The Interrogation – Interview
Interview with Thom Turner of The Interrogation and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TT: The Interrogation is a Easycore/Pop Punk in the vein of Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, Coheed and Cambria
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TT: My Name is Thom Turner. I am the bandleader, songwriter and guitarist of The Interrogation. The idea for the band came in the wake of tragedy. My mother Merrill Turner passed away in December 2018. She and my father were always my biggest cheerleaders. They taught me to live music and supported me through 20 years as a musician. So, in the wake of losing her I turned to music to cope, just like we always did in times of stress. Out came the first 4 songs that would become our first EP, “Posters On My Wall”. I had all the songs demoed out and decided on the name The Interrogation, an important name to my musical development. After sitting with them for a while I sent the tracks to my good friend and amazing engineer Kevin Billingslea (https://kevinbillingslea.com/) to see if they were any good. He got right back to me very excited and we began the process. After I had these amazing tracks in hand, I decided that since all the lyrical content dealt directly with my mothers passing, I would honor her by truly making it a real band and share what she had inspired in me. I am lucky in that I know so many amazing musicians. My first call was to our incredible drummer Nik Eason. Once he was on board we added Ridge Bernosky on guitar, A.J. Piszcz on bass and our live vocalist James Kang. We immediately clicked. Now we are in the process of releasing the EP and we can’t wait to share it all with you.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TT: The sound of The Interrogation is rooted in the summers I spent at warped tour and going to endless local punk/hardcore/metal shows. The musical influences I draw from for TI is more varied than it sounds. I looked to Claudio Sanchez for his epic vision and story telling. I drew the blend of heaviness and clean vocals from A Day to Remember and Killswitch Engage. For the emotional impact I looked to Armor for Sleep and My Chemical Romance. I looked to bands like Earth Crisis, Stick to Your Guns and Terror for the never say die, stage dive and high five energy built on a cry for unity.
Non-musical influences are so varied. My first influences as with many people were my parents. Beyond that I have always derived so much inspiration from the pantheon of great philosophers and of course Film, TV and waaayy too many books.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TT: Oh wow this is an interesting question! We dream of playing consistent shows all across the world and getting to hang out with all of you out there and share our music and our family. Specifically we are working to secure the earliest possible dates to tour the Americas. Canada, the US and Latin America, are our first aim and we are working with Greg Burt at Wavelink Agency (https://www.wavelinkagency.com/) to do that. As a dream we would love to work along side labels like Hopeless Records who in combination with putting out consistently amazing music also gives to a number of charities. If growing up in the punk/hardcore scene in my birthplace of Upstate New York taught me anything, it is to always focus on giving back and supporting those around you.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TT: I wrote and tracked everything other than drums in my tiny basement apartment in Vancouver Canada. As stated before all of the signs deal with the loss of my mother and the time I spent going through my grief. Take our current single “Summer Love (In Hell)”. This is a song that sprung from sitting in my basement apartment in august 2019. It was so beautiful outside and the local kids were outside having a great time. I however, was going through the worst part of my depression and was so resentful of all the joy the whole neighborhood seemed to be having. What came out was a love letter to the summer from a person who thought they would never have that feeling again. “Kick It Off” was completely different. With all the strife in the world and all the people crying out against injustice and isolation I wanted to write a song that told us all “You are seen and you matter.” It is a humanistic call to arms that tells the listener that there is more that you can do to help the world, the people around you and yourself.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TT: Through our Social Media!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TT: I think that it is one of the greatest tools that both listeners and creators have to spread the art they love. It empowers the creator and the listener to carry all the music that they live for with them anywhere. All that said, the sheer amount of music being made distributed and market daily has created a background noise that is almost impenetrable. Also many of the companies controlling the platforms have just set up another set of gatekeepers since the death of the major labels. Lastly, illegal downloading has made it exceptionally difficult for anyone to make a living doing music. Then again all these issues have made it so the artist needs to educate themselves in every part of making their art a business. So, really it is both positive and negative but that conflict is a catalyst for growth and change.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TT: Wow! I love this question. You know, If I had written any of the songs that I truly admire I probably wouldn’t have near the same reverence for them. It is hearing that other writer’s perspective that makes the music and lyrics of those songs so vibrant. That said, if im honest, literally anything that Thursday has ever produced. Geoff is one of the greatest lyricists and the twin guitar writing on those guys is just perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TT: My issues come with people disrespecting each other. It can be as simple as people being dismissive or plain rude to employees at any store or restaurant for no reason other than to make themselves feel powerful. Obviously, there are far more extreme cases of that behavior. Those too are unacceptable but it is the small behaviors that build the big ones. My other one is when people disrespect the arts and specifically music. There are even artists out there who are in working bands who disrespect the music as simply a vehicle for their personal aggrandizement. Music, to the rest of the band and I, is so precious. It is our life force. It is what moves us and helps us through so many things. So, when people demean or dismiss its value I cannot help but to take exception.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TT: I was fortune enough to attend the Berklee College of Music. The entire 4 years I attended that school (with the college loan debt to prove it) were the greatest and most vibrant of my musical life. I was able to play at so many amazing venues around Boston including on stage at school for their Metal Guitar Night with my band Freya. I performed for the pre-party for the Dropkick Murphy’s annual St Patrick Day show at the Lansdowne Pub right next to Fenway Park. I studied under so many legendary musicians at that school and to say I graduated makes me incredibly proud.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TT: We recently released our second single “Summer Love (In Hell)” on all the platforms! Our full EP will be coming out on September 25th. With touring and live shows shut down we will be releasing some really fun live and video content all the way into the new year! So the people should check out the social media and Bandcamp for all the updates.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TT: We currently have our two singles “Kick it Off” and “Summer Love (In Hell)” up for purchase on our Bandcamp here: https://theinterrogation.bandcamp.com . Our EP as well as merch will soon be available there as well. IN addition you can purchase them through ITUNES and stream here:
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/3VG57objbHdn4HTpPNDku9?si=lKS4IABTRi6gAWp-xbS8gw
Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-interrogation/1511634255
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/theinterrogation
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