Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the Nickelodeon kids show, Spongebob SquarePants. Around since it’s first season in 1999, the show has continued to cultivate an empire, and grasp the attention of people around the world. Now imagine a group of people get together and decide to create a metal group based off of the kids show…and yes, you just read that correctly. They’re called xSPONGEXCOREx, and they are as amazing as you would think from the description. I had the chance to sit down with the metalcore Spongebob SquarePants group, and discuss their latest EP release, how this group came about, and more!
Where did the inspiration for having a Spongebob SquarePants themed metalcore project come from?
xSPONGEXCOREx: Honestly, it just kinda happened. I was in my room writing random breakdowns and just working on production stuff; like seeing how tight I could make the guitars and such. My friend was there, and he said, “Dude, all I can hear during this part is Spongebob SquarePants’s laugh. You should pop it in.” So I did, and we lost our minds laughing. I finished the track, and that became “He Was Number One” off of the first EP, and it just went from there.
When did places like Alternative Press, Metal Sucks, and etc. find out about your project? Was there a particular event that lead to their discovery of it?
xSPONGEXCOREx: They found out about it in the middle of September. I believe Alternative Press found out about it first. I don’t know how they did, but I think it was from the release of “Right Where I Want You”. I released that four days after releasing the first EP, and it seems like that song is what really made the project kind of take off, since Alternative Press, Metal Sucks, MetalInjection, etc. posted just that song on their sites. So I’d say that definitely releasing that song lead to the discovery of it from those big sites.
How did you settle on the name xSPONGEXCOREx?
xSPONGEXCOREx: Interesting..it’s definitely a play on the whole hardcore scene. With bands like xGHOSTSHIPx, I believe that’s their name, and other bands that have all the X’s in their name. It was originally called “xSPONGEXBOBx”, but I didn’t enjoy that. I think as I was making the very first profile picture for the [Facebook] page, I just typed in “xSPONGEXCOREx”, and I felt like that got the name and theme of the project across most definitely.
You’ve had three articles about xSPONGEXCOREx written on Alternative Press, hoe have things like that affected your project?
xSPONGEXCOREx: It’s affected the project a lot! I don’t think the project would have ever gotten to where it’s been at all without the mentions on AltPress, and the other sites it’s been on. Those mentions have definitely made it a semi well-known thing in the music scene. I heard from friend of mine who lives in California that his friends found it through AltPress, or that it’s being mentioned around shows and stuff. It’s definitely a wild time to say the least.
Your EP, Bold and Thrash, was released recently; what has been the reaction to it so far?
xSPONGEXCOREx: It’s been really good recently! I was honestly extremely nervous of how it would be received, but it seems like so far people have enjoyed it, and I think that’s super rad!
What is your favorite track off the EP and why?
xSPONGEXCOREx: “Great Barrier Reef”, most definitely! It was the first track I made for it, and it’s just that ending part after the bank teller says “Next”. The groove gets me everytime I listen to it, and it was so fun to make as well!
I have noticed you making donations from some of the proceeds of your sales, can you explain more about that and the charity?
xSPONGEXCOREx: The t-shirt sales I keep, but I totally use some of that money to make CD’s. What happened is that I’m a part of a group on facebook called “Metal And Core Collectors”. It’s a huge CD collecting group, and I’m a CD collector myself. I wanted a way to give physical copies to people who wanted them, and also have a copy for myself, so the only way I could that I figured out, was to donate all the money made from the CDs; since keeping the money would probably get me into copyright law issues. That’s the main reason basically, but I keep on doing it, like making physical copies of Bold And Thrash, because it really is an awesome way to give back, and since Spongebob is a children’s show and this is a music project, I thought it would be awesome to give to a children’s music charity. This project so far has made a lot of my music dreams come true; by just having people listen to something I created. I would’ve never thought that this project would have ever gotten as far as it has, and it still puts me in awe. So it’s awesome to give back, and hopefully give a child an instrument to learn on so they can achieve their dreams with music someday. I think that would be totally awesome. The charities I’ve donated to so far are Make-A-Wish, Little Kids Rock, Hungry for Music, and Fender Music Foundation. The total is just around $1900 so far!
What is the best aspect of your project?
xSPONGEXCOREx: I’m all about giving back, and hopefully carrying on the music dream to the younger generation, since it’s always been such a huge part of my life since I was a kid. The best aspect, oh man, I don’t know. The best aspect I think is that I’ve heard even people who don’t enjoy metal like it, and that parents are showing their kids, and their kids love it as well. It’s like, “Family Friendly Metal”, and that’s pretty rad.
You strike me as someone that’s very interactive with their fanbase, what’s the best interaction you’ve had with a fan?
xSPONGEXCOREx: Oh most definitely, I always try to chat with everyone! Honestly, I can’t pinpoint an exact experience, I’ve had too many awesome interactions with people and fans so it’s rough to pick one. I know some of my friends were at a show a couple months back, and they saw someone rocking an xSPONGEXCOREx shirt. If I had been there and saw that, I probably would’ve been way more excited to meet him than he would’ve been to meet me.
Do you have any words for xSPONGEXCOREx fans?
xSPONGEXCOREx: Thank you all for listening, sharing, downloading, or whatever you do with xSPONGEXCOREx. I never thought in my wildest dreams that a musical project I created would be enjoyed by so many. It honestly means the world to me. Stay uber rad y’all. DEFEND BIKINI BOTTOM HARDCORE! *drops mic*