Progressive technical death metal act UNCURED from New Jersey is lead by a duo of siblings, 17 year-old guitar prodigy, Rex Cox, alongside his 19 year-old brother, Zak Cox, on lead guitars. Since forming the band has already gone on to write and record their first full-length album titled "Medusa". Besides that release, the band has already played a handful of shows and even tours! Guitarist/vocalist Zak Cox goes into detail about the new album, tours, and future plans!
1. First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
We are Uncured, a progressive metal band from New York City.
Zak Cox (vocals, guitars)
Rex Cox (vocals, guitars)
Liam Manley (drums)
Jon Kita (bass)
2. Tell me about the formation of the band, how did you guys meet, is there a story behind the band's title?
Uncured was formed by two brothers, Zak Cox (19) and Rex Cox (17). Zak and Rex started playing guitar seriously 6 years ago and formed Uncured in 2016. Our drummer Liam Manley is a session drummer from Portland, Oregon, and our bassist Jon Kita is also a member of the band Diecast. We chose the name "Uncured" because it matches the hard edge of the band, and because it represents the dissatisfaction and disconnection that so many of our fans feel.
3. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of your current album "Medusa"?
Musically, "Medusa" captures the variety of Uncured's various sounds. The record ranges from brutal death metal, to big open metal grooves, to more melodic sections. Zak and Rex both deliver harsh vocals and play guitar solos on the record. Conceptually, "Medusa" illustrates the rift between perception and reality. Many of our songs show how people make choices that limit their potential because their perception of reality is skewed by the world around them. This is even reflected in our artwork. If you look closely, you'll note that our modern concept of Medusa has no eyes.
4. Would you say that there was a special reason for choosing your music's conception?
Uncured has a powerful, energetic live show. We write songs about liberation and power, especially for fans who feel the world is oppressive.
5. How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
Rex and Zak are constantly writing. As brothers they are together 24-7, and writing for Uncured is a natural, organic process.
6. "Medusa" is your debut album, so what was the experience like working in the studio? Have any funny, sad, or exciting happening's during the studio time?
All members of Uncured have extensive studio experience. For Uncured, recording in the studio is a deliberate, meticulous process where the band executes its compositions. In the studio, it's all business all the time.
7. What comes to mind, when thinking about this album "Medusa", it being your debut album, you writing and recording for it, did you think that this was how being in a band would be like or was it totally opposite to what you imagined?
We are all very happy with "Medusa", and the recording captures the band's vision. "Medusa" has been getting great reviews from the media and fans. We are very grateful for the attention that the record has received.
8. Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
Everyone in the band is a full-time professional musician, and everyone spends all of their time developing Uncured. Zak left high school at 17 years olds after 11th grade, and Rex left at 15 years old after 9th grade, to pursue their professional musical careers with Uncured.
9. Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from the metal/rock/punk scene?
Uncured has a variety of musical influences. With respect to writing, we are most inspired by melodic death metal bands like Opeth, that combine brutal riffs with complex melodic passages. Uncured features guitar solos on every song, and the playing is inspired by the techniques of great players like Jeff Loomis and John Petrucci. Finally, you'll hear a strong influence from 1970's psychedelia and Motown grooves.
10. Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
We will be releasing two videos in the near future. Stay tuned for announcements coming soon!
11. What have you done to prepare yourselves for the tour?
Uncured is constantly rehearsing. We want to give our fans the tightest, heaviest, and most exciting performance possible!
12. What are you looking forward to about working with DevilDriver, 36 Crazy Fists, and Cane Hill, on this tour?
We are very excited to play with these great bands. Each draws a different fan base, but everyone on the tour offers its own brand of heavy music. We are most excited to play in front of a diverse range of fans to introduce them to Uncured.
13. Once this tour has wrapped up, what else can we expect from you guys?
We will be on the road with DevilDriver for 6 weeks. Right after that we will go out for a month with Children of Bodom.
14. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
We truly appreciate all of the great support we have received from fans all over the world, and we hope that your readers will check out Uncured on FaceBook and Spotify!
15. Is that your final answer?
Thank you very much!