Dounia

If there was another word for perfect it would be Dounia. I found her on Instagram, paying no attention to her music, creeping on her, mostly just being jealous of her clothes. One lazy night I thought eh fuck it lets have a look at this video, turns out it was a live acoustic of East Coast Hiding. I am now listening to it on repeat and will continue to do so for hours.

I don’t typically like female singers, I usually find them whiny and annoying but Dounia’s voice has a very distinctive coolness to it. It’s a sexy cool, not something you would listen to whilst jerking off in the darkness, there’s something more flirty about it. I was attempting to compare it to Lana Del Rey in my head however realistically Dounia surpasses her in every way possible (speaking as a fan of Lana).

If you’re not already get your ass over to that SoundCloud link and give this woman as much love as humanly possible (without getting stalky…).

Here are links to her SoundCloud and social media:

https://www.instagram.com/dounia/

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Dyslexic Postcards

This week I met up with the Dyslexic Postcards to discuss porn, death and most importantly their plans for the near future, including music videos and a brand new record!

If you were making a porno, what would it be called and would it have a specific plot?

Josh Xmas (Lead Vocals/Guitar): ‘Thar She Blows.’ It would be on pirate ship, everyone would be wearing eye patches, a parrot would be narrating and quoting Henry Miller, and I’d cast an elderly sailor with a peg leg to stand in the corner and shout encouraging words at the actors.

Xaxier (Bass guitar): Our porn would be called “Sexdaily Postcards.” There really wouldn’t be a specific plot, just 90 minutes of “wrong hole sex.” Some argue that there is no wrong hole.

JoeSmooth (Drums/Back vocals): “Saving Ryan’s Parts” A group of medical soldiers go into hostile territory to save their wounded friend & recover his penis, preventing it from being devoured by Nazi “Dick Eating” women soldiers.

What’s the inspiration behind ‘Give me reason to die’?

JoeSmooth: That’s Josh’s territory.

Xavier: Uhhh…. that’s Josh’s question. [laughs]

Josh Xmas: “Give Me Reason to Die” is essentially a call to a theoretical partner to put up or shut up instead of just saying the words “I love you” I’m asking them to prove it, to show me they’re the kind of person that I would put my life on the line for.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist, who would it be and why?

Josh Xmas: Obviously, we have certain musical influences but I don’t want to name- drop here and give them free publicity off our backs – if they want public praise from me they’re gonna have to work for it…you know, like some retweets or a fruit basket, something like that. [Laughs]

Xavier: I think it would be good if we could tour with bands that match our energy.

As far as new bands go, I have no idea, but Talking Heads, PIL, The Cult, and Violent Femmes (just to name a few.) Maybe Sonic Youth…

JoeSmooth:… and The Flaming Lips. They seem to have freedom from the record company to record/ release what they want.

If you could choose how you die, what would be your way to go?

Josh Xmas: In bed with my girlfriend after a marathon sex session. [Grins]

JoeSmooth: Death by a “Stunt Double”… that way my fans can always see me go out in a blaze of glory.

Xavier: Heart attack while acting in the last scene of “Sex Daily Postcards,” very theatrical!

Walk me through the creative process of the making of your latest EP ‘Spare the Altar’.

Josh Xmas: We don’t really have a process, as a songwriter I write down what I’m feeling at the moment. I don’t have a problem writing music, I’ll put lyrics to it and then bounce it off the band and see if it clicks. It’s all about the music – I don’t try to stress about finishing the lyrics beforehand because I might go back and change things if they don’t jive with what we’re all trying to go for as a band. The title of the EP kind of lends itself to my “process” so to speak because there’s no set formula to it, no set rules, it doesn’t conform to some accepted or expected norm – it’s a raw, anti- establishment approach to creating music.

Xavier: ummm… Trial, error… and weed?

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

Josh Xmas: We’ve got a North American tour coming up and right we’ll be filming some music videos for the songs “Give Me Reason To Die” and “So So Lover”. I won’t give away too much because I want to keep an element of surprise.

Xavier: Plus, we’re currently working on Sweet Science, which is going to be our next record. This one is a little heavier, but still radio friendly. Rock ‘n’ Roll you’d expect from us…

Josh Xmas: …Which we’re planning on debuting in a unique way that will hopefully reach a wide audience, impress our fans and attract even more of them, so stay tuned!

Make sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter for updates!

 

Interview with WEAK13

Walk me through the creative process of your debut album ‘They Live’ 

Well we took our time to make sure that this debut studio album was exactly how we wanted it to sound along with being morally honest and artistically satisfying; not all
artists or bands have that luxury of time. We basically wrote a lot of songs between us before finding our ideal producer who is Mr John Stewart and then us going head first into the studio. On our first recording session we decided which tunes would be great on an album. However, once we got started I think the whole creative gene started going AWOL and me and bass player Wesley Smith would have written about ten more ideas for new songs. We’d be there thinking “We can’t put every song idea into this album” so we’d then go back and rethink. Looking back now I imagine that only about 2 songs out of our first intended batch such as ‘Sex Pest’ and ‘Joke’ actually survived to make it to the finished album. 

We kept coming up with bigger, new tunes and it was a real debate as to which track to record next. I’ve got personal favorites that never made it to the album because in the end we decided rather than rant about who likes what the most; we thought of the fans and our bands’ message and decided to just make a great album.

Making a great album is a challenge, I think, for songwriters than just making one great song. An album is longer way of telling a story and it’s an art form to ensure that you’ve not only made a powerful record but one that people will want to play from start to finish over and over again.

What’s the inspiration behind the song ‘Obey the Slave’?

Common sense, our lying media, all wars, brainwashing, population control under our very noses and hard facts that no one seems willing to address. ‘Obey the Slave’ is about everything that’s wrong, it’s the last tune on the ‘They Live’ album and a lot of people have asked us “what’s it about?”. Truth is we couldn’t say everything in one song which is why it very nicely sets things up for our second album which we’ve started production on.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist who would it be and why?

That’s a good question. Well a lot of my earlier heroes are either dead now or faked their death. The new music from bands and songwriters coming from the underground scene in the Midlands in England is very inspiring and there’s a lot of bands and writers I’d love to work with. I pretty much work on the gig circuit with people I respect but there are still a few left on the “to work with” list. I’d love to write a song with Left for Red.

Where did the band name WEAK13 come from?

There’s the long way I answer this normally and there’s the short way; this time it’s the short way. I just wanted the best band name in the world and that’s our band name.

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career?

I don’t. Well I seem to have got this far spinning multiple plates that it’s all just instinct anyway. Our music isn’t just a bunch of tunes; they are messages of hope and survival surrounded by a very fake cold uncaring world and it’s a duty to get the message out. So your personal life can suffer sometimes. I try and have as much fun as possible in everything I do and I think that pisses a lot of critics off but they just see the fun finished products a lot of the time. It’s hard to create everything that’s in your head that you think about in one month and people are misled into taking hard work for granted. Sometimes things don’t go the way you intended them to and you have to wait. Like some folks are always finding time to do a particular everyday thing but are always worrying about what they haven’t done; you just gotta take a step back on occasions and make sure you are happy with your personal life.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

The second WEAK13 studio album is our main agenda. We are making new music videos for some of the other tunes from the ‘They Live’ album. That album is growing in popularity and we’re very proud of it. You can order it on weak13official.com.

And don’t forget to check out the band on Twitter and Facebook.

Interview with Darkstone Crows

What’s the inspiration behind the song ‘Piece of Mind’?

Jiv: Piece of Mind was inspired by a friend of mine that was sexually abused. She eventually ended up developing multiple personality disorder as a result of the trauma. I wrote the lyrics from her perspective and what I would imagine she went through. Obviously. I could never know what she went through but it was a lyrical peek into that situation; an exploration.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist who would it be a
nd why?

Elle: Stevie Nicks. I’d love to sing with her. She has such a unique, beautiful voice and I love her music. She’s very interesting and her music and lyrics really strike a chord with me.

Nick: Misha Mansooe or Nolly Getgood. Hands down, the best producers I’ve ever heard.

Jiv: Tool for sure. Because a) they’d be back in full swing and b) I’d learn so much from their musicianship.

Matt: Avenged Sevenfold because they are Gods.

Russ: Probably Jim Root of Slipknot, the guy has some serious modern chops, but a very classic mind for music.

Where did the band name, Darkstone Crows, come from?

Originally, we were thinking Darkstorm Crows, but one day, Jiv was stumbling on her words and said Darkstone Crows and it stuck.

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career?

You have to prioritize the music, always.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

We are currently working on our first full length album, featuring Jonny Rage and Lindsay Schoolcraft of Cradle of Filth!

And don’t forget to check them out on Twitter and Facebook!

Interview with MissDefiant

What inspired your newly released single ‘Ear Candy’?

Jordan: We wanted to create a real ‘banger’ of a song! Something people would get up and dance to in the clubs. You know that feeling where you will lis
ten to a song on repeat over and over again, and it’s like a treat for your ears. It’s that piece of candy you’ve been craving all day. We then came up with the words ‘Ear Candy’. We loved the saying ‘givin’ me life’ something about that saying made us both laugh! So we wanted to include it in this song.

Emily: A lot of our songs that we have coming out on the album have a strong message, like our track “133T” which is an anti-drug song and “Fairytale” which is about cyberbullying, so it was fun to write a track which was all about that moment when you’re loving a song in a club.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist, who would it be and why?

E: Lady GaGa & Madonna.. what babes!

J: Now that’s a hard question..as there are so many!! Mine would be Snoop Dogg, Charli XCX, Britney, Eminem, Tinie Tempah & Disclosure.

If you could choose how you die, what would be your way to go?

J: Wow..this is a tough! I would probably try and overdose on Nutella, i heard it can be deadly in large quantities!

E: Laughing!!

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career?

E: Sometimes it’s full on, but we love it. Our friends are really into coming along to our gigs and supporting us too which is awesome.

J: It’s manic! But I love being busy, I think I’m one of those people who has to always be doing something productive or fun! I love going ‘out out’ but also knuckling down and working hard in the studio and rehearsing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

J: Hopefully at the top of the charts and on a world tour!

E: Touring would be amazing, I love travelling so if we could do it for work and meet fans that would be a dream. it would be great to collab with some of the huge artists we just mentioned too.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

E: Our debut album is coming out soon, along with a b-side of acoustics and remixes. So exciting and nerve-racking for us to release it, but it’ll be great to get it out there!

J: We also have some really exciting top secret collaborations in the pipeline too, so we can’t wait to share these with you! Our next single “Calculator” that’s out on 7th Oct is my favorite so far, can’t wait for you all to hear it!

And don’t forget to check them out on Twitter and Facebook!

Interview with EastDear Park

Walk me through the creative process of your latest EP ‘M’.

After we released our album “Reflections”, our band went through a LOT of ups and downs. None of us come from money, so we were all pretty much on our own financially and wow did the real world hit us all in the face. We got to learn all about working shitty jobs to pay rent and shitty bills while still trying to keep the flame alive and keep the band moving. We each had our dark spot and almost completely quit all together at one point. After it seemed like all we worked for was lost, we came together and wrote four of the best songs we’ve ever written in our opinion. The lyrics were everything I felt us go through over those two years and I could not be more proud of this EP. It shows that there is always light after darkness, and that if you just keep fighting all your adversities will only strengthen you.

What’s the inspiration behind the songs?

The ups and downs over the past years were crazy. The ups were amazing and oh man were the downs dark, but now we’re stronger than ever and the flame couldn’t be more alive than it is now in each of us. If you listen to the EP from front to back, you’ll hear the tone go from distraught and angry to uplifting and optimistic, just like the ups and downs in life.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist who would it be and why?

Touring with August Burns Red, Between The Buried and Me, The Contortionist, and Wage War would be such a sick lineup.

Where did the band name, EastDear Park, come from?

We started practicing at my parents house which is located off of East Deer Park rd. Growing up in that neighborhood getting into all sorts of trouble made us who we are today. We wanted a name that didn’t define us musically, but represented where we came from.

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career?

It’s definitely tough, but everything we do at this point is to further the band. If you decide to make it in a band, you have to accept that you’re gonna have to sacrifice living a normal life. Being social has to come sparingly, and definitely don’t expect a life of luxury. Just know that what you need is more important than what you want. Going out and partying now is fun, but partying on a tour bus traveling the country sounds much more worth it.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

Right now we’re working on two more music videos and getting ready to start hitting the road in October!!

And don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Bandcamp pages!

 

Thoughts from beyond the grave

I’ve been seeing a lot of health insurance adverts telling me in going to die soon and it makes me wonder about life and death. I think about what will happen to my body after I go, donate it for scientific research? A burial? Cremation?

It would be pretty great to have some intern open me up and play with my insides but another great idea would having my bare body buried under some tree to decompose. Or maybe just letting wild animals eat my rotting carcass. And before you think, god damn that’s depressing, it’s actually more interesting for me than anything else. I’m not scared of death, I feel like when the time is right it will happen. I also don’t believe in an afterlife, I feel like that’s just a notion used to comfort people who aren’t ready for the inevitable.

I recently went to a wedding of a very close friend, happy thoughts for the couple of course but it’s also hard to ignore the ‘what the fuck am I doing with my life’ thoughts, the answer to that depresses me: ‘not much’. Most of the time, whatever I’m doing I feel like I’m standing still, agonising feeling but let’s save that for another article.

You should never have to question if you have or are currently doing enough to keep yourself satisfied. And no, it’s not about keeping ‘God’ happy or following all the rules to keep everyone else around you happy. I believe it’s doing whatever makes you content or satisfied (and if you’re not hurting anyone else then what’s wrong with it?). It’s interesting that people who keep their focus on things like God and ‘social rules’ all throughout life tend to believe in an afterlife. A reward after some kind of mission ends.

That’s where I’m gonna leave it for today. Something to think about perhaps.

Interview with Darius of The Deadnotes

hereWalk me through the creative process of your upcoming debut album ‘I’ll Kiss All Fears out of Your Face’.

A couple songs off that record are very old ones for us and were written already two years ago or something. However the most tracks have been written in very short period of time or even in the studio and during the recording process as well. It usually takes us ages until we’re happy with the product and I remember us trying to arrange a 10 second part for 3 hours. This time we wanted to make it different. We met one week before we went to the studio, gathered all our ideas and tried to make the very best out of it. I think that really helped to keep the fundament of the album and also the lyrics as rough and straight from the heart as possible.

How do you balance your personal life and your musical career?

Since we finished school two years ago we did music pretty much full time. We all do random part time jobs so that we’re able pay our rents somehow. Anyway we’re super lucky that our jobs work super flexible time-wise which means we have the opportunity to go on tour whenever we want. I know that it definitely won’t stay like this forever so I do my best to appreciate the current situation.

What’s the inspiration behind the song ‘Sad & Done’?

It’s song exactly about the balance between personal issues and being on tour or just travelling for a long time in general. When on the road I always get to the point where I question myself why do you do this as there’s so many people at home that you miss, you didn’t get proper sleep for a couple of days and actually got a lot of troubles to fix back home. But then there’s the moments and that’s fortunately most of the time where it just feels incredible and I’m drowning in smiles. Where I couldn’t be happier about the current situation, the people the music and even hanging out in a small car for 10 hours feels comfortable. It’s always hard to find the gap in between such ups and downs when your mind is already in the up and down flow.

If you could co-operate with any band or artist who would it be and why?

Would pretty much love to co-operate with any band. When I was younger and still I’m pretty much into arena rock bands such as Bon Jovi. Something like that would be sick.

We actually just filmed an acoustic session together with Ben from SUCH GOLD. That was great. We love that band, they’re a fantastic bunch of people and I’d consider myself as a real fan. It was a huge pleasure for us that he did that.

Where did the band name, The Deadnotes, come from?

There’s no big deal about it. Our bass player Jakob came up with that idea super randomly almost 5 years ago. Our 14 year old selves just thought it sounded super cool or something. We should have tried “www.bandnamen-generator.de/”. Will definitely do that next time.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see next?

We just filmed a new music video a couple of days ago. Our debut album “I’ll kiss all fears out of your face” will be out October 7 and we still got loads of shows coming up in autumn and winter for example with our friends in Astpai on their 15 years anniversary tour or “This is my Fest” in Paris which I literally can’t wait for. Guess there’s a lot to expect from us this year.

You can pre-order their album here and don’t forget to check out their webpage and their Facebook!

The Insomnia58 Experience

So on Monday I got myself up to Birmingham and went to the NEC to check out Insomnia (it’s a gaming festival for all of you who don’t know and/or care). I had to get my fat ass up 6am in order to get there for 10. And no the drive is not 5 hours, good ol’ polish had to put on makeup to disguise the hate, next a drive to a buddies house so his ass can drive there. Not gonna lie being in a car with 4 guys for 2 and a half hours (each way), not the worst experience.

My perverted thoughts aside, as soon as we arrived the smell of nerd was in the air. It was easy to tell we were in the right place- oh and let’s not forget massive signs were everywhere. As we were let into the expo hall, my buddies ran for the Xbox stand- well for them it was walking but since I’m a short motherfucker, I had to run…

Let’s get to the games (finally, right…). the ones I tried out included (and this is all over not just Xbox) the new Dead Rising, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of war, Gang Bests- all of these have the polish stamp of approval, they’re pretty great. Only 4 games you say? What the fuck were you doing there the rest of your time you say? Where are actual game reviews you say?

Well my dear reader, the last one ain’t happening. As for your other questions, I was in line to meet Vanoss (which didn’t happen), however I did manage to meet Gassy Mexican and Terroriser-they are Youtubers for anyone living under a rock. It was personally (and still is) hard for me to believe how genuinely nice those two guys are, they’re nothing but that-two nice guys playing video games. Also damn, Max’s accent. As well as watching Mini Ladd with Terroriser and Syndicate (and I wish I cared more about Syndicate) on stage playing rocket league with errr.. British people, it was fun before I got bored and went home.

And so overall Insomnia is fucking fun and all of you nerds reading this should go there for sure (even though security is virtually non-existent). There was also a load of merchandise and shit to buy, me being a poor cunt, only got myself a crappy skull t-shirt which I wear to sleep and other things….. Let’s leave it at that.