Interview with Oatmeal Reed (Black TarPoon)
Hello, thank you for joining us today. How are you?
Doing good... thank you for asking. My name is Oatmeal Reed, bass player and half of the song writing team for Black TarPoon...
Tell us a bit about your new album, what was writing and recording for this album like?
Probable Caws is a different album for us. I think we've finally gotten to the point where we could push beyond what we were comfortable with... we added different elements to the writing and different instruments to the mix... taking a different approach to our writing and revamping old songs... this album has literally been 7 years in the making.
Given the current state of the world, did it poise any issues towards the completion of the album?
Yes, absolutely... it caused us to put off recording for 6 months and then have to change recording studios. Our producer Kurtis was kind enough to come to us instead of the original plan of us going to him.
Of course the current state of things isn't ideal, have you started to plan for what comes next once the world starts opening up again?
Absolutely! We're all getting our covid vaccine shots so we can start getting back to playing in front of people again! Basically the tours that were canceled are going to be rerouted and we're currently talking to the festival's we were supposed to play to see how they're going to be rescheduling.
Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician, who influences you?
As a band we're influenced buy Clutch, The Goddamn Gallows and the Danzig era Misfits... we try to use a lot of 3 and 4 part harmonies vocally... so we always joke about if it wasn't for Danzig and the Bee Gee's Black TarPoon wouldn't exist. But myself as a bass player I'm very influenced but John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Dirk Lemmings (Stavesacer). My influences for writing lyrics are Johnny Cash and Shell Silverstein.
Who is your biggest bucket list band you've shared the stage with? Who would you love to share the stage with next?
We've shared the stage a few times with The Goddamn Gallows and Days N Daze which is always rad... for me I think playing with Weedeater, Koffin Kats, the Dead Boys, the Dwarves, Scott H. Biram and Reverend Horton Heat were highlights for me... But I know for a fact that for our lead singer Jesse James... it was when we opened for Gza from the Wu-Tang Clan. As far as who would I love to share the stage with... personally opening for Ella King would be the shit! Also... I'd kill to play with Clutch... and this might sound weird... but opening for ZZ Top would be epic!
What are some of the main themes behind the new album? What story are you trying to convey?
As with every Black TarPoon album there's a bit of heartbreak, sadness, death and murder... and sometimes moths...
Last but not least, is there any message you would like to share with your fans?
We just wanted to say thank you all for your support and for listening to us... we never thought our little dog and pony show would ever get us outta our home town... we owe everything to y'all... please be safe. We love y'all so much.
Thank you so much for your time, all the latest music from Black TarPoon can be found easily on their Bandcamp, and be sure to keep an eye out for any new tunes from these guys!