November 2019 Band of the Month: Vatican

Rising from Savannah, Georgia is metalcore band Vatican who is releasing their new album entitled Sole Impulse on November 15. The album, featuring their recently released songs “Sole Impulse” and “Beneath One,” is going to be the perfect metalcore album to end the decade with.

“The album is all about the darkness that you can bury yourself in and the freedom you find in climbing out,” Tom Lovejoy shared with For The Punks. Continue reading to get an inside look about the new album, upcoming tour, and more!

Introduce Vatican to the readers of For The Punks!

We’re a metalcore band from across the south east, but home base is Savannah, GA. We’re getting ready to drop our first full length this month on 1126 Records, and it’s f*cking awesome. Sounds like a war crime is being committed.

So you guys have a new album called Sole Impulse coming out soon. You released the title track of the album along with a music video. What does this track mean to the band?

“Sole Impulse” is about overcoming crippling anxiety and depression, willing yourself out of a dark place. It’s so easy to wallow in self pity, when the reality is you’re the one that has to put the work in to make your life better. It may seem like the most daunting task, but the freeing you have when you finally start is just this freeing euphoria.

What should fans expect from the new album in comparison to your past music?

The new record is leaps and bounds beyond anything else we’ve done. It sounds better, the songs are better, and the mosh parts are hilarious and terrifying. I can’t help but just smile every time I hear it cause it’s exactly what I always wanted the band to sound like.

Along with this idea, what do you think is the most important message listeners should take from this album?

The album is all about the darkness that you can bury yourself in, and the freedom you find in climbing out. The lyrics and music are a representation of what you can accomplish you when you push your vision with zero compromise.

Your tour with Sanction, Queensway, and Fuming Mouth kicks off soon. Is there anything that you’re looking forward to when you’re on the road?

Honestly I’m just excited to watch those three bands every night and just be scared of what might happen. They all elicit such an insane reaction from people. Also, Pat from Queensway puts every other frontman on earth to shame, he sounds so powerful and just moves like a legend when he plays.

Do you have any tips for being out on the road?

Do the work you have to do, take care of the business end of your band. When that’s done though, try to take the time to see the sights and explore the world. It’s so easy to fall into the monotonous routine of drive, play, eat, and sleep. Take the time to do a hike, hit a swimming spot, go eat some insane food, or hit the local game and comic stores for choice finds. The bigger the tours get, the harder it is to find time to actually treat it like some sort of vacation, so ball out when you can.

Overall, it looks like you’ve had a pretty busy 2019 between touring and new music. What have you learned about yourselves in 2019 that you will take into 2020?

The moment we decided to just be ourselves and stop taking anyone else’s thoughts on our band into account was the same moment that things started to click. We love what we do, but we don’t take ourselves so seriously that we lose sight of why we all wanted to play music in the first place. It’s supposed to be fun and artistically fulfilling, and trying to run the rat race kills both of those.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about you, your upcoming music, and/or shows?

This new record is f*cking awesome. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t listen to it loud enough to hurt yourself. Also, if you’re one of the people that shows up to mosh with a Power Glove or dressed as a Nintendo controller please keep doing that. It’s wild.