The Fallaways are preparing some new material that will change things forever.
We spent some time with them talking about their upcoming album, and basically their plans to take over the world.
Don't miss their acoustic version of "Dumb".
What began as a collaboration between songwriter Enrico Renz who was studying philosophy at UBC and guitarist Stephen Nikleva who just finished recording with Ferron became a 4-piece band and now has grown to a 6-piece power house.
Presenting their latest material, we interviewed Red Herring to know more about them behind their music.
1. Stephen, this band has been around for more than 30 years now. How scary was the project at the beginning? If you could share with us a bit more about the creation and organic development of the group through time?
The band began when a former band mate of Stephen's who was teaching in the Creative Writing Dept at UBC introduced him to Enrico as this 'kid' who was writing interesting songs. Stephen began collaborating with Enrico learning the songs and notating them to make it easier for others to play them, it was a challenge to find players, the jazz players could read the 'charts' but maybe didn't have the right energy, the punk players couldn't read music but had the energy! Well, a couple years later we finally found Steve Lazin (Drums), and Martin Walton (Bass), and began the Red Herring journey. We started a residency at The Waterfront and recorded our first live demo there, one song which ended up on a cassette release 'Undergrowth' of upcoming bands. We entered the first year of CiTR's 'Shindig' a battle of the band contest, and even though we were underdogs as this new band, we won. This enabled us to do some recording, and even a couple low budget videos that got play on the new video channel 'Much Music'. I don't know about scary; it was certainly a challenge but I mainly remember the exciting shows we did.
2. I see, Enrico, that your lyrics are filled with interesting subjects, sarcasm and a lot of intellectual opinions. Can you share with us how you come up with your lyrics and/or what is the writing process that you follow, if any? Is the music talking to you or do you try to set a direction for each song related with a specific memory or event in life?
I appreciate you taking an interest in the lyrics. I’ve always valued sharp, fresh writing and strive to produce the same. My internal editor is rather severe and wags a finger at even a whiff of cliche. Also, I want the language to feel natural without compromising the rhyme, rhythm or sense of the piece. Making all of these things work together can be a challenge and tends to limit my output, but when a song does come together and people are intrigued, it’s worth it.
3. Where is Julia coming from? This song sounds like a refreshing new beginning in the middle of your new album, Neon.
Yes, Julia represents another side of Red Herring and underlines the versatility of the band. While the song might come across as a love song, it’s really a call for courage and commitment.
Take a look at Enrico’s analysis of Julia’s musical structure in this short video:
4. Stephen, can you share with us two happy moments you recently had as a group?
Number one, our last show was at a small underground club The Wise Hall Lounge, where the singer’s son, who is an inventor, brought down a light system that looks like a whole bunch of living room lights on stands, except they are hooked up to a computer so he could change colors for different moods, it really helped make it a special show.
Also, with the whole COVID-19 thing the band has been on a hiatus but we did manage to do a band photo shoot by shooting us one at a time. This outdoor shoot at least brought the whole group together to catch up with each other.
5. What do you like about Red Herring? What is it that keeps you all together and enjoying doing music together?
The band, really values creativity. We are constantly finding ways to reinvent older songs so they are not stale reproductions of something that was done in the past. Enrico has such a fund of songs that the band has really only scratched the surface!
6. I am sure you have plenty of stories related with an unexpected songwriting process. Would you mind sharing the craziest inspiration for a song you have had throughout your career?
Well, coming up on our next release after 'Neon' will be one of those, that is 'Check Your Posture'. Somebody in the band must have been at a chiropractor appointment before rehearsal and left a brochure sitting around.
Enrico picked it up and started to read verbatim from this and it gave birth to an educational, funky, and humorous song!
7. We can see a very specific focus on you as a band with your music. Do you feel sometimes overwhelmed with the way music is consumed nowadays? We realize that now musicians are not only the musicians only but also the social media experts, the producers, the managers and even the choreographers of their own videos. How does the new music world makes you feel as a band created in the 80s?
Well, I think there has usually been this gulf between the music and the music business, and in some ways, it still exists for most of us in the band which is why we hired a publicist team to help us! Actually, back in the 80's we had a friend, supporter who seeing our weakness in promoting ourselves jumped in and became a 'manager' for a while. I guess one thing about the band in today’s parlance is that we have a strong brand-we were never trying to be the next pop sensation, it was about learning Enrico's weird songs and creating new songs growing out of the band as a unit.
8. We are always interested to know what the last five songs our interviewees have played on their Spotify/apple music/CD player are (or however you consume music). Are you listening to anything in particular for the last couple of months?
I enjoy listening to the Jazz Radio app where I go to the Paris cafe channel when not otherwise exploring the thousands of vinyl records I picked up on my years of touring the world. (Stephen)
Billy Strings, Doc Watson, Elvis Costello, Doris Day, Mulatu Astatke, lots of flamenco (Enrico)
9. Enrico, using only unexpected materials, colors, shapes, flavors, experiences, tell us how your music sounds to your own self?
Burlap & Silk.
10. Last but not least, Enrico, if there were no boundaries at all, what would be your craziest wish or dream if you could ask for at this moment?
To see what’s on the other side of the Big Bang.
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Joseph Langton and Stacy Stray from The Valhounds joined us at the studio to talk about their beginnings and their future projects.
Also they gave us an amazing unplugged version of their already famous "Everybody Knows".
Matt, Jay, Connor and Ben from Cory Hotline joined us at the studio to talk about a bunch of diverse topics.
They gave us some cool versions of their already famous "Work it out" and a Shania Twain cover of "That don't impress me much".
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Dazed & Confused
A casual conversation with Joan Smith & the Jane Does.
We heard Sunset Ave, The Fallaways' new album coming out July 2020 and we are not allowed to say much until then. What we can say is that the album sounds fantastic!!!
The Fallaways are thrashy, energetic and mischievous punk rockers from Vancouver, BC. They are inspired by the sonic freedom of Green Day and Fall Out Boy yet their sound is completely refreshing. Their music emulates the feeling of taking a shot of whiskey and kissing your crush for the first time.
The band has garnered some impressive accolades such as 130,000 listens on Spotify alone for the debut 2017 EP. Additionally, their winter single Alive was featured on Spotify revered Ready to Rock playlist. The young band has opened for icons such as The Lazys, Red Fang and Loverboy as well as securing support slots with Dune Rats and Royal Tusk. Their success is well deserved as the band is always brewing up new material that derives straight from the basement of their souls.
The Fallaways previous EP, Skiddish showcased they know how to party. With their latest single, Let Go, The Fallaways are showing what happens after the party. Their next EP, Sunset Ave (once again produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR) aims to take listeners down a darker, more vulnerable path than before. The band is packed to the brim with talent and depth. Their music is fuelled by infectious and untamed energy.
Sunset Ave showcases a different side of the band, illuminating their diverse skills. More emotional material is featured and the tone suits them. Every single has a corresponding video providing a full sensorial experience. The Fallaways represent everything good, fun and honest about the holy genre of punk rock.
FB: BRKN Love
We spoke with Justin Benlolo, singer and lead guitar player of BRKN Love about his band's new album coming out this year. You cannot miss them playing live. Check out the dates they have online to catch them on tour.
We will follow up with them after their show with a concert review.
Music Overload Justin great having you here with us today, let us have a casual talk and from there I will be asking some questions to get to know you better is that ok?
Justin Benlolo Of course! Sounds great!
MO Justin, We know you moved to NYC and then moved to LA, do you mind sharing with us a little more about that period?
JB For sure, man! Therefore, I dropped off by year 12th, I was very lucky to find a mentor at an early stage of my life and he convinced me that it was the right time so I moved to NYC, met many people but of course, there is not enough space to practice there. I felt that the right place to begin into the rock scene was to move to LA and get closer to the sunset strip life.
My mentor had many good contacts there but then I had to move back to NYC because the label was there. I had to leave my LA band sadly but in NYC, my manager helped me to find a bunch of people after recording the album. I did the guitar and voices and two of my friends helped me on drums and bass to record the album as a trio.
MO I see that you are playing a couple of festivals during the summer with Metallica and Rob Zombie headlining. Are you excited to see how everything is going this fast?
JB Of course! We recorded the album, and now we are being played in radio stations and everything. After all my travelling while finding my voice and my style, you know, I spent a good amount of time at NYC and in LA but now I am very happy how everything turned out to happen.
MO Do you think you needed a lot more material to write about? More to live where you can come up with more stories to tell?
JB Yeah, to be honest, I do not like writing about love songs or girls or that kind of stuff. Therefore, I needed to have some existential crisis to write about.
MO Is that where BRKN Love comes from as a name?
JB Well, it describes more or less the type of person I am. Not because I can’t love or anything but by the fact that you might be afraid of pouring your heart into something and realizing that it was you the one that is not able to make it work as in a friendship or in a relationship of any type
MO Shot down was the first song I heard, are you playing a Les Paul there?
JB No, there is not even one Les Paul throughout the album.
I am using a Gibson 339 in the record. By the time we were recording, I did not own one, and now I have two of them.
MO Yeah, I saw you have a golden top on your videos.
JB I was playing it right before our interview.
I can tell you what we use on stage as a band. We use a lot of earthquaker devices. They are in Ohio; they make a bunch of overdrives and fuzz pedals.
We use plenty of little amps, no Marshals, no Boogies. Only small ones. That makes the live sound a lot fuzzier. We use small tiny Fenders and Voxes.
Well, you know what? In the album actually, we use a tiny 1-watt amp of the size of a toaster. Made by a film projector company or something. I do not know the name but the whole sound in Shot Down is coming from that little angry toaster… brutal sound.
MO That is a filling rusty sound. I was not expecting a small amp.
JB We just crank the little amp and it gives you a lot more fuzz in a more organic way instead of a pedal sound.
MO Exactly, just like generator parties with Kyuss and all the beginning of stoner rock down by Joshua Tree in California.
JB For sure. I love Queens of the Stone Age; Josh Homme is my hero… My google searches are “How to sound like Josh Homme”
MO We all do the same, I guess.
JB Yes, of course, everyone wants to sound like him… who does not wants to play like those guys?
I listen to Queens of the Stone Age almost every day.
MO I also saw that you are into Kiss. Tell us more about that.
JB Well yeah, I have a big Gene Simmons doll beside my bed. He has always been there. Kiss began almost everything for me. When I was like seven my uncle showed me all these videos of theatrics, Gene spitting the blood and explosions… etc. I was watching superheroes but doing music. My mind was blown.
MO Have you seen the Scooby doo episode?
JB For sure! The movies are also hilarious.
Whatever brings some money to Gene Simmons there he is in the market.
To seven year old me, they sounded as the heaviest band I have ever heard then.
They are bad-ass on stage and probably the reason I grabbed the guitar for the first time.
I have seen them live more than 15 times
MO Is that the band you have seen the most?
JB Foo fighters, I follow them. I fly to see them everywhere I can.
MO Do you remember the Struts? They opened for the FF here in Toronto a couple of years ago at the Rogers Centre.
JB Yeah! They are so good!
Someone sent me the album a couple of years ago and I was so surprised by the amazing sound they had… bringing rock again.
MO Justin, what should people expect to listen to in the new album? And on stage?
JB Well, we do not have 11 songs that sound like Shot Down so it is not a linear record. We have a fresh sound with many riffs. Everything in the record sounds kind of groovy. Some heavier moments and of course a ballad that I really like. People will see the depths of what we can do and that we are not only a group of people playing some riffs and singing high notes.
The live show will have many spins to make it interesting. We add some stuff to the recorded songs and yes, we jam a lot. We do a lot of guitar solos and drum solos. We have a lot of crazy stuff going on during the live presentation.
People will feel they got crushed over the head for a little more than an hour.
The new album is almost entirely played at our show including new songs that we haven't played on stage before.
Lee’s palace is going to feel like home to me. I’ve been to so many shows there but never played there before. I am looking forward to play in town for my friends and family.
MO Justin its been great meeting you and learning more from you. All the best in all your projects and see you the 27th of February at Lee’s Palace.
JB Thank you! See you there!
Filled with humour, profanity, sex, and plenty of stereotypical glam rock, Steel Panther presented their new album (and a funny sketch of a rock band) at the Rebel.
With songs like Let me Cum in, Death to all but Metal, and Gloryhole, the band presents an irreverent yet super fun show charged with sex jokes, sex jokes and more sex jokes.
Lexxi Foxxx fixes his hair every time he stops playing the bass between songs or even in the middle of a song. Michael Starr compares himself with Vince Neil from Motley Crue while Satchel makes sure to pick the right girl to bring her onstage. Of course, at the end of the show, all the girls are invited to come onstage.
The Panther seems to be a band that comes back from the ’80s but the band was conceived in the early 2000s in LA.
While watching the show you might feel they are just an old band, or that they are making fun of hair rock bands.
However, the show ends up being so honest and hilarious that you just forget to think about all this crap and go on and enjoy every second of the greatest Heavy Metal band in the history of the world.
Yeah, I know....
Presenting their latest album, Death Atlas, Cattle Decapitation delivered in December a dark and powerful show of Deathgrind metal at the Opera House.
Songs like The Geocide and One Day Closer to The End of The World were played to a frantic audience that wanted more from Cattle Decapitation.
The message of the new album is still on the same line as it has always been since the band’s creation back in 1996, all the issues that we bring to our world as humans and the lack of respect for different lifeforms including animals and plants.
The band constantly remember us that sustainability is the only way our society might survive sharing the world with others.
At the beginning every member of the band was vegetarian, with this new lineup half of the band is still is but of course it becomes difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while leaving a metal show at 2 am every night while on tour.
Our contribution to the planet destruction is a common theme in the band’s rhetorical, contrary to what most of non-metal heads would think. The purge of our world and the latent problematic are going nowhere, and with this album, we can see that Cattle Decapitation is here to stay as well.
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