We’re back in the US today for an great band out of Muncie, Indiana – Of Creations! Jamming out you can find Chris Sloan (Vocals), Ian Stinson (Guitar), Brandon Reed (Bass), Scott Urban (Drums), and Spencer Phipps (Guitar)! Brandon took a break and sat down to answer our questions!
Is there a story behind your band? Of Creations was created by Mel Loper and Ian Stinson. Brandon recalls, “They knew that there wasn’t a whole lot of metal bands around the Muncie area, so they created an ad on Craigslist”. Scott and Brandon were hanging out that summer and saw the ad. They responded and “auditioned”, and both got spots in the band! He adds, “We have had this lineup for a while, but we went through several different vocalists before we finally found Chris Sloan”. Chris was recommended to the band by mutual friend Buddy Geesaman, vocalist of Inheritors, another band local to Muncie. Mel played his last gig with the band in April, and Spencer stepped up to his position!
Where does your band name come from? Of Creations has previously had a few other names. At one point, they were called the Parallels, but the guys knew there we multiple bands who had also taken on the name. Brandon explains, “We wanted to have a name that wasn’t taken or to typical of modern metalcore bands”. Then, they switched to Eremial “or something like that” and weren’t happy with that either. Mel, one of the original band members was listening to music and heard “Of Creations” by Elitist. He through the name out there and it stuck to them! Brandon continues, “I guess, from what I took from the lyrics of that song, is that we create our own lives and representations of who we are. It is up to us to decide our own live paths and such. Again, this is just my interpretation of the song, but it also helps the fact that we are the only band on Facebook called Of Creations.”
How would you describe your fans? Brandon describes Of Creation fans as faithful. He explains, “these guys have been with us for a while waiting on our debut EP as well as getting through lineup changes to where we are today.”
What’s your style? Of Creations is “definitely in the realm of Metalcore”. Brandon comments, “We all have minor influences that leak into the music, but for the most part about 80% of it is Metalcore”. He lists their major influences as August Burns Red, For Today, I The Breather, As I Lay Dying, Misery Signals, and Miss May I. Brandon adds, “However, we also draw influences from more technical bands including Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, or Beneath The Sky, which occasionally can be heard in the music.” When it comes to visual style and the clothes they wear, Brandon says, “We don’t really buy into the whole gimmick category, we just let the music speak for itself”. The band can usually be found decked out in normal clothes – jeans, a band t-shirt, and “occasionally (Brandon) will wear flannel shirts or just a normal shirt in general”.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Although Brandon wasn’t sure what he would title it, he decided something along the lines of “Patience, Hardworking, and Trap Beatz”.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Of Creations was recently given the opportunity to be the opening act for Stick To Your Guns, a national hardcore band. The show was booked for nearly a month, when to guys ran into some trouble with selling pre-sale tickets. Indianapolis is a considerable distance from Muncie, so getting the band’s fan base from one point to the other on a Monday night was a huge struggle. Brandon admits that a large portion of their fans have been gained from Ball State University, where two of the band members attend. Brandon continues, “In the end we meet the agreed amount and didn’t go into debt, but it was a very stressful period of time. Now we are starting to build our fan base in Indianapolis, which will make future shows like these easier to sell!”
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Brandon admits, “There is always room for improvement”. He wants to learn how to play more scales for bass or even how to improve his general songwriting skills. He adds, “This will definitely come with time though, the longer we play together the better our songwriting improves!”
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? The lineup is as follows, “I am a huge Nine Inch Nails fan and would love to one day meet Trent Reznor. The Deftones would be another amazing band that I would love to one day meet. Kurt Cobain, would be probably the biggest impactful experience if I could meet him, but that is probably not going to happen. XD”
Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? Brandon says, “I don’t think he did, otherwise the ship would of sunk due to holes.” That’s exactly our logic!
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? In his refrigerator Brandon says we would find “UV Blue, Orange Juice, Water, and Coke.” We’re only imagining how he lives off that!
It’s your last hour on Earth. What are you going to do? Brandon started out saying, “Wow, I have no idea on how to answer this question.” “Dreams for the band though would to definitely one day do a tour,” he continued, “even a small one around the Midwest it doesn’t matter. Just so one day I can say that I have at least toured once!” As a short-term (relatively) goal for Of Creations, Brandon would like to see them play sold out shows locally within a couple of years!
Where’s Waldo? According to Brandon, Waldo is hiding in a secret warehouse in North Dakota. Apparently, he is in there creating Garden Gnomes! He adds, “Honestly, I don’t know. I just pulled that out of nowhere.” Where’s Waldo? The World may never know!
Why does a round pizza come in a square box? Brandon replied, “So it won’t roll away. Seriously though I think it’s because it was probably easier to mass produce square boxes then others.”
Summer or Winter? Brandon prefers the Winter!
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Up N’ Comin would also like to give video credit to Casey Marley, an Of Creations fan who posted the above video on Youtube!