The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Art often thrives in the aftermath of adversity, and since we last heard from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, there have been plenty of variables that the five-piece alternative rock act had to endure. But for the Middleburg, Florida-based band, hardships eventually ironed out thanks to unrelenting perseverance, paving the way for the band’s incredibly ambitious (and aptly titled) The Hell Or High Water EP in 2010, followed by its third and highly anticipated long player Am I The Enemy (bowing in August 2011). (more…)


Burn Halo

When one door closes, another one opens. This couldn’t be truer for musician James Hart, who spent nearly a decade recording and touring as the frontman of Orange County band 18 Visions. After their breakup in early 2007, Hart quickly redirected his creative energy and honed his talent into a singular vision that fully represents his individual skill and ideas. Never losing momentum, Hart landed a label deal with Island/Def Jam and began working almost immediately with songwriter Zac Maloy on what would become Burn Halo’s charismatic self-titled debut. (more…)


Drive A

Sometimes a chance meeting is more than it seems – in the case of Drive A, a random moment ignited a fuse resulting in a incendiary new band. Songs about rebellion, crunchy guitars and killer hooks have their foundation in old school punk and rock n’ roll that the band reveres but their stage presence and delivery is fresh and in the now. With a fan following that is expanding exponentially, it’s clear that the band is onto something. Drive A come roaring into 2011 with their brand new album, The World in Shambles, out on Dead Conflict Records this Spring. (more…)


Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge formed in 2004 by Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips after a cooling of their relationship with the Creed singer (Creed has since reconciled and reunited), the new band hooked up with then ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy (who recently performed and co-wrote 2 songs on Slash’s solo record and fronts his touring band). (more…)


Bobaflex singer – Shaun McCoy

1.How did you get your start in music and who are your biggest influences?

My dad taught me and my brother how to play guitar, he was bluegrass guy, but he traded his mandolins and Martin acoustic guitar for a really nice fake les paul when I was 14. Been playing ever since. My personal influence was Guns N Roses or Motley. Later came Zep and  Queen, then in the nineties I fell in love with Stone Temple and Alice in Chains. When I saw the Girls Girls Girls video(Motley), I wanted to be in a band, I wanted to be tough, have a motorcycle and have sex with strippers. I still don’t have the bike. (more…)


Hinder guitarist – Mark King

1. How did you get your start in music and who are your biggest influences?

I started taking piano lessons at the age of 9 and picked up the guitar at 15 after I heard Weezer’s Blue album. I played in a rock band all throughout high school and ended up going to college and got a degree in music. My main influences growing up were Aerosmith, Weezer, Guns N Roses and even the Beach Boys. Today I still enjoy Weezer and Ben Folds for his piano work. (more…)


Guns N Roses guitarist – Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal

1. How did you get your start in music and who are your biggest influences?

My interest in music began at 5 years old. It was the mid-70s, the older kids in the neighborhood (the *8* year olds…) all got the KISS “Alive!” album that just came out. There was a magic to all the live albums of that time – you felt the energy, the excitement. From the first listen I just knew, it was like someone had just shown me the road I was meant to travel, and I began my journey. (more…)


Abused Romance

“Temptation, frustration/Your love bleeds into hate/You fed me this apple/How bittersweet the taste/I wonder if I’ll breathe again/Then I inhale…”

–  “Vaporize,” Abused Romance

“We are fascinated by the contradictions in the world today. What seems amazing can end up badly and the other way around. We believe that contradiction is the core of life. The most amazing romances can come with some abusive moments. Also, our music is aggressive and yet extremely melodic… some abusive, some romantic.” (more…)


Sixx A.M.

Rock Icon Nikki Sixx will release “This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx”, a follow up to his New York Times bestseller, “The Heroin Diaries” on April 12th. The book, part photo chronicle and part journal, will be accompanied by the release of an original soundtrack from SIXX: A.M., an 11-track companion piece to the book, which will hit stores May 3rd. (more…)


Red Line Chemistry

Red Line Chemistry’s DYING FOR A LIVING is everything the quintet hoped it would become. Guitarist Andy Breit shares, “We spent eight months working on this repertoire, wanting to deliver a big rock record that crushes the listener. The first single “Dumb Luck,” is about breaking away from the status quo, and following a different road. In our case, every band is local somewhere, and our moment to make a move is now.” (more…)