Interview with Street To The Ocean!

Genre(s): Metalcore
Location: Wien
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Street to the Ocean” for your band?
STTO: When we were looking for a name one of our guitar players came up with
“Street to the Ocean” . We’ve chosen it because it’s an easy name to
remember and it’s very neutral. It doesn’t sound negative but also not
really positive and you can’t have any prejudices in regard to our
lyrics, playing style etc. when you’re hearing our name. Oh and of course it sounds good in our opinion haha!PSAB: What are your plans for this Fall season?
STTO: In July and August we’ve recorded our new EP called “Mirror” and shot a
music video for one of the tracks. So we’re planning to release both in
early Fall. Apart from playing a few shows we will begin writing new songs for our first full length album.PSAB: If you had the chance to tour any country. Which country would that be?
STTO: We’d love to tour everywhere outside of Europe because it would be a
new experience  but  we all agree that a dream would become true for us
if we ever could tour in the USA.PSAB: How is the metal scene in your area?
STTO: We have a lot of fans of this genre and also a lot of talented upcoming
metal bands. Luckily there are enough promoters and locations which are
very interested in pushing the scene forwards so it can stay alive!PSAB: What are the top five bands that have played the most influence on your music?
STTO: Bands like Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside and Bury Tomorrow have a
huge influence on our instrument playing style. Our vocalist is mostly
influenced by bands like Heaven Shall Burn or All That Remains.PSAB: Have any shout outs to give?
STTO: We’re glad that pages like this are existing which are promoting underground bands and not only the well-known. We
also really want to thank our fans, families and friends for supporting
us. Without them we wouldn’t be there,  where we are today.
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Interview with State of Awakening!

Genre(s): Progressive/Metalcore
Location: Ghent, Belgium

PSAB: Why did you choose the name “State of Awakening” for your band?SOA: Our
singer had this idea for a band name since he was a teenager. He
suggested this name and it immediately stuck in our minds. Also SoA is a
Dutch abbreviation for STD. We also were thinking to change SoA to
“Seals Throwing Dookie”. Now, thinking of it, there is much more to the
name than initially came to mind. That is why we stick by it.

PSAB: How was the feedback when you released Ruin To Rebuild? Are you still receiving feedback now?
SOA: The
feedback has been somewhat limited up to this point. However, most of
the feedback and reviews are still on their way. Our friends and loyal
fan base are very excited and so are several other sources. Each stage
performance we gain enthusiasm. The less positive feedback criticized
our divergent songwriting. Which is exactly the way in which we try to
stand apart. Still, we cherish every piece of advice and feedback we
get, be it positive or negative.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Ghent, Belgium?
Ghent, but also more generally in Belgium, we have a lot of little
scenes dedicated to a specific subgenre. Sadly, these scenes never have
contact with each other. Even small booking agencies almost never work
together or go to each others’ shows. The bands need to take initiative
to cross the borders of their scene. And mostly, this only has limited
PSAB: What one band has played the most influence on your music?
SOA: Every
member of State of Awakening has their influence, our bassist is mostly
influenced by Tool and our singer by the genius ABBA. But if we have to
choose one band, we could say Avenged Sevenfold has had the most impact
on us.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
SOA: We are no strangers to love, you know the rules and so do we. In other words, we are never going to give you up, never going to let you down. We are never going to run around and desert you.Peace out.

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Interview with Breathe Easy!

Genre(s): Metalcore
Location: Cairo, NY
PSAB: Why did you choose “Breathe Easy” for your band name?
BE: This is my
favorite question to answer when asked about our band because it
actually has a good story and meaning, rather than “because it sounded
cool.” Haha Music is a way to vent, to release all the stress and
burdens from every day life. We wanted to make music that helps you get
away from that bully that picks on you at school, your parent’s arguing,
or the huge pile of homework you have sitting in your backpack. The
normal stresses of life, stuff we all face.  We want to be the band you
go to to get away from it all and just chill.
The band’s name,
Breathe Easy, was created to represent exactly what our music, and music
in general, helps us all do. You can be having the worst day of your
life and be in the worst mood but when you turn on your favorite song,
you just feel better. It’s like magic. You relax, you feel better and
breathe easy.
PSAB: When can your fans expect new music from you?
BE: It’s
hard to say, unfortunately. Writing music is something I do almost
daily.  We have about 4 songs that are completely written and recorded.
it’s just a matter of sending the tracks off to get the final mix master
that they need in order to come to life. It’s all a matter of funding;
money. Right now, all I can say is that we’re planning on dropping a
new track in the fall and it’s a super aggressive and angry song, some
of my favorite material to date.
PSAB: If you had the opportunity to hold a show with any three bands, not including yourself; which three bands would they be?
BE: A Day To Remember
(I See Stars is an honorable mention!)
PSAB: How is the metal scene in Cairo, NY?
BE: The
metal scene HERE is pretty dead, honestly. It’s such a small town to
begin with, people’s music taste don’t really extend past the type of
shit you’d hear on the radio. However, if you head about 40 minutes
north from here to Albany, NY, the scene is alive and well. So many
awesome venues such as Upstate Concert Hall, Bogies, Times Union Center,
etc..there’s always a show around here. It’s awesome.
Shout out to
“The Alaskan” and “Restless Streets” for being such awesome local bands
as well and tearing up the scene. I’m really looking forward to playing a
show with those dudes some time, go check them out.  Really fortunate
to live so close to such a thriving scene.
PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music? This can be non-music related.
BE: Speaking
for myself, I’d have to say that life in general has contributed the
most.  The things I’ve experience, emotions, situations, etc. People
I’ve met, the things I’ve done, everything.  I like to write about
things I’ve been through and my lyrics are basically an interpretation
of the situation and how I felt at the time I wrote those words.
is awesome, because my songs cover basically every emotion and life
situation you could think of. Ranging from extremely angry, to dealing
with anxiety and depression, to trying to be a better person and cope
with things bigger than yourself.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
BE: Absolutely.
Although we’re still a small band, I want to thank anyone who has taken
time out of their life to check out our Facebook page and give it a
like or check out our music. It really means a lot to us, thank you.
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Interview with Slaves of Chaos!

Genre(s): Metalcore
Location: Piła / Krajenka / Złotów
PSAB: Where does the band name “Slaves of Chaos” come from?
SOC: We live in Poland, in a country where the government have in the ass
citizens. Hence the band name. We are Slaves of the surrounding us chaos
PSAB: When can your fans expect new music from you?
SOC: Actually we are in recording time. Probably we finish when the holidays ends.
PSAB: If you were able to share the stage with any band ever, which band would it be and why?
SOC: Is many awesome band in the world, but when we
must choose, definitely it would be: Trivium, because they have many
cool solos and harmonic melody, but for the breakdown it would be
Materia from poland they have awesome breakdowns.
PSAB: If you had the choice to tour any country; which country would that be?
SOC: Certainly it would be ours country and Germany. Because in German is lot of metal festivals. Wacken, Rock am Ring etc
PSAB: What were the bands you listened to growing up? Do those bands play an influence on your music?
have different music style. One of us listened reggae, another rock and
another hip-hop, but the metal is in all of us. Together we are
listening Trivium, Slipknot etc. That bands influence on our music.
All questions answered by Leman, guitarist of Slaves of Chaos.
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Interview with AnFallen!

Genre(s): Metalcore
Location: Bismarck

PSAB: Where did the band name “AnFallen” come from exactly? 

: Ricky took a German class in high school and really just one day
stumbled upon it in a dictionary.  It’s just a totally brutal word in
the german language, meaning things of the sort, like savage, to
assault, etc.  It has a lot of different uses.  But otherwise, even
though it is german, it just kind of sounds cool too.  Though if people
didn’t know it was german, it is a bit odd.  “An? Fallen? what?”  Though
it’s pronounced On Fallen.
PSAB: Are you working on new material? If so, when can we expect to hear it? 

: Yeah we’ve been working on creating our first album for like a good
year now.  Jams aren’t as frequent as we’d like them to be based on how
inconvenient they have to be.  We would have recorded the songs we have
written by now, but we want them all to be recorded in as high quality
as possible, and part of that is in keeping them recorded in the same
place.  We’re moving in literally a month.  If we were to record some
now, and record some afterward, they’d potentially sound a bit different
recording wise, and that doesn’t seem wise.  So our plan is to get all
of our demos done by the fall area, which we would release at least a
few to the public, but then send those off to a more professional studio
to be mixed and mastered, as we don’t want to mess that up.
PSAB: Why did you choose to play the type of music that you do? 

: There’s a number of reasons, but one big one is that, even though we
play a rather heavy sort of metal, we do have a strong love for things
like punk and stuff, but its just more fun to play metal.  I’d rather be
trying to shred or doing something challenging on my guitar than just
playing chords, no matter how good it sounds.  However, in saying that,
we’re also going to be a band that has an unusual amount of variety.  We
like a lot of music and it shows.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Bismarck? 

: Complete and total crap honestly.  There’s this one band that used to
have a good thing going for them, and they still exist, but they
basically stopped doing anything.  They were a band that people somewhat
flocked to, but the scene died with them.  Not because of them.  Rather
the opposite.  Because the scene they were in died, they aren’t doing
anything.  But it’s sad really.  There’s not really too many bands in
Bismarck at all.  Hence why we are moving.  If a band from Bismarck
wants to make it, they have to leave, and that’s unfortunate. 
PSAB: If you had the choice of having any musician featured on one of your tracks. Which musician would that be and why? 

: That’s just way too hard a choice, ha ha. Just off the top of my
head I’d say Jeff Loomis because he is a guitar god, but i’m a guitarist
so of course I’d say to have a guitarist.  I think that’d vary for each
band member based on what they play, as that’s typically they’re
biggest interest.  Otherwise, i think it’d be cool to have Tim Mcilrath
of Rise Against sing, or Corpsegrinder of cannibal corpse.  I say both
because I enjoy both and because i feel that saying either would fit is a
testament to how different our music is going to be, for better or
PSAB: Have anything to say to the readers out there? 

: Bacon is amazing, stop running over baby rabbits, but most importantly
hate on bands that just try to capitalize on what is popular.
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