Canadian rock band, Monster Truck, are going to be rolling into Flint on Tuesday, August 20 playing a show with Last Summer and 10 Years at the Machine Shop.
The band is out promoting their first full length debut album, Furiosity, which features Monster Truck’s brand of classic rock and roll with a hint of punk thrown in on the side.
The band recently wrapped up a tour with Pop Evil and Sevendust and before that were out opening for Alice In Chains.
Monster Truck guitarist, Jeremy Widerman, says that both tours went really well, “Sevendust are really nice guys and the tour was good all around for us. Most of the shows in Florida with Sevendust were the best shows because we went over really well with the crowd and everything.”
He went on to say, “The shows with Alice In Chains were just amazing. We’ve got a pretty good following in Canada so we had a lot of our own fans there. The Alice In Chains guys were really nice to us so the whole tour was memorable from top to bottom.”
Now that Monster Truck is going to be back out on the road, Widerman says that those coming out to the shows should expect, “One of the best rock shows that they’ve seen in awhile. That’s mostly what people seem to say after we’ve come into town.”
After hearing that the Machine Shop is a regular visit for 10 Years, Widerman shared that this will be Monster Truck’s first visit there and that this is really their first time visiting most of the venues on this tour, “We really haven’t played in the U.S. that much so we’re really just kind of cutting our teeth at this point. Evey place is almost a new place for us. It’s one of the things we like the most about it because there are so many venues and good places places for rock and roll music.”
Widerman says that in Canada there is a decided lack of medium-sized venues within their hometown of Hamilton and even within the larger Toronto area, where they spent most of their time performing when they started out.
Grand Funk Railroad and AC/DC were the first two names that came to mind when asked what his biggest musical influences were growing up as well as punk influences like NOFX and fellow Canadian band, Belvedere.
He says that although he’d like to be impressed by some current bands that he and the rest of his band mates spend most of their time listening to classic rock on satellite radio.
He is proud of the fact that Monster Truck’s music is what he calls, “Just rock and roll. I mean I say that with all seriousness because of the fact that I think a lot of people call themselves rock and roll and you know it’s actually metal or pop or something. Our genre is just specifically straight rock and roll music.”
Widerman shared that when they went in to record Furiosity the band was just looking to capture their actual sound as best as possible, “We just wanted to make sure everyone’s performance was solid and that we delivered what everyone has kind of come to expect from our live shows. It’s about delivering the whole package.”
After talking about how the live show has become the main source of income for bands today, Widerman shared a different take on the situation, “I think that it’s something that people emphasize now but I don’t think it was any less important in the seventies or whenever because bands were still getting screwed. I mean it wasn’t that the records weren’t selling but that bands were just generally getting screwed by their record labels. They always had to concentrate on their live revenue and on their merch revenue. I think now it’s just more of a well known fact. I think that’s also why the best bands in the world have always been good live acts. The bands that stick around the longest and stick out in people’s minds are the ones who have those great live shows. They leave a lasting impression.”
As for the rest of the year, Monster Truck will be heading out on a European/UK tour with Vista Chino in October and running through November, which they are pretty excited about since they will be playing a lot of large sold out shows.
When asked where he wants to see the band head next, Widerman says that they’ve already done more than they had ever expected with the band starting out as just a fun side project, “Moving forward I’d love to just be able to pay my bills and pay off the debt accumulated from years of touring. I think we’re all ready to not live check to check!”
Finally, Widerman says that instead of inviting new listeners out to a show he would first tell them to check out the band’s website at ilovemonstertruck.com and pick up two of their EP’s for free and see what they would be getting themselves into.