Evergreen Terrace Interview Review
by Mike Rapin
Evergreen Terrace's new album "Wolfbiker" hit stores a couple weeks ago and Josh took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Thrashpit's Mike Rapin about the band, the new CD, The U.S.'s wang and more.
Thrashpit: Your new record hit on the 24th of July. What should listeners expect from this new album?
Josh: This record is the definition of Evergreen Terrace and by far the best ET record to date! It is filled with energy, passion, and no bullsh*t. There is something on this record for everyone. Punk, Hardcore, Metal!
Thrashpit: Given the type of music you guys generally play, how does a band such as yourselves work to not be lumped into with the mediocre-type bands in your genre?
Josh: We try to play as many diverse tours as possible and show people that we aren't mediocre. Ultimately it us up to the listener to decide if they think we are mediocre.
Thrashpit: I will say that I am a fan of you guys and that I do love the music your band puts out, my question is, how do you keep the creative juices flowing after, according to wikipedia.org, 8 years? How do you manage to keep creating new and well-put together music?
Josh: We seem to keep growing as a band, as writers, and personally. I think as long as there is inspiration out there for us then we will continue to strive to grow. Also on this record it is the first time we wrote music with Kyle, our drummer. So he brought a lot to the table in the writing process. It was like a breath of fresh air.
Thrashpit: Coming from Florida, what kind of scene do you guys see in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas? Is there a big scene down there on, as Homer Simpson once said, "the US's Wang?"
Josh: Haha! Yeah, the scene is pretty awesome. Kids are stoked on punk/hardcore there. The sense of community is very strong and shows are usually pretty fun.
Thrashpit: Just because I love to be so typical, what kind of music gear do you use on stage and to record?
Josh: Peavy 6505 heads, Mesa Boogie Cabs, ESP guitars is what I play. Craig plays Schecter guitars, Jason plays Kustom Bass Amps, and Kyle plays Pearl Drums, Pro Mark Sticks, and Sabian Cymbals.
Thrashpit: Seeing that your new album is being released on Metal Blade records how has the release from Metal Blade been different from your previous releases on Eulogy Records and Indianola Records?
Josh: Let's just say that we and Metal Blade are on the same page, haha.
Thrashpit: I know you guys have toured a lot in the last few years, and I'd like to know who you think was/were the best band(s) to be on tour with.
Josh: The tour with Bane was probably on of the most fun tours we have ever played in our entire careers, they are great dudes and an amazing band. Every tour we have done in the last couple years has been a party and the shows have ruled. We did a week with Rise Against, Circa Survive, and Thursday -that week was amazing. The crowds were f**king great, the bands were all amazing on-and-off stage. We were super stoked to be a part of that.
Thrashpit: Lyrically, who writes all the goods stuff us kiddies get to hear on the albums? How are those lyrics mixed with the music you guys put together?
Josh: Most of the lyrics are written by Drew with the exception of Craig's singing parts. He writes all of that himself. On this record Jason and I also contributed to lyrics. We write the music first and read the lyrics to see what we think fits with the sound of the song, somehow it just works.
Thrashpit: What musical-type person do you all despise the most? (I'm talking from Paris Hilton to Sammy Hagar to Gene Simmons to The Back Street Boys, any person/group)
Josh: The Blue Man Group.
Thrashpit: Pokemon? World of Warcraft? Dragonball Z? Harry Potter? What kind of'geeky' stuff are you guys into?
Josh: I'm not 8 years old.
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