Norman Stethalacopalus LaStrange of Blödhren takes a shot at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 022!
What draws you to the stage and why metal?
What is one thing that you love about the Roanoke music scene and what is one thing that you hate that you would change?
When you go see a band live, what do you expect? Are you listening to the lyrics, the music? What about them makes you want to see them live? asked by Stringg Harris in Episode 021
also get some stage presence advice and find out where the name Blödhren came from?
About the Song: No Weakness
It is about how easy it is to do wrong. How we are constantly plagued with choices and it is always so much more tempting to pick the easy, less morally comfortable option.
Genre: thrash / groove metal
City: Roanoke, VA
Four piece metal band from Roanoke, Va. We play fast, hit hard, and always have a good time doing it. It’s not often that the planets align in a way to allow a band to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time. In the case of Roanoke, VA natives Blödhren though, the universe has definitely been in their favor.
From October 2016 to January 2017, founding member and guitarist Ox forged the band from the ground up. With a steadfast vision, Ox set out to create metal that not only gave honor to bands such as Pantera and Slayer but also pushed the roots of metal forward into territories occupied by acts likened to Gojira and Lamb of God.
First recruiting vocalist Norman LaStrange (Survival of the Sickest) and drummer Stephen Boothe (Rezult) in October 2016, the three started hammering out material in the months following. The band then brought in bassist Allen Christian (Sophie’s Scar, Metallic Division, Black Rose Mourning) to complete their sound.
It’s the middle of November in the City of Steel. We just had our first decent snowfall, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas is not so far off. It’s football season which means the black and yellow terrible towels are waving frantically throughout the city of Pittsburgh as people huddle up in front of the television or pile into Heinz Field for the Steelers. Stores everywhere already have good old Saint Nick up on display everywhere and Butterball Turkeys are flying off the grocery store shelves as fast as the stock boy can load them. It’s official, people, we have entered the holiday season…..one of the craziest, most stressful, fun, and most meaningful times of the year.
Now that we got the obvious out of the way, this time of year is a time of giving, gathering, and celebration. It seems as though Pittsburgh power pop band Chip and the Charge Ups are already way ahead of the game with their new holiday anthem “Black and Gold Christmas”. The seed for the project was planted ironically in the blistering summer heat of July. Singer/songwriter Chip Dominick and company would set out to write a Christmas-themed song portraying various landmarks and traditions about the city they love and hold so dear. Once the band had the general structure of the song mapped out they took things a step further: Recruiting various rock vocalists from the surrounding Pittsburgh area (After the Fall and A Common Crown to name a few). With a task as big as writing a strictly Pittsburgh-themed holiday song while collaborating with various vocalists, how would the end results turn out?
“Black and Gold Christmas” definitely hits in all the right places and some. The band do an excellent of creating a fantastic backdrop with melodic gusto and punch for the various singers to showcase what they each bring to the table. The first half of the “Yinzer” track allows for everyone to show their individuality, taking turns showing their prowess, but it isn’t until the back half of the song where we really see the magic really happen. After a short bridge, Chip acts a conductor bringing everybody back in for the grand finale. Everyone works together to display some impressive harmony work to build the ambiance. One of the most definitive qualities of “Black and Gold Christmas” is that it is fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Everyone is there and having fun and hanging out to make this holiday-laden tribute to the city of Pittsburgh.
Chip and the Charge Ups certainly have quite the product on their hands. “Black and Gold Christmas” serves as a fun track that I can see being adopted into Pittsburgh culture with its powerful performances and excellent songwriting. A noteworthy mention is Chip and the Charge Ups have partnered up with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for the track’s release. “Black and Gold Christmas” is now available on all digital platforms with all profits from the T-shirts being donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. So bust out your Christmas wreaths and terrible towels and go download “Black and Gold Christmas” today to rock out and help a great organization within the Pittsburgh community!
Miss Freddye take a shot at 3 Questions & a Song on episode 020!
If you could pick one album that you loved, and erase it from your memory and hear it again for the very first time, what album would it be?
What is it about the Blues that keeps bringing you to the stage?
It seems obvious there is some great Jazz artists influencing your sound. Do you have any early rock N roll artists who have influenced you in anyway? – asked by SKAR in episode 019
About the Song: Lady of the Blues
The song was written by a former minister out of WV. When Steve heard her nickname Lady of the Blues, he got to know Freddye and wrote the song. She says the song fits her to a T, and it is the Title track on her album.
About Miss Freddye
I started out in church at the age of 15, singing gospel. In 1995 started singing in the blues band “BMW”(Blues Music Works). In 2002 formed my own band, “Blue Faze”. Go on to open for Kelly Richie, Janvia Magness, Eden Brent, and Bettye LaVette.
B.O.L. (Build On Love) It is in the classic hard rock power ballad style, a song about how no matter where you are in life, love seems to find you. It can break your heart but that helps you grow. So “Build On Love don’t you tear it down, Build On Love when it comes around”
Band Location: Sioux Falls, SD USA Band Genre: Classic Hard Rock
SKÄR is a powerful 5pc classic hard rock band with strong lead vocals shared by our female lead vocalist and our drummer. We do play covers in our own style and we “SKARIFY” songs which means we take classic out of the box songs and update then with a new energy, we add a heavier crunch yet stay true to the original. released our first album “SKARIFIED” (Volume 1) in Sept. 2018 and are finishing up our second album tentatively called “Butterfly That Stings” with a late Sept./early Oct. release date.
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.
We wrote this song when we thought that the band might fall apart. We were just off the heels of releasing and touring our previous EP when our guitarist needed to step back from the project. This song is all about grieving the good times and preparing for what’s about to come. It’s about trying to approach your pain positively and rebuild instead of wallowing in sadness over what you once had.
Band Location: Rockville, MD USA Band Genre: Indie Rock
Echoheart is a two-piece pop-rock band from Rockville, Maryland. Consisting of Marina Heath (21) on guitar and vocals and Pablo Hannan (20) on drums, we have been going non-stop since 2015. We have been consistently putting out EPs and singles, music videos, and doing self-booked tours across the east coast and mid-west. Echoheart is known for our high energy and personable stage presence.