Interview with Sylent Storm

The Band:
Jym Harris (Jymbo) – Lead Vocals
Michael Ian Brisbane (Mibsy) – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Chance Lindquist (The Kidd) – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Mike Pugh (Mikey) – Bass/Vocals
Rich Psonak (Filthy Rich) – Drums

Q: How did you all meet?

Mikey: Mibsy and I have know each other and been playing together off and on for about 10 years. Met Jymbo through our last project, BloodMoon Warning.

Mibsy: Yeah, we were in that band just before we got together to reform Sylent Storm. Jymbo and I met many years ago at a local talent show, where he was a judge and my mother was competing! Chance, being the newest member, I met through this band. I also met Rich through Sylent Storm, however, Jymbo and Mike knew him previously from other projects.

Rich: I met Jymbo around 10 years ago doing shows with Aptera back in the day. That was back when there was only 2 places to consistently play shows in the area. Jymbo did a ton for the local music scene around here. When he hit me up about playing drums for him I jumped at the opportunity to return the favor. Mike Pugh I had been brushing shoulders with and had been wanting to play with for years so when I had heard he was in the band I was pretty stoked about it. I had seen Michael around at the local jams but had never met him until joining Sylent Storm. Safe to say we all met The Kidd at the same time but he’s no less family.

Jymbo: I’ve known Rich the longest, but it was fairly recent when he got his nickname. This old school R&B promoter heard him play and said “you know how you guys say’ bad’ meaning ‘good’ or ‘that’s sick’ right? Back in my day, we’d hear drum grooves like that cat there, and say ‘Man, that’s nasty, I mean that dude’s FILTHY on them drums!'” Haha, Rich is a madman. Chance came to us through a mutual friend; a singer/radio DJ named Josh York. I kind of stole him from Josh’s project but he’s cool with it, as Josh is a big fan of Sylent Storm.

Q: How did you come up with the name of the band?

Jymbo: When original guitarist James Lind and I were throwing names around, this is the one that stuck, plus the word “storm” sounds bad ass! The “S” alliteration is cool. Delicate and powerful words paired together can make for an interesting contradiction, I think. Misspelling band names is super common but swapping an I for a Y is pretty metal.

Q: Tell us a funny story from one of your tours or at a band practice.

Jymbo: We used to do a “cursed” cover song by Black Sabbath. The first time we played it live I threw by back out at the end of the song, like really really bad. We drove to the next town, and during the same song Mikey stepped wrong and broke his damn knee on stage (it’s still in a brace months later) – Next show, we announced that something bad seems to happen when we play this song, and announced it. This dude sitting at the bar fell THROUGH his bar stool because it SPLIT IN HALF. 3 nights, 3 different cities, same song. We have never played a note of it since then.

Q: Who are your biggest influences?

Jymbo: Too many to name. A million underground 80s metal bands and all the big ones you would likely guess.

Rich: My biggest influences these days are probably Travis Orbin ( Periphery, session player), Alex Rudinger, Hannes grossman (Necrophagist/Obscura/Alkaloid) and Matt Gartska (Animals as Leaders)

Mibsy: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson and David Gilmour. The list goes on but those are my main influences. As far as songwriting style I pull from a lot of different influences including Judas Priest, Dokken, Megadeth, Ratt, Metallica, along with some more modern elements.

Mikey: Biggest influences for me as a bassist, Billy Sheehan, Jaco Pastorious, and since I’ve hit the metal scene, Steve Harris and John Myung. Musically Steve Vai, Vivaldi, and Rush have been huge influences in my life.

The Kidd: I mean, I could always go with the classics; Ozzy, Scorpions, Judas Priest, and lately, Dream Troll! Seriously, they have heavily influenced my writing style already those guys are insanely cool.
Q: What is one of your earliest childhood memories with music?

Mibsy: I was at a concert where my mother was performing (she’s been a professional singer all my life) when I was about 2 1/2, three years old. After I came in from listening to my mom sing, I was running around playing tag, and that’s when I busted my head open by running into a wall! That’s about my earliest memory.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a band or individual?

Rich: Biggest challenge as a musician was not succumbing to muscle memory and playing the same old stuff over and over. I did this by circumventing muscle memory altogether and programming drums that I would never normally play and learning them. It’s a long and tedious but the payoff is worth it.

Mibsy: The band hasn’t been too challenging because this lineup hasn’t been together for that long. Everything is going pretty smoothly! However, my biggest fear in the past has been that our writing style would be completely different from the previous lineup of this band. The last thing I wanted to do coming into this project was write music that was so different to the material that was already recorded, that people would not be interested in it.

Q: Have you ever collaborated with any other artists/bands in the past? If so, who?

Rich: I took a bit of a break from playing in bands to work on music production and start a studio but the first band I joined at 15 was a thrash metal band called Slower Than Death (STD – lol), then formed Aptera with some friends and more recently collaborated with a Portuguese guitar player named Fred Brum and did drums for a song on his album Transcendence. I shared tracks on that album with Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus/Chimaira/countless other bands), Per Nilson (Scar Symmetry), and some other musicians much more talented to me. It was a pretty amazing experience. I also did a project with a bass player named Brent Glover on a drum/bass band that used synth tracks. I’m hoping to do his album for him at some point in the near future.

Mibsy: As far as writing/performing collaboration it’s been more with local bands and acts from around our area. I don’t know if this counts as collaboration, but I did get a chance to audition for Lita Ford several years ago. That was a blast and I learned a lot from it.

Jymbo: We’ve all played in bands before, but this is Chance’s first REAL band. We broke him in a while back at his first ever live show! It was incredible, and he’s doing a fantastic job fitting in with the rest of us. The Kidd’s got a really positive vibe and eager to grow. Some of the riffs he comes up with are just incredible, and you’ll certainly be hearing them in some Sylent Storm songs before long.

Q: What do you hope people take from your music and what messages are you trying to share with listeners?

Mibsy: Honestly, I think it has more to do with being yourself and that it is OK to accept yourself and be who you want to be or who you think you are. One of the great things about the era of music that we are emulating was during the 80s self-expression was one of the biggest things that was allowed without any recourse of social judgment. People could be who they wanted to be and if you didn’t like it that was fine we just moved on. There’s also undertones and messages of underlying hope when you’re in dark times. With songs like Beware the BloodMoon, and especially Shadow in the Dark, those songs are supposed to have the idea behind them that you’re not alone and there’s help available if you’re in a dark place.

Jymbo: Our band, the album, and really, the entire Traditional Metal movement have all experienced a rebirth, so we are going with a phoenix theme with the upcoming release. The title track is “The Fire Never Dies” and if there’s a message, it’s that we can be reborn from ashes. There are a few songs on the record that have similar themes. Overall, we just try to make entertaining Heavy Metal songs. My hope is to give listeners another band to enjoy.

Q: Where do you see yourself and your band in a year? Any big plans?

Mibsy: Personally, I see us finalizing our second major album, and hopefully booking bigger festivals and seeing ourselves on a couple of major US tours, whether they be west coast, south west, or east coast. I think that we have something special going on here with this band. The reactions we have been getting have been very positive, not only from our local area, but from around the world as well, in the various places that have our material. As far as plans, my plan is to keep this thing moving forward so that we can reach out to as many people as possible.ible.

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