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A Dirty Dozen with ZACH BEDSAUL of SAUL – March 2019

| 8 March 2019 | Reply

 

According to a recent press release: “Iowa based hard rock band SAUL released their new single “Brother” off of their latest EP titled AEONS to radio and it is now the #1 most spun song on SiriusXM Octane. The single is an emotional roller coaster about death and the struggles of dealing with loss. “Brother” is the embodiment of the band and its message. It is how music should be. It’s real, raw, aggressive and satiated with intent. AEONS was produced and mixed by Chris Dawson (Seasons After). The band is currently on tour in support of the EP.” We get lead guitarist Zach 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?

I think the deep meaning of the lyrics is definitely something to grab off this record. You may need to listen a few times so they can fully sink in.

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

I played a horned instrument the baritone most of my school years and absolutely loved it. I had a very good friend at the time Jeff that had a guitar and it really caught my interest at the age of 12.

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

My oldest brother Caleb was phenomenal  at introducing me to great and inspirational bands in my infancy of learning guitar. Adam Jones of Tool was THAT stand out guitarist for me and I just fed in to his aggressive rhythms and very ambient – yet haunting melodies. His style really helped me form my style and I’ll always be grateful.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I don’t usually pick out individual musicians so I’ll go with my top five groups: Tool, Nothing More, Architects, A Perfect Circle, and TesseracT.

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

Actually, I would love to write a song with the artist SIA. Something about her singing style really drags me in.

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 like to say SAUL is “Progressive Mainstream.” One AWESOME thing I feel we’ve been compared to lately is Static X vocally. I never heard it until recently. Great comparison in my opinion.

 

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

“Brother” has been getting a ton of love and support. A major part of that love is fans coming forth with their story of losing a loved one or a constant reminder to connect with their loved ones. There’s nothing better to hear as a musician…”your song helped me.”

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?

We’re all pretty good about collectively cooking and hanging out. Will is usually the acoustic jam guy.

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

We’ve been getting a lot of support from SiriusXM Radio and all the DJ’s are celebrities in their own way. Chris Jericho gave us a huge shout out and kind words the other day – awesome feeling.

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

I want to own a business. At that point I would love to do something and help support the small community I live in.

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?

There was a few years where I got let down and became very toxic for myself and to friends and family around me. I would take back some actions and words for sure.

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?

I would love to go back and see The Eagles perform in a session. I feel like I could learn a lot and Joe Walsh seems like he would be a great time to hang out with.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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