Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Julez Zamora of Brand Of Julez.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
ZAMORA: Brand of Julez is a hard rock band from NYC with heavy riffs, passionate vocals and a groove that makes you wanna headbang all day and night. My brother and I formed the band back in 2012 at 13 and 16. Since then we’ve been grinding away starting out in the small pubs in the boroughs of NYC to playing some of the biggest clubs in the city. From there, we felt it was time to finally hit the road and take our brand of rock outside the Tri-state area. We are currently finishing up our next album and gearing up for a West Coast tour with the band Messer at the end of May 2019.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ZAMORA: As the singer/guitarist of the band, it all started with Kurt Cobain for me. From there I fell in love with all the rock bands in the 90’s, STP, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Bush, all those bands. Today I’m mainly influenced by a mixture of new bands like Pop Evil, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, Jared James Nichols, Like A Storm, Rival Sons, Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown, Black Stone Cherry, and a bunch more! A good mixture of old school and new school.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ZAMORA: Our latest release is our current single “Take It All Away”. The opening of the song captures you instantly with Martin Luther King Jr’s voice: “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest- for right.” From there the riff smacks you in the face and immediately makes you want to start headbanging. The song is about the political status of our country but not rooting for the left or right. We the people ultimately have the control and can take it all away at any point. There so much division in our country, this tune is about a Latino from the South Bronx telling his side.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ZAMORA: Lots of HAIR. SWEAT. ENERGY. Hahaha. Everyone in our band has long curly hair (totally by accident!). We want to bring a show to the people so if we see you sitting down or not having the best night of your life, our goal is to change that.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
ZAMORA: More albums and more touring. Maybe some Europe tour dates by then? We have no intention of stopping this train.