XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Wrathchild: Sacred Leather has a bevy of projects on the horizon. Our debut record Ultimate Force is set to be released February, 23rd 2018. In addition to the record, we will be dropping a self-written/directed/produced music video for the song Power Thrust (the first single from Ultimate Force). We plan to make many moves in 2018, so stay tuned for what’s to come!
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Wrathchild: The band has been together for roughly four years. Over these years, we have re-tooled our lineup in order to assemble the best members for executing the Sacred Leather sound. I can honestly say that we are stronger than ever.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Wrathchild: Our motivations have always been to resurrect true HEAVY METAL. 80’s metal and rock n’ roll was largely comprised of rapidly evolving bands, all trying to race past one another. This gave the world innovation within the genre, however it kept some of these bands from really expounding upon the sounds they landed on with their best records. Sacred Leather wants to pick up from where true HEAVY METAL left off. We want to return the emphasis to great songwriting, visually stimulating live shows, and the spirit of rock n’ roll.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Wrathchild: Rock n’ roll and HEAVY METAL serve as the foundation and reference point for each member.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Wrathchild: This image would differ from song to song. Some of our material conveys more tangible visuals like sex and aggression, whereas others construct elaborate fictional worlds. We like to bounce back and forth between defining a song for the listener and allowing room for interpretation, depending on which approach we find fitting.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Wrathchild: We would love to expound upon our live show by taking the theatrics up a notch. We would also hope to gain more exposure through touring with some of the legacy bands that have influenced us. We have a second record almost written, which is even better than Ultimate Force. Aside from all of that, Sacred Leather plans to continue moving upward and to progressively execute at a high-level on all fronts — grab the moment by the balls, ROCK OUT, and have fun with it.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Wrathchild: We like to think linearly. There isn’t much talk about “long-term career goals”, more so an emphasis on outputting the best work we are capable of and capitalizing on opportunities as they present themselves. If this modality manifested itself in us being rich and famous, then so be it.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Wrathchild: They are both gratifying in separate ways. Writing/recording is more strenuous; however, it provides us with an unparalleled sense of accomplishment which can only be gained through busting our asses off to accomplish large goals. On the flipside, live performance gives you an adrenaline shot of immediate gratification. The stage is where we get to party with the Legion of Leather, pump our fists and bang our heads!
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Wrathchild: There are some thematic through-lines in our material, however each song has its own flavor. Some of our lyrical themes include: Sex, Aggression, Loss and Heartache, Adversity, Power, etc…
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Wrathchild: There have been several. One that is jumping to mind includes a bout in a drug fueled greenroom where we were propositioned to show an individual’s lady a “good time.” This has happened a handful of times, come to think of it…
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Wrathchild: I don’t know…bang his lady… Not all that strange in the context of what we do though.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Wrathchild: Yeah I suppose, not sure it mattered one way or another.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Wrathchild: We enjoying playing the entire record live however songs like Power Thrust and Prowling Sinner typically bring the maniacs to life.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Wrathchild: Sacred Leather draws influence from a multitude of artists in regards to live performance, however nobody perfected the visual assault quite like KISS. We have always admired bands like this who are successful in creating an entire world to escape to. Life can suck, but well-executed live performances have an ability to distract you from that.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Wrathchild: Deep Purple (with Ritchie back on the axe and Coverdale on the mic), Priest, Maiden, Sacred Leather.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Wrathchild: The record Ultimate Force is our greatest accomplishment thus far. This record is a culmination of the adversity the band has faced up to this point. In addition, the record displays the power of Sacred Leather’s individual components and their ability to work towards a unified goal. I serve as the figurehead for the band and wail on the pipes. JJ Highway (lead guitar) wrote most of the material on the record, in addition to arranging/producing it. Carloff Blitz (lead guitar) recorded and engineered the record. Magnus Legrand (bass) created the artwork/marketing materials for the record, in addition to writing and directing the music videos. Jailhouse (drums) laid down the foundation to the record. Our ability to execute a shared vision, in this manner, is undeniably a great accomplishment.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Wrathchild: As far back as I can remember, I’ve always gravitated towards music. So, if I wasn’t in a band I would likely still be involved in the music industry one way or another. Probably a sleazy band manager.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Wrathchild: For vocals, a Shure Beta 58. For the other boys, loud tubed heads with big cabs.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Wrathchild: We try not to focus on the things happening around us. Classic Rock and HEAVY METAL will forever be our reference point, but since you asked, I’d say that I’m largely unimpressed by the current music scene. Nowadays, it is seemingly driven by personal politics and social networking “know it alls”. This shit used to bring people together. It once acted as a universal language, not as a device to create separate factions within the HEAVY METAL community.
I remember a time when Metalheads were actually hard. They would spin records or go to a concert to escape from their jobs, nagging parents, and everyday stresses. Now they resort to cry-assing on the internet about everything.
There is hope though. There will always be people who live and breathe this HEAVY METAL shit as much as we do. Sacred Leather hopes to be a voice for all the maniacs out there who are still waiting for bands to give them some riffs in the old way.
Artistically speaking, the best music has already been written. That is why Sacred Leather stick to the proven formula, the model which was bestowed upon us by our HEAVY METAL forefathers.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Wrathchild: That I am a sucker for hopeless romanticism, and tiny dogs. Haha.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Wrathchild: HOT AND HEAVY!
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Wrathchild: Prepare yourselves, the “Ultimate Force” is on the horizon. True HEAVY METAL is coming at you and it’s gonna’ be a wild ride.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!