Nuclear Oath (Interview)
Today we speak to the lads from Nuclear Oath.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
The band was started by Nick, Zack, and Brandon. Shortly after their vocalist quit Pete was asked to join, and shortly after that Pete told me they needed a bass player so I tried out for the band. (Nate)
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
-Self taught (Pete)
– I have two and a half years of organ lessons and one year of guitar lessons. Other then that I am mostly self taught (Nate)
So what can you tell us about your latest album?
– Definitely tells a story to each song and was either create thru thought or feelings (Pete)
– Our upcoming album has a very diverse sound. We all have different influences and we decided to use that to our advantage. I will say we do have a lot of groove throughout a good chunk of our material (Nate)
How did you go about making it?
-Our bass player is our producer so he is the man to ask, but feels good to do it this way, (Pete)
– The album is a combination of different methods of writing, Some songs have been around since before we release “Ashes of the Unborn” but we wanted to refine them a bit more. Others are tracks that we wrote together riff by riff in the Jam space, and others are tracks the Nick, Zack, or myself wrote almost completely. For those we recorded scratch tracks and sat down together to work on the final structure of the songs. (Nate)
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
– We are definitely one of those bands who trues different things, there’s no label on this sound an i like how versatile the songs are (Pete)
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
– Nick and Zack play 6 and 7 string guitars through half stacks, nothing too fancy. I believe Nick uses a Boss FX pedal for his tone. I just use a cheap Douglas 6 string bass through a bass amp. I also capo on the 3rd fret when the guys switch to our 6 string material. (Nate)
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
-Prob some features of some bros from bands we support also, lots behind us so we wanna show that and have some killa features (Pete)
– Didgeridoos! But in all honesty i wouldn’t mind maybe working on adding more backing instruments for atmosphere for intros and outros to help with the vibe a bit more on record. I love how organs or keys, or even strings can add a certain feel to a track. (Nate)
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
-I like to stay versatile and try new things been working with couple rap artist collabin rap/metal its fun to just experiment (Pete)
– I have been working on a solo album for a few years now, Its just a bunch of old ideas i wrote over the past few years that i wanted to refine and release just for the sake of doing so. With that I have been honoured to have some really good friends of mine that I have met in scene over the past few years agree to feature on it with is awesome. I hope to have it done by summer or fall of this year. (Nate)
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
-Have a good time let the messages out whether through struggle or uplifting, don’t fake an image just be yourself (Pete)
– Express yourself. We are people who best voice ourselves through our music, so do what you feel works for you to be able to continue to have the passion to fully express yourself in your music. (Nate)
Where do you stand on music videos?
-I like the idea of making music videos it keep the listener more interested as the music is still being played well there is a story being shown, or just a funny ass clips to keep u watching, (Pete)
-Love them, not much of a fan of the usual video where its just the band playing along to the song, but with that even those can be done really well sometimes (Nate)
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
-More chances for the locals to be heard whether its the local radio station or big events in town (Pete)
– I would love to see more of the Larger acts touring Western Canada more often, and hopefully see an increase in opportunity for newer bands to be heard and seen because of that (Nate)
Any advice for new bands?
-Don’t rush into just wanting to play shows an get out there, work on building the relationship of the band and the tightness of the songs, (Pete)
– I have to agree with Pete, take the time to work on your art. Your music. Maybe even record a demo before you play your first show to really make sure you are tight and ready. Make your first few shows count. (Nate)
Here are some generic questions. Star Wars or Star Trek?
-Star wars (Pete)
– Star Wars (Nate)
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
-Depends on the era and style (Nate)
Books or Comics?
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
-Be sure to follow Nuclear Oath on facebook to keep up to date with our progress on the album as well as updated information to our upcoming shows. We will be releasing “Toxic Playground” on June 9th across every online platform we can. And be sure to go and get your tickets for this years Loud As Hell festival! (Nate)
Any last words for our readers?
-Do what makes you feel fulfilled, and enjoy the moments in which you feel that fulfilment. (Nate)