Riverside, California Death Metal band Suicide Silence is gearing up for a wild Summer. As happens with some of the more gifted and driven acts, I can recall from having zero clue who Suicide Silence was to being completely bombarded by stories of their performances and music in a matter of mere moments. Only special acts drive that type of buzz, especially in the Metal world.
Suicide Silence’s explosive rise was nearly cut short following a tragic accident that took the life of their original singer, Mitch Lucker, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at the tender age of 28. But the Metal world rallied to the aid of their friend, culminating in a massive, star-studded memorial performance to honor his memory and help support his young daughter Kennadee’s future educational costs. Kudos, head-bangers!
Armed with a new singer, Eddie Hermida of All Shall Perish fame, the band readying their fans with a new album, You Can’t Stop Me, dropping on Nuclear Blast this July. And did I mention they’re doing do in superb fashion as one of the many amazing acts on Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival?! Oh yeah… It’ll be a wild ride, and hopefully the group’s highest Billboard chart position to date.
You already know it’s gonna be a ripper, so I caught up with new singer Eddie Hermida over the phone to talk about the new album, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and entering Suicide Silence’s fold after Mitch’ very untimely passing.
G- Hi and thank you for taking the time to speak with Live High Five today! How’s everything going in the world of Suicide Silence right now?
E- Well thank you for that wonderful intro… That’s quite the positivity coming for you, man, and we appreciate it. Thanks for having me as well.
Everything is great over here. I am currently in sunny Southern California. I’m actually driving a couple of passports and doing the legwork to the Russian consulate so we can go out to Europe before Mayhem and get some things straightened out.
G- Ok. Well, I was going to bring that up later, but since you already opened the door, you’re doing a June run of both Europe and Russia. Will this be the first time you guys are playing in Russia?
E- No. The band actually all have a Hammer and Sickle tattoo on them, a sort of band tattoo, and it was to commemorate being out there. I’m really stoked to be with them. I’ve played Russia a few times and I know what I’m in for. The fans out there are out of their minds!
G- Oh yeah. One of the best videos I’ve ever seen to date is the Pantera “Domination” video from Monsters of Rock (Russia 1991.)
E- Ohhh That is one of the best metal shows just in general! They were so fired up and still an upcoming and coming band. They had the fire underneath them and they just shredded all of Russia in one sitting and just shoved it down their throat! Everybody loved it and pitted super hard. I’m pretty sure I saw penises flying (laughter).
G- Yeah the only people I felt bad for after that performance was the band that had to play AFTER Pantera because that was just too hard to top.
E- Absolutely. Very true.
G- Now before we talked about mayhem Fest, we’ve got to talk about this album coming up. You are getting ready to tour in support it. The release is called You Can’t Stop Me, and it’s dropping on Nuclear Blast, a great fucking label, and it’s your first with the band.
Tell us a bit about it, man. We want to know where you recorded it, who was behind the board producing, and how long it took.
E- We recorded with a gentleman named Steve Evetts who has recorded some of my favorite records. (He did) all the Dillinger Escape Plan stuff. He’s done everything from The Cure to Sepultura, you know, so it was an honor to be working with such a genius.
The whole process was pretty fluid. He was a good friend of Mitch’s, so it kinda felt like it was 6 dudes who could commemorate Mitch. The only dude that was missing was a dude named “Big Chocolate.” I feel like he could’ve come in and put on all the other stamps I thought it would need to make this record that much better.
But we all worked really hard on it. Steve was the person who brought out a lot of sick shit from me, and I’m really proud of this record, dude.
G- That’s great. And real quick… Where did you record the record as well. Gotta give some props to the studio.
E- Yeah man it’s called The Omen Room where Steve Evetts works and creates all the beauty he puts out.
G- Right on.
So, obviously you’ve got a long history in Metal. You were with All Shall Perish and now you’re with Suicide Silence. This is your first record with the guys… Tell us a bit about the writing process like with the guys, and how was your transition was in the studio compared to All Shall Perish releases. What did you take away from this, and how did you approach it in ways you may haven’t have in the past?
E- We worked with a producer on this record, which is something All Shall Perish never did. We worked with each other a lot more. With All Shall Perish, I was really a separate entity in the band. I would go in and be there for some of the sessions where they were putting the songs together, and I would get a sense of the songs, but I was still very separate from the whole writing process. I would get emails of the songs, and I would sit in my living room and write lyrics, be it with Matt or by myself. So that’s how we would end up recording. I would record separate from everybody else and we wouldn’t always be in the same studio at the same time. It was always very separate. Not to say that was a bad thing, it was just the way things worked.
With Suicide Silence, I pretty much immersed myself in the practice studio, and we were all kinda pushing each other at all times. It was a really fluid record. It came from the very depths of exactly what was going on inside of us. It’s a record that was put together like that, you know?
G- Dig it. So we have a bit of insight as to the record and the process, so now we’ve gotta get back to the tours. The records are great, but live is where the band really shines and you’ve got some heavyweight touring coming up. Of course we’ve got Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival coming up, and it’s a long run.
You’re in rehearsals right now… How’s everything coming along and sounding, what are the plans for the tour this Summer run? Maybe a full album show here or there? Just the hits? Any special surprises or guests?
E- Nothing to left field. It’s gonna be us playing. I know on Mayhem we are going to be playing 2 songs we are about to release that will drop pretty soon, so keep your ears open for that. I’m not gonna let you know what it is yet.
E- But it’s definitely gonna be another doozy of a song, along with “Cease To Exist.” In Europe, we’re going to be saving the second song just for Mayhem. We have a couple of headlining sets, so we’re bringing in a couple of older songs. For Europe, we’re going to be playing “Cease To Exist” as well. It might be that we get Greg to come out to the shows in Southern California to jam with us for a song.
G- Right on! We’ll be looking out for that.
And though you’re there for work, it’s looking like a nasty party as well. With such an amazing lineup, as part of the package, who are you most interested and excited to see and hang out with all Summer long before and after your performances?
E- Body Count, dude. I just heard the first single off their record yesterday, and I think it slays. It’s a really cool song and I think it’s going to be a good time.
G- Did you see the video yet?
E- No I haven’t seen the video yet, but I can imagine it’s pretty scary.
G- Dude make it a point! Watch it because it could be video of the year. It’s awesome!
E- Yeah. I’m excited to see them, and I’m just excited to tour with everybody that you tour with on Mayhem. Be it the production office, all the people that I interview with, everybody asking me questions like right now, getting a drink with them and chilling.
It’s also really cool to see all these up and coming bands, bands we’ve never toured with like Wretched. It’ll be cool to see the guys from Veil Of Maya everyday and party with them, smoke weed and play video games. There’s a relationship with basically everybody on the tour, so it’s gonna be a blast.
But Body Count is the band I’m going to be sitting side-stage for a lot of the nights.
G- I’m with that 100%.
And since you brought it up, what’s your drink of choice? What will you be drinking on the road?
E- Oh man right now I’m sticking with my Jameson and sodas.
G- That’s respectable. A couple of months doing that everyday… OOF!
E- If you want to remove the soda water and take shots with me, I’ll do that. I’ll take a shot of anything
G- You’re on.
Ok, so after the album drop, Russia, Europe, and Mayhem Fest, there is still going to be a lot of 2014 left. Does Suicide Silence have any other plans at this time?
E- Yeah you know, we’ll be doing some stuff here and there. The fondue pot is cooking.
G- Anything up can hip us to or do we have to wait for that?
E- Hey man, the cheese ain’t melted yet, bro.
G- (laughter) I love it!
Ok 2 last questions for you. As a fan of the band first, and now as a member of the band, what I’d like to know is do you have a favorite song by Suicide Silence to listen to from the back catalogue, and if you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, both from the older catalogue and from what you’re now included in on the new album, to try and make a new fan, what tracks would you give them?
E- Ok. So I would say my favorite track to listen to and jam out on right now is “In A Photograph.” That song is like our little closet heavy troll that is sitting there. It is so brutal and it’s a song that still has that kind of religious connotation, which I’m always moved by.
I feel like if I was going to show anybody a Suicide Silence tune, it would have to be “O.C.D.” of off The Black Crown. I feel like that song really shows the diverse side of Suicide Silence, and it shows the band has Rock and Roll sense.
If you’ve never heard the band before, that’d be a good intro song. It grooves, it moves, and it keeps you stoked on life in general.
And I have one final question for you today. You were a busy man with All Shall Perish, and you’re going to be even busier with Suicide Silence. Studio, recording, touring.. It’s a great life, but it’s a tough life with a lot of work that people don’t realize a lot of the time. But there will always be kids out there that want to pick up the mic, drum sticks, or a guitar and start thrashing around.
So from your experience, what advice can you give some of the young fans out here who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician lie yourself?
E- One of the best things I’ve ever heard anyone say was from Scott Vogel from Terror. He always urges young kids at a show to pick up a guitar, pick up a pair of drumsticks or a mic, or pick up a pen and pad and start putting down your ideas and start really thinking about music. I think everybody should start a band at some point in their lives. If you’re gonna continue on with it and it’s in your heart, it’s going to stick.
I think that everybody should find a relationship with music in a behind the scenes way. It makes you a better person and it also shows you that music is not some kind of joke.
G- Very cool. Well that’s all I have for you today, Eddie and I want to say thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five today. I’m looking forward to the record, tour, and maybe having a couple of shots of Jameson with you if we can manage to link up when you all are on the road.
E- Hell yeah man. I’m always down and this interview has been great. To everyone listening, thank you very much for all the support. We’re going to be giving you everything we’ve got at all times so keep your ears out and to the ground!
G- Yes! Alright enjoy the rest of your day, man, and we will see you on the East Coast!
E- Hell yeah man! See you later.