Monday, June 6, 2016

Regicide Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We have been hard at work writing new material for an upcoming 5 or 6 song EP we will try to release this fall. It has some really cool stuff. Its the first stuff that we have composed with our new bass player, and we have also been working with some very talented local musicians her in the Albuquerque area, this release will be fun for us. Something to tide us over until we can begin a new Full Length

2.Last year you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how this it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The last release was a mix of 5 years of writing, changing, rewriting, and rearranging music. We were trying to create the music we wanted to hear, which was a little bit of the old Bay Area thrash metal, mixed with the sound of the newer American metal sound. This was something we all really liked and strive to achieve. The sound didn't change too much from our first release (Democide), but the quality of our writing and recording was much improved.

3.This was your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Well we had a few big moves, our bass player (Andrew) got a job offer and moved to LA, which prompted our drummer (Brack) to move with him. This put us in a bit of stagnation for about a year. Dom and Issac moved from Las Cruces to Albuquerque and began working on new tunes when an opportunity to play with another band arose. Dom and Issac joined GutWrench while still working on new music for Regicide. Eventually, Brack moved back to New Mexico and Regicide jumped back into the swing of things and began preliminary recordings for what would become "Fall of an Empire"
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Regicide'?
Regicide is the action of killing a king. We picked the name, first because we wanted a name that had a good sound to it and was memorable, and it actually fit our vibe, as we tend to be politically inspired when it comes to our lyrical subjects. The name also helps us to associate with our style, its not far fetched to hear Regicide and think trash metal.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played some great shows in the past, especially within the last two years. One of our Favorite shows was playing at the Sunshine theater for a chance to open Mayhem Fest, that was a great experience on a big stage with pro sound. Also we opened up for our friends Savage Wizdom at their CD release party and had a blast with a great crowd and fantastic atmosphere, we hated to leave the stage. and most recently we played a battle of the bands and fired on all cylinders. We won our round and are moving on to the semifinals. Our bread and butter is our stage show, if anything leaves you excited and energized its our show. We put on a great live show and excite the crowd. we involve our fans as much as possible and like to explore new ways to interact with the audience. If you don't like our music, come see us play an we will change your mind.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are working with a booking agent now to get a couple short summer tours trough the west coast and maybe further east. We have a few small shows booked throughout ABQ this summer, but we are interested in getting into the festival circuit here in the states. There are a ton of small festivals that showcase unsigned bands and that is where we want to start participating and getting exposed at this year.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Currently we are working under our own label "Nasty Mammoth Records" which we self funded and started in order to put out our CD. We are not really looking for any Major support at this time, but we send feeders out to the smaller metal labels in the US and Europe. So far we haven't received any offers but we are not too worried about that. We have been DIY since we started so we have no problem keeping everything in house.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
It has been interesting. We have a lot of positive feedback, but we also get some reviews that say something to the extent of. "Good music, but nothing we haven't heard before". Some of our biggest fans and positive reviews mention they like our brand of thrash because of its diversity and doesn't sound like every other Bay Area tribute band in California. We garner many of our Spotify plays in Germany and eastern Europe, and though our sales have slowed down, we shipped a lot of CD's over seas. Overall I thing we have receive positive attention trough out the thrash metal community and hope that we have only begun to get our sound ticking in their heads.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are experimenting with additions to our sound. Like a toolbox, we want to keep adding things to what we do musically. we don't want to reuse any ideas if we can create something new. We would like to incorporate some instrumental music into our repertoire, and something that showcases the talented musicians in our group. We have some of the best group of guys who really know how to feed and play of each other, especially live. We are currently working on new music and its been fun working with Chris (bassist) and how is compositional style differs from our previous bassist (Andrew). We hope to forge a path down road that is uniquely Regicide, yet doesn't lose interest of the casual fan.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are all highly influenced by our Big 5 (Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth, and Slayer) but recently we have been really influenced by bands like Lamb of God, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, and Battlecross. Something that has been on the repeat (at least in Issac's car) has been the most recent Baroness album. Bands like them and Mastodon really challenge the band to explore our melodic and progressive side.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all are sports fans to varying degrees, but we have hobbies outside of music. Issac and Chris have been cycling, Dom is a man who works well with his hands building dog houses and other small projects. Chris is a photographer, Issac composes non traditional symphonic and choral music. Brack is a traveler who is taking another trip to Europe (hopefully he remembers to take some Regicide CDs with him). We all like to fish, work out, and drink beer. Actually beer and whiskey are probably the two most important side projects we have going. But nothing to crazy or extreme.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First, we appreciate you for taking the time to interview us and help us spread our music to your readers and fans. If anyone wants to get in contact with us feel free to message us on Facebook, we always respond, and drop us line. We have been know to send stuff to interested parties. and just say hello, we love meeting new people. ALSO if any bands want to come out to Albuquerque, hit us up, we will do what we can to help you book something in our lovely city. Thanks!!!!

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