EMURG’s Interview with The Sammus Theory
In another exclusive interview, EMURG had the opportunity interview a familiar face to our site, The Sammus Theory. It’s been a while since we last covered the band and despite the fact that much has happened over the course of time, the band has held steady while continuing to deliver great music to the masses. Their current album, “Entitled Anonymous”, finds the band in fighting form with powerful songs that show why they are an EMURG favorite on our site.
EMURG: What artist(s)/band(s)/songs/album(s) have influenced you as a band?
The Sammus Theory: As a whole, the band has a pretty broad spectrum of influences such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Kiss, Nine Inch Nails, and John 5. It goes on and on because our lives have been engulfed in music, so the list is pretty extensive.
EMURG: What are the members of The Sammus Theory currently listening to right now?
The Sammus Theory: We rock Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust, Seether, Lamb of God, and many more in the van while we go from show to show. There are way too many to name but the ones we listed are in very good company with us!
EMURG: What has been your favorite show thus far in the band’s career?
The Sammus Theory: The Uproar 2010 in Denver, Colorado at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater (Fiddler’s Green). The crowd was insane and the energy was nuts! If we could pick a second, it would have to be any Rock Richland we’ve done in Sidney, MT or any show in Idaho Falls. It’s absolutely crazy every time we hit those two places!
EMURG: What equipment are the members of the band currently using while on tour?
The Sammus Theory: We use Line6 amplification, Krank amplification, Schecter Guitars, Ddrum Saluda cymbals, Pro Mark Stick, Evans Drum Heads, D’Addario strings, and Nady.
EMURG: If you want people to remember you for one song it would be?
The Sammus Theory: That’s a tough one but we say any song off our new album or The Weak since that one has a lot of personal meaning to us.
EMURG: The last time The Sammus Theory graced the EMURG website was in 2010 when we did a review for your album, “See (It) Through”. How much has changed since that time and what has the band experienced so far?
The Sammus Theory: A lot has changed since 2010. We’ve toured for three more years since then which is a lot of experiences packed into a short time. We released an album in 2011 called, “Trusting The Liar”, and toured on it until November of 2012. In February 2013, we hit the studio to put together our newest album, “Entitled Anonymous”.
EMURG: As mentioned earlier, your newest album, “Entitled Anonymous”, is loaded with twelve tracks that are armed to the teeth with hooks, power, and drive. Can you explain what went into writing it and the experiences along the way with recording it?
The Sammus Theory: We wanted to try something different for this album. We’ve always been 100% self produced, so we wanted to try finding someone who would fit as one of us to take the driver’s seat with the production side. We were on tour with Cage9 in the Fall of 2012 when we decided to have their singer Evan Rodaniche to do it. He knows our sound and knows our live energy and we feel like he captured it. When it came time to write the album over the holidays, we did it how we usually do. I holed myself up and wrote a big handful of songs. Jeremy came over to my house and we knocked out a couple more together and all of those songs were essentially the backbone of the record. From there, we had Evan bring his ideas into the picture as well. He had a lot of great vocal ideas that he sent my way to work with as well as my own. It was definitely a different experience when you have a co-writer involved. When the pre-production was all finished, we tracked everything at Porcupine Studios in Phoenix, Arizona. I sent all of the tracks to Evan after and he mixed them and added all the “ear-candy” to each song. His mixes and ear really brought these songs to life. All in all, it was a really great experience for us and probably the best as far as making an album goes!
EMURG: The track, “Numb”, finds the band once again taking the listener on a chaotic ride of insanity with driving guitar riffs and interesting lyrics. what is the story behind this song? What is this song really about?
The Sammus Theory: Numb is a song about something everyone experiences at one point in their life but from a different perspective. Everyone has been in a situation where they numb themselves to their own feeling and emotion to cater to a person who needs more than anyone can give. It’s borderline emotional abuse and when you’re caught up in it, you don’t realize what’s going on until one day you “come online” and see how bad you’ve been dragging yourself through the dirt. It’s from the point of view of someone watching a person going through this situation- seeing the transition of being a person who’s completely numb and mechanical to a person who’s awake and alive.
EMURG: Is there a main concept behind this new album? What do you want listeners to take away from this new album?
The Sammus Theory: The concept of the album is focused on how a person acts when given the opportunity of complete anonymity. The internet is a massive example of this concept. “Trolling” and other forms of harassment happen all the time from people you’ve never met to people who wouldn’t treat others that way in person. There’s a certain sense of self-entitlement. These people feel that their opinion matters so much that they need to express it whether it’s destructive or not. Hence the album title, “Entitled Anonymous”. We always want our fans to get their own message from our music though. We know what the songs are about, but it’s always much more personal when a person can form their own meaning and have it be parallel to something going on in their life. That’s the power of music…it can mean something completely different from person to person.
EMURG: What is on the horizon for the band in 2013? Is there anything you’d like to convey to listeners to help them get a better idea what The Sammus Theory is all about?
The Sammus Theory: We’re currently on our “Powered by the People” tour and will be out touring on our current album until the end of the year, with hitting the whole country. I’d like to say that if you’ve never seen us live you’re missing out! Not because of just us but because of the fans and the energy of the room. It’s something I can’t explain to its full extent. We have a way of connecting with our crowds that is unique and I think everyone feels it as much as we do.