We all come from the same scene and played in different bands that shared the same bill. After certain bands left or broke up we ended up playing together. It was killer how it turned out for each of us because we have similar tastes in music.
I notice that one of your members is Josh Brainard who used to be with Slipknot. You guys aren't as hardcore as Slipknot so does he enjoy the change of style?
His favorite band of all time is KISS, so On A Pale Horse doesn't deviate too far from that territory. It's not just Josh though, all of us came from brutal bands. Our drummer Nick was playing grinding death metal before this, I was in Down The Sun, and Jerry and Jeremy were in a band called Painface. We still have the heavy influences, but when you've been playing a certain genre for a while it's refreshing to try something new, and that's how OAPH began.
You guys have released two albums which I've had the absolute pleasure of listening to. Tell me a little bit about the latest one, On A Pale Horse.
It's just us jamming in a studio that used to be a chicken shack, on a farm out in the middle of nowhere. Musically we're not trying to rewrite musical history or anything, we just want to make honest and true music that isn't trendy. It's just greasy, heavy guitar rock.
What kind of role did Warren Riker played in producing your album and how did you hook up with him?
He emailed us one day last year and said he'd be into working with us. Warren was out here a month later and we trucked him up to the shack to record us. The cool thing about Warren is that although he has worked with some of the biggest names in music, he still has that love of the underground and loves to work with virtually unknown bands like ourselves. He taught us a lot about making records the right way.
Tell me about some of your favorite songs off the album.
My favorite song is "No Eagle Lies In Potter's Field". The reason for that is the experience in tracking that song. We were out in the middle of the night recording crickets and hitting an empty corn silo which possibly could be the world's biggest drum ever recorded.
You're signed to Mushroom Cloud Records. How is that working out for you guys?
We have the freedom to do whatever we want to do. Our next record could be a black metal record if we wanted. It's cool being on a small indie like that because it's not about making money, it's about making music.
Who does the lyrical writing and what kind of things inspire the lyrical content of the songs?
I handle the lyric department, but anybody in the band could write if they wanted to. As far as the content, it depends on the mood of the song and how it makes me feel or how my life is at the current moment. The past two years have been excellent so what you get is more positive vibes. I do write a lot of songs about ghosts, but explaining the reason for that would be better in a conversation.
Who writes some of these incredible guitar riffs? You just don't hear awesome shit like this here of late.
We all contribute, but the three fiddle players write most of the material. We love spontaneous jam sessions and some songs come out of that.
You guys have had the opportunity to play with a number of cool bands like Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, High On Fire, Mastodon, and Fireball Ministry. Which bands did you enjoy playing the most with and who would you like to play with in the future?
Playing with any band of that caliber is always an honor. Personally, I would dig playing with Maiden.
What are your touring plans?
We will be heading out east in September for a short run and then out west in the spring hopefully. Check out www.onapalehorse.com for more details.
How do you feel about the current music scene and what would you like to see change?
As always the scene will follow a trend, but right now I'd much rather have Lamb of God and Mastadon being the cool thing than Limp Bizkit. It's pretty amazing how the music industry works. Whatever the kids listen to the industry will follow, always remember that.
Any other thoughts or comments?
If you live out east, make damn sure you put two hours aside of your busy
schedules and come check out the show. We won't disappoint.
On A Pale Horse