Toronto Death Metal Group in the last three years Tomb mold From an independent duo to 20 Buck Spin signed, it has become a powerful outpost, releasing albums at a fast pace and running shows around the world. Their progress came with their vision, Reef-Led II LP, 2018 Manor of infinite form; This year Planetary clearance His pummeling guitar work and caustic percussion have a calculated, destructive power.
The well-earned critical support of Tomb Mold has led to more travel and recordings, which naturally requires a greater commitment from the band members, putting additional pressure on those who still work the day. We caught up with Steve Musgrave, who, in addition to playing lightning for one of Canada’s most aggressive metal groups, has worked full-time at the promotional products company Wrightslev for almost a decade, where he is vice president of sales and management, and has no plans to stop.
Spotify for Artists: How did you get started at Riteslive?
Steve Musgrave: We are like a march company, but a corporate merchant company. We do branded t-shirts, hats, all kinds of things. I went to do this because I wanted to make shirts for a band fifteen years ago, so I taught myself how to make shirts. [laughs]. But I made the worst shirt in the world on my kitchen table. It took a long time. I started chatting in a studio and learned to do screenprints there. Then, I lived in Toronto and got a job at an art screenprinting store. I had a lot of friends who played bands, so I started printing shirts for my friends band and their friends band. I was running my own small music merchant company next door. I was tired all the time and had pain in my knees, and I was smelling like paint thinner, so I actually wanted to stop printing. I saw this company do the same kind of work I was doing before, but they were a distributor.
So before you start with tomb mold you are doing it.
Oh well. I have been with this company for nine years, and before that I was in a screenprinting store for four years. Payson [Power], Who plays the guitar in the band, now works fulltime in a screenprinting store, and has been for a very long time. We used to work together in a screenprinting store. I joined the band about three years ago. It was a two-piece recording project for the first six months, and then Pyson and I joined.
Was there a conflict between your work and the band? Anything that hinders you from recording or traveling?
Definitely. It’s weird to call them conflicts. I definitely said “no” because of my work in the band. I’m really at a great company that values what their employees do outside of work. They’re a very performance-driven company, so if you’re productive and can achieve what you want, there’s a lot of leeway to be able to explore personal things. I’ve done a lot of work with the band so maybe I’ll be able to do a lot of other things. A lot has been thrown at us in the last year – more than we can possibly do. I’m hesitant to call it a conflict. Lots of likes.
When you travel, do you work from a distance? Or do you use the holidays?
It’s a little mixture. [On our summer tour] With Superstition, [I was on vacation]. If something really serious comes up for me and they need me, I will be able to do something for it altogether. But if we play something in town and we have to drive all day on Fridays, I’m working on Fridays. I’m checking my emails and answering issues, talking to people on my team.
How many times do you visit?
[We did] A few weeks with superstition [this summer]. We’re doing a few weeks in Europe in the fall. Other than that, we’ve been stuck on a lot of weekends where we’ll go and play a few shows. It’s been at least one weekend per month – a few months, two or three weekends. It’s funny, because I thought, “We’ll just do two ultra-long tours, and then nothing will happen over the weekend.” But the weekend reminds us that we are constantly traveling.
Many records of tomb molds. You had Manor of infinite form And an EP came out last year, and then this year you had one more new LP. How do you get to the recording process?
I am very happy with our record voting. I think they sound good, and I won’t change anything about them. But we work really fast. I know friends who have bands, and I’ve seen their recordings. They stay in the studio for a week or a few weeks or even a few months. For our new record, we went Friday night and recorded Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We were done in two days.
Do you do a lot of rehearsals before recording the tracks, so you can skip them over the weekend?
Yes. Composed the basis of the song [guitarist] Derrick [Vella]. He writes all the guitar parts and brings them into practice and he and [drummer] Max [Klebanoff] Finish them together. It usually assembles quite quickly in practice. For our first performance that we played as a full band, we had two rehearsals. We get things done very quickly when we work.
Are you predicting any point in the future, if the band is on this path, that you will ever leave your job?
As long as I can do this I will definitely keep a balance between the two. I’m happy to say, perhaps unpleasantly, that I’m not in a place where I’m waiting to leave the band so I can quit my stupid job that I hate and live my dream life. I like my work a lot. It would be very difficult to let me go. It means a lot to me, and I’ve spent a lot of time building what I’m doing there. The subject of my high school yearbook that someone else wrote about me mentioned making my own punk shirt when I was about 1 14 years old. This is what I have been doing all my life, so it is very important to me. I want to do both with my life. I think we also do good business in tomb molds, so I can enjoy that part of my life. I’ll be there as long as I can.
– Adam Rothbert