Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Silver Tiger Media. Only days away and everyone can enjoy the fruits of your labour. We are super excited about the upcoming release of Red Hands Black Deeds. I am sure you can’t wait to get the new music into everyone’s hands?
First off, the table is a challenge: can you in one short paragraph, sum up the history of Shamans Harvest from birth to the current day?
It’s been a long road for the band. High School talent shows to outdoor field parties to regional clubs to national arena stages… We’ve played them all. I guess we’re a 22 year overnight success story haha.
Yeah, I dig it too! It represents all the “scavengers” out there. All those who constantly take and never give anything in return.
Red Hands Black Deeds, intriguing album title. Where did this come from?
It stems from the natural push and pull of good and evil with little to no remorse.
(Side-Note) The opening prelude of the same title, I couldn’t help but have an almost foreboding feeling of doom, kind of imagery was a Game Of Thrones style film with an army of thousands marching out to certain death.
Yeah man, that was what we were trying to capture.
Smokin’ Hands & Broken Guns was such a massive album for you guys, did you feel any pressure going into the making of this one to match or better the result?
Not really. We really just wanted to make a new record, free of expectations. We didn’t want to make SHBG 2.0… so we didn’t.
I won’t ask you to give us a track by track run down, however there are a few stand outs for me on this album.
I was interested and listened a few times to “ The Come Up ”, which touches on a few subjects including social media, and the effects it has on the small frail human brain … I know my own interpretation of this song; however, I am wondering if you could tell us a bit about this track?
The Come Up is a groovin’ track that has a fun vibe. Quite the contrast to the subject matter. Honestly, it represents keeping your head up when in hard times. “Come on you gotta run, don’t you crawl anymore”
The Broken Ones?
The Broken One’s is about the people who are left in the aftermath of tragedy. Picking up the pieces while in turmoil.
My second favourite from the album, Off The Track?
Haha… just a good ole break up song. Knowing it was all your fault.
Lastly, my favourite, Tusk & Bones, an acoustic change to the album.
Tusk & Bone relates to the way mankind has treated mother earth. Musically, we kept it very naked and organic. Lots of earthy tones and heartfelt soul. Lyrically, it takes you through a conversation a little girl is having with her grandfather about the things that no longer exist due to the greed of mankind.
In Blood Trophies and a few other songs on this killer album you use the little known Latin American instrument, Chapchas (Goats Toes), very distinct sound too. Who introduced chapchas to the band initially?
Keith Armstrong, our producer, had all sorts of unique instruments. We’d have an idea for a particular sound, and he’d pull something out of his tool box. It was a lot of fun experimenting and coming up with our own sounds.
Are there any other interesting, weird, instruments we should be keeping an ear out for?
Well, there’s a mountain dulcimer, some sand paper, a rotary phone, and some airplanes flying overhead. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg
You will be touring alongside Nickelback (the band everyone loves to hate) and Cheap Trick (the band everyone loves to love) till October, how has that been? Any crazy stories you can share with us? (fyi Nickelback are very special to STM)
This has been the best tour ever! From the fans to the bands… it just doesn’t get any better.
Other than that… you know what they say about vegas… haha
What I find just fascinating about this album is that it takes the listener through such a wide range of emotions. Too much of today’s music has a theme to it, the emotion is clear throughout. Not with Red Hands Black Deeds… There is such a great variety of emotions that you go through if you listen to it from start to finish the way it was intended. Was your intention to leave your listeners emotionally drained by the end track?
Actually, yes we did. That’s life isn’t it? We have zero interest in making a record with 10 versions of the same song. We appreciate a more artistic approach.
I must admit to listening while working away on my computer and at the final song I was just getting lost in the final moments as the music fades out. Album done, what a killer album, but then BOOM … you guys aren’t done yet, and I was rudely jolted out of my sweet afterglow and wondered what the hell had started playing… HAHAHAHA what is the meaning behind your hidden track?
Haha! It’s a sorbet of sorts. A little something to wake you from the musical trance. Just something to lighten the mood…
Congratulations and thank you again for your time, and hope to see SHAMANS HARVEST on our shores in the near future.
Likewise! It’s in the works and we are looking forward to it!
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