MEB staffer Rebecca Kravetz recently had the opportunity to interview Louis Miceli, lead vocalist of the metalcore group Palisades. They discussed the recent release of their album Outcasts, what it was like working alongside guest vocalists Chris Roetter of Like Moths to Flames, Tyler Carter of Issues and Andy Leo of Crown the Empire, Batman’s debut in their song “The Reckoning,” future music video plans and much more.
MEB: Your album Outcasts just released and it has already reached number 5 on the iTunes Rock charts! How are you feeling right now? How do you think it is being received?
Louis: Honestly we are all extremely excited! The amount of positive feedback we’ve had so far is insane! We couldn’t be happier.
The introductory song of Outcasts contains only four lines. Do they hold any significant meaning? A possible theme for the album?
Yes, definitely. It completely sets the tone for the album. It’s our call to the people listening that you can turn this record on when you’re all out of options and feel a part of something.
Why is the album titled Outcasts?
The album is called Outcasts because that’s just [what] we are, and in some way shape or form we’ve all felt like we didn’t belong. We wanted to help people get through those hard struggles by saying “Hey it’s okay if you don’t fit in, we don’t either. We’ve been through the same shit. Join us.”
You guys brought in guest vocalists for three of your songs. Chris Roetter of Like Moths to Flames is featured in “The Reckoning,” Tyler Carter of Issues is featured in “High and Low,” and Andy Leo of Crown the Empire is featured in “Outcasts.” Why did you bring in these specific vocalists and what was it like working with them? Are there any reasons why they collaborated with you on those particular songs?
Well the first guest vocal we did was with Chris. We’re good fiends with Greg Diamond [Like Moths to Flames drummer] and when we wrote that part we knew we wanted Chris to be on it. He wound up doing the part and killin it! Touring with them afterwards was awesome. With Tyler we had never met him but when we were at the studio Cameron Mizell [Producer] offered him to guest vocals on any song and he chose “High and Low” because he felt that song was “next level.” That was a huge compliment. Recently just started hanging out with Tyler and he’s a great dude. Lastly with Andy, he wasn’t the original choice. Some other guest vocals didn’t work out exactly and Andy and I have always been close since they did their first tour with us. I hit him up and asked him if he wanted to be on the record and he was down to do it. A few days later we had his awesome part and it was golden. I can honestly say that all the guest vocals fit perfectly and show a little bit of the person’s character in the songs. A big thank you to all of them for being a part of it.
The fourth song off of Outcasts, “Disasterpiece,” seems to be a very angry song with lyrics like, “It’s a shame that your only claim to fame is that you’re listed with my name.” Does it target one person specifically or maybe a type of person?
The song definitely targets someone specifically but I would rather not get into that. As more of a general statement the song is about confronting the person after finding out that they had not been faithful.
On your Twitter page, you guys posted that the song “Your Disease” is about people dealing with substance abuse and hidden in the song are audio clips of breaking beer bottles. If you don’t mind me asking, does this song hold any personal significance? What kind of message about this subject do you want to send out to your fans?
The song definitely holds personal significance. When I was growing up in Florida, I was introduced to a lot of drugs and alcohol at an early age. Luckily I didn’t get heavy into drugs, but I was a bit of a drinker. Unfortunately a lot of close friends of mine weren’t as fortunate with their battles with addiction and still struggle with it today. This song is for anyone still struggling, I know your pain.
Are you guys big Batman fans? Your song “The Reckoning” starts off with the same notes Bruce Wayne uses to enter the Batcave. Why do this? Does it relate to the song in any way? And which do you prefer, the comic books or the movies?
I’ve always been a huge comic nerd and the rest of the guys and myself loved the recent batman trilogy. When writing “The Reckoning” we noticed a lot of similarities with Bruce Wayne and his internal battle with who he is as a person and we felt like what better way to pay tribute than to put a little Easter egg like the bat cave notes! And as far as movies and comics, I prefer comics always but the movies were incredible.
“Sidney” is the only love song on your album. Can you tell me a little more about why you decided to throw in this softer song? Also, your bassist, Brandon Reese, has his last name on Twitter shown as Sidney. Any relation to the song?
Sidney is about a person who is in love with their best friend but realizes that their best friend is happy with their current boyfriend. And if he wanted her to be truly happy he would want what’s best for her. So he keeps his feelings in. It’s called “Sidney” because Brandon wrote the song’s music. Acoustic songs are his specialty so we wanted to name it after him. Plus it’s just a symbol like a “John Doe” for anyone who feels like “Sidney.”
I believe a music video for “Outcasts” is in the works. Can you tell me a little bit more about that? Do you have any future plans for other music videos?
Yes! It will be out very soon. I don’t want to give anything away yet! Also we definitely have a plan for a specific song that will be veryyyyyy fun.
You are currently on tour with Crown the Empire, Capture the Crown, Heartist, and Famous Last Words. How is that going so far? Any highlights or challenges?
This tour has been incredible. It’s so good to tour with CTE because we’ve been so close with them for so long. Truly one of our best friend bands haha. And the rest of the guys on tour have been incredible, all super nice and extremely talented and know how to put on a show!
Is there anything planned yet for after the tour?
We’re going out with The Almost and Conditions and we have a few more things planned that we can’t talk about just yet!
Thank you for the interview! Do you have anything else to add? Any words for your fans?
You are never alone, we will always be here for you. #wearetheoutcasts