Interview with drummer Brandon Gallagher | By John Esquivel
Old Wounds have found their way onto many punk and hardcore shows, but that’s not where they are exclusively rooted. Like many of their New Jersey peers, they were influenced by bands that were signed to prominent metalcore labels such as Ferret and Trustkill. Drummer Brandon Gallagher answered some questions before they headed off to Oneonta Punk Fest, their two-week stint with Vices, and The Fest in Gainesville.
How do you guys describe the music you guys write?
I guess you could say we are a metalcore band. Metalcore has kind of been ruined by a new wave of bands that are cheesy. It’s more like late ‘90s metalcore. Those are bands that we listen to. We do it in kind of a punk style.
Have people made that connection? Are you introducing people to the style?
That would be awesome if we are getting kids into it! [Singer] Kevin [Iavaroni] is very out there. He’s wearing fishnets, and it’s very relevant to what bands like Bleeding Through used to do. Sometimes, we will play those shows where kids are kind of thrown off, but they are [usually] into it. When we play hardcore or even more metal shows, we definitely stick out. If that means kids are going to go home and listen to older bands too, that’s awesome.
What inspired the EP?
We wrote it without any sort of game plan as to who was going to put it out. We came back from doing tours and we were full of ideas. We just started writing. There were supposed to be five songs on the EP, but we couldn’t figure out a way to fit it all on a 7”. We are saving one of the songs to go on a split with The Banner, and another for a split with The World is a Beautiful Place [& I am No Longer Afraid to Die].
How is the visual art that you create for the band connected to the music?
I try to get a really cohesive aesthetic. A lot of bands that I take influences from – like Converge – were super important to me when I was getting into hardcore. I love getting records in the mail and looking through the booklet, because it creates an experience. You don’t want something to be an eyesore. You want people to enjoy every aspect of the band. People will come and see us live and download the music or whatever, but I think that little bit extra is what sets us apart. We are very art driven.
What would the band love to accomplish next?
We’d love to do a venue tour supporting a bigger band. When you do DIY tours, it’s easy to keep tabs on who likes your band. To be able to play in front of people, look out, and think, “Oh wow, its not the same people we played in front of last time,” would be cool.