Warped Tour Interview: Carley Coma of Candiria


D: You guys clearly have one of the most, if not the most distinct sound on this festival, how’s the reception been towards that? Has it been good? Do you see a lot of confused faces?

C: Yeah, the reception’s been pretty good, some fans, it goes completely over their heads and some, they just completely embrace it. Which is what we do. We don’t mind just pushing the boundaries a bit, and writing music that’s a little jarring, like at first, you know…it helps us stand out. Our style just embodies New York, you know. If you hop on a train, you’ll go through one train stop you’ll end up in Chinatown, next, Little Italy, whatever, Little Haiti, whatever, and you experience so many different cultures, so many different types of food, so it’s no surprise that our music kinda does the same thing.

D: That makes a ton of sense.  I’ve only been to New York a few times, but I always at some point get confused and basically transported to an unexpected place.  Which is what I’m sure your set is going to be like. It’s cool when you find those people who embrace that melding.  I grew up listening to Zappa and Beefheart, so anything weird I’m just like “yes!”  So, we just talked to Silent Planet and they were saying Candiria is the most underrated and influential band on the fest and everybody owes their sound to you guys.  Do you feel like you’re Just walking around playing a parental role to these younger bands? Just patting them on the head saying “good job, kids”?

C: There’s a lot of comradery between the bands, which is awesome. We’re seeing it almost every night, we see just a whole bunch of guys from bands lining up behind our drum kit to watch us play. It’s our first year on Warped Tour, so we just wanted to try something different, it’s what we do, but the best part is really just befriending these guys and then down the road finding out how much we influence them is.  It’s crazy. Because to me, it’s like “dude, it’s just music.” It’s just creating something, not really paying attention too much to how it affected other musicians, but apparently it did. Which is cool, so that’s an honor. Some of them get real fanboy, that bugs me out cause I’m like “uh, can you pass the ketchup?” To see that develop into a friendship over the weeks is pretty cool.

D: That’s actually really cool…to form more of a community through how much your music has touched people. I’m sure there’s some kid in the crowd that’s listening to Silent Planet and maybe he’ll be on a Warped Tour in ten years looking up to those guys and the cycle will continue. So, obviously you guys meld genres which seems very organic for you.  It doesn’t seem like you’re trying too hard to fit different genres into your music, but is there anything stylistically speaking that you wish you could still fit in there?  Anything  musically you haven’t tried?

C: Well we actually, for this record, I listened to like, a lot of Billie Holiday. And I started watching jazz documentaries, you know, paid attention to a lot of jazz vocalists, so I tried that on this new record. So, all those hours of listening to Billie Holiday for a 45 second part, singing like a jazz part, in a metal song, and it’s very very cool. Everyone kind of lost their minds when we did it, so, I want to do more of that, maybe just a little more R&B in there as well because I grew up on a lot of Motown and a lot of soul stuff. We did the hip hop thing, mixing that with metal. That was cool and I don’t want to say that I grew out of that, but been there, don’t that. I know I can do it, let me now experiment with melody. But not the typical rock melody.

D: You can hear that. It’s always a cool turn in the songs when non-rock melodies pop up. I just recently listened to the album and those moments definitely stand out, it’s very cool.

C: If it’s there, use it, right?

D: Yeah, absolutely. Why would you not be doing that? So, speaking of the other bands that look up to you guys, is there anyone that you’ve enjoyed on the fest? Anyone that really stands out? 

C: I’ve really enjoyed Stick To Your Guns, and Silent Planet. Those two and Counterparts as well, but really those bands, I’m like “wow this is very very cool.” Stick To Your Guns, the minute those guys go on, it’s like getting hit by a Mack truck. Which, we’ve actually gotten hit by a Mack truck in 2002 so I know exactly how it feels, right? But just, from beginning to end, whether you agree with them or not, they completely believe in what they’re doing. You can feel it through the music, the riffs, and how they just move on stage. It’s like, you believe it. Silent Planet, they just completely take me someplace else where I kind of forget that I’m at Warped Tour.

D: It seems like from the bands we’ve talked to today, a lot them have that drive to express themselves. To have something meaningful on stage to say rather than just being like “look we’re a punk band, or look we’re a metal band…see we’re wearing a vest with cool patches.”  So it’s cool to hear that everybody’s building that community together. Let’s talk about the album, you guys are on Metal Blade now. How’s that been? Has it been pretty much just a good experience working with them?

C: Yeah, it’s been pretty cool because the head of Metal Blade, Brian Slagel became a good friend of the band, John in particular. He pretty much hangs out with us. And he’s not like suit, like a stuffy dude. He comes in, he takes care of his bands, he drafted the contract according to our needs. Of course we were fair as well, but just to see that it wasn’t mandatory that we had to tour, was cool. That was something that I was struggling with in the beginning, because I was kind of done, with just, doing Candiria. So, when I met with him I said “listen, I’ll do it, I just don’t want anything in there that says I definitely have to tour.” So, just to see when he said “alright, sure, we’ll take it out.” I’m like “okay, well that was easy.” So that kind of made me want to tour. It’s almost like reverse psychology…

D: Yeah, he got you on that one

C: Damnit! Now I’m out for like, two months!


D: That’s cool to hear that you get along so well. It’s like you’re just making friends everywhere. It’s as if that’s the theme of Candiria.

C: I love people.

D: Yeah, it seems like none of this is coming from any ego driven place for you. That’s how you actually are able to connect with people and get your artistic vision across clearly, which is cool.

C: It’s hard to be egotistical, once again, when you get hit by a Mack truck on tour. You realize just how easy your life can be taken away from you. I’m like “Wow, this is cool, but it’s literally just my job.” Can’t walk around getting wrapped up in the fantasy thinking you’re superman. You know? There will always be someone better than you. You know? So to walk around all puffed up, “look at me…” I mean, when I’m on stage, I feel it.  Everyone, whether you’re the opener or the headliner, when you’re on that stage, you have to believe that you’re the best band in the world. When you walk off, then that’s fine. But when you’re on there, you’re selling it, you believe it. Other than that, get outta here.

D: What do you guys have planned after this tour? Do you have anything set up?

C: We’re talking with a booking agent in Madrid about doing a headlining run in October. We have to see if it makes sense. Definitely for next year we want to head out to Europe, South America, Japan, all that stuff. We just did Hellfest in France, with one of Linkin Park‘s last shows. It was like, 150,000 people, it was great. So, we want to maybe just go back there and capitalize on that festival.

D: That would be awesome. Here’s an oddball one, do you have a favorite professional wrestler?

C: (Laughs) The Iron Sheik. Because of those curly boots. I always thought of cheese doodles

D: They do sort of look delicious….

C: yeah exactly

D: They also look fearsome, deliciously fearsome…

C: It’s like a mustache on a foot

D: It’s something, and when you’re a kid anything like that stands out. So, is there any new music that you guys have been listening to? any new releases? In obviously any genre.

C: Sylvan Esso, an electronic group I saw in Prospect Park, and I just kind of stumbled on to them. I saw a huge line, and it was right near my house, I’m like, “alright, I’ll check it out.” The minute I saw them I was just completely blown away. I think her name’s Amelia, her vocals kind of sound like Billie Holiday, and her producer, the guy that shes on stage with, the beats are a little jagged…and not really mixed too well, but it works. I was just completely blown away. Their live set is amazing. Also, Lauren Daigle, she’s a gospel artist. Her vocals and the production just…completely floored. And also, I just got into the latest Architects record. I didn’t know that the guitar player, while writing the record was dying of cancer and wrote the lyrics. So, when it’s something like that, I will always gravitate to stuff like that. Because you’re getting taken to the edge of something that I don’t know about yet.

D: That perspective is something you can’t tap into naturally without the experience.

C: Exactly. Exactly. So, I naturally gravitate to that and its just like…it is…heavy.  Heavy musically, but there’s so much weight behind it. I think it’s called All Our God’s Have Abandoned Us, something like that. Definitely check it out.

D: That’s something I’m going to be listening to

C: The guitar player’s brother, the one who died, he’s the drummer. I think they were nominated at the APMA’s like a couple weeks ago. Yeah, but definitely check it out.

D: Will do.  Is there anything else you want to add?

C: Basically just, check out the record. The album is on Metal Blade, it’s a concept album. It’s basically this…it’s about this failed musician. Kind of falls into cliche things, chasing all the things that she wants, you know, drugs, buh, buh, all that stuff, but one day she wakes up and a dark figure sets up a throne on top of the Empire State building and uses light and sound to brainwash all of New York through their iPhones and their iPads.


D: That is awesome. I wish this was a movie I was going to see…but now I’ll listen to the record with that in mind and focus on the lyrics. That is super cool. well, thanks a lot for sitting down with us. I really appreciate it.

C: Yeah, it was awesome, brother

 

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