Musicscan: How did you first get involved into hardcore, metal, punk, grind, etc...?
What is your background? Where you in any previous bands noteworthy to
If Hope Dies: we grew up around syracuse, ny which was the hardcore capital of the
world at that point. earth crisis, another victim and so many others
so we grew up punk rock and hardcore kids. we still love that shit too
even though our music went into a way more metal direction. Strife and
cast iron hike will still be heard all too often in our van.
Musicscan: As you were forming If Hope Dies what was influencing the direction you
would take the band and how did your sound develop since you founded
If Hope Dies: like i was sayin we grew up in hardcore so thats what we sounded like
at first. tough guy, old schoolish hardcore that now is more
embarrassing than getting pants in gym class. we started rockin out to
bands like shadows fall and in flames and kinda dove head first into
those kinda of sikk ass metal bands. we listen to so many random
genres of music that our newest album is kinda hard to pinpoint our
influences i think, which is cool. i think it has as much to do with
rock as metal or hardcore...it makes it more fun to play
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "Life In
Ruin"? Does it feel good to see this record be available in stores soon?
even got an European licence on Metal Blade.
If Hope Dies: yeah, we actually hung out with brian from metal blade tonight at our
show in seattle and he was a cool ass dude. writing and recording is
so stressful i fuckin hate it. touring can be hard too but recordings
is the worst so having that out of the way for a few years is amazing.
we have been getting some good responses in the US thus far on the new
shit so we hope you guys across the pond are into it cuz we should be
there soon enough
Musicscan: Do you feel that the record is a pretty good representation of bands
sounding as of right now? How would you sum up this release in short words?
If Hope Dies: we are hoping that this record reaches more audiences than just metal
and hardcore. the more we tour and talk to people it seems they are
getting more open minded about all sorts of music. i hope that rock and
rollers dig it as much as long hairs and gym short karate moshers.
there are parts of songs that you can shake your ass and then the next
part beat someones face inside out.
Musicscan: What makes If Hope Dies stand out from your own point of view and what
do you consider to be bands trademarks?
If Hope Dies: the new album has some brutal riffs that i cant believe our guitar
player wrong cuz hes the least brutal guy ever. were really proud of
our lyrics too. a lot of metal bands kinda stay clear of anything
political, which is fine, but i like that our screamer isnt screaming
about nothing. hes got some thought provoking shit man. other than
that we just got some sweet tunes that hopefully never get out of your
Musicscan: Life In Ruin covers a lot of bases musically - there's something for
everyone of hardcore, metalcore or more extrem metal. Were you going
for a more inclusive approach or is it an intentionell drive to make
the songs as varied musically as possible?
If Hope Dies: we knew we didnt want a straight up heavy metal album. we love metal
but that wouldnt be enough to make it last for us. if we have to play
these 11 songs everyday for the next 2 years than we needed to
incorporate everything we love, without sounding like garbage...which
was trying indeed.
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently on Life In Ruin, that you hadn't done
previously to keep things progressing? Were there any particular
adjustments or things that you wanted to improve upon from a technical
aspect of writing?
If Hope Dies: we wanted a faster, heavier, better written album than we ever even
tried to write before. this was kinda the first time we tried to write
an album instead of 11 random songs thrown together. our singer, al,
did some amazing vocal parts that before entering the studio we didnt
even know he could do. he added more to our songs than we ever
thought. we wrong the songs with chorus's and verses and whatnot so it
was a lot simpler than ever before so we knew it was gonna come down to
vocals to make the record sikk. al went above and beyond our
expectations and transformed what we wrote into something we are stoked
and proud of
Musicscan: What bands do you consider to be truly inspiring to you? Do you think
that your songwriting is affected by music your hear, or do you try not
to be influenced by that? Personally I hear a lot of influences by
Killswitch, As I Lay Dying and Unearth.
If Hope Dies: we love all three of those bands down to our souls but i dont know if
they played that huge a role in our writing. we try not to sound like
we get parts from bands cuz honestly we dont listen to a ton of metal.
id say we take more from those bands live shows and responses than the
actual music they write. we try to write songs that make the crowd go
nuts and is a blast to play and i feel that those bands do the same,
and thats why they are so good.
Musicscan: Any chance to see you guys playing live overhere soon?
If Hope Dies: oh yeah brotha! we are working on some shit as we speak actually. we
always get these offers and something always fucks up with them but i
got a good feeling about this next idea. cant tell you yet but youll
know soon enough.