01 Dec
Interview with BLACK SPURS

Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about BLACK SPURS (Members, Starting Year etc).
I started the band close to 2 years ago. It was just me and a drummer for a few months. I was already friends with Chris, our current drummer and we started jamming together. I started showing him the songs I had been working on and eventually he replaced the other guy. Not long after I met Kevin and he joined as 2nd guitar. At the time I was working at the same
place as Jared and we would talk sometimes and he mentioned he played bass. Long story short he joined as the bassist at the same time Kevin joined and we practiced for almost a year until we recorded our demo.Kevin left shortly after we recorded so its just the 3 of us now and we're looking for another 2nd guitarist.

You have recently released your demo ''Black Spurs''. What is the Feedback from your audience as well as from the Press?
Locally the feedback has been pretty well. Lot of people seem stoked. We haven't had any sort of press. Covid happen and everything shut down right when we were gonna start playing shows and also having to put out the demo during Covid has made getting ourselves out there quite difficult.

Label or DIY and why?
We recorded the demo ourselves and put it out ourselves. I say DIY til you don't have too anymore, haha.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
I prefer vinyl over everything and then tapes. They all have their own perks. digital is convenient, but I like to have something physical. Feels more real and sounds better. You can put more into a physical release rather than
just the music and a front cover.

Your music style is Hard 'n Heavy Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
Anything that's loud and has ripping guitar.

Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed?
Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
Guess that all depends how serious you wanna take it and how far you wanna go. I think if you're really trying to go somewhere you should be prepared to sacrifice most anything. I've sacrificed plenty. Still waiting for the rewards haha.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
Good sound, cool lighting, packed venue with an enthusiastic crowd. Haven't experienced it in this band, yet. Partly due to the world falling apart.

Which attributes, do you think, that a new Hard 'n Heavy Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
Just play what you wanna play. Don't focus on trying to sound like any certain band or thing too much. Be genuine. Also, look cool and have cool art..

Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Hard 'n Heavy Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
Yeah, it has definitely helped. I think playing shows, touring, is the best way to get your band out there.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Portland, Oregon USA (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
In general its pretty good. There's cool venues, good local bands, and great record stores. When the world is normal the music scene in general
thrives pretty well. It's the main reason I moved here. Just about every good band comes through here at some point.I've been too shows where the whole bill will be local bands and it'll sell out. I think that's pretty cool.

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene? 
Not really. I know Rotting Christ that's about it, haha.

What are your future plans?
Keep writing songs, record more, find another guitarist and start playing shows as soon as we can again.

Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Yeah, thank you too man. If you're reading this. Go listen to our demo on our Bandcamp.

By Steve the Filthy Dog.



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