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Max talks to Liqour Boxx
February 27, 2009 10:12 AM PST
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Liquor Boxx is a 4 piece whose music is a merging of classic, blues, and alternative rock, encapsulated in their debut LP, “To the Face, 10 Songs of Greatness”. Based out of Chicago and proud members of NACA, Liquor Boxx set off on a massive, 16-month “Inner Peace” tour. Since then, they have played shows from coast-to-coast, from N.Y. to L.A, in over 175 venues.
Onstage, frontman Kevin Mace possesses a Jim Morrison-like persona that underscores the driving passion behind Liquor Boxx's songs. Lead guitarist Patrick Creedon's over-the-head/behind-the-back guitar acrobatics performed while blasting through a rock riff or a blues meltdown make his live performances an unforgettable experience. Drummer Johnny "Drama" Stoneking has rightly been compared to John Bonham (Led Zeppelin). His nightly solos and explosive power of his drumming can turn an entire room his way. Bassist Martin "Farelli" Farrelly completes the onstage profile with playing that throws you to your feet, makin’ your knees weak.

After creating a buzz, Refugee Entertainment, LLC, along with several other independent labels, has expressed an interest in signing Liquor Boxx, and the group is in the process of signing a recording contract. With all that is happening, Liquor Boxx continues to do the most important part of it all… focus on the music and survive off their dreams.

- Average over 200 shows a year at venues across the country

- LP “To the Face” is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, CD Baby, and Napster

- Proud members of NACA

- Featured appearance on the Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)show “Spread”
- Featured appearance on RadioUgly.Com
- Recently signed with the Big Daddy Booking Agency

- Recently signed with Refugee Entertainment, LLC

Max Talks to Al Atkins
August 05, 2009 01:28 PM PDT
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Max talks to Al Atkins, Founder and original vocalist for Judas Priest about his new project "Holy Rage"


MAX talks with Mary Magdalan
May 17, 2009 03:04 PM PDT
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The following text was taken from and credited to:
Interview by MAX

whats it like to be a woman in the genre that your in?

Its the ****....I mean, I couldn't ask for a better job. You know, its always a challenge when you do something that very few girls have done well, so every time I spit a verse or rock a stage I do it to prove that whatever a man can do a woman can do better.

At first I thought that people were going to hate me, but I have gotten such a great response from not only fans, but musicians as well. For a chick to come out and do it just as hard as the big boys is always a challenge, but I've always been the underdog. It's still fun rolling up to a gig and having bands give me looks like I'm a groupie or the singers girlfriend. Then I hit the stage and blow their fucking doors off. That really gets me off. Its like, "sorry....I'm not a rock star ornament. I'm here to crush your soul!"

why do you think that women are scarcely seen on stage playing punk, metal, etc.?

I think it has to do with the intensity involved in doing hard music. There is no room for the Paris Hilton's of the world in punk. Most people look at me and like I'm some whiney pop tart with auto tuned vocals doing my best lip synch rendition, but i learned a long time ago that if you want to make real music you have to be real.

does playing in a band that sounds so drastically different and unique attract a much more diverse group of fans?

Its actually surprising the broad array of fans that we get. We get fans that really love pop music like Ashlee Simpson or Fall Out Boy to the older people who dig Pantera and Black Sabbath. We also get a lot of recovering addicts or people who have addicts in their family and friends. I guess thats why I call our fans "Junkies." Its like, we're the new drug. Fuck coke and booze....come get strung out on Mary Magdalan.

It has always been important to us to make intensely brutal music that can be appreciated by a wide audience. I guess the fact that the music is also a portrait of my life draws people in as well, I don't know. It is definitely vouyeristic. A lot of people listen to me come apart at the seams and enjoy that. For others though they realize that they are not alone with voices and vices. I know for a long time I felt that nobody understood my pain......now I just want people to know that they are not alone in their pain.

what inspired you to write Rehab?

Quitting drugs.....My producer told me the only way he would work with me is if I quit doing drugs. So I went on one final bender and almost killed myself in the process. When I finally came out of it he locked me up in my apartment for six weeks! It was probably the longest six weeks of my life, but I made it through it and came out with Rehab.

what's the songwriting process like for you?

Its absolute hell. I've been sober now for almost a year on and off, so when I have to delve back into those ugly corners of my mind a lot of **** comes up with it. It really sets me off when I have to go there, so I try to write in spurts and then apply the lyrics to different beats as music comes to me. I cant wait till I can write a happy song......but knowing me I'd probably end up hating the song anyway.

if you weren't making music right now, what would you be doing?

I'd probably be a missionary or something like that. My journey in this world is to help and heal. Thats why I do the music. Plus, I have never been a fan of our cultural state. I would rather be barefoot on a deserted island living off the land then watching some re-runs of Desperate Housewives and obsessing over Louis Vuitton purses. Seclusion and serenity appeal ten times more to me than the bullshit thats going on in the world.

If you could be anywhere with absolutely anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

I'd be at home with my family. A large percentage of my core family unit died in a short period of time when I was very young. Even when they were all alive we never really got to spend a lot of quality time together. So its hard not to think of them when you ask. now if we're talking about living people I would have to say my precious pugs Molly and Daisy. We could be anywhere and we're cool.

Are there any final words you'd like to say to your fans?

You are not alone in the darkness.......No matter how world your world may seem, just reach out your hand and I'll be there.

PJ talks with WORLDFAST
March 06, 2009 03:48 AM PST
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Max talks with MERCEDES from KITTIE
February 02, 2010 03:42 PM PST
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MORGAN LANDER (guitar, vocals) MERCEDES LANDER (drums) TARA McLEOD (guitar) IVY VUJIC (bass)

"We wanted this to be a behemoth of an album, a real beast," says Kittie front woman Morgan Lander of In The Black, the fifth studio album of her band's decade-long career as metal's reigning femme fatales. The band delivered true on their promise, creating a 12-track behemoth of unapologetic metal splendor, forging bone-crushing music and penetrating vocals into a snarling beast of blunt force trauma. And better yet, they did it without any drama.

Tara McLeod, Kittie's acclaimed guitarist returns with a prodigious second studio effort. "Tara comes from a different school of music, she's more influenced by blues and jazz, and as we evolve as a band we definitely play off of each other," Morgan says of her fellow guitarist. "They complement each other really well," adds Mercedes, the band's drummer, "and it was really nice to have someone be able to come to practice with a solo for a song or a cool riff. It was nice to have a third party offering suggestions." Also familiar to fans is bassist Ivy Vujic, who has been in the band for two years, making this the most dynamic and engaging lineup in Kittie's history. And their chemistry shows!

With total domestic sales in excess of 1.25 million, Kittie also approached the recording of In the Black as complete free agents, for their first time ever, writing and recording a record with absolutely no outside influences breathing down their necks. The results will make your skin crawl and the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention.

"It's the most focused piece of music we've ever put out, and it was the most focused process," says Mercedes of the new release. "We just did whatever we wanted to do and wrote whatever we wanted to write." Adds Morgan, "We set out to make this album the complete antithesis of what our last album was, and to do things as differently as possible in terms of writing, recording and song structure. We felt very boxed-in production-wise on the last album, and we were determined to make an album where we could feel free, liberated, and left to our own devices."

In other words, the album is Kittie in all their unadulterated splendor, a colossal effort that combines everything fans have come to expect from the fearsome foursome, along with a few surprises. "My Plague" is the album's primal mating call, a sinister brood of Morgan's sadistic vocal dirges and growls, a swirling grind of guitars and an artillery spray of drum cover. "Forgive And Forget" is just as brutal, but laced by a melodic underbelly as soft as the song's guitar solos are scorching, and "Die My Darling" trades the death mask vocals for a melodic pitch and resonating gang vocal on the chorus. It's as filthy as anything Kittie have ever recorded before, but twice as inviting.

"I wanted to try and do something different vocally, not the same screaming and singing," says Morgan. "I challenged myself to find a new voice for this album, and there are a couple of songs where I really think I have it. I wanted to dig deeper to make the sound more raw and real, more in your face. In the case of 'Die My Darling,' it was sassy and it needed that nasty spin on things." Mission accomplished.

And if you think you hear a lick or two that reminds you of some of metal's classic forces? You're probably not far from the mark - As long as you know your history, that is.

"I feel like a lot of bands don't take the cues from their elders, and they're just ripping each other off," says Mercedes of today's metal scene. "We grew up in a house with late-'70s classic rock and early metal, and as we get older our influences are starting to come into our songwriting more. We just don't want to sound like anybody else that's out right now." "The classic metal feel is something that we've grown into," continues Morgan. "As we get older and become better musicians, it's necessary to go back in time and appreciate an older style and the fledgling form of the music you're playing. The '70s and '80s were a magical time in metal and those guys were amazing players. We totally respect it, so why not pay homage if you can pull it off?"

Pull it off they do, "Kingdom Come" kicking the album off in an instrumental fashion that would do Metallica proud and "My Plague" following in true "For Whom The Bell Tolls" fashion, "Ready Aim Riot" packing a guitar swoon similar in style to seminal to the thrash of early Anthrax, and classic rock even getting a nod on "Whisky Love Song," which might emblaze an educated listeners with a vision of Thin Lizzy on speed and steroids. The album is equal parts Kittie's past and equal parts Kittie's future. "For us to move forward," explains Morgan, "we've done a lot of looking back with music, and we wear our influences on our sleeves - Metallica, Death, Carcass, and even classic bands like Thin Lizzy, who Mercedes listens to a lot.

"This album speaks for itself - our musicianship is better, we're more self-assured and comfortable, and we just did what we do with no boundaries and no limitations. We appreciate that people know us from our first album and we respect our history, but we want people to respect and understand what we're doing now and appreciate Kittie for the evolutionary step that we've taken. What we do is both intriguing and frightening at the same time - I think that's why we've been able to keep at it for as long as we have, and why we'll continue to do it for a very long time."

Max talks with Eric from the Sex Slaves
February 28, 2009 05:13 AM PST
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Eric13, Del Cheetah and J/Bomb.

The Sex Slaves sound like they've just stumbled out of a rat-infested, garbage-strewn alleyway after an all-night binge on drugs, booze, cigarettes, and cheap sex.Their music is a sleazy, trashy excursion into the sordid, vomit-splattered underworld of Rock n' Roll where absolutely anything goes and where very few participants actually get out alive. It's a sinfully enticing noise born out of the gutter and raised on a deserted street corner in the Lower East Side of New York City with no future in sight. It's recklessly clothed head-to-toe in denim and black leather with a permanent, sneering scowl adorning its miserably pale face. It ruthlessly wields a razor-sharp switchblade knife, often times slashing its very own flesh deep down to the bone just to watch itself bleed. It's a magnificent addiction, a pleasurable perversion, a lewd and crude musical art form worthy of undying devotion. It's only Rock n' Roll, and the Sex Slaves wear it well. Play it LOUD, or Don't Play It At All!!

ROAD WARRIORS : 300 shows in 18 months - from NYC to Canada to Japan, from Oklahoma City to Corpus to Dallas to El Paso, from New Orleans to Las Vegas, Miami to Cleveland to Chicago to Toronto to Philly. Seattle to Southern Cali to Sharon, PA then back to Hutchinson, Kansas. From Niagara Falls to Mt. Rushmore to the Grand Canyon to the Liberty Bell. From CBGB’s to Green Door to the Viper Room, Shinjuku Loft to Back Booth to Call the Office. A couple thousand shots of Jack Daniel’s, a couple thousand cheeseburgers. Thousands of miles of highways, back roads and load-in zones. Soon we will do it all again.

ALL NEW SONGS are being recorded now – ‘Bloodlust’, ‘I Live at Night’, ‘Burn in Hell’...

A NEW ALBUM is coming and we can't wait to give it to you.

Get ready…

Max talks with Chris Johnson
August 05, 2009 01:20 PM PDT
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Max talks with Chris johnson, guitarist for Holy Rage. A musician with many years of music in his background talks of working with Al Atkins, previous gigs, and his arsenal of guitars.

March 21, 2009 11:04 AM PDT
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For those who know real life is not "High School Musical 3" and real music is not "The Jonas Brothers." WBH does not flinch from referencing darker situations and emotions from life in their music. Life is not always perfect and music should reflect that paradigm

Max talks with Ronny Munroe from Metal Church
August 05, 2009 01:33 PM PDT
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Max talk with "the voice" of Metal Church Ronny munroe about the dibanning of Metal Church and his new solo project.

Max talks with Jugular
February 28, 2009 05:07 AM PST
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Band Members MadCoaL-Vocals ***Monster - Bass***Riga- Guitar***


If it's been written musically in ROCK, PUNK, CLASSICAL, JAZZ, BLUES anything but country (puke) then it's influenced us.

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