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Interviews: Space Coke


We have had the opportunity to interview the Stoner Metal band Space Coke from the USA. 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 come out just like that?

The name comes from a scene in Cheech and Chong's "Next Movie" where Chong returns home from space with a vial of Space Coke. After trying it, Cheech destroys everything in his path and they blast off into the Exosphere. It's easy to find the clip on YouTube by searching for Space Coke.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I just play what comes naturally. I love the sound of fuzz pedals at full blast. We don't really adhere to the framework of a genre but the metal community gives us the strongest support.

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

Some of the members that have joined were met at the time and some, like bassist Jay, are longtime frieds. When the band first started I answered a craigslist ad to start jamming and the original drummer and bassist were met that way.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Always a tough question for a musician to answer! For the sake of this interview I will say The Butthole Surfers. Bassist Jay says Black Sabbath, drummer Brandon says The Cure and organist Moses says The Commodores.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Another hard to answer question. It really could be anything from a book to a weird walk through a graveyard. I just ordered a bunch of issues of a magazine called Hellebore that is devoted to British folk horror and the occult. Hellebore is crazy inspiring for me lately!

6. Where was your last gig?

The last gig was at Art Bar in Columbia SC with Doomsday Profit and Bog Monkey. It was our first post lockdown show and strangely our last previous show had also been with Doomsday Profit but it had been so long that we had forgotten! Check both those bands out, they're killer.

7. Where would you like to act?

I do a lot of acting. I've been in many shows and movies including work for ABC's of Death, Homeland, Banshee, The Righteous Gemstones and many more. I was just on set with Chloe Sevigny and Elle Fanning a few weeks ago. I would like to do more bad guy roles. I'm good at being a crazy person. Check out our video for Corpsewood Manor for a good example. Or my part in Shed by David Axe.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sleep (or Boris) and they backline the amps so we can use them!

9. Whom not?

Any stale cock rockers.

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

I have awful stage anxiety. Performing is very stressful. It's very easy to lose the vibe or play badly live. I used to deal with it by drinking a lot but realized that it just made me think I was playing better than I actually was. Taking some time to yourself away from the crowd before playing can help a bunch. For beginners, take deep breaths and stay away from the bar.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Black Sabbath, Butthole Surfers, Helios Creed, Hendrix, Funkadelic, Ravi Shankar, Miles Davis, the list can go on for a long time.

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

My hair. Maybe was planning to do some spells on me and I didn't trust a stranger on that.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Fans are the best. Having people engage with my original creative content is incredible. Their support means so much to us.

14. What do you think of our site?

I love sites that help people discover new music and support independant bands and labels. The website is well laid out and easy to navigate too.

15. Something to add?

Look for our new release "Lunacy" out January 2022 on Forbidden Place Records. And check out forbiddenplacerecords.com for some killer new music by our label mates. Check us out on Instagram and Bandcamp. Thanks for spending time with Space Coke and supporting us!

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