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Cheryl

Senior Staff Writer

London

Cheryl's last content update – Aug. 29, 2016, 2:03 p.m.

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Woman is the Earth  - Torch of Our Final Night album cover

Woman is the Earth

Torch of Our Final Night, 2016

8.5 / 10

Woman is the Earth aren’t a new prospect, but latest record Torch of Our Final Night is a massive step forward for them in sound and scope and so, quite ...

Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts album cover

Katatonia

The Fall of Hearts, 2016

8.5 / 10

Katatonia’s evolution over their twenty five year career has been one that’s taken in doom, death metal, gothic soundscapes and progressive beats, but more than anything, a deeply felt emotional ...

Perturbator  - The Uncanny Valley album cover

Perturbator

The Uncanny Valley, 2016

9.0 / 10
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The Uncanny Valley pulses in high concept waves and the mastermind behind it all, Perturbator (composer James Kent), creates visual magic with naught but a synthesiser and a slick, rain-soaked ...

Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä album cover

Oranssi Pazuzu

Värähtelijä, 2016

8.5 / 10

Värähtelijä marks Oranssi Pazuzu’s fourth foray into the outer reaches and the Finnish band pull no punches in creating a record that melds tripped out cosmic rhythms with the distinct ...

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City States

One Question Interviews City States

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:16 a.m.

Joel (City States) SPB: How do you find the time to work on so many projects and do your regular day job (if you have one)?  Joel: At the risk ...

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 ...

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1QI: Drunk Couples, Holy White Hounds, Karen Haglof

Bands 1QI: Drunk Couples, Holy White Hounds, Karen Haglof

Posted Aug. 29, 2016, 2:03 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Andrew Barnes (Drunk Couples – drums)
SPB: Drunk Couples is a departure in sound from your previous project. Do you find it challenging to separate the different styles or associations that come with changing bands?
Andrew: It all came pretty naturally to totally shift musical gears when CJ and I started Drunk Couples. Not only is this band a different setup as far as who plays what instrument, but we also felt like we took our old band Gifts From Enola as far as we wanted to go with the sound that we established and tinkered with over the years. Ever since that band broke up, it's been pretty easy for all four band members to hit the reset button on what kind of musical outlets we wanted to explore. In the case of Drunk Couples we just wanted to write no-frills songs that were loud, fun, gritty, and a little sassy. Who knows what it'll turn into as long as we keep the band going and things evolve, but it's a vibe that feels right for now.
James Manson (Holy White Hounds)
SPB: How do you find out about new bands or music that you enjoy?
James: I think that the first bands that made an impact on my life left a bread crumb trail of artists and records that I ended up diving into because of the admiration I had for those first bands. My music discovery seems to have manifested because of a few different but similar platforms (iTunes Genius, Spotify, Pandora, etc) some more effective and/or enjoyable than others.
Music consumption has evolved and so has my overall taste in music. I think the two go hand in hand. Being a touring musician, I've definitely learned to trust my friends and fans taste in music. I listen to their suggestions whenever I get the chance. Being a fan of rock music my whole life, I know what I like and what I don't like. Staying open-minded has made music much more enjoyable as a whole for me. Sometimes, I'll even go to whatever record store is close by and buy whatever looks cool. 
Karen Haglof
SPB: After much time away from music, you've released 2 records in 3 years. Why the rush of new material after such a delay?
Karen: Yes, I did spent years away from music, going to school and entering a different career. But once the bug to play hit again, and I climbed the fairly steep learning curve of doing all my own material and current day recording, I didn't see any reason not to continue making songs and putting them out. I hope to go on that way for some time...No specific timeframe, though. The next focus is to play live.

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1QI: Atoms and Void, Peter Case, Pkew Pkew Pkew

Bands 1QI: Atoms and Void, Peter Case, Pkew Pkew Pkew

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 8:48 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Eric Fisher and Arlie Carstons (Atoms and Void)
SPB: When collaborating with so many artists, how do you draw the determine when to allow a “guest improv” vs pre-composed music?
Eric & Arlie: Our approach to recording is both guided and spontaneous, and our reasons for working with a specific musician (or combination of musicians) are always very intentional. There are really no “guest improv” moments. Rather, in some ways we sort of work like conductors. We always have an idea of what we want the mood, tempo and arrangement of a song to be— often writing and recording the song’s basic structure and then talking with each other about which session player(s) would be best for additional instrumentation on certain songs and in specific spots. Each musician approaches his/her instrument differently, which makes it possible for our songs to sidestep easy categorizations of genre or style. We strive to record with folks that can interpret our ideas in ways that allow for spontaneity and stylistic nuances. Basically, it’s all about trust and communication. We’re blessed to have these people and their creative minds in our lives. 
Peter Case
SPB: I just finished reading the book you released in 2006, As Far As You Can Get Without A Passport, loved it and your stories of your youth as you made your way to California. Any chance you will be adding to it or writing a complete autobiography in the future?
Peter: Well, yes, I did write hundreds of pages of stories from that time, about finding my way in the music world, and I DO hope to see it published. And I even have some interest from the people who did the first one, but we'll just have to see. I need some time to finish it, and being a musician is pretty demanding time-wise, so I'll just say ASAP! If there was some way I could be freed up for a month or two to get the manuscript in shape, and write some more etc... could happen sooner rather than later. A lot of people have been asking. I'll do it as soon as I can!
Emmett (Pkew Pkew Pkew – bass/vocals)
SPB: Winter touring in Canada: yes or no?
Emmett: Definitely tour in the winter in Canada. Sure you have to take it easy on the roads, but you can just leave all your beers in the van the entire time and they stay cold!

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1QI: Spotlights, CoinTossRecords, Thin Lips

Bands 1QI: Spotlights, CoinTossRecords, Thin Lips

Posted Aug. 3, 2016, 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Sarah Quintero (Spotlights)SPB: What’s the strangest trend you see in modern music (or in the industry)?
Sarah: The strangest trend I have been noticing today in music is seeing older bands (that I grew up listening to), like Failure, Shiner, and Hum, get back together and be reviewed and/or accepted into the “metal” scene. Growing up these bands were, to my recollection, considered more Rock or Alternative. I think it’s awesome and I love that they are getting that recognition, because they are heavy as F. I also think that the “industry” today is a lot more accepting now that the lines have been dissolving that were created by the big dinosaurs that used to run it. Weird? Yes. Awesome? Definitely!! Heavy music has a bright future and it’s exciting!
Indy (CoinTossRecords)
SPB: What was the first punk show you attended?
Indy: It was a Split Lip show in Indianapolis. I was in middle school, a long time ago
Chrissy (Thin Lips-vocals/guitar)
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Chrissy: I definitely am always scared before we play...Sometimes it's worse than others. The boys are pretty relaxed, a little nervous here or there, sometimes pretty nervous but it doesn't show too much. Usually once I start playing I'm fine but right before I get on stage I range anywhere from pretty nervous to extremely terrified. It still seems worth it every time though. 
 

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1QI: Mike Bell & the Movies, Bossk, Planet B

Bands 1QI: Mike Bell & the Movies, Bossk, Planet B

Posted July 29, 2016, 5:26 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Mike Bell (Mike Bell & the Movies)
SPB: What was the best show you’ve seen in the past year? 
Mike: May 15th, 2015, Mac McCaughan and the Non Believers, Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
I had kept myself away from the album ‘cause my plan was to purchase directly from Mac. Now to say Superchunk was a major influence in my songwriting within the last decade would be a gross understatement. The chance to see Mac perform his new songs and stripped down Superchunk songs...I WAS STOKED. The show was great! There weren't many people there, it was raining, but a ton of friends ended up in attendance. Eric from Lame-O, Jake and Ian from Modern Baseball, Peter from Dogs on Acid/The Movies...I am forgetting a few...
The show was super intimate. Mac even threw in a couple of tunes "Billy Bragg-style" in the middle (just him and an electric guitar). After the set I went to purchase the record and the guitar player from The Non-Believers informed me I would have to wait for Mac, since he was the only one with a Square reader. I road home in the rain on my bike as fast as I could and listened to that record four times. Interesting postscript to the story: this was also how I learned Mac's real name was Ralph. [The online receipt for payment was to a Ralph MacCaughn]
Tom (Bossk)
SPB: What song would you want played at your funeral? 
Tom: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd.  It's my favorite song of all time.
Luke Henshaw (Planet B)
SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen or record?
Luke: To me, with the increasing digitalization of music, a lot of what I hear is all sounding the same and I’m having a hard time differentiating who's who. There’s no creativity with the production. Everyone's sharing and using the same software with the same functions. I'm also finding a lack of actual song writing occurring right now as well. Digital programs make it so anyone with a computer can push 1 button and record a song, not anyone with a guitar. 
 

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Paradise Lost @ KOKO

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 5:26 a.m. by Cheryl

Paradise Lost w/Tribulation and Lucifer October 4th @ KOKO, London Hype surrounding a band is either indicative of said band being incredibly talented and worth your time, or, on the ...

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 ...

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"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Writer. SPB Social Media Contributor. 

I also like coffee and film and cats. 

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