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Local Band Alert: An Interview With Condemned Existence


condemned existanceLocal Band Alert: ThisisReno takes a closer look at local bands in this series of 5-minute interviews. This week we interview Condemned Existence.

Condemned Existence is a metal band from Reno. Implementing many metal sub-genres, the band has a blend of fast thrash parts with groovy rhythms and breaks.

The band line-up: Richard Tom (vocals), Matt Garito (guitar), Steve Moore (bass) and Paul Navarro (drums).

THIS IS RENO: How did the band get started and who are your fans?

CD: I (Navarro) was in my home studio working on my chops and playing to music I like. I had been looking for musicians or a band to play with after the two years I spent playing with SoulTorn from Reno. My wife (Holly) found an ad on Craigslist. The ad said, “guitar player looking for a drummer with metal influences.” The guy that put out the ad was not what I was looking for, and we both could tell it was not going to work, but he told me he knew a guy that plays the style I was looking for.

So he introduced me to Matt Garito. (Garito) and I meshed together like peanut butter and jelly. We played together for about four months and worked on the music that started the Condemned Existence sound.

Then shortly after that I called my long time brother Richard Tom, the old singer for Inverted Aim and Seven Churches. I got him to our studio and gave him the mic, and — holy crap — our singer was found.

So after about a month of working with Tom, we all talked about getting a bass player, and Tom said he knew a guy (Steve Moore) that played at the open mic nights in Fernley. Garito and I said ask him if he is interested in trying out for the band, and he showed up with Tom at our next rehearsal. He did great, and after two or more rehearsals we asked him if he wanted the gig and he said, “f*ck yes.”

The band Condemned Existence was born.

Fans are between the ages of 15 to 60 years of age, and they are worldwide. They are the Condemned Army.

TIR: How would you describe your sound and style?

CD: Forceful and unforgiving. Thrashy yet groovy. Style is a total mish-mash of all sub-genres of metal.

TIR: How can people hear your music when you’re not playing live?

CD: Reverbnation.com, Soundcloud, YouTube and by purchasing our new EP.

TIR: Where do you see the band in five years?

CD: Playing bigger shows and festivals, touring, and writing music.

TIR: How can people get a hold of you?

CD: Facebook, Instagram, Reverbnation, Artis Ecard, on our Facebook page, or call any one of us (phone numbers on Facebook).

To book the band, contact Insaino Productions at 775-376-6482

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.