There is something to be said for being driven, never giving up, and not listening to the naysayers. It seems that in today’s music world popularity contest, being a hard-working and talented rock band will garner you the wrath of the social media lynch mob. You can work your ass off honing your craft and giving your fans 110% effort and still have someone try and fault you for it. What are the qualifications of being a real deal rock band then? Who ends up being worthy?!
To me the things needed to be an amazing rock band are pretty simple if you really think about it. Traditional skills for what is considered a timeless sound are usually a starting point. Writing a great song is an essential part according to what most consider Rock masters. The musicians should also learn how to play their instruments with the highest level of mastery since a computer is never a worthy substitute. And as obvious it may seem to some, an amazing rock band never gives up and has a true passion for what is being done, no matter how difficult it may become.
“You know I think it’s not rock-n-roll unless you’re capturing the essence really of any sort of emotion.”
I have a band for you that fits all those qualifications through and through, and that band’s name is SHAMAN’S HARVEST. Yes, I’m sure you have heard of them if you are true rock fan or even have had any exposure to the mainstream hard rock world as of late; but what do you really know about them? Did you know they have some pretty deep rooted values in country and classic rock? Did you know their guitar player gave up a promising future as a soccer player to tour in a band? Did you know this band has lost thousands of dollars in equipment due to storms, and played acoustic when stage power generators ran out of gas just so the fans wouldn’t miss a set of theirs? What about getting chastised for accepting a spot on the upcoming NICKELBACK ‘Feed The Machine’ Tour regardless of how far it could spread their music? Did you realize that?! If you were aware of all those aforementioned things, then I applaud you. If not, then you might want to reset your rock-n-roll values for something a bit less elitist.
“I’m interested in writing music that defines a genre instead of you know, being somewhere in the middle of a genre. That’s what my interest is, and a good heavy dose of insanity… goes a long way.”
I recently spoke with son of the heartland and SHAMAN’S HARVEST front-man Nathan Hunt about a few of these things. We also discussed the new album that is in the process of being recorded as a follow up to their 5th and last release Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns via Mascot Label Group. Take a listen to our chat and consider what you think it takes to be a real deal rock band, what you think determination means and… I bet you look toward Shaman’s Harvest.