Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Tarah Who?

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Tarah G. Carpenter and Coralie Hervé of Tarah Who?.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

TARAH WHO?: CH : It begins to be pretty long hahaha. It was great to be able to practice and work on some new music but it’s really hard to not be able to play shows.

TGC: Yeah I agree. I was busy writing the new album and making the demos. Everything is recorded now and ready to go. There is always work to do to prepare for a release so I am not saying I am not busy, but I do miss playing Live shows.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

TARAH WHO?: CH : Yes we actually did!!! We recorded a new album that will come out in April!!

TGC: Yes, we recorded a new album and now we are getting ready to release singles and music videos. Stay tuned! Our first single ‘Swallow that Pill’ comes out on the 22nd of January.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We actually did have one show in October 2020 in Oklahoma, for a motorcycle event. It was outside and out there in the country. The last show before the shutdown was somewhere in LA. we were getting ready to go on tour and play for the first time in Vancouver, CA! What a bummer.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

TARAH WHO?: TGC: We might, but it hasn’t been a priority at the moment. Just want to make sure we have everything set up for the album first.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

TARAH WHO?: CH: I really hope so!! It might be hard to go back at it, but it will be fine, everybody needs it.

TGC: People are creative. It is going to be hard, but we are already coming up with ways to do shows, whether it is a drive-thru or livestream. It doesn’t make up for it, but I am sure that we are going to figure this out sooner rather than later. 🙂

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

TARAH WHO?: CH : Thank you very much for your support!! We have some merch on our website and you can find our music everywhere.

TGC: Yeah! Actually, that is super nice to think about that. Thank you! Yeah, we have been selling merch on our website: www.tarahwho.com. We made a Covid-19 version of our tour t-shirt and it has been really successful! Like Coralie said, any music or video sharing or buying is a huge help as well 🙂

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Ask Carol

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Ask Carol.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

ASK CAROL: Since the lockdown in March, we have stayed in Carol’s home place. It’s a small place in the Norwegian wood, with very few people, and therefore naturally isolated. They have a few houses on their family property, and we have set up a music studio and an art and t-shirt workshop there. We were lucky, we arrived home from a tour in the Philippines just a few days before lockdown. Everything, all concerts, new tours, all cancelled, so we have been stuck here ever since. We have tried to stay busy, but being isolated so long really takes its toll. But, to look at the positive side of this, we had the time to make our first ever music videos, all on our own, and release our self-produced singles. That has been some really good highlights for us in an otherwise weird, crazy, depressing year.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

ASK CAROL: Yes, we have had so much stuff to do. At first we were kind of paralyzed by the situation, the not knowing, everything being postponed and no travels, concerts or touring happening. But then we decided to make the best of this crazy situation, and use the time to focus on creating stuff, recording new songs, making our first real music videos, making t-shirts and other merch and more. Our main goal now is to get our debut album finished this spring.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

ASK CAROL: The last show we played was on our Filipino Tour, just around a week before the shut down here in Norway. It was in the Open Air Auditorium in Rizal Park in Manila. It was before people knew how serious the Covid situation would get, so there was a lot of people there. It was outside, and a big space, so the risk was very low. It was an awesome show, and an amazing experience. Really glad we got to do that before the pandemic got too bad.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

ASK CAROL: We have considered doing some livestreams, but we decided to wait until we get hold of some better sound and video equipment to get higher quality on the stream. There’s a lot more to it than people realize. To get a decent sound, you can’t just put up your phone. After our current album recording period that is our next project, setting up a live streaming rig.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

ASK CAROL: Yes. At the moment it is hard to say how, when, and in what form, but it will definitely come back. Many venues and others working with live entertainment are struggling hard at the moment, so it is important that governments etc. do their part too. It might take some time, but people will always want live music. After watching livestreams for months, it just isn’t the same as going to a real live show.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

ASK CAROL: Keep listening to theirs’ and our music, telling all your friends and others who might like it 🙂 Oh, and of course, check out the merch store and see if there’s anything you like: https://www.askcarolmusic.com/merch

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With The Last Element

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with The Last Element.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

THE LAST ELEMENT: It´s heavy…. we want to get out in the open again. But it´s also a time to write more and more music. We really want to start doing some epic gigs, but for now nothing is possible and no venues are open here in Holland… It sucks, we also have tickets to a lot of our favorite bands, that we still can´t use. But yeah we gotta make the most out of it, we do that by focusing on writing new and better songs.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Owww I jumped the gun.. yeah 😉 ! But not only writing new music and lyrics, we are also working very hard on improving our visual identity, new artwork, new merch a new improved logo and a video for our next release.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Our last gig was with Skillet, which was a while back. The drummer broke his leg and we went out of rotation for a bit, then corona hit… blegh.

Last show I had planned was I Prevail, but the lockdown started a couple days earlier… so nope! That sucked so hard.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

THE LAST ELEMENT: We did some quarantine vids to keep sane:

We now just focus on writing new music and preparing for new live shows, we hope there will be some shows in 3-4 months or so!

If any cool livestream opportunities present themselves meanwhile we might just do it.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Of course it will, the obstacle to overcome always makes one stronger. It sucked hard and I know a lot of great venues didn’t survive the onslaught. But people need music maybe I’m speaking for myself, but I could not live without and there must be more that feel the same. So we will always work hard to get new and better music out there. You see that some of the big bands really found ways to work with the limitations, also virtual concerts and stuff like that.

But think about it this way, when we can finally have live shows again, it’s gonna be a burst of people, maybe bigger and sicker shows then we’ve ever seen. Once you lose something you realize how important it is, when you get it back, you only value it more and more!

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Yeah!!! Stream our stuff!! We get almost nothing for it haha, but on the other hand it really amplifies our reach! Share it if you love it.

Furthermore we also have some merch, we earn a little from that as well! If you want to check out merch, you can send us an inquiry at info@thelastelement.net
We’ll have our online store available at our site soon!

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Poison Oak

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Poison Oak.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

POISON OAK: To be honest we have not really been affected in North Queensland Australia. I guess we live in a lucky part of the world.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

POISON OAK: Yeah, we have continuously been working on new music, especially during the pandemic. It’s been a great time to consolidate new songs, without the pressure of playing shows.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

POISON OAK: We didn’t get a chance to play any shows before the lockdown.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

POISON OAK: Not at the moment, things are pretty much all opened up here in Townsville where we live, and we have a few live shows lined up.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

POISON OAK: Yeah, I think it will, because people also want to go out and see music despite what is going on. People will keep making art and music and this won’t stop them.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

POISON OAK: Check us out on Spotify or any other listening service. All we want is for people to listen to our music… and they might just like it.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Last Element

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 Last Element.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE LAST ELEMENT: WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER.

The Last Element originates when we face the passing of one dearly loved, the hardship of a broken home or the breaking of hearts – it is the first spark, the first sense of emotion, a first feeling that evolves into a creative mind.

Bringing these elements together they find a way to grow – Broken hearts fit like pieces of puzzles and these pieces mend into one big heart.

We believe there are many like us, waiting to join our hearts.

Together we are stronger, together we are The Last Element.

The Last Element has reached +1.6 Million streams, fully DIY and this only proves they are getting the recognition and support from their listeners.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE LAST ELEMENT: Life! Yeah I know.. what can we say, the biggest influence for what we write is the daily that happens to us, or the things that really mattered in our lives. The lyrics I write are all very personal, furthermore the instrumental tracks that are written are also heavily influenced by certain moods and emotions. Of course we have a lot of musicians that influence us. Most of us started listening to rock and metal from an early age! But it’s not only metal or rock, we don’t really believe in working in only one style, there aren’t clear boundaries, we love all kinds of music and it all influences us. But if he have to give some shout outs, we love Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, I Prevail and many other bands in our genre.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: Our latest release is called “The Devil” … you should check it out cause it’s epic! Na you decide that for yourself! The response so far has been very good, it’s been out for less than 2 months but already gained over 140K plays on Spotify alone. We we’re very lucky to be picked up by two big Spotify editorial lists! So that helped out a lot 😊

Furthermore, radio stations all over the world have picked up the song, so we are kinda blown away by the positive feedback! Honestly we kinda forgot if the song was actually good, we have a lot of songs we are working on, that we feel have even more potential, so we we’re kinda stupefied by the amazing support so far!

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: A hell of a rock show filled to the brim with emotion! We give it our all, mostly after a show I’m drained, I always try to really feel what the songs were about and why I wrote them. That can be pretty exhausting, but totally worth it, cause you’ll know each word is meant. Furthermore we got some really heavy and some really catchy tunes, so the show will be a wild ride for sure!.

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

THE LAST ELEMENT: We got big plans!! This year we really aim to reach out to more and more people, we want to increase our following on all platforms and hopefully people will see we got a lot up our sleeves. We really want to do big shows with some of our favorite bands and make even better songs. We are working hard on the mix, our visual identity and writing new bangers! So we can only say… stay tuned, it’s gonna be worth it! Our next single will give you a perfect preview of what is to come! So stay tuned for “Cut It Off”!

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With One Way Out

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 One Way Out.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

ONE WAY OUT: We’re One Way Out, we are a young band (we’re all under 20) from Washington D.C, and we play rock n’ roll! We’ve been playing together for 8 years and in recent years have played countless shows in our hometown as well as shows in New York and Philadelphia with Soraia of Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records. We were nominated for Best Hard Rock Artist at the Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards) amongst acts including Clutch this year, and are so excited to release “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”, our second single on our follow up to our 2019 album “Cosmic Beat”.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

ONE WAY OUT: We have a wide range of influences in the band, the most prominent in the music being classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors. But we’re also very into more modern acts such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, and Tame impala, as well as metal, jazz, blues, hip hop, and electronic music.

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

ONE WAY OUT: Our latest release is “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”, which is out as of January 1st, 2021. It’s by far our most experimental track that we’ve released to date, but also somehow a little bit more accessible. It still follows our other music with a 70s psychedelic rock sound, but we put a lot of effort into layering things and creating a story in the song.

On our last album, we had a song called “Freedom Man”, and we had always thought it would be cool to make the “Freedom Man” a recurring character across multiple songs similar to Ziggy Stardust or Major Tom from David Bowie’s music or Han Tyumi from King Gizzard’s music. This song was really about creating a background to the character, and telling his story lyrically as well as sonically. Lyrically, the song describes him coming to Earth and spawning euphoria and groups gathered to listen to live music — a message we wrote before the pandemic, and didn’t realize would hold a lot more weight at a time when gathering is restricted like it is. Sonically, we tried to make the listener feel like they were experiencing the story as opposed to just hearing it. We spend a good amount of time using a screwdriver on an electric guitar and a theremin to create the sound of a crash landing, and recorded news reports in a few different languages.

Overall, it was just the kind of song where we all kept getting crazier and crazier ideas, and with each one, the attitude from all of us was just “do it”, which definitely made the writing and recording processes a lot of fun.

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

ONE WAY OUT: People can expect a lot of energy and ultimately just to have a good time. As a band, going to shows ourselves is one of our favorite hobbies, so we know that the best ones are when you’re really on the same wavelength as the artist, not just that you’re connecting with music they’re playing but that you’re both deriving that same intangible energy from the music as they are. I think when we just get on stage and our attitude is just to have fun with the songs, each other, and the people in the room, that’s when the shows are the best. We also always try to keep our sets pretty varied, so you’ll hear a chill acoustic song the same night as a blown out hard rock song and an extended psychedelic jam.

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

ONE WAY OUT: We hope to be releasing new and creatively different music, and touring the U.S. and possibly Europe, playing clubs and festivals full of people who we can connect with and who can connect with one another through music!

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

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 Stormstress.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

STORMSTRESS: We are Stormstress – a vicious, all-female hard rock / heavy metal band hailing from Boston, MA. The band is co-fronted by identical-mirror-twin duo Tanya Venom and Tia Mayhem on the guitar and bass respectively, with the fierce Maddie May Scott on the drums and backing vocals.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

STORMSTRESS: Our main influences as a band are Halestorm, Avenged Sevenfold and Led Zeppelin.

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

STORMSTRESS: On November 20th, we released our second single, “You Can’t Hurt Me Now,” with our first official theatrical music video! Lyrically, the song reflects on a sweet situation gone sour and the true empowerment that comes with not only realizing that you’ve been mistreated and that it’s time to go, but also summoning the courage to walk out the door, slam it shut, and lock it behind you. Musically, it’s a fast-moving drum, bass, and guitar barrage! I think we could all use a positive reminder of the massive internal power we all possess, especially in trying times such as these. We hope that this fierce song gives listeners the motivation they needed to lift themselves up off the ground and carry on.

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

STORMSTRESS: Performing live is collectively our top favorite activity in the whole world so we put every last bit of energy we have into every show. People can expect a truly electric sonic experience with double bass pounding in their hearts, explosive guitar and bass solos, and three-part harmonies, as well as high energy stage antics ranging from the twins wirelessly letting loose on stage to bowing the guitar with a glowing cello bow. We aim to leave our fans imprinted with a lasting, intoxicating memory of a thrilling night to recall while singing back our contagious melodies.

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

STORMSTRESS: Life is too short to dream small! The three of us have very enthusiastic and ambitious spirits so when we say we want to take the world by storm, we mean it. Within the next five years we aim to get signed by a professional label, release several full length albums, tour internationally with major artists, and break into the European festival circuit.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Curse Of Eibon

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 Curse Of Eibon.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CURSE OF EIBON: We are four guys from all over Sweden, who came together to tell the listeners stories that go beyond human comprehension. Spreading the word about the great old ones.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CURSE OF EIBON: We have a lot of influences, no real main ones. We are all into different kinds of metal and we use that as our influence.

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

CURSE OF EIBON: Our latest release would be our debut EP called “Book Of Eibon”. And to put it simple, its a very nice release if you are into occult melodic death metal.

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

CURSE OF EIBON: Who knows? Even we don’t know, cause we’ve never played live. But when we do, expect something awesome! And maybe other wordly, who knows?

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

CURSE OF EIBON: It all depends on if the world situation gets better or not. But probably played a few shows and released an album or two. Only time will tell.

Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With VAYA

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with VAYA.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

VAYA: Hi Metal Anarchy, well we started a post production process at the end of 2019, so we are still on it and are even able to work deeper on some details because everything is slowing down.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

VAYA: Yes! It is always the same. When I finish an album, the next one comes up right away. 🙂

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

VAYA: It was in Toronto.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

VAYA: No, because we do not have the time for it. We are deeply involved in the process of the post production of this second Opus.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

VAYA: We hope so, as well as create new places to express music.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

VAYA: Simply continue to support our music by listening to it. 🙂 Thank you and all good wishes for Xmas and New Year.

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

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 Circus Wolves.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

CIRCUS WOLVES: Circus Wolves are an adrenaline shot of brooding Manchester-made altrock. Emotive and frenetic, their post-punk sound is the soundtrack to love, loss and alternate realities, where northern heritage meets modernity.

Formed in 2013 at the University of Leeds as Plastic Rabbits, the band spent their formative years on the Leeds scene before relocating to Manchester, their hometown, where they resurfaced as Circus Wolves. With a mix tape of David Bowie, The Strokes, The Smiths and Joy Division as their inspiration, the band quickly captured the attention of local tastemakers.

The band’s early demos enjoyed support on BBC Introducing and XS Manchester, and support slots with The Amazons, Red Rum Club and The Slow Readers Club earned them a sold out headline show at Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe.

Circus Wolves bring a commanding stage presence in a live setting and a tangible, electric energy to their performances which will leave a lasting impression.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

CIRCUS WOLVES: We’re a Manchester band through and through. The Manchester scene has a well-deserved reputation as home to some of the best acts going. The music scene is just as amazing as it always has been. There are so many great artists basing themselves within the city. You’re really spoilt for choice! Bands like Kashmere, Ist Ist and Saytr Play are definitely ones to watch!

In terms of some bigger names out there, Radiohead are a huge influence on our style for most of us. The Stone Roses also really hit home with us all. We have a really diverse range of influences beyond that. Some of us are massive metal fans and are really into some of the new stuff that’s come out over the past couple of years such as Tool’s latest album or the latest efforts from Rammstein. It’s quite the mix!

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

CIRCUS WOLVES: Our latest EP is called ‘This Is Something You Can’t Replace’.

To get what we were looking for, for this EP, we hunkered down to build upon their now established alt rock/post-punk sound. We headed to The Chairworks with friend and producer Bob Cooper with a view to create a more sonically and lyrically expansive record, pushing their sound in new directions whilst capturing the energy and presence of our live performances.

The EP has a somewhat darker edge than their previous work. We’ve built on the brooding sound that we’ve been gaining a reputation for thanks to our live shows.

This EP is a long time in the making and some of these melodies have been around for a long time. The band went through a pretty long period of uncertainty where we were struggling to manage our day to day lives with our band commitments. Adult life was getting in the way and previous members had no choice but to give a fond fair well to the Circus Wolves and move on to pastures new.

With Ben joining us back in 2019, we knew that this was the make or break moment. We all really had to come together to make things work. Most of us have been writing tunes together for a long time, so when Ben joined on Bass in 2019, he brought a whole new contribution to our sound. This was really exciting and a big inspiration for us to really craft our art and nail our sound. It was the opportunity to produce something really special and so far, it’s working out better than we ever thought it could. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response.

We’ve put our heart and souls into this EP and the response has been amazing. We’re super proud of the feedback everyone has given us. This EP is brooding, Post-punk, melodic, frenetic, and emotive. Northern heritage meets modern vibrancy.

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

CIRCUS WOLVES: Energy! We always aim to make our live shows the main part of what we do. We write our tunes to be played live and then add to that process for recording during the studio sessions. We want the crowd to absolutely go off: dancing, shouting, singing. We love getting everyone involved and sharing the energy. That what you get!

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

CIRCUS WOLVES: We’ve been so focused on the EP release, we haven’t really thought that far ahead to be honest. COVID has really put a lot of our plans on pause, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there and playing live shows again.

Longer term, we’ve been working on some pretty exciting sounds through lockdown: trying interesting ideas and experimenting with new styles of writing and playing. Expect some more music soon.

We’d love to reach a point in the future where we’re packing out the bigger venues around Manchester. We’re talking about Academy, Deaf Institute, Soup Kitchen, places like that. That would be cool.