EMQ’s With WESTON SUPER MAIM
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Oregon, Pacific Northwest & UK based Extreme/Progressive Tech Metal Duo, Weston Super Maim. Huge thanks to, Tom Stevens and Seth Detrick, 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?
Tom Stevens (Guitar/bass/drums): The band is called Weston Super Maim. It’s existed for quite a long time as a one-man recording project, but since Seth (Detrick – vocals) came on board last year, things have gone to a different level.
How did you come up with your band name?
TS: Me and my friends used to spend hours thinking of the funniest band names we could come up with, and this one stuck. The name existed before the band actually, but the intention was always for it to be the heaviest music possible. There’s a seaside town in the UK called ‘Weston-Super-Mare’, so that’s at least part of it – but to me now it’s taken on a life of its own and is just an abstract name that perfectly represents the band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
SD: I’m in the Pacific NW in Oregon and the scene is pretty saturated with Doom Metal bands. Seems to be the trend, probably because marijuana is legal here.
TS: I’m in the UK, the scene is fairly healthy here, I think. There are some good young bands pushing the envelope.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our new EP is called “180-Degree Murder”. It’s written as a single long track, with an overarching lyrical concept. It has a lot going on.
‘180-Degree Murder’ (Audio Track)
Who have been your greatest influences?
SD: Too many to name, but for vocals I would say Adam Cody (Glass Casket, Wretched) and Jonny Davy (Job For A Cowboy)
TS: “Catch Thirtythree” and “I” by Meshuggah were both huge for me. Will Haven, Crowbar, Helmet, Admiral Angry, Car Bomb, When Knives Go Skyward. Josh Travis (currently with Emmure) is probably the single biggest influence for me as a guitarist.
What first got you into music?
TS: My parents playing stuff like Tom Petty and Lou Reed.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
SD: Frontierer for sure. I love those guys.
TS: Oh man, Josh Travis??
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
SD: Wacken, most likely. Seems to be the thing.
TS: Something like Euroblast, Radar or Complexity Fest would be cool.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
SD: I received numerous shots of alcohol, not weird but that’s it.
TS : Nothing!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
SD: Start reading lyrics again while you listen to music.
TS: Thanks for listening!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
SD: Neil Peart.
TS: No one! Hahaha.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
SD: I love people’s reaction to music I write. I hate cynical people in the industry.
TS: I just love creating music, it is a fundamental drive for me. I hate the promotional side of things but obviously it’s necessary…
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
SD: Streaming services profits.
TS: Definitely streaming services. The model is totally wrong.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
SD: Meshuggah – I
TS: Meshuggah – “Catch Thirtythree” (we’re not total fanboys, I promise).
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
SD: CD’s sound best, but I love collecting vinyls.
TS: Probably digital for the sake of practicality, but I do love the way vinyl looks.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
SD: Opened for Anthrax in Ohio.
TS: Me and Seth haven’t actually played live together yet but maybe one day.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
SD: I’m a father of 3 with a full-time job.
TS: I have a non-music job and fingers in various other pies, but if I wasn’t doing music, I’d be trying to find a way to do music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
SD: Tom Stevens, Nicholas Cage, Gary Busey, Mike Patton, Hulk Hogan.
TS: hahahaha! I’d invite Seth, then we could each have a plus-one (or two).
What’s next for the band?
TS: new album next year, hopefully.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
TS: Our new EP was out 16 July. Thanks for having us!
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