A REBEL FEW is another Canadian band that I’ve recently discovered. So of course I wanted to know more and there had my interview answered by Adam Shortbreed (Bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
Adam… A Rebel Few is a 4 piece hard rock/metal band from Cambridge, Ontario, with a loyal following/ family known as Dirt Bags which is acronym for D riven I ntegrity R espect Trust.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Adam… When it came time to pick the name for the most bad ass band I’ve ever been in, it happened pretty fast, we were having a few beers at Barry’s house and someone said how about “a rebel few” as soon as we heard it, that was it. The only requirement was, that it fit our personality as a group.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
Adam… As a whole are influences come from Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and of course the mighty Pantera , but we also enjoy the fun music of the 80’s cock rock bands to boot.
Today we are inspired from our everyday experiences.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
Adam… The only down side I see of a physical copy is the cost of reproduction as compared to the digital were once you have it mastered and uploaded your away. On the other hand a physical CD is right there in your face, it is not just another name in a fast playlist on “your wireless cellular device.” Woo LOL
Is digital killing the album format?
Adam… I definitely think the digital age is changing the way we buy and listen to music, but there will always be people who want to hold the physical copy in there hands.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
Adam… To me personally the album art has always played a big part in metal thinking. Back to when I was 1st getting into music; the cover is what drew your attention to the album 1st. I remember drawing Iron Maiden’s Eddie on my books at school.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
Adam… Playing live shows and word of mouth will always be the major way of getting our music out there, but social media has made it a lot easier for us to connect with fans and visa versa we can get instant feedback and it keeps everyone involved and apart of our rock and roll family.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Adam… We have always had a good relationship with other independent bands in Ontario, but in wasn’t until we went to Texas that we actually felt like part of the scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Adam… We are a hard working band that lives and breaths to be on the stage. With the new album releasing “April 22” we will be hitting the road hard, rolling throw as many cities as possible to build our fan base.
What will the future bring?
Adam… Things are moving really fast, next year we are going to be playing as many shows and festivals as we can across Canada and the US. There is also talk of hitting Europe. We have another albums worth of material for when we’re ready to hit the studio again. All I know is we are here to stay.
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