XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Weed Demon: All kinds of killer news to announce! We JUST had our vinyl release show on 07/20 with the almighty Bongripper and our good buds in Maharaja. The official U.S. release date is 07/27 and that is when pre-orders go out. Decibel Magazine also just premiered our new 11-minute music video for “Sigil of The Black Moon” last week which was a huge win for us. Those guys are at the forefront of extreme music and we are humbled to have been featured on the site.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Weed Demon: We just had celebrated our 3-year anniversary in May of this year.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Weed Demon: Everyone in the band has been playing in (metal, punk hardcore) bands since we were teenagers. Our tastes have most certainly changed over the years but once you have that music itch, it stays with ya for life. If it doesn’t, you were probably a poser to begin with.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Weed Demon: Jordan was in a Ohio area deathcore band at one time called Dead Will Rise which had a pretty sizeable following in the mid 2000’s. Our drummer Nick was in The Girls, a Columbus area indie-punk / garage rock band. Andy has a project called Banjo Demon, which plays bluegrass, roots music with a punk rock edge. Everyone has been in numerous projects over the years. Too many to name in one interview.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Weed Demon: A satanic, intergalactic coffin-bong hybrid, filled with dank nuggets and half empty bottles of whiskey, floating endlessly through space to its impending doom. At least that’s what we hope!
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Weed Demon: Ideally, we would like to hit the West coast next year. After that it would be rad to head over to Italy and play a showcase show with our label, Electric Valley Records. Until then we will keep holdin’ it down here in the Midwest. When the new material is ready, I’m sure we will hit the road in support of it on the East coast.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Weed Demon: Our sound is definitely one that needs to be experienced live to truly appreciate just how goddamn heavy it is! Crafting and recording riffs is fine and dandy, but if you can’t do it in front of a crowded roomful of friends and fans, what the hell is the point?!
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Weed Demon: Drug use, Satan, outer space. You know, the usual stuff.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Weed Demon: Our guitar player Andy’s dad was super supportive. He actually is our biggest fan. Dude has bought every damn piece of merch or music we have put out since we started.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Weed Demon: “Sigil of The Black Moon” is definitely up there on the list. It’s a really diverse song with a pretty lengthy progression which makes it super fun to play. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that from time-to-time we didn’t get “lost in the riff.” Sometimes we end up exchanging confused looks like “dude, is this where we transition. Feels like we’ve been playing this riff FOREVER.”
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Weed Demon: For me (Jordan), it would undoubtedly have to be Pantera. When I first saw the music video for “I’m Broken” I was like “yep! That’s what I want.” They brought the realness unlike any other heavy metal band before or since.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Weed Demon: Sleep, Sabbath, Pantera, Bongripper, Motorhead
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Weed Demon: Probably putting out Astrological Passages on vinyl. As well as getting signed to Electric Valley records. As a band we’ve had a lot of accomplishments, it can almost be hard to pick one thing to be most proud of. It seems like every week we all have another “Wow, This (thing) happened” moment.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Weed Demon: We all have careers. Music is what we do for fun. If the fun is ever gone from it, then so are we.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Weed Demon: It’s oversaturated and watered down. Barely anything you hear on the radio these days was actually recorded using a musical instrument and that is sad as Hell. Damn near everything we listen to these days is from the underground.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Weed Demon: Black Sabbath riffs played in Crowbar tuning with Sleep meets Down-esque vocals.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Weed Demon: Go check out the new video for “Sigil of The Black Moon.” Pick up a copy of Astrological Passages in your favorite chosen format (CD, cassette, vinyl, digital). Then get off of your ass and go attend a local heavy metal show in your area. Contribute to your scene, foster creativity and growth in your music community and don’t give up on it!…..Oh and smoke weed, hail Satan!