How'd you get started in music?
We've both had a passion for playing since we were young, and the desire to make heavy music just sort of came with time (and early 20's angst). We met each other through Craigslist actually...my current band, Me Against Sunrise, was looking for a vocalist and a then-seventeen Scotty answered the ad, and the rest is history. Me Against Sunrise split a little over ten years ago, but a couple years later we got back in touch and wanted to keep making music that matched our inspirations and sensibilities of the time. Few years later, that new project grew into what True The Gray is today!
Who are your inspirations or influences?
Oh man, all kinds. I often say I'll try listening to anything...except mumble rap. None of that around here. Our biggest influences for True The Gray, if we had to nail it down, would probably be Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Wage War and Polaris. They're all pioneers of the modern metalcore sound, and KsE and AILD both helped establish the genre. The way they've continued to stay relevant and advance their sound is very inspiring to us.
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Finish. Songs. There's nothing worse than unfinished songs. They might not all lead to a release or people hearing them, but writing songs is the core of being an indie musician these days, and writing good songs only comes from practice and seeing things through to completion. The new model of distribution and listener's habits these days depends on the trickling of constant content - not listening to LPs. The more you write, the better you will get, and the more content you'll have to solidify your sound and find your potential audience.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
That's a tough one! We just try to do us. We aren't making music to satisfy any status quo or blend in with what's big in the scene right now, we're just making music and following concepts that appeal to us and that we have fun making. We also try to be genuinely nice dudes, which can be hard in such a negative internet culture. We want to foster community, make friends, support other bands - it's the most fulfilling part of making music and we try and thrive around that.
Any new gigs or albums in the future
Yes! We are currently back in the studio after releasing our latest single "Made Of Fire" in November, and we're hard at work on our next EP. It will be three tracks, some of which are some of the heaviest and prettiest we've made yet. It's a better reflection of where we are musically than anything we've put out before, so we are super excited to release it and share it with our friends. We've been posting updates on our Twitter & Instagram (@truethegray), so please look forward to it.
As for shows, we are still in the process of bringing True The Gray to the stage, but we are ever hopeful that we'll make the transition. We found a drummer several months ago and are currently in the process of rounding out the lineup and figuring out what our music live will look like; hopefully we'll have more to share on that front soon.
Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them luck on their success. So until then I'll catch you on the flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll! & of course to one & all Happy Holidays!