No matter how good things seem, sometimes it takes the end of a promise to create something greater than the sum of the past. In 2015, two amazing bands dissolved to the dismay of fans; Wyoming’s First Decree and Midwest quintet DoryDrive. Whether through fate or blind luck, DoryDrive vocalist Matthew Nevitt found himself in Los Angeles with former First Decree brothers Dane Lopez-Smith (guitars) Isaac Lopez-Smith (bass), and Zach Lopez-Smith (drums). The quartet found an immediate connection and camaraderie which blossomed into the recordings for the debut Message from Sylvia album, due early in 2017. This week, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio chatted with Nevitt about the birth of the band; the group’s debut single, “Heart of War,” and much more.
Tell us a bit of the backstory on how Message from Sylvia came together.
“Really, the journey started in July. I met the guys for the first time out in Los Angeles. They picked me up from the airport and I jumped right in. We had some good chemistry right off the bat–just joking around and what not. I had already been working some of the music with Sahaj [Ticotin of RA] in my own studio at home. So I was prepping for that. I already had some steam. The wheels were already turning before I even got to Los Angeles with the guys. We got in the studio with Sahaj. We went over some ideas. The music just started to identify where we were going and what we could be.”
What’s the story behind the band name?
“The band name is kind of cool, because it comes from the road we stayed on which was Sylvia Avenue. For me personally, I got up in the morning and did my run. I did my text messages, my picture messages, my phone calls, and things of that nature. And we were searching hard; what’s this band name going to be? We were throwing band names left and right, but they were obvious names. They were safe names. It’s tough. You think about it—it’s almost 2017. How many band names have been taken? So the cool thing with Message from Sylvia, for all of us, is the street; and it represents all of the messages and calls that we made staying on that road for as long as we were there. But at the same time, the band name really exemplifies for us what we miss when we’re away–everything that’s back home.”
You can check out the full interview with Matthew below as he reluctantly chats about the state of politics in America, as well as the status of the band’s debut album. You can also get a listen to the debut single “Heart of War” and hear Matthew talk about the forthcoming video for the song.