Tamerlane is a five-piece, Metalcore band from Los Baños, California. Fast paced and highly energetic, Tamerlane takes on any stage, delivering a crowd pleasing performance one will not forget. The band hit the ground running by playing their first show with Asking Alexandria in 2013. In November 2015, Tamerlane released their first EP, "My Enemy | My Friend", and followed it up with a video for their first single, "Passive | Impressive." Since then, Tamerlane has played with national acts such as I See Stars, The Color Morale, The Word Alive and more.
From brutal breakdowns, electronic rhythms, melodic choruses, and crowd sing alongs, Tamerlane has mastered that sound for everyone. If there is one thing you should know about this band, it is that they are dedicated, hardworking, and will ensure that you leave every show with a night to remember.
How DC4 was incorporated in their upcoming album:
Tamerlane recruited production house and Sonoma Wire Works' partner Ahava Audio to help co-write and produce their upcoming album. During this process, Sonoma's DrumCore 4 was utilized for drum replacement. Travis Cook (Drums) created MIDI tracks to accompany the guitars and effects for each track. When Ahava Audio received the tracks for composition, they used DrumCore 4 to create the drum sounds for the composition process. The heavy hitting drums from the DC4 catalogue served as a perfect foundation for building and composing each song.
SWW: What inspires you to make music?
What inspires us to do music is to inspire others and give a voice to the voiceless. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can talk about our lives with the intentions of being able to help someone who is going through the same thing and making it relatable to them. We want to be able to get our reach to the furthest parts of the world in hopes that someone can listen to it and say "this helps me" or "thats exactly how I feel."
How have you handled the growing success and challenges of being a well known band in the scene? Is it weird being a fan and then playing shows with those bands?
I think we have managed to handle it pretty well. Honestly, it is pretty cool being able to play with the bands that we are inspired by. We never really get star struck or anything. It is more along the lines of "these guys really inspired us! This is so cool." If anything, we get even more inspired after watching those bands. It makes us want to go back to our studio and write.
What's the story behind your name Tamerlane?
The formation of this band came from a really tough moment in a lot of our lives. Most of us were in a band prior to this one and we had a major falling out with one of our members. We are like family and it was very difficult moving on. When we started writing new music once we got ourselves back together, we realized that this music did not sound anything like what we had before. We were wanting to find a name that really encapsulated what we were going through and we came across the name Tamerlane. Tamerlane is an Edgar Allan Poe short story that really symbolized what we were going through. It checked all the boxes and we ran with it.
What should we expect with the new album coming out later this year as compared to your previous albums?
Well, this album is A LOT heavier than the one before. We didn’t really try to make this album heavier, it kind of just came out that way naturally. We wanted to take the energy that we had on our previous album, My Enemy My Friend, and turn it to 11. In doing that, we also added elements that we never used before. We wanted to keep pushing our craft and challenge ourselves to do something we have never done and be more versatile. We took a lot of the feedback from MEMF and kept it in mind when writing. There are some insanely heavy moments, some really awesome sing along moments and some even soft, vulnerable parts that we have never incorporated before. Expect something fun, heavy and emotional.
If I'm walking into a venue and Tamerlane is halfway through a set, what should I expect to walk into?
Hmm, this is a great question. You would probably be coming into madness. A lot of sweaty bodies singing along and moshing.