GOING FULL THROTTLE! STRAIGHT, NO CHASER! Australia's MASSIVE
Interview by The Dedicated Rocker Society
MASSIVE, Brad Marr on vocals and guitars, Ben Laguda on backing vocals, lead guitar, Aidan McGarrigle on backing vocals and bass and Jarrod Medwin on backing vocals and drums, are a new heavy rock band from Australia! Assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012, Massive are a volatile macho-rock engine fuelled on adrenaline, lager and a determination to party hard. Known to travel thousands of miles across the baking desert between gigs, these riot-starting, fist swinging road dogs mean business.
The band's debut release, ‘Full Throttle’ is a balls to the wall all out rocker that is loaded with attitude. Tracks like ‘One By One’ fuses aggressive and anthemic choruses with eye-watering solos whilst the bass-heavy testosterone soaked "Dancefloor" is more mosh pit than ballroom. The swagger and hellacious attitude of the band comes out in tracks like "Big Trend Setter" which is an egotistical explosion of pure Rock’n Roll arrogance. "Now or Never" is a white knuckle joyride with enough G-force to make your head spin and flip the middle-finger-to-the-man numbers like ‘Hollywood’ will whip up any crowd into an anarchic frenzy!
The Rocker and I asked the lads a few questions to enlighten the rock and roll community on what Massive is all about. Here's how the lads broke it down for us.....
Q: How long have you been together as a band? Have there been any band changes since you've guys been together?
"The band started in Jan 2012 with Jarrod Medwin and myself jamming in his farm house attic, we met Ben Laguda in a pub shredding away a month later. Aidan McGarrigle joined on bass in May 2013."Q: Let's talk a bit about your debut, 'Full Throttle'. How long did it take to record? How many songs did you actually write for the album?
"We spent a few days recording the single "One by One". When it came to the album, we recorded, mixed and mastered in 2 and a half weeks. These were the first 11 songs we wrote. We don't believe in writing 50 songs and picking the best dozen. We wanted to put all our best ideas at the time into the album we were writing."Q: Who are main songwriters? Or is it a group effort?
"Jarrod Medwin and myself usually start by jamming out ideas but finishing the songs is a group effort."Q: How does it feel to get signed to Earache Records?
"We couldn't believe it. Earache are the pioneers of some of the most brutal extreme metal in the 80's and the bands they have been releasing the last few years are the sorts of bands we listen to . We are stoked to be part of the team."Q: Any memorable moments in the making of 'Full Throttle', good or bad, that you'd care to share with us?
"It was all a blur to be honest. We recorded at Lighthill which is located in the middle of no where. It was very scenic and a great place to turn up the amps to 11. When your living in Isolation for 18 days listening to the same 11 tracks on repeat, it begins to warp your mind."Q: For someone who is reading about Massive for the first time. How would you describe your band?
"Punch in the face rock n roll!"Q: What separates Massive from the other rock bands out right now? What do you bring to the table that is different?
"We sound like rock n roll for 2014. We have 70's, 80's and even 90's influences but we don't sound like a carbon copy of any other band. It's high energy and its guitar driven but we aren't afraid to throw other influences into the mix to make it sound fresh... And then we turn it up and play it fast to make it Full Throttle."Q: Who are your musical influences?
"AC/DC, Guns and Roses, Led Zepellin, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith. You know, the good shit."Q: Are their any plans on doing any shows in America? You guys have played in L.A. right? How did that go?
"We went to LA when the band was very new. We wanted to experience touring so we jumped on a plane and forced our way onto any show that would allow us. As for coming back, our intention is to tour every last inch of the planet so we will be back!"
Q: As a band what goals have you set for yourselves? What do you guys have to do to reach those goals?
"All we want to do is write killer albums and tour the fuck out of them. We want to better ourselves with each album we write."Q: Any comments or messages you'd care to pass along?
"Buy our album and we will see you at the pub!"There you have it, straight with no chasers! Massive have all the goods on becoming a very successful rock band. The band's debut
'Full Throttle' is a must have for any true fan of rock and roll. In a year, when all your friends start asking you if you've ever heard of Massive, be the one person that says "Where have you been?" This band has what it takes to rock the world! Just watch them take over FULL THROTTLE! Cheers Guys! Thanks for sharing! - The Dedicated Rocker Society
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