SCAD Radio sits down with Savannah’s own Timothy Burnsed of Me and the Trinity, a metalcore band set to perform at 2017’s A.U.R.A. Fest here in Savannah, GA.
Me and the Trinity has been one of the big names in Savannah metalcore since their first EP, The Devil’s House, came out in 2011.
Me and the Trinity hasn’t played for a while, but their reunion set at A.U.R.A. Fest promises to be something to see.
Kush at SCAD Radio: For those who haven’t heard of you, what song serves as the best entry point into your music?
Timothy Burnsed of Me and the Trinity: We’ve kind of changed a lot over the years. I think we really found a home with the last album that we did. So if somebody wanted to know “Hey what does Me and the Trinity sound like?”, I’d probably point them in the direction of Gown. It’s kind of just raw, chaotic metal. It’s what we ended up honing in on.
Kush: I know it’s been a while for you guys, what have you been up to?
Tim: Well, a lot of us just kind of started working more. [laughs] One of our guys moved up to Atlanta. He’s pursuing a solo music career, doing acoustic music. That’s Logan. I’m really excited for him and what he’s doing up there. One of our other guys is a teacher in Athens, and is getting his graduate degree. We’re all just working and living life. [laughs] I got a dog!
K: What’s it like to be taking the stage for the first time since your farewell show on July 31, 2015?
T: It’s really exciting. I feel like we were all really sad when we said goodbye to the band. We did this really weird, impromptu, pop-up show about 4 or 5 months ago. Just the day before the show, we decided to play. Somebody asked to us to play, let’s just do it. We hadn’t seen each other. We hadn’t practiced or anything like that. So, we just did it. So, we’re going to do one more big show. Really, just say goodbye. In a proper way.
K: Is there one thing in particular that you’ve really missed about performing?
T: Just the act of performing, I guess. I mean, personally, I really enjoy yelling at people. We all felt an emotional connection to the music we were playing. For me, it was my outlet. As the lyricist and vocalist, it was really my outlet to get out whatever I was going through. Really an emotional act for me and the same for everyone else playing the instruments. You know, just one cohesive emo-thon. [laughs]
K: Do you think there will be any new material following the reunion show?
T: We don’t know. We’ve bounced around the idea. We’ve also bounced around the idea of doing a project under a different name. Maybe it could be a continuation of what Me and the Trinity was. There’s a few things up in the air. Whether Me and the Trinity plays another show after this one is just one thing we’re just not sure about. I guess we could be one of those guys that every now and then we’ll release a song or go play a show. Who knows? I think we’re just going to try and see what happens on February 18th.
K: How would you say the hardcore scene in Savannah differs from the rest of the country?
T: From a lot of the areas we’ve played, when you compare it to Savannah, Savannah is definitely a lot more close-knit. The hardcore community here is definitely an everybody sticks together kind of thing. You just kind of do your thing together. A lot of other places that we’ve been, they do have a hardcore scene, but it just doesn’t seem as close knit. I don’t know, as far as currently and the current state, to be honest, I haven’t been too involved. I don’t even know what’s going on outside of this festival, for the most part. If it’s anything like I remember, people are just close-knit and more apt to call each other family. I think it’s kind of cool.
K: I know Me and the Trinity happens to draw some influence from He is Legend. What’s it like to be bill as a band that’s made an impact on your music?
T: That’s really exciting. We were all big fans of He is Legend and that kind of came out when we were writing Crux. Some of that kind of weird, chaotic rock just started coming into play and it’s always super exciting when we get to play with bands that we admire and He is Legend is no different. I think maybe it’s a little bit more special now since this is the first show we’ve done in a long time and we get to do it with all these bands that we admire and grew up listening to.
K: Me and the Trinity is known for putting on a great live show. Is there anything you guys do onstage in order to ensure that the performance is high energy?
T: Our bass player, Ryan, was kind of a big part of our live show. The guy was nuts. I don’t know, we just get up and we just have the intention of having fun. Whatever that looks like. I honestly think I may be the most plain one in the band. [laughs] But no, it’s just our goal to have fun and whatever that looks like and if it looks a little silly or if it means we’re going to jump off something or throw something… [laughs] I don’t know. We definitely don’t plan a stage show. We just kind of show up and have fun.
K: And speaking of live show, I know a lot of bands have something that they do right before they take the stage. Do you guys have any sort of pre show routine?
T: You know, not really. We just kind of get together and give each other high fives. And then we just kind of pop up on the stage.
K: What can we expect from Me and the Trinity’s set at A.U.R.A. Fest?
T: You could expect a cool concentration on some older stuff that we haven’t played in a long time. Well all our songs are songs we haven’t played in a long time. [laughs] Songs that, even at the end of our go at it, we hadn’t played in a while. We’re going to be doing a bunch of stuff from our EP, The Golden Life and some other stuff off of the full length before Crux. And we’ll obviously be playing some stuff off of Crux. Basically, a really diverse set for this. I think maybe we’ll be leaning towards some older stuff, for sure.
You can catch Me and the Trinity’s reunion show at 2017 A.U.R.A. Fest in Savannah, Georgia.