Big News From Conniption’s Andy Martin
Thrash metal is alive and well in the American metal scene, and Conniption is one of the Midwest’s thrash kings. Winning several awards and wowing crowds since unleashing two furious albums in 2013, the band is finally in the studio for round three.
“We’ve been working on this album for the last six or eight months. We had a lot of personal stuff go on since the last album on a personal level. A lot of that is going to come in not just vocally, but musically,” says drummer Andy Martin. “We were going to go into the studio a few months back. For various reasons it didn’t work out, so we pushed it back…it wasn’t a financial thing, it was just where the songs were at. We didn’t feel they were up to par. The ground work was there, but it wasn’t ready to record.”
Conniption debuted a pair of new tunes at their New Years Eve show at the Metal Grill in Cudahy, Wisconsin and these songs were certainly up to par. The thrashy tune ‘Self-Destruct’ seethed with inner turmoil and anger, while the more heartfelt ‘Just Give Me a Chance’ showed the band’s softer side like the ballad ‘And the Sun Ran Away with the Moon’ from their debut ‘Kamikaze.’ Since that show, however, the band hasn’t played anything new since, not even when opening up for Trivium at the Route 20 Outhouse January 21st, 2016. Regardless, the band is promising some big things to come.
“There’s going to be some songs that might be our heaviest songs ever, but there will be others that are on the soft, more eclectic side…a Pink Floydish type of thing. There’s definitely more blues and rock showing up in this one,” Martin explains. “It’s something a little different. We’re still Conniption, don’t get me wrong, but the new songs have a little different feel to them. Some of the songs are heavier, others are just…well, personal seems to be the word floating around lately.”
As of right now the new album doesn’t have a title, but the band isn’t shy to say there is definitely a theme to the album. Judging by the songs we’ve heard so far the theme just might be the inner turmoil that comes with the human experience. One thing is for certain; Conniption is looking to break new ground with this album, while retaining the magic of their previous two.
“We’ve never gone into an album thinking how it should sound. It just sort of happens,” says Martin. “Time Has Come was more straight up and Kamikaze was all over the place. This one is going to be kind of in the middle. You’re going to see some of the pain and experience we’ve had since the last album.”
As of right now, Conniption isn’t saying too much more about the upcoming album, so not to spoil any of the surprises. Fans can rest assured, however, that long time producer, Eric LaBrosse (The Heroes Lie), and Cherry Pit Studios will be handling the new Conniption record. Therefore, fans can expect a highly polished and well-mixed album like we’ve seen before. If we’re lucky, longtime fans will once again get the joy and surprise of hearing Conniption on ESPN, WWE, NFL, and NHL. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait until Spring 2016 to see what Conniption has in store.