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A Dirty Dozen with TODD EVANS from MOBILE DEATHCAMP – September 2019

| 14 September 2019 | Reply


According to the band bio: “Three weathered war horses bangin’ out intense thrash metal with a heavy punk influence. Based in Southeast Michigan, MOBILE DEATHCAMP has been sawing clubs in half, and leaving crowds with their collective jaws on the floor since the band’s inception in 2008. Much like many other bands out there hitting it hard, MD has cool endorsement deals, and have played a ton of shows with a shitload of dope bands, all across North America.” We get guitarist Todd Evans to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Hidden nuggets, eh? Hmm… well if I disclosed the nugs, you wouldn’t have to listen for them, now would you?

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My Father always played guitar and sang around the house… his Dad (Grandpaw) played guitar and banjo, Great Grandpaw played fiddle and guitar… I come from a long line of Appalachian pickers and fiddlers. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to play music.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

To name a few right out of the gate, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Greg Ginn, Ace Frehley, and Jimi Hendrix… they made me want to play guitar.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Oh fuck… um, Black Sabbath, Randy Rhoads era of Ozzy, Devo, Slayer, Kiss… hate to leave out Voivod, Frank Zappa, and several more… dammit!! LOL!!

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Wow, lemme see… Ron Thal. He’s a fucking beast player, I really dig his style. OR… John 5 (needs no explanation!)

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I’d say thrashy punk metal. I guess I’ve never really cringed at any comparisons, I mean, art IS subjective, yes?

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The freedom. Sometimes I like to chirp in with, “the hours are bad, but hell, the pay sucks.”

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

First of all, NO ACOUSTIC GUITARS!! Chad cooks, he’s got mad chef skills… Matt handles the keg stands!

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

We toured with RAVEN last fall… my first time meeting the Gallagher brothers. I was a lil giddy, then they walked up to us and welcomed us to the tour, started crackin’ jokes and getting silly. Fucking great guys, and STILL an amazing band!

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Hit man/ enforcer for any of the assorted syndicates. Unfortunately, I’m not Italian or Sicilian tho… would have to be a Scottish mob, there must be those around too, right?

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Really nothing I can think of right now, however I’m sure there may have been several. I do believe that those moments help to shape us as humans tho. Life is change, even failure brings us closer to the truth. Word. =)

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose, and what does that record mean to you?

Hell Awaits… yeah… the first Slayer music I ever heard. THAT’S the real defining moment of Slayer. FUCK YEAH!!





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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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