Mourning for Memories
Whenever a band shows any scantily of ingenuity it vapidly becomes a chalk mark in the hyphen-core ad infinitum for the heavy music genre. Mourning For Memories is making their mark with their music and a distinct collection of guitars. One pink guitar in particular has spawned Kitty-Core, or more specifically Hello-Kitty-Core (read on to uncover the entire story). We’ve had the privilege of experiencing Mourning For Memories live when they opened the festivities at Savage Fest earlier this year. Gladly we were able to catch up with this Washougal, Washington based thrash/hardcore band via the wonders of internet based social networking for an exclusive hurdcore interview. This local band is bringing a positive message in a heavy package and is preparing to play in a venue near you.
Mourning For Memories enters the Portland area hardcore/metal scene, what is the meaning behind your name?
MFM The meaning of our name falls from a belief that once you live a moment it becomes a memory. That and we thought it just sounded cool.
How would you define your sound and what makes Mourning For Memories unique
MFM We’ve been called a number of things from thrash to hardcore but with our new songs we’ve been trying to incorporate a style of our own to further our bands individuality.
MFM has launched with a duet of vocal brutality, what directed you to take this tactic in dividing vocal responsibilities?
MFM As for the dual vocal approach we feel our live performance can be far more entertaining when a singer/screamer isn’t constantly out of breath and panting for his life.
In your song, “Sometimes Dead Is Better” you have the very pointed lyric, “You’ll soon be choking on your guilt or is that emotion there?” Is this a break up song or is there another story behind it?
MFM The song “Sometimes Dead Is Better” could be called a break up song but i think it goes much further then that. It also has some underlying concepts of self realization and redemption.
Speaking of guilt, it often seems that people either feel guilty for things that aren’t their responsibility or there are those who feel no guilt when they should be accountable. The aforementioned song seems to address the sort of person that falls into the later category, how do people convince themselves that they bear no guilt?
MFM Life is a lot about who you surround yourself with and choices you make along that path. For someone to go through life with a mentality of no remorse seems like that would be caused by something far deeper then one could tell. And because we don’t feel we think that way, we just don’t know…
Other than you love for music, what is the bond that fuels Mourning for Memories?
MFM We just want to have people listen to our music and be the forerunners of a new sounds we wish to create through our music. We are also all Christians and believe that music is a great and passionate way to show our love for Christ through our live performance and energy. Despite our somewhat aggressive style and appearance we really enjoy our fans and love seeing new faces at shows. That being said we are Christians in a band not a Christian band.
What do you hope Mourning For Memories is known and remembered for?
MFM Hopefully people are remembering us for our live performance and the passion we feel for the music we play.
You are fairly new as a band yet you’ve played with some well known names and some of the biggest venues in and around the Portland area.
How receptive are fans to new bands like MFM?
MFM Some shows have gone a lot better then others. It seems that sometimes crowds can be very genre driven and the softer side of our music seems to burn out on some people before we can get into our set. However some shows turn out great and everyone seems alive and moving. We are a new band so hopefully as time goes on we can continue to get better and branch out to a larger fan base.
Do you remember how your first show went?
MFM Our first show was at the Pop Culture in Vancouver [Washington]. Our friends Aleen got us on that show and we are still thankful today. We were supposed to play 1st but showed up late and went up second. So the stress from it being our first show got worse since we were up after what would have been the second band. Our band just kept our cool and got on stage called everyone to the front with Dustin’s (Aleen) help. We played 4 of our songs because that was all we had written at that point in time. It was one of our favorite shows and we had a great time playing it, the crowd responded really great to our sound and live performance.
How have you grown as individual performers and as a band in the time that you have been together?
MFM We’ve all progressed in the instruments we play as well as the vocals which used to be a huge concern for us. We feel that everytime we make a song it should be better then the others previously written without sacrificing our sound.
What is the story behind the Hello Kitty guitar?
MFM The story behind the Hello Kitty guitar…ok, we have a friend who has helped us out a lot, his name is Victor Perez and he gave us some guitars to use and we thought that it would just be really funny to have one of us playing a pink Hello Kitty Strat. Not only was it funny but it started a revolution hahaha KITTY CORE woot woot. But sadly we have stopped using it lately but tell you what any show that hurdcore attends we will bust out the Kitty Core.
Mourning For Memories is: Tyler Duff – VOKILLZ; Steven Murphy – GEETARS; Dylan Pollard – GEETARS; Kyle Van Zitteren – SLAPPIN DA BASS; Mike Towell – PERCUSSION. Keep up to date with songs, releases and tour info at the MFM Myspace
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