My Darkest Days Talk "Sick and Twisted Affair"
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 07:29:58
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My Darkest Days get right down to business on their second album, Sick and Twisted Affair.
The nine songs comprising the record exude the kind of sexy swagger that's been missing from rock 'n' roll for far too long. Eschewing the self-righteous maudlin tendencies of so much modern rock, each track boasts an anthemic bombast that was meant to fill arenas and get girls grooving. The group taps into an infectious energy, and they're unstoppable on cuts like current single "Casual Sex" and "Love Crime". It's one of the most memorable rock records of the year, and you'll be partying to it for a long time to come.
In this exclusive interview, My Darkest Days guitarist Sal Costa talks Sick and Twisted Affair and so much more...
Did you approach Sick and Twisted Affair with one vision in mind?
Well, it was a much different experience than the last record. For example, when My Darkest Days started recording the previous album, the band was a trio. During the recording, band members were added, and the sound was changing. We started touring with different bands. If you listen to our last record, there are a lot of songs that are so different tonally. "Set It on Fire" is like a ska or reggae tune. Then, we have songs like "Porn Star Dancing". We toured for 15 months on that album with heavy rock bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Stone Temple Pilots, and we started to see what our fan base really was. It was definitely rock listeners. We're a heavy rock band at heart. This time, we went into the studio with a much better idea of how we were going to put everything together. The lineup of the band has been solid too. We recorded Sick and Twisted Affair from different studios. We'd literally get on Skype with our producer, and we'd be recording from our home studios and sending the Pro Tools sessions over to each other. Sometimes, we would be in the studio together. Other times, we'd be in different provinces working on songs. It was really crazy.
What's the story behind "Love Crime"?
It's about infidelity. We actually wrote that song on the road. We were in a Walmart parking lot. I'd written the riff a few days before, and I recorded it. I had a hard time coming up with a melody for it. I went over to Matt's bunk, and I was like, "Matt, can you come up with a melody for this?" He said, "Love Crime," and I thought it was a wicked title. We went from there and wrote this song about infidelity and literally being caught in a love crime. It was really cool to see that song grow.
Was the video shoot for "Casual Sex" a fun day?
Dude, it was insane. I thought the "Porn Star Dancing" video was fun. That was just epic.
There are few modern bands who still embrace that decadence of the '80s.
We're those kinds of guys who just don't care what people think. We really respect the working woman, man. When we were an independent band, we'd jam and then we'd go to the strip club. We're embracing that. We respect the girls and what they do.
Rock 'n' roll can still be a party.
It's very true. That's what it's all about. When I started playing rock 'n' roll, I inherited my sister's old CD collection. In there, I found a VHS tape of the Use Your Illusion tour with Guns N' Roses. My sisters are nine and eleven years older than me. Most of my friends were listening to Hanson at the time. I'd watch Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe tapes, and I liked them much more [Laughs]. Then I thought, "I'm going to start playing rock!"
Is it important for you guys to tell stories with the songs?
I think so. Back in the '70s and '60s, it was all about mystery with bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. You couldn't find information about the artists you loved, it was only their music. You literally had to sit there and try to puzzle together what they were trying to say. There was no Wikipedia or Google where you could type in, "What is this song about?" You had to sit there and listen. It was a different experience. Nowadays, people want information quickly. The Internet changed everything. Nowadays, you have to deliver a message and still be artistic and creative. You have to tell a story in a way people will understand it right away. We consciously make an effort to do that.
If you were to compare Sick and Twisted Affair to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Maybe Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Talking about movies, Matt and I went to New York to finish writing "Love Crime". The day we were leaving New York, Matt was flying to Nashville, and I was flying somewhere else. He left before me. I was walking around New York, and I saw a premiere for a European movie called Love Crime. It was really weird to just finish a song with the same title [Laughs].
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