1. Introduce us to your band!
We are A World Extinct. A metalcore band from southern California. Our members are Chris Julian on vocals, Ian Parra and Ryan Hamilton on guitar, Damon Porras on bass and vocals, and David Ochoa on drums and keys. We’ve been a band for about 3 and a half years now. We have three releases, two EPs and one full length album. Our latest release is an EP entitled Theodicy, which we put out in early April.
2. How did you guys start out?
David and Ian have been playing together in a band since 2011. After their last band broke up, they started A World Extinct. When the band first started, it had a completely different lineup than the current one. The old lineup lasted for about three years, but then three members all left for different reasons. The current lineup has only been together for about for about eight months. But in that short time together, we were able to write, record, and release an EP together.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
Our main sound is the usual metalcore sound. A mixture of heavy and melody. However, depending on what song you listen to, you’ll get a different feel for each song. We have heavy songs, melodic songs, fast songs, slow songs, etc. We take pride in having a variety of feels and sounds on our discography.
4. What influences your craft?
Our biggest influence is life. It sounds cliché, but we have felt and experienced everything we’ve put out. The lyrics, the emotion in the vocals, the feel of the instruments, it’s all real to us. We don’t write and play stuff just because it sounds cool. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s just not who we are. We need to be able to feel and experience what we write first, because if we can’t, then how can we expect anyone else to?
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Like we mentioned in our last answer, we’re real. We’re never going to write a song that doesn’t have meaning to us personally. We’re not going to be that band that stands on stage pretending to care about issues that have never affected us, because we don’t have the experience to speak on them. We’re going to write what is important to us. And hopefully other people will hear it and be able to relate to it.
As for our sound, we’re trying to keep the old, classic metalcore sound alive. The kind with in-your- face verses and breakdowns, mixed with catchy choruses. We’re not fans of the direction that the genre is heading in, and we’re trying to keep the music we fell in love with from being left in the dust.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Our song “Castles in Air” tells the story of who we are as a band. It’s a song with a heavy subject matter that has meaningful lyrics and vocals mixed with instruments that fit the tone. The song is crafted so that everything compliments each other.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Our biggest struggle was when three of our members quit all within a few weeks of each other. We didn’t know if we should hang them up all together, or keep going. Fortunately, we decided to keep trucking, and it all worked out.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
There’s a lot of highlights, so it’s difficult just to choose one. But we’ve been able to meet and work with a lot of cool people, and that’s probably been the best thing we’ve experienced as a band. To watch and be fans of someone years ago, to be working side by side with them now is a pretty cool feeling.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We just released our EP Theodicy in early April, and we have some things in the works right now. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but we have some things in the plans.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
We’ve never been a band that cares about our legacy. We just hope that if someone listens to our music, they’ll enjoy it. Simple as that. We hope people can relate to our music and realize that they’re not alone and the only ones who are going something. We want to be an example that things do get better and life goes on.