Interview With Chris Evan Of Ninetail
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's industrial/death metal act NINETAIL have just newly released this past June a full-length debut LP, 'The Process of Conversion' off the Level Nine Entertainment indie label and have been making one strong wave after the next with their live performances in the underground, opening for acts such as Marilyn Manson, Dry Kill Logic, 3 Inches of Blood & Metal Church. It's now blatantly apparent that this band is going major places. In my busy and hectic schedule, I have certainly wanted to find time to get to know the band better and now is the time. Chris Evan on rhythm guitar and backing vocals obliged me by taking time out to answer questions.
Rocket: So are you a native of Pennsylvania, brother?
Chris: Yes, I've lived here my entire life.
Rocket: When did you start playing electric guitar?
Chris: I've been playing since I was 15 years old.
Rocket: Did you take any formal lessons or was it 'by ear and tablature' training like the rest of us? Ha!
Chris: I actually took lessons for almost 3 years before going off on my own. I probably spent the last 6 or 8 months of lessons learning nothing but songs rather than stuff from books because I wanted material to play in the band I was in at the time.
Rocket: Who are a few guitarists that have influenced your playing the most?
Chris: Tony lommi and Dimebag are definitely my all time favorites. Their impact on the genre will be heard and felt forever.
Rocket: How did you join up with this band? Are you a founding member?
Chris: Me and Don have been playing together in bands for years. We are the founding members of Ninetail.
Rocket: Now you guys recorded a full-length debut LP, The Process of Conversion, which was released in June 2006 by Level Nine Entertainment. How has the reaction been to that and where can fans go to buy that right now if they want?
Chris: Reaction to the CD has been amazing. It took us a while to finally release it, so we had plenty of time to play a lot of shows and really generate a lot of interest in the record. People can go to our website, www.ninetail.org, cdbaby.com, or any Ninetail show for a copy.
Rocket: How does the songwriting work? Is it equal say or is there one of you that really is the main one coming up with it all?
Chris: Don writes most of the guitar parts and J. handles the lyrics. Everybody definitely puts their stamp on each song before it becomes complete, though. We have six guys in the band and sometimes six different opinions. It can be crazy, but somehow we make it all work. In the end, we're all here for the same reason, and sometimes it takes a little compromise from each of us to reach our goal.
Rocket: So you guys are working on new material, right? How's that coming along?
Chris: We have a lot of ideas, but haven't been able to put them all together yet because we've been so busy with shows. Hopefully soon we'll have some new songs for our fans to check out.
Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
Chris: I have a couple of Les Paul's and a Telecaster. Don's main guitar is a Fernandes, and Griff has Spector and Peavy basses.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Chris: I use a Peavy Triple XXX, Don uses a Mesa Dual Rectifier, and Griff has an Ampeg.
Rocket: What's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
Chris: So far, "Rebirth of the Temple" from Silent Civilian is my favorite. There's a lot of great bands putting out new records this year, so we'll see what happens.
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming Ninetail shows we need to be aware of? Aren't you guys on a bill with Devildriver coming up?
Chris: We are scheduled to play with DevilDriver on August 17th. We're also playing on August 13th with one of my favorite bands, Dog Fashion Disco. There is always new stuff popping up, so people can check out ninetail.org or myspace.com/ninetail for the latest show info.
Rocket: What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage?
Chris: A couple of weeks agowe were opening for 3 Inches of Blood and the whole front of the shorts I was wearing ripped open. I guess it's good that I wear underwear.
Rocket: Haha. No doubts. Do you actually ever take time to answer your fan mail on MySpace?
Chris: I don't, because I'm not online that much, but somebody else in the band always ends up taking care of it.
Rocket: Thanks for taking the time out with me, bro. Go ahead and give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Chris: Thanks to you and The Metal Den for your interest and support. It means a lot to us. Thanks to Greg Bowman at Level Nine Entertainment for working his ass off for us, the Gallagher Family for giving us a rehearsal space and occasional transportation help for shows, our wives and girlfriends, and of course the greatest fans in the world. Without all of these and many more people, the struggle would be a lot harder. Keep those horns high and keep it metal. Thanks!!!
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