After demonstrating a good deal of promise with their impressive I’m Not Dying Today EP, Palisades from New Jersey has returned with a dynamic full length effort, ready and willing to take on the world at large. Outcasts is the name of their latest Rise Records release, a magnum opus destined to garner the band a good deal of recognition. Palisades recently concluded a tour with Crown The Empire and are about to hit the road once again with The Almost – and it does not look like their highway adventures will end anytime soon. We recently interview front man Lou Miceli to find out more about their compelling new album, life on the road, playing acoustic, and other topics of interest. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Palisades , and how long the band has been together.
My name is Lou Miceli and I sing in Palisades . The band has been together for about a 2 years.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there?
The band is based out of Iselin, NJ . The music scene here is actually great! That’s how we got our start.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Outcasts?
Whenever you have someone in your life that is going through a hard time in their life, it’s often difficult to get through to them. People have a hard time looking towards positivity in the future. When I wrote the lyrics to Outcasts, I didn’t want it to be about the future. I wanted it to be about the present. The fact that when you are going through these struggles in your life you can turn this record on and I’m right there with you going through the same struggles.
Select two songs from Outcasts and what inspired the lyrics?
Betrayed was about my mother, who was struggling with her fiance leaving her after 7 years. I decided to write the point of view from her eyes and not mine.
Your Disease is about the constant struggle that people go through with substance abuse. I’ve had my share of time battling those demons and I wanted to let people know that they aren’t the only ones.
How does Outcasts compare to your previous EP I’m Not Dying Today?
Outcasts is where we truly have found our sound. I feel like we grew up a lot from the days of the EP and the music and lyrics truly represent that. We also go to experiment a lot more with different genres and find a sound that defines who we are.
Which track does Andy Leo from Crown The Empire sing on and have you performed that song live with him since you are all currently on tour?
Andy sings on the title track “Outcasts” and as of yet we have not preformed the song together but we’re looking forward to possibly performing it at Skate and Surf Festival!
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming tour with The Almost and Conditions?
I’ve heard such great things about Conditions from one of my best buds, Jack (Sleeping With Sirens), so I’m extremely excited to see how they will do. Also of course touring with Aaron is going to be a childhood dream of mine haha.
What could one expect from a live Palisades show?
When you walk through the doors to a Palisades show, you become a part of something. You become a part of a movement, a family. I want our songs to course through your veins and for you to feel like you belong. Like you were meant to be here.
Any strange or scary happenings while out on the road or at a show?
We watched a man get murdered in a drive by shooting which was probably the scariest moment of my life to date.
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, what band would it be and why?
I would love to open for My American Heart’s reunion tour (if that ever happened haha). They are one of the most underrated bands of all time and a huge inspiration to all of us.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Maple bacon donut because it’s a unexpected tastey surprise. Also because we’re brown.
You have an acoustic song on the recent Take Action compilation. Do you like performing acoustic and will there any other acoustic songs or shows?
I love preforming acoustically. Brandon and I usually do that together and now with the song on the new record ” Sidney ” I’m sure we’ll do many more!
Any final words of wisdom?
I’m no rock star. I’m just a man trying to help you get through life line by line.
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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