“It is definitely easy to get lost in the sea of bands and artists in New York City and some of the acts out there get noticed more for being a joke than something original or interesting,” said Erric Bonesmith, bassist for the Indie band KILLCODE. “KILLCODE firstly, has been honest about who and what we are from day one and no one in this band has ever really cared about being the popular conception of cool or pleasing everyone because we are well aware that ain’t never gonna happen. We started the band based on the music that was inside us and it stands the same way today. Yes, it has evolved a bit but if it didn’t, THAT would be faking it. So, I guess what helped us stand out was being confident without being arrogant, being original because we weren’t trying to be anything but a solid rock band.”
Bonesmith cites musical influences from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Slayer and added about the rest of the band, “the diversity of the music we individually dig is really what helped create the KILLCODE sound as a whole.”
The well-known musicians he admires vary, but all have one common trait he praises them for. “Any musician who stuck it out and stuck to their guns instead of chasing the current fad or trend has my respect, but there are definitely artists who have made a major impact on music whether it’s Ray Charles or Ozzy Osbourne I think, other than making kick ass music, sticking to your guns is something to admire.”
The band, formed in 2008 has played all over the US on tour and played several dates with Brett Scallions of FUEL on the Re-Fueled tour. Last week, the five piece band, Tom Morrissey (lead vocals), Chas (guitar/vocals), Pat Harrington (guitar/vocals), Erric Bonesmith (bass/vocals) and Rob Noxious (drums) headlined a show at New York’s famed Bowery Ballroom. “Everyone in the band LIVES for the live show so, we can’t wait to get back on the road and take our brand of dirty rock and roll to as many places as possible,” he said.
The band has two EPs out, “To Die For” released in 2008 and “Taking It All” which was released in 2010. They also have a self-titled full-length CD that was released in 2012, which is available on Amazon. “I think any artist in any medium wants to evoke emotion whether it be joy, disgust or anger,” said Bonesmith about what he wants music fans to get from the band’s music. “Obviously we would love to have everyone who hears our music to be blown away and inspired to rock but really, we are just five guys who are telling stories and shakin it on stage. We want our fans to have a good time and if they take inspiration or comfort in one of our songs, that’s awesome too.”