[Interview] Exclusive interview with Wyndrider

Dear readers, it is our pleasure to offer you in this article an interview with a band from Tennesee that offers a mixture of Stoner, Desert Rock and Doom. We welcome Wyndrider.

Hello, how are you?

Hey! We are doing awesome. Thanks so much for the interview!

What is the meaning of your band name Wyndrider?

Like every good stoner project, isn’t it all about weed? Riding the smoke or the wind or something like that. It actually took us a ridiculously long time to come up with a band name that was short and sweet, haha!

You offer a mixture of Desert, Stoner and Doom, where does your passion for these sounds come from?

I’d say, like most everybody, our major inspiration in the genre derives from Black Sabbath. The o.g. heavy tunes that were ahead of their time, but have now become so timeless. We really try to awaken that same type of groovy rock n roll feeling with a modern doom genre spin.

You recently announced your signing with Electric Valley Records, what can you tell us about it?

We have a new album coming out! Revival, our second album, will be released on June 7, 2024 and we cannot wait. With the help of EVR and the awesome PR team at Qabar PR we are slowly rolling out single tracks. Our pre-order for physical copies is live now too!

In addition you are working on your second album, what will you offer in this new work?

Revival is really a continuation of our self-titled debut. The themes in the first album: Religion, Apocalypse, Drugs, it’s all still there. We are just bringing out a second dose.

Both the instrumental sections and the vocal parts are energetic and intense, what themes do your lyrics deal with?

The idea of “Revival” comes from our Southern Appalachian roots and how all the first album’s themes are prevalent in the darkest parts of culture here. The old tent revivals striking the fear of god into your soul and how hypocritical that is in a place that sees so much poverty and suffering…A fear of god doesn’t grant people food or money. It just makes them look up to an institution that is greedy and corrupt, under a religious guise. So, the lyrics play with these subjects. Substance abuse, religious corruption, manipulation, fear, and good ol’ motorcycles of course.

Long tracks with intense instrumental parts, how does the creative process of your music take place?

We can’t say we really have a distinct process. Some of our best songs come from twenty minutes of improv jamming and then something just sticks. Sometimes someone gets an idea, shows it to the others, and they pick it up almost instantly. Before we know it, it’s a song. It definitely keeps Chloe busy writing.

Many of your fans and our readers are wondering if there will be a chance to hear your music live, do you have plans for the near future?

We have all kinds of shows coming up this year! We will be making appearances at Maryland Doom Fest, Gravitoyd Doom Fest in Houston, Holler of Doom in Marydell, KY, and a few others too. And, we have a bunch of small runs planned around the Eastern and Middle USA. Definitely keep a watch on our Facebook or Instagram pages for all the dates and locations.

The band was born in 2022, how has your sound evolved in these two years?

Two years truly isn’t a super long time, so I think we still have a lot of evolving to do. But, there is definitely a more distinct Rock nature to some of our newer tracks while others maintain the spacey, atmospheric fun stuff from our self-titled. I guess only time will tell where we go from here.

Do you have any other activities or artistic passions outside of music?

We all dabble in other things. Drawing, painting, writing, you name it. I definitely think none of it overshadows our collective love for music though. Shitty day jobs take up a lot of our time and a whole lot of our other time is spent together on the road or at practice.

In the USA there has always been an interesting music movement both Rock and Metal, how do you see the scene today in your country?

The scene is still strong though it’s different than it used to be. The gems of Rock and Metal these days are found in small towns and local bars. Truly talented bands don’t just get “seen” and rise to the top in the dramatic way they might have 40 years ago. Local and regional community scenes matter more than spending hundreds to see a concert, not to mention all the bands supporting and believing in one another is the reason it all even still exists.

I thank Wyndrider for the interview, wishing them all the best for the new album and the continuation of their artistic career.

Thanks again! We appreciate you.

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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