You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well originally when we started the name search we visited a few, which were ejected by already taken dba’s. 1st was Afterlife, then Savage Rein (which sucked), then was my prize, Azrael. Which was taken. Then my bestest bud Trey Gadler attached the Bane to it, and we were off.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-So, to start we have one of the most Talented gents to ever touch a fretboard, Mr. Jeff Clifton. He is the melody behind the chaos. Then we have Mr. Chuck McFadden. The human harmonizer, and jukebox. Then we pan to the rear which inhabits Mr. Van Eric Tuner, one of the mist diversified and powerful drummers I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing meter with. And then surely not least for last, my brother, and best friend in the galaxy, Mr. Trey, sway, Gadler. One of the most incredible dudes I’ve ever had the pleasure of creating memories with. And then throw me in the mix. The black sheep, cut from the prog cloth. The one that always manages to piss everyone off. It’s has become a talentJ
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I grew up as an 80’s baby, and never grew out of it. Then got sucked into the prog movement and never recovered. But the biggest influence that reflects in most of my compositions would rest on Night Ranger. If you could believe that. And I drug the rest of them kicking and screaming in the vortex with me.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Our scene is few and far between. We are metal healthy, but not as much as I would like. We have great local metal, but it has suffered to the movement of the new metal transition. I’m still a little bitter from the destruction of our metal world at the hands of the Seattle new age crap. The only good thing we got outta that was Chris Cornell, and now he’s gone. So……..
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes, when we play our stuff I feel as if we are untouchable. We could be on top of the world with the right attention. I guess our message is putting real metal back in the mix.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover to me should incorporate the ideal and emotion of what is contained within its covers. The journey and tribulations should be reflected within the artwork on the cover.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Absolutely. Now that we are all exposed to a digital world, you should still be able to reproduce your product in a live situation.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-It varies from time to time. Your following depends on the dedication and work you are prepared to do.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Well for us, it’s a little of both. We don’t play so much live local that it gets diluted. So when we do play local we strive to involve all within our home crowd to make it a party.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Our future should involve the completion of the new album, and hopefully the announcement of a national tour with one of our favorite artists. Maiden, Metallica, Guns and Roses, you know, one of the majorsJ