On March 14, 2012, we conducted a short interview with Corey Pierce from GOD FORBID. The band has just premiered a video for their song “Where We Come From”. Check it our below.
Hello. Pleasure to have you with us. How are you?
I am well, thank you.
How’s Middlesex County? Do you spend much time in your homeland these days?
I do in fact spend a lot of time there actually. Somerset country more mostly which is like right next door.
Besides starting a band, how did you participate in your local scene back then? Did you book shows?
No, I didn’t book shows. I thought about it for a while but it seemed a great risk. A risk I was not prepared to deal with. I did go to A LOT of shows and supported the scene by just being there and being a part of it, that’s how everyone supports the scene I believe.
How old were you? It’s quite interesting to think about how vastly different it is for a kid now starting a band than it was for someone in the middle of 90s.
I wasn’t EXACTLY a kid when we started the band. I was about 23-24 when we began. It’s much different now because everything is so Internet based. A lot of young bands are HUGE on the internet before they even play one show. We played like 300 shows before we even got signed to a label. But you really don’t see that small show scene in America as much. Bands used to play a lot of American legion halls and basements, there was a real grassroots feel to things then and now it has evolved into viral bombardment [laughs].
You landed on the Billboard 200 few times. How did it feel for the first time? Was it ever a goal?
I don’t think it felt any different. It wasn’t something that totally changed our lives, but it did sound nice when people said it.
Your 6th album will be released on March 26 via Victory Records. We have a chance to watch your studio diary online, but tell us some more. How did the new line-up (with Matt Wicklund of HIMSA) affect the process? How different was recording this time?
Well it was really great having Matt on this record. He is an extremely good guitar player and very creative. He basically just fit right into the process. We spent a lot of time on pre-production for this album because we decided that it was finally time to be patient and do the album that WE really wanted to do. The process of recording the album went really well from doing the work, making sure we prepared and being specific with every step. We put a lot of care and consideration into the writing and recording of this album because we believed our fans as well as the members of the band deserved it; Fantastic communication amongst us through the process of this album.
You have a lot of material left after last year’s recording. Any plans of releasing some of it some time soon?
Well not too soon. We need to let everyone embrace the new album and have some time to take it all in and enjoy for a bit before putting out more material.
Well we switched to Victory because they showed the most interest and energy in pursuing the band. Century didn’t offer us anything after our contract was up with them.
In regards to Victory having any specific controversy, I am not really aware of anything. I do know they have been doing a fantastic job for us so far.
What would be the life-cycle of this record? How long would be the Equilibrium era?
It’s hard to say. The answer to this question we will soon know by the response of the people. So far there seems to be a seemingly overwhelming response to the music. So we think it will be quite an era on approach for God Forbid and Equilibrium.
You’re hitting the road with OVERKILL in April. Excited? What can we expect?
Yah, we are really excited because they are jersey boys as well and we have been both fans and friends of the band for some time. You can expect a WHOLE lot of ass kickin’ goin’ on from those stages on that tour!
How is 2012 shaping up for the band? Any tour plans in the works, besides the OVERKILL trek?
Well there’s a lot of things being worked on but nothing we are supposed to talk about yet.
Thanks. Any last words for the fans out there?
Thanks for the interview. Last words of course, get your ass out there and make sure you pick up the new alb um Equilibrium and make sure your checking our facebook and twitter for show dates near you! We can’t wait to see our fans rocking to these brand new songs!
Here are the dates with OVERKILL:
04/20/2012 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
04/21/2012 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
04/22/2012 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
04/23/2012 – Columbus, OH @ Screamin Willies
04/24/2012 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
04/25/2012 – Chicago, IL @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
04/26/2012 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
04/27/2012 – Denver, CO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER
04/28/2012 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
04/29/2012 – Seattle, WA @ EL CORAZON
05/01/2012 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
05/02/2012 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom At The Regency
05/03/2012 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
05/05/2012 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
05/06/2012 – Dallas, TX @ TREES
05/08/2012 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
05/09/2012 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ CULTURE ROOM
05/10/2012 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
05/11/2012 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
05/12/2012 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Photo by Laura Desantis-Olsson.