AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VOICES.
SICK AND SOUND is introducing you to VOICES, our Emerging band of the week, a blistering outfit from Indianapolis, belonging to melodic metalcore soundscape. Our editor-in-chief Alessandra had the pleasure to have a chat with Blaine Gaiser (vocals) and get to know the band in depth, before presenting you the review we drew for their new RESURGENCE EP out last December 2017.
- Resurgence is your new EP out last December 2017, and your second amazing effort in the melodic metalcore soundscape. How has the songwriting process changed and what new features are now to be found since your previous The Device // The Fallout dating back to 2014?
We really wanted to push ourselves as musicians this time around. Before writing Resurgence, we actually had material ready to go that we scrapped. This was due to us talking and realizing that we were not living up to our potential. During that time we had a lineup change that shook up the mix and writing process as well. Instead of having material ready to go before hitting the studio we decided to right on the fly while in the studio with our long time producer. Using him help push us all outside our preverbal boxes and really upped our writing game, as is evident in the new record.
- We would to know more about your music influences, the genres and bands that have thoroughly influenced your songwriting process in both your personal experience as individual musicians and your career as a band.
The band was born with the idea to speak positively to fans. Personally bands such as Issues helped start the band, their uses of cleans really opened up opportunities for us, while not wanting to piggyback on them we brought many influences to the table.
- “Resurgence” is a quite iconic and meaningful title for a record. So what’s behind this choice?
The album is just that, a resurgence. The time between this album and our first is not lost on us, with scrapping an entire EP’s worth of material, to loosing pivotal members and finding replacements for them put us on the shelf for over a year. Once we put the pieces back together it, we all felt rejuvenated and revitalized as a band. And this album is our Resurgence.
- This record has been declared to mark a new beginning and journey for Voices, redefining and shaping the identity of the band itself. Tell us more about that.
As I said before, with the addition of three new members we now have new influences brought to the band as well as New talents and abilities. These things all contributed to a more mature sounds over the last record, as well as pushing the remaining original members to up our games and step outside our comfort zones.
- By reviewing your EP, we found some deep lyrics belonging to themes mainly related to the frustration linked to the end of a relationship, the pain related to it, the way someone wants to define our worth dragging us down and the meaning love has in life, the loss, and the sense of guilt and forgiveness. What can you tell us about the approach to your lyrical themes?
The lyrical approach was to talk about real things we had all been going through, while holding true to staying, mostly, positive about the changes and hardships we had been dealing with as individuals as well as a band. While doing this I feel the lyrical content is as authentic as it could possibly be without just coming out and punching someone in the face with our problems.
- What were the most challenging aspects working on this record?
Stepping outside all of our comfort zones to try techniques we were not accustomed to was challenging but also scheduling time to write and record it since we all have full time gigs outside of Music as well.
- We have found a terrific balance between the heavy and melodic aspects of your songwriting. What’s been the process of finding such a catchy and sometimes dramatic equation?
There is a really fine line of balancing it, we wanted to showcase that we still can go hard but also have the ability to step back and write beautiful music as well.
- Demons is a very strong track off your Resurgence EP. How was it working on the piece and get to such smashing result?
We knew as soon as we started that track, that it was going to be the basis of the album. It was the first track we started working on for the album and we knew we were onto something when we finished it. It helped shape the entirety of the album.
- Nightmare represents one of our further favourite tracks, we found a great potential as a track for a video release. Is there any promotion planning around it?
At the moment anything is possible for the songs, we are currently seeing which songs the fans dig the most and will probably make our next video based on which one the fans dig the most.
- We found in song Forgive And Forget a strong pop vibe and Back To Life draws a life from the previous tracks by carrying a bold melodic texture. Tell us more about the writing process that led to these two different tracks in Resurgence taking a distance from the heaviness belonging to songs as Demons or Worth (Keep Me Blind).
We knew going in that our fans really enjoyed both our heavy songs as well as our more pop centric songs. So we wanted to write something that both old fans could grab onto, as well as something New fans could catch onto with forgive and forget. The sting Pop element was something re realized we really hadn’t showcased strongly in the record up until that point and really wanted to show our versatility.
Back to Life was actually a surprise song we decided to do last minute. I really wanted to write something that was out of the norm for the band and Back to Life was just that. Down tempo, very melodic, soft and ethereal at times, then the big choruses brings back the familiar “voices” feel. Then lyrically touching on depression, loss and suicide, with a positive mental spin in the chorus. Really lead this song to be one of the most unique songs on the album as well as one of the most unique songs we have written to date.
- We would love a sneak peek for our readers into your upcoming projects and shows.
Right now we are busy trying to set up dates for the coming months. We have also started working on ideas for new material.
Our readers will have the chance to get to know you via this interview and read our review of Resurgence on January 26th combined to the top tracks off the EP on our media players. For our VOICES – RESURGENCE EP track by track review, please check out: www.sickandsound.it/voices-resurgence-metalcore-melodico-fra-lassedio-la-pace-lincubo-sogno
Thank you for your time and good luck with your amazing work. We are very thrilled for more music to be dropped and very enthusiastic in supporting you into Europe!
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