The UK’s Dead Man’s Chest have been kicking out the footlights since 2006 with a pair of full length albums, a demo, and an EP chock full of scathing metallic hardcore. Now, they’ll be adding a vicious two track EP, Dear God, to their discography and if Cro-Mags meets Slayer tickles fancies as it should, this is all that and so much more. Ahead of the EP release, we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to bassist Cameara to get the inside scoop on a band that should be a household name by now. Check it out below and be sure to show them some support!
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I can’t speak for the whole band. But I was about nine years old when I first played the guitar. My uncle’s friend left his guitar at our house, so we started learning to play. We didn’t have any guitar picks, so we used a coin instead, which was a terrible idea. I learned the bass riff from “London Dungeon” from the Misfits that day. We both got guitars for Christmas that year and it was a wrap from there! All I ever wanted was to play shows in front of people. The fact that I’m still playing after all these years is good enough for me. However, I’m still checking off things from my bucket list!
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Doing things like that never appealed to me. I’ve never done any buy-ons or pay-to-plays. That shit is stupid, and I know the rest of the band feels the same. If you work hard and prove yourself as a band, someone will notice and throw you a bone eventually. No need to suck any dicks. HOWEVER (lol) I do recall telling a promoter that I was pregnant, and that I would cry if we couldn’t play the show. I really was pregnant, but was just joking about the crying bit. In the end, we were put on the show anyways.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I think metal is evolving so much and it’s amazing. There are so many talented musicians that are incorporating elements from non-heavy genres. This leads to more innovative bands and actually broadens people’s horizons. Metal is such a versatile genre of music now that I’m sure any person can find, at least, one band they would enjoy. Also, I personally feel that metal is one of the least judgmental genres of music. No one really cares what you look like, because most of us metalheads are nerds and weirdos. People will judge you on your music ability and most importantly, your live presence and that’s how it should be. Not on how many tattoos you have or what band shirt you’re wearing on stage. Some of the worst things to happen to the scene will always be entitlement. No one cares who you know, how many likes or followers you have, or even what sick custom profile you have on your Kemper. None of those things make you more worthy than any other band. Put in the work, make good music, and mind your business.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
It’s great to see bands progressing and standing up for social injustice. But let’s face it, the world is fucked. Always has been, always will be. We don’t preach about a whole lot as a band. We try to mind our business and do what we do. The biggest thing is that we believe in ourselves. What did Newton say? Something like, “Every action has a reaction” or some shit. This is how we feel. Accountability is everything. Everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions. No higher power is going to save you. No politician is going to fight for you and make the country better for you. This sense of entitlement that people have is what will ultimately be our demise. YOU are in charge of YOU. At the end of the day, that’s the only thing you can believe in. Okay, maybe I got a bit carried away there.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
My uncle was the one who got me into metal/heavy music. I was about 7 or 8 years old. We were angry kids, so it wasn’t a huge surprise from our family. I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, so I was fortunate to grow up around some of the best metal/thrash bands. I don’t think my family expected me to take music as far as I have, but I have been fortunate enough to have their support all these years.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I think just going into every review or interview with an open mind. Being a critic is an opinion solely based on one person. Not every band/artist will be that person’s cup of tea, but taking the time to at least give some positive feedback along with your constructive criticism, is always nice every now and again.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
World domination and starting a cult are both already in the works! Aside from that, I think our goal is to keep making fast, heavy music and continue to do whatever we want. We all have normal jobs that require us to use our “customer service” voice.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Oh no. This is not a good question for me to be answering. My guitar player is going to be embarrassed when he reads this. But specifically in the last month I’ve had a few on repeat: “Vanquish in Vengeance” – Incantation, “Purgatory” – Despised Icon, “I’m Afraid of Everything” – Wish You Were Here, and “Far Beyond Driven” – Pantera, which is probably one of my favorites of all time.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
2020 is going to be a busy year for us! Our new EP, “Dear God” will be releasing in February on Upstate Records. We have loads in the works and will start to announce things as the New Year rolls out.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the publication)
Many thanks to Cameara and Dead Man’s Chest for their time!