Monster Truck talk about Down­load, new songs and food

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE -

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.

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