Gunnar DüGrey - Lead guitar
Alex McDonald - Drums
Ben Gesik - Rhythm guitar
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HOW DID YOUR FANS RESPOND WHEN YOU FIRST PLAYED PENDULUM LIVE?
They seemed to respond very well to it. They started head banging and thrashing around, which is always a good sign. That is, until a few of the parts with some of the more odd time signatures came in, but that’s kind of the nature of Tech Death.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT PERFORMING?
I personally play a lot of music still in my free time. I love Classical music, so I play a lot of piano in my freetime. There’s also a pretty good chance I’ll be at the gym at any given time, I’ve kind of become a gym rat over the last year. During our long hiatus trying to replace the members that had quit, I decided to try to lose some weight, so fitness is now a big part of my life.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCE YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Well the current style of music that we play is heavily influenced by bands like Animals as Leaders, Meshuggah, Gojira, The Faceless, and Necrophagist. Some on the melodically technical end of the spectrum, and some more rhythmically technical. However our music early on was more in the vein of Groove Metal. We were often compared to Pantera and Lamb of God, but my other huge influence was Protest the Hero, which made for a pretty unique mix of styles.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE?
That’s a tough one. As far as crowd turn out goes, I think our biggest show was probably still opening for Powerman 5000 my Freshman year of High School. But if we’re just talking about a band that I was stoked to play with, I’d either have to give it to Within the Ruins, or Nile. Within the Ruins was one of my personal favorite bands for a long time, and Nile, while I’ve never really gotten around to listening to a whole lot of their stuff, is a super cool band to add to the list of nationals you’ve played.
WHAT BRAND OF INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE?
I am an endorsed artist with Dean Guitars, so I play them exclusively. I just recently got a handmade Dean RC8, with a custom yellow paint job and a Floyd Rose, which is significant because it is the first eight string that Dean has ever made with a Floyd Rose. I couldn’t be happier with it. As far as equipment and gear go, I also have a deal with Randall, so I play through their Satan head, which is actually tailored for extended range music. I have a deal with Stringjoy strings, which is one of the only companies that I am aware of that sells full packs with strings thick enough to accommodate the low tuning that we play in. And lastly, almost everyone in the band has a deal with Nady Wireless, and I use Swiss Picks as well, though I do not a have a deal with them… yet. Haha
WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST FAN STORY YOU HAVE?
We really haven’t had a lot of fan stories that stand out. But of course, after nearly every show I seem to get a drunken lecture from some fan that stands about three inches from my face and breathes heavily throughout his spiel. “Never give up”, “you give me hope for the future of metal”, “always wear a condom”, etc. etc… It’s nice sentiment, don’t get me wrong, but after you’ve been told the same thing so many times, and through slurs and fumbled speech, the advice starts to lose it’s value.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG TO PERFORM?
At the moment, it’s really whichever song is the newest. I still enjoy our old stuff, but I always look forward to playing some new material and showcasing the new direction that we’re headed.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND’S SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
It will certainly be similar to our current sound, but it will also be very different in many ways. For one thing, we’ve moved to eight string since the last EP, and we have a whole new line-up. Our singer is great at the heavy gutturals and screeching highs, our new drummer hits very hard and is a technical wizard, our new bassist can do all the crazy slapping and fingerpicking stuff, and our new second guitarist is a riff machine that never makes a mistake. You can expect the music to be much heavier, and above all, much more technical.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY BAND/PERFORMER SING ONE OF YOUR SONGS, WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WOULD IT BE IN YOUR STYLE OR THEIRS?
I’d have to say someone like Jeff Loomis. I would love to hear what kind of gnarly solos he’d come up with for our stuff.
AS WE ARE PROMOTING YOUR BAND, IS THERE ANYTHING COMING UP LIKE ALBUM LAUNCHES OR TOUR DATES YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PROMOTE ON OUR SITE FOR YOU?
We’re in the studio right now, and as soon as we get this next EP finished, we’re planning to jump on a cool tour of some sort, as well as shopping for a deal with the appropriate label. As far as shows go, we’re playing with Nile and Overkill in February, as well as a myriad of across the northwest. Thanks for your interest.