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  SOIL
Top Soil
Interview by Lee Fitzsimmons



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Everybody who gets themselves into the garden knows that in order for a healthy growth cycle in your plants and flowers, you need an excellent base of soil in which it can grow. Soil is made up of particles of broken rock which are altered over time by weathering and erosion. I can honestly state, however, without fear of an over-blown dramatic statement, this is rock that is in no way broken and has none of its impact eroded over time!

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Since their beginnings in 1997, it's been a rollercoaster ride at times for these guys. Soil have certainly had their fair share of ups and downs throughout their lifespan. 2001 was the year of Soil when 'Halo' was played in heavy rotation on WJRR, an Orlando rock station, and soon after sparked a bidding war for their signature. That year also saw the inspiration for their latest tour come to life. The 'Scars' album was created and now, on its ten-year anniversary, I catch up with the guys backstage at Moho Live to indulge in Jaegerbombs, library quietness in the dressing room and random conversations. We also touch on the tour too!


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So I decide to open the to and fro with a little enquiry to Adam as to how the tour is going for the guys:

"Fucking amazing! It's been really good. All the shows have been off the hook, man, tons of people at all the gigs, fully packed and sold out. It means a lot, you know? We have been here quite a bit over the last couple of years, but to come back with Ryan and to do it, what I think is more proper, it's quite possibly the funnest it's ever been."

Now the focal point of the interview, Jon Wysocki and Jaegerbombs! Superb! I can tell this is shaping up to be a great twenty minutes! Dramatic pause for about twenty seconds to comment on the beneficial effects of Jaegermeister and the downage of the bombs.

Back to the reason I'm here, I want to discover more about how it feels having Ryan back after such a long absence. Adam enthuses:

"It's great, man. I can honestly say that I missed him a lot over the years."

Cue a little conversation about a previous video interview where they mention their £35 VIP package that they've offered, and the extra service offered exclusively by Tim for £36.50 involving him impregnating female fans as well!

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So, in order for those people that have been living under a rock for the last ten years, I ask the guys to sum up Soil for us and their opinion of the band.

"Heavy American rock band!" says Adam. "Just a bunch of dudes that play hard rock music. We grew up on Metal and rock and we just kind of eventually got together and really mashed it all together! It's our 'pot of chilli' I guess."

To me, it seems like they're fans of the genre doing what they love. The excitement and enjoyment comes across in their music and performances. Digging a little deeper, I ask Adam about what prompted the guys to do this:

"We were inspired by the bands we liked as kids, and somewhere along the way we got good enough to play with other people who were good enough to put a band together. One thing led to another!"

Jon Wysocki finally chips in:

"There's a little bit of luck involved, I guess, well - a lot of luck. Getting to play with the right people and everyone has to be on the same page, all wanting to go in the same direction. There are just a lot of factors that play into the whole thing."

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Pic: Judith Fisher

Prodigal son Ryan McCombs: "I missed him a lot over the years." (Adam Zadel)

This leads to a lengthy discussion about the issue of touring and how much time is too much spent on the road. You definitely have to bear with us on at this point, because the Jaegers are freeflowing by now... Back to Adam:

"You could be gone for, like, years. Come home and see a new tree that wasn't there before. Some of the weirdest shit ever dealt with. People are older and that can be really weird man."

Jon agrees:

"Sounds funny but it's true. When I was with Stain'd we would do seventeen, eighteen tours, take a couple of months off and then do another record. Then go do it again! I probably should have waited until now to buy a house. Just felt like I was never there."

So how much is just right then guys? Adam:

"Well, I would rather do a week of shows and do three weeks off and then go do another week of shows."

Jon continues:

"Two weeks to me is not bad either. To me, it's like the most ideal thing. We are hitting a very concentrated area. We are hitting a lot of smaller places and you can see the appreciation from the fans. A week you're just starting to fall into your groove, so a little over two weeks to me is great."

Adam:

"Got to enjoy it too. Doing a bunch of shows all the time and you're fucking miserable every night; you're putting on a shit show. You're robbing the people that are coming to see you and you're just pissing yourself off. It's counterproductive."

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I think the Jaegerbombs have started to kick in at this point, because right out the window goes the lovely neat prepared questions and in come the ones designed to produce some absolutely insane answers! Coincidentally, this occurs at the same moment more drinks arrive. Adam and Jon have to raise their voices to tell people in the dressing room to 'shut the fuck up!'. Jokingly of course. Asking the support act to leave the stage is also considered to mute the noise level, but that extreme is not needed.

I wanted to gauge what music these guys love so decide to throw a little question at them that's going through my grey matter: what song in the last twenty-five years do they wish they'd written?

Jon:

"Star Spangled Banner!"

Adam:

"You can't have that - its public domain!"

Jon:

"A Led Zeppelin track. It's amazing that that band is still around, and their songs are still in heavy, heavy rotation and people still recognise them."

Adam, unfortunately, decides he can't stick to the parameters of the question and has to deviate. What a diva! That being said when I expand the question, he has an answer:

"Probably I would've liked to have written 'Iron Man'. Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath - they basically forged everything that hard rock and Metal is today. Anybody that says otherwise, I will argue with them!"

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Pic: Wendy Pritchard

A little deviation from the point again whilst shots are had, and we have a brief discussion about Adam's predisposition to using naughty words. The consensus is? There's nothing like a good 'fuck' now and again!

Right, embracing the obscure I really want to know which living artist they would sacrifice to bring back a dead one, and whom would they bring back. A question that results in fits of laughter between us all, although I'm sure the alcohol is playing its part too!

Adam:

"Just about anybody in country music. Anybody in country for Dimebag! I'll do that one!"

Jon:

"Or for Hendrix, or like Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Bonham. I mean, if John Bonham was still alive, who knows, we might have had a Zeppelin reunion a couple of years ago. God, there's so many! Any of those popstars and that, you can have them all."

So which album is playing on repeat in Hell?

Jon:

"Judas Priest!"

Adam:

"It depends on what your version of Hell is. Is it a fatass club with fire and hot chicks and great music? Or is it Hell like Abba and doing manual labour all day? Hell is supposed to be miserable, so if you're playing Abba and I have to carry shit all day then I'm going to be miserable!"

Okay, one last question: which gig would you travel to if you could go anywhere in time?

Jon:

"U2, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' when they played at Red Rocks."

Adam:

"Anything from the 'Blizzard Of Oz' tour."

DID YOU KNOW...?

A few quick-fire pieces of personal Soil trivia:

McDonalds, KFC or kebabs?

Adam: "KFC, although I think McDonalds puts crack in their burgers making you crave them."

Jon: "Kebab. Neither of the other two. Don't eat McDonalds!"

Beer, spirits or soft drinks?

Both: "Jaegerbombs!"

Intimate gigs or huge arenas?

Both: "Intimate gigs! Well intimate gigs pleasantly speckled with a huge one inbetween."

CD or digital download?

Jon: "I have never downloaded one single thing ever. CD."

Adam: "CD is better but for convenience I do have my iPhone."

Planes, trains or automobiles?

Both: "Bus" Time travel to the future or past?

Jon: "Past. I'm always watching History channel and stuff like that. I love that stuff!"

Stupidest question you have ever been asked?

Jon: "The one you asked just a minute ago! Hahahaha."

Thanks Jon! Appreciate that dude.


That's the end, avid Soil readers! The interview winds down with us drinking more, talking about 'Back To The Future', Ryan asking if we can do a shot of Jaegermeister for every question, and me explaining to him what a 'fittie' is! I would like to say many, many thanks to the guys from Soil (and Jaegermeister for catering for our interview!). There was just so much information that I couldn't squeeze it all in, even though this interview has stretched on quite awhile. I'm off to get my name down for the interview next time they grace our shores and preparing for it suitably!

'Scars' celebrates its tenth anniversary and here's hoping it graces your collection! If not, why not? Superb guys, fantastic night and if any of you reading this gets the chance to hang with these guys, grasp it with both hands, dig yourself a hole and cover it with Soil!

01.11.11



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"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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