Interview With Mick From Soldiers Of Scrape
Detroit, Michigan's Soldiers Of Scrape started under the initial band moniker of Bowlscraper and after releasing a couple EP's, including an impressive debut full length, 2004's "Red Hair Revolution", are soon due to follow up their most recent release, "Scrape The Nation" a 4 song EP from December, 2005. They have begun to make everyone else around the underground metal scene take notice. This is band that is rolling hard and heavy from one local venue to the next with their deliberate thrash/stoner brand of high-octane music that even the most extreme metal fan will have difficulty shaking upon first listen. They are not your proto-typical metal band, though they certainly incorporate elements from many of the most available sub-genres, like thrash and hardcore. Soldiers Of Scrape seem to have found themselves at their own little private spot on a heavy metal island way the hell off in the Pacific somewhere, not concerned with any of the current trends and just purely doing what they do best, letting the energy and explosiveness of their unique form of heavy music do its own talking. Soldiers Of Scrape are one of the best kept and most refreshing secrets in the underground today. Their friendly lead vocalist, Mick, took some time to answer some of my questions. So enough of the introduction, let's scrape that bowl, shall we?
Rocket: Are you originally from Detroit, bro?
Mick: I grew up a couple miles north of 8 Mile Rd.(the one they made the movie about) in a suburb of Detroit... Madison Heights and spent many summers in West Virginia and Tennessee with my family.
Rocket: When did you first start singing?
Mick: My Dad is a bluegrass musician & my brother is a drummer , so I been singing & playing my whole life, but I didn't start singing for a band until about 6 or 7 years ago. I was always a drummer in the bands I played for like: 500 ft. of Pipe (Beard of Stars Records) Italy, which is still available... check it out. I love singing because I get to move around the stage and with the crowd!
Rocket: Have you ever taken any vocal lessons?
Mick: No. Just from my Dad. He will let ya know when you're off key!
Rocket: Who are a few of your biggest influences from a singing standpoint, past or present?
Mick: There are many... Elvis, Ozzy, Jim Morrison, Chuck Billy, Phil Anselmo, and the list goes on in all genres.
Rocket: Now in 2004, S.O.S self released the full length album entitled Red Hair Revolution... and that title tracks is ass kicking fun for sure. What does that song mean anyway?
Mick: Red Hair Revolution… is about freedom! If I have to explain freedom you are not free.
Rocket: Some of us aren't. I think that's what metal music does in many cases, for that brief four or five minutes of that Judas Priest song, it kind of liberates the soul away from all of life's bullshit. Well, now I just went and got a bit deep there, didn't I? Haha! What metal bands are you typically looking to for inspiration when you write your lyrics? You are a big Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity fan, right?
Mick: Hell Yeah! Huge fan of both! But when I write lyrics, I usually am telling a story or talking about a subject like war. So it is objects and things that happen that inspire me more than other groups.
Rocket: You guys are currently working on some new material, right?
Mick: Yes. We are finishing up the songs for the new full length. "Shifting Gears” is the Title Track. This record is a step forward for us and I am stoked to get it out there! Look for it later this Year.
Rocket: I personally think this next question is still a relevant one to ask. How did Dimebag Darrell's onstage murder personally affect you?
Mick: I can answer that first by saying it still affects me and always will! I looked to him as a Mentor in Music and as a person. We need more people like Dime. Forever Missed! Never Forgotten! Someone who truly loved what he did and shared it with the world! It is hard to accept that anyone would want to take him away from everyone. My heart goes out to all the family and friends of all the victims of that Tragic Day.
Rocket: Right on. Wow, with all the depressing conversation, I could use a shot right about now.
Haha! Damn, well...on a lighter note, what's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the stage?
Mick: I Fall all the time! but one stands out to me. I was on the front of the stage and I tripped over the monitor backwards, stumbling all the way back to the drums where I hit the ground. I just laid there and finished the verse and then started to laugh at myself and forgot the words for the chorus. Here is the Math: Jack Daniels + Monitor + Short Term Memory = Funny Shit!
Rocket: That's what I'm talking about. Do you ever actually answer your fan mail on MySpace or is it just a hassle?
Mick: Hell yeah! We talk to everyone that writes to us... without the Fans, we are nothing! This is a Grass Roots War & they are Soldiers in this battle of Metal as much as we are! Spread The Seed!!! My Brothers and Sisters.
Rocket: This band remains unsigned, but I see that coming to and end sooner rather than later. Who are a few of the indie labels out there that you respect?
Mick: There are so many hard working labels these days it is hard to choose… but here are a few that always put the Music in your face: Prosthetic...Trust Kill… DRT… Century Media… and of course … Road Runner.
Rocket: What's your favorite metal album so far for 2006?
Mick: My favorite albums so far are: Slayer & Rebel Meets Rebel (Dime Rules!) And I'm looking forward to the new Lamb of God and many more scheduled for this year.
Rocket: What are a few of the upcoming Soldiers Of Scrape shows we need to be aware of?
Mick: We are heading out to the East Coast for a few Dates in August… that should be kickass since we haven't been that way yet, looking forward to it! The list is constantly changing new shows being added so the best bet is to go to www.bowlscraper.com and check the tour dates page.
Rocket: Thanks for taking the time out with me on this, Mick. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Mick: No sweat, Rocket. Always a pleasure to chat with you! My shoutout & thanks goes to my brothers Crouton, & Face…our fearless crew….Justin, & Big Al…& all the fans, bands, & metal heads who have kicked ass for us! Past, present and future… coming to the shows and telling their friends about us… giving us their time and energy! And they continue to do so in growing numbers… much appreciated. See you in the Pit!
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