SK: How would you describe your music to a stranger?

Richard (vocals) - Metalcore. Great guitar riffs, catchy choruses, cookie monster screams, and groove. Oh yeah and breakdowns, of course.

Adam (guitar) - A mix of past and present metalcore with hard-hitting riffs, catchy choruses, and groovy breakdowns

Derek (bass) - Groovy metalcore that makes you want to move

Qadry (drums) - Groove

SK: How often do you wash your legs?

Honestly, when the bar of soap is nearing the end of its life I'll wash my legs to help end it. Other than that, I just assume the water and running soap suffices.

SK: Who or what has been your biggest influence?

Richard - Life experiences that’s what all my lyrics reflect. Musically, a bunch of different bands, from As I Lay Dying to Emmure. Phil Bozeman and Whitechapel are who and what got me into doing vocals in the first place, though.

Adam - As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, In Flames, Erra, Coheed and Cambria

Derek - Erra, As I Lay Dying, In Flames, At The Gates

Qadry - Trivium, Lamb of God, Sylosis, Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold

SK: Would a werewolf go to a doctor or a veterinarian?

Whichever insurance plan covers lycanthropy as a pre-existing condition.

SK: Do you listen to your own music?

Richard - Does showing people it count? If so, yes. Sometimes if I have my phone on shuffle and a song comes up, yeah, I’ll play it. It also helps with learning and growing creatively.

Adam - Yes, because I like to reflect on it and grow as a musician and composer

Derek - I do while cleaning and listening to it with the click tracks. I mean, we wrote it, so yeah I dig it.

Qadry - Yes, because we created it and I also learn from it.

SK: Is a conjoined twin one or two things?

By definition they are one thing as they are conjoined. Have two separate thought processes is different from being identified as a “thing”. They are one.

SK: What will it take for you to feel accomplished as an artist?

Richard - When I see people in the crowd singing my words back to me. And honestly, there is a commercial side to this, of course—being signed would be great. I think it’s important to look at it from both the artistic and commercial sides of this.

Adam - Two parts to this: when someone likes what we create but also I never feel totally accomplished because there is always improvement to be made and constant peaks and valleys

Derek - Nothing. It never stops and will never stop. There will always be ideas.

Qadry - I honestly don’t know.

SK: Is there a difference between pissing your pants and pissing into your pants?

Yes. There are multiple ways someone could piss INTO pants, but only one want to piss your pants.

SK: What are you most proud of?

Richard - First and foremost being a father. Musically, navigating my way through a troubled upbringing to write words for songs that hopefully people enjoy and connect with.

Adam - Being a father of two daughters and my marriage. But musically, coming back and joining a band after not being in one for 15 years and creating our EP, Escape.

Derek - Starting from scratch and getting involved in the band.

Qadry - Being part of the band, making music and performing for people

SK: What is the worst possible show you can imagine playing?

Richard - Honestly, no show is a bad show. We’ve played empty rooms, but when certain rooms or venues cannot or “weakly” accommodate our technical demands (backing tracks, etc), that can be frustrating.

Adam - I just love playing, so as long as people aren’t throwing things at us, I’m good.

Derek - I tend to agree with Adam.

Qadry - Visibly being able to tell people don’t like the music.

SK: What’s the easiest way to keep up with the band (social media, websites, etc)?

Definitely social media!

Instagram - @trueshotband (links to personal accounts there, too!)

Facebook - Just search “TrueShot”

Twitter - @trueshotband