THIS WEEK'S PICKS
INDY RADIO'S FRIDAY FAVES
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED MUSICIAN IS
"YVES YVON SEGUIN" VOCALIST OF WOR PHONIX
WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME
DESPITE THE REVERENCE
STRESS OF EVOLUTION TOUR
INDY ROCK BLOG IS UP #222
-KINGSBANE by Odyron
-HELL IS HERE by XFears
-CAN’T QUENCH THE FIRE by Paralandra
-WORLD UPSIDE DOWN by SilentLie
-T.O.C. by Tyrants Of Chaos
-WALKING WITH THE DEVIL by Black Hole
-Alchemy by Fall Of Earth
-TWENTY 7 by Below 7
-AFTERWORLD by A Dark Halo’s
-THE SACRIFICE by Manora
Our featured musician this week is the voice behind Wor Phonix, Yves Yvon Seguin. Yves has an incredible voice with what seems to be unlimited range. He never struggles to hit his intended notes and sings with confidence. This guy is a seasoned veteran that proves it every time he hits the stage or the studio. Wor Phonix is a talented group of musicians and as a band touches on most styles and genres while keeping it rock. Humble beginnings started in july 2021.
When guitarist Don Fournier, drummer Frank Madore and vocalist Yves Yvon Seguin met the magic began and compositions soon followed.
The trio acquired temporary services of bass player Francis Thibodeau. The group parted ways amicably with francis and concentrated on moving forward to continue the project at hand.
Don, Yves & Frank had a vision to bring forward their music to produce their debut album self titled Wôr Phönix.
13 songs were recorded in don's studio during winter, spring & summer of 2022.These songs reflect on the roots of rock, folk, blues and heavy metal music. There is something for everyone as their songs capture diversity with expression from the heart Key Influences Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rush, Yes, Rainbow & Metallica.
Listen to Wor Phonix along with other amazing indie talent on Indy Rock Radio: http://listen.samcloud.com/w/127713/Indy-Rock-Radio#history
Lots more at: www.indyrock.net
NOT NEEDING AN INTRODUCTION
WE WELCOME STRIKER
TO THE NETWORK FAMILY
DEBUTS FRIDAY 8pm CST ON
INDY ROCK RADIO
Striker is an independent act out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and draws from a classic blend of hard rock and metal. Since their humble beginnings in 2007, the band has grown to a mainstage draw across North America and Europe and released their 6th studio album, entitled Play To Win, October 26 2018.
The band has worked with elite producers such as Michael Wagener (Skid Row, Warrant, Dokken), Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, In Flames), and Henrik Udd (Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, Powerwolf), all contributing to a high fidelity production style that has drawn rave reviews from hard rock media such as Decibel, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Bravewords, and many others. Since performing their first shows nearly a decade ago, the band has played roughly 1000 shows around the world and gone from playing small clubs to arenas supporting bands like Metallica, along with everything in between.
Striker’s fan base is a mix of the metal veterans who experienced the heights of the genre in the 80s and 90s as well as younger fans that are just getting into hard rock and metal. The high quality of the band’s music and the growth of their own label Record Breaking Records has garnered support from Canada’s most prominent music organizations such as FACTOR, Radio Star Marker, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, and many others, and has drawn many high profile awards such as a JUNO nominations in 2018 and 2020, as well as winning several Western Canadian Music Awards, Edmonton Music Awards, the Edmonton Music Prize, and many others.
Striker is currently writing material for a new studio album and have released 2 singles in 2022, entitled Deathwish and Strange Love, respectively. Spring 2022 sees the band on tour throughout North America in support for Finnish power metal band, Beast In Black. Summer 2022 will see multiple European tour dates in the works including some of Europe's largest heavy metal festivals. The band has their eyes on expanding tour territory and further polishing their sound.
Distributors: Napalm Records, Avalon/Marquee (Japan/Asia), CMM/SAOL (Europe) CDBaby, Record Breaking Records
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29th
THE ROXY SASKATOON
Q&A with Jupiter Hollow
Indy-How did the band form?
- Kenny and I met at a local battle of the bands in Barrie, ON back in 2015. We were in other bands at the time but decided to collaborate with each-other on a song i was composing, which lead to be our first song, Ascending Hades Heart. Once we wrote that, we knew we were onto something.
Indy-How did you come up with the band’s name?
- We were having a fun conversation about space and looking at my tattoo, which is the greek symbol of Saturn and Jupiter combined. This lead to us talking nonsense about how Jupiter is Hollow because its a gas giant… makes no sense and is a false statement, but it created a cool name. My tattoo was then used on the album cover of AHDOMN to represent our origin.
Indy-Which song does the band like playing live the most?
- The Rosedale is a fun one, I personally love playing Odyssey and Kipling Forest. We will be playing our new song Distant Shadow live for the first time on April 23, so I have a feeling that will be our new favourite.
Indy-What process do you use when writing and recording?
- Usually either I will have a guitar idea in mind, Kenny will have a drum/piano/vocal idea in mind, or we will stumble across something together while jamming. In most cases we will take that idea into a room with drums/guitar and write the song together through jamming. In other cases such as with Hades Heart and Distant Shadow, more of the song will already be written and structured but we complete it together with this jamming process. We have gotten really efficient at writing now and can usually pump out a new sing in under 3 days.
Indy-What was the best gig you’ve ever played?
- I will assume April 23, 2023 as we get to play with Protest The Hero which will be rad.
Indy-What was the worst gig you ever played?
- We played a show in Guelph once where we got cut after 1 song as the headliner due to a scheduling issue. We love Guelph and the people/venues there but it was logistically a nightmare. We’ve also played a shows where there were endless tech problems, etc. But it is all part of the experience and allows us to learn.
Indy-What advice would you give new rock musicians forming a band?
- Learn digital social media marketing, create music that you love, network. Just do it and keep going. Everything else will fall into place if you work hard and stay consistent.
Indy-How do you balance band life with your home life?
- Music is a side job for now. We live our lives and work our jobs, but when we have a show we practice on weekends and do the gig. When we need to write and record we do so on weekends. This question will be more applicable when we get signed and go on a big tour one day.
Indy-What has been the band’s biggest challenge to date?
- Marketing budget. We’re indi so everything is self funded. Everything about music is expensive. With limited budget there’s limited reach so until we have funding we can only reach so many people per release, but we have slowly been growing and reaching more people
over the years.
Indy-Any last words?
- Checkout Distant Shadow! You can also get our record Bereavement free on our website through a unique interactive “Experience”. Go to jupiterhollow.ca and support us if you like our music.
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