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INTERVIEWS GREY HAVEN
DARKNESS AND LIGHT
MATT BOEHM AND KEVIN CHAPMAN
OF GREY HAVEN
TALK TO ROCKWIRED ABOUT
GOIN' TO CALIFORNIA
THEIR SELF TITLED DEBUT
AND THE FUTURE
INTERVIEWED BY BRIAN LUSH
It's a force to be reckoned with, if you dare. We don't mean to frighten you. Far from it. The challenge here is that words can't bring to light the size and scope of the sound of the band GREY HAVEN. It is, quite simply, a force of nature.
GREY HAVEN is a band out of Austin TX with a sound as loud and as earth-shaking as a thunderstorm over a Texas range, It's all electricity and energy harnessed into some of the most intelligible metal since TOOL. It's hard to believe that a sound such as this has been condensed into one single compact disc.
Their self titled CD is proof that rock music here and still has something to say. Just give tracks like BURY YOUR SHAME, MORNING LIGHT and SLUMBER, a listen.
ROCKWIRED spoke with vocalist/guitarist MATT BOEHM and guitarist KEVIN CHAPMAN over the phone. This is how it went.
You guys are new to California . How long have you been out here now?
MATT: We got here last week.
Where in California exactly?
KEVIN: Castaic, which is slightly north of Los Angeles.
Have you guys ever been out this way before?
MATT: We've played a gig here before last summer and we flew out here in December to shoot the music video for BURY YOUR SHAME.
So obviously this is a GREY HAVEN thing and not ALCHEMY.
KEVIN: ALCHEMY's been gone for about three years.
And what was the story behind that?
MATT: There was a band in Pennsylvannia that had already had the name copyrighted. We were looking around and came across this and these guys legally had the name.
Well, I like this name better anyway. How did it begin for you guys?
MATT: It all started when me, Kevin and my friends were in the first grade. We picked up the guitars around the sixth grade. That was where it started for us and we've been pretty much writing as a team ever since.
What year was this?
MATT: What year was that?
KEVIN: Ancient times!
MATT: I think it was around 1995
You guys are that young! Geez! How do you guys like California, so far?
MATT: It's been really nice. The people out here are really friendly.
You made it out here in time for the heatwave.
MATT: The temperature is pretty much the same as it is in Austin, but the scenery is a little better here.
Austin is a town known for it's muisc What prompted the move?
MATT: We were playing in AUsstin for four years, honing our live skills and stuff like that. We recorded the alnbum that we have out now, in 2003 and we met up with JOE JONES from 3M ENTERTAINMENT, who is our current manager and signed with im in December, shot the video in LA for BURY YOU SHAME and we figured that it was about time to move to a new scene and try our luck here, that's pretty much it.
And from the CD that's out now, are there any tracks that stand out for you.
MATT: We've got a couple more singles that we'd like to push off of it. Primarily a song called MORNING LIGHT and another one called SLUMBER which is the last track on the album. Those are the next ones that we'd like yto follow with a video.
And is the video for BURY YOUR SHAME available on your website.
MATT: Actually, it's available on our myspace page at www.myspace.com/greyhaven. We've got the video up for viewing there.
I love the CD cover. I think it's great representation of the music inside. Who did the artwork for it?
KEVIN:I had a visual Idea for it and I kind of laid it out for our guitarist TREY YBARBO.
MATT: TREY's really good with photoshop and stuff like that.
How soon do you think you guys will be gigging around here, or are you already doing that?
MATT: We actually have our first gig in LA on June 25th at the WHISKEY A GO GO
Congratulations! It's not often that some one new in town gets to play there.
MATT: Yeah, Our managements been working pretty hard. We haven't played any gigs out here yet. We've gotten a good amount of press so far, which is good to say the least.
What do you want someone to walk away with after hearing your music?
KEVIN: I'd like for someone to take a song and translate it into how it correlates to your lifeand walk away with a sense of satisfaction out of that.