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 Thom Turner of The Interrogation.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
TURNER: My name is Thom Turner, writer/bandleader/guitarist of The Interrogation. Thanks for having us. The Interrogation in its current form started in the summer of 2019. But, the concept has been with me for over a decade. In December 2018, after a life long illness, my mother passed away. My parents and I are very close and I was overcome with grief. I couldn’t even listen to music let alone write anything. After months of not touching my guitar a melody came to me. After about an hour I had the song “Shine” off of our new EP. It’s a song all about the music my mother instilled in me and, our summers on Keuka Lake in Upstate NY. Needless to say it lit a fire in me to push out all these stories that had come from my grief.
I ended up with 4 songs rooted in the pop-punk/emo/easycore of my youth. I was sure I had ripped someone off so I sent it to my friend and engineer Kevin Billingslea. He took a listen and said I think this is all you man. So we went about making the record. As time went on I realized we really had something special so I went about gathering my friends to flesh out a full band. Firstly. I called Nike Eason for drums then Ridge Bernosky on guitar, A.j. Piszcz on bass and James Kang for live vocals. These guys are all amazing musicians and more than that good people. Once all that was in place we have just been working on releasing the whole EP, while building the team of people like Public Display PR and Greg Burt at Wavelink Agency for booking once things are opened up.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
TURNER: Our music is rooted in the sounds of 2000’s pop-punk/emo/easycore. Our biggest influences come from the epic concept and catchy hooks of Coheed And Cambria, the intense heaviness of A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong, the twin guitar attack of bands like Thursday and Thrice and the intense vocal harmonies and emotional lyrics of bands like My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday. Beyond that, bands like Stick To Your Guns and Knuckle Puck are always in rotation.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
TURNER: On September 25, we released our first EP “Posters On My Wall” through our Bandcamp and all streaming services. It encompasses a huge range of things. From crushing riffs to sing-a-long choruses to deeply personal lyrics and some shredding solos. It encompasses everything we are about. We want to show through deeply personal lyrics with upbeat grooves that hope always exists. Even when you are at your lowest in life you always have the opportunity to learn and see past it to something better. Also we want people to have fun! To throw themselves off the stage into a crowd of people and trust they will catch you. We want people to mosh as hard as they can and cry if they want while doing it. If those are things that you like too then this record and this band is for you.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
TURNER: People coming to see The Interrogation should observe the following pre-show ritual:
1. Stretch: This goes double for all the old people like me.
2. Eat a ridiculous slice of pizza. Maybe not huge but the closest to your favorite.
3. Bring a friend that can sing-a-long with you and/or make sure you get you home if things get a bit too rowdy in the pit.
4. On the way to the show listen to your favorite pop punk anthems. This will help get you in the mood for the dumb onstage antics.
This will all help you as we are running around on stage yelling for everyone to dance and have fun. Because that is what this music is made for. Its made to help us have a great time when things aren’t great necessarily. We want to have a good time just as much as anyone who sees us so prepare to get on stage for silly pictures or even cameos on songs. Doesn’t matter if it’s a VFW hall or Carnegie Hall. everyone at The Interrogation show is welcomed to the family.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
TURNER: I personally have spent 20 years performing. From playing around my hometown in high school bands to touring and recording with Freya, it has all solidified into The Interrogation. The band and myself have at least 2 more EPs in pre production and a whole mess of other stuff in the works for the next few years. With everything we are dealing with in the pandemic, live shows are going to be few and far between for a while. That said by 5 years time we will be still making music and still telling our stories but, we will be sharing it with so many more of you and hopefully getting to throw more of you off stage to crowd surfing nirvana. This music means a great deal to us and it is only through you out there that we get to continue. So thank you for reading this article and thank you Metal Anarchy for having us.