Nov 26, 2012

SpiralCase: unsigned grunge \ stoner rock quintet from Moncton, NB, CA (E117)

About: SpiralCase

SpiralCase: unsigned grunge\stoner rock quintet from Moncton, NB, CA played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"The band name was a combination of words. We were thinking a someone spiraling out of control. A head case, someone that is mentally unstable who acts irrationally, so we took the "Spiral" from Spiraling and the "Case" from Head Case, stuck them together and SpiralCase was born."

1. How would you describe your average fan?
Someone who is into diverse styles of music.

Nov 23, 2012

Stop Light Observations: alternative\indie rockers from Charleston, SC, US (E117)

About: Stop Light Observations

Stop Light Observations: alternative\indie rockers from Charleston, SC, US played in E117 of the ArenaCast

Hello everybody!
As a short intro to today's brief interview I would like to recommend you to listen to the outstanding debut demo LP "The Zoo" by the Stop Light Observations.
Also, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that virtually every member of the group is a multi-instrumentalist, which greatly enriches and expands the band's sound from song to song.
You can listen to the Stop Light Observations's LP "The Zoo" on their R&R World profile, and support the band by visiting their iTunes page and purchasing their stuff!

1. How would you describe your average fan?
Our fans are all so different so it's hard to physically describe them. One thing that they all share is their loyalty and ability to inspire us to keep working and get better.

ArenaCast Mini Reviews #9

ArenaCast Mini Reviews #9

Our host Damien V continues to discover the releases from the R&R World artists, and today you have the exclusive chance to read the pre-release review of the upcoming EP "Suns of Mercury" by the British hard rockers The Sonic Revolvers; get acquainted closer with the "Karmah" EP by the hard rock\metal quintet Punkh from New Delhi, IN; and discover the mini review of the tracks from the forthcoming LP of Australian indie pop\rock trio Paul Winn Band.
We wish you a pleasant reading; be sure to discover more and more great independent music.

Nov 22, 2012

Spineless YesMen: post punks from London, UK (E117)

About: Spineless YesMen

Spineless YesMen: post punk five piece from London, UK played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"...It is two fold. Firstly its a quote from The Simpsons where Mr Burns is losing his company and says to Smithers "If only I hadnt listened to all those Spineless Yes Men" Also our guitarist, Chris Doughty, has some friends in Newcastle, who, whatever he does and whatever he wears and says, agree with him without fail, irrelevant of the ridiculousness of his comments!!!"

1. How would you describe your average fan?
Our average fan would be in their 20s, male or female, with a rock and roll and punk rock background. A tattoo here and there, a love of honest music from the heart and someone who loves a fun, energetic show!

Nov 21, 2012

MadCraft: pop-punk band from Helsinki, Finland (E117)

About: MadCraft

MadCraft: four piece pop-punk band from Helsinki, Finland played in E117 of the ArenaCast

" We have done over 100 gigs in about two and half years. Mostly in Finland, a couple in Sweden and Estonia. We're going to play a small tour in the UK at the end of November. So that's really exciting. Here are the UK tour dates:

29.11.2012 @ On The Rocks, Bournemouth (UK)
30.11.2012 @ The Fighting Cocks, London (UK)
01.12.2012 @ Flairz, Hastings (UK)

We're also playing a Hangout gig online on Google+ on Saturday November 24th at 2PM EDT. More info about that will be posted on our Google+ page soon.

All our live dates can be found on our Official site"

1. How would you describe your average fan?
We hope that our music can be enjoyed by anyone but I think the bigger part of our fans are on the younger side. Anyone who likes good music with a pop punk edge.

Nov 20, 2012

Slim and Red: indie rock/folk duo from Corry, PA, US (E117)

About: Slim and Red

Slim and Red: indie rock/folk duo from Corry, PA, US played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"We both separately played music early in our teenage years, but never played together until we were 10 years deep into our marriage. We are also HUGE comic book and JRR Tolkien nerds, so you will most always find many references and easter eggs in our music/art/lyrics. Simply put: we are a geeky married couple that play music!"

1. How would you describe your average fan?
Our average fans are mostly in between the ages of 20 and 35. However, that may be the majority, but the ages range quite drastically. All in all, we attract fans that are laid back, chill, and open to many possibilities. We try to create, promote, and encourage individuality, thought and creativity. Our first album was named Issue No. 1: Yggdrasil because we believe we are all bound together through cosmic and universal laws, and we believe our fans catch that vibe.

Nov 19, 2012

Behind Babylon: alternative/hard rock trio from Denver, CO, US (E117)

About: Behind Babylon

Behind Babylon: alternative/hard rock trio from Denver, CO, US played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"...We've lived with "saints" and we've lived with the "sinners."In the words of the great philosopher and poet Bob Dylan,"Lot of water under the bridge, lot of other stuff too, don't get up gentlemen, I'm only passing through." That's the way we see it... You don't need to get up, we are only passing through. Our music is about our experiences and the way we express those experiences. We believe we have lived in Babylon and Behind Babylon... That is how we created the band name."

1. How would you describe your average fan?
Since we have only began recording and have only released “She still believes” it’s hard to say what an average fan would be at the moment. We hope to gain better than average fans and look forward to the opportunity to create fans we can really connect with. Our upcoming releases will show that we want a diverse fan base.We’ll be mixing many different genres into our own style of rock and roll. The interest we have seen have been in college age students.

Nov 16, 2012

Chuck Eaton: singer - songwriter from Brazil (E117)

About: Chuck Eaton

Chuck Eaton:  singer - songwriter from Brazil played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"I just remind one day a guy called me "LOBO" and asked me for an autografh... he was convinced that I have recorded "I'd love you to want me". He told me that LOBO and I were the same singers. I spent a lot of time explaining that I was another person. Anyway, he went away shouting : "I got a LOBO's autograph"!... It happened at 70's."

1. How would you describe your average fan?
People of all ages... mainly more than 40 years old.

Nov 15, 2012

Chris A Butler: indie solo artist from London, UK (E117)

About: Chris A Butler

Chris A Butler: indie solo artist from London, UK played in E117 of the ArenaCast

"...I once had a review which said, "Chris Butler's voice has been compared to Jim Morrison but I have to say the reincarnation is not yet complete" - I was sure whether to be pleased or insulted! "

1. How would you describe your average fan?
I don't have an average fan, all ages and both sexes. My music is for anyone and everyone.

ArenaCast Episode 117

November 1 - November 15

Hello and welcome to the ArenaCast episode 117th! In this episode we feature 10 independent artists from different continents and playing in various genres but united by undoubted talent and originality.
Let's discover new music together with the ArenaCast!




# Artist Track
1. Chuck Eaton The way you love me
2. Slim and Red Western Shore
3. Chris A Butler Very Soon
4. MadCraft All I Want (Is You)
5. Spineless YesMen Poem Poem
6. THE ABSINTH HOLIDAY
7. Behind Babylon She Still Believes
8. SpiralCase Catch Me
9. Stop Light Observations Break Them Bad Boys Down
10. Matthew Martinek Virtual Man

Brief interviews with our featured artists are coming soon!

You can download E117 of the ArenaCast or subscribe to podcast via RSS or iTunes and get new episodes automatically.

Nov 13, 2012

Punkh: hard rock / metal quintet from New Delhi, IN (E115)

About: Punkh

Punkh: hard rock / metal quintet from New Delhi, IN played in E115 of the ArenaCast

"Punkh in Hindi means - Wings/Feather - We wanted to have a short, crispy yet unused name... thinking got a few of us from the band one day by the river Rhein... out of the blues... from nowhere came this flying/floating feather and landed right in between us... one of the German musician asked - hey Dean what would you all that in Hindi?? and i said Punkh... Punkh... and that was that! "

1. Is there a story behind your song "Karmah"?
Well all of us in PUNKH believe that we are karmically connected to each other through past lives and previous births…creating a song around this spiritual belief led to : “Karmah”.

Nov 12, 2012

The Artist of the Month (October 2012) Poll Winner!

One week ago we`ve started The Artist of the Month (October 2012) Poll, and today we are close to name the winner!

Nov 9, 2012

Another Life Spared: alternative rock / metal band from Cocoa, FL, US (E115)

About: Another Life Spared

Another Life Spared: six piece alternative rock/metal formation from Cocoa, Florida, US played in E115 of the ArenaCast

"The band was originally called All Is Lost back in 2010. At the time, we were running through EP titles and the name Another Life Spared came up and we thought it would be cool to have a dichotomy effect with the name All Is Lost. Some time had passed, and the name All Is Lost started to look really dim and tasteless. It didn’t stand out and draw attention. So we decided it was time to change the band name to something a little less cliché’. The name Another Life Spared came back up in conversation as a possible band name. It was laughed off at first, but once we started bringing it up more and more it started to stick. It stood out, it was easy to remember, and it grabbed people’s attention. And it still kept the dichotomy effect with the seemingly upbeat band name Another Life Spared vs. the dark song themes and lyrics. Eventually, we all agreed that Another Life Spared was a really good match for us and the name was set."

The band have two front vocalists, and the 1st question is answered by both of them. The rest of the questions are being answered from the band as a whole.

1. Is there a story behind your song "Cataclysm"?
Jennifer: Cataclysm is about how society is falling apart and the world with it. Its as if everyone is become de-sensitized to all of the terrible things that are taking place. Just look at the news and how things have become. Corruption and decay are everywhere. It seems like no one stands up for what's right anymore and its become brother against brother. We need to come together. Stand for something and not fall for anything.

D. Hayes: My connection with Cataclysm is political, as to say " I will not bow down " I'm saying just that, its the world of fire breathing elephants "politicians" and the people who think they own it can not and will not destroy me

Nov 8, 2012

Six to the Wheels: southern rock four piece from Atlanta, GA, US (E116)

About: Six to the Wheels

Six to the Wheels: southern rock four piece from Atlanta, GA, US played in E116 of the ArenaCast

"When referencing horse power, you have horse power to the wheels. Aaron "A-WAL" used to have a Camaro with 600 hps to the rear wheels. The girl he was with at the time totaled it, so the band is named as a tribute."

1. Is there a story behind your song "Fists Instead of Hands"?
We have a friend who is an MMA fighter. He as about to have his first fight so we decided to write him a walkout song. Well just about that time, he was in a motorcycle accident and lost one of his legs below the knee. He decided to continue to pursue MMA and is now the only MMA fighter commissioned to fight with a prosthetic leg. The song is about pushing through an obstacle and we wrote it for him.

ArenaCast Mini Reviews #8

ArenaCast Mini Reviews #8

The ArenaCast DJ Damien V continues familiarising us with the great releases by the artists presented at the R&R World. Today you have a chance to discover the great EP "Trees Turn To Fire" by the alternative rockers from Cordoba, Argentina – Odoghan; a stunning EP "From The Ahses" by the Nottingham, UK based hard rock quartet Wasteland and an outstanding album "The Sleeper" by the Norwegian alternative rockers In Confesso.
Read, listen to the reviewed releases and spread the word!

Nov 7, 2012

Sam Rogers: indie pop/rock solo act from Birmingham, UK (E116)

About: Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers: acoustic/indie/pop solo artist from Birmingham, UK played in E116 of the ArenaCast

"My band isn't set at the moment. I work with lots of different musicians, however the ones I work with best are featured on the track! We had so much fun working together and recording, they're very talented guys. The song is about the frustration of a long distance relationship however it is not a negative song... Just a very frustrated one! :D"

1. Is there a story behind your song "Unseen"?
Yes! The song is about my own relationship. It's a long distance relationship, so the song is about that really! It's very frustrating to be so far apart and only able to communicate on the phone/computer.

Nov 6, 2012

Buzzy Lao: London, UK based singer songwriter (E116)

About: Buzzy Lao

Buzzy Lao: London based singer songwriter played in E116 of the ArenaCast

"My stage name is the one i used as member of a forum of poets! That was so funny and different that i choosed to pick it up for my musical career."

1. Is there a story behind your song "No Space"?
Yes actually i wrote that song on a piano, which is quite unusual to me as i always write on the guitar. I just put my fingers there and the first beat came out, I thought "I got something here!". So I kept playing and the all song appeared. Usually I write lyrics after making the music, letting me inspire by that. No Space talks about the future in a positive way, it talks about that moment in which after the end of a relationship you realise it's time to look forward instead of keeping locking back

Nov 5, 2012

The Artist Of The Month (October 2012)

The Artist Of The Month (October 2012)

So, October is over. It's time to summarize and chose the Best Artist of the Month among 20 acts featured in the October ArenaCast episodes (E114 and E115).

Reminding you that #114 episode was dedicated to the female fronted acts, both singer-songwriters and female fronted bands. You can get acquainted with them (if you still haven`t done this) via this link.

The E115 was dedicated to the hottest songs from R&R World community artists. The featured songs represent various genres and countries. You also can listen and find the brief interviews with the participants of this episode here.

The prize for the winner of the Best Artist Poll is an EP\LP review from the ArenaCast DJ Damien V or a detailed interview which will be published in our blog, featured in the News section on R&R World and in the weekly Newsletter and posted on our Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Have you already chosen your favorite artist? Please, visit our Facebook page and cast your vote in the Part 1 or Part 2 of the poll. Share, comment and ask your friends "Who's the best?" ;)

The poll will be closed the next Monday, November 12th at 12 a.m. UK time!

Daniel Storey: singer - songwriter from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK (E116)

About: Daniel Storey

Daniel Storey: singer - songwriter from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK played in E116 of the ArenaCast. Photo by Eileen Aldous
Photo by Eileen Aldous

"I only started working on this solo project at the end of this summer after a 5 year break from music, so as of yet, it's really just been a case of sitting at home writing and practicing my singing again! That being said, I have almost finished writing this debut Album and look forward to a busy year in 2013 recording, promoting and gigging the new material."

1. Is there a story behind your song "A Means To An End"?
Revealing the inner meanings of my songs is something I like to avoid. I prefer the listener to lock onto whatever it is that the song means to them. This one is pretty obvious though! The song is a metaphor for failing relationships. Also it was written around the time of the latest James Bond hype. Apparently, this is a Bond theme tune!

Muzykoterapia: retro/nu-jazz/chill out band from Poland (E115)

The brief interview with Iza Kowalewska, singer\front of Muzykoterapia

Muzykoterapia: downtempo/retro/nu-jazz/chill out band from Poland played in E115 of the ArenaCast

"...Iza, who sings in our band graduated in Musicology. She has a diploma in Music Therapy. As you know function of Music Therapy is simply to use sounds for therapy. After concideration we discovered that it would be a great name for our band..."

1. Is there a story behind your song "Komedia"?
Yes it is! Frankly speaking lots of my songs come to my mind during housework like: cleaning, mopping, cooking or for instance cutting herrings :) :) :) You would like to know how it was with Komedia?
It was a freeze morning and I was watering plants on the porch. I looked out the window and saw snowflakes sparkling in the sun. Single sounds in my mind started to cerate a melody with words in the same time. This is a song that came out of that.
When I played it to Kuba Galiński (pianist in our band) he liked it a lot and arranged a melody. You may think, I'm freaky or maybe you would like to hear a different story, but it was just like that! I am always very honest in my life as well as my music.

Nov 2, 2012

RoXi and the Blue Cats: blues quintet from Enfield, UK (E116)

About: RoXi and the Blue Cats

RoXi and the Blue Cats: blues\blues-rock quintet from Enfield, UK played in E116 of the ArenaCast

"RoXi and the Blue Cats are a 5 piece blues / rock band playing an eclectic, raunchy and dynamic mix of sizzeling hot to chilled out old and new mainly blues / rock covers and original songs with shades of jazz, country or anything else with a blues vibe."

1. Is there a story behind your song "When Baby Gets The Blues"?
The track was written by our bass player Phil Plant who has had an interesting life, I suspect there is a story behind the song, but if so, he hasn't divulged it to us!!

Nov 1, 2012

Wild Widow: blues-rock five piece from Waterloo, BE (E116)

About: Wild Widow

Wild Widow: blues-rock five piece from Waterloo, BE played in E116 of the ArenaCast

"We exchange some ideas, Scratch (guitarist) always proposed names with 2 W, when I asked him why, he said: maximum points at scrabble :) We choose Wild Widow, and since, I'm dressed in black color. :D "

1. Is there a story behind your song "Hot Mama"?
Yes, the song is dedicated to my mom. I wrote one for my dad when he passed away (Only Rain) but he couldn't hear no more all the love I had for him, so I wrote one for my mother, where I thank her to be there for me all the time. She's been a so good mom and she still is.

ArenaCast Episode 116

October 20 - November 1

Episode 116 of the Podcast again takes us on a wonderful musical experience, with no shortage of crunchy guitar riffs and booming bass lines while also featuring subtle piano styles ballads with passionate vocals, setting the stage for another great show with our host Damien V.




# Artist Track
1. FEUD Miles Away
2. Daniel Storey A Means To An End
3. Six to the Wheels Fists Instead of Hands
4. Wild Widow Hot Mama
5. Daylight Fireworks You Know You Know
6. RoXi and the Blue Cats When Baby Gets The Blues
7. Vinnie & The Stars I'm not from America...
8. Sam Rogers Unseen
9. The Vail Surrender
10. Buzzy Lao No Space

Brief interviews with our featured artists are coming soon!

You can download E116 of the ArenaCast or subscribe to podcast via RSS or iTunes and get new episodes automatically.