Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Random Ties.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
RANDOM TIES: Hey everyone I am Youssef the frontman for Random Ties, a heavy hitting rock band based in Detroit.
First let me take you back to 2019 which was when I moved to the US from Lebanon, I didn’t know anyone or how the music scene was, so I started going to open mics with my acoustic guitar and meeting other musicians. Then one thing led to another and me the rest of the guys.
We have, KD who plays the drums thunderously bringing that heavy hitting power with amazing fills and breaks, Thew whose on the second guitar, compliments my playing with his fills that are all over our EP and Steven originally from Nirvana’s hometown brought a grunginess to the album with some great baselines.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
RANDOM TIES: My first exposure to music was listening to my grandad sing the Opera, which sounded so melodic yet powerful, and I thought I would follow in his footsteps.
When I was 8 years old, I started listening to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. That’s where my love for music grew.
The sound that changed my life was the 90’s bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Foo Fighters. Their music shaped who we are as a generation honestly growing up listening to them it was.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
RANDOM TIES: There’s a saying in “Art is never completed, it’s just abandoned.” Our latest EP “Believe” was released recently on Spotify and all other major streaming platforms. This was the EP I put on hold for years. I wrote and did a lot of the stuff myself as opposed to previously, I would work with a group.
Comprised of 6 songs, I wanted each one to have a catch and touch on sensitive topics such as losing a loved one, struggles of starting a family, faith and making things work in a relationship.
I wanted to have an honest message with lyrics people could relate to & licks they can dance to.
Our next single “Thawra” which will be released on August 14 on our YouTube channel is about the humanitarian crises in Lebanon so this song is my way to support the people & hopefully shed some light at the end of that tunnel.
This is the art work for the single and your audience is the first to get a glimpse of it done by the Talented Layal @ipr1ncess:
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
RANDOM TIES: Our interaction with fans starts before our show. We do a treasure hunt game where we hide a case of beer and the fans that show up early get a chance at claiming it and we try and meet as many as we can via meet & greets or just hanging out in our merch area.
When the lights are on, its high energy from the first chord. Our fans are usually jumping up on stage with us and every time we sing our song “Liar” we invite a few fans to do the backup vocals.
We want them to have a great experience and to be able to take something home with them once the lights are out and the bar is closed.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
RANDOM TIES: We’d like to be a band that gives a voice to the less fortunate and oppressed. We’d like to be defiant vs. those that are corrupt or abuse their power. We want to remain consistent by providing quality music to our audience and reach a wider fan base geographically, so a big thanks to you for giving us this interview and a voice.