Interview with the SAVIOURS
by Wendy WWAD
What first inspired you to pick
up an instrument and play music?
My brother was in punk bands in the late 80s/early 90s and I uses
to go see him play all the time. He was my first motivation to play
music, when he went to audio engineering college he sent me his
p-bass cause he didn't have time to play anymore so I picked
it up. He came back from college a coupla years later and took me
to see neurosis on the Enemy of the Sun tour, I was 13 and it was
What do you think makes Oakland
such a hotbed for metal bands, spawning the likes of you guys, High
on Fire, Watch Them Die, etc.?
Because it's such a tough and oppressive city and you gotta
be a hard ass to live here. Shit is real in Oakland, Hell’s
Angels and the Black Panthers started here, fake shit doesn't
last in Oakland. Of course there's some turds riding the coat
tails but if you live in Oakland and don't fuckin’ bring
it you will get eaten up.
How did you guys hook up with
each other and become the Saviours?
Scott and I were buds and played some music together and we had
to make a gnarly band.
When will Earth’s
Possession be released?
out Sept. 6th.
Starting with Crucifire,
did you ever expect your albums to garner such critical acclaim?
was working with Phil Manley, and when did you guys first hook up
It was awesome. We met Phil through playing shows with the Fucking
Champs 3 or 4 years ago. First off, Phil is a badass engineer and
a really easy going dude to be around. Second I think it's cool
to make a record where you live and support the dudes around you
and who are in your scene.
the Saviours had a mission statement, what would it be?
Kickin’ ass and forgettin’ names.
How does your reception in Europe
differ from in America?
Same shit every other dude in a band says about touring Europe.
They give a more of a shit about you and are very hospitable over
seas. On the other hand, we've met a lot of killer folks and
fans over here, too. I'll take playing in Laramie, Wyoming over
Los Angeles any day of the week cause those motherfuckers are hungry
for music and ain’t so spoiled.
How have you progressed musically
since your inception in 2004?
Were better now, I hope, and we’ve been doing it so long that
we figured out how to do it good.
How do you balance your life
at home and time on the road? Or is this pretty much your main thing
You get off tour and cause you can't tour every day of the year,
you go home. That's what's happening and you roll with it.
Having released 1 EP, 2 LP’s,
and about to release a 3rd on Kemado Records, it would appear that
you are pretty happy with these guys. How did you originally hook
up with them?
DP is our 4th record and our 3rd and final record of our contract
with Kemado. They've given us a lot of opportunities that we
wouldn't have been able to pull off without their support. My
memory is shit but this dude (sorry dude) gave Keith at Kemado a
copy of Warship and he got stoked and called us and put us on a
compilation they were doing called Invaders,
it's a good one.
I read that “SAVIOURS
are the end product of a ‘vision-quest’ by guitarist
/ vocalist Austin Barber and drummer Scott Batiste” (http://www.facebook.com/Saviours ).
What were you guys looking for, or hoping to achieve with the formation
of the SAVIOURS?
I wasn't looking for anything in particular, I wanted to see
what the world had for me by opening myself up to whatever it had
to show me. We just want to make kick ass music and have a good
You have been compared to the
likes of High on Fire. Did they influence you guys and, if not,
Of course they do, those dudes are our brothers and they influence
us on many levels. So many things influence us, Oakland, women,
mind altering substances, open road, going to strange places, the
unknown, the end or drastic change that humanity will face one day
and our friends are the main ones......
Your lyrical themes have been
described as blasphemous. Is there a message you are trying to convey?
FTW ASAP. It's a reaction to the cowardly way that people live
today, fuck the squares you know!
How do you spend your free time
when you’re not writing music or touring the world?
Riding motorcycles is all I really give a shit about so I ride as
much as possible and I work at Temple Tattoo and Tattoo 13 in Oakland.
Drinking a lot of bourbon and traveling around. Been making a lot
of paintings again lately...
What’s your favorite thing
about playing Austin, TX?
The hospitality in Austin for us is off the fuckin’ chain!
We don’t feel as welcome in any other town in the world, hands
down. We gotta a whole fuckload of good buddy's down there,
it feels good to be there.
If your house was burning down
and you could only save 5 albums, what would they be?
Paul Chain - Ash,
ZZ Top’s first album, Motorhead - Iron
Fleetwood Mac - English
What are your top 3 tour destinations?
Austin, Tx, NYC, Tokyo
your definition of success in rock-n-roll?
If your havin’ fun, gettin’ laid, makin’ friends
and ya ain't starvin’ you're doin’ good.
Parting words of wisdom to your
ever-growing legions of fans?
Whatever you do, you gotta dig it and do it well
Barber – vocals, lead & rhythm guitar
Christopher Reinhardt – lead & rhythm guitar, vocals
Binks – bass
Batiste - drums