independent metalcore band from the L.A. area. Playing music inspired by Bring Me the Horizon, Loathe, and Knocked Loose. A very experimental band, while following our roots of a heavier sound, we also experiment with electronics, and theatrical sounds. They put it all together to create a vicious, heart-wrenching sound that takes you into what “Let Me In” is truly about.
Who is Let Me In and how did you guys get started?
Let Me In is me, Mateo Corales (guitarist, producer), and Frank Balocca (vocals). We met in high school through a cover band we both played in. Frank always had ideas for songs that he would occasionally bring to practices, but it didn’t end up working out during that time. Eventually the band dissolved, but me and Frank kept in touch, and now we’re here.
What is the band’s biggest influences?
Our biggest influence is Bring Me The Horizon. We draw from them a lot, be it visual aesthetics, musical cues, etc. We also take heavy influence from bands like Loathe, Knocked Loose, Varials, and Counterparts.
Did the past year help or hurt the creative process?
This past year was honestly the only reason we were able to get this project started. Being confined to our own houses, and having nothing but time allowed us to get together a few times a week to write, record, or work on any other aspects of the project. Also, being that there was no rush to hurry up and push content so we could play live shows allowed us to perfect these songs in a way that I feel would have been unattainable otherwise.
Who is the dream band you would like to tour with?
We definitely need to tour with Bring Me The Horizon. That’s been a huge dream for both of us since we were in middle school. We also would love to tour with Loathe, Lotus Eater, or Deftones too.
What is the process when writing your songs?
For “My Demons That Prevail”, all of the writing was collaborative. Frank would come over to my house for a few hours, where he’d share his lyrics with me (unless he was tricking me with Skillet lyrics) and we’d establish a “feel” for the song. From there, I would write some riffs and some potential ideas, and we’d get a skeleton of the song structure laid out. From there, we’d finalize the structure, cement in the riffs and passages, and then we were ready to record. We wrote, recorded, amixed, and mastered everything in my own room, except vocals, which we rented out a rehearsal room for. However, for our new EP that we’re working on, we did everything remotely. Frank is a marine, and for the past few months has been going on a ship for periods of time to prepare for deployment. Before he had left, we knew we wanted a certain amount of songs, and we had already established a feel for each song. During his time gone, I’d write songs out and would have the structures ready to go, while Frank would write lyrics with a structure already mapped out in his head. Then, whenever he’d be home, or whenever we could text, we would put it all together, editing lyrics or editing song ideas to make it fit.
Now that the world is opening back up, what is next for Let Me In?
We plan on finishing this EP to release later this year. Once Frank gets back from his deployment in early 2022, we’ll be going as hard as we possibly can. Writing more music, getting a full live band together, playing anywhere whenever we can, and pushing as much content out as we can.
Other than the band, what occupies your time?
Frank is a marine stationed in San Diego. I’m a student at Cal Poly Pomona, and I work part-time.
Give us your last thoughts and why everyone should check out Let Me In?
We have faced nothing but obstacles during the course of being in this band. We never let any of it stop us. These songs are real, we promise you will feel what we have felt through these songs. We still have so much more content coming, and don’t plan on stopping or backing down. We will definitely have a new EP out by the end of the year, with so much more in store next year. Until then, “My Demons That Prevail” is out everywhere, now, and forever.
Make sure and check them out and give a follow to this young up and coming band that we are sure has big things ahead of them,