Progressive/Metal/Jam -- Bay Shore, New York, United States

Calea  -

Keith Caylor-Drums
Pat Smith- Bass
Tim Bura- Drums
Mike Proverdi- Guitar
Tom Petecca- Vocals
Anthony Stavola- Guitar


**BIO- We formed in 2006 as a four piece metal band, in January of 2007 we added Anthony Stavola for a second guitar. We recorded our first demo called 'Dissolution' in the summer of 2007 and in February of 2008 we parted ways with our old drummer and was replaced with Keith Caylor. Since then we have expanded our sound by adding a horn player, playing instruments like the Saxophone and Clarinet. But still have maintained a dominant heavy sound, highly influenced by bands like Tool, Mastodon, and Mr. Bungle. We recently recorded a new demo called 'Arecibo' and toured in the summer of 2008 and plan on keeping a constant touring schedule.


Between the buried and me
Mr. Bungle
Dillinger Escape Plan
Nine Inch Nails
King Crimson
The Mars Volta

Interview with (Calea)

First off, we would like to thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to do this interview with us. We really appreciate it guys.

-Thank you for having us.

1) So what is your favorite song you have written so far?
-Stacking Stones off our demo 'Arecibo'

2) How did your band get its start? Have you always wanted to be a
Metal band?
  -We all came from different bands when we started Calea. A few came from a funk band the others came from a rock band. But the one thing we all liked and agreed on was metal so we decided to be that.

3) What equipment do you use live and record with?
-Keith uses custom Tama Star Classic drums, Pat uses a Frankenstein Fender B Bass with Gallean Kruger amp, Anthony uses PRS guitars with Line 6 Amplifiers, Mike uses Gretsch guitars with Marshall Amplifiers, and Tim uses a Yahama Saxophone and Clarinet.

4) What influences your lyrics and some of your vocal styles?
-Heavy marijuana use, as far as vocal styles whatever sounds appropriate to the part is it going over.

5) What can we expect from your band in the future?
-Constant Touring, hopefully a record deal, and musically even we don't even know.

6) Was this your first band or have all the members been in bands before?
-We all came from different local bands that didn't really do much, but we managed to filter out the members of our old bands who weren't serious enough to go on and started Calea.

7) Do you have any other projects that you are a part of right now?
-Nope, just Calea.

8) What are some of your favorite brutal DM bands now?
-Psyopus, Meshuggah, and Between the Buried and Me.

9) What do you think of this whole new version of DM that seems to be taking over?
-Were not too into it but we respect anyone willing to step on stage and play the music that they enjoy playing.

10) If you where stranded on an island (that had electricity), what are 5 Albums you would just have to take with you?

-Thats a tough one, we'd have to say:

1: Lateralus by Tool
2: The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails
3: Colors by Between the Buried and Me
4: Leviathan by Mastodon
5: California by Mr. Bungle

11) So what is in your CD player at home or in your car right now?

-Ire Works by Dillinger Escape Plan

12) How do you write your songs?

-We sit around in a basement for hours at time arguing about what we want the song to sound like. And we start writing the song when we all compromise with eachother to the make song as good as we possibly can.

13) What is the craziest thing you have seen on the road?

-A 13 year old mother of an 18 month old child in Jefferson City, Missouri trying to have sex with the whole band.

14) Have you thought about coming to NYC?

-Well we live on Long Island so we are there pretty often.

15) What is your recording process like? Do you find it hard, or is it easier for you?

-It's definately alot easier then writing the actual songs but can by really frustrating at times.

16) Do you want to list some of the places people can hear and buy some killer merchandise of yours?

-Yeah just log onto and every thing you would need is there.

17) How have you managed to market yourselves?

-Through Ultra Elite Entertainment based in Florida.

18) How difficult is it working with the others in the band?

-Its not that bad, we've known eachother for a long time so we get along pretty well. But we definately get annoyed with eachother times.

19) Who are some of your major influences when it comes to playing your instruments?

-Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle, Adam Jones of Tool, Omar Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta, Steve Howwe of Yes, Thomas Haake of Meshuggah, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead.

20) How did you come about the band name?

-We read about this crazy Native American drug called Calea that makes you have incredibly lucid dreams, so we decided to name it after that.

21) What is your favorite song to play live?

-Zeros and Ones, it gets our energy out there and its a good definition of our sound.

22) How long have you been playing your instruments?

-Between 6 and 13 years between of all of us.

23) How did you get your sponsors, if any?

-Unfortunately we don't have any.

24) What instrument brands do you prefer to use?

-Gibson, PRS, Gretsch, and Fender.

25) There's a lot of bands out there that try to take the metal sound and make it there own, what sets you apart?

-The different styles that each of us bring into writing the songs. We are combining the heavy sound we all like with all the old progressive psychadelic bands we like from 20-30 years ago like King Crimson.

 26) What are some of your favorite Horror Films?

-The Shining, Halloween, The Creature from The Black Lagoon, Evil Dead, IT, and The Thing.

27) What do you do in you spare time when not playing Metal, Do you have any hobbies?

-Fishing, watching movies, sports, smoking pot, and long romantic walks on the beach.

28) What's your feeling on the whole mp3 or bootleg trading on the Internet?

-We all like it, we think its a good way for people to spread their music around the world.

29) What are some of the other metal acts you like?

-Clutch, Tool, and Dillinger Escape Plan.

30) What's in your CD player?

-Ire Works by Dillinger Escaple Plan.

31) How do you feel about the whole metal scene? And how much are you involved into it?

-The metal scene is not big from where we are from, so we are trying to tour more and more to try to get ourselves out there.

32) Do you think cover art is just as important as the music?

-We think it is very important and says something about the music. But the fact remains that you can listen to a good band with shitty artwork but you can't listen to a shitty band with good artwork.

33) Do you have a website or link you’d like people to take a look at?

-Just the one,

34) Which bands do you enjoy playing with the most?

-Mastodon, Pantera, and the Mars Volta.

35) As a live act, how does the band deliver the feel one hears on the studio recordings?

-With a hell of a lot of energy and jumping up and down.

36) What can we expect from you in the future?

-A constantly developing sound.

37) You worked with anyone famous? What was that like?

-We worked with Mistress Juliya of Fuse a few times. And that was pretty cool, it got us a decent amount of exposure.

38) In what distributive ways are you going to be able to push your new release?

-By touring and getting as many people we possibly can to listen.

 39) How do you describe your sound and who are your influences?

-It's very hectic and incorporates alot of different sounds and instruments. Mainly influenced by bands like Mr. Bungle and Dillinger Escape Plan.

40) How long does it normally take you to write a song?

-Between 3 and 4 weeks, about 9 or 10 rehearsals.

41) How is the playing of a live show in contrast to a rehearsal for you?

-Rehersals are alot more calm and constructive. We usually all just get together and sit down with an objective and work it out. Playing a live show we all just let the music take more of a grip on us and really get into it.

42) Do you foresee a clone wave of bands that copy your style without trying to generate their own?

-We hope so.

43) Is there a difference between the lyrical aspect of the band and their personal opinions?

-No we generally agree on what he is singing about.

44) Are there new songs written for a future release at this time?

-Yeah we are working on 3 more right now and hopefully will be playing them live very soon.

45) What are the crowds like where you live?

-Like we said before crowds on Long Island arent really that interested in metal, so we have been touring in other states and trying to draw crowds there. But people have been very responsive in other places.

46) Will you ever consider signing to a label deal?

-Definately, we are gonna start shopping for labels January of 2009. We feel that the best chance to get our music to as many ears as possible would be through a label.

47) What would make you want to stay independent even though there was a label interested in you?

-The fans that you would get as an independent band seem more genuine then the fans you would get as a major label band.

48) Do you get a lot of show offers, who handles them?

-We get a decent amount of them and our manager Jason Stocky of Ultra Elite Entertainment usually handles them.

49) You are touring to build your fan base, where is this next tour taking you to?

-Probably more along the east coast towards Florida.

50) Is all of the music written and performed by you?

-Yes, every inch of it.

51) Are you fans of Venom, Celtic Frost and King Diamond?

-Not so much.

52) Are there any current videos shot and if not will there be any videos?

-Nah, just a few live videos on our youtube account.

53) As summer is almost over what have you got planned for the fall/winter/Spring?

-More tour dates and shopping for labels.

54) Favorite local place to play?

-A bar called McCoy's located in Commack on Long Island.

55) I’d like to thank you for your time and hope to bring on more listeners to your music, any last words?  

-We really appreciate the interview and we hope to do another one soon.