Coma Prevail is an upcoming hardcore band containing ex-Scary Kids Scaring Kids vocalist Tyson Stevens, ex-The Bled guitarist Jeremy Ray Talley, Matt Barrios also on guitar, Jacob Reyna on bass, and Stephen Majalca on drums. I recently had the opportunity to ask Tyson and Matt about the band and their plans for the future.
How did Coma Prevail come into inception?
I’ve been friends with Jeremy and heard he wanted to start a new project. We met up and started jamming together. After a while, we got the right set of gents to play bass and drums, and about six months ago Tyson reached out to Jeremy and moved out to Tucson shortly after joining our lineup.
What is the meaning behind the name “Coma Prevail”? Does it have any significance or was it just selected at random?
As far as the name goes, we were throwing around ideas for a little while and eventually Jeremy came up with the idea. Coma Prevail was the first name we all agreed on, so we went with it.
Jeremy and Tyson, both of you used to be part of influential bands in the metal scene. How does being a part of those bands influence the music of Coma Prevail?
Well, it helps that they have years of touring experience. I feel like they both have their own original styles they bring to the table, so you’re going to hear some influence from the songs they wrote while growing up.
What are your goals as a band? Do you intend to fill the gaps left by the break-up of The Bled and Scary Kids Scaring Kids?
We plan to keep creating music. At the end of May we are tracking an EP and we will tour on that for a few months. We hope to get back the studio and track a full length shortly after that.
Who is the lead songwriter or is it a group effort?
It is definitely a collaborative effort. Usually Jeremy will come to the band with some riff ideas and the band will take his ideas and shape them into our songs. As far as lyrics go, Tyson and Jeremy work those out together.
What influences your songwriting and musical style?
Life in general. As artists, we like to keep the songs open for the listeners to interpret it how ever they feel.
You guys are entering the hardcore scene at a time when it has gained a heightened level of popularity. How does Coma Prevail differ to other hardcore bands who may be entering (or are in) the scene at the moment?
As of now we are keeping our sound pretty raw without any live tracks or samples. Most bands entering the hardcore scene these days are using a lot of that kind of stuff, but for the moment we are kicking it old school and not over-producing our tracks.
Your EP is due for release in June. What can we expect that EP to sound like?
We will be wrapping up in the studio at the end of the first week of June and we’ll most likely take a little bit of time to promote it before releasing it, so you can expect something late June, or early July.
What are the plans for the future after the EP has been released?
Tour and start working on the full-length.
Lastly, what unique qualities does each band member contribute to the dynamic of the band?
Well, Stephen is a heavy-hitting, solid drummer. Jacob is a very energetic and talented bass player. Matt brings some back-up vocals and juicy guitar licks to the table. Jeremy has his own unique guitar playing style, and Tyson has a recognizable, strong voice.