This may seem strange, but some friends of mine are in a band and we started talking about me interviewing them. While it seemed funny at first…as time went on…the idea caught on. So here’s the interview with LOUDFINGER!
Rik Morgan was conceived on the front row of a Black Sabbath concert in Dallas, Texas. Upon his birth, the Liberty Bell crack was mended by a lightening strike. Doctors never did understand how a Gibson SG was delivered with Rik, but it is well documented and that he was born with it in his hand. Although 30 years of Rik’s life were spent in the wilderness and are unaccounted for, it is believed that he was studying guitar with the Viking God’s in Valhalla. Nicknamed, THOR, because of the way he swings his guitar like Thor’s Hammer, Rik is well known for causing earthquakes and laying waste to many a venue with his devastating hard rock guitar licks and custom-built 100watt Marshall stack.
Q1) You’ve got a business background. How do you feel that applies to Loudfinger?
A1) I try to keep the business completely separate from the music. I’m the antithesis of Gene Simmons. I’m not trying to build a brand here; I’m just having a good time and I encourage the rest of the band, as well as the audience, to do the same.
Q2) You’re not getting any younger… How long do you expect to keep this up?
A2) For me; Rock & Roll is the fountain of youth, baby. For as long as I’m still kicking, I’m gonna rock hard and stay young!
Barry’s love of rock began during his business trip to Africa in 1981. While harvesting elephant tusks to make ivory piano keys, he accidentally discovered that powdered rhino horns were a powerful aphrodisiac. One night while conducting field experiments ingesting the powder and combining with alcohol, he satisfied every available woman in the local hunting tribe, but none could quench his lust. Fortunately for him, Ozzy Osbourne was passing through and in trade for Barry’s aphrodisiac formula, introduced him to rock & roll, and also his strange traveling companion, Lucifer. Barry was transformed into a rock god, and Ozzy patented Viagra – a fair trade.
Q1) You’re the new guy. What do you bring to the band?
A1) I feel like I bring to the band a new and different attitude that definitely shows up in the music. It’s all about chemistry.
Q2) You’ve been in the local scene since the early 80’s. How does today’s rock scene compare to the past, and where do you think it’s heading?
A3) Well, back in the day, we didn’t have the same quality of gear. Most bands had pawn shop equipment, and it sounded like it. Today, it’s easier than ever to score a good rig. I think the future is pretty bright because of it.
Q3) How would you categorize the dynamic sound of Loudfinger?
A3) It comes from a place down deep where only the strong survive.
Q4) Why do women seem to love bearing their breasts at Loudfinger performances, and how many boobs have you autographed since joining the band?
A5) I think it’s because the keep spilling drinks down their shirts. I’ve only signed a couple. That’s because security came and kicked me out of the old folks home. Wait, are we talking individual boobs, or pairs? They come in two’s, you know.
Throughout the decades of his quest for that musical Holy Grail known as the Mic of the Magus, which makes any who hold it a rock god of epic proportions, Chris Carroll has led many a nefarious pretender to their doom with his sonic attack. As did the bard in ancient times or the Pied Piper of lore, he leads any within the sound of his voice to the very brink of redemption or condemnation. Wielding a knife-edged and pitch perfect voice, he lays low the nay-sayers and hate-mongers, any who would question his resolve and the validity of his claim to the Mic of the Magus, for he believes he is pre-destined to wield it against the army of posers who muddy the crystalline waters of rock & roll perfection. To all who oppose him, he raises his Loudfinger and crushes them beneath his boot while calling to the Loudfinger Legion to join in his rebellion against the powers of inferior musicianship, imploring them to raise their Loudfingers high, raise them proud, shout it out and LIVE LIFE LOUD!!!
1) You’ve seen many personnel changes with Loudfinger; has it helped or hurt the band?
A) You know, there have been a lot of personnel changes; 5 drummers & 3 bass players in a little over 4 yrs. I’ve been sad to see some leave, ecstatic to see others go, but I believe that every time we’ve replaced a member, we’ve upgraded. We are a much more solid band playing much more difficult material than we ever would have attempted back then. I’m extremely proud of the band we are now and would go up against any band out there.
2) Any words for former members?
A) Nothing too elaborate. I just wish them well in all their endeavors and hope they realize they left the best thing that ever happened to them. And no, they can’t come back. I’ve got a Loudfinger salute for them if they try. Love ya!
3) Your singing style is amazing, but difficult to categorize. How would you categorize your style and the bands overall style?
A) Thank you for the compliment. I really appreciate that. My style is a grafting of all the influences I’ve enjoyed in my life. I’ve enjoyed so many types of music, but the 80’s have been my biggest influence. Geoff Tate, Bruce Dickinson, Don Dokken, Steve Perry and David Coverdale are just a few of my favorites, vocalists I’ve always tried to emulate because of their amazing talent. Combine that with charisma and showmanship, and you have a recipe for success. We’ve tried to keep this band focused on our roots, and it shows in our performances. That said, however, our own music reflects past and present rock genres and I believe is relevant in either setting.
4) You are responsible for all the artwork and merchandise for Loudfinger. Is that a role you enjoy?
A) Yes, it is. So much so that I am loathe to relinquish control. The other guys have wanted to take some of the burden, but I just don’t want anything out there that doesn’t represent us in the most positive light. I’ve worked hard over the years to create an image/brand that both represents the historical aspect of the Loud finger (find out more at www.loudfinger.com) and the hard rock/metal persona we wish to project. Plus, it’s just a bad ass logo for a bad ass band with a bad ass name!
Rex Scown has been playing drums, in some capacity and sometimes incapacitated, on and off for thousands of years. He has studied under the great Ajisuki from Japan, the legendary Hephaestus of ancient Greece (hence the heavy hands), and most recently, under the Zulu spiritual leader Credo Mutwa in order to develop his physical body, life force and prestige. He feels that although society has rolled to show it’s soft underbelly and modern conveniences have dulled his trade and mankind in general, Loudfinger is a beacon in the darkened haze, carrying the dying torch of the spirit of Rock “N” Roll.
Q1: You were part of the music scene through the ‘90’s with Joker Spade, during what some consider the “heyday” of rock in the Permian Basin. How does the new scene compare to that?
A1: That’s like comparing feral children to apples. The good ole days were just that, good ole days. There seemed to be more of a demand for hard, live music back then. Spade had a large, loyal following. And it was great. These days, we’re fighting an uphill battle. I mean, Loudfinger has a loyal fanbase, but it’s not nearly as big. The demographic in this area is not conducive to hard rock. If your not in a Texas Cuntry band (I left the “o” out purposely) wearing a catch-me fuck-me, wore out straw hat or in a Tejano outfit, your screwed. We obviously do this because we love the music and we love playing live. Those are the only two reasons why I carry on.
Q2: Some have categorized your drumming style as heavy-handed metal. How would you define your style and how does that affect the band’s dynamic?
A2: I think that’s a very fair definition. Your not going to see me pulling off any of Buddy Rich’s licks or heel-toeing 64th notes on the double bass pedal, but I can hold it down, keep time and keep it heavy with a bit of dynamic. Have a listen to Call Me Wicked at a live show, a good example. I feel it fits in very nicely with what Rik and Cory are doing and I’ve worked with Barry before in Joker Spade. Barry and I go together like peas and carrots. Loudfinger is good at the guitar hooks and catchy choruses. Plus, I really dig Chris’ vocal style, very melodic. Right up my alley.
Q3: Who were your greatest influences?
A3: First off, I’m a fan of most genres. I grew up on Outlaw Country. My mom had me listening to Willie, Waylon and David Allan Coe of course, Gary Stewart (my personal favorite), Emmylou Harris, Delbert McClinton and the like. I have to throw in Little Feat, they have the greatest live album ever released-Waiting for Columbus. Greatest influence would have to be the NWOBHM bands. In particular, Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden. The lyrical prowess of Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson and the twin harmonies of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. That stuff will get you higher than a tree lizard.
Q4: Loudfinger has a reputation for going through drummers faster than a monkey on meth! Do you expect to be around for a while?
A4: I don’t see why I wouldn’t be. I think I fit well with the band and the guys. Our influences and styles work nicely together. Also our original material is pretty damn tasty. Like I said earlier, we do this because we love music and performing live.
As far as the satan worship and virgin sacrifices go… There’s only a handful of things I haven’t tried because I was afraid I might like them too much. That would be one. Live life loud, rock hard and stay young!!!
Cory was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to California under mysterious circumstances shortly after the age of 3. Growing up in Southern California, he spent time supplying medicinal products to his friends, many of whom benefited from Cory’s tutelage and later went on to become legendary icons of rock. Guys like Eddie Van Halen, Slash and George Lynch still keep in touch with Cory; asking for advice from time to time. “That’s why I have to keep changing my phone number every three months” says Cory. Cory has performed on numerous #1 chart-topping hits in almost every musical genera, but to remain humble, he always insists on being excluded from any official credits. He’s a musical genius, and true humanitarian.
Q1) Who are your greatest influences and why?
A1) Randy Rhoads, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen. Because I like the dark neo-classical sound.
Q2) How would you categorize the dynamic Loudfinger sound?
A2) A raw, energetic sound that gets you by the throat.
Q3) You’ve been at this for a long time… What are you hoping to accomplish with Loudfinger?
A3) To have a few solid studio albums and do some touring.
Q4) Why do women throw their panties at the stage during Loudfinger performances, and where do all those panties end up?
A4) Oh, I’m sure they have their reasons… I can’t tell you where ALL of them end up, but, you know, if you think of it like a universal business card, my Rolodex is full, if you follow my meaning.