INTERVIEW: The Road Vikings

  1. Hi guys! Welcome to VENTS. How have you been?

Things are moving along: sometimes fast, most of the time slowly, like a rollercoaster ride straight to hell. But if I could somehow win the lotto, things would be great!

  1. Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Requiem of an Outlaw Biker?”

Well, although it is a good tune, I would say that this song is not the best one on the CD. But it was the best one to make a video out of, and people love to hear it live.

  1. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Although hard to believe, this song is based 100% on true events. No fiction went into the recording of “Requiem of an Outlaw Biker!” Basically it’s the story of my personal struggle with the US judicial system, a battle that I lost that ultimately netted me four years of prison time. You can also think of it as an ‘ode to the below average citizen,’ which sadly seems to be a majority of the population.

  1. How was the filming experience?

After thinking it through for a few weeks, I created the entire storyboard pretty quickly. We started off with way more material and options than we eventually ended up using. There are also some interesting last-minute add-ons to the footage, like the scene with my biker buddy and his Applehead Chihuahua. More than half of the folks that agreed to act in the video flaked out, so I ended up recruiting people right on the spot. The best person to pop up was the girl (the lead female character) who is the daughter-in-law of the infamous Hells Angel ‘Doug The Thug,” one of the most notorious and homicidal bikers of all time. In the video, the graveyard where we placed the American Flag is the actual site where Doug The Thug is buried.

  1. How was the recording and writing process?

There’s a sad story behind this. I had the unfortunate (dis)pleasure of spending four years in the California Department of Corrections Penal System. I was forced to understand and know how the judicial system works/doesn’t work in this country.  Lockdown Level Three in Susanville, High Desert State Prison, is where I was when I wrote the lyrics to many of the tunes on this CD.

  1. What role does Kurt Cobain and X-Files play in your music?

Well, when Lisa puts on a blonde wig she looks a lot like Kurt Cobain (but much prettier, of course). Our drummer, Dave DabHammer, grew up in a weird little town called Guerneville north of San Francisco.  Rumor has it that he was abducted by aliens, and from the waist down he looks like a reptile. LOL…But seriously, we are all HUGE Nirvana fans.

  1. Does the new single mean we can expect a CD?

Actually, we’ve just released a ten-song CD of the same name (Requiem of an Outlaw Biker) on Sliptrick Records. So far the reviews have been very positive. We’re always working on new material, and will release another offering (most likely a five-song EP) at the end of 2016.

  1. Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The official release date of Requiem of an Outlaw Biker was February 19, 2016 – so not quite one month on the airwaves!

  1. Any plans to hit the road?

Indeed, we do plan to tour late in 2016. This will most likely be in Western and Central Europe. Prior to that we will play one-off shows and festivals in Mexico City, LA and in other select cities across the US.

  1. What else is happening in The Road Vikings’ world?

We’re pretty focused on keeping things moving along, constantly writing and recording. We play a lot locally (San Francisco Bay Area) to keep our stage legs polished for the next bigger/better thing. Many thanks for hosting us!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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