Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Amassador Gun Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what iss going on with the band these days?
         — We are planning fall tour in support of "Golden Eagle". Starting to write and piece together
                 ideas for a new record too.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous recordings?
           — We had all intentions this time to record and mix the record ourselves. From the start we knew we wanted a raw
               and crusty tone with a lot of mid. We listened to a handful of recordings we liked from other bands and tried to make
               our own version. We were very fortunate to have some great friends borrow us great amps for the project. In the past we've
               worked with some amazing people including Steve Austin, Adam Tucker, and Jeff Halland and were pleased with
               the end product. I feel the three of us had a certain sound we needed conceptually for this record and "Golden Eagle" came out great.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
      — I suppose we write about what we know and whats fucked. No pleasantries with grind!!! Many of the lyrics we write are collaborative and deal with America's spotty history
              you could say. "Golden Eagle" was a title first and written around lyrically second hand. Most, not all, songs on the record are about Native American culture at the turn of the 19th
              century. Theft, murder, coercion, etc.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
     — Honestly, the name was originally a song we wrote probably in 2001 on a drum machine. The name came from a style of giant, reflective aviator sunglasses. Picture Clint Eastwood
             wearing those with a gun to your temple! Fuckin' tough as nails!

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
    — A few of the best have been with Red Sparowes some years ago in Minneapolis. Odd lineup, but amazing sound and huge attendance. We played with other amazing bands
            such as Gaza, Enabler, and some of the guys from Masakari in a side project band this last year. When we tour I think the set is very solid and seamless. No setlist, just feeling out the last song
           merging into the next. We play fast and only break really to switch instruments. A recent memorable show we played was in North Dakota and my finger was scraped and scabby from playing bass
           the night before. The scab ripped off about two songs into the set and sprayed blood with every strum. I supposed it looked pretty rad.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
    — We hope to be back out by mid or late October for a couple weeks probably heading westward again but TBD. Hopefully ride south over the winter to get out of the midwest for a minute

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extrememusic?
    — I've definitely sold more hard copies of the music overseas. We'll get emails from other country's with guys saying they really dig the music, come tour here, etc. Generally its written in broken english
            but we're very grateful that people that far away can hear what we're doing. And we have yet to tour Europe. I guess that would truly sum it up when we get over there.

8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
   — Drummer Patrick plays in a fucking amazing death metal band Australis also from minneapolis. Tim writes beats for a dirty hip-hop project called the Katy Perry Gang Bang. I (Luke) tool around
           on GarageBand when bored.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
  — I think we'll continue to write straight grind songs and experiment with other styles and progressions and hopefully release another amalgam of a record. Mixing it up a bit
          can a make a grind/metal record memorable.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 — Well there's obvious influences by Rotten Sound, Carcass, Nasum, Neurosis, Slayer to name a few. But each of us listen to such a broad spectrum of bands separately that I couldn't say we have direct
          influence when we practice. There's some pretty cool younger bands emerging from the midwest right now and they're a lot of fun to see live.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests
   — Pat and Tim have other music projects and I do some design, web, and illustration independently for bands and small companies.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
— We have some great news with a reputable label coming soon! Thanks from all of us for your interest in Ambassador Gun

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