|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
#5 (Craig): The
band was started back in 1995 by #6 (Shawn) and #2(Paul). We've gone
thru a lot of lineup changes over the last 4 years to end up as the
nine piece that we are today. Everybody in the band has known each
other for years, 'cuz Des Moines isn't that big of a town, and we
had all been in various other bands together over the years.
2. How would you describe your music?
Ross Robinson best described it as "molten metal".
What are your biggest influences?
#5 (Craig): Basically
everything is our influence. I mean, with 9 people in the band, we
all listen to different styles of music. All of those different styles
allow us to be very creative in our songwriting process. Obviously,
our music is very heavy in nature, so bands like Black Sabbath, Slayer,
old Metallica, Anthrax, and stuff like that are big influences to
all of us.
4. What influence do you think your bands has
in music and metal today?
#5 (Craig): This band
was started with the premise that we always wanted to do something
different. Metal has gotten kind of stale and old over the past 4
or 5 years, and we wanted to revive it and give it a much needed kick
in the ass. I think what we're doing is very original, and that it's
going to be the "new wave" of metal for the next Millennium.
5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren't in
the band what would you be doing now?
I joined the band as a guitarist about 4 months after its conception.
The guys were just finishing up recording our first CD (Mate. Feed.
Kill. Repeat.), and their guitarist at the time decided he didn't
want to do it anymore. When I first heard a few tracks of what they
were doing, I was like "Holy Shit! That's awesome!". I knew right
at that moment that this was the band that I had been waiting for.
I later switched over to sampling and keyboards, 'cuz I was the only
one who had any knowledge of how to do it. If I wasn't in the band,
I'd probably be still working in a warehouse driving a forklift all
6. Are any band members in side projects? If
so what are they, and explain a little about them.
(Craig): #8(Corey) just got done recording a couple of vocal tracks
with Sticky Fingers from Onyx. Sticky heard about Corey from Ross
Robinson, who is producing his side project that he's doing. Sticky
heard Corey on our album and wanted him to sing on a few tracks, so
Corey went out to Indigo Ranch while we were in LA for Ozzfest and
wrote lyrics and sang on a couple of tracks.
7. How would
you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well
#5 (Craig): I suppose that would be cool.
I mean, it's going to happen. Every time something new comes up, it
gets copied. That's just the way the music business is. But we are
always striving to be new and original - we're constantly changing,
and so I think we'll be able to survive all of the copycat bands that
will spring up.
8. What current bands do you like or respect?
#5 (Craig): System of a Down is really cool.
The band that really surprised me on Ozzfest was Puya. Those guys
totally kick ass.
9. How many demos/albums do you have?
Tell me about them!!
#5 (Craig): We just have
our first CD, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., which is no longer available,
and our self titled CD which just came out on June 29th.
10. What demo/album do you like the best?
The self-titled that just came out totally kicks ass. I mean,
I love the first album we did, but it just doesn't compare to the
new one. We're a totally different band now, and the new one best
conveys the band that we are today.
11. What is the meaning
behind the songs?
#5 (Craig): The songs have a
lot of different meanings. Corey has a lot of "issues" in his head,
and he works them out by writing the lyrics that he does.
12. What are the bands favorite songs?
I personally love Prosthetics. That song almost didn't make it
on the album, I was going to be very pissed if it didn't.
13. What does the future hold for the band?
(Craig): The future holds a lot of touring We love to play live,
and all we want to do is play as many places as we can.
If you could play with any band who would it be and why?
#5 (Craig): Probably Black Sabbath. That would be cool, 'cuz
they are the Kings - They started it all.
15. Who writes
the majority of the music?
#5 (Craig): We all
contribute to the songwriting process. Somebody will play a riff,
and then somebody else will throw something in, and it just goes from
there. Everybody puts their input in, and the songs just get's worked
over until we're satisfied that it's the way we want it to be.
16. Who has been the favorite band youve played with
#5 (Craig): Puya and Hed(pe) have been
really cool. We had a lot of fun with them on Ozzfest, and I hope
we can tour with them again some day.
17. Where did you
get the band name from?
#5 (Craig): The name came
from a song we had that was called Slipknot, which is now called (sic)
on the new album. The name sounded cool, so we kept it.
Describe what the band is like live?
Like two cars colliding head on. Anything goes when we're on stage.
19. If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in
#5 (Craig): Actually, we did a video of "Spit
It Out" It was mainly made for promotional use overseas, but it might
end up getting some air play here in the States.
there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?
#5 (Craig): We're going to be heading out with Coal Chamber
and Machine Head starting on Aug. 19 in Texas.
do you think the band will be 20 years from now?
(Craig): Hopefully we'll still be touring and creating the music
we love. We're all in this for the long haul, and as long as we're
all happy, we will continue to do it as long as we can.