One of the latest signings to the Victory Records roster of talent is the mighty Tear Out The Heart from Saint Louis, Missouri. Unleashing an explosive brand of metalcore that will rip through your senses, Tear Out The Heart is destined to garner quite a rabid following if their new album Violence is indicative of greater glories to come. Skillfully produced by Caleb Shomo (ex-Attack Attack!), the album is a perfect mixture of infectious melodies, scathing lyrics, and supreme brutality. Here is a recent interview we conducted with lead vocalist Tyler Konersman to find out more about the dynamic band on the rise. Let the poetic violence commence…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Tear Out The Heart, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Tyler Konersman and I am the lead vocalist in the band Tear Out The Heart. We have been together for almost 2 years now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Currently, we are based out of Saint Louis, Missouri. The city itself can be real hit or miss but it’s starting to shape up really awesome with some good bands as well as venues and promoters. I’d check out Battalion from the area, some of the most genuine dudes I know, heavy as hell too.
How did you wind up signing to Victory Records?
We ended up signing with Victory last August after some extensive touring and the recording of our “Hell is Empty” EP. We pushed that record extremely hard and tried some different hands on promotional tactics that caught their attention. After meeting with them we knew immediately they were the right home for TOTH.
Is there any story or concept behind the Violence title?
Violence is all around us. It can be the source of fear, depression, anger, all of the most vivid human emotions. The people we grow to become are highly inspired by our past and the truth is negative events are just as impactful if not more than the positive. The important part is to never forget where you came from and who was there for you along the way. Our record “Violence” is the end result of a lot of pent up aggression and something I believe everyone can relate to.
Select two songs from Violence and what inspired the lyrics.
Dead by Dawn – It’s the first track off the album and it’s mainly about my struggle with sleep deprivation and insomnia. Laying in bed, thinking about things in life I had done and what I could have done differently. Feeling helpless and wishing I could change the past, but ultimately moving forward and learning from it. “Time heals nothing, I could never forget” shows that I refuse to let go of the past but instead of that reflecting negatively I use it to build towards the future.
Infamous Last Words – This is sort of our band’s anthem towards people who chose to not support us. At some point in life, everyone knows what it’s like to be stabbed in the back or told you’re not good enough. This song is about not listening to those people who put those negative thoughts in your head or bring drama to your life.
Who produced Violence and what was it like working with them?
The album was produced by Caleb Shomo (Attack Attack!) and it truly was an amazing experience. He really helped us find our sound and develop our songs more maturely. Not only that but he’s such a rad dude. Made everything run that much smoother.
Who did the cover art for Violence and how much input did you have on it?
Dan Mumford is the artist and he did an absolutely perfect job. One day at practice Josh brought in this old black and white photograph of a castle and we knew right away we wanted something of that nature. We gave him that general idea and let his imagination, the end result is the artwork for “Violence” and we couldn’t be any happier with the end result.
What could one expect from live Tear Out The Heart show?
A genuine, intense, display of emotion. We give our all into our music and I feel that it shines crystal clear in our live performance.
Has Tear Out The Heart ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have not, but we plan on changing that VERY soon. Like this summer soon haha.
Any strange or unusual happenings while out on the road or at a live show?
I wouldn’t even know where to begin haha. Our band is full of some characters that’s for sure, each night is a different crazy experience. This one time I did have a few too many shots of whiskey and threw up behind our guitarist’s cab mid set. I managed to make it through all of the songs but was later found passed out on a shuffleboard table foaming from the mouth haha.
Has Tear Out The Heart ever played Warped Tour and if so, what was the experience like?
Not yet, but we would love to soon!
While at a show, some drunk guy offers you $100 cash to play What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction in your set. He is obviously serious and wants to hear the song. What do you do?
He’s drunk right? I’d probably take his money and then proceed to the next song hoping his drunk ass doesn’t notice the difference haha.
If the music of Tear Out The Heart was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
A donut? Really? Haha. If I had to say anything I guess I’d say a hard, bitter, stale one. We try not to sugarcoat anything.
When you look back on your EP Hell Is Empty, what do you think of it now – and will Victory Records be re-releasing it?
I don’t foresee Victory re-releasing that record any time soon, if ever. Don’t get me wrong, I was proud of it at the time but we have definitely grown into a much stronger, more mature band since then. I can say with full confidence that our album “Violence” will demonstrate that. Completely blows our previous releases out of the water.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
Hopefully the listener gathers that we are genuine with what we do and we don’t base our music around gimmicks or shock value. Our music surely doesn’t reinvent the wheel by any means but we write every second of it with all of our hearts. I think even if someone doesn’t like our music they’ll respect it for what it is.
Any final words of wisdom?
Be sure to pick up or download “Violence” on March 19, 2013!
Tear Out The Heart is:
Tyler Konersman – Vocals
Josh Spohr – Guitar
Matthieu Murphy – Guitar
Isaac Etter – Bass / Vocals
Matt Epstein – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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