Q & A With The Northmen

Q & A With The Northmen
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
⁃At the moment we just have a video we are pushing for our first single ever called “forevermore”. Other than that we are getting all our ducks in a row for a serious move towards the industry. We can say that we’ve started working with Paul Crosby and Derrick Pichon of 434 management. They opened a lot of doors for us and we are doing everything in our power to make this a career. Until then- anything we would promote is getting nice and warm in the oven
⁃for the rest of 2019 we have a string of summer shows. We will be all along the east coast with an awesome Metallica tribute band called “fade to black”. We have a few big local events like the Watertown block party and Black River Brew Fest. But our main body of work will be tying up the loose ends on a big writing project we’ve been working on. We’re going into the studio. And soon. We’ve got a hot, full-length album in the works. We should absolutely have an album, and hopefully, be working with a label by the start of 2020
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
⁃We technically started at the very beginning of 2015. We just went into the band room and compiled a list of songs we knew, and songs we wanted to learn. But the main focus was the compilation of riffs we had come up with, and to figure how to make them a song somehow. We had a lot of faith that they were worthy of the bands we listened to and we believed in ourselves.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
⁃All 4 of us are absolutely obsessed with music. We have a similar taste in energetic music and we idolized our favorite bands. One day, we decided we didn’t want to watch live concerts anymore. We wanted to star in them
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
⁃We a very heavily influenced by the likes of Metallica, A7x, Bullet for My Valentine, Volbeat, Guns and Roses. All the high energy stuff.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
⁃If anything, we hope it conveys strength. Power. And the confidence to conduct oneself genuinely. We want to be seen as original. As leaders and not followers.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
⁃we truly want to make this our career. We want music to be our job. We’re working on our first album and we have management. We’re working on the best business model to make our first studio album a success story. We’re going to the top. And AC/DC was right- it’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n’ roll…
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
⁃that’s a tough one. The Live performance was, of course, the reason we wanted to do this. None of us can think of a feeling that comes close to what it’s like to let it all out on stage in front of a roaring crowd. But as daunting as writing can be, learning how to write, and what you’re actually good at is exciting.  We love recording. We love diving into the recording process and learning how it all comes together. There are so many intricacies and tricks and countless things to learn. At the end of the day, I guess it’s all for the performance. The show must go on.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
⁃The themes honestly very. One song can be emotionally uplifting and deep- the next could be an epileptic barrage simulating what it’s like to be on a battlefield. Some are very abstract and contain no less than 100% metaphor and allegory. And some are classic rock n roll monsters with clever innuendos. We try our best not to get nailed down into any particular category. We just want to write music that any person could hopefully enjoy as much as we do.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
⁃If you are passionate about it and truly want to make it a career- don’t accept failure. Sounds cliche- but it’s true. If one day everybody abandons you and you have to sleep in your car- do it. But make sure your effort is always 100%. Don’t say your “trying” and just got through the motions. That’s not the same.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
⁃ I can’t say we’ve had outrageous stories from the road except maybe signing body parts now and again. But, there’s a long list of rock stars that have done that. A couple of us (Jeremy and Brendan) got the bright idea to do a backflip off of our suburban one night after the set. Somebody was limping for a few weeks…(Jeremy)
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
⁃One of our friends wanted to propose to his girlfriend on stage during a show. They’re not together anymore…
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
⁃Our closest friends and family are very supportive. They know how deep our work ethic is and they know how serious we are. We, of course, have our group of friends that harass us or yank our chain about being “rock stars”- but it’s all in good fun. There are doubters here and there. But every day there are less and less. Every success or new accomplishment does the job of silencing the doubt.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
⁃Save as much money as you can. Period.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
⁃Probably would have to say the most energetic and best crowd response comes from “The Enemy” and “shadow of a man”. That, or a few of the Metallica or A7x covers.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
– definitely incredibly heavily influenced by Metallica. The style. Energy. Stage presence. The interaction with the audience. We were sold on all of it. But We really enjoy and appreciate a lot of other artists for different reasons. Ronnie Dio and M Shadows are incredibly theatrical in their performance. That’s very important. Way too many to pin it down.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
⁃ the Northmen, Metallica, A7x, and Volbeat
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
⁃we are on the verge of a great “happening”. Every day is a new day for us and the excitement of what we know is coming would be the accomplishment right now. We’re standing and the threshold and taking that is is kind of monumental.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
⁃ We can’t imagine being this passionate about any other field of work. I guess We certainly wouldn’t want to work for anyone. We’d probably have our own business of some sort. We’d probably brew beer.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
⁃(Jeremy) My go to is the white Gibson Flying V. I also rock the Epiphone Brent Hindes Flying V, an Epiphone Les Paul custom, and an Ibanez Destroyer. I play a kemper profiler that varies between profiles. But, for the majority, I play a profiled Diezel amp through my own custom marshal 4×12 cabinet with vintage 30 speakers. Leads I typically switch over to an Engle Powerfall with some delay added on. If I didn’t have the profiler it’s a Mesa Boogie triple rec or Peavey 5150 all the way
(Matt) 5 piece pearl masters drum kit/Sabian cymbals
(Brendan) Jackson 4 string bass guitar/ TC electronic combo amp
(Alix) 2 Epiphone Les Paul customs, and a Marshall jvm410 head with 2 custom Marshall 2×12 cabs
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
⁃ it’s very tough. In our genre, it’s easy to be critical of the more “pop” genre, or any other genre for that matter. It’s tempting to call people fake or fony or whatever. But the truth is that no matter who you are, it’s really hard to make it. It takes pure dedication to make a life out of this. So we stay away from the resentment. It’s our choice to play what we play. That’s why it’s genuine. We love it. We’re taking it upon ourselves to revitalize the Rock scene
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
⁃Sadly, people are usually surprised that we haven’t done hardcore drugs. I wouldn’t say that’s a proud flag for rock n’ roll to wave. But, it is what it is. Other than that, we’re just what you’re lookin’ for. A hard core rock n’ roll band!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
⁃Just make sure you keep your eye on us. Go like all of our social media’s (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter). We have a lot of exciting things coming and anybody that hops on the train now can witness and be a part of the genesis
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
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