Count Your Dead
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COUNT YOUR DEAD is:
Jonathan Haubert – Vocals
Julio Salazar – Guitars
Trey Saucillo – Bass
Malachi Carrera – Drums
“Not done until it’s over. Not over until it’s done…”
Very simple words they may be. But this partictular phrase can sum up the overall mentality that the members in COUNT YOUR DEAD live by. After spending almost half a decade trying to recover and rebuild the foundation they once had, it would seem at times that the future of the band was in uncertainty. But before we go any further, let’s travel to tell the whole story…
The origin of Count Your Dead dates back far to around the year of 2003 whenever vocalist Jonathan Haubert and Julio Salazar formed their first band together in the little small town of Port Lavaca, TX. From that point on, being in a band and making music was much more than just a hobby. It was much more than just something to pass the time by. Little did they know, but this would eventually end up being something they would work their whole lives torward.
Throughout the span of their Alternative Metal outfit DOWNLIFT, there were times filled with joy and grim alike. But whatever the circumstances given, the band still manage to put the time and effort to write what were the best songs of that time period. Their best songs, being written during the nights filled with unrelenting practice, complete devotion, and endless passion. But as time would pass, Jonathan and Julio would end up parting ways, as well as the other members in DOWNLIFT. Jonathan would go off to start a new project entitled EuQiNu, which consisted of material picking up where their previous project left off, and Julio would take some time off from music to gain new perspectives. After a break of over 3 years from music, he would later jump back in the mix with a new drummer from Palocios, TX known as Paul Riccio.
Coming together to form a new fusion of genres, Julio and Paul created what would be the early formation of COUNT YOUR DEAD. After picking up bass players left and right to jam with, and the occasional singer(s) alongside, CYD went on to play shows in and all around the local Crossroad areas as well as the Northern parts of Texas.
In Summer 2007, the band hit the road for a month long tour in California, but would see little success from it due to falling outs with the booking company. Needless to say, something as simple as playing in a band with a group of others would become something that would get complicated real quick. It would seem that after dealing with members that would act more as deadweight rather than carrying their own, getting screwed over countless amount of times with studio cuts and gigs from previous shows, the struggle to continue a band would be almost damn near impossible to endure. But just as things would seem at their darkest, there was still always some small light still shining at the end of the pititful tunnel.
For about another few years, CYD would keep their stable lineup minus the band name changes and the member splits. However, once brand new material began to arise, other members were feeling displeased with it…. leading to a desire to form something different with a new lineup, new vibe, and a new attitude. So, as fate would have it, Jonathan’s project EuQiNu went under hiatus, leading the two former bandmates to once again join forces and start jamming together again. It wouldn’t be long after that Jonathan was asked to take over Lead Vocals once again and put his voice to their new songs being written, and the ones that would later make way onto their first album. Together, they have formed the most solid lineup to date and is ready to take on anything that comes their way.
Since late 2008, CYD have been making frequent visits to The Nest Sound Studio in Victoria, TX to record a new list of high-quality songs. These sessions would later turn into full on production for what would later became known as their debut album “No Return”. While some of the tracks were written as far back as their early formation, others such as “Bitter Resurrections” and “1,000 Miles of Pain” would serve as a new fuel to an ember that was already started. And while some songs possess more of a party anthem vibe to them such as “Flooding Texas” & “Bleed Smoke” do, others contain more crucial meanings. One of the most crucial, being “Release”, which deals with the issues of letting go of those that you held dear in your life. And even more stronger points with the constant rants like the ones in “Poetic Lies” which speaks of mindless nonsense that others try to feed others and actually fool them with. But make no mistake about it, as far as the years have progressed, the songs have progressed just as much, if not more, with them. Every band has their whole life to write about when it comes to their debut, and Count Your Dead had many stories to tell.
A year following the release of their debut album, founding member and drummer Paul Riccio decided to part ways with the group after over 6 years. This left CYD in an extremely challenging predicament. What would soon follow for the next few years would be consistent lineup changes, which the group was no stranger to, of course. From temporary fill-in’s on bass to a handful of different drummers within the process of incorporating new riffs for future songs. And although there was new flavors and influences being thrown in the mix, this unfortunately halted the writing process and overall production whenever another band member would depart. However, Julio and Jonathan were reluctant in finding a new drummer that could not only match the technique and natural grooves of CYD, but could bring something new to the table as well. Therefore, the two continued to fund the project resiliently during those trying times.
Fortunately, just as things seemed most grim… there was a light at the end of the darkened tunnel. After trying out former Inebriant member Malachi Carrera, the group picked up right where they left off. From booking more shows to writing new songs for the follow-up to their debut album. Then as time went on, new anthems were emerging such as “Behind Open Doors” and “Walk of Vengeance” while older ones like “Scapegoat” and “D.R.T. (Dead Right There)” were being resurrected with a killer new groove and a pissed off attitude to go along with it.
After deciding to record their new material in Jonathan’s home studio [1090 Studios], the band recruited James Arriaga [of Neo Sound Studios, formerly of Warner Bros. Records] to engineer the project. Within the span of a weekend, CYD was able to capture a raw depiction of their sound which they had never ever heard before, or thought they could achieve. Given the experience with various members and writing as merely a duo for the past few years, the dynamics of Count Your Dead evolved steadily as each new year had passed. Culminating into what would soon become their latest release, a 5-song EP. A collection of new songs that would tell the story of their 5 year hiatus which they had endured. Detailing subject matters such as broken friendships, failed relationships, standing up for what you believe in, and battling with relevancy. These new songs not only represent a triumphant return, but a rebirth of sorts that directs the listener right to the very core of what Count Your Dead is, and what Count Your Dead should sound like. Bare. Honest. Raw.
“One thing you can always count on, is that we’ll never say die. Just when you think we’re done, just when you think we’re out, just when you think we’re gone… You better think again.” – Jonathan Haubert
Count your dead. Because you’ve missed a few.
Count Your Dead – Ghost
Count Your Dead – D.R.T.
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