"Eldebrock's sound is more complicated than KFC’s secret recipe." - Interview

An exciting new band from Canada will take to the air with its new single “Release Me.” Eldebrock’s new song will be featured on Thomas Cook Airlines this Fall. Del Bannerman recently stopped by to talk about the new album, how the band got its name and Eldebrock’s influences.

Q – First of all, where did the name Eldebrock come from?

A – My older brother was into fixing up old cars and he would put high performance parts on them from a company called Edelbrock. When I saw the name I thought it would be cool if it was spelled Eldebrock, so I kept it in the back of my mind. When I came up with a list of possible band names Eldebrock was in the list and that’s the name that was chosen.

Q – I was reading that you had some terrible things happen to you – “creative process began after your mother was killed in a car crash, your only brother went missing and was added to the Canada-wide Missing Persons List, and after a night jamming with actor Brad Renfro, the actor unexpectedly passed.” How did these events lead up to the band and music?

A – You are told when you are young life is short but unfortunately that doesn’t really sink in until you are too old to follow your dreams or you get a lot of unfortunate events thrown at you early in life that give you a slap in the face. These events put a firecracker under my ass to follow my dreams, put a great group of guys together and put out the best songs we can.

Q – I previewed the album via your website and have to say the songs are catchy and have those pop/rock hooks that Nickelback and 3 Doors Down made popular. Who were your musical influences?

A – We are influenced by so many bands and artists that our sound is probably more
complicated than KFC’s secret recipe, ha ha. Seriously though, if we had to name a few of our biggest influences they would probably be Zakk Wylde, Slash, Alice in Chains, Guns N’ Roses, Days of the New and Godsmack.

Q – How do you incorporate all of the influences and experiences that happen in the band’s life into your music yet still maintain individuality?

A – I think it naturally comes out because of the diverse influences and individual experiences. If we are writing and hit something that’s already been done or it sounds too much like a riff or song that is out there we tweak it or it gets scrapped.

Q – The new song “Release Me” will be featured during flights on Thomas Cook Airlines. How did this come about?

A - Our publicist in LA approached Thomas Cook Airlines and showed them everything we had going on and they liked everything we were doing so they were happy to add “Release Me” to their in-fight playlist.

Q – What’s your favorite song on the album and why?

A – One of my favorite songs is probably “Lost and Lonely Souls.” It’s all about doing
more with your life and not letting others pull you down.

Q – Eldebrock is partnering with UICC – Union for International Cancer Control. Tell me about this partnership? Was there a personal experience behind this?

A – I brought up the idea of donating a portion of our debut album sales to fight cancer
and the guys were all over it. I started doing a bit of searching and found the UICC, which is a global cancer foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Within a few months we started the World War on Cancer and entered into a partnership with the UICC and will be donating $1/album of our debut album sales to the UICC to support the fight. We all have friends and relatives who have fought and are fighting this disease and it seems like you read about it every day in the news. Actually, I am heading out this evening to go and visit my uncle this weekend who is in the hospital with bone cancer. It’s time we fight together globally as one and put cancer into the history books once and for all.

You can join the World War on Cancer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worldwaroncancer (A World War on Cancer website will be coming soon!).

Q – What do you want fans to take away from the album? Is there a message?

A – Above all we hope that our fans hear fresh new songs and that we don’t sound like
any other specific band out there. The messages are in the individual songs themselves and not really in the album as a whole. The songs deal with a lot of different events and feelings so I think it will depend on what the listener is going through at the time as to what they get out of them.

Q – Thanks again for taking the time. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A – Thanks for taking the time for interviewing us and getting Eldebrock out there. We
have started writing the material for our second album so hopefully we can do this again soon.

Read the review of Eldebrock’s debut album here: "Eldebrock's debut album plays like Days Of The New and Stone Temple Pilots." – Music Review.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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Anonymous said...

YAAAA!! Eldebrock Rocks!!!!

joe said...

no they do not. they are charletons. i hope not all bands from Canada are as cookie cutter as these tools. i am sorry.... i refuse to believe what you force feed me as "good" music. i need all of you drones to take a deep breath, pull your heads out of your asses & truly listen to the musical abilities that bands do or do not posses. this band does not posses a hint of talent & frankly to hear their music infuriates me. just one music lovers opinion.


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