Impaler's Bill Lindsey talks about the band's recent tour and their return to the 7th St. Entry
It's been some time since we last heard from Twin Cities shock rockers Impaler. Since we last met up, the band has been working on all cylinders, playing gigs around town with some well known legendary metal bands like Faster Pussycat and Paul Di'anno. They've also been out on the road, traveling cross-country in May and bringing their special brand of horror inspired thrash metal to loving fans who still carry a torch for the band.
Photos courtesy of Impaler
With a new 7" on it's way this summer and more shows coming up in town, including a massive bill this Saturday in the 7th St. Entry, I gave ghoulish lead singer Bill Lindsey a call to see how he and his band of zombies have been.
Gimme Noise: Impaler went out on a U.S. tour last month. What were some of the highlights?
Bill Lindsey: I would say personally my faves were Omaha, Idaho and L.A.; Seattle and Idaho were first-time shows for Impaler in those cities. Anytime I get on stage I have a great time. It's a written law in the religion of rock! I always say that touring is LOTS of fun and LITTLE sleep.
Does Impaler get to take in some of the sights and tourist places whilst tearing it up on the road?
When time permits. We are usually driving to the next show but we had a couple days off in Seattle. So that was great! Some of us went to see a Twins/Mariners game and we went to the EMP [Experience Music Project] music museum/experience also.
We have a love affair with In 'n Out Burger when we are in California. We went to the Rainbow on Sunset Blvd., and Amoeba Records is also a must see when we are in L.A.
Impaler has been playing with some other old school metal folks since returning to town. There's the gig with Lizzy Borden coming up in July at Station 4, and you played with Faster Pussycat recently. How did that go?
I enjoy the opportunity. I think the singer Taime Downe was the only original member in Faster Pussycat. We've also played with the Dwarves, Paul Di'anno of Iron Maiden recently. It's a great chance for us to expose people to Impaler that maybe had not seen us before. That was the case with every one of those shows.
Though I know Impaler wouldn't be opposed to playing with dead people, what bands still living would you love to share a stage with?
Alice Cooper, Kiss, Judas Priest, Van Halen, the Stooges...that is a long list!
You've been back in the studio and have a new track, "Stiff in Her Casket." We're loving it. It sounds like very old-school glam metal rock, like Kiss or Alice Cooper. Are you excited for the new season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels?
Thanks! The OLD SCHOOL glam is what it's all about for us. It was (and still is) a great influence on the music we make and the way Impaler present ourselves. I don't watch much TV so I've only seen a few bits and pieces of Gene's show. I prefer to see my heroes on stage playing music rather then acting goofy at home.
I'm excited to see a big metal show in the Entry this week with Impaler and In Defence. What can you tell me about the other bands that are playing?
I'm STOKED! We have not played the Entry in some time and we always have great shows there. Invidious and Death Row Martyr are great young bands that have death and thrash metal leanings. In Defence are the MOSH kings and then Impaler will rip it up. I promise it will be an action-packed, neck wrenching evening for all who attend.
In Defence at the Memory Lanes Block Party
Death Row Martyr
What are some good summer horror movies you'd reccomend?
I'm excited to see Troll Hunter! It's a Danish film with giant trolls running around eating Christians! It will play at some art house theaters in the U.S. soon and then comes out on DVD. It's been out in Europe for a year or so.
Finally, when it comes to a good summer BBQ, how do you like to prepare the meat?
OFTEN and with a COLD PBR!!! I LOVE my BBQ!!!
Impaler, In Defence, Death Row Martyr and Invidiosus play the Seventh Street Entry Saturday, June 18 at 8pm $6 18+ are welcome.
Impaler "Vicious Dreams" 1983