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During the recent interview with Matt Coe from Dead Rhetoric, Metal Church singer Mike Howe has shared his thoughts about inspirations for writing song lyrics.

Interviewer asked:

“What inspires and fuels the lyrical content for METAL CHURCH these days?”

Mike responded:

“I think it’s like it always was. We think about life in general, politics, personal lives and personal matters that affect us. We don’t try to point fingers at an exact thing. Metal, I like to say, is rock and roll angst but on 11, because it’s more aggressive.

The root of it is just expressing your emotions and angers in life and getting them out in a healthy way. An art form such as metal, each listener can use the lyrics and incorporate them and interpret them for their lives and what it means to them, and that’s what I like about it.”

He also talked about their meet and greet sessions and said:

 “We are just old-school. Back in the day there wasn’t any kind of… Why would you have to pay to meet the band? The band’s out here, shake hands and say hi. I’m showing my gratitude, and the band is showing their gratitude to our fans for keeping us alive this 30 some years later — that it’s the least that we can do.

We are a band on the road. We are killing time for most of the day. Our job is playing music, and what do you do after the show? I have plenty of time after the show before we get on the bus and go to the next city. Why wouldn’t I want to go out and meet and thank all the fans as I can. I stay out there as long as they want me — I’m the lucky one. I’m the one that is lucky to meet them.

I understand that other bands have the model that pay to meet them because of the difficulties of the music business to make money nowadays. They are trying many different marketing strategies to keep themselves alive. I don’t hold it against any other band that wants to do that, but it’s difficult for me to swallow that.”

You can watch the entire interview below. Click here to source. (Blabbermouth)