Winterburn take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Winterburn to let us know all about the band!

A song that made you want to make music?

Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses

Best rider you’ve ever had?

Probably both Middle East ComiCon festivals, we were headlining so they were super accommodating with anything we needed.

Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?

Almost dying in a real bad car crash right after a show and having to basically take care of the entire situation created by our ex-member.

Deepest lyric one of your song’s features?

“It pulls me into death’s embrace, a sinner’s swing into the grave.”

Easiest song you wrote?

I’d say it’s a toss up between “Dogtown” and “Sinner’s Swing.”

Favourite song in your set?

Dogtown” for sure, gets me really grooving.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

On vocals I’d love to have Marc LaBelle from Dirty Honey and on guitars I’d say Slash.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Dealing with people’s moods, we’ve all got our own struggles but when you’re in a band keep those to the confines of your home.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

One of our members at the last live show once sessioned live with Tina Turner, which is pretty gnarly.

Jokes you have in the band?

I’d always introduce Vivian as Vivian Campbell live; I’d look over at him and he’d be shaking his head.

Key to writing a song?

I think there’s no real formula if you want to write something original and meaningful, for me personally I love jamming for hours and slowly riffs and licks start flowing out of me. One thing that seems so to work is humming ideas in the shower, I then transcribe them on guitar when I get out, I’ve written tons of material that way.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

400 kilometres.

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

Scott Weiland prior to his exit from Velvet Revolver, one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen. Tony Iommi as a person, met him before a Sabbath show on The End Tour and he such a gentleman, made me love the band even more, if that’s even possible.

New band you’d recommend?

My favourite modern day Rock N’ Roll bands are Gygax and Dirty Honey. I still can’t believe the former aren’t bigger than they are and that the latter aren’t signed, blow my mind really.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

If we’re talking about our peers, I’d say Dirty Honey but if we’re talking major bands opening for GN’R would be incredible.

Place you’d most like to tour?

We’ve been trying to arrange a UK tour since before the onset of the pandemic but we’d also love to play the US or South America.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

“The Breakfast of Champions isn’t cereal, it’s the competition!” – David Lee Roth

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

It’s named after the final track, which was basically me writing after seeing the carnage on the television after a dictator decided to order an airstrike on his own civilians. The point in a nutshell is people are suffering because of sinister ghouls sitting in “Ivory Towers.”

See us live at?

Haven’t got dates booked yet but if all goes well, we do plan to play in the UK by next spring. All dates will be announced on our website and other platforms.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Totally, artists were more creative, not just in rock music but in every genre. There was more substance to the music and the lyrical content wasn’t the trash you see in mainstream music. The entire industry and culture were different, people actually appreciated the effort that would go into making a record, not download or use streaming services that are leeching off artists.

Unusual merchandise?

I’d like to say we’ve got something out of the ordinary but we’re just your standard rock band. Maybe we’ll have an owl replica in the future.

Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?

I think “Draw the Line” would sound cool electric. I’ve also thought of fleshing out “Vultures” since it’s just a little segue between two songs.

What do your fans mean to you?

I’m grateful to anyone that supports our music and make the time after shows or even online to chat with them and be a positive role model always.

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Haha well I have quite a few injuries from Skateboarding, I had a bad wrist injury around June of this year which still hasn’t recovered much. I also get treated for Multiple Sclerosis, which sometimes is alright and sometimes can be a bitch!

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

It’s always the drummer, no matter which lineup of our band we’re talking about!

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?

Definitely the owl, which has sort of become our unofficial mascot.

Elizabeth Birt

January 12, 2022

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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