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Vault 51 interview 

Vault 51
Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2017-08-08
Vault 51 is an alternative rock quintet from Atlanta, GA. Despite facing many obstacles that would force most to disband and move on, the group instead chose to persevere and press on with what they set out to accomplish. After years of developing their unique sound, Vault 51 is thrilled to release their debut EP 'Kid'.
Melodic.net had a chat with their bassist Alex Garmon about the EP, politics and their hometown.
 
1.Hello and thanks for a really great EP, I think the music kicks ass, it´s very well produced so I´m wondering if it´s going to be a challenge to perform these songs live?
 
  — “Thank you man, putting out this record has been a damn roller coaster of an effort, but we're super stoked it's finally out there and making progress. We are a band that takes pride in trying to emulate the core of what we record and empower it with our live sound. These songs actually, from what I've been told, hit much harder in a live setting. Honestly, we're lucky to have the team we have. Lee Rouse (co-engineer/mixer for our EP) is vital to helping us layout everything. In terms of a challenge though — we are all from different music backgrounds so the chemistry works in a very cool way.”
 
 
2.Alice Cooper said that rock bands today are a part of the establishment, instead of against it, do you think that politics and music belong together?
 
  — “Music and politics will always be opposing forces in terms of media/published content solely because politics in general contain so much controversy, not only this specific moment in time but for decades now. Musicians for generations have always been centerpieces for free expression. It seems as though all that politicians care about is what provokes people to think that electing them, or supporting them, is in the publics best interest. In reality, that same politician is only trying to help themselves.
  We have a song called "Mourning View" on the EP. It really pays homage to everyone who was effected by 9-11. We support our troops, we even support some authorities, but it's honestly the media and most politicians that complicates us wanting to support and empower them.”
 
 
3.Was it hard to feel motivated to record an EP when there is so hard to sell records in this age of streaming services? 
 
  — “Not necessarily. Everyone in the band enjoys writing songs and playing music, so it was less about selling records and more about making great songs. Once a solid skeleton of a song was created, the fuel was on the fire for us!”
 
 
4.I think of your sound as a crossover of active rock and alternative pop, like for example the EP track Mourning View that sounds like today´s Linkin Park meets One Ok Rock. Are you comfortable with being labeled as a pop/metal band?
 
  — “I honestly don't care what anyone wants to label the band. I've always just thought we were some form of new rock or something. Being a crossover is definitely something we want to accomplish because we never wanted to fit into just one category.
  Landon does have a lighter diversity and dynamic to his singing which I feel is the key to our separation from other groups.”
 
 
5.Songs like We Don´t Care, Sincerely, Me and Wildfire are more metal of course. My thoughts go to Bring Me The Horizon when I listen to these songs, are you fans of BMTH?
 
  — “Everyone in the band likes them and our singer Tom is actually from Leeds, which is fairly close to where they're from. Personally, I just recently got into them. I was never as stoked as my friends were on Sempiternal because it just didn't feel like a ground breaking album to me at the time, but I recently gave it a listen and now and have definitely changed my mind! So yes, I believe all of us could be considered 'fans’.”
 
 
6.Can you make a living out of playing with Vault 51 or do you still have your daytime jobs?
 
  — “Some of us are making a living completely through Vault 51 and some of us, including myself, have part-time jobs. I feel like for the time being, it's just a part of being a ‘Do-it-yourself’ band. Once we get on a steady touring schedule, I feel like this might change though.”
 
 
7.I read you were previously signed to Roadrunner Records but the new EP is self-released, what happened? 
 
  —“Basically, there was a lot, and I mean A LOT of miscommunication overall. When you’re dealing with management, producers, and A&R's at the same time, everyone has to be on the same page 24-7, and this was something that was hard to accomplish for everyone. The label always had their ideas and we had ours. Honestly the real reason behind them dropping the band still remains unanswered. We don’t truly know why, but I feel like it was for the best in the overall scheme of things.”
 
 
8.Your band is from Atlanta, Georgia, a place where truly many great rock/metal bands come from like Mastodon, The Black Crowes, Sevendust and Mother´s Finest to name a few. Is the city still a good place for a rock band to play concerts in?
 
  — “It is a good place for established artists to play. Sadly Atlanta has become a place dominated by other genres Hip-Hop and EDM and has made developing rock band a bit more challenging, but right now Atlanta is thriving in the film and other forms of the entertainment industry. We still have nostalgic venues that are here like the Tabernacle and the Masquerade, but those may be the only decent clubs for new rock bands to perform in.”
 
 
9.Your EP is called Kid, why that title?
 
  — “The EP was titled ‘Kid’ because we want to embody the idea of time fleeting. We know that everyone feels nostalgic for something in some way, but we wanted to correlate the idea of being a child and feeling innocence before you grow up and realize everything gets difficult.” 
 
 
 
10.Finally, what is the band up to now? Are you going on a tour?"
 
  — “We're writing new songs that will be out early 2018, but In terms of touring, we're trying to plan some runs but nothing too extensive for the fall.”
 

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