It’s nice to get a bit old school and get the head banging to some quality thrash. To that end we present you with Enemynside! Thanks to Matt for answering our questions.
Bay Area Of Rome – Italy!
How did you meet?
I met Francesco back in the middle of the 90s when I was in another thrash band called Overmaster (we never released any music, we were just a live band). My band and Enemynside (at the time known as Scapegoat) used to play in the same events many times so we had the chance to know each other and when they needed to replace their former guitar player they asked me. About Fabio – we already knew him because he was a student of Roberto, a drummer who played in Enemynside in 2000. Then Fabio brought Andrea in from their previous band!
How long have you been playing as a band?
Scapegoat started around ‘94/’95 and then changed name in Enemynside in 1999, so it’s more than 20 years!
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The enemy inside is something everyone has to face during life: it regards insecurity, self-esteem, choices and the fear that get us stuck in the mud while we want/should go ahead following the right path. We chose to put these two words together to create a new one different from other band names.
What are your influences?
Mainly the Bay Area thrash but everyone in the band has his own influences: from hard rock to extreme metal we cover everything that is heavy, but the roots are in the American thrash scene of the 80s.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
The characteristic of our music is that we brought all the elements of the classic thrash bands of the 80s into the modern times. There are many good new thrash bands nowadays but most of them seems to be focused to play fast forgetting to write song standing the test of time like, for example, the Big 4 did. We love to play fast but we add vocal parts you can understand and remember and a dose of music skills to give the song dynamic and variety to get the listener to play it over and over again.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lately we’re focusing on social injustices because these times we’re living seems to be getting worse.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We try to give to our live performance a mix of impact and a tight sound, the goal is to have fun together with the audience and to leave to the people something to sing while they get out the venue after the show!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I fell off stage a long time ago! I was drunk and it’s not easy to jump when you are that way, but I did and the result was that I broke one of the tails of the Jackson RR I had back then! A funny thing we saw while we were playing a festival in Sweden many years ago was a guy with an horse mask on! He was banging his horse-head during our show like there was no tomorrow!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We have several guitars with different tunings. I used to play Jackson for many years until I broke them all by jumping on stage wasted! I’m joking of course, but Jackson, ESP and Gibson have always been my favourite for now.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We were in the middle of the promotion of our fourth album titled Chaos Machine when the world fell apart because of the coronavirus. But we never gave up promoting our music on the web. With no chance to play live the only way possible to keep the flame alive is posting contents on our official channels. We posted lyric videos, playthrough, quarantine-videos, pics and we’re about to release a new official videoclip for the song “Suffered Defeat” from Chaos Machine in the next few weeks.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
Aside from release the above mentioned video we’re working hard on the new songs. We hope to enter the studios to record the new stuff this year and maybe start to release them as singles every 4 or 5 months. Meanwhile the hope is to get on stage again as soon as this situation will be over
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
There are many great bands we love and we would be honoured to tour with, one of them are Angelus Apatrida from Spain, we had the chance to open for them here in Italy one year ago and it was a real pleasure because they’re a great band and super cool guys! About the opening act to open for us I think Megadeth could be ok!