Vicious. have got one thing to say and that is "Everything Sucks"! In true blue fashion that is the title of their current single made video of their latest material. A series of single releases that they want to push forward. No plans on releasing any type of EP or full-length currently, but only singles, to reach the masses of the music scene that they want and expect. Besides that appeal and aspect of their music creativity, they just want to build their brand and formation as a whole, still making music, playing shows, whatever much as possible. Frontman vocalist Sam Sky goes into discussion about the single, video, meaning to their music and namesake, plus more so.
1. First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
Sam: Whats up everyone! My name is Sam Sky (Vocals), and the other members are Dan Artim (Guitar), Chris Arcand (Bass), and AJ Larsen (Guitar), together we are “Vicious.”. So happy for the opportunity to have this interview!
2. You have to tell me, why does the band's name Vicious have a period right after the name? Does it represent or symbolize something we are not in on?
Sam: I wish I could say that there was a really cool reason other than legality and branding reasons, but that’s all that it is. I knew I wanted the band name to be vicious since day one. Did no research about what bands were out there or artists that had that name, I wanted it. Even if there was an outfit or artist with the name, its not about who does it first, its about who does it better in my book; so unless I got a legal notice demanding we change our name, it had to be Vicious or bust! The period was added to preemptively to avoid that given situation stated above. Decided it would be best to steal a page from my former band mate Andrew Wetzel, but instead of adding a “!” it was the period. Strangely, it just made me love the look of the name on paper even more.
3. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of your material?
Sam: The lyrics pretty much all consist of the concept of struggle, external struggles of life and the internal struggles of self. We do have a song that is social/political commentary that’s yet to be released, but for the most part its just the concept of struggle and conflict.
4. Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
Sam: Speaking for myself, Linkin Park, John Mayer, Rage/Audio Slave, Conditions, Innerpartysysytem, a lot of old school punk/hardcore punk like the Decendants, Sex Pistols, Social D, Refused, FEAR, and early offspring, Coldplay are what make up a lot of inspiration and favorite bands/artists.
I think the whole band has a lot of the same root influences in rock. Except AJ. He really loves Metallica. Like, really loves them. Outside of that its all the usual suspects Linkin Park, ADTR, Saosin, Slipknot, Circa Survive, Underoath, and even some of the more “Sceney” bands played a part in the direction we took in our choice of genre for sure.
5. Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Sam: It’s just something in my soul right now, I’m sure the music will change with time as most bands do. Not particularly married to any sound.
6. "Everything Sucks", is your current release in terms of music, do you have an EP or full-length underway for a follow-up or another single in the works?
Sam: No EP technically, but after all our releases we may have some kind of re-release put out with all the songs in one place. We are all about singles campaigns right now. For a DIY band, I think that’s the best route for us until things change a little down the lane for us.
7/ Can you tell me about the song that is "Everything Sucks"?
Sam: A lot of this song is just a combination of stuff. First and foremost, “Live and die by pain” is the hook, and unfortunately that’s how I’ve lived most of my life; I always have to learn the hard way for the most part. Other things touch on though things are going well in other aspect of my life, I keep killing myself, bleeding to keep making music a part of my life. It’s some kind of obsessive sickness I swear. I just don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied while living life and working on someone else’s terms, and the song kind of captures that craziness of being torn between two lives. Also, there are definitely some topics of coming to terms that people (no matter what you do or how “good” of a person you are, or how hard you work) will always find some reason to hate you, or think the worst of you. You can’t please everyone, so fuck um. Lastly, some days, no matter what, to put it plainly, everything just feels like it fucking sucks. I want realness to resonate with anyone who listens to this, and let this be a solid constructive outlet to get all that anger and frustration out.
8. What about the accompanying video for the song, what is the concept there?
Sam: Just wanted something that look gritty and grungy as fuck to be honest. Something performance based, simple, but with a feel and texture that made you feel like you (the listener) were part of something.
9. You went on to release this single, video, as well as a combination of video meets lyrical video, why do you think lyrical videos are becoming such a thing?
Sam: It’s just a great and easy way to make your music more engaging and help your listeners connect all the dots. I’m a huge believer in simplicity and sending a clear concise message, especially visually. Moving forward, you might see lyrics pop up on the screen for just about all our videos in one way or another.
10. What else do you have on the horizon in terms of plans for the next year or so?
Sam: We are just now building the band and brand not only online, but on the front lines as well. So the name of the game is getting our music heard through a hard push online, and reclaiming our hometown and tri state area. Got to get out there and meet as many people as possible and play as many shows as we can!
11. Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Sam: Thank YOU for having us, we are so very grateful and appreciative! I would just like to give a special shout out to any of our fans and friends that are still supporting us and showing us love from way back in the I Am King days. You all are the foundation of so much of what we do, and encourage us every day to keep on going. Lastly, to our new listeners and friends, we are so fucking stoked to have you with us! Buckle up, it’s going to be a fuckin crazy ride! MUCH LOVE!!!!