Like Savages – Interview

Interview with Mike Zuccola (Vocals) and Mark McKellar (Guitar) of Like Savages and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

MZ- I always get nervous answering questions like this because I do not want to sound pretentious, but many words come to mind when describing LIKE SAVAGES and who we are or what we are or what we sound like or want to sound like. I would like to think of our music as intense and unrelenting with a beauty to the brutality. There is an eeriness about it…a dark message and yet within that darkness there is hope; despite how dark some of the lyrics might be or the overall “feel” of each song. There is an inherent “heaviness” to it (and I’m not talking about the guitars) and myself and the boys have carried that weight for a very long time. We have all gone through so much together and we finally have a chance to cut ourselves open so-to-speak.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MZ- We all hail from the ol’ wonderful city of Haverhill, MA a.k.a. “Helltown”. We all grew up together and went to school together and were in various bands through the years such as High Society (going back to the early days of high school), Have At It, Age of End, MASKandRAID, and Resonate (to name just a few). We have all at different times played shows together whether we were in this band or that band. The boys and I tried to make this work before under a different name but schedules were crazy and it just seemed impossible. However, as it were, things shifted into place and we finally found ourselves in the same room again. Peace Amongst the Pieces is like 25 years in the making. No joke.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

MZ- I guess I can only speak for myself on this one as I’m sure the boys draw their own inspirations from what they are feeling at any given time, but it’s safe to say that I write about everything…or I try to at least. “Everything” seems to be an all encompassing word or way to put things but that’s what it is all about. I could write lyrics that are deeply personal like “Caskets” to lyrics that are politically and/or religiously driven like our song “Monuments” or a culmination of all those things combined like “Blessed be the Dead”. I often try to stay on a singular topic when I write lyrics but my brain is a fucking tornado and I usually have to take a few different roads to get back on the right one, if that makes any sense. However, the overall “feel” of each song is usually congruent with the lyrics and that’s where the boys come in and lay down the foundation work.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MZ- Again, speaking for myself here, but it’s safe to say that anyone in this industry would love to make a living doing this and going here and there and all of that stuff, but mostly I just want a chance to be heard and felt. I want to know that one of our songs inspired someone. I want to know that a lyric changed someone somehow. I want to know that this person or that person puts us on and it gets their blood flowing. I want to be some young kid’s favorite band because I can remember being young and listening to Pantera and Metallica and Tool and Deftones (just to name a few)and being like, “what is this magic”. I want to be on a stage in front 50,000 people singing along and banging their heads and rejoicing in the gift that is rock. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. 😉


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MZ- FINALLY FINISHING THE ALBUM. It was a very long road but we got there. We got through covid and health issues and surgeries and 1,000 other things and if it weren’t for Anthony and the boys at Westfall Studios in Long Island, NY, NONE of this would have even been possible. Their patience and guidance were paramount through this process as well as their knowledge and input. We could not be more grateful.

MM – I’ve got to agree with Mike. There were times where I didn’t think this music would ever see the light of day. And now to be on this side of it, to have two singles out and a release date for the album in clear view, it’s a little surreal to be honest. The feedback we’ve received has been amazing, and the opportunities that are starting to present themselves… it’s all a little crazy.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

MM- It’s a grind. It’s a fun grind, networking and meeting new people, and especially being able to discover SO MUCH incredible music. But it’s definitely a grind. Luckily, we’ve been fortunate enough to partner with some amazing companies like Dirtbag Clothing, Metal Devastation PR, and From The Depths Entertainment who have all been instrumental in getting our music heard! Hopefully the release of the record will help catch a few new eats as well. 


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MM- We have a booking agent (Sean from Happy Nomad booking) who is helping us target a number of new markets for us for 2023. And we have a great relationship with a lot of the venues and promoters in our region, from years of working with them in other projects. We are really lucky to be from New England, because we can bang out 2-4 different major markets within a quick weekend run.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MM- It’s a double edged sword, really. I mean, streaming is how I primarily listen to music. It’s easy, it’s accessible, it’s cheap, and I’ve found some of my FAVORITE artists, shit some of my FRIENDS even because originally they came up on a streaming site I was listening to. Spotify makes it easy to make your music accessible to anyone in the world, at any time. But there’s also still something so amazing about digging through the crates to find an amazing album, and dropping the needle on it the second you walk through the door. Music should just be enjoyed, however you can enjoy it. But DAMN, I wish they’d pay more!


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MZ- I do not wish I wrote any other band’s song. That’s what covers are for if you so choose.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MM – Ya, I wish streaming sites would pay us more!!


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MM – We are about to release our debut album Piece Amongst the Pieces, and celebrate that with a quick weekender run out West including a stop at the Whisky with Earshot and Boy Hits Car on Dec 9th.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

Like Savages links:
Band/Artist location – Haverhill Ma.
Facebook – You Tube – Twitter – Instagram –
Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer – DistroKid
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