Based out of the world famous Seattle music scene, Monsters Scare You is a startling hybrid of post hardcore, metal, and electronica, meshed together with a wondrous mad scientist precision. Their debut album Die A Legend has been unleashed through Century Media Records, and this sonic epic is destined to scare up quite a rabid following all across the nation. The band recently hit the highway with Speaking The Kings and are now planning their next grand road adventure. We recently caught up with these future legends on the rise to find out more about their dynamic new album, the current music scene in Seattle, frightening touring in the dead of winter, and other chilling topics of interest. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Monsters Scare You, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Cory Fay, I’m the lead vocalist/screamer of Monsters Scare You. We’ve been a band since the winter of 2008.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re from Seattle WA, and the scene here is fantastic. The fans are supportive and energetic, however the definitely make you earn it. We’ve spent years earning our reputation and gaining followers.
I’d personally recommend Keeping Secrets, Pink Bead, Reach For The Sky, and Sky Pilot. Those are some of our personal friends and fantastic musicians in different genress but there are many other fantastic bands in this area.
How did your recent tour with Speaking The King’s go and what were some of the highlights?
The Die A Legend tour was definitely a test for us. We had a difficult time after some unfortunate booking issues and promotion of the tour itself so the turnouts were less than anticipated. Sadly we had to cancel some dates because we couldn’t afford to stay on the road but we’re currently booking a new tour right now that will hopefully take us back through those areas to make up for it. Getting to know musicians I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to meet was great, I can’t say enough good things about Speaking the Kings or Set to Reflect.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Die A Legend?
The idea is that we’d rather do whatever it takes to “Die A Legend” rather than be forgotten and lost to history. Its something explained in the first track on the album “Legends and Legions” that is a story told from a viewpoint similar to Achilles. He was told he could travel to Troy and would be killed in battle but would be remembered forever, or could stay home and live a long enjoyable live but die forgotten.
Select two songs from Die A Legend and what inspired the lyrics.
“Wolfmans Got Nards” is a song we wrote when we first became a band, re-wrote and released on Die A Legend. Its basically a song about believing in yourself no matter what obstacles are put in your way, no matter how hard things get, and no matter who tries to stand in your way because in reality the only one stopping you is yourself.
“Elephant Graveyard” was directly inspired by the Disney movie “The Lion King“. The story has been one of our favorites since childhood so we wanted to honor it by doing basically a tribute song to it.
When you look back on the music Monsters Scare You recorded prior to being signed to Century Media, what do you think of it now?
We had written the majority of the music before we got signed so really the only thing I’d say is different about our music is that its been spread to a larger audience and has gained more popularity as a result.
What has been the best and worst part about touring and being in the road?
Best part of tour without a doubt has been playing in new places, new venues, and meeting new people. That’s the majority of the reason I got into music, travel and being able to entertain someone I never would have been able to otherwise.
Worst part of tour is how bad the van starts to smell after a couple weeks, haha.
Any strange or scary stories from the road you could share?
Some of the scariest times we’ve had happened during a winter tour we did a year or so back. Our heater in the van was broken so the defrost didn’t work. We then had to drive with the front two windows down so the windshield wouldn’t get fogged up. This was especially frightening while driving down a two lane mountain highway in Montana in nearly blinding snow. As the driver of that particular moment I can tell you that you’ve never been as clenched as you are right then……or so I thought until a week later when our bass player was driving on a frozen freeway and I saw our trailer swing around the side of the van before correcting and straightening out. Winter touring is scary.
If Monsters Scare You could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Personally my favorite band to open for would be The Used, they’ve been my favorite band since the 9th grade and are heroes of mine.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Let me start by saying if you’ve never been to Voodoo Doughnuts you’ve never lived. Now I’m going to have to say that our music is best personified by the Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut. I think the name explains itself.
What Monsters absolutely Scare You?
Lady GaGa, she scares the living shit out of me.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Die A Legend for the first time?
That we’re six guys making music that we’d like to listen to ourselves, we’re not going to change for anyone but us. If you like it we’re very appreciative and hope you continue to follow and support. If you don’t, that’s OK to. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Any chance of Monsters Scare You making your way back out West to play some shows?
Most definitely, we love our side of the country very much and will always do our best to hit the states nearest to us.
Any final words of wisdom?
Protect music by protecting each other. The violence at shows has been becoming more about hurting people you don’t like and less about supporting bands. A certain level of it is to be expected, music is an intense and awesome outlet for pent up emotions especially at live events. I’ve found this to be true since my youth and have been doing it personally since then. That being said the level of hate is rising and its unacceptable. The more violence that occurs will cause bands to not want to play areas and in turn venues to close. Everyone has their right to like whatever band they want and support in ways that are safe to themselves and those around them. I think most bands and fans can rally around this and will be more vocal about it.
Monsters Scare You is:
Cory Fay – Vocals
Brandon “Bird” Ereth- Guitar
Connor Theisen – Drums
Josh Benson- Bass, Vocals
Joey Duckett- Keys, Electronics, Vocals
Chad Keller- Guitar
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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