There’s nothing that quite gives a young band a buzz than knowing they can count some major musicians among their fans. And that is certainly the case for Northern Ireland band Trucker Diablo, as vocalist/guitarist Tom Harte explains.
“Well, our guitarist Simon Haddock has known Ricky Warwick for a while – he even once auditioned to replace Floyd London as bassist in The Almighty – and as a result we got him to sing on the song ‘Juggernaut’ from our first album ‘The Devil Rhythm’. He liked what we were doing so much that he got Joe Elliott to listen to us, and he’s now a big supporter. It’s amazing to have heroes we grew up listening to saying they appreciated what we’re doing!”
From Armagh, the band got together in 2008.
“Simon had been the bassist with (1990s Irish alt. rockers) Joyrider, and I’d known him ever since we were children,” recalls Harte. “When they split up, Simon and I had a beer and discussed getting a new band sorted, and we went from there.”
The line-up was completed by bassist Glenn Harrison and drummer Terry Crawford. And the foursome have taken on board influences from both the metal and southern rock worlds.
“We are all big fans of Lynyrd Skynrd and The Allman Brothers, which is where our southern roots come from. But we also love Iron Maiden, Metallica and Anthrax. You can hear both sides of our musical nature in what we do. And this band have also stressed the importance of having strong songs.”
The aforementioned debut album came out in 2012, followed a year later by ‘Songs of Iron’. During this period, Trucker Diablo got the chance to support the Foo Fighters, Black Stone Cherry, Terrorvision and Thin Lizzy (which is where they met Warwick). They also appeared at events like the Download Festival, Hammerfest and Hard Rock Hell.
But the band then took a year long hiatus, before returning in 2015, with Jim McGurk replacing Harrison. And, after securing a label deal with Off Yer Rocka, they issued the album ‘Rise Above The Noise’ the same year.
Now working on a fourth album, which should be released towards the end of 2017, Trucker Diablo are also set to open for Thunder on their upcoming Irish shows. And they plan to spend a lot of this year on the road.
“The best description I have ever seen of the band is that we are stadium pub rockers. We’re at home in either huge arenas or small clubs. And that always comes across. We have a great time onstage, and want the fans to leave with big grins on their faces.”
‘We Stand Strong’