Progressive metalcore trio from Salem, Oregon, To Die Elsewhere, in 2016 launched their debut full length album titled Whispers, which is a collection of 13 well executed and well played tracks. The band is already working on a new EP which will be released early next year, and about this all they told us in an interview below.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Splendid! We are spending time with our families and getting ready for Christmas!
Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “Whispers”?
It’s our take on the progression of metalcore to a new, more technical style of metal.
What was it like working on the album?
It was a lot of work! We did the whole album ourselves, which was great because it allowed us to make it exactly how we wanted it. But that also presented a challenge as we had to work on it around our day-to-day lives. Tracking before work, tracking after work, listening to test mixes in our cars on our lunch breaks. There were a lot of late nights, but it was all worth it!
Are there any touring plans in support to “Whispers”?
We are currently setting up a regional tour with some of our good friends in early 2017! We are so excited to play songs off of this album that we haven’t played in a live environment yet!
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
All of Europe! Specifically, The United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Italy. Also, Australia!
Who and what inspires you the most?
Rick is inspired by classic literature. Some of his favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde, and Bram Stoker.
Spencer is inspired by things that push the boundaries of music. Whether it’s new gear, or musicians such as Tosin Abasi, Charlie Christian, and James Hetfield.
Jamison is inspired by Neil Peart, Michael Jordan, and competition.
As a group we like a lot of sub genres of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and classic punk. What impacts our playing the most, however, is the unpredictable structuring of jazz, and the musical complexity of progressive rock. As we grow as musicians, we are constantly striving to apply new stylistic flares into our playing.