Veteran Valley hard rock/metal outfit Greenhaven is about to get some national exposure, thanks to a new TV show on the Versus sports network. 3-Gun Nation, a competitive shooting show that requires contestants to navigate an obstacle course while shooting targets with a rifle, shotgun and pistol, has chosen "Waterloo," the first song from Greenhaven's 2007 debut album The Last Powerful Second, as its theme song.
In addition, Greenhaven vocalist Matt Strangewayes will provide voice-over narration for portions of the show. At the request of the show's producers, Strangewayes went back into the studio with local producer Larry Elyea and changed one line in the song that referenced drinking.
3-Gun Nation debuts on Versus this coming Monday, July 26, at 7:30 a.m. EST (That's 4:30 a.m. Arizona time, so set your alarm clocks, or better yet, your DVRs). The show replays on Thursday, July 29, at noon Arizona time and will continue to air in those two time slots in future weeks. The first episode was shot in Mesa at the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun event this past March. The Versus network can be found locally on channel 69 (HD channel 769) on Cox Cable.
Check out an e-mail Q&A with Strangewayes and a stream of "Waterloo" after the break.
Q&A with Greenhaven's Matt Strangewayes
Up on the Sun: Tell us the short story of how this whole 3-Gun Nation thing came about. Did the voice-over gig lead to "Waterloo" being used as the theme song, or vice versa?
Strangewayes: Like the song says "It came out of the sky, landed just a little south of Moline." No joke, I got an email from Pete Brown, the producer of the show, and right away it was a done deal. Pete is a musician himself, so he wanted to do something different with this show. There's an natural link between shooting sports and high-power music - it's kind of a lifestyle thing. He felt that our song "Waterloo" captured the spirit of competitive shooting, and we agreed wholeheartedly. The voice-over thing seemed to make sense too, so here we are. What's great is Pete is really into new and underground bands and has a great ear. I sent him a bunch of Arizona music and now he's putting our cronies in the mix as well. There's so many raw-dog bands around here that are perfect for this kind of programming. I've seen the first couple of episodes and they're killer. The dudes are all running through these courses with grounded helicopters, jeeps, zip lines - all sorts of crazy crap. And they're shooting rifles, shotguns and pistols - it's nuts. There's women doing it too! And of course the music rips.
What exactly will your voice-over duties involve?
I'm doing the basic narration. The show has two on-screen hosts - Mark Wills, the country star, and Chad Adams, who is a well-known name in the outdoor sports/firearms world. They handle the in-depth stuff.
What's the story behind you guys having to change one line of the song? Did they give you a specific reason for requesting the change?
The original line was was a drinking reference that was probably a little much for the network (Versus). We went back into Mind's Eye Studio with Larry and re-cut it with a new lyric. Fortunately, he found our original masters from The Last Powerful Second in the shed behind a trampoline and some old cans of mackerel.
Are you a fan of guns and/or shooting yourself? Have you ever participated in a 3-Gun event?
I am now! Me and our drummer Bill [Schumann] went to the Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun event (the first event from the show, out in east Mesa) and it was a rush. These dudes are intense, man. I've never competed, but on occasion I shoot out in the range east of town. I have my dad's old lever-action 30/30 and I take that out for fun. I like to pretend I'm Walker, Texas Ranger.
What's the latest word on a new Greenhaven album?
We just got back from the first day of recording with Byron at Villain Studios. We'll go back in the studio in the late fall, and hope to have the CD out early next year.
Any upcoming local gigs you'd like to promote?
We're having a big shindig with our pals Fred Green over at Chasers in Scottsdale on Saturday, August 7. Chasers is turning 50 years old or something. I'm not sure what their policy on concealed weapons is. You'll have to call them.