BLEEDING THROUGH Frontman Talks New Album

Brendan Crabb (a.k.a. Spiritech) of recently conducted an interview with vocalist Brandan Schieppati of Orange County, California's BLEEDING THROUGH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. I listened to a few tracks from the new record yesterday and it's released shortly. You must be pleased that it hasn't leaked online yet.

Brandan Schieppati: I'm glad that it hasn't leaked. I think all the record labels are doing what they can to make sure it doesn't leak and they're doing a pretty good job at it. "The Truth" leaked three months before the record came out and "Declaration" leaked and this one I think was guarded a little bit better, so I think it's certainly a good thing. I'm feeling really good about the record, I think if there's one record you could listen to that sort of like describes the sound of BLEEDING THROUGH the best, it's this record. The new tracks sound like a continuation of the heavier and more abrasive approach of "Declaration". Was that what you were aiming for with this one?

Brandan Schieppati: Yeah, I feel like with "Declaration" we really hit like our stride of like what in history we want our band to go down as. So I think the thing with this new record is we wanted to take what we accomplished on "Declaration" and make it more intense than "Declaration". So we wanted to add some elements here and there and we always try to add things that are a little bit... we add it in a subtle way and not so like... we don't want every record to sound completely different, we just want to add and expand on each record. So there's a lot of expansion between like "The Truth" and "Declaration", because there's a three-and-a-half year gap between that. This new one, there's only like a year-and-a-half, two-year gap, so it was sort of like, it rolled out a little better. To confess, I personally wasn't overly enthused about the band's early releases but "Declaration" really stunned me with its quality, heaviness and aggression. Do you think that maybe a lot of people who had written you off after heaving previous albums were won over with that one?

Brandan Schieppati: I don't know if we've ever done anything to have people write us off. We've pretty much been the same band since day one. So what, we wrote a couple of songs that had more singing than other songs... I think people take things a little bit too personal and a little bit... I think what happened is, people take things like, "Yeah, they tried to do this, they've fuckin' sold out or I'm writing them off because of that." But to be honest, we've had singing in every fucking record. And I know that's what it comes down to and it really does. "Oh, but there's one song with more singing than there was in the beginning one, I don't like it", you know? Well, you know what, there's things that I don't like about "The Truth", that I don't like the recording and that's something that we had no bearing off of. But "Declaration" was sort of like a record, that like I said, we had three years to brainstorm where we were at as a band and I think that as a band what we were feeling was a little bit more aggressive at the time and that's why that record came out. I think "Declaration", if anything, maybe if people that had never heard BLEEDING THROUGH before and got introduced to that they got turned on by that record. But I mean, "The Truth" and "This Is Love, This Is Murderous" are still our biggest ones as far as like crowd participation (is concerned). There's a place for every record with every kid and you can't really please everybody and we don't really ever want to please everybody either.

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