Jeffrey Wellfare – Capture The Crown

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So, starting off how did Capture The Crown start? How did you all meet one another?

Jeff: It started when we decided we wanted to create music that we all enjoyed. We knew each other through mutual friends.
Getting into things, Capture The Crown has recently dropped off Sumerian and went to Artery Recordings and is in the studio right now recording your new album, how did the signing to artery come to be? And how’s the album coming along?

Jeff: We shopped some labels and artery seemed like the most legit. Good people, good ethics and an overall sincerity to push this band in the right direction after being tainted for so long by others.

The album is close to done.

What’s the writing / recording process like for this album? Is it any different than ” ‘Till Death” or “Live Life”?

Jeff: We write the song, then we record it.

It’s different to anything we’ve ever done.

I’m sure you guys have some songs recorded and whatnot, what two songs on this album do you think will be your personal favorite, and which one will be a fan favorite?

Jeff: I like all of them, their all good songs.
I think every song is relatable to some extent, so a fan favourite is like a lucky dip right now.

Let’s get off the album for a bit. You guys get a lot of unneeded hate, does this effect anything for Capture The Crown? Have you guys ever thought of giving up or anything like that?

Jeff: We don’t get hate, and I’m not one to give up on what I love.

How do you guys like it in the United States? What’s your favorite thing about it and what’s something you dislike about the United States?

Jeff: It’s no place like home but I do like being over here. My favourite things are touring, exploring, being outdoors, the animals, the culture and gimmicks that each state has to offer, so I guess I enjoy being a tourist.

Things I don’t like, the fact that I have no where to stay while I’m not touring, the food sucks, the cold weather.

You guys have been on a lot of tours, or a good amount at-least, are their any you want to hop on? Any bands you want to tour with before you die?

Jeff: Yeah it would be nice to do warped tour before I die. Some bands I would love to tour with would have to be slipknot, linkin park, 30 seconds to mars.
What are some bands that you find yourself listening too a lot?

Jeff: Refer to last question.
What is your take on album piracy? Which side do you reside on?

Jeff: I don’t care.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions for us, but sadly we have to end with this. What do you think makes Capture The Crown stand out? What makes you fellas worth the listen?

Jeff: We’re real and to the point

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Ben Nairne – In Hearts Wake

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I recently had sometime to talk to Ben Nairne of In Hearts Wake about a few things.

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Starting off basic, how did In Hearts Wake Start? How did you all meet?

Ben: We knew each other from school and had grown up together in the same area. A few of us would get together and play music for fun when we were 14 and we have been playing together since then. Kyle was introduced to the band around 3 years ago and we’ve been a happy family ever since.

So In Hearts Wake is hearing up to release a new album “Earthwalker” what can you say about the album?

Ben: Earthwalker is a huge step up from anything else we’ve ever done. I feel as though it has a lot of character and a certain epic feeling to it, all while staying true to our roots in this genre of music. I think the old fans are going to like that we have mostly kept to our ways and hopefully we can win over some new fans too.

What was the writing recording process like for the album?

Ben: When it came to writing we didn’t really give ourselves any boundaries which meant we could just write what we were feeling at the time. I feel this brought a lot of diversity into the album and keeps it interesting as a whole. We all worked so hard in the studio, pushing ourselves with playing our instruments and trying to bring diverse ideas to the table. Everyone in the band is really proud of what we’ve accomplished and we can’t to release the album.
Are their any features on the album? If so how did they come to be?

Ben: Yes. We have Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction featured on the title track, “Earthwalker”. We have known those dudes for a long time and have toured with them a few times so it was great to have him do a part on the record.

So, you’ve had some time with the album, mind telling us some of your favorite tracks and why they’re your favorite? And which song do you feel your fans will like?

Ben: I really like the track “Sacred”. I feel it’s one of the more metal sounding songs we have, it’s super groovy and really fun to play. “Wildflower” is another favourite of mine. That track is really mellow and I listen to a lot of chilled music so it’s nice to have something like that on the record. I think fans will like “Earthwalker” because it’s heavy but still has singing choruses in it, much like a lot of the stuff from “Divination”.

So off the topic of the album, do you fellas have any other plans for 2014? Touring? Music video? Anything big?

Ben: The “Earthwalker Tour” has just been announced which will cover some regional dates and also the usual cities in Australia. We have some great bands supporting including UK’s “Being As An Ocean” and our good friends in “Dream On Dreamer” so that’s going to be great. The debut single “Divine” was released a few weeks ago with a brand new music video which you can check out online.
We also have a few things in the works which will hopefully get us touring internationally later in the year!

Who are some of your favorite bands right now? What bands would you like to tour with?

Ben: I’ve been listening to the new Architects album and I know a lot of the other guys in the band have been too. We all think it’s great and would love to tour with them.

What does being in In Hearts Wake mean to you?

Ben: It means I get to do something that I’ve enjoyed my entire life, playing music. Not only do I get to experience with 4 of my best friends but we also get to see the world because of it. If you have a dream, do everything you can to make it come true.

What is your opinion on album piracy? What side do you take on it?

Ben: That’s a tough question. I’ve downloaded many albums in my time that I haven’t paid for but more recently I have been paying for music. I guess being in a band makes me really appreciate it when people buy our music so me doing the same is only fair.

Last question, thank you for answering these questions for us. What do you think makes In Hearts Wake stand out? What makes you the band worth the listen?

Ben: Everything we do is real, we believe in the message that we’re spreading and love what we do. I think people can see that and this is why they are attracted to our music
and what makes us stand out. If you come to a show we will play our hearts out and love every minute of it!

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Sylar Streams New Album “To Whom It May Concern”

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Sylar stream new album “To Whom It May Concern”

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Nightmares Stream New Song “Cujo”

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Nightmares stream new song “Cujo”

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Phil Lepistö Does Track-By-Track For Dreaming Awake’s New EP “Circumstances”

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Oathkeeper- Oathkeeper was written out of our Screamer Vaughn and Bassist/Singer Blake’s love of Kingdom Hearts. They’re both die hard fans of the franchise and lyrically wrote a love song about Kingdom Hearts and the struggle against the heartless!

The Road- This song was written about Blake moving all over the country when he was younger and then finally landing here in the desert of Arizona. “All my life I’ve been led by your hand, the road has taken me, to the desert sand”. It’s a really high energy track with a lot of bouncy guitar work and is probably the most fun for us to play because of that!

Game Over- This is the Circumstances’ messy break up song. It’s essentially a big FUCK YOU to that shitty relationship you were lucky enough to escape. I’d say in general, this is the most Metal song off of Circumstances because we took a more progressive approach to writing the guitar, bass, drums and vocal patterns but especially the guitars!

Firestarter- This song is about Vaughn’s dad. If you take a look at the lyrics, they’ll speak for themselves because there was a ton of emotion poured into them! These were the lyrics he had been feeling for his whole life and a way of burying the hatchet with his anger towards the situation. Firestarter is also unique because of it’s dance beat’s. Guitar and bass wise, it’s not a very complicated song but our producer really let the EDM aspect of our music get crazy on this track. It’s that song where you can just cut loose and rage!

Bulletproof Vibe- Bulletproof Vibe was the first song we wrote for Circumstances. It’s a song about not letting negativity and negative people kill your vibe and then being a bigger person about it. We also had our friend, Mike Luciano of The Paramedic do guest vocals in the second chorus and he definitely killed it! It was an awesome opportunity for us to be able to work with him!

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Of Reverie Talks About New Single “Parallels”

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This song was a rare case where the song was actually titled before writing lyrics. Scott generally gives nicknames to songs while writing which are just place holders until lyrics are written. For this track, however, we decided to stick with it’s codename, obviously being Parallels, because we liked the idea of it being a more “sci-fi” themed song, if you will. We tried to incorporate metaphors relating to someone who’s been taken from the life they know and trapped in another universe and forced into a world they know nothing about. From there we basically leave it up to interpretation. The lyrics to Parallels can relate to just about any major upheaval in life. Starting with a clean slate and beginning a new chapter in life is something a lot of people struggle with, whether it be a positive or a negative change, it’s tough to get through leaving everything you know behind. At the end of the day you have to stand up to it and do what makes you happy.

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The Amity Affliction Premiere New Music Video “Pittsburgh”

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The Amity Affliction premiere new music video “Pittsburgh”

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Eric Seevers – Social 66

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I had some time to catch up with Eric Seevers from Social 66 about a few things.

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Let me get some background on the band first. How did Social 66 start? How did you all meet one another?

Eric: Social had a little bit of history before all of us came together. I (Eric) met Seven in Columbus OH and he had mentioned about starting a new band with Jason and gave me some music to listen to. After listening to the tunes joe and I joined up with them in June of 2013

2So you guys are currently on tour correct? How has that been so far?

Eric: It’s been great! Our first show was at the machine shop in flint MI and it was sold out packed. Great response. Every night so far has been nothing short of awesome.

Also, you’re about to release a new album can you tell us a bit about that?

Eric: It’s the most solid thing I’ve ever been a part of. It came together so fast. We had been talking about it right up until we signed with pavement and then it was crunch time to bang it out. We put in a lot of time and our producer Cole Martinez put in a lot of hours to make sure we got it done quick and sounding sick.

What was the writing / recording process like for the album?

Eric: It was smooth and off the cuff. We had some tunes and riff ideas swimming around and by the time we got there it just flowed out of us and came together great.

You’ve had some time with the album, can you tell us which two songs are your favorite on the album and why? And which song do you think the fans will enjoy the most on the album?

Eric: My personal favorites are “Sorry” and “Until We Fade.” Sorry has a killer opening riff and the chorus vox hooks hard and it’s a fun song to play.
Until we fade has a smooth poppy feel and I think everyone can relate to the lyrics of it.

Is there anything on the album you wish you could have done differently on the album?

Eric: I’m a really picky perfectionist person when it comes to recording and sometimes I can overthink something so I learned to let go a little bit more on this and trust our producer. I feel he did a great job and I couldn’t be happier

Off the topic of the album, what are some bands you guys are listening to on the road?

Eric: I listen to a huge variety of music it always depends on the mood I’m in but after jamming with these guys in soil and tantric for the past few days we’ve been spinning them in the van and listening to them live and they bring it every night.

What would the dream tour be for Social 66.

Eric: It depends on who you would ask in the band but since I’m answering I’ll say: all the major summer festivals like rock on the range, Carolina rebellion, rocklahoma, etc. then we would get to tour with a ton of great bands, great people and see great shows every night.

So on the subject of album piracy real quick, what is your personal opinion on it? Which side do you take on it?

Eric: It’s a double edge sword. I want people to listen to my music and I appreciate people liking it enough to want to own it and listen to it over again. People just need to consider that it takes a lot of resources to create music and if people would see it as donating a few bucks to help out their fav artist go a little farther. It’s win win for everyone. The artist gets to keep making music and the fan gets to keep listening

So, last question, thanks a lot for taking time to answer these questions for us. What do you think makes Social 66 stand out? What makes you fellas different?

Eric: Other than having a fresh new twist on good old rock n roll were just like everyone else. You can sing along, bang your head or dance to the music. We are fans of music and performers of music. I feel like we can relate to a lot of people with the music and the lyrics.

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Heartist Stream New Song “Pressure Point”

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Heartist Streams New Song “Pressure Point”

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Chris Hardison – Adestria

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I had the time to talk to Chris Hardison from Adestria about a few things.

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Let’s begin with simple stuff, how did Adestria form? How did you all meet?

Chris: Most of us met in college. We started jamming in a friend’s garage and playing shows around town. We gained a good local following from that and then started hitting the road and touring as much as possible.

So you guys are on both Razor And Tie / Artery Recordings. What is that like? And how did they come into play?

Chris: It’s great, they give us the creative freedom to make music that we love and Razor & Tie helps us distribute that music all over the world. They noticed how well we were doing in our home market and took a chance on us.

So you guys have a new album coming out the 29th, correct? What can you tell us about it?

Chris: Our second album is titled Gilded Hearts. We tried to expand our sound on this album with more guitar driven tracks and aggressive vocals without straying too far from our earlier material. One of the main goals with this album was to write songs that would make for a fun and memorable live performance. What was the writing / recording process like for the album?

Chris: We recorded with Nick Sampson again out in Detroit. Love working with him and I think he really captures the best performance out of us. We went into the studio with a good amount of the pre-production work done so that gave us more time to really explore and get creative with the new songs. Extremely proud of the finished product and can’t wait to release it. So I’m sure you guys have had sometime to listen to the album? Which two songs would be your favorite on the album, and why? And which song do you think fans will enjoy the most and why?

Chris: It would be really hard for us to pick a favorite at this point, because that doesn’t come from just listening. So much focus goes into our live show that it would be unfair to pick any without playing them. As for the fans, I think people will really respond well to the lyrics in shared scars, and I’m hoping people like the heaviness contrasted with the chorus in Propheteering.

Are there any guest vocals on the album? If not who would you want to see on a Adestria song eventually?

Chris: Matt did all of the vocals for this album. Unfortunately Freddie Mercury declined our request to do a guest spot

Off the topic of the album, what else can we expect from Adestria this year?

Chris : We’re heading out on a U.S. tour April 18th to May 20th with Upon This Dawning, The Browning, Phinehas, and Dayseeker and we have European tour this summer that we’ll be announcing soon
So talking about a personal question, what do you feel as an artist about album piracy? Has it hurt you guys or helped you a bit?

Chris : We would rather somebody get our music illegally than not have it at all. That being said, the people who actually purchase our music are the ones who keep this band going. They allow us to make more albums and get on the road to play shows.

Last question, thanks for taking time to answer this for us. What do you think makes Adestria unique and worth listening too? What makes you guys stand out?

Chris :We are 5 friends who just really love playing music together. We don’t have stage outfits and production and all that, we keep it simple. Just 5 guys having fun doing what they love. I think that simplicity really resonates with people.

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