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Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

singer, songwriter, and country music legend
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Who of those among us that where raised on country music didn’t like songs about trains?  You just gotta love an album titled “Freight Train.” In his latest work, Alan Jackson proves after 20 years in the industry, 50 million albums sold, and 34 number one hits, that he is indeed a legend in country music. He co-wrote eight of twelve songs on the album. Lee Ann Womack teams up with Jackson on a impressive cover of the 70’s hit “Til The End” for a rather fitting tribute to the late Vern Gosdin.

The opening track “Hard Hat and a Hammer” speaks to those who understand the satisfaction that comes from a days hard work, while “I Could Get Used To This” showcases some very nice work on steel guitar that is rather hard to find these days. The tracks “It’s Just That Way” and “Big Green Eyes” provide a glimpse at the more edgy side ,while the ballad “The Best Keeps Getting Better” offers something to those that prefer a softer tune. All in all it is an album that will delight die hard fans and make an impression on new country fans alike.

Maximum Ink: What was it like to work with Lee Ann Womack On Till The End?
Alan Jackson: I been trying to get her to sing a duet with me for a long time. She’s one of my favorite female country singers. Probably the only one out there left that’s singing real hard country stuff, and can really pull it off, I mean, I’ve loved her from day one, and I asked her to sing with me years ago and she turned me down. So finally she agreed to do it. I’m glad to have her on the record and “Till The End’s” been a song that I’ve always wanted to record as a duet, and it was Verne Gosdin song he had a hit on, years and years ago. I think one of his ex-wives wrote this song. Which I didn’t even know that until we got ready to record this. Verne, he passed away of course last year, and I wanted to do a song, in his honor. I got to do a song for Verne, and got to sing with LeAnn, and this, man, it’s a cool cut.


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Filter

Filter

An interview with singer Richard Patrick
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Richard Patrick is founder and frontman of the band Filter. He also formed the supergroup, Army of Anyone with the DeLeo Brothers, Dean and Robert, of Stone Temple Pilots, and drummer Ray Luzier.

The first Filter album was released in 1995. The current album “The Trouble With Angels” features tracks busting with honesty that has became a sort of Filter signature. We caught Richard Patrick and asked him a few questions.

Maximum Ink: What do you think led you to become a musician?
Richard Patrick: The first thing every musician realizes is that they appreciate music more than others around them. There is always a great song out there, you just have to find it; or write it yourself.


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Zoe Scott

Zoe Scott

singer/songwriter
by Tina Hall
September 2010

London born singer/songwriter Zoe Scott has been playing guitar and composing songs since the age of 9 and was trained in theatre at a palace in Rome at the Piazza Venezia. She acted briefly is several horror films and during her earlier years she lived in a tent with her sister Victoria.

Zoe’s fans may recognize her voice from the commercial for Gillette Venus Razors and her latest album Woman on Top features the work of The Wax Team (Rhianna, Nora Jones), and master mixers Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Mike Shipley (Aerosmith, Shania Twain).

Maximum Ink: Your parents where artists.Do you think it was helpful to your musical aspirations to have the support of such creative people?
Zoe Scott: My upbringing was highly creative and it has very much influenced my ability to sit for periods of time in a house, cave or van, and focus on writing songs. I think my parents are very inspired people who have a great sense of joy de verve. You have to have quite a lot of mojo to want to move to the other side of the world and make rock and roll. My dad introduced me to rock and roll with his music collection and beat writers like Jack Kerouac. The artists were very much talked and discussed and idealized in my household. My dad describes himself as a boho, sort for bohemian. My parents were beautiful and talented in the 60’s. I think there was some kind of ideal growing up, which was artists contribute a great deal to the spirit of the world and it’s a cool thing to be a free thinker and observe the world through artists eyes. They were, however, incredibly shocked when I said I wanted to go into rock and roll and move to Los Angeles!


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16 second stare

16 Second Stare

An interview with Chris Davis and Tim Shanks
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The industrial metal band, 16 Second Stare recently released their second album “16 Second Stare” on Goomba Music. Frontman Chris Davis steps out from behind the drums and is joined by guitarist Tim Shanks, Brando Foor on drums, and Ryan Hand on bass to provide a sound that is often called..angry. The band will be hitting the road in support of their sophomore album with the 16 Second Models (girls in fishnets and heels that introduce the band and hang out with fans) in tow. I recently caught up with Chris Davis and Tim Shanks to see what the band is up to next.

Maximum Ink: Who are some of the artists that have influenced the 16 Second Stare sound?
Chris Davis: We were influenced by some of the hard rocking bands like Pantera, Marylin Manson, Sevendust, Metallica, Mudvayne, Advenged Sevenfold, White Zombie and KoRn to name a few.

MI: At what age did you know this was what you wanted to do? What do you think you’d of been if not a musician?
CD: At the age of 4 when my dad gave me a drum set. I honestly think if I wasn’t involved in music in some way, I would die.
Tim Shanks: I knew I wanted to be a musician since the age of 12, but if I didn’t become a musician I would be an administrator.


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This Or The Apocalypse

This Or The Apocalypse

by Chris Fox
September 2010

Combine pure aggression, heavy grooves and lots of melodic musings, you have THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE. With their debut record release, “Haunt What’s Left”, released with the production blessing from Chris Adler, drummer of LAMB OF GOD, this band has come out with all guns blazing. Diversity is what drives the metal out of this band even though singer, Ricky Armelino, says, “we’re not exactly hardcore, not exactly metal,” but what they definitely are is heavy.

Being an educated guy, Armelino draws on lots of influences for their music. “The musical diversity in this group is so wide,” he explains, “the most amazing thing, I think, is making five people that listen to completely different genres… we actually make it work.” These guys truly have a passion for the music that they write, and strive to stay true to their unique sound. Armelino explains that he is influenced by “the authors that I respect. Civil rights authors,” but he draws from his wide literary spectrum, “my favorite was early on, when I would use Victorian era poetry and just scream it at these hardcore kids, and they loved it.” The influence of old murky literature and contemporary metal and hardcore artists like EVERY TIME I DIE creates the passionate spectrum that is THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE. “There is a lot of inbreeding in this genre of music,” Armelino explains, “and we just push to really create a new sound. We force ourselves to not rip anybody off and make our own brand.” Using contemporary breakdowns and soaring choruses at first glance these guys could be mistaken for another screamo band until they hit you with their brand of brutality. Driving songs that beg to have a mosh pit, draw you in, and the piercing lyrics will make your chest shake.


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Tantric cover design and illustration by Ian Chalgren

Tantric

an interview with Hugo Ferreira
by Troy Johnson
September 2010

Tantric first hit the music scene with a self-titled debut in 2001 that topped the charts with swaggering, grungy singles like “Breakdown” and “Astounded” that fit right into the New Metal mode that has been a staple of rock radio giants like Nickelback, Staind, and Creed since the late 1990’s.“Tantric” went on to be certified platinum but the band’s follow up albums have seen the band cultivate a more selective audience. In the decade since their debut, the band has completely changed its lineup. Only front man Hugo Ferreira remains of the original members of the group. Tantric released its fourth studio album “Mind Control” in August 2009 and has been on tour regularly since then. On stage, Ferreira’s grave vocals are his most distinguishing characteristic, but off the stage Ferreira’s work in the rock industry has brought him a great deal of insight to the many sides of the music industry. From the creative aspect of writing music and producing videos to the business end of promoting a product that people want to experience. I caught Ferreira the night before a show in Santa Rosa, California on a brief break during their summer tour.

MAXIMUM INK: I just got done watching the “Mind Control” video. You get a chance to do some zombie acting and television smashing. What is it like to film a video like that?
HUGO FERREIRA: We filmed the ‘Mind Control’ at an old warehouse in Nashville. We made it look like a ward with props and a lot of creative ideas. I wanted to do something a little darker and edgier and I was given some reign for creative choices. We were pleased with the end result.


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Nonpoint

Nonpoint

interview with bassist & vocalist Ken MacMillan
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The new Nonpoint album “Miracle” is out now on the band’s own 954 Records.The album was produced by Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne/HELL YEAH. Nonpoint is comprised of three original members, Elias Soriano (vocals), Ken MacMillian (bass), Robb Rivera (drums), along with axeman Zach Broderick who makes his debut on the new album.

Maximum Ink: What were some of your earliest influences?
Ken MacMillian: Musically I’d have to say that Iron Maiden and Suicidal Tendencies really helped jump start my true appreciation for music. Before that I didn’t really look at music as ‘influential’. Just stuff to jam to.

MI: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician? And why?
KM: I was introduced to music by way of a bass guitar given to me as payment for mowing my neighbor’s lawn. A week later, a buddy of mine said he was putting a band together and asked if I played any instruments. I told him “yeah, I play bass.” I was happy to find out that when I showed up, they were all just as bad as I was. It was a hell of a twist of fate in my favor, but I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!


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Threat Level

Threat Level

by Jason Mansavage
September 2010

Threat Level was forged amidst the industrial wasteland of Kokomo, Indiana in 2005. Known as the “City of Firsts,” for pneumatic rubber tires, aluminum casting, stainless steel tableware, the Howitzer shell, aerial bombs with fins, mechanical corn pickers, canned tomato juice and home to the Delco Radio Division of General Motors Corporation, its no wonder these guys turned to metal music. They grew up children of industry, surrounded by steel, metal, aluminum and more recently, poverty, issued by the closing of local auto plants. Attributed to the financial problems of the automotive industry, in December 2008, Kokomo was listed third by Forbes in a list of America’s fastest dying towns.


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The Selfish Gene at The Majestic Theatre, July 2010

The Selfish Gene

Releasing new EP, 'What it sees, Where it sleeps'
by Mike Huberty
September 2010

Taking their name from famous evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkin’s 1976 book, Madison’s THE SELFISH GENE has been one of the city’s most ambitious bands since their inception in 2004. Now a three-piece rock/indie-pop unit consisting of Matt Allen on guitar and vocals, Eric Andraska on bass, and Rob Young on drums, their 2007 release, “The Grand Masquerade” garnered them national press attention as well as opening slots for bands as acclaimed and diverse as The Von Bondies and Bon Iver to Blue Oyster Cult and The Kings of Leon. In June, they released a new EP that moves their style into an acoustic direction called What It Sees, Where It Sleeps.


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classic Blue Cheer - photo by Herb Greene

Leigh Stephens

An interview with solo artist and guitarist from classic metal band Blue Cheer
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Leigh Stephens rose to fame as co-founder and lead guitarist of the psychedelic rock band Blue Cheer. He has also been called one of “The Top 100 Guitarist of All Time” by Rolling Stone. Aside from working as a musician he also works as a producer, illustrator, photographor, special effects, and is a senior digital media artist.

Maximum Ink: Who were some of the artists who have influenced your playing style?
Leigh Stephens: The early surf guys Dick Dale, The Ventures, Duane Eddy. Then Jeff Beck of course And Clapton as well as Hendrix.

MI: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician? Why do you love music as much as you do?
LS: I was an artist first. Then came music. Music is instant gratification. You can hear it now and if it works you know it right away.


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