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Interview with Fail To Decay!

Band: Fail To Decay
Genre: Deathcore / Hardcore
Q: Where does your band name “Fail To Decay” come from?
Funny story, our vocalist and original bassist thought it up while in high school math class. It derives from the term rate of decay. So we made the term “metal” and named ourselves Fail to Decay.
Q: You recently released an EP, The Navigator. How was the feedback from the fans?
The feedback has been great so far. We’ve expanded our fan base quite a bit with the release. This EP has more of a “hardcore” feel compared to our previous releases, but we still kept a good blend of heavy vocals. We believe that many people were surprised that we could be so versatile and this gave us the ability to attract more new fans to our music.
Q: The vocalist and the drummer share the same last name, Carlson, are they related?
They are actually brothers and founders of the band. Random fact, back in 2008 when the band formed Jacob, the drummer, was only in eighth grade (13 years old).
Q: If you had the chance to play with any band ever, which band would that be?
We each have a wide variety in music tastes but one band that we could easily all agree upon would be Lamb of God.
Q: What band has been your favorite to play with so far?
There have been a lot of bands that we have enjoyed playing with, but we played with King Conquer and The Last Ten Seconds of Life a few months back and those guys were the most down to earth people. They helped us understand so much about the touring life and the music industry.
Q: What are your thoughts on people illegally downloading your music?
We would rather have people supporting us and spreading the word about us rather than making money. Our biggest priority at this point is expanding our fan base and getting our name out there.
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers?
Shouts out to our boys in Our Judgment, Reaping Asmodeia, We Paint the Sky, and all the other bands we’ve shared the stage with (too many to name!), True Destroyer Clothing, Benjamin Lande Art, our families, and everyone who has supported us and continues too!

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Interview with Where The Baptized Drown!

Band: Where The Baptized Drown
Genre: Deathcore
Q: What was the reason for using the band name “Where The Baptized Drown?”

We wanted a name that fits to us, our lyrics and our music. So you can imagine what we think about religion.

Q: How many shows have you played, and which one has been your favorite thus far?

Definitely the last one, in a venue called Blue Shell in our hometown. It was our first headliner show, everything gone really well and people were freaking the fuck out in the pit. The stage sound and the venue sound were both great. The show with Thy Art Is Murder in February will be the fifth show ever.

Q: How is the underground metal scene like in Cologne, Germany?

Our scene is dominated by beatdown, hardcore and metalcore bands, sometimes we have the feeling we are the only death metal-ers out there, haha. But all bands are awesome and the metal scene is growing.

Q: What are your thoughts on people illegally downloading your music?

Our both tracks are free, so we don’t care about this; but even when we will make a serious release, we don’t care. I mean, fuck GEMA and all that bullshit, we know that a lot of people will download it anyways and that’s okay. If they decide to support us and buy the CD or a tee, awesome! If not, no problem, at least they checked us out and we’re happy with that. We are doing it for fun and because we love the band and the music we create, not for money. Fuck sell outs.

Q: You recently did a cover of Suicide Silence’s song “Lifted,” why did you choose this song out of the several dozen songs Suicide Silence has out?

We just liked this song, and it is fun to play live. It is also a well-known song, maybe not as much as Wake Up or Unanswered but I think every single Suicide Silence fan knows this one.

Q: What are your plans for this year exactly?

We will release our first EP and play as many gigs as possible. Also to become more professional, buy new merch and equipment and so on. Nothing special.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give the readers?

If you are reading this interview, you have to know that you are the man, because PSAB owns! And remember, support your local scene, you have no idea how happy we are when someone buys our shirt or comes out to a show! Thank you for your support!

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Interview with Silence The Carnage!

Band: Silence The Carnage
Genre: Deathcore
Q: Where does the band name “Silence The Carnage” originate from?
Well, we wanted something original. Something that you don’t hear everyday and that will stick in your head. We also love the character from the Spiderman comics!

Q: You’re currently not signed to a label, which label would you like to be signed to the most?
We would love to either get on Mediaskare or Sumerian, both labels have bands that we would love to play and tour with, as well as get along with.

Q: What is the underground metal scene like in Fontana, CA?

It sucks, haha. A lot of people in the hardcore/metal scene here in Fontana are very ignorant and not very open minded. Pretty much if you don’t sound like every other band here, you’re terrible. Luckily, we have found the few people that do enjoy our music and allow us to think outside the box.

Q: If you could play with any band, broken up or not, which band would that be?
We would love to play with any bands that dig our music! That being said (ha), we would really enjoy playing with The Acacia Strain, Parkway Drive, Upon A Burning Body, Whitechapel and I Killed The Prom Queen!

Q: What has the most influence on your music, that isn’t music related?
Our fans. We do put a good amount of time putting our heart into every song we write, and if the people dig it, then we dig it.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

Our plan is to release an E.P. in early Fall. Stay posted and keep your ears open for guest vocals on the record and a release date!

Q: Any shout outs to give to the readers?

Shout outs? To Adam Barela at High Hand Designs for our fresh new logo and totally digging us! To Robert Sifuentes for being with us since day one (and all the Del Taco). To Peter Swiatkowski at Seraph Recordings for being one of the chilliest guys ever, and a good friend. To Julio Llontop for being super encouraging, a long time friend, and most importantly our backup dancer. And to anyone we forgot <3

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Interview with Micawber!

Band: Micawber
Genre: Deathcore / Death Metal
Q: Where did the band name “Micawber” come from?

Honestly we found the name by just searching Google for “cool words” when we were in like 8th grade, but the name has come to mean a lot to us and represents us very well. Micawber is a character in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens who has extreme financial problems, but is always hopeful that the future will look better. 

The official Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of the word is: “one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune”. Even though the name didn’t have much meaning for us at first over the years we have definitely kind of grown into it. We are all broke as shit, work shitty part time jobs, and put all the money we make into this band because we’re all optimistic that it really will end up going somewhere someday. And even if it doesn’t you can never beat driving around the country playing music with your best friends, even if you’re not getting paid.

Q: You’re currently not signed to any record label; which label would like to be signed to the most?

We’ve been doing our best to get some label backing for our next release, but there really is no one label in particular that we would like to sign to most. We’re pretty much looking for a label that will work with us to ensure that we can stay on the road as much as possible, and get us as much exposure as possible without taking all of our money haha. Getting “signed” is really just a word when it comes down to it anyways, we’ve been doing everything ourselves from the beginning of this band and we are fine with that. 

Lots of bands are sitting around waiting for things to happen for them, and when they don’t they assume it’s because they’re not on a label. You can do anything in a DIY band that a band on a label can do, you just have to actually put a couple years of work in before you’ll start to see the growth. I’m not going to say that we are never going to sign a record deal if we get the chance with the right label, but if we don’t we will continue to run this band ourselves.

Q: Your album, Viral, recently released. How was the feedback upon release, and can we expect the same heaviness in the upcoming music?

The feedback we’ve gotten from Viral this past year has been incredibly positive, and has made us even more excited to record this new album. The new material we’ve been working on is by far the best stuff we’ve written yet. We put out a single from the album called “Mass Exodus” with our new vocalist Quentin Biggs back in December, so if you want a preview of the direction our writing has been going in check that out. 

Q: You’ve been around 2007, and played dozens of shows. Which show has been your favorite so far?

I think it’s safe to say that that would be the time we were given the opportunity to open up for Cannibal Corpse in Eau Claire this year. That was by far the biggest show that we have ever played and every second of it ruled. Eau Claire in general rules, definitely one of our favorite places to play in Wisconsin. Besides the Cannibal show, we opened up for Dying Fetus and Goatwhore back in March of 2012 and that was another killer one.

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Green Bay, WI?

The Green Bay metal scene is slowly but surely growing into something awesome. There are LOTS of good bands, and good dudes that are working their asses off to put on shows, and thanks to our good buddies at Brutal Beats Productions we’ve been seeing a lot of national acts start to come through Green Bay. There is definitely potential for Green Bay to become one of the best metal scenes in the state, and we’re really excited to see what the future brings for the area.

Q: What are your immediate plans for 2013?

We’re heading out for 2 weeks in February, so check out our tour dates and see if any shows are coming near you! After that we’re taking a break to continue writing the next record, and we’re hopefully going to be hitting the studio to start tracking it by early summer. Besides that we’re going to stay on the road as much as we can, but we don’t have any solid tour plans besides February. Keep an eye out for new songs, and new tour dates all coming real soon!

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Shout out to the dudes in Ominous Conception, HOLLA ATCHA BOYZZZ! I’d also like to give a shout out to my good friend Austin Rodrigues from South Lake Tahoe, CA and to this really cool homeless guy named Gandalf who also lives there. Also check out Roman Ring, Reaping Asmodeia, Byleth, Decrescent, Sean Smith and Brutal Beats Productions, Aeronious, Crater, Eau Claire Uprising. Thanks to all of our good friends in Des Moines, and anyone who is reading this! DRINK BEER, SMASH YOUR TELEVISION, AND SUPPORT UNDERGROUND METAL. Also I am not a homosexual.
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Interview with Deceptionist!

Band: Deceptionist
Genre: Death Metal
Q: What was your reasons on choosing the band name “Deceptionist?”

The origin of how we came up with the name “Deceptionist” is rather… Unorthodox. I was parked in front of an AAA center parking lot and I noticed on the receptionist’s counter, it said “receptionist”. The funny part about that was, I read it as “Deceptionist” instead. Then it was like a light bulb just lit up over my head. I automatically thought “Whoa, I think Deceptionist would be a cool band name”. Shortly after my unusual observation, I contacted my band mates and needless to say, they approved of it!

Q: What’s the underground metal scene like in St. Louis, MO?

It has its ups and downs, I think not enough people participate in truly “supporting” the music scene in Saint Louis. The people who do support it though definitely outweigh the cons. Saint Louis would have a better underground metal scene if everyone came together, instead of being broken off into sections of sub genre groups, thus making it harder for anyone’s music to expand to its full potential.

Q: Your recent single, Disjointed, came out recently. How was the feedback from the fans?

Disjointed is without a doubt the most successful single we have released. The feedback we have been getting from it has been nothing short of fantastic. The growth of inspiration and motivation within ourselves gets stronger by the day from all the support we have been receiving, and we assure the fans that they can expect nothing but improvement from us.

Q: Which band has been the biggest influence on your music?

Everyone in Deceptionist has a different background as far as influences, it varies from bands such as Explosions in the Sky, and bands such as The Faceless and As Blood Runs Black.

Q: Deceptionist hasn’t been around for a year yet, why did you guys start this late? Why not earlier?

Before Deceptionist’s original lineup, all of the members were fresh out of their previous bands and wanting to begin a new musical endeavor. I guess you can say everything just feel into place at the time being.

Q: What are your plans for the next six months?

One of our main goals is to finish our EP in the next six months, as well as being a liable band to play shows, and being a band with a hefty merch selection. Being as we are still a band that is developing, touring is definitely in the world of things to come, but other things must fall into place first.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

First off, I want to give a shout out to Pig Squeals and Breakdowns, it was a pleasure doing this interview with you! I also want to give a shout out to Ryan Powell for helping us out a bunch with promoting us and uploading our music. You’re the man! Also, big shout outs go to Kevin Kwiatkowsi, my parents, Jordan Sanders for being the best producer anyone could ask for, Griffin Piazza for being Based God chef of the century, and all our friends that support us. Thank you all SO much for everything!

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