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Interview With Pandemic's Julian Kidd

PANDEMIC is a progressive thrash metal act from Sonoma county. They formed in the summer of 2005 initially with drummer Eric Ford and guitarist Julian Kidd, following the break up of their previous short lived project D.E.K. Their potent lineup now is rounded out with vocalist Andy Giardina, formerly of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Patrick Daly on rhythm & lead guitar and Adam Herman on bass guitar. The band is set to release a full length album soon and turn up the tour dial up to eleven around the Southern California area in support of it. I got some Q&A in with their lead guitarist, Julian Kidd.

Rocket: So what area of California are you originally from?

Julian: I grew up in Santa Rosa California about 50 miles north of San Francisco.

Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present.

Julian: It was Kiss at seven, Maiden & Priest at twelve, Then as a teen I discovered Metallica, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Slayer and Exodus. This is also about the time I first picked up a guitar. Some of my more recent influences are Carcass (Heartwork), At the Gates, In Flames (Jester Race-Coloney) Machinehead (Burn My Eyes), Testament (The Gathering) Pantera (Cowboys-Far beyond Driven era) ect.

Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?

Julian: My main guitar is a white 67 flying V loaded with EMG's. My number one backup is a Schechter C-1 Elite also EMG's. My #2 back up is a custom Fender Strat hard tail.

Rocket: Awesome. What kind of amp rig?

Julian: I play through a Mesa/Boogie Dual Recto Half stack. I run my signal through a pedal board that consists of a Boss NS-2 noise suppresser into a Maxon OD-9 overdrive, a boss pedal tuner , a boss chorus pedal into a DimeBag cry baby from hell then to the amp I also Have a digitech delay that sits in the fx loop of my amp.

Rocket: Now let's talk about the full-length album Pandemic is working on, bro. I'm real excited about this. Who is the producer and engineer? And when is it going to be completed?

Julian: The album was engineered & produced by Jason D'Otavio @ Prairie Sun recording in Cotati cal. He has worked with, Watch Them Die, Michel Schenker and George Lynch just to name a few. The album was Mastered by Juan Urteaga @ Trident recording in Paceco cal where Exodus recorded Shovel headed Kill Machine & Hostility recorded The new one there. We should have it ready for release before the end of the year!

Rocket: Do you have an album title yet?

Julian: Yes the album is called "Infecting the World"

Rocket: I know this band likes to deal in themes. Do you plan to have one for this full-length? And is it going to be as heavy as your demos that people can hear currently on your MySpace music profile?

Julian: There is no theme as in a concept record. But Andy Lyrics tend to have common trends like the Catholic Church, the occult, Norse Mythology, War ect. The songs on our MySpace are demos from the Album so if you like that you should dig it.

Rocket: It was real cool meeting you heads out at that I.R.A.T.E./Hostility show couple months back at The Whisky. Even better getting to crash out in your ritzy hotel room after drinking The Crown. Which leads me to this next one that I like to have fun with? What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

Julian: Well, that’s a tough , other than the usual getting my cable wrapped around something or getting unplugged during a song I would half to say the time my shorts fell down! It wasn't really funny for me but I'm sure someone found it amusing.

Rocket: Now do you guys have any labels in mind that you plan on shopping this debut full-length to?

Julian: Not really . I mean, it would be great to get picked up by Century Media, Nuclear Blast, or even Roadrunner. But it's a tuff sell our music is quite a bit deferent from most of the bands getting signed rite now. We don't really fit into any of the sub-genres created by the industry, we our not Black Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Metal core, Hardcore or Screamo!! Basically we combine traditional Metal with elements of Black, Death and Thrash metal, but we don't really fit in a box I think the Industry in general is scared of anything they don't have a label for. Hopefully we can get an Indie label to take a chance on us, I would be happy with a dist. deal @ this point.

Rocket: Man, it's been a great year for metal. What's been your favorite metal album for 2006?

Julian: I really liked God Forbid's The Art of Treason. The record has killer production and I like that they weren’t scared to go somewhere deferent with the vox!

Rocket: What are some of the upcoming shows for Pandemic?

Julian: We are taking a break for the holidays & to work on new shit, but will come back strong in 07 7 hopefully make it back down south to tear shit up in Hollywood with ya'!

Rocket: Thanks for doing this with me, brother. Say what's up to the rest of Pandemic for me. I wish you guys only the best. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.

Julian: Thanks a lot brother. You are truly a class act! The Metal Den and metalunderground are great vehicles for underground metal bands to be heard!

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