D.O.P.E., COMBICHRIST, DAVEY SUICIDE AND SEPTEMBER MOURNING PREPARE FOR "BLOOD, LUST, DEATH 2017" TOUR
Industrial Metal Legends DOPE and Combichrist are pairing up for the Black Craft Whiskey sponsored Blood, Lust, Death 2017 Tour.. The bill will be rounded out with support from September Mourning and Davey Suicide. Launching Feb 27th in Portland OR, the tour winds through the Midwest, East Coast, and South before wrapping up in LA on April 9.
"We are very excited to get back out on the road " says Edsel Dope. "This will be our first time touring with Combichrist & we both have some really cool surprises planned for the tour...If you are a fan of Industrial Metal, this is one show that you don't want to miss".
"In addition to playing the DOPE classics, this will be the first opportunity for fans to catch us performing some of the songs off of our new album Blood Money " Says Edsel.
"Can't wait to get back on the road in the US and actually play a full show for all of you again. Hope you're all ready to party, because shit's getting serious. We are packing the set full of old classics as well as our new favorite tracks" - Andy LaPlegua - Combichrist
Both Dope and Combichrist will play full sets on the tour.
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Empyrean Throne to Release Highly Anticipated Full-Length CD
Empyrean Throne prepares for the release of their full-length CD "Chaosborne" with a pre-release show on January 20th. Fans can pick up an advance copy before the official release on January 24th by clicking here. (Album Artwork: VLADISLAV KUTUSOV) Still reeling from the success of the release of the new video for "Haereticus Stellarum Part II".
The clan's roots are deep in California but Empyrean Throne have been privileged to fly their banners and leave their mark on the live front alongside many of the esteemed acts in extreme music, including Nile, Kataklysm, Aborted, and Cattle Decapitation, among others. The Order has also carved its sphere of influence from the sweat and grime of the road, with two west coast tours under their belts and an appearance at Central Oregon Metalfest in 2016. Apart from that and a smattering of singles, which include a vast rendition of the Behemoth classic “Ov Fire and the Void”.
Empyrean Throne has a well mapped right of passage or plan for their new offerings and you're in luck - because Some KindOf Media's Cherri Bird and singer, Andrew Knudsen just wrapped up a very in depth comparison discussion looking into the interpretations vs the reality of the epic tale of Melphius, a Knight Templar in his journey into his "Chaosborne" destiny.
The chaos continues with another show on February 25th at The Grove of Anaheim with Over Kill and Nile but this is just the beginning for Empyrean Throne; the beginning of the parallel journey between Melphius and the three musicians that bring his story to life.
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SHOW REVIEW - JIBE
- Artist: JIBE
- Venue: House of Blues Dallas
- Date: December 31, 2016
- Bill: Hellyeah, VIMICK, 100 Proof Hatred
- Artist Stats
- 50 Cherries Outta 50
- Set Time: 25 minutes
- # of Songs: 9
- Hit Played: Yes (All of them IMHO)
- Band's Overall Look/Presence: AMAZING!!
- Performance: 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
- Energy 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
- Music: 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
- Vocals: 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
- Entertainment: 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
- Favorite Song Performed: "Uprising"
- Favorite Part: Loved all of it - really thought the Jibe logo flag was sick AF!
Listen, I hope that when JIBE goes on tour that you'll be able to see this band live and in person. They delvier a performance that leaves you totally wanting more. The energy doesn't stop and the connection that Joe Grah makes with the audience is sick!! This particular show, he leaps off stage and goes to the audience barrier and starts hugging people in the crowd while singing. Joe's always been able to connect really well with any audience. He interacts with the ones that know the songs and the those that don't as if to say, "Welcome to my house, I hope you have a great time - let me know if you need anything while you're here!" You feel a sense of love or a sense of belonging in JIBE's presence.
Photo Credit: C. Bird / SKOM 2016
Yep. That's what the hashtag said...and confirmed with www.CentralTrack.com by the band's co-manager Julie Doyle as well as Tim DeLaughter himself...after an absence of oh, just 17 years...
TRIPPING DAISY IS BACK!!
(at least for 1 show)
Here's the 4-1-1:
Show Date: May 2017 (duh, that's why the hashtag was #May2017)
Players sitting in for Wes Berggren and Ben Curtis (RIP brotha's): TBA
Since the band's split in 1999, Tripping Daisy continues to hold a heavy-weight title as the biggest band out of Dallas' little Deep Ellum (the mecca of music) since the 90's.
Who wants to start taking a stab at the set list from their 4 albums Bill (92), I am an Elastic Firecracker (95), Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb (98) or will it be from Tripping Daisy (00)...
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Part I - THE Interview with JIBE
My Little Pretties - my deadline is drawing near (like Part 1 is due at like 10 PM - it is now 7:42 PM) and I really feel like I needed to rewrite the intro that I had written way before this first part was even finalized. So, seeing how I just LOVE to work under pressure, I decided at the 11th hour to rewrite an already almost perfect intro to maybe the most stellar bands out of Dallas - JIBE.
JIBE was the band that literally packed the house at nearly every club and venue they played, the only Dallas local band that PACKED Virgin Record Store for a signing and acoustic performance. Yes, this was the band that had the most distinctive rock sound in Texas fueled by magnanimous riffs and powerful chords that swelled in the ears of their fans and the cous de gras, frontman Joe Grah, who swept fans from one side of the room to the other without them knowing it. Babies, this was 2003 in Dallas, Texas and the boys in Jibe powered up their jet packs by gaining national attention with their song, "Yesterday's Gone" from their recent release Uprising that received a ton radio play - everything seemed to be happening the way it did with any band about ready to blast off into outer space; letting their music reign down for all humans to reach up and snag.
So we're going "Rewind" just a little with Joe and Toby and talk about the beginnings of Jibe, well...er...the beginnings that molded and shaped the band and more importantly created room for "The Human Condition" to rise up...
***Part One - Side One - JIBE Interview***
Cherri: Joe, Toby we're just gonna go right into it here - we all know what day it is and all of that nonsense - It's November 2016, y'all know who I am so let's not waste time and such. And I want to start with the end; when Jibe broke up. What was it, 2008 or 2007?
Toby: It was 2004 - did you disappear or something? (We all laugh at that semi true, mini-jab to the throat, retort...ehum.) Why do you doubt yourself? (All of us are still laughing).
Cherri: No, I doubt a lot of what is in my mind! I know it has been a long time, but I'm thinking "surely I saw them after 2004" when I cleaned up, you know? Apparently not!! That was four years prior so I mean I attribute that to my current age and the fact that I pickelled myself with booze and such back then and I hate math!! But ya, so it's 2004 and Jibe is no longer - y'all go separate ways and then - WHAMO - 11 years later rumors of a reunion show surface around here in Dallas and earlier this year y'all have done a few shows here and there. How did that come about?
Joe: Well, for the last handful of years, I would get calls here and there asking if there was going to be a Jibe reunion show. I would get third-party third person calls or texts reaching out. And it was like I would say, "Nah", I just couldn't really do it, or didn't want to do it. We had people after people offering us this or that and I just couldn't see that happening. Then in about 2013, I got a call and something washed over me and I said, "Ya, I actually would like that." And it took some discussion back and forth between Ben and I and eventually ended up in like a secret meeting at the studios where Uprising was recorded (name here) and we met up there. We all talked and hugged and bonded a bit and then we plugged in. We played "Naked in the Rain" and when the song was over, we just looked at each other and knew we had to keep going.
Cherri: Backing up to when Jibe was no longer, I mean y'all have to understand - I mean for first and foremost I am a fan. This isn't coming from a journalist's point of view, Okay, and I didn't start right you know writing full time until a few months ago. But as a fan you know, when you guys ended it was like there was this void you know there it was like a black hole here in Dallas; like the breath was sucked out from the scene, right? I can only speculate how y'all felt. Throughout the last 11 years, you've probably heard a ton of things that have been said bout Jibe - words like "legendary" and "infamous". So, my question is this, is how did how do you guys feel when you hear people refer to you as such? "The legendary Jibe" -because those are some pretty heavy words you know what I'm saying. Tell me a little about that weight or that responsibility you must have felt to yourself and the fans.
Toby: It's a lot different - the feelings that come from that (the band break up). When it ended, it took the breath out of us as well. We're proud of what we did the 10 years we were together. Back then, I don't that we appreciated what we had back then, like we do now. There's pride in what we did then, but there's regret with how we treated each other and how we let the fans down. And now, it's important that we reconnect with that chemistry we had. It's a huge thing for us to be able to do this again. When you're in the moment, caught up in a whirlwind of something you don't really see it from the outside or realize the chemistry that we had and still have for each other. We want to be there in the moment now, with the fans. I don't think we knew how this chemistry - what we have never had with anyone else.
Joe: I didn't expect it - when I left, I worked with all of these platinum artists and did all of these things, got myself into some crazy situations out there (Los Angeles), but in my heart, there was a hole that was growing and the solution was this band. For me, Everything is Everything, you know? Everything about this record "The Human Condition" is about a person finding himself, losing himself again and doing it again (rediscovering themselves - that cyclical motion of life that gives us power or confidence and be empowered. That is what this band is all about. "You don't know what you got till it's gone", not to quote a cheesy song or anything, you do know in your heart, just not in your mind. If you're trying to control a situation, you're missing out on the beauty of life...and everything else.
Cherri: Right right I totally get that. I gotta tell you, I would be listening to y'all on and off over the years. And I'd post a picture of my iPod playing something of Jibe's. I was instantly transferred back to The Curtain Club or Trees, ya know? I know y'all played outside of Dallas but that's not my experience with y'all. I go back in my mind and I can see you standing at the bar - Joe, at Curtain Club watching be like not you, if ya know what I mean - and then, you getting right on stage and you're totally different person but the same - you're alert, alive and you're telling us all something that you need us to pay attention to, right? Does that make sense?
I don't know watching Jibe all those times before and then however many years I mean I'm sorry, I can't do math - but like years later seeing you play at the reunion show last year - I was like oh my gosh, I was instantly transported back to the days when Dave Williams was walking around and Hillbilly, Charles from Hellified, Dan, Howard and well and everybody was just it was like a big family. I had to do some soul searching in and around some of those times in order for me to heal and step out of the past and into the now, I had to have closure on some pretty heavy people, places and things. Did y'all collectively or individually work towards or gain any closure about the band breaking up in 2004? Is this reunion your closure?
Toby: Any time there is an open wound, or you leave a situation undone, You have to rectify the situation. Back in the day, we didn't have the closure. It's about how Joe works with the crowd, being right in the middle of the whole situation. Not sure if it's closure because we're not done yet. ...
Joe: I think with this band, it's always been a reflection of possibility and the reflections of the moment. about it being in the moment the unconditional unrefined moment. That is the reason the band ended the way it did and that's the reason it's being brought back the way it is. We don't know why it is, but it it. We are here to reflect and see life. I think that we're supposed to dive in and figure things out - over and over again. This is what this band is with the music - there's never been a show that is the same. The music just seems to fall out of the ether. When the four of us are all together on stage, I don't know what the fuck it is, but it's the moment that is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced...
Toby: Obviously we're going to, want to help everyone heal that pain that we left. Leaving the way we did - a lot of people were upset. This is a chance for us to heal from the pain we inflicted on each other. We can help people fill that void -
Joe: And if the 4 of us can come together and get through our differences, it's not too late for others, ever, ever ever.
Cherri: I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that the Universe gives us bits and pieces and for the longest, I thought I had to seek these nuggets out. It's the opposite; when we are ready the Universe seeks us out.
Joe: We're all sparks of a greater fire that is ready to ignite at any moment.
Cherri: Where did the idea or the concept for the single "The Human Condition" come from?
Joe: It's funny - they fall out of the ether - I am never in control of them. I always have thoughts and feelings and emotions that turn into ideas. But it's when I'm pissed off or upset about some injustice or something that's when the pen moves ahead of me. I'm trying to keep up with it. We've been filming this documentary for the last year and a half - and...you know I don't even know, Toby do you?
Toby: So, it's interesting I do know how it came up or the title came about. We all write different elements to songs. Joe writes most of the lyrics and pretty much all the lyrics on the record. We were rehearsing for the Bowling For Soup show. I recorded this guitar riff and sent it to Joe and told him I really liked it. Joe and I have in depth conversations really life probing stuff. We share the same ideals and views about a tone of stuff. After the show with Bowling for Soup we went to rehearsal and were talking with the guys that are filming our documentary. Someone said "it's just the human condition" and we all agreed it would make a cool title for either a record or a song. And that's where it came from, really.
Joe: It's like if two or more people start singing or humming at the same frequency, something's gonna happen, you know?
Cherri: Speaking of The Human Condition, do you think that addiction or dependency can alter your life forever - or is there an element to humans that will allow for a person to change?
Joe: Everything is Everything. Every experience relates to something else in your life. When you evolve with the tide, there are no mistakes. In terms of addict - for me, I like to go all at it - full on, all the time. That's been my manifesto growing up as a small boy. I like to see how much I can consume. Finding moderation is the key.
Toby: I can tell you that I've had my experiences with addiction in my past. One thing I think the whole HC is about is that as we are overcoming our past and getting to know each other again like we were in the beginning before we became tainted with coming up as a newly signed band. The Human Condition is about overcoming things in our life. Everyone has to overcome these things or they will consume you. You have to want and desire it in your own heart to change. I can speak from experience that you can overcome anything that you truly want to.
Cherri: I have to look at things as FACTS or FICTION. If this situation or scenario we are experiencing is based on actual true facts or if it is based on speculative rumors. Once I realized the facts behind why I was drinking in an abusive manner, I didn't need to drink to try and "numb" that disharmony within myself - like trying to make myself believe that it really didn't happen...you know?
Toby: It's like Joe said, everything is within moderation. If you have an addictive personality, you recognize you have that tendency.
Joe: It's like the evolution, and you said, Cherri - that evolution, once you've gone there, you don't have to fucking go there again if you don't want to. You don't have to, you've been there. There's not a book or show or teacher or anything that you can make. People have to learn and grow through experiences. It's like this: We are all really beautiful, we are all powerful, we are amazing.We only use a sliver of our potential. Little sparks everywhere: People write books, and songs and poetry and we have to be reminded that we are really beautiful. The truth comes from exploring the facts. Really what I get out of this band and what I need from this band right now; I need the truth in life and what that means for me right now is that I need is the reflection of truth in experiences to show me the possibilities.
Cherri: Joe, you mentioned you grew up all over the country, and if you could go back and tell Little Joe something you know, some piece of advice that may be of significance or a little clue to making life easier growing up, what would that be?
Joe and Toby are laughing at this question.
Toby breaks in and says with a huge smile (I can totally see it on the other end of the phone), "Little Joe, we have a merch guy who is Little Joe."
Joe: "I was like, tell Little Joe what?..." We all tee-hee.
Joe: Seriously, I'd tell him love yourself, believe in yourself, trust yourself. Someone there to remind us we're capable. We don't need these fucking little puppeteers that fucking guide us through the world, but we need reflections, reminders.
Cherri: Love this. Toby, what would you say to 5 lb, 2 oz Baby Toby? (giggles from us all...)
Toby: Well, I think it's pretty much the same thing. Love yourself. Have faith in yourself, I think a lot of artists have self doubt. Which can lead to so many different (issues) things, you know? I mean, you're on your path and you're growing - just having that confidence in yourself would be important.
Cherri: Totally, that's awesome. Ok, so let's get back to Jibe and such - the new record that's coming out, is it a full length, or EP? How many songs are on it?
Cherri: OMG I cannot wait!
Joe: We're going to have some surprises on it. I can't talk about too many details right now, but it will be coming out in the next month or so - or what we're doing with the record. It will be a delicious little treat!!
Cherri: inaudible, muffled squeelish noise that clearly equates to disappointment that she can't have the Top Secret Info!!
Cherri: What about any dates before the end of the year?
Joe: Maybe...but I can't talk about that either unless you've got like CIA clearance.
Toby: Can't talk about that either.
Cherri: Oh really? Godamit! Well, I hope you guys have your foil hats on because they can read your mind anyway, so it's really not a secret...(we giggle)
Joe: Oh, I'm fully aware of scalar weaponry, believe me...
Cherri: Listen, we can sit here and talk about all the conspiracy theories and weird shit all day long. We should off the record sometime sit down and have a pow wow. But I feel that there's a reason - going back to that "reason" we touched on earlier. There was a reason I was so completely enthralled with your music back then. I don't mean this in a creepy, band girl kinda way. It, your music, literally affected my soul. I can't explain it any other way.
Toby: That is a great compliment. Thank you.
Joe: It stings my soul, I do know exactly what you mean, it did me too.
Cherri: I don't know if you remember me, back then. I was kind of an outsider in the circles. I pretended a lot. I wasn't who I wanted to be. I wasn't me. Being a little younger back in the Jibe days, I wasn't who I was supposed to be. I was kinda on the outside looking in at myself and thinking, this isn't who I want to be. But the weird thing is...being at a Jibe show, or listening to the music, I was like "FUCK!!!" it was like, I would get little glimpses of who and what I was supposed to be. And things just fell into place. For real, I can take that time period or during that time, I should say, and Jibe, y'all were like in the top 3 bands that affected me like that.
** Note from Cherri: I need to mention that in my head, I was thinking "OMG you just sounded like such a dork they're gonna hang up the phone now or give me that look the next time they saw me as being that weird journalist interviewer chick who kinda made our skin crawl in that interview - and I can hear in my voice change that doubt wash over me as I try and make myself sound a little more composed or cool than what I had just let them both see - and I almost start to pretend I didn't say what I really felt or mean it; you can actually hear the differences in my voice. There is an odd pause in the playback right at this place right after I start to ask the next question. Then Joe stops me.)
Joe: Hey, wait. Did you record what you just said, did you just record that?
Cherri: Oh, ya - I'm recording it all.
Joe: If you could put that, what you just said about yourself, how you see yourself or want yourself - because I felt that. Because we're all in parallel. We're all on the same path - different flavors and shit and different colors, but I would love it if you'd put that in print. That was a beautiful thing that you just said and it evokes a lot of thoughts in me.
** Another aside: There's another shift in the tone right here in the recording and it's almost noticeable in the energy - but I can feel it listening to the playback and I can recall it from the day of this call.
Cherri: Ya, I will. Thank you. And you know, we all three know each other from random acquaintances, and have been to parties together and like...I cannot....I literally have goosebumps right now...that is the weird thing, from then - to where we are all right this minute...like I'm trying my hardest to not start crying - it's just -that's how heavy that we all are. How we are connected. That is the spark - that started back in1994/1995 to here we are right now.
Toby: It's true. There are no coincidences in life. Everything happens for a reason. We're all connected. It is like time travelling it's crazy, like you said - like we were then, and here we are in 2016 and it's like no time has passed at all. Like we fast forwarded.
Joe: That's because there's no expiration of the truth. That's what I've experienced in my life. There's no fucking expiration on the path. It's always there, waiting. It's us that meander.
Literally, Toby and I hear that and there is another one of those pauses...and we were both like, "Yeah.." almost at the same time. It was that light-bulb kind moment and I make some noise and say...
Cherri: "Man...gosh...what the fuck is happening right now??"
Toby agrees: Yup. Change.
***End of Side One - Please Flip Tape Over***
Ok my Pretties, if that doesn't leave you with some major freaking thought-provoking, goosebumped skin - I don't know what will. And this; these little moments are why music is so mega for me. It unlocks parts of our core; it is the catalyst that connects those seemingly insignificant moments and makes them significant; making them real. Music assists humans, or at least these three humans, find the facts as they discover the Truth. #Truth
And we all know what that does; truth... it sets us free my Lovelies...the Truth, sets us free!!
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Fav 5 New Releases - Week of 12/23/2016
Well my Pretties - it's been a while ("since I could...hold my head up high"...love this song, by the way) since I've done a #WPC - like a real one. And that is solely because the new releases have been insanely boring since Metallica dropped Hardwired. And you know, I'm not kidding - can usually make something out of nothing...it just wasn't the case with new music the last two weeks.
This week was a little different though - I guess there was some shift right before Christmas and people either lost their minds, or they wanted to make some of us happy by providing stocking stuffers for JQP. It's almost unbelievable that 2016 is one week from being "last year". There are a ton of reasons why I could loathe 2016; the departure of some true iconic musicians, the election, the squabbles that kept our country divided - and every other negative thing that happened globally and personally. However, there were microcosms of positive, little things that happened that started some truly amazing things that are still turning and gaining momentum. And with these things, these little things that at the time didn't seem like an impact could happen, are really the waves that are still rippling from that blip in my body of water.
Next week, I'm going to do a WPC "Best Of 2016" not because I think people really give a rat's ass about my opinion or what I deem is the Best of 2016 because there are 19,000 other outlets that will tell you their favorites or best of's or give out the awards for the so called "bests". I'm recapping 2016 for myself - so I can remember the music that shaped me, made me, entertained me and inspired me. Most of all, I had fun putting this list together from the people I've met, the shows I've seen and new music I was introduced to in 2016. But until then - here's the Fav 5 for this week already!!
Pretty sure that this EP will be a big deal for NIN. Not just because NIN can't make a mess of something new; let's face it Trent is a freakin' brilliant strange bird, but kinda kooky nonetheless. Which we've learned in the past makes for great NIN materials, right? Burning Bright is the song that spoke to me the most because it's so dark and totally not bright. Well, maybe in NINland where the vocals, no matter what is being said. "Back to what I always knew I was" Trent croons behind a curtain of noisy thumps keeping time that is reminiscent of a little amoebas in a watch shop. And I think this could be the overall theme of this EP because it is very Naily, if you know what I mean. He goes on to "break through the surface and breathe" and you totally want to come up for air because you don't realize you're holding your breath the whole song until the end - and dammit, if you don't feel free for some odd and crazy reason that can only be explained as Trent Reznor has total mind control over all of us and we do exactly what he says, at all times. Ehum - wait...
K, here's a song that is just sexy AF and while his full album isn't scheduled to drop until March, this little dab'll do ya 'til then. The-Dream has a cupid-like way with his poetic words wrapped around a beat that oozes a primal desire - now I guess we could say that about many R&B, slow jamz of our brothers and sisters in this isle of the record store but I want to put this song on a shelf with a big blue ribbon on it - like a winning f'ing cherry pie at the state fair, y'all - or maybe a lemon cake with buttercream icing with those big swoops swirled in it and you just wanna drag your finger on it and eat that icing, you know? Seriously, I'm not being coy here. You know the cake I'm talking about - I know you do!! The-Dream has been busy working on hits for other people in his genre (according to the www) and I totally believe this EP is from the jump, a big ole cup of lean...ya, didn't think I got the title reference, did ya? Well, I did - and I don't really know what it has to do with the song. Nor do I care honestly. I dig the song, it makes my heart race, butterflies in my stomach - all of those little yummy morsels that a good-n-sexy song can give ya. Go listen to Lemon Lean.
Look Rockers - this band (in some form or fashion) has been making music since 1980. That's seriously a long time y'all. And this freakin' song is 7:29 - ya, that's 7 minutes and 29 seconds - it's like a story. Really. It starts with this chaotic thrash riff that is repeated until you wanna stab a pencil into something that might/might not hurt - and the music just builds a little mini-movie or story between your ears. For me, what happened when I listened (and NO I didn't puff puff give or anything to alter my thinking) is about the rise and fall of emotions in some turbulent life lesson. There are times when you think you just can't take much more and wanna turn the song off - then it instantly changes to something that you actually like; that makes you happy and you love everything again. There's an anthem-esque part that makes you flag-waving proud and you feel strong and resolved - and then at the end of the song, you're tired and out of breath but know that you just experienced something that you can either play back - or just go on. If you go on, you know that you have this story in your back pocket to pull out and reference - you know that you have a Mean Green, Killing Machine on your side, bitches. Hellz yes - I am gonna remember this one.
My, my, my - this number is dark, heavy, and has a freak factor of 10 outta 10. We can totally attribute that to Mr. Davis' assistance on this track; he is ever so deliciously dark, no? I mean that as an utter compliment, truly. What he contributes by spinning or playing - is sick. The song has parts that you wanna rock the F out to and then there are parts that straight up make you wanna bounce in your spot - you know..."Starting to Turn" seems to take the darker side of drugs, alcohol, sex, and an upheaval of some sort to the point of an awareness of the person has as to why they are doing what they're doing - those factors around them; people, places and things. It is totally an internal monologue - or so it seems - or maybe it is supposed to be for the listener. I like it. I wanna see this done live - or in a video. I would love to see a visual interpretation of this song on the little screen, ya know?
Fact #1: Landon is hot. He reminds me, physically, of that shy, awkward boy in high school that couldn't talk but could write amazing poetry and the only time you ever saw him was in English class. You know the one. Fact #2: Both songs Sick Obsession and Need to Change are WICKED. What I mean by wicked is that they are coming from a place of everyday, internal insanity that I'd like to believe we all have. Fact #3: He is venomously straight with the tiny word-knives he throws out through his teeth and I love every word that he spews. I mean this acoustic meshed with spirited electronic instruments is melodic, twisted and empowering - in a Sylvia Plath kinda way. K, his vocals are mad - like he has a range that makes me want to vom. I just really like his crackles, where he breathes - he has a technical aspect that you can't really see on many artists unless you see them live. The ability to convey emotions - just with a simple stanza/verse and where the breath is placed...you get so much more from just that tiny piece. But you can't write that into sheet music, right? You can hear the emotion in how he plays, where his hands go on the guitar and how - is violently erotic and not just for the music - but what he says and how - jebus. Dude is coming from a place that many people try to communicate - try to dumb down for those that may be frightened or terrified because they will identify too much. Landon is coming from such an honest place, it's no wonder it seems it would be painful or scary for some. The whole record is what we would all like to say at some points in our lives, ya know? Or maybe Landon and I are the only sicko's on the planet right now...
1. What does "The Order of Elijah" mean? How does your band name fit your music?
Elijah was prophet from the bible who beheaded priests of Baal. The name was chosen upon a trip to the flea market about 8 years ago.
2. Has the band done a video? Please provide the link:
We've released a handful of official videos and some lyric videos. Check one out here!!
The Order Of Elijah - War At Heart (Lyric Video)
3. So, as you're doing this interview - unless you're in your altogether take a selfie of where you're sitting with your laptop or phone filling this out and attach it to this email.
4. Tell us one memory from childhood that directly affected your movement towards making music a career or what influenced you to be attracted to music.
I once had a crush on a girl in 5th grade, back when you didn't speak to your crushes. When they started taking people in for band classes she would go, which meant she wouldn't be on the other side of the recess field every day. I decided I was going to join school band because she did. That night my Mom attended the instrument sale and purchased me a saxophone. She told me "You're not going to quit this Shannon. I'm spending a lot of money here." I agreed. The next day, the girl I was crushing on quit band. Been playing music every since.
5. Favorite band of all time:
Elvis. He's the king. None of this would be happening if it wasn't for him.
6. Tell me your favorite Aerosmith song (and if you hate them, say so):
I love Aerosmith. Perhaps Livin on the Edge or Sweet Emotion.
7. Screen shot your current playlist and attach to this email.
OMG - I'm a FREAK about this record!!! I LOVE it!! Upon A Burning Body really, IMHO, stands above with this record.
8. People deal with second guessing themselves all the time by listening to others that think they know more or best, listening to what we "should" do or "should not" do. What is the biggest reason you can doubt yourself?
I rarely doubt myself these days. I would say key is to learn to balance your Id, Superego, and Ego. There's a cognitive dissonance in our culture that their aggression fuels their impulses. The more one can forgo his mental image of "self" the less one will doubt themselves.
9. Who would you tour with if you could tour with any band still together or not.
10. Take your phone camera, put it on selfie mode and take a picture of what's over your left shoulder.
11. Biggest challenge our country faces?
Education. We are 27th worldwide in education yet #1 in prison population, national defense, and arrogance. Educate the masses and the nation will be more reasonable as a whole.
12. Worst life experience that became your best asset:
13. How has music made your life better?
My identity is highly found in music no matter how much I try to deny it. I love being an artist and always will be. Even if I wasn't in a band I'd have some type of mission.
14. Look at #10 and the picture. Title a song from what you see.
The Mind of Odin.
15. To guitar solo or not to solo?
I'm a nihilist on guitar solos for The Order.
16. Finish this sentence: "If a _______ paints a _______ words then ____ can't ___ paint ____"
If a Voice paints a Thousand words then Eyes can't see paint fade.
17. Best show or most memorable show you've played.
Our video shoot for A Ballad For Jimmy Baker (sick video, look it up!)
Ok - we did! Here it is for y'all:
18. If you're at home, take a picture of your favorite thing. Attach to this email.
21. What should be my favorite song off your latest album?
I vote you should like "Tyler Durden" but it's all subjective.
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Flagged: Kevin Goocher of the Mighty OMEN
1. The band name "Omen" is great! It reminds me of that movie when I was a kid with that scary ass kid that was killing everyone. But...that has nothing to do with your band at all or the first question.
Do you think when a band loses the frontman that the name of the band should continue?
Absolutely the band should continue, A band is the sum of all it's parts. If the Guitarist, Bass player, Drummer, Keyboardist ....... want to continue they should. Now having said that, if there is only one original member left and the sound is soooo completely different than what the BAND IS FAMOUS FOR then maybe a name change is needed.
2. How did you get the gig for Omen?
I got the gig through Omen bassist, Andy Haas. He suggested me to Kenny. They were working up material for the Eternal Black Dawn CD and the singer they had wasn't working out, so Andy suggested me. Andy and I had gone way back together playing in seperate bands but being in the mutual admiration society of each others musicianship. So, without Andy I would have never been in Omen.
3. I've seen some crazy footage of Omen overseas! Talk about a particular time that you just couldn't believe a situation that was happening (crazy fans, mobs of people):
Omen is very lucky that we have loyal fans all over the world. We get to play everywhere and probably more so in Europe than anywhere, even the U.S. So, our first trip ever to Greece, my first European tour with Omen, we were playing in Athens at a place called The An Club. The stage in the venue is surrounded by a waist high metal railing, however it does very little in keeping the audience separated from the band (and not that we want our audience separated from us anyways). We were doing our show and all of a sudden I noticed a crazy fellow at the front of the stage with an actual sword in his hands. He seemed a bit inebriated, and he started swinging it around with his eyes closed while he was singing every word the the songs. Guitarist, Kenny Powell and myself were ducking and dodging as not to get our heads accidentally severed. So, the railing was there just as decoration at this point. Needless to say it was a wild and crazy night and no one got hurt. I went on to later write a song dedicated to this gentleman called The Lord Of The Sword. We are great friends even to this day. Now, the Germans are pretty crazy too...but that's another story...
4. So, as you're doing this interview - unless you're in your altogether (no one wants to see you sitting on the crapper or nekid on your couch with a bear rug) take a selfie of where you're sitting with your laptop or phone filling this out and attach it to this email.
5. Tell us one memory from childhood that directly affected your movement towards making music a career or what influenced you to be attracted to music.
It was October 1976 and I saw KISS on Paul Lynne's Halloween Special. I had heard Rock and Roll all night on the radio, but I had never seen them before. This changed my life forever. I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
6. Favorite band of all time:
This is a hard one... though KISS got me into it (music) and I love Queen and Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden so much....it has to be DIO. Ronnie James Dio made me want to become a singer. He's the greatest singer EVER to me.
7. Tell me your favorite Conway Twitty song. Conway Twitty Cool Fact: Mr. Twitty started his career as a rock star before becoming a country superstar. In fact, he was in rock for ten years before crossing over to country and his song "It's Only Make Believe" was a rock hit that is still one of his biggest hits.
It's Only Make Believe (because its so reminiscent of Elvis Presley to me)
8. Current Playlist - Sidenote: y'all this is uber cool because Devon Mycah, the artist in this playlist of Kevin's is his daughter. Aww - isn't that totally awesome?! I think so...
9. What would you do without music and how has the profession of music changed your life?
I think I'd be dead if it weren't for music. It has definitely saved my life more than once. As a profession, music is the absolute most frustrating thing ever. All the work and rehearsal and travel and hours and hours of nonsense and dealing with other musicians that just don't have the same passion for it as you....uhhhg! But, its all worth that hour and a half on stage and listening the completed recordings as the reward for it all.
10. Looking around your workspace - take a pic of where you do the majority of your daily work...give us a little description.
You'd see boxes and my LP collection and musical instruments and my studio gear all set up in my somewhat converted garage recording studio I lovingly call The Dungeon.
11. Biggest challenge our country faces?
Making through the next 4 years without a race war.
12. Worst life experience that became your best blessing.
My youngest daughter having to have open heart surgery at 7 weeks old and now in her teens, shes an absolute miracle.
13. I loved seeing you play with Corrupted Innocence and Rezyn Nation here in Dallas! Then there was Phantom-X. You and your wife Melanie also dove into the bar scene with The Underworld which had bands like Lilian Axe, Fair to Midland, and a slew ot others. How did you go from being a Dallas local/national touring musician and business owner to living in LA?
Well, before I was ever in CI I had already spent close to 10 years in touring bands (mostly cover bands doing 3 one hour sets a night doing everything from Metallica to AC/DC to Queensryche and everything in between). I finally decided to come home and start doing nothing but original music which eventually landed me in CI. I was also doing a punk band at the the same time called Rezyn Nation. Both eventually saw demise and I was in a couple other bands after until I got the gig with Omen. I was in Omen for 8 years the first time. The later 2 years of that stint I was also in the band Phantom-X that I started with bassist, Glenn Malicki. Phantom-X was originally a Ronnie James Dio tribute band that was formed to pass the down time in Omen. PX started writing original tunes and became a whole other beast. What brought me to California was my middle child Devon and I were selected to be on a VH1 reality TV show called I Know My Kids A Star wit host Danny Bonaduce. After we were no longer on the show, Devon ended up getting a manager and booking agent here in LA. We spent a lot of money and time going back and forth from Dallas to LA til when we finally decided to just move to LA. Been here ever since.
14. Song Title based off the Picture in #10:
Welcome To The Dungeon .....lol!
15. To guitar solo or not to solo? What is your preference?
We live in a country where music is extremely trendy (no guitar solos), but I live in a world where guitar solos rule. I love them. To me lead guitar solos are equal to the lead violin in the orchestra. I am so inspired by the guitar when I write music. For me its a must!
16. Finish this sentence: "If a _______ paints a _______ words then ____ can't ___ paint ____"
If a picture paints a thousand word then why can't I paint you ..... David Gates of Bread
17. Best show or most memorable show you've played.
Its a tie between my very first headlining show at the Keep It True festival in Germany 2004 and our most recent show at the Bang Your Head festival in Germany 2014.
18. If you're at home, take a picture of your favorite thing. Attach to this email.
19. Kevin, we go back a while - running in the same circles in the early 1990's music scene here in Dallas. Which is pretty awesome, I was even at your wedding way back then! Knowing me, use a title of a song to describe me from any of Omen's catalog (be nice Gooch!!)
LOL! Thats easy!!!! Don't Fear The Night ... "through all the pain and sorrow you chose to stand alone, out in the dark like the desert sun you've shown."
20. Speaking of relationships, you and your wife have been married for like 20 years, right? What is y'alls secret to staying together when so many couples divorce?
You have to put others need above your own. We both do that for each other.
21. Provide a link to where people can watch your videos or buy your music:
22. Any plans for Omen to tour in 2017?
Yes. Mexico in January, Spring Bash Milwaukee in April and European tour in May. Then write and record again!!!! Find us on Facebook for all the up to date info on OMEN.
"DEVIL IS FINE" OUT GLOBALLY ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017
ZEAL & ARDOR have offered the first visual from the new album Devil Is Fine, out February 24, 2017. The video for the title track "Devil Is Fine" premiered via Noisey - but we've got it for you right here:
ZEAL & ARDOR have been generating significant buzz online for the past year and it's only growing louder by the day. With accolades from the aforementioned Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Alternative Press, the project is poised to grab even further global attention in 2017.
"Devil Is Fine" mixes a variety of genres, including black metal, blues, and more, while the lyrics are delivered in the fashion of slave spirituals sung by chain gangs.
ZEAL & ARDOR is the one-man brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American formerly based in New York City. His approach draws on an alternate history and stems from two thoughts: Christianity was imposed upon American slaves, just as it was imposed in Norway, and black metal in the '90s grew as a rebellion to monotheism. What would have happened if American slaves had rebelled in the same way? Or put bluntly: What would satanic spirituals sound like?
Intrigued? You should be and so were we. SKOM will have a two part feature on ZEAL & ARDOR in the very near future where our own Cherri Bird gets the skinny on this fascinating project.
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SO CAL BAND WORKING ON LABEL DEBUT
Spinefarm Records is pleased to welcome Orange County, California band DAYSEEKER to its worldwide roster. The band formed in 2012 and went on to release a pair of albums through InVogue Records. Their debut What It Means To Be Defeated dropped in 2013, while its followup Origin landed in 2015.
In January, DAYSEEKER will enter the studio with producer Josh Schroeder (KING 810, The Plot In You, Ghost Bath).
In the meantime, watch this preview video
"It's an honor to be working with a team who truly believes in our collective vision as a band," DAYSEEKER vocalist Rory Rodriguez, sharing his excitement about the band's new label home and about its future material. "We've never felt more confident and excited for what the future holds for us than we do right now. This will absolutely be our best album to date and we can't wait to share it with the world."
Stay tuned for more DAYSEEKER touring news to be announced shortly.