INTERVIEW: TANNER GUIMOND OF KINGSMEN ON SOUND, NEW LABEL, SPLIT SERIES EP, UPCOMING ALBUM AND MORE.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with Rhode Island based melodic deathcore quartet KINGSMEN. We are catching up with the band after their signing to SharpTone Records and the release of their split EP Split Series #1 with label mates ExitWounds, out last November 2018. Having recently parted ways with guitarist Frank, the band of Tanner Guimond (vocals), Tim Lucier (guitar), Dylan Robertson (drums) and Adam Bakelman (bass) is currently finalizing their debut album.
In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with TANNER GUIMOND we discussed influences and sound, we explored their split album with ExitWounds, new label SharpTone Records, recent tour and live experience and sneak peeked into their upcoming debut album.
- Hi guys and welcome. It’s a pleasure to have you here. We would love you to tell us a little about your influences and a bit more about KINGSMEN’s journey?
It’s great being here! Influences.. that’s a tough question. We all have different backgrounds for music. Tanner likes everything from Dream Theater to Slayer to Twenty One Pilots to Jonny Cash and everything in between. Tim likes Soilwork, In Flames and Trivium. Dylan’s a Periphery, Whitechapel and Between the Buried and Me kinda guy. Lastly, Adam’s more of a classic rocker. He likes KISS, Motley Crue and Def Leppard.
- What elements truly define your signature sound and how do you see the current scene for deathcore and core genres?
We believe that Tanner’s voice showcases something refreshing and new. Not many singers are combining the style of singing and screaming that Tanner does by himself. Even when Tim chimes in with his screams, it’s different than what a lot of bands are doing. Adam, Tim and Dylan are very focused on their gear. So finding nice tones and using those sounds to create a style of metal that’s different than what you normally hear from new bands now-a-days is something we aim for. We like being different. We want to be unique.
- Last year you announced your singing to SharpTone Records, that’s an amazing achievement so what feelings and expectations are behind entering their roster?
We love Sharptone. Their whole team have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Our hopes, as well as theirs… is global domination in the music industry. We’re excited to hit the ground running with them once this record’s out.
- I would love to discuss your split album Split Series #1, released in November 2018 together with your label mates ExitWounds. What mindset was behind a split album and in what measure the songs you picked – Oppressor and Outsider – are best introducing your audience to your music output?
The Split Series EP was something we wanted to do because we knew our album wasn’t going to be finished until sometime in Spring of 2019 and we wanted to give our fans some music to listen to in the meantime. ExitWounds happened to have a similar style, so we all felt like that was the best move as opposed to releasing just a single on our own.
- At the end of March you declared your debut record was in its final stages, so I would love a sneak peek on what kind of songs can we expect on this upcoming release and some of the themes discussed in the records. If these can’t be disclosed, just give us a general idea on the record.
The record’s going to be a little different than most would expect. There’s a lot of classic metalcore feel paired with some progressive choruses with warm but powerful singing. Oppressor showcases the heavy and Outsider gave you a taste of the softer side. This album’s sound is found somewhere in between the style of those two songs.
- How long have you worked on your new album and what’s your typical writing process for new materials?
Making the album has almost been a 2 year process. Writing for us comes in waves. One month we write a song or two, the next we write 4 or 5. It just depends on if the creative juices are there or not!
- What challenged you the most while working on this record?
The most challenging part to making this record was deciding on which songs to use. We had almost two dozen songs and narrowed it to 10. Tough choices had to be made but hopefully this album has more than just a banger or two. We’re confident that it’s loaded with great material and we are eager to release it.
- You’ve been hitting the East Coast this February with fellow label mates Of Virtue and Blessing A Curse. You also have an extensive live experience so let’s share a few memories or cool moments on stage.
The best moments for us on stage is when we’ve heard the crowd yelling our lyrics. This has happened almost everywhere we’ve played and it’s crazy because we haven’t had music out for almost 2 years into our touring career. That has and always will blow our minds. Most of our fan base has learned our songs before we even hit the studio to record them. It’s mind boggling.
- What’s in store for KINGSMEN in 2019, any shows, festivals worth mentioning?
Hopefully this record will be out sooner than later. We’ve got some tours in the works but unfortunately we can’t disclose that information yet. However, we promise to whomever is reading this that we’ll be in your town or city sooner than you’d think!
Thank you for your time, it’s been such a pleasure. We are very thrilled for Kingsmen’s debut album and we are fully supporting you into Europe and US!
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