Watch Monster Truck’s ‘Don’t Tell Me How to Live’ Video: Exclusive Premiere
Canadian rockers Monster Truck came roaring out of Hamilton, Ontario, a couple of years ago with Furiosity, their 2013 full-length debut, which followed a couple of independently released EPs, and they’ve been steadily building a reputation on the road since then.
Now they’re back with Sittin’ Heavy, their sophomore effort, which will be released on Feb. 19, and we have the exclusive premiere for the video “Don’t Tell Me How to Live,” which you can watch above.
“When it comes to music videos, it seems that the bigger a pain in the ass it is to film, the better it turns out,” Monster Truck guitarist Jeremy Widerman told Ultimate Classic Rock. “Between an improbable five-story industrial load in and numerous warnings that the drone’s flight path was too dangerous, the entire video shoot balanced on knife’s edge. Luckily with some unexpected help from Mother Nature we were able to get exactly what we wanted and come out unscathed.”
"It was cold, it was wet and it was tiring, but it looks awesome! Next time someone says, 'drones,' I'm all ears,” vocalist/bassist Jon Harvey adds with a chuckle.
The extensive time that the band spent on the road touring for the first album found them continuing to develop and grow as a unit, as they shared the stage with many top acts, including ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Buckcherry and Nickelback. Two of Monster Truck’s other tourmates, in particular, helped influence the new album.
“When we opened for Slash we would pick up on how accurately he controls the wah pedal, and we wanted to include some of that in our own songs,” Widerman says. “Touring with Alice in Chains and watching their vocal harmonies [we realized] that we needed to strengthen up in that area -- so we did. There are so many little ways to hone our sound.”
The band can’t wait to share the new music with fans, and it's itching to get back out on the road. “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, Widerman admits. “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.”
Sittin’ Heavy is available for pre-order via Monster Truck's webstore, Dine Alone and iTunes. Those who pre-order through iTunes instantly receive a digital copy of “Don’t Tell Me How to Live,” as well as “The Enforcer.”
Dates and cities for Monster Truck's upcoming tour:
2/17 – Brooklyn, NY
2/23 – Victoria, BC
2/25 – Vancouver, BC
2/26 – Kamloops, BC
2/27 – Calgary, AB
3/1 – Edmonton, AB
3/2 – Regina, SK
3/4 – Winnipeg, MB
3/5 – Thunder Bay, ON
3/8 – Quebec City, QC
3/9 – Montreal, QC
3/11-12 – Toronto, ON
3/29 – Bochum, Germany
3/30 – Berlin, Germany
3/31 – Munich, Germany
4/1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
4/3 – Paris, France
4/5 – London, England
4/30 – Jacksonville, FL
5/7 – Charlotte, NC
5/14 – Somerset, WI
5/20 – Columbus, OH
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