Cosmic riffsters Howling Giant are getting busy as of late contributing a track “Matilda Mother” to the Pink Floyd covers extravaganza The Wall [Redux] and Best of Pink Floyd, which will feature a staggering amount of artists, slated for a fall release on Magnetic Eye and an east coast tour that starts this month. And we’ve yet to mention last years full length Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2. Between the pulp inspired cosmic themes and their particular brand of psychedelic riffs thick enough to split atoms, the band’s output thus far has been incredibly satisfying for those of us that like it tuned low and played with an eclectic touch. Just ahead of the tour kicking off we had the chance to sit down with the band and run through our set of Profile questions. Read on to see what they had to say and stick around for the tour dates, you won’t want to miss them if they swing through your town.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the success that you hoped?
We all loved listening to music and were inspired to create our own. Tom (Polzine – guitar, vocals) studied classical guitar at an early age, Zach (Wheeler – drums, vocals) began drumming in a concert band in middle school, and Roger (Marks – bass, vocals) was created by a scientist in a lab, fully formed and ageless. Our goal is to write music that we’re proud of and to have fun while playing.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
There was a time we accidentally summoned a servant of darkness from the nether-kingdom of Astaroth. It was a real handful closing that portal and we felt pretty foolish. Aside from that, things have been pretty smooth sailing.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Bands that we like are still recording and touring, thats pretty neat. We haven’t had much negative experience within the musical world we exist in.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We create alternate worlds/stories within our music, which is influenced by our individual life experiences. We don’t have a hidden moral/social/political agenda, we write about wizards.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
With Roger being an immortal time lord, he was probably the one introducing metal to the world.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Be an eclectic listener. Know that the intention isn’t always to write the “heaviest” song. Especially when addressing critics of heavy music, listen to every genre, just listen to Seals and Crofts already.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
The goal is to tour and record full time. Hopefully someday the music could support us in place of our current day jobs. Looking to invade Canada and take all of their Klondike bars in the meantime.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
All Them Witches – Sleeping Through the War
Erykah Badu – Baduizm
Willie Nelson – Stardust
Queens of the Stone Age
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Howling Giant for their time!
Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
5.10.2018 – Chicago, Il @ Reggies, 5.11.2018 – Cincinnati, OH @ Cameleon Pizza, 5.12.2018 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s, 5.13.2018 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place, 5.15.2018 – Rochester, NY @ Rosen Krown, 5.16.2018 – Easthampton, MA @ The Ohm, 5.17.2018 – Wallingford, CT @ Cherry Street Station, 5.18.2018 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie, 5.19.2018 – York, PA @ The Depot, 5.20.2018 – Frederick, MD @ Guido’s, 5.22.2018 – Baltimore @ The Depot, 5.23.2018 – Washington, DC @ Atlas Brew Works, 5.24.2018 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s, 5.25.2018 – Wilmington, VA @ Reggies 42nd Street Tavern, 5.26.2018 – Asheville, NC @ Sly Grog, 8.17-19.2018 – Psycho Las Vegas