Adrenechrome's Tim Kehoe Discusses EP Matters



Adrenechrome have been hard at work writing and recording their all new EP and now that its out what could they possibly say about it? Guitarist Tim Kehoe took sometime to discuss it!


1. You guys have an all new EP out, what can you tell me about it?

Tim: It's a collection of songs that we're extremely proud of, we think it covers alot of the scope that we can do in regards to the heavy side of music. Old-school meets new new-school, heavy, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, we tried to go with alot of dynamic.

2. Would you say that its a concept release?

Tim: I would say no, we've been asked that before but i think its the cover art that eludes to that, you thinks gonna be a fantasy metal album about this skull castle and the gnarly river of blood. The songs are they're own thing and totally separate from one another.

3. What type of band are you and what genre of music do you play?

Tim: We are a heavy metal band, no frills, no gimmicks, straight up heavy metal, we've always said that. We like to write heavy music, that can mean heavy fast, heavy slow, heavy major and heavy minor. We don't wanna keep anything one sided we like to include as many aspects of music in the songs we play. it comes out as heavy metal however the influence can come from anywhere, prog, jazz, classical, tribal African beats, where ever man, the beauty of music!


4. Who produced the EP? How did the producer aid the recording process?

Tim: We produced it ourselves with the help of studio wiz  Darius Szczepaniak, we're good at pep talking each other so it went really smoothly in the studio, we're all very open to suggestion when we're recording, so trying little things and reworking this and that wasn't a big problem at all.


5. Where did you record the EP?

Tim: We recorded it in the north end of Toronto. Ont at Iguana Studio. Cool little spot with a tastey greek eatery around the corner.

6. What label will be releasing the EP?

Tim: No label as of yet, but things are in the works, I can smell it haha.

7. How would you describe the overall sound of it?

Tim: I think there's alot of throwbacks to old-school metal, cause that's what we really like, elements of thrash and 70's sabbathy type stuff. But if you listen to it you can hear us trying to through our own little almost psycodelic feel, i guess just to show it doesn't have to be just crazy double kicks and lightning picking to be heavy, collectively if the instruments are working together you can really feel it, that's the type of heavy that we really dig!

8. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began?

Tim: We needed this record to sound huge, we had done recordings before with older material and it just didn't capture the feel we get when were playing live. We needed to have a good representation of what we could do. Another goal was to do it real, meaning we wanted it to translate live no problem, not alot of over dubs or crazy things, we wanted people to hear the track and come see us live and go "cool! it sounds as good or better as the record".

9. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

Tim: We through a banjo on the intro for six guns which was pretty cool, between that and a 12 string for Winds of the Void, we kept pretty close to or rigs, because that's our sound, we dig it.

10. When did you start writing for this release?

Tim: About a year prior to the recording. The last one was "Six Guns" i think, we had writing it maybe a month or two before we went to record.

11. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new EP? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Tim: "Hobbled" totally comes to mind, it's the only drop A tune on the record, its extra low and filthy haha. Me and Chris were penning around with the idea of having a really dropped tune on the record, we tried and tried, the problem i think was were making the song too fast, the riffs were just getting muddy. The idea came up to write it around a drum line, like a tribal thing. Worked out awesome  it was heavy and very groovy. The best in the studio we gave it this really huge sound for the drum intro, using various drums including an 18" gong drum, weird percussion things the stdio had laying around, the secret weapon was the lid to Mike Van Dyks (bassplayer) rack case, crazy mics and reverbs can make anything sound rad!

12. How was the vibe in the studio?

Tim: Totally cool, we all get along extremely well, jokes flying around, talking bout bands we dig, drinking Innes and Gunn. We knew we had a job to do, so we kept the train moving constantly, no time for bummer quotes and pt down, we leave that up to the saps.

13. Are you satisfied with the results and how everything turned out, or would you like to go back and re-do anything if so what?

Tim: No regrets at all, it was a great learning experience. We're very happy with how it turned out, we've been getting great feedback, not that we care, we're gonna do what we do anyway.

14. What are your expectations for it?

Tim: I'm hoping it opens more doors for the band, people have been diggin'. We;d love to rip up a tour and stretch out to those places we've haven't played yet. I hope it shows the world we're serious about what we do, we care about music alot.

15. What do you hope to bring to the music scene?

Tim: Honesty, if we wanna write a certain type of song and we feel it in our bones we'll release it. No hoping on band wagons and trends or any of that bullshit or thinking we gotta have a certain sound or look. We take pride in the scope of music we listen too, slayer one minute then Stevie Wonder the next haha, we wanna be the band that can write anything and put any feel into our type of heavy metal. Be ugly and write tunes that make us feel good and never settle, if your in a band and settle with a tune and you play it live and hate it, then go the hell home haha THAT'S LAME!!!

16. The types of themes that your songs cover are what?

Tim: Everywhere, tales of gun slingers, toppling of the cooperate music scene, having your ankles bashed horrifically  oh ya and Marlon Brando.

17. Why are you here and why is this what you want to do in life?

Tim: It's the one of the only things we're compentant in, we feel that we play music well and it makes us feel good, also it usually makes others feel good when we play it. We live and breath music, we're constantly writing, jammin, giggin and groovin on records, We wanna make cool tunes that we haven't heard yet, it's awesome to have that power.

18. Anything else you'd like to say or add?

Tim: Everyone get your asses to the shows, the scene grows because of you!

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