-Interview- Our Transfixion (1/4/16)

Get to know Our Transfixion as they try to captivate, inspire and motivate through their form of Metalcore.


From: St. Louis, MO
Sounds like: Metalcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Our Transfixion” and is there any meaning behind it?

We originally started with me (Brandon) and our former guitarist (Chance) doing guitar covers of Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine songs. I think those classic metalcore bands really developed our sound. We were also big into classic rock, pop, and alternative music spanning across quite a few decades. I think those influences have really impacted our writing style.
The name came from our original bass player. The main reason we kept this name is due to the fact that no one has this name. If you type "Our Transfixion", you are only going to get us.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your new single "Lasting Efforts"?

We want to first catch an ear. We want our music to be able to get people to stop, listen and replay. Even if it's something people dislike the goal is to get you to replay that song more than once. If they do, the rest can come naturally. By the rest I mean: captivation, inspiration, and motivation.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

Our live shows have improved immensely since we first started. You can expect some choreography, fast paced breakdowns, and maybe a joke or ten... Ha.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

Our favorite track to play has been "Lasting Efforts" lately. We typically play it last and it usually gets a good response.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Our dream tour would definitely be Trivium, Memphis May Fire, and Veil of Maya.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Our first show after our first big hiatus. We opened for I Prevail and Murphy's Law was in full effect. I (Brandon) was using a Line 6 Pod live on stage and right when I went to set it up, the power cord malfunctioned and I had no spare. I lucked out and was able to use a different band's amp but it was definitely uncomfortable. To make a long story short we basically had a very poor performance.

7. What’s your take on the current state of metalcore?

I (Brandon) personally believe, at it's peak, it was one of the most rawest, passionate forms of music around. There are still plenty of great metalcore bands out there even though the scene as a whole seems to bad mouth it. I hope one day there is a group out there that can turn that around and put it back in the limelight.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Illinois both locally and state wide?

Our small town Illinois scene is relatively non-existent. There aren't too many bands around. We have played at our local college but for the most part we primarily play in St. Louis, Missouri. That would be our main music scene. It's been good to us so far. We've had the opportunity to open up and share the stage with some great bands. We hope to continue to keep the scene there alive!

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

I think it's one of those things that can't be stopped. I believe we are all guilty of downloading music illegally. I'm on both sides. I see the benefits of illegally downloading, such as being able to get your music to a wider audience. But I do hate seeing the damage it has caused to the industry as a whole. Long gone are the days of being able to profit on album sales alone. The industry just needs to continue to adapt.

10. What’s next for Our Transfixion?

Hitting the road hard and working to make the dream happen.

11. Any shoutouts?

Mainly sending love out to anyone who has came out to our shows, bought merch, or just gave us kind words. That truly means a lot to us.