We all know the stories about the mysterious creature, named Bigfoot or Sasquatch (Indian language). Only a few people have seen this giant animal with their own two eyes, but the reports have one thing in common. It's a huge living muscular thing with long coat and a strange behaviour. Well, most of this properties can be be also said about the power heavy rock trio SASQUATCH. Their 70's tinged heaviness got huge muscular riffs, and excellent hooklines with rough and charismatic vocals on top. A few weeks ago, Small Stone Records released the debut of SASQUATCH and it's a high-quality album that will knock off all fans of heavy rock. As I said before, they are of course 70's influenced, by not retro. They have added a very modern sound to their earthy bulldozing rock, but are still aware of the roots. All in all, they have convinced me so much that is was time to make an interview with SASQUATCH, and I talked with Keith Gibbs (g/voc.).Read on, so that you can tell your children, lovers and friends........I've seen it.........
Hey Keith! First off, a big praise for the excellent self-titled debut album of Sasquatch, released by Small Stone Records. How do you feel about the debut? Is it exactly the result you wanted?
For the most part yes. Going in we really wanted a straight forward, heavy rockin record. No bells and whistles for this one. We do wish we had more time to turn the knobs and find more tones with some different microphone placements and recording techniques but all in all we are very happy with the way it turned out. For the next release were going to institute a bit more recording variety.
The band was formed in 2001, but Sasquatch sounds, as if you were playing for years. What's the reason for it? Only a good workin' chemistry within the band or does any of the members had made other musical experiences in previous groups?
Practice. practice, practice, and the simple fact that we as a group have a very strong chemistry. We're all brothers inside as well as outside of the band, which makes us even tighter.
For me, the album is a more than just a solid forceful mesh of 70's Rock, heavy Rock 'n 'Roll, Metal and Southern Blues, due to the reason that Sasquatch are talented song-writers instead of just adding one heavy riff to the next without any concept. How important are tasteful hook lines for the band?
Very important, it's all about the songs and i mean that. All of us are big fans of songwriting and singers, and hopefully that comes out in the way we write our music.
Sasquatch is a so-called power-trio. What do you think about this term and was it planned right from the start or more by chance to play as a three-piece?
I'm fine with the term, I think it describes us perfectly. We had all been in a bunch of four and five pieces in the past and was never really satisfied with the singers, so i just decided to do it myself. Plus the checks divide up much nicer.