Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Rhode Island-based modern metalcore rockers Absence of Despair will be releasing their brand new album, Desolate, on September 13, 2019. The album features 12 heavy-hitting anthems that showcase this hard-working up-and-coming band’s undeniable raw talent. Ripping, intense metal grooves blended with addictive hooks poise. The band consists of Joe Reynolds [vocals], Tyler Caruso [guitar/vocals], Dillon Desimone [guitar], Rob Bryant [bass/vocals], and Mike Perrotta [drums].
I caught up with guitarist Tyler Caruso to talk about the band’s history as well as their brutal new CD, Desolate.
Robert Cavuoto: Tell me a little about the band’s origins?
Tyler Caruso: The band started in 2008 when I was high school but we never actually toured or put out professionally produced records until 2015. We had to wait until we were older and could save up and buy a van. We didn’t actually get our feet wet and off the ground until about 2015. Now where we are here to stay and making strides every day.
Robert Cavuoto: Tell about what the name of the band means?
Tyler Caruso: A lot of people get it misconstrued because they all think absence of despair, meaning, “You’re happy.” The name comes from a positive outlook on life. Instead of absence of despair, it’s the absence of sadness, doubt, and negativity in life. Our big thing is be better with our goals of people.
Robert Cavuoto: What was the vision you had going into the making of Desolate?
Tyler Caruso: Before we went to write this CD, we decided to take some time off from the road to fully focus on writing the best record that we could. We also took the extra time because our long-time drummer quit after our 2017 US tour. We just had different view on life and different paths, which is totally understandable. We struggled to find a permanent member who could write and tour whenever we needed to. Our new drummer, Mike Perrotta has been perfect. So we went in the studio experimenting with the new drummer. It was really intense, and he has been killing it ever since. This was the first CD we went in with different tuning; we always played with high tuning drop C sharp and this CD we went with drop A sharp. We wanted to write the most aggressive record we could but still keep it melodic and catchy.
Robert Cavuoto: Did each member contribute with the writing?
Tyler Caruso: We all contribute to the writing. So many bands have one or two core writers. We all bring stuff to the table and work off each other’s ideas.
Robert Cavuoto: Who are some of your musical influences?
Tyler Caruso: For me, I’m a fan of all kinds of music. I write metal, but I’m a huge country fan as well. I know it sounds crazy. My metal influences are Metallica, SlipKnot, and Avenged Sevenfold; they were the first band I fell in love with and made me want to get into a band.
Robert Cavuoto: What does it take to stand out as a band nowadays in an overcrowded market?
Tyler Caruso: Just staying true to your own style of writing. We always try to have a different sound on every album. If you listen to our catalogue, no album sounds like the previous. We are always looking to take influences from great bands with great melodies.
Robert Cavuoto: What do you think has been your biggest challenge so far in your career?
Tyler Caruso: Professionally, it would be keeping steady members. As you get older people change, lifestyles change, and views change. So that’s always been a struggle for us. The last four years, everyone is on the exact same page to be as successful as possible no matter what it takes.
Robert Cavuoto: How do you prevent getting burnt out on the road?
Tyler Caruso: You try and keep your mind as clear as possible. The great thing with us is we all just love everything about being on the road. Everybody has their days where they are anxious or homesick, but we all love the open road and the adventures they bring. We love being in a new place every night.
Robert Cavuoto: Do you have any upcoming tour dates?
Tyler Caruso: We will be announcing it within the next two or three week. It is going to be around the end of September until about the end of October with three weeks of East Coast and Midwest dates.