Challenges in life often are defining moments. When a band goes through a series of transitions it can seriously challenge the tenure and stability of a band, either derailing cohesion or opening the group to a new realm of exploration as they rebuild. Sickciety is taking their own blue collar nature and fusing that with a workman’s metal to craft a sound that resonates within their local scene. The dudes of Sickciety have weathered their share of highs and lows in life as well as music to arrive at this moment where they are knocking at the door of releasing their first album. For hurdcore.com this is a first as we are excited to introduce our first fan inspired/requested interview. Big thanks to the active scene fans in Medford, Oregon as well as the gathering of metalheads that is Sickciety.
There have been some significant changes to the faces of Sickciety, was this a trial that you feel will ultimately make the band stronger?
SICK Of course it will we had to weed out those with commitment issues.
Two of your songs “Creep You Out” and “Weirdo Freak” seem to be pretty personal, are these about or aimed at individuals or more generic observations?
SICK Yes, both songs are very personal almost everything that we write are personal observations in our lives.
Sickciety is headed to (or in) the studio, what do you have planned for this album?
SICK This album is going to define us. I mean as musicians and people and we plan on doing something completely different and have an album where not every song sounds the same.
There is metal and then there metal, Sickciety has that bare knuckles vibe where metal has been a part of the fabric of your lives from early on. If we took a time machine back to the metal roots of Sickciety would we find little metal heads running around in leopard stripes and mullets?
SICK More like a trench coat and combat boots but hiding a Winger album also some of us would have the ripped jeans and a Metallica t-shirt on too tight.
Most music fans in Oregon are aware or at least hear the rumbles of great things emerging from Medford, for those who haven’t experienced your scene what are some of the coolest things you see rising from your midst?
SICK Definitely meeting other cool bands on our local scene. We’re glad to have made friends with Tallboy and everybody knows they are completely blowing the scene up also watching some of these young high school bands like the Abyss and seeing them grow as a band also glad to see that there are a lot more venues to play at.
Sickciety appears to be a blend of sick and society, is this accurate? Is this a political statement of sorts or is there more/less to it?
SICK Yes, it is basically a play on words. We had a list of band names tried out several and Sickciety was the one that grew on us the most
What do you see when you observe our society and how are you using music to help turn the tides?
SICK We see it like this, what society lacks today is heart and pride as well as toughness. I try to put all that into every song and who knows maybe it will spark something in someone. Also letting people know that there are others that suffer and feel the same things that they do so maybe when they are down and hear our music it makes them realize that they are not alone.
What has performing music taught you about life that you didn’t see as clearly before?
SICK I’ve learned that everywhere you go there are rules, regulations, trends and things that bind but with music there is none of that. Music is free form, it gives you back the things we lose as children and you can be whatever you want. Its also a great way to express everything you are feeling and get out inner frustration.
Sickciety is (Metal – Medford, Oregon): Alan G. – vocals; Randy – lead guitar; Rick – bass; Matt Edelmen – guitar; Mike Gutierezz – drums. Check out info on their upcoming album, shows and other news at the Sickciety Myspace
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I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough. – Jesus