Toledo, Ohio might not be the first place your mind goes when you think of hotbeds of great musical talent. But there is a local music scene and for one hard rock/alternative metal band, Dying to Know, the leap from local to national act is minuscule.
Dying to Know consists of Mark McMillan on vocals, Randy Johnson on bass, Ray Wagner on Drums, and Brandon Dudek on guitar and is the result of a merge between Evolution and Hypnotic, two former local bands. With a previous EP under their belt and the April release of their first full length album, The Obvious, which is available through many online vendors as well as the local Culture Clash and any of their shows, they are looking to hit the road and see what's ahead for them outside of the city limits.
You can often hear them play at the usual area clubs, including Headliners, Club Bijou, and Howard's and they have opened for a good number of national acts in this area. The band took a little time out of their regular weekly practice to sit down with me and talk about the album, the live shows, their fan base, and above all the music.
On the left, check out a video of them doing an in-store signing and performance at Culture Clash Records.
Tell me a little bit about the band, how you guys came together and your history.
Randy: We started as two bands, Evolution and Hypnotic, then we came together and met Mark. We played a show together and it was good. So we're basically Hypnotic plus him.
Mark: Yeah we're pretty much Hypnotic plus a new vocalist, which is me. I dropped from another band, Evolution, to come play with them. They needed a new singer and I came out and auditioned. They asked me if I wanted the job and I said yeah.
Who among you is the songwriter? Or is songwriting a collaborative effort?
Mark: We all write our own instruments. I write the lyrics, Brandon writes the guitar lines. They pretty much write the music first and them come to me and I write the lyrics.