Last weekend’s Aftershock Festival had not only great hard rock acts onstage but an opportunity for festivalgoers to see what many of those musicians are up to outside of music. Many of them, it turned out, are dipping their toes into the beverage industry.
Slipknot has No. 9 whiskey, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan had his Arizona-based Caduceus Cellars Wine, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian was in town for his 22Red cannabis line, and Metallica, which was announced as next year’s headliners, were prominently featured for the band’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner collaboration.
Rock’N Vino’s Mike DeWald and Coco Sterzenbach were on hand to check out these spirits, take in the show and catch up with some of the acts performing throughout the weekend.
Chris Cerulli, the frontman for Pennsylvania metal band Motionless in White, talked about how touring with his idols, like Alice Cooper and Atreyu, isn’t that different from being a fan and meeting those same inspirational musicians.
The opportunity to open for Cooper even allowed the band to play for a generation of fans that might not have otherwise heard his band. Motionless in White is getting set to reveal its early 2020 tour plans, and Cerulli hinted that the band’s touring partners were also on the Aftershock lineup.
While it’s been three years since the release of Sick Puppies‘ last album, Fury, the band has not been idle, playing the USO circuit for American military troops overseas.
Frontman Bryan Scott said he and his bandmates have been grateful for an opportunity to give back. Recently, the band was dispatched to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, a part of the world that few get to see.
The trio is putting the finishing touches on its forthcoming album, which will be produced by Goldfinger frontman John Feldman. At Aftershock, Sick Puppies debuted new song “There Goes the Neighborhood, which was inspired by Rage Against the Machine.
Scott said fans can expect the band expanding some of its heaviest sounds ever—as well as its softer side.
Finally, newcomer Evan Konrad sat down to talk about his eclectic musical foundation of influences, his love of storytelling in his songs and creating dramatic visuals.
It’s been a whirlwind year for the Canadian artist, who was signed after LAVA Records founder Jason Flom heard his music at a vegan restaurant in Toronto. Konrad takes a DIY approach to his music, locking himself away to write, record and produce his songs.
Konrad also made some waves for his haunting piano-driven cover of Soundgarden’s “Back Hole Song.” A long-time fan of frontman Chris Cornell, Konrad said covering the song was in a way an homage to his own musical upbringing.
Check out the full episode or Rock’N Vino, recorded live at Aftershock in Sacramento