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When The Deadbolt Breaks Interview


When The Deadbolt Breaks

Interview with Aaron, Randy, and Mike

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



Nina, Aaron, Randy, & Mike



BRR:  You guys are from the backwoods of Eastern CT.  Tell me a little about your back story.


This is Aaron, guitar and vocals.  The band has been together for close to 14 years now, this lineup about 4 years.  We’re just about to release our second record for this lineup on Sliptrick Records, which is the 6th record for the band in general.


This is Randy on drums.  I met Mike probably about 20 years ago or more just playing in different bands together.  Then I ended up joining a band where he was one of the guitar players but then he left. I had experience playing with Mike and years later all of a sudden this ended up happening with Deadbolt and Buzzard Canyon, so it all came together like that.  It was kind of chance the way it happened.  


Aaron:  We’ve all known each other since we were pretty much kids.  When Buzzard Canyon started, Randy, Mike and I are also in that band, but Randy plays bass in Buzzard Canyon and Mike plays guitar.  One night after the old drummer for Deadbolt left, Randy sat behind the drumkit and started playing and I was like, “Holy shit, you play drums?”  It’s really hard to find drummers that play that slow and that persistent.  We tried it out and it started working better and better and that’s how it happened.  Now both bands have the same members in it.


BRR:   I did see Buzzard Canyon before.  You played here at Altone’s for the benefit for the owner.  It’s coming back to me.  This whole CT scene is kind of new to me.  As you mentioned Aaron, in April you announced that you signed to Sliptrick Records and will be releasing a 6th album.  First of all tell me about the signing and what you hope this new partnership will bring you?


Aaron:  We were shopping the record around because we felt that was the right thing to do.  This is probably the best record we have ever done in our history, so we wanted to make sure we got the right label to get it to the most people.  We sent it to Sliptrick Records and they responded in less than 4 hours, which is unheard of.  They told us they were interested and were going to talk about it in their next meeting and let us know what happens.  They sent us a memo which was their offering.  We looked at our options and decided to take it and so far they have been wonderful.


BRR:  I know you haven’t released details about the new album yet except the title, “Angels Are Weeping...God has Abandoned,” but what can you tell me?


Aaron:  It’s 5 songs.  It’s 59 minutes.  It’s somewhat in a different direction that we have done previously.  It's dark and there are quiet moments and it’s going to rope you in and attack you.


Randy:  We really like it and are really proud of it.  We put quite a bit of effort into doing this.  We did not do this slowly.  We had a lot of fun, but also being in the very cold winter, there is a certain New England coldness, almost a bitter feel to it as we are recording it.  Everybody was cold and then you get this cathartic feeling when you’re playing and it just flowed right out of us.


BRR: To be honest, I didn’t really get a chance to listen to your music much before today because I had surgery on my foot last Friday, and I’m interviewing about 6 bands this weekend and I was in a drug induced haze all week.


Aaron: That’s probably the best time to listen to us.


BRR:  When I listened earlier today, I got a Peter Steele meets the Doors vibe.  I kind of picked you guys randomly to interview, because I couldn’t cover everyone.   But I think the name caught my attention and then I really liked the music once I did give it a listen because it was unique.


Aaron:  We’ve been getting that a lot.  We’ve also been getting Sisters of Mercy meets Bauhaus meets DSI.  It’s a weird crossover.  It’s not like we do it on purpose, it just depends on our mood.  We don’t want to pigeon hole ourselves in one particular genre.  We get fucked up and do what we do.


BRR:  Yeah, from song to song I was changing the inspirations I could hear behind it.


Randy:  It does come from what inspired us personally to become musicians  We all have a diverse mix of things we listened to that shaped us as musicians.  When it all comes together, we are at a point where it just flows.  We don’t think about inspirations, it just kind of happens.  All three of us together kind of make it work in that way.


BRR:  We kind of just covered it, but how would you briefly describe your music to someone else?


Aaron:  Eclectic. It’s like Myles Davis, Neurosis and maybe Rush to a point all had a baby, a bastard child.  It’s moody.  We all love Pink Floyd and we love jazz.


Randy:  It’s definitely psychedelic but with an aggressive nature.  It’s like doom to an extreme nature.


BRR:  Yeah, when I heard it, I was wishing I was high.


Rany:  We can change that.


Aaron:  I used to do a lot of acid when I was younger.  I fucking loved it, but I hit a point where I had to stop. I don’t think I could do it again because you have to be in a certain space.   But, I really think a lot of that experience created what When The Deadbolt Breaks is.


BRR:  They say it changes your brain chemistry forever.


Aaron:  It does, but if you do it in moderation and you do it right…


BRR:  Is there a certain message conveyed in your music or does each song kind of have its own separate message?


Aaron:  I don’t really want to say they are stories, but lyrically they are kind of stories.  It’s almost like a Quentin Tarantino type thing, like where does it really go, we don’t know.  Like when people go to a museum and look at a painting and say, “Holy shit, that reminds me of this, and that looks like that.” and they are looking at one red dot on a canvas and they create this thing in their head...that’s better to me.  I like to leave it up to them and let them figure out what they want to do with it.


Mike:  The one really cool thing about the band is we have such diverse backgrounds.  Peter Steele does come up a lot.  Aaron doesn’t understand that at all.


Aaron:  I don’t think I have his dong.


BRR:  I thought of that when you were onstage!


Aaron:  So you thought of my dong when I was onstage?


BRR:  (all hysterical)  No, I thought of Peter Steele.  Now I have to type this for everyone to read.  I think every girl has seen that picture of him though. (If not, Google “Peter Steele Playgirl”.)


Randy:  I was a huge Type O Negative fan and I’ve never seen it.  We were actually listening to them on the way here.


Mike:  It is interesting that it is something that comes up a lot but it’s something we don’t really pull from.  Well, maybe Randy and I pull from it on occasion here and there, but it’s funny how it comes up with the vocals and it’s not related at all.


Aaron:  I never used to listened to Type O Negative.  I listen to them now, but when they were popular it was too hokey for me at the time.  Vocally, my influences are definitely Jim Morrison, The Animals, and Huey Lewis and the News, believe it or not.  Even Sha-na-na.  Those are the ones who really formed what I wanted to do.  Even Elvis, I’m not a huge fan, but that deeper, darker sound.  I’m not good at singing, it’s just what happens when I do it.


BRR:  Now you went to CA and played with Atala out there?  How did the scene differ out there from New England?


Aaron;  Atala is a great band and a great bunch of guys.  When they brought us out there, they were real hospitable.  They let us stay in their place, they fed us, they drove us around in their van.  It was wonderful.  


Randy:  The scene is the same but different.  It’s like here but it’s there.  There is definitely more enthusiastic people there.  People here are a little more standoffish.


Aaron:  We have had people leave because we’ve been too loud, so they stood and listened to us from the outside.  In California, the first show we played was in the Low Desert, which is the home of Kyuss.  The first club, we walked in and there were posters and pictures signed by Kyuss.  When they were coming up, that’s where they played.  I don’t think When The Deadbolt Breaks is stoner rock, but we fit in with the genre.


BRR: That’s cool.  Do you guys have anything else you’d like to add?


Aaron:  The new record will be released in early September.  We’re doing a CD Release show at Altone’s on September 8th (Jewett City, CT) and one in Maryland on September 22nd.


BRR:  Great, I’ll be at Altone’s!







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