The hard-charging quintet put out an acclaimed eponymous EP over the summer that was produced by Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer, and then destroyed crowds across the nation while on tour with the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
Thrown Into Exile now has designs on landing with a label and eventually releasing a full-length album.
JacksonGuitars.com recently caught up with guitarist Mario Rubio to talk about where his band is going and some of his influences..
JacksonGuitar.com: You’ve been playing a Rhoads on stage for a while now. What drew you to that guitar?
Rubio: When I think about Jackson guitars, right off the bat, it’s obviously Randy Rhoads. Zakk Wylde has played some of those Randy Rhoads models. Corey Beaulieu from Trivium, too. There’s even some of the more recent guys, like Christian [Andreu] from Gojira. The list goes on and on.
I always look at it like Jackson has always been the ultimate fucking metal guitar. My graduation present in the eighth grade was a Jackson Warrior, and I remember opening this giant box and being blown away. That was the only time I ever had a trem, so I was going crazy doing dive bombs with the Floyd. Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think about Jackson.
Lately, my guitar choice has been the Rhoads. It’s got that iconic body shape, and it just feels right. I think more people should be playing that shape on stage. Being able to balance it just feels comfortable to play in that classical way. Continue reading