CAUSTIC METHOD (Eng.)

1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Right now we are gearing up for our cd release ‘The Virus’ via Pavement Entertainment on June 2nd! We are so excited to be a part of this great label and couldn’t be in better hands. ‘The Virus’ video has hit everywhere and we are quite amazed with the response from fans,friends, AND ‘famous folk’ who’ve given us a HUGE  thumbs up on the video AND the CD. We are currently ‘in talks’ with some rather large tours and agents, but the details are not complete at this time.

 

2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
We are based out of Central New York (Syracuse) and have done tons of shows in New York, Ohio, and all over the Eastern States. We have played with Otep, Ill Nino, Hatebreed, Mushroomhead, Drowning Pool, HED PE, Straight Line Stitch, and many, many more. I (Darin) am also the former guitarist from Joey Belladonna (of Anthrax fame) solo band ‘Belladonna’. I was on the debut album in 1995 entitled ‘Belladonna’ on BMG/Mausoleum. Some may have also seen me in the movie ‘Adult World’ starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts. I had a speaking role as the ‘Land Lord’.

 

3- How could you describe your sound?
Caustic Method’s ‘sound’ is a difficult one to pin down. We just do what we do, to the best we can. People have tried to put a label on what kind of ‘metal’ we are, but have failed to do it fully. It is just straight old school meets new school metal with our own twist. Well, I’m running with that example for the time being. (smile)

 
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
All of us have very diverse influences. I think this is the key to the Caustic Method ‘sound’. Matt (vocalist) likes bands like HED PE to La Coka Nostra and beyond, Eric (bassist) has such a wide range of Blues, Jazz, and Metal, Angel (drummer) has a Latin Percussion type influence all the way to Metal, and I (Darin) have influences from David Gilmour to Mozart.

 
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
We have been getting some INSANE feedback from all over the world! From folks who’ve supported the band from the beginning, to a ton of new people who have never heard of us nor seen us live before. It is such a humbling feeling to connect with all kinds of people, speaking all different languages, connecting with ONE common thing, the love of  music.

 

6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
If you are speaking on the sound of the CD ‘The Virus’, YES definitely! It was recorded in Syracuse,NY at SubCat Studios by Ron Keck. Wonderful! As for the songs, we wanted the CD to be what we say we are. Raw, in your face. We COULD have spent a ton of time doing 2,000 tracks of this and that,but we didn’t want it to be fully polished. To me, a fully polished album sounds just that. Nine times out of ten, it also loses the original feel and energy. Too mechanical. Heck, our drummer Angel didn’t even use a click track. It killed the ‘vibe’ we thought. All in all, we are proud of ‘The Virus’ album and we hope everybody else does too!caustic method

 
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Persistence, Persistence, Persistence. Everything we have accomplished so far, is plain and simple persistence and the belief we have something worthwhile to share with the world. The most awesome thing is that the people have spoken and are speaking. It’s all about ‘The Virus’ and ‘The Virus’ is you. You, are ‘The Virus’.

 
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
It’s been crazy! Before we began talks with Pavement, we had released ‘The Virus’ EP ourselves which was in a super raw form. Then we worked out a deal and went back into the studio to finish before the deadline. Normally, we are well prepared, but this happened so fast. We went back into the studio, re-tracked the EP songs and added the rest. In fact, ‘Bottle Of Scotch’ was finished IN the studio, It was a cool riff we were messing with, but not complete. Ron Keck (engineer) heard it and pressed us to mess with the song. Unknown to us, he was recording it. ‘Scotch’ is basically a one take recording. How’s that for raw!

 
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
The writing process ‘magic’ usually happens in our practice studio. Mostly I come up with a guitar riff, Angel plays along, Eric jumps in, and Matt comes up with a basic vocal line immediately. That easy. Problem is, we probably had 14 albums of music already and didn’t record them while they were magically happening. We have since started a policy of recording practices from start to finish. I would suggest every band to do so. You never know what will be a great song…

 
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
We just did a 2 show ‘warm up’ with Soil in Illinois and Wisconsin a few months ago. The response was INSANE. So, our priority is jumping on a tour or three asap. We want to get ‘The Virus’ spreading far and wide. I am in the process of creating guitar riffs for the next strain of ‘The Virus’ to get a jump on the next album. The guitars will have more dimension. I can’t wait!

 

11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thank you to everyone! Remember, YOU are ‘The Virus’!!
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