Nestled within the heartlands of Georgia, amidst the fervent energy of the metal music scene, lies a band that epitomizes raw power and unbridled passion: Crazy Mad Ride.
Can you tell us about the origins of your band and how you all came together?
We all got together later in the year of 2021 sometime and had our first gig in 2022. We met eachother through “seeking musicians” posters and digital advertisements that Brandon had created. Previous to establishing the current lineup, Brandon (Founder) tried out a lot of different musicians until finally finding Doc Lopez (Guitar/Backing Vocals) and Dewayne Bjorn (Drums). This has been the official trio ever since.
What's the story behind your band's name?
I (Brandon) was on a phone call with somebody sometime back in 2016 and while talking about what it’s like to start a band the words “Crazy” and “Madness” were spoken. After the call, I came up with “Crazy Mad Ride” which explains this entire experience perfectly.
How would you describe your music and style in a few words?
In your face thrash with a hint of groove and occasional rock n roll
What are some of your musical influences and inspirations?
Most of the 80’s and 90’s metal bands are what inspire us. Bands such as Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Overkill, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Pantera, etc. We love making new music with that old school tone.
Can you share some memorable moments or stories from your journey as a band?
Our best memory so far is the entire experience of the 2023 Tennessee Metal Devastation Festival. We got to play with some great bands. It was our first “big break” as they call it.
What's your songwriting process like?
Brandon usually writes the foundation of a song and then when everyone meets we all trade notes and make any modifications we feel necessary. Sometimes we also start a song together while rehearsing.
Do you collaborate on lyrics and music, or does one member take the lead?
Brandon writes most the lyrics since he’s the vocalist. Doc is great at writing lead parts and suggesting modifications to make the song better. Dewayne of course is great at creating good drum patterns and also brings ideas forward sometimes. Everybody knows their role.
Tell us about your latest album or project. What can listeners expect from it?
We just released our first EP “Life, Liberty, Death” which has been a huge success in America and overseas as well. We are currently getting ready to record our next single which we feel is going to be the best song yet. We continue to find ourselves after each song we create.
Are there any specific themes or messages you aim to convey through your music?
Nothing specific. We write based off how we feel and what is going on in the world at the moment. We also write based off the mood that the riff gives.
How do you approach live performances and engaging with your audience?
Interact with the audience. Always present everything you do with confidence. Put it in their face to where they can’t look away.
Any upcoming tours or gigs fans should look out for?
We will be submitting for a lot of metal festivals across America for 2024.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
We always strive for the audience to feel a rush of adrenaline and excitement when they listen to us. Whatever emotion we are aiming to portray with the song, we want them to feel.
Are there any artists or bands you'd love to collaborate with in the future?
We always enjoy playing shows with bands that have more experience and are further in the industry than us so we can learn from them. Of course, if we ever got to play with one of the bands that influenced us that would be fantastic.
Can you share your thoughts on the current state of the music industry and any challenges you've faced as a band?
What we play does not have all the aspects of what is trending. Right now we’re throwing a Hail Mary with trying to bring back the 80’s tone with original music. What we believe is most important is that we play what we love while still giving it a marketable approach. So far it’s paying off. The only challenges we’ve had are those that all bands face which I’ll list out. 1. Getting well known enough that major festivals want to bring us onboard. 2. Knowing who you can trust. Both we are currently figuring out.
What's the most important piece of advice you'd give to aspiring musicians or bands?
Make sure you love the music you create. It makes dealing with the bad days easier. You will have a lot of bad days but remember that you started this because it’s what you love. Also remember that in this industry not everyone is your friend. The bigger you get the more people that will be around you. 90% of them or more will be acquaintances, fans, people wanting money or people that just want the social stature that comes with saying you’re a friend or partner. As a lot of bands say, DO NOT GIVE UP
Share a fun fact or an interesting tidbit about each band member.
Brandon Barker - Brandon does most the music video and social media work.
Doc Lopez - Has watched Breaking Bad in its entirety at least 32 times
Dewayne Bjorn - Has the biggest variety of musical taste in the group
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