Awake At Last will release their new album “The Change” on June 21 and I was recently given the opportunity to interview vocalist Vincent Torres about the effort. You can check out that chat below.
METAL ANARCHY: First of all, how would you describe your music for those who may be unfamiliar with you?
TORRES: I like to say that Awake At Last is a theatrical rock band. We use heavy guitars and huge drums with straight forward rhythms, but we also weave in a symphonic dramatic element that gives it some signature. The heavy music represents the obstacles we talk a lot about like mental health, heart break, and the darker elements of the world and the theatrical lyrics and symphonic elements are meant to nurture the listener and inspire them to overcome the obstacles that life loves to throw at us.
METAL ANARCHY: What would you like to tell readers of this site about your new album “The Change”?
TORRES: The Change is a build up of everything we’ve done so far. And for me as the primary lyricist it is a major part of the story I’ve been trying to tell with my music. The story is about a life that is plagued by obstacles of all kinds but still manages to bring about a great artistic revolution in the world. It talks a lot about humanity and the emotional constructs that entails, but also technology and how certain aspects of humanity are lost in this modern world we live in. I hope that the listeners can put themselves into the character and are elevated and inspired by the message The Change brings them.
METAL ANARCHY: Would you say the effort is a natural progression from your “Life/Death/Rebirth” EP?
TORRES: Actually yeah, The Change is actually a direct sequel to LIfe/Death/Rebirth, and follows the character from the previous EP on their journey through the next life as they try and break the reincarnation cycle by imbuing this new vessel with all of the accumulated knowledge and experience of their past lives. They hope that in doing this they can live a perfect life and finally move onto the next step of their souls journey. Listeners will notice that the music is a bit different from our previous works but that’s also because it represents a different character and their current life.
METAL ANARCHY: You have already released three singles from “The Change.” How have fans been responding to the new material?
TORRES: We have been blown away by the love and support our fans have been showing. Sometimes it can be really nerve wrecking to release new material because you never know if it’s what your fans and listeners are looking for from your band. It’s been an absolute blast seeing their response and so far I have very good vibes for what is to come. We have an amazing fan base and we’ve chosen very different singles to roll this album out with, and so far they’ve all gotten great responses so I can’t wait to see whats next.
METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your personal favorite tracks from the album?
TORRES: I love all of the songs for very different reasons, but I will say that “The Change” is one of my all time favorites, and I pretty much had that song fully written in my head going into the studio. There’s also a song called “Unobtainable” that I think is extremely relatable, and one of my all time favorites is “Fallen Stars” which in my opinion really tells the Awake At Last Message. I really can’t wait to see how our fans respond to the new material.
METAL ANARCHY: What was it like working with Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills) on the title track?
TORRES: I was able to meet with Spencer a few times before he recorded his parts for the song, but we didn’t actually sit in the studio together when we did it. Most of it was discussed beforehand and I trusted his ability to perform as awesome as he did. He’s an amazing artist and a great singer so it was awesome to have the opportunity to work with him on one of the tracks on this album.
METAL ANARCHY: What can fans expect from your upcoming shows in support of the effort?
TORRES: We are really excited to bring these songs to a live audience, and every track is accompanied with small pieces of story that help to take our listeners on a journey throughout the live show. We always bring a lot of energy to the stage but it’s also become a lot more about the listeners and the people in the room so the best way to see what we’re bringing to the table live is to come and check out a live show!
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, where do you see your band heading in five years?
TORRES: Man… five years is a long time. Truthfully I would love to see the band gain some real success and I’d love to put out a few more records and maybe introduce a more theatrical vibe in the future. We’ve never really had big production budgets so I’ve never really gotten to mess around with stage props, or maybe a really cool visual element we could bring to the table. I know that one thing is for sure. I hope that we can continue to inspire our listeners to pursue fulfilling lives and to not let their circumstances weigh them down and be living proof that with positivity and perseverance and a little bit of organization you can take your dreams and make them a reality. In 5 years I’d love to be in a position where I’d be able to help other developing artists as well.
I would like to thank Torres for the interview. “The Change” will be released on June 21 and my review of the album can be found HERE.