New song! Can you tell us about the formation of Employed To Serve? Sure, well the band originally started as a two piece recording project between me and our vocalist, Justine. We recruited our drummer, Robbie back in the spring of and the band we have today took shape from then on. How did you get to the band name Employed To Serve, and what does it mean to you? Initially the idea for the name came from working jobs that we disliked just to make an income, and how so many people work jobs they hate just to get by.
You are born to serve out the norm then die. Also, can you tell us about how you originally found your sound? It was two tours back to back. If I had to pick my highlight so far it would have to be the two album release shows we just did in London and Brighton. Those shows were really special for all of us in the band.
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So, how did you get to the album title 'The Warmth of a Dying Sun', and what does it mean to you? But I suppose everyone has that in their life. Can you elaborate on some of the main themes and influences that run throughout 'The Warmth of a Dying Sun'? Apart from the aforementioned theme of building your life around something you love no matter the outcome, the album touches upon many social and mental topics such as depression, homelessness, family related struggles and life making you become jaded and losing sight of what you want from your time on this planet.
This is really skimming the top of the songs though as they really hold a more personal and in depth meaning. How did the artwork for 'The Warmth of a Dying Sun' come together, and can you tell us about what it means to you? So we knew from the title that we definitely wanted a sun of some description. We played about with a lot of different ideas, from photos to different artists, but nothing was really clicking. We knew we had to love it! I came across a random tarot card whilst googling and I thought it looked really cool. With that as a rough idea for a starting point I then thought of contacting Garry at Bite Radius Designs.
When you spend so much time crafting the songs and recording it you really need the artwork that you love and justifies your hard work. How excited are you for your upcoming slot at ArcTanGent, and what can attending fans expect from the set? Massively excited! The crowd should expect a lot of new songs, and probably expect me to climb all over them and shout at them a lot. What else can we expect to see from Employed To Serve in ? Loads more touring! Check our Facebook for the dates.
Other than that more touring and more writing. Can you tell us about the formation of Casey? So Liam and I have known each other since we were like We were in our very first band together. Our most recent bands before Casey split up. Liam and I went to a friends studio, and just wrote some songs. This is when we messaged Toby, Max, and our old bass player Scott, they were all keen to join. We shot a music video, recorded a couple of singles. We played two shows under a different name.
Then I auditioned to join Northlane. I got down to the final eleven, it was insane. Obviously Marcus was in there, and Erik from Loathe was in there as well. They had like likes on Facebook. So obviously Northlane went to Marcus, which is completely deserved because he is incredible. Then we sat down, got a new name, shot a new music video, we just started from scratch.
How did you get to the band name Casey, and what does it mean to you? We actually had three names in a hat, it was Casey, Magnolia, and I can never remember the third one, but four of us hated it. I think it was our old bass player that put it in, but we had like twenty names originally, and just narrowed it down to three, and put it in a hat. So I just really wanted to pay homage to that. It was crazy to see the rise and fall of post hardcore in South Wales.
So many things just came and went, at one point it seemed like there was nothing. They are being recognized for it, which is great. How did you end up signing to Hassle Records, and what have they been like to work with so far? So off the back of the Capsize, 68 tour we were approached by a few labels, but with Liam and I our previous bands were both signed to majors.
In all honestly we had a bit of a rough time. So we were a bit sceptical when these new offers started coming through. So we laid off a little bit, we wanted to write some material ourselves, and then see where it went. Then when we went up to record the album at the Monnow Valley studio the owner Jo is a really good friend of Wes who co-runs hassle records. So the next week Toby and I went up to London, met with Wes, Mease and Nigel who run it together, it just felt like a really comfortable fit. They really shared the vision, ethos that we had for the band.
We try and find people that we like working with and stick with, we develop a good relationship with them. With our old labels, Liams was based in Scotland, and mine was based in Chicago, so we never met any of them. It just felt really sterile, and detached. We wanted a relationship that was more tangible, so we met them and felt like it was a really good fit, so we went with it.
How did your tour go with Boston Manor? Before we went into the Heaven and Hell tour recently, we were a bit apprehensive, because it was the first time that we had ever played to more of a divided demographic. So it was never really that difficult to win a crowd over. They were expecting you to play a similar style of music, and they were there for that kind of music.
Which suited us down to the crowd. We normally play quite an eclectic mix anyway, mixing in heavier and lighter stuff at shows. So we just kind of said that we should just do whatever we are comfortable with, play the songs that we want to play. If they like it, they like it. So we came back of that tour, and we were really well received, everybody was very respectful. We mixed the set up a little bit, played some new songs, swapped some out. We wanted to play some songs that have got just screaming in them, and some songs that have got just singing in them.
I heard you guys had a fire on your bus at one point! Yeah, so on the way to the third show, we blew two tires, we had to miss a day then. Then later on into the tour, when we were on our way into Poland, I was sleeping in the back of the bus, I was super ill. Just before we went away I was in hospital for quite a long time. Then coming out of hospital I was on some new medication that really makes me quite rough. So I was sleeping as often as I could, we had bunks on our bus. I thought I was going to die. I got off the bus, we were quite fortunate as it was just an electrical fire.
It was a lot of burning plastic, and smoke, but not a lot of actual damage as such. We managed to get it patched up, drove to Poland, played the show, and then we started driving towards Budapest. It started smoking again so our driver pulled over and sat us all he down. The other bands were really great about it.
Congratulations on your HMA nomination! How exciting is that for you guys? That was insane! How did the music video for 'Little Bird' come together, and can you tell us a bit about the meaning? The metaphor behind it is that going to the same coping mechanisms becomes counter productive, because as the music video goes on, every time they try to go back to this clinic, the memory becomes less consistent, it becomes more nightmareish. So, how happy have you been with the reception to 'Love Is Not Enough' so far, and what do you think it has done for the representation of Casey? Then a couple of months ago it came out in mainland Europe, two months ago it came out in North America, and then two weeks ago it came out in Australia and Asia.
We see a wave of fresh interaction coming in. How did the artwork for 'Love Is Not Enough' come together, and what does it mean to you? Her and I went on holiday together a couple of years ago. I asked if I could have it, and she said that was fine, she gave it to me. Then a couple of months later, we started putting the album together. It was just a happy coincide. It was always centered around two people.
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Obviously the abbreviation for that is line, so it was just something that when we were throwing the ideas around for the artwork I just found the drawing again. If we manipulated it, and made it into something quite cool, then it could really work. I showed it to the guys, they were really happy with it. Incredibly important. Where there has been a demise in festivals like Ghostfest, Hevy Fest, still having these huge gatherings where alternative music does come together, is just so important. They gave a chance to local bands to win a slot on it as well, which is such an insane platform for them.
What else can we expect to see from Casey in ? Then it will just be setting us up for the next year then. We are doing some more touring then, at the start of Then we might start to think about a new record at some point. Can you tell us about the formation of Devil Sold His Soul? In a nutshell, before DSHS, Rick, Jonny and our original drummer Tom all played in a band together called Mahumodo, and that band came to quite an unexpected and quick end.
What was it like to be an upcoming band in London? Its funny, we're sort of a London band and sort of not. We've always been completely spread out along the M4, so we've never really properly had a home. That said, with a few of the band living there, London is as much a home town as this band ever had when we started! We used to do a lot of practicing in London and a very good proportion of our shows were out and about London in the early days, I think we were basically the in house band at the Barfly in Camden for a while!
The main thing I really remember is that we basically played most weekends to nobody in stale and sticky venue basements!
Was there a particular moment when you realized that you were becoming more than just an upcoming band, if so what was that whole experience like for you guys? It's funny, you never really think like that, the goal is always in front of you and things change without you even realising it! I do remember the first few times we were in Kerrang being a massive thing, seeing you and your mates faces printed in a magazine is totally weird and awesome, it's hard to describe. Maybe that's when I first realised people were paying attention? I mean it's not like we've ever been a massive band, but it's almost impossible to get a handle on anyone else's perception of you as a band.
It still blows my mind that anyone ever has or does listen to our songs! How did your recent tour go, where you performed 'A Fragile Hope' in its entirety, and can you give us a couple of personal highlights from your time on the road? Being able to play these songs again with the guys and sharing the vocals with PG really felt special, and definitely a band highlight for me! On top of that, we've never played those songs back to back, not even while we were writing it, as we arranged the tracklist after we recorded the album. It really hit me how well that album flows together, it's nearly an hour long and the shows felt like they were over in a flash!
What was it like to rehearse for the tour then? Were there any songs that you found particularly interesting to re-visit maybe? It felt a bit like riding a bike! Aside from the fact I had to learn how to scream again, the songs are etched into my brain, I could remember all my parts and lyrics pretty well. I think it was a fairly different affair for PG as he hadn't played many of those songs before, so had an awful lot to learn! He bust a gut and fuckin' nailed it though!
Looking back on 'A Fragile Hope', what do you remember the most about putting it together, and how would you say it compares to anything else you've done? I remember that we went over those songs with a fine tooth comb, maybe to a fault, but it was our first full length and we didn't want to put anything at all weak out.
I think we learnt a lot about song writing that we took with us onto everything we wrote subsequently. We learnt to be a bit quicker in the studio after that, not in a less care sort of way, more that you can really go down the rabbit hole without even realising when you're recording and lose your perspective.
I put a lot of heart into the tracks and I feel it still shows. I actually have no idea what it's done for our representation, I don't really get caught up in that but I'm really happy with how it was and has since been received and how the songs are sung back so passionately by our audiences. How excited are you for your upcoming slot at ArcTanGent, and what can attending fans expect from the show? Really really excited! We played in its first year and fell in love with the event. The bands that tend to play are not your run of the mill, music by numbers type bands.
The creativity and progressive nature of the music tends to bring people that understand music better and appreciate the complexity just that bit more and I love that. What else can we expect to see from Devil Sold His Soul in ? Can you tell us how Sikth originally got together? Well first Dan, Pin and myself were in the band with three other members, we formed through the Watford scene. We knew these guys through local bands and connections.
There was a thriving scene in Watford, UK back in the day. What was it like to be an upcoming band in Watford? There was a great scene back then, I ran it myself so we were in the best position we could be. I did gig swaps around the country with other promoters who had bands. There was a great vibe and we rose very quickly. Looking back a bit more than a year we played with Slipknot on their UK arena tour in Feb , then our first ever US tour in August with Periphery, then at the beginning of this year we did a six week tour in Europe with Trivium. Love the dudes, loved being in USA and playing to so many wild fans.
It was great! This title is open to interpretation 1: about humanity evolving with technology but also devolving in authenticity and creation. Can you elaborate on some of the other main themes and influences that run throughout 'The Future In Whose Eyes? I talk about love and loss. Then also social media suppression, mind manipulation, evil and good, sanitising cities, power mungers, blood hungry hoards and many more moons of thought. I also ask many questions throughout the album. Somehow it all became manic due to a very tight schedule towards the end, totally pushed me far over my limit!
I just wrote the vocals and lyrics pretty much nonstop, seriously, not much fun was had at all! The amazing cover was created by Meats Meier's a genius based in LA. It is about humanity evolving with technology but also devolving in authenticity and creation. The vocals were recorded at your very own studio, so what is it like to have that creative control as a band?
I write all the vocals and lyrics on my own, I've always done it that way myself actually. It's just how I get the way out of myself. How did Joe Rosser end up joining Sikth, and how would you say he has helped shape your music so far? We knew of him, as he was in Aliases with Pin. Justin actually approved of him as well so that was good.
How did Spencer Sotelo end up joining you for 'Cracks Of Light' and can you tell us a bit about what he was like to work with? Yeah he was great, a really nice dude. We discussed working together when we were on the Periphery tour in August — then just flew him over and went to RNR studios in Uxbridge again. It was very quick, he totally nailed it pretty much straight away. Looking back on 'Opacities' how happy are you with this EP still, and what do you think it has done for the representation of Sikth?
I love this EP. What else can we expect to see from Sikth in ? Touring wise, what have you been up to this year? We've done a hell of a lot of touring this year and I think the highlight so far was probably headlining Boston music rooms in London. The whole place just went and it was off the chain.
To see that many people in London coming to see your show and knowing your music is just insane. We also had our entire crew with us which was magic and made the gig super easy. Looking back on 'Statues' how happy have you been with the feedback to the album so far, and what do you think it has done for the representation of Black Peaks? I think it's gone better than we could have possibly imagined. We spent so much time worrying about how things were going to be perceived I think we've been overwhelmed by the response. It's definitely taken us to amazing places as a band and continues to do so every day.
Interview with Will What songs are you still really enjoying performing live from 'Statues' at the moment, and why? That's also weird as it's the oldest one we play. The big man breakdown at the end never gets old. Have you guys started work on any new material just yet, if so, what do you think fans can expect from it? Oh yeah man. We are deep into writing album two right now. We have definitely developed and got into the groove of things now. We are a lot more aware of our sound and we know each other very well now so writing often flows very easily.
Touring can sometimes be really hard and you need to have people that are looking out for you and know your limits. We really look after each other now and that makes a huge difference when you're spending a lot of time together. We are like brothers. What music video has been the most fun for you to put together, and why? We got a whole load of people down to the beach to film the scene with flares.
We had a bunch of mates and whiskey and drinks it was great fun. How excited are you for your upcoming slot at Trees Festival, and what can attending fans expect? We were honored to be asked to come and play the main stage at Trees. We've been lucky enough to play the last couple of years at the Cave and now we've built our way to the prestigious main stage. This show also marks the end of our summer season so it promises to be the biggest finale of the year for us.
Also, how important do you think festivals like Trees are to the UK? Festivals like Trees are the lifeblood of the UK music industry. Especially ones like Trees that have come from a grass roots background and grown into something huge. We owe Trees and the fans who go there a lot for our growth over the last few years.
What else can we expect to see from Black Peaks in ? After that we are going to knuckle down and finish writing our second record for the rest of the year. How did With Confidence originally get together? Myself and the drummer Josh went to high school together. It was originally just like we got drunk together, and said that we should jam. Then we went to study music at college.
Where Josh and I met Luke and Inigo. It all just came together from there. It just happened. How did you get to the band name With Confidence, and what does it mean to you? When you start out as a band. I think the best thing to do is to play covers you like by bands you like.
At the time we were like What was it like to be an upcoming band in Sydney? Especially in Australia. Just playing those smaller shows, and slowly working your way up. Watching twenty more kids coming out to your show each time you play. I can complain about the small things, the drives, sleeping on the floor. All the little things. Yeah, America is the exact same. You play shows.
Two hour drives. We did the grind, and now when we do these sort of tours with three hour drives. Was there a particular moment when you realized that you were going to much more than just an upcoming band? We always wanted to be a band that would do it forever, like go into their 40ss and still release music and stuff. I think the moment that we knew we had a career ahead of us, was probably the moment when we got the call from our manager that Hopeless Records were interested, and that they wanted to call us and talk.
How did you originally sign with Hopeless Records, and what have they been like to work with so far? They are like super great to work with. Even if we had gone with a different label. Hopeless have done some really incredible things. I think only UK guys would get that! We love Hopeless. Can you tell us a bit about how you originally found your sound as With Confidence? We are big advocates of bands doing things naturally and organically, and I think that the way we found our sound was by just culminating our influences together, and then just jamming as a band.
Then something popped out. I love pop music and I love pop melodies. I love pop punk, and between us the tastes vary, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to emo music. You were here earlier in the year for a headline run right? So how was that! It blew my mind man, honestly. But we sold out London Underworld, and that was for us, which might seem small for other bands, but for our second time in London we were blown away.
A few more shows kept selling out, we went on the tour and the crowd were rowdy, loud and passionate. Honestly, it was incredible. The lyrics that we wrote in our bedrooms are being screamed at us in London, LA or Italy. Looking back on 'Better Weather', how happy have you been with the response to the album so far, and what do you think it has done for the representation of With Confidence?
I expected to release an album, get some initial hype, and then fizzle out until you release a new album. It got a great initial response, but then it slowly got better and better and better. More people are listening to our band now, than when we released the album. I guess it comes from doing headline tours, and touring around the world. For example we just came off the US run with State Champs, we released the album on Warped Tour last year, and between Warped Tour and this tour I would say that some nights there were a thousand people in the room that knew who we were, and were screaming our lyrics in the US.
What was the hardest part about putting 'Better Weather' together? For me the hardest part were probably the lyrics and the recording for the vocals. I can be really hard on myself. You have to let that go. That was kind of hard for me. In the vocal booth recording those lyrics. So trying to get those vocal takes, and pushing myself further than I had been before. I think that was the hardest part. What was it like to tour with Five Seconds To Summer? Josh the drummer went to school with Michael and Calum and Luke, then we went to study music in college, we studied with Michael as well.
We became really close friends, and would hang out. Our first show was with Five Seconds, we played a five hundred cap venue and the tour more recently was incredible. That was a cool thing for us. What we gained from that, was I guess just playing to really big crowds. One of the shows was in front of about 8, people.
You guys were a part of the Motion City Soundtrack farewell set of shows, so how was that, and can you tell us a bit about what this band mean to you guys? It was emotional, as we are all Motion City Soundtrack fans. Luke from our band is a big Motion City Soundtrack fan, he has got the Dinosaur Life tattoo on his arm.
It was really cool, it was kind of like a special thing. It was a little sad, seeing a band that has had such a long and fruitful career have to call it quits, and not want to do it any more. How did the music video for 'Long Night' come together? The video came together when we were in LA actually, we were crashing at one of our label representatives house, Tobin.
We were sleeping in the backyard in a tent. It was sick. He has this old piano inside. I just sat down, playing this slightly out of tune piano. Piano is my first instrument. Then Tobin came in, sat down, and was listening. So it was very natural, as it again stemmed from a very organic moment! If you can keep festivals like this around, then you guys will be just fine. What else can we expect to see from With Confidence in ? Can you tell us about the formation of Trophy Eyes? Callum: I guess it started about three and half years ago now, almost four.
It was at the end of Most of the guys, apart from John, we all went to school together. So it was just like the high school bands formed into this band. Then we found John on Facebook, and then it all went from there. John: They had something going on. Callum was going to sing, but he was the only one out of everyone who could play drums. I got in! How did you get to the band name Trophy Eyes , and what does it mean to you?
John: It means literally nothing. I was just going through one day trying to find different band names, because I heard that bands did that, so that was literally it! But yeah it was just in my iTunes, so I wrote it down as a possibility, and we just went with it. We put it up on Facebook the next night, saying that we needed a band name. We took a vote, and we ended up with Trophy Eyes. John: We had a whole bunch of names, and that was the one that we hated the least. What was it like to be an upcoming band in Newcastle Australia? John: Apparently it was flourishing just before I moved there.
Then when I showed up, it was just kind of dying off. With like the little success we had early on, it was very quick, so within the space of a month we changed from a local band to an interstate touring band. In Newcastle there was no where to play, everyone was doing it themselves. There were a couple of heavy bands that came out around the same time, like Rivalries, just a whole bunch of bands that came out of Newcastle that got noticed.
Callum: There was a place in Newcastle called Hombre records it was a friend of mines, Mitch. That sort of helped kick things off, that really helped the Newcastle scene. It was like an old shop that he ripped the guts out off, it ended up helping a whole bunch. It was an awkward city to come out of. It all started when Hombre started going off, because that was like a good bridging size venue. After that, if you sold that out, then you can play the Cambridge. We made a conscious effort to not only play in Newcastle, as soon as we could we went interstate and to the other side of America.
Was there a moment when you felt like you were more than just an upcoming band? Callum: No it was kind of natural. I guess there was a point where we got our first big tour, and that was a big deal, and then after that we got a label offer, that was a really big moment.
Then after that it all sort of kicked off from there. But there was never really an actual point. John: The jump from a local band happened within the space of a few months. We started writing, and people liked us. A booking agent said that if we can get a crowd out, then you can tour with Neck Deep, because they are going to come down, they were gaining a lot of traction at that time, and still are now, but then they were just starting to pick up. So they came down, and we got that tour. We were just jumping the steps that most little bands normally take.
I was ecstatic. That changed things up. How did you end up signing to Hopeless Records, and what are they like to work with? Callum: Nothing but good. We have total creative rights. So we do put trust in them. It must be crazy to be on the otherside of the world, and have people singing your songs? Callum: Yeah, I thought that today was a little bit of a landmark. The first time in the UK that something of that magnitude happened. You guys got to tour here before with Anti-Flag, so what was that like? Callum: They are a good bunch of dudes. It was awkward.
There was a lot of folded arms looking at us. They killed it every night. There were a couple of good shows, like Amsterdam. All of the shows in the UK sucked, they hated us. Italy was alright, a couple of good shows. Then we got to play a couple of our own headline shows after that. We went to Bratislava as well, and that was cool. John: People were pretty cross with us. We were calling ourselves a punk band as well. After the first show, watching them play, they were great, super tight, they had their show down, and were just super professional.
For us, it was incredibly awkward, I had a terrible time. What did you learn the most from that tour? So that was kind of a big thing. We were meant to be going to Scandinavia on the last week of that tour, but we had to cancel those dates and fly home. It was the middle of winter, and it was cold and depressing. John: By the end of that run, we found ourselves in Eastern Europe with not enough money to fly home. With some good high energy, passion. Better written songs than we did last time. We wanted it to be like heartfelt, but at the same time it would have catchy hooks, and things that people can enjoy.
Because not all punk rock has to be, fast beats, we just wanted to write music for everybody. John: It was changed many times, the initial idea of the lyrics that I wrote. I was walking around, and I had had too many drinks. It was cold. The tour was quite unsuccessful for us, we were all kind of down emotionally. We had already been touring a lot that year, so it was a hard slog. I was ready to go home, and I was lonely, I just met my girlfriend a little while before that.
I met her on Warped, and it was the next tour after that. I was pretty lost, really down. I was in Newcastle, and all these bars were closed, closing up. Walking up and down the channel in Newcastle. After that it was good, I saw her. It was nice. How did you end up working with Shane Edwards? Callum: He is the key part. He is like the sixth member of Trophy Eyes before anything else. He is pretty much part of the band.
We went to him with a bunch of skeleton and half written songs, and he just made it what it is. He got the best out of it. Everything else we do is a vote I guess. John: He is also like emotionally invested. It worked. He gave us a phenomenal record. We challenged him one time with this riff, and it was so simple, it was like a hammer off riff. It was as much his, as it is ours. Looking back on 'Mend, Move On', how happy are you with this album still, and what do you think it has done for the representation of Trophy Eyes?
Because there are people that like it more than others. It was a good stepping stone. We just want to play this weird mix of everything we like. Everyone listens to different stuff. That record was supposed to be a mashup. But it was still great, and it still got us far enough. It let us keep touring, it got us onto Warped Tour. It gave our listeners something to listen to while we were still touring. It was a good bridge.
We learnt a lot from that record. What else can we expect to see from Trophy Eyes in ? Then a headline tour back in Australia, play a bunch of festivals, and then try and get back to America at the end of the year. What bands really influenced you in the early days of finding your sound?
How did your recent tour with Trivium go, and can you give us a couple of personal highlights from your time on the road? The whole six weeks were one big blur of highlights really. Every night we got better and better and as I mentioned earlier, it literally transformed this band. Looking back on 'Pain.
We can take this next record in so many different directions, so I think it did exactly what it needed to do as our debut. What songs are you still really enjoying performing live from 'Pain. It also seems to be a crowd favourite. Can you tell us a bit about the meaning behind your latest track to be released 'False Teeth'? How important do you think festivals like Trees are to the UK? So without festivals such as these, there would be nowhere for these communities to hang out and ultimately, exist. Can you tell us about the formation of Crossfaith?
Kenta: We started this band in , Kazuki, Terufumi and I were in another band. Which was like a nu-metal band, we covered Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and we made a couple of original songs. We broke up when I was a high school student. I still wanted to sing in a band, and I loved metal music as well. Then, I was trying to find a drummer, which I guess is the most important for a metal band. In high school I found Tatso, he was a new student. I was asking him to come to our studio, to rehearse.
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Hiroki: I was just a big fan of them, we were from the same town. I used to go to their shows a lot. At our bands fair well show, finding out that they were going to play together, I was really happy, and after the show I hung out with them. I gave them my contact, then I got called one month later. They brought me to their home town, I went there, it was the first time riding on a different train at like , and I went to their house and partied.
It must of been emotional to end a band, and then join another?! How did you originally get to the band name Crossfaith, and what does it mean to you? Kenta: Every person in Crossfaith has their own faith for their music, lifestyle, everything. They are crossing. Hrioki: In this metal scene, everyone in the band has the same style. Some people love it, but it should be more about having your own style, in the band. Everyone should find inspiration from each other. When did you first realize that you were going to be a career lasting band?
Kenta: It was probably at this Japense metal festival we did back in That was the first festival experience for us as Crossfaith. At the time we were going to sign with Sony music as well.
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That was definitely a turning point for us. We were kind of the opener for it. Before we came onto the stage, we checked and there was like people, but then when we came on there was over 10, people! It was blowing my mind. I loved it. What does it take for a Japanese band to make it over here in the UK? Hiroki: I feel like there are only a few bands that are trying to make it outside of Japan. So for us, to do that, is just normal. Will you ever bring some Japanese bands over here? Hiroki: Maybe, that depends on them! We do what we want, but if they want we will bring them.
We have so many good Japanese bands in Japan. But if they want to! Touring wise, what else are you up to this year? Kenta: We go back to Japan after this. We get one day off, then the next day we go back to Osaka, and then have a couple of shows in Tokyo, tour tour tour.
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So much stuff is going on! Kenta: Before we wrote it, I was thinking that Crossfaith was about to lose control. Losing the balance. Because we had a bad time, and Kazuki suffered a haemorrhage. Crossfaith was also on a turning point from older Crossfaith to the new Crossfaith. Everyone was very sensitive with each other. If you have your friends around you, you are still always alone. I was just describing about human from my view.
What can we expect from the next Crossfaith release? It sounds very bright. The writing process has stayed the same, the main songwriter will bring the riff or the shape of the song, and we bring our own part as well. Can you tell us a bit about the formation of Motionless In White? In , this band has reached its 11th year of being a band. We started when we were in high school, but I am the only original member left. We originally started out by just playing together in our garages and playing cover songs, but after a year of that we decided to change the band name to Motionless In White and start writing original music.
It was a simple story of friends from school all wanting to get together and play music for fun, and there became a passion to create and tour. How did you get to the name Motionless In White, and what does it mean to you? When we started out, they were a really influential band for us in the way they sounded and in the way that they looked. We were trying to find a solid band name and we loved that song of theirs, so we changed one word of it and it became our name. What was it like to be an upcoming band in Scranton, Pennsylvania?
It was a really pleasant experience because our local scene was so gigantic. There were shows every weekend. It was always friends hanging out with friends and the same bands played at a different venue every weekend. It was family. There was a lot of great talent and friendship for a lot of years, and that helped us build a solid foundation for the band.
Was there a particular moment when you realized that you were going to be a career lasting band? How did you end up joining Roadrunner Records, and what have they been like to work with so far? When it came time to sign with a new label, they expressed interest pretty early on. They have been very encouraging that we keep being the band that we want to be.
So how did you get to the album title 'Graveyard Shift', and what does it mean to you? The title represents what we are most proud of about our band. Our 'work hard' mentality and overall work ethic. Can you elaborate on some of the main themes and influences that run throughout 'Graveyard Shift'? There are a few songs that stray away from the overall themes. Songs that were meant to just be fun and entertaining tracks. But the songs that all work together and follow a theme are songs that revolve about life in general.
Things that we all experience throughout our lifetimes. Things that really mean a lot to me that I have a musical outlet to speak about. Relationships, my observations on the world overall, individuality and being the underdog. He and I have collaborated in the past on albums and he has a really great understanding of what Motionless In White is.
I wanted a chance to work on a full album with him and see how far we could push each other to be better and help each other grow. It was such a great experience, because there was total freedom to explore every option we were faced with and really take our time to decide what felt best. He is a great producer and I already know that I want to work with him on the next album. So how did this idea come about, and how rewarding was this process for you guys? We generally try to include fans in some process of every album, and this time we decided we wanted them to submit artwork that could potentially be used for the cover of the album.
So that's why we used it. It was really cool to see all the submissions and was a pretty complicated process to pick just one as the winner. How did the music video idea for '' come together, and can you tell us a bit about what it was like to put together? We wanted to have a video that was a visual representation of what our early days were like. The song is about the early days of the bands career, and the video reminds us of the shows we played on the floors of venues with people surrounding us.
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