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Interview with Adder's Dan Marchini

Southern New Jersey's ADDER is a band I got turned onto while they were rocking it out in late 2006 as part of Adrian Lugo's lineup for Ironman Corp's first annual MetalFestEVIL and I took an immediate liking to the old school thrash, 'take it to the limit' metal sound these guys were throwing down and so I wanted to immediately learn more about them. The band cites influences ranging from Pantera, Slayer, Van Halen, Lamb of God, Machine Head to Black Sabbath. They are finishing up on their debut album and are planning to hit the local New Jersey club scene harder than hell throughout 2007. I recently got some Q&A in with their lead guitarist, Dan Marchini.

Rocket: Are you originally from the New Jersey area?

Dan: Born and raised, baby! Other than out of state gigs, I've only left this state like 3 times... honestly.

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

Dan: I've been listening to a lot of Zeppelin lately, really been getting influenced by the guitar textures and layering that Jimmy Page does. And a guilty pleasure of mine is the old Glamtera shit (Glam metal Pantera) I'm actually more influenced by Dime's lead playing in that stuff than anything after Cowboy's.

Rocket: Shit, you won't hear that too often!

Dan: What I dig about it is there are other influences of mine that you can directly hear in those leads like EVH, Rhoads, Priest. I've been really influenced by old school rock n roll more than anything, but honestly anything around you influences you in one way or another. Basically if it rocks, I dig!

Rocket: That's what it's all about, man. What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?

Dan: I just play a Washburn Dime 333 Dimebolt live. I really should consider getting a back-up guitar or I'm fucked! Haha. In the studio I use the Dimebolt, an '84 Explorer and I bought this steel slide guitar a week prior to recording and I was blown away by how cool it was i said fuck it, i'm using it on the record for a song cause it's the most badass thing I've ever played!

Rocket: What kind of amp rig?

Dan: I've got a Marshall AVT150 Head, but I run it clean, most of the sound comes from my Metal Masters pedal and my rack shit. I've got a compressor to beefen up and tighten up the signal and a sonic maximizer to brighten up the highs and makes those lows punch real nice!

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

Dan: I'm excited as hell too man!

Rocket: Come on with yer come on! Haha.

Dan: Our buddy Marc Eisennmann from The Killing is Producing and Engineering this bad boy. We actually finished the musicback on Dec. 1st. All we've got left is vocals and then to get it mixed, mastered, and pressed and then we'll be ready to rock!

Rocket: Do you have an album title yet?

Dan: Yes we do. 'Let it Rip'. It was one of those things we threw around and it slowly grew on us. Pretty much cause we do let it rip on this record and it's also got that badass old school 80's vibe like Metallica's "Kill 'em All" and Twisted Sister's "Stay Hungry".

Rocket: And is it going to be as heavy as your demos that people can hear currently on your MySpace music profile?

Dan: Not to say the demo '05 songs aren't good, because they're certainly a good representation of who we were and where we were as a band at the time, but since then we've matured as a band, and our songwriting and musicianship has excelled tenfold since that demo. It really shows on the EP. I know a lot of people that dug our demo will be blown away when they hear this.

Rocket: That's awesome, bro. I'm glad to hear that you feel this confident about it. Now I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

Dan: There's absurd shit that happens at every one of our shows whether it be before the show, after the show, or on stage. The one that stands out in my head is when we played Dismay in NJ in September. We were finishing up our set with 'wear the mark' and a shit load of people crawled up on stage rocking our with us. The funny thing is, for some odd reason they were waving around huge blow up dicks! Ya know doing what ya'd do with a blow up dick at a metal show, playing it like a guitar, banging the dick head to the beat. It was funny and awkward in a semi-brokeback sorta way, but it was definitely something I'd remember!

Rocket: Haha. Now do you guys have any labels in mind that you plan on shopping this EP to?

Dan: Yeah ,man, Epic, American, Universal... haha, not really, but seriously we have a couple in mind that are realistic that we'd like to fish our CD to, and hopefully we’ll get a couple that bite.

Rocket: Yeah, you want to hit a bunch of them hard. It's a numbers game. And what cracks me up is how a band will blow their life savings and go into debt for the next ten years recording the album but will not spend one cent on marketing it properly and then submit to less than half a dozen labels that say 'no' and then the band breaks up because the bass player wants to go join the Priesthood. Haha. But yeah, I really hope you guys push hard for a label deal. Well, it was a great year for metal in 2006. Which album was your personal favorite?

Dan: Lamb of God - Sacrament.

Rocket: Yeah, you can't go too wrong with that one. So tell me, what are some of the upcoming shows for Adder?

Dan: We're playing a little Battle of the Bands at the TLA (Theater of Living Arts) on January 18th hosted by Tommy Conwell's Loud n Local on 94.1 WYSP. The winner goes on to play the Electric Factory so that should be a good one! I'm pretty stoked.

Rocket: Thanks for doing this with me, brother. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.

Dan: Whiskey, All our fans and friends that always support us at our shows and always buy those fuckin' tickets we have to presell (i hate that shit!) Doomsday Machine Schematic, Clam Fight, The Killing and Rocket for giving me this interview and for having good taste in metal! Let it Rip!

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