Hard Rock & Metal

Interview With Seven Year Witch

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Beau: Well, we finished out 2021 strong with the release of our cover of Akon’s “I Wanna Love You,” which I recommend everyone checks out, and an amazing New Year’s Eve show at The Radio Room right here at home in Greenville, SC. Looking forward to the new year, we’ll be releasing a new single on January 28th called “Cyanide,” which I recommend everyone keeps their eyes peeled for, and we’ll be hitting the stages again very soon with our first show of the new year being in Atlanta at Center Stage on January 15th.

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

Beau: The band started back in 2013 when our fraternal rhythm section, Seth and Spencer, joined forces with their high school friend and howling songbird, Aaron. I met those three about 5 years ago when I was in another band. We’d do joint shows and tours all the time (nothing beats 8 dudes living in a 7 passenger van) and we really hit it off, which led to me joining the band about a year and a half ago.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

Beau: Prepare yourself for the most 21st-century kid answer to this question… Video games. As a kid, Guitar Hero and Rock Band opened me up to all sorts of music, new and old, in a way that made it exciting and made you feel like you’re doing more than just listening to a song. But alas, there’s only so many times you can play the same games over and over and over, so that’s when I picked up a real guitar. From there my fate was sealed and my soul sold.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Beau: I started playing in bands with friends at the age of 10. We would play in some of the most smokey and dingiest bars (you know, the best places for a child to hang out) doing cover songs for three hours a night. As odd as all that may sound, doing things like that for several years in such a formative part of your youth without a doubt helps you build skill and hone a certain knowledge and intuition when it comes to playing and working with other people musically, and I think it’s a big part of why I’m able to do all the things I get to do now.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

Beau: Fun. Fun with a hint of grit and a dash of sexy.

XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Beau: I’d say a main, overarching goal is to maintain the trajectory that we’re on at the moment and continue to grow. We have no intentions of slowing down.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Beau: I love doing both equally. They’re such different experiences that it’s difficult to put them head to head. Being in the studio feels like working in the office of an architect turning mere blueprints into a full on skyscraper. A long process, yes, but at the end you have something amazing out of nothing. It’s incredible when you’re building a song and at the end of each day you can hear the progress you’ve made. You can feel a great sense of accomplishment in the studio, assuming everything’s going well. But on the other hand, few sensations compare to that of playing a good live show. It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling with human words, so I guess I’ll have to try and develop a new language and get back to you on that one.

XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Beau: Our songs cover a wide range of topics, anything from being broke (something we know too much about) to werewolves, and everything in between. A little something for everybody.

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

Beau: My job is to entertain you, and that’s what I want to do. I want to make sure that you enjoy yourself and forget all your woes for the hour or so that we’re on stage, and I hope you want to see us again, because we most definitely want to see you again. Without the ability to do that, nothing can follow.

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Beau: Oh heavens no! We’re the most well-behaved angels you’ll ever find on the road.

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Beau: There was this one kid that asked us to sign his face at a show in Georgia. We obliged.

XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

Beau: They don’t have a choice. Just kidding, I think we’re all very lucky to have families that are very supportive and proud of what we do. In fact, Aaron’s dad is the star of the music video for our upcoming single, “Cyanide.” His performance is amazing and I suggest everyone sees for themselves on January 28th.

XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

Beau: Don’t get discouraged, there will be plenty of reasons to feel that way starting out, but don’t let that feeling consume you. Keep going forward and don’t stop.

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Beau: I’d say a personal favorite of mine to play live is our song “Shit Keeps Happenin'” because I don’t really have to think that hard about the parts which frees me up to just enjoy being in the moment. On guitar, it’s just a good ole easy to play 3 chord rock song with a cool riff and a solo that’s wildly fun to play. That’s another song of ours people should go check out.

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Beau: When I was just starting out as a kid, Angus Young of AC/DC was a big inspiration for me when it came to playing live, because he made it look so fun. Another big one for me is Muse. When I was about 16, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue pursuing music, but it was at that time that I watched Muse Live at Rome Olympic Stadium on Youtube. That show single-handedly inspired me to keep going. It still puts butterflies in my stomach when I watch it now. Whether or not I thank or blame Muse for that remains to be seen, but it’s looking good so far.

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Beau: My answer varies based on whether or not I’m allowed to resurrect John Bonham for this hypothetical tour, because if so, you already know the answer. But I suppose if everyone on the bill has to be alive, Seven Year Witch would be opening for Royal Blood, who would be opening for Queens of the Stone Age, who would be opening for Muse, and we would all be the openers on the Oasis reunion tour. That tour would be a force of nature.

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Beau: As someone who grew up watching That Metal Show, it was quite the honor to play for, and catch the attention of, Eddie Trunk in Atlanta a few months back and to then hear our name come out of his mouth on his radio show. It still hasn’t sunk in entirely.

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Beau: Realistically, either a that of a history professor or house builder. Ideally, benevolent dictator of a small island nation.

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Beau: I use a Fractal FM3 modeler connected, by way of several wonderful Pig Hog cables, to a Digitech Whammy, and 1 of 3 guitars, depending on the song. I have a souped-up Squire Telecaster Deluxe, a Mexican Fender Telecaster, and Squire Strat made of spare parts that’s set up in open E minor tuning for slide. Anyone who has seen us live will recognize the colorful Kustom cabinets set up behind us. Only one of those cabs is actually used and it’s used by Spencer on bass. The others are empty and merely there for decoration.

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

Beau: In the age of the internet, there’s less homogeneity in what everyone is listening to because it’s easier than ever to say “I don’t like the music everyone I know is listening to,” and then go to find something that is better suited to your taste. That’s always been an option, and it’s always produced scenes, sub/counter cultures, and so on. But today that’s able to happen on a far far far larger scale. So no matter what type of music you make, there is a place and audience out there for you. Your scene doesn’t have to be sectioned off to the few dive bars or record shops in town that are hospitable to your scene or genre. I think that’s really cool because it will give a lot of talented artists of particular genres and styles the ability to reach heights that they potentially wouldn’t have been able to in a time when the only way to be successful was to enter into the mainstream. So I’d say the current music scene is pretty hopeful I suppose.

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Beau: Before doing music mostly full time, I worked in construction. Looking at a scrawny, malnourished-looking fella such as myself, one might not assume I’d have the upper body strength for such a line of work. Besides that, if someone gives me a number between 1 and 46 I can immediately name the corresponding U.S. President. That’s a favorite party trick of mine.

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Beau: To our current fans, you are the best fans, better than all other bands fans, and we feed on your happiness. Thank you for everything you do for us. And to any prospective fans out there, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Check out our latest release of Akon’s “I Wanna Love You,” and keep an eye out for our next single, “Cyanide,” coming out everywhere on January 28th!

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!

Beau: No, thank you!

Band line-up :

Aaron Langford – Vocals

Seth Burden – Drums

Spencer Burden – Bass

Beau Anderson – Guitar


Official Links :

facebook.com/sevenyearwitch
instagram.com/sevenyearwitch
tiktok.com/@sevenyearwitch
sevenyearwitch.com

About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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