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RYL: Your second album is titled “Rapture and Wrath” , what it means to you lyrically speaking?

Trauma: Joy and anger, the collection of songs on this album represent both. As people and  musicians we have many things to celebrate. There are also many things about the world that make us angry.

RYL: Tell us everything about the song “When I die”?

Trauma: “When I Die” is actually a love song.
“I will love you til forever catches up to me”.   “I want to die with you tonight”

The Lady in White, Red, and Black represent the spirit, carnal passion, and death. 
She is the lady, representing different levels of life, wearing different colors. I like the visual that evokes

RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?

Trauma: No, the songs have different themes.
Being a free spirit on the road;  Lasting love and passion; Love lost, regret; Anger and lost souls; 9/11 and retribution; Political and religious chaos; Determination; Anger at the entitled; Impatience with planet rapists 

RYL:  When you first started to make music?

Trauma: Singing songs and jamming with high school friends.

RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?

Trauma:  Usually the song starts with musical ideas that the one of the guitarists writes.  Sometimes I listen repeatedly and think of a theme.

Sometimes a phrase comes easily to mind when I first hear the music. Regardless I am looking for a key phrase to give the lyrics meaning.

Then a lot of thought writing lyrics that have some expand the idea with continuity, a rhythm, and fit the melody. I look for memorable lyric lines in the chorus.

RYL: Do you remember the day you wrote “Don’t tread on me”?

Trauma: Guitarist Kurt Fry wrote the music. I think I wrote most of the lyrics while making a 1 hour drive to rehearsal. I often get ideas while driving on a freeway. I like the speed and the motion, the sound of the wind.

RYL: Which is the most important thing for you while doing music?

Trauma: Collectively, with the other band members writing songs we think are worth recording and then performing for audiences.

RYL:  Which is the best verse you ever wrote?

Trauma: I can’t choose any one over others. The song verses have meaning to me.

Granted some do mean more to me than others. It is fine if they don’t have the same meaning to others listening to them. It is enough if others like them.

RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?

Trauma: A song the band put together last week titled, “Once in Your Life” .
We are presently writing songs for our next album. Maybe this one will be on the album.

RYL: How does San Francisco influences your music?

Trauma: Trauma is one of the bands that came out of the early San Francisco Heavy Metal scene. San Francisco is our home base. SF has a history of being a unique and beautiful place where freedom and new ideas are welcome. There is power in that kind of energy.

There is power in Heavy metal music and in the music of Trauma.


Thank you for your interest in Trauma.
Thank you for promoting interest in the craft of lyric writing.
Best wishes to you and your Readers.


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