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A Dirty Dozen with KYLE PURWIN from AMONARCHY – June 2023

| 17 June 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “AMONARCHY released their self-titled album on all major platforms on June 10, 2023. The album was recorded by Charlie Scovill & Sean Lee and produced by Kyle Purwin. After graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Kyle Purwin (guitar, vocals, writing) moved to the West Coast to seek out passionate musicians who shared his vision of telling stories through songs about modern-day issues. After a thorough search, he found like-minded artists, Tony Gallo (drums) and Sam Apotheker (bass), and formed Amonarchy.” We get Kyle to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

AMONARCHY our self titled album, revolves around things going on in this world like war, politics, toxic relationships, suicide and my father who passed away. I think the first time a fan listens to this album, they will feel the energy just rocking out to the music. The second time they will be more aware of what we are saying with lyrics. The hidden nuggets, they will have to find on their own (;

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician is when I heard Green Day on the radio for the first time. American Idiot was the first full length album I ever listened to. Just hearing that and seeing them live made me addicted to concerts.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I would say Metallica was the biggest turning point, and same with seeing them live. I’ve always been into heavy riffs like that. They are by far one of our biggest inspirations.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Metallica, Iron Maiden, Queen, Rage Against The Machine, and Linkin Park.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

My top 3 dream features would be Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, James Hetfield from Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I usually say “heavy and fast riffs paired with deep messages” It’s if Metallica and Foo Fighters had a baby.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The way you express yourself is the best form of expression. When you express something like that in song, everyone else can feel it too.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Sam is definitely the first one to cook. Tony gets the drinks and I crack out the acoustic guitar for some “Wonderwall.”

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I played the Viper Room last year and I’m hanging out at the bar… My friend tells me Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden is sitting right there. I walk over there and I see him and it took me so long to approach him. We talked for a couple minutes I got my photo and that was that.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Helicopter pilot like my pop who passed away in a helicopter accident. Either that or some sort of extreme sport like snowboarding.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I wish I was more social back in the day. I was really shy and didn’t really know how to talk to people. I was homeschooled and that kind of effected me I think.

12.  If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Master of Puppets by Metallica hands down. That was the album that made me want to play this kind of metal music.





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