Kill The Music is a Brisbane record store specializing in punk, rock and hardcore and despite the resurgence in vinyl, has claimed it is “fucking dead”. After all that the shop has done for the metal scene in Brisbane, it’s a shame that due to financial strain it won’t be able to survive.
Violent Soho & The Amity Affliction have got behind the cause though and are both holding benefit shows which I would make every effort to get down to if you can!
The Amity Affliction
Sunday 22nd December @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
w/ guests Wish For Wings, The Daylight Curse, In Ashes We Lie
Tickets: $35 (+b/f) via The Hi-Fi
Monday 23rd December @ Crowbar, Brisbane
w/ special guests
Tix: $15 (+b/f) via Oztix
“I’m speechless,” wrote Voge, expressing his thanks to both Brisbane outfits on a social media post. “The people that have helped to make this [happen] will forever mean more to me than a status update can attest. What is happening can change my families[sic] life for the next 12 months and it’s all because a bunch of punk rock dudes are putting on some punk rock shows. Shit is awesome!!”
Killswitch Engage's vocalist Jesse Leach had a chat with Loudwire about what it was like to rejoin the band after leaving for 9 years, his approach to creating his music and some bands he’s loving at the moment!
After time away from Killswitch, what is the most important thing you needed to consider when you recorded ‘Disarm the Descent’ and also for new music going forward?
It was about being honest. You can’t go into a record with too much thought. How’s the audience going to perceive it? How’s the label going to perceive it? Is it going to make radio play? All of these things that are there, you can’t focus on that stuff because it’ll destroy the art. I’m totally into the art of music I’m not one of those people where it’s like, “We need to make a song for radio and it needs to work well.”
With that being said, there’s a part of me that realizes with the nine years that I’ve not been in the business and they took on a different sound, the songs were more of an anthem, very melodic, huge choruses. In my mind I wanted to bring my style into it but tweak it a little bit where the melody and the bigger choruses still play a role. The last thing I wanted to do was copy a style but also wanted to push my own style to fit with the times and who Killswitch is currently. That was kind of a challenge but I’m happy with what we did.
For me, I would rather do music I believe in and make less money rather than craft music for the sake of making it popular. The moment you start doing that as an artist and walk into the studio saying, “How is this going to work for me?” then it might be time to look for a new job or you’re going to make a lot of money and good luck to you. That’s just not my style, I’ll take the money but I got to do it on my terms. It’s a curse and a blessing, it’s ‘My Curse’! – wow that was a terrible joke.
What about who you are now as a musician and person can we hear on the latest record?
In the back of my mind I was thinking about this term metalcore that has been kicked around so much and there’s a part of me that really doesn’t like that term but I get that people have to define genres. My big thing is “core” where does core come from? By definition, it’s the core of something, the center, the beginning point and for me that’s hardcore. Metal and hardcore bred to make metalcore, essentially that’s where it started. As the genre went on, I feel like people really lost touch with that and it became it’s own bastardized version of what it what it was supposed to be. Coming back to Killswitch, I wanted to bring that hardcore element back whether it was lyrically or with that positive mental attitude.
Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Sick of It All, that’s where I come from, that’s my core and I wanted to bring that back in to Killswitch. I think it’s important for the younger generation to realize that’s where that music comes from, from people that have something to say – whether it was punk rock and I even tied it to hardcore and the early days of hip-hop. It was music with a voice that was saying something and metalcore lost that. You sing about relationships, you sing about this and that but there’s got to be something there where it’s like “Wake up, something’s wrong in society and think positive.” I really focused on bringing that message back and sonically too, there’s a bit of yelling style of screaming as opposed to just the high screaming or low guttural stuff. I wanted to find that middle, more hardcore sounding voice.
With all the bands that you have toured with since rejoining Killswitch, which have made a long lasting impact on you?
Gojira and in the same mouthful Mastodon, as well. We did a festival with them but this particular one in Sweden – it was Gojira then Mastodon after that. Just coming back into the scene after not being on the road and not being at a lot of live shows especially overseas, my jaw was on the floor when I saw Gojira playing stuff off the new record. I heard the name before and it’s always like “Yeah I hear they’re great” but I witnessed it and it’s powerful.
Then Mastodon, they’ve been one of my favorite bands for easily a decade. I love where they are right now, they’ve developed their style where they’re incorporating rock and roll and this stoner vibe but still with complexity. I just have so much respect for both those bands. I’m just really happy they’re able to serve, maintain and re-invent what the current metal and rock ‘n’ roll scene is for me.
Head over to Loudwire to check out the rest of the interview!
Check out this behind the scenes footage of Obey The Brave's latest clip 'Full Circle’!
Paolo Gregoletto and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium had a chat with The Rave TV before a show in Wisconsin about working with Dave Draiman on their latest album ‘Vengeance Falls’ and a couple of things about touring! Check it out. Definitely can’t wait to see these guys at Soundwave!
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci had a chat with My Global Mind Magazine about performing live and how he achieves that guitar tone. Check it out!
Robert: Are there any songs that you look forward to performing live, songs that still make the hair on your arms stand up?
John: It never gets old, it really doesn’t. Songs come alive every night and can be a new experience for someone. You might have someone in the audience who has never seen us before and hearing it for the first time. We are aware of that. You try to play the song better than you had before. They pump you up.
All the way back from playing “A Fortune in Lies” off the first album is an exciting moment. Fast forward to Dramatic Tour of Events with “Breaking all Illusions” which is a really great song to play live. Songs from Six Degrees… have a ton of energy. Songs like “Spirit Carries On” really gets the audience moved and on the same page. It’s challenging and all so much fun to play.
Robert: Are there any pre-show rituals that you or the band does?
John: We do get together before going on stage and we talk to get our heads in the same place and bond. You’re about to walk on stage and play together for the next few hours so you want to feel connected and make sure that everyone is in the same head space; a good head space. If someone is feeling out of sorts or detached it’s a great time to bring them in and restate why we are here and what we are trying to do. Many times we talk about the people that have come to enjoy the show. They went through a lot to get here, whatever they needed to work out in their lives; they got babysitters, they traveled, and purchased the tickets. So it’s up to us to deliver the goods! We’re always in that head space about the audience and less about us at that moment.
Robert: You’re an amazing accomplished guitarist, at what point in your career did you realize that your style was truly unique?
John: It’s hard to answer that from my own perspective because when I’m playing I know where it is coming from and the sources. Guitar players get inward and analytical about their playing but when you start to get positive feedback from other players it makes you think that it is coming together. For me the first time I started hearing comments like that was after Images and Words was released. It seemed like there was a jump from the there for me stylistically. It wasn’t something I picked up on it was comments that I received from other people and players.
Robert: Many guitarists are out there talking a lot about guitar tone and “chasing tone”. How important is tone to you?
John: I’m a hopeless tone chaser! [laughing]. I love it and get into the whole thing. I would say the more the better when it is comes to development and marketing. It’s actually fun. For some it can be a frustrating thing. There are so many great things out there. It’s a depends on the mood I’m in, how do I want to change the sound today and what are best pieces of gear that I can use to do that. It’s a combination of using your ear and the way you play the instrument. I’ve been fortunate to work with companies that I endorse because I love their gear. Whether Music Man, Dunlop, or DiMarizo to me these companies have supported me in such a way that’s invaluable. I often think about my Music Man guitars being 100 million percent tailored to my needs as a player and how lucky I am. With all those tools at my disposal, I’m 100% into chasing tone and checking out new equipment and “geeking” out during sound check by taking too much time [laughing]. Getting it exactly perfect for that night! Or in the studio weeks before the band gets in trying to get just the right sound.
Check out the rest of the interview at My Global Mind
Troy Sanders of Mastodon had a chat to Artist Direct about what’s next for the band now that Live At Brixton has been released and he gives some info about the band’s next record!
Do you feel like the new material picks up where The Hunter left off or are you on a whole new trip?
I think, to a degree, it picks up where we left off. As always, nothing was really pre-determined and spoken of beforehand like, “Okay guys, we need to write a lot of long epic songs and a lot of short sweet songs. We need to have a couple of slow ones”. Nothing like that was predetermined verbally amongst the four of us. We go in there and we kind of pick up on whatever comes through Brent and Bill’s fingers and their guitars and build and build. I guess it’s going to be more of a continuation of where we left off with The Hunter. Hopefully, it’s just a collection of good Mastodon rock ‘n’ roll songs. That’s where it’s headed.
Obviously, your bond is at its strongest after all of these years and records. How much does that bond serve as a catalyst for creating new music moving forward? This band exists with all four of you doing your own thing and converging on one vision.
True!…There’s a lot of trust and faith in one another. Let’s say I could be doing some bass tracks in the studio and those guys don’t even have to be there because they trust me to do my part. I trust them to do their parts individually. Most of the time, we’re all together, giving pointers, and saying, “This might sound better. Try this”. We have a lot of good teamwork still. The same four dudes have been together for fourteen years. There’s something to be said about that chemistry and the continuity of that. It’s very unique. I think the tightness comes from constantly playing live shows. That’s where it really comes through—the repetition of playing our set night after night.
What’s next for you?
This is our thirteenth year of doing a Toys For Tots benefit every December with a group of friends called Bully. I’ve been rehearsing with those guys. I’ve been going up to Nashville to start living there for a month to record the new Mastodon. I’m going to cruise up there in a couple of days. Brann is situated. He’s all good. He’s up there knocking out some drum tracks. We’ll let him do his thing for a few days, and then join in and start working.
Read more at Artist Direct
This time every year it amazes me how much effort (and cash) people put into putting their Christmas light displays up and if you haven’t seen online what SlayerBob does, you’ve been missing out.
His display this year was in tribute to Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman.
“I worked the entire year on Christmas displays all over the U.S. I had planned on bringing you new bands this year, but due to the passing of Jeff Hanneman, I Had to do one last Slater tribute. With the time that I had, I was able to creat this light show. This one goes out to all the fans of Metal and especially Jeff. Brough to you by Slayer Bob. Crank it up!!!!”
Commercial dance music festivals are a growing entity. They’re growing in stature, credibility and esteem. People go to them for the right reasons. Including yours truly who was offered a day ticket to Stereosonic this weekend and when you get such a proposal accompanied by the assurance that the super sort you’ve been chasing for a month will be in attendance, there’s really only one response. Her blatant infatuation with the festival leaves me with the safe assumption that she’s not a Cool Accidents reader. Anyway the hopeless romance I have with original, boutique music not to mention the fairer gender had me on the first train to Flemington which from the off was a surefire indication of the beautiful things the day was going to throw our way.
On arrival at the Showgrounds the first thing on the agenda was of course getting an alcoholic beverage to settle the sheer exhilaration of it all. We needn’t have worried; the queue to buy the innovatively priced $30 drink ticket followed by the queue to buy from the huge variation of canned drink handled that in flying colours.
Alas, time to head to the ingeniously curated main stage where the one man band charismatically stood on a tall platform staring and nodding towards what must have been a fine pair of kicks. I’m ashamed to say that I can’t remember his name although I could take an educated guess that it was of Central European origin. My evident enchantment with this artist was not enough to retain my attention longer than a song or two. Or was it three? Tough to tell. I decided to take a breather from the main stage and it’s noticeably inebriated yet well-conditioned audience. Search #stereosonic if you don’t believe me.
On my travels I took a trip to the densely arranged portaloos which were abstractly decorated with heaps of those small plastic bags you might keep a button in. Once again my passionate yet limited comprehension of commercial EDM means that my next stage visitation is also uncaptioned but at least I could see the DJ in question.
I could go on forever about this memorable and momentous day of music but severe effervescence coupled with hindsight drink ticket purchases got the better of me and the ability to recall the rest of the day’s events get a bit hazy from here on in. What I do know is that it must have been a fractious debate between the festival directors to decide whether Calvin Harris or David Guetta would headline. I can imagine there’s lots to take into account what with their insane stage set ups, delicate PA formats and flights back to Europe. Token fireworks to top it all off? Why the hell not.
And in answer to the question I can hear ya’ll screaming; no I didn’t get lucky.
I Killed The Prom Queen's guitarist Jona Wienhofen is an ambassador for The Carly Ryan Foundation and for anyone who isn’t aware of what it is, it’s a pretty important cause.
15 year old Carly Ryan was seduced over the internet by who she thought was an 18 year old guitarist from Melbourne, who in reality was a 50 year old balding pedophile who prayed on young girls over the internet. After building a relationship with her online for 18 months, he convinced her to come to Melbourne to meet him. When it didn’t go his way first time (the man pretending to be the guitarist’s Dad, with Carly understandably getting upset and leaving), the man’s 18 year old alter ego convinced Carly to come back and meet again, only then to murder her. You can read the full story here.
Carly’s Mum, Sonya, has set up The Carly Ryan Foundation in memory of her daughter. It is a non-profit organization aiming to create awareness and educate children and parents using the internet. She aims to expose thousands of pedophiles, and honestly, I can’t think of many better causes.
Check out the website and make sure you’re aware of who you could be talking to online. Unfortunately this isn’t just a myth that our parents might vaguely have told us about when we were setting up our first MSN accounts all those years ago, and one girl tragically lost is already too many.
First, the metal community brought us Christmas sweaters for the festive season. Now, DOWN have released a smoking Jesus Christmas ornament - perfect for any metal head’s Christmas tree! Not the cheapest decoration at $12.99 but if you’re keen, head over to the bands online store