Dischordia’s Keeno: The Gun Shy Interview


A week or so ago, I had the chance to chat with Keeno, the guitarist for Dischordia.

The Oklahoma City death metal crushers have been working these days on a tracking new record, having secured new management and lined up several regional shows, spreading the band’s reach, Keeno tells me.

Before the conversation can go on a second more, I have to ask: Keeno. What is that, Scottish?

“No,” Keeno tells me. “My real name is Joaquin, but I got Keeno from when I was a kid — I played this computer game a lot called ‘Commander Keen,’ and my siblings started calling me Keen and that became Keeno. It’s just easier for most people.”

Most people who can’t spell Joaquin.

Dischordia, fresh from an opening slot at the “Former Metal Blade Recording Artists Unite” show in Hollywood, have been working in the studio with Raymond Herrera (Arkaea, ex-Fear Factory) and producer Jeremy Blair at AM Productions.

The band hopes to release their debut full-length next summer, but first have to find a label to put it out.

“We finished tracking the drums in Los Angeles and just started editing them now,” says Keeno, of the follow-up to their 2011 EP Creator, Destroyer. “Then we’ll do guitars and in December, we will finish up vocals and bass.”

The band’s members all have day jobs or are in school in Oklahoma, so until they ink a deal, they’re staying independent and taking their time with their new record.

“It’s going to be huge sounding and tight,” Keeno says. “We have some tricks up our sleeves. We’d love to have it ready for release next spring.”

But enough about music. Onto important matters, like chicks. How are the ladies in Oklahoma?

“The best in the world,” Keeno boasts. ”Oklahoma has a whole ‘nother breed out here. It’s lovely. I’m a fan.”

Keeno is a therapist when he’s not wielding his mighty ax. He counsels people with all sorts of issues, of all different ages and backgrounds. He even has a few metalheads amongst his clientele.

“I have had patients go to Dischordia shows, and they’ll see me, bring it up the next time they see me,” says Keeno. “I always say, ‘No, that wasn’t me — it was my evil twin.’”

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