Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

Sean Tibbetts Founder of Metal Band SAULT

Sault (Featuring members of Kamelot and Arcanium) was a creation formed by bassist Sean Tibbetts in 2014 and originally intended to be a solo album, but the project soon morphed into a band project. Sean was introduced to guitarist Curtis Jay by long-time friend Bisquette Bewley while at a tattoo parlor. Curtis was asked to record on a few tracks for the Sault demo. The two instantly knew there was something special in the music they had just created and were driven to start on a journey that would soon lead to a full length album.

Next they found a singer in Benjamin Riggs, again via friend, this time in the person of singer Kimberley Freeman. Sean, being a member of the symphonic metal band Kamelot, asked his long-time friend and band mate, Casey Grillo, if he would be interested in recording the drum tracks on the Sault album. Casey of course turned out to be a natural fit. Currently Sault is hard at work finishing their debut album which is to be titled, “Seeds Of Power”.

1. What was the idea behind the SAULT project? Considering that you are already an active member of the metal band Kamelot?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Kamelot only tours 4 to 5 months a year which gives me a lot of spare time on my hands. Plus I thought it would be fun to spread my wings a little and try a new genre of music.

2. How did you go about choosing the members of the band? Did you have a clear idea of who you wanted in the band or were they chosen strictly via auditions?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I had hoped Casey Grillo would have time to do it so I did not approach him until I had everything ready to go. The guitarist Curtis Jay was introduced to me while I was receiving a tattoo. He was giving someone else a tattoo on the other side of the room. He said he would like to give it a try so I sent him the demos and what he put to my songs was exactly what I was looking for.
Riggs was introduced to me through a mutual friend Kimberly Freeman of One Eyed Doll. I asked her If she knew of any singers that would fit my project and she mentioned Riggs. He sang on the demos and had such a unique style and sound we thought he’s our guy.

3. Which brings me to my next question. When working on a serious long term project like this, is it, in your opinion, better to work with musicians you are well-acquainted with, or does it make no difference to you whatsoever? 

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Working with new people was what inspired the sound. Everyone had total creative freedom on the songs. Not to say that we all had to do some editing and re-tracking to make each other happy with the end product. The end product came out better that way and was a lot more fun to make.

4. Where does the name ‘SAULT’ come from? 

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT):I came up with the name originally after my wife and I were watching the movie Gangs of NY. One the characters in the move asked “do they have the salt of the dead rabbits”. Implying tough or strong. I thought how cool let’s go with salt. That name was already taken so we put a ‘u’ in it.

5. What do you think will separate SAULT from the hordes of metal bands already doing the rounds?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): The very first thing that separates us is I don’t feel we are a metal band. We are really more of a hard rock band. I was writing purposely with less double bass and catchy rhythms instead of trying to be overly complex and see how many notes I could cram in a riff. I have written and played metal most of my life and wanted to go somewhere new. I would say we are on the line somewhere between metal and rock. Hopefully we will win fans from both of the genres.

6. Will SAULT be primarily a recording band, or will the unit be a fully fledged touring act as well?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): We have been offered several tours now but I have turned them all down as we want to have the support of a label behind us. We started speaking with labels recently so when I was offered a slot on a fall tour I of course said yes pending the deal. It looks like we will start in Europe if everything goes as planned. If there is enough time before Kamelot gears up to tour we may try to knock out some US dates as well. We will see how they go and may be slide a South American tour in during 2018 between Kamelot tours.

7. How will you and the other members of the band balance your time between the various bands you play in? Or is SAULT going to be the priority from now onward?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Kamelot is Casey and my main band so we have to work it in around the Kamelot schedule but as I said earlier we have plenty of time between Kamelot tours to get it done.

8. I believe you have started work on your debut album “SEEDS OF POWER”. Why did you choose that title?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): That was a title Riggs came up with actually. We almost renamed the band Seeds of Power we liked it so much but in the end went with Sault. We thought it would be easier to remember and we liked what it stood for.

9. How many tracks will the album have? And how close to completion is it?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): The album has 12 tracks and one bonus track. We have a little bit of last minute details we want to add in but that’s it and its ready to fly.

10. Who have you got behind the boards engineering and producing the album?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): There has been a few people. Adam Stewart tracked all the original vocals at his studio in Denver Co. Jason Sewell The drummer of One Eyed Doll tracked and did some vocal editing for us in Austin Tex. Oliver Palotai is mixing and producing the entire thing at his studio in Germany.

11. Is SEEDS OF POWER a totally self-produced project or do you have the backing of any label?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): No label yet it has been a labor of love for me so far.

12. Are you planning any specific launch of the album? A possible live show perhaps, or even a series of live events, following the album’s release?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I’m not sure how that will all play out just yet. You should ask me again in a month or two.

13. When are you expecting the official release of the album? Do you have a specific date or timeframe in mind?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT) Sooner the better I would say. But I would like to have it out by the summer to give it a little time before we hit the road.

14. Will SAULT be investing their labor of love in any video material? Can potential fans expect to see a video clip of the band anytime soon? Or do you have something available already?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Video is such an important part of the music industry today that I want it to look spectacular. I have started looking around for the right video company for us but I haven’t settled on one yet. I don’t want to be in a rush for a video and have something subpar.

15. Do you consider Internet and all the social media as fundamental in building a brand in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): I feel like it’s an easy way for anyone to get their music out there. But that being said there is so much out there it is hard for anyone to sort through it all good or bad. Personally I just want to make music so all the other stuff just slows me down and takes up my mental space and time I could be applying to more song writing.

16. For someone who has never SAULT’s music, which keywords would you personally use to describe the band’s overall sound and defining style?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Refreshingly new and original. Every band says “we have our own sound” so I’ll say it too haha. I would say this, most of the album was written on bass so it has unique sound and style that you have not heard before. My style of playing is somewhere between bassist and guitarist but it has served me well throughout my career.

17. Let’s play a game here. If as founding member of SAULT, you were given the choice of being able to call in an additional guest player or singer, taken from any band in the world today. Who would your dream performer be?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Just one? Led Zeppelin is my all-time favorite band so anyone from that line up would make my day.

18. If you were stuck on a desert island, which 3 band’s music would you choose to accompany your stay there?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Led Zeppelin, Inflames, Tool

20. Do you have a motto or positive message stuck somewhere in your mind to inspire you, at any given time of difficulty?

Sean Tibbetts (SAULT): Don’t give up. Hard work pays off!

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