Threatpoint is a groove metal band based out of Scranton Pennsylvania. Formed in early 2012 from the demise of other bands that shared the stage many times over. Fast forward 2016, with two full length albums and hundreds of shows across the United States, founding members Chris James (vocals) CJ Krukowski (drums) and Alex Olivetti (guitar) have kept the fire burning alive and well.
Rounding out the bands current lineup is Matthew Van Fleet (bass). Together now stronger than ever, the five have recorded their third full length album and a bonus 8 song acoustic album as well.
Guitarist Alex gave us this interview late last year.
How would you describe your music?
Heavy but never losing focus on the groove of a song; we want to keep people’s heads banging. We try combine many different styles into our sound from classic metal to hard rock to death metal.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band formed in early 2012 with our first band meeting on a snowy day at Perkins. CJ and I were in a band that had just broken up and Chris’ band at the time had just broken up as well. We knew each other for a few years since our old bands used to play together. Our bassist Matt is actually the one that told Chris we were looking for a singer. Fast forward a few years and many line-up changes later and Matt ended up joining the band. It’s really cool to have him in the band, in a way it’s come full circle.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
For my top 5 guitarists number one would have to be my father, if it wasn’t for him and his guitars laying around the house I might not have picked up music in the first place. After him I’d say Paul Gilbert, Dimebag Darrell, Alex Skolnick and Mark Tremonti. Some bands that have influenced me over the years would be Pantera, Sevendust, Metallica, Testament, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Linkin Park, Killswitch Engage and many others.
What inspires you?
Discovering new bands and artists to listen to.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We’ve written on the road before but mainly it’s more jam based. We all jam at practice and bounce ideas off of each other, that’s when the best songs seem to happen. Someone will come in with an idea, whether it be a guitar riff, bass line, drum pattern or lyrics and we’ll start from there and see where it takes us. We do a lot of pre-production before we enter the studio, we tend add some extra flavor and fine-tune the tracks in the studio after we lay down the basic rhythms. Some really cool ideas and parts can happen in the studio.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We have a lot of fun ones to play but if I had to pick just one it would have to be Collapse. Something about that tune just gets my adrenaline pumping.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I’d love to get on any big European metal festival.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s tough considering there’s so many bands in the market nowadays, especially in metal. The turnouts aren’t what they used to be, however, we’ve learned from years of playing out that it’s the quality not the quantity of people that make a show memorable. It’s definitely not the “sex, drugs and rock n roll” lifestyle everyone thinks it is.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Probably last year on tour in Salt Lake City, Matt was driving and someone in front of him slammed on their brakes so he had to slam on the brakes. As he hit the brakes our singer Chris flew from the back of the bus all the way to the front and face-planted . A few minutes later Chris was sitting down and swallowed a fly and was puking out of the door while driving down the road LOL
What are your future plans?
For now taking a little hiatus, not booking too many shows and just spending time with family and friends for the holidays. Sometime in the near future we’ll start getting ideas together for the next album.