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Grand Rapids Rocks- Society Kills

I love Grand Rapids and all it has to offer with local music, so I decided why not feature local bands here on wgrd.com! Today’s featured Society Kills, they answered a few questions for me below! Check them out, and if you’re in a local band who wants to be featured fill out this form. I don’t just feature anyone, so don’t suck and you’ll get the Jackie stamp of approval ;) Find me on facebook too, to follow all your favorite local bands, and GRD news by clicking HERE

Band Name
Society Kills
Who are all the members of your band, and what do they play?
Jared Kellum: Vocals, Guitar.
Jake VanderBand: Guitar.
Ryan Nielsen: Bass
Joe Samson: Drums
When did the band get together, and how?
The band started when we were all in high school. When we first started playing together we could barely play our instruments, but we were brought together by our love for music. We all taught each other how to play. We’ve grown up together, and since then we’ve continually evolved as individual musicians and as a band.
How would you describe your music to someone?
We mix together a wide range of influences. Our music is extremely raw and aggressive, but also progressive and melodic. If I had to choose a genre to classify our sound, I would say it’s somewhere between Hardcore and Metal, but try not to put our music in a box.
Who are some of the bands that influence your music?
We all grew up listening to a lot of classic rock and thrash metal, so bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and Guns N Roses are huge to us. We’re also influenced a lot my more modern metal acts like Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
What other bands have your members been/are in?
Our drummer Joe played guitar for a band called Emmasis. The rest of us have been in a ton of other short lived projects with various friends, but nothing really worth mentioning. But, we all enjoy jamming with new people and making music whenever we can.
What other local bands would you recommend people check out?
We really dig a lot local bands, but some of our favorites would have to be Flood the Dessert and Dead Against.
Where is your favorite place to play in Grand Rapids?
It is hard to choose a favorite. We just love to play. It really depends on the crowd, but we usually have the most fun at Mulligans or Quinn and Tuites.
Where can we catch you performing next?
We’re finishing up recording our first EP, and we plan on having a big CD release party sometime in the future, but in the mean time you can catch us at any little bar that will let us play, and let us drink for free.

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