With the release of ‘Kingdom’ from the Midwest’s own A Vulture Wake on the horizon this week, it was only fitting that we chat with one of their own. Vocalist Chad Price stepped up to the plate to talk about not only what’s to come after ‘Kingdom’ this year, but also vegan delights, dystopian ways, and more.
Kendra: You all are going for extra credit this year, releasing not one but two records. The first, ‘Kingdom,’ is set to drop on June 10th and I gotta know was the split representative of the music found on each record? Are they a very night and day pairing, these two 2022 releases?
Chad Price: The two EP’s aren’t drastically different but I feel ‘Kingdom’ leans to the punk rock side while Animal is more of a hard rock vibe. The “story” continues throughout, so it all flows beautifully together when you finally have it all in one place.
Kendra: Overall you said ‘Kingdom’ is very dystopian but has a sense of hope to it. Okay, so very much the way we’ve been living in America for way too long now…With that, what pushes you on a day-to-day basis to look for the positives in life?
Chad Price: If you wallow in the negativity of this country or the planet you will kill yourself. We all need an escape. There’s so much beauty in this world it would be a shame to only feed on the news and the socials. I try to stay positive for my family and friends.
Kendra: Again, this EP as a whole feels very reactionary to America and the world at hand, especially your single, “Red.” Was there anything in particular that drove you to write this song or was it a culmination of a lot of things gone wrong in reality?
Chad Price: The shit show of the American political landscape is an enormous amount of fodder for creativity. Psychopaths abound. You have to say something if you have a voice.
Kendra: With you releasing two records this year and being from the Midwest, I’d love to know if you had to compare them to a staple main and side Midwest dish, which two would you compare them to and why?
Chad Price: I’m vegan but both releases are delicious. Like brownies and ice cream.
Kendra: Also, with Coachella still fresh on my mind and all these artists from today bringing out the likes of Shania Twain and Hayley Williams, I’d love to know what artist you’ve drawn inspiration from would you love to connect with if you had the chance to at a festival like that?
Chad Price: Ronnie James Dio. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us so Tom Waits will have to do.
Kendra: Lastly, with ‘Kingdom’ out on June 10th – anything else you can share with us, perhaps tour plans?
Chad Price: We have a week or so of dates planned corresponding with the ‘Kingdom’ release and a couple of festivals later in the year. We’d love to hook up with another band and do some opening slots to get our name and faces out there. We plan to be busy so be on the lookout.