It is probably fairly safe to say that Hamilton rock band Monster Truck is living the dream. After having scored sweet opening slots for the likes of Billy Talent, the Sheepdogs, Guns N Roses and Alice In Chains, the band recently announced they would be storming Europe for more than two dozen shows this coming fall as the support act for Vista Chino.
Monster Truck’s Jeremy Widerman spoke with Here Magazine prior to last weekend’s FredRock Fest about their good fortune as well as going back to the drawing board when it came to the making of their newest album Furiosity.
Monster Truck has landed some rather sweet supporting slots over the last couple of years. Do you guys just have the best luck in the world or what?
I think there are two sides to that. There is a huge, gaping hole for hard rock in Canada right now and it is a spot that I feel we are able to fill rather perfectly. You could look at us having landed these opening slots as being the best band for the job or you could look at it as there aren’t a whole lot of other mid-level options. We are nothing but grateful for the opportunities we have been given but we also feel as though we have worked to make those opportunities happen.
You guys actually had Furiosity completed but then scrapped the record and re-recorded it. What happened with the original recording that made you want to take another stab at making the record?
A lot of the blame lies on us, really. I think the biggest problem is that the vision we had as a band and the vision the producer had were two different things. There was a myriad of problems, not the least of which was that we just weren’t playing well and were on a crazy time schedule of having to get the record done. The end result was a record that sounded like a demo; it just wasn’t good enough.
That must have been a bit of a hard pill to swallow at the time, even if it was for the greater good.
It was hard to admit that we worked on a record for almost two months for nothing but then we realized that it served as a huge learning experience. It pushed us to make a better record in the end.
Article published in the August 15, 2013 edition of Here Magazine