Friday, July 15, 2016

Howling Giant Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're 3 dudes that write about space, mythical monsters, and whatever the hell else we feel like writing about.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

We tend to pull influence from all over the place, so this EP has a bit of doom, fuzz, prog rock, thrash, and of course stoner rock all wrapped up in a space blanket.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

With our debut EP, we wrote about space travel, doomed seafarers, and a sentient android hellbent for a camel killing death crusade. This time around, we are opening up a story about the last of the human race and their struggle against the Black Hole Space Wizard.
Most of the time we keep to sci-fi themes, but try to write lyrics that people can interpret however they like.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Howling Giant'?

Howling Giant sounds a lot like a loud beast, which is what we strive to do musically. We aim to create a full sound that people might normally expect from a five-piece rather than a power-trio. The inspiration originally came from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We really love playing at the Springwater Supper Club in Nashville, TN. Its a tiny dive bar, but every show we've played has been very fun and you never know what will happen next at that place. We also like playing Asheville, NC because there are always enthusiastic show-goers and a lot of breweries to hit before the show.

Stage performance wise, we are very energetic. No one going to a rock show wants to see the band standing around and not feeling their own music, right?

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are playing a bunch locally over the next few months in Nashville and the surrounding area. We'll also get back on the weekend tour train within the next few months. Nashville is pretty central, so we can cover a bunch of ground in a weekend in our hearse.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We aren't necessarily looking for a label right now because we've been able to do most of the booking/recording/everything else ourselves, though if the right offer comes along, we will certainly consider it!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and rock?

The feedback has been great! We can't wait to get over to Europe because thats actually where we've seen the biggest positive response.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We'll continue to write whatever we're feeling. It will all stay within the confines of rock/metal, but we'll keep pulling influence from all over. The concept of the next few albums will really drive the overall mood of the music.

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?

We have such a wide range of influence between the 3 of us. We can always jam some Mastodon, Baroness, Truckfighters, and Red Fang, but don't think we won't get down to some Erykah Badu every once and a while.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Beer. Tom and Zach work at a local brewery, Tennessee Brew Works and Roger enjoys sitting and drinking said beer. Roger also tends to be a culinary genius every once and a while.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Just a huge thanks to everyone for the great response on the EP so far! Can't wait to release the future installments.


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