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

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 Torie Jock.

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

TORIE JOCK: Hey! I’m Torie Jock and I’m stoked to be chatting today! It’s definitely been very hard to try to stay motivated and positive during the pandemic … Some days are better than others, but I guess that’s the case in general. It’s crazy and heartbreaking to witness the world and the music industry falling apart in front of you.

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

TORIE JOCK: I have tried to use my downtime wisely for sure! Working on new music, writing scripts and lyrics, auditioning for films, and I finally picked up my guitar again!

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

TORIE JOCK: The last show I played was actually during the pandemic. It was an outdoor venue. That is actually where I met Leaving Eden! Their guitar player, Eric Gynan, is my manager now, and we co-wrote my new and unreleased album, “Damaged Goods.” A single off of the album, “Outta Control,” was released on 07/09/21! I was also recently signed with Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! If it wasn’t for the pandemic cutting Leaving Eden’s tour short, I would probably never have met them. That is something I am actually incredibly grateful for regarding the pandemic.

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

TORIE JOCK: I would like to do some livestream concerts! I am hoping that live concerts will come back with a vengeance though, because I definitely prefer a live audience.

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

TORIE JOCK: I certainly hope so! I don’t think it is realistic to think that society will be satisfied with only seeing performances virtually. I hope there are enough souls that care enough to bring back live entertainment! I for sure will do everything I can to fight for our industry!

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

TORIE JOCK: Continuing to jam to our music is always helpful! Don’t forget about us! We will be back, I will make sure of it!

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Torie Jock.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TORIE JOCK: Hey! I’m Torie Jock and I’m happy to be here today! I met my drummer first about nine months ago. He and I planned on being a musical duo until we found other members to join the band. My drummer thought of his longtime friend shortly after and asked if he wanted to join us on guitar. We spent a few months playing as a three-member band, and then my guitar player mentioned a friend of his that he thought could join us on bass. The rest is history!

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TORIE JOCK: There are so many amazing artists that have influenced me in so many ways! I would say that the artists that have had the greatest impact in shaping me into the artist I am today would be, Cher, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse. When I started singing at nine, my vocal coach actually thought I may be tone deaf. I had a really hard time learning to sing. I ended up quitting, and shortly after I saw the movie Burlesque, starring Cher, I absolutely fell in love! I started singing “Welcome to Burlesque” in my living room one day, and my mom ran out of the kitchen and said, “You sound just like Cher!” We called my old vocal coach and asked her to listen to me sing it, and when she did, she said, “We can work with this.” For some reason, I was able to hear the notes in Cher’s music. I never would’ve learned to sing if it wasn’t for her music. I was actually hired by a Cher Tribute Company to be a Mini Cher impersonator when I was eleven! I started getting really into 80s rock when I was about twelve, and I stumbled upon Joan Jett. I thought she was the coolest chick I had ever seen! I loved her image and her rock ‘n roll attitude! Her music and style was what really made me want to be a rock ‘n roller! Alanis Morissette’s lyrics blow me away. “Jagged Little Pill” was an album of choice for me starting at the age of two. As I got older, I realized how brilliantly written her lyrics are. Her lyrics speak to me on a level I cannot even explain. I wanted to write like that! Or, at least try! I also loved her unique sound and the fact that she had a voice and certain vocal qualities that no one could replicate. I remember asking my vocal coach at nine when I first started with her if she could teach me to sing an Alanis song … The look on her face was priceless! I got into Amy Winehouse’s music around eleven. When I hit about fourteen, I was told by a lot of people that I had a blues/jazzy quality to my voice. I loved Amy’s music, and I liked the idea of trying to incorporate a jazzy sound into my rock music. An incredible artist, gone too soon.

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

TORIE JOCK: I just released a single, “Outta Control,” that is off of my unreleased album, “Damaged Goods.” The album was co-written by me and my manager, Eric Gynan, of Leaving Eden. I was also just recently signed with Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! I absolutely love the album and believe readers of this site will not be disappointed if they check it out!

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

TORIE JOCK: Expect a good time! I entertain my audiences as best I can. I think it is just as important to perform as it is to be on your game musically.

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

TORIE JOCK: In 5 years, I hope to be playing as much as possible and continue to make new music!

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

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 Ben Reigle and Joe Izayea of Sour Times.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: As an immunocompromised individual, it has been difficult. Having suffered 2 strokes the year leading up to this taught me a lot of valuable life lessons on how to navigate difficult situations. I acted responsibly for myself, my family, and humankind and hunkered down. I have all of the things that make for a horrible outcome if I got sick, so I am truly relieved to be vaccinated.

Joe: I’m a Mental Health Worker in Massachusetts, so I never stopped working. Some small outbreaks happened throughout my workplace and resulted in having at times up to 35% of the staff at my work placed on quarantine for two weeks at a time. I was never put on quarantine luckily, but it wound up equating to a tremendous amount of overtime, continuing still today. All I do is work, sleep, and fit in my musical endeavors in any spare time I can rustle up.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: That is a large portion of what I do on the daily. I have a daily routine I adhere to starting at 4:30/5 am and exercise, yoga, meditation journaling, and writing music are all parts of it. It is a process I developed during my recovery, and it has unlocked a thriving state of joy in my life that propels me to live every moment with purpose. Sour Times has 4 records before our current release, it was all instrumental and all me, like many of the bands I have, it is an emotional release for a certain part of my brain. During quarantine, I wrote albums for the 5 bands I currently write music for, Brain Vacuum, Eat Shit And Die, The Empty Frames, Tooth, and Sour Times. Each of these is me on every instrument, collaborating with a vocalist (all besides Brain Vaccum, that is). I released 9 albums last year between all these bands. My brain, thankfully, never stops working.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: Sour Times has yet to play a show, as this iteration of it is new. The last for me was in Feb. 2019 when Brain Vacuum played with Death Threat at The Shea Theater, Turners Falls Ma.

Joe: Last show I played was in the summer of 2019 with my last band, City of Homes. Last show I attended was in the Winter of 2019/2020 where I saw Disciples of Verity.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: I’ve done a few, just me playing guitar to each of those bands’ material, but have taken hiatus from doing so as of late.

Joe: No plans to do any live streaming now that restrictions are being lifted.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: I do if people can act responsibly with humankind’s best interest at heart and just wait a little bit longer.

Joe: Difficult to say. For heavy bands like us, there was already a growing problem with venues closing down. Everything still seems up in the air to me at this point.

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

SOUR TIMES: Ben: Bandcamp is a direct line to bands, and often they wave their fees on Fridays, so 100% of profit goes to bands. That and buying merch are very helpful.

Joe: Gonna have to second Ben on this one. Wider reaching, I’d say to just support the folks you know however you can. Everyone’s got a side hustle or a small business or a band or whatever and it’s important now more than ever to support those folks in every way possible. Thanks.

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

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 Ernie Hill of Bison Face.

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

HILL: It’s been ok, we’re fortunate that we’ve kept jobs and been stable in that regard, and I’ve had extra time to focus on writing music and making art. But mentally, it’s been the worst time of my life. A load of crap stuff happened, especially the last couple of months and it almost broke me.

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

HILL: I’ve been writing the entire time so we’ve got a lot of new material to work through. I’ve been doing some art and writing outside of that, but music is my main outlet, so having the time to focus on that has been nice. Although at this point, it’s more like necessary therapy. I rewrote our debut EP, did a few new singles and pretty much finished a couple of new records so we’re going to start working through those and recording. The new single ‘Private Joke Party’ was only written about a month ago.

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

HILL: The last show we played was opening for Fangclub in October ’19, it was us and El Moono supporting and we had an amazing time, it was a great show; Both bands are lovely guys and incredible.

I think the last show I attended was Cage The Elephant at Alexandra Palace, and that was just a couple of weeks before lockdown. At the point the whole Covid pandemic was still being massively downplayed.

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

HILL: No, we haven’t really, we toyed with the idea but ultimately it never came to fruition. I’d still be up for doing a live session online or something, but our main focus has been preparing for live shows to return or writing.

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

HILL: I think it easily can, but the smaller venues need the support of the government to keep running properly. There’s no shortage of artists and punters, but if the business rates and all that jazz keep increasing then there’s no way that the grassroots scenes can continue. Even without the pandemic making things nightmarish.

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

HILL: I think continue to support bands, artists and venues! Go to shows where you can, listen to the music, buy the merch, get yourself some art and engage with posts online. It’s a real boost to see interest growing and it’s been a tough time for all. But everyone is in the same boat, and people have persevered through the hardest part, so now we can all go out and let loose.

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

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 Random Ties.

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

RANDOM TIES: Hey everyone Random Ties here, a rock band from the DMV area in the US. You have myself Yous [Vocals/Guitar] Ron [Bass] & Jack [Drums]. We decided pretty early on when the pandemic started that as a band we are going to work on our craft & become better individual musicians since we could not jam together & the second thing was to write new songs.

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

RANDOM TIES: The downtime is less today with venues opening up, but like I said we worked on quite a few songs this year & have released 7 singles so far with a few more coming before the end of the year.

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

RANDOM TIES: Last show we played before the shutdown was at the Diesel in Michigan & we opened for Otherwise a great band out of Las Vegas.

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

RANDOM TIES: We’re in the middle of an East Coast tour this summer so not much down time but we will definitely get back to livestreaming once we are back.

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

RANDOM TIES: I believe it’s on the right track now with preventive measures taken, now will things ever go back to normal that remains to be seen, some people just don’t feel safe being in large gatherings yet.

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

RANDOM TIES: We just released our latest single “They Don’t Care.” The song is inspired by the on-going conflict in Palestine & abuse of power in South America. We wanted this song to raise the volume on social injustice. Following our band on any streaming platform helps us out.

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

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 Kade Storm.

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

KADE STORM: Unfortunately, I had my own personal issues, which kind of made the pandemic itself a backdrop. Still, I got a Blackened Doom Metal album finished, titled “Ascension,” with Narcoleptica Productions managing a physical CD release for the album.

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

KADE STORM: Yes, though it depends on circumstances and inspiration.

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

KADE STORM: I haven’t considered doing live work with this solo project. Also, due to a host of reasons, I haven’t managed to attend any live shows in recent years.

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

KADE STORM: Not as of the current state of this project.

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

KADE STORM: I don’t see why it wouldn’t. At least in terms of Rock, Metal and Extreme Metal, creators and fans always find a way to adapt and keep the central process going.

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

KADE STORM: Thanks. If they’re into heavy, atmospheric music of the Doom or Black Metal variety, give my latest release, “Ascension,” a listen. All of it can be accessed via the links below. Goes without saying, but when it comes to Metal, the fans bring a distinct type of commitment, so, keep that support going.

Kade Storm – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kadestormmusic
Kade Storm – Bandcamp: https://kadestorm.bandcamp.com/
Narcoleptica Productions – Bandcamp: https://narcolepticaprod.bandcamp.com/album/ascension

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

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 Trumbiten.

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

TRUMBITEN: Yeah, it has been tough and yet, looking back, I realize that we have been creative and productive the last 1.5 years (working in our small studio). The pandemic has opened new opportunities for online collaborations globally (not dependent on meeting f2f) and advances in tech and gig-platforms open up new opportunities for influences, new contacts and new music.

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

TRUMBITEN: Yes, that is right! I feel that the pandemic (despite all the bad it has caused) also been a source for new song ideas and with restrictions related to social interactions, public gatherings, etc. has freed up time for music and songwriting.

Also, advances in communication tech and different online platforms might create new ways to jam, collaborations online, co-creation of music and maybe even VR concerts, etc. Who knows what the future will bring 😊.

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

TRUMBITEN: We are a new band and have not yet played live. As we started just for fun in 2018, I would say that our music has been formed during the Pandemic.

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

TRUMBITEN: No! Not yet!

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

TRUMBITEN: Yes, I believe so! Also, I think new arenas/scenes will arise for example in the virtual space. Who knows what the advances in tech and communication will bring to the future.

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

TRUMBITEN: Listen to us even if we can’t meet (yet).

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Mordian.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

MORDIAN: I am an alternative-gothic/metal artist hailing from Chicago, IL.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

MORDIAN: Classical music was very influential in my childhood, composers such as Chopin and Tchaikovsky. But there are artists I consider influential throughout every genre. I draw inspiration from almost everything.

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

MORDIAN: “January Moon” is the first track I will be releasing since my debut EP in 2019. It is different enough from my other music to be refreshing but familiar enough to not feel strange. Check it out if you’re looking for something new!

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

MORDIAN: As of right now, I don’t have any shows planned, so that is still to be seen!

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

MORDIAN: I think I will continue to evolve, but never lose sight of my initial passion. So I hope to be doing what I am now in five years, but better.

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

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 Shanghai Treason.

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: Hey Metal Anarchy, cheers for having us again. We’re good thank you, been hanging in there, it’s been great to get out there and see some live music recently, albeit with social distancing in place, let’s hope things can reopen at full capacity soon, we’re itching to get back out there and play live..

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: We have yes, we’ve actually recorded our debut album during lockdown, it’s nearly finished, we just decided recently to add some now songs and we’re back in the studio in July to record them, We’re aiming to release in January to coincide with our UK tour with The Rumjacks.

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: I put on a Rumjacks gig at Sheffield Corporation 2 weeks before the first lockdown so that was the last gig I was at and not a performer, it was a blinding night, great support as well from Mick O’Toole and Gallowgate Murders. The week before lockdown Shanghai Treason we’re actually on tour ourselves, we played in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh, people were just beginning to talk about a little something called coronavirus, everyone was sure it would all blow over haha. Looking back I feel really fortunate that we got to do that actually, we had 4 cracking shows just before it all got shut down.

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: We had planned to do one to coincide with the release of our debut album but now with reopening in sight (hopefully) we’ve decided to hold out and save ourselves for out UK tour, it’s going to be so much fun, we’ve got a killer set and can’t wait to get out there and play all the songs from our new record.

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: Sadly some won’t , some great venues out there didn’t receive government support and it was heart-breaking to see, everything crossed for a full recovery, the industry is thrifty though, it would go underground if needed, however I’m positive things will pick back up and quick when given the green light to reopen.

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

SHANGHAI TREASON: Buy some merch or concert tickets, that’s a great way to quickly support you’re favourite artists, tell a friend and help spread the word, music is better when shared with friends for sure!

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

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Kade Storm.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KADE STORM: I run a solo project under my own name. It’s been around for a long time but the history is quite uneventful as I never officially released much material, especially anything that I was satisfied with up until recently. The atmosphere is geared towards a very dark and heavy soundscape. I’d say that it’s primarily Black Metal in terms of thematic content and aesthetic, but with some heavy Doom Metal and Death Metal elements.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KADE STORM: There are numerous influences to name and listing them all is a futile task as I’m sure to miss many crucial names. What can be said is that the scope of influence is primarily centred around Nordic Black and Death Metal paired with other Extreme and Thrash Metal offerings in the UK, Europe and even worldwide.

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

KADE STORM: I’ve recently released a digital album titled “Ascension.” It’s a full-length LP comprised of three very long tracks. The sound and atmosphere are primarily Black Metal with a very heavy Doom Metal element and even some Death Metal within the details. Physicals CDs of this album are going to be released soon via Narcoleptica Productions.

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

KADE STORM: This project is primarily a studio effort and I haven’t really planned anything for live shows.

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

KADE STORM: As a solo project, it is now about realising ideas and visions. There will always be something brewing towards creation at any point in the future, near or distant.