Boneyard Interview 14/10/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who's your biggest influences?
Bassist Dennis Cooke: The band is called Boneyard. It’s a hard rock/heavy metal band that was formed a few years back to play the type of music that you would find on the satellite radio station (Sirius XM) known as Ozzy’s Boneyard, hence the name. Our musical style is strongly influenced by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Scorpions, just to name a few.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
D: To be honest, a lot of the songs, riffs and lyrics, tend to write themselves. They flow from a creative well...but not all the time. Ha!
MM: What would you say is your band's favourite song?
D: There is a song we have in the works that we are very excited about called the Hanging Tree. We hope to finish it soon. Off of our new album Oathbreaker, Fates Warning is our favourite.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020?
D: Covid is screwing things up a little for tours and festivals at this time. We can only do local shows, with limited capacities.
MM: What can we expect from Boneyard live?
D: A high energy set, that includes every song from the Oathbreaker album, sprinkled with a few classic metal covers. Our lead singer Pamtera draws the crowd into the experience.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
D: What I like best about touring is the new sights, cities and landscapes. I like how each crowd can respond differently to our songs. Worst, would be the long drives between cities here in Canada, especially in the winter..
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
D: I’d have to say Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Annihilator.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
D: Judas Priest, the Screaming for Vengeance tour. It was my very first concert.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
D: The recording of our debut album Oathbreaker.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time?
D: Wow. Just two? AC/DC: Back in Black and Ozzy Osborne: Blizzard of Oz
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
D: I was scared shitless. I had the biggest butterflies and I was so nervous. It wasn’t until the third or fourth song that I felt deep in the pocket.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall?
D: Any poster I could get my hands on. Anything from Ozzy, Ratt, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rush.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?
D: I think Elvis had a big influence on the beginnings of mainstream rock. I would have to say more so for the genre I follow, Ozzy Osborne had a huge influence.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
D: Promoting our Oathbreaker album and getting our music into the hands of our growing fan base.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
D: Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden. I believe that it’s a very well written song, with huge melodies and hooks, and a driving bass line.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band?
D: Our songs are very dynamic and have great depth. There are some great heavy driving songs, and there are some that are more toned with emotion. There are tasteful and blistering solos throughout.
MM: Four words to describe Boneyard
D: Rockin’, Metal, Dynamic, Original
Final Words for your fans and our readers
D: Please check out our debut album Oathbreaker, available October 24th on most digital platforms and on CD (vinyl to follow in December) Prior to that, the first single, Fates Warning, will be available digitally on October 17th. Visit www.boneyardrocks.ca for more info.