Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (solo album interview) Howard Jones
Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach)
Doro Pesch Mikko Von Hertzen (Von Hertzen Brothers)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists)
Chris Garza (Suicide Silence) Kenneth Nixon (Framing Hanley)
Lawrence Gowan (Styx) Oliver Fogwell (Our Last Enemy)
Don Felder (The Eagles) Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence)
Hank3 Tom Gimbel (Foreigner)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs) Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod)
Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill) Tommy Victor (Prong)
Max Cavalera (Killer Be Killed) Sebastian Bach
John Connolly (Sevendust) Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
Anthony Smeragliuolo (Julius Seizure) Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Hiran Deraniyagala (Battlecross) Tim King (SOiL)
Jeremy Widerman (Monster Truck) Randy Cooper (Emperors and Elephants)
Philip H. Anselmo (solo album interview) Chris Howorth (In This Moment)
Oderus Urungus (Gwar) John Waite
Phil Anselmo (Down interview) Tom Keifer (Cinderella)
Von Hesseling (Star and Dagger) Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns n Roses) Jeff Angell (Walking Papers)
Paul Shortino (King Kobra) Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)
By 1981 guitarist Brad Whitford and singer Derek St. Holmes had both experienced success worldwide, each with hugely well-known rock acts. As a guitarist with Aerosmith, Brad Whitford had recorded 6 studio albums, selling millions of records and touring globally. And yet by 1981 lead guitarist Joe Perry had left the band and during the recording of “Rock In A Hard Place” Whitford decided his time was over with the band as well. Meanwhile Derek St. Holmes had recorded and toured with the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, singing and playing rhythm guitar on Nuge’s first 4 studio albums. St. Holmes left Nugent’s band in 1978 to pursue other musical options.
Whitford and St Holmes got together and released their self-titled debut album in 1982. The album received radio play and featured classic rock and roll; nothing fancy, no filler, just straight ahead rock music. Shortly after the release though Whitford reunited with Aerosmith and St Holmes recorded with Michael Schenker before reuniting again with Ted Nugent.
Now in 2015 the duo of Whitford/St. Holmes is back together and have released the album “Reunion”. The album is an example of what veteran musicians who have a passion for good classic rock can do. Strong vocals, rich guitars, and classic riffs highlight this long awaited release.
On November 22nd Brad and Derek brought their rock music to Havana’s in New Hope, PA and Musicfrenzy had the pleasure to speak with these two veteran rockers. Before their set I met with the guys upstairs in a loft area that overlooked the Havana’s stage. We sat down at one of the restaurant tables, Brad and Derek sitting across from me each drinking water, and while sound check was taking place we talked about their album and their musical history.
After discussing the gorgeous small shops on Main Street in New Hope, which Derek had just visited before our interview, we got down to business:
Musicfrenzy – Some bands take three, four, or five years to make an album but thirty-five years in between releases….(jokingly) you just couldn’t get any ideas together or what?
Brad Whitford – I had a little thing going on called “Aerosmith”, they kinda kept me busy and Derek’s been busy. But really the big thing was we were always in different cities and we’d just get together here and then. But we’re practically neighbors now so we hang out, start writing music, and playing and that’s how it all came about.
MF – On the website there’s a new song that’s been recently released called “Shapes” and it just proves what veteran musicians like yourselves can do. The song structure of the song’s phenomenal, (looking at Derek) your vocals…..I mean coming from a person who sings badly in the shower like myself I’m envious. It’s a really good song and does it encapsulate what we’ll hear on the album “Reunion”?
BW – Yeah and the album’s out now. Don’t think traditional or when it’s going to be released. Fans can get it here tonight. It’s the only place to get it in the world.
Derek St. Holmes – No record label. We’re not doing any of that stuff unless somebody really comes up to us and goes “I’d like to give you both a ton of money and we don’t want it back” then we’ll talk.
BW – We wrote the whole thing, we produced it ourselves. Shit, we made it in fourteen days.
DSH – It was a labor of fun.
MF – Compared to 1981 when the first album came out, lyrically, mentally when you guys were putting out that album compared to this album how have things changed topically as far as the tunes go and musically?
BW – I just think we’ve matured as songwriters and we’ve matured as people. We’re better songwriters now because we’ve had a lot of experience in between and it comes easy for us. We’re a muse for each other, a great songwriting team. It just comes easy and that’s very, very rare. I mean I’ve never had that. I’ve never had somebody that can write that easily with. But when you find that right person it’s like “Don’t fuck it up”. Just keep writing, that’s what we do. We got a whole bunch of stuff coming up ready to go for our next round in the studios.
MF – Well, that’s what I was thinking. A lot of the time when bands go into the studio they put out 10 songs but they actually write and record 13, 14, 15. In ’81 when recording the first album were there extra songs left over and if so are there any on this new release?
BW – No, we didn’t have anything left at that point.
DSH – We didn’t have anything really left after this one either. We completed the task of just writing what we wanted and got it done. That whole thing of write twenty songs of which you already know five are not really good…
BW – There’s no sense in recording the one’s that you know are probably not that good. You should know before you go into the studio “eh, that isn’t cutting it”. We already know that. We don’t waste any time.
MF – So are a lot of the songs on this album done in your head before you go into the studio?
BW – No, not really. Some of them were done, we actually wrote two of the songs, we recorded all these tracks in two days, the basic tracks, and live, it’s all live recording. We used Pro Tools as a tape machine and two of the songs we wrote Monday night and recorded on Tuesday. Nine tracks in total and that’s kinda how we fly. We can come up with an idea and have it finished the next day. It was all recorded in fourteen days. No more than one or two takes on the tracks, almost all these vocals are the first take. Same with Buck. Buck came in and did his background vocals in a day, did his keyboards in a day. We’re workers, we like to work. We don’t like to fuck around because we have fun when we work you know?
MF – I like the idea of live recording as well, as opposed to everyone in a separate booth. I think you get the feeling of everyone just gelling together you know.
DSH – You’ll hear that. That paid off for us.
BW – You’re not gonna get that moment, because you want to get a moment in time and you gotta play live. I tried to get Aerosmith to do that for this last record, we sorta did it, but I wanted to do it like old school and they didn’t want to do it, so WE did it.
DSH – This last Nugent album was supposed to be done that way, you know, all of us collaborating and he went home and he wrote the whole album, recorded it, called me up and said “Hey, I got a couple songs you could sing” and I went “You have it done” he goes “yeah” (and I said) “I thought you wanted us to come down and..” he said “Oh man, you know I just kept going and I got it all…..” So I said “hmmm ,ok”.
MF – Kinda takes the creativity out of it
DSH – I’m just glad I didn’t have to sing but one of those songs.
MF – I guess that’s why fellas like yourself from successful bands get together because your hands might be tied in the main project but you have that freedom here.
DSH – Yeah, I don’t have too much freedom with Nuge. It’s like B.B. King you know, it’s B.B. and the rest of the guys….you know. But it’s all good, all good stuff. What’s fun for us? This is freakin’ killer what we’re doin’ right now and we have great bands to go back to so it’s all good.
MF – I only have one song to speak of and that’s “Shapes” but I get that, I get that hard rock driving force in that song.
DSH – There are more like that on the album. We’ll get you one before you get out of here so when you come back (tonight) you’ll know what you’re listening to.
MF – When I heard “Shapes” I thought “This is what guys who know music and have done it, this is what they come up with. It’s not filler, it’s not bullshit overdubbing”
DSH – There’s an art to it. Not everybody can write rock and roll songs. Not everybody can write arena, big rock songs. Everything that we kinda write it just comes from those years of doing all that stuff. But we also gear it for that, we gear it for live so we can do it live. The beauty of this band is everyone who’s on the album is in the band, so tonight as long as everybody just plays their parts, which they do and it gets better and better every night, it sounds just like the freaking album.
MF – Aside from yourselves you have Troy from Tesla on drums….
DSH – Troy Luccketta from Tesla on drums and Buck Johnson who sings behind Steven Tyler and plays keyboards in Aerosmith and we got this incredible guitar player from this band Aerosmith, his name's Brad Whitford.
BW – and our favorite bass player in the world from Nashville
DSH – Chopper Anderson. Chopper played with all the country ladies; Reba, Dottie West, you name it he’s backed them all up.
MF – I don’t know much about him but he has an insane bass line on “Shapes”.
BW – Oh, he’s a monster
DSH – He’s our John Paul Jones…… we’re having the time of our lives. You will see tonight Brad gets to play everything he wants to play. I get to sing what I want to sing and we get to write the songs and it’s just our deal. And it’s just so much fun….it’s a crime we’re having so much fun.
BW – And we’re waiting for the rock cops to come….”We’re just having fun”.
DSH – We’re not going to be too loud because we know how to do these rooms, tonight’s gonna be perfect and we’re gonna rock this place down.
MF – Last night of the tour obviously with the holidays coming up you’ll be headed home, where do you reside?
BW – Nashville, the whole band’s from Nashville.
DSH – We’re from a little town called Leiper’s Fork which looks just like (New Hope) but only a tenth of the size.
BW - Same kind of vibe which is why I like this so much.
DSH – If this was in the South we’d probably live here. These crowds up here are what put us on the map so we love it. I don’t mind coming to snow, I don’t want snow coming to me.
MF – What do you guys have planned for next year?
DSH – For this project I think talks of doing something with Billy Gibbons’ band and there’s some rumors of Bad Company packaging (us) maybe. We’ve been asked to write a letter of kindness to The Who and see if they might want to take us out because they have a lot of people that are trying to go out with them. That and Aerosmith’s gonna do a few dates right (looks towards Brad), Nugent might he might not.
BW – Aerosmith’s not due to go out until next October.
MF (to Brad) – When’s your country album coming out?
BW – It’s out, it was a complete failure. It came out last year nobody bought it. My recommendation to anybody I know who’s a rock and roll guy they should not try to do a country album, that’s all I can say. Mine completely failed.
DSH – We understand what Steven’s trying to do but to come to our town (Nashville) and try to be country? The people there they know what’s going on. I love him to death as far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best American lead singers in the business probably THEE top. I’d sure like to hear a freakin rock and roll album from him.
BW – Yeah, I’d like him go do his own rock record because I know that’s where he lives and breathes and that’s what floats his boat so I don’t know what he’s doing. He should go off with some friends of his and make some rock music just for a change of scenery, I know what it’s like. We’ve been working for forty-five years together so it’s nice to get out and do something different with friends, but country? I don’t get that. I wouldn’t do it, Joe Perry wouldn’t do it. I’m a rocker through and through, blues and rock.
MF – I have a lot of friends and know people that are starting bands and I always go back to the stories I’ve heard of Aerosmith coming up in Boston, all packed into a small apartment, hardly any food, doing whatever you can to get the music out. In today’s economy, the price of things today I don’t know if bands can do it the same way Aerosmith did.
BW – I know kids that are doing it. It’s all about the commitment to the cause. If you’re willing to go the distance and you’re that committed, people see that and that’s a powerful statement. My son’s band is doing that and they’re just scratching along and now they’re signed to Republic Records. But you have to be willing to fuckin’ go the distance. It takes that kind of commitment.
Prong is currently attacking North America on the Blackest of the Black tour alongside Danzig, Superjoint, Veil of Maya, and Witch Mountain. Although the band has a vast history they have released some of their best work over the past few years, with the albums "Carved Into Stone", "Ruining Lives", and "Songs from the Black Hole". On October 2 Prong released a new single "Ultimate Authority" which comes from the upcoming album "X (No Absolutes)" which will be unleashed on January 29, 2016.
The boys are back!!! Superjoint, the New Orleans behemoths led by former Pantera singer Philip H. Anselmo, are crossing North America alongside Danzig, Prong, Veil of Maya, and Witch Mountain on the "Blackest of the Black" tour. Along with Anselmo, founding member and guitarist Jimmy Bower, guitarist Kevin Bond, and newest members Stephen Taylor on bass and Joey Gonzalez on drums and breathing new life into this powerhouse band.
Fans of the rock band Tool have been voicing their displeasure with the length of time the band is taking to release their next studio album. However, Maynard James Keenan (the mastermind behind Tool) has been hard at work creating new inventive music. Keenan's new project was released October 30th in the form of the album "Money Shot" by his band Puscifer. Alongside fellow songwriter (and guitarist) Mat Mitchell, songwriter and vocalist Carina Round, drummer Jeff Friedl, and several other contributors Keenan continues to walk the line between art and lunacy while pushing his own creative boundaries to their limit. Puscifer IS NOT a Tool wanna be band. They are unique and inventive and produce sounds that open the mind.
Orange County California band Speaking The Kings release their Nuclear Blast debut album "Carousel" on October 16th.
Philip H. Anselmo interview
Energetic, insightful, talented, mature. Just a few words that can be used to sum up the youngest ever band to sign to Roadrunner Records, Bad Seed Rising. This group of highly talented musicians from Baltimore have created music that's cool to listen to while driving at top speed down Interstate 95 with lyrical content that talks of real world experiences.
"A Place Called Home" is the latest EP released by Bad Seed Rising and singer Francheska Pastor recently gave us her opinions on life on the road, writing deep thoughtful songs as a teen, and making videos.
Musicfrenzy.net - It seems like the band enjoys touring having just completed shows opening for Adelita’s Way and having upcoming shows with Issues, Paris, and Saint Astonia. Tell me about the experience opening for Rick and the guys from Adelita’s Way
Francheska Pastor - Adelitas Way is probably the best band we have toured with so far! Just the greatest guys, so down to earth, and they’re funny as hell too! Their live performance is always fun to watch and they tear it up every night, there wasn’t a night where we got tired of it. Getting to open up for them every night is the greatest, because getting the crowd riled up is just honestly my favorite thing to do. We hit a lot of places we’ve never hit before, so giving the crowd something aggressive and new to feed on is always a fun experience.
MF - What’s the best and worst thing about touring?
FP - The best thing about touring is traveling with your closest mates. Going site seeing and taking the scenic routes are always my favorite. Going hiking and venturing around cities I’ve never been before. There’s always a new place to explore and experience. And of course, the music. Sharing our music with whoever is listening is just the greatest. Especially if they can get something out of it, like inspiration or motivation. I aspire to inspire, and all I ever want to do is let people know that they have a chance in living the life they want to live, they way they wanna live it. And the worst thing about touring? I would have to say losing all my favorite clothes, not having a shower at my convenience, and not having a sanitary toilet to just sit down on and just play on my phone hahaha.
MF - Bad Seed Rising are Baltimore teens with a new EP “A Place Called Home” out. Some might say that being so young limits the subject matter to write about. Where do you pull lyrical inspiration from?
FP - Well, I guess you could say that. But I feel like people belittle teen-hood problems because they don’t have bills to pay or mouths to feed, we just show up to school and do what we’re told. But really going through teenage years is probably the most important time for a person. These are the years we try to figure out about ourselves while being pressured to be who others want to be. Being that by parents, teachers, government, media, and peers. I pull lyrical inspiration from my journey of who i am, who I’m becoming, and who I want to be. Getting to know yourself is a tough journey, especially when you have societal norms pressuring you to compress your personality and ideas to fit into the “perfect mold”. What’s even more tough is when you really just don’t fit into that mold and people shame you for being who you are. Accepting yourself for your looks, color, sexuality, gender, capabilities, and mental status is a great battle.
MF - What’s the writing process for the band?
FP - Well, normally Mason would bring in a riff and the boys will jam on the music, and I would go back and listen to the song to vibe out how I feel and what the song should express. Then I work on melodies and lyrics!
MF - Does everyone bring songs to the table or how does that go?
FP - We all just write together, and then i go off on my own.
MF - The EP kicks off with “It’s My Time”, a high-energy track and what sticks out to me right away is your vocals Francheska. Very mature, very good pitch, power without going screamo. Are you vocally trained?
FP - Why thank you! I have done some vocal training within the last year or so. But my voice isn’t stemmed off of that. I was taught how to make my voice last longer and the correct way to inflect my voice in various ways.
MF - What vocalists do you admire?
FP - A few of my favorite vocalists would have to be Tyler Carter, Hayley Williams, and Johnny Craig!
MF - Mason really shreds on guitar. Great riffs and explosive chords. The video for the song is pretty cool. How did you enjoy shooting the video for “It’s My Time”?
FP - Thank you! Mason, really does shred. All of them do! If you ever get a chance to watch us live, be sure to keep your eye on them. Don’t let their ages fool you, they’ll blow your mind. We had a lot of fun shooting the video! Aaron Marsh directed and shot it, and it turned out great! It’s just funny when you have to pretend to play your ass off 56 times in a row.
MF - “Carry On” is a cool tune that has another great riff that powers the song. Mason is a dynamite guitarist huh?
FP - That he is!
MF - You play guitar too right? Are you playing on any of these songs?
FP - I do play guitar! But i haven’t picked up the guitar as of late because I just like to get down and dirty on stage. I’m just too scared when I have a guitar because I’m so destructive. But i did lay down some tracks on the album for "ADHD" and "Mess"!
MF - “ADHD” has some huge drums laid down by Aiden. What’s the focus of the lyrics for “ADHD”?
FP - "ADHD" is pretty much about my mental struggles; ADHD, ADD, manic depression, the medicine I would take, and how it wouldn’t really help me. It also talks about the pressures of people telling to compress myself into something I’m not, and to subdue myself into the social norms of who a woman should be.
MF - Where can fans find you on social media?
FP - If they wanna follow the band just look up @badseedrising on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! You can also buy our album on iTunes, Google Play or if you come out to a show you can pick one up for $5 and get it signed by us!
MF - Any more touring plans for this year?
FP - Yeah! Can’t say anything yet, but we’re extremely excited for it!
Murder FM will release their album titled "Happily Neverafter" on August 7, 2015 on Famous Records Global and distributed worldwide by Pavement Entertainment. The album was co-produced by Beau Hill and Norman Matthew and features a bonus of the single "We The Evil" remixed by Tommy Lee.
Vocalist/guitarist Norman Matthew recently spoke to us about "Happily Neverafter", Murder FM's past tours opening up for national artists, and the band's upcoming touring plans.
Norman Matthew - We have released singles, videos and a couple of EP's, but I always wanted the band to grow into it's skin both sonically and aesthetically. I was more interested in the marathon not the sprint and I didn't want to burn up the fans and burn out before we really grew and had something very special to give back, now is that time and that thing is "Happily Neverafter".
MF - Murder FM has had the opportunity to open for several major bands throughout the band’s brief history, including Rob Zombie, Black Veil Brides, Five Finger Death Punch, and Korn just to name a few.
Band’s would kill to be able to play on the same stage as these bands. How was it that Murder FM was able to get these gigs?
NM - Murder FM has built a strong cult following. Zero marketing dollars, zero label, booking or promo support. Along with our manager and our amazing legion, we all built the MFM beast, one show at a time. Along the way, I think we earned alot of respect from people in the industry for believing in what we do, standing by where we want to go and how we want to get there, and never really sacrificing what the band was built on for the sake of making it. We have been, still are, and always will be determined to make it on our own terms. I think there's a mystique from that which draws people to the band and we couldn't be more thankful
MF – What’s been your coolest experience/interaction with a band or musician while on tour or opening for them?
NM - Touring the UK! While this wasn't a band interaction, the band was able to interact with our UK fans who really helped put us on the map and catapulted us to two TOP 10 Videos on SCUZZ TV before we broke in the domestic underground. UK/ Euro fans really brought MFM to the legion. As far as an artist, hanging with JOHN 5 and remixing "We The Evil" with TOMMY LEE of MOTLEY CRUE were EASILY two experiences I will also hold close to the chest.
MF - “Happily Neverafter” crushes man. Overall the guitars are powerful, the drums are huge, and your vocals are killer
Norman, sometimes completely clean while other times rough and tough. What’s it like when Murder FM hits the studio? How does the band attack the recording process?
NM - Thank you very much man. That means alot for you to pick up on the little nuances I've put in the tracks. I put the songs together in my studio, The Sound Foundation in Dallas, TX. Trent Reznor style. I'm not a jammer, always wished I could be, but I need a blueprint of where I'm going creatively to really bring it to life. The power behind "Happily Neverafter" is that the album was written and recorded prior to MFM signing a deal with Famous Records Global. It wasn't written with any sort of deadline or end game in mind. It was simply written out of pure pleasure and passion for music and the band and that is what makes this album feel so innate, organic and real. Once it gets to the band, they really bring the essence of MFM to life and things really take on a life of their own. We are adding the whole album into the set and really focusing on performing new material on the upcoming tour.
MF - One of my favorite songs on the album is “Machine Gun Kisses”. The song is a beast with guitars that you and Matt play giving a heavy crunch throughout the whole song, J6 plays a monster groove bass line, and of course Shakes annihilates the drums. What’s the story behind the song and how did it come together?
NM - I'm loving how detailed you are! Thank you for really listening to the record man! Our guitarist Matt X3r0 had sent me this riff along with these amazing lyrics. He writes like a poet man, it's awesome! My job was to turn the ideas, trim the fat and really bring the punch to the front so the song was meant to kick the way I felt it should when I envisioned it in my head after hearing a 30 sec voicemail of riffs. It's amazing what can come out of something and what can inspire. We are all so connected to what is best for the band that things just flow naturally. Lyrically, Matt was going through some things in a relationship he was in at the time. I've always come from the perspective that the audience needs to have an escape within reality and always try to take the intial inspiration of a song from within, try to make it a little less personal and "me" and more for the masses and the "we". Who wants to hear me whine about MY problems? I was given a gift to play music and a chance to do it professionally, now I need to pay it forward and be a voice for the voiceless.
MF - "We The Evil” is one that some fans are probably already aware of, but you got some guy named TOMMY LEE to take this song and give it a new sonic remix (LOL). How the hell did that happen man? You guys already have a very solid song but the additions that Tommy inserted give it a different feel for sure.
NM - Tommy is friends with our A&R rep at the label and was presented some of the tracks as our A&R guy felt Tommy would really connect to them. I was kind of like, "sure we'll see" haha! Not because I didn't believe, but I grew up on Tommy Lee and the Crue, I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be working on my own music with him ya know? Amazingly enough, he loved the songs, really dug "Like Glass" and "We the Evil" which we aptly renamed the remix "We the LEE-Vil". He mentioned he wanted to remix the track, through a few email exchanges and weeks later, we were working on the remix! Coolest part of the whole deal, he's a great supporter of the band and we message back and forth at least once a week, it's really trippy! I'm friends and collaborated with TOMMY LEE! Who knew I'd be here \m// !!!
MF - The song “Slaves” is the shortest one on the album but just may be the heaviest. I feel like smashing shit when I listen to it!! Can you tell me a bit about that song and where the riff and lyrics for this one came from?
NM - Oh hell ya man! That is EXACLY what that song was made for man. I weave so many multiple tapestries into the songs with programming, piano,strings, industrial elements, tons of guitars and vocals. I really wanted to showcase the balls of the band so to speak. I wanted to show our teeth and have a no bullshit song that just straight comes at you, no holds barred, no screwing around. Straight Arena Evil!
MF - Murder FM is playing the main stage this year at DIRTFEST on August 8th. The band listing is incredible with Coal Chamber, Hellyeah, Fear Factory and the August 8th headliners DOWN. What does the band have planned for DIRTFEST and what are the touring plans for the remainder of the year for Murder FM?
NM - "Happily Neverafter" drops 8/7/15. We kick the tour off on 8/8 @ "Dirtfest" and are treating it like our "Record Release Party". Performing with soooo many legendary bands, we figured why the hell not! We keep rolling after that and will be on tour most of 2015. We aren't the type of band to hit the road because we HAVE to, we hit the road because we WANT to. Why? Because when we show up, you KNOW we want to be there and you KNOW we will deliver. We leave a piece of ourselves on every stage we perform on, literally. It's what friends, family and fans deserve, and nothing less.
Murder FM are:
Norman Matthew: Vocals,Guitar,Programming
J6: Bass, Backing Vocals
Matt X3r0: Guitar,Backing Vocals
Jason "Shakes" West: Drums
On April 7th Soilwork will release their live concert cd/dvd "Live in the Heart of Helsinki". These guys from Sweden have released nine studio albums so far, the last being the 2013 release "The Living Infinite". "Live in the Heart of Helsinki" covers the band's entire career and is an intense high-spirited concert.
Drummer Dirk Verbeuren spoke to Musicfrenzy.net on March 30th to discuss the dvd, the band's next album, social media, and Chris Adler.
Our interviewed kicked off with Dirk talking about the "Live in the Heart of Helsinki" cd/dvd, the set list, the high points, and the intensity of the show.
In clip number two Dirk talks about the recent video posted on Metalinjection.net which shows Dirk laying down drum tracks for Soilwork's next album (due out sometime later this year). He also discusses his double-bass drum preference and how it may change in the future, thanks to a fellow metal drummer!
Our interview ends after Dirk tells us about the progress of the band's next album and gives us his opinion of Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler teaming up with Dave Mustaine for Megadeth's next album.
Unexpected end tag. Line 1, position 453.
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
guitarist, songwriter, producer
"New Day Rising" video
On February 17, 2015 Spinefarm Records will release the latest album "Time and Trauma" from the band 36 Crazyfists, the metal mashers from Anchorage, Alaska.
Recently Metal Injection premiered the band's video for their single "Also Am I" which you can view at the end this interview Musicfrenzy did with singer Brock Lindow.
Musicfrenzy - Brock, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about your band 36 Crazyfists and the upcoming release of “Time and Trauma” which is out on Spinefarm Records on Feb 17. Before we start with questions about the album I first gotta ask man, how does a band from Anchorage, Alaska get signed to a record deal?? I mean, there are bands from New York City, Los Angeles, and here in Philly that can’t get a deal, LOL!
Brock Lindow - Well I'd like to think we grinded hard enough to get noticed. Alaska is a difficult place to be discovered & was a big reason we relocated to Portland , Oregon in the mid nineties.
MF - And yes, I said “here in Philly”. I know you’re a big NHL fan and especially a fan of our beloved Philadelphia Flyers.
Brock - Hell yes! Go Flyers
MF - What do you think of our Flyers and how far are they away from reaching a Stanley Cup finals?
Brock - Well one of these years they'll hoist the cup again, there are some awesome young players that are kicking ASS, just need to string some wins together and get up in the standings so they can make the playoffs.
MF - "Time and Trauma” has so many highlights for me. Such a great album man!! I’ll start with the lead single from the album “Also Am I” which blew me away when I first heard it. Your vocals are sick Brock and Steve is a madman on guitar.
Brock - Thank you
MF - How did you approach this song vocally? I ask because there are parts that are so heavy both vocally and musically that I could see the song being sung without any melodic parts and yet the way you pull off the violent vocals and the melodic vocals it’s just so right.
Brock - My approach throughout the record was to concentrate on my singing voice and let the screams take a back seat. The screams are there don't get me wrong but I really wanted to focus on melody. So singing over the heavy parts challenged me a little more.
MF - The video for “Also Am I” is a cool performance-oriented video and I really dig Kyle sporting the Maiden shirt! In an interview with Metal Injection you said that some of the video was shot in the woods of Willow, Alaska. When I was a teenager we used to party in the woods near my home, sitting around listening to tunes, playing acoustic guitar, drinking various alcoholic refreshments and enjoying every minute of it. How many 36 Crazyfists were inspired by some of those nights partying in the woods with friends ?? And will there ever be a video of the band crushing it in front of the “Dr. Seuss” house!!
Brock - So much of our growing up revolved around camping and hanging out in the midnight sun blasting tunes so it was a huge part of our upbringing. We actually wanted to shoot the video in the Dr Seuss house but couldn't get permission in time. Hopefully some day, that place is killer!
MF - One of my favorite songs from “Time and Trauma” is “11.24.11”. I actually listened to the song 4 times in a row, each time focusing in on a different instrument, drums, guitar, bass, and vocals. Masterful Brock, just masterful. What was the inspiration lyrically for this one?
Brock - That is the date my mom passed away and I wrote that song that night. I was in a pretty weird space at that time, trying to find peace and closure on a tragic time in my life.
MF - Kyle gives a killer performance on the drums. Such complexity in his drumming. Can you give some insight into the recording process and what it’s like to see your fellow musicians light it up like they do on this track?
Brock - The boys are tremendous musicians and I'm blessed to jam with them every night. Kyle is a total badass and a really fun drummer to watch. He is a little dude that bashes the hell out of his kit!
MF - “Marrow” is a standout song for me because it has that epic feel to it. Your vocals are so strong and passionate Brock and the light, almost simplistic, music in the first section of the song is complimented so well by the more powerful middle section. Oh, and the female vocalist rocks too! The mystic sounding guitar riff and the strings are brilliant! I would have enjoyed watching you lay down the vocals for this tune. You really pour it on man.
Brock - "Marrow" is song that was one of the first written for the album, it's somber vibe really spoke to me and my mental head space, my wife really pulled me out of the darkest times of my life so I wrote this song about how much I've needed her to breathe her strength into me. My awesome friend Stephanie Plate from the band Thera graced us with her beautiful voice on the track.
MF - From what I read one of the first, if not THE first, European tour the band embarked on was with Killswitch Engage. What was that experience like? KSE is such a great band and trekking through Europe with those guys must have been incredible.
Brock - One of the greatest tours of my life, everyone was really young then and we had a total blast. Love all the fellas in the KSE camp!
MF - Next week the band heads overseas to start another European tour with dates in England, Germany, Switzerland and France before coming back to the states in March. I assume most of 2015 for 36 Crazyfists will be touring, touring, and more touring?
Brock - That is the plan, time to get our grind on!
MF - Brock, thanks again for the time and I’ll make you a deal. If 36 Crazyfists plays a gig in Philly the PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS are on me!!!
Brock - Ha that's a deal!!! Thx
36 Crazyfists "Also Am I"
Framing Hanley video for "Criminal"
Styx "Blue Collar Man" from "The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live" DVD
Our Last Enemy video for "Devour The Sun"
"Hotel California" from The Eagles "Unplugged"
Five Finger Death Punch "House of the Rising Sun" video
KYNG is getting ready to release their second full length album "Burn The Serum" on April 15th. Few bands have been able to accomplish what they have in such a short time. Since the release of their debut album "Trampled Sun" KYNG has garnered praise from critics for their music, praise from fans for their live performances, and respect from fellow musicians who have taken KYNG on tour with them.
On April 11th KYNG drummer PEPE CLARKE answered some of our questions before the band's performance in Pensacola, FL.
Musicfrenzy - Tonight you're in Pensacola, FL with Lacuna Coil, Eve to Adam, and Nothing More. Now that's a pretty diverse lineup. How¹s this leg of touring been going?
Pepe Clarke - "It's been great so far! All of the bands have been getting along great and it's been a lot of fun. It's definitely diverse, but I've always thought diversity makes for a great show."
MF - I saw Kyng live three times in 2012, once with Clutch, once with Megadeth, and then at Metallica¹s Orion Festival. Pretty unbelievable touring partners, especially for just having your debut album out.
PC - "We've been extremely lucky to have been a part of those amazing tours and that festival. All three of those bands are actually some of my favorite bands, so to tour with them is such an honor. They were all amazing experiences as musicians and as fans of those bands."
MF - Each time I see the band live I¹m so impressed at the big sound that spews from the stage from you three guys. Years of practice have gotten you to this sound I'm assuming?
PC - "I guess so. You know, bands that we love were essentially 3 piece bands with a singer. Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pantera; these were all one guitar, bass and drums and they all had a HUGE sound. We're basically that, except we have a guitar player who happens to be a great singer and a bass player who does amazing back up vocals."
MF - On Tuesday your second studio album "Burn The Serum" comes out and the title track is burning up satellite radios everwhere on Sirius XM Liquid Metal. The drums are massive, the bass is forceful, and there are about 32 different guitar time changes. Such a freakin killer track!! Some of the lyrics could be representative of my last two relationships!!! "Your words mean nothing to me". "You drag us to ruin now you¹re on your own".
PC - "I'm glad you dig it! SiriusXM has been a huge supporter of us, and we are beyond grateful for how they've helped the band out so much. Lyrically it's about people who act a certain way no matter how it affects others or themselves. I can see how it can translate into a relationship."
MF - "Electric Halo" is such a simple song musically but the way you guys pull it off, again there¹s just so much power behind it.
PC - "Thanks man. It's definitely a different song for us. People seem to be responding great to it and we're very happy to see people around the country singing along."
MF - Two pretty different songs, one somewhat simple, one much more complex. What else is there on the album??
PC - "There's a bit of everything on the album. There's rock, there's thrash, there's classic metal. It basically has bits and pieces of all of our musical influences."
MF - The in studio videos up on Youtube are so cool because you can see just how the songs came together.
PC - "It was definitely cool to see how those were put together. Jim (Rota) would take some studio footage here and there and people at the label chopped it up and made it into a bunch of cool video clips."
MF - On April 26 you play Fort Rock in Ft Meyers, FL. The next day you¹re in Jacksonville for Welcome to Rockville, and then the next day you hit the road for a string of shows with Kill Devil Hill and Crobot. Incredible list of shows!!
PC - "I know, man! We are very excited for those festivals. Florida loves it's heavy music, and we're happy to play down here! We are also beyond excited for the Kill Devil Hill/Crobot tour. We've heard nothing but good things about Crobot and KDH is an amazing band with great dudes. It should be a great run!"
MF - Are you guys always writing music or do wait until it¹s time to record to put pen to paper?
PC - "There's always ideas floating around that we mess with. I know Eddie is constantly writing in his head. He's got a phone full of riffs and melodies."
MF - With the 20th anniversary of Pantera's "Far Beyond Driven" I wanted to ask for your thoughts on the band, the album, their members.
PC - "Pantera is one of our biggest influences! The three of us love Pantera. Growing up, I memorized every single Pantera song and play along to them in my head. Vinnie Paul is one of my biggest influences. I basically taught myself to play drums with Pantera and Metallica. That makes the KDH tour even more awesome. Rex has been a huge KYNG supporter and we couldn't be more honored that he likes our band. We toured with HellYeah a couple of years ago and Vinnie was such a great dude! I had to let it sink in a few times that I was drinking with Vinnie Paul! Surreal. Now we just have to get Down to take us on the road!"
This final clip is a talk about SOiL's performance this September on the Rockaholica cruise with Korn, P.O.D. and Fuel.
Pics of SOiL from Rock On the Range 2012, taken by John Doan
Phil Anselmo and the Illegals are:
Philip H. Anselmo – voice and handmade special FX
Marzi Montazeri – axes and landscapes
Jose Manual Gonzalez – drumbeats
Bennett Bartley - GWB bassdose
Phil Anselmo and the Illegals "Bedridden" video