NM4U Exclusive Interview: Keychain (Zombie Shark Records)

New Metal 4U Exclusive Interview with Keychain (Zombie Shark Records)


Interview by Andrew Canfield


Andrew: Alright I’m here with Keychain! I just have a few questions for you guys. Simple, quick interview so we can see what you guys think and stuff like that.


What other music do you guys listen to? What are some of your personal influences?


Cody: Personally, I was always a huge fan of Limp Bizkit. Over the past couple of years, I’ve really been getting into Korn. I kind of got into Korn a little bit later I guess. Slipknot, Lamb of God… you know, all the classic bands… the great metal bands.


JP: I grew up loving Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails… Even some of the softer stuff like Radiohead and Portishead… but I always got drawn back into bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. So, here we are today doing what we love, Nu Metal!


Andrew: Where do you think the music industry is headed?


Bran: It’s hard to say. It’s changing at a faster pace than ever before, so it’s really kind of hard to predict what’s going on. I think that in the end the quality of music will speak for itself. So regardless if it’s gonna be only digital at some point… bands will continue touring. The sales might drop and people might find excuses or find ways to criticise or what not… that’s just a small problem to have…


JP: I think the most important thing we can do is deliver a quality show and actually create value, from the bottom up. I think that labels and people that want to get involved with the industry now are gonna look to bands like Keychain, that are touring all over North America and the world (hopefully soon)… so that, they’re gonna want to take a piece of people wanting to come to shows and people wanting to buy merchandise and wanting to buy music. That’ll be where bands need to collect their strength in this day and age.


Andrew: Outside of music, do you guys do anything hobby-wise?


Cal: We like to hike and stuff like that. Don’t we Cody? We like to hike and stuff like that. We always go out looking for mountain lions and that kind of stuff. We’re adrenaline junkies.


Cody: I like to enjoy the great outdoors…


Cal: Mess around on the beach… Cause trouble wherever we go.


Andrew: What does the term Nu Metal mean to you?


Bran: It’s basically everything that we love and everything that we stand for. It’s a combination of styles and genres, we get different flavors in there so everyone’s happy. That’s pretty much what we’re all about.


Andrew: It’s so cool because I love rap. I love guys that rap and JP is really good at it. Plus I love heavy music with tons of flow… and you got that so it’s all the best elements combined in one.


Cal: This kind of music is so gripping in a live format as well. You can go and take this style of music anywhere in the world and you’ll get an instant reaction. It just translates so well. It’s just fun to play.


Cody: And even if people are into classic rock or anything like that they seem to really like our music. It does touch all bases.


Cal: It’s got a bounce to it.


Andrew: If there was a dream gig, a show or tour or festival, what would it be or where would it be or what venue?


Bran: Such a hard question, man. I think it would be… if they did another edition of the Family Values Tour… and if they had Korn, Slipknot, AND Limp Bizkit…




JP: If the Nu Metal resurgence was strong enough for people to build the movement again, that would be phenomenal. Add Deftones to that list and Linkin Park if they’re still down to do their old stuff… I totally agree. The Family Values Tour 2020 would be FIRE! Start a petition right now! Go online… Family Values Tour 2020! Keychain on the list! Let’s go!


Andrew: Do you have any words for the up and coming artists or musicians? What would you tell them?


Cal: Get on the road. Get touring as soon as you can.


Cody: Yeah. Literally.


JP: Great advice.


Cal: If you want to do it and you want to make a career out of it, hit the road as soon as you can.


JP: Test your metal. Because a lot of people have the dream… that’s a common thing now. If you want to stand out, hit the road. Totally agree with Cal. See if it’s something, if the lifestyle is something you can endure. Then start seeing if it’s worth investing every hour you have, every dollar you have… to compete.


Cal: Don’t be afraid to go out there and take the risks. As soon as you go out there and start taking the risks, you realize how much a reward there is or how much of a margin of error there is… you just have to go out and do it.


Andrew: It’s like you told me earlier, “own it”.


Cal: You’ve got to own it.


JP: Performance is it’s own reward. So set it up, make it happen.


Andrew: It really is, and I’ve always told people that getting to go out and play music on the road is something that I’ve always dreamed of and getting paid for it would just be the bonus for me. Just being able to play and have people watching and going apeshit for what you’re doing…


Cal: There’s so much value in the experience beyond monetary value. The people you meet and the experiences you have, really help build you towards being the best person you can be in many ways.


Andrew: So is there anything coming up we need to know about? Albums, tours, etc.? Anything new?


Bran: We’re working on all that stuff, 24-7. We’re gonna be touring in the states until the end of July and then we will have about a month, on and off more or less, with a few festivals here and there. We are going to do some pre-production for the upcoming full-length album and then we have some more shows later on this year… and then hopefully when we come back, before the amazing Canadian Winter kicks in, we will get in the studio and hopefully start tracking for a CD… so that should be pretty fun.


Andrew: I gotta tell you, I’m really looking forward to “Freedom”. I’m really looking forward to that track. It’s powerful and uplifting. It makes you say “Yeah, I can!”


Keychain: Thank you.


My pleasure listening to it and just being around you guys, it’s amazing.


Here’s a couple fun questions for you…


Andrew: What would you say your power animal is?


Bran: Me, I guess it would be a sloth? *Everyone agrees*


Cody: I like Cheetahs, because their fast… and cool lookin’.


Cal: I’m definitely a snake because I just like to lie around and eat. Lie in the sun and don’t move around too much.


JP: Maybe a ram… they like to graze and they also like to charge. So I think it’s a combination of things right there…


Andrew: What are some of your favorite foods?


Bran: We like to eat. I guess we’re not really difficult… I like Serbian food, where I’m from…


Cody: My mom’s home-cooked lasagna…


JP: I like venison meat pie.  


Bran: Cal likes a cup of tea, right?




Cal: A cup of tea and a crumpet really…




Andrew: With the Queen?


Cal: With the Queen, yeah! I’ve got ‘er on speed dial!


JP: They all know each other right?




Cal: Exactly.


Andrew: That’s his grandmother, who are you kidding?




Andrew: If you were on an island and you could take only one album? What would it be?


Cal: Machine Head’s The Blackening. That’s a great record.


Cody: Honestly, I’m gonna say the first Korn record.


JP: I would say The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails. It’s a double album, so I get more tracks. And you know, different emotions… some are angry…  when I’m gathering coconuts or hunting… marmots and stuff like that.


Bran: I would probably take Iowa from Slipknot.


Andrew: Those are all 4 great albums.


I got one more question for you guys. I’m going to give you one of the dumbest questions that I can come up with. It’s Christmas time and you’re sitting on Santa’s lap. What’s one thing you’re gonna ask him for?


Bran: I guess I would take a slightly more comfortable van or tour bus than we have right now.


JP: I would love a world tour. If some institution was able to swoop in and say “You know what, you can open up for any of your idols and they’re going for a world tour and we want you guys to prep the crowd.”  I really feel like that would be the best present from Santa.


Cal: A personal chiropractor for the road. Or a dirt bike. One of the two.


Cody: A million dollars. *laughs* …so we can buy on tours.


JP: If anyone is reading [listening] Keychain needs a million dollars… and all our dreams are gonna come true.


Andrew: And a dirt bike!


Cal: We should have all asked for a million dollars, then we’d have 4 million dollars.


Well guys, I appreciate having you… let’s get ready for the next show!


Keychain is:

JP LaChapelle – Vocals

Bran Panic – Guitars

Cal Reid – Bass

Cody Taylor – Drums


[Audio transcribed by: Noah “Shark” Robertson]


KEYCHAIN (Canada) has announced a massive NORTH AMERICAN TOUR including Rocklahoma 2017 and Festival d’été de Québec with Of Mice & Men & The Devil Wears Prada.

Keychain (Canada) on Zombie Shark Records

Mar 31 – Safari Club – Tijuana, MEX
Apr 01 – Estacionammiento Pizza Rock – Saltillo, MEX
Apr 02 – Café Iguana – Monterrey, MEX
Apr 07 – The Flashback Lounge – Watertown, NY
Apr 08 – Amity Teen Center – Woodbridge, CT
Apr 09 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Apr 11 – Otto’s Shrunken Head – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Zakk’s Coffeehouse – Murfreesboro, NC
Apr 14 – The Haven Lounge – Orlando, FL
Apr 15 – Venom’s Back Room Bar – New Port Richey. FL
Apr 16 – Rok Bar – Daytona Beach, FL
Apr 17 – OM Bar & Chill Lounge – Smyrna Beach, FL
Apr 18 – The Junction at Monroe – Tallahassee, FL
Apr 19 – Alley Cat – Carrollton, GA
Apr 20 – Swayze’s – Marietta, GA
Apr 21 – Music Box – Chattanooga, TN
Apr 22 – Third Street Dive – Louisville, KY
Apr 23 – Springwater – Nashville, TN
Apr 25 – Open Chord – Knoxville, TN
Apr 26 – Rake’s End – Cincinnati, OH
Apr 27 – US12 American Bar & Grill – Wayne, MI
Apr 28 – Louie’s Trophy House – Kalamazoo, MI
Apr 29 – The Company Concourse – Bedford, IN
Apr 30 – Carl’s Tavern – New Haven, IN
May 01 – Rail II – Peoria, IL
May 02 – Fubar – Saint Louis, MO
May 03 – Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
May 04 – Prohibition Hall – Kansas City, MO
May 05 – Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
May 06 – Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
May 07 – Blu Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
May 10 – Skinny’s Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
May 11 – Bancroft Bar – Spring Valley, CA
May 12 – Characters Sports Bar – Pomona, CA
May 13 – Rancho Nipomo BBQ & Deli – Nipomo, CA
May 14 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 15 – The Bamboo Room – Medford, OR
May 16 – The Palomino Theater – Spokane, WA
May 17 – Substation – Seattle, WA
May 19 – Analog Cafe & Theater – Portland, OR
May 20 – TBA – Boise, ID
May 21 – Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
May 23 – The Manfort – Durango, CO
May 24 – The Rainbow Bar – Pueblo, CO
May 25 – Steel Bar – Wichita, KS
May 26 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK (w/Def Leppard, Three Days Grace & more)
May 30 – The SideShow – Dallas, TX
May 31 – My Place – Abilene, TX
Jun 03 – Ducky’s Sports Bar – Lafayette, LA
Jun 04 – Lucky’s – Jackson, MS
Jun 05 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Jun 06 – Springwater – Nashville, TN
Jun 07 – The Burl – Lexington, KY
Jun 08 – Rake’s End – Cincinnati, OH
Jun 15 – Midtown Arts Center – Harrisburg, PA
Jun 16 – Cook’s Cafe – Naugatuck, CT
Jun 17 – The Raven – Worcester, MA
Jun 21 – Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
Jul 15 – Festival d’été de Québec – Quebec City, QC (w/Of Mice & Men & The Devil Wears Prada)


Montreal, Canada-based quartet KEYCHAIN recorded their debut EP, Breaking Out, with renowned producer, mixer, and engineer Glen Robinson (AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Gwar, Voivod, Annihilator, and Slaves On Dope). The recording was mastered by legend, Howie Weinberg, whose over 30 year career includes bands like Limp Bizkit, Sevendust, Deftones, Chevelle, and Disturbed.

Their hit video for Prime Time can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK3Xfi8pC7M
Their newest video Take Back Time can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dhW7sRko-0

Noah “Shark” Robertson (Motograter, ex-The Browning) has launched his new label, Zombie Shark Records, with the first signing last year being KEYCHAIN! ‘The instant I saw the music video ‘Prime Time’ I knew I had to work with Keychain. It slams! I just knew this band was going somewhere. They have soul and passion and an undeniable groove. All of the members quit their jobs to do a North American Tour… I can respect that! That’s how you know these guys are beyond dedicated.’ Commented Robertson

01. Prime Time
02. Breaking Out
03. Take Back Time
04. Godmode
05. Pay Load
06. Journey

Breaking Out is available wherever music is sold and via Zombie Shark Records at www.zombiesharkrecords.com


JP LaChapelle (Vocals)
Bran Panic (Guitars)
Cody Taylor (Drums)



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