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Weekend Warriors//Metal Interview//Black Road

Hello readers and welcome to Weekend Warriors with stoner doom metal band Black Road from Chicago, Ilinois. Founded in June of 2015, members Suzi Uzi (vocals, piano, lyrics), Tim (guitar) came together and were later joined by Robert (drums) and Casey (bass) just in time for the release of their first self-titled EP, which was released on cassette and vinyl with DHU Records.  BloodRock Records (Italy) later signed Black Road for a limited-edition CD run, which was officially released the day the album went live on October 6, 2017. 

BloodRock Records: https://bloodrockrecords.blogspot.com/

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DHU Records: https://www.facebook.com/DHURecords/

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I was able to spend some time with vocalist and founder Suzi Uzi at the Reptile Palace in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to talk about the journey down the Black Road for her and the band as well as what is to come for them in the near future.

 

What was the inspiration of your self-titled EP Black Road?

All of our tracks stand on their own. There was no particular concept. The music is riff inspired. So it all starts there and then we build off of it. It’s really the feeling of the music that inspires us.

 

Where can we see you in the future?

Doomed and Stoned Fest in Chicago, IL. Friday, June 1st (2018) and Attalla will be there as well. Otherwise, for May and June we will be focused on writing the new album, which is about halfway finished. We are hoping to finish it by the end of June.

For more on Doomed and Stoned: http://www.chicagodoomedandstonedfestival.com/

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On July 2nd, we are appearing at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL, and October 5th we will be at the Doomed and Stoned Fest in Indianapolis at the Indiana City Beer Co. October 6th we are going to be at Reggie’s in Chicago with Mos Generator. Tony Reed of Mos Generator mixed and remastered the songs on our debut album as well as included a vintage mellotrone on the 4th track. 

Check out Mos Generator as well in the link: https://www.facebook.com/MosGenerator/

 

I saw that you have a YouTube channel, how is that working to promote your band?

Our lyric video for “Red” was released in July of 2016 and that lead to us being signed to our first record label DHU Records the following August. We had 20,000 views in the first few days on Facebook and we are over 20,000 views on YouTube now as well. We also released a video for our track “Bloody Mary” in 2017. It contains a demo version of the track not found on our EP.  It seems like it’s definitely gotten us noticed.

View Bloody Mary here! Also be sure to subscribe to their channel!

 

I found Black Road to be very groovy, heavy and melodic. A wide array of people in the crowd liked their music and everyone eagerly moved to the stage when it was their turn to play. Although their songs are very long (averaging 10 mins) people never grow bored and seem to never want it to end. They were all very friendly and welcoming people. I was very happy to feature them for Music Maehem. It was great to be a part of their show!

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Keep a look out for my future feature on Doomed and Stoned Fest when you join Music Maehem On The Road once again for this amazing event!

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Albums, EP’s and merch (featuring art by Nick Gurley, Shane Horror and Suzi Uzi) are all available for purchase now on Black Road’s bandcamp at the link below!

Bandcamp: https://blackroadchicago.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackRoadChicago%20/

PR: http://www.darkwaterspr.com/blackroad/

Nick Gurley: facebook.com/NickGurleyArtwork and @nickgurleyartwork on Instagram.

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Don Niesen

Edited by Cat Sullivan

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Conniption

Conniption is an American Heavy Metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Formed in December 2007 by band members Michael Brigham (lead vocals/guitar), Cody Dziuk (bass guitar), Bill House (lead guitar/vocals), and Andy Martin (drums); they are known for blending British Heavy Metal, American Hard Rock and Thrash Metal. They have been playing with all kinds of amazing, as well as legendary bands such as Testament, Metal Church, Iced Earth, and Flotsam & Jetsam, as well as playing the Wisconsin State Fair and Summerfest. They have also performed as local support for Megadeth, Trivium, Opeth, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and All That Remains. They  are even a 2014 & 2015 WAMI Winner for Best Metal/Rock Band in Wisconsin.

We at Music Maehem had the privilege to see them perform live at The Back Stage Bar in honor of Tom Gehde’s Birthday as well as having some time to talk with them about what is new! So to all of you metal fans out there we present to you Conniption!

 

Find Conniption here!

http://www.conniption.us/

As well as on Facebook!

http://www.conniption.us/

Photo Credit: Emily Maehem Photography

-Mitchel Fulcer 

 

 

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//Ultrea

Hello Music Maehem readers and subscribers! Today on Weekend Warriors we are featuring the band Ultrea from Madison, WI! Ultrea is a female fronted Hard Rock/Metal  band formed in March of 2012. They have been working very hard in the music scene performing LOUD, heartfelt, and high energy music in hope to encourage others to hope, dream, work hard, be the change. Anyone who loves and knows Ultrea has been inspired by them and their motto: ALWAYS PERSEVERE! So, whether this is the  first time you have heard of them, or if you are a hardcore Ultrealien you are certainly in for a treat! With that we introduce you to- ULTREA! 

Follow Ultrea in the links below and check them out at one of their shows!

https://www.facebook.com/Ultrea/

http://www.ultreamusic.com/

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-Cat Sullivan 

Featured  photo credit: Matt Teubert  

Weekend Warriors//Punk Interviews//Color Killer!

Color Killer is the new punk prodigy band located in Marlborough, MA. Fun fact about this punk band is: They are all kids! That’s correct, you read that right. I first found them on accident on Facebook when a video popped up in my feed. The first song I ever heard was their original tune “Down With Winter” and I was just blown away. There was so much talent at such a young age, and it was punk! It brought a tear to my eye to know that in this world today with all its craziness punk is still very much alive and well. Influenced by bands such as Green Day, Blink-182, Teenage Bottle Rocket and The Prozacs they are really making a difference and fast. They are also working currently with Jay Gauvin of The Prozacs writing a few songs. Upon contacting them, I actually found out that Lincoln, guitarist and lead vocalist for Color Killer, actually had the opportunity to join Green Day on stage. Which in itself is impressive and certainly an opportunity I would die for, but that being said, Color Killer stands all on its own.

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Color Killer is a very unique name! I definitely get a Punk vibe from that right away! Can you tell me where you got the name from?

We were trying to come up with a name and were all just saying stuff. One of us said Color Killer and we all said : “Yeah, let’s use it”

Speaking of colors, I love your look! Who does your hair and what brand of dye do you use? Just out of curiosity haha.

Our parents do our hair, well, except for Nate who thinks he’s so special that he has to go to a professional. We don’t know what brand of dye we use.

How has being in a band changed your life? Is it difficult to balance your band life with school?

Our weekends are pretty busy with practicing or playing shows. We also practicing or playing shows. We also practice a couple days a week after school. We’re still pretty young and don’t get a lot of homework. We also don’t usually play shows on school nights.

I saw your recent videos featuring original songs, very well done! Can you tell me a bit about what inspires you to write?

We just play around come with a melody, then we have a couple of people that help us with the lyrics.

What do your friends and/or classmates think about your band? Have they seen you play?

Most of them think it’s cool. Some say only nerds are in bands. Some if them have come to see us play at shows. Some of our teachers have come to see us too.

Where was your very first show as a band? What was it like?

Our first show as a band was at Ralph’s in Worcester, at the end of last summer. It was a lot of fun.

Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans? Do you have a new album coming up or a tour planned?

We are going to start recording our first album in the next couple of weeks.

We will be playing the Ernie Ball Stage at the Vans Warped Tour in July 27th in Mansfield, MA

I just simply can not stress how important it is to the music community as a whole that a band like Color Killer exists. I feel like a lot of times when youth are experiencing creative outlets, they often get discouraged at a very young age by their parents or other adults. I’m not sure adults even ever really realize it, but I know I have seen it before as well as experienced it myself. One scenario I can think of from the top of my head was one Christmas I was with family and I over heard a child say proudly ” When I grow up I want to be and artist!” the jaded parent replied, “Well, that’s a nice hobby honey, but what do you want to do for a real job? You can’t make money off of art”

In that moment…that is when a dream dies. That kind of thing needs to change and it starts here. This is how we save the world. Thank you so much once again to Color Killer for taking time with me to tell a bit about their story and a special thank you to their parents, guardians, and other people who stand behind and encourage them daily. You all rock!

You can find more about Color Killer in the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColorKillerBand/

They also have Tee’s available! Shirts are $15 including shipping in the US. Paypal to tony@color-killer.com. (Include Size, Color and Address in the comments.)

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I strongly encourage buying band merch. from bands on any level of fame. No matter what, this is how they survive in scene! Buying band merch. gets their music recorded, their band on the road and closer to your home town! So please, show your support!

Emily Mae

Photo Credit: Jay Gauvin

Front Row//Seisma

SEISMA is a self-described “monster movie metal” band from Madison, Wisconsin. Inspired by Kaiju monster movies (i.e. movies like the original Godzilla) as well as many different genres of metal, SEISMA is groovy and heavy and brings a much needed breath of unique and satisfyingly weird air to the metal scene, especially here in Wisconsin.

Their newest album, SEISMA II: The Land Out Of Time, is a sequel in the story of their first album *​*​*​/​ˈsīzmä​/​*​*​*. Both albums are available now on their Bandcamp.

This week for our Front Row Friday installment, I headed out to the Wisco (again) on Willy St. in Madison to catch one of my favorite bands to have come out of this city.

https://seisma.bandcamp.com/

facebook.com/seismadyne

On the Road// Route 20- Udo Dirkschneider/Elm Street/Wrath

On March 9th, I made my way with fellow Music Maehem contributors Mitchel Fulcer and Don Niesen down to Racine, Wisconsin, to see three amazing bands: Midwest local band Wrath, Australian band Elm Street and the legendary former Accept front man Udo Dirkschneider.

We arrived at the Route 20 just in time for sound check. We were greeted by Gary Golwitzer (front man of Wrath from Chicago, Illinois) as well as Scott Nyquist (guitarist of Wrath). After we said our hellos, we then made our way around the venue while they did as well, as the other members in Wrath finished up getting ready for the evening ahead.

We made our way to the back of the venue where we attempted an interview (over the very loud hums of the tour bus behind us). We all laughed and talked about what was all to come for the band in its near future. This was my first time seeing them since their sign onto Combat Records, so I was excited to hear all about that!

Soon, Wrath commanded the stage opening with “Conflict”, and everyone gathered with excited energy. They played several of their well-known tunes including “Test of Faith” and “Insane Society”, as well as an amazing cover of “Ace of Spades” in honor of Lemmy Killmister of Motorhead.

Wrath Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WRATH-284918710024/

After Wrath, coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia was the heavy metal band Elm Street! With brutal force and shredding leads, they really brought the room to life.

This was my first time seeing them live. I had heard a few of their songs before attending the show, such as “Elm Street Children”, however much of their material was new to me. They played an amazing cover of the Quiet Riot classic “Metal Health” and closed out their set with a heartfelt dedication to another fallen metal legend Ronnie James Dio.

Elm Street Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/metalelmstreet/

After they went on, the stage crew took a few minutes to gather and set everything for the arrival of Udo Dirkschneider. This is his last tour, signaling to me even more now than ever that it seems like we are closing in on an end of an era in metal. However, with the end of something comes the beginning of other amazing things, so this certainly is just only one chapter in that in which is the metal music scene.

After putting my camera back in the car, I made my way back inside and started to take the opportunity to take in the show as well as the venue. The Route 20 was a great place! They offered food prior to the show, which was indeed very good and welcomed after a long day of travel on my end. Over two hours of road time plus Milwaukee traffic, I was more than ready to eat. They had a balcony area with tables you could reserve for the show, as well as plenty of floor space while the show was going on, although with all of the people in attendance it certainly seemed to be a bit tight. However, when it comes to seeing a live show, the more intimate the environment, the better.


Mitchel and I headed towards the back of the venue where there sat a crescent-shaped fire ring where people gathered to share conversations about the show over cigarettes and drinks. We ended up spending quite a bit of time there participating in several conversations throughout the revolving door of metal fans. One was a close friend of Wrath’s, another was a metal fan from the 80’s (as I am sure many people there were) that we had actually met when we saw Anthrax prior at The Rave in Milwaukee, and members of Elm Street themselves also joined in, including Nick Ivkovic (bassist) and L.A hired gun, Luke Man. It was cool to get a chance to talk with them for a while about what was going on and to thank them for giving me the opportunity to take photos as well. They were all as kind as they are talented!

I spent the rest of the evening with a few of my family members that came out to spend time with us and see the show (their very first metal show in fact!) and talked with Wrath and other concert goers while Udo sang many of his hit songs from his career. The venue would echo back lyrics to him including the hit we definitely remember from his days with Accept “Balls To The Wall”.

Concerts are always a good time, but I have to admit I was very much a fan of how personal this show really was. It’s not every concert these days that you get to spend real time getting to know the musicians face to face. I personally recommend that you take some time to catch a show at the Route 20 in Racine. I am sure you will enjoy yourself as much as I did.

So, as always, get out there and make some memories! The music scene needs fans like you to survive! Show your support!

To keep an eye on what is new at the Route 20 you can follow them on Facebook in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/routetwenty/

Live footage and photos:

https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

Emily Mae

Weekend Warriors//Metal Interviews//WRATH

Hello Music Maehem fans and welcome to our very special Weekend Warriors feature- WRATH! This amazing thrash metal band was founded in 1982 in the Chicago area. That is 36 years of metal my friends!!! Current band members are Gary Golwitzer, Scott Nyquist, Rob Noon, Gary Modica, and Jake Fromkin. They have several releases including:

  • Fit of Anger -1986
  • Nothing To Fear-1987
  • Insane Society-1990
  • Wrath E.P-2008
  • Stark Raving Mad-2014

They also have just been officially signed to Combat Records!!

https://combatrecs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/combatrecordsofficial/

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The first time I saw WRATH was at the Q and Z in Ringle, WI but that was before I was working on these interviews. However I still had the opportunity to meet them then. After speaking with them they brought a kind of wisdom to me about the music scene and how amazing it was. So, of course now that I have been working on Music Maehem, my thoughts turned to them so that all of you could hear directly from the source what these guys are like. So, for those of you who haven’t met them, I formally introduce to you WRATH:

This was filmed at an amazing venue way up in the Northwoods area of Woodruff, WI! Be sure to check out Happy’s Bar!

https://www.facebook.com/Happys-bar-663646443792887/

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“Like” and follow WRATH in the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WRATH-284918710024/?ref=br_rs

https://combatrecs.com/artist/wrath/

Instagram: @wrath_chicago

Don’t forget to get your copy of Bullets 1.0 AVAILABLE NOW!!!

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Featured Photo: https://www.facebook.com/Emilymaehem25/

-Emily Mae

Front Row//In Dying Hours

In Dying Hours is a metalcore band hailing from our capital in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded originally in 2009, In Dying Hours has since been making a name for themselves in the Madison scene in particular, spreading brutality and melting faces from every stage they step on.

With influences such as Trivium, All That Remains, and As I Lay Dying, In Dying Hours is sure to stampede over any audience in front of them with their pounding rhythms, throbbing basslines, fierce guitar riffs, and ruthless guttural vocals.

If you plan on going out to an In Dying Hours show, you better come wearing your war face and be ready to mosh! They have quickly become a Madison favorite with good reason– be sure to check out their Facebook so you don’t miss their next show!

Facebook.com/indyinghours

Indyinghours.bandcamp.com

www.metal-archives.com/bands/In_Dying_Hours/3540437455

Cat Sullivan 

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Back Stage Pass// Midwest Mix-up- Jake Olson

Welcome to Backstage Pass! This week, I interviewed Jake Olson, CEO and promoter for Midwest Mix-Up, one of southern Wisconsin’s premier booking groups. In the video below, we talk about the history of Midwest Mix-Up, plans for the future, and Jake’s favorite band, his friends in Growing.
Don’t forget to subscribe to Music Maehem on YouTube to get notified of future interviews, gear reviews, album reviews, live performances and more from all the best musical acts Wisconsin has to offer!
Facebook.com/midwestmix-up
Twitter/Instagram: @midwestmixup1
Check out this upcoming show and more put on by Midwest Mix-up!!
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Cat Sullivan 

Front Row//Indonesian Junk At The Wisco

 

The Wisco is no stranger to hosting local Wisconsin talent, and tonight was just another one in the books. I’ve been living in Madison for a little over a year and the Wisco quickly became one of my favorite haunts, and I was more than happy to take on my assignment tonight interviewing and recording the Milwaukee punk band, Indonesian Junk.

I enter the front door and see that the Wisco is PACKED like I’ve never seen it before! In all honesty, I had never before seen the bands that were playing there tonight, and I knew by the standing-room-only crowd that I must be in for some good music. How else do you explain that turnout?

My two friends join me in looking around the bar to find the guys in Indonesian Junk so we can get down to this interview. I’m about five-foot-nothin’ in stature, so looking around this wall-to-wall throng of party-goers and fans proved to be quite difficult.

I message him through facebook: “Hey so where can I find you in here?” The message sends and my friends and I look around to see who picks up their phone. One guy next to us does, but he’s on Instagram.

I get a message back: “I’m over by the merch table in the leather jacket.” I push my way through the crowd to stage left where the merch table is and find…about seven people in leather jackets by the merch table (because it’s a punk show what else would I expect?) I pull out my video camera hoping that Daniel will see the camera and realize who I am. Turns out he is directly in front of me, and I greet the tallest man in a leather jacket in the room. He is wearing Kurt Cobain-esque shades, black lipstick, and his leather jacket is really all that, expertly decorated with a handful of pins. He asks me if I want a CD for our blog, and of course I say yes and pick up a pin as well.

We step out back to the fenced-in smoking area so we can begin the interview. I promised it would be fast because holy crap it is COLD! I felt bad for dragging them out there, but the bar was just too loud to get a word in edgewise. I now feel especially bad because this was originally a video interview but, due to technical difficulties, the footage was therein unusable. Thankfully, the footage from their performance was more than great, and will be accompanying the video transcript interview ahead.

Glam, punk, hair metal—how in the world do you mash all that together? The guys in Indonesian Junk found a way. Their first song of the night starts and I could already tell they have influence from all across the board. Personally, I heard tastes ranging from Poison to Ramones and almost every good 70’s-90’s band in between. With tasty old school style licks and beats to keep you pogo-ing all night long, Indonesian Junk brought a wicked fun sound to the stage.

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Could you introduce yourself and state the position you play in the band?

DJ: I’m Daniel [James], I sing and play guitar.

JC: I’m Johnny [Cyanide], I sorta play bass.

M: I’m Mike [Mattner], I play drums.

 

How would you describe your sound? What influences and inspires Indonesian Junk?

DJ: Glam-punk-power-pop…uh, somewhere around there, haha.

JC: All that good stuff.

DJ: Lots of influences I guess.

JC: Alice Cooper.

MM: I don’t know I just drum.

DJ: We’re named after a Cheap Trick song so that’s the easy answer.

[** There’s a line in “Surrender” that goes: But just the other day I heard/ Of a soldier’s falling off/ Some Indonesian junk / That’s going round**]

 

How and when did Indonesian Junk come to be?

DJ: I think it was like 2014? I had a bunch of demos that I made that I put out, and then I got him [Johnny] to play bass. I met him at an Alice Cooper show. And eventually Mike tagged along.

 

I saw on facebook that you guys are on a bit of a tour right now, what cities are you planning to hit up next?

DJ: We’re doing a lot of weekenders right now. This weekend we’re doing this show in Madison and then Columbia, Missouri tomorrow. We got some other stuff coming up too….I can’t even remember. Where are we playing next month? I’m sorry I’m really bad at this, haha!

 

I heard you had an album that came out last year.

DJ: Yeah, it came out on Friday the 13th in October of last year. It’s called Stars in the Night, it’s our second album. It’s pretty cool, I like it. We’re still trying to sell it and that’s why we’re playing as many shows as we can.

 

What was the inspiration for this album?

DJ: I just wrote a bunch of songs (everyone laughs). Yeah I mean, just livin’, hanging out, reading comic books.

 

What do you like about playing in Madison?

DJ: We always have a good time here. I think this is like our fourth or fifth time playing here. This is the first time we’ve played the Wisco, but I have played here in other bands. It’s a cool town, it’s close to Milwaukee so we can do it on a Friday night very easily. There’s a lot of cool people here.

Any specific goals for this coming year as a band?

DJ: Can we say this yet?

JC: *shrugs*

DJ: I think we’re touring Europe in the fall, though we might end up doing it next spring. We wanna tour Europe and do another U.S. tour. Just try to sell as many records as we can. We’re already kind of working on our third album too right now but that won’t be out for a while ‘cuz we’re playing too many shows to practice the new songs.

 

Where can we find your music?

DJ: We have a website. It used to be Indonesianjunkpunk but I was just flubbing every time I said it. It’s like the worst tongue twister ever. So now its indonesianjunkrules.com. Just like, think about how much we rule. Or, it’s 2018 everyone knows how to google haha! We also have free stuff on bandcamp.

JC: Spotify too.

DJ: Yeah we’re everywhere. Just google us.

 

Anything you’d like to say to the folks at home?

DJ: It’s cold!

JC: It’s cold and it’s snowing!

MM: It’s so freaking cold.

DJ: Oh, and they got good burgers at the Wisco!

 

And with that, I turned off the camera and we all hurried inside and got burgers—and it’s true, the Wisco has great burgers!

Preceded by Saint Hell Brothers and then Shotdown, Indonesian Junk took the stage at about 11 PM and continued to rock my socks off. Two of their songs (“Turn To Stone” and “Shake It With You”) I have recorded for the world to see.

 

You can catch Indonesian Junk at a city near you, and you can find the tour dates, merch, music and more at the links below!

 

Facebook.com/indonesianjunk

Indonesianjunkrules.com

Indonesianjunk.bandcamp.com

 

Cat Sullivan

*photo does not belong to Music Maehem*