Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twingiant Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?
Well, it's actually an LP and since we finished wrapping up all the recording we have been focusing on doing a show with Midnight Ghost Train in Tempe, then trekking up to Flagstaff to rock out with Black Witch Pudding, and last but not least planning our release show in February when the vinyl for Devil Down is in our hands.

 2.You have a new ep coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In a nut shell, I would say that what you hear on Devil Down is pretty much our sound that we've slowly been developing.  We don't sit down and try and go for a certain sound.  It just came out to be a heavy and loud 70's influenced sound with a twist of metal.  As for as Devil Down being different than our other stuff, all I can really say is it's just us maturing and this is who we are now.

 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Jarrod (vocals/bass) does all the vocal writing. What he writes about are things personal to him.  We don't ask him to sing about anything in particular.  Aside from Mass Driver (first LP),  we've never really had a theme to our songs. We get together to write and if we like it and it makes us happy, that's our next song.

 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the new 'Twingiant'?
The "new" Twingiant is just us doing what we do.  If it sounds loud, heavy and good…that's us.  I'd say our inspiration comes from our musical influences, anything from classical music to punk rock.  We've never been a band to put our heads together and want a particular meaning.

 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?
I'd say some of the best shows we've played were the ones out of state.  There is just something that is inspiring and awesome about playing in front of people that have never heard us.  Cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Las Vegas are great places to play.  Performance wise, it all depends on the vibe of those at the shows.   If they seem really into us, then we're ready to put on a damn loud show and in turn, leaving a few people hard of hearing on the drive home.

 6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?
Yes, we sure do.  We’re going to get busy with that once the LP is released.  We'll start booking shows for the northwest (Seattle, Portland and San Francisco) and hopefully be out that way in late spring.

 7.You have a split in the works for 2015; can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Well, it’s on our list of “things to do” for 2015.  We have the basic blueprint, but nothing has started with it yet.

 8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are shopping Devil Down to labels in order to have it printed on cd.  A small label from Canada has agreed to put Devil Down out on cassette.   The details of that are still being worked out, but we’ll be announcing that deal soon.

> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy music?
On a worldwide level I'd say that the overall feedback of the music we do has been pretty positive. You'd be surprised what parts of the world gets into heavy rock. Never overlook any countries on this planet.

> 10.Are there any plans for a full length in the future?
Yes this is our latest LP.  The running time may only be 32 minutes, but remember, Slayer’s Reign in Blood was less than that.

> 11.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?
It's hard to really pinpoint a style or certain influences for all of us in the band. But, I'd say bands like Electric Wizard, Floor, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Thin Lizzy are bands that have influenced us heavily on the new LP.

> 12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Bike riding, motorcycles, the shooting range and whiskey.

> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
We'd like to just say thank you very much for your time and interest in Twingiant.  I hope you all like Devil Down and hopefully we will see some of you on the road.  Check out our website at twingiant.com for updates and merch.

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