New Jersey Deathcore rockers, Lorna Shore, have shifted away from the conventions of their genre and with an originality that is oozing a refreshing authenticity over guitar riffs and in-depth songwriting. On the brink of the release of their highly anticipated second studio album, ‘Flesh Coffin’, I caught up with drummer, Austin Archey, to discuss the history of the band, the latest music video for “FVNERAL MOON”, tattoos and more.
Photo Credit: Bobby Bates
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Lorna Shore? Give us a rundown on your history.
My name is Austin, I’ve been playing drums in the band for about 5 years now. Lorna Shore has been around for a lot longer than the public eye could ever see, however the name has always represented a Heavy Metal band from New Jersey. We don’t like to label ourselves, because when it comes to anything in this band, it is never dictated upon “what’s in right now.” Our goal is to always stay true to ourselves and have that message resonate through our music and into our fan’s heads.
You are on the brink of the release of your second studio album, ‘Flesh Coffin’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind this album.
After touring around, and really getting a grasp of what we were doing, the purpose in the music became more prevalent. We wanted to stick with the “in your face” intensity, and still have a way to showcase our abilities in the most evil and melodic way possible. This album is very melody driven, it may not necessarily be what you notice at first, but I believe it gives the listener something to go back and want to listen to album again. Our Guitarist Adam found a way to use classic styles/methods of songwriting and add it to this extreme metal style.
What is your perception of the current state of Deathcore worldwide?
There are so many amazing hard working bands around the world providing the Deathcore scene with some great music. One small thing is I just think people need to be more supportive of each other, and even if it’s not for you, recognize the hard work and courage it takes to create music in this day and age.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I have a portrait of my sister tattooed on my forearm. She is 11 years younger then me, and lives in NYC with my father. It deeply saddens me that with the lifestyle and dreams I have, that I can’t be there and show my love for her. I got this as a reminder for myself to always be there for her, and to let her know that she is always with me. The artist who created it I would rather not mention because I don’t agree with his life choices or where he is in life now, however it is a beautiful piece.
We made friends with two amazing artists in Oklahoma City on our first tour, Brandon Hicks and Tyler Nowlin. They have blessed the band with pieces that we will never forget because of their beauty and the place we were in when we got them. They are family to us and we look forward to seeing them every tour.
Tell us about your experience with bringing to life your latest music video, “FVNERAL MOON”.
It was an intimidating process. The song just had such a powerful feeling when we would listen to it, it was hard to express how we could properly execute this with the money we are budgeted. However, when we finally landed upon Joey Durango, it was clear that he had a vision as big as our for the video, so we had full confidence in him to take the visual for this song to the next level, and we are very happy with it.
I perceive that your lyrics tend to spread awareness pertaining to societal concerns and politics with doses of wisdom throughout. What life experiences have led you to this state of vulnerability within your songwriting?
Speaking for Tom, I can say that he is not someone that wants the world to blindly walk to its edge. It is not our job to save the world, however with the power of music, why wouldn’t we want to be a voice for the voiceless so to say if we had the chance?
Any upcoming tour plans or festival appearances in celebration of ‘Flesh Coffin’ that you can fill us in about?
We have lots of exciting stuff in the works, If all goes right, we will be seeing some new fans all over the world this year!
Any fellow Outerloop labelmates that you’d like to give a shout-out to?
Megosh, cause they are the coolest. Chasing Safety, because they are cute. and Youth In Revolt cause the more the merrier 🙂
What do fans of Lorna Shore have to look forward to in 2017?
More touring, more visuals, lots of exclusive merch items we are working on, as well as your expected Lorna Shore antics. Be sure to keep up with our social media pages so you don’t miss any of the fun.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
We love you all, those of you who know us or that we have had the pleasure of meeting know how much we appreciate your support and love. It is THE ONLY thing that keeps this band together and moving strong. Please, if you like “Flesh Coffin,” buy yourself a copy. This album means more to us then we could ever explain, and i hope some of you can build a connection with what we are trying to do. Thanks for reading.