It is apparent from the moment that you begin listening to the debut album, ‘NEW OBSESSION’, by Detroit metalcore rockers, Vesta Collide, that they have put their heart and soul into their lyrical spillings and inspired musicianship. The Stay Sick Records gang have stripped down to their raw and exposed core over their new song, “Witching Hour”, and have a big year ahead in 2017. I caught up with the guys to discuss their significant changes in their lives ever since being signed to Stay Sick Recordings, growing up in Detroit, ‘New Obsession’, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to or readers. Who is Vesta Collide?
Vesta Collide is a metalcore band from Detroit, Michigan that formed in 2014 consisting of Mark Pfromm (Vocals)
Jake Matzkows (Guitar/Vocals)
Alex Kuzmanovic (Guitar)
Alex Honeycutt (Bass)
Max Santoro (Drums)
Your debut album, ‘New Obsession’, is on the verge of being released; congratulations. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind this album.
The recording process started with Jake and Alex writing demos in our basement, which is also where the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered.
We began writing the album about two years ago. We had a bunch of random incomplete song ideas and just picked the ones we like the most and used those as starting points for some of the songs.
We wrote 11 song skeletons and sat with our producers in our basement (Nick Matzkows, Nick Sampson, and Josh Buckner) and after that we were able to take the songs to the next level.
We wanted to make a darker album, instrumentally and lyrically. We really wanted to touch on the darker subjects that our listeners may have experienced in their lives and give them something that they can relate to as well as having a sinister fictional perspective coming from us.
What significant changes in your lives have you experienced ever since signing to Stay Sick Recordings?
We have had more opportunities as a band and have been able to reach out to many more people and tour the country. It’s been great. Stay Sick Recordings has helped us achieve our goals to get to the next level in our career.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I (Max, the drummer) have a number of tattoos on my left arm and I’m working on finishing up a full sleeve. My favorite piece so far is on my forearm and was inspired by an artist named Cameron Gray, brought to life by tattoo artist Sean Eckenroth of Lasting Image Tattoo in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Any upcoming tour plans/festival appearances that you can fill us in about?!
We will be doing a short headlining run this January which will lead into the Ten Frail Years of Vanity and Wax tour with Alesana on the west coast.
How has growing up in Detroit influenced your artistry as a musician?
Detroit is the home to many great artists and growing up here has allowed us the chance to associate ourselves with very talented people. We have become better writers and musicians by surrounding ourselves with so much talent and learning from others.
What is your perception of Detroit’s incredible transformation culturally and artistically over the past few years?
I like to think that Detroit is shaping up to be something more than what it has been in the past! I hope to see it continue to grow and clean up. I see a lot more artistic expression now a days here and it’s great to continue to see that and people appreciating art for art.
Besides the debut album, what do fans of Vesta Collide have to look forward to in 2017?
We will be consistently touring throughout 2017! We are also shooting a music video at the end of January with an awesome director and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Who are some of your early musical influences that lead you to pursuing a life of music?
For me (Mark) personally it was artists like Marilyn Manson, My Chemical Romance, The Used and Rob Zombie. I owe a lot to those artists that have given me the strength and inspiration to artistically express myself without worry or care of any judgement and that means a lot to me.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
We would like to thank everyone that has listened to Vesta Collide and if you like the few singles we’ve released so far, please pick up “New Obsession” because you’re going to love it. We worked on this album for about two years so we’re super excited for you all to hear what we’ve created. We hope to meet each and every one of you in 2017, so come out to a show. If our tour isn’t in your city, we will be very soon!