Elizabeth Sealey: Hi, everyone! This is Elizabeth with Music Beat from Fantom Penguin. I am here with Sherman’s Ashes who just finished one of their sets. Guys, why don’t you introduce yourselves for the new fans out there who don’t know you guys?
Chris Bentley: Chris Bentley, drums.
Gray Harris: Gray Harris, guitar and vocals.
Eric Thompson: Eric Thompson, bass.
Elizabeth Sealey: Alright, so guys, I’ve seen you guys play in the past and I actually got an interview with one of the fans earlier who is a new fan to you guys. They really got into to you! How would you define your sound for your new fans?
Gray Harris: Metal. I’d say Rock and Metal. If it sounds good to me or us, we rock it. We try to make it sound better, I think.
Chris Bentley: Yeah.
Gray Harris: Yeah. Rockin’, heavy. Groove! You want to rock out and be all Metal but you also wanna be able to dance to it and do things to it so . . .
Elizabeth Sealey: I saw some dancing going on out here earlier! Not just the little mini mosh pit, some of the people really got into you guys! With being part of the music scene you want your music to stand out more than anybody else’s. What are some of the songs that you think makes you stand out more than some bands around here?
Eric Thompson: Blood and Romance.
Elizabeth Sealey: Blood and Romance? Why don’t you tell me about Blood and Romance?
Eric Thompson: Uh – You’ve heard it.
Gray Harris: Why’d you say Blood and Romance?
Eric Thomson: I don’t know, it just has like a kind of a thrash kind of opening but it doesn’t really go there, that whole extra . . . you know.
Chris Bentley: I think the main thing is there’s melody involved. There’s definitely singing.
Eric Thompson: Yeah, that’s how it breaks.
Gray Harris: Yeah. That’s important, a hook, a melody, something that you can sing along to. Dynamics is another thing. Dynamics. That one we really show off, Dynamics. And then I don’t know about these guys but I’ve come to like the lead part, I like to try and show off and that’s where I want to try and stand out from other people. This is how I play solo. This is how I play guitar.
Elizabeth Sealey: So it’s not just you guys standing up there and singing and playing instruments; you really put a show on for the crowd?
Gray Harris: Yeah.
Elizabeth Sealey: You pull them into the music.
Gray Harris: Uh-huh.
Elizabeth Sealey: And a lot of bands, really get on stage and they just sing into the microphones and they play their instrument. You guys really get into this, especially you as the drummer. I mean you were going at it tonight! That was insane! How long have you been playing the drums?
Chris Bentley: Oh, about twenty years?
Elizabeth Sealey: Twenty years?
Chris Bentley: Yeah, I’m old!
Elizabeth Sealey: Was drums really your first avenue into the music?
Chris Bentley: Absolutely – well, other than piano lessons when I was a kid. Everybody starts there.
Elizabeth Sealey: So what with being a drummer, do you draw inspiration from other drummers in other bands or do you have your own unique style, your own unique sound?
Chris Bentley: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. When you hear something cool, you go wow! I could nick that, play with that. Absolutely, all the time.
Elizabeth Sealey: What are some of you guy’s musical influences, bands that you grew up listening to that you wanted to be like when you first started playing the music scene?
Eric Thompson: Prong, Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, Primus but we don’t get really, you know, get anywhere close to that shit but stuff like that. Alice in Chains is a huge one for me personally.
Gray Harris: Alice in Chains. Anything that you hear on the radio. I don’t want to sound like a sell-out geek or nothing like that but if I could sell out, I would. If I could get played on the radio, I would. If I could get my video on something, I would. I’d do it at the drop of a hat.