If you’ve ever wondered what rock stars and road crew do when they’re killing countless hours on the road between cities and shows, load in and load out, the truth is it’s a lot of boredom, a little sleep, and usually a ton of great moments and memories with close friends. At least that’s the way it is in the Drowning Pool camp. Sometimes amidst all the rock and roll revelry and empty beer cans a song is born, and less frequently, a new band. Such is the case for Even the Dead Love a Parade.
On the eve of the release for Drowning Pool‘s fifth studio effort, “Resilience” I spoke with the band’s bassist Stevie Benton and tour manager Matt Raffaele about the birth of Even the Dead Love a Parade. Benton of course continues to lay down the bass for the ETDLAP, and Matt plays guitar. Drowning Pool drum and guitar techs Clint Litton and D. Braxton Henry play those same respective instruments in Even the Dead Love a Parade.
That left the band in need of a voice for their grind and groove sound. After a brief flirtation with feminine wiles, the guys found their vocalist in the form of Jordan Condery of A Better Hell. Matt admits he had to cyber-stalk him a bit, but they prevailed and brought him into the fold. One listen to the band’s music and it’s easy to hear they made the right call. You can get a four song taste of what the band is brewing on their ReverbNation page.
You can listen to our full interview with Matt and Stevie below. Discover more about how the band came together, their songwriting process, the making of the “Heart Poacher” video, when fans might get their hands on a debut album or EP, and what question they might ask Udo Dirkschneider. We even wandered off into a few warped topics of conversation like Honey Boo Boo, Dexter, and fisting… Check it out.