Δευτέρα, 17 Μαρτίου 2014

Sigiriya Interview



Welcome to Full Throttle (Radio Show) blog and welcome to our music world too guys. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to know more about you through this interview.

Stuart O’Hara (guitar): Hello, and thanks for coming :)


-So, before I ask anything about the band, tell us some things about your lives and how music in general affects it in daily routine? 

Stuart: People think that when you are in a band that you do music all the time – unless you are making loads of money through your music the reality is different. We all have jobs, some of which we hate, some of us, like me, love them as it’s working with metal as I’m a welder fabricator. Matt works as a web designer, Mead lives in a cave and Darren, when he’s not being a business mogul does Buddhist stuff and hits large cymbals whilst saying ‘Om’. Music is an escape from all of this and something we do when we all get together.

-Band creation was a target from the beginning or this need came after? How you began the band story thing and how was the course until now?
Stuart: I think what you are trying to ask is was the goal to create a band based around our love of music? In that case, we have to go back to the roots and Acrimony in the early 90s, when we all got together as teenage friends to make music we loved. Getting back together in 2008 after a long time apart, we didn’t get back together to do Acrimony, we just met up as mates and jammed again to see what would happen and to create something new for ourselves that had nothing to do with our past. From then onwards we thought the chemistry was good and just kept on ripping, but still without any intention of doing it seriously, just for the love of the heavy riff.    

-How is the music scene in your country ? Are there opportunities to promote this genre of music that you are into ?
Stuart: In Wales, the scene is really healthy and diverse and a lot of bands like to bang their own drum when it comes to their own style so it’s not really about promoting “this style” of music, more just getting your head down and getting on with whatever it is you do.  There are bands like Hark and Spiderkitten releasing material this year and Prosperina and our singer Matt’s other bands Suns Of Thunder and Tabularasa all doing well. Basically, none of us are as good as Budgie and ‘Breadfan’ is the best song ever to be written in Wales. There are other legends including Gentle Giant, Tortoise Corpse and Lemmy, who is also Welsh. That is all you need to know.

-How was the experience and the feedback of the people at your first official recording, the album Return to Earth? If you did, what did you wathed more carefully and focused on the second album recording ? 
Stuart: We never listen to feedback, we just do what we want. The personnel was also different as we have a new singer Matt ‘pipes’ Williams which gave it a different vibe. But on the whole we never listen to anyone, we just do what we want. All the time.

-The second album will be similar to the first about the musical influences or it's a different approach of Sigiriya's feel?
Stuart: it’s the same influences, but we just wanted to up the ante. We’re still influenced by The Obsessed, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath but Matt came in with a different vocal style and that has really raised the bar and blew us away. Obviously the lyrics have changed meaning since Dorian (our old singer) left and Matt and Mead basically write about stuff that is in their minds, and I have no access to their minds – I wish I did as there’s some crazy shit going on up there. I think our second album destroys the first album and no mistake.   


-Did you think before say yes to Greek audience or you agreed immediately? What do you expect from them?
Stuart: We agreed immediately. I’d been out to Athens before when I was part of Iron Monkey and we toured Europe and it was rocking back then. You Greeks certainly love heavy shit and that’s for sure, which is a winner. We can’t wait to get out there. We’re expecting stage diving, loony Greek behavior and lovely food. And Wines. The finest wines known to man, please.   

-Thank you very much for your time,it was a joy to meet you! The epilogue is yours. You can screw it as much as you like,we love honest statements!!Cheers!

Thank you so much for your support – we really appreciate it – and hope to see you at the shows, banging your heads! 

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