Interview With Myke Long Of 2nd Offense
Altoona, Pennsylvania's 2ND OFFENSE has been a presence on their local scene now for three years and have self-released two albums. They have been well received by local radio and fans of other hard hitting acts like Stuck In Chaos and Scars Of Hatred. The band cites Hatebreed, Bad Religion and Slayer as a few of their main influences. They are still working hard to bring fans over to their MySpace page to checkout thier 2006 release 'Seven' and in the process hope to get more bodies out to their shows. I have just gotten in some Q&A in with their lead vocalist, Myke Long.
Rocket: So are you originally from Pennsylvania?
Myke: Yeah, lived here all my life. It's a good place to be.
Rocket: When did you first start singing in bands?
Myke: However old you are when you are in eighth grade. It was horrible but that's when it all started. haha. My poor parents! My dad bought me a guitar and I just made some songs up with a few friends.
Rocket: That's cool that they were supportive. I think a lot more kids would get into music if they had that sort of thing going on. Tell me, who are some of your main vocal influences? Past or present.
Myke: Wow! I think you might need more space on your hard drive to hold all those names.
Rocket: Maybe I should order another pizza! Haha. Little inside joke goin on that one, bro.
Myke: But let's see.. I would say Corey Taylor from Slipknot but more just from the first album. He uses so many different styles in those songs it is awesome. Max Cavalera from Soulfly. Chad Gray from Mudvayne is an amazing poet I really like that about his style plus he can sing better than alot of other folks and he has one bad ass scream. Tim Williams from Bloodsimple also deserves a lot of credit, especially for the vocal tracks he laid down on that anniversary comp from Roadrunner. And the last two I will mention are female vocalists. One is from the band Flyleaf. Lacey Mosley I think is a big up and coming star. She is very intense and her lyrics have a deep rooted meaning. And Amy Lee who has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.
Rocket: Let's talk about your new album "SEVEN". What can you tell us about the content? Does it have a theme? Is it at all inspired by the great movie Seven? Man, I love that final scene where the serial killer played but Kevin Spacey hands Brad Pitt his girlfriend's head in a box. Sorry... am I going off on a tangent here?
Myke: Haha! That is a damn good movie and we do use a clip out of it as the intro to the cd but it really has nothing to do with the movie. Just kinda going off the same theme that's all. Each one of the songs on the cd brings to light one of the seven deadly sins as it applies to everyday life. We are all constantly guilty of these sins but sometimes it is hard to notice what you really don't want to see. Take LUST for example.. ever been with a chick just cause she was good in bed even if you know she could quite possibly take over Hell if given the chance? How about ENVY? Everyone covets something that someone else has on a daily basis. The way I explored WRATH was internal. Watch the video on myspace.com/2ndoffense and read the lyrics to see what I am talking about. The rest are basically the same thing just bringing them all to light as they apply to people from different perspectives. But anyway back to the movie part... that is definitely one of my favorites.
Rocket: Well, right on. So where exactly can fans buy your new album?
Myke: Hopefully soon we will be getting a paypal account through our indie label FACEOFF MUZIK. They have worked with a few other artists in our area and are starting to get things off the ground. When that happens it will be available at our site listed in the last question and also myspace.com/secondoffense along with the FACEOFF MUZIK site which is available via link from our sites. Also at the shows we play we always bring a box along. They are doing really well and have been getting really good reviews from the MUSICIAN and the local radio. If anyone wants a copy just get to us at myspace and we will find a way to work it out it the paypal isn't up and running yet.
Rocket: How would you say that it compares to your last album? And did you tour heavy in support of that one?
Myke: We definitely threw it all down for this cd. It took some time but it is brutal and pummeling as described by some local cd reviewers. We were able to mix it up by layering in some background noises and then samples. And also, this one has way better sound quality. Matt Winrick from faceoff really knows what the fuck is going on. The guy that did our debut album SUFFER THROUGH DISHONESTY (affectionately known as std) was just starting out with recording. He did alright with the experience that he had but we wanted something much better the second time around. The first cd is good in its own right. It also got good reviews from local radio. I have heard a lot of other demos that are horrid compared to it but SEVEN gets alot of comments such as.. "Man, that sounds like something you could buy at the mall!" Which is always nice to hear. We have also matured a bit since the first one. We have gotten more comfortable with the recording process and we knew what we wanted from it. The touring part though we can't really pull of that often. We get out as often as possible to tear a stage up but usually with work schedules that is only on Fridays and Saturdays. Luckily we have made some new friends since SEVEN has been released and it has opened some doors up for us to play further away from home. Hopefully that will continue to grow.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next question, bro. What is the funniest thing to happen to you while you were performing on stage?
Myke: Hmm... I think the whole band might agree on this one. We were playing a show with a guitarist who is no longer in the band. He had a bit of a drug problem. Okay he had a really huge drug problem. Well our last straw was this moment... we were playing in front of a really nice sized crowd. He was staggering across the stage looking like he was about to pass out. Well he got this sudden burst of energy started jumping around and really getting into it. He then got up on the drum riser then it looked like he almost forgot where he was and he fell face first onto the stage. That was the last show we played with him.
Rocket: Haha. Rock n fuckin roll! That dude is probably serving burgers right now telling that story to all the underage girls too! Haha. Man, It was a great year for metal in 2006. What album was your personal fave?
Myke: I am really into Bloodsimple. I think those guys are awesome. Johnny Santos getting a cd out with Silent Civilian is pretty fucking hard. I miss spineshank though. I am really into chick singers so Flyleaf made a big impression on me. But the best thing about metal in 2006 though for us I think would be the rise in the scene around our area. It is really making a big comeback and it is really nice to see kids and even the older crowds getting into our music and other local metal acts for that matter. Some bands that I think are better than what you hear half the time on Headbanger's ball are right in our backyards. It is fucking magnificent.
Rocket: That is killer to hear about, bro. A lot of the work that I do here is about trying to help grow out these local scenes through the word of mouth that starts from here... that's what it's all about. Let's get back to talkin about label offers. Now you said you have something going on there, right?
Myke: We are at the point now with houses and car payments and all that kind stuff that we really aren't marketing for that. As I said before, we have FACEOFF MUZIK which is only an indie label but there is a lot of freedom there for us to work with and that is what we need right now. They are the best guys to be around. Matt and I are more like brothers than anything.
Rocket: What would be your dream show bill for this band to play on?
Myke: I would have to say Ozzfest. There are so many great bands playing it would be awesome to see them play everyday and the potential for all of those new fans would be great. If I could mix and match bands from any period of time though I would put bands on there like Spineshank, Ultraspank, Prick, Nothingface, Silent Civilian, Bloodsimple, Vision of Disorder, Fear factory, Taproot (those guys put on an awesome live show) , Soulfly, Slipknot, Flyleaf, Evanescence, and of course BLACK SABBATH and OZZY. That is just a few but I would have to bring our brothers that we play with locally. Choking Faith, Suicide Switch, Chapter Five, Four Days Dirty, and Stuck in Kaos.
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming 2ND OFFENSE shows?
Myke: You can catch the whole list as it is updated on myspace.com/2ndoffense. But the ones that I am really looking forward to are at the Underground in Sandusky Ohio coming up at the end of the month. The battle of the bands held by Primate Studios (which we won the last two years.. yes yes shameless plug I know) We will be the celebrity judges this year which is pretty cool. And the show in Maryland. The craziest fucking metal heads are from MD and WV. Half the time it is like watching a porn while you play. Its HARD to concentrate... haha.. yeah I know that was pathetic.. haha.
Rocket: Well. thanks very much for taking your time out on this. I wish this band nothing but the best in 2007. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Myke: MATT WINRICK you know you have been the biggest asset to us for a while now. Much love and respect to ya. DAKOTA from primates studios you have your shit together and I know you are going places. When you get there stop back by and pick us up! UNDERGROUND TV which has had us on a few times. (It is a regional show on fox and abc throughout central PA that showcases original artists from all over) Especially MILYSSA, RACHEL, and CHRIS all your hard work is appriciated. And then all of the other bands that we have played with and our fans especially those who have taken to the road with us. JOHN, ANTIGONE, DOUG, NIKKI, ADAM, BIG B, MILYSSA and RACHEL and all you others.. you know who you are. And then I personally thank MY FAMILY for their support and love. My DAD is probably the most over all talented person I know and he has helped me all the way. And finally God for blessing me with all these people. Thanks Rocket and The Metal Den for hooking us up and thanks to all who take the time to read me fucking blabbering on!
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