Bleeding Through
Would you like some metal with your hardcore?

by Thrash-head

Every now and then, something just gets handed to you. You really would like it, but when you get it you are so unprepared it’s ridiculous. There I was at Forest hills Lodge in Machesney Park, IL waiting for Bleeding Through to take the stage. I had bought their album, “This is Love, This is Murderous” on the day it came out and very quickly it became my favorite CD of 2003. To see them in my own hometown is just a surreal experience, and so I was totally unprepared for what my editor had for me.

“Hey, I’ve been talking to the singer for about 5 minutes, and I told him you want to interview him.”

“You told him wha?” came my dumbfounded reply.

Next thing I know, I’m watching them kick serious ass on stage performing tunes spanning all 3 of their releases, and then I’m sitting in the back of the bus talking to Brandon Schieppati, the band’s lead vocalist, getting some really intelligent (how often can you say that about a guy who thrives on a steady diet of 140 decibels) answers to my interview question... in between trying to get my tape recorder with ever-dying batteries to actually get what it is he’s saying.

Ain’t life grand? (Especially when ye olde editor hands you a prime assignment on a plate... Ye olde Mality)

WC: First off, you guys have been working seriously hard and are finally starting to get some seriously good press and get the good tours. Do you feel that things are finally starting to come around for you?

BS: I definitely think things are starting to come around. Even though we’ve been a band for about three years and we’ve been a band since 2001 or 2000 actually, a lot of people still think that we’re a brand-new band but we have two records before this. I think we’re starting to break into the more mass media and a lot more people are getting the opportunity to see us, ‘cause we’re still pretty much a new band to them. We’ll see how this next year goes, ‘cause our record’s been out for a year and we’re gonna give it two years and just see where it’s at before we release another one. We’ll see if it gets to the point we think it should be. Hopefully this’ll give us a 2nd wind or 3rd wind.

WC: Have you guys been working out ideas and writing new songs yet?

BS: We always jam out. Brian, Scott, and Myself will just grab a guitar here and there and just play. I think we have a good understanding, good grasp, good concept of what we want the next record to be like. We’re all on the same
page right now. When we go home in October we’re actually going to piece together a new song ‘cause we haven’t actually written since the album came out I mean it’s been two years since we’ve written, so we’re really eager to get into the studio right now and we want to keep pushing it on the road and do our touring, but we really wanna write so bad. Even though our record is new to people, it’s old to us, and we’re just sick of playing it. We’re getting some new stuff together and we’ll hopefully get some stuff written in October.

WC: Have you given any thought to who will produce the next disc?

BS: There’s been talk of Joey Jordison from Slipknot doing our record. We’ve also talked about doing it with Adam D from Killswitch Engage. But Ulrich Wild, the guy that did our last record, for the budget that he did it with, did an incredible job and with this next record we’ll have a little bit bigger budget and he’ll grasp what we’re all about and really bring everything out from inside. There’s a few possibilities, just being thrown out there, nothing set-in-stone.

WC: As far as touring goes, right now you’re on Ozzfest, that’s pretty high profile. You’ve done tours with Chimaira. Have you been offered any other high-profile ones yet?

BS: Um, we got offered the Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Bodom tour. Throwdown’s doing it, but we got offered the 4th spot on it. We couldn’t because we were supposed to go on tour with Atreyu but that got canceled, so then we got offered the Headbanger’s Ball tour which is Mudvayne and Cradle of Filth. They are struggling to get the first two spots and we couldn’t do that because it conflicted with a European tour. There’s been talk of Slipknot taking us out which would be incredible. We’ll see what gets offered because we want to write in January and February as we don’t want to travel during the cold season.

WC: Ok, you just mentioned Atreyu. I seem to be seeing a lot of bands from the Orange County area coming out. How strong of a scene is that?

BS: I can’t even begin to tell you how big it is there. It’s something that like about 5 years ago, there was bands like... I was in Eighteen Visions, I was in Throwdown, but that was it. It was kinda the darker era of the O.C., and Throwdown really brought it back; gave the kids something to get into. Then that just built into all these bands just coming out. Bleeding Through started as four of us having a side project, just hanging out with our friends and jammin’. We started playing and the kids just got right behind us and started pushing us right away. Since our 5th show, it’s been sold out every time we play. The scene there is so big, ‘cause of all the bands. There’s Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Eighteen Visions, Throwdown, us, Thrice. All those bands come from there and we really support each other so strongly and it’s all really close. It’s not just three types of kids, not just metal, hardcore, and punk kids that get into it and go to all the shows, I see football players [tape cut out right about here - Thrash-head]. I rarely see a show in that area not sell out anymore. When we play there we have to play places that are like 1300 seaters and they sell out. It really makes me proud to be from there.

WC: There seems to be a kind of East Coast/West Coast hardcore battle going on... any insight?

BS: I don’t feel it and I don’t really see it. We’re good friends with a lot of bands on the East Coast and I don’t really see a rivalry. I think hardcore and metal is past that time. I think if everyone wants things to be better for each other we’re going to need to have each other’s backs a lot more.

WC: Getting back to the O.C. scene a bit, I’m noticing these other bands come out. Is there something there like where boys and girls just get together and just jam out? Because I just notice that everything I see from there is really professional, seriously musical...

BS: I just think that the scene is on such a higher scale. Unfortunately, it’s a bad thing that we don’t get shows like this [interview was conducted after their show at Forest Hills Lodge in Rockford, IL; link for the review of that show is at the bottom of this page] where it’s in like a regent hall. Everything is with clubs and club owners, and everything just forces you to be really professional because you’re on this crazy stage where everything else is so professional. It’s all about how you portray yourself and I think that’s something that right from the beginning dictated what we wanted to be like. Our stage show and everything about how we carry ourselves is as a real band. If you portray yourself as a real band then kids WILL get behind you.

WC: As far as your own sound goes, a lot of bands from the O.C. tend to have a similar style. One thing I’ve noticed that sets you guys apart is Marta [keyboard player].

BS: It came about because we started out and we didn’t have a keyboard player, Marta just came by and it just worked, like ‘wow, this works, this is something different and it works!’ When we first started to play the more metal style and bring it into the hardcore scene, it gave us something that was original. It wasn’t something that was in a lot of bands; it was more of a traditional metal sound. When we started playing, a lot of people came to embrace that and it’s kinda overtaken the style of Orange County. Orange County’s just kinda getting known for a bit more of a traditional metal style in with their hardcore. It’s kinda cool.

WC: As far as playing here tonight, this was a show in Rockford, IL... not a very nationally recognized tour stop. You mentioned earlier that you’ll play anywhere, is that just sorta the mentality?

BS: It’s just like... we wouldn’t be where we are without people from smaller towns, like outside of the [WHACK! As he hits my dying tape recorder to get it working again. - Thrash-head]

WC: (laughs)

BS: It’s just something we embrace and we know that we wouldn’t be here without them, so we always try to come to these places where people buy our records and are really hungry for some real music. We don’t want to separate anything; we wanna play for everybody. These kids shouldn’t have to drive 80 miles into the city, we’d rather come to them. We’re a band for the people because without the people we are nothing.

WC: Any last words for your fanbase?

BS: Keep on coming out to the shows. Keep on telling people about what we have going on. These shows kinda saved my life and look at what it does for all these other kids. I mean, I was just a kid in the crowd, and wanted to start a band. Once you have your scene behind you, it’ll take off, and it can happen anywhere.

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