The elusive Eric Correa, guitar player for California's The Devastated, came out of hiding to do an interview for Metal As Fuck. Eric prefers to let his guitar do the talking. He, himself, is unplugged as it were. He's the anomaly of the matrix - never been "plugged in"; no facebook, no email, no twitter. For th emost part, he's quiet and unassuming; more like a true down to Earth 60s commune hippy than a modern day guitar shredder in a metal band.
When I caught up with Eric in Philadelphia, the band had arrived a wee bit late for the gig having had to do battle with a broken trailer while travelling through Virginia that day. They arrived ten minutes before taking the stage. A very succint four song set and they still managed to nail it. Pure class. Touring mishaps aside, Eric explains that they are actually turning down touring opportunities. "We want to tour. We want to keep touring but if it comes to the point where the tour doesn't benefit us, then we wont' do it. We can't tour if it's not beneficial. We've done it before where we do tours where we all come out of pocket to pay for gas and it's just ridiculous. Some of the best advice I ever got on the road was from Five Finger Death Punch. We have to know when to say no. We have to say no to the summer tours. We were offered a couple and we need to minimum break even and they weren't going to do that. Here we are and we actually have a couple of riffs that we are working on. My God they are so heavy. We're going to work on those, write and then advance the band that way. Then in the fall we're gonna tour."
That surprised me as The Devastated's latest offering, The Devil's Messenger only came out in February of this year. "The last album took so long to put out that it was finished probably a year before it was put out. It was so ridiculous. We have multiple riffs that are so heavy that we just have to work with them. So we started working with them, we started listening, started dancing around and that's how the first album started; listening to riffs and dancing around. It's a good start. I'm excited. It takes a while to get the music out. We'll work on it over the summer and we'll keep getting tour invitations. Then we'll pick one to tour with then we'll probably record that whole time. We'll keep touring but the album will be written while we tour in 2012."
The Devastated have released two videos for The Devil's Messenger for the songs The Devil's Messenger and for Roof Top Panty Drop. Both videos were recorded on the same day. I asked Eric to tell me about that as they looked like they were fun to make. "That was really fun. What happend was the schedule was to start at eight in the morning and go whenever it finishes. The night before I had Manny (Manny Contreras - guitar player) and the fill in bass player David for the video at the house. We were hanging out. It was so fun. The last thing I remember Manny saying to us, "Man, we gotta wake up in 45 minutes." And the whole next day we were drinking and basically it was liquor and coffee all day. The Devil's Messenger was the second one we did." This was the first video release. "The first video was for Roof Top Drop and it's super heavy." Roof Top was released by Century Media just last month. Says Eric, "It's a little more brutal. We tried to do it in black and white because it was more like dirty. So we kept it black and white and I'm glad we did that one first because it was more energy. The second one there was other stuff going on."
So just why is The Devastated so heavy and intense? I asked Eric to explain the "sound" of the band. "There was a lot of competition in Southern California. You got to be the heaviest. You got to be the groovy. You got to be heavy and groovy at the same time. I lvoe music that inspires me, so I write music that inspires other people. ite's fun. I feel like I hav etoo much fun. I feel bad for other people. I go, I'm here having way too much fun. So I'm enjoying it."