they were to anything I’d heard before. Pantera and Dimebag are why I play guitar. Dime’s riffs and guitar sound are just mind blowing. Myles Kennedy is the reason I sing. He has the most incredible voice and hearing him just makes me want to push myself harder vocally. (FRANKIE) Influences as a band are Mötley Crüe, Avenged Sevenfold, AFI, Papa Roach, pretty much everything we have ever listened to.

Other than music, what else influences you?
People can be an incredible influence. Not necessarily public figures but family and people you see day to day. They’re the ones who support you and make you realise it’s good to push yourself and do something different. Movies can be another big influence, we have a massive love for horror movies and that definitely comes out in the goth image and some of the themes in our music, particularly the older songs.

If you could give one piece of advice to bands just starting out, what would it be?
Find what you want to do and do it! Take time to develop your sound, build your image and get a whole package that people can get hold of. We started out just getting on stage and hammering out punk songs until we realised no one really noticed us so we started working on our performance rather than just playing songs, took the time to work out our sound, especially live, splitting vocals, planning parts and stops in songs, intros etc. and developed our image into something that was us.

If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say?
I’d like to meet Freddie Mercury. He was an incredible singer, writer and performer. No idea what I’d say to him though. (FRANKIE)

If you could go back and say one thing to yourself five years ago, what would it be?
Save as much money as you can because in 5 years you’re gonna need it for touring etc. oh and get used to petrol station sandwiches.

Could you pick out a best memory you’ve had as a band?

Touring in general. It’s hard but it’s worth it and the fans we meet are amazing!
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Fall against fate – Access All Areas

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How did ‘Fall Against Fate’ begin?

Fall Against Fate began as a vision. We wanted to create music we wanted to hear and would enjoy playing. A few friends got together and started jamming cover songs and that’s how it all started, since then we have had various line up changes but we now feel we have the best line up we could possibly have.

 How long have you been together?

 This current line up of the band has been together for just over a month but altogether Fall Against Fate is just over 2 years old.

 If you could, how would you want to change the world?

 Grant everyone access to basic human rights that they should already have

 What other bands are you influenced by?

 Fall Against Fate has a wide range of influences which we try and combine together in order to portray our sound. These include bands such as August Burns Red, Architects, Structures, Volumes, Parkway Drive etc… We all listen to a wide range of music, we love acoustic bands, RnB bands, we pretty much listen to everything.

 If you could only get one song heard by the whole world, what would it be?

 Our forthcoming single would be an awesome song for the whole world to hear. We feel we have progressed a lot as band since our EP and that it is our best work to date so it would be the perfect track to show off to the world! It’s out in November.

 Apart from other bands what influences you?

 Our surrounding often influence us a band, whatever is going on around us or personal things that have happened or are happening to us often influence us to write the music that we write. We also gain influence from a lot of fiction too, it’s good to create cool stories through lyrics.

 Could you sum yourselves up in 3 words?

Energetic, Heavy, Honest

Where is your favourite place to play?

 We’ve done some crazy shows but so far our favourite place to play has to be venues in London, because it’s local to us and there are always a lot of familiar faces at the shows, they’ve had to put up with us the longest, so it’s always nice to come back to a welcoming crowd.  

 Do you get a lot of female attention?

 Some of us have girlfriend’s, but some of us do get female attention which is always pretty cool for them!

 What’s the craziest gig you’ve ever done?

 It has to be the shows we played in the summer in Barnet, London. The stage was big and the crowd was nuts, plenty of stuff to hang off of and jump off of. The crowds were pretty large and were up for a party which is always fun!

 If you could play with anyone who would it be?

 It would be a dream to play with all the bands that influence us, August Burns Red would be a huge highlight for me. But playing with any band no matter how “big” they are is always a huge honour, it’s always amazing to hear some great new music that you’ve never heard before and meet some great people along the way.

 What’s the best thing about your band?

 I’d say the best thing about our band is how we all get along. It’s nice to just be able to sit with 4 of your best friends and talk then get up on stage a few hours later. Also, we love keeping in touch with our fans which I think is a good thing!

 Are any of your songs based on personal experiences?

 I think almost every single song is about a personal event that has happened to at least one of us. The usual things such as break ups are often vented through lyrics and the aggressive side of our music.

 What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 “Turn your guitar down and hit it as hard as you can” Paul got that when recording with Ed Sokolowski (The Eyes Of A Traitor, Lecarla etc…)  

 What’s next for ‘Fall Against Fate’?

 We head into the studio on November 1st to track the debut single off of our debut full length CD, then we are shooting a music video for that. We have also just signed a lovely new management and booking deal with The Alexia Agency so we will be touring like mad men for the rest of the year and beyond! Then some time in 2012 we will be releasing our first full length album along with a few other treats. Keep in touch!

 Anything you want to mention to the people who may not have heard of you?

 Yes, head over to our pages, check us out and come and talk to us! You can catch us on good old Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fallagainstfateUK

You can also download our EP for free from our official website:www.fallagainstfate.com

 We love meeting new people who are into our music so please come and chat!

Rock Sugar – Access All Areas

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How did Rock Sugar begin?

Chuck: You know what, it’s pretty funny but me and Jess our lead singer and drummer Alex were on an island, and we were there on vacation playing acoustic guitar and stuff and Jesse just said ‘wow wouldn’t it be cool if some metal band was stranded on an island with nothing but a 13 year olds CD collection and they were stranded for a long time and got brainwashed to think that pop was like, the ultimate metal?’ And really it sounds like a joke but that is how it started.

 Wow that’s pretty crazy. So your ‘Don’t Stop the Sandman’ video is kind of a reality?

Exactly. It’s a reality.

 Okay so how long have you been together?

Now, I’m gunna say a couple of years, like two years.

 Right, so would you say you’re close with the other band members then?

Yeah, I mean me and Jesse have been best friends since high school, since we were like fourteen, fifteen years old, and I’ve known Alex now for over 20 years so the three of us have been tight for a really long time and yeah we’re good friends.

 So that must make it more fun then?

You know what, it makes it a lot more fun and sometimes a little bit more difficult because you know, you know how friends are, but all in all it’s definitely a blast, I mean it’s better doing it with your friends than doing it with people you don’t like.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say?

Elvis Presley. What would I say? I would say Elvis, why are you the King? Who gave you the name the king? You need to share this with me right now. No, but Elvis Presley man, I think the guy was a pretty neat guy, from sharing his wealth and everything he had to treating his friends really well and just being a legend and bringing something so great to rock and roll. And after that, would be John Lennon, if I had two, it would be John Lennon. In fact if I could have a little mini conference with Elvis and John Lennon oh my god that would be so awesome, like if I was on Skype with them or something.

 Could you sum Rock Sugar up in three words?

Three words. How about three letters. ADD. Because we’ve always said Rock Sugar was music for people with ADD because every 15 seconds something new, a new song pops up, so Jesse likes to say we take a bunch of songs and we get them drunk and we throw them down your throat and it’s the peanut butter cup of rock and roll, you’ve got some metal in my pop and some pop in the metal, but ADD really describes our music really, really well.

 What’s the craziest gig you’ve ever played?

Craziest gig we’ve ever played? Well, I’ll tell you what, to this day the coolest gig’s we’ve ever done have been in the UK by the way, you guys are fricken insane out there, and you know how to party. We played at Download this year, we played at Download last year, and by far man those gigs are just crazy. If anybody ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a rock star on a huge stage with thousands of people just digging on you and screaming and going crazy that’s it. That sums it up right there. The craziest gig we’ve ever done was probably this one show recently where the owner of the establishment got drunk and decided to get mad at us afterwards because I don’t know why, and everybody was just saying ‘ah man that’s the alcohol talking’ and stuff so but other than that every gig we’ve ever done has just been really, really cool.

If you could, how would you want to change the world in like, one way?

More rock and roll. I would get rid of some other kinds of music and replace it with rock and roll. The other thing I would do is I would make it that every time somebody listened to a song, that peace would just spread all over the place man, because I’ll tell you what, we need that right now.

 Definitely. If you could only get one of your songs heard by the whole world, which would it be?

How about ‘Don’t Stop the Sandman’?

Why that song?

I think it makes people happy. People listen to that and they laugh, and they have a good time, and it brings back good memories, and so many people forget about good times, and good memories, so I think that’s a perfect song to get everybody into good, positive thinking.

 So earlier this week we heard that Johnny (bassist) has decided to leave the band. How will this affect your plans for the future?

Well, like everything, bands always go through certain members and stuff like that, we’re still all friends, and we just finished our tour for the summer so we have a long break here, and Johnny has his original band, ‘Still Standing’, which is a great band, and he decided that he was going to take all of his efforts and focus on ‘Still Standing’, which is his real passion. He never left Still Standing while he was in Rock Sugar, but I think now he’s going to focus his attention to that and I think it’s a great idea, and we wish him lots of luck and the best. As far as affecting what Rock Sugar does, we’ve been getting tonnes of enquiries like ‘Hey’ from bassists all over the place and when the time is right we’ll audition some new guys and find the new bass player.

 So it’s far from the end for Rock Sugar?

Yeah, exactly.

We saw you at Download (2011) and you were probably our best band of the weekend.

Right on. Thank you for saying that. I appreciate it, that’s really cool.

 It’s difficult to find real fun in rock music nowadays.

Exactly, that’s what I’m talking about… We don’t go out there and say ‘hey look at us, we’re so cool’ we’re just like everybody else; we just want to play music that makes people fun and we want to include people. Like we always tell people that coming to a Rock Sugar show is kind of like being in the band, because you get to have fun with the band not just watch the band have fun. It’s the only time that you can get a metal guy and look out into the audience and see this metal dude with long hair whose like ‘yeah man, I’m a rocker!’ singing Madonna. It’s awesome!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Try everything once, and twice to be sure, because it’s the only way… it’s another way of saying, live on the edge, live every day like todays your last day, live with passion and be passionate about everything you do, and I’ve always heard those things, and I’ve always tried to live my life, and I know that Jess has always lived his life like that, and if you meet us an you talk to us, it’s not because we’re on speed or any drug or anything like that it’s just because we’re enthused about the moment and we just live every day like it’s the last.

 Is there anything you might want to mention to people that haven’t heard of you?

Absolutely. If anybody is out there who hasn’t heard of Rock Sugar I first encourage them, highly encourage them, to stop by our Facebook atwww.facebook.com/rocksugarband, come check out our website at http://www.rocksugarband.com , go to YouTube and just YouTube Rock Sugar and listen to all the stuff and watch all the stuff and come visit us on Facebook as a friend not a fan, and our Facebook is so alive, we’re almost at 30,000 people and we’re constantly giving stuff away every single week, we care about everybody so much, and I just encourage everybody to you know, come on-board and let’s be friends.

Is there any chance of a UK tour?

You know what, we would love a UK tour, the only thing I can say is that we might be doing a big show next year out there somewhere, I’m not allowed to say anything yet, and if we do, we might surround that gig with a mini little UK tour thing, but I’m not 100%, we’ve got our fingers crossed though.

 

So just keep your eyes on the Facebook for more details then?

Exactly. That would be the best place to be.

As You’re Falling – Access All Areas

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How did you start?

Connor: Basically, I joined this band with this guy, and I met Kieran and Ben in that band, and we left the band and all joined together with Kelvin and Joe, because they were my friends at school.

Kelvin: What happened was Connor, Kieran and Ben were in this band called ‘Behind These Lies’ and they left that band, and me and Joe were in a band called Aspersion and then we left that and we kind of formed together because… yeah we just did.

 Why did you start?

Kieran: Well we all had similar tastes in music and then we realised the difference…

Kelvin: I just wanted girls…

Connor: I wanted to smoke weed… (laughs)

Joe: Don’t say that…

Connor: My bad…

 How would you classify yourselves?

Connor: Metalcore.

Ben: Epic.

 Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Kieran: Sonisphere.

Connor: I think we all want to be signed, and to get somewhere.

 Do you get a lot of female attention?

(Laughter)

Kieran: Yeah I got my girlfriend coz of this.

Ben: Just put yes.

Joe: I’m straight edge.

Kieran: You’re straight?

 Who are you influenced by?

Connor: Asking Alexandria.

Kieran: Two door Cinema Club

Ben: It’s three doors down anyway…

Connor: What is?

Kieran: The Two Door Cinema Club.

 Why do you think people should listen to you?

Connor: Because we’re better than (name removed)

Ben: They’re on the site as well…

Kieran: Why should people listen to us… because we’re good and we have meaningful lyrics.

Kelvin: We’re different, it’s different from the stuff that you usually hear at like, Bowes and we just want to stick out a bit.

Who would you say is the ‘black sheep’ of the band?

(Laughter)

Kelvin: Nah, Connor, not me.

Kieran: Connor’s the emo.

Connor: I’m not an emo… Look at Ben, listen to his voice.

Kelvin: Well, black sheep, what the hell do you mean by black sheep?

Ben: Who is the blackest out of the band… you!

Kelvin: I think Connor coz he’s a scene kid, that’s it.

Connor: That means I still love my parents.

 How do you balance school and band?

Kieran: I don’t.

Ben: Set fire to it.

Kelvin: Probably from having like a set schedule like every Tuesday and Friday that way we can fit in with the rest of our days.

 Do you have any interesting stories?

Connor: There was a time, when we had an original guitarist, and his name was Peter Choowong, and he never turned up to practice, and we all lost faith in music for a bit.

Kieran: And was restored when he was replaced with me!

Connor: No.

Kieran: Yes.

Kelvin: No.

Kieran: Yes, that’s it.

 How often do you practice?

Connor: Two times a week.

Kelvin: But during the holidays like this we’re trying to do more.

Kieran: It hasn’t really worked out.

 Who is the favourite in the band?

Kelvin: Ben. I like Ben most.

Kieran: Kelvin’s the favourite man, look at him.

Who do you like most in the band though?

Kieran: Who do I like most in this band?

Kelvin: I would say Ben.

Kieran: Me.

Connor: Joe’s pretty cool.

Kelvin: I think Ben’s the favourite.

Kieran: I’m the loser of the band.

 Is it an aspiration of yours to go mainstream?

Kieran: Yeah I would. I wouldn’t want to sell out to do it, but…

Connor: Basically in the future we want to do gigs with All Against Nothing.

Kelvin: I wouldn’t mind going mainstream, just doing a little bit of pop.

 Do you have any plans for an EP?

Connor: Yeah hopefully sometime within the next month. We’re just messing about with stuff upstairs.

Kelvin: That doesn’t sound right! (Laughter)

 

Times Like These – Access All Areas

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How did ‘Times like These’ start?

Lewis (Drummer) and Liam (Bassist) were in a band previously which had split up. We were both attending Music College and got together with Harley (Lead Guitar). Through a friend, Joe (Screamo Vocals) then joined and finally Shaun (Vocals and Guitar) who is a good friend of Harley’s joined to complete the band.

 How long have you been together?

Just over 16 months.

 What made you think ‘this is what I want to do’?

We all love the buzz of being on Stage and performing and love the music we currently play. All in all we’re just show offs!!!

 Can you sum up what ‘Times like These’ is about in three words?

ENERGERTIC, PASSIONATE SWEATY.

 If you could convey one message to your fans, what would it be?

Cheers for all our fans, friends and families for supporting us. It makes it a lot of fun to be in Times Like These.

 What artist has inspired you most and why?

We all have individual influences which comes together really well and is shown in the music that we create and perform. Joe’s is Fall Out Boy, Shaun’s is Day to Remember, Lewis’s is Avenged Sevenfold, Harley’s is Bullet for my Valentine and Liam’s is Blink 182.

 Musically, what is your proudest achievement?

It hasn’t happened yet. We are looking forward to Headlining shows.

 What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Joe – Dance Like a Mother Fucker!!!

Could you pick out a best memory you’ve had as a band?

That’s easy, definitely when we played at our towns local Festival Music on the Moor. It gave us a real buzz afterwards.

 Other than music, where do you draw your inspiration from?

Look at the world we live in. If that’s not inspiration to write music and songs what is. Hence our band name being Times Like These.

 If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Joe – I would want to meet George Pettit and ask him how he wrote Dogs Blood. Shaun – Mine would be Jesus as I AM his 13th disciple! Liam – It’s got to be Jim Carey, just to make me laugh. Lewis – Mine would have to be The Rev (drummer of Avenged Sevenfold), he has been a huge influence on my drumming. Harley – Kurt Cobain, just because ….

 If you could, what one way would you change the world?

Beer would be free of charge and served by Naked ladies – but good looking one’s of course!

 If you could tour with one band, who would it be and why?

Joe – I would want to tour with Deaf Havana as they have already done what we are trying to achieve. Liam – Yeah, I would go with Joe’s answer. Harley – Bloodhound Gang as they know have to have a good time. Shaun – I would want to tour with Alexis on Fire as they are just musical Geniuses. Lewis – my choice would have to be Bring Me The Horizon as their stage shows are always phenomenal.

 Are any of your songs based on personal experiences?

Yes most of them are and it always ends up being sexual.

 Why should people listen to ‘Times like These’?

Because we make original, decent music and have fun doing it. If you come to one of our gigs, be prepared to join in with the Mosh pitting and getting very very sweaty!!!