Saturday, Twin Cities metalcore/dubstep act ChugChugWob will be supporting a heavy lineup featuring, Phinehas, Of Virtue, After Me the Flood, Eyes Like Tides, and more. They were this writer’s first experience metal/dubstep fusion and I was impressed. ChugChugWob bring tight musicianship and dynamic songs to an already powerful bill.
Though it’s not sailing without waves—ChugChugWob pull off these larger-than-life live shows despite their bass player living in Iowa, making regular practices difficult. The way they describe their relationships within the band it’s clear how critical are the strength of their band bonds for their fusion of people and music to work.
Check out ChugChugWob before Saturday here:
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Jordan Christopherson: Lead Vocals
Matt Christopherson: Drums/Back Up Vocals
Drew Medin: Lead Guitar
Jason Neymeyer: Rhythm Guitar
Seth Christopherson: Bass
THE GARAGE: So, dubstep and metal. I was skeptical when I first heard the description, but then I saw you open for Our Judgment and Fail to Decay last December. Boy, it works. So, tell us about the genesis of your sound and what artists influence ChugChugWob?
Jordan: Dubstep and metal just kind of seemed like a no brainer to us. Most of us in the band have been listening to both since we were teenagers. So it’s no wonder it kind of got mixed together in our music. We’re definitely fans of bands like Memphis May Fire, For Today, A Plea For Purging, The Browning, and other metal-core bands like that… They’ve really played a role in influencing us as musicians.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Jordan: People should definitely expect lots of energy! We love to just go nuts and have fun with the crowd. Berney circles are a must. I’m personally most excited to play our new song, “Life Is An Ocean.” It’s so new we haven’t even practiced it yet… But we’ll have it down by Saturday’s show!
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Seth: I think a good song keeps your attention the whole time. If someone appears uninterested at one point in the song, then that part needs to change.
Jordan: In my opinion emotion is a big factor in making a song good. If a song doesn’t make you feel something then it’s not worth listening to. It may seem kind of obvious but I think a lot bands forget about putting their heart and soul into their music and just focus on writing songs. The bands that give it everything they’ve got are the ones that end up writing music that reaches the most people.
I don’t think I could pick just one song that I consider perfect but pretty much anything by Brand New or Armor For Sleep.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Jordan: Practices are few and far between for us actually because our bassist, Seth lives in Iowa. So when we do actually get together it’s usually some kind of panicked, day-before-a-show practice. But we manage somehow!
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?
Jordan: I’d say my favorite venue is the North Star Room in Mounds View, MN. They’re always super happy and friendly. Last time we played there the crowd wanted an encore and we told them we couldn’t because we were a middle band. But the venue manager told us we could anyway. So that was really cool of them.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Jordan: We obviously have a lot of dubstep/synth stuff in our music. So if we aren’t able to get our tracks to work for whatever reason at a show it really screws us up. So the short answer is that we can’t live without our aux cables and iPod.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Jordan: When Glory Came Home, Chorder, When I Was Your Age, Shoot For The Skies, Breakthrough, Masta Cenci and Couriers. Just to name a few. Go check them all out and support local music!
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Seth: My iPod is always on shuffle, but my favorite bands are The Color Morale, Armor for Sleep, Memphis May Fire, and A Plea for Purging.
Jordan: I’ve been listening to “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” by A Plea For Purging on repeat for the last week. R.I.P. Plea.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Seth: First you need to find your style, if you don’t love your style then change it, it’s your style. Second do what sounds good. I know bands with insane amounts of skill so they think that means you have to show off on every song. At certain times, the most musical thing you can do is not play and let someone else be in the spotlight. Your band is your team, that’s why it’s called a band and not a one-man show.