Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Secret Of Boris

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 Cameron Taylor of Secret Of Boris.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TAYLOR: We are originally from Irving, TX, which is a suburb of Dallas without the suburb feel, at least where we grew up. With the exception of our guitar player, Ryan Byrd, we all grew up there. We met in our respective high schools. Paragraph and Kevin had their own band, Dystress, which I played keyboard in for a short time, and I had my own band, LaME., which Paragraph later joined. LaME. lasted for many years. Our management at the time informed us there was another band called LaME. that had apparently registered and trademarked the name and we would need to change it. Looking back I think they just didn’t like it and we were resistant to changing it. Not that it was the best name ever (and I definitely don’t miss the jokes), but we’ve always been pretty protective of our art and everything that goes with it, so we begrudgingly changed it. Then in the following year Paragraph left for California to start his own band, came back to fill in on bass when he was in town after a falling out with our own, then Kevin came a long to fill in for Paragraph when he couldn’t, and I just thought, “this is too great not to make it a five piece, and have all of this personal and musical history in one place.” Forget all of this filling in and let’s commit. It’s been fantastic.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TAYLOR: I have different influences based on different things. As far as singers go it would be Jonathan Davis, Morrissey, Phil Anselmo, Burton C. Bell, and Greg Lasell. Band wise it would be Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Sevendust, and Type O Negative. I also play guitar and write a lot of our songs so I have to throw those out: Jerry Cantrell, Wes Borland, Dimebag Darrel, John Connolly and Clint Lowery.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

TAYLOR: Our latest release is the music video for the song, “Don’t Mention Love.” The groove of the song is very dancy, but the lyrics and chords are very dark which is one of my favorite combinations. There are synth tracks throughout, so listen again and again to hear them all. I would love for the listener to tell me something they heard that they liked.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

TAYLOR: Oh man… remember those? I can’t wait until we can play live shows again. It’s strange because our music is dark and angry and sad, but our shows are a good time. Not that there’s anyone telling jokes or doing skits on stage, but there’s a lot of energy being released. Our music is also heavy. We’re not the heaviest band by any means, but if you like the heavy side on the records then you’ll really like the live shows.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

TAYLOR: Hopefully back in full swing of playing live shows at home and on the road and supporting two records we’ve put out in that time. This is all hypothetical of course, but I look forward to all of the music we’ll create in the meantime.

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