This Winter, Hamilton, Ontario’s Monster Truck won its first Juno Award for Break Through Group of the Year. On May 28 the band will release its debut full length album, “Furiosity” on Dine Alone Records. The engine is revving and the hard rocking quartet is ready to take its explosive success in Canada and take it on the road. This week Metalholic caught up with bassist and vocalist Jon Harvey for a chat about building the beast and the band’s upcoming album release.
The band is comprised of four kindred spirits who play for the fun and the love of the music. Joining Harvey in the cause is guitarist Jeremy Widerman, drummer Steve Kiely and organist Brandon Bliss.
One listen to the band’s massive sound yet organic sound and it’s easy to understand how the name Monster Truck truly fits the music. What started out as a side gig for beer money has turned into a living, breathing, rocking machine. Though as Harvey tells it, the beginnings were pretty humble:
“Basically the way it started was like a beer band. You know what I mean? You go out playing gig for beer–a couple hundred bucks, every couple of weekends or whatever. Then people started coming, and more and more people started coming. We decided we might as well take it seriously because we’re starting to make some coin here (laughs).”
Part of what takes Monster Truck‘s collision of contemporary and classic hard rock influences to the next level is the Leslie speaker and Bliss’s organ. The sound, made famous by Jon Lord of Deep Purple, gives Monster Truck an added dimension that takes them from something enjoyable to something exceptional.
“That was a big part of starting the band,” stated Harvey. “When we first started talking about it, me and Jeremy and our drummer Steve got together and I’m like, we’ve got to get a rock organ player just to put the icing on the cake. Cause you never see ’em anymore. We got Brandon and it’s been awesome, and two months into the band he’s like ‘I’ve got to get a Leslie’. So we’ve just been lugging it around, playing shows.”
Listen to the full interview with Jon below, check out the band performing “Old Train” and “Sweet Mountain River” live, and get ready for “Furiosity” on May 28.