After a promising debut EP for Rise Records entitled The Opportunity To Be, My Ticket Home returns with an all out vengeance with their full length offering entitled To Create A Cure. Once again produced by Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack!, My Ticket Home has surely secured admission into the big leagues with their new album. The band is touring the country at last, and perseveres even after the departure of one of their longtime members. Here is a recent interview we conducted with front man Nick Giumenti to find out more about this collective well on their way to top!
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in My Ticket Home, and how long the band has been together?
My name is Nick Giumenti and I do screams in MTH. We have been a band for about 3.5 years, starting in July of 2008.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are from Columbus, Ohio and to be honest the scene here sadly isn’t what it used to be. When I was younger before I was in a band the scene here was so alive and shows were so packed and everyone would just go completely mental and now it seems that once all the bands that used to be local got big there hasn’t really been anyone to take there place and no one seems excited about music around here anymore. Now that’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the people here cause we love our home, but the scene needs help right now.
How does the music on To Create A Cure compare to what’s heard on The Opportunity To Be?
Well, I like to think that it’s much better. Our band pretty much became sick of our EP before it even came out and we didn’t feel like it represented us well at all. We kind of view To Create A Cure as being our first record. It’s got way more heart, way more intensity, more diversity, and even there’s things I wish we could change, it is just a better portrayal of who we want to be as band.
Is there any overall story or concept behind the To Create A Cure title?
There is and there isn’t. We came up with the title randomly but we felt it was fitting for many reasons. Our band was in a very rough place throughout our time recording this album and we viewed our overcoming that and succeeding in finishing it to represent curing ourselves from all the bullshit that was around us.
Who exactly is 67?
Select two other songs from the new album and what inspired the lyrics.
Dark Days was inspired by the previously mentioned “bullshit” and is the heaviest song on the record. Fear Complex was loosely inspired by the movie “antichrist” and is my personal favorite song.
Since being signed to Rise Records, how much touring have you done and what has the experience been like?
Not enough haha. We sadly weren’t given the opportunity to tour until only a few months ago but those few months have been incredible. Everyone says that touring will really separate whether you really are ready to devote yourself to music and we all found out just how much we love doing it.
Who did the cover art for To Create A Cure and how much input did you have on it?
It was done by our friend Glenn Thomas out of Australia and we had a TON of input on it. That poor guy must have hated us because we made him redo it like 10 times or something!
What was it like working with Caleb Shomo this time around and what do you think makes your collaboration with him so successful?
Working with Caleb is really nice because we already have a great relationship with him that we wouldn’t have with any other producer. Being that we’re so close you can really share creatively without anything getting the way and I think that gives us the best product possible.
How did Sean leaving affect My Ticket Home and do you still keep in touch with him and the members of Attack Attack!?
It was actually a very positive thing for our band and made us closer and more tight as a group. We don’t see them as much but we hangout on occasion
Who is the new clean vocalist and what is his background? Wnat other bands or projects has be been in?
His name is Derek Blevins and we knew him from another band we had played with called Agape. We got to be good friends with him and then their band broke up so we asked him to join.
How do the two brothers in the band get along and have they always been in bands together?
This is actually Marshal and I’s first band. And I would say that we get along very well. We have always been close growing up so this isn’t anything new for us.
What is the best and worst part about being in a band with your brother?
The best thing is that we’re always around each other and the worst thing is that we’re always around each other hahaha.
Has My Ticket Home ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future? If so, what was the experience like?
Not yet, but we leave for tour in a few days and will be there ;)!
What is the strangest thing someone has ever said or written about My Ticket Home?
There’s probably something strange that I’m forgetting but I can’t recall anything specific. The funniest thing is to see when people post about the band with completely wrong information while acting so confident. That’s a laugh!
Are you or any of the other members involved with bands or projects outside of My Ticket Home?
Not yet. But I’m sure there will be things in the future!
Any final words of wisdom?
Pursue what you love, forget the world. Thanks for reading!
My Ticket Home is:
Nick Giumenti- Vocals
Luke Fletcher- Bass
Derek Blevins- Guitar/Vox
Marshal Giumenti- Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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