Interview with Rick Wartell, Wet Animal (October 17, 2005)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your debut album. Could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Rick -
Thanks. Wet Animal started in 1995 while on tour with Trouble. I met Shane after he was hired as a guitar tech. We became friends and started playing and writing together via the mail. Eventually, He moved to Chicago for a little while to help launch the band. Later, He moved back to W.V. and we both started families. A few years had gone and we would keep in touch and finally decided to put WA back together in 2003.

How would you describe Wet Animal to someone who's never heard your music before?
Rick - A very heavy Zeplin.Very fresh.

Who does the song writing? Are there a main music writer and lyrics writer, or is this a group effort?
Rick - Shane and I write the songs. But we are open to the new memberís ideas. (Rich Gardner - bass, Scott Davidson - drums)

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Your music is quite heavy. Do you intend to pretty much stay on the same path for future material?
Rick - I donít know where it comes from but we are full of ideas all the time. I think itís because we like playing together so much it makes it easier to create. I canít really say what the future style will be, if we like what we write weíll keep it no-matter what style. I think we are very diverse when it comes to our writing, and I donít want to lose that.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Rick - Long time friend and live Trouble soundman Larry Burns and Myself. I love it. I know it is a low budget production, But it has an awesome vibe about it.

Have you started playing live gigs, and if yes, where? Any more planned this year?
Rick - Yes, We have played a few shows in Chicago to see where we are with the new members, and we are more than pleased with what they bring to the shows. We have more warm-up shows scheduled for early and mid Nov to prep for larger and longer tours we are working on for the winter and spring months.

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans Ė how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Rick - We have a web-site set up at this time,, and a page on . COME VISIT!
Itís a great way to get people to listen to your music so they can decide whether or not your worth their precious time and money, I think itís great.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
Rick - I have no idea. Iím trapped in my own little world here and only come out when I need to. No really, I think it can use a big push from the music industry, itís second to other styles of musics now and I remember when it was # 1, hopefully the fans can resurge and bring it back to the top where it belongs.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Rick - I love them all. They are all learning experiences and a stamp in history that I look back on and know I was blessed to be able to record them.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Rick - Beatles, Stones, Zeplin, W.A., U.F.O, Uriah Heep.

Outside of playing Metal, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing?
Rick - Baseball, Fishing, Long weekends in the North Country with my family.

I'm pretty much out of questions, thanks for your time! Do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Rick - Thanks for listening and we hope to see you at one of our concerts SOON. Peace, Love and Magic.

Wet Animal - Wet Animal

Album out on Escapi Music.

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