5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Sicadis hail from Kansas City, and recently released their full-length debut Blood Of A Thousand Hearts, with a track that has guest vocals from Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody. Guitarist Andrew Nagorski introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Sicadis.
Sicadis was formed in 2007 and went through a few member changes until we found all the pieces of the puzzle that fit. Once the machine was up and running, we went on to win the Metal Band of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, and Best Live Show awards in 2008 from Kansas City's local music press Heavy Frequency Magazine. We drank a bunch of booze and wandered around some places and eventually ran into Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. He helped us record our first EP entitled Beneath the Swarm, and he also did some guest vocals on our track "Through These Eyes."
We continued playing regional shows opening for acts such as Testament, Unearth, A Life Once Lost, and more. In 2011 we went on to accept awards from Project Backstage Magazine for Metal Band of the Year and Guitarist of the Year. We then self funded and self recorded our full length album Blood of a Thousand Hearts, which was released earlier this year.
How would you describe the style/sound of Blood Of A Thousand Hearts?
As far as describing the record, we like to think there's a little something in there for all metal enthusiasts and lovers. We are just as much fans as we are musicians. We all have different tastes and bands that we are influenced by. Having said that, we are not trying to write music to fit in to any sort of sub-genre or clique. The music on Blood of a Thousand Hearts is intense, dynamic, thought out, and most of all to us it's a straight up metal record. The album has elements of thrash, death metal, black metal, and groove. There's even some tasty melodies in there for good measure.
How did Ivan Moody's guest appearance come about?
Our promoter friend introduced us to him at a music festival that we were playing at right after Ivan left Motograter. He needed a ride to the airport, so our drummer Cameron offered to give him one. They exchanged phone numbers, and the next time Ivan came into town he called us to hang out. We were in the recording studio at the time, so he came to check it out.
He liked what he heard, so he ended up staying in Kansas City for the next three weeks and slept on Cameron's couch. He jumped in on one of the recording sessions one day and laid down some guest vocals. We are very happy for Ivan and his success with Five Finger Death Punch, and we try to hang out and party with him every time he comes back to Kansas City.
What has been your most memorable Sicadis live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?
We try to make every show special. We are a party rock band, and we love to see everyone having a good time. Our CD release show for Blood of a Thousand Hearts went amazingly, and we packed the house along with our friends' bands Evalyn Awake, At the Left Hand of God, Sidewise, and Versus the Collective! It was memorable for us because every band on the bill that night were our close personal friends that we have known for years. Having such a successful rock show with close friends where everyone was having a blast and seeing so many people come out to support our album was an amazing feeling! We all felt like part of a big family that night. It was pretty awesome!
Anything else you'd like to mention or promote?
We are writing our second album right now, so we only have a few shows booked. We will be sharing the stage with The Faceless, Revocation, and The HAARP Machine on November 29th at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO. That show has us all super pumped, and we are ready to rock out and share the stage with such great bands! We will also be playing at the 2013 Midwest Rock Awards at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, MO on March 23, 2013. That event is always a packed house, so we are looking forward to representing the Metal category at that show and seeing the look on some of the people's faces when we play!
Thanks for taking your time to talk with us! Cheers!