Kansas City, MO-Based Heavyweights ORPHANS OF DOOM Will Release II, Their Sophomore Album last week
The full album is available to stream today, exclusively via Metal Insider at https://www.metalinsider.net/new-music/exclusive-album-stream-orphans-of-doom-ii.
We were able to ask a few questions to the band and Greg Koelling/Drums of the band answered what we wanted to know about the band and much more!! Check them out below
- 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?
We started out as a 4 piece with Jeremy and Bryan playing guitars, a bass player and myself on drums. We spent the better part of 2016 writing songs and generally trying to Create a dymanic between the 4 of us. The bassist we had left pretty soon thereafter and we decided, after a lot of searching, to have Jeremy switch to bass and start doing some vocals.
Bryan and I have known each other since we were elementary school kids and we became friends with Jeremy through a mutual friend of ours so the whole “getting to know you” thing that is typical with most bands never happened with us. When we wrote this album, we felt that the sound needed to be bigger live so we asked Justin Mantooth of West End Recording studio to come join us since he engineered and helped produce both of our albums. He seemed to be the most logical fit and man were we right. He and I seemed to click pretty quickly with the whole bass/drums dynamic and he adds another creative element to the group that we all feel is perfectly in step with the direction we were wanting to go with II
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
I got into music at a young age. I started playing violin when I was in the 5th grade (I think Bryan did around the same time too, that was a long time ago, HA!) When I got to high school I picked up a trumpet. I became a drummer in my mind 20’s as there didn’t seem to be much in the way of fun gigs for a trumpet player and I wanted a change anyway.
My favorite part of this band is when we started playing shows out together, we noticed as an opener we would have minimal crowd response and as the show would go on more and more people would start coming in from outside or from the bar, etc. seeing people in front of the stage responding to music we created is what keeps me going.
- So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
Our new album titled “II” will be released tomorrow, Friday the 28th of 2020. Justin becoming our bassist is probably the biggest thing happening with the band at this point. We are playing three shows to support the release, in Topeka KS tonight (February 27th 2020) at Tight End Sports Bar, Friday the 28th at The Riot Room in Kansas City and Saturday the 29th in Des Moines IA at Vaudeville Mews.
We have two new videos out right now for New Ishtar and Necromantic. Go check em out on YouTube!
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I tried to quit playing music when I was in my 20’s before I started playing drums, I turned into a monster and I was not happy with my life at all. I am not sure I would want to know where I would be if I didn’t play music. Likely still at a bar, just sitting at it instead of rocking it!
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
I literally just got asked “How’s that dictate, Greg?”
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
I would like fans to remember us for our creativity and our style. We try to change things up with each new endeavor and I hope that our fans see that as well.
- 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)
Definitely 2600, HA! This whole album from front to back feels more energetic and I feel it shows our growth from SWFG
- What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
THE hardest question to answer. Personally my favorite is New Ishtar, I kind of beat myself up over the beat and when we finally nailed it, I started getting excited every time we play it. That is not to discount the rest of the album either. I love everything we have done on both albums.
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
It has always been my opinion that you can always become better with practice and will to work at it. We are releasing this album tomorrow and we are already starting to talk about what the next album is going to look/ feel like. We need to get back in our practice studio and just start writing, that’s the only way I feel we will get better.
- 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 do impersonations. I just randomly throw them in when I am having a conversation. Hank Hill, Beavis and Butthead, Peter Griffon, lots of Simpsons characters. I made friends with cartoons when I was a kid and I think maybe I should have been a voice actor.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Kool and The Gang, Cuz I’m so fresh! HA!
- Who are you inspired by?
Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Dez Kensel (HoF), Neil Peart, Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Sumac), Bill Ward (Sabbath), Nick Menza (Megadeth), and the list goes on and on.
- What’s an average day like for you?
I own a mobile dog grooming business. I essentially get to play with dogs all day! I love my job! I also love going to the gym and I try to get up there once a day. Seems like it’s hard to do when you’re running a business though. I love spending time with my wife and pups. I really enjoy the time the boys and I spend together at rehersal. It’s like our poker night only we get to take it out in pubic to share with the world@
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
We all have access to the email, social media and other platforms that interact with fans. Generally, Bryan and Jeremy handle that but we all try to get to them as quickly as possible. When at shows we wander the floor and talk with people before and after we perform. I have had some interesting conversations and interactions with our fans and we all enjoy the time they spend with us
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
When we first started, we all did. I tend to calm down the second I strike the first note. We all seem to be ready to go when we hit the stage these days.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
In our hometown we love The Riot Room. It’s like our home away from our practice studio. We also got to play in Iowa with Druids at a bar called Wooly’s that was a great venue!
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Get out there and do it! Get some good friends together that play then create, create, creat. We have thrown out so many ideas and reworked other, pulled things back from the dead that some others would have just thrown in the towel. Keep going and don’t stop until you physically aren’t able then keep trying anyway! Our last release saw me herniate a disk in my neck right before the release. I am sure many others would have quit, but I got myself healed up and we kept going! If you love it, it’s always worth it.
ORPHANS OF DOOM is:Bryan Sedey – Guitar/Keys
Jeremy Isaacson – Guitar/Vocals
Gregory Koelling – Drums
Justin Mantooth – Bass
ORPHANS OF DOOM online:www.facebook.com/orphansofdoomwww.instagram.com/orphansofdoomhttps://twitter.com/orphansofdoomhttps://orphansofdoom.bandcamp.com/releaseswww.youtube.com/channel/UCyJKnDGTrLs7PTLrXpU