I got the chance to talk to Kyle, from the Rock N Roll band Kyle Troop & The Heretics. Learn more about the band’s latest LP ‘Fake Songs‘, as well as their signing with Pugs On Drugs!
Hello Kyle Troop & The Heretics! Thanks for doing this interview with us! Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about how the band first formed? Absolutely! Thanks for having us on What Happened to Your Band. It all started with just myself (Kyle) in my studio writing puck rock songs. After a while, the thought of shows start to bounce around. But before I could really start thinking about it, the band came together on it’s own. Dean is on guitar and covers all those fancy Rock & Roll leads.
Dean and I have played music together here and there over the years. He thinks he talked his way into the band. I used to think there was no way I could get him to play in my band. I’d say it worked out. Tiffany casts spells and compresses the atmosphere with her bass. She is also an herbalist and continually studies natural medicine. Bringing those two worlds together pull in some sort of magic into the low end growl of our songs. It’s way cool.
Jake and I hit it off when he was playing drums in The Ataris. We always talked about getting something going for the longest time. It finally lined up. Jake has that good vibe to his playing, a mix of punk and arena rock. You’re gonna move when he plays.
Your LP ‘Fake Songs’ is out since December 1st 2017. Can you tell us more about it? What kind of songs can we expect on this release? Fake Songs is a collection of songs that were written over the last year. It starts out aggressive and almost frantic as the record kicks off with songs of discontent for the world around us. But as the record plays through to the back half, the songs start to mellow out and bring in ideas of hope that keep us all focussed and going strong.
We’re from Georgia. The south. Between politics, religion and the bigots, there’s plenty spark behind this record to get people to think for themselves. The Heretics would like to see more of that happening. Fake Songs feels like 2016 and 2017 put into 10 songs.
If you had to pick one track that best reflects the spirit of this LP, which one would you choose and why? Van Culture. It’s not even a tough decision. Ha!
The song is about cutting the nonsense of the past and moving ahead. It has a classic sound that brings on a feeling of nostalgia in the best way. Van Culture is also around 2 minutes 30 seconds long. A good length to listen on repeat. It’s catchy. You’ll want to.
You recently signed with the record label Pugs on Drugs. Can you tell us more about it? On what kind of projects are you guys going to collaborate? Pugs On Drugs is a vinyl focussed label out of Atlanta. We’re the first release for the Pugs On Drugs and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. The label isn’t specific to any genre. It’s 100% about the music and artist.
For right now, we’re mainly getting Fake Songs into the ears of as many people as possible. But I do know that Pugs On Drugs is working on doing a few 7” releases for a few other really great bands.
Last but not least. What is one lesson you’ve learned that you think is important to pass onto other bands? Own your art. Make it something worth being proud of. You’ll sleep well at night.