Dec 052015
Eric Marchand

Name: Erik Marchand

Age: 33

Instrument: Bass/backup vocals

Band/Former Bands: What Lies Inside 2008-2009 (metalcore), Evil Emily 2010-2011(progressive metal I guess), Hurt Circle 2012-2013(Rock), Lethean 2013-2015(Pure American Metal), Guerrilla Red 2014-Present(a bit of everything).

How long on instrument: 15 years

Equipment: Warwick 410 speaker cab, Peavey Pro Bass 500, ART power conditioner, BBE 362 Sonic maximizer, Rouge Chorus pedal that turns out was stolen from my current singer, Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver, ESP/ltd D-6 six string bass with La Bella Nickel wrapped strings, and can’t forget the tiny carbon fiber jazz 3 picks. Still looking for a few more pieces to get the perfect tone to my ears, but that’ll all come with time and money. It works.

Influences: Ryan Martinie, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton

My first gig: Shooters in 2008 right here in Louisville with What Lies Inside. Turns out my mother (her choice in music is country) was on a cross country trip and came through Kentucky at the right time. Stayed up til 3am (about 6 hours past her normal bedtime) through 4 other metal/punk bands, just to see her son’s first show. That’ll always be a good memory.

Hobbies: Playing bass of course, video games when I’m not completely tired of the ones I have. I really need to get another trail bike and find some trails to ride, used to love that when I lived out west.

Favorite movies: So many to list…how much space do I get? Transformers, Resident Evil, Supercop, Super Troopers, The Last Samurai, 47 Ronin, Saw, you get the idea. Sci-fi, action, drama, horror, love kung-fu movies, stoner flicks. Basically if there is gore or action we’re good.

Favorite food: Again, so many to list, can’t go wrong with Doritos, nacho cheese naturally. If you don’t consider Doritos food, we can’t be friends, just saying.

Favorite place: Very partial to the NW United States. Oregon and Washington are where it’s at. Mountains and oceans, rivers and valleys, forests and deserts, how could anywhere else compare?

Favorite sports or team: Love ice hockey. Go Bruins! Not sure how many people reading this even know what hockey is.

What I’m listening to nowadays: Thy Art Is Murder, Impending Doom, Lamb of God, Volumes, Killswitch Engage, metal 99% of the time. Occasionally I like to chill and listen to jazz and try some of the bass lines I hear. Gotta keep improving.

Coolest thing I’ve done: What defines cool these days? I’ve jumped out of a perfectly fine plane before, skydiving is a rush, you should try it! Yeah that would have to be it, sitting here thinking for anything else I’m drawing a blank. Could just be the stoner memory.

Most embarrassing moment: Pretty recently here. Playing a show at Phoenix Hill Tavern on the roof garden, I thought I’d be a show-off and jump off the highest part of the stage during a song. Busted my ass pretty good.

Bad Habits: Cigarettes, cussing like it’s going out of style, and I’m sure my wife could point out a few more. Please don’t ask her, a guy has to have a few secrets right?

What was your first concert ever: 2001 Family Values Tour in Portland Oregon. First thought was, "Holy shit that’s a lot of people and why is it so loud?" I had no clue what I was in for. That’s when I became a Static-X fan, R.I.P. Wayne.

If you could meet a Rockstar ( past or present ), who would it be, and why: Ryan Martinie for sure. From the first time I ever heard Mudvayne, the bass stuck out the most. Such an unorthodox style but man can that guy play. Best bass player on the planet in my opinion. He’s a big reason why I chose to play bass.

Who do you love: My wife Jessi, my son Adrian, the guys from Guerrilla Red, all the guys from Lethean, current and former, anyone that supports local music, and maybe my cats (when they aren’t being like me).

Sep 032013
Nathan McDaniel

Name: Nathan McDaniel

Age: 33

Instrument: 6, 7, 8 String Guitar/Bass.

Band/Former Bands: Chigger and (Ohlm) currently; formerly, Kallus, Sevenfold, Antikythera, The Dogs Divine, S. L. T. T. to name a few.

How long on instrument: 23 years

Equipment: In (Ohlm), I play an array of Fender guitars but my main is a Fender American Big Apple Strat w/FR. In Chigger, I use a late 90’s Ibanez RG 421 7-string and an RG 8-string. My pedals are all over the place, so many. I will say I use a lot of delay pedals.

Influences: Just about any old Death metal or Prog. Chuck Schuldiner has been a huge influence. Black Sabbath are my favorite band and the reason I play guitar. I’ve always been a big fan of instrumental music so, of course, Satch, Lifeson and Vai play a big role. GYBE, Pelican and so on.

My first gig: Fern Creek Community Center 1994, I was in a band called Autopsy (before I heard the original). We opened for Dump Gang, Undecided and Mindstorm. I remember being nervous as phuck and Nick Houpt takin me to his guitar player and he helped me, uhh, calm down. The bands after us blew my mind and I had been on a big Sepultura kick at that time. I told my band while watching Mindstorm that I was gonna quit if we didn’t start playing music like that. Next day I came and picked up my gear.

Hobbies: Camping, Playing Guitar(still), Shopping for old Records/Cassettes.

Favorite movies: Tombstone, Red Dawn, M. I. B, Big Trouble in Little China, Gladiator, Evil Dead & Lawless.

Favorite food: Pizza.

Favorite place: My couch.

Favorite sports or team: I’m not a sports fan but I dig some hockey.

What I’m listening to nowadays: As of late, I have really been on a Napalm Death kick. I listen to a lotta Scale the Summit as well. I strongly urge all Prog lovers to check out this band. And if you’ve never heard Napalm Death, you are missing out!

Coolest thing I’ve done: I got to share the stage with my favorite singer once. Chris Hall from Stabbing Westward. They were our direct support during the Flaw tour, why is beyond me. At the time they were "the Dreaming" and needed a fill in while 2nd guitarist flew back to L. A. to play a show with Berlin. I was off for a week and needed a break from our camp. I learned the set in two days. We co-headlined with Dave Vincent’s other band. the Genitorturers. They even played my favorite "Stabbing" song. Shame and I partied with Dave and his wife Gen all night. I’ll never forget that.

Most embarrassing moment: sharing a stage with Chris Volz; in general, my hairstyles in the early 2000’s

Bad Habits: A lot to name, bro. Smoking cigarettes might be the worst one.

When Did You First Get Some She was my partner in crime and had a license. She was changin for work after a J and I saw her naked. I told her she was scared to take my virginity, dared her, she wasn’t.

If you could meet a Rockstar ( p ast or present), who would it be, and why: That’s a really hard one. I guess it would have to be Ritchie Blackmore. As a lead player, I feel he was very ahead of his time. Technique was flawless and he seemed to set the bar for shredders to come. Plus he’s got style.

Who do you love: You, Eddy, so much it hurts. George Thorogood asked me that same question the other day. No really, like Ozzy. I love you all.