1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before
We are all from Collingwood/Wasaga Beach, Ontario. We started the band when an old band we were in disbanded and we needed to keep playing live shows to satisfy our love for playing music. So we got a group of guys together and started making some songs, showed some friends and ended up playing our first show in April of 2011. Over the last year we've played a decent amount of shows and had a really good response from people about this band.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Thats a really good question. Its also a very difficult one to answer because our music incorporates a lot of elements that are not found in deathcore, or hardcore. I guess the best way to describe our music would be groove metal. We have so many different kinds of music in our music. We have deatchore elements, hardcore elements, metalcore elements and death metal. But we also have jazz elements and rock elements in our sound as well so like I said, its really hard to put us in a category. Our sound is a heavy sound that constantly is evolving.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
When writing lyrics I try to stick to things that are real and happening in my life. Putrid Dynasty was written about a lot of emotions that I have been going through in the last few years of my life. More recent events will tend to stick out in this album because I was in a darker place while writing most of them. Personal reasons backing more then half the album. Other songs such as "Mouth Breather" was written about my loss of faith I have experienced probably around 3 years ago. I was raised in a catholic family so this for me was a life changing experience that has dragged on for quite some time. Songs such as "Metastasize & Consume" and "The Dead Call" are about my point of view in how I see our society today, from wars to the things we are constantly force fed by the media.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Mike has an irrational fear of large bodies of water. He hates flying over them, you couldn't get 'em on a fucking boat if you paid him all the money in the world. He just can't do it.. which will suck if we started touring over seas (laughs). The name was actually the name of a project he was working on which is now called Abigail's Threnody. The guys saw it and liked it and since we had no name at the time, we went with it and its sort of stuck.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Not as energetic as it could be we've got a lot of stuff we'd like to incorporate into our stage show, so we can get everyone moving more.. in all the places we've played so far we've had a few Wall's of death and they've been successful we haven't had any complaint's about our live show so far. Our best show was in Huntsville, Good turn out. Good crowd. Played a solid set and the response was awswome. After every song the crowd would chant TIDE! TIDE! TIDE! over and over again couldn't even hear Matt introduce the next song, some girl got knocked out in the first 30 seconds of the set which was shitty but also shows we can move a crowd.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We are scheduled to tour for the month of May to support the release of the record. Its a small Canadian tour that takes us out East and we have a few stops in some smaller towns but it's mostly the bigger cities we are playing. It doesn't stop there though there is already talk of going on another short tour for the summer and another month one come fall.
7. Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the music?
We are unsigned and looking to shop our album but not in any rush to get signed right from the get go. We would like to experience what it's like to tour together as a band and what the road life is really like. As for labels it really depends on what we're offered and what feels right to call this bands "home".
8. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by fans of extreme metal and deathcore?
I would say it's typical for a band at our level. We've got some awesome fans from all over the world, which is pretty crazy to think but it's one of the pros for using facebook, your site gets out there and you're able to track who and where is "liking" your page. As for metal fans go though we're on the right track i'd say. Take "Choke On Your Regret" for an example almost 700 views since it's Jan 21st release. 11 "likes" and 3 "dislikes" we win some, we loose some. Your not going to always be able to grab peoples interest but what matter is your gaining their attention and that our name is getting out there. Good or bad.
9. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?
Mike has a solo project called Abigail's Threnody.. our drummer Dave Hilder and guitar player Jesse Carter jam with some buddies and had a jam band called Soundshock Labyrinth but other then that no .. we don't have any other band's or projects that take presidence over TTWTU.
10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We Obviously want to mature musically but we won't be having standard structure to a song refering back to the label question, we like having our full creativity when writing. We are defninetely looking towards a more matured, tighter, emotional sound. Something that will really be imprinted into the listeners mind.
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to now?
As far as vocals go I try not to sound like someone and just go with pitches that i'm comfortable with and that sound good for that part. As for writing lyrics, I stay away from being inspired by someone else work just because I wouldn't want my work to turn out like theirs. What really interested me into trying to do vocals were such acts as Suicide Silence, Dr.Acula, Parkway Drive and Lamb of God. Jesse is heavily influenced by Zapa and even dabbles in jazz fusion and things like that. As for Dave, he's a go with the flow kinda guy, if it's good he'll listen to it. Mike has been really into older metal lately. Like, metal from early 2000's but his big influences are bands like Oceano and Suicide Silence
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I have a daughter so I try being as much as a father figure as I can. I love my child and spend most of my free time with her. Other then that friends and being outside. I love nature and what it has to offer. Jesse and Dave are big music heads, and are jamming all the time. Mike plays a lot of video games and spends a lot of time with his girlfriend. Band consumes our lives though. Everything comes back to band. In a good way, dont get me wrong. But we all have different interests outside of music.
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
For any people out there trying to pursue music, know it's a very long and rough road but if you keep your heart in it and keep your mind focused you can accomplish anything and make your dreams come true. You have to surround youself with the right people to guide you and have a solid foundation in place to lean on, otherwise this business can chew you up and spit you out. There's always another band ready to take your place.