One of the most exciting new bands on the Rise Records roster of talent, Palisades is sure to make their way into the big leagues in no time at all. Their debut EP I’m Not Dying Today is a lively effort featuring five impassioned songs that will remain in your head for ages. With the recent release of their EP, expect to see Palisades constantly on the road – right now they are traveling across the country on The Revived Tour with Us From Outside and A Faylene Sky with plenty more to follow as the year progresses. In this interview, Highwire Daze converses with Palisades about their signing to Rise Records, their wonderfully introspective lyrics, stories from the road, and much more! Check it all out here…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Palisades, and how long the band has been together.
Hey, my name is Lou Miceli, and I’ve been the frontman of the band Palisades for the past year.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Do you have any local bands you could recommend?
Our band is based out of Iselin , New Jersey , pretty much Central Jersey . The local scene by us is pretty much bands varying from hardcore to post hardcore..mostly a tougher scene. Some of the local bands we definitely recommend to check out are Weighed in the Balance, and Sirenna.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title I’m Not Dying Today?
The story behind our EP’s title is definitely one that hold a lot of meaning to us. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and have gone through member changes and pretty much been told to give up because our dream was too hard to accomplish. We decided that we weren’t going to give up on our goals, hence the “I’m not dying today” monicker.
Seamless Ending is a pretty powerful song. What is the inspiration behind the lyrics?
Seamless Ending’s lyrics have to do about my battle with my own faith. I was raised Catholic, and even went to Catholic school..however my mind has always been curious of the possibility that it could all just be some sort of facade. The songs lyrics talk about my struggle with believing in God and how if He is real once I die, that he’ll judge me on my heart as a person and not on my disbelief.
Please select two other Palisades songs and what inspired the lyrics.
My personal favorite song on the EP is Wolves. That song has to do with my ex girlfriend. It was mostly about all of our constant back and forths, and how even though we broke up I still wanted her to make the right decisions in her life, but unfortunately she didn’t. Immortal is another really powerful song on the EP. It has to do with the whole concept of the album that I mentioned before about not giving up and never backing down from what you want in life.
How close are you to writing and recording a full length?
We’ve been working on our full length since the EP came out, I’d say we’re about a good 60% done writing the full length.
How did you wind up signing to Rise Records?
When we teamed up with Outerloop Management we all had a goal. Once the EP was completed we shopped it around and we all felt that Rise was the best fit for us with what they had to offer and the family that they have created amongst the bands.
What is a live Palisades show like for those of us who have yet to see you?
Honestly, you’d have to come see for yourself really. It’s full of energy and an in your face attitude. We all get very emotional and into our music when we’re playing. It’s not uncommon to see me jump off the stage or into the crowd or grab our fans and scream and sing in their faces.
How has The Revived Tour been going and what have been some of the highlights?
So far the Revived tour has been great! We’ve made some awesome new friends with Send the Messenger, Us from Outside, and A Faylene Sky. Some of the best moments have probably been from Eat Your Heart Out Fest in Poughkeepsie NY where we played with Attack Attack, My Ticket Home and The Ghost Inside. The way the venue was set up was there was a main stage downstairs and another stage upstairs, so when one band was on their last song the other band would start. We were playing right after My Ticket Home played and we were upstairs. I was stoked to see every single kid run upstairs to see our set. We actually had everyone jumping so hard that the merch stands (which were located directly below our stage) were all scared the ceiling was going to collapse haha. That’s always a great feeling of literally bringing the house down.
Any strange or interesting happenings from the road?
We saw a 16 year old kid bring a prostitute as a date to a show and make out with her…that was sort of weird.
Have you ever played any of the Warped Tour dates? If so, what was the experience like?
Unfortunately we haven’t played Warped Tour yet but we definitely hope to do so in the future.
Why did you wind up changing your name from Marilyn Is Dead to Palisades ?
Because we literally felt like Marilyn was dead and it was time for a change.
What’s up next for Palisades after The Revived Tour?
Right now we have pretty much the next 6 months all booked in for us. We can’t really talk about a lot of it but definitely be expecting to hear a lot more from us VERY soon.
Any final words of wisdom?
Louis Miceli – Vocals
Matt Marshall – Guitar
Xavier Adames – Guitar/Vocals
Earl Halasan – Guitar/Programming
Brandon Reese – Bass
Aaron Rosa – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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