Shockwave Magazine caught up with Vesta Collide in a post-show interview and discovered the friendships behind the band. These are the hard rockers that know what they like to do and are transparent in who they are; now, that’s refreshing.
Shockwave Magazine: Will you introduce yourselves?
Alex Honeycutt : I’m Alex and I do bass in Vesta Collide.
Mark Pfromm: I’m Mark and I do vocals.
You guys just performed, is this your first time in Utah?
Mark: Yes, it is.
Alex: We were supposed to play here a couple of weeks ago, but the show was canceled due to the weather.
Mark: Yeah, there was like a blizzard.
There’s always blizzards in Utah.
Alex: This is our first time though, and we had a really good time.
Let’s talk about your music. What is the message you want your fans to take from it?
Mark: I would say that I just want people to take our music, lyrically and our image aesthetically, and be the person that they want to be, without caring what anyone else thinks, with trying to avoid and social fears that they feel. Basically, I want people to feel like themselves. I want to write and have music that people can relate to in a dark way.
I like that, “In a dark way.” What about you, Alex?
Alex: I write a lot of the instrumentals for the band, so we let Mark kind of carry the torch with that one.
Do you ever sit down and talk about what the song is about, or are you just like, “This is what happens.”
Alex: Sometimes I write stuff and their like, “What the fuck are you talking about?” But, a lot of the times, pretty much for the whole record, we love everything he did. So, we just let Mark take control of that, because that’s his thing. It’s not that we don’t want to do that, but we all have our own goals.
I get it, you each have a niche.
For both of you, whether you write it or not, what song speaks to you the most, the most personal song?
Alex: There’s a song on the record called “Away From Here.” That song is about losing people you love due to drugs or whatever. That song is a really tough one for me, because I have family and friends that have lost and are going through that. That one would have to be, for me, “Away From Here.”
Mark: Yeah, I’m going to have to go with “Away From Here” and “Hallucination” for basically the same reasons. They’re both about losing a friend or someone that you care about and not being able to reach them. “Hallucination” is about not being able to forget them or the sight of them, not being able to move on. Everyone goes through that in their life, whether they lose a friend or a family member. It’s about seeing them wherever you go.
That track really stood out in your album. It was very powerful, which is surprising because you pulled it back a little bit, slowed it down, and took some pace with it. What was the decision on that, why would you step back from the aggression?
Alex: I think we had so many songs that were upfront and high energy, we just wanted to do something different.
Mark: We wanted to put something on the album for everyone. We wanted to give people something to feel.
Alex: People aren’t always into the screaming thing.
How far into this tour are you?
Mark: This is it.
This is it? You’re going home?
Alex: We’re from Detroit, so we have to go, I think it’s 27 hours, but we go slower so it’s going to take a while. But, once we go home it’ll be 40 days of us being on the road. Although, this tour has been going on for 12 days, we were on a tour before this one. We played for a couple weeks in Vegas, had some bus issues.
You guys are together for 40 days straight.
Mark and Alex: Yep.
What roles do you all take in that group dynamic? Who is the comedian and who is the one always picking on the others?
Alex: We all have a pretty good sense of humor and we all give Max a bunch of crap, because he is the youngest and newest guy. He hates it, but he knows we’re just kidding.
Mark: I think we all have a side of comedian in us. There is always times when we are joking or when we’re fighting, being together for that long, you get in the fights with everyone, but you also patch things up right away. My problem is I always take off whenever we get to new cities because I like to explore and everyone is like, “Where are you at?” But, we all try to be funny guys.
Alex: It gets hard, we all fight and have our disagreements, but there’s no point in sitting on the bus with somebody and you gotta hang out with that person for the next couple of weeks and be in the band with them.
What do you do to pass the time aside from writing music?
Alex: Our drummer and a couple of the other guys play video games on the bus.
Mark: We play a lot of Rock Band.
Alex: Yeah, Rock Band. I listen to music and sleep, honestly.
Mark: We eat a lot of food.
Just masses amounts of food.
Mark: Strictly carbs. We pretty much just lay in our coffins all day.
Alex: They are like coffins. They are very small.
Have you ever wanted to write a song about somebody in the band?
Mark: I did that, but no one knows. Wait- no, no, no, no, no- I did do that, but it wasn’t about anyone specific. Well, I guess it was, but not you [to Alex]. It was just-
Mark: We had a drummer that was in the band, he is still one of my best friends. I told him, “I wrote this song about you when I was angry,” cause he left the band and he is one of my best friends. I’m like, “You helped me write this song.” It’s not specifically about him.
It’s about your emotions.
Mark: He helped me to write the song. Sometimes someone makes you angry or makes you sad and its the inspiration you need to write. It doesn’t mean it is about them, it just gives you the feel that you need to write the song. I find that when I’m super happy I can’t write music. Something sad, or someone makes me angry, that seems to be a lot my inspiration.
Anger is powerful. Does he like the song?
Mark: Yeah, I think so.
Alex: He helped record the entire record.
Mark: When we were recording I told him, “This part is kind of about you. It’s not about you, but you inspired me to write this part.
Alex: He’s our roommate still, and our guitar player Jake, it’s his twin brother and they [speaking about Mark] are cousins.
Oh, wow. So, it’s a family affair-ish.
Mark and Alex: Kind of.
Family by blood and music too. What’s next after this tour, you played your new songs.
Mark: We played a couple of new songs off the album. I think we are going to take a month off and write some new songs and try to be on the road for the rest of 2017.
Alex: That’s the plan.
What kind of direction are you thinking of going next with your music?
Alex: I think we want to get a little more weird with everything. We want to keep it the same style, but do stuff that we haven’t really done yet. We want to keep it the same so we aren’t to far off from our fans.
Mark: We want to give the kids that listen to our band what they listen to our band for, but also put a new spin on it. Like Alex said, try to get a little more weird without weirding our fans out.
Knowing the stories behind their poetic lyrics has brought strength to the already impressive album. Check it out for yourself, and find the track that speaks to you.