Rachel Susannah of Indecision - Back
1. How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?

Rachel: The band started in 1993. Justin, Pat, Bago and Tom (the old singer) all went to high school together and had been in previous bands together. Indecision didn't really start getting serious until a couple years later. I met the band in early 1996 when they played on a radio show that I did and after that time I went to every show and went on almost every tour with them. I joined the band finally in August 1997 right before the first European tour. In August of 1998 we kicked out the old singer Tom and got Artie from Milhouse to sing for us. Since that time there have been no line up changes and at this point I don't think the band would go on unless it was us 5.

2. How would you describe your music?

Rachel: I guess we would be considered a metal hardcore band but I think our music definitely leans toward the hc side more than a lot of bands in our genre. We like to keep things simple and more catchy rather than really technical.

3. What are your biggest influences?

Rachel:
We draw on a lot of different sources in our music. Lyrically we are definitely influenced by a lot of gothic music like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Joy Division and the Smiths. Even musically, we get a lot of ideas from listening to this kind of music. It seems like we do better not listening to a lot of HC when we are writing music because then whatever we happen to be listening to creeps into our music. But most of us grew up listening to all the big NYHC bands and of course they've influenced us in a lot of ways.

4. What influence do you think your bands has in music and metal today?

Rachel: I really have no idea whether or not we have any influence in music or metal today. It's definitely cool to think that what we're doing might influence other bands in some form or influence people in the way that they think about things.

5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren't in the band what would you be doing now?

Rachel: When I was 13 years old I started playing bass because I was in love with the bass player from U2. From that moment on I was determined to play in some kind of band. I was in a lot of failed bands up until high school when I had a HC band that managed to play some shows and put out a couple demos. After that I joined SFA for a year and from there I joined Milhouse. Milhouse was really the first band I got to do a lot in and I really enjoyed. But at the same time, from the moment I heard and later met Indecision I wanted to be in the band. Fortunately I got to join playing second guitar a couple years later. I can't imagine what I would be doing now if I wasn't in the band. I probably would have gotten some kind of regular 9-5 job after finishing college…I definitely would not be as happy as I am now playing in the band.

6. Are any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about them.

Rachel: Artie, Justin and I all played in Milhouse and technically we are still together but I wouldn't call Milhouse a side project of the band because Milhouse has been around for awhile independently of anyone in Indecision until it became an incestuous relationship between the two bands. Justin and Pat started The Judas Factor with Rob Fish as a side project but Rob decided he wanted the band to be full-time and there was no way that Justin or Pat had the time to play with another band like that so they ended up quitting. Justin and I also recorded a Negative Approach cover for a NA tribute comp with a band we formed called Agnostic-Decision which consisted of me on guitar, Justin on bass, Roger Miret on vocals, and Jimmy Coletti on drums.

7. How would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very well known?

Rachel: I really don't know what that would feel like. There have been bands here or there or songs we've heard that sound like the band might be influenced by us and it's a strange feeling. You feel flattered but kind of mad at the same time. I just hope newer bands acknowledge and respect their roots, just like a band might steal from us we've stolen from bands before our time as well. Regardless, we could care less about being popular or whatever, we just play music and tour because WE love it, when other people are into our music and message that just means that much more but we play for ourselves before anyone else.

8. What current bands do you like or respect?

Rachel: I have a lot of respect for Sick of it All for being around for so long and never really compromising their sound or ideals for anyone. They are also the nicest guys when they could have really big heads. I also respect Agnostic Front for actually releasing new records and not just being another band that gets together for a reunion tour and that's it. As for other bands I like at the moment: Kill Your Idols, Silent Majority, Walls of Jericho, Candiria, Hot Water Music, AFI, Downpour…there's a lot more but I can't think of them all right now.

9. How many demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them!!

Rachel:
Currently we have 3 full length albums (Unorthodox, Most Precious Blood, Release the Cure), one EP (To Live and Die in New York City), a split CD with Shai Hulud, about 13 seven inches, and we have songs on a bunch of different comps. Indecision had a bunch of different demos out before Unorthodox came out but it would take too long to go through all of them. If anyone wants more information on our releases the best thing to do is to go to our website www.mostpreciousblood.com and check the discography on there.

10. What demo/album do you like the best?

Rachel: My favorite album I think is the most recent one (Release the Cure). I think we took the most time in writing this album and we finally got a recording that we are all really happy with. Plus it is the first album with Artie so we definitely like the stuff with him singing better.

11. What is the meaning behind the songs?

Rachel: Each song is about something different. This is a rather broad question. To answer this I'd need a more specific question.

12. What are the bands favorite songs?

Rachel: I think everyone has their personal favorites. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is definitely very important to all of us. That song means a lot.

13. What does the future hold for the band?

Rachel: We plan to keep touring nonstop through the spring. We leave for Europe on Feb. 18th and we'll be there for 6 weeks. In April we're doing a 2-3 week tour with Walls of Jericho and possibly Candiria. Then in May we're doing a full US tour with Kill Your Idols. After that we might go back to Europe for a couple weeks to play some festivals. We plan to start writing a new record sometime during the summer or fall depending on our touring plans.

14. If you could play with any band who would it be and why?

Rachel: We've toured with two of the greatest hardcore bands Sick Of It All and Agnostic Front, we couldn't ask for more than that except to maybe tour with a band like Black Flag. The only bands we'd want to play with that we haven't already would be mostly bands that are not together anymore.

15. Who writes the majority of the music?

Rachel: We all contribute in the writing process but it usually ends up that Justin or Pat comes up with something and then we all write parts around that. At this point, it's not usually any one person that writes a whole song. Artie and Justin write all the lyrics though.

16. Who has been the favorite band you've played with and why?

Rachel: Sick Of It All is a great band and we've learned a lot from touring with them a few times. Hot Water Music and AFI are two great live bands as well. There's a bunch. I just had a shelf in the van fall on my head so I can't really think of them right now.

17. Where did you get the band name from?

Rachel: It was just on a list of names but over time it has come to mean a lot more. It sums up how all of us see life. We take everything and everyone with a grain of salt. The name Indecision to us doesn't mean to be confused or indifferent but to never be totally set on one thing or one way of thinking. You have to go through life and lifes experiences and form your own opinions, you have to shed the ingrained beliefs and traditions. The act of question, questioning everything and everyone in power around you.

18. Describe what the band is like live?

Rachel: I like playing live the best. Playing live is very real for us and out of the 23 hours a day you spend on tour doing other shit that 30 minutes playing live is what makes it all worth it. I'd say live we are just real and intense, come and see it for yourself. I don't know what else to say.

19. If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?

Rachel: An Indecision video? That would be interesting. It would probably be us wearing a lot of gold, throwing $100 bills at the camera, driving expensive cars being chased by the 5-0 sitting in a hot tub with chippendales dancers

20. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about them?

Rachel: See question 13

21. Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?

Rachel: I really doubt that we'll still be together as a band then. I hope that we'll all still be friends though. The only thing that we hope for as a band is that we'll be remembered in the HC scene and that people in the HC scene 20 years from now will still be interested in hearing our music.