How would you classify your music?
ERS: We have been calling our music Disco Metal , kind of melting genres with groove and metal. Sort of a mash of very groovy metal like Rammstein and dancy hooks like the Bee Gees with dynamic vocals. Our lives shows are a lot of movement both on and off the stage. The crowd really lets go and gets very involved, dancing, chanting, singing.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
ERS: I suppose Rammstein, Stone Sour, Children of Bodom, Fozzy, Guns N Roses
What do you want fans to take from your music?
ERS: We’re an uplifting sound and vibe. We help eachother to be the best we can be and that’s the message we send our fans. Everyone who knows us and hangs with us knows we’ll be there for you. We encourage people at our shows to make friends, connect and form a community. We have aligned many of our headlining tour dates with local charities, brining communities together for a good cause and to enjoy an awesome night of metal and rock in the process.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
ERS: We handpick almost all of the support bands for each of our headlining dates, we plug and tag and promote and help each band we meet to grow and be as big as they want to. That’s the way forward, we all go together. Our hometown is Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY but our tour circuit is the entire Northeast so to us, the music scene is every venue we play on tour. That’s how we treat each show and the shows are always well attended. Weve had incredible nights in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley New York and of course Brooklyn. We’ve got some big shows coming up on Long Island including opening for the 69 Eyes. We’re big fans of their sound and longevity as a band.
What is the best concert you have been to?
ERS: Best concert of all time?? That’s tough! We all went to see Ozzy at Jones Beach this past year with Stone Sour opening. That’s was a fun arena style experience and the show was through the roof. I’m very diversified in my musical tastes. I’ve had incredible experiences seeing artists like Bruno Mars, Phish, The Black Crowes, Metallica, Tenacious D. I love watching live music and have tons of experiences.
What do you like most about playing live?
ERS: I love people. I like performing for people, connecting with my band on stage, and meeting and hanging with everyone all night long. I remember going on tour in some of my earlier years and having band mates say they don’t like people. I just thought to myself, you won’t last very long.
Is there a song you have released that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
ERS: They are all very special to us, I guess after playing and recording so long you hope not to release throw away material. I will say the song Communion gets an enormous response live. It has big gang vocals and the crowd goes nuts chanting the “I” and “Why”‘ back at us. We love it!
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
ERS: I think the entire band (John Polimeni on guitar, Alex Nikitin on bass and CK1 on drums) have all learned to play together. We are operating at a very high level and I think that’s how we have come so far so quickly. We have gotten closer in and out of the studio and that’s part of the process. We’ve got a slew of new tour dates coming up and touring is like traveling, you never come back the same. It’s a guaranteed period of growth one way or another.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
ERS: I have lots of heros but I believe in the living and in the now. I would probably want to hang with Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/Slipknot. He has two bands that are definitely happening now and Im a fan of both. Also I heard him thank Ozzy from the stage for teaching him and taking him under his wing, so hopefully he’ll have the same frame of mind towards young artists he believes in. Now only to get his attention! Yo Corey, lets have dinner!! I’ve got some songs you should hear!.
What’s next for you?
ERS: We’re touring, releasing singles (Beaming Right Up, Sick As Our Secrets) and we have a video for Beaming Right Up that’s about to drop. Very excited to share all the content we’ve been working on, amazing talent around this band and we’re going to keep doing more videos and recordings. We’ve been demo’ing new stuff immediately so we’re prepared to record again, maybe at the end of this year.