5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Along Came A Spider hail from Cleveland, Ohio and recently released their full-length debut album If We Were Normal Men. Keyboardist John Calo introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Along Came A Spider.
ACAS was formed in 2009 by Justin Sobota. Right away, the band put out an EP and began building buzz by playing countless shows supporting national acts like The Devil Wears Prada, Story Of The Year, Asking Alexandria, etc.
The current lineup was assembled throughout the years the way most bands do it. The six of us (Sobota on guitar/vox, Luke Fockler on lead guitar, Carl Dolvin on lead vocals, Ian McQueen on bass, Tony Castillo on drums, and me on keyboard) recorded our debut album with Don DeBiase and began to tour ourselves and open festivals like Rockapalooza and The All-Stars Tour throughout 2012. Then we signed to Standby, released the CD and are now prepping for a rigorous touring cycle for the new year.
How would you describe the style/sound of If We Were Normal Men?
We jokingly refer to it as "Jedi Metal," but the reality is, we usually get clumped into the melodic hardcore genre. Critics compare us to Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall and our buddies In Fear & Faith: not a bad group to be associated with! But our sound just comes natural to us, we don't force anything. It contains elements of many styles that we enjoy like metal, post-hardcore and pop-punk. Hopefully there's something for everyone within our music.
What does the album title signify?
It came about as the synopsis of the record's theme, telling the tale of extraordinary people. This CD is a concept album about their stories. From their standpoint, it begs the question: could we conquer life's hardships If We Were Normal Men?
There are some unusual song titles. What's the lyrical theme of the album?
We try to have a sense of humor with the titles, but the songs themselves are all based on inspiring individuals, real or fictional. We chronicle the bro-mance of R2D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars, the dark passenger within TV's Dexter, the rise of Cleveland gangster Danny Greene. Some of the songs are more subtle like the anti-bullying theme of "A Day In The life of a Ginger," plus we hint at quotes by Wolverine and Doc Holiday. "Vampire Robot Barbie Dolls" is literally about dealing with killer dolls. We have fun.
Anything else you'd like to mention or promote?
We will be touring a lot in 2013, so keep an eye out for us in your city. The album can be purchased digitally on all online retailers (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic). Physical CDs, T-shirts and some silly track shorts are available at our MerchNow store. Fans can get a hold of us on all social media sites: ACAS on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr