Wow! Where to begin when discussing Richard Christy? For starters, he is easily one of the most talented people working in music today. His resume is diverse, listing such past accomplishments as playing for Iced Earth and other assorted bands, being an integral part of the Howard Stern Show for a number of years, not to mention he is an independent filmmaker and stand-up comedian. But, we’re here to talk about his current “baby,” Charred Walls of the Damned, and their newest release, Creatures Watching Over the Dead. This is not only one of the best bands out there these days, but this is one of the best albums of the year.
There are no rock star pretensions from this guy. For someone who should be worshiped as a rock god for his talent, the bottom line is he is simply a nice family guy married and living in Queens, New York. And, obviously, after time spent with Howard Stern and onstage delivering jokes, he has one of the best senses of humor you will ever come across. So, after reviewing the latest album for this site and touting it’s brilliance, I couldn’t wait to spend time talking with Christy, and it was everything and more than I could have expected, both as a fan and a journalist.
OK, Richard, right from the start, I have to tell you I am pretty pissed off at you!
Damn it, I was totally prepared and convinced that Scorpion Child’s second album, Acid Roulette, was the best album of the year and then you have to go and release Creatures Watching Over the Dead, and now I realize that it’s absolutely phenomenal and made me have to change my mind!
Oh, jeez! You had me scared there for a minute!
What can I say, the album is the titties. It is the “perfect storm.” Great songs. Amazing playing. Stellar production.
Thank you. I have to admit I am very pleased at what we did and how it all came together.
The band itself is pretty much a manic machine. You on drums, Steve DiGiorgio on bass, Jason Suecof on guitars, and, last, and certainly not least, the one and only Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals.
Yeah. All great guys. I really think we came together on this record. I had taken almost five years to get it written, so I wanted to make sure it represented what we stand for as a band. And, man, what can you say about Tim? Besides the fact that we both had the chance to be involved with Iced Earth, the guy replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest! I mean, c’mon! It doesn’t get more badass than that. Not to mention, Tim is a great guy and one of the best vocalists in metal.
I think for me, what I have always enjoyed about you personally is your sense of humor. There are no rock star pretensions with you. You’re the kind of guy you’d feel comfortable with just sitting at a backyard barbecue having a Budweiser and shooting the shit.
Thanks. Yeah, I mean, you know I live in the suburbs of NYC with my wife, and I play in a rock band. I’ve been incredibly blessed and lucky to have done what I have in this business, and I appreciate that every single day.
One of the interesting things I have found about you is you don’t pigeonhole yourself as just a heavy metal guy. You are open-minded and appreciate all sorts of music, which I discovered by finding a video of you sitting in with one of my favorite groups, Umphrey’s McGee, one of the top-tier jam bands.
That was very cool. Not only are they great guys but incredibly talented. Kris Meyers is a great drummer, so when I had the chance to hang with them in NYC when they were at the Beacon Theatre, I jumped at the chance.
So, as always, I have to ask: new album. We going to see Charred Walls of the Damned on tour soon?
I certainly hope so. Right now it’s at the stage of getting everyone in the band’s schedules aligned and then working out the logistics. Lining up the venues and dates and cities in a way that make sense both financially and where it makes sense to play. Of course, you want to play everywhere you can so the majority of your fans can see you, so that is always a very important facet in touring. Where can we perform where it makes sense moneywise and the most number of people have easy access to seeing us.
Well, thanks for talking with me and SkullsnBones. I know that once people have a chance to hear the new record you are going to find yourself a ton of new fans.
No, thank you and thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years and waited as long as they did for this record to come out.
Richard Christy and Charred Walls of the Damned are hopefully coming soon to a town near you. And, if it’s not near you? Trust me, it’s worth the drive to see them!
Creatures Watching Over the Dead is out now on Metal Blade Records. Buy it here!
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