-Interview- Nail The Casket (12/5/19)

Nail The Casket talks about their form of Metalcore, the California music scene and much more.


From: Fairfield, CA
Sounds like: Metalcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Nail The Casket" and is there any meaning behind it?

Shane and I got started in the metal scene in our former band, HERESaY. We tried desperately to blend the sounds of Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica… But we ended up as a heavy version of The Misfits. Just terrible. But we were good at being bad, we had no idea what we were doing. People liked us though! It was fun, and we’d never take back the time we spent in that project. The development of sound of what would become Nail The Casket came from two years worth of me brainstorming and forming this idea of my dream goal for my music to sound. I thought of the name from listening to a bunch of bands I enjoyed and they always spoke of things like “closing the case”, or “shutting the casket”. So, the meaning of “Nail The Casket” was a way for me to take all I was feeling and bottle it into music, so that way I can express it and “Nail The Casket” shut on my demons, vices, struggles, etc.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

What I want people to take from our music is that you aren’t alone, it’s fine to feel. Don’t let your darkness drown you, seek out help from friends and family. Find a hobby, an outlet. IF you love music, pursue it. Any dream you may hold, chase it, and never lose sight of it.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Probably Melodic Metalcore. Bands like At The Gates, Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Bleed From Within and Bleeding Through are good ways to sum us up.

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

Definitely Killswitch, Bleed From Within and As I Lay Dying.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

Bleeding Through - “This Is Love, This Is Murderous”, Bleed From Within - “Era” and Motionless In White - “Creatures”.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Metalcore?

I personally it’s thriving, evolving; as all genres do. I’m happy where it’s at and I honestly love it all. Old, new, etc.

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

Locally, in Fairfield it’s pretty slow. One of the bigger venues artists would play recently shut down, a new venue replaced it, but it’s new and still growing. I’d love to see The Baghouse (new venue) grow and have new bands from all over come and go hard. State wide, man I couldn’t even tell you. Cali is rich with music.

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

If you love it, you want it, go for it. IF you enjoy the artist, go for it. But be sure to catch em live or purchase some merch to show the world your favorites.

9. What’s next for Nail The Casket?

We are currently booking some shows for 2020, setting to record our debut LP and eventually tour.

10. Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to BitCrusher Presents for helping bands like us get started in our area, we owe them and Chad a lot. The Boardwalk (Orangevale) for treating NTC as family. And a HUGE shoutout to our brothers in A Waking Memory, Seaside Massacre, Down Hollow, Exiled From Grace, Etherios, Saltwound and The Anima Effect. Check these guys out!