I had an awesome time at this years 7th annual GwarBq, I really enjoyed being there and hanging out with everyone. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with some of the bands. I got to interview a really cool up and coming band The Sawyer Family and then I got to interview Beefcake the Mighty (Jamison Land) of Gwar
I had the pleasure of interviewing an up and coming band that has been around for awhile. They are The Sawyer Family and they have dubbed themselves as a stoner rock band from the 7th dimension. I gave them a listen and they definitely have a great vibe and music definitely gives a sense of chill that I wouldn’t mind taking a few tokes to while listening to. I had a a full interview with the whole Sawyer Family but sadly along with some personal pictures and my video of the Gwar interview. Luckily I was able to reconnect with Judge Jarod Sawyer and have a second interview.
Me: Thanks again for the opportunity!! So is this your first Q? How does it feel to be playing the Q?
Judge /Guitar and Vocals : We played the Brutal Brunch last year in the park across from Gwar Bar, but this is our first main event. It was great to be able to play on the Slaughterama Stage this year among such esteemed company. I just wish I could have seen all of the bands, but there’s only so much time in one day. We had a blast.
Me: .what are your influences?
Judge: We’re all over the map on this one. When we’re writing, we don’t really try to emulate any style. Zack could write a melody based on classical music, then I’ll add reverbed out, sixties style soul rhythm guitar and Dennis will throw in some funky Prince licks or a shredding Slash solo. Kyle can do whatever he wants, beating the shit out of those drums. And then the song will evolve anyway into something entirely different.
We listen to everything. One day, it could be Slayer, then The Stones, then Queens of the Stone Age, The Stooges, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Black Sabbath. Really anything. I don’t think any musician should get trapped in a genre, though it’s sometimes an easy trap to fall into.
Me: Any new project in the works?
Judge: We’re currently writing new material and preparing for our 2nd European tour, TBA. We hope to be ready for the studio again within a year.
We have plenty of ideas which may or may not come to fruition. New merch ideas, a possible instrumental seven inch… a movie about Steven Seagal…
Me: If you plan to tour will you be hitting Sacramento and what can people expect from your shows??
Judge: We make it through Sacramento from time to time. Being from the West Coast, that’s an easy stop, but with Winter on its way, the mountains out here are always a wild card.
As for what to expect from the shows, we’re not too big on theatrics. We just want to create the atmosphere with the sound, keep the energy level up and be as tight as possible.
Me: Bonus round Any cool GwarBq stories from the past? Have you met Oderus?
Judge: Maybe we met Oderus in a dream. Perhaps not..
Thanks again to Judge Sawyer and the Sawyer Family for an awesome opportunity to get to know them and their music! Please check them out on facebook!
Now to the part everyone was waiting for! It was a short interview and we didn’t have much time. I was so nervous as I was ushered in to a busy press room where Beefcake and other members of Gwar were being interviewed all at once. In the humid heat of Richmond Va regular humans were melting away so I knew that Beefcake was boiling in his own juices in his heavy armor. I was told to make it quick so I did my best. I knew to be prepared for fun rude remarks and a verbal manhandling but I didn’t quite get that.
Me: “Hi Im Nikki Knight from Capital Chaos TV and Im here with Beefcake the Mighty of Gwar! Im so excited to meet you!!”
Beefcake: “Hi whatever”
Me: So have you heard any new news from your home Planet Cholesterol?
Beefcake: “No! We are stuck where have you been??”
Me: “I know. Just thought you guys got free during Lust in Space so maybe you might again. So how many hopeless Bohab lives are you estimating to kill this Q?”
Me: “So you guys came out with Arctic Snow Vodka, so how do you like it?”
Me: “There are many people who look up to you and want to kill and slay onstage. Is there any advice you would like to give them?”
Beefcake: “I really don’t care its about me.”
Me: Thanks so much for your time …
Words by Nikki Knight – Live Photo’s by Brian Mcdonald
Carla: “Heidi and I are both trained classically as singers. We love doing both. I know that Heidi, when we started, she said, ‘I don’t ever want to sing, ever!’ Over time, we’ve both gone down the path of singing and screaming. It’s great to mix it up. We can do both. I’m so proud of how far we’ve both come with our vocals. It’s fun to switch it up and do new things
Gene Gaona of Capital Chaos TV recently conducted an interview with Butcher Babies frontwoman Carla Harvey. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by Blabbermouth).
On what inspired the title of the band’s most recent album, “Take It Like A Man”:
Carla: “That was a lyric from a song ‘Dead Man Walking’. As the writing progressed and we were trying to think of a name for the album, we thought, ‘Why not use that line?’ That song is very important to both Heidi [Shepherd, co-vocalist] and I. It details how we grew up with our fathers. That line kept coming back and back. It’s such a great statement. It’s a statement that says, ‘Life’s going to come at you hard. You have to remain strong no matter what it throws at you. Keep yourself tough.’ It’s not gender-based; it’s not telling little girls ‘Just take it like a man!’ It’s not for men. It’s for anybody who has a dream and is going through a hard time. Just owning up, pulling your boots up, get on with your life and get going. It’s the perfect title.”
On Harvey’s upbringing in Detroit:
Carla: “I grew up in a mixed neighborhood. My first neighborhood changed dramatically. I grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood, but overnight, it became predominantly African-American. I’m half-black. The problem with that area when I was growing up was that it was very racially divided, unfortunately. I’ve been to a few places in my life that still feel racially divided and where I grew up is one of them. It’s better now and is getting better all the time. There were a lot of race riots in Detroit that really did separate people, unfortunately. Before my mom married my dad years and years ago, she got a lot of flak. She lost a lot of friends. They would say stuff to us that was very negative. Going through those experiences and having a hard time growing up, just makes you a stronger person. It makes you who you are. I’m very proud of everything that makes up who I am. A lot of people always say, ‘Why do you talk about being black? Why don’t you talk about being white?’ I’m most likely to talk about being biracial because being biracial is something completely different than being black or white. It’s a special thing. It really makes you who you are. I get the best of both worlds and the worst of both worlds sometimes. All of those experiences have made me who I am. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
On how she got into metal:
Carla: “MEGADETH was my first rock concert ever. The first metal song I ever heard was a METALLICA song when I was in the back of one of my friend’s vans and they were listening to METALLICA. I always tell the story that the sound, the angryness, the lyrics, just the speed of the song, it felt how I felt on the inside on the outside. So I was immediately attracted to thrash metal. I loved the ‘Big Four.’ I loved PANTERA growing up, and I also loved stuff like GUNS N’ ROSES, but for me, growing up like I did, it was very hard for me to admit that’s what I was drawn to. People wanted me to prove my blackness. I always drawn to rock and roll, especially thrash metal.”
On BUTCHER BABIES’ increased use of clean vocals:
Carla: “Heidi and I are both trained classically as singers. We love doing both. I know that Heidi, when we started, she said, ‘I don’t ever want to sing, ever!’ Over time, we’ve both gone down the path of singing and screaming. It’s great to mix it up. We can do both. I’m so proud of how far we’ve both come with our vocals. It’s fun to switch it up and do new things. On the next album that we’re writing, which we’re going to finish after this tour, we’re going to be doing all different kinds of stuff, really taking some different chances with the vocals.”
August Burns Red announce the Messengers 10 Year Anniversary tour this Jan/Feb with Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and 68′!! VIP tickets are on sale now at http://augustburnsred.vip and regular tickets go on sale Friday at 10am!! Here are the dates we will be crushing!!
Jan 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Jan 5 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Springs
Jan 6 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theatre
Jan 7 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Jan 8 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Jan 9 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Jan 11 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Jan 12 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Jan 13 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Jan 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Jan 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Jan 16 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Jan 17 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Jan 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Jan 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jan 21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Jan 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Jan 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
Jan 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Jan 26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jan 27 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Jan 28 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Jan 30 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Jan 31 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Feb 1 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
Feb 2 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Feb 3 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Feb 4 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Feb 6 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
Feb 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb 8 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Feb 9 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Feb 10 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Feb 11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Feb 12 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Feb 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Feb 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Feb 16 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb 17 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Animals As Leaders premiere new song “Arithmophobia” via Guitar World pre-orders for the band’s forthcoming album, The Madness of Many, which include an instant download of “Arithmophobia” and “The Brain Dance,” are available now:
“This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We’re beyond thrilled with the result.”
Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding, “The Madness of Many is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.” Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”
The trio kick off their first tour in support of the new album on Nov. 10, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates.
The Madness of Many tour:
November 10 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
Modern Southern Hard Rock Band Blacktop Mojo has released the Official Music Video for their cover of Aerosmith’sclassic hit “Dream On”. The video was filmed by Nolan Cox of Nolan Taylor Media in Palestine, TX at Audioworx Studio. The track, which was produced by Philip Mosley and mixed by Austin Deptula at Rosewood Studios, comes from the band’s upcoming sophomore album “Burn The Ships” which is set to release in early 2017.
A close friend of ours suggested we do it, and was adamant that he knew it would turn out great… We asked our producer what he thought and he basically said “Well it wouldn’t hurt to try it out”. After that we learned it, went to the studio and put it down. Listening back we were pretty surprised that it even came out decent… We showed it to a small group of friends and they all said they got chill bumps. At that point we were comfortable enough that we at least hadn’t shamed the song or Aerosmith (who we have a ton of respect for, obviously), so still with a little hesitation we released it. Since then, we’ve been shocked and overwhelmed by the awesome response. – Nathan Gillis (Blacktop Mojo)
Seamlessly blending melody with adrenaline fueled, heavy rock and roll, Blacktop Mojo draws in everyone from old metal heads to people whose radio dials have never left top 40 stations. With soaring, gritty vocals and impeccably blended heavy guitar grooves set around a raucous southern stomp, Blacktop Mojo’s live shows are sure to leave fans’ screaming at the top of their lungs with metal horns in the air.
Formed in the final weeks of 2012, Blacktop Mojo began cutting their teeth in the numerous country venues that Texas has to offer, but the guys never quite felt like they belonged. With each song they wrote, the vocals got less twangy and the sound from the amps became more gravelly and distorted until the guys had found their own unique blend of heavy southern rock. Through touring, the band has played with many national acts such as Aaron Lewis, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle Of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Audiotopsy, and Whiskey Myers.
After running the highways for two years in support of their debut album, “I Am” (2014), in July of this year the band loaded their gear in the van and made a trip to Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, as well as FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to make their sophomore effort entitled, “Burn The Ships.” In addition to the producer of the band’s first record, Philip Mosley, the band brought in co-producer, Jimmy Johnson of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios as well as his long time engineer, Steve Melton (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger) to bring a seasoned sonic quality to their brand of raw, grungy rock. “Burn The Ships” is slated for release in early 2017.
10/18/2016 Ground Zero – Reno, NV **
10/20/2016 Womb Room – Vegas, NV **
10/22/2016 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ
10/23/2016 Mods Bar And Venue – Tijuana, MX
10/24/2016 Black Light District – Long Beach, CA
10/25/2016 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
10/26/2016 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
10/27/2016 The Eagle Tavern – San Francisco, CA
10/28/2016 The Starlight – Sacrament, CA
10/29/2016 The Siren’s Song Lounge – Eureka, OR
10/30/2016 The Boreal – Eugene, OR
10/31/2016 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
11/01/2016 The Highline – Seattle, WA
11/02/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC @ Astoria (Theories and Wake)
11/03/2016 TBA – Victoria, BC (Theories and Wake)
** THEORIES only