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Sean Michael Coale: So
is this a full tour for you guys right now?
Sal LoCoco: "Ya U.S., As I Lay Dying,
Himsa, the Autumn Offering is on it up until January 26th,
and then the Daughters jump on."
SMC: Any plans to record a new record,
SL: "That's what the tape is, our new
SMC: When do you plan on going into the
studio with that?
SL: "Well we're trying to look at March
right now, see if we can get some time and studios. And
every place we wanna work with is booked up or the producers
we wanna use aren't available at the moment. So I don't know,
it's a fucking annoying process. We're trying to work on it
right now, seeing what we can nail down."
SMC: Are you guys planning on touring this
SL: "Ya we plan on touring till the band
SMC: Any of the fests contact you, Warped
Tour or Ozzfest?
SL: "Well, Ozzfest would be great and
we'd definitely love to do it again. Maybe they'll call us
SMC: Ya, how was that last summer?
SL: "Best time in my life, I had so much
fun. That's something that every band should get a moment to
have under their belts, 'cause the experience alone of just
being able to tour with the likes of the bands that you play
with on that tour are just so big and you get to see what
it's all about behind the scenes and hang out with real rock
stars and shit. It's cool man, you know we had a lot of fun.
Like the guys from Disturbed are so down to Earth and really
cool, they would come and hang out with us and shit. They
would watch us play on stage and everything, it was nice.
It was a good feeling to know people in these bands can
support as well as people in smaller bands."
SMC: How's it been so far moving from
Stillborn Records to Elektra?
SL: "It doesn't feel any different, I
still feel like I'm the same."
SMC: Well promotion-wise, cause a lot
of bands are coming out against them, saying they really
don't back metal sounding bands?
SL: "I mean they did a good job for us
in the sense they put the records in stores Stillborn wouldn't
reach. But I noticed that something with the promotions where
it was kinda lacking, it wasn't really there. The ads for
the record and stuff like that. And commercials and whatever
little thing anyone can do they should've and I didn't see
a lot of it. And we questioned that and we we're locked into
a one record deal anyways. So it's up to them, if they
wanna....The balls in their court right now, so I don't know
what they're gonna do. If they're gonna pick up the next one
SMC: What are your plans as far putting
out another record?
SL: "We're gonna record a new record.
And ah, if they wanna put it out, great. But we're gonna do
things on our terms since it was only a one record deal. If
no, maybe there will be other people who have interest in us
because of our past and how well we've been doing and the
draw that we have, you know. We could do good for a smaller
label, we could make a label some money, like an EVR, or a
Trustkill, Revelations or something like that size. On
Elektra you're competing with Metallica, Missy Elliot, Busta
Rhymes. How do you compete with that. And we're never gonna
be a platinum seller, so."
SMC: In underground music you don't
really need to be a platinum selling group as long as you
can put gas in the car.
SL: "Ya and that's what we do. We
definitely do a good enough job where we could start
seeing, reaping some rewards of all the time we spent on the
road and all the records that we sold. So we don't need to
be on some huge record label, to get lost or be the small
fish in the big pond."
SMC: Have you seen bigger draws or
different crowds coming out since Ozzfest?
SL: "Well I've noticed since Ozzfest a
lot of new shirts, that weren't there a year ago. We've
noticed like Godsmack shirts in the crowd, Creed shirts,
Marilyn Manson, Disturbed shirts, Slipknot shirts so. That's
definitely a great thing I'm not gonna complain about it.
Playing in a band you wanna broaden your horizons."
SMC: Ya you can't always pick who comes
out to the shows.
SL: "I mean some people may down play
that and say, you know. You sold out, but to me the word
sell out means you changed your music. Compromised your
integrity. And I mean if we're a sell out. Then there's a
lot of sell outs, out there. Our music to me sounds heavy
as fuck and would never get played on the radio that's for
sure. It won't appeal to the mainstream."
SMC: Speaking of selling out, how do
you feel on the state of hardcore?
SL: "Well, I don't think there is
anymore hardcore. The hardcore in the pure sense I think of
it as Agnostic Front, I think of the Cro Mags, I think of
Madball. I think of Youth of Today, I think of Gorilla
Biscuits, I think of old Judge. I think of Outburst, I
think of all the old New York bands from the early 80s to
the late 80s. It was a movement, it was something it meant
something. Today I think that a lot of that has gone astray.
It doesn't have the same meaning or feeling. I noticed a
trend that's happening if your stuff gets sold at Hot Topic
everybody calls you a hardcore band. And I don't even
consider us a true hardcore band in a sense. I mean you look
at a band like Terror, they play a form of old school.
That's definitely a lot more hardcore then we are. We play
breakdowns, we play metal in our music. I ain't gonna lie.
But that's just...we can't help it. Being from New York we
had so much great music come through our town, it's
like......We had Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Slayer,
Megadeth, you know how could you not know or like these
bands. Like all of us love Slayer, all of us love Pantera.
So of course you're gonna have some of it in your music.
But as for hardcore there's not really anything that's
coming up that's hardcore these days. Basically, I don't
know. You gotta feel it, it's gotta have some kinda
meaning. A lot of the bands I don't know why they're
labeled hardcore but they really shouldn't be."
SMC: How do you think the current
administration handled the whole 9/11 and war that followed
SL: "I try not to get to political 'cause
that's not what we're about. I don't want kids to think that
we wanna preach or anything like that. We're a fun band, we
wanna have a goodtime. So I hate to preach but when that
happened we had to write something to let people know how
we felt. It was a bad time, a real bad time. And a lot of
people...... me personally I wasn't effected directly no
family lose, no relatives, nothing and I'm thankful for
that. But I had a lot of friends who did lose people and
I see how it affected them. And some people still aren't
where they were before it happened. And they're still
feeling the loss from what, 2 and a half years ago? I
thought it was only fair, we being from New York, that we
let the outside world know how we were feeling and as for
what the city and the politics involved behind it. I think
Giuliani, he wasn't the mayor at the time but he did a
great job. Great job. And I was behind him 100% in everything
he did, 'cause the mayor now, whatever. He's a retard and I
wish Giuliani was still mayor. But ya, Giuliani did a great
thing and he was able to keep peoples spirits high in a
time of down. Just watching that shit unfold was something
unreal. You never think something like that could ever
happen. And to be honest I wish Bush had nuked the shit
outta them the day it happened. You know that was only a
logical feeling, at that moment. At that time I was just
like blow these motherfuckers up. And that's the wrong
mentality to have, I'm not really like that. But there's
people out there that kill based on what a book says. The
Bible, the Testament or what ever the hell they read and
if you're gonna kill on what..... don't get me wrong, I
am a practicing Catholic. And I believe, I have faith and
all of that shit. I go to church, but because somebody says
something you go out and kill people. You believe somebody
and that makes it right and there's a lot of mindless
zombies out there. That just listen and don't have any
thoughts for themselves and feel this guy is right, and I
need to go out and kill for him. Says who? if everyone was
relaxed and chilled out, and have a goodtime, a lot of this
wouldn't happen, but there's too many fanaticals out there
with their religion and it's kinda scary. This place could
be the next one, right here. Nobody knows when it's gonna
happen again, and it's getting worse. It's not getting any
better, 'cause the more violence happens in the middle east.
The more they wanna kill us, the worse it gets over there,
the worse it's gonna make for us over here. They tried in
'93, they succeeded in '01, they wanna do something bigger
in the future. Who knows when and where, it's like I always
gotta worry cause I got family in New York that's always a
prime target. And I can't stand that shit, but then again
you can't let that shit rule your life. You gotta be happy
to alive and living everyday you are alive and take it one
step at a time. Relax and not try to think about that, cause
when you do, they gotcha."
SMC: With the election coming up are
you planning on voting and for whom?
SL: "I don't even know who the
candidates are to be honest with ya. And this is funny cause
I was talking about this when we were over in Europe with
Zoli, the singer from Ignite, is really big into politics
and that dude is so intelligent. He knows everything and I
was just sitting there talking with him and I was like damn
he's right, he's got a point. And I'm just there in shock
over how intelligent this guy is, when I vote I'm gonna ask
him his opinion. We're gonna be in California in like a
week and a half, they're gonna come down to the show and
hang out and shit. So I'm definitely gonna ask him his
opinion on it, cause I know he won't stare me wrong, but I
don't even know who the running candidates are, but I think
the world is had their fill with Republicans for a while."
SMC: What's the best show you ever
played or got to see?
SL: "The best show was actually a
couple of weeks ago, we played in Pittsburgh at Club Lagga
it was one of the Stillborn Fests. And it was some reaction,
that show, the crowd, how much merch we sold. I could see
after coming back from Europe, we hadn't played a show in
the states since October. We played 3 Stillborn fests and
that Pittsburgh show, after not playing here a while or in
Pittsburgh, just any show in general I could see how far
we've come. I mean we played at the exact same time as
Madball, nobody wants to play at the exact sometime. And
I'm like Jamey why are we playing at the exact same time as
Madball? He was like dude, you think I wanted that to happen?
You think I want Madball playin' the same time as you guys
and you guys the same time as Madball? Both of you's are my
friends. And I was so pissed cause I love watching Madball,
they're one of my favorite bands. We did our thing, we
played. The room that we played in, in Club Lagga was
packed. The crowd was insane, crazy sing a longs. So much
violence in the pit I couldn't believe it, there was head
walking everywhere. It was like, you almost feel like you're
Pantera or you're Slayer for a moment. That was one of the
best shows we ever played and I was so happy, I felt so
great. And we so sold so much shit, the numbers were so
high I couldn't believe it. All 3 of the Stillborn fests
were amazing and we did such great numbers. But that
Pittsburgh one was one of the best one I can remember us