Alarm for War is touring in support of their brand new EP, Enemies of the State. The band is led by 13-year-old rapper/vocalist Buggy who will undoubtedly win over new fans on his vocal styling and strength. Joining Buggy in the Alarm for War is guitarist KISA, bassist Fletcher, and drummer Smitty.
Alarm for War will be performing at two shows in October on the Make America Rock Again package tour, which includes performances by Scott Stapp of Creed, Drowning Pool, Trapt, Sick Puppies and Adelitas Way.
Buggy provided My Global Mind with some insight into the band’s EP and upcoming shows.
MGM: Tell me about writing and recording of your new EP, Enemies of the State?
Buggy: It really is amazing how much you can get done when you work as a team. The whole band helped to put the lyrics together in the studio. Our drummer Smitty also arranged it musically.
MGM: How do you define your music?
Buggy: After the EP was done, people started telling us who we sounded like. I had to look them up because I didn’t know who they were. [Laughing]. Now I do! We sound like a lot of different bands like; Rage Against the Machine, Alice In Chains, Pantera, and Tech9.
MGM: Where did you learn to rap and sing?
Buggy: I was around this kind of music my whole life, plus, I have always loved aggressive metal rap. That wicked kind of metal singing style, so its second nature to take on, in a good way!
MGM: What do your friends say about you being in a band and think of your music?
Buggy: I never really thought about it. I am not doing this to get accolades from friends. I am doing this to get to the young people with our message of hope!
MGM: How did you come up with the band’s name?
Buggy: Jeremiah 4:19
MGM: How did you get connected with the Make America Rock Again Tour?
Buggy: It came out of nowhere really. One day our booking agent just called and said hey you want to jump on these shows with Drowning Pool, Adelitas Way, Sick Puppies, and Scott Stapp? We were like of course!
MGM: What do you think you will be feeling when you hit the stage to perform ahead of those other great bands?
Buggy: I’m looking forward to having some fun and hitting the stage in support of the other bands that are going to be there.
MGM: What does success look like to you?
Buggy: Our main thing is to reach the next generation with our message of hope and truth! Let me expand a little, we are not doing this to be rockstars but as musicians, we feel it is our job to reach the next generation with a positive message! There is too much negative stuff out there. We need to take responsibility and understand that as musicians we are setting an example with everything that we do. Like it, or not!
13-year-old rapper Buggy and his band, Alarm for War, is gearing up to unleash his debut album, Enemies of the State (via Novanglus Records Inc), which has been described as “Rage Against the Machine on steroids meets Layne Staley- era Alice in Chains meets Eminem” – as music fans worldwide will soon find out on Friday, July 28th, 2017.
Alarm for War’s Enemies of the State is an in your face hardcore album that is on the cutting edge in today’s metal scene, featuring frontman / kid vocalist “Buggy”, bass player “Fletcher”, drummer “Smitty” and guitar player “KISA” with Brian Bart (Logic Recordings) engineering the album, Jr McNeely (Grammy Award winner) editing and mixing the album, and Brad Blackwood doing the mastering.
A video for the track ‘Day Turned to Night’ can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNsNQ4jKcoU&feature=youtu.be
About the video, Buggy states Zach was a kid who was hooked on drugs, who was told to STOP or it just might cost him his life. Zach was found dead in a bathroom floor after huffing’ paint. Standing around his body, someone asked, “Where’s your God at now?” Someone else in the crowd said, “The same place he was when he was warning Zach.” In other words, don’t blame God for the choices that you make, especially when he was faithful in warning us before tragedy takes place.
When asked about his favorite track is off the album, Buggy responded, “I like all of the songs, however I would say my favorite song would be ‘Enemies of the State / Repent.’ These songs are very much ‘Get me goin’’ kind of songs which is why I like rapping them the best. What you hear on the tracks is exactly what to expect live.”
And speaking of performing live, Buggy has one artist in particular he would like to play shows with. “I would like to do a tour with Megadeth. They are the same genre as this band is in a lot of ways. Heavy metal is their band’s genre, so is this band…the only difference is this is a rap/metal band.”
With his unorthodox style of poetic riff rap, Buggy is garnering attention, as well as sending shockwaves throughout the music industry.
“I, along with the band, wish to ROCK the nation!!!” states Buggy.
Confirmed track listing:
Enemies Of The State
Shoulda’ Known Betta’
Day Turned to Night
Meetin’ Thy Maker
Alarm For War is:
Fletcher – bass
Smitty – drums
KISA – guitar