Interviews

INTERVIEW: Kurt Travis (23/08/2010)

Upon hearing the news about Kurt Travis‘ recent departure from Dance Gavin Dance‘s (or DGD if you want to keep it short) lead vocalist and being replaced by original member Jonny Craig, lots of speculation and rumours were created as to why and how Kurt left the group he’s been working hard with since 2007. With no official word from him we thought we’d catch up with him ourselves and see what really happened, how it happened and what he’s getting up to now.

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INTERVIEW: The Arusha Accord @ University Union, Leeds (26/06/2010)

Date: June 26th, 2010
Venue: Ghostfest, Leeds University
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

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MySpace: www.myspace.com/thearushaaccord

After a blistering set on the main Monster Energy stage, The Arusha Accord‘s third year at Ghostfest proves to be their best yet. Once being directed up to the Ghostfest interview and media room, DEAD PRESS! meet up with the band’s vocalists Alex Green and Paul Green to talk about their latest album, their music video shoot, and the reasons for their planned break in a few weeks time.

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INTERVIEW: Skindred @ Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds (30/05/2010)

Date: May 30th, 2010
Venue: Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds University
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/skindred

Skindred profile

Outside the main festival grounds, Skindred vocalist Benji Webbe and guitarist Mikey Demus invite DEAD PRESS! along onto their tour van to have a short little chinwag. We talk about their recent cover of the classic ‘Electric Avenue’ track, how they love playing live shows wherever they can, plans for the summer and a short update on an upcoming release.

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INTERVIEW: We Are The Ocean @ Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds (30/05/2010)

Date: May 30th, 2010
Venue: Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds University
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wearetheoceanuk

We Are The Ocean profile

Another year brings another Slam Dunk Festival, and at its home in Leeds We Are The Ocean are soon to play their set for the third consectutive year at the bank holiday festival. A few bands had already played at the festival before we managed to get a hold of the band in their label’s merch tent outside. Their first headlining tour to support their debut released a few months ago soon approaches in October, so we had a chat about that and a few other different things.

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INTERVIEW: Emarosa @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (22/05/2010)

Date: May 22nd, 2010
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Interviewers: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/emarosa

Emarosa profile

With a new album hitting the shelves in a matter a months, and it also being the first recording with their line-up since 2008 involved, DEAD PRESS! caught up with Emarosa‘s vocalist Jonny Craig and bassist Will Sowers at The Roadhouse in Manchester during the UK leg of their European tour. They filled us in about the new sound to expect from their upcoming self-titled effort, and how they prefer playing shows in the UK than back home in the US.

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INTERVIEW: My Passion @ Academy 3, Manchester (06/05/2010)

Date: May 6th, 2010
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Interviewers: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: www.mypassion.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mypassion

My Passion profile

Being guided into the soundcheck of Hitchin’s newest upcoming rock stars and current Kerrang favourites, short examples of their new songs from their upcoming second full-length shows My Passion‘s huge growth so quickly. Once over, frontman Laurence René leads DEAD PRESS! down to a corridor near the band’s dressing room, briefly talking about the day’s then-unannounced election results and being unable to vote. After a quick chinwag, Laurence and DEAD PRESS! got down to business about their new album, current album, and recently announced headline tour.

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INTERVIEW: In Fear And Faith @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (01/05/2010)

Date: May 1st, 2010
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Interviewers: Zach Redrup & Leah Baynham

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Stream: YouTube

Website: www.infaf.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/infearandfaith

In Fear And Faith profile

After the night’s headliners Dance Gavin Dance leave the room, the entirety of In Fear And Faith soon take their place in The Roadhouse dressing room. With a new album on the horizon, being on their first tour in the UK and talk of pirate names, In Fear And Faith have a lot planned for 2010 and much to talk about with DEAD PRESS!.

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INTERVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (01/05/2010)

Date: May 1st, 2010
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Interviewers: Zach Redrup & Leah Baynham

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Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/dancegavindance

Dance Gavin Dance profile

It’s almost been a year since their last album and it’s now the last date of their UK tour with support from In Fear And Faith. Second support act Asking Alexandria aren’t around as they’ve went back to the US for Bamboozle festival, and their replacement Azriel couldn’t perform due to illness. Still, singer Kurt Travis is gleefully singing Family Guy songs whilst making a sandwich before the rest of the band join DEAD PRESS! in The Roadhouse dressing room.

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INTERVIEW: Alesana @ Club Academy, Manchester (18/04/2010)

Date: April 18th, 2010
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: www.alesanamusic.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/alesana

Alesana profile

With three albums under their belts, it’s taken a little while for Alesana to start their first UK headlining tour. By the time April 2010 comes around such ambition becomes reality, which is well deserved after just releasing what may be their best record to date – an original story and album into one. We thought we’d catch up with main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Shawn Milke to discuss ‘The Emptiness’, being a guitarist, musical influences and other Alesana related business.

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INTERVIEW: Yashin @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (07/04/2010)

Date: April 7th, 2010
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

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Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theyashin

Yashin profile

With the recent release of their debut full-length studio album ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’, Scottish 6-piece Yashin embark on a huge UK tour with friends Glamour Of The Kill. We at DEAD PRESS! decided to meet up with vocalist Kevin Miles outside The Sugarmill in Stoke to have a chat about the album, their recent music video for the song ‘Get Loose!’, and other plans on their trusty tour van; complete with one huge roll of tissues like a Kleenex advert.

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