Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat spoke with The Metropolitan Jolt in a Q&A, where the frontman talked about the riots in Vancouver after the Canucks failed to win the Stanley Cup earlier this year, songwriting advice, visiting Rwanda for Songs for Africa, and the future of Hot Hot Heat.
“I kinda put Hot Hot Heat on pause, just because I got so obsessed with production, engineering, mixing and mastering,” Bays said. “We recorded about 20 demos for Hot Hot Heat and a lot of it was starting to come together, but we all just kinda hit a wall where we were really burnt out. Making Future Breeds was such a crazy, weird process that we weren’t super eager to get back in the studio but we kinda forced ourselves to as soon as we got home from tour.” He added that he probably won’t resume Hot Hot Heat until 2012, concentrating now on his side project called Fur Trade.
Steve Klein from New Found Glory spoke with The Aquarian Weekly in a Q&A about the veteran band’s latest album ‘Radiosurgery’, kicking off a tour earlier this month, how fans are responding to the new material, how they selected the opening acts, advice for up and coming bands, and more.
“The bands we took on this tour are bands we think are holding the torch of pop-punk and bands that have worked really hard to keep it alive,” Klein said about the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour with Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year. “Pop-punk isn’t a fad for bands like us and the bands we’re touring with. Nowadays people are saying pop-punk’s resurging, but for New Found Glory, the pop-punk fans never went anywhere. It’s just that some bands have come and gone, and the mainstream radio has stopped playing it, but the fans are still listening to this style of music.”
Alesana vocalist-guitarist Shawn Milke spoke with Noisecreep about the band’s new album ‘A Place Where The Sun Is Silent’, out now on Epitaph Records. Asked about whether he’s had an appreciation for concept albums, Shawn said, “I have. A lot of that comes from my dad. He taught me so much about music, about what was happening beyond just what we heard. He knew the stories and what things really meant and he just gave me a full appreciation of how powerful music can be when it reaches for things. Especially playing things like Beatles records. Those had so much going on and were so complex and remain really influential to me.”
Check out the remaining Alesana dates on the Rock Yourself To Sleep tour below:
Oct. 30 San Francisco, CA. The Regency Ballroom
Nov. 1 Lancaster, CA. Allied Arts Cedar Center
Nov. 3 West Hollywood, CA. House of Blues
Nov. 4 Pomona, CA. Glasshouse
Nov. 5 San Diego, CA. Soma
Nov. 6 Tempe, AZ. Marquee Theatre
Nov. 7 Tucson, AZ. Rialto Theatre
Nov. 8 Albuquerque, NM. Sunshine Theater
Nov. 9 El Paso TX. Club 101
Nov. 10 Dallas TX. The Door
Nov. 11 Houston TX. Warehouse
Nov. 12 San Antonio TX, White Rabbit
Nov. 13 New Orleans, LA. House Of Blues
Nov. 14 Birmingham. AL. Zydeco
Nov. 16 St. Petersburg FL. State Theatre
Nov. 17Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Revolution
Nov. 18 Orlando, FL. The Club at Firestone
Nov. 19 Atlanta, GA. The Masquerade
Nov. 20 Raleigh, NC. Lincoln Theatre
Mark Hoppus of blink-182 spoke with Rolling Stone about how their time on hiatus helped the creative process, how their different musical tastes play a role in songwriting, the average day on tour, what if they had broken up forever, and how the life of a rock star isn’t so exciting whether it be backstage or in the studio.
It’s really interesting when my friends come backstage for the first time and they’re looking for this giant party and it’s just a bunch of people poking around, doing their job, getting to work. It’s like when people come into the studio when you’re recording. They go, “Oh, I want to come see you guys record!” They think everyone is just rocking out in this 10-hour jam session. They come in and people are working the gear, setting up mics, we record a part, “How was that? You like that sound?” You work about half an hour getting a bass sound. They’re like, “This is so boring.” Then they leave.
Dave Navarro spoke with LA Weekly about the return of Jane’s Addiction and their new album ‘The Great Escape Artist’, the significance of the venues on their upcoming tour, the group’s tumultuous history, the writing and recording process, playing smaller venues, his internet radio show, and more.
“It was about keeping our fans satiated and we wanted to keep going,” Navarro said about deciding to create new material. “It’s like any relationship. If you’re in a relationship and you and your partner don’t create new experiences and have new things to bring into it, it’s gonna die. I think that another tour just playing ‘Mountain Song’ and ‘Jane Says’, wouldn’t be of interest to us, and wouldn’t be of interest to anybody else. It’s evolve or die. We love playing the old songs, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve added the new stuff, and already it’s ignited a sense of urgency and made the flow of the sets feel fresh and new.”
This is Hell guitarist/vocalist Rick Jimenez spoke with MusicReview in a Q&A, discussing a busy schedule that includes releasing two albums and touring in 16 months, never being a positive message band, what fans can expect on their new album ‘Black Mass’, what it’s like hanging out with other bands on tour, and songs they’d like to cover.
“This is Hell isn’t, nor ever was, a positive message band, but we’re a realistic band,” Jimenez said. “We write about real life and real things and things we believe are either personally or socially important. Hopefully, people take things we say and ponder them and have some type of positive impact on them – but what’s most important to me is that I’m able to express something that I feel is relevant and give my own point of view on it.”
Ryan Adams spoke with LA Weekly in a contentious interview, talking about getting sober, being in a good head space with his new album ‘Ashes & Fire’, his marriage to Mandy Moore (which he refused to discuss), how he’s affected by negative reviews, working with producer Glyn Johns on the new album, and a perfect Los Angeles day. “I consistently make records and put them out for sale, so people can decide to buy them or not,” he told Drew Fortune. “I don’t want to be rude, but I’m getting the idea that you don’t have any idea about my career. I release records on my own label. We’re talking about rock critics, and you haven’t even asked me anything about my new record. We’re not talking on topic at all. You’re asking me vague questions about my opinion on rock critics.”
Adams also wrote a response to the interview after it was posted, which Fortune then responded to.
Noel Gallagher spoke with Spin about his ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ album and how he’s adjusting after Oasis. “These songs never would have ended up on an Oasis record. But I wasn’t frustrated in Oasis,” Noel said about whether he now felt liberated. “I directed everything that went on in that band. But Oasis was a stadium-rock band so I wrote stadium-rock music. Now it’s different. Doing the new solo album was fu**ng great. It was serene. I could take it at my own pace.”
Art of Dying bassist Cale Gontier spoke with Examiner.com in a Q&A, talking about how the band formed, where they got their name, interacting with the crowd during their concerts, the favorite thing about touring and how they ended up signing with David Draiman and Dan Donegan of Disturbed’s label, Intoxication Records.
“We put demos out everywhere and somehow Dan got a hold of it and he liked it. Dan began following us on MySpace and saw our hard work,” Cale said about their record deal. “One day Dan called and talked with Jonny for about an hour and we did not hear anything until one year later when he called again. When he called back he asked us to open for Disturbed. That tour was pretty much a showcase for us we had no idea at that time that Disturbed had a record label. After the tour was finished they signed us and since then we have been on a few major tours.”
Luke Pritchard, lead singer of The Kooks, did a travel related Q&A with The Independent, where the 26-year-old talked about his favorite holiday memory in Corfu, his girlfriend being an ideal travelling companion, reading Life by Keith Richards on vacation, being a fan of New York City, the best and worst hotels he’s stayed at, and his worst travel experience. On the latter topic, Luke said:
We were doing a series of acoustic gigs across the East Coast of America and got stuck on a train from Philadelphia to New York. The whole thing just stopped in the middle of the tracks. We had to walk for hours in the searing heat, with all our guitars and equipment, until we reached the next station. It did feel like we were in a Kerouac novel, though.