Threatpoint is a groove metal band based in Pennsylvania. The four piece band formed in early 2012, now they have three full length albums and have played hundred of shows across the US. Threatpoint talked about coming together, their love of music and the difficulties in live performances.
Where did the band name come from?
We were throwing around name ideas, one idea had the word “threat” and another idea had the word “point” in it. So we just decided to combine the two. No crazy meaning behind it, just trying to come up with something cool.
How did you all get together?
Threatpoint is Chris James (vocals), CJ Krukowski (drums), Matt Van Fleet (bass) and Alex Olivetti (guitar). The band formed in early 2012. CJ and Alex were in a band that had just broken up and Chris’ band at the time had just broken up as well. We knew each other for a few years since our old bands used to play together. Our bassist Matt is actually the one that told Chris we were looking for a singer, that’s where the initial seed for the band was planted. We’ve had many line-up changes through the years and now Matt is officially a part of the band. It’s very fitting since he’s the one that pretty much put the band together and we all knew each other prior.
What inspired you to become musicians?
Just our love of music; whether it be listening to, writing, recording or performing.
Was that what you always wanted to do?
Yea, this has always been my goal. To write, record and perform. It’s great to be in a band with people with the same goal and to tour the country and play to people and places I thought I’d never be.
What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
The title track from our latest album “RIP”, it has fast parts, groove parts and an upbeat chanty chorus.
What artists influence you as a band? Who do you admire?
Everything from The Doors to Cannibal Corpse. We all listen to different bands within and outside of the metal genre. As far as bands that are similar we get a lot of comparisons to Testament, Killswitch Engage, Devildriver and Pantera.
Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
I can’t think of any one person off-hand, there’s a lot of artists and bands we draw inspiration from that would be great to work with.
My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what apps do you have on your phone and which one is your favourite?
I don’t have many apps, just YouTube and Snapchat. I use YouTube the most.
Can we expect to see you playing shows in the UK anytime soon?
Nothing planned, but we’d love to make it over there!
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Nothing too crazy just staying hydrated and doing warm-up exercises and stretches.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
To be able for us to get our ideas out and have them connect with people. It’s great at shows when people are into the music and start moshing or dancing. We’ve heard many times that our songs have helped people through difficult times in their lives, it’s great to be able to help people out. Music is therapy not only for us but for the listener as well.
To you, what is the most important part of a song?
In most songs the chorus seems to be the big hook. I think every part is equally important to make a whole song great.
What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?
It depends on how the song comes together, sometimes ideas just come and flow together and sometimes it’s a struggle. Going back to the previous question, the chorus is the part that you want to be the most memorable.
If you’re buying music, how would you do so: CD, vinyl or digital?
CD, I love jamming albums in the car and the smell of the booklet.
What is the most challenging song to play live?
Probably “Bury the Wicked”, which we just released a video for. It’s the fastest song we have. In terms of guitar, it has a lot fast picking and galloping and two guitar solos. It’s fun to play but is pretty demanding.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Air drumming to pop songs in the car in the early to mid 90s.
What’s your fondest musical memory?
There’s a lot of great memories, probably just the simple fact that I get to play out all over the country and help create songs with my bandmates.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
First and foremost, have fun! Listen to different styles of music, it can open up your mind to new ideas you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. Find like-minded musicians and jam, it’s great to bounce ideas off of others and perform for an audience.
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?
I normally don’t get starstruck, it’s always great to meet people you admire. However, there was this one time we played in Massachusetts and Joel Stroetzel from Killswitch Engage was there hanging out and watched some of our set. I’ve met a handful of famous musicians but never had to perform for one.
What would be your dream tour?
To keep it simple, I’d throw us on the bill followed by Trivium followed by Metallica. I can also just make a massive festival with all my favorite bands, but there’d be too many to name haha
Where would you be, ideally, in 5 years?
Gaining more experience as a band and continuing to reach to new audiences. It’d be great to play in the UK and Europe.
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