XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
(Will Price): Thanks so much for this. We will try and watch our P’s & Q’s (Pints and Quarts) for this Q & A. Aside from Pavement releasing our debut album, Disastrophe, we will be looking to tour during the summer. Also, we have been writing material for our next album. And I would like to formally announce that our drummer, Detlef von Kalben, has the most metal name in metal.
(Sean Briney Martin): We’re UBER excited about this record! It was recorded pretty raw, and that gave it a serious “What you see is what you get” vibe. When you see the band live, it sounds just like the record…just faster LOL!…Matt Ambercrombie engineered it spectacularly, and The mastering job from the legendary Andy VanDette just put it in the stratosphere. Having been playing with Will for a year or so in our former band Muckraker, it was amazing to see his evolution as a vocalist, The NEW, NEW material has even propelled it to another level, but DISASTROPHE is the focus at the moment. LOL!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
(WP): Our official date of formation is Labor Day, 2016.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
(WP): Being in a band is in my blood. The Price name have been involved in rock bands for over 60 years. It’s a very proud and noble family tradition.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
(WP): I’ve been playing bass, doing vocals, and writing since I was 13. I’ve gotten a little better since then (at least that’s what a couple people tell me). Most notably, I was the bass player and lead voice for BOILER on Mayhem/Fierce, a division of Atlantic.
(SM): Music was always there in my life. My stepdad was a DJ and Producer. As a kid growing up, I napped under some of the best Neve, and SSL mixing boards in Miami, including Criteria (Now the Hit Factory). I picked up a bass at age 11, then switched over to the guitar a few years later. In the biz I’ve been very productive over the years, including stints with Nectar, Al’s Not Well, Atomizer and Alabama Thunder Pussy. I’ve also composed a lot of music for television and film, including the Discovery Channel Networks.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
(WP): I guess that’s in the ear of the beerholder in the end. Image? I refer to us as Blue Collar Metal. It’s music for the common working man and woman. Fun, heavy, and insightful.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
(WP): Man, just to keep doing it and be able to survive doing it. I like working in a warehouse lifting heavy ass boxes and all, but playing metal for a living would be a slight step up.
(SM): I really want to continue recording, Touring and releasing albums, as long as we’re still relevant, and I don’t see us veering too far from our sound, so we’ll be here for a minute! LOL! I love the bands that just haven’t gone away, they’re still out there, active, and releasing great music, like Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and Monster Magnet. To be as big as Metallica, is of course a dream, but a consistent, productive career and a loyal fanbase would be the goal.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
(WP): Well I guess they can all have their ups and downs. It’s kinda like an erection…sometimes it happens and sometimes it don’t.
I love writing so much. I love recording. And I love playing gigs. But these are all different animals. If you are not coming up with something great in the writing process, or you are having an off day in the studio, or if the show isn’t going well for some reason. Just depends I guess.
(SM): The playing fields are completely different, and I have a particular mindset for both. Live of course is when you feel truly alive, and all your senses are firing to the max. If there’s Blood, Mud or Beer involved, you live in that moment. And it only happens ONCE! But the studio is like going to deliver your baby after great sex! LOL! The writing process is truly unique, and actually having a tangible example of those freshly written songs that you can sit and listen to is a feeling that can’t be replaced.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
(WP): I am the lyricist, so I have a very unique skill set that qualifies me and me alone to answer this question…I just throw shit out there with nary a thought.
Ok, you got me. I’m joshing about that.
Back in my BOILER days with Mayhem Records, I liked to write about emotion and betrayal within the confines of personal relationships. I still write about emotion and betrayal, but now it is mostly political. However, it is not in a preachy or in your face kinda way. I love words and like to be as creative as possible. Probably my biggest influence these days in terms of lyrics is Neil Fallon from Clutch. Fucking genius.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
(SM): Relevancy…and BOOZE! LOL!
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
(WP): Back in my BOILER days, we were playing an outdoor event that the promoter swore up and down that us, and the other bands, were going to be paid regardless of the fact that there was no crowd. We found out in the middle of one bands sets that he was lying. It became a free for all. Crew and band members started snatching up equipment and liquor. I even saw one guitarist pooping on the stage. I took some pictures of him doing that. Looked like chocolate soft serve ice cream.Thankfully, those shots are lost to history. There was no Facebook back then after all.
(SM): I’ll just put it like this, so I don’t incriminate anyone…Thank god there was no Social Media back in the day. LOL!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
(WP): It wasn’t really strange so much as it was fun. And it’s not unusual, as I know other band have done this, but I have autographed some tits in my day.
(SM): I once had a girl ask me to chew on a guitar pick, then give it to her. She said it would always be a reminder of me…Kinda Creepy.I didn’t do it. LOL
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
(WP): No question. In fact, my now ex-wife encouraged me to form a new band after BOILER when we moved from New York to Georgia, which I called MuckRaker. After MuckRaker, because of the new music I had already written, I was urged by my ex, my girlfriend, and long time supporters to carry on. Hence, Long Claw.
(SM): Our family and friends have always been 100% behind us. Will’s girlfriend is the Merlin behind our Graphics and Photography. My fiance’ has been put in Facebook jail twice now, for posting the Album Release EVERYWHERE she can! LOL!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
(WP): Be prepared for lots of work, lots of disappointment, and a ton of pizza. It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll. Be original and do what feels best. Trends die…so don’t die.
(SM): Take pride in your craft, and in yourself, but always be a team player and open to suggestion from your peers and colleagues. And bottom line, DON’T GIVE UP! It is truly the one thing that makes failure inevitable.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
(WP): “March Of The Trolls”, “Disastrophe”, and “Mooseknuckle Brigade” to name a few. We also usually play a Black Sabbath cover. Lately we have been doing “The Wizard”.
(SM): For me it’s got to be “Razor Blade Tears”. I know it’s an acoustic song, but since it’s so transparent, it leaves little room for error. And the crowd’s reaction to it is awesome as well, It’s a chance in the set to listen, and not get Moshed around. LOL
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
(WP): Lynyrd Skynyrd, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Slayer, Sheer Terror, Iron Maiden, and most of all…Black Sabbath. Why ask why?
(SM): KISS was what started it all for me. Those dudes were from outer space as far as I was concerned when I was a kid! LOL! Sabbath is definitely another one up there high on the list.I loved anything with a lot of explosions and bombast on stage! Metallica, on the Master of Puppets tour, was a life changing event.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
(WP): Mutoid Man, Clutch, Long Claw.
(SM): Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, LONG CLAW!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
(WP): Opening for DIO back in the day. I didn’t get to meet him, but that was awesome.
(SM): The NEXT accomplishment! LOL
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
(WP): I would probably go back to my former career in adult films. Not trying to brag, but two words…stunt cock.
(SM): Is Detlef your Fluffer?
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
(WP): Same as the studio. Peavey Mark IV head, Peavey cab with 2 15” Black Widows, and a Fender P-Bass with DR Strings..
(SM): I’ve Played Marshall for a LONG time. I’m currently running a JCM 2000 and a 2×12 Celestion Loaded EVH 5150 Cab. I very recently came to an endorsement agreement with Sparxx Guitar Works out of Detroit. They’re custom built axes to my specs. I also have an artist deal with Fralin Pickups…the best pick-ups in the world as far as I’m concerned. I string those Sparxx Guitars with DR Strings.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
(WP): Depends on what scene you are talking about. I’m a metalhead, but I am very particular even within that genre. Metal does seem to be quite strong these days though. Having said that, the music industry has been corrupted by fake artists and made up bands.
(SM): Like Will, I’m a metalhead as well. I think that the scene is a bit oversaturated now days. Back when I first started to do this professionally, you really had to work at it. There was no Internet, so to promote you had to tour, to get your music out there you had to exchange cassette tapes in the mail. LOL! It’s way too easy now days, and I think it has diluted the market, especially in the past 15yrs or so. There are some standouts out there, don’t get me wrong, But there are a Crap Ton of bands all doing the same thing.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
(WP): I’m a political junkie and have a huge soft spot for animals. I also enjoy collecting tattoos and participating in group fucktions.
(SM): I’m a licensed Emergency Veterinary Technician…Though, due to a heavy band schedule now days, I don’t currently work in the field. It’s not the kind of career that you can do half ass though. You either ARE or AREN’T doing that job.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
(WP): Go ahead and actually buy music. There is so much money and work that goes into doing this. And, support local bands. Long Claw is going national as we speak, but every band (unless created by a label) starts with the guys and girls in your own hometown. It’s hard work, but if you like what they do, support it.
(SM): Definitely Support our debut album DISASTROPHE, but I pretty much have to mirror what Will said.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
(WP): Word. Seven blessings.
(SM): It’s been a pleasure, and thank you for your support!