Amilton Jr. - We are from the northeast of Brazil, from a town called Mossoro. Monster Coyote started in 2011. We had other bands before, but we were never satisfied with the music we made. MC was the band that we thought: "hey! this sounds really good! let's keep going this way"... And that way we started with a more stoner sound, but kept going through a "sludgier" path in every song we composed since. And now we are heavier than ever, and happier than ever with the songs we putted out on NECKBREAKER. In resuming, Monster Coyote are just 3 normal guys (me - guitar and vocals, Daniel Araujo - drums, and Julio Cortez - bass and vocals), with pretty normal lifes and pretty normal jobs, that play loud music together and we fuckin love doing it.
2.So far you have released 2 full lengths and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
As I mentioned before, we started in 2011 with the ep "Stoner to the boner" and the name says pretty much everything about it. In 2012, we released "The Howling", and that was when we saw we were getting where we wanted with our music. "The Howling" has a much deeper atmosphere, heavier riffs, darker lyrics and brutal vocals. And was a big turn over after the ep, but we were experimenting, trying new elements. And although it wasn't well recorded (we did all the recording within 2 days!), it had a good repercussion and good reviews on websites and magazines. Now with the NECKBREAKER, we feel we are more experienced and this helped with all the process, making it more professional. Also we worked harder to make the songs sound as good as they sounded in our heads, and the result was better than we expected.
3.Your lyrics cover Werewolves, Legends and tales, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
It started in "The Howling". We love horror movies and novels, and our former bassist used to tell a tale about his great grandfather that was killed because people thought he was a werewolf, and that became kind of a legend for us. So we decided to make it a conceptual album: a werewolf's tale. There are songs telling his story before he turned into a werewolf, about his transformation, about the killings, his struggle with his curse... But other issues like religion, faith, death, suffering, are implicit in the lyrics.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Monster Coyote'?
We live in a really dry area on the northeast of Brazil. It's called "caatinga", but we nicknamed it "The Desert" after Palm Desert, where many bands that we like started. And we don't have coyotes here, but we thought it would give a good name for our band since it's a desert animal and then, we added the "Monster" in refer to our scary lyrics.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
As a independent/underground band, we usually play small gigs and some of our best shows were in small venues playing to a 50 people crowd. That is nothing like being face to face with the crowd, the energy is really amazing. But we have also love to play on bigger stage as we have played at some great festivals all over Brazil and as supporting band for known names in heavy/stoner music as Sepultura, Kadavar, and Truckfighters. And about our performance all I can say is that if ever you go to a MC concert, you'll probably need a neck collar on the day after. Can't say I didn't warn you!
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are currently rehearsing with our new bassist/vocalist Julio Cortez, and that's why we haven't played on the past weeks. But we already have shows scheduled for April and are planning some local short tours for the next couple of months, so he can pick up the pace. After this we are planning on making a longer tour, probably on South America.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
That's a huge struggle for us, man. We received some proposals, but none have been serious. We are still trying to find a good label to release the NECKBREAKER on cd/vynyl and we really hope we can find a good label the help us releasing this beast. So, if you that are reading this, are the owner of billion-dollar label and is looking for the next greatest band of all time... please let us hear from you. You can start sending us a fat check, that will do it. But if you have a low budget label that is looking for a good sludge metal band, you can also contact us, ok? Please?
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal?
We have received many messages and e-mails from different parts of the globe, and sometimes we cannot believe how far our music has gone. It's hard to be heard when you are a small band from a distant and small city of Brazil, but the reception to our music from the stoner/sludge/metal community couldn't be better. We have heard good compliments from music blogs, magazines and fans, and that makes us very happy and leave us wishing to go further and further.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well, with the change on the band's formation is more than natural that the sound will also change, specially when you trade a such important piece as the vocalist. But where we see MC heading? I don't know. I have some different riffs and ideas that I would like to experiment, and for sure Julio and Daniel have some ideas of their own. And I see this as a good thing, because we'll probably end up making something new and different, and that's what MC is all about.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
That's a funny question to answer because we all have different bands and styles we like, and some of them have nothing to do with the music we make, but in the end all theses bands have influenced us somehow. For example, on a daily basis I like to hear bands like Led Zeppelin, Kyuss, Mastodon, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, High On Fire, Slayer, Municipal Waste, Seasick Steve, Helmet, NOFX, Bison, Motorhead, Graveyard, Fu Manchu, Ghost, just to name a few. Daniel, the drummer, listens to some of these bands, but also likes Sepultura, Black Cobra, NIN, Greenleaf, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats... And Julio loves grunge and 90's bands but also bands like Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Machine Head, Backstreet Bo... No? Ok, Julio, I won't tell them. Lately I've listening to some Brazilian bands like Saturndust, Muñoz and Son of a Witch, and from abroad, I can name Fight Amp, Blues Pills, Stoned Jesus and Black Sabbath. ALWAYS. Black. Fuckin'. Sabbath.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Speaking for myself, I love any kind of movies (but specially the old ones), biography and fiction books, video games, Star Wars, soccer, travelling (specially to concerts) and sex. Not necessarily in that order.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you ever, ever, EVER get to see us in your town, don't miss that fuckin' gig and invite all your friends so we can have a good time and drink some cold beer while breaking our necks to heavy music. Alright? Oh, and support your local bands, dude, don't be a prick. Cheers!