Lately, we promised to broaden our horizons! And our first interlocutors are incredibly cool death/metalcore performers from sunny California – Apricity. These young and talented musicians have swept Californian fans off their feet and shared the difficulties, problems, and worryings; opened personal boundaries to our readers and tell us a little bit about future plans. So, don’t waste your time and hurry up to read the interview.
- Say a few words about the band in general.
We are composed of three members. Austyn Holsinger who is our Vocalist, Dylan Fuller is our Lead/Rhythm guitarist, and Kurtis Moss is our drummer. We are located in Hesperia, California which is just an hour and 30-minute drive from Los Angeles. The band was formed in the summer of 2015, and we started playing shows locally in the LA area in February of 2016. We have gone through many lineup changes, originally starting out with five members.
- How would you define and characterize your genre? Is it popular in the USA?
Our sound has changed since we started. When we first began composing music, our major influences came from groove metal and metalcore bands. Our music today is completely different and it’s hard to give it a genre. If we had to put a genre on our music it would be a mix of Metalcore and Deathcore, which does have a good following in the USA. Obviously, you have pop artist and rappers dominating the charts. But the metal scene has a loyal and dedicated group of people listening which still makes it possible for bands like us to strive.
- Why does actually “Apricity”? What does the name of your band mean?
The definition of Apricity means “The warmth of the sun in winter” Which over time changes meaning for us. To us, it means finding something good out of a shitty situation. Knowing that there is good in all people. Apricity is knowing that life is harsh, knowing that the sun will come out in the worst times and that with time things get better.
- Do you have any difficulties during your rehearsals? How often do you gather? How many hours per week do you dedicate to rehearsals usually?
All of us live two minutes from each other. So we are all basically neighbors, it makes getting together for rehearsal simple. We practice at our drummer’s house and try to practice 3 days a week for about 3 hours. So on average 9 hours a week to go over a setlist for a show, talk about financial priorities, and write new music.
- What groups are your examples to follow?
We draw influence from many of our favorite bands. The band such as Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, A Day To Remember, Of Mice and Men, Architects, Avenged Sevenfold, and Cradle Of Filth.
- Tell our readers whether you had any funny cases during your lives or any other performances?
One funny event comes to all our minds when we think of this question. We have all have a mutual friend named Tanner who is thirteen. We were playing at a house party and brought along Tanner. We were playing a cover of Bones Exposed by Of Mice and Men, when suddenly during the intro riff Tanner started slamming a ukulele into his head multiple times breaking it into places. He was okay afterward, but we just remember the ukulele being louder than the music itself.
- Lately, you’ve published Our Mess Is Our Message. What ideas did you put into?
“Many ideas went into Our Mess Is Our Message. I struggled with addiction to painkillers for a better part of three years, and have been sober for two years now. So the whole albums lyrics basically explore the root of my addiction, and why I turned to numbing myself. Our song “Mental Ruins” is about my grandma passing away, who I was very close too. She was basically my mother and I grew up living with her for more than half my life. Around the time of her passing is when I started to look for ways to cope. The songs “Vessel for Demons” and “A Way to Cope” are about the addiction itself, comparing demonic possession to addiction, and talking about why we as humans resort coping mechanisms. “Rain” is about the side of me that justifies my addiction and that side of me that wanted to never get better. “Note to Self” is about finding new ways to cope with my problems. Now instead of taking a pill or two, I’ll write out my problems on paper, and work it into music. The title of our EP, Our Mess Is Our Message, is a saying I thought up. That basically pushes me to become better in life. If I look back at my mess and everything that I caused. I can take that negative part of my life and make it into something positive, like our music.” – answered by vocalist Austyn Holsinger.
- When would your fans be able to enjoy themselves with your music? Do you plan any US tour or local performances in California?
We usually play at least a show a month depending on what we having going on in our lives. We have one show planned for January of next year. It will be on the 18th at the PBW in Pomona, Ca. So our friends, fans, and family can come out and have a good time with us on that date. We want to go on a west coast tour of the US. Starting down here in California and working our way up to Washington, but that, unfortunately, won’t happen anytime soon. That will hopefully happen early 2019, but in the meantime, we play shows all over southern California so our fans won’t miss out.
- Do you have any plans for further development?
In regards to further development, we are constantly writing music and trying to better our sound. We want to experiment with more clean vocals, while at the same time bringing in heavier riffs that include brutal vocals. We may have experience but there is definitely a ton we still have to learn. We will continue to play shows. That way we can improve our live performances. At the moment we are looking for a permanent bass player since we don’t have one. We do however have a fill-in bass player that isn’t apart of the band but comes into play shows with us. So adding a fourth member is going to be a priority in the months to come.
- How does it feel to be a musician in the USA?
We honestly are so lucky and grateful to be musicians in the USA, especially in California. The local scene is huge here and it’s so nice to see so many people support what we do. We have made countless friends in other bands that have become family to us, we always book shows together, and help each other out. We aren’t sure how the local scene compares to Ukraine and it may even be better there for all we know. But we are very happy and thankful to be where we are.
- A lot of Ukrainian groups face with the problem of stereotypes about the rock music. Have you ever experienced such issues?
Yes! Every day we face the stereotypes of the rock and metal genre. We often get seen as satanist, assholes, delinquents, and heartless people. Often it’s the older generations that think we worship satan. When in reality the nicest and most humble people listen to metal. We aren’t too knowledgeable about the stereotypes that Ukrainian groups face and they may be different than the ones we face. But either way, it’s wrong to judge someone off of the way they look, or what music they listen too.
- You had a lot of live performances and now you are experienced musicians. What would you like to advise to the beginners?
Advice to anyone starting in the local scene is to not be afraid to fail! We have had countless shows where something will go wrong and we have to improvise and overcome a failure. It is okay to be nervous! Play a lot of shows that way you can get used to being in front of people, and improve stage presence. Know that it is okay to change your sound and experiment. Whether that goes for live performances or actual music you write, don’t be afraid to do something new. Last advice would be to not do a lot of pay to play shows! Pay to play shows means shows where you have to sell tickets and any tickets you don’t sell you have to pay for. You can easily lose a lot of money if you aren’t prepared to sell the amount of tickets given. Also, make sure it is a show with a band that will bring in a good crowd.
- How will you characterize the contemporary underground state of American rock stage?
The underground state of the American rock stage was suffering for a bit a few years back, but there has been a revival as of late. New bands offer the same heavy riffs but in a new way. Almost as if a new genre is being created. People over time get bored with the popular metal bands and search for something new to change their listening experience. Many of the bands we play with offer just that. If you look at how metal has changed you will notice a trend of new bands taking influence from popular bands. Then make a name for themselves with offering something new to the scene. We hope to continue this trend because we, as well as the bands we are friends with, will be the future of metal.
- We have a tradition: every group wishes smth to our readers. Please, leave your wishes to your future fans.
We, first of all, want to thank U-Bear for giving us this opportunity to share our experiences with them. We also want to thank the readers for giving us their time, we wish you all the best in life, and we can’t wait to see what connections everyone forms with our music!
- This time we decided to make an experiment and asked guys to give a feedback about some Ukrainian bands. So, that comes out of it.
The first breakdown caught us off guard. It is very unique and badass. Wish we thought of it first. Chorus only repeats twice which I wish it repeated a third time. It was a great and catchy chorus. The guitar riffs were great and heavy! Overall the song was great and it took us by surprise how well it was.
Holy fuck that girl is a badass. The growls are amazing as well as her clean vocals. The guitar parts are progressive and have a level A complexity that makes them amazing to listen to. With that being said I think the vocal melody on the chorus didn’t quite follow the music too well. The chorus is where my interest dropped a bit. Although the chorus is not horrible, and still enjoyable.
They had an odd style we never really heard before, we loved it! The guitar and bass kept us interested the whole time. The verse and interlude really caught our attention. The vocals were very unique. Took a couple listens to get used too. On first listen we weren’t exactly sure if we liked the song or not.
- And here comes the present for us and our readers from Apricity. Guys looked through our page and chose one more group. The sound of the melodic death metal/ metalcore band Wasted Heroes caught their attention. Here comes the feedback
Stumbled upon this band from the interview you did with them. We gave them a listening out of curiosity. So being that they are the first band from the Ukraine we have listened too. They surprised us! They sound like a band from here! Every part of their song “Stay On Your Line” we enjoyed. There were some lyrics that weren’t enunciated greatly. Meaning we couldn’t make out the words, but this may be due to a language barrier. Great song and video!
This is how American performers openly and frankly exposed the Ukrainian readers to the soul. Young, but promising and already experienced, enthusiastic and thirsty for the creation of new masterpieces, told us about the difficulties of young groups abroad, stereotypes (which are very similar to the Ukrainian one) and fearlessly told us about the personal tragedies that formed the basis of the new EP. So, if you are interested in their creativity in more detail, get acquainted with it at Bandcamp, as well as in the official community on Facebook. The editorial board is very grateful for the collaboration and is really pleased with the result, and in return, we want a group a lot of creative inspiration and passionate fans.