Friday, April 26, 2013

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ A Sound Of Thunder

     Meet female-fronted heavy metal band, A Sound Of Thunder featuring Nina Osegueda on vocals, Josh Schwartz on guitar, Chris Haren on drums, and Jesse Keen on bass. They recently released a new single entitled "I Will Not Break" which is a song off their upcoming album, Time's Arrow. I recently spoke with Nina and Josh about their sound and their goals for the band!

Front Paige Metal News: How do you describe A Sound Of Thunder's music?

Nina Osegueda: I'd call us "traditional heavy metal", though there are times when we like writing songs in other styles. We've done everything from power metal, to hard rock, to our own take on death metal. I like being versatile.

Josh Schwartz: I'd agree "traditional heavy metal" fits the bill best, but as guitarist I'm also constantly trying to shoehorn in little nods to classic rock, to keep things organic, a little bit loose, and not too mechanical.

FPMN: What inspires you as a performer and a musician? When did you first realize that music was a passion for you?

Nina: I've been performing my entire life, so that has always been a big part of me. I am inspired by stories I hear and read about, both real and fiction. Sometimes I find that reality is much stranger than anything anyone could invent.

FPMN: What mark do you hope to leave on the music industry?

Nina: I hope that people remember us as a band that never took any shortcuts or tried to make it on anything other than who and what we are, both as musicians and as people.

Josh: I want to leave behind a large catalog of memorable, quality original music, and I want people to remember us as an honest band that came together, did our own thing, and never bowed to trends.

FPMN: What is coming up for A Sound Of Thunder?

Nina: Another album, of course! Plus some special additional releases, because we just can't seem to stop writing music.

Josh: We also have a few top secret projects, not all strictly musical, that we can't talk about quite yet.  Let's just say we'll be branching out.  Our drummer, Chris Haren, has written a short story elaborating on the title track of our next album, and that should show people that all creative doors are open to this band.  Music will always be the focus, but there's a lot more that we want to do.

FPMN: Are there any interesting or funny stories that you can tell about you or one of your band mates? Maybe a story from the studio or being on the road?

Nina: One of my favorite moments happened when we were recording "Hello Nurse". I knew that  I wanted this song to be funny, and I had always envisioned the chorus ending with a creepy man's voice saying "Hello... nurse", but we couldn't think of anyone to do the voice of the doctor. One day, as my husband came to pick me up, he spoke the line. It sounded interesting, so we put him in the studio for a test. Both Josh and Chris were having doubts but I told them, "trust me", and they did. We played chorus and suddenly Willy spoke the lines in this low creepy voice. Both Chris and Josh immediately burst into solid grins and I had a big "I told you so" moment!

Josh: Jesse and Chris both snore a lot on the road, and they tend to get into an alternating rhythm with each other, where they actually sound like one person snoring really loud at double speed!  It's simultaneously hilarious and annoying as hell because it's impossible to get to sleep!

FPMN: What is something that you would like my readers to know about your music?

Nina: There's a little bit of all of us in every single song we write. There is no song on any of our recordings that doesn't illustrate some part of our personality. From the stories, to the goofiness, to the heartfelt ballads, every song tells you something about this band.

Josh: Just know that we write and play what we like and what feels good. We sound exactly the way we want to sound!  That's why we love our fans so much. They've decided to come along on our ride, not vice versa.  No pandering to radio or trends here!

"I Will Not Break"

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  1. great interview! love this band, cant wait to hear more

  2. There are a lot of good bands out there making traditional metal music. Many of them sound retro, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (I love Cauldron) but this is one band where you hear the influences but it still sounds fresh, modern, and authentic. I hope they are still doing what they so clearly love when I'm listening from the nursing home.