Pathetic Fallacy is a metal band based out of Central Jersey. Their group consists of Matt Diguiseppe on bass, Tasman Cioppa on drums, Julian Worden on vocals, Louis Sabba on guitar, and James Waltsak on guitar. They released a three-song demo entitled “The New Years Tapes” on all major music streaming platforms.
What made you guys choose metal music?
Julian: Well, I got into metal after hearing it and pretty much just liking how unique and raw it sounds. There’s nothing else like it. After I started going to some heavy concerts where the energy was absolutely insane, I got a little addicted to the idea of being in a heavy band that would be able to provide that same energy.
Louis: I love it because it’s a super real genre overall. People just play the music for the sake of playing it, and the community is super tight despite how complex it is.
Tas: As a band, I think we chose to start playing metal together simply because it’s something we all enjoy listening to, and because we’re all very comfortable with playing it. Besides, since most of us met through playing in different metal cover bands, if it weren’t for the genre, none of us would have ever met.
What inspired you to start making music?
Louis: Being able to create something that evokes emotion in people, both good and bad, is one of the coolest things in the world. It’s also crazy to me how good it feels to be able to convey those same emotions through music that we’ve created.
Tas: The thing that most inspired me to make music is definitely the idea of being able to create something that hadn’t previously existed, and now does only because of us.
Julian: Yeah, pretty much both those things put together for me. I also love the idea of being able to help people through music. I feel like a lot of people don’t think of music that way, but the truth is it can really help those who relate to the music’s message get through tough times.
Do you think North/Central Jersey is a good place for metal?
Louis: Right now, this whole area is like a melting pot for a bunch of different genres, which means some parts of it might need to take some time to warm up to bands like us. However, the diversity is definitely a great thing overall, and aside from that, it’s just awesome to be so close to New York City.
Julian: I think it’s a totally fine place for us to do our thing. There are people here who like the kind of music we play, and I don’t see it hurting us in any way in the long run. There are plenty of places to play around here in towns like Asbury Park, which has a particularly fantastic music scene, and I think it’s great that we are where we are.
What approach do you guys take for songwriting?
Julian: It’s different pretty constantly. When we first started, I had the majority of the first song we ever finished together, “To The Sky,” recorded on my computer. I wanted some more lead guitar parts put over it, which Louie delivered on, and Tas changed up some of the semi-generic drum grooves I had programmed, haha. After hearing all those things thrown together, we decided to become a band, and we wrote a bunch more songs in Tas’s house.
I vividly remember our first time writing a song from scratch together. Someone just went, “So, how do we want to do this?” I responded by telling Tas to play the first thing that came to his mind, and “Stolen Memories” was born. Other times, Louie would bring in a riff he had lying around, or Tas would show us a groove he came up with, and we’d build an entire song from those things. Now that I’m away at school, though, our writing process mostly consists of us sending each other different ideas over the phone, and then coming together whenever I’m home to put them together on my computer or at practice.
Louis: At the end of the day, the one thing that does stay consistent is the way we build our songs around one guitar riff, drum groove, melody, or overall section idea, like Julian said. Somehow, just from coming up with one of those things, the three of us can work together to write the rest of the song pretty smoothly without much writer’s block.
Is there a leader of the band?
Julian: I don’t think so. In order for that to be the case, I feel like that would mean that one of our members would be more important than the rest. That just isn’t the way it is in PF. We all bring something different to the table and contribute in some way to make everything run as smoothly as it does.
Does everyone have a job, aside from playing their designated instrument?
Tas: As far as songwriting goes, everyone is expected to write their own parts for their own instrument. Aside from that, Julian takes up the job of recording our parts and making sure the mixes, like the ones on “The New Years Tapes,” sound solid.
Louie: Also, Julian and I tend to wind up doing most of the social media work as far as posting goes. He keeps up on the Facebook page, while I run the Instagram.
Julian: Nothing is really set in stone as far as that goes. We’re all always ready to do what we have to do and be flexible in order to make things work.
How far do you want Pathetic Fallacy to go?
Louie: I would love nothing more than to be making music as a full-time career while being recognized for making some sort of contribution to the genre.
Tas: I just want to be known worldwide, haha.
Julian: As long as we get to do this full time, and travel all over the place together, I’ll be pretty content.
What are some of your influences, and what bands do you think you resemble sound-wise?
Julian: As far as metal goes, most of my influences are a bunch of metalcore bands, since that’s the subgenre I started with. I’m talking about bands like Sworn In, Like Moths to Flames, and Architects. As far as who I think we sound like, I think the guitar work that Louie does for us could make us resemble bands like August Burns Red a little bit. Overall, I think the way that I’m a fan of more modern metal music, and Louis and Tas are fans of the more classic stuff, combine for a nice mix of classic and modern stuff.
Tas: Some of my influences are Iron Maiden and System of a Down, but I think we resemble bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Knocked Loose.
Louis: My major influences are 80s-90s thrash/death metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth & Carcass with modern guys like SOAD thrown in there, too. I think we resemble more modern core bands like Avenged Sevenfold.
Do you guys eventually want to be signed to a label, or do you want to stay DIY forever?
Louie: I would love to get signed to a label at some point, mostly just to signify taking our music production and releases to the next level.
Julian: It doesn’t really matter to me, honestly. Like I said earlier, whatever it takes to get us out there and doing all this full time.
Tas: Yeah, same here. Whichever one would work for me!