|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
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
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
|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
|Interview by David Henninger
|Eric Rodgriguez/Bass and vocals