Witching Riffs: Behind the Sound of 3 Wheeler Band

Introduction: Due to time constraints as regular individuals running Witching Buzz and focusing primarily on writing reviews, we are limited to publishing only one (occasionally two) review(s) per day. However, we strongly believe in providing greater exposure to deserving bands and musicians who have put in immense effort. As a result, we have launched a new section called “Witching Riffs: Behind the Sound.” In this section, we have crafted a series of intriguing questions that we pose to every band or musician who wishes to share more about their unique projects. While the questions remain the same for each participant, the diversity among bands ensures that the answers will be fascinating and diverse. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this captivating journey as we delve into the minds and stories of these talented artists.

3 Wheeler Band / Mexico

What drew you to the immersive and hypnotic sounds? How do you aim to captivate your listeners with this genre?
We are a very riff-oriented band, we grew up listening to great riffs from Sabbath, Zeppelin, Purple, Priest, Hendrix, etc. so that’s our approach also. We can either start jamming at rehearsal and create a riff right there or someone can bring a riff and we start jamming on it and if we like it, we are sure that somebody else will enjoy it too.

Can you share the story behind your band name? How does it reflect the essence of your music?
Well, a 3 Wheeler is a 3 wheel motorcycle and since we are a trio we thought it is a good fit. We are a power trio consisting of drums, bass and guitar and the guitar player also sings and the others we are backing vocals. And since 3 Wheelers are big, powerful motorcycles and bikes have been always related to Rock N Roll the band name reflects quite that, the spirit of Rock N Roll.

What are some unconventional or unexpected influences that have shaped your unique blend?
The expected influences are, as we call it, the Holy Trinity of Rock N Roll: Sabbath, Purple and Zeppelin. However, each one of us have different or unconventional influences like Adrian (guitar/vocals), listens to Frank Sinatra and Italian traditional music; Davo (bass) listens to country music and classic Latin rock and me on drums I listen to Texas based blues and Southern Rock like SRV and Lynyrd and Marcus King Band.

How do you approach creating expansive and atmospheric soundscapes? What techniques or methods do you employ to achieve that signature vibe?
As a band we jam a lot, every practice session we start with a jam to let loose and warm a bit and we try to incorporate that vibe on tape or live gigs. Adrian likes to experiment with guitar pedals, and we have a couple of tracks using pedal effects like Space Tribe and The Night and on live gigs we tend to jam a bit expanding a groove-based rhythm while Adrian is working those effects through his guitar.

Are there specific themes or emotions you seek to convey through your music? How do alternative music help you express those concepts effectively?
For us is a feel-good kind of thing, we create music, riffs, that make you bang your head and move along the beat and we accomplish that through fuzz, distortion, epic guitar solos, groovy bass lines and heavy thunderous drumming and we want people just to feel good and have a cool time while listening to our albums or seeing us playing live.

Share a remarkable moment or incident from your journey as a band that exemplifies the spirit of your music.
Every gig that we have played in our 13-year career history is an example of our spirit as a band. But one in particular was the Space Tribe album release party at Café Iguana where the place was full with fans, friends and family and we had just a blast playing those new songs from our second album and another one was a gig in Leon, Guanajuato, that night was raining so hard the sky was falling down but the crowd delivered and had a good time.

In what ways do you envision your music progressing or evolving in the future? Are there any new elements or experimental approaches you’d like to incorporate?
We are incorporating more jam and lose elements to our song structures. We have always jammed; on the first album we have an instrumental track named Smokin’ Groove. In 2021 we recorded a 12-minute jam track at rehearsal and named it after the Avandaro festival that was held in Mexico 50 years ago in 2021 and on the last album we have a 10-minute track named Xtabay Jam. So maybe more instrumental/jam tracks are coming our way.

Is there a particular song in your discography that perfectly encapsulates the essence of your music? Please elaborate on its creation and significance.
I think the Space Tribe track captures the essence of 3 Wheeler Band. It starts with a heavy and groovy stoner rock riff, it has break downs, doom riffs and a space jam part that can make you fly high as a kite. Also, the lyrics are very sci-fi oriented and that’s a topic that we like a lot but we try not to exploit that much since is heavily used on the stoner scene worldwide so we keep the lyrics more personal sometimes.

Are there any emerging or lesser-known artists within your music genre realm that you find inspiring or deserving of more recognition? Feel free to share their names and what you appreciate about their work.
Here in Monterrey you have Moonwatcher, heavy Kubrick-themed Doom band and The Burial, a doom sludge band that is making their way up in the stoner community. Around the globe you have The Atomic Bitchwax that is a great awesome band that I think it needs more recognition; and The Heavy Eyes, a stoner rock fuzz band from Tennessee that also is awesome, and it should be more recognized. From Austin. Texas new upcoming band Demons My Friends should be checked out and the masters Tia Carrera also from Austin, great heavy jam band. But there are a lot of underground bands out here, so search for them and keep an eye on the Doom Charts that sometimes surprised you with great bands from all over the world.

What do you hope listeners experience or feel when they immerse themselves in your compositions? Is there a specific mood or sensation you aim to evoke?
The mood of Rock N Fuckin Roll. Whether you just want to bang your head, move your feet, scream and jump with our heavy riffs or light up a joint and take a trip with our instrumental tracks or just open up a cold one and fire up the grill and have a good time, that’s what we aim for, to have a great time.

Turbo Regime:
– Fuzz or distortion? – Fuzz
– Analog or digital effects? – Analog
– Sabbath or Zeppelin? – Sabbath, always.
– Heavy riff or mind-bending solo? – Trick question? LOL You can have both.
– Vintage gear or modern equipment? – Vintage.
Muchas gracias Witching Buzz!

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You can order In the Name of the Holy Riff HERE.
Label: Gravitoyd Heavy Music

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