Interview with Clayton Evans of Blood Tribe
Evansville, Indiana's Blood Tribe have really started to make a name for themselves on their local scene, while working hard on getting their debut album completed. The band cites Testament, Machine Head and Slayer as their main influence but seem to have their own unique heavy music sound and identity developing. WIth other compelling hard-hitting metal acts around them as they begin to make their rise form obscurity, Blood Tribe seems to really have its head on straight as a musical unit, with full understanding that a band and its members need to work ten times harder than the next act behind them if they are truly going to have that rare chance of scoring a record deal. I had the opportunity to get some Q&A in with their friendly drummer, Clayton Evans.
Rocket: So are you originally from Evansville, Indiana?
Clayton: I lived in a small town of about 5,000 for the first 19 years of my life. Then I got my own place, to live in my own solitude, how I like it.
Rocket: When did you first start playing drums?
Clayton: I started when I was like twelve but didnt take it real serious until I was in my first band in high school. I liked it so much I decided that's what I wanted to do with my life. The whole job, wife, picket fence, house thing isn't for me. I want excitement and uncertainty.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present.
Clayton: Well in high school I was all about Metallica and Pantera. Lars and Vinnie period, but since I've opened my mind more. I really dig a lot of what Kevin Talley does. Really any grindcore or death metal drummer is just amazing to listen to. Hell even a lot of the local guys influence me, theres a lot of good drummers in the world, I'm not picky.
Rocket: Please give us the specs on your drumkit.
Clayton: I have two kits, my travling one is a Tama rockstar, its all beat up. My pride and joy is my Pearl masters. I use Sabian cymbals, and mostly tama hardware.
Rocket: How did Blood Tribe initally form as a band?
Clayton: It all came about a long time ago in 1369. I used to go watch them when I was like 15. Then when I graduated I got word they needed a drummer, I tryed out and made it. That lasted a while and to make a very long story short it all fell apart. I bugged the hell out of Tom Wilder to start something else. We sat there with a notebook one night and it slowly became what it is today. Suprisingly we havent been through a lot of line ups. I'm happy, with these guys and I dig what we have done.
Rocket: Are you guys planning on releasing a new EP or LP this year?
Clayton: Yeah, we just finished a new full length, called 1369: The Death and Dying Chapters. We have to get it packaged and it should be completely done very soon.
Rocket: Last year was a great one for metal. What album was your personal favorite?
Clayton: Wow, I dont know. I'm very behind. I really like Chimaira's self titled. I like Misery Index's latest. I dont know what all came out last year, I just buy stuff randomly. I've been listening to a lot of Relapse bands lately. Cephalic Carnage, Origin, Fuck the Facts, High on Fire. I dig mostly everyone they sign.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while on stage?
Clayton: When I turned 20 we had a show on my birthday. My band members suprised me with a little cake and the whole crowd sang happy birthday. Then they blew the candle out and smashed that mother fucker in my face. I finished the set with icing and shit all over my face, its still my fondest birthday memory to date.
Rocket; Very cool. Who are some of the other upcoming Indiana metal bands that have impressed you?
Clayton: Exempt, Exesion, Deliver Us From Evil, Shatter the Odds, Dunwich, Demericous, Year of Desolation, Plague Sayer, Beyond Agony, and the list goes on, but that's who I thought of right away.
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming shows for this band?
Clayton: We are playing Nashville tonight (01/27), 04/05 w/ Fuck the Facts, 04/18 w/ Macabre. Those are the ones we are doing with bigger bands. Lots of regional shows, I dont know all the dates. 02/09 in Cinci. If anyone wants to know all of them just check our site @ mysace.com/bloodtribe.
Rocket: Thanks for taking the time out on this, brother. Best of luck to this band in '07. Please give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.
Clayton: Thanks to all who come to our shows, Randall, Washburn, The Metal Den, Kill Co Audio, club 1123 our home base, all my friends, and my parents who supported my musical habit before I had a job.
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