Interview: Infinika Supergroup Featuring Ex-Korn & Anyone Members

Infinika is an alternative rock group featuring frontman/multi-instrumentalist Riz Story (Anyone) and drummer David Silveria (Korn). The group recently released their debut LP, Echoes and Traces, which is now available on iTunes. You can check out Alternative Nation’s interview with Riz Story and David Silveria as they discuss their previous bands, the state of rock music, and the new album.

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Can you discuss how you two got together and how the overall band formed?

David Silveria (drummer): Riz and I have known each other for many years, dating back to his days with Anyone and when I was in Korn.

Riz Story (frontman): When I was making my film, “TogethermentT,” which was this weird/psychedelic documentary, I interviewed Munky [James Shaffer, Korn guitarist] and David [Silveria, Korn drummer]. And that was the first time they heard my band’s album, Live Acid. Pretty much right away Munky offered me a record deal with Elementary Records. I just remember right after that encounter, Korn became the #1 band on the planet, literally. And then we ended up signing with Roadrunner Records. Ten years later, I got a call out of the blue and was asked to sing on David’s new album and that’s how this band was formed.

You guys released your debut LP, Echoes and Traces, last month. Can you talk about the writing process and how it differed from your previous musical endeavors?

Riz: There’s two writing processes for the material on that record, some songs that we worked on together and some that I had previously wrote and David put his touch on top. It was interesting for me to see how the songs went from my version to where they had David’s signature sound on them. But for “Echoes,” David would just groove along and we would do a lot of improvisational work. We didn’t set ay rules or boundaries. Everything is so one-dimensional now. You’re either a heavy band or a mellow band. We wanted to just go through a musical journey. Back in the day, you’d throw on a Led Zeppelin record and you’d go from their heaviest song to their mellowest.


Official music video for “Beautiful World,” the second track off the debut LP

Was there any specific artists you were listening to as inspiration while writing the material for this album?

Riz: No, David and I aren’t even listening to many other artists. We’re just so into Infinika right now. As a matter of fact, we specifically lost ourselves in what we were doing. And I think that’s why it sounds so separate. If we were listening to the latest trend, it would of ended up sounding like it was influenced by the latest trend.

Are you planning on experimenting with other genres or musical styles in the future of Infinika?

David: I would say anything is possible.

Riz: Yeah, there is no limits. I mean we are a rock band, so we’re not going to do a R&B or rap record. The beauty about rock and roll is it can be anything from Metallica to Simon & Garfunkel to U2 to Rush to Pink Floyd.

Korn-Korn Cover art of Korn’s hit debut self-titled album in 1994

You just hit the 20th anniversary of Korn’s debut album? Looking back on that album, would you say it had a positive impact on your life?

David: Absolutely, that’s for certain. 100% positive in fact. I still love that record and listen to it sometimes. In my opinion, it’s the best record we ever made and it’s what started the whole band.

Would you predict a reunion with Korn is out of the picture at this point?

David: Definetly.

And Riz, you were previously in a band titled, Anyone, that disbanded in 2006. Can you talk about this band and your time in it?

Riz: Anyone was this very experimental, ‘maximum acid’ trio that I wanted to explore something tribal and spiritual. It’s funny that you should ask about the 20th anniversary of Korn’s first album because they invented nu-metal and I was right there in the scene and the same clubs. It was really cool to see Korn bring back rock and redefine it. Anyone was doing the same thing and I was really proud of what we did. We did all the festivals like Reading, Lead, Pinkpop, and all the rest. To be honest, I see Infinika as a continuation of Infinika to a degree.

MI0002174296 Cover art for Anyone’s 1999 LP ‘Live Acid’

Are you planning on taking Infinika live soon and who would you want to tour with?

Riz: We’re going to start some shows in southern California. If I had my choice, we’d be opening for The Doors (laughs). But we kinda missed that opportunity. You should expect a show on a theatrical scale though. All the bands that I loved were a big deal live like Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

What do you see for the far future of Infinika?

Riz: If there is a future, we’ll be making records. Everything is in collapse right now. The music industry in collapse. The environment is in collapse. The dollar bill is in collapse. But everything stays up, Infinika will kick out a couple more. I think this creative energy is just starting up.

Anything you’d like to tell current fans or anyone interested in checking you guys out?

David: I’d say listen to the whole record, front to back.

Riz: Just put on some headphones and listen to the entire thing. Feel the lyrics and get into the music. I also want to say thank you to all of our fans. We’re getting a lot of love and support without a lot of promotional backing.

GLUM Releases Music Video For “Life’s Been Better”

GLUM is an up and coming grunge group located in Winchester, UK consisting of frontman Rory Nash, drummer Jack Douglas, and bassist Callum Waldron. The trio are influenced by seattle sound legends such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains. In the band’s recently released single, “Life’s Been Better,” Glum takes the raw sound of 90’s grunge and places a cleaner, modern twist on top. You can check out the live music video for the single, which was filmed live at The Railway, below:

Eddie Vedder Performs Charity Show For 90 People

Eddie Vedder performed a charity show for EB Research in Seattle on Thursday for 90 fans. See the setlist and some photos below.

Setlist:
Trouble (Cat Stevens cover)
Dead Man (Pearl Jam song)
Girl From the North Country (Bob Dylan cover)
Soon Forget (Pearl Jam song)
Can’t Keep (Pearl Jam song)
Sleeping By Myself
Without You
The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young cover)
Far Behind
Setting Forth
Guaranteed
Take it with Me
Better Man (Pearl Jam song)
Just Breathe (Pearl Jam song)
Immortality (Pearl Jam song)
Ukulele Anthem (Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra cover)
Porch (Pearl Jam song)
Hard Sun (Indio cover)

Encore:
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)

Was very blessed to see #EddieVedder play solo tonight. . . #PrivateShow #Acoustic

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Jill & Eddie Vedder also discussed the disease on EBResearch.org, “We are thrilled to be able to support the brilliant work of leading doctors and researchers committed to identifying better treatments and ultimately a cure for this cruel disease. Our close family friends have a son with EB and we want to do everything we can to ensure a better quality of life for him and all children living with those types of genetic disorders.”

In partnership with Microsoft, Jill and Eddie Vedder were instrumental in creating the “Heal EB: Cause the Wave” campaign to raise $5 million for EB research. To learn more, visit causethewave.org.

Also according to EBResearch.org, “An individual with EB lacks a critical protein that binds the layers of skin together. Without this protein, the skin tears apart, blisters and sheers off, leading to severe pain, disfigurement, and wounds that never heal. EB affects the body inside and out. Blisters occur all over the body, as well as in the eyes, mouth, esophagus, and other internal organs. EB causes severe pain, disfigurement, and in too many cases, an early death from an aggressive form of skin cancer. It is estimated that EB affects at least one in every 20,000 births. EB is not specific to any ethnicity or gender. Given that EB affects only 30,000 people in the US, advancing this research relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations.”

Foo Fighters Wear KISS Makeup At Nashville Show

Foo Fighters wore KISS makeup (thought obviously not completely made up like KISS themselves) at their Halloween show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium last night. The band also performed “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath with Zac Brown again. See the setlist, and photos of Foo Fighters dressed as KISS below.

Setlist:
All My Life
I’ll Stick Around
Rope
The Pretender
My Hero
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Arlandria
Cold Day in the Sun
Something From Nothing
Generator
Walk
Polk Salad Annie (Tony Joe White cover) (with Tony Joe White)
Monkey Wrench
Hey, Johnny Park!
Stiff Competition (Cheap Trick cover) (Taylor on vocals and Dave on drums)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) (Dave and Taylor sharing vocals)
Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love (Van Halen cover) (Taylor on vocals)
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Best of You
For All the Cows (Fan requested before the show)
Weenie Beenie
Congregation (Live premiere)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover) (with Zac Brown)
Everlong

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Foo Fighters hosted a private screening of the 2nd episode for their HBO series Sonic Highways on the 23rd of October, 2014 (that episode aired on the 24th, the following evening, highlighting their DC section) at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Afterward, Dave Grohl was interviewed and subsequently did a bit of Q&A with the audience. Grohl discussed how he wants to inspired a new generation of rockers.

“At this point, it’s important to me that, it’s only fair that the next generation has the same opportunity that I had. I got to grow up in this area, and I was exposed to the most supportive community of musicians, who totally inspired me to do everything that I do now. So doing something like this, hopefully, kids can see this, and it can set an example. Forget all the other shit, you and your friends, go play music, then maybe the kids from the other neighborhood. Put on a show, play for some people, play some music, and do it for real, do it cause you love it. Do you it cause you burn and ache for it, and you’ve got to do it. That’s the thing, I feel like I want to try and set that example for kids, so it just keeps going.”