Regarding the "Maryland sound"...there is not too many bands these days that do this sound when you look at how many Doom bands are active these days. And most of these bands are the old bands or new bands formed by people that cultivated that sound. Do you think that this kind of sound still gets a little overlooked (with the exception of Wino's bands of course)?
Well, the "Maryland sound" is just the traditional doom sound. I think European traditional doom has its own qualities. And if you are not talking about desert rock or San Francisco type shit, then the american style all share similar things in common. As far as true "Maryland sound", it seems to all come from that region of Gaithersburg/Rockville/Frederick general area. And a lot of those dudes are quite old now, so the younger bands have to pop up and do something special.
I have seen Wino so many times over the years, I got to say his playing live trumps any record! He shreds the guitar so fast and well, he is in the league of like Yngwie Malmsteen, or whoever. So that kind of talent will always keep Maryland-type doom on the map. And I don't think its been overlooked, it is still always quality coming from there. Hell, you know that Oddy, you have been to Deathfest and such. But also it is been popular in Germany 'cause of the Hellhound label in the 90s. Plus Europeans have style and bite! Ya'll know whats good.
I have been to the first Doom Or Be Doomed. But yeah, I know what you mean. Back from the general talk to the Leather Nun. What is up next for you guys?
Oh, yeah Doom Or Be Doomed. I luv it. What's next is a new album again, starting in a couple of months but could take a good while. We will switch producers and studios again, so it should be cool. There has been Europen tour talk with Alunah, who didn't think they would clear enough money for petrol. That sounds suspect to me because last time if we didn't have to pay our flights we would have made out quite well. Not knocking them, they are on Psychedoomelic. But maybe its just not the right time for them.
So that brings us to Gallow God. They are my favorite right now and the best act on Psychedoomelic's roster. They have been asked to tour in our behalf. And we are hopeful it can happen. Would take a while to organize though. And they just replaced their bass player, so I'm sure they are sorting alot right now. But they are our first choice. And there has been talk of regional bands joining the tour for one off gigs in France and Germany. The bands being Germany's Tortured Spirit and Britain's Iron Void. Now that would be a mini doom festival right there!
So, let us get a bit teeny-metal-mag like. I sometimes like shit like that. Best Maryland/D.C. band with no Wino involvement?
Well, it would have to be Earthride! By the way, they never tour enough. There is huge demand for them in California, and the never come out. But, if that is no good because Dave was in Spirit Caravan, then I take Unorthodox! And Dale Flood, Wino etc. went to my highschool, Wooten, in Rockville Maryland. Saw them play on numerous occasions, when I was still in junior high.
Best riff you have recorded yet?
Aw man, I dunno? I guess it's 'The Oath' off of 'All Your Kin'! It is a Wino rip-off riff from the 'Dreamwheel' Ep. It sounded sooooo similar I added all that delayed intro soloing to it, for a mild disguise.
Haha. What is the favourite song you recorded?
Ohhhhh, Jesus! Tough questions man. I would have to pick 'Final Resting Ritual' off of our 'Absence Of Light' album. Once again Wino rip-off riffs. The main riff comes from some Hidden Hand type of stuff, I came up with after listening to their last album. And the second riff is a rip from 'Jug Fulla Sun', one of the instrumentals.
Ha, thought I ask you because I got asked by a fellow musician lately and he was irritated that my fave riff was not in my fave song. At least I am not alone. What was the most irritating or disturbing situation/habit you witnessed while touring Europe?
Oh, see. We are twins. Hey, I love Europe. I dunno how you feel about the States, cause you have been to Maryland. But the most anoying thing was traveling with a drunken idiot for a drummer. And him being rude and basically what Europeans would call a "typical American". He was a jerk to the people who were helping us, and he is gone now. But I could live in Europe though. Germany and Austria, I'd totally be comfortable there!
I was thinking more about European habit/behaviour. When I came back from the States my biggest concern for example was the lack of salt and vinegar chips in Germany.
Oh, I don't know. People are the same the world over. I can't give you any bad European behaviour traits. Other than the English van driver and Iron Hearse's buddy left us in a Belgian shopping mall for 3 hours while they went out looking to buy large amounts of regular tobacco. I guess its cheaper there than in England. But, I too am pissed off about the lack of salt and vinegar chips in So Cal. WTF?
Thanks for the interview, buddy.