Metallic Rose : Unlike Striker’s previous releases, Eyes in the Night and Stand in the Fire, your 5th full-album release is a self-titled. Any significance to the album name?
Tim Brown: We thought that this album was a good summary of everything we do, and that it really stood for everything we've done in the past as well. Plus Metallica did it ha ha.
Metallic Rose : The new album, Striker, has that old school metal sound but there are a few new-era change-ups that can be heard on songs “Pass Me By” and “Shadows in the Light” how have you found the reaction from your average head banger?
Tim Brown: They seem to like it! If we just stuck to rewriting Judas Priest songs, there would be no point. You need to stay fresh and try to push the envelope, not just rehash the same old stuff that's already out. If I wanted to listen to Judas Priest, I would just listen to Judas Priest, not find some new wave throw back band you know?
Metallic Rose : With the old school metal reference, who were your musical influences?
Tim Brown: All the fun stuff, like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, you know! Basically anything heavy and with some great hooks.
Metallic Rose : The sound on Striker is super solid all around; with your releases coming out fairly quickly, how much time to you spend in the studio recording?
Tim Brown: We are pretty experienced in the studio now, and we know how to get the best out of the environment. We've worked with lots of great producers in the past who have sold millions upon millions of albums, and you learn a lot working with those kinds of people. At this point, if we have everything organized, the recording doesn't really take that long. The thing that takes a long time is writing a good song! We are always writing so it's easy to just start picking songs.
Metallic Rose : You just wrapped up a European tour with the band Sonata Arctica, how crazy is it to move from country to country in a day?
Tim Brown: It was a great 7 week tour with Sonata Arctica across Europe. Having toured Europe about 10 times now, we know a lot about each country and the different cities and how everything works. For the most part you just wake up on the tour bus in a new city at the venue, and then you have maybe a few hours to kill before show time. Europe is surprisingly similar across continent, but there are some obvious differences between locations. I'd say there's more of a difference between cities versus the difference between countries.
Metallic Rose : What were some of your best experiences from the European shows?
Tim Brown: Well there were a number of sold out shows, which is always awesome, but our final show in Gothenburg, Sweden, was awesome because everyone was pranking everyone else on stage. I've never laughed so hard on stage before!
Metallic Rose : Canadian beer versus European tastes, any comparisons or standouts?
Tim Brown: Canada has some great lagers, but the European beers, especially in Germany, are some of my favourite ever! Huge fan of Erdinger Dunkel or any of the Hofbrauhaus beers.
Metallic Rose : How do you choose which songs are played on tour? Do you change up the set list?
Tim Brown: If we are supporting a bigger band, we usually try to tailor our set to match up with more closely to theirs a little bit. Otherwise we just pick our favorite songs and let it rip!
Metallic Rose : The Canadian Tour kicks off on Thursday, April 13th at Dickens in Calgary, followed by The Starlite Room in Edmonton on the 14th, and The Vat in Red Deer on the 15th. How different are the crowds at home as opposed to abroad in Europe?
Tim Brown: Well in Alberta there's a lot of close friends in the audience, whereas in Europe I only know maybe one or two people at each show. In Alberta we basically know everyone at all the shows ha ha.
Metallic Rose : What is next for Striker?
Tim Brown: We have some announcements coming out soon! Stay tuned! And we will also have some music videos coming out too.
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Video - Born To Lose - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39j6gazeWKo&feature=youtu.be