A Waking Memory

  • Genre
  • Metal
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Metal/Hard Rock ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Metal ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Metal ★
  • Musicians
    • Brandon Landreth — drums
    • Justin Coatney — bass
    • Shawn Preston Williams — guitar
    • Tyler Vanbogart Miller — vocals
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


"Africa" by Toto.

How do you describe your music to people?


Extremely heavy and angry. Would probably make you wanna throw a table.

Tell us about how the band formed.


Tyler and Shawn met at Aftershock 2015, weeded out the weak, and ended up with Brandon on drums and Justin on bass.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


Our best show in Sac was fairly recent. We took the roof off The Boardwalk in support of our homies in The Last Titan and Hemispheres, sending them off on their first tour.

Tell us about your worst gig.


The worst gig we played was a Halloween show. We had to perform on choir risers, which was like playing on bleachers. We still went hard, but the crowd was dead. Not to mention, Brandon's china fell off the "stage." And then there's every show we ever played with our old drummer. Those were lame. He couldn't remember his parts.

What was the first song you learned to play?


Tyler would scream to "Oblivion" by Chelsea Grin. Brandon slapped skins to "I Miss You" by Blink 182. Justin played along to "Hell Above" by Pierce The Veil. Shawn learned "Duality" by Slipknot.

What's next for the band?


Releasing our EP These Words Were Written In Cold Blood in March, then hitting the studio again for some new heavy. When we say new, we mean NEW.

What's the story behind the band name?


Tyler was brainstorming some band names. He landed on A Waking Memory, cause you'll never forget us.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Exiled From Grace, Smack'd Up, Zephira, Knockout, Nail The Casket, and The Last Titan.

Who are your biggest influences?


We were influenced by the rudeness, hardcore beatdown and speed death metal.

Who first inspired you to play music?


We were inspired by bands like Slipknot, Thy Art Is Murder, Suicide Silence, Ice Nine Kills, Bodysnatcher, Knocked Loose, Code Orange and The Acacia Strain.

Words to live by?


None of us even wanna be alive.

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