Posted On 06 Apr 2016
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This will be the group’s first release since ‘Hellbound & Heartless’ [2012, Hollywood Waste/Century Media], and was produced by Matt Good [From First To Last, DRUGS], and mixed by David Bendeth [Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore].
Front-man and founder Michael Orlando decided to resurrect the project after the group’s former disbandment, with the tracks on the album reflecting a number of struggles he endured during the break, including the death of his father and break up with his fiancé.
Vampires Everywhere will be the support slot alongside Filter & Orgy this April and May.
Learn more about Michael and Vampires Everywhere in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! How’s 2016 been treating the band so far? What were some of the highlights of 2015 for you all?
I took 2015 to write the new Vampires Everywhere album “Ritual” and regain my consciousness. I’ve been lost for 2 years and needed to rid myself of the toxic people holding me back from my goals. I traveled around doing some guest vocals for Motionless In White and getting better as a singer.
This year is all about growth and realization. We are about to release our new album and get things on the road. I’m currently on my way to Colorado on The Ritual Tour. This year I plan to do some big things. I’m excited to get some of these new songs on the radio and expand our already existing fan base. It’s going to take a full year to gain my bearings again as Vampires Everywhere, but I’m very excited about it. We are heading out with Filter in April / May, which I’m also excited about. They are big influences on the music I make.
What has it been like rebuilding the band after dis-banding? What do you think pushed you to resurrect it? How do you think Vampires Everywhere is different now?
Well, for one it’s just me in the band. I decided I was tired of fake ass people using and abusing me. As a singer / founder of a band you are stigmatized when anything goes wrong. Unfortunately, things go wrong and the fights begin.
I just felt lost without Vampires Everywhere. I put so much blood, sweet, and tears into it. I was attempting to do this BS project with my old guitar player, but felt it wasn’t me. We clashed as people and musicians. He was in it for the wrong reasons. I knew I needed a change. But instead of starting something like Vampires Everywhere with a new name I decided to just bring it back. It’s refreshing to wake up and know you’re on the right track.
The band is 100% different. For a while in 2012 I was convinced I was the new Manson. I lost myself in the idea. But again, bad advice took that thought and made it worse. Finally, I know who I am and what I should be writing. Everything in the new Vampires Everywhere is fresh, real, truthful, and me. I knew the band needed more melody and synth so, I added it without any BS being thrown my way. It feels good to be my own man and make music I love.
The Whisky was nerve racking! First hometown show in 2 years!! But it was great and all my friends came out to support us. I’m excited about the Filter tour and I think NYC is always my favorite place to play. There’s just so much energy in that city. It’s just amazing to be back on stage.
You will soon be releasing your new album, “Ritual”. Can you talk about the recording process of this collection? How did all these songs come together?
Revenge. This whole album is about Revenge! I just went through a bad breakup with this singer Dorothy. I was done so dirty. At the same time my dad died, which drove me further down the rabbit hole. So needless to say I was filled to the brim with lyric ideas. I decided to work with Matt Good. He’s done some amazing work in the past and I knew he would help me write an amazing album. Matt wrote all the music and I added my lyrics / melodies to them. I flew down to SLC to work vocally with Stetson Whitworth who helped me take my melodies to a bigger and better place. Finally, David Bendeth took the finished project mixed it all together giving us what now is “Ritual”.
Why did you decide to cover Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”? And why did you decide to include it on the album?
That song is all about the lyrics. Once I read the lyrics I knew I needed to cover it. I wasn’t a big fan of the song at first actually. But, after trying to jump into Hozier’s head for a bit I got a whole different vibe. He was dark and had a lot to say. I felt I needed my homie Alex on the track because we both understand the dark side. So together we tackled the track and it became one of my favorite covers I’ve ever done. People have been really receptive to it on tour. It’s badass to play live.
What artists have been inspiring you all since you starting performing? Who would you love to work with in the future?
Nine Inch Nails. Trent has been inspiring me for years but my new album definitely has a bunch of influence from NIN. I would love to tour with them. Definitely a bucket list type of thing. I am also heavily influenced by Hip Hop & EDM. We live in a diverse world musically but I feel the electronic influence is definitely part of the mainstream culture now a days. I am also a big fan of Phil Collins, HIM, & Jim Morrison.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I would like people to understand their anguish. Most people have a hard to time dealing with depression & anger. If you get fucked over or hurt there’s much more to the underlining feeling than just the obvious. Revenge or the idea of revenge helps people cope. Nobody likes to feel helpless. I’m hoping my lyrics empower them to be better people & give them a sense of power. Very much like Satanism, believing in oneself is key.
Would you like to share anything else with our readers about the band and/or your music?
I would like to thank my loyal fans. Thank you for continuing to believe in me.