Hard rock super group The Three Tremors will launch its first-ever North American tour in support of its debut self-titled album this week.
As the band — Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force) and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer) — gears up for its tour, vocalist Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck recently took some time to talk with Phil’s Picks about the band’s upcoming tour and its new album. Among the items covered by Peck in the interview are his thoughts on items, such as the album’s creation, the band’s formation and his thoughts on his favorite songs on the album.
The transcript from the conversation is featured below.
What was the inspiration for The Three Tremors both as a group and an album?
Well this was a take on the heavy metal urban legend that was supposed to have Halford and Dickenson and another person doing this. After many years of patiently waiting it seemed that it was up to me to be bold enough to take it on. So I hit up the two best vocalists in heavy metal I knew and Tim and Harry agreed to do it. We set out on a 5 year journey to create an album and make this a band and not just a project. Now here we are with the album out and doing well and our 2nd tour coming up.
Talk to me, if you will, about the creative process for The Three Tremors. Did the music come first or the lyrics? Who did the majority of the writing for each song? How long did the actual recording take between the vocals, guitars, drums, etc. and of course post production?
I wrote the lyrics and vocal melodies for all of the songs. The band consists of the members of Cage and we wrote the songs together with the intention that they would be sung by three singers on every song. We took our time and it took 5 years to get it all together. I recorded an entire finished version of the songs and Harry and Tim sent us a full version with them singing it. Dave Garcia engineered the record and we just took our time fitting all the pieces together until we had the final product.
What is your favorite song on the album and why?
Wow that is a tough one. It is always a good sign when the fans all have a different favorite track. Mine changes a lot but Bullets for the Damned or Fly or Die maybe. Those are both really fun to perform live and we have videos for both of them coming out.
How did the lyrical themes for the songs come about? What were their inspirations?
Well as we wrote the songs I just kind of took them one at a time. With Ripper in the band doing a Jack the Ripper song but a new take on the story. The Cause is a Civil War song which is really cool and of course Fly or Die is another war song covering the Pearl Harbor attack. Bullets for the Damned is a vampire post-apocalyptic thing and I always say that no metal album is complete without either a witches or vampire song. Then the Three Tremors song is a cool story of the band kind of thing that really works great live. So it is really all over the place. I don’t usually write about really heavy trip emotional stuff as metal is meant to be a fun escape.
How did the partnership with Steel Cartel come about?
Well that is our own label imprint which we kind OF HAD TO DO WHEN THE LABEL WE WERE GOING TO USE FAILED. It ended up being really great because we have rolled this thing out bigger than any label would have done. It took a lot of money but we felt this is a long term thing and it deserved it!
You recently announced your first-ever tour schedule in support of your self-titled album. How easy or difficult was it to decide on the current schedule? Are more dates expected to be added, or is this it for now? How did you decide on the cities/dates for the tour?
Well we already did 17 shows in Europe well before the album was out which was really fun. Now we are set to do the United States. Yes getting all of our schedules to work out has been tricky for sure. For the US we were only going to do a few shows but then that quickly turned into 15 really quick.
I have to say I love the lyric video for ‘Invaders From The Sky’ with its sci-fi imagery. Is the song in fact about an alien invasion?
Yes! Great to hear you like it. I love the video too I thought it was great when I saw it. That was the first track we released to the public and in hindsight it may have been a little too much for the common folk some people thought it was too much. I did not realize what p****** some quote “metal heads” had become out there, but our core audience we targeted loves the album. The whole point was to push the limits on this record and that is what we did. So a crazy song with aliens blowing up cities only seemed like the obvious choice ha!!
Staying on the topic of music videos, it seems that nowadays, lyric videos are the go-to so to speak for acts across the “musical universe.” Do you like using lyric videos more than “standard format” music videos and why?
No I like music videos better. The cost factor is really the issue. Lyric videos are incredibly cheap. It’s crazy how cheap they are. That being said we are doing 3 music videos for The Tremors. Again no other label would ever consider that.
The vocal performances that have been exhibited so far in ‘Invaders from The Sky’ and ‘When the Last Scream Fades’ are impressive in their own right. Can you talk about what training that maybe you did for the recording sessions?
Ha! No training. It was always a shock how good Ripper’s and Harry’s tracks were when they sent them. They did stuff on the record I had no idea they could do it was great! We all have an incredible range but you have to put it in the right spots to have the vocal warheads do the most damage. Ripper’s solo version of this album is just incredible.
Looking at the musicians who joined the three of you to flesh out the group, how did they come to be part of the project? Were they chosen by you all, the label, or in some other fashion?
I chose them. I knew I wanted Ripper for sure. Harry was at the top of the list but we also had another guy. Once it was clear the other guy was not going to work I ran into Harry in Germany and we talked about it. It ended up being a great choice he is fantastic. Also now the 7 of us in the band really bonded and we are like a bunch of bros out having a blast. That makes it really great.
Do you three consider this a side project or is this a primary focus? Basically, do you foresee this being a one-off record or do you believe that it is just the beginning?
No like I said before this is a full on band with lots of stuff on the horizon including another record. We have touring offers from all over which we plan on doing. So after the US tour we will probably start writing the second record. Right now this is my primary focus even though I have other albums I will be doing with Death Dealer, Cage, and others.
Thank you to all three of you for your time and your responses. All the best with the upcoming tour and the album.
Thanks and Thunderous Hailz to all our supporters out there. Come on board!!
The Three Tremors’ tour is scheduled to start Feb. 14 in Seattle, WA and run through March 11 in Pittsburgh, PA. The tour will also feature performances in cities, such as Westland, MI; Denver, CO and Clifton, NJ. Its full schedule is noted below. Tickets for Three Tremors‘ upcoming shows can be purchased along with album bundles at the group’s official website and at the band’s official Pledge Music page.
Confirmed Tour Dates:
Feb 14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Feb 15 Denver, CO Herman’s Hideaway
Feb 16 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Feb 17 Santa Ana, CA Malones
Feb 18 Hollywood, CA Whiskey a Go Go
March 1 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft
March 2 Wilmington, DE Bar XIII
March 3 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
March 4 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
March 5 Niagra Falls, NY Evening Star Music Hall
March 7 Racine, WI Route 20
March 8 Joliet, IL The Forge
March 9 Westland, MI Token Lounge
March 10 Louisville, KY Tiger Room
March 11 Pittsburgh, PA The Crafthouse Stage and Grill
Three Tremors is scheduled to be released Jan. 18 via Steel Cartel. The album’s full track listing is noted below.
‘Three Tremors’ Tracklisting:
1. Invaders From The Sky 4:54
2. Bullets For The Damned 4:11
3. When The Last Scream Fades 6:04
4. Wrath Of Asgard 4:58
5. The Cause 3:54
6. King Of The Monsters 4:24
7. The Pit Shows No Mercy 4:34
8. Sonic Suicide 4:41
9. Fly Or Die 4:55
10. Lust Of The Blade 4:29
11. Speed To Burn 5:19
12. The Three Tremors 6:18