Interview with Al and Crown of Roxin' Palace
Roxin' Palace is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Italy that has been active since 2011. Just recently I reviewed the band's exciting new album, "Freaks of Society", and now it is my pleasure to present this interview that I did with lead vocalist Al and guitarist Crown. If you haven't had the chance yet to hear this fun band in action then be sure to check out the official lyric video for "Neighborhood Stars" that is right below this interview. I want to thank Al and Crown for taking the time to chat with us.
Andy-Let me just start of by saying how much I enjoyed your new album. What was it like recording it?
Crown-It has been a long process due to the line up changes: only me ( Crown) and drummer Hell are still in the band, but that said it was very funny! We had great time with the new guys!
Andy-That's always good to hear. Chemistry is so important! What made you decided to change your band's name and how did you settle in on your new one?
Crown-I made this band under the moniker Modern Middle Ages with the intent to unite rock atmospheres with darker ones but when Hell joined the band he suggested we change the moniker into something more rock.
Andy-I agree with Hell then because your moniker just screams ROCK! I'm curious about this, but what are your favorites songs on the new album?
Al-"Fading Idol" and "Freak?" because they are the funniest to sing but, that said, I personally love every song in this record!
Andy-Yeah, you really can't go wrong with any of the songs on your new albums as there are absolutely no duds. Now, you guys went through a line-up change between your debut album and "Freaks Of Society". Why was that?
Crown- You know people come and go: some guys were not focused, other guys wanted to do something else in their lives! Anyway, we are still in great relationship with the former members!
Andy-That's cool. How did you get your two new members?
Crown-I knew them for a long time! Al was singing in a cover band but I've always been in love with his talent and potential so it was natural for me to ask him to join the band! Al joined the band some months after Axel had left! The first show happened only one year after that because we were recording! Gian Roxx entered the band when we fired the former bassist, Garret. He toured Czech Republic with us. Gian Roxx plays in Party Animals which is another rock band from the area! He had no problem dividing the duties between the two bands!
Andy-Your Facebook page lists a second guitarist. Could you introduce him?
Al-His name is Riggs: he wrote some guitar solos and co-wrote "Neighborhood Stars"! He had a killer job but he was more interested in playing some other kind of rock...more AOR oriented so he decided to leave the band!
Andy-How has your new album been received by fans and critics?
Al-We had only 4 reviews by now and they are great! We are still waiting for more response but all the guys who listened to the record love it!
Andy-On "Freaks Of Society" I hear a little bit of everything from Mötley Crüe to Metallica. Did you guys rummage through my personal music collection before writing your new album? Honestly, there is a wide range of influences going on here!
Al-You are right man! We love all the kind of music, from Beatles to Megadeth, Mötley Crüe, L.A. Guns, Hardcore Superstars, Crashdiet, Metallica, Iron Maiden and even pop stuff: for example me and Crown love Duran Duran: every influence is welcome to be read in rock n roll key!
Andy-Amen to that! Are there any local bands that you would suggest our readers check out?
Crown-We love Party Animals where Gian Plays, Fake Idols: Some guys of this bands are guests on the album he he..We also love a metal band called Overunit Machine: we’ll share the stage with them soon!!!
Andy-I'll have to check those acts out sometime. Who are some of the bands that you've shared the stage with so far?
Al-Overunit Machine but also bands outside Italy: Salamandra (Cz) Jettblack from UK, Phantom x (USA), Steel City Heroes and Lionsoul from Italy…
Andy-Awesome! Are there any favorite shows that stick out?
Crown-Absolutely! Our shows at Metaldays Festival (Slovenia) a couple of years ago but even the last show with the new line up for "Freaks of Society" Release Party!
Andy- How about any bad ones? Most bands that I know have that one show that didn't quite turn out the way that they thought it would!
Al-My first Show with the band: Damn I had no voice because of the Flu (lol)!!
Andy-Ah man that had to have been awful! Do you guys ever throw in cover songs when playing out?
Al-One or two: we cover L.A. Guns lately!
Andy-Good call there! Where do you see Roxin' Palace going from here?
Al-We don’t have a great market here in Italy! Actually we are working with our booking agency for a European Tour but our dream is to play in USA!
Andy-That would be awesome if you could! Where can fans pick up a copy of "Freaks Of Society" ?
Al-From Sleaszy Rider Records shop or through our e-mail! For digital copies it’s in every platform!
Andy-I always like to give bands the last word so have at it. Is there anything that we didn't cover that you would like to mention? Have some words of wisdom for upcoming bands? Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans? Whatever it is, the mic is all yours!
Crown and Al-We thank you for this space first! We thank everyone that will be so patient to read this interview (lol)! We can’t wait to play in every country we can! Be there so we can rock together! ROXIN’ PALACE
Andy-I hope that happens guys and good luck with everything going forward!