A Candid Conversation With Producer Tom Chandler

By Andrew Bansal

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The Los Angeles hard rock/heavy metal community has all kinds of characters, but only a few have the midas touch. Producer Tom Chandler is one such person, as is evident from the results he has achieved with every band he has worked with, be it Legal Tender, Diamond Lane or Desecrate. Having developed a genuine admiration for these three great local bands, it was only a matter of time before I reached the man behind the console. Last Friday, I sat down with Tom Chandler over some delicious food at Thai Patio in Hollywood and had a detailed and candid conversation with him about production, the LA scene and more. Enjoy it below, and come check out Diamond Lane and Desecrate at their next local gig at the Troubadour on March 21st, and Legal Tender at Loaded Hollywood on March 28th. Continue reading

Building The Temple Of Rock: In Conversation With Michael Schenker

By Andrew Bansal

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Having contributed a great deal to the world of classic hard rock through the past four decades with his efforts in UFO, Scorpions, MSG and other projects, guitar legend Michael Schenker has been working under the moniker Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock for the past few years, with Doogie White (vocals), Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards), and his old Scorpions band mates Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums). The quintet is all set to release a new album called ‘Spirit On A Mission’ on March 20th in Europe and on March 24th in the US via In-Akustik, and will tour the States immediately after. This album comes as a follow-up to the stellar late 2013/early 2014 release ‘Bridge The Gap’, and sees Michael Schenker in fine form. A few weeks ago, I spoke to him in detail about this band, the new album and lots more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Bringing Attitude Back Into Rock: An Interview With Barb Wire Dolls

By Andrew Bansal

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Originating from Crete, Greece but calling Los Angeles home for the best part of the last five years, Barb Wire Dolls have emerged as the new voice of real punk rock, displaying a strong element of attitude that goes hand in hand with any compelling representation of the genre. After playing hundreds of shows all over the world and frequenting the Los Angeles/Orange Country club circuit, Barb Wire Dolls have returned to the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for a month-long takeover of the Whisky-A-Go-Go this March. Playing shows that are open to attendees of all ages and free of cost to anyone aged 21 and over every Monday night, Barb Wire Dolls have already proved in the first two weeks that they have what it takes to conquer the city’s cutthroat scene. Last night, on March 9th, I sat down with the band’s founders, singer Isis Queen and guitarist Pyn Doll, for an interview a few hours before they took the stage for a performance that trumped that of the first week and attracted a larger turnout at the club. Enjoy the conversation below and if you reside in or anywhere near LA, do yourselves a service and see one or both of Barb Wire Dolls’ remaining Whisky shows. Continue reading

Joey Vera Talks About New Band Motor Sister

By Andrew Bansal

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Motor Sister is a brand new Los Angeles-based rock ‘n roll ensemble that comprises Scott Ian (guitar), Joey Vera (bass), John Tempesta (drums) and Pearl Aday (vocals), along with frontman Jim Wilson on guitar and vocals, whose old band Mother Superior is the music this new group is bringing back to life. Motor Sister first performed together as a one-off for Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party, but then recorded a whole album called ‘Ride’, full of Mother Superior songs and slated to release via Metal Blade Records on March 10th. They have also announced a select few live shows to present the band and its music on stage, including a gig at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on March 11th. Last week, I spoke to Joey Vera about Motor Sister. Enjoy the conversation below and check out our ticket giveaway for the LA show at the bottom of the post. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With Desecrate

By Andrew Bansal

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Los Angeles-based progressive thrash metal quartet Desecrate have been in existence for longer than most people in the scene realize. Aside from utilizing their natural abilities to write compelling heavy music, the band has worked tirelessly to stay together and stay relevant. Veterans of the local club circuit, Desecrate are preparing to play at the Troubadour on Saturday March 21st along with Diamond Lane, Delta Rose, BrainDead, Future Villains and The Sahns, for a show put together by Lara Gladstone. For Desecrate, the show marks the release of their long-awaited and well thought-out third full-length album ‘Of Death And Damnation’. Last week, I sat down with Nick Simile (vocals/guitar) and Chase Becker (guitar) for a detailed chat about all things Desecrate. Enjoy the conversation below and LA folks can purchase tickets here to check them out at the Troubadour. Continue reading

Enslaved Guitarist Discusses New Album ‘In Times’ + More

By Andrew Bansal

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Norwegian progressive metal group Enslaved is constantly on an introspective mission to explore and expand their musicianship, and the latest result of their creative efforts is their thirteenth studio album ‘In Times’, slated for release via Nuclear Blast Records on March 10 2015. A follow-up to the magnificent 2012 release ‘RIITIIR’, the new album comprises six tracks of songwriting brilliance, giving extreme metal a new level of accessibility even to non-fans of the sub-genre, by intertwining its elements with soaring clean melodies. To present material from ‘In Times’ and from their back catalog on stage, Enslaved are about to embark on a North American headline tour with support acts Yob and Ecstatic Vision, and will play a record release show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday March 6th (purchase tickets here). A few weeks ago, I spoke to guitarist and principal songwriter Ivar Bjørnson to discuss the album, among other things. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading