Interview: 15 Questions with Edge of Attack
By Natalie Perez
Grande Prairie, Alberta’s Edge Of Attack have been busy writing, recording and replacing members. They recently posted a new music video for their hit single “Forever” (Check it out below), and they’re about to unleash their self-titled debut full-length.
Here are 15 questions with Roxanne Gordey (vocals), Jurekk Whipple (guitar/vocals), Denver Whipple (bass) and Trevor Swain (drums), collectively known as Edge of Attack.
01. What’s new with Edge Of Attack since we last spoke? Looks like you have a new lineup. Who left and who came aboard?
We’ve been busy, to say the least. In the last month alone, we’ve toured the new material, we’ve been signed, and we’ve begun to write and record new material. As for the lineup shift, we had Denver come on board to replace Kayle on bass.
02. Who produced your upcoming self-titled debut, and what label will release the album?
Jurekk [Whipple, lead guitar/vocals] is working very hard at producing the album, and it is soon to be released with Spread the Metal Records.
03. What inspired the album title? Is it a concept album? Can you tell me about the artwork?
The album is self-titled because it represents a reinvention of our sound, which is a very important aspect of the album. The art was done by Andrew Triebel, and it captures the vision of our song, which is also titled “Edge Of Attack.”
04. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album? How does it compare to No Return?
It’s an American take on power metal. As a whole, it is completely different, though you can still feel some strong thrash influences.
05. Did the band have any goals they were shooting for before the recording process began?
Of course, our foremost goal was to sign a recording contract with the new album. Luckily for us, it happened before we even had the chance to release it.
06. Are you using any new instrumentation you’ve never used in the recording process?
We’re utilizing choral and symphonic arrangements with greater depth.
07. When did you start writing this album? How was the songwriting process different/similar to previous projects?
The writing process is very intensive. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific starting time because writing is a constant process. We are constantly stockpiling ideas for new songs.
08. Can you discuss one or two tracks on the new album?
At this point, it’s hard to say which songs will make the final track list, and we would rather leave it to the fans to get their first impressions from the music.
09. What was the vibe in the studio?
We are in the process of heading back to the studio now, but we tend to keep things very low-key and professional. We get along well so things are typically upbeat and run as smoothly as we can manage.
10. When can we expect the new album to be released?
Our target date is in the August/September area.
11. Have you been road testing any of the new material? If so, how have audiences reacted to it?
We just wrapped up our Attack the West tour. The overall response was great, and we had the chance to win over some unlikely audiences.
12. Will you be touring this album? Is there a chance you’ll do a short tour before the album is released?
Having just covered Western Canada, our plan is to tour North and South America once our album is complete.
13. Did you feel any pressure when it came down to writing and recording this debut? Do you plan on celebrating on the day it’s released?
The truth is that we all enjoy writing and recording so much that pressure isn’t how we would describe it. We are striving to make the best album we can, and that’s just our day to day. While the release of the album is definitely something to celebrate, our focus will shift immediately to getting back on tour. That in itself is a celebration.
14. You released and shot a video for the song “Forever.” Can you tell me about that experience and the concept behind the video? Will you be using the microphone stand you used in the video at your showcases?
The “Forever” video was intended to be simple, so we couldn’t really say it had a particular concept. We did the shoot early in March of this year, and it was still very cold, so it took some determination to shoot. The location had no heat, minimal shelter. and we weren’t exactly wearing parkas. After a few hours we were glad to be finished. As for the mic stand, while Trevor did a great job custom-making it, it’s much too heavy to take on the road. Mostly it’s for promo purposes only.
15. What more can we expect from you guys this year?
Our plans are to finish recording the album, tour as much as we can, and hopefully after that we will shoot a new music video.
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