XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Hey everybody and thanks for having us here at XS ROCK
– Well the year has been very productive so far – back in the rehearsal-room playing new
songs and some old stuff too. Made some brand-new t-shirts and patches …
the concert schedule is still in the making, but hopefully we will play a few concerts in
Copenhagen later this year, and then will see… And we are still in making for the next music video for Foodchain Victim, which will be released later this year. But in the meantime, we can use the time to promote the band and our new album and hopefully make a ton of interviews ha-ha
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
We started back in late 2011 – Thomas Trold on guitar and vocals, Kent KillerHertz on drums and two former members Tais Pedersen on lead guitar and Stefan Staff on bass. Some of us had sold all our equipment, so we started rehearsing once a week on borrowed instruments. Along the way we have had some changes in our line-up. The two new spots are now filled in with Jonas Roxx on lead guitar and Jakob Nielsen on bass.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Mainly from watching MTV in the 80´s – You wanted to be a Rockstar, just by watching those videos at that time! That was the first step. The second step was that we had an old youth club, with a typical rehearsal room containing broken or warn out instruments – but they had what we needed – spending all possible hours playing. Those days really had a significant impact in wanting to play music, and being in a band
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
We came from different bands, such as Saturnus, Pitch Black and Morbid Vision, meaning we mostly played trash and death metal. But after a few years break we were eager to start a band together – and in the rock genre instead. We had already some ideas, which quickly turned in to a few songs, and in 2014 our first album came out called “Killer Anthem”. The second album came in 2017 called “Mirrors Portrait”.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
All songs have a mix of expression, so if you feel joyfulness, perhaps a bit of sadness, or the urge to just rock n roll – that’s why listeners/readers needs to check out our music.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
The big goal is to play some bigger venues, like festivals and to play abroad – Perhaps a small tour.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
All are fun to make – but the main goal has always been able to perform live – so playing for a live audience is most preferable.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The lyrics has a wide life expression, containing personally experiences, crisis, broken relationships, people in general, who we are and so on…Death, life and love are mainly the subjects through our songs, which most people can relate to. But whatever comes to mind and perhaps depending on which emotional stage you’re in as a writer.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Practice, rehearsals and a good health…
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Well there are always stories to tell…some impossible to retell or too far out, but we have this cover song we use to play at the end of our shows, where some of our female fans tends to show breasts during the song…definitely a perfect crowd pleaser ha-ha … like onetime Kent KillerHertz slept for three hours on a toilet seat after a gig, we thought he went home, but he later woke up to an empty bar and had to take a cap home Ha-ha and of course when Thomas Trold took a plastic bag over his head and almost choked himself on our way to the next show…that was hilarious ha-ha
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Fans in the audience who wanted autographs after the show – We wrote on their skin, and afterwards they told us they would get them tattooed…
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
We started playing in a band at the age of 13, and they have always been supportive from the start – hoping that someday it would turn into something bigger….
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Be more serios about playing music, be committed and be ambitious. Most important is being true to yourself and remember to keep your feet on the ground.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Well all of them, each song has its charm – but it´s always more exciting to play new material and songs that we haven’t played in a long time. as long as we can maintain a good vibe and energy in that particular song, we will play it.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Our inspiration and influence thrives mostly through classic bands and artists from the 70´s, 80´s and 90´s, such as Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Motley, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Merciful Fate etc. – the era of that time has had a significant influence on all of us, some of the best albums are made in that period!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Megadeth – Metallica – The KillerHertz – Motley Crue
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Well, our new album has a more modern, polished sound too it, if you compare it with our first two releases. Our sound has improved significant, our way of playing as a band, our internal understandings when it comes to writing music and rehearsals. We have definitely improved on all parameters, so that would be greatest accomplishment so far, and it will hopefully bring the band into a new era.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Im an educated Gartner and Environmental Technologist, so pursuing a career has always been a priority beside playing in a band.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Thomas Trold – ESP guitars, Peavey amplifier, Marshall cabs and Boss pedals
Kent KillerHertz – Yamaha drums, Meinl cymbals, Vic Firth sticks
Jonas Roxx – Les Paul custom guitars, Marshall amps and cabs, Boss and Dunlop pedals
Jakob Bo Nielsen – Musicman Stingray basses – Trace Elliott amp – Sans Amp BDDI pedals
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Due to the world situation, the music scene is a bit tight in Denmark – and we can only speculate on what will happen afterwards…. some of our venues is already suffering, and will only survive through crowdfunding
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Im single ha-ha
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
We would very much appreciate more people to our fanbase, so for everybody who haven’t heard us – go visit our Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/thekillerhertzband/
and our Spotify page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/34OSYqZbS1HnV5iacHUH1Y?si=SSW87ozXRXWS-aRQuZUGKw
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thanks for having us and have a blessed day