Interview with Scattered Hamlet's Adam Joad
Q: How do you describe your sound to those who haven’t yet heard Scattered Hamlet?
We call it Honky Tonk Metal - it’s not quite full on southern rock and it’s not quite metal enough for the purist metal police to let us call “metal.” If you’re a guitar player its really just pentatonic based aggressive hard rock.
Q: Where did the name “Scattered Hamlet” come from?
I pulled it out of a Civil War book I was reading when I was working on the first demos for the band. It’s a slang term for small rural communities like the place I grew up. In hindsight I should have been more obvious, people seem to think it’s a Shakespeare reference which I think is funny, Do we look like we read a lot of Shakespeare?
Q: As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, what are your biggest musical influences?
Wow, for me there’s so many. Songwriting, I’m a huge Springsteen and Mike Ness fan. My favorite guitar player of all time is Dave Gilmour, I like his voice a lot too. For harmonies and guitar weaving I have to give it up to the Skynyrd boys: Gaines, King, Collins and Rossington. Tom from Boston is great guitar harmony player too, he taught me through Boston records the power of thirds.