[Interview] Palisades

"Fade to black and erase the pain!" - Damit lässt sich das neue Album am Besten beschreiben. In diesem Interview erklärt Aaron, der Drummer der Band, zum neuen Albums „Erase The Pain“ und warum ihr unbedingt Palisades hören solltet.

Who are you and what is your profession?

Hello, I'm Aaron and I play drums in Palisades

What’s the process behind creating your music?

The songs start when we are triggered by something that inspires us. We will take a chord progression and then see what tempo and key it works in best and really get a general vibe for the song. Then we will add the beats, baselines, and figure out the guitar parts.We then place some synths in, to help thicken up then sound. From there the vocals usually start getting done. Lyrics don't always come first, sometimes we have a melody that fits and we work with that more then the lyrics, but its also the other way around. Thats usually our formula, but I found that a few song we write starts in different ways as well.

Is there a certain message you want to transfer with your music in general?

The general message to of our band is to show people that they aren't alone in tough times. We're sort of an emotional support group.

What is important for you while making music?

It is important to be in the right head space. Personally speaking, I feel like we talk about certain subjects as well as listen to music that have made us feel a certain emotion that we want to base a song off of. So ifwe're in a pissed off mood, we listen to aggressive music, in turn leads us to write a heavier song. At least thats one of many things that we need. But besides the mindset, it is important to be in an environment thats inspiring. When we were at Howard Benson's it was so inspiring to be there because, you see all of the plaques on the wall from the artists that were there before you. All of these great albums were done in that studio and we never thought that we would have had the opportunity to be recording out songs there too.

Where does the name "Erase The Pain“ come from?

"Erase The Pain" as a song came before the album title. After realizing there was a common thread in all of the lyrical content, we thought it was the most fitting title.

What is behind the lyrics of the album „Erase The Pain“, what’s your intention with it and the album?

The lyrics are all based onexperiences that we all have had in our lives and how we felt with them. Our intention is again, to share those moments of being able to connect to people through our music.

All of the lyrics mean so many different things, we all took part in writing them. The lyrical intention is to make whoever listens to it, wether it be a first time listener or a long time fan, feel connected to it. That they can connect to the music and realize that someone else went through the same things they maybe going through

Why do you think someone should listen to the new CD?

Because it has something for everyone, and even I listen to it everyday still from the moment we got our rough mixes back.

Any plans on touring through Europe?

We"re working on it. We miss Europe and haven't been back in two years, it's about time we go back.

What are you expecting from upcoming shows?

We are expecting to meet a lot of new fans and to have a great time playing our newer material.

Which song is the most fun for you to play on stage?

So far it is "War". Its aggressive and one of our newer songs so it has a long time before it starts to feel old.

Favourite Festival? Louder Than Life

Favourite Band? Led Zeppelin

Favourite Tattoo? My Strength Tarot card. Its for my mother.

Favourite Song/LP? Dance Macabre by Ghost

Favourite Clothing Brand? Straight To Hell

Favourite Videogame? Resident Evil : Biohazard

Something you want to tell the readers?

Thank you to all of the supporters of this band. If it wasn't for you we wouldn't be here.




Fotocredits: Lauren Schorr

[Interview] Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire stecken all ihre Hoffnung in ihre Songs. Wieso sie das tun und wie die Musik entsteht findet ihr hier im Interview mit ihrem Sänger Matty!

Who are you and what is your part in the band? 

Hey this is Matty Mullins! I sing for the band.

What's the process behind creating your music? 

Kellen (guitarist) & I do all the writing for the band. For the majority of our songs Kellen would write a complete instrumental & then I would write vocals over it. For our new album "Broken", we wrote all the songs together in the studio.

Is there a certain message you want to transfer with your music in general?

I've always wanted our listeners to find hope in our music. I believe music is a very powerful tool that can be used to share whatever message you choose & I always want the impact that we make to be positive.

What is important for you while making music? 

For us, the most important thing when writing music is to write what makes us happy & challenges us. Regardless of what people expect from us, we will always make music that we want to make & music that we are proud of.

Where does the name "broken" come from? Why did you choose this for the new album? 

It's called "Broken" because I wanted this album to be full of anthems for anyone who feels broken. I want these songs to serve as reminders for people that no matter what they're going through, they're never alone.

What is behind the lyrics of these new songs, what's your intention with it? 

I wanted to be completely honest & transparent with the lyrics on this album. In the past i've tried to always write songs that feel hopeful but with this record I just wanted to be open about pain. I think people can find healing in a song when they can relate to it. That's who these lyrics are for.

Why do u think someone should listen to the new CD?

We put our hearts & souls into making this record. It's different than anything we've done before & we're very proud of it.

Which song is the most fun for you to play on stage? Why?

Since the album just came out we've only been playing 1 new song, it's called "The Old Me". The response to the song live has been AMAZING. We can't wait to incorporate more new songs in the set on the next tour.

Favourite Festival? Download

Favourite Band? Blindside

Favourite Tattoo? We all have doner kebab tattoos lol. That's a favorite for sure.

Favourite Song/LP? Beloved - Failure On My Lips

Favourite Clothing Brand? Cult Of Individuality

Favourite Videogame? I'm not much of a gamer

Something you want to tell the readers besides your answers before?

Thank you for supporting music! You are the reason we get to do what we love!



Headerphoto Credits: Starkult Promotions anfragen

[Interview] The Frights

Vor ihren Konzerten in Deutschland konnten wir Mikey von the Frights für euch fragen, was er sich von den deutschen Shows erhofft. Dabei gibt euch einen kleinen Einblick in das Bandleben und erzählt euch noch einiges mehr!

Who are you and what is your part in the band?

My name is Mikey Carnevale and I play guitar and sing in The Frights.

How do you create your music, what's the process behind it? 

I've tried to make my song writing process less sloppy as we've been growing over the years and I think I've finally got to a point that I'm comfortable with. I write the song on an acoustic guitar starting with vocal melody. Once I have a skeleton with a melody and a guitar part, I'l work on lyrics. Then I'll record a demo and bring it to the band and see what we're all thinking.

What do you expect from the upcoming german shows?

I have no idea to be honest. We've never been there so we have no expectations. It's really exciting and kind of scary. But we'll see.

This is your first album on Epitaph, is there a specific story behind the collaboration? Did they ask you or did you get in touch with them?

I'm not sure how the connection was made exactly but they expressed that they were interested and we were very very stoked that they were even thinking about us. Great label.

Is there a certain message you want to transfer with your music? Does it have a special purpose ?

The songs are sometimes pretty personal so any connection that kids can take from them is a bonus to me. I don't try to push any message on people because some times it doesn't connect and that's okay. People feel things differently. The songs are an extension of myself and our band and sometimes that reaches other people. I guess that's the point. That in the off chance you can relate to what I'm saying, I take that as a win.

What is important for you while making music? 

The most important thing to me is lyrics and melody. It used to be just melody. And the lyrics came by the wayside but nowadays I realize it's important to match a good melody with better lyrics. If the two can play off each other to service a song that's when you get something special. It's all about whatever services the song, to me.

Which of your song is the most fun to play on stage? 

I like playing whatever is the newest. Right now I'm having a fun time playing Hold Me Down.

Do you have a favourite tattoo and why?

Haha! Hm. I have 5 stripes on my right bicep that I think might be favorite. People ask about that one the most.

Do you have a favourite videogame and why?

I'm playing Red Dead 2 right now and it is insane. I've never played a game with this much detail and characters. But I also love the Uncharted series. Very special place in my heart haha.

What  is your favourite band at the moment?

At the moment, Wilco. I got into them about a year and a half ago. Jeff Tweedy is one of the best song writers I've ever listened to. Lyrically I can't even believe half of what he come up with.

Any last words?

Stoked to get out there I think we're all very excited to drink a lot of beer and get this thing going. Thanks!



Header Photo: http://epitaph.com/artists/the-frights/photo