HUNTER VALENTINE: Toronto Indie Band Interview

I had the pleasure of doing an email interview with Toronto, Ontario’s HUNTER VALENTINE and after listening to the great new album, doing the interview was the perfect way to cap off the great songs that I had just listened to. Read the review here…https://alteredfrequencies.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/hunter-valentine-collide-and-conquer/

What/who got you into rock music at first?hunter_valentine_collide_and_conquer

Probably my sister. She is older than me and was going to shows and blasting loud 90’s rock from her stereo. As the younger one, you always sort of follow your older siblings footsteps. Eventually she started asking me for my playlists..

 What styles/types of music did you listen to at first and do you still listen to those types/styles today?
I listen to everything! Punk rock, soul, hip hop, roots music, dance..everything. My musical taste has always been pretty wide ranged.
What bands were you in before this band and do you still hang out with those people/have music from them still?
I only really ever did a solo thing. I had one band before Hunter Valentine. It was with my friend from highschool on drums and we were called, “Trash Before Class”
How did you guys get together?Noname2
I met Laura (the drummer) at a bar that I snuck into when I was 17. Her and I have been playing together ever since then and we have had different variations of the band lineup for the last 8 years.
What kind of jobs do you guys have?
Touring is pretty much our only job.
Who does the writing of the music/lyrics?
I write the lyrics and the band writes the music as a collective
What kind of process is it?Noname6
The process is always different. Sometimes I will bring in a full song and the band will arrange it together, sometimes Laura will or there are occasions when a song is created from the band just jamming out a riff or drumbeat.
How long are your tours?
They are always different. Usually around a month or so..
Do you play a lot of shows?
Yes. Almost 200 a year.
Who have you played with?
Cyndi Lauper, Sum 41, Sam Roberts, Sick of Sarah, Vanity Theft, Social Code, Dragonette, Ace of bass. Carol Pope, I am Dynamite, Hollerado, Hey Rosetta, The Cliks, MEN,
Farthest shows from home?523173_10151286360732562_214070793_n
Japan
Best show that you’ve played?
Probably Seattle with Sum 41
How often do you get together to practice/write new songs?
We are always on the road, so there isn’t much time right now for practicing.
Do you play any covers in the show?
Not right now.
Favorite song to play?
The 90210 theme song
Least favorite song to play?Noname3
Don’t have one.
Any bad attitudes/reactions from so-called fans?
Fans get upset when there are lineup changes. It’s understandable, but there have been some people who have been overly angry here and there about that sort of thing.
Favorite beer/least favorite beer?
Fat Tire is a fave. Least favorite is PBR
How long did the recording of the cd take?Noname1
It took about 3 months
Any stories about the making of it?
At one point at the end of recording when we were almost finished the record, the producer lost both hard drives with the whole album on it. We eventually found it, but it was quite a scare.
Any more new releases coming out in the future?
No, we just released an album, so we will be working on promoting that for the time being.
What is available now and where can we get it?Noname5
You can get all 3 of our records on iTunes.
1. The Impatient Romantic
2. Lesson’s from the Late Night
3. Collide and Conquer
Any shirts/pins/patches available?
Yes, you can go to www.huntervalentine.com for all merchandise
Anyone in another band?
The guitar player is in an 80’s cover band called, “Vag Halen”
Where do you see the band going in the future?
Up up up
Anyone vegetarian/vegan?
The bass player is a vegetarian
Any causes you’re into?Noname4
The fight for equality and MS awareness.
Any funny or strange stories from your last tour?
On the last tour with Sum 41, I fell asleep first and ended up getting taped to the bed without waking up!
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KAOTIK: Old school death metal from Quebec City

 

I had the great pleasure to do an interview with Alexis on bass guitar in Quebec’s KAOTIK, a death metal band that has been around since the end of 2007. They have two releases out and the newest was reviewed here https://alteredfrequencies.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/kaotik-starving-death-cd/ so you should go out and grab a copy.

 http://www.facebook.com/KAOTIKMETAL   http://www.kaotikmetal.com/ http://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope  http://www.massacre-records.com/

What/who got you into metal at first?

As far as I’m concerned, I first got into punk music when I was still a boy. After some time somebody introduced me to heavier stuff like Slayer. It went on from there, with classics like Maiden and Priest.

What styles/types of metal did you listen to at first and do you still listen to those types/styles today?

I would say mostly thrash metal. I didn’t discover death metal yet, and I was quite never into black metal, so you could say that thrash is what started it all for me. Bands like Slayer, Megedeth, early Metallica, Kreator, Sodom.. those guys were there from the start!

What bands were you in before this and do you still hang out with those people/have music from them still?

I’ve been in a few bands in my teenage years, before I joined Kaotik in 2009. There was a hard-rock band called Jackhammer, a blues-rock-garage cover band called The Smokin’ Suns, an all-Iron Maiden cover band called TailGunners (we did over 35 Maiden songs back then!!), and a heavy power metal band called Tales of Destiny. Tales released an album called Reign of the Eclipse, you can check that out online!jeff

How did you guys get together?

We all kinda known each other, because we all come from the same area near Quebec City. Fred and Sam had the idea of starting a band when they met at a Helloween/Gamma Ray gig in Quebec. Actually we were all there that night. I guess it is where it all began.

What kind of jobs do you guys have?

Well, Sam is working in a human resources department in a food company (he’s our office guy..!). Jeff, Fred and PL are in construction business. Jeff is in a workshop that produces doors and windows, Fred is a drywall finisher (drywall taper), and PL is an electrician. As for myself I am studying jazz music at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Who does the writing of the music/lyrics?

Everybody give their ideas, but most of the music is produced by Fred, and most of the lyrics are written by PL and/or myself.

What kind of process is it?

Most of the time, Fred comes up with an idea (or many, many ideas..) and we work it together, modifying it and adapting it to other riffs. We work out a song structure until we are satisfied with the result. After that we do a low-quality record of it, so that PL or me can bring it home and work on some lyrics.alexis

What kind of lyrics do you guys mostly write about and why?

We write mostly about life after death, human insanity, creatures from beyond, and war. Those are the subjects that we like and that’s all there is about it !

How long are your tours?

We never really toured! We are really looking forward to it though.

Do you play a lot of shows?

We did play a lot in the area of Quebec City. We also played in Montreal, Rimouski, Lac-au-Saumon..

Who have you played with?

Many different bands from Quebec and/or Canada ! Herode, Aggressor, Hanker, Kataklysm, Undead Process, Morgue, Goutch de Chèvre.. We played in Quebec Metal Fest X in 2011 with a lot of great bands like Cauldron, Piledriver, Psycho, Sapremia, Fuck the Facts, Mesrine, Diffamation, Sick, Saccage, Ni Pity, Outre-Tombe, Unhuman…

Farthest shows from home?

Montreal, Lac-au-Saumon.pl

Best show that you’ve played?

Hard question! Must have been at our album release party in Quebec City, with a great death metal band called Sick! Check them out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sick/55928534369?sk=wall

How often do you get together to practice/write new songs?

2 times a week. 1 night of writing/jamming new stuff and 1 night of rehearsing.

Do you play any covers in the show?

We used to, but not anymore. Back then we did Out of the Body from Pestilence and Solid State from Obituary. We also did Isolated from Morgoth, but never played it live.

Favorite song to play?

From the album Starving Death, I would say that Creature or Inbreeding are my favourites… But I have to say that our new songs are pretty kick-ass and funnier to play! Better check out our next album!fred

Least favorite song to play?

None.

Any violence/bad attitudes from so-called fans?

Violence and bad(ass) attitude in the moshpit is what we get all the time live. Beside that, not that I can recall.

Favorite beer/least favorite beer?

Do you know the brewery Unibroue? They make a lot of awesome beers like ‘Maudite’, ‘Fin du Monde’, ‘Blanche de Chambly’.. Those are my favourites. I also enjoy Guinness, Kilkenny, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Black Label, Moosehead… And Bombay Saphhire Gin of course….

How long did the recording of the CD take?

About 40 hours if my memory is correct.

Any stories about the making of it?

Jeff, our drummer, was really fucking sick because of the cats that were in Franky’s house (our engineer and sound technician). We had to get the cats out to record the drums, but it really was a pain in the ass for Jeff.sam

Stories about the songs on your CD?

They all have their little stories… Some of the titles were changed in the progress, songs were modified, ect…

Any more new releases coming out in the future?

Sure! We are now working of some new stuff. Actually the writing process for our second album is almost completed and we are really looking forward to hit the studio once again!!

What is available now and where can we get it?

Via Massacre Records, eBay and via iTunes: Our debut album STARVING DEATH
or Directly on http://www.kaotikmetal.com

Any shirts/pins/patches available?

Yep, just hit http://www.kaotikmetal.com  to check out our merch!

Anyone in another band?

Fred is the leader of the thrash metal band Outre Tombe! Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outre-Tombe/218914374800803

Releases of the other bands?

Outre-Tombe EP – ‘Demo 2012’

Where do you see the band going in the future?

Always do what we like best: groovy death metal with an old-school feel.
If possible, tour Europe and the U.S.
And of course, release some more heavy records to spread our name on the planet.

Anyone vegetarian/vegan?

Nope.bandPicC

Any causes you’re into?

Nope.

Any funny or strange stories from your last tour?

On our way to a festival in Halifax (a 13 hours ride from Quebec, which we never did in the end), we did a barrel roll with our van in a fucking blizzard. Nobody was injured during the experience though.. plus the van works just fine and the gear is top-notch!

Thank you !picBand

LED ASTRAY: Eastern German Death Metal

64883_459420867446944_1091370722_nI was privileged to get the chance to do an interview with Germany’s LED ASTRAY. They’ve been around since 2006, released their debut album, One Million Bullets, in 2008 and now have released their sophomore album Decades Of Addiction. This is one intense blend of death metal mixed with hardcore that will leave you moshing up a storm. Thanks to the band for their time.

 

Check out the review I did…https://alteredfrequencies.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/led-astray-decades-of-addiction-cd/ and check them out at http://www.facebook.com/Led.Astray.Bautzen   http://ledastray.eu/

What/who got you into metal at first?
This is a very difficult question. All of us got other stories for that. But the main reason is that our fathers are great heavy rock fans and so we were listening to bands like LED ZEPPELIN and VAN HALEN when we were very young.

What styles/types of metal did you listen to at first and do you still
listen to those types/styles today?
We all started with Bands like SEPULTURA and SIX FEET UNDER. They are still great Bands, but it’s not the kind of music i prefer listening and playing. All is getting heavier and we listen to more technical stuff now.

What bands were you in before this and do you still hang out with those
people/have music from them still?
Max was in a few projects and he is still in friendship with the guys. The rest of us got before a band called “Fire reflects in Ashes” and the members who left are still friends of us.

How did you guys get together?
Manuel and Gabriel were the first who met. They came together of the same friend circle. Then they started to get the other Parts for a Band and ask people and the web and so they found the rest of LED ASTRAY.522190_406738559381842_1692534486_n

What kind of jobs do you guys have?
Max, Nico and Felix are students, Gabriel is a designer, Manuel and Martin are in the food industry.

Who does the writing of the music/lyrics?
The most Ideas for Riffs are from Manuel. If he got a Construction for a Song he brings it to the rehearsal space and then we all make it to a song. The Lyrics come from our Vocalists Felix and Martin.

What kind of process is it?
Like i told, Manuel does the main-riff-construct and the rest of the band helps to make that to a real ass kicking song.

What kind of lyrics do you guys mostly write about and why?
We write about the shit in the world, which we see all the time. We want to tell people what the world is made of and why we see it so. We don’t like lyrics about senseless stuff.

How long are your tours?
Till now we didn’t make any tour. We plan a 3 week tour for 2014.525827_406738912715140_1826296110_n

Do you play a lot of shows?
Yes we do. We got space for more shows but actually it is good how it works. We play like 50 shows a year.

Who have you played with?
I think the greatest Bands we played with are Six feet under, Maroon, All shall perish, Hatesphere and Final Prayer.

How is the German metal scene?
Very intense. You got a real metal scene from hardcore kids (which like metal too) to real metalheads.

Any problems touring in Europe?
We did plan a 2 weeks tour for Romania. One week before it was canceled from the booker after I asked for some last information. That was kind of crap. I hope 2014 would be better.67193_406738859381812_641998902_n

Any big differences in the metal scene in other countries that affect
your band?
No not really. In Czech Republic and in Poland they are crazy as in Germany and are very nice to bands too. I think the scene isn’t very different in other countries.

Farthest shows from home?
The farthest show was at the French border in Lahr. It’s about 900 km one route.

Best show that you’ve played?
Uh, that’s a really hard question. I (Gabriel) think it was the Six Feet Under show in the end 2k12. This show was very wild and we all got a lot of fun. But we like to play, so we love every show.

How often do you get together to practice/write new songs?
Manule and Max are meeting each other once a week. The whole Band is practicing 2 times in a month.

Do you play any covers in the show?
We played some Songs in the beginnings. But now we don’t cover any songs.

Favorite song to play? Least favorite song to play?
If you mean our Songs, than there is no favorite in it. I like to play all of our songs because every song got his own favorite parts.

Any violence/bad attitudes from so-called fans?
In Germany u got a lot of Mosh-Kids. It’s okay for us, if they respect the other people and don’t wanna hurt somebody. Everybody should party like he wants.

Favorite beer/least favorite beer?
Ha-ha, Manuel and I are drinking only beer in green bottles. I do not know what does the rest, but i love Carlsberg.

How long did the recording of the cd take?
The recordings take 5 Weekends. That was okay. But the mixing and mastering take 5 months. That was a very bad time for us.

Any stories about the making of it?
It was more hard work than fun. I mean we are all joking and stuff but we know how important studio is for us and so it was really hard work.548326_406738692715162_1968400568_n

Stories about the songs on your cd?
Every song is a story. In “Story of a Modern Gladiator” we talk about soldiers, in “Demon” we talk about the inner dark sites, in “Rise of an Angel” we talk about a girl who get raped. We talk about the dark stories of the life.

Any more new releases coming out in the future?
Our plan is to go into studio for a new LP in december 2k13.

What is available now and where can we get it?
You can get our second Studio LP Decades of Addiction on Amazon, Itunes, Spotify or from us. Merch and stuff u can get from us too.

Any shirts/pins/patches available?
A lot of shirts. I think we got about 5-6 designs and colours. There is for every taste a shirt.

Anyone in another band?
Max still got one project but the rest only play for LED ASTRAY.

Releases of the other bands?
Nope, there was no release.564889_416031831785848_706343987_n

Where do you see the band going in the future?
Our goal is to play on the with full force festival. But i think the most important thing is that we play shows. create new records and play tours. That’s what we like and what we can.

Anyone vegetarian/vegan?
I am vegetarian. The only one in the band.

Any causes you’re into?
Yes. We hate all types of discrimination – especially racism.

Any funny or strange stories from your last tour? 
Ask in 2k14 and we will tell u a lot of funny stories

BORN WRONG: Canadian Punk Rock That Kicks Ass!

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I had the great pleasure to do an email interview with a great hardcore band from my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Yes, hosers from the Great White North!

I previously reviewed their split single here…http://profanexistence.com/2012/09/28/born-wrong-kleins96-split-10-download/

They are politically motivated and really pissed off at a lot of things like religion, war and people’s apathy about things going on in the world today. They put out their debut split vinyl release with Kleins96 on Rebel Time Records released in 2012, and it’s a great release…go get it!

Check out their websites and their label’s.

http://bornwrong.bandcamp.com/   http://bornw.blogspot.com/   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Born-Wrong/185168258211906   http://www.rebeltimerecords.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=75

Scott
Brandon
John
Matt
Cj

What/who got you into punk at first?

S- not really sure… I was always a weird kid… especially in elementary school…it seemed different from all the regular stuff I was used to hearing/seeing.

J- Refused is who did it for me. They were the first band I heard who didn’t just have songs about love or partying. They opened my eyes to a lot of music, ideas, issues, politics, etc.

What styles/types of punk did you listen to at first and do you still listen to those types/styles today?

S- tonnes of dead kennedys, misfits, propagandhi… pretty popular bands for punk at the time… didn’t really dig to deep until after my first years of highschool. Got into oi for a while in highschool as well. I still listen to some of it.

M – In grade 7 I became enamored with Rancid and spent all my time learning Matt Freeman’s bass parts… then started checking out other bands and branching out from there.

siestaWhat bands were you in before this and do you still hang out with those people/have music from them still?

S- I was in a punk band with some friends when we were 15 called blindfold-carl… I personally never got super serious about a band until this one to be honest.

Brandon – I was in a band called Die Hard Losers that played with blindfold carl a few times. I can remember a backyard show where a drunk Scott stumbled up to me and professed his love. We had no idea our paths would cross again. I was in Vatican chainsaw massacre briefly.

M – too many to list. But about 5 years ago I was in a band called Chicago Gang Wars that played a show with CJ’s old band Slides in Burlington. It’s an oddly vivid memory.

How did you guys get together?

S- Cj and I have been friends since we were 15 or 16… played in one punk/indie style band in high school and probably should have ever since but I took a long break from music until I turned like 20? Brandon was in bands around Hamilton for a while so we knew him from that scene. Fong is Cj’s good buddy’s brother who happens to love punk rock and rip bass. John just joined the band. He’s in another Hamilton hc band called debt’d.

B- I remember hearing about born wrong and checking out their website. I was instantly floored by them and started a punk band to play with them… and then they asked me to fill in on drums, obviously fearing the competition.

M – I hadn’t played in a punk band, or really even listened to punk in a while, but when CJ asked me if I’d be into playing and coming out on tour, it just seemed like a good idea. When I heard the recordings later that night I didn’t have to think twice about joining up.

J- A friend of mine showed me Born Wrong and I listened to it for days. I then went to see them at a house show (coincidentally with Brandon’s other band) and I was in awe. But I believe Kelsey from Snake Charmer, who knew me from Debt’d, referred me to Scott. So when Scott asked me to join, I naturally jumped on the opportunity.

What kind of jobs do you guys have?punchposter

S- believe it or not I work with kids haha. I work at 2 different community centers in Hamilton. One part-time while I’m at school and another every summer where I work at a breakfast club and work at an organic garden. None of the kids are allowed to hear our band. They’ll throw their lives away.

M- I work at a print shop that has a bit of a focus on music… CD duplication, packaging, etc.

J- I work in a warehouse

Who does the writing of the music/lyrics?

S- its somewhat collaborative… Cj and I put together our riffs and I write the lyrics… Brandon writes the drums… john just joined so he’s not allowed to do anything yet and Fong is way to busy eating Gelato.

B- From an outsider’s perspective, the way the two of them put songs together is awesome. Scott writes ridiculous ripping riffs and CJ refines and crafts them while injecting his own twisted riffs into the mix.

What kind of process is it?

S- an excruciating one

What kind of lyrics do you guys mostly write about and why?

S- a mix between politics, personal feelings. I write about politics just because I’m always reading and writing about them and feel strongly about some things. They’re important to the lyrical content but also aren’t exactly

How long are yours tours?

S- Not long enough. Ha-ha. The one tour we’ve done so far was a week and a half in the US and a week in Canada, mostly Quebec. The tour we’re going on in May will be almost three in the US.

montrealshowposterDo you play a lot of shows?

S- We play a whole lot. We’ve been a band for a year we’ve id say we’ve played anywhere from 50-60 shows.

Who have you played with?

S-Always playing shows with our Hamilton friends in Snake Charmer and with a great band out of London called The Syndrome pretty often. When we toured we played with a lot of rad bands. Ancient Filth, Neo Cons, Punch and a whole bunch more

Farthest shows from home?

Washington DC

Best show that you’ve played?

S- my favorite was the show with Neo Cons at death house in Montreal. Also maybe the show we played at the Digby house in Windsor. Steve from Windsor who lives there is one rad dude for real.

B- the neo cons show is definitely up there for me too. Non stop somersaults.

M – yep, the Montreal show.

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How often do you get together to practice/write new songs?

S- weekly… we had to lay off writing for a while because we changed our back line… and then added John. We’re back on track now just demo’d some new stuff.

Do you play any covers in the show?

S- used to play a Cro-Mags cover.

B- I put a stop to that.

Favourite song to play?

S- Heretic a new one.

B- Party Banter

M- I’m pretty stoked about a new one called Holding Cell.

J- No Etiquette

Least favourite song to play?

S- any covers really.

Any bonehead violence/attitudes from so-called fans?

S- not really bonehead stuff… there are always people criticizing any band who says anything political… its usually people who agree with us that oddly enough try to make waves or point fingers.

Favourite beer/least favourite beer?

S- free beer

J- Steamwhistle for sure

How long did the recording of the ep take?

S- the new one took a month or so just because we did it with Mike Fong at MCS studios in Toronto so we’d have to keep going back and forth from Hamilton to Toronto. The split EP took a weekend to do at Boxcar Studios in Hamilton.

Any stories about the making of it?

S- not really both engineers are really rad dudes. Mike Fong and Sean Pearson

Stories about the songs on your ep?

S- I think they speak for themselves… I never really write to cryptic.

How did you pick the songs for that release?

S- ha-ha they were written.

Any more new releases coming out in the future?

S- In April we’ll be releasing a self-titled 7”… really stoked about it.

J- Also featured on a crime themed compilation being put out by Schizophrenic Records

What is available now and where can we get it?

S- There is 10” split with a band from out west called Kleins 96. You can get it from us or order it online from a few sources.

Any shirts/pins/patches available?jersey

M- we have shirts and pins, yeah

Anyone in another band?

B – Fong plays in a band called Blastronaut, John plays in a band called Debt’d and I have another band called Crop Failure.
S- They have to quit all their other bands soon though.

Releases of the other bands?

B- I think we’ve all released tapes and stuff.

M- a Blastronaut EP is coming out in March.
S- that’s what you think

Where do you see the band going in the future?

S- going to the US east coast in May again. Going to be in Ohio for a couple shows… we didn’t go there last year… otherwise it’s the same route just more shows.

Anyone vegetarian / vegan, why or why not?

B- I think Fong is on a strictly gelato diet.

M- I’m vegan, so gelato and cardboard. That’s all we are allowed to eat, right?

Anyone political, why or why not?

S- I always try to support organizations in Hamilton that I have similar politics with. Common Cause, an anarchist group out of Hamilton does a lot of rad work. Check out their publication “Linchpin” if you get a chance. I’m not as involved as I’d like. They’ve got some cool stuff going on though.

Thanks

S- Thanks Rick.

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