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UNTIL THE STORM VS. GROOVEY.TV’S THE GAUNTLET INTERVIEW SERIES

(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (in this case, California heavy rock band, Until the Storm) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains).

Tell me about your new album.  The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.

Sado Rabaudi (Vocals/Guitar): The newest single we just released “Roads to the Lost” is also our debut single and was mixed by Mike Plotnikoff; who has done everything from Van Halen to Scorpions to In Flames and over 300 other albums and bands. Mastering was from Niels Nielson; who has also worked with Ghost, Starset, and is currently the keyboardist for In Flames.

Eric Lamb (Bass): I’m just happy to be here.

Greg Carrillo (Drums): Until the Storm has been an emotional release, as the name would suggest. We really couldn’t come from more different backgrounds, but it all seems to work. The recording process has been a learning experience as we are in the age of the ‘DIY rockstar’. We did the recording/tracking ourselves and brought in the heavy hitters to mix and master for us. Making sure we are speaking the same language as the pros was definitely an eye-opener. Very happy with the end result and moving forward to the next one.

Stacy McCullar (Guitar): We only have one song, but this was my first music video and it was really exciting to be a part of all of this.

What are you working on right now?

EL: Controlling my vices… Kinda.

SM: I feel like talking about what I’m doing or planning to do is a motivational killer for me so I like to work silently, but I definitely have a lifetime of personal experiences to bring to life in a creative outlet instead of being consumed by them and controlled by them.

SR: This interview… And also, always writing new songs.

GC: I come from an old school approach to drumming. More of a Lars Ulrich than a George Kollias. I’m mostly working on my footwork because I tend to get lazy with practice. I’d rather be your favorite band than your favorite drummer.

Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? Or..?

SR: I have always been drawn to the high energy of heavy rock and metal that I can’t seem to get from other genres. I suppose there can be some intense energy with polka though as well…

GC: Until the Storm is a happy medium between our individual tastes in metal and our approach musically to this project. We can’t have our Lamb of God without our Soundgarden. That wouldn’t be us.

Which voice in your head is the craziest?

SR: The one that I listen to apparently.

Top 2 stupidest things you’ve ever done.

EL: One would be put hand sanitizer in my pee hole and two would be forgot to pull out.

SM: Getting two speeding tickets in one day after never having a speeding ticket in my life. Getting two d.u.i.s, , going to beauty school twice, getting two restraining orders on two separate douche bags. Everything in my life happens in twos… I know that’s not what you asked for, but I thought I’d let you in on a strange coincidence of my life and my poor life choices.

What is your philosophy? Motto?

EL: First is: “Melt faces disrespect the common folk.” Second is: “Friends and lovers come and go, but dem riffs are forever.”

SM: “May the bridges I’ve burned light the fucking way to my new path.”

SR: “Never run with two sharp knives pointed at your eyes.”

GC: “Hate everything, fuck the critics, pet kittens.”

Who are your influences?

SR: It was the first time I heard “Suicidal Tendencies” that really changed my life. I instantly knew who I wanted to be and that moment shaped the rest of my life. As far as musical influences I’ve drawn on throughout the years, it really varies as I started off on punk then started playing speed metal shortly after and was really into bands like Testament and Forbidden, but then was heavily influenced by grunge when I started singing. So bands like Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains. 

SM: Too many artists to name them all. I’d say Maynard James Keenan would definitely be at the top of my long list for his lyrics and style. But artists aside, I think that’s what makes us all so unique is that everyone we come in contact within this human experience molds us and shapes us and influences us in one way or another.

GC: I’ve been chasing musical ghosts since 1990 and I’m always a bit late to the party. One thing for sure, musically at least; I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple. Sabbath, Pantera, Christian Death… So many.

Have you named your bodily parts and what are they?

EL: His name is Willy Brown.

SR: I’m pretty sure my left pinky’s name is “Fred”, but I’m too embarrassed to ask now as I should already know. 

What was the last song you listened to before this interview?

EL: The song I posted above ’cause I still believe in miracles. I swear, I’ve seen a few.

SR: “Ruins” by Lord of the Lost.

What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?

SM: Well, I don’t voluntarily listen to anything unless I enjoy it. So that being said, I’m not embarrassed of anything I listen to.

EL: Embarrassed? Listen to the music you love and don’t give a fuck about what anyone thinks. Even if that includes weird shit like Smash Mouth and Air Supply. I’ll crank that shit, idgaf. Y’all need to open up your hearts and embrace the power ballads. Break the chains of expectations and just be yourself.

GC: Depends on who you ask. Some people are embarrassed to admit they like Slipknot, Disturbed, or Metallica. I’m not. 

Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever?  If not what is your price?

SM: You can’t buy me.

EL: Yes, and I would give it all away and keep doing music because of fuck money, I’m here to shred. Thanks for buying all of my friends around that was really nice of you.

SR: A life without music wouldn’t be worth it for any price. Obviously, we’re not here for the money. These days it’s tougher than ever to make much money with music.

GC: I’d do it in a heartbeat. I can buy a lot of excitement with a million dollars.

What master musicians would you like to study with?

EL: Hiroki Kikuta, Michael Weikath, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Oh yeah, and Jason Becker, but I just wanna hang out with him and play him some tunes.

SR: This guy:

Who the fuck do you think you are?

EL: Who me? I’m the goddamn Thrash Commander, that’s who.

SR: I am under the impression that I am a person perceiving an actual reality that I occupy… Of course looks can be deceiving.

What do you geek out to besides your music?  Please geek out on your geekiness.

EL: I’m a mountain man. Yeah, go ahead and call me a nerd or whatever, but I love working on trails and campsites and building my own little paradise that just barely escaped the latest fire. It’s just so damn fulfilling to see all that work right in front of your eyes; no delayed gratification, just a hard day’s work and then kicking back in the shade while you stare at the recent progress with pride. I try to volunteer with the LPFS and LPFA whenever I can. Come with us to rebuild Potrero John trail/campsite Dec 7th just north of Ojai. It’d be really cool if more of you could come help. I’m also fairly skilled at the racing game F-Zero X for the N64. I main the Fire Stingray. I’ve gotten a perfect 600 in every cup on master class except for joker cup. I should get back on that one of these days.

SM: How does the saying go? “Jack of all trades, but a master of none”? I enjoy many things, but think it’s unhealthy to obsess or geek out too much on just one thing. So I enjoy snowboarding, was on a sailing team for a second, surfed here and there, just got my motorcycle license. I enjoy reading, hiking, beach, kayaking.

SR: When I’m not playing music, I work in the field of Virtual Reality. I basically get to travel all over the world setting up crazy VR labs for Universities and various companies that utilize that technology for things like training and research.

If you had a time machine what would you do with it?

EL: I’d go back in time and ask Michael Jordan what it was like to be in the Space Jam. I’d also like to erase that six flags commercial theme song with the dancing old man from existence if possible.

SM: Make my dad wear a fucking condom the night I was conceived. I suppose even if we had real access to change the past, what’s meant to be would still make its way. Synchronization… Fate.

SR: If it had good acoustics, I suppose a time machine could be useful as a recording booth, or perhaps I could store extra laundry in there.

GC: Definitely go full Biff Tannen, make 3 million dollars, and test these assholes loyalty to the band once and for all.

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