EMQ’s with MURDER VAN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Atlanta, GA based Old-School Thrashing Death Metal band Murder Van. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist ‘Skraw’ 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?
Skraw, I play guitars and vocals in Murder Van. I put Murder Van together in late February early March of 2018. I had stopped playing in bands for almost 5 years and it was killing me. I felt like a part of me was missing so I contacted Damager (Drums) whom I have played with off and on since 1993. I needed a bass player and I knew exactly who I wanted so I got in touch with DeathRay who is actually a guitar player I’ve known since the late 1990’s. The three of us had played in a band together in the past so we clicked and the songs came really quickly. By the end of June 2018 we rushed into Blue Ogre Noise Lab to begin recording our debut with Tommy Stewart producing. In the meantime we were playing shows around Atlanta. As the album was finished in studio and the release date was pushed back for various reasons. Damager announced that he needed to step away from the band. This brought Joseph Dingle into the Van.. Joseph is a madman that brings speed and intensity to the live set. We continue to play around the Southeast. The self-titled debut was released Dec.6th and we are currently writing the follow up album.
How did you come up with your band name?
If I told you I’d have to kill you!
What Region/Country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We are from Atlanta GA, U.S.A and I would say that the scene is great for established touring acts. Atlanta loves metal. A lot of great bands have come out of Atlanta. There are a lot of great bands that never “made it” that are from Atlanta. The ones that did get huge didn’t do it playing here. They did it living in a Van playing on the road. Atlanta is a hard city but I’m sure it is the same everywhere. When you are in a band “working the scene” you find that the scene is unified on some level but actually quite divided. There will be groups of bands that always play together but not with other bands and promoters that only book their group of bands. It can be really hard for a band that is starting out to actually get any good shows or exposure.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Murder Van’s self-titled debut album was self-released December 6, 2019
Who have been your greatest influences?
SLAYER, DEATH, SODOM, DESTRUCTION, CARCASS, DEMOLITION HAMMER
What first got you into music?
I was given my first guitar when I was 8 or 9. When I was growing up the house was always full of guitars and rock n roll. It has always been a part of me. In 1987 my friends uncle introduced me to Hallows Eve, SLAYER, and King Diamond etc. It changed my life.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a hard one to answer. If I were to do some collaboration outside of my current musical situations it would have to be something different. I can think of several musicians that I would like to have jam sessions with. Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo, Andy LaRocque!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken because who doesn’t want to go to Wacken. Maryland Death Fest would also be great.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I cannot say!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for the support!!!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Unfair question! Why not bring them all back and then again some may be better off to have passed on. I could name 5 right now and if asked again 30 minutes later my answer may be a different 5… We have lost a lot of greats in the last few years Lemmy is God and Hanneman should have been here for the farewell. Chuck Shuldiner’s music has had a big impact on me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the feeling when you play with other musicians and it clicks and everything is tight and comes together as a whole, it gives me chill bumps. I love to be on stage and see people really getting into the music and the roar of the crowd!
I hate a lot, I hate that you have to be in with the cool kids to get good shows. I hate playing for free, pay to play, promoters who do nothing but book shows, no promoting, then expect the band to do all the ground work promoting themselves and sell tickets in which they hand over cash just to get paid pennies on the dollar. I hate a lot…
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t like digital download releases. I understand that some people may think it is convenient and those people are lazy. I like to have a physical copy. For me that is part of the product to be able to hold it in your hands and have the artwork and the total package. I remember growing up buying cassettes and there is nothing like the smell of a new cassette. The first thing I would do is smell it before I dug into the contents. I also think the sound quality suffers when listening to mp3 or downloads
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Carcass – “Heartwork”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl is best then CD for convenience. Cassettes are great and making a comeback. I hate downloads I have none, I’ve bought several albums over the years that come with a free download and have never downloaded any of them.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I guess we have had a few. Playing with Nasty Savage in Atlanta was cool. We recently played with Deadspeak another Atlanta band and that was a great show. Our Album release show was awesome we had a great turnout and it was a good time.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I couldn’t really say. I’m sure that I would be miserable, blending in with the rest of the working class or maybe just another serial killer!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The answer to this would change if you asked every 5 minutes…… Right now I would say King Diamond, Kerry King, Jenna Jameson, Blaine Cartwright, and Jeffery Dahmer!
What’s next for the band?
We are booking shows in Eastern US and currently writing for the next release.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Bandcamp, Youtube, Facebook I believe that after the release December 6 the album is available on all streaming services
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have no idea, it has cake in the name. Here in the Southeastern US a biscuit is a biscuit not a cracker or some pastry fruity cake. We put bacon on our biscuits!
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