Q2 – How “The Dead Corps” was born? What can you tell us the story behind this project?
A2 – There’s a lot of history behind it. The Dead Corps was born out of being frustrated with the limitations of the local talent pool in the Greater Toronto Area. For years I would put up classified ads with a mission to find like-minded, talented musicians to start a band with. Initially, I was trying to start a metalcore or deathcore band around 2008 to 2012 but the people that I, unfortunately, came across were mostly unreliable, sketchy, or just plain hacks. For example, there was this one guy that would show up to rehearsal and not know the words to the songs and just scream swear words (Laughs). I could probably do an entertaining series of Podcasts about all the strange, eccentric, or crazy people I encountered in search of bandmates.
It’s sad to say but nothing really took shape or form during this time and I actually gave up on music in 2012. A few years later, my girlfriend (now wife) saw the dusty, seldom-played guitars hanging on the wall at my house and asked why I don’t play anymore. She accidentally encouraged me to start playing again without being a fan of heavy music at all. It took some time for me to build my chops back up but I emerged as a better player and then tried to start another band around 2017.
From 2017 to 2019 I was in a struggling death metal band in which we did shows and released a couple of short EP albums. Again, I found it very difficult to find reliable or talented musicians locally and I lowered my standards just to form a band and get things moving. The singer we had was consistently criticized for poor, inaudible vocals that sounded like vowel-growls and he never course-corrected based on feedback. We also had a long search for a bass player and never found a second guitarist. The whole thing came to an end in Winter 2019. I felt I had wasted so much time with those guys rehearsing for empty shows and recording music that pulled down my caliber of musicianship. Since I had been the principle composer for the band’s music, I thought why not just do a studio record…? Why be limited by the local talent pool and the traditional band approach…? Why not just find the best session players and put together a masterpiece…? If no one is coming out to local shows why not just do a studio/online band…? So, with those unorthodox ideas The Dead Corps was born.
I called the band “The Dead Corps” because I was feeling dead inside towards starting a band at that point. I was tired of pouring my passion and intensity into the local music scene and getting jerked around, held back, or being unheard. I ended up getting on Fiverr and found some very talented artists to collaborate with including Serouj Guidanian on vocals and Adam Ward on lead guitar. Those guys absolutely killed it on the album! In addition to the Fiverr crew, Eddie Lucciola from 414 Studios had produced the death metal EP albums I had worked on before and was down to work with me on my new material. It all came together nicely.
The Dead Corps is a bit of a play on words. The pronunciation is open to interpretation. You could say “The Deadcores” or “The Deadcore” or “The Dead Corpse” (Laughs) Take your pick! It could mean dead inside like I was saying earlier. There’s a lot of songs with war themes so I thought it would be cool to use the word “Corps” like the Marine Corps or a group of soldiers. Symbolically it could also mean that all the band, or the corps, are dead or do not exist since the project is basically a shell for my songwriting.