I am primarily a singer but I do have some minor skills with instruments. I learned music theory playing tuba in the high school band. Once you know the basic fundamentals of music well enough to play one instrument, it’s not that difficult to apply what you know to playing another one in most cases. Except guitar. I suck at guitar. (Although I do have a very small uncredited guitar part on the first album on the track “Steam Roller”)
We don’t really have an official policy on which one of us does what. We both do whatever we can to move the band forward. That being said, Paul stays busy writing and keeping the other band members up to speed and I stay pretty busy on promotion.
In Space” starts with that striking artwork. How did you find it? Does it describe a concept of the album?
To my knowledge, none of our songs are based on movies. “Lost in a Maze” was featured in Lindsey Productions’ short film “The Warning” but it was not written for the film. Also, we use movie clips in our YouTube videos sometimes, but this is only because we are too broke to produce our own content.
In Space” opener track “Lunatic Friends” is a bloody awesome song, can you tell its story? How did you born these riffs?
Paul is a recording machine. A week after we released the first album, he had 10 new tracks for me. Most of the time, he sends me a music track. If I like it, then I will write lyrics for it based on what emotion the music makes me feel. Sometimes Paul will write some lyrics and I finish them. Sometimes he writes them all and I record them as he wrote them and sometimes he writes them all and I make changes.
Paul has had a relationship with Vibrio Cholerae for a while. They also released his other projects with Black Mountian Thunder, Curse of Disobedience, Sungod, etc. Personally, having a label is not that big of a deal to me. I’m not against the idea but I don’t think that any label would be willing to invest a lot of money into us unless we were willing to quit our jobs and tour, which we are not willing to do. We promote ourselves through social media pretty well.
We don’t play live very often. In the beginning, Clawhammer was only supposed to be a studio project. We were getting some demand from a couple of local club owners to come play so we put the live band together this year and we have played a few gigs but we have turned down more than we have played. Paul is a truck driver and is on the road for three weeks at a time so we usually are only able to get together for practice once or twice a month. Combine that with effort of constantly replacing and training bass players and we just don’t have a lot of time to play live.
I think prospects for Clawhammer are good. We may never be a household name, but our fan base is slowly growing. This all started as a hobby. We never expected to go anywhere with it so any success we have is surpassing our expectations. As for the next album, who knows? We’re recording a few cover songs to give away on our ReverbNation page right now (
reverbnation/clawhammer1) but once we are finished with those, I’m sure the new original songs won’t be too far behind. “We Will Rock You” and “Electric Avenue” are already posted up by the way.
To the fans of Clawhammer, I say thank you. You make all the effort worthwhile. To the artists out there, I say don’t make success a goal. Record what makes you happy. You will have your share of haters but there will be people who like it. And to everybody, I say like us at
facebook.com/theofficialclawhammer and buy us at
Source: Outlaws of the Sun