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Editor s L et te r Hello, well it’s that time of month again... “The Rockette” is back! Never thought it would be this popular, so a BIG thanks to all my loyal readers. I’m working hard to make each issue exciting for you all! I’m also in the process of looking for adds to include. I have been going to a lot of gigs looking for new talent for the magazine; I have met some very nice bands along the way. I hope to meet a lot more, over the next while too. I am pleased to say, I have some very exciting content lined up for May issue. So keep an eye out for that!! I wrote my first live gig review in this issue, taken from “Penguins Kill Polar Bears” show in March. The gig was to promote release of the new EP “Vessels & Veins”. The gig took place at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on February 26th. The show was very good; even though I was working at same time I fair enjoyed myself. I was lucky to meet a few other bands at the gig, including “Tiny Little Robots”, who are also featured in this issue. This month I was also given 3 EP’s to review, all of them where very different to each other. I have found another Solo Star by the name of “George Alex” find out what inspires him, his Guilty pleasures and more... Sound of the suburbs - is back with more fan views on music than previous issues. Remember if you wish to be involved in my “Sound of the suburbs” page, the details are on the back page. Please get involved! Editor

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Con ten ts Live and Unsigned - Insert’s Tour Diary page 4 Hard Tail - in depth interview page 6 The Usual Pleasures (band story) page 8 New Band on the Scene meet ...Gold skies ahead page 10 This is the sound of the suburbs page 12 All about: Seven Daze page 14 Tiny Little Robots - Interview page 16 Penguins kill polar bears - Vessels & Veins Gig Review page 19 Lips Like Braile - ep review page 26 Penguins kill polar bears (Cover interview) page 27 Nowhere Fast - EP Review page 32 Halls Tainted Red (small cover interview) page 33 In Depth Interview With: Mankinpure page 36 Solo Star: George Alex page 38 Video interview: “day to die” by Mishkin page 40 He slept on 57 Page 42 Subject Matter - EP Review page 44


Live and Unsigned -

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Hey it’s Anna (the bassist) and Aaron (the one that hits things) we’re going to do the diary, so here it goes...

times just going over and finalising our decision on what song we would audition with the song of choice of course being Harmonics, it’s a fairly new song and the first track on our EP.

Saturday 5th February: well today we woke up at Andy/Jim’s house after staying over the previous night as we do most Fridays after practice, within which we just chill, hangout and have a laugh. we spent this morning in front of the telly, not really to fussed about the competition however we discuss it a couple of

We thought it’d be best to play it because it’s a strong song and it would give us a good chance of getting through to the next round. But overall we are fully prepared for tomorrow and hopefully we will get through and then were off to the regional finals!


- Insert’s Tour Diary Sunday 6th February: through and told us we were through. Today it was up bright and early, Major relief to say the least... Bring and straight over to the journal Tyne on the regional finals! theatre, at the unholy hour of 9 o’clock, I forgot there still was one of those in the morning. We had to register, then sit and wait around until we were called to audition. we were still pretty calm at this point and just spent the time jamming out a song we’re busy writing while people around us bit their nails. I think because this is the second year we’ve entered we knew more what to expect. Then we were called up, waiting outside the audition space is when the nerves kicked in a little bit. We walked in plugged into the amps and were told to take it away when we were ready. Then pretty much everything went wrong from that point. Andy’s guitar went out of tune despite the fact we all tuned in about 5 times before the audition, and that threw the rest of us off a little. after that was the waiting, we had to wait about an hour until we found out if we got through, it seemed longer. Especially since the song didn’t go as well as we’d hoped. but then one of the live and unsigned blokes came

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Hard Hard Tail Tail How did you come up with the name for your band? We had a few names lined up, most of which were already taken, we eventually settled on Hardtail because we are all either bikers or interested in motorbikes Was it your First choice? No, our first real choice was “Epitaph” Did you have any other band names in mind? “Epitaph” and “Valkerie” What does each of you bring to the band? Ben brings a powerful voice and hardcore rhythm guitar, Adam adds melodic lead riffs, Benji has a mental streak about him and brings a massive energy to the stage, Simon keeps us together and grounded with steady hardcore beats. How long have you all known each other? Adam and Ben met at school many years ago, The four have known each other about 3-4 years now How did you meet? Have played in bands together before, primarily “Wasted UK” Which 3 words would you use to describe your music? Hardcore Melodic Metal How would you describe the ‘look’ of your band? Mismatched ! Long haired scary metal folk.... plus simon..... Who or what are your major influences? Slipknot, Metallica, Rev Theory, Stonesour, Most Guitar Based rock Who do you like and who don’t you like, why? We like ALOT, most rock band and anyone we can enjoy and get into the groove of really. We DONT like manufactured pop and reality TV show winners, “Glorified Kareoke as we call it, where they are just singing to a backing track. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Our own original material, song include “Suffocated”, “Let it Die”, “Legion”, “Fortunes Fool” and “Tour of Hell”

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What are your rehearsals generally like? Fun, we have a good laugh and bounce ideas off one another, working on riffs and lyrics whilst having a beer and a joke. Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous? Every Wednesday evening in teh cellar of the Stamford Arms in Stalybridge, with the odd spontanious ones thrown in What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Thus far preparing for our Second ever gig at the Witchwood Battle of the bands final, was well worth the effort though. What’s the one thing you HAVE to have on tour? MOOstach cow biscuits ! What’s your favorite tour story? Turning up to the Manchester Academy, and Benji having forgotten his Bass strap, had to run to the guitar shop in town to buy a new one ! What’s the weirdest thing you have ever signed? A Homemade Denim Skirt with the band logo sticked into it by a fan.

Quickfire Questions Favorite song ever: At the moment Say You’ll haunt Me by Stonesour, but this changes all the time. What’s your ringtone: Boring Standard iPhone noise Last album you bought: Nighmare by Avenged Sevenfold Music hate: Cheryl Cole and everything she stands for

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New b a n d o n the scene! Meet... Genre: Post Hardcore/Rock/Pop Punk Members: Jimmy, Kenzi, Johnny, LB Influences: A Day To Remember, Escape The Fate, Atreyu How did you come up with the name for your band? Was it your First choice? Coming up with a band name is really hard, because anything cool you think of is already in use by someone else. I always liked the title of the New Found Glory record ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ and so wanted to try and find a band name out of those words. It was Jimmy who came out with ‘Gold Skies Ahead’ out of nowhere and I loved it so it stuck. Did you have any other band names in mind? Not really - as soon as I heard ‘Gold Skies Ahead’ I thought it was perfect, even if not everyone else in the band was convinced at first! How long have you known each other? How did your band start? Most of us have all played in bands with each other before, so we’ve all known each other and been in bands together for ages. Gold Skies Ahead started because I was tired of the lack of progress our last band was making and had bigger ambitions, What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Gaining exposure and getting your name out there is always hard for a new band; you have to work really hard to promote yourself. As a new band how much of a challenge has it been in the industry? With the state of the music

Gold Ski What where your musical influences growing up? As a kid the first band I ever got into was the Beatles; I would listen to all my parents tapes and was obsessed with them. But the first bands that really made me want to be in a band were MXPX, blink When you write your lyrics, 182, New Found Glory etc. I still what inspires you? love those bands but your tastes A lot of it is drawn upon person mature, expand and diversify as life experiences, what you’ve you grow. experienced, what you see in the world around you and how Who is your favourite band at you feel. And of course other art the moment? inspires you. We’re always trying I’ve been listening to a lot of to incorporate influences and Bayside and Atreyu this week. inspirations in the lyrics, whether overtly or through hidden How long have you been playing messages. (any) instruments? industry today, in many ways I think its harder than its ever been to really make progress. But we’re not complaining - we’re having too much fun playing music! There is nothing in the world that is as much fun as being in a band.


the ones that get to the later stages, aren’t truly great singers and are instantly forgettable. What do you do to relax? Party. If you where a TV/ cartoon character who would you be and why? If anyone out there has seen Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Master Shake is my favourite cartoon character. I’d like to be like him because he’s a badass!!! If you were a superhero, which ONE special power would you have? The power to play the guitar well haha.

es Ahead I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 13 probably and piano for as long as I can remember. I still suck at both! If you could add any other band member from anywhere in the world, who would it be and why? We’d get LIGHTS to come in and do some singing because she has such a great voice and it would be an interesting mix with our style. Jimmy is a massive fan! What lyric, either your own or someone else’s has a specific meaning to you? The lyrics to ‘The Laughing Man’ which will be on our debut EP are my favourite and most personal I have written so far. As for

Finally, Where do you HOPE to be in a year’s time? Playing some big shows, touring extensively. And where do you think you will ACTUALLY be? Playing some big shows, touring extensively.

What have been your experiences of “celebrity life”. What are the perks/negative sides of fame? I wish we had experiences of celebrity life! Hopefully one day What type of music do you really we’ll be in a position to answer not like? from personal experience. It’s too simplistic to say ‘I hate everything in this genre’. I think there are artists you like and those you don’t in all genres. But if I had to pick my least favourite genres generally I would probably say drum and bass. someone else’s, there’s millions! How about ‘The past is only the future with the lights on’ from Plus 44. I love that line.

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Name: Dee A ge : 2 5 K i n d o f m u s i c yo u l i ke : Ro c k M u s i c h ate : Po p B oy /G i r l B a n d s Favo u r i te b a n d: D i st u r b ed L a st b a n d yo u s aw l i ve : D i st u r b ed Worst s o n g : Any t h i n g by t h e T ing Tings Be st s o n g : At p re s ent , 3 D o o rs D ow n - k r y pto n i te L a st a l b u m yo u b o u g ht : P i n k

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name: Patrick

Name : Ke n

Age: 24

Age : 2 0

Kind of music you Like: r ’n’b hip hop urban music Hate: boy/ girlbands pop

Name: Emma Age: 31 Kind of music you like: A big mix ture

Kind of m u s i c yo u like: Mi x t u re o f ever y thin g , i m n o t pic k y.

Music hate: Happy Hardcore/Pop

Music hate : b a d l y payed off t i m e m u s i c ?

Last band you saw live: oasis

Favourite band: Flight of the Conchords

Favourite b a n d : Marilyn M a n o n

Worst song: any by JLS

Last band you saw live: Modest Mouse

Best song: wonder wall oasis

Worst song: Yellow by Coldplay

Last album bought: devlin

Best song: Have too many favourite songs!

Favourite band: Oasis

Last album you bought: Biff y Clyro

Last band yo u s aw live: As We S p ea k Worst son g : I h ave No c l u e Best son g : D u n n o Last alb u m yo u bought: H o l l y wo o d Undead - Swa n S o n g s


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Name : Saul Age : 35 N a m e : D ave A ge : 3 3 K i n d o f m u s i c you like : D a n c e / E l ec tro M u s i c h ate : C o u ntr y Favo u r i te b a n d : T he B l o o d y B eet ro o t s

Kind Of Music You Like : Dub, Reg gae, Hip Hop, Punk, Rock, Blues, Techno, House, Drum’n’Bass, Latin/African, Alternative

L a st b a n d yo u s aw l i ve : C a l v i n H a r r is

Music Hate : Trance, music that does not come from the heart.

Wo rst s o n g : L ove Sh a c k by t h e B 5 2 ’s

Favourite Band: Melvins

Be st s o n g : S to r m by T h e B l o o d y B e et ro o t s

Last Band You Saw Live : Wire

L a st a l b u m yo u bo u g ht : Ro m b o ra ma by T h e B l o o d y B e et ro o t s

Worst Song : Any thing Coldplay Best Song : “Drilling For Oil” by Sly & Robbie/Howie B Last Album You Bought : “Space Is Only Noise” by Nicolas Jaar

Name : Ro s s Name: Linda Age : Over 21. Kind of music you like: 70’s music. Rock. Soul. music Hate: Rap, dance, house. Favourite band: A few. The Faces, Badfinger, Bad Company, T Rex. Last band - The Proclaimers.

Age : 3 0 Kind of m u s i c yo u like: ROC K, M E TA L , INDIE, OL D S C H O O L HIP- H O P Music hate : A ny t h i n g Simon Cowel l Re l ate d - TERM I NAT E ! Favouri te b a n d : QOTSA

Worst Song: Any rap.

Last band yo u s aw live: Sav i o u rs / Municip a l Wa ste @ Ivor y B l a c ks , Glas gow

Best song : Broken Dream by Rod Stewart.

Worst so n g : B l a c k Eyed Peas - w h ere i s the l ove ?

Last album you bought: Best of Badfinger.

Best song: H e a d L i ke A Hole by NI N Last alb u m yo u bought: Ba n d : G ra i l s , Album Ti t l e: Dee p Polit i c s

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promotions gigs which helped bands like The Twang, The Maccabees and we are scientists to name a few reach stardom.

We have been SevenDaze for nearly two years now, starting out as a four piece and stupidly decided to bring in a second guitarist (explain later). We had locked ourselves away in our lockup, trying to perfect our sound and have a basic set list to start gigging within six months. We were extremely happy with what we wrote and decided it was time to let the masses hear our new sound. We thought a great place to start was to enter the surface unsigned festival, we had reached the regional final which was held at the Birmingham 02 academy main stage. This was the fourth stage and felt ecstatic to have reached this far. It was an emotional ride from start to finish a major setback was that our second guitarist decided he wanted to leave the band to pursue other ventures just after the first round leaving us less than a month to pick up the pieces and rewrite the whole set list to accompany just one guitarist we managed to battle through it nervously and got to the third stage leading onto the regional final we finished tenth. We have decided to keep the band as a four piece and are still the same line-up since the birth of SevenDaze. We have recently been added to the Bill to play one of the Emma Scott Presents gigs which are held in the west midlands area. This is going to take place on the 3rd of May at the Birmingham 02 academy with the headliner being killing for company. We are also playing a string of PWS

Our style of music is Rock/Nu-metal we want to be apart of an amazing genre of music that people think has died and want to prove it isn’t dead and is very much alive. A few of our influences are Deftones, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Incubus ETC. We currently have a 3 track demo called the “your Dead EP” with one of the tracks named Your Dead this has become an anthem for the band at our gigs. The name of the song sounds morbid but it’s about memories of a past partner being dead emotionally and share no feelings towards that person.

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Ba n d n a m e : Tiny littl e robots. Me m b e rs : Craig McInnes, James Calder wood, Dan Bones, Chris Wood

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W h o would your m usic appeal to ? M o st l y young people around 1 2 - 2 5 year ol ds, we do get t h e o c casional grey haired n u t j o b bouncing round at s o m e o f our gigs!

Why did yo u d e c i d e to sta r t a band? Wa s i t a s u b j e c t yo u enjoyed at s c h o o l ? Just be ca u s e we t h o u g ht i t was coo l , t h e re wa s a b o u t 9 members i n o u r b a n d o r i g i n a l l y, but only 4 o f u s to o k i t s e r i o u s enough.

W h o a re your major i nf l u e n c es? We h ave taken a huge i nte re st in Twin Atlantic, X c e r t s and especially G en e ra l Fiasco from Nor t h e r n Ireland, Good f r i e n d s of ours and we p l ay together from t i m e to time, ver y go o d g uys and ver y i n s p i rat i onal. W h at a ge did you start your band? We a l l started learning guitar a ro u n d the age of 16, so around t h at a ge .

How did yo u all meet ? We have k n ow n ea c h o t h e r from the a ge o f 5 / 6 ye a rs o l d ,

a l l went to s c h o o l to get h e r a n d h ave b e en go o d f r i e n d s eve r y s i n c e. H ave yo u c h a n ge d t h e b a n d ’s n a m e b efo re , I f s o w h at wa s t h e i d e a b e h i n d t h e o n e yo u c h o s e ? We u s e d to b e ca l l ed T h e S ca l i e s , b u t we go t s i c k o f t h e n a m e . Only go o d thing about the name is it h a s a l i tt l e sto r y to i t . I n t h e o l d en d ays , R A F k i d s u s ed to b e ca l l e d “ S ca l i e B rat s ” and since all of our d a d s we re i n t h e R A F we t h o u g ht i t wo u l d b e a co o l i d ea to ca l l o u rs el ve s “ T h e S ca l i es ”. Which songs do yo u p e r fo r m m o st f re q u e nt l y ? R i g ht n ow we a re p l ay i n g s o n g s s u c h a s , We C a n D a n c e, S e a rc h M e, S e c ret s , Thousand Lies, Tu r n A ro u n d , I t s A l r i g ht, We D o n ’t Kn ow, No a h s A r k a n d s o m et i m es


t h row i n some old ones. D o yo u have any that are big h i t s w i t h the crowd? We l l , yes, but we don’t really p l ay t h em anymore. There was “ B o u n c y Tune” and “ Turn the L i g ht O n” and we used to have a s o n g called “Buckfast and Beer C a n s ” which was actually the f i rst ever song we wrote and p e o p l e still shout for us to play i t at o u r headline shows! Might b r i n g i t back for a one off! W h at ’s your ultimate direction fo r yo u r band, fame and fortune? We wa nt ever yone to have heard o u r m u s ic; we would like to make a d e c ent living for ourselves in m a k i n g music. It really is fun and fo r p eo ple to come up and tell u s t h ey like a song , it ’s a great fee l i n g . W h e n you write music, which m e m b e r comes up with the lyrics? I n t h e e arlier stages of the band i t wa s C raig who done most of the

writing , b u t n ow we a l l t h row i n ideas and i t m a ke s i t m o re f u n ! How can my re a d e rs ga i n a c c e s s to your m u s i c ? I s i t f re e ? We have Soundcloud and MySpace , t h e s o n g s a re n ’t u p fo r download a s o f yet b u t I ’m s u re they will b e ver y s o o n !

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I f yo u co u l d be a superhero what would your name be? And d e s c r i b e t h e costume? S o r r y, b u t we aint no superheroes, we are villains!! I can’t say o u r n a m es , nor describe our costumes because it will give away o u r i d e nt i t i es!! I f yo u r b a n d stor y became a film, what genre of film would it be? C o m ed y, a l ways keen for a good laugh!

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F i n a l l y w h e n & w h e re w i l l you b e p l ay i n g n ex t ? We a re p l ay i n g a h ea d l i n e s h ow i n C u p a r i n F i fe 1 8 t h M a rc h at J o rd a n ’s n i g htc l u b , n ever p l ayed t h e re b efo re b u t i t i s d ef i n i tel y go n n a s e l l o u t s o my a d v i c e wo u l d b e get a t i c ket i n a d va n c e ! A ny n ew s h ows co m i n g u p ? Ye a h , we h ave ,1 8 t h M a rc h - J o rd a n ’s , C u p a r, 5 t h A p r i l - G l a s gow C a l ed o n i a n U n i o n , 8 t h A p r i l C a p e , S t i r l i n g , 2 3 rd A p r i l - C a p i to l , G l a s gow, 1 st M ay - G re en s i d e , L e s l i e , 6 t h M ay - Ro o m At T h e To p - B at h gate , 4 t h J u n e - W i n d s o r, K i r kca l d y a n d we a re i n t h e m i d d l e o f b o o k i n g a U K to u r ! A ny l a st wo rd s ? L o o k u s u p o n Fa c eb o o k a n d kee p u p to date ! ! ! ! T h a n k yo u ! ! !


Penguins kill polar bears Vessels & Veins Gig Review at Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh by Danielle Bangham 26th February 2011 supported by

Tiny Little Robots Aviation for Kids and

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About the bands.... Support Band: Tiny Little Robots Tiny little robots are a four piece Pop/Rock band from Fife. Their melodious pop with attitude made you think of “Busted” but with “Balls”. They produced some good guitar riffs and had amazing beats. With good vocals they were a crowd pleaser. There were no flaws with this band. Support Band: Aviation for Kids Aviation for Kids is a three piece alternative band from Edinburgh. This band is loud and proud!!! A few of their songs may have you fooled, but not for long. This band will have you rocking in no time. Support Band: Your neighbour the liar Your neighbour the liar are another Edinburgh based band. A four piece band bringing a new alternative sound. This bands rhythmic beatings should appeal to the masses! Penguins kill polar bears: Penguins kill polar bears are a 4 piece band from Linlithgow in Scotland. This band follows in the footsteps of bands such as Biffy Clyro and the Xcerts. Vessels & Veins is their second EP. The EP is a sweeping masterpiece, receiving rave reviews from all who have heard it.


Tiny little robots

opened the show with their title ‘1000 lies’.’ It was a great song, full of energy, it really got the crowd going. Their second song seemed to be more structured with a sort of military sound to the drumming, with the beat remaining constant start to finish. The vocals where strong, not having to scream to be heard over the music. I loved the third song they performed called “it’s alright”. With its catchy lyrics and rhythmic music I would say it was my fav from them on the night! Following that was “search me”. This got a few screams from the ladies in the crowd, wonder if that was the plan all along? After search me came “we can dance” another upbeat song. Tiny little robots definitely warmed up the crowd for the next band...

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Aviation for Kids where the next band

on stage. These guys had a totally different sound to the first. This band was more “Grungy”. This band is loud, proud and never slows down. Their whole performance was LOUD! “Everything” was the first song they played. They then played “The interlude of Furious Pete”, both the first and second songs where extremely loud. The high octane volume of the guitars and drums made it difficult to hear the lyrics. On the up side though, it got everyone in the crowd jumping. The song “Circles” began next, this song began like a ballad, but before long they kicked it up a notch and kept the crowd rocking! “Don’t Waste Your Moments” was next to be played. A song with good meaning behind it. “Time Heals” was a good ballad; the song was all about childhood memories and wishing to be able to revisit them. “Tidal” was the final song by Aviation for Kids, the song had a very early U2 feel to it. Again it began like a ballad, before cranking it up, with the drummer banging those drums faster than ever....

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Your neighbour the liar were next to take to the stage. They began to play and

I was thinking “these guys rock” as they began belting out their first song. Then all of a sudden they slowed it down. I was getting confused, should I be bouncing up and down like a maniac or waving a lighter in the air? Although confusing at times, this bands drumming reminded me of “stiff little fingers”. Energetic they may be, at times maybe a little to energetic, as not only the crowd were moving but the stage as well, needing to be pushed back into position by the guitarist more than once.

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Finally, following a pre-performance huddle,

Penguins kill Polar Bears took to

the stage. Their image betrayed their live performance. Four ordinary looking guys in t-shirts, trainers and jeans. Judging by their on stage performance they should really have had long hair and be clad all in leather, although the strobe lighting and smoke machine easily made up for any wardrobe malfunctions. They began their set with a song called Lungs, taken from their new EP, Vessels and Vains. Lungs, musically similar to Snow Patrol, just happens to be my personal favourite. Between the Tide, played next, slowed the gig down a tad, this created images of rolling up a smoke, sitting in a dark room and imagining pink elephants! Their next track “309” another slow mover, had a similarity again to Snow Patrol, or maybe a lighter version of Creed. “In everything” opening with a melodic sound before lyrics kick in and flow along with the music in waves giving an almost underwater feel. “Wish with Worry” also from the new EP, and try as he may Ben’s vocals clearly shone with a Scottish accent. Think proclaimers without being creepy and you’ll get there. Well at least it’s not Donald where’s your troosers. Purely smooth and entertaining.


Since we’re being totally Scottish at the mo, we’re going for a jaunt doon the “Valley” next. A long slow intro carries you along before vocals begin and just as the title suggests, sweeps you along the “valley”. “Sandcastles”, a day at the beach, I think not, but buried in the sand I definitely agree with those lyrics. Not that I think that is what should be done with this track. The melody carries along throughout the track accompanied by guitar and drumming distinction. Next the band played “Father of Me” after announcing this was to be their next single release due out in April or May. I don’t want to give away too much about this, as its not been released yet. However it’s a song, full of meaning for a lot of people. Now nearing the end of their set, things were being slowed down a bit and the band played “Homebound”. This song had a very “vega4, life is beautiful” feel to it, speeding up towards and during the chorus. Finally, with a sort of Biffy Clyro sound they played Something Old. Really slow and purposeful. I think by this stage, the band were glad that things had slowed right down as their on stage performance had really worked up a sweat. There is, as always, a raw edge to live performances which you don’t get on recordings. Never make the mistake of comparing the two, they are completely different. Bearing these differences in mind, this was a stonking night out. I would suggest anyone thinking about going to see any of these bands that they should go. Just remember it’s going to be LOUD!!!

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Lips Like Braille - EP review by Danielle Bangham Lips Like Braille is the solo project of Ty Harrington. Started in 2008, Ty has spent the last few years writing and recording. Ty Harrington is only 17, so there’s not much of a story, as of yet, but he hopes you’ll all play a part in the one he is writing? This is the review of the brand new EP; you should go download a copy! Dirty Old Habits: Unreleased This was my fav on the EP, I love this song [Bonus Track] Lomond:

with its acoustic guitar being the only rhythm accompanying Tyler’s vocals. This song is perfect, his vocals & lyrics will have you captivated from the beginning. This is a song every girl will relate to and love. It’s one of those songs that will touch you, as at some point male or female you have been in this or a similar situation. It’s a song that is very basic with just vocals and guitar. However fans of Goo Goo Dolls, Hinder or Daughtry ballads will love this track.

This song appears to be metal based to begin with, but on closer inspection, it seems to be a battle with the voices in your head. If you just close your eyes you may make them disappear. A completely different spin compared to some of Ty’s other tracks. This shows his vision and versatility.

Bedtime:

This song was a lot more upbeat, the drumming, particularly the symbols kick it up a notch. Guitar and vocals join in adding more depth. This song appeals to a wide genre of music tastes and will keep you interested all the way through!

Demanding Eyes:

It’s defiantly an EP you’ll want to add to your collection....

After all the bouncing/moshing you did to the last track, this song slows things down again so you can get your breath back. Demanding Eyes is about never feeling satisfied with yourself. MySpace the band I’m sure we have all felt this way at some point. Never the less this song will pull you in, and keep http://uk.myspace.com/lipslikebraille demanding your attention!

Paparazzi: Lady Gaga cover [Bonus Track]

Lady who? This cover is rocktaculious! A fresh spin on the original. The male voice and a much slower tempo to the original make a difference you won’t believe. I’m no real fan of Lady Gaga, but was easily impressed with this version!

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C over Interview

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M e m bers: B e n Proudlock, F r a s er Sanaghan, G a v i n Cormack, K i e r an McGuckian G e n r e: Post Rock

How long you’ve be e n t o g e ther: Around 2 years.

What are you up to at the moment? We’re currently just finishing off our first UK headline tour in support of our latest EP, Vessels & Veins. We’ve also been in the studio writing some new songs and we’re going to be recording again towards the end of march.

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How d i d y o u g e t i n t o t h e music indust r y ? It’s str a n g e t o t h i n k t h a t w e are part o f t h e i n d u s t r y . I g u e s s w e just focus o n t h e m u s i c a n d p l a ying shows r a t h e r t h a n t h e m o n e y side of thin g s . A b i g t u r n i n g p o i n t for us was w h e n w e m e t o u r m a n ager and he e n c o u r a g e d u s t o g e t the ball ro l l i n g b y h e l p i n g u s t o get our m u s i c h e a r d b y m o r e p e ople across t h e c o u n t r y . Who w e r e y o u r f a v o u r i t e b ands growin g u p ? I think w e a l l s i g h t s i m i l a r i n f l u e nces from o u r y o u n g e r d a y s . W e all listene d t o a l o t o f N i r v a n a , The Smash i n g P u m p k i n s a n d W e e zer. Who w h e r e y o u r C h i l d h o o d music idol’s? Come o n , w h e n w e ’ r e y o ung, we al l l i s t e n t o w h a t e v e r chart nonse n s e i s g o i n g a b o u t , F raser had a M i c h a e l J a c k s o n o b s e ssion when h e w a s y o u n g , t h e first prope r b a n d h e g o t i n t o w a s Pink

Floyd. Ben started with Sum 41 and Kieran’s band were Limp Bizkit, maybe a bit embarrassing but when you look back a t it, they had some great tunes. Gav had a big love for Elton John and The Beach Boys. What age did you each decide music was going to be your career? I don’t think any of us have decided yet. This still isn’t our career, we’re still trying to make it our career and we’ll do whatever we can to make it happen but we all know there’s a distinct possibi lity that we’ll be back stacking shelves or sitting at a desk. Can you describe your early experiences of gigging and working on your first EP? We played shows around the local area for about a year before we started thinking about releasing an EP. The EP was a collection of the best songs that we had written since forming the band in 2008.


How w o u l d y o u d e s c r i b e your m usic? Loud f r e e f l o w i n g m u s i c f i l l e d with passio n a n d c h a o t i c e n e r g y . Who w o u l d y o u s a y a r e your greate s t i n f l u e n c e s a n d w h o do you pa r t i c u l a r l y a d m i r e r i g h t now in the i n d u s t r y ? I think w e h a v e a b r o a d r ange of in f l u e n c e s but we d on’t neces s a r i l y b r i n g a l l t h e s e d i f f erent in fluen c e s t o t h e t a b l e when writing o t h e r w i s e i t w o u l d just sound t e r r i b l e . C o l l e c t i v e l y I think we bri n g t o g e t h e r t h e i n f l u e nces that w e f e e l w i l l b e n e f i t the sound o f o u r b a n d - B r a n d New, Aereo g r a m m e , A p p l e s e e d Cast, Smash i n g P u m p k i n s , E x p l o s i o ns in the Sk y . A d m i r a t i o n b a n d , I think we lo o k u p t o t h e b i g g e r b ands that w e ’ v e p l a y e d w i t h a l r e ady. When y o u p l a y w i t h b a n d s like British S e a P o w e r a n d T w i l i g h t Sad and A n d S o I W a t c h Y o u F r o m Afar, t h e s e g u y s a r e p r o p e r t o uring bands w h o w r i t e m u s i c f o r a l i ving and e n t e r t a i n i n g p e o p l e i s their caree r . E v e n i f w e d o n ’ t t a lk to these g u y s w e w a t c h w h a t t h e y do and ho w t h e y p r e p a r e t h e m s elves for a s h o w a n d h o w t h e y a c t ually pl ay a s h o w . I g u e s s w e l o o k up to people w h o d o w h a t t h e y d o well and th a t ’ s w h a t w e a s p i r e t o do. Tourin g – l o v e i t o r h a t e i t ? Love i t ! P l a y i n g s h o w s i s t h e best part o f b e i n g i n a b a n d . P l aying shows t o s t r a n g e r s i s t o u g h but if you do n ’ t d o i t t h e n y o u ’ r e n ever going t o g a i n a n y n e w f a n s . O n this tour it ’ s a l m o s t l i k e w e ’ r e s t a rting again b e c a u s e w e ’ r e p l a y i n g to m uch s m a l l e r c r o w d s i n E n g land that w e w o u l d i n S c o t l a n d , but that d o e s n ’ t s t o p u s p l a y i n g hard

and I think the crowds down south are maybe picking up on that. There’s no point in being negative about playing a show because there’s not a lot of people there. Somebody’s paid in to see you so you owe them half an hour’s worth of sweat. What are your worst and favourite parts of being on tour together? We do get on well together, we all have the same sense of humour. Having said that, people’s personal traits do start to bug others after time. Sometimes you just need some time to yourself but thankfully everyone in this band is pretty lenient so if so mebody needs a time out, they’re allowed to get away for a while. What was the best gig you’ve ever played, and what was the worst? When you play so many shows, you start to pick up on little mistakes you’ve made throughout the show so performance wise, there’s never been a perfect show, without sounding incompetent, human error adds to a performance sometimes so if we make the odd mistake, it’s usually because we’re having a bit of fun on stage, so we judge our best shows on how much fun we have. Our recent EP launch in Edinburgh was a highlight, we sold out the venue and everyone was singing along, it was a great night for all of us. Worst show.... I guess we’ve had a few incidences with non fun ctioning PA system’s and stoned sound engineers who like to play along with our songs on their flute, they can be bad nights.


Could y o u b r i e f l y d e s c r i b e the m usic- m a k i n g p r o c e s s ? A n d how you co m e u p w i t h y o u r l y r i c s ? When i t c o me s t o w r i t i n g music we all g e t t o g e t h e r i n t h e s tudio and j a m o u t i d e a s u n t i l we’re happy w i t h s o m e t h i n g . W e ’ l l then work o u t a s t r u c t u r e a n d t h e song tends t o t a k e s h a p e a r o u n d that. Nine t i m e s o u t o f t e n t h e l y r i cs for each t r a c k h a v e a n e g a t i v e vibe, m ostly a b o u t e r r o r s i n f e e l i n g s and genera l l e t d o w n . w e d o n ’ t s e t out to writ e d e p r e s s e d a n d u p s e tting songs b u t I d o n ’ t t h i n k w e ’ d ever set ou t t o w r i t e a c h e e r y , h appy track e i t h e r . o u r f i r s t e p d a w n has a muc h m o r e g e n e r a l f e e l as far as lyric s g o , w i t h v e s s e l s a n d veins it’s a m u c h m o r e p e r s o n a l r e cord vocall y , w i t h h a t e f o r t h e p a ssion of a r e l i g i o n a n d c h a n g e to a family h o m e . If you c o u l d d o a c o v e r o f any song, w h a t s o n g w o u l d y o u c h oose and w h y ? Fraser : w e r e c e n t l y d i d a c o v er of This Is L o v e b y P J H a r v e y , I ’ d been a fan o f h e r ’ s f o r a w h i l e and I knew m o s t o f t h e o t h e r g u y s h adn’t heard m u c h o f h e r w o r k . I t h ough Ben’s v o i c e w o u l d s u i t h e r music quite w e l l , I l e t h i m h e a r t h a t one song a n d A P l a c e C a l l e d H o me. I think h e p i c k ed T h i s i s L o v e s t r aight away s o w e d i d a s i m p l e g u i tar / vocal s t r i p p e d d o w n v e r s i o n of the so n g

Who would be your ideal girl to date? Legs like a giraffe, arse like a peanut. What is the weirdest gift y ou have received from a fan? No weird gifts to date, so far everyone’s given us nice stuff like cakes. Our manager promotes gigs in Edinburgh and he pays bands in Butter, first time we played with us he gave us a stick of ‘manky bastard’ butter, that was odd. We liked it. What’s been the highlight for you so far, and do you have any regrets? Opening for Twilight Sad was a great night for us. Without sucking up, we are all big fans of the band so being on the same bill as them was a great night for us. No major regrets, maybe one or two shows that in hindsight we should not have done working with certain dodgy promoters but that’s all part of the game. What can we expect in the future from you? Hopefully more shows, trying to play as much as possible this year and release as much music as possible.

What would be the best piece of advice you have been given that you would like to share with our What s o n g d o y o u g e t r e q u e s ts for readers? the mo s t ? Never trust a hippy with a flute. Valley a n d H o m e b o u n d s e e m to be definit e f a n f a v o u r i t e s o f r e c ent. What artist would you love to collaborate with? There’s a dude from Edinburgh called Luke Joyce that has a project called “I Build Coll apsable


Mount a i n s ” w e w e r e t a l k i n g the other d a y t h a t i t ’ d b e g o o d t o do a trac k a n d h a v e h i m p u t t h e l yrics to it. H e h a s a w a y w i t h w o r d s that boy. The be s t g i g y o u h a v e b e e n t o? Ben - C i t y a n d C o l o u r . G a v - And you w i l l k n o w u s b y t h e t r ail of dead. F r a s e r - T h e F l a m i n g Lips. Kieran - A n t h r a x What d o y o u d o t o r e l a x when you’re n o t w o r k i n g ? We’re cons ta ntl y l i s teni ng to music, a cou p l e o f u s c o l l e c t r e c o r d s and we try t o g o t o a s m a n y s hows locally a s w e c a n . Who a r e y o u r c e l e b c r u s h e s ? Ben - K a t h e r i n e P r e s c o t t Fraser - L i v T y l e r Gav - M a g g i e G y l l e n h a l l Kieran - S h a n n y n S o s s o m a n Any la s t w o r d s ? Grow a b e a r d . P l a y l o u d . E a t Raw Meat. P u n c h B e a r i n F a c e .

Quick fire Questions… -The messiest member is: Kieran -The Prankster is: Gav -most attractive is: Ben -funniest onstage moment was: Ben knocking himself out by diving into the drum kit at a house party -Strangest gift from a fan: Nothing as of yet. The gauntlet has been set . -Do you have a question to ask me?? If you could turn any animal into a pie, what would it be and why? - chicken, because its sooo tasty


Nowhere Fast -EP review-

By Danielle Bangham From L ive r p o ol , “ No w h e re Fa s t ” a re a sh a r p i nd i e - p o p b a nd . T he band ha s a s k e d t h e R o c k e tte to re v i e w t h e i r b ra nd ne w E P. D raw ing inspiratio n f ro m Mo r r i ss e y a nd T h e S m i t h s a nd t h e R a m o ne s , t he y have a un i q u e ye t s u b t l e s o u nd . W h at a s to n k i n g E P t h i s i s ! ! !

L isten: T he track o p e n s l i ke t he s o u nd t rack f rom a n 8 0 ’s com p u te r ga me. W himsic al ch a rac te rs s k i p t h ro u g h yo u r i m a g i n at ion a s yo u l i s te n to this . T he l y r ic s a re slow a nd s mo o t h a nd no t j u s t t he u s u a l s c re a m ing dow n the m ic ! T he y ke e p te l l i n g u s we ’re fa l l i n g , fa l l i n g dow n a nd yo u h ave to wonde r i f we a re goi n g on a S e r ge a nt Pe p p e r s t y le t r i p ? A f ter a h ard d ay o u t a nd a b o u t , j u s t g ra b a cold b o t t le o f t he f i z z ie s t b e ve ra ge yo u c an f i nd , f i l l yo u r mo u t h w i t h ‘s pace d u s t p o p pi n g c a ndy ’, p u t t his e f fer ves ce nt t rack on a nd j u s t “ L i s te n” !

I K now A P l ace: W here the pre v io u s t rack wa s de f i n i t i ve l y f i z z y, t h i s t rack i s much slower. Im a g i ne a wa r m s u n ny s u m me rs d ay, s i t t i n g i n a me adow a nd yo u’ ll h ave fo u nd t he pl ace re fe r re d to i n t h i s s on g ! A ga i n , t he l y r ics are c le ar, b u t t h i s t i me t he y a re s o o t h i n g. “ T i me go e s by s o slow l y ” s o rel a x and go “ Now he re Fa s t ” !

O verall: “Now here Fa s t ” h ave a s o u nd t h at yo u wo u ld ne ve r con s ide r c a me f rom ‘ S co u s e-l a nd ’. T he i r slow me l low s o u nd i s i nd ic at i ve o f q u ie t co u ntr y l anes no t t he s praw l i n g c i t y s c a p e o f L i ve r p o ol . I f “ Now he re Fa s t ” were to fer r y c ro s s t he Me rs e y, t he y wo u ld u ndo u b te d l y u s e a p u nt .

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Halls Tainted Red Interview What are you up to at the moment? Well I been on spring break for about a week now. Heading back to school. I’m currently getting the album ready to get out there. Getting ready to tour this summer. How did you get into the music industry? Hard work. A lot of hard work and begging friends to help out. I’m glad I have amazing friends. Who were your favourite bands growing up? That’s a really good question. I always loved Michael Jackson, though he isn’t a band. He was a bad ass mother F***er. Who where your Childhood music idol’s? That actually goes hand and hand with the question before this. Michael Jackson for the win. What age did you each decide music was going to be your career? When I was about 15. I just always wanted to be a rock star. Wake up, write music, eat, sleep, tour and get with girls? Perfect life for me.

Can you describe your early experiences of gigging and working on your first EP? First songs I recorded were, quite frankly, really bad. I recorded in a rush and it sounded like I never practiced any of the songs beforehand. It was... an experience to say the least. Gigging for me was never that bad. I could always find shows when I first started. I just never had enough songs to actually play. As I got better as a musician, I wrote more and more thus giving me more shows. How would you describe your music? Brutal. Who would you say are your greatest influences and who do you particularly admire right now in the industry? Honestly. No one. It is corrupt and silly. Its harder than ever to day to make it as a successful artist. Touring – love it or hate it? Love it. It always great to meet new bands and see new places.

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What are your worst and favourite parts of being on tour? My favourite part of tour has to be meeting new bands and see new locations. Fans are always a bonus. I don’t really believe there are any negatives. What was the best gig you’ve ever played, and what was the worst? Worst. Campfire sessions. Best so far had to be a show I did in Philadelphia a few months ago. Could you briefly describe the music-making process? And how you come up with your lyrics? Well, first I start off with either a drum pattern

What song do you get requests for the most? Faded Liles. Everyone loves the Piano intro and break down at the end. Who would be your ideal girl to date? Piercings, tattoos and a love for humour. Not too short and not too tall. Someone not stupid and has a hard on for metal. Great hair is a must too. Not bitchy though. I already was with a few girls like that. What’s been the highlight for you so far, and do you have any regrets? Highlight is getting my name known, band and actually name. Ha-ha. Regrets? Never.

Everything is just a learning experience. What can we expect in the future from you? Music and touring. Getting my name and lights and jealous Ex’s. What would be the best piece of advice you have been given that you would like to share with our readers? Best advice I have ever gotten was “Take the compliment and just say thank you. Don’t let it get to you head”. Aunt Dee taught me that. What artist would you love to collaborate with? Waka Flocka Flame. HIM doing the whole rap thing over a break down I wrote. That would be dope. The best gig you have been to? Summer Slaughter 2009. Suffocation really killed shit.

I hear in my head or a guitar riff. Then I either write the guitar parts then vocalsor I write the drum parts and vocals. Vocals are always last. My music is quite complex but for me, very easy to write. The lyrics I write are usually stuff that has been on my mind. Things like war, religion, denial of religion. Haha. I dont know. The lyrics have meanings but I like when the fanstake their own meanings.

What do you do to relax when you’re not working? Sleep, read books and have a good laugh with friends. It’s always fun to laugh.

If you could do a cover of any song, what song would you choose and why? Any Beatles song. Their music is catchy and it would sound funny with some death metal vocals.

Any last words? I just want to thank the fans for everything. And look out for me in the future.

Who are your celeb crushes? 1. Lindsay Lohan 2. Avril Lavigne 3. Hayley Williams


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I n D epth Inter view Wit h :

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M u n k i n p u r e is an Indie/Rock band who slowly but surely seem to be turning t h e o r i g i n a l sce n e i n t o a d a n c eathon between Rockers, Hoppers and House junkies. Drawing o n v a r i o u s inf l u e n c e s t h e y f u se various musical elements together, to form a genre their fans h a v e s t a r t e d to c a l l M u n k i n R o ck. Munkinpure seem truly unique, and believe it’s only a matt e r o f t i m e bef o r e t h e y h a v e you on your feet and dancing. Ho w d i d y o u c o me up w i t h t h e n ame for y o u r b a n d ? Was it y o u r F i r s t c h o i ce?

D a r r y l (bassist) and m y s e l f (Travis) were o r i g i n a l ly performing i n a n o t h er band together w h i c h I was hoping to c a l l M unkinpure. No o n e e l s e really liked the n a m e s o I kept the idea i n t h e b ack of my mi nd. O n c e t h at band broke u p , w e started putting t h i s b a n d together and I i n s i s t e d that we call it M u n k i n pure. D i d y o u have any ot her b a n d n a mes in mind? N o t r e a lly no, because M u n k i n pure started as m o r e o f a solo project t h a n a band, once the b a n d m embers started t o c o m e around a lot the m a t e r i a l had already b e e n p e rformed under t h e n a m e Munkinpure, s o w e kind of had to k e e p p e rforming under t h a t n a me.

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What does each o f y o u bring to the band? We’re all just big m u s i c lovers, so I gues s t h a t we bring our diff e r e n t influences togeth e r a n d somehow fuse t h e m into whatever it i s t h a t people want to p i g e o n hole us into. Genr e w i s e I think that alt h o u g h we’re in a place musically that f e e l s like everything h a s been done our sou n d i s quite unique. We h a v e kind of an indie s o u n d , with hints of pop p u n k , mixed into a m e l t i n g pot with dirty roc k a n d easy listening. We t r y and cater for eve r y o n e :-)

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

Well, Darryl and m y s e l f are brothers so t h a t ’s easily explained h a h a . As for Chad (w h o i s currently touring w i t h SA band Kold Pro d u k t ) , he was playing in a b a n d called Replay wh o w e would often gig w i t h .

It just so happened that when Replay broke up, we needed a guitarist and Chad fitted in with us really well. As for James, him and I go back about six years n o w, a n d a c t u a l l y m e t while working together i n o u r l o c a l p u b . We g o t on really well and he has been kind enough to join the band while C h a d i s a w a y. I n f a c t we’ve been so happy with him that we’ve made him a full time Munkinpure member and will be altering the line up once Chad is b a c k f r o m t o u r. Which 3 words would you use to describe your music? Good passionate rock. How would you describe the ‘look’ of your band? Mmmm, good question. I guess we try and go for that slightly Rock n Roll meets Indie Punks type l o o k . We t r y a n d s t i c k t o

a colour code of black, white and red, which again probably sounds cliche, but we’ve been wearing those colours from the start and kind of hope to include it with the image of the band for as long as i t ’s f a s h i o n a b l e . I t ’s i m p o r t a n t fo r a b a n d t o look like a band now days and we definately look like we’re all in the same band. Who or what are your major influences? Wo w, w e c o u l d l i s t a n entire CD store here. To k e e p i t s h o r t I g u e s s we’d have to say that we all just really enjoy good music. Anything f r o m t h e o l d s t u ff l i k e Hendrix, The Who or Sabbath to the new s t u ff l i k e At t a c k A t t a c k o r F a l l O u t B o y. We ’ r e huge Motley Crue, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, but also love things like Mumford and Sons or A d e l e . We ’ r e l i v i n g i n


a t i m e where there is j u s t s o much good stuff o u t t h e r e that it’s not f a ir o n yourself to box y o u r s e l f to one genre. W h o d o you like and w h o d o n’t you li ke, why? We l i ke everyo ne, p r o v i d e d the peo ple w e ’ r e t a lking about are g o o d t o each other. We d o n ’t l i ke people l ike R ob e r t Mugabe - he’s h a d a n u gly hold on the p e o p l e of Zimbabwe f o r w a y to long. We n e e d t o show love for e a c h o t her, no matter w h a t c o lour or shape. L i f e s h ould be valued y o u k n o w?

Wh i c h songs do you p e r f o r m m ost fre q u e n t l y ?

Wo w, a ll of them and m o r e . I guess our f a v o u r i t es would be M in e a ll Mine, Clap y o u r H a nds and Kill ing Ti m e , b ut we’re always working on new

material and enjoy throwing our rend i t i o n s of old classics l i k e ‘She’s not there’ b y t h e Zombies into our s e t s . Performing is just w h a t we do and we e n j o y doing it. What are your rehearsals gen e r a l l y like? We take our rehe a r s a l s really seriously, so they’re generall y a l l work. I think, be c a u s e we pay to rehear s e w e know that we ne e d t o make the most o f t h e time that we h a v e , otherwise we mig h t a s well spend the m o n e y else where. We u s u a l l y go out to the p u b afterwards thoug h s o that we can all ca t c h u p and chill out a bit . Do you have a s e t time each wee k i n which you practi c e o r are rehearsals m o r e spontaneous? They’re set, we u s e d t o

practice every Monday evening, We d n e s d a y evening and Thursday evening, but now days we only do Monday evenings and every s e c o n d We d n e s d a y o f t h e m o n t h . We d o m o r e if we know that we have important gigs coming up. Individually we each practice as much as we can though a n d t h a t ’s g e n e r a l l y e v e r y d a y.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

Staying on top of things in regards to our Internet presence can be quite challenging, especially if we’re doing tours or gigs. Also, trying to balance out some time at home away from gigs and band promotions can b e a l i t t l e d i ff i c u l t . We d o m u s i c b e c a u s e we love it though, so w e w o u l d n ’t c h a n g e a

t h i n g , i t ’s t h e b e s t j o b in the world. W h a t ’s t h e o n e t h i n g y o u H AV E t o h a v e o n tour? Our iPods, Mobile P h o n e s a nd C a s h h a ha... W h a t ’s t he w e i r d e s t thing you have ever signed? M m m m , t h e r e ’s b e e n two strange things a c t u a l l y, t he f i r s t w a s a pair of shoes at a show w e d i d i n S a s o l b u rg , South Africa and the second would have to be some this one guys white Formula one jacket in one of the smaller towns we did, I swear that Jacket probably cost him a fortune, but he insisted that we use permanent marker?

Q u i c k Q u e st i o n s … Favorite song ever:

Travis - Everlong - Foo Fighters . Darryl - I can’t mention one - the r e ’s t o o many. James - Panama - Van Halen.

W h a t ’s y o u r r i n g t o n e :

Travis - Long Cool Woman in a b l a c k dress - The Hollies. Darryl - Barbara Streisand - Duc k s a u c e . James - STandard polyphonic rin g t o n e .

L a s t a l b u m y o u b o u g h t: Mun k i n p u re i s p ro u d l y e n d o rs ed my Marshall Music, South Africa, Zildjian Cym b a l s a n d W h a r fe d a l e m i c s and speakers. Please check out their respective we bs i te s

www.t witter.com/munkinpure www.facebook.com/munkinpure www.myspace.com/munkinpure www.reverbnation.com/munkinpure

Travis - Destroyer - KISS. Darryl - Scream - Ozzy Osbourn e . James - American Saturday Nigh t - B r a d Paisley.

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When di d yo u realize yo u wa nte d to be a s i n ge r / songwrite r ? It all sta r te d w h e n I was 15 . I wa nte d to be a s i n ge r b u t I didn’t h ave my own mus i c a n d s o I started to co m pose mu s i c .

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What ins p i re s you when yo u w r i te your son g s ? I depen d s . Va r i ous th i n g s or

ex p e r i e n c e s ca n be an I n s p i rat i o n . Fo r t h e s o n g “c i rc u s o f d e at h ” fo r exa m p l e , I j u st s aw a p o ste r o f a c i rc u s A n d I go t i n s p i re d . Fo r B a l l a d s a s i m p l e ra i ny d ay g i ve s m e i d ea s . B u t i t ca n a l s o b e a n i nte re st i n g d i s c u s s i o n w i t h f r i en d s , t h e m o o n o r i f I ’m ta k i n g a b at h o r I s e e a b e a u t i f u l wo m en . D o yo u p l ay yo u r ow n m u s i c , o r d o yo u h ave a b a n d ? Ye s I p l ay my m u s i c a n d I h ave o f co u rs e h ave a b a n d w h i c h p l ays eve r y t h i n g fo r m e at

my co n c e r t s . I n s ome songs I p l ay G u i ta r a n d k-board T h e M o st p owerful lyrics a re ? T h ere a re m a ny fine songs b u t i f I h a d to choose one t h e n I wo u l d s ay: Have nice d ay by B o n j ov i W h i c h a r t i st wo uld you like to co l l a b o rate w ith? T h ere a re m a ny different m u s i c i a n s i n t h e whole world w i t h w h i c h i t would be a g reat h o n o r to work with. If I h a d to c h o o s e o ne right now i t wo u l d b e Syste m of a Down


H ow do you re l ax w h e n yo u ’re not singing ? I d on’t need spec i a l t h i n g s to relax. In the sum m er u s u a l l y you will find m e i n o n e o f the many beaut i f u l b e a c h b a rs that we have h e re . I l ove eating fruit s a l a d s , by t h e beac h. I n the winter we en j oy s i tt i n g in the studio a n d d r i n ki n g beer ...but in t h e s u m m e r we eat fruit s a l a d s by t h e beach. There i s n o t h i n g g reater than that! D o you have any p re - g i g r i tu a l s / lucky items? I d rink with my b a n d s h o t s a n d talk about the m i sta ke s we made in the p a st t h at were embarrassin g , s o we ca n laugh about it. W h ich instrument d o yo u w i s h you could play ? V i o lin W h en is your next to u r ? I t ’s not decided yet . W h e n t h e re will be any news , s o m e b o dy can be inform ed o n my webpage

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net x e l a e g r /geo m o c . r e et itt w t . n w w x w le … a s n e o sti e rg u Q o k c e i x Q u r i t e s o n g e v e r :t w a n t t o m i s s /g e l m o A on’ Fav co e . th - I d i m e s g o r c Ae r t a o p g n i e s h e : a t t n y me G n m / . age mo t x s D n : o g w t m ron e nnies w l o rted w a t s w Yo u r f u c d n a . he ba e e When t m rg u ) c l : i l e o r h u s o o lc o plea v e not a a m Guilty a I e t g bu r ( l o h / o alc pu . m w : d o o o e f w Favo r i t i B o l o g n e s e .c w t t e e h Spag b s u m a t r e g o t How I m e TV pr u Favo r i t a n g t h e o r y & o b y The big her . ot w your m 39 w w


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Th e v i d e o i s called Go o d D a y t o Die and it f e a t u r e s on our ne w E P t o be r eleased so o n e n t i t l ed ‘Row Aw a y f o r m t he Rocks’ Wh i c h yo u s h ould all ge t d o w n t o a live sh o w a n d s n a p up!! Wa s t h i s y o ur first vi d eo ? Th i s i s i n f act our se c o n d v i d e o, our fir s t v i d e o ‘Elevate’ wa s r e l e a s e d a good fo u r ye a r s ago of f th e ba c k o f ‘ State of Mu t e F e a r ’. S o this is an e x c i t i n g time for us ! i t s be e n a while, bu t w e r e ba c k !!

Who directed video?

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video...!! I th i n k o u r fans will be ple a s a n t l y satisfied with t h a t .

Two incr edible guys from leeds that deserve massive Did you have a r ecognition, Ben choice of ho w y o u Daur e and Tom Box. wanted the v i d e o to be done ? ( i . e . band, sp ec i a l What was the story of ef fects inc lu de d behin d the video? or animated, e c t ) Insanity...if it was Tom and Be n destructive or look ed Both sat down with u s a nd incr edibly cool then it made it onto the explained the i r i d e a s for the vid e o , we video. wer e instantly b l o w n away by what t h e y h a d What message was in mind and le t t h e m it trying to send to get on with it! w e h a d the public/fans? r egular little u p d a t e s Explosions and wier d of how the vid e o w a s cr eatur es been shot coming along! T h e r e i s in the face and been one shot in par t i c u l a r, run over mak es a cool i think it was t h e E P I C


GU N O F D O O M in the ba c k a l l e y, w hich Ben to l d us t o ok two da ys t o r e n d er, which is m a m m o t h ! Wa s th a t y o ur first ch o i c e o f how to ma k e i t ? Th e r e was probably qu i t e a few stupid ide a s floating aro u n d i n c l u ding arm ba n d s , w e d d i ngs and dr u n k e x e r cise but th a n k f u l l y o ur sanity wa s s a v e d by Tom and Be n .

To v iew the whole video please vie w t h e band’s Youtube w w w.y o u t u be . c o m / u s e r / m i s h k i n 1

Ar e you excited ab o u t the next vi d eo ? Ve r y go n n a mi n d ! !

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Wh e r e c a n people see y o u r v i deo? Th e usual places, Yo u t u be , myspace, ou r w e bs i t e and of co u r s e o n t h e Red Bull Be d ro o m ! An y mo r e sh a r e ?

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Ch e c k us out on r e d bu l l be d room jam, on m o n d a y 2 1 st we will be p l a yi n g l i v e across th e i nt e r n e t world of aw e s o m e ! G et down to o n e o f o u r gigs as we l l a n d p i c k up the ne w E P ‘ R o w Away from th e R o c k s ’ r ecor ded wi t h t h e b o ys from Sik T h .

To contact the band view the band’s M y s p a c e w w w. m ys p a c e . c o m / m i s h k i n

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H ow d i d you choose the name of your band H ave yo u c h a nged the band’s name before? I p a s s e d out on my friends doorstep af te r a n i g ht o n the sauce, He slept on 57... We have n ’ t c h a n ge d it before but we probably should o f, it ’s a te r r i b le name! W h at genre of music do you consider your wo r k to b e ? Who are your major influences? S o m e form of Rock? We all love great br i tt i s h b a n d s l ike Biff y Clyro, Hundred Reasons, H e l l i s Fo r H e roes to stuff like Blink 182, New fo u n d G lo r y etc... W h e n d id you form your band? S u m m e r 2008, we started of as a four piece w i t h a d i f fe rent singer but he left and I was l ef t to t r y s i n g ...

i s t h e I ro nwo r ks i n I nve r n e s s , i t j u st s o u n d s fa nta st i c . G re at ve n u e a n d i t ’s a t wo m i n u te d r i ve h o m e ! We h ave S co tt i s h d ate s co m i n g u p i n A p r i l a l l t h e i nfo i s o n w w w. h e s l e pto n 5 7 . co . u k

H ow h a s yo u r m u s i c evo l ve d s i n c e yo u f i rst b e ga n p l ay i n g m u s i c to get h e r ? I t h i n k we h ave m at u re d a l o t s i n c e we sta r te d , o u r m u s i c h a s a l ways b e e n q u i te h o n e st a n d f ro m t h e h e a r t . We j u st d eve l op t h e m o re we p l ay I suppose.

A re yo u s e e k i n g fa m e a n d fo r t u n e ? A we e b i t o f fa m e a n d a we e b i t o f fo r t u n e ? I wo u l d h ate t h e l i fe st y l e w h e re yo u ca n ’ t go to te s co a n d d o yo u r s h o p p i n g w i t h o u t gett i n g b o mb a rd e d by fa n s , I ’m n o t ve r y go o d at a c c e pt i n g co m p l e m e nt s . If a m a d e l o a d s o f m o n ey I wo u l d s p e n d i t i n a s e co n d . S ay i n g t h at , eve r yo n e n e e d s to m a ke a li v i n g a n d i t ’s n i c e w h e n p e o p l e sto p to s ay t h ey l i ke a t ra c k o r w h ateve r. T h e re ’s a h a p py medium!

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W h at i nspired you to make music together ? Ky l e a n d myself used to sit and watch blin k v i de o s fo r hours, they defiantly had a major i nf l ue n c e . We just got o n as friends and both s h a re d t h e s a me taste in music, it made sense.

W h e re have you performed? What are yo u r fa vo u r i te and least favourite venues? Do you h ave a ny u p coming shows? We h ave played as north as Thurso and as s o u t h a s H u d dersfield but my personal favourite ve n u e

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W h at a d v i c e d o yo u h ave fo r p e o p l e w h o wa nt to fo r m t h e i r ow n b a n d s ? D o i t . Wr i te m u s i c t h at get s yo u exc i te d .

H ow ca n fa n s - to - b e ga in a c c e s s to yo u r m u s i c ? Yo u ca n d ow n l o a d a t ra c k fo r f re e f ro m o u r we bs i te ( w w w. h e s l e pto n 5 7 . co . u k ) o r b u y i t (t h e b ette r o pt i o n ) f ro m i Tu n e s o r ou r b i gca r te l sto re (w w w. h e s l e pto n 5 7 . b i gca r te l . co m ) Yo u ca n a l s o l i ste n to i t o n s p o t i f y.


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Do yo u guys have any other hobbies beside s , o bv i o u s l y, making music? N o t re ally? That ’s kind of sad but we ju st l i ke h a n g i n g out with our friends and actin g l i ke idiots!

Q u ic k Q u e s t io n s …

-b es t gi g yo u pl ay ed & w hy : In ve rn es s, m ad ha tt er s on th e la st da te of ou r la st Su m m er to ur. w e ha d a st ag e in va si on it w as nu ts ! Th er es a vi de o on yo ut ub e it s br il li an t!

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W h at ’s your most embarrassing experienc e ? Tu r n i n g up to the wrong venue in Aberde e n . I t wa s q u ite funny though?

W h at ’s your dream holiday? I ’m go ing on it. Driving around America ! N o t s u re a bout the other guys...

W h at i s your musi c background: I started p l ayi n g d r ums when i was 11, my uncle got m e i nto N i r va n a and the Cure and i was hooked wit h m us i c af ter that. I “borrowed” his guitar th at h e st i l l h a sn’t got back. I started strumming a b o u t f ro m t here and so it begun...

I f yo u could play on your dream tour, what b a n d s wo u l d be on it supporting you? I think I wo u l d rat h e r support Biff y Clyro!

-You r fu nn ie st on st ag e m om en t: O ur st ag e in In ve rn es s, it w as fa nta st ic ! Br ok e a fe w th in gs th ou gh .. .

-l if e on to ur is : Sm el ly

-b an d yo u w ou ld lo ve to su pp or t: Bi ff y Cl yr o

-w ou l d yo u da te a fa n: D ep en ds ho w ho t sh e w as .. .

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S u b j e c t M a t t e r - E P r e v ie w

by Danie lle Bang ham

S u b j e c t matter a re a 4 piece rock b a n d f r o m D ublin. Following the release of t h e i r n e w E P , the band has asked The Roc k e t t e t o r e v i ew it. This is the bands first E P , s o p l e a s e take the time to listen to it! Dra w i n g i n s p i r a tion from different genres, t h e s e g u y s d efiantly ha ve something differe n t t o o f f e r a nd are well worth a listen.

I n order on the E P : G ive it to Me St r a i g h t : A d e e p sustained guitar intro and rhyt h m i c d r u m beats hook you in. The some w h a t e e r i e s ounding lyrics are easy to liste n t o , g i v i n g an overall pleasant experie n c e . “ G i v e i t to me straight” has a consi s t e n t u p b e a t sound from beginning to end. T h i s t r a c k c ould be referred to as a ‘Ron s e a l ’ t r a c k , i t does exactly what it says on t h e t i n , i t g ives it to you straight!

T he pass at dar k : A t N o . 2 we have an old school entry. W i t h a d e f i n itive Hendrix feel “The pass at d a r k ” c r o o n s into view. It’s completely diff e r e n t f r o m t he first track on the EP. Wit h i t s p r o m i n ent electric guitar riffs, you’ l l b e d i g g i n g out your old tie-die ‘T’s and wea r i n g d a i s i e s in your hair. The lyrics are disti n c t l y

slow and indifferent but more over, it’s the sounds that will stir you. This track most definitely goes with a ‘bong’.

O Nani Ama: With a completely different sound to the other tracks on the EP, “O Nani Ama” implodes with an almost electric current flowing through it, well sort of AC/DC ish anyway! Although the lyrics have a more retro “Punk Rock” feel to them, you should still be head banging to this crazy mix. And of course, it is always great to sneak in some swear words in a foreign language.

Overall, “Subject Matter” have a groovy retro sound. They appear to be influenced by the 60’s and 70’s, from prog rock to punk rock and everything in between. Guitar solos aplenty, an influential undercurrent of drumming, all topped off with adaptive lyrics tweaked to suit each particular track and each designed to be completely different from the other. “Subject Matter” with their querky sound and grungy image, are surely destined for greatness.


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