New Jersey bred and Rise Records champs, Palisades, have just released their self-titled LP and unearthed a beast of an electronicore release. Granting themselves the opportunity to dive into their subconscious musings to reveal what has been boiling underneath, the guys cleared themselves of any social media influence while creating the LP and truly focused on the path they are leaving behind as musicians. I caught up with the band to discuss the creative process behind the LP, growing up in New Jersey, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the release of your self-titled LP. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around.
Thank you! One of the most important things we decided on was to go on a social media blackout. We took all of the social media apps off of our phones and logged out of all of our social media accounts to focus on what was important.
You guys just wrapped up the second leg of your headlining tour with Artwork, Sylar and Blindwish. Have you guys known each other prior to the tour? How was the chemistry amongst the bands on this tour?
We have toured with Sylar in 2014 and became very good friends with them since then, and Zach from Blindwish was our tour manager for a few years so we have become very close with the Blindwish guys. We met Artwork at the beginning of this tour, and they are a real talented band and we love those guys. Everyone on the tour got along and that just made the tour really easy and fun.
The cover art for the upcoming LP is quite dark and compelling. Who is the artist/photographer that brought that to life and reasoning as to why you chose this expression?
We wanted to show the struggles of the world looming over a person who wants to find solace in the world. That person could be anyone. It could be you, it could be your sister, father or friend. This record is all about finding the things that you must come to peace with in today’s world. The artist was Alan Ashcraft over at Rise Records, and he did a really great job of making our vision come to life.
How has being signed to Rise Records influenced your artistry as a musician?
Rise Records have always been very supportive of us and share our vision for our music. They have done nothing but nurture our music and encouraged us to explore and experiment to develop our sound, so it has been a very free relationship.
Any fellow Rise Records label-mate that you are really diggin’ at the moment and why?
We love the Pvris gang and are excited for their new record to come out. Their song “My House” is a great song to get pumped to before a show. And Of Mice & Men have always been another band we listen to while doing long drives on tour.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Russel Van Shiek is one of our personal favorite artists, and we have had the honor of having him tattoo Matthew and me. His watercolor style is something that is truly great and I feel that he has perfected it. On my upper arm, Russel had tattooed a “Gundam” from the anime “Gundam Wing” on me and it was my first tattoo. His linework is perfect and has a knack for understanding my vision and incorporating his personal style to make something special.
Your lyrical content is emotive and aggressive. What life experiences have led you toward this style of songwriting?
We have a lot of friends and family that were very close to the Orlando Pulse shootings at the time and saw and felt the heartache of the community. We had seen our friends and family deal with depression, anxiety and relationship problems. We felt all of these things and we wanted to write about all about it. This record is the most personal record we have ever written.
Besides the LP, what do fans of Palisades have to look forward to in 2017?
2017 is going to be a very busy year, and the biggest year for Palisades yet. You’re just going to have to wait and see what surprises we have up our sleeves.
Any special memories growing up in New Jersey that influenced you toward wanting to be a musician?
Our guitarist Xavier and I went and saw My Chemical Romance in a giant record store parking lot the night that their album “The Black Parade” came out, and it was the night that I knew I had to do what they were doing for the rest of my life. That band was very special to me and being from New Jersey made me see that I too could make something of myself and get out of my small town.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
To our fans, thank you for your support, and for always believing in this band. We will see you soon.