Sal LoCoco - Sworn Enemy

December 30, 2005

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You guys hail from Queens, NY. How did you guys get together?

Metal and hardcore, there weren't that many people that were into it in our neighborhood. Me and Lorenzo had mutual friends that hooked us up and we've been doing it ever since I guess you could say. I would go to the studio and hang out with my friends on the weekends, drink beers, get crazy, and do whatever we'd always do. It just started to become more and more fun and then we wanted to do something with it and here we are.

I think it's cool how everything always starts out with drinking beer. This is a good thing.

Yeah, that's pretty much the truth. Everything starts out with the alcohol.

Absolutely. That's where you come up with the best ideas. You guys are going to release a record in February called The Beginning Of The End.

Yeah, actually it's January 24.

It's going to be a little bit earlier than February. Tell me about the record.

It's pretty brutal. It's straight to your face. It's up tempo. You'll never lose interest in it, that's for sure. To me personally, I think every song is a hit and I love it. I think it's the best stuff we've ever done and I'm really proud of it. I hope a lot of people think the same.

How long did it take to record the record?

It took us three and a half weeks.

Did you use any producers in general?

Yeah, we did. We actually flew up to California to meet up with the singer from As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis. He produced the record.

That guy is cool.

Yes, he is very cool and he's a damn good producer as well to boot.

I wonder how people get started in that. Is that just something they develop an interest in?

I guess some people just can have an ear for it. That's basically what it boils down to. Knowledge of music and having an ear.

When you guys were writing the record, what kind of vision did you have for the record and what kind of subject matter did you use for it?

That's a tough question to answer because I write mostly all the lyrics. I don't really plan on a topic. It just plans on me. Something hits me. It's not like I can sit down and say "well okay, I'm going to write about this for this song. I'm going to write about this for this song." I can't do that. I've just got to have the feeling of...something just pops into my head and then I just start working on it. It's not like I can sit down and say "well, I'm going to talk about a neighbor got killed the other day" or something like that. It just has to hit me.

I notice that a lot of people have different writing styles. Some people are like stuff hits them and other people can write about anything.

Yeah, I can write about many things as long as it comes to me. Otherwise I can't just sit down on a whim and just write about something. Aside from the fact that I'm a little weird. I need the music to be able to write. That gives me more of an inspiration to want to write something.

When you sat down and you were writing some of the lyrics, what kind of stuff did hit you?

Most of the stuff I write about is basically things that are going on around the world today. There's some religious content in there. There's political content. There's shit that is just urban life. It varies. I don't try to just stick to one thing because if you do that, it could get a little boring. I want to give the people who read the lyrics something interesting to read. I try to jump all over the place. I try to have a wide spectrum of what I want people to read.

I think that's pretty cool in a lot of ways because a lot of people get the strange idea that people in metal bands are all stupid. I come to find that most of them are quite intelligent and think a lot.

That's the truth. I try to express some intelligence in the way I write. I don't want people to think that I'm some schmuck or something because I'm really not. I have intelligence. I can write.

That's something I like to bring out in interviews. Talking about stuff like that so that people understand metal people are smart. You guys have been out on tour. Are you guys out on the road right now?

Yeah, we're playing a show in Connecticut right now. It's one of the Stillborn Fests. It's not really a tour. It's basically just five shows and then come January 6, that's when the touring is going to start. We're going on the road with Manntis, God Forbid, and Anthrax.

The mighty, mighty Anthrax.

Yeah, that's going to be so much fun. That's one of the bands I grew up loving.

I know a lot of people are really excited because they've kind of reunited with some of the older guys.

Yeah, it's the Among The Living lineup so it's going to be really cool. That was their best lineup.

I think so because Joey Belladonna has this what I consider a very operatic voice. I love that. It's just so powerful. In a way really kind of passionate.

Yeah, to me Joey Belladonna is the voice of Anthrax. I couldn't envision anybody else. It just wasn't the same when John burst through the door. Even though he did have some good songs, it still wasn't like Anthrax to me.

I kind of believe the vocalist makes the band anyway. That's the person that makes the sound and when you hear the band, it sounds like that guy or that chick. How long is your tour going to last?

It's going to start January 6 and it's going to end January 21. It's a little short run but it should be a lot of fun.

I guess you guys are only playing in select places.

Yeah, I think it's just going to be a lot of the major cities. It goes from New York to California. It doesn't go to the South anywhere. It's staying along the North. It's going like Chicago, Columbus, New York, Baltimore, and it ends in California in L.A. I believe. I forget all the other spots. I'm not really sure but it's like 13 dates.

What do you guys have on your plate after that?

After that, we're going to go out with God Forbid. We're going to do about two weeks with them, head home, and then take a week off and then head back out on the road. I'm not sure with who yet but we plan to stay busy as soon as the record comes out.

You were talking about how you like all the songs on the record. Are there any particular songs that you're really looking forward to playing live?

Well, the one song I'd really like to do, we're not going to do on this tour. Just the title track, "The Beginning Of The End". That's my favorite song on the record. The music, the lyrics, everything about the song just gives me the chills. I love it. That's my favorite song.

When does everyone get to hear that one live?

I'm sure when we start doing some headlining shows and when we start playing more songs, we can fit more into the time slots that are allotted to us. Right now we don't really have long time slots so we have to play the songs that we're pushing that we've got videos for and stuff like that and plus still the old songs that we still play that everyone likes to hear. Once we start headlining and can play more time, we'll be doing a lot more of the songs off the new record.

Do you have any videos planned that you're going to be shooting?

Yeah, we shot two already. One for the track "All I Have" and one for the track "Scared Of The Unknown". "Scared Of The Unknown" will be the first one. That's going to be the first single off the new record and "All I Have" will be the second.

You guys have been busy.

Yes, we have.

When do we get to see the videos?

Real soon I hope. I don't have the answer to that question just yet but I'm hoping real soon.

That will be very cool. I can't wait to see that stuff.

Yeah, me too. I can't wait to see it either. I haven't seen it yet.

You haven't even gotten to see it either.

No, I haven't. I'm still waiting.

Any other thoughts or comments?

Go out and pick up the record please on January 24.

And stay tuned for those videos.

Stay tuned for those videos.

Sworn Enemy