Interview: Wino Talks About Signing to Volcom, Going Acoustic, Savoy Brown, Pentagram, Spirit Caravan, New Shrinebuilder, Saint Vitus and Much More

Posted in Features on February 3rd, 2011 by JJ Koczan

He might be the single most pivotal figure in American doom. Scott “Wino” Weinrich, in a career that’s lasted more than 30 years and is only showing signs of speeding up, has assembled the greatest pedigree in heavy music that doesn’t belong to someone with the last name Iommi. From his years in outfits The Obsessed and Saint Vitus to his ongoing involvement with the supergroup Shrinebuilder, Wino has left a stamp on the genre that — try as many might — simply cannot be duplicated.

And yet, it’s not his legacy that he wants to talk about. In our interview last week, there was some discussion of the “old days,” of course, but it was more about the work of others with whom he’s played, or been friends with — and what was coming next — that really seemed to be what was driving him most. The love of the music. What the hell other reason could there be? There’s no glamor in it. Who the hell cares if a bunch of bearded dudes say, “Cool riffs, bro?” If you don’t love Heavy, you go do something else. You certainly don’t make it your life’s work.

Next month, Volcom Entertainment will release the LP version of Wino‘s first solo acoustic album, Adrift (review here; CD available on Exile on Mainstream), and if you’re unfamiliar with the man’s doings in any of the above bands, or Shine/Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, Dave Grohl‘s Probot, Victor Griffin‘s Place of Skulls or his innumerable guest spots and contributions to others, let it say something that after 30 years, he’s still pushing himself into new territories.

There was a lot to talk about and limited time, but in the Q&A below, Wino discusses the experience of writing and recording Adrift following the death of bassist Jon Blank of the Wino band (also featuring drummer Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch), the origins of his new, two-guitar outfit, Premonition, where some of the drive to keep starting over comes from, his deep and abiding respect for his fellow players, the status of the Spirit Caravan reunion that bassist Dave Sherman alluded to some while back on this site, and much more.

It was a very conversational interview, as you can see for yourself after the jump. Please enjoy.

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Here’s More Video of Wino’s Premonition, Because I Can

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 21st, 2010 by JJ Koczan

If you need an explanation or a reason to enjoy the below clip of Wino‘s new band, Premonition (also featuring Brian Daniloski of Meatjack), then congratulations, you’ve missed the point. This is from the same Copenhagen show as last time. Dig it:

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Wino Has a New Band (Video Available)

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Whathaveyou on September 15th, 2010 by JJ Koczan

Hey, why didn’t anyone tell me Wino had a new band? You mean I could have spent the last two months salivating over his new Premonition project with Brian Daniloski from Meatjack that I’ve now missed out on? Well shoot. I am depressed.

Here’s video evidence of Premonition playing live in Copenhagen — stupid Copenhagen gets everything — followed by some info I pilfered off the Roadburn website about the concept of the band:

Premonition is a new jam project featuring doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Hidden Hand, The Obsessed, Shrinebuilder) on guitar, his friend Sparky on guitar, Brian Daniloski (Darsombra, Meatjack) on bass and Matthew Clark (Ostinato, CSC Funk Band) on drums. The band is a well-kept secret: there are no recordings, no website, no pictures and there are no pre-produced songs. Everything the band does is improvised on the spot and will never be repeated again.

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