Give us a brief history behind how and why the band started, and how you got to the point where you are now.
At the beginning the band started for simple reasons; just some friends who wanted to get together, play music, and have fun while doing it. It wasn’t until a few years later we started realizing that people actually cared and wanted to hear more. We’re still awesome friends and still having fun with what we do.
Would you mind introducing the band members, and what you guys all do in your lives? Or is the band quite a full time thing?
My name is Andrew Adolph a.k.a. Shakewell. I play bass in Betrayal and the band is a huge part of my life. When I’m home I make hip-hop music. Sean Chamilian is our guitar player and also writes the music for Betrayal. He is a graphic designer and works for a clothing company back home called Defiant Youth Merch. Brendan Foley is our vocalist and writes the lyrics for Betrayal. When he’s home he works at Old Navy, does Pilates, plays video games and listens to Freddie Gibbs. Anthony Ramirez is our drummer. When he’s home he works at Guitar Center in the drum department.
How would you describe the music you make to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I’d tell them that it is aggressive, heavy, fast, passionate music.
Who / what would you say some of your major influences as a band are?
Pantera, Comeback Kid, Pennywise.
What is the Los Angeles hardcore scene like compared to the other parts of the country?
Although we have friends in many parts of the world, there’s nothing like playing home and being able to see all of your neighborhood friends, as well as new faces, come out and have fun together.
Being a touring band, what are some of your favorite places you’ve been and why?
We obviously love going anywhere overseas for the fact that we get to experience new cultures and ways of life.
What are you expecting South Africa to be like? Any preconceived ideas? Are you guys hoping to do anything specific while you’re here?
We’re honestly are going into this with no preconceived notions. We are ready for any cultural experience with open arms!
What bands are you guys psyched on at the moment?
Let Live, Rotting Out, Lower Than Atlantis, Grimes, Breakfast.
Any last words?
See you all in September! All Praise Swank God.
Betrayal will be in South Africa this month, touring alongside Conqueror and Truth and Its Burden. They’re playing their first show 26 September. Here’s the full list of shows:
Betrayal SA Tour | PRETORIA
Betrayal SA Tour | JOHANNESBURG
Betrayal SA Tour | DURBAN
Betrayal SA Tour | PIETERMARITZBURG
Betrayal SA Tour | EAST LONDON
Betrayal SA Tour | PORT ELIZABETH
Betrayal SA Tour | GEORGE
Betrayal SA Tour | CAPE TOWN