Tommy Stewart (bass, vox) Dennis Reid (drums, vox) Don Cole (guitar, vox)
1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group? Where is the band from?
(Tommy Stewart)- Negative Wall is from Atlanta, Georgia, USA! We're a three piece metal band writing science fiction stories and applying them to a blues style within a doom metal frame. For instance, the song entitle Imperii Exsules was inspired by a sixties Outer Limits TV show episode called The Zanti Misfits.
2- Gammagelu is the band's first full album, how long did it take to write?
TS - This is an interesting question. From first practice to a finished master took fourteen days. We came to the first rehearsal and jammed out the songs to write the music. That took seven days. Then we went into my studio and recorded the instrument tracks. I had some partially written ideas about the lyrics, but mainly sat down and recorded myself alone doing the vocals and completed the lyrics simultaneously. The mastering happened overnight and there it is. 14 days from band's first rehearsal to completion of album.
TS - All three of us are very different in many ways, but have a lot in common too. I think this was a case of us bringing different influences that were almost similar to the table. Don Cole, guitarist, brought in some very bluesy guitar style that is highly featured throughout the mix because he is so amazing. Dennis Reid is not the most complex drummer, but he sure can pound them hard and he tends to play exactly what I would have asked him to play. I'm a huge doom fan, but I probably encouraged a bit of a Pink Floyd feel to show up.
4- The group started in 2018, can you tells us how did you meet?
TS - We've all known each other for years and played together in various situations. Dennis and I have also played in Bludy Gyres and Tommy Stewart's Dyerwulf together. I came from Hallows Eve and the other two knew me from listening to that band originally.
5- The new album title is Gammagelu, can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?
TS - It is rough Latin meaning the ice or frost of gamma. Like some of my lyrics, it's part of invented language that gets the feel or image across by it's sound, not so much it's precise meaning.
6- Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?
TS - First, we do enjoy each other's company so we work well together. Also we handle our music careers seriously and know we have to get it done because we're all busy. Scheduling and be serious about respecting each other's time is very important and we do that well.
7- Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?
TS - We've only performed one show and it was a blast! We had our black and white lab scene backdrop behind us, all white lights only, dirty lab coats, and make up to make us look like we're in black and white TV. So we look like we are in 'black and white'! I gathered cell phone footage of it and made a video of it. You can find it on youtube and here is the link:
8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
TS - We're planning on some shows during Fall 2019 in the USA.
9- Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band? Any final words?
TS - Thank you for the interview, I appreciate being able to explain some things! You can contact Negative Wall at email@example.com or hear and contact at negativewall-bandcamp. Another good source is blackdoombarecords
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