Cleveland-based band to begin U.S. tour in ToledoWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiance frontman Dennis Tvrdik said there are two ways a band can make it in the music industry – either by being lucky or through hard work, sacrifice and dedication.
His band chose the latter.
“We didn’t get lucky, we didn’t have much luck, we said ‘screw it, we’re going to fight, fight and fight’ and it ended up working out because our lyrics are all about fighting and perseverance and standing up for what you believe in,” Tvrdik said. “It took two full length albums and touring the U.S. and Canada to finally break through but we had to do it the hard way; we had to earn it instead of receiving a favor.”
Affiance, a metal-core band from Cleveland, will kick off its 16-show tour at Frankie’s Inner City Feb. 16.
Tvrdik said Affiance’s sound has evolved into a more niche sound, combining European metal riffs and solos, American metal-core rhythms, prog-rock and clean vocals.
He said the lyrics not only reflect the group’s struggle to follow its dreams, but a reflection of issues in society.
For example, Tvrdik said the song “Nostra Culpa” off their 2009 debut album “No Secret Revealed,” criticizes how people have grown independent from humanity and dependent on technology.
Affiance, which is composed of Tvrdik on vocals, Brett Wondrak and Dominic Dickinson on guitar, Cameron Keeter on bass and Patrick Galante on drums, ended 2012 on a strong note, with the release of their second album “The Campaign” in November and finished out the year headlining a tour.
“It’s one of those things where we want to be touring, we need to be touring and the opportunities are presenting themselves and we’re like, ‘well, let’s go headline again,’ which we’ve been doing a lot,” Tvrdik said.
Tvrdik said as an up-and-coming act, he would rather see Affiance headline less and support some bigger names to help their name grow.
“It’s like we can’t catch a break when it comes to piggy-backing off another band’s fan base; it’s going to start happening, it did not happen last year,” he said.
Tvrdik said their second album “The Campaign” loosely picks up where “No Secret Revealed” left off.
““No Secret Revealed” is like ‘Hey, you want to know some things? Let me shed some light on this’” he said. “The Campaign is more like step two. ‘OK now you know some things, but what are you going to do with it and how has this impacted the view around you?’”
He said the follow up was originally called “The Warrior’s Campaign,” however, to help distance themselves from their single “Call to the Warrior,” the band decided to drop the warrior.
The music video for “Call to the Warrior” features the band failing their own song on Rock Band in Tvrdik’s apartment.
“We also don’t want to be associated with our goofy music video for the rest of our careers,” Tvrdik said. “Obviously, we are proud of it because we are going to be associated with it but we don’t want it to be the main thing and we figured using the word warrior would only perpetuate that.”
Tvrdik said he tried singing the song once on Expert and got a 98 percent on it.
“How weird is this?” he said. “I realized what it is they kind of manipulate the tracks a little bit to make it a little easier or harder for the player and they changed some of the things that I do, plus I’m used to doing it live and it’s different from when I recorded it three and a half years ago.”
Tvrdik said over the past few years, Affiance has evolved and found its niche in the metal genre.
“We know what we’re going for; we have an identity,” he said. “We may not have known how to execute it the entire time and we still don’t, we’re still learning and growing, but we know who we are and what we want to be. We want to be a genre leader. We want to be our own thing.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information on Affiance, visit Facebook.com/AffianceMusic.