Phil Sgrosso of Wovenwar and As I Lay Dying has announced the formation of a new hardcore-influenced band called Poison Headache. The band also features Andy Kukta of Internal Affairs and Kyle Rosa of Thieves and Liars. Their self-titled album is being released via Metal Blade on June 3, and it's been a long time in the works. The trio first started talking about doing a project seven years ago.
"We've known each other since high school, playing in different bands and playing shows together," Sgrosso says in a phone interview. "Andy's previous band, Internal Affairs, had broken up, and he approached Kyle and I about playing together. It had been a while since we had jammed together."
The band plays a faster, rawer style of metal than Sgrosso does in Wovenwar. A press release cites bands such as Entombed and Converge as influences, and he says it's a project he's wanted to do since he was in As I Lay Dying.
"It's a style of music I've been passionate about for a long time," he says. "With As I Lay Dying, it was like, this is what this band is, but I also wanted to do other things. There are a number of different music styles I would have loved to do. I'm really excited to go down this road."
The band is hosting a listening party for the album on May 21 at Brick by Brick (Sgrosso is a co-owner). Coronado Brewing head brewer Ryan Brooks has also brewed a special collaboration beer for the occasion, which is a triple IPA. Before announcing the release party, however, the members of Poison Headache kept their identities under wraps. The cat's out of the bag now, but when the first song from the album was released, they wanted it to be met without any baggage.
"It's kind of just letting the music speak for itself," he says. "We just wanted people to go in and not have any expectations. Here's this new band, and this is what they're about."