58 minutes | Jan 28, 2015
Episode #29: Scarsign
BIRTH South of Germany, 12 July 2012. Five experienced musicians, active since many years in the german metal Underground, having buried all their former projects, join up in a practice room in Gaildorf to jam. The adrenaline explosion of that session gives birth to a new chapter of their musical career. The SCARSIGN story begins. MEMBERS: GrIngo: Vocals & Lyrics Elias: Lead Guitar & Arrangements Moe: Drums Phil: Bass guitar & Samples Rob: Rhythm guitar & backing vocals SOUND The first commandment is: Groove 'em all! Groove in the guitar riffing, in the drumming, in the vocal shouts and screaming. Moshing oriented riffs with melodic unconventional choruses are SCARSIGN's trademark. SCARSIGN's roots dig deep into the 90's second wave of thrash. Their sound takes off from the groovy attitude of that background, to carry on a modern metal, implemented and enhanced by atmospheric wicked electronic samples that, far from being just decorative interludes, are an essential part of the songwriting. If groove is the first rule to set off the headbanging, catchiness is the counterbalance to the aggressive riffing and the brutal screaming. SCARSIGN perform a compact, straightforward, dynamic modern groove thrash which attracts with powerful riffing and seduces with melancholic melodies, deliberately taking distance from any current trend. The second Commandment is: No fillers, just killers! NAME: SCARSIGN is a word-game recalling the starsign, its influence on identity, personality and destiny. The "Scar" replaces the star, being the visible trace of the past, the inevitable wounds through which we grow up and become mature human beings and artists. The SCARSIGN is the reminder of the pain which forged our character. No art can be conceived or created without suffering, without struggle there is no evolution. Everyone is scarred, the name reminds us that the goal is not to avoid the pain, but to overcome it and learn, step forward, progress in our personal and artistic evolution. SYMBOL: The razorblade in the Scarsign logo is not meant as a self-destructive element. The blade is the ambivalent symbol which stands for the cause of pain as well as the source of progression. It harms but it also cuts out the unnecessary, the hypocrisy, the illusion. Last but not least, the razorblade is a tribute to one of the greatest guitar players in the history of metal: Dimebag Darrel (R.I.P.). LYRICS: Conceived as free poems, all lyrics are intimate and deal with self critical issues from an unconventional point of view. They are a mirror towards our sick society and all its contradictions. They express feelings like restrain, inner violence, the struggle of serving integrity in a hypocritical world. Rage, fear, conflicts and death are displayed through a pessimistic eye, with sober, cynical and yet passionate realism. AUDIENCE: SCARSIGN address their music to a wide audience of metalheads. Their range will satisfy both extreme aggression fans and sing-along catchiness lovers, serving even the niche of electronic soundscape addicts.
58 minutes | Jan 21, 2015
Episode #28: Deadpass - CD Release
Back on The Earth Ship for their cd release: DeadPass! Tune in and catch their latest tracks.
58 minutes | Dec 31, 2014
Episode #27: Raymond Hayden
Raymond Hayden is a man of many talents. He is a singer, a song writer, and amazingly gifted piano player. He started playing piano at age 19 and has honed his passion and talents to a unique presence on stage that exudes technical savvy and a complete love for the music industry. All of this combined has made him a relevant and integral part of the Tacoma and Seattle music scene. Growing up, his biggest musical influence was Chicago. They inspired him the most because every time he heard their music he felt like playing and being in a position like them to inspire and touch people. Currently Ray connects to Pink Floyd because it takes him to another place outside the normal stresses of life; and that is just what Raymond Hayden?s music does for his listeners. Ray's music is best described as Pink Floyd infused with Toto, Supertramp, Chicago, and a smidge of George Winston and Elton John. His voice has a natural beauty to it that embodies the deep reflections found within the humanness he connects to in his music and reaches one at a core level. All the accolades aside, Ray still says he feels nervous, anxious and lucky to get the chance to make people feel when he is on stage. Innovative and provocative, Ray decided to create his own reality when finding it hard to get radio, press gigs, etc. and co-created Maurice the Fish Records in 2007. He also has a radio show, The Aquarium. These venues help him keep his fingers on the pulse of what is currently happening in his own backyard and around the rest of the relevant music industry, and allows him to network with other talented like-minded music professionals. Raymond Hayden is a man with a big heart who is determined to build, create and share a life worth living with others. His work ethics alone will blow your mind and the one thing that MTFR and her culture have proven to him is that success looks different to everyone and that ultimately if he affects one person?s life he has achieved this. Ray is definitely a bright light in a scene that can be dark at times. He has managed to stay on top of this by shifting his perspective from a life spent focusing more on why it is hard to find success to now writing and focusing his efforts on why it is possible to find success, happiness and true serenity within. Mainly by believing that if you believe in yourself you are half way there.... You can find Raymond Hayden performing keyboards for Nolan Garrett or in his band, Raymond Hayden and the Monsters in the Dark. He has four albums on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon: A Doorway Through Your Tears (Full length CD); September Sky (Full Length CD); Broken (EP); By Your Side (Single). Raymond has performed on over 25 albums with other artists and is a member of BMI, a Grammy voting member, and a mentor to young musicians regarding the music business and showmanship. This is a man who is living his dream and helping others to define and reach for theirs.
58 minutes | Dec 17, 2014
Episode #26: Element a440
Element a440 delivers an intelligent brand of edgy, hook-heavy, dark, melodic rock. The raw power of live instruments combines with hypnotic synth sounds to enthtrall the listener, drawing them into an intricate web of sound. Spreading from the band to the individual, the intense lyrics and seductive sounds merge with the mind and body, through the crowd like an epidemic until all are as one. With the experience earned after three full album releases and a national tour, Element A440 offers a complete experience for the ears, eyes, and psyche.
58 minutes | Dec 10, 2014
Episode #25: Leona X
Leona X, AKA "Leo", is a hard-rocking singer and lead guitarist, formerly of all-girl rock band, Jaggedy Ann, who's album, "Boiling Point", was produced by the one and only Phil Rudd of AC/DC. With a dynamic stage presence, ripping guitar solos, and a powerful sound, she is what you get if you mix Joan Jett, Angus Young, and a little bit of Vegas. Leo has been described as being like a kiss of dynamite, jaw dropping, electrifying, and sexy, and will leave you wanting more! So catch your breath, and get prepared for an experience you won?t ever forget!
58 minutes | Dec 3, 2014
Episode #24: D. Cannons
D. Cannons is a hip-hop artist from Fairfield, CA, a city within California's Bay Area. At the age of 10, Cannons started writing rhymes and by 18 he was rapping all the time. Born in Vallejo, CA and raised in Fairfield, Cannons found inspiration and influence in many artists such as Pharrell Williams, Busta Rhymes, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott. His first project released was "The Application Mixtape" in 2005. Since then he has released 10 projects, with "All Positions Filled: Vol. 3" being the most recent. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the Bay Area music scene including Sage the Gemini of HBK Gang, Smoovie Baby of Black Money Music Group, The Paramediks, and more. In the winter of 2014, the 39-time Thizzler.com veteran is embarking on his first regional tour coinciding with the release of his upcoming project, "Fairaoh". In the future, the sky is the limit. Known for his rapid flow, witty punchlines, and versatility, D. Cannons is one of the hottest up-and-comers in the ever emerging Bay Area music scene. Be sure to catch him at a club near you!
57 minutes | Nov 19, 2014
Episode #23: World5
Formed summer 2011, WORLD5 is the Pop-Rock band formed around lead singer and Grammy Award Winner Pat Hunt. WORLD5's founding members and old friends, guitarist Steffen Goeres, saxophonist Stephan Goessl and drummer Raimund Breitfeld have played together since their teenage years. Although life and personal projects put them in different locations around the globe, they kept alive the desires of making music together over the years. Realizing that very long distances separate them physically but not musically, they recorded their first album "Global Experience" over 3 continents together with former members Don Bruner and Roland Childs. The band's global influenced pop-rock sound drew the interest of Texans Pat Hunt and Randy Miller, who produced the bands first album, and they joined the band December 2012. June 2013 brought the departure of saxophonist Stephan Goessl and the arrival of Texan guitarist Joe Gavito. And so, the current World5 lineup is once again complete. Pat Hunt, Randy Miller, and Joe Gavito have played and worked together as musicians, songwriters and producers for 30 years in the music business. WORLD5 are: Pat Hunt: lead vocals, keyboards Randy Miller: bass, vocals Steffen Goeres: lead & acoustic guitars, trumpet, flugelhorn Joe Gavito: electric guitars Raimund Breitfeld: drums, percussion
59 minutes | Nov 12, 2014
Episode #22: WhiteBoy Slim
Whiteboy Slim has earned three awards at the 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Music Awards--Best Blues Album, Best Blues Song ("Hey Hold On Stop"), and Best Males Blues Artist.. "It Ain't Art" won Honorable Mention in the first round of the 2007 Singer/Songwriter Awards. 2007- was given the "True Blues Man" award for perpetuating and preserving the Blues by The Black American Blues Historical Society of Canada. In 2005 he was nominated Best Blues Act --Toronto Independent Music Awards. Whiteboy Slim -- radioindy -- 13 Jan 2010. Whiteboy Slim knows the Blues. With a voice that channels the spirit of outsized legend, Howlin? Wolf, the harp skills (and tone) to rival Little Walter, the confidence to stretch the blues lexicon without betraying its artistic center, and a crack band that could?ve cut its teeth on the west side of Chicago. Whiteboy Slim has played music since he was a child, learning trumpet, piano, and sousaphone before he discovered the blues and picked up guitar and harmonica. From his first time on stage in a rock band when he was sixteen, he knew his path in life. While studying at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston, he rubbed shoulders with musicians like Gary Burton, pianist Al Copley (co-founder of Roomful of Blues), and bassist Ron McClure (bassist with Charles Lloyd, Wynton Kelly, Quest, The 4th Way, Joe Henderson, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Pointer Sisters, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk). After years on the road in everything from showbands to top-40 cover bands, he landed in Toronto where he founded the New Wave Band "Dirty Movies" which still has fans today. Finally returning to his first love, he formed the Blues Band "Automatic Slim", which played most of the blues clubs in the city, including the legendary El Mocambo, The Silver Dollar Saloon, and the Black Swan. Automatic Slim was the house band at four different clubs on different nights of the week, and was noted for having best grossing Wednesday night downstairs at the El Mocambo. After Automatic Slim broke up, he played solo before moving west and starting fresh as Whiteboy Slim. playing bars and festivals such as the Sasktel Jazz Festival, The Mid-Winter Blues Festival, The Prairie Arts Festival, the Flatland Music Festival, Blues for Peace, and many others. in 2014, Whiteboy released two albums--"Box? What Box?" a two record set that contains both traditional Blues and genre-bending experimental track, and "Live at the Plains Hotel" recently remixed tracks from performances in 2005. The 2010 release "I'm Still Here" spent over six months in the top ten of the Canadian Roots and Blues charts. It contained the song "Hey Little Girl" was named Best Blues Song by Toronto Exclusive Magazine.
53 minutes | Nov 5, 2014
Episode #21: KaNcErUs in a Rare Acoustic Performance
Join us for a rare metal acoustic performance live in the studio with Josh and Katy a show not to be missed. KaNcErUs is a five piece metal band from Billings, Montana started in 2007. They have shared the stage with many well known artists including Primer 55, The Marc Rizzo band, Today Is The Day, Aroarah, Fall From Grace, Adjacent To Nothing, Jesus Rides A Riksha, Hypnogaja, and MDC.
59 minutes | Oct 29, 2014
Episode #20: No Cigar
Hailing from Montana, No Cigar is a band that started from the frustration and inspiration of each member's musical and life experiences. Seeded by 3 years of touring and recording with Colorado-based band the Photo Atlas, former drummer Nick Miles has now abandoned his place behind the drum kit to challenge himself as front-man on this new project. No Cigar fits right in between the catchy appeal of pop punk and the grit of early emo/screamo - a great compromise between the eclectic arrangements of Taking Back Sunday and fresh hooks a la All Time Low. The band thankfully strays from the over-produced aesthetics too often associated with the genre, following D.I.Y. ethics and self-producing their own material in order to achieve a more organic and personal sound, but also to be emotionally closer to their art and to the ideals behind this band.
58 minutes | Oct 15, 2014
Episode #19: Rachel Ess
The music industry is always in search of the new "it" market. One untapped region ready to pop is "Big Sky Country", otherwise known as Montana. Enter Rachel Ess, 25 year old singer, songwriter and performer. She's come to New York to pursue arts and music. While in New York she graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Then attained her Bachelors Degree in the Fine Arts from New School University. Being no stranger to touring, Rachel has traveled the country performing in theater productions in states such as: Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her newest song "Over You" is produced by multi platinum producer Joe Blast and MSixteen. It's receiving airplay at KTMR, IUMM, 103.1 KISS Hot 104 ATL and KJX. Lastly, Rachel is starting to generate major label interest from Atlantic Records, Island Def Jam and RCA Music Group. Her production label TLMG and her manager Tony couldn't be prouder. Harve Pierre, President/Music Exec has even compared her to Kesha. Although Rachel is flattered by the comparisons she proclaims, "I'm just happy making one new fan a day and being the best me I can be."
59 minutes | Oct 1, 2014
Episode #18: Walking Corpse Syndrome
An interview with Leif from Walking Corpse Syndrome. Walking Corpse Syndrome is a six-piece dark metal band formed in Missoula, Montana in December 2006 by guitarist Matthew Bile and drummer Nocktis. Their sound draws from the groove metal of Lamb of God, the atmosphere of Tool, and the death metal styling of Septic Flesh. Known for an intense live show and unconventional instrumentation, including two full drumsets, the current lineup for Walking Corpse Syndrome includes Leif Winterrowd (vocals), Matthew Bile (guitar), Ryan Kromdar (guitar/bass), Nocktis (drums), and Mr. Grimm (drums). On March 29, 2013, Walking Corpse Syndrome self-released Alive in Desolation, which was recorded November and December 2012 at Amplified Wax Studio in Spokane Washington. Previous albums include Forsaken (2008), and Narcissist (2010).
59 minutes | Sep 24, 2014
Episode #17: Darci Carlson
Darci Nicole Carlson is a Seattle based singer/songwriter. With roots in American Rock n' Roll and Country Western, Darci performs on and off stage with multiple bands including The Dolly Rottens, The Billy Cook Band, and her solo project. She loves to model and act, and was recently featured as 'The Girl' in ZZTOP's Gang Of Outlaws live film, as well as many other videos for local Seattle rock bands. You can catch Darci playing as a solo act and with her 4 piece band in and around the great Northwest.
59 minutes | Sep 17, 2014
Episode #16: Revisited
A review of past guests Danielle Egnew, Mechanism, Damian Trujillo, Julia Harms of Silver, In Rapture, Magic City Music Group, and SweetKiss Momma.
60 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
Episode #15: Deadpass
Deadpass is an American heavy metal band formed in January 2013. The combination of blistering riffs , gut wrenching bass tones, and powerhouse drum lines create a unique experience that you will only find amongst the high plains of Wyoming. The forceful and clever vocals of Brian Gray combined with the guitar talents of Eugene McCrimmon and Colton Krohn deliver unto your brain a frenzy of emotion and pure energy. Fueled by the monstrous beats of Tommy Strange and thick dense rhythm of Lane Dennison's bass the apocalyptic vehicle that is Deadpass will have you believing you are standing in the path of an oncoming freight train. If you like tones that cut like a katana and lyrics that deliver a statement like a brick though a church window then we thoroughly encourage you to join us, and embark on this journey we call heavy-fuckin-metal.
59 minutes | Sep 3, 2014
Episode #14: Nathan North
Nathan North the one-man band.
59 minutes | Aug 27, 2014
Episode #12: END ever
Matt Devitt of END ever hops aboard the Earth Ship as END ever prepares to release their new album "Tales of the Spooky Thunderfish!"
58 minutes | Aug 20, 2014
Episode #11: Sightseer
"The place where the wind from the plains hits the shadow of the mountains can be searing hot one moment then turn to a sudden chill the next, this is where the music of Sightseer lives. The Seattle five piece Americana / Alt Country band is lead by Calgary Chanteuse PA Mathison, whose throaty alto draws you deep into her siren songs of love, loss, reflection and redemption on top of a full throttle heartland sound as big as all outdoors. The eleven strong songs are reminiscent of cow punk pioneers Lone Justice or a beefed up Cowboy Junkies, employing equal parts torch and twang of gritty guitars from Jason Lightfoot and soaring Fiddle and keys from Jason Welling. ...'who knows what tomorrow brings,' but one thing is for certain, when this album gets the attention it deserves it will bring great things for her and Sightseer." -- Rick J Bowen, No Depression
60 minutes | Aug 13, 2014
Episode #10: Paul Mehlhaff
60 minutes | Jul 30, 2014
Episode #9: In Rapture