Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
So this kind of started as a side project a few years back with our drummer, Derek, and myself. We were in a regular ol’ rock and roll band, and we decided that we were going to do a two man doom band thing. We did that for a minute, but I kind of wanted a bass player because the sound seemed to be lacking and I wanted some harmonies and bass runs and what not. That was great for a little while and we tried out some other guitar players to really thicken things up, but that never seemed to work out just right. Somewhere along the line, we decided that the songs needed a vocal line to really round things out. I shot Jason a message one day about something unrelated to music, and we started yapping about the supernatural, and then music…and then he asked if we wanted someone to sing. It was weird. Late last year, our original bass player, the guy you hear on the record, decided he was going to go back to school and that he couldn’t handle the band and school, so he regrettably had to bow out. Right away, we asked my brother to audition. It was a natural fit. 

How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? 
Someone once described us a “Stoner Doom and Roll”, and I think that fits us quite well. All of us listen to such a wide variety of things and I think it meshes perfectly. Ultimately, we’re loud. And as stupid as that is to use as a descriptor, it’s kind of what we love the most. Metal, doom, sludge, rock, alt…the common thread in the things that we love seems to be volume. That really comes across when we play live.

Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
It feels like we hit all the right spots to satisfy almost any metalhead. As a group of guys that values the art of metal, and the occult, and pure volume, you know that we too are fans of this genre. We're just four metalheads making loud music. 

What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? 
We just released our first full length EP, and we also have a three song demo out there. We’ve been shocked at the reception. People really seem to understand where the band is coming from and what the record is about. And I don’t mean that from a thematic point of view. We’re not trying to blow anyone anyway with some crazy message. We’re playing loud music and trying to have a good time doing it. At the end of the day, I think that people feel that vibe in your tunes. 

Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We're kind of a live band. We like the volume and bask in the ability to share our music with people. We love the idea that Void King is a shared experience. We want people to come to a show and be part of it. Lose themselves in the void, if you will. 

What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
This is a great question and one that we have been asking ourselves a lot. What value does Void King add to anyone's life? And I think that answer lies in our goals for the band. We didn't set out to do anything except for creating loud music at a loud volume. Because of that, it feels like people are picking up on our vibe and sharing those thoughts with us. People want to be part of the experience. Were I a label or a promoter, it would interest me that a band is working on the little things like that to bring in the listener. 

What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We’re going to do a lot of long weekend, out and back type shows in the real near future. From there we’re really trying to hustle to get on festivals next year, and hopefully get to go to Europe and play over there. Ultimately, we just want to make music that we love, at a volume that almost makes people uncomfortable. We want to bring people into the fold and feel like the songs we make are for, and even times about, them. There are a lot of things that we want to do. We have a lot to say and hope that people are inclined to help us praise the riff.

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
https://voidking.bandcamp.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/void-king/id1124554733
https://www.amazon.com/There-Nothing-Void-King/dp/B01H4Q5OIK


July 2016

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