After a month of e-mail communication and a stint as MusicTalker’s “Artist of the Week,” Psychopathic Daze have finally found their way to “the hot seat.” As mentioned in my previous article, this up-and-coming Chicago act needs more exposure. They have more talent than many better-known metal bands. They also seem to work harder than many signed bands. For instance, Psychopathic Daze have shared the stage with the likes of As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Hatebreed, Sylosis, Between the Buried and Me, and Lamb of God. Don’t take my word for it, though. Check them out on Facebook.
With all of that said, give my conversation with the band a read below. I was able to pick their brains about the band’s formation, their favorite experience of sharing the stage with an established band, their current U.S. tour, and the new album, among other pressing topics. I found their answers interesting and entertaining, as I hope you will, too. I was especially intrigued by the amount of effort and time they put into the song, “My Black Dahlia,” which is definitely worth a good, hard listen.
I understand [bassist] Kyle Meiser and [guitarist] Frank Adamo were recruited via networking. How did original members [former guitarist] Mike Fitzpatrick, [vocalist] Ken Morahan, and [drummer] Ryan Kinsella come to form Psychopathic Daze?
Pretty much the same way. Mike owns a haunted house, and he originally wanted a band to play at the haunt while people were standing in line. So he put up a couple of Craigslist ads and found Ken and Ryan. The funny thing is, the band only ever played at the haunt once, and we got shut down 3/4 of the way through the set by the cops. The band ended up growing into much more than just a haunt band, and we continue to focus on growing our career.
How did you guys come up with the name Psychopathic Daze?
The band existed without a name for several months while various names were being thrown around. One Christmas Eve, Ken was at home working on some lyrics, and the song “Psychopathic Daze” popped out in about minutes. When he brought the song/song title to the band, everyone liked the name and adopted it as the band name.
As you may have seen in my artist spotlight for your band, I compared your music to that of In Flames. Whose music do you think your sound correlates the most to, if anyone?
Thanks for that awesome comparison! We try not to sound like anyone. The way we see it, As I Lay Dying (for example) plays As I-style music better than we ever could, so why would we try to copy that? At the same time, we play our music better than any other band would be able to. So we focus on writing our music our way. All that being said, it’s impossible not to be influenced by somebody in this day and age. Our favorites would probably be Lamb of God, August Burns Red, Slipknot,Pantera, As I Lay Dying, and Killswitch Engage.
From the impressive list of established bands with whom you have shared a stage, who offered the most memorable experience? What did the experience entail?
I think our favorite show with an established band would have to be when we played with Dope. For one, their crowd REALLY seemed to get into our music, and just threw down with us. That always makes our job easier. The other thing that stood out was Dope’s support. Every one of them watched our entire set and was hugely supportive of us after the show. The night ended up being one of those nights where you get off stage and just go, “THAT is why we do this!”
How do audience members usually react during your live sets? Do you receive a lot of enthusiasm from your crowds?
We usually have a very positive crowd response. It’s weird-no matter where we play or how many people are there (or not there, as the case may be) people seem to come out of the woodwork and get down. We try to include the crowd as much as we can, and just make sure everyone there has a good time. It seems to be paying off as our reputation precedes us in many cases; we’ll get to a show and kids will already know us, know our music, seen our video, even though we’ve never played within miles of that venue before.
In promotion of your new album, where is “The Breaking Across America Tour” stopping?
Anywhere and everywhere there’s a stage and a sound system! Currently we’re booked in Indiana, Wisconsin, and southern IL, with shows being planned for Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri, as well as a trip out to New Mexico and back.
Regarding the new album, what are your thoughts on the finished product?
We’re very proud of what we achieved on this new album. All of us really stepped up on every level, from songwriting to playing ability. The recording process was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and Daniel Castleman really knows how to get the best take out of you. We didn’t settle for “good enough” ever in the entire process, from when the songs were first being written to the pre-production to the actual recording, and I think it shows. These songs are still definitely Psychopathic Daze, but they’re a bit more grown up, more mature. They’re heavier and darker and really make you just want to reach out and hit someone every time you listen to it. So yeah, we’re proud of the way it turned out.
“My Black Dahlia” is a very creepy song. Is it supposed to be that way? What inspired this particular song? Also, what led to your decision of including a female vocalist on it?
“My Black Dahlia” was by far the hardest song we’ve ever had to write. It started with the creepy guitar line that kicks in at 1:08. That was a riff that Mike had and we all wanted to do something with it. The question always was, “Where do we take this song?” We probably wrote this song to completion 5 times before we stumbled on the version that lives on the album. It was just tear down and rebuild and tear down and rebuild. As we figured out where the song was taking us, that it was naturally this very eerie and creepy journey, we felt that a female vocalist would put the perfect touch on it. We brought Lilly in and her voice just matched up with Ken’s really well, and brought the song to a whole new level. It was a battle to write, but the finished product, I think, is the song that was dying to be written, and forced its own way out of our fingers and hands and throats.
What is your favorite original song so far?
That’s a loaded question! To put a label of favorite isn’t really fair because we’ve played the songs from the first album so much we’re all kind of burnt out on them. “Hated One” is always one that all of us look forward to playing. “Ride This Bullet Home” and “Seven” are just metal as f*ck, and “Moment of Clarity” is, in my opinion, just a really well constructed song that is a blast to play, and really resonates with all of us musically.
Do you have anything to add?
Just a thank you to our fans for always being there for us. For anyone reading this who doesn’t know us, CHECK US OUT! And a big thanks to you Tim for giving us the review and interview. Keep it metal and we’ll see everyone on the road!
Thank you for your time.
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