Las Vegas’ Avalon Landon have been working hard to make a name for themselves since their first record in 2011. Recently the group won the Hard Rock Rising competition in Las Vegas. Writer Jenny Caulfield had the chance to chat with the group about winning the competition, their most recent single “The Cure” and the future of the band! Check what the vocalist and keyboardist Josh Rabenold had to say!
I had the chance to sit down with Emarosa before their show at Starland Ballroom, as they got there Zombie make up done, and talk about everything from how this tour as been to the new record Versus and even into future music and sides of Emarosa that haven’t been explored too much yet! See what the guys had to say and be sure to pick up Versus and keep an eye out for what’s coming next!
I had the chance to chat with Joe Candelaria and Bryce Esquivel of Forever Came Calling before their set at Bogies in Albany on the first night of the Pure Noise Tour. Big things are coming for them with their full length, What Matters Most slated to be released TOMORROW (October 21) on Pure Noise Records. The single, “Mapping with a Sense of Direction” has been a huge hit so far. Check out what they had to say about what’s coming for Forever Came Calling.
Brigades are opening up the Pure Noise Tour with energy and enthusiam. They released Crocodile Tears in May, toured with Hit the Lights and Major League, are currently touring alongside labelmates Handguns, State Champs, Forever Came Calling, Front Porch Step, and Heart to Heart, and go right back into the studio after the tour to record a full length. They hit the ground running and haven’t stopped. Check out what the guys had to say and be sure to catch them on the rest of the Pure Noise Tour!
So much goes into making the albums, tours, music videos, and other productions bands do a success; one huge aspect that can make or break a band is publicity. Bands would be no where without the support of their fans but in order to allow people to become fans of a band and be up to date with what the band, their work must be publicized. This is where the publicist, obviously, comes in. There are many approaches to ensure that the work gets out there, some more successful than others. Pure Noise Records is a label that works with many up and coming bands who will often be made from the publicity they get and the relationships they build with fan bases early. Christina is the publicist for the Pure Noise Tour and for most bands on Pure Noise Records. She does a fantastic job of getting the word out there when something is going on with bands she handles; check out what she had to say about her job and relationship with Pure Noise!
Operating a successful label can be a great deal of work and dedication; Pure Noise Records, a DIY label that has only been around a few years, is no different. The label was founded by and is run by Jake Round with the help of Cahil, the Marketing Director. The two do a fantastic job handling a great deal of talented groups across the country. I had the chance to meet Cahil at the first two nights of the Pure Noise Tour and talk to him about his work with Pure Noise Records, check out all of the work that goes on behind the scenes!
I had the chance to speak to Nick frontman for Heart to Heart who are currently out with five of their labelmates on the fall Pure Noise Tour at Bogies in Albany, NY for the first night of tour. Heart to Heart released Dulce over the summer and play quite a few songs from that release on this tour! They are a fantastic live band with a ton going for them! Check out what Nick had to say and be sure to catch them alongside Handguns, State Champs, Front Porch Steph, Forever Came Calling, and Brigades over the next month!
Austin Kerr is best known for his role as the bassist in Set it Off, however, he is also a phenomenal writer and poet and released a book this year called “Dear Listener: I’m Breathing Are You”.
I had the chance to skype with KBB’s newest band, The Family Ruin, a few weeks ago while they were waiting on their Visa’s to come tour the States with Crown the Empire; unfortunately the documents did not come through in time but not to worry as they will be touring in the late fall/early winter alongside label owner Ben Bruce’s band Asking Alexandria check the dates here and grab your tickets now! Keep an eye out for them, they’re a very funny group of guys with big things coming!
Johnny Mennel- Vocals
James Langley- Guitarist
Dom White- drums
Craig Robinson- guitar
Josh Adamson- bass
You guys recently signed to KBB records, congratulations, that’s a great accomplishment! How has it been working with them?
Johnny: Excellent, we’re having a great time. Things are picking up for us since we signed with KBB. A lot of tour offers, obviously the record finished, it’s been good!
James: It’s been great knowing that we got people in America that are in the industry; people like Ben [Bruce ] that got a grip and reputation over there obviously being in Asking [Asking Alexandria], so it was great to hook up with them and start seeing that side of the industry. They’ve been working us hard getting the album done, they chucked us in the studio last minute and said we need 16 songs lads and I think we only had about 9 written but we’d told them we already had the 16 so we just got them done as quick as we could. It turned out great. We’re looking forward to getting over there and working hard.
You mentioned working with Ben Bruce, how do you think its different going through the recording process with an artist that’s actually been out and toured versus a label that just does the behind the scenes stuff?
Johnny: Ben’s not been greatly involved in the writing the tunes and such. I think he was going to get involved at some point but every time we send him a tune he dug it.
Dom: It was good to have his opinion though!
Johnny: Yeah, he definitely pointed us in the right direction and to be a little more aggressive than we were previously so we through a few extra screams in and stuff like that. He kind of just gave us a general direction in which we should probably head in with our own style. We mainly worked with two guys called Sam and Joe Graves who were in a band called With One Last Breath. They have a studio here in York and have worked with Ben on his solo stuff and various things for Asking’s new album. They’re guys we’ve been mates with for years so we did a lot of the studio production with those guys which was good because it was super relaxed working with them after knowing them for so long.
Your new album comes out the end of the month and you say you’re influenced by bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Escape the Fate; what should fans expect from your debut album? (It’s out now be sure to check it out!!)
Johnny: I don’t know, Craig take this one!!
Craig: We are mainly influenced by the bands you mentioned but we’ve got a lot of our own influences that we threw in there. Dom’s into his 80’s weird pop. My favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold so to be fair a lot of the guitar work is inspired by stuff like that.
James: I think that we’ve been together as friends for so long and listening to stuff especially rock and metal music we take our influences back to the early 2000’s with bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn and Deaftones and things like that. We think what the scene’s missing is one of those bands where there’s a real good party time when you’re on stage and a real good beat where everyone’s jumping up and down. I think that’s what’s missing in the metal scene so it’s kind of taking all of these modern metal bands and mixing it with that scene really.
Off the new album, what’s everyone’s favorite song and why?
James: My favorite song is a song called “Wake Up”
Dom: No is it?!
James: We’ve been playing some shows in the UK and we’ve been playing 30 minute sets; I’ve been trying to get it into the setlist for so long and I think we played it for the first two shows then it worked its way out because these other four guys don’t think it should be. Obviously with 16 songs we’ve written got so many songs and only so many we can choose. I just like wake up because its three and a half minutes of jumping up and down, great hooky chorus, and a very Avenged style rift so to speak.
Craig : I’m going to go with “Battle for the Sun” because it’s just got a real filthy groove to the verse. I think that’s one of my favorite ones to sing as well.
Johnny : For me it’s been more of a grower. It’s the first one we released, “Let it Burn” was new but from playing it live it’s become my favorite. It’s quiet fun to play live and its quite heavy, that’s why it’s my favorite.
Josh: I would probably said “My Addiction”. There’s something about that song which I absolutely love. It’s probably my favorite to play live.
Dom: I’m going to be an absolute booger and say my favorite songs is one of the bonus songs. There’s two songs that we recorded and got fully mixed that aren’t on there.
On social networking someone recently mentioned not being to the states, have any of you been over yet?
Johnny: I’ve been once with the Mrs. to New York just to do the tourist thing. Four days of intense walking seeing all of the tourist stuff. Didn’t realize how big it is, you think you can walk it all then all of a sudden it’s alright I’ll walk down to the Statue of Liberty and then two hours later and you’re still not even halfway down. It was grand, but that’s the only time!
Craig: I’ve been to Florida a couple times mostly doing the Disney thing which was awesome and I did do a tour a few years ago with one of my old bands. It was mainly west coast and down the south then Diagonally towards New York, my geography isn’t always the best!
What are you most excited for with coming to the States and for some of you for your first time?
Group: KFC?! We have that here…
Craig: Not genuine from Kentucky. When we’re in Salt Lake City I want to become a Morman. I’m trying to think of all of these different things; like when I’m in Alabama I want to marry my cousin. I’ve got all of these things I want to do.
Johnny: We’re going to get a real warm welcome in Alabama now…
Dom: It’s probably going to be a whole big culture shock for us. For me, as these guys already know, portion size is going to be a big thing. In Yorkshire there’s a thing about being tight with your money and apparently I’m greedy with my food already and from what I’ve heard its big portions over there and I tend to finish what I’m given so I’m going to enjoy the food. But musically wise the audiences over there are really good especially we’ve heard a lot of English bands get a good welcome over there; mainly we’re just looking forward to meeting a lot of American bands and American fans and having a good time and spending a lot longer on the road over there mainly because of the size of the place.
What goals have you laid out for the future of the band and how do you plan to go about achieving them?
Johnny: I guess we just want to work hard and whatever comes our way we just want to nail it and show everyone that we can do it.
Craig: We want to stay on the road as long as we possibly can. We also have a competition to see who can go the longest without showering.
Johnny: Not me, I’ll be showering every day; even two a day.
James: To be honest now that the album is out the plan is going to be tour, tour, tour. Literally as much as we possibly can. At some point we’ll get back in and record the next thing, not sure what that’s going to be yet. It seems like a bit of a trend for people to do a second release as an EP or something like that.
Johnny: We’re going to do a lot of playing shows, drinking and see where that takes us.
Craig: Drinking tea that is because we’re English!