INTERVIEW: “Oh-Hell-YeeHaw!” WhiskeyDick are coming to the UK!

Cult favourites WhiskeyDick return to the UK this March to blow minds with a double barrel blast of dreadnaught shredding and hillbilly bellowing that makes you want to knock back a shot, stand up tall, and holler “Oh-Hell-YeeHaw!”

The Fort Worth duo carry on the Texas traditions of super-powered guitar slinging and clever songwriting that make lone star music a worldwide curiosity, except Reverend Johnson will remind you more of Dimebag Darrell than Billy Gibbons and Fritz remains more lyrically akin to David Allen Coe than Robert Earl Keen.

WhiskeyDick’s live show is a true spectacle: two giant, tattooed, mean-looking dudes saunter on stage and sit down on 2 chairs, then pick up acoustic guitars and proceed to amaze everyone by generating more power than a full band by means of Fritz’s deep, rich vocals, Johnson’s unapproachable acoustic guitar heroics, and their triumphant songwriting.

It’s their approach to music and the message they carry that’s resonating with the legion of Dimebag Darrell’s fans and viewers of hit tv show ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ which has resulted in the duo’s song ‘Drunk As Hell’ fast approaching 1 MILLION views on Youtube.

WhiskeyDick release their best of album ‘Welcome To YeeHaw County’ 24th April 2015 via record label Rusty Knuckles. We spoke to Fritz ahead of their forthcoming UK Tour.

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MJ: Welcome to the Classic Rock Show, Fritz. How on earth does a name like WhiskeyDick come about, firstly?

300x300F: Thank you. Man, I appreciate it. Yeah the band name. Well, we kind of did some drinking a couple of nights in a row and we were playing some shows and didn’t really have a band name, this was about ten years ago, a little more than ten years ago, actually, and after one night of the heavy drunken debauchery, we had a couple of names floating around in our heads and we knew we liked whiskey, and we were on our way to a show, actually, and I was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle and it just kind of hit me and I blurted it out real loud as we were going down the road. And actually Reverend Johnson (Whiskeydisck’s lead guitarist) wasn’t really happy, didn’t really like the name right off the bat, but kind of stuck after a couple of minutes and then kind of I called the venue right then and said we’re coming, we’re ready to play, and we’re Whiskey Dick and it just kind of stuck. And here we are ten years later with the same band name.

MJ: We’re talking via Skype and I can’t help noticing a poster behind you of the big man himself Hank Williams. I guess you are a big fan of Hank and of country music in general. I dare say there’s a Doc Watson photo or poster somewhere in the Fritz household.

F:  Yeah, there is one out in the studio somewhere. This is a gift. I am a huge fan of the [Hank Williams] Senior and we come from metal roots but we always loved our Country [music] that we’ve grown up with and it’s kind of a way of life around here, where we’re from, so kind of born and bred into it.

10250038_855339887864339_3721610910997277075_nMJ: How much of those guys influence you?

F: I tell you, I’m very heavily influenced in the old country stuff, Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings, and I think a lot of it comes from growing up and listening to the music on old vinyl records. Wasn’t just the old country, but it was Allman Brothers and Bob Dylan and a whole slew of amazing artists growing up. And I think that my vocal range was more in that register, you know, with the way I have a very low twang, I guess, I think I mumble, [laughs] but the old sound and kind of really honed in on that. So I try to surround myself with all of the music that I’ve been influenced by my whole life. My writing style and all that stuff and taking shape and mould it into my own. But there’s always a little piece of Hank Senior in my head and Waylon Jennings floating around there too. Heavily influenced by those guys and the way they lived, they lived their music. So that’s what me and Reverend do. We live every minute of it. So, the night I spoke it and it kind of goes hand in hand.

MJ: You share song writing duties?

F: Yeah. The way we write, you know, we take life experiences that we’ve lived through, you know, and take them and sometimes alter them a little bit so they don’t sound so drab or anything. But you know, things that we’ve lived through and come out alive still, are amazing, some of the stuff that we’ve gone through and try to take some of that and use it to our advantage and our music. And I think that’s another reason why when we play live it’s more of an emotional thing for us because we’re really tapping into some stuff that we’ve been through all together and being apart and being together we’ve gone through a lot of stuff. And to me, real good soul music, music from the soul, is good for the soul. And we try to incorporate that as much as we can in our music. Because I mean it’s all we do. We live it and then we write about it. You know? That’s the way they did it back in the old days.

MJ: “Drunk as Hell” written some few years ago now, has really came to prominence on the back of having been on the soundtrack to “Sons of Anarchy” episode. For a two-piece band to get a song on a mainstream TV show, tell us about how you felt the reaction yourselves?

F: You know, it’s still kind of shocking. Just for them to even contact us and want to use our music was mind-blowing to us! We’re just two dudes and you know for someone, for anybody, for that matter, to take something that we’ve written from in here in our souls and our hearts and actually like it enough to want to use it for a show was, we were floored by that, you know. We’ve always been a two-piece and so it’s just the two of us and kind of look at each other like, wow! [laughs] I don’t think some of it has even set in all the way yet, you know, all together, how far we’ve come and just doing it with hard work and lots of hard work and sticking with it. And fighting through whatever it is that comes our way and got to overcome all of that stuff. So I think as a two-piece we’ve been able to do that pretty successfully.

yeehawcountyfrontgoodMJ: You guys have been together for not far short of 10 years. Five studio albums and a live album as well, you can rattle through quite a number of tracks, what can the audience look forward to?

F: We try to mix it up and do a little bit off of every album. We’re doing a lot of songs, like I think four songs and five songs in our set from our Drunk as Hell album which is our third release that we released in 2010 and “Drunk as Hell” is actually the title track of the album. So, that one we always try to incorporate in our set just because it’s fun to play and the people seem to really like it and relate to it. We have a couple new songs off of the Devil’s Boots album that we’ve really been playing live a lot, “Yee-Haw” is one of them and it’s another acoustic metal kind of feel to it, over here in the States we call it like a Southern Metal groove kind of song. There are some songs from our Wicked Roots album which is our fourth release that we released in 2012 and that was more of an acoustic-driven song. There’s no distortion or anything on that whole album. “Murder Love Song” is one, “Mountain Town,” from the First Class White Trash album. And we do “Train Riding and Gun Totin’” [laughs] and that one is always good because it gets everyone moving and wanting to drink some beers with us. So we try to mix it up a little bit. This tour we have got a compilation album that we’re putting out called ‘Welcome To YeeHaw County’, only released over in the UK and it’s 13 songs and I believe we’ve got at least 3 songs from each album. So we’ve been playing a lot of those songs, too. We’ve got some old songs that we’re going to pull out that we haven’t played even in the States in a while and as we realised the other day, as of right now we’ve got 74 original songs so we’re trying to weed through them all and pick out the ones that we really want to focus on and play them to the best of our abilities.

MJ: You were over here in August/September last year [2014]. What are you looking forward to most when you come back to the UK?

WDUKTOURPOSTERF: We’re really looking forward to getting back over there and playing some music and meeting the people and having a good time. It’s what it’s really all about, you know? We’ve had a boost of fans from our last tour online and stuff and a bunch of them are planning to come out to a lot of the shows and we’re just really looking forward to meeting the people and playing and putting on a good show for them and really kind of putting our foot down and saying here we are, we hope you like us, and let’s have a beer. That’s the goal of ours, to frequent over there and tour over there as much as we can. It’s a new area and we’ve been touring the States here for almost the last five years pretty much non-stop. And it’s a whole other world over there. The first time we went over we absolutely fell in love with everything about it. So we’re really looking forward to getting back over there and putting on some good shows and having a good time with everybody and raise a little hell.

MJ: Great to finally hook up with you Fritz. Good luck with the UK Tour and the compilation album

F: Yeah, I believe we’re playing, we haven’t really set everything in stone yet but we’re already trying to come back in the fall.

F: Just want to thank you for having me on and really, really appreciate it and we’re looking forward to getting over there and playing some good ole southern acoustic metal/country hillbilly yee-haw music. We are going to have a lot of new merchandise with us on this tour. Some hats, some shirts coming with us and some of the new compilation album which we’re really happy about. Just looking forward to getting over there and doing out thing, man. And like I said I really appreciate you having me on, MJ.

WhiskeyDick release their best of album ‘Welcome To YeeHaw County’ 24th April 2015 via record label Rusty Knuckles.
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WhiskeyDick March 2015 Tour Dates:
Thu 19th – LONDON – The Big Red
Fri 20th – PETERBOROUGH – Iron Horse Ranch House
Sun 22nd – SHEFFIELD – South Sea
Mon 23rd – LIVERPOOL – Caledonia
Tue 24th – DARLINGTON – The Quakehouse
Wed 25th – EDINBURGH – Bannermans
Thu 26th – BRISTOL – Maverick Studios
Fri 27th – CARDIFF – The Moon Club
Sat 28th – BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
Fritz and Johnson return to the UK in May 2015:
Sat 2nd – OXFORD – The Wheatsheaf
Sun 3rd – MILTON KEYNES – Craufurd Arms
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AUDIO INTERVIEW: Danny Bowes and Luke Morley on the making of ‘Wonder Days’

thunder-wonderdaysThunder are to release their latest album ‘Wonder Days’ through earMUSIC on February 16th (UK/EU). Fans have had quite a wait for anything new to come out of the Thunder camp, but the wait was worth it. Judging by the reaction our listeners gave when they heard the single ‘Wonder Days’, it’s clear to anyone with a pulse that they are back with a belter of an album.

Recorded at the infamous Rockfield Studios, from start to finish, the songs on the album seem to have this ability to form an instant bond with the listener, grabbing your attention right from the opening riff, through to the dying notes. It’s this rare gift that has served them well, ever since the day they recorded as a band and in Luke Morley, us Brits have a songwriter we can be rightly proud of.

1423648496mzdI sat down with Danny Bowes and Luke Morley at a studio in London to ask how ‘Wonder Days’ was put together. Always willing to fully answer any questions thrown at them, we began by asking after Ben Matthews’ health. Listening to their answers, you immediately sense that their ambition is as strong as ever it was and that they are proud, rightly so, of the way they have adapted to the new approach to recording an album and what they’ve achieved in the studio with ‘Wonder Days’.

There are very few rock bands out there, less than a handful in my experience, that can ignite such a positive reaction from listeners when played on ‘The Classic Rock Show’ as Thunder can…and I’d put them at the top of that list. ‘Wonder Days’ will only ensure they stay there for a long time to come.

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10974271_10205462304024229_8031492333728492368_oReach out to Thunder via Facebook, Twitter and their Official Website…grab a copy of ‘Wonder Days’ while you’re there. MJx

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INTERVIEW: ‘We Are The Brave’ is the new EP from Skarlett Riot. We hear all about it from Skarlett herself.

sr_logo_jpg_hi_resIt’s fair to say that UK quartet Skarlett Riot don’t lack confidence. As anyone that’s had the pleasure of witnessing this young four-piece live will attest to.

In an already jam-packed career Skarlett Riot have wowed audiences at Download (earning a 4K live review from Kerrang!) and Bloodstock, and have shared stages across the UK with the likes of Wednesday 13, D-A-D, Reckless Love, Heaven’s Basement, Periphery, Firewind, Black Spiders, Edguy, Taking Dawn, L.A Guns, Glamour Of The Kill, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna, Deaf Havana, Francesqa plus many more, including the prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals to their live resume.

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The band’s debut EP, the critically acclaimed “Villain”, set the benchmark high and led to glowing praise within the rock community. In 2013, they released their first album ‘Tear Me Down’, once again, it was received well by press and fans. Now, they’re about to release another EP entitle ‘We Are The Brave’, a collection of songs with big riffs, and strong themes.

I recently got talking to Skarlett, the lead singer, about the EP and I began by asking her about the new video which has been circulating on Scuzz TV.

MJ: Skarlett…welcome to The Classic Rock Show. How are you doing?

S: Yeah, I’m good, thank you.

MJ: Busy time for you all. You’ve a new video out for the song “Rising”.  It’s a track off your We Are The Brave EP which is out on February the 16th. Tell us about the video.

S: Basically, we filmed it about six months ago. And we wanted like something silhouette-y, so you can only see the band at the end of the video. So it’s all blacked out, and the idea of it is the song is called “Rising,” obviously, and the lyrics are about getting revenge on someone, saying you’ll be back again. Having power in the lyrics. So we wanted to keep it all silhouetted out, and then at the end have the world kind of exposed so it looks more powerful, at the end, I guess. So we just got it on Scuzz TV as well which we’re really excited about too.

MJ: How long has the We Are The Brave EP been in the making?

S: I would say about a year. We’ve just been writing as much as possible since the Turn Down album in 2013. We had been thinking of doing a second album, but we said no, let’s put the best of what we’ve written so far into one EP. So we wrote about 10 songs and we picked about five to go on the EP, which has brought us up until now, really.

Riot Individual1MJ: We’ve talked about “Rising”, but as you mentioned there’s five tracks on the EP: “Divide Us,” “Cascade,” “Wake Up,” and “Are You Alive?” Take us through each of those.

S: All the tracks, apart from “Rising” are about living life to the full and not wasting any time. Like “Wake Up”, “Are you Alive?” and “Cascade”. The lyrics to “Cascade” are about time slipping through the hourglass and having no time to spare. You know, it’s the sand in the hourglass is never going to stop, just like time itself. So, the back message is live your life and enjoy it and don’t listen to what anyone else says…just do what makes you happy.

MJ: Last year, of course you were seen at a number of festivals and on tours. How is 2015 looking for Skarlett Riot?

S: Yeah, we’re continuing to raise our profile and get as many fans and people knowing the name as possible. We’re touring with Gus G in February and then we’ve a few headline dates. We’ve got a sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington with Kamelot and Gus G in March. We’ll be with Slam Cartel in April…and a couple festivals here and there…so far, so good.

MJ: Going back to the EP, the front of the EP is a depiction of a lion’s head, which has been hand-drawn. Is that Helen Hebenton‘s work again?

S: Yeah, that’s right. We’ve known Helen for quite a while and worked with her before, way back to the Villian EP cover and the Villain t-shirts. She’s also responsible for designing the band’s new logo. We wanted the style of the new EP cover have a vintage look, with black and gray artwork. Helen was a perfect choice. She did a great job with the EP, the cover. It was largely her idea to use the lion it would best represent power and strength. I think it has come across really well.

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MJ: You’re obviously going to be pushing the tracks on the EP in your ‘live’ set?

S: Yeah, we’ve been practicing like crazy. It’ll be like three or four of the new EP tracks and then we’ll be mixing it in with a couple of the Tear Me Down tracks. So, they’ll be a lot of new material in there, but we’ll be putting in a couple of what we think are the best tracks from the Tear Me Down album as well.

Riot-5 copyMJ: Any plans to release an album, or more videos on the back of this EP?

S: Yeah, I think we’ll be releasing a couple more singles off of the back of the EP. We wanted this EP to last the full year. But in between that we’ll be writing some more while the EP is circulating. We’re hoping to be writing an album, too, but we’re not sure when that will be released yet. For the moment, we all feel that we need to have the right material in place first. Make sure it’s 100% and that we’re all 100% happy with it.

MJ: Any last little things that you want to get over to the fans?

S: Just thank you very much for supporting us. We had such a great response to the pre-order for We Are The Brave. You can order it on www.skarlettriot.bigcartel.com. Yeah, thanks for the support and we’ll see you on the road!

You can reach Skarlett Riot through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official website.

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INTERVIEW: Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf on a sonically psychedelic trip

Monster Magnet are back touring Europe and the UK in January/February, armed with a setlist that will contain many fan-faves including songs off of their critically acclaimed 2013 release ‘Last Patrol’.

Last November, however, Monster Magnet released ‘Milking The Stars: A Reimagining Of Last Patrol’ which took much of ‘Last Patrol’ on a sonically psychedelic trip. We chatted with Dave Wyndorf to ask about the album’s reinterpretation, the musicians that were especially brought in for this project, as well the up and coming European tour.

dave-wyndorfMJ: Hey Dave…it’s MJ from The Classic Rock Show.
DW: MJ! What’s happening?
MJ: I’m going good, how are you?
DW: Doing good, sitting here sitting in the pissing rain in New Jersey, probably very similar to where you are, I would imagine. Kind of gray and pissy.
MJ: It’s much the same here in England.
DW: Welcome to winter.
MJ: Indeed. Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet, welcome to ‘The Classic Rock Show’!
DW: Thanks, dude.
MJ: I guess we can still get away with it as we’re just into the second week of the new year…Happy New Year to you.
DW: Yeah, Happy New Year to you! And to all your listeners.
MJ: How did you go about celebrating the New Year?
DW: You know this one went by really quick. I was, like, working in the studio which is probably the best place for me to be. All the way up to the holidays and then I did like a commando jump into the holidays, like hello, family! And then slept the whole time getting ready for the tour. So sometimes the holidays are best for the short, sharp shock as they say on Pink Floyd.
MJ: Did you make any resolutions for the New Year?
DW: You know I used to do that and always disappoint myself, so now there is no resolutions anymore. Why kid around? I’ve been disappointed in the past. I always fail. My resolutions always come after a bitter defeat at something. You know? I have to be beaten down or make a horrible mistake and then when I learn the lesson from that. That’s the resolution – I’ll never get beat down from that again.
MJ: Listen, we’re going to get to talk about you coming out to tour Europe. But before we get to that, we’ve got loads to talk about, Dave. ‘Last Patrol’ was released back in 2013, widely acclaimed by Monster Magnet fans and music critics alike. In November though, you released ‘Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol’ via Napalm Records. As album titles go, that has all sorts of connotations to the laymen. What does that mean to Dave Wyndorf and the rest of the guys in Monster Magnet?
DW: You know, the ‘Milking the Stars’ thing, that was just me following a whim that I had at the end of the record which is just the whim that I bring to almost every record. Like, oh, I could have done this and I could have done that. Songs are really cool, music is really cool, it’s really only defined by how you present it. There’s a song, but the way it’s presented is the song as well. Not to get too musical about it, but you put in minor notes, you add a different instrument, you sing it a different way, it becomes somewhat different. Same song, different vibe. And I always walk away from records, like this one I was like well why don’t I just stick to this? I didn’t have enough time to do a whole right and record a whole new record because I was so busy touring Last Patrol. Last Patrol did really well. So we toured and toured and toured. What I thought I could do, since I records now really close to my home, my whole life is like a demo now. It’s no more running off to big cities to make records. It’s, I live in a small town, and I record this stuff two blocks from my house. And I was like why don’t I just dive in there in between tours and see what I can come up with? Just because it sounds like fun. And I’m in love with all the instruments that I really don’t play very well, like melotrons and old sixties organs and stuff and was like what would happen if, how would it sound? And I got into it and I just got carried away. And the next thing you know I did the whole thing. And then I thought maybe I should release it and see what happens. And that’s really what happened, it was just, I was just following, like a bird dog, following down the trail. What would happen here? What would happen there? What would happen if you mixed it differently? Panned it left and right like the sixties? It quickly turned into a sixties kind of thing, because I love that sound. And it’s really fun to do. Opened up a whole new world for me. It’s something that’s not over till the fat lady sings! Or the fat man in this case.
dwYeah, it’s ridiculous, yes, I agree, it’s completely like why? Why would you do this? I know. I totally get it. Well, the good thing about it for my poor band mates, they didn’t have to like suffer through this reimagination. They didn’t really have to, it’s not like I called the gang back and said all right, we’re doing it again! Because they would have killed me. What I did was I just sat down with mainly my co-producer Phil Cavano, who is also a guitar player in Monster Magnet, and we arranged drums to suit the purpose digitally. Rearranged drums, rerecorded some guitar by myself and with Phil and some bass and some vocals. And whipped it up like that. And added stuff. Mostly by me and some other, I have a couple, two different keyboard guys to come in and do it. So it’s not like everyone sat on the floor going here we go again. That would have been a disaster, that would have been an absolute disaster because who would have gotten into it? You know? I mean I was because it was my obsession. But everyone else was like, okay, do what you want to do. And I think the real reason it worked was for one, the material was there, there was a lot to work with. And two, it didn’t stop the monster magnet train dead. You know, it wasn’t like alright, we are all shutting down because we have to do the same goddamn thing we did before, which would have been a nightmare. This was like a squirrely little like missions in the middle of the night over the course of a couple of months.

MJ: You mentioned you brought in a few musicians. Tell us about them and how they bought into the project.
DW: It was awesome stuff. I mean I just needed, I mean I can play keyboards but not that well, I can’t play them without clamming. So I could sum up the part, do the part, but I couldn’t execute it. So I got a local guy named Matt Foreman, who played with a band called The Ribeye Brothers around here with Tim Cronin [ex Monster Magnet]. And he rocked it! He did sixties organ like completely spot on. Like it was 1968. So he did one. So then I needed like a B3 vibe, like a John Lord kind of early 70s distorted B3. And I found a guy in California named Kim Bullard, who had been around for forever. He actually plays with Elton John now! You know? He actually plays with Elton John. And I called him up and said hey, I have a friend of mine who says you play a mean B3, you know, like Deep Purple. And he said no one has asked me to play like Deep Purple in 35 years. And so we went to his house and he had this old B3 and that guy was unbelievable. I mean, that’s kind of a lost art, that whole thing. That playing that way through the real B3 distorted, through Marshall cabinets, all the flourishes, all that stuff, he was like a magician. And that’s how I got him, just by talking it up. It was really cool. He started to scratch the surface for real old mussos, not just punk guys like me, but like the real mussos are out there with nothing to do. I think I got to try this in the future.
MJ: One of the new tracks on the album, and I think there’s around about four tracks that you added on a couple of live tracks on the back of the track as well?
DW: Right.
MJ: The opening track, “Let the Circus Burn” what a great opening track. It really does set the tone for the rest of the album.
DW: Oh, awesome! Thanks. I had people going do you really want to start the record out like that? I was like, yeah of course! You have to know. Yeah that was, that’s one of the cool things about music, too, I just went in with absolutely no planning and the music kind of tells you what to do. I took a drum loop from the actual, from Last Patrol, the original track, just a loop, maybe a minute and a half, and looped it for six minutes and took the loop home and listened to it and sat there with a guitar and made everything up. Just with that repetitious loop. And as soon as I started playing it I said wow, this sounds like Pink Floyd on ‘Ummagumma’, it sounds like something like that. So just go that route. And then recorded a quick little droner track, and then I actually played the organ on that one, and did an organ track and spaced out the parts. Okay we’ll stop here, this is where it’ll stop and then I’ll get a cool sound, like an electron flute or something. It happened really fast. I mean, no more than a day. I think? The whole thing was almost done and it just goes to show you, using the elements of a preexisting song can be a whole new song. Without a lot of, like you said before, why bring everybody back? Unless it’s going to be something brand new. But, yeah never let it be said I’m not stubborn. Talk about milking the stars, milking the songs is more like it. But it was really fun and it came alive very, very quickly which is like a joy.
MJ: That’s the word for me, Dave, “live”. It really does sound a studio live album. Some real edge to it, there’s some grit, there’s that determination that pushes through the song. It comes over so very well.
DW: Thanks! I really appreciate it because that’s what I wanted it to sound like. In a weird kind of way with my attention was paid, well, there was a time constraint, so basically most of the effects on there were recorded onto tape or hard drive, or whatever you want to call it, a little lo fi using that ambiance to drive other parts, which kind of fuzzes the actual fidelity of the whole thing but makes it sound like it was done, you know, I played it as if people were playing it at the same time, like decisions were made with redoing the basses. And I said well, you know, the guitar kind of fucks up there, so you know why stop and fix the guitar? What would you do live? You would play the bass over that part. And just the ten minutes live, what would a live band do? They would just solider through. And so I kind of dialed back some of my more finicky tendencies and let the thing open up as the way it was going down without fixing too much. And when I listened it back I was like why don’t I make records like this all the time? It actually sounds alive! So, I learned a lot. You expect this kind of treatment more from future Monster Magnet albums for sure.

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MJ: Well this was going to come into my next question funnily enough. Does ‘Milking the Stars’ set the tone for the next Monster Magnet album?
DW: It has to somewhat, I mean, I can’t deny I love the sound of those keyboards you know? I love those scene change that they make. It’s just a whole different thing. It’s a new way to get to express a mood of the song. I used to be afraid of keyboards because number one we don’t have a keyboard player and don’t plan on getting one, it’s just one more person to play. Rock is expensive! It’s another plane ticket. And I never played keyboard that well so why set up a band you know, well why set up a band that can’t do what they do live? Can’t, why do it? But now the older I get I just think everything’s a big experiment, so if I have a way to express myself, express music through sounds that I may not necessarily always recreate out there live in every situation, it doesn’t matter. The record’s the thing. You know? The record’s the thing. Yeah, so I’ll just go. So now I’ve started to crack into this older musician thing with these guys hanging around from the old days with nothing to do. I think I’ll go out for that, that could be something too. There’s a lot of really, really cool musicians out there, talented, with the kind of talent that just isn’t made today. Just sitting around doing nothing. So I’d like to tap into that. It ain’t over, you know what I mean? The seventies, the whole seventies hard rock, late sixties psychedelic early seventies psychedelic/hard rock/whatever you want to call it, it ain’t quite done yet. You know what I mean? I’ll prove it to you. It’s not quite done, there’s more. It’s coming!
MJ: Yeah there’s another chapter to be written.
DW: I think it is! As long as these people live. And you know I mean a lot of new bands that are doing it too, you know? I mean just like jazz or blues, it’s never really over.
MJ: Well as long as there are people picking up an instrument and picking up a microphone it will be there.
DW: Yeah, exactly.
MJ: It’s been, what…25, going on 26 years now as Monster Magnet? You know, a lot of yards and inches, sweat, blood and tears has gone into the band over the past quarter of a century, Dave!
DW: Jesus, the way you put it! I’m out here in the backyard with a shovel digging a hole! *Laughs* Seriously though, I’m having too much fun. Being in Monster Magnet has been more fun for me in the last ten years than it was in the first I think 12. Because, the first 12 was a mad race in the old system and hitting a wall. You know, hitting a commercial wall and a perception wall. You know? We started off as a total psychedelic rock band. Moved into a straight on hard rock band that was still very much the same elements as we started, just a little bit more overt and in your face. And then we had a big hit, and the big hit and the big video, and that kind of confused the issue with record companies and audiences. Well, that’s what these guys are. Their modern age and brand yourself it’s kind of hard to un-brand yourself. And usually you brand yourself on your biggest success. And that was it. So after a certain time, it was hard for me to and hard for us to operate as an honest musical band that could take a left turn and a right turn without having people go oh, that’s not it. You know? It’s like well, no, that’s not it according to you but it is according to us. Fair enough. We had to build it back up. And I think I did. Cool. So now it’s really fun, I don’t have to deal with any of those kind of expectations anymore. Maybe if we go to South America and they’re like “Space Lord!” you must do it! You know? And we’ll always do “Space Lord”. But we finally started to crawl out of people’s notion, notions on what’s the band about.
MJ: Monster Magnet always get a huge response when we get them on ‘The Classic Rock Show’.
DW: That’s awesome, that’s just awesome.
MJ: You’ve got a few dates in the UK in February 2015. Are we going to see Dave Wyndorf with a little half-sized keyboard stood next to him? Running out some of these tunes from ‘Milking the Stars’?
DW: You know I was going to do it this time, just didn’t have the time to set up the whole prog-rock thing. So, this is going to be heavy on the psych, heavy on the rock, and will feature songs that we haven’t done in a really long time, plus all the hits! “You guys going to do Space Lord, right?”…I mean, yeah, it’s a very, very satisfying thing to do it this way because we haven’t done a proper, I mean the last couple of times we’ve been through the UK we’ve just done album stuff. I think the last time we came through we did, it was, Last Patrol in its entirety and a couple other songs. And then before that was ‘Spine Of God’ and before that it was ‘Dopes To Infinity’. So this one will be more well-rounded representation of the Monster Magnet repertoire.
MJ: We’re looking forward to it. Well, Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet, thank you so very much for your time talking to The Classic Rock Show. Listeners…go see Monster Magnet! 
DW: Right on! Thanks, dude, thank you so much it’s a pleasure. I love to talk to people about rock, dude, it’s just very, very specific thing. It’s so much different than how the whole rock thing has fallen into the metal ghetto. It’s like you know, people gotta stand up for this shit. This is not what a lot of people think it is, you know? It’s a lot classier than metal. You know what I mean? No, seriously, there’s no reason why classic rock or that thing has to be old. You know what I mean?
MJ: Well that’s how I see it too. I call it ‘The Classic Rock Show’, but play stuff that’s just been released because this is the future. You know? We got the old stuff and we got the new stuff…heck, it was new 30-40+ years ago? So let’s get it out there, let’s get people into it, buying it and going to gigs!
DW: Yeah there needs to be some representation of actual taste. It’s so weird, I’ve been pretty much, people in the states have rolled over. I know you probably have your complaints, but the UK has a lot more respect for hard rock than the states does. The states has completely rolled over, it’s like whatever you got, we’ll take. Literally they are more concerned about other things and they think music is going to be free and great forever. They don’t realize that the less attention they pay and the less, the less standards they set. They set no standards. There’s no demands, it’s like they just pick and choose. So there’s not a group of, there’s not an intelligent group of people, there’s no like fortress of criticism here. There’s nothing. It’s just, and left to their own devices the masses choose crap all the time. There’s nothing to direct it, the focus, and it’s pretty disturbing. That’s why I hardly ever play in the states anymore, it’s hardly worth it. Europe’s the place to play, all over Europe is the place for rock, very cool.
MJ: Listen man, it’s been a real pleasure. Maybe bump fists when you come to play the Electric Ballroom?
DW: Right on man. I would love to meet you. Thanks MJ. Take it easy.

Catch Monster Magnet on tour across Europe:

30.01.2015 GR – Athens / Stage Volume 1
31.01.2015 GR – Thessaloniki / Principal Club Theater
02.02.2015 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
03.02.2015 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
04.02.2015 DE – München / Backstage
06.02.2015 AT – Vienna / Szene
07.02.2015 CH – Lyss / Kufa
08.02.2015 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
10.02.2015 NL – Deventer / Burgerweeshuis
12.02.2015 BE – Antwerp / Trix
13.02.2015 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
14.02.2015 UK – Glasgow / Garage
15.02.2015 UK – London / Electric Ballroom
17.02.2015 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
18.02.2015 NL – Eindhoven / De Effenaar
20.02.2015 DK – Arhus / Voxhall
21.02.2015 SE – Gothenborg / Sticky Fingers
22.02.2015 NO – Oslo / Parktheatret Scene
23.02.2015 NO – Stavanger / Folken
25.02.2015 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
26.02.2015 DE – Hannover / Capitol
27.02.2015 DE – Dresden / Reithalle
28.02.2015 NL – Rotterdam / VanNelle Fabriek

Monster Magnet are signed to Napalm Records. ‘Like’ their Facebook Page. Follow them on Twitter @monstermagnetnj

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NEWS: Skarlett Riot return with riff-packed ‘We Are The Brave’

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Following on from their hugely successful debut album ‘Tear Me Down’, young UK four piece Skarlett Riot return with the riff-packed, hook laden ‘We Are The Brave’. Due for release February 16th, 2015, ‘We Are The Brave’ is a hard hitting, collection of songs; still packed with the memorable choruses and outstanding vocals the fans have come to expect.

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Prior to ‘We Are The Brave’ the band release the powerful single ‘Rising’ on January 19th. The band have filmed a video clip accompany the release which will be hitting the screens via Scuzz and Kerrang TV in the New Year. The band released a lyric video for the stand-alone single ‘House Of Cards’ (check it out below).

The band, Skarlett, Danny, Martin & Luke, will be hitting the road in 2015 in support of ‘We Are The Brave’, and have recently confirmed they will be touring with Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G and will be opening for the legendary Kamelot at their special ‘one night only’ show in London.

‘The Classic Rock Show’ will be hooking up with the Skarlett Riot in the New Year.

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NEWS: Halestorm back to rock the UK in 2015

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Pennsylvanian firecrackers Halestorm are excited to announce a string of headline shows in March 2015. Kicking off the UK leg in Norwich on 2nd March, the four piece will rampage through ten venues, rolling into Europe after a show in Manchester on 14th March.

You can expect to hear some new tunes too, as Halestorm have been busy in the studio working on their next album release, due out Spring 2015. More album details will be revealed shortly but meanwhile, fans can get a taste via some special in-studio clips at: https://www.youtube.com/user/HalestormRocks.
Feisty frontwoman Lzzy Hale enthuses, “We are so stoked to get back to our European Freaks in March! Thank you for all the love over the ‘net…but now we want to see your faces!!! And we have some killer friends we’re bringing along with us: NOTHING MORE and WILSON. Don’t hesitate! This is not a tour you can afford to miss!”
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Joining them as special guests are uncompromising Texans, Nothing More. The band unleashed their self-titled major label debut this past June and quickly turned heads in the US with their single “This Is The Time (Ballast)” sitting #1 on the US active rock charts for 3 weeks as well as impressing crowds in the UK earlier this month while supporting The Pretty Reckless. Vocalist Jonny Hawkins states, “We just wrapped up an amazing tour of the UK and are itching to get back, so we are stoked to return to the UK and Europe with the amazing Halestorm. We first met Lzzy and Joe a few months back at one of our shows in Nashville.  We felt an instant connection with them and had a feeling we’d find a way to join them on the the road at some point. Here we come!”

Set to get the party started are Detroit party monsters, Wilson.  With critically acclaimed debut, ‘Full Blast Fuckery’ on the racks, the five lads are excited to finally bring their brand of Detroit mayhem to these shores.  Wilson’s frontman Chad Nicefield adds, “We are humbly honoured to be a part of Halestorm’s European tour.  You can fully expect Wilson to bring the heat!  This is our first time delivering our freshly baked Fuckery goods across the pond and we cannot wait to bring it worldwide!”

Get rocked at:

Mon 2nd March – NORWICH UEA

Tue 3rd March – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Thu 5th March – LEEDS O2 Academy

Fri 6th March – GLASGOW Barrowlands

Sat 7th March – INVERNESS Ironworks

Mon 9th March – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall

Tue 10th March – LONDON The Roundhouse

Thu 12th March – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall

Fri 13th March – CARDIFF University Great Hall

Sat 14th March – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo

Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10am, Tuesday 2nd December. General sale begins at 10am, Friday 5th December, with tickets priced between £15 – £17.50 (plus booking fees). They’re available from the venues direct, all good box offices, and online from www.livenation.co.uk and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Limited VIP packages can also be bought.

Halestorm website : Nothing More website : Wilson website

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INTERVIEW (audio): Andrew Hunt of Buffalo Summer on the Pasty Smash!

treatmentFor those of us who have been to see The Treatment on their ‘Second Bite’ tour, you would have also seen the two support bands, Buffalo Summer and Massive, fill the venues with their own unique brand of rock.

buffalosummer1Buffalo Summer, who have not long been out of the recording studio (their second album is down and waiting to be mixed), have been hard at it since I last saw them on the Lords Of The Riff tour. Tours and support for Skid Row and Buckcherry have been amongst the highlights for the band in 2014.

We caught up with Andrew Hunt (Lead Vocal) at The Waterfront Studio in Norwich to discuss what the band’s been up to, how the current tour has been going with The Treatment and Aussie rockers Massive.

 

pasty smashOf course, we had to ask Andrew about the #PastySmash! The Facebook video can be viewed here.

Listen to the interview here:

 

Buffalo Summer links: Facebook, Twitter, Buffalo Summer Official Website.

Thanks for listening!

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