Monster Truck talk about Download, new songs and food
STORY Editor David Godsall, along with Chris Berrersford, managed to grab a chat with Canadian rockers Monster Truck at Download.
Guitarist Jeremy Widerman recalled that there first trip to Download was also their first visit to this country. He said: “The main thing for us was it was the very first time we came to the UK. It was a last minute addition about five years ago.
“It was the first time bringing the band over to the UK it kind of gave us the momentum to tour and get going over here.”
When asked about their new single Evolution out now, and the upcoming True Rockers album in September, keyboardist Brandon Bliss said: “It’s just starting to ramp up, this weekend is kind of the announce time and we are starting to feel the buzz of the new one coming.
“So far we have been quite quiet at home so we are looking forward to this kind of craziness.”
Jeremy said: “I think the first single is a little bit of a surprise for people, there’s a little bit of a modern vibe on it.
“We are trying new things but at the same time there’s still lots of familiarity for fans who have been fans of the other records.
“It’s more beneficial by changing it a lot on the sound on a couple of records as opposed to trying to ratchet the whole album in a different direction.”
Brandon added: “It’s also fun for us a band to try new things - sure we are changing things, We’re
just doing a couple of new things with it that makes it exciting to play.”
Later this year the band are going on tour with Black Stone Cherry, who were also performing at Download.
Jeremy said: “We know them well because we get comparisons to them a lot, they’re also a North American that fuses rock and blues together so it’s a really good match up as far as tours are concerned, and just having that little bit of similarity that we’ve toured before, everyone gets along, and its a good match.”
Asked what venues were still on their bucket list to play, Jeremy said he would like to play South America, Japan and Russia, while Brandon was keen to play Eastern Europe, where they were with Deep Purple last year and were blown away by the audiences.
And asked about British delicacies, Jeremy said that Brits were known for “British-cising” Indian food and cuisine to people in the English-speaking world, and North America was catching on to that.
“We are always able to find great Indian food over here, we are great fans of that.”
Jeremy said he would be sad to miss his favourite bands The Hives and Baroness who were also performing at Download, but they had to fly home Sunday morning so would missed their performances.
And when asked whether they preferred stage or studio, Jeremy said: “I prefer the studio I really enjoy working on the albums and recording the records and, it is always fun to bring it on tour and unleash the album to the fans, but I’m preferable to being at home and working on new songs.”
Brandon added: “To be honest, I like all of it, all of it is kind of what I fell in love with about the job, I love the travel too, being in new places and seeing the culture in it.
“But yeah, working on songs is pretty exciting, in my spare time at home I have a little home studio, I don’t even do anything actually, I love to just mess around, it’s a fun hobby.”
Brandon Bliss (left) and Jeremy Widerman from Monster Truck, pictured at Download Festival in Castle Donington.