Interviews: CHRON GOBLIN

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock/Metal band CHRON GOBLIN from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Darty: The name came as a joke around 2007 when I worked on a crew full of cannabis enthusiasts who were constantly enjoying the fine herb. The one person on the crew who didn’t partake once called the group a bunch of ‘Chron Goblins’ and I vowed to use that as a band name at some point in my musical career. This was before the ‘revival’ of stoner rock that saw many many bands use cannabis references within their names. We all thought it was just a funny and silly name that would get people's attention...and that it did!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Darty: Brett and I played in a thrash metal band around 2006/2007 but had a desire to form a band that was less thrash, more rock and aligned with our influences of Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Orange Goblin, etc. We loved the intensity of thrash but still wanted to be able to find that groove and melody that we felt was missing from the music we were making at the time. Josh and Richard had quite a bit of different musical interests and backgrounds so when we all decided to write music together we created something really unique as a result. We strive to be technically proficient while being accessible enough that ‘we’re too metal for the rock scene, but too rock for the metal scene’ landing us somewhere in the middle.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Darty: We all met in residence at the University of Calgary and were friends for a few years prior to forming the band. This deep-rooted friendship has really helped us to remain the same line up for the past 10 years and to enjoy ourselves along this crazy journey.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Darty: Black Sabbath

Brett: Queens of the Stone Age

Josh: Graveyard

Richard: Protest The Hero

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Josh: A lot of the lyrics in Chron Goblin are born out of long periods of monotony and boredom on the road - it seems to be the time when I'm best suited for introspection and reflection. I find I'm often inspired by life events and the feelings that are generated from these experiences. Generally speaking, I just try to write about what I know - and in doing so, I hope others can connect with that shared, human experience.

6. Where was your last gig?

Darty: Calgary - The Ship and Anchor

7. Where would you like to act?

Darty: I’ve always wanted to perform in Japan. We’ve heard from peers you need to be invited by a promoter so if any promoters are reading this hit us up! I think it would be rad to experience their culture and see the sights all while playing some interesting venues.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Darty: We’ve been really fortunate to perform with many of our favorite bands over the last decade, but if I had to pick my dream band to perform with it would have to be Clutch or Queens of the Stone Age.

9. Whom not?

Darty: We don’t really have specific bands that we don’t want to play with, rather we wouldn’t play with any bands who promote hatred or inequality of any sort.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Darty: I feel like any pressure you feel before a gig proves how special performing is to you as an artist. It really does make you feel alive. A moderate amount of stage fright makes you push yourself as a player and an artist. My tips - try to eat healthily and know where the closest bathroom is.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Darty: Black Sabbath is single-handedly the reason I picked up a guitar and took such a strong interest in music at a very young age. Every member of that band contributes something very special to their sound and it was so unique to the world! All hail Iommi! That said around 2013 when I discovered Elder, and specifically Nick Disalvo’s guitar playing, I really began changing my perspective of the guitar. I started shifting my songwriter from riff after riff to a more melodic and progressive approach to the instrument. And I can’t answer this question without throwing the heavy metal horns up at Orange Goblin. My generation’s ‘Black Sabbath’ as I was around when those albums were coming out, unlike Sabbath. The nicest guys and the best rock n roll!

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Darty: Asked: nothing too weird…

Given: A fan in Montana brought us a small fox skull and it looked rather new. A fox skull….

13. What do you think of your fans?

Darty: We’ve been really fortunate to have a long-lasting loyal fan base. It’s undoubtedly been a motivating factor to continue the band for a decade. We always make a point of writing handwritten notes in merch we ship out, hanging out after the gigs and chatting with fans, and want to make the extra effort for anyone who is supporting and appreciating our music. Lately, it’s been a trip to meet kids in their late teens talking to me about the band….some of them were probably around 8 years old when those songs came out! Ha!

14. What do you think of our site?

Darty: Huge shout out to Breathing The Core for supporting heavy music and talking with so many great bands! Thank you.

15. Something add?

Darty: Big thanks to our friends and family who have supported us during this crazy journey! Also a huge shout out to Orange Amps for the years of support! Grab ‘Here Before” via Grand Hand Records on September 27!

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