CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston-based metal band WhiteChapel District is heavily influenced by heavy metal bands from England's working class; it even takes its name from the area of London where Jack the Ripper prowled.
The band members took some time out of their schedules for an email chat about WhiteChapel District's soon-to-be-released CD, the gig at Tomahawks on Saturday and why they prefer to keep their metal old school.
Q:How and where did you guys form?
A:Tim Burford: "Simon, Jimmie and I started jamming about five years ago, and it just clicked. That was the foundation for WCD."
Thom Copher:"My college band, The Edge, did some 25-year reunion gigs back in the fall of '09, and one of the shows was at Tomahawks. WCD played with us, and they were looking to change things personnel-wise. My playing with my old mates was also my audition for WCD."
Q: What is the band's chemistry like?
A:Copher:"Mike [Workman] is such a brilliant player and writer; it's really great to play with another guitar player who appreciates the classics but also brings modern ideas into the mix. Jimmie is an extraordinary songwriter, and it's interesting the way that he, Mike and I interpret our blend of ideas. Burf is a very insightful arranger of our ideas. Simon goes way beyond any vocalist that I've ever worked with; his ear for structure and vocal layering is, in itself, an instrumental component."
Tim Simon: "We've done the math; there's a combined 120 years of experience in this band! We all come from different musical genres and the combination has resulted in something that is new and vital yet pleasantly familiar."