Dallas, Texas rockers, Fit For A King, are a metalcore beast with a ferocity and aggression that present a unique growth that keeps them at the forefront with every release. The guys have made it known that they are certainly not a slave to nothing and embrace a dose of individuality within their music that is refreshing for metalheads worldwide. Riding the wave of success from their fourth studio album release, ‘Deathgrip’, I caught up with the band member, Ryan Tuck O’Leary, to discuss sharing the stage with Norma Jean, what’s in store for 2017, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Fit For A King?
Ryan Tuck O’Leary and I play bass and sing. We are a metalcore band from Dallas, Texas.
You joined For Today and Norma Jean on the last two shows of For Today’s final tour. Has either of the bands been an inspiration or influence on who you are as a musician?
Yes, absolutely. I am still a pretty big Norma Jean fan. When I was 14 or 15, “Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste”, was played constantly. Been a fan ever since.
You recently released your fourth studio album, ‘Deathgrip’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind this album
We wanted to approach the album from the live perspective. For us, it’s all about trying to be as heavy as possible and creating a fun, dynamic live show. We had a ton of fun writing this record. Bob started writing on the road and it all grew from there.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I prefer to get tattooed at two places. When I’m home in Upstate, N.Y., I see my friend Mike Shishmanian, who owns Hudson Valley Tattoo Company. He is an incredible artist and one of the funniest people out there. The other spot is Iron Dagger in Addison, Texas. It’s owned by a few guys, one of which is named Taylor Moran. He’s a great friend of the band and did the first “Deathgrip” tattoo.
Tell us about what you’ve got in store for the next tour.
We will be heading out with After the Burial, Emmure, and a few others. One of which is a band called Invent, Animate, who I’m very stoked on seeing. Their new album is great.
How has growing up in Texas inspired your music and artistry?
I grew up in N.Y, but all the other fellas are born and raised in Texas. I loved absorbing local music growing up. I think we have some incredible music from hardcore to hip-hop.
If I was a tourist visiting Texas for the first time, where would you recommend that I checked out and why?
Go to Fuzzy’s Tacos for breakfast and get a burrito. Hit Twisted Root for lunch.
What does Fit For A King fans have to look forward to over the next six months?
We have a bunch of touring coming up. Possibly some new “media” content.
If you could play at any venue in the world that you have yet to visit, what venue would you choose and why?
That’s hard to say. Possibly Red Rocks or Radio City Music Hall.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thanks for caring. If you’re gonna put things on your skin forever, make sure you really like that thing.