At Dirt Fest last week, we had the pleasure of catching up with the four-piece band, Death of the Party, who are becoming a fast favorite of mine. Chatting with them and finding out they are cool, down to earth guys solidified that opinion. We discussed their new album, Rage Millennial, and how it came to be. Also, towards the end, the guys turned the tables on us and started asking the questions, which was unexpectedly fun.
SHOCKWAVE MAGAZINE: All right, we are doing an interview right now with Death of the Party. Would you introduce yourselves?
Band: I’m Adrian, I play drums. Braden, I play guitar. Carl, I play bass. And I’m Zach and I sing.
Cool, so you guys have a new album coming out next week, tell me a little bit about that.
Zach: The title is Rage Millennial. We finished recording it in January, and we’ve just been working on the best way to get it out there. But Rage Millennial is, ah, Carl what’s your take?
Carl: Rage Millennial is the millennial rage (laughing). It’s taken from a lyric in one of our songs called “PhDj.” It’s basically how we, in our age group view ourselves, and how the generations prior view us, and they usually think that we’re these lazy and entitled brats. So the whole album kind of revolves around that theme. It’s a running theme.
Adrian: We talk about mental disorder and stuff like that. This whole world is plagued by it now. We’re not equipped to handle it all.
With the new album coming out, do you guys have tour plans?
Carl: We’ve had many offers, but it’s having the money to get on the road. We’re working on it.
So you guys have probably played a lot of shows. What’s the favorite show you’ve ever played?
Zach: Uh, Dirt Fest.
We don’t work for Dirt Fest, you don’t have to say that (laughing).
Zach: I would say Dirt Fest. Dirt Fest is so cool because like, you go to a lot of the bigger touring festivals and they talk about community, and I feel it at Dirt Fest compared to a lot of other places. Everybody here feels that.
We’re all from Michigan, and people from Michigan are typically proud of where they’re from, so Dirt Fest is cool because of that pride? Is that a big part of it?
Zach: Yeah that’s a huge part of it.
Who are you guys looking forward to seeing today?
All: Born of Osiris, Killswitch obviously, Soil, Asking Alexandria.
If you guys could play any show, anywhere and time, what would it be?
Zach: Ozzfest in the 90’s
Carl: Ozzfest 1999
All: Or Woodstock ’99
Ozzfest in that slot right before Pantera, right?
Let’s talk about the new album again. You guys have some tracks probably that are your favorites. What drove the lyrics and how did they come about?
Carl: Pretty much like what I talked about. Like how we got the title and stuff.
Zach: Like it’s kind of describing how a lot of people feel right now, I hope. And I hope we accomplished that.
Carl: We sort of secluded ourselves for like, a couple of winters, where we were reinventing ourselves, got cabin fever. [We wrote] for like two years straight and worked on a shit ton of songs. I think it came out more natural that way because it’s exactly how we were feeling at the time. We worked on our music and monitored how things were going online. We saw how shitty everything kept becoming. We were like, something’s gotta be said about this shit.
All right, as a music fan, Alpena isn’t a rock city like Flint or Detroit. Has it come full circle with you guys, to have your album come out and gain momentum with tours? Is it finally fulfilling?
Carl: Yeah. Just in the last week and a half, things blew up. I woke up one morning and had like, fifty messages asking about the album and all. We started getting traffic to our social media and contacted for interviews. It’s been crazy. We’ve got a question for you guys, what bands would you compare us to? Because that’s the biggest thing we’re curious about.
Well, Breathe Carolina comes out in “Manic Suppressive,” and I can definitely hear My Chemical Romance throughout. Thank you for not being one of those bands who all have a similar sound!
Carl: We worked with Matt (Dalton). He produced our album.
Zach: He runs Dirt Fest!
Very cool guys. Thanks so much for chatting with us.
We had a blast talking with these guys. Later in the day they exhibited fantastic stage presence and kept the crowd entertained with songs from the new album. I was certainly not disappointed. I have a very good feeling that this is only the beginning for Death of the Party. Go grab their album, Rage Millennial, out on all major music outlets now.