Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Plastic Barricades

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 Paul Love of Plastic Barricades.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

LOVE: We’re an indie rock two-piece who write songs about being nice to each other. Dan plays guitar and I play drums. We write and record everything in a 2x3m wooden shed in a secret location in London. It gets very hot in the summer, but we like it. We have a little shrine to Phil Collins in there.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

LOVE: Oasis, Coldplay and Keane. We’re very cutting edge. Mavericks, some might say (that was a song reference, Oasis fans). When we’re feeling really saucy we put on Jack Johnson and Norah Jones records. Ed Sheeran is the greatest guitarist of our generation. You know it and your mum knows it.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

LOVE: Our latest release is our new single “One for the Road” and it was released on October 1st. I think metal fans everywhere and Metal Anarchy readers in particular should stop lying to themselves and admit they really like jangly pop songs about summertime and community. That’s why you should listen to us. Your mum’s worried about you, Kevin.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

LOVE: At least 3 vintage guitars, a sparkly gold drum kit and sarcastic heckling from the drummer. We have a no practice policy, so there may be some bum notes.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

LOVE: An early grave from vegan sausage roll abuse. I’ll probably look back at this interview and wonder why I didn’t give serious answers or mention that I love Tool and Sleep. Oh, there we go.

P.S. If you made it this far, the Phil Collins thing was a joke. The shrine is for Dave Grohl….

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Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Parts Per Million

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 Parts Per Million.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: Parts Per Million is a Hard Rock band made up of four of us from the Boston area. Evan on Drums and Vocals, Alex on Bass and Vocals, Brian on Lead Guitar and Vocals, and myself Paul on Guitar and Vocals. We messed around and had numerous line-up changes outside of the two of us (Paul and Brian), but have been recording and producing videos for little over a year. It’s been a tough road to get to where we are currently sitting, but we always knew we had something special going on. The two of us connected a long time ago, went our separate ways, and reunited a few years ago and put this project together. The band is built from stories of the forgotten, those who are cast aside or have struggled to understand why life sometimes feels like a ride you can’t get off of. We want people to connect to the music and like-minded individuals, to feel that they are not alone in the feeling of “What the hell is going on?” Music has always been the biggest gift in our lives, an escape even, and we hope to share ours with others with the same thought process in mind.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney/Brian Bailey: For the both of us the list is LONG, but for this band musically– Opeth, Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains, Muse, Devon Townsend, Black Sabbath , Soundgarden, and Buckethead to name a few. All of these artists have had a huge impact on us at some point or another, but we tend to draw from whatever we are listening to at the moment, at the same time keep a core thought process in mind of being melodic, having vocal harmonies, and being heavy enough to make you want to move.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: Our latest release, “No More Days” is from our upcoming EP entitled “The Cycle”. The entire album was brought to Halo Studios in Portland, Maine with nothing more than a scratch track with vocals of some songs like this one and nothing more. We built on ideas we had and worked with an absolute superstar of an engineer and producer in Kevin Billingslea, who brought some incredible insight and ideas of his own. What we were left with when we were done in 5 days was a haunting, heavy and beautiful album about the different cycles of life that we can get caught up in. Everything just kind of clicked while we were there, and we ended up with an absolute MONSTER of an EP. We cant wait to share it with the world.

Brian Bailey: Our latest release is “No More Days”. We did a storyline video about the last thoughts of a broken man. About someone who’s ready to take his own life. The song is for everyone that has suffered feelings like this. We were lucky enough to have some friends who have actually survived suicide attempts share their messages and stories with us on how they combat some of those demons on a daily basis. We strongly recommend people reading these stories in the comments section of our release on our Facebook page.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: War. Hahaha. Honestly, I always was most taken with people who gave their all in their performances. We work hard to give people something special when we perform. I walk off that stage absolutely spent and content knowing I let it all out in our show. We have huge aspirations, and we know we just get better with every show, practice, and experience we go through together. I feel lucky to step on stage with these guys, as they are all extremely talented and have zero egos about said talent. It’s a great feeling to be a part of something special.

Brian Bailey: Our shows are full of emotion, harmonies, and guitar driven energy that drives and heals. If you come to a show you’ll understand. It’s what we were born to do.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: As previously mentioned I have no small aspirations of where I envision this band in 5 years. I’ve come from absolute hell to get this far. I’m honestly lucky to be alive and have no intention of wasting any more of my time. I want the entire world. I want to stand in front of hundreds of thousands of people and feel that energy that’s given back and forth. I want to tour the world and touch people’s lives with music because it’s the only dream that makes sense for me. I feel this shit in my bones and it’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m tired of hearing all the reasons it can’t happen for us. Things like Rocks dead. We’re too old. The industry isn’t like it used to be. Well, why the fuck not? Why can’t it happen? Every dream begins with a vision and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to keep chasing mine. For Brian, it’s a little simpler. Hahaha.

Brian Bailey: ICELAND

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Beneath The Hollow

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 Jesse DeGroot of Beneath The Hollow.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DEGROOT: Sure, thanks for having us. Beneath the Hollow is a 4 piece metal band from Chicago.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DEGROOT: Personally for me it would be Pantera, Meshuggah, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden. From a band prospective the list is far to vast to cover all of it. We are all have a very wide musical taste.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

DEGROOT: We just released a new single titled “Spellbound.” It’s a bit more mellow than most of our material but we are really happy with how it turned out. It gives a really good representation of the wide tonal pallet we strive to have.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

DEGROOT: A ridiculously fun time. Our live shows tend to be a big party. While we do take our music very seriously the stage is for having fun and exchanging energy with the audience.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

DEGROOT: Wherever this journey takes us I hope we will still be playing in front of all the awesome people who take the time out of their lives to come see a show.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Golden Leaves

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 The Golden Leaves.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE GOLDEN LEAVES: We are a diverse group of musicians whom all love playing rock. I say we are diverse because we all have our different musical backgrounds. The vocalist, David, used to sing in a gospel choir, while Christian was the drummer in a heavy metal band before he joined us. I think our broad spectrum of influences help us make interesting music.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE GOLDEN LEAVES: Earlier, we described ourselves as the lovechild of Arctic Monkeys and Rival Sons, but we try to learn from and get inspired by all the great ones. We’re currently trying to convince Javier, the lead guitarist, to grow out the Brian May-hair. He’s still refusing.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

THE GOLDEN LEAVES: The latest release is our single Rebel. It’s a great song because of it’s easy-listening groove, awesome guitar and bass riff, and perhaps most of all, its amazing music video. We made a video with the guys over at Ragnarock, and those guys are geniuses. They even made Arthur, the bass player, look good on camera. That’s some magic right there! Rebel is of course from our upcoming album, City of Lights, an album with something for everyone!

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

THE GOLDEN LEAVES: Is it cocky to say that its the best live show they ever will witness? Oh well… We always give our best. No matter if there is 3, 300 or 3000 in the audience. And people seem to like it! Many have come to us after shows to compliment our energy and our connection, both with the audience and between bandmates.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

THE GOLDEN LEAVES: Well, we have predicted that Javier will be in the 27 club, and that’s next year, so the rest of us will probably still be playing mourning concerts.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Parallel Motion

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 Ruby Altreche of Parallel Motion.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ALTRECHE: Parallel is composed of four Puerto Ricans that moved from the Island a couple of years ago. Fun fact, most of the members met in Florida and not in Puerto Rico. Like most bands, we’re very passionate about performance and we love delivering a body breaking energy live. A lot of our members battle against depression and anxiety and the band has provided not only an outlet to let the negative energy out but also a support group that helps us through hard times. Our music has a very dark tone to it, but we try to write positive lyrics that can help others like us get the strength they need and know they’re not alone.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ALTRECHE: We’re influenced by old school bands like Korn, Godsmack, Slipknot, and Disturbed, but also by newer bands like Periphery and TesseracT.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

PALTRECHE: We released our EP Illogical with five songs. Two of them are new releases. Our music is very heavy with a modern approach and catchy pop choruses. Illogical is the song we choose to promote with the EP, because it’s a very bouncy song with a nice mix of electronic, bass slaps and guitar solos. We also released a song called Falling that highlights our Latin salsa roots with a mix of heavy melodic guitars while playing the national anthem of Puerto Rico during the solo.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

ALTRECHE: Four people that do not look like the average metalhead with crazy high energy performance and some fun connection with the crowd.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

ALTRECHE: In five years, first of all, we hope to not be doing anything else besides music. Our goal is to open up opportunities for other Puerto Rican rock bands and represent our island around the U.S. and outside the U.S.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With These Fast Times

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 These Fast Times.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THESE FAST TIMES: These Fast Times are a four-piece punk-rock band formed from the ashes of multiple bad decisions, misspent youth and a unified-need to cause a major ruckus at any given time. Armed with the fuzziest of distorted guitars, relentless pounding drums, p-h-a-t bass-lines and a whole lot of screaming with a little bit of vocal-melody included – These Fast Times are continually finding ways to overwhelm, offend & entertain their audience through all of their five senses.

The rotting-core of the band’s line-up currently includes Jeffrey Vuorela (Vocals, Guitar), Jason Bellefontaine (Bass, Vocals), Thomas Kolofsky (Lead Guitar) and Ryan Kennedy (Drums). Each member got started in the usual way…they got into music early-on in life etc. etc., started bands, ended bands and experienced all the hardships necessary to put a massive punk-chip on their shoulders. Officially combining their talents & stank of desperation together in 2015, These Fast Times have gone on to fill up the space in front of them with fans of true-punk and drain many a beer-can since.

Discovering quickly that they could stand each other’s personalities, energy, and smell – These Fast Times shut themselves away in the studio and began to write, create & refine. Even the band-members were now able to vouch for their music as ‘not half-bad’ finally…and though perhaps reluctantly, pride in their dirty punk-rock sound began to take hold of these four from Montreal…

The results of the writing and recording session became the six new songs released by These Fast Times on their self-titled record released in February, 2016. Playing shows to support the album all throughout the year.

These Fast Times ready to show up right to your own bloody front door if it means they can play another show before they all croak. Main reason being…somewhere along the lines, all four members of the band realized that the music they were making…as grimy and dirty as it might be…was music that NEEDED to be played…music that the people WANTED to hear.

Make no mistake – These Fast Times don’t put themselves through all the shit that comes along with being in a punk-rock band for their own enjoyment. NO! it’s a far more selfless act. They do it for YOU. Come get some!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THESE FAST TIMES: We all grew up listing to pop-punk like Blink 182, Sum 41, and New Found Glory. We all like the same music but love different bands. Some of our biggest influences are Bouncing Souls, Foo Fighters, Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Andrew W.K., Blink 182, Amber Pacific, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid. pretty much anything fast, aggressive and LOUD!.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

THESE FAST TIMES: We’re currently working on our 3rd album but as for our latest one, “On The Other Side Of Fear,” the songs are about infidelity, losing touch with the person your with and dealing with the fear of loss. We’ve all had to deal with a crippling fear and uncertainty and we’ve been looking for answers to questions that don’t necessarily have any. Fear is what keeps us from the progress we all deserve and whether it’s painful or not, life is an experience and most importantly it’s short and ever fleeting. Pay attention to the good moments and taking in the lessons from the bad. We have to listen to ourselves, and find what we want from our lives, and make sure they’re not clouded with illusionary obstacles that cripple our right to be happy. All this and more can be found on our album “On The Other Side Of Fear”.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

THESE FAST TIMES: A bunch of old men with or without shirts trying so hard to play music as fast as they can. Lol. We try to give it our all at every show. We try to get the crowd involved and we try to make sure the crowd is as entertained a possible.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

THESE FAST TIMES: TAKING OVER THE WORLD! But seriously, as a band we’d like to do a European tour and/or a cross Canada tour. We’d also like to play more festivals and just continue writing as much new music as we can.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Bloodmores

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 Alex Cunliffe of Bloodmores.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CUNLIFFE: Hey everyone, we are Bloodmores, based in the North-West of England, and we’re comprised of myself, Alex Cunliffe – Guitar/Vocals, with Richard Jodrell – Guitar, Connor Heelis – Bass, and Chris Mansell – Drums. We play a sort of mixture of metal genres, which is primarily thrash based, but with elements of death metal, and the occasional hint of metalcore too.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CUNLIFFE: Everyone in the band has different favorite bands, but some shared influences between all of us would probably be Hypocrisy, At The Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Lamb Of God and Unearth, to name a few off the top of my head.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

CUNLIFFE: Our latest release was our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, which we released on February 1st 2019, and can be streamed or downloaded from all the usual places, like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.

If anyone reading this is into any number of the bands I’ve just listed as influences, then there’s a good chance that there’ll be something on our album that they’ll enjoy. With such a wide range of influences between us all, there’s a lot going on on our album, so there’s tracks that are straight up thrash influenced, there’s heavier, more death metal inspired tracks, there’s a lot of melodic sections, a lot of breakdown type sections, and at the end, there’s our more progressive death metal based title track, which clocks in at almost 15 minutes, and would probably be more suited for fans of bands like Opeth, for example.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

CUNLIFFE: A lot of energy throughout our performance, for sure. We’re definitely not a band that remains motionless for our sets. Obviously I have to stay fairly close to the microphone for most of the time, but Richard and Connor run wireless set-ups, so they’re always getting off stage to get involved with the crowd, or even just to climb on speakers, and stuff, to play solos etc. We also put a lot of time into rehearsing for each show too, cause it’s no good jumping around, trying to have a good time yourself, if you don’t sound good to everyone else while doing it, so we’ve received a lot of compliments and feedback regarding how tight our sets have sounded so far, and a lot of people we speak to seem quite surprised that we’re as tight as we are live when they find out that we’ve only been performing together for around 6 months.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

CUNLIFFE: Hopefully we’ll have a couple more albums behind us by then, as we’re always working on new music, and we’re aiming to have a follow-up to our debut album in the works sooner, rather than later. I’d also like to have made somewhat of a name for ourselves by then too, even if we’re just regarded as solid opening act for bands bigger than ourselves, I’d be more than happy with that, just to know that people are enjoying our music, and would want to see us live some time.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, guys. We’re still a fairly new and upcoming bad, and we appreciate your support.

Cheers!