A new EP coming, new Hard Edge Radio interview, and somehow their name is still as mysterious as when they got here, Concrete Angels.
This Ann Arbor, MI unsigned band known as Concrete Angels is made up of Justin Keteyian (vocals), K. Hall (guitar), Jerad Hagar (bass), and Brian Price (drums). Still with a bit of afterglow from being on the Hard Edge Radio program, the fellas give National Rock Review a few more minutes of their extremely precious free time before Dirt Fest 2015 to answer a few pressing questions we had for them. Remember that when reading the tenth one, so enjoy the read!
NRR: You guys are from the Metro Detroit area and have been causing penises and breasts to grow since 2010. What’s been going on with the band in the last year?
Kris Hall: Man this last year has been pretty crazy. It’s been a non-stop cycle of writing new material and playing shows. We finally got our asses in the studio and recorded our debut EP with Matt Dalton at Metro 37 Studios and we just had our EP release party in June. We decided to also stream the EP for free via our website. Now we’re getting stoked to kick some ass at Dirt Fest!
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at Dirt Fest 2015 to keep the metal rollin’?
Wilshire: Weâ€™re looking forward to seeing not only a bunch of kick ass local talent but meeting new people who have the same love for music as we do. Also, playing a great festival like Dirt Fest is a great opportunity for us to make some new fans.
NRR: Will we hear new material off the debut EP at Dirt Fest this year from you guys?
Kris Hall: Definitely! We’re playing a few tracks off the EP as well as some other new material we’ve been working on. We have so many songs it’s getting tough to narrow down the setlist, but that’s a good problem to have! We definitely picked some heavy hitters for Dirt Fest.
NRR: What was the experience like to do a radio show interview with Hard Edge Radio?
Wilshire: We always enjoy getting the opportunity to meet people that are involved in the local music scene. Howie and Rachel are two of the hardest working people in the scene right now and Hard Edge Radio is an awesome show thatâ€™s been helping the scene to grow and become more connected. It was an honor to be one of only two local bands that got invited to be interviewed.
NRR: With your level of fun having and appreciation of sunshine, what has to be one of the bigger memories of strangeness while playing a show?
Jerad Hagar: I’d have to say the weirdest/funniest moment on stage was at Frankie’s Inner City in Toledo, OH when some girl got on stage with us, mid-song and started taking her clothes off! I’m pretty sure she was a stripper! We were all cracking up and it made it tough to finish the song. Her “g string” was definitely in tune that night, (laughing)!
NRR: What can we expect from Concrete Angels camp in the coming days after Dirt Fest is dormant in it’s suspended animation again until 2016?
Brian Price: We have a gig coming up at Simon’s After Dark, in Allen Park, on Sep 19, 2015. Weâ€™re currently in contact with some promoters to set up some more shows due to our addiction to playing live. After we rock Dirt Fest we’re looking to get back in the studio and record a full-length album that we hope will be out early next year.
NRR: Is there a band or bands on this year’s Dirt Fest line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Kris Hall: Yeah the lineup this year is f**ing insane isn’t it? Matt and his crew really outdid themselves this year. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to seeing all the headliners and I love discovering those badass local bands too. It’s awesome to have so many metalheads in one place… but if I had to pick one I’d say I’m most looking forward to seeing Down. I’m a big fan of Psychostick too.
Brian Price: I would really like to see Coal Chamber because I haven’t seen them in a long time. It’s a great honor to be playing the same show with all these bands. In looking forward to listening to some awesome music.
NRR: How important is selling merch for you guys at a festival like this? What works best, i.e. sells, for you guys?
Jerad Hagar: It’s huge for us. As an upcoming band, we feel this pressure to rock harder than everyone every single show we play. We like to get a CD or shirt in their possession before that initial high goes away… and it definitely encourages us to keep making kick ass music when we sell a ton of merch. Plus, you can’t pirate a t-shirt which is definitely a plus, (laughing).
NRR: For anyone that might not have heard your music before, what can they expect to get from your sound on stage being self described as a Hard Rock/Metal band?
Brian Price: We pride ourselves on being pretty diverse. That’s always been more appealing to us then just being a “one trick pony”. We’ll take you high, then low, then hopefully pummeling you into submission until you’re forced to buy our CD, (laughing)!
Concrete Angels – The Callng – Live @ Rocky’s
NRR: You get washed out to sea while on tour. You see beer, toilet paper, and a chick floating next to you in the water as you come up on an island. You can keep one with you the entire time you’re stranded, one goes away after a day, and one never makes it. How does it go down for you, (laughing)?
Brian Price: I pick beer first, then woman second, then toilet paper. Because I can make my own toilet paper, and also the woman she would get sick of me eventually, and the beer I could just drink myself to death then die happy, (horns).
Wilshire: For me Iâ€™d take the chick. On a dessert island you can just wash up in the water after releasing the demons from your bowels and drinking isnâ€™t as fun by yourself. Now a lady will keep you from ever wanting to leave said island is sheâ€™s one of the good ones. Worst case scenario you can drown yourself or her if sheâ€™s one of the bad ones, (laughing). But seriously, from all of us, thank you much for giving us the opportunity to be interviewed on your page. We greatly appreciate your checking us out and hope to see you all at Dirt Fest!
Website | Facebook | Twitter
Website | Facebook | Twitter