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"
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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
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