War Curse – Interview
Interview with Joshua Murphy of War Curse and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD- What type of artist are you?
WC- We are an American Heavy Metal band based out of Cincinnati, OH
PD- Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WC- War Curse was formed by myself (Joshua Murphy), guitarist Justin Roth, and drummer James Goetz in late 2013. The intention was to have some fun and write some metal songs. We dropped our debut E.P. “Final Days”about 1 year later, and were surprised by how great the response was. We spent the next few years touring and playing as often as possible to support it. In that time we had a couple of line up changes and picked up bassist Jason Vie Brooks and vocalist Blaine Gordon. We spent the last year writing and recording our debut full length album “Eradication” which will be released on May 10th, 2019 on Svart Records.
PD- Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WC- We have a very wide variety of musical influences. Stylistically we tend to draw from the golden era of Bay Area and German Teutonic thrash, as well as classic heavy metal, but we all love metal in all of its various forms. From hair metal bands, to death and black metal. You will find little bits of every one of them if you listen close to a War Curse record.
PD- What are your dreams and goals?
WC- To be able to tour full time and make an actual living playing music.
PD- Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WC- Generally Justin and myself write most of the music together, and then bounce the ideas off of our band mates and go from there. Lyrics and vocal delivery are handled by Justin and Blaine primarily, with occasional input from the rest of us. Lyrically we’re inspired by all of the shitty things going on around us and in other parts of the world. At the rate things are going we’ll never run out of material.
PD- How do you promote your band and shows?
WC- We are fortunate enough to work with a great management team at AISA, as well as some great PR professionals who have helped us to get what we do out to the masses as best as we possibly can. We also recently signed a deal with Svart Records, and are very excited to see where that relationship takes us. On the rare occasion that we are playing in our hometown you will still find us hanging up posters in record stores and various places around town. Promoting the old school way, the way we grew up doing it.
PD- What do you think about downloading music online?
WC- I think it’s a double edged sword. On one hand it is great to be able to get your music out to the world instantly, and for people to have the ability to easily play music on the go, and make playlists, etc, but on the flip side of that, I think that is has diminished physical media sales that used to coincide with releasing a new album. Luckily for us, we have some amazing fans who love buying records and CDs, and we’ve always received a ton of support from them. We are extremely grateful for it.
PD- What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
WC- I think that the industry is in a constant state of change these days trying to keep up with changing demands from consumers, and the constant evolution of technology. The one factor that I really miss seeing in the industry is the artist development aspect. These days, you are expected to grow your own grassroots fanbase, and labels just can’t afford to take the chance on a band the way they did in years past. Once the old guard finally hangs it up we’ll see if the people heading the bigger labels in the genre start to see the value in developing multiple new generations of talent.
PD- What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WC- Personally, I’d say pretty much anything from Metallica’s And Justice for All album. It’s a perfect metal record from a songwriting stand point.
PD- What are some of your pet peeves?
WC- Probably the biggest one that we run into with a new album release and tour on the horizon is lazy journalists and promoters who don’t take the time to do things right, be it making sure to use our current promo photos, bio, and band and album info, to making sure they have the proper band logo files and artwork. With the internet making it so easy to contact the band or management, these things can be so easily avoided to make sure that what is being put out is the best it can be. Also, War Curse is two words. Huge pet peeve. At least get our name right if nothing else.
PD- What is your proudest moment in music?
WC- In the last year we have been very fortunate. We got to travel around the country supporting our good friends in Exhorder. We did several tours spanning the entire US with some great bands, and played to tons of amazing new fans. We are extremely proud of all of those things. The thing I feel most proud of personally is the new album we are dropping in May. I think that it really represents how we have grown and evolved as a band, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
PD- Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
WC- We are kicking off a US tour May 17th with another up and coming thrash band, Tyrant. Count on both bands delivering a crushing live show every night. We’ve always taken pride in being a high energy, entertaining live band above all else. If we’re coming to your area, come see for yourself.
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