Stephanie talked with American Grim about their new album Freakshow and what the band hopes their fans feel when seeing the band live - Read it HERE!
AMERICAN GRIM INTERVIEW FOR THE EAST COAST ROMPER
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS
Before setting out to start bands and music what was it about being a musician/artist that intrigued you to dedicate your life to it?
I started going to hardcore shows at a young age in NJ. The Energy in the crowd is what really sucked me in. I think having an identity as a hardcore kid gave me a place where I felt like I fit in.
AMERICAN GRIM is pretty much a new up n coming band with a lot to say. What do you hope music fans will walk away with after seeing you guys live, or listening to your album Freakshow?
When it comes to the live show I just want people to feel the passion. I want people to know that we love this shit. There’s really nothing that feels better than playing heavy music.
Being a three-piece band and playing with the same people for many years how does the music and songwriting process come about and is it a pretty easy tasks since you guys know each other so well? Do you all have a say in songwriting and who is usually the first one to come up with ideas?
American Grim has no real way we write songs. We feel like three song writers in one band. We all write, we all have different styles. Mike Morello our guitarist has a studio in our home town where we track and write. The best songs are what we use. We don't rehearse as much as we work in the studio, we are in the studio every day, the main thing we don't want to do is sound like everyone else.
Your album FREAKSHOW shows a vast array of music genres in each and every song; does that come from the many influences you all have through the years growing up?
Our roots are metal so we really try hard not to be just a metal band, but everything reverts back to metal.
Although music is a huge influence for you guys who else inspires you to write lyrically and musically?
We are influenced by many things outside of music. I would say the main thing personally is fighting. Before we got signed to Entertainment One, we were making music for Mixed Martial Arts. Some of our old songs were placed on NBC sports that led to getting a record deal. I train with cage fighters all the time. I’m a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’m all about never giving up, believing in yourself and knowing what you want.
When it comes to marketing and doing stuff for the band you guys are very hands on and I think I heard you do your own videos. How important is it to put a visual to your music in this day and age?
We try to keep deep punk rock vibes among the band rather than a Rockstar mentality. We write all the music ourselves and I direct all the videos. We invested in Black Magic camera, learned the software and control all visuals. We would rather create then explain
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