Honeymilk – 5 Minute Interview

Honeymilk

Rules are: Artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes – They’re busy people! Skipping any they don’t like is fine.  Cheating is impossible to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

Who plays what and where are you at this moment?

·        I (Nikki) play guitar, Marcus does acoustic guitar and vocals, Albin play bass and Erik bangs the drums. I’m (Nikki) actually at work, taking a quick break.

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.     Can you remember the name of the first song you wrote?

The first song we wrote together as a group I believe was a rather heavy grooving thing, cant remember if we ever got a name for it, but it’ll be released sometime in the future.

2.     What instruments if any did you learn at school?

I (Nikki) first started playing drums, then I got over to guitar and flute.

3.     How much time do you spend every day rehearsing / writing / recording?

I pretty much play guitar every day, and I’d say we rehearse together about 2 times a week, sometimes more sometimes less.

4.     What 3 words would you pick to describe your recent UK tour?

Sweaty, Ecstatic, Loud.

5.     If you could co-opt any musician / artist as a band member for a month, who would it be and why?

I’d bring in Ty Segall to lay down some fuzzy guitars together with me.

6.     How do you generally discover new music – Radio, blogs, friend’s recommendations?

Music magazines, internet, word of mouth, etc.

7.     Can you support yourself from the income from your music or do you have day jobs?

No no no, we all have day jobs or study.

8.     Desert Island Discs – you can take one album onto the island, what would it be and why?

Forever Changes by Love, one of my favourite albums so diverse and a brilliant sound for it’s time. It has influenced me immensely.

9.     Please recommend me an emerging band from Stockholm we should be listening to.

The band Let’s Say We Did play a kind of Lo-Fi powerpop, they’re great!
Also, Les Big Byrd. They’ve recently toured with Brian Jonestown Massacre and have a great sound.

10.       Pointless last question – Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Henrik Larsson?

Henrik Larsson, he seems a bit more sympathetic.

Thanks to Nikki for taking the time to answer the questions.  Off to give Let’s Say We Did and Les Big Byrd a listen – make sure to check out the new Honeymilk ep + video released v. soon.

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Vast Robot Armies – 5 minute interview

Vast Robot Armies

Rules are: Artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes – They’re busy people! Skipping any they don’t like is fine.  Cheating is impossible to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

Who plays what on “Goodnight Myopia” and where are you at this moment?

  • I (Jason Thomson) play almost everything on the record. My friend Eric Abert (From the Life & Times) plays bass on 5 of the songs, and Allen (Epley, also The Life & Times) sang on one of the songs. I am in Toronto (Canada), at my day job (not doing it).

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.     Are you the most musical member of your family? If not who is?

·        I think so, yes. Though definitely not the most artistic.

2.     Which band first made you want to be in a band?

·        It’s a toss-up between The Cure or Foreigner (I was 11)

3.     What decade of music is most represented in your digital / CD collection?

·        That’s tough. Again, a toss-up between very familiar 70’s (Zep, Supertramp, ELO, Beatles) and then a lot of 90’s – 00’s indie stuff (Fugazi, Shiner, Jawbox, Failure, Drive Like Jehu)

4.                 Is there a band / artist that general consensus says you have to love (Beatles / Radiohead etc.) that you just don’t get / actively dislike(!)?

·        Yes. The Doors. Why is that a thing?

5.     Have iTunes / Spotify etc. had a positive or negative impact on your earnings as an artist?

·        Honestly, neither at this point. iTunes I suppose (to a minimal degree). The best has been (by far) Bandcamp. I have the record available there for “Name Your Price – No Minimum” and in all honesty, people’s generosity is (and has been) unbelievable.

6.     Have you got a favourite small live music venue?

·        Around town (Toronto) The Horseshoe Tavern (that’s really the main spot for medium sized out of town acts)

7.     How much time do you spend every day rehearsing / writing / recording?

·        Rehearsing not as much as I used to. Being a “one-man” band (at this point) requires less, or it’s different in that it tends to be more about writing and recording. In regards to those 2, at least 2 hours every day (usually more). I have an iPad that I travel with to work, and on the subway I will often be writing new material (6 songs into the next record).

8.     If you could have written a song by any other artist, which song would it be and why?

·        There are 2. My Last Hostage (by The Life and Times) & Mr BlueSkies (ELO)

9.     Please recommend me an emerging band from Toronto I should listen to.

·        That’s easy; Dearly Beloved. 2 good friends of mine – Rob Higgins and Niva Chow’s band. They are fantastic and doing a lot of overseas touring. A must see when they are in town. Best live act around, hands down.

10.                Pointless last question – Marvin the Paranoid Android or R2D2?

·        Marvin. R2D2 seemed too know-it-all for my tastes, there would have been problems there. Marvin, one could manipulate.

Thanks to Jason for his extremely well thought out (given the time frame) responses. Glad he went with Marvin – I’m all for Star Wars, but Douglas Adams is in another league!  You really should download the Vast Robot Armies album here.

Miracles of Modern Science – 5 minute interview

MOMS

Miracles of Modern Science

Rules are: Bands / artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes.  Cheating is impossible for me to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

Who’s does what in the band and where are you at this moment?

·        Evan Younger – double bass / lead vox (I’m in the band’s combination office/practice space in my house in Bushwick)

·        Josh Hirshfeld – mandolin

·        Geoff McDonald – cello

·        Kieran Ledwidge – violin

·        Tyler Pines – drums

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.     When did you first learn to play your instrument? Did you have to be erm, ‘persuaded’?

·        Piano at 6, guitar at 9, bass guitar at 12, upright at 14. No persuasion necessary.

2.     What decade of music is most represented in your digital / CD collection?

·        2000s according to iTunes. Probably 70s for CDs & vinyl.

3.     Which band was it that first made you want to be in a band?

·        Queen

4.     Is playing live with the ‘orchestral’ instrumentation you use a challenge to sound engineers more used to Marshall stacks?

·        Yes. Hard to get amplified strings to sound good

5.     If you could co-opt any musician / artist as a band member for a month, who would it be and why?

·        Taylor Swift

6.     How much time do you spend every day on Twitter, Facebook and the like promoting the band?

·        Not enough, probably. Mostly I just try to respond to fans when they ask questions or say hello

7.     Can you support yourself from the income from your music or do you have day jobs?

·        These days I squeak by on music income. I have savings from a few years of 9-5 IT, though. I live very frugally

8.     How important are blogs in getting your music heard?

·        It can be surprising. Some seemingly big ones don’t move the needle…

9.     When can we see you play live in the UK next?

·        Working on it!

10.                        Please recommend me an emerging band from Brooklyn I should listen to.

·        Christopher Paul Stelling

11.                        Pointless last question – Bartok or Liszt?

·        Bartok

Thanks to Evan and Miracles of Modern Science for answering my occasionally pertinent / interesting questions. MOMS ep:  Meems is available from Bandcamp now – they’re even good enough to allow you to name your own price.  I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again, this is an excellent collection of songs, so go buy it.

Young Rival: 5 minute interview

Young Rival

Young Rival: 5 minute interview:

Rules are: Bands / artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes.  Cheating is impossible for me to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

Who’s who in the band?

John Smith plays the bass

Noah Fralick plays the drums

Aron D’Alesio plays guitar and sings

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.     Do you come from a musical family?

·        John Smith: My older brother is musically talented & likely the reason why I’m in a band today. My Mom was always pretty good at piano, and has recently picked up cello for the first time and I’m impressed at how quickly she’s come along.

2.     What was the title of the very first song you wrote?

·        Eeek. I think I was about 11 years old with some friends and we called it “The Flower Song”

3.     Which music blogs / magazines do you read regularly, if any?

·        Blogs: I find myself checking out Stereogum almost daily. Magazines, none really.

4.     Your video for Two Reasons is a visual feast – I like the baboon faces best; which one is your favourite?

·        I like the turkey.

5.     Are you able to survive on your earnings from music or do you have day jobs?

·        We’re still all working side jobs to support our music goals.

6.     Do you spend more time rehearsing or promoting the band on social media?

·        Goes back and forth really.  Some weeks we have more time to spend together, and we’ll just write & practice new material for 2-3 days. If there are exciting things happening online, then we’ll try to let our friends & fans know about that as it happens.

7.     What’s your favourite venue and why?

·        The horseshoe tavern in Toronto. We’ve played there a ton over the years. Perfect balance of dingy rock club and an awesome staff.

8.     Is there a band / artist that general consensus says you have to love (Beatles / Radiohead etc.) that you just don’t get / actively dislike (!)?

·        Skipping because I’m running out of time!

9.     If you could have written a song by any other artist, which song would it be and why?

·        At the moment I’d say the song “Too Soaked to Break” by Born Ruffians. It’s so minimal but so moving.

10.                        Please recommend me a band from your area I should listen to.

·        New Hands. TV Freaks

11.                        Pointless last question – Bryan Adams or Ryan Adams?  (Ran out of time!)

 

Thanks to John and Young Rival for giving 5 minutes to answer the questions.  If you haven’t yet watched Two Reasons on YouTube, do so asap – not only as it’s a great video, but it’s probably the catchiest tune you’ll hear all year. Total Earworm.  If you’re in London / Brighton, looks like you’ll get a chance to see the band in May. More details at www.youngrival.com

Pixie Carnation: 5 minute interview

Pixie Carnation

Pixie Carnation: 5 minute interview:

Rules are: Bands / artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes. Cheating is impossible for me to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

Starter for ten: Who’s who in the band and where are you at this moment?

Answering the questions: Tobias Hellkvist (guitars, backing vocals, sounds) from his kitchen and Ola Pålsson (guitars, vocals) from his living room.

Also in the band are:

Lars Kjelldén – bass

Niklas Larsson – keyboards

Kristoffer Rudberg – drums

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.As a band do you generally write lyrics or music first?

·Tobias – I’d say that music always comes first.

·Ola – Most of the time there is an idea of what the song will be about, but the music almost always comes first.

2.Did you self-release any songs before getting signed to ACP?

·Tobias / Ola – Yes, we made a five-song EP back in 2009 called “Fresh Poems”. Three songs are gonna be on our debut album, though in slightly reworked versions…

3.How much time do you spend every day promoting the band on social media?

·Tobias – It differs a lot depending on what you count in… Emailing is a time consumer, for sure!

·Ola – It differs a lot, some days about a minute, some days an hour.

4.Which music blogs do you read regularly, if any?

·Tobias – Don’t think I have any that I return to regularly, no.

·Ola – Sorry, but I’m really bad at keeping up… I wish I read more about new music but I’m always updated by friends.

5.Why has Sweden got so many great pop songwriters?

·Tobias – I really can’t say…

·Ola – It’s probably the shitty weather that keeps everyone inside most of the year, with nothing else to do 🙂

6.Are you able to survive on your earnings from music or do you have day jobs?

·Tobias – So far this band haven’t earned a single dollar. Most people’s conception of playing in a rock band these days are quite twisted… All of us have day jobs and that’s how we get by.

·Ola – At the moment we work hours in the Malmo harbor, which is very good because it’s super flexible and pays well.

7.Is there a band / artist that general consensus says you have to love (Beatles / Radiohead etc.) that you just don’t get / actively dislike (!)?

·Tobias – Actually, Bob Dylan has been one of them for me. It’s not that i don’t get why people like him, but I’ve just never been that fond of his music. His lyrics are probably great though. And of course he’s made some really good songs.

·Ola – There probably are but no one comes to mind at the moment. Sorry…

8.Which artist / band have you had most on repeat listen recently?

·Tobias – I’ve been listening a lot to David Bowie’s latest. I think it’s great!

·Ola – I’ve been listening a lot to Killer Mike lately.

9.When can we see you play live in the UK next?

·Tobias / Ola – Don’t know right now, hopefully very soon!

10.Please recommend me a band from your area I should listen to.

·Tobias – There’s a local punk band called Svart Städhjälp, who I got to see live by chance a few weeks ago. They were great!

·Ola – Primitive Rites.

11.Pointless last question – Gibson or Fender?

·Tobias – Since no one in the band uses a Gibson, I guess it’s pretty obvious… Lately I have been thinking about trying out a LP though!

·Ola – Fender definitely.

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If you haven’t heard “Young and Free” yet, stop what you’re doing immediately and give it a listen – it’s a hit! The debut Pixie Carnation album The New World Record is out on May 6th and the band are streaming tracks from it every day on http://www.pixiecarnation.com/

Thanks again to Tobias and Ola for their time.

Stephen Hudson–5 minute interview

Stuart Hudson

Stephen Hudson – 5 minute interview

Rules are: Bands / artists have to try to reply to as many of these questions as possible in 5 minutes.  Cheating is impossible for me to prove, so I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band” question!

 

Honey&Bile: Who’s in your live band, what instruments do you play?

Stephen Hudson : Hello! When I’m ‘on my own’, I’m flanked by two Emmas:  Emma Tursynski on violin and Emma Dawson on backing vocals. I’m playing keyboards or guitar and trying to sing in the middle. When we really want to tear it up I bring my country-garage band the Fiat Pandas: Emmas, plus Paul Dobson on bass and Tom Peters on drums.

Your 5 mins starts now!

1.     What is your earliest musical memory? 

a.     Being bouncing around a living room to ‘Isn’t she lovely’ by Stevie Wonder.

2.     Do you write lyrics or music first?

a.     I get a good line in my head, usually in the shower or on a bus and then pad it out with less good lines and music.

3.     How much time do you spend every day rehearsing / writing / recording?

a.     About 5 minutes.

4.     You’ve supported some high profile bands recently (Guillemots, Stealing Sheep etc.) – what were the highlights?

a.     AH, Er, it was great playing the 10 bands 10 minutes Fleetwood mac tribute at the Kazimier in Liverpool – I had a cold and sounded like Brian Adams.  Also good going on a mini-tour up to Scotland. The Moulettes were very lovely in Morecambe.

5.     Being a solo songwriter, how do you perform the songs live – do you recruit new band members for each new record?

a.     I’ve only done one proper album, and it’s had about a billion drummers and people on it. No select process, just whoever is in the room when I get the urge to spend more than my 5 musical minutes. On Sleep for Railway Dreamers, I was lucky to have Mikey Kenney and Jo Gillot to work on some lovely string parts to the songs.  Engineers/producers normally get bored, so they have to be recruited and re-recruited.

6.     Are you able to survive on your earnings from music or do you have a day job?

a.     I have a day job, otherwise I’d have eaten my cat.

7.     Do you have a favourite live venue? What makes it great? 

a.     The Yorkshire House in Lancaster is great because it feels like home.

8.     Which artist / band have you had most on repeat listen recently?

a.     Just got into a band from Brighton called Laish. Think it’s one guy called Danny with mates and they are pure magic!

9.     When can we see you play live next?

a.     I’ll be travelling to Durham with the Emmas to play the Old Cinema Launderette on June 1st, (anyone in Newcastle wanna put us on on the 2nd – we don’t take up much room or hot water) then hopefully some more gigs that week, bookended with a show in Manchester on the 27th for Thank Folk for That.

10.                        Please recommend me a band from your area I should listen to. 

a.     Ottersgear, Ponies, the Shadow Factories, Dan Haywood’s New Hawks. All pure magic.

11.                        Pointless last question – Train Driver or Astronaut?

a.     A train driver if I’m on a train, astronaut if in a space-rocket.

 

Thanks to Stephen for taking time to complete the rather challenging 5 minute interview.  I’m off to listen to his recommendations, and I recommend you listen to his new album “Sleep for Railway Dreamers” available from stephenhudson.bandcamp.com NOW!

ps. Arghhh! No one noticed my unbelievably crass error earlier did they?  Nah, course not. Massive apologies to Stephen, I can only blame the lateness of the hour!

Late Cambrian–5 minute interview

Honey&Bile 5 minute interview

Rules are: Bands have to try to reply to as many / few of these questions as they can in 5 minutes.  Cheating is impossible to prove, but I ask nicely for them to try not to!

Their 5 minutes begins after the mandatory “who’s in the band?” question!

Late Cambrian – 5 minutes later

LATE CAMBRIAN

Who’s who in the band?

John Wlaysewski – Guitar, lead vocals, lyrics.

Nunzio Moudatsos – Bass, background vocals,

O – Synth, percussion, lead and background vocals.

Your 5 mins starts now!

 

1.     How much time do you spend every day promoting the band on social media?

a.     JOHN WLAYSEWSKI – In a 24 hour day I spend about 10 hours promoting Late Cambrian. It’s nonstop, Twitter Tumblr, Facebook, etc etc…

2.     How much time writing / rehearsing / recording gigging etc.?

a.     JW – Rehearsing is heating up now. We are preparing to play out our brand new album PEACH. We already have 4 songs learned from PEACH. We need to get all 13 learned good enough for the stage! Recording is over for now. Actually we will be going into Converse Rubber Tracks to record a new free song in mid-June! That’s exciting, so I guess we should finish a new song…lol. I have a new one i like a lot actually.

b.     O – Pretty much online all the time. I was told to put the phone away when I cross the streets.

3.     Is there a band / artist that general consensus says you have to love (Beatles / Radiohead etc.) that you just don’t get / actively hate(!)?

a.     JW – I grow in and out of music a lot lately. I don’t get why Bon Iver is so amazing, but maybe I’ll get it when winter rolls around…

4.     Do you have to sacrifice the multi-layered sound of your recordings when playing live?

a.     JW – I do use a harmonizer and a delay pedal on stage and O covers a lot of the Synth lines. We all sing as well. I guess stuff is missing, but I hope the songs make sense without being exactly like the recording. Otherwise, we should hire a 12 piece band and replicate the whole experience on stage. That’s an idea for the future.

b.     O – I wish we can sing out of our ears! So many beautiful parts to cover. l give Nunzio a lot of credits for his high and low vocal parts over the complicated rhythm of his bass lines.

5.     We all hate labels, but they help direct people to your music – would you use the term Power-pop?

a.     JW – I avoid that term but I guess it’s right for us. I’ve been calling our band Existential Indie-Alternative Club Pop Rock, but that’s a long title.

6.     Do you have a favourite live venue? What makes it great?  

a.     JW – I did love playing The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. For one, it’s all ages, which is not a common thing in NYC. Also, they treat the artists really well, and the soundman cares about the sound, really knows the room. I felt the same way about Rockwood Music Hall 2 as well. Those are my favourite NYC venues, though we are playing The Gramercy Theatre in late August, so my choice might change.

7.     Are you able to survive on your earnings from music or do you have day jobs?

a.     JW – We have jobs, though we work from home as much as we can. I do PR and Radio Campaigns for other emerging bands, and O does Cantonese voiceovers as well. We make it work and have the time we need to make music on our terms.

8.     Which artist / band would be your dream collaborators?

a.     JW – I would love to write and record a song with: Phoenix, Weezer, Battles, The Strokes.

9.     Your newest songs – where can we buy them?

a.     JW – Our newest songs are available for pre-order through our website: www.latecambrian.com . They will be available on iTunes 4-30-13 . The newest album is PEACH

10.                        When can a British audience see you next?

a.     JW – I am plotting a U.K. tour. I really want to go. Maybe someday soon I can convince Brendan Brown (Wheatus) to take us with them when they go again. They collaborated with us on a song this album called The Luddite. https://soundcloud.com/latecambrian/the-luddite-featuring-late

b.     O – I dream about living and playing in UK everyday (ask the guys!). Until we can physically be there to play for you, please subscribe to our YouTube Channel We have new music videos & fun clips up all the time.

11.                        Please recommend me a band from your area I should listen to.

a.     JW – Try: Isle Of Rhodes, Yankee Bang Bang, The Hsu-Nami…

12.                         Pointless last question – Apple ios or Android?

a.     JW – Apple.

Thanks to Late Cambrian for being my guinea pigs for the inaugural Honey&Bile 5 minute questionnaire! They managed to fit in loads in their 5 minutes, but I trust their integrity implicitly. Go discover their music this instant!