Heat Of Damage is a hard rock band from Sacramento, CA made up of Julian Bohland (drums), Jared Easter (bass/hardcore vocals), David Haug (Lead Vocals), and Nick Lassalette (Lead Guitar). We spoke with them recently about their latest album, touring and more.
ON REQUEST: First off, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. Tell us a little bit about the inspiration for your latest album.
“When we get together to write, we typically like to talk about our lives and the conflicts we might face. This was also our debut album and we wanted to make a statement like who we are, how we sound and what we are about.” - Julian
OR: Having self-produced your first EP, and now having worked on your latest album in the studio,what would you say is the biggest advantage or difference between self-producing your work and working in a studio atmosphere?
“Having no professional experience or training in music production, comparing our own self-made material to our studio material is really comparing apples to oranges. Having knowledgeable producers and engineers work on our recordings with us did wonders to the quality of the tracks we put on our professionally-done releases, the Lifestyle EP, and Open Fire album.” - David
OR: What do you hope to bring to the alt-rock/metal genre that maybe hasn't been heard before?
“I hope that Heat Of Damage stands out as a band that can’t be completely categorized, in the sense that the songs we write encompass many different musical influences and sub-genres of hard rock/metal. I would like to see us stay versatile, and not fall into a single style that we can’t break out of.” - David
OR: You've had great success in the Sacramento area with your work. Are there plans to expand further into Northern or Southern California, or maybe even in other states with a tour?
“Beginning in 2016 we will definitely be breaking out of Sacramento. We have already performed a show at the iconic Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, and plan to hit various cities throughout California as the year goes on. A full-out tour would be ideal of course, perhaps reaching out of state as well.” - David
OR: What bands or artists have influenced you and your music as a whole?
“In terms of guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan is my main influence. The Beatles are by far my favorite band of all time for their creativity in their song writing. Bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Trivium, Metallica and many others are massive inspirations for me.” - Nick
OR: What theme, ideal or meaning do you hope your fans will get from your new album?
“Our songs are typically written for open interpretation for the listener. However on this record we discuss many topics such as betrayal, violence, substance abuse, and so on. I definitely see our fans being able to make a connection with those subjects.” - Julian
OR: What are your future plans now that you have released this album?
“We already have ideas floating around for what will go into our second album, following Open Fire. As of right now though, the important thing is supporting Open Fire as much as we can, and getting it into as many hands as possible. We want the album to be heard all over!” - David
OR: If you could hand pick who you toured with on a big tour, who would you pick and why?
“A few bands off the top of my head would be Papa Roach, Deftones, Trivium, We Are Harlot. There are so many I could pick.” - Nick