TAD MOROSE

Somewhere between being buried in the underground like bands like The Wierd Lord Slough Feg, Cauldron Born, Gothic Knights and Overlorde and being label studs like Iced Earth, Blind Guardian and Manowar, lies a middle ground that many people seem to forget about. These middle ground bands can't quite headline big tours but yet are too big for the dive bar tours, so they have to face their own sets of problems. One of the middle ground bands is the band Tad Morose. In order to find out what it is like being in Tad Morose and kind of stuck in the middle of metal the picking order I got a chance to pester vocalist Urban Breed.

Prof.ManiC: How did you end up in Tad Morose in the first place?
What other bands have you been in or recorded with?
Urban
Breed:
I came to hook up with Tad Morose simply because Anders came over to my place suggesting I do an audition.
We had played in the same band before he joined Tad Morose.
(In fact Peter, Anders and myself made up three quarters of that band.)
Prof.ManiC: Firstly. Did you lose some weight or something? Or was it the fact that you got rid of the Janis Joplin looking sunglasses that made you look different on "Matters of the Dark" then what you did on the "A Mended Rhyme" or "Undead"? I didn't think it was the same guy till I heard your voice!
Urban
Breed:

A bit of both actually.
:-)
Prof.ManiC: Did you and Charles actually get to work together when recording "Matters of the Dark" and "Reason of the Ghost" or did you two record vocals at separate times?
Urban
Breed:
Depends on how you look at it.
We worked together, but no, we didn't do side by side vocals in the
booth.
Prof.ManiC: Did he have any lyrical input at all?
Urban
Breed:
 

Other than asking me "what the **** are you singing here?"?
No, I had them all written.
Should he have felt the need to change anything it would've been perfectly alright though.
Prof.ManiC: What do you think about the Internet rumors going around about him maybe joining the band SEVEN WITCHES?
Urban
Breed:
 

It's more than just rumours.
IF it hadn't been for the cost to fly back and forth he would've
appeared at the Milwaukee Metal fest.

Prof.ManiC: Why don't the lyrics for "New Clear Skies" appear in the booklet? Who goofed?

Urban
Breed:
 
I don't know.
And to be perfectly honest I never even bothered to find out.
No use playing that game.
It was a mistake on someones behalf and we all make them don't we?
Prof.ManiC: What exactly are the songs "Another Way", "Riding the Beast" and "Matters of the Dark" about??
Urban
Breed:
 

If I tould you I'd have to.... eh... Oh well , not really...
The first two are really about my dislike of the European Union.
I wouldn't mind if it had been a democratic unit but as it is it is NOT.
Matters of the dark is all about how way too many people put way too much energy into the dark sides of life regardless of standpoint.
Prof.ManiC: Why do a lot of the choruses have to use multiple voices? Personally I think they take away from the
power and uniqueness of your voice! In my opinion the catchiest songs on the CD are the ones where your massive voice powers its way through the chorus.
Urban
Breed:
 
Oh, I guess they don't have to have them.
I just kind of like it.
Sorry, can't agree on everything now, can we?
Prof.ManiC: What how did you devolep your singing style? How did you build power without having to live off of Halford like screaming that so many other singers in metal?
Urban
Breed:
 

I'm not really sure what made me sing like this.
I started out like most people do, you know singing along to favorite records.
After that I studied classical singing for a couple of years.
However, I don't use too much of that when I sing now.
Prof.ManiC: What secrets would you give to someone who wanted to sound like you?
Urban
Breed:
 
Well, first of all, ...don't.
Second, I would simply suggest you sleep properly....and don't talk before a show.(That's the TOUGH part if you're the least bit like me.)
Prof.ManiC: Has the albums sells of the last two albums been up to the expectations of the band and Century Media?
Urban
Breed:
 

I think they sold as expected.
However I think we have potential for a lot more.
That costs though, both cash and effortwise.
Prof.ManiC: Have you guys sold enough to see royalties??
Urban
Breed:

Barely.
:-)
Prof.ManiC: How do the songs like "Goddess of Chaos", "Circuit Vision" and "Mended Rhyme" sound without the keyboards live?
Urban
Breed:

A Mended Rhyme sound pretty much the same but with a rougher touch.
Circuit Vision sounds a bit different. We harmonized it differently to
make it fit the guitars better.
I don't think we have played Goddess of Chaos live with just the
guitars.
Prof.ManiC: What is the word on the next album? I think if you guys mixed the doom of "Mended Rhyme" (without the keys) with the catchiness of "Matters of the Dark" you guys will break into the upper echelon of metal!
Have you guys started on it yet? What direction are you headed with it? When will it be done?
Urban
Breed:


We're working hard on the new album.
I'm not sure you can say it's a mix of the above influences but I can tell you that there are some great songs in the making.
Let's just hope we can carry the feel of the songs throught the recordingprocess.

Prof.ManiC:
Are you guys really coming over for the MilwaukeeMetal fest or are they once again offering bands that they cant get?
Urban
Breed:

We sure played there so there's your answer.
Prof.ManiC: If so are they paying you guys to play or is the label making you play it?
Urban
Breed:

It's a combo. The festival pays and Century Media makes sure the
flight's
are covered.
Prof.ManiC: What will you do if you get screwed over like so many other bands that the fest has dicked over?
Urban
Breed:

Hang around waiting for something better to happen?
No, we didn't get screwed....
Prof.ManiC: Any idea what your setlist will be like for it?
Urban
Breed:


I should have a fair idea, but I can't remember which songs we lifted out of the setlist.
I guess we played Servant, I Know Your Name, Ethereal Soul, Matters of the Dark, Another Time Around, Corporate Masters, ah I can't remember... :-)

 
Prof.ManiC: If you guys do come over what site seeing would you want to do if you could go anywhere?
Urban
Breed:

Oh, I'm not the sightseeing kind of person.
I'd much rather meet up with a bunch of metalheads.
Prof.ManiC:  

Are your really thinking about a solo album? If so who would you want to play on it, if you could get anyone you wanted?
Urban
Breed:
Yes, I am thinking about it.
It's not like I have everything prepared or even know exactly what I
want it to sound like but then again, I'm just thinking about it so far.
Prof.ManiC: What mediums and software/ hardware do you use to create your artwork?
Urban
Breed:


I should be working with something like painter and some 3d program but
no, I'm happy working with photoshop....and if we're talking music I use Cubase VST for demos...

Prof.ManiC: What do you enjoy more role-playing or video gaming?
Urban
Breed:


Tough one. Depends on what you feel like doing doesn't it?
At the moment I've been stuck in front of the pc more often than not.
Prof.ManiC: What is your opinion on the new so called Dungeons and Dragons?
Urban
Breed:

I don't think I really have an opinion there.
All you really need is a bunch of great friends to play with, right?
Prof.ManiC: Favorite first person games?
Urban
Breed:

I think Unreal Tournament, Aliens vs Predator 2, and as of now UT 2003
might
prove to be a contender...
Prof.ManiC: Favorite Fantasy/Sci FI games?
Urban
Breed:
 
Oh, I'll make it easy on myself, I'll restrict my choices to the
tabletop
miniatures gaming area.
Warhammer 40 000.
Prof.ManiC: Any final comments?
Urban
Breed:
 

Look out for our next album. It will be interesting. Even I am curious.