!!!FRENCH HARD 'N HEAVY METAL!!!
We had a conversation with MZX Warrior (Drums). Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about ELECTRIC SHOCK (Members, Starting Year etc).
We are a Hard Rocking band from the Alps (Grenoble-France) active since 2011.Our most recent line up has been stable since 2017 after the previous drummer left and got replaced by myself.We are currently working on our second album to be recorded this summer.
You have recently released your single ''Night Rider''. What is the Feedback from your audience as well as from the Press?
The EP is currently sold-out from both the label and ourselves.It has been pretty well received in the local area, we haven't heard anything (neither positive or negative) from the press as of now.
Label or DIY and why?
A good implanted label can provide great communication, visibility, contacts, good distribution for a band but I think DIY is primordial in the early steps.
Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Each format has its up and down sides I think. I personally like tapes for demos and such, but I find them useless regarding albums because the overall sound quality isn't that great.For now it's mostly CDs and digital for practical reasons but I've always been a LP fetichist.
Your music style is Heavy Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
We obviously have nothing against Heavy Metal and some of our early songs are clearly HM oriented, but for us, Electric Shock has always been a Hard Rock band, even though we had the opportunity to share the stage with awesome heavy metal acts like Mindless Sinner or Sortilege.We are definitely influenced by AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Blackfoot, Bullet, Scorpions, 70's Kiss, etc
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?
A band should sacrifice time first and foremost, at least that's how it works within us. Even though we've learned to work more each on our own side because of the current social distancing issues, we like to rehearse the old school way, it helps improving the songwriting, because you get the ability to experience the song's essence and see what works and what doesn't.
Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
I can only speak for myself but I would say that what came as close to an ideal live show was when we opened for Trveheim festival in Germany, summer 2018. The sound was excellent and the feedback absolutely overwhelming both from the crowd and the organizer, we shared the stage with amazing bands (Praying Mantis, Satan to name a few), the food and beer was great and we had a lot of great moments as a band.
Which attributes, do you think, that a new Heavy Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
That's a tough one, I would say having exciting influences that would differ from the standard ones. A good songwriting is a key element as well. And last but not least, it's 2021 and social media era, a band cannot rely only on the quality of it's music (sadly), having a visual identity is also very important.
Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Heavy Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
If we're talking about promoting oneself, then those platforms are absolutely essential nowadays, I personally really enjoy Bandcamp because you can also sell physical copies and merchandise. The mobile app is also very well thought and music focused only. Soundcloud is another favorite of mine.
Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in France (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
I don't follow the scene at all so I cannot answer your question, but I've heard that the new Herzel is absolutely amazing, and more than possibly on it's way to become one of the best record this year so far.
Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
I'm only familiar with the early Hellenic Black Metal scene (Varathron/Rotting Christ/Necromantia) and we've had the great opportunity to play with Zemial in Chambery which was one of a hell of an event.
What are your future plans?
We are in the final step regarding the writing of the second album, we'll start recording in June and in the meantime, we're looking for a label to release it.We're also really looking forward to playing live gigs, and possibly out of France when this whole pandemic mess will be behind us.
Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thank you very much for your interest in our music and letting us the opportunity to do this interview.
By Steve the Filthy Dog.
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