Thunder Issue 11. Part 1.

Lately, Thunder is becoming something of a real publication.

Me and my partner are adding more graphics, adding more options for covers, making sure there are photos, and the like.

But the part I am most proud of is how we’re branching out interview wise. We’re taking more opportunities as they come to us, and we are interviewing bands outside of the Punk genre.

Take this issue. The interview is with two members of Gatling. Gatling is a four piece, Progressive Metal band from Ontario who released their album Beforemath in April. The two members I spoke with are Alex Sallas, the drummer and Alex Crosty, one of the guitarists. I spoke with Alex Sallas after his solo show at Absinthe, and Alex Crosty shortly after an injury to his hand.

Here are the interviews, finally in there finished form.

(*Note: The opinions are those of the people providing them, and are protected under the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms, Section 2 B.)

Interview with Alex Sallas:

KW: How did Gatling form?

AS: Me and the guitar player who cut his hand were talking on MSN. We both played in cover bands, and we didn’t really like it. So we started talking and ended up forming a band. And I went to his house, and he has a recording studio in his basement. We ended up recording 19 songs in one night, because we were so ‘musically inclined.’ This would have been 2007, because we were 13. And basically, it went from there. We kept playing as a two piece for two years, played a couple shows, realized we needed to get more members. Added a bass player, played more shows, added a singer. When we added Elliot, the singer, it kind of changed us. We became more progressive. Whereas before we were just throwing a bunch of stuff together. Because we would play anything. Techno, opera, as you heard tonight, Metal, anything. Basically, we played anything. But when we added him, we became unified. The current status is I’m playing a solo show and they’re all at home. (Laughs.)

KW: How would you describe the sound of the band, yourself?

AS: Four monkeys. One of whom is beating on pans really hard. One of whom is kind of yammering chords out on a ukulele, but it’s a guitar that sounds like a ukulele. One who cuts his finger so he only plays with three fingers. And a bass player who texts during our shows. Because he is so bored, he’s playing and he’s texting. (Laughs.)

KW: When did you learn to play drums?

AS: I started when I was about 10. Just on a kids kit you get from Lo*g and McQua*e. I started playing on that, and I really liked it, so I kept playing. I never actually took a drum lesson, I sort taught myself how to play and moved up to a bigger kit. And I practice for about an hour a day.

KW: When did you start playing guitar?

AS: Around the same time, actually. I took guitar lessons for like 7 years, and I kind of did both at the same time. That’s when I started playing guitar, and I still play it today.

KW: I know that you play Metal, but what kind of music are you listening to right now?

AS: Oh my God, I listen to everything. It’s really kind of weird, I listen to albums by year and I’ll keep track of a list of albums I’ve heard. So last year, I listened to about 85 albums. And my favorite ones were ‘The Collective’ by Scale  The Summit, which is a really awesome instrumental band. There’s a band called Septic Flesh, who are from Greece and they play Death Metal with an orchestra behind them. And right now I’m listening to Faith No More, they’re always on my list. I listen to all new music, and I give it all a chance. So I have a lot of favorite ones.

KW: Is there anybody that you look up to as a drummer?

AS: Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree is one of favorite drummers. Also Martin Lopez from Opeth. He has a lot of Latin rhythms in his playing, which I like.

KW: I know you guys have recently played a show at the Mod Club, and now you’re doing some smaller-scale shows here in Hamilton. Is there a type of show that you prefer to play?

AS: Hum… The ones with the most people are the best to play because you’ll get the biggest reaction. So, generally, bigger venues are more fun to play because they can fit more people. But when you’re as unknown as we are, it really makes no difference. So the more people there are, the more I love playing the show.

KW: I know recently you guys released Beforemath. But you guys went about it in such a way that it was unique. (Releasing the songs through Xbox’s Rockband, etc.) What do you think the reaction has been?

AS: I’ve found a couple of reviews and they’ve been pretty positive. And from perusing random YouTube comments, people seem to like it a lot. So it’s been positive in regards to it. But even if they weren’t, I’m still happy anyway.

KW: Why are you a musician?

AS: Because I love music. It’s definitely not for anything but the passion! Haha. I certainly make no profit at it, financially that is.

(Some changes have had to be made for clarifcation. You can listen to the entire audio interview here: http://youtu.be/P2DVbkZT_QA)

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