XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Joe: We currently have an album pressing with Black Doomba Records due out later this year. Its a split album called Rope Enough for Two, with our first three recordings and an 18 minute suite by Bludy Gyres based on Jack and the Beanstalk.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Joe: We started playing together in May of 2017
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Joe: Just a desire to collaborate in creating this form of metal that we all love and have the chance to perform it.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Joe: I fell in love with music when I was very young. My parents got tired of seeing me air guitar and picked up one for me and that’s about it. I would have loved to have lessons but figured it out along the way.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Joe: Hopefully something that is an escape into a dark world of fantasy.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Joe: Do our label a solid and get all of the records sold that they invested in us. Its really cool to have someone step up and believe in you that way. We’re going to keep writing and further develop our style, record when we can, embed ourselves in the Southeast Metal scene and hopefully get into some big festivals in the next year or two.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Joe: I’d be lying if I didn’t say that someday I’d like to be able to make a decent living in music. But short of that I’m just enjoying being able to create and play with great people.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Joe: I really enjoy playing shows. But not because I’m on stage. I actually tune out everything going on around me when I’m performing. Its the comradery that happens between the bands and audience that really makes it a pleasure.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Joe: I try not to get too socially relevant with the lyrics. We have enough of that in our daily lives as it is. Most of the songs engage the fantasy world somehow. If your a listener who play’s MTG you’ll find a mention here or there for sure.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Joe: To take my shirt off like Matt Pike…lol
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Joe: I would say they’ve always encouraged my love of music.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Joe: Wizard In White and Weedcreeper are my two favorites in the current set list.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Joe: I was about 6 years old the first time I saw KISS perform on TV. I knew instantly that I wanted to do that.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Joe: Coffin Torture, and Dead Vibes Ensemble. I was fortunate enough to recently play a show with both of those bands and I have to say we are a perfect collaboration for a tour.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Joe: Signing a contract to Black Doomba Records to have my songs pressed on a real album. That’s what we dream of as kids.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Joe: I’m an electrical engineer so I would just keep doing that.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Joe: I usually change it up a bit from show to show but I always have a combination of Orange/Matamp/Sunn/Verellen amps and cabs. I run 2 or 3 complete signal chains in stereo depending on the size of the venue.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Joe: I’m pretty happy with things in Atlanta. We get most of the influential touring bands to come here and there are a lot of talented local bands in Atlanta and in the surrounding areas. I wish the business side of it was more supportive but what can you do?
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Joe: That I’m not as mean as I look. I’m really just a big teddy bear….hahaha
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Joe: Dark and Doomy.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Joe: Look for the release of Rope Enough for Two later this year from Black Doomba Records.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Joe: Any Time!