Exiled From Grace – “A show of strength in belief in oneself and one’s own individuality.”
Exiled From Grace are a hot, young new metal band from Sacramento, California! Their debut EP “Tragedy” is out now on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital music platforms! The band members include John Timmons (Vocals), Gerard Aguilar III (Bass), Molly Wallace (Drums), Dru Wallace (Guitar) Alex Lovato (Guitar).
How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you onto metal?
John Timmons: My dad listened to a lot of classic rock like Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles, so he would pretty much be playing one of their cassettes every time I was in his truck with them so that was sort of when the seeds were planted I guess. But it wasn’t til around middle school that I started getting into heavier music, and from that it just snowballed into metal, then Deathcore, then wanting to play and perform.
Gerard Aguilar III: I joined the school marching band in 7th grade and soon discovered bands like Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria.
Molly Wallace: Playing Rock Band was what originally got me into music when I was younger and going to Warped Tour is what really got me into metal.
What got you started playing music and how old were you?
John: I was 11 or 12 when I bought my first bass because the only kids I knew in a band in my town needed a bassist.
Dru Wallace: When I was 7, I used to play Guitar Hero 3 and I loved the songs on there so I started learning them on real guitar.
Alex Lovato: I saw the movie School of Rock and got a guitar the Christmas I turned 8. After that I started playing live with my dad and grandfather.
How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments? Have you always been creative?
John: One of the early projects I was in had a vocalist who wanted to play bass so he asked me to hop on vocals instead. I would also say Marilyn Manson had a big influence on my desire to be a frontman. I am differing levels of proficient in just about every instrument present in this band, mainly so that I can contribute in some way to the writing process rather than just lyrics. No, I would say that I’ve grown exponentially as a musician just in the last two and a half years that I’ve been playing with G. He’s helped me grow into a much better and more capable player all around.
How did Exiled From Grace come about? Where did you develop the name? Where is it derived from?
John: I joined a project G was already apart of and we found that we clicked personally and musically, so after not long we had split with the other members and formed EFG out of that. As for the name, we were sitting in my garage spit-balling names and it was between that or an homage to an As I Lay Dying record. It really is meant to represent people who feel outcasted from society’s typical outlets of happiness and finding the courage to create their own happiness outside of society’s norms. And then subsequently, wearing that “mark” as a show of strength in belief in oneself and one’s own individuality.
What is the plan for recording new music, where, when and with who will be recording you? Will there be bonus tracks, cover songs, vinyl and cassette?
John: We’re currently finishing up the writing/demoing of our full-length with Randy Saelee, the guy who did our EP. We will be recording the official tracks with him and another engineer based out of the Bay Area. As for the rest, you’ll have to find out when we unveil the record!
Who are your original influences and who are your current inspirations and admiration’s local and or national?
Dru: Sworn In.
What makes a good Exiled From Grace song?
John: Heaviness, grooves, and aggression. Everything else is sort of whatever we’re feeling in the moment of writing it or the feel of the song based on the lyrics I have written.
Molly: Anything you can break a limb in the mosh pit to.
What kind of references or influences do you take from other mediums? Is there any particular book, or other artists that you are inspired by?
G: I watch Lords of Dogtown often and it always makes me right tuff riffs.
John: I read a lot of classic/modern literature and I often get ideas based off some of the themes or phrases prevalent in the novels.
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?
Alex: Don’t ask me that question.
John: More then I care to admit because I’m constantly on there promoting us. And I hate all of them.
Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months?
The Agony Cycle EP – Betrayer
Eternal Nightmare – Chelsea Grin
Deathwish – Within Destruction
Come Hell – Dead Crown
World Demise – Falsifier
You’re on a desert island and only have three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what are they and why?
John: Antichrist Superstar by Manson (best album of all time in my opinion)
Women and Children Last by Muderdolls
What does metal mean to you?
John: To me, it basically just means a community of people who all enjoy really heavy and aggressive music because they’ve all been at a point in their lives in which the music has helped them pull themselves out of whatever problem they were dealing with, and because of that there is this culture of respect around each other, like we all know we’ve all gone through similar shit and there’s a sort of familial connection that comes with that.
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for Exiled From Grace?
John: We have a show on September 15th with Alestorm and then one on the 10th of November with Goatwhore and The Casualties. And besides that, we’ll be continuing to finish up our record which should be released sometime next year.