MEET ARIZING FROM DETROIT


Updated: 12/20/02

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Arizing and how long the band has been together.

Hello! Arizing is:
Matt Dalton: Vocals
Nick Steadman: Bass/Vocals
Johnny Pregler: Guitar
Ryan Brukwinski: Drums
Dennis Klein: Guitar/Vocals
This lineup has been solid for a little more than a year now, but the band itself has been going for four years with various member changes.

Where is the band from and what is the music scene like there?

We are all from various suburbs on the Northeast side of Detroit, MI, and our headquarters is a bedroom in Nick's house in New Baltimore, MI. The music scene in Detroit is probably similar to many in other cities. Coincidentally, the bands that we play most shows with are also from New Baltimore (Emotep, Autopilot). We have venues throughout the city that we often play, but it is becoming much more difficult to book shows in the national-level venues. This is because of the corporation that is buying all of these facilities and only allowing the big money-makers to book shows there. I'm convinced that this is why because even many of the national indy-level bands are bypassing Detroit and playing other Michigan cities like Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Describe the music of Arizing to someone who has never heard it before.

We pride ourselves in being open-minded when it comes to writing music. We each come from different musical backgrounds, so each member adds a different flavor. We find it difficult to describe our music without pigeonholing ourselves into a certain genre. When we write music, we write with a specific feeling in mind, using whichever means necessary to convey that feeling. Whether it is a pounding riff with screams, or modest melody lines with vocal harmonies, we use all available resources. We try to disregard any and all boundaries.

How did your show at The Warped Tour go and how did you wind up on the bill?

The Warped Tour was excellent. That was by far the largest crowd we've been in front of, and we performed superbly. We ended up being the second band to play that day, but it worked to our advantage because our stage was right in the path of the entering people. We still hear from people who said that they saw us playing there. We actually won the opportunity to play from a contest run by Ernie Ball Strings. We submitted a bio and one-song CD and we were surprised as hell to find out that we and three other bands had won. It was one of our favorite shows we played this summer.

Describe a live Arizing show for those of us here on the West Coast who have yet to see you play. Any chance of Arizing showing up out here in to play?

We tried to narrow it down to three words: LOUD, THICK and MOIST. [laugh] We believe that if people are going to pay money to see us play, then we ought to give them their money's worth. We don't currently have any plans to tour out West, but once we finish the EP that we're currently working on, then that might become a possibility.

Where do you get the ideas for some of the lyrics on Womb?

[Matt:] The lyrics for Womb are simply embellishments of personal events.

Whose idea was it to call your album Womb and what deep, philosophical meaning does it imply?

We don't really remember who came up with the title, but it mostly represents the mark of a beginning. This was our first record on a label and we saw it as a beginning. The album title also ties in with the lyrics and general theme of the record itself.

What are some of the songs you will be recording for the EP and when will it be available?

We are currently recording four songs with Grant Mohrman (Celldweller, Jettared) including: Fall Semester, Sour Patch Kid, Pinky Swear, and The Big 'L'." There will also be two or three bonus tracks, and we hope to have the disc out early next year.

If Britney Spears asked you to quit Arizing and tour as a member of her band for a year, what would you do?

[Ryan:] "I'd rip her shirt off." [Johnny:] "No." [Nick:] "K-Y?" [Matt:] "She doesn't have a band!" [Dennis:] "It depends on whether or not I'd get to be in 'Tiger Beat' magazine."

If you were asked to record a cheesy metal song and put it on a compilation, what song would you record and why?

[Matt:] "18 & Life by Skid Row; it puts me in tune with my masculinity to sing as high as Sebastian Bach. [Dennis:] Any ZZ Top song, because it's cheese with class.

Do you have any messages for people who might be interested in checking out your music?

Don't expect any cookie-cutter music or flavor-of-the-week sounding songs.

Any final words of wisdom?

[Matt: "Don't stick it where the sun don't shine."] [Nick: "Don't fart in the wind."] [Johnny: "Thanks for reading."] [Ryan: "If it's in your heart, go for it."] [Dennis: "Nobody likes a whiner."]


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