DECOY rises: Unleashing ferocious energy from Louisiana’s metal/hardcore scene

"Going into the EP we wanted a more raw, chaotic rounded sound without trying too hard to be over the top or doing things we can’t pull off live"
5 July 2024

Emerging with a formidable presence from the deep-rooted Louisiana metal/hardcore scene, DECOY has solidified their mark in the music world with their intense sound and the convincing release of their EP, Re:Selection.

Since their inception in the summer of 2017, DECOY has evolved into a force to be reckoned with, driven by ferocious vocals, aggressively dissonant guitars, and a pummeling low end. Imagine a furious maelstrom of sound – part Hatebreed, part Vein, part All Shall Perish – and you’ve got this aggressive quintet, fast-tracked for stardom and ready to take the nation by storm.

Where others might waver, DECOY dares to cut loose, pouring their collective heart and soul into every performance – and it’s precisely this commitment that sets them on a collision course with superstardom.

The horrible and the good parts of life are what keep the blood flowing and the heart beating. Fight everyday. Show up for yourself. And things will be ok.

We’re curious: what’s the lowdown on DECOY’s beginnings, and how did each band member’s creative fingerprints shape the group’s ear-catching vibe?

We formed in the summer of 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I do vocals (Jonah Smith), Lucien Champton on drums, Chris Rumfellow on Bass, and then Matt Rumfellow and Bobby Burnette on guitar. Me, Matt, and Lucien are the only original members. Matt and Chris are brothers tho so he’s pretty much an original member and then we’ve all known Bobby for awhile! Me, Matt, and Chris were in a band for a year or two together and then Matt, Lucien, and chris were in another project together that fizzled out as well. We’ve tried to do other things here and there together that didnt quite work but this one finally stuck.

From punk to pop, who are the iconic figures fueling the band’s melodic flame, and how do those roots show up in their tunes?

We all have difference influences individually but as a band we definitely draw influences from Hatebreed, converge, Merauder, and vein just to name a few from the metal/hardcore scene. Our music probably doesn’t have the most punk or pop influences haha but we do like to throw in some melodies here and there.

Think back to the performance that still resonates with you today. Was it a spellbinding live set, a televised spot that hinted at greatness, or a genre-bending festival appearance that reminded you why you started doing this in the first place?

We haven’t done anythjng too crazy yet. We’ve played with a lot of great bands tho and we try to approach every show like it’s a sold out show even if there isn’t a ton of people in the crowd. We always try to leave it all out there on the stage to leave whoever is in the crowd with something to remember.

Are there any shout-outs or scathing reviews that have left an indelible mark on DECOY’s music?

Nothing like that haha but it was pretty cool to be featured on No Echo, IdiotEQ, and lambgoat tho! Shout out to all of them for helping spread the word about underground bands.

Reflecting on the recording process of your EP Re:selection at Lantern Light Studios, could you share some highlights and insights into the overall journey of creating the album?

We recorded drums with Kyle for a 2-song promo and it was then we knew he had the ear and drive for what we wanted to go for.

Going into Re:selection we wanted a more raw, chaotic rounded sound without trying too hard to be over the top or doing things we can’t pull off live.

Also I feel it’s our best music yet. Totally happy with the end product.

Any chance we get to work with Kyle Eroche, we take.

Mental health struggles, personal demons, and the turmoil that lurks beneath the surface – this EP holds nothing back in its raw exploration of the human condition. In what ways have your life experiences influenced the music you create, and what specific inspirations fuel these thematic threads?

I (Lucien), like a lot of other people, am influenced a lot by art that you look at/hear that will really leave something with you.

My life experiences have pushed me to write music that will be there for people when they need it. We want to be on when you need to pick yourself up and move forward.

The whole thing with re:selection is its centered around time, how fast it moves, how you love, lose, and how to deal and grow around your losses. We only plan to push the message/art even further.

In DECOY’s songs, what emotions are the band tapping into, and what inspired the lyrical directions they’ve taken?

Anger, sadness, love, guilt and acceptance mostly. We’ve been doing this band since 2017…where we were as people then and now are like worlds apart. We’ve grown, loss, and learned to mold ourselves around those trials into what we are today and the music reflects that.

What do you hope listeners will take away from experiencing DECOY’s music, in terms of its overall impact or message conveyed?

That you’re never alone. The horrible and the good parts of life are what keep the blood flowing and the heart beating. Fight everyday. Show up for yourself. And things will be ok.

What does DECOY have cooking for the future? Are there any fresh tracks or live shows on the horizon?

Working on a few new tracks! We will hopefully have a new music video within the next couple months. We’ve been playing 2 new tracks live that aren’t recorded yet called Broken Resilience and Something Else Entirely so we’d love to have those released by the end of the year as well. We have a few different out of state shows through out the rest of year too!

Seduced by Billie Eilish’s genre-bending sound or put off by the artificial sweetening of pop? Where do you stand on the most thrilling (or confounding) developments in music right now?

I’ll be honest I couldn’t name one Billie Eilish song off the top of my head but from what I can recall she’s talented. That style isn’t something I’m personally jamming in my free time but I can appreciate it for what it is. I try to be open minded for the most part even if something isn’t for me. Clearly her and others of that genre are doing something right so I can’t really knock it.