EMQ’s with THREATPOINT
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Scranton, Pennsylvania Thrash/Groove Metal band Threatpoint. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey, I’m Chris James; I’m the singer of Threatpoint and also play guitar, writing and recording but just not live. Threatpoint has been around since March 2012. Our sound is a mix of many influences, Hard Rock, Power Metal, a lil Progressive stuff, Classic Metal and a big chunk of us is Thrash! We are all big Thrash Metal fans since we were young.
How did you come up with your band name?
Threatpoint band name? You’re the first interview that ever asked us this. Our original name was Sixfist but changed for reasons of it sounding like porn …Chris came up with the word “Threat” like getting in someone’s face not necessarily in a bad way. And we needed to expand on it and CJ said “Point” basically being a person or place or event. So Threatpoint was born. We look at it as we will get in your face point blank with our mission!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Scranton, Pennsylvania USA. The metal scene in my view is there are good solid pockets of it depending where you go. Sure there are metal heads everywhere but when you play out some towns or cities definitely do better than others.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video?)
“Salvation” is our brand new album. Just released it Feb 22nd this year. Our single is out as a lyric video for the track ‘Save Your Apologies For God’.
Who have been your greatest influences?
My greatest influences are God and my mother. Musically speaking; The Doors, Iron Maiden, Testament, Overkill, Savatage, Blondie, The Bee Gees and the list rolls on.
What first got you into music?
Growing up Mom always played records all types of music. I was never much into TV but then Headbangers Ball came along… man those were the days the 80’s!!!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken… it’s the ultimate metal festival!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Cookies…not weird but they were awesome!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Get out of the house n support bands. Bring back the old days when clubs were always packed n metal music was alive!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Jim Morrison and Criss Oliva (Savatage) they both had so much more to do!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing/Recording and playing new places and meeting new people. I hate the lies, empty promises and being screwed financially!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It would be nice if people truly listened to new bands and gave them a shot.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Testament – “The Gathering”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Cassettes because you can beat them up pretty good and now downloads because I can buy something on iTunes n listen to it immediately and don’t have cases and cases of things to carry!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Every gig is equally important when there are people waiting for you. We always give 100%.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m doing it, a truck driver.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My Wife and my band guys.
What’s next for the band?
We just suffered a huge blow from an accident, trying to regroup and try to get a new tour vehicle!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
No clue never even heard of them?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just want to say thank you to our manger Yvonne Loveland @Voodoo Queen Management for believing in us and helping us through some tough times. Along with everyone else out there who supports us and comes out to the shows… We love you all!
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