Musicscan: What exactly does Mountain Czar sound like from your point of view? Is it any kind of departure to what people might expect from an EP having this title?
Karma To Burn: To me, Mountain Czar sounds more deliberate, it has a clear direction. The title just sounds cool…though it does loosely refer to West Virginia, our home state, the mountain state.
Musicscan: A strong part of your sound is about feeling and gut instinct. Would you agree? Of the five songs you’ve chosen to be on the new EP, what song do you feel is the most representative of all the facets of the band and of what you want Karma To Burn to be known for?
Karma To Burn: Yes, definitely. Its hard to pick one, we don't write and record a song if we aren't fully behind the idea of it, but I would pick 62.
Musicscan: What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the writing and the recording of the EP? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of Mountain Czar?
Karma To Burn: This is the first set of songs in a long time that have been written by all three of us, at the same time, in the same place…we've had an interesting few years, things are starting to settle in. I think you can hear that.
Musicscan: The style you are playing is well balanced and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards music in general and towards being Karma To Burn with following an instrumental approach in particular?
Karma To Burn: Being instrumental can be challenging, we have to keep the listener interested at all times, but it also gives us some freedom. When we write, we build a song around a riff. The structure and flow can go wherever it wants, which is ideal if you're trying to write a good, heavy song. If you're doing right, sometimes they'll write themselves.
Musicscan: What influences you to make especially this heavy kind of rock music? Does most of the influence come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands?
Karma To Burn: Influence comes from everywhere, but for us its usually from a can of beer.
Musicscan: Musically Karma To Burn seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?
Karma To Burn: We want to give the audience/listener a lot of something to connect with. People usually look to the vocalist for this connection, but in this band, we are all frontmen. We are all pulling our own weight, working for the song equally, and I think people can feel that. We'll take any reaction, as long it's not throwing shit at us or leaving the venue.
Musicscan: Right at the moment I like to think that Mountain Czar shows an even more emotional side of Karma To Burn, beside it still is a heavy release of course. But pretty universal heavy music can be discovered on your new EP. How do you feel about this short description?
Karma To Burn: Thats fine with us.
Musicscan: Has it been harder for you guys to come up with new songs this time as you have written so many tracks already?
Karma To Burn: We always have a lot of good riffs, but writing a full song can sometimes take some new ways of thinking, yeah.
Musicscan: And have you been able to play the songs live yet? What have been your feelings on performing them? Due to the nature of the music, improvising is a large part of what you guys do live – does this change the overall feeling of what you’ve created with/for Mountain Czar?
Karma To Burn: We've played 60, 61, and 62 live, they felt great. We don't improvise at all actually, all of the parts staying true to the original is pretty important to representing the song. If we're improvising, someone slipped us the wrong drugs.