INTERVIEW: Ricky Sherman from Kill Corporations


LOS ANGELES, February 15, 2016 — Kill Corporations is five-piece punk band from the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area in California. Their styles tend to vary from song to song, but one can generally expect to here rad guitar riffs, with dueling solos, fast drums, cool bass intros, and vocal range that seems to be able to stretch as far as the songs call for. In January, Kill Corporations released a full-length album, 432Hz, on Felony Records. Recently, guitar player Ricky Sherman took some time to answer some questions regarding Kill Corporations.

When did you first get into music?

In the late ’80s.

What were the bands you were into?

I got into Metallica and Guns n Roses around ’89. What those bands did on guitar made me want to do that, but I couldn’t because I did not have an instrument then.

Was guitar your first instrument?

Actually, I wanted it to be my first, but I played drums first. I remember vaguely when I heard some guys playing Anthrax at a church in Bassett, when not in session of course, and me thinking, “Wow, they’re playing some cool s**t,” and I went in and bugged them to let me play. So, they eventually let me sit in and jam. 

When did you start playing?

Probably around 1992.

What made you want to start playing?

Thrash Metal I would listen to that while skateboarding in friends backyard half pipes. 

What bands got you into punk rock?

I can’t remember what compilation, but there was a Damned song called Born to Kill on it and I thought this is how to rock n roll. Green Day and Rancid were a huge influence to me also, so they really got my bearings going honestly. 

Were you in bands prior to Kill Corporations? 

Played in Anti Social Brats in high school and that became Young Once later on.

How did Kill Corporations form?

My friend Chris Del Rio wanted to start a band with me and wanted to introduce to some friends he had been trying to get together for a side project with Gizz Lazlo and Jeff Clarke. They didn’t know who was going to drum yet so I suggested my childhood friend Erik Campos since we already had a band together and I knew he would do great. I asked Erik and he was down to jam with us. We all had great jam sessions but with our lives and commitments that eventually brought some small difficulties with our schedules and jobs so we cooled off. So, we were pretty much down to three guys, Jeff, Erik and myself. We brought in Milton to play guitar with us and the band sounded full and heavier, then Jeff told us about Adrian Saylor. We listened to his stuff and heard a great voice that would not only fit, but make us all better. We all jammed and we were a band right away. We lived happily ever after.

What is the writing process like for you guys? 

We usually write the music first and arrange them with vocals to complete them.

Your songs on the album can be pretty diverse sounding, is this intentional?

We just play what feels good, when we started it was tough to see what we were going to be like, so we just shared ideas, old and new, and we had fun learning from each other and loved the process.

Is that Iron Maiden sounding part an intentional nod to  Iron Maiden?

We definitely respect Maiden’s music, so I would say yes. I think they’re bad ass!

How did the deal with Felony Records come about?

Jeff got our music to Felony Ron and Jeff told us he was interested in helping us put out the record. We were stoked!

Will you guys be doing any touring this year to support the record?

Probably extended weekends where we can do four or five shows at a time. With bills and life commitments we will have to work around more than when we were in our twenties.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you or the band?

We are working on new music at this time. There will be more!

432Hz from Kill Corporations can be purchased now via Felony Records.

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