Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans caught up by phone with singer-songwriter Henry Derek Elis for an interview about his new covers EP, All The Pretty Little Horses. Henry is best known as the former vocalist for metal bands Scar The Martyr and Act of Defiance, but his solo career has taken him down a path closer to Outlaw Country, Americana, and Dark Folk. Henry chatted about the new EP, his choice of artists to cover such as Danzig and Billy Idol, the difference between his metal music and solo career, his take on how watered-down “folk” music has become his influences and opinions of classic artists, and much more. You can order Henry’s music at this link: Continue reading
Bonnaroo Festival has announced their line-up for 2015 with their annual Bonnaroo Line-up Announcement Megathon or B.L.A.M. Billy Joel who has never played the festival, was a surprising but inspired choice as a headliner. Joining the veteran rocker on the line-up is Robert Plant and the Sensational Space, who once again plays the fest. From the metal world Slayer was announced earlier as well as artists from the across rock, pop and indie music landscape. Past metal bands to play the fest include Metallica, Opeth and Mastodon. The B.L.A.M. event ramps up fan excitement while enticing fans to share and promote their favorite artists on the fest via Social Media.
Other confirmed acts include Mumford and Sons, Shifters, Florence and the Machine, Tears For Fears, Belle and Sebastian, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Gary Clark Jr., Earth Wind & Fire, Bassnectar, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Against Me!, Flying Lotus, Caribou, The War on Drugs, Dawes, Mac DeMarco, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, SBTRKT, Jamie xx, Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker, Rustie, Hozier, STS9, Bleachers, Flume, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Rudimental, Strand of Oaks, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Woods, Tycho, The Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms, Ryn Weaver, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Gramatik, Brandi Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Guster, Houndmouth, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, Punch Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Shakey Graves, The Very Best, Twenty One Pilots, G-Eazy, Odesza, Moon Taxi, SOJA, Glass Animals, Jungle, The Growlers, Bahamas, Temples, Pokey LaFarge, and Tove Lo.
Bonnaroo is set for June 11-14in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets go on sale at noon on Jan. 17.
When you write a review of a band and their latest work, where there has usually been at least a modicum of hard work put in, but you personally don’t like the fruits of the proverbial labour, an easy route out is to take the band’s press release, re-write it a little bit and then conjure something along the lines of “it’s not for me, kids, but it might just be for you” as a cop out. Continue reading