May. 29, 2007 - Issue #606: Cultural Capital?
Bleeding Through’s singer knows his hockey, and we hate him for it
‘Hey Edmonton, thanks for giving us Chris Pronger,” hollers the sincerely thankful Brandon Schieppati, lead singer of Orange County hardcore metal band Bleeding Through. “Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the band. But really, thanks.”
Bleeding Through has been pumping out its brand of death-core since just before the beginning of the decade, and the band is finally witnessing the rosy results of hard work and determination—without taking things too seriously.
“We got together in 1999,” says Schieppati. “This is definitely a side project that turned into a bit more—it just kind of took off. It alleviates the stress, because when you start a band, you have these expectations to be popular. We never had those expectations, and we still don’t. Everything just sort of comes our way, and it’s all been a surprise.”
Even though, Bleeding Through has seen some serious line-up changes since the release of The Truth in 2006, Schieppati says that the song remains the same.
“The record is a defining point of where we are right now,” explains Schieppati. “I think the music is very straight forward, very hard, and driving. That’s what I think the Bleeding Through Sound is.”
The album has apparently sparked the interests of many. The Truth has been
such a defining, successful album for Bleeding Through that the band has been
around the world since the disc’s release, having played gigs in
Canada, the States, Japan, Brazil, Australia and across Europe.
“When we went to Brazil, we were very well taken care of,” says Schieppati. “What was surprising was the fact that they knew almost every lyric to every song, but you sit down and try to have a conversation with them, and they don’t know what you’re saying. There’s a definite message in our songs, and having them understand them would draw them into Bleeding Through even more.”
As if world domination weren’t enough for Bleeding Through, the band has also recently locked up the opening slots for the coming Slayer/Marilyn Manson tour this summer.
“We are so lucky,” admits Schieppati. “We kind of just said no to these tours like the Warped tour, and it kind of paid off. That’s the reason we got this gig, I guess. We haven’t really been very active in the last couple of months, and still have a record that is selling fairly decently, and that’s what really drew them to want us to be on the tour. It’s going to be a fun tour this summer. We play really big intimidating places—places as big as where the Montréal Canadiens play.” V
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