Published Apr 20, 2018The mantra of Long Island metalcore unit Sanction is straightforward — "Fuck it up: New York style," explains guitarist Andrew "Lumpy" Wojcik.
The band — mostly clad in black crewnecks — spoke to Exclaim! TV's Aggressive Tendencies recently while supporting Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth and Rivers of Nihil at the Opera House in Toronto.
Sanction are currently on tour in support of their The Infringement of God's Plan EP, which was reissued by Pure Noise Records at the beginning of their run with Dying Fetus. While Sanction have already honed in their aesthetic and motto at such an early stage of their career, guitarist Mike Marino has also established a method to the madness of their songwriting.
"What I do is a little weird. Before I write any actual music, lyrics or anything, I write the song name to create the overall mood for the song," Marino explains. "I pretty much get it from nothing. Whatever comes up to my head that sounds crazy or means something to me; I put that there and I essentially just write a song around it. That is what I am doing with our new stuff too. I think it is a really great way to go about writing music.
"The numbers were this weird idea I had… The intro is stating that there are five fractions. Each song is just a fragment."
The group are not shy about their hometown camaraderie, showing love to fellow Long Island hardcore acts Jukai, Hangman and Incendiary throughout. It was that same brotherly love that initially put Sanction into contact with their new label.
"One of my good friends has been in the music industry for years. He is an agent and books bands. He told me Pure Noise Records was interested in us," says Lumpy. "We talked to them and figured something out… it is a great label."
Their signing to Pure Noise Records puts Sanction in eclectic company, with names like the Story So Far, Knocked Loose and Senses Fail rounding out their diverse roster. Marino believes that it all happened at a "very good time," because their sound is "super in right now."
"That is not a false statement," says Marino. "I would say probably three, four years ago, no one was really hyping up heavy shit."
Adds Lumpy, "Mosh parts are the only thing that matter. If you can't write a mosh part, it doesn't really matter. You just need good mosh parts. It is just the truth."
Sanction's rough-around-the-edges demeanour is quickly contrasted by their love of New York's staple food — pizza.
"I think you just need to eat a lot of pizza, and [the rest] just comes to you," says Marino.
You can watch the entire interview with Sanction on Aggressive Tendencies in the players below.