On Fresh is the Word, we like to deliver wisdom through great stories from the minds of bright creatives of pop culture. Through those stories, we like to dissect the journey of our guests and present actionable lessons and advice for our listeners no matter what career or avenue of artistry they pursue.
This episode’s guest is Jayden Panesso, frontman of the Queens, New York-based metalcore band Sylar. The band just released their third album, Seasons, on October 5th and are currently on tour with Beartooth and Knocked Loose. During our chat, we talked about touring with Insane Clown Posse and Attila, the mindstate of touring, how playing the songs live goes into the making of the music, progression of the band, the new album, using music to overcome fears, being a family man, their connection to their fans, their metal influences, his hip-hop influences, and how growing up in Queens molded him.
Each episode, the guest is asked to suggest someone from their life/career that should be on Fresh is the Word that would have good stories to tell. Panesso chose Caleb Shomo, the lead vocalist of hardcore band Beartooth.
This episodes pick is the debut album Stalker from Detroit’s own Ectomorph, out now via Interdimensional Transmissions. Ectomorph (now officially comprised of BMG & Erika) recorded this whole album as is, with only one or two takes in their own studio. There was no editing at all! They wanted to capture the mood of their live performances and Stalker is even more haunting than its name. Ectomorph made one of the most dark, yet lively albums of the year. While it embraces this murky sound, it’s one of the most unique electronic music releases I’ve heard in a while. This is what techno sounds like on Halloween in Detroit.
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