Rock n roll
is a driving force that will not be denied. Just ask front man and
guitarist DAVE NARUSZEWICZ. After making his musical presence known
with the band HEART-SET SELF DESTRUCT and their two LP's, NARUSZEWICZ
felt it was time to move on and chase that musical muse that could
potentially lead to a wider audience and even wider appeal. After not
finding what he was looking for in his native Chicago music scene he
went to Los Angeles and reached out to drummer RUSSELL RAY formerly of
OLD FASHIONED BEATDOWN. Along with former OLD FASHIONED BEATDOWN
guitarist SHAWN PATTERSON, the three began to lay down the foundation
of what would form the potent sound of VYCES. Eventually the band
filled out to include MARK JAMES KLEPASKI on bass and EVAN SEIDLITZ to
round out the band's hard edged sound on keyboards and synths. Tons of
songs have been written by this unit which explore the darker side of
human emotions and now an unsuspecting public is getting it's first
taste of all that this band has to offer with the bands debut EP
DEVILS. The guitar-driven, aggressive approach of the band is balanced
the SEIDLITZ's nuanced approach to the keyboards making this first
offering from VYCCES something to pay attention to.
ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with DAVE NARUSZEWICZ regarding the
relatively new band and their new EP. Here is how the interview went.
reading up on you guys I had no idea that you were with the
band HEART-SET SELF DESTRUCT.
That's a blast from the past. Some people remember that and it's
always pretty awesome to hear that they do.
sure it is but in the meantime you've got a great new band with a
great new EP. What's all going through your mind in regard to the
finally found the right guys . I've been searching for a band like
this forever. They all care about the music and they are there to be
there and are willing to make the sacrifice. It's an amazing feeling.
I've been flying out from Chicago to California for a little over a
year now every other week for this thing so you can imagine the work
and time and money that we've put into this. The fact that we're now
able to release this record is an amazing feeling.
all helped you guys behind the recording console for this album?
worked with AUGUSTUS CRYNS. He is awesome. He made the sound huge. He
really made it pop. We try to make every facet of the band it's own
experience. Having GUS come in and produce and mix the record was
like a one-stop shop for us. We highly recommend him. We wanted the
audio to take on a life of it's own just like our live show
takes on a life of its' own. Same with our music video. It's
important for each aspect of this band to have it's own life and
me back to the beginning of VYCES. How did this whole thing get off
HEART-SET SELF DESTRUCT the guys in the band weren't interested in
touring anymore. That's kind of a big deal. I've known RUSS for a
long time. His brother is a really good friend of mine in Chicago. I
kicked around the idea of being in a band together. At the time I was
dome with the Chicago music scene. I wanted to check out other
options and I wanted to work with people that were serious about it.
RUSS just got out of another band . the situation wasn't ideal for
him so he and I both decided that we were going to do this. I started
flying out to LA. SEAN had been in in a band with RUSS before. The
three of us wrote and recorded for a year and half and ended up with
fifteen songs. In that time we put the whole album together as well
as the look and feel of the whole thing. We didn't want too many
cooks in the kitchen. And then we got MARK and EVAN and we were able
to put our live show together and now the train is rolling and firing
on all cylinders.
there too many cooks in the kitchen with HEART-SET SELF-DESTRUCT?
Not at all. I was in a band shortly after that with all of these
strong personalities that the whole thing just didn't gel. It's not a
one-man show when you're in a band. Everybody's opinion has to matter
but when everyone has a different idea about how things should work,
it's a problem. Me, RUSS and SEAN wanted to hone in and make
sure we got exactly what we wanted and anyone who joined afterwards
would have to understand what the vision was. We really got lucky
with MARK and EVAN. They believed in the songs. They believe in the
band. It's amazing.
a little more about the other members of the band what you think each
of them brings to the table that makes this thing work.
is the pulse. He's positive about every situation and he gets
everybody in a good mood. He's just a phenomenal musician. SEAN is a
fantastic guitarist. He blows every guitarist out of the water that
I've ever played with. He's always in a good mood
super helpful on the road. He's a hard worker and good at writing
hooks and riffs and captures the gnarly grimy riff sound that we need
for the band, MARK is the bass player formerly of BREAKING BENJAMIN.
The tone of his bass playing really adds some color to the songs.
EVAN does the back up vocals and the keyboard player. In a live
situation he compliments everything that I do vocally . He's a
fantastic performer and singer. We trade vocals and get in peoples
faces. It's a lot of fun.
understand that you guys are currently on the road. How far are you
think this is night number five. We're out with a band called INVIDIA
which features members of IN THIS MOMENT and a member of
FINGER DEATH PUNCH. We're also out with a band called WHITE KNUCKLE
RIOT. It's a really awesome tour. All of the bands really gel well
together. It's a phenomenal tour package.
the newer material what songs are going over the best in your live
opener in our live set gets the most attention and then the song I
WILL FIND YOU sets the first halfway through our set. We close it out
with some heavy hitters like the new single DEVIL and THE HIVE . THE
TORTURED is a really good closer.
why was DEVIL earmarked as a single?
just felt that it was a really good representation of us as a band.
The first single we put out was THE HIVE which was this heavier song
but DEVIL has all of the melodic stuff that we do as well as
the heavy stuff and the big sing-a-long chorus embodies what
the sound of the band is.
what was it that got you into music in the first place. What made you
go off in this direction?
Growing up I watched a lot of MTV
with my dad. He really got me into music. When he got rid of some of
his vinyl he unloaded some of them one. me. He gave me about three
decades worth of music. I listened to every single one of those
records. When i picked up the guitar it was more than just a hobby.
It was love. I didn't want to do anything else. I didn't want to take
no for an answer. I didn't want people to tell me that I couldn't do
something. You've got to go out and do it. You have to make that
sacrifice. It's something I've always wanted to do. Other than music,
I didn't want to do anything else with my life.
the songwriting process in this band. how do you guys go about it?
interesting. I used to write all of the music first and then write
chords and melodies and lyrics but with this band I do the vocal
melodies first and then the music. Ultimately, being in this band has
made me a better musician. These are hands down the best songs that
I've ever been a part of writing. It' all came down to switching it
up and sitting down with the guys and coming up with something. It's
just an amazing experience.
songs off of the EP have you the most excited to get people to hear
WILL FIND YOU. It's got that cool KORN groove to it and that big 80's
sounding chorus. It's got a big pop element. I get excited by stuff
that sounds different and this is the most different song we have.
next for the band musically?
short term plan is to do this tour and then head home for the
Holidays. After the Holidays we want to jump out on another tour and
tour form January to February and go out and really hit radio . We
want to release a full length CD sometime in the early part
Summer but for right now it's all about pushing this EP along.
would you like for people to come away with after they heard this
I want people to dig into the lyrics. A lot of the stuff
that we have on there is very relatable. I hope people really enjoy
it. Jam to it. Bang their heads to it. Sparking any kind of emotion
from people is always the goal.