2015 Wovenwar interview with Jordan Mancino
San Diego’s Wovenwar is quietly building its name on the heavy metal touring circuit. The band’s 2014 eponymous debut album turned heads and made a number of year-end “best of” lists. The quintet is currently sharing the road as part of the Charming America Tour with In Flames and All That Remains, and Metalholic sat down with drummer Jordan Mancino to catch up on the birth and future of Wovenwar.
Born in the aftermath of As I Lay Dying’s unexpected dissolve, Wovenwar features four-fifths of the former metalcore titans; Mancino, bassist Josh Gilbert, and guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso. After gracefully weathering the storm of their former singer’s public shame, the quartet began to look to the future. It did not take the guys long to reach out to Oh, Sleeper frontman, Shane Blay.
“People have always known him as a guitar player,” Jordan says of Blay. “I’ve known Shane longer than any of the other guys, oddly enough. We didn’t know he could sing. We sent him a demo and he sent it back with vocals, and it was like, whoa. I wasn’t expecting that. I just didn’t know what to expect, I guess. I was like, this really works. It sounded awesome. Obviously, he’s in the same place we all are, which is really important to us: Just being able to mesh well, long–term and short-term. That was it. We knew what we wanted when we found it. We didn’t try anybody else out.”
Other than its membership, the ties to As I Lay Dying are, well, buried. Wovenwar’s sound is decidedly melodic, with an emphasis on big vocals, accessible melodies, and resonating rhythms. Mancino admits there were many reasons behind that decision:
“We didn’t want to do As I Lay Dying number two, sonically and creatively. We wanted to be different, but we still wanted to be us–still metal and heavy. It all just came together organically when Shane got in the picture. That were a lot more melodic elements. But really, this is our first record. The same way almost every band does, they grow and they progress.”
It seems clear when talking with Mancino that having to couch any discussion of Wovenwar in the context of his previous band is frustrating, though he clearly understands that for now only time and new music can effectively separate the two.
“We just decided it would be best out of respect for our fans and everybody that had been involved with the band over the years, and us, to preserve the legacy of As I Lay Dying—it’s something we’re all very proud of—and start something new. We didn’t want to just get a new frontman and beat a cash cow to death. That’s not what it was about. It’s about the music.”
Check out the full interview with Mancino below as well as the video for “Death To Rights”.
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