3 Bands This Episode complete with interviews.
First, Jeffery McCormack from Q5.
Q5 got started in 1983. It functioned as a kind of ‘supergroup’ of sorts by mixing together members of two popular Seattle bands of the time Frontman Jonathan K and guitarist Floyd D. Rose from “C.O.R.E.” (or “The C.O.R.E.”) joined up with guitarist Rick Pierce, bassist Evan Sheeley, and drummer Gary Thompson from “TKO”. Their first studio album, 1984’s Steel the Light, earned praise from several critics.Q5 may have managed to even sign with the record label Polygram for their 1985 sophomore release, When The Mirror Cracks, but the writing was already on the wall. Personal differences ripped the group apart not long after said release.
The band has featured a melodic hard rock sound incorporating heavy metal influences, with its songs being covered by the likes of Great White and Wolf. Ex-member Floyd Rose himself is also well known as a guitar tremolo system inventor.
Then, we interview Hannes from Kissin’ Dynamite:
The fact that KISSIN’ DYNAMITE don’t do things by halves should be known in the meantime all over the place. After national and international success with STEEL OF SWABIA (2008), ADDICTED TO METAL (2010), MONEY, SEX & POWER (2012) and recently MEGALOMANIA (2014), the young rock band from Baden-Württemberg returns with their 5th studio album GENERATION GOODBYE in summer 2016.
“GENERATION GOODBYE symbolically represents a feeling of longing, breakup and a new start, which frequently is topic in the 11 new songs”, Ande Braun, guitarist of the band, expresses. “And yet it’s actually no concept album“, adds his brother Hannes, singer & songwriter of the quintet.
The songs are as honest and genuine as never before. The reason for this can be found in disengagements and changes in terms of business as well as private aspects of every single one. Thus the band parted with their management in 2014 and since then organized themselves completely self-sufficient.
Furthermore, no external producer was obligated anymore. Instead, one relied on the distinct sound concept of the band, which singer and songwriter Hannes Braun simultaneously put into action as producer on the mixing desk. „We had this vision of keeping full control this time in terms of the sound we exactly wanted. Thereby, we had the freedom to deliver the truest, most authentic and most genuine album for us, totally without any pressure or compulsion from outside”, he remembers. Steffen Haile, bassist of the group, adds: „In the meantime, we cede a minimum of work and so do more and more by ourselves. We think, the more comes from ourselves, the better the end product gets.“ Hence the members spread tasks as songwriting, PR, merchandise, social media etc. internally.
“Of course I use writing lyrics in order to process certain incidents out of my private life, where just recently quite a bit has happened“, reflects lyricist Andi Schnitzer about the lyrics!
Finally, we wrap it up with two guys from Evergrey:
Summing up EVERGREY’s new album ‘The Storm Within’ quick and to the point, the band is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with the strongest album of their career.
While this may come off as music industry lip-service in honour of the Swedish quintet, anyone who has followed EVERGREY will find it impossible not to become completely enthralled by the music on ‘The Storm Within’ within the space of the first listen. The band’s trademark progressive, dark and melancholic elements are as strong as ever, the album ranks as one of the most progressive record they’ve created in terms of performance, but EVERGREY managed to put it in a package that is more accessible and direct compared to any of their nine previous outings. Frontman / founder Tom S. Englund credits EVERGREY’s learning-by-doing over the past two decades for the feel of ‘The Storm Within’, in particular their all-important ‘Hymns For The Broken’ record from 2014, which saw a revitalized EVERGREY line-up return with a new energy.
“We went from having no intention of making an album at all to having all the inspiration in the world on Hymns For The Broken,” says Englund. “But, honestly, we’ve never felt better. The Storm Within is a massive album. There are no fillers on it and we’ve never been about that. I think the inspiration speaks for itself.”