Interview: New England metalcore outfit SAVING VICE on new single ENDGAME, COLDER THAN DARK EP and more.
SICK AND SOUND presents an interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with SAVING VICE metalcore outfit hailing from New England, USA.
The band formed in 2017 and is consisting of: Tyler Small and Chase Papariello at vocals, Robbie Litchfield at guitar, Kenjamin Smiertelny at bass and Sammy Whelton at drums.
Saving Vice debuted on the scene with single Exhale followed by Colder Than Dark EP in May 2018. In two years the 5-piece has been crafting an intense and explosive sound paired up with emotive and melodic tones. Sharing the stage with acts such as heavy-hitters Fit For A King, The Devil Wears Prada and It Lies Within the band has been exposing their audiences to relentless energy, massive breakdowns and impressive choruses.
Saving Vice kicked off 2019 in sparkling fashion with the release of Euthanasia:Redux, a reimagined version of the single originally included in Colder Than Dark EP. On July 26th, 2019 the band delivered a Marvel Infinity Saga inspired single, ENDGAME.
The band will be venturing on a northeast run with Sigil, a breakthrough hardcore band from Las Vegas along with Degrader and Trove also joining on select dates.
We took the occasion to have a chat with Saving Vice to know more about the band, their sound, writing process and aspirations. We discussed in detail their most recent single ENDGAME, COLDER THAN DARK EP, EUTHANASIA:REDUX and their upcoming run of shows.
- Hello Saving Vice and welcome. Would you mind introducing your band to our readers? How did you come up with the name?
We are Saving Vice, a metalcore band from New England. Our members include Tyler Small and Chase Papariello on vocals, Robbie Litchfield on guitar, Kenjamin Smiertelny on bass and Sammy Whelton on drums. When we first started this band, we were all going through tough times in our personal lives and making music was the thing that seemed to keep us from heading down a dark path. This band was the vice that saved us from our other vices so to speak.
- What are you main influences in terms of bands and genres?
I know it sounds cliche, but we really are influenced by a whole spectrum of music. That’s what makes are sound so eclectic. We love breakdowns and screaming but we also love writing beautiful melodies that people can really feel and sing along to. I think that’s what makes metalcore such a great genre because of how inclusive it is to different types of music styles.
- Let’s talk about your sound and the juxtaposition of relentless energy and melodic catchiness you have crafted in little over than two years since the band was formed in 2017.
Honestly it was always what I wanted to hear and what I enjoyed hearing from heavy music. I love my fair share of deathcore but I always loved the emotion and urgency you get from the melodic side of things. I would hear a lot of radio songs where the chorus had so much pain and dissonance to it but then the rest of the song was so upbeat it took away from it. I always wanted to hear that style fused with metal and hardcore so that’s what we write.
- How does the writing and creative process go with the five of you when you guys sit down and work on new materials?
I write the music on my own instrumentally and demo it all out in my DAW, including drums and backing tracks. Then I’ll pass the songs along to Tyler and Chase to write their vocals to and they’ll go ahead and demo out their parts on top of the instrumentals. Once we have the songs more or less figured out how we want them, we’ll take them to the studio and re-record them professionally, often times adding new layers and trying new things out. This process can be stressful at times, but it really is the most efficient way to write music as an up and coming band.
- In May 2018 you released your debut EP COLDER THAN DARK. What main lyrical themes were important for you to discuss in the record?
The overall concept of CTD is emotional pain and darkness in all of it’s forms. From heartbreak and suicide to addiction and the feeling of giving up or having no purpose. I had so much bottled up that I needed to get out and so did a lot of the other guys and this EP was a way to not only share that with other people but give everyone who shared that pain a voice and something to relate to.
- Let’s discuss single EUTHANASIA:REDUX, a reimagined version of the original track included in the EP, now integrating an alternative ending without Rory Rodriguez. What was the mindset behind releasing a reinvented version? Let’s share more details.
A little known fact is that the “Redux” is actually the original version of the song. I had written the ending shortly after losing a friend of mine in 2017. Once the song was written we were presented with an opportunity to work with Rory which we absolutely couldn’t turn down, so we went ahead with Rory’s version and put this one on the back burner for a little bit.
- On July 26th, 2019 the band delivered a Marvel Infinity Saga inspired single, ENDGAME. I would love to know more about the Marvel inspiration of the song and about the lyrical concept behind it.
So I really wanted to write about things that really mattered to me and I was passionate or angry about without just rehashing CTD. The instrumentals were already done in preproduction and I was just trying to figure out the context. I was on my way home from seeing Infinity War in theaters and I was just so moved and shaken by the ending and really the entire entity that the MCU had become and the impact it had on me. Movies have always been a huge inspiration to me creatively and I felt like this was something I loved and could pay tribute too so I started humming melodies for the chorus in the car and it grew and evolved from there. It’s about the Infinity saga in a sense but also about the messages and the struggles the characters face and endure throughout.
Watch Saving Vice – Endgame (Official Video):
- What’s truly changed in terms of sound progression and evolution since your very first material Exhale until Endgame?
Surprisingly, I would say we haven’t changed much at all. We’re still the same band we were back then with the same influences and aspirations. The only things that really changed on the new album are that we’ve all improved as musicians, our mixing and mastering process was executed better, and we’ve added flavor to some of these songs than you wouldn’t necessarily find on the EP. I know “Endgame” was definitely a different vibe than what people have heard from us in the past, but I can assure everyone that our album will flow and follow the EP very tastefully.
- You are about to venture on a northeast run of shows with Sigil, a breakout hardcore band from Las Vegas along with Degrader and Trove also joining on select dates. How are you getting ready for this tour and what gets you amped up?
I personally watch a lot of live videos of bands I love to remind me why I’m doing this and what I want to represent on stage. Sometimes I watch the movie “Rockstar” or “Bohemian Rhapsody” before a show or run because movies like that always remind me why I love being in a band and making music. I surround myself with whatever I’m obsessing over at the time, that’s just how I have always been. I get very fixated on a feeling or subject and I drown myself in it.
- You’ve been sharing the stage with Fit For A King, The Devil Wears Prada and It Lies Within. Tell us about those experiences and share a memorable moment on-stage.
I can only speak for myself but when you meet enough bands you start to lose that “star struck” feeling and realize they’re all just regular dudes who made it doing what they love, it’s always humbling to share the stage with a band you grew up listening to or idolizing and that’s something we never take for granted. I remember opening for TDWP was our first big show we ever played and seeing the crowd reacting so positively to our performance really made me realize that we had something special and it could be a lot more than I ever thought it could be. It felt like I was on top of the world and I never wanted to come down.
- How do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Aspirations, goals, any upcoming album, plans for the future.
I’d like to have a 3rd album out personally, I’d like to have toured overseas and be doing this full time if possible, isn’t that the dream? I feel like if I can pay my rent playing shows and making music and do this as long as I can I’ll die happy. We currently have an LP recorded that is in the final stages, “Endgame” is the first track off that record and we have a lot more surprises coming soon. Most of what we have going on is pretty under wraps at the moment but we’re hoping to really take things to the next level in 2020. This band has always been growing faster than we can keep up with and we’re finally learning how to handle it. The landscape of the music industry is so vastly different than it was 5-10 years ago so we are trying to evolve with the times to prolong the bands longevity, being a D.I.Y. band means a lot more risks and a lot more careful planning so we take our time to make the right moves at the right time.
Thank you for your time and all the best for your amazing music. We are keeping an eye on Saving Vice and supporting you into Europe and US!
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