We are already back to writing new music and suffocating in the tiny box we call a practice space. Expect a reasonably quick follow up release as a possible split with another Seattle band. In the mean time we are hoping 'Where the Merfalo Roam' is cool enough to keep us relevant for at least 3 months.
2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This album captures the most accurate representation of seeing us play live we have ever recorded. Derek Moree and Brad Boatright did an amazing job mixing and mastering the album to produce the highest fidelity version of our tones we have ever heard. Highly suggest cranking it and letting the low end hug you. 'Where the Merfalo Roam' is heavier, cleaner, and harder hitting than anything else we have ever released.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrical concept is a journey through discontent, oppressive governments, dystopian eras, and the connection between the cycles societies go through.
'Where the Merfalo Roam' is a call to a bygone era where great waters covered much of the open the plains and large aquatic mammals grazed, Merfalo. You can still see evidence of this time in the derelict buildings scattered beside the highways of America.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Into The Storm'?
We all get into the storm. The storm is both a physical concept and a mental/emotional concept that happens in all of our day to day lives and in the turmoil that seems to be a constant in our societies. It's a weird wild world out there that you can't avoid being pulled into.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Playing Smooth Sailing's album release for XoXo was one of the most amazing shows we have played. Packed house. Close friends. Memories worth a fortune. It's hard to analyze your own stage performance so here is some stuff friends have said to us, "that was awesome, but it made me feel like my mom was yelling at me for some reason", "that was like watching Bob Ross paint but on guitar", "that would be really cool if there was less yelling and you guys weren't so loud"
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, but nothing set in stone yet.
7.The new album is coming out on 'Alive And Breathing Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's great they have helped us with getting promotion and financing pretty much everything from this and every record we have ever put together as a band. We are obligated to put this quote in on their behalf, "two brothers in a van and then a meteor hits, and they ran as fast as they could from giant cat monsters and then a giant tornado came and that’s when things got knocked into 12th gear. A Mexican armada shows up with weapons made from tomatoes. And you better bet your bottom dollar that these two brothers know how to handle business. In: ALIEN INVASION TOMATO MONSTER MEXICAN ARMADA BROTHERS WHO ARE JUST REGULAR BROTHERS RUNNING IN A VAN FROM AN ASTEROID AND ALL SORTS OF THINGS THE MOVIE. Hold on, these’s more. Old women are comin’ and they’re also in the movie and they’re gonna come and cross attack these two brothers, but let’s get back to the brothers because they’re, they have a strong bond. You don’t want to know about it here, but I’ll tell you one thing: the moon, it comes crashing into earth and what do you do then? it’s two brothers and it…and..and they’re gonna…" - Rick and Morty
8.On a worldwide level how has the feed the feedback been to your recordings by fans of heavy music?
Russia likes it.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
More guitars, more amps, more punishing, and more beautiful. Basically more of everything.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
CKY, Sublime, Oasis, Harvey Danger, Botch, Converge, Tombs, Tool, Mastodon, Baroness, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Gospel, Gaza, Cult Leader, Yautja, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Gojira, Chelsea Wolfe, Rumors by Fleetwood Mac, Cloud Rat, Perturberator. Some of those are old influences but most of that list is still on a regular rotation.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Sleep depravation and pop culture. Some of us do the adult thing, not all of us.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Can't emphasize enough that this record sounds the best real loud. Derek Moree, who engineered and mixed it, did an incredible job making sure the hits hit and that everything is super full sounding. Turn it up!