Samuel ‘Buggy’ Judah found his musical calling at 12-years-old. The Minnesota born singer/rapper is the child of musical parents, and his own talents surpass his young years. By mere chance, while hanging out in a recording studio, another artist heard Buggy singing along in perfect harmony and asked him to do background vocals. Before he knew it, Buggy was fronting his own band, Alarm for War. At the ripe young age of 13, Judah has melded his passion for rap and metal into Alarm for War’s hardcore, rap metal fusion. This summer, the group released its debut EP, Enemies of the State, engineered by Brian Bart of Logic Recordings, with Grammy Award winner J.R. McNeely (Paramore, Icon for Hire, We as Humans) editing and mixing the album, and Brad Blackwood handling the mastering. This week, Metalholic caught up with Buggy to chat about the Enemies of the State, Alarm for War’s message, and more.
The band is about to hit the road for some dates on the Make America Rock Again Tour, which Buggy admits, is pretty exciting for himself and the band. “We’re just very happy to be out there supporting those bands; Drowning Pool, Trapt, Scott Stapp of Creed, and stuff like that. We’re just excited to get out there, and we’re very pleased to be playing with those bands.”
Because of the manner in which Alarm for War came together, few people have had the opportunity to see or hear the band, but Buggy refers to their sound as something of a Rage Against the Machine on steroids. “Alarm for War has kind of Alice in Chains type singing, kind of like Pantera, we’ve also been compared to Tech N9ne before as well,” Buggy offers. “So we’re just kind of like a hardcore, rap metal band that is simply sticking up for the youth of this nation, because as musicians we feel it’s our job to stick up for the young people. In a lot of ways today the young people have been, as we say in kind of ‘youth talk,’ they’ve been thrown a lot of crap. So were here giving them the positive message of hope and truth, kind of giving them the other side of the spectrum.”
The root of the positive message is founded in the band’s faith, which is an elemental aspect of their lyrical and conceptual message. “We are a Christian band, but we are a hardcore, real deal Christian band getting in your face with a message.”
Some of these messages are about staying away from drugs and alcohol as in Alarm for War’s most recent “Day Turns to Night” video. “It’s about a kid name Zach who was hooked ion drugs,” says Buggy of the song’s storyline. “He was told to stop or it just might one day cost him his life. After doing drugs in the bathroom he was found dead on the floor. Standing around his dead body some of the crowd shouted out, ‘Where is your God at now?’ Someone else in the crowd replied, ‘The same place he was when he was warned.’ So in other words, just telling the young people that drugs is not the way—you don’t have to do that stuff. So just sticking up for the young people; and what better way to do it than through the music? Most every teenager I see these days is on their phone listening to music.”
You can check out the full interview with Buggy below and view the videos for “Day Turned to Night” and “Love and Not Hate.” You can also enter for a chance to win a guitar, cymbals, and other swag from Alarm for War here.
1 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
2 – Missoula, MT – Wilma
Enemies Of The State EP tracklisting:
“Love And Not Hate”
“Control Of My Mind”
“Day Turned To Night”
“Sooner Or Later”
Alarm for War is:
Buggy – vocals
Fletcher – bass
Smitty – drums
KISA – guitar Listen to Enemies of the State HERE.