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Metal phenoms Black Tide have returned with their sophomore release ‘Post Mortem.’ The album finds the band exploring more than just metal and offering up an album that will appeal to a more mainstream rock audience.
With lead singer and songwriter Gabriel Garcia clocking in at a mere 18 years old, he continues to be the driving force behind the band’s evolution along with the addition of classically trained Austin Diaz on guitar. Diaz has given the band an adrenaline fueled punch in their creative guts and has helped pull the band together again.
Committing themselves to keeping an open mind throughout the writing process for ‘Post Mortem,’ the results are a dynamic album showing off how far they’ve come as musicians in a few short years, polished off to a perfect sheen with some heavy duty production. ‘Post Mortem,’ which dropped last month, is available at iTunes.
Loudwire recently caught up with Gabe Garcia to talk about ‘Post Mortem,’ the band’s growth and their current run on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.
We have a great time playing live but at the end of the day I think our strongest asset is our music, but we do love to get out there and play live.
I think it was just the natural evolution of the band. We made our first record when I was 14 years old. My voice has changed from 14 to 18, and we really opened up our minds to all kinds of music. I’m real open minded now and I think that played a part on this record but at the same time we were trying gap the bridge between our first record and this new record.
He studied classical guitar in high school and I think that’s one thing that people might be able to get out of our new record, the classical influences. Besides that, he really brought the band together. When he joined the band, we were all sort of doing our own thing, we weren’t really close as a band and when he joined he really brought us all together again. We started jamming together and having a good time as a band again, so he brought us together in that sense.
We usually start out on our own and then bring ideas to each other. Every now and then there are songs that are exceptions that might come together at rehearsal or one of the guys plays me a riff and I’ll take the leading role from there. Our process is really all over the place.
Yeah, the album was already done. We were out on tour with Bullet for my Valentine and we were playing Matt some of the new songs and he really liked the song ‘Ashes’ and said he wished we had come to him to ask him to play a part on the record. We just happened to be a few days away from a New York date and near the studio that we recorded the album at. We talked to our manager and producer and made it work where Matt came in to the studio and sang the verses and it turned out awesome; he really killed it.
Yeah the song was on there with just me singing. It didn’t change too much overall, it’s just Matt singing some of the parts.
Definitely, for us, Post Mortem just means a good afterlife. It just means from here on out we’re just going to continue to grow and get better and keep doing what we love.
We speak Spanish; I speak Spanish fluently so it was more of a question of ‘Why haven’t we done this already”? We love Spanish music and its part of our heritage so we want to be a part of that world. The songs we recorded in Spanish haven’t been released yet but we’re really looking forward to that.
It was actually my cousin who taught me how to play guitar. He’s the one that introduced me to rock and metal music. He opened my eyes to all of that and I fell in love right away. When I was 14, my favorite band was Guns N’ Roses, ever since I started playing guitar that was my favorite band. From there it continued to grow especially with the Internet allowing me to find different music.
He’s just really proud of me. We hang out whenever I’m home, but he and the rest of my family are just really proud.
‘Into the Sky’ is one of my favorite songs, too. If you’ve ever lost anyone then it’s a song you can probably relate to. It’s about appreciating someone’s life, someone that played a big part in your own life, and wanting to see them again after they’re gone. I have a lot of faith personally, my family is Catholic, and I believe that anyone you’ve lost and really love that you’ll see them again and that’s essentially what the song is about.
Yes, we’re definitely stoked on it. I’m a perfectionist and tend to judge myself a lot. I already want to get back in the studio and record another album. The day you stop challenging yourself, something is wrong because you should always want to better yourself and always strive to make something better. I’m ready to get back in the studio and start writing some new stuff, but that’s just the way I am.
When we first heard that ‘That Fire’ was going to be the single we started coming up with a concept. We wanted it to be ‘Wedding Crashers’ type video but it kind of turned into something different. We got together with Paul Brown, the director, and he had the vision so we went with it. We like it, but like you said, it’s just a funny video; it’s not serious at all. We had a good time making it.
For the first album, I was really only listening to metal, when you close your mind like that it leaves you very limited. Now I listen to all sorts of stuff from the Beatles to Incubus to U2, I really opened up my mind and I think it plays a big role in my songwriting. I wanted to have the best songs we could have this time around.
Everybody should be out here at Uproar Festival, it’s so awesome, especially for us, we’ve been on tour with a lot of these bands before [Escape the Fate, Bullet for my Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold] so it’s like an awesome reunion for us. For the fans, these are the best bands out there right now, it’s a hell of a show and everybody should come out!
For me, just from watching these bands do what they do, I’ve learned so much. Watching Avenged Sevenfold get up there and kill it every night and they’re awesome to their fans. That’s the advice I take in, it’s never really been put into words but I try to take it all in and try to be the best person I can be and the best musician I can be.