EMQ’s with FAITH & SCARS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, NC based Rock band, Faith & Scars. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We’re Faith & Scars! We’re a modern-day hard-hitting Rock Band based out of North Carolina. We do our best every day to act as a namesake for the code we live by: Faith will see you through, and Scars will make you stronger.
Established in early 2014 by frontman Roger Liverman, the Faith & Scars drive has always been pushed by Faith.
We’ve found that if you hold faith in something, and hold it tight – be it your dreams, Family, a significant other, yourself or God – You’ll find yourself possessing a force that will push you to be the best you possibly can be.
We have a profound love for music, and we find inspiration through many bands & musicians.
We just want to be the best we can be, and have a good time doing it. It’s a lot of hard work, and sometimes heartache to keep a band together, but if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do… Then we’ve done our job. We aim to put on the best show of our lives every time we step onto a stage. Whether it’s 2,000 people, or 2 people and the bartender – we try to play every show like it’s a sold-out stadium.
How did you come up with your band name?
We were heavily influenced by Rock bands of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. Bands that came to mind were Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, & Art of Dying; most of which shared a common theme: 3 words per name. We took note of this, and set out on our journey to find our name.
Digging deeper we soon realised that we were moulded & driven by 2 things. One was dark & heavy. The battles we’ve been through with ourselves, or oftentimes 3rd parties. The failures we’ve experienced, individually & as a group. Collectively, we summed these experiences into one word: Scars.
Our other motivation was quite the contrast. It was & is what gives us the will to get up & push forward when life knocks us down. Like we said above, our drive has always been pushed by Faith.
We took a hard look at both sides of that coin, and created Faith & Scars.
What we became is much more than a name to us. We created a mantra. The code that we live by: Faith will see you through, and the Scars will make you stronger. Learning from our mistakes, and keeping the Faith in our future.
One thing is for sure, I couldn’t imagine us being anything but Faith & Scars.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We were all born & raised in the USA. It goes without saying, but things are tough in 2020, and opportunities are rare in the scene. We’re hanging in there, & hoping things will start to straighten out soon.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release was a Single from our upcoming Album, “Revolver”. The Single is titled ‘Long Way Home’, and is available on YouTube! We had a great time with this song & music video!
Who have been your greatest influences?
We find inspiration through many bands & musicians across many generations & genres. We proudly wear our 90’s/00’s rock influence on our sleeves, while trying to keep classic rock sounds alive in our arrangements. A short list of inspirations would have to include:
Shinedown, Guns N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alter Bridge, & Jimi Hendrix.
That being said, inspiration comes from every angle. It’s never ending, and it’s a collective. We strive to find inspiration in everyday life. Whether it’s the sunrise, sunset, the lines of the road blurring by on a cold night, or the roar of the crowd, we find inspiration in it all. It drives us to be better every day.
What first got you into music?
Roger: This isn’t the most ‘Rock & Roll’ story, but it’s true. I remember being 3 or 4 years old & noticing my mother, who was upset on our couch. I remember asking “What’s wrong mommy?” and getting “Nothing baby” in return. I remember running down the hall, throwing on my cowboy hat, cowboy boots, & grabbing my toy guitar from my toy chest. I came sprinting down the hall singing a Tim McGraw song, and watched her mood flip a complete 180°. She was smiling & singing along. It made me feel like I was on top of the world. I’m not sure I understood it that day, but looking back it’s definitely a defining moment for me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We love making music, and would love to collaborate with any bands or musicians that would like to! If we had a choice, we’d be overjoyed at the opportunity to work with Black Stone Cherry, or Shinedown.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We’ve always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the greats & playing Download Festival in Donington Park, UK.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We’ve received so many cool gifts from our fans, it’s hard to narrow them down to just one. We appreciate all of them! We will say that the greatest gift a fan could give is their continued love & support. That’s what keeps us going!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
One message we’d like to share with our friends, family, & fans is, even though we’re going through an intense time right now, we can’t afford to lose sight of who we are, and where we plan to be when this is all over. We should rely on each other, & build a support system through social networking to ensure that everyone makes it across the finish line. We were thrown into this situation together and we will finish it together.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s such a hard question! We’ve lost so many iconic artists over the years. We’d love to bring them all back if we had the power! If we had to narrow it down to one, I’d have to be selfish & say Jimi Hendrix. He was the definition of innovative, an icon, and one of our greatest influences.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
We all love traveling, meeting new people, and making new friends & memories in the cities where we’re fortunate enough to play. It’s tough being away from our family and friends at home for long periods of time, but as we say in our bio: if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do, then we’ve done our job, and the struggle is worth it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think we’d all love to wish the Coronavirus away, and get back to playing shows full time!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Roger: I’ve been a huge Guns N’ Roses fan for as long as I can remember! I have to say one of my all-time favourite albums is “Appetite for Destruction”. It’s just so raw & aggressive. It’s hit after hit from start to finish. To me, it’s the best debut record of all time, & the way Rock n’ Roll should sound. Of course, it has just celebrated its 33rd anniversary, and it still continues to inspire to this day!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I think they all have their advantages & disadvantages. It’s really a battle of sound quality vs. convenience. For immediate access when you’re on the move, you can’t beat downloads! Of course, when we have the down time, we love listening to vinyl.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’re so grateful for the opportunities we’ve been afforded. In the past few years we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many of our heroes. Bands & Artists like: Badflower, Black Stone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Jasin Todd (Shinedown), LA Guns, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Shaman’s Harvest & more!
We’ve loved every gig, but we’d be remiss not to mention: the best show we intend to play is our next one.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Roger: I love all aspects of entertainment. If I wasn’t a musician, I’d love to be involved in the industry one way or another. I’ve always gravitated towards art in many forms. Film, Painting, Professional Wrestling, Writing, Music, it’s all a passion to me.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Page, & EVH!
Could you tell? A guitarist answered this question. Haha!
What’s next for the band?
Our next step is to just keep going. It’s an intense time for the world, and things are so uncertain. It’s our job to seek opportunity, and jump on it when we can. We’re going to continue putting out the best music we can, and spreading a positive message along the way.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’ve actually never had the experience of trying a Jaffa Cake. After a quick google, we found that Jaffa Cakes are biscuit sized, but classified as cakes. Of course, my wife & I are playfully arguing about it now, so I will keep you updated on all developments. Haha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Of course! Thank you so much for the interview! We’ve had a blast with y’all!
Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll! Until the next time we meet, y’all Keep the Faith.
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