Mushroomhead to hit Rocket Bar on June 8Written by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With seven records under its belt and an eighth on the way, Mushroomhead is making a stop in Toledo on June 8 to tear down the walls of The Rocket.
In a recent interview with Toledo Free Press Star, Mushroomhead’s DJ and electronic musician St1tch talked about what it takes to record an album with a seven-man band.
“Skinny, our drummer, takes time to write with the guys from the band one on one,” St1tch said. “If you get a big group of guys together to write it becomes a hangout session and little gets done. Skinny calls all the shots; he’s the ‘boss’ of the organization and writing with him in small groups keeps it more personal and it’s more productive.”
Mushroomhead’s stop in Toledo comes shortly after the band’s recent break from recording.
“Our break was over a week ago,” St1tch said. “After being cooped up all winter you need to get out and change your atmosphere. It helps you to feel more inspired. So, we’re recording right now, we’re down to finishing up the last little bits of writing and recording vocals. The songs are edited and arranged and now we’re at the final hour with the recording.”
St1tch is responsible for the atmospheric and electronic song elements and finds that it’s his job to use what space is left in a song.
“Mostly you have to listen for open space and find your place,” he said. “If it were electronic overload it’d be an audio assault. Everything has to fit together. I have to listen to the music, determine if it’s going to be heavy or mellow and that changes my perspective on how it’s going to be. Sometimes it’s a matter of if there is any space at all. Just because you [can] do it, doesn’t mean you have to do it.”
Touring with a band allows for exciting experiences, but traveling with a large group of people can be challenging in many ways.
“Generally, the biggest thing we run into on tour is just being out for long periods of time and seeing the same people every day,” St1tch said. “That goes for everyone though, whether you see someone too much at work or at home, at some point you just need to get away from people for a while. It’s important to find things to occupy your downtime.”
Mushroomhead’s Toledo stop at Rocket Bar, 135 S. Byrne Road, is “one of the biggest shows of the year for the club,” according to a Matrix Concerts spokesperson. “Mushroomhead shows have always been really huge, live production shows. It’s always a great concert.”
Tickets for the June 8 concert are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, RamaLama Records and Culture Clash Records. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Doors for the all-age rager open at 6 p.m.