Interview: Kissing Candice Talk New Album And More

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Kissing Candice bassist Mike Grippo and guitarist/vocalist Tom “Dreamer” Scrio about their new album, the coronavirus pandemic, and more. You can read the full chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: First of all, how have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

GRIPPO: Holding up pretty well! Doing the best I can to maintain a normal life. I work in a group home, so not much has changed for my non-tour routine schedule-wise. It’s scary but I would rather be working during this time to keep my mind active and save up some money for the new album!

METAL ANARCHY: Did you have any cool tours planned before the crisis hit?

GRIPPO: We had some things in the works, but nothing was set in stone. We were working on locking in a summer tour to coincide with our new album release, which is, unfortunately, being pushed back due to production issues. We can’t announce a release date yet because we don’t know when everything will be open back up. We feel bad since we did this album DIY and crowdfunded part of it through GoFundMe (and the rest from our pockets), so there’s a lot of fans waiting on it who helped A LOT to make the album happen and we haven’t been able to deliver on it or their perks yet. Don’t worry guys, we are still SUPER THANKFUL and the album HAS BEEN RECORDED and WILL COME OUT! Being a band of our level with no record label though, it is hard. We don’t have those label connections to get it and all the perks into production exactly when we wanted to. We were hoping for an early summer release. We actually recorded it for a month in February and as SOON as we got back from the studio in Vegas things started to shut down and we saw how serious this was.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live music industry will ever recover?

GRIPPO: I think it will recover, but I think it will be changed forever. I don’t think festivals will feature as many acts and I don’t think bands will be touring as long as they usually do. I’m saying this because I think there’s going to be issues with money and paying bands. People won’t want to guarantee a band their full cost and might switch over to “door deals”. It makes sense because these smaller venues have to stay open, so I can’t blame them. Then I’m, sure a lot of people saw the leaked memo from a certain company. This will probably make it harder for bands who play those venues to dedicate to a tour, they need to feed their families too!

METAL ANARCHY: As previously mentioned, your new album is finished. How would you describe the musical direction of the new material?

DREAMER: Most bands say this when a new release is on the horizon, but this is our best and easily the most focused material the band has ever done. There’s a definite focus being aware in all capacities, whether it’s internally or externally or towards a situation or mind process. This is definitely a cerebral record, to say the least. I feel very strongly that there’s a great representation of thought-provoking material to spare.

METAL ANARCHY: Lyrically, what kind of themes are you exploring in the new songs?

DREAMER: Lyrically and thematically, it ties in together with the focus and direction. There’s a nice amalgam of topics ranging from fetishism or sexuality to internal realization, to awareness of the proverbial snake in the grass. I feel pretty confident there’s at least something on this record you could relate to or sink your teeth into.

METAL ANARCHY: When can fans expect to hear some new music?

GRIPPO: With everything currently going on and being an unsigned band this time around, this is hard to say. Without a record label, everything is paid for out of the band’s pockets. We also want this release to come out at the right time where we can spread it around the country playing the songs live. However, it seems that the last part might be quite some time and we refuse to let our fans who helped make this album wait forever. So while there is no EXACT answer I can give right here, you will be getting (at the very least) a taste of the new music before the end of summer.

METAL ANARCHY: On another note, you finally released “Ghosted” on streaming services for the first time. What made you decide to make it available after so long?

GRIPPO: “Ghosted” was originally recorded to “shop around” to labels in hope of obtaining a budget for a full-length album. Victory liked what they heard, so they put out the music video along with the announcement of our signing. It ended up not fitting the vibe of our full-length, “Blind Until We Burn”, that we released with them, so it didn’t make it to the album (it wasn’t our intention anyway). With “Ghosted”, this is back when MP3s were still super popular, we wanted to give a gift to our fans… So when Victory debuted the music video, we made a deal they would launch the video and we would launch the song, which we decided to put on our Bandcamp for free that Christmas in celebration of our signing and upcoming album. As time progressed and almost everyone switched over to streaming services, the question “WHERE’S ‘GHOSTED’?” would always come up, and we’d direct them to the Bandcamp. It got to the point where we were like “Wait… Why HAVEN’T we put ‘Ghosted’ on streaming now?!?” We play it every show and the Bandcamp links hard to find (and the amount of people downloading MP3s has diminished greatly!).

Kissing Candice’s “Ghosted” Is Now Available On Streaming Services

Kissing Candice have officially released their song “Ghosted” on streaming services. The band said the following about that:

“’Ghosted’ has been a staple in our live set for years now. However, fans consider it a ‘lost track’ as it never received a proper release. We never put it out on an album and people always ask where they can hear it other than on YouTube. We are beyond excited to finally introduce ‘Ghosted’ into the streaming universe so it can continue to crush skulls as it does live. We figured this would be a great thing to do while our fans eagerly await the release of our new full-length album!”

Insane Clown Posse, Mushroomhead, Kissing Candice, Etc. Set For 2019 Fury Fest Tour

Insane Clown Posse, Mushroomhead, DJ Paul, Rittz, Mac Lethal (select dates), Ouija Macc, and Kissing Candice will be hitting the road on the Fury Fest Tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

05/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre
05/04 Reading, PA – Reverb
05/05 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
05/08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Music Hall
05/10 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
05/11 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
05/13 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
05/14 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
05/16 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
05/17 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep Outside
05/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Rockwell – The Complex
05/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/22 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
05/25 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater (with Mac Lethal)
05/26 Phoenix, AZ – PressRoom (with Mac Lethal)
05/28 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater (with Mac Lethal)
05/30 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (with Mac Lethal)
05/31 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live (with Mac Lethal)
06/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom (with Mac Lethal)
06/02 Springfield, MO – The Complex (with Mac Lethal)
06/04 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre (with Mac Lethal)
06/05 Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theater (with Mac Lethal)
06/06 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze Outdoors (with Mac Lethal)
06/07 Joliet, IL – The Forge (with Mac Lethal)
06/08 Indianapolis, IN – The Citadel (with Mac Lethal)
06/09 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal (with Mac Lethal)

Powerman 5000 Drop Off “Summer Of Screams” Tour

Powerman 5000 have dropped off the inaugural “Summer Of Screams” tour due to “medical reasons.” Despite this, the trek will continue as planned with Mushroomhead, Psychostick (08/17-08/31), The Browning, Kissing Candice, UnSaid Fate, Voodoo Terror Tribe (08/17-08/30), and Skyburial (08/31-09/15) all set to perform. Organizers issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately we must announce that due to medical reasons, Powerman 5000 will not be able to perform on the Summer of Screams Tour 9/2-9/15. Upon return from their recent tour, Powerman 5000 vocalist Spider One was advised to not sing until further notice by his doctor. We apologize for this, but the show will go on!”

Tour Dates:

08/17 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
08/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
08/19 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
08/21 Manchester, NH – Bungalow
08/22 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/23 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
08/24 Spartanburg, SC – GroundZero
08/25 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall
08/26 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
08/28 Houston, TX – Houston Underground
08/29 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
08/30 Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
08/31 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
09/02 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
09/04 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
09/05 Portland, OR – Dante’s
09/06 Seattle, WA – Club Sur
09/07 Billings, MT – Pub Station
09/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/09 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
09/11 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
09/12 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
09/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
09/14 Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
09/15 Chicago, IL – Patio Theater

Kissing Candice Cover Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

Kissing Candice have released a cover of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller.“ The band commented:

“We are all big MJ fans! We were watching the video for Thriller and it just clicked. The aesthetic and lyrical content of the song fit us perfectly so we decided to hit the studio with Zach Jones and put our own spin on it.”

[via Dread Central]

Butcher Babies & Kissing Candice To Perform At 2018 Gathering Of The Juggalos

Butcher Babies and Kissing Candice are among the latest artists to be added to Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering Of The Juggalos. The event will take place on July 18-21, at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH, and previously announced metal acts include: Attila, GWAR, and CKY. The rest of the lineup can be seen in the below poster:

Mushroomhead To Headline “Summer Of Screams” Tour

Mushroomhead have been confirmed as the headliner of the inaugural “Summer Of Screams” tour. They will also be joined by Powerman 5000 (09/02-09/15), Psychostick (08/17-08/31), The Browning, Kissing Candice, UnSaid Fate, Voodoo Terror Tribe (08/17-08/30), and Earth Caller (08/31-09/15).

Tour Dates:

08/17 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
08/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
08/19 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
08/21 Manchester, NH – Bungalow
08/22 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/23 Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s
08/24 Spartanburg, SC – GroundZero
08/25 Huntsville, AL – Sidetracks Music Hall
08/26 New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall
08/28 Houston, TX – Houston Underground
08/29 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
08/30 Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
08/31 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
09/02 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
09/04 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
09/05 Portland, OR – Dante’s
09/06 Seattle, WA – Club Sur
09/07 Billings, MT – Pub Station
09/08 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/09 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
09/11 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
09/12 Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
09/13 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
09/14 Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
09/15 Chicago, IL – Patio Theater

Voodoo Terror Tribe & Earth Caller Added To “Summer Of Screams” Tour

Voodoo Terror Tribe and Earth Caller have both been added to the inaugural “Summer Of Screams” tour. Voodoo Terror Tribe will perform on 08/17-08/30 and Earth Caller will perform on 08/31-09/15. Previously confirmed artists include Powerman 5000, who will perform on 09/02-09/15, Psychostick, who will perform on 08/17-08/31, The Browning, and Kissing Candice. Dates will be revealed on June 4, along with the tour’s headliner.

Kissing Candice Added To “Summer Of Screams” Tour

Kissing Candice have been added to the inaugural “Summer Of Screams” tour. Previously confirmed artists include Powerman 5000, who will perform on 09/02-09/15, Psychostick, who will perform on 08/17-08/31, and The Browning. Another band announcement will be made on May 28, and dates will be revealed on June 4.