This heavy Hertfordshire mob is winding up for a big year so we thought we’d have a little chat with Steve Whitworth, lead guitarist of The Eyes Of A Traitor before they hit the road. Check out Steve’s idea of ‘lighter’ music!
How did The Eyes Of A Traitor meet?
I knew our old guitarist and bassist through being at school with them. Our bassist introduced me to our current drummer Sam, and then I met our vocalist in the summer of 2006 through my ex-girlfriend in a terrible pub in Luton – wasn’t the best of places to meet but we became good friends.
What made you want to start a band?
I’d been playing guitar for a couple of years with our old guitarist Dave – we were jamming partners. We started writing a couple of songs together and this first inspired me to start a band. I was heavily into bands like Children Of Bodom and Metallica back then so I guess you could count them as inspirations.
What was it like growing up in Hertfordshire?
Hertfordshire is a lovely place. It’s quite a comfortable place to live in, lots of stuff to do, so we didn’t form it out of boredom. Just generally a pretty cushty place to live – I’m lucky!
What are your musical influences?
I’m into quite extreme metal such as Beneath The Massacre, Necrophagist, Into The Moat, but also to a lot lighter stuff like Misery Signals and Architects. I also like the whole shred guitar scene like Shawn Lane and Paul Gilbert. These guys are inspirations to me and I try to play their stuff all the time!
What is your favourite thing about heavy fucking metal?
I really like the way that it is usually so technical and heavy, but also can be so beautiful at the same time. Listen to the outro of ‘Floods’ by Pantera – amazing!
One website puts your lyrical themes as “Misery, Life, Love, Dreams, Oceans”. It’s basically painting you as emo fairies. How do you feel about that?
Never seen that website, and they clearly have the wrong lyrics! Our lyrics are related to atheism, love (in a reflectful way) and personal experiences. Don’t know where the sea comes into that! If people want to paint us as emo fairies, then you can, we just don’t care!
With which band would your dream support slot be?
Ah man this is a hard one! There is so many bands that I love and respect. Probably my dream support slot would be either Children Of Bodom or Metallica. (Or in Pugh’s case, Katy Perry).
If you had to become another heavy metaller for the rest of your life, who would you choose?
Not really sure! Everyones pretty old and not partying that much anymore. Probably Alexi Laiho or something – free ESPs, Jagermeister, and Eastern European women, I’d be sorted.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
There’s a load of bands that we play with a lot. Some great guys to check out are The Arusha Accord, Azriel, Evita and Ignominious Incarceration. The metal scene is generally pretty friendly, and it’s nice to meet up and play with friends that normally you wouldn’t get to see.
You’re touring a lot over the next few months, including a stint with Gojira? How have you prepared?
We’re practising a lot recently. We really want to make an impression on the Gojira tour. We’re grateful that we got this slot and we intend to make the most use out of it as possible! It’s gonna be tiring but we just want to get the band name out there.
The Eyes Of A Traitor release A Clear Perception on 09 March 2009 via Listenable Records and are touring all over the UK, including a 13-date stretch with French labelmates, Gojira. See their MySpace for more details.