XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Keith: Our new single, “Dust to Dust” just released to all the streaming services on April 29th. We are following that up with a music video release on May 6th that was shot at The Kitchen Recording Studios in Dallas, TX. We are about to release our full-length album “The Color Within” in June to all streaming services. We also have vinyl records and CD’s that can be bought from our website at http://www.theintemperatesons.com. We’ve got a big show planned in Dallas on June 25 to release our album at Six Springs Tavern.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Keith: We’ve been together since 2019 when we got together, at the time, to start writing an EP with a collection of songs each of us had written.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Keith: This is literally a family band and it all started when I decided to take the boys on a vacation to Rock and Roll Fantasy camp to play with AIC and STP. We are all musicians but had never played together. I thought it would be a great experience and a once in a lifetime one at that. What we learned was that we really loved playing music together and we communicated very well together as a unit.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Keith: Each have their own rewards but there is no replacement for playing in front of a live audience. Creating a song is an amazing experience but communicating it to people in a live setting is the prize!
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Keith: Nothing horribly outrageous other than somehow, our fans really like to make sure we’re hydrated in adult beverages. I’m not going to name any names, but there may be one or so of us who have over hydrated with them after our set. LOL. You’ll have to wait for the book.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Keith: We had a fan ask us to record a cover of “Pancho and Lefty”. Perhaps this was an over hydrated fan!
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Keith: My parents were always supportive of anything I did. Being the father of the boys, I’ve done the same thing. In fact, my advice to them has always been to immerse themselves in creating and playing music because it will provide enjoyment and an outlet for them the rest of their lives.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Keith: Right now it is a toss up between Wall of Glass and Broken Door. I think Mark would tell you What’s Done is Done, Jake would tell you Remission, and Max would tell you Broken Door.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Keith: In terms of performance, I would have to say Ozzy. One of the first concerts I saw was Ozzy on the Ultimate Sin tour and witnessing Randy Castillo’s drum solo was as if I was watching something otherworldly happening. The way that Ozzy commanded the stage was force of nature.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Keith: As a musician, I’m very much in the present in terms of music. I’d put together a tour of current artists that have recently released new material. The tour wouldn’t be just one genre either. So for me, it would be Julien-K, Alice in Chains, Starbenders, and Killing Joke.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Keith: We have become really good friends with the guys behind FRAME|WORK and the fact that they thought enough about our music to put their name behind it, it both flattering and amazing to us. Amir and Ryan have taken us under their wing and given us a voice!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Keith: I already have a business, but….if the question was what kind of career would’ve you have wanted other than being a musician, I would’ve told you being a rock reporter for Rolling Stone.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
We are exclusively Friedman Amplification on our guitar rigs and primarily use Gibson, Fender, and PRS guitars. We’re exclusively DW drums and Sabian cymbals. For bass we are exclusively GK and Blaze guitars (RIP Buddy).
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Keith: The current music scene is always a challenge given all of the options at peoples’ fingertips. The good thing about the “scene” is that it is different everywhere. We’ve had a blast traveling and seeing that in areas other than our hometown. As for Dallas and it being post-covid, it is coming back strong although it is still largely a tribute band scene. Being in an original band is always tougher but you just have to work hard, network with other like-minded bands and create your own scene.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Keith: Three of us in the band are related!
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Keith: I would describe our music as a melting pot of hard rock, post-grunge, and post-punk. There are three songwriters in the band and each of our personalities are imprinted in the DNA of the song. We’ve been compared to Alice in Chains, which is fine by us!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Keith: Our new single, “Dust to Dust” just released to all the streaming services on April 29th. We are following that up with a music video release on May 6th that was shot at The Kitchen Recording Studios in Dallas, TX. We are about to release our full-length album “The Color Within” in June to all streaming services. We also have vinyl records and CD’s that can be bought from our website at http://www.theintemperatesons.com.
The Intemperate Sons are:
Max Watson – Vocals, Guitars
Jake Watson – Guitars
Keith Watson – Drums
Mark Marks – Bass
Photo credit: © Ryan Whitehead, Ardent Owl Media, LLC