Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Southwicked Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Rock:  We are preparing to play TitanFestIII in Belgium this September.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?

Rock:  I like it. I think it sounds like Allen West's guitar/writing and much more.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

Rock:  Marco wrote the lyrics on Death's Crown and its mainly about serial killers.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Rock:  We wanted to call the band Old Sparky but that name was already in use so we liked the idea of using a play on Alfred Southwick's (the inventor of the electric chair) name cause he was from my hometown, Buffalo NY and it fit with the concept of Death's Crown.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Rock:  Our first gig at Vlamrock in BE was a major blast.  It was my first gig in Europe and it was awesome to see a large crowd.  We played the Neurotic Deathfest in NL last year and that sticks out in my mind as well. We get onstage and jam..

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

Rock:  Besides the TitanFest gig we have nothing confirmed as of yet. Stay tuned

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

Rock:  Mostly positive. Makes us feel good

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

Rock:  I'm moonlighting in a cover band here in Maryland called Never 2 Strong and may be recording a couple of songs for the California Death Metal band Lustmord in the near future.  Sven and Stef are doing well with Shattered Skull, They are playing a show or 2 with Six Feet Under soon.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Rock:   Wherever the wind takes us.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Rock:  I'm influenced by older Rock and Metal, Ac Dc, KISS, Sabbath, Maiden, Motorhead, Venom, ect ect.   I am older than Allen.  See your next question for what I've been listening too.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Rock:  I go to alot of Death/Black and Metal shows here in the Baltimore / Washington DC area. The Maryland Death Fest was a great time for the second year in a row.   I don't really have any interests outside of music.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Rock:  Allen West is back and Southwicked is gonna kick your ass old school style!

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