Over the next week and a half we will be taking a look at 4 amazing Utah bands that have been given the opportunity to open for Devildriver on October 8th at In The Venue in downtown SLC,UT. Devildriver is a band that has been paving a new road in metal for the last 9 years, with 5 albums and countless tours catering to hundreds of thousands of fans across the US. And our Utah boys, Still-Born, Autostigmatic, Disforia, and Lidsore will be sharing the stage with these savants of metal, as well as showing them how brutal Utah metal can be.
I had the opportunity to chat with Still-Born this week, about their band, their music, Devildriver, and much more and here is what they had to say:
Shannon-How did you guys get together and why did you pick the name Still-Born?
Sir Smooth (vocals and founder of Still-Born)-7 years ago we were deciding between Stitched and Still-Born. When one co-worker was appalled that we were even considering Still-Born we knew it was the name we wanted to catch peoples attention. However, the meaning isn’t what you would first expect, for us it is, “We May Be Dead To You, but We Were Still-Born”
Let’s introduce the band Still-Bourne is: Sir Smooth – Bass (7 years) founder, H2O – Vocals (4 years), Kidd – Guitar (8 months), L.H.A.W., Jaimo – Drums (6 months) Blak Thorn
Shannon-How would you describe your music? I know it’s a unique mesh of styles.
Sir Smooth-Single hardest question for a musician to answer. We are heavily influenced by bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Rancid, Pantera, AC/DC, Ramones, Dead Vessel, Riksha, and many more. We do what we do because it is fun, we know others enjoy the music and our message so it seems like a no brainer to keep doing it.
Shannon-What are you guys like live on stage?
Sir-Smooth-It hard to say what we are like since we are performing. I do know that when grunge killed the live show by making it to go on stage in your work clothes and just play they killed the value of a live show as well. I wanted to bring the entertainment back to the show so that people would remember they had been to one. One thing that we always guarantee is that even if it is not your kind of music, you will have a good time at our shows because it is an event that we are all a part of not just you coming to watch us on stage.
Shannon-Do you have any albums or EP’s available for fans to listen to or buy?
Sir Smooth-2006 Conception – 3 song EP, 2008 Regicide (war mix) – Single with 6 songs & 2 videos. Those are the 2 releases we have but we long since ran out and the band has changed so much since then we have not had a chance to release anything else. However we do have some secret stuff hid away that may get brought to the surface soon.
We also have plans to hit the studio in December in hopes of having a true Still-Born CD by early spring.
Shannon-What type of issues have you dealt with on a local, tri-state or national level that has hindered your advancement in the music industry?
Sir Smooth-The music industry is a dog eat dog world. Don’t have expectations of making money, especially on a local level. That has been the biggest road block. We have wanted to put together a CD for years and because we tried to save a little scratch we have had little success. The last CD we recorded was February 2010, we have yet to hear that one because the sound engineer was a “friend”. That set us back well over a grand with no finished product. So the biggest road block to date has been the financing to record!!
Shannon-What has been your best moment to date as a band?
Sir-Smooth– Being a part of Still-Born has been amazing all along. We have had some great shows with Hemlock, Jim Rose w/ Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Green Jelly, The Fabulous Miss Wendy, Psychostick, and The Great AmeriCon. We have formed brotherhoods with Vengeance, Blessed Of Sin, Dead Vessel, The Dark Past, Deny Your Faith, The Growroom Family, and of course Life Has A Way. Plus we have had the opportunity to play for great people in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and of course Utah. To pick out just one moment would be next to impossible as every show is a guaranteed party where new bonds are formed with fans.
Shannon-You have the opportunity to open for Devildriver, how has this helped as a band and what do you hope to take from the experience?
Sir Smooth– We understand this has a huge opportunity to play with an amazing talent in the metal genre. This will put us in front of a large number of people and should open up more doors for us in the near future. So far though, just getting to talk to people about the show has made it easy to sell the tickets. Text 801.997.0516 to get yours!!
Shannon-What are your plans in the near future (shows, tours, projects, etc.)
Sir Smooth-Like we mentioned before the plan is to hole up for the cold and get a solid CD put together for all of our fans that have been waiting for so long!!
Shannon– Who has had the most influence on you guys as a band and how did that effect where you are today?
Sir Smooth-Honestly, as of late one of the biggest influences on the band has been our newest members, Kidd and Jaimo. They have brought an extreme amount of talent and passion to the band. We have gotten more done in the last few months than in a long time. It has been like a rebirth.
As far as bands go right now we are learning a lot from the book of Suicidal. Those guys had the drive and never cared about those that tried to hold them down. Mike Muir actually made a point to speak out against those in society who tried to keep them down and others like them down. As a band they had to fight from the beginning because of their name and their lyrics. To this day they have not given up the fight. At the end of the day any comparison to Suicidal Tendencies is a compliment.
Shannon-Any final words for fans, new fans or the music industry?
Sir Smooth-Get to shows!! Not just our shows but all shows. Music depends on people to enjoy it!!!
‘We May Be Dead To You But We Were Still-Born…’
For more information about Still-Born please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Still-Born