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Interview with Dropbear Disaster!

Band: Dropbear Disaster
Genre: Metalcore
Q: There is band named “Dropbears,” is your name anyway influenced by their band name? If not, where does your band name originate from?

James: Haha funny you should ask that, no actually, I stumbled across these guys while looking up our own videos to show to some mates and started to listen to them from then on. Our band name before Dropbear Disaster was actually Dirty Foreskin (I know it’s pretty fucked up) but we decided one day to change it so Dropbear Disaster. It originated from me on YouTube looking up Dropbear attacks (have no idea why) and while watching I noticed one of my favorite bands had a song in the related section the band was Chainsaw Disaster and I kind of put two and two together, yeah doesn’t really have much meaning but hey, that’s life.

Q: Since starting your band, how has your life been? More busy?

James: Well life since the band started has been great, I can’t even begin to explain everything that has happened as a result or around the time the band has been around. So far it’s been better than I had thought it would have been in the time we’ve actually been doing stuff, life has definitely been more busy, a lot more busy. Life has just become a whole lot more interesting for me anyway, met great people, lost some too, but all round I definitely have no regrets in regards of the band.

Q: The band has been around for nearly a year, but you guys are just starting to put out an album. Why is this?

James: Yeah we’ve almost been around for a year now, after releasing some purely shitty music under the name Dirty Foreskin when it was just me and my mate we didn’t release anything for a long time. After a long time sitting around building Dropbear Disaster up from the shit it started as we started to write better material and more meaningful lyrics, most of our time has been put into that.

Back to the question, well with the amount of time we’ve had and with the new members joining recently and all, we’ve been polishing up songs we have had thought up for close to when the band started. About 3,000 improvements and recordings later we have a almost finalized song, another set-back we’ve had is equipment, since I am the only member in the band that has a job funds for equipment is extremely slow, even now we’re saving for new equipment.

Q: If there was one band you could share the stage with, what band would that be?

James: I’d have to say The Amity Affliction, those dudes are fucking hectic, they go off live and another bonus is just their lyrical content, it means so much to me and they’re one of the biggest inspirations into why we formed this band and their drummer Ryan, he is one of the few drummers I look up to.

Q: What is your local scene like for “underground music?”

James: To be honest it isn’t really that great, our local area is sort of dead music wise, we have local bands come and play gigs every now and then, but when they do come, everyone knows to get their asses down there and mosh as hard as humanly possible.

Q: What is your opinion on illegally downloading music?

James: I don’t really know what to say about this one, like if everyone was honest not one person could say that they’ve never illegally downloaded at least one song (unless they are unable to). I’m gonna say sure I have downloaded music illegally before, but like I said, who hasn’t? I really think it’s one of those things that can never really be stopped, pretty much the only way to stop illegal downloads would be to close the internet but is that really worth it? And plus that wouldn’t stop illegal distribution in other ways.

I know where musicians come from when they get pissed when people don’t pay for their music they work so hard to produce, that’s why I only download music that I know I’d buy if I saw it in a store (I don’t buy music off of iTunes or online, I like to have the CD itself) but I know it’s still wrong. I don’t really know what my reaction would be to people illegally downloading Dropbear Disaster’s stuff, guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Q: What is your primary goal for 2013?

James: For 2013 we’ve got a lot of expectation, new demo and split-CD with our mates Burn The Skies Alive, maybe an EP, hopefully gigs and if we’re extremely lucky a record deal. I think for now we’ll just focus on the demo and split-CD before we jump the gun and get excited for something that may not come until further down the track. Yeah, I guess we’ll just see what happens and hope for the best!

Q: Any shout outs to give to any individuals, companies, or bands?

James: I’d like to shout out to Toby Wilson from Inhale The Sea, he’s been a massive inspiration into our formation, if you see this man, thanks Uncle Toby’s Oates you mad cunt! 😉 Also Liam Totton from Burn The Skies Alive for being a mad cunt also, my friends and family for all the support to keep going with the band, Hunter Valentine from Black Venom Prormotions for giving us a hand and giving advice! My absolutely beautiful girlfriend Dakota for pushing me to keep going no matter how annoying the guys got 😉 and last but most certainly not least our fans. I know you crazy motherfuckers are out there somewhere supporting us, without your support and feedback we most likely wouldn’t be doing what we do today, cheers everyone and if there’s anyone I forgot I’m sorry. Stay Br00tal motherfuckers!

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Interview with Across The Wall!

Band: Across The Wall
Genre: Hardcore / Beatdown
Q: Where did the band name “Across the Wall” come from?
Across The Wall sounds powerful to us. It reminds us that we should be strong and never give up, and this is what we do.
Q: The band formed in May 2012, why did you start so recently?

Actually we didn’t start so recently. The band formed in May 2012 and released two singles (Hypocrite and Broken Nose) in a month. Then we started to write songs for an EP album and we are recording now. We will be more active after we release the EP.Q: What bands have you shared the stage with, and who was your favorite?
Our decision is to play only our songs on the stage. Consequently, we didn’t want to play on stage until we have enough songs to play. Our EP will be out soon and it means that we will have enough songs. We will definitely start to play on stage.Q: If you had the chance to be signed to any label, which label would that be and why?
It is our dream to be signed to a big label. For example, Rise Records is one of them. Because most of the bands that we like are signed to Rise Records and we think that they are doing a great job.Q: What are your plans for early 2013? Demo? EP?
Our upcoming EP will be out in a month, so it will probably be early 2013. We want more people to know about us and our plan is to achieve this.Q: Most influential band for you?
All the members of Across The Wall listen to hardcore, metalcore and deathcore. For example Nasty, Rise of the Northstar, Parkway Drive, All Shall Perish etc. Since Across The Wall is a hardcore band, we can say that Nasty and Rise of the Northstar are more influential for us.Q: What is the “underground scene” like where you live (Turkey)?

Underground scene in Turkey is fine but there are mostly heavy and thrash metal bands. Hardcore/Metalcore scene is not as good as thrash metal scene. There are some kick ass bands though, every week there are free shows in rock bars, etc.  People attend to the shows and support underground bands but when it comes to buying CD’s or merchs, no one supports. We think it decreases the motivation and confidence of the bands. It is an important problem of our underground scene. Otherwise, everything seems cool.Q: Any shout outs to give?
Our EP will be out soon, please don’t forget to support us!
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Interview with Ruins Will Rise!

Band: Ruins Will Rise
Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Q: Where did you get the band name “Ruins Will Rise” from?

The name was one chosen by the guys before I personally joined, and it’s about how they’re mostly school drop outs, yet we still all strive our hardest to pursue a life as musicians. I’m pretty darn proud to be a part of a band with a name that actually means something, rather than just sounding “br00tal” for the sake of it.

Q: Outside of playing in a band, what do you do in your daily life? Hobbies? Work?

We mostly have jobs, with a couple of us finishing off our education, and most of our time outside of that tends to be focusing on the band really. We do all spend far too long playing video games though, whether it be WoW, Metal Gear Solid, or Battlefield. But we play in a band, so that makes us cool, right?

Q: What were the bands you grew up listening to, and do they influence your music now?

For me personally, I grew up listing to a lot of NWOBHM and punk, and I like to think that really carries over into what I do in RWR. The fact we decided to include solos and a lot of lead guitar work is probably due to the whole NWOBHM side of things, while I just like to write the angriest, nastiest stuff I can a lot of the time, which is definitely due to the punk influence. There’s a crazily diverse range of influences within the band as well, so we all bring something different to the table when we write.

Q: If you could bring back one band, broken up or not, what band would that be?

For me it’d be either Alexisonfire or Rollins-era Black Flag.

Q: If you had the time to learn any instrument that isn’t the one you play, what instrument would that be?

I’d fucking love to be beastly good at singing. I sound like a wailing cat when I try to sing at the moment, so it would be nice to bellow out chorus without people clawing at their ears in agony.

Q: How was making the music video for “Conscious?” Was it a new experience for you?

Was a strange one aha! We were planning on just having a basic studio play though of the track, yet it ended up turning into a full-blown music video. Was a very relaxed environment though, as we were just chilling out and playing our parts of the song. When we shot our new music video for The Inbetween however (coming out in the next week, *hint hint*), that was really different to anything we’d ever done before. People really underestimate how exhausting shooting a metal video can be, for both the band and videographer. Not wanting to ruin any surprises of the video yet, but anything that involves a freezing cold sheep barn, formal suits, and a posh theater is likely to be a new experience for any band haha.

Q: Any near future plans for 2013?

We have a new record, a lot of tours, and many, many other things planned for 2013, yet we can’t really announce anything at this stage! A lot of bands are saying the whole “2013 will be our year, yo!” thing right now, but hyperbole aside, we really are making a massive push for it next year. It’s going to be hard work, but it’s going to be awesome.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Massive shout out to the lads in Falling With Style, Here Lies The Enemy, When We Were Wolves, And They Wrote, and Continents; all amazing bands, and top guys as well. Big shout out to Steven Prebble from Set Sail Studios as well, as he’s the best videographer/photographer in the UK right now, and one of the nicest people on the planet to boot! We all have limitless love for our booking agent and manager Jon Mitchell, as he’s helped us out more than we can say, as has lined up so many fucking incredible things for next year!

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Interview with Amber Awakening!

Band: Amber Awakening
Genre: Melodic Deathcore

Q: Where does the band name “Amber Awakening” originate from?

Our name came from a dream that our drummer had. He had pictured UFO’s in with an amber color background, and then when he woke up he had remembered his dream. Then he came up with the name from there.

Q: How long have you been playing music? How long since you have been playing in a band?

I have been playing bass for about 2 and a half years now. Derek has been playing for about 8 years now, Nate has been drumming since he was about 5, Davids been doing vocals for about 3 years, not sure about Zach, but I’m guessing about 4-5 years. We’ve all been in bands for the past two years.

Q: Does your family support your decision on playing heavier styled music?

They support me in anything I do, while some of them wish I would play a different style, they still support me. They say they like the music, just not the vocals. I believe it’s the same way for all of our families.

Q: You have released two singles thus far, any plans on releasing a full EP or LP? If so, will it be soon?

Actually we had released a demo, but that was a long time ago, and it was far from a pleasant recording. We’re hoping to release at least an EP later this winter, we have enough songs down, just a matter of funding the recordings.

Q: Will there be any major differences between the singles released and the future album?

Definitely, we try not to have one sound for every song, so every song is something a little bit different.

Q: What one band was the most influential for you?

It’s hard to say, but I’d go with Wretched. Derek’s is The Faceless. David’s is also The Faceless and Dying Fetus. Nate is Born of Osiris, and August Burns Red. Zach’s is All Shall Perish.

Q: Favorite band that is not within the heavier styled genres?

Incubus or Pink Floyd for me. David also likes Pink Floyd. Derek’s favorite is probably Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Q: Any shout outs you would like to give?

I’d like to give a shout out to our good friends over at In Hell and Fury, they’re like our big brother band, and have really helped push us in the music scene. Also Blazoned Reverie, they’re just a badass band that works hard. Also a shout out to Josh Bodnar over at Euphony Recordings for doing such a great job on our single “The Void Terminal”.
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Interview with Hester Prynne!

Band: Hester Prynne
Genre: Deathcore
Q: When did you decide to start making the kind of music that you do? Any particular person who influenced your decision?
I think we all started playing in metal bands around the same time, somewhere around freshman year of high school. As far as influences, we all certainly had our own individual inspirations, but speaking for myself, I think my first influence in making our kind of music, and what truly motivated me to be a metal frontman all-together would have to be Slipknot and their self-titled LP. There was just so much raw emotion and vehemence on that album and it really sparked something in me from the first time I heard it.

The music seemed to become more livid with each verse, regardless of how heavy or tonally influenced the music was. I saw that you could do so much more to a song with vocals, that you could actually change the music entirely without a single difference in the actual instrumental composition. I realized vocals as something more than just an element of the sound, but as the forefront of it. To me, that band was Corey Taylor, and from that moment on I always wanted to have that kind of impact in a band myself.

Q: Where did you get the name “Hester Prynne” and why did you stay with the name?

The name actually started with the original members/founders of the band, none of which are involved any longer. I believe they were all in high school at the time and one of them had to read “The Scarlet Letter” for one of their classes. Obviously, they liked the name of the main character for their band, and so goes the rest of the story. We decided to stick with the name for a couple reasons. Mainly because we think it truly fits our music and our “image” as a whole.

The kind of outcast, black sheep of the town thing really suits us, as did it the original Hester Prynne. The second reason was because at the time we made all the member changes and were getting ready to sign with Torque, we had already established ourselves as Hester Prynne and all agreed that we should just keep it that way…so we did.

Q: You were signed with a label for your album The Goswell Divorce (2009), what label was that and why did you part ways with that label?

We released our first LP on Torque Records, which was more or less just a independently operated label with all it’s distribution, marketing, and label duties run through Victory Records. We chose to leave Torque after fulfilling our two-year contract because the label did not live up to it’s contractual obligations, and more or less just sent us into the studio and left us to fend for ourselves afterwards. Might I add that we paid for our first album entirely, and did not receive any help what-so-ever with the funding for anything we ever did while on that label. Not to mention, all the while not paying us a single dime for any of the records sold, nor holding up to any of the other promoting/marketing/management help for our band as their contract had promised.

So, to put it simply, we said “fuck you”, turned our backs, and never looked back.
After parting with the label, what happened with Hester Prynne exactly? It was known that the band split up, but no specifics were made.
After finishing our contract and opting not to re-sign, the band continued to try and thrive as independent artists, but soon found ourselves unable to afford and manage continuing as we had for the past several years with touring, recording, etc. We also had a lot of personal circumstances arise among a couple of our members that also contributed to keeping us from moving forward in 2011. I won’t go into specifics as to exactly what those circumstances are, but let’s just saw the long end of the law caught up with some select members of our band.

Q: Why did you decide to start a fundraiser for your upcoming new album Black Heart Market (2013)? Instead of the band funding it themselves?

We decided to start the Kickstarter project solely because both we and our fans wanted Hester Prynne to release a new album, and we just simply could not afford to do it on our own. Between our legal woes, debts, children, and minimum wage jobs (it’s hard to get a good job when you dedicated your life to being a traveling musician), there just wasn’t any room to fund another worthy studio album. So instead of putting together a press kit and trying to get back on a label, we decided to try something that seemed to be working out for other bands in our situation, and now here we are with a successfully funded project and a date to return back to the studio next year.

Q: What was your reaction and thoughts upon knowing that you achieved the amount of funds you needed to fund to Black Heart Market (2013), merchandise, and potentially funding a tour?

It was absolutely incredible to see the project come together like it did. We have always been amazed at the support from our fans from day one, and this accomplishment just furthered that astonishment to a whole other level. I think “fucking incredible” appropriately sums up our collective thought about our project’s success.

Q: Will there be any major differences between The Goswell Divorce (2009) and Black Heart Market (2013), sound wise?

I’m not going to say that the new record will completely re-define Hester Prynne as a band all-together, but I also can’t say that we haven’t grown as people, progressed as song writers/musicians, and taken on a whole new outlook and approach to our music, either. I will say that there will still be the core elements that drew everyone to the band in the first place, but at the same time – our fans should definitely expect (and look forward to) a new take on the music we love making for this next release.

Q: When can we expect a new single from Hester Prynne? If so, anytime soon?

Yes! We are currently in the process of setting up a little visit to a local studio to record a teaser track for the new album. However, at this point we don’t have any solid time frame as to when we will be able to drop it. We’re shooting for sometime in late December, but as I said, it’s still all up in the air at this point.

Q: Between now and the release of Black Heart Market (2013), what can we expect from Hester Prynne? Singles? More thought provoking essays from the vocalist?

“Thought provoking essays from the vocalist”. Hahaha, I love that. YES, you can expect a lot more of that for sure! But in all seriousness, we are aiming to get the ball rolling again for 2013 with the band as a whole, and have been talking about even possibly doing a home area show sometime at the beginning of the year as well and playing some new songs off the album. Other than that, we’re just going to keep writing new material, putting out new merch, and looking forward to the new year and the release of our long-awaited sophomore album.

Q: Have any shout outs to give?

Absolutely. We would like to send out a very special thanks to everyone who helped make our Kickstarter project a success. You are the sole reason we are able to record a new album, and also responsible for re-asserting to us just how supportive our fan base is. With that being said, we would also like to thank every single person who has ever came to a show, picked up a CD, or spread the word about our band to their friends. To every fan we have, to everyone who has ever supported us in any way – thank you. We owe every bit of our accomplishments and amazing times to you guys, and there isn’t a single thing in the world that can ever take that away.

This experience is something irreplaceable in our lives, and all of our fans are the reason we were able to achieve it. And last but certainly not least, we would like to give a shout out to our dear friend and the man responsible for recording and helping produce both our first release, as well as being signed on to do our upcoming one, Josh Schroeder of Random Awesome Studio. Josh is truly one of the greatest human beings we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, no less working with, and he was also the one who pushed us towards doing the Kickstarter for the new album in the first place. He’s been an integral part of our band from the beginning, and we have so much to thank him for throughout that journey. So to our good friend Josh, thanks so much buddy….now get ready to help us make the greatest fucking metal album you’ve ever worked on


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