The Traditional –
The Queen of Heaven
By Dave Schwartz
The Traditional are an emo/hardcore band
from Buffalo, New York consisting of Anthony Musior (vocals / bass),
Jon Coric (drums / backing vocals) and Mike Bienias (guitar).
They’ve been kicking around the Buffalo scene for a couple of years
now and are starting to make some noise. On March 17th they
released their second record, an EP called “The Queen of Heaven.”
I spoke to drummer Jon Coric just a few short days prior to the
release to find out more about the record.
DB: First of all, congratulations
on your new album, “The Queen of Heaven.” I’m eager to hear a
little about the record.
JC: Well, let’s see, it’s called
“The Queen of Heaven.” It’s a six-song EP that we’ve been
writing over the last two years or so. We recorded it last
February, mastered it in March. We’re getting ready to release
it on Anchor Eighty Four Records. They did our first release
(“How to Live Without Blood”) so we’re pretty excited that they’re
doing a second one with us.
DB: I see the record will drop on
March 17th. So tell me about the writing process.
How did the songs come together?
JC: As a band we’re pretty much
always writing. So when it came time to record, what we do is
write a song and practice it a bunch and then demo it so we can hear
the song and change anything that we want to change. It’s
pretty much so we can hear how it sounds as opposed to just playing
it live. We wrote about 16 songs originally. We chose
the best six and then reworked them a little to get them perfect for
the record and then we went in a recorded them.
DB: That’s an amazing process, to
focus 16 songs down to six. How did that struggle work within
the band? I’m sure there was some arm wrestling over a few of
JC: Absolutely! With that
many songs it’s difficult to make the decision because there are
three of us. We all have our own influences and tastes so we
had to pick the songs we each liked most and then also consider what
the listener would like most.
DB: That makes perfect sense.
I see that Jay Zubricky (Pentimento, Every Time I Die, I Can See
Mountains) was your producer. How did you select him and what
qualities did he bring to your record?
JC: Jay is actually a very close
friend of ours. He grew up in the same neighborhood as our
guitar player (Mike Bienias). As far as recording he’s one of
the top dogs here in Buffalo. He’s got an ear for it. As
far as guitar tones he’s one of the best. With drums, tell him
what you want and he does it. Everything came together really
easy with Jay. We hang out with him away from the recording
studio as well, he’s one of our closest friends.
DB: I would imagine that your close
friendship aided Zubricky in knowing just how far he could push you
so that you achieve your best.
DB: So this is your second release.
You also put out “How to Live Without Blood” in 2014. How does
“The Queen of Heaven” contrast with “How to Live Without Blood?”
JC: I think the songs sound a bit
more mature. As we continue to write as a band our writing is
maturing. As far as the lyrics, that’s all Anthony (Musior);
he writes all of the lyrics. He tends to write about his
experiences and what he is doing within his life at that time.
I feel it’s a good process because people can really relate to it.
Everybody has gone through what he goes through, you know?
DB: Of course. Is there any single
portion of the song writing process that you feel has grown more
than another? Have you matured more musically or lyrically?
JC: It really depends upon the
song. We’ve definitely matured as a whole. A lot of our
lyrics are kind of sad because that’s how Anthony expresses himself.
Writing is almost like a therapy for him. So we’re maturing as
people and with our music and the lyrics reflect all of that.
DB: So is there any one song on
this record that you feel accurately represents the entire album?
JC: I don’t know, each song has its
own feelings and meaning. For instance, “She Don’t Know” is
about going through a breakup and knowing that you long for that
person but that you’re bad together, you’re not meant for each
other. But when you look at “Thirty” which is the second song
we released, its anger and love and loneliness. Each song is
DB: “She Don’t Know” is your first
single. Will you be doing any videos?
JC: We have not yet. We have
a friend who is in Europe right now. When he gets back we’ll
start storyboarding. We have some ideas floating around.
It’s just a matter of getting everyone together and working out the
DB: What do you have planned for
JC: Right now we’re doing a few
shows with Southpaw in Michigan. We don’t know what the rest
of the year has in store for us but we’re hoping to get out more.
It’s just a question of what comes our way.
I want to thank Jon Coric for sharing a
moment of time with DaBelly. Sadly, about a week after our
interview with Jon, on March 24th vocalist Anthony Musior
announced on The Traditional’s Facebook page the passing of his
brother Nick and the cancellation of the tour with Southpaw.
We at DaBelly would like to express our condolences on the