ACL Music Fest Friday Interview

Drummer Trivett Wingo touches base from Down Under

ACL Music Fest Friday Interview

The Sword

5pm, Zync Card stage

Sent from Trivett Wingo via BlackBerry from T-Mobile: "I would love to do an interview, but am in Australia at about $2 a minute right now."

Including its 2006 debut, Age of Winters, the Sword has penned a Tolkien-worthy trilogy of Zeppelin-esque metallurgy. The local quartet's new, third album, Warp Riders (Kemado), swings that old-school mojo like an iron mace. Here's the e-mail exchange that ultimately transpired with Wingo, Sword drummer and bottom-line man.

Austin Chronicle: What defines contemporary from classic metal, and how does the Sword fit between the two?

Trivett Wingo: I think contemporary metal has lost touch with the idea of heavy metal being a type of rock and roll. The Sword is a metal band and also a rock band. That's what I think is truly classic.

AC: Is Austin a tough market for metal?

TW: I think Austin is an easy market for metal. Anything goes here and a lot of classic bands that only play four or five markets in the whole U.S. manage to fit Austin in there.

AC: What are you looking forward to about playing the Austin City Limits Festival?

TW: A) being in Austin, B) getting to go home after the show and take a shower at my own house, C) getting to play a lot of Warp Riders tracks for a monster audience.

AC: What's happening on your current tour down under?

TW: It's your typical Metallica concert. I was in it the other night and couldn't remember where I was for a second, but that's just me.

AC: What's most different about being there?

TW: Sushi is cheap.

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