Kicking It With Dry Kill Logic's Phil Arcuri
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New York City, New York's Dry Kill Logic has been one of the top underground metal acts since making its slamming debut with Darker Side of Nonesense in 2001 on the Roadrunner Records label. They have a solid legion of devoted fans now all throughout the world that seem to keep them moving closer and closer to achieving true legendary status in the world of heavy music. They are also one of the rare metal acts that have accomplished all these great things based solely off their music ability and not some fashionable image they needed to sell like so many others continue to do around them. With Dry Kill Logic, you always know you're in for some straight up, no holds barred, kick-you-in-the-mouth intensity and subject matter that speaks to the difficult times we live in. There is no sugar on top of your medicine with this band and that is why amid the sea of countless tens of thousands of metal bands that are trying to get to where they now are, Dry Kill Logic remains one of the King's of metal's true underground scene. I am very pleased again to share some new discussion with their drummer, Phil Arcuri.
Rocket: Thanks for taking the time out. Let me first ask you about how the European tour just went for the band? As I understand it, this was the first ever DKL headlining experience, right?
Phil: It was our first headlining run in Europe and it was fucking amazing. We haven't toured there since 2001 and we did 2 promo shows there in 2004 so it was great to see the clubs packed with kids every night.
Rocket: The metal fans in Europe are really hungry for the heavy music underground scene, aren't they? I mean, so many bands are adored over there like DKL and My Ruin I have noticed. What do you personally attribute that to?
Phil: I'm not sure, man. They sure do love their metal over there. It's a whole different scene over there. I fucking love it.
Rocket: It seems to me that they are not brainwashed by the mainstream 'Pop' way of thinking, like here in America. They judge the book by its insides and not by the cover. Too many lames around here are falling for the image gimmick. It's truly pathetic. But that's just my opinion. So now we all know that Dry Kill Logic's Magellan Complex EP comes out June 27th, bro. This is a CD/DVD collection of some new DKL and also you guys are covering some old Guns N Roses and Danzig. Is this a project you guys have always been wanting to do?
Phil: Yeah, we've always wanted to release a DVD just to show the fans what we're all about, behind the scenes and on tour. There was so much great video footage that didn't make the DVD. We have hours and hours of it. The Magellan Complex is just a little teaser before the new CD comes out. I'm sure there will be another home video in the future. As for the cover tunes and the original, that was just a last minute idea we added with the video footage.
Rocket: What cover did you want to do personally that got left out? I know you fought hard for one of those too. Ha! And I only ask this cause I know what an eclectic taste in music you have, brother. I hear the stuff you're jamming out on your Myspace profile. Didn't you have have some Stryper knockin it out the other day?
Phil: Haha. Oh, we had some pretty cool ideas.
Rocket: You probably thought I forgot about that Stryper shit! Haha!
Phil: We went from Skid Row to Quicksand, SOD to The Beatles. We had a lot of ideas.
Rocket: Where did you record this EP? And who produced it?
Phil: We recorded the EP at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook,NY. Eddie Wohl (Scrap 60) and I produced it.
Rocket: So where exactly are fans going to be able to pick this new Megellan Complex up on June 27th? I imagine it's available both online for purchase and in the stores, correct?
Phil: I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get it everywhere.
Rocket: Now when you go to learn the drum tracks for these old songs, how are you doing that? Are you doing it by ear or are you going to the actual original written music itself to get it down right. These tunes sound real well done by the way.
Phil: I just play 'em by ear and I improv some of the stuff. Hell, I've been listening to these songs for a long, long time. It just comes naturally.
Rocket: Like the Stryper, right? Haha! Oh man, that shit's just too damn easy, bro! What's going on with the new full-length DKL album? I know that's coming up around the September mark, right? Is there a title yet?
Phil: We just finished comping the vocal overdubs the other day. The album should be mixed and ready to be mastered by July 1st. We do have a title but I cant spill the beans just yet. We're still trying to decide on fucking song titles.
Rocket: Can you give us an idea of the type of material we can expect? Will it be heavier this time around like the first album or are you guys going to try and mix it up with some melody-driven tunes as well like the last one did?
Phil: This CD is going to be heavier than the previous 2 CD's.
Rocket: Oh man, I was hoping you'd give me that answer. Heavier than the first one, eh? Dude, Darker Side of Nonesense is one of the baddest metal albums in the last half decade!
Phil: The drums are faster, the guitar riffs are more technical, and the vocals are fucking brutal. It's definitely a DKL album... only taken to the next level.
Rocket: I for one cannot wait to hear this! What kind of U.S. touring does the band plan to do after the new album drops in September? Will you headline at this time as well?
Phil: We toured for 14 months on the last CD and we plan on doing the same for this one. I think we might start touring on a headlining run here in the U.S. and see what tours are available after that. I know we'll be back in Europe in October and November on another headlining run too.
Rocket: So how has Brendan Duff, the new bass player for DKL been working out? Have you guys been subjecting him to any brutal 'hazings' like Metallica did to Newsted when he joined... Ha!
Phil: Haha. Well, even though Brendan seems like the "new" guy, Cliff and I have known him for about 6 years now and Jay grew up with him. We all get along so well, it's scary. I guess you could say its working out better than we could've imagined.
Rocket: Hey, so how was the green in Germany, Phil? Come on, you can open up on that here! I know you're a bit of a light drinker but that place slams in the herbs for sure too I know.
Phil: The fucking green is amazing. The brew is amazing... and the people are amazing. They need to work on the food a little...haha.
Rocket: I really want to thank you for having such a great attitude and sense of friendship with all the metalers on Myspace, from showing us videos of you doing your drum tracks in the studio to just kicking out some funny pictures. You're a real cool cat. Go ahead and sendout some love and appreciation to those in your life that mean the most. And I wish you and this band nothing but the best moving forward!
Phil: Well, just wanna say THANKS!!! to The Metal Den and all the fans who have shown us love and support through the years. Without you, we'd be nothing.
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