INTERVIEW: MAX BREMER OF “KINGDOM OF GIANTS” ON LATEST SINGLE “BLEACH”, LIVE EXPERIENCE AND FAN BASE.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with metalcore outfit from Northern California, KINGDOM OF GIANTS. Current lineup includes vocalist Dana Willax, guitarists Julian Perez, Max Bremer and Red Martin, bassist Levi Norris and drummer Truman Berlin.
They have released three albums via InVogue Records: Every Wave of Sound (2013), Ground Culture (2014) and All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare (2017). In February the band has announced the signing to SharpTone Records and dropped a new single: BLEACH.
Kingdom Of Giants have an extensive live experience across the US, Canada and Europe, having shared the stage with names such as Volumes, Fit For A King, Phinehas, and I, The Breather, Chelsea Grin, Make Them Suffer, As I Lay Dying, Oceans Ate Alaska, Our Hollow Our Home, MyChildren MyBride and many more. They have recently being supporting Born Of Osiris along their The Simulation Tour.
In this interview we had a chance to catch up with MAX BREMER (guitar) who took some time out of his busy live schedule to sit down and talk with us about the band’s journey, new label, live experience, new single Bleach and future plans.
- Hello guys and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s give our readers a wider view on KINGDOM OF GIANTS by talking about how the band was put together and what your main metalcore influences are.
“Hi and thank you so much! So, the band was put together pretty much right after some of us graduated high school from a previous band. We had a few member changes, wrote an EP and just decided to start fresh so we changed our name to what it is now. As for specifically metalcore influences it’s hard to not name so many, but I’d say As I Lay Dying, Architects, Killswitch and so many more.”
- After kicking off your journey with InVogue Records, in 2019 you have announced your signing with SharpTone Records. Congratulations! What feelings and expectations are behind this amazing achievement?
“Thank you, everything has been amazing. They’ve been very supportive and enthusiastic so far. We’re so excited for our future with them and can’t wait to get the gears rolling hard.”
- Along with announcing your new label in February, you also debuted your new single BLEACH. The song combines heaviness and catchiness along with an enchanting driving melody. Let’s talk more about the track, its lyrical themes and in what measure this is the best representation of your new music output.
“Lyrically I’m going to leave it up for interpretation. Sometimes song lyrics are interpreted differently for someone and it could mean something special for them, just for it to possibly be influenced by what it means to us. I wouldn’t say it’s the best representation of our new music output. We’re inspired by so many different sounds that it’s hard to put a finger on it.”
- What’s the message you wish to spread with your music, if any, or what does music mean to you?
“It May be a cliche answer, but I’d say just positivity. Letting people know everyone has struggles and is struggling and we’re all in it together. Music to me can literally change my mindset with one song or even just a hook. I can be in such a funk, angry and feel lost and a song can just lift me up and set me straight. I want to share that same feeling I get from listening to a song, through the art I create.”
- How much has your sound changed and progressed across those years since your first release Every Wave Of Sound dating back to 2013 and how much have you changed as individuals?
“Musically I feel we have gradually matured. We really reigned back the technical riffage as time went on and are doing our best to make it tasteful when we decide to whip it out. We’re more so about groove and making our live show “hit” these days. As individuals I think we’re the same, just a little wiser.”
- You have a massive live experience across the US, Canada and Europe sharing the stage with names such as As I Lay Dying, Oceans Ate Alaska, Our Hollow, Our Home, Fit For A King, I, The Breather, Volumes and recently part of Born Of Osiris – The Simulation tour. Tell us about a few of your favorite/coolest ever on-stage moments.
“First off touring with some of these guys was a dream come true. Never thought we’d get some of these opportunities, but grinding and sticking together is paying off in a big way. As of late we’ve been getting a ton of energy and crowd participation which in turn gives us more energy to throw back. Wall of deaths, circle pits, whipping out phone lights and screaming lyrics back at us. It’s been truly awesome this past year.”
- What’s typically different between your EU and US fan bases or venues?
“Man Europe just goes off and really makes us feel at home. They give everything they’ve got at shows and want nothing more than to support you. They’ll even at time critique your set haha it’s awesome. Shows in the states are typically the same except drives are MUCH longer lol”.
- Any challenging situation experienced as musicians so far? This can be anything from recording, songwriting, touring.
“Yeah every now and then we experience writers block and feel uninspired which is common for any artist in any media. We got robbed a couple years ago which sucks for anybody. Nothing too devastating really.”
- What else can we expect from Kingdom Of Giants in 2019? Do you have any sneak peeks on a new album?
“Well I would say a lot of touring, but we’re currently writing so there won’t be too much of that this year other than Europe this summer and maybe something in the fall (we’ll see). No sneak peaks!
Thank you for your time and we wish all the best luck with your music. We are thrilled for more music dropped by Kingdom Of Giants and keep on supporting you into Europe and US!
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