Q&A: Owen Meats shares new Swampuss video, talks upcoming Ybor release party

The party goes down on May 19 at Crowbar

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If you're looking for something to do this Friday, we have a great opportunity for you to support local talent and a good cause, when Ybor's Crowbar hosts Tampa-natives Swampuss. The self described metal and grunge power trio is set to debut its debut album, Symmetry and Dissonance, which the band recorded at a homemade studio at guitarist Owen Meats' warehouse.

This past week, we got to see a little behind the scenes look into the production of Symetry thanks to a new music video from the band (check out the live recording of their song "Smile' above).

The band is set to go on at midnight on May 19 to premiere its new album, with four local bands set to open the show.

For this special event, the band has partnered with EPIC, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping HIV/AIDs victims in the Tampa Bay area. Attendees will have a chance to enter into the EPIC-sponsored raffle, with tickets costing just a $1 (or you can exchange canned goods). Winners have the opportunity to win prizes like Swampuss merchandise and a $100 Visa gift card.

Get more info on the show via local.cltampa.com. Check out the Q&A we did with leader singer/guitarist Owen Meats below.

Swampuss CD Release w/SAHE/Sonic Aftermath/more
Fri. May 19, 9 p.m. $5.
Crowbar 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City.

Who directed/filmed video? Where was it shot?

The video was shot by Preston Marshall and Jeremy Westrate for Walls Bend Productions and edited by Preston Marshall. It was shot during the actual recording of the record. Last November, we all met at my house at noon on a Friday, we built a recording studio in my warehouse and we recorded our whole album by Sunday at 7 p.m.. Everybody crashed at my place and we basically ate, slept, and played for that whole time. Preston and Jeremy were there for Friday night and Saturday.

Could you provide any details on the release? Where was it produced? Is there a particular sound you are going for on the album?

This is our debut release. We brought our friend Bob Hershberger down from Orlando to engineer and co produce along with our friend Troy Cedeno from the C-lab in Tampa. Along with the 3 of us in the band we kind of combined forces and made it happen all in one weekend. We were really shooting for was a powerful sound, looking back at the golden years of alternative metal, rock and grunge. That's what we all grew up on so we really felt, for these songs, in this band, it was the direction we wanted to head in. Big drums, loud guitars, killer bass. This record was a complete team effort and it was one of the most satisfying recording sessions of my life.

What can we expect at the album release party?

The CD release party is Saturday May 19 at Crowbar. We have five bands starting at 9 p.m.. Justen Cimino and John Nowicki are doing solo sets followed by Sonic Aftermath, Sahe, then us. We will be giving out free [merchandise] to the first 30 people through the door. We have also partnered with EPIC to put on a raffle, tickets cost $1 or one canned item. The prize is a $100 visa gift card, a bottle of booze and an exclusive Swampuss [merchandise] kit. $5 cover. we are really excited to see everyone there for some music and a chance to help people struggling with HIV/AIDS in the Tampa Bay Area.

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LJ Hilberath

Franz “LJ” Hilberath is a Clearwater-native who contributes to Creative Loafing's Music section. He previously served as an intern and is now a freelance contributor for all things music.LJ can be found in the field reviewing concerts and music festivals around the country, and also works interviews for both local...
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