Hi, Shotgunner. Your EP Feliz Navidad was released on December 21th. You must be excited to have pre-christmas EP 😉 ?
Yes! It is our second Christmas EP we have put out. We all love getting into the festive mood in the studio, getting drunk and cranking out the most ridiculous, but catchy renditions of our favourite Christmas songs.
First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘Shotgunner’ perfectly decribes your music and philosophy?
Shotgunner was put together by Luke and I one night in February, 2015. The idea of the band came to us as we were getting drunk and watching a certain post-apocalyptic series on TV. At the time, we really wanted to create a band where we could truly not give a fuck. Where we could write in whatever style we wanted, and just make it as crazy as possible. That very same drunken night, we wrote “Welcome to the Wasteland”, formed our final line up of members, and went on to record our first single in Diego’s studio later that week. Since then Diego has turned us into a music production machine with a single, 2 Eps and 1 full length released in our short time as a band, and much more to come in the near future.
Okay now tell us something about Feliz Navidad, and the lyrical themes behind each track. What are the ideas you wanted to put across?
We had a ton of fun with our first drunken Christmas EP, and had so many left over ideas, that we just had to do a second one. The lyrics may seem like innocent Christmas music while listening in the background of a party, but when you take the time to read them, there are nothing but ridiculous lines to make you laugh.
The first track, “Let’s Party Merry Gentlemen” is a drunken twist on one of the oldest known Christmas songs, “God Rest you Merry, Gentlemen”. Favourite line:
“Let’s party merry gentlemen, until the end of May Remember Christ our saviour was drunk til Christmas day!”
Lay Ride is our own rendition of Sleigh Ride, and is all about exactly what you think it is. Favourite line:
“Just hear those lay bells jingling ting-ting-tingling-tee
Come on it’s lovely weather to get stuffed like a turkey by me!”
Holy Pint is a lovely soft interlude that was written and composed entirely by our guitarist/vocalist/recording engineer extraordinaire, Diego. Holy Pint is a nice little play on Silent Night and is of course about getting wasted on a variety of drinks. Favourite line:
“Holy Pint, foamy pint
All are drunk, all is right
Wasted with your Mother and child
Holy highballs, tender and mild”
Finally we have just a straight up metal cover of Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano with a ridiculous reggae break in between. We didn’t want to make any changes to the lyrics as they are already perfect in their simplicity, and accessible to all audiences. We went on to make an outrageous music video of this cover which was premiered by Blank TV on Youtube.
Where and when did you record Feliz Navidad? Are you satisfied with it and did you played live with this stuff on Christmas party?
We started all of our writing and composing in late November, and recorded in Diego’s home studio through early December. We are immensely happy with it, and feel like it truly embodies the drunken festive spirit we aimed for. We had the great fortune of playing a local Metal Christmas night known as Santa Bleed, here in our hometown of Edmonton. There we were able to debut a few of our Christmas songs live, which was a ton of fun.
Are you gonna to release some official band merch?
We currently have merch available from our web shop here! https://shotgunner.bandcamp.com/merch
What are Shotgunner’s musical and non-musical influences?
Musically we wanted to create something completely different. I’ve already seen people argue over our genre on obscure Russian blogs and look forward to seeing more of the attempts to label it! I maintain that we can only be defined as Post-Apocalyptic Party Metal. Though musically we try to set ourselves apart from other bands, we can not deny the influence from the likes of Metallica, Devin Townsend, Falconer, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even CS Guitars. Speaking on non-musical terms, we have been influenced by Mad Max, Fallout, Tri-Gun, Clint Eastwood, and are certainly always under the influence of alcohol while writing.
Could you please express your personal views on religion and god?
Personally, I am an atheist. I have no issues with those who practice other religions, so long as it does not do harm to others.
Shall we expect some gigs across USA or Europe near time?
Currently we have none planned for the States or Europe, but certainly welcome invitations from any promoters who might wish to book us there.
When shall fans to expect something new from you? Videoclip, single, documentary etc?
Very soon! We are always making new music, and churning it out. We hope to have at least two more releases out in 2017 so follow us on Facebook and subscribe to the Shotgunner TV youtube channel to watch for more!
Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
Thank you for the interview! A thanks to everyone who has bought our music and supported us in any way that they could! Feliz Navidad, and see you in the new year! Cheers!