-Interview- Embracing The Enemy (9/8/19)

Embracing The Enemy talk about their new music, upcoming plans and much more.


From: West Lafayette, IN
Sounds like: Metal

1. What's new with the band?

Since we released The Anomaly, we mainly spent most of our time focusing on playing shows and promoting our album. We just started our small Indiana tour, playing a headlining show at our school (Purdue University) and we’re opening up for Ugly God and playing a festival in Indianapolis too.

2. What did you want to accomplish with the new single?

We wanted to release a cool song that would slap people in the face. I also had some personal issues I was dealing with and my best form of therapy is writing music. So this was kind of my way of getting out all my frustration.

3. What's the word on new music beyond this single? New EP? New album? Any release date?

We have started working on our second album. As of now, we don’t really have a timeline on when it will be finished, but the gears are definitely turning and I’m already excited for you all to hear what we got cooking.

4. How did the cover art come about? Who thought of the concept and who designed it?

We had an initial idea for the cover art and we tried working with a few artists but the end results ended up being something we didn’t feel was right for the song. Later, we found this amazing artwork online and we purchased it . We made a few tweaks to it and added the text and we had this beautiful end product.

5. What's your take on how artists are paid via streaming services like Spotify?

I think streaming is a fantastic way to get your music heard and it allows for easy access However, if you wanted to make a career out of music, even the high level artists would not be able to solely rely on Spotify or streaming services in general.

6. What are you currently listening to?

2019 has been a great year for new music. Right now Slipknot and Tool’s new albums are dominating my playlist, and I’m positive Korn’s new album will be next as soon as it drops. Other than new stuff I’m always listening to Korn, Slipknot, XXXTENTACION, as well as a few others. The new Northlane album is definitely another favorite along with Post Malone’s new album.

7. What's one thing you wish you could change about the Metalcore scene?

I never really thought we fit in with the Metalcore scene but in terms of the local music scene in general I wish that more people would come to check out the local shows. Eventually, the big artists we grew up with will have to retire, and it’s the local scene that will determine who fills in their shoes.

8. Do you have any pre-show rituals? If so, what are they?

We always put our hands in the middle right before we go onstage, have that little pep talk closing out with an inside joke, basically the standard one. I wish I had a cooler answer but that’s all I can think of.

9. What do you want listeners to take away from the new music?

For the next album, the themes are very personal, mainly focusing on my inner turmoils and pain I’ve been dealing with. My hope is that people will listen to what I’m saying and interpret it to make it their own therapy if they need it. Other than that, I hope it gets them amped up and makes them want to come see us perform.