"I play every song exactly as hard as it needs to be played. If I can't wring at least a pint glass of sweat out of my clothes after a set, I haven't done a good job."Keelhaul started when Will Scharf met guitarist/vocalist Chris Smith in a basement at a party in Cleveland Heights somewhere in 1991 or 1992. Scharf on Apeshit.org:
"There was a jam session going on and I liked what Chris was playing, so I asked to hop on the drums. It was cool. We made arrangements to get together after. We rented a practice space and started a “project.” I got a call from Craw about two months later asking me to join the band and go on tour with them for a couple months. So the Chris/Will-thing kinda got put on hold. About two years later, (Chris’ other band) Asphalt’s drummer quit. So I started playing with him again. About then Craw decided to stop touring. Dana’s (guitars) band, La Gritona, had broken up and he moved back to Cleveland about six months earlier and started playing with Chris and this drummer, Jim. Right around when Craw decided to lay low, Jim quit. So I started playing with Chris and Dana. We reworked a lot of the stuff that those guys had been working on, and brought back some of the older stuff from me and Chris. Blah blah blah. We needed a bass player. Had a couple guys play with us, but it wasn’t blowing our skirt up. Then one of us (Chris, I think) talked to Aaron (bass/vocals) whose band, Escalation Anger, had just called it quits and asked if he’d be down. He was. It was a no-brainer."Will Scharf and Keelhaul have been extensively touring across the US and Europe. The most rewarding part of touring according to
"Being able to do what i love every night of the week for weeks at a time. Going places where i would ordinarily have no business going. Meeting all the freaks that we encounter on a daily basis."However, not all the time he enjoys touring. On Sleazegrinder.com Will tells one of those horrible tour-experiences he had:
"We all played, there were about 10 kids there, and it was over. After, all the kids got out their beer. But we didn't get any. These kids were about 12- 14 yrs old. And they got out their skateboards. And proceeded to skate around the place, which was very small, 'til about 7 in the morning. Mind you, we're all pretty old, so it was pretty disturbing to be watching these 13 yr olds skating around, drinking beer, having a blast, when we had no beer, no money, and no place to sleep. And a gig in Worcester, MA, at 3 o'clock the next day. And a long drive to get there. We were supposed to sleep at the club, on the stage. But there was no sleep to be had. So at about 5 AM, Zak and I decided we'd try the van. But it was raining, and there was a leak in the roof. So 3 hrs later we woke up, soaking wet, and it was time to drive. It was one of those nights that really made you question the life you'd chosen."
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