EMQs with Acid Reign
Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQs interview with Acid Reign. Huge thanks to vocalist Howard H Smith for taking park!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Howard H Smith and I am vocalist with UK thrash band Acid Reign. We go back to the 80’s so history available here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_Reign It’s too much to type! 😊
How did you come up with your band name?
Bass player came up with it.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
England. All good thanks, thriving.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
New album “The Age Of Entitlement” was out on September 27th 2019.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Fish from Marillion.
What first got you into music?
Marillion made me fall in love with music. I already liked music but they were my first love.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We are collaborating with one of my favourite artists Suzanne Vega on our new album.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Goodwood Festival of Speed, some of the most awesome cars you will ever see all gathered in one place. Heaven.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A handmade Acid Reign lighter for my 47th birthday in Almera Spain.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
See you out on the road!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dave Mustaine. Too soon?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Performing live and creating new music. People moaning on social media because bands do not plan their careers/tours/releases around THEIR wishes. Hence The Age Of Entitlement”.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Festivals/venues taking a percentage of merch sales.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Reign In Fucking Blood!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s for the car, Vinyl for the house and Downloads on the move.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Bloodstock 2015, hands down the best show this band has EVER played.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I have been a stand-up comedian for 25 years and still am!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Mohammed Ali, Gore Vidal, Bill Hicks, Salvador Dali and Jeff Hanneman
What’s next for the band?
Touring our first album for 29 years, festivals and all that good stuff.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Here you go:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s a biscuit! You can tell by the shape and size, it’s a cake in name only.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the support and to all of you reading this. It feels great to be back with a new album after all these years. If you haven’t heard it please seek out The Age Of Entitlement I promise it’s not shit! 😊
Thanks that was a lot of fun with some cool and unique questions.
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