War Drum Syndicate are two man music project with a clean christian rock sound. If you like P.O.D., you’ll like these guys.

How would you describe your music? 

We are rock/metal /experimental. Groovy, Raw, Intense, Captivating, Rhythmic, Melodic, Original. 

Tell us about how the history of the project?

We (lead vocalist Chieftain Hawks & guitarist Mike Laws) originated War Drum Syndicate in 2016 as a duo songwriting team with intentions to complete a full lineup adding a bassist and drummer, in which we succeeded. We have completed our debut EP Premise of the Enlightened – due to drop this Fall and have broke ice with a few awesome shows. We are a fresh new band and ready to keep growing.

What are your influences/ musical heroes?

This list can go for a long way but will name a few: Sevendust, Killswitch Engage, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Incubus, Tool, Shinedown, Deftones, Linkin Park, Lamb of God, Bullet for my Valentine.

What inspires you? 

Anything positive, especially when it’s someone overcoming the unthinkable.

Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?

We like to write on downtime. It’s a great time to reflect with minimal distractions.

What is your favourite song to perform live?

Agitation to the Plates.

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?

Tough one as there is many to mention,  Sevendust, Tool, Deftones and about 100+ more. 

What are you current thoughts on the music industry?

The music industry is a difficult business and always will be. Currently, technology offers artists many more opportunities than ever to create and promote their music. It’s still alive and entirely up to us artists to take full advantage of all resources available and win the hearts of the people in the industry and more importantly THE FANS!!! 

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour? 

One time we spotted a UFO outside the venue just before going on stage. 

What are your future plans?

We are vamping for more single releases leading up to full album release.  We are gearing up for the 2021 festival season and also have been writing for follow up album.

Tell us about your latest release.

It’s a laid back rocker with a huge catchy chorus, it’s about when people make up lies to burn you down but you always rise above the ashes like the Phoenix.

Thanks for taking the time to interview us!! Thanks to all fans as well!! See you on the road soon!! 


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