Monday, July 29, 2013

Master Charger Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
At present, we are in the process of writing new material for the follow up to Unity In Black and are also promoting the album by playing live show in and around the UK.

2. How would you say your newer material differs from the previous albums that you have put out?
The new material seems to have a more direct 70's heavy rock / metal approach. I think we have favoured more of the groove and melodic influences over the punk elements this time around while still retaining the doom and blues feel to the music. We have also re-defined the sound by stripping the band back to a 3 piece unit and tuning the guitars up slightly to achieve a clearer tone.

3. Can you tell us a little bit more about your song lyrics?
The lyrics for Master Charger are usually based on the darker side of things. A lot of the ideas come from life inspirations. There is also some dark humour in there too but there is also some lighter shades to the lyrics. Some of it is basically about being free and the ability to be able to express yourself which ever way you feel.

4. When I was listening to the songs and saw some of the past album cover's I noticed
some occult references, would you say that occultism plays any role in your music?
I think it's great that people see different things in the band when they listen to our music. While I wouldn't say that occultism plays a big part in Master Charger, it sure does have a dark side and I think you can certainly get different vibes from this album. I think living in a world where there is a lot of negative issues is hard to neglect when writing music. I personally keep an open mind when it comes to religion. When it comes to images for album art, we just pick what goes with the album theme.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
I don't know really. I guess we were just looking for a simple but effective name that no one had and that people would remember. Master Charger came up and just seemed to fit the music we were writing.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
I think Master Charger is still to play it's best show but so far all the shows have been pretty good in their own right. As for the bands stage performance, I would say it is quite edgy.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We currently have a couple more shows to fulfill in the UK but no touring plans as of yet. We would love to play outside of the UK but it is very hard to do so without the correct funding.

8. Recently Black Vulture Records re-issued your 2011 album, what are your thoughts on the final out put?
I cannot comment on this as of yet as I am yet to see the final product. I do believe that Mike at Black Vulture Records appears to be doing a good job with regards to promoting Unity In Black and I am confident that the final product will be a good one.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and rock?
It is still very early in the bands career to answer this question thoroughly. However, what I have seen and the reports that I have heard, all seems to be doing good. We are still a very underground band that not a lot of people are aware of. People that have heard Master Charger really do dig what we are doing and have attracted fans both young and of an older generation to our music. So come on people check us out!!!!!

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
The band seems to be growing into a more mature way of writing as each new track is being written. We try to write music that is timeless which is still how I feel when I listen to an old Black Sabbath album. Timeless hard heavy rock is the direction for Master Charger.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Influences are pretty obvious I think, bands such as Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Cream, Mountain, Deep Purple, Atomic Rooster, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Free, Pentagram, Hawkwind, Kyuss, Sleep, Early Celtic Frost, Early Slayer, Early Venom and Early Judas Priest. Bands I really dig a present are Electric Wizard , Orchid and Mos - Generator. I also listen to old folk like Nick Drake, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne, Roy Harper and I love early Jethro Tull. This list could go on and on to be honest.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Well I kinda just listen to music, watch films and TV Series and chill with my wife and kids.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
I would like to say thank you for a great interview with some well thought out question. I would also like to thank all the loyal followers of Master Charger old and new. For those that have not heard of us, please check us out. Thanks again and peace to all!!!

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