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 Parts Per Million.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: Parts Per Million is a Hard Rock band made up of four of us from the Boston area. Evan on Drums and Vocals, Alex on Bass and Vocals, Brian on Lead Guitar and Vocals, and myself Paul on Guitar and Vocals. We messed around and had numerous line-up changes outside of the two of us (Paul and Brian), but have been recording and producing videos for little over a year. It’s been a tough road to get to where we are currently sitting, but we always knew we had something special going on. The two of us connected a long time ago, went our separate ways, and reunited a few years ago and put this project together. The band is built from stories of the forgotten, those who are cast aside or have struggled to understand why life sometimes feels like a ride you can’t get off of. We want people to connect to the music and like-minded individuals, to feel that they are not alone in the feeling of “What the hell is going on?” Music has always been the biggest gift in our lives, an escape even, and we hope to share ours with others with the same thought process in mind.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney/Brian Bailey: For the both of us the list is LONG, but for this band musically– Opeth, Dave Grohl, Alice In Chains, Muse, Devon Townsend, Black Sabbath , Soundgarden, and Buckethead to name a few. All of these artists have had a huge impact on us at some point or another, but we tend to draw from whatever we are listening to at the moment, at the same time keep a core thought process in mind of being melodic, having vocal harmonies, and being heavy enough to make you want to move.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: Our latest release, “No More Days” is from our upcoming EP entitled “The Cycle”. The entire album was brought to Halo Studios in Portland, Maine with nothing more than a scratch track with vocals of some songs like this one and nothing more. We built on ideas we had and worked with an absolute superstar of an engineer and producer in Kevin Billingslea, who brought some incredible insight and ideas of his own. What we were left with when we were done in 5 days was a haunting, heavy and beautiful album about the different cycles of life that we can get caught up in. Everything just kind of clicked while we were there, and we ended up with an absolute MONSTER of an EP. We cant wait to share it with the world.
Brian Bailey: Our latest release is “No More Days”. We did a storyline video about the last thoughts of a broken man. About someone who’s ready to take his own life. The song is for everyone that has suffered feelings like this. We were lucky enough to have some friends who have actually survived suicide attempts share their messages and stories with us on how they combat some of those demons on a daily basis. We strongly recommend people reading these stories in the comments section of our release on our Facebook page.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: War. Hahaha. Honestly, I always was most taken with people who gave their all in their performances. We work hard to give people something special when we perform. I walk off that stage absolutely spent and content knowing I let it all out in our show. We have huge aspirations, and we know we just get better with every show, practice, and experience we go through together. I feel lucky to step on stage with these guys, as they are all extremely talented and have zero egos about said talent. It’s a great feeling to be a part of something special.
Brian Bailey: Our shows are full of emotion, harmonies, and guitar driven energy that drives and heals. If you come to a show you’ll understand. It’s what we were born to do.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
PARTS PER MILLION: Paul McSweeney: As previously mentioned I have no small aspirations of where I envision this band in 5 years. I’ve come from absolute hell to get this far. I’m honestly lucky to be alive and have no intention of wasting any more of my time. I want the entire world. I want to stand in front of hundreds of thousands of people and feel that energy that’s given back and forth. I want to tour the world and touch people’s lives with music because it’s the only dream that makes sense for me. I feel this shit in my bones and it’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m tired of hearing all the reasons it can’t happen for us. Things like Rocks dead. We’re too old. The industry isn’t like it used to be. Well, why the fuck not? Why can’t it happen? Every dream begins with a vision and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to keep chasing mine. For Brian, it’s a little simpler. Hahaha.
Brian Bailey: ICELAND