Posts Tagged ‘Interview’


One of our highlights from this year’s Monster Aftershock Festival has returned to Sacramento! Otherwise made a stop last week to perform at Ace of Spades. The crowd was packed as Otherwise and Buckcherry were in town and guaranteed a night full of energetic rock! That is exactly what we got. Otherwise was amazing and the crowd went wild. It was so awesome to see so many fans singing along to the songs, both old and new. They of course played my favorite song, Darker Side of the Moon and it definitely was a crowd favorite as well. Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:


Otherwise have been extensively touring this year in support of their highly well received album, Peace At All Costs. The album has been solidly on our daily playlist since it’s release, definitely proving it is a MUST HAVE!


Otherwise continue to have tour dates added and make sure to see if they are coming to your town. Their music is not only energetic but is uplifting and inspiring. It is wonderful to hear such emotionally driven lyrics and passion from each and every song as well as satisfy your need for straight up hard rock!

Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade – City Plaza  Reno, NV
Dec 02 The Black Sheepw/ Righteous Vendet… Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 04 Marquis Theaterw/ Righteous Vendet… Denver, CO
Dec 05 Waiting Roomw/ Righteous Vendet… Omaha, NE
Dec 06 Valairw/ Righteous Vendet… Des Moines, IA
Dec 07 Mojoe’sw/ Righteous Vendet… Joliet, IL
Dec 09 The Loftw/ Righteous Vendet… Covington, KY
Dec 12 Masqueradew/ New Medicine, Ri… Atlanta, GA
Dec 13 Cardinal Bands & Billiardsw/ New Medicine, Ri… Wilmington, NC
Dec 14 181 Mainw/ New Medicine, Ri… Gastonia, NC
Dec 16 Boondocksw/ New Medicine, Ri… Springfield, IL
Dec 17 Rock 3405w/ New Medicine, Ri… Joplin, MO
Dec 18 Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland Kansas City, MO
Dec 19 Route 20w/ New Medicine, Ri… Racine, WI
Dec 20 Pierre’s – WBYR RADIO SHOW Fort Wayne, IN
Dec 21 Machine Shop Flint, MI
Feb 02 Shiprocked 2015w/ Limp Bizkit, Bla… Miami, FL

We had the opportunity to talk with frontman Adrian Patrick earlier this year, make sure to check it out by visiiting here:  Interview with Adrian Patrick of Otherwise.  Here is a brief excerpt of it:

Music Junkie Press: Also, what is interesting is with your music, is that, it was like at Aftershock, you guys have a wide range of audience, you don’t sit there and put yourselves in this genre checkbox, because you can look out at the crowd and see all styles, all ages, generations, all singing along to your music. I think that is amazing that you guys can capture with that connection that spans across the borderlines that we are tired of seeing.

Patrick: Ya, I am really glad that you brought that up because that is a huge point of contention for us as we are, that is a part of our frustration is we’re so sick of being classified as an Active Rock Band or a Metal Band, you know, we are just a rock n roll band. I don’t know why the music industry or the radio landscape has become so segmented, you know. You know,  If you listen to the songs of True Love Never Dies from song to song and then if you listen to our acoustic EP Enjoy the Pain, song to song, and then you listen to Peace at All Costs, every song sounds different. It doesn’t sound like we are putting out the same album over and over again, or like that our album is pretty much the same song that plays for 40 minutes back to back.  You know and that is what we are going for, that is what we want, that is how we want to differentiate ourselves from the other bands and the other groups out there, and to be quite frankly, unfortunately, rock and roll is not as sexy as it once was and largely due in part to the fact that there is a lot of mediocre artists, that put out mediocre music. And they don’t try to do anything different, you know and we always felt different as people. My brother and I in particular, come from a fairly different background than a lot of guys in our business. SO, whether or not, the love, the critics and whatever, the naysayers think we sound different or cutting edge as a band, I know that we are different as people and I know, it is extremely different being first generation Americans. So you know, we try to capture that in our music, you know. For the longest time, when we were trying to get signed, and when we were trying to make a mark and get out into the national spotlight, one of the biggest obstacles we had, was the fact that these record label dudes were like you know, they were like, “Every song, you know, didn’t sound like the same band!, You have no identity, because, and ”. We are like, “That is our identity!”. We don’t want every song to sound like the last song we just wrote you know.


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Make sure to pick up your copy of Peace At All Costs. It just may be the album to inspire that change in you, give you hope, possibly provide the relief from the obstacles you are facing, and most of all; find the light through the darkness. Pick up the album  on  iTunes: or Amazon: Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date for their latest news.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Concert Review Contributed by Alexandra

There was light rain outside and it got pretty cold in Munich that day. A few fans waited outside, when doors opened at 7pm.

Show start was scheduled for 8pm. There wasn’t an opening act officially announced for the Germany tour, so it was kind of a surprise, who that would be. It was a local band called Thunder and Blitzkrieg ( You can’t really define their music to a certain style. I’d say it’s hard rock with punk influences. They had a few fans there that knew the lyrics. When they started to play there weren’t really that many people there, but the ones that were seemed to like it.  Check out a slide show of photos from their set:

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The room was more crowded, when at 9pm Pop Evil started their set. They were greeted with loud cheers and immediately started with ‚Flawed‘. Their 13  piece set-list consisted mostly of songs from their current record ‘Onyx‘, the album they tour now for almost 2 years. They played all three #1 rock charts singles from that CD – Trenches, Deal with the Devil and Torn to pieces, that is, as known to most, a very personal song for the frontman Leigh Kakaty. But they also played a few tracks from their first two albums ‚War of Angels‘ and ‚Lipstick on the mirror‘. From start to finish it was an energetic set. Everyone in the band gave it their all for the German fans. Matt DiRito (bass) moving around the stage constantly, interacting with the audience, Chachi Riot (drums) switching often from a sitting position to a standing one, for me one of the most hardworking drummers on stage. They already have a solid fanbase here.

There were a few girls outside that I spoke to, that saw them up to 15 times and it’s only the second time the band ever played in Germany. First time was as opening act for Five Finger Death Punch and now those four headline dates in Germany. So the band brought along some real diehard fans they made in quite a short time in this country. Onyx was the first album for the band to be released in March 2014 in Germany, after they signed with Eleven Seven Music earlier that year. The show wasn’t sold out, but that didn’t stop everyone from having fun that night. Frontman Leigh Kakaty stated that it’s not important how many people are at the show, but what kind. And wasn’t he right about that. I attended many Munich shows and the people that were there that night made far more noice than sometimes thrice as many made at other shows. After the first ‚end‘ of the show, Leigh brought along a German flag the band got as a present at their Berlin show. They were seemingly proud of that one and Leigh even ‚wore‘ it for one song. They closed the show after 60 minutes that went by in a glance with one of their most popular songs ‚Trenches‘.

I hope they’ll come back soon to steady their fanbase and increase it, cuz they’re definitely deserve a lot of love.

Pop Evil will start working on a new album next year, after taking a well earned X-Mas break and spending some time with their families.

Contributed by Alexandra

Here is an interview with vocalist Leigh Kakaty and Alexandra before their set:

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Tom Keifer has been quite busy touring in support of his highly acclaimed solo record, The Way Life Goes. If you don’t already have it, do yourself a big favor and pick it up. It is filled with rockin tracks featuring his beloved signature vocals and emotionally driven lyrics. It truly takes you on a musical journey highlighting emotions and heart felt songs while satisfying your need for rock.

Tom recently played at the Whisky a GoGo in Hollywood last month. This was a show that we had anticipated for months and were so excited for. Unfortunately, with my mother’s health taking a bit of quick turn, we stayed close to home. Our colleague Linda Emord of Eye Shutter 4 U made it out to the show and check out her photos from his spectacular set:

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We had the chance to interview Tom several days after his show and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

Make sure to check out our interview with Tom from last year shortly after the release of his album. You can read it here: Tom Keifer is on Solid Ground with his new solo album. Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Keep on rockin, Marisol

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Our friends in New Politics have been out on another headlining tour which will take them across the country. Sunday night they made a stop in San Francisco and performed at the legendary Fillmore. It was great to see them headline at the Fillmore when only a few years ago, they were there opening for The Dirty Heads. From the first time, we saw New Politics open for The Spill Canvas at Slim’s in 2010. They blew us away as we dubbed them “Energizer Bunny Meets Nirvana”.


They put on one of the most energetic, engaging sets that you don’t ever want to miss. Once again at the Fillmore, they exceeded all of our expectations and delivered a top notch set. Check out a sneak peek of photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

Their set included old and new songs which had the crowd brimming with excitement. It was great to hear the crowd singing along to their new song, Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens) which will be featured on their upcoming new album, VIkings set for a release in February 2015 on DCD2/Warner Bros records.  They even brought the house down as they performed a cover of Beastie Boys Sabotage. What a night it was and I truly am proud to see how far these young men have come. They are definitely one of the hardest working bands out there and it is no surprise to see their fast rise to the top. They deserve it!

The tour included their special guests of Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful.   Check out the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

11/5 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre ( Tickets )
11/6 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ( Tickets )
11/7 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House ( Tickets )
11/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theatre ( Tickets )
11/9 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre ( Tickets )
11/11 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre ( Tickets )
11/12 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant ( Tickets )
11/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater ( Tickets )
11/14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club ( Tickets )
11/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre ( Tickets )
11/16 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
11/18 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s ( Tickets )
11/19 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom ( Tickets )
11/20 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
11/21 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ( Tickets )
11/22 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall ( Tickets )
11/23 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House ( Tickets )
11/25 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza ( Tickets )
11/26 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club ( Tickets )
11/28 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ( Tickets )
11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts ( Tickets )
11/30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater ( Tickets )

We have been hooked on their latest single, Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens) and they are currently working on a music video for it. Check out a little behind the scenes video to get you excited for it:

Make sure to catch them out on tour. I know I always tell you to make sure to get out to shows, but SERIOUSLY this is one show you WANT to BE AT!  New Politics are amazing with their live performances and their stage presence I think is one that can be matched.  You can’t help but leave their show in a better mood, better place, or just full of energy and excitement, regardless of what you may be going through. Their music is like instant adrenaline and bliss.

Have you ever seen our interview with them at last year’s Uproar Festival? If not, check it out h ere:

Also make sure you have their latest CD, “A Bad Girl in Harlem” which will have your energy flowing within seconds! You can get it here on Itunes.  Definitely on replay at our house.

~ Marisol

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We promised to bring you our interview with Kenny Vasoli from Vacationer and we are pleased to bring it to you here:

I would strongly encourage you to get out to a show and I promise you will have the time of your life. The chill vibe that Vacationer brings to the stage will have you thinking you are on a tropical island in the sun and simply enjoying the gift of life. In case you missed our review of their amazing set at Slim’s, here it is once again.

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Monday night we made it down to San Francisco to catch Vacationer as they set to perform at Slim’s. The weekend was filled with SF Giant mania and Monday was a great night off for the World Series. One thing is for sure, Vacationer brought the chillest of vibes to San Francisco.  There is something about watching them perform where you are just whisked away to a tropical island, surrounded by friends, singing along and sharing the most relaxed, kick back atmosphere in a room full of friends. Whatever things are on your mind, worries or challenges you may be facing, the second you listen to Vacationer, they all just disappear and you can’t help but have a great time. It is an instant mood elevator and you feel like you are on one big vacation!

The venue was packed but that didn’t hinder anyone’s enjoyment as the crowd swayed to rhythm of the songs and everyone appeared to have an excellent time!  Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of the set:

Vacationer is a collaborative effort with vocalist/bassist Kenny Vasoli and his production partners Grant Wheeler and Matthew Young from the band Body Language. If you don’t already have it, I would strongly suggest to you to pick up their latest release,Relief which is an absolute much needed dose of fun, feel good music. Check out the video for one of my favorite songs from their album, The Wild Life.


Check out the tour dates below and see if you will be able to catch them out on tour.

Tour Dates:

  • November 4 – Edmonton, AB   @ The Starlite Room w/St. Lucia
  • November 5 – Calgary, AB @ The Republik w/St. Lucia
  • November 7 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret w/St. Lucia
  • November 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/St. Lucia
  • November 10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/St. Lucia
  • November 11 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/St. Lucia
  • November 12 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom w/St. Lucia
  • November 14 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall w/St. Lucia
  • November 15 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow w/St. Lucia
  • November 16   Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse – Brick+Morter Support
  • November 17   Boston, MA @ The Sinclair – Brick+Morter Support

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We told you to hang on a bit longer and here it is… our interview with The Rabid Whole when they made their stop in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge. Check out the interview here:


In case you missed any of our coverage from their stop in SF, check it out below. Make sure to see them when they come to a venue near you!! They are not to be missed!

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This past Sunday we made it to San Francisco and no, not for the World Series, for something much more energetic and climatic! We were at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco for the Cyanotic and The Rabid Whole TERMINATOUR. It was definitely the right place to be as these bands were over the top with energy and delivered sets that would rival our concert coverage of 2014! We will be bringing you coverage of Cyanotic later but for now, let me tell you how The Rabid Whole completely blew us away with their set.

The Above DNA Lounge has quite an intimate setting but when you get an energetic band on that small stage, the room can’t contain the adrenaline running through everyone’s veins. That is exactly what The Rabid Whole did. They came out and gave 150% of themselves on that stage, it was as if they were playing for a crowd of 10,000! I love a band that comes out and delivers their all every single time and that is what The Rabid Whole does. Their music can be described as a blend of electronic infused alternative rock but even die hard rockers or metalheads will fall fast in love with them. If you ever had a doubt about where music is headed, no need to worry The Rabid Whole is the answer that we have been searching for. We had a chance to interview them after their set and will be bringing the interview to you later this week.

Each member has excellent stage presence and are outstanding at captivating the audience. Vocalist Andreas is fierce when he sings and he gets the crowd amped up from start to finish. Chalsey is not only a bad ass keyboardist but her vocals draw you right in and have you hooked. George is kicking out some cool riffs and Matt on drums consistently rocked the beat as he gave a show with his sticks flying in the air. Then we have to tell you about Oscar, the madman on bass. He is like a caged animal on that stage, ready to pounce and he literally gives every ounce of his energy to the crowd. Amazing band that bring depths and tones to their music and completely rocks! Rock ain’t dead, The Rabid Whole have just revived it and added a couple electronic cyborg parts to it and are ready to take over! Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:


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There are still more dates left out on the Terminatour so check the list below and see where you can catch The Rabid Whole live. Also be sure to pick up their latest release, Problems, at a show or through their Bandcamp page.

NOV 01: LOS ANGELES, CA – Bar Sinister
NOV 03: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Voodoo Lounge
NOV 04: KANSAS CITY, MO – The Riot Room
NOV 05: ST PAUL, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
NOV 07: ST. LOUIS, MO – The Crack Fox
NOV 08: LACROSSE, WI- Warehouse


Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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One of our FAVORITE BAD ASS BANDS… CROBOT  have announced a new tour set for Spring 2015. They will be touring as special guest for Volbeat and Anthrax national tour. The tour pre-sale begins this Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00am local time. Visit for tickets and more information.

Crobot have been quite busy this year with some major non-stop touring and they continue to have upcoming dates until the end of the year. This is one hard working band that is in high demand. Check the dates below:



Atlanta, GA Vinyl


Raleigh, NC The Maywood


South Bend, IN Club Fever


Fort Wayne, IN Yolo Event Center


Clarksville, TN The Warehouse


Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
Winter Tour with Chevelle


Columbia, SC Music Farm


Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues-Orlando


Norfolk, VA The Norva


Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live


Huntington, NY The Paramount


Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre


Providence, RI Lupo’s


Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre


Detroit, MI The Fillmore


Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom


Miami, FL Shiprocked 2015
Spring Tour with Anthrax and Volbeat


Denver, CO 1st Bank Center


Rapid City, SD Rushmore Civic Center


Spokane, WA Spokane Arena


Missoula, MT Adams Center


Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre


Grand Prairie, AB Crystal Centre


Edmonton, AB Rexall Place


Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede Corral


Saskatoon, SK Sasktel Centre


Regina, SK Brandt Centre


Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena


Oshawa, ON GM Centre


Ottawa, ON TD Place


Quebec City, Quebec Quebec Colisee Arena


Montreal, QUE Cepsum


Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center


Evansville, IN Ford Center


Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom


Sioux City, SD Tyson IBF Events Center


Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre Grand Prarie


Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre


Sauget, IL Outdoors at Pop’s


New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom

We caught Crobot when they made a stop in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge. Check out our interview with them from their last visit to SF.

In addition to their new tour dates they have released their new album, Something Supernatural  through Wind Up Records. They once again worked with the producer Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes) at his Machine Shop studios, whom also worked with them on their self titled EP.

I hope you get a chance to see them perform live. These guys have such a refreshing new sound infused with a Dirty Groove Rock. They are like no other band out there today. Crobot is bringing the life back into classic rock/ stoner rock  with a double dose of groove in a modern style. Think like Zep ala Soundgarden with a side of Wolfmother. Pick up their new album and get hooked on your new favorite band!

Here is  a tribute video that Rockin Ryan put together with footage of their San Francisco set:

Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news, tour dates.

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Chad Michael Ward

Photo Credit: Chad Michael Ward

We have been telling you a lot about The Killing Lights, the new music project by Michael Vampire, widely known for his work as frontman in Vampires Everywhere. They are set to release their self titled debut EP on December 2nd. The five-song release was produced & engineered by DJ Black & Michael Vampire, mixed by Erik Ron (Motionless In White, Escape The Fate) and mastered by Sterling Sound NYC. The EP is now available for pre-order through the band’s online store on District Lines and all major digital music retailers. Limited edition merchandise bundles will also be available.

They are premiering their new song, Until I Bleed which is off the new EP. “Writing this song was liberating for me,” said Michael. “I was reminiscing about all the fucked up shit that happened to me over the last five years. Everyone has their breaking point and this was mine. I just started scribbling words down on paper that eventually became the intro and I knew that this song would make an impact and hopefully help people in the same situation.”


Take a listen here:


In case you missed our interview with Michael Vampire, you can check it out here:

The Killing Lights released a new video for Lies Spread Like Fire that is awesome.  “I am beyond excited to finally release the ‘Lies Spread Like Fire’ video,” said Michael. “We all fight our own demons from time to time, and this is about standing up after the fight. We wanted to keep it as raw as possible, which I feel we achieved using L.A. street culture as the main storyline and aesthetic. This video is for all the fans and people that have stuck with me this past year. Together we will change everything.”

Check out the new video, Lies Spread Like Fire

We will continue to keep updated on future The Killing Lights news but also make sure and follow/like them on their social media sites.

~ Marisol

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Butcher Babies have released a music video for their cover song, They’re Coming To Take Me Away, which is off their new EP, Uncovered. Check it out here:

You can pick up the EP  on BEST BUY –, ITUNES – or AMAZON MP3 – The 5 song EP features cover songs that were chosen by each band member, and in the early summer of this year, they entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to dissect and “butcher” these five classics, creating something all their own. Check out the track listing:

Uncovered track-listing
1. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
2. They’re Coming to Take Me Away
3. Don’t Give a Fuck
4. Crazy Horses
5. Pussy Whipped


In case you missed our coverage of Butcher Babies at this year’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, here it is! Our interview with vocalist, Heidi Shepard as well as photographers from our Rockin Ryan of their set:




Butcher Babies are currently out on tour with support by another great band Anti-Mortem!  They will then head right back out on tour with Black Label Society and Hatebreed. Check the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

10/22/2014–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO
10/23/2014–Backstage Bar & Billiards–Las Vegas, NV
10/24/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10/25/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest

12/27/2014–Studio Seven–Seattle, WA
12/28/2014–Knitting Factory Concert–House Spokane , WA
12/29/2014–Commodore Ballroom–Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014–Kelowna Community Theatre–Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014–Flames Central–Calgary, AB
1/2/2015–Shaw Conference Centre–Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015–Convention Hall – Arts Centre–Regina, SK
1/4/2015–Burton Cummins Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015–The Community Auditorium–Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015–London Music Hall–London, ON
1/8/2015–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
1/9/2015–Metroplis–Montreal, QC
1/10/2015–F Shed At The Market–Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015–Reverb–Reading, PA
1/13/2015–State Theatre–Portland, ME
1/14/2015–Webster Theater–Hartford, CT
1/16/2015–Royal Oak Music Theater–Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015–The LC Pavillion–Columbus, OH
1/18/2015–The Fillmore Charlotte–Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015–Diamond Ballroom–Oklahoma City, OK
1/22/2015–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE

Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Earlier this week, when I visited my 81 year old mother whom is recuperating from an infection in a skilled nursing facility, I was left to hear the complaining from the seniors about the younger generation, and exclamations of “What is the world coming to? Young men and women are not as passionate as they used to be, etc “. I simply do not agree since it seems that the spotlight is often on those that are not creating or passionate about their arts or even life in general. I know a young man who is amazingly talented and passionate in all that he does, that I would like to place in the spotlight and let the world enjoy his great gift of music and that young man is Ethan Teel.

The solo project of Ethan is The Owl-Eyes and earlier this year he released his debut EP, Wild Child. Ethan displays his great affection for various genres of music as he experiments with everything from pop, jazz, heavy metal, alternative, metalcore, hip-hop, punk, and so much more. In addition, he is not only a songwriter but a multi instrumentalist playing the guitar, drums, bass, and vocalist.

We had the opportunity for a Q & A with Ethan and are pleased to bring that to you here:

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Music Junkie Press:  Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us  here at Music Junkie Press. Can you tell us about the latest with what is going on with your music, The Owl Eyes?

Ethan: As of right now, I’m working with a group of guys to play my music live. Our plan is to hit the open mics in the St.Paul, MN area, and through word-of-mouth, talk to some local bands about opening up for them. Eventually, through all this, we’ll develop a relationship with the club and venue owners and having our own gigs will become easy as pie.

On top of that, I’m always recording and writing. There is one song I plan to launch for free on my website. It’s a collaboration with EDM/Pop artist “Madd Oso.” So far, it sounds bad-ass.

And there’s always web content. Keep checking my website for the latest news, blogs, videos, etc.

Music Junkie Press: I love the new Owl Eyes because it just seems that they are there taking the world in and just watching everything around them, always thinking. How did you come up with calling yourself Owl Eyes?

Ethan: The Owl-Eyes has always been the creative outlet for any of my works of art; whether it be film, poetry, and in the case so far – music. Since The Owl-Eyes is one person (me), there were some in the beginning thinking it would be much easier and simpler to just go under my name, seeing as how I am a “solo” artist. However, many producers and contributors in the past told me that going under a band name would be more marketable. Aside from that, what I do with my music is the same exact thing Trent Reznor does with “Nine Inch Nails.” So I basically told myself, “why bother with my legal name and just make a ‘band’ to go under?” And so I chalked a whole bunch of names down on my phone. One of them was “The Owl-Eyes,” and when shooting my music video back in the late summer of 2013, the video director said that she liked it, and so we went with that.

The origin of the name itself comes from the novel “The Great Gatsby.” In it, there is a minor character called, “The Owl-Eyed man,” and he is discovered in Gatsby’s library during a party. He is amazed that Mr. Gatsby actually has REAL novels in the study, and not just props. However, as the character points out to the protagonist, Mr. Gatsby hasn’t actually read the novels. He just keeps them in the study.

The point of this scene is to prove that Mr. Gatsby is a pseudo-intellectual. He seems smart on the outside – with his vast amount of books, wealth, and worldly experiences. But all of this is a front to trick people into think he’s smarter than he actually is; and it took a pair of “Owl-Eyes,” (Owls being a symbol of wisdom) to point this out.

Pseudo-intellectualism is horrendously large in the music world these days. There are multiple bands naming themselves after great philosophers, works of literature, a passage of scripture, etc; Yet their music, sound, and identity has nothing to do with the name at all. The name is basically a way for marketing to promote the band to teenagers who want to listen to something other than mainstream pop. The kids believe they are getting music with substance because of the name. But the only substance they are getting is blast beats or corny lyrics.

How does this connect to me? I hate pseudo-intellectuals, even though I am one. Pseudo-Intellectual’s talk out of their asses all the time to impress people, and while I recognize this as a pet peeve I hate, I do this literally ALL THE TIME. I figured, “what if I made myself to be the BIGGEST PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL OF THEM ALL?!? I’ll be the hyperbolic mirror held up to the masses, so that people can look upon me and go, ‘Oh, I get it now.’ and then we can go on to bigger and better things; while also enjoying the music I create.”

And that’s why I called the band “The Owl-Eyes.” We are going to be the mirror that reflects to the world what we have become.

Photo Credit: Fairlight Hubbard

Photo Credit: Fairlight Hubbard

Music Junkie Press: With being so young and having such a great passion for music, did you grow up in a musical family or when did you see yourself immerse yourself into songwriting and creating your own music?

Ethan: Most of the music stuff comes from my mother’s side of the family. My grandfather could play trombone, tuba, and trumpet; whereas my mother played piano (she still plays piano for my hometown church). My grandfather was the first music “geek” in the family. He had an album of “The Mills Brothers,” that he would play over and over again. We actually played that album during the visitation when he passed away. It was such a strange yet welcoming juxtaposition; he was gone and yet we had all this really happy music playing. It was chill.

The seeds for my love of music began when I was 8 years old. I wanted to learn how to play the drums because I saw one kid play them at a local town jamboree. From there, the kid gave me lessons and I was learning about all these cool bands like “Black Sabbath,” and “Lynyrd Skynyrd.” But things really didn’t take off until I was 12; that’s when I discovered “School of Rock.” School of Rock is a for-profit, music education program serving nearly 10,000 students in over 138 locations. There are several different courses within the School itself, but all of them are performance based programs where kids learn a set list and then perform that set list in front of a live audience. It was at School of Rock that I met my local brand of mutants. There were kids just like me, who had the same passion and drive for the arts as I do; and because of this, we shared music recommendations like crazy and I started listening to way more music than I would have otherwise.

The nail on the coffin though – the moment where I decided that music would be my life – came at around 14 years old. I’ve always loved film and for a while I saw myself as possibly becoming a film director. I went to this camp called SOCAPA (School Of Creative And Performing Arts) where I got to direct, edit, write, and produce 2 original short films in the time span of two weeks. I had so much fun while I was out there, but I thought making movies would be as simple as putting my dreams and perceptions onto celluloid. I came to find out that the process was so much harder….maybe not even worth trying?

So I’m sitting in my parents RV, staring up at the ceiling at like 1:00am, and I was thinking to myself “well, what now Ethan? You’ve always wanted to be a film director right? You’ve looked up all these colleges about film, and now you’re having second doubts? What are you gonna do with you life?”

I had Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” on CD, and I had suddenly realized that I’ve never truly listened to an album all the way through. I decided to have a classic be my first album experience, and I played the entirety of the album, all the way through, on a low volume to where the music was crisp, clear, and never distorted. It was a soft and chill moment; the notes just spilling into my ear canal.

When it was all over, I clicked off the Cd and said, “That. I want to do that. I want to be in music forever and eventually create something like I just experienced.” And that’s how I got into music.

Music Junkie Press: What advice could you give to the youth who struggle to continue with their passion for music, either by being told to stray from the type of music they want to create or to follow a different path completely?

Ethan: I say do you. We all got that special drive and sometimes it just takes a lot of experimentation to find that one thing that makes us truly happy. When we do find that one thing, there is nothing better in the world. So do what you feel is right, cause if it ends up with you doing something you absolutely love, eventually people will come around to standing beside you. As long as you have the passion for it, and you express that passion vigorously through hard work and determination, with love and happiness…eventually others will stand beside you. Just remember, there’s no vanity in the presence of gratitude.

But to be more blunt, there’s actually two quotes that I can use to sum all this up.

“Men have called me mad: but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the excellent intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of general intellect.”

-Edgar Allen Poe

and finally…

“All works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?”

-Carl Jung.

Music Junkie Press: I understand that you are a multi-instrumentalist, do you have an affinity for one instrument versus the others.

Ethan: The first instrument I ever learned how to play was the drums; and they still remain to be my favorite instrument to perform live. I love being the front man because I can control the audience. I love the freedom of expression that being a front man allows for as well. But personally, I just love playing the drums because unlike guitars where your patterns are more melodically based (and therefore, you have to deal much more with music theory) on the drums, the patterns are more rhythmically based. With guitars, vocals, and other types of melodic instruments, you hear the music. But with drums, you feel the music.

To sum it up, lead vocals live and playing the drums are the two instruments in my wheel house of tricks that I always love coming back to.

Music Junkie Press:  Do you have any upcoming performances you can tell us about?

Ethan: As of right now, no. But we are working on it everyday. Keep checking the Facebook page and the website for more info. Whenever we get a live gig, those two places will have the details STAT!

 Music Junkie Press: Who are some of the most influential musicians that made an impact on you?

Ethan: All of the artists that I have ever listened to have influenced my sound and writing to some degree. To prove this, here are my top 20 Artists of all time (in order). See if you can hear the influences from them in my music.

  1. The Rolling Stones
  2. The Kinks
  3. The Pixies
  4. Dream Theater
  5. Lamb of God
  6. Slipknot
  7. Death Grips
  8. Sonic Youth
  9. Gorillaz
  10. Led Zeppelin
  11. TOOL
  12. Nine Inch Nails
  13. Rush
  14. The Black Keys
  15. Mewithoutyou
  16. The Flaming Lips
  17. Primus
  18. Radiohead
  19. The Beatles

Pink Floyd.

Music Junkie Press: What are three things about yourself that you can share with us?

Ethan: I busted my head open once and had to get it “glued” back together. No joke. My father and I built this bridge that spans over this little creek towards my Grandmother’s house, and one day when I was 10 years old, while climbing around it, I fell off and cut my head open on some sharp rocks. They took me to the hospital and the cut was deep enough that stitches could’ve been a possibility, but frankly, I was freaking out so bad (cause I had never gone through any trauma ever before then) that they thought giving me stitches would do more harm than good. So they grabbed this stuff called “medical glue,” and, for intensive purposes, “glued” my head back together. Pretty neat huh? No wonder I’m so weird.

I write fanfiction. I haven’t been able to write as much now since I’m in college, but I still do. I geek out over everything and I also love to write. Naturally fan fiction would result out of these two things. It’s just an extension of what I do with my writing. I’ve written fan fictions for Avatar the Last Airbender, Artemis Fowl, Teen Titan, Sly Cooper, and Gorillaz. And I’m a little ashamed to admit this, but I’ll hold nothing back. Some of those fan fics got STEAMY!

My first performance ever with the School of Rock, I was attacked on stage by an elderly woman who came down to our school to complain about the noise. She literally pushed my head into the snare drum while she tried grabbing the over head microphones. But I still kept the beat going, and after she was taken off stage by management (while I was still keeping a steady tempo) we were given a standing ovation. TAKE THAT ELDERLY!

Music Junkie Press: If we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might we be most surprised at finding in there?

Ethan: Die Antwoord. Yes, I love South African Rave Hip-Hop. I also really dig August Burns Red and Suicide Silence. But I think mostly you’ll be surprised that I have Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Childish Gambino on my IPod because I create alt-rock music, and all those acts are SUPER hip-hop. I think we are entering a renaissance age for Hip-Hop. We got all these forward thinking people within the genre right now. “Telegraph Ave. (Oakland by Lloyd)” has been playing on my phone non-stop. It’s slowly becoming my jam, and quite possibly a contender of my top 20 songs of all time.

Music Junkie Press: With music being so powerful and can help, heal, inspire people, can you share a time in your life when music was there to help you through something. Maybe a particular song or artist that was instrumental in getting you through something tough?

Ethan: There of course was the incident about Pink Floyd I mentioned earlier, but that wasn’t necessarily healing. I just wasn’t so sure what I wanted to do with my life, and the music I heard on “Dark Side,” was so awe-inspiring and jaw dropping that I made it a mission in life to recreate that moment of awe through my music.

I guess a good moment of healing through music always comes from Gospel music. Whenever I’m feeling blue, I just bust out my guitar and play “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” I do this gospel bluegrass version that this hymnal in our church has. Every time I sing it, I feel a rising in spirit and in confidence. Sometimes I just gotta remind myself that this plan of existence is only temporary (and to a certain extent, it isn’t really even real; cause what is reality other than a collection of our perceptions) and that “I gotta home on the other side.”

Photo Credit: Fairlight Hubbard

Photo Credit: Fairlight Hubbard

Music Junkie Press: With your emotionally driven lyrics, do you have a particular song writing process?

Ethan: Most of my song writing comes out of fail attempts of trying to play someone else’s tune. I then modify it into becoming my tune. For example, there’s a song I’m working on with a working title “Cigarettes and Dead Daydreams.” I basically came up with the song when I was trying to play “You’re So Great,” by BLUR. I couldn’t get the riff down right, so I just basically modified what I was doing until it became original. I even incorporated a riff from the song “Down by the River,” by Neil Young.

That’s the music side of the equation. Sometimes I will just have a lick that appears out of nowhere in my head that I have to write down (like in my song “Crazy Little Lady.” The main lick of that song just was playing in my head and I had to write it down). But most of the time, the music I create is a jumbled up version of every single song I’ve ever heard ever; I then throw three or more songs together, blend them, and modify the lick into becoming my own original lick. Not plagiarism. It’s Inspiration.

The lyrics themselves come after the song is written, usually. Sometimes there will be fair occasions where I’ll just have a poem in my head I want to put to music. But 9 times out of 10, the lyrics are set to the music after the melody is written; therefore I can come up with good lyrics to fit the mood of the song. You don’t want a happy-fun time song juxtaposed with sad emo lyrics. You want both to match in tone, theme, and mood.

They lyrics basically are portions of my emotions exaggerated to the point of hyperbolic nature. For example the lyrics for “Wild Child,” come from my punk rock, loner, rebellious side; just exaggerated to the sense of goofiness. “Hopeless,” is my hopeless romantic side (pun intended) turned up to 11. All lyrics I ever write are genuine emotions I feel and want to express, I just turn them up to an 11 so they get more specific in nature, yet broader in scope.

And that is my writing process.

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, is there anything you would to share with our audience and your fans?

Ethan: World Domination is at hand. Spread the word, share the website and facebook page; and you’ll be seated at the right hand of


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What an amazing young man with a wealth of talent and passion. I can’t wait to see what is next in store for this talented musician. When you look at Ethan and what he has to offer this generation, he gives us hope and rest assured, we will be in good hands.

You can pick up his EP Wild Child here on iTunes. He has also just released his latest EP, Schizo Girlfriend in August and you can pick it up on iTunes here. Both EPs are also available directly through his website here:  You are going to love it and soon you will be telling everyone about your new favorite band, The Owl-Eyes! Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Marisol

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