Redlight King vocalist Kaz spoke with PureGrainAudio.com in a Q&A, where he talked about being stoked for people to hear his new album ‘Something For The Pain’, how he wrote the project mostly himself, not having the live setting in mind when creating the album, and whether being signed to Hollywood Records created pressure putting the CD together.
“No, no pressure at all. We had a couple of labels interested in the project and over half of the record was written when I signed the deal, so I sort of finished the record and submitted it to them and they were ready to roll,” Kaz explained. “That was part of the reason for going to Hollywood Records; they really believed in what I was doing.”
Turisas frontman Mathia Nygard appeared on Full Metal Jackie last month, where he talked about Paganfest, the routine of the band putting on their gear before a show, being inspired by fellow Finnish band Amorphis, mixing their Medieval characteristics in a world with iPhones and technology, and looking forward to returning to the U.S. after their tour wraps up.
“There’s always this sort of question whether band’s from Brazil can play metal based on that or Scandinavian themes or whatever and whether it’s believable or not and I think it’s not really about that,” Nygard explained. “People are a bit too fussed about whether some geographical location is entitled to do this or that kind of music or whatever and I think it’s more about a person, him or herself connected to and feels some sort of connections to and therefore I wouldn’t say Americans would be any further away from what we really write or think about than modern day Europe.”
Check out a transcript of the interview at Loudwire.
Deuce, formerly of Hollywood Undead, spoke with Geeks Of Doom in a Q&A about his forthcoming debut solo album ‘Nine Lives’ and his prior band, which Deuce said he viewed to be his band.
“Well yeah, I mean it’s not like someone else sat here and wrote the songs and said, ‘Hey, let’s do this, let’s do that,'” Deuce said about his Hollywood Undead role, which was filled by Daniel Murillo. “Not to be a dick, but it’s not like they were rappers before or they were artists before, like I was. I would just record them line by line to turn them into a rapper, to make them sound legit.”
Deuce left the band early 2010 over a dispute with Deuce employing Jimmy Yuma, who set up equipment for the group on tour, and amidst differing stories about why Deuce wasn’t there when the group went to fly out for a tour.
Sum 41 spoke with TheBeijinger.com in a Q&A, where an unidentified member of the Canadian rock group talked about how being friends since high school and loving to tour has been the secret to their longevity, not worrying about trying to stay relevant, not feeling too bad about losing out with their Grammy nomination to the Foo Fighters, often getting confused as being Americans, listening to a lot of ’50s and ’60s music, and their latest LP ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’ being the favorite.
“From the beginning we’ve all always been into different styles of music, whether it’s punk, hard rock, metal, alternative, hip-hop, pop, etc.,” the Sum 41 member said about their sound. “So from the beginning there’s always been a little of everything in our stuff.”
Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler spoke with The Times of India in a Q&A, where Chris talked about their prior visit to India in 2010, how the audiences in the country are “much more excited and keyed up about our music” than in other locations, heavy metal being a healthy addiction, viewing their opening act and India natives Sky Harbor as the future of metal, hoping ‘Resolution’ won’t be their last album, and where he sees the metal genre heading.
“We’ve seen several bands copying different styles from other bands,” Adler explained. “There will be no room for copycat bands. Though I really can’t predict what will be the next big thing in heavy metal, the focus will be more on lead guitar and drums.”
My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst and guitarist Sal Costa spoke with Loudwire about the band’s second album ‘Sick and Twisted Affair’, the album title inspiration, how it differs from the band’s self-titled debut, the story behind the track ‘Casual Sex’, teaming up with Nickelback, Bush and Seether for a tour, and fan support.
“We toured with Seether for a couple months – really cool dudes,” Walst said in regards to the band’s they’ll be hitting the road with. “Dale [Stewart] is awesome super cool dude, loves to party with us and hang out. Bush, I got to meet Gavin [Rossdale] we played one show with them, STP and Bush, super cool dude – can’t wait to get to know him more, he seems really nice. Our relationship with Nickelback; we’re like their little brother and they help us out. Chad [Kroeger] has taught us so much about writing, how to party, we’ve seen a lot of fun stuff hangin’ out with him.”
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe spoke with RollingStone.com in a Q&A, where he talked about the veteran group disbanding, how it was first discussed in 2008, how his friendships with bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills has changed, and how it was important for R.E.M. to be finite.
“I had been under contract since I was 22. I’d been in a band since I was 19. I was experiencing something profound for the first time: freedom,” Stipe said about his feelings the day they announced the news. “Suddenly, I was a free agent. Mike and I met up two nights later, and he said to me, ‘This feels liberating.’ [Sighs] I was like, ‘He feels the same way.'”
Mike Patton spoke with MovieWeb in a Q&A, where the Faith No More frontman talked about doing the soundtrack for ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’, a film based on Paolo Giordano’s Italian novel. Patton also talked about scoring ‘A Perfect Place’ in 2008 and ‘Crank High Voltage’ in 2009.
“Yeah. I did have the visuals. But I started writing it before I’d seen the visuals,” Patton said about the process of doing the score for ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’. “I had read the script. I met the director. And I thought it would be a fun thing to do. Then I went out and got the book. After I read the book…I actually read the book in English and Italian…I was getting musical ideas while I was reading this book. It really hit me. It is beautiful writing. It’s really strong.”
The Postelles bassist John Speyer spoke with Donewaiting.com in a Q&A, where the recording artist talked about the band being compared to The Strokes, working with Albert Hammond Jr., long drives on tour, how he loves talking about baseball and music, being excited about The Stone Roses reuniting, and more.
“We did Vegas to New York in 45 hours. To be honest, they are all tolerable, we have to do them all,” Speyer said about road trips. “I spend so much time in the van, I dread anything more than 20 minutes. My ideal would be a 3-hour drive every day but that never happens. We try not to do the overnight thing but sometimes we’re forced to. You play 25 shows in 30 days, if you’re going crazy and staying out until 3am and then driving, you just lose your mind right away.”
Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright spoke with mxdwn.com about the Canadian band’s latest project that saw them record 10 cover songs from the years 2001-2010 over the course of 10 days. Asked about the biggest challenge with the project, Wright said:
We have a tendency to get bogged down in the studio; it just comes from our nature as being sort of perfectionists and being all over the place and having four different strong voices all wanting to contribute. Even at the best times in the studio, when we’ve had lots of time to do stuff, there’s been some long serious roadblocks that you have to navigate around, which is part of being creative. But, not only do we have only have ten days, but we only really have one day at a time.
The project resulted in covers of tracks by Moby (‘South Side’), Jimmy Eat World (‘Sweetness’), The Strokes (‘Under Control’), Kelly Clarkson (‘Since U Been Gone’) and more. Check out a stream of the tracks below.