Monday, November 27, 2017

Beyond Haunted - UADA Interview! 11/27/17


It is with my great pleasure that I present UADA to the readers of Eclectic Arts.  Instead of boring you all with a long introduction (I've learned from my mistakes), I will let the interview do the talking so to speak.


All photos by:  Peter Beste
Official Site

Provided by:  Jake Superchi

Eclectic Arts:  Jake - let's start with the current.  UADA just got off the road from an extensive US tour with Inquisition.  Tell us about the tour!
Jake Superchi (vocals/guitar): The tour went very well. We were very pleased to be apart of Inquisition's first US headlining tour. It was an honor for us all.

EA:  UADA have been played several festivals, many prestigious underground metal festivals as well.  How has the band managed to land slots on these festivals and more importantly how did they go?
JS: We have been very fortunate to see our debut receive so much attention. Luckily it has sparked the interest of many festivals. The reception we have received has been nothing short of amazing & we look forward to continuing our participation with these fests.

EA:  The band has been playing over a year supporting, "Devoid Of Light".  When you look back on the recording, what thoughts jump out to you now that you can distance yourself from the recording.
JS: While we are happy with how the first record came out you always look back thinking it could have been better in many ways. But because of where it has taken us, we really have to be content with it & use the learning experience to better ourselves on the next album.

EA:  This of course begs the questions - when will see the follow up album?
JS: The plan now is an early release in 2018. We will be finishing up the album by the end of the year. That is all I can say now.

EA:  UADA now has a trademark live presentation - fog, backlighting, hoods to cover identities, etc.  What, if anything, will be added to this presentation in the future?
JS: Like everything, it too will evolve but only time will tell what the future will bring.

EA:  Since you've been in the underground metal scene for decades now, what do you think of the current metal scene?
JS: I think it is stronger as it's ever been & continuing to grow & expand. People today seem more open minded & supportive to the ideology & message behind this art. We can only survive & thrive with the support of the fans & it is fortunate that to is expanding.

EA:  Let's geek out on gear for a bit - are you playing a Parker guitar?  If so, what made you choose them as your weapon of choice?  What about your amps, heads, effects, etc?
JS: Yes, I play a US Parker Fly Deluxe. I've had this guitar since the year 2001 & it has only been used a handful of times for recording. I kept it in pristine condition & in 2015 realized it was time to take this piece with me on the road. It is my prize possession. As far as the rest I can't give away my secrets.

EA:  What would the fan of UADA be surprised you listen to/have in your collection?
JS: I don't think I really have anything that would surprise others. It seems most people into this style of music also have eclectic taste.

EA:  We knew of each other's bands/projects way back in 2000 (back when I had hair HA).  What got you started in the music business?
JS: Music has always been my life, since I can remember. Getting into the business end of it was my only hope to see my passion through. As many know business can be a grotesque place with snakes around every corner waiting to take everything you've worked for. Understanding how it all works will be the saving grace to our future & no one is willing to teach it. We have to learn & work for it ourselves.

EA:  Purely for fun - who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
JS: Attila Csihar. His vocals have always been a big inspiration.

EA:  Jake - thanks for taking the time to do this interview!  The last words are for you.  What would you like to say to everyone?
JS: Thank you Mark. I'd just like to send my regards & deepest appreciation to those who support UADA. Without you all we cannot exist. Salute!

Official UADA Bandcamp

Official Facebook

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Friendsgiving Music with YVETTE YOUNG! Gig Review from Seattle, WA 11/19/17

Yvette Young

So Much Light

Beyond The Woods

El Corazon
Seattle, WA


I went into this show thinking I was a guitarist.  Granted, I realize my chops are fairly non- existent at this point but I can still play a bit when the time calls.  I left this show knowing I'm not much of a guitarist. 

Why you ask?

I watched in admiration and defeat as Yvette Young played her Cort acoustic/electric guitar with the ease of a master.  She also sang on many of her tunes at the same time.  My guitars will now serve me in another capacity - perhaps a coffee table, as I don't have one.

In all seriousness, I was looking forward to a music-oriented night on Sunday at El Corazon.  What I mean by that is every show I've seen at El Corazon, and Graceland before it, etc. has either been metal, hard rock, punk, or something similar.  I know they get the indie artist in there and locals as well (many locals as a matter of fact) but for me when I saw folding chairs in front of the stage I knew this was going to be a music-oriented show.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Yvette Young before the show upstairs in the green room.  Any time I've been able to speak to an artist before their set, it always impacts how I hear/see their performance.  I'm thinking about what we discussed during the interview and then how that shapes what they're doing on stage.  This has always been a plus, never a minus.  Yvette Young was no exception.

There was a good crowd on hand for the first band - locals called Beyond The Woods.  A four-piece performing acoustically, they had many friends and family members in attendance.  They performed a direct half hour set of instrumentals.  Their musicianship was definitely noticeable, at least to me it was.  I understand that they're normally a rocked out progressive metal band so this set was something unusual for them.  The songs were there and they went over well with the somewhat biased crowd.  But, hey, I didn't know them from a hole in the wall and I enjoyed their set, too.  I'd be interested in checking them out in their normal environment of headbanging madness.  Let me know, guys.

After a short changeover, the touring special guest slot took the stage.  So Much Light was the project of one man.  I was going to say young man but like half of the people I review are young men compared to me so I'll just say man.  Backed with a guitar, laptop, pedal board, drum machine, and other gadgets, So Much Light played a set of songs that were hard to describe.  At times singer-songwriter and others pop influenced, the songs were performed from the heart, usually playing electric guitar while singing lead on the tunes.  He had good in between song banter, which is normally the trademark of someone that has gigged around.  I enjoyed his set as well.  Things were off to a great start with the first two artists.

This left the headliner who I came to see - Yvette Young.  Yvette definitely had her fans in attendance, some of whom I think I saw her when her band Covet played the Vera Project earlier this year.  She came out to sit on a stool, coffee cup on the floor by her feet, with an acoustic/electric guitar and a microphone. 

The set was markedly different than Covet.  She sang on nearly every tune she played while performing her freakishly good guitar technique on her acoustic guitar.  Finger picking and two hand playing, Yvette's songs felt very, very personal to these ears.  I would love to read the lyrics to her songs as I think they would shed even more light on this topic. 

Her voice reminded me of Vienna Teng.  I know it's not kosher for some to compare an artist to another but there are definitely parallels between the two.  Vienna Teng is also one of the best examples of artists out there so this is a high compliment.  (If you're reading this Yvette, I'll message you about Vienna's music and her life story).

I have to hand it to the crowd Sunday night.  They were pin-drop quiet.  It was a beautiful and much appreciated way to absorb every note of music that was being performed.  Yvette Young is an artist with such humble yet strong intentions.  It was truly a pleasure attending her concert and she, like a few others I've met this year, reaffirmed that we artist types are everywhere. 

The show ended earlier than I'm used to but it wasn't short.  It was just right.  For all you readers out there, who also consider themselves artistic, go check out Yvette Young, Covet, and anything else she does.  You can feel her wings artistically spreading as she continues to explore and grace us with her art.

Believe me, you'll want to go along for this ride.  Cheers!

Kind regards,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

Special Thanks:  Yvette Young for guesting me and for taking the time to do the video interview.  I enjoyed meeting you and learning more about your work.  I hope I can cover your show again the next time you're in the area.  Thank you!

Video Interview with Yvette Young

Live from El Corazon

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Code of CANNIBAL CORPSE! Gig Review from Seattle, WA 11/17/17

Cannibal Corpse
Power Trip

Seattle, WA

Journal Entry: 666

I killed again tonight.

I can't help it.  My love of pain and suffering always wins out in the end.  

Take tonight for example.  

The new Cannibal Corpse record is out, "Red Before Black".  It sounds more like their old school music, which fits me and my killing ways fine.  I knew I had to be at the show.  It was sold out by the way so I wasn't the only one wanting their fix of death metal.

They brought out Power Trip from Texas and Gatecreeper from Arizona.  What was I supposed to do?  Just watch those victims walk by on Capitol Hill outside Neumos after the show?


Gatecreeper took the stage at 8pm and let loose the mosh pit for 30 minutes.  A strong bill with a strong opening band.  I could feel the blood in my veins beginning to rage.

After a brief changeover, Power Trip brought the power for 45 minutes.  The heat inside Neumo's just fueled the pit that much more.  The energy was through the roof and I loved every second of it.

And then around 10pm the members of Cannibal Corpse walked out onto the stage.  The roar in my mind was ready to explode.  As they launched into back-to-back tracks from the new album, including, "Code of The Slashers", I knew what I had to do.

They aired a track from every album in their catalog.  It's getting harder and harder for the band to make a set list as they released so many albums in their career.  

The pit was in a frenzy.  Surfers went over the barricade (a first for any Neumo's show I've ever been at) as the band raged through classics like, "Devoured By Vermin", "Gutted", "Skull Full of Maggots", and of course ending with the one two punch of, "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled" and set finisher, "Hammer Smashed Face".

Each band raised the energy level to the point that I had no choice but to kill.  

And kill I did - just like Cannibal Corpse.

But that's my next journal entry.


(Editor's Note:  Having seen Cannibal Corpse six times now - it was a challenge to write something different - thus my fiction based review from a deranged person's point of view - much like what Cannibal Corpse writes about.  I by no means killed anyone - nor has Cannibal Corpse - for those readers that have no sense of reality.  Thanks!)

Eclectic Arts

Special Thanks:  As always - thank you to Liz C for the credentials!  I so appreciate it!


Friday, November 3, 2017

Hiss Spun Tour - CHELSEA WOLFE - Seattle, WA 10/30/17

Chelsea Wolfe
Youth Code

Showbox at The Market
Seattle, WA


As we close out month number ten of 2017, I have been fortunate to cover a wide array of artists this year.  The Chelsea Wolfe gig on Monday was one show I was really looking forward to.  I had never seen her live before but I was familiar with her music and her devoted following.

It seems fans from many genres and subgenres of music gravitate and respect Chelsea as an artist.  Industrial fans, neo-folk fans, extreme metal fans, alternative fans, gothic fans, etc. all were in attendance at The Showbox at The Market in Seattle.

The evening opened with Youth Code.  Sara and Ryan took the stage at 9pm and raged through a 40-minute set of EBM styled tunes.  Rarely stopping, body always in motion, Sara gave it everything she had as Ryan provided the music backdrop for Sara to spit out her passionate lyrics and melodies.

The duo was well received by the audience and got the energy level up for the headliner.  

After a 30-minute changeover, the lights dimmed and Chelsea Wolfe and her three-piece band strolled on to the stage.  Stage lights then came on and bathed the stage in red as fog drifted through the air.  Chelsea launched into; "Spun" from the newest album, "Hiss Spun", and the crowd was all eyes and ears.

Much of the new album was aired with a few songs from the back catalog such as, "Feral Love" and the first encore song, "Halfsleeper".  The show ended with haunting airing of, "Scrape" from the new album.  The set lasted about 70 minutes give or take.  But time was really not a factor in the performance - Chelsea Wolfe made an artistic statement with her show and that cannot be measure by a clock.

I was absolutely mesmerized by Chelsea's music as was the majority of the audience.  The atmosphere that she and her band created was nothing short of extraordinary Monday night.  I totally understood why she has such diehard, devoted, fans after seeing her live for the first time.

There is a dark beauty in her music, with enough variance that it never repeats itself.  I felt like I was witnessing an artist exposing her music to the public in the best possible way.  

The tour is winding down here in the US this week but if you aren't familiar with Chelsea Wolfe (or Youth Code), do yourself a favor and check out her music and make a purchase.  She's blazing her own path, which is a rarity in today's music world.

Eclectic Arts

Special Thanks:  Jonathan for the credentials!