Based of the wilds of Hollywood, California, Gundriver present a rip roaring rock and roll sound that will blast through your senses. Inspired by the greats such as Zeppelin and Sabbath, Gundriver is sure to leave a lasting impression on all whom encounter their thrilling reveries. Gundriver No. 1 is the name of their self-released magnum opus, now available on ITunes The band recently concluded a tour supporting the legendary Michael Schenker Group / Temple of Rock, an experience of a lifetime to be sure! Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Gundriver crew to find out more about this exciting new band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Gundriver, and how long the band has been together.
Hi Ken, I’m Tom – I am Gundriver’s guitar player and we founded the band in early 2013 in Hollywood. The idea was to go for an organic rock/early metal sound with the band.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re based out of Hollywood, CA and as far as the local music scene it’s an industry town so the rock/metal scene kind of permeates everything in that area. We have only gigged locally on several occasions, as we have recently completed our first US tour.
Select two songs from Gundriver No 1 and what inspired the lyrics.
Against the Darkness – Tolkein’s “Two Towers” wrapped in themes of fighting terrorism and spiritual darkness were the driving factors for that one. Tomes came up with the vocal line and I wrote the lyrics next to him after hearing the melody – it’s a song that we’re all really proud of.
Nothing to Lose – Tomes and I were working on that one and we both grew up in Virginia… and I had this riff that was a had a bluegrass feel to it; so, he wrote a story about drinking moonshine getting over a woman and turned it around into a positive direction. We’ve had a real positive reaction to it live – people seem to connect with it, which is cool. They’ve been calling it “the moonshine song”
How has your tour with Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock been going and what have been some of the highlights?
The tour was excellent – we can’t say enough about touring with MSG. It was our first US tour and we played 30 dates across the US to absolutely great crowds supporting a band that is playing exceptionally well every single night. One heck of a learning experience all the way around; and the entire MSG crew are great guys – it was a blast.
Any strange or scary stories from the road or at a show you could share?
Nothing strange or scary; we met a ton of great people and really enjoyed it – we have a solid band, and MSG had a well run camp so, all we had to do was show up and rock every day.
What could one expect from a live Gundriver show?
Rip Roaring Rock n Roll!
If Gundriver could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
That’s a tough one man, MSG would be a great one – and we’re super glad we did it. Other than that, Zeppelin or Metallica because they had such a huge influence on all of us .
If Gundriver was invited to appear on a Black Sabbath tribute album, what song would you want to record by the mighty Sabbath and why?
Children of the Grave – WHY? THAT RIFF IS AWESOME!!
What’s up next for Gundriver after the Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock tour?
We’re going to take a short break before we start working on the next record.
Any final words of wisdom?
Grip it and Rip it dude! Rock n Roll is still alive and kicking, regardless of what the mainstream media tells you.
Gundriver is: Tom – Guitars, Alex – Drums, Tomes – Vocals, Mike – Bass
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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