In just four short years, A Sound of Thunder has managed to release five studio albums, an EP, and already has a complete covers album ready for release as well. Fans will have to wait until early 2016 for the latter, as the band’s fifth studio effort, Tales from the Deadside hit retailers and digital markets on September 25. The record marks the culmination of an 18-month journey to bring the characters of Valiant Comics’ The Shadowman to life.
Based in the Washington D.C. area, A Sound of Thunder approached Valiant comics at the 2013 Baltimore Comic Con about putting music to The Shadowman series. As soon as the band completed recording its 2014 release, The Lesser Key of Solomon, the band jumped right back into the studio to write and record Tales from the Deadside. This week, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio connected with Schwartz as well as vocalist Nina Osegueda and bassist Jesse Keen, to chat about the new record, how it came together, and much more. Sadly, drummer Chris Haren had too much class to be caught chatting with the likes of me.
The band funded the new record with another successful Kickstarter campaign, more than tripling their goal. As they do with every album, excess funds go back into giving the fans bigger and better rewards. The fans have essentially become the band’s record label. Because of their loyal fan base, A Sound of Thunder has been able to remain a DIY band, though recently a well-known label did come calling. In the end the band chose to stay independent for now.
“We didn’t turn them down because they gave us a bad deal,” offers Osegueda. “It was that it was at a bad time, because we were just about to release the album. Going with a label, it would have set us back months and months, and it would have gummed up a lot of the stuff that we had going already. It was just bad timing, but that isn’t to say that we won’t work with them in the future.”
“Part of the issue, is that we wanted to remain independent in the United States at least,” Schwartz chimes in. “I think I speak for all of us when i say, I think we like running our own ship. And there’s not a lot a record label can do for us in the United States. There’s just not that big a metal market and where we really need help is Europe and South America because the shipping prices make it extremely expensive for fans to get our stuff. So we’re going to hold out for the right partner that will allow us the independence and control that we’re used to. that will reach new people.”
“But to your point,” adds Keen, “the effectiveness of the Kickstarter and having fans that are willing to just go in on this–just throw in with us. That gives us the opportunity to say we’ll pass this time, but we’ll consider something down the road.”
Nina, Josh and Jesse also shared their thoughts on “perfect” albums, what fans can expect of the upcoming full-length covers album, as well as talking about the band’s Kickstarter-only covers EP, Tales from the B-side, which features guests like Tony Carey (Rainbow), Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), and John Gallagher (Raven). Check out the full interview below and delve into the Deadside.