*How did Strungout begin?
STRUNGOUT WAS FOUNDED BY FORMER MEMBERS RUDY FARES AND FREDERIC MAALOUF WHEN WE WERE MEMBERS IN BLOODOATH. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT STARTING A NEW CHILDREN OF BODOM TRIBUTE BAND AFTER SCYTHE SPLIT UP. SO WE CAME UP WITH THIS PROJECT… THEN RUDY JOINED. WELL WE DID A COUPLE OF PRACTICES… BUT AFTER A WHILE FREDERIC HAD TO QUIT THE BAND DUE TO PERSONAL PROBLEMS… SO WE BROUGHT OUR CURRENT GUITARIST ELIE KHOURY TO PLAY WITH US.
*What are the major influences for the band?
WELL WE’RE INFLUENCED BY BANDS LIKE CHILDREN OF BODOM, DARK TRANQUILITY, AND NORTHER… WE’RE ALSO INFLUENCED BY MUSICIANS LIKE ALEXI LAIHO, ROOPE LATVALLA, JANNE WARMAN, CHRIS ADLER, MIKE PORTNOY, CLIFF BURTON, AND A LOT MORE.. THE TECHNIQUES THAT THESE MUSICIANS USED INTERESTED US…
*What about the originals? Who does the main composing and in what style do they mainly fall into?
WELL WE’RE GONNA STAY IN THE MELODIC DEATH METAL FIELD… STILL OUR ORIGINALS WILL MAINLY CONSIST OF FAST RIFFS, PURE MELODIC SOLOS, SLIGHT MELODIC ORIENTAL SOLOS, AND BREAKDOWNS (NOT LIKE THE METALCORE BREAKDOWNS, IT’S WHAT WE CALL A MELODIC BREAK DOWN).
*What was your motivation to start playing guitar?
WELL IT’S MY BROTHER WHO PASSED AWAY 5 YEARS AGO. THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT ATTRACTED ME TO PLAYING THE GUITAR. THE NOTES, THE SOUNDS, THE FEELINGS…
You can definitely tell from the playing. You guys play some intense music
*Do you guys concentrate on the music more than the lyrics ? (coversoriginals)
WELL TO ME AND ELIE WE CONCENTRATE MORE ON THE MUSIC, LYRICS COME AFTER, BUT WE TRY TO LEAVE A MESSAGE IN EACH ORIGINAL.
Thank you again for your time my friend – looking forward to see you guys kicking ass on stage – Cheers