Hailing from neighboring Colorado and having torn apart several venues in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque here in New Mexico, Speedwolf play a blistering combination of hard rock and thrash metal. The band strikes a chord similar to Motorhead, although the band walks its own walk. Their debut CD is titled Ride with Death, and it must be experienced at full volume. I caught up with vocalist Reed Bremmer, who took the time for the following interview.
Tell me about your band and its musical approach.
Reed Bremmer: “Greetings, fellow Southwestern green-chili inhalers and fellow Broncos elitists. We’re nerds for old metal. We aim to play heavy metal in the way that our favorite bands did almost 30 years ago. We’re not here to break ground on some new undiscovered genre, mesh six different existing styles together, and call it brand new, or confuse anyone with strange time signatures or other bullsh%t like that. F%$k the Dallas Cowboys.”
Tell me about your debut CD, Ride with Death. What can fans expect to hear?
Reed Bremmer: “Fans can expect to hear an album full of half old songs and half new, yet all recently (re)recorded. It includes all the tracks from our Bark at the Poon demo, split 7” with The Hookers, Denver666 EP, as well as five unreleased songs.”
How did the The Hookers/Speedwolf EP come about? How was it working with The Hookers?
Reed Bremmer: “I, personally, have been a huge fan of The Hookers since I was younger and had been in loose contact with them for a few years. When they did a reunion show in Chicago, I introduced myself, contacted them again when I got home, and sent them a copy of our demo. They liked it. I suggested we do a split, and they were into it. They told me they were broke, so we paid for it (laughs).”
You guys are based in Colorado. Have you ever come to neighboring New Mexico? When do you expect to come to Albuquerque and in what venue will you perform?
Reed Bremmer: “We’ve actually been through New Mexico about three or four times already. Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Las Cruces are usually our first or last dots that we have to hit to complete a tour. From Denver, you’ve got to drive around eight hours to get anywhere interesting when touring. Hitting New Mexico gives you the option of heading to Texas or out west for the next day; it’s an easy option. I think we’ve played the same bar every time, too (laughs): Atomic Cantina, which I’m not sure is around anymore [it’s still kicking]. In other bands, I’ve managed to get out to different spots like the Launchpad, The Compound, and other weird art collective/youth centers in Santa Fe (Warehouse 21) and Las Cruces.”
What’s next for Speedwolf? Any ideas percolating for the next CD? What details can you provide?
Reed Bremmer: “Tour, tour, tour, tour, tour. We love touring and we love new releases. Right now, we’re writing songs for another release that’ll hopefully happen soon after the new year. We’ve got a few split ideas in my mind. I don’t want to comment on who it’ll be with because everything seems to be loosely agreed upon nowadays. We’d also like to tour the East Coast, and eventually Europe. That’s wishful thinking, though! Thanks for the interview!”