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Bleeding Through, Anaal Nathrakh Members Keep Suffer Well ‘Stress Free’

Century Media Records

Bleeding Through‘s Brandan Schieppati and Anaal Nathrakh‘s Mick Kenney are strange musical bedfellows on the surface. But once you check out their new collaboration, Suffer Well, your expectations will be shattered.

Suffer Well’s electronics are offset by Schieppati’s unmistakable barks. The band’s debut will be released via Century Media this year, but you can preview the song ‘Treachery’ on their Myspace. Suffer Well, whose live band will feature former members of Eighteen Visions and Combichrist, will also tour in 2011.

Schieppati is Suffer Well’s vocalist, and he told Noisecreep, “It’s just me singing, but I tried to deliver differently. Bleeding Through have been together for 11 years, and it’s been me getting better and singing here and there. But with Suffer Well, the way the guitars are tuned and the music is tuned, it allows me to reach my actual octave levels. I am not the best singer in the world, but with this band, it came out better. I hit my stride with it; it’s weird.”

Suffer Well admittedly smash together elements of both Bleeding Through and Anaal Nathrakh with a punk tinge. The impetus for Schieppati — who is currently launching his business as a personal trainer on the side — to commit to a new project with Kenney was the ease with which the project came together.

“I was always looking for side projects that then started and fell through,” Schieppati said. “It was, ‘Hey, let’s start it, have fun and play music.’ And since I love being around music at all times and being creatively doing something, I’d be like, ‘OK, we’re getting this going.’ And it’d then be, ‘You do everything!’

“But I don’t want to do everything. I am ‘that guy’ in Bleeding Through, and I do not want to be ‘that guy’ in another band. I have a full-time job and Bleeding Through, and Suffer Well was just easy.”

The project was assembled when Kenney saw Bleeding Through play with Satyricon in Los Angeles and with the wonders of social media. “He hit me up on Facebook and said he had songs and wanted to get together and see what I thought,” Schieppati said. “I have gotten similar emails from people before saying the same thing, so I was a little apprehensive. But then I heard it and it was interesting so I laid down vocals.

“‘Treachery’ was the first song and I thought, ‘This is f—ing cool.’ We both liked it, and he was motivated — probably a little more than me — to get it going. So it was easy for me to do. I can go lay down my tracks, do interviews and have fun. This is stress free for me.”

Schieppati filled Noisecreep in on Bleeding Through’s current plans. The band is writing another record right and taking a minute off. “We toured really hard on the last record; like we always roll,” he said. “We tour until we can’t stand it anymore. We got to that point and we decided as a band to take a year off from full-time touring.

“We still do stuff here and there, like weekend shows and sets of all old stuff. We have been a band slaving away for 11 years, and we don’t need to tour like we’re 21 anymore. We can do it a couple times a year and be home and put roots down.”

The singer is also dedicating 60 hours a week to getting his personal trainer business off the ground. “That’s my deal. I am training out of a different gym but in the next half-year, I hope to have my own facility,” he revealed. “I love waking up at 5:30 [AM], hitting the gym at 7 [AM] and training to 7 [PM].”

Most people hoping to get in shape often curse their trainers for the rigorous regimens they devise, and Schieppati has experienced that, saying, “I have to will some people through workouts, like part trainer, part psychologist.”

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