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Suicide Silence’s Chris Garza On Self-Titled Album Reception: “We Didn’t Get Paid In Petty Bullshit Like Record Sales And Money. We Got Paid In So Much More…”


Over a year removed from the release of Suicide Silence‘s divisive and unsurprisingly controversial self-titled release, the band appear to still have no regrets. That record found the band freely experimenting with new avenuesand they encountered much backlash as a result—as well as a 69% first week sales drop when compared to the album’s predecessor, 2014’s “You Can’t Stop Me“.

In a new interview with Heavy New York, band guitarist Chris Garza spoke of what the band set out to do with the album and how incorporating clean vocals was part of the plan for some time:

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“Absolutely. I mean, every record we kind of like, we want to not evolve, but take risks and chances. After ‘The Black Crown‘, we were going to take some fucking…basically, what we did on the record, after ‘The Black Crown‘, but after what happened with Mitch [Lucker], that put things to a halt. Things were already going to happen, but with ‘You Can’t Stop Me‘, there’s no room to do anything.

We barely were able to just be a band again, so to go on with Eddie [Hermida] and without Mitch and go in general and experiment, it was impossible. Let’s see if we can be a band first. Once we accomplished that, it was like, ‘Okay. Now let’s see what we can really do.’ Basically, it was like, ‘What if we die? What would be our last record? What would we do? What do we want to try?’ It’s about learning.

Bands are afraid to fucking fail because that’s how you learn. But, I’m very thankful and blessed to be in a real band. We’re all in this and we love music and we love our fans and we want to give them something fresh. We know they’re in it for the long haul, as we are. It takes, as throughout my career and demos and all that stuff, I learned that in order to get a certain sound for a record, sometimes it takes a couple of records to get to the record that you’re trying to do.

I had that in mind. I don’t care, I didn’t care about record sales or all that bullshit that everyone is like obsessing about. It’s, like, ‘What’s this going to do for us in five years from now? Ten years from now? Thirty years from now?’ What’s our eighth record going to sound like if we try this on our fifth?'”

Regarding how the chances they took on their self-titled album paid off in the long run:

“It’s funny, we got paid in everything but financial currency. We got paid in so much more. We didn’t get paid in petty bullshit like record sales and money. We got paid in so much more… things that I can’t say here yet, but things have happened that are huge for our band that haven’t happened was because of that record: ‘Oh, we heard this. Do you want to be in this movie?’ It’s crazy shit like that. It wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t do that. We got paid in everything but money, so now it’s like we’re super-stoked. I’m so fucking thankful, dude.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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