Enemy Remains was in the house at The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT. They were ready to take the stage in support of Nonpoint with other local acts on February 8, 2017. We had a chance to catch up to Steve Zimmerman (drums) and Tommy “Beast” Blardo (guitars) before the show to get the scoop on what’s next for Enemy Remains and how their newest release No Faith in Humanity came about.
Shockwave Magazine: What’s going on guys? I’m here on behalf of Shockwave Magazine out of Baltimore and we’re very excited to see you play tonight. May I take a moment to have us all introduce ourselves and provide a brief history of what got you fellas into the music industry?
Steve Zimmerman: I’m Steve Zimmerman, I’ve been in many bands, one you may know of [Fate’s Warning]. When that ended for me, my brother was in a band with this guy here [Tom], a longtime friend of mine, and my brother had some commitments that he couldn’t do it anymore. He was open and I was open, and I said to him, “Let’s do something.”
Steve: And now we’ve been together for like 30 years.
Tommy Blardo and Steve: Ha, ha, ha.
That’s amazing; a long time. With the new album, did you guys record it as a band or in separate pieces? How was it put together?
Tommy: That’s a good question. It was put together by all of us pretty much, the pre-recording, but as a band, we did it in sections in the studio. Drums first, then guitars, then we brought in Frank for the end for the vocals and did a whole big mix on it.
With the addition of Frank Morin on vocals, what are the differences you’ve seen in past vocalists compared to what Frank can bring to the table?
Tommy: More variety. We were limited with a lot of our old singers, not to knock them down, but with Frank we have a full package. The melodic side, the growl side, he pretty much can do whatever he wants. It kinda opened up our music way more than what we were able to do before.
Cool. You mentioned the melodic side. It seems to me this record is more melodic and has a lot more depth in comparison to the first. I guess that wasn’t a question, more of an observation on my part. What are you guys looking forward to playing most tonight from the new album?
Tommy: We are actually going to do the whole album, with the exception of one of them. We’re not doing any of the old stuff. Probably my favorite and his favorite is “Empty Inside,” the last track.
Yes, that’s a killer tune. Having a few guests on the record, looking to the future, who would you most look forward to working with for the next project, artist or producers, who would you choose?
Tommy: Wow, good one dude. I guess any. We went out on Warped Tour last year and we’ve seen a lot of these new bands with their production and sounds, and it seems like these labels really got their shit together with the engineers that are putting these albums together. But, I would say anybody that’s more current, now, compared to the many people we’ve worked with back in the day. I can’t think of a specific name, but someone more current I guess.
Of the other local openers, who are you guys most excited to see?
Any plans of a tour?
Tommy: We are working on that right now. We’re trying to line things up and shortly, we’ll know.
If you could hit the road with any band, past, present, living, dead, who would you choose, like your dream lineup, with Enemy Remains on the bill as well?
Tommy to Steve: You got that one.
Steve: I don’t know. Basically, at this point, I haven’t been on tour in a while, but I’d go out with anybody right now, just want to get out there and reach the fans, and turn our music onto all the fans.
Tommy: Yeah, I mean a specific band, it’s tough. Any of those bands back in the day, when we grew up, when the venue was always packed. Nowadays, it’s tough to get a crowd into these venues.
That’s for sure. Okay, final question. Tommy, your favorite guitarist and why?
Tommy: I gotta say Eddie Van Halen; just his flair. I grew up on that.
And Steve, favorite drummer and why?
Steve: I don’t really have one favorite drummer. I’ve got a wide variety. I like Ian Pace from Deep Purple, all the drummers from Jethro Tull, John Bonham, Neil Peart, and the list goes on. There’s probably about ten that I like a lot. I can’t pick one; all ten.
Awesome. That’s all I got; first time interview for me.
Tommy: Wow, Great job dude!
Steve: If you didn’t say anything, I wouldn’t have known.
My nerves are shot. Thank you guys!