Interview with Owen Simpson of Man Eating Tiger
Angie: Can you describe your band’s sound for us?
Owen: Ah, my favorite question. We are a four-piece that draws influence from a huge variety of styles. We have a sound that combines our love of all of them. We are on the heavy side, but use elements of rock, jazz, punk, classic rock, metal, post-hardcore and progressive rock. It’s hard to say. Somewhere between Deftones and Thrice.
Angie: How did you, personally, get interested in music? At what age did you first show interest in music, and how did your interest progress?
Owen: Pretty much every male in my immediate family has been making music since I was a kid. My grandpa got me into playing piano at an early age and also bought me my first bass guitar. My dad has played with several local acts, including Johnny Johnson and the Smash Band. My brother has been playing drums in local acts since he was about fifteen, in the hardcore scene and others. He and I started officially playing together sometime in 2008 and have just been trying to make music without rules.
Angie: What venues have you played at?
Owen: We have played all over the place in St. Louis. Fubar, Lemmon’s, The Crack Fox, The Fox Hole, Pop’s, and others. We also played The Riot Room in Kansas City. We are open to play anywhere and everywhere. We don’t discriminate, as long as they have a decent board.
Angie: What song do you think you will most enjoy performing in front of the live audience at Rock U Fest, and why?
Owen: I am looking forward to playing our newest song called “Headlines”. Its got a really great energy to it and is a ton of fun to play. Plus, it’s a good indication of the direction we are headed as of late.
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