American Wrecking Company interview

Today I’m talking wit the guys in American Wrecking Company. The band is comprised of TJ Cornelius – Vocals, Randy Bebich – Guitar, Ben Reynard – Guitar, Jeff Bloomfield – Bass Guitar and Dylan Hickey – Drums. If you like your music heavy, you have to check out American Wrecking Company….you won’t be disappointed.

XS Rock: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Dylan:  Our new album “Everything and Nothing” will be releasing mid august. Distributed by Pavement Music! Current show coming up with our label brothers Hed Pe and Dope next month! Tour plans are in the works as well!

 

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Jeff: I started band in Tacoma WA 2006.  I Handpicked musicians that would be on the same page and the rest is history. Started playing night clubs and touring Oregon and Washington after writing 10 songs. They released an EP in 2010, that immediatley sold out. In 2013 we released full album through Mental Itch Records, “Wreckage of the Past”.   At that time we were put on  Spotify, Itunes and Pandora.  I designed the Logo to be a cross between the presidential emblem and a biker’s lettering on a Patch, but with a little wickedness.  Our merchandise sells before we can even stock it.

 

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Dylan: The intensity of Playing live and the fun and love for playing drums and music
Ben: It’s been something I’ve wanted to do ever since the first time I heard the Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhodes Tribute album.

 

American Wrecking Company interviewXS ROCK: What is your music background?
Ben: Started out playing trombone for middle school band. By the time I was 14 I decided I had to play guitar. Quit school band, and started saving up for my first guitar. Jammed around for years but never found anybody serious until I met Jeff [Bloomfield]. He had just moved up to Seattle from L.A. in the early 90s and was looking to put Aggression Core together. Loved where his head was at but wasn’t into the kinda stuff he was playing at the time. Had a kid, got married and fell out of the scene for a long ass minute. Years later I bump into this crazy ass bass player [Jeff] at Ozzfest and he’s still at it, got this crazy ass new band American Wrecking Company. So it wasn’t long before I started going to a few shows and supporting my old buddy’s band. After a few years and some line up changes, the day came when I noticed they were down one guitar player. Asked Jeff about it after the show and he tells me they’re looking for another guitar player. Before I knew it, my hand shot up and I said “Dude I’ll do it!”. Picked up the best gear I could get for my budget and went to work, ain’t stopped since.
Dylan:  I have been playing drums since the age of 3. I had always been a solo player until I made the move to Seattle to get myself in the popular music scene that I always wanted to be apart of. I got introduced to these guys a year after being in Seattle and the rest is history! I couldn’t be happier with this group of great musicians.
TJ:  I was born into music. There are musicians on both sides of my family so it’s pretty much in my blood.

 

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
TJ:  Our music is about the human condition, about things that people go through but have a hard time expressing. We try to make our content relative, especially lyrically but also our music is made to move you. You can feel the groove and intensity.

 

XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
Dylan:  Having a successful album release and getting out on tour with great bands
Ben: Practice, play shows, save up money, tour, write, record, release, rinse and repeat.

 

XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?American Wrecking Company interview
Jeff:  Arenas and Festivals, Worldwide Exposure.  Keeping on writing, playing and entertaining.
Ben: See above only add until we’re dead.
Dylan: Touring for a living, making the dream a reality.

 

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
TJ:  Considering the fact that we consider ourselves entertainers, I would definitely say playing live shows! There’s something to be said about being on stage in front of a crowd absorbing your energy and rockin out to your music! That sensation is priceless!!!

 

XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
TJ:  Our music is about the human condition, about things that people go through but have a hard time expressing. We try to make our content relative, especially lyrically but also our music is made to move you. You can feel the groove and intensity. Although most of it is a little bit more on the aggressive end of the scale it’s something people can latch onto and understand and hear the lyrical content say I know how that feels I’ve been there I felt that it’s relative, it’s real ,and it’s genuine

 

American Wrecking Company interviewXS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Ben: Oh man! That would be our first mini tour for our last CD. We we’re invited to play a show at the Retro theater in Glendive,  Montana by our friends Steve and Kristi Bury. As if it wasn’t bad ass enough we we’re staying with these awesome people in their awesome place above their off the rails awesome store Hellcreek Music – the only music, rock and roll wear -slash comics, novelties and dinosaur bones exhibit with a fucking T-rex skeleton in existence… No, once we’re done with our set the crowd treated us like actual rock stars! I mean,  once we got off stage we we’re signing everything! Flyers, postcards, CDs, tee shirts, guitar picks, boobies, babies, and one guitar! What I hadn’t realized was this town is fairly large but very isolated. The nearest city is roughly 200 miles in any direction. The gratitude they expressed for us coming to their town was both overwhelming and humbling! By the time the last autograph was signed and everyone had left we’re helping our friends lock up the place. Final sweep of the theater finds no stragglers but someone left an unopened can of energy drink on a table. “Quick, someone claim it before we’re asked to sign it!” So we decide to hit one of the bars a few doors down and quess who’s there… at least 50 people from show! These guys wouldn’t let us pay for nothing! There was much Karaoke, games and even more beer!

 

XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Dylan:  Huge support. Couldn’t of done it without them!
TJ:  My family has always encouraged me to do what I love. I’m very fortunate in that matter.
Ben: When I was younger, not so much. Now days my parents are very supportive, even if what we play is way too heavy for them. (Lol)

 

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Randy:  Health for Wealth, The burning, Uphill climb, Day of shame, Enemy.
Dylan: Everything and Nothing, Day of shame and Divine
Jeff:  Everything and Nothing, Enemy, The Burning, Health for Wealth, From Grace.
Ben:  Mine are Start a War and Invaded from our last album. Enemy and Mad by Design from our latest.

 

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
TJ:  Performing wasn’t always my strong point, as a child I was very meek and withdrawn. Around my sophomore year of high school I began to recognize my reclusive behavior and not see the validity behind them. I began to change myself and build my personal confidence. Slowly and surely I began to push myself to be more open and be more of what I wanted from myself. I was tired of hiding.
Ben: Lead Guitar:   Randy Rhodes. Hard to explain, something about the Live Ozzy Osbourne Tribute album that just seemed to set my soul on fire.
Jeff:  Pantera, just felt it.
Dylan:  Morgan Rose from Sevendust is a huge inspiration to play live. Some of the best stage presence behind a kit that I have ever witnessed. I push to entertain our fans the same way.

 

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Randy:  Korn, Devildriver, Mudvayne
TJ:  Talk about a loaded question! If could …the bands I would choose would be the original line-up of Sepultura, Gojira, Messhuggah and Lamb of God…I could die after playing that show and have died a completed man!!!
Dylan:  Probably Hellyeah, Korn and Slipknot
Ben: Slayer, Lamb of God, American Wrecking Company, and the most bad ass local band from every city opening up every show.
Jeff:  Agree with all the above, pretty much covered it!

 

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
TJ:  My greatest accomplishment thus far in my life is this band…I’m proud of us and can’t wait to answer that question again in 5 years!!!
Dylan:  Drums: Playing in this band and having the experience to play with some of my favorite bands such as Hatebreed and Fear Factory.
Randy:  Getting signed to Pavement Records
Jeff:  Keeping this band together for over 10 years.

 

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
TJ:  A very lame and mundane one…hahaha!
Dylan:  Possibly studio work.
Jeff:  Building Sci-Fi models for film industry.
Ben: Either distilling my own whiskey or doing voiceover work. Maybe both.

 

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Dylan:  Pearl Masters Custom Studio. Trick pro1v pedals, Pro mark sticks,  all Paiste cymbals.
Ben: DBZ guitars, DDT strings, and a Line 6/Bogner head with a Mesa cabinet.
Randy:  Evh 5150 iii amp, Diamond 4×12 cab, Jericho Avenger Spalted Maple Guitar
Jeff:  Specter Euro Bass- 5 String. Ampeg SVT Pro 4 head, 4×10 HE, 4×10 HLF Cabinets, and shit ton of Testosterone, from France (jk)

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jeff:  Wish more people would come out and support live music more, and not just on weekends.
Dylan:  I can’t speak on a national standpoint but the Seattle scene is amazing and growing! Full of great musicians and bands!
Randy:  Flooded with crap.

 

American Wrecking Company interviewXS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Randy:  I’ve been an elevator mechanic for the last 17 yrs
Dylan:  A lot of people just seem to be surprised I play in a metal band (chuckles) and that is usually the thing I tell people because promotion is key!
Ben: That I like to practice yoga and tai chi and love cats.
Jeff:  A Sci-Fi Geek, Predators, Aliens, Star Wars… Collector and Builder..

 

XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Dylan:  Heavy, in your face. Nu metal/hardcore.
TJ:  Our music is about the human condition, about things that people go through but have a hard time expressing. We try to make our content relative, especially lyrically but also our music is made to move you. You can feel the groove and intensity. Although most of it is a little bit more on the aggressive end of the scale it’s something people can latch onto and understand and hear the lyrical content say I know how that feels I’ve been there I felt that it’s relative, it’s real ,and it’s genuine

 

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jeff:  Thank you so very much for all your support and keep buying the music and the Merch!! We are here for you!!!
Ben: Thank you for all your support, fuck hate, and if you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Ben: Thank you it was an honor.

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