Category: Features

Ian Haugland – Europe

Ian Haugland – Europe

I remember vividly when, where and what, my second ever recorded music purchase was….the important detail is that it was a cassette of Europe’s, The Final Countdown.  What has since been a 25 year love for the band culminated in the opportunity to interview keyboardist Mic Michaeli back in 2010 and earlier this year a chance meeting with drummer Ian […]

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Martin Sandvik of Hardcore Superstar

Martin Sandvik of Hardcore Superstar

Having existed for well over a decade now, when it comes to the Swedish “sleaze” scene, few bands are bigger than Gothenburg natives, Hardcore Superstar, who have blazed the trail since the year 2000 for the cavalcade of bands that have since followed.  Their year 2000 release Bad Sneakers & A Pina Colada brought the band to worldwide prominence with […]

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Nathan Leone of Madina Lake

Nathan Leone of Madina Lake

Starting out with the ambitious endeavour to make a trilogy of albums set around the fictional 1950’s town Madina Lake and a storyline that involved the disappearance of a gorgeous local Adalia and the attempts to find her, never could the band have anticipated that real life events would merge into this fictional story.  In June 2010, bass player Matthew […]

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Wednesday 13 – Calling All Corpses, Soundwave 2012

Wednesday 13 – Calling All Corpses, Soundwave 2012

“For me to be able to come back and tour as Wednesday 13 at Soundwave that’s a really big accomplishment for me. Not to be on a major label, doing my stuff DIY as I do it, and being listed up amongst a lot of the big bill bands, it’s really, really cool and makes me feel good that I’ve […]

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Chuck Fanslau of Evick/Bret Michaels Band

Chuck Fanslau of Evick/Bret Michaels Band

For the thousands of Australians who recently attended the Motley Crue and Bret Michaels tour extravaganza, it would have been blatantly obvious to you all that the band playing with Bret Michaels wasn’t C.C, Rikki or Bobby, so in case you didn’t catch Bret’s introduction on the night….allow me to introduce that band to you – Pete Evick, Chuck Fanslau, […]

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Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada

Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada

“We are very aware of expressionism and its foundational role in music, and when we play shows we aim to express the emotions that make the songs.” The Devil Wears Prada in their six year career have released four albums, a DVD and an EP and have risen to the top of the Hardcore genre of music.   Their fourth, […]

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Davy Vain

Davy Vain

Davy Vain, as a singer, songwriter and performer is without doubt one of the most unique and captivating in rock n roll over the last 25 years.  This is no better illustrated than the regard Vain’s debut album No Respect is held today, some 20 odd years after it’s release, when many other albums released in that era have long, […]

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Eric Young of Crashdiet

Eric Young of Crashdiet

“It’s going to be awesome coming down there and seeing how many of you guys turn up and we will have 2 great nights and see you at the bar after the show!…” A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000’s and now slowly conquering the world, Crashdiet in October will be heading to Australia for […]

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Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive

“Putting ourselves out there and touring and releasing music, it’s a big thing to do and people are so easy to reject things.  But I guess if you ask yourself that question, then you can overcome that once you get there.  It’s amazing to do, instead of sitting at home and not wanting to put yourself out there and do […]

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Alex Johnson of These Kids Wear Crowns

Alex Johnson of These Kids Wear Crowns

So there was a rhyme to the reason of posting the video clip first…yes These Kids Wear Crowns are the band who sing THAT song, yes the song you have probably had stuck in your head one way or another for the last few weeks!  Well the boys from Canada are coming to Australia in November to play some shows, […]

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John Brewster of The Angels

John Brewster of The Angels

Dave’s come in at a hundred miles an hour and he’s strong within himself and we’ve only done three gigs but it’s sounding absolutely amazing.  We’ve had people coming up to us and saying, that’s the best Angels gig I’ve seen in twenty years! The Angels (or Angel City for those in the USA) really don’t need any introduction other […]

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Photo by Kane Hibberd

Matthew Wright of The Getaway Plan

“I can confidentially say we’ll be playing together for the rest of our lives.” The Getaway Plan were one of Australia’s biggest bands a few years back; but with five years as a band and only one year of real success in 2009 the band decided to go on hiatus.  This confused and shocked both fans and people in the […]

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Ol Drake of Evile

Ol Drake of Evile

With their brand new album Five Serpents Teeth having recently been released, it seems like the time is nigh for UK heavy metal band Evile to really make some inroads in the pursuit of global domination!  The journey between their second album Infected Nations and their now third release wasn’t an easy, with the tragic passing of bass player Mike […]

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Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber

Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber

Official press release: COAL CHAMBER, the ’90s alt-metal band fronted by current DEVILDRIVER singer Dez Fafara, will reform for next year’s Soundwave festival in Australia. Commented Dez: “COAL CHAMBER is playing Soundwave Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see COAL CHAMBER. […]

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Mark Hunter of Chimaira

Mark Hunter of Chimaira

When it comes to recording an album, adversity doesn’t stare you in the face much harder than having three of your band members depart the band just as recording is about to begin.  In the face of adversity, flagship member and singer Mark Hunter and guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt Devries, along with collaborator Ben Schigel bunkered down and in […]

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Nathan Hudson of Faker

Nathan Hudson of Faker

“Yes we really want to spend a lot of time on the road really making this record make sense to people.  Whether it will immediately or take a bit of time, I don’t mind, it’s all about reconnecting with the audience, that’s the primary focus for me and for us as a band.” After a hiatus of around 2 years, […]

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Scott Ian of Anthrax

Scott Ian of Anthrax

“The fact that I’m still listening to the record almost three months later, generally when an Anthrax record is finished I don’t put it on again unless it’s 15 years later and I need to relearn something, so I’ve been listening to this album like as a fan now for three months and that’s strictly because of Joey” Scott Ian […]

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Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom

Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom

On the back of their latest release Relentless Reckless Forever, Children of Bodom have further solidified their standing as one of the leading new generation metal bands, but in saying that, the band formed in 1993, so they aren’t exactly that new!  On their seventh album the band once again effortlessly blend crushing metal riffs, haunting melodies, stadium sized metal […]

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Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan

Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan

“I think there’s just something about it that we still get excited, and if we didn’t I don’t think we’d be able to tour the way we tour because we tour so much, we’re pretty much gone the whole year just playing shows, so I think if you don’t enjoy it it’d be a really tough life, so we just […]

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Murray Burns of Mi-Sex

Murray Burns of Mi-Sex

Mi-Sex are back, yes that’s right, they’re back!  In support of their upcoming tour that kicks off in November, May The Rock Be With You chatted with Murray Burns, Mi-Sex keyboard player about the upcoming shows and of course that hit single, Computer Games! Tour press release:  Mi-Sex emerged from New Zealand in 1977 as a collection of creative souls […]

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Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory

Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory

“Like if you put on an old Ramones record, or a Descendants record, or a Green Day record, from the first track to the last, it’s like a nonstop upbeat, fun, party time feel and you can sing along to every song and it’s like a train coming through.  That’s what we were really trying to go for with this […]

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Daniel Sanders of Gyroscope

Daniel Sanders of Gyroscope

After taking a well deserved few months break in recent times, Gyroscope are set to get back to what they do best and that’s playing live.  But this will not just be another Gyroscope tour, with The Choose Your Own Adventure tour, the band are letting you, the fans, choose the setlist you want to hear on this tour.  Already […]

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Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach

“If everybody didn’t like ‘Kicking & Screaming’ I would still love it, I mean I honestly love the record and if I put my name on something that’s because I believe in it 100% and I totally believe in every song on this record.  From the production and the sound and the performances, everything about it I absolutely love 100%” […]

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Chris Conley of Saves The Day

Chris Conley of Saves The Day

“You know I don’t get nervous anymore because I know I have done my job the best that I can and the rest of it is largely out of my hands.  I think we did a good job planning the picnic and now we will see what kind of weather we are going to get.” Saves The Day is certainly […]

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Ryan Burt of The Amity Affliction

Ryan Burt of The Amity Affliction

It’s crazy, we never really expected it to get to this place.  It was only a year and a half/two years ago that we weren’t doing crowds anywhere the crowds we are doing now.  It’s all a dream really, it’s hard to put it into words. Hailing from Queensland, Australia, for The Amity Affliction, it seems that everything they do […]

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Nick Diener of The Swellers

Nick Diener of The Swellers

Heading to Australia for the first time to play at Counter Revolution are American rockers, The Swellers.  Formed nearly ten years ago back in 2002 the band have just released their highly anticipated new album Good For Me, which followed on from their 2009 release Ups And Downsizing. When it comes to describing the music of The Swellers, there is […]

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Sarah McLeod of Screaming Bikini

Sarah McLeod of Screaming Bikini

Going from the lead singer of one of Australia’s most successful modern rock bands, The Superjesus and some 5 or so years later ending up with successive hits in both Australia and overseas in the club scene, may sound like something that’s hard to believe, but for Sarah McLeod, that’s the way that she rolls. In 2011, Sarah has just […]

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Joe Trohman of The Damned Things

Joe Trohman of The Damned Things

“I know there’s a lot of people bummed out about my former band (Fall Out Boy) not doing anything right now, but hopefully they are happy that everybody is going out and getting all the shit out of their heads so to speak and feeling better and making cool stuff.” In music, the term “supergroup” can be used quite loosely, […]

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Benji Webbe of Skindred

Benji Webbe of Skindred

“As a frontman, I am quote antagonistic, I like to attack the crowd, but at the same time not alienate myself from the crowd.  It’s a weird balance between kicking them up the ass and telling them that you love them…” Since 1998 Skindred have been bringing it with their genre defining, well actually, let’s say genre creating, blend of […]

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Alex Reed of Go Radio

Alex Reed of Go Radio

Heading to Australia for the first time to play at Counter Revolution are Florida based rockers, Go Radio.  Formed in 2008 by Jason Lancaster, formerly of Mayday Parade, the band recently released their highly anticipated debut album Lucky Street, which followed on from two EP releases.  With Go Radio, it’s definitely a case of the music and live performance that […]

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