Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Check out Underride
A five-piece band from Seattle, Underride is "trying to save rock n' roll" according to lead vocalist Rev. In addition to Rev, the group consists of guitarists Suzuki Sixx and Princess, bassist El Barto, and drummer Double A. They have opened for acts such as Static X, Duff McKagan's Loaded, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Blackie Lawless among many others. Underride recently released their sophomore album Distorted Nation- the follow-up to their 2008 release One of Us. I recently spoke with Rev; here is our conversation.
Front Paige Metal News: How did you get your start? How long has the band been together?
Rev: This line-up has been together since 2009. We had the chance to bring in a couple new guitar players and knew Princess and Suzuki Sixx from two other local bands. They jumped on board right away, and we started writing the new record Distorted Nation.
FPMN: For those who haven't heard you, how do you describe your music?
Rev: It's just straight up meat and potatoes hard rock. We like to call it Camaro Rock! No gimmicks, no emo, screamo, rap rock, or turntables...just rock.
FPMN: What is coming up next for the band?
Rev: We're wrapping up our first national tour with Tantric, Man Made Machine, and Eve To Adam. We'll head back to Seattle to refuel the jets and head back out in January again. We have a couple new songs cooking in the oven too. So, expect bigger and better shows and new tunes!
FPMN: What has it been like opening for bands such as Duff McKagan's Loaded? How does it feel to already have the support of such a notable artist?
Rev: Playing with Duff was cool on a couple different levels. Of course, it's always great to share the stage with a rock legend like Duff but it was even better to play with his new band Loaded because we're fans of their music too. I got to spend some time in the green room with Duff and his wife Susan. They were really nice, down-to-earth people. It was cool to meet a rock icon like Duff, but it's even better to find out that he really is a nice guy with a great family. He has it all.
FPMN: What do you and the rest of the band hope to accomplish in your career?
Rev: We're trying to connect with as many rock fans as we can find. We wanna put on rock shows that entertain our fans because when they have a good time, we feed off of their energy. It's the next best thing to sex when you're onstage and people are going off on your tunes. I'd like to get some of our songs on radio and tour as much as possible!
FPMN: When my readers check out your music, what do you hope they take away from it?
Rev: I think they'll find that it doesn't really sound like anything else in the Active Rock charts. It's recorded in our rehearsal space, and it's a pretty honest record that represents the band just as we are. There isn't a lot of production and gloss. It's a rock record the way we think rock should be recorded. Give it a spin, and let us know what ya think. People always try to pigeonhole the band. I've read everything from the Beach Boys to progressive metal. Can you believe that?
You can check out Underride's official website here. Have you heard Underride's music yet? Have you seen them live? What did you think? Comment below!
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