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Interview~ The Intemperate Sons releases “Dust To Dust” Video, And they Tell Us a little bit about the band!

Indie rock band The Intemperate Sons released their official music video for single “Dust to Dust” on May 6th!

“This track is a collaboration with Amir Derakh from Julien-K, Orgy, and Dead by Sunrise (slide guitar) as well as Tony Franklin from The Firm, Whitesnake, Blue Murder (fretless bass). The track explores the inevitability of loss, and the human experience” says the band.

Formed in the summer of 2019, The Intemperate Sons are an indie-rock band that are the perfect concoction of hard rock mixed with folk, grunge, and alt sensibilities. The band hails from Dallas, Texas and have earned a reputation of writing and performing songs that scratch deep into the groove of the human experience. The band’s music is deeply eclectic across the rock genre with powerful vocal harmonies to tie their melodies together. Fronted by Max Watson (lead vocals, guitars, keys) who plays alongside Jake Watson (guitars, backing vocals) and Mark Marks (Bass), and anchored by Keith Watson (drums, backing vocals, primary lyricist) they form what is a tight knit rock and roll band that is The Intemperate Sons.

Ignite had the opportunity to as the band a few questions to get to know a little bit more about them.

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 began as a 3-piece band in 2019. Myself, Jake, and Max are all related as they’re both my sons. We decided, initially, to record an EP but when Covid hit, we decided to go further and write a full-length album. The band, over that time, collaborated with Amir Derakh and Tony Franklin on the album as they are close friends to the band. We have since added a bass player named Mark Marks that has been the missing piece for us.

What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?

All of us in the band had varying points of entry for wanting to be a musician.  For me (Keith) it was hearing the drums on the very first Van Halen record.  Alex Van Halen blew me away with the tightness of his grooves playing with Eddie and Michael.  I was a mere child when that record came out, but I immediately knew I wanted to bang on something! Music is therapy to me so the constant cycle of creating and performing saves me in some way every night from worse choices! 🙂

So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos? 

Our new single, “Dust to Dust” just released to all the streaming services on April 29th. We are following that up with a music video release on May 6th that was shot at The Kitchen Recording Studios in Dallas, TX. We are about to release our full-length album “The Color Within” in June to all streaming services.  We also have vinyl records and CD’s that can be bought from our website at http://www.theintemperatesons.com.

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

My hope would’ve been to be a rock reporter! I grew up reading all of the rock publications and digging into the stories about my favorite rockstars.

What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?

We were asked if we’d do a cover of Pancho and Lefty after doing a live acoustic performance of “Dead Flowers” by the Stones. My thought on that was, “How did you get to that question and what did you hear to influence it!” LOL

If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?

We would want them to relate positively to our music. The most memorable songs to me are ones that musically and lyrically relate to what I’m feeling at the time. The great ones can change meaning over time and relate to many feelings. I would hope that it because they remembered our music as being deep.

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)

2594!

This song is an epic journey with two VERY influential musicians in Amir Derakh and Tony Franklin. It is the only track in human history where both of these gents played together on. Amir broke out a slide guitar for us and Tony played fretless bass. We were so honored to collaborate with them!

What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?

These songs are our babies. It is hard to take one over the other. One thing I can say is that they’re deeply personal journeys and each one stands on its own. Of the four we’ve released, Max wrote one (musically and lyrically), Jake wrote one (musically with me providing lyrics) and I wrote two (musically and lyrically). It is a team effort and they’re all strong.

Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?

You can always get better. In fact, myself and Jake continue to take guitar lessons from Monte Pittman (Madonna, Ministry, Prong). You can never stop learning unless you make the choice to do so.

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?

Fans should know that we all suffer from GAS….guitar acquisition syndrome!

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Blackish Green…our soul is dark on the lyrical content hence the black but the green tint represents a sliver of hope

Who are you inspired by? 

Van Halen, Led Zeppelin,  and Alice in Chains I would say are the biggest.  I hit hard and love to groove on the drums.  I picked that up from listening to Alex Van Halen and John Bonham.  From a songwriting perspective, my biggest influence has probably been Jerry Cantrell.  There is something about the way he puts a song together and applies the lyrics that have always inspired me.  The vocal harmonies from AIC are hugely influential.  

What’s an average day like for you?

We all have other professional duties while we’re not playing music, but at least 2 hours a day I will pick up a guitar and try to write or I will get on the drums and work things out from things I’ve already written. Jake literally goes nowhere without a guitar in his hand as does Max. Mark is a prolific writer in his own regard and spends his time doing that and helping us with the creation of merch along with Jake.

Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?

We’re very engaged on social media but in a live setting we hang around and talk to them until the end of the night. The human experience of being face to face CANNOT be replaced by a virtual “like”. You can relate to your fans on a deeper level by talking to them.

Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

None of us really have major anxiety about performing. We rehearse a lot to make sure we’re all on the same page and that takes most of the anxiety out of the equation.

Tell me about your favorite performance venues?

Personally, being from Dallas, it is the Trees. It is a great iconic venue with a ton of history. Clint Barlow’s venue and staff are amazing!

What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

If something in your is fiery enough to inspire you create, it can’t be wrong, and you should not compromise or settle for less. Follow your gut as it is almost never wrong. We can definitely lie to ourselves and say that it is, but rarely ever is it wrong. With that fire, work hard to create your identity and brand. The business side of music is just as important as the music you create. You can’t be successful at one without the other.

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