Kickacts interviews Jon from “FREAKS LIKE ME”!

Posted onApril 24, 2015
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Kick Acts Slightly EXTREME:

 

(Editor note:) Finally an interview I freaking dig! Jon goes all balls out on this one! Two middle fingers up!
Freaks PromoImage1Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

We’re a 3 piece rock band based out of Boston. Though we’re actually from different parts of the globe. I’m from Ireland, Steve’s from the US & Dave’s from the UK. We’ve been playing together now since 2009, & have just released our album ‘Philosophies for the modern ant’ through Pavement/Sony.
You can find us online on our Facebook facebook.com/freakslikememusic

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Our influences are quite varied really. Everything from old blues guys like Son House, to stuff like Rush or Failure. Our tastes can be very different. We all love the Beatles, Nirvana, AIC, Tool. So we draw from everything I guess. We just like good music.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Jon: Have patience. Stay the course. Remember your goals & stick to them. You’ll meet a lot of dicks along the way. But they’re just roadblocks. Don’t let them slow you down. & I know it sounds corny as hell…But a bit of self belief goes a long way.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

I reckon I’ve ignored far too many pieces of good advice in my life to answer that question accurately.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Best gig experience is a hard one. We’ve had many great shows in various places around the world. But, I gotta say Mathew Street festival in Liverpool was a personal favorite of mine. There were like 100,000+ jumping people. It was total madness. Worst gig…I won’t name the venue, but it was awful. Load in was a nightmare, load out was a nightmare. The sound system sucked. The sound guy was clueless, and we were all exhausted & in pain. We normally play anything up to 2 hours. But that night
we just trashed the stage & left after 60 minutes. We won’t be making a return to that place any time soon.

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I write quite a bit & like art. Digital artwork keeps me busy when I get bored.
Also, on occasion, I like to strip off bollock naked, cover myself in marmite & run blindfolded into a rough neighborhood armed with nothing but a French baguette and a dead hedgehog. But, only when the mood takes me.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

The music industry is just a wasteland now isn’t it?. I mean, People are just trying to make it, trying to survive in place totally dominated by these corporate whores & faces. Everything is sexualized. Its beyond crazy. Kids are watching this & following their leads. Because that’s what kids do. They imitate. Some could argue that watching some of the rock bands of today can be just as damaging. Bullshit! I’d much rather sit my seven year old in front of a Slipknot video than have her sat there staring at some dude practically rubbing his bellend off the camera lens, or some trashy tart lip syncing to some innane drivel whilst dressed like a bad kerb crawler.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

I hate those all of those shows so much…with a passion. You could bottle the disgust I feel for them. The judges are simply awful. Laughing & jeering people, even when they appear to be challenged in some way. They should all be lined up & kicked into a dark pit, Spartan style.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

Thats a difficult subject to address. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve done my fair share of downloading. All in the past of course, ahem. The thing that annoys me though, is People acting like its all new.
Its really not. I, like a lot of people, was illegally ‘downloading’ stuff in the 80’s & 90’s, from the radio.
Remember, Cassette tapes? Push play & the big Record buttons together. trying to catch all your favorite new songs as they played on the Saturday Radio Rock show. Copying music has been there for a long time, & it will be there for a long time to come. Money will still be made, t-shirts sold, tickets bought. The
industry always finds a way.

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Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Dave once quit a band when they asked him to wear what he perceived to be a ladies blouse on stage. Oh, & Gwen Steffani once made him a cup of tea. Steve may kill me for saying this, but he has an unbelievable curve at the end of his spine. I mean, really bad looking. Like, it should be
completely debilitating, he was told this by a medical professional. But somehow he can still drum better than anyone I’ve seen. He just gets on stage night after night & wails on those things. How, I will never know, & either will his doctors. He really is a freak of nature.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

I’ve actually only watched Gilligan’s Island a couple of times as a kid & remember nothing of it. But, I have just phoned a friend. I’ll go with Ginger Grant, Final answer.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
I used to have quite a bit of vinyl a few years back, but it was pilfered by a bunch of utter cunts! (am I allowed to say that?….moving on) (Editor note: cunt is perfectly acceptable, so is pussies, dickbags,ass hats, etc) I still have a couple. I have an original pressing of The Doors – LA Woman, which I still love.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Sorry, I’ll have to go with Ozzy on this one…Who the Fuck is Justin Bieber? Could I somehow make a canoe out of him?

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

For a truly worthwhile answer, you should be asking her dad Billy Ray. I saw a great photo recently of Miley posing with a fan, in her skimpiest underwear, tongue out as usual. The mirror behind them caught the refection of a very sad & broken looking Billy Ray. Can you imagine seeing your daughter go from sweet country styled teen to twerking, sledgehammer licking ball rider?

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?

Nobody should be charged money to see someone mouth the words to their own songs. Its an insult to the people that paid to see a Live show.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

I could be a douche here & Say FLM…But honestly, who knows? There’s a ‘New Big Thing’ or must have product almost every time you switch on a tv, or pick up a magazine. People need constant distraction so that they don’t have to pay too much attention to whats really going on in the world around them.

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

John Lennon. I think I’d go insane if someone took that away from me. I’ve loved Lennon/The Beatles since I was five years old. Its in my blood. It would be like taking away my oxygen.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I’m a lesbian.

Favorite movie of all time and why.
Cool hand Luke, Paul Newman. I just love that movie. It about a guy that just won’t give up, won’t give in. He fights & fights, even when he knows he’s lost. When the odds are just stacked against him. I’ve always admired that character.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

I could say many things here, but I won’t bore you all. I’ll just say, support ‘Real’ music! Don’t get suckered into the mainstream bullshit. Go see live some shows & support your local clubs. & finally…buy our  album! We need your support too! The music industry isn’t the suits or the faces behind it. It’s all of you guys out there. Your support can change everything! & looking at the state of music today, a change needs to happen!

KickActs interviews Jason Delismon of A.D.D!

Posted onApril 10, 2015
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ADDWelcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.*

https://www.facebook.com/Analog.Digital.Disorder

 Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

11000056_790353894345337_3653843769881387303_nJust to name a Few A.D.D.’s influences are SevenDust,Heart and Everything in between. We love and appreciate all styles of music. Really think it helps us to be creative in our own writing process. My influences personally as a Drummer include Morgan Rose(Sevendust) Vinnie Paul (Pantera,Damage Plan,Hell Yeah) Charlie Benante(Anthrax) and John Bonham. I’m a Heavy hitter as Well as a Showman and they all influence and inspire me to play.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Not to let any rough patches discourage you. It is a rough business but stay true to what you believe in and follow your Dream.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Wouldn’t say ignore, we may have taken a different approach in the past, but everyday you learn something new. It’s all a learning curve.

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
In 2009 we shared the stage with Korn,Chevelle,and Halestorm for Rockstock in Iowa at a Sports Stadium, and the Crowd was absolutely intense and amazing.

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos? 
We all pretty much throughout the years have been super passionate and driven to trying to pursue our dream and passion for music.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Definitely! All bands working together to create a buzz and promote each other. At the end of the day everyone is trying to reach the same goals to having a long term career so if we all work together to achieve their goals it will be a recipe for success.
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

If anything definitely helped inspire all musicians and artists to want to take their talent to the next level.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
Unauthorized downloads definitely effect album sales. Support starving artists and purchase their music through the appropriate channels.

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

We all act silly at times.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Yes I do but unfortunately don’t have any.
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Definitely avoid him.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I think she is talented, I believe everyone has the right to express the way they want to dress and use their creative abilities in anyway they choose.

CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME A.D.D. SONG “I REGRET”!

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?

Real Vocals Definitely!
Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Not really sure hoping our band A.D.D. Definitely want to make some noise in 2015!

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One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

We can’t get enough of Sevendust because they are super tight and melodic.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Not really a confession but I’m a Neat Freak.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

Good Fellas because I enjoy mobster movies and this one has some comedy in
it.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Truly believe that we need to build back up some really great rock station in every city so that all the bands pushing their singles that are touring have a Great station to promote and help album sales as well as people discovering all the new bands coming out to help support the Music Scene and build it back up and strong.

Upcoming Show Dates:

Fri. Mar. 27th – Mojoes – Joliet, IL – HEADLINE CD Release show

Sat. Apr. 4th – Crazy Coyote – Burlington, IA

Sat. Apr. 11th – Freakster’s Roadhouse – HEADLINE – Pontiac, IL

Thu. April 16th – Nevin’s – HEADLINE – Plainfield, IL

Fri. Apr. 24th – On the Rox w/ Wayland – Jacksonville, IL

Thu. May 7th – Mojoes w/ Black Stone Cherry – Joliet, IL

Sun. May 10th – High Noon Saloon w/ Y&T – Madison, WI

Sat. June 5th – Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI

Fri. July 17th – Rockfest – Cadott, WI

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EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS sneak peek video!

Posted onApril 1, 2015
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The Chicago, IL based band released Devil in the Lake via Pavement Entertainment
in January of 2014. On April 27th they will release a brand new music video
for their single “Change” off of the record and on May 5th the band will
re-release the record with 9 bonus tracks that will include acoustic takes
and demos of the songs you may already know!

For the awesome interview with E&E click <HERE>!

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TOUR DATES

April 4, 2015    Moline, IL                     Rascal's Live

April 7, 2015    Macomb, IL                    The Outskirts  w/ Saving Abel

April 25, 2015  South Barrington, IL            Penny Road Pub

June 6, 2015     Frindley, MN                   Pickle Park w/ Jake E. Lee's
Red Dragon Cartel

July 18, 2015    Cadott, WI                     Rock Fest

 

Kickacts interviews “One Way Mirror”

Posted onJanuary 20, 2015
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one way mirror

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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

966373_10151987063439925_1096094854_oHi. I’m Guillaume. The singer of this human association.

We’re French, great friends, we eat frogs and anything, we play some great music we do by the heart and I guess or hope our music is available everywhere..

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

If I have to speak for myself I will say:

Rage Against the machine

Midnight Oil

Guns n roses

Pantera

Why because they simply touched me as a human..

They changed me.. For the better or the worse. It’s not mine to choose.
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Don’t do it unless you are very good. And not only good in front of your mirror in your messy bedroom.

Everybody can pretend. This business needs consistence.
What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Nothing. I knew it all deep inside.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Worse: When the venue guy, as you are finishing the soundcheck as the doors are openinng, comes to you and says: Time is up. Curfew is strict and we only have time for the headliner.

Best: Play in a stadium with Metallica in front of 65000 people and my hotel room is in the stadium itself. Just have to walk from the bed to the stage in 5mn..

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?
I have a hobby which is also a job: Photography. I need to make money with everything I do. Music made me poor, hahahah!!! I have to think practical.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
I don’t listen to music much. Music is a selfish way to express myself and I like it this way.. Dealing with my mind takes too much time..
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
Hurts. It’s the worse shit ever. A shitty perfectly created world by fake perfect humans. They blind and misinform people and create a fake world that sucks big time.

They deserve to rot in hell. But I don’t believe in god. God is the first reality show.
What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
I hate it. They kill us. So are they killing culture. And culture is  everything. With food. Music and art are mind elevation.
Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
David has a huge ribcage, Franck snores with really weird sounds, Perdi is beautiful but ugly, Clement is intelligent but stupid and I am the worst nightmare.. Stupider than the rest of us.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?
I don’t know this place.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
I’m 36. I know what it is. I don’t remember what it was. I was too young. My first cd though was the first SEAL album. I still very much love it.
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?
No. This young dude is just victim of his success and his surrounding. And I’m not jealous. And as long as he likes what he does I won’t allow myself to judge him. I would try to get to know him to get to know what he’s made of. I’m sure he’s a nice guy after all.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I don’t know that person.
Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?
What do you think?? I’m not stupid..
Who, or what, is the next big thing?
Google managing to make my friends and I live until 300 years old in good health all the way.
One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…
Myself.
Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.
I hate silence. Silence is death and I can’t accept death. I get the point but I don’t accept it.

That’s why I drink.
Favorite movie of all time and why.
Maybe Minority report.. I don’t know why and I’m not even a fan of Tom Cruise. When you love it’s not always necessary to ask yourself why you love. That’s the magic of it.
Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!
Today 12 people died in France. They died because they had the freedom of speech and some people didn’t like it.

Freedom is our right.

Our soul needs it.

 Unfortunately the majority of the world is deprived of it.

We, who have it, must cherish it until the end.

We are lucky to be alive.

Emperors and Elephants “MAN OF GOD” (official video)

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To check out their awesome interview hit the link!

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Here’s an excerpt!

 

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect
to hear. 

Ron Stoppable can build anything with his hands.  Jeff Windish is super
smart, and a recording engineer that did a big part of our DEVIL IN THE
LAKE CD. Jason Meudt does all our merch and dog tags. works for Dean
Guitars and does all their filming, is a photographer and did all the art
work and Videos for our record. Jesse is always coming up with new topic
and songs and lyrics and plays guitar too. I’m surrounded by BADASSES!

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up
with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?  

Mary Ann she would be a good partner and Help Mate. Someone to work
together with.

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so,
what was it?

All the KISS records on vinyl.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the
first night in his sleep or what?

Try work together and we will see how it goes

*Former Stuck Mojo frontman BONZ to release new album Febuary 2015*

Posted onSeptember 17, 2014
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10628101_642067352558383_3011547763527326816_n[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Former Stuck Mojo frontman BONZ has just completed work on the new album
“Broken Silence”. In the early and mid 90’s Stuck Mojo broke new barriers
and trailblazed the Rap Rock genre with their brand of southern rock,
metal, and hip-hop influences. BONZ joined forces with guitarist Curt
Taylor (Primer 55) and picks right up where he left off with the new album
“Broken Silence”.

The album will be released in Febuary 2015 through a unique joint venture
between Eternal Sound Records (Germany)and Pavement Entertainment (USA).
Pavement will release the album in North America and Eternal Sound will
cover the rest of the world.

BONZ “Broken Silence” available February 2015 everywhere!

KickActs interviews Randy Cooper of “Emperors and Elephants”

Posted onJuly 18, 2014
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10419999_10204185358658373_6806969979779614396_nWelcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can
be found online.

I’m Born and Raised in Dumas Texas, Moved to Denison Texas at 16. Founded
and started the band Texas Hippie Coalition in 2003-2012. Now in the band
EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS out of Chicago. Signed to Pavement records. Touring
our brand new record released January 21st, 2014. DEVIL IN THE LAKE. I’m
living in Pittsburgh PA.

 

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, DIMEBAG, and Zakk Wylde. I play guitar
because of these guys and learned how to play from them. I’ve had the GREAT
Honor of Opening shows for PANTERA and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. I’m a Texas guy
so I met DIME and PANTERA at 17 and soon after that was opening many shows
for PANTERA in the North Texas area.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music
business?

Learn all you can by watching and listening to other people. Don’t let
ANYONE tell you You can’t do it, because YOU CAN!!! Don’t fry your brain on
Drugs and Alcohol cause you’re gonna need it. DON’T EVER GIVE UP OR QUIT!!!

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?  

I could have taken band in school as a kid but I chose to take sports.
You couldn’t do both, but I loved sports

Emperor

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to
share?

Playing on the Jerry Springer show and playing the Brazilian National
Anthem in San Paolo Brazil in front of 1000,000 people

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps?
Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or
boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I enjoy family time with my kids and girlfriend, fishing, boating,
camping, I’m so outdoors I hate being stuck in the house during winter. I
love spring and summer, Lakes and Water.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to
address that?

I miss music like the 80s. Every band was Killer and exciting to see
Live. I’m glad I learned to play from the guitar players of the 80s. they
were the BEST.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice
have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

It gave people a chance to be heard that the world might have never had a
chance to hear.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads? 

It’s Killing our record sells and downloads, and making it real hard for
bands to survive.

 Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect
to hear. 

Ron Stoppable can build anything with his hands.  Jeff Windish is super
smart, and a recording engineer that did a big part of our DEVIL IN THE
LAKE CD. Jason Meudt does all our merch and dog tags. works for Dean
Guitars and does all their filming, is a photographer and did all the art
work and Videos for our record. Jesse is always coming up with new topic
and songs and lyrics and plays guitar too. I’m surrounded by BADASSES!

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up
with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?  

Mary Ann she would be a good partner and Help Mate. Someone to work
together with.

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so,
what was it?

All the KISS records on vinyl.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the
first night in his sleep or what?

Try work together and we will see how it goes.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She has a beautiful gift. I hope she gets through the phase she is
going through.

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip synching or real vocals?

REAL VOCALS

Who, or what, is the next big thing? 

I’m Hoping and Praying that We are!

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

Zakk Wylde, BLS,   He is a Like a professional athlete on a football team. A machine.
The KING of what a GUITAR HERO should be.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Broke my neck in a car wreck in 1991. paralyzed from the neck down. Rode
in a wheel chair for almost 2 years, learned how to walk and take care of
myself and retrained myself to play guitar again.  I have no feeling in my
HANDS.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

ROCK STAR movie, cause that’s all I ever wanted to be.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to
talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT
LOUD”! 

Follow your DREAMS! Follow your HEART. Listen to the VOICES in your
head. And PRAY everyday.

(Hed)p.e “Evolution” Album Sampler Available For Streaming

Posted onJuly 8, 2014
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hed pe new

 

Metal, rasta, punk heavyweights (Hed)p.e. have made available a streaming
album sampler of their new album “Evolution” available here:
http://goo.gl/ExoMb6
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“Evolution” will be released worldwide on July 22 via Pavement
Entertainment. A limited edition pre-order featuring an autographed cd,
shirt, and VIP laminate to hang with the band before a show is available
through Facebook at the following link: http://bit.ly/1nbPggg

(Hed)p.e. will embark on a headlining tour run leading up to the infamous
“Gathering of the Juggalos” in July, followed by a co-headline USA tour
with Powerman 5000, and a UK/European tour supporting SOiL in October.

For more information visit: www.pavementmusic.com and www.headperocks.com