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Interview With 'A World Extinct'

Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?

Chris – Vocals

Ian – Guitar

Ryan – Guitar

Damon – Bass/Vocals

David – Drums/ Keys

David: Ian and I have been in a couple different bands together and been playing together since at least 2011. Our last band broke up in 2014 and that’s when we decided to start A World Extinct. For the first couple years of the band, we had a completely different lineup. Last summer, the three other members all quit within a few weeks of each other. So instead of just calling it quits, Ian and I decided to find new members. That’s where Damon, Ryan, and Chris come in. After that, we wrote and recorded Theodicy.

What were you all up to prior to the band? Was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?

Chris: I was working as an electrician as well as being a dad. When I was younger I mainly had musical aspirations, but since getting married and starting a family, those aspirations were put on the backburner for a bit.

Ian: David and I have been in this band for so long, we can’t remember what we were doing before it. Music has always been my dream and my passion.

Damon: I was playing in other bands, as well doing covers and other music projects. Same as Ian. I’ve wanted to be a musician since I was little.

Ryan: I was playing here and there for people that needed me. Yeah music has always been important to me.

David: My first dream was always to be a professional athlete. But once I realized I wasn’t going to grow any taller than 5’9, I had to find something else. And music was right up my alley.

Why should our readers check out your latest EP?

With the way Metalcore has been trending lately, we feel our EP is a breath of fresh air. As some parts the genre starts to focus more on being “radio-friendly,” we feel that 'Theodicy' has that vintage Metalcore feel and sound. It has a good blend of heavy and catchy. The instruments and vocals are raw and emotional. The lyrics are real and don’t beat around the bush. Even though it’s only six songs, 'Theodicy' has a song for everyone on it. If you want straight, classic Metalcore, listen to “Words Of A Wanderer”or “A Love Like Thorns.” If you want in-your-face heaviness, listen to “The Hunter And I.” You want something softer you can sing along to? There’s “Castles In Air.” If you’re into something more experimental or emotional, “Weightless” is for you. If you want energy and more Hardcore elements, listen to “Bridge Burner.” All the songs are different, and yet they all fit together extremely well.

Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck?

Damon: On 'Theodicy' we worked a lot with Joel Piper, and as a vocalist, that was pretty cool. I always knew he was an extremely talented singer, but to work with him and see his process and just how he works, that really made me say “wow.”

David: I’ve met and hung out with Matt Greiner a couple times, and he’s always been a big inspiration of mine. I’ve watched him play up close, and his skill and dedication never ceases to amaze me.

If we were to head out to one of your shows, what could we expect?

You could expect us to replicate the same rawness and emotion that is on 'Theodicy'. This EP isn’t just songs and lyrics we thought sounded cool. It’s our lives and it’s real to us. We live the music every single time we play the songs.

If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow, who would it be?

David: August Burns Red. I’m a huge fan of their music and all of them as musicians. I’m sure we could learn a lot as a band and musicians just by being around them.

Ian: Probably August Burns Red for me too.

Damon: I know this might sound weird, but I would have to say Green Day. I’m a Pop Punk fan first and foremost, and even though we don’t really fit the same bill, I would love to tour with those guys.

Ryan: Motionless In White because I love those guys.

Chris: I’d have to say Underoath. They’re the ones that really got me into this kind of music, and now that they’re back, I’d love to tour with them.

You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick and what would you speak about?

Chris: If I had to choose someone, it would probably be Aaron Gillespie. He’s always been a huge inspiration to me and I would love to talk to him not only about music, but life as well.

Damon: John Lennon. Or anyone from the Beatles really. I’m a huge Beatles fan and I would enjoy talking to any of them.

David: Damon stole my answer.

Ian: I’m not really sure. I can’t really think of anyone that really stands out to me.

Ryan: There’s honestly too many to choose from. Probably any of the guys from Motionless.

And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

David: It is if you want it to be. When I saw it, it wasn’t near Christmas, so I don’t associate it with Christmas.

Ian: I’ve honestly never even seen it.

Damon: Neither have I.

Ryan: Me either.

Chris: Eh not really.

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