INTERVIEW: Bleed Again (UK)


INTERVIEW: Bleed Again (UK)

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by Carina Lawrence/ Dark Art conspiracy

Brighton metallers Bleed Again are ones to watch and have had an exciting and busy year so far, so I caught up with vocalist James Dawson to talk about all the major milestones for the band recently, such as signing to American label Sliptrick Records, releasing their debut album ‘Momentum’ (which was mastered by Acle Kahney of TesseracT), recent tours and their massive album launch show with Brutality Will Prevail and Raging Speedhorn and more, as well as looking at what lies ahead for this fresh upcoming modern metal act.

 

Firstly how did you arrive at the band name Bleed Again?

We wanted something that represented bring back the past, reliving the bad times and learning from them. The funnier answer is after shortlisting a few, we then would check MySpace ( Old Skool ) to see if any of the name had been used. Until this day, I think we are the only band called Bleed Again.

 

You recently released your debut album ‘Momentum’ through Sliptrick records, how exciting was it to finally release your anticipated debut?

Very, Very exciting. Me and Simon wrote the first song for momentum in August 2015. We had the whole thing finished by April 2016 and filmed the music video for ‘Walk Through The Fire’ that month, so for it to take another 13 months to be released was frustrating, but very exciting once it finally came out in May of this year. So much was going on behind the scenes i.e the label interest, and we had to take our time to make sure we were making the right decisions.

 

You signed with Sliptrick records earlier this year, what has the experience been like so far?

Really good. What we found with Sliptrick is that they were experienced and focused. We had a pretty strong idea of how we wanted to push the band further and they were open to any discussions about the finer points of the contract so it became and kind of win win for us and them. Everything they said they would do, they have done. We can’t ask for more than that.

 

What was it like working with Acle Kahney of TesseracT who mixed and mastered the album and how did you end up working with him?

It was great. Our drummer Russell has his own studio which we have always used to record, and he is constantly finding out who is doing what when it comes to Mixing and Mastering. Russell is a big Tesseract fan and was aware the Acle Mixes/Masters most of their records and they always sound incredible. We contacted him and he was happy to take part. He was so open with us and was always happy to help, perhaps beyond his professional responsibility’s. We were quite fussy when it came to the mixes and as soon as he knew what we were after he really went to town on the songs. He even added bits to make the songs on the album fit better together and I really feel his personal stamp is on the record and we couldn’t be happier about the final outcome.

 

Can you tell us a bit about the main themes and influences that run through the album?

The main theme on this album is to look after yourself. Anything that ever gets in your way of achieving goals in life, needs to be dealt with personally. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful family, a wife and so many friends around me. However when the shit really hits the fan, it’s only you that can get you out of that situation. It’s about believing in yourself, and trusting your decisions. Another thought I always had, and will always have, is that we should use our experiences in life to help others. Whether that will be friends, family, loved ones or your own children. There are some political points on the album also. Everything I have said has been about a specific point in my life, and I’ve tried to turn that into something more accessible for the listener, with an overall positive vibe.

 

What was the writing and recording process like for your debut?

Stressful. I can’t thank Russell enough for the time and effort he put into this record. He spent 5-6 evenings a week after working full time, making sure this was something we were going to be proud of. Every member of this band stepped up their game compared to previous EP releases. I took a step back on this album compared to our old CD’s. I used to be there for every single part of it and really stick my nose in. With Momentum, we all wrote this album. Rather than always be at the studio telling everyone what I thought sounded better, I just looked forward to hearing rough mixes and listening to everyone’s personal stamp on each song. It gave me so much more inspiration when it came to vocals, to know that I was putting words on top of songs that each member was already really happy with.

 

You have just finished touring with Death Remains, how was it for you?

Incredible. We have done three tours now and several weekenders, and I feel blessed that all of them have been with such nice people. Death Remains are an incredible band, fact. Their new album Destroy/Rebuild is insane. We have never done nine shows in a row before and it was a massive learning experience for me as far as keeping my voice strong. It took lots of water, lemon tea Vocalzone etc but I got there. I remember a few years ago talking to a friend of mine and asking how he managed to do a 45 minute set and sound as good at the end as he did at the start. He just said practice and care. For a good 18 months I have really been trying to look after my voice and when we finished this tour, i just realized I did nine shows in a row and held out. I got a long way to go but I’m happy with my progress. Some of the shows on this tour were quiet, and some of the shows were surprisingly busy, so all in all it was a fantastic time with great people, and more importantly we got to play our new songs to new people.

 

On May 6th you had your big album launch show hosted by Mammothfest UK with Brutality Will Prevail, Raging Speedhorn and more, how did it go and what was it like playing alongside them?

It was definitely one to remember. The bands we had on the top of the bill are serious bands, they know their shit. It was a brand new venue to us and I don’t think we felt as comfortable as we have at some other places in Brighton, but when the lights changed and we saw 300 odd people watching us and our local fans going crazy down the front, we felt right at home. The whole day was an amazing atmosphere, so many friendly faces all getting along with each other. There was so many Bleed Again T-shirts and Hoodies I was really quite humbled, and I won’t ever forget that day.

 

You are heading out on your own headline tour in July, how excited are you for this?

Really excited. It’s nice to know that when you have finished one tour, you have another round the corner. Were lucky enough to have As Flames Rise with us and were sure it’s going to be a fun five days. We’re playing brand new venues to us so that gives us a chance to make some new fans.

 

You also have some festival appearances coming up, including playing the new and first Amplified Festival UK in July, how does it feel to be playing at the first event and who else are you looking forward to sharing the stage with?

This is a show I have been looking forward to ever since we got booked. Our first outdoor festival on the second stage is amazing. I get to see Puddle Of Mudd for the first time which should be cool. I remember playing their album on repeat whilst trying to complete Driver on PS1.

 

You are then appearing at Mammothfest UK again in October on the main stage, how does this make you feel to be local favourites and to be regulars at the festival, and what can attending festival goers expect from your set?

Mammothfest is huge in Brighton. If you’re into Metal and live within 20 miles, you’ll likely be there. We had the most incredible response last year. People literally lost their minds during parts of our set and we really felt we had made a name for ourselves in Brighton after that show. To be main stage this year is an absolute privilege. We will have some much more room on stage, and the crowd will have so much more room for partying with us. They can expect epic singalongs, circle pits and walls of death, ya know… all the fun stuff.

 

Since starting out you have supported the likes of Soil, Darkest Hour and Devil Sold His Soul, what was this like for you and who else would you like to support in the future?

Supporting Soil was likely the highlight of my music career to date. I went to my first gig at The Concorde 2 in Brighton when I was 16 and saw Amen. From that point I knew I had to play that stage, and many years on I got to look out at 300 plus people at 7.15 on a Tuesday night and realise that is where I felt most at home. Meeting these bands and seeing them all back stage is a pleasure. You realise that they are all regular people, and more often than not, very polite and complimentary of your music. It naturally makes you up your game, almost reach your potential. I like the pressure and thrive of the bigger crowds. The goal for supporting would be someone like Killswitch Engage in the UK or anywhere haha. They have influenced me so much and are such normal dudes that I think the entire experience would be incredible.

 

What else is in store for Bleed Again in 2017?

We have two more music videos on the way, and possibly another tour towards the end of the year. Apart from that its gig gig gig and get this album out to as many people as possible so that when album two comes around we may really be able to take flight towards some amazing experiences.

 

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Shock Rockers SALEMS LOTT Reveal Anime-Style Music Video for Dystopian Track, “Enigma”


Hollywood-based shock rock frontrunners SALEMS LOTT have been making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip since their inception in 2013, selling out venues such as House of Blues, The Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy and Viper Room countless times. Performing a heavy speed metal sound mixed with shocking theatrics and an even more surprising look, the band have amassed fans from here to Japan with their antics and sound.
With the recent release of part one of their new two-part album series, Mask Of Morality, the band delved into socially-conscious themes on individualism, values, morality and current politics. One of the more eye-opening tracks on the album, entitled “Enigma”, focuses on freedom of speech on both sides of the societal coin.
SALEMS LOTT have just revealed their brand new music video for “Enigma” via Alternative Press. Directed by Ian Moore and produced by UWOWI, the video features custom anime-style animation depicting the band in a dystopian society whose people are on-the-verge of battle with one another. The battle stems from the dissolving of individualism and a hyper-focus on equality. Watch here:

Lead guitarist Jett Black says, “The anime portion portrays a hypothetical fictional future in which the ideology of equality attains complete dominance. Wealth, prosperity, individualism are ostracized and violently subdued. Conversely, equality and collectivism are promoted to its utter extreme. These two opposing views inevitably battle it out. Throughout the video the band symbolizes the lost archetype of yang – order – the father and all of the archetypal elements embodied. In contrast, the authoritative figures of the future and the violent activists of the modern day, embody the extreme archetype of yin – chaos – the overbearing mother.”  
Black adds, “Freedom of speech is the mechanism in which a healthy society remains balanced and not swayed by either extreme.  In the video, we see the signs of an unbalanced extreme being pushed forward through violent suppression of free speech (opposing views). This is something we are seeing today more commonly and would ultimately lead to a Marxist ‘utopian’ future as the one depicted in the anime. Hence the title “Enigma” (other than censorship reasons): The nature of an ideology that is deeply damaging/authoritative but masquerades under the innocent good intentioned guise of compassion (while any opposing view is vilified), which makes it so mysterious, ambiguous and hard to identify as the problem. The shadowy figure silencing individuals through force and its extended intimidation.”
 
To grab a copy of Mask Of Morality (out via Rēd Moon Rēcords), visit these links:
As previously mentioned, Mask Of Morality is part one of a two-part album series, the latter of which will be released soon.
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The ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS Announce New Performers + Icon, Vanguard and Influencer Honoree Award Recipients


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With the big night right around the corner, the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy are thrilled to announce even more performances and special guests appearing at this year’s main event! The show will feature a special one-time performance billed as PUNK GOES POP LIVE!, spotlighting surprise performances from various artists featured on Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7. The album will be released July 14; digital and physical pre-orders are available here.
In celebration of this special performance, Fearless Records is giving one winner and a friend a chance to win a flyaway for two to the Alternative Press Music Awards, a one-year subscription to Alternative Press and an Amazon Echo (grand prize valued at $3,500). Submit your entry here before July 2 for a chance to win.
Also joining this year’s diverse assortment of APMAs performers are GRAMMY® nominated rock band Plain White T‘s playing a stripped-down rendition of their platinum-selling hit “Hey There Delilah,” and hard rock heavyweights Nothing More. Alternative music’s biggest night will also feature a special guest performance from dynamic frontwoman Lzzy Hale of furious rockers Halestorm.
In addition, more special guests have been announced! Viewers can expect to see appearances from Patty Walters of As It Is, Attila, Avatar, Ollie Baxxter of Broadside, Chad I Ginsburg of CKY, Creeper, Dance Gavin Dance, Grayscale, Hands Like Houses, I Prevail, I See Stars, Jeffree Star, Juliet Simms, LIGHTS, Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, SWMRS, State Champs, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Sleep On It, members of Sum 41, William Control andDan “Soupy” Campbellof the Wonder Years.
To be a part of history at the Alternative Press Music Awards, get your tickets here! Tickets are available now, with a limited number of VIP packages remaining. In honor of their 32nd birthday, AP has discounted tickets available for the APMAs, but for a limited time only. As our special gift to fans, these low prices will be offered throughout the rest of the month and start at just $15.
The APMAs will once again broadcast live internationally. Details on streaming to come next week.
The APMAs are also pleased to honor three of today’s biggest and most influential musicians with the event’s top honors. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® winning hard rock/metal legends Korn will take home the Vanguard Award, trailblazing musician Laura Jane Grace of critically acclaimed rock band Against Me! will be honored with this year’s Icon Award, and Goldfinger frontman and producer John Feldmann will receive the inaugural Influencer Award.
Icon Award, as originally announced by Entertainment Weekly:
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The APMAs Icon Award is given to an artist or group that has inextricably linked themselves to a defined aspect of the cultural history of rock. The recipient has been recognized by both peers and fans as a foundation for change and inspiration, both sonically and culturally. Laura Jane Grace is the founder and frontwoman of powerful punk band Against Me!, whose strident live performances are the closest thing this generation has gotten to the Clash. By remaining true to her punk-rock ideals and creating stirring anthems transcending generations, Grace has created an awareness of transgender politics and culture in a way that parallels the human condition. She has become a torchbearer for real, unvarnished punk rock and a steadfast advocate for the LGBTQ community.
PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn will present Laura Jane Grace with her award. “I’m honored to be presenting such a deserving award to Laura Jane Grace,” says Gunn. “I have the utmost respect for her, not only for the paths she’s carved in music but also in the LGBTQ community. She is most definitely an icon.”
Vanguard Award:
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The APMAs Vanguard award is bestowed to an artist or group who have contributed groundbreaking works to a music culture. Over time, the recipient has challenged themselves and influenced those around them to re-invent music in the pursuit of the unexplored. Their efforts shatter the status quo and define the foundation for trends within a number of music genres. Over the course of two decades, Korn have not only built a career with their patented rap/metal hybrid, but also have become an enduring sonic force in heavy music. By coupling unvarnished emotions with hard rock, Korn were able to access the angst of a generation, cementing the band’s status as bona fide rock legends. They have served as a gateway into heavy music for countless bands across multiple genres, maintaining a hip-hop vibe with a full metal racket.
Corey Taylor, frontman for dynamic rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, will present Korn with their award. “Years ago, I was inspired by this crazy band from California. Years later, they became my friends and allies,” says Taylor. “Now it’s my great pleasure to help honor them for what they’ve done and have given to the world. It’s going to be a great night.”
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The Influencer Award is given to someone in the music industry who has changed the landscape sonically, professionally and culturally. This person has acted as an innovator on their own behalf as well as being a creative conduit for others looking to further define their own particular aesthetic. They are the visionaries, they light the fuse: They are the influencers.Few musicians in this scene have attained the kind of success John Feldmann has enjoyed throughout his career. Since Goldfinger cemented themselves as one of the most legendary entries to the third-wave ska movement in the mid-’90s, Feldmann has been a ubiquitous underground heavyweight. He later left his mark on the scene behind the boards, developing young bands such as the Used, Story Of The Year and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Whether working with budding acts or pop-punk legends, Feldmann has been helping bands harness and hone something deep within themselves for nearly 20 years.
This year’s Alternative Press Music Awards host – Black Veil Brides frontman, Andy Black mastermind and star of the upcoming film American Satan, Andy Biersack – will bring his love of comedy to life on the main stage. Biersack is nominated for Album Of The Year for his debut solo effort The Shadow Side and Song Of The Year for his dance floor anthem, “We Don’t Have To Dance.”
There are less than 30 days left to cast your vote for your favorite artists, so be sure to make your voice heard here by June 30. Check out a full list of nominees here.
There are tons of other amazing artists that have been announced to perform, including All Time Low, Against Me!, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Bone Thugs, Korn, Machine Gun Kelly, New Years Day, ONE OK ROCK, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless and Sleeping With Sirens, Waterparks and an epic group drum performance featuring Adrian Young (DREAMCAR, No Doubt) vs. Frank Zummo (Sum 41, Street Drum Corps) and a secret special guest you will not want to miss.
Watch www.altpress.com/apmas for more details on performers, presenters, red carpet appearances, surrounding events and more.
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ALTER BRIDGE Release Live Performance Video From Their Legendary London O2 Show!


ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times.

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called “Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities” which captures one of the biggest moments of the band’s career, when they played their monumental show at London’s famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their “The Last Hero” track “Cradle To The Grave”! Check out the video

If you like what you see, make sure you order your copy of “Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities” NOW, and enjoy hits like “Farther Than The Sun”, “Show Me A Leader”, “Rise Today”, and ALTER BRIDGE‘s masterpiece “Isolation”, showcasing a band on the top of their game. Other highlights include the Tremonti sung “Waters Rising”, the acoustic-driven “Watch Over You” and their mighty signature anthem “Blackbird”.

In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length “Rarities”-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoice. The CD features the never-before released tracks “Cruel Sun” and “Solace” that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song “Breathe” from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.

This incredible collection of ALTER BRIDGE gems will be released in different formats! In addition to the regular 3 CD audio version, you can go for the ultimate fan experience and get one of the limited deluxe versions which also include an exclusive ALTER BRIDGE documentary with plenty of interviews with the band, their crew and family, giving you an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of this legendary show at London’s O2 arena! Check out the trailer

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