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Monster Truck

The Monster Truck tour of the UK, Europe and USA is well underway and we’re pretty chuffed that Jeremy Widerman took time out from a busy schedule to answer a few questions for Toni Reed – here’s how it went:

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For anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of hearing you, how would you describe your sound and what makes you different/stand out from other bands?

After being in a band for 8 years and looking at it under a microscope for that amount of time it’s almost impossible to have an accurate view of how other people perceive the music and vibe. I’ll leave that to people who are far more articulate than I.

Why did you decide to call yourselves Monster Truck?

At the time we chose the name we didn’t really think this band was going to be taken all that serious. It also had a lot to do with the sound we were going for and the fact that no one had taken the name yet. As we grew we had thoughts of changing it but it just seemed to fit the music so perfectly that we let it stick.

You have toured a lot over the years and have shared the stage with an impressive list of bands, including Slash Deep Purple and Nickelback. Who and what has been the most memorable moment so far?

That’s an impossibly hard question. They have all been totally amazing and memorable in all their own ways. The last year has been our best and most memorable year yet just mostly due to the fact that we’ve play the longest stretch of massive shows in the last year. It’s been really fun getting comfortable in the arena setting and we feel pretty ready to take on any size crowd at this point.

If you had the chance to play with anyone, who and where would be your dream gig?

For me personally it would be ACDC I think, however it’s hard not to be overshadowed by such a legendary band so I think the most fun would be to do a full length tour with the Rival Sons.

Checkout the single The Enforcer” taken from the album ‘Sittin’ Heavy’.

The album “Sittin’ Heavy” has been out for a year now, has it been well received?

I think so! Our fans are amazing and seem very keen on it so that’s a positive.

What is your favourite track to play live?

For me it’s New Soul.

You sponsor a girls hockey team, how did that all come about?

We wanted to do something that gave back to the community but also something that we are really interested in…. HOCKEY!! It was a great experience I think for everyone involved and something we look forward to doing again in the future!

Last time you were in Nottingham with Nickelback you had a training session with the Panthers, are you planning on doing the same when you’re back here again?

I hope so. Getting out on the ice like that to start the day is a great way to get those endorphins running and break up the monotony of touring.

Do you have any advice for any budding musicians out there?

Write music that you love first. Don’t worry about other people.

What’s next for Monster Truck after the current tour?

Touring with Deep Purple in Europe!

Big thanks going out to Jeremy for taking time out to answering our questions – good times and a safe journey, wished for the remainer of the European & USA tour!

EUROPE TOUR DATES
Mar 29 – Bochum – Rockpalast
Mar 30 – Berlin – Privatclub
Mar 31 – Munich – Strom
Apr 01 – Amsterdam – Melkweg Theatre
Apr 03 – Paris – La Maroquinerie
Apr 05 – London – 100 Club

USA TOUR DATES
Apr 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome To Rockville
May 07 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 14 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 20 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
Interview by Toni Reed.

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Interview By Toni Reed.

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UK & Ireland Headline Tour March 2017.

Following on from their storming European Arena tour with Nickelback, Canadian Juggernaut rockers MONSTER TRUCK will be returning for a UK & Ireland headline tour calling at Belfast, Dublin, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and London.

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Rave reviews followed their UK run of the tour dates with Nickelback, Classic Rock proclaimed how they “look good on the big stage”, The Nottingham Post claimed they made a “huge impact”, Planet Mosh screamed that this was “rock n roll played how it should be…completely confident and at home in this big arena”, whilst Louder than War said “it probably won’t be long before they’re headlining arenas themselves”.

To go along with the announcement of their tour they have released a brand new stomping psychedelic animated video for ‘For The People’. Talking about the video frontman/bassist Jon Harvey says; ‘”We wanted the video for ‘For The People‘ to capture a certain vibe. The song was intended to be a pseudo-protest and very roots rock and the 70’s style animation seemed to speak that. Besides nothing is cooler than hand drawn animation”.

Guitarist Jeremy Widerman adds; “We wanted to try something new with the video and have a somewhat playful take on what is a really heavy topic these days. A throwback video of sorts to a time when the unifying of people and ideas was a far more popular subject.”

Their latest album Sittin’ Heavy was released early 2016 and has received rave reviews; being hailed as “fresh and exciting” by Metal Hammer, how they “set the bar to unprecedented heights” by Rock Sound, proclaiming the new record is “relentless and unstoppable” according to Guitarist and a “hard rocking masterpiece” by Big Cheese. As well as guitar legend Slash backing their corner, Dee Snider can’t get enough of them saying “Holy Fuck, this band rocks” whilst Dave Navarro has come out with ‘Killer band, great guitar playing.”

In true road warrior style they have learnt their chops on tour and have been relentlessly tearing through shows and have already opened for the mighty; Gun’s n Roses, Slash, Rob Zombie, Janes Addiction, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Nickelback, Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry and Volbeat over the last 2 years. They will also be touring Europe through November and December with BILLY TALENT.

“fresh and exciting” Metal Hammer.
“An assemblage of sleazy riffs ad high-octane debauchery…[they have] set the bar to unprecedented heights” Rock Sound.
“A great slab of soulful gravel and classic rock grooves” Classic Rock.
“Monster Truck is one of the few really great down to earth rock ‘n’ roll bands… they’re hard, soulful and heavy” – Slash
“A hard rocking masterpiece” Big Cheese 9/10.
“Jugggernaut heavy, relentless and unstoppable” Guitarist Bow down and pay respect to the mighty RIFF” Kerrang.
“Rock genius, showing great power, skill, strength and a force to be reckoned with”… Music224.

UK & Ireland March 2017.

Mon 13 March: Limelight 2, Belfast
Tues 14 March: Academy 2, Dublin
Weds 15 March: Marble Factory, Bristol
Fri 17 March: Institute 2, Birmingham
Sat 18 March: Club Academy, Manchester
Sun 19 March: King Tuts, Glasgow
Tue 21 March: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Weds 22 March: Electric Ballroom, London

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At The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham 12.10.16.

Tonight was pretty much a joyous occasion, as I was going to be photographing one of my favourite acts of recent times, Monster Truck, whose rise has been swift and justified as they blooming ROCK!

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I first discovered these guys when they played Hammerfest VI back in March 2014. On that occasion, being on the big stage, I was simply blown away by their unique style of rock. Then no more than two weeks later, I saw these guys play again along side Buffalo Summer and Scorpion Child at Rock Cities Basement, which, I believe was a Metal Hammer Lord of the Riffs tour, the first one. Although a much more intimate affair, their quality still shone through, as it did with all of these bands. Since that tour, all three bands have had major success, with each getting a bigger reception every time they come back to the UK.

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With Monster Truck being given a support slot along side giants Nickelback, this will surely boost their popularity even further which is great for them, as everyone I’ve introduced Monster Truck to has instantly fallen in love with them, as I did. So it really is only a matter of time before they start selling out stadiums as big as Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, which is where we find ourselves tonight. Question is, who would THEY have supporting them on that tour? Buffalo Summer or another of their country men, as Nickelback have with these guys, as both are from Canada? It appears we are being invaded by hard rocking Canadian’s at present, but as stated in a previous review, we ain’t complaining – not when the music’s as good as Monster Trucks!

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Being Canadian and not wanting to sound too much of a stereotype, but it would appear certain members of the band do in fact enjoy playing Ice Hockey and seeing as tonight’s show was being held at the home of the Nottinghamshire Panthers, it was only right that the band took to the ice for a little practice. Check out the bands Facebook page if you’re interested, as it’s worth a watch if you like that sort of thing. Having been given the honour of taking to the ice, band members, Jon (bass and Vocals) and Brandon (Keys and Vocals) wore the home team’s jersey throughout their set as a mark of respect, nice one lads!

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Monster Truck have recently released their latest rock and roll delight, in the form of a brand new LP ‘Sittin Heavy’ and it’s an absolute belter of an album, that continues in the same vane that we’ve become accustomed to from these guys. The rest of their remaining tour dates with Nickelback can be found on their website,  and following on from that, the band will be embarking on a European wide tour but this time with Billy Talent in support, again these dates can be found following the same link. Please, if you love hard rock and you can make one of the remaining shows, then do so, you’ll fall in love with them, as much as me. If not, I’ll give you an ice pop!

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Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)