Have your attention yet? Good, because we want to introduce you to this exciting new band from Columbus, Ohio!
Death of an Erra unleashes an explosive brand of modern metal that should thoroughly enrapture listeners from all across the nation. Their latest endeavor is entitled Black Blagged on Artery Recordings, a compelling album that should launch the band into the big leagues. In this interview, we chat with drummer Michael Cooper about the enigmatically titled Black Bagged, highlights from the road, encounters with friendly homeless people. and other top secrets now revealed at last! Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Death of an Era, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Michael Cooper, I play drums in Death of an Era. Thanks for having me! This band has been together since 2009, started by my brother Chris and myself alongside Daniel and Nathan. Later came Dustin to join us.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re from Columbus, Ohio where the local music scene was tough coming up. We really didn’t have the local love until a little later in our unsigned days, but we have an appreciation for those few who have truly been there since the early days.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Black Bagged?
With the new record title, we named it after the idea that we may be erased or “Black Bagged” for writing about the content we choose to highlight.
Select two songs from Black Bagged and what inspired the lyrics.
The track “Big Brother” exposes the average American following and believing every word that their media or government speaks. While the song “Home” touches on an entirely different lyrical side of Death of an Era. It tells about the struggle of being without the one that you feel at home with.
How does Black Bagged compare to your previous EP The Great Commonweath?
We like to think of “Black Bagged” being a sequel to “The Great Commonwealth” EP. It stays true to the sound we developed with the EP but takes it to a much more advanced level.
How did your tour with The Last Ten Second Of Life go and what were some of the highlights?
Our Spring tour went well! We got the chance to hit some of our favorite cities with some really great bands. Of course, being from the opposite side of the country, California is always a highlight.
What could one expect from a live Death of an Era show?
If you’re seeing us for the first time, expect a dark, heavy, creepy show.
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Death of an Era show?
Strange is the best word if you want stories from tour. We seem to attract insane homeless people. We’ve had them try to get in our trailer before. We’ve seen them expose themselves to us in the street. It’s honestly entertaining..
If Death of an Era could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If we could choose to support any band, I feel that we would all say Bring Me The Horizon. They’ve been a huge influence since the start and continue to make incredible music.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Black Bagged for the first time?
If you can take anything one idea away from listening to Black Bagged, it is to question everything. Don’t be told what to believe just because your media or government says so. Open your mind.
What’s up next for Death of an Era?
What’s next is a surprise for now, keep an eye out for tours supporting the new record!
Any final words of wisdom?
Thank you guys for having us and thanks to the readers for hearing us out! Pick up a copy of Black Bagged if you can. Support the music that supports you! Much love.
Death of an Era is:
Daniel Simpson – Vocals
Michael Cooper – Drums
Nathan Stewart – Guitar
Dustin Colling – Guitar
Chris Cooper – Bass
(Interview by Ken Morton – Band Photo by Steven Lipson)
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