Basilisk is a metalcore band based out of Long Island, New York. After debuting at the end of last year and enduring several lineup changes, the band has finally found its sound and are currently working on their debut EP. I had a chance to talk to the band about their single “Rebirth,” milestones they hope to achieve, how they have grown as a band, and much more!
“Our old stuff, I feel like it wasn’t us. We were just writing to write music. The stuff we have now flows so much better” – Shane Egan
For Fans Of: Beartooth, The Word Alive, The Amity Affliction
By James Boss
Babetalk: What are your names and what do you do in Basilisk?
Chad: I’m Chad and I sing in Basilisk.
Joe: I’m Joe and I’m the drummer.
Jesse: I’m Jesse and I play guitar.
Mike: I’m Mike and I play guitar.
Shane: I’m Shane and I play bass.
BT: You guys released your newest single “Rebirth” over the summer. How would you say the reception towards it has been so far?
Chad: I think it’s gotten a lot of good feedback so far. There is obviously going to be people that won’t like it, but in the end they hate us cause they ain’t us!
Shane: It’s a nice change. After we did the last song with the music video, we got a lot of mixed reviews on that. Putting out this new song, it was a change in style. Chad does the cleans now. We had some member changes. We changed up a lot of stuff and I think everyone took it well.
BT: What was the recording process like for this song?
Shane: Pretty simple, pretty quick.
Chad: We recorded quite a few songs and it felt like it was a hassle for every single one, but with our newer stuff it’s been quite easy, which is a fresh breath of air.
BT: You guys are also working on new material for an EP? How has that been going so far?
Shane: We have been tracking it with Westfall Studios, who we worked with for the single. If people liked “Rebirth,” they are going to like the EP. It’s a good mix of stuff like that.
BT: What was different about writing this new material compared to your previous stuff.
Chad: It’s a world of a difference. Between the people we worked with and style wise, this is more in our range of what we like to play as a whole.
Mike: We’ve found the perfect pieces. Since when Chad and Shane started the band to now, it’s come a long way. I definitely think we are all on the same page now.
BT: How would you say you guys have evolved as a band?
Chad: We work together so much better now. There was a lot of bickering towards the beginning but becoming closer and better friends has helped.
Joe: Even though I haven’t been in long, to work with these guys have been amazing. I understand what they are doing musically. We all compliment each other and we have the same goals.
Jesse: Before to now, we just click now. We figured each other out. It was a learning process about each other at first, but once we started meshing it all worked out. We get things done quick and it comes out great.
Mike: I think there’s a newfound level of confidence. We live so far apart but we all have means of recording so we can bounce shit off of each other and get stuff done quickly.
Shane: Our old stuff, I feel like it wasn’t us. We were just writing to write music. The stuff we have now flows so much better. Every song we have written is definitely personal in some way and can be widely related.
BT: Are there any milestones you guys hope toe achieve.
Jesse: Write, record, tour, repeat. Just get better with every song and be able to play with our favorite bands. We want to make an impact on the music scene, beyond local.
Mike: I wouldn’t want to do it for the fame; I want to do it for the passion. Being able to spread that passion is a plus.
Chad: I remember when I was 13 years old yelling on a stage “Can you hear me.” That compared to where I am now
Shane: I’m investing everything I have into this. I’d like to take this as far as we can. I think we have a great group of guys to do it with.
BT: What is the message you want people to take away from your music?
Shane: I think it’s really important for a band to stand for something and let people know what we stand for. For example, one of the songs we play is about drug abuse. It’s fucking up where we live and hits close to home for everybody. We like to let everyone know what we stand for. You have to say what you feel. Fuck anyone who disagrees and wants to get in the way of that.
BT: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Chad: Thank you to everyone who has been listening and supporting. Keep on the lookout for what’s to come!
Last modified: September 27, 2016