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SEE YOU... AT THE GATES Interview with Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

SEE YOU... AT THE GATES

Interview with Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio

                       

If you clicked to read this article then chances are you already know a little about the British act Grim Reaper.  They are best known in the United States by 1980's metal aficionados from a few videos that landed rotation on MTV, music in B-movie film soundtracks,  features in Circus, Hit Parader, and Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazines with a few tours thrown in as a supporting act with a highlight of rocking the Texxas Jam.  Oh yea, legendary producer Max Norman (producer of Blizzard of Oz, Countdown to Extinction & Thunder in the East) was on their team in the studio.  This sounds like every kids rock star dream.  I know it was mine!  The remaining history of the band has been documented elsewhere so let us fast forward to October 2019 with the latest offering At The Gates which arrived last week.  We salute Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper for staying true to a vision of being a heavy metal artist since 1979.   Thank you Mr. Grimmett for this exclusive interview with Boston Rock Radio. 

 

Title Track to Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper At The Gates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RrsV2_RP2I


After the positive feedback of your 2017 comeback album Walking in the Shadowsa new album At the Gates has been released on October 11th, 2019 followed by a North American tour. After 40 years of staying true to British heavy metal do you still get excited about anticipated music releases?

SG: Yes I do because it is your baby. You do it for yourself but also hoping everybody likes it. I am sure all musicians hate a negative review but this does not seem to have happened with this album yet. 

 

On a lighter note, It would not be a Grim Reaper album without the word "Hell" in a song title as I have not seen the track listing for At the Gates yet.  Hopefully you will not disappoint.  What was the songwriting process like with your partner of many years guitarist Ian Nash for the new record?  Do you hash everything out together in a rehearsal room? Exchange riff and lyric ideas via email?

SG: This time we have done it both ways but it has been more of an effort from Mark Pullin (drummer) too so all 3 of us have made this effort. So it is slightly different this time. 

 

Has lyric writing come to you rather easy or do you really spend time woodshedding ideas?  Do you keep a journal for your song ideas? 

SG: It comes relatively easy although this time I did struggle with my mental issues and had to call on Ian and Mark to help, because I was finding it difficult. Yes I do keep a journal of lyric ideas. 

 

Does the band all live within close proximity of each other to get together for rehearsals on a regular basis?

SG: Quite close. The furthest away is Mark, who lives about a 2 hours drive away. 

 

 

As far as your powerful singing voice, do you do a variety of vocal exercises to keep your voice in shape?

SG:  No. I am fortunate enough to not have to do that. I drink plenty of water, keeping well hydrated before and during singing.

 

On your website bio it states that it was mutually agreed upon with former guitarist Nick Bowcott that the moniker would be "Steve Grimmitt's Grim Reaper.” Obviously Nick has been Director of Marketing and Artist Relations with Marshall for some time and we probably will not see a "Nick Bowcott's Grim Reaper.”  Have you followed the outcome of court cases and bad blood between many of the classic bands that exist with multiple versions and lineups of a group touring and recording under the same name?

SG:  I haven't been following this for other bands. Nick gave his blessing for me to carry on the band as Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper. 

 

It has been public knowledge of label issues during the classic period of Grim Reaper with the first 3 releases.  How has it been working with Dissonance Productions and Plastic Head Media compared to the first time around? 

SG: Absolutely fantastic. We are left to get on with our own devices. There is no interference whatsoever. Unlike other labels, we know what is going on at any time just with a simple phone call to the staff at the label. 

 

The band just finished a North American tour.  What was one of the highlights for the band during this journey?

SG: I can't think of a high that sounds out more than the others because the whole tour was a high. We had great turnouts, great fans and met great people. 

Do you have a memory you would like to share of working with legendary producer Max Norman earlier in your career?

SG: The whole thing is a great memory. There are too many to mention really but I will say it was a fantastic time. We discussed several times about pitching which I put to rights when I got home, sitting at a piano for several months getting pitching right. He is an awesome guy that I am proud to call my friend. 

 

Your wife Millie works as the band Manager, Press Relations and Booking Agent.  How has it been keeping all band related business endeavors "in house"?

SG: Millie stepped back from working for the band when I lost my leg because of becoming my carer. Currently I deal with a lot of the managements, etc, but we are looking for a new management/press relations company to take us on. 

 

Label:  Dissonance Productions

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Boston Rock Radio Guest Contributor Thomas Amoriello is a heavy metal guitarist, educator, recording artist and children's picture book author who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey.  You can learn more about Tom at https://thomasamoriello.com

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