Bull Riff Stampede
We caught up with the fine gents in Bull Riff Stampede recently, to yap at them about their upcoming plans, what they're up to, and why we all need to get out to support bands!
1). What are the names of your members?
Dave Garnett – Guitar / Vocals
Jay Walsh – Guitar / B.Vocals
Gabry Ravaglia – Bass
James Perry – Drums
2). When did you all get together?
The first time we were all actually together was for the first album drum tracking / vocal recording – The guitars were all tracked in England, we all went over to Gabs Studio in Italy when James tracked the Drums and Dave put down the album Vocals.
3). How did you all meet?
Me and Dave have known each other for years, he was fronting a Thrash Band from Weymouth called ‘Plague’ when I was still doing a sort of punk/thrash cross band called ‘Fourwaykill’ , we played a few gigs together around the south coast back then, later we were both in the same band for a while ‘Anger Management’ – some of the Bull-Riff ‘Scatter The Ground’ album material is stuff we starting off writing together for Anger Management initially, - James we’ve both known for a long time, his family ran one of my local Metal, Biker, alternative pub for a few years, they moved that down to Weymouth which is now ‘Finns’ near the seafront, which is where the Dave and James connection started - James also Drums for London Extreme Metallers ‘Ted Maul’ – Gabry plays Bass for an Italian Rock/Metal Band ‘Rain’ between his Fear Studio work and touring backline company. ‘Rain’ were supporting the Blaze Bayley Band through Europe a couple years back – that’s where we met, he heard the demo’s I had with me one night on the bus, really liked it and offered to record it at his studio when we were ready – reserving bass duties for the album in the deal with it.
4). How would you describe your music?
Its definitely quite a mix up of a few Metal styles, vocally its a mix of death and thrash styles, musically – there’s all sorts worked in there but it pretty much stays on the heavy side of things most of the time – we’ve now started to get a few reviews coming through, I think this one describes it quite well – “an onslaught of vicious guitar lines, insanely heavy rhythm sections and one of the most brutal yet articulate voices in metal”.
5). Who are your major influences?
There are far too many to list or attempt to compare – its basically all good quality metal we listen to/have been into from over the past 30 years ... were all Metal Heads and have been from early ages - from Maiden through to Vader, Wasp to Strapping Young Lad... – we have the Metallica camp and the Megadeth camp split in the band and the Ozzy / Dio Sabbath split also. Most bases are covered between us and I think it shows through the music in one way or another.
6). Complete the sentence: One day as a band we hope to…
“create some of the biggest pits ever seen”.
7). Why should people listen to your music?
Because its time for everyone to look nearer home for new breaking bands again, leave their houses to see these bands in their local venues and not just catch a couple at the main metal festivals – the ‘Industry’ is in the middle of a very big change, CD sales are at an all time low, torrent download sites are crippling digital sales so where it is absolutely essential the scene is supported is at the local venues. More and more people are starting to do this again and as a result, the underground scene is definitely having a re-birth, but still there is this mentality hanging about that unless the band are heavily promoted by one of the ‘Big Names’, they are not considered to be a band to leave the house for – the future of a metal band seems to be getting back into the hands of the Metal fans again, exactly where it should be - so pick this up and give it a listen or 3 - and if you like what you hear – come down and have a drink at your local gig with us!!
8). What are your plans for the upcoming year?
August 3rd we are playing our first show in the Midlands, at one of the best Metal community drinking haunts in the country – “Scruffy’s”. The following week were going to be banging heads at the New Blood stage at Bloodstock 2012 on the Saturday – September we’ve been invited to play Martyn Walkyiers Viking Funeral Festival in Nottingham on the 22nd, waiting for a couple confirmations for other shows that weekend and also for October into November, were sorting out some shows with friends bands THAT WE LIKE at various good Metal pubs/clubs/venues around the UK. Between this me and Dave are steadily cracking on with finishing up demo tracks for album number 2 which will be out in 2013.
9). What albums/EP’s have you released so far and where can people get hold of them?
The Debut album ‘Scatter The Ground’ is available digitally and on hard copy – can be found easily through WWW.BULLRIFFSTAMPEDE.COM
10). Finally – say something profound that will make everyone think –
as in question 7 ... “– the future of a metal band seems to be getting back into the hands of the Metal fans again, exactly where it should be - so pick this up and give it a listen or 3 - and if you like what you hear – come down and have a drink at your local gig with us!!”
Check out our review of Bull Riff Stampede, HERE.