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LMS caught up with the guys ahead of their Cockpit show here in Leeds to see what they had to say about the past, present and future of the tech-metal behemoth that is Monuments.
Matt Benatan interviews Castrovalva in their lead up to appearing in Mine at this year's Live at Leeds festival. Filmed and edited by the talented Rob Harvey for Leeds Music Scene.
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with the guys from Black Light Burns on their first European tour. It's been a long time coming, and after an excellent show the band were kind enough to spend some time discussing how the shows are going, describe the band's history and, of course, share their views on supernatural voyeurism...
Matt Benatan introduces Wes Borland's new project, Black Light Burns.
Following an eight year career, three albums, much touring across Europe and the UK with bands including Oceansize, Porcupine Tree and Placebo, Pure Reason Revolution finally decided to call it a day. After an emotional final performance, I caught up with their guitarist, Jamie Willcox, to discuss highlights from the band's career and prospective plans for the future.
Earlier this year, I caught up with Arcane Roots at Sonisphere where they raved about a Norwegian band by the name of 22. Now, several months on, the two bands have been touring the UK together, and I just had to check out what those guys were raving about. Following the two bands' phenomenal performances, I had a chat with 22's guitarist about sci-fi, guitar pedals, and their views on the music industry.
With the sheer number of bands storming the UK scene at the moment it's harder than ever to stand out. But at this year's Sonisphere festival, playing to a crowd that included members of Mastodon and Slipknot, Arcane Roots did just that. I caught up with the guys after their tremendous performance to find out some more about what they do, their ethos as a band and their plans for the future.
Following their packed-out gig at the Cockpit, I was fortunate enough to get some time with Chloe, Dan and James of Does It Offend You, Yeah?. Fresh off touring with bands such as Linkin Park and The Prodigy, I was keen to see what these guys had to say about touring, music, and, of course, hats.