(PCM) Despite all the crazy and nasty winter weather we have been experiencing on the east coast lately, there was a rock n’ roll fire blazing at the Trocadero in Philly during the recent Buckcherry show.
The blazing evening of rock got off to a solid start when Canadian rockers Monster Truck took the the stage. While, I can not speak for the entire crowd, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the band’s set. Monster Truck’s sound is incredibly reminiscent of the blusey and soul-tinged bands of the seventies. Their music truly takes the listener on a journey with searing guitar riffs, intense vocals, and just the right amount of vintage appeal.
There were definitely a few people in the crowd that weren’t exacting vibing on Monster Truck’s set, as it is quite different than the party rock atmosphere people expect from a Buckcherry concert. I urge these individuals to open up their minds a bit and give this band the respect that they deserve. They are an immensely talented band and I absolutely cannot wait to catch them out again on the summer festival circuit later this summer.
We had a chance to catch up with Monster Truck prior to the show, check out our exclusive interview below:
The party truly got started when Buckcherry took to the stage totally igniting the room with their raw energy. As, always, Buckcherry put on one hell of an amazing live show and it is always a wild night. Vocalist Josh Todd held the audience captive with his incredible vocal ability and paired up with heavy-hitting shreds from guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D, this band provides all you could ever ask for in a live performance.
The band’s set list consisted of all the “usual suspects” as the band lovingly refers to their hit singles including “Lit Up”, “Sorry”, “All Night Long”, “Everything” and of course “Crazy Bitch’. Being a huge Buckcherry fan I was thrilled to hear “For The Movies” which in my opinion is one of the band’s most heart-wrenching songs. I also wholeheartedly enjoyed the band’s clever play covering the hit Icona Pop tune “I Love It (Say F**k It)”, which was just brilliant!
Buckcherry are still touring behind their last album “Confessions” and when we were able to catch up with vocalist Josh Todd prior to the show, he confirmed to us that a new EP is on the way later this spring. Todd tells us that he is incredibly excited about the EP and feels that it will truly be a “must-have” for all Buckcherry fans. You can check out the full interview below:
Pelussje, a.k.a. James Nayler & Chiara Benelli, are a couple of italian electro producers and DJs born in 2004 through flaming walls of sound, burning screams and fiery stage divings. After a period of circuit bending, noise, and underground live based shows, they decided to bring back on the ring their deep love for mixer and turntables.
In 2008 their productions turned to a stronger, more complex and club-oriented sound, colored by massive basslines and the full flavor of their musical roots. Their love for Mexican Lucha Libre, it’s theatrical violence and the acted madness broke through, and masks became a fundamental symbol of their live shows.
During the last 5 years Pelussje acquired a significant reputation worldwide, bringing their show to Europe, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea and Brazil, sharing the stage with Skrillex, Crookers, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Cyberpunkers, Congorock, Boys Noize to name a few.
PCM’s Larry Cochran recently had a chance to catch up with Pelussje, to answer some questions about EDM, their love of lucha libre, goals for 2014 and more. Check out the full interview below:
Q: What soul or funk track would you love to remix that you haven’t done yet?
Pelussje: Absolutely “The Mexican”- Babe Ruth, “Apache”- The Incredible Bongo Band, “Theme from S.W.A.T.” – Rhythm Heritage, “It’s just begun” – Jimmy Castor, “Street dance”- Break Machine, and of course everything from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.
Q: How did you first learn about lucha libre and what about it fascinated you most?
Pelussje: Unfortunately in Italy lucha libre is not popular at all. So we got in touch with that world accidentally, with some graphic design magazines which reported some artworks with luchadores on it. Also thanks to an italian noise band called Almandino, who during their concerts used to wear lucha masks. We were so fascinated from this visual phenomena, that we decided to learn more about it, we came through a wonderful and huge culture we fell immediatly in love with.
Q: Would you ever compete against another DJ or DJ in a mask vs hair (lucha de apuestas) match? If so, who?
Pelussje: Competing against another DJ in this way could be definitely fun, even better against another couple of Djs! There are so many duos…fun is what’s important, so we’d probably choose our bros Belzebass.
Q: How do you think that EDM has changed since you started in the industry?
Pelussje: It definitely changed a lot! When we started this adventure, back in 2008, there was much less competition, and everything was way more simple. Now everybody wants to be a DJ, a superstar, and lives this whole world as a challenge. Music, unfortunately, has become a marginal detail, years ago it was not like that.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of 2014?
Pelussje: First of all we’re focusing on our next North & South America tour starting at the end of March for 3 months, in the mean time we’re experimenting on tons of new music and working on several interesting collabs.
Q:What’s your favorite part of touring and is there anywhere you still want to perform?
Pelussje: The best part of touring is definitely being always together, we’re a couple so every time we travel it’s like a honeymoon! We never performed in Australia so going there would be awesome…even if there’s a lot of insanely creepy animals!
Q:With the increasingly electronic influence recently, where do you see music as a whole going in the next five years?
Pelussje: Music is evolving, nowadays it’s just happening faster. Technology is a big part of the game now, in the past music was made of ‘real’ instruments, and now most of the records are made of electronic instruments, so I think this evolution is natural and kinda obvious. I don’t think the real instruments will disappear, but the electronic aspect is surely here to stay.
Q: Would you ever create entrance music for a luchador and if so, who would be your top choice?
Pelussje: Well, we’re already working on an entrance music for a famous luchador, but we’d like to keep everything secret…it’s a surprise!
Q: How did the two of you decide to form the band and come up with the name Pelussje?
Pelussje: We started making music as a live band, becoming a DJ duo was just the natural evolution of what we felt in that moment. We’ve always had a great feeling behind the decks, so from the very first time we knew that was our path.
The name Pelussje has a foggy story behind it, but it basically born when we were trying to create a word both strong and tender, as it’s the mash-up of ‘pelear’ (to fight in spanish) and ‘je’ which is a suffix that means little in dutch.
So we ask you where in the world can you find such diverse acts as Queen, Skrillex, and Miley Cyrus hanging together? Why, in PELUSSJE’s long anticipated video for Carol Williams “Love Is You (PELUSSJE Remix)”, out now on ULTRA Music, of course! Let me say there is nothing we don’t love about this video!
(PCM) Recently, the highly anticipated Bury The Hatchet tour featuring Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate along with openers Chelsea Grin and Survive This exploded into the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
It has been quite a long time since I have seen so many excited fans waiting to get into a show at The Factory, the line was seriously wrapped around the entire building. Once inside, fans packed both the floor and the balcony of the venue eagerly awaiting a show that many thought would never ever happen.
Over the years there has been a very highly publicized feud between both Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, so fans were completed shocked at the end of the last year when it was announced that the two bands had hung up their issues from the past and were coming together to embark on the Bury The Hatchet Tour.
It was so refreshing to see both the bands and their legions of die-hard fans finally coming together and proving that the power of music without a doubt has the ability to be quite a unifying force.
I had a chance to catch up with Escape The Fate bassist and founding member Max Green. We were able to discuss the tour, how he is dealing with sobriety on the road, and what is next on the horizon for the band.
The crowd was a bundle of energy and once Escape The Fate took to the stage, the fans just exploded. The bands nearly hour long set included fan favorites such as “Ungrateful”, “Picture Perfect” and ”Gorgeous Nightmare” along with my personal favorites “One For The Money” and “This War Is Ours”.
If we thought the crowd was energetic for Escape The Fate, they really went wild once Falling In Reverse took to the stage. The band rocked right out the gate with songs such as “Rolling Stone”, “I’m Not A Vampire” and “Fashionably Late”. It was especially fun to hear the band’s current single “Bad Girls Club” in the live setting.
For an encore the moment that fans were waiting for, finally arrived. Falling in Reverse were joined on stage by Escape the Fate to perform “Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliche” and “Situations”. Front men for both band’s, Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbitt, did a fantastic job trading off vocals and proving to everyone in attendance that they have indeed buried the hatchet once and for all.
(PCM) It was an epic way to start the 2014 concert season by catching Stone Sour, Pop Evil and Stolen Babies play to a completely sold-out crowd at TLA in Philadelphia, PA. This show was sold-out for good reason, as both Stone Sour and Pop Evil are two of the most hard-hitting and talented rock bands gracing the rock n’ roll landscape these days. Add in the artistic flair of Stolen Babies and you are provided with a monumental evening of pure unadulterated rock n’ roll.
LA-based artistic and experimental rockers Stolen Babies opened the show and provided those in attendance with quite a visual treat. It is not everyday that you witness vocalist Dominique Persi rocking out with an accordion, or anyone rocking out with an accordion for that matter, and the audience appeared to be quite mesmerized by the antics taking place on the stage.
Stolen Babies are still currently touring behind their album “Naught” and if you have a chance I strongly encourage you to get to the show early and check this band out. We had a chance to catch up with Stolen Babies Dominique Persi after their set (please forgive the Stone Sour encore playing the background). You can view the full interview below:
When Pop Evil blazed their way onto the stage, all eyes were hooked on vocalist Leigh Kakaty as the band launched into their hit single “Deal With The Devil”. Kakaty has an almost hypnotic presence on the stage and he along with the rest of the band made up of guitarist Nick Fueling, bassist Matt DiRito, guitarist Dave Grahs, and drummer Chachi Riot run enough raw adrenaline through the stage the shake-up the crowd at their core.
The boys in Pop Evil truly know how to commandeer the stage. This is not the type of band who comes out there and stands in one spot just playing the songs, these guys are running all over the stage and engaging with the crowd. Matt DiRito is an absolute beast with his bass, swinging it in all directions while head-banging his way all over the stage and drummer Chachi Riot is without a doubt one of the most energetic drummers I have ever had the chance to witness. There is no sitting idly behind the drum kit for this guy. He is standing up, jumping around, and banging on those drums as if his life depended on it….truly a sight to behold.
Pair up the band’s incredible instrumentation with Kakaty’s amazing voice and this band is just unstoppable. Pop Evil is currently touring behind their third album “Onyx” and are certainly more than geared up for whatever 2014 will bring their way. We had a chance to catch up with Pop Evil drummer Chachi Riot prior to the show, you can view the full interview below:
The moment finally arrived when Stone Sour hit the stage and the crowd went absolutely wild. The band opened up with the title track from their recently released two-disc concept album “The House Of Gold and Bones Pt’s 1 and 2″ and held the audience at full attention throughout their entire set. Stone Sour vocalist, Corey Taylor is one of the most captivating and engaging front-men in the business today. He has the voice of both an angel and a demon combined together to create the perfect package. Taylor is able to flawlessly channel raw aggression and heart-wrenching melodies crafting a performance style that is one hundred percent his own.
The band performed a solid set of both new material and fan favorites including a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Heading Out to the Highway” to close out the show. There were times with I believe that the crowd was actually singing along louder than Taylor during certain parts of the show. I certainly had a great time belting out my personal favorites such as “RU486″, “Inhale”, “30/30-150″, and “Absolute Zero” to name a few. Several times throughout the night Taylor looked completely humbled by the amount of love and adoration that was coming back at him from the crowd. Stone Sour have a way about them that make you fall in love with the band over and over again despite the amount of times you may or may not have seen them live.
Stone Sour provide a breath of fresh air to the musical landscape and certainly put on quite a memorable performance. Do yourself a favor and definitely check out this tour, as I promise it will not disappoint.
(PCM) It was such an amazing honor to speak with legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde about his upcoming solo acoustic tour of Canada aptly titled “An Evening With Zakk Wylde” which will kick-off on February 13th in Vancouver and wrap up twelve shows later in Montreal and Black Label Society’s upcoming appearance at the high-anticipated Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH this May.
Zakk spoke a bit about his upcoming appearance tomorrow night (Friday, 1/17 at 8pm) at the New York City Apple Store in SOHO, during which Zakk will partake in a discussion Q&A with fans, as well as perform a short set.
We also got some inside scoop about what we can expect from the new Black Label Society album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” set for release on April 8th. Zakk was an absolute pleasure speak with…this man is hilarious! We compared writer’s block to baseball and I think he may have even created a new word with “sexicity”, hopefully when we run into him and BLS at Rock On The Range, he will correct me, if I heard that one wrong!
You can read the full interview below:
Q: Happy belated Birthday! Did you do anything fun to celebrate?
ZAKK WYLDE: Yes! My wife brought me out for some chow, had a couple friends together, had an amazing steak…then went home and pretty much just passed out! I couldn’t move when we went back to the hotel. (laughs) I said, let’s just tell everyone we had sex and just wait till the morning because I can’t move!
Q: Well, that’s the best way to celebrate the morning after your birthday!
ZW: We had a night of romance planned for the rest of the evening, but I was like ‘I don’t think its’ going to happen because I can’t move!” (laughs)
Q: You have your upcoming appearance at the Apple Store in SOHO tomorrow night. What can fans be expecting from that? I hear it has a VH1 Storytellers type of vibe?
ZW: I am going to jam and stuff like that and then we are going to exhibit the Black Label Society fall fashion line featuring men’s lingerie. I’m looking forward to that! I shaved my legs and I am feeling confident.
Q: That’s exciting! What types of products are in that line? I’m very curious to know (laughs)
ZW: (laughs) It’s just great! It’s all about just bringing people together!
Q: Absolutely! So, we have just received the news earlier this morning about the epic Rock On The Range 2014 line-up and of course Black Label Society will be performing. How do you feel about the summer festival season?
ZW: It’s awesome whenever we are on any of these bills and it’s always killer. You have a bunch of ass-kicking people and Black Label family and since doing these festivals with Ozzy over 25 years ago, you have so many friends in other bands that it’s like one gigantic high-school reunion. You are able to hook up with people and just see how they’ve been and stuff like that, so it’s just win/win across the board.
Q: I hear they are a lot like rock n’ roll summer camp.
ZW: Yeah, pretty much. I mean you get to everybody and it’s always a good time.
Q: Are there any details you can share with us about the upcoming studio album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” due out on April 8th? Can you tell me what the mind-set has been like in the studio, as it has been a little while for you guys?
ZW: Well, now that they have given me a date…April 8th…now I have a date to shoot for, so I have to start writing as soon as I get back to the house. Let’s see…Sunday, I will be back so I have to start writing for this album, but aside from that we have everything else set up and we have an album title, so we should be good (laughs)
Q: (laughs) That’s good! So how much is done?
ZW: (laughs) The album’s title will be like ‘ Better Get To Work…running out of time…you only have a week left” or “The Record Company Called Again”! Pretty much like all the other Black Label Society records, I don’t sit around stock piling riffs over the last four years and go ‘okay, now we’re ready to write this record’, because if that was the case than…it’s the case with any band…what you wrote four years ago, like with “Order Of The Black” I’m already on to other things. When we got done with the Gigantour and I was home and I’m sitting there with Barb and I’m like “when are the fellows coming out here’ and she said ‘they’ll be here in about 25 days’ and I was like “alright! So that means I have 25 days to write a record’, I better get to work. Pretty much, that’s how it goes. I’ll start out just jamming on riffs everyday and then just keep digging until you get something you like.
I just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and then the guys get out here and while they are here for about two weeks we start jamming on all the stuff I’ve written up until then. I might wake in the morning sometime and hear some Barry Manilow tune on the radio that inspires me somehow and I’ll have another tune ready to go and then we will track that one.
Q: I was going to ask how you keep things fresh over the years because you have definitely shown us a lot of sides to the band. I mean, it’s still heavy but there has definitely been some mellower stuff along the way as well.
ZW: Yeah, that’s the whole thing. That morning, it depends on what side of the bed you woke up on. If you hear something on the radio that inspires you or you just pick up the guitar and start jamming a riff or whatever and say ‘this could be cool’ and other days you get nothing. The keys is to keep digging and digging, I mean the first single “My Dying Time”, we had that the whole time, music recorded, but when I was singing over it, it was nothing I was happy with melody wise …nobody was…so we just posted up a couple of different ways that I could finish it, until it was right near the end of the record.
We were going to get ready to start mastering on a Monday and I came up with the vocal line for that one and another song “Shades of Gray”, probably two days before we were going to go in for mastering.
Q: What are some ways that you battle writer’s block?
ZW: It’s not so much writer’s block as it’s you’re just not happy with what you are coming up with…it’s not a matter that you can’t come up with something, it’s that you are coming up with something and you are like ‘yeah, I’m not really digging on that’. It is just like with sports teams who are in a slump if they are losing. The only way out of it is that you just have to keep playing. If you’re looking at baseball and you get a walk that might just trigger the whole thing. Someone gets on base and that just triggers the whole mindset and the next thing you know someone is taking a base hit and then you are hitting again. I think its’ a matter of that!
Q: You have the upcoming “An Evening With Zakk Wylde” acoustic tour coming up in Canada this February. Does performing acoustically breathe new life into some of your older songs?
ZW: No, I just love doing the mellow stuff. I mean, as much as I love listening to “Black Dog” I also love it when Zeppelin does “Going To California” equally. I love both side of it so when we do these storyteller events, it’s more like storytellers on steroids gone wrong (laughs) I have just as much of a good time doing that as I do when we are knocking out heavy sets with the ‘walls of doom’ and all that.
Q: With all of your accolades and talent, how do you remain grounded?
ZW: I don’t know about that! Put it this way…if we were going to do a reality show about Black Label Society out on the road and having a good time acting out the Animal House years and drinking booze, that is when the comedy was really flying about and out on the road is where the comedy really happens. Right now, I am usually the first one down, crawl into my bunk with a book and then pass out. I am usually the first one up making for Valhalla Java the fellows and then I start running scales on the guitar and then I might write something on the acoustic and there is really no drama. Let me put it this way, the only drama we have going on now is the bingo hall in the front lounge, there’s shuffleboard in the hallway…(laughs) You know there’s who might have a heart attack from taking too much geritol! It’s pretty funny!
Q: What do you continue to love the most about being on the road?
ZW: Definitely performing and everything like that…I have buddies who are just like I got really tired of touring, I just can’t stand being the hotel room, and just couldn’t take it anymore, but I love touring..just as much as I did when I started with Ozzy over 25 years ago. I love the whole process of making records, and to me, I just love it all still. None of it has gotten old and I get just as much joy out of making the records, as I did when we first recorded “Miracle Man” with Ozzy and I wrote it. To me, it kicks as much ass now as it did back then so, like you said, I am beyond blessed I get to do what I get to do.
Q: Fantastic! It was great speaking with you! Thanks so much for your time
ZW: No problem! Hopefully we will see you out there on the road to attend a Black Label mass. It’s a lot of sexicity and joy!
Q I can’t wait!
ZW: Well, we’ll definitely try to bring the joy to the table, the sexiticy..I’m not so sure about, but we definitely hope there will be some joy. (laughs)
(PCM) I was super excited to receive this news today! Rockers Emmure are readying their next album release. The band is still hot off this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival and recent tour with Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, and All That Remans. Their sixth full length album for Victory Records is planned for a Spring 2014 release.
In case you missed our interview with Emmure vocalist Frankie Palmeri while out at this summers Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, you can check it out again below! Frankie talks to us about touring, the direction of the new album and more!
(PCM) Words can not even express how truly honored we were to be able to sit down and chat with legendary musician Billy Squier at this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013. The festival was held in the gorgeous festival grounds inside New Orleans historic City Park and made for an absolutely incredible weekend of music, art, and culture.
Squiers’ performance at this year’s festival had to be one of the most brave, as he took the stage armed only with his guitar and put on one of the weekends most raw, exposing and hypnotic performances of the entire weekend.
Squier had his work cut out for him with a set time that put him on stage up against performance from both Nine Inch Nails and Afrojack on nearby stages, but he did more than hold his own, he absolutely owned the stage and the crowd as well! It was a brilliant performance that left shivers down my spine.
In our interview we discuss the festival environment, his thoughts on the current state of the music industry, social media commentary, his take on Eminem’s use of his hit single “The Stroke” and more! You can view the interview below:
(PCM) We were recently able to catch up with artist Maxim of The Prodigy and his incredibly MC Cianna Blaze at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013.
Maxim provided the Voodoo attendees with a fantastic DJ set that was both hypnotic and high-energy. We found it very hard to take our eyes off the stage. Yes, there was even twerking!
You can view our chat below where we discuss how he enjoyed playing HARD’s Day of the Dead festival with Skillex in LA, his expectations from Voodoo fest, and how progress is coming along on his solo U.S. DJ debut.
The Prodigy’s Maxim, Liam Howlett, and Keith Flint are also currently in the studio working on a new album that is set for a release sometime in 2014.
(PCM) Kristyn Clarke caught up with pop-rock duo Matt and Kim while out at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013 which took place in the new festival grounds within the gorgeous City Park in New Orleans, LA.
Matt and Kim have to be some of nicest and most genuine artists that we have had the privilege to catch up with and we certainly look forward to what is next on the horizon for the pair.
The band are currently promoting their latest album release “Lightning” and the current single “It’s Alright” is picking up heavy rotation at radio across the country.
(PCM) There are times when I just get that feeling about a band, one that says these guys are really going to take off and a certainly poised to be a household name, and that is the feeling I get when I see/hear Kodaline.
The band is currently in the midst of their first ever U.S. headlining tour and are already selling out venues across the nation. I had a chance to check out the band at their recently sold-out show at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia,PA and was absolutely blown away by the evenings performance was utterly fantastic.
Kodaline define the way I look at music, which is that it is a universal language that we can all speak and understand and it is overall a very emotional experience. The songs from this band can be both uplifting, as well as, bring you to tears which encompasses the entire spectrum of human emotion…certainly no easy feat, however Kodaline manage to pull it off with great finesse.
I had a chance to catch up with Kodaline’s Steve Garrigan prior to the band’s performance to discuss the headlining tour, the band’s music, their incredible music videos and what’s in-store for the rest of 2013. Check it out below:
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