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Interviews: Greybeard

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Metal band, Greybeard, 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?

Ross: Greybeard started out as a project as opposed to a band and I have a pretty grey beard so it was a natural fit since it was my pet project. Plus it’s a great shout out to Gandalf!

Guy: I had nothing to do with naming the band, and I had to grow a fat beard before they let me join.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Ross: I had played lots of punk/hardcore bands over the years and I wanted to try something metal... cuz I grew up on metal and punk.

Guy: Because of metal.

Amanda: It’s hella-fun. Plus I just love Ross’s songs.

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

Guy: I knew Ross, who knew Casey, who knew Amanda.

Ross: I had recorded a hardcore band with Casey and had met Amanda through him (they’re a thang!) I met Guy as my guitar teacher and convinced him to start playing with us.

Amanda: Casey and I go way back, friends through Calgary’s metal scene, and together for 7 years now. I got to know Ross as he was recording with Casey and then Guy. Guy and I nudged that we should all get together and play some shows!

4. Each band member favourite band?

Guy: Van Halen

Casey: Meshuggah, Split Lip Rayfield

Ross: Depends... I’ve had lots of fav bands over the years. Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Opeth, Snapcase, Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, lots more... Right now, I’m really liking new albums by Dark Fortress and 3TEETH.

Amanda: Too many to list, plus my taste in music is pretty diverse. Classic bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, of course, also Mastodon, Opeth and Gojira come to mind.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Ross: Lyrically, for our first two EPs the songs were rooted primarily in personal feelings and social issues. Our third EP, “Session 3 - Serpent King” was a concept and with “Oracle” I went full-on concept that is basically like a DnD adventure. Musically, I just write riffs then build other parts around main riffs. Sometimes I start on acoustic guitar, sometimes I start on electric but I usually have been humming a riff for a few days before I start trying to make it come to life.

Guy: I have endless melodies in my mind, and I try to get them out through my fingers. 6. Where was your last gig? January 2020 at New Level Brewing here in Calgary. It’s been a while...

7. Where would you like to act?

Guy: All across Europe and North America

Ross: Wherever this takes us.

Amanda: The Acropolis, haha. I’ll go anywhere, my bag is packed.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Guy: Opeth, At the Gates, Amorphis, Amon Amarth, Dethklok, Dark Tranquility, Mastodon, Omnium Gatherum, Arch Enemy.

Ross: Same as Guy ^^

Amanda: Ditto

9. Whom not?

Ross: People who are jerks. I have zero time for any racist, misogynistic, homophobic, intolerant people. If your band is made up of such people then it’s a hard pass from me.

Amanda: Well said Ross!

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

Ross: Yeah, I think it’s pretty normal to get nervous. I usually just try to keep focused on what I’m doing in the moment and not looking too much at the crowd or anything else. I enjoy it when I get swept away onstage “rocking out” to our songs. I find I actually play better when I just say, “Fuck it. Let’s rock.” and if the crowd comes along that’s great but if not then at least I’m having a good time ;) 

Guy: I always have stage fright! I try to stay in the moment. When I rehearse alone I make sure to recenter myself by focusing on the guitar neck in my palm. This focusing technique helps to calm my nerves if I get shaky on stage.

Amanda: Oh sure! But once we get going it’s great fun. Being well practiced is key, but you just have to throw yourself into the music. Everyone makes mistakes, but that’s not usually what the audience takes away from your performance. Don’t beat yourself up, and pump up your crowd and bandmates by ripping it up harder! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Guy: Van Halen and all the Ozzy guitarists.

Ross: So many over the years... I’m drawn more to great song-writing and not so much to great players although they typically go hand-in-hand.

Amanda: Honestly, I’m most inspired by my brothers and sisters in our local and Canadian scene. Seeing my friends’ bands produce great music, fill up entire festival bills and work so hard at their craft pushes me to up my game.

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

Guy: Someone asked me for a setlist that Ross had written by hand before a show. It had my shoe print on it after I stood on it accidentally during the performance. They seemed happy to have it anyway.

Amanda: I have yet to be weirded out by anyone. Good luck on that.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Guy: Our fans are awesome. Always kind and supportive. They are connoisseurs of great metal music.

Ross: They’re great, always positive, always cheering us on!

Amanda: I love each and every one! Can’t wait to meet more of them.

14. What do you think of our site?

Guy: Breathing The Core is incredible. You guys are showcasing some of the best modern metal bands out there. We are very excited to be a part of that!

Ross: So grateful that for sites like yours that support small, independent bands like us. Much thanks!

Amanda: It’s such an outstanding resource! We’re honored to be featured among so many great Artists.

15. Something add?

Amanda: Thanks for the interview!

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