SOiL Bassist Tim King Talks About Touring, “Whole” and Return of Lead Singer Ryan McCombs

SOiL Bassist Tim King Talks About Touring, “Whole” and Return of Lead Singer Ryan McCombs
November 15, 2013 | By | Reply More

From their earliest beginnings in Chicago, the band SOiL have had a pretty strong work ethic, moreso than plenty of bands in their position and now both they and their fans are enjoying the buzz around their latest (and possibly best) album, “Whole”.  It’s obvious upon listening to the album that putting together a kickass start- to- finish long player  was clearly a priority for their first release of new music with original singer Ryan McCombs back in the band.  It all makes for a good resurgence story as the band once again heads back out on the road, a place where they’ve earned so much of their reputation since their late 90s inception.  I spoke with band co-founder and bassist Tim King about everything going on, read on….

Legendary Rock Interviews:  You’ve been through this new album and new touring cycle before but even aside from Ryan (McCombs, vocalist) coming back this is a little different for you isn’t it?

Tim King:  Yeah it is, it’s good though, first of all because the record is selling better than expected but it is different because we are doing so much of the work on our own.  The album was fully funded on our own pretty much so it’s been absolutely crazy all the different phone calls and emails and all of that stuff that goes along with it.  We can’t complain though, they are definitely all “good problems” to have!

LRI:  The reviews have been pretty positive and there are actually a lot of people that are just finding out about the band from this record or from the single on radio, is that pretty cool to you?

Tim:  I think that’s awesome.  We’ve been a band and have been around for so long that it’s actually kind of cool and you can really appreciate it when you see people discovering us for the first time.  You see kids of people who were fans of us from the beginning coming out and experiencing the band live for the first time, it’s really pretty awesome.

LRI:  You’ve handled plenty of questions about Ryan coming back to the band but the fact of the matter is he has been back for a while now.  Do you think that the touring you’ve done and the subsequent DVD release laid the groundwork for this album and also gave you the freedom to breathe and come up with material for “Whole”?

Tim:  To some extent, yes.  We really took our time with this record, we definitely worked on it at our own pace and it was really the right time to put out the record with Ryan coming back; it definitely felt like an amazing time for the band to be working on this album.  Adam (Zadel, guitarist) and I are more excited about the band than we have been in a long time and the reception thus far has been so great that it’s just been a pleasure to not only get the feedback we’re getting but also to see the sales follow through.  It’s been all good from the fans and the critics and it’s definitely been a case of so far so good so I’m knockin on a lot of wood right now.

LRI:  The video you guys made for “Shine On” is great, where was that shot at?

Tim:  It was actually shot in Orlando, Florida.  It was cool to go back to Orlando to shoot and edit that because Orlando has been very good to the band, a radio station called WJRR was the first to really jump on (SOiL’s hit single) “Halo”.  They started playing the demo version of “Halo” and it literally just blew up and we had a major label bidding war between a bunch of different labels.  So to go back to Orlando, where it all started, to work on “Shine On” with Ryan back in the band, we just felt reinvigorated and refreshed in every way.  It was a very memorable shoot and and very special, it was a cool thing for us to be able to do for sure….

LRI:  I’m glad you mentioned “Halo” and your initial burst on the scene because I’ve talked to bands who have had similar exposure and speak of it in either really positive or really negative terms in terms of the pressure to follow up.  Did you find that having that kind of radio hit opened a lot of doors for you and was mostly a major positive in your career?

Tim:  Yes, most definitely.  When you’re a band who has been at it as long as we have and worked at it for so long you just kind of learn to roll with the punches and appreciate what you have so having that kind of reception to “Halo” was just an awesome thing.  It definitely opened a lot of doors and was an overwhelmingly positive thing for us for sure.  No matter what we do, that song and that album will still mean the world to us.

LRI:  Ryan’s performance and lyrics are absolutely a high point to this album but a lot of the riffs on the record are almost as hummable or memorable as any of the vocal melodies.

Tim:  Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say.  For whatever reason or another, any song we write always starts with a riff.  Then the vocals and lyrics are put to it and it moves from there.  Usually it starts from a riff that Adam or I have or sometimes Adam will bring in a full song and we’ll put it together or add things from there, sometimes Ryan will be in the room, sometimes he won’t but when the song feels more complete Ryan will take it and work on lyrics and vocals.  If he has any ideas or changes we could make we will alter or work on that until we have a basic skeleton for the song.  Then we go through the demo process of recording a framework for it and then we send it to the producer and having them pick it apart and add their suggestions before we record it for real.  That was our experience this time around and it was amazing  recording with our producer Ulrich Wild (Pantera, Dethklok) in Los Angeles at Wilderness Studios.

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LRI: You guys are no stranger to the road and play tons of gigs every year, was much of the material that became “Whole” born on the road?

Tim:  That’s definitely been the case in the past with us, a lot of times when we’d be out on the road touring a record and set to go in to do another record we would write at rehearsal or things like that on an off day but this time around we had a bit more luxury to write and demo at home for “Whole” so it was a little different this time around.  As much as it’s a creative process in the studio, I really love being on the road and we are playing as many shows  as possible, we’re hitting Europe and Australia hard as well as the United States obviously.

LRI:  You guys are an Illinois band so when you play a gig here it is always an event.  Is that an added comfort or is there sometimes a little more legwork involved with local shows?

Tim:  It’s really not any additional comfort, actually hometown shows are probably the most pain in the ass shows you’ll ever find because all of your family and friends wanting to be put on the guest list and wanting to make extra time to hang out and party and all that when you’re up there really just trying to do your job.  It’s awesome to have everyone out but that kind of additional stuff’s not happening quite as much in Pittsburgh or Austin (laughs).

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Thursday
Penny Road Pub
545 Penny Rd.
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Friday
Knickerbockers
901 O St
(402) 476-6865

Fear Factory

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A Different Breed

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Sunday
8:00 PM
Lo-Fi
123 S West Temple
801-949-6324

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Tuesday
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The Knitting Factory
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Knitting Factory Concert House
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Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane
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509.244.3279

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Wilma Theater
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Motionless in White

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The Railyard
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Monday
The Summit Music Hall
1902 Blake St.

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Motionless in White

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Tuesday
Aftershock
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Wednesday
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Green Bay Distillery
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The Crofoot
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Mojoe’s
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The Music Farm
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Wednesday
Capone’s
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423-928-2295

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Motionless in White

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Thursday
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SOiL
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Dingbatz
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Upstate Concert Hall
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UEA
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Mo Club
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Rock City
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Saturday
Wulfrun Hall
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Sunday
Middlesborough Empire
Corporation Road

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Monday
o2 ABC
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Wednesday
The Leadmill
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Thursday
o2 Academy
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The Junction
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The Forum
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Sunday
Manchester Academy
Manchester University Union
Oxford Road

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Tuesday
Zeche
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Conee Island
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Lucerna Music Bar
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Condrad Sohm
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Backstage Club
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