SOiL Interview

We caught up with SOiL vocalist Ryan McCombs. Check out the interview below:

What was the recording process of “Whole” like? – Was it different to previous albums?

I have been lucky in my career to have gotten to work with some great producers and Ulrich Wild continued that string of luck for me. Actually the whole process from preproduction at BOTA studios in Chrystal Lake Illinois with Don Byczynski to recording the album with Ulrich in LA was a good, bump free experience. I think it helped everyone involved that we were the ones calling the shots. There were no label people trying to navigate the ship. No managers throwing their 2 cents in here and there.

What are your favourite tracks from the album and why?

That’s difficult. A lot of people are saying this is the best body of work that I’ve been a part of and in many ways I agree. There isn’t a track on this CD that doesn’t speak to me. The only other CD I can say that about is the last one that I did with Drowning Pool. If I had to pick I would say my top three are ‘Loaded Gun’, ‘Way Gone’ and ‘Ugly’. For me it’s a mixture of music and message that draws me to these three but I can say the same thing about all the tracks.

What are the best and worst things about touring?

Being away from loved ones is the kicker for sure. I miss my kids constantly. The best thing is just getting to connect face to face with the people that allow us to do this. The people that come out to the shows, buy the music, spin us on the radio. That’s the plus side of it for sure.

Do you have any funny tour stories?

Well our guitar tech took a direct taser shot to the right testicle last night.. There seems to be a little hilarious chaos in this camp every night. Lets put it this way. We had a new tech out with us awhile back and his first night out was a Thursday. While watching the drunken circus that is SOiL on the road play out he asked our tour manager “Is this a typical Thursday night?” Our TM replied with a simple and honest “Yup. Wait till friday night.” In which the tech in jubilant horror exclaimed “JESUS CHRIST!!” He was quite pleased when Friday did indeed top Thursday.

If you could collaborate with any artist/band past or present who would it be and why?

Zakk Wylde, Jerry Cantrell of ‘Alice In Chains’, Elias Soriano of Nonpoint. I simply think they are three of the best at what they do.

“Re-Live-ing The Scars” is one of my favourite live music DVDs. What was the reception like and can we expect another one in the near future?

Perhaps. The reception was good. Especially the Jaegermeister out of the prosthetic leg part and the slap club. I would like to do one that ha a bit more behind the scenes subject matter. A bit more of the circus.


“Whole” is out now.