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Friday, October 6, 2023

The Vice Barons : Lookin' In The Face Of Evil

More than 20 years after their break-up, The VICE BARONS are back with 12 new tracks produced by the legendary Detroit producer JIM DIAMOND (White stripes, The Sonics, The Dirtbombs,...)

The album is influenced by the 60's fuzzy and psychedelic sounds of Italian movies.

It is featuring 10 original tunes penned by guitar player Eric St John and 2 covers.

Physical copies are finally available on ‘Blood’ Red vinyl here:

Fun fact: Exactly 30 years today The Vice Barons were supposed to open for the Boston legends THE LYRES in Paris but guitar player Eric St John got stuck at the hospital because his daughter KIMBERLEY was born. Happy Birthday, Kimberley! :-)

Monday, July 17, 2023

The Melmacs - Good Advice

Hailing from Leipzig, Germany, The Melmacs give you top notch PowerPop-Punk, combining sharp guitars with an out of space keyboard, pounding drums and a groovy bass that will keep you begging for more.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell to introduce the different members of The Melmacs and their musical background? How long are you together as a band? How did you guys meet? Were you in other bands before?

Hello Hello, we are a bunch of friends who decided to form a band in 2017. The band consists of Sunnyboy Remo is our handknitted wool sock wearing powerhouse on the four strings. With his bouncing basslines he gives our songs the groovy swing-swing. His sweet backingvocals sprinkle the sweetest sugar over our songs and his meticulous way helps us in the rehearsal room to get the songs on their toes. He's an overthinker with a critical mind, always up for Aperol Spritz and experimenting when it comes to songs. He's very into details to give our songs the perfect fine tuning. He also always entertains our tour group with old bread rolls which he pulls out of his backpack after 3 days on tour and the same old jokes and stories over and over again till noone knows if we laugh out of fun or desesperation. That cheeky fella is a true collectible! And beware if there's a kicker table in your venue! He's not gonna leave till 7am.

When he is not on the road with us he is known as a Singer songwriter „Remo Devago“ and nestles velvety into the auditory canals of his listeners.

Max is our dreamer, but making dreams come true. He is the guy on the six string razor with the golden ears and the recording brain of every Melmacs tune at his studio.

He's also the Alf and video geek in our band, producing and cutting nearly every music video - never tired of trying out new stuff, experimenting with sounds and playing around with techniques.

He is our resting place when everybody else in the band is pushing each other up and probably the most introvert one of us, who's soul is as deep as the Mariana Trench.

He is the calm before and after the storm always looking for new vegan places to eat when we're on tour and never tired of putting on new strings before every single weekender just because he's rocking his guitar as hard as he can.

Connie is our drummer and the person in our band that has an unmistakable and infectional laugher, the biggest vinyl collection, the most concert visits and the perfect hairstyle in every situation.

He owns and takes along everything that could be handy to have someday and at least because of that he's the king of repairing and building things with a pleasant hands on mentality - especially interested in everything he hasn't built himself yet. He's the one that always craves for pizza and on top of that we wouldn't be organized at all without him. He brings every financial flow to an excel format and is the most focused brain of our shipping office.

Bimmi is our high inflammable singer, the most impatient one of us and always up for weird and dreamy ideas. She rarely thinks twice. Just doing her straight forward thing, sometimes in a curvy way, but always with a lovely-weird and electric attitude. Sometimes she's sort of a personal motivational coach - a true believer, but nevertheless overthinking and questioning everything in life to keep on changing our weird society.

She's our coffee loving, communicational, chaotic, clumsy and creative leader of the pack with golden hands when it comes to artsy things, new melmacian ideas and all that social media stuff. And we probably would have played 5 shows since 2018 without her booking skills. She loves to rock out on her Roland Jazzorgan she got when she was 7 years and and will never let it go! Apart from the loyality to this wild instrument she's in love with furry beings. She will cuddle every cat that might cross our way and pet every doggo who likes to get cuddled.

We all met many, many moons ago in a small town called Bautzen in eastern Germany. Bimmi, Remo and Connie knew each other from the same school, and Max got to know them through the same local concerts. Remo, Max and Connie were playing together in a horror punk band at the time. Remo also plays guitar in the band „StrgZ".

2) About your full length album "Good Advice", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

The album was recorded track by track in several sessions from winter 2020 to winter 2021. First we recorded the drums, overdubbed the bass guitar, added electric guitars and rounded it all out with vocals. Once that was all done, Max went back into the songs to add/change some guitars, guitar effects, etc. to spice up the arrangements beyond what was possible live. We certainly didn't push the overdubbing quite that far, although we could have. But we wanted to keep some realism. So most of the overdubs are extra effects guitars, Nashville style guitars to boost the chorus, etc., always with the thought in mind that the songs have to work with just one guitar in a live context.

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?

For the recordings we used a lot of old microphones from the 60s/70s, which we upgraded with some fancy analog preamps, but for tracking we went exclusively digital. To be honest, we're not super pros and we're glad we can digitally edit some of our takes. We don't know, but we could imagine that our mixing engineer Dan Dixon and our mastering engineer Magnus Lindberg used analog equipment when mixing/mastering our songs. But we're not sure, because we couldn't care less. We are not looking for that "oldschool" sound and think that the result is a perfect mix that represents us well, a bit vintage but still something fresh. But it would be interesting to do a live recording on tape one day, but we probably need to practice a lot for that. Haha. It's puzzling when you listen to records from days gone by and analyze the perfection that bands like Toto, Queen or the Beatles were able to capture on tape. They were true wizards at their craft.

4) Is it correct that the album was released a while ago in Europe but is now finally also released in America? How did all this happen and why took it so long to get an American release?

Yes, that's true. When we first approached labels to release our first album in January 2022, we received some positive responses. It was Bakraufarfita Records and Wanda Records who gave us the first pressing. When the album sold out, we thought about re-releasing it, and Spaghetty Town Records and Beluga Records came to mind because they liked our album when we first sent it to them, but they were too busy in 2022 and couldn't add another release to their schedule. So we asked them to be part of our repressing gang, and here we are, releasing on Beluga and Spaghetty Town as well! Also, we were able to get Queen Mum Records to join our label family and they have released a special limited edition with different artwork.

5) How would you describe the music you are playing? If I were to call it PowerPop-Punk, would you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

In the last few months we've gotten a lot of reviews for our album and it's funny to see what people describe our music as. Some call it 80s wave (which amused us the most), 77s punk, 2000s skate punk, Distillers punk rock, Interrupters punk, PowerPop. The list could go on and on and we think it's cool because it shows that we're doing something that can't be easily pigeonholed. We think you can call it whatever you want - what matters to us is whether you like it or not - but wait.... naaaah - even if you don't like our music, we don't care Hihi. We just want to do what we enjoy, regardless of any genre, although we understand the idea of putting a genre over a band. So yeah, if you call it PowerPop-Punk - cool! :) 

6) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

Uh, interesting question. Well, it's actually pretty easy to text empowering songs, cause that's what keeps us focused on the good and our power and gives us the energy we need to stand tall in this cruel and wicked world full of racists, capitalists,  sexists, warmongers, climate change deniers and other manmade crap. 

7) you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the newly released LP?? 

We didn't make another video for the album, which just got its second pressing, because we already made 6 videos for the album. We just released two new singles and videos called "Alive" and "Balls", so there is a lot of material on YouTube for every new Melmacian ! :-)


8) What can concert goers expect at a Melmacs gig are you playin' any famous cover songs during the concert?

We really enjoy playing live, the excitement before the show, the lights and the volume all contribute to us getting carried away on stage, so our live shows are always a little faster and harder than our recordings. Although we have to admit we still learn a lot from each show, and compared to some hard touring bands we are still a bit wonky around the edges. We have a cover in our set that has been around since our first shows, and it's called "Baseball Bat" by the band "Voice of a generation" - we also recorded it a while back if you want to listen to it on Bandcamp or Spotify, etc.

9) Are there any bands in Germany today you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?

Actually we cannot really stand this "sounds like..." question, cause it just depends on your indivual taste in music and noone else can probably relate to this. For example Bimmi was told she reminds someone of Brody Dalle. She just laughed, cause she cannot relate at all. BUT:  We highly recommend to check out these great, different and unique german bands:

The Spartanics - catchy oldschool streetpunk with great melodies.

The Not Amused - snotty mod/powerpop that is addictive

Johnny Wolga - funny guys with powerpoppy OiPunk

The Pissed Ones - autumn 1976 punk that will blow the hat off your head

Berlin Blackouts - great band with catchy punk rock tunes

Lobster Bomb - wavy, catchy punk

Chartreux - if you like emo/skatepunk, you should listen to them

STRGZ - great band that released the best German song since Nena's "99 rote Luftballons".

10) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers? What were your favorite bands as teenagers? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

Remo: I got my first punk rock record at the age of 7, it was a single by The Offspring. I knew the band from MTV but I had no idea what this music was called and had no other connections to such music at that time. In the following years I listened to very different kinds of music, some hip-hop, some 60s folk stuff etc. As young teenager I came to german punkrock (Die Ärzte and so on...). After this, a band I listened to "excessively" was Tocotronic. The whole thing was German-language 90s indie rock stuff. We called it Hamburger Schule. This band influenced me a lot. I didn't listen to any other music than that band for about two years. That was the time when I started to play the first chords on my guitar and to sing my first self-written "I'm against everything out there" songs. At some point I got into classic indie rock and from there it wasn't far to US skatepunk. I also had my first band projects at that time and from then on it went straight downhill into the swamp of various subgenres of punk, metal and rock music. 

Bimmi: As a teenager I was pretty much into Indie music. While all my other punkrock friends were listening to german punkrock bands, the only Band with german Iyrics I was listening to were Die Ärzte, wich is a huge funpunk band in Germany. After my exchange year in the US I was pretty much into NOFX, The Bouncing Souls, Millencollin, Sublime, Voodoo Glow Skulls and all that kind of stuff. Hugs & kisses to Luke Jones, who showed me all these bands and even sent me CDs to Germany when I was back. Noone else of my friends was listening to that kind of punkrock after I was back, but there was one person having a similar taste in music. I saw him nearly every morning when I was cycling to school and he had that NOFX shirt on noone else had in my hometown. I was too shy to chat him up, but a couple of years later it turned out it was Remo hahaha. Bands: The Kooks, The Bouncing Souls, Die Ärzte

Max: Music was always a big thing in my family. My father was into rock music since the 70s, although it wasn't so easy for him to get all the rock records because my parents were born in the GDR. My mother was into disco of the 70s and pop of the 80s, so my first steps into music came through my parents' record collection. I still remember the time in the 90's when I was a primary school kid staring at the covers of Iron Maiden LP's or listening to ABBA in the summer. So my path seemed clear. And although I briefly lost my way listening to Eminem (to my father's displeasure, hehe), I was back on track when Slipknot, Korn and so on crossed my horizon. My father and I attended many rock and metal shows together and still try to find time to go to shows together. At the end of my teenage years (does being a teenager ever stop?!) I was infected with traditional 80's glam rock and heavy metal, I was completely blown away by these styles of music and it was Bimmi who opened up the whole "punk rock" thing to me. When we first met I was an idiot snob who made fun of punk for its simple 3 chord formula, but luckily she managed to show me what I didn't get myself: It‘s not about how many different chords your able to squeeze into 20 seconds, not about the style its about the power and spirit. Bands: ABBA, Praying Mantis and Protex.

Connie: To be honest, I had relatively little access to "alternative music" at the very beginning.  My parents weren't really heavy music consumers either.  So I listened to the radio a lot.  At that time there was a relatively large amount of NDW "new German wave" on the radio.  Bands like Die Ärzte, but also EMINEN, came along relatively early.  However, when I was about 15, bands like Nirvana or Queens of the stone age completely cast a spell over me.  Backyard Babies and the 69eyes also came very soon and still have a big influence on my musical preferences.  A short time later there was also a lot of Metal/Emo-Core music followed by Heavy Metal, but that's another story. Bands: Die Ärzte, Backyard Babies, 69 Eyes

11) What are the plans for the rest of 2023 as far as The Melmacs are concerned? Do you guys plan to play some festivals in Europe or only smaller venues?

We are currently rehearsing and writing songs for our second album. We're excited that it's moving forward piece by piece and we can't wait to release it! We've certainly changed a bit since recording the last album and we're looking forward to playing the songs live. We're playing a few festivals this summer. If you want to keep up with us and our shows, you can always find our tour dates on our Instagram, Bandcamp and Facebook page. We have our first "tour" coming up in the fall with 7 stops in Austria and Switzerland, and we'll be doing some weekend tours in 2023 as well. We have also started working with "Muttis Booking" and are looking forward to what this cooperation has in store for us.

12) Anything you wanna add? 

Thank you for the interview! Stay interested, stay nice, stay clean, pet all the animals that want to be petted by you and bang your head and don’t forget No Life ‚Til Leather! (LOL) x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x





Monday, April 24, 2023

The On and Ons - Let Ya Hair Down!

If you are a regular viewer here, you must be aware by now of one of the favorite bands of this blog, The On and Ons! If you're not familiar with this band, The On and Ons are a power trio hailing from Sydney, Australia.

The band is featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist Glenn Morris, his brother Brian Morris (drums/vocals) and bassist Clyde Bramley

After a slew of brilliant albums, “Calling” (2015), “Welcome Aboard” (2017), “Menacing Smile” (mini-album 2020), and “Back For More” (2021), here is their fifth album, “Let Ya Hair Down!”, released like all the previous ones on CITADEL Records.

Hosted in a very groovy cover artwork, “Let Ya Hair Down!” was mixed and partially recorded at Sugarplum Studios and produced by Clyde Bramley and Glenn Morris

The new record finds The On and Ons exploring new sonic textures while at the same time embracing the spirit of The Who ("Games People Play") or The Beatles ("It's not Over") and more generally all the great sixties bands. 

This new album is full of hook-laden songs like "Forlorn", "Lovin' soul" or the title track, "Let Ya Hair Down" that is a soon-to-be classic. Trust me, this is VERY highly recommended.

Purchase the goodies here

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Slander Tongue - Monochrome

When thinking about power pop or 70s-sounding rock’n’roll, Berlin, Germany is not the first town to come to mind. Yet here are Klaus, Chico, Mirko and Axel playing their asses off like if they were in some club in Boston, Mass. And I guess you perfectly know what club I'm specifically referring to.

Slander Tongue's new full length, "Monochrome", is released on the ever so brilliant German label ALIEN SNATCH and was recorded in the full analog recording Studio B/AK18 in their home town of Berlin with the lacquers cut at Lathesville studio.

Monochrome is a really great album with an absolutely great sound and it start off with the ultra catchy -and soon to be classic- "All over the Place", a real rock'n'roll lesson in exactly 2.13".

And from there on it's a real greasy rollercoaster down to the last song of the record, "Barrel of Fun" which is actually an adaption of an Al Gorgoni song that’s on a 1970’s KFC commercial. SLANDER TONGUE is really a band full of surprises. So it was time for this blog to ask the guys some questions.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, what would you tell about your musical background to introduce Slander Tongue? Can you also introduce all members of the band who participated in the recordings? 

We’re a four-piece rock’n’roll band from Berlin, Germany. SLANDER TONGUE is Klaus on guitar, Chico on bass, Mirko on drums, and Axel on vocals / guitar. We all have played in different bands such as MODERN PETS, King Khan & THE SHRINES, SICK HORSE, BIKES – just to name a few…

On the new record we have contributions of Eblo on piano and several backup singers such as Jeff Clarke of the DEMON’S CLAWS / CLACK LIPS and the girls of THE INSERTS.

We’re usually described as some 70s-sounding rock’n’roll band, but the boys also like to shake their butts in a club to some serious Berlin beats every once in a while.

2) About Slander Tongue's new full-length album "Monochrome", what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track-by-track recording with lots of overdubs?

We recorded the album at STUDIO B in Berlin together with Smail Shock. The basic band tracking was done all live by the four of us together. We did a live test recording for fun there before, and it just felt like the most comfortable way to record… Nevertheless, we also did overdubs on top of the live takes like vocals, lead guitars, piano tracks, and percussions.

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology, or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?

STUDIO B is a full analog recording studio, and therefore no digital tech was used during the recording and mastering process. I think it fits the sound of the band quite well, but it doesn’t mean that we’re generally against digital means when it comes to producing records. In fact, we’re doing a lot of demos digitally and catching ideas on telephones. Man, life is easyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…

4) How would you describe the music you are playing? If I were to call it PowerPop/rock'n'roll à la Real Kids, would you agree with this label? Are you proud of it, or do you consider there is way more than that? 

Call it whatever you want. I like the pop, I like the rock, and I love the roll. Rock’n’roll à la REAL KIDS sounds good, but we’ve already heard that a bunch of times. I’m a sucker for PowerPop, but we’re also living on a thin line. 

In the end, we just do whatever comes out naturally... Of course, you’re always somehow influenced by certain styles, genres, bands and what not, but there’s no such thing that we want to sound like a specific band or copy a certain genre. It’s only rock’n’roll and I like it!

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

Stuff that happens around you, I guess? “Ouch -  it hurts!” It could literally be anything…

6) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the newly released LP?? 

Yeah! We did a clip of the song “Monochrome” at Wowsville’s basement together with Andie Riekstina. Check it out here: 


7) What can concert goers expect at a Slander Tongue gig? Are you playin' any famous cover songs during the concert?

Expect a serious good time! We don’t really do covers. We did an adaption of an Al Gorgoni song that’s on a 1970’s KFC commercial album called “Have a Barrel of Fun”. Check out the original - it’s fingerlickin’ good!

8) Are there any bands in Germany today you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?

NO MERCY from Heilbronn. Apart from that not really…

9) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager? What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today in Slander Tongue.


10) What are the plans for for 2023 as far as Slander Tongue is concerned?

We’re having a bunch of shows in spring and during the summer including a short trip in May around the Cosmic Trip Festival in Bourges. We’re planning another tour in Southern Europe / Spain towards the end of the year. Apart from that we’re working on new material for the next records. Stay tuned!

11) Anything you wanna add?

Alberto is a stooge.


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The EVIL FUZZHEADS - Evil Savage Voodoo

EVIL SAVAGE VOODOO is the sophomore album by the EVIL FUZZHEADS. The band is led by Eric St John, Guitar and vocals (The Vice Barons, The Mighty Gordinis, The Ratboys, to name a few). His daughter Iris St John is playing the bass. 

This time around, Magic Nico (Mighty Gordinis, The Moon Invaders,The Caroloregians and to many other bands to mention) has joined behind the drum kit and on Hammond Organ.

The result is stellar: the sound is crisp and The Hammond and the fuzz are battling on every track. The tempo is steady and the groove is tight. The songs are fierce yet catchy as hell and are soon to be classics of 60's influenced garage.

Key Words : 60's garage, Hammond, Reverb, Fuzz

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gasoline - "The Orange Album"

This is an album by a brilliant Parisian duo that was released early this year but the band took so long to answer the questions for the interview that it is only published now. Great stuff anyway, give it a listen! It's really worth it.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about Gasoline to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band? What are your various individual backgrounds?

Gasoline is a french duo composed by Théo Gosselin on the drums and Thomas Baignères on guitar and vocals. Théo Gosselin is a french photographer, famous for his road trips and rock'n'roll pictures. Thomas Baignères, before joining Gasoline, played in several bands, including "leSpark", "Flare Voyant" and "Les Darlings". Both of them united by some common friends created "Gasoline" a powerful rock'n'roll duo inspired by the sixties, seventies, Swinging London, Woodstock, with a great combination of Thomas iconic voice, guitar riffs and Th?o's heavy drum . We formed the duo in 2019. 

2) About the full length record "The Orange Album", can you explain the choice of this title? What can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

Theo chose the orange as the color of this first album. The second one will be "The Green Album". This choice is more esthetic than anything else. About the recording process, we have been recording really quickly, three days for the takes and three days for the mixing! That was a live recording but we added afterwards some overdubs.

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

We have been using both! First we managed to do a digital recording, but then the final result was on a tape. 

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

We both compose music and write songs! Even if Theo is the drummer, he has a lot of ideas of guitar riffs and lyrics!

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

Rock'n'roll is obviously the main subject, we would say that there are a lot of topics related to rock'n'roll: not only sex and drugs, but it is a whole universe that we love to talk about. 

6) To what kind of music did you listen to as teenagers and does it still influence your today work?
What were your favorite bands as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

Thomas : For me that would definitely be the Rolling Stones, and all the blues men that inspired them: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf. This music still inspires my work today of course!

Théo : As a teenager I listened a lot of grunge and then punk rock and hardcore.They influenced a lot my way of drumming and the gear I used. I’m loud, very loud And I need really strong gear. I basically learned to play drums watching Dave grohl. He is powerful and simple and visually extremely interesting That’s why it’s so important for me to move a lot and show to the audience I’m having fun!I hate lazy drummers ! If you play rock roll you have to push yourself and give 100% !

Here are 3 bands that changed my life ! They are obvious but so important: Nirvana,  Graveyard,  Comeback kid 3 styles but they are my childhood. Now I listen more to rock roll music,  Old and independent rock and folk music 

7) Do you have a new video on youtube featuring a track from the full length? 


8) What can concert goers expect at a gig of Gasoline? Are you playing any famous cover songs during the gig? 

We used to play "Gloria" but we don't play it anymore. Anyone coming to Gasoline gig can expect a good and strong rock'n'roll vibe!

9) Are there any bands in France you consider yourself close to, musically speaking?

Most of the band we like would be in the USA or UK! But we love and feel really close to the bands from our label "Celebration Days Records" such as "Cheap Wine" for example!

10) How would You describe the music you're playing? Is this Garage Rock or do you consider there is way more than that?

Garage rock of course mixed with blues and a little bit of punk rock, but at the end it's only rock'n'roll!

11) What are the plans for 2022 as far as Gasoline are concerned? 

Now that the album is released, we will keep playing live and work on the record of next album!

12) Anything you wanna add?



Saturday, July 23, 2022

Gyasi - Pronounced Jah-See

In the woods of West Virginia, in an isolated hollow, a young boy thought he was a peacock. When he realized, much to his dismay, that he was not a peacock, he picked up a guitar. "Pronounced Jah-See" is his official debut full length released on Alive Records And it's brilliant. Gyasi is the new face of Glam Rock.

1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about you and your musical background to introduce yourself? Can you also introduce the other guys who participated on the recordings? Are they going to be part of your "live" backing band?

Well I grew up in a holler in rural West Virginia with parents that were part of the "back to the land" movement who had moved there to live close to the land and learn old ways of farming and living primitively. They had an amazing record collection of early blues, jazz, world music, and rock and roll records so I was exposed to a lot of music that most people my age were not at that time. I got a guitar at age 6 and began playing along with records and learning everything I could. I started playing shows at age 12 with my first band and writing songs. After high school I went to the Berklee College of Music to study music further, playing mainly hot jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. As I began writing more I decided to combine all my interests into one project which led to the recordings on this record. 

The recordings and live band differ a bit. Most of the sessions were done by just me and a drummer named Ammed Solomon. Some tunes are me playing all the instruments, and some are my full touring lineup. It all depends on the circumstances of the writing/recording of the song. About half were recorded at my home studio and the other half were done at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The current lineup is Cole Bearden on bass, Sam Skorik on drums, and Ricky Dover Jr.  guitar. 

2) About your new released full length album "Pronounced Jah-See",  what can you tell about the 5 tracks that were already on your self released CD "ANDROGYNE" from 2019? Were these 5 tracks re-recorded for the new release or are they the same recordings than the one on the previous CD?

They are the same recordings but they were remastered. These were songs that the label really liked and wanted to give them a vinyl release. This album’s overall goal was to serve as an introduction. That’s why I called it “Pronounced Jah-See” because the first thing people ask when they discover me is how to pronounce the name. Both Alive Records and I thought those songs were important to include as a good introduction to my music. 

3) Do you use the nowadays digital recording technology or do you only work with analog machines in analog studios?

I basically use an analog/digital hybrid setup now where I will record to tape and then transfer to digital for overdubs and mixing. Some songs have been all tape and some all digital. Just depends on what suits the song at the time. Generally I prefer tape, or at least working in a similar workflow to recording to tape. I find it usually yields performances and recordings with a certain energy that seems harder to get with digital for some reason. 

4) Would you agree to say that the cover pictures (and even the title) of the self released CD were more sexually orientated, almost like a statement. The pictures of the new CD/LP  - although really great, specially the back picture- are a step away from this statement. Is this an attempt to avoid shocking the larger masses?

Mmmm no I don't think there was any conscious thinking that way. I’m not afraid of shocking the masses. It’s just a different collection of songs. In this case it's more of an introduction so that was how I packaged it. It's not as much of a conceptual album per day. "Androgyne" is more provocative because that was more of what those collection of songs was about. 

5) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write the lyrics to a new song?

I tend to write about characters who are searching for identity and reinvention. I grew up in a very narrow minded environment (in public school) and had to break out of that and find my identity so that seems to come pretty easily as subject matter. Also sexuality, desire, love tend to be common topics. But my hope is that I can write about anything. Working on branching out my lyrical topics on some of the new tunes I’m working on. 

6) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new CD/LP?? 

I don't have any new music videos at the moment. Just some recent live videos. That’s something in the works now so stay tuned for some new music videos in the near future. 

7) What can concert goers expect at a Gyasi gig? Are you playin' any famous cover songs during the gig? 

I want my shows to be transportive. I try to create a world in my music and performance. I think of it very much like theatre. To cast a spell beyond just the performance of the tunes but to take the audience somewhere they may not have been expecting. The best shows I ever saw were like that so I’m always trying to achieve that magic. There really is nothing better than the power of live performance. That is where I feel most at home. Sometimes I'll throw covers in. Usually they tend to be blues songs that we’ll put in the middle of some tunes. Sometimes we’ll do “Waiting For the Man" by Velvet Underground or “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex. 

8) Are there any bands in The USA today you consider yourself close to musically speaking?

Hmm not too many these days. In the US at least. I really like the band Starcrawler. They rule. They're a bit different from what I do but it's great theatrical rock and roll. 

9) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin. I was obsessed with that music. It took hold of me and I wanted to learn every note of it. Also the White Stripes were a huge influence, and the only contemporary band I listened to at that time. T Rex was another favorite band of mine at that time that still is a big influence. 

10) What are the plans for the rest of 2022 as far as you're concerned? Are you going to tour Europe in support of this new record?

We’re currently working on a new record as well as playing a weekly residency in Nashville. We’ll be touring in the states a fair bit. European dates are in the works! No specific dates to announce yet but it’s looking like a fall tour, which is very exciting as I’ve wanted to come to Europe for a long time. 

11) Anything you wanna add?

Thanks so much for the interview and I hope to see you at a show in Europe!

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