Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
Doc: I am constantly thinking about music. I carry a notebook to write down any thoughts/lyric ideas,
and my phone is full of audio recordings of me humming melody ideas. If anyone ever found my phone
they would think I was a crazy person. Haha.
Marshall: Music has always been a part of my daily life. At some point early on, I started
making time in my day to devote to music; whether it be playing, listening or just
learning about it. Eventually that turned into higher learning and performing.
Leon: Music has been one of the few constants in my life, and I'm always hearing new riffs or lyric ideas
in my head. I think music is the most important and moving art form in the world with its ability to
invoke strong emotion. If you are down ,find the right song and all is right in the world again it's an
Troy: Music has a daily influence on my life in a multitude of ways. Take my personality, for instance,
every time I am having a bad day, I can simply turn on a song that I really enjoy and instantly that bad
turns to a better one. Same applies to when I am having a stressful moment in life as well, it instantly
has a very calming effect on my mind and body. These are just a couple of ways that music has
influenced me in my daily living.
Frank: I find music in everything as it has become a part of me.
Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Doc: In my car. I live in a rural area in Mississippi, so I have at least a 30-minute commute to work,
practice, shopping, etc. I also work in a sports bar/music venue, so I am constantly listening to music there
Marshall: My Car
Leon: I find my self listening to it everywhere honestly, the car obviously but also at home with you tube
or even in video games music is everywhere and is a constant at my house.
Troy: I find myself listening to music honestly throughout my whole day, unless it is something that
requires me to be without it for a certain moment. But if I had to pick a really specific place, I would
have to go with it when I am a long drive by myself
Frank: In the car on the way home.
What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so
on? Why do you favor them?
Doc: I do a lot of writing on acoustic guitars, and Alvarez has always been first choice. For me the tone
and playabilty are perfect. I have used several different mics over the years, but the Sennheiser E835
microphone is the one that I always reach for. It is very transparent, and has just a touch of mid-range
boost that realy allows my voice to cut through and sit well in a mix. I have both the wired and wireless
versions of that mic.
Marshall: Fender – They make the EVH series of amps and pedals that are amazing. Their
guitars are not bad either.
PRS, Musicman and Ibanez guitars
HEADRUSH – This pedal board has seriously upped our stage performance and space. Still learning it.
Leon: Schecter basses not only are their bass guitars great quality and great feeling to play, but I also
happen to be left-handed. When it comes to getting quality instruments most lefty's have to do it blind
we can't go into a music store and pick up and play most of the time we just have to rely on reviews and
hope for the best when buying something and with schecter I know I have quality every time and a wide
variety as they offer almost all their models in left handed as well which is rare and is awesome for
players like me. Darkglass Electronics is amazing as well the sound and tone I can get from my alpha
omega is amazing and I feel I've found my forever amp with dark glass.
Troy: Oh man.. Favorite brands to use. Currently I am using Mapex Drums as my go to for all things
drum-related. When it comes to cymbals, I just hooked up with this really Awesome company named
CENTENT cymbals. I came across them through by becoming friends on Facebook with their CEO from
the USA branch of the company, Mr. Arthur Stonez. I just watched for a few months and saw all of the
great things they are doing for their artist, and customers. Once I saw how great they truly are, I knew I
wanted to jump on board and give them a go myself. I am hoping to one day soon, to join their artist
roster. To all of you other drummers out there, do yourself a big favor, and check out what they have to
offer :). When it comes to drum heads, my go to on those are Evans drumheads of course. And last but
not least we get to the drumsticks. On drumsticks, I just recently got hooked up with a new up and
coming company, called ingrained instruments as one of their first artists on their roster… we are
currently working on my prototypes for my signature drumsticks, they will be available sometime later
Frank: I love Jackson guitars and my Headrush pedalboard. I have played on Jacksons since my friend let
me borrow his back in the day, and have been hooked ever since. Headrush for ease of use, tone
capability, and easy set up.
Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development
or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?
Doc: "Solid Ground" was a reimagining of "Could Have Known" a song that was very popular with our
fans. We were all a little apprehensive about changing that song too much, but Chris Dawson and Jimmy
Beattie really helped us transform that song into something really special. I couldn't be happier with the finished product!
Marshall: I joined Love the Hate a few years ago starting out as a sound guy for them on
occasions and finally being asked to play guitar. Been writing and recording ever
Leon: Solid Ground for me is a song about loss, being hurt and the emotions that come with that, and
the internal monologue of how they are processed. We went to Aphotic studios to record with Chris
Dawson and Jimmy Beattie and couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
Troy: My current project (Love The Hate) has been an evolving project over the last 6 years. It has
definitely had its fair share of ups and downs through the process. I believe the rest of the guy’s will be
able to elaborate more into that, as I just came into the band in late January. But from then, until now I
can say without a doubt that I have enjoyed every single moment so far, and really looking forward to
what the future holds for the 5 of us.
Frank: Im pret'ty sure the other guys can answer this one better than me.
Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them,
if not what do you think is Another Days Armor formula to gel so well?
Doc: The recording process was pretty smooth. We had a good idea of what we wanted out of "Solid
Ground", and we spent two days making it happen. I think that Love the Hate gets along so well because
we treat each other as equals. Every decision is put to a vote, and everyone's opinion is considered
before decisions are made.
Marshall: One of the great things about the guys in this band, is that everyone brings
something to the table when it comes to writing. Although we all have our strong
points, we try to make that part of the process. Riffs are constantly bouncing off
the walls when we rehearse and then at some point, we decide to make a song out
of it. Then we work on how it should be structured and eventually we make a
demo out of the song in hopes to record it professionally.
Leon: The recording process was really smooth and always has been with us Solid Ground only took a
couple days. Love The Hate gels together really well we all have our strengths and roles to fill, and we
treat each other equally no one person is put on a pedestal we are all a collective entity.
Troy: Love the Hates formula to gel so well together, is how well rounded we are as a group. We
respect, and value each other's opinion on every single thing we do. The talent level in this band is just
on another level, but at the same time we don’t have ego’s to go with it. We are all humble individuals,
and respect the craft(music).
Frank: No not really any conflicts I did originally have a guitar solo in this track but for what the song
really needed we changed it to something else.
Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Doc: I really enjoy being in the studio. The whole process of putting all the parts together and hearing
what was in your head become a completed song is a feeling that you just can't get anywhere else.
Marshall: Enjoying the final product.
Leon: I just love the creation process from writing to recording it's an amazing feeling finding that new
riff everyone likes and creating a song out of thin air it's a rush when that happens.
Troy: I enjoy pretty much all parts equally in the process of a project honestly. I love music all around,
so just getting to do it period makes it all the processes equal to me.
Frank: I love the recording process that is when thoughts get turned into sound waves, and its amazing.
How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Doc: For me it's not really about when the song is ready. The song may change once we get in the
studio. The producer may hear something that we don't. We may have some spontaneous ideas or new
inspiration and make changes on the spot. So it's really more about when WE are ready.
Marshall: A song is never really done. Most of the time we have to stop ourselves from
making any more adjustments. It’s a pitfall for sure though and some songs just
never make it out alive before being cannibalized by another song.
Leon: I think if we are tight and comfortable enough with it to play it live in front of an audience that's
the time, but I guess that's more of when WE are ready then the song itself, the song could very well
change in the studio with new ideas.
Troy: I know when a song is ready, when I get this certain feeling when playing it…. kinda hard to
explain, but I just know.
Frank: A song is never finished it just gets to the point when it is acceptable for people to finally hear.
Then the magic happens when the tracks are laid down.
Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself
(yourselves) as an artist/band in 2021 and beyond?
Doc: I really am looking forward to touring after we release the single. With Covid restrictions being
lifted, I know everyone is ready for live music again.
Marshall: We see ourselves on alot of big stages soon!
Leon: Well with covid restrictions being lifted it's nice to see live music coming back and we are
definitely going to be a part of that, and then touring is something we really missed in 2020 so 2021 and
beyond we are gonna be on the road alot.
Troy: As an artist and band in 2021, and beyond… I see us really having a very successful breakout, which
I feel is long overdue for sure. I see us getting onto a lot of tours, and festivals. But I also see myself as
an individual doing drum clinics, among other things to try and involve our current generation of youth,
and beyond to get involved in music. I just want to give back however I can, and share my love and
passion for music!
Frank: We are wanting to become a band that has earned its place on the national rock scene. That
takes a bunch of baby steps and trusting the product and process.