I will admit that when I first caught wind of my next guests today I was intrigued to find out what is “Swamp Rock.” Well, after putting in the debut CD from Convoy I have a pretty good idea now. These guys create a sound that is aggressive, catchy, hard-hitting, and melodic. The nice thing though is their tunes have a message that is real & unapologetic. With songs like “Heroin” and “Devils Bounty” these guys are not for the faint of heart. Join us this week as Convoy offers Skope a kick ass interview and lets us know who the guys are behind, “Swamp Rock.”
Stoli: Where are we talking from today?
Convoy: We are talking from our Jam spot called The Rock Lounge
Stoli: How did you decide to call your band, Convoy?
Convoy: I drive an 18 wheel truck for a living and I was driving along one day and I looked on the opposite side of the road and three trucks were in a convoy, I said that was it, simple and to the point. Fits us pretty good, I have to say.
Stoli: Were you all friends before the band or did the music bring you together?
Convoy: Myself and our drummer Mike Getz were in a band together before Convoy, When that band ended we decided to try and see what this would become. Now we are a family. Brothers I would like to call it. You could say that the music had a hand in us becoming best friends.
Stoli: Brian Corbin is the lead singer/songwriter of Convoy. Was that a given upon starting the band or did you have to vote on that?
Convoy: It was a given, I had these songs either in my head or even some i had wrote down from high school. It was just me and Mike in the beginning and we wrote most of the cd before we had the other guys. Now with the up coming sophomore cd to be released early next year the other guys had alot of input on it and to tell you the truth i was glad cause it meant they felt what I feel in the songs.
Stoli: I am really enjoying your album, ‘River Of Sorrow.’ How long did you work on recording & writing that album?
Convoy: Thank you, I am really glad you are enjoying it. It didn’t take long, like i said before most of the songs were already there we just had to structure them. As far as the recording process it took one weekend to record, a couple of weeks of adding sound bites from stuff. all in all it took about a month. Also we recorded it in our basement. We have the best producer.
Stoli: How much of your real personal life do you feel comfortable putting out there in your songs?
Convoy: I put it all out there, I feel that maybe someone might be going thru what i went thru and by listening to us maybe we can help them through the day. I used Pantera like that They were my escape. Phil Anselmo wrote some stuff that got me thru allot of bad years. I want to return the favor.
Stoli: I love your song, “Devil’s Bounty.” What is the meaning behind that song?
Convoy: LOL, I love old school country like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Charlie Daniels. I think i was listening to “Devil Went Sown To Georgia” the day I wrote the song. I thought why not write about the devil popping up and offering me to sell my soul to help me write songs and such, but I had a plan to trick him in the end to get the songs but he found out and had a bounty on me. LOL, Crazy but it worked.[youtube YLGNS2VIXMo nolink]
Stoli: Being in Chicago, where have you guys played live & any upcoming gigs we should know about?
Convoy: We play mostly on the South side of Chicago. We have played everything from festivals to Reggie’s Rock Club. Right now we are in the studio recording so we don’t have anything big lined up yet.
Stoli: Do you have any two non-mainstream rock bands that you guys respect & listen to?
Convoy: I love Corrosion of Conformity and Down. They are the Godfathers of Southern Hard Rock.
Stoli: Your music can be aggressive & loud but appealing. Would you say that is similar to your personalities?
Convoy: We are laid back guys. We are everyday hard working people just trying to stay alive in this crazy world, but when you give us instruments its like a switch goes off.
Stoli: How do you guys balance family, work, school, and the band?
Convoy: Honestly, having wives that understand. They help pick up the slack when we can’t make family functions or after school stuff with the kids and even work longer so that we can take off work to travel to shows. I thank them tremendously!!!!
Stoli: What is coming up for Convoy & where are you online?
Convoy: We will be releasing our new CD by early next year which will be called Blue Collar America. With titles such as U.S.M.C, In The Mouth of Madness, and Whiskey Sour.