Saturday, February 13, 2016

Casket Robbery Interview

> 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Cory:  Since the recording we have been really busy rehearsing with the new line up.  We have been taking a lot of time and energy and putting that into the promotion of the album also.  We are trying to gain some traction leading up to the album and then hitting it hard with shows and tours.  So far we have done a couple warm up gigs but will be really getting into the show cycle on March 4th.

Patrick: Mostly rehearsing and making sure we are ready to give a musically tight performance. We've also been preparing for the release, working on booking up our 2016 calendar as much as we can, brainstorming for the next release. Really just getting ready to unleash ourselves upon the world and crush it as hard as we can right off the bat.
> 2.You have your first full length coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Cory:  The new album is a more mature sound.  And I would say more diverse from the previous EP.  We decided to really go for it on this album.  We wanted to deliver a massive sounding album so we paid more attention to the production and who we had mix and master the CD.  We just took a lot of time to get the little details ironed out.  This album is a progression,  a natural one.  Everything we did for the album felt right.

Patrick:  It's equally melodic and brutal, so it's pretty unique and can (hopefully) be appreciated by metalheads of all stripes, yet it definitely has it's roots in old school, traditional death metal, so all the OG death metal dudes should definitely dig it too.
> 3.Other than a single that was released in 2013 there has been no new music, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Cory:  We took some time off to regroup a little bit.  We are a band with a professional attitude but we were suffering from having unprofessional members in it.  We had a lot of fill in guys that didn't really care or believe in the music as well.  Dustin and I are really passionate about this band and what we do with it.  It was starting to grind us down so we took the time off to find the perfect members.  We have definitely found that with Patrick and Greg.  These guys are kicking ass with us!
> 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Patrick: Serial killers, the apocalypse, zombies, horror's some pretty messed up stuff but we don't let ourselves take it too seriously, so it actually makes for a fun listen.
Cory:  Basically, we wanted to cover the “evils” of the world.  Past and present.  We are all evil, and this album taps into that mindset.
> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Casket Robbery’?
Patrick: None that I'm aware of. I'm just glad it has a unique ring to it and wasn't already taken haha.
Dustin:  It was something that Dustin came up with.  We went back and forth between a lot of names.  When he said “Casket Robbery” we knew that was it.
> 6.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Patrick: Our stage performance is very fun and entertaining without sacrificing musicianship.
Cory:  The most recent shows with our new line up have been awesome.   We couldn’t be more tight and are running top notch at this point!  Its a great feeling.   There is one specific show memory I have from the past though.  I remember playing this tiny bar in Wisconsin and people were crammed in and basically right next to us.  There was no stage really.  I remember the people just going nuts and spilling beer all over the floor.  I ended up slipping and falling into the PA speakers but luckily didn't skip a beat.  And then someone was shoved head first into my head and nearly knocked me out.  Those are the fun ones.

> 7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Cory:  We have been trying to get out to the east coast on a DIY run which has proved almost impossible.  We’ve been sending out hundreds of emails only to get a few shows responses back, and no bands want to help us out over there.  We will be touring this summer though.  We are setting up dates as we speak.
> 8.The new album is coming out on 'Mortal Music', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Patrick: Yeah they're pretty cool guys. It's nice being able to call up or email the boss and bounce ideas off him and get actual, interested input. They're pretty hands-on and easy to work with so we definitely like having their support.
Cory: Yes, it is great.  Its nice having actual interest in what we are doing.  It’s like the band and label are feeding off of each other and growing together.
> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

Patrick: So far, so good. Everyone who has had an opportunity to listen seems to really enjoy it.
Cory:  It’s been amazing.  We took a big chance with the album,  put a lot of money and backing into it because we knew we had something special.  It’s great to have a positive response and know we are doing something unique.
> 10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Patrick: I don't really have anything else other than Casket Robbery at the moment.
Cory: I also play in a band called Mercy Isle.
> 11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Patrick: Probably dive into doing full concept albums - all of the songs on our upcoming release are conceptual in nature, but we definitely want to get into writing entire albums with an over-arching concept.
Cory:  There are definitely some awesome ideas floating around.  I won’t give out many details because I don't want to spoil it.  But expect more concept driven themes like Patrick said.  We will always be heavy and unrelenting as well.  The riffs will keep flowing and never give the listener a chance to take a breath!
> 12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Patrick: All of the music was written when I joined haha. But I have been listening to Fallujah and the latest Job for a Cowboy album "Sun Eater" lately.
Cory:  When I write the riffs for Casket I write visually.  I try to write riffs that will make the listener visualize the themes happening in the lyrics.  Like a sound track to a crazy horror movie.  “Keep the blood flowing” haha

> 13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Patrick: Video games. Pizza. Beer. Typical guy stuff haha
Cory:  I love hanging with my girlfriend and traveling.  I would love to always be traveling.  And when I’m not traveling I am usually just catching a movie.  Pretty chill.
> 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Patrick: Thanks for having us do this interview, and we hope that you and anyone reading will enjoy our album Evolution of Evil when it comes out!
Cory:  Thanks for having us!  Check out the album,  no matter what genre of metal you are into.  There is something in there for everyone.  Thank you all for the support and keep supporting metal. Fuck shit up!

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