How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-I would argue that a bands name set the tone for what you are going to experience when listening to the music. I understand it’s difficult to come up with a unique band name these days, but for us the SED name is very meaningful and important. Our meaning started with simply trying to express that without music we were left feeling dead, like a part of us was missing. It has since evolved into more of a rally for all humanity as we feel knowledge is power for the masses and it’s obvious from our own government and dictators around the world, that keeping people quiet only helps to feed the tyranny.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Growing up my dad played guitar and music was always a huge part of my life. Kiss was my first obsession. I used to spend hours air drumming with my headphones and dressing up as Gene Simmons for Halloween with a tennis racket wrapped in tin foil as my guitar. Although I didn’t play in bands until i was in my 20’s I always felt like it would be my destiny. My best friend had a bass and I had a guitar. We eventually found another guy we knew who played drums and we started getting together to jam. Well, make a shit ton of noise really! But, as we started to actually learn how to play it became natural that we needed to get in front of people. Just having people come down to our jams was enough to light the fire. Although I sing now, my first gigs were playing bass and guitar. When I was in Flat Earth Society I started out as the guitar player. At the end of our set I would switch with the singer and I would sing Minor Threat and Misfit covers. That was enough to let me know for sure I needed to be behind the mic full time.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-I have a strong opinion on this actually. I grew up in a time where we went to Hardcore shows and saw Hardcore bands. All under one umbrella, but still the same. You’d have Murphy’s Law with their fun style and songs about beer and weed, Sick Of It All with their hard edge and screamed vocals, Supertouch and American Standard with their melody and thought provoking lyrics. But it was all simply Hardcore. I find the sub genre thing irritating. Metal is no different. If I said heavy metal you should think Judas Priest types. Thrash/death would be Slayer and Metallica. I feel that breaking things down so much breeds separatism among us. For Silence Equals Death I feel like we’re a Hardcore band with influence from every other genre. If you listen to our new CD End Times I’m sure you can find just about every sub genre of Metal and Hardcore you can think of. Isn’t that was music and creativity is all about? Expanding and experimenting. We all have a wide variety of music that influences us. To a man we feel like there are no limits on what we create. In fact, if fans can easily figure you out, aren’t you shortchanging them?
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Great question! We put a lot of thought into the song order. It was important to us to each listen the entire way through to judge how they flowed. You want to take listeners on a journey with peaks and valleys. Thankfully it only took us a week or so. Sometimes with 5 opinions things can certainly take forever.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-We’re such big music fans that it can be a detriment. There are countless songs out there and almost every riff draws parallels to something already written. You can really make yourself crazy trying to “reinvent the wheel”. We generally just play what we like and if it’s blatantly obvious to something else we will tweak it to make it our own. Music is so subjective to the individual listener, you simply can’t please everyone. Lyrically when I get an idea I just go with it and try not to over think it. I always try to write straight from the heart on personal lyrics. if it’s topical it tends to take more time as you want to be creative and interesting without being overly cliche. Musically we feel like you have to take chances. Of course sometimes you can spend countless hours making the most creative and musically challenging song and all the hard work goes unnoticed. The next song might take 1 hour to write and have 3 chords and fans will tell you how awesome it is!
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-We like to take the same care in every aspect of the band. We want our artwork to always be on point as it’s a reflection of the band and who we are. We have a great guy Carlo from the Philippines who has been doing most of our artwork. He’s not only a great artist but a great guy. www.facebook.com/KillCarloBoyDesigns
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-No question it is. Most people don’t even want a physical copy. Lost are the days of sitting down and reading the lyrics and thank you’s. Staring at the artwork and taking it all in for hours. Records are making a huge comeback but from what I understand it’s more for collecting. fans aren’t experiencing what we used to before the digital age took over. I try not to focus on what we’ve lost because it’s never going to be “like it was”. Those days are gone forever unfortunately.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Going back to the last answer, this is the world we now live in. You can’t stop progress. Today’s kids are going to do what they do no matter how hard we try to convince them the old way was “better”. Shit, if that worked we never would have had Rock-N-Roll! I think all we can do is go with the flow and try to keep up with the changing times. Beng in a a band and being able to reach countless people via the internet is really cool. Of course the other end of that is, there are a billion other bands also trying to be heard. Fans tend to have a short attention span these days, so I guess you can only hope that a single inspires them to seek out the full album. I mean really, most are $9.99 and a click of a button. Should be a no brainer if you dig a band.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-I’m not sure where we fit in actually. Our feeling is that we have something to offer for ALL fans of Metal, Hardcore and Punk. But, going back to the sub genre question, kids today are kinda stuck in those specifics. I blame a lot of the promoters out there for training the kids to think this way. You see them post a show with a headliner who sounds like “this”, then they say they need 5 more bands that sound like “this” to open. They do this so much that when you see a show with a diverse line up kids don’t know what to make of it and often go outside for bands who don’t fit the mold they are used to. We feel like if you give us a shot no matter what genre you prefer, we can win you over as long as you have an open mind.
What does the future hold?
-We’re actively playing in support of the new album. So far the response has been awesome! We also just recorded a new track for a comp CD titled “just for us hardcore kids” which will be out on Tripsquad records in the summer. After tons of delays we will be filming our first video for the opening track of the album, Peacemaker. We have a really cool concept and think people will really dig it. other than that we’re always working on new material and playing as many shows as we can. Since the album came out in April we kinda missed the opening for all the fests but are in a great position for next summer. and who knows, maybe we’ll have another album out by then too.
Thank for your interest and support!