Monday, December 24, 2012

The Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 3 (20 - 1)


Here is the 3rd and final part of our Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012. You can check out the recap list below or read up on Part 1 here or Part 2 here.

Recap from Parts 1 and 2:
40) Faces - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)
39) Death, Ascension, Resurrection - Impending Doom (Baptized in Filth)
38) November, December - Fathoms (Transitions EP)
37) Twenty Two - Continent (Miscreation)
36) 6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach - King Conqueror (America's Most Haunted)
35) Lifer - Lionheart (Undisputed)
34) Party With The Devil - Attila (Single)
33) Punisher - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)
32) Unlike Us - Hacktivist (Hacktivist EP)
31) Ironic Enclosure - Dr. Acula (Nation)
30) Our Father ft. Jonathon Vigil - Solace (Call & Response)
29) Mountain - Disfiguring The Goddess (Sleeper EP)
28) Candidus - Galactic Pegasus (Mirages EP)
27) Don't Ask Don't Tell - Chelsea Grin (Evolve EP)
26) I Came I Saw I Conquered - Woe, Is Me (Genesi[s])
25) Empty Heads - Stick To Your Guns (Diamond)
24) Possibilities of an Impossible Existence - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)
23) Love.Sex.Riot ft. Fronz - Issues (Black Diamonds EP)
22) Canadian Bacon - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)
21) Tender Abuse - Converge (All We Love We Leave Behind)

20) Please Don't Hurt - For The Fallen Dreams (Wasted Youth)



For the Fallen Dreams new album Wasted Youth for the most part was a waste of time. However this little chunk or musical chugary always got my head a bobbin'. 2:04 = BAM!!!!

19) Reflection - Empires Fade (Reflection EP)



You might recognize the vocalist as Jack Delany from The Eyes of a Traitor. This is his band currently while EOAT is on hiatus. This release was pretty solid for the most part and the breakdown in this song showcases how powerful Delany's vocals can be.

18) Doomed From Birth - Thy Art Is Murder (Hate)



Thy Art Is Murder is finally breaking onto the scene this year after being ignored for years. This is the album closer to this year's Hate. Could you end an album any heavier?

17) She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill - Glass Cloud (The Royal Thousand)



Mr. Josh Travis we meet again. This time with his new band Glass Cloud. Remember when I said no one played guitar like Travis? At 3:47.... that is all.

16) Live And Learn - Obey The Brave (Young Blood)



This album was underwhelming in the end. But hey, remember when we were all stoked as hell for this album? No heroes, just fucking foes.

15) Handcrafted - Beheading of a King (Single)



Oh look, another band from Montreal. This guy squeezed in at the last second only being released last week. This track showcases new vocalist Fred Beaulieu (have you ever seen so many vowels squished into one last name?) and BOAK have proven without a doubt that they're ready for the comeback they deserve after all the shit the band has been through in the last 2 years.

14) Texas Blood Money - Upon A Burning Body (Red.White.Green.)



Ah, my summer drinking anthem. They should have just called this song "Intermission Part 2".

13) Swing - Parkway Drive (Atlas)



First time I heard this breakdown all I could picture was kids destroying each other in the pit. Parkway Drive on their new album focused heavily on build-up (cresendo) before their breakdowns and it paid off nicely. Well done Parkway, well done. 

12) Doomblade - The Acacia Strain (Death is the Only Mortal)



This needs 0 explanation. DL + Vincent = carnage.

11) 20/200 - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)



The whole song is a breakdown that shows Okubo's brain works differently that most peoples. I feel sorry for the drummer that had to learn this. I also love how the guitar effect towards the end sounds like Predator.

10) Old Ghosts/New Regrets - Parkway Drive (Atlas)



Google cresendo if you don't know what it means.

9) Ceilings - Reflections (The Fantasy Effect



I could have included 20 breakdowns from this new band. They put out one of the strongest releases of this year and they aren't even signed. Check out this slightly hilarious video for their album opener "Ceilings".

8) Engine 45 - The Ghost Inside (Get What You Give)



This is a song about addiction being like an unstoppable speeding train. I think I have an addiction to breakdowns. Help.

7) The Alpha/The Omega - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)



Josh Travis, Alex Erian and Phil Bozeman again... are you starting to see a correlation here? 

6) Gandhi Mate, Gandhi - Enter Shikari (A Flash Flood of Colour)



I opted for a live version of this track because if you've never seen Enter Shikari live you really ought to. The is a little more on the electronic side of things but if you don't think it's a breakdown then email me your address and I'll come bitch smack you proper.

5) Hate Creation - Whitechapel (Whitechapel



Phil Bozeman you are the winner with 4 entries into our Top 40 (Josh Travis with 3). This is the breakdown that got me super excited for this album. "Cram it down your throat and choke." Is this song about blowjobs?

4) The Mouth of the River - The Acacia Strain (Death is the Only Mortal)



DAT guitar tone.

3) These Colours Don't Run - Architects (Daybreaker)



Two things here. The lyrics are incredible and the sound of chugs and relentless pounding on the strings reminded me of a younger and pissed version of the Architects, circa Hollow Crown.

2) Sin City - Upon A Burning Body (Red.White.Green.)



2012 sucked for the most part. I think for everyone. So I hear-by declare this the anthem of 2012. "Life sucks, then you die." Couldn't have said it better myself.

1) Reign of Darkness - Thy Art Is Murder (Hate)



Winner! And if you're any of my roommates or neighbours, then you probably new this was going to be the winner long ago. I actually remember watching this first the first time and getting chills down my spine. Something about this is just... perfect.

Stay tuned because tomorrow we're starting the Top 50 Albums of 2012!! Merry Christmas and shit.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 2 (30 - 21)


Yesterday we did 40 to 31 and now we're back with 30 to 21. You can check out yesterday's list here. I'm sure you've been on the edge of your seat wondering what number 24 will be. It's not The Acacia Strain. Regardless, prepare yourself for some chuga chuga and that good ol' double bass.

40) Faces - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)
39) Death, Ascension, Resurrection - Impending Doom (Baptized in Filth)
38) November, December - Fathoms (Transitions EP)
37) Twenty Two - Continent (Miscreation)
36) 6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach - King Conqueror (America's Most Haunted)
35) Lifer - Lionheart (Undisputed)
34) Party With The Devil - Attila (Single)
33) Punisher - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)
32) Unlike Us - Hacktivist (Hacktivist EP)
31) Ironic Enclosure - Dr. Acula (Nation)

30) Our Father ft. Jonathon Vigil - Solace (Call & Response)



This is Karl Schubach from Misery Signals' solo record. Karl has always been one of my favourite vocalists and it turns out he can write some pretty damn good music too. There were a few choices from this album I struggled between choosing but in the end this was the winner. It's heavy, it's melodic, it's crushing. 

29) Mountain - Disfiguring The Goddess (Sleeper EP)



This is actually another side project that turned out fucking awesome. Disfiguring the Goddess's sole member is none other than well known electronic artist Big Chocolate (he was also in I Declare Ware at one point). Turns out he can write breakdowns with quite the drop. This is my favourite from the EP. I love everything from the fast djent style guitar playing, the completely ridiculous drum track and that drop at the very end. HEAVY.

28) Candidus - Galactic Pegasus (Mirages EP)


This is a band you may or may not have heard of before. I think they got their start by being noticed through their YouTube channel... but I could be wrong about that. Anyways, they put out an EP this year and it was pretty damn good. When I first heard the ending of this song I laughed out loud because I thought to myself "is that the line from Emmure's '10 Sings You Should Leave'"? Well it is... I'm not sure if they were paying homage or it's purely coincidence but then it started growing on me. So.. whatever.

27) Don't Ask Don't Tell - Chelsea Grin (Evolve EP)


I was never the biggest fan of Chelsea Grin until their most recent work the Evolve EP. I think this is mainly due to the addition of guitarist Jason Richardson (ex-Born of Osiris/All Shall Perish). Just as the album title states, this was truly an evolution of their sound in the right direction. This little section from "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is a highlight of technical chugability. 

26) I Came I Saw I Conquered - Woe, Is Me (Genesi[s])



I wasn't really a big fan of this album. Too much of everything sounded the same and the singing is honestly shit compared to Tyler Carter. This little 30 second chunk though stood out to me on the few spins I gave it. I'm a sucker for gunfire and breakdowns (see Ghost Insides "This Is What I Know About Sacrifice). 

25) Empty Heads - Stick To Your Guns (Diamond)


Part of me feels that Stick To Your Guns have gotten a little too preachy and take themselves just a bit too seriously now. However, they still write fucking awesome songs. This track is definitely my favourite tune on the new album. "You better get back or get out!! Blehhhh!" Awww yeah.

24) Possibilities of an Impossible Existence - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)



This is the first time that a band has shown up twice on our list so far. And of course it would be deathcore veterans Whitechapel. This breakdown actually closes out their self-titled album in the best way possible. There's just something about Bozeman's lyrics "Just close your eyes and never wake up again," that chills me to the bone. 

23) Love.Sex.Riot ft. Fronz - Issues (Black Diamonds EP)



Is this a breakdown? Meh, kind of. Does this only rule because of Fronz's vocal work? Mostly.

22) Canadian Bacon - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (IIII)


Here is the first appearance of Mr. Josh Travis who has become one of my favourite guitarists between the release of IIII and Glass Cloud's The Royal Thousand. No one, I mean no one, plays an 8 string like Travis. DAT RIFF.

21) Tender Abuse - Converge (All We Love We Leave Behind)



This kids, is how you write a breakdown without just chugging the lowest note possible. Of course only Converge is capable of this. Do your fucking homework for today by listening to this piece of beautiful chaos that makes even Slayer look like a bunch of pussies.

Well there you have it. That's all for today folks. Tomorrow I'll be posting 20 through 11. We will also be posting our Top 50 Albums of 2012 starting on Christmas Day.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012: Part 1 (40 - 31)


So it's that time of year again when we here at TMHT like to do all kinds best of the year lists. Starting off with the Top 40 Breakdowns of 2012. I'm sure you'll disagree with almost every selection made but just remember this more an opinion piece than anything else and hey, you might find some new jams that you missed in 2012. Let's begin...........

40) Faces - Whitechapel (Whitechapel)



Let me assure you that this isn't the only appearance by Whitechapel on this list. This breakdown acts almost like a chorus for the song and appears twice. However, the second time round it's twice as heavy as the first. You just want to bounce and then head-bang like crazy.

39) Death, Ascension, Resurrection - Impending Doom (Baptized in Filth)



This entire album was essentially a breakdown about God. Some of the lyrics I find hard to deal with because I'm a hardcore atheist. But putting that aside there are some great breakdowns on the album. I just like particularly how this flows from the last chorus into a truly crushing breakdown. Perfect way to end this album.

38) November, December - Fathoms (Transitions EP)


This band is a relatively unknown group that's on the rise in the UK. As someone put on YouTube "they remind me of old Emmure but in a good way". Couldn't have put it better myself. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album and the whole part from 1:00 to 2:20ish is a non-stop head-bang. Looking forward to seeing more from these guys in 2013. 

37) Twenty Two - Continent (Miscreation)



Another newish band that I came across this year and had to include them. All of their stuff is full of breakdowns that are heavy as fuck and I had to choose something. This is probably my favourite song on the album and showcases an awesome breakdown at the end with some excellent lead work. Check these guys out if you haven't and DO NOT confuse them with Continents from the UK. Different band. It's like Architect and Architects all over again. Sigh.

36) 6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach - King Conqueror (America's Most Haunted) 




I feel like I'm repeating myself but here's another band that doesn't get the respect they deserve. They are HEAVY AS FUCK and the vocalist is amazing. They combine elements of slam (mostly the vocal style) with deathcore and elements of death metal. The results are epic. See for yourself. If this breakdown didn't convince you switch to the 3:30 mark. You have been warned. 

35) Lifer - Lionheart (Undisputed)


REST IN PEACE TO MY ENEMIES!!!! nuff said.

34) Party With The Devil - Attila (Single)


I love this band. I really do. And I'm in my mid-twenties. Is there something wrong with me?

33) Punisher - Veil of Maya (Eclipse)


Yes, the infamous "All they have is brown note ,browwrrr brrnt burr dee durr browwrrr weedurrnnerrr wennerdennerrr". No band has every trolled some kid like this. Hilarious and epic at the same time. Marc Okubo you are a God.

32) Unlike Us - Hacktivist (Hacktivist EP)



This band emerged late last year and became quickly known as the guys who'd actually combined djent and rap together. 2012's Limp Bizkit if you will. It's just that their EP that dropped in November was actually awesome and I consider them maybe THE breakout act of the year. I'm sure they'll get a proper deal soon and have a full-length before you know it. Check out my favourite part of the EP.

31) Ironic Enclosure - Dr. Acula (Nation)


I might get some hate for this but I actually seemed to like this album more than most people. This section is definitely the highlight. I really enjoy the vocal switching and I think this song has a really cool vibe to it. This band always had problems but writing some good breakdowns was never one of them. RIP Dr. Acula. 

Hope you enjoyed the list and I didn't enrage you with my choices too much! Check back tomorrow for 30 to 21!

A Day To Remember Releases New Track


A Day To Remember have released the first single "Violence [Enough is Enough]" from their forthcoming release Common Courtesy. The new album will be available in early 2013 through Victory Records. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Attack Attack! Release New Single


As promised, Attack Attack! have released a brand new single titled "No Defeat" which features new vocalist Phil Druyor. The song is also available for free download. The vocals are completely sung and are slightly similar to Shomo's style of clean singing. There guitars sound very similar to the guitar work done on their previous release This Means War. I suppose Druyor will handle the screaming duties as well for their older songs, but that has not been confirmed. Check out this statement from the remaining members of the band:

Ladies and gentlemen,
I'm sure you have heard and seen the posts of Caleb and AJ leaving Attack Attack. Not to worry, for Andrew and I have great news!
We're proud to announce that Phil Druyor from I Am Abomination will be singing on the new jams. Phil totally kicks ass and is a sweet dude. You all will worship the ground he walks on before too long. Seriously.
I'm also proud to announce that Tyler Sapp will be filling out the 4th slot in the band, picking up where Aj left off. You all know Tyler. He's been one of my best friends, room mate, merch guy, and resident Muay Thai specialist in the AA crew since 2009.
Finally, let us preface your thoughts with this.
We do not give a shit.
Go download our new song for free.

If you hate it, then fuck you. We don't like your ass anyways.
Love,
-Wetzel, Andrew, Phil, Tyler

New Video for "The Depths" From Of Mice & Men

Of Mice & Men have released a new video for "The Depths" from the deluxe re-issue of The Flood via Rise Records. This song and video show the band taking a much heavier approach to their music. Quite the headbanger to be honest.

Ian Watkins of Lostprophets: "Conspiracy To Rape One Year-Old"


Ian Watkins has been charged with "Conspiracy To Rape A One Year-Old"
As we reported yesterday, Ian Watkins of the Lostprophets has been charged with Child Sex Offences. But now the details are starting to emerge after his court appearance yesterday and things have gotten much worse. According to reports the offence is for "Conspiracy to Rape a One Year-Old". Yes, you read the correctly. Sick. On top of that, Watkins faces two counts of touching underage children and various charges relating to child pornography. Did I also mention possessing "extreme" animal pornography? What the fuck is  wrong with this guy.

As for the band, they have cancelled all of their forthcoming tour dates in Japan and Russia and have released the following statement:
Following charges made against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of
shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It
is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for
their support as we seek answers.
I think this is the end of Lostprophets.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Phenakistoscope Documentary" From Enter Shikari


Enter Shikari have released the Phenakistoscope Documentary for free online. This documentary follows the band as they recorded their 2012 masterpiece A Flash Flood of Colour last year. A highly recommended watch if you have an hour to spare. 

Lostphrophets Frontman Is A Pedophile

Ian Watkins has been charged with Child Sex Offences.
Ian Watkins, the front-man for the Lostphrophets, has been charged with Child Sex Offences in the United Kingdom. The 35 year-old singer is accused of "conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children" according to a report from The Sun. Two other females aged 20 and 24 have also been charged in the same case. It's probably safe to say that's the end of Ian Watkins and the Lostprophets who have sold 3.5 million albums world-wide.


Architects New Video For "Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat"


Architects (UK) have uploaded a new lyrical/conceptual video for their track "Even If You Win, You're Still A Rat" from 2012's Daybreaker available from Distort/Century Media.

Attack Attack! Confirms New Singer

Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination is now the lead vocalist for Attack Attack!

Following the departure of Caleb Shomo, Attack Attack! has announced that Phil Druyor of I Am Abomination will be handling vocal duties in the future. According to the former frontman, Druyor has actually been writing and jamming with Attack Attack! for a few months now. Check out Druyor`s statement below.
After Caleb and AJ decided that they would no longer continue on with the band, I was asked if I would like to join and make a new record with them. I said yes to both. The decision was very easy to make due to the fact that we've been friends for almost the entire duration of both our bands' careers. To be clear, this does not mean that I Am Abomination is over. At all. I will be fulfilling my roll in each band simultaneously, and since I Am Abomination
doesn’t tour much (or at all), it really won’t change much about us. The biggest difference is that we won’t be in the same room while working on the early stages of each record.

This part is my favorite. Starting on January 5th, I will be making a new record with Attack Attack! Over the last few years, my best friend/guitarist/vocal coach/life coach has become one of the most amazing producers in the industry right now, and I am proud to say that Nick Sampson will be producing the new Attack Attack! record. The direction of the new album is definitely a bit of a change up, but I feel that the band has made a name for themselves inside of their genre by being the band to change the game first. We plan to do that again.

And in closing, thank you to every single person who has ever supported me in all that I do. I appreciate it more than you could ever know. However, I am not asking for your approval. I do not need you to sign off on the matter. This is not an application. I
wouldn’t have accepted the offer if I didn’t think that I could make respectable music with them. I am simply informing you that the world is going to be taken over in 2013, and I’m inviting you all along for the ride. I would enjoy your company.

P.S. There will be a new Attack Attack! song posted TOMORROW!

-Phil

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Glass Cloud Drops Video For "She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill"


Just like we promised earlier, here is Glass Cloud's new video for "She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill". This is the third video released from 2012's The Royal Thousand available now through Equal Vision Records.

"Let These Words Last Forever" - New We Came As Romans Single


We Came As Romans have jumped on the "single" bandwagon and released "Let These Words Last Forever". This is not for an upcoming album, just a stand alone single. Check it out and check out the band on the Take Action Tour in January.

The Afterimage Release New Single With Free Download


The Afterimage have released a brand new single titled "The Seeking" with is available for free download here. This is the first track to include new and 3rd guitarist Andrew Wilson (ex-Dancing With Paris). Expect more things from this band in 2013.

Counterparts Debuts New Video For "The Disconnect"


Counterparts have debuted their new video for "The Disconnect" from 2011's The Current Will Carry Us via Victory Records. I personally feel like these guys are one of the most underrated bands out there today so please check them out if you haven't already. For fans of Misery Signals, The Ghost Inside and Dead & Divine.

New Video From Fathoms for "November, December"


Fathoms have debuted a new video for their second single from 2012's Transitions. The song is titled "November, December" and was released through Blank TV.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Beheading Of A King Posts Debut Video "Handcrafted"


Beheading Of A King from Montreal have uploaded their debut music video for their new single "Handcrafted". A full length album is expected sometime in early 2013.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Interview: Matthew Cuthbert (A Mountain Far)


I don't think it would be much of a stretch to say that without A Mountain Far, there would be no hardcore scene in Toronto. Over the last four years Matthew Cuthbert has taken AMF from a promoter pet-project to the heart beat of the city's fledgling DIY community -- if you've seen a touring band in a Toronto basement within the last couple of years, there's a good chance Matt helped put it on. AMF also operates as a label, with a killer catalogue of music from local favourites such Animal Faces and Creeper, as well as impressive international acts like Beau Navire and Cerce. I recently had a chance to sit and chat with Matt about the future of AMF, the challenge of running a business, and most importantly, Orchid records. Enjoy.

TMHT: Let's get this bad boy started. What do you do at AMF?
Matthew Cuthbert: Everything, for better or worse (laughs). I do as much as I can basically, sometimes better than other times. I run shows, do releases, run a distro, that kind of stuff.
TMHT: Is it just you working on the label?
MC: Yeah it is. I've been contemplating expanding it with a couple of close friends, but for the four-ish years it's been running, it's been me. Which is cool, but it's also a lot of work.
TMHT: So how do you balance running a label with like...
MC: Real life? (laughs) It's tough. It used to be a lot easier; when I had a job that was completely brain-dead and I sat in front of a computer all day long, I pretty much did most of my booking and stuff at work. Then I was unemployed for six months starting [in the summer of 2011], and during that time I got so much label shit done because it was kind of keeping me sane and productive. Now that I'm working full time again, however, it definitely is more stressful. I guess it's just a matter of knowing your limits in terms of what you can handle. Am I going to do as many shows as I did when I was unemployed? No. But if I think a show is really awesome, I'm gonna find a way to do it.
TMHT: How many shows do you think you do a month?
MC: It depends on the season really, because in the winter there might be zero for like three or four months at a time, but in the summer there will be like three or four a month. This month [August, 2012] there will be four, which isn't that unreasonable. There will be some months like May or June where everybody starts touring again where I'll do like six shows, which is almost too much for me. This is my 73rd show tonight, I've been keeping track of them.
Random Voice in the Background: Do you have posters for all your shows?
MC: Most of them...
RV: Can you send me the posters for all the shows I've played so I can put them in my room?
MC: Sure
RV: Yeaaaaaah... 
TMHT: What motivated you to start the label four years ago?
MC: Yeah, I didn't really know what screamo or DIY hardcore or anything like that was until I was like 17 or 18, when I saw this band from Mississauga called the Strawman Fallacy. When I saw them I kind of had this eureka moment, and I ended up making friends with the singer from that band, who's like the nicest dude ever. He encouraged me to check out that kind of music, and I became intrigued with the community that goes with the music. But at first, the community wasn't very welcoming; a lot of people were from the same suburb; they were very insular and kind of looked at me like I was the weird kid from downtown that hung out at their shows. So at first it was a little daunting, but after a while people grew up and stopped being as into it, so shows got fewer and further between. That's when I decided I wanted to start putting on shows just so I could see the bands I wanted to see, and it kind of just went from there.
TMHT: Most of your releases so far have been of the "emo/screamo" variety, but for example, at the Xerxes show you put on, both of the local bands playing were straight up hardcore bands. Do you have any plans to branch out more into different sounds?
MC: Yeah, it's kind of all over the place. I have done a couple different releases, like I did the Mighty Atom/Total Trash split which is like a straight up punk/hardcore kinda thing. My heart is definitely in to emo and post-hardcore, so that's typically what catches my ear more, but to me if something is just awesome, I don't really care what the subgenre is. The next release I'm doing is with a band from Massachusetts called Cerce, which somebody described as if Bikini Kill were a doom-metal band, because they're this heavy as fuck hardcore band with this really awesome female singer. So yeah, I think it boils down to personal taste, but I think the label will always be rooted in the more emo/post-hardcore stuff.
TMHT: So how much does "business" factor into doing the label?
MC: More than I would like to be honest. In terms of shows it's a bit easier i guess. Well, here's the thing, for years I was really lucky and I never really had a show that bombed. So I would never really make money from shows, but I wouldn't really lose it either, so it was easy to do it for the joy of it and hang out with bands or whatever. But then I had a string of shows that didn't do well so I had to start dealing with venues and paying band's guarantees, and that's when it stops being fun and starts stressing you the fuck out. So that's why I'm trying to work with a small group of people to get a new DIY venue started in Toronto, kind of like a new Siesta Nouveaux but not sketchy (laughs). I mean, as cool as a place like Parts & Labour is, it's a business and it has to earn money. And if the bar's not doing well by the end of the night, I'm gonna be footed with a pretty big bill.
Also, I kinda suck at business, so with the releases I might spend $1000 on a release, and I might get it back, but it's in 10 or 20 dollar increments over the next year, and I'm not really paying attention at that point. So even though I made my money back, it's still showing as a net loss on my credit card. So I guess the short answer to your question is: more than I'd like it to.
TMHT: What would you say is the hardest part of running a label?
MC: I think getting it started is the hardest part to be honest, because once you really get it going and you've shown people that you're not sketchy and that you're willing to be honest about what you're into, people who are into the same things you are will find you somehow. Like for this show I literally don't even know these guys and they just sent me an e-mail saying "hey we hear you do these kind of shows, would you be able to do one of ours?" But at first it can be really daunting, especially if you're only doing it locally and getting your feet wet understanding the ins and outs of it. To be honest I see a couple new promoters every year who think to themselves "hey, I can put a couple bands on a bill, get a hundred people in a room, and make a lot of money for a nights work." Yeah, but if you aren't honest and you take most of the money and walk out on the bands, people notice really quickly, and they won't wanna keep doing things with you. If I was a bit more unscrupulous perhaps I'd be less financially stressed, but I also wouldn't care nearly as much. I don't really need to turn music and art into a money-making venture; I have a job for that.
TMHT: What kind of long-term goals or overarching purpose do you have for the label?
MC: It's funny, the label's called "A Mountain Far" because when I was scribbling stuff in class, the name  implied a sense of looking at a really far away goal and being like "let's get there," which felt appropriate because when I started doing shows under the moniker (before all the label stuff) I just wasn't seeing what I wanted to see, and I wanted to bring that closer. Things have come a long way from there, and I'm proud of that. Overall, I'd love to keep going, and I just don't ever want to get sick of it. But as long as I'm supporting stuff I like, and it's still honest and I still love to do it, then we'll figure it out. In terms of the label, I want to have a number of releases that I can look back on and be like "I can't believe I got to help put that out", which has kind of happened already, and I'm super stoked on that. I'm kind of rambling right now, but I just want to make sure it's honest and fun, and to make sure there's good shit going on. I want to have an alternative to those kinds of "cool guy" bar shows, because those have never really been my thing. I'm more interested in a community and a progressive atmosphere that has a cool vibe and makes people feel welcome rather than intimidated.
TMHT: What would you say the most rewarding part of running AMF is then?
MC: The friendship involved, most definitely. I make fun of these guys [the various members of Foxmoulder/Delo Truda running in and out of the room] all the time, but they've been some mainstays in my life for the past four years. Like my band is hoping to go on tour in the UK next year, a lot of which has to do with the fact that I've released records for bands over there, and those bands are stoked to have us come play over there with them. Are we gonna lose money? Oh fuck yeah, totally. We'll probably lose tons of money; but I'm willing to go on vacation with my band and sleep on people's floors. It's amazing how people you've barely met will treat you like an old friend if you're willing to extend that mindset towards them. We're not cool guys at all, we're just like, nerds who like shit. People recognize it with each other and they're almost best pals, like "oh sweet, you hunted down all the Orchid records too?"...
TMHT: Have you hunted down all the Orchid records?
MC: Actually my drummer has, even though I'm a waaay bigger Orchid fan (laughs), I've still gotta get two or three. I've got the skull split, which is pretty sweet.
TMHT: Do you have the Pig Destroyer split?
MC: I do, except it's missing the Pig Destroyer insert, but that's okay. I wasn't really getting it for them anyways. I'm missing Encyclopedia of American Traitors, Red Scare, and Combatwoundedveteran. But, yeah, you know what I mean? This is the kind of nerdy conversation I like to have (laughs).
TMHT: Any last words?
MC: Thanks so much to everyone who's supported me so far, I couldn't have done it without you.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Metallica Reclaim Masters, Announce Blackened Records


Seminal metal outfit Metallica have reclaimed their master recordings from former label Warner Music Group. Apparently there was some kind of deal brokered in 1994 that stated on this day (November 30, 2012) the band would take full ownership of their entire catalogue from the label, including the rights to their music videos.

Subsequently, the band has announced they will be releasing all further material on their newly christened "Blackened Records," (presumably) named after the first track off the band's 1988 release ...And Justice For All. One can only expect some pretty sweet quadruple disc reissue box-sets on the horizon.

But I can't honestly say I care about any of that; I only wrote this article to pose the following question...

Yo, metalheads. It's been like, 20 years now. Why can't you just accept the fact that the Black Album was actually a pretty solid record? Like fuck, there's no way 90 per cent of the people who bitch about how much better the band was before ...And Justice were actually alive, let alone old enough to remember a pre-haircut Metallica with any sort of discerning taste. Just admit it, posers, the first metal song you ever heard was "Enter Sandman" at an AHL hockey game and you went ham for that shit like any eight year-old would. Also, Ride the Lighting > Metallica > the "Garage" one> Death Magnetic > everything else. Come on, fight me. Do it. I dare you.

/rant.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Video For Enter Shikari's "Pack Of Thieves"


Enter Shikari has debuted a music video for "Pack of Thieves" from 2012's A Flash Flood of Colour available from Ambush Reality. This is the 6th video to be released from this album (including the 2 bonus tracks).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interview: Pianos Become the Teeth

That's me in the corner getting sucked into the abyss.
Yo, sup. It's Vince back with more interviews of screamo bands. It's been time since I've posted an interview (or anything) on here, so I figured I'd swing for the fences on my first at bat. Since releasing 2011's The Lack Long After to a barrage of critical acclaim and hitting the road with everyone from Touche Amore to Coheed and Cambria, Pianos Become the Teeth have established themselves as one of the premier bands in modern post-hardcore (read: you should already know who this band is). I had the pleasure of catching up with the band in a broom closet at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto to chat about new music, touring, and ill-placed blast beats. Enjoy!

TMHT: Aite, let's get it started by introducing yourselves and saying what you do in the band.
Kyle Durfey: My name's Kyle, and I sing. 
Zac Sewell: My name's Zac, I play bass.
Mike York: I'm Mike, I play guitar.
David Haik: I'm David, I play drums. 
Chad McDonald: I'm Chad, I play guitar. 
 TMHT: Cool, cool. How's your tour been going so far?
C: It's been great so far, it's been an awesome tour. 
D: I feel like there were a bunch of people who looked us up when the tour got announced, so this is their first time seeing us. I feel like we've got a lot of new fans.
TMHT: That's pretty cool eh? I guess Title Fight would bring a fair amount of new people?
C: Yeah it's exposure to a different crowd that we aren't usually exposed to. It's been a lot of fun, and all the shows have been very well attended.
TMHT: Well the last two times I saw you in Toronto the shows were packed and people were going ham, is the reception always like that?
C: No, not at all [laughs]. Most shows we're met with either blank stares or people just kind of listening, more so than stagediving and stuff. Especially when you compare the crowd response to Title Fight. People go off to them, but with us it's kind of like they sit back and listen.
M: Some nights are more intense than others, but I think as a whole we're one of those bands that people want to watch, rather than lose their mind over. 
TMHT: You guys are on tour with Title Fight, who are straight edge and seem like mild-mannered dudes; then you're on tour with Single Mothers who don't seem like they're straight edge or mild-mannered dudes. How has the dynamic been with that?
D: This has been a really fun tour, everyone's getting along really well.
M: I feel like this has been one of the most fun tours we've done in terms of getting along with everybody. We're not just on tour with a band where it's like "hey cool, we're hanging out with another band"; we've made some good, like, actual friends. Regardless of who's straight edge and who does what, it's just been an awesome tour where everybody's getting along.
TMHT: What does Title Fight do while you guys go to the bar?
C: [laughs] They just hang out. They don't really mind.
Z: It's been a tame tour, we've just been kinda hanging out at the venue.
D: There's been a lot of drives, because we wanted to do the whole U.S. and still get back for Thanksgiving, so we tried to stretch some of the drives out.
TMHT: What happened to you guys at Fest this year?
D: We got offered this tour. Like, we all love Fest, but...
Z: Fest is one of the most fun weekends of the year, but this tour didn't line up right, so basically we had to make a decision...
M: Fest is happening next year.
TMHT: Yeah that's true, we missed you guys though!
D: We'll definitely be back! 
Z: We were bummed we couldn't play it. 
TMHT: I saw you guys play a new song on some YouTube video. Are you guys in the process of writing new stuff?
C: We're gonna start writing a lot of new material for a full length when we get back We've been writing on the road a little bit too, but we're gonna kick it into high gear when we get back. We don't have any plans when we get back, so we're gonna take advantage of that.
TMHT: Is there an expected release date for anything?
Z: Nothing official yet. Probably...
C: November, 2020.
[laughter]
Z: I'd probably say late next year at the earliest.
M: Probably around the same time we released the record last year, so like in the fall.
TMHT: Speaking of the last record, is there any pressure to follow up on The Lack Long After since it was so well received by so many different people?
D: There's always pressure, and there are people who are probably gonna say the last record was way better, but it's not like we're gonna change the way we write.
Z: I feel like there's always pressure, but to be honest I felt a lot more pressure after releasing TLLA. But that record kind of established like a fan base for us, so I'm not really worried if people are going to like it or not. 
C: I think we approach it like "write what you want to hear as a listener." It's not lucrative being in a band so it's not like we have to write to make money or anything like that. So I don't really think we're too worried about anything except making the album we want to hear.
M: I think there was more pressure between Old Pride and TLLA then there is between the last one and now, because...
C: It's the third album, bands always flop on that one anyways
M: [laughs] Yeah, like Chad was saying, we're gonna write what we wanna hear. We've been doing this band for six years, and even though we're obviously not gonna write the same stuff we wrote six years ago, I think people have seen the progression. They know what we're about and they either like it or they don't.
TMHT: Well I read in an interview Mike did that he's becoming more and more influenced by Jimmy Eat World and The National and stuff like that. Is that a direction you'd be looking to move towards?
D: It's hard to judge right now, because we all listen to so much different stuff. Which is a good thing, because when we write a song we all have a different input.
Z: But I feel like if we had to say, we'd be moving more in that direction than something like...
D: Black Dahlia Murder.
[laughter]
TMHT: No shit, Black Dahlia Murder is the next word on my question sheet!
[more laughter]
TMHT: I saw on your Facebook that you're influenced by TBDM and the Red Chord, but that's never really seemed to present itself in your music...
D: That was me. We each picked two bands for the list...
TMHT: Did that influence ever come across in your earlier stuff?
D: Well I used to be in metal bands back in the day. It was funny, when this band's first drummer quit I went up to Kyle and said "yo, I wanna try out for your band" and he was like "you know what we sound like, right?"
TMHT: Has there ever been a time where you've tried to sneak blast beats or some other TBDM-esque shit into a Pianos song?
D: Nah.
M: We wish... 
Z: Throw in some three second blasts
C: Just blasts for the entire intro...
[laughter]
D: The way I write is like, trying to fit the music, you know.
TMHT: Dudes who seem to be into the "older school" of screamo seem to knock on not so much you guys, but bands like La Dispute and Touche Amore a fair bit. How does that make you feel seeing that kind of hate for your friend's bands?
C: It's not even like the same type of music, so it's not that big a deal. Like, La Dispute doesn't sound like Pg.99. They might take influences from older screamo, but it's not like the same thing. If you're big into those kind of bands, you're probably not gonna be into La Dispute, or even us. It's not that big a deal.
Z: It doesn't really bother us what some shitty kid in a basement says on the Internet. You can't really get mad at it.
TMHT: So this question's for Kyle; TLLA was coming from a very personal place lyrically. When my dog died I wrote something about it and didn't want to show anyone because it was really personal. Was there any material you wrote that you felt was too personal to put on the album?
K: Not when I was writing it. I feel like it is what it is; a lot of people who know me or who are into our band know what the record's about, and obviously it's very personal. But I didn't really feel that way until after the record came out when people started coming up and talking to me about it every night. Then I was like "oh yeah, I was completely open about every aspect of my life..." I dunno, I think that's why we are this band; to be an honest band and to be personal. I feel like if we weren't doing that it'd be weird.
TMHT: Related to that, how does it feel to still be touring on those songs a year later? Does it ever get trying or feel like it's too much some days?
K: I dunno, I mean over time meanings change and you kind of get to a point where you're just playing the songs. It's not like those songs have lost any of their meaning, but you know, playing a song now as opposed to playing it two years ago for the first time, what I'm singing about was a lot more fresh, so obviously it cut a little bit deeper back then. I mean, when you sing a song, you think about it, so I do kind of bring it up every night, but as time goes by you kind of get better at dealing with it.
THMT: Alright, cool. Thanks a lot guys.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Your Memorial Debuts Video for "Redirect"


Your Memorial have debuted the video for the their track "Redirect" from the album Redirect available now on Facedown Records. The footage was recorded at the Sonshine Festival from earlier this year.

Periphery Debuts Clip of New Music


Periphery has uploaded a video of the Mraky playing some riffs of some material they're currently working on. Check out the video above.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Dillinger Escape Plan Signs To Sumerian Records


Metal veterans The Dillinger Escape Plan have inked a deal with Sumerian Records (Asking Alexandria, Faceless, Structures). Dillinger's own label Party Smasher Inc. is what really has been acquired so this means that Dillinger's releases and anything they decide to put out through Party Smasher will ultimately be distributed through Sumerian. Dillinger commented,
The video below is to announce that Sumerian Records is now the official home for our label 'Party Smasher Inc.' Look for the new Dillinger Escape Plan release this spring followed by some other exciting projects and releases! Get ready. 2013 belongs to us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Of Mice & Men Headliner w/Woe Is Me


Of Mice & Men will be headlining a tour in January/February with support from Woe Is Me, Texas in July, Volumes and Capture the Crown. There are dates in both the US and Canada. Check out all the dates below.

1/12 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
1/13 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
1/14 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
1/16 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
1/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock
1/18 Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
1/19 San Diego, CA @ Soma
1/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
1/22 Dallas, TX @ Trees
1/23 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/24 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
1/26 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/27 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/28 Orlando, FL @ Beacham
1/29 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
2/1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
2/3 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
2/4 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
2/5 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
2/6 Boston, MA @ Royale
2/8 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/9 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
2/11 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
2/12 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Brothers of Brutality Tour Announced (feat. Emmure/Whitechapel)

Emmure and Whitechapel will be co-headlining the Brothers of Brutality Tour this winter. Support will feature Obey The Brave, The Plot in You and Unearth. The dates have just been annouced and you can check them out below.

1/08 - Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
1/09 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
1/12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
1/13 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
1/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile
1/18 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
1/19 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
1/23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
1/24 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
1/26 - SLC, UT @ In The Venue
1/27 - Denver, CO @ Summit
2/02 - Minneapolis, MN @ Brick
2/03 - Chicago, IL @ Mojoes
2/05 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
2/06 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
2/07 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/08 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
2/11 - NYC, NY @ Irving Plaza
More dates TBA! Tickets on sale this Wednesday!

New Music Video: Chelsea Grin - "Don't Ask Don't Tell"


Chelsea Grin have debuted their new video for "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which appears on 2012's Evolve EP.
Evolve saw the band take a more melodic and technical approach to writing with the addition of guitarist Jason Richardson (ex Born of Osiris/All Shall Perish).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Stray From The Path Release New Single


Long Island hardcore heroes Stray From the Path have released a new single, "Landmines", via Sumerian. Just in case you've never used the Internet before, you can click on the big funny looking picture box above the text you're currently reading to hear the song.

There are a lot of turdburglers talkin' that shit in the Youtube comments section because this song "doesnt haev enuff br8kdwnz" or whatever, but all I gotta say is fuck that noise. This is easily the most cohesive, fully realized song the band's ever written (despite the fact that they totally stole their main riff from "Calm Like a Bomb"), and I for one can't wait for new material.

Srsly, 1:37...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pig Destroyer Premier "Baltimore Strangler"


Virginia-based grind masters Pig Destroyer have recently posted a new song on Revolver's website entitled "The Baltimore Strangler." The song comes from their newest album Book Burner, which drops October 23 via Relapse Records.

Check that shit out here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vildhjarta Debut New Material


European djent masters, Vildhjarta, have debuted a two-minute clip of some material they have been working on for their upcoming EP. Check it out.

Obey The Brave Debut Live Video for "Garde Le Tete Froid"


Obey The Brave have debuted a HD live video of them performing "Garde Le Tete Froid". It was recently recorded for BRBR in Toronto.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Acacia Strain Preview "The Mouth of the River"


The Acacia Strain have just released a brand new track from their forthcoming album Death is the Only Mortal. Their latest effort was produced and recorded by guitarist DL Laskiewicz and engineered by the legendary Chris "Zeuss" Harris at Planet Z. Death is the Only Mortal is the band's first release on Rise Records and is due out October 9th.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Ronnie Radke Arrested Again



Ronnie Radke, singer for hair-metal-core outfit Falling in Reverse, has apparently found himself in trouble with the law once again. Radke was arrested Monday morning in Glendale, AZ on an outstanding warrant stemming from an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Radke, as you may know, is most famous (at least in my books) for going to prison in 2008 after doing a whole bunch of illegal shit.

I feel bad laughing about this, because some dude was murdered and some chick got (allegedly) beaten up, but is there a more hilarious storyline in metal and hardcore (terms used liberally) right now? I think not.

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Video Alert: Xerxes - "Our Home is a Deathbed"

Nos hombres in Xerxes have released a video for their track "Our Home is a Deathbed", which comes from their 2012 album of the same name. It was filmed at Maya's Cafe in Corona, CA. Check it out.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Ghost Inside - "This Is What I Know About Sacrifice" Song Meaning Webisode


Check out this little webisode regarding one of the tracks of The Ghost Inside's new album Get What You Give available now. We've been cranking this album all summer long over here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Converge/Napalm Death Split Ready for Release


Remember that Converge/Napalm Death split EP we reported was in the works earlier this year? Well, that bad boy's pretty much ready to be released. This thing comes out officially on August 1, but for now you can check out a teaser and pre-order the album if you so desire. 

Suss that shit.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Dallas Green (ex-Alexisonfire) Discusses Possible Farewell Shows.


As if our collective pants weren't already filled with enough shit today... 

Anyways, Dallas Green (a man who needs no introduction) recently discussed the possibility of reforming the beloved and recently-defunct Alexisonfire for a few farewell dates. Green told Spinner.ca: 
"Wade [MacNeil] and I chat often. We've actually been starting to talk about doing some final Alexis shows because when we did play our last show, nobody knew it."
Green went on to discuss his reasons for leaving the band, as well as his current relationship with the other members. Fortunately, the band appears to back on good terms after a less than amicable breakup.

You can check out the full Spinner article here.

FUCKIN' STOOOOOKED!!!

Stray From the Path Announce Canadian Tour


In a move that has all of us at TMHT shitting our pants in anticipation, Long Island hardcore heroes Stray From the Path have announced a run of Canadian dates in the month of September. The tour will feature support from Obey the Brave, Counterparts, Backtrack and former TMHTimes band of the week Northlane. So yeah, go see that...

The dates are as follows:
September 10- Windsor, ON @ The Dominion House
September 11- London, ON @ London Music Hall
September 12- Barrie, ON @ The DIY
September 13- Hamilton, ON @ Club Absinthe
September 14- Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
September 15- Kitchener, ON @ Club Wax
September 16- Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
September 19- Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee (without Obey the Brave)
September 20- Fredericton, NB @ Kinsmen Center
September 21- Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
September 23- Rimouski, QC @ Le Coop Paradis
September 24- Jonquiere, QC @ Komplexe K-Baret 
September 26- Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's
I'll see y'all in either Kitchener or Toronto. Mosh hard. 

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Shockwave Festival Tour Cancelled


It appears that the 2012 Shockwave Festival tour has been cancelled due to band drop-offs, low ticket sales and poor grammar. Here's an official statement from the festival's website (left as-is):
"It is with great disappointment that we have to make this announcement. With the recent departure of Vovoid from the Shockwave Festival lineup. As well as low advance ticket sales we have decided to pull the plug on the Shockwave Festival." For purchases with a credit card your card will automatically be refunded. All other refunds are available at point of purchase. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
If you're like me and were only going to see Cattle Decapitation, fear not. Although nothing official has come out yet, the band has released a statement promising some sort of make-up tour in the near future. You can check out that statement here. As for the other bands, they don't seem to have anything enlightening to say just yet (or ever, in the case of Fear Factory). So, uh, keep your eyes peeled... I guess...

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Video Alert: Gallows - "Last June"

UK hardcore act Gallows have released a video for their song "Last June", which will be featured on their upcoming self titled release for Venn Records/Bridge Nine. The video mixes live footage of a Gallows show with poignant and sometimes disturbing images of cops beating the shit out of people. Seems like that's been happening a lot lately...

Anywho, peep it and comment!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Interview: Xerxes



If you've been following the recent "screamo revival" at all, you should already know about Xerxes. This Louisville, KY based quintet have quickly emerged from the haze of sweaty basements and Saetia worship to establish themselves as one of the "bands to look out for" going forward. On their debut record, Our Home is a Deathbed, the band perfectly balances emotive melody with spastic aggression for 26 minutes of the most heartfelt, gut-wrenching music you're gonna hear all year. I recently caught up with a couple of the dudes at a show in Toronto, where we talked about playing shows in high schools, ocean harps, and a certain Gerard Butler film. Behold!

TMHT: Aite hombres, what are your names, and what do you do in the band?
W: My name's Will, I play bass
E: My name's Evan and I drum
TMHT: How's Canada Treating you?
W: So far so good. This is our second time; we were here earlier this year with Pianos Become the Teeth, so this time we know what to expect, and we're excited.
TMHT:I heard you got in without a passport?
W:Yeah, Evan here didn't have his passport, it kind of got lost in translation somewhere and we kinda got lucky I guess. The dude didn't care at all, they kind of just let us in.
TMHT: That's weird, usually it's the other way around where they'll get hyphy on you even if you have all your shit in order.
E:Yeah, I guess we just lucked out.
TMHT:So is this your first headlining tour?
W:Nah, I don't really know if you wanna call this a headlining tour, it's kind of like just us going out with friends and having a good time.
TMHT:Fair enough. How was Bled Fest last night?
W: It was pretty cool. Although it's kind of weird playing in a high school.
TMHT: Wait, say what?
W: Yeah the way it's set up you're playing in a high school, like straight up. In the gym or cafeteria area or whatever they have this huge all purpose space with two stages set up, then they have another stage in the lobby, and three classroom stages. So at any point during the day there's five bands playing – it's kind of a weird setup. Especially when you have like 3000 kids running around this empty high school. It's kind of crazy but it's cool.
TMHT: Yeah, that's pretty wild. It strikes me as kind of weird that your first show on the tour is at a fairly large fest, and your last one on this run is Sound and Fury, yet tonight you're playing in the basement of a restaurant that I've never heard of before [the place was called “Shops at Parts & Labour,” and was actually really cool]. So is there a different atmosphere to shows of different sizes?
E: We generally like to play shows as if they're the same, whether or not there's 3 kids there or 200 kids or whatever. We try to approach them as if they're the same.

W: Yeah, it doesn't matter really, we're kind of just doing our thing. If people are there, they're there. If they're not, they're not.
TMHT: Makes sense. So, the only things I know about Kentucky are horse races, Hunter Thompson, bourbon and Xerxes.
W: What was the second one?
THMT: Hunter Thompson.
W: I don't even know who that is 
E: (laughs) me either.
TMHT: You ever seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?
E: I've heard of it.
TMHT: Shit! You should check him out. Anyways, what else is going on in Kentucky besides chicken?
E: Well, Louisville is kind of separate from Kentucky. The rest of the state is looked upon as part of the south, and I feel like Louisville isn't like that at all. It's the biggest city in the state in terms of population, so it's pretty cool. There's a pretty cool music scene going on, that's about it.
TMHT: Well what else is going on music-wise in Kentucky? Because I've never heard of anything except you guys and [Will's other band] Whips/Chains, who I just read about on the internet 20 minutes ago.
W: There are a couple of other bigger bands like Young Widows and Coliseum that are kind of doing their own thing, and then some other cool locals. That's about it.
TMHT: So this question is for Evan. I read somewhere you used a lot of unconventional drumming techniques on the last album...
E: Hm. You don't say?
TMHT: Yeah, you were using like a bow to play the drums or something?
E: Oh yeah, for the first track, the intro. I was bowing the cymbals with a violin bow, and I also used an instrument called an ocean harp. It's got these weird wire things that go around, and you put water in the bottom and bow the wires. It makes this weird eerie noise. It's pretty cool.
TMHT: So where did you get the idea to fool around with that stuff?
E: In high school I was in percussion ensemble and we actually used that ocean harp a lot. So when we recorded the intro track we wanted it to have that creepy, eerie feel to it. We wanted it to build up into this huge monster sound and I felt like doing those things would really add to that.
TMHT: Are you looking to continue experimenting with that stuff?
E: Kind of, I've been thinking about different drumming styles in terms of expanding my playing outside of a conventional hardcore style, and also adding more interesting percussion instruments as well. Not necessarily live, but it would be cool to do that stuff on record.
TMHT: What do you guys have planned for the rest of 2012?
E: After this tour we go out with This is Hell, which goes until a few days before Sound and Fury. What else?

W: Then we've got Sound and Fury, then we come back with our friends in a band called Mountain Man. After that we're going to Europe in the fall. Then we're home, and hopefully doing something around Fest.
TMHT: True. Have you been to Europe before?
W: No we have not.
TMHT: Excited?
W: Oh yeah, for sure.
TMHT: So I saw on the internet there's a No Sleep/Topshelf split coming out. Are you guys on that?
W: Yeah, we have a song on that.
TMHT: Can you talk about it?
W: Oh yeah, it's just one of the songs off our full length, I'm not even sure which one it is. But there are a bunch of cool bands on both those labels, so check that out for sure.
TMHT: Yeah man. Those labels are at the forefront of the whole “screamo revival” thing where you see a bunch of bands where people are borrowing a lot from that “three feet away from the mic” screamo from the late nineties. Why do you think that sound's resonating with so many bands right now?
W: I dunno, I wish I had a cool answer. Maybe because it's good music. 
E: I think some people are getting bored of what's really cool in music right now, so they're looking elsewhere for influences. That sound's coming back, but with a much more aggressive and more polished feel to it. What was really cool about 90's screamo was that it was just raw and really in your face, and kind of, not sloppy but not really polished. Now it's coming back with the same raw emotion but with more of a polished feel to it.
TMHT: The last time I saw you guys with Pianos, you were an extremely energetic live act. Is that something that developed organically, or was it something you were always striving for?
W: I think it's something that just developed organically. We all just kind of lose our minds when we're playing and we can't really contain what we're doing. 
E: When I watch a band, I'd rather watch one that was super into what they were doing, even if they weren't that good technically, or even if they aren't that great a band generally. I'd rather watch a band just lose their minds then a band standing there playing really good music but not being that into it.
TMHT: Have you ever seen the Chariot
E: Yeah, they played Bled Fest last year and I watched three or four of their songs and it was really cool. I don't really like them as a band necessarily, but they're great live.
TMHT: Yeah that's what I'm saying. I'm not into them as a band at all, but they were throwing their guitars in the air and crowd-surfing and shit, and I was really getting into it.
E: There was one moment – and usually I think this is kind of cheesy – but one of the guitar players had climbed on top of this huge PA speakers, and there were a bunch of weird lights going on and the whole crowd was going nuts. I thought that was really cool.
TMHT: So I gotta ask, was your band name influenced by the movie 300?
W: Nah, we were a band before that movie came out.
(laughter)
TMHT: How often do you get dicks like me asking that question?
E: Daily, probably.
TMHT: Did you enjoy the movie at least?
W: I don't think I've ever seen it... 
E: Yeah, I thought it was a tight movie.
TMHT: Has anyone ever done this at the edge of the pit [makes a kicking motion]
(laughter)
W: Nah that hasn't happened yet.
TMHT: Someone needs to get on that...

So yeah; Xerxes are cool as shit. They've got a bunch more dates left on their current touring cycle, so go check them out and kick a motherfucker or two.