Getting To Know Max Portnoy, Son Of Mike Portnoy, And Incredibly Talented Young Drummer Of The Energetic And Creative Metal Band “Tallah”

LLTM: How was the band “Tallah” and the name created?

Max: I had been with “Next To Nothing”* for a while, but I just decided I wanted to do something new. I was filling in drums for the band “Dollskin”*, and after one of the shows, I had set up a booth that said “Help me name my new band!” I got like four pages of names, and then this little girl just came up to the booth and wrote her name on this sheet. “Tallah” I just really liked it. Our name-logo is actually in her handwriting, but the spacing has been slightly modified.

As for the band itself, my guitarist, Derrick, said he was down for something new. I had seen our bassist, Cooper, play with one of his other bands before, and I remember I couldn’t take my eyes off of him, so I was like, “Someday I’m gonna ask you to be in my band.” Well, That day came, and he said he was absolutely interested. We got another guitarist who has since quit, but through him we found AJ, our current rhythm guitarist. Justin, our vocalist I found online. He has two YouTube channels and I had known about and liked his style for a while, so my dad and I reached out to him. Justin listened to a rough mix of our instrumentals, said he was down, wrote lyrics for them, and then like a week later we played our first show! The rest is history.

LLTM: Which Artist have you been compared to and do you agree?

Max: So far, we have been compared to Slipknot *, Korn*, Code Orange *, Linkin Park*, Suicide Silences*, System Of A Down*, and Toby Keith*. I would honestly have to agree with all of that because I can hear a little bit of all of them in uS. The influence is definitely there, but I feel like we have our own sound/style going on too.

LLTM: If there were a book written about your music career so far, what would be an appropriate title and why?

Max: Hmm… If there was to be a book written about me and my music career so far, I would probably title it, “Peach Fuzz”. I’m a young musician. I started young, I have big aspirations, and I’m just looking to have fun right now. There’s plenty of time for my music career to take off and grow, but so far… I think I’ve only scratched the surface of what the music industry has to offer for me.

LLTM: Who has been some of your biggest musical inspiration?

Max: The obvious bands like Slipknot *, Korn*, Linkin Park*, And System Of A Down* have been massive influences on me in my writing, but the number one inspiration on my list will probably surprise you. Drake Bell* is a vocal God, lyrical genius, and outstanding performer/actor. As “Tallah”, We make a completely different sound than him, but I think if Drake had a chance to really hear us and see us perform, he would become a fan for life. He is just an incredible artist. He released a song last February called “Rewind,” and it totally got me thinking about my path as a musician and a person in general. Drake raised the bar, and I want to show him that “Tallah” can reach it. I don’t want him to lose faith in my generation.

LLTM: Did your father “Mike Portnoy” have any influence on you wanting to play the drums?

Max: He obviously had some influence because he’s my dad, but he never really pushed it on me. When I was a kid, we had a drum kit, but he never made me play or anything. I picked it up on my own. I wanted to take lessons, and he wanted other teachers to teach me. Drumming just came kinda natural to me, and he encouraged me to keep going.

LLTM: If you had a one person audience, who would you like to see and why?

Max: As I said earlier Drake Bell* is my hero. If I can only have one person in my audience, it would be him. He’s just such an awesome guy and musician. I want to show him what I’m made of.

I don’t know, I just want to shake his hand, maybe buy him one of those birthday cards that sings when you open it up, but get it custom-made to play his song “I Found A Way,” and personally put it in his pocket. And then when he opens it, it will play the song, and a couple $2 bills will fall out onto the floor of the venue. Wink at him, go to my drums, and then we’ll start our set. We’ll make sure the doors are locked too so that he can’t leave until it’s over.

LLTM: Where do you hope to see “Tallah” in the next five years, and what will it take to get there?

Max: In the next five years, I would like to see us on some big tours, on a good label, maybe here at least one song on the radio, see our music videos get some massive views, and overall just take off. I think what we’re doing right now is what it’s going to take to get there, but we need to push even harder. We have our own sound/image, and every member of the band gives 110% when we play a show. A lot of today’s bands do not “Go There.” We do. It’s only a matter time until the right person notices. It’s simple metaphysics.

LLTM: If you could pick any venue to play show, where would it be and who would you like to open for you?

Max: I don’t really care where the venue would be. At this point, we’d love to open for Slipknot*, Korn*, Code Orange*, etc. We just want to play for people. We put out tons of energy, play a good show, and we just want the right crowd. It’s simple metaphysics.

LLTM: When can we expect a new EP or Album release?

Max: I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up, but the fans can expect an EP release pretty soon! We’re just waiting for the right time, and we’re working on some killer, new stuff on the sidelines while we wait. It’s just simple metaphysics.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2018?

Max: Because of metaphysics, there is a lot of factors and outcomes yet to be determined, but we’d ideally like to get on as many tours as possible. All of us are really excited and ready for some possible small, spring/summer tours, but we have not caught up to that moment quite yet.

For more info on “Tallah” from social media accounts, tour dates, music and more go to http://www.facebook.com/tallahpa

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

Hope Romine❤️

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REVIEW FOR UK INDIE ROCK BAND MODERN COMFORTS- EP “RESTLESS YOUTH”

 

Modern Comforts is a four piece Indie Rock band from Burton upon Trent (UK), and the members consist of Connor Curran ( lead vocals), Louis Ranyard (lead guitar), Nick Kerry (drums) and last but not least, Conal Mortan (guitar, bass/vocals). Modern Comforts first formed in 2015, and by early 2016 they were already signed to Sound-Hub Records.

With their upbeat melodies and catchy lyrics, you can’t help but want to put each song on repeat. Their first EP “Entertain Me, Don’t Serenade Me” was released in 2016, even though that was a great EP, I’m so excited for the release of their newest EP “Restless Youth” that comes out May 25th!!

“Restless Youth” is a 7 track EP, that has many different styles and vibes. Even though each song sounds like Modern Comforts, it has a sound and similarity to some well known bands like “Cage The Elephant “, Green Day”, “The Struts” and I could keep going on and on, but they still sound like themselves, which is an amazing thing to do with all the variations and elements in each song.

“Get Away For The Weekend” is definitely my favorite single on this EP, with a punk vibe that will have you bobbing your head and tapping your toes, and will absolutely get you ready to “Get Away For The Weekend”.

“Your Moodswings Give Me Whiplash” is my 2nd favorite, but almost tied for number 1. I love the fun and bouncy melodies, guitar riffs, drums and the vocals are amazing and the sound compares a lot to one of my favorite bands, “Cage The Elephant”

“Spin Out” is in my opinion the 3rd best track on this EP, the instrumental intro had a sound of extreme similarity to “Green Day”, in their  earlier days.

Here’s a track list and my overall rating for each one..

”Restless Youth”

1. “Get Away For The Weekend “ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. “Spin Out” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

3. “We’re Not Listening” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4. “Your Moodswings Give Me Whiplash” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. “The Feeder” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

6. “Dirtbox” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7. “Muddy Jeans” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For more info on this amazing EP, that I can honestly say is my favorite EP this year so far, touring info or more click on links below. Don’t forget comes out May 25th!!

http://www.moderncomforts.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/moderncomforts

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE❤️

 

GETTING TO KNOW DASH COOPER, LEAD VOCALIST OF TALENTED ROCK BAND CO-OP, WHO’S FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS.

LLTM:  Is there a meaning or backstory to how the band name CO-OP was created?

Dash: I   Wanted to pay homage  to my last name, But I also wanted it to mean something more. CO-OP Means working together to achieve a common objective and I think that’s what we are all out here to do. Also, there was a “Dash”  in the middle. Win win win… 🙂

LLTM:  Who has been your biggest musical inspiration(s),  and can we hear any similarities in your music?

Dash: I  Think my biggest inspirations are The Beatles*, Beach Boys*, and Four Seasons*. Listening  to those older songs gave me a real base for writing lyrics and song structure.

LLTM:  With  the music industry always changing what do you think  is the biggest difference now versus 20 to 30 years ago?

Dash: We  Live in a digital age where we can hear and see bands at the click of a button and often  “For free”. I  think  artists have to work harder and smarter to make it or maintain in the industry today. We still need people wanting to see concerts live and buying hard copies of records. The Internet has made it more challenging but I think the true artist will push through and come out on top.

LLTM: If  you had to choose between being blind or deaf, as a musician, which one would you choose and why?

Dash: I’d  definitely say blind. I’d like to think I’ve seen a lot in my life and I can imagine the colors in my mind that I have had the pleasure to see. Being deaf would make it difficult for me to be a singer, write  music and obviously hear new music.

LLTM: If  you could be a musician from any decade, which decade would you choose and why?

Dash: I would say 70’s, 80’s or 90’s. I know that’s 3, but I feel like CO-OP  could fit into any three of those decades with our style of music. I feel like all three brought elements that we really like and use in our music today.

LLTM: What  do you hope the fans get from your music?

Dash: Just A refresh and reset about  what rock n roll  is about. We want to be one of the bands that is present during the rock revival and I believe it’s coming in the near future. More and more I’m hearing beings move in that direction and I feel it’s only a matter time before rock in roll comes back with a vengeance.

LLTM: If  you were given the power to control anything for 30 days, what would you control and why?

Dash: I  would probably control the radio NTB waves and do a hard reset on the top 40. It seems that what is said in your face on TV and radio gives you a sense that it’s  “good” “I  should be listening to this “ or “it’s cool”.  I’d  be very interested to see how 30 days straight rock ‘n’ roll would change people‘s perception or musical tastes.

LLTM: Of  all of your songs, which one seems to be the fan favorite?

Dash: We have been having a lot of success with our single called “N.O.W”, that has been getting a lot of radio play and fan requests.

LLTM: Has  The writing or recording process began for a new album, if so when can we expect it to be released?

Dash: We haven’t started writing a new album just yet, as our debut album releases June 15th of this year on EMP Label Group.

LLTM: What  does the touring schedule look like for the spring and summer 2018?

Dash: We just got off about a month long tour with FLAW* and The Crowned* and it was a great experience. We are looking forward to touring this summer in support of our album!

For more info on this amazing rock band CO-OP, from band news, tour dates and more,  click on the following links

http://www.co-oprocks.com

http://www.facebook.com/CO-OP

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC                                                                                                HOPE ROMINE ❤️

 

 

Rock Band “ A Life To Live” Releases Amazing Tribute To Chester Bennington As Well As Helping Others In The Process.

A Life To Live, featuring former members of From Ashes To New, have released their emotionally impactful tribute video to Chester Bennington with a cover of Linkin Park’s song “One More Light”. The band, who had been working on the video since January, were waiting for the right time to release it. The one year anniversary of Linkin Park’s album, One More Light is on May 19th and they felt this would be an appropriate time for the video’s release. The band is currently writing their first independent LP with producer Rick Lander (Flaw, Dead Horse Trauma). The yet-to-be-titled LP is expected to surface later this year, but you can count on new material emerging as we progress through 2018.

“We are incredibly excited and proud to release this long overdue tribute to Chester. We wanted to take this opportunity to not only pay our respects to such an immeasurable influence on us personally and the rock world at large, but also do our part to raise awareness for mental health. I have been open about my struggles with depression in the past in hopes of letting others know it’s okay to talk about it because you are not in this alone. Any and all proceeds made from our rendition of “One More Light” will be going to charity in support of mental health awareness.”

– Much love and respect, Chris Musser & A Life To Live

The “One More Light” video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/YY_vFIe30qY

A Life To Live is an American rock band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 2018, the band consists of Chris Musser (lead vocals, guitar, bass), Tim Donofrio (drums, vocals) and Branden Kreider (lead guitar, bass, vocals). All three members are formerly of rap/rock band, From Ashes to New (Better Noise Records). The new project marks a much anticipated derailment from their rap/rock past. As they explore their newly reinvigorated passion for music, the band is plowing ahead showcasing their eclectic influences and dynamic versatility as musicians. Their unapologetic approach to songwriting makes it abundantly clear that they have no intentions of going quietly into obscurity.

Getting to Know Dallas based Hip Hop Artist Junya Boy

LLTM: How was the name “Junya Boy” created?

JunyaBoy: I have the same name as my dad, so I’m a Jr. People used to say things like, “Jr., boy you crazy”, Jr., boy you better stop that”. So I just adapted to being Jr. Boy. I spelled it J.U.N.Y.A. just to be different, but also cause that’s how most people pronounce it.

LLTM: What has the reaction been to your current single “He Ain’t Right” (featuring Bryson Tiller*)?

Junya Boy: Aww man, it’s super crazy. I see kids sometimes that know me, and they be happy to see me. And the ladies going crazy. I love it.

LLTM: Who’s been your biggest musical inspiration, and has it changed in the last 5 to 10 years?

JunyaBoy: My biggest inspirations would have to be Lil Wayne*, Notorious B.I.G* and Flo Rida* and that has never changed. And probably never will.

LLTM: Do you feel like there are any missing elements in the hip-hop industry today?

Junya Boy: Yes, it’s missing substance and just a real flow, people just rhyme to a beat. It’s very dumbed down now.

LLTM: If you could walk in the footsteps of any musician for 30 days who would it be and why?

Junya Boy: Lil Wayne* and Future*. I would just like to know what goes through their minds on a daily basis and see how they live, you know?

LLTM: What do you hope your legacy will be as an artist in the future?

Junya Boy: I want to be a living legend. I don’t want to have to die before the world fully grasps my talent. I want to make something my great grandkids will be able to live on. I also want to go into acting.

LLTM: When was the first moment where you realize you wanted to be in the music industry?

Junya Boy: I was about nine years old. This has always been my dream, but I was finally in a position to pursue my dream in 2017.

LLTM: in your opinion what decade do you think has the best hip-hop artist in music, and who are some of your favorites from that decade?

Junya Boy: I would have to say 90s. That decade is monstrous. Lil Wayne*, Jay Z*, Biggie*, Nas*, 2Pac*, Big Pun*. I could go on and on with the 90’s. It’s the classical era.

LLTM: When can a new EP or full length album be expected?

Junya Boy: I actually have a mix tape out, on Spinrilla, and you can expect a full album first quarter of 2018.

LLTM: Are there any touring plans in the future?

Junya Boy: I have a mini tour coming soon. It’s just being put together now, setting dates and things like that. You can book me to come to your city for a reasonable price. 662-425-6866 (Mike Ellis)

For more info on Junya Boy, from music, tour information, And more click on following links

https://twitter.com/junyaboydallas?s=09

https://www.facebook.com/junyaboydallas/

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

Hope Romine

GETTING TO KNOW Theresa Jeane (TJ), Vocals and Keys For Nashville ROCK BAND “THE NEARLY DEADS”

LLTM : Is there a story on how the band name “The Nearly Deads” was created?

TJ: We wanted something that sounded punk rock, but also paid how homage to Florida, where the band originally formed. There’s a saying about Florida that is “Home of the newlyweds and the Nearly Deads “.

 

LLTM: What bands have you been compared to you and do you agree?

TJ: We don’t get as many comparisons these days as we used to. It’s always flattering to be compared to band who is successful and whom we admire. On our most recent tour I was getting a lot of comparison to the senior named Doro Pesch, which led me to research her, and it was a pretty spot on resemblance!

 

LLTM: What song would you recommend a newbie listen to you if they are not familiar with “The Nearly Deads”?

TJ: Definitely, “Never Look Back”. It’s still a fan favorite, and A good Intro to our mixed grunge/pop sound.

LLTM: What is one thing that your fans my not know about you?

TJ: I played clarinet in my high school marching band.

LLTM: Do you think there is an advantage or disadvantage to having a female lead vocalist?

TJ: The challenges we face as a band are the same that any other band has. Sometimes it works out, like when we’ll get put on an awesome bill with other huge female fronted bands. Being a woman in the industry is awesome no matter what, it gives me a platform to try to be a good role model to young women and teach them to be strong and to trust their instincts.

LLTM: If you could give up anything for 30 days,to perform with any artist for one hour, what would you give up, and who would you perform with?

TJ: I’d choose the Foo Fighters, and I’d give up carbs.

LLTM: As an artist, if you had to choose to be blind or deaf, which would be the easiest to cope with as a musician?

TJ: Being blind would be easier to cope with, because I would still be able to listen to music and enjoy it, I’d still be able to feel the piano keys and write music.

LLTM: If you can create your very own music festival, what would you name it, and what other bands would be part of the lineup?

TJ: I’d call it the “Zombie Fest”  and fans will be encouraged to dress iad zombies in order to attend. We’d play  with Muse, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2017 and spring of 2018?

TJ: We’re currently playing out our year, and are always looking for new bands to tour with!

Peace,Love and Music ❤️

Hope Romine

For more info on this amazing and energetic band, from social media accounts, music, Merch and more visit http://www.thenearlydeads.merchnow.com and follow them http://www.facebook.com/thenearlydeads

GETTING TO KNOW THE AUSTRALIAN ROCK BAND “BLACK PINK”

LLTM: How was the band name “Black Pink” created?

Jason: Our drummer Joe, was having a few drinks listening to Rihanna* and blown away by her voice, he made the comment she is the black version of Pink*, the artist. Both are awesome singers.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical influences, and will we hear a similarity in your sound?

Jason: We have so many influences but between the four of us we would say the main influences are Stone Temple Pilots*, Muse*, Van Halen*, U2*, Led Zeppelin*, and Black Sabbath*. We also can’t forget the biggest Aussie band AC/DC*.

LLTM: Which song off your newest EP seems to be the fan favorite?

Jason: Probably have to say ” Oh Not You Again” and also “Runaway“. Both are easy on the ears but still have balls and rock out.

LLTM: If you could open for any band or musician, who would it be and why?

Jason: It would have to be Chickenfoot*. During the early days of BlackPink and putting the band together, they were a huge influence on our sound. It would be a buzz opening up for them. Love to do a shot of tequila with Sammy.

LLTM: Do you think being from Australia influences your sound or style?

Jason: The live scene in Australia is tough and there are so many great original rock bands out there, so keeps us sharp. When we write songs we always look for hooks and something that stands out from the rest.

LLTM: If you had to choose to lose either your musical talent or your musical passion, which will be the hardest to lose and why?

Jason: Musical passion would be hardest to lose. No matter how much talent you have, if you don’t have the passion there is no vibe. We have all been playing music for a long time and it’s just a part of life.

LLTM: When writing lyrics, does it come more from a real life story, or the use of your imagination?

Jason: All of our songs are from real life experiences from relationships, everyday life, and funny things that have happened.

LLTM: Any touring plans for the remainder of 2017?

Jason: We will just keep plugging away at the local scene in Melbourne, there are so many great venues to play at. If any good opportunities come up, we would definitely consider them.

LLTM: What has the response been to your newest EP Release?

Jason: It has been awesome, we have had so many messages and emails of support from punters, fans and friends. We are really looking forward to playing the new EP songs live and at new venues.

FOR MORE INFO ON BLACKPINK FROM MUSIC, SHOWS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE CLICK   www.blackpink.webstarts.com

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE

 

Getting to Know Scott Artis (Vocals) and Tony Phillips (Guitarist) From Ohio Based Rock Band “Facing Fire”

LLTM:  How was the band’s name “Facing Fire” created?

Tony : We were thinking about names and “Facing Fire” came up. To me, it meant confronting your fears and fighting your battles. Everyone has them and, at some point, you must face them.

Scott: I think it was one of those names that meant a little something different to each of us, just like we feel it does to our fans. Ultimately, I think it has that feeling of overcoming whatever battles you are dealing with.

LLTM: What has been the response on your single, “Dying Inside”?

Tony: We have received an incredible amount of truly great compliments from people. It was the first song we wrote when we put the band together and to watch it come to life from recording it in the studio in Nashville, TN to the music video we shot for it – https://youtu.be/rRinP3N8teM to hearing it play on the radio stations across the country.

Scott: Amazing! We honestly didn’t know what to expect from people when we put the single out. Instantly there was nothing but love and support. The message seemed to really resonate with people. For us as musicians and songwriters, it’s all we could ever ask for.

LLTM: Was “Dying Inside” lyrics written from any certain personal experience?

Scott: Everything I write comes from a personal experience. It may be something that I watched someone go through or something I went through myself. For “Dying Inside” it was a little bit of both. We get caught up in so ma,y situations in our lives that literally take over the important things. In our hometown drugs and alcohol has ruined so many families. I wrote these lyrics drawing from my personal experience with the issue. Overall, I think it was a message that basically said it isn’t to late.

LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to, and do you agree?

Tony: Well, so far, we just have the one single out in the public… but we have heard comparisons from Three Days Grace to Linkin Park… and can see where they see that a little bit. I personally think we sound like our own thing. I mean, we’re not reinventing the wheel or anything, here. We’re just writing what we feel. If that draws comparisons to other bands, that’s great. Hopefully, the EP that we are releasing will help to round out the sound of the band and people will get a better picture of the type of band that Facing Fire is.

Scott: Yeah, so far it has seemed to be Three Days Grace and heavier style Linkin Park. I don’t really know why that is the comparison but we embrace it. I think the comparisons will start to take shape once people hear more of our music. Honestly, we have so many different influences and I like to think that they all come through our music in some way. We definitely want to be own band but if things we love find their way to influence our music then I’m good with that.

LLTM: If you could claim one song as your own, which one would it be and why?

Scott: Music is art to us so I think to try and claim what someone put their heart into is hard. Music comes from such a personal place in most in most musicians. I feel I couldn’t write their song and I don’t think they could write ours.

LLTM: How do you seem to overcome self-doubt in the music industry?

Tony: Well, Scott and I have been doing this stuff for a while. We’ve been in a few different bands together… and we’ve made some great decisions along the way… and a couple not-so-great decisions, too. But we own those decisions and roll with the consequences. With Facing Fire, we’re just doing everything we can to put our best foot forward- to make every song the best we can make it, to make every show count whether we’re playing for 5000 people or five people. There’s no room for doubt, so we talk things out… sometimes, we talk things out a lot. We may not always agree 100% with each other, but we always work it out to something we both are happy with and believe will help the band move forward… and that’s what it’s all about, in the end- the success of the band.

Scott: I think to be successful in the industry you just have to put it out of your mind. This business is all about rejection. We lay our heart out there for people to see and you always have those people that don’t understand it and try to bash it. The band has to be like family. You have to be there for each other. If you start doubting yourself it becomes really hard to be open and honest in your music.

LLTM: As a musician, what is the most important thing to you?

Tony: When I started playing guitar, I wanted to be a “shredder.” I wanted to cram as many notes into a guitar solo as I possibly could. It was fun, it got me noticed… Nowadays, I barely ever write a solo into a song. I’m more concerned with crafting a song that grabs the listener’s ear and gets their heads bobbing and then letting Scott write the lyrics that pull them in and gets them singing along.

Scott: To create music that people can relate to and allows me to have an outlet for things I can relate to.

LLTM: If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?

Tony: The possibilities are endless, here… but if i had to pick one character, I would pick Calvin from Bill Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip. Calvin was the best, had the best imagination a child could possibly have, was a complete smartass, and had an imaginary cat for a best friend. He was never afraid to call anyone out on their bullshit and saw the world for the truly incredible place that it is.

Scott: Hmmm it’s not really a character but i will go with one of the Voltron guys. I love the concept that they are stronger when they come together. I think in this situation it relates well!

LLTM: Has there been any funny moments while on tour or during a show?

Scott: Looking back there are many from stories. Sleeping in our car one night in Nashville because of no hotel rooms due to the NCAA tournament is definitely a funny moment, not so much at the time. haha

LLTM: When can the fans except Facing Fire’s newest EP to be released?

Tony: We’re working with our label, Pavement Entertainment, on that as we speak. It should hopefully be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, ect. soon.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2017 and early 2018?

Tony: We are working to set up some shows around the country in the next few months. There have been some opportunities presented to us for some touring with a couple different bands, but we are going to stay quiet on that until we can talk more about it.

 

For more info on Facing Fire from tours, music, merch and more please visit http://www.facingfire.com

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting To Know Danno, Drummer of Baltimore Based Hard Rock Band “Silvertung”

LLTM: How was the band name “Silvertung” created?

Danno:That happened at an early rehearsal for the band. A porn movie was on in the background and someone said “Silver Tongue” and Speed said, That would be a great name for the band, but lets spell it “Silvertung”

LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to and do you agree? Why or why not?

Danno: Our fans were just talking about that on one of the Social Media sites and they compared us to Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Alice In Chains and a bunch of others.  It’s very flattering…we can only be “Silvertung“. We have influences just like every band does.  We create music that we love playing.

LLTM: What has been the easiest thing so far in the music industry, and what’s been the most challenging?

Danno: The easiest and the most fun we have is playing live. There’s nothing better than getting on stage and sweating our hearts out for people who appreciate what  we do.     The most challenging- there’s so many obstacles in the music industry. The music business landscape is changing in dramatic ways and the dynamism of the environment requires us to think in new ways. Radio is important, but so is advertising, promotion and marketing. Media is proliferating and publicity is a valuable means of getting attention for us. We’re growing and still introducing ourselves to the world. I believe we have a story worth telling. Silvertung isn’t about being in fashion, it’s about us being true to ourselves. I’ve read lots of stories declaring that rock is dead. that music is dying out or losing it’s luster. The days of living the “rock star” life are few and far. It’s tough and we’ve been very fortunate to have 3 Billboard Rock Radio Chart hits, it’s not easy.

LLTM: If any one of your songs could be on a movie soundtrack, which song and what movie would it appear on?

Danno: “Face The Music” because it was inspired by something our manager said to us, “Keep pushing forward, don’t worry about what anyone says, because that doesn’t matter in the long run.” The lyrics are about taking some of the negative reactions and turning it into something positive. For what movie would it appear in… I’m going “old school” and say “Rocky.” Just like Rocky, we’re the underdogs, but we believe in our music and what we’re doing. This is our time to rise up and take our shot at the title.

LLTM: When was the moment when you realized that you wanted to be a musician for a career and not just as a hobby?

Danno: This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I was a real little kid the first time I heard my dad playing Metallica and I started banging on stuff and fell in love with the drums. I started hanging out and jamming with the older kids in the neighborhood and joined a few bands. When I met Speed, I found someone who shared my passion for music and we started writing together. There’s nothing better than hanging out with my brothers in the band, playing and creating new music together.

LLTM: What 3 words best describe Silvertung’s sound/style?

Danno: Aggressive, high performance, yet I believe we retain some melodic elements. It’s all about the songs for us.

LLTM: What is your 5 year goal for the band and what will it take to get there?

Danno: Touring, touring, touring!! We’re writing new music all the time. We want to continuously release new music every year. It’s a digital world, people aren’t buying physical CD’s like they used to. The latest trend is downloading a bands latest single or listening on Spotify. Our goal is keep writing new music, keep touring, and recording when we’re not on the road. Silvertung isn’t going away, new challenges lay ahead and we’re eager to embrace them.

LLTM: What do you hope people will get out of your music?

Danno: Enjoyment. A chance to escape whatever problems we all have in life. Getting up on that stage and performing is my escape. Playing music eclipses anything I’ve ever felt. It’s my passion and runs through my veins.

LLTM: With your new EP “Lighten Up” being released October 27th, (the first single “Dig” hits radio October 9th) what are the differences and the similarities to your last album “Out Of The Box”?

Danno: “Out Of The Box” is what Silvertung has always been about and who we are- which is a hard rock band. That’s what we do best. I love the aggressive presentation, it’s a very “in your face” release. With “Lighten Up,” people will hear Silvertung. like they have heard before. This is an all acoustic release. We’ve done some acoustic shows, but with “Lighten Up,” we reinvented each track for this release. It is the most innocent…hearts on our sleeves…exposed the nerve…kind of record. We took the honest approach on it and recorded it in the studio. We set up facing one another and performed the tracks live. We spent two days in the studio. The first day ourselves going over the arrangements and preparations. On the second day, we invited a few friends and some media people into the studio so we could perform live for them. We ran through the set list a few times and that is the basis of the release. It was very different for us and for everyone there. It felt more like a jam session.  “Lighten Up” gave us a chance to stretch out and do something different. It’s already fired us up for our next release. We’ve already written 8 new songs and have booked studio time after the first of the New Year.

LLTM: Are there any shows or tours for the remainder of 2017?

Danno: YES- we have a few short runs that we are going to NC, TN, FL, SC, PA, VA, WV, OH and a few other places. We’ll finish off the rest of the year with shows. In between we will continue to write, rehearse and work out new material to prepare for our next release. We had a band meeting yesterday at our managers house and there’s so much going on with this band. Things I’m not allowed to talk about YET. It’s very exciting for us.

WE SAY THIS ALL THE TIME, BUT IF IT WASN’T FOR THE FANS, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

 

For more info on Silvertung, from touring, music, social media accounts and more visit  http://www.facebook.com/Silvertungband

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine

 

 

 

Getting Real With Brandon Hurley from Rock band “Octalux”

LLTM: Is there a special meaning or backstory to the band name “Octalux”?

Brandon: We tell people it’s Latin for orgasm, it’s not, but people buy it haha. Actually the name came about because one of my favorite Lexington bands was “Supafuzz” and I wanted something cool like that, so me and a friend were drinking one night trying to come up with names and “Octalux” was written on a piece of paper, I don’t know which one of us named it, it doesn’t sound anything like I wanted, but we went with it and it’s to late to change it now haha.

LLTM: What song would you recommend a newbie to listen to you, to get a feel of what Octalux is all about?

Brandon: Hmm, “Ashtray Face” or “Chromosome” or “Emo Song” those are pretty good, but in all honesty, Octalux is all about self belief, defining what you will and won’t do, no matter the obstacles, you only fail when you quit, so we never quit. We’re all about empowering people to do for themselves with their lives what they want to do. We never say anything about level of difficulty or time frame for achieving dreams, don’t look at the clock and don’t get caught looking at the height of the mountain.

LLTM: For sound comparison, who would you compare yourself to you and why?

Brandon: We’re an all original high energy rock band, all of us love all kinds of different music. Brent is all about 90’s rock, Tony is all about great guitar playing and Chase and I are card carrying members of the KISS Army!  I grew up listening to my dads old country albums, so when I learned to sing and play, it was all Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash as well as Barry Manilow and John Denver and tons of rock! All the greats!!

LLTM: If you could walk in the shoes of anyone for 24 hours, who would it be and why?

Brandon: Nobody, because no one could be a better me than me, and I couldn’t do justice to someone else’s life because each of us is made with special talents and gifts, that makes us “us” and I wouldn’t have access to anyone else’s past experiences that have shaped them into who they are today. I hope  that counts as an answer. But just for fun I guess Paul Stanley, playing a KISS show in all his glory would be fun!

LLTM: If you had to give up one thing for one month, to perform with anyone for one hour, what would you give up and who would you perform with?

Brandon: TV or sex, both are fun, but can be a major distraction and as for who? Probably Marc Hutner of the 90’s band Sugartooth,  their 1st album has always been a major go to for me, the lyrics, guitar tones, feel, and everything, that’s who I’d perform with!

LLTM: If you could relate to any cartoon character, who would it be and why?

Brandon: Me personally, I’d say Daffy Duck, his sarcasm is a lot like mine. As a group I’d say we’re like “Super Friends”, we all bring something different to the table and we’re out to save the rock n roll world!!

LLTM: If you had a one person audience, who will it be and why?

Brandon: James Hetfield or my dad, Hetfield for all the inspiration and my dad, who’s passed away, never got to see me perform and he gave up his dreams of performing when he and mom had my older brother.

LLTM: What is one thing on your bucket list, you get to have completed?

Brandon: To write the perfect song, to own a Ibanez Iceman w/o something horrible happening within months of me getting it. I’ve had 3 and bad juju followed me each time I got one, I refuse haha.

LLTM: Has the writing and recording process began for new album or EP?

Brandon: We kicked off our return to the rock world in late ’15, started the “Atomic” run of shows in early ’16 and between interviews, shows and all the business side and a ton of personal issues for each of us on the aide, we managed to write an album and a 1/2 worth of new material, so the writing is all but finished, save a few lyrics and melodies, we started recording “Noize in the Blood” in August and things are going quite well so far, we’re trying something new as it’s an interactive recording process where we take anyone who’s following us in social media and give them snippets of the actual recording process, behind the scenes footage, pics, ect and we put different things in different platforms so there’s always something new people can find.

LLTM: Any touring plans for the remainder of 2017?

Brandon: No, we’re playing some shows with friends, the Outlands Rock Fest w/ Tantric, Smile Empty Soul and then some promo stuff. We’re pretty open about opportunities so if something comes along we may, but if not, we’re just going to focus on “Noize in the Blood” and worry about melting faces in 2018!!

For more info on Octalux from music, touring info or Merch… 

http://www.facebook.com/octalux.rock

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE