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About Torchlight Parade

How do get to know someone? You can stalk their socials but if you want to bypass small talk and get to know your favorite bands and artists beyond the surface level, this is the place to be. Sometimes the oddball questions allow you to learn the most interesting things about a person and see the varied, unique, and special qualities of a creative mind. Shall we?

Welcome to Metal Digest’s ABOUT. column

Please introduce the band in the most spontaneous way.

Three morticians in St. Louis form a band to make songs about funerals and the afterlife.

What’s something an outsider wouldn’t know about your band?

Our singer is one of the most prolific embalmers in the country having embalmed thousands of corpses over the course of a decades long career.  Out lead guitarist drives a hearse for the same funeral home and our drummer is a funeral director.  The other guitarist and bass player have ordinary jobs, which have nothing to do with death.

What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

Working with keyboardist Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis of Guns n Roses and Alice Cooper fame and with Sam “Bam” Koltun of Faster Pussycat and Dorothy on this album.  We are also proud to have played Delmar Hall three times and opened for Quiet Riot.

Lyrics that stuck with you?

My favorite lyric of any of our songs is from “Rock-n-Roll Ceremony” where Matt sings

“Ash to ash, dust to dust, if it’s not heavy metal, it’s gonna rust!” 

 Truer words were never spoken. Maybe we should put that on a t-shirt.

What’s the phone app you use most?

Probably the Podcasts app , so I can listen to great music talk such as Glacially Musical, the Department of Metal Antiquities and Trunk Nation. 

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

Matt and Doug are into classic cars,  Greg spends his time hanging by the pool at the finest view in the Lou, Larry plays in another band, and Danny likes to hike trails and play soccer.

Are you more of a “play music to live” or a “live to play music” type of person?

With the current state of the music industry, it would be wise to live to play rather than play to live.   It is very tough to make a go of it financially in music, so you really have to do it out of a passion for making music, and pay the bills by embalming.

How would your 10-year-old self-react to what you do now?

I was already very much into heavy metal by age 10 and thought the guys in the metal bands I listened to were mysterious superheroes who existed on a plane of existence separate from us mere mortals.  Even now it is surreal when we get the opportunity to share a stage, a dressing room, or sometimes even a song with these titans of yesteryear.  

What career advice would you give to young musicians in the rock and metal industry?

Make the music you love and don’t chase trends. 

If you are true to your self and your sonic plan, the audience will recognize the authenticity and hopefully embrace it.

If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career in music?

The past several years have seen so many unique opportunities and experiences to be a part of this music we all love so much.   There are so many great people in the metal world we never would have met if it had not been for the efforts of this band.  It is a worthy endeavor to pursue! 

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