The Tug Fork River Band relentlessly rolls on!!! It’s been a few years since Catch For Us The Metal was launched by the folks at Wounded Records. Presenting a swampy brand of Southern style metal, The Tug Fork River Band now return with a mighty vengeance, unleashing their latest EP Vultures on their own. Here is a recent interview we conducted with the Tug Fork membership to find out more about the new songs, current happenings of the band, giant banana stories from Cornerstone, and other wondrous topics. Read on!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Tug Fork River Band, and how long the band has been together.
Hi I’m Aaron and I do vocals. I’m Brian I play bass and sing (Sometimes.) I’m Justin and I play guitar. And I’m Derek and I play drums. We’ve been around since 2007….or 2006….or 2007.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re out of Constantinople, but we’re considering moving to Istanbul. Actually we’re from Indianapolis, Indiana. The scene around here is pretty cool. There’s a lot of great bands, to name a few: Rose Maylie, and Kalo.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Vulture?
Nope. We were going to call it the POOP-EP (Say it out loud) then Justin drew a vulture and we thought it looked cool.
How does Vulture compare to your previous album Catch For Us The Metal?
We’ve had some slight line-up changes which has resulted in an all around different, heavier, dirtier sound. Catch For Us was a learning curve. Since then we’ve matured as musicians and come together to create an all around better album.
Select two songs from Vulture and what inspired the lyrics.
Aaron: Piggly Wiggly – I wrote the lyrics during a church service and it’s about hating the sin in my life. Hating a lot of choices I make, the desire to please God, and do whatever it takes to do so.
Breezes Through Treezes – This is my favorite lyric. I was inspired by the ridiculousness of Metallica and Lou Reed’s collaboration album Lulu. I read that Lou Reed said breezes through treezes and Justin and I went downstairs and started jamming new stuff. I just started coming up with the most ridiculous lyrics I could come up with, kind of making fun of Lulu. I stared at the moon and the moon stared back at me. I stared at the sun and now I can’t see. We laughed for awhile at that one.
At this point, would you consider The Tug Fork River Band to be a Christian band or ministry? Why or why not?
Derek: I think the main problem there is, can there even be a ‘Christian Band?’ I don’t think so, I think the closest we can get is Christians in a band. Music is music. I think it’s wrong that Christianity is becoming a genre. We want to glorify God in everything we do. We don’t want to be a Christian band. We want to be a band. We want to be Christians. Our life is our ministry.
What is a live The Tug Fork River Band show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
Justin: Its like, being in the middle of the woods, surrounded by bears, and covered in gravy.
Brian: Its the bees knees man.
Derek: It’s like…Sweat….more sweat….broken stick…more sweat….arm cramp….at least that’s been my experience.
Aaron: It’s alright.
Who drew the Vulture on the cover?
Derek: That would be the fine and talented Justin Foxworth. He actually does all of our art work and design. Feel free to hit him up for design work.
How close are you to recording for a full-length album?
Derek: Actually we aren’t planning on anything at this point. We’re writing trying to gauge the response to the EP.
For those who did not read our previous interview, where exactly is The Tug Fork River and what made you decide to name your band after it?
Brian: The Tug Fork River divides Kentucky and West Virginia, It divided the Hatfield’s and McCoys during the famous feud.
Justin: We love it. We don’t even give a shoot. Now we have to say our name three times when we meet someone.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
Oceano, Miss May I, Born Of Osiris, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Iwrestledabearonce, The Chariot, As Hell Retreats, Haste The Day, The Browning, Inhale Exhale, and Van Halen. 11 of these 12 are the truth.
What kind of touring have you been able to do over the past few years and do you have any unusual or scary stories from the road you could share?
Justin: A couple unsuccessful tours. Booking agents suck.
Brian: Aaron and I got tattooed in Nashville
What is your most unusual Cornerstone experience?
Justin: A giant Monkey Chasing a Giant Banana.
Brian: Justin and I were kidnapped once.
If you could open for any band either current or from the past, what band would it be and why?
Metallica, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, She and Him, Baroness, Mastodon (Derek: I want to play with Mastodon so bad…) Devil Driver, Hatebreed, Trivium, TOTO, The Showdown, (Justin: Insane Clown Posse) and Johnny Cash.
Which member of The Tug Fork River Band would be most likely to attend a Molly Hatchet concert?
Justin: Brian, Aaron and I have all been to one. It was at RibFest here in Indiana. We got to stand around and watch Molly Hatchet while eating BBQ. It was glorious.
What’s up next for The Tug Fork River Band?
Justin: Manufacturing Poop Dollars. Playing Icthus, Playing Mayhem Battle of the Bands, Making $krilla, Working Day Jobs, Making stupid videos, collecting bottle caps, organizing my star wars toys, and carving pumpkins. And drinking bubble tea….and getting rashes… punching out windows.
Derek: Pooping. A lot.
Brian: Playing with my puppy Vegas, ridin jet ski’s on the reg, layin down tasty bass licks on the reg, and trying to keep my house from falling down on the reg.
Aaron: keeping up the maturity and professionalism in our band
Any final words of wisdom?
Derek: Being in a band is the most unrewarding and expensive hobby you will ever have….next to collecting Faberge eggs. That being said, I hope I die having stayed metal all my life, and I hope this band lasts forever.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!
Derek: Thank you for asking them
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