Laurentian Tides, the interview

– Can you provide a brief history of the band and it’s formation? Also, please describe when and how each member became apart of the project and why?

“Richardoug (percussionist) has been involved in music since 4th grade, whether orchestral band camps, music theory classes, percussion ensembles, marching band, etc…He was even apart of Dave Matthews Band/Bare Naked Ladies type band for a few years in early 2000’s. After the band broke up, Richardoug got married, and then wrote and recorded 3 albums of his own material.  After releasing it to friends and family he realized he wanted to get back out on stage.  By 2013 He got onto Craigslist and started the search.  After many tryouts, Richardoug met Billy Hughes (guitarist).  
Still searching to complete the group, the duo found bassist Tom Chappell and vocalist Lee Laplow and second guitarist Steve Johnson.  This quintet formed Kartezhun by 2014.  But by 2015 they experienced some line up changes with the exit of Lee Laplow and Billy Hughes.  Steve, Tom and Richardoug were introduced to Alejandro Aguirre (vocals) by Lee. They reformed as Laurentian Tides.  But shortly after committing to recording an album, Steve had to leave the group.  
Fortunately Billy Hughes was able to rejoin the fray.  By 2017 They released their debut album SACRED GEOMETRY.  By mid 2018 the group decided to get back into the studio due to all new material by basically a whole new group.  Alas, half way through recording in the end of 2018 Tom had to take his leave from the project.  Fortuantely though, by January 2019 they had found Kenny Herrick.  Also fortunately, Tom’s bass tracks were already recorded, so the band could at least still proceed and continue to release their sophomore album IN THE WAKE OF THE GREAT COLLAPSE

– Which famous musicians inspired you to become a musician and why?

Richardoug (percussionist) was heavily influenced by Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander from Primus and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, Fish from Fishbone, Mike Bordin from Faith No More, Stravinsky and music from other cultures.  Ritual De Lo Habitual, Reality of My Surroundings, Angel Dust, and Sailing the Seas of Cheese, and Rite of Spring blew his mind on what is possible when it comes to composing drum parts.”

Kenny (bass) was also inspired by Primus, hearing Les Claypool drew him into different approaches to bass playing.”

“Alejandro (vocals) was turned onto artists such as Matt Holt from Nothing Face, Cameron Heacock from American Headcharge, David Allen from Defiant Nature, Chad Grey from Mudvayne, because each have their unique voices that can’t be replicated.”

Billy (guitars):  “Wes Borland probably got me into wanting to play.

– What first got you into music?

Richardoug: “COME TO POPPA by Bob Seger & IMMIGRANT SONG by Led Zepplin.”

Kenny:  “My dad played guitar playing a White Fender Strat.”

Alejandro:  “I got into music at a very young age. My parents got me into Michael Jackson, Vanilla Ice, and Metallica. But it wasn’t til I went to my first metal show with Spineshank and American Headcharge that I realized that I wanted to be a part of it.”

Billy: “I first got into music when I was 10 years old attending Family Values 99.”

– What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far?

“…balance of personal life needs and and the ability to maintain commitment to the project.”

– What do you enjoy most about being a musician? What do you hate the most?

“We LOVE The camaraderie of getting together and turning jams into full ideas.  We LOATHE the unloading the gear back into practice after a show…in winter!!!”

– What are each of your favorite pieces of gear you like to use on stage and why?

Richardoug:  “I like my handmade all brass snares.  If I tune them just right….there is a pang I can get out of them that I have never been able to get out of wood snares.”

Kenny:  “Favorite gear is the wireless set up and being free to move around.”

Billy: “Favorite gear is the Mesa boogie dual rectifier because of its tone.”

– What is your creative process like?

“Our creative process is extremely fluid and organic.  Everyone contributes.  No ego’s.  Alejandro might have a lyric idea with a rhythm that inspires something in Billy and Richardoug,  Billy might have a riff that he asks Richardoug to put drum pattern to.  Richardoug might a  have a few grooves that he tries to fit together and he checks to see if the others guys like it.  Sometimes there’s a phrase A, phrase B, and phrase C…..and after a few jams…..Phrase C is the beginning and Phrase A is the ending.  It really comes down to the open mindedness  and communication and letting the song speak for itself.”

– Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Richardoug: “I’d like to record with Dave Jarden, who did Jane’s Addiction’s RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL album.  The end result was so epic, orchestrated….and you can hear everyone’s parts so clearly and balanced.”

Alejandro:  “I’d like to collaborate with Trent Reznor. I feel like we could create something intense.”

Billy:  “I would love to collaborate w Josh Homme.”

– If you could play a show with any artist who would it be?

“TOOL…because……..well…’s TOOL!!!!!”

– What is one message you would give to your fans?

“Don’t think your support and participations go unappreciated. This journey is as much yours as it it ours.”

– What is the most useless talent you have?

Richardoug: “I can name about 151 countries…in song”

Alejandro: “I can rap like a mother f*cker, if you don’t mind made up words.”

– Do you sing in the shower? What songs?


Alejandro: “Anything from GREASE”

– Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

“Primarily all over Michigan.  Mulligans in Grand Rapids, The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan Metal Fest also in Battle Creek, Sanctuary in the Detroit area. We’ve had one show in IOWA so far, but with launching the album soon we’re hoping to start getting out of the state.”

– Do you have any upcoming shows?

“We have a house party birthday party on January 18th for some good friends.  Other than that we are in the process of starting to set up shows.”

– How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?

“It’s only made things harder.  More digital noise to cut through to even be noticed by the smallest amount of people.  People with knowledge and talent are passed over by people with followers and money.”

– What is your favorite song to play?


– What is the most trouble you’ve gotten into?
Richardoug:  “Kenny is under 3 gag orders in 5 states and not able to not discuss it at this time!!!”

– What is the best advice you’ve been given?

“On stage, there is no need to be 100% balls to wall spastic to maintain an audience’s attention. Most of the time, you’ve got to let your music speak for itself.”

– If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

“To stop rating bands based on their social media.. and to actually listen to their music.  So many bands have missed out on great opportunities to play shows with similar sounding BIG name acts, because they don’t have the right presence on the screen.”

– What’s next for you?

“We have a new single dropping on Jan 7th 2020,  We have a video slated to be released in Feb 2020.  And finally the new album to be released March 13th 2020!!!”

– Is there anything else you’d like to add?

“Yes. This is just the beginning…..”

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