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Interview With Griff Of Ninetail

What a year in metal it has been for York, Pennsylvania's NINETAIL.. And what a great group of people involved here, from Greg Bowman with Level Nine Entertainment to each and every bandmate in this act. I have to deal with a lot of headaches or 'head cases' if you will from so many countless upcoming acts that come nowhere near the level of greatness that you will surely find here with this underground phenomenon. They have been stomping through one venue to the next on their local scene in support of their debut LP "The Process Of Conversion" here in 2006, playing alongside some really big names, and seem to have built up an an incredible following that should certainly help propel them to the top names of the business in 2007. I had the opportunity to get some Q&A in with their bass player, Griff. Watch it go.

Rocket: I first wanted to congratulate you and Ninetail on a seriously incredible year in 2006. You guys have been absolutley crushing the east like metal beasts unleashed! When did you start playing the bass guitar?

Griff: I have been playing guitar and bass for about twelve years. I started out on guitar and later moved to bass. I still enjoy playing the guitar in my spare time.

Rocket: Is that the only instrument you've ever played?

Griff: I like playing alot of different instruments. When you're at practice you can't help it. You start to play a little bit of everything.

Rocket: So who are some of your biggest bass playing influences?

Griff: Geezer Butler for sure of Black Sabbath, Rex Brown of Pantera, Ryan of Mudvayne and Les Claypool of Primus. There are a lot of good ones out their.

Rocket: Hell yeah. and people forget about ole Les, man. Dude is one of the greatest for sure. But he never sold out. Always has remained an underground hero and I fully commend that kind of real artist. What kind of bass guitars are you playing live and in the studio?

Griff: Right now I am playing a Spector and a Peavey Grind Bass.

Rocket: What kind of amp rig?

Griff: I am playing through an Ampeg SVT Series head and a SWR Working Pro cabinet.

Rocket: You guys have shared the stage with some great acts in 2006. What's been the most memorable show for you personally and why?

Griff: That's a very tough decision. We've played with a lot of great bands. The most memorable would have to be the Soulfly show. I have been listening to Max Cavalera for a long time and he is a legend to me and rightfully so. Just listen to some of the older Sepultura stuff and you'll find out what's up. Especially the "Roots" album.

Rocket: There you go. Now a lot of acts in your scene now look up to you and this band. And unlike many bands that start to get into that larger spotlight, you guys seem to keep it down to earth from all accounts with other musicians. Who are some of the other upcoming metal acts from your scene that we should all be watching out for?

Griff: Some of the other bands that I really like in the scene are bands like Scars of Hatred, Primal Embrace, From Dessension, Stuck In Kaos, Sinaria, Spitcan, Shined, From Their Eyes, and Fed Up. Just to name a few.

Rocket: You just have to love Spitcan formerly Cyphilis. Now, brother man, you all know I just simply love Ninetail's new album "The Process Of Conversion". Are you guys working on some new material for the next one and yet what can we expect?

Griff: Yeah, we are working on some new stuff now. We are playing one of the new songs at some of the shows. The song is called "My Belief" and we have been getting good crowd reaction from it. The only thing you can expect from Ninetail is more brutally heavy music.

Rocket: We certainly wouldn't want it any other way. Alright, I like to have fun with this next one.What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing on the stage?

Griff: One night I was standing on a monitor and a piece of the stage. When I took my foot off the monitor to get back on stage. Jay was in the middle of a big jump and accidently knocked me off stage. So I played the rest of the set in the mosh pit. Jay jumped off the stage and joined me. It was a lot of fun.

Rocket: There's that brotherly love I'm talkin about with this band. See, J messed up but he still had your back! Ha! Man, there's been a ton of killer metal released in 2006. What's your personal favorite? And you can include last year too.. shit, everyone else does. Haha.

Griff: I'm going with "The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand" The new Devil Driver. I am a huge Devil Driver fan.

Rocket: Aren't we all? Haha. Their drummer is one of the best going in the game. Top five easy. So what are some upcoming shows for Ninetail?

Grif: I'm real excited about playing The Rock 'n' Roll Hotel in Washington D.C. Also we will be in Camp Hill @ Gulifty's on the 26th of January. So stop out and have a good time.

Rocket: Well, listen. Thanks very much for all the great music and taking the time out on this with me. Go ahead and give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.

Griff: Most of all I would like to thank my Mom, Dad,and my Grandfather. They have supported my love for music ever since I can remember. Also all my freinds. You guys are the shit. My band members, Greg and Haley Bowman, Primal Embrace crew, Scars of Hatred, The Wired, and everybody who made all of this possible.

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1. Joe from the mushroomhead concert (w/ mike n his keys) writes:

griff ninetail will always rock out, and will make it big, newayz cool intervew, and keep it real no matter wat. when its something u just..half to do...its not fun anymore, but w/ stuff like bass or drums that i recently got into (double bass is nice =P) its never old. music is growing, everyday, and as long as you and your band keep it going the way u are, ur gonna rule w/ the top no matter how it grows =P

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3. Michael(OM SPECTRE) writes:

You're keeping the momentum going for sure! Continue on my friend. I am looking forward to the next release. Stay in tune, and stay in touch!

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4. The Metal Twins writes:

Griff is our favorite! Here's to the next time we get to share a night of Choas in Killadelphia!!!
NineTail is METAL AS F**K!!!!
S & M

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