EMQ’s with STRUCK/DOWN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Doom/Groove Metal band, Struck/Down. Huge thanks to vocalist, Linden Twyman, 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?
Linden Twyman, I am the vocalist of Struck/Down. Started in 2013, performing original music as ‘Wookie and the Wizard’ a 2 piece acoustic act (with myself and our guitarist Will). Eventually grew into Struck/Down, and after finding our missing members in the shape of Tommy, Ian and Andy we developed our signature doom/groove metal sound.
How did you come up with your band name?
I made a band name out of two different labels at random local practice rooms. I thought it sounded cool! The rest as they say is history.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Kent in the UK. The scene has potential to grow into something more. There are many fantastic bands and loads of talent that come out of Kent. We have a few excellent venues (e.g., ‘The Booking Hall’ in Dover and the ‘The Forum’ in Tunbridge Wells). With more venues like this, there is real scope for a thriving scene.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
‘Charisman’, the third single of the upcoming EP release titled “From Demons”.
‘Charisman’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Pantera, Black Stone Cherry, Mastodon, Deep Purple, Metallica.
What first got you into music?
I wanted to perform; looking up to my cousins playing in bands in the local scene I knew that was something I wanted a part of.
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?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for your support during these challenging and unusual times.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Hate most: gate keepers in the music industry (i.e., influential people in the music scene who decide what is and isn’t relevant to the scene) Love most: the effect music can have on someone on an emotional level and connecting with people through our music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Distributing wealth amongst the musicians and not the shareholders.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Dirt” by Alice In Chains.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The Alma Inn in Bolton, February 2020. Our last big gig before the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Full-time tattoo artist. Find him at @lindentwyman on Instagram.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ozzy Osbourne, Napoleon Bonaparte, Barry Scott, Jodie Marsh, Russell Howard
What’s next for the band?
Continue pushing the singles we have already released, working towards the eventual drop of the EP “From Demons”, getting back into the practice room and hopefully (fingers crossed) gigging again soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Its. A. Cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Check out Father Bernard’s story through our single releases, starting with ‘Wandering Child’, to ‘Death Row’ and recently ‘Charisman’. Expect more singles in the coming months to continue our story. In the meantime, please follow our socials and check out our self-produced music videos on Youtube and our music on Spotify and all major streaming services. Support your local scene and your local bands, and we look forward to seeing you at gigs very soon.