CAMISADO is a “post-metalcore” band from Baltimore, Maryland. If you’re a reader of IDIOTEQ, you may notice that it’s not my cup of tea actually. Despite this fact, the band caught my attention with they intense riffing and great production.
They released “The Life I’m Missing” in 2010 and “Pulse” in 2011. “Faceless” is their latest album released back in October of 2012 and it has received a bunch of great reviews. They hit the road with TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN (Rite Of Passage / Mediaskare Records) and MERICA in November and December.
Here’s a brief update from the band, wrote exclusively for IDIOTEQ.com.
Hey, guys! So, you’ve recently toured under the “A Divine Strength Tour” flag. How was it? How did you link up with TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN and MERCIA?
The tour was actually a lot of fun. We really didn’t know what to expect since the three touring bands had 3 pretty different styles of music. The three bands connected pretty much right away which made the whole tour that much better. As with most tours, finances are always a primary stress, but coming out of the tour with new longtime friends who shared an amazing experience with you, along with playing some awesome shows, really made it all worth it.
Any locations that you haven’t performed at that you would like to experience? Any plans go overseas to promote the new album?
We’ve primarily played east coast for a while so we would love to venture further out west. We constantly are asked when we are coming to play across other states in the US and even overseas! We get tons of requests to come to the UK, Australia and many more. So we’d just love to get out to the entire world if given the opportunity.
There’s been some time since the premiere of the “Faceless”. How are you feelings about that record at the moment?
We’re still very proud of it. We are glad we decided to do a full length because it gives us many more songs to alternate out set with. I think one of the things that worked with this album and has always been what we try to do is the fact that pretty much every song is different. Each is different, but you can still tell it’s “CAMISADO” It keeps things fresh and will continue to help the longevity of the record.
The production of the record is outstanding. How did you managed to accomplish such a quality?
Andrew Baylis from the band LIFE ON REPEAT recorded and produced the album. One thing that helped the overall experience was the laid back environment that was brought. It really allowed for a lot more ideas and a lot less stress.
I know a lot of Baltimore-based hardcore punk bands, but I wouldn’t say much about your metalcore / metal scene. Shoot us a mini scene report [smiles].
Since we’ve been “in” this scene it’s really been an up and down struggle. I was proud to say that it was finally on the rise. Kids were coming out and supporting the local scene. However due to many of the Baltimore venues shutting down, the scene here has gone downhill drastically unfortunately. There are a couple promoters that are trying their hardest to keep the scene alive and bring it back, but it’s tough. A lot of bands seems to be breaking up/giving up because of the frustration that a lack of a local scene brings. Hopefully some more venues open up and some of these bands fight through the tough times so the Baltimore scene can be rebuilt.
Tell me guys… you’re still unsigned. How come?! Have you been approached by any label to do something more together?
We have been waiting for what is best for us. Even if a label or management comes at you, sometimes it’s not always as good as it may seem. Currently we have some really solid connections and things in process to help us get I that next level. In due time!
What are your dream labels to be on?
In no particular order we’d love to look out for Fearless, Equal Vision, Sumerian and Rise. There are a few others out there we’d be interested in as well, but we have some friends in each of those labels who seem to be doing very well for themselves.
You call yourselves a post-metalcore act. What’s the difference between metalcore and post-metalcore? Are you using the label to honor the real metalcore pioneers from the 90s?
It’s more of a nod to our post-hardcore roots. When Juan and I(Joe) first started the band we were very post-hardcore. We drew influence from THE USED, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, FINCH and TAKING BACK SUNDAY. As our tastes evolved into something heavier we wanted to still keep our “post hardcore” edge while adding a lot if elements you would find in “metalcore”. So it’s basically the blend of post-hardcore and metalcore.
Ok, so what is next for the band? What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We have a few awesome surprises under wraps for now. But we do plan on touring quite a bit starting mid/late summer. We are also a band that is always writing. So basically the day “Faceless” came out, we already started working in some new material. Nothin soon, but we will be working hard on that!
Have you thought about releasing a split record? Who would you like to team up with for such an outing?
Each record is personal to each band. It is the representation of them and all of their hard work. It would be hard to do a split record without losing the feeling you get after listening to an album you love. You want to put it on repeat and do not want to be distracted by anything else. I usually only buy one CD at a time so I can get the chance to listen to just that for a while and give it an honest chance to enjoy it.
Would you like to add anything else, gentlemen?
We just want to that everyone for their support throughout the years. You have no idea how much of an impact that ONE PERSON can have on us. Whether is buying a CD, showing us support online or in person and especially when you tell your friends about us. It becomes almost a bonding experience because it is almost like “hey we found that band together…that’s ‘our’ band.” So all we have to say is thank you and please continue to support EVERY band you enjoy!
Thanks so much for your time. Good luck for all your future endeavors!
No prob! Have a good one!