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Sanctity Interview

A Conversation With Vocalist Jared MacEachern


Roadrunner Records
Sanctity is a thrash metal band based in Asheville, North Carolina. Trivum’s Matt Heafy saw them play live and told his label Roadrunner about them. A few months later they were signed and recording their debut album with producer Jason Suecof. That album, Road To Bloodshed, was recently released. I spoke with the band’s vocalist, Jared MacEachern, while he was in between tours and working his day job at a glass shop.

Chad Bowar: Road To Bloodshed has been out for a little while now. What has the response been like?
Jared MacEachern: We have been getting good response from our shows. Our last tour was in Europe and was really good for us. It seems the record is getting some good reviews and is doing well. We're really happy with it.

How would you describe Sanctity’s sound?
We are just a metal band. It's definitely got some thrash to it. It has melodic parts and it has heavy parts. I would describe us as a thrash metal band.

How did you come up with the title Road to Bloodshed?
It sounds cool. That's why we decided on it. It also signifies where we have been and how we got to this point.

You were brought to Roadrunner’s attention by Matt from Trivium. Had you been in contact with any other labels at that point?
We had thought about it, but we hadn't got around to getting our stuff out just yet when we met Matt. He just passed it straight to Roadrunner. It was great for us.

You had to raise some cash to finance a demo, right?
We sure did. We put on a big show and got a lot of the other bands from the area to play a big show with us. We asked if we could take that money and pay for our demo. All the guys and gals in the bands were really cool about it. A lot of kids showed up. It was a good show and really helped us out.

How was a working with Jason Suecof?
He's crazy. When he gets behind that board and starts working, it's magic.

How was your European tour with Trivium?
It was great. We had a lot of fun and got great response. We were in a different country every day. It was springtime in Europe. It was awesome.

You also played the Download Festival. How was that?
We had played Gigantour last summer, but that was just eight bands on a large US tour. This was three days with thousands of people. The show we played was awesome. The tent we played was about 8000 capacity and it was packed full. There was a big mosh pit. It was great.

Do you have a chance to check out any other bands while you were there?
Yes we did. I saw Slayer, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Anathema, Dream Theater and Suicidal Tendencies. It was really cool.

Does that experience make you want to go back and play more festivals in the future?
Yes, if we can. We had a lot of kids ask us if we are playing any of the other festivals. Unfortunately we are not doing any of them this year, but maybe next year. I'm looking forward to hopefully doing that.

Your next tour is with Symphony X, who are veterans. What are your expectations for those shows?
Maybe a little less moshing. Hopefully we will play a good show and people will enjoy it. I've learned to just because people stand there doesn't mean they don't like us. Maybe they are just listening and watching and trying to figure out what it is that they do like.

What was the first concert you attended?
The first concert I ever went to was They Might Be Giants. I was about 11 or 12 and it was a local venue in Norfolk, Virginia. It was really fun.

What's your biggest tour horror story?
We had our van and trailer stolen with all of our equipment and clothing in it. It was last November, and it was the first day of the Children Of Bodom tour. We drove up to Philadelphia where our first show was and stayed in a hotel. The next morning someone just drove off with our van and trailer. All of our equipment, our passports, our clothes, all our stuff was gone. We ended up renting equipment from the other bands and renting a camper did that we drove for the whole tour.

Did you ever recover anything?
We eventually recovered the van and the trailer from an impound lot. The entire trailer was full of old tires and the inside of the van, except for the drivers seat, was also filled to the ceiling with old tires. Our guitar player had just recently got a left-handed custom Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar. He had it for like a month and hadn’t even played a show with it and it got stolen. But showed up on eBay months later and he got it back. But that was it.

How did you get started in music?
I started singing in my parents church choir what I was five. I did that until I was 13. I started playing instruments when I was 10. I started playing violin. I switched to cello and then to concert bass. I started playing bass guitar and did that for several years. I want to college for music performance for the concert bass. Then I met the guys from Sanctity and switched to guitar.

When did you start getting into metal music?
I was probably about 12 years old. A buddy of mine had a copy of Metallica’s Black album and he played me the song “Unforgiven.” I was hooked immediately. Then after that another buddy of mine gave me an old dubbed copy of Kill ‘Em All. I didn't even know music could sound like that.

What are your all time favorite metal albums?
Either Kill ‘Em All or Arise by Sepultura. Those are my two favorites.

What do you hate?
Six-year-old kids who sound like 40-year-old opera singers. I don't know why drives me crazy. I was a singing kid, but there are young kids that sound like they've been singing for over 30 years.

What is your most prized possession?
Over the years I've lost so many things that I've learned not to get attached to stuff. My MP3 player was one of the best gifts I've ever got, so probably that.

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