Where is Ire Clad from?

Ire Clad is from, with its four members, a fairly small region between the Southern tips of Cayuga and Seneca lake in Central

How long has Ire Clad been around?

Ire Clad formed with the same four guys in the band now in the summer of 2010.

How did the band get started?

Jerrod and Harrison knew each other for years and played together in the former super-eclectic band, Patchwork Down, from
about 1996-2003.  After Jerrod's band had disbanded around the end of 2009, he simply asked Harrison if he wanted to get
a band together to play something exclusively heavy.  Jerrod recruited Pete as a drummer and Harrison recruited Eric, an
extreme heavy guitarist, to convert to bass guitar - neither Pete nor Eric had ever played out in live shows, despite their
musical prowess.
How did you come up with the name?

I think it was a honing down a huge list of already used and many impractical band names until we decided on Ire Clad - it sounds like a commonly used term, iron clad, which
conveys strength in itself, but we decided to use a little play on words to make it original and make it Ire Clad, simply meaning 'wrapped in anger'...  that is metal!
Can you name your biggest influences?

Harrison:  Classic Rock and Metal like Foreigner, Journey, Dokken, Iron Maiden, (oldest) Motley Crue and
then Alice In Chains and Machine Head as well as a slew of CNY bands throughout my
old-enough-to-be-in-a-bar years!

Eric:  As far as playing, the right hand picking technique of Dino Cazares of Fear Factory really just hit me
like bullets from a machine gun. And that's why I and others call it machine gun picking. Also very much
influenced by kvlt black metal movement that started in Norway. Again personally i have quite an eclectic
palate of musical influences ranging from Nirvana, Smashing pumpkins, Then a myriad of Black and Death
metal bands.

Jerrod:  I have the traditional metal influences,  Sabbath,  Maiden, Priest, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer,
Exodus, Testament, Pantera. I was also into 80's hair metal,  then AIC and Soundgarden, Tool. My favorite
these days is Amon Amarth but like Mastadon, Machine head, Arch Enemy, a lot too.  Zeppelin was a big
influence too.
Pete: The Three's Company Fourth Season theme song has been a guidepost for me throughout the decades. Next to that, I cannot deny the modern power of the Jingle Cats
rendition of Silent Night. Curious, seeing as there are absolute no drums to be found in it whatsoever. Still, it lifts my spirits and inspires my creativity. That and a ten hour loop
of the 1953 BRM V16 Mk2 lapping the Goodwood racing circuit in the UK.
You have two guitarists. How do you establish who does what part?

Jerrod's guitar parts are often essentially the original riffs, but he also adds harmonies here and there to spice it up.  Harrison either
plays the same riff as Jerrod to purposely 'beef up' certain parts, plays harmonies to Jerrod's and Eric's parts, or writes completely
different melody lines to himself spice up the sound.  Palm muting, pick harmonics, and various harmonies between guitars dance
back and forth while Pete and Eric have been steadily working toward a rhythm prowess and separate identity from many of the
guitar work while accentuating the guitar work in other spots with pounding percussive quadrupling beefing of the riffs!

Do you have any practice or pre-show rituals?

Pre-rehearsal is pretty lax, but we always get down to business.  We have a very democratic and open approach to any new ideas,
riffs and general opinions.  
There are no set pre-show rituals, although Harrison drinks gallons of water throughout the day. We all used to all salut a shot of
whiskey right before we went on when we first started playing out live - now, its usually just Harrison and Eric who have a stiff swig to
loosen up emotionally and lube the vocal chords for some metal abuse!

Q: In your gigging experience with this band, what is the craziest or wacky thing you have done or witnessed?

I guess the craziest thing that ever happened is what keeps happening to us - we blow the power at many gigs - it's happened at
Ivan's in Cortland on several occasions, at a festival this summer, and, as you know, at the Eagle hotel!  What can we say - we are
just too beastly for mortal electricity!  \m/
How did each of you come into playing your instrument?

Harrison:  My oldest brother got a Strat copy and matching amp from Century 21 and it was my first musical
love even though I didn't even know how to tune it.  After getting more serious about wanting a good guitar, I
watched a high school aquaintance rip off several mid 1980's metal and rock riffs and I instantly bought his
1984 Kramer Baretta that I own to this day.  I took a year of classical guitar lessons at Oswego state which just
propelled my abilities umpteen-fold!  I formed a band at 19 that played mostly originals and I have written
original songs every since with relative ease.  That first band also introduced me to singing and I learned to
always sing harmony to the lead singer which again propelled my ability to sing immensly.  I worked my way up
in ability and courage to become a lead singer who could play lead guitar in about 1990 and havn't looked back
Jerrod:  I started with piano in middle school but wasn't that interested.  My dad being a music teacher wanted
me to play something so got me a Fender Strat when I said I wanted a guitar.  I didn't play a lot at first but in
high school really went to town.Like Harrison I also went to SUNY Oswego and studied classical guitar with the
same instructor. I didn't play in my first bands until the end of college.
Pete: My natural compassion and loving embrace of humankind inspired me to take up a hobby filled with angry
violent expression upon inanimate objects. That or juggling baby geese. (I sometimes wish I'd taken up the
geese. O, where my life might have gone!)
Eric: I also started with piano when i was very young. Too young to appreciate it so i didn't want to play. Then
around the age of 12-13 i heard Van Halen's eruption solo and was blown away and knew i wanted to play
guitar. so that Christmas i got a Squire strat pack and went on from there. As far as bass guitar i had fiddled
around with it but didn't become devoted to it until Ire clad started then i came to love it as much as playing
What can you tell us about the song you have submitted for the comp
(Death in Disguise)?

"Death in Disguise” is a great example of how Ire Clad has come to write a
song.  Jerrod came in to practice one day with a series of riffs, we arranged
them somewhat, and I started making melodic vocal nonsense over the top of
the parts. (As an aside, Jerrod was worried his verse and pre-chorus riffs
sounded like we were ripping off White Zombie, and I assured him that when we
were done with this song it would be 100% Ire Clad!  I think I was right....
Eventually, we honed the song down to it's exact current arrangement, but I
didn't add lyrics to it until this summer.  Those lyrics came first from a set of
lyrics Jerrod had written over 2 years ago which I jammed into the verses and
kept the title and jammed that into the chorus.  The rest of the lyrics, I wrote or
re-wrote to what they are now - a dark composition of how Death can be hidden
behind masks and charades where we would usually would not expect to find it
and it can be around every corner when we least expect it.
Interview by David Henninger
The first song on our METAL MEAT MAGAZINE CD is a song called “DEATH IN DISGUISE” by hard rock/metal band from
Upstate New York called IRE CLAD. It’s an appropriate kick off to the very first issue of Metal Meat.
All members of this band participated in our interview which was conducted entirely via email.
How do you go about songwriting? Do you have a method, formula?

The writing of songs comes about, predominantly, with Jerrod introducing a riff or often a number of riffs meant to be combined in some way, and we all hash out lengths of parts
and arrangement.  There has been two songs from the debut CD and one song from God of War that Harrison has written in completion with very little arrangement assist, and
one song from the new CD that Eric wrote most of the riffs for.  However, once the basics of the song have been written and arranged, Harrison adds vocal melodies and vocal
sounds, often with one or two actual parts complete with a theme, and words are written to those established melodies.
Even though Harrison has written most of the lyrical content, Jerrod added very much of the lyrics of God of War and Eric has worked directly in one song on each album.  Pete
has added general concepts for a few of the the songs on each album as well.
Eric Rodgriguez/Bass and vocals
Pete Schlough/Drums