Interview With Deliver Us From Evil
DELIVER US FROM EVIL from Evansville, Indiana is one of those discoveries I can lay claim to this year that I still feel is pound for pound one of my best. They are doing daring things musically that most metal acts wouldn't even try and they continue to put fear into each and every local band that have to share the stage with them. It's been a tremendous year for these guys and I freely admit that they are several heads above the rest of their peers in terms of collective determination and pride in how they go about laying down their groundwork for how heavy music will move forward into the next decade.
Rocket: Let's talk about the fact that you guys are opening for Sworn Enemy on Nov 12th in Louisville, Kentucky. That's pretty exciting! How did this opportunity come about? And what venue are you playing at for this one?
Alex: Basically, I've been blowing up the main promoter in Louisville for like 8 months and finally landed a gig with him. His name is Terry Harper and he books some bad ass shows. Opeth, God Forbid, Goatwhore, Suffocation. It's ruff out here living in the middle of nowhere trying to get the people that see us on a regular basis to drive an hour and a half to see us....again...lol. But our fans are the shit. And they still do. Diecast is also on the bill and it's pretty cool we're opening for them as well. I'm a huge fan of old New York Hardcore, so it'll be fun. Real door opener I think.
Brent: The show was at the Bulldog Café in Fairdale, Ky. We were very fortunate to even get the chance to play with these guys. Some of the bands that played were In This Moment, Diecast, and Sworn Enemy. This was one hell of a show, it was a lot of fun. For me I was sore as fuck the next day. We got our whole set on tape so if your lookin to see one hell of a show we got it. We finally got in contact with Terry Harper, which he is a fuckin awesome dude. He offered a possible show in December. The show will be Dec 18th at Headliners. We think this is a great opportunity so we will do all in our power to fuckin destroy the shit. Thanks again, Terry.
John: Like Alex and Brent said, it was a badass show. We played second and fuckin destroyed, period.
Rocket: The word on this band is that you guys are simply killing it live on the stage. What does this band bring to the table in its live performance beyond just great music that the others around you just seem to lack?
Alex: Well, it seems people take us way more seriously after they see us play. We sure as hell don't look like a bunch of pussies "trying" to be tough guys. See, we don't just get up there and play our shit the same way on the record every time. Plus, we put 1000% into every show. We're not that band that looks like they go off when they are lip synhcing in the video and then suck live. When I play a show, I don't pay attention to shit off the stage. A physical performance is important in metal...at least I think. If I'm not worn out after a show, then I didn't do my job. And I'm always worn out.
Brent: We are all four just regular fuckin guys, but when were on stage everything changes. We don’t try to act like something we’re not. So when you see us on stage one thought that may come to mind is “this shit is fucking brutal.” Our sound is almost impossible to explain so it’s not worth trying. You will just have to witness it for yourselves. We definitely put everything we got into the shit. Just ask one of our fans about our shows and see what they think. What sets us apart has got to be our sound. I haven’t heard one band yet that sounds like us. So now that were around I wouldn’t be surprised if some new up and coming band jocks our shit and takes it to the mainstream. History seems to repeat itself quite often. There are just so many signed bands that will sell their pussies for a few fuckin dollars, FUCK THAT SHIT!! Almost everyday you hear some new fuckin band on the radio that sounds like some other band. I guess since my CD player in my car is broke I have been listening to the radio too much. Haha.
John: Alex is right about physical performance but it seems to me that most metal band put on a good if not great physical performance. In my mind the thing that’s sets us apart is the music and talent. All the songs sound different from one another, and there is a lot of intricate parts in our music. The thing I hear most after a live show is not, ”You guys we’re goin’ crazy up there”, it’s usually more like, “How do you guys do it”. My point is that anybody can get up there and bang their head and do spinning high kicks and shit but can they play. For our band the answer is FUCK YEAH WE CAN PLAY!!! Hahaha.
Jeff: Well, to that question I’d have to say “ sincerity towards what we do”. We’re not a sound shitty look great or sound great but do nothing on stage kind of band. We always make the effort to go above and beyond all expectations every single time because we owe that to our fans and ourselves.
Rocket: Who are some of the other bands that you've shared the stage with this year that really caught your attention?
Alex: Life's Tragic Curse(Kentucky), and Perdiem (Florida). Seems like those boys have a good thing going on down there in Florida. We also played with DAATH, who just signed to ROADRUNNER. Killer band and super cool dudes. Also, YAKUZA from Chicago. Their album was produced by Matt Bales, and they are the shit at what they do. And Aftermath(SC)....kind of a math metal trio from Myrtle Beach. One of the best Bass players I've seen. Those guys are tight as hell. Ya know, one of those bands that are hard to understand at first, but once you are familiar....they fucking rule.....like MASTODON!!! (which we haven't played with yet, but their drummer is the man.)
Brent: Origin, Yakuza, Daath, Sworn Enemy, Lifes Tragic Curse, Dixie Death Wish, Aftermath, Escape to Darkness, Neverlabeled, Perdiem, 10 fathoms deep etc… We play at 1123 all the time , it is a local venue here in Evansville. There are a lot of different bands that come in and out of there. Anyway, Cannae played there and it was awesome. I would love to play some shows with these guys. We are starting open people’s eyes to what we got, but it doesn’t just stop right there. If we want this shit to catch we’ve gotta constantly expand our boundaries. The bigger the venue we play at, the better the crowd. We definitely aren’t picky, (I would play a show in my Aunt’s basement, I don’t fuckin care.) so whenever and wherever were at playing come check us out.
Rocket: What's been your favorite show performance this year?
Alex: I liked Woody's here in Evansville, and the 007 in Myrtle Beach. Lamasco's always a party.
Brent: This year I have gotta give it to Woody’s, Wildcat Saloon, The Pit, Laurens Bar, and the Warehouse. I really don’t have a favorite, but all these spots got a really great sound system. I love to play at places where you can hear all the shit at once. Thank you floor monitors. We can’t forget 1123 though. We’re actually having a benefit show for 1123 on Dec 22. So if you’re around come check it out! My most memorable show out all our shows this year was Murderfest in Kentucky. Murderfest started around 3 pm and ended around 11 pm. There were 10 bands playing that day, so we went on at 6. Since it was a dry county and mid-day I was still sober, but I did have some beer so it was alright. All in all our shows have been a whole hell of a lot of fun. Our fans are so fuckin awesome we are lucky to have so many fuckin cool ass friends. Thanks for the support.
John: Woody’s, Lauren’s bar, Lamasco’s,….all of the others places Alex and Brent have named.
Jeff: I would have to say my favorite show this year was at 007 in (SC) with LTC and Aftermath. That place was off the hook! Other than that the close runners up would be the first Woody’s show (the one where I puked behind my amp, LOL), and both of the Lauren’s shows. Lastly though I do have to mention Lamasco’s cause we play there all the time and we always have a good time.
Rocket: You guys seem to really get along together, which as we know in the music business is a rare thing for a band. So many are kicking members out all the time and having to replace the drummer every six months. Tell me how you guys stay so strong and locked into this brotherhood while others constantly fall apart around you.
Alex: With most bands that don't work out, I've noticed the reason is because "somebody" thinks they're the shit. But they don't realize that without the other guys, they would still be singing Karaoke at the local dive or playing to cd's in their mom's basement. In this band, everyone is level headed. Plus, everyone is open to say whatever they want. Some of us like different music, or have different sleeping schedules, or play in other bands. And we do give each other shit....all the time. But everyone knows we all care about each other. Family, my fiance, and my band come first. I'd kill a motherfucker for these people.
Brent: I have seen a lot of different bands that do just fine. They all work very hard and stay together for the long haul. What a great story, huh? I have also seen a lot of bands that fall apart because of drugs, alcohol, work, family, ego etc… The ingredient that works best for us is chance. We all hope that everyone is doing alright, but there’s always a chance that things will go bad. So we do everything we can to be a family. We all rely on each other one way or another. We have all been through enough shit to last a life time. So we take every day one at a time and do our best.
John: I don’t know, I think they are a bunch of assholes…..ha,ha, Just kidding.
Jeff: Like Alex said “I’d kill a motherfucker for these people” and he’s serious. He almost smoked some guy in a bar one time just for pushing me. The thing is I’d do the same for him if I had to or any of the other guys. We all help each other out and respect each other. I don’t know what I’d do without these guys some times, probably end up dead in a ditch somewhere, HA, HA.
Rocket: Alex, I understand you just landed a new drum equipment sponsor. Congrats! Who is the company and how does it feel to get this sponsorship?
Alex: Hell yeah!!! Thanks a lot . The company is TRICK DRUMS (www.trickdrums.com) and they really do have a good thing going on. The shells are made from aircraft grade aluminum and they are all made to be pitch perfect with each other. Every single drum (of the same shape and dimension) has the "exact" same tone. Kind of crazy . Plus, they won't change tone do to temperature change. We went to record after driving five hours last summer, with no a/c of course, and by the time I got to the studio, my drums sounded totally different. PLUS, I get to customize the finish and the way it looks. And some of their finishes are amazing. As far as the way it makes me feel...It's just nice to have someone answer the phone at a company every time I need'em. It makes me feel more secure knowing if that shit happens...and it always does ( to me at least), I can call someone and they will help me....with drum shit at least. They have been awesome so far. So crazy they give a shit about a nobody like me. Must see something. Plus their drums sound great. If you don't like them, your retarded. Or your just getting paid to lie.
Brent: Thank you TRICK DRUMS!!! His new kit is badass and sounds fuckin awesome.
Rocket: Now I know you guys are working on new material, right? can you tell us more about what's to be expected?
Brent: We are so close to having 2 brand new songs. I know that I haven’t ever heard anything like this shit before so we’ll have to let you tell us what you think. Either way it’s going to fucking rule.
John: The usual, heavy riffs, creative breakdowns, and clever lyrics.
Jeff: Well, we’re always growing as a group and I think our new material is our best work yet but, we do say that every time we write a new song, haha. But I can say that the new songs will be everything and more that you would expect from Deliver Us From Evil!
Rocket: Are you going to release another EP or will it be an actual full-length?
Brent: We will release all the material we have so far up until we have our full length album. At that point the fun will begin. Now it’s time to get a shit load of CD’s made professionally.
Rocket: Do you have a title yet? If not, what are some of those working titles floating around?
Alex: BEHOLD A PALE HORSE....kind of goes with the theme and is a badass quote. "Behold a pale horse, for his rider was Death, and hell followed with him." That's basically what it'll be like when we go on a world tour. Hahaha.
Brent: War, Famine, Pestilence, Starvation, Pandemic, Death…..Behold a Pale Horse.
Rocket: I love it.So is this band currently shopping labels? I imagine that you have been getting approached by some, right?
Alex: Not yet. It would be nice to get stuff done ourselves first so no one can come and try to change things. Unless it's Vinnie Paul . We will only change something if we really think their opinion is worth a shit. And if we really like their ideas. I'd rather be prepared. Very soon.
Brent: We are staying focused on tying up all the loose ends. If we get approached by a label then we’ll see what happens, but we’re not in a huge hurry. Rather play a bunch of shows first and make a little money and get our name out than be in debt right away. Because that’s what a record deal is. DEBT.
John: I’m not worried about it at the moment either. All I want is for the cd to kick as much ass as possible.
Jeff: No, we haven’t been approached by any labels and I have to say I’m kind of glad. Why you ask? Well, because I think that’s where a lot of bands go wrong. They start out good, they're making a name for themselves and then they just happen to get noticed by some label and they get all star struck and swept off there feet. Next thing you know half there songs get changed they lose the rights to there music, merch, and there name and if shit doesn’t go well for them they end up busting there asses for a long time just to pay back there label, or they just get dropped and no one ever hears from them again. I don’t want to be one of those bands.
Rocket: One of the coolest things and 'smartest' I've heard in all my interviews this year, bro. Well fucking said. Now besides the Sworn Enemy gig, what are some of the other shows for this band we need to watch out for?
Alex: Summer Tour. We have a trailer now. Watch out world. Now I don't have to tie my drum rack to the top of my Jeep with Shoe laces. HA!!
Brent: Hell if we get offered to play out of this country I think that would be a blast. We really need to play in front of 10,000 people. This next summer we will be playing at a metal festival in Florida it is endorsed by Jagermeister, Budweiser, Sony Playstation, and others. That should one hell of a fuckin show. We would really like to play on a metal tour like Sounds of the Underground, Ozzfest, Fuck we just wanna play.
John: All of them dammnit.
Jeff: I agree with John.
Rocket: Listen up, thanks very much for your time on this guys. Let em all know right now. Give a shoutout to your biggest supporters!
Alex: Laura, mom and pop, Theresa, John, Lary and Carolyn, Secretariat , LTC, and my band mates , all my friends (you know who you are) and everyone I mentioned in the first interview of course, and all the people that give a shit that we even exist. Love ya.
Brent: My Family, friends, all of the badass bands we have played with, John the Creator, Alex for his persistence and determination, Freddy Jackson, thanks to our supporters Trick Drums, Jessica, Theresa, Beka, Jackson, Jake, Nick, Aaron,(everyone that I fuckin know) Budweiser, Unleaded Gas, all the fans. Thank you Rocket for the interview you fuckin rock.
John: I wanna thank Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan for making me who I am. WYLD STALYONS!!!!!
Jeff: Definitely my parents, my “real” friends they know who they are, my girlfriend Tina for putting up with the fact that I’m gone all the time, all the great bands I’ve either played in or with, and anyone who understands that every one in this country needs to support art and music in the schools because if young kids don’t get it there they may never be exposed to it and that would be a tragedy.
Alex: Damn straight.
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