'It's always a weird and unsettling feeling waiting on a new album to come out and being so excited for what seems like a release day that is never going to arrive. Combine that with being on the edge of our seats waiting to play Sittin' Heavy on tour and we have what feels like Christmas in February.' - Jeremy Widerman / Monster Truck
"Monster Truck is one of the few really great down-to-earth rock 'n' roll bands... they're hard, soulful and heavy" - Slash
'Killer band, great guitar playing" - Dave Navarro
You know where you stand with a band named Monster Truck, right?
For the last two years, this raucous quartet have been busy putting Hamilton, Ontario, on the rock n' roll map thanks to a remarkable selection of blue-collar rock songs called 'Furiosity'. With a no-frills style that mixes groove, sludge, stoner rock and vintage sounds, the high-energy combo has made friends in high places by celebrating the simplest and also the finest things in life. In the time since their debut, in true road warrior style they toured Europe and the US playing blistering shows at Download Festival and Hammerfest as well as supporting the mighty Guns N' Roses, as well as Slash, Alice In Chains, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, and Rival Sons.
Nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards in their native Canada, 'Furiosity' also introduced Monster Truck to the international market, and now they're back with another wide-tread slab of horns-up, heads-down swaggering Southern rock that's entitled, 'Sittin' Heavy'.
'Sittin' Heavy' is a glorious hard rocking statement, retaining all of the ingredients that enabled Monster Truck to break out of the box whilst continuing a gradual evolution, expanding upon ideas established at the quartet's inception. Month after month spent on the road has served to improve them as a band, just as it should, fundamentally because they looked around and learned.
Don't be alarmed. Monster Truck haven't undergone a massive refit, they sound exactly as their name suggests. They're still irrepressible. And their music has the power to tackle all manner of subjects, including the day to day drudgery that's served up by the world, and turn them into something positive. The album's highly contagious first single, 'Don't Tell Me How To Live', has been unanimously welcomed as a great rallying cry.
Inspired by a comment made by singer and bassist Jon Harvey's girlfriend, "She started giving me trouble for playing guitar every day and I replied, 'This is my job, don't tell me how to live'" it's a message that holds true in a variety of situations. "The song is about being independent in one's life, rather than worrying about what people think or the expectations of other people; just be true to yourself."
If the album has a theme, it would be a steadfast refusal to be beaten down. The aforementioned 'Don't Tell Me How To Live' is pretty self-explanatory, "Rock n' roll should be a celebration," Harvey believes. "We try to do that as much as we can. Everything in life should be a celebration."
You're probably wondering about the unusual title? There's a story. Monster Truck were in the backstage catering room at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee when drummer Steve Kiely, after taking full advantage of an unlimited menu, declared: "Oh, man, I'm sittin' heavy." "Though perhaps you needed to be there to appreciate the humor, I thought it was a great name for an album," smiles guitarist Jeremy Widerman. "Everybody agreed, which was a pretty unique situation for our band, but we liked the title because it also sounds good."
Sure enough, Monster Truck presents the listener with a mouth-watering all you can eat buffet, piling on the riffs, cranking up the rhythm section and serving up all manner of delicious, hummable choruses. This is no mere exercise in bludgeon riffola. 'Sitting Heavy' will be released via Dine Alone Records on February 19, 2016.