More than five years ago, when Dennis Condusta was writing his own lyrics and recording instruments in his bedroom, he never could have imagined where his band would go. Wilkes-Barre‚??s Astorian Stigmata begins August with a new tour that starts Friday, Aug. 10 ‚?? and ends it with a new EP, ‚??A Dark Summers Sunrise,‚?Ě out Friday, Aug. 31.
Ever since 2007, Condusta slowly started working with others to form a band. Two years later, Astorian Stigmata found itself starting to play shows.
‚??It has been quite a turbulent background,‚?Ě Condusta said. ‚??We‚??ve had so many members, so many people come and go. It‚??s been pretty crazy.‚?Ě
Although the band is made up of three members that include DJ Laury, Sean Carey and Dennis Condusta, the upcoming tours will only feature Condusta and Laury. The approaching tour will be throughout Pennsylvania along with Ohio, Michigan and into Illinois. After the August tour ends, the band will start another tour in September.
In addition to getting inspiration from Radiohead, the two biggest influences of the band are Modest Mouse and The Cure. With a unique mixture of indie vibes and a gothic style from these bands, Astorian Stigmata classifies its type of music as dark-indie rock.
‚??We just don‚??t like to say gothic rock because that kind of implies metal,‚?Ě Condusta said.
Even though the band considers its music to be dark, as well as the lyrics, Astorian Stigmata considers it to be negative positivity.
‚??To say it bluntly is, yeah life sucks, and it can be tough, but it‚??s going to be alright. You just gotta work hard, keep yourself positive and not get stuck on it,‚?Ě Condusta explained.
Having two major events such as a tour and an EP being released within the same month can be very demanding on the members of the band, especially when they are responsible for organizing everything. Not only does Astorian Stigmata record and write its own music, but it also books the tours and makes the CDs itself.
‚??It can get to be really stressful doing all of the work,‚?Ě Condusta shared. ‚??Not only to cut down the cost, but to make it a more personal experience.‚?Ě
Condusta emphasized how the band focuses on all of the fans at an individual level and how hard it works to ensure a personalized experience for everybody. He used a CD release as an example. If the band had an album made, put a barcode on the case, it would be just like any other CD release. Astorian Stigmata tries to make sure everything it does is special for their fans.
‚??Instead of trying to capture everyone in this big, broad spectrum, we try to focus on individual people and giving them the experience,‚?Ě he said.
Having more than 24,000 likes on Facebook shows how keeping everything on a personal level has helped make Astorian Stigmata so successful. The popularity that the band has gained on its Facebook page does not only come from local fans. From mostly touring out of the area, many of band‚??s biggest fans consist of those who are located across the U.S. and internationally as well.
‚??We put songs on YouTube and people like them. People respond to us from all over, even those who haven‚??t seen us play.‚?Ě Condusta said. ‚??They message us on Facebook saying, ‚??Oh! I want you to play in my town.‚??‚?Ě
With the band members‚?? unique style, their perspective on music and life in general, there is no doubt that Astorian Stigmata will be anything but ordinary.
‚??We try to be different in every single thing from the get-go. No matter what it is, we try to do it differently,‚?Ě he said.
Astorian Stigmata‚??s ‚??A Dark Summers Sunrise,‚?Ě out Fri., Aug. 31. Info: Facebook.com/AstorianStigmata