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Palisades’ Lou Miceli On ‘Erase The Pain’: “You Grow From The Pain That You Have Experienced”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 28 December 2018 at 12.40

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The day has finally arrived! Palisades brand new album 'Erase The Pain' is out everywhere now, and in celebration we had a chat with frontman Lou Miceli about the band's most personal album yet. Chuck on the album, and read our full chat below:

IN TERMS OF ALBUMS CYCLES, IT FEELS LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER HAD ANY DOWNTIME BETWEEN THE SELF-TITLED RECORD AND ‘ERASE THE PAIN’. WHAT WAS THE THINKING BEHIND WORKING SO QUICKLY?
Says Lou: "The thing is we never really have any downtime. Whether it’s when we are off tour or in between recording and releasing, we are always working. It could be writing songs or even now we are recording reimagined and acoustic versions of these new songs.

"I think it comes down to the state of music at the moment. In this world it feels like you have to always be making content. For us as artists, we are always inspired. We love writing music. I love writing lyrics. I love creating and making stuff. For our fans, and us, the more content the better, especially in the age where people seem to get bored with things very quickly. We just want to be constantly creating music as soon as it comes to us. As soon as we were done recording the self-titled, and we had some time to tour it, the moment we had any sort of downtime we were like ‘alright, what’s next’."

THAT’S THE AMAZING THING ABOUT THE MODERN MUSIC SCENE. IF YOU GET THAT SPARK OF INSPIRATION YOU CAN JUST DO IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANYONE ELSE. YOU CAN CHANGE AND MOULD WHO YOU WANT TO BE ON YOUR TERMS.
"Exactly. We get inspired a lot by things we hear on the radio or what other artists are doing and think what it would be like if we did it our way. Then we just open up a laptop and get recording. We always have it with us, even on the road, because you never know when you will pop it open and start going at it."

WHAT WAS THE SPARK FOR ‘ERASE THE PAIN’ THEN?
"With the last album, it was kind of like a whole rebirth for the band. We saw that as the phoenix. We found the sound that we wanted to make. For this album, the inspiration behind it came from us going through a lot. We had a lot of pressure. The last album did really well for us and put in a position where we wanted to succeed. It was a case of thinking how are we going to go up to the next level with this one.

"We were working a legendary producer Howard Benson and with him everything just hit us at one time. When we went to the studio he said to us ‘do you guys want to write songs or do you want to write hits’ and we were like ‘we want to write hits’. All he said he needed from us was emotion, because we can turn emotion into hits."

WHERE WERE YOU DRAWING THAT EMOTION FROM THEN?
"So there was a lot going on in all of our personal lives, especially for myself. I’ve been feeling this crazy amount of anxiety and that became a huge factor within the writing. It’s a very painful album, no pun intended. From the album artwork to the title, it’s almost like a concept album in many ways.

"When you go through the songs track by track, each song is dealing with a different sort of pain that everybody is going through. The last song ‘Shed My Skin’ for example, basically symbolises the whole album. We also have the Ouroboros on the cover which represents infinity. No matter what you do in life you will go through so many trials and tribulations in your life but just like the snake you can shed your skin and start over again. Your path and the pain along the way can help shape you in to the person you want to become."

HOW DOES IT FEEL HAVING A RECORD LIKE THIS IN FRONT OF YOU NOW AFTER HAVING TO PUT YOURSELF THROUGH SUCH AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER?
"When you’re in the studio writing these lyrics on a piece of paper and then you finally seeing it in front of your eyes, it’s a really strange feeling. There were times when we were like ‘is this record ever going to get done?’. It was a truly stressful task trying to make an album that we wanted to and an album of this calibre.

"The thing about Howard was that he just let us be artists. He listened to us. He told us that he wasn’t here to change us, just have his input if we need it. So him being able to just let us be free and experiment really let us hone in on the sound that we wanted. Letting those guitars slam in just the way that we wanted. Putting our own spin, the one that has come to be known as Palisades, on this much heavier album."

HOW DOES IT FEEL REALISING THAT THIS IS THE VERSION OF PALISADES THAT YOU HAVE BEEN AIMING FOR?
"The way that I see things with us is the same as watching a person grow up. I picture our band as this human. ‘Mind Games’ was our teenage years. The self-titled is our early 20’s and coming in to our own and maturing a little more. It’s now the equivalent of your dad giving you a pat on the back and saying ‘good job’. It’s a really good feeling to know that we have created something that will push our career forward but it’s also something that our fans can truly connect with. That’s the most important thing for us. We have fans come up to us and say things like ‘this song saved my life’ or ‘this song makes me feel like I’m not alone’. That feeling of growth from coming into this as kids to coming into things that really matter to us, you can’t describe the feeling. You can only feel proud."

IT’S LIKE YOU REALISE THIS IS THE FEELING YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SEARCHING FOR AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE IT YOU DON’T WANT TO LET IT GO.
"I think the reason that people can connect to that is because they all feel that within their own personal life. When you’re young you don’t really know what you’re doing. You’re just trying to figure it out. You’re doing everything you can to fit in. You’re just trying to do anything to find yourself. Then when you get a little older, you grow from your experiences. That’s like what the album is about. You grow from the pain that you have experienced."

WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON THIS PERIOD IN THE FUTURE, WHAT DO YOU WANT 2019 AND ‘ERASE THE PAIN’ TO REPRESENT WITHIN THE PALISADES STORY?
"For me, and for us as a band, this period will represent all of the things that we have overcome. That is what this record means to us. We have had to overcome so much as a band, be it growing and getting bigger or just getting over all of the obstacles that were put in our way, we didn’t give up and we pushed through it. Hopefully this will be the turning point in our career. We will look back on this album and know that this was the moment that really pushed it over for us. I want to look back and know that no matter what anybody said about us, we didn’t stop."

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