“Thrashy riffs, awesome breakdowns, and a catchy chorus” with Dylan Newhouse of Monument Of A Memory

New Jersey metal band Monument Of A Memory premiered the music video for “Cold Eyes” with Loudwire. Watch the music video below, directed by Eric DiCarlo (Squared Up Studio), The song is the lead track off of the band’s most recent EP Ex-Mortis, which came out this past January.

New Jersey’s Monument Of A Memory pride themselves on making eclectic, heavy, and original music. Taking inspiration from a variety of genres, from thrash to modern day metalcore, the band melds it together with a modern, vigorous edge. The band blend’s their various influences of artists such as As I Lay Dying , Trivium and Parkway Drive, while managing to find their sound and keep it consistently exciting. Monument Of A Memory is Tommy Gehringer (vocals), Kevin Chapilliquen (guitar), Eren Guney (guitar), Joshua Correa (bass), and Dylan Newhouse (drums). We recently spoke with drummer Dylan Newhouse.

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How did you first get in to music? Who or what turned you onto rock/metal?

Dylan Newhouse: Personally for me I’ve always grown up listening to all kinds of music. In the beginning it was probably classic rock like Phil Collins and Led Zeppelin, but the first bands that got me into heavier music were the first Slipknot albums, Bullet For My Valentine, and Lamb Of God. Those bands really opened my eyes to a whole new world of heavy music.

What got you started playing music and how old were you?

DN: I’ve always been a music lover and I always knew I wanted to learn an instrument I just didn’t know which instrument to choose. Then my friend got a drum set and when I hopped on the drums for the first time, I knew that was what I always wanted to play. Singing came later on in High School for me. I started learning the drums when I was in 5th grade, so I was probably ten years old.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?

DN: The band formed when two of my bandmates who went to high school together started jamming, Joshua Correa (bassist) and Kevin Chapilliquen (guitar). They started jamming and started looking around for new members and after one drummer change and one vocalist change now we have me (Dylan Newhouse) on the drums, and Tommy Gehringer as our lead vocalist. The band name Monument Of A Memory came about, when our guitar player Kevin was leaving church one day and he saw this statue that said “This monument is in the memory of…” And the guys changed some words around and the name Monument Of A Memory came to be.

How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?

DN: I’m the drummer in this band but also the clean vocalist as well. I started singing because I always had a thing with being a vocalist at the same time as being a drummer and so I used to mimmick other vocalists that I loved and I just fell in love with it. Our lead vocalist started doing vocals in High School when he was probably 14 or 15. He used to hate metal actually and he learned how to scream because he thought it used to be funny to scream Top 40’s pop songs with his friends. Then, over time he grew to love metal and started really practicing to make himself the best metal vocalist for this band that he could be. He is also very proficient on guitar and has written many riffs in Monument Of A Memory songs.

What makes a good Monument Of A Memory song?

DN: Thrashy riffs, awesome breakdowns, and a catchy chorus that doesn’t feel done before. We try to stand out and keep our own sound even though we do have a lot of influences for our music.

Who are some of your influences?

Those are just a few that I can list off the top of my head.

How much time do you spend on social media a day? Which do you hate the most but can’t live without? Which do you like and why?

DN: I think we all spend a fair amount of time on social media. Certain members are on it more than others but we all use it. Facebook is probably our favorite social media site, it’s the best website for interaction with fans, and information. We hate Twitter, at least most of us do but we know we need to use it so we have another platform to interact with people on, but we personally don’t really like to use Twitter all that much.

What artists with a message have made you change in any particular way and what was that change?

DN: I think many artists we’ve listened to have given us a new perspective on things. We believe the biggest change we’ve made is to stay true to yourself and what we want to do. Don’t do something just because you think pop charts are going to love it. We take pride in the fact that we write what we want to write. A couple bands that I know sort of live by that motto are bands like Slipknot, Lamb Of God, and a band like August Burns Red even. All those bands always stayed true to what they want to write and we respect that whole heartedly.

Do you still buy cds and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?

DN: I personally collected CD’s for a very long time but it’s starting to become very impractical nowadays. Lately I’ve been streaming more than buying CD’s. But I do love owning a physical copy of an album. Nothing beats that. Most of the band uses Spotify, but I personally use Apple Music.

Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months?

DN: Wow this is so difficult, I’m really bad at these types of things but:

  1. Citizen- As You Please
  2. Brand New- Science Fiction

  3. Currents- The Place I Feel Safest

  4. The Plot In You- Dispose

  5. Automata I- Between The Buried And Me

There are so many amazing albums and I don’t just listen to metal music as you can tell with some of my picks in there, but there were so many more albums from the past year that I’ve loved. These are just some I can think of off the top of my head.

Who have been some of your favorite bands you’ve hung out with and shared the stage with?

DN: The guys in Currents have always been super nice to us and we’ve hung out with them on several occasions, and their vocalist Brian even did guest vocals on our newest EP. They’re always super nice to us and are down to hang out and are just really down to earth guys, we will always support them and their music. The guys in Miss May I are also really amazing dudes. We had the opportunity to hang out with them. They’ve had such a big influence on our music, so it was really amazing to know that they were super chill guys and are willing to hang out with fans.

What does metal mean to you?

DN: Metal to me means expression of self. Letting go of all your anger and putting it into a song. I think it’s a great feeling to know people don’t feel as alone when they have our music to listen to. And if it gets them through tough times then all the better, we want nothing more than to help people.

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