Interview With Steve Junkins From Scars Of Hatred
Pennsylvania's SCARS OF HATRED cites Slayer, Slayer, Slayer as its primary influence. And with one listen of what these guys are doing musically, it's easy to understand. With a heavy as hell guitar sound, deadly low end, crushing drums and all-out brutalizing vocals, they seem to have the extreme metal approach firmly in grasp. They are working on thier debut full-length and have been playing their local club scene with other respected names like NINETAIL and FROM DISSENSION. They have a two guitar approach, and I was lucky enough to get some Q&A in with their tried and true axe slinger, Steve Junkins.
Rocket: So are you orginally from Pennsylvania?
Steve: No, Born in Maryland and moved to PA when I was very young.
Rocket: When did you start playing the guitar?
Steve: I started playing guitar when I was 17 Years old after seeing AC/DC on the Midnight Special. Angus blew me away, and I went out and bought a guitar the next day.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal guitar lessons?
Steve: No, learned things by jamming with friends, and putting on a cd and learning it. Never had alot of patience to learn other peoples stuff, I think that helped me develop my own style so to speak.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present?
Steve: Angus Young for sure, then I heard Randy Rhoads and he changed my playing a lot. He played with such beauty
and then could be so powerful. I also love people like George Lynch (Dokken), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah)-that dude is killer. Of course Dimebag Darrell was a great inspiration. I also love the guys from All That Remains. They a very talented. I could go on and on, there are so many great players.
Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
Steve: I mainly use Jackson Randy Rhoads models. I have 2, I also have an ESP, and a Washburn Dimebag Signature. I also have a Jackson String-thru.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Steve: Jamie and I have pretty much the same set-up, with a few slight variations. I have a 600watt QSC poweramp,
Line 6 PODXT LIVE, A BBE Sonic Maximizer, which all goes into a Ibanez Tone-Blaster stack. We do not use heads for our cabinets.
Rocket: Let's talk about how Scars Of Hatred formed initially. What year did you guys all get together? And how did you meet up exactly?
Steve: The original lineup got together in April, 2004, I joined in August 2004. I work for Jamie (guitar) at a tattoo shop he owns, I've known Jamie for about 15 years, I used to hang out with his brother. Actually his brother Brian was the original bass player. Tony(drums) and Stew(vocals). have known each other for years also.
Rocket: When does this band intend on releasing its debut full-length?
Steve: Hopefully soon, the stuff on myspace is almost two years old, and people keep asking when. We are focusing on writing some new material in February.
Rocket: What can we expect from the new material?
Steve: More of the same, just better. We have a copule of new songs that we are playing that have been getting a great response live. Homicide has went over very well. People in other bands are commenting on it. Hopefully everyone will hear it soon.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing?
Steve: This didn't really happen to me , but it definitly stands out. We were playing the Trocadero in Philadelphia. During the song Suffocate, Stew miss judged his footing and fell off the stage which is 4-5 feet high. He hit the metal barrier in front of the stage on his back. I was was like holy shit, he went down so hard, I didn't think he was getting up. Once he did, then it became funny, and we still give him shit about it. We have it on video too, it looks like he just disappears.
Rocket: Who are some of the other local PA metal acts that have impressed you?
Steve: Well, for sure Ninetail. They are such awesome guys to talk to, very laid back, they are great to talk to, on stage they just tear it up. We love playing with them.
Rocket: Yeah, they really are a great band. And Greg Bowman at Level Nine Entertainment is one of the good guys in the business. So It's been a great year for metal. Who are you personal favorites for 2006?
Steve: The new All That Remains is awesome.The new God Forbid is great also. There were so many good releases I just can't think of them right now.
Rocket: I know you guys have shows coming up, right? Tell us about them.
Steve: We have a show coming up in Lynchburg Virginia on the 9th of December, some kind of metalfest we are headlining. There is like 8 bands, Colostomy Trough is making the trip with us,they are out of Allentown. We are planning a lot for next year, we want to double what we did last year, so far it looks good.
Rocket: Well, bro. Thanks for taking the time out on this with me. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Steve: Well, we have to shout out to Peewee, he drags our equipment everywhere. Berf who has been very supportive. Level Nine Entertainment, Praying Mantis Entertainment, and The Metal Den For thier support. Most we have to thank our wives, girlfriends and kids for tolerating our schedule sometimes. We love you.
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