SsleddogsS - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview SsleddogsS. We discussed the band’s origins, musical influences, their new single, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thank you! We're excited to be interviewed.

Will you tell us a bit about how you got together and formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar? How did you initially become interested in music?

Galen and I started playing together in our sophomore year of high school, so like 2011/2012. We both played instruments, but neither of us were really into being in a band and all that; it wasn't until about 2016 when we got back together thanks to our mutual friend Scott and started playing together again. Ever since then we've made music together. We've both loved music our entire lives, whether its old country or modern doom metal, and I feel that all these influences really show in our music.

You describe yourselves as ‘deep fried psychedelic blues’. Can you tell me a little about what that means?

I think Galen puts it best: It's really more about the frying itself than psychedelia or blues, which we stray away from every now and then. You can fry just about anything, and I have tried frying many things, but there is always heat, oil and nasty shit from the use before and it always takes time. I feel like that sums up our creative process, Chris and I play whatever style we want and put our nasty greasy spin all over it and fry it until it’s something great.

What are some of your biggest musical influences?

Oh man, definitely Jimi Hendrix, Beck, Curtis Mayfield, Weedeater, Deftones, The Grateful Dead, Rancid, Clutch of course, Chris takes a lot of influence from them especially. The Black Keys for sure, The Black Angels, The Cosmic Dead, The Dead Kennedys, pretty much anything honestly. Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Electric Wizard, Prince, anything.

Your new single “Four Fingers” just came out. It’s an improv single and it’s 25 minutes. What was the recording process like for that?

Honestly, it was probably the easiest recording session I've ever done. I've recorded drums for Velvet Skyline and Matchstick Ghost and for both of those bands it was me alone at like 1 in the morning with just the producer redoing the same track for hours, but with SsleddogsS we just mic'd up the drums and Galen's guitar and vocal amps and went to town. All improv, y'know, the first few minutes started out as blues and it just went from there, there was some double swing jazz in there and some weird stuff. There's no layout, if we're sad, we'll play sad music and if we're excited, maybe we'll play punk. It's just a jam. Also: the Biggest shout out to Joey of Killers Tacos for allowing us to use his place for an hour.

You released your EP earlier in the year. Have you been working on more new music? What can fans expect?

Yes, we released our EP "...and a great dane," back in February, we're proud of it and we need to put it on the interwebs. It's been a hard year to get together for us, with work and the global pandemic going on, but we're going to make it a point to start putting out more music on the internet. So if you've heard of us or like what you hear, keep your ears peeled in 2021.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you guys for reaching out, we'd love to do this again! Check out our single on spotify and our music video "Fear ain't Shit" on youtube. We're Chris and Galen and we'd like to give a shout out to everyone who's put up with us making noise, our fiances, our parents and our fans, all 132 of you.

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