Currently on their first cross country tour in support of their new Rise Records release Apologies Are For The Weak, Miss May I has been presenting their unapologetic brand of sheer metalcore brutality all across the nation. We caught up with one of the members while on the road to find out more about this dynamic up and coming band…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Miss May I, and how long the band has been together.
My name is BJ Stead, I play guitar, and the band has been together for the better part of 3 years or so.
Where is the band from and what is the music scene like there?
We are from the Dayton Ohio area, specifically Troy. The music scene where we are from is extremely prominent, tons of amazing bands have came from our area, (I.E. Hawthorne Heights, TDWP). There’s tons of awesome local venues, and tons of kids are in bands, almost too many to count. There is a TON of musical potential coming from our area.
Where did such a brutal band come up with a band name like Miss May I? Any story behind the name?
To be 100% honest, I’m pretty sure no one in the band is completely sure of where the name came from. It was for the most part a pull a name out of a hat deal, and it stuck.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Apologies Are For The Weak?
Well the concept and construction of the lyrics is based on a bunch of personal issues about us becoming a full time band, and having to leave friends, and loved ones behind to do what we love to do. As much as it affected everyone, we were still going to do what we’ve always wanted to do, and loved to do, and we are not going to apologize for doing what we love. The actual CD title came from me listening to the CD after we had recorded it. I heard those lyrics and I mentioned it to everybody, and everyone thought it was fitting, so we stuck with it!
What was it like working with producer Joey Sturgis and what did he contribute to the overall sound of your album?
Working with Joey Sturgis was by far one of the best musical experiences I’ve ever had in this band. I mean the man is a genius, and just being there for a month made me a better musician. Joey has done AMAZING work with every band he has recorded. As far as contribution to our sound, even his smallest little ideas of putting a few guitar notes behind a chorus made that part just epic. His mind seems to be endless with amazing little bits and pieces for any type of music. He also was a big part in helping write A Dance With Aera Cura and Not Our Tomorrow.
How is The Artery Metal Tour going and what have been some of the highlights so far?
We are about half way through the tour, and everything is going almost text book. All of the other bands are amazing dudes, and it’s just a blast to be out hanging out with everyone. We couldn’t have chosen a better first tour for ourselves. Despite being the least metal band on the tour, we still seem to fit right in somehow. A few of the highlights I would say are definitely Java Jazz in Houston TX, and Rocket Town in Nashville. Every show has been awesome, but those two seem to stand out in my mind for some reason.
What has been the best and worst part about touring and being on the road?
I would say the best part, is just being able to work for an hour a day, and meet tons of new people every day, and just have as much fun as possible while you’re out. The worst part, however I would say, is being dirty all the time, and not being able to shower every night like you do at home, but it’s something that is pretty easy to get used to. You seem to find you’re own little ways of hygiene on the road, and you learn a ton from the other bands who have been on tour numerous times.
Have you ever played in the Los Angeles / Orange County area or plan to do so in the future?
The closest we came to Los Angeles was Victorville California. We don’t go to L.A. specifically until our next tour with Bleeding Through.
Describe a live Miss May I show for those of us who have yet to see you play?
Well, I mean we try to have as much fun as we can while we’re on stage. We do whatever we can to pump the crowd up and let them have fun too. Also there is a whole lot of body banging, jumping, jogging, all that stuff. I guess the best thing I can say to those who haven’t seen us yet is to wait till we come around to see us!
How did you wind up being signed to Rise Records?
Rise came to us when our manager Chris Rubey picked us up. His band The Devil Wears Prada was previously signed to Rise, so he decided to see if he could get Rise to pick us up. He had them check us out, they were into it, and after a few months of talking everything over, we signed the contract!
Who did the scary looking album cover, and what exactly is that staring out at you?
All of the album artwork was done by Dan Mumford. The scary beast looking at you is the face of a lion.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after listening to your CD for the first time?
I would like our listener to listen to the album in its entirety, pick out all of the bits and pieces of it that stuck out, think of all of the production work that went into it, and just find a way to catch on to it, and sing along to it. I would like them just to remember that it took a whole lot of work for us to write that album and we would love it to just be appreciated more than anything. Hearing good things about your music is one of the best compliments you can get.
Any final words of wisdom?
If you love music, and you want to make a life out of it, just don’t give up. Its cliché advice but it’s the best advice you can give if you ask me. I mean our band has been through a lot of thick and thin periods together. We just stuck it out, and kept it in our heads that the first thing we do after we all graduate, (which is another piece of advice, school is a HUGE priority, don’t give that up), the first thing we would do is go on tour. We kept that in mind, and that’s exactly what happened. Just stick with it, and eventually good things will come your way! (Kenneth Morton)
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