Slagduster (Band Interview)
Today we chat to the lads from Slagduster.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Just four chumps that live in a small town and were forced to form a band with the only common bond being a love for intense music. We quickly put together our first album, hit the road a bunch, played a lot of cool shows along with some terrible ones. Now here we are, baby.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)
Alex is one year music schooled. So he believes in right and wrong when it comes to writing music. The rest of us tell him to “cram it ugly”. (he’s actually very handsome)
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
We’re always inspired to create something different. We like to maintain a heavy sound, but our music is very much groove based. It’s kind of like one of those treasure trolls. wild hair, hideous face, weird rubbery body and a precious gem in the belly button.
How did you go about making it?
We wrote and did pre production for about 4 years because we don’t get along and you gotta get it right. Then we recorded at our bassist’s studio which took about a year because we don’t like each other and you gotta get it right.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along?
Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works? Compromise is a big one. We do a lot of that. We are very meticulous with our song writing, so every idea is thoroughly explored.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
Joe has his own custom Spaun Co. drum kit with Soultone Cymbals. Alex has a bunch of expensive new age stuff including an Axe FX II that he never uses, but his huge rack takes up space in the van. He does put it on display for sexy/cool factor at our shows though.
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
We’re just a bunch of leeches trying to take your money and sleep on your floor. Hopefully we entertain you before taking advantage of you.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Depreciated value of music is lame. Increased promotion and exposure of a more diverse spectrum of genres would be nice.
Any advice for new bands?
Do something different than what Iron Maiden did and does.
Any last words for our readers?
Check out our new album ‘Deadweight‘ coming out May 5’th! Shoot us a smile or drop us a line sometime if you dig it.