Canadian Progressive Metal band, Oni, are experiencing the high of taking the ride of a lifetime through the transformation of changing lines and taking their vision as a crowd member at a show onto the stage. The Metal Blade Records family members shocked the world with the phenomenal release of ‘Ironshore’ that is not your typical Metal release and serves as quite the treat for an alternative breed of listeners that crave more than the typical. I caught up with the guys to discuss the brutal music video behind the “The Only Cure”, touring the world, their perception of the world of tattooing and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Oni?
Jake Oni on vocals
Chase Bryant on bass
Brandon White on guitar
Martin Andres on guitar
John D on the xylosynth
Joe Greulich on Drums
Congrats on the release and success of ‘Ironshore’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Chase: The creative process for ‘Ironshore’ was very fun as well as challenging. When we first got together to write and record we were basically starting the band from scratch with very little material written prior to the Ironshore sessions.The album is a collective of everyone’s riffs and ideas mashed together as seamlessly as possible within a four-month window. All said and done, we are very happy with how it turned out but look forward to building on the chemistry we’ve made as well as developing new ideas with less of a time crunch.
Tell us about the experience of bringing your music video for “The Only Cure” to life.
Brandon: Jake had a vision for the music video of “The Only Cure” and it was so badass that we all ran with it! We were very fortunate that Randy was down to come out and film with us. It was really cool experiencing the process of making a video. This one was so gruesome that it made me really anxious to see the final footage! It was really fucking cool to be able to shoot this with Randy. It got so brutal headbanging hard for hours on end to get the best shots though. We had pretty gnarly bang-over the next morning!
What has been the most enlightening experience throughout your days of touring so far?
Chase: The transition from being an audience member to being on stage and behind the scenes has been the most enlightening experience so far. Seeing how much the crew actually does to make sure the show runs smoothly every day, managing your time effectively and dealing with the less glamorous side of touring. Balance is key in every way shape and form, knowing that the grass is always greenest where you water it. Staying humble, staying active mentally and physically and most importantly maintaining your love of the game whilst having fun on stage every night. The audience will always react to that kind of energy no matter how big or small the crowd.
Tell us about your experience being a part of the Metal Blade Records family so far and one band on the label that you are really diggin’ at the moment.
Chase & Brandon: It’s been a really cool experience joining the Blacklight Media/Metal Blade family! There are so many bands that we’ve grown up listening to that are a part of this family. Let alone the support they’ve shown us online and in person at our shows. A bunch of people from Blacklight Media and Metal Blade have come to shows and introduced themselves and have given us such a warm welcome. Most of us have been really into BTBAM for such a long time but a newer band we’ve been diggin’ is Good Tiger. They’re super talented musicians, great songwriters, and above all really awesome dudes.
If you could swap out any of your tattoos that you currently have with a brand new piece, which tattoo would you remove and what piece would you add?
Brandon: I wouldn’t swap any tattoos out! They’re all super rad stories and memories. Good or bad, they mean something and tell a story of my life. That being said, I’m always up for ridiculous and stupid tattoos with friends! R.I.P. Steven Seagull
Chase: It’s hard to imagine swapping out any of my tattoos, maybe my bass clef? Over the years it sometimes feels a bit cliche´ but that was my first tattoo at 17 and I love it. I couldn’t swap a thing but I could definitely see a piece with Kid Buu fighting Super Saiyan Vegeta going somewhere on my leg.
What do you perceive to be the most unique advances in tattooing that really fascinate you?
Brandon: I don’t know much about the technological advances in tattooing but the quality of the artists and their artwork is astonishing! I’ve seen some incredible portrait tattoos recently and the detail in the shading is wild. That’s one really cool part of touring. We get to see some really cool and interesting artwork.
Any upcoming or current tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
What do fans of Oni have to look forward to over the remainder of 2017?
Chase: More tours being lined up, potential music video and lots of writing for our next album.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Brandon: Thanks so much for keeping up with us and following our music! You guys are the reason we keep pushing forward. Always come say hi and hang out with us when you see us.