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Birdeatsbaby Interview: Shaking our core with sinister new release Illuminate

We sat down with the hugely intriguing progressive post-metal band Birdeatsbaby to chat more about their shadowy new release Illuminate. They open up the curtains and lead us into a bone-rattling interview of significance and show us why supporting the local music scene is so vital.

Who is all involved with the Birdeatsbaby team?

Mishkin: Well, there’s four of us – Anna Mylee (drums), Hana Piranha (harp, cellos, violins, vocals), Garry Mitchell (guitar, bass) and myself, Mishkin Fitzgerald (vocals, pianos, synths). We also have a manager called Simon Field who keeps the whole thing running… he’s the unseen member of the band and he knows all our dirty secrets, haha! Apart from that, we’re totally independent and run everything by ourselves. It’s a lot of work, but we’re very happy to be in control of our own destiny, and run things the way we want to.

Which music scene do you prefer and where are the best underground spots to find proper music in: Brighton or London?

Mishkin: I’d say my favourite music scene is the metal one – there’s so many sub-genres and you never see the same thing twice. The people who go to those gigs are always so mellow and there’s always a great community vibe going on. You know if you fall in the mosh-pit that you’ll be picked up again and dusted off! I also think it’s one of the few scenes that has survived and still has people at shows. Metal fans are true music fans and they always want to see something new, not just stick to the bands they know. I love that, metal all the way.

If a brand new band came up to you tonight and asked for advice about how to survive the music game, what would you tell them?

Mishkin: Get out now while you still can! Ha, no I’m joking. I would say to them – focus on getting your music just right, it’s more important than your image. Once you’re set up then be genuine, make friends with similar bands, create your own scene and help each other out. Go to shows, support your local bands and treat other musicians how you would like to be treated. Don’t play shows for free/exposure (if you can help it) and be prepared to struggle a lot! The music industry has never been more difficult than it is today, so supporting and helping each other out is more important than ever.

If you could open up for any artist in the world, who would it be and why?

Mishkin: I think each of us would have a different answer, but probably for me it would be Opeth. They’re another artist that crossed multiple genres but still have that signature sound. They aren’t as heavy as they used to be, I prefer their death prog-metal albums, but I would still be over the moon if we ever got to support them!

Do you have any wild touring stories you’re allowed to share with us?

Mishkin: Yeah, loads just ask our manager Simon! Hmm… what can I tell you, I mean we used to party pretty hard on tour but it got a bit out of hand, we’ve calmed down a lot these days. There was the time we got banned from a church… and the time we crashed a rental car and the tour manikin flew out the back window naked… the time we played a show to one fan and then spent the night in a sex dungeon… and the time I climbed up and danced on a bar in Ohio and people put dollar bills down my pants? I mean, to be honest this is a whole separate interview!

Finally, where can we catch you live next and do you have anything big planned for 2023?

Mishkin: We haven’t got any shows booked currently. We’re focusing on recording the album, HEX, and should have some shows in the Spring/Summer but we’re holding out until the music industry gets a bit more stable, times are pretty tough for touring artists these days so we’re just playing it safe and making music at home. The best place to see us though is on Patreon – we play lots of livestreams and release secret music and videos there, so if you want the inside scoop then that’s where we’ll be.

Listen up to this new release on Spotify. Find them live on IG.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Sydney-based metal act BESOMORA slices their way in rather viciously on Mass Starvation

Sparking up our attention with a hardcore song which could break down bank vaults, BESOMORA stride through like gigantic Transformers on their massive new single called Mass Starvation.

BESOMORA is a Sydney, Australia-based indie melodic metal band who play as a four-piece and pack a punch that would knock out many heavyweights.

The name Besomora is derived from Slavic mythology and draws inspiration from dark spirits and demons, which the band deems a direct representation of the imagery they wish to portray and a reflection of their music.” ~ BESOMORA

Forging through the noise with their Eastern European background bonding their heritage together in a united front, BESOMORA is a loud band and might shatter innocent eardrums. They drive through like a Tower Crane and lift us away from the fake and into a world of rip-roaring velocity.

Mass Starvation from Australian-based melodic metal band BESOMORA is rather explosive and might leave some debris behind with a soaring display for the ages. Showing us why they’re one of the most exciting bands around, this is a metal head’s dreamy delight to get the bright lights in our minds flaming alright again.

See this heavy music video on YouTube and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Boils Deep: New City Temples helps us overcome those heavy obstacles on Silence

Seeking that survivor’s armor to keep away from any darkness that shall break even the strongest souls, New City Temples just wants those nightmares to end on the hardcore new single that needs to be heard called Silence.

New City Temples are an indie Athens, Greece-based alt-rock/metal power team who force lift our ears into a whole fresh territory on each of their speaker-smashers.

Lyrically, it was born during the quarantine era and it shows. Personal mental issues is the main theme of the song and how the loss of loved ones can cause a further spiral into depression.” ~ New City Temples

Hammering into our lives with a convincing performance that will get our minds a real shake, New City Temples show us that the hype is real and they’re ready for world domination. Their sound is gripping and shall set the atmosphere for whatever demons need conquering.

Silence from Athens, Greece-based alt-rock/metal band New City Temples is a hugely memorable single for anyone who needs to get away from those heavy dreams. Performed with so much heart and vigor with a forceful energy, this is a single which so many of us will relate to.

Venting out that frustration when you just want quiet is the only thing which shall set you free.

Listen up to their Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

SCREECHER CREATURE explored the duality of disquietness in their alt-rock debut, Fever Dream

Between madness and reality, SCREECHER CREATURE’s debut single, Fever Dream, encompasses the disorientating duality of consciousness to the tune of grungey down-tuned guitars, chorus vocal hooks, and hair-raising riffs.

The atmospheric hit wouldn’t be out of place on playlists including Drowning Pool, Eighteen Visions, Soil, Coal Chamber and other bands that reigned supreme in the 00s alt-metal scene, but SCREECHER CREATURE came into their own with the catchy pop elements and the immensity of the lyricism that gets right into the crux of mental disquietness that gives little reprieve when your head hits the pillow.

SCREECHER CREATURE is the solo rock project for the Nashville-hailing songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & producer Wesley Steed. For the debut single, Steed collaborated with co-writer Jordan Brooker. We hope the sophomore release is already in the pipeline.

Fever Dream will officially release on October 21st across all streaming services. Check it out via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

SVLEM return with the speaker-hugging Live Session (Nevermore + Adore & Devour)

Risking it all again with a lineup change that has provided exhilarating results, SVLEM shows us deep inside the vision with a recording from their recent experience at Housefox Studios, with Live Session.

SVLEM is an Australian indie alternative metal project who like it raw and loud as they take us back to the underground with a sterling presentation.

The band that’s bound to put a spell on you has already set Australia’s radest venues on fire alongside Carmeria, Victoria K and Temtris to name a few and has successfully financed their Live Session thanks to their growing fan base.” ~ SVLEM

Showing us what we have been missing out on with a powerful portrayal your heart was waiting for, SVLEM trigger our senses awake and dominates proceedings with a terrific display that hits dizzy heights of intrigue.

Live Session from Australian indie alternative rock/metal outfit SVLEM is a thunderous performance from a band who would certainly play live even if a tornado was close by. Pulsating eardrums and shocking many with their rugged new music, this is a release that will please those who love things rather raucous and in your face.

See the new video on YouTube and find out more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Stacey Dycus tackles proclivity towards deception in his alt-rock hit, Lie to Me

No alt-rock fan will be impervious to the efficaciously ensnaring hooks in Stacey Dycus’ seminal single, Lie to Me, which finds an atmospheric balance between the contrasts of grunge, mid-90s rock and progressive metal.

If rock fans still put their lighters in the air instead of pulling out their phones, there would be a sea of flame for this fervidly gripping anthem that contends with the human proclivity towards deception. It is as evocative as an Alice in Chains hit, as enticing in the chorus as Bon Jovi’s earworms and Faith No More-esque in the verses. Clearly, he has a talent for melody, which is impossible to disguise.

Lie to Me is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Embrace Little Villains in all of their Machiavellian metal glory in their latest single, Spitfire

War, what is it good for? Influencing pit-worthy hard rock hits such as Spitfire from the UK’s loudest and heaviest outfit, Little Villains. Their Machiavellian nature is exhibited in all of its frenetic glory in the instrumentally Motorhead-Esque release, taken from their fourth studio album, BATTLE OF BRITAIN.

Spitfire is a rarity in its ability to offer the classic raw rock n roll production while enticing you with the fresh innovation exhibited by each member of the powerhouse. Even the staunchest hard rock fans won’t be able to eye roll to having heard this all before with the catchy cataclysmic furore in Spitfire, which compels you to catch it live. Luckily, Little Villains are touring their 10-track album through late 2022 and early 2023 – you won’t want to miss it.

The official music video for Spitfire premiered on September 16th; check it out on Youtube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

London Alt-Metal duo Glytsh unfurl their fury in an interview with A&R Factory

Following the release of their latest scathing stormer of a single, [email protected], A&R Factory caught up with the Swiss guitarist, Hella Sin, & the French singer, Luna Blake, from the London-based Alt-Metal duo Glytsh to discuss the motivation behind the momentous hit and their plans to encourage inclusivity in the music industry.

Your latest single, [email protected], is a massive hit of vindication for anyone that has ever voiced a valid opinion only to be dismissed as hysterical and too emotional. Was there a particular facet of misogynistic culture that inspired your new release?

Luna: As a woman you have to face misogynistic behaviours everywhere from an early age. Like a curse from the womb that begins with IT’S A GIRL!

In my case I’ve experienced misogyny within my family, friends, at school, from strangers and in the music scene. Misogyny is the closest cousin to racism, it’s a vicious, underlying disease rooted in education and society. Not only men are to blame, but many women are also conditioned to think this way. Most of the time it expresses itself in the most sneaky and passive way dressed as an advice, a joke, or a compliment.

Hella: As a female guitar player, one of the questions that comes up the most is sexism in the scene. What I always reply is that it’s not really a music industry issue specifically, but more like a recurring issue in any male-dominated field. Our music is mostly inspired by our personal lives and experiences, so writing an angry song about the frustration of navigating the music industry as women is something that comes quite naturally to us, as we’ve both been professional musicians for many years and have a book worth of stories. Although it is important to talk about them, I sometimes feel focusing on them too much instead of the music makes the problem even bigger. I see myself more as a musician in music than a female in music, but I understand the reality is what it is!

It is clear you are intent on making your legacy more than just a music discography; where does that drive come from? 

Luna: Music has played a big part in my education therefore my first motive was purely for the love of it. I’ve realised quickly that I had to fight for it and earn the respect I deserved as a musician and not only as a female musician. I’ve never been scared of voicing my opinions, but I did feel not taken seriously and diminished many times as if my point of view had no value. If anything, it made me stronger, it has fueled my fire and has given me a good reason to scream louder!

Hella: For me, it comes from the fact that I have put limitations on myself when I didn’t have to. This is on a musical level but also in my personal life. If there’s one thing I want more than anything is inspire people to go for what they really want, no matter how much self-doubt you feel. I put off writing my own music for a long time because I didn’t think I was capable of creating my own project from scratch. And now, even at a very early stage, the fulfillment I am feeling when working on this band really improves my life on a daily basis and pushes me to keep going.

In a time when wokeism’ is a trending buzzword to dismiss social justice, and political chaos is driving liberal-minded people who dont align with the ideals’ of a conservative society further towards apathy, how does it feel to be a force against it?

Luna: Our first motive was and still is to write good music for everyone. I won’t describe Glytsh as political but for the reasons we’ve mentioned above, the need to fight for our place as women in music has become very intertwined with the creative process. We are trying to maintain a balance as we’d like to be seen first as musicians who also happen to have a great message to deliver instead of a political party that voices its great conviction through music.

Hella: To be honest, I don’t think we have an intentional political message in our music. I get why people think we do, but this is not something I can really answer as I’m just trying to come up with great music and inspire people to go for what they want in life and stand for themselves.

In addition to speaking for the marginalized through your music, youre also striving to make your future shows more inclusive for members of the LGBTQ+ community; can you tell us about your plans? 

Luna: Our main goal is for people to recognise themselves in our music, whether it’s for the sound, the message, or the image. I also want young girls and women to feel empowered when they listen to Glytsh and finally book this boxing class or guitar lesson they’ve been dreaming of taking.

Men are more than welcome too in our adventure. Fortunately many of them have been really supportive and respectful, seeing us as peers. We’ve been working with truly kind and talented ones, and it creates a great balance and dynamic. We’d like our gigs to be a safe space, where everyone can be themselves regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, background, and ethnicity.

Hella: The best way to fight for something is to lead by example in my opinion, rather than shouting aggressively about it. As a member of the community myself, I try as much as possible to be a voice in the scene and hopefully show our fans they can be themselves at our show without any fear or concern.

In your view, what are the biggest barriers for marginalised communities in the music industry, and beyond your efforts for inclusivity, what changes would you like to see implemented?

Luna: Standards! that in my opinion are completely dated and defined by people who should either retire or accept changes. Like with Black Lives Matter, so many big brands have started promoting their products with more black people than they’ve ever done, same with movies which is a true evolution. Everyone deserves to be able to relate and identify themselves to something or someone they like, that they are part of the society like everyone else. Now saying that, I wonder where the line is between the hypocrisy  and the real desire to change. When you know that around the meeting table only white people were having this conversation about how to save their image and don’t discuss how to make a real change from the inside by hiring more people of colour for key roles too. Same with the music industry, giving power to the marginalised communities in the music industry would be a huge progress.

Your timely new single dropped at the same time as the ISM report, which declared sexual harassment and racism endemic in the music industry, with 66% of professional musicians experiencing discrimination, a substantial increase from a previous 2018 report. Can you tell us about your own experiences and observations? 

Luna: The music industry is mainly a white male owned business and the metal scene is too. I’ve been to metal gigs with and seen black musicians being called terrible names in the crowd or a black female singer being judged on the type of music ‘she should be singing’ instead of being in a metal band… this makes me cringe!

Sexual harassment is way too familiar, even more with social media. Some guys still think you breath and exist for their enjoyment and have no shame voicing their sexual needs or making sexual comments to you.

 Hella: First, there isn’t much I can say about racism as this is not something I’ve personally experienced. Having heard some of my friends’ stories it is very clear there’s a massive issue in the metal scene for sure, and coming from a family with different roots, this is an important topic for me, but I don’t want to pretend like I understand it fully because I don’t. However, sexual harassment is something I am very familiar with, but again I see it more as a universal issue rather than just a music industry issue. I am trying to not focus on it and again, dedicate myself to be the best band we can be and show we don’t need a separate category such as “female-fronted bands” for our music.

 Off the back of your own success and protective resilience, if you could give one piece of advice to women or members of marginalized communities looking to get into the music industry, what would it be?

Luna: Do what you love, defend your convictions, surround yourself with people that matter and don’t give up!

Hella: Honestly, don’t focus on it. If you have a desire to make music and all you can think about is riffs and melodies, don’t wait until you find the perfect role model. I know it sounds weird, but you don’t need to look up to anyone if you can’t find anyone who you can relate to. Instead, become a role model!

Watch the official music video for [email protected] on YouTube, or add it to your Spotify playlists.

Follow Glytsh on Facebook & Instagram. 

Hunting Giants unleashed another mythological monolithic monster with their proggy hard rock single, Too Big to Kill

Too Big to Kill is the latest mythologically-inspired monolithic hard rock single to be released from the progressive four-piece outfit Hunting Giants’ upcoming album, Mythos.

With vocals as gnarled as the salaciously ferocious guitar riffs, Too Big to Kill makes no apology before it ravages your attention with the lyrics relayed to instrumentals which refuse to pigeonhole themselves into just one genre. The complexity easily matches the ferocity in this melting pot of grunge, groove metal and prog rock.

Not many tracks could warrant a comparison to Static X’s no Submission, but Hunting Giants easily match the intensity and cataclysmic etherealism between the melodic Godsmack-Esque increments.

Too Big to Kill was officially released on September 9th. Check it out on Spotify, and await the arrival of Mythos, which is set to be unleashed on September 30th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast