Doors To No Where’s Marc Lewis

Marc checks in to discuss D2N’s hometown show this Friday 

  
A band you need to check out is Doors To No Where out of Santa Cruz California. The trio which features Marc Lewis (Guitar Vocals), Sean O’Kelly (Bass) and Pete Testorff (drums) has been deliver the goods for quite some time now and have 2 albums under their belt. The latest effort “Lucky You” has been in constant rotation for me since it’s release. I have gone on record saying that D2N is one of the best bands have scene live in a long time. They come out with a know nonsense attitude and just do what they love and that’s play music. Your not gonna see any cliché rock star moves or stage cheese. Your not going to get some ego driven a-holes posing in band pics trying to look bad ass with the stereo typical flask or cigarette. You’re simply going to get bad ass rock n roll and killer guitar riffs. In the bay area this is a breath of fresh air. I wish more bands would just come out and play and leave the rock star crap at home! One thing that I have been really impressed with Doors To No Where is how they support other bands. This can be directly attributed to D2N’s front man and leader Marc Lewis. D2N has a big show Friday (3/18/16) in their hometown Santa Cruz at the Blue Lagoon with Spirit In The Room, Bro-Magnon and Fires Fury. I literally cannot wait for this show. When I got word I Immediately reached out to Marc in hopes of doing a cover story on D2N leading up to the show. His response was, “I really want to introduce Santa Cruz to “Spirit In The Room” and support them. Instead of getting the attention on himself and his own band he wanted to support his friends in Spirit In The Room. Well, thank you Marc for turning me on to Dennis Sanders and Spirit In The Room, I’ve been digging that bands music and am very excited to check them out live on Friday. This is not the first time Marc has turned me onto bands other then Doors To No Where. He has turned me onto “You Know Who, Year Of The Cobra, and Against The Grain. He has also makes sure I’m caught up on what’s going on with SC legends BL”AST!. It’s killer to know that some bands still support each other and help to build the scene up. It’s very rare you find a musician so supportive and loyal to others. So, having said all this I have forced Marc to do a little interview with me before the big show on Friday.

  
WormHound> Marc, Thanks for doing this! Are you ready to talk about Doors To No Where?

Marc > No problem dude. I’m happy to chat. Thanks for all the support.

WormHound > Are you ready for Friday? What can we expect for D2N?

Marc > You can expect to have a good night at the good ole Blue in downtown SC. We have a great mix of music. Bro-Magnon is going to bring the party rock and I think people are going to be really impressed and blown away with what Spirit In The Room brings. I’m stoked to check out Fire’s Fury and we in D2N are goona have fun and do our thing. Got some old tunes, new tunes and loud guitars.
 

WormHound> You mentioned new tunes.. Does that mean a new album soon? 

Marc > D2N will have new music out very soon. I’ve been in a major writing mode and am really excited about what we have been creating.
  

WormHound > How do you approach live performances?

Marc > I just want to have fun and play my songs. The three of us in D2N really trust each other and can just go for it live. Balls to the walls. A lot of the time when we play live I just slip into the music and space out on it. Playing music is my church and sanctuary. It’s great when the crowd is into it and feeding the energy but I’m always going to play my guitar like I mean it and have fun doing it.

  

WormHound > Tell us about Spirit In The Room.

Marc > I can’t. I don’t have words for it. You need to experience it. Defiantly one of the best live performances I have seen was when we played with them in Hollywood. I really respect what they do. I’m really looking forward to playing with them again and hope to do more shows together in the future. Do yourself a favor and check them out! Spirit In The Room are pros and unlike anything you have heard before. 
  

WormHound > What is your favorite D2N song to play live?

Marc > Right now I would say it’s a newer song called Burn. Pete absolutely kills it on drums through out the whole song. It has a tripped out little guitar riff that has a dirty groove going on.

WormHound > Who would you say is your biggest influence on guitar?

Marc > Oh man. There is so so many. It’s imposable to pick one. I would say that Paige, Angus, Pygmie, Mustaine, Fruciante, Peter Green and early QOTSA Homme and Kyuss Homme are brilliant. And of course the master Iommi! I could go on and on.

WormHound > How about vocal influences?

Marc > Again, the list is huge. I don’t really think of myself as a singer but I do have fun with it and know my voice is far from pretty. I always go back to Zeppelin, Sabbath and Kyuss. But I also grew up in the grunge era and was heavily influenced by the likes of Staley, Cornell, Weiland and Vedder. I always gotta give Idol and Bowie love. Bon Scott is one of the greatest!

WormHound > You have introduced me to some great bands, what new bands are you digging?

Marc > Well… Mother Crone! In my mind they are the best new heavy band out there. We are stoked to be playing some dates with them in April as part of their tour. Brume, out of SF will also be a part of that and they rock. You also need to check out Red Desert and War Drum! Lowrider is got new music on its way and I’m sure it will rock.
  

WormHound > What is next for Doors To No Where?

Marc > Friday March 18th at the Blue Lagoon in Santa Cruz! Come hang out with us! We will be in San Jose at the Back Bar Sofa on March 26th thanks to our friend’s Barren land Productions. That is going to be a great show with a solid line up. That show will feature MK Ultra, The Randy Savages and Old School Analog. Also on the bill is Drain who I’m really excited to see. I’m hearing great things about them. They look like they might be the next big punk band out of SC.
  
After that we have those dates with Mother Crone and Brume that will be rocking. Announcements about that will be coming real soon.
  
In June we will be hitting the road with our good buddies You Know Who on the Bloody Mary Tour! Get ready for that!!
  
WormHound > Thanks again for doing this, anything else you want people to know about Friday?

Marc > No No No! Thank You for all the support! As far as Friday goes, come on out peeps. Enjoy the music and if you get thirsty enjoy an adult beverage. We are very pumped to be playing with Bro-Magnon and fires fury again. We are also honored to be able to bring Spirit In The Room to Santa Cruz!

 DOORS TO NO WHERE LINKS.            

BAND CAMP = doorstonowhere.bandcamp.com/releases 

FACEBOOK = https://www.facebook.com/Doors-To-No-Where-343458506915/

TWITTER = @doorstonowhere

INSTAGRAM = @doors_to_no_where

WEBSITE = DOORSTONOWHERE.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rob Nowak and his band Against The Grain to rock Bay Area!  

 So this is the thing. Against The Grain is bad ass rock band from the motor city that you need to know about. Marc from Doors To No Where and my buddy Matt Hutchison from Self Destructo records both told me you absolutely need to check these guys out! I got my hands on their last album “Road Warriors”  and have been blasting it weekly ever since. In fact, it made number 5 on my top 10 albums of 2015. Check my album review here! If you’re a fan of Motorhead, Maiden and in your face guitar you need to pick up “Road Warriors” ASAP and you need to crank it to 11! You also need to check them out live as they hit the road with Bongzilla, Lo-Pan and Black Cobra on a can’t miss rock tour. Lucky for me this tour stops through the Bay Area on Wednesday March 9th at the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz. So in anticipation of the show I was lucky enough to be able to check in with Rob Nowak who is of course the drummer from the mighty Against The Grain. Check out our conversation below. 

  

WH – First off, thanks for taking the time to do this. When I listen to Against The Grain I hear the influence of bands like Motorhead, Spirit Caravan, and some Maiden. How would you describe your sound?

Rob – Of course, happy to do it! ATG has a love for a lot of different kinds of music. We all come from different backgrounds in rock n roll, punk, metal, blues and all other kinds of music. Some of our favorites collectively Id say are; Motorhead, Zeke, Deep Purple, Discharge, ACDC, Maiden, Ramones, Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. Whenever we write songs, we keep our influences pretty all over the place, but like to always bring it back to being based in Rock.

 
 WH-  What artist or bands have had the most impact on your style of playing?
 

Rob
 – Me personally, as a drummer Id relate it back to punk rock. I grew up playing punk rock and keep it to single pedal. Philthy Phil (RIP) of Motorhead is probably my favorite drummer of all time.
 
 WH – I loved Philithy Phil and his style, what are some other drummers that you dig?
 

Rob
 – I really dig Phil, Bill Ward BC he would riff along with the song. JP from Clutch is the master of groove. DH Peligro from Dead Kennedys was always incredible. Byron from Pennywise for his intensity and single pedal work. All of Primus’ drummers have always been fantastic. Rudd from ACDC has perfect timing. I love a good beat keeper, just as much as a shredder.
 

WH
 – Is there any bands I should be checking out?
 

Rob
 – There’s so many incredible bands both locally and nationally. Some up-and coming bands Id say are Death Alley, Lecharous Gaze, The Biters, Demon Eye. All holding it down for rock n roll. If you dig our “Speed Rock” sound theres a ton of under-the-radar bands like Reo Speedealer, Nashville Pussy, The Humpers, The Candy Snatchers, The Hellacopters, Zekes.
 

Rob
 – Detroit has a great thriving scene too. Check out: Bison Machine, Wild Savages, Voltage, Her Dark Host, Stone Ritual, The Highborn, Nuke, MRSA, The Savage Seven and a shit ton more.
 

WH
 – Road Warriors is a fantastic album, how did the writing and recording of the record come to fruition?
 

Rob
 – The writing was/is always very natural/ In-between all the tours we practice and people write parts on their own. We get together and go from there. Sometimes the person has a good deal of the song written and we go from there, and sometimes it all comes together at practice. The recording was a very fun one for us this time; we got to record with Bryan Griffin, who was in the original lineup of ATG, and still help with writing/producing. Bryan had a large part in getting our sounds together as he is super into Mountain/Clutch and groove rock. He’s also a tone-fanatic, so he helps us get our tones to where they should be. It was all recorded with him, so he knew exactly what we wanted. The mixing was done by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatwright at Audio Siege ( Portland,OR) who’s done a ton of huge albums. We’re very happy with it, but I’d still say were much more of a live band.
 
 

WH
 – How did you guys land on the title Road Warriors?
 
Rob We almost went with “IV”, but thought it was Cliche. The artwork inspired it, Kyle came out with it. Made sense! Shawn Knight of Child Bite had called us that in a previous interview, and I loved it.

  
 
 WH – What is your favorite track on the album to play live?
 
 Rob – I love playing Pendulum. Its got grooves and a lot of fun drumming parts.
 
 WH – Can we expect more new music soon?
 

Rob
 – I think we’re going to tour a ton more in 2016/2017. Probably nothing new til at least mid 2017. We’ve only done about 60 dates since this album was released.. We want to do another 150 in 2016 for support of the album.

  

  
 

WH
 – What can the people in Santa Cruz expect to see from you all?
 

Rob
 – 30 minutes of non-stop loud and true rock n roll. No gimmick, just a show that punches you in the face and makes you wanna go home and crank your amp to 11 and solo along to your favorite ACDC leads. Then fuck your girlfriend. or just a fun show haha.
 

WH
 – Are you familiar with any bands from Santa Cruz?
 

Rob
 – No! Would love to be though!… its been abut 3 years since we last played here.
 

WH
 – Do you plan on getting in the water for a surf session in while in SC?
 

Rob
 – We will definitely be out on the beach enjoying the water, but none of us have ever surfed. We’re MI Boys!..
 

WH
 – So what does a punk rock kid living in Michigan do?
 

Rob
 – Work 2 jobs so I can tour! Got a g/f of 7 years. Go to a lot of shows. Got a good record collection going. Pretty big into movies too.
  

I wanna thank Rob for taking the time to chat with me. If your in the Santa Cruz area you don’t want miss ATG! Make sure you follow Against  The Grain on their Facebook here!
  

Wormhounds top albums of 2015

 What a year it’s been for Rock N Roll. We had some good albums come out and the even a little of the impossible happen with the announcement that the classic GNR line up is coming back. But unfortunately 2o15 was also the year we lost 2 major forces in rock music. The first of which was the iconic and often crazed Scott Weiland and secondly the king of rock himself Lemmy! Weiland was incredible front man and the voice to so many 90’s and 2000’s rock anthems. And Lemmy, well, he was a god! Motörhead paved the way for so many and delivered uncompromissed rock N roll. Lemmy leaves a hole in rock n roll that can never be filled. 

So let’s take a look at Wornhounds top 10 albums of 2015!

1. You Know Who (debut)

     The boys from the desert delivered huge! Lead by Mike Pygmie (mondo generator ) YKW created a master piece and one hell of a debut. I love the mix of thrash, punk and mind blowing riffs.

2. Faith No More ( Sol Invictus ) 

 I’m not always a huge fan of Faith No More but their last album was pretty darn good. Mike Patton brings a great vocal performance 

3. All Them Witches ( Dying Surfer Meets His Maker)

I really dig these guys. If you haven’t, you gotta check them out. Dying Surfer isn’t the most heavy of albums but contains some killer guitar work and grooves.  

4. Clutch ( Psychic Warfare)

Of course Clutch is on my list. They put out another classic Clutch album!

5. Against The Grain (Road Watriors)

 Get this album right now! Another killer band from self destructo records that slays! 

6. Iron Maiden ( The Book Of Souls)

     Maiden is still the shit! Book Of Souls is a solid effort from the metal legends! 

7. Muse ( Drones )

If you ever get a chance to see Muse live do it! Phenomenal rock concert! The guitar work is very under rated. The latest effort offers up some gems!

8. Motörhead ( Bad Magic)

 It’s hard to imagine that this will be the last Motörhead record! I’m gonna miss this band. Lemmy and the boys deliverd a rocker on 2015 highlighted by a killer cover of the Rolling Stones Sympathy For The Devil. Lemmy left one last classic rock n roll album! 

9. Elder ( Lore )

Heavy ass riff madness will punch your face with the latest effort from Elder! Some real bad ass shit going on! 

10. Bl’ast ( For Those Who’ve Graced The Fire )

I had to put Bl’ast! On my list! They put out some new music for the first time in a very long time. The guitar work in Bl’ast! Is always mind melting. Also , one must point out that Chuck D from Black Flag is on bass along with a drummer named Dave Ghrol. 

It’s so hard doing these! It was really hard to leave of Sun & Sail Clubs The great White Dope. It was also hard not to mention a debut demo I got passed along to me by Year Of The Cobra.
What’s Up In 2016! 

I’m looking forward to some new albums this year. I’m stoked to see what megadeth bring along with hopefully more new Bl’ast! The recently released Megadeth track has some vintage  Dave Mustaine riffs on it! I also can’t wait to hear CoC with pepper back on vocals. We also have new Mondo Genertor and John Garcia to look forward to.  I’m also really pumped to hear what Doors To No Where has coming. It was DTNW that put on the best live show I saw in 2015. Absolutely love their last record. Lastly , I’m sure Fu Manchu will deliver another solid album and I’m curious to hear what Soundgarden does. Happy New Years! 

Motor City Rockers “Against The Grain”

Album artFirst of all I’m convinced that the people at self Destructo Records are actually some sort of Superior alien intelligent life form sent to earth to hoard a bunch of bad ass bands. First they send me the debut album of “You Know Who” and now they send me “Against The Grains” new album “Road Warrior.” I must thank them! On September 15th “Against The Grain” through the previous mentioned “self Destructo Records” released their latest album and its a gem. The four piece band delivers twelve blistering tracks of punk rock bliss. Guitarist’s Kyle Davis and Nick Bellomo are on point through out the album. The two guitar slinger’s create the perfect dynamic of soul, punk and balls to the wall riffs! Davis And Bellomo are the perfect fit as a guitar dual and bring Maiden style harmony leads that cut like butter. Drummer Rob Nowak drives the bands riff with precession drumming that fits the songs perfectly. If your not careful, you will miss the fact that Rob Nowak kills it and has some amazing chops. Vocalist and bass player Chris Nowak in your face vocal style reminds me a little of the legendary “Wino” from “Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, The Obsessed and many other killer bands. The motor city rockers hit a high point for me with the Track “Sirens.” Right from the get go the riff sinks its teeth in. A southern style fried guitar gut puncher leads right into a tempo breakdown where Chris Nowak has is shining vocal moment of the album. The chorus shows the band cutting the tempo down a little more while Rob brings a tough ass beat on the drums leading the anthem style vocal line. “Sirens” really shows how “Against The Grain” are masters of tempo change and absolute rippers on their instruments. All my favorite elements of the band can be found right on this song. Killer bass and drums, shredding Maiden like guitar and a chorus that guarantees to get you jacked up. Over all the band brings hints of early thrash, Motorhead and real punk rock, not that poppy punk shit. “Road Warriors” is a beast of an album!Picture 5

Aganist The Grain just wrapped a tour with “Atomic Bitchwax.” Not sure when they will hit the road again, but I’ll be there when they do.

Buy Road Warriors using the link below.

https://againstthegrainmi.bandcamp.com/album/road-warriors-sdr-020

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