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Ones To Watch / Broken Links Interview

Broken Links
Photo by Rob Luckins

Southampton based alternative trio Broken Links create music that’s full of sin. Yes, that’s exactly how the band’s drummer Phil describes it in our interview below. It might sound pretty dark, but also quite appealing, don’t you think? Let’s not deny that we all like a bit of a sin from time to time… And when it comes in the form of music, offering itself gloriously to your ears and enchanting you with the powerful atmospheric melodies, striking guitars and haunting vocals, then it turns into a sin you want to repeat all over again. And that’s the type of sound Broken Links master.

Want to find out more? Then read on to learn some more of an interesting stuff about the band.

I’ve heard you’re working on your second album! Is this true?

You’re sources are exceptional!  Yeah we’re about half way through the ‘difficult second album’. 6 tracks are recorded and we’re writing the remainder as we speak, with the studio booked in the coming months to get them sounding massive, thanks to Producer/Engineer Chris Coulter!!!

In what ways will this following record differ from the first one?

Well all the songs will be different that’s for sure! But more specifically I think the new will album be more diverse as a whole. We’ve got a couple of quite dark/industrial tracks recorded and some heavier numbers planned for second half of recording, as well as an instrumental. With a tad more space pop thrown into the mix…..a much more mature album!

How has your sound and songwriting evolved over the years?

Our sound has evolved as technology has. The first songs we ever played together were raw and more riff-based but as we’ve got new gear over the years, our sound has developed into a thicker, more film-like quality with the use of more synths and dual-tone bass. All the songs are built up from the music more than the lyrics. Once some good synths or guitar effects have been found, the arrangement of the song is worked on, then usually a vocal melody naturally surfaces. The lyrics are chosen based on the mood of the music, and maybe one of life’s most recent torments.

What do you think are the key characteristics of the music you’re making?

Dirty rock n roll!! Most tracks are written around a disgusting bass riff with an even more disgusting bass tone. Soaring and passionate vocals are the final layer of the sandwich which are sometimes accentuated with vocal effects for that unique sound. It’s full of sin….music to make love to…furiously.

Have you always wanted to become a musician? Who or what inspired you to choose this path?

Ever since childhood yeah, there became a summer when I realised chart music was tosh and guitar music was awesome. Stereophonics’ ‘Word Gets Around’ was the album that brought me to my senses and I’ve never looked back. That same year I felt myself tapping constantly and started learning the drums as soon as I could!

What are your most and least favourite parts of being on tour?

Being on tour is the best thing about being in a band. Other than performing, favourite parts include the banter in the back of the ‘tour van’, playing at new venues and sampling the finest local beers! Least favourites would are being stuck in traffic jams in the middle of Holland and almost losing our van when it got locked into a car park!

If you could choose any band to tour the world with, who would it be?

That’s gotta be the mighty Queens of the Stone Age. As one of the main inspirations of our band they just never get old. They’re the ultimate rock stars really, effortless levels of cool and writers of some of the best modern rock albums ever. Trent Reznor would be a welcome buddy on tour!!!

At the moment, what’s your favourite album by another band or artist?

For me it’s definitely Bring me the Horizon’s ‘Sempiternal’. I wasn’t a fan of them until I heard Shadow Moses and since then it’s my must played album of the year. It’s the perfect level of heaviness; hard rock with good melodies and the odd bit of screamo. Can’t wait to see them live!

What’s the main philosophy of Broken Links?

Industrial, sexy, sin filled life changing, smut music.

Except working on your next album, do you have any other plans you’d like to let us know about?

Yeah, we’ve got a mini tour this month where we visit London, Manchester and Liverpool to road-test some of the new tracks. Later in the year we plan to shoot 2 or 3 music videos for the new album and probably a new photoshoot for you all to peruse over. We’ve got more plans for this year too but we’ll tell you about them when we’re ready…the secret is not allowed out yet.

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Band Feature / Interview with The Sirens

The SirensEmerging from the fast growing London underground music scene, The Sirens strike with a great dose of fresh 90’s influenced grunge rock. After the first listen, you’ll find yourself hooked on their sound and excited to discover yet another very talented band that ought to be recognized.

London is full of hidden musical treasures and The Sirens are definitely one of them.

Find out more about the band in the following interview with the lead singer Josh.

Could you give us a bit of background information about the band?

Josh: The Sirens formed in September 2012. I’d recently quit a band I’d been playing guitar with for a year and fancied fronting a band of my own, so I put out a few adverts on the internet. Tom answered and we went through a couple of drummers through summer before we secured Pietro. I think we only had 2 practices with Pietro before we went and recorded “Just Be Cool” and “If You Ask Me”. We don’t sit on our hands much, we want everything done yesterday.

How would you define your sound?

Josh: Early 90’s influences, it’s grungey but also has tinges of psychedelic influences and lots of pop hooks and melodies.

Have you always wanted to play music and what made you want to start a band?

Josh: Since I was about 14 I’ve had no other plans what so ever. It scares me to think of anything outside of music, like if my focus shifts it won’t happen so I believe it and will it to happen.  I’ve just always wanted to tour the world with my best friends playing the music I love and seeing new places all the time. Who wouldn’t want that?

What can you tell us about your record ‘The Sirens’?

Josh: It’s a collection of the tracks we’ve recorded at Bonafide studios as well as 2 rough demos we recorded in Tom’s bedroom on Abbey Road (not exactly Abbey Road studios but he does his best!) It’s a collection that we think showcases our writing talent and our varied sound. There’s something for everyone on this demo. You can pick it up at thesirensband.bandcamp.com — that’s an advertisement…..

What are your main influences when writing songs?

Josh: I try and think about what’s going on in the world today, or feelings or opinions I have.  Like I’ve written about the usual stuff like loneliness and isolation as well as love, boredom and so on, or I try and paint a picture in my mind or sum up my feelings in a past situation or time. I find it refreshing sometimes to think that everything we do and we’ve done on earth will one day be engulfed by the sun, I know that sounds mental but I kind of like that  “who cares we’re all fucked anyway” mentality, it loosens me up when I’m up tight and has influenced a few of my songs.

Could you name any album, which you’d class as your all time favourite and tell us why?

Josh: Really hard question but I think for me sound wise and guitar wise I’d have to go for Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins. I just think sonically it’s out of this world and it’s a great mix of hard rock, dreamy pop and psychedelia.

Tom: Abbey Road by The Beatles cause it’s the best example that shows The Beatles taught the world how to write pop music.

Pietro: Lonerism by Tame Impala, it’s a record that pays homage to the 60’s but also takes the sound in a modern direction, great bass lines, and great lyrics with a great message.

How often do you get to play live shows and why should people come and check you out?

Josh: We play roughly every 2 weeks in London. We put everything we have into our live performances, anyone into good music should come check us out, anyone who likes early 90’s music, catchy hooks and loud energetic rock music.

Do you go and see any other upcoming bands live? If yes, who should we be looking out for?

Josh: Not too often really. I saw Oscar Suave last Saturday at Purple Turtle who were good.

If you could change something about the music industry nowadays, what would it be?

Josh: I’d like to make everyone honest. I’ve met a lot of industry people who talk like politicians, they never really answer questions just flake around and it’s annoying because I’m very black and white and I’m always honest.  I’d rather people show me their hand rather than poker face.

Where would you like to see yourselves in a year or two from now?

Josh: We’d love to make an album with the right label, tour the world or something and just get the exposure we need. I think if every grunge/rock  fan heard us, they’d get excited (I hope). We just want to write music that makes people want to get up, makes them feel positive or inspires them.

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Ones To Watch / Part Time Pilots Interview

Northern Irish punk rockers Part Time Pilots are, in the words of their vocalist Enda McCrory: “A boom brick shit house of a band”.

Now do we have your attention? Good. Please read on.

The band’s recent 8-track debut EP Lovely Girls keeps on receiving a great feedback from the fast-growing audience around the UK. Loud, energy packed riffs, sharp melodies and witty lyrics make this record a highly enjoyable ride. The fact is, you’ll find yourself playing Lovely Girls on repeat for days. The band’s various music influences mirror in each of the tracks, which all carry their own little story as the guys specify in our interview below. Besides that, you’ll also get to find out a bit more about the band’s background, influences, Irish music scene and how they’ve recently managed to get the attention and even a shout-out from Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem.

Enda McCrory – Vocals

Aarron McCallan – Drums

Michael Hodkinson – Bass

Eamonn Doherty – Rhythm Guitar

Tom Hodkinson – Lead Guitar

So what’s the story behind forming Part Time Pilots?

Aarron: Mike, Tom and I were formerly in a band called New Damage but we parted ways with our singer/ rhythm guitarist after 3 years due to different interests. We knew Eamonn from another local band called the Faded Line, he was also a good friend, who we all wanted in the band.

The idea when looking for a singer was to audition a few people but I drunkingly asked Enda to join the band when we were out in a club. Enda was previously in a band from Liverpool called The Benz, which he left after deciding to return home to Ireland. Enda came to the practice thinking he was in the band. Eamonn, Tom and Mike thought he was auditioning. When the practice finished Enda asked “So when are we practicing next?”. There were confused faces but luckily he wasn’t bad, so we let him come back.

If you guys were to describe your music in a simple word choice… what would you say?

Enda: Boom brick shit house.

Michael: Have a good time, all the time.

Tom: Sexy.

Eamonn: Catchy Punk.

Aarron: Versatile.

Can you tell us about your debut EP ‘Lovely Girls’ and its recording process?

Aarron: We started writing original material very early on. The first song we ever wrote was Jack The Lad, which was written after seeing Band of Skulls live. We wrote four songs Jack, 7 Missed calls, Hunting Season and Dance Fucker Dance, which we then recorded in Outland Studios with the intention of releasing them under the title ‘Partiebox’.

We continued to write more songs and decided to make the 4 track EP into an 8 track EP and changed the name to ‘Lovely Girls’. The name Lovely Girls came after a brainstorming session, in which we decided to settle on a name that would reflect our humour and love for Father Ted. The recording process was quick, we had to keep within the limits of our budget, which got us 3 days of recording for a very reasonable price and the time needed for mixing was thrown in for free.

Steve at Outland Studios is very easy to work with and made us all feel at home. We recorded our parts individually and drank a lot of beer and ate very dodgy burgers. The EP was finished in February and we are very happy with the way it turned out. We’re a very comfortable band in the studio and can’t wait to get into the studio again soon.

The EP ‘Lovely Girls’ is available on Bandcamp, check it out!

Part Time Pilots

What’s your favourite song on the record and why?

Eamonn: My favourite song off the CD is Hunting Season, as I find it the most enjoyable to listen to and play live.

Aarron: Drop The Hand is my favourite, its different than the other songs in terms of its drumming style. I also love seeing people’s reaction to the lyrics.

Tom: Mine would have to be Light Switch, mainly because when we wrote the song it was a different direction for us. When we play it live, it’s a shit load of fun to groove to!

Mike: The title track Lovely Girls would be my favourite track. There’s a lot of energy towards the end of the song especially in the solo. It’s lovely!

Enda couldn’t think of which song to pick and left for a fag…

Where do you get the ideas and inspiration from to write your music?

Aarron: Real life and drunken nights out. The opening song Hunting Season is about the Bumper in Liverpool. Enda had some of his student loan left at the time and could afford to go out two weeks in a row. He spotted a girl he was with the previous week, hence the lyric “A surly little blonde from the week before”. 7 Missed Calls is Enda’s bonfire song, if you’ve been camping anywhere in Europe ever, Enda was at the fire belting it out. Light Switch came from a riff Tom had which I hated, but we managed to rewrite it with a bluesy feel and it became one of our favourites. Jack The Lad is next on the EP, which we have already mentioned.

Punk Song was previously titled ‘Bottle of Twang’ (The song was a tribute to Buckfast. Twang is its nickname here in Omagh.) It was written an hour before a gig. We had played the venue recently and needed new material to mix up the set list and it went down well. Drop The Hand was one of the last songs we wrote before recording. We wanted a lively song, which people could dance to. Its risky lyrics often make people stop and say “huh?” and laugh. Dance Fucker Dance is a dig at how dance music has ruined many a night out for us. Lovely Girls was an innocent instrumental jam until Enda contributed his part, a verse about lesbians and a chorus about being sick of what’s on the radio.

Tell us what happened at the Gaslight Anthem show in Manchester recently. You threw your CD on the stage during the gig, is that right?

Aarron: I am a huge Gaslight Anthem fan so before they announced their Irish dates, I booked my flights and travelled over to Manchester for their two shows. I decided to bring some CD’s to the gig as I was meeting some friends that wanted ‘Lovely Girls’. I had one CD left in my back pocket and as Brian Fallon was talking, I decided to throw it on stage.

I have seen it happen before, where a band would throw a CD back into the audience, but as it dropped next to Brian I saw him look at it. “Is that for me?” he said. My heart stopped as he walked over and picked it up and inspected it. He asked who threw it and saw me wave my hands in the air. Brian and Alex had a small conversation before he returned to the microphone. The crowd at this point were shouting up songs they would like to hear. “Ssshhhh, I’m trying to promote this guy’s band” he said.  He followed by describing the cover “There’s a picture of a girl punching a guy… I’ve been there before”.

He told 8000 people to check us out and held onto the CD. It was the best moment of my life. I hope they like it!

So besides The Gaslight Anthem, who are your other musical influences and who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Aarron:  My main influences for the music we write would be Pearl Jam, The Bouncing Souls, Alkaline trio and The Menzingers. Four bands which play on loop on my iPod. I would love to collaborate with The Bouncing Souls. I was at a gig of theirs in Manchester recently and it looks likes it would be brilliant fun playing for their fans! I actually crowd surfed onto the stage and gave them a CD too! The Virginmarys would be awesome too as they’re quite similar to our sound.

Mike: Contrary to our style of music, I’m quite influenced by heavy metal music such as Meshuggah, Tool and Lamb of God, as well as other funk/alternative rock bands like Incubus. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock such as Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. I take a lot of influence from funk bass players like Ben Kenny, Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller and I think my melodic style comes from them, with a bit of slap bass here and there. I would happily collaborate with any of them but I’m not sure how mixing us with these bands would sound!

Eamonn: My influences come from the bands I grew up listening to, such as Nirvana and the Rolling Stones. These bands have influenced my guitar playing, as I have always been a fan of the rhythm section of these bands, which influence me in my role as the rhythm guitar player. I also enjoy listening to heavier bands, such as Meshuggah, Pantera etc.

Enda: A lot of English bands got me through Uni until I was chased. The Manics, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, Noel Gallagher and The Beys etc. Nothing out of the ordinary really, I’m not going to say something weird just to be different but I appreciate a decent songwriter. Otherwise it’s just all noise, isn’t it?

Tom: I’ve always loved rock music with a twist to it. Bands like Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age as well as instrumental music like God Is An Astronaut and Explosions In The Sky are definitely up there. Jimmy Page and Slash made me fall in love with guitar soloing, hence how they end up on PTP songs!

What is the music scene like in Northern Ireland and how do you think you fit among the other bands over there?

Aarron: Northern Ireland is a small area with a lot of bands. It’s very hard for a young band to become known, and you really have to work for it. There are plenty of great bands, which we believe will become well known in the next few years.  It’s an exciting time for the Irish music scene. We are quite different from most bands over here, it is important to us that we recognise and take influence from the bands we grew up with more so than the indie bands that are popular now. We believe riff based songs that are fun and light hearted are tried and tested and work in making music, that people want to listen to and enjoy.

What do you think are the main attractions of your live performances?

We got riffs, we got sing along choruses, we got solos, we got banter and we’ve got a sound, you’ll not get anywhere else. As they say in Ireland “We’ve got the whole shebang”.

Do you have any other hobbies besides making music?

Aarron: Drinking.

Eamonn: Drinking.

Tom: Drinking.

Mike: Drinking.

Enda: Badminton.

What’s the biggest future ambition for Part Time Pilots?

Full Time Pilots? We would love to get our music to a wider audience. We have yet to play a gig across the water and we are eager to do so. We would love to play some gigs in Manchester and across England. We want to make this summer a belter for Part Time Pilots! After visiting Manchester for its many punk gigs, we have realised that it’s definitely a scene we want to be a part of. We would love to pick up some support from promoters and record labels. We will be working hard to grab attention this summer.

Many thanks for listening to Part Time Pilots. Check us out on Bandcamp, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Interview / Morningside Lane

Morningside Lane

New Jersey rock band Morningside Lane obtain great measures of energy, passion and drive. These aspects clearly reflect in their music, which makes it an enjoyable ride for any listener. Their 6 track EP was released in December 2012 and delivers a bunch of brisk guitar tunes and uplifting vibes. It’s also available for a free download!

Get to know these guys a bit better in the interview below and check out their music!

How would you introduce your band to people who haven’t heard of you before?

We’re a rock band from New Jersey with a punk sound and a soul twist.

What does your music reflect about you guys?

Our music shows our energy and passion for music, and our feelings about life.

How did you come up with the title for the band?

The beauty of it is, there is no story behind our name. It’s just a street name in our area. It immediately clicked with us.

You have recently released an EP ‘Poets & Back To The Radio’. Could you tell us what are the songs about and the meaning this record has for you?

It’s a coming of age album for us. We started something new with our sound, that reflects who we are, and where and how we’ve been brought up.

Regarding songwriting, who writes the lyrics and what’s the general music making process in the band?

Our lead singer, Marc Del Giudice, writes the lyrics. Marc brings the basic concept to the band, and the musical parts come together. Most songs start off as an acoustic demo.

How often do you get to play shows and what do you love the most about playing live?

We play shows about once every two weeks, sometimes more often. The shows are awesome because it allows new people to hear our music. All of the shows are highly anticipated, and the performances provide and emotional release.

Is there anyone in the music industry, who has a big influence on you and has inspired you along the way?

We have a ton of different influences that span across many different genres. Including; Bruce Springsteen, The Gaslight Anthem, James Brown, Blink-182, Brand New, They Might Be Giants, and much more. While our music doesn’t sound like any of these artists, the influence and inspiration can be heard in our music.

What do you think is the best and the worst part being in a band?

The best part about being in a band is the brotherhood that forms among the band members. Also, playing shows is amazing because we love sharing our music with new people. The worst part about being in a band is being broke. It sucks to not have the money to do certain things, but we work our way around it.

What are your music plans in the near future and what would you like to achieve in a long term?

In the near future, we want more people to hear our music, and by doing so, we hope to gain a following. In the long term, we hope to play some of the legendary venues that we’ve seen our heroes perform at, tour around the world, and make a living doing the thing we love the most, playing music.

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Introducing / Maglia Rosa Group

Maglia Rosa GroupMaglia Rosa Group is an indie pop quartet from Norwich, which creates a magnetic sound accompanied by haunting angelic vocals of Daisy Lawrence. Their EP Nighthawks was released in December 2012 and it consists of 4 tracks.

The record pulls you into its deep and hypnotic atmosphere thanks to the soft instruments and the voice that’s like a feather floating and caressing your soul.

This EP is a pleasure for any listener, perfect for late night chilling and forgetting the outside world. No wonder it’s called Nighthawks.

Listen / Buy Nighthawks here

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