[INTERVIEW] Thomas of Reaper

Ahead of Reaper’s ‘Run In Fear’ Australian tour, Thomas of the Wollongong thrash metal band said a few words to Volume about their newest EP, their tour and what they’re bringing to the table.

Are you excited to go on tour and play in a few states with some awesome bands?
Yeah mate we’re excited to be playing around Australia and having a good time.

Awesome. Tell us a bit about the show you’re bringing.
 So we’re bring our brand new EP, ‘Run In Fear’ we’re taking it around to seven major cities in Australia. It’s a very high energy show and it’s something you don’t wanna miss.

How are you going to pick the set you are playing? Are you going to play a lot of new stuff or mix it around with the usual setlist?
We are going to play all five tracks off the EP as well as a few older ones for our fans.

So how’s the response been to your EP so far?
Yeah it’s been crazy we have had a lot of positive feedback and a lot of support from everyone and it’s just been really good for us, excited to be bringing it out live.

What influenced the writing and the recording of the album?
Mainly just a lot of collaboration and new concepts. It’s all classic and we kind of wanted to steer away from that, and so we’ve kinda just created our own take, bits of Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest, Toxic Holocaust, King Parrot, just everything. We kinda mixed it all together, plus we added our little touch on it and that’s what we’ve come out with.

And what are your hopes for the future of the band?
Keep touring. Hopefully produce a few more albums and get out as much as we can. Hopefully go out to Europe next year and  just keep moving forward.

If you could tour with any band, who would you pick?
I’d have to say Megadeth. Megadeth have been one of the biggest influencers on the band. It’s where we get a lot of our style from and It’s what brought us into playing music. Probably also King Parrot, Matt has been helping us out heaps and giving us a lot of guidance. They’d be a fun band to play with and it’d be a fun tour with them.

Do you have any parting words for your fans?
Yeah, just make sure you check out the EP on Bandcamp, and it will soon be out on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

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