Interview: Becoming Saints
So this time around, I got to talk to Becoming Saints! Super stoked for this one! Here it is!
TBD: Who am I speaking to? (For the readers)
Becoming Saints: Allen (Robson; Guitars), Drew (Garrison; Unclean Vocals), Kory (Olson; Guitar, Clean Vocals), Jeff (Bowie; Bass), and Jake (Evans; Drums)
TBD: Could you give a quick background on the band?
Becoming Saints: We started around 2003 and stopped playing for quite some time. We picked the torch back up in 2014 and been going full steam since.
TBD: That reminds me, you guys started in 2003. Around what time did you guys take a break? Was it around 2006, when Jeff joined Soul Embraced?
Becoming Saints: That's correct. We decided to take a break and pursue some other ventures and he hooked up with SE.
TBD: Ok, so you have the Bury Them, Bury Them All record, the Let This Not Be the End of Me EP and the new and upcoming Oh, the Suffering. Correct?
Becoming Saints: That's 100% correct. OH, THE SUFFERING is the first full length.
TBD: Ok. Where can listeners get the first EP? I can't find it anywhere.
Becoming Saints: It's unavailable unfortunately. Let This Not Be the End of Me EP is pretty much a re-record/remaster of that original EP minus a couple songs and some revamping of songs.
TBD: Ok. So I know you guys have strong ties to Living Sacrifice and Soul Embraced. Drew is Bruce (Fitzhugh)'s nephew, Jeff was in a band with Rocky (Gray) and Lance (Garvin) and you guys have played shows together. I also heard that Allen was in a project with both Lance and Rocky. What was that called?
Becoming Saints: Allen was in a band dubbed Kill System with Lance and Rocky. Allen also did a project with Lance called Heroes Among Thieves.
TBD: Hmm. I didn't know Allen was in Kill System. I thought that was Lance, Rocky, Chad Moore (Soul Embraced), and John LeCompt (ex-Mindrage, ex-Evanescence).
Becoming Saints: Them plus Allen ha. John was on vocals and didn't play guitar.
TBD: Oh ok. You guys just recently signed to Rottweiler. How's that experience been?
Becoming Saints: It's been great. The label has been really helpful in getting this record out to more people than we could imagine. We love being a part of the pack!
TBD: That seems to be the answer every time I ask the question. You guys were booked to play AudioFeed Festival this year. What happened that you guys couldn't make it?
Becoming Saints: Unfortunately we had some conflicting issues that prevented us from making it. We really hope to get another shot for the next Audiofeed. We were bummed we couldn't make it this year
TBD: Did you guys recently have your original drummer leave? Dylan Rylee?
Becoming Saints: Yes, we had a change in drums. Dylan was with us through the whole writing of the full length. He had some other commitments that made it difficult for him to continue. He's our brother and always will be. Not hard feelings whatsoever. Our new drummer is Jake Evans and things are going super well. We won't miss a beat - pun intended.
TBD: Lol. You guys also had a Keyboardist originally too right?
Becoming Saints: Yea!! The mad scientist Joe Maneiro. He ran auxiliary samples and percussion. We are still super friends.
TBD: Cool. What are some Christian Metal/Hardcore bands from your area?
Becoming Saints: Pretty much Living Sacrifice is about it.
TBD: What about Soul Embraced and Every Knee Shall Bow? And your guys brother band Descended from Wolves?
Becoming Saints: Whoa, yes Every Knee Shall Bow for sure. I'm dumb. Descended From Wolves doesn't really have that Christian tie in. It's just a fun time hardcore band about having fun and hockey. Ha.
TBD: Lol. I picked up a hockey reference. Anyways, is there anything else you would like to say?
Becoming Saints: If you haven't checked out the video single from the new record "Built For War" please give it a listen and if you like what you hear please share it! Thank you for the opportunity to interview with you and for supporting bands.
TBD: Your welcome! Thanks for doing it!
Becoming Saints: Much love and be blessed. If there's anything else we can do for you please let us know!
TBD: Will do! Talk to y'all later!
So that was Becoming Saints and half of Descended from Wolves! Go follow these guys! And I can't stress this enough, but go follow their label! They release some of the best stuff you'll ever.
The Bearded Dragon