During my roadtrip with Mr. Jon Cyriis
and the guys from Holland, Brasil and the U.S.A, (my friends) who
actually were part of the American speed metal band Agent Steel in the
spring of 2019. I have met the Culprit guys at the hotel where we also
stayed with the band Agent Steel, after our gig at the German Keep It
True Festival. I was their tour manager at this date. No more Agent
Steel shows followed and I guess there will be no more future gigs
coming up either. Nevertheless, at the hotel I met the guys of Culprit
and spoke to them. I contacted them later on Facebook and bass player
Scott Earl was so friendly to answer Marcoís boring questions
First of all, welcome! How did you
guys meet up in the beginning, around the year í81?
I met the drummer Bud Burrill in high
School and I was dating the guitar player's sister. We started a band
called Orpheus with a different singer. We did a gig with a band called
Amethyst, that band had Singer Jeff and guitarist Kjartan in it. After
that show we decided to join forces and create Culprit.
Was Culprit your first band? And
was it your only band?
No, but it was my first serious band.
I then joined a band called TKO, then I formed a band called The Bang
Gang that both did records. I also played with my buddy Adam Bomb off
and on over the past few years.
What was your age back then, which
bands influenced you at the time and how was it to be a headbanger in
the Seattle area back in the glorious eighties?
I was 17 when Culprit first started.
It was a great time in the 80ís to be part of this new movement of
hheavy metal music. I was influenced by many bands but I would say the
most influential at that time were obviously Rush. Also Rainbow, Sabbath
with Dio, Judas Priest and Scorpions.
What was, or still is, your opinion
about the big size of grunge bands that popped up in your town at the
end of the eighties and early ninetiesÖ
Well itís kind of Ironic that my town
killed my career. I moved to L.A. in 1986 and then Seattle exploded
about 5 years later. I think those bands are really good especially
Sound Garden, and I love the first Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. I
thought those bands were more in line with my roots than what they were
doing in L.A. at the time.
How was, and still is, the feedback
on your releases and live shows? Do you have some touring stories for
us? How was it to play at the German Keep It True Festival in 2019 and
Well, the people that have actually
heard ĎGuilty as Charged Live!í all seem to dig it. I wanted to put that
out for years and I thought it would be cool for people to hear an
updated version of songs that were done in 1983. Also because the
line-up was different. All the original guys in the band were asked to
take part in it, but it just didnít work out. I put these new guys
together and Patrick Abbate is my best bud for a long time so it was fun
to do it.
We had to replace the drummer weeks
before the Keep It True Festival so it was really a nightmare for me. I
think the response was really good. We only did 3 shows last year so we
will get better for sure.
Recently you released a live album
by your own, Guilty As Charged Live! How is the feedback on this album?
Iím really proud of the record but
without label support not many people would have really heard it yet. It
was only available at our live shows up until a few weeks ago. Now itís
streaming and you can download it along with getting physical copies. We
just signed a distribution deal with Hellion Records in South America.
So that will be cool, Culprit has never been down there. If anybody
wants to check it out go to www.culpritonline.com for all the info.
Are there any plans for a complete
new Culprit album? Please tell us about it!
We are almost finished writing the
record. Itís very late 70ís/early 80ís classic Metal. Staying true to
what Culprit was all about. The plan is to record in the spring and
hopefully someone will want to put it out and we can do a cool video. We
have been working with producer/guitarist Kelly Gray from Seattle.
Your personal album top three
Thatís impossible but the first 3 that
come to mind are:
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Genesis Selling - England by the Pound
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Last words and future plans please!
If youíre into old school classic
metal please check out our new live record and Iím going to go watch
American football, go Raiders!!!
Patchman Marco for Headbangerszine
& Metal Experience
Scott Earl - Bass guitar
Mino Mereu - Vocals
Patrick Abbate - Guitar
Lamar Little Ė Drums
1983 - Guilty as Charged! 1983
2005 - Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty
2019 - Guilty As Charged Live!!! (Live