Adverse's Mike Marks the Words of the Masses!



Southern Californian's Adverse is a metalcore/post hardcore band that incorporated the twin guitars, tight riffs, hard hitting breakdowns, shattering screams with soaring tactics with vocal chords and this is just the start of it! They have gone on to release not one but two EPs "Mark My Words" and "Of the Masses" and much more material is on the way! Frontman vocalist Mike Wolford talks about the material that is Adverse.


1. Adverse is the name you went with for the band's name but why and does it have a meaning behind it?

Mike: Somewhere in the depths of Logan's mind it reminded him of overcoming tragedy and staying strong. I personally dig it.

2. What type of band are you?

Mike: A moderately progressive metalcore band.

3. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Mike: It started off as small set of Logan's home studio demos with songs such as "Mark My Words" and "The Skeptic" and progressed when Logan and I decided to pull members together and get serious. We swapped quite a few members before finding a fairly decent fit and here we are.

4. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Mike: Ha so far we seem to have the overall theme of giving the finger to those who've wronged you, "Eulogy" from the 1st EP "Mark My Words" is a prime example of this considering it mocks the fact that an ex girlfriend accused me of having a god complex. The message of the 2nd EP "Of The Masses" is more along the lines of: "stick together through the hard times. stand your ground and count your friends, but keep your eye on your enemies."

5. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Mike: With the exception of the earliest songs, our writing process has pretty much become the following: Logan tirelessly writes ridiculous instrumentals. After hours of critiquing and tweaking he hands the instrumental demo to me. I write lyrics based on my interpretation of the feel of the song, run it by the band, and then run trials before the final product.

6. Who are your musical influences?

Mike: August Burns Red, The Human Abstract, Volumes, Pantera, The Color Morale, Avenged Sevenfold, Periphery, Thrice, Mudvayne, Spineshank, Norma Jean.

7. What inspired the title? Is it a concept release?

Mike: Our latest release "Of The Masses" quickly picked up after the first two songs "Convictions" and "Opium" were written. And as we started piecing the final product of our single "Opium" together, we felt like it should be the centerfold of the entire EP.

8. How would you describe the overall sound of the EP?

Mike: I feel it's gritty, dynamic and heavy hitting. And between Logan and my conflicting musical backgrounds, I think we've come up with a fairly unique sound, especially considering the genre we fall under.

9. When did you start writing for this EP?

Mike: With the exception of "Convictions" writing for the "Of The Masses" EP officially took shape around May 2012.

10. Can you go into one or two tracks on the EP? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Mike: Convictions was written late 2011 and was too conflicting with the track listing of the "Mark My Words" EP and was held over to the 2nd release, but it was for the better. The song is about staying true to the things you believe in, and holding people to their word. Talk is pretty cheap so if your words are not backed by your history, you're going to get left behind.

Opium was the first track written specifically for the "Of The Masses" EP. Once the instrumental track was finished we knew we were taking a step in the right direction. Lyrics came along shortly after and we realized we were on the verge of something huge. Even back in it's midi stages the song had a militant feel to it. But this truly set up the foundation for the "brothers in arms" style theme for the rest of the EP.

11. What are your expectations for the EP?

Mike: Mainly we are expecting to turn some heads and convert those that didn't believe in us. We're here to stay and once you give a listen, maybe you'll understand why.

12. What are your upcoming tour plans and plans for this year?


Mike: We're planning on picking up speed this year. There's so much to do and we're ready to push forward. We're looking at doing a small west coast tour, and saving the rest of our money for a music video.

13. Any last words?

Mike: Please check us out and follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adverseproject

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