Born from the mating of down-country blues and modern rock, Arizona quartet Whiskey Six delivers a hybrid sound that is truly unique and that resonates with fans from both genres. The band’s self-titled EP combines classic blues riffs, striking vocals, and great guitar work, so it’s no wonder it has received positive reviews and radio play from local and national media.
Chris, Mongo, Raf and Matt balance the act of staying current, while appreciating the true roots of rock music. In an era of over-the-top productions and lyrics with little meaning, Whiskey Six play the music they like and stand firmly behind what they do. Here, the band talks to us about the roots of their original sound, what fans can expect from their live shows, and more.
Q: Since it’s no secret why Whiskey Six is the name of the band, but there are now four members, can we expect a name change in the near or distant future?
A: Over a year ago, the band was just Chris, Mongo, and Raf – six testicles. It was a great name. Then Matt came along and well, we spent a lot of money on the logo, so we’re not changing the name. Unless someone wants to lose a pair, we’re keeping the name as is!
Q: Many have compared Whiskey Six to other bands/artists, from ZZ Top to Stevie Ray Vaugh, but how would you describe your music?
A: A carefully crafted blend of modern rock and ’40s blues. When you listen to the artists of the ’40s and that great original sound of southern blues, you realize where rock music came from. We try to bring that sound back through our music, while incorporating some of the great guitar work of today’s rock.
Q: Why do you think it’s so hard to put a label on your particular style?
A: Except for a selected few artists, there aren’t many bands that play our style of music. This back-to-basics style has been largely forgotten and overlooked for the more studio-crafted sound you hear on most radio stations throughout the country. We don’t want to sound artificial. We really love playing music and never want to get away from the richness of four guys putting everything they have on stage. You can’t recreate that in a studio. That’s why a lot of people tell us they love our live shows – you can really feel the energy we put into our songs.
Q: What bands and/or artists have been the biggest inspirations for Whiskey Six?
A: Most people have never heard of the blues guitarist R.L. Burnside, but we just love his music. Skip James is another great blues artist we listen to. Obviously, you can hear a lot of ZZ Top, and even a little Metallica in our music as well.
A: ‘Heavy Metal Doom Machine.’ Although ‘Your Disease’ is the biggest single of the EP, ‘Heavy Metal’ is a really fast-moving song that we have fun playing. Although our newer songs have had a great response. We should have a new EP out this fall. Our newer material is bluesier and complex. Right now you can hear one of the songs, the ‘B Song,’ on YouTube.
Q: What can fans expect from a Whiskey Six live performance?
A: We really go out for our shows. It’s very high energy with a lot of guitar and hard-driving drums.
Q: Are there any Whiskey Six rituals pre-show or post-show?
A: Pre-show, Raf is usually scoping out the audience for the hot chicks and Mongo is in the parking lot picking up cars. The bar tab usually reflects our post-show activities. With whiskey in our name, we have a reputation to keep up with!
Q: What’s next for Whiskey Six?
A: Currently, we are working on a new EP and we’re competing in the Southern California Underground band contest in Los Angeles. We’re also on the opening bill for Slash and Beth Hart at the Whisky A Go-Go on August 26th. We also just learned we’ve been nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in November.
Long term, we’d like to start touring more and getting out to meet our fans. We really hope people come out to see us when we’re in their area. We know they’ll have as much fun as we do.
For all the latest on Whiskey Six: http://www.myspace.com/whiskeysixmusic