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Cheryl

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Cheryl's last content update – April 15, 2017, 1:28 a.m.

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Pallbearer

Heartless, 2017

9.5 / 10

Pallbearer’s evolution over the last seven or so years has been one that seems natural and organic, with each record building on what came before and giving the Arkansas based ...

Woe - Hope Attrition album cover

Woe

Hope Attrition, 2017

8.5 / 10

After a promising start to a career that began in earnest with the release of debut A Spell for the Death of Man in 2008 and continued through to 2013s ...

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Emptiness

Not For Music, 2017

8.5 / 10

Belgium’s Emptiness have spent much of their career eschewing traditional approaches and with Not for Music they continue to imbue their singular take on black metal with wholly impure vibrations ...

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AFI

AFI (The Blood Album), 2017

7.5 / 10
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AFI's trajectory over the last twenty and more years has been one that emulates growth and experimentation and the quartet that once sang about not being allowed a mohawk is ...

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Woe

Interviews Woe

Posted April 15, 2017, 1:28 a.m.

With the release of new record Hope Attrition and some major new touring on the horizon, we caught up with Woe's founding member Chris Grigg to talk about how ...

Alcest

Interviews Alcest

Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

Alcest’s latest record, Kodama, is an album that wears its heart on its sleeve. It’s rich, textured and warm and is influenced by frontman Neige’s (Stéphane ...

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 ...

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1QI: Badlands, Extinction A.D., Cayetana

Bands 1QI: Badlands, Extinction A.D., Cayetana

Posted April 10, 2017, 5:43 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 ...

Adrian Tenney (Badlands, ex-Spokenest)
SPB: How did you get started in Badlands?
Adrian: Badlands (as a solo project) started when playing my music with other people ended.
I had been writing music in numerous other bands with my friends, and although it was super fun, it was always very hard to coordinate! Gradually it became more difficult, or impossible to collaborate with people (friends moved away, people got new jobs etc.) and as that happened, it became more of a necessity to record and perform on my own.
I've never felt the same kind of energy playing on my own as I do playing in a band, and I do miss that, but everything is so much more under my control now. At this point in my old (not a teenager anymore) age, it's worth it to not feel totally exhausted by all the elements of performing. 
Rick Jiminez (Extinction A.D./This Is Hell – guitar/vocals)
SPB: After music, what other arts interest you?
Rick: Although music has been the focus of my life for as long as I can remember, it hasn't been the only "art" I've been interested and even consumed by. Art is such a fluid term, but to me, the only thing that I've ever really cared about that didn't fall under the umbrella was baseball.
Since I was little(er) I always loved to draw. Of course that started with cartoons which then became comic books and then went into full on illustration which then became graphic design. Around my early 20s, though I was faced with following graphic design or music full-time, and I easily chose music.
Graphic design was fun and fulfilling to me when based around my bands but as a career seemed too bullshitty and... well, I guess too "adult career." I think if I would have stuck with comic book penciling I could have very well made the decision to pursue that as a career but at some point I decided regular graphic design was more stable then comics, even though the stability of that wound up being a strike against it while the instability but much more satiating feeling of playing music was a pro. 
Another art that piqued my interest in the late ‘80s and continues to enthrall me is professional wrestling. And many would argue that's not an art, and they are welcome to think that, but I am welcome to acknowledge that I care not for the judgments of the employee of the month at Duane ass Reade. Talk about something that is never the same twice: a story, an athletic display...it’s like surfing, where the wave is always different, but instead of conquering the wave, you have to work together with it, or like a movie or a play where, yes everyone knows it’s a complete fabrication of real life and staged, but you have to entertain thousands at once and make them believe for 10-30 minutes that what they're viewing is somehow plausible.
It’s also extremely hard to give the illusion you're physically decimating someone while trying to have them feel as little as possible in reality... which doesn't make something art per se, but man that shit is difficult as fuck. It’s much easier to make a punch look real if it’s actually real, but you ever see grown men punch each other in real life outside of a MMA or boxing match? Believe me, it usually looks like creamed crap... and I'll also take the underwear/kneepads/boots motif over the marked out guido look or flat brim with teal sweater from the smith haven mall outfit. I'll also take a punch being followed by a steel cage match for the world title as opposed to it being followed by 3 dudes yelling "don't you dare touch Gina again, I'll end you bro!!" at each other while being separated by a few really nice cars that their parents bought them that have brakes that work and no check engine light on.
Is fixing cars that are complete jokes an art? I know some mechanics but have yet to find one that can ever make any of my shit boxes work or pass inspection. If that’s an art I'd be interested in that too.
Maybe I should have stuck with graphic design.
Kelly (Cayetana)
SPB: If you could universally (and magically) fix one item at venues around the world, what would you upgrade or change? 
Kelly: If I'm being very honest, I would want to wave a magical wand and make all venue bathrooms private, single use, clean, beautiful, great smelling with ample amounts of toilet paper! I think we can all relate to venue bathrooms being some of the absolute worst we've ever been in. And having an inclusive, gender-neutral toilet situation would be amazing. 

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1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

Bands 1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

Posted March 10, 2017, 4:21 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 ...

Dan Gardner (Four Lights)
SPB: What is your favorite 1980s artist?
Dan: The Replacements. Westerberg is one of the greatest American songwriters. My parents were big fans of theirs and I grew with Let It Be and Tim playing in the house, in the car, everywhere. Those records were a big part of my growing up and continue to be just as important to me to this day. Every teenager should be given a copy of Let It Be. 
Known Cowboy
SPB: What is your favorite 1970s artist?
Known Cowboy: My favourite 1970s artist without question has to be no other than David Bowie! God, I love Hunky Dory.
The fun fact is that I didn’t discover Bowie´s work until last year after he died. When I found out about him it was a revelation. 
I would say Pink Floyd, but I think the power of expression of Bowie did a powerful job in me, more than the mesmerizing tunes of DSOTM or WYWH,
I will end this reply by saying that I actually love a record from 1978 called Visions of the Country by Robbie Basho.
Sam, Brandon and Avi (Just Friends)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Just Friends: Cut the dead weight. Chillers only. You gotta be down for the cause, 100% without doubt. You have to believe in the people around you and they got believe in you. Have their back. Embody the spirit of the road dawg. 

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1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

Bands 1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 3:35 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 ...

Andy (Magnetic Ghost)
SPB: What is the weirdest venue you’ve played a show at (or attended)?
Andy: Seattle house show that wasn't in a house, but was in a yard, complete with a tarp covered in dumpstered mashed fruit which everyone was encouraged to wrestle in / on after imbibing copious amounts of Carlo Rossi jug wine. Total anarcho hippie vibe at its best. I haven't done this yet, but I'd really like to organize an outdoor winter show in Minnesota, ideally when it is pretty frigid. Maybe have it lit and sorta heated with burning barrels, but have the cold become an endurance test for the performer--- frostbite and chilblains as art? Call it "cold drone" or something.  
Magana
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Magana: Yep!  There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do a good enough job with promotion? Should I be outside handing out flyers to the people passing by? Will anybody show up, or will I be playing to the person doing sound? And then immediately following is the performance anxiety. Did I practice enough? Am I going to mess up the solo in the third song? Are the people that are here going to get bored and leave in the middle of the set? And then I get onstage and drink wine and it's usually totally fine.
I get more nervous playing solo than when I play with a band.  I feel more exposed and it's something that I'm less used to. And I get more nervous in front of tiny crowds than big crowds because it seems so much more personal.  Like if I don't put on a perfect show, I'm going to deeply offend the people that are listening. 
Bong Mountain
SPB: What’s your favorite protest song?
The serious, educational, and inspirational protest songs that have helped me through tough times just aren't enough right now -- they don't perfectly convey my anger towards the current state of things.
There isn't one song, but a full album”; Galactic Cannibal's "We're Fucked" is a statement within itself. It's angry, loud, sharp, and painstakingly crushing to your ears in an almost sarcastic manner. The overall message is in the title:  WE'RE FUCKED. At this point, I think we are fucked -- not in a way that there is no hope but in a way that makes you forget about the state of things because you moshed too hard in your kitchen and put your own head through the wall because that's all there is to really do at this point. And at that, all you can really say is "THIS WORLD FUCKING SUCKS."

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1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

Bands 1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 3:46 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Brian (Entropy)
SPB: What do you think the internet has done for the word of mouth punk scene? 
Brian: As far as how it effects underground punk rock, the internet is both a blessing and a curse.
It's obviously made it way easier to spread news, learn about shows and, most importantly, discover new music. But it's that easy for everyone to get the word out, so there ends up being an overload of information. Suddenly people just dipping their toes in are being invited to every show from Boston to California and every band on earth is vying for their attention which predictably gets to be a bit much.
When I started going to shows in the ‘90s, I would be stoked to get a flyer and know when and where the next show was. I'd wonder about the band I'd never heard of with “from Boston” under their name and would be excited to see them. Now when promoting shows, the dynamic has shifted so that you're basically bothering people who may or may not even be interested. I mean, half the people logging in to look at porn for three minutes to get a proper wank in before getting on with their day just aren't that interested that Puking Chloroform are playing at the Ritz next Thursday night.
The ease of internet promotion can cause a lazy complacency that belies the urgency in message that should always be present in punk rock, and that part of it just plain sucks. The ability to quickly reach people the world over is an amazing force that's easy to underestimate, however, so it's a mixed bag.
Tobias Sinclair (Soft Kill)
SPB: How did you meet the new members and how did they get on the Soft Kill ship?
Tobias: Owen & Conrad have been with the band since the Heresy LP.  I met Owen when I was nineteen and playing in grind core / noise bands.  We spent our initial time together playing with broken synthesizers in his basement and in a lot of ways he taught me how to create some of the sounds I had in my head at that time. This lead to me starting my first project of my own which was how I came into contact with Conrad who was making similarly fucked up noise.  Eric started playing guitar with us in 2012 and is on the Seven Hundred 7" but never played with us until recently.  I met him when I sprayed his other band down with a fire extinguisher when they played my warehouse six years ago.  It looks like my old band and room mate Drew will be playing drums for us starting in 2017 as well.  I met him when he was sixteen and have watched him grow into a total savage... one of the most brilliant players and skaters I've encountered.  
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Curran Reynolds (Body Stuff)
SPB: Do you make a conscious decision to reference or deviate from past material when working on Body Stuff?
Curran: The Body Stuff approach is to make music from the gut, without consciously thinking about any other music at all. After it's made, then I can reflect and say, "Hey, this sounds like it's referencing this or that." Looking at the two EPs I've made so far, in hindsight I can say that some of what's being referenced is the big rock and pop hits of the late '80s. This is the music I grew up with as a little kid and naturally it comes through. But those influences are buried under the noise of other influences, like death metal drumming and various New York City vibes. And to compare the first EP and the second, I think the second has some dreamy Maine woods isolation vibes in it too, because that's where I was living the year I wrote it.

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Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire

Posted Oct. 28, 2016, 5:48 a.m. by Cheryl

Katatonia @ Shepherd's Bush Empire w/ VOLA, Agent Fresco Emotion is the name of the game tonight, with Sweden’s Katatonia bringing their resonant doom to the London masses not once, but ...

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 ...

Cheryl's bio

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
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I also like coffee and film and cats. 

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