Cormac Neeston - The Answer
There's a new day rising, under
the sun; and a new sound for the people, storming the airwaves, and being
performed by the promising Northen Irish act, known as The Answer. These
four lads of leisure are currently opening for AC/DC on the Black Ice
Tour. They play Classic 70's style Hard Rock & Blues, and it's never
too late to discover their inevitable rise to fame.
MettleAngel: I'm grateful to make your acquaintance. I have only recently discovered, and become a fan of the band. I just received your new Never Too Late EP/DVD. I really enjoyed the bonus DVD, and learned so much about the band. I also, really appreciated the tongue and cheek quality to the music videos, on the DVD.
MettleAngel: I was especially impressed when I saw the footage with your bass player Mickey Waters discussing how he was priveleged to play Phil Lynott's bass for the video. He was the first one since Phil, himself. What an honour!
MettleAngel: He even claimed that if it were not for Thin Lizzy, the Irish would still be playing fifes and fiddles. Wendy & I have been into AC/DC most of our lives, but this is the first time we will actually see them live. It is also cool that we will get to witness The Answer perform as the opening act.
MettleAngel: Over the past few years, the band has garnered quite a following. I've read that Jimmy Page and Joe Elliot are fans of The Answer.
MettleAngel: Also, you have already opened for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, and now AC/DC.
MettleAngel: I can imagine! So, the big question, is how were you able to secure this tour?
MettleAngel: Right On!
MettleAngel: Well, AC/DC is it! In America, everyone just seems to enjoy AC/DC, despite his/her everyday musical preference; which is commonly Rap, Country, or Pop. Mike Judge nailed it with Beavis & Butthead, assigning them Metallica and AC/DC shirts, respectively. Black Ice is the number one selling rock album of 2008, with millions of the four versions, having been purchased. Wal-Mart made the right executive decision; whereas, Best Buy, opting for Guns N' Roses, shot themselves in the foot.
MettleAngel: So, how do you find these fans embracing your music?
MettleAngel: Wow! That makes this show, even more special. It is rare for a Hard Rock show to sell out the arenas in Cincinnati, but this particular show sold out in 15 minutes! In America, we are supposed to be experiencing an economic depression. Somehow this has not deterred AC/DC fans from shelling out $100 a ticket, $50+ for merchandise; not to mention another $50 for food and beer. Yes, AC/DC fans are definitely loyal.
MettleAngel: Yeah, The Darkness played good music in the vein of Queen and Thin Lizzy, but his vocals were atrocious. With The Answer, I hear a good mix of British Metal influences like Saxon, Rainbow, UFO, there's a strong April Wine and Helix Canadian vibe present, as well. What is worth mentioning, is that there is also a prominent '90's rock flavour abounding.
MettleAngel: I mean I hear a hint of Warrior Soul, Pearl Jam, and Blind Melon. In the '90's it was all labeled as Grunge, but bands like Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains were much more '70's influenced, when they first originated. I even had a Smashing Pumpkins bootleg where they covered B.O.C., and Thin Lizzy.
MettleAngel: Yeah, first Shannon uses Axl to get ahead, then Blind Melon (taking their name from a Cheech & Chong skit) have that one hit wonder, with an awful, literally Bee Video, next thing you know, he's dead, go figure!
MettleAngel: This is evidenced by your cover of Aerosmith's - 'Sweet Emotion', which can be heard on your My Space page.
MettleAngel: In America, fans want it heavy, brutal, extreme, or radio friendly. They are not so quick to accept a band like Lordi or yourselves. This is why you are poised for success being on this tour.
MettleMaiden: Speaking of Lordi, who are signed to The End Records, are you as well, or are you just distributed by them?
MettleMaiden: The End Records is quickly becoming my new favourite label. I appreciate their willingness to sign bands, who may not necessarily be what everyone expects. They definitely are willing to expand beyond the Metal/Hard Rock barrier.
MettleMaiden: How did you finally agree to sign with them, I'm sure there were other vital offers?
MettleMaiden: Indeed, it sure was! (MettleAngel): This is especially true, owing to the fact that Metalheads shop The End Records Distro for the best deal on Metal CDs, so they can add The Answer to their queue, and not have to go through another site, who may charge shipping costs. Also, The End gives you such a fair price, and quality packaging with each release. Even though the Never Too Late is an EP to hold us off until Everday Demons arrive, the DVD alone is well worth the purchase!
MettleAngel: Cormac, thank you so much for taking the time to engage in this conversation. Wendy and I are so excited to see you hit the stage in a few hours. We know this will truly be a night to remember, and an awesome way to begin the new year!