Former Gypsyhawk Frontman Eric Harris Introduces New Band Gygax

By Andrew Bansal

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Eric Harris, primarily known of late as the singer and bassist of Los Angeles boogie rock quartet Gypsyhawk, has endured the breakup of that band, taken some time off, moved to Ventura and formed a new band called Gygax, which continues from where Gypsyhawk left off, but in a slightly different, more classic rock vein. Yesterday, I spoke to Eric to get a full introduction on the band for you readers. Enjoy the conversation below, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for Gygax. Continue reading

Nashville Pussy Frontman Blaine Cartwright: “I’m The Bob Dylan Of Raunchy Lyrics”

By Andrew Bansal

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Atlanta GA Southern hard rock stalwarts Nashville Pussy released a compilation called ‘Ten Years Of Pussy’ earlier this year via SPV/Steamhammer, marking a decade on the SPV label and featuring 16 tracks from the last three studio albums, plus a bonus live EP. The masters of unabated rock ‘n roll sleaze, Nashville Pussy are now ready to embark on a US summer headline run with opening act Valient Thorr. I recently spoke to frontman Blaine Cartwright for an expectedly entertaining chat about all things Pussy. Enjoy the conversation below: Continue reading

In Conversation With Venomous Maximus Frontman Gregg Higgins

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Houston, Texas, heavy metal quartet Venomous Maximus began in 2010, released two EPs and a full-length album by 2012, but three years later, have hit creative gold with their sophomore LP ‘Firewalker’, put out by Shadow Kingdom Records last May. The record witnesses the band tastefully progress towards a more accessible yet old-school heavy sound. Currently, Venomous Maximus are out on a three-week North American run with High On Fire, Pallbearer and Lucifer, and played their first show of the tour at the Echoplex in Los Angeles last Friday July 31 2015. After their set, I caught up with vocalist/guitarist Gregg Higgins for a detailed, candid chat on all things Venomous. Enjoy the conversation below along with a taste of the new music, and catch Venomous Maximus on tour this month. Continue reading

Punk Rock Revolutionaries Barb Wire Dolls Discuss Making Of New Album

By Andrew Bansal

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Even in the midst of a long summer residency at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, punk rock trailblazers Barb Wire Dolls, originating from Greece but calling Los Angeles home for the past several years, are busy mixing their new album at NRG Studios in North Hollywood. The songs for this album have been written with a great degree of thought, vision and effort and the process has taken its time, but once ready, Barb Wire Dolls will deliver the goods. They are mixing with Jay Baumgardner, who describes the band ‘fantastic to work with’, and finds their involvement in the mixing process to be in a happy medium between hands-off and micro-management. Last week, I went down to NRG Studios for a chat with vocalist Isis Queen, guitarist Pyn Doll and drummer Krash Doll to talk in detail about the album. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Gus G Talks About Sophomore Solo Album ‘Brand New Revolution’

By Andrew Bansal

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Greek guitar hero Gus G capitalized on down time in the Ozzy Osbourne camp and hiatus with Firewind to launch his solo career, releasing his debut album ‘I Am The Fire’ in 2014 and receiving unanimously positive reactions from listeners worldwide. Now, a little over a year after, Gus G has returned with his second solo effort ‘Brand New Revolution’, presenting an expansion of the guitarist’s musicality and featuring guest vocalists Jeff Scott Soto, Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen). Recorded with the amazing Jay Ruston, the album was released July 24 2015 via Dismantic / EOne in North America and Century Media in Europe, Australia and South America. Last week, I spoke to Gus G to discuss the making of this album, working with Jay Ruston, touring with Marty Friedman, playing in front of guitar players, future plans and more. Enjoy the conversation below:

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