Canadian, Alberta's Nuclear Oath is one five piece act with such groovy fellas that they have got new music coming. "Toxic Playground" is the follow-up release to their debut EP "Ashes of the Unborn". This new album though will take it's listeners on a whole new journey of music inspired by the band's experiences with tons of energy. Bassist/backing vocalist Nathanael Bohnet discusses the album and the band's further plans of activity.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Nathanael: The band was started by Nick and Brandon back in late 2014 early 2015 with Zack quickly joining the fold. They carried on with their old vocalist as Born Hero until their vocalist quit. Then Pete joined in July 2015, and the band renamed themselves Nuclear Oath. That August I joined the band on bass and backing, and we have been going hard as a 5 piece ever since.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
Nathanael: If you want us to be completely honest, they thought Born Hero sounded lame and thought Nuclear Oath sounded 100 times cooler. Sadly no awesome band name story.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Nathanael: We are based out of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Our music scene here is extremely diverse with some really dedicated people. For a small city we have everything from punk, to melodic hardcore, to thrash, metalcore, and that’s just the heavy scene. If restricted just to Medicine Hat I would have to say it is worth checking out Western Death, Hearts Content, and For A Life Unburdened.
4. How would you describe your style?
Nathanael: Our style is best described as a combination of a wide variety of metal. We all have extremely different influences in music, so we wanted to allow ourselves to utilize that diversity, instead of trying to sound like a certain type of metal.... so to sum that one up; we are straight up in your face metal.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
Nathanael: So far we have released a EP titled “Ashes of The Unborn” in 2016 with two music videos and a lyric video to promote that EP. Then we have also now released a demo single of the song “Ambushed” as well as two other singles :”Razor Blade Regrets” and “Toxic Playground” and we have another song coming out on May 18th. IF you enjoy groove melody, intensity, then you won’t be disappointed with these songs. Each song has their own distinct sound.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
Nathanael: We are always working on new music. Nick, Zack, and I are always writing riffs in our spare time. So believe me, I don’t think it will take long after our album on June 9th for us to get some more new material out there.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
Nathanael: At the moment we actually have a lot in mind. On May 20th we will be playing Moments Fest in Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada. Then on June 9th we have our album release in Medicine Hat. June 10th we are opening for Obey The Brave in Calgary, and on Aug 5th we will be opening Day 2 of Loud As Hell 666, which we are extremely excited for. We are also in the works of a tour in August to promote the album.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Nathanael: Just doing the same thing we have always done. Write more killer tunes, book and play more wicked shows, and meet even more wicked people and bands, and grow and hope that everyone who comes across our music finds something to enjoy.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Nathanael: You can buy our music and merchandise at nuclearoath.bandcamp.com. We also have music on spotify, itunes, amazon, google play, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMusica, Saavn, and MediaNet
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Nathanael: We want you to remember the intensity of the songs, what emotions it made you feel, and the connection that you were able to make with each individual song. For us we truly believe that for a song to work it needs to connect and engage its listener, and we hope that we are able to do that from the start of an album to the end of an album.