Interview with Mouse Trap – (USA)

This band originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. They play hardcore/metalcore/screamo. They are young and talented. And this is the Interview with the band.

1. Hello to mousetrap Please tell us your biography. Because there is just a limited info about your band.

Well, were called Mouse Trap! because of the infamous board game that we all played when we were younger. We started out as an alt rock band that sounded like Puddle of Mudd mixed with System Of a Down. then i went to a Silverstein show. “A Day to Remember” and “The Devil Wears Prada” opened for them and i was stunned. i knew i had to play hardcore after that. weve gone through many names. 6 including mouse trap!.

weve been:
genocide
a moments notice
there’s a way
for the forgotten
to the forgotten
and finally… mouse trap!

but other than that, were just a couple of suburban kids that love creating heavy music.

2. What happen to your guitarist ? and what’s the effects to the band ?

were starting fresh with a newer, permanent lineup. im not giving away any details but lets just say its going to be intense well we try to keep a steady 3 day band practice week. with his baseball and other stuff, he couldnt find time. he’s leaving on good terms and he remains very close. The effects? well it gave me the idea to just do vocals and to find new musicians

3. How do you write your music ?

Thats a hard question hahaha. i guess i just turn on the amp and play until i find something i like. then i try to make a good song out of it

4. Your Lyrics. What is all about ?

This is going to sound so cliche… mainly women. you don’t even know how those preppy chicks make you think they like you and then drop the bomb hahah. i guess i have to thank them for the writing inspiration. sometimes though i do write happy lyrics. this is because i think bands like “for today” or “underoath” are visionary with their christian, pretty lyrics, and they manage to make it sound so br00t4l hahah.

5. I’ve seen some band with hardcore/metalcore/screamo, and they looks similar one to another. and now this genre becomes trend in the metal world. What do you think about this ?

i disagree. i think they are 2 totally different genres. its not a good or bad thing. its just 2 different scenes. if you go to a show with like “liferuiner”, “maesion”, and “remember thy name”, its going to be a lot different than a show with like “lamb of god”.
and honestly, i think some metal bands sell out to the hxc scene because its more popular right now and they want money.

6. And what makes this band different than the other hardcore/screamo band ?

our musical backround. were so young that were influenced by other hardcore/screamo/metalcore bands. were listening to that and were trying to take it to the next level. were not there yet but i plan to be.

7. Studio or the stage. Which one is the best for you ?

hands down stage. live shows are the greatest thing in the history of the world! when people hardcore dance or mosh to our music, its the best compliment we can receive. im not saying people listening to m.t! isnt, i just think its more personal since theyre at a show.

8. Becomes commercial band or becomes indie band. Which one you choose and give us a reason.

indie. indie labels wouldnt force you to like change your style because a certain one doesn’t pay as much. and i dont think anyone could get screwed with an indie label.

9. With your demo. What would you like to achieve with your music?

were trying to get our music out in the open with this demo. just to give people a taste of what we sound like. so we get like our first little fan base. later on this year were recording a full length thats going to be for real! that should boost the musicianship and the popularity.

10. How important is it to you to stay close to your fans?

the only rule in the rule book, and that is ELE. everybody love everybody(will ferrell quote) hahahaha. but seriously, if you dont love, interact, and update your fans, you get nowhere in the music biz.

11. What are the best and worst things about being in a band?

really hard question. i love playing shows for people. just the energy in general is amazing. all of it what i dont like? waking up at a certain time and having to be strict and organized hahah.

12. With your experience. How the technology helps the musician ?

myspace is the most revolutionary thing in music since recording. hahaha without it, many bands would never be heard

13. Message to the metal band fans around the world ?

moshers leave the hardcore dancers alone hahah. its more skilled, and hurts more hahah.

Mouse Trap @ Myspace

This post originally made for Indiejember dot org.

Exclusive Interview With Walls Of Jericho

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Before The Mighty Walls Of Jericho show in Indonesia begins, we try to make an exclusive interview with them. And finally we’ve done.

After the last album “with devils amongst us all” it’s nice to hear you guys back with new EP. How do you feel it ?
We all are very proud of The Redemption EP and are finishing up our new Full length right npw for a summer release which is coming together nicely.

Why it takes so long, to release the new material ?
It’s been a little over a year… we’ve been touring our asses off since May of 2006 and came home December of 2007 supporting with devils. Traditionally bands put out records every 2 years so would say we’re putting out new material in a good time frame.

How’s the tour, is there something makes you amazed for the last 2 year ?
Tour is tour… we’ve done every kind of tour from the big Ozzfest/ Family Values tours to small club tours for the last 2 years and it’s all been great and Amazing.

What is the most you like from the hardcore scene, the crowds, the stage and moshpit ?
I think we love all of the above. Hardcore shows are way more intimate than the bigger meal tour with Barriers and all that crap. we like to be a part of the show and not just be the show.

Back to your EP. I’ve listened to your albums, and now i’m listening to your EP. Redemption. Feels like a “bungy jumping”, From high speed musics to the slow tempo songs. How you describe your EP. Is this somekind of contemplation or “Warming up” before your next album ?
We just wanted to do an acoustic EP with a cool, dark, mellow feel to it. If you listen to ALL our past records we’ve done a song or 2 like the ones on the EP. So we decided to just go for it and do a record with all acoustic stuff.

Does it difficult to change the vocal style. From brute strength angerous vocal, to mellow and Melodic vocal with accoustic instruments ?
No it was cool and it came real easy to write these songs.

It was a big surprise when i’ve heard “House of Rising Sun” played by Walls Of Jericho. I love this song. Tell me how and why this song was included in this EP.
We all Love that song and thought it would be a cool addition to the EP.

What do you think having corey taylor of slipknot/stonesour as your producer ?
Corey’s a good friend and a great person. We had so much fun doing Redemption with him and he really helped Candace sing her ass off on it.I think he was the perfect producer to work with on this project and we re all very happy and greatful for him taking time out of his crazy life to work with us.

Newest album of Walls Of Jericho will be released this summer. Would you like to give a clue about this album ?
It’s gonna be Brutal so hold on to your seats boys and girls.

From the first album, Walls Of Jericho lyrics is far from political issue, Why ?
We decided to talk more about personal issues.

This band, Walls Of Jericho, become an inspiration an influence for many band all over the world, specially with female fronted vocal. What do you think about this ? Does it means something ?
It’s always great to Influence anybody anywhere. It means more to us to hear someone tell us that than anything.

Indonesia, will be your next target, i mean indonesia is on your tour list. How do you know about Indonesia ?
We don’t know much about indonesia but we are eager to come over and see it. I hear it’s a beautiful place.

Message to your Indonesian fans please …
We’ll see everyone in June and we are really looking forward to coming over.
See you in JUNE!!!

Walls Of Jericho

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Walls Of Jericho Live in Indonesia

Walls Of JerichoWalls of Jericho, band hardcore asal Detroit, Michigan ini akan segera mengunjungi Indonesia. Lewat informasi di Myspace, band ini rencananya akan mengadakan pertunjukan di dua kota. Yakni Malang dan Jakarta

tour dateBand dengan vokalis perempuan, yang terkenal dengan lagunya Playing Soldier Again ini, akan bermain di dua tempat yakni UMM Dome Malang pada tanggal 13 Juni 2008. Dan di Basket Hall, Senayan Jakarta pada tanggal 14 Juni 2008.

Walls Of Jericho, baru baru ini merilis sebuah EP berjudul Redemption. Diantaranya berjudul, Ember Drive, Addicted, House Of Rising Sun, My Last Stand, dan No Saving Me.

Untuk para fans, penggemar berat band bervokalis wanita bersuara gahar ini, kita tunggu kedatangan mereka di Indonesia.