CASKET ROBBERY has an old school horror movie vibe to its name. And just from that alone you’ll know that they will not be playing emo. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
Dustin: We like to write pummeling riffs to songs with themes. Our music is very visual.
Cory: It’s just something that has come very natural for us. Writing music in this band is like an imprint of our souls. Everything you hear on this album is very organic.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
Dustin: We really built on our sound this time around. We spent more time in the studio crafting and perfecting these new songs. I had hours and hours of tracking vocals in a closet that Cory turned into a makeshift vocal booth.
Cory: We knew we had to pull out all the stops on this album. People started asking for a full length so we wanted to deliver the best. We hired Chris Wisco to mix it and Cody Ratley to master it. They added the perfect final touches. I was able to track a majority of it in my studio (as well as Greg tracking his drums) so we took our time on the writing and recording to make it all perfect before sending it out to mix.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get?
Dustin: Our Songs mainly reflect the fact that whether you are a sinner or a saint we are all human and capable of compassion or evil.
Cory: We always have good reactions. There are people that take the serial killer lyrics way too literally though. They will come up to us and ask us who the best serial killer is and things like that. We aren’t into it that deep. The lyrics are just an interpretation of history or a warning about evils in the world.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands do you indentify with?
Dustin: I love vocalists that are also performers.Bruce Dickinson,King Diamond,Steven Tyler and my hero Alice Cooper!
Cory: Everything from death metal to pop music. I don’t pull from any bands directly when I write Casket songs.
How did you go about chosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
Dustin: We wanted something that set us apart from the rest of the bands but also accurately depicted the songs. Originally I had the idea for an apocalyptic scene that spread across the album but was not really what the album was sounding like. It was important to catch the eye. So we went with something sleek,seductive and It most definitely catches the eye!
What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
Dustin: They are all about the evils of the human experience. That is the main thread that ties all these songs together.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
Dustin: Each song is a story. The names introduces you to that story.
Is digital a format that fits your music? Is digital killing music?
Dustin: We are very accessible digitally! Every band needs to be these days. I dont think it’s killing music.Nothing will kill music, Music is expression. It just makes it harder to make money that’s all.
Cory: Digital is cool, although we are a very visual band so having some of the physical merch (CDs, stickers, shirts) only adds to the musical experience. Digital isn’t killing music, the music business is killing itself financially because it’s still living in the 1980’s. Music will always live on. Most of us aren’t making money at this. We do it because we love it.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
Dustin: We are a very unique band live. If you see us you never forget. We crush from beginning to end!
Cory: Live is what sets us apart from other bands. Like Dustin says, you won’t forget us. It’s tight, heavy, and we run around like crazy.
What lies in the future?
Dustin: Hopefully more shows,more tours and a European invasion!!!
Cory: More shows and tours, we’ll keep it rolling!