For Fans Of: I Killed The Prom Queen / Fit For A King / Like Moths to Flames
For New England metalcore band, Saving Vice, 2020 has been a busy one. Having released their debut album, Hello There, earlier this year, they followed it up with a two track EP last week. Just in time for Halloween, BINARY took on the inevitable merge with machines and creating alter egos, but more about that later as we chat with one of the two vocalists for this band, Chase Papariello.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Hey there! I’m Chase, one of the vocalists of Saving Vice. Few fun facts about me, I love chameleons (own three, about to be four), I’m one of two OG members left, and I own a clothing line named Lowpoint. Apparel.
The name “Saving Vice” was born in a small apartment bedroom in Burlington, VT about four years ago, back when we still recorded in a bedroom (for an EP that no longer exists haha.) We were huddled around each other reading off names that our previous Guitarist (Zach) had written down, and as soon as we got to “Saving Vice” we knew that was going to be the name. For all of us growing up and still to this day, music has been one thing anyone of us could look to at any point for a sort of self-therapy, it is the best vice any of us could look to.
Can you recall your first memory of music?
My very first memory of music I think was listening to a Guns N’ Roses song on the radio and really connecting to a guitar solo, which inspired me to start pursuing guitar. After years of playing guitar, I got into bands like Green Day and Rise Against which eventually lead me to heavy bands like Asking Alexandria and Suicide Silence.
“The group strives on presenting a vibrant energy on both record and live performances as they continue to intensify their overall metalcore sound by combining emotive and melodic tones”
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
I would absolutely love to play a show with Silent Planet, they’ve been my favorite band for a couple of years now. If I could choose one out of genre though, I would sell my soul to make a song with Anderson.Paak.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
There have been so many incredible memories I would give anything to repeat, but my favorite might just be our second year playing iMatter Festival. We had played the festival previously, but we put in so much work since that last year we felt we had grown a significant amount. Seeing the crowd’s reaction and meeting all the fans at the merch booth really made me feel like we had made a positive impact on people’s lives and that’s all we can ask for.
You’ve just released your new EP, BINARY, what are some of the messages you’d like to convey with these songs?
“Binary” was a lot of fun for all of us to write, maybe more-so for Tyler and I because we got to touch on fun but serious subjects lyrically and the songs instrumentally were heavy which is always more fun for the two of us. “The Simulation” is about the inevitable merging of humans and technology as we evolve as a species, and how even though it will come with benefits it will be our eventual downfall. “The Spire” is about going insane and taking on a different persona in order to cope with past trauma and self-loathing.
What were some of the most fun and also the most challenging aspects of recording?
The most challenging aspects were also the most rewarding, this EP was almost entirely self-produced. This was something we all have been wanting to do for quite a while, we take pride in being as DIY as we can and this was a big step forward for us. Since we filmed this amidst the pandemic the most fun part was being able to see the rest of the band every now and again, it’s been a long year away from shows and each other but seeing everybody really helps with our mental state but also with the creative process.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
I love that you asked me this because pizza is a passion of mine, a close second to music haha. I love extravagant pizzas so I definitely can’t judge, but pineapple will not be on any of the pizzas I ever have.
Rising to the challenge, Saving Vice have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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