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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with High Reeper.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Everyone in the band has been playing music with each other on and off for about 10 years. Napz is our drummer and he also produces hip hop and and r and b from his studio in philly. Zach, our singer, bounced around California four a couple of years singing and playing guitar and bass in a few bands. Pat (guitar) had moved away but then randomly ran into Andrew (guitar also) and they reconnected. I (Shane) had been playing bass in another band with Andrew and had taken a little break from music. I had mentioned to Andrew that I wanted to make a heavy rock record and then things all just kind of came into place. We got together and started writing and thatís about it.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

We had all been wanting to write and record a hard rock record. We are all huge sabbath/doom/stoner rock fans and it just kind of happened naturally. I should say that when we decided to write the record, it just came out like this. It wasnít a contrived thing, it was just natural. I would describe our sound as early/old school doom/stoner rock. When I mixed and recorded the record it specifically did it in that style because thatís what I had been listening to.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

As far as this band is concerned, getting this record done. Itís our first record so hopefully the best is yet to come.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

This question is impossible to answer haha. I would say that Sabbath especially the live in Paris show, Humble Pie and Motorhead. Those would be bands that inspired us growing up. In the genre now there are so many good bands its insane. Iím listening to a ton of Kabbalah (twin earth records) and Monolord (riding easy records). And locally in Philly, Heavy Temple is really killing it.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

First things first, our record gets released on November 3rd* so thatís a big deal. We will be booking a tour for the new year to support the record and shortly after that weíll finish up writing the next one and start recording it.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

We fucking love playing this kind of music. Thereís no pomp or pretentiousness about it in any way. You just get on stage, give everything that you have and leave it all out there. Then you go get drunk.

Editor's Note: According to the releasing label, Heavy Psych Sounds, the album will now be out in March 2018, and is available for preorder as of Dec. 8th. Check out the Heavy Psych webstore for more details.

Visit the High Reeper bandpage.

Interviewed on 2017-12-10 by doom-metal.com.
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