Interviews: Chained

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Hardcore band, Chained, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the project on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Originally our band name was Grieve. We got a logo and everything. Unfortunately, we found out there was a current active band in FL with the same name. We bounced a few different names around after that. Our original bass player Brandon Foster actually threw the idea of Chained out. So we just rolled with it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We had all been in hardcore and hardcore adjacent bands since 2007. We all have a deep routed connection with hardcore and the community that we’re a part of. We do enjoy many other styles of music, but playing this style of music just makes the most sense for us.

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

So three of us(Phil, Michael, and Matt) were a part of an NC straight-edge band from the 2000’s named xHONORx. We met Evan back in September when he filled in on bass for us on tour. When we got home from that tour we asked him if he’d like to join Chained as a second guitarist because we found out on the run that he was a guitar player first. We had also come across Addison while searching for a fill-in bass player for said tour. After talking to him a little more we decided to ask him to join the band.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Phillip Gibson- Have Heart Matt Hicks- Desolated Michael Jernigan- Thrice Evan Marvel- Dying Fetus Addison DeLucia- Foundation

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Since the beginning of Chained’s life we’ve always tried to be an advocate for mental health. That’s definitely our main driving force for the band. We of course have many musical influences such as Desolated, Kublai Khan TX, etc. We’re also heavily inspired by our peers and community. Proud to be a part of the North Carolina Hardcore community.

6. Where was your last gig?

Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC w/Alley Trash, Jackal, Silenus, and Termination on 3/7/2024

7. Where would you like to act?

We’d really like to play anywhere and everywhere we can. We plan on hitting the road pretty hard after we release this new EP.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

If this asking who we’d like to play with, really anyone, but we’d really like to play with Desolated, Kublai Khan TX, Speed, and so many others.

9. Whom not?

We haven’t really given this much thought. We’re not above hearing anyone out about a show offer, but at the end of the day, there are just some genres that shouldn’t mix, but really can’t think of anyone specific.

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

I think it’s pretty common to sometimes feel nervous before a gig. Those nerves normally go away a few seconds into a live set. Just stay calm and have a good time. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

I’d definitely say Desolated, Kublai Khan TX, Advent, On Broken Wings, and so many others. We all pull influence from many different bands. Whether be through instrumental, vocal placements and cadences, or how we approach songwriting.

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

I can really think of many things so far in this band's life, but it’s always weird having someone ask for our autograph. It’s just not something I've ever seen us doing.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Absolutely love them. Most of our fans are friends and we treat them no different. It never matters how big this band gets, or doesn’t get. We will always treat everyone with respect. Bands who get a big head and forget where they came from, are lame as hell. Be excited for the opportunities and keep it humble.

14. What do you think of our site?

Clean, organized, and well received! Keep that shit up!

15. Something to add?

We’ve got a new EP called Cut Out the Stigma coming out in June on UPSTATE RECORDS. Keep an eye and ear out for that. We'll have a few tours to announce soon for that as well. Lastly, NC is a hotbed for talented bands in many genres of music. Check out Warning Order, Septum Bone, End of Your Rooe, A Knife In the Dark, Fading Signal, Ends of Sanity, Eyez Wide Shut, Lucky Feeling, Dull Mourning, One By One, Heirloom, Harm, Jui-Jitsu, and Holy Figures to name just a handful.

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