of the Rock Band 'Screaming Eagles' from Northern Ireland
took place in mid August, 2013.
by Glenn Milligan.
Glenn: How is your part of Northern Ireland for music and how did this
gear you for the love of Rock Music?
Ryan: I wasn’t aware of what our local music scene was like in
the beginning, I was too young to realise. Though when my old man took
me to a Status Quo concert at the age of about 12 which was my first
ever, I knew then what genre I was going to follow, no question. Now
having played in all corners of our wee country I’ve learned that
great bands are everywhere here, it’s richer than it’s ever
been before and I expect it to get even better in the future.
What turned you onto playing the bass?
Ryan:To be honest I fell into Bass more than setting out to play it.
I always played guitar but when we lost our Bass player (years ago,
at the time) I tried my hand at it and have been with Adrian ever since.
Someone famous to deputise for me? Wow, never been asked that before.
My heroes are Cliff Burton, Duff McKagan (guitarist transition to bass
also), Flea, Billy Gould and Tim Commerford. Any of the above would
be mind blowing to watch them take my place for a set, can you imagine!?
What led to the formation of 'Screaming Eagles' and where did the name
Ryan: Screaming Eagles began when we parted ways with our old front-man
and we recruited my long-time buddy Chris who had been in and out of
other cover bands, it was only a matter of time really. Then, Soundstone,
became Screaming Eagles. We wanted a fresh new start with no connections
to our past music, a clean slate if you like to start at the bottom,
play the opening slots etc.. we always enjoyed that no pressure slot
because we could see people’s faces when we ‘opened’
for shows and the reaction was wow, this is the opening act right?!
The band name has no connotations or references to anything at all,
we thought it simply sounded cool, it was the one all four of us agreed
on and it stuck
did the album title 'From The Flames' come from and why did you decide
to call it that?
Ryan: The album title came from Adrian, who actually never explained
in any detail why although my interpretation is that once we parted
ways with our previous singer we questioned should we continue? After
a few jams with Chris the feeling was of excitement, the writing process
intensified and we realised we had an album of pretty good material
so from almost quitting, we worked hard and rose ‘From The Flames’
once again, bigger better and stronger.. See what I did there?
What songs mean the most to you on the album and why?
Ryan: Each song has it’s own place in my heart, some more than
others but all are precious to me because it’s something that
I’m proud of and I’m sure the other lads would agree.
What were the standout moments recording the album and for what reasons?
Ryan: Standout moments recording, there were quite a few. One that comes
to mind is Adrian completely frazzled out after hours of Lead guitar,
he just melted and was having an out-of-body experience, hands just
wouldn’t play anymore. To the liquor store it was and with a few
glasses of wine, he hit it again, it was a beautiful thing.
The album comes across very spontaneous and as though it has been recorded
live. How did you achieve this?
Ryan: Our producer, Ross Cullen, had great vision and was quite proactive
which helped a lot, he helped evolve the songs from live to record.
We all knew we wanted to keep a little of the live feel and steer clear
of the polished, Leppard-esque records.. that’s what we’re
about, playing live and we just brought that attitude in there with
us and it shows in the vibe.
How long did it take to record the album?
Ryan: The full album recording was done in just over a week, very quickly
indeed. Not many albums get done so quickly but we kept up the intensity
and we were on fire, studio time aint cheap either!
Why did you decide to have it mastered over in California by Mark Chalecki
at Little Red Book Mastering?
Ryan: Haha. Mark Chalecki was a no-brainer choice, his previous work
stood out and it was the perfect choice for us.
With many songs on a debut it's often the case that several of them
are already tried and tested for a good while on the road. Was that
the case with you guys or were many things concieved in the studio?
Ryan: Some songs had been on the go already and some were brand new.
Most of the songs we already had were in fact changed quite a bit, everything
from the arrangement to bridges and endings/outros etc so overall it
definitely had a ‘new’ feeling throughout.
How are the songs usual created in the band with regard to who writes
what and how they become a finished product?
Ryan: Adrian is probably the most creative, this is normally the way
as with most bands I’d imagine, the axe man is the main writer.
We all bring our own pieces and ideas as well as our own individual
instrumentation, we knew what worked and what didn’t quite quickly
so as to keep the cream only. Luckily we all tend to agree on this,
most of the time anyway.
What bands/artists would you say have influenced you guys and how have
you used those influences for the style and sound of 'Screaming Eagles'?
Ryan: We have a lot of diversity regarding influences between the four
of us and what we listen to. Between us we listen to everything from
AC/DC to Elvis. If we all liked the same few bands we wouldn’t
have as much scope for creativity or differing ideas which I think comes
through in our record. We didn’t want to copy or be like any other
band/album, it was a Screaming Eagles record and there’s only
one of us!
are the personalities of each band member and how does these affect
how the nucleus of the band works overall?
Ryan: Each one of us has our own personality traits and quirks. Some
of us are intense, some laid back, some jokers and some highly driven.
All the ingredients and attitudes which helps us gel as band mates.
We keep each other in check. I won’t mention who is what by the
way, it’s my own opinion but we’ve been in a good place
together for quite a while and it’s special.
What song or songs on the album lyrically most sum up the attitude and
feelings of the band overall and why?
Ryan: To pick a track of the album which would sum the band’s
attitudes and feelings most would be, well the first thing coming to
mind is Blood. Verse and chorus, I won’t quote it so go listen
How would you describe a 'Screaming Eagles' Show and what sets you apart
from other band's shows out there these days?
Ryan: Our shows are very ballsy, we like to rock out and enjoy what
we’re doing, some crowd interaction and singing/dancing always
drives us. It’s difficult to say what separates us from other
bands but it must be something to do with the songs we’ve put
together, if the songs are good enough people will buy it or take time
to tell us what they think. The songs don’t lie.
You got any road stories worth telling, if so what?
Ryan: Tour stories? Haha sorry tour talk stays on tour, you should know
What are the near and future plans of Screaming Eagles?
Ryan: Plans for Screaming Eagles are to keep playing more shows and
get the album to the biggest audience as possible. The overseas reaction
has been incredible, and it’s the next logical step to tour in
UK and hopefully further afield in Europe and beyond. We’re currently
discussing options with various promoters/management etc, it’s
a matter of when not if.
What would you personally like to say to fans of the band reading and
the Metalliville Readership in general?
Ryan: So, it’s been a pleasure talking to you guys and thanks
to all the Metalliville listeners for taking time out to check us out.
A special thanks must go to our nearest and dearest for all the support
and also everyone who has come to our shows, bought an album/download,
a t-shirt or simply took time out of their lives to promote us in whatever
way they have no matter how big or small, you all make it worthwhile!
Peace. Cheers for your time
One Ryan! Looking forward to seeing you all in the UK Soon!