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Cheryl

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Locrian

Infinite Dissolution, 2015

8.5 / 10

Locrian’s approach to metal is to disassemble the core structures, push them further away from their crude beginnings and delve into building them back up again into towering walls of ...

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Sick/Tired

Dissolution , 2014

7.5 / 10
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Sick/Tired don’t mess about. They’re angry, and they want you to know about it and they do so via the medium of fast, raw grindcore. The Chicago band pound through ...

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Frog

Kind Of Blah, 2015

7.5 / 10

Frog’s second LP Kind of Blah is one that swings from highs to lows, from poppy pep to slowed down sadness and it encompasses every other emotion within it’s short ...

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Six Of Swords

Polar Vortex EP, 2015

7.5 / 10
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Modern death metal often suffers under the weight of trying to emulate old school heroes while not doing very much of interest at all, so it’s a nice surprise when ...

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Northumbria

One Question Interviews Northumbria

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:06 a.m.

Dorian Williamson (Northumbria) SPB: You recorded your first album in a church - what was it about the space that appealed to you and what kind of spaces would you like ...

Rome

One Question Interviews Rome

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:03 a.m.

Jerome Reuter (Rome) SPB: You're playing some anniversary shows this year and visiting some interesting places - How did you decide which countries to play in?  Reuter: I have to ...

AMSG 666

One Question Interviews AMSG 666

Posted Jan. 11, 2015, 11:29 p.m.

AngelFukk Witchhammer (AMSG 666) SPB: How important is Satan to you/the band and what does that belief mean to you? Witchhammer: Luciferianism for me is breathing /living each day ...

Pinkish Black

One Question Interviews Pinkish Black

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

Pinkish Black SPB: You had a curious sample from an obscure British comedy on your first record - how did you come across Snuff Box and why did you include it ...

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1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern

Bands 1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Zach (Pears)
SPB: Who is the best band happening in New Orleans right now?
Zach: The best band happening in Nola right now is a country band called Yes Ma'am. They busk on Royal Street and are planning on touring in the fall if they can get enough money together to buy a limousine. Yes, this is real life. They love Forest Gump. They're good friends of ours. They have a new record out which you can buy here . Great vocal arrangements, great songs, great people. 
Jim (Boilerman)
SPB: What’s with the numerical song titles on the EP? 
Jim: The deal with the numerical song titles for the 10" is two-fold.  First, all the songs on the record deal with really similar subject matter -- they're all more or less about different facets of existential anxiety. I also feel like the songs flow together in such a way that the record is more of a singular piece than it is a sequence of multiple separate pieces, so the numbering is meant to imply the fact that the tunes are smaller parts of the same whole. The cover song obviously threw that whole thing off a bit, but I wanted to keep it anyway. Plus, thinking of song titles is the pits.
Kenny Brown (Loud Boyz-vocals)
SPB: How has your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now?
Kenny: I'm pretty much exactly the same! Loud Boyz is derived from the same punk bands we grew up listening to in high school. Before this band I was in a Dinosaur Jr style rock band and then a chillwave band, which was cool, but not something I ever thought I'd be into playing. Loud Boyz is where everything comes full circle for me, it's bringing me back to what I fell in love with when I was 16. Of course over the years I have found influence in a lot of new music, especially since moving to DC when I was 18. I always loved Bad Brains and Minor Threat, but living here has given me a newfound respect for what DC was/is about. Although, I listen to a lot of r&b now so I'm sure that my young self would be confused by that, otherwise I'm pretty much the exact same person, minus the metalcore breakdowns! 
Loud Boyz actually played a show earlier this month with Darkest Hour and Dead to Fall, who were two of my favorite bands when I was about 15. Between that show, playing with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, and opening for Buzzcocks, I'd say that my high school self wouldn't believe what I'm doing at 28!
Chuck Stern (Stern)
SPB: How do you draw the line between taking influence and mimicking?
Chuck: I think of this as reverential versus referential. Influences are what shape us. They're crucial, but I've never really wanted to cover anyone else's songs or duplicate a specific style. Mimicry falls flat and is often reduced to what it isn't. If you revere something, you can let it ooze out organically, you can weave it into your tapestry and create something larger. But that depends on what you have to say, because if the point of your music is to genre-hop, well, that's lame.
On a side note, I've always been obsessed with clones and rip-offs (whether bands, brands, or movies). I just choose to avoid that approach.

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1QI: All Eyes West, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Askrinn, Dan Webb

Bands 1QI: All Eyes West, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Askrinn, Dan Webb

Posted Aug. 27, 2015, 2:32 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Justin (All Eyes West)
SPB: Have you ever forgotten lyrics mid-song? How did you recover?
Justin: Oh yeah! Totally. It's happened more times than I'd like to admit. Sometimes during a show, my mind will just wander off on random thoughts. Especially on a long tour. You're playing the set every night for a couple weeks straight and it becomes so familiar. We'll be rolling through songs and I'll be thinking about whether or not I fed the dog or something like that. So, I've definitely gotten to a line in a song and been clueless of what the lyrics are, just because I was spacing out. 
We have a song called "Help is on the Way" from our first record. It was one of the very first songs we ever wrote together. That song has been played at every show we've ever done, not to mention, just about every practice in between. We know it like the back of our hands. So, at this one show about a year ago, we go into "Help." The intro is going and all of a sudden it occurs to me that I'm drawing a complete blank on what the first line of the song is! And from there it just snowballed through the whole first verse of the song. I was mortified.
I got through it by just making up nonsensical words and slurring through them to the melody of the song. That's my go-to recovery. By the next section of the song, I was back on track and everything was fine. But that first verse... I could feel the blood rushing to my face. I was embarrassed. 
If you're playing through a smaller P.A., 9 times out of 10 no one even notices (except you, of course). However, we've played shows before where we've wanted to throw a brand new song into the set, but I don't have actual lyrics yet. I'll have a melody in mind, but no content. If we're super stoked on the tune and eager to play it out, we'll just roll with it and I do the old slurring sounds trick. That's actually been done in front of some pretty big crowds. Hope nobody noticed! We play so loud on stage, I doubt anyone can really hear what I'm singing even when I'm getting the words right!
Slim Cessna (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club)
SPB: You recently played at a brewery in Minneapolis. What are some of the more off the beaten path venues you’ve played and what are some pros and/or cons at such settings?Slim: 15 years ago or so we played a curling club in Perth, Ontario. Munly Munly and I were so thrilled and then inspired to learn the sport and make our own chapter in Denver. We had dreams of the Winter Olympics. Someday we may still do this. The brewery in Minneapolis was a very good show, but it didn’t cause us to start our own brewery. There are already so many of those in Colorado. Plus, I always prefer a nice cold Coors.
Valenten (Askrinn)
SPB: What is your favorite music related film or documentary?
Valenten: Probably, it would be Whiplash, the recently-released jazz drumming movie. Although jazz is a genre I almost never listen to, I can only but acknowledge the quality drum patterns in this film, and I was truly mesmerized by the intense drum solo at the end of the movie. Moreover, I also found it somehow motivating for my own music, as the "hero" is working extremely hard to reach an incredible technical level. A quality film.
Dan Webb (Dan Webb and the Spiders-vocals/guitar)
SPB: How likely are you to pick up a record based off its cover with no knowledge of the band or music?Dan: I am not likely to buy a record on the strength of its cover art alone. Record space is in short supply at the Webb house which means it's got to be a lean collection. No filler! The only records that I've ever bought this way were for chuckles out of the dollar bin. These purchases are good for a laugh but usually don't yield repeated listens. I definitely prefer to use that record shelf real estate for the hits.  

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1QI: A Death Cinematic, Ma Jolie, Cape Noire, High Priests

Bands 1QI: A Death Cinematic, Ma Jolie, Cape Noire, High Priests

Posted Aug. 15, 2015, 12:46 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

A Death Cinematic
SPB: What is the fewest people you’ve ever played to? How does the crowd size affect your approach?
ADC: I have only played a handful of shows and playing live is a fairly new development for A Death Cinematic. Tthe fewest people i played for was 10 or so. 
At this point, I don’t really consider the size of the crowd when I perform. I just try to do the best that I can. My sets are improvised and kind of made up on the spot, so I try to keep it interesting and flowing for the listeners, no matter how many or how few.
A larger crowd does not necessarily mean a better crowd. I’d rather play for a few invested and dedicated listeners than for a hundred people who could care less what I am trying to do with the sound and end up talking through the set. The goal for me is to always put my best foot forward.
Mike Stoloski (Ma Jolie – vocals/guitar)SPB: Is there a particular interview question that you’d prefer to never  answer again?Mike: Well, this is a hard question to answer. I feel bad criticizing the people who take the time to ask me questions about my music and sit through the rambling, incoherent answers I give back to then have to reflect on those answers and write about them to help me get my music to more people. In addition, we've also only had a handful of interviews, so I don't think I really have any questions that bother me too much.I guess I'm getting a little tired of reading interviews with loaded questions about being from Philadelphia. Things that usually read like, "So you guys are from Philly, how awesome is it? It's pretty awesome right? Tell me about how awesome it is."  I'm just tired of hyperbole in general and that particular topic is full of it and just isn't interesting. Ask me about tacos or something. People would read about tacos.
Cape Noire
SPB: What prompted you to choose a black cape as a sartorial statement and a band name? 
Cape Noire: Cape Noire came out of me one day as it is. The black cape is not a garment, it’s a character in itself. We don’t really know who is under the cape: a man, a woman, or dozens of lost souls. When it was born, on that day I was really down, it came out of my belly, then stood in front of me, and I knew I could follow it, everything would be fine from this moment. We started to compose... 
The music is aerial and passionate, the sounds are pure but all seems to come from a “beyond the grave” festival. The voice takes you into imaginary lands and forsake you on a bridge between sweetness and your darkest thoughts. I named it Cape Noire because it’s simply what it is.
Mikey (High Priests)
SPB: How did you “discover” punk rock?
Mikey: Well, like a lot of folks out there, I had older relatives who got me into music; who started bands; and brought music I had never heard into my ears. I’d watch my cousin practice at my Aunt’s house and then they’d show me a cd or two that I’d then listen to constantly. I’d read the liner notes of the album, whilst listening to the album start to finish, and would look up any and every band they listed as influences or tour mates.  I’d go to the Library (luckily my home town library had an amazing selection) and type in the word “punk” into the database system. They had and get a wide arrange of music that would be considered in the realm of punk-which opened my mind even more to music. I’d max out my library card with cds and continue to do with those albums what I did before reading the liner notes. 
This way I got not only super in to punk music but music in general. I began going to house shows and all ages punk shows when one of my older cousins got his license and found a whole realm of different punk communities near my home town.

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1QI: Rebuilder, Lee M. Bartow, Cusses, Wolfnote

Bands 1QI: Rebuilder, Lee M. Bartow, Cusses, Wolfnote

Posted Aug. 2, 2015, 4:52 a.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Sal Medrano (Rebuilder – vocals/guitar)
SPB: Who is the first musician whose technique really stood out to you?
Sal: While I play guitar and sing in Rebuilder, I grew up playing drums. I really wanted to push myself to become a better drummer when I listened to the Vandals and saw them open for No Doubt. Josh Freese is an amazing drummer. It was the first time that I saw a drummer playing punk and not struggling or playing in a janky manner. He’s very fluid in his style, everything is very smooth. I still play along with Vandals tracks when I play drums. That’s how I learned to play the punk beat.
Lee M. Bartow, AKA Theologian Prime (Theologian, Annihilvs Power Electronix)
SPB: Do you have a favorite type of van or bus?
Lee: Here I am with my friend and bandmate Fade Kainer's van, while stopping for a leg stretch in Vermont en route to Montreal in June 2015. This 2003 Ford E350 has been modified with a welded steel cage where the last two benches used to be, perfect for the countless touring bands who have used this vehicle to crisscross North America a great many times. This van has taken me to Montreal three times and up and down the east coast more times than I can recall. It's taken me from New York to Chicago, from Austin, Texas to Pittsburgh and home to New York again. This is my favourite van in the world, and some day I hope to own one just like it.
Angel Bond  (Cusses)
SPB: What’s the weirdest description you’ve heard of your music? Do you think it’s accurate in any way or can you see where it came from?
Angel: The weirdest description we have gotten is we are weirdos. How's that for weird?"
Bo Lueders (Wolfnote) 
SPB: Assign each member of your band to a character from Sex in the City.
Bo: I think I'm the only one in the band who watched this show, and growing up with a single mother I have definitely seen the entire series a few times all the way through, so I can wield this power with impunity. 
I am probably... As much as I hate to say it, a little bit Miranda. Kind of mild mannered and boring and a little too into her own head. I don't know, this is actually harder than I thought. 
Chris is 100% Charlotte, but maybe Charlotte after Trey, when she was a little less uptight. I can't even really put my finger on why he would be a Charlotte type, but it was the first obvious one. 
Dave is definitely a mix of Carrie and Samantha. Half of him is an outgoing party kind of guy, but he's also married and has a couple lovely dogs. And he had a LiveJournal once, so there's Carrie's career. 

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Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m. by Cheryl

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ...

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m. by Cheryl

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ...

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"Without music, life would be a mistake."
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