With Wacken XXX looming up to stomp its big metal footprint on Germany again this summer, we’re taking a look at a bunch of the bands who are hitting its iconic stages for the first time. Today’s hard rockers come all the way from Richmond, Virginia (and no, it’s not Lamb of God)…
We are from all over but we all currently live in Richmond, Virginia and have been for a long time now.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Nobody can really say for sure anymore but the general consensus seems to be that it has to do with the alchemical symbol of the “Wind Hand”.
Describe your music. Who are your musical influences?
We usually just say we play heavy rock when asked. It’s hard to describe because it’s not like we all sat down before starting the band and decided what genre of music we were going to play, whatever comes out is what comes out. We all have pretty varied tastes in music, I’d say we all like a little bit of everything.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Not really, I think by default they just reflect whatever is happening in my life at the time. It could be things I’m actually going through or things I’m reading about or movies I’m watching. I’m pretty morbid though so I suppose a lot of the lyrics have that kind of theme.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
I don’t really like watching myself because I look ridiculous on stage but I think we are pretty energetic live. I’m not sure how many shows we’ve played but I know it’s in the hundreds.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
It’s always surprising to me when mosh pits start during our music because I guess I don’t really consider what we play to be the type of music that would incite something like that. It’s always funny when people make it up on stage without getting tossed out too, I feel happy for them when that happens. As far as things we’ve done on stage, I dont know, Ryan has puked while playing drums a lot, and I did a little ballet on stage once when my microphone stopped working.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We are horrible at plugging and promoting anything… umm lets promote world peace or complete annihilation.
Other than Wacken, what are your plans for 2019?
Doing some other festivals in Europe and some more touring in the U.S. in the fall.
What are you most looking forward to at Wacken this year?