From Baltimore, Maryland, Ali Rezghi (guitar/vocals), Dominic Buie (bass/vocals), Anthony Alexander (drums/vocals), Danny Seay (guitar/vocals), and Urico Schuler (vocals) are finding that discovering a new sound in metal music is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it has been an uphill battle at times. For Louder Than Quiet, a melodic metalcore band, the local music scene been hard to break into and the musicians themselves have agonized with transitioning elements from opposing genres into a cohesive blend of hard-driving metal songs.
Size doesn’t matter. Whether Louder Than Quiet plays for three people or a crowd of three hundred, what makes a good show is timing. Missed cues can put them off beat, making the performance a struggle. The crowd may not pick up on a change or mistake, but the artists always know. The best shows are the ones they are prepared for, ready to rock, with an audience that shares their enthusiasm for metal music.
Take a look around. The guys in Louder Than Quiet are fun. They like to have a good time, but they are not exempt from what goes on around us. The song, “Effortless Twilight” was not only the first time they used blended elements of various metal genres, it was also a grim look at society. The lyrics say, “The pain is unbearable/A curse is so desired/A witch burning of the innocent/This fire will never expire” is a poignant observation of seeing pain and remaining detached. Often we want to change our world to be better, but do not actively participate in the process.
Something for nothing. Louder Than Quiet, like many bands starting out, turned to crowd funding to raise enough capital to keep their band going. It has not been a pleasant experience. The haters came out of every corner, but actually inspired the band. A comment on the campaign website scolded Louder Than Quiet for trying to raise money to keep the band going. The man wanted to know how the musicians could ask for money and stated that if musicians have to raise funds to be in a band, they should not be in a band. Rezghi laughed, “Why are you people so angry in our country, where a kid can get on Indie Go Go and say he wants to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and get $60,000? I mean, he asked for money to make a sandwich and they gave him sixty grand!” Crowd funding is not simply a donation. It is an investment and contributors receive something in return for their pledge. Louder Than Quiet believes incidents like this make them more determined to reach for the stars.
What were you thinking? Louder Than Quiet cannot be pigeonholed into a single genre, because they are attracted to all genres of music, utilizing elements from each. It sounds confusing, but they have learned from leaders in the music industry. Working with Adam Cody gave the band a lesson in traditional death metal music. Johnny Craig brought in the post/hardcore sound they loved. Collaborations from different genres of metal artists have allowed Louder Than Quiet to forge a new sound, which even the band cannot quite describe. After listening to the single releases they have published so far, I find myself agreeing with the band members. I cannot describe it, but I like what they are doing.