Interviews: For A Life Unburdened

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metalcore band For A Life Unburdened from Canada. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or did it come out just like that?
               
As a band, we debated back and forth about what the band should be about. Probably over forty names were suggested, and we eventually landed on For a Life Unburdened. This felt right because of all the people we know who battle depression, have parents that aren’t present, or issues with drug abuse. We wanted to express the idea of an “unburdened” life.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?
               
We have loved metal/rock since we were very young, so the notion to make heavier music was simple. Since we all have different opinions between metalcore, progressive, death metal, etc… we decided to make melodic metalcore. It satisfied all our desires. It has breakdowns, clean vocals, heavy riffs, fast riffs, everything that we as a band considered a must.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?
               
All of went to high school in the same neighbourhood, and through various sports and classes, as well as a mutual love for music, we decided to form a band.

4. Each band members favourite band?

Connor: Parkway Drive
Theron: Periphery
Chandler: Adept
Tyler: Counterparts

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?
               
Everyday life, whether good or bad, has the biggest influence (lyrically speaking). Most of our songs on Contempt/Clarity are mostly based around our own personal experiences after our friend passed away in a tragic hit and run accident. At this moment, it was hard to think about anything else, so the lyrics really reflect that.

6. Where was your last gig?
               
Currently we are on a cross Canada tour that goes from Vancouver to Montreal.

7. Where would you like to perform?

Our biggest goal as a band is to eventually hit Europe and Australia. We always hear about how amazing the experiences are.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Our dream was to one day feature on Warped Tour which unfortunately will not happen but other festivals and tours would be like Rage Fest, Mayhem Fest, Download Festival, Waken, etc… We’d love to have the opportunity to feature with bands like August Burns Red, Wage War, Parkway Drive, Adept, and Killswitch Engage.

9. Whom not?

We’ve played with so many bands that range from death, thrash and black metal all the way to acoustic acts and indie bands. We definitely prefer to play with bands closer to our own genre but we love all those mentioned prior and would play with all different kinds of festivals and genres.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?
               
Yes, at some point or another we have all faced this issue, so we will separate each of the pieces of advice given

Connor: Practice, practice,and practice. Not just the riffs or the notes, but stage movements and full blown effort. Another good way is to practice with people around, maybe have a family member or a friend watch you.

Chandler: Practice lots and be confident. The way I did was to continuously perform and each time move out of my comfort zone.

Theron: Be confident in your craft, practice daily, and practice hard, the best way to be calm on stage is to know for sure you can play your parts.

Tyler: That’s a tough one, I’d say, focus on having fun with what you do and worry less about what the crowd is thinking. Once you start having fun, you will be more relaxed and confident.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

This is tough because we are all so different, but to generalize this band, we would have to say bands like Parkway Drive, Periphery, Veil of Maya, As I Lay Dying, Adept, and Killswitch Engage. Not to mention all the various classic and 80’s rock we grew up on.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I suppose we haven’t had a ton of weird experiences as a band, but to name something, would be when a fan asked our singer to sign across his neck in the front. This was unusual for us.

13. What do you think of your fans?

After the release of the singles, video, and album we are still meeting lots of them. The ones we already know are beyond loyal. They constantly message and ask when we play and if we will be visiting certain areas. As well as always providing us a place to sleep, eat, and shower.

14. What do you think of our site?

We as band personally love what you do reaching out to artists and sharing music to help bands gain traction and promote their art. It would be tough to do what we do without websites like yours.

15. Something to add?

Our album Contempt/Clarity is out now on all platforms, we have a music video for our single Run Away, and if we happen to be in your city, please come check us out and say hi!

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