Immortal Machinery are a cool band out of the UK that plays what they call “grungy, gothic hard rock.” Well, to these ears they sound like a mix of Type O Negative and hard rock influences – still pretty awesome. The group recently released their album At the End of Time which features a guest spot from Glen Drover (Ex-Megadeth), they are also featured on the new “Roxeavy Presents” compilation from new label Roxeavy Productions. Thanks to vocalist Steph K for taking time to do this “Quick and Dirty” with us!
Favourite Drink and Food?
Steph K: Lasagne and ginger beer.
What Internet Search Engine do you use?
Steph K: There’s other ones apart from Google?
BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, other?
Steph K: Smartphones are for other people. Nokia bricks for life.
Beer, Wine or Liquor?
Steph K: Can’t beat Scotch.
Must-have on your rider?
Steph K: At this point, I shall pretend that we are a big enough band to ask for a rider and say the classiest thing I can think of. Chili Heatwave Doritos.
Must-have non-musical item when you’re on tour?
Steph K: Toolbox – no question about it.
What 3 things would you have to have in your bag on a road trip?
Steph K: Three sandwiches.
What’s the theme song to your life and why?
Steph K: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake – it’s the first rock song that really moved me. I was just growing out of gawping at guitar solos and focusing on the emotion behind the music.
Cats or Dogs?
Steph K: Pandas.
What quote would you put on your Tombstone?
Steph K: There is birth, there is death, and in between there is music.
What is the Best Movie ever?
Steph K: Taxi Driver.
If you could have anything as a pet, what would it be?
Steph K: A bassist.
Check out the album ‘At the End of Time’ here.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Steph K: Toto.
Top 3 songs of all time?
Steph K: “Stay” – 1) Cradle of Filth version of the original by Shakespeare’s Sister. 2) Another cover – Judas Priest’s version of “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez 3) “Hold onto My Heart” – W.A.S.P. possibly the greatest power ballad of all time.
If you could hang out with a famous person (dead or alive) for one day, who would it be?
Steph K: Roy Orbison – for a songwriting class.
What toppings do you like on your pizza?
Steph K: Barbeque chicken.
What was your first concert?
Steph K: I don’t remember the first time I performed in a concert – but I think I was around 5 years old.
If you could be a cartoon character who would you be?
Steph K: Snoopy. He’s the king of cool.
What’s the best venue you have ever played and why?
Steph K: New Cross Inn – you’re in a venue that really cares about live music. It feels like the kind of place old musicians are talking about when they go on about “the good old days.” The good old days are still happening at the New Cross Inn.
If you could have dinner with any musician (dead or alive) who would it be?
Steph K: Dave Mustaine – SO many opinions to talk about. Henry Rollins at a close second: either would make for interesting conversation.
Favourite childhood musical memory?
Steph K: Being 3 or 4 years old and hearing “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis. I’ve been trying to recapture that moment of wonder ever since.