Interview: Unlocking The Truth
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:49:05
Pretty soon, heavy metal will belong to Unlocking The Truth. They're dropping their first official single and debut EP very soon, and there hasn't been this much palpable excitement or anticipation for a new hard rock outfit in decades. It's simply because they've got that inimitable charge that defines history's most powerful bands. Certainly, the boys possess impress chops that belie their age and a knack for an unforgettable song, but they also have that indefinable energy of Jimi Hendrix or Metallica. You love it as soon as you hear it, and you almost can't put it into words. That's why they will take over.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, bass player Alec Atkins talks the EP and more.
What was your approach to the EP?
We finished recording the EP, and our approach was to get it as clean and tight as possible before we released it. We just wanted to write good music.
Did Johnny K encourage that tightening up or did it come from a lot of practice?
It was a combination of both. Johnny K helped us, and we also practiced a ton. He produced for Disturbed. They're one of our favorite heavy metal bands. They're very good and popular. That's what attracted us to working with him.
How long were you in the studio?
Our single "Monster" came pretty quickly, but the EP took us two weeks.
What does "Monster" mean to you?
For me, "Monster" is about being yourself no matter what people say about you. You've got to be you whether they call you a "Monster" or say anything else to you. You've got to be yourself and not care what they say. That's what "Monster" means to you.
What's your favorite song on the EP?
"Escape" would be my favorite song on the EP. It's a very hard song. It's the first song I made with the band. I just like it a lot. It's about escaping whatever makes you sad or uncomfortable. I brought that.
Do you feel like your live show is represented on the EP?
A little bit! It was different recording.
What artists shaped you?
Metallica, Disturbed, Chelsea Grin, Three Days Grace, Motionless in White, and Evanescence—those are the bands who really shaped us.
What do you like about Artery Recordings?
Chelsea Grin is one of our biggest influences, and they're very close friends of ours. They told us Artery was very good to them. Because I knew them, I took their word for it. A lot of bands we like are on Artery. That's why we went with Artery. It's a perfect home.
How do you feel like you've evolved as a player?
After making the EP, my bass playing has gotten better. Johnny K would show me things, and it's just gotten a lot tighter. I'm a better bass player coming out of the studio.
Who are your favorite bass players?
One is Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. I like Robert Trujillo from Metallica. I also like Vail Johnson. He's a famous bass player. Those are really great bass players I look up to. When I think of bass, I don't just think of heavy metal. Vail is more of a freestyle artist.
What's next for you?
I'm really excited to go play at The Troubadour in Los Angeles as well as Aftershock.
Have you heard Unlocking The Truth?