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A Dirty Dozen with ALBORN – August 2020

| 27 August 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Formed in 2016, Northern Illinois based alternative metal band Alborn consists of Justin Taylor (guitar/vocals), Alex Raser (drums/vocals), Zame Lewis (bass) and Nate Guske (guitar). Their sound has been compared to Deftones or a heavier version of Alice in Chains, but make no mistake, Alborn has created something unique, hard and melodic. In August 2020, the plans are no longer on hold. The band inked a distribution deal with Imagen Records (ADA, Warner Music) and are releasing their debut EP, Impairative on August 28th. The EP contains 5 songs: 4 originals and one killer cover of Alice In Chains’ “We Die Young.” This is just the start for Alborn. It’s a matter of time before Covid 19 passes and you hear the war cry “ALBORN RULES!”at a live show near you.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Justin: I think if anything, it would be the attention to detail, primarily between transitions. We spend an enormous time making sure that all riffs, vocal melodies, verses and choruses all make sense and flow very smoothly.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Alex: We grew up around musicians, both family members and friends. I’ve wanted to bang on the drums for as long as I can remember.

Zame: I’ve played music since I was about 10 but in high school I started learning how to play other instruments and eventually ended up playing bass and it was around then I realized I wanted to be a musician. Not really a specific moment I can remember though.

Justin: It wasn’t a specific moment for me exactly. My dad had me playing out when I was 5 so I’ve always had the musician mindset haha.

Nate: I played music on and off until I decided I wanted to try starting a band at age 19. I came home from college after switching majors four times, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, and started writing songs to pass the time. Quickly realized I was falling in love with music.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Justin: I was introduced to Slipknot’s self titled album very early on and remember my entire mindset on music changing from the first time I heard it. I had never had that many emotions come from a single album.

Alex: Hmm, it changes over time, but I’d always gravitated towards the style of Morgan Rose from the start.

Zame: Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory was for sure my biggest influence. That album got me not only into that genre but music in general. I still remember being about 12 and hearing that record for the first time and losing my mind haha.

Nate: Hybrid Theory was definitely the first album that I began to continuously jam when I was in elementary school.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Alex: Danny Carey, Matt McDonough, Morgan Rose, Abe Cunningham, and Nic Pettersen.

Justin: Randy Rhodes, Stephen Carpenter, Jason Richardson, Chad Gray, and Chino Moreno.

Nate: Chevelle, Deftones, Incubus, 10 Years, and Dark New Day.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Alex: Chino Moreno! would love to hear his killer and unique vocals on an Alborn tune.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Alex: We’ve always stuck with calling ourselves alternative metal. Little harder than hard rock, but not quite into the heavy metal scene.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Justin: The ability to express ourselves through our music, and then be able to showcase it all on stage, and on top of that be able to connect with the people through our music and performance is hands down the most gratifying feeling I’ve ever felt.

Alex: Being in a band with such an amazing group of people is always the best blessing I could ever ask for.

Nate: Someone telling you a song you wrote helped them through a tough time.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Alex: We definitely order out some good Pizza or Mexican food. We all like a nice IPA to go along with it. Nate loves to sing along to anything so he’d probably pull the guitar out if he was boozed up enough hahaha.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Justin: Seeing Parkway Drive on a side stage during the day to a packed crowd was incredible. They all dressed and acted like normal dudes, no acts or gimmicks, just a pure ass kicking performance.

Zame: Korn was high on my bucket list of bands to see for a long long time and I finally got to see them this past February. It was amazing how identical they sound to their recordings.

Alex: I went to Sonic Boom a couple years ago and saw Greta Van Fleet for the first time. For as young as they all are, they made it look like they’d been in the spotlight for years and performed better than their album sounded and I was just amazed.

Nate: At Sonic Boom one year, Of Mice & Men had just finished up playing and the next band started playing on the other stage. The band was Gojira who I had never heard of before & they absolutely kicked my ass.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Justin: My other gig is a music producer, so If the musician thing wasn’t an option I would want to be a full time song writer and studio musician.

Zame: I’ve always been interested in the graphic design/digital art field so I think that would be sweet.

Alex: Video Game streamer, cause c’mon video games are awesome.

Nate: I would love to be a producer & work with other musicians. I get a lot of enjoyment out of hearing other peoples takes on music.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Alex: There’s plenty, but it’s simply not worth looking back in hindsight because everything you have done has helped get you to where you are today.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Justin: I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the recording of the White Album by The Beatles. To watch all of the arguing and drug use turn into 2 discs of timeless music would be mind blowing.

Alex: Deftones, White Pony. It’s been such a staple in the rock and metal world for so many years and I would have just loved to see how they brought it all together and in what fashion they were able to captivate the perfect blend of energy and feel.

Nate: Koi No Yokan because it is an album of complete bangers.





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