Tennessee Metalcore rockers, Arm The Witness, are a living, breathing example of a band who is rolling with the punches and transforming a sudden shock into an experience to grow and come together stronger than ever. Delivering a sound that is distinct over passionate lyricism that hits you in your core, Arm The Witness is definitely a band to watch for in 2017. The guys are gearin’ up to release their second EP, ‘Collapse’, and I caught up with them to discuss what’s in store for 2017, the message that Arm The Witness intends to send through their lyricism, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Arm The Witness?
Arm The Witness is Aiden Shaw, Logan Bishop, Trevor Rouse, Camron Whitehead, Timmy Smith, & Mason Bishop.
Tell us about the creative process and conception behind your latest music video for “Envy”.
When we had put the song “Envy” together with producer/engineer, Kile Odell, we knew that this was a song that we wanted to do music for. We had worked with videographer, Justin Reich, on numerous projects before and we hit him up with the ideas we had and he kinda took it from there put his own ideas in and we loved it and rolled with that.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Aiden: My favorite is the dreamcatcher on my hand, done by Ronnie Pearson. It was my first tattoo and a constant reminder to work hard towards my dreams every single day.
Timmy: My dark mark tattoo done by Matthew Richey means a lot to me because of the bond it has with my family. I have a Trunks tattoo from Dragon Ball Z done by Allen Wood because he is my favorite character from the anime series and I always felt a bond with the character as a child.
Trevor: My Favorite piece is the Dead Throne Symbol on my shoulder. Mike from TDWP is the one that made me want to learn how to scream and that band was one of the first ones that solidified my love for metalcore. Also, it’s a matching tattoo that my sister and I got. David Cooper did that one.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
None booked at the moment, however, we are playing a big home market show on March 17th at Capone’s in Johnson City, TN w/ The Buddz & Something Clever.
If you had the opportunity to tour the world for six months straight with any two musicians/bands either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Aiden: For me, it would have to be The Doors with the original lineup, or Bring Me The Horizon. Both were major inspirations in my teen years and led me to write the music that I do now.
Trevor: It’s a tough one between The Black Dahlia Murder with Ryan Knight, Veil of Maya, and Jason Richardson. Our style of music is totally different than theirs but Ryan, Marc, and Jason and currently the biggest influences on my guitar playing.
Timmy: The two bands for me would have to be Slipknot with their original lineup and Motley Crue because they are my two biggest inspirations in music and always have been.
Tell us about your GoFundMe for a new van and the story behind the unfortunate event that led your first van under.
We set up our GoFundMe because after spending all of our money and still owing some to pay off the EP that we just recorded we had no money to get a new van after totaling ours. We have received a massive amount of support on it. What happened was we traveled up north to Michigan in December to record with Nick Scott (I See Stars, Emmure, Attila). On our last day of recording leaving from our hotel to the studio we hit a patch of black ice on the interstate while we were parallel to a Tractor – Trailer and slammed into him. Very fortunately not a single person was injured but our van was totaled.
What do fans of Arm The Witness have to look forward to in 2017?
In 2017 we will be releasing our second-coming EP ‘Collapse’, that’s one thing we can say for certain. The rest is secret!
What is one overall message that you intend to send to your listeners throughout your music?
We want our music to be an escape for people, we aim to express the things we all go through but sometimes are afraid to say and to show everyone that they’re not as alone. And to inspire the next generation of musicians and music-listeners.
If you could share any words of advice for kids just picking up their first instruments and the mic in hopes of starting a band from scratch, what would you say?
I would tell them to never give up, being in a band takes enormous amounts of patience for numerous reasons, so keep writing songs, keep playing shows, and one day it will all pay off.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
You guys are the best, we see each one of you out there supporting us and we couldn’t thank you all enough. Get ready for these next couple of years Witnesses!