Sexocide on June 18, 2010 outside of The Whiskey
Sexocide on June 18, 2010 outside of The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA
Posted Aug 6, 2010, by Mary Dean.
Featured Artists: Sexocide; Genre: Metal;
OKAY HERE I AM WITH SEXOCIDE. WHAT IS EVERYONE’S NAME AND WHAT DO THEY DO IN THE BAND?
Lauren: Lauren, Bass.
David: My name is David. I sing & play rhythm guitar.
Chris: I’m Christopher and I play guitar.
Jordan: I am Jordan and I play drums and cymbals.
WHERE DID YOU GUYS GET YOUR NAME?
David: Chris came up with it.
Chris: Thank you.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT?
Chris: Death by sex. I mean what if you could choose how you die?
Lauren: I would choose Sexocide!
SO HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?
Lauren: I knew Jordan and Chris in high school. I knew of David.
David: She didn’t even know my name.
Jordan: David showed up on my doorstep one day.
David: Jordan called me up. I kind of knew who he was. I had been back in town for a couple months. He wanted to know if I wanted to play with these guys. I was like yeah lets try it out. It worked the first day. We were just good.
HOW LONG AGO WAS THAT?
David: Three and a half years ago.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Chris: Hard rock. Progressive Metal.
Lauren: Scrap metal.
David: Hard Rock. Alternative.
Everyone: Yea. Alternative.
WHO ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?
Lauren: White Zombie.
David: Cool. Well I have all different kinds of influences. I listen to everything. In my collection you’ll find Willie Nelson .
Lauren: He just cut his hair!
David: I heard about that. Anyways, I listen to everything. I listen to The Cranberries. I love music with a female aspect. I love life with a female aspect.
Jordan: I like anything and everything. I like anything from hard rock to country & jazz. My favorites would have to be Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, and Alice In Chains.
Lauren: YEA! We all love Alice In Chains.
Chris: I am only listening to the heaviest stuff I can possibly listen to. I am going into a direction that’s totally one sided. From Dying Fetus to Nevermore to Dethklok to The Agonist to Sepultura.
David & Lauren: White Chapel.
Chris: Just anything that’s heavy really.
HOW DOES THE WRITING GO? DO YOU ALL WRITE TOGETHER? IS THERE ONE PERSON WHO DOES THE MUSIC AND ANOTHER WHO DOES THE LYRICS?
Chris: Usually we’ll write a song and then all come together. Like David will write a song. And Jordan will write a song.
SO YOU GUYS MIX YOUR IDEAS TOGETHER?
David: Basically. We’ll all come together with ideas. I don’t think there is one song where just one person wrote it all. Every one’s input is in each song.
Jordan: We never make a song by ourselves.
Chris: We always do it as a group.
David: We bring our main idea to the table & we jam it out a few times. We always talk it out like we are building a house or something. We’ll play it 9 different ways & find out which one we like the best. We go with what we are trying to say emotionally & then we’ll match lyrics to it.
Chris: Or we scrap the song
Lauren: We’ve done that a lot.
David: Typically if I hear something that I think another band already sounds like it rings an alarm in my head. I don’t want to recreate. There is so much room for free expression in music. Yea you can play the hooky riffs & the catchy stuff. There is a place for that. If I start hearing something that is sounded bells from another band or something that’s been super played out, it’s killing the mood for me. I really want to hear originality. We try for it. That’s what music is all about. That’s why you listen to four or five of our says and very few will sound like the last one.
Lauren: It’s hard to find our spot because we don’t’ sound the same all the time. We know our sound.
But nobody would be like oh that sounds like Sexocide. We try to always be different.
Daivd: You don’t wake up everyday in the same mood.
YOU GUYS ARE PLAYING HERE IN HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT. HOW IS THIS CROWD DIFFERENT FROM YOUR HOME TOWN CROWD?
Chris: We usually get a lot more people. A lot more support. But we really don’t know anyone here.
David: I would say the age group. Where we are from it’s way younger. Here it’s a lot of 21 and over. Where we play, in the high desert, it’s usually 18 and over.
Jordan: More like 15 and over.
David: Yeah. Here there is a more mature audience.
Chris: It’s cool to play for people who aren’t our friends.
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY WITH YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE A MESSAGE THAT YOU’RE TRYIN TO GIVE OUT?
David: A lot of our lyrics are about social injustice and about our main existence. Like when you have a 40 hour a week job and wake you up & you fulfill this routine. It becomes a habit. Even Neuro-Scientists have said when you perform habits it’s actually hardwiring in your brain. You form habits physically & mentally. That’s a wasted life. Unless you are forming really good habits.
David: I don’t know what that had to do with your question.
Lauren: It’s what our music is about. It had everything to do with it.
David: Life is in incredible! We are on this planet floating through eternity. Every day is a blessing. People that don’t acknowledge that once a day are missing life. They are missing something incredible here. It’s never going to happen again. This is the one life we get. Blah Blah Blah. Everyone’s already heard this. This is an awesome life.
Jordan: Live it.
David: I love it.
FOR ALL THE SHOWS THAT YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR DO YOU HAVE ONE THAT STICKS OUT FOR YOU?
David: I don’t have one personally.
Chris: I have one. It was our fourth show at Angel’s Roadhouse. We had to sell 70 tickets.
Lauren: With Mantis.
Chris: Yeah Mantis was there. There were so many people. That place was totally packed. Every body was cheering us on. People were just screaming “Sexocide.” I wish every show was like that. What about you guys?
Lauren: I judge it on how I play.
David: Crowd response.
Lauren: If someone says “you guys did a great job” then I feel we played a great show.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR FANS TO YOU GUYS?
Chris: I appreciate anyone that likes us. I consider them a fan & a friend. We don’t have that many yet. But we are working on it.
Jordan: I love when any body gives us any sorts of props.
David: In our town everyone is broke. It is rare that they can even afford to leave the town to go anywhere. The only venue we have it literally 20 miles away. You have to get in your car, pay for gas, pay for entry fee and everyone we know is broke. So they don’t come to a lot of the shows.
Jordan: We’ve had some pretty sweet shows, though.
David: We are confident in what we do. Every time we get compliments that’s always cool.
WHERE DO YOU GUYS HOPE TO GO WITH YOUR MUSIC? DO YOU HAVE AN ULTIMATE GOAL.
Jordan: The world!
David: Jordan wants world domination. That’s what he wants.
Chris: I just want to be able to play shows. My main thing is to be able to play music for a living. I am tired of stupid jobs. This is what I’d like to do.
David: I’d like a couple mini tours. I like for us to write songs that get it right one hundred percent of the time. That would be a good thing to accomplish. Having fans & touring is cool too. But I mostly want to express what I hear in my head and what I feel. That would be the goal of me. Playing live is a definite bonus.
Lauren: I want to do all of that & then some. I want to be with you guys forever. I want to be in Sexocide for the rest of my life. I want to play music for a living with these guys and only these guys.
TO LAUREN: WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING THE ONLY FEMALE?
Lauren: It’s not an issue at all. I don’t know why people think it’s rare.
Chris: She doesn’t get a lot of problems really.
David: Except for tonight when someone said to us “we love your bass player.” They think we own her. Why don’t they say “the bass player?”
Lauren: It makes me laugh.
David: She is not owned by anybody.
Lauren: I enjoy it.
David: We’ll watch twenty bands and not see another female person on stage.
Lauren: It makes me feel unique. I feel like one of the guys.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ON STAGE FOR YOU ALL? THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE UP THERE, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
Lauren: I was nervous the first time.
David: Oh yea.
Lauren: I hate being in the public eye. It was nerve wracking back then. But now I just get excited. I am ready to tear it up. It’s always fun and I like it.
Jordan: Defiantly a big difference from then and now.
Lauren: It’s easy now.
Chris: I feel confidence. When you first get up there everyone is looking at you like “who are these guys?” Right away they are like “these guys might be cool. They have long hair.”
Jordan: Sound check is more nerve wracking for me.
Chris: When we get going I feel like there is nothing that can stop us.
Lauren: Like we’re untouchable.
David: One hundred percent confidence.
Jordan: When we first start off in a song it’s like yeah this is pretty cool but then when we get going we feel awesome.
Lauren: We feel like we are going to destroy…in a good way.
FOR THE READERS THAT HAVEN’T HEARD YOU BEFORE, WHY SHOULD THEY CHECK YOU OUT?
Jordan: Come to a show. This is where it’s at.
Laruen: We are definitely a live band.
Chris: We bring variety to music most of the time. People that like texture & variety in music should check us out.
David: For sure. For sure.
Lauren: We are not the norms.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE CHECK OUT YOUR MUSIC?
David & Lauren: Myspace.com/Sexocide
Chris: We have a website: sexocide.com. It leads to our MySpace.
Lauren: Under construction.
David: There is contact information on the website. I will personally mail you merchandise for free. I know now it’s all about digital download, but we have t-shirts.
Jordan: Hand made t-shirts. Way better.
YOU HAVE A FEW DEMOS OUT. HAVE ANY BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Chris: I really hope that we can get a full album out as soon as possible because I am tired of doing 4 song demos.
David: We are scheduled to record live. We have 27 songs that we have written. We have to have 2 or 3 day sessions of 4 or 5 hours each of playing nothing but live material. We want to try and capture that feeling. We have a video we shot. Should be on You Tube soon. The editors are editing. Should be up soon.
Lauren: I’m looking forward to it.
Chris: Good video. Good guy. He had a really good camera. Great angles.
David: Guess if we are supposed to market ourselves that’s a marketable item. As an artist you try to write songs to express what you are feeling. At the same time you want to market yourself. You want people to come to your shows. You want people to support you. It today’s world you have to be real competitive. Bands these days are dime a dozen. It wasn’t like back in the day if maybe you were good you got a record deal. Nowadays every one has had their fifteen minutes of fame with the internet and this and that.
Lauren: Nobody is recognized for their true potential. There are so many one hit wonders.
David: There are so many amazing musicians now.
Jordan: There are so many other bands now that are amazing. They should all be checked out too. But check us out!