A band that describes themselves as simply “chaotic” is definitely worth checking out. Sound the Ruin has been together since 2010, and wants their audience to experience their passion through “chaotic-hardcore.” We asked vocalist Gallen Pierce-Lackey a few questions regarding the band, as they prepared to unleash their next installment of chaos: the “Bloodsong EP.” Read the full interview below.
CHRISTCORE: Let’s start off by getting to know the band. Tell us the names of the members, their respective instruments, and how you all founded Sound the Ruin.
GALLEN: Gallen (vocals), Dan (guitar/drums), and AJ (guitar). I started Sound the Ruin in April 2010 by contacting a drummer and bassist I had found on Craigslist. (Laughs) Yeah, we met online! We found our first guitar player a few days later, then started practicing every day for a week. We wrote our first EP (Victory EP) in our first 5 practices. Which were the first 5 times we had ever hung out together (laughs). We started with a dream of creating a better world through chaos, free from the religious jargon that is all too commonly found in hardcore/metal. We really believe that the hope of Jesus is so much better than being right or wrong, in or out. We didn’t want to convince people that God is real. We wanted to show them, through being who were were created to be; which seems to me to point directly to the hope of Jesus. If He can use a bunch of crazy chaotic dudes to change the world, he can use anybody, doing anything. YES… YOU doing that thing that your heart desperately desires! Through that hope, STR was born. Fast forward 4 years, various lineup changes, and a lot of hard work/pain/joy/sacrifice, we are still believing in a better world through chaos. It hasn’t been easy, honestly, but nothing that matters ever is!
CHRISTCORE: For those in our audience who are curious, what is the meaning behind the band’s name?
GALLEN: Sound The Ruin came from the story of The Walls of Jericho. When people hear that story, the end is about the walls falling down… The end. But what about that crumbled wall? We believe that hope is in restoration. Sound the Ruin is about restoring that which is destroyed, damaged, dirty, hurting, and/or lost. That’s what hope is about to us, restoration.
CHRISTCORE: What bands/artists helped influence your sound? What genre would you consider Sound the Ruin?
GALLEN: We would call ourselves “chaotic hardcore.” Our main influence is really passion. That’s what’s so great about chaotic-hardcore; it’s the most passionate and honest way we feel that we can express what our hearts cry out. Many people that watch us live ask, “do you guys like the Chariot?” Probably because, yes, The Chariot is a big influence along with Converge, Norma Jean (specifically Oh God, The Aftermath). I’m sure there are several others I am forgetting.
CHRISTCORE: You have a new EP coming out called [Bloodsong EP]. What can the audience expect on this release (musically/lyrically/vocally)?
GALLEN: I’m not even sure exactly how to answer this question. We poured our hearts out into this EP. We really felt the EP as one story, one piece to give hope. The flow of it musically and lyrically is natural and building. Musically, you can expect panic, chaos, speed, and insanity. This is the first thing Dan and I have written together. He wrote guitar and drums for this record and he is a madman. Expect the fastest, heaviest, most chaotic thing we have ever written. Lyrically, this is the most honest I’ve ever been… I poured my heart into [these] lyrics. I wanted to bring light to and acknowledge some serious problems and injustices I see in the world and in modern Christian culture. Acknowledge the problem, then focus on the solution. I believe there is a lot of hope in these lyrics. Honestly, there is a lot going on in these 5 songs. Lots of vocal tracks, Lots of noise. Expect chaos.
CHRISTCORE: We are exclusively streaming your track [Blood] on our site. Tell us about how the song came together, and what it means to you.
GALLEN: Honestly, I think Dan just recorded a scratch guitar track on his iPhone and show it to me. Immediately I was like “Yup.” From there, I just listened to it over and over and over again. I rewrote the lyrics to it, starting over from scratch, 2 or 3 times. Finally, it made sense. There is a filthy virus in the Church and America by the name of justified violence. I don’t believe wars are a part of the better world Jesus has called us to. To me, “Blood” is a call for a better way. It ends with “We can change everything!” I really believe we can change this historical pattern of killing in the name of. I think you can sum up the heart of the song with these lyrics in it:
“Blood for blood they scream; but if we give it, it can never be taken.”
A better world will come not from killing for those your love, but dying for those who hate you. That seems to be the model of Jesus.
CHRISTCORE: Any final comments to the fans?
GALLEN: Thank you for being our friends. Thank you for being there with and for us. Thank you for caring about our music. There is always hope. Never arrive. Keep seeking. Believe in a better world. As a bonus, we teamed up with Sound the Ruin to debut a brand-new track from their upcoming EP. Listen to their new track “Blood,” exclusively on ChristCore.net