AN INTERVIEW WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW.
The formula for originality, heaviness and catchiness on a perfect ratio.
“The name is really just something that speaks to all of us. It’s about not giving up and about a new door opening every time one shuts.” Danny Case, From Ashes to New.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with FROM ASHES TO NEW outfit from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We are catching up with the band of Danny Case, Matt Brandyberry, Lance Dowdle and Matt Madiro after the release of their latest album THE FUTURE, out on April 20th, 2018 via Eleven Seven / Better Noise Records. We got a chance to chat with Danny and get to explore the band and the record. Our track by track review for THE FUTURE is available at: www.sickandsound.it/from-ashes-to-new-the-future-contaminazione-sonora-in-esplosione-su-formula-vincente.
Photo credit Graham Fielder. Right to use permitted by courtesy of KINDA Agency.
- Let’s warm up a little bit by getting to know you any better. Let’s talk about your latest lineup and inflows conveying into your sonorites. How was your current lineup brought together and what influences did each member bring in individually as to contribute to the richness of your present sound?
Mat Madiro had filled in for the band once before so when the previous drummer left, he was completely down to step in and fill the roll. Danny was found through YouTube and Facebook. These guys bring a lot of what the band was needing and contribute to not only the music writing but also the workload of everything that involves being in a band.
- The name you have chosen for your outfit seems linked to a very meaningful theme of renewal. What’s behind the mindset of choosing this title?
The name is really just something that speaks to all of us. It’s about not giving up and about a new door opening every time one shuts. It was originally a lyric that Matt had but felt it was too good to just be in a song.
- THE FUTURE is your new album out last April 20th, 2018 via Eleven Seven and follow up for Day One dating back to 2016. How has the songwriting process changed since then and what new features play a significant role this record?
Everyone contributes to the song and lyric writing process now, which was not always the case. One person can bring an idea to the table and the rest can share ideas and weigh in and it really brings our material to a whole new level. We just kind of write what we feel in a style that speaks to us. Forcing anything can take away from the natural creativity and genuineness of the music.
- Your album revolves around a wicked balance between heavy sections and catchiness achieved with anthemic choruses, melodic sections, and synth combined with eerie atmospherics. It’s very terrific how your rapping sections are also very well diluted with standard or screamed vocals. I would love to talk more about the unique sound you have crafted around a large variety of soundscapes and elements. What’s the process of finding such a catchy and perfectly balanced formula?
I’ve really enjoyed working with a group of guys who are all go-getters and want to tackle a challenge or obstacle. That made writing a lot more fun. There were some spots, however, that just required a ton of lyrics like in the song ‘The Future’ and sometimes it was nearly overwhelming to fill all the space with meaningful lyrics. That was a song that we just laid down some guitar and a drum beat then wrote a chorus to. Once we had a good chorus, everything else started to fall into place and build naturally.
- Let’s talk about BROKEN, a strong outstanding piece off THE FUTURE album. Rapping vocal line is lying on an intricate electronic section with keyboards and some headbanging hooks, brilliant chords work. I would love to talk more with you about the songwriting process behind it and collect our views on the song.
The song came from a very vulnerable place that Matt was in. He used what he was feeling to write the whole first verse and because it was so honest, it really just made the song great. The lyrics are the epitome of what the band stands for.
- THE FUTURE track has some children backing vocals, strings and top notch rapping. Why choosing a titletrack as closer? Is it related somehow to children in terms of being testimonials of the future? Let’s discuss the song.
The kids you hear in The Future are actually Matt B’s son and his friends. And we were absolutely going for the idea that they are the literal future of our world so what better way to hit it home than having them on the album. We also closed the album with that song because we wanted to show everyone that this is just the beginning of what the band is going to accomplish.
- Any personal favorites tracks off THE FUTURE and why?
My personal favorite is My Name because of how honest the verse are, how powerful the chorus is and how true the lyrics are to all of us as individuals and as a band
- What thrilling revelations on forthcoming live shows and projects do you have for our readers?
The next step for us will be to stay on the road for the next 1-2 years. We are working hard for a possible European tour, maybe next fall/winter… Stay in touch!
Thank you for your time and good luck with the promotion of THE FUTURE. We are very enthusiastic for more music to be dropped by FROM ASHES TO NEW and fully supporting your impressive work into Europe. Hope for some dates here too!
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