Australian high-voltage rock juggernaut MAMMOTH MAMMOTH strikes back with their fifth studio album, Kreuzung, which was released Friday, November 8, on Napalm Records! Only a few days ahead of release, the band was sharing a brand new single for the heavy as hell track Lead Boots. Listen HERE!
1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
MAMMOTH MAMMOTH formed in 2007. We recorded our first EP before playing live, then proceeded to destroy venues across our hometown of Melbourne with our head exploding live shows. After selling our souls to the devil we sold our music to Napalm Records in 2012. They’ve been our partner in mayhem ever since.
2. What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
BONES: That’s two questions.
One: I was a wayward and destructive teenager. I was prescribed drums by our family doctor to which I became heavily addicted.
Two: I’ll do anything for free food and booze, so getting on stage every night is a no brainer.
3. So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
All the above. Kris and Marco joined the gang in 2017/2018. We wrote an album, shot a video and now we’re back on the road taking our latest sonic weaponry to all our MMOBsters out there.
4. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Breaking rocks in a chain gang. But with a heavy back beat!
5. What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
An interviewer once asked me what my favourite colour was? Stupid question. Everyone knows my favourite colour is ‘flames and skulls’!
6. If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
That they always get to witness a full-throttle rock n roll show. And we take no prisoners.
7. On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
I’d say 2589 out of 2593. This now qualifies as the weirdest question ever asked.
8. What do you feel is the best song your have release to date and why?
Another Drink is a highly requested song. Everyone sings along to it. It may not be our best, but it’s the best to whip the crowd into a frenzy.
9. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
You can always be better. And as long as there is a gap between your taste and your abilities, you should always try harder.
10. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I’m blind in one eye from fighting, deaf in one ear from rock music, and I don’t mind a well written pop song.
11. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I’d be the ‘Skulls and flames’ colour.
12. Who are you inspired by?
As a kid: Ian Paice, Bill Ward, and Cozy Powell.
When I was a bit older: Tommy Clufetos, Matt Cameron, and Mike Bordin.
13. What’s an average day like for you?
My days are never average. I always try and create something every day and have a laugh.
14. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
I really like our fans. They seem to be as hell bent on rocking-out as we are.
15. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
No, I’ve never lost my erection during a live performance.
16. Tell me about your favorite performance venues
There’s a few. But a tiny venue in Dusseldorf called Pitcher never fails to deliver a certain heightened level of mayhem.
17. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Never take anything too seriously – except your practice. Remember, it’s only rock n roll.
Kreuzung (German for crossroads) is the first album with a new line-up consisting of original members Mikey Tucker (vocalist) and Frank Trobbiani (drums), and introducing new members Marco Gennaro (guitarist) and Kris Sinister (bass). The band seized the opportunity to refine their hard-rock formula since the release of Mount The Mountain two years ago. In January 2017,MAMMOTH MAMMOTH found themselves at a crossroads. Already committed to two European tours – including their first visit to Spain and Portugal plus a large number of shows on the summer festival circuit – original guitarist Ben Couzens and bassist Pete Bell were unable to perform those ongoing commitments. In order for MAMMOTH MAMMOTH to honor those shows, Tucker and Trobbiani needed to find replacement musicians to continue to bring the high-energy, beer- soaked, dirty-rock shows to their loyal fan base. Inspired by all new surroundings, line-up changes and a studio location in the heart of Berlin, Germany, Kreuzung signifies where the band had found themselves in 2017: The gritty Rock`n`Roll manifesto of MAMMOTH MAMMOTH has truly evolved and they know exactly where they’re heading next!