“The Yellow King” : Interview with Erik Kluiber of Ironaut

 

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Here is the full length interview with Erik Kluiber, lead singer and bassist for Ironaut from the current issue of RNR Magazine. They are getting some killer reviews and building quite the fan base! They just played Loaded last night in Hollywood. If you missed them, you have a chance to check them out in March on the following dates:

Friday March 4th
at Scotland Yard Club with
Taarkus
Beastmaster
Ironaut
Black Prism
Monday March 21st
Metal Mondays at Blacklight District Lounge with
Red River Massacre
Grand Lord High Master
Ironaut
Malison
Atala
Thursday March 24th
Viper Room with
Black Tusk
Holy Grail
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Check out their music video “Horned Goat.”

Since the days when he was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk, a lot has changed for Erik  Kluiber, who now fronts Ironaut, a heavy doom metal band! Earlier this year, I saw Ironaut perform at Loaded in Hollywood. At the time, the band was strictly instrumental and I could tell these were seasoned musicians with lots of talent and passion. Recently, Erik stepped up to the plate as the band’s lead singer and now Ironaut is causing a colossal wave for the doom stoner metal scene in LA. They can definitely be the next pioneers for the movement and they have a great shot with the support of legendary producer Paul Fig, who is engineering their upcoming EP. Ironaut is a three piece band of skilled musicians who play intense guitar solos, thunderous drumming and dark, disturbing lyrics from the mind of the yellow king, himself.

This was the second time I interviewed Erik. The first time was when he was with Gypsyhawk in 2013. You can see that interview on the Rock ‘N Roll Industries YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/Rocknrollindustries)

RNR:  What is the history of the Ironaut?

ERIK KLUIBER: In late summer of 2014, I was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk who had just disbanded.  I had to start all over again, so I went back to Craigslist and started searching.  Many people despise Craigslist, but I’ve actually had a lot of success with it.  I’ve landed a lot of gigs through it including White Wizzard, Scattered Hamlet, Gypsyhawk, and now Ironaut.

Guitarist Pat McHugh had an ad listed for a band he’d been demoing for years called Ironaut.  His ad caught my eye because of the influences, artwork, and original recordings he posted online.  He needed a bass player, so I picked up a bass and learned four of his tunes.  We got together with a drummer he had at the time and it was alright, but nothing really happened.  We kept in touch and tried jamming again in early 2015. That’s when we found drummer Ivan Najor and things clicked.  We wrote a bunch of tunes and started playing instrumental shows while we looked for a vocalist. After six months of not finding anyone to sing for us I said, “Fuck it – I’ll do it,” and here we are.

RNR:  Who writes the songs and what are they about?

ERIK KLUIBER: For the album, two of the songs are reworks of Pat’s instrumental demos while the other three were written collaboratively at our practice space, one riff at a time.  After six months of jamming and playing out, we stopped writing music because we got way too far ahead of ourselves.  It was not our intention to write endless instrumentals.  Once I took on vocal duty, we went back and reformatted our stoner progressive metal instrumentals into songs.  Pat and I worked together on lyrics for the first three.  Once I got the hang of it, I took over and finished the remaining two on my own.  Pat draws from stoney cosmic overtones and I like to inject dark sarcasm fueled by Facebook rants and coffee binges.

RNR: You are working with well known producer Paul Fig who has worked with great metal and rock bands such as Alice in Chains, Huntress, and Ghost. Tell me about Paul and what was the conception of the album and recording of it like?

ERIK KLUIBER: Paul Fig is an amazing producer/engineer who I never thought we’d have the chance to work with. That’s the beauty of this town.  On St. Patrick’s Day this year, I was part of a music video that producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry was working on.  Around that time Ironaut was looking to record a demo, but the studio Pat used previously had lost its lease.  I asked Jim if he had a studio to recommend and he said “Yeah, mine.”  Ironaut was initially thinking of recording a longer instrumental album, but we gave my voice a shot and made the switch to a three piece band with vocals. Two months later we booked the time with Paul and went for it.

Paul recorded us playing live without a click track to capture the feel of Ironaut’s sound.  We recorded many takes of each song.  We recorded over and over until the song found its peak and then recorded a few more takes until we started to suck.  The first two days were spent finding the tones and recording the live takes.  We kept the drums and most of the live bass.  We spent the next few days on guitars, and then about 3-4 hours per song for vocals.

There was a good team chemistry between the four of us with Paul at the captain’s chair.  That’s important, because time is limited in the studio and you can second guess yourself to death.  Paul stepped in when we needed him and helped us make decisions to make sure the album came out right.  The dude knows heavy music and isn’t going to let a sub-par performance slide under his watch.

RNR: You started off as an instrumental band. Now you are the lead singer and playing bass, is it difficult to do both? Has the style of the music changed since you added vocals, or is it the same?

ERIK KLUIBER: When you start writing songs as instrumentals and then go back to fit in vocals, you hear things differently. The style is still the same, but we had to rearrange the songs for them to be effective. I like how things turned out because the structure of the songs are still unconventional and interesting.  It’s not easy to play and sing, but it’s been a mind expanding challenge.  I never thought I’d be playing bass and singing for a band, but it seems to work.  Necessity is the mother of invention.

RNR: What are some of your pet peeves?

ERIK KLUIBER: You can’t wait forever to make things happen.  I’ve been in bands that take an eternity to do the simplest shit.  It’s like, what the fuck is the fucking problem?  You’ve got to have forward momentum, always.  I’ve got better things to do than sit around in a tiny room and smell other guy’s farts when the music isn’t happening.

RNR: What do you want fans to know about your music before they listen to it?

ERIK KLUIBER: Some of our favorite bands are Entombed, High on Fire, COC, and The Sword.  I think there is a group of heavy music fans who will enjoy what we do.  It’s metal with a stoner/doom edge but, at the same time, high energy with solid riffing.  Our album should be out and free to stream by the time this interview is printed.

RNR: How is Ironaut different from your previous bands?

ERIK KLUIBER: I’ve never been in a three piece before and there is purity to it, which I find exciting. We thought for a while that we’d find a bassist and a singer, and I’d switch over to guitar like every other band I’ve been in.  After a few rehearsals, we found that the three of us made plenty of noise on our own and it was fun.  It sounds tight and less people equals less stress!  The three of us are all from the Great Lakes region.  Pat’s from Chicago, and Ivan and I are from Detroit…  Three kindred souls far from home, found together by chance, perhaps in the right place at the right time.

RNR: What is your own personal favorite album of the year?

ERIK KLUIBER: My favorite album of 2015 is Ghost – Meliora

RNR: Anything else you want to tell your fans and our readers?

ERIK KLUIBER: Check out Ironaut at www.facebook.com/ironautmusic

Raquel Figlo

 

18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

Single Day Tickets Go On Sale, for the
18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

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Punk Rock Bowling is pleased to announce single day tickets will be going on sale tomorrow, February 6th at 12pm Pacific Standard Time. The festival stage lineups are all set for the 18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival to take place in Las Vegas, NV from May 28-30 and the inaugural debut of PRB East, taking place in Asbury Park, NJ from June 10-12, 2016.

Single Day tickets will be available for purchase at https://punkrockbowling.queueapp.com.

Want your Punk Rock Bowling Club Show Tickets Early?
All Weekend Pass and VIP Pass Buyers receive 4 hour club show pre-sale.
Buy your weekend pass before they run out and take advantage of this opportunity.
Get to the front of the line and ensure you get the tickets you want!
Pre-sale will begin March 11th at 12pm Pacific Standard Time.
Learn more at http://punkrockbowling.com/pages/pre-sale-club-show-tickets.

DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS, NV
May 26-30, 2016
Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas takes place downtown near Fremont St. The event will kick off on Thurs. May 26 with club shows running every night through Mon. May 30. The outdoor festival stage takes place on Sat. May 28 through Mon. May 30 and runs from 3pm -11pm on Sat. and Sun. and 2pm – 10pm on Mon. with club shows taking place after the festival is over in various clubs downtown all within walking distance of the festival and hotels. The festival is all ages, but you must be 21 yrs. of age to attend the club shows.

Ticket Information:
Single Day Tickets: $45 / On Sale Sat. Feb. 6 @ 12pm (pst)
3 Day Festival Pass: $120
3 Day VIP Fest Pass: $350 / SOLD OUT
www.punkrockbowling.com
Bowling registration and PRB Hotel Specials available NOW!
Club Shows announced March 2016

Saturday, May 28th Festival Stage
Flag
The Exploited
Subhumans
The Bronx
Youth Brigade
Noi!Se
Melted
The Damnit Jims

Sunday, May 29th Festival Stage
Descendents
Buzzcocks
Millencolin
Dillinger Four
The Dwarves
The Sainte Catherines
Night Birds
Be Like Max
Negative Nancy’s
Monday, MAY 30th Festival Stage
Flogging Molly
Face To Face
Dag Nasty
Strung Out
Off With Their Heads
Giuda
Louise Distras
Sic Waiting
Rayner

ASBURY PARK, NJ
June 10-12, 2016
Due to overwhelming demand from our East Coast brethren that just can’t make the cross country trek to the City of Sin, we will celebrate our 18th Birthday on both coasts for 2016. The Asbury Park festival will take place by the infamous Asbury Boardwalk at the The Stone Pony Summer Stage from 2pm – 10pm on Sat. June 11 and Sun. June 12. Club shows will take place Fri. and Sat. nights in various venues around the boardwalk. For accommodations, please check the Punk Rock Bowling website for a list of hotels in the area.

Ticket Information:
Festival Single Day Tickets: $50
www.punkrockbowling.com
Bowling registration is now available
Club Shows announced March 2016
Saturday, June 11th Festival Stage
Descendents
Dag Nasty
Subhumans
H20
88 Fingers Louie
Giuda
Iron Chic
Sketchy
Lost In Society
Sunday, June 12th Festival Stage
Cock Sparrer
Flag
Agnostic Front
The Slackers
Anti-Nowhere League
Off With Their Heads
Drug Church
The Scandals
Brutal Youth

More announcements, including Club Show lineups and other events, will be coming soon for the 18th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival. Go to www.punkrockbowling.com, and the new redesigned website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news around the festival.

ABOUT PUNK ROCK BOWLING:

Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival was started back in 1999 by brothers Shawn and Mark Stern, owners of the long standing independent record label BYO Records, as a way to bring the independent music community together for an annual party. It has since grown into a 5-day festival in downtown Las Vegas that brings out fans and bands alike from all over the world. 3 days of outdoor festivals, 5 Nights of Club Shows, a 2-day bowling tournament, Hotel Pool Parties, a Punk Rock Poker tournament, movie screenings and comedy shows to boot, all wrapped up into one amazing weekend in the city that never sleeps. And now, we welcome our fans, friends and family to our first trip east, to Asbury Park as well, in 2016.

70000TONS OF METAL 2016 is SOLD OUT

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – February 03, 2016

70000TONS OF METAL 2016 is SOLD OUT, Sets Sail February 4, 2016

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70000TONS OF METAL is The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise – 60 Metal Bands play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one 154,000ton Cruise Ship sailing from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.

Now in the Sixth year, the event is boasting its sixth consecutive sellout – a testament to the brand’s staying power, innovation and intense customer loyalty. Fans on 70000TONS OF METAL get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category was booked.

Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with World Class artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean. This event truly has no comparison and since there are no VIP areas it’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

60 BANDS TO PERFORM

With something for even the most discerning Metal Head, 70000TONS OF METAL offers a diverse lineup covering almost every subgenre of Heavy Metal imaginable – with bands coming from all over the world, including acts from AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, GERMANY, GREECE, FAROE ISLANDS, FINLAND, ICELAND, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM and USA.

Every band that is booked for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016 will play two shows – once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back to Florida, presenting fans the opportunity to see 120 shows, including some very special exclusive performances:

As an exclusive World Premiere, DIAMOND HEAD will be playing unreleased tracks from their upcoming self-titled album.
DRAGONFORCE promises a special set dedicated to their 2014 release “Maximum Overload”.
Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will be bringing his brand new band DEAD CROSS – having only played a couple of warm up shows in California, this will be the newly formed band’s first show in front of a Global audience!
Commemorating 20 years since the release of their 1996 album “Irreligious”, MOONSPELL will perform Irreligious it’s entirety for the first time ever.
The complete Lineup for 700000TONS OF METAL 2016 is:

ABINCHOVA
ANCIENT RITES
ARKONA AT THE GATES
AURA NOIR
BELPHEGOR
BLOODBATH
CARACH ANGREN
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
DEAD CROSS
DELAIN
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
DIAMOND HEAD
DISTILLATOR
DRAGONFORCE
ELUVEITIE
EPICA
FALLUJAH
FIREWIND
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
GAMMA RAY
GHOUL
HAMMERFALL
HOLY MOSES
ICED EARTH
INCANTATION
INSOMNIUM
JAG PANZER
KATATONIA
KOYI K UTHO
KRISIUN
LACUNA COIL
MANILLA ROAD
MOONSPELL
MY DYING BRIDE
NERVOSA
NO RAZA
NOVEMBERS DOOM
PAINFUL
PARADISE LOST
RAVEN
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
ROTTING CHRIST
SAMAEL
SK&LMÖLD
SODOM
SQUEALER
STARKILL
STRATOVARIUS
SUBWAY TO SALLY
SUSPERIA
THYRFING
TSJUDER
TURISAS
TWILIGHT FORCE
TYR
VADER
VALLENFYRE
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

Hosted by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam will once again write Heavy Metal History on board The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise when a spectacular lineup the of musicians on board team up to perform classic Metal Anthems!

Mr. Waters has assembled an impressive lineup of participants including Dave Lombardo (DEAD CROSS, ex-SLAYER), Gus G (FIREWIND), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), along with members of DELAIN, DRAGONFORCE, HAMMERFALL, HOLY MOSES, ICED EARTH, JAG PANZER, KRISIUN, MOONSPELL, RAVEN, TURISAS, VADER and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. To view the complete scheduled lineup and setlist, visit this location – http://bit.ly/1nNQjFz

#SuperMetalSunday

For the first time ever, 70000TONS OF METAL are introducing #SuperMetalSunday: The last day of the cruise will coincide with the 2016 SuperBowl which will be screened live on board but it will also include the aforementioned JAMMING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board, and last but not least: the World Famous #70000TONS Belly Flop Contest, which will be judged by members of THRYFING, Týr, DRAGONFORCE, ICED EARTH, CRADLE OF FILTH and DELAIN.

ROUND 7 ON THE HORIZON

70000TONS OF METAL will return for the 7th voyage in 2017, and promises to continue the pattern of sailing to a new destination with each voyage. Stay tuned, as details will be released SOON.

Kelly Maglia: Rocket Queen

 

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If you are lacking motivation or inspiration in your life, let me introduce you to Kelly Maglia, the most talented and hard-working lady you will ever meet! She is a clothing and costume designer, entrepreneur, pole dancer, business owner, blogger, guitarist, and now rock n roll goddess! She recently debuted her latest EP “Just Enough Rough” and it is getting a lot of attention. A classically trained vocalist, you would swear she was a seasoned Metal star with years of performing behind her. Her live shows are as theatrical as they are musically captivating.  But, as with many people, life got in the way of her dreams and instead of pursuing a performing career she started several clothing lines and outfitted others who performed on stage.   After years of running her very successful dancewear company, she is back to following her rock ‘n roll dreams and taking every little bit of experience she has gained along the way to build a solid path to reach rock stardom. And many of her live shows feature her talents as a pole dancer!! We sat down at the famous rock bar Loaded, in Hollywood, to see what she has in store for her fans in 2016.

RNR: I read that you are trained as a coloratura soprano before turning to pop music. How does that work as you venture into other genres?

Kelly:  A coloratura soprano is a type of classical opera singer. It is typically a very high light voice, with a lot of fast notes. My voice tends to sit in a really high place which is interesting since I am now singing rock and metal. So that was quite a journey for me, but I have been training with a vocal coach for quite a while now and it is paying off.

RNR: When did you start playing guitar? What bands influenced you?

Kelly: I started playing guitar five years ago. I am obsessed with Skid Row. I love the twin guitar work in that band. The first songs I learned on guitar were Skid Row songs.

RNR: You are very well educated. Tell me about your time in London? Did that have any influence on your writing style today?

Kelly: I won a scholarship to study in London and I ended up staying there for four years. I worked in the theater as a literary manager, meaning I read all the submitted plays to the theater. I worked on very established plays as well and worked with the directors. That experience has very much effected what I do now in rock ‘n roll.  All my lyrics have some kind of story. They all have a beginning, middle and end. The live shows I do also have a great theatrical experience to them.

RNR: Who is the “New Kelly Maglia” that you describe in your promotional trailer?

Kelly: Previously, my website was exclusively to costume design for the pole and burlesque communities. I become known in those communities as “Kelly the costume designer.”  I still am that, I love costumes, but the “new Kellymaglia.com” was designed to focus on the music and that is kind of the dream I have had for a really long time. Now it is all about the music but the fashion is very much alive.

RNR: When did you first try pole dancing and playing guitar? How did the crowd react?

Kelly: I started pole dancing and playing guitar around the same time. I didn’t really think about combining the two, but it all happened when we were playing a show at the Whisky a Go-Go in Hollywood. I just thought, “I bet I could climb this pole with the guitar on my back and swing it around to the front and play.” It was right in the middle of the song “Still of the Night” by White Snake and I thought to myself, “I can do this.” So I did it. I climbed up and played a few chords and people went crazy over it! It has now become a signature move of mine.

RNR: What inspires you to write your music?

Kelly: The lyrics come first. It always comes from a life experience. Usually something that happened with me and a guy. Very often I will be sitting somewhere and the first verse shows up in my head and it is just off and running from there. The song, “Just Enough Rough” which is my first single, I wrote the riffs on the guitar before I had any lyrics. It was an exercise my guitar teacher had given me.  I put the riffs aside and then one day I was in the shower and the first line ”You say that you are a shit show” popped in my head and I was like, “Oh my, I know what this song is about!” (Laughs).

RNR: What are the reviews saying about “Just enough Rough?”

Kelly: We just released an EP. So far it hasn’t even been out for over a month yet and it has been getting a really great response. My favorite is from Hair Metal Mansion. Andrew the Axe Man listed my EP as one of the top five of 2015.

RNR: Tell me more about your live shows?

Kelly: I like to describe my live shows as Van Halen meets Cirque du Soleil. We are a modern take on 80’s hair metal with pole dancing, but we also include aerialists and contortionists. Moving forward more emphasis will be on my band and my original music. We will still highlight our sexy pole dancers and a story that is woven throughout the show.

RNR: Tell us about Kelly’s Closet, your couture clothing line.

Kelly: I am really excited about Kelly’s Closet. We launched our first collection last year and now we are really coming into full circle of what I really want to do. Every time I release a new music video I am going to release a new clothing collection inspired by the music videos. For example, you can watch my music video and see all the costumes that I designed for myself and for my dancers and you will be able to buy a version of that from Kelly’s Closet. We will have different versions all the way from the couture, to the affordable pieces that are inspired by everything you see in the videos.

RNR: What are you hoping 2016 will bring?

Kelly: I want this year to be the year I go out on the road. We spent 2015 writing the album, building the brand new website, and launching Kelly’s Closet. This year I am ready to take my live show to the world!

For more in formation on the fabulous kelly, please visit: http://kellymaglia.com/

By Raquel Figlo

TRAVIS BARKER PRESENTS MUSINK

TRAVIS BARKER PRESENTS MUSINK
THREE-DAY TATTOO CONVENTION, CAR SHOW AND CONCERT
MARCH 4, 5 AND 6 AT OC FAIR & EVENT CENTER
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WITH PERFORMANCES FROM
SNOOP DOGG, DEFTONES, CIRCA SURVIVE AND MORE
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The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker, is set for March 4, 5 and 6, 2016 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert—Southern California’s premier tattoo and music lifestyle event—will host over 300 world renowned tattoo artists and will feature performances from headliners Snoop Dogg, Deftones, Circa Survive along with Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, The Transplants, Face To Face and more.

MUSINK tickets go on sale Friday, January 22 and are available for a single day or for the full three-day event. Attendees can choose to purchase tickets with access to the full event (music concert, tattoo convention, car show, and vendor midway) or tickets without concert access. Visit www.musink.org for details.

The current music lineup for MUSINK is as follows:

Friday, March 4: Snoop Dogg, The Transplants
Saturday, March 5: Deftones, Taking Back Sunday, and more
Sunday, March 6: Circa Survive, Atreyu, Face to Face, and more
Snoop Dogg says, “I’m excited to join my homie Travis at MUSINK this year. Catch me live while u kick back and check out the dope tattoos and cars at the festival. It’s always a good time there and this year u don’t wanna miss it!”

MUSINK producer Travis Barker says, “I’m beyond excited to have my friend Snoop on the lineup for MUSINK this year. His contribution to music, tattoos and car culture make him a perfect fit for MUSINK. This year’s lineup is gonna be one of our best yet.”

The MUSINK tattoo convention will feature over 300 world renowned tattoo artists, including Robert Atkinson, Nikko Hurtado, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Carlos Torres, Norm, Baba, Corey Miller, GTC’s Tattooland, and many more. In addition, the MUSINK vendor midway will include hundreds of vendors.

MUSINK attendees are invited to check out Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low and Slow Car Show, which will feature some of the best classic cars in Southern California on display. The car show will even include some of Travis Barker’s very own classics. Daily tattoo contests will take place in at the car show as well.

Another MUSINK attraction is the Miss MUSINK competition. The top inked beauties will compete for the title of Miss MUSINK 2016 and a spot as the next official “Sullen Angel.” For full details, visit www.musink.org.

Multiplatinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop Dogg has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and received multiple Grammy® nominations.

Since Deftones’ inception, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento, CA have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. Deftones have released seven albums to date and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

In their decade-plus career, critically acclaimed progressive rock band Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.

Tickets for MUSINK go on sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 AM PT at www.musink.org. Ticket prices are as follows:

Single Day General Admission Tickets
$25 — Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway
$45 — Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway
Single Day VIP Tickets (Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway)
$99 — VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail
$149 — Front Of Stage Viewing Pit + VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail
$299 — Travis Barker Meet & Greet, Limited Edition Signed Poster, Front Of Stage Viewing Pit + VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail
3-Day General Admission Tickets
$60 — Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway
$120 — Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway
3-Day VIP Tickets (Music Concert + Tattoo Convention + Car Show + Vendor Midway)
$225 — VIP Lounge with free beer & signature cocktail
All ages are welcome, and kids 7 years old and under get in free.

MUSINK begins at 3:00 PM on Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Music is scheduled for 6:00-10:00 PM each night.

MUSINK 2016 is produced by Bill Hardie, Travis Barker, John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Sean Akhavan. MUSINK partners include KROQ, Rockstar Energy Drink, Famous Stars and Straps, Tecate, Johnny’s Saloon, Second Floor, and Golden Crown Barber Shop.

The OC Fair & Event Center is centrally located in Southern California, just off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The venue is conveniently accessible to all in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA is also nearby for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

Website: www.musink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/musink
Instagram: http://instagram.com/musink_tatfest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Musink_TatFest

From Ashes to New Interview

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What is it like touring with In This Moment, Papa Roach and FFDP?

Chris – It has been great, the crowds have been awesome, real responsive. The bands have been real hospitable and everyone has been real friendly with us, so it has been a blast.

Tim – Everyone has been super great to us and treating us like we are one of their own. We are honored to be on the bill and to be treated the way they are treating us is absolutely amazing.

What can fans and new listeners expect next from FATN?

Chris – We have a few things in the works, but can’t talk about a bunch of it right now, but we do have a full length album coming out called “Day One” which will be out sometime around February.

Tim – Our song “Through It All” just hit radio stations a few days ago so check your local stations for “Through It All”. Sirius Octane has been playing us very regularly, and they have been very good to us so you can find us on there. “Day One” early next year is when our release date is for our full length album.

What is the name of the full CD that you are releasing and what does the title mean to the band?

Chris – For me it is like our start, our beginning. Visually just see an apocalyptic world, like the day one of starting over, so starting fresh.

Tim – The name From Ashes To New came from all of our previous bands that we were in individually kind of falling to the wayside or burning to ashes and this new band is the new, so From Ashes To New. This is our first full length album so it’s kind of the post-apocalyptic ashes burning simile turning into the beginning of what we hope is a long new beginning for us.

What bands would you say FATN pulls from for influence to your style / sound?

Chris – For influences we use life for at least lyrical content, for me personally with my style, I would say Glassjaw, Alexisonfire, Sevendust, and 36 Crazyfists for some of my influences growing up.

Tim – The influences for me was Joey Jordinson from Slipknot made me want to start playing and I become obsessed with The Rev from Avenge Sevenfold. I actually have a replica tattoo of his on my shoulder. You know the staples like Vinnie Paul from Pantera, Travis Barker from Blink 182, but the list is too long to go on, but those are the big staples and influences personally.

So as a band how do you collaborate on creating new music without stepping on each other’s toes?

Chris – It usually starts out with Matt and Brandon they come and lay down either electronic or guitar riff or something and then start building off of that. I am kind of there to just say what I like and don’t like and alright that works for someone to bounce ideas off of and then I come in and help Matt with the lyrical content.

Tim – It is kind of like this thing that is cut out for us so there really is not someone arguing over their spot in what they do in the band. We already know what are role is and how we do it, so there is very little toe stepping when it comes to the writing process.

With two EP’s under your belt how has the band evolved for the new album?

Chris – We didn’t try to stray too far from the first EP, but I think we all grew as musicians and songwriters so I hope that shows through on the new album.

Tim – The new EP “Downfall” actually the four songs that are on it will be on the new album “Day One” so that is like a taste of what’s to come for the record. There is definitely something you probably wouldn’t expect from us on the record on a couple different songs so it will be interesting for new and old fans.

What do you guys like to do for fun while on the road?

Chris – Make a lot of Planet Fitness stops and do a lot of working out. Other than that we are on social media working talking to all the fans.

Tim – Planet Fitness is just convenient, but anytime we can hit a gym that is my idea of fun. If I can get a chance to cook I am usually pretty happy to cook.

What do you like to cook?

Tim – I always make breakfast for some reason; I am always enjoying bacon and eggs, bagels, but I like to make homemade pasta sauce and pasta.

If you had a choice to pick someone to tour with next who would you want that be?

Chris – I would probably have to say Of Mice and Men.

Tim – Probably Avenged Sevenfold, I mean how could you say no to that?

From the Downfall or Day One CD, what is your favorite song off the album?

Chris – My favorite song would have to be “Through It All”, it’s a song that really hits home for me right now with what’s going on in my personal life that is the song that I feel the most on stage.

Anything that you would like to add?

Chris – We couldn’t do it without the fans, they have helped us so much over the years, through the life of FATN (From Ashes To New) to help us get requested on Sirius Octane and local radio stations now.

Tim – Just want to say thank you and their support has been absolutely unreal and if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be where we are and where we are is a pretty awesome place to be. We just hope we can keep growing through their help and we get a bigger family as this goes along.

Photos and Interview by Jonathan Heier

Affliction Studio Grand opening and Megadeth take over; Dystopia private listening party!

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I have been anticipating the grand opening of the Affliction studio and Megadeth listening party for over a month now and it was well worth the wait. As you walked in the warehouse there is a state of the art radio studio with big microphones and a nice sized stage! The event was held on January 21st, and it was  invite only, but for those who wanted to be a part of the action and could not, they could watch the live stream on the Affliction YouTube Channel . It was a packed house and I recognized a lot of familiar faces like Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), his lovely wife Jennifer, Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Thom Hazaert (David Ellefson Productions) and Sonny “Rock My Walls” photography. Everyone at the event had a smile on their face and a cool beverage in their hand from the open bar. The margaritas were spicy and delicious and if you were in the mood for a more manly drink, you could ask for a “Lemmy.” Outside in the parking was fresh tacos provided by Borracho Tacos. You had a choice of carne, pollo and cheese quesadillas. I got all three and I was definitely satisfied.

The night was hosted by Jose Mangin, Affliction VP of Brand Management and radio personality of my favorite station on SiriusXM, Liquid Metal. The other host of honor was “God Father” of thrash Dave Mustaine, who was in great spirits throughout the night walking around the warehouse, doing a little shopping, eating tacos and taking selfies with the VIP’s! The night was full of excitement with opening band Painted Wives who put on a great performance and had the future metalheads of America at their feet, literally. It must have been the lead singer Justin Suitor’s son, because they were both wearing the same blue checkered flannel. The little boy kept making his way closer up to the stage. The blasting sounds of metal did not bother him one bit! I am a new fan of Painted Wives after hearing them live. I did a little shopping myself and enjoyed the 65% off mark down that Affliction gave all VIP guests. The store had a lot to choose from and a lot of new gear I haven’t seen before.

It was now time to listen to the new album, Dystopia. Jose gave a welcoming introduction with Dave Mustaine and Kiko Luererio on stage. Jose asked Dave, “Do you have any words you would like to say to your fans?” Dave responds, “Hi.” After many laughs by the crowd, Dave continued to say, “I want to thank Jose and Affliction. And for everybody to look around and enjoy the evening, enjoy how beautiful we all are and how much fun this night is going to be!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. It was a great leeway into the new album that was played in full blast and enjoyed by everyone! The night wrapped up with California hard rock band KYNG who always put on an energetic and killer show. I have seen them many times and like them very much! It was a great night and I am so excited to see future events at the Seal Beach HQ. Affliction really did a great job of entertaining the crowd, offering the killer discount and making everyone feel right at home! Make sure to grab the new album Dystopia by Megadeth and go visit the new and improved Affliction warehouse and grab some new gear!

Raquel Figlo

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Ronnie Montrose Remembered

Interview with Keith St. John

Keith tell us how the Ronnie Montrose Remembered got started?

When Ronnie passed in 2012, it came as a completely leveling ‘left hook’ to all of those that were close to him. There were no signs, and in fact he had seemed to be in really good spirits in the short interim leading up to his passing. In the aftermath, shortly after his death, a memorial concert was organized in the Bay Area at the Regency Ballroom. Thing is…it was all so quick back then that myself, Ronnie’s wife, and most of those whose hearts were really close with Ronnie were still reeling in total shock when that show occurred… and it was so surreal feeling (and kind of thrown together) that I think it was impossible to really connect with it then. I wasn’t really thinking about it so much when I was asked by this venue back in August if I had a show I’d like to do during the NAMM convention this year. Two seconds later a little voice inside me said out loud over the phone, “Yeh, ya know there is something
I’d really like to do! I feel like it’s time to do a real memorial tribute to Ronnie Montrose here in Southern California and give L.A. rockers as well as people coming from all over the world an opportunity to finally celebrate the man!!!”

Being the Lead singer for Montrose after Ronnie, this show must mean even more to you. Tell us about what it means to you to be able to be part of this event to honor him?

Most of this music we’re gonna play was previously unknown to me before meeting Ronnie. Since he played this stuff for me and we started jamming it over 15 years ago, it was synergy and just felt easy and right to me so much so that now it’s like a big part of my being and reminds me of tons of history of my life on and off stage… and of course lots’a time spent with R.M. It feels a little bit like an important responsibility of mine ito do this somehow…I guess
especially to the “later” Montrose fans who loved what we were doing and followed us all those years!

Who do you have performing? How did they become involved?

Each performer’s participation is borne from a different story which basically depends on our relationship. It goes from one player I’ve never played with before who heard about it through a mutual friend to some guys I’ve been in bands with who have the raw talent themselves to come and honor such an iconic player….who I asked a couple months ago… and they said YES! And then of course….some players from the past incarnations of Montrose who played with
Ronnie and I will be there. Performers include Brad Whitford, Steve Stevens, Brad Gillis, Gilby Clarke, Tracii Guns, Derek St Holmes, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Young, Carmine Appice, David Ellefson, Jeff Scott Soto, Robert Mason, Brad Lang, Marc Bonilla, Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson, Chris Frazier, and more!!

Which songs are you looking forward to playing the most?

I’m going to have to let that question be revealed the night of the show who are lucky enough to get tickets before they’re sold out! Seriously I’ve heard we’re almost at sell out!

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Ronnie Montrose Remembered: a NAMM concert to be remembered
Ronnie Montrose will be saluted by a stellar lineup of rock stars and professional peers whose own careers were influenced by the legendary and powerful Montrose sound at Ronnie Montrose Remembered —one of the most talked about shows of NAMM 2016.
The celebratory concert, highlighting Montrose’s career, includes hit tunes from early Montrose, Edgar Winter, Gamma and more. Set for Saturday, Jan. 23 at The Observatory, 3503 Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 at www.observatoryoc.com/event/nammjamm2016. This once in a lifetime event will sellout and extra VIP tickets were just released. Press passes are available on approval.
The line-up includes featured performers: Brad Whitford, Aerosmith; Steve Stevens, Billy Idol; Keith St John, Montrose; Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge; Brad Gillis, Night Ranger; Gilby Clarke, Guns ‘n’ Roses; Tracii Guns, LA Guns; Doug Aldrich, Whitesnake; Derek St. Holmes, Ted Nugent; David Ellefson, Megadeth; Brad Lang, Y & T; Jeff Young, Megadeth; Robert Mason, Warrant; Ed Roth, Annie Lennox; Chris Frazier, Foreigner and Edgar Winter; Mitch Perry, Edgar Winter and Michael Schenker; Joe Travers, Duran Duran and Zappa Plays Zappa; Toshi Yanagi, Jimmy Kimmel; Jimmy Paxson, Stevie Nicks: Travis Davis, Keith Emerson; Jimmy Degrasso, Black Star Riders; and Jeff Scott Soto, Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Special acoustic and cameo performances will also include special guest stars. The show will come to riveting climax, when guitarists will each rotate onto the stage, performing the lead section of Bad Motor Scooter in their own style.
Former Montrose lead singer and event producer St John says new names are being added to the line-up literally every day. St John was with Montrose for 13 years. The band was on top of the charts in the 1970s when Sammy Hagar was vocalist, with tunes like Rock Candy, Bad Motor Scooter and Rock the Nation. When St John teamed up with Montrose they continued to entertain until right before his death, filling clubs and festivals around the world. St John wrote many unreleased tunes with Ronnie Montrose, some performed at concerts throughout the years.
It has been almost four years since Montrose ended his life and St John wants the guitar greats’ legend to continue. “Since Ronnie’s unforeseen passing, the dust has finally settled enough for those of us who loved him and his music to come together and simply celebrate the man for his beautiful contributions,” St John remarks.
One of the featured guitar players Steve Stevens, of Billy Idol fame, says this about Montrose: “So many of my early musical heroes were 70’s players coming out of the UK. I was almost a British snob, strange for a kid from New York City. One exception was our very own Ronnie Montrose. I always felt Ronnie was our Jeff Beck. His debut album is now widely considered a rock masterpiece. I always attribute much of the sound and approach of the debut Van Halen record to Montrose. Ronnie could bring severe rock chops as well as play expressive melodic solos. I was fortunate to see Ronnie play with Gamma in 1979. That cemented my love of him as a great American guitar player.”
Also a special recognition to two young guitar players will be presented by Guitar Player magazine. The Rock the Nation award was created for young guitarists who exude “a star quality though his or her expression on the instrument.” It was established by magazine editor-n-chief Michael Molenda and Montrose’s widow Leighsa Montrose in 2014 and honors the guitar hero who loved to share tips, techniques, and lessons with young players. Jess Araten, 17, of Gwyned, Penn. and Geddy Franco, 15, of Pacifica, Calif. have been selected as the 2016 winners and will perform on stage with their rock idols.
Updates to the performer list are being made daily at the event website at www.ronniemontroseremembered.com and on the event’s Facebook page. For more information, call 714-957-0600.
A donation from concert proceeds will be made to the charity Sweet Relief, which aids musicians worldwide with special attention to medical needs. Montrose was an advocate and donor to the organization that has helped many with many needs such as housing.

Mr Creepy Final Bow featuring Shane Gibson

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Arthur Gonzales started off in many local level bands while working in live production & worked his way into promoter & started landing opening slots randomly for different artists. After the recording a Christmas song with 5 time Grammy nominated guitarist, Russ Hewitt & vocalist Zac Stevens (Circle 2 Circle/Trans Siberian Orchestra), “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for the US military started making calls & sending messages to friends & fellow musicians to carry on with an idea of a group that could create various styles of music. He called it, Mr Creepy.

He first enlisted, Michael G Clark. The studio & live guitarist had wrote & recorded a song called, “Just like a Angel.” It sold 3.6 million copies, and all the proceeds went to victims of Drunk Driving in Michael’s home state of New Mexico. He’s also in demand as a studio guitarist for his ability to play so many styles fluidly.

Next was Jasmine Cain, bassist & vocalist from the south. Winner of NIMA Awards Best Alternative Rock Band. Current and 4 time MCMA Female Rock Vocalist. Current JPF Female Rock Artist. She’s a power house!

Shane Gibson soon joined. He was best known for his time with Korn from 2007-2010 and Jonathan Davis’ solo band. Sadly Shane passed away on April 15, 2014, of complications from a blood clotting disorder. His music lives on with recordings & with his loyal fans, friends and family.

Mike Froedge was the last to hit the ranks with the group. His career span has him wearing lots of hats, producer, writing & mixing albums. Here is mad man behind the drums & his experience is valued greatly! Having been in bands like Doubledrive & Black Label Society, he is a true pro & can play anything at any given notice!

The music is primarily written by Arthur Gonzales & Michael G. Their first song release, “Strap You Down”, from the the self titled EP landed in the award winning short film, “Missing” by Joey Medina.

2016 will see the release of new singles as well as free releases of songs as well as music recorded with the late Shane Gibson. Mr Creepy will conquer new ground!

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ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE BOOK OF SHADOWS II

ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE BOOK OF SHADOWS II ON APRIL 8, 2016

FIRST SOLO RELEASE IN 20 YEARS

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January 14, 2016 — Guitar icon Zakk Wylde will release Book Of Shadows II on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), his first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. Book Of Shadows II was recently named as one of the “Most Anticipated Metal Releases of 2016” via Rollingstone.com.

Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s “Unblackened” spring tour last year. All songs on Book of Shadows II were recorded and produced at Wylde’s legendary home studio, The Black Vatican, which produced several of Wylde’s recent releases. The new effort will be followed by a wave of tour dates in support to be announced soon.

Zakk Wylde is no stranger to showing the lighter, introspective side of his music, having previously released two Black Label Society albums of stripped down material. The Song Remains Not the Same was released in 2011 which included acoustic versions of songs originally released on Order of the Black and 2013’s Unblackened, a live acoustic album that was recorded live at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Zakk will also be in full participation in this year’s NAMM Convention taking place at The Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA January 21-24. Zakk’s newly minted line of Guitars known as Wylde Audio will be on full display in Room 210-D and will be signing from 3pm – 5pm on Friday Jan 22. ZAKK SABBATH, a side project featuring guitarist/vocalist Wylde, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing only BLACK SABBATH SONGS will be playing at The Grove of Anaheim Saturday January 23rd.

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