Meet upcoming nu-metal band Sicksense in this in-depth interview
There’s no denying that nu-metal is alive and well. Just look at bands such as Korn who have emerged in the nu-metal realm and are still topping the rock charts and headlining major festivals.
Now there is also a new generation of artists creating their own brand of nu-metal, inspired by the greats of the genre and a range of other sounds. One of those groups in Sicksense.
Sicksense features singers Killer V (Vicky Psarakis) and Rob The Ripper (Robby J. Fonts), who are married, along with guitarist Breakdown Bran (Bran Panic), drummer The Trve Cody Taylor (Cody Taylor) and bassist Spot -On Sam /SOS (Samuel Bedard). Their debut EP, “Kings Today,” arrives April 22.
Vicky and Rob spoke with Audio Ink Radio about the band’s debut EP, what they hope to bring to music and what it’s like to be in a band with their partner. Read the full interview below. For more information on Sicksense, go here.
Anne Erickson: Congratulations on your first EP on the way, “Kings Today”. A first album is always very important for a band. What did you want to achieve and convey for this first album?
Vicky Psarakis: I want to put our name there. I feel like saying, “Hey. We’re sicksense. This is what we do. We don’t know exactly what we’re doing – it’s absorbing a lot of things that we love about heavy music and mainstream music. We have , in terms of our lyrics, a more serious tone and a lot of themes that I think can get people thinking. So, I’m hoping to accomplish that – grab people’s attention and engage them and get them to notice what we do and embrace it.
Do you feel like nu-metal is coming back as a genre?
Robby J. Fonts: I don’t know if it’s coming back, but from my perspective, I’m keeping an eye on the hip-hop and pop scene, and I think a lot of other mainstream artists are incorporating that nu-metallic sound. I think things take a darker turn with mainstream music.
Vicky: I feel like he almost never really left. I think there were a lot of bands that did that with a more mid-level underground status. I feel like we haven’t had as many new bands that exploded and become as big as Korn or Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park, but I feel like it’s always been hanging out there and that’s something that people have always loved.
What do you think makes nu-metal such an old genre?
Vicky: I think it has something for everyone. If you have an open mind and can say “I like to rap in my metal” and “I like to sing” and all those things, then I think there’s something for everyone. It’s a lighthearted pleasure to listen to and shake your head. It’s groovy and easy to get to and super catchy, and then at the bottom of it all, there’s often very serious tones with the themes and lyrics. So, it encompasses a lot of both sides of life, from serious times to really fun times.
Robby: Absolutely. It’s music that people easily identify with.
You are both married! What’s it like to be in a band with your partner?
Robby: It’s amazing. We have a very good relationship between us, the people and the partners. Being able to work together on these songs comes easy, and we respect how each of us works. Like, I can’t sing at all, but I can rap and write lyrics, but my wife is like a Mike Patten wife, so she has a huge singing range and can do anything.
Vicky: It’s really easy to write music with Robby, because we also live in the same house, so anytime we can sit down and say, “Hey, let’s work on this song together.” It makes working together really easy and convenient, and we have this respect for what each other does, so we don’t have any arguments about it. As for the lyrics and the rap, I completely trust what Robby is doing. He really supports what I do with my singing and melodies. There was never a single time when we said to ourselves, “I don’t like this at all. Scratch it,” to the other person.
Do you have a favorite song from the new EP?
Robby: My favorite is “Heart of Stone”. I think we incorporated some great vocal interaction into this one, and lyrically I was calling out some people on the stage and calling for friendly competition with people, letting people know that’s what we do and who we are.
Vicky: The one I’m most emotionally attached to is ‘Make Believe’, because it’s the first song we wrote together for Sickness knowing that we were both going to be in that band. It was the first real glimpse into the future of what we might look like, and it was exciting.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future of the band?
Vicky: We just want to keep making music and hopefully go around the world and share that music with more people. I often struggle with that, like, What is success? I feel like it’s this unreachable thing. The more it grows, the more you say to yourself, I have so many subscribers, but I want more. There’s never really a time when someone can say, “I made it. For me, it would be to be able to continue to grow. Sky is the limit. I just want to grow and reach more people and for our music to reach out to them and connect with them and help them in life and allow us to create even more music and perform around the world.