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Interview: For All I Am - 04.25.13
 

For All I Am - 04.25.13

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For All I Am - 04.25.13Known for signing great talent such as We Came As Romans, Say Anything and many other fantastic acts, Equal Vision Records have added one more band to their top notch roster - Chicago, IL metalcore outfit, For All I Am. I spoke to vocalist Aria Yavarinejad while the band was on the tail-end of The Air I Breathe's farewell tour. Be sure and pick up the band's fantastic debut album, Skinwalker, which is out now on Equal Vision Records. This is an up and coming band that I definitely believe in, and I suggest you check them out - you can watch the band's official music video for "Overthrown" here

How has The Air I Breathe's farewell tour been going?

Aria Yavarinejad: It's going pretty well. The cool thing about this tour is that we're bringing our own fan base this time; usually when we go out on tour we're with bands that have fan bases, and we end up playing in front of them. But on this tour, we've realized that we have our own fanbase coming out to watch us, and it changes the atmosphere of the concert. It's been good on that aspect, but Skinwalker has been doing pretty well on the tour as well. It's a pleasure to be on tour with The Air I Breathe, especially since it's their last tour and we're good friends with them.

What about The Color Morale CD Release shows? Are you excited about those?

Aria Yavarinejad: Yeah, we're doing a three day run in Chicago, Indiana, and Michigan. We're excited for it to be just a two band package, especially since we just off tour with them recently. It'll be cool to see them again and play a few shows.

Yeah, it's cool because I think if you're a fan of The Color Morale and Like Moths To Flame, I think you'll be a fan of your band as well. Would you agree with that?

Aria Yavarinejad: Yeah, definitely. I could see that.

Are there any other bands you get compared to often?

Aria Yavarinejad: We get compared to Bring Me The Horizon a lot, because of the vocal style.

Like earlier Bring Me The Horizon, or more so what they've been up to lately?

Aria Yavarinejad: A little bit of both, with the high screams and the lows of Count Your Blessings, and then the singing/screaming style that they incorporate into their new album. I think for instrumentation, we get compared to Architects (UK). I'm real excited about these comparisons, because I think our music scene is a little bit fabricated, with a lot programming and fake guitars/drums. We like to get compared to the bands that do it the raw way, it's what we're aiming for.

You guys definitely have the potential to blow up, but so do a lot of other younger bands. What are you doing as a band to make sure you keep growing?

Aria Yavarinejad: We like to interact with our fans a lot, we talk to them before and after we play, or while we're loading in or out. We like to keep everyone in the circle, staying in contact with each other. Another good way to grow is releasing a lot of tour updates, we try to stay consistent in letting our fans know what it's like on the road with us and all that stuff. We have new stuff coming out that we're working on when we get home. Touring as much as we can is the best exposure for the band, so we keep grinding on the road from day to day and growing our fan base.

As far as new stuff when you get home, are you writing new things, or are you filming new things?

Aria Yavarinejad: I'm not sure if I'm allowed to talk about it, but there's a lot of content that will be coming out of the social media outlets, and we're already working on writing our sophomore record. The next album is better than the first album, and we're a little bit more prepared this time as well.

Let's talk about your album, Skinwalker. It's definitely a lyrically positive record, with songs like "Make History" talking about moving on from past mistakes and "Living Dead" is about being there for other people. What else can you tell us about this record?

Aria Yavarinejad: Like you said, it's a positive record, I try and lift people up with the lyrics. The music is cool because it has a heavy side and a melodic side, so if you're a fan of metal music you'll like it, but you're a fan of the pop-rock style you'll like it. Chase and I both do different vocals as well, we wrote a lot of it in the studio so you can kind of tell it's a little sporadic. The artwork, lyrics, and album title correlate with
each other, which is cool because you can interpret it in your own way, there's no set way to interpret the name or the artwork. The album was mixed by Will Putney, he's a really well known producer, and he's worked with a lot of our favorite bands; the sound production is very high. I hope people don't skip songs when they listen to it; when I listen to it, I listen to it from front to back, making it more of an experience, similar to Underoath's Define The Great Line.

What is your favorite song to play live from the record?

Aria Yavarinejad: My personal favorite would be "Forgotten", because it's super heavy and the lyrics mean a lot to me, it feels like I'm speaking to the crowd when I'm singing the lyrics, it's cool to express myself in that way. I think the band's overall favorite would be "Opressor", because the crowd goes absolutely crazy during that song and it's a lot of fun for us.

I hear you're shooting a new music video soon. What can you tell us about that?

Aria Yavarinejad: It's for "Opressor". There's a plot to it, it's not like a performance video or anything, we're really going all out. We're doing a lot of cool things symbolically and subliminally in the video as well.

Who's directing it?

Aria Yavarinejad: Rasa Acharya and Dan Kennedy from Little Sky Film, they've done a lot of other great videos like We Came As Romans video for "Hope" and Like Moths To Flame's video for "Learn Your Place". They're really unique, I can't wait to see where it goes.

What's something about your band that not a lot of people know?

Aria Yavarinejad: We're portrayed a serious band, but when people meet us and get to know us, they'll find that we're very humorous and we like to pull a lot of pranks on each other and make a lot of jokes. We like to party as well. We're just five dudes traveling the world and having fun with it.

If fans were to bring you the band any gifts on tour, what it would those be? What are your favorite things to receive?

Aria Yavarinejad: I would have to say a Chipotle gift card, because we're always there, we try to go there every single day...we even call in sometimes and tell them we're a touring band and they hook us up sometimes, which is really cool of them. You just can't go wrong with that place.

Other than the Color Morale shows, what else are you guys doing as far as touring goes in 2013?

Aria Yavarinejad: Well, we just announced a Canada tour with I The Mighty, which will be a "lighter" tour. And you know, that's the thing about our band - we can play a really heavy set, but also play a light/passionate sounding set as well. This will be our second time in Canada, so we'll see a lot of familiar faces and new faces as well, it's a great market for bands.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Aria Yavarinejad: Thanks for checking out our album Skinwalker if you haven't already, we appreciate the fans because we realize we're nothing without you guys, and we're looking forward to seeing all of you who are reading this at a show real soon. Thanks for having me, and it's been a pleasure, I appreciate it.
 
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12:58 AM on 04/25/13
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They compared themselves to one of my favourite bands (Architects), I'm officially curious...
03:14 PM on 04/25/13
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They compared themselves to one of my favourite bands (Architects), I'm officially curious...

I don't know how accurate that comparison is (Architects is more technical and melodic) but Skinwalker is a very very strong record. If you're into metalcore it's a refreshing, fun listen. They add in a lot of good, not typical instrumentation and Aria has a lot of variation in his voice. 9/10
03:31 PM on 04/25/13
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I don't know how accurate that comparison is (Architects is more technical and melodic) but Skinwalker is a very very strong record. If you're into metalcore it's a refreshing, fun listen. They add in a lot of good, not typical instrumentation and Aria has a lot of variation in his voice. 9/10
Yeah I don't get the Architects comparison after listening to one song, but it didn't sound bad by any means. I may give their album a listen. Par a few exceptions, I haven't really found a metalcore album that I've fell in love with on first listen since Hollow Crown was released.
03:49 PM on 04/25/13
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Yeah I don't get the Architects comparison after listening to one song, but it didn't sound bad by any means. I may give their album a listen. Par a few exceptions, I haven't really found a metalcore album that I've fell in love with on first listen since Hollow Crown was released.

Perhaps this could be the one that you do. I think it has a pretty unique feel and it's well-produced and fun to listen to without sounding phony. Listen to the whole thing if you can.
09:12 PM on 04/25/13
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This band is from my home town and the singer has somewhat of a reputation for being a huge dickhead, especially to girls.
04:19 AM on 06/03/13
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