THE METAL PIT: Hi John and thanks
for answering some questions for THE METAL PIT.
John Patteson: No Problem, my
a great cd (UNANIMOSITY). Did it turn out the way you visioned it when
started the recording process?
Thanks! And Yes it did. We put a
lot of work into pre-production, so
we knew what we were going for.
How was it
working with Sterling Winfield and what did he bring to the album?
Working with Sterling was an
amazing opportunity. He is a very down to earth guy, and knew exactly
what we going
for...a live band caught in HD. No finessed drums, auto tuning, etc...
hear is the real deal. He put his ‘signature’ stamp on the
song mixes, and all
the mix production was his work. He knew what we wanted, and delivered.
Can’t say enough good things about Sterling,
He is a man of his word and we will be forever grateful for the
I have to mention that there
was an amazing amount of time and passion put into BEFORE THE DAMNED by our ‘OTHER’ Producer Darren
of Big Room Studios here in London ON. That is where we recorded
gets overlooked a lot. He was very
instrumental in getting the sounds and performance we were gunning for.
guidance and encouragement
throughout our tracking sessions, but it was Darren that did all the
mix down, that’s when Sterling took over. Darren was the one who
us on board with Sterling. Good guy that Darren is!
You have a
big age range in band members from 22-40 years of age. How did the band
the range of age isn’t
as important as the chemistry of the band. Chemistry is everything. We
Pete, Paul, and I, were all in various bands in the area. It was as
simple as a
few phone calls to hook up really, we knew there was something
‘there’ from the
get go. The hard part was finding a drummer, that was a year and half
we just couldn’t find the ‘right’ guy. Ryan was
initially hired to play drums
on the record, and He offered to join. Getting back to the chemistry
there was little that needed to be said when it came to the drum
just knew what to do to add to the songs. It clicked. Same as when
became involved, they just got it.
the band and describe what they bring to Before the Damned?
SGUAZZIN – guitars. riff master. songwriter.
MITCHELL – bass. songwriter.
– drums. songwriter.
PATTERSON – voice. songwriter. Vision. Manager. Wolf. (see Pulp
How or why
did you choose the band name?
We wanted a name that was
‘big and looming’ sounding to match
our music. It had to say something before you even heard our music.
BEFORE THE DAMNED. – it reminds me of a judgement day
type of confrontation, the moment of truth if
you will....it’s bold statement, a heavy one, and it suits us
As the vocalist what
bands or singers were you influenced by?
many. Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Pantera, Alice In Chains,
Down, Machine Head, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Hell Yeah, Tool, Anthrax,
Maiden, C.O.C. - I could go on forever and these are only the heavy
ones. I LOVE Music.
Vocalists - Layne
Staley, Phil Anselmo, OZZY, Corey
Taylor, Randy Blyth, MJK, Sebastian Bach, and Bon Scott are the main
If different from your influences
be some of the rest of bands influences?
Pretty much the same....give or
take a few. Ryan is a HUGE
Justin Bieber fan, big influence on his drumming. ...umm yeah, not so
was their one moment or singer that made you realize you wanted to
Not really. It’s always been
about metal, I went through
phases with other styles too...which helped expand my versatility as a
Metal is something you feel in your bones.
You either get it or you don’t.
Is there any
plans as of yet for a tour outside of your home based area of London,
Sure, all in
its due time. Wanna spot us some cash for tour support?!!!
As a new
band I am sure your wondering what people think of your cd. Do positive
negative reviews have any effect on what you and the band are doing?
We are very thankful there are
people who dig what we are
doing enough to call themselves ‘fans’.
Our music comes from the gut and for us, it feels right. Ultimately,
that’s all that matters. Why waste energy justifying what others
should be. Their opinions are none of my business.
There is a
guest appearance by Kittie’s Tara McLeod on this cd. How did that
Tara is a good friend. We are from
the same ‘hood
and guitar is her life. I just asked her, and she made time for me to
out. She nailed the intro to Black Halo in one take while enjoying
a beer in the process. Friends and Music, that simple really.
Tara is the most humble
person I know, she
will always take time to help her friends out and always seems to have
her fans. If you reap what you sow, Tara
deserves all the success in the world.
How far do
you feel this band will or can go?
If given the chance, all the way.
That takes the RRRR’s to
fall in perfect place. The RIGHT TUNES, at the RIGHT PLACE, at the
with the RIGHT PEOPLE behind it. In todays musical climate, who knows
happens. We just enjoy making music that we dig and putting it out
could ask for much more than that really?
What are some of your personal
For one reason or another, I LIKE
IT ALL. For me personally, its Black Halo. That one was a
real tough to bring together,
I felt a sense of accomplishment when it was done. Lyrically,
it’s a song that
enabled me to put a piece of my life behind myself.
Performing live for me, its
Gun To Mouth
Blues, Unanimosity, and Beyond Recognition.
What is the
song writing process of the band? Is it a combined effort with the
Usually, Paul, Pete and myself riff
out on a structure, hook
up with Ryan, hammer it out in a jamm. I write the lyrics and melodies.
What would be
the perfect metal band out there for Before the Damned to open up for
METALLICA or OZZY, They have the
biggest metal audiences in
the world. For me, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, or any Pantera member offshoot
Does all the
snow and cold of the winters in Ontario inspire your lyrics or it the
motivation to get famous and tour the warmer parts of the world?
Snow, inspirational??? Maybe if we
were Viking Metal band!
some other good metal bands from the London, Ontario area?
theres Kittie, Baptized In Blood, Thine Eyes Bleed. Helix is still
solid records too.....Indie -wise, check out West Memphis Suicide,
Souls, The Jettison Commitment, Brother My Enemy, 13 Lashes, Surrounded
Water, and Creek Water Junkies! Lotsa good and different metal styles
Where can people check out and
Our cd is ALWAYS
available at shows. Its also available at
(only $12 to
or for MP3 download
reading this that don’t know anything about your band tell them
why they should
check out Before the Damned.
THE DAMNED is an undeniable, no frills, straight up
METAL band. We deliver a loud, tight, gut fueled performance on stage
record, and its goes perfectly with a cold beer.
taking the time for this interview and from listening to your debut cd
good things for this band in the future. Good luck to you and the band.
closing thoughts for THE METAL PIT readers?
for having me for some DAMNED speak. Please Give Us a
Spin @ www.beforethedamned.com
If you dig what you hear, come to show, Rock Out Hard with us, after
Hello, Grab a disc, and say you found us on THE PIT!
hit us on facebook too...all our details are right there, again say you
us on THE PIT!!!
Blake, KEEP IT BREWTAL!