We had the chance to chat with vocalist Joe Rubino from the punk band The Ice Cold Killers about their brand new album Stories from the Grave, out now on all digital platforms.

Check out what Joe had to say about the band’s music.

How excited are you to release the new record?

We are very excited. It’s been a few years in the making; very well worth the wait for us. But this is a moment we have all been looking forward to for a while now and it’s definitely a moment to be enjoyed.

What can you tell us about the specific sound of music you play?

We play Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll. We definitely mix in a few different spices musically, but the foundation of the band is Punk with Rock ‘n’ Roll roots.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

JR: This is your art. Make music that makes you happy. Be okay with constructive criticism, but don’t let it discourage you from continuing on and perfecting your craft.

What is your favorite song to perform live?

JR: My favorite song is probably “You’re Dead To Me” or “Warhorse” but before this record it would be “Rolling Stone” or “And Don’t Call Me Shirley.” Honestly, we are a a band that loves playing live so the whole set is our favorite.

Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music?

JR: Most songs start with riffs sent back and forth through emails and what not, then I will get a skeleton of a song ready. But it’s not until the four of us get together and jam the crap out of it and add the meaty flesh and the rest of that magic that goes into an Ice Cold Killers song. As we like to say, “all killer, no filler”

What has been the best advice someone has given you about music?  

JR: Play the music that speaks to your own soul. Authenticity is rare in a world of copy cats.

Which musician would you like to collaborate with in the future?

JR: We love collaborations with other musicians and it’s always fun to record tracks like that. We have done a few songs with guest vocals on the first album. Usually, I write the lyrics and melodies based on who we are doing the song with, crafted around what they are good at. The problem is when we do those songs live without them, it doesn’t have the same impact. So in that aspect, collaboration just ends up becoming an album track rather than a live song. There is no one specifically. It would have to come about more naturally.


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