People into the Canadian metal scene are no strangers to the 8-string power of Toronto's own Dancing With Paris. They self-released their first full length last September which charted at the top of the iTunes Metal Chart in it's debut week. They've also toured relentlessly across the country and have an upcoming tour beginning in March with Beheading of a King. TMHTimes was able to chat with guitarist Andrew Wilson recently:
TMHT: Dancing With Paris is really starting to make a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene but there are many abroad that might have not heard you yet or seen you live. Take a second to introduce what Dancing With Paris is all about?
DWP: Dancing With Paris is all about making music that grabs people's attention right off the bat. We want to have as much diveristy in our music as we can without sounding like other bands. We have started to write alot heavier and melodic music but we want to punch everyone right in thier music souls!!TMHT: Seems like a lot of bands these days are switching from 6 string guitars to 7's or 8's. You guys have played 8's for your whole career. How did you guys get into playing something that was so rare even just a couple years ago?
DWP: We started out playing with 7's back before 'Theres Something In The Water' even came out. The switch over to 8's was something that I thought would have a positive effect of how we write music. As you can hear, we aren't the most technical of bands, so we asked our selves, "why can't we play our 8 strings like they were 6 strings?" This helped write riffs that would could normaly be played on 6 strings except alot lower sounding!TMHT: Your 2009 EP There's Something In The Water did very well for an unsigned debut EP. What did you want to do differently for your full length The Drought and what elements did you want to bring back?
DWP: The EP was a challenge to make. When we wrote The Drought, we wanted to bring some elements back but make it more of a mature version of the EP. We wanted to make it heavier and more melodic.TMHT: You guys started "Splitting the Atom" and new form of the "Wall of Death". How did this crazy concept come about?
DWP: We were all just sitting in the van discussing what we could do to have a croud response like no one has ever seen before. We talked and said why not have a 4 corners thing where everyone goes to 4 corners except for one person who stands in the middle. When the song kicks in, you have to split the atom. Then we came up with the "atom bomb".TMHT: How do you guys as a band go about writing new material?
DWP: Its a long process but I will usually write the skeletons of the songs and go back and forth with the guys to make sure that everyone agrees upon the song. They give me the suggestions and I will fix the songs up until everyone is ready to learn them.TMHT: What do you guys use for tuning and strings? Can you even buy strings in an 8 pack?
DWP: We have a pretty thick guage of strings for the 8's. .10-74 is the guage of strings that we use. 8 string packs, have actually just started being sold in stores which is awesome!! Its alot better then buying a 6 string pack and having to get 2 extra strings on top of that.TMHT: The Ontario/Quebec music scene has started spitting out all kinds of awesome metal and hardcore bands over the past few years. What two favourites of yours would you like to go on tour with?
DWP: We have always wanted to go on tour with a band from Quebec called 'Beheading Of A King' and that is not happening this April! Another band we love is Structures. They are awesome dudes, and everytime we play with them, we always talk about touring with them! Hopefully one day, we can make that happen too!TMHT: How does a heavy band like yourselves end up with a name like "Dancing With Paris"?
DWP: The name is more of an inside joke. When we first started the band, we were more of a southern metal band and it fit well. We progressed out music and the name just stuck.TMHT: What is "The Peter Principal"?
DWP: Basically it means that someone will be promoted to their level of incompetence at their job. It explains why your boss is an idiot a lot of the time.TMHT: The girls from Courage My Love appear on a few tracks on your new album The Drought. How did that come about? Why did you want to include these female vocals?
DWP: We wanted to have guest vocals on the album but wanted to make it a little different. They are amazing singers and we are close with them. They also happened to be recording at the same time as us, in the same studio, so we thought, why not!TMHT: What are some of the biggest influences on Dancing With Paris? You guys have a pretty unique sound by mixing together several distinct styles.
DWP: We all listen to such different music. We barley listen to metal. Half the band listens to pop and the other to alternative, hardcore and alot of Djent stuff.TMHT: Are way too many bands striving to be 'djent' bands these days? Do you think it's taking over the metal scene?
DWP: I think its taking over for now. It will fizzle out really soon and fast. There's only so many bands that can play it and only for a certain amount of time until everyone gets bored of it.TMHT: There are tons of kids these days that are Meshuggah this Meshuggah that. Do you think all this Meshuggah hype, especially for the new album, is all just a bandwagon thing?
DWP: Meshuggah, for me is an amazing band. They will always have hype behind them becuase they are pioneers of this genre. Just like Deftones.. No matter when or what they are putting out, they will always have hype.TMHT: Would you call the new Attack Attack! album djent? Are you a fan?
DWP: I wouldn't call it Djent. Im not a huge fan of Attack Attack! but if you are looking for a super generic band that has elements from all metal bands, then its the band for you!TMHT: If the past was deathcore, the present is djent, what is the future?
DWP: You never know what the future is going to be. Its looking like instrumental is a big thing along with Djent/singing.TMHT: Do you think it's harder than ever to make it as band? Between album sales, gas prices, etc?
DWP: I think its the hardest time to make it in a band becuase a long time ago, not everyone had access to recording software. Now, anyone can do it and anyone can make it sound amazing. So its really a matter of picking the best of the best.TMHT: Is it possible the metal scene is completely over-saturated with new bands? It seems anyone with a MacBook can start and record as a one-man band these days.
DWP: There are tons of bands and musicians everwhere. Like I said, everyone can record thier own stuff these days and make it sound perfect. The true test is to see how it is live and to see the crowd response.TMHT: How important is it to you to have a good clean image in the metal scene? There's a lot of drama and what not floating around right now about lots of bands. Is the metal scene a pissing ground?
DWP: We hear alot of stuff that is said about everyone else. We usually stay away from taking shit or starting beef. We just do what we do and if someone has a problem with us and wont say it to our faces, then its not important enough to be said.TMHT: What can we expect from you guys in 2012? I heard rumours of a new album and music video for something off The Drought.
DWP: We will be shooting a video later this month for a song off the Drought. Also, we have started writing and fooling around with ideas. 2012 can expect the heaviest we have ever writen, thats for sure.Thanks to Dancing With Paris for taking the time to chat with us. They're actually filming that video tomorrow! Head on over to their Facebook Page and check 'em out and like 'em if you're into it! You can also mosey on over to our Facebook Page and give us a like to stay up to date with all kinds of metal/hardcore news, videos and reviews.
Canadian metal band Beheading Of A King released a brand new song "Sources" back in December. It was the first material fans had heard since the release of Quasar in July 2011. Quasar featured vocals from Matt Paquette who passed away last February. It also featured their new guitarist Jaime Bosvik, an 18 year old from Thunder Bay, ONT who brings a whole new dynamic to the band's sound as well as their new vocalist Fred Beaulieu. We chatted with Jaime this week and he gave us a very in depth look into the band's past year and as well as what's in store for Beheading Of A King in 2012. Check it out below.
TMHT: There was a period of inactivity for the band between August and December. You also lost your singer and guitarist. What was happening with the band during that time?
Jaime Bosvik: Well actually that stuff happened at different times, first Matt passed, Rick switched to vocals, then I joined the band, and after a few months, we replaced Rick with Fred. We were practicing with our friend Gab Desb from God Falls in the mean time actually due to a previously booked show we had committed to.TMHT: How do you guys go about writing material if you don't all live close to each other?
JB: We actually send videos to each other on iPhones [laughs]. We film ourselves playing riffs and then eventually we Guitar Pro it. Simon is simply a rhythm master and Ben and I know the theory. Peo shoots some crazy deadly ideas and Fred is actually a pretty good guitarist too and helps with writing riffs. Oh yeah, and we have a Dropbox folder we share the riffs and update them in, its pretty cool.TMHT: What can we expect from your new singer Fred Beaulieu?
JB: He sounds the same in person as you've heard on the recording. Fred's range is actually very wide which will be utilized more on the full length and he'll tower over most people he encounters.TMHT: How did you find Fred? Did he try out over YouTube?
JB: The way it happened was… I was at Ben's house and Simon said something about a deadly try out on the email. Ben and I watched it and I almost shit my self!! Then Ben said, "That's it, we take him". Fred had some video of his old band Crashhead on there as well, I was really impressed with his band. [You can view a video of Fred doing vocals for Quasar here, Reclaim This Gold here, and covering Whitechapel here. If you were doubting him, I don't think you will be anymore.]TMHT: How many people tried out? Did you have an overwhelming amount of people go through?
JB: I'm not exactly sure how many people tried out. There was quite a number of emails, not too many though, we were able to go through all of them.TMHT: What do you think of the Attack Attack! record? Thoughts on their "new sound"?
JB: I really don't like it. But if it's what they want to do, so be it.TMHT: Structures or Volumes?
JB: I don't have a favourite between those two, I like them both.TMHT: You guys are on The Haunt of Death tour with This or the Apocalypse this March. How excited are you!? How did that come about?
JB: I'm pretty excited for that! We were asked from their booking agent to join on the tour. So that's pretty awesome!TMHT: Any more tours lined up afterwards?
JB: Not confirmed so I'm not making any promises.TMHT: Have you guys thought about when your full length will be dropping?
JB: There has been talk but easier said than done, in other words nothing set yet.TMHT: Quasar must have gotten you noticed abroad. Any prospects of being signed in the US or Europe?
JB: There has been some talk but were waiting and looking for something that will have the best outcome.TMHT: If Beheading of a King could do a tour with 2 other fantasy bands, who would you choose?
JB: Well I can't speak for all of them because lots of us have different favourite bands. But I would like to tour with The Black Dahlia Murder or Meshuggah.TMHT: You're a relatively young group of guys. What do you all do when you're not doing stuff associated with the band?
JB: Mostly hanging out with friends, practicing, and working.TMHT: Is Beheading of a King still in the writing process for their full length or is that all done?
JB: She's still being crafted!TMHT: How are you going to use 7 strings to bring a new element to your sound?
JB: The advantages of using a 7 string is they're extended scale compared to 6 strings for the most part. So the lower notes are more in tune and carry through better. We just tune in EBGDAEA [high to low] so we have a dropped tuning on the low string, but still have full standard tuning underneath, tends to help writing feel less limited.TMHT: Sources was written by Matt before he passed away right?
JB: Actually there has been lots of talk about that. Originally Matt wrote the song, Rick added to it, and we continuously worked on the song after. Simon changed lots of patterns in it, I wanted to use 7 strings, Ben wrote some very interesting bass lines which I prefer more instead of constantly riding the tonic ALL the time. There's been a lot of changes in the guitar parts, not TOO drastic but its more dynamically interesting and there's little sweeps. The old version Matt wrote was more poppy and had little details that we weren't too interested in using anymore.TMHT: In September you guys dismissed founding member Rick Patenaude who had recently switched from guitar over to vocals. There's been some rumours over stolen music and what really happened. Want to take a moment to clear the air for everyone?
JB: Well as I said with Sources we put a ton of time into it and made as many changes as possible. Then for the rest of the album we actually just pulled a few riffs that only the current members wrote. That being said, Matt or Rick's input is no longer in the new album (excluding "Sources"). He had a lot personal drama at the time and it just really wasn't working out for the band anymore. We wish him well though.Thanks to Jaime Bosvik for taking the time to talk to us! Be sure to check them out on The Haunt of Death Tour w/This Or The Apocolypse. For all the tour dates you can find them on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/beheadingofaking.
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First thing's first: I must apologize for my complete lack of posts lately. I have a new job and I'm trying to coordinate a move to a new house, and combined they have been totally occupying my time.
But I have something very special for you today. I've been having a little back-and-forth with Aimé Duquet, guitarist for Québec's own Execute The Sinner, about their new CD, which came out late last month, as well as their upcoming performance at D-TOX ROCKFEST in June. I discovered these guys a while ago and posted their song 'A Darker Feeling' almost immediately after I heard it. These guys are heavy as fuck, so check them out.
DRH: How old are you guys, and what are your names?
ETS: We are in our 20's and the band is JM, Phil, Aim, Nick.
DRH: How long have Execute the Sinner been together?
ETS: The band's been rollin' since 2006 but the current line up has been around since 2010.
DRH: How did you all meet and how did the band form?
ETS: We've been friends for a long time and we had bands together before, but with this band we wanted to reach a new sound.
DRH: What do you guys do outside of the band? Do you have jobs or go to school?
ETS: Well, Aim and Nick are still in school and Phil and JM have a full-time job.
DRH: How often do you play shows?
ETS: We play shows more or less twice a week and the band did a tour [The No Care Ever Canadian Tour] with Arsonists Gets All The Girls in 2009.
DRH: How did your CD release show on April 27th go?
ETS: It was awesome! There was a lot of our friends and we had a great time.
DRH: How long had the band been working on Threnody?
ETS: Since the summer of 2010.
DRH: How was recording the album? Where did you record?
ETS: We recorded at 357 Productions with Ion Dissonance's Antoine Lussier. He recorded and produced our album. The recording was one of the best times we've had in studio. Tony is a great dude and the recording was done in 2 weeks so it was short and sweet.
DRH: What is the songwriting process like for you? Who writes what?
ETS: Aim writes all the music. Aim usually come up with a riff or an idea an then we rehearse the track till it is done. JM usually come up with the lyrics for the songs.
DRH: Are there any songs on Threnody that you're especially happy with the way they turned out?
ETS: The track ''Threnody'' was one of our biggest accomplishments 'cause of the sound that we wanted for that particular type of riff and “Into The Void Of Your Mind” was also great because it incorporates more leads and a guitar solo which is really different from the other tracks . But overall we are really proud of every track that is on this record. We scrapped a lot of songs that we're not good enough to be on the record. We didn't wanted any fillers.
DRH: How did you you hook up with Alex Erian from Despised Icon and Kevin McCaughey from Ion Dissonance?
ETS: We've known Kevin since we already played with Ion Dissonance and Phil knew Alex a bit so we just asked them and they agreed.
DRH: What kind of influences do you all have musically? What bands do you listen to?
ETS: We listen to a lot of bands like Meshuggah, See You Next Tuesday, Sikth, Ion Dissonance, Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris and The Faceless. But we all listen to different styles like a lot of jazz music like Allan Holdsworth, Kurt Rosenwinkel or rap music like Manu Militari, who is a Quebec rapper.
DRH: What are some of the bands that you have played with in the past that you've been excited to play for?
ETS: We played two shows last summer with Ion Dissonance and we are big fan of them so we were stoked!
DRH: How do you feel about getting to play at Rockfest in Montebello this year?
ETS: We're stoked! It's a huge event and there is a lot of band that we've never seen live so it's pretty cool for that.
DRH: Will this be the biggest event ETS will have played at?
ETS: Yeah for sure. We play also at the Farnham skatefest this summer with Protest The Hero and Beneath The Massacre so check it out!