We’ve been great! Busy, busy and busy but we enjoy the activity. Good to be here!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Baptized By Fire”?
“Baptized By Fire” is a song we are very proud man. It combines what we love about modern metal but has an old school layout with lyrics that we feel embody our experiences so far. It’s a great jam, damn good flow and overall a killer song we think.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Being a musician can be a pain in the ass. There are a lot of shady people in every business but the music industry is rampant with sharks, snakes and people you’d definitely want to stay clear of. The only way to learn is by exposing yourself to opportunity but there’s a risk to be paid. You need to get out there, cut your teeth, get kicked in the ass, fail – then fail again, get the shit kicked out of you and learn quickly from what you experience. We feel as though we are Baptized By Fire. We’ve been tossed in the pits since the beginning. No help, no assistance, no guidance – just learning by trial and error/baptism by fire. We’ve paid some dues, we will put it that way… still are.
How was the film experience?
It was awesome! The only thing that sucked is that it was really cold but overall it was great. We shot at this badass abandoned church in Gary, IN and also at a place called The Shadow Emporium in Chicago. Our good friend Drake not only owns the joint but also does a lot of our artwork as well. Finally, we had the pleasure of working with artist J Anthony Kosar who did the makeup for our main character. If you don’t know Kosar, google him… the guy is a legend.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
We just felt it was appropriate. The title is a nice middle finger to the people who try to take advantage of others in the music industry and in life period. The lyrics are a great showcase and reminder that no one will help you but yourself, the lessons you learn always hold true and how we are hard pressed to succeed. Failure is not an option. Blacktop Mojo has an album titled “Burn the Ships” and I love that name. I feel like it’s related so much. There’s no turning back, ya know? We’ve learned so much because we’ve been baptized by fire so fuck it, burn the ships and let’s go full steam ahead.
How was the recording and writing process?
Great! We took more time to write and structure everything which is always beneficial. It was a lot of fun to trying new things, experiment and step out of our comfort zones. Writing and recording are always interesting processes to begin with. You’re creating something, molding it and producing it for the world to hear. That sounds beautiful and is… but it’s also a bit terrifying to make yourself artistically vulnerable to the world. Luckily, the response has been great though!
What role does Chicago play in your writing?
Honestly, a lot. We were all born and raised here so that Chicago blood runs thick. There’s a lot of cultural substance, political content and rich history to go around here. We’re proud of where we are from so I’m sure those roots trickle through musically.
What aspect of 80s music did you get to explore on this record?
Well, we obviously love 80’s metal and old school rock but press kind of took it and ran with it. We have said a few times that we are influenced by the 80’s but who isn’t? There are so many iconic and legendary bands that came out of the 80’s and the genre’s they stretch across are so vast. We love BOTH modern metal and 80’s metal. We’ve also stated a few times that we like quite a few bands dominating the scene currently. So let’s cut the shit, we like both old shit and new shit and combine that shit to make new shit!
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
There are quite a few things we take inspiration from. Movies, sports, war, love, hate, fear. It all depends on the song and where the energy takes us. We like pushing the boundaries and exploring new content so it depends.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are planning the first leg of our tour now actually. We are getting pretty booked up and I know for sure we will be in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado very soon. You can go to www.aeracomusic.com to keep up with tour dates!
What else is happening next in Aeraco’s world?
We’ve got some huge surprises we are working on but we are limited on what we can say right now. A few music videos are in the works as well but again, I can’t say which ones because we are still in pre-production for them. All in all, we have a ton going on and love staying busy. We owe it to our fans to give them great music/content so that is a primary driver. We hope everyone will continue to enjoy the music and what we will reveal soon!