California Rockers, Alien Ant Farm, have made a name for themselves with five studio albums and over five million albums sold worldwide. The guys are gearing up to get on the road with P.O.D., Lit and Buckcherry along the Loudwire Presents: Gen-X Summer Tour to spark up a dose of nostalgia for long-time fans across the country. I caught up with Guitarist, Terry Corso, to discuss the upcoming Gen-X Summer Tour, golfing and photography during his spare time on the road, tattoos and more.
Let’s start off with a bang. Is there a follow-up to ‘Always and Forever’ or any new music in the works?
We are definitely working on new music. We always have a decent surplus going but it’s nice to write current material that is written when you are who you are at that very moment. Not stuff from a year or two ago when you were dealing with other things. No real release date on the calendar. It’s such an ever changing climate out there, maybe we just release singles from here out. There’s not a lot of excitement these days for physical releases with cool stuff like art, unfortunately.
How have the advances in technology changed your approach toward creating music ever since your cleverly titled debut, ‘Greatest Hits.
Well, I guess I’ve kind of touched on this with my last answer in regards to releasing music. Technology today is incredibly useful when it comes to recording music and documenting ideas. All of the guys in the band either have Pro-Tools or Logic Pro X software on their computers and some degree of home studio. This allows us to be great distances from each other and still be able to bounce ideas back and forth and add to them in order to build a song that we are mostly all involved in and that reflects our individual styles and contributions to our overall style and sound. It can be a bit of a double edged sword, however. It can get sort of too convenient and you can lose track of how important it is to actually get in a room with other people who play instruments and getting that good old fashioned musical telepathy going. Magical things seem to happen in those kinds of live settings. Things that you can sit in front of your laptop for days trying to dream up can happen instantly. Things you never expected or even dared to attempt. In my opinion, there’s a lot of this magic left to be desired in music that is written solely by one person, on a laptop and then released without any kind of organic interaction with other musicians and collaborators.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the tattoo artists that you have worked with to bring them to life.
I have a ton to choose from! I’ll quickly run through a few. My left thumb has a dagger and banner that says ‘No Mercy’ which was tattooed by my late buddy, Zakk Rogers, during a really tough time in my life. All I have to do is look down to remember him and a lot of past lessons learned. I have a Con Safos on my right thumb given to me by my close buddy, Felix Constantine, from Denver. I grew up in a Chicano neighborhood, so C/S has profound meaning to me. You have to have one to give one. So it’s kind of a chain that connects everyone who has it. It’s respect ultimately. For where I’m from, where I’m at and where I’m going. I have a Bob Marley portrait on my right shoulder done by the amazing Jen Davis in Tustin, California. I’m not the biggest reggae fan these days but for a few years I tried to submerge myself into music from a few different cultures including Reggae and traditional Cuban Chan Chan, in order to study melodies and rhythm techniques. During that time I also had my eyes opened to the messages behind these songs and some of my favorites that I hold dear to this day were Bob’s.
If you could give your 18-year-old self any piece of advice, what would you say?
Stick with the golf, kid!!
What are some of your must-have pieces of equipment and travel necessities that you carry along with you on the road?
Although the road is a lot of work, stress and constant on-the-go schedules, there can also be a lot of time to kill. I like amateur photography and playing golf. So, my Callaway golf clubs and my Canon 6D Mark II are a must. I can always take an adventure hike and find something to take photos of and golf courses aren’t usually too hard to find. Keeps me out of the bars. This summer I will be taking all my recording gear out on the road as well in order to maintain writing.
If you could sit under the table and listen to any two human beings have a conversation, who would you choose and why?
I’m a lunatic for filmmaking and movies. I’ve even produced and co-directed a few music videos for well known bands. I’d love to be under the table as Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis discuss scenes, etc. I truly love those guys together. Pure genius magic those two.
Anything that you’d like to share about your upcoming run on the Gen-X 2018 Tour?
This tour has definitely become something to look forward to. Not just for us but for the fans. All of the bands on the tour are old friends and we all grew up sharing the same stages from Southern California to the world. This could translate to some killer collaborations on stage and in the studio but ultimately the friendly-fun vibe of this tour should mean good times for all.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thanks to all the fans out there that have stuck with us and given us a reason to hit the road every year. Thanks for daring to be curious enough to dig deeper than a cover song only to find out we have much much more to offer. SEE YA THIS SUMMER!!
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