Music will always find it’s way to us, with or without business, politics, religion or any other bullshit attached. Music survives everything, and like God, it is always present. It needs no help and suffers no hindrance. (Eric Clapton)
BOOTLEG METAL: So let’s get things started
with the name. Who came up with the name and what’s behind it?
C2D: Chad and Mikey came up with the name. They
were both in a bad place when first starting the band, so the name fit the mood.
But I think Close2Death represents everyone’s own unique personal experience
with what’s happened in their life. Like saying what you think but not feeling
comfortable saying it out loud.
BOOTLEG METAL: Where is
the band from?
C2D: Dial’s from
Austin and the rest of us are from NY/NJ
METAL: Is this the original line up and how did you guys find yourselves in the
C2D: Ha! Nooooo C2D
has a very long story line of members. Some have joked and compared us to
Spinaltap and not just with drummers, but with bass players and even singers.
In that order. Hale is our 6th drummer. We hope he’s here to stay
METAL: How long has Close 2 Death been around and how long after your first
rehearsal was it before the first show?
C2D: About 11 years
– We started playing in 2005 and the first show was about 6 months after our
METAL: Does everyone contribute to the writing process or does someone
generally write the lyrics and/or music?
contributes. Chad, Q and Dial write lyrics mainly and Blood has written as
well. It’s def a teamwork process.
METAL: What are your songs about? Fact? Fiction? Personalexperiences? I listened to your songs and a couple stood out for me. First is Still. For me it wat the eerie vibe that sucked me in. And then there's Wet Dream. Is it as simple as the name of the song or is there more behind it?
personal experiences but a few have been written about fact. Fiction? Ya, very
BOOTLEG METAL: I listened to your songs and a couple stood out for me. First is Still. For me it wat the eerie vibe that sucked me in. And then there's Wet Dream. Is it as simple as the name of the song or is there more behind it? C2D: Still is sexy. Love that one because it starts out eerie and then goes into punk mode (laughs) after some porn samples... As for your question about Wet Dream, yes there is a story behind it. I can only give up a small amount of info though. I wrote that song about a certain guitarist. (Laughs) not going to say whom, but I was in love, just leave it at that.
METAL: What genre do you feel Close 2 Death fit’s in the best and what influenced
your writing to get you there?
C2D: Rock and metal
with a little punk/pop influence. We’re versatile in that way. Chad’s writing
is influenced from personal experience. Whatever fits the vibe and style of the
METAL: What was your latest gig?
C2D: EJ’s at the Jersey Shore Festival
METAL: Where have you played live this year?
C2D: EJ’s at the Jersey Shore Festival
METAL: Is there a favorite cover that always finds it’s way on your set list
and is there a story behind it?
C2D: Nah, we never
do covers, we can but it’s only happened once. Rolling in the Deep.
METAL: Is there a past show that stands out from the rest?
C2D:Our very first
6 Flags gig. We played 3 full sets throughout the day giving us exposure and
establishing a relationship with new fans. It was a great day.
METAL: So what’s in the works for Close 2 Death?
C2D: Just waiting
to find the right show. We like playing at festivals a lot, because it’s more
about a group of bands coming together to rock, rather than having to sell a
bunch of tickets to make some club a bunch of money off of your hard work.
Benefit shows and such.
METAL: What are your thoughts on your local music scene?
C2D: We’ve been out
of the scene for a while, so I am not quite sure lol. But have fun.
METAL: Is there a recent album/EP release you’d like to tell us about and where
can we get it?
C2D: Not yet, but
once we can record, it will be one of our best EP’s, because of the chemistry
we have with our current group. Heavy, hard, fun and real.
METAL: Do you have merchandise for sale?
C2D: We are out of
merch. The items that remain we give out for free to spread the word.
METAL: As far as videos, sites, merch, ect. Are you guys more of a DIY band or
do you hire out?
C2D: We do it all
METAL: Do you have or are you looking for a label/manager?
C2D: Yes, but I
think we are more focused on writing at the moment. Once we record a new EP,
things will fall into place.
METAL: One question I like to ask. What song (if any) by another artist do you
wish you wrote?
C2D: We generally
like writing my own stuff. But there are some great songs out there. I’m sure
we will all have different answers for this question.
METAL: Is there another artist or band that is totally not your genre that you
C2D: Yes, too many
haha. I listen to female fronted bands to get ideas and knowledge myself. But
love rock bands with male vocalists as well. Right now, Gwen, Sia, Lacuna Coil,
Hollywood Undead, Slipknot, good local acts
METAL: How do you think downloading music whether legal or illegal affected the
C2D: It changed the
entire music industry. Getting out and buying records, vinyl and experiencing
the conversations was what made music concerts a special experience. It still
happens, but it is very different in today’s times. Everything is at everyone’s
fingertips and people get distracted so easily – it has its pros and cons.
METAL: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us and answering the questions. Is
there anything you’d like to add?
C2D: Thanks for
having us. Keep you posted along the way!