In our days everything is digital, computerized. So when something analog, handcrafted and vintage comes out, you can feel it is different, warmer and soulful. That’s the case of Andy Rocks, a new rock band, formed by former Black Daffodils vocalist, Andrea Weiss, which has two releases out until now – the “Porcelain Heart” EP and one single, “Digital Detox”. Andy Rocks’ music sounds nostalgic, it’s just pure and simple rock, unpretentious and singular – listen to the band’s songs and you will get the feeling! Myth of Rock reached Andrea and had a small chat with her. Right below you can read all the interesting things that were discussed.

by Michalis Kapetanakis


Hello Αndrea! I admit, I am new to Andy Rocks but I really like everything I’ve heard so far, especially your last single “Digital Detox”. Thank you for your music!

Happy to hear that, thank you!

Let us begin by asking first, how and when did Andy Rocks start?

I started this project in 2018. After my former band Black Daffodils stopped, I wanted to continue creating music. Since I always loved rock music, it should have another musical direction than with the band before. I asked Markus and Michael to join me and so we started working on songs. One year later our first EP “Porcelain Heart” came out.

What made you so keen on music and the music industry? Why do you play music?

When I started with music, I really knew nothing about the music industry, I did not even think of it. It was more about the way I felt, when I sang along my favorite tunes or when I wrote my first songs. It made me happy and I felt alive. Later with Black Daffodils, when we released our first cd, we found out how difficult it was to get your music to the people. I do not think that the music industry is very interested in new acts, it prefers to create its own artists. At least that is how I experience it.

What’s the overall reaction to Andy Rocks”, so far?

There were many positive reviews and reactions about our material and that is really encouraging to keep on working.

What do you hope the listeners experience, when they listen to the band?

At best they can connect to the songs, maybe find themselves in the songs or of course, simply enjoy the music.

About being on stage … have you ever had to deal with performance anxiety?

I am always really nervous, and I am afraid that I will forget all the lyrics. After the first song, it gets better. I thought this would change, but it never did 😊

What is your songwriting process like? Where does your inspiration come from, personally?

Most of the time I start with a chorus, often already a melody line with lyrics. Then I sit down with my acoustic guitar and try to build a basic structure for the song. If I think the song has potential, I show it to my bandmates, so that they can add their ideas. Of course not all songs are written that way, but that is the way I usually work.

What’s the band’s biggest problem you’ve had to face and overcome, so far?

Honestly to have a solid band line-up, especially in times like these, which is very difficult for musicians and bands. That is why we will have different musicians on the upcoming record. I am very positive about the current line-up.

Can you tell us about the video for this great song, “Digital Detox”? You seem that you enjoyed the shots a lot, right?

We did it during the first lockdown in spring 2020. Everything around us was very serious and the situation was tense. So we wanted to spread a little bit of good vibes and decided to release a positive and light song. Of course we wanted to transport it in the video. We could not meet and so everyone had to film at home. I admit that it is more fun to do something like that together, but we tried to make the best out of the situation.

What do you all like to do, when not performing or practicing? What’s your world like outside of music? Any hobbies or fun stuff?

I like to try out new receipts in the kitchen, reading and hiking. Of course also to meet my friends and family and spend some time together. Markus likes to design and build furniture. And of course, we are all occupied with our jobs.

What are the band’s immediate plans for 2021?

We will release our first full album and I am happy about that. There is no release date yet. I am very curious what people will say about it, we did our best to make a diversified record with many shades of rock. There are often questions about upcoming shows and stuff, but we cannot really say something about that. We do not know how the concert situation will be in 2021.

I want to thank you for taking the time out of your extremely busy schedule to speak with us today. Do you have any last words or messages that you would like to share with everyone out there?

Wish you all the best for 2021, let’s hope things will again become easier and let us hope for nice concerts again. Stay sane, stay optimistic!

 

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Some months ago I came across an article about a band called Cats in Space. I thought, “what a strange name”, but when I read that they combine elements from bands like Electric Light Orchestra and Queen, I promised myself to take a listen to this band. I got their first album, “Too Many Gods”, and I was shocked! "What a great pomp rock band is that", I said! "What a huge sound, what vocals and keys!!!". Well, I became a fan, and now that the Cats are releasing their new album, “Atlantis”, I am so impressed – it is indeed one of their best albums, a fantastic release that will mystify every classic rock fan! We talked with Greg Hart (guitars, backing vocals) and here below you can read all the interesting things that we said!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos

When, where and by whom was Cats in Space formed?

Cats was formed in 2015 by myself and Steevi Bacon (drums), the whole thing was originally just a studio project for songs written by myself and Mick Wilson (vocals, guitar, percussion, 10cc). We’ve come a long way since then!!

Why did you decide to name the band Cats in Space?

A name people would love or hate, but never forget! 

Cats in Space is releasing its new album, “Atlantis”.  Which are your feelings?

The signs and reviews have been incredible. We felt it could be the best album of our career, and it seems we were right. We even went to Number 1 in the UK independent rock chart on its week of release...!!

Where would you trace the differences between “Atlantis” and the previous Cats in Space albums? Do you think that the new album is heavier and more epic?

Yes it is, we wanted to capture more of the live sound we have, which is huge and rocks a lot, but still retain the production and quality of the studio side too... I think we did well, a good sign for the future!

Who is the main composer in Cats in Space? How is a Cats in Space song born?

I am the main writer and on previous albums I had my co-writer Mick Wilson alongside, as it was us that started back in the first album with “Mr. Heartache”. Each song comes from outer space - I channel it, when they come to me!

Who did the production of “Atlantis”?

I produced the album, which was great fun, and as always, we had our studio engineer Ian Caple at the helm. He’s been on all four albums.

You have a new singer, Damien Edwards, known for his role in the Jeff Wayne’s musical “War of the Worlds”. Why did you decide to take him in the band?

He is simply the best vocalist there is… and I mean that! He’s a good friend and everything lined up for him to join us!

Your music is pure, glorious pomp rock and I believe that you are influenced by bands like ELO, Queen and Styx. Do you agree with me?

100%! You got it in one!

Which are your five favorite albums of all-time and why?

“Jailbreak” by Thin Lizzy (it literally changed my life as a 13 year old), “Frampton Comes Alive” by Peter Frampton, still possibly my favourite live album ever, “Queen II” by Queen, an album that will influence everything I do forever. “Sweet Fanny Adams” by Sweet, the most undervalued album of all time, a classic that is timeless.  And I would have to have a Carpenters album, because Karen Carpenter is the finest vocalist ever.

It is said that you are one of the best modern classic rock bands since the 70s. How do you feel about that?

Wow, that’s amazing...!! Whoever said that, thank you! We do seem to be ‘tapping’ into  a lot of people who have wanted a band like us to come and take them back to better days… that is always our aim. Make some magic! I am humbled by this question, wow…

You come from England. Are there any other new bands who play in this “classic rock” style? Is there a scene in the UK?

I don’t think there’s anyone who is like us really, some ‘dip their toes’ into the sound and play at it a bit with harmony vocals etc., but  you need huge balls to go the whole hog and do what we do, so I’d have to say no... I think we stand alone (asides from Uriah Heep and the old bands who still sound fabulous today).

Where do the lyrics of the “Atlantis” album refer to?

It’s up to the listener to decide, but everyone has an Atlantis where they’d love to go to…

Who created the cover artwork of “Atlantis”?

Andy Kitson, who does all our artwork, isn’t he the best! A real “old school” artist like we had in the 70s... see, even the artwork has to compliment the music we do. It’s magical.

How much important are live concerts for Cats in Space? How do you feel now with the Covid-19 restrictions and the cancellation of tours, festivals etc. due to the pandemic?

It’s been tricky and as right pain! But let’s hope 2021 will be back to normal quick.

Which are your future plans? A message to the readers?

We will be touring a lot to support this album and the signs are good, so we should be able to tour it a year or more, then we will be preparing the next album too… everything’s lining up great. And finally thanks to everyone who has read this and bought the Cats albums… if you support us and spread the word, we will come to your town! Stay safe! And remember… “Everybody wants to be a cat”!

Hot Sunday Blood hails from Italy and they are going full throttle since their formation in 2013, since they are very productive, releasing albums and performing live. Their latest album, "Kein Licht" (2019, Snooky Records), still sounds amazing, as it merges the heavy rock sound with alternative rock influences! It is high time we had a nice chat with the band, and specifically, Paolo Lulita (bass). Please proceed and read what interesting Paolo said to Myth of Rock!

by Michalis Kapetanakis


Before we start, I would like to know how the pandemic has been for you, the past few months …

It has been awful, for us and for all the others. Thanks to a simple lucky strike we are all

well!

I was very pleased and happy that I got familiar with your music, when I listened to the song "The Long Winter's Embrace" from your third album "Kein Licht"! Awesome song and cool video clip! How did it all start? How did you manage to reach this very high level of quality in composing and performing? I would like to know your musical education.

First of all, thank you for the kind words! All that we did can be summed up by saying: “try something, try again and try once more". If you give yourself a goal and stick to it with passion following the golden rule of never giving up, you will get something in return. We are no geniuses, but we all have the dedication and the will to learn something new. We all have different musical tastes, with the common factor of grunge and metal roots. Unfortunately, only Andrea, our guitarist, has some kind of musical education, which greatly helps us, when we try to find the right tone and mood!

Your music is true and full of feelings. How do you get inspiration?

We always try to say something important. Our themes are not very positive, but we want to avoid being trivial and to speak about bad things just because we are metal and we must do so. The common point here is to talk about personal concepts rather than abstract ones. If you are that type of person, you can apply to yourself many of our songs. For example, “Kein Licht” is a concept album mainly based on the loss of emotions. The lack of something, seen through emotional structures, such as resignation, disillusion, grief.  

You have also released two other albums, except the last one. Are you going to release a new album in the near future?

For sure! We are already composing songs. The new album was set to be released by the end of the year, but we all know what happened in the world. Anyway, we will release something for sure, as soon as we can!

What seems to be your biggest difficulty about music?

The fear of saying something insignificant and the inability to send the correct message. This is valid for both lyrics and music.

Do you think that some fans will be prejudiced about your open-minded music style?

That’s for sure, and there is nothing wrong about it. We are not here to please everyone, it’s absolutely normal that someone will not like us. Music is a subjective theme.

A lot of metal bands join the scene every year. What makes Hot Sunday Blood unique and different from the others?

We are unique as all the others. I can say that we are a good mixture of dark and grunge vibes which you may not find in many other bands.

Did the choice of the line-up happened naturally or were you looking for something particular? How did you select your band mates?

It happened naturally, meaning that the right people stayed, in the end. We had no “quality assurance step” when searching. If you are a nice person and share the same love for the project, you are in!

Which bands and singers have influenced you personally?

From grunge, like Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, to more alternative metal acts as Pyogenesis or also dark bands like Type O Negative and Katatonia. We are five people with a common background but different taste in music, spanning from Opeth to Faith no More.

What will be the next plans?

Our next plans? Play more, compose more, get a larger fan base, and try to go out of our Italian borders a bit…more! As many others, we are suffering the global pandemic and we lost some shows and opportunities, but given the situation there is nothing to complain about.

We’re done, thank you very much for your attention and the opportunity.

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to give an insight of our work. Thank you so much!

Would you like to leave a final message?

You can listen to our music on digital platforms (Spotify, I-tunes, Google Music, Deezer, YouTube, etc.) and follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to our music and drop a comment, if you feel it’s worth!


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“Poison Thorn”, the debut full-length album of Godsnake, presents to us a new band from Germany, which is here to stay. Godsnake, a company of metal thrashing mads, doesn’t break new ground, however, they are doing perfectly what they know well, with style and conviction. They have great songwriting skills, a perfect musicianship and above all, a lot of inspiration! Thus, Myth of Rock contacted the band for a nice little chat, and Stevo (guitar) and Sidney (drums) answered our questions, on behalf of the band. The snake is already crawling!

by Dimitris Zacharopoulos


Give us a short biography of Godsnake.

Stevo: Some of us have been playing music together since many years. With Godsnake things started shaping up when we recorded our EP ‘Hellbound Ride’. We then went through a few line-up changes and ended up with the current set-up which has been stable since 2017. There was (and is) a great vibe within the band and we then slowly but steadily started working on our debut Album ‘Poison Thorn’. It took a while until it was ready, but we are now very happy with the result.

Which are your feelings now that you release your debut album?

Stevo: It’s a great feeling to have those songs finally released. We have been playing some of those songs already for years, so it’s good to get them out now and share them with the world.

Sidney: It is great to know that people everywhere - like in Greece, Canada or Japan - are able to listen to our songs now. It feels great to get feedback from people in a whole different part of this world letting us know that they like the songs and music.

How would you describe the music style of the band? Which bands have had the biggest influence on you?

Stevo: There are many different elements, but melodic thrash metal probably sums it up best. For me the biggest influence by far has been the Bay Area thrash metal scene starting in the early 80’s. Bands like Metallica, Testament, Slayer or Anthrax, then in the 90’s also Machine Head are my biggest influence.

When and where was the album recorded? Who are the main composers of the band?

Stevo: It was recorded in November 2019 at LSD Studios in Lübeck. I write almost all the music and then Torger does the vocal melodies and lyrics.

Who did the mixing and the mastering of the album?

Stevo: This was done by producer Lasse Lammert in his LSD Studios, Lübeck.

Sidney: Lasse already took care of our EP `Hellbound Ride‘, so we know him for a while already. He is a perfect match for us, able to create the sound we like, especially when it comes to guitar sounds he is a real pro and we know that it will sound great when we let him do the job.

Who is the lyricist of the band? Where do your lyrics refer to?

Stevo: The lyrics are being done by Torger. They mostly deal with social criticism and the worst animal and its activities against its own species………the human creature.

What does inspire you to write music and lyrics?

Stevo: For me it’s the passion for music and the love of creating riffs, melodies. If I manage to write a piece of music that gives myself goosebumps, it gives me a lot of pleasure. If others enjoy my music too, it makes me feel very happy.

Which is the motivation of Godsnake? What keeps you going?

Stevo: We are very passionate about what we do. We care a lot about our music, and we want to be able to present ourselves to a bigger audience. If this band has the potential to get some decent recognition in the metal Scene, we want to do our part in delivering our craft in the best possible way.

How do you make decisions as a band?

Stevo: Usually collectively. For instance, during the pandemic we get together regularly via video calls to discuss and agree on different things. During the song writing process this can be a little tough though. So here we usually have a smaller team that finetunes the music. Nevertheless we rehearse the songs together and only consider a song ‘finished’ once everyone signs off on it.

How difficult is it for a newcomer band to get distinguished from the rest and to have a personal sound?

Stevo: I feel this is THE biggest challenge. When you are a newcomer band, everyone starts labeling you and compares you to other bands that you apparently sound similar like. Sometimes it feels, that if you can’t bring a very unique sound or style, you won’t get much recognition. But you can’t always reinvent the wheel, and in my opinion you also don’t have to. As long as your music is well-made and isn’t a copy of something else, it’s cool. But nowadays there is so much new music out on the market and it’s difficult to get through to those who might really dig your stuff. Our label is doing a good job in promoting us properly, but it’s certainly not easy as a newcomer.  

How much important are live concerts for Godsnake? How would you describe a Godsnake live show?

Stevo: Playing live is a very important aspect for us. We all enjoy playing live and making the connection to the audience. We always try to bring it and perform to the best of our abilities. There’s usually a good vibe with a high energy level in the room. It’s about everyone having a good time, whether up on stage or in the pit!

How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected you, personally and as a band?

Stevo: I personally feel like locked up in a big cage. For the band this is a major stumbling stone. Our album was released during the pandemic, and we are not able to go out and promote it properly.  We would want to go out there and earn the respect and recognition of each and every metalhead, and through playing live slowly increase our presence within the scene. Unfortunately none of that is able to happen at the moment which sucks big time!

You are in Massacre Records. How did you get into this label? Are you satisfied with your label?

Stevo: We submitted our application and they came back offering us a deal. It was really that simple. The offer was good, we instantly felt in good hands. The cooperation has been very easy going and we are very happy to be a part of the Massacre Records family.

Which are your future plans? A wish for the new year 2021?

Stevo: I hope that this fuckin’ pandemic blows over fast. Our intention is to hopefully enter the studio again towards the end of 2021 to record the follow up record to ‘Poison Thorn’. We will use the downtime to be creative and hopefully put together some crushing songs. We have been really happy with the success of “Poison Thorn” so far. We hope this will continue in 2021 and the record gets some more attention. If you like our music, please give us your support and help spread the word. We hope to be able to come your way soon and play live for some hungry metalheads again.

If you think tou know everything about rock, hard rock and heavy metal, you should listen to Barbara Black! The Spanish singer released her exquisite new studio album some months ago and her songs still impress people with their strange beauty and their diversity! Myth of Rock listened to the "Love, Death & Flies" album, enjoyed the new lyric video for the song "Damnified" and had a nice little chat with Barbara. Bow down to the Queen!

by Michalis Kapetanakis


 

Hello Barbara! So how are you with all the craziness around the world that’s going on at the moment?

I'm honestly quite unmotivated. The fact of seeing that the musical world is absolutely blocked makes you feel that your work and effort are not going to have the results and the impact that they should. In addition, seeing loved people who lose their relatives, become ill or lose their jobs makes the low mood.

I suppose you are still busy promoting the new album that was out via the Spanish label Rock Estatal, right?

Yes, we are still working on the “Love, Death & Flies” promotion.

I guess one of the popular things that has been happening at the moment is this whole live streaming thing, what are your thoughts on that?

It is an option, but we need the heat of the audience and enjoying together.

As mentioned before, the new album was some months ago. When did you finish the recordings for that album? Are you happy with the result?

In October 2019 we went to The Cadillac Blood Studios with Andy C and started with the recordings. In March 10th we released the album and the 13th the quarantine lockdown began. We are more than proud with the results, we have worked very hard on each of the songs, we have put our hearts on this album.

You decided to release the album just before the virus … Positive or negative, you think?

Obviously no one knew all the consequences of Covid-19 … we have had to cancel the tour and many interviews.

“Love, Death & Flies” sounds really metal but also very diverse! What is your opinion? And which are your influences?

My opinion is that, when you are creating, you shouldn´t put limits to yourself. The meaning of composing is freedom, from my point of view. Our main musical influences are Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Blues Saraceno, Joe Bonamassa, Halestorm, Shinedown, Sixx A.M., In This Moment, Vixen, Mr Big, Doro Pesch and many more! We listen from metal and rock bands to country and blues artists.

What was it like working on the composition and the  lyrics? Did you work alone or was it a whole band process? 

This is a whole band process, absolutely. We are used to start from a musical sketch and then to develop together the structure, the harmony arrangements etc. Sometimes we rely on technology and send each other ideas to work at home individually. After the music is finished, I write the lyrics.

Why did you decide to go with this album title?

In 2019 the band lived love moments (weddings), death situations and flies -  funny anecdotes! We knew that writer Augusto Monterroso tells that the whole literature is based on these three topics, so we thought that it fit us perfectly as the album title.

Which are your future plans?

We had a Spanish tour planned and considered the possibility of playing abroad again. We would have done the video recording for the song “Queen of Flies” already, but it had to be postponed several times due to the lockdowns. However, we are working on this video clip, we are looking for locations, outfits, actors and scheduling all the details.

Thank you very much, Barbara!

Thank you for this amazing interview. Rock on!!

 

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