Madcap Music Review's John Golden conducted an interview with ILL NIÑO during this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
ILL NIÑO will release its new album, "Till Death, La Familia", on July 22 via Victory Records. The band's lead singer, Cristian Machado, told Arena.com that "Till Death, La Familia" "will absolutely surprise a lot of people." He continued: "I don't think we're the kind of band that releases the same album over and over. We always attempt to challenge ourselves musically in order to grow as artists and friends.
"The new album will have its surprises and all I will say is that it is very catchy and very groove-oriented. The lyrics, I feel, are by far the best lyrics I've ever written, and I really do give the guys in the band so much credit for writing such amazing songs for this new album."
Speaking to 100% Rock Magazine, ILL NIÑO bassist Lazaro Pina stated about "Till Death, La Familia": "We try to do something different every record. I can tell you for sure that this one is going to demonstrate a whole new ILL NIÑO style. At first, it took a lot of courage, but I'm feeling so much better about it now that the vocal tracks are beginning to come in. It's turning out to be everything I think most of us envisioned it and kind of wanted in a new record. We're definitely taking ILL NIÑO to a new… an additional style. We're definitely bringing it up to 2014 and kind of creating our own thing. Hearing Cristian singing like he's never sung before and even innovating a new heavy style of singing and a new melodic style of singing. It's going to be interesting. I think that the fans'll appreciate it and hopefully some new ones will come on board and say, 'Hey. I really dig this band; I like what they've been doing throughout the years.' It is… I think it's a courageous record. It definitely does not sound like any other previous record. It's definitely ILL NIÑO demonstrating an additional style.
"You've got to keep innovating yourself, and if you don't innovate yourself, you're playing the same thing. We've been doing this for a long time, we're entitled to get a little crazy and experiment with different ideas."
Speaking about the difficulties of getting anything done while the members of ILL NIÑO are spread out in different parts of the country, Machado said: "Logistics are pure hell to work out. Every rehearsal, every album, every tour — flights have to be booked, cars have to be rented. It certainly is not cheap to keep this band active. Many times I wonder what it would be like if we all still lived in the same city. Luckily, at the moment three of us are in Southern California, another in Denver, another in New York, another in Dallas.
"I remember the days when it was as easy as calling everyone up and driving 15 minutes to rehearsal. This is no longer the case, but we keep going. Sometimes we may feel defeated, but that's when we thrive to become unstoppable.
Asked how some of the personal life changes have affected the band, with members having children, Cristian said: "I would say it definitely changes the perspective. We can no longer simply be on the road for the hell of it. All of us have family, some of us have children, so it is not easy doing what we do at the level we are at.
"There was a time in the music industry when money was abundant and the possibilities were endless. But those early days are slowly coming to a close. I do, however, feel very lucky and am very grateful to still have a career and most importantly to have so many loving fans. I can surely say without them, we wouldn't be here, still going strong."
ILL NIÑO's last album, "Epidemia", was released on October 22, 2012 via Victory Records.