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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
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Philip H. Anselmo – voice and handmade special FX
Marzi Montazeri – axes and landscapes
Jose Manual Gonzalez – drumbeats
Bennett Bartley - GWB bassdose
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