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Interview with Scott "Wino" Weinrich of Wino and St. Vitus

Wino is one of the most revered voices of doom metal. As the frontman for one of the oldest metal bands St. Vitus, Wino has carved out a famous name for his pure, honest angst-ridden lyrics. About to go on the Metalliance Tour with St. Vitus, he wanted to put in some time with his solo acoustic music, hot on the heels of his release "Adrift." I got to have a quick chat with Wino before he set out on his solo tour with Scott Kelly to talk about how doom and acoustic goes together.

Buick Mckane: How are you doing today?

Wino: I’m doing pretty good.

Buick: That’s great. Your solo acoustic album “Adrift” was released last month. How has the response been so far?

Wino: Been pretty good.

Buick: How long was the album in the making for?

Wino: It was in the making for probably about a couple months. I decided to do it, and once I decided to do it I went back to the guy who first originally asked me to do it which was my German friend who runs a German label. And he had been wanting me to do it for a while so it happened pretty quick. So I had been writing for about three months.

Buick: Ok, so pretty quick. And you’re about to go on your solo tour with Scott Kelly for a few dates, but do you plan on doing a longer solo tour one day?

Wino: Well, you’re sort of on tour permanently when you do your solo thing. But I just did a tour in Europe I just got back from around the New Year. It was pretty long, it was the longest one yet, so I’ll probably do one in the future I’m sure. At some point.

Buick: And you’re about to go on tour, of course, with St. Vitus on the Metalliance Tour. Is it hard to switch between that really heavy doom music and your acoustic music?

Wino: They don’t go together very well; I don’t think so. When I do acoustic, I try make it a different venue, kind of, when I play. A smaller place for sure, maybe a boat or a church or something like that. Just to break it up. I think there has to be some difference between those doom bands, you know.

Buick: And it’s been rumored that St. Vitus might actually start working on a new album this year.

Wino: Yeah, well, it’s not a rumor anymore. We definitely have been working on it. We’ve been playing new songs live, new stuff. And people seem to be digging it. The plan is to go in to record…we’re going to start pre-production to record pretty soon.

Buick: That’s great. And when you’re doing that, will you have much time for your band Wino or any other projects you have?

Wino: Well, I try to roll everything into one, you know. I’m really dedicating some time to Vitus and do what we need to do. We’ve got some towns we need to play whilst waiting for the divine inspiration.

Buick: Where do you get that divine inspiration from?

Wino: Well it just sort of comes out of the blue. You gotta be ready for it. Just see what’s happening, and don’t fight it.

Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say?

Wino: I guess I’d like to say thank you, and thanks to everyone who’s listening. But the records, if they don’t have it yet, pick it up.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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