Interview: Nevada Rose‘s Justin DiMarco Talks New Project Life Right Now

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Nevada Rose‘s Justin DiMarco about his new project Life Right Now. That band, which also features Zachary Scott (It Lies Within), Bryan McClure (Attila), and Kyle Dameron (It Lies Within/ex-Deception Of A Ghost), officially released their debut album “Avant Garde“ earlier this month.

METAL ANARCHY: First Of all, how did Life Right Now come together?

DIMARCO: We had all met each other from previous tours and festivals from past projects. Nevada Rose and It Lies Within played a show together in Buffalo, NY and Zach, Kyle and I immediately hit it off. We stayed in contact over the years and were throwing ideas around about writing an album and creating something new. Zach and Kyle introduced themselves to Bryan at a festival in Michigan and found common interests as well, musically and creatively.

The time eventually came where we were too excited about our ideas and concepts to keep them bottled up and we had to bring them to life. After about a year of writing and recording, we knew we wanted to pursue this full time. Fast forward to now, we’ve just finished RAGEFEST 2 with Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon, and Hawk and we couldn’t be more excited as we’ve definitely hit the ground running.

METAL ANARCHY: How does this project compare to your other bands?

DIMARCO: I think there is a lot on this album that we all wanted to do in our previous projects but it just simply wouldn’t work or make sense. Each band is/was different (Attila, It Lies Within, Nevada Rose, Deception Of A Ghost) so what was cool is that we all came from projects where we individually wanted to experiment with new things, but at the same time pulled experience and influence from everyone’s past efforts. Whether it be the catchy choruses, groovy riffs or breakdowns, or edm beats, I think there’s a taste of everyones past band, each influenced from someone different.

At the end of the day we wanted to create an album that wants the listener to hit REPEAT after every song and that’s a philosophy each past project had.

METAL ANARCHY: What would you like to tell readers of this site about your new album “Avant Garde”?

DIMARCO: This album is a culmination of guys who have been through a lot in this industry. We’ve traveled the world, played in front of thousands on tour or at major music festivals.

We came together to form this band with the intention of hitting everyone hard and fast- musically and with our live performance. And that starts with the album. It speaks for itself.

METAL ANARCHY: Before you released the record, you released “Wolfpack” and “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right (But Three Do)” as the first singles. How did people initially react to those tracks?

DIMARCO: When those two singles were released we were a bit overwhelmed at first. We’ve had success with our current and past projects, but never such an immediate “overload” of attention in a short period of time. It’s very humbling.

A re-occurring theme we are hearing, not only from the singles but the entire album overall, is that we’ve brought back a sound from years ago. MANY, many people are saying we sound like Attack Attack or that we’ve “Brought Back Crabcore”. We absolutely love it, we had no intention of creating a sound like that or bringing that sound back.

“AVANT GARDE” charted on the Billboards for the week of August 24th:

#6 Heatseekers
#10 Hard Rock Album Sales
#32 Rock Album Sales
#82 Top Current Album Sales

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your personal favorite tracks from the album?

DIMARCO: My favorite track is “That Dress Don’t Lie.” It’s probably the closest thing to a “rock anthem” we have and I think it stands out. Everything flowed beautifully during the writing process. I remember it took us 2 nights to arrange it completely and after the first session I simply didn’t want it to end even though it was around 5 in the morning.
A close second is “Stuck”. I think it’s complete ear candy with just enough heavy to keep people’s heads moving. I’m a sucker for that stuff.

METAL ANARCHY: As you mentioned, you guys were recently out on tour with Crown The Empire, Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon, and Hawk. What was that trek like?

DIMARCO: The tour was everything we thought it would be and more. Being around bands at that level everyday, seeing how they work, setup, perform, was extremely inspiring. The shows themselves were absolutely nuts- it was a straight party every night. Weve established ourselves as a force in this genre and are incredibly grateful for all the bands and crew who took us out.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning any other tours in support of the new record?

DIMARCO: We have many things in the works, much that I can’t talk about quite yet. Yes there will be more tours announced soon and we can’t wait.

I can say we will be playing “The Horror On The Hudson” festival in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 27th with Slaves, Oceana, and bunch of other awesome bands.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, where do you see this project heading in five years?

DIMARCO: In five years we will all be driving Ferraris and Lamborghinis, sipping the finest champagne with women throwing themselves at us every day. Ya heard it here first.

It Lies Within Cover Charlie Puth’s “Attention”, Announce Tour

It Lies Within have shared their cover Charlie Puth’s “Attention.” This track is the band’s first release with new clean vocalist/bassist Justin DiMarco (ex-Nevada Rose).

In other news, the group have also announced a tour with Emuness:

05/25 Pensacola, FL – The Handlebar
05/26 Metairie, LA – The Twist of Lime
05/27 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
05/29 Dallas, TX – Renos Chop Shop
05/30 OKC, OK – Kendell’s
05/31 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
06/01 DeKalb, IL – The House Cafe
06/02 Saginaw, MI – Counter Culture
06/03 Allen Park, MI – Simons After Dark

Prior to that run, the group will be supporting The Bunny The Bear on their 10th anniversary tour:

05/11 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar & Music Club
05/12 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
05/13 Syracuse, NY – Spark Contemporary Art Space *ILW ONLY
05/14 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works
05/15 Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
05/16 Lansing, MI – The Loft
05/17 Warren, MI – Hot Rock Sports Bar & Music Cafe
05/18 Mentor, OH – Music Lynxx
05/19 Spartanburg, SC – GroundZero
05/21 Tallahassee, FL – The Warrior
05/22 Daytona, FL – ROK BAR
05/23 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks

It Lies Within Announce 2017 U.S. Tour With My Heart To Fear

It Lies Within have announced a U.S. tour with My Heart To Fear. Check out the dates for that below.

Tour Dates:

11/24 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
11/25 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
11/26 Kent, OH – The Outpost
11/30 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse Pub
12/01 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
12/02 Jacksonville, FL – Murray Hill Theatre
12/03 Tampa, FL – Pegasus Lounge
12/05 Stuart, FL – The Stillery
12/06 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
12/07 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar
12/09 Marietta, GA – Swayzes
12/10 Indianapolis, IN – Taps Live
12/11 Peoria, IL – Brass Rail (no My Heart To Fear)

It Lies Within Announce 2017 Tour With Blessing A Curse & Light The Fire

It Lies Within have announced their “High Fives & Hand Shakes” tour. Blessing A Curse and Light The Fire will serve as support on select dates.

Tour Dates:

04/28 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
04/29 Newport, KY – Thompson House (with Blessing A Curse)
04/30 Johnson City, TN – Capone’s (with Blessing A Curse)
05/01 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits (with Blessing A Curse)
05/03 Orlando, FL – Wills Pub (with Blessing A Curse)
05/04 Panama City, FL – A&M Theatre (with Blessing A Curse)
05/05 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar (with Blessing A Curse)
05/06 Shreveport, LA – Bushnookies (with Light The Fire)
05/07 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall (with Light The Fire)
05/09 Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall (with Light The Fire)
05/10 Dallas, TX – The Door (with Light The Fire)
05/11 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozer’s (with Light The Fire)
05/13 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club (with Light The Fire)
05/14 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird (with Light The Fire)
05/15 Peoria, IL – Rail II (with Light The Fire)
05/16 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews (with Light The Fire)
05/17 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome (with Light The Fire)
05/18 Plano, IL – Brick Lounge (with Light The Fire)
05/19 Battle Creek, MI -The Music Factory (with Light The Fire)
05/20 Jackson, MI -The Foundry (with Light The Fire)
05/21 Kent, OH – The Outpost (with Light The Fire)

The Browning Announce 2017 European Tour With It Lies Within & Blessing A Curse

The Browning have announced a headlining European tour with It Lies Within and Blessing A Curse. UK dates will soon be added to the trek as well.

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Tour Dates:

02/02 Nuremberg, GER – Z-Bau
02/03 Dresden, GER – Konk
02/04 Berlin, GER – Drop The Bomb
02/05 Vienna, AUT – Viper Room
02/06 Prague, CZE – Chapeau Rouge
02/07 Koblenz, GER – Circus Maximus
02/08 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
02/09 Karlsruhe, GER – Stadtmitte
02/10 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
02/11 Cologne, GER – MTC
02/12 Zurich, SWI – Werk 21
02/13 Hannover, GER – Bei Chez Heinz
02/14 Munich, GER – backstage
02/15 Modena, ITA – Ekidna
02/16 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
02/17 Nice, FRA – Le Rats
02/18 Barcelona, SPA – TBA
02/19 Valentcia, SPA – Agora Live
02/20 Madrid, SPA – Lemon
02/22 Porto, POR – Cave 45
02/23 Cascais, POR – Stairway
02/25 Loule, POR – Bafo De Baco

Born Of Osiris, Westfield Massacre, Etc. Added To 2016 Dirt Fest

Born Of Osiris, For The Fallen Dreams, Westfield Massacre, Saint Ridley, Lawless, First To Sin, Nova Blast, Crossing Rubicon, Hyporium, Devolver, Concrete Angels, and The Finale have been added to the 2016 Dirt Fest. The festival will take place at the Crofoot Festival Grounds in Pontiac, MI, on August 13 and previously announced acts include: Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Trivium, Attila, Bury Your Dead, Wilson, Walls Of Jericho, SOiL, Beyond Threshold, Psychostick, Heartsick, It Lies Within, The Convalescence, Below The Tide, 6 Prong Paw, Ira Hill, Wrvth, Paralandra, Death Of The Praty, DeverauX, Harlow, Five Hundredth Year, Myths And Legends, Dystopian I, Hyngd, As We Divide, Our Dying Day, Sydetrakt, and After The Minor.

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Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Etc. Set For 2016 Dirt Fest

The lineup for the 2016 Dirt Fest has been revealed. The festival will take place at the Crofoot Festival Grounds in Pontiac, MI, on August 13 and will include: Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Trivium, Attila, Bury Your Dead, Wilson, Walls Of Jericho, SOiL, Beyond Threshold, Psychostick, Heartsick, It Lies Within, The Convalescence, Below The Tide, 6 Prong Paw, Ira Hill, Wrvth, Paralandra, Death Of The Praty, DeverauX, Harlow, Five Hundredth Year, Myths And Legends, Dystopian I, Hyngd, As We Divide, Our Dying Day, Sydetrakt, and After The Minor.

It Lies Within Premiere “Trust In Yourself” Music Video/Start Gofundme Campaign To Repair Their Van

It Lies Within have premiered a new video for their song “Trust In Yourself.” This song is from the band’s latest album, Paramount, which is available now.

In other news, the band have also launched a Gofundme campaign to raise money for van repairs, so they can finish their current tour.

It Lies Within Announce 2016 Tour With Kissing Candice

It Lies Within have announced a U.S. headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Kissing Candice.

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Tour Dates:

02/24 New Albany, IN – New Albany Production House
02/25 Lansing, MI – The Loft
02/26 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
02/27 Warren, MI – The Ritz
02/28 Peoria, IL – Rail II
02/29 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
03/01 Joliet, IL – Bada Brew
03/02 Murray, KY – Main Street Youth Center
03/03 Fayetteville, AR – Nomads
03/04 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
03/05 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog
03/06 San Antonio, TX – The Korova
03/09 Panama City, FL – TBA
03/10 Tallahassee, FL – Side Bar Theatre
03/11 Augusta, GA – Iron Heights
03/12 Hickory, NC – The Wizard
03/13 Columbus, OH – Somewhere Else Bar

It Lies Within Premiere New Song “Never Surrender” Feat. Telle Smith (The Word Alive)

It Lies Within have premiered a new song titled “Never Surrender,” featuring Telle Smith (The Word Alive), via Loudwire. This song is from the band’s new album, Paramount, which will be released on January 8.