Q & A With Sol Williams from Artwork for the Blind

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Sol: New projects wise, we’re writing and recording material for a new full length. It’s sounding great so far. We’re been talking to a director about doing another vid in support of our latest EP A Dying Breed and the Living Proof.  Show wise we’ve got some home town shows coming. Watch our media outlets for those. We’re playing MurderFest in Tampa, Fl. at the Brass Mug, August 17th. We’re working on booking an Autumn tour.

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Sol: We got together in 2012.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Sol: We wanted to make a band playing heavy music. We wanted to make a forward thinking band that also keeps it true to the roots of Metal.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Sol: Over all our musical background is pretty vast. Everything for Classical to blue to Classic Rock to old Florida Scene Death Metal. We could go on forever about that.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Sol: Just band that makes you think and makes you move.

XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Sol: Hopefully more albums and more shows under our belt. Maybe a major tour or 2.

XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Sol: Mainly to keep making albums and playing shows for as long as we possibly can. This is our passion, our ultimate high and we love doing it. No matter how far or wide it goes.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Sol: We can say it’s pretty much 50/50 on that. The energy from a live show is such a great high, but creating something out of nothing and capturing that emotion in the studio, for us. Is just as much of a high.

XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Sol: Conspiracy theories, political issues, life issues, social issues. Things of that nature.

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Sol: One time in Akron, Oh. we were hanging out around our van in of back of this club we were playing at. Out of nowhere this 6 feet redhead lady trucks thru the crowd in a privacy fenced smoking area. And throws this drunk trouble maker through the fence. Like it was a pro-wrestling match. That’s just one off the top of my head.

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Sol: A guy came to us at a show and asked if we would take him with us and he could live in our van.

XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Sol: Most of our parents are supportive. Not true for all of us though.

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Sol: I’d have to say over all it’s Bring Out You Dead.

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Sol: We can’t really answer that as a band, because we come from so many different influences in music. We all have our own individual motivations for doing what we do.

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Sol: An Acid Bath reunion. Or Obituary, Entombed, and Artwork for the Blind.

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Sol: Staying together and moving our music forward. That’s pretty much that main thing.

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Sol: Who knows. Who even wants to think about that?

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Sol: Gibson guitars, Traben basses, Marshall amps, Peavey bass amps, Pearl drums.

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Sol: It’s pretty vast right now. Just wish major labels would support metal again. They’re missing out on a lot of talent.

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Sol: We love Waffle House. We eat it everywhere we go.

XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Sol: Death Metal Groove. Or Death n Roll. Something that’s gonna make you wanna bang your head.

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Sol: Check out our a catalog and support if you like what you hear. Keep an eye out for new content, because we keep adding more and more all of the time.

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Sol: No problem, thanx for supporting Metal!

Artwork for the Blind is:

Sean Curry: Lead vocals. 
Sol. E. Williams: Guitar, backing vocals. 
Michael Hoehn: Bass guitar, backing vocals. 
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