One Steel Wound is a quartet metal band based in Chicago. They’ve been playing music since 2013, released a self-titled EP and a full-length album, Vendetta. More recently, the band has been working hard at recording new music. Their sound is a blend of “angry vocals”, harsh guitar work and drumming that keeps you “locked in”. You can check out their latest single below.
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- What are your biggest musical influences?
Our biggest influences are acts like Korn, Slipknot, Mastodon, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Deftones, & Lamb of God.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Each of us can really appreciate music outside of metal and rock. Between the three of us you could cross off country, rap, jazz, hip-hop, punk, grunge, and even some tracks that are pretty poppy. There’s gold anywhere you look. Even Dan’s biggest influence when it comes to production is El-P.
- What’s next for the band? Near future?
We’re going to keep pumping out singles, kick things off for Combichrist at Bottom Lounge in Chicago at May 5th, and eventually we’ll have a rad physical for the supporters who keep asking for one.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
We think we’re witnessing one of the fastest evolutions in music consumption. Music consumption itself has turned into a passive form of entertainment for the majority of people. There’s definitely less of people sitting or laying somewhere and ONLY listening to their favorite artists or albums. Getting your music available to people is so much easier than ever before. We’ve found several artists because of Spotify. Most people have a streaming service and if you’re having a conversation and that want to hear what you got, it’s right there by a tap on their phone. We think we’re going to see less album releases and more single/EP’s and we’re definitely on board with that and understand the logic.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
We find ourselves noticing some horror movies and thrillers sneaking their influence into our tunes. The intro of “In Chains” was written on one of the last days at Joey Vana’s studio and it was TOTALLY 80’s horror soundtrack inspired. As far as thrillers go, there’s just some movies with a badass soundtrack. John Wick for example.
- Can you describe your sound?
This is definitely something we struggle with because we’re so absorbed with crafting a song to be the best it can be that we forget to step back and look at it with a broad perspective. We like catchy guitar riffs with a hint of tension, drums that keep the listener locked in their seat, a groovy bass line, synths that add subtle texture, and a voice that ties it all together with a dynamic angry vocals. We want to write killer songs, we’re not interested in being flashy.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
We’ve been listening to Cane Hill, Nothing More, Red Fang, Harms Way, & Wage War
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
It’s been a natural calling since our childhood. Music has always surrounded us, we just had to figure out how to get a grip on it and find our voice. You start a band cause its mindless fun and exciting and although it turns into a job with strong commitment, it’s still plenty of fun and exciting. There’s no feeling like playing a great set or creating a new idea that just clicks. It’s an investment of time. Before you know it, years have passed and you say to yourself; “Fuck I wish I knew then what I know now”. It’s unpredictable and still a great time. You have to remind yourself not to take it for granted no matter the level of success.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
A song always starts with just a killer idea that you keep growing. It’s definitely a collaborative effort no matter how much one person writes the song. It always needs a dash of another voice. Each one of us writes on their own time. Our second single that we will release for example was primarily written by Dan after a few cups of coffee and watching Rhythm Roulette. The guitars, drums, and programming but without Brandon and Gerard getting involved it wouldn’t of reached its potential and would fall flat. We’re REALLY excited for Joey Vana to produce this one with us too! We can tell it’s going to be one of our all-time favorites. He already spiced up the guitar work. At the end of the day, it’s a team effort and the goal is to make great songs, it’s not about ego or any other meaningless distraction.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Sacrament by Lamb of God. We can all agree 100% that we love that album entirely. We can’t tell you how many shows we rolled up to while playing that album.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Desperately? Metallica, Stray from the Path, Muse, Slipknot, Red Fang, System of a Down.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
We completely get the logic behind feeding the listener singles over time rather than dumping all your music at once. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE listening to albums all the way through as an experience. Metal fans LOVE getting albums and vinyls too. We don’t think albums will ever be deleted, but if you’re releasing new material, we think it’s best for everyone to trickle it out and make the most of it. Keep a few tracks unreleased, and then give the supporters an album afterwards.