XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Sean: Well we just released our fourth full length, Where Ice Meets Ocean. Doing some cd release shows in our town and local area. I’m always recording at home for a my side project, Rosicrucian.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Sean: We’ve been going since 2001 as an actual band, but i started the name as a bedroom black metal project in 1999. So however you wanna look at it.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Sean: Just to rock hard, wild and free!!
XS ROCK:What is your music background?
Sean: Rock and metal. Grew up listening to dad’s records. Then my uncle introduced me to Kiss Alive! Then later on my cousin played me his Priest and Maiden records.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Sean: Hopefully an aural adventure on the tundras of time and space…hmmm good question, an adventurous feeling. and just a sense of imagination.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Sean: Ideally we’d like to hit the road and do some touring.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Sean: World domination and our own line of apparel. Leather socks, leather pants, everything leather.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Sean: Playing live would have to be the main preference. For metal I would think the live show is what it’s all about. Two totally different animals that feed the ego in different ways. The satisfaction from playing live and the immediacy of it all trumps the songwriting process for sure.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Sean: You know, our songs are not about a specific subject. They are very abstract and open to interpretation. That being said we do have one song kind of about our bass player, haha. And the last song on the album, Into One, is kind of about how technology seems to be progressing faster than we as a whole, can handle.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Sean: Ha ha not really anything that far out…one time that sticks out was when we played East Hastings in Vancouver. It’s kind of the addicts/dealers/hookers end of town and that’s putting it lightly. From the moment we opened the van door the whole area smelled like piss. And as we go to unload into the club, a hobo planted himself right in the doorway and proceeded to have a heart attack. So we were stuck out front for a bit, i wandered into the alley to relieve myself and add to the piss stench that hung in the air. Everyone in the area was fucked up on something. We weren’t too worried though. They were literally moving as slow as the zombies in the movies. That’s kind of the only thing that i can remember that’s worth telling. Hobo Junction.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Sean: A beer with clamato juice?
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Sean: Yeah I suppose so. They never stopped me from buying music and mags over the years so i’d have to say yes.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Sean: BigHeavyDoor off the new album is a good one to play. It’s got some good riffing goin on. Along with Into One…that’s kind of our “Paranoid”. We needed one more song for the album so we wrote it in like 10 minutes or something? And its a barn stormer!! It’s hot rockin and too the point, no frills necessary.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Sean: Well I’m an old fart so in the beginning it was early Kiss that did it for me. Of course Black Sabbath is in there. But the beginning of thrash and probably Metallica really set my balls on fire! Then as i got older local acts such as Kittens and Meatrack really made it seem like “Hey I could do this do if I try” And even though they were hip hop, local legends and friends Farm Fresh really showed how fun live shows can be. Getting to tag along with them I was exposed to the nuttiness and general insanity of their live gig and that was it, I was hooked!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Sean: Of course it would have to be a “world domination” tour and since it’s a dream I would get Winnipeg’s Kittens and Meatrack to reform and Arcticcircle could open the whole thing. Oh and while we are at it i’d get Sylvain Houde-era line up of Kataklysm back together and just have them play early material only! That’s a bit of a weird billing but it’s my dream man!!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Sean: Honestly without a doubt I would say our new album. Everyone says that about their new album but i truly believe it, haha! I believe. Michael Mcdonald.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Sean: I’d probably be hookin’ downtown for cheeseburgers and chicken.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Sean: Im using a peavey 6505 head and cabinet. Playing a Jackson currently.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Sean: In general I think metal has become very stale and lost a lot of its spontaneity. But there are still lots of bands doing great, interesting things. They don’t seem to be at the forefront of some of these scenes for whatever reason. Most of the big bands are boring just doing things that we’ve heard a million times already. Bleh…
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Sean: That this is a wig.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Sean: At this point we just call it Bush metal, cuz there’s a bit of everything in there. It’s our own northern-fried style. A friend who heard a few songs described us as “Venom with some power-violence and super big drums mixed with heavy rock.” Ok sure i’ll take it, i love Venom…AARRGGHH!!!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Sean: Yes, check out our new album Where Ice Meets Ocean and stay wild all friends of Metal…eat your wheaties and play your guitar daily!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Sean: Thank you! We appreciate it!