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Luna Mortis

Looking Back and Moving Forward, the Return of Luna Mortis
by Sal Serio
July 2013

So you wanna be a rock ‘n roll star? Well, listen now, to what I say. You shopped around your demo, attracted some major label interest, and – viola! – you got signed. Now it’s time to live the dream, right? Elaborate catering requests on riders, swanky tour busses, swimming pools, and groupies lined up down the hall of the Embassy Suites. You’re on easy street, right? I’m sorry to say, the trip may not be a rosy as a baby’s bottom, after all.


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Another Lost Year

Another Lost Year

by Tina Hall
July 2013

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina the band Another Lost Year has already gained quite a following. Comprised of Clinton Cunanan, Adam Hall, David Whitaker, Lee Norris, and Jason Lovelace, ALY offer up alternative metal in a way seldom seen in today’s music scene. They have opened for the likes of Hinder, Seven Dust, Skid Row, Candlebox, Pop Evil, and Nonpoint just to name a few.  Their latest single “The War on the Inside” was produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones, Breaking Point) and offers fans a glimpse at what the newest album “Writing on the Wall” has to offer. Fans can catch them in the WI area July 11th at Club Tavern and Jefferson, WI at the Rox Sports Bar on July 17th.

Maximum Ink: What was it like growing up in North Carolina? What were you like as a child?
Clinton Cunanan: NC is humid, and I loathe humidity. As a child, I was always a good kid, I grew up on a horse farm, my weekends were not all fun and games, I played baseball, that was the only thing that could get me out of the manual labor. Basically the same now, mouthy, said what was on my mind, you know normal kid crap.


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SOiL by Stephanie Cabral - photo by Stephanie Cabral

SOiL

An interview with SOiL bassist Tim King
by Aaron Manogue
July 2013

They say perseverance is a virtue, but to the band SOiL, it’s become part of their DNA. Formed in Chicago in 1997, the landscape for the entire band has been one giant rollercoaster ride ever since. But to make things even harder, their rollercoaster was lit on fire and thrust upon decaying rails. From their mainstream successes with the album Scars in the early 2000’s to lineup change after lineup change, the number one thing that remains is their constant love for their music. The boys will be in town as part of the WJJO Band Camp lineup August 17th, and will be releasing their sixth studio album, Whole on August 20th. Maximum Ink’s Aaron Manogue spoke with bassist Tim King about the past 16 years and what to expect from their upcoming release.

Maximum Ink: It has been 12 years since you guys released one of your most popular albums, Scars, and the band has been though a lot since then. How have all of the highs and lows over the past decade made you all into better musicians and a better band as a whole?
Tim King: Well it definitely has been a crazy ride. Adam (guitar) and myself were the last two original members standing for a while. It was then that we started talking to Ryan (vocals) again about doing some UK shows, because there was such a demand still for the band over there. We committed to a tour that would celebrate the 10th anniversary of SCARS and it was a sell-out across the board. Every venue sold out in a matter of weeks. We had such a great time on that tour and playing together that we decided to get back together and do a new album.


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Sevendust by Davo - photo by Davo

Sevendust 2013

An interview with lead singer of Sevendust, Lajon Witherspoon
by Aaron Manogue
July 2013

We all say that if and when we ever y get rich and famous, that it wouldn’t change us. We’d stay humble and courteous of others and not let the constant praise and skyrocketing band account go to our heads. But more often than not, it’s just the opposite, especially for rockstars who are praised and worshipped more than some religious figures. If you didn’t know Lajon Witherpoon, lead singer of Sevendust was in a very successful rock band, (other than his bull piercing through his nose and being covered in tattoos) you’d think he’s just a super nice guy who can talk to anyone. This is why Sevendust is one of the most respected and revered rock bands out there today. Maximum Ink’s Aaron Manogue had the pleasure of sitting down with LJ to talk about how the band stays humble, his vocal roots and their return to the mighty WJJO Band Camp on August 17th.

Maximum Ink: You guys are the most humble, down to earth rockstars in the business. How do you guys manage to stay humble with the success you’ve seen over the years?
Lajon Witherspoon: I think we’re just good ol’ country boys and speaking for myself, we’ve been very blessed and I think it would be foolish of us to take this for granted. And I’ve always said this from the beginning, the same people you see going up, you’ll see coming down. Honestly man, if it wasn’t for people like you at Maximum Ink and radio stations, and I don’t say fans, but family we have out there, we wouldn’t be anything. That’s what keeps us going and keeps us humble. You never know how long this is going to be around and it’s been a beautiful ride and I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been great!


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Lost City Music Festival

Lost City Music Festival

Mine All Mine Record's Second Annual Festival of Regional Music
by John Noyd
July 2013

Returning for a second round highlighting the region’s incredible array of musical talent, the Lost City Music Festival presents twenty-eight acts over four days and three venues. Sponsored by Mine All Mine Records and hosted by Madison’s High Noon Saloon, Dragonfly Lounge and Bright Red Studios from August 8th to the 11th, the festival’s focus on the regional bands reaps an eclectic mix of musical styles. A bargain at $7 per show with an option of full-pass wristbands for only $12, LCMF sweetens the pot by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Madison Area Music Association, supporting MAMA’s commitment to local school music programs to insure there will be future generations of bands for years to come.


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Nonpoint on the cover August 2013

Nonpoint

an interview with Elias Sorano
by Aaron Manogue
August 2013

It seems like every band I have the honor to talk to, can’t say enough about Madison. How the venues are unique and intimate, how the festivals are packed with energy like they’ve never seen before, but most of all, how the fans quickly become like family by the end of each performance. Every single person that reads this article should feel proud to be part of the Madison hard rock and metal scene, because there isn’t a single musician that wouldn’t admit, we’re just a little more intense, we’re just a little louder and we’re a hell of a lot more crazy than those other stops on tour.

There there isn’t a band around that transcends the list of Madison’s favorite quite like the boys in Nonpoint. They’ve thrived off of their second to the north for over a decade now and every chance they get, they turn their dials up just one more notch for their Madison brothers and sisters. If there’s a band that fans of hard rock bleed for, it’s Nonpoint, after all, the band calls Madison ‘Nonpoint Nation’. As a matter of fact, their vocalist loves the city so much, he wants it to be his final resting place. Maximum Ink’s Aaron Manogue had a chance to ask their vocalist Elias Soriano about their latest single ‘That Day’ and their return to WJJO’s Band Camp on August 17th.

Maximum Ink: Your latest single ‘That Day’ continues to climb the charts. Talk to me about what the song means to you and the band.
Elias Soriano: That song has a lot of meaning for me and the band. The 2 years leading up to the release of our self-titled record was a bit of a struggle. Attitude and execution are everything when it comes to this band. When we made the changes we did in our camp it just seemed like things all if a sudden came together overnight. Music was fun again and our path was clearer than it had ever been. With our changes, everything changed. With one phone call, all of a sudden, things felt that way. So I truly remember that day that everything changed.


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