Interview with guitarist, Matt Marshall of Palisades

Over the last few years, metalcore/post-hardcore has dominated the pages of Alternative Press and the evolving sound of metal music. Heavy guitars and vocal harmonies balance the screaming rage and pounding drums that define the power ballad driven genre.  Bands like Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men and Crown The Empire have conquered the charts while others are looking to capture a piece of the throne. 

Palisades who are signed to Rise Records, label mates of the latter two bands mentioned, are carving their own path to embrace new fans and redefine the lines by blending electronic music with their sound.  Currently on tour in Europe to promote their second full length album “Mind Games,” Palisades guitarist Matt Marshall took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to connect with RSD.    


RSD: How did Rise Records discover Palisades and what was the process like signing with the label? 

MM:  In 2011, we recorded an EP called “I’m Not Dying Today,” and we sent an email to Rise asking them to check it out. They responded 40 minutes later with “Hey this is great, let’s talk about potentially signing you guys to Rise!”  

RSD:  Your first full length album, “Outcasts” features some heavy hitters like Andy from Crown The Empire and Chris from Like Moths To Flames. What was it like working with those guys and making this record?

MM:  It was awesome getting to work with Andy, Chris, and Tyler Carter. When writing the songs we left all their guest vocals spots open to whatever they wanted to do. So when we got to listen to the songs done for first the time it was a real surprise how their parts came out. 

RSD:  You’re on the Vans Warped Tour this year, how stoked are you to get on tour with the other bands? 

MM:  We are beyond stoked! From Pierce The Veil to Riff Raff, we can’t wait to see everyone’s set.

RSD:  How do you think Warped Tour helps emerging bands gain new fans and increase their exposure? 

MM:  Every year around 500,000 people attend the Vans Warped Tour. We get to potentially play to all of those fans and make them a huge Palisades fan which is amazing. Just doing Warped Tour can make an artist’s career.

RSD:  What’s your favorite city and venue to play? 

MM:  My favorite city and venue to play is the Glass House in Pomona, CA. Every time we play there it feels like a hometown show even though we’re from Jersey.

RSD:  What’s the craziest or funniest thing to happen while on the road thus far?

MM:  The craziest thing we ever witnessed on tour  by far was a drive by shooting. We were in Little Rock, Arkansas on the Rise Records tour. While we were packing up we saw two blacked out Escalades driving down the wrong way and then we heard gun shots. We all ran back to the venue for cover. I don’t think anything will ever top that for me.

RSD:  What can new fans expect from a Palisades performance?  

MM:  We want every fan to walk away from our set thinking that was the most fun they ever had! We’re all about having fun when we perform and we want everyone jumping, singing and having fun with us!

RSD:  If you had to give one piece of advice to other bands trying to get signed and achieve their rock star dream, what would it be? 

MM:  Work hard, be yourself, stay humble and never give up. You will be able to be whatever you want in life if you follow this. Life gets hard sometimes, keep moving forward. 

You can catch Palisades on tour now throughout Europe with Our Last Night then later this summer on the Vans Warped Tour in the U.S.  

Follow on Twitter – @WeArePalisades   

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