In 2012, Trucker Diablo played Hammerfest IV, supported Foo Fighters at Tennents Vital, supported Terrorvision on their UK tour, rocked crowds on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell VI festival and finished off the year playing alongside Thin Lizzy in Belfast. They start 2013 with the release of their highly anticipated second album “Songs Of Iron“, which will be released officially in May by Ripple Music. Mucka Jay caught up with vocalist Tom recently to chat about the forthcoming album…
Trucker Diablo celebrated being 5 years old in December 2012 (with Birthday cake supplied by TBFM at Hard Rock Hell). In the 5 years together, what has been your greatest achievements and what have you learnt to take forward?
Yes we did, time has flown by….. Supporting Foo Fighters and playing with Thin Lizzy were real highlights… Its hard to really take it in when you have in the back of your mind, “Right we gotta do a kick ass show”. Always after the show I can take it in and be really proud of what we have achieved…. Always be humble is a great lesson, never forget the people who got you there, taking that forward will always keep us grounded and make us more determined to succeed as a band….
You picked ‘The Rebel’ and ‘Drive’ as early single releases off the album. Is there any reason for these songs in particular?
Honestly we loved both songs, and felt they would be strong singles. “Drive” is an older tune and really developed with age and “The Rebel” had been getting some good live responses, so was a no brainer for us. Big riffs and big choruses that’s what the Big Truck is all about….
The new album ‘Songs of Iron’ is out in May 2013, can you tell us a bit about the album and where the name came from?
For us, we feel it’s a real step up from “The Devil Rhythm”. We took a lot more time with the songs and lyrics and we were really happy how it came out. There really is something for everyone on it, heavy tunes, a ballad, rock tunes and feel good tunes. Hopefully people like as much as we do. The album was originally gonna be called “Sons of Iron” but then developed after a discussion to “Songs of”. It has a double meaning, we feel hopefully the songs can stand the test of time (that’s the Iron part) and in Northern Ireland a lot of people call the country Norn Iron for short and as we are from here, it stuck… So there ya go lol
What has been your favourite song off the new album and why?
For me it has to be “Maybe you’re the one”, it started so simple. It was a tune I wrote and wasn’t really sure if it was trucker and kinda personally done nothing with it until the boys heard it… It developed into a monster of a tune. So I love it because it wasn’t your typical Trucker tune but then it morphed into a great album track.
After a fantastic year in 2012 and trucker Diablo’s 5th Birthday which was finished off in style by supporting Thin Lizzy, is there anything you feel you can do to top that in 2013?
I think with the new album coming out we just need to get the name out there and build the profile more…You can do loads of great supports and not really do anything else, but we need to grow and get the music to as my people as we can…. I would love to do a great tour of the states, but that is in the lap of the rock gods at the moment…..
You tour the UK all the time when you are not recording or drinking, is there any plans yet to step into Europe or even to the States?
We are actually going to France a few times this year, so it’s a first for us. There is a plan to tour the states, but realistically will be next year by the time we get a booker sorted and get the Songs of Iron promo done. But we are open to playing anywhere as long as we get booked to play…..
When we have seen you play live you do, like most bands, like to throw in a cover song but you have any plans to record a cover song?
No plans to do that, we only really play “Proud Mary” but we have talked about doing a few others, definitely open to it down the line…..
After playing alongside Thin Lizzy, Ginger Wildheart, Foo Fighters and Terrorvision to name but a few. If there were any band you could all jam with, who would it be?
Would love to jam with Metallica, we all grew up on them and jamming out riffs with James Hetfield, Jesus I would burst.
What are the next plans for Trucker Diablo?
Obviously we have the album just around the corner and we doing a launch for that…. Then we will be over in France for a week doing promo, then back here for some shows, then back to France and have some festivals in the UK to do as well…So I’m sure we will see you on the road at some point ;).
Will you play TBFM’s 5th Birthday Bash in 2014?
Book us and we will come…….
Thanks for the chat with us Tom – congrats on a brilliant album! Our 5* review can be read HERE.