The guys in SUICIDE SILENCE have been pretty busy. Between this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and a brand new album just days away, they’ve got their hands full. So when I first sat down with vocalist Eddie Hermida, I had no idea what to expect. And I made damn sure to stay away from the typical, tired old subject matter that I’m sure he’s sick to death of answering. But a funny thing happened…within minutes it really turned into two guys just shootin’ the shit about the upcoming record You Can’t Stop Me (out July 15 via Nuclear Blast Records), all things metal and a mutual love of history. Have a look:
Amps: How is life being the voice of SUICIDE SILENCE these days?
Amps: On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your excitement level at getting You Can’t Stop Me out to the people?
Eddie: Like 50, 000 (laughs)! I want this record out YESTERDAY. I hate that we have to wait. The waiting always feels like torture but once it’s out there you know, you kind of get hungry to get back into the studio and write another record.
Amps: How much writing did you do for this record since it was your first one?
Eddie: I helped a lot with the arranging, and I wrote a lot of the lyrics. I came up with almost all the vocal patterns and parts, so I definitely did a lot.
Amps: Will that be the dynamic going forward? Does everyone come in with ideas, or does it start with someone bringing in a demo?
Eddie: Yeah, somebody will riff off at home and come to practice. When I got there, there were like, a hundred some odd riffs that weren’t put together yet and then basically we go in and say, “We’re gonna jam this one out today.” And they’d start going at it and I’d listen and be like, “This part’s really cool, maybe we can add this part to it” or something. I feel like most of the work was done the last two and a half months before we went in the studio, really.
Amps: What are the tour plans? Anything finalized besides Mayhem Fest?
Eddie: We’re doing some European festivals and then Mayhem this summer. After that it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what offers come our way when we release this record, you know?
Amps: You’ve been in touring bands for a while. Do you ever find yourself writing on the road in your down time, or is that not something you do?
Eddie: I try to just hang on the road, there’s already a lot of stress out there. You write your best stuff when you’re just at home chillin’, you know? I mean, occasionally I’ll get ideas for songs on the road but I don’t sit and contemplate writing. I might take a mental note for when I come home.
Amps: If you weren’t a successful singer in bands like ALL SHALL PERISH and now SUICIDE SILENCE what do you think you’d be doing?
Eddie: I’d probably be teaching. Probably teaching English or History or Music. I think I’d still be playing music. There’s no way you could pull me from that, I’ve been playing music since I was a kid. I don’t know, if ALL SHALL PERISH hadn’t done as well as it did I think I would’ve just joined some salsa band in the Bay Area and done weekend gigs while teaching at a school.
Amps: A lot of us who live and die for metal are such history buffs. Why do you think that is?
Eddie: I don’t know. History was just a course I excelled in. Which is why I would probably teach it. Same with English. Those are the two I most excelled in and the ones I found most interesting.
Amps: YES! Me too!!
Eddie: I really don’t know. It’s just a love for our humanity, I guess. A love/hate relationship.
Amps: I remember being a kid and listening to IRON MAIDEN records and then going to the encyclopedia to look up some of the battles they sang about because I was so curious.
Eddie: (Laughing) Yeah, exactly. You get a good history lesson with an IRON MAIDEN record.
Amps: What do you listen to when you’re not playing?
Eddie: I tend to listen to the radio a lot, especially in my car. I’ve been listening to a lot of TRASH TALK, a lot of my old metal records from FAITH NO MORE and MEGADETH. I listen to THE BEATLES and MESHUGGAH, too. A lot of PANTERA and SLAYER, too. SLAYER’S God Hates Us All is one of my favorites right now, I don’t even know why. It’s a very polarizing record, but I love it. Some people don’t like the newer SLAYER sound but I stand behind it. I think they sound great old and new. I still need to hear that new song “Implode.”
Amps: (Scolding) Come on, Eddie. Listen to it, willya? You act like you’re a busy singer in a metal band, or something!
Eddie: (Laughing) I will, I will! It’s one of those things where it’s like, there’s so much out there and there’s so much shit to do and I’m like, “Fuck! New SLAYER song!” I don’t know why. I mean, they’re on Nuclear Blast with us now. There’s all this cool shit happening for SLAYER right now and I’m over here slackin’ (both of us laugh)!
Amps: Tell me something we DON’T already know about Eddie Hermida. Something we can’t find online.
Eddie: I don’t know, man. My life’s a pretty open book. I welcome everyone to read it. I think a lot of people don’t know that I’m deathly afraid of snakes. I get to a point where I’m in a room and if there’s snakes on the TV I get the heebie jeebies and I feel like they’re slithering on me. And I’m about to go shoot a music video with snakes in it.
Amps: Well, you’ll appreciate this… (I tell Eddie the Mr. Snakey/BEHEMOTH story)
Eddie: See? Only in Texas, man! That’s why I’m in California; it’s too cold for them! And we’d like to keep it that way.
Amps: My one friend swears that since I was at a BEHEMOTH show it was the Dark Lord manifesting himself!
Eddie: (Laughing) Yeah dude, totally!!
Amps: What would you like to say to your fans, not only of your work in SUICIDE SILENCE, but all your endeavors?
Eddie: Hey, I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the support. I have been dumbfounded every step of this path, and I have taken all that positivity with me through some tough times, and it really makes me enjoy the best of times.
And that about sums it up. Eddie is a really super-cool dude, and I can’t wait to meet him in person. Having already listened to the new record I can tell you that You Can’t Stop Me is one hell of an album, and I think fans old and new will love it. Be sure to catch Eddie and the rest of the boys in SUICIDE SILENCE tearing shit up on Mayhem Fest in a city near you!! Check the dates HERE.