A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to catch the band Tempter out of Florence, AL at the Gatekeeper Anniversary Show at The End Venue by KP Entertainment. Tempter is a band that definitely knows how to put on a show and recommend you find their next date and get out to that show. After catching the performance, I had to catch up with them and ask the guys a few questions.
WHE Reviews– All bands represent something in a certain way, what do you guys feel that “Tempter” best represents?
Tempter – Poverty. Coming from where we grew up, nothing is ever handed to you. Everything we have we had to work for, and until the die way we will work for what we have. The name came from people tempting us to do things, whether its addiction or people trying to teach us how to live our life. (NAME) Everyone is caught in this same old fucking life style, get up, go to your shitty job that you hate, come home, and they tell you how to live your life even when they hate their own. It’s about finding your own way.
WHE Reviews– I caught wind of a lot of controversy on destroying a bible, do you guys want to elaborate on that?
Tempter – Yes, in the south we have this thing that’s called “Social Christianity”, where kids just go to church to hang out with their friends and they aren’t really into being a true Christian or giving their life to Christ. The burning of the bible was to represent the death of Christianity by the hand of man. (Spencer) The bird man in the music video represents the evil inside of every man, anything that is given to as that’s good, we destroy.
WHE Reviews – As a whole, what is Tempter’s biggest influence?
Tempter – (Spencer) I really don’t think we have one. Everyone listens to different genres. The new album has a lot of Nu-metal influence. We want to be one of those bands that even if you’re not used to seeing or hearing metal it can get you started into it, so even the most uneducated person about metal can bob their head to it.
WHE Reviews – Any plans on a tour and/or an album release soon?
Tempter – We are currently working on a full length and we are looking to release it towards the end of 2016. We want to take our time on it to make it as unique as we want it to be.
WHE Reviews – Do you guys have any pre-show rituals?
Tempter – There is always just fuckery. Hagan always takes his shirt off and headbangs in the mirror while listening to the other bands playing. Always some sort of dry humping required. (Spencer) I do the most sassy stretches I can do, look in the mirror to get in the zone, and hum yankee doodle dandy at the highest pitch I can and I’m ready to go.
WHE Reviews – What is you guys most memorable show and why?
Tempter – Probably the first Summer Bash we played when I broke my hand before we played. It was our first show and we went outside and taped my hand up. (WHE) Wait, how did you break your hand? (Adam) I punched a guy in the back of the head. He was trying to fight me and I kept telling him I didn’t want to fight him, then he started to run away so I punched him. Or the time we played with Ovid’s Withering, undoubtedly Tyler got some kind of stomach virus, started vomiting on stage. Luckily he had a wireless system, so he finished the set in the bathroom whilst shitting and throwing up, Spencer had to push his pedals for him when a solo came up.
WHE Reviews – If we looked at your playlist, what would we be most surprised to see?
(Adam) – I listen to nothing, but real trap shit. I listen to rap. I make beats and record rappers.
(Travis) I listen to a lot of deathcore. I also listen to Immortal Technique, the rapper, and some Justin Beiber.
(Tyler) – I like Adam Lambert.
(Hagan) – The most obscure thing I listen to is Mindless Self Indulgence.
(Spencer) My 4 favorite artists are Florida Georgia Line, Lynard Skynard, Adelle…she’s hot, Carrie Underwood, and AC/DC. Also one of my biggest influences for my high vocals.
I don’t think Spencer noticed that’s actually 5 artists. Haha. It was great catching up with these guys. Fantastic, friendly, down to earth people. Get out to a show and see Tempter.