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W E I V R E T N I E V I S E XC L U ne! e c s e h t n o Ne w b a n dh e C i t y C a l l s � Me e t “ T The Lafontaines

Interview with Findlay and Kerr

T hi s is th e so un d of th e su bu rb s Th is is wh ere Fa ns

sh are op ini on s of wh at so un ds are Ho t on the str ee t!

Chart Topper

Chris keys - singer/songwriter


Editor s L et te r Hello music Fanatics!! I’m Danielle, fellow rockette & graduated design student from Edinburgh. The launch issue of The Rockette magazine is now here. Since it is so hard to get a job in the crea¬tive industries right now, I have put my two hobbies together design & music, to create this magazine for your reading pleasure. I’m a designer hoping to start my graphic design degree next year. This magazine will be part of my portfolio, which will be shown as a sample of my work. The magazine will show current and upcoming bands putting their stamp on the music scene. Reviews I have written about Gigs I have been to will also be in the magazines. As well as EP reviews, this is the sound of the suburbs – where the public will have th eir views on music, and more...

As this is the first issue, I would love feedback from bands, fans, anyone who would like to be involved? Or have an idea of who you would like to see appear in magazine? – let me know, I’ll try my best to make it For this issue I asked Twenty Twenty happen! to be on the cover and be the BIG article this month. I met the lads E-mail me at a year ago, at their “Get Down” gig db-designs@hotmail.co.uk in Glasgow, Such lovely guys. So I se nt the lads a message asking if they wanted to be on the cover. They told me to contact the management team to arrange it, and it was done! So a big th ank you to y ou guys. I would also like to thank all other bands involved in the magazine, If not for them this magazine would not have been put together.

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Con ten ts Edi t o r s L e t t e r

N e w s f r o m t h e e d i t o r & c o nt act details - page 2

Interview w i t h t h i s su d de n i nj u r y

the 5 g u y s f r om S u f f o l k, a l l a b out life o n t o u r , c h a l l e ng e s i n t h e b and & t h i ng s t h e y h a v e si g n e d . - page 4

Pracilla br o ke t e l l a l l a b ou t ne w e p th e i nsp e r a t i o n, m u si c & l y r i cs. - page 6

Calas i s I nt e r v i e w

EP re v i e w & t o u r i nt e r v i e w f r o m these D u r h a m a nd T e e si d e l a d s - page 7

New band o n t h e sc e ne

meet “ t h i s c i t y c a l l s " m e m b e r s - Chris, darre n, L u c a s, S c o t t y & J o h n t a ke the UK b y st o r m w i t h t h e r e p op / p unk/ r oc k so u nd . - page 8

This is t h e s ou nd o f t he su b u r b s

fan s op i ni ons o f w h a t sou nd s are Hot o n t h e st r e e t , w h o h a s t h e worst song & w h i c h G e nr e h a s t h e b i ggest f o l l o w i ng ! - page 10

A l l w a y s R e a d Th e L abel st o r y , c o m p l e t e w i t h Damo’s I nt e r v i e w

by Damien Hendry (Damo) – guitarist/ vocalist/songwriter of Always Read The Label. - page 12

I nt e r v i e w w i t h The L a f o nt a i ne s

answers by findley & kerr - page 17

Tw e nt y t w e nt y ( c o v er) I nt e r v i e w

lead singer Sam Halliday, bassist Jack Halliday and drummer Sonny Watson Lang. read about the boys childhood, tour & the future. - page 19

I nse r t ' s S t or y

Insert’s story is not one for those easily offended - page 26

Chart Topper

Meet Chris Keys singer/songwriter - page 28

L i v i ng D e a d l i g h t s S tory

A story about the band’s history & future. - page 30

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T h i s Sudden I n jury

How d i d y o u come up wi t h y o u r n a me? it's a s o n g by City and Co l o u r, i t h i nk James ha d i t a s h i s MSN name or s o m e t h i n g and Luke like d t h e n a m e so it went fro m t h e r e .

I’ll ref rame from saying names. However, we don't like people that are just in this for getting somew here, who writes songs just to write a song rather than having a reason to write the song. All music should be personal and heartfelt with a reason behind it.

How would you de s c r i b e y ou r music in 3 w or d s ? th i s i s a h a r d one I’m How long have you gonna go w i th; passionate all known each other? pe r s o n a l e x p e r i ences. How did you meet? I ' v e k n o w n L u ke s i n c e W h o a r e y our major I f i r s t s t a r t e d p l a y i n g in f l u e n c e s ? in bands which must've we l l f o r m e i t 's The Get b e e n a r o u n d 2 0 0 8 a n d Up K i d s an d B rand New w e d i d n ' t g e t o n t o o bu t t h e s e ar e two major w e l l a t f i r s t a h a h ! I a l s o inf l u e n c e s t h a t changed k n e w Pe t e f r o m c o l l e g e , th e way i t h o u ght about h e w a s t h e y e a r a b o v e mu s i c . Bu t fo r our band m e o n t h e m u s i c c o u r s e it w o u l d b e that we w e d i d . H e d i d n ' t s p e a k inf l u e n c e a r e Taking Back m u c h . b u t y e a h , I m e t Su n d ay, J i m my Eat World, t h e r e s t o f t h e g u y s Th e Wo n d e r Ye ars, Blink w h i c h w a s J a m e s a n d 18 2 , I A m T h e Avalanche, M a r c u s ( o u r o l d b a s s i s t ) Joy D i v i s i o n , m odern life w h e n w e h a d o u r f i r s t is wa r. p ra c t i s e around June 2 0 0 9 a n d t h a t ’s t h a t , o h W h o d o y ou n ot like? and our new bassist Alex ah a h a h ! T h i s could get I m e t h i m t h r o u g h my e x me i n a l o t o f t rouble, so g i r l f r i e n d .

How do you d e s c r i b e your music to p e op l e ? It's honest, pa s s i o n a t e , heartfelt music t h a t ’s t h e only way I can d e s c r i b e it, it's pop pu n k w i t h late 90's/early 2 0 0 0 ' s emo thrown in. Bu t w e 'r e constantly changing and evolving as w e g o through differen t p h a s e s of our lives. Which song s do you perform m os t frequently? Do you have a set play l i s t ? Our set list co n s i s t s o f these songs; S e a s o n s , LEC, Woah Now, M a g n e t o Was Right, Alic e Ay r e s and a cover thrown somewhere in t h e m i x . We also chuck i n a n e w song when we m a ke t h e m as well. What are y ou r rehearsals generally like? Do you h a v e a set time eac h w e e k in which you p r a c ti c e or are reh e a r s a l s more sponta n e ou s ? We have them o n c e a


we e k a t P u n c h Studios th at w e 've booked eve r s i n c e w e started th i s b a n d , i t ' s a sweet pla c e a n d t h e owner is aw e s o m e ! B u t yeah the re h e a rs a l s a r e normally us j u s t p l ay i n g t he set and tw e a k i n g t h i n g s. We do have j a m s a t l u ke’s place so m e t i m e s b u t that ’s on oc c a s i o n a n d t hat ’s when we 'r e n o r m a l l y writing like c ra z y ! W h a t h a s b een your bi g g e s t c h a l l enge as a ba n d ? Ju s t being accepted re a l l y, i t t o o k a little wh i l e b e f o r e w e got some no t i c e . We ra rely play ou r h o m e t o w n which is Ips w i c h a s k i d s only ever co m e o u t t o o see one ba n d , s o w e ' ve adopted Bu r y S t . E d m u nds as our ho m e t o w n . I t 's a sweet pla c e t o p l ay and the kid s t h e r e a r e generally th e n i c e s t k i ds you'll me e t an d r e a l l y do love eve r y b an d t hat comes to p l ay fo r t h e m. Oh and mo n e y, w e n ever have mo n e y h e n c e o ur debuté EP 'G h o s t s ' h a s taken so lon g t o r e c o r d .

What's the one thing you HAVE to have on to u r ? Definit ely has to be a pillow and a sleeping b a g ' c o s you never know when you're sleeping in the va n a n d it does get cold! Also, toilet paper is a usefu l t h i n g . What's your favourite tour story? Playing in a place called Devizes we turne d u p n o t expecting much as it was a Sunday but the k i d s t h e r e were amazing and turned out in force. We s o l d a l o t of merch that night and some kids were bu y i n g 2 o r 3 shirts at a time, we were shocked it real l y m e a n t a lot to us. It was then when we thought t h a t w e must be doing something right, that kids a c t u a l l y care about what we have to offer because w i t h o u t kids like that we wouldn't be where we are n o w.

What's the weirdest thing you have ever s i g n e d ? i don't think we've ever signed anything w e i r d , i t 's normally a t-shirt or a piece of paper ahah !

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P recilla broke

Tell all abo u t t h e i r n ew E P Te l l u s a b ou t your new EP , w h e n y ou w rote th e l y r i c s , w hat it is ca l l e d ? W h e n writing ly r i c s , w h a t inspires you ? Us u a l l y friends, fa m i l y a n d t he things ha p p e n i n g a r ound us. Al ot of ou r l yrics are ab ou t e x periences we have p ersonally ha d , b u t m ost of the tim e they are told me ta p h or i c a l l y. W h i c h b a n d member wr ot e i t, or was it a gr ou p e f f or t ? Te r r y ou r s i n ger had a lot of i n p u t on this EP bu t i t w a s w ritten as a w h o l e b y t he band. W e l i k e t o p ass ideas ar o u n d a n d a re always op e n to w h a t e ach other ha s to s a y . I t hink this is th e k e y t o keeping ev e r y on e h a p py and to ma k e m u s i c that’s not too g e n e r i c .

Does your new EP have any specific meaning behind it? It has a lot of meanings behind it, the main one being loyalty before love, the idea of loyalty and trust being more important than love itself (in certain situations) But yeah, all our songs have a meaning behind them!

the music will h a v e to reflect the moo d of t h e lyrics so som e ti m e s the lyrics kind of w r i t e the song! Overa l l , w h a t has been the r e a c ti o n to the EP?We h a v e g ot a lot of hype ab ou t ou r upcoming EP (r e l e a s e d January TBC) a n d a r e really exited a b ou t the feedback w e h a v e been getting f r om t h e demos :) Describe your E P i n n o more than 10 w or d s ? The most a w e s om e thing to ever g r a c e your ears.....ev e r : )

Which came first, the music or the lyrics? Half and half really, a few of us write lyrics on the side from the band. Its quite fun to write music to lyrics cause

Finally what p l a n s d o you have for you r n e x t EP? Our next EP will be heavier, m or e p r o g r e s s i v e , more chilled m or e everything. Its g o i n g to be Precilla B r ok e x1000 :)


Tel l u s a b o u t y o ur new EP, wh e n y o u w r o t e the lyrics, wh a t i t i s c a l l e d? Ou r E P i s c a l led False Aw a k e n i n g i t s our 2nd relea s e . H o w e v e r the 1st wa s a v e r y l o w budget de m o j u s t t o s o that peo ple c o u l d h e a r what we ar e a b o u t . T h e lyrics are no r m a l l y w r o t e at stupid o’ c l o c k i n t h e morning after s o m e b i t o f inspiration tak e s u s .

Calasis

few new things, Seb works Wh e n w r i t i n g l yrics, what out some drums. then Luke normally insists in a ins p i r es y o u ? The l y r i c s a r e about a few bass sweeps or some nu m b e r o f s u b j ects myself other mad technique. (Be n ) a n d W i s e y our gui tar i s t g e n e r a l l y take turns Does your new EP have de p e n d s o n who feels any specific meaning be mo r e i n s p i r e d but some- hind it? tim e s w e d o w ork togeth- As a whole no, but each er. I n s p i r a t i o n v aries from individual song yes, we a n u m b e r o f different never write songs for no pla c e s. T h i s E P has a lot of reason, we want them to se r i o u s i s s u e s r a nging from be emotional. When i perthi n g s w e e x perienced form on stage i always suc h “ B l a c k S heep” the have t he feelings of the 1st s o ng o f t h e EP is about song running through my clo s e d m i n d e d people mind and hopefully the an d “ H o m e g r o wn” deals crowd can connect with wi t h a d d i c t i o n. “False that. Aw a k e n i n g ” i s a bit more se r i o u s a n d h a s lots to do Which came first, the mu wi t h d r e a m s . T h ere is a re- sic or the lyrics? rec o r d e d t r a c k from the The music always come old d e m o o n t he new EP 1st, Being a metal band tha t i s j u s t a b out going we need the music to ou t a n d g e t t i n g wrecked speak for its self before I at U n i s o w e c an be fun go adding lyrics. som e t i m e s . Overall, what has been Wh i c h band member the reaction to the EP? wr o t e i t , o r w a s it a group Well it hasn’t been released yet but we are try eff o r t ? Alo t o f t h e c r e d i t has to go ing to build some hype to W i s e y , h e n ormally will and it seams to be workbe s t r u c k b y i n s piration of ing. We have a fair few a f e w g r e a t r i f f s, then he people interested and an d C r a i g ( t h e other gui - some pre-orders already tar i s t ) w o r k o n a rough in place ou t l i n e o f a s o ng, bring it to b a n d p r a c t i ce where Describe your EP in no we a s a t e a m m ould it into more than 10 words? sickening, a C a l a s i s s o n g , adding a Aggres sive, heart stopping brutality....

epic, overwhelm i n g a n d uplifting Describe your la s t p e r f o rmance, from the h o t e l t o the after gig par t y ? We have had a lo t o f t i m e off due to findin g t i m e t o record this EP bu t o u r l a s t show went really w e l l , W e supported a ba n d w h o just got signed w h i c h w a s a lot of fun. We w e n t n u t s on stage as alwa y s b e f o r e finishing the nigh t o f f w i t h a lot of beer an d a f e w parmos. Finally what plan s d o y o u have for your ne x t e p ? We have a few s o n g s t h a t are nearly read y t o b e played live but a t t h e m oment we are foc u s s i n g o n the current EP t i l l i t s o u t . We have just got o u r s e l v e s a Mini bus, that w e a r e a l l really excited a b o u t , w e are currently bo o k i n g U K tours and no do u b t o n e will come off the b a c k o f the next EP

www.myspace.com/calasis www.facebook.com/calasis


N e w b a nd o n t h e s ce n e ! Mee t

“The Ci t y Cal l s ”

s by Luca s r e w s n w a ls intervie City Cal e h T m o fr The City Calls are an exciting, fresh and energetic Pop-Punk band from the UK’s South Coast, armed with a host of impressive catchy songs. Ge n r e : Po p / P u nk, Rock Members: (left - right) da r r e n , L u c a s , Scotty & John.

Chris,

In f l u e n c e s : L o ads of bands, too many to l i s t w h a t a c t ually influences us. We jus t l i ke t o w r i te pop punk tunes that we h o p e p e o p l e enjoy listening to.

What has been your b i g g e s t challenge as a band? Everything has been so fun in t h e b a n d it ’s hard to call it a challenge . I t h i n k the next EP will be a challe n g e . We want to keep what we have a s a b a n d , musically, but upping the gam e a l i t t l e and to push the boundaries to o w i l l b e the challenge. It will be so m u c h fu n though.

As a new band how mu c h of a challenge has it been i n t h e industry? How l on g h a ve you known each It ’s a challenge for any ban d t o g e t ot h e r ? their foot in the door of this i n d u s t r y / Ar o u n d 2 ye a r s now. business but once you start m a k i n g the right people pay attention i t r e a l l y How d i d y ou r band start? pays off. If you don’ t put t h e w o r k Me a n d S c o t ty got talking about in then it will become an im p o s s i b l e sta r t i n g a b a n d pretty much as soon challenge. No one likes a lazy- p a n t s . as w e m e t , I ’d say love at first sight bu t t h at w o u l d be wrong because it When you write your lyric s , w h a t wa s o n l y l u s t a t first... wait. inspires you?


I g e t i n s p i r e d by a lot of things but to b e h o n e s t i t ’s always the girls that give i n f l u e n c e for a good line or two. I love w r i t i n g a few lines, leaving them for a m o n t h a nd then re-discovering th e m . T h a t l i n e I completely for got I wr o t e b e c o m e s a nice subject matter for a n e n t i r e s et of lyrics. Back to the ch a l l e n g e q u e s tion though, Writing an EP o f l y r i c s t h a t I can look back on in a f e w ye ar s a nd still think ‘They are kic k-a s s ’ i s s o mething I’m aiming to ac h i e ve . W h a t w h e r e y our musical influences gr ow i n g u p ? M e p e r s o n a l l y, it was Blink 182. I wa s a p o w e r- f an until the point I was eve n i n a B l i nk cover band at one po i n t ( o h ye a h ). What ’s cool about the ba n d i s w e a l l have similar interests in m u s i c b u t a l so contrasting interests an d t h a t ’s g r e a t. We all have a varied mu s i c a l s u b - c o nscious when it comes to w r i t i n g p ar t s that gives each song it ’s i n d i v i d u a l i ty. W h o i s y ou r f avourite band at the mom e n t ? To t h i s d ay. . . T he Spice Girls.

What type of music do you r e a l l y not like? It ’s important for when you d o n ’ t l i ke some music to not disrega r d i t a s rubbish because to someone e l s e i t may not be. Jedward are pre t ty aw f u l though. Zing. X-factor, love or loathe an d w h y ? “Jedward are pretty awful th o u g h .” I love to hate it but hate that I l ove i t . Definitely don’ t like how ma j o r i ty o f the ‘contestants’ think it ’s t h e i r l a s t chance. They should go pl ay s o m e gigs? Record a few tracks a t a l o c a l studio? That works for mos t b a n d s right? What do you do to relax? I love to sit and watch TV and e a t a n d drink the stuff I’m not sup p o s e d t o when on the road or when I h ave t o sing. Other than that I find p l ay i n g some gigs to be incredibly r e l a x i n g . I can stress about the outsi d e w o r l d after a gig and that ’s not re l a x i n g a t all! If you where a TV/cartoon ch a r a c t e r who would you be and why ? I’d be a power ranger beca u s e yo u spark when you get hit. Party t r i c k o r what!?

How l o n g h a ve you been playing (a n y ) i n s t r u m ents? We ’ ve a l l b e e n playing instruments for ye a r s ! T h a t ’s g ood because otherwise If you were a superhero, wh i c h O N E we ’d b e r u b b i s h! special power would you h a v e ? Invisibility. It could be p r e t ty If y ou c ou l d add any other band entertaining. me m b e r f r o m anywhere in the wor l d , w h o w ould it be and why? Finally, Where do you HOP E to b e I’d h ave H ay l ey Williams on vocals in a years time? be c au s e s h e i s better than me. Well if it ’s hope then I guess r e a l i s t i c thinking isn’ t needed entir e l y s o I W h a t l y r i c , either your own or HOPE we are doing what we a r e d o i n g som e o n e e l s e’s has a specific now but 100 times bigger and b e t t e r ! me a n i n g to y ou? We l l I ’ve g o t t wo words in some lyrics And where do you think y ou w i l l I’m w ri t i n g ‘ Pa ce Yourself ’. I like that, ACTUALLY be? be c au s e i t ’s a n order. It ’s a nice way to Doing what we are doing now b u t 1 0 0 loo k a t w h a t we’re doing; everything times bigger and better! But w e ’l l p a c e gra d u a l l y b u i l d ing into a goal we are ourselves getting there... all a i m i n g f o r and keeping a steady pa c e a l l t h e way until we start running on t o t h e b i g g est stage ever. That ’s pr e t ty n i c e , i s n ’ t it.

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Th i s i s the sound

This is where you can find out fans opinio who has the worst song & which

N a m e : Ke i t h Na m e :Ka t i e

Age: 25

Age: 15

K i n d of m u s i c y ou l i k e : N u Metal

Kind of m u s i c y ou like: Altern a t i ve / Ro c k Music h a te : J L S & mil e y c y r u s Favou r i te b a n d : tie b e t w e e n a day t o r e m e m b e r & p a ra m o r e . Last ba n d y ou s a w live: 30 sec o n d s t o m ar s Wors t s on g : T h e club is a l i ve - J L S Best s on g : i h ave too m a ny. . . Last a l b u m y ou b ou g h t: four ye a r s t r o n g

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M u s i c h a te : M o s t pop music F a v ou r i te b a n d : Ko r n L a s t b a n d y ou saw live: Bowling for Soup W or s t s on g : Anything that comes from X- Fa c t o r B e s t s on g : S h o w Must Go on Queen L a s t a l b u m y ou b ou g h t: Ko r n I I I : Remember Who Yo u A r e


of t h e suburbs

ons of what sounds are Hot on the street, Genre has the biggest following!

Nam e: h e a t h e r Age: 24 Kind of m u s i c y ou l i k e : aco u s t i c / r o c k

N a m e : S t e ve n Age: 18

Mu s i c h a te : Dance a n d c h e e s y pop!

K i n d of m u s i c y ou like: rock the most b u t l i ke a w i d e ra n g e

Favou r i te b a n d : Th e K i l l e r s

M u s i c h a te : c at c hy s o n g s i t a n n oy s m e

Last b a n d y ou saw l i v e : T h e Procla i m e r s i n t h e summer

F a v ou r i te b a n d : k a i s e r c h i e f s e ve n dog in the family is c a l l e d k a i s e r i l i ke l o a d s o f o t h e r b an ds aswell

Wor s t s on g : Wher e t o s t a r t ? ! Can’ t s t a n d Di z ze e Ra s c a l s o n g Bo n ke r s Be s t s on g : Fields o f g o l d - E va Cass i d y, m a ke s me c r y t h o u g h !

W or s t s on g : fa s t f o o d r o c ke r s - f a s t f o o d s o n g i t a n n oy s me B e s t s on g : q u e e n b o h e m i an ra p s o d y

Last a l b u m yo u bough t : p r o b a b l y Take T h a t a l b u m

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Allways Read The Label

‘Always Read The Label’ were formed in 2005 from the ashes of high school alternative rock trio, Prozac Mouse. Based in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, this band took strong influence from bands such as Muse and Joy Division to produce a melodic yet edgy, grungy sound. Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Damo (Damien Hendry) moved back to

his hometown of C u m b e r n a u l d , near Glasgow after completing high school and with the distance proving an issue, the band could not continue with its current line-up. Damo’s childhood best friend Colin Henderson moved to Glasgow and, after adopting the name ‘Always Read The Label’ they sought to continue what Prozac Mouse had started, with Colin on bass.

With a new name and new-line-up (Simon Ferguson was appointed as drummer), a new sound also developed into that of a heavier, more progressive sound, taking inspiration more directly from bands such as Funeral For A Friend, Fightstar and INME, as well as maintaining the soaring melodies and anthemic choruses of bands such as Muse and Radiohead. Over the next few years, ARTL continued to carve out their sound and worked hard to maintain the momentum lost from a frequently changing line-up (drummers Stewart Smyth, Garry O’Donnell and Martin Fennell all spent time behind the kit) with only Damo and Colin remaining constant throughout, playing countless shows up and down the country. In April 2010 they released their debut


- the Band story!! single ‘Influence’, which also included b-side ‘Everlasting Blackness’. Recorded by James Mackenzie of Glasgow band ‘Tempercalm’ in Tollhouse Studios in Glasgow, this was their first official musical offering after a number of self-produced demos over the years. In the months following the release, relations within the band became strained leading to the loss of the drummer, Martin. Damo and Colin began work on what was to be ARTL’s first album as well as the follow-up to the debut single, however another blow to the band’s momentum came in August when Colin announced he was to move to Chester due to work commitments. A number of discussions were held and in the end, Damo decided to keep the band going

and search for a new line-up. With Colin having always been a dedicated member of the band, this was a controversial decision but one that was taken with the best intentions and in the interest of the band’s continued progress. ARTL have since made the radical move to include a second guitarist/ keyboardist in the shape of Colin Horn – an enthusiastic, multi-talented musician and songwriter from Aberdeen. The role of bass guitarist has also since been filled by aspiring producer, songwriter and all round musically talented Andy Cook, originally from Ayr. The drummer position remains unfilled at present but with the album and new material taking shape and prospects lining up for the new year, it will only be a matter of time before ARTL

are back at full strength and return to play the length and breadth of the UK armed with their first full-length album.

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Interview

How did y our ba n d s ta r t? We s t a r t ed wh e n I l e ft h i gh sc h o o l a n d w ere for m e d fr om th e r e m a i n der of my o l d b a nd Pro z a c M o u se. My best fr i e nd Co l i n H e n d e r s on (or i g i n a l b a s s i st) move d w i t h me to fo r m t h e b a nd. Ove r t h e ye a r s we have h a d va r i ous dr u m m e r s . C o lin ha s n o w l e ft a nd we ’ve s t a r t ed a n e w l i n e up fro m s c rat ch. Th i s c o n s i s t s of Co l i n H o r n , w ho ac t u a l l y t r i e d out for drums but en d e d u p j o i n ing as l e a d g u i t ar/ ke y b o a r d s a nd An d y Cook on ba s s . We are in the p r o c ess of securing a dr u m m e r a nd

cannot wait to get back to full capacity and to get recording and touring again . Tell us your favourite thing about touring? Meeting new people and staying at random places around the country. Funniest on stage moment? We’ve had a few crackers but it ’s got to be the times when our original ba ssist Colin has fallen on stage. He became pretty notorious for it. One time at the Glasgow Cathouse he did a missile kick and, on landing, he fell and his guitar lead snapped off. Pretty hilarious.

Tell us about your new EP, what it is called, when you wrote the lyrics? We’re actually working on a full length album now with the working title “The Devil’s Greatest Trick”. Really excited about this as it ’s a culmination of the last year or so with a lot of brand new material pushing into a different sound for us. When writing lyrics, what inspires you? Lyrically it ’s mostly personal feelings at the time of writing with some hypothetical stuff in there to make it fit or sound pretty. Usually related to love, trust. Very humanitarian stuff. Space, science and the unknown also are a big inspiration, even if not directly reflected in the lyrics. If your life was a song, what would it be? That ’s a very good question and I would have to say “A Change of Seasons” by

‘Dream T h e a t e r ’. It ’s a 25 m i n u t e long so n g a n d , as the t i t l e a n d length suggest, it flows t h r o u g h different s ty l e s and sections and is a true epic. M u c h l i ke life itsel f, d u r i n g which we flow through s e ve ra l different s t ag e s and our p as s a g e of time is m a r ke d by seas o n s , it pans out ove r a long period and reaches a co n c l u s i o n . Except w e t ake way long e r t h a n 25 minut e s t o d o this haha ! Where d o y ou hope to b e i n th e next few y e a r s ? I would s ay a s a band we hope to be more es t a b l i s h e d and re c o g n i s e d as an e n t i ty i n the Scottish/ British music scene as a w h o l e , rather th a n j u s t being confined to the G l a s g o w circles. We w o u l d obviously l ove t o have at l e a s t o n e album out and have to u r e d a couple of t i m e s t o correspon d with these. We ’ l l b e looking fo r s o m e large support slots ove r the coming ye a r s a n d


- by DAMO An d h ow y ou going to ge t t h e r e ? On c e our l i ne-up is co m p l e t e – which we ar e w o r k i n g o n – we will be d r i ve n t o r ecord our fir s t al b u m a n d put to ta p e a l l o u r i deas and pa s s i o n t h at has been bu i l d i n g u p s ince the wo r d g o. We will then wo r k h ar d plugging an d p r o m o t i n g with a re a s o n a b l e t o ur, some hig h p r o fi l e s u p port slots an d g e n e ra l l y by just ge t t i n g a s m any people as p o s s i b l e t o hear our mu s i c . W h a t h a s b e en your bi g g e s t c h a l l e nge as a ba n d ? Th e b i g g e s t challenge wi t h o u t a d o u b t would be wh e n my b e s t friend and or i g i n a l b a s s guitarist Co l i n h ad t o l eave the ba n d . H e i s s t i ll my best fri e n d an d w i l l always be a m a j o r p a r t o f the spirit of t h e b a n d a s he had alway s b e e n t here from th e ve r y s t a r t . Sadly he ha d t o m ove away due to wo r k c o m m i t m ents and it wa s n ’ t p ra c t i cal for us to t r y t o c a r r y o n with the sa m e l i n e - u p, given the dis t a n c e s i nvo l ved. We wr e s t l e d w i t h t he idea of st a r t i n g a n e w band from sc ra t c h b u t , a fter a lot of p a s s i o n a t e discussion an d d e l i b e ra t i o n, it was de c i d e d t h e g ood ship

Always Read The Label must sale on without him. What do you like to do in your free time, sports, TV...? A nice light question now. I like it. In our free time we all enjoy TV (who doesn’ t?) We also attend local gigs and enjoy a good drink at Glasgow’s various rock clubs and bars. We also have day jobs and Andy is at university so we all keep p retty busy outside the ba nd. I play drums for another band called Always A.M and am also recording a solo album so a large portion of my free time is taken up by that. All very enjoyable though. Who in the band considers himself/ herself as the prankster as there’s alway s one? I’d say we’ve all got a prankster streak but I would have to say Colin, as he is forever joking about and making sarcastic and witty remarks. Truth be told though, we’re all very good f un and don’ t take ourselves too seriously out-with the band Finally when’s the next tour? We are hoping some time in 201 1. Once we have our album recorded, we plan to launch it in style and then do a string of dates up and down the

UK to promote i t . cannot WAIT!

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als o s o m e f e s t ival slots as w e l l t o b r o aden our ho r i zo n s a n d hopefully ou r fa n b a s e .

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T h e Lafontaine s In ter v i e w w i t h F i n d l a y a nd Kerr

Combini ng portions of Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock and Electro into one melodic element of noise, welcome to the new innovati ve sound of The LaFontai nes. Hailing from Motherw ell of Central Scotland , The LaFontai nes have already forged a dedicate d following after showcas ing their energeti c live set at venues such as King Tuts, 02 Academy, ABC Glasgow , Classic Grand and Strathcly de Universi ty. I first saw these lads at Rewired Fest in june 2010, found them very unique & entertain ing.

How w ou l d y o u de s c r i b e y ou r music in 3 w or d s ? Aw e s o m e ra p b and. How d i d y o u come up wi t h y o u r n a me? We ’ r e n a m e d after the lat e and g r eat Don La Fo n t a i n e . Oddly en o u g h w e w e r e in touch wi t h h i m s h o r tly before he d i e d a n d i t was nice to g e t h i s a p p roval. He eve n o ff e r e d to record so m e vo i c e over stuff for u s b u t s a d ly passed away b e f o r e g etting the op p o r t u n i ty t o. That ’s ho w Pe t e r Di c k son ended up r e c o r d i n g o u r gig intro for u s , a l s o k n own as the

awesome X guy. We like artists.

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Talent.

What are your w or s t / favorite parts of b e i n g on tour togeth e r ? Who would you say We’ve only don e s m a l l are your greatest tours so far rea l l y b u t i f influences and who everything goes t o p l a n do you particularly that ’ll hopefully c h a n g e admire right now in early next yea r. We ’r e the industry? all together on a p r e t ty We all have pretty varied much daily basi s t h o u g h tastes in music but so its I can’ t ima g i n e t o o we’ve all been enjoying much changing, w e ’l l a l l Canterbury recently. just slag each o t h e r a s Phenomenal band. much as usual. Who do you not like? What was the b e s t g i g This isn’ t wikileaks my you’ve ever pla y e d , a n d friend. what was the w or s t ? Rockness was cool, What do each of you kicking it with Be a r d y m a n bring to the band?


W h a t i s th e w eirdest gift you h a v e r e c e ived from a fa n ? Te e s h i r t w i t h when I was bo r n o n i t . On a more se r i o u s n o t e a n STI W h a t w ou l d be the best piece of advice you ha v e b e e n g i v en that you wou l d l i k e to share with our readers? Do n ’ t g e t c a u g ht. Applicable in most situations. W h a t c a n w e expect in the future from you? Th e E P s h o u l d b e released about March or thereabouts ne x t ye a r t h e n hopefully followed by touring and loa d s m o r e .

any last w or d s . . . . . ? J u s t ke e p checking the t w i t t e r, f a c e b o o k etc for whats going on with us a n d w e ’l l b e i n G l a s g o w ’s Bl o c o n n e w ye ar s e ve fo r t h e De t o u r n e w ye a r s p ar ty

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for t h e n i g h t a fter Tuts was a lau g h . I n c o ntrast however su p p o r t i n g Si s qo wasn’ t quite as c o o l . M a i n l y because it was Sis q o b u t a t t h e time we were like t h i s i s t h e guy who wrote th e T h o n g s o n g of course he’ll be a l e d g e . . . Wasn’ t really th at m u c h o f a gig though so en d e d u p a p r e tty bad crowd. I e n j oye d o u r first Detour gig a s w e l l w h ere a stripper joi n e d u s o n s t age, that was hil a r i o u s .


W e are Twenty Twenty , a t h r e e - p i e c e p op - r oc k b a n d b a s ed in Essex, United K i n g d om a n d w e l o v e w r i t i n g a n d playing music! They a r e m a d e u p of l e a d s i n g e r S a m Ha l l iday, bassist Jack H a l l i d a y a n d d r u m m e r S on n y W a t son Lang. May 20 1 0 s a w th e b a n d r e l e as e v i a m a i nstream distribution ‘ G e t D ow n L i v e w i t h T w e n ty T w e nty� which reached N o. 4 i n t h e of f i c i a l D V D m u s i c c h a r t. For anyone wh o l i k e s M c F l y , A l l A m e r i c a n R e j ects, Avril Lavigne, or e v e n B o y s l i k e G i r l s , t h e n t h e s e guys are worth li s t e n i n g to !


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What a r e y o u u p to a t the mo m e n t ? Current l y w e ar e b u s y writing a n d r e c o r d i n g s o m e new mat e r i al fo r w h a t w e think s h o u l d b e t h e n e x t chapter o f Tw e n ty Tw e n ty. Apart f r o m t h a t w e a r e plannin g o u t n e x t ye a r ’s events, w h i c h s h o u l d b e exciting ! How d i d y ou g e t i n t o the mu s i c i n d u s tr y ? I guess i t wa s f r o m t h e momen t w e s t a r t e d t h e band. We p l aye d a l o t o f shows a n d s p e n t a l o t of tim e o n l i n e / a t s h o w s building u p o u r f a n b a s e . As the b a n d g r e w b i g g e r our nam e g o t o u t t h e r e a bit. Who w a s y ou r f a v or i t e bands g r ow i n g u p ? Betwee n t h e t h r e e o f u s we have a var i e ty o f t a s t e in mus i c . Bi g n a m e s s u c h as Blin k 1 8 2 a n d T h e A l l America n Re j ec t s were favouri t e s a m o n g s t u s a s we gre w u p. Re c e n t l y w e have g a i n e d a l o t o f t a s t e in the Po p g e n r e . Childh o od m u s i c i d ol ? I think w e c a n s ay t h a t all mem b e r s o f B l i n k 1 8 2 were o u r c h i l d h o o d m u s i c idols a s w e w e r e a n d s t i l l ar e big fa n s ! Can yo u d e s c r i b e y o u r early experiences of giggin g a n d w or k i n g on your fi r s t e p ? We have n ’ t r e a l l y b e e n touring t h at l o n g a s a band, i t h i n k i t s o n l y j u s t approa c h i n g a ye a r a n d a half or s o. T h e r e i s s t i l l a lot to l e a r n . I g u e s s i t was ne r ve w r e ck i n g ( s t i l l is) as i t wa s a b ra n d n e w pr oject w e w e r e p u t t i n g out the r e . . . m u c h d i ff e r e n t to prev i o u s b a n d s w e h a d

b e e n in at school, etc. T h i s t i me it was real. Re c o r d ing songs and w o r k i n g on E.Ps always h a s a n d always will be fun t o u s ! Its our chance to e x p e r i ment with sounds and ideas. Again we h ave n ’ t really been doing i t t h a t long, but we have l e a r n ’ t a lot about it. When w e f i r st started working o n s o ngs, etc. we didn’ t r e a l i s e just how long it took!

What are your worst/ favorite parts of being on tour together? Our favourite moments we share are seeing all of our fans from across the country at the shows, it blows us away. Never did we think that there would be so many people in one place at a time singing our lyrics back at us.

H o w would y o u describe y o u r music? F u n , a ttractive and easy to l i s t e n to Who would y ou say are y ou r greatest i n f l u e nces and who do you p a r t i c u l a r l y a d m i r e right now i n t h e industry? Some of our b i g g e s t influences a n d t he bands we l o o k u p to include T h e A ll American Re j e c t s, All Time L o w, McFly and Boy s L ike Girls. T o u r i ng – love it or h a te it? L ove it! Our t u m m i es don’ t though...smelly van !

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Worst p ar t s . . . h m m m . . . there a r e n ’ t any r e a l l y. We kno w e a c h o t h e r w e l l enough t o k n o w t h e d o s and do n ’ t s . What wa s t h e b e s t g i g you’ve e ve r p l aye d , a n d what was t h e w o r s t ? All of ou r g i g s a r e a m a z i n g , but some stand out. Ja nuary 2 0 1 0 o n t h e G e t Down t o u r i n N e w c a s t l e was insane! We were wonder i n g w hy t h e r e w e r e so ma ny p e o p l e t h e r e and why t h e y w e r e g o i n g crazy ( i n a g o o d way ) . I t Rocked ! Worst s h o w s a re h ar d t o remem b e r a s yo u wa n t

t o fo r get about them... a n d you do. It ’s hard to b e s p e cific, but it ’s when e ve r y t hing that could p o s s i b le go wrong goes w r o n g in one night. We h ave had a couple of t h e m . In these situations t h e c r owd always makes u s fe e l better! T h e b est twenty twenty s o n g i s…? Bu r n i n g Up, Love’s A F r e ak & Get Down are our f avo u r ites. C o u l d you briefly describe the music-making process? A n d h o w you come up with yo u r l y rics? We s i t down together and c o m e up with a rough c o n c e p t. After this we w r i t e t he music/melody to t h e s ong, then lyrics. We r e c o rd a rough demo of i t a fter to get more of a v ibe and if everyone l i kes it we record it p r o perly. T h e lyrics are written f r o m the concept of t h e song, which is the o r i g i nal idea. If

you could do a cover of any song, what song would you choose a n d why?

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We actually don’ t know, there are so many songs out there that we love. It ’s all about choosing the right one. Maybe one day we could do a cover! What song do you get requests for the most? We feel that Get Down is the fan favourite Who would be your ideal girl to date? Cool, nice and outgoing What is the weirdest gift you have received from a fan? Underwear lol What ’s been the highlight for you so far, and do you have any regrets? No regrets, we have loved every step so far! Playing ‘Midlands Music Festival’ last year was a highlight for us, we had a great day! Everyday is a highlight to us anyway...we love doing what we do. What can we expect in the future? More and more! Thats all we can say really, we have some exciting stuff planned for the next year. Stay tuned. What would be the best piece of advice you have been given that you would like to share with our readers? When using public toilets, use the cubicle closest to the door. It ’s the cleanest as people don’ t tend to use it.

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What a r t i s t w ou l d y ou love to collaborate with? Dead o r a l i ve ? Q u e e n The be s t g i g y ou h a v e been t o? Me pers o n a l l y ( J a c k ) , G o o d Charlot t e . T h e y r o c ke d ! What d o y o u d o t o relax w h e n y ou ’ r e n o t workin g ? It ’s no t r e l a x i n g , b u t w e like to h i t t h e g y m a n d hang o u t w i t h fr i e n d s . Watchin g m ov i e s and playing v i d e o g a m e s i s also up t h e r e . M o n o p o l y ! Any las t w or d s ? Gorilla

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I nsert’ s story is n o t o n e f o r t h o s e e a s i l y o f f e n d e d , r eaders sufferi n g f r o m n a u s e a , h e a r t p r o b l e m s , g eneral matu r i t y a n d s y m p a t h y f o r a b u s e d d rummers shou l d p r o b a b l y s t o p r e a d i n g n o w . . . I n the late sum m e r o f 2 0 0 8 I n s e r t c a m e t o b e , t hough not as t h e y ’ r e k n o w n t o d a y ( t h e p r e t t y o ne’s hadn’t joi n e d y e t ) . D r u m m e r A a r o n T a i t , l e a d g uitarist Andre w T h o m s o n a n d r h y t h m g u i t a r i s t J amie Burns, al o n g w i t h t h e p r e v i o u s v o c a l i s t a n d b assist got tog e t h e r d o i n g c o ve r s o f b a n d s l i k e B l ink 182 and t h e o f f s p r i n g . S hortly after thi s , a n a r g u m e n t s t a r t e d a n d a f t e r a n i n cident with a b a s s b e i n g t h r o w n a t a c o n f u s e d J amie, the bas s i s t o f t h e b a n d, s a d l y , l e f t / w a s k i cked out. The b a n d t h e n r e c r u i t e d b a s s i s t A n n a J ones (one of t h e p r e t t y o n e ’ s) w h o t h e y k n e w f r om a practice r o o m a t B i r t l e y c o m m u n i t y c e n t r e i n Gateshead w h i c h t h e y b o t h u s e d .

A f e w m o n t hs later, a f t e r b e i n g i n sulted by a f r i e n d o f t he band, t h e l e a d v o c alist left. S h e w a s s o o n replaced b y A l e x a n d e r “Joycie” J o y c e ( t h e o t her pretty one), the p reviously mentioned f r iend of t h e b a n d . A f ter that, with the h elp and g u i d a n c e o f manager J i m T h o m s o n , the band s h o t s t r a i g h t o n to the m u s i c s c e n e , playing v e n u e s f a r a cross the n o r t h - e a s t s u c h as the S a g e G a t e s h e ad, the 02 A c a d e m y a n d Journal T y n e T h e a t r e N ewcastle. They g a t h e red a l o y a l f a n b ase with they’re energetic live p e r f ormances w i t h h u m o r o u s crowd f a v o u r i t e s ‘ B o obs’ and ‘The Erection Song’, strange on stage b e h a v i o u r a n d badly c h o r e o g r a p h e d dance routines.


T he band is n ’ t just p rofes sional, as i d e f r o m p ractice and g i g s t h e f i ve members a r e l i k e b rothers, yes, i n c l u d i n g t he girl, spending t i me drinking v a r i o u s a lcoholic sub s t a n c e s , r i ding trolleys a r o u n d in Tesco ca r park, w axing off Aaron’s e yebrows with g a f f e r t ape, stealing A a r o n ’ s c lothes and l o c k i n g h i m outside, s h a v i n g A aron’s gross s t o m a c h h air, hitting Aa r o n w i t h v arious blunt items i n clud ing a b a s e b a l l b at. Drummer a b u s e , l i ke I said. I n 2011 the ban d w i l l b e r eleasing new E P ‘ W h e n P ensioners Fal l ’ w h i c h

W anted to let you know that our new EP “ When Pensioners Fall” i s out now. The songs are on Myspace so check them out. t h e y r e c o r d e d i n S e p t e m b e r o f 2 0 1 0 . T hey also h o p e t o s t a r t w o r k o n w r i t i n g m a t e r i a l f or a new a l b u m, m o v i n g a w a y f r o m t h e i r o r i g i n a l pop-punk s o u n d w i t h s o n g s m o r e c o m p l e x a n d a l t ernative. A l s o t o p l a y m o r e g i g s i n v e n u e s o u t s i de of the n o r t h e a s t , a n d o f c o u r s e t o c o n t i n u e abusing Aaron.

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C h r is K e y s When did you realize you wanted to be a singer/songwriter? From a young age of about 12

Chris Keys is a singer/ songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist from Northern Ireland. He had a passion for music from a young age. In August 2010 Chris got to No.1 on the N.I Chart with his song ‘City lights’. Just recently in December he also had a No.1 hit with his new tune ‘There for you’.

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What inspires you when you write your songs? Everything around me, like the sky and oceans and of course loads of great music. Do you play your own music, Or do you have a band? Yes i write and play all my own stuff . The Most lyrics are? City lights .

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Which artist would you like to collaborate with? Jack johnson / Tommy emmanuel. How do you relax when you’re not singing? I love tropical fish & plants, i have afew tanks and also love to surf when i get the chance. Do you have any pre-gig rituals/Lucky items? I like to warm up my voice and hands. Which instrument do you wish you could play? Drums. When is your next tour? Hopefully 2011.

http://www.myspace.com/chrisjkeys


Quick Questio ns -Favorite song ever: At the moment.. Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael BublÊ This can change often thou. -Your funniest onstage moment: Dressed up as a mad scientist on our collage roadshow. -Highligh t so far: Getting to No.1 on the N.I Chart with city lights -Guilty pleasure: Lol cant think of any. Favourite food: Anything indian. Favourite TV programm e: Lost.

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Living Dead Lights are a gritty, raw collaboration of four young band members, Taka Tamada, from Kyoto Japan vocals/ guitar. Alan Damien from Hollywood, CA guitar/ vocals. Martin Kelly from Ireland, bass/ vocals and Nick Battani from Austin, TX, playing drums.

and I can say, having listened to it myself just why they are receiving such high acclaim. Having generated over 8 million plays on their MySpace is proving a huge success.

http://uk.myspace.com/ livingdeadlights

“A re le n tl e ss jo u rn e y th ro u g h d a n g e r, e x ce ss a n d ch a o s” DJ Ni ki Se xt on fr om 10 0. 1 Th e Ed ge In So ut he rn CA .

These four social outcasts have overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. They have used these experiences to twist together an edgy, yet provocative sound which has been compared to the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Avenged Sevenfold. The Living Dead Lights dangerous yet pure sound has amassed a huge following on their MySpace

The band, who by the way, are based in Hollywood, are currently writing new material and planning to tour soon. They are hoping to make 2011 a brilliant year for their ever swelling ranks of followers.


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“The c oolest stage thing in the to hit p a a s t “Their 10 yea single rs...” you do “ W h ?” is a at do GUARA NTEED MegaH Rollin it” g Sto ne Ma gazine

Because of the bands extremely busy schedule, I was granted just one question, so asked... What plans do you have for the near future? Our new video “To All The Youth...” is expected to debut by mid January. And we are preparing for a tour to Europe by March. “A tour of Europe! Well, I for one will be looking forward to that!”

“THE FU TUR Eddy Sc hreyer m E OF PUNK ROC K” astering enginee r legend

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