At The Skylines Talk Signing to Roadrunner, Upcoming Album
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 10:42:18
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"We've put our blood, sweat, and tears into this album to make everything perfect," says At The Skylines vocalist Mark Barella of his group's forthcoming Roadrunner Records debut, The Secrets to Life.
The Southern California outfit creates a corrosive and chaotic concoction teeming with hardcore grooves and metallic riffs. It's a pummeling polyrhythmic catharsis of the highest order, centered on some infectious and incisive hooks bandied back and forth by Barella and co-vocalist Chris Shelley. At The Skylines are just what heavy metal needed…
In this exclusive interview, At The Skylines co-vocalist Mark Barella talks signing to Roadrunner and their upcoming debut album for the label.
What's the story behind "It's Cherried"?
The song is actually about people who try to push you down or be better than you and all of the evil that goes on in this world. They're constantly telling you that you're never going to make it somewhere. It's about rising above that, hanging it out, and seeing that they all drop off. They just fall eventually and you end up where you were and where you wanted to be. We all bring ideas to the table and our guitar player Shawn Yates actually puts it all together because he writes the programming. He went to school for music for like four years. He puts it together and makes it all tight. Then, Chris Shelley and I write out lyrics and vocals. We help each other out with both sides of the spectrum. That's how we approach songs.
Are you coming from different perspectives?
Yeah, all of us are. We all listen to different styles of music. We each bring something to the table. That's what gives our band the dynamic it has. We're all from different spots.
Do you and Chris fill in the blanks for each other?
Usually, that's really hard. If bands have two vocalists, one person will write lyrics. It's not easy to find someone you can mesh with. Chris and I are so opposite, but we're so on point with each other. It's phenomenal working with each other. I couldn't be blessed anymore. It goes really well. We're tied together [Laughs].
What's it like being signed to Roadrunner?
We're been signed to Roadrunner for a month now [Laughs]. I actually started getting into similar styles of music in ninth grade. I got a Roadrunner sampler CD and it had Glassjaw as well as a bunch of bands I still listen to today. It's ironic that years down the road, here I am on Roadrunner. It's really awesome to be able to say.
Who's on your iPod right now?
On my iPod, it's Anthony Green to At the Gates and The Acacia Strain. I like the heavier side of stuff and the softer stuff. It's the two extremes for me. I enjoy some stuff in the middle.
How did you come up with the title for the record?
The album is going to be called The Secrets to Life. For Chris and myself, it's our own secrets of life experiences that we've learned to bring to the table. We wanted to reach kids and everybody. Never give up on what you're doing and never let anybody let you down. We've all been through similar situations and we're sincere as artists trying to explain that and say, "Nobody's different than anybody. People are just on different paths." We want to say that for people who need to hear it sometimes.
Are you excited for At The Skylines?