Exclusive Q&A with Australian rock band Kobrakai

Kobrakai

It was in March of 2013 were we talk to an an Australian hard band Maiden Tonne. They talked about their grungy influences. Four years later the band is now called Kobrakai, and here is a better update on the band with an all new Q&A as answered by guitarist Neil and the rest of the band. You can also listen to the album here as you’re reading.

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Q: Last time we spoke, you guys worked on band named Maiden Tonne…how did it all turn into Kobrakai?

A: Maiden Tonne had essentially become a covers band with a couple of original tunes. Our singer (Matty) had an ongoing dislike for drummers, and during this period we had actually recorded a few demos for new songs with an old school friend of Cloudy’s called Smokes….these demo’s would later feature on our first Kobrakai album titled ‘Snuffbox’. Cloudy still jams with Matty from time to time (as Maiden Tonne) and he may make a cameo in a future Kobrakai recording.

Q: Is Kobrakai’s music still influenced by 90’s grunge? What other type of music is it influenced by?

A: Definitely man. I think we are melting pot of grunge, desert rock (Kyuss, QOTSA, Brant Bjork, Fu Manchu etc….), and 70’s riff driven madness such as Led Zep, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Kobra Fuzz (bassist) has some eclectic musical tastes and is right at home strumming along to the Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Doors and then some Blind Melon. Gonzo (drummer) is a surprise packet. He too loves his grunge and desert/stoner rock, but is equally at home listening to some of the heaviest metal out there. In recent times he has also formed a metal trio made up of old school mates from the 90’s called the Blood of the Lannisters. He is primary composer and also offers up lead vocals as well as his drumming duties in this outfit. As a result, his presence in Kobrakai is a heavy one.

Q: What’s new in the recording of your music?

A: We are actually in the process of swapping riffs and song ideas for our next album. Rehearsals and the fleshing out of ideas will start later this week. Gonzo will be on ‘new dad’ duty in August and September of this year, so we hope to have the majority of this album in the bag before then. We are also looking at making another video for a song called ‘Alver’ which we released on our second album (Zodiac) last year. If you haven’t already, check out the video that we made for our song ‘Spaceage’ in February of this year. You can find it on youtube and Vimeo.

Q: What has been the best part about performing your songs live in recent shows?

A: It is always good to get some comments after your show from people who genuinely enjoyed your music. Seeing a few people singing along to the words of yours songs is also pretty awesome…..I can only imagine what it must feel like to have a whole venue screaming along with you. Personally, I love the tightness of our sounds when we all lock in. That is the essence of all that we do.

Q: What inspires your guys to go out there and do what you guys do?

A: Some of our songs have an openly political slant (Merdeka and Spaceage for instance). Basically, we like to go out there and have fun, and play our grooves to the best of our abilities. If people like what they see and hear, then that is a mad bonus as well.

Q: Do you guys plan on playing in other countries?

A: Man, we would love to if the opportunity was there. It is a definite possibility at some point.

Q: Tell us about your upcoming shows and why rock n roll fans should be there.

A: Our next show is supporting our good friends from the Byron Shire who are called Fly Agaric. Do yourself a favour and give them a listen. They have their debut album coming out in mid May. There are some teasers on their facebook and reverbnation pages. This gig also takes place in a town called Lismore which recently copped a hell of a lot of water from tropical cyclone Debbie 2-3 weeks ago. The venue was damaged, but gigs will still go on. Incidently, we will also be playing a benefit gig at this venue in early June to raise funds for the repair and ongoing maintenance of the venue.

Q: Any further comments?

A: Not much man, apart from please give our Spaceage single and video a look and listen.

Thanks for your time!

Kobrakai: Thanks again for the opportunity man. Cheers.

 

Exclusive Interview with SNAKEFIST drummer

LA punk band SNAKEFIST drummer Joey Cotero joined Eriq for an exclusive interview about the band.

Snakefist performing at The Viper Room

Joey speaks about the release of the band’s EP, live performances at the legendary Viper Room, the bands being influenced by Motorhead, Joey being influenced by Dave Grohl, plans to coming back to the studio with the rest of the band to play an acoustic set and more!

Find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at SNAKEFISTMUSIC!

Smurfs, Fast Cars, A Promise and The Circle (An April 2017 Films Preview)

Releasing April .14

April. 7

Jon Gunn kicks off the month with a Christian film named The Case for Christ. Its based on a story about a journalist who begins work with an atheist to battle on the existence of God.

Three big screen legends join forces to bring in a comedy/crime film. Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine bring Going In Style.

Smurfs: The Lost Village will be voiced by an all-star cast of Ariel Winter, Michelle Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson and more. Smurfette and her friends set out to discover a new place that other other Smurf has discovered.

April. 14

The Fast & Furious crew is back the addition of two more stars. Charlize Theron and Kurt Russell join the crew in The Fate of the Furious. A woman seduces Dominic into a new life of betrayal and evil.

Spark: A Space Tail is an animated film about teenage monkey embarking in a journey about his true identity.

April. 21

Born In China is an all-new Disney nature documentary capturing intimate moments in a panda family. It is narrated by The Office’s Jim John Krasinksi.

Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson co-star in Free Fire. This film is set in the 70’s in which two gangs meet in a abandoned isolated warehouse to begin a shootout.

Terry George is known for bringing Hotel Rwanda  and Bruce Willis’ Hart War. This time he’s bringing The Promise. Christian Bale stars in a love film set in the Ottaman Empire, in which a medical student falls in love with a sophisticated woman named Ana.

Unforgettable is a modern Fatal Attraction. Rosario Dawson  and her man is being stalked by Katherine Heigl in this jealous aggressive storyline.

April. 28

Emma Watson is following up her blockbuster film by co-starring with Tom Hanks in The Circle.

Being a single man after 25 years on marriage must be hard. Euginio Derbez will show how difficult as he co-stars with Selma Hayek and Rob Low in How To Be A Latin Lover.

Sleight Jacob Latimoreis an all-new different type of hero movie based on a young street magician. and Dule Hill star in the film.

 

 

 

Is Colin Kaepernick the New Tim Tebow?

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received significant media attention throughout his NFL career. Starting from his impressive rookie season in 2011 in which he took the starting job from then quarterback and now Chiefs QB Alex Smith and eventually took the 49ers to the NFC Championship game. The 49ers eventually ended up losing to the New York Giants.

The next year, he took his team to the Super Bowl in which they eventually lose to the Baltimore Ravens.

Kaepernick was never able to repeat his performance from his first two seasons. He struggled under new head coach and eventually losing his starting job to QB Blaine Gabbert under new head coach Jim Tonsula and next head coach Chip Kelly.

He remained on the spotlight even through his struggles as he started the 2016-2017 season by refusing to stand up during National Anthem at the beginning of every game.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said, via NFL.com.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers to test free agency for the first time his career.

It has been a month since the offseason officially began and he has not yet found a new NFL home.

Many NFL experts and celebrities like director Spike Lee feel that the reason he has not found a home yet is because NFL experts are trying to avoid the “media drama” surrounding Kaepernick.

That may be a great hypothesis except for the fact that it has been recently reported that Kaepernick is seeking a $9-10 million/year and a starting job with his new team.

While other players like former Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger have found many media attention outside of football and were still able to achieve a great NFL career, this is by in no means a comparison to Colin Kaepernick.

Not to say that what Lewis and Big Ben (even though charges were dropped) did were any good, they were awful things they were accused of but they were in a point in which they were elite players in their career (still not defending what they did/didn’t do), Kaepernick’s performance has went downhill for almost two years.

Kaepernick was even given a second chance in the 2016-2017 season as he earned starting jobs again and still couldn’t manage to perform anywhere near how he performed in his first two seasons. He started 11 games last year and saw his team put a 1-10 record, tossing only 2 TDs and being picked off 16 times. Those are not starting QB numbers.

If there’s anybody to compare Kaepernick’s struggles to is former NFL QB and now Minor League baseball player Tim Tebow.

Tebow also found early success in his NFL career as a member of the Denver Broncos, he even won two postseason games. But in 2012 when the Broncos signed superstar QB Peyton Manning, Tebow found himself traded to the New York Jets where he struggled to remain a starter, having only started two games. Tebow was released after the season and attempted it again with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles but continued to struggle to remain in the roster come NFL Kickoff week.

“I think that when people have belief in something or conviction about something, I think trying to stand for that is a good thing,” said Tebow. “And then it’s all about trying to stand for it the right way.”

A lot of NFL experts have claimed that the reason may be that they didn’t like the attention Tebow is getting for kneeling in prayer after every touchdown he scored. Experts claimed they did not like an openly Christian player openly pray on the field during a pro football game even though they usually pray before and after games.  Tebow was a fireball of media attention ever since he left the Florida Gators to become an NFL player.

Tebow tried it though, he considered being a backup to Patriots great Tom Brady and attempted a job with the Eagles he just did not impress the coaches enough.

Kaepernick, on the other hand wants a salary in the double digits in the million section and he wants to be a starter, whether these are negotiation tools is another story but the point is he hasn’t produced well enough to deserve a starting job in the NFL. He could be a 2nd string or even 3rd string but as a starter, it’s not realistic.

Tebow is now back in his high school roots as a baseball player, in which he’s now trying after perhaps realizing he’s not going to be an NFL QB again. Kaepernick also has baseball roots as he was drafted by the current World Series champs Chicago Cubs in 2009. Not to recruit him into the world of baseball but Kaepernick does have options if he can’t find that contract he’s looking for.

I can not stress this enough, the problem is not Kaepernick’s reason to kneel down, given today’s affairs in this country it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable and it could be a reason why he hasn’t been signed but another reason can also be his performance downgrade the last couple of years, very much like Tim Tebow’s.

 

 

Top 10 Young Players To Keep An Eye On In 2017

Meanwhile MLB.COM presented a list of the top 100 prospects in all of MLB, here is a top ten list of players who are not in the best 10 prospects list that you may want to keep an out on this upcoming season….according to Sportsnext co-host Eriq.

10) Kendall Graveman – Oakland Athletics, RHP. 

Graveman (26) started 31 games last year for Oakland posting a 10-11 record and a 4.11 ERA while striking out 108 hitters. He’s slowly but surely becoming the A’s most consistent pitcher as he started 21 games in 2015. Graveman was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th but was part of the Josh Donaldson-Brett Lawrie trade in November of 2014. This Spring he’s recorded a 2.84 ERA, a 1-1 record and a WHIP of 0.87.

9) Mitch Haniger – Seattle Mariners, CF

A first round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, Haniger (26) is already well traveled. He was part of the trade that sent Gerardo Parra to the Brewers and eventually sent Jean Segura to Seattle. The outfielder played in 34 games last year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, tallying up 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, and a batting AVG of .229. His Springs stats so far are 2 HRs, 7 RBIs and an AVG of .409 in 44 ABs. He’s 5th place in hit leaders.

8) Sal Romano – Cincinnati Reds, RHP

Sal (23) was a late pick in the 2011 draft, picked 715th overall. He has not yet pitched in the Big Leagues but he is having an impressive Spring Training with an 1.17 ERA, 1-0, in 5 games played and 1 start. Romano leads all Spring pitchers in ERA.

7) Peter O’Brien – Kansas City Royals, LF

O’Brien (26) is also well traveled, he was originally drafted by the New York Yankees 94th overall in 2012. He was then traded to the DBacks for 3B Martin Prado. He made his major league debut in 2015 hitting .400 in 8 games. In 2016, he played in 28 games but hit only .141. In December of 2016, the Kansas City Royals acquired O’Brien for minor leaguer Sam Lewis.  He is hitting .341 with 6 HRs this Spring. He’s tied with former MVP Bryce Harper for 1st place in HRs this Spring.

6) Stephen Cardullo – Colorado Rockies, 1B

Cardullo (29) is looking into being the starting first-baseman after an injury to new Rockies 1B Ian Desmond. He was the 721st overall pick in the 2010 draft by the DBacks. He played two seasons for them until he was eventually released. The Rockies picked him up and made his MLB debut in September 2015.  In 2016, he hit .214 in 27 games. This spring he’s hitting .361, with 3 HRs in 36 ABs.

5) Ryon Healy – Oakland Athleitcs, 3B

Healy (25) was drafted 100th overall by the A’s in the 2013 draft. He played 72 games last year for Oakland, hitting .305, 13 HRs and 37 RBIs. His spring is also coming along nicely as he’s hitting .323, 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. He’s tied with two others for 2nd place in RBIs this spring.

4) Jesus Aguilar – Milwaukee Brewers, 1B

Aguilar (26) has spent several seasons with the defending AL Champ Cleveland Indians as he was originally signed by them from Venezuela as an amateur free agent. After hitting on .172 in 58 career MLB at-bats, the Indians designated him for assignment. Milwaukee signed him in January of 2017. He’s hitting .417, with 4 HRs in 36 ABs this spring.

3) Eddie Butler – Chicago Cubs, RHP

Butler (26) is a former 1st round pick in 2012 by the Rockies. He never found success in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Coors Field as he posted a career ERA of 6.50 in 28 starts. But he is impressing the defending World Series champs with his 4-0 record and 2.70 ERA.

2) Guillermo Heredia – Seattle Mariners, LF

After defecting from Cuba in 2015 to pursue a contract with Seattle, Heredia (26) has been a Mariner favorite. He played 45 games last year while hitting .250, in 45 games. He’s raking this Spring with a .459 average and 9 RBIs in 37 ABs.

1) Brandon Drury – Arizona Diamondbacks, 3B

Drury (24) played in 134 games last year for Arizona hitting .282, 16 HRs and driving in 53 runs. He’s had 37 Spring ABs and is hitting .459 with 5 RBIs.