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Today, I had the chance to talk with all of the members of the band ScreamKing. The band is comprised of Joe Lawson- lead vocals, Rafael Hernandez-guitars,vocals, John Seyring-bass, vocals and Tom Cox-drums. They have a recently released full on metal album entitled “Tyranny Of The Sea”. Check out my interview with the guys below:
XS Rock: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Joe: We are currently on tour in support of the Tyranny of the Sea record across the midwest.
XS Rock: How long has the band been together?
Rafael: Since 2013.
XS Rock: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Tom: Drummers like Tommy Lee, bands like Motley Crue, Megadeth, Metallica, at a young age.
XS Rock: What is your music background?
Bob: I started out playing thrash metal guitar at the age of 11 and currently I enjoy fusion and instrumental music as well.
XS Rock: What image do you think your music conveys?
Rafael: It conveys a diverse image of multiple styles of music.
XS Rock: What are your immediate music career goals?
Joe: To play in support of the new record through the end of the year and then start writing and pre production on a another new record in 2018.
XS Rock: What are your long-term career goals?
Joe: To continue building a stronger fanbase worldwide and play over seas for our fans across the world.
XS Rock: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Rafael: We enjoy doing both, they both have their place and rewarding in different ways.
XS Rock: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Joe: A wide variety of themes ranging from Historical events to fictional stories to personal events.
XS Rock: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
John: Our most recent touring story would include our breaks going out hauling our trailer
no vacancy in any hotels in Milwaukee besides a run down Econolodge a late load out and early checkout onto the next show in the Chicago area.
XS Rock: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Rafael: Considering were an original band we don’t generally get asked anything to strange thankfully.
XS Rock: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Tom: 110% yes
XS Rock: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Bob: Cannibals of Sacrifice, Warhorse and Black Jackal.
XS Rock: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Joe: Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, King Diamond and Bruce Dickinson because they inspired me and pushed me to become the best that I could be.
XS Rock: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
ScreamKing: Testament, Megadeth, Death Angel, Sepultura, Judas Priest.
XS Rock: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Joe: Persevering through multiple lineup changes, releasing 2 albums and refusing to give up and opening for some big well respected national acts.
XS Rock: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Joe: It wouldn’t matter because without music in my life I would not be happy.
XS Rock: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
ScreamKing: Dbz guitars, Granger custom amps, Line 6 amps, Bugera amps and Pdp drums Shure microphones.
XS Rock: What do you think of the current music scene?
Joe: It varies from state to state and presents many different challenges today.
XS Rock: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
John: That I served in the Army and Air Force both.
XS Rock: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Joe: No Genres no boundaries just good Metal!
XS Rock: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
ScreamKing: Thank you for all your continued support and we hope to see you on the Tyranny Tour and we look forward to writing the next record and chapter of ScreamKing.
XS Rock: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XSRock!
Rafael: Thank you.