Getting Higher With Wayne From Soldiers Of Scrape
Detroit, Michigan may be well known for churning out new automobiles off the assembly line but there is one mean steel machine running around called SOLDIERS OF SCRAPE that is making more noise out of the underground music scene than a Ford Pinto that should've been junked twenty years ago. Soldiers Of Scrape just took top honors for 2006's Monster Picks contest, a true testimony to just how popular this band is. They are to be featured in the upcoming Decibel magazine. This is a metal band that is for the people and of the people, like one of its main inspirations, Pantera. They are going to be turning the touring knob up to eleven here in September and October, so watchout for them throughout Michigan and Illinois. I took some time to get my Q&A on with their always bleary eyed bassist, Wayne.
Rocket: How is the local touring been going for the band this year?
Wayne: Other than a couple cancellations due to venues being shut down for whatever reason, it’s been pretty damn good. Lots of beer! And now we have Face jamming with us! It has a lot more energy! It is fun running around with him on stage. Getting wireless in the pit and stuff .It's great!
Rocket: The word throughout the underground scene is that you guys have been really winning fans over with the energy this band generates. Do you feel the same way?
Wayne: It's cool we have a different energy with ourselves onstage. We mix it together. That brings people down in front. And if they don’t, Face and I will jump over there and jam out! Bass in the face will bring them all the energy they need to get off their ass! We feed off them! Powerful Metal will be achieved!
Rocket: Right on, man. So when did you first start playing bass?
Wayne: Early 90's. I also played guitar for little while. No one I jammed with played Bass so I switched to bass so we could have a full lineup and start playing shows.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest bass playing influences? Past or present.
Wayne: Pistol Pete, Dan Lilker, Geezer, Les Claypool, and Cliff Burton they all created so many different styles and play them all so well! They are very inspiring to me. But for overall kicking ass it has to be Lemmy!
Rocket: Hell yeah. Noone ever says Lemmy, bro! Horns on that one!
Wayne: Because of his distorted bass playing and he writes the best lyrics.
Rocket: So what kind of basses are you playing on stage and in the studio?
Wayne: BC Rich Warlock is the main bass the other is a sound gear Ibanez both 5 strings Sometimes I use the Sound Gear in the studio to get cleaner tones. Sometimes the Warlock has a little buzz in it…just like me… so it’s great for the stage.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Wayne: I have 74 Ampeg SVT with a 8/10 cab with a MXR Bass DI.
Rocket: Do you play with a pick or fingers? Or both?
Wayne: I play with a pick as long as they are thick but usually a couple of knuckles do most of the chords. But I prefer heavy picks!
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal lessons? Or are you pretty much all self-taught?
Wayne: No, not on bass. I had a couple guitar lessons when I was young. They showed me shit like Detroit Rock City and some Van Halen, Judas Priest and stuff, then I just taught myself the notes and stuff switched it all over to bass and it has that low string on there so you can get really on top of that guitar rhythm and pound on it and make it more beefed up!
Rocket: Very well said. What's the funniest thing that's happened to you on the stage?
Wayne: Nothing is funny when I’m on stage. Everything’s brutal! But a cool thing happened once with Bowlscraper we played dodge ball during one of our songs alled "Recess Freak" and they threw one at me and I punched it. It bounced, hit the roof and landed in this huge bong. Yeah, a bong suit the singer would put on and sing "Sweet Leaf". I scored a big hit for that one.
Rocket: You better have! Bro, out of all the answers I've heard this year on that question, you just delivered the hands down winner. Haha. The Devil, formerly of Under One, and his pecker popping out while singing, and a chick not missing a beat to take a snapshot is current runner up. Ha! Love yah, Devil! Damn, brother. I love that kinda Spinal Tap hilarity. That is just too funny. So what was one of the better metal shows you've seen yourself in the past year?
Wayne: Devildriver kicks ass! I saw them in Flint and at Sounds Of The Underground . The guitar rocks! The bass rocks! The drums rock! The vocals rock! Heavy Stuff!
Rocket: Yeah, I named them best album for 2005 last year at The Metal Den. Brutal and a lot of that had to do with the drummer. He is simply brilliant and one of the hardest hitters around metal. Is Soldiers Of Scrape working on any new material? If so, can you give us an idea of what to expect from it?
Wayne: We got a bunch of new songs we have been working on for “Shifting Gears”... Many heavy but different songs on there fast bangers and slow groovers. Can’t wait to get it out there… keeping the S.O.S. Rocking & Rollin! As many shows as possible to promote it. Expect it to be brutal and thrashing!
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming S.O.S. shows we need to be watching out for?
Wayne: We are doing some shows in the Midwest in October. And plan to head a south in November stay away from the snow and do some shows.
Rocket: Well, thanks for making this so much fun, brother. And thank you so much to all the dedication and hard work this band puts out for its fans. You guys have an incredible reputation and foundation built of utter fan loyalty going on that most bands could only dream for. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Wayne: To you, Rocket, for asking to do the interview & kicking some Metal Ass! Mick, Face, all the Soldiers and Scrapers out there… All the bands we’ve shared the stage with! Keep it Rockin! And to those who have brought Biggie Bagz & the Zig Zagular Spectacular Free stuff*, Cold Beer, and Hot Chicks!!! A Big Hell Yeah!
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