Interview~ Boston, MA based hard rock band ABOVE SNAKES…NEW MUSIC “Adrenaline” Watch!!!
“‘Adrenaline’ is a heavy, catchy track that gets you amped up,” says singer Johnny Skulls, through a puff of smoke.
Boston, MA based hard rock band ABOVE SNAKES releases visualizer which gives the first glimpse into the filthy, ego-driven wasteland that gave birth to their first single, “Adrenaline.” Produced by Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Motionless in White), “Adrenaline” is the introduction to the band’s debut EP, rumored for a 2021 release.
We were honored that the band answered a few questions for Ignite below…
1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
We’re actually a brand new band! Just two months ago, we released our debut single “Adrenaline” which skyrocketed to 45,000 views on YouTube…we were blown away by the response. Something we haven’t talked about much is that Johnny Skulls (Singer) and I started writing for what would become “Above Snakes” back in 2015. We were living in LA with super egotistical people that we just couldn’t stand being around. They brought us down and it honestly just didn’t make things fun anymore. These are the “snakes” that we needed to get away from, so we came back to our roots in Boston to make the most honest, authentic music we could.
2. What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We started this band to show our community that we can rise above the worst parts of our lives, and we’ve only just begun to tell our story. Our next single “Never Alone” is really more about Zhon B, the character on the Adrenaline Artwork, and that song drops right around Halloween. There’s a video being shot for that but I don’t think we can even talk about it right now…
3. With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
When Johnny and I came up, music was about being a part of a group of people who made you feel like you belong. That sense of belonging now happens online, and we’re creating a place for everyone who feels like us to be on the same team. That connection used to happen exclusively at concerts, right? In person. But now it happens on YouTube, it happens on Instagram and if you think about it – we’re closer because I can talk to you directly in the DM, I can talk to him directly on Twitter and before you could never get a hold of your favorite artist one on one.
4. What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself…”THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
I actually got into music at a very young age, with my dad playing The Beatles and Frank Sinatra constantly, which really gave me a love for pop music and hooks. Later on, I heard heavy riffs and catchy melodies from KoRn, and that is really the exact moment when I said this is what I want. They were all over MTV, the radio, just larger than life. I fell in love with the whole Metal scene since then…
5. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
This is all I know. This is what I was born to do, I honestly can’t think of doing anything else. We’re so deep into music we built our own studio where we record and produce other bands. It’s just what we do, and I couldn’t see it any other way.
6. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Absolutely. As a guitarist, I’m always interested in learning more and getting better. Even just practicing something new all the time is a huge help.
7. Who are you inspired by?
Personally as a guitarist, Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent, Barry Stock of Three Days Grace, Head and Munky from Korn, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, all creative guitarists with a unique sound.
8. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
We absolutely love talking to anyone who wants to talk to us.
Yeah, even the haters! We’re pretty approachable and always take time out of our day to say hello or dive into a convo about a favorite song or band. Spending time getting to know our fans is something that will always be the most important thing for us as a band.
9. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be ready for lots of hard work. You must have a ton of tenacity, never give up and keep pounding the pavement. You should have a really good plan before launching your band and find a great group of friends you get along with and are all on the same page and after the same goal, if even one person has an ego, forget it, it’s all over at that point..
More about the band…
After years of living in the filth among shady, ego driven Villains, Johnny Skulls, and Dax Dabs decided they weren’t going to take it anymore. It was the dawn of a new day. Following orders and getting in line was now a way of the past. They packed their bags and made their way back to Boston, destined to rise above and create their own future…
Working with producer Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Motionless in White), “Adrenaline” is the first chapter of the forthcoming EP by Above Snakes.
Drawing on influences of Korn and Metallica, Above Snakes blends the hard rock of the past with the frantic energy of today’s biggest active rock bands such as Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch.