INTERVIEW: Stephanie Stevens talks with Jacksonville, FL band Pharmacose as they talk about the bands new EP. Prescription Fiction Vol. 1 and much more! - READ IT HERE
PHARMACOSE a band that has emotionally tells you a story into the world of mental illness from suffering of bipolar disorder and the side of effects of medications linked to that disorder, on the bands EP, PRESCRIPTION FICTION VOL. 1
The band hails from Jacksonville, FL and not only do they create lyrical content that relates to many suffering from these very important disorders, but they wrap a solid rock n roll vibe to the stories that not only uplifts you but sends you on a voyage of airy, vibrant and sonically elegant soundscapes.
It was a pleasure getting to deepen myself into the music on the bands newly released EP, PRESCRIPTION FICTION VOL. 1 but also getting to chat with frontman Wes Jones about the subject matter, how the rest of his band members found him and created Pharmacose, new music and other interesting things about this up n coming frontman and band.
PHARMACOSE is a pretty intense band name especially linking the words Pharmaceutical and Comatose together. What does this band name mean to you as a founder of the band?
Wes: I came up with the name when I was reflecting on my medication regimen. It had really just gotten optimized. It takes a while. They have good, cheap medicine to control the mania, but the depression is a different animal. So, for a while, I was kind of on the low end of the spectrum, and it was draining. I was resentful of my diagnosis because I just didn’t feel quite right. I started to wonder if I was always going to feel that way. Eventually things improved when the regimen got tweaked, so I started to feel a lot better.
Was it true you almost gave up on music and what moment was it that made you realize this could be an outlet to help others and how empowering has it been writing and finishing this EP PRESCRIPTION FICTION VOL. 1?
Very true. I think the diagnosis really shook my foundations. I started to feel like life was too short not to pursue something you’re passionate about. I met Lu Rubino, our producer and bassist, through a friend near the end of 2017 and we’ve been working together ever since, but it’s taken a while to get to this point. I just hope that people who are struggling listen and feel like they are not alone. Hopefully, it will inspire those people to get help if they need it.
Your story about being depressive through your life and then being diagnosed with Bi Polar disorder what can you tell people who are dealing with feelings of lost loneliness and how important is it for them to get help and any prominent first steps to do especially in this day and age?
I think that although things have come a long way with regard to stigma, the stigma is still there, and it makes the initial first step to getting help difficult, maybe even to the point where they don’t get help until they have self-harmed. Also, when you are depressed, you just don’t want to do anything. You feel hopeless, and that can impede the first step as well. I hope our music can give those people who happen to listen that initial push they need to set them on the path to treatment.
What is your background as a musician I heard you were in Chicago making music before heading to Florida. Why the state change and how do you view this band and your old band?
I grew up playing violin, playing in orchestras through college. I picked up the guitar somewhere along the way though, and violin took a backseat after I graduated. I moved to Florida from Chicago for work. I also got sick of the cold! I played with a punk band up there called Cuddle Riot, but I also did my own thing with a couple of friends. We called ourselves Harbourview. Some of the music from Harbourview has made its way to Pharmacose. Those were the songs I initially took to Lu to record.
Another interesting thing I heard about you is you’re a forensic doctor? Is this true and what has your life been like in 2020 with everything going on?
Not quite! I am a pathologist, but I do surgical pathology mostly. We examine tissue—biopsies, cancer resections, that sort of thing—under the microscope and diagnose disease. Our practice is dependent on elective surgeries, so when those got canceled, we got really slow. Basically part-time. Things have picked back up, though.
Your new EP PRESCRIPTION FICTION VOL. 1 and most recently your new video for CHECKED OUT the bands 2nd single not only talks about these important topics but in the video you visual bring it to life. How important was it for you to create a video like this?
It was important to be to give some visual imagery to the message. I don’t feel like we always have to talk about mental illness, but I think it’s definitely part of our roots. So, I think to try to bring that to life in a video was an important step for us. I think it adds more to the message.
It seems the artwork for singles and the EP is a pretty loud cry to your outlook on the issues. Who does the artwork for you and what do you hope fans and people in general walk away with everything to do with the band?
I thought it was important to keep things consistent with our message, at least for this cycle of songs. All our artwork is done by our friend Buster O’Connor. I basically give him free reign. I don’t like to impinge creatively on others. That especially includes Lu, Kevin Horne (our lead guitarist) and Albert Cruz (our drummer). I hope that the art just adds to the message, and listeners are encouraged to get help, should they need it.
With everything about the music and your story that is being brought to life through the songs you also have grouped together a bunch of talented musicians to form PHARMACOSE. How did you all meet and what was the biggest gem you found in each member to make them a fit into this band?
I mentioned earlier how I got together with Lu. For a while it was just us. We were in the studio when we could be, but we had to work nights and weekends mostly, so it took a lot of time to get things down. Lu has known Albert for years, and we initially used him just to track drums, but there came a point where we wanted to get a live act going, so he joined. Albert comes from a progressive rock background, so he adds some technicality to our playing. I think he has put together some interesting parts that add a lot of musicality to our music. I later found Kevin on Craigslist, and he’s been with us ever since. Kevin comes from more of a metal background, and I love it. He gives us an edge that I think we need, given our subject matter. For whatever reason, sometimes we I write something, it can end up being a little softer than what I had originally meant. I think Kevin’s background gives it the push it needs to sound a bit harder.
One song that truly stood out for me on the record was I KEEP DREAMING OF THE SUN. what inspired this song and how easy was the creative process to get this song finished?
We recorded that song about the same time I came up with the name Pharmacose, so it sort of represents the headspace I mentioned earlier about coming up with the name of the band. Whereas the song “The Clearing” ends up sounding a little more optimistic, I Keep Dreaming of the Sun is more on the pessimistic side. It’s the yin and yang. It comes from an angry and resentful set of emotions that I think are only natural. For me, the optimism has won out, but there are always those residual negative emotions that you have to take in stride. That song was also the first song we wrote and recorded as a band, so I think it has a unique vibe to it. It sounds a little metal, but the verse is a little on the lighter side; it illustrates the diversity of our music backgrounds.
Since this EP is a Vol. 1 do you have creative ideas already for either another EP or a full-length album and if so, do you feel the music and vibe will stay pretty true to what we hear on this disc?
Part 2 is done! We will release our first single, “Does It Matter?” from Part 2 on 7/3, so it’s coming soon! I think you’ll hear a similar vibe in the music, but in contrast with Part 1, Part 2 speaks to what I went through more indirectly. For instance, our first two singles deal more with relationships, both distant past and more recent past. There is also “Smash,” which is a little more abstract. It deals more with some interesting metaphysical ideas that I’ve come across.
Lastly, anything new on the horizon for PHARMACOSE with more releases or videos or live stream stuff happening and where can people buy or stay up to date with your band?
I mentioned that we will start releasing songs for Part 2 in July. We’ll release that EP in the fall, and toward the end of the year we are going to put Parts 1 and 2 together to complete the full record. We’ll also add some bonus tracks to it. Our second video, for “The Clearing,” just came out 6/9 also. So, we have a lot of material coming out and we are writing more material for next year as well! People can check us out on Facebook and Instagram for news and to stay current!
NEW MUSIC: Sevendust is back with a bad ass cover of Soundgarden's "The Day I Try To Live", first new music since 2018's All I See Is War - WATCH IT HERE
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NEW MUSIC: Southern-flavored hard rock band Evandale from Omaha, NE continues to bring their hot rock sounds with their next single, "The Storm". - WATCH IT HERE
Southern-flavored hard rock band Evandale continues to bring their hot rock sounds with their next single, "The Storm". With high energy, wicked vocals, and rich licks, this single "The Storm", with The Label Group and distributed via INgrooves, carries a certain rumble that is insatiably charged. Evandale continues to produce a sound that succinctly strikes at the core of rock n roll and showcases their undeniable statement: "Evandale is ready to rock you like a storm."
'"The Storm" is a song off of our new EP All or Nothing coming in the autumn of 2020. This is a song that tells a story that so many can relate to. Everyone has goals in life, lazy moments, or unaccomplished tasks they'd like to fulfill. Sometimes, we need to stop blaming others, stop making excuses for the way things are, and take a step back to evaluate what you can control in your life and make it happen!"' - Evandale
Evandale EXPLODED onto the rock scene with their catchy hooks and melodies that are unforgettable! Their energy and passion on stage make for a great show - you can't help but sing along with your horns high in the air! With their first EP coming, and a southern rocking groove it's clear the future is bright for these Omaha natives. Touring and creating more rock n roll is a straight shot forward for Evandale and they are ready!
Endorsed by Sinister Guitar Picks, Maverick Apparel Co, and Mixcraft. Producer for "The Storm" - Chad Riche.
Lead Vocals - Eddie Jay
Guitar/Vox - Chad Riche
Guitar - Jake Loehr
Bass/Vox - Cody Du
Drums - Ryan Lang
NEW MUSIC: Jacksonville, FL Alternative Rock Band PHARMACOSE has released the official music video for "The Clearing." It's a psychologically introspective, punk infused track off of the band's new EP, Prescription Fiction, Vol 1, out now - READ IT H
"I wrote 'The Clearing' during a recovery phase of a manic episode I had a couple of years back. I was trying to get my life back in order and was trying to come to terms with my diagnosis. During the verses I am almost reliving what I felt like during the episode: 'Raging and reckless, out of control.' But the chorus is me, looking backward, making sense of what was going on during that time. There is a sort of internal dialogue that I am having, trying to convince myself that things are going to be okay. I think in the end I do manage to convince myself, but not before reliving the chaos." - Wes Jones (Singer)
"Pharmacose hits it hard with a strong debut EP that is bound to open a number of doors for them. The songs feel well-written and creative, while nostalgic for rock music of the last two decades. Despite how reminiscent Pharmcose may sound, Prescription Fiction, Pt. 1 comes across as fresh in 2020, and will leave listeners curious for more." - The Spill Magazine
"The band’s debut EP, Prescription Fiction, Part 1, consists of six hard-driving but melodic tracks...There’s a mix of hard-driving rock and roll, punctuated on some verses with the melodic aplomb of alternative, with the modern sensibilities of emotional music." - BANGS! Music & Entertainment
"Musically this is a big record. Each of the six songs on ‘Prescription Fiction Part 1’ are edgy all-out rockers that would sit nicely on alternative radio playlists. This mini album is super strong. Just like you." - Devolution Magazine
NEW MUSIC: Spearfish, SD based Rock / Rap artist R8eDR has released the official music video for his new single, "Wall Between Us," which is off of his upcoming debut album. - WATCH IT HERE
"'Wall Between Us' comes from going through the day to day issues that happen in relationships that tend to push people apart. It's basically about pushing through and trying to resolve those issues to be able to keep the relationship together and true." - R8eDR
Roman James (R8eDR) grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His first concert was Linkin Park and after that he knew he wanted to be an artist. When he was 10 years old he ran into a friend, Kyle Pfeiffer (Blacklite District) in school and they began jamming and eventually doing local shows at coffee shops until years later they became popular selling out venues left and right. Throughout the years Pfeiffer wrote all the music and Roman sang for as they were a band “Blacklite District” at the time until later in the years after major touring it was decided it was best to split ways as separate artists. Roman James is now hard at it working on music still in the Black Hills. Keep an eye out for more music to come from “R8eDR”.
NEW MUSIC: MUSHROOMHEAD Releases Cinematic Post-Apocalyptic Music Video for New Track "The Heresy" - WATCH IT HERE
Top-charting heavy rock/metal machine MUSHROOMHEAD recently made their prodigious return with the announcement of their upcoming full-length oeuvre, A Wonderful Life – the eighth release of their benchmark career – scheduled for release on June 19, 2020 via Napalm Records.
A Wonderful Life clocks in at a whopping 70+ minutes with its four bonus tracks – leaving a total of 17 stellar compositions in its wake for fans to devour. Today – after impacting at Active Rock radio with the first of those compositions to be released, the single "Seen It All", and garnering over a million views on its accompanying music video in only a matter of weeks – the band has dropped another official music video for a new track "The Heresy", released last week to the acclaim of fans and critics alike.
Hair-raisingly dynamic and socially-inclined, “The Heresy” is a melodic, haunting rally cry featuring the stunning lead vocals of Ms. Jackie, which were recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London. The new music video sees the band continue their tradition of releasing cinematic music videos of the highest quality, this time taking place inside of a post-apocalyptic bunker! Vocalist J Mann described the track as, “The soundtrack to a dystopian delirium, cinematic and surreal!"
MUSHROOMHEAD mastermind and drummer/percussionist Skinny says about the video:
“We wanted to do something a little more thought-provoking this time around. With the current state of the world going to Hell in a hand basket, we wanted to incorporate something that delivered the swift transportation of certain doom. The manufacturing of war power and the stockpiling of faith. The willful destruction of the past, the future, and ultimately humanity.”
Available in several enticing formats (see HERE), A Wonderful Life is accented by the sharp production of band mastermind/drummer Skinny, as well as the standout mixing prowess of Matt Wallace (Faith No More, 3 Doors Down), also recognized for his work on the band’s standout album, XIII.
At its start, an ominous choir invites the listener into A Wonderful Life – introductory track “A Requiem For Tomorrow” smoothly shifts into an industrial-metal inspired, grooving punch to the gut juxtaposed with a melodic, synth-laden chorus. This sets the stage for stocky, chant-worthy anthems such as “Seen It All” and hair-raising, politically-inclined tracks like “The Heresy” and “Carry On”, both featuring the sinister multi-voice attack of new full-time vocalist Ms. Jackie and returning longtime vocalist J Mann, with an extra strike from aforementioned new vocalist Mr. Rauckhorst on the latter. Tracks like “What A Shame”, “I Am The One” and “Madness Within” will prove a treat for new and diehard MUSHROOMHEAD fans alike – providing the macabre inspiration followers have come to crave with a weighty dose of galloping drums and bone-rattling guitars, to boot.
MUSHROOMHEAD attacks track after track with a refreshed focus, delivering a carefully-curated selection of certified future hits. A Wonderful Life re-cements the band’s position as one of the most consistently impactful heavy bands of our generation.
A Wonderful Life Tracklist:
1. A Requiem for Tomorrow
2. Madness Within
3. Seen it All
4. The Heresy
5. What a Shame
7. Carry On
8. The Time has Come
9. 11th Hour
10. I am the One
11. The Flood
12. Where the End Begins
14. To the Front (Bonus Track)
15. Sound of Destruction (Bonus Track)
16. Another Ghost (Bonus Track)
17. Lacrimosa (Bonus Track)
A Wonderful Life will be available for purchase in an array of formats (click HERE) – including digital, CD digipak, and black or multi-colored vinyl – as well as in exciting bundle arrangements featuring limited edition skateboards and cover art t-shirts. Plus, all first edition vinyl pressings of A Wonderful Life include a cardboard punch out MUSHROOMHEAD mask. Hurry, many formats are available in limited quantities and are going fast!
NEW MUSIC: DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY Hits Nearly Quarter-Million Views with Video for New Single, “This Is War”, the song will be on the upcoming EP Doves In Glass Houses - WATCH IT HERE
The video for DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY’s “This Is War,” the anthemic first single from the blistering rock ‘n’ roll outfit’s upcoming Doves in Glass Houses EP, has racked up nearly a quarter million views since its release a few short weeks ago.
Produced by Malcolm Springer (Matchbox 20, Kanye West), the song rips deep into the heart strings with a strong message of recovery, strength and change. Check out the video for “This Is War” at https://youtu.be/efvlTF35x1k. Stream/purchase the track at http://www.smarturl.it/deadgirlsacademy.
“The world is changing right in front of our eyes,” says vocalist and band leader Michael Orlando. “As we fight the novel coronavirus, we must also battle racial injustice and brutality. We must come together to create a world where everyone has equal rights and nobody is profiled because of the color of their skin. We must fight this awful corona virus that killed over 380,000 people worldwide! We must unify and become one! This is war!”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY was formed in 2017 by Orlando, the former frontman for horror-based act Vampires Everywhere, after recovering from a life-changing bus accident. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY embraces Orlando’s penchant for pushing the envelope, both in musical style and image. “I’ve always been on the darker side of rock ‘n’ roll and the name fits the sound and overall image,” he says. “It’s a double metaphor - one referring to the feeling of death inside yourself, the second mirroring departed relationships, all congregated under one institution, myself.”
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY immediately toured as support for Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White and Issues. Following their appearance on the 2018 Vans Warped Tour, DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY toured with the likes of POD and Alien Ant Farm, while also performing at America’s top festivals, including Welcome To Rockville, Spring Fling, Inkcarceration, Rock Fest, Epicenter Fest and Earthday Birthday,
Like a thrilling mystery film, the band’s 2018 debut, Alchemy, peeled back the layers of fake friends, hangers-on, split personalities and social-climbing ambitions that Orlando found himself surrounded by living in Hollywood. The album produced two Billboard Top 40 chart placements in “I’ll Find a Way” and “No Way Out.” Both songs also reached Top 30 at Active Rock Radio.
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY’s “Doves in Glass Houses” is scheduled for release later this year.
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY online:
INTERVIEW: Stephanie Stevens talks with Tetrarch Guitarist Diamond Rowe as they discuss the new album Unstable and MORE! - READ IT HERE
TETRARCH INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST DIAMOND ROWE
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS
The Los Angeles band TETRARCH is on the verge of releasing the soundtrack of 2020. The album is entitled UNSTABLE the bands first single is called I’M NOT ALRIGHT and just these words can supply moments and emotions we all have had throughout 2020 so far.
The band-Josh Fore, Ryan Lerner, Ruben Limas and Diamond Rowe honed in on this 2020 release to bring a heavier and sonic explosion to the already pretty intense sound they had. The band formed a few years back with this unified lineup and in 2017 released FREAK which helped the band build a successful following and respect in the music community. A band that believes in embracing flaws and showcasing delicate prominent issues in the lyrical content. This band is guaranteed to wreak havoc once UNSTABLE explodes onto the scene this year.
I had the pleasure to get to know Diamond Rowe lead guitarist and backing vocals of the band to find out about the writing of the album, the bands well known live shows and what her band members have taught her.
I’M NOT RIGHT, your new single was the first song you wrote for your sophomore album UNSTABLE and it showcases the heaviness you bring to the stage to your album sound. Was this a huge focal point you wanted to hone in on this time for the newest record?
Diamond: Absolutely. Josh and I started Tetrarch in middle school to some capacity so we have had a long time to really perfect our live show. I have absolute faith that on stage, we can convert almost anyone into a Tetrarch fan so essentially we always want to make sure that we captivate that same energy and charisma on the actual record. Our goal is to make the audience and listeners FEEL something. When we went into this record and started talking with producer Dave Otero, we emphasized from the beginning how big we wanted this album to sound. We didn't want to cut any corners and we wanted it to be huge. I think we nailed it for sure.
TETRARCH is from Greek origins; are you guys big history buffs and what does the band name mean to you 4?
Diamond: Josh and I actually decided on the name in like 9th grade during history class haha. Our teacher said it and we were like hmm lets try that. It has stuck ever since. Its a kingdom/government ruled by 4 people and there are 4 of us in the band so it was fitting. We are DEFINITELY not history buffs though haha!
Lyrically on the new single you have explored a topic a lot of people can relate to. What inspired the lyrics to I’M NOT ALRIGHT?
Diamond: You know, we have always been a band that believes in manifesting things that you want to happen. So with this song we really wanted to take on that feeling of rock bottom that most people feel at some point and how you can hate that feeling so much that it drives you to become the best version of yourself. Thats where the line "Looking in the mirror and I hate myself" comes from. That moment you realize that you just don't like who you have become.
You’re a band who embraces flaws and tries to show the positivity from them, as a band with a platform what do you hope your music and words do for fans or just people in general struggling?
Diamond: We just want everyone to realize that they are human. Own all of your flaws and embrace them. What makes everyone so special is that were all different. Being the same is boring and were a band that embraces differences in all walks of life.
With that being said I’M NOT RIGHT showcases a topic a lot can relate to. Why was it so important for you guys to bring this to the video?
Diamond: Well, we have definitely been known to be the band that always talks about persevering through hard times or adversity but with this song and record in general we really wanted to show the other side of that. We wanted to show that we are human and things WILL get tough sometimes. They do for everyone, but its how you work through those issues and take control of your life that really matters in the end. As human beings, sometimes we look in the mirror and just don't like the person that we see staring back at us and are ready to make a change. Thats what that song is about.
On a scale from 0 to 2020, how good is your new album compared to your last?
Diamond: Thats a tough question. They are just different. FREAK was a great album and did a lot for this band. It really put us on the map and I think we really solidified our place in the metal world with that album. We honestly just look at UNSTABLE as a continuation of that. We took some of the best parts of the last album and matured even more and I think we really have something special. With UNSTABLE we really had a goal in mind and knew exactly what we were going for before we even stepped foot in the studio. I think you can really hear that.
If you could take a lesson to strengthen your musical style or playing ability who would you want to teach you and why?
Diamond: You know - I cant honestly think of one particular person because I feel like anyone can learn something from so many different places. There are so many different places
I have heard from numerous people your live show is jaw dropping and most people who have never see you once your set is done you have utterly blown them away. When you hear stuff like that how does that make you feel, and what brings out the emotion and intensity for you when you hit the stage?
Diamond: We take a lot of pride in our live show. It has always been the most important aspect to us of this band. I think we were fortunate enough to start this band at a time where bands really had to bust their ass in the local circuit playing shows and touring and learning how to be real bands without the internet. Josh and I met in 7th grade, so we essentially started playing music from that point on and had a lot of time to practice and get other musicians that felt the same and really take pride in our performance as a whole. It is very important for us to be the best ENTERTAINERS as we can be as well as musicians. People pay to come see us put on a show and a show is what we vow to give them.
UNSTABLE is coming out this fall, working on the follow up to FREAK did you guys have any pressure on yourselves to create? Did you utilize new approaches of creating this time around or did you stick with what worked on the first one?
Diamond: I think theres always some sort of pressure when creating a new record because naturally we want it to be very good but with this record we wanted to make sure that when we came out of the studio that we were 100% happy with everything. We didn't want to rush and cut corners which is why we spent almost 4 months tracking and mixing. We absolutely stuck with certain approaches that worked on the last record but adding some news ones that really pushed the boundaries of what this band can do. I think everyone is going to be really pleased with what we have created this time around.
What is one thing each of your band members have taught that has inspired you as a musician or on a personal level?
Diamond: Thats a really good question. We learn a lot from each other everyday and I think all of our personalities play a very important roll in the progression of this band in different ways. From Josh I learn to look on the bright side sometimes and enjoy certain moments. i am very forward thinking all the time and sometimes I get in the way of myself enjoying the accomplishments along the way because of that. Josh really teaches me to learn to enjoy the ride and that sometimes its ok to just stop and smell the roses. Ruben continues to remind me to have passion for my instrument. It is truly inspiring to see how much he practices and genuinally loves his instrument. He plays drums for hours and hours everyday, no matter how much were touring. I have that same passion for guitar but sometimes I get caught in the weeds with the business side of things and Ruben always shows me that the music aspect and being the best I can be at my instrument is just as important. Lastly, Ryan teaches me a good bit about self discipline and structure. I tend to sit somewhere in the middle when it comes to spontaneous and organized - Ryan is very structured and there has been several times where his organization and scheduling has helped us on tours. He's always very prompt and likes to be prepared, so he definitely teaches me the benefits of that.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Diamond: This is honestly the perfect question for our singer/rhythm guitar player, josh! Hahah! He's the worthless talent guy of the band. He's that guy that knows how to Juggle and do magic tricks. I, however am one of those people that I absolutely hate wasting my time on things that I feel don't benefit me at all so I tend to shy away from those things hahaha! Maybe its just laziness! I guess I will have to at least learn one thing thats useless for the next time I am asked this question.
If you could live off of one food on tour what would it be?
Diamond: My favorite food in the entire world is Buffalo Wings. I absolutely love them. So they would have to be in first place. Close second would be Mexican food or Pizza. None of those are good for you at all which is just a shame.
Cat or dog person?
Diamond: I am 100% a dog person haha. I have a dog named Ozzy and I love him so so much! haha! I laugh all the time thinking that we rescued him from the Atlanta Humane Society for only $150. SOO cheap considering how much joy he has brought my life. He is spoiled ROTTEN but I guess thats my fault haha!
What does the TETRARCH fans mean to you and what is one thing you want them to know?
Diamond: The fans mean everything to us. We have learned over the years of being a band that the most important thing that any band has is their fans. Without them we are nothing. We always want them to know that we remember that and that we always care about what they think and feel. Yes, we create music that we love and for ourselves but we also create music for them and hope they enjoy it. Their support is what keeps us going every single day.
INTERVIEW: Stephanie Stevens talks with Shallow Side bassist Matt Daniels on the bands new music, what they have been doing during quarantine and MORE! - READ IT HERE
SHALLOW SIDE INTERVIEW with Bassist Matt Daniels
By: Stephanie Stevens
The band SHALLOW SIDE not only makes phenomenal music but have made an impact in this crazy world the last few months. They have built up a positive outlook to the fans and the music community. They have given hope and encouragement and laughs through being real and approachable on social media outlets for people to connect with them.
Recently the guys covered Bob Segers song TURN THE PAGE, a Song endearing to them as musicians and that has inspired them through their career and they wanted to share this acoustic moment with a video to the fans during this pandemic of 2020.
Each band member is missing the connection of live shows and are sending out a message as soon as they get the green light they will be on the road to come and hang out and rock the stages for fans and music lovers.
The band has been deemed Loudwire’s Best New Artist in 2016. They have released 3 Eps and several standalone singles since the band’s inception. The video for RENEGADE (a Styx cover) held the #1 spot for 5 weeks; retired in the Battle Royal Hall of Fame on Loudwire. The bands social media accounts continue to grow and have over millions of views. In 2019 the guys proudly released a full-length album entitled SAINTS & SINNERS which produced the amazing prominent song for this day and age called NOT ALONE and the high energy, sultry rocker SOUND THE ALARM. The guys, Eric Boatright-vocals, Heath Fields-drummer, Seth Trimble-guitars and Matt Daniels-bass are super talented, amazing and fun humans and just overall a truly special addition to the rock n roll community for this generation.
I was able to chat with bassist Matt Daniels during the Quarantine of 2020 to find out about new music, the Seger cover they did and found out some fun facts about the front man.
The guys are also doing a very special Stageit performance on June 7th. Click the link to reserve your ticket and join the party.
Lyrically NOT ALONE must of had an inspiring moment and message when you wrote it now with this year the way it is, has that put a new spin on the words you wrote? What message do you want to give to the world now?
MATT: The song was written in regards to people struggling with depression, feelings of anxiety and loneliness along with several other mental struggles that we face daily. The song itself is an acknowledgment that we are imperfect beings, and it is okay to accept that we have faults and imperfections, but you have to work through those to come out a better version of yourself. It is our responsibility as people to do so, and the message we try to convey is that no matter how bad it gets, you're never alone. There is always a friend, family member, person on the street or in your timeline that may share a similar story who would love to reach out and give you a hand.
With COVID-19 it really gives the song a whole new deeper meaning, with unemployment at an all-time high, and most of the world forced to be alone, this song truly takes on a much deeper meaning. If we could give any further words, it's that we all are afraid, but together we are strong. You see that from the videos from Italy, where people playing concerts from their balconies, or in major cities in the US where every night we scream and cheer for the healthcare workers fighting this pandemic. No matter how dim the situation may look, our will to continue on will always be brighter.
When you listened to TURN THE PAGE by Bob Seger what made you relate to the song? How does it feel singing and putting your talents to something that meaningful?
MATT: The song itself is legendary, and we have all been big Seger fans to begin with, so we've always played the song and enjoyed it quite often on the road. Being kept in social distancing at home really made all of us miss each other, and the shows, and the fans so we wanted to do something special for them. Recording this cover was definitely one of those things that helped us to look forward to when music makes a full comeback. But for now, we will keep creating, and keep releasing content for our friends and family.
Have you guys worked on new original music for possibly a new record? If so, how is it writing apart through this quarantine or is that normal for you guys?
MATT: We have always been writing, it's never been a formal situation where we all meet and have an intent to write. Most of the time we play music to begin with, and that's where most of our inspiration comes from, is real life events and situations where we pick up a guitar after a long day and start playing a melody, we all hear the melody and add in one by one.
Your also as band so involved and real with your fans even before all the Covid 2020. How does it make you feel bringing a little part of happiness and positivity into people's worlds?
MATT: We love it so much; without our fans we wouldn't be able to do what we do. We enjoy them just as much, getting out and playing shows for us is like a big family reunion. We had a natural desire to want to take that step into making people feel a little bit of that normalcy again, even if we are at home the internet helps us all stay connected.
What is your view on the future of the music world and community?
MATT: I personally think while this time is definitely hard, it will result in a major outpouring of fantastic music, events and concerts. I like to think that the demand for shows is going to be so much higher that we will definitely have a surge in live music again, it's just a matter of when that tipping point begins.
Top 5 things you learnt about yourself in the past few months?
MATT: 1) I knew I had a terrible sleep schedule, but now I REALLY have a terrible sleep schedule.
2) Man, those kids on Xbox Live are bullies...they're ruthless.
3) Even though gyms are closed most of us still managed to stay active, physical activity is most definitely essential.
4) Same with music, it has been very therapeutic being home, watching concerts on TV with my family and am thankful for a chance to reset.
5) I may be 6'2 and 220lbs...but I miss crowd surfing and gigantic mosh pits. Let's bring live music back baby!
How are staying physically active during quarantine?
MATT: I built up a gym in my home and have not skipped a beat, in fact have seen some great progress from being at home.
Top thing you’re going to do when quarantine is over?
MATT: Definitely just sit at the beach and enjoy this weather, us Chicagoans don't get enough warm weather and when it's here you really have to bask in the moment.
Best Netflix show?
MATT: I loved watching Ozark, may have finished it in 2 days but hey what are you going to do.
Last comments or any new merch or news coming soon from the SHALLOW SIDE camp?
MATT: Absolutely, we have been updating our store with tons of new gear and SHALLOW SIDE merch for people to scoop up. We will be announcing rescheduled shows and tours soon, so be sure to keep an eye out on our social media, our website below and keep rocking us on those streaming platforms!
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