We can’t remember who recommended Arizona death-thrashers Rising Pain to us, but whoever did – we owe them a beer. We challenged guitarist Ricky Racines to step up to our Future Hits interrogation…
From: Arizona, USA
Sounds like: old-skool Machine Head, Misery Index, the crunch of breaking bones
Thrash Hits verdict: Arizona has thrown up some badass metal in the last few years. While bands like Job For A Cowboy are the face of the movement, it’s bands like Rising Pain that make up the real bones and the blood of the scene. They’re also pretty useful to have on hand if you fancy taking a trip down Mexico-way…
How did you meet?
My brother, Danny [Racines, bass] and myself moved to the USA from Ecuador in 2000 . We met Justin [Bredvig, vocals] here in Arizona, and we went through a few drummers till we met the right guy in Andy [Luffey].
What made you want to start a band?
I just remember thinking to myself, I can do this man! and at an early age I just started to try and write songs…been doing it ever since
Where did the name come from?
We were originally called Rising Down, but somebody else had that name already, so we came up with Rising Pain after I found a piece of poetry on the internet named Rising Pain that described how I felt! so we just went with it
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Well, I think the fact that me and my brother are Ecuadorian brings something fresh to the table. Especially in the Bass – I don’t know exactly what it is, but it sounds Ecuadorian to me! With the other 2 guys being from the USA it creates a great balance.
What are your musical influences?
Between all of us there’s a wide variety of stuff we like, but I would say some common bands with all of us are Death, Pantera, Megadeth, Testament, Slayer…so many to name. I’ve been jamming to a lot of Misery Index lately and Decapitated.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
I love releasing albums – we have 3 releases under our belts now. It’s very gratifying too hold my albums and to see what we’ve been dedicating our lives too for the past 6 years. It’s like a snapshot in time.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
I would love to open for Megadeth!!!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
It’s hard to figure out exactly where we sit with other bands! we’re just trying to work on our sound and create something different. What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment? I think the mix of our music and our vocals make our music stand out more than other bands….
What’s the funniest show you’ve played?
The best show i think was a few years back in Mexicali, Mexico. We played in a Car wash, no stage so the pit was right in front of us, 3 kegs, everybody was going crazy, I remember looking to the side and I couldn’t even see the rest of the band, just a cluster of people!!
What have you got planned for the future?
We released our album early this year and toured a little, we’ll maybe do another run in the Fall. In the meantime we’re writing, writing and writing! We want to have another new album out by this time next year.
Tell us a joke.
Why did the boy fall off the swing?
Cause he didnt have any arms!
Rising Pain’s third self-released album, The Essence of Decay is out now. For details of how to get hold of a copy, check out their official MySpace.