FOGHORN LONESOME: “Having a good relationship with the fans is very important”

NMP: Eric, it’s nice to talk to you again! It’s already our second interview together and I’m sure also this time you have many things to tell us. From what I could see from your latest postings on various social media accounts you seem to go through a tough period of your life lately. So first of all, how do you feel?
FL: I mentioned briefly on Facebook and Instagram in a post about weight loss that I was going through some rough times. I recently went through a breakup. So I’m dealing with the emotions of that at the moment. I’ve seen better days.

Foghorn Lonesome

Photo by Bo Reinerdahl

NMP: You also post many updates which come directly from the studio. Can you tell us what you’ve been working on lately?
FL: We’ve been working on new mixes of the thirteen songs available on Soundcloud. I felt I wanted to go back and adjust some things. So that’s been keeping me busy for a long time now.

NMP: What are the differences between the old and the new versions of your songs?
FL: There won’t be a big difference between the new mixes and the old ones but there are some new things such as synths, melodies, vocals and effects. I feel that these new mixes are an improvement.          

NMP: You did a couple of Q&A videos lately. How important is the direct contact with people who listen to your music? Do the interaction and their feedback have an impact on your work?
FL: Having a good relationship with the fans is very important. Their support means everything. I’ve become good friends with several of them. Positive feedback is always very uplifting. It makes the hard work worth it knowing that people appreciate what you do. Especially now that I’m dealing with a recent breakup. The fact that people enjoy my music is comforting in a way.

NMP: When you think about the future, what are your next plans for Foghorn Lonesome?
FL: The new mixes will be done in a couple of weeks and will be available for streaming and download. I’m still trying to get a band together. The goal is to play live but without other people it won’t be possible. I have some photoshoots planned for some promotional pictures and there might be new music video coming in the future. I plan on making some videos later about various things too. I will also be contacting record labels to see if there’s any interest in taking things further. I’ve had some offers already. The music industry is in bad shape these days. So we will see what happens. Foghorn Lonesome is just me. I do everything myself and I try to make things happen as quickly as I can but there are limitations to what I can do. Hopefully 2016 with be a good year for Foghorn Lonesome.

Foghorn Lonesome

Photo by Bo Reinerdahl

Instagram: foghornlonesome


It’s time for some power! To be detailed – it’s time for some Finnish rock power!
We know that many of our readers are fans of Finnish rock music. For those of you we have a very special band presentation today.

© Petri Vilén Photography

© Petri Vilén Photography

Pasi Sahla (vocals), Matti Sahla (guitar), Roni Lehtonen (guitar), Pasi Vuohijoki (guitar), Antti Sahla (bass) and Klaus Rintala (drums) are STATE OF EMERGENCY.
This kick-ass rock band which was founded back in 2004 is based in Turku (Finland) and has its origin in the woods of Pöytyä. The guys consider the stage their natural habitat – people who have seen their passionate and powerful live shows will only confirm these words to be true.

The band members claim that ” SOE knows what the audience wants and they do deliver it 100%“.

Enough words now, it’s time to let the music talk!

“Feel The Rain” – the first official music video

“Touch Of The First Snow” – live

Their first EP “Freezing Nights and Rainy Days” is out now on Spotify, iTunes and GooglePlay!

Official website


RUSTED: new EP and European tour!

The Canadian Hard Rock band “Rusted” knows how to put a smile on their fans’ faces:
not only that they have recently released a new EP – they will also fly over to Europe in order to present their material directly live on stage.

With the latest work called “Restless Gypsies” the band is showing itself in a quite unusual, but very impressive way. While they usually come up with a strong rock attitude, this time they demonstrate their talent in performing acoustic songs. They managed to create a charming and simple collection of acoustic songs (a nice cover version of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” included) that matches every mood and situation.
So if you’re looking for a musical journey that takes you away to another place for a little while, this EP is your ticket.


1. Midnight Man
2. Rock Patrol
3. Last Stand
4. Wanted Man Boogie
5. Traveler
6. Young Wild & Free
7. Girl From …
8. Without A Goodbye
9. Hurt

Order your digital copy of “Restless Gypsies”

Their music made us very curious about the faces and people behind the songs. So we decided to talk to the band and figure out who they are.

When and how did “Rusted” come to life?
It all started in a little town in the north of Quebec called Rouyn-Noranda in 2007. Tony and Dizzy first met at high school and started to play together a couple weeks after. They first start playing with some friends and then they eventually moved to Montreal (the biggest city in the province of Quebec) in 2009. After some lineup changes, they finally found the good team with Maniac, Eagle and Mark .

Which is the most precious moment you’ve experienced together as a band so far?
Well it’s hard to choose one moment! But one of the greatest experiences we lived together was probably the recording and the release of our first Album Rock Patrol that we are very proud of. With this album we had the chance to tour across Canada and USA and now Europe, that are also some of the most precious moments as a band.

If you could choose, with which famous artist/band would you like to tour one day?
Hum..That’s a good but tough question …there are so many good bands touring right now, I would say sharing the stage with some of our biggest influences like Iron Maiden, Scorpions, AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue or Def Leppard would definitely be a huge thing for us!

Do you generally prefer playing live or recording new songs in the studio?
Recording songs in studio is a really great experience, it really gives our songs a different vibe, but I would say that nothing can beat performing in front of a good rocking crowd. There’s just so much good energy going on, I think it’s the best feeling ever and we really enjoy being on stage.

Recently you released your new EP “Restless Gypsies”. What are your personal feelings about it and why should people add it to their playlists?
For us it was really a way to give to our songs a second life. The EP being an acoustic EP in most of it, it was really different than what we are used to. People are seeing us like a hard rock / heavy metal band but we can also sit down and kick in the old acoustic guitar to really capture the raw feeling of our songs. I think that people who are really fans of everything that happened in the 80’s are going to love our new EP. It was barely a tradition in the 80’s to record an unplugged or an acoustic album!

Can you tell us something about the working process for your latest EP?
Like I mentioned before, we are truly inspired by what happened in the 80’s decades and being fans of a lot of bands like Kiss, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, etc, we realized that all of these bands can perform in a very aggressive heavy metal way or can really prove their musicianship by rocking only with some acoustic guitars. And actually we already did some acoustic versions of our songs when we were invited on some radio shows, and we always loved it. Then for the recording of this EP, it was really raw “authentic” we came to the studio with our guitars and drums and we recorded live in the same room. That was it! We played the songs a couple times and chose the best performance overall ! It took us a couple of days and it was definitely a great musical experience, a different feeling.

You’re about to start your “Eurock Patrol Tour 2015” through Europe. Will these be your very first shows in Europe?
Yes! We wanted to come to Europe for a long time, so we’re really excited to finally realize this project, this dream. We can’t wait to meet European crowds.

What can we expect from your tour?
Lots of hair, leather and leopard!
For real, you can expect a really hard rocking heavy metal show just like in the 80’s. We are really not afraid of clichés and we are using every single one of them. Big amps, choreography, spandex, leather and denim. People are often describing us like being really energetic on stage. We are giving our 100% every night , even if there’s only 2 people watching haha.

Is there a particular country that you’re looking forward to see the most, and if so why?
Really, we’re excited to visit every single country because we never played there! Maybe we’re a bit more curious about Eastern European gigs because those countries seem a bit less influenced by the occidental world where we come from, so it might be more authentic and different, but really we have no idea, we’re just excited to go everywhere!

Do you think you’ll take some time to discover Europe on your own feet and do some sightseeing between the shows?
We would love to, but unfortunately we won’t have a lot of time, travelling 10 countries in 2 and a half weeks, there’s a lot of driving sometimes between shows. That’s the problem with a tour like this: you drive hours and hours, you arrive in the city, you play there and on the early morning you have to leave. But of course we’ll try to find time to walk around in every city!

Tour dates:


Official website

FOGHORN LONESOME: Swedish one-man band looking for band members!

Foghorn Lonesome from Stockholm, Sweden is a one-man band looking for band members in the same area.
The music is a mixture of synth, darkwave, goth and more. Female singer, bass player, keyboard player wanted.
The goal is to eventually play live.

Contact “” for more information.


Instagram: foghornlonesome

REACH will be special guest at ECLIPSE’s European tour

After a successful tour through the UK, the Swedish rock band “Reach is now getting ready to hit the road again in autumn.
They get the chance to open for the Swedish hardrock band “Eclipse“!


This will also be a nice chance for European fans to hear the band’s new single “Tell Me” in a powerful live version.

If you’d like to know a bit more about the band, take a look at the interview we did with them a while ago -> “SWEDISH BAND “REACH” – REACHING OUT FOR THE WORLD


DANTE announce new releases

Bogotá (Colombia) – based rock band DANTE come up with some good news for their followers – a couple of new releases are on the way!
But before we talk about details, let’s go back to the roots (for the ones who don’t know this band yet).


The band consists of 5 members: Kami (vocals), Gonzo (guitar), Alexx (guitar), Carlos (bass) and GG (drums).
Everything started when a couple of high school buddies who were crazy about old school rock n roll, comic books and Finnish/Scandinavian bands realized how tired they were of what they saw on MTV and heard on the radio. So they simply decided to create their own version of everything they liked. The result of this plan was “something visual, chaotic, artistic, grotesque & beautiful”. In 2008 they put up first demos which soon got attention from people outside Colombia. Their home town Bogota has always had a very important impact on their music style.

Singer Kami: “A lot of people who don’t know much about our country usually think it’s all palm trees and sandy beaches but Bogota ain’t like that. First off, it doesn’t have a beach and it’s really high up in altitude which makes it a somewhat cold weather city. It’s more like Seattle, dark and rainy and cold. I think it’s been relevant to our sound, the influence of the city. It’s very new yorkish in some areas but New York kinda like in the 70’s with that gritty look”.

Recently they’ve been working on the second studio album “Gunblade Blues”, which has the aim to capture the band’s wild live-energy.

Here’s a lil’ preview of the upcoming music:

“We recorded everything that has influenced us from rockabilly to an 8 minute epic song with lightning in the background and much more. It’s basically an album that takes you on an adventure done old school style. We’re doing a piece of artistic venture for each one of the songs, including different types of videos & hopefully by the last quarter of the year a comic book on our website that goes with one of the songs.”

The album will be released in three triplets throughout the year. In this way, DANTE wants to give every single song an opportunity. By the end of the year they might release a Vinyl with everything they have recorded so far (some special tracks included).



Official website

DUST ‘N’ FLAMES: new album and video

The North Italian hard rock band Dust ‘N’ Flames was created back in 2010 with the intention to bring back the glory of hard rock.
Since 2012 they’re making music together with the current line-up.


The sound of Dust ‘N’ Flames is settled somewhere between Motley Crue, Hardcore Superstar, Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace – to mention a few of the band’s musical influences.
They soon started their first live activities and can be seen in various North Italian clubs also nowadays.

Recently they released their new music video for the current single “The Sweet Taste Of A Punch“:

As if that’s not enough, the band just came up with another release – their new album “Backstabbing From Heaven“.
It includes eleven tracks that combine classic and modern hard rock elements with strong heavy metal. A pinch of punk attitude completes the sound of this CD, which shows a powerful side (e.g. “Afterlie”, “Firebirds”) as well as a contemplative one (e.g. “Gone With A Smile”, “Holy Demons”).

If you’re a supporter of good underground rock and you’d like to discover something new, keep an eye on Dust ‘N’ Flames.
You’ll definitely not waste your time.


Tracklist of “Backstabbing From Heaven” (available on Amazon, iTunes and at live-shows):
1- Backstabbing From Heaven
2- Scent Of Inferno
3- Afterlie
4- Dr. (H)ugs
5- Gone With A Smile
6- Eva Anger
7- Death Loves U Man
8- Holy Demons
9- Sun (Will Never Set)
10- Firebirds
11- The Sweet Taste Of A Punch

Purchase the album

NASTY RATZ about themselves, their first CD and future plans

“We’re gonna ruin your life, but you’re gonna love it!” – that’s what the NASTY RATZ from Prague (Czech Republic) say about themselves on their Facebook page. After reading these words, I decided to figure out who and what is hiding behind this crazy Glam/Hair Metal band. I had the great honour to talk to singer & guitarist Jake, who told me many interesting things about the band.


How did you guys come together?
Such a long story for a short time :D. I wrote an ad for a drummer and Rikki came to the rehearsal space with no ability and no self-confidence :D. But he looked kickass, so I accepted him and we started writing our songs. Then, we started performing with different guys until Stevie Gunn came for another ad and brought his raw sound and old school technique. My friend Tommy Christen was one of the different guys we’ve played with before and he left. I told him that he would come again, so he did :D.

What’s the meaning behind your extraordinary band name?
It’s a shortcut of my real life story. Unfortunately, it’s kinda illegal, so I can tell you that a few minutes before my death. Even guys in the band didn’t know that meaning :D.

Which bands / artists inspire you?
For myself KISS and everything that has an energy. I don’t like bands that try to be exactly 80s like. Tommy is more into 80s either does Steve. Rikki is more into simple hard rock like AC/DC etc.

What kind of feeling was it to record and finally release your CD “I Don’t Wanna Care”?
We definitely like the songs, but hate the sound :D. We didn’t know anything about recording etc. Didn’t have good amplification and instruments and I don’t like my voice there, either. But you can feel the energy, the lust and having it in your hands is like the moment when you cum for the first time :D. Still excited :D. (The new single “Angle In Me” is like fucking daily – skills are easy to be seen and you’re never gonna stop listening to it :D).

Do you write all the lyrics and music by yourself? And if so, where do you find inspiration?
I made couple of songs by myself, but now the model is, that guys write the music without a melody and lyrics and I’ll make that. Tommy’s songs are the easiest for me to write a melody for. I can hear it for the first time and last time in the same moment. Melody usually comes up to me in a minute.

What are your personal favourites on the CD?
N.A.S.T.Y. – it powerful, I guess.


Why should somebody check out your music and become a fan of your band?
Because I’d kill him if he didn’t! :D

In your opinion: what makes a live gig special for you?
The show, movement, energy, comunication with the crowd. It’s just an amazing feeling. I’ll never stop loving it.

If you could go on tour with a famous band, which one would you choose?
KISS, with no doubt.

What are your plans for 2015? Can we expect a tour or new releases?
Pretty hope so. I’m not sure about touring. We are trying to play as often as possible. Bands here usually play 6 shows in 3 months and call it a tour. Fuck it :D. I’m not gonna touring just for touring. But we definitely need to release the first full-lenght album, release a couple of clips and show our asses to countries we’ve never been to. :)


Tracklist of “I Don’t Wanna Care“:
1- Intro
2- I Don’t Wanna Care
3- N.A.S.T.Y.
4- Hot Confusion
5- Livin’ For Today


THE STRIGAS’ new video “Sweet Bitterness” out now

Southern Italy’s Gothic-Rock sensation The Strigas have just released their new single and video “Sweet Bitterness”, extracted from their outstanding debut album
“A Poisoned Kiss To Reality” which has been published last February (SBR/Scarlet Records).

The Strigas

The video was directed, produced and edited by Vdpictures Video & Photo Productions (Matteo vDiva Fabbiani & Chiara Cerami) who have already worked with well-known artists like Hell Boulevard or Lord Of The Lost).
They found an impressing way to present The Strigas in a new style –  dark, energetic, stirring and most of all intense.
The idea behind this video is to find a way of expressing the dichtomies love/hate, life/death, good/bad.
“Sweet Bitterness is our shout of refusal against narrowness of mind, it’s our creed. It’s one of the most personal songs of the empire album. I wrote it thinking about the importance of individuality in a reality that obliges a belonging to a group or to a predetermined mentality”, explains vocalist Fabio.

After finishing their first tour this year (read a live report of their tour stop in Vienna), they are planning to start a new tour through several European cities in 2015.


Recomended links:
The Strigas – Facebook
The Strigas – Twitter
The Strigas – ReverbNation


LUNA RISE – new video clip “Valentine” coming soon

LUNA RISE – in Austria’s music scene this name is no longer an unknown quantity since a long time. Three years ago the 5 guys from Upper Austria released their first music video Dead Alley which was the starting shot for a successful journey. Now they are ready to spread their brand new video with the promising title “Valentine” all over the planet.

Luna Rise 1 (c) Kristin Mueller

(c) Kristin Mueller

What they promise about the video is: “fire, horsepower and a lot of passion”.

In order to receive a better impression about what is expecting us, we were asking lead singer Chris about the video shoot and the band’s next steps.

Chris: “The wait is almost over and we finally have something new for you out there! I am super excited about it! The videoshoot was very intense, challenging and fun. We had such a great team and a superb model/actress. It’s the first song of our upcoming album, so there’s still so much more to come!
We’ve been working hard on all the new stuff for quite a while. Now it’s such a good feeling to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
But for now – be prepared for our musicvideo being released end of November! It’s going to be like good sex: hot, emotional, loud… (and lasting about 4 minutes, haha :D)”

The song and video will be presented at a special release party in Linz on the 28th of November 2014.

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(c) Kristin Mueller

The band’s long-awaited debut album “Dark Days & Bright Nights” is planned to be released on the 20th of March 2015.
It will contain fine melodic rock with a mysterious touch.

Official website