Interview: Great Grief

Formed in 2013, Iceland’s Great Grief have just released their debut “Love, Lust and Greed” on No Sleep records. Mixing elements of hardcore with pure emotion and some blackened elements, the bands sound is quite unique and is bound to gain them even more exposure worldwide. Having earned a reputation for being “Iceland’s hardest working band”, the guys have played over 150 shows in the US, Canada and Iceland since their inception, and have been called the driving force in the Reykjavik hardcore scene. 2014 saw the release of their first outing, EP “Ascending / / Descending”, under their former name Icarus.  Since then, they have been relatively quiet up until announcing both their signing to No Sleep and their debut. I recently had a chance to chat with the band about the name change, some of the lyrical themes on the album, and a handful of other topics, which you can read below. Be sure to give the guys a like on Facebook and purchase “Love, Lust and Greed” from iTunes, Bandcamp, or from No Sleep!

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Interview: Actor|Observer

Photo by Jamie Wallace Photography

Drawing influences from bands such as Underoath, Therefore I Am, and The Receiving End of Sirens post-hardcore band Actor|Observer are out to take the scene by storm by almost effortlessly combining melody with aggression. Recently releasing their No Sleep records debut ‘Pareidolia’ which was produced Gates‘ Kevin Dye, the band played their record release show in their hometown of Boston and are diligently working on setting up some tours for the near future. Vocalist Greg Marquis took the time to discuss a multitude of topics with me, which you can read about below.  Show the guys some love on Facebook, purchase the album off Bandcamp, or if physicals/merch are your thing check out their Merchnow!

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In The Spotlight: Slow Bloom (No Sleep Records) shines on new EP, “Hex Hex Hex”

Containing members of State Faults and Strike To Survive, California alt-noise rock band Slow Bloom should not go unnoticed with their newest EP, Hex Hex Hex. Released in January on No Sleep Records, the 5-track album showcases a unique and highly engaging noise-rock sound that’s also steeped in classic alternative rock influences like Dinosaur Jr, Drive Like Jehu, and plenty more. In other words, it’s really fucking good and comes highly recommended by us. The best part is that the EP adds plenty of new influences while not being too dissimilar to State Faults and Strike To Survive, so it provides a nice sort of jumping-off point.

Stream the whole EP below, and if you like what you hear (you will), go see the band finish out their West Coast tour. Dates below.

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Interview: Kieren Alder (WSTR)

The pop-punk scene is seemingly more crowded than ever before with bands trying to hit a metaphorical “home run”. Liverpool-based WSTR is clearly on the path to that aforementioned success, releasing a successful debut EP in 2015, and touring hard off that initial attention, the band has clearly hit a tipping point in their career. With their debut full-length about to drop in January (Red, Green or Inbetween), the band is one of the fastest-rising acts of recent memory. Going from basements to sold-out support tours clearly hasn’t rattled the band, and guitarist Kieren Adler stopped by to give us the scoop on the new record, how the band is coping with success, and being a “Gunner”. All hail the Premier League. Check out his answers below! And you can view their video for “Lonely Smiles” below, too.

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