Interviews

11 Shit Questions For Shit Bands: Orpheus Omega

Melbourne’s Orpheus Omega have a fucking keytarist, if you’ll believe that this still exists in 1983+33. No shit. An actual keytar was used in the film clip we’ve linked at the bottom of this interview. The presence of a keytar probably tells you all you need to know about them, but just in case it doesn’t, here’s a bunch of questions that you probably wouldn’t have asked them anyway. Enjoy. — Do you have riffs? And if not, why do you feel it is acceptable to constantly dog the boys? Riffs for days son … riffs for days. And if it ain’t riffs, it’s beats. Why do the large majority of bands in your genre sound exactly the same as the bands in that genre ten years ago? Ever heard of progression? Or are you just happy to keep beating a dead horse before an ever dwindling audience? Well, it works for the pop scene … and they seem to be making money? Either that or some people didn’t know music existed ten years ago, that’s who we’re aiming to capture. Can you give us a rundown of your gear? How much did that cost your mums? We’re all using digital rigs at the moment. Kemper/ Line 6 Helix/ Roland Integra and then In Ear Monitors. All of it is housed in a few flight ready racks that we take everywhere with us. Sadly Mum didn’t pay, our parents don’t love us. We’re metal heads, there’s no space for love and such things! Do you actually think that breakdowns are a good songwriting technique or are you just pandering... read more

Interview: Frank Iero (FRNK IERO ANDTHE PATIENCE)

Known primarily for his time as the rhythm guitarist in renowned emo group My Chemical Romance, FRANK IERO has since led a number of his own bands and projects, including the hardcore/punk group Leathermouth and solo project Frnk Iero andthe Patience (nee ‘Cellabration’). He is set to tour with the latter later this year in October, as well as release a new record in the same month, titled Parachutes. IPHYB had a chat to him about the inspiration behind the album, the importance of being patient, and why it’s good to be strange. So, first things first I suppose – when is MCR getting back together? Wow. That’s your first question? It is. Okay. [laughs] Um … probably never. Damn. That’s okay. So you’re set to release your second album in late October. It’s called Parachutes, and you’ve elaborated on how parachutes are essentially life-saving devices, and how that this album itself is your own parachute. What did the album save you from? Well, here’s the thing, it’s more of a life raft thing than a cure, you know? It’s something that’s supposed to help me appreciate the now and take a step back and not worry about ten or twenty steps ahead of me. The last thing I want is to die in a hospital bed somewhere and wonder where the time went. I feel like we all owe it to ourselves to take that step back and appreciate the people around us and the places that we’re at right now. Yeah that’s interesting – I feel like a lot of people don’t realise they need to appreciate... read more

Interview: James Bowman (AGAINST ME!)

U.S. folk-punk mainstays Against Me! are releasing their new record Shape Shift With Me this Friday, and IPHYB got in touch with guitarist James Bowman to find out a bit more about the release, what’s new, and what the band has planned for the near future. Before we start, off the record – been a fan of you guys since I was a kid, so it’s a privilege to be interviewing you. Thank you for taking the time out to speak with me today. It’s all good! Reassuring, because you have to be a little nervous with a name like I Probably Hate Your Band! Well, the publication does cherish impartiality, so I’m speaking for myself here – but I love your work. With regards to the new record, it seems more downbeat than the last – do you feel like you guys progressed naturally over the course of the last few records or did you make a conscious decision at any point to alter the direction? As far as the musical content of the record goes, it was what happened to be written at the time. It wasn’t a conscious decision to have it either this way or that, it’s just kind of naturally what happened at the time we were getting songs together, you know? Absolutely. So was this record written mostly over the course of the last record’s touring cycle? Or were there a few songs you guys sat on? Yeah, for the most part. There was from what I could remember, just one song – which is the first record that we’d played around with... read more

Interview: Kevin Skaff (A DAY TO REMEMBER)

Industry juggernauts A Day To Remember have been a mainstay in heavy music for the better part of a decade, with 2009’s Homesick firmly establishing them as a pillar in the alternative scene and industry as a whole. Having spent the last three years touring relentlessly around the globe since the release of their critically acclaimed Common Courtesy in 2013, the Floridian five-piece is set to hit our shores later this year for their next Australian tour, supporting their latest effort Bad Vibrations, released earlier this month via Epitaph Records. On the eve of the album’s release, I spoke with guitarist Kevin Skaff and discussed the production of the new record, their band’s momentum, and status within the industry and, most importantly, how good burritos at Guzman Y Gomez are. Hey there Kevin! How are we going today? I’m good man! Yourself? Not too bad at all! So! Firstly, you guys have been a staple in the industry for as long as I can remember, and you still have that drive that a lot of other artists begin to lose. How do you keep that momentum? I don’t know man, I really don’t know [laughs]. That’s a good question. We just are who we are and we really don’t let a lot of outside influences change us at all. We don’t the influences change who we are as people or what we like, and without those influences, nothing stops us from losing that drive to keep doing what we do in the way that we want to do it. We just play the music that we fucking love, and... read more

Interview: Walter Schreifels

Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most underrated musicians to have ever walked this earth, having contributed to the history of hardcore with Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, as well as a score of other outfits including Quicksand, Walking Concert, and Rival Schools. He just re-released his solo record An Open Letter To The Scene and he’s heading down under in support of it next month with FrnkIero andthe Patience, so we caught up with him to talk the tour, the tunes and his upcoming 2017 full-length. I wanted to start with the fact you’re heading here for a tour with Frank Iero’s band in October. What made you wanna come down under? Well Frank approached me, I know Frank through some friends, and asked me to go on tour with him last year. And I wasn’t able to make it. So he was cool enough to ask me to go to Australia, and I was available. He’s a very cool guy and a really great artist. So I’m excited to go to Australia with him and I think it’s gonna be a really fun time, I love Australia. It’s gonna be great. When Frank came out at the beginning of this year his shows went off. The lines were backed up streets away. That’s amazing, wow! So I’m really excited to be a part of that, then, that’s fantastic. But he’s a great guy. I know him more as a person, not just as a guy, than as an artist. So I’m really looking forward to getting to play with him and to travel to... read more

Interview: Tom Lanyon (CERES)

When I speak to Tom Lanyon from Ceres he sounds like a pretty happy guy, but that’s no surprise: it’s the day their new record Drag It Down On You started streaming online, so it makes sense that he’d feel a little relieved to finally have the full-length the Melbourne outfit worked on for two-and-a-half-years out in the world. Ahead of the headline tour they’re embarking on in support of their sophomore LP, we had a chat about nerves, being a bummer and impressing Los Campesinos!’ Tom Bromley. The record started streaming on Rolling Stone today. What’s the response been like? It’s been really good. I didn’t even think about it. We knew Rolling Stone were gonna premiere it and I’d done a track-by-track last week, but I just sort of woke up this morning and didn’t even think about it until it posted. I was like “oh yeah, shit, everybody’s gonna hear something that we worked two and a half years for right now”. I thought I would have to like, rev myself up for it, and get ready. But I’m so stoked with how it’s gone, everyone seems super excited. It seems like the reaction’s positive, which is good. I’m stoked, hopefully people can get through right to the end and really appreciate it. So you weren’t nervous about it at all today? I don’t know why I just didn’t think about it! I just sort of didn’t realise that people were going to listen to it today. It sounds pretty dumb but I was just … as soon as it posted, I was like “aw shit”,... read more

Interview: Andy Biersack (BLACK VEIL BRIDES)

Andy Biersack, of Black Veil Brides fame, is currently touring Australia on his Andy Black side project. Funnily enough, compelled by the experimental maturity of his new shit has been attendees who aren’t what you’d term the usual demographic. On the back of his album The Shadow Side and in anticipation of the tour, we had a surprisingly enjoyable chat to him about why he wasn’t into Soundwave, how he used to be an asshole and why, if you’re under 25, you should probably start making some mistakes. You’re doing an Australian tour for the Andy Black record – what made you want to come all the way over here for what has been referred to as just a side project? Well, you know, I’ve never done a tour of Australia that wasn’t Soundwave. Everything I’ve done with Black Veil Brides has always been adjacent to Soundwave in some way. And well – the thing is for me – I’ve always enjoyed Australia. I always loved being there. And I guess, not only the country, but the people. I’ve always told anybody who would listen that the times I’ve been there have been some of my favourite times I’ve toured, despite the fact that I didn’t really care much for the Soundwave Festival. I like the actual country, I guess, more than the show I was on. But I always wanted to come back and when the opportunity presented itself with this project, it felt great, because in many ways this project avails itself to smaller capacity venues better. It’s the kinda thing that’s a bit more intimate, and... read more

Interview: Paul Marc Rousseau (SILVERSTEIN)

Post-hardcore veterans Silverstein have long been stalwarts in the alternative scene, so it’s always a pleasure when they decide to pop in down under for a run of shows. Ahead of their tour with teen-revered Pierce The Veil, aggressive Americans Beartooth and Aussie legends Storm The Sky, we had a chat with guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau about why Silverstein like our country so much, the transition between headlining and supporting and new music in the near future. You guys were here relatively recently, what made you want to return with such a short gap in between tours? Were we there recently? I don’t remember the last time. You know what, I honestly can’t remember when we were there last. Why do we come back to Australia? It’s the best. We will go back literally every opportunity we can. I mean, really, why not go back? It was last year for the anniversary of ‘Discovering the Waterfront’! It’s cliché to ask this, but what is it actually about Australia that makes you say that? This is gonna sound a bit cliché but I guess the question is too. I mean, the people are so great. I think Canadians and Australians have a special bond, that maybe other nations don’t, and I don’t know what that is. Maybe it’s because England fucked with both of us. But I don’t know, I just get along so well with all Australians. Not to mention all the crazy animals and the snakes that are trying to kill me. The whole country is so beautiful, and there’s so much to explore. It’s always a good... read more

Interview: Elijah Witt (CANE HILL)

Louisiana metallers Cane Hill have had a full-on year, what with the release of their debut album Smile and the fact that they’re heading here to support Bullet For My Valentine this October. Ahead of their visit down under, we had a chat to frontman Elijah Witt about hype for the record and what the hell it’s all about. Are you guys on tour right now? Yeah, we’re on Warped Tour. I’ve heard it’s a pretty hard slug. Is this your first time doing it? Yes. And it is everything everyone said it was. Mostly good, but it’s pretty fuckin’ hot. Fair enough! Your new album Smile dropped pretty recently – what’s the reaction been like so far? It’s been really good. We’ve seen that a lot of kids already know a lot of the lyrics to the new songs that we’ve been playing, so it’s pretty cool. And it’s doing a lot better than our EP, but is a full length, so that makes sense. Is the hype a shock or do you feel like it’s deserved? Oh man, we’re just so good. It’s so deserved. [laughs] Na, it’s shocking how many people are receiving it so well and all the good reviews that we’ve read. We have read some shit reviews, too, so it’s pretty good that there’s some diversity in the reviews. When you read a bad review do you question whether or not it’s all worth it? I mean, obviously Smile was quite a polarising record. Yeah, that’s what we expected, so I really couldn’t give a shit if people don’t like it. As long... read more