The young american band Savage Hands will release their new album "Barely Alive" on friday (march 2nd) through Sharptone Records, we asked the vocalist Mikey a few questions about the band and their new album.
Hello. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album. Could you start out by introducing yourself and tell us what part in the band you have?
Mikey: Thank you so much! Hey guys. Mikey G here, the vocalist of the band.
Why did you choose this title for the record?
Mikey: The record is pretty dark, and represents some of the darkest times of our lives. I chose Barely Alive because that song in particular was probably the darkest time in my life. And I wanted that focal point to represent the mood of the entire record.
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Mikey: We first started working on the album back in 2016 as just a project. We didn’t really know or understand what we wanted out of it, but we knew we wanted to create something organic and fresh. It was a long process. Between working and finishing school… we basically had only weekends to work with. Traveling from Maryland to Ohio which is a 7 hour drive. The writing process came naturally instrumentally, but the writing process lyrically was tough because I was literally ripping the words out of my mind that cause so much emotion in my life. It was if I was reliving some of those memories while putting it together. It helped me move on though.
Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How did the cooperation go between the band and the producer?
Mikey: The record was produced/recorded in Cleveland OH with Andrew Baylis. Some slight producing came from our at home producer Jesus Rivera. They both work with each other as well so it’s all a very good thing we have going on. Being able to write at home and then take it to the big studio helps out with time a lot.
Cooperation was awesome. We harnessed a very good friendship with Baylis from our older bands and continued on with Savage Hands.
Are you trying to express something through your music?
Mikey: yeah. We just want people to see the bad in their lives and be able to recover from it on a positive note through emotion, in whatever way they seem fit. “Deciding when you pick yourself back up is a choice you can make at any time”.
Since the release is only a few days away now, how has the response from the press been?
Mikey: So far it’s been really great and we’re not used to that so we’re very pleased and thankful. As I said previously... it’s been a long time in the making so seeing the response we have been getting is mind blowing.
You've already released the first two songs online for your fans to hear, how has the new material been received from the fans so far?
Mikey: just as we had hoped. Amazing. The younger kids love it, as well as adults. It’s got a well rounded boundary to it and is open for all ears and all music lovers.
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
Mikey: Omar Preciado. He is an amazing artist with a great perception of what we can ask of him verbally. We wanted to grasp the concept of like the nice guy finishing last. Being stabbed even though you’re reaching out a hand. Basically a “taken for granted” type of feeling. He NAILED IT.
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material?
Mikey: Haha, a 100% turn around. We’ve never done anything like this.
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind of new music do you listen to these days?
Mikey: a little bit of everything. My dad was into classic rock while my mom just listened to everything. I started getting into scene music like Taking Back Sunday, Silverstein, and From First to Last when I turned 13. Relating to the lyrics hard. Now I listen to a variety it all depends on what I’m doing. I like jamming slow Indy stuff when I’m driving, hip-hop while partying, and alternative rock or 90s rock while skateboarding like Highly Suspect then turning way back to Nirvana.
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Mikey: Not really. I guess these bands accomplishments inspired us to work hard. But as for instrumentally or lyrically, no.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
Mikey: our biggest achievement so far is actually seeing this offer through and signing the deal with Sharptone. It was a huge accomplishment in our books. We couldn’t happier with the home we’ve been given to develop our art.
Through the years we have all opened some exceptionally notable tours with nation acts such as I see stars, silverstien, and a bunch of others. Biggest show probably had a turn out of 700 people.
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Mikey: Hopefully haha. As for how soon, honestly I’m not sure. It’s a personal dream of mine to travel. A lot of our label mates are across the pond, so maybe we can get something going soon.
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Mikey: would have loved to play warped tour. We actually played our home state date back in 2015 when we were in a older band and I wanted to get back ever since. But we got cut short on that one!
A dream tour would be with Bring Me The Horizon, UNDEROATH, Sylar and Savage Hands. I feel like that is a pretty well rounded genre friendly tour!
That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Mikey: Thank you to everyone that supports Savage Hands. You are Savage Hands.
We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
- Band/Kunstner: Savage Hands
- Interview med: Mike Garrow, Vocals
- Interview dato: Tirsdag, 27 Februar 2018
- Samarbejdspartner: Nuclear Blast Records / SharpTone Records