Volumes has been one of the most popular names in modern metalcore throughout the 2010s. Although things initially looked bleak for the band after their vocalist Michael Barr exited the band in 2015, Volumes gained back their momentum by adding ex- Bury Your Dead vocalist Myke Terry to the fold, as well as announcing their signing to Fearless Records. Volumes will be releasing a new record later this year on the label. I had a chance to talk to bassist Raad Soudani about the new record, the addition of Myke Terry, signing to Fearless Records, and much more.
“Right now the scene is changing, it’s getting bigger and better. People are listening more and supporting bands more. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen over the next few years” – Raad Soudani
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Babetalk: What is your name and what do you do in Volumes?
Raad: My name is Raad and I play bass in Volumes.
BT: You guys recently announced Myke Terry, formerly of Bury Your Dead, as your new vocalist, in addition to releasing a new song with him called “Feels Good.” How would you say the reception towards everything has been towards it so far?
Raad: It’s all been very positive. It’s been getting a lot of views on YouTube and we got great reactions when we played it on Warped Tour this past summer. It’s all been good so far.
BT: You guys have a new record coming out later this year, with more details to be announced later. What was the recording process like for this record?
Raad: It was definitely a process. It just took time and care. It took maybe over a year. It was a big chunk of our lives. It was very fun to go into the studio and see what we could create. We tried different things and tried to approach everything in the studio a little different.
BT: How was it recording with Myke Terry? Was it difficult getting him adjusted to the band or was it a smooth process?
Raad: You know what? At first it was interesting but it just clicked right away. He has an amazing singing voice and it works really well with what we are trying to do now by catching very cool melodies and choruses. He came through very strong.
BT: What else can you tell us about the album so far?
Raad: It’s some of the best songs that we have ever made. I think we accomplished something very cool by just completing and organizing really good songs rather than just pile a bunch of riffs together. It’s got lots of dynamic. There are really heavy songs and there are very beautiful, well constructed songs. It comes out later this year via Fearless Records.
BT: You guys signed to Fearless after leaving Mediaskare. It ended up coming out that your previous label wasn’t very good when it came to payments. What was it like recovering from this and having to re-learn how to trust a label?
Raad: I think Fearless entirely is just a different organization. The way that they do their accounting, the way that they treat you, and how open they are. It’s an entirely different experience. Our first contract was like one page and the contract from Fearless was 37 pages. It was very different and it’s more out in the open. I trust them a lot. They are good people with great ideas. I’m very excited to put out this release with them.
BT: What milestones do you hope to achieve on this upcoming record cycle?
Raad: I think Volumes wants to provide something that will sit with fans and people for a long time, a timeless album that stays with you forever. We just want to have a timeless album and gain new fans. We want to continue on that journey.
BT: Are there any lessons you guys have learned being a band?
Raad: Every day you learn something new. There is always a learning experience from the people you meet, the shows that you play, the business that you conduct, to the doors that open up when you’re in a band. I’ve learned so much that I can probably write a book on it. It’s very competitive but everyone likes to help each other out. Right now the scene is changing, it’s getting bigger and better. People are listening more and supporting bands more. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen over the next few years.
BT: Do you have any advice for people just starting out in the industry?
Raad: Work hard. Try to set yourself apart. Make something different and unique. Don’t just recycle other artists. Give back to your community in any way possible. You have to have good art first and foremost. If you can do that, I think it’ll stick with the public very well.
BT: What is the message you want people to take away from your music?
Raad: I want people to enjoy it. Have a good time with it. Let us know how it is. Let it stick with you and let it inspire you to do something really cool.
BT: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Raad: You can check out our new single “Feels Good” out now on Fearless Records. We will be announcing a fall tour soon.
Last modified: September 7, 2016