Indy metal band blazes its own trail - Albuquerque Journal

Indy metal band blazes its own trail

Back in Indianapolis, hard-core punk ruled the local scene.

It was a difficult task for The Contortionist to break through with its heavy metal — but the band did it. Robby Baca, Jonathan Carpenter, Joey Baca, Cameron Maynard and Christopher Tilley quickly became one of the hometown favorites.

“It’s been an amazing ride for us,” Baca said during a recent interview.

The Contortionist
With Arsonists Get All the Girls
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
WHERE: El Rey Theater, 620 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $10 at the door

The band is touring in support of its 2010 release, “Exoplanet.”

Baca said its writing process varies from song to song.

“Cameron and I do a lot of writing on our own,” he said. “But it’s mostly a collaboration. It will definitely be different on our next record because Jon will be involved.”

While heavy-metal bands can sound alike, Baca said The Contortionist is different.

“We have a lot of influences from many different styles of music,” he said. “But as far as heavy bands that influence us there are Meshuggah, Between the Buried and Me, Gojira and Animosity.”

Baca said while the band is on stage it focuses on putting on a good show each time.

“The key is to have a good set,” he said. “With having a good set, we have to be sure to warm up correctly and keep our bodies in tune.”

Baca said the band is looking forward to heading into the studio next year to record a new album. And he said he hopes to get on a great tour again next year.

“We still haven’t toured with Between the Buried and Me, and we really want to,” he said.

Cutline – The Contortionist is looking forward to getting back into the studio to record its next album.

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