Tuesday, January 31, 2017

White Light Cemetery Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Playing shows and promoting the new album. That's pretty much our main focus right now and probably will be for the rest of this year.

2. Recently you have released a new album, 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?

I think it's a pretty diverse album. There's a little bit of everything in there. A couple mid tempo tunes, a couple heavier ones, some bluesier stuff. I think this album is fairly similar to our last one actually. Maybe just a bit more variety on this one.

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

Some of the lyrics are about typical things that a lot of artists write about, dealing with the opposite sex and such. But a lot of the lyrics on this album were kind of left intentionally vague, not really pointing in one direction or the other. That way the listener can maybe interpret them for themselves in a way that they can really connect with.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'White Light Cemetery'?

It's a lyric from the Machine Head song "Now I Lay Thee Down".

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 think our best show definitely was opening for Crowbar at Tipitina's in New Orleans. They hadn't had a hometown show in a while and the place was packed. It was pretty amazing. As far as our stage performance, that's something that we really try hard at doing 110% at all times. We're pretty high energy when we're up there and we try to connect with the audience as best we can. We want them to have as much fun as we're having.

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

Absolutely. We've got a short tour of the southwest US coming up in March, then a few scattered shows in April and May, and hopefully a more extensive tour over the summer.

7. Can you tell us a little bit more about the art work on the album cover?

It cover art was done by Matt Wilkins. We wanted a retro 70's feel and I think he nailed it. The album cover goes right along with the title of the album. "Careful What You Wish For", a fortune teller, the crystal ball.

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

So far, so good. Kind of overwhelming actually. I'm really glad that people dig what we do.

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

Hopefully the same as we're doing now, only on a bigger scale. Still making music, still playing shows. As far as the music itself is concerned, it's really hard to say. Kind of depends on where we are in life at the time. Regardless of that, it'll always be WLC and it'll always sound like WLC.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Mostly classic rock. Especially Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Free, Mountain. But also newer stuff too. Crowbar, COC. As far as what I'm listening too, pretty much the same thing. Lately I've been rotating between Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, ZZ Top - Tres Hombres, Free - Highway, and also I've been digging Ghost's newest album.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Hot rods and drag racing. As fast and loud as possible.

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

I'd like to say thanks to you for having us and for everyone keep in touch with us on social media and to try and come check out one of our live shows if you have the chance.

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