"This record is about running towards the uncomfortable" - hmv.com talks to Suicide Silence
As Suicide Silence return with their new self-titled album we chatted to frontman Eddie Hermida about how they wanted to chart a new course with this album and why a fan petition to block the album's release (seriously, it's here) is just pure comedy.
How did you want this album to move on from You Can’t Stop Me?
"We wanted to explore new territory. The biggest thing was knowing full and well that it was going to be a big step in whatever direction. Suicide Silence has always been an extreme group so to me it makes sense that if we are going to change things up we are going to do it in an extreme way. We knew that this is what we wanted years ago even before I was in the band. I just happened to be here when we took that dive and it has been an amazing journey so far. Looking forward to playing these songs live and giving everything to the music and fans!"
You worked on the album with Ross Robinson, how did that come about and what was he like to work with?
"Ross is someone we have always wanted to work with and explore his methods of creation. We put out the word years ago and he actually chose now to present himself. It was an honour entirely. He came out to our practice spot and basically dropped the bomb that he wanted to do this record with us. It was a dream come true. I felt like that kid that started playing music in my friend's garage again. It was a new lease of music and my adventure in it. Once in the studio it was grind time. We spent two months diving into the darkest corners of our souls and searching for our truest forms only to find out that it was there all along."
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"I would say 'Conformity'. We had easily three different choruses done for that song and it wasn't until we had an in depth discussion about my feelings about the state of music in general that we went deep into the meaning of the verses. Then the chorus just leapt at us. It was as if the chorus was there the whole time. I would also say that every song had extremely challenging aspects but to answer the question, it was definitely 'Conformity'."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Doris' was our rush delivery song on the record. We always set out to write one song from scratch in the studio, something that we didn't have time to work on in pre-production. That song had one riff and while we were in the blackout chamber and it just came out of a jam. I am extremely happy that became our first single because even being written last that song had the biggest shock value on the whole record. The falsetto vocals were something that I really wanted to mix into this world. It was my way of putting two middle fingers in the air and shooting from the hip!"
The online reaction you’ve received to the tracks you’ve released so far have been quite something, with fans even launching a petition to stop the album coming out! How has it made you feel? Angry? Or is it just fun to watch?
"It has been really amusing to watch. I feel like the deeper the fans try to dig at us the more they are actually helping the record become more of what it needs to be. We set out very early on to burn the bridges. We set out early on to cause hysteria and aggression towards our new sound. When we get these reactions it feels like everything is in its right place. There really is not anything anyone can say that either hasn't been said before or something that is a blatant opinion spoken as fact. It is like making fun of someone for being short when they are taller than you."
Do you have a favourite comment? One that’s really made you laugh?
"I really think when people try to offend me by comparing me to my favourite vocalists is hilarious. I heard somewhere that when Jonathan Davis first came on to the scene of nu metal he was compared to Eddie Vedder. Like how? Those really make me laugh. Like, thanks!"
What kind of album is this lyrically? Does it have a common theme?
"Fearlessness. This record is about running towards the uncomfortable. Pushing the boundaries of our universe by facing adversity with love. It's a record about self-exploration too. We wanted to stop being victims to our own egos. Letting fear and the mind not feed its own desire to go down the easy road and find the challenge. We wanted to find the beauty in failure; we wanted to share that part of our strength with the world."
What lyricists do you look to for inspiration? Are they the same ones you grew up listening to?
"I have always found inspiration in everything from a song I just heard, a book I read, outside world issues. On this record, I went extremely personal. I allowed the deep stories of my life to surface and I dealt with those issues first hand. A lot of family issues came up and I let them boil. Not to mention that this is an extreme time for Suicide Silence so I allowed the feelings of change go through me and I let the songs dictate what my voice was going to do. Ross Robinson was a big help in that mindset."
When did you settle that the album was going to be self-titled? And why?
"We have always wanted to have a self-titled LP. It seems like a rite of passage for a band. This was our intention since before I was asked to be in the band. I think that when Ross Robinson came to our practice spot we already knew that it was going to be this record. It was time. Ross is also known to produce a lot of self-titled records and we found out why."
"It was part of the intention of this record. To figure out what Suicide Silence meant to us. We came to the conclusion that it means the death of the ego. The suicide of the mind through silence. It is kind of beautiful when you think about it like that. It opens up the space for love in your heart. We also wanted to make a real statement about the sounds we were making on this record. It's like this is the new us. Here we are."
What are your plans to take the record out live?
"So far we are planning a UK run very soon and a bunch of summer festival touring. We would really love to be showing this new music to as many people as possible so be prepared to see our faces all the time! I really can't wait to play these songs for people. I am excited!"
You’re back working with All Shall Perish again, how is it going juggling both bands?
"It hasn't been much of a juggle. All Shall Perish works a lot slower than Suicide Silence and has no plans of touring or playing many shows so the workload is not so heavy. Everything from both camps is pure love and respect so it makes things a tonne easier. For now, though my main focus is Suicide Silence and taking this band to where it needs to go. I am here to serve the music and I intend to fulfil my purpose."