VW is based out of Lafayette, Louisiana and we suffered a ‘100yr’ flood in August of 2016. That really pulled the plug on a lot of stuff. VW is back and gearing up for the SPIRIT OF TRADITION tour in 2017. Aside from that we are demoing a new kickass record and enjoying writing some new tunes.
2.You have a new album coming out in February, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
SPIRIT OF TRADITION’s sound is based on capturing what we do live. SPIRIT OF TRADITION boils down to Tradition=The Riff. VW isn’t reinventing the rock genre. We take pride in writing songs that groove, writing guitar solos, and push ourselves to be the best we can be at songwriting collectively. Overall the sound of the new record is about energy and groove. That is why we enlisted the help of technicians Kent Stump (WoFat) and Tony Reed (MosGenerator) on the production. We are beyond stoked with the music and artwork done by Mike Calhoun of Sketchy Intuitions (DFW TX)
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Vocally we always insert real life experiences and try to tell stories in our lyrics. Our main goal is to get the crowd to feel the tone or mood set in a particular song.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vermillion Whiskey'?
Whiskey is the easy part to describe. We all like to get twisted on some American bourbon and the clubs we play normally sell a lot of whiskey when we play. It is always a party at shows and most of our fan base drinks. Vermilion is a common word in South Louisiana and there is a river ‘bayou’ that runs straight through our home town of Lafayette, LA. The ‘Bayou Vermilion’ is dark and gritty as is most of our music.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage performance is pretty bare bones when it comes to gimmicks. We put as much energy as we can and have got some great responses from our live shows. We pride ourselves on our collective sound as a band and put a lot of effort into tweaking our amps to get the best live sound we can. We have been lucky enough to play with New Orleans legends Exorder and also opened a show for Kill Devil Hill which was killer to meet Rex Brown (Pantera) and Vinnie Appice (Dio). We live for the stage and is the true reward for the work we put into the band.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are booking our calendar up with as many shows as we can. We mainly play the US Gulf Coast with plans to break into a few other markets that have some really good scenes right now. We love meeting people that share the same passion that we have for live music.
7.The new album is coming out on '10 South Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
10 South Productions is our own independent label. We recorded and produced both of our records ourselves. We are interested in finding the right label to pick us up to get our music out there.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hard rock and metal?
Worldwide our music has been received very well. Europe has been very good to us on the first record and can’t wait to release Spirit of Tradition and get some feedback. We have fans all over the world and is always great to get a message from a new fan. That is what is so cool with digital music these days. There aren’t any borders to who can get a taste of Vermilion Whiskey with the internet.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Musically we are growing as a band and have a good grasp of what we want to do with the next record. We are pretty deep in writing right now and have a great start for another album. We are pushing ourselves as songwriters and artists on all the new material. At the end of the day all we want is for our music to groove and make you bob your head.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There are so many bands that influence our music. Some stuff that we grew up on, like Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Down, Pantera, etc…Then there is stuff that is influencing us now, some new and some older stuff that we’re just finding. Thin Lizzy, The Sword, Uriah Heep, WoFat, Mos Generator, Mothership, and many more. We are always discovering bands that keep us inspired to write new music.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Whiskey, Beer. Food, Fishing, Motorcycles, and kids nowadays. We all have kids so we spend a lot of time with our families when we aren’t playing dad metal. LOL
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
It is always fun doing interviews. We are super excited to get Spirit of Tradition released and get it out to as many people as we can. We are easy to find online so hit us up and say hello. Long Live the Riff