EMQ’s with SILVERTONGUEDEVIL
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dallas, Texas metallers Silvertonguedevil. 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?
Silvertonguedevil & Acoustic Devil. I am the singer. STD started in 2005, and is a metal band that blends old school heavy metal and extreme metal while infusing punk energy. We focus intensely on crafting memorable songs and creating an entertaining live spectacle with lights, fog, and weapons. AD is our acoustic metal side project that started in 2015, and the idea is to play our songs with just as much passion and intensity but on acoustic guitars, giving the songs a stripped down, more raw feel. Most of the time acoustic music is synonymous with toned down versions of songs, but we took the opposite track.
How did you come up with your band name?
Names are tough to come up with. It took several tries before landing on Silvertonguedevil, but in the end we liked it because it sounded cool and we couldn’t find anyone else that had used it. Plus, it does tie thematically into the songwriting, as a silver tongued devil is an exceptional liar and con man.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Dallas, TX, in the US. We are fortunate in that we have two cities (Dallas & Ft Worth) that form a sprawling metroplex that contains a healthy scene for punk and metal. Right now we have a surplus of great bands, and it is one of the hotspots in the US for touring bands to stop.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We are in the process of releasing album number four for us, which will come out this fall. It is to be called “PAX SATANICA”, and it will have songs both from Silvertonguedevil & Acoustic Devil. Our previous albums include “SECRET DEMONS” (2009), “PORNOGRAPHIC SCRIPTURE” (2012), and “ORTHODOX HERESY” (2015). Our current single from the upcoming album and all of our previous albums are available on all major streaming and download services.
Who have been your greatest influences?
There are many, but the main ones are BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER, KATAKLYSM, IMMORTAL, and DEAD KENNEDYS. But we love and admire many various bands across the heavy spectrum.
What first got you into music?
My earliest memories are of being exposed to and loving music. For me it’s just an innate thing. I grew up in a household were I was exposed to classical music at a very young age, and from there I branched off into heavier pursuits. To this day my main musical interests are classical and metal, though I do love certain movie soundtracks as well.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tough one to answer, but the pinnacle would be to do something with Tony Iommi. But working with any musician or band that we admire would be a huge honour.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air is the goal we’ve set for ourselves, as it is world renowned for being the ultimate metal festival. And there are many others that we’d love to be a part of, such as Hellfest, Graspop, Summer Breeze, and Exit Festival, as well as major festivals in the States like Maryland Deathfest and Aftershock. Playing the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise would be an absolute blast.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Probably the best gift I received was the metal staff I use at all of our live shows. Two good friends of mine crafted it themselves, cutting the metal pieces and creating a true artwork that our fans all recognize. And because of that we’ve had other fans gift us weapons like daggers and knives. By now we have quite the collection.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
For us the music is the message, we’re not into preaching a message of any kind. We sincerely hope people enjoy and get something out of our songs.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Zombie Jim Morrison would be interesting to meet, same with undead Jimmy Hendrix.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The music and band comradery are the best parts of being in a band. It’s a real pleasure to have a shared goal and pursue it with musicians you respect and enjoy, and we have lots of fun getting out and meeting new people. But the reality is that this takes a lot of endurance and will power. It’s a huge investment of time and money, and sadly the world of music is not a profitable one for heavy bands at this moment in time. But we love what we do despite the hardships.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Pop. It should be eradicated.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”, easy, it’s a masterpiece.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
They all serve a purpose, but it’s hard to beat vinyl.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We don’t have just one that is a pinnacle above all others, but we’re lucky in that we’ve played several wonderful shows. Our album release shows are always a highlight because we’re surrounded by our friends and fans.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I am also a writer and spend what free time I have away from the band writing fiction. I also love photography, videography, and editing, so I’d be doing more of all of those if I wasn’t doing music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Besides my wife and closest friends? Alive or dead? I don’t really know how to answer that, so I’ll just go off the top of my head. It’d be fun to have a cross section of people I admire, so it’d be a fun time hanging with Alice Cooper, Clive Barker, Dario Argento, Ennio Morricone, and Stephen King.
What’s next for the band?
Album release, new videos, and more shows in places we’ve never played before. Onwards and upwards.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All of them. We blast our music out in as many formats as possible.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have no idea what those are ha, ha.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Many thanks for helping us spread our music. Please let all your friends and enemies know about us!
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