Can you tell me about the moment that you realized you wanted to play the guitar?
You can pick 1 album that you’ve already heard to erase the memories of having heard it, and go back to listen to it like it’s the first time again. What would it be?
When I was looking through his music and all the places he has played, what is the one thing that he just can’t live without when he is on the road? – asked by Bastion’s Wake in Episode 016
The Song: Misleading lights of town
“Misleading lights of town” is the title track from Vincenzo Grieco’s first album. It’s about a person who’s driving late at night in a big city, trying to escape from the sense of fear in his mind. While driving, he realizes that all the lights that he sees are not going to comfort him. The imaginary spider web inside his mind represents Vincenzo’s own phobia.
About Vincenzo Grieco
Band Location: Rome, Italy Band Genre: Hard Rock
Vincenzo Grieco is a guitar player, musician and composer from Rome, Italy. After many years of musical experiences he decided to publish his first solo album. The song involves Piero Pierantozzi on drums, Marco Polizzi on bass, Emanuele Casali on Keyboards and Giorgio Lorito on vocals. Lyrics are written by Sara Facciolo, Vincenzo’s wife, who’s also a singer-songwriter herself.
Three questions for ėVė and Derelith October
– Episode 016
If I found a picture of Bastion’s Wake in my social studies book, what would that page be about?
If there was one thing that you could tell your potential fans about your band, what would it be
How did the steampunk aesthetic come about
The Song: Claudia
The song is Claudia. A multilayered track featuring low guitars, Symphonic elements, and densely layered vocals. The song tells the story of the Anne Rice’s child vampire of the same name.
Band biography Based out of Delaware, Bastion’s Wake has come on to a music scene saturated with dad shorts, and brought back the magic and theatre of a live show. With dipping into every style of music, lights, and video shows, they pour every ounce of creativity they can muster into to everything they do.
About Bastion’s Wake
Band Location: Nowhere, DE USA
Band Genre: Cinematic Metal
Their first album, the cinematic expose, Sea Creatures and Sky Pirates, introduces their ground breaking interpretation of a new genre of metal; cinematic metal.
Combining soaring vocals, harmonic and sometimes heavy guitar, melodic synths, orchestral instruments, and fairy tale-like story telling, there’s something for everyone in a Bastion’s Wake set.
If a band from SWPA was doing a mini-tour and would be coming through Baltimore, what advice would you give them?
If there is an apocalyptic event and only one Night’s Edge song will survive along with a handful of people, which song do you think should survive and why?
If you could pick any of the big tours you want to be on, which one would you pick to be on and why? – asked by Lou Lombardi on Episode 014
The Song: Edge of the World
Edge of the World is the second single from our debut album “Shades of Dusk” and is a good representation of the diverse sound that Night’s Edge brings. It’s a mix of chugging metal, gothic keys, and dancy drums that creates a very distinct atmosphere that is the band’s own.
Band biography If you threw a banger in a haunted house, NIGHT’S EDGE would be your entertainment for the evening. Gothic yet fun, the band combines 80’s arena rock with dance grooves and a punk attitude. NIGHT’S EDGE doesn’t sound like anybody else.
About Night’s Edge
Band Location: Baltimore, MD USA
Band Genre: Alternative Metal
NIGHT’S EDGE doesn’t look like anybody else either. The band performs covered in fluorescent glowing paint, adding a psychedelic, cyber-punk aesthetic to an already explosive live show. NIGHT’S EDGE owns the stage and the crowd’s attention.
“Shades of Dusk”, the debut album from NIGHT’S EDGE dropped on June 29, 2019. With songs ranging from horror-punk anthems to radio-ready dance tunes to dramatic gothic waltzes, the genre-spanning album is the band’s statement to the world that Night’s Edge is something completely different, and something really, really good.
Listen to the album. Dive into the aesthetic. Learn the words, come out to a show and —
If you could go back in time and spend 1 year following any band around without changing history, which band would you follow and why?
I really like it when people talk about their live show memories because I feel like the craziest stuff happens. So I wanted to know, what’s a really great live show memory that you have? – asked by Marina of Echoheart in Episode 013
The Song: Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone?
Where Have All The Acid Queens Gone is a song about the days of psychedelic exploration. I wrote it to commemorate that era and also to say that we have lost something. There are some fun Easter Eggs in the song with references like “our merry prankster friends” and “electric cherry Koolaid”. The protagonist is singing to a girl, presumably one of the acid queens. While Tina Turner played the Acid Queen in the film version of Tommy, it’s also a reference to some of the other ladies who rocked that late sixties/ early seventies era; like Grace Slick, Mama Cass, and of course the great Janice Joplin.
Musically, the song is straight up hard rock with a singable catchy chorus. The guitar solo has this slightly out of time feel which we intentionally did as a way of showing how out of touch the world is today with that era of mental exploration.
About Lou Lombardi
Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA Band Genre: Hard Rock
When a teenage Trekker from a devout Christian upbringing realized that he couldn’t join the crew of the Enterprise, he did the next best thing; he picked up a guitar, traded his Larry Norman praise music for ‘real’ rock n’ roll and never looked back.
Lou ‘Loudini’ Lombardi has been rocking the Pittsburgh PA area and beyond for over 20 years with his high octane brand of classic hard rock, as a solo artist, with his band Strangelove and as a freelance songwriter and session player for acts including Carly Simon and Billy Joel collaborator Pete Hewlett.
He is the host of the Loudini Rock And Roll Circus podcast, broadcasting weekly to a global audience and has conducted extended interviews with a wide roster of musicians, including recent chats with Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss and Nancy Wilson of Heart. And even if he never did fly to the stars, he came close when he opened for KISS’s space-ace Ace Frehley.
Will I Make it Home tells the story about a solider who has to leave his family behind to head off to war. It explores the emotions from the family’s perspective who are constantly on edge wondering if they’ll ever hear from him again, and his constant fear that he may never get home alive.
About The Crowning
Band Location: Stroudsburg, PA USA Band Genre: Rock
Nobody understands momentum quite like The Crowning. After storming the scene in the Fall of 2017 with their debut EP, the Pennsylvania quartet has already begun to establish themselves as a regional powerhouse with their unique take on the altrock/grunge sound. In a very short period they have amassed thousands of streams, opened up for several major national touring acts, received continuous airplay on hundreds of indie and college radio stations, and have been featured in several major publications including the cover of The Aquarian Weekly.
I know that you used to use the tagline “Pure Rock Fury” for your band, and I feel like it is a pretty good description for your band. How would you describe your sound to people who haven’t heard you yet?
Recently, I was flipping through my social studies teacher’s manual and found a photo that looked exactly like my college roommate. If I were to find a picture of a time traveling member of DRAGLINE, what historical event would the photo be with and why?
What is it that you like and dislike about the Pittsburgh Music Scene and what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a part of it as opposed to a more musical city like Nashville, LA, or New York; what do you find special about opposed to any other music scene out there? – Asked by Doug Carnahan on Episode 009
The Song: She Put the Devil in Me
The song is about Temptation and giving in to it.
Band Location: Leechburg, PA USA
Band Genre: Rock / Metal / Punk Rock
DRAGLINE was born out of the fiery remains of what once was the Midnight Plowboys. The Plowboys had Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins style rockabilly riffs along with some southern rock influence. This has carried over into DRAGLINE’s sound, although now, there’s an edge that has been added to it, with some Motorhead influence and metal riffs being tossed around. The line-up consisted of: Jimmy-Lead guitar & vox, Mike-Bass guitar & backing vox, and Jay on drums. DRAGLINE is proud to play an all original set, yet has no problem dropping in some David Allen Coe, Johnny Cash, or yes, even Motorhead. Their sound is a basic power trio. Their style consists of “bar-room” rock ‘n’ roll, punk rock, metal, and even some rockabilly floating around in there somewhere. Their ideology is “just play, have a good time, and most importantly put on a good show” They do everything from benefits to bike nights. Whether it’s doing a backyard BBQ or playing at a local bar, the boys in DRAGLINE just wanna play. Grab yourself a cold beer and check them out…you won’t be disappointed!
I know that you used to be in a you play solo acoustic shows, and you front After the Fall, a Heavy Rock and Metal band. So my first question is, what musicians would you say have influenced you?
What’s up with your microphone? (bonus question)
So this next question kinda doubles up on the questions, can you tell me what the writing process for an After the Fall song is like and then specifically how it went for “The Fight”? (Check out Fernando’s Review of “The Fight”)
What keeps you going when all else fails, when the people that you need let you down and the people that are the closest aren’t there what keeps you motivated to make music? – asked by Deyv Dee on Episode 008
The Song: The Fight
“The Fight” is a song about everyday life, and getting through it as unscathed as possible. We all have faced adverse situations that may cause us to stumble, and perhaps, even become a bit jaded towards life. That’s really the struggle, trying to get through life without compromising yourself, your morals, etc, and oftentimes, we don’t walk away the same person, be it for better or for worse. “The Fight” is meant to be inspirational, in the sense that we all have the ability to stare our individual adversity in the face and declare that we won’t come unhinged, that we’ll persevere and come out on top! Short of death, we all have the ability to overcome our individual obstacles, we simply need to have the strength and courage to do so, and that’s what I tried to convey with “The Fight”. A short side note, my eldest daughter, Sydney, helped to inspire some of the lyrics. I try to match the lyrics to the emotion that the music invokes, and I was having trouble determining the emotion attached to the music in “The Fight”. She asked me what my hangup with this song was, lyrically, and I told her. She then proceeded to tell me that I should make the song have both happy and sad emotions, that those were the emotions she felt upon hearing the music. I got to thinking and thought that, in life, we all experience both of those emotions, often one right after another, and that started me on my way to getting the lyrics completed!
About After the Fall
Band Location: Pittsburgh, PA USA
Band Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
After the Fall is a 4 piece, original hard rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally formed back in 2003, they’ve undergone several lineup changes over the years, and although met with success soon after their formation, it’s their current incarnation that has the city of Pittsburgh and cities throughout the country, abuzz. With Matt Ferrante on drums, Steve Craven on bass, Zac Shepard on guitar, and Doug Carnahan on vocals/guitar, they’ve made a bang in Pittsburgh and surrounding regions since the addition of Carnahan on vocals back in the spring of 2012. More recently, they would replace longtime guitarist Brandon Cornish with Zac Shepard. They’ve shared the stage with such national acts as Warrant, Sevendust, Nonpoint, Hed PE, The Sin City Sinners, Dope, Corrosion of Conformity, Hurt, Primer 55, and more. They have played in cities across the country, turning heads and recruiting new fans as if their lives depended on it.
Their sound is reminiscent of some of the great hard rock bands of the late 80’s, early 90’s, yet still stands out amongst their contemporaries as fresh, melodic, and just plain catchy. The songs are predominantly driving, radio friendly, hard rock songs, infused with attention commanding guitar riffs, topped off with vocals and lyrics that drive their point straight home and often through the heart.
Starting with their 2014 EP which contains their first big hit “Rumors” and followed with their full-length effort “My Confession” in the summer of 2015, After the Fall has kicked their career into high gear, winning the Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards for “Best Rock Band” (2014-2019), and “Album of the Year” (My Confession). Armed with new, soon-to-be released music and with their signing to Pittsburgh’s RFL Records on September 6th, it’s only a matter of time before their music is in front of the masses! RFL Records released “My Confession” on November 30th, 2018 with full label backing, new packaging and promotion to reach a worldwide audience. They also released the single “The Fight” in April, 2019. With a jam packed schedule and shows dotted all over the map, be sure to keep an eye out for After the Fall in a town near you!
Having played all over the world and in various genres and styles of music, I’m guessing that you have quite a few stories to tell. Can you tell us about an embarrassing situation that you faced on stage?
If you could go back in time and follow 1 band or artist for 1 year and learn from them, who would it be and why?
“Oh Dear Helen”, Its about feeling betrayed, abandoned, and living past it.
About Deyv Dee
Band Location: Elgin, IL USA Band Genre: Folk Punk
Deyv Dee released his first solo album in 2012 however has over 16 years in the Chicago-land music scene. After receiving his first guitar from Jim Ellison’s family in 96 Deyv Dee, also known as Dave Damask, went on to play Blues on the Fox, in Aurora Illinois, 3 years in a row and was front page news in the Beacon News, once sharing a picture with Sherly King. Deyv played in a nu-metal band, Cry for Dawn, for 3 years and was part of the writing process and release of “Rainy Days and Razor Blades”. Deyv went on to start a pop-punk band, Gutter Star. Gutter Star played for 4 years and had two CD’s released by Deyv himself. Broken TV Fest was put on in 2008 by Deyv and was 13 bands in a back yard in unincorporated Dupage county in Illinois. Deyv also went on to join Team Rockit and tour in Germany and Switzerland in 2006. After Team Rockit he started The Regals (also known as Meet The Regals) who shared the stage with many bands and recorded a 13 track album that was released after the band broke up. After the break up of The Regals Deyv joined Leah Stargazing for one year as the lead guitar player and started writing material for his first solo album “27 to life”. For promotion of his first solo album he played with a full band or acoustic with friends backing him up. Deyv Dee has played all over the country going to open mics for years (2011-current). Deyv was released in 2013 on a Methadones tribute album, released from Infested Records, as the only stringed song with cello and violin backing up Deyv on guitar, drums and vocals.