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Basic Questions:

Who all is part of the band and what do they play?

Mike Vidal - Vocals/ Sal Flores - Lead and Rhythm Guitar/ Brandon Lee - Drums/ David LaFrance - Bass

Where do you hail from?

Tucson, AZ

What does your name mean? How did you come up with it?

Tribulance is a made-up word, derived from the term "trials and tribulations".

How is it that you came to play in the metal scene?

Sal: Metal...it's the energy, the adrenaline rush, the release. It can be like driving a race car. Metal music amplifies the emotions for me. Any emotion; sadness, happiness, anger, excitement...it can transform any feeling into a good feeling. Or an already good feeling into an even better one. Of course, GOOD metal music that is.

What are some of your influences?

Sal: I could spend all day talking about artists that I've admired and still admire. I even admire artists who are new and just coming out with music. I can name some bands who I've looked up to: Boston, Van Halen, Dokken, Judas Priest, Metallica, Beastie Boys, Fear Factory and Enya to name just a few.

Brandon: Motley Crue, Stryper, Iron Maiden, Alabama

Mike: Geoff Tate from Queensryche, Warren Dane from NEVERMORE, AND Rob Halford from Judas Priest and FIGHT.

David: Slayer, Megadeath, Motorhead, Death Angel, M.O.D., S.O.D., Slipknot, Korn, System of a Down; a lot of 80's rock bands too. I grew up when MTV first started, so Motley Crue, Skid Row, and Guns N' Roses.

What are your goals for the future?

To keep writing great music and to keep pushing forward, try to reach as many people as possible and to continue to do what we do for as long and as far as we can take it.


It's always awesome to hear that you 'sound like this band' or there are elements in there of a band, what are your thoughts and feelings when you are compared to those bigger names?

Brandon: It's always a complement to hear you sound like this or play like that! It's inevitable to pick up things from the people/bands you grew-up listening to, but you never really realize it until someone brings it to your attention. We (TRIBULANCE) come from a vas t difference of influences growing up, but it's those differences that when we're together that make us sound like us. Everything has been done before at some point or another in history, everyone borrows from everyone. There are only so many notes, only so many chords, so it's inevitable not to sound like someone along the way! As long as we're not being accused of ripping someone off point blank, I'll take any comparisons. To each their own... it's actually interesting to hear different peoples take on us as far as who they compare us to, it's quite vast at times too. It always makes ya take a step back and try to hear the comparisons for yourself.

Who would you ask to be on an album? Go on tour with you? And why them?

David: I would choose Dime Bag Dartrell, because he is a bad ass, but also because of his talent and postive attitude. It would be inspirational.

Brandon: Michael Sweet, Tommy Lee, Bob Rock, DJ Ashba...that's a list that could go on and on... As for going on tour... On a national level: Disturbed/ Sixx A.M./ Priest/ Maiden/ Trivium. On a local level: Fatal Melody/ Broken/ Headrust/ Never Say Never. As for why... cause they all ROCK! A TRIBULANCE and Taylor Swift tour would be pretty interesting too...just saying...

If you could make up your own 10 city stop tour, with money being no object, what cities would it be and why?

Brandon: I'm open to any cities that would like to have us where we had the fan base to pack the place! Doesn't matter where to me as long as the people are there...

David: 1st, Detroit Michigan, cause that's my home state and I have a lot of family and friends there. Next, somewhere in Fance because it's where my family came from. Followed up with pretty much any large metal fest in Europe because it looks crazy as hell from what I've seen in videos.

If Hollywood came to you and said we're making a film of your band, who would play each member and why would you pick those actors/characters?

Brandon: They already made one about us, it's called, "The Story of ANVIL!"

If your managere or lead front man of the group said, "here is the list of those five cover songs you wanted to do," what songs are on that list and why?

Brandon: When it comes to covers, I like covers that are from a different genre than metal, so if I/we were to do more overs, my list would go a little something like this:
TRIBULANCE style of course...
1) Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
2) STRYPER - Soldiers Under Command
3) Icona Pop - I love It
4) Dierks Bentley - I Hold On
5) Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods

If you could switch positions in the band, what would you want to be and why? AND if you could play in a major band for one night only, who would it be and why?

Brandon: Famous band...Sixx A.M. Love what they're doing musically these days. Love the image, love the stage show, love the raw passion they portray on stage. They're running with the whole package right now!

Mike: Famouse band...it would have to be Vince Neil of Motley Crue; the when, 1983 US Festival. I would love to experience the feeling of performing for hundreds of thousands of fans for the first time; experience that type of music scene for the first time; performing at the same festival with Ozzy, Van Halen, Judas Priest...all of the rest of the great bands that played festival!

What was the first song you ever learned?

Mike: The first tune I "tried" to learn on guitar was 'Smoke on the Water.' The first song I learned vocally was 'Take Hold of the Flame' by Queensryche.

Sal: Some of the first songs I tought myself were 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' and 'Happy Birthday'. I didn't mess around, that's serious Heavy Metal! My first real METAL song was probably 'Crazy Train'.

We all know mistakes happen, as no show is ever perfect, but how do you handle them?

Sal: I remember that I'm just having fun, head banging away, and I soldier on! It's not like I'm performing open heart surgery here.

Be it a location or a stadium, what is the one place that is a MUST for you to play and why?

Brandon: Locally here in town p laying the AVA or the TCC would be on my bucket list for sure! AVA bing first and foremost for me. Outside of the local scene, playing anything larger like a stadium has never crossed my mind. We usually take things in levels and move on from there, can't say as if we've ever sat down and talked about stadiums at this point, but I wouldn't say "No" if it ever came my way, that's for sure! Any place larger than The Rialto Theater works for me at this point...

Mike: I would have to say during the Super Bowl halftime show! That would be a win, win for me. I'm a big football fan and obviously a musician; what better place than to perform on the biggest sports and music stage with the largest audience worldwide? That would be the ultimate performance!

Any advice for aspiring musicians/bands?

If you want to pursue music, do it because you love it. Do not go into it with high expectations; especially in this day and age. Have fun with it! Think of it as a hobby or an extracurricular activity. If it goes somewhere, great! If not, then at least you're enjoying life.

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