Interview with Randy Henry Vocals and Lead Guitar with Murder Method and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
RH: Murder Method is an old school inspired Death Metal band. As artists we are all extremely passionate and dedicated to playing the heaviest and sickest music we possibly can. We put a lot of thought and integrity into the stuff we come up with and we don’t cut any corners. As musicians we have always tried to push ourselves to the absolute limit and go above and beyond what all the other bands in our area are doing. Whether it is playing faster, having catchy riffs, 7-minute-long songs, writing solos or having the sickest artwork we are always striving to perfect our craft and set our own path. We have a wide range of influences and have our own unique sound and I think that has really helped us along the way and has allowed us to open lots of doorways to our creativity.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
RH: The band formed in 2018 in York, Pennsylvania. We all knew each other through the local metal scene and had played shows together with our previous bands. We were all looking to play something heavier than what our bands were playing at the time so everything just kind of came together. It was kind of a freak accident.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
RH: For me anger has always been a big inspiration, music has always been my main outlet and my weapon for getting back at the world whenever I’m mad or I’m having a shit day. I really enjoy writing about violent themes and dark subjects like insanity and serial killers. Since I was a kid I’ve always had a love for horror movies and serial killer documentaries and have always been fascinated by what goes on inside the mind of a killer and what drove them down the path of murder. Aside from all that, musically I grew up listening to a lot of thrash and 90’s death metal bands like Slayer, Megadeth, Vio-Lence, Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Desultory, Gorgasm , Malevolent Creation, Carcass, and Solstice all of which have really molded my playing style.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
RH: Definitely tour nationally and internationaly, sign to a good label and hopefully write the songs my favorite bands never came up with. I want to keep the torch burning and hopefully inspire the next generation of angry young kids to start their own band
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
RH: There is a few that come to mind but personally I would have to say releasing our first full length album and hearing all of the band members’ ideas and hard work come to life was a big moment for sure.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
RH: It’s definitely hard, there are so many good bands out there these days putting out some really good music and new bands are emerging every day. Luckily, we have fans, the internet, PR companies such as Metal Devastation and people passionate about the scene that have been kind enough to help us along the way.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
RH: As far as booking goes, we do a lot of show sharing with other bands we are friends with and bands similar to us. The majority of the promoting we do is through social media with the help of friends and fans that share our events. Our next show will be in Mechanicsburg, PA at Lovedraft’s Brewing company on 3/15/23 and we are currently in the process of lining up a few shows in VA but nothing is set in stone! Follow us on Facebook for more updates.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
RH: I have mixed feelings on it, obviously it doesn’t benefit the artist when someone downloads their music for free. I think if you like a band you should support them by buying a cd, merch or pay to download a song or album. It helps keep the band going and helps them to put out new material which can get pretty expensive. However, the music is still being accessed which is the important part and a lot of times by people from corners of the world the band normally wouldn’t be able to reach.,so it does help in that aspect. It’s kind of a double-edged sword in my opinion.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RH: That’s a really tough one. I can’t narrow it down to just one but at the moment I would have to say Death- Overactive Imagination, Monstrosity -Dream Messiah, Solstice – Transmogrified or Disincarnate- Stench of Paradise Burning. They are all extremely aggressive and the songs overall are just phenomenal.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
RH: Pay to play, venues taking merch cuts, record labels taking advantage of their artist, and all the political and cancel culture BS going on right now just to name a few! If I had it my way, bands would be getting paid to play, not the other way around, and venues taking merch cuts from the artists is just downright insane. We dont ask them for a cut from the bar sales at the end of the night so what gives them that right? Plus the cancel culture BS! Don’t even get me started on that! If you are that easily offended then you shouldn’t be listening to this style of music!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
RH: Currently we are focusing on booking more shows, throwing around ideas for a second album and discussing concepts for a music video
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
RH: Murder Method | Facebook
Murder Method | Spotify
Murder Method on Apple Music
Music | Murder Method (bandcamp.com)
Murder Method – YouTube
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