Melodic deathcore band With Words Unspoken began with two band T-shirts.
Guitarist Matthew Pilch and vocalist Jordan Teixeria were in third grade when they each wore a Kiss shirt to school, and “we were friends from then on,” Pilch said. “Music has given us a bond like a brotherhood.”
The melodic deathcore group also includes drummer Ryan Hargrave and guitarist Zachary Miller. The group will release its first EP on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and continue to write music and perform in and around Northeast Pennsylvania.
Q: Where did your band name come from?
Jordan Teixeria: The name comes from being about what you do, not what you say, because as the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” We’re hoping our actions speak and bring heavy music back around and make people move the way it was meant to be.
Q: How did you each get involved in music?
Ryan Hargrave: I got into it from my dad playing older heavy music, and I myself started getting into Danzig, Misfits, Strength for a Reason, Bury Your Dead, amongst other hardcore and death metal.
Matthew Pilch: I think I can say Kiss was definitely a start to myself and Jordan’s music lives. For us, they had everything that appealed to us: the amazing stage presence, the anthemic feel of the music, and the image stuck out for sure. I remember Jordan and I had gotten our faces painted as Kiss members back when we were young kids.
Zachary Miller: I can say for sure Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot (were) a big influence, and especially Rings of Saturn and Bullet for My Valentine. They got me playing the heavy yet melodic type of music.
Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed?
JT: Our first show as this group was a train wreck. Although it was a small hardcore house show, it was still a big deal to us as our debut. Our old drummer booked the show, didn’t tell us until after, and we only had three songs, so we needed to write at least a couple more in a very short amount of time. When we did, and it was show time, he backed out on us day of the show. Being that we weren’t going to trash our name because of his actions, we kept our word on showing up. Our guitarist Zach filled in on drums, and we played as a trio. It sucked, but as they say, the show must go on.
Q: What is your songwriting process like?
ZM: I usually just go over (to) our vocalist’s house. We just fool around with a few riffs together and feed off of each other going part by part. Then since Ryan and I are close, I go over, and the song starts to take form.
JT: For lyrics, I try to focus on real-life experiences as a vent for the struggles I go through that I know others can relate to as well.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories?
JT: We can all say that what stays in our heads is seeing people move and get into the music we play. It makes every dollar and second we put into it worth it. One show we played with a few comedians — we were the punchline to their jokes. Then at the end of our set, the same people joking about us were the same people coming to shake our hands.
Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed?
JT: As a whole, we think it’s gone down, but right now it’s at a perfect time to be revived. There was a time where all-ages shows were everywhere every weekend, in a bunch of towns. Now all the venues we knew when it was booming for us around 2008 or so are closed, so it gets harder just playing at bars since it’s age-restricted. We as a music community are very diverse, and it’s amazing to see. We’ve got it all in NEPA. … We as a music community have grown tremendously, but our venue choice has diminished, sadly. Hopefully people notice the growth of the music underground and start bringing all-ages shows back.
Q: What music do you listen to?
JT: We diversify in taste greatly, but at the same time, bond in heavy music, which brought us together. I know I can go from Dixie Chicks to Carnifex in the same five minutes. Matt varies with the Doors, the Dead, Wu Tang Clan and just as soon jams some Fit for an Autopsy. I know Ryan loves his old punk and hardcore and listens to some real ’90s rap when it actually had substance, and Zach I know loves classic rock as well as heavy music.
Q: Have you faced any major challenges?
JT: Just getting ourselves out there and accumulating a bigger fan base.
Q: What are your future goals for the band?
JT: I would like to see us perform more all-ages shows, get to play with some bigger heavy bands and hopefully see more of the world while playing our tunes for people across the nation.
Meet With Words Unspoken
Members: Jordan Teixeira, vocals; Ryan Hargrave, drums; Zachary Miller, guitar; and Matthew Pilch, guitar
Based out of: Pittston
Established: June 2017
Online: With Words Unspoken can be found on Facebook.
Up next: Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8:30 p.m., Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton