Interview with Brandon from TRIBULANCE
Q: How did you all meet?
We all pretty much knew each other from the hood (neighborhood), and playing in other bands around town. Before that, Gino and I actually go all the way back to Jr High School. Gino (Brutally Wounded / Level XIII) and I (Sweet Revenge / Ghost Town) played in a few back yard bands together through the years, as did Mike (Mayhem / Malevolence) and Sal (Skullery / Brutally Wounded II) . To make a long story short, Mike knew Sal, Gino knew Mike, and I knew Gino, stars aligned and here we are… You can take the boys from the South Side, but you can’t take the South Side from the boys!
Q: How did you come up with the name of the band?
The name is pretty much a made-up derivative of the line “Trial and Tribulations.”
Q: Tell us a funny story from one of your tours or at a band practice.
One that sticks out for me: We had a show at one of our local venues here in Tucson, AZ. An old historic movie theatre / concert hall / performance stage called “The Rialto Theatre” (look it up, cool place and LOTS of history. Harry Hoodinie stood on that stage…) Anyways, we’re ready to go on, lights are out, and our intro starts playing. While our intro is playing (through my cell phone mind you), I start getting text messages that start ringing over the intro and through the P.A. Not one text, but a flurry of around four or five texts back to back from the same person… Needless to say, we don’t run our intro though my cell anymore!
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
I have many influences that cover many different genres, so for me it’s tough to pick the “biggest (GOD)…” but overall, three guys influential to my early drumming adventures are Tommy Lee / Robert Sweet (STRYPER), and Frankie Banali, they’re who really got my ball rollin when it came to drumming!
Q: Have you ever collaborated with any other artists/bands in the past?
If so, who? Time is pretty tough for us these days, so while we all have bands/people we’d like to collaborate with, the time we do make/have goes into TRIBULANCE and moving forward with them. We’ve got a lot we still wanna do and we’re not getting any younger, so time is really of the essence, we really have to pick and choose our adventures these days and stay focused. We’ve got a game plan and we’re sticking to it the best we can.
Q: What do you hope people take from your music and what messages are you trying to share with listeners?
We’re just trying to share good ol metal music, old school metal with a slightly modern twist. We’re all rooted in metal of some sorts, and while each of our own influences may differ from one another, it’s those influences collectively that make TRIBULANCE what it is today. We’re not out to change the world, we’re out to share music and rock people faces off in the process. We all grew up on arena rock and came from the big arena rock type shows back in the day, and that’s what we’re trying to bring to the clubs/shows we do. We want to give people a show, not only musically, but visually as well. I use the Circus analogy… Sure all the performers could go out there and do their jobs without all the glitz and glamour of the big top and all of the over the top outfits, etc… but how boring would that be? It’s the lights, and costumes, and everything as a whole under that big top that makes the circus bigger than life… That’s what we want to try and bring to each and every show, we just wanna give people a show!
Q: Where do you see yourself and your band in a year? Any big plans?
That’s a tough call… We’ve got plans, that’s for sure, it’s just making them a reality, so we’ll see what comes of them. Up till then, we’ll just do what we do, and that’s play straight forward old school metal music with a modern edge! No sugar coating stuff around this camp, you get what you see/hear… As far as “Big Plans?” Sure… we always have “Big Plans,” it’s just finding the means/outlet to let those plans shine!