Monday, February 20, 2012
Hey guys, I know that I haven't updated in a while, however, this past week has been insane. We've got some great stuff coming up though! This might even be a good time to hear from all of you. What bands are you interested in hearing more about? Let me know at FPMNfan@gmail.com Thanks for the continued support!
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Saturday, February 11, 2012
While still a relatively new band, Staten Island's own Four Nights Gone is already on their way to making a name for themselves. Citing hard rock bands such as Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle as some of their influences, they combine their own style with that of their inspirations. After working with producer Ethan Bill, they digitally released their debut EP Crash and Burn on January 20th, 2012. I recently spoke with the band's lead guitarist Imran Xhelili about what's going on with him and the rest of the band.
Front Paige Metal News: For people who haven't heard of Four Nights Gone, why don't you introduce the band. How did you guys get your start?
Imran: Hey everyone! So, we're four guys. We have Damian LaRocco (vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Basovisky (bass/backing vocals), and last but not least Steven Romano (drums). So, Damian and Steven had been together from a previous band and found me through some mutual friends. I went to high school with Alex, and when we parted ways with our old bassist he came into the picture. We all had similar tastes in music and similar goals in mind and just connected. From there, everything is history.
FPMN: Who are your biggest influences?
Imran: We all have some various influences but definitely Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Chevelle. There's so much music out there in this digital age that almost anything and everything seeps into our writing.
FPMN: How do you guys describe your style?
Imran: I'd say we're a good mix of hard rock and alternative rock.
FPMN: What are your goals for the band?
Imran: Sign to either an indie or major label, tour, release more material, and get people to hear our music. Playing some bigger shows in NYC at venues like Gramercy Theater and Webster Hall, there's such a thriving scene in the city compared to Staten Island. If we could make a living off playing and touring, that would be our dream.
FPMN: What is coming up next for Four Nights Gone?
Imran: We're working on a music video for "My Last Call". We have a few big shows coming up in NYC, and then we plan to release a single or two and tour this summer.
"My Last Call":
So, what do you think about Four Nights Gone? Comment below! You can also check out the band on their Facebook page here.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
As you may know, Escape The Fate lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt is, in addition to writing new music for ETF, working on a solo album. He just released the first song entitled "Edge of Reality". Check it out!
"Edge of Reality"
What do you guys think of Craig going solo? Personally, I'm really excited to see what else Craig has up his sleeve for the new album. You can stay up-to-date with what's going on with Craig on his FB page here. Also, check out Escape The Fate's FB page for new tour dates!
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Monday, February 6, 2012
Salt Lake City based rock band Royal Bliss has been writing and recording for years now having released a total of eight studio albums including, most recently, Waiting Out The Storm. The band (Neal Middleton- Lead Vocals/ Taylor Richards- Guitar/ Jake Smith- Drums/ Dwayne Crawford- Bass) is currently on tour with Bobaflex. I recently spoke with Neal about the band's new album; here is what he had to say.
Front Paige Metal News: I know that you just released your latest album "Waiting Out The Storm". What kind of reception has it been getting from fans?
Neal: It has been amazing; we broke Top 10 on iTunes release day which was huge for us. The reviews on iTunes have been the best we have had. The support from our fan base has been huge as well, with so many of the band's followers re-posting the release link. So far, we are blown away with the response, and we are extremely happy that the fans feel the same way as us about the record.
FPMN: What was your main inspiration when writing this record? How do you feel this is different from projects that you guys have done in the past?
Neal: It was a rough couple years. We were released from Capitol Records and parted ways with our old managers. They didn't believe in the direction we were going with our songs. It was difficult, but we had to stand up for what we believed in, and we did not want to let down the fans we already had. So, there is a lot of angst against the industry on this record. I also became a father while writing these songs. That changed my life in a major way. Kids seem to have that effect on you. I also dealt with death for really the first time so there was a lot of influence from that, as well. We have lost many friends over the years to drugs and alcohol; either they are dead, or they are walking dead. Also, my family has had to deal with some cancer and other strange illnesses. It puts life in perspective. This record is just a much more mature record. Life has changed us.
FPMN: How has your tour with Bobaflex been going? How has it been performing songs from the new record?
Neal: We love the Bobaflex guys! They are an awesome band and are fun as hell to party with. We both have the same passion for putting on the best show we possibly can. It's killer being on the road with them. Playing the new songs is always a good time. It's always good to see an audience respond and concept to a song they may have never heard or recently grew to love. We worked hard on these songs, and we love to share them.
FPMN: What's coming up next for the band?
Neal: We just plan on touring as much as possible and hope to get on some festivals. We would really like to get overseas, as well. As long as we are able to tour, play music, and pay the bills, we will be happy.
What do you think of the new album? You can download it here. For more info and tour dates, you can check out the band's Facebook page here.
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