After the breakup of Wilkes-Barre nu metal group Absolution last year, drummer Tom Godin II and guitarist Ian Zuckerman wasted no time in starting a new project.
Eventually joined by singer Corey Kipps, guitarist Tyler Metz, and bassist Bryan Jackson, they became Digital Collapse, an alternative metal act with a heavy, yet melodic sound and high aspirations.
Even before their first show at Diane's Deli & Internet Cafe (206 S. Main St., Pittston) on Saturday, May 25, the quintet recorded an EP (due for release in July) with Sevendust's Clint Lowery at Architekt Music in Butler, N.J., preparing for the road ahead to stardom. Godin talked with The Weekender about the new band and how they plan to get there.
THE WEEKENDER: What led to the breakup of Absolution and the formation of this new group?
TOM GODIN II: (Absolution) solidified a lineup about two years ago, and we did a couple national tours. We recorded a couple albums, and ultimately in the end, I just found that I wanted to do something else stylistically. The one guitar player that we got from Winchester, Va. – me and him clicked right away and we decided we wanted to do something a little different: a little more technicality, guitar work, a little more melodic vocals. We enjoyed what we did in Absolution, and I think it parted on decent terms. I still talk to most of the guys from it.
W: How are the bands similar, and how are they different?
TG: They're similar because it's still a heavy sound, but it still has a radio-friendly vibe to it… It has just enough of that edge of heaviness that we're hoping to kind of grasp both audiences with.
I would describe it as a heavy, alternative metal, but still hard rock. It's very similar to bands like Deftones, Sevendust maybe. It's a little more guitar-oriented, kind of like a Killswitch (Engage) or an All That Remains, but the vocals are more melodic. There are not a whole lot of heavy, heavy vocals. Our vocalist has a great voice… If you take out the vocals, it could be really, really heavy, but the vocals kind of bring it back to a more mainstream feel. Hopefully it's something that people enjoy.
W: You guys already have an EP. Why was it important to make the record first before playing live?
TG: One of our goals when we started this new band was we wanted to be a national recording artist, so that was our mentality from the start. To do that, you really have to have a product that's ready to go and on par with what's out there, so we wrote a couple tunes that we thought were really good. We just wanted to go all out with it, and we wanted it to be something that's on par with what you would go out to buy at a record store. We don't want it to sound like we cut corners or anything like that.
W: How did you end up meeting Clint Lowery and working with him?
TG: I believe it was September. We were on Facebook and Clint Lowery posted that he was looking for bands that were interested in production work, and what I noticed about it was the studio that he was working out of I actually knew, and I knew the engineer and I knew the guy that owned it because we had played a show there before because they also have a live venue there. It just caught our eye.
He wanted to work with us, and we went to the studio and we cut a four-song EP. It just got done being mixed this week, and it goes to Sterling Sound on the 31st and it's being mastered by Ted Jensen. We said we wanted a product that is 150 percent and gave it our all. We felt it was important to have that aspect taken care of beforehand; now it's time to concentrate on our live show.
W: What has he like to work with?
TG: It was a really cool experience. He's a really down-to-earth dude. He's really humble, and he's a great guitar player and a great writer. He threw a lot of ideas at us. It was just amazing how creative he is after being in Sevendust for like 15 years, and he's worked with some other bands. He's done Dark New Day, he has a couple side projects, and after all that music has gotten out of his system, he's still that creative. It's just amazing. He hit us with a lot of good ideas that we took advantage of and it ended up making the songs better.
W: What do you have planned for this debut show?
TG: We plan on having a really solid show together, a really solid stage presence, really high energy, powerful. We want to just come out, this is who we are, and just grab people's attention with it.
We have a 40-minute set. A big change with this band is we did a lot of work with programming and stuff like that, so we do run programming live. It made it sound thicker, more polished… I think it's one of the things that'll make the live show bigger and sound more full.
W: What are you most looking forward to about the show personally?
TG: I'm looking forward to the fan reaction, crowd reaction. I'm looking forward to seeing what people's thoughts are on it, especially in this area because we haven't played a show in like a year and half, since Absolution's last show, and I'm hoping to see familiar faces out there and just see what they think of the music.
We're here to put in the work and do whatever it takes to make this our career, one way or another.