Hi there. Congratulations to your great debut album. It kicks some ass. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
I’m really surprised by how positive it’s mostly been. We’ve taken our music seriously from day one, but at the end of the day we started it fun. The fact that the public and the press dig it is just the icing on the cake.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Most of the people and press would like to describe your sound like a copy of Down/The Obsessed/Corrosion of Conformity what do you think about it?
Writing is a very selfish thing for us. When we’re working on song ideas, it’s just about us making music for ourselves. So I wouldn’t say we care about anyone else when it comes to that. When we’re playing live on the other hand, we rely on the audience as much as we rely on each other to present the good vibes you need for having a good show and a good time. We want to get a rise of the audience, whether it’s making people dance, start a riot or tap their foot. So for that, yes, we care how the fans feel. As for the other question, I wouldn’t say we copy any band. We do have the passion for the blues, heavy music and bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Flag etc. But I think we have a very different way of writing. It also makes a big deal that the dude who was in two of the three bands produced our record. But it’s alright for people to paint us in a corner, because that gives us the chance to do things on purpose to surprise the fuck out of them. That’s what second records are for.
….and how would you describe your own music?
As a musical fruit blender. Seriously, I’d like to think of us as just Rock and Roll, with a passion for the blues and a hint of Bukowski. Music that has feeling and makes people feels all sorts of things.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you – you´re a brand new band. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
The band started with Zac (voc.) and myself (Anm. d. Red. George – guit) with no intentions besides hanging out and writing music. A little while later we got Joey (drums), played a bunch of shows and just kept writing ‘till we felt we had what we wanted for a record.
What is the message of "my Uncle the Wolf" – the album and of the “untypical” band name?
Do whatever you want. We do whatever we want when it comes to our lives and music, so I guess it has to do with your own personal freedom and independence. We named the album My Uncle The Wolf because those 11 songs reflect what the band is supposed to represent, not because we couldn’t think of a better name. But now we’re fucked because if we can’t think of a better name for future albums we can’t just leave it self-titled.
My favourite songs are "March of the Hung", “Least Amount of Man” and the Core-Metal track “The: Forty Six”. Can you tell me something about these songs, some histories about the lyrics and song writing process?
Those are from our earlier batch of songs. I guess that’s why they are the most straightforward musically. You could read the lyrics anyway you want. To me the songs are about relationships with other people. It’s not about our own stories, but making the listener relate the songs to them selves.
How and why did you choose the album cover, is there a further meaning behind it?
The man on the cover is whoever you want him to be, and whoever he can get away with being. In sounds weird, but he’s the main character in the story that is the record. There’s definitely a meaning to all the art, but it’s what you see in it that’s important. Our drummer Joey did all that artwork himself, and even though he went crazy doing it, the finished product was well worth it.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you, wWhere do you get your inspirations from?
Zac comes up with all the lyrics, and he can write them before we have the music, while we’re creating the music, or at the last minute while he’s recording his parts. That’s why I think every song is refreshing and different. My favourite lyrics are probably in “Sophia.” I love the lyrics from the build up in “Double Barrel Blues” too when Zac repeats “better load your gun.” I think it’s a beautiful melody, and it’s a great metaphor for what we’re about. Come to think of it, we could probably make a shit load of money if we sold that song to the NRA, but that’s not what the song is about.
Jimmy Bower has produced the record, why him?! Which studio you choose and how do you get in contact with him? Well, I think it was the right decisions, but maybe he did the typical Down/Doom Core Metal Sound for you - & a great job?
We were friends with Jim before anything related to the band ever came up. We’d fly to New Orleans to hang out and jam, and he’d always give us his brutally honest opinion. One day we told him we felt ready to do a full record, and he offered his services off the bat. A few months later we flew down to Balance Studios in the backwoods of Louisiana to concentrate on the record and nothing else. Jim has such a unique style that it definitely bled through on our record. But I really think we’re all really happy with the sounds that we got. That being said, we’ll never be happy enough where we won’t explore sounds to make the next record sound different, and more like us than anything else. Jim really taught us what to do and more importantly not do when making your first record. By making it as solid as possible, we can do whatever the fuck we want now. Looking back on it a year later, it was such a fucking fun thing to do I wouldn’t change a thing.
Any plans for some further stuff of "My Uncle the Wolf " like singles, video, DVD etc. in future?
We’re shooting a video for ‘Double Barrel Blues’ in a few weeks, which is going to be really cool. We’ve got a great director for it, who really gets the vibes we’re going for. There are a lot of other things we’re working on in the coming months until we begin recording the next record, but they’re all a secret, ha ha. We’re really keeping busy, ‘cause you know what they say about idle time.
I would like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influences?
I started taking blues guitar lessons, Greek bouzouki lessons and joined the school Jazz band all around the same time. So my mind is just a cluster fuck. Joey (drums) got a few lessons when we young from the dude from Twisted Sister, and that’s why we can’t get him to throw out the cowbell. Zac (voc.) and Jeff (bass) have that really natural/self-taught way of playing. We all come from really different backgrounds of playing, but I guess that’s what makes it interesting.
How important is it for you to play live on stage? Is it possible to see you in Germany soon; which band would you like to support?
Playing live for us is fun as hell because we make it a point to do whatever we want. That’s were all the structure and formality of writing and recording goes out the window and we just have a good time and jam. Improvising live is like oiling the machine, we get to make the old songs different and interesting, and try out new stuff to see how well it works outside of the seclusion of our studio. That being said, if we didn’t make our lives shows that interesting and dangerous, I’d fucking hate playing out. We’ll be in Germany and a bunch of other countries in Europe this summer, and we can’t wait. There’s not really one band I’d die to open for, but I’m looking forward to maybe doing some festivals. Er, maybe I’d like to open for Hannah Montana, because it would be hilarious and just awkward for everyone involved.
The Metalglory-Crew is looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best wishes to you all. Thanks and good lock with the album.
Thanks a lot. We’ll see you very soon.