XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Mitch: We are getting ready to release our third album, Hunt or Be Hunted on May 4, 2021. We do have a few shows that we’ve contracted for, however they haven’t been announced yet so unfortunately we can’t say anything about those. As a thank you to our fans though from home, we are holding a free show on June 5in Lewiston, ID.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Mitch: Silent Theory was formed in 2010, however the current line up has been together since 2014.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Mitch: Growing up I always idolized bands and knew from a super young age that I’d want to be a professional drummer. I had horrid stage fright though so it wasn’t until my late teens that I finally took the plunge and joined a band. There is definitely something euphoric about being on stage and performing for people.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Mitch: My dad is a drummer so from the time I was walking I had drum sticks in my hand. I used to put on all my favorite bands and drum along. When I was 10 I ended up taking a few years of drum lessons where I learned how to read sheet music, but mostly, it was just learning and playing by ear.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Mitch: I think it depends on how you approach it. There are a lot of themes within our music around things like mental illness, substance abuse, etc. However, we try to leave it somewhat vague so that people can interpret what they want from it. Whatever they pull from it, that is what it conveys.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Mitch: To keep getting our music out to broader audiences and gaining new fans. We also want to hit new cities on tour that we haven’t previously played.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Mitch: Playing for a live audience, hands down.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Mitch: I already highlighted common themes in our music in a previous question, but I’d say things like mental illness and substance abuse are hot topics. On this new album, you’ll hear themes dealing with consequences and angst as well.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Mitch: To write and perform music that speaks to people. Something they can relate to.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Mitch: We probably have quite a few, so I’ll have to think. A favorite that always comes to mind was during our first tour in 2012. We were in Wisconsin and ended up getting booked at a strip club. Well, they said it was a venue/strip club, but it was a strip club. The stage we played had a stripper pole right down the middle of it. I think we performed in front of six people that night because we were competing with strippers for crowd attention. Turned out they wanted to see the women and not us, shocker. We also got paid with a frozen pizza. You read that right. A single, frozen pizza, for five of us. The band we were touring with had their drummer get booted from the strip club as well for touching one of the strippers. It was a weird night.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Mitch: Hmm…good question. I’m sure there have been strange requests but I’m struggling to think of anything way out there. We have been asked to sign some very questionable things over the years…I’ll leave it at that.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Mitch: Absolutely. The “friends” that aren’t supportive of the band really aren’t friends.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Mitch: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You’re going to have a lot of things come your way that will be disastrous, people totally screw you and stab you in the back, and you’ll be spending more money than you ever thought possible. It’s all part of the deal. Your patience will persevere.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Mitch: I love playing Sticks and Stones a lot. We also used to end our sets with Boogeyman, and that was also a favorite of mine, however with the new album coming out I think there will be a track that replaces Boogeyman.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Mitch: I could write a novel for this question. There have been so many musicians and bands that have inspired me over the years, but there have definitely been a defining few that really got me into wanting to be a drummer in a band. I remember when I was 12, my dad showed me the album, Moving Pictures by Rush, and it forever changed my life. I didn’t know one person could do all that behind a drum set and I became obsessed. I had Rush’s Chronicles on VHS and I played it until it wore out. I also was a die hard Queen fan and loved Roger Taylor. He was the first drummer I remember that sang, and not only sang, but sang beautifully. He has such a unique voice. I was also a die hard Moody Blues fan, and not because they did anything flashy, but because even from a young age, I thought they defined poetry in their lyrics. Bands I appreciated for putting on phenomenal shows for their fans were Kiss, Motley Crue and Poison. Seriously, my list of bands is forever long.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Mitch: We’ve always talked about wanting to do the “Theory” tour: Silent Theory, Rev Theory and Theory of a Deadman.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Mitch: We’ve had a lot of accomplishments I’m proud of, but as of most recent I think I’m most proud of our latest single, Shaking Cages, being a top 30 single on the Billboard radio charts.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Mitch: I really don’t know. Music is the one constant passion I’ve always had, so I never really ever considered anything else.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Mitch: I think there are a ton of incredibly talented bands out there that you’ve never heard of, which is unfortunate. I’ll leave it at that.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Mitch: Hmm, me personally? Maybe that before Silent Theory, I was a high school marketing teacher. I don’t know, I’m really fairly boring.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Mitch: I always like to use this time to shamelessly plug the band. We are releasing our third album, Hunt or Be Hunted on May 4. Pre-orders are available now and if you go to our webstore at www.silenttheory.com, we are signing all pre-orders of the album until April 28. We also have shirts, hats, etc. You can find our music on all the streaming services so be sure to subscribe to those. Lastly, keep your eye out for our tour schedule. Hopefully we are coming to a town near you.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Mitch: Thank you!