So sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. You are blessed with amazing musician ship of some bands that you can’t just not cover them. This month truly is blessed with
these guys after airing them on a show that I had featuring TheDavid Garlow… So Dave, this one is for you..
Thank you for the continued inspiration in the music scene for its people like you that have me writing now, something I thought that I would never do.
Q) How did you come up with your band name? Explain the name of your band.
A) Our former vocalist Andrew Hurlbut, who also happens to be the brother of our bass player/current vocalist Barry Hurlbut, came up with the name. It had a mythological tie in to it, and plus we liked some of the definitions we came across. We had a few names floating around, but we decided to go with that one.
Q) Tell us the brief history of your band. How did you guys meet?
A) We’ve all been friends for a very long time and have played in various groups and projects together in the past. We were (and still are) all fans of one another’s musical prowess, so it only seemed fitting that we would all end up in the same group.
Q) Being in a band can be a bit like an out of body experience, how do you stay grounded?
A) We are really just a group of regular guys with day jobs and families, and our drive to write and create music in itself is one of the things that keeps us grounded. We do not put ourselves up on a pedestal by any means when it comes to working with other bands or especially engaging and connecting with our fans. Humility is what it’s all about.
Q) How do you describe your music to people?
Q) What image do you think your music conveys?
A) We don’t really think about things like that to be honest. We write what makes us feel good, and hopefully our fans and fans of metal music dig it and can connect with it. We want it to hit and resonate with them the same it does with us.
Q) Are you looking for an independent label deal or major? Why?
A) Obviously, a major label deal would be the ticket. But realistically, with the state of the industry, a distribution deal would be ideal. Be it a major or independent, something to aid us in getting our music out there in the ears of more people and at the same time keeping artistic control and all that in our hands.
Q) Describe your sound. What makes you unique or different?
A) When writing, we try to avoid the “formulas” that make a lot of groups in the metal genre sound the same. Let’s be honest, when speaking of some of the greats before us, it can be difficult to consider things “ground breaking” in this day and age. We certainly feel like we carry our own brand though in the vast numbers of groups currently operating.
Q) If you could give one piece of advice to other Indie groups, what would that be?
A) Do what you want. Stay true to yourself, your roots, and the music you create. Fuck everyone else.
Q) Tell me the funniest, wackiest thing to ever happen to you during a gig?
A) Hahah okay. Well, during the infamous “bath salts” epidemic last year, we came face to face with this guy who had taken some. We were all fortunate enough to not have our faces eaten off. This guy was laying half on the stage, on his back, looking up at us with this crazed look on his face and mouthing something to us. We were just into our second song of the set and this dude was going crazy. He got off the stage and just stared at each of us, then started running around the crowd like a maniac, trying to avoid security. We all just looked at one another and laughed. It was definitely interesting, and something that’ll stick with us hahah.
Q) Who are your musical influences?
A) There are far too many to list. We’re music fans first and foremost so it’s a pretty broad array as well. A few examples though would be Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin…any of the staples of the rock and metal genre.
Q) What are you listening to lately?
A) Lately, anything in the range from bands like Mastodon, Red Fang, and Ghost, to Pestilence, Gorguts, and Gojira. And of course the classics.
Q) What inspires you to do what you do?
A) Music at this point has pretty much become not only what we do, but who we are, and it’s hard to picture that not being a part of our lives. Also, the power that music has, especially metal music, to help lift you up and get oneself through hard times. We’ve all had music there to help us during dark times, and it’s been great to hear from fans that our music has done that for them as well.
Q) Is there anything else you wanted to add that I didn’t mention … What’s in store for the future?
A) We are currently looking forward to bangin’ out a few killer shows this summer, first up playing at one of our favourite local venues The Lost Horizon with Devil You Know and Butcher Babies when they come through town. We are also preparing to enter the studio to cut a follow up to our SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winning record, ‘The Beyond Killer,’ which we released last year. We’ve got some new material that we’re excited about and itching to release later this year.
Q) Where can people find your stuff?