Download Festival 2018: Monster Truck

Monster Truck

Download Festival

Zippo Encore Stage

Saturday, June 9, 2018


by Eric Mackinnon


If you were to build a perfect band and sound to provide the live soundtrack to a sunny afternoon of rocking out in a field in the sunshine with friends, while making new friends, sharing a cold drink, and stomping a melodic mud hole in the ground with your foot – then Monster Truck would be the band you would build.

Sweet southern sounds, riffing and duelling guitar riffs, big choruses and an attitude which makes you want to befriend every single member of the band – combine to make Monster Truck the ideal Download Festival band.

The Canadian rockers dropped their second album last year but they have had plans, and songs in the can, for their forthcoming third record since the sessions for 'Sitting Heavy.'

Jeremy Widerman revealed: “In the course of touring Sittin’ Heavy, we also wrote and recorded another album. It’s done. It’ll be released this year.

“The vibe is the same as it always is. Every time we’re asked about the sound of the latest album I’ll say, ‘It’s like the last record but we pushed it ahead a little bit in a few new ways. The same is true for this one but I think we’ve gone even further.’”

The guitarist continued: “It’s been pushed forward more than usual. So there’s maybe gonna be some people who are a little put off by it, but I think they’ll be replaced by a lot more.

“It’s a lot more inclusive and more fun than its ever been. It’s more varied than it’s ever been, there’s a lot of different things going on. And I think we’ve incorporated stuff that people have been asking for, for a long time – like harmonica and additional instruments. Just a more epic, bigger sound.”

Singer and bassist Jon Harvey picked up: “People say we have this Southern sound, but I think we’re more like the stoner sound. Like a mix between Black Sabbath and Allman Brothers.”

Monster Truck have evolved massively since their debut EP some eight-years ago now and Jeremy laughs and admits their success has come at a surprise to even them.

Jeremy said: “It was really just me and Jon spending a lot of years hanging out and smoking weed.

“Picture two guys sitting on a couch for like four years going like, ‘Hey man, we should start a band’ and I’m going like, ‘Yeah man, like totally!’ And people from a far are going, ‘They’re never going to start a f***ing band!’

“And then a couple of other things came and lined up for two unmotivated stoners to put a band together.”

Even the band name came as a joke between the boys after a night on the sauce.

“Coming up with the band name was the thing that united it all,” says Jeremy.

“We just got really drunk and silly one night and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a band called Monster Truck?’”

Jon said: “It was a joke! It was like, ‘That’s a pretty good band name! Okay let’s do it!’”

Jeremy continued: “The band wasn’t supposed to be serious either. It was just going to be a side project, like a party band joke.

Jon added: “No one wanted to go on tour, no one was super ambitious about it. We just wanted to have fun on weekends.

“But everything sorta fell apart and came together at the same time.”

Catch Monster Truck on the Zippo Encore Stage at the Download Festival this summer.