Interviews: Scars Of Atrophy

This is a new interview with the Thrash Metal band Scars Of Atrophy from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on his FACEBOOK PAGE

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that?

The band name was definitely planned to a point. Tim Kelly (drummer/atrophy drummer) came up with the name when we were in Atrophy. We just returned to Tucson from our European tour thanks to Covid. Not long after, Brian (original singer for Atrophy) decided Atrophy had run its course and quit the band. This band had 30+ years under it and Tim was not ready to call it quits. Both Scott Heller (bass) and Robert Stein (guitars) were assisting Tim in writing the long-awaited third album and had no desire to quit either. In order to move forward, still, play the songs Tim helped write and pay some respect to the original members, Tim came up with Scars of Atrophy. This new project would allow us to play the Atrophy oldies we love as well as the new music we’ve created and still pay tribute to the original band members.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all share a love for the thrash metal genre. Playing fast and heavy, chunky riffs is what we do and sharing it with 4 other guys with equal dedication to the music can really produce an intense product that we would listen to as fans. Seeing the physical reaction of others when we start playing is the catalyst we use for inspiration.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

TIm Kelly, Bob Stein and Scott Heller all knew each other from playing in Atrophy together. Mike Niggl and David Ruiz are the newcomers but have immersed themselves into the band seamlessly. Definitely helps to have a core of guys that have played with each other before. The friendship and mutual respect provide a fantastic foundation.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

TIm Kelly - Exodus, Megadeth, Testament

David Ruiz - Led Zeppelin

Robert Stein - Black Sabbath

Mike Niggl - Pantera

Scott Heller - Judas Priest

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

When it comes to writing, we inspire each other with killer riffs or a cool drumbeat. We are also inspired by our favorite bands and what they create. Lyrically, we are inspired by everyday life, both the atrocities and the normal happenings we see and are involved in.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in Phoenix, at the 44. We played with some killer bands. Bleed the Fifth, St. Madness. Always a great time.

7. Where would you like to act?

We will play wherever, as long as there are people willing to listen. We definitely would like to go back to Europe and South America but Canada and Mexico would be pretty great as well. I think just playing with new groups of people is what attracts us.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We would love to play with other heavy bands that have the same outlook as us. Play the best show we can, get the crowd excited and expose our music to as many people as possible. Of course, Testament, Exodus, Anthrax would be incredible but some smaller tours would be awesome as well. Some killer bands out there. Carcass, Creeping Death, etc.

9. Who not?

Well, we won’t really go there. I’d hate to play with someone who is so far from our genre, that it just confused people. Also would prefer not to play with terrible attitudes and disrespect.

10. Have Any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I’m pretty sure we all have suffered from it at one point or another. I know that I have puked before a show or two. I think it really is attitude and you need to accept the role that you are in. Put on your metal boots and go do what you are supposed to do.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

I think bands like Metallica and Slayer are a huge inspiration to anyone in any of the metal genres. They have taken something that was thought of as impossible at one point and proved everyone wrong. Metallica is one of the biggest bands on the planet and they started out playing music like ours. Black Sabbath is a huge inspiration to all of us as they laid down the foundation. Bands like Carcass, Exodus, and Fates Warning inspire us with their intelligent writing and ferocious guitar work.

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

I think we’ve all signed a weird body part of a prosthetic limb. Well, maybe not all of us. We were asked in Mexico by a fan to create an Atrophy beer brand. That was really cool. We were asked to play a wedding in Colombia by a fan, but once he asked the bride, that idea was quickly extinguished.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Our fans are awesome. Fans of thrash metal are some of the most loyal listeners you will find. They grow with their bands and really integrate into the scene.

14. What do you think of our site?

Breathing the Core is a great site. Love seeing the up-and-coming killer bands and all of the fresh info that you can’t find elsewhere. The site is intense and honest and it draws you in.

15. Something to add?

Definitely a shout out to our manager, Joel Spielman and the incredible Extreme Management Group as well as Asher Media for spreading the word. Lastly, we would like to thank Breathing The Core, for supporting the metal scene. Without sites like yours, bands like ours would not have an outlet. Thank you again for all that you do.

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