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Monster Truck figure out how to live on the road

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Don’t tell Hamilton ’70s revivalists and groove rockers Monster Truck how to live because they have it all figured out.

Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman. Photo by Richard Amery
 They roar into Whoop Up Days, Aug. 26 to rock the Gas King stage, in the middle of a busy year in support of their latest CD “Sittin’ Heavy,” which has already spawned three hit singles “ For The People,” Don’t Tell me How to Live” and  the latest “ The Enforcer.”

 They have already toured  Europe twice this year and are all set to return for a month long tour with Nickelback.
 But in the meantime the, band who draw heavily from the well of heavy ’70s riff rock along the lines of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Foghat,  are already writing new material though the album was just released in February.

“We’re revisiting some of the songs  that didn’t make the cut for this album because they needed more work and we just didn’t have the time to do it,” said guitarist Jeremy Widerman, just before a rehearsal with bandmates  Jon Harvey (bass & lead vocals), Brandon Bliss (organ & vocals) and drummer vocalist Steve Kielys.

They won’t be playing any of the new music at Whoop Up Days.
“ We usually like to play songs before we record them because  you can gauge certain things in front of an audience which  you might not get in a jam session or a rehearsal space. But we’re still in the demo stage,” he said, adding the new CD is still fresh.

“ We took a lot more time with it ,” he said.


They are excited to return to Europe in October. They played Europe when they released the album and returned to play several European music festivals.

“Audiences there are just really enthusiastic about all kinds of music. And we’re starting to get a really  good following over thee. Especially during the album release tour there,” he continued.

He noted it is difficult to tell if  they have fan who return to their shows.

 “It’s hard to tell at festivals, but  we get to play for a lot  of new fans. During the  album release tour, there were people who  had seen us before and brought friends this time. It was fantastic. It was a great experience,” he said.
 They are excited to return to Europe with Nickelback.
“ We’ve toured with them before. We toured Australia with them and that was great,” he said.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 August 2016 10:22 )  
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