Meeting Through Dio, Playing With Slayer, And New EP "World On Fire" With Jeff Murray
Hello Jeff, thank you for joining us today. How are you?
Tell us a bit about your new album, what was writing and recording for this album like?
Last year around this time we met Wyn Davis at a cancer benefit for Ronnie James Dio. We had some demos and set up a meeting. Fast forward several months and there we are, recording at total access (Black Flag, St. Vitus, Dio, Hüsker Dü, Dokken...the mash up of our personal favorite punk and glam metal bands that recorded there is long) Thanks to Wyn (producer), Steve Ornest (engineer) , and Athena (studio dog extraordinaire) for taking us in, making it safe to do, and making it fucking slam. Good times were had by all, and what came from it was five hard n’ heavy bangers. Check out "Let The Fire Burn," the first song off of Sea Of Snakes’ World On Fire EP... released April 2nd!!. It’s Fire
Given the current state of the world, did it poise any issues towards the completion of the album?
It worked for us and against us. It just made was work harder. There were less people around...less cooks in the kitchen so to speak. It worked out really well in the end.
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?
We've been living by the seat of our pants with this band. We're just living for the moment trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Writing and recording is the only plans we have right now. But we'll be ready for live shows whenever that comes.
Tell us a bit about yourself as a musician, who influences you?
Everyone in this band has the same outlook, there's a lot of bands that bring intensity, but nothing is really shocking anymore. We're mainly influenced by bands that paved the way for others...Motorhead, Alice Cooper, EyeHateGod, Metal Church, The Doors. We put everything into it.
Who is your biggest bucket list band you've shared the stage with? Who would you love to share the stage with next?
I personally play drums in another band called The Shrine and we we're on part of a European tour with Slayer in 2016. I feel like I should talk about that. This band was put together during the pandemic, a response to it almost. So we haven't even shared the stage with anyone. But we'd love to someday play a live show, with anybody really.
What are some of the main themes behind the new album? What story are you trying to convey?
We write tunes about how we like to live life...loud, hard, heavy, angry, and doing whatever the fuck we want when we want. Some people can't keep their mouth shut, some people wanna act crazy...we write tunes about those people too. We also have a thing for the occult, so there's that, mixed in. It's all rock n' roll.
Last but not least, is there any message you would like to share with your fans?
We are working on a couple new ones so lookout! No matter your craft, experience, music preference...Play from your fucking heart...
Thank you so much for your time! Sea Of Snakes new EP, "World On Fire" launched in April, you can find the album on the Sea Of Snakes Bandcamp!