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Category: Australian Hysteria Magazine

PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION Interview with Mikee Goodman (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

Six years in the making, it was kept under a self-imposed embargo throughout. SikTh and Iron Maiden are monikers that seldom appear collectively, but 2011 was the first year to bring the news of collaboration between Mikee Goodman and Adrian Smith, and the first year to finally sate the appetites of fanatics that have missed Goodman’s eccentric voice since SikTh’s totally and completely demoralizing hiatus…

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(The best song ever.)

 

THE USED – Interview with Bert McCracken (AHM)

 Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

In 2004, The Used released their seminal, sophomore record, In Love and Death. They monumentally shake up the Australian emo-scene:  a walk-of-life we all remember, ’cause you were either one of them, or you made fun of them.

Cue sold out shows and mass devotion from fans. Front man Bert McCracken is extolled as a sex symbol, fashion icon, and role model for countless adolescent girls and boys. For these fanatics, The Used became the epitome and the beacon of a scene made popular by an emancipated façade of apathy and pensiveness, no matter how authentic, harmonised, or specious it really was…

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… ; here is something old, and blue.

PSYCROPTIC – Interview with Jason Peppiatt (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

It’s 2012, and Psycroptic’s career is officially a seventh-grader. Thirteen years, five albums and countless tours have made the Tassie four one of the most recognisable metal outfits spawned from Australia — and one that’s now admired globally.

With time, comes an awaited, tacit change. Yet the protective nature of fans, despite their professed open minds and ears, a change is not always wanted, welcomed, or understood. An adjustment becomes uncomfortable, unusual, and if the music is more – god forbid – digestible, then this change is absolutely unacceptable. Furthermore, if this change comes from tech-death wizards, like Psycroptic, well… be ready for an Internet flame war concentrated on diversity in opposition to ‘weaksauce’…

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GRAVEYARD ROCKSTARS – Interview with Ash Rothschild (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

“We’re the equivalent to watching a musical version of a horror movie,” is an ambitious description that is sure to raise eyebrows. Hearing that this band is the spawn from members of L.U.S.T, The Licks, Ink, Caligula and Neon Heart, raises that anticipation even higher. And in 2012, the spawn has come out to play in the form of the aptly titled Graveyard Rockstars.

Crawling out of Sydney’s woodwork is the brainchild of front-man Ash Rothschild, for whom the idea of a horror-rock troupe clad in an almost identical aesthetic loomed for a long time, before serendipity took hold, like it does with all attractive ideas…

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Pulled Apart by Horses – Interview with Lee Vincent (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 8, 2012

“We’re talking massive balls! The biggest balls!” laughed drummer Lee Vincent, as he spoke of his band’s forthcoming – and clearly sizeable – sophomore album ‘Tough Love’.

“It’s a heavier album – not in a metal sense – juts in the presence of it I think,” he continued on the new record, which has come through as a plethoric mix of the band’s classic rock, post-hardcore and 90’s grunge influences, brilliantly making Pulled Apart by Horses a difficult outfit to push into a definitive niche…

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Silverstein – Interview with Shane Told (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 8, 2012

“I don’t think that we felt like we needed to make a certain record, or that we would let down our fans, [or] our label. This is a record we made for us,” commented Silverstein front man, Shane Told, as he discussed the work behind the band’s forthcoming, new album, Short Songs.

Twelve years into the outfit’s career, Canada’s Silverstein is now set to release its sixth post-hardcore effort. ‘Short Songs’ is an album which pays homage to the bands that influenced the quintet, and features eleven brand new compositions that have not only taken on an old-school vibe in their length, but are also intimate representations of Shane during a rapidly changing – and an overtly tumultuous – period within his life…

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Band of Skulls – Interview with Emma Richardson (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 8, 2012

Band of Skulls’ debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, was seen as an intimate record for the Southampton-based trio. Albeit, with the growth of the band, their influences, and the experience of prolonged touring, their fittingly titled sophomore effort, Sweet Sour, is an opus that reveres the ideal of remembering who you are, and where you are from…

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Cherri Bomb – Interview with Rena Lovelis (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 8, 2012

Rock bands and young ages tend to invoke a stigma of negative attitudes toward their pubertal band members. A brilliant example to the above is Black Tide and its hilarious moniker as the “Hanson of metal”. But the (literally) all-female “Hanson of pop-punk” is currently a relatively unknown entity within Australia, and yet this troupe is about to embark on a run of the Soundwave Festival tour, with a catalog of achievements – that would make many musicians covet – already in tow…

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Interview with Ben Gordon of Parkway Drive

 Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine, On-line

Originally published February 2012

“I still can’t really take it in… I still feel like I’m just watching someone else do it all, like it’s just a dream.” Ten years; three albums, and these are the words from drummer Ben Gordon, coming as the epitome of the grounded nature of Parkway Drive in the face of their global success.

Metalcore has become a largely dominant sub-genre within the current metal scene, and yet, only one Australian band has managed to take the lead of this niche – despite countless others trying to break through the critics and the fans, and ultimately taking the proverbial crown from Parkway Drive.

If hardcore used to be the sound of Sydney and Melbourne, it is now overtly the sound devoted to the Australian coast, coming synchronically with the surfing and skating culture of its youth. Surf videos led to punk, and punk ultimately pushed to hardcore, which is “a pretty stereotypical thing to say for this band, but that’s how we were driven to this music, to punk music,” Ben explained. However, the position of Parkway Drive poses the question of why they are the overriding force in taking Australian hardcore to the world, despite myriad others trying and, for many, facing the reality of stalemate.

“Well, that’s the golden questions… I’ve been expecting another band to burst out of the scene and blow us away in the past six years…. But no one has really taken [our] thrown yet!” he laughed.

Following a grueling touring schedule in 2011, Parkway Drive is seldom resting as they return toAustraliafor a trek under the moniker of the Sick Summer tour. Their decision to turn from major cities in favor of regionalAustraliahas been two tours in the making, now giving the quintet the chance to revisit the kids that rarely get an opportunity for concerts, and to rediscover their country.

“I find that regional Australia, as well as the places we go overseas – we play places where no other bands go – they are generally some of the best shows because the kids are starved for music…” explained Ben.

Currently in the process of working on the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Parkway Drive: The DVD’, Ben emphasized that the forthcoming tour dates would not be featured due to timing, and with a tentative pause – fans, take note – adding that the may, after all find their way onto the screen.

Parkway Drives’ inaugural documentary film highlighted the history of the band, with the forthcoming release focused on their previous world tour, including a stint at Sonisphere Festival, a festival that Ben expressed was the biggest and “the most memorable show we’ve ever played,” – despite the roughly fifteen they have formerly covered throughout Europe – and guitarist Luke Kilpatrick’s well publicized performances whilst wheel-chair bound.

“It was great for us, because we just got to laugh at him,” exclaimed Ben. “He broke his ankle the day before we were meant to leave for this big world tour, and there was no time to do anything else but for him just to come.

“He could have either stood up on the stage and not moved [sic], or he could have sat in a wheel chair, and rolled around being funny, so that’s what he did!”

A tentative title for the release is in the works, albeit, overt reasons are in the way of Ben unveiling its name, giving detail to the content instead, once again underlining that Parkway Drive ventures into places which others choose to steer from.

“We played Europe, Russia, Ireland and Spain; then we went to Central America and South America, Asia and then India. And amongst all that there were some interesting, crazy events that happened,” he began. “The things we saw, the places we played, such as India, Guatemala, Panama, bands just simply don’t really go [there]. We thought it would be really interesting to show people what it was like in those countries; to play there,” something which Ben admits the band didn’t know themselves, “but we knew it was going to be interesting.”

Naturally, Parkway Drive took time off to explore and adventure throughout the aforementioned territories, and above all, discovered the overpowering reception from their fans in India.

“It was amazing, overwhelmingly amazing,” expressed Ben. “A lot of the time the shows are quite small – under or around five-hundred people – so being an Australia band playing somewhere like India or the Philippines, even to get five-hundred people to come out totally psyched-[up] the band. It’s amazing, and it’s good to see how they live and their different cultures.”

The amount of work undertaken by Parkway Drive rarely sees itself on pause, and due to this, the band is set to record the follow-up to their highly acclaimed, third studio effort ‘Deep Blue’, around May and June of this year.

“We’ve actually written about ten songs. So we’re quite close,” explained Ben. “We’ve been working on it ever since ‘Deep Blue’ came out, that’s how we write. We take a fairly long time to write, so we do one song every few months. That way you have time to reflect, and listen to it.”

Their writing isn’t directly influenced by fans, and definitely not written with what others may want to hear in mind, as Ben clarified. And despite the eclectic, personal tastes of each member, the diplomacy within the unit leaves enough space for each individual to take care of their own part in the music.

“The process of writing has been a lot smoother this time,” commented Ben on the recent change for the band, as they have adopted a digital approach with Pro Tools and an electric drum kit, for the purposes of writing. “It makes such a big difference… we can practice for longer periods at a time and every practice we have [we] can record [it].”

As for the sound of the album, Ben commented on the varied dynamics of the record, explaining that in his view the new work is the heaviest music that Parkway Drive has ever written. “I think it’s going to be our best album,” he concluded.

Original Article: www.australianhysteria.com.au/parkway_drive.ews

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Interview with Matt Heywood and Oliver Fogwell of Our Last Enemy

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 7, 2011/12

Our Last Enemy – heavy, industrial, loved and hated, but undoubtedly, these are the sweet-hearts of the Sydney metal scene. Since the 2010 release of their debut, studio-effort, ‘Fallen Empires’, time has proven that this quintet is rather blatantly kicking arse all over Australia…

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