Connor Garrity, frontman for All Hail The Yeti, talks tattoo mistakes, his parents encouragement and his early introduction to the world of tattooing.
DiBenedetto and bandmate Tom Kunzman formed 18th & Addison in November of 2013 and released their debut album Little Parasites on January 20th, 2015.
We spoke about tattoos, via email, with Philip Archbold, bassist for the up-and-coming Yorkshire, England-based metal band, Cognizance.
Wounds, a Dublin, Ireland-based hard rock quartet whose debut album, Die Young, was released on November 24, 2014 via Razor & Tie. While the band is currently touring North America we managed to check in with James Coogan. The band is heating up quickly, and as evidenced by their music and live show, there's a very justified reason for the popularity. So why not talk to James about the band's new album which depicts simple cover artwork; a photograph of the scars on his stomach from a near-fatal 4-story fall in 2010. Check it!
Released on June 24, 2014, the 10-song album Shadowars is Nick Thomas' debut solo LP. If the name sounds familiar, it should! Thomas has made a name for himself as the lead singer for the acoustic indie rock band, The Spill Canvas. Well, to help Thomas celebrate and spread the word about his solo effort, we caught up with him to have some fun chatting about tattoos. Here's some dirt on his ink!
We recently checked in with Finch drummer Alexander James Pappas. Why you ask? Well it's pretty simple... the renowned rock band released their new studio album, Back To Oblivion, on September 30th via Razor & Tie and we want to help spread the news! Back to Oblivion marks the return of Finch with the band's first full-length album in over nine years and is by far Finch's most introspective and demanding work from a lyrical standpoint. The album was produced by Brian Virtue (Deftones, 30 Seconds to Mars, Janes Addiction, Audio Slave) and you can sample a couple songs below. Check out what Pappas had to say about his tattoos!
Heavy metal troop Osmium Guillotine released their debut self-titled album on June 6, 2014. Featuring 11 songs loaded with meaty metal, Osmium Guillotine was recorded and produced by Danny B at HVR Studios, Ipswich and released via MGR Records. You can stream the album in it's entirety below, as well as learn about some of lead guitarist Lance Steele's tattoos.
If you haven't already heard, The Killing Lights is the new, re-named project from Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire) of Vampires Everywhere! fame. The band's loyal following is excited for the group's new music, a taste of which they got with the release of the first single "Lies Spread Like Fire" - see the video below. The Killing Lights have recorded a self-produced, self-titled five-song EP which they plan to initially release for FREE to fans in September. Expect a full-length in 2015. In the meantime, check out some of the awesome stories behind Michael's tattoos.
Klara Force, guitarist and backing vocalist of the Swedish hard rock/metal act Crucified Barbara, recently took a moment to speak with us about her tattoos. The band is getting ready to release In the Red, their fourth full-length album and follow-up to The Midnight Chase, on September 10th. Check out what Klara had to say!
Faz Couri, bassist of the London-based hard rock act In Search Of Sun, recently took a moment to sit down and chat with me about his numerous tattoos. The band is preparing to drop their debut CD on October 7th and you can sample their rocking music below. Here is how the conversation went.
Brooklyn, New York rockers, The Bushwick Hotel, released their stomping new 7-song album, Graffiti of the Young Man's Mind, on November 19, 2013. Ever-since the band has been busting their asses to promote their new, dirty, blues-influenced recording. Check out the lead single and title track, "Graffiti of the Young Man's Mind," for an example of how banging this album is. Recently we spoke with the band's heavily-tattooed front man, Gregory Ferreira, about all things ink.
The Brisbane, Australia-based metalcore/post-hardcore quintet known as The Amity Affliction, released their blaring new 10-song album, Let The Ocean Take Me, on June 6th, 2014 via Roadrunner Records. Comprised of members Joel Birch (vocals), Ahren Stringer (bass), Troy Brady (guitar), Ryan Burt (drums), and Dan Brown (guitar), this group is on their way up at an increasingly fast rate. Recently, we got some time with Joel Birch and decided to have some fun and ask him about his tattoos, here's what he had to say.
Columbus, Ohio-based metal quintet, Death of an Era, launched their new album titled Black Bagged on June 23, 2014 via Artery Recordings / Razor & Tie. The new, 13-song effort is packed to the gills with pummeling breakdowns, shuddering solos, guttural growls, and a whole heap-load of awesome! Whilst the band is currently promoting their effort in every way possible, we thought it'd be a gas to check in with drummer Michael Cooper and talk tats. Here's what he had to say about his.
Queens, NY five-piece ruffians, Sylar, are set to release their pummeling new album, To Whom It May Concern, on May 13th, 2014 via Razor & Tie. The new recording demonstrates a band ripe with potential and songs that, both on disc and live, are purely hyper-mode-inducing. We caught up recently with lead singer Jayden Panesso to chat in brief about his ink.
The Greenery are a loud and brash hardcore punk band from Long Beach, California that recently signed with New Damage Records. Since then both the group and label have been preparing to re-release The Greenery's sophomore studio album, It's Looking Grim. Finally, on May 6th, 2014, the blazing record will be re-released in Canada complete with updated artwork including photos by John Kingston. Recently we grabbed some time with lead singer Matt Lanners and asked him the following tattoo-related questions... check it out.
British rockers I Divide are going to release their debut album, Last One Standing, on April 14th, 2014. This well-produced, glossy rock affair is sure to be a hit with hoards of fans all over (see the song "Follow Me" below for an example) thanks in large to its approachable yet high energy and fast-paced mix of rock and post-hardcore. Drummer Dave Mooney had some time on his hands recently and filled us in on some of his tattoos... check it out.
Howdy cowboys and cowgirls, welcome to another installment of Tattoo Talk. This time we have To Speak Of Wolves vocalist Gage Speas talking about the sweet inkage he has gotten over time. If anyone has seen TSOW live they're sure to know this guy loves his tattoos. Check out what Gage has to say about his tattoos and the meaning behind them.
If anyone has seen Demon Hunter live, or checked out their promo photos, they will have noticed a bearded bald man covered in tattoos. That inked man is none other than vocalist Ryan Clark and I recently got the chance to ask him some questions about the meaning of his tattoos.
Die Pretty are a pop punk band from New York that I cannot stop listening to. If you've watched their music videos you will notice their super-cute vocalist and bassist, Sarah Orloff, owning a good amount of ink. I recently got the chance to ask Sarah about her tattoos. Also check out their music video for "Voices" under the interview to see and hear her and the band's greatness.
Tattoos are a big part of the metal culture amongst both fans and musicians. MyChildren MyBride vocalist Matthew Hasting has the majority of his limbs inked up and recently gave PureGrainAudio some of his time to talk about his tattoos. Read about his inkage below and be sure to check out the band's new self-titled album due out in March.