Who's idea was it to film a DVD? I would have to say ultimately it was our label's idea to put the DVD out, but the overall sentiment amongst everyone involved in this band was that it was about time as well. Is there a moment on the DVD that was captured that you love to watch over and over? There are actually several documented points in the band's history that I enjoyed watching when I first saw the DVD. In the documentary portion, one of the most brutal touring experiences we've ever had (being marooned in the desert) is definitely one of them. The "Crew" Section on the Bonus Disc is also another personal favorite, seeing as the majority of people who came out with us as techs are friends first. Is the band currently writing or working with any new material? Currently we are in the "personal demo-ing of ideas" stage of songwriting. Basically, all of us are recording demos and riffs on our own, which we will begin hashing out in the rehearsal room this summer when we are home from tour. Will there be a new record in the near future? If so, what producer will you be working with? So far it looks like the album is due for an early 2010 release, which means we will be hitting the studio at the end of the year. We don't know exactly who will be producing the album, but we have a solid list of people who will be speaking with soon. What are some key elements and influences that have shaped the band over the years? Touring has probably been the biggest influence on this band over the years. For example, we learn a lot about how songs we write in a small room actually translates in a live setting. Its very interesting how sometimes the coolest or most technical riffs aren't as powerful live as a solid, driving groove. I'm not speaking in the "what-the-crowd-likes" mentality either, its how we feel about playing the songs we wrote live. Another perk of being on the road is learning tips, riffs, techniques, licks and licks, from other musicians whom we respect. Apart from actually playing guitar, learning how bands run their production and gear is something I enjoy learning as well. Have your influences changed since your first record? Definitely. I always go through phases of being really stoked on particular bands/players and listen to them almost exclusively for months. Last year I couldn't stop listening to Ratt haha. Warren DeMartini rips!
"The tour was something we were genuinely looking forward to."
Where did you learn to play guitar? Did you take lessons or teach yourself? I did the same thing a lot of my friends did when we started playing guitar. I took beginner lessons where dudes were trying to teach me Nirvana songs, and soon after stopped because I wanted to shred like Randy Rhoads. I started improving most when I just sat in my room and made myself figure stuff out. When I was a little older however, I did take lessons from a dude named Mark Bond from my area. At that time he was the best guitar player/teacher I had ever known! What advice do you have for a beginner guitar player that wants to take their guitar playing abilities to the next level? I would encourage every guitar player at every level to never get bummed out on themselves. Guitar playing is entirely in your mind, and if you care enough about it, you can patiently work towards whatever goal it is you have with your instrument. It just takes time. What's your favorite piece of gear that you own? My custom Ibanez ART's are my favorite guitars. The play so well and sound killer! What advice do you have for young hardcore/metalcore bands that are trying to make it in the music industry? Never stop aspiring and don't sweat the small stuff. Interview by Brandon Weiss Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2009
"Currently we are in the "personal demo-ing of ideas" stage of songwriting."