EMQ’s With SPLINTERED THRONE
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Hard Rock/ Traditional Metal band, Splintered Throne. Huge thanks to Vocalist, Lisa Mann, and Guitarist, Jmo, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Lisa: I’m Lisa Mann, and I’m the vocalist and main lyricist.
Jmo: I’m Jason Moser, aka “Jmo,” I play guitar and write the majority of the music. The band has been around since 2006. Kris Holboke (drums) and I got here in about 2010. That’s when the direction of the band morphed a little towards more of the traditional / heavy metal sound we have now. With the addition of Lisa after one of our founding members left around COVID-time, and the addition of Matt Dorado on guitar after the previous guitar player left around COVID-start, we have ST version 3.5 and are ready to get the next chapter started.
How did you come up with your band name?
Jmo: It was here when I got here. Something to do with D&D and something you don’t want to sit on in thin shorts.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Jmo: We hail from the great Pacific NW, specifically, Portland, OR. The scene Post-COVID is hopefully going to blossom back into something great. There are not many original Hard Rock venues left and the market is oversaturated with tribute bands. There is a thriving Rock scene here hoping to change that, though.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Lisa: We are releasing our first album as a female-fronted band on the 19th of August. It’s a kickass Traditional Metal album titled The Greater Good of Man. There’s three singles that we’ve been releasing prior to the album release, “The Reaper is Calling” (released 27 May), the Dio-inspired “Morning Star Rising” (24th June) and the title track “The Greater Good of Man” (8th July). And now the title track is released, our album pre-sale has started as well.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Lisa: For me it’s all those loud, belting metal singers from the ’70s, ’80s, and beyond. Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, and Ronnie James Dio, mainly, as well as King Diamond, Freddie Mercury, Eric Adams and the like. Also a bit of Ann Wilson, of course.
Jmo: Anything with a good riff and a good hook, though my background is deeply rooted in early ’80s NWOBHM, Hard Rock/Metal and early Bay Area Thrash Metal. On any given day though, you might find Yacht Rock to Ballyhoo in the play rotation.
What first got you into music?
Lisa: I loved music as a child, I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and listen to the radio with my head right next to the speaker. As a kid, I was really into KISS and had their posters all over my walls. I thought Gene Simmons was so cool, breathing fire and spitting blood and singing and playing bass at the same time. Funny how I grew up to be a singing bass player.
Jmo: Wanting to meet girls. Then I started playing live and writing and then next thing I knew, it was all about the music. Girls were a ‘bone-us’!! Did I spell that right?! 😉
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Lisa: I would like to work with Alex Skolnick, on either a metal or contemporary blues album. He is a nice guy, and a very three-dimensional musician.
Jmo: I am already collaborating with the preferred musicians.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Lisa: I would love to play Bloodstock, it’s a killer festival and I love the UK. It’s held near the Peak District, one of my favorite places in the world. There are oatcakes there waiting for me!
Jmo: Wacken Open Air. It has been my dream to just go, let alone play there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Lisa: A blues fan found an antique lamp that is shaped like a guitar, with strings on it. She hand-painted a bass clef on it and brought it to me at a gig. I absolutely love it!
Jmo: A guy drew a picture of us while we were performing at a gig in Everett WA. It still hangs on the fridge in the studio.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Lisa: Just “thank you for listening!” It means a lot when you put your heart and soul into creating music, and then people listen to it and give you positive feedback. No feeling like it in the world.
Jmo: Thank you for your support and enjoying our tunes. Without you, we are just 5 mopes in my garage writing what we like. The fact you like it too makes us all warm and fuzzy inside.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lisa: Ronnie James Dio.
Jmo: Randy Rhoads!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Lisa: I guess I most enjoy the creative aspect. It’s wonderful when you can make something up out of thin air, record it, and then this amazing thing exists. What I hate most is dealing with the legal aspects of being a working musician. That often involves math.
Jmo: I love playing live, followed a close second by the writing and creative process. I can do without the business side. Loathe it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Lisa: It would be to make it more artist-centered, to give artists more control, and weed out the middlemen.
Jmo: Better financial opportunities for artists. As convenient as streaming is, .0006 cents a stream does not help get the next album, merch article, or tour very far.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Lisa: Dio – “Holy Diver”. That should be on everyone’s top ten album list at least. RJD with Vivian Campbell, Vinne Appice, and Jimmy Bain was a unique and untouchable combination. And something magical was happening with the songwriting and studio process.
Jmo: Iron Maiden – “Killers”. Such a classic album from start to finish. It’s one of those ones you put on and just let it go all the way through.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
Lisa: I still think CDs are best – you get high quality audio with full frequency range, plus the case with credits, photos, maybe lyrics, and maybe even the artist’s autograph. But FLAC is a great format too.
Jmo: I like the Downloads for the access and portability to take and share music everywhere.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Lisa: As a blues artist, I’ve had so many amazing gigs. I really enjoyed playing Blues Now in Basel, Switzerland. They really roll the red carpet out for artists.
Jmo: The one we did supporting Metal Church and Armored Saint was recently popping up in the FB feed. That was a great night. Packed, and we made a ton of fans. I also remember hearing someone tell another person “That’s how you write a rock song” with reference to our set. That put a huge smile on my face.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Lisa: I would be pushing up daisies.
Jmo: Same here!!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Lisa: Eddie Kramer, Klas Ahlund, Sylvia Massy, Rick Rubin, and I would bring Chris Tsangarides back to life. Can you imagine the stories??
Jmo: This is the 2nd time I’ve had this question and my answers will probably be different than the last time, just because I really could give it some thought! Gordon Ramsey so the food is good and if it’s not…look out! Dave Atell because he is funny as heck. Scott Ian because he tells great stories and has a great sense of humor. Bill Burr because between he and Atell, they will have us roaring. And last but not least, I would bring back Dimebag for all the reasons we miss him so much.
What’s next for the band?
Lisa: We want to get “The Greater Good of Man” into every pair of ears possible! And perform for them in person as well, far and wide.
Jmo: I second what Lisa has to say. We need to get on that because I have already started writing for the next release!!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Lisa: Our website is www.splinteredthrone.com
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Lisa: I ate one once in the UK a long time ago. They don’t have them here in the US. I just remember not liking it, whatever it is!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Lisa: Just a huge thank you to you for your interest in the band, and a huge thank you to those reading this who are still hungry for Heavy Metal!
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