It’s snowing here in the UK (well, it’s cold and there was some hail last night – close enough), so we’re heading to a land that’s usually covered in the stuff. At least in the postcards I see.
Canada, Eh! Edmonton, Alberta to be specific.
How did you meet?
Some of Vocalist/ guitarist Pamtera’s previous projects have included drummer Jeff Cunningham. Bassist Dennis Cooke auditioned for Boneyard about four years ago.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We started in 2015, as a hard rock cover band.
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
Simple story actually. There’s a classic hard rock and heavy metal channel, called Ozzy’s Boneyard, on Sirius XM satellite radio. We found that most of our cover song list was played on the channel. We figured we’d name the band after the channel (then called just Boneyard) to give fans an idea of what kind of cover band we were.
What are your influences?
Mainly classic hard rock and heavy metal from the 80’s, including other female fronted bands. There is also some good stuff from the 70’s and 90’s as well. Anything with clean, powerful vocals. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Doro, etc, etc.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
With our influences setting the stage, we really tried to make a powerful, diverse album. Diverse in the way that some songs are softer, with clean parts, and others that get quite aggressive with double bass drums and Maiden-esk galloping rhythms. Two main constants throughout our songs are the great vocal melodies, and guitar solos provided by Grant Tarapacki. What makes us unique is our Canadian metal sound, and Pamtera. In addition to lead vocals, she also plays rhythm and lead guitar.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We try to keep things positive and have a sense of humour for some songs. Most of our lyrics come from our own daily struggles with life. The lyrics to the first single, Fates Warning, kind of parallel all the evil and darkness happening in today’s world. They offer the inspiration of hope, and that things will get better.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We provide a high energy set, with our original songs played faithfully to the album versions. We do enjoy adding a couple classic metal covers to the set as well. How many? Jeezus, not sure, close to a hundred. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had been quite active playing live in Alberta. We are looking forward to touring elsewhere to support the album.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Us, probably not telling the club owner we were going to be setting off pyro during the show. He didn’t see it, but he definitely heard it bang! He thought it was a gunshot. The early Nashville Pussy shows could get pretty wild, especially in Canada!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Mapex drums & Sabian cymbals
- Line 6 guitar amps & Marshall cabinets
- Trace Elliot bass amps
- Ibanez & Hamer guitars
- Fender bass guitars
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
To promote our release for the first single, “Fates Warning”, from our debut album Oathbreaker which was released on October 17, 2020. You can listen to and buy “Fates Warning” right now.
Then, promote the release of Oathbreaker on October 24, 2020. It’s be available on CD, digitally and on vinyl (December). We plan to release some lyric videos as well. All the while, hoping to garner press, reviews and fans of Oathbreaker. Some local tour dates will follow, though we are quite limited with the current COVID-19 restrictions in our area.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to support Nashville Pussy, and have our “Director of Artwork” Tom Bagley’s band Forbidden Dimension open!